This Way Lay Darkest

Part One/Introduction




Centuries ago, this virus was banished to the realm of nightmares and bad dreams. It was merely fiction. However, it was the virus that was rumored to have destroyed the dinosaurs during the collapse of the prehistoric era.

A generation ago, signs of the virus had surfaced again and then vanished. Scientists from all nations thought that the virus had been repelled forever...

The virus had returned once more, in mighty strands which made it more powerful than ever before. This virus was the origin of all diseases known to Mankind. The Virus was no longer an ancient myth, and it has found it’s way back to civilization. The new strand of virus strips the soul and causes madness as it infects the unconscious mind. The virus was a new enemy that humanity had to defeat or the world as we know it will be lost in the darkest terrors ever known...

 

 

Kimber’s eyes were fixed angrily on him. "I know what you did to that infant," she said as she shut the door behind him.

"The only way to defeat this monster is newborn," said Dr. Otis Williams.

"I can’t keep stealing infants!" She went on, her eyes bright with tears and rage. "And we seem to be losing the fight. I feel like a serial killer, no.. better still. I feel like a disease that just kills infants."

"You’re not killing them!" The doctor half-shouted.

Footsteps were coming up the stairs.

Glancing furtively toward the door, she went into her bag and removed a handgun and released the safety.

"Put that away," whispered the doctor.

She grimaced.

"Just get out of here," said the doctor. "It’s part of a new government task force that wants me to continue this..."

"Slaughter?"

He stared dumbly at her. "One way or another..."

Kimber kept her head down as she moved through the narrow hallways. She had tried several times before to pretend that there was nothing wrong in what she was doing. She wanted to think that she was only helping to discover a way to defeat the virus.

She stopped briefly as she heard the doctor laughing. Dead infants in storage tanks in that office and he was laughing. Wordlessly, she turned away and realized that it was probably his only way to cope with what was going on.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

'This Way Lay Darkest' is a great title, grabs the attention right away. Really like it when you write straight fiction and this one caused a shudder pretty quick- not the kind of monster from the deepest, darkest depths you'd expect- which sets the eerie and frightening atmosphere for the story pronto. Indeed, by the end it hits you right in the gut. Good intro Frank, very good.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Alastar... I tried a western here on hub didnt get too many views :( so I figure I'll try something dark yes? LOL thanks for stopping by my darkness


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This one is totally different for you. Right now it starting good. Looking forward to more. Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Joyce just trying to find a nitch LOL Frank


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wow. Disturbing and all to possible.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Gee I hope not Hyphen..LOL thanks for coming this way which lays darkest


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

When you write either poetry or even stories, your voice is wonderful. I have so much loved your murder mystery poems, and also loved this si-fi story. I hope to follow the series.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice teaser Frank. There are so many ways this could go. You keep my focus when I can't. :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much VG for the wonderful comment and Moms-secret always good to see you :) Frank


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

This is a different style you bring.. but you do great justice to it :D


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Rahul :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

love any kind of writing which comes from you Sir.

My dad, author of 69 novels and 1 memoir of the war , would have loved this title as his son would die for it too - lol - you are one of a kind as a writer - no one does it as good as you -lake erie time 9:29am


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Frank

You do dark and evil so well. Look forward to part 2.

Voted up and awesome.

Have a great weekend. :)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Hi Frank,

Very nicely written. Good plot. Vote up and..... awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

again epi thanks for the visit and comment bless you Sue.. thanks for the visit and your comment as well lovedoctor always thanking period :)


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Ok, Frank, I'm hooked; I'm ready for the next installment on this one. Very riveting! How you throw it out and reel us in...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

time2rite you're just too sweet bless you


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank, I am already hooked. You had me from the brilliant first paragraph. Damn good writing Frank and a clever story line. I will be waiting impatiently:) So don't keep me waiting Frank! LOL


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

lol thanks the lyricwriter LOL


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Your hands are powerful , can move a reader ! Voted Up !


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much angelme bless you

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