For some time now, I’ve been researching the phenomenons know as ‘flow’/’.flow’ and ‘rust’. A sweet little girl named Imunity was the first one to introduce me to these things, telling me most of what she knew about them. There is also her double, Imune, and a mysterious person known only as ‘B’. I’ll be updating my notes regularly.
Flow, by psychological definition, is described as the mental state of operation in which a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus. Kind of like being a trance, or in your own little world.
According to B, the flow is a complete other world, possibly located on this Sabitsuki girl’s computer or inside of her own mind. It has several areas connected to one an other and several people that existed in her real life, or some that are there because ‘the flow’ put them there.
Vaguely, someone mentioned it being a ‘dream world’ for Sabi.
Perhaps it isn’t a dream? Considering the psychological meaning, and with the added input of technology (her computer), it is an immersive reality.
B also said that Sabitsuki could be the flow.
From what I’ve heard from Imunity, rust is a disease that acts much like rabies, a single stranded RNA genome with negative-sense.
For a human, rabies is almost inevitably fatal if pre-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms.
In simpler terms, you much have had the vaccine before-hand to stand even a chance of surviving.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. Rabies wears away at the brain, causing the infected victim to become violent, a danger to themselves and to others.
Imunity mentioned that people infected with rust also become violent and/or die. It’s possible that rust is a mutated form of the disease.
The rabies virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves (the nerves around the brain and spinal cord, a fast track from wherever the victim was bitten or had the disease transmitted them straight to the brain).
The incubation period of the disease is usually a few months in humans, but it can be faster or slower, it’s different for everybody.
Once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is completely untreatable and usually fatal within days.
If Sabitsuki had the rust disease, then she would not have known it until a few months after being infected if we assume it is almost identical to the original strain and not some new mutagen.
I spoke to B yet again… And it turns out that people who have died can be pushed into the Flow.
I’ve spoken to some of them and it’s quite a shock…
B explained that the flow had recreated people from Sabi’s life and put them inside of it, as well as people who had died(oddly suicide was a recurring theme here?). Normally people can’t get into the flow without being one of those two things.
The flow is more complicated than first expected.
It’s the most complicated thing I have ever studied in my entire life.
As originally thought, Rust shares similarities with rabies - certain traits of the disease as asimilar to it, shockingly so, and yet…
Rust is also similar to necrosis.
Necrosis is the premature death of cells in living tissue. Necrosis is caused by factors external to the cell or tissue, such as infection, toxins, or trauma - infection is the main clause we’re looking at here, considering Rust is a disease, an infection. Necrosis is almost always detrimental and can be fatal.
Cells that die due to necrosis do not usually send the same chemical signals to the immune system that cells undergoing apoptosis do. This prevents nearby phagocytes from locating and engulfing the dead cells, leading to a build-up of dead tissue and cell debris at or near the site of the cell death. For this reason, it is often necessary to remove necrotic tissue surgically, a process known as debridement. Perhaps Rust may be removed in a similar fashion, though the victim may lose a limb or two in the process… Rather unfortunate, but hey, it’s better than death by rotting alive.
Necrosis often occurs on the outside body, though, when not natural. A good example of this would be the bit of a Brown Recluse spider, but…
I wish I were a doctor.
I don’t know how to explain this properly. My findings are small in comparison to others, so this will remain a light read.