For this, and any other Wacky Writing Ideas, I happily release them into the wild for anyone to use. If you like the idea and want to write it up, do so with my blessing! If you want to change it or use it for something else, have at it! If you really want to do something nice for me, feel free to acknowledge me and let me know if you’ve used one of them (I’ll link to your creative work from my blog). If you don’t feel like it, no worries. If there’re a few comments with enthusiasm for an idea, I may write it up, so please comment if it sounds like something you’d like to read.
The idea behind this is “Lord of the Flies” meets “The Stand”. Basically, a group of children, ranging in age from 5 to 17 maybe, are quarantined in a hospital with a communicable disease. A lethal pandemic starts and they’re some of the few people who don’t get infected (because they’re in quarantine). A vaccine is developed but everyone else is already infected. A sick doctor vaccinates them but slowly all the hospital and support staff die.
The kids emerge and start making their way out of an American city that’s come to a halt after everyone died. They try to stay alive while dealing with a poor understanding of the world around them (they can’t Google information anymore) and the breakdown of societal norms without any adults to enforce them.
The “horror”, would be realistic, nothing supernatural just the brutality of living in a poorly understood world with other people who turn nasty without the restraints of society or maturity.