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Michael Miller

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  1. Michael Miller is a recreational backpack hunter. Enjoying spending his time off taking on the wilderness with his father. From a young age he was taught how to survive, live and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Learning wilderness survival strategies in skills from his father, and his time as a boy scout. His father David Miller was an avid outdoor enthusiast and hunter, just like his father before him, and Michael followed suit. After spending countless weekends and vacations hunting and camping with friends or family Michael sought out a greater challenge, true separation from the modern world. Wanting to learn how to truly survive on his own in the wilderness, not just for a week long trip. This quest began after Michael lost his job in the great recession. With more time than he knew what to do with on his hands he decided to spend the next few months on his own, gathering his backpacking equipment and his favorite hunting rifle he set out. Although it was difficult at first eventually he began to become comfortable being in the wilderness as well as being completely alone. After traveling for months across the US he eventually returned home with countless stories, and a newfound desire to isolate himself away from the modern world. In order to test himself Michael decided to go somewhere completely unknown to him. Deciding to go across the Atlantic he chose to go to Finland to begin his journey. After doing the research and paperwork required Michael finally set off in the summer of 2018. Although in his previous expeditions he always had an end date in mind, now he decided he would live out there until he felt he had completed his journey. But as time went on that day never came. Weeks became months and months became years. The skills he had learned on his home ground blossomed into a mastery of the northern European wilderness. Believing he found his true calling in life Michael had never been happier, that was until the fateful day that ended his peaceful trip. Hearing a shot ring off in the distance Michael believed it to be another hunter. He had come across them before, even sharing a campsite and stories with them. Although Michael preferred to be alone, spending time with another backpacker or hunter was a nice reprieve from his day to day. In fact he never would have found out he had somehow ended up in Norway if another hunter had not told him. So when he spotted the person he believed to have fired the shot in the distance he offered a smile and a wave, excited at the opportunity to discuss his latest kill. Little did he know this person wasn't hunting game, he was hunting him. This unknown figure stopped and took aim, luckily missing his shot. Michael could not believe what was happening. He took off and ran but his pursuer followed. He didn't want to accept it, but it was kill or be killed. What happened next was a haze, not even Michael himself could have told you exactly what happened, but it shook him to his core. Michael was a changed man, no longer a hunter, but a killer. This incident was what finally caused Michael to return to civilization wanting to report what happened. This was truly the end of Michaels peaceful happy life in the wilderness. Going towards the nearest city wanting to talk to the police, he could not believe what he found. The city was gone, completely destroyed, turned to dust. Was this war, a revolution, anarchy? He didn't know what was happening, why, or what to do. That was until he encountered his first infected. A civilian like him, at first when he reached out to try to talk he didn't know what to think of what he was seeing. Eventually being attacked by what he thought was a person he ran. Still with good intentions in his heart he set out further into the city hoping to find some sort of official to talk to. Until he found out this one attacker at the edge of Oslo wasn't the exception it was the rule. Hordes of these mindless people turned to him and ran after. Michael finally accepted this wasn't war, this was the end of the world. After running back into the wilderness leaves us where Michael is today. Shook and disturbed by this experience he is scared like he has never been before. His previous aversion to interacting with others has turned into outright fear. His preference to be alone became a necessity. Scared to run into others in case they try to kill him again. Or worse they find out he was already a killer.
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