Virus # 26”: Chapter 2 Director’s Version (A Serialized Novel by Robert K. Stephen)

Chapter 2 “A Little Bit About Virus #26: Turks and Iranians Should be Thanked for Originating Virus # 26”

The world was weary with COVID-19 and COVID-19 Plus and just when all Canadians thought matters were back to the new normal yet another virus called Virus #26 reared its ugly head in 2030.

Virus # 26 originated in Turkey. The state of Greek-Turkish relations in the late 2020’s was very strained. Turkey was ready to invade Greek Aegean islands claiming historically they had always been theirs of course not to mention the natural gas grab for natural gas fields just off the coast of so many Greek Aegean islands.  The United States invasion of Cyprus in 2028 necessitated by the huge amount of Muslim terrorist training facilities on the island organized by the Turkish Free Army had left Turkish occupation forces of Cyprus in disarray and the survivors fled to Turkey to the safety of their expansionist president Mamool Farouk but not before using a few dirty nuclear bombs against the Americans destroying two huge aircraft carriers and killing thousands of U.S. sailors and soldiers. The usual Turkish military incompetence resulted in thousands of Turkish residents of Cyprus to be felled by radiation sickness.

On top of that Turkey’s attempted invasion of the Greek Islands of Samos and Lesbos in the Eastern Aegean in 2028 had been a miserable fiasco as Greek forces and Israeli special forces cut the Turkish invaders to ribbons as they landed on the beaches of Samos ad Lesbos. Yes, the Israeli’s were becoming increasingly alarmed by the Islamification of Turkey and Iran’s support of Turkey’s Muslimification designs and decided to protect its interests by assisting the Greeks. The Israelis were cognizant some 50,000 Jews in the northern Greek City of Thessaloniki had been whisked to their deaths to German concentration camps by the Germans in 1941. They felt a certain degree of solidarity with the Greeks.

Since 2017 Turkey had facilitated the movement of thousands of Muslim “refugees” and Turkish secret police disguised as refugees from the Turkish coast to several “refugee” centres to the Greek islands of Samos and Lesbos in the Greek Eastern Aegean in a more peaceful but heavily orchestrated programme by the Turks to inundate Greece with “friendly” waves of Muslim refugees and Turkish spies. After the refugees began overrunning the camps, destroying local’s crops and threatening Greek islanders with violence the Greek government put an iron fist down and closed its Northern border with Turkey and its Eastern Aegean islands in 2027. This was throwing a wrench in Farouk’s “The New Crusades” movement which as you may have guessed it had the goal of the Muslimification of Europe. Western Europe expelled all Turkish guest workers because of the Turkish nuclear attacks in Cyprus augmenting disarray and discontent with Farouk in Turkey. Greece finally closed its “refugee camps” in 2027 and with the help of the German coast guard docked in the port of Samos deported the “refugees” back to the Turkish coast from whence they came.

As a successful physical invasion of Greece was becoming a hollow dream Turkey with the technical assistance of Iran had established a “research centre” in the Turkish port town of Kusadesi which was but a few kilometres from the Greek island of Samos. The official Turkish-Iranian story was that this was an agricultural research centre but European security agencies and the Israeli Mossad determined against all international law the research was based on developing a biological chemical weapon that would be dumped into water reservoirs of infidel countries and kill millions of “non-believers”.

Israeli forces were in the midst of preparing an Entebbe style strike at the “research facility” in late 2029 when the 25th sample of Turkish poison mutated after a severe earthquake centred a few kilometres from Kusadesi sent vials of it flying all over the “research facility”. In the midst of this chemical soup what was known as Virus #26 was born. Unlike the poison the Turks and Iranians were working on this had mutated strangely into a virus and was no longer a poison.

In the period of a week the virus cut a vicious swath through Kusadesi and like COVID’s it spread globally and it was so deadly it was beginning to make the COVID viruses look like harmless flies.

As a cardiologist this Virus #26 had special interest to me as it did not attack the respiratory system but after an incubation period of a week or so it attacked the heart causing it to go into severe arrythmia of which no known drug could reverse. Your heart just collapsed under the incessant and hugely irregular waves of arrythmia. If the arrhythmia didn’t collapse the heart it caused blood clots to form many of which lodged in blood vessels to the brain causing death by stroke. I was powerless to help my patients except to drug away the fear and pain.

There was a bizarre immunity to Virus # 26 which took months to surface. Those who had contracted measles and chicken pox were somehow wired to fend off the virus. Since legislation mandated measles and chicken pox vaccinations in the 1960’s in most First World countries the older baby boomers and anti-vaxxers were immune from Virus # 26 as the majority of the pre vaccination boomers had contracted measles and chicken pox. The rest of the populations in the industrialized world were easy picking. The less developed countries where vaccinations were a luxury also had a lower mortality rate initially.

For the time being The New Crusades propagated by Farouk was going nowhere other than just about killing many a Turk. The United States was preparing an invasion of Turkey in reprisal to Turkey’s nuclear attack on American aircraft carriers in Cyprus.

By the way when I was growing up children were encouraged to socialize with those friends who had measles and chicken pox as it was a childhood disease simply to contract and get out of the way. Thank goodness I had put my foot down and refused to have my daughter Alexi vaccinated for measles and chicken pox. It is too late to regret having my two late sons being vaccinated against measles and chicken pox but that was a moot point as they were already dead due to the COVID viruses.

Virus #26 was Turkey’s and Iran’s gift to the world. A deadly one. A mistake. An error. Something that could never happen again. So they said. Seems they said that about the earlier COVIDs!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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