I’ve Been Bit!

May 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Apocalypse, Eternal Aftermath, Horror, Zombie) (, , , , , , )

“I’ve been bit, I’ve been bit!” his brother yelled as he staggered toward Ned, already looking like the zombie he was doomed to become.

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Ned had concern for his brother, but also had to stay ahead of the thirty zombies on his tail. The thought of just putting a bullet through his brother’s head crossed his mind, but their youngest brother remained missing in action and he knew he might still need Jonny’s help to make it through what had quickly become a nightmare.

Zombie Bite

“Damn it, Jonny, come on. We made it through a fucking year of the plague. I don’t need to see us go down today.”

“I’m going down no matter what now,” he whined. “All because of these bunch of losers.”

“We’ll see, let’s circle around to Temple.” Even as he said it, he knew his brother wouldn’t be able to keep up, but he started moving anyway. Zombies had gathered in the streets below, but they were mostly to the north of them. Besides the group that had broken away to follow them up the hill, there weren’t too many between him and the building his youngest brother had dragged the girl into. He b-lined toward that building.

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Jonny tried to keep up, but his multiple wounds slowed him. They were also cutting diagonally across the zombie’s path. Ned made it past them, but Jonny proved less fortunate.

His manic screams let Ned know that he would be meeting his fate long before the curse of the bite set in.

His brother screamed for him to help, but you couldn’t help a dead man.

Without so much as a look over his shoulder, Ned rushed toward Temple. He still might be able to save one of his brothers.

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Sheriff Dells dodged to his left as more bullets ripped his way. Zombies groaned and he heard the meaty impacts as bullets hit their arms and chests. Dashing to the side of the building that run parallel to the one that held Becca and her abductor, he found himself removed from the area that could be fired upon, but not the accumulating zombies.

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Despite the work he and his allies had done thinning the herd that had been lured into San Miguel, dozens still lumbered toward him. Between them and the presence of the gunman, he knew he’d be hard pressed to reach the front of the building that held Becca. So instead he put his boot on the doorknob of the structure and used it to help him climb up into the rafters that supported the former tax consultant’s front porch.

Beneath him zombies moaned with a dull desire as their filthy hands reached up toward him. Some of the taller ones ran their finger tips along his back searching for something to grab, but he didn’t give them a chance. He kept moving and climbing around the edge to the wooden porch and onto the consultant’s roof.

He paused a moment to take in the scene. To his north and west perhaps roughly two hundred of the original three hundred zombies remained. Most of them were just arriving below him, moving like a plague of hungry locusts looking for anything living to devour in their path. To the north east, his two deputies and what was probably Freddy and Fosters fired down on the mass of zombies doing as much damage as they could.

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He was just looking south and wondering if he could make the ten foot jump to the roof of the building that held Becca when he saw a figure running toward him just seconds before he raised his gun and fired.

Bullets whizzed by his head and Dells flung himself flat onto the roof. “Son of a gun barrel,” he cursed to himself and crawled toward the southern side of the roof. But the figure had already reached the south side of the next building before he could spot him again.

He heard the gunman shout to the man that had grabbed Becca. “You alright in there, Temple? Jonny’s gone. We gotta book.”

“No I ain’t alright, Ned, you bastard. I got bit. Screw this and screw these people. I’m going to go down fighting and fucking until my last breath.”

Dells grit his teeth and cursed, but then he caught something out of the corner of his eye. Henry no longer lay in the road. He had survived the shot to his head and was working his way around to the north side of the building that held his sister. He looked up at the sheriff and gave him a blood drenched grin.

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Shotguns, Bullets, and Bites

May 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm (Eternal Aftermath, Horror, Zombie) (, , , , , )

Just because Henry stayed immune to the zombies’ attentions, didn’t mean they weren’t trying to tear Dells to pieces. Looking ahead, he saw Henry sprinting through the lumbering dead. “Yeah, don’t take a second to make sure I get through okay,” he said out loud, as he cut a line through the heads of four walking corpses that blocked his path.

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He tried to follow the youth while he raced toward where his sister was being held by one of the people who had just murdered Dells’ deputy, but the zombies grew thicker. Before long he questioned the wisdom of his plan to follow Henry.

