The Laughing Plague - A "Crossed" TL Mar 1, 2020 16:19:49 GMT lordroel, James G, and 2 more like this
Post by kspence92 on Mar 1, 2020 16:19:49 GMT
This is a timeline based on the horror comic series by Garth Ennis "Crossed", which follows a global pandemic that turns its victims into homicidal sadists.
I started this TL over on alternativehistory.com, but it was locked due to the potential for bringing Current Politics outside of Chat, which is fair enough, though that was not my intention.
Aaron had never been a big dreamer, but he had been waking up and falling asleep since takeoff with awful nightmares. Dreams of exquisite tortures and perversions. He put it down to the previous nights bizarre experience and went back to sleep. Working in London as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department was a rather interesting line of work and fairly well paid, but being so far from his friends and family did take a toll. Sure, he'd taken his mind off that issue temporarily thanks to a lovely young woman he had met on Tinder who lived in a quiet little village in the English countryside. Well, she had been lovely up until the previous night half way through a rather passionate love making session she had gone totally off the rails and out of the blue started screaming and smashing her own house up. He'd grabbed his clothes and ran outside naked. Luckily it was around midnight and there was nobody around to see him getting dressed behind a hedge. The crazy bitch had ran down the road hollering all sorts of profane insanity and banging on peoples doors. He grabbed a cab and made for Heathrow for the eight hour flight back to DC.
"Last time i meet anyone online." he thought to himself.
TRANSCRIPT OF 999 CALL ORIGINATING FROM TADLEY, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND
DATE : 14 APRIL 2020 - 0023 HOURS
CALL HANDLER (CH) : POLICE, WHATS YOUR EMERGENCY ?
AMELIA SIMPSON (AS): SOME WOMAN BROKE INTO THE HOUSE. WENT MENTAL AND STARTED SCREAMING AND SWEARING. MY HUSBAND CAME DOWNSTAIRS AND PULLED HER OFF. CRAZY COW BIT HIS FUCKING EAR OFF !
*GROANING, INDISTINCT MUMBLING FROM A MALE VOICE*
AS : HE NEEDS AN AMBULANCE. HES BLEEDING ALL OVER THE PLACE. 147 FINLEY ROAD
CH : IM SENDING ONE TO YOU NOW. IS THE INTRUDER STILL IN THE HOUSE ?
AS: YES. JIM KNOCKED HER OUT COLD WITH ONE PUNCH.
CH: ALRIGHT. THE POLICE AND AMBULANCE ARE ON THEIR WAY NOW. STAY CALM. GET A CLEAN TOWEL AND APPLY PRESSURE TO YOUR HUSBANDS WOUND UNTIL...
*INDISTINCT BACKGROUND COMMOTION*
AS : JIM ? WHAT ARE YOU DOING ? BABE ITS FINE THE AMBULANCE IS COMING JUST SIT DOWN...
CH : WHATS HAPPENING ?
*A CLATTER IN THE BACKGROUND FOLLOWED BY LAUGHTER*
AS: JESUS CHRIST JIM WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING ?
CH: HELLO ? ARE YOU OK ?
AS: NO. MY HUSBAND ISN'T RIGHT. HE'S TAKING HIS CLOTHES OFF AND...JIM LISTEN TO ME YOU'RE IN SHOCK JUST SIT DOWN ITS FINE
*TWO DIFFERENT VOICES CAN BE HEARD IN BACKGROUND LAUGHING *
AS: THAT BITCH THAT BROKE IN HAS WOKEN UP. GET THE POLICE TO HURRY UP FOR CHRIST SAKE
CH: IF ITS NOT SAFE GET OUT THE HOUSE AND WAIT ON THE POLICE. THEY'RE ONLY A FEW MINUTES AWAY.
JIM SIMPSON (JS) : AMELIA GET OFF THE PHONE I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY NEW FRIEND I MADE TONIGHT
AS: OH MY GOD. TELL THEM TO HURRY UP
CH : MA'AM GET OUT OF THERE NOW
JS: TIME TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE YA LITTLE SLAG
AS: JIM ! JIM PLEASE NO! OH GOD, OH JESUS CHRIST NO !
