Remembering The Infected, v5

This was the least virulent strain thus far. I am not surprised. I have not been coughing and sneezing on a lot of people’s blogs as of late, and have not really been feeling all that ill, to be honest.

I am very thankful to those who did come down with an infection, and remember them fondly here.

If you were infected and not been remembered, please let me know and I will correct it.

Thank you!

December 8

December 9
Cormac Brown

December 10
David Barber
Randal G

December 11
Michael J. Solender
Mike Wilkerson

December 12

December 13
Beach Bum

December 16
Pipe Tobacco

December 18

December 21

Story Virus v5

So begins Story Virus, v5.

For those unfamiliar, here’s a recap:

Here’s what I would like to do. I want to create a story that branches out in a variety of different, unexpected ways. I don’t know how realistic it is, but that’s what I’m aiming for. Hopefully, at least one thread of the story can make a decent number of hops before it dies out.

If you are one of the carriers of this story virus (i.e. you have been tagged and choose to contribute to it), you will have one responsibility, in addition to contributing your own piece of the story: you will have to tag at least one person that continues your story thread. So, say you tag five people. If four people decide to not participate, it’s okay, as long as the fifth one does. And if all five participate, well that’s five interesting threads the story spins off into.

Not a requirement, but something your readers would appreciate: to help people trace your own particular thread of the narrative, it will be helpful if you include links to the chapters preceding yours.

There always has to be a start of a story, so here it is.


The mall was crowded. There were happy people, angry people, people in a hurry, even a few people sleeping on benches. To the security guard, they were a blur of coats, hats and scarves. He was just beginning his second eight hour shift. He yawned, leaning against a pillar in the food court, the aftertaste of terrible mall cookies lingering on his tongue. His eyes abruptly snapped open with the loud sound of glass shattering behind him.


Please continue this story virus.

I tag:

Randal G
Tantra Flower
Matt Debenham
Amy Guth
Freida Bee
Cormac Brown
Some Guy
Chef Cthulhu
Flannery Alden
Blue Gal