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By Alexander Ken Libranza Ladies and Gentlemen, good day. What you are going to read right now is not just an ordinary account of our prophetic futures. This story is set on the eve of the rampage of a virus known to man as AH1000-N1000, a virus discovered in Scarborough Shoal by the Chinese when the Philippines finally gave-up its ownership of the said island. The discovery was not even recorded. There was no files referring to it, and studies were not conducted. What we only know for certain is that this virus singlehandedly eradicated half the world population in just a glimpse of our eyes.
Chapter 1 THE COLLAPSE
It all started April 5, 2012, a year after I graduated high school. A war was brewing between the Philippines and China for the ownership of Scarborough Shoal. Almost a month later, May 1, 2012 - the United Nations decided to grant China the ownership of the island. An agreement was set for China to pay Philippines a compensation value amounting $5,000,000. Three days after that, China started to ship scientists on the island. Then on the eve of the 5th, havoc had stricken the entire world. A virus was discovered that had spread worldwide. Half of the population was eliminated. Many had died and still casualties are brewing. Yes I know that you know where I am going with this. The dead rose again and became living dead or zombies for some sort. Yes, that turned out true, but something was different. The zombies weren’t turning on people. They come out sort of “living together” with human beings. They may walk slowly with their heads slightly twisted to the right, but they aren’t that bad like what all zombie apocalypse movies use to show us. They came out to be a breakthrough.
November 1, 2012 – I wake up every day since that tragedy wishing that it was all a dream. Yet I always end up disappointed looking from my windows and seeing my old neighbor walking a step at a time with her arms level with her shoulder. And yes, she is a zombie. It is her early morning walk that she is doing right now. I somehow enjoyed watching her thinking that she is still the same woman I got infatuated with. So I grabbed a cup of coffee, sit in the terrace and pick-up the newspaper that the newspaper boy left there early dawn. The headline says, “PACQUIAO elected as PRESIDENT” – I think that would not be worth reading. I don’t hate Pacquaio, it is just I am not also the president of his fans club. Maybe, I just don’t like boxing at all, or any sports in the matter. I flipped the page and notice another shocking news, “China to claim Samal island” – well that would not be a breaking news; first the Scarborough shoal and
not to mention Spratly Island, now Samal Islands. Maybe they are trying to unravel another virus they could get from the bat cave in the island. Maybe they are now making bat people from zombies. Well, I would not give a damned. Go China, I support your 21st century version of colonization. If you could make a wealthy state out of the Philippines, then I would give you my support, however there’s still a million people you need convincing. Well If I may suggest, just tell all the Filipinos that they will not anymore be cleaning the butts of the Americans. I’m sure you will get the sympathy of all the OFW’s out there and their families which comprises half of our population. Another thing, you could tell them that you will send more “MADE IN CHINA” products, and you will give them for free. Oh, they will love it since three-fourths of the Filipino people are poor, they could really use quite some stuff. And if you want to get the sympathy of those that are rich, just tell them that you will help the economy of the country, and you will have a hundred percent of their support. Even false promises would do. Just give them something to hold-on to and they will grab it with all their might. Another that that you should consider is the student body, especially for a student like me studying in the premier university in the country, or that’s what our government always tells us even though they cut our budget every year and how they annually drain us into a promise of what our education could bring to this country. Well, for the very lease you could continue that ZTE deal and make the whole country internet connected, wherever and whenever. I could quite use a daily internet connection without my allowance suffering for the cost. It would help greatly because you know, we student do quite a lot of research, and resources is just the bottom of our problems. You could really make quite a mark to the students. The US had their “Balikatan” Exercises in our country. You could also have a “Tuhudan” Exercise here. It sucks when you only have to use your shoulders in exercising. We could really use a full-body exercise following the tune “(Paa, Tuhod, Balikat, ULO)3X”. The Americans are already using the Balikat, you could use the Tuhod for a change. Today is November 1 right, and we should be celebrating Halloween in this season, but I guess people are not afraid of the dead anymore. They just got accustomed of seeing dead people walk with them every day; in the road and to work. Every day is a Halloween for me since then. You might see me badly, but I would choose to have the biblical point-of view of Armageddon, if that is what’s happening now. Where people are being judged who of the bastards go to heaven and who goes the other side. But I guess, you could not put all your faith to one people, even to god. People just stop believing in him since the day of the infection started. Maybe people just realized that maybe there is no god and he is just another character in a novel we entitled the Bible. If you would ask me, I had long forgotten about him since I left high school where I also had left my faith with.
