I woke up, "Hey, sis?...Steph time to get up."
She sat up, "Yea? What's the time?"
"5:30. We gotta get moving. Ya know I was thinking about what you said last night. The re-locating? And I got to thinking, there's a military base not to far from here and I think that we should start there."
"Oh yea! That's a great idea! Let's eat breakfast and start packing what we need."
I stood up, "Got it," we got a box of cocoa puffs out of the cabinet and two bowls. I got the milk out of the fridge and sat it on the floor near Steph. I sat down and poured my cereal and milk and began to eat.
"So what are we gonna do with all these DVDs?"
"What do you mean 'What are we gonna do'?! Were gonna take them with us and IF there are people still alive there, were gonna sit everyone down and watch it with them. Everyone needs to be aware of what were dealing with here. And since they are stuck in a base then that means that me and you know what these things are capable of."
"Yea...I guess I never thought of it that way," she finished her cereal and got her stuff together, "So how far of a walk will this be? Will we need to bring weapons to arm ourselves with?"
I looked over at her. I wasn't sure how far it was. I just remembered seeing a base two years ago when I went on that fieldtrip, "Uhhhh....yea about that...."
She stopped what she was doing, "You don't know....do you?"
"It's not that I don't know, but I don't remember. You remember when I went on that feildtrip two years ago?"
"Well that's when I remember seeing it. And before you ask, yes it was active then and I'm sure that it's active now."
"Ok. Do you remember what direction it's in at least?"
"Yes. That I do remember," I said as I stood up and threw my paper bowl out the hole in the floor.
"Good. Start packing, sis."
"I'm getting there lady!!" I grabbed my sleepingbag and rolled it up with my pillow inside it. I grabbed some clothes and put them in old grocery bags and tied them up, "Hey do we still have some of that unscented spray stuff tat we used to use when we went hunting?"
"No. I don't think we do. Why?"
"Oh I just had a crazy idea that if they can smell us that we might be able to use that spray so they wouldn't be able to."
"Oh. I never thought of that," she said as she put some canned food and plastic silverweare into her backpack.
"Yeah! See aren't you glad that you have me here to think of some of these things??"
"Yes. You about done?"
"I have to finish packing these things and then some food and I'll be good to go!"
"Ok. You want me to help you?"
"Nah. I got it. Thanks though," I said as started to get some food.
"Remember canned food only since you don't know who far we will be walking."
"Alright," I grabbed all the beeferoni that I had left and plastic silverweare, "Ok. I'm done."
She looked over at me, "We aren't even dressed," she pointed out, and we laughed.
"Ok, then. We need to get dressed. Plus we still have to arm ourselves," I told her as i was taking my shirt off and trying to find another one.
"Oh yea," she grabbed a shirt and put it on.
I grabbed a pair of tight bluejeans and my Desert Storm issued boots, I got those for Christmas three years before this happened, and put them up. I put my hair up in a ponytail, "Ok. Now what kind of weapon do I want to use?....hmmmm," I looked at what all we had. May not have been much, but to some people we had a small aresenal. I grabbed the bowie knife and a 9mm Glock that I took from some gun store.
"Ok. I'm read- WOAH!!! I had no idea you had that much!!!"
"You'd be surprised," I laughed. "Grab something, I can see that your just itching to."
"You got that right," she grabbed a sawed off shotgun and two butterfly knives.
"Ooooo. Nice choices!"
"Thanks. Ok. We're good. So let's go."
"Yup," I threw my stuff down first and then jumped down and put everything that I packed on my back and moved out of the way, "Ok, you're clear to come down. Make it quick though. I think I hear something."
"Ok," she dropped all her things and jumped down, " You remember where to head?"
"Yup. Just follow me and watch your flanks."
"Watch my what?"
"Your flanks? What you have never heard that? You remember when we would play Medal of Honor or Call of Duty and they would tell you to watch your flanks? That means that you have to watch all around you. I just thought that since were goin to a military base we should start using their lingo."
