The first time Bo cried, Jenna experienced the kind of joy and happiness one rarely has an opportunity to feel. His little cries as he was pulled out and slapped made her feel so proud, one of the best things that has ever happened to Jenna.
The doctor covered Bo in a small towel and he was whisked away by a very tall female nurse. The doctor talked to her about something she couldnt quite hear, she was no tired and her mind could not think of anything else apart from her own miracle which was Bo. She nodded wearily and then doctor left and she slept and dreamed about how she was going to give Bo everything she didn't have when she was growing up, a pretty house with a beautiful backyard, lots of ice cream, a big, faithful dog to play with, his own bicyle at 6, slumber parties, birthday celebrations, trips to Disney world and maybe if she gets lucky and finds the right one, a new father.
Jenna woke up to the sound of screaming.
She sat up on her bed and looked around, she was alone in her private hospital room but the door was wide open. She heard another scream but this time it was faint, like the person who did it was far away, maybe in a dream, she squinted her eyes and tried to listen really hard and she did hear something.. shuffling feet.
"Hello?" - Jenna cried, she was curious but at the same time she was beggining to worry, mainly because Bo was not close by and if something was wrong she needed to go get him. She would never leave Bo the same way Jenna's mother left her.
A shadow came into the view past the door and another patient appeared as he shuffled slowly in the hallway corridor.
"Sir? are you ok? Do you need me to call a nurse?" - Jenna grabbed the little nurse button without waiting for a reply and pushed once, twice, three times. She wondered if she should get up and help the man or not. She still felt a little weak.
Far away, the screaming continued and it was getting louder making her very anxious and she decided to help the man and investigate, she began to move out of her bed when the man at the door moaned.
Jenna fixed her gaze upon him as he slowly turned to his left to see her and Jenna screamed mimicking the other screams far away. She could see the man had half his face burned horribly and where the right eye should be, only an empty socket remained. She continued screaming until her lungs and throat burned as the figure raised his arms and outstretched them towards her and began to slowly shuffle to her. That is when she heard running.
In a blink of an eye, the man was no longer in the hallway, she remembered she saw a fast shadow moving across the door.. she breathed deeply and her lungs recovered the precious air so desesperatly needed after all that screaming.
She could hear some fighting, moaning and grunts coming from the hallway corridor that is when she remembered Bo. Did something happened? She needed to get to him, now! Jenna got her clothes from the little closet in the room and started dressing into her jeans and regular clothes she came to the hospital in, she was ready to leave when a bloody man appeared in the room, she was holding a scalpel and was sweaty and breathing erratically, Jenna froze to her spot like a deer in the headlights.
"You!" - The man yelled.
"You need to come with me, quick! They are everywhere! First floor is overrun, we need to get to the emergency stairs, come with me if you want to leave!"
Who was this man? Who were they? No. She would not leave without her baby!
"I need.." - Jenna began to say.
"I need to get my baby. He's the only family I have..I do not know who you are but please get out of my way."
Jenna began slowly walking towards him and he would not move. She stood up to him and looked him the eyes. She would not get denied. She would die for Bo and she wanted this man to understand that.
The man removed his arm from the door's frame and let her through with a confused look. Jenna ignored him and looked around the hallway, she could see the burned man sprawled on the floor, Jenna quickly turned around with surprise on her face to look at the bloody man.
"You killed him!" - Jenna exclaimed.
"No, you dont understand lady, he was already dead! They are all dead but they're not! Yeah, like zombies!
The living dead! Please lady, let me save you! I know how to get out of here, Im a nurse!"
"You want to help me? Tell me where the maternity ward is? I need to get my baby!"
"Lady.. the maternity ward is on the second floor, those things are all over.. the one I just killed.. or re-killed.. he was one of the slow ones.. but there are fast ones too.. I.. I.. have seen them kill the others." - With this last sentence his face began to show panic. "Lady, we need to leave or we are dead!!! You understand? DEAD!!"
Jenna didn't care, she grabbed an IV pole that was lying on the floor a few feet away and started walking towards the stairs. If there were crazy people killing others she would be prepared for them. Nothing would stand between Jenna and Bo, not even Bo's real father or the living dead, if that would be the case.
The elevator pinged and opened for her and she saw blood everywhere but no bodies, she gulped and stepped inside trying to not step on the puddles of blood. She pressed 2 and the doors slowly started to close when a hand reached out to her and stopped the doors from closing.
"Lady, I do not know what kind of fucking drugs you are taking but let me tell you this, if you, by a miracle of God, survive and get your baby back go to 342 Maple Lane. If the movies are right and this is the zombie apocalypse, this town will be overun within days and the fastest we get the hell out of here the better. If I cannot save you now, I will be damned sure I will save you then. My friends and I will leave tonight."
Jenna nodded and he removed his hand from the elevator, she could see he was dissapointed, the kind of look you give someone when you know you wont see them again and you wished you would.
The elevator doors closed.