Gudia walked across the hallway to General Bukhori office. She got early memo from him this morning stating urgent meeting. He did understand that today was her day off from working, but to force her to wake up at 5 a.m in order to get to the Army Headquarter at 6 a.m was infuriating. Her body needed to recover from physical shock due to a violent storm in South Pole. She just arrived in her apartment at 2 a.m , listened to voice mail from her parents, and then fallen unconsciously to her bed. When suddenly, the alarm from The Tele went off telling her that the mighty general wanted to see her as soon as possible.
Dragging her pitiful body, she took a cab to Headquarter while listening to cab driver complaint of the traffic.
“What is wrong with these people, why are they thronging on the road like that?” Gudia asked
“The news from Jakarta of course, pros and cons, we are heading to World War III” The cab driver shouted while honking the car horn violently
“Oiiii…what is it?” Gudia almost screamed
“Sorry, maam, it is the driver in the front, he stopped without warning, surprissed me”
“Alright, drive nicely, I need to sleep for a while” Gudia rested her head to car couch
At 5.30 she arrived at Headquarter. Exactly what she wanted to be 30 minutes too early, thus she would get enough preparation for asking around or eavesdropping of the News from General office. She had been away from the civilisation too long that her thirst of news was inundated. The morning light illuminated the hallway to General office. Officer passed by gave her saluted. She looked at their military insignia but still could not recognise their military rank. Whatever, they were all in army, what else matter.
At 5.45 She arrived at General office, but apparently someone was inside at the moment. Exactly what she wanted. She inadvertently stand very still in front of key hole, sometimes if she listened carefully, the air could carry the sound from the inside of the office.
“It is inhuman” She listened to deeper voice of a male, must be General Bukhori.
“But they are not human Bukhori, both are not human anymore. Draining our money for personal use, too much of them in this country, they are vermints to our world” The other voice answered
“Nearly two third of the world leaders agreed, and will follow suit soon. At least a week at the most, they have more than enough resources compare to us” The other voice continued. Gudia didn’t recognized this voice, might be close acquaintance of General Bukhori.
“What could we do then?. Our current wars now, this new disease, it really tears me down” General Bukhori asked.
“It tears down every living soul in this planet, this madness. What could we do is doing our best” The other voice replied.
Gudia heard the footsteps approching toward the door. She step away from the door. The door was opened form inside revealing two figures, General Bukhori and his acquaintance.
“Aaaah my favourite niece” General Bukhori greeted her gleefully.
“This, Sosro Budiman, is my niece I told you about, the next David Attenborough from Indonesia, best Naturalist of the world” General Bukhori continued, “And Gudia, this is General Sosro Budiman from Surabaya Headquarter, you can call him General SB”
Gudia and General SB shook hand to each other.
“My uncle was bragging General SB, just don’t believe what he said, I am not that good”
General SB chuckled “Well, I am not only hearing your achievements from your uncle, young lady. Your achievements are posted everywhere, new species hahhh…excellent, excellent”
“Thank you, Sir” Gudia smiled widely.
The sun has started to rise, giving Gudia a clear view of two military figures in front of her. His uncle was tall man, heavy built body, wearing green military uniform with red and white flag adorned in his sleeves. His dimples on both cheek always been his interesting value. As her mother always said, his smile brighten up the day owed to the dimples. General SB on the other hand was slender man, he seemed no more older than her uncle, probably late 40. He was of Chinese descent, Gudia noticed.
“Well, I will have my flight in two hours, and I still need to taste the breakfast menu you told me about, Khori. Don’t let me interrupt your upcoming meeting with your niece” General SB proceed.
“Not at all, SB. Your visit is always been an excitement for me, regardless the news you bring. Anyway you know the way to the Resto, Sergent Arief will meet you there”
Both military figures were chuckled and waved each other goodbye.
“So, Gudia come in” Her uncle beckoned her to come inside.
