NEW STRAIN: Valera Strain

5:03 PM Tuesday, March 6, 2018




Valera remembers everything leading up to the Ark leaving Earth. The reterraformer classes, lectures, training, safety drills...

The scientists, biologists, and engineers who placed the reterraformers in key locations across the planet said it would be safe. That these devices would regenerate the planet and that no harm would come to those who would stay on Earth, not even to those who lived at terraforming ground zero, like Valera...

They would be the Earth's keepers, maintaining the reterraformers for generations...heroes.

She still wonders sometimes if they were lying to pacify them...or because they just didn't know. They couldn't...they couldn't not know...

Once the Ark was boarded, all those scientists and engineers went away. The reterraformers were activated and the world was filled with beams of light shooting into the atmosphere followed by a thick smoke that settled over the land.

It wasn't long before people started getting sick...getting sick and changing. Symptoms began with fatigue and weakness,  then, they became more...unusual. Mutations in skin pigment, iris enlargement and discoloration. Those who survived for a month, mostly bedridden, began exhibiting signs of levitation, brief bouts of telekinesis...the physical manifestation of thoughts and memories, all quickly followed by death.

When Valera began experiencing symptoms, she awaited death. But he never arrived...

He did, however, visit her neighbors. Everyone she ever knew. And she, instead, greeted seventy three thousand more sunrises. Lived to see her body mutate further and strange powers develop from the ether in confusion and isolation.

Until one day, she saw some sort of comet come from the sky. Not a comet...but the Ark herself...crashing back to Earth.

And so, sweet vengeance has offered her hand. And Valera will take it.