Annabel King (her friends call her Anna) is a 25 year old American female. She grew up in a middle class family on their farm in the California valley. She has a younger brother named Tim and has always looked after him. She is caring and compassionate. She always wanted to be a veterinarian but when it came time for school she decided that wasn't the path for her. Instead she decided to stay and work on her family farm.
Years past and in early 2016 she heard about a missionary trip to Chernarus from her local church. She had been on a few missionary trips before, mainly to Mexico, but had never gone so far from home before. She was intrigued as the mission revolved around helping displaced and orphaned children in the region. She talked with her parents and they agreed that she should go. The farm would be okay without her for awhile. Her brother Tim decided that he would go as well. So they both started saving and ended up getting sponsored by their church.
In early March Anna and Tim arrived in Chernogorsk and started their year long missionary trip. They met the other missionaries who came from all around the world. It was a new experience and she was far from home but Anna had her brother and she liked the work. She helped teach English to the kids, enjoyed playing games with them and helped out however she could.
As the months went by she began to hear whispers and tension with the locals. They feared there would be another civil war. Relations with Russia were deteriorating but still she stayed. After the bombing from Russia many of her fellow missionaries felt it wasn't safe anymore and left the very next day. Even after the reports of an infectious disease spreading in northern Chernarus Anna and her brother felt like they couldn't abandon their mission. If everyone left, who would look after the children?
Soon the area was in panic. Refugees from the north began to flood in. The remaining missionaries focused their efforts on helping in whatever way they could but they were overwhelmed. By the time Anna realized the danger, it was too late to leave. Amid the riots Anna feared for her and her brother's lives. She didn't know what to do. There was disagreement within her group. Some were saying they just needed to remain calm and stay where they were. Others were saying they needed to leave now; head away from the city and into the countryside. It wasn't until the city started to burn that she fled into the countryside with her brother, a few missionaries and what children they could find. The rest of the missionaries stayed behind for there were many kids missing. They didn't want to abandon them.
It was a fearful night spent running through the woods. By morning the group was exhausted. When they left Chernogorsk they only grabbed a few supplies and what little food and water they had brought was gone. They came upon Vyshnoye and decided to stop for supplies. The village seemed deserted. As Anna searched the houses and stores for supplies she heard screams. It sounded like they were coming from the middle of town. She ran toward the noise and was horrified at what she saw. Crazed people were biting and attacking her group. She froze in fear until one of the attackers turned and charged at her. She went to run away but stumbled and fell. The man lunged at her clawing and scratching. He was gnashing his teeth and Anna didn't know what had come over the man, but she struggled to keep him off. She felt her strength waning as she held him at arms length. She felt his body go limp and then it was Tim's hands helping her up. Chaos and screams were around them. Her brother shoved a bloody bat into her hands as he pulled out a knife. They ran to help their group. She could already see bodies lying on the ground including some of the children. She was filled with rage. Why would anyone do this? How could they? The crazed people seemed to be all around them. She started swinging her bat. She knocked one of them out and then another but there were too many. She started backing towards a house while still swinging at her attackers. She was outnumbered and knew this was the end. Anna was almost backed against the wall when a man with an ax appeared and stuck one of the crazed men. He dispatched one but the other grabbed him. Anna saw her opportunity and struck the attacker with a mighty swing.
"Thank you," said the man with the ax.
"Likewise," she replied.
She heard a cry behind her and as she turned around she saw one of the crazed people biting into Tim's neck. She yelled and lunged towards him but it was too late. An arm held her back as she watched her brother's body fall to the ground and get swarmed by their attackers.
"We have to get out of here now," shouted the man.
She didn't want to go, she wanted to save her brother, but she knew. She knew he was gone. Everyone was gone. Helpless she followed the man and they ran into the woods.
The world as she knew it was gone but she was not alone.