They were calling it NBP – the New Black Plague. The world population has now been reduced to a third of what it used to be. It has destroyed both the developed and underdeveloped countries alike. It originated in South America two years ago and for a while it seemed to be contained within the continent. All hell broke loose when it reached India and the US simultaneously. No one knew how that happened because all of a sudden hundreds of people were infected and not in any isolated geographic area within the countries. This lead to a total chaos and soon it spread to every country in the world. The human kind failed in the race to create a vaccine and now is fighting to contain.
Tanya was brought in yesterday and locked up in a sterilized glass room with 10 other infected people. They all had a cubicle each with a bed and were getting excellent food but were not allowed leave. The very day she arrived, someone died in the room and the body was incinerated. She was told that no one had survived for more than two weeks. The blood loss through the eyes becomes extreme and you die of blood loss. The only last wishes they can get it, they can ask for any food they want to eat for the two weeks they were alive but that was it. The rooms which looked glass museums were so simple that you could just walk inside without any key. Leaving it, was another matter altogether. Well, there was at least good food while you wait for your death. She could feel the blood starting to ooze out of her eyes again. She resigned to her fate and waited for Raj to come see her.
Two days had passed and she started feeling a lot weaker already. Sadder than anything for her was the fact that Raj was nowhere around. She loved him truly and it came as a shocker that Raj hadn’t visited yet. Did something happen to him? But the nurse told her she talked to him and he had refused to meet her. What was happening? Did he feel he would get infected just by seeing her? Or was he too afraid to see her in that position? Yes, that must be it. But she dearly wished he would come.
One more day passed and still no sign of Raj. At this point, anger had taken over Tanya. Raj, the love of her life simply didn’t care enough for her. It was at that point that she heard the commotion outside. A lot of footsteps and someone shouting “Stop”. She raised her head and saw the security guards running towards her room following some guy. Shockingly, the guy ran straight into the containment room. What a stupid thief, thought Tanya, running from the fire into the frying pan, more like hell. It was then she looked the thief’s face – RAJ??
In the next few minutes, the security guards discussed what to do, call the superintendent and they finally decided nothing could be done. Trying to get Raj out was out of question. If he wanted to die with the girl he loved, let him. Tanya, held onto Raj, happy but sad at the same time. Nothing makes you happier than to know that someone would follow you to the grave. But at the same time, she was shocked that he was going to suffer the same fate as her. In about an hour or so, he would bleed from his eyes too.
Their marriage was attended by the newly appointed Prime minister. Raj was the obvious choice but he had declined saying he just wanted to spend the rest of his life with Tanya and lead a normal life. Tanya’s vows were going to be saved in the History books forever
“Raj, your refusal to let me die alone, your capacity for infinite love not just saved my life but saved us all from certain extinction. I am so blessed to become your wife and I’ll always love you just the way you love me too”
When Raj had entered the containment room, everyone had written him off. But even after several hours when his eyes didn’t start to bleed, they had to investigate. Turned out that Raj had a mutated gene that had never been seen on the planet and it was not just resistant but attacked the NBP virus. The fact that the only person that could save the planet had decided to die for the one he loved was almost divine.
Maybe, maybe love is the ultimate savior.