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Viral Desire - Part 0, Day 0

Viral Desire - Part 0, Day 0

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Published by Maya Posch
Chapter one of this new survival-horror story. Contains shocking scenes and is not recommended for ages below 16.
Chapter one of this new survival-horror story. Contains shocking scenes and is not recommended for ages below 16.

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Published by: Maya Posch on Jul 04, 2012
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Viral Desire
Part 0, Day 0
“Hello Nick, you're here for Meril?”“Yes, Ms Collins. Is she ready yet?”“Hang on, I'll ask her. Why don't you come inside in the mean time?” Nick smiles and nods at Ms. Collins as he enters the hallway while she closes the door behind him.It's pleasantly cool inside the house. Now that summer has well and truly arrived shade is becoming a precious and most welcome commodity.The hallway itself is much like the outside of the house simple in its looks, with large white surfacesand few decorations. As Ms. Collins, a still attractive-looking woman despite being well in her forties,excuses herself and ascends the stairs to the second floor to tell Meril that he has arrived, Nick can'thelp but glance over at the only major decoration in the hallway. It's a large, wood-framed mirror onthe wall, which he uses to check his appearance yet again. Before leaving home he looked fine, but hesure doesn't want to have Meril tease him the rest of the day because of a rogue strand of hair or sucha silly thing.His thoughts are suddenly interrupted by a young woman's voice exclaiming his name.“Nick! There you are!”Before he has time to turn towards the stairs and focus on the owner of the voice, he hears quick footsteps on the stairs before slender arms embrace his body.“Why, hello there.” He smiles at Meril who is beaming at him. It still makes him feel very happy tosee her like this as he remembers the shy girl of about a year ago who didn't want others to see her eyes and rarely talked with others.Gently holding her by the shoulders, Nick pushes Meril away from him so that he can take a look ather. She is wearing a white summer dress, not too short or her mother would complain, and stylish butnot too revealing. Her medium-length dark hair loosely frames her face. He nods approvingly.“You're ready to leave?” He asks her.“You bet I am, I have wanted to watch that movie for weeks now! I hope the others are on time too...”Smiling again, Nick assures her that it will be fine and that else they'll watch the movie without theothers. Smiling back at him, Meril nods.“Now don't stay too long, Meril. Don't forget that you have school tomorrow.” Ms. Collins says as shemakes her way down the stairs. An amused smile plays around her mouth.“Of course not, mother. You know that Nick will never let that happen to me.” Meril replies, smilingwhile managing to sound like she's pouting.They soon arrive safely at the cinema where Nick parks his car. Or well, his father's car, but who waswilling to lend his car for the occasion. To Meril's relief they're well on time. As she scans the crowdto find her friends while they make their way towards the entrance it doesn't take long before they
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find their friends waiting just inside the building.Sarah is the first to spot the two of them and waves back as she nudges Tom and Jake who areseemingly engrossed in a lively discussion. By the time Nick and Meril reach the three friends Tomand Jake have noticed them too and greet them with their usual enthusiasm.“Hello Lady Meril, I'm delighted to see that you could make it.” Tom says, while flourishing hisimaginary hat.“Why thank you, Tom. I'm delighted to see that you guys made it as well.” Meril responds,responding to Tom's flourish with a curtsy as Jake tips an imaginary hat and nods at her.“M'Lady.” He says, which sends Meril into a fit of giggling.“So, Sarah, do you reckon these two little boys are all prepared to watch this movie? I hope theydidn't miss their nap this afternoon.” Nick addresses Sarah.Sarah grins broadly: “No problems, they're as prepared as they'll ever be.” She assures him.“Shall we go and head in, then?” Tom asks. “It won't be long before the movie starts.”The others agree and together they walk further into the cinema. First they pick up something to drink and snack on during the movie, then walk on the plush red carpet to their seats. After having their tickets verified at the door Jake dashes up the stairs which run up alongside the rows of seats to arrivefirst at the row where the five of them will be seated. Looking back at the others who are making their way up the stairs significantly less speedy, his smug grin turns into a bit of a pout when his apparentvictory doesn't get acknowledged. Sarah and Meril are busy talking to each other, and apparently Tomand Nick as well.