He thought back to the days before, the weekend on the east coast. His father's house on the beach. The winds had been blowing strongly from the east, over from the fringes of the continent. It was a pleasant time with his slightly gruff, ex-sailor father. The day he left they had both reported feeling poorly, queasy, like food poisoning and yet hot and feverish. Smith senior put it down to the fish the night before and continued without and deliberation on the subject. However, Cain did not think so and avoided the other people on the number 65 bus from an obscure stop on a country road into the thick of Exodar's Chaos. The same day it was reported that the disease released in Korea, of which the large 19 year paid no attention to, was certainly and undoubtedly spread across the Asia. The flights were blocked, shipments stopped short of docking, and quarantine was issued on a people who had just arrived. It was already too late in hindsight, the disease had already become airborne. A few hours of re-entering his apartment the stomach ache had escalated to abominable levels and Cain's head felt like it would explode from the inside. Somehow he braced himself and managed to ring someone. Everything was blurry as Cain moaned the words into the receiver before falling from consciousness.
Comatose for the next few days the man didn't know a thing until he awoke in the white environs of a hospital. His return to life was a shock to every staff member, a number of cases like his had poured in over the following days. Filling every space the building had to offer. Many other suffers didn't even make it as long as Cain, the others didn't respond to treatment as Cain hadn't. It seemed everyone contracting this mysterious and deadly plague had no chance of surviving. Yet Cain Smith not only survived, but recovered. Despite pleading with the higher ups the first known survivor was discharged in order to accommodate the heavy influx of dying and suffering. Cain returned to his apartment, aimless for it was reported that all businesses were to be closed. Shopping malls and convenience stores shut and the radio station was restricted to either encouraging music or news. Soon after it was announced that even they were to be shut down, along with power stations and the city of Exodar dropped into a blackout of blitz proportions. After that all that remained was for the shielded man to watch the world around him die.