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The Grayson Recordings

By lovepenguins1984 All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Horror

Tape 1: Side A

"This is Detective Parker Grayson. I'm recording this at 11:14pm, June 6th. I'm recording my thoughts due to a psychiatric court order to help evaluate my psychological state, due to an incident six months prior, which I must acknowledge for compliance.

I've been called in by dispatch to investigate a 114, which is for an unknown biting incident. The suspect was apprehended and is currently being held into custody for testing. This is the fourth case, so I've been assigned to investigate all further incidents. So far, the lab hasn't been able to conclude much, except to say that all suspects have some sort of bacteria. The initial infection source of the bacteria is unknown, and we're trying hard to keep this from the media. Knowing how the media operates, they could easily stir up a panic considering the implications.

The suspect, much like the others, responds to verbal communication, but only with grunts and snarls. It seems once infected with this unknown bacteria, they attack anyone and anything near it by clawing and biting at them. All victims have been placed under quarantine and are being watched for signs of infection. No blood samples have yet shown they also have the bacteria. My partner, Hammond, is a younger fella, and definitely a bit green. He's freaking out, spouting off with doomsday and pandemic theories, so I had to talk him down to keep him from losing his head cool."

"June 10th, 3:00 pm. We've gotten six more cases of people being attacked by those infected with the bacteria, and now the scientists are calling it the Van Gogh Disease. Those infected seem to act completely crazy, but scans show they have normal cognitive functions and nothing abnormal. So the lights on, but no one's home. The Infected also seem to be able to communicate with each other , despite not having a valid means of verbal communication. There's possibly some type of hive-mind phenomenon. We found out about the potential extrasensory communication when the first batch of infected worked together to escape the confines of their cells a day ago. The way they did it couldn't suggest it any other way. Surprisingly, they only hurt the guards just enough to break out and haven't been seen since. We've placed a high-alert BOLO for the suspects.

Our fears with the quarantined victims were confirmed, and they are now showing signs of infection with violent outbursts, and biting as well, which made me laugh. More cases have been reported, and our hands are tied. We're keeping these Infected under a tighter watch, and we're going to start doing tests soon to understand how they're communicating with each other. It seem they're reading each other's thoughts from what the scientists have told me so far."

"June 12th, 10:42pm. We've had 10 total victims so far, and the Infected fled the scene from the last six victims, which definitely shows a higher level of intelligence. This situation is getting out of hand, and I don't understand why the CDC wasn't called in earlier. It's nearly impossible now to keep things quiet, and we're getting the media harassing us every day about this infection. The word is getting out and there's not much we can do about it. I'm ordered to keep a tight lid on this case, because a panic or riot is the last thing we need. If we can only keep it under wraps a bit longer, we can maybe, (clatter). Aghh! I just dropped the tape recorder again....I'm having problems with my hand. It keeps shaking for some reason. If we can keep this under wraps longer, we can maybe figure this thing out. Just need more death time."

"June 14th, 11:32 am. After arriving to the scene of another 114 this morning, we found that there were tiny specks of the Van Gogh Bacteria on the floor. We're now wondering if bacteria is growing out of certain environments, which explains why only certain people are being infected. We have something to go on for now, but it will take a lot of lab work to get anything conclusive. It's now about narrowing down how this bacteria is coming to existence and where it's coming from. Even if we contain the Infected, it won't matter if others are getting infected from another source.

More tests with the bitten Infected victims has confirmed that there is definitely some phenomena going on with the Infected's minds. We showed some pictures to one Infected in one room, and were able to get another to identify the picture in another. They did fifty times, so the results were pretty conclusive. What's more is, the Infected have started to say small words here and there, like "door", "shoe" and "hurt." The association with the words is correct , so we think maybe the bacteria is somehow altering their brains, so it just takes time to think and communicate normally again. This will give us much more insight to what's going on, and kill will hopefully lead to some definitive answers."

"June 15th 6:32 pm. Along with more reports of attacks, I had a strange incident today. While studying the Infected we have in captivity, I had a blackout. I was inside my own police locker when they found me, muttering indiscernible words under my breath. The last thing I remembered was one of the Infected seemed to look at me through the two-way mirror and gave me a weird look. It was like he somehow saw me through it.

I was about to turn in my recordings to my psychiatrist afterwards, but I just got another call from dispatch. I've been working this case non-stop and just need some rest, but I'm never going to get it at this rate. Oh geez....that's probably why I had the black out...I've been running around with this inside me so much I hadn't even thought about it. Why can't they let someone else take over....I just need to lie down....ahhh, I can't. Just got a notice from dispatch that......"

END OF TAPE-A

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