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Life Before Lysander

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Life Before Lysander The news reports on the TV shortly before it happened showed the smiling faces of scientists in their crisp white coats, proudly congratulating each other for the creation of this new chemical, represented in the images before my eyes as a tiny cylinder filled with an evanescing yellow gas. It seemed harmless to me really, just an extra concentrated form of a new chemical compound. Developed secretly in America, its very existence had only just been officially declared by the U.S government, because it was deadly in smaller doses than sionide, and more easily spread than anthrax. Lysander 3, it was called. That was the first time I heard it. That name, those two little words which would change our world forever. It was April when it happened. Just a bright flash, that was all, just a white flash in the sky, no explosion and no noise. It all seemed to happen so fast, and from so far away, that I didn't even have time to jump, and no one really knew what was going on. For a few glorious hours, people just seemed to laugh it off, going about their daily lives, oblivious to their horrific and inevitable fates. ...read more.


Their deaths were slow and painful; they were fading out, the life bleeding slowly from their veins, existence flickering feebly before their eyes, and finally extinguished after these days of living hell. No one should ever have to witness or experience that kind of horror, but for us, it became an everyday occurrence. Yet somehow, no matter how many times I see a human struck down, the life thumped from their body, lying dead and alone in the street, I never get desensitised to it. I still feel that kind of empty hopelessness as my soul posits a numb disbelieving wish that it could be just a nasty hallucination. Strange as it may seem, I believe now that those people were the lucky ones. The rest of us hung on for weeks, awaiting our doom, until eventually I began to wish that I could just get it over with, that the end would just come. But, for me anyway, it never did. Somehow, a few members of the population managed to survive. We did not go unharmed, however, blackouts and vomiting seemed commonplace to us, and it seemed a half life. Everyone exists alone now, we have reverted to our one simple, animal instinct; the need for survival. There is no trust or camaraderie. Anyone you meet could potentially be an enemy. ...read more.


It wasn't perfect, but at least I didn't have to peek around every corner just to see if it is safe, at least I didn't have my life in my hands and my heart in my mouth every second of every day. But that was then, and this is now. I don't have all those silly little things. I don't have my family or my friends; they were all killed in the first wave. So all I can do now is dream that one day there will be a new hope, not the hope that I will wake up and find that I've made it through the night, but a hope that one day society will pull through, and that the sun will be shining, the kids can go to school, and I can breathe a sigh of relief that all the pain and torment is finally over. Then I hear a creak on the stairs, and I realise, its never going to be the same. When Avalanche detonated that bomb, they turned off society's life support machine; the old world has gone forever, burned from the earth in a shower of flaming shrapnel. But from the ashes, a new world has arisen, a terrifying dystopia, a cancer on the planet, with little chance of recovery, and even less chance of survival. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophie Cummings 13RRB 5/9/2007 1 ...read more.

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