I can't believe it has been more than a month. I am feeling tired and discouraged. I have not seen one human alive in all this time. Understandable? Yes, but nonetheless depressing. See, this gas kills 99.99% of all humans, and most animals. Only 0.015% of the human population is immune.
I don't know if I am immune, and I am in no hurries to find out. If you have a gas mask and now how to use it you can survive. Your body will only be able to resist the gas for 1 – 2 hours at a time without a mask. If you go more than 2 hours exposed the damage is irreversible. Under an hour you will feel very bad, but your body can recover if you drink lots of fluid. It won't affect your skin but it will destroy your lungs, then your arteries and later your brain and heart. That means my mask is permanent, I am only able to take it off to eat, and clean it. And if you eat, make it quick!
I have traveled over 300 miles now, miles of devastation, desolation and sadness. They are no buildings without damage, not a soul in the streets. Rioting, stealing and vandalizing were just a waste of time. People should have worried about being safe, preparing; instead of ill advised looting. But not many people knew what was about to come. They should have listened to more than just the news. You needed insight, almost secret clearance!
The gas is still so dense outside after all this time. I can only hope, that like a fog, it starts clearing out. It is not easy to tell night from day sometimes, much less have a sense of time. It is HOT every single moment. I am surprised of how tasty Pork n Beans can be when you are really hungry. And the importance of a can opener. I carry that, a torch lighter, and a small hatchet in my pack. Traveling light is essential, the rest I pick up on the way. They are still plenty of supplies everywhere, meaning not many people were prepared, much less survived.
I got to her hotel, searched every inch of it. She wasn't there. If work had not sent her on that business trip, maybe, maybe it would have been easier to find her whereabouts. If we could at least still fly, I am sure I won't be bitching about plane delays.
I hope she got my last text: "Find a gas mask. A good one. And do it fast!"
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