The soft rain could be heard beating on the tin roof of his families home, looking over Michael could see the window in his room coated in rain with more coming down by the second. Standing up onto the hard wood in his socks he walked to the bathroom to prepare for the day. He did have a long trip to Russia after all. Calling down the hall he woke his brother Alex up to make him start getting ready and once Michael was in a decent state he walked downstairs to prepare coffee and an English muffin. Upon walking into the kitchen he looked over at the kitchen table. His mom had left a note that Michael picked up and read while leaning against the counter. "Got called in early, have a fun drive and flight and call me as soon as you land. I love you both. -Mom" Michael set the note back down on the table and started eating. "This is going to be a long day." He thought to himself.
Michael had always loved the woods, growing up in Gatlinburg helped, the smokey mountains were a wonderful place to hunt and fish in and he had always enjoyed hiking with his dad and brother. Little did he know that these skills would help him down the road. Michael was heading to Russia as part of a foreign exchange student program with his 16 year old brother Alex most of the time he loved his brother but he could definitely drive him crazy. Once they landed in Russia Michael and Alex spent a year doing language and cultural studies, finding time to visit the ancient castles that dotted the country. Once a year had passed Alex walked up to Michael and asked if they could drive to a protest that was happening in a small country named Chernarus. This wasn't a new affair for Alex as he had grown up going to protests and being very involved with politics. Michael with some protest agreed to drive down...thats when it hit. The infection broke out when they were in the main city of Chernogorsk mass hysteria broke out and Michael and Alex did what they thought was best and took to the woods to avoid the shambling infected that had started killing people. They both learned the landscape rather quickly and felt right at home in the woods. Since the beginning this is where they have stayed. Coming into town occasionally to get supplies or equipment but favoring to stay out of the way of the people that had taken over after the government had left. Michael and Alex both had a determination to survive in this new wilderness and wished to talk to their family again.