"Oh. Yea you have a point. Roger that," she said and giggled quietly.
We took off east twoards the base. Somethign rustled in the woods to out west.
We stopped and looked in that direction, guns loaded and saftey off.
"Beth? Stephany? Hey! That you?"
"Brooke?" I said in surprise.
"Oh gosh am I glad to see you! Where you guys headed?"
"Military base. You want to come? You can help us debrief these people when we get there."
"Yea sure. Hey you guys got any food?"
"Yea. You want beeferoni or ravioli?"
"Mmmmm. Beeferoni! Please!"
I handed her a can and a fork, "Here. Dig in. Just remember they have good hearing."
"Got it," she said and ate quietly.
We kept going. 30 minutes later we heard scuffling behind us.
I put my hand up as a sign to stop. I used two fingers and pointed to my ears and then pointed back. We turned around and there was a zombie following us.
"Brooke," I whispered, "do you have any weapons with you?"
"Now what kind of question is that?"
"Just asking. On my mark?"
They gave me a nod.
We took off after this one zombie. That reason being, is that there could be more standing by or hear one of us. Never fight one zombie alone.
"I got this one. Cover me," Brooke said.
Brooke got out her knife and her dads service pistol. The zombie swung at her but she rolled past it, using her knife to cut the tendons under the knee. The zombie went down. She stood up and shot it in the back of the head. She started to cut the head off with the knife.
"Brooke....BROOKE! It's dead. Come on before more show up."
She dropped the body, "I'm sry. But that's the same zombie that killed mom and dad....."
"I'm sry....but we have to keep going."
She gave me a nod.
We all got back together and kept walking. Three hours later we made it.
"Wow. You were right," Steph said.
"I told you," I walked up to the gate, "Hello??.....We're not zombies please. We have something that we think you guys should see."
We heard some talking inside the compound.
I looked at Brooke and then at Steph, "Uhh....they do know that we can hear them right?"
They looked at me and shrugged their sholders.
"We can hear you talking! Just come open the gate. We have not been biten. And we do not wish to infect anyone. Please. We have videos from a store. And it shows how people change. Is that not what you guys want to know? To see if there's a way to stop this and possibly cure it?"
Someone came out of one of the bunkers. He had a gun pointed at us, "Roll up your sleves and pant legs!"
"Uhh....ok," we listened.
"I'm SGT. Paugh. Are you sure you weren't bitten?"
"If any of us were bitten you would know. You wouldn't have three girls standing here. Just two. So you gonna let us in or what," I said. I was tired and hungry and I wanted to sit on a sofa or lay in a cott.
He gave the guy the signal and the gate opened, "Come in. Just to let you know, you are the only girls on this base. so guys will be all over you."
"I think we can handle ourselves. Thank you SGT," I told him nicely.
We got further into the compund and he was right. Guys were whistling at us. It was weird.
"Do we get our own bunker, Sir?"
"Yes you do. Follow me and I'll take you ladies there."
"Ok thank you. Come on guys."
He opened the door and showed us where everything was.
"Umm. Are there any showers in here or where are those at," Brooke asked, afraid of the answer.
"Those are in another building. Do you ladies need to have a shower?"
"Uh. Yes. Brooke do you have extra clothes?"
"Oh that won't be needed. We have uniforms that will fit you girls. We don't want the others to feel left out that they don't get normal clothing."
"Ok? I guess. We have towels and bodywash and shampoo."
"Ma'am? We have-"
"With all due respect, Sir, I WILL use my own towel and bodywash and shampoo. Thank you. And so will they," I said.
"Oh...Ok. Follow me and I'll show you where the mess hall and rec room is. Then if you'd like I'll show you the showers."
"That would be lovely," Stephany said, "No more canned food! Ha Haaa!!!"
"Your crazy, sis," we followed him. "Hey Brooke. How long were you wondering around?"
"I don't know. At least two weeks. Maybe two and a half. Why?"
"How did you do that without food?"
