THE DRACULA SYNDROME
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- CAROL GRAYSON
Imagine our world in the very near future. The individual and total humanity are under control of authorities. What would those people do who desperately stick to their freedom?
The boy flipped the cigarette in a true James Dean manner out of the open convertible, the car's fading paint beginning to bud rust spots. He'd parked directly in front of the main entrance of the old graveyard and waited. Even though it had cooled down, he still didn't close the roof of his car. "And what if this turns out to be another false alarm?"
One of the observers had reported this abandoned graveyard close to the Holland border as positive. No one had been buried here in ages. The corresponding chapel at the edge of the woods could only be considered an ancient ruin. Religion had been put on the backburner decades ago. Actually, burials were very rare, the government promoted cremations. Building sites were a scarce commodity, especially in the vicinity of large cities. And, who still needed graveyards?
The twilight grasped with its wispy blue-grey fingers, interfering with the beauteous evening cast by the setting sun on the park-like premises. The shadows of the trees and untended gravestones had slowly grown, eventually intertwining with one another.
Markus Baumanns had belonged to the German underground for as long as he could remember. To those who refused to assimilate, one of the few "free born" people. But the government continued to reign in the few resistance fighters who thwarted surveillance and a ?regulated? life.
The cameras were not yet providing complete wide-area coverage, but it seemed as if they were being installed faster than the speed of light. The governments had implemented them after the last massive attack in Paris. Despite the initial wave of outrage, the compilation of even strictly private data as well as the implanting of microchips into newly born children ? which had been originally foreseen for animals to serve as a location device via satellite ? had continued.
Little by little the initial protests diminished. People grew accustomed to anything and everything. The ?free ones? knew why: The media, such as radio and television, broadcasted subliminal messages during their trivial entertainment in order to hold the population in a type of comatose state and also keep them adjusted, especially because the law-enforcement authorities possessed a nearly unlimited supremacy.