“ SO who’s coming” I asked , everyone wanted to come but someone had to stay and keep the place secure . I decided to take Jose and Robert with me, as we all get in the car Howie calls out “What if someone wants to get in and they aren’t sick”. “Use your best judgment but remember we have a small amount of supplies right know, and were not sure how long this is going to last”. He and his wife both nod their heads and tells us to hurry back. As we drive away it takes a few minutes to find a radio station that is not playing a recording.
The obviously scared and tired dj was in the middle of repeating how he had just killed two of his coworkers that had been infected with a pipe. He said that he could stay at the station for awhile because of the generator and food that was kept there because of the winter storms that would sometimes knock the
power out or close the roads. He had parked a car right next to the rear door so it couldn’t be opened and he had barricaded the front door so he was safe for now and he would try to keep broadcasting any information he could get to all the people that could hear him. “I hope he makes it , he’s our only connection to the information that’s out there” Robert said. He was right information was just as important right now as food and water.
As I drive thru the streets as fast as I can safely go, we can see how bad it got in just a few hours. There are fires burning all over the city, accidents have blocked lots of the streets, cars with belongings strapped to the roof are stuffed with people trying to making they way out of the city, bloody bodies are everywhere, gunshots are being constantly fired making every street look like a scene from a movie. One of the craziest things we see is two morons having a shirtless brawl over a parking spot in front of a small hardware store, both are oblivious to the blood stained windows , the body in the doorway and the screams coming from the store. Another one is a meter maid in uniform putting tickets on windows of cars with dead bodies inside . I slow down as we get to the site of our last job and I smile as I see the stuff we need is still there.
I leave the engine running as we get out and decide what we need and what we can take. The big industrial generator was the most important thing . That monster could power a city block for two weeks with its 200 gallon tank, and it was more than enough for us. I checked the gauge on the side and saw it was full, thanks to my boss who made us fill the tanks on all the equipment and vehicles before we could leave any job, we would have power for a long time. I quickly backed the jeep up to the generator and secured the hitch and the safety chains. Jose and Robert were going thru the work trailer that held all our equipment and hand tools trying to decide what to take, when I remembered that we had parked the work truck, an old chevy crewcab around the corner and I hoped it was still there.
As I ran down the street and turned the corner there it was , but right next to it was a body with two infected people gnawing on its arms and head. I pulled the revolver from my waist and aimed at one of them and slowly pulled the trigger. Its head erupted into a crimson cloud that fell onto the other one, as it stood up I put the sights of my revolver on its head and prepared for it to charge at me but instead it just looked right at me , then looked down at the body , then back at me and instead of attacking me it turned its back to me, squatted down and started to eat the body again. I didn’t know why it had just done that, but I wasn’t going to ask him and pulled the trigger again and watched it crumple over his last meal. I heard Jose yelling my name and I turn around and see him running at me. As I tell him what happened we get into the truck and drive back to where Robert is waiting nervously.
“We don’t need to pick and choose what to take, we’ll just take the whole trailer” I say when they show me what they had gotten from inside the trailer. Jose quickly gets the trailer on the hitch as Robert fires the shotgun we had given him before we left at an infected woman that was running at us. I quickly toss everything they had pulled out of the trailer into the bed of the truck. “Can you drive” I ask Robert “Shit yeah” he says and I toss him the keys to the jeep. That’s when I hear footsteps coming up behind me and I turn and I see an infected man six feet away, I’m not fast enough as I pull the gun from my waist he is already on top of me and I lose grip of my only chance to get through this. We are fighting against the door of the truck when I feel his teeth sink into my arm. It is the most pain I have ever felt in my life , I see the blood oozing from my arm beneath his teeth and see his lifeless gray eyes staring at me and I recognize the look of sheer pleasure in them, like a junkie getting a fix, its eyes rolled back into their sockets and I know I’m going to die.
“NO NOT LIKE THIS,I’M NOT READY TO FUCKING DIE TODAY” I say out loud. But I am frozen in place as this thing is clamped on my arm. That’s when a red cloud fills the air and I get sprayed with blood . I see a large hole in it’s head I realize Robert has shot it and I fall to the ground.
Jose and Robert kneel over me. “Are you bitten” asks Jose. “Yes” I answer and show them my arm the bite exposing the glistening white bone. “GOD DAM IT SON OF A BITCH MOTHERFUCKER FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKKKKK” Jose yells out loud. “What do we do now, shoot him” asks Robert.
“No fucking way” Jose says angrily. “Just kill me, I don’t want to turn into one of those damn things” I tell them with tears in my. Waves of pain are shooting up and down my body and it feels like my blood is boiling as the infection is running thru my body. I feel my life slipping away and my heart is racing so fast it feels like it will rip through my chest. I don’t hear the argument that Jose and Robert are having. In my mind sparks are flying and I’m feeling anger, hate and fear.
She is made of air. Every time I try to grab her hand it disappears, but it is still there reaching out to me, teasing me, just out of reach. I’m feeling pure bliss, absolute pleasure. I know she is beautiful but I can’t see her face, she calls to me and her voice is soothing. The light behind her is almost blinding and she is leading me towards it.
The light shines on her wings and they shine as if they are made of silver, I realize she is an angel and that I’m already dead. I reach out and finally catch her hand and feel a warmth and peace that I have never felt before, she holds my hand as we step thru the light and I feel myself being lifted up. Suddenly I’m freezing and breathless. I feel pain in my heart, and a thumping in my chest, waves of pain are shooting all over my body.
He is made of air. Every time I try to grab his hand it disappears, but it is still there reaching out to me, teasing me, just out if reach. I’m feeling pure fear, absolute terror…….