CH : WHATS HAPPENING ?
*HEAVY BREATHING, LAUGHING CAN BE HEARD*
AS : UUURRR...WHATS HAPPENING....IT HURTS...HURTS...OH YEAH SO GOOD. SEND SOME PIGGIES FOR ME TO PLAY WITH
CH: MA'AM ?
*PHONE CUTS OFF*
That would be the first of many seemingly unconnected incidents that would spread through the town of Tadley throughout the wee small hours of the morning. Neighbours called 999 to report unruly behaviour on the next street over about fifteen minutes later and a police car was sent in from the nearest station at Newbury a few miles away whilst a second car was dispatched to Finley Street at the same time to try and make contact with the officers initially sent to that address.
In total, four officers had been dispatched to deal with what was felt to be a domestic disturbance gotten out of hand. The responding unit reported the first car abandoned and the property empty but covered in blood. Upon inspecting the shed they found a badly injured and unconscious paramedic who appeared have developed some kind of rash on her face. An ambulance was called and she was taken to the West Berkshire Community Hospital.
The street over was where the action had moved to. The two officers who had found the injured paramedic joined their colleagues who had requested assistance. A number of residents were fighting in the middle of the street and a car had been set alight. At that stage it was still felt this was nothing more than a party gone bad. The four officers attempted to intervene when they saw a small group of people kicking and punching a man in his front garden. The mans wife was screaming from the front door pleading with them to stop. As the police officers shined their lights upon the attackers they realised that two of them were wearing police uniforms, and worse, it was two officers they recognised. They tried to reason with them but got nothing but a mouth full of vulgar insults hurled back. At that stage the man that had been attacked got back on his feet laughing despite his clearly broken jaw and pulled his trousers down and proceeded to run at the four officers whilst urinating. Within less than a minute, three of police had doubled over screaming in agony as a burning pain seared through their veins. The sole officer who had managed to avoid the splash of urine was running for life down the street. He was caught and so badly brutalised that his former friends that they were able to fit all of his remains through a post box. After half an hour of no contact with the two responding units, senior officers at the Newbury station were starting to become concerned.
Superintendent Chris Grant sat at his desk and pondered the situation. Losing contact with one responding unit was alarming, but could have been put down to any number of communications equipment failures, but to lose touch with the other two sent afterwards was most worrying.
"So what exactly do we know?" Chris asked his second in command, Chief Inspector Sandra Young.
"There was a 999 call from a property in Tadley just after midnight. A report of a burglary with the homeowner being injured in the process. We sent a car over to investigate. The paramedics turned up a few minutes after our lads and were apparently assaulted. One got away unharmed, the other was found later with grievous injuries. She had been nailed to a garden shed. Crucified essentially." The Chief Inspector said sipping at her coffee. She should have been home three hours ago.
"Crucified ? What the fuck?" Chris said aghast. "She alive?"
"Barely. Shes at the hospital in Basingstoke in intensive care. Now this is where things get confusing. The paramedic who managed to get away reported being attacked by four people. One was apparently the husband of the homeowner who made the call, another he assumed was the intruder and the other two were wearing police uniforms." said the Chief Inspector with a sigh "Which makes absolutely piss all sense."
"No, that is odd." the older officer said rubbing his greying stubble. "And our other four officers?"
"One car was sent to a disturbance on the next street whilst we sent another to the previously mentioned property where they found the injured paramedic. They also found a body of a woman who had bled to death in the garden. Her eyes had been gouged out. From what im told they think she did it to herself." she took a breath and went on "On top of that, the four officers we dispatched met up on the next street over to deal with what we believed to a be a domestic disturbance spilled onto the street. They radioed in to report around half a dozen people fighting in the middle of the road and that somebody had set a car on fire. We know they went to confront the troublemakers. We haven't heard anything since."