Sometimes I see these zombies as a product of evolution. All organisms are subjected to CHANGE or EVOLVE to increase the survival capability of the species, that’s why; maybe, these zombies are the next step to evolution. They are the way preserving our species, the next step that we did not expected to be. In the entire quest for human immortality, now at least we have the answer to the elixir that we had all been searching for… becoming a living dead. Now we can live immortally as soulless beings walking the world as if it was a big sort of crap. At least, we are not as harmful as what all the books and movies talk us about.
December 21, 2012 – The Mayans predicted that today is the end of the world. I could not expect worst than what we have right now. If I would die today, I would really want to be taken to the center of the earth and be eaten by a giant fish. I just don’t want to become a zombie because I don’t want my body to be walking lifeless like my neighbors. Or maybe, I got torched and turn into ashes or be chopped into small bits and pieces. You know, I’ve been watching these movies about witches and how they are burned down the steak; I just envied them because at least they don’t turn into fucking zombies. Well I guess another turn of the decade is when we realized that witches and Vampires aren’t real because if they were, vampires would have starved to death because they could not feed on a dead person’s blood or they will kill themselves. For the witches, I haven’t seen anyone flying in their brooms lately or casting a spell since the Avada Cadabra spell wouldn’t work to the dead because why would you use a killing curse to a being who is already cursed by death. I just wish that J.K.Rowling, Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer are not writing zombie novels now just because they are the new trend. Fashion was not greatly affected by the turn of the decade. They were able to adapt to the trends. I now see people wearing bloody designed dresses, torn or super-acid washed jeans. I guess since the zombies got the numbers, people just need to adapt to the trend around them. We even have Zombie fashion models, zombie runways and the ongoing search for, “America’s Next Top Zombie.” The media was the one who took the biggest blow in the change of trend. Coco Martin turned into a zombie that’s why they shut down the “Walang Hanggan “show. The Princess and I turned out to be a big hit when Kathryn Bernardo herself became a zombie so they change the title to “Zombie and I.” Piolo’s show was shut down since people do not believe in god anymore. Well, Kris Aquino became the Queen of all Zombies and she has a show every afternoon “Zombie TV.” The PBB house turned out to be a riot when all the teens themselves became zombies and ‘Kuya’ started making them orders on living a normal zombie life. (How could a zombie have a normal life? Or, what is a zombie’s normal life?) Showtime became “ZombieTime” and “Sarah G Live” became “Zombie G. Live.” The shows weren’t any more about people, they are now about the fucking zombies and it is quite boring especially when they move so slowly and you need to fast forward the TV so you could enjoy it.
January 1, 2013 – I had no reason to celebrate for the last year I lived. All reasons that I am living are gone. I am to return to school next week but I don’t think I would really learn a lot since even our professors turned out to be zombies, and I even have classmates who are zombies. They stink but they recite a lot and they take all the time specially when they are talking so slow. I wanted to drop out but this is my only chance of leaving the country so that I could have a passport and go far north in the Antarctic where they say that only living people are residing the continent. I even researched why, it turns out that the virus did not reached the cold places because it remained dormant there. So countries like Alaska, Canada, and the south of USA who are in winter season during the release were safe from the infection and they all moved to the Antarctic to stay in a cold weather and protect themselves from the virus. Luckily, I was one of those people from the tropical countries who were first injected with vaccines that kept me from being infected. I did not even had a chance of getting a dose because it cost a lot of money and my parents could not afford it, but I got some skills in getting things that I want so I got a clear three dose for me and my parents but they were infected before they could even got the shot so I keep the dosage all for myself.
February 14, 2013 – Well, I am back in the dormitory right now and I could not fail to notice that I will be living this whole semester with zombies. Two of my roommates are zombies, and the other one is very weird that I don’t even talk to him. I should be out with a girl right now, and into a fancy restaurant, but I guess normal couple does not go to dates in Valentine’s Day anymore. I’ve seen a lot of couples lately, but they are zombie couples. One of them is my classmate Lalaine who is dating her long time crush Julius . At least she got her wish after she became a zombie. I also have noticed some mixed couples, a zombie man and a living person, or vice versa. Two of these couples are Euna who is a living woman with her boyfriend zombie Ben. Well, I guess student teacher relationship rules do not apply to zombie couples. Then there is Jocie, a zombie with her boyfriend Mario. Well in this case, I will comment no more. Since then I could not get a date in Valentine’s Day, yet nothing changed ever since. I am still alone in my room contemplating on the only woman I’ve loved. I haven’t seen her for a while now, and I wish that she is alright and did not become a zombie, but if she does, I would still love her since it is legal in this time for a human and a zombie to marry. But if it is any consolation for having preserved my virginity for this long, I would really want her to be a perfectly healthy human being even though that might mean that I don’t have any shot of ever being with her. Her safety and happiness will always be the first in my Valentine’s List. I don’t know where my S-friend is right now. She did not return school for this semester and I haven’t had any news from her since then. Her last status was “I love you this time is just like saying hello for a person.” Well, I just want her to be happy wherever she is right now, and hope she is still a human being. I am just worried about my s-friends being.