He rifle went empty and he grabbed a magazine, but as he tried to jam it home, two large undead charged him and he was forced to use the rifle lengthwise to keep them at bay. Before he could stop them, they grabbed the rifle and tore it out of his hands.

With a curse, he drew the shotgun off his back and laid into them. He cleared a space, but it wouldn’t be enough. This could be it, but he stayed determined to go down fighting. Hands grasped and clawed. Teeth snapped inches from his face. He figured he was about done and that was when the head of the zombie to his right erupted with the jet of black blood. A second later the one to his left dropped and then two more. Looking back he saw four men on a nearby roof top. Two of them were his missing deputies.

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“About time you guys showed up,” he growled under his breath, but he had too much to do to slow down. With their help, he created an opening to charge after Henry.

He saw Becca’s brother had almost made it to the house her capture had pulled her into and that was when a single shot rang out. Henry’s head jerked back and he went down hard.

Dells didn’t even have time to curse before more shots headed his way.

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Hurrying up a steep hill while helping a wounded man that weighed nearly three hundred pounds wasn’t the easiest thing Ned had ever done. It didn’t help that his brother complained every step of the way either.

Looking back, he saw they moved faster than the zombies, if only barely. Upon reaching the crest of the cactus studded hill, Ned turned and fired another burst at the zombies closest to them. He dropped a few, but emptied his magazine.

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“This is only bringing us further away from Temple,” he said. “We need to get back to him and stick together. Maybe we should try to circle around.”

“Are you nuts?” Jonny panted. “I’m hurt real bad. I can barely catch my breath.”

Looking around, Ned spied a long saguaro skeleton rib. Picking up the five foot staff, he handed it to his younger brother. “Use this and keep going. I’m going to thin the herd a bit. There is a lot of gunfire going on down there. If we can just waste the ones on our back, we might get clean.”

Not bothering to wait for a reply, Ned jammed a new magazine home and got to work picking his shots. Almost at once he knew this idea wasn’t going to work well. Easily forty zombies had followed them up the hill and he barely had that much ammunition left. He thought about the bullets left in Jonny’s destroyed gun and cursed.

He was just backing up when he heard Jonny cry out and then start cursing. “Son of a Goddamn bitch!”

Rushing to his brother’s side, he saw him beating an already incapacitated zombie with the splintered end of his staff. The zombie looked fresh, like it had only passed over an hour ago, but Ned didn’t register these facts in his conscious mind, for he saw that his brother had been bit on the upper part of his left arm.

He struggled as various emotions tore at his mind. All the while the remaining zombies behind him drew closer.

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Is That Where She Is?

May 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm (Apocalypse, Eternal Aftermath, Horror, Zombie) (, , , , , )

Ned grabbed a hold of his wounded brother trying to draw him back up the hill as the zombies Jonny had attracted lumbered their way.

“Oh damn,” Jonny said.

“Keep it down,” Ned snapped, “You don’t need to attract more than you already have.”

“Screw that, shot them. They’re getting too close.”

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Ned remembered that the sheriff had destroyed Jonny’s gun. With a curse, he raised his rifle one handed and fired a burst into the closest ones. A few fell, but more than he shot turned at them at the sound of his gun. He cursed again and focused on just moving Jonny up the hill as more of the roaming geeks joined in the chase. He cast one last glance over his shoulder at the building that his youngest brother had dragged the girl into and wondered if Temple was already enjoying her or if the zombies had got him.

The building loomed silent and offered no answers. Letting out a third curse, he hurried up the hill as fast as his wounded brother could manage.

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The only thing that amazed Dells more than seeing the man run down the zombie filled street is when Henry slowed to a stop when he saw the Sheriff leaning his gun out of the shattered post office window. Still, Dells had seen this before. Due to Henry’s immune system somehow allowing him to survive a zombie bite, he was now ignored by all the walking dead. The sheriff had seen him smash zombies in the face with eggs and literally kick their asses, but they never turned on him and just went ahead on their way.

“Sheriff, sheriff! Fosters said he saw some asshole grab my sister. Where is she?”

“I’m just trying to clear out a passage before I head over to that building over there.”

“Is that where she is?”

Dells was forced to pause as he shot down six zombies that were drawing in on his position.

“Is that where she is?” he screamed.

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“Yeah the gray building…” Dells didn’t even finish his sentence before henry took off.