"We really need a clearer picture here. So we have at least one person dead, another in intensive care and six of our officers missing, two of whom might be involved in whatever this nonsense is. There's no point sending in the drone or helicopter in the dark. Even with night vision and thermal on they wont get a good enough picture to really understand what the situation is. I really don't want to be going higher up and asking for support. Makes us look bad if we cant handle a few no doubt drugged up idiots in a village." The superintendent paused for a moment "Right, send another car but under no circumstances are they to engage. Keep their doors locked and drive through the village and report what they see back to us."
"Will do, sir."
Fifteen minutes later a patrol car entered Tadley, the two young female officers unsure what to expect.
Superintendent ( Sierra Oscar 5 - 2) "Just relay whatever you are seeing, over"
PC Kerry Whitelaw (258) "258 to Sierra Oscar 5 -2. Roads are empty as you'd expect at this time. No sign of any disturbances yet. We will be arriving at the affected area ETA two minutes."
SO: Rodger, keep us posted
258: Got a burning car on main street. No sign of any people yet but looks like a group have been through here. Hang on, just turning onto Robertson Road. There's someone lying on the pavement. They're not moving.
SO : Do not get out to help. Stay in the car."
258 : Received. Just passed another two bodies. Jesus...
SO: Whats happening ?
258: These people look like they've been attacked by a wild animal. They're in pieces. Never seen anything like this. Ok we are heading along Carluke Drive. There is an RTC here. Two cars appear to have collided. One person slumped over the wheel of one of the vehicles but otherwise the cars are empty. There's a group of people up ahead, i cant tell what....fucking hell !
SO : 258 are you ok?
258: Sorry. There's several people up the street. They're naked and from here it looks like they're raping someone. That poor bloody woman. You need to send back up ASAP. This is fucked. I can see flames coming from a house too. We need ambulances and fire brigade turn out right now. I don't know whats going on but its bad. There are more bodies lying along the road. I count seven...no eight. Eight bodies so far.
SO: Could they be unconscious?
258: Negative. Not with injuries like what we are seeing. Its an absolute bloodbath. It looks like two of the people up ahead could be...no they definitely are wearing police uniforms. Holy fuck that's Ricky Clarke and Holly MacDonald ! They're...Jesus what are they doing ? They're holding severed heads. I swear to God i'm not making this up.
SO: Confirm that last one. Did you say Ricky and Holly are holding severed heads ?
258: I don't understand what we're looking at. Is this really...*sounds of screaming and dull thud*
SO: 258 come in !
258: They threw the bloody heads at us. They're running at the car ! Fuck this we're out of here.
SO: Rodger that 258 come back in.
258: Don't need to tell us twice.
The superintendent sat in his swivel chair in front of his computer and leaned back, rubbing his balding head.
"What the actual fuck?" he muttered, more to himself than anyone else.
"PC's Richard Clarke and Holly McDonald are decapitating people in the street. I heard that right ? That was a real conversation that just took place?" Sandra asked in utter disbelief. "I mean this has to be some kind of a sick wind up? What in the name of God are we dealing with here?"
"We'll crack down hard on these little arseholes whoever they are." Chris said angrily "I'm not having this shit on my patch, and i want to know why two of my best coppers are getting in on it."
"You think we should call Kidlington ?" Sandra asked, referring to Thames Valley Police's headquarters.
The Superintendent pondered for a moment "No. Not yet anyway. We'll deal with this on our own. Nothing more than drunks or druggies no doubt."
"Sir, they crucified a woman." Sandra said "And are our two officers out there with them high as kites as well? There's more to this than drugs. Got to be. Could it be terrorism?"
"Terrorism ? In a Hampshire village at half one in the morning? Don't be daft. For now we will handle this on our own. We have the resources to deal with a small town disturbance ourselves. We'll bring in the dayshift early. Get on the phone and make some wake up calls."
"Right, will do sir." Sandra replied, barely hiding her contempt with her superiors decision.
Having little information to go on, the initial decision was taken to block the main road in and out of Tadley, primarily to prevent members of the public entering the town and becoming victims of whatever it was that was going on, but also to prevent any of the assailants from escaping the town. It was known that at least nine people were dead, at least one paramedic had been taken to hospital in a bad way and six of their officers had gone missing, two of whom had since been seen running around with severed heads. Needless to say the police didn't want these crazed individuals from going any further and hurting more people.
