Not a lot of people at "Anaconda", probably still crowding the supermarkets.
I had spent the day planning my escape, should things get violent... (at that time my fears centred on hungry people from the city... if the economy or government were to fail.. ), I bought three of everything I might need to comfortably live in the bush... along with a two man inflatable boat and a large amount of dehydrated "camp" food... thank God for credit cards.
Another expensive taxi ride home...
I had to ask the driver to change the radio from his sports station, to hear the 6.30 news report (who would be listening to stupid horse racing during an international emergency?). The situation in the US had calmed somewhat with the coming of night (I would have known this earlier had I taken notice of the TV at work)... the "monsters" as they were being reffered to by the commentator, seemed reluctant to attact after dark. He went on to warn listeners not to let down their guard, they (the monsters) were still dangerous, Armed forces were reporting that they would sometimes still attack, always, if cornered, but were more likely to try and hide.
Almost every Channel was broadcasting a US News feed.
They were all showing the same things, replays of people being attacked the previous day, Horrific images of innocents people being pulled down, clawed and bitten, torn apart, devoured by the monsters.
I kept and ear on the TV, as I unwrapped and sorted my purchases.
I made three piles, one for the quad, one for the bush, one for the lagoons.
As I checked the tents and sleeping bags, I heard Oprahs name on the news.
She looked terrible, the tell tale marks on her face, her skin looked grey and she was sweating profusely. Then she spoke.
No pre amble, just straight to the point. "I feel terrible, its like the flu, my joints- my whole body, aches. You can see the marks on my face, they are all over my body" (at this point a nurse went to mop Oprahs' brow), She screamed "LEAVE ME ALONE" and lashed out at the poor girl. The screen went black for just a moment. and then Oprah re appeared.
"I would like to appologise for my terrible behaviour towards my nurse and my friend, Theresa, I have already made my appologies to her. I could have had this edited, but it is important that you all know the truth of this disease. In the last 12 hours, I have become very angry, even now, I am struggling to suppress my rage, I want to attack the camera opperator, I want to tear him appart".
Oprah revealed that she was tethered to the bed, and had secured the serviced of properly trained personel to attend to her needs, She also said that she had instructed that the cameras keep rolling and that all footage that could be helpful to the public to understand the disease be broadcast.
She said a short prayer, asking that the Lord watch over all of us, and finished with "This is Oprah Gail Winfrey, Signing off, I love each and every one of you". It was the last inteligable thing she ever said on camera.
The Anchorman was visibly shaken, He paid homage to Oprah, and then moved on, England and France, and most other European countries had called out the army, they were patrolling population centres, armed to the teeth, both countries leaders had made it very clear that any trouble makers would be dealt with "ruthlessly".