“Damn stupid kid’s going to get us all killed,” he lamented, but then, against his better judgement, climbed out the window and shot down zombies as he tried to keep up with the running youth.
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Trouble Overload

May 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm (Apocalypse, Eternal Aftermath, Horror, Zombie) (, , , , )

Sheriff Dells dashed to the back of the dust covered post office as more taunt faced zombies tumbled in through the shattered windows. He reached the back sorting room and slammed the door shut behind him. He felt thankful that he had entered the building from this direction and even more thankful that the door had a lock. His fingers turned the bolt lock shut.
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He wished this could have given him a moment, but he didn’t have as much as a free second. Becca had been pulled into a zombie filled building by one of the men that had just murdered Dells’ best friend and it was a deadly gamble which of them might hurt Becca first.

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He had made it to the back window just as the first bang sounded on the locked door. Looking out the window, he could see the building the marauder had pulled Becca into, but what caused his face to tense were the zombies that had already started to spread across the road which separated them.

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Drawing the shotgun off his back, he leaned it against the wall and raised his rifle. He was just about to start firing when a lone figure could be seen sprinting through the zombies and heading his way.

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Ned felt like a zombie had just torn him in half and he remained uncertain. One of his younger brothers had just been shot and the other had been pulled into a building filled with geeks.

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Zombie Horde

Since Jonny was only a few yards back, he figured he should check on him first. Running back the way he came, he found Jonny laying on his side groaning while a pool of red spread over his right shoulder.

“How are you doing, big guy?” he said as he crouched lower.

“First that bastard shot my rifle and now he’s damn near killed me.”

Ned talked while he draped Jonny’s left arm across his shoulders. “Come on, we gotta move. Temple’s in trouble and them geeks are going to be all over this place. He focused on his brother’s massive bulk and strained with the act of trying to lift him onto his feet.

Jonny let out a loud cry of pain as Jonny got his feet under him.

Ned’s head had been lowered, but when he raised it, his eyes grew wide with horror. Jonny’s cry had caused about two dozen zombies to gaze their way A moment later they started stumbling up the hill in their direction.

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Is There a Safe Place?

May 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm (Apocalypse, Eternal Aftermath, Horror, Zombie) (, , , , , )

Ned watched his youngest brother jog down the step hill. He bounced boulder to boulder and appeared oblivious to the shots being fired or the hundreds of zombies pouring into town. Their plague spread slowly like an overturned barrel of black mud leaking through the streets.

As Ned watched, the girl that Temple had his eye on turned and saw him rushing toward her. She paused uncertain and that was all it took.

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Temple

“Help me,” Temple shouted. “I’ve been hounded by walkers for days. I had no idea people still lived here.” He drew in closer. “Is there a safe place…” His brother didn’t even bother finishing his sentence. Instead he cold cocked the girl in the jaw so hard that she lost consciousness.

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Jonny started to chuckle until bullet shattered the window next to Temple’s face.

Temple gazed in the direction of the gunshots for a moment before crouching over and pulling the girl upright before his body. He walked backward for a moment and then kicked at the door to what appeared to be a tax company. It took him a few tries, but the door burst inward.

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He had just started to drag her inside the buildings when grey arms reached out, and almost like they were aiding him, pulled both Temple and the girl through the doorway. Ned had barely been able to absorb what he’d just seen, when he heard Jonny cry out. Ned turned just in time to see his brother spin in a half circle and then drop to the ground.

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The only thing worse than seeing the woman that you secretly love being dragged into a building by a half-mad marauder, would be finding out that the building is also filled with undead.

Why are these buildings filled with zombies when I personally saw to it that the entire town was cleared? Sheriff Dells thought, but when he saw two other men racing downhill toward the building that held Becca, he opened fire on them. He might have dropped the biggest one, but then found himself with new problems.

The zombies had arrived outside of the post office he had held up in. The first one on the scene grabbed the barrel of his rifle and it was all Dells could do to keep it from being pulled out of his hands. He drew back into the building, but cursed when the zombies pushed through the shattered glass and followed him.

Closing the circle

Closing the circle

More came in after the first ones and he was forced to retreat, but he barely noticed his own safety for it remained Becca’s fate that concerned him the most. As more shots rang out, Dells turned his back on the stumbling zombies and raced toward the back of the post office.

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