Basic Instincts
Author: T.M. Ritz

Chapter 8
Journal Entry #8

6:30 A.M.

It was a false alarm yesterday morning, but I'm really worried right now. The military has been coming through and making people pack up and leave. They're claiming that they're having us go to a safe house. They won't tell us where it is though. Something seems a little fishy about it.

We're trying to hide out. We're keeping most of the lights off, and just trying to make do with natural light. I've been hearing that this chemical gas has shown to affect the brains of the people who inhale it. Nobody will say what it does, just that it will affect us.

I can't bring my family to anyplace that the government won't tell us where it is, right? That would be naivete, right? At least that's what I keep telling myself. I'm trying to do what's right by my family, but I'm not sure that I am. I'll know shortly, though, this morning they were clearing out the rest of my neighbors.

Maybe I should pack us all up and leave. I'm constantly hearing the air raid sirens at this point, and I don't know if it's just a warning, or if Chechistan is actually attacking us again. I'm left to assume that it's just warnings.

The news has been offline since early this morning. I guess they didn't think it was important enough to sacrifice their own health to keep coming into work in the middle of a war zone. Honestly, I can't really say that I blame them. The way everyone is being treated right now, it makes me wonder if the U.S. Army forced them to up and relocate.

We're all being treated as criminals. Nobody will tell us anything, and even simple questions go unanswered. I really don't know how much longer we're going to be able to hold out here without our lovely Big Brother finding out.

Toby is part of the problem. He's been getting progressively worse as time goes on. What started out just as sniffles and coughs have turned into all kinds of interesting things. He's been really aggressive, and has been trying to bite both his mom and myself. I'm hoping that this is just a phase that he's going through. All kids try to bite, right? Maybe I'm just on edge because of everything going on in the outside world.


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