The dayshift officers, rudely awoken from their well deserved sleep, had been dragged into work four hours early and told of the situation. A total of thirty five officers were to make their way into Tadley from the Newbury station and comb the streets looking for the suspects. Already a further twelve 999 calls had come in from residents demanding immediate assistance as people broke into their homes. The ambulance service had been blocked from entering the village due to volatility of the situation meaning the injured could not get the treatment they needed.
Chris wanted the situation under control by the time the sun came up and people were getting up for work and was prepared to deploy his officers in full force to deal with the rabble-rousers.
Superintendent Chris Grant would be vilified in the years that followed the Laughing Plague. Had he immediately called upon support from HQ, perhaps things could have been contained in Tadley.
But hindsight is a wonderful thing, and in all likelihood, all sending in officers from the other stations in neighbouring towns would have achieved would been to add to the casualty count. Regardless, he would never get the chance to speak during the inquiry. His body is likely one of the many thousands dumped in mass graves in the South of England that was never identified.
The attempt to regain control of the situation in Tadley by deploying a total of thirty five officers in five person teams to combat what was felt was perhaps a total of 15 - 25 hostile drunks had been seen as a proportionate and sensible measure. Unaware of the biological nature of the situation the police leadership at the time did not realise that those numbers would increase as their officers were attacked and turned. By 0400 the senior officers at the Newbury station could only shake their heads in bewilderment as contact was lost with multiple units, and when it was regained, profanity of the most vulgar kind filled the airwaves. By then half the force deployed into the area was either dead, missing or infected and the others were falling back in disarray. It had become clear that the situation was completely out of the control of the Newbury based officers and that support from Kidlington would have to be requested. They still could not figure out why many of their officers were joining in with what they were now terming "rioters". A number of homes and vehicles had been set ablaze and dozens of local residents had been killed according to responding officers reporting back into Newbury. This was no ordinary riot. By the time the Chief Constable John Campbell was awoken by a phone call just before six in the morning, the village of Tadley was a write off and the police force had been routed, with remaining officers who had been forced to flee for their lives from Tadley blocking the roads into neighbouring villages to try and keep the attackers at bay. Dozens of residents would die screaming down their phones to 999 operators as their homes were raided by crazed individuals. Orders were sent out that no emergency services were to respond to any calls from Tadley "until the situation becomes clearer." People who did call 999 were advised to lock themselves indoors and wait on help. That help would never come.
By the time the sun began to rise and the police helicopter got a proper look at the situation on the ground, already there were several hundred people infected and at least three hundred dead. A number of infected had wandered through the woods and fields and into smaller villages such as Bramley and Ramsdell, attacking people in the streets who had no idea about the situation in Tadley yet, which by then the news media was only just starting to get wind of. The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, having spoken to the Superintendent at Newbury and received the footage from the helicopter and later the drone that was sent over, telephoned the Home Office at 0700, who in turn contacted Downing Street ten minutes later after seeing the footage the Chief Constable had emailed them.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was interrupted from his breakfast and informed of the situation. It was decided to call a COBRA meeting to address the escalating crisis.
TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2020 Midday
The Rt Hon Boris Johnson - Prime Minister
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab - Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The Rt Hon Priti Patel - Secretary of State for the Home Department
The Rt Hon Ben Wallace - Secretary of State for Defence
The Rt Hon Robert Buckland - Secretary of State for Justice
The Rt Hon Matt Hancock - Secretary of State for Health
Rt Hon Brandon Lewis - Deputy Home Secretary and Minister for Security
Johnson : Thank you all for coming on such incredibly short notice. I know it was a rush to get here. I didn't even have time to finish my lunch
Patel: Really Boris?
Johnson: A poor attempt to lighten the mood Priti. Anyway, lets get down to business shall we ?
