Not quite managed what I wanted with this but I ran out of time. I might have to come back and write more of it later! It’s a little ripped off The Last of Us, but I haven’t actually played that yet! So I guess it’s more ripped off The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, who did cordycep-infested-humans first and did it well. If you don’t know what cordyceps are, do go here and read about them, but prepared to be horrified!
Cordyceps (187 words)
The spore, once inhaled, was a death sentence.
Lucil had watched her brother slip from sensibility; he had been strong, and the change had not come quick enough. Her neighbours she had beaten to death, her face wrapped in layers of gauze and cling film to keep out the particles, so that even walking made her light-headed, and fighting had made her weak for hours after.
She lashed on her government-issued gas mask and headed city-side. She had long since learned to slip the eye of patrols. Others ran for food or guns, or took petty retrieval missions from those who had enough spare rations to get back lost belongings. Once a telemarketer by day and barmaid by night, Lucil’s new role gave her the kind of purpose she’d never had.
It was amazing what people would pay, even if they had barely enough to survive on. Nobody liked to think of their loved ones out there, gone mad with strange, implanted hormones. Lucil thought of the twisted left side of her brother’s face, cragged into nothingness. It was worth it for a little peace of mind.