Had an interesting dream this morning that would make for a fun book to write. Not sure it’s anything original of course but it would be a good exercise!
Far in the future Humanity has colonized many planets and is populated by a mostly carefree society. Peace is maintained by a draconian police force that has the ultimate authority to keep it’s citizens safe. There may be local constabularies but everyone knows to follow The Police. This is because they have the one task to carry out with full authority. To eradicate The Black at all costs. The Black is the name of a plague that is ravaging humanity. It’s mostly kept under control but it is being spread randomly across all the earth colonies and The Police are constantly hunting it, and those who spread it, down. Using medical check points at all centers of travel, lodging, and workplaces people are constantly checked for the disease. If found to be carrying it The Police will arrive and execute the carrier for the safety of the planet.
Sounds like it’s subject to some corruption huh? Well it isn’t due to how The Black works. The very first symptom of the plague is the inability to lie. This is the source of The Police’s motto, “Do you have The Black?” If you say yes then your termination is authorized and legal. The next symptom is losing all color in your face and the skin around your eyes grown black and necrotic giving the disease it’s name. Finally you become a mindless zombie with superhuman strength and speed. Simple skin to skin contact can transfer The Black from person to person at this stage. After losing a few cities to this disease The Police force was founded to control.
Unlike most diseases there is no cure. This is due to it’s short incubation period. It’s also theorized everybody is infected by the physical component and that it can be triggered by telepathy or some other unknown means of communication. Let’s also not forget humanities latest cult, Black Means War. The BMW group manufactures a synthetic Black and uses bio terrorism to spread it across humanity. Hunting them down is primarily what The Police do.
All planets are also equipped with a quarantine device. This can only be triggered by high ranking military members. Once a true outbreak begins they can trigger this quarantine. It shields the entire planet in a black sphere to prevent all space travel but is designed to allow ultraviolet through. It also has a projection ability to update the planet on quarantine progress as well as brightening and darkening for day and night cycles. This has some other motives as well that even The Police don’t know about because the military knows the true source of The Black and protects it well.
In my story we have three central character groups. Sorry, no names yet, I’m terrible with names. The first is the veteran cop. He is trying to retire on Earth but is still an active Police officer. His wife, teenage daughter, young son, and toddler daughter live in a city apartment and are trying to make a life there. It’s difficult with money issues and the stress of moving a family to a new planet. It’s turned all upside down when his two daughters get The Black. Instead of the fast acting human to zombie in 20-30 minutes Black they become patient 0. They get stuck in the second stage of the disease for several days and are rendered unconscious. The zombie style Black carriers do not go unconscious so they are taken to a quarantined hospital. The father is now torn between trying to keep his daughter’s alive and his duty to execute them if they ever go stage 3.
The next group is the two rookies. These two Police officers both graduated the top of their classes and have been assigned to Earth. While not officially partners they travel to Earth together and end up being forced to become partners upon their arrival. The male is a straight by the books kind of person. In fact he is so by the book he becomes kind of oblivious to simple things. His partner, also top of her class but for different reasons, knows people well and can feel out motives and intentions. Although he is technically higher ranked than she is he trusts her judgments and follows her lead when it comes to dealing with people. While disembarking from their space ship they check in at the spaceport and receive their service weapons and vehicle with orders to report to the main station. However, before they can leave the space station it is attacked by a suicide BMW bomber who starts a minor outbreak that they have to clean up. This leads them to some clues on a possible terrorist cell and they must then go investigate together.
Finally we have “The Captain.” A career military officer his shuttle is in dry dock on Earth being retrofitted with newer weapons. He knows the big secret behind The Black and keeps an eye on the news feeds. After hearing about the veteran cop’s children, the attack on the space port, and some other smaller issues he calls for a planet wide quarantine. The Captain knows that the young child of the police officer isn’t a true patient 0 but she is causing the outbreaks. The real issue is an alien space craft approaching earth. Luckily the quarantine system kept it form landing, but he is tracking the space ship using satellites and trying to find out who they are communicating with.
The end goal will be how to tie together how the BWM, the aliens, and the little girl are causing The Black. Who will win? Who will die? Will the public ever learn the truth? I’ll put this to the side for now but it would be a fun project to come back to.