"You just don't know me do you?! I'm a hunter sis, remember?"
"Right. Sorry. I forgot."
"And here's the mess hall. Dinner will be served in two hours. Follow me and I'll show you where you can work out, we call this the rec room."
We followed him into the rec room and there were guys working out on equipment. When they heard the door shut they looked over and saw us enter the room. Bloody from the zombies that we had killed and not being able to take showers, although we did have deoderant so we didnt stink completly. They almost dropped what they had in their hands.
"And this is the rec room. If you girls ever want it without guys being present, let me know."
"Oh right. Sorry. Almost forgot. Follow me, please," we walked about 20 yards from the rec room and there were the restrooms and showers. Open, of course. "Here's the showers ladies. I'll get your uniforms and sit then on the bench. last names please?"
"Hopkins," I said.
"Gilbert," Brooke told him.
"Seyfried," Steph told him.
"Ok. Ill get name tags made for them. If you need them in a bigger or smaller size let me know and we get one for you."
"Ok," we walked back to our bunker and got towels and bodywash and shampoo.
"I don't know if I like this, Beth," Brooke told me.
"It will be ok. If we stick together no onw will hurt us. Plus we have shower curtains that we took from walmart. Lots of them. For if we had to kill a deer and take it back to the club house."
"Ok. That makes me feel a little better. I just don't like being on the base with all men. I want other girls to be here."
"What's that mean?! We aren't men!"
"That's not what I meant, sis, and you know it."
"Well let's go take showers and get this blood off us and get ourselves cleaned up."
They looked at me, "Agreed."
We got some towels and everything and went back to the showers. We got in and stood there. We had forgotten how good a shower felt. The water on our skin running through our hair. It felt fantastic.
"Ahhhhhh. This feels sooooo good! Nice and warm. I can feel my muscles relaxing already. I think I'm gonna stay in here until dinner," I said facing the water.
"I hear you!," Brooke said.
"I think I agree with you on that one sis," Steph said.
We stayed in the showers for two hours. An hour before we got out the door opened. My clothes were still in the room and I still had my knife and gun with me. I grabbed my towel and snatched up my 9mm. I turned the corner where the bench was and had the gun pointed at SGT Paugh.
He almost dropped our uniforms, nametags and boots, "WOAH!"
I moved my hair out of my face, "Oh..It's you," I lowered my weapon and turned around and took my towel off and walked back into the shower. I sat my gun back down.
He was quiet after seeing a girl holding a gun in his face then calmly walk back in the shower, not to mention I wasn't out of his site yet when the towel came off. "Umm....here are your things ladies. Just where I said i would sit them. Sorry for startling you."
"It's ok. And thank you."
"Your welcome. Ahem," he left.
"Sis," Stephany asked.
"Did you really drop your towel infront of him?"
"Yes I did."
We all laughed.
An hour had past and it was time for dinner. We got out of the showers and got the uniforms on. They fit perfectly. We put our weapons on us and walked into the mess hall. Every eye was on us.
"I think the Sgt told everyone about my butt," I told them.
"Maybe. Or they are just men who want women," Brooke said.
We found a table and sat down and waited for the chefs to bring out the food for everyone to eat.
10 minutes later the food was out. No one moved.
"Ok.....I'll be the first to get some food," I said and got up. "You two coming with me?"
They looked at eachother and then got up and followed me up there.
Everyone just watched as we got up and went to get something to eat.
I grabbed a tray and got some meatloaf, some mashed potatoes and greenbeans. I went back and sat down. Every guy in there could see what kind of weapons that I was carrying.
After we sat down the guys got up and got some food. It was quiet. Weird really.
I finished my plate, "You guys done?"
"Almost," they told me.
"Ok. I'll wait for you guys."
5 minutes later they were both done eating. We took out trays up and sat them down and walked out. We went to the bunker that Sgt Paugh had assigned for us. We got pajamas on and crawled into the cotts and covered up.
"Night guys," I told them.
"Night," they told me back.