Patel: Right, well we have a right mess on our hands it would appear. We're still limited on what we actually do know though. We have gathered as much information as we can from the police. Its not a pretty picture by any standard. At about half past 12 this morning, emergency services were called to a house in Tadley, Hampshire. A few miles west of Basingstoke. The paramedics arrived shortly after the police and found the house trashed and abandoned. They went into the garden and were confronted by a group of people that included the couple who owned the house, the person who broke in and two police officers. The paramedics were attacked. One managed to escape back to the ambulance, the other was captured and taken into the garden shed where she was nailed to the wall and left to bleed to death. A police car sent to check up on the previous car uncovered the situation and called an ambulance where the poor woman was taken to hospital. I understand she is alive but critical. The perpetrators had moved on. At this point more police were sent in to deal with a number of reports of domestic disturbances. The officers were set upon, and reportedly killed. Another car was sent to investigate and reported numerous mutilated corpses in the streets and claimed they seen a number of their colleagues partaking in the violence, including beheadings.
Buckland: Wait a minute Priti. Crucified paramedics ? Beheadings? By British policemen? Seems a bit far fetched does it not?
Priti: Well the accuracy of this report is increasingly likely. Since then at least thirty five officers were sent in in force to deal with what was felt to be a riot by drunken youths. Of those thirty five officers, only twelve made it back out of the village. The others were either killed or started joining in with the rioters. By six o'clock this morning the entire village had been abandoned by the police, and ambulances and fire engines had been told not to respond to 999 calls as it was too dangerous to enter.
Johnson: We really should have been informed of this situation much sooner. More to the point, what i want to know is why the hell so many police officers just decided to join in with a riot out of the blue? Now get they're pissed off with the policing cuts but that's simply out of order.
Buckland; Agreed Boris. Absolutely no need for our officers to act out in this way. I will certainly be having the full force to the law land on any police officer that...
Hancock: Good God...
Buckland: Don't be bloody rude Matt I'm speaking and you're on your phone !
Hancock: Sorry Rob . A video i was just sent. Unreal. God almighty what is going on?
[Matt Hancock passes his phone around the room so people can watch. The video was posted on twitter from Tadley ten minutes previous. A woman is tied to a chair, her face is covered in blood. Its quickly clear that her eyes have been removed. A blood soaked spoon lies on the table beside her.
*Open up sweetheart. Its full of protein !* The man is holding the woman's mouth open with a pair of tongs whilst he stuffs something in her mouth. * Chew ! go on chew them !* ]
Wallace : Her eyes. He's making her eat her own bloody eyes !
[The woman in the chair vomits and screams in despair. *Oh no don't be sad we are having fun ! Never mind time to make a smoothie hahaha* The crazed individual proceeded to use a large knife to chops the maimed woman's fingers and toes off and put them in a blender, all the while whistling the theme tune to the Archers. He pours the contents of the blender into a jug and drinks half of it before making the poor woman drink the rest]
[sound of gagging from Patel]
Johnson: Okay...umm....right well that was discomforting to watch, but what the hell has that got to do with today's meeting Matt ?
Hancock: Because that video was posted from Tadley ten minutes ago.
Johnson : Oh
Patel: What the fuck was that ? What are we dealing with here?
Wallace: The marks on that mans face? Was it some kind of face paint? Certainly wasn't a birthmark. If anything it looked like a rash.
Johnson: Could this be some kind of illness?
Hancock: I think that's maybe a theory we should be looking into. I'll phone the Chief Medical Officer after the meeting is done. We're already stretched dealing with coronavirus. This is the last thing we need.
[Sound of door knocking and someone entering]
aide : Sorry to interrupt but you need to see this. [Television mounted on the wall is switched on]
"...to cut away from the situation in Hampshire for a moment, we've got some breaking news coming in from the United States. There is an ongoing incident at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. Whilst there has been no official statement from the authorities yet, speculation that there has been a terrorist incident onboard a KLM flight from Heathrow continues to abound. An amateur video shot just fifteen minutes ago shows some dramatic images. This report contains images of violence and dead bodies."
[An amateur video filed from the Reagan Airport control tower is played]
[Gasps from all in the room]
Johnson: Fucking hell...
Wallace: That was grim.
Hancock: It was the same markings. They had the same markings on their face as the guy in the video i showed you.
Patel : We need a plan. And fast.