The General office was brightly lit. Each side of the wall was covered with Battlefield map. Such nauseating sight, Gudia thought. Her uncle desk was positioned near the big window.
“So, how’s the penguins?” Her uncle asked.
“They are fine uncle, this is nesting season for them, soon we will expecting new-comers. The new species are more gentle in term of mating, takes a long time for them to start” Gudia explained.
Her uncle chuckled “Such an uptight species they are, I presume. Anyway have you heard enough of the news?”
“What I heard this morning, help me for speculating. A throng of citizen in the city center, cab driver’s prediction of world war III, the inhuman decision. Must be something to do with the zombies, am I correct uncle?
“Eavesdropping again yet partly correct. You haven’t read the morning newspaper then. You should if you are away from the civilization for a long time”
Gudia complained “Well, you didn’t let me remember. I just arrived this early morning, Uncle. I felt ache all over my body, strucked by heavy storm in Antartica. Would you care”?
“I understand Gudia, and I must apologize. However, the current situation will not let me wait until later. The President wants to relocate the Zombies to Antartica”
Gudia shivered and felt the silent reverberated through her surrounding.
“That man has been destroying the natural habitat with his Natural Prison. Now, he wants to destroy it even more. It has been a long strive for preserving our nature uncle, our ancestor has neglected the duty, now the duty is in our generation, we have came a long way to this day, when nature and technology are in balance equity, only to be destroyed again in the name of revolution. I don’t understand”
“But you can not forget that The President has revolutionized our morality through his Natural Prison”
“I don’t know Uncle. The wars are still raging on. Off shore, on air, oil war, gold war. Talking about morality it is counter-productive. Moreover, I pity the nature for destruction that human being made”
Both were silent.
Gudia thought about the Natural Prison law that had been enacted 50 years by The President. The President of Indonesia was elected when he was no more than 30 years old. He started his career in the parliament and had been a vocal member ever since. He was a great help for building the country into its prominence as now. The President despised convicted criminals, most of all the corruptors. He enacted a law for relocated the convicted criminals into the pristine reclusive nature according to their level of criminality. Started with social work in the community for petty theft and living in the pristine rain forest, mountain forest, even the poles for the greater criminals. The President decreed that living in nature would restore the morality of the convicted criminal into its original state, just like the first human on earth, Adam and Eve.
This seemed efficient. Several countries followed suit in the first 10 years of its installment. Now, 40 years later the whole world had been carrying out the same step. All convicted criminals were imprisoned in the nature, or The Moor as people called it. They had been separated from the civilization by the vast ocean. Such an impossibility to escape.
General Bukhori broke the silent. “The zombies have becoming so aggressive. One bite and you turn to be just like them in instant. They seem indestructable. They were just like us, now they are monster”
“What make you sure that they are monster. If lions attack you, you can not call them monster. They act on their own instinct to protect their perimeter, it could be the same with the Zombies”
General Bukhori massaged his temple “I don’t want to argue about the natural instinct of the Zombies, Gudia. They are a threat, this is clear for all of us. Our troops can not hold them any longer in the Facility, not to mention the Facility is far too close with our civilization”
“Just relocate them to the War Zone then, end of discussion” Gudia argued.
“You are so heartless young lady. It is impossible since it is against the War Law. We have our troops, good men, in the war zone, it could jeopardize them. Initially, The President is in two minds. The choices are between The nature or The Moor”
“That would be the hell on earth for the convicted criminals if we relocate the Zombies to The Moor. But we also could not neglect the animals in the nature that could be the fresh meat for the Zombies” His uncle continued.
“But the Zombies could be a punishment for the convicted criminals. This seems to be morally right” Her uncle bowed his head as if ashamed of his own notion.
“Why telling me this, Uncle?”
“The President will starts the voting today at 9 a.m, aside from parliament, he also wants the army to vote. I want to loose a burden in my shoulder, Gudia, and I need you to help me”
“What do you want me to do, Uncle?”“Telling the world that once again The Nature can sustain the human intervention”