March 13, 2013 – It’s March and all I should be thinking about ending the semester with good grades and studying for the incoming finals. However, I could not stop thinking how I would get good grades when my professors are all zombies. MST class was always reporting and I could not even get it through since the person who is teaching is an old grumpy zombie who is angry all the time. I don’t cut class but since I was enrolled in this subject It just comes naturally. If you think that subject sucks, wait until you hear about my laughing zombie Math teacher. HE teaches while weirdly laughing in front of all of us. Then I got into this boring poetry class where our zombie teacher wants us just to sit down and read poetry. I just fall asleep in this point of time. My grades aren’t really suffering because I can pull it through the exams, but my performance is getting really low. I don’t even know if I can make it to the list this semester.
March 21-27, 2013 - Hell Week in UP Mindanao. They always say that zombies roam the school during this week, now I really got what that mean. Literal zombies are walking through the campus studying; they even look more like students that what we were before. During this week, what I and my friends do is go out and have some fun. It’s the first time I got into a recollection of losing my circle-offriends. I recognize Kaye; she’s that white zombie who looked like a terrorist shipped from Canada. I don’t want to brag, but I guess Lalaine looked good wearing her short-shorts even for a zombie. Now here’s Jocie being followed by Mario, they looked like a lovely couple except for the zombie part. Well, love moves in a mysterious way for both of them. I myself have been moving like a zombie for three days now. I haven’t sleep for the whole week preparing for the finals. It was tiring to predict what your zombie professors would give as an exam, that’s why I just study and maybe some of the things I’ve studied might come out in the exam.
April 1, 2013 – How I wish April fool’s day would just end so soon and soon as this zombies fooling around the world. How I wish that they are just fooling around and everything will return to normal tomorrow, but I guess REALITY just hurts too much to live with. Well, I returned home and found myself alone in my room and browsing through the internet for fun. Hey, even porn sites features ZOMBIE porn, and you know that is just gross. I just made a status saying, “Alone at my loft” and this zombie friend of mine replied, “Mmiezzze towooooo” which literally mean that he is alone too. I replied and tagged him, “Justin, how are you?” He replied, “I’mmmzsd okaytyb.” I just don’t understand zombies; they press a lot of letters when all that the meant is that they are okay. I got a message from another zombie friend through my chat box and he is inviting me for a video call. Hey, that is just horror so I signed out my Facebook, when I just received a message in my phone. Oh I forgot that I can directly receive personal messages into my phone. It’s just terrorizing when I read the message saying, “Wazzxsnnda hkloavve ag vdwsd.idfgeo cd.,ffddall?” which would mean if I wanna have a video call with him. Ahhhhh. I’m afraid now, so I turned my phone off and walk out my room.
May 5, 2013 – EXACTLY a year after that incident that had permanently change the course of the world and all I could just think about is “What ifs.” Well, I had my regrets of not being able to cherish my life by complaining even with the smallest detail like how people walk, eat and dress. Now here I am, trafficked to a world where zombies roamed the land, and they are not harmful. I regret not being able to join my parents that day in the mall to have of monthly grocery. I regret not being able to tell the woman I loved what I really felt about her. I even regret that I haven’t got laid and stayed virgin just for the Zombie to take over the beautiful women. I sometimes think that it is my duty to repopulate the earth with human beings, but I don’t know how to do that with no humans in sight, and I don’t what to do it with a zombie because I think it’s uncivilized. But enough of this lonely boy drama, I should just be thankful of being alive and have survived that fucking virus. The world is a big mess right now, and if this is what we call “judgment”, I don’t think god have enough people to judge on who go to heaven or hell. At least, we survived the 12-21-12 prophecy, yet we are stuck in an even worst life. Our civilization had collapsed. Jared Diamond was accurate on his prediction of our downfall. I, a human being, am living in the ruins of my own civilization and I myself is part of that ruins. Yet, what that scientist failed to warn us is that we are having a zombie apocalypse that we are not prepared of. We’ve done everything to save energy and water; however, we ended up with a biblical Armageddon. I will never view life the same again. #thendfornow
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