The End: Story One - The Sickness By: David K. Montoya


The End: Story One
The Sickness
By: David K. Montoya

The near future...

These are the Chronicles of The End of the World. It all started fifteen years ago, in 2005, when a great sickness swept over the world. At first, it seemed to be just a new strain of the flu, but we soon learned that it was something more--something much more.

You see, the common flu would only stay in the human system for maybe a week, tops, but 'The Sickness', as it was to become known, it never seemed to go away. It just slowly ate you up, until there was nothing left. As crazy as it may sound, what started out as a mild illness, turned into an epidemic that swept the entire world and in just a few years, over 3 billion people had died.

But, what caused all of this suffering? Doctors said, at first, that it was dehydration that actually killed people, not the disease itself. Several days of intense vomiting and purging diarrhea killed off the young and the old rather quickly. We thought the worst was over, but, we were wrong. Initially, people thought it was the water that was making everyone sick. That somehow all of the world's oceans, lakes and rivers had become poisoned, polluted, to the point of no repair. So, almost everyone stopped drinking water. All that did was make it easier for The Sickness to kill off more people. If they couldn't replenish the lost fluid, dehydration set in quickly, and they were gone before we knew it.

Finally, after more than two years of people dropping like flies, a professor in Spain made a horrifying discovery. The Sickness wasn't in the water, but in the very air that we breath. But, by that time, it was too late for most people. There were less than a million of us left on the entire planet.

Ten more years have passed since then and those of us who actually survived The Sickness, well I guess we are immune. A while back, there was some genetic research done on some of the survivors and it seems that we all have an extra gene that makes us immune--the Immortal Gene, it's called.

Yeah, we lived through the greatest plague known to man, but now what do we do? Earth has become a Ghost Planet. There are just a few families, in a few cities, scattered all over the globe and supplies to keep those few of us alive are getting pretty scarce.

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About the Author

David K. Montoya has been writing for nearly 15 years and during that time has produced some 200 underground comics, including "M-Team," "Ayotnom," "The Hunters-Xydus," "Lifesigns," "Smash," and continues to work on the upcoming graphic novel, "Underground to Nowhere." Along with producing his current run of poems, short stories and serials, he also did the artwork and dialog for the soon to be released, "Smash, Special Edition."
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