World Building: In the lab

In constructing the life of characters in a post apocalyptic world, I began to wonder how the virus and tension would manifest in the lives of those people. In this next section I worked with a couple of those characters and increased the tension and paranoia. I had already built in that some were affected by extreme paranoia so something was bound to manifest in the workplace. I wanted to see how this would play out in balance with the everyday life of some of the lab workers. This next section is a result of that.


Rafe’s results returned and he slammed both fists into the table in front of him. The embarrassment of making a scene was nonexistent as he was greeted with a less than stellar projection for his model. He couldn’t seem to focus today. He was alerted before he left his house that his vitals were showing erratic readings but he simply dismissed them. He knew he had been missing a lot of sleep lately but he was just too busy. He had been running projections for the past three weeks and he was close, so close that he could feel it. He had hoped this would have been the moment. If he could get confirmation, he would surely get his own team. He had put in his Rafe and felt he had earned it. The normally quiet lab was noisier than usual, noisier than he’d ever seen, as everyone seemed to have a hotter temper for the last couple of days. In his previous years in the lab he had only been present for one actual argument. It was short and resolved quickly. This week was different.

There were discussions going on now that were bordering arguments all over the lab. Why couldn’t they leave him alone. He was on the verge of being promoted over all of them. He would finally get the recognition and authority he deserved if they could just be quiet and let him think.Rafe needed to step away for a minute to compose himself and clear his head. He turned away from his station and was plowed into by Mikhael. Rafe was sent flying against the wall and down to one knee. Mikhael lost his balance all together and hit the ground face first, sprawling across the floor. (more)




Croatoan Version 2Croatoan –

A collaboration of the most brilliant scientific minds from Earth are banded together on the research planet Osage with hopes to bring an end to famine, disease, the energy crisis, and more. When tragedy strikes and a devastating virus sweeps the planet, all communication is lost.

Twelve years later, the world is desperate for answers. Science again turns to the most brilliant minds it can assemble and the Osage Exploratory Compendium is formed. Aboard the Ares Seven, Kalo Massey and other members of the OEC embark on an extended voyage in an attempt to land on Osage. Their mission is to answer questions that have plagued the world regarding the inhabitants of this lost planet.

Like any mystery, answers never come without being accompanied by more questions. Osage is no different and the new questions come with more peril than anyone could have possibly imagined.


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