Reagan National ATC did not know what to make of the situation at all. KLM6187 had come in without any issues at all and had pulled up at one of the hard stands and was ready for the stairs. There hadn't been any distress call from the plane but a very sudden loss of communication. The pilot had told ATC after landing he was going to check of some kind of issue in the cabin. There had been no contact since. They tried for a few minutes to regain contact with the plane. One of the ATC's swore he could see blood on the windows through his binoculars. Whilst they couldn't be sure of what exactly it was without being on board, it was certainly enough reason to send in the first responders.
The MPAA Police Department had a number of their cars and officers surrounding the silent aircraft within two minutes, with fire trucks and ambulances a mere thirty seconds behind them. The doors on the aircraft remained closed, and views inside were obscured by red liquid on every window which could have only been blood. Whatever had happened, had happened in a stunningly short time. So short that there had been no distress call from the pilots or 911 calls from the passengers.
SWAT moved up the stairs armed and ready for anything. Or so they thought. No amount of training and experience could prepare anybody for what was about to unfold.
"Holy fuck ! What the hell is this ?" Was the first and last words of the first officer onboard before the gunfire started. It was less than thirty seconds before the remaining officers fled from the aircraft and down the steps, some screaming in terror. The other first responders on the ground instinctively took a few paces back upon seeing the terrified cops running. Then the passengers came spilling out and down the stairs after them.
There were no news crews on the scene, but the footage filmed from the control tower and posted on twitter by one of the air traffic controllers would be retweeted 258,000 times within an hour before being taken down for "breaching community guidelines". Of course it found its way onto Liveleak very shortly afterwards. The phone zoomed in as a number of SWAT officers ran out of the aircraft, minus half of their number who had entered less than a minute earlier. The man recording can be heard saying "what the fuck?" multiple times. The passengers soon began to follow them, a number tumbling down the stairs in their excitable chase of the cops. The passengers - along with the cabin crew - are absolutely drenched in blood and gore. One has what appears to be someones intestines around his neck like some kind of hellish necklace. Though the person filming is too far away to be able to record the voices on the ground, the facial expressions of the attackers look to be ones of people having a good time. Many appear to be laughing and all have some kind of cross shaped rash on their face. The camera zooms in to show three of the passengers set upon one of the EMTs and begin to savagely slam her head into the side of the ambulance whilst two of the SWAT officers who had entered the aircraft earlier come back, both soaked in blood and aim their weapons at the first responders who by now are starting to fall back. A firefight breaks out between the officers at the top of the steps and those on the ground. The camera cuts away a few seconds after.
TRENDING ON TWITTER as of 0900 EST
BBC NEWS 1310 14 APRIL 2020
Major Incident in Hampshire : Emergency services struggle to cope as violence shatters local communities
Major Incident in Hampshire : Emergency services struggle to cope as violence shatters local communities
Thames Valley Police have declared a major incident in Hampshire around the village of Tadley including several nearby villages where reports have been coming in of rioting since early this morning. Superintendent Chris Grant in Newbury has confirmed that at least twenty eight people have been confirmed killed in the violence along with dozens of others injured and missing. Amongst the casualties there are at least ten police officers dead with many more missing. A police source who has asked to remain anonymous as they are not authorised to speak publicly on the situation has conceded that the number of dead only includes the bodies they have been able to recover and that the number of dead is likely far greater than the official numbers, perhaps in the hundreds.
There is still no known reason for the sudden outbreak of extreme violence in the Hampshire countryside, though Thames Valley Police have ruled out terrorism. Though unverified, a number of social media posts from the area claim that the assailants are not just attacking people but that there have been cases of rape and even torture. A number of extremely graphic videos have been uploaded to facebook and twitter but have since been removed . A spokesman for Downing Street has confirmed that the Prime Minister is chairing a meeting of the governments emergency COBRA committee in response to the situation and will have a statement once more facts are known. The public have been advised to avoid the following places in Hampshire : Tadley, Pamber Green, Pamber Heath, Kingsclere, Silchester and Bramley. Roads in and out of these villages have been closed to all but emergency services and people in the affected areas are urged to remain at home with their doors locked.
We will have more on this situation as it develops.
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