“Seats eleven through fifteen are ours on this row.” Tom says.“No fighting about who is going to seat where now, children.” Sarah says, with a semi-seriousexpression on her face. “That includes you, Jake.” She says, as she ruffles his short hair.“Why you...” Jake starts, then lurches towards her and tickles her sides until she has to bat him awayafter which she has to regain her breath.“Hush, children, and take your seats.” Nick says warningly. As the others look up at his suddenly soserious voice and note his broad grin, the impression of them looking up at their dad is so strong thatthey all end up choking on laughter before they shuffle down the row towards their seats. Fits of giggling persist until the very beginning of the movie. Some elbowing and muffled giggling later all isquiet and the movie's intro starts in earnest.Two hours later they're making their way out of the cinema. Outside the sun is already lowering in thesky, giving everything a warm golden glow. A slight breeze is picking up, making it very pleasant tohang around outside for a while. As they do so they discuss the movie they just watched. They allagree that for a fantasy-style movie it wasn't bad at all, even if it was rather cliché at some points.“Was it what you expected of it, Meril?” Sarah asks.Meril thinks for a moment before responding: “Yeah, I think it was. I knew they wouldn't follow the book to the letter, but they did a good job of converting it, I suppose.”“Oh?” Sarah looks questioningly at Meril. “Wasn't it you who convinced us all that we absolutely hadto go see this movie because it was going to be the best movie ever? What happened to that?”
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Meril ever so slightly blushes while she fidgets with her dress.“I don't think it's a bad movie, I really liked it. It's just...”“That you are as critical as ever. One of your many charms.” Jake interjects.“Are you okay with Jake stealing away your girlfriend, Nick?” Tom asks, with a big grin on his face. Nick gently punches Tom against his shoulder while pretending to glare threateningly at Jake.“If the boys are quite done playing, I'd like to go home.” Sarah says. “I promised my father I'd helphim with one of his projects.”Meril quickly looks at her watch before saying: “I should be going home soon if I want to arrive intime for dinner.” Nick nods.“Alright, we'll see each other at school tomorrow, then. Sarah, make sure you keep the boys safe.”“Yes, Sir.” Sarah says as she salutes at him.“Very cute. Now take care.” Nick smiles in an amused fashion before he and Meril start making their way towards the parking lot.Before they have taken more than a dozen steps a sudden scream stops them in their tracks and theyturn around towards the direction of the scream. Sarah and the others also heard it and are looking at awoman who stands some distance away, clutching her handbag. She is looking at a nearby man asthough she's looking at a dangerous viper which is ready to strike.In just that short glance Nick notices the predatory stance of the man, and can imagine the dangerousgleam in his eyes akin to that of a predator ready to take down a fat prey animal. Then the man stepsforward towards the woman while seemingly unaware of anything else in his environment. Thewoman screams again and turns in order to run away, but the heels she's wearing cause her to trip andfall. Within seconds the man is on top of her, his hands going every which way over her body as her screams reach a piercing crescendo.It's that first piercing scream which seems to draw the onlookers out of their state of frozen disbelief and pushes them into action. Within moments Nick, Sarah, Jake, Tom and various other people havecome to the woman's aid and pull the man off her. While Nick and Tom together with a few other strong men hold down the man who keeps fighting back as though possessed, Sarah, Jake and othershelp the poor woman up into a sitting position and try to comfort her.The woman clutches at her blouse which has been torn half-open by the violence to reveal a whitelace bra and a creamy expanse of bosom. Jake swallows and tries to look away as Sarah and another woman help put her clothes back into something more decent before someone rushes over with a blanket he fetched from somewhere and she is wrapped into it. She draws the blanket tightly aroundher as sobs course through her body.Sarah allows the woman to rest against her until she begins to calm down. Despite the calming words by her and others she seems to have gone into shock.“Will... will she be okay?” Jake asks, feeling rather helpless in this situation.Sarah looks down at the adult woman, quite a few years older than she is, and notices that despite the
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