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    We are not what you think we are. We are not stories, nor immortals, nor monsters. We treat silver as any other metal. We don’t live forever and don’t concern ourselves with your religion or its artifacts. If it wasn’t for your dominance of the planet we wouldn’t think about you at all.

    We were there when ape’s first stood upright. Smiling with excited anticipation. We were among the things in the shadows when you mastered fire. As you discovered tools we continued our voyeurism laughing at your monuments.

    Early on you killed like any other animal, for resources or food. We all had started the same way. We evolved. You did not. We looked enough like you that we could blend into your societies. So, we watched with scowls from the periphery. We saw our brethren turned to pools of blood. Your fear of “magic” always ends in death. Your arrogance leads you to believe you created what you destroyed.

    Your hunger was bottomless; your thirst unquenchable. On a quest to be gods you spread throughout the world. You became locusts to life, covering the planet in a pale haze.

    We planned how to deal with you for generations. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that a simple virus burnt through you like wildfire. A moment that could have brought you together only highlighted your narcissistic bigotry. When we read about “Gay Cancer”, we knew you would reject the sick, making it easier for a virus to spread.

    There are millions of viruses in your body that never make you sick. Many passed down through your DNA. These viruses have gone ignored by your media. Your scientists are only now starting to catalog them. Yoonly concern yourselves with immediate threats.

    In distant labs, our scientists developed a virus. One that would only infect Humans. Piece by piece they found a way to control the mutation and released it to you.

    It was fun to birth the anti-vaccination movement. We bragged to each other as we sewed distrust of science in your communities. Mostly we kept you bickering about meaningless tripe. Your internet made it easier than we expected.

    Like us, our virus is patient. Very slow to replicate, creating no detectable symptoms. It is systemic, spreading throughout the body. Easily transmitted to others through almost any contact. As of the writing of this, it has spread undetected to almost 80% of your population. You likely already have it.

    When we decide, the virus will kick its reproduction into overdrive. Devouring your body one cell at a time. Death will come quickly. The nerve damage will make it as painless possible.

    Within a year your vast network will have failed you. Living in small isolated pockets, it will be too late to repopulate, as our virus continues to spread. A generation and a half later there will not be a human left on this planet. The only reminder of you will be your cities and monuments until time reclaims them.

    We are informing you of this so that when you die you will understand how and why. As I type this my tears blur the computer screen. Killing for pleasure is your domain. Hatred is a human emotion. We are sorry for the pain, sorry for the death and sorry we could not find a better way. We tried for centuries and it only leads to you hunting us. There is no other way.

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    • While I was gathering the feedback for my last story I wrote something shorter, more striaght forward and more timely.  It's a quick read.  As always any feedback is appriciated.

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    • I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's sort of "fuck you humans" and yet sort of "while you don't deserve to live but you don't deserve to suffer either" Kind of confusing. Maybe should've gone for a route where we're told the virus is gonna mimick other less "threatening" diseases thus making us ignore it for long enough until it wipes us out. Something a little less sympathetic I suppose. 

      Also, vampires/werewolves being nice to humans feels kind of off, but you do you. 

      The opening line kind of kills it for me, it's like you're telling "hey this is a fictional story", remove the part about working at CDC. Switch it up with some more inlore stuff. 

      Otherwise, it's pretty nice (: 

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    • BloodySpghetti wrote:
      I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's sort of "fuck you humans" and yet sort of "while you don't deserve to live but you don't deserve to suffer either" Kind of confusing. Maybe should've gone for a route where we're told the virus is gonna mimick other less "threatening" diseases thus making us ignore it for long enough until it wipes us out. Something a little less sympathetic I suppose. 

      Also, vampires/werewolves being nice to humans feels kind of off, but you do you. 

      The opening line kind of kills it for me, it's like you're telling "hey this is a fictional story", remove the part about working at CDC. Switch it up with some more inlore stuff. 

      Otherwise, it's pretty nice (: 

      So first the CDC thing. You kind of made me laugh with that. This story started out with a line in my head, "We are not what you think we are." I thought it was a great opening line and built the idea from there. When I was getting ready to post it, I started thinking about why it would be posted on a forum and not to sent to someone who matters, and I tacked on the opening paragraph to answer that question. I think a problem that I'm having with converting to writing CreepyPatas is that I' trying to hard to write CreepyPatas and sometimes overlooking the tenets of writing a good story. Anyway, that opening probably needs to go.

      While I don't have the virus mimic less threatening diseases, I do have it mimic other viruses. There are a lot of viruses that don't make us sick. Some even help us. It's an emerging field of study, but it's becoming clearer all the time that the most successful viruses are long-lasting and don't have any symptoms. What is most interesting about this is that they still invade our cells and use them to reproduce they just do so at suck a slow rate our bodies don't react.

      The tone of this story is meant to be less "fuck you humans" and more, "we are better than you humans". Contempt and condescension, not anger and hatred. Man, I thought the one thing I was naturally good at was being condescending. It's worth another look

      Finally a bit of a side note. You have a very strange concept of "nice". lo

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    • I tightened up some of the writing, removed the CDC references and the letter format (thanks BloodySpghetti).  I also added a better eplanation about existing viruses that don't make us sick, and did some general tightening of the writing.  I think it's ready to go unless someone see's something I'm missing.

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    • Smartyg4 wrote:
      "millions of viruses" coronavirus?

      The Corona frenzy is obvious inspiration, but that's not reference to Coronavirus per se. There is an emerging field of study that looks at viruses that don't harm us, and in some cases are literally built into our DNA.  In other words, we are born already producing some viruses, and most of them are completely harmless. 

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