Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Day 06: Aim for the Head

“Nina!” Johnathan rushed forward and pulled his daughter back. Moving towards his luggage, he quickly sifted through the piles of perfectly folded shirts and grabbed the 9mm handgun from beneath. Hurrying back to the restaurant’s main entrance and the rapidly disintegrating glass doors, he aimed and fired two shots. The first went wide. The second shot hit the approaching zombie center mass. “Damn,” he growled and moved a little closer.

Aiming his weapon once more, Johnathan caught the man in the forehead and he instantly dropped to the ground. The growling and smashing stopped and the group appeared safe…for now. “What the hell…did you see that?” Liz stammered, clambering to her feet. She’d dropped beneath a table as the shooting started but kept an eye on the action. “He…you shot him but it didn’t seem to have an effect. He just kept coming!”

“The head,” Johnathan answered. “The only way to stop these…zombies is by killing the brain. You’ve gotta aim for the head.” He put his weapon away and hurried to his daughter, checking her for injuries. “Ok listen to me, these people are no longer living, breathing humans like you and me. You’ve seen horror movies. Think of this as a real-life slasher flick where the bad guy is a reanimated corpse. They can’t think. They have no emotion. They’re running on the base human need; the need to feed and unfortunately for us, we’re lowest on the food chain.”

“You’re saying these things are hunting us?” Fadil summarized, closing the top of his laptop and dropping into a seat at the table.

“Yeah. Basically,” Johnathan replied before turning to Reggie. “Is there someplace we can go? Away from the windows that can be securely fortified to keep us safe?”

“I can lock the secondary doors which, luckily, aren’t glass but metal. So if they make it through the first set, we can rest assured they won’t make it through the second. But as far as places to hide…I have a kitchen, I have this dining room and my office upstairs. Everything has windows except maybe the employee’s lounge.”

“Then we’ll hide there. Come on, honey, get your things we’re moving.”

“Wait, you still have a lot to answer for,” Reggie stated as Johnathan closed up his suitcase and started for the back.

“And I will just…once we’re safe, please.” 

After Reggie locked up, the group settled in the back room. He quickly prepared them all dinner and they sat quietly and ate. Meanwhile, the noise outside seemed to diminish though Fadil kept a close watch on the security feed on the monitors.

“Daddy, I’m tired,” Nina moaned and rested her head on the table.

“I know you are, baby. Why don’t you go and lie down on the couch while the adults talk, ok?”

“Ok.” Nina skipped over to the couch and Reggie grabbed a blanket from one of the lockers beside the door.

“Alright. Now explain to us why we shouldn’t kick your ass and throw you outside with the mess you’ve made,” Reggie expressed, moving with Fadil and Liz in a corner with Johnathan.

“Because this wasn’t my doing. Yes, I worked for BioCore. But I wasn’t in Oversight. My job was supervising projects. Once I learned what was happening I immediately went to my boss with the information. It was his job to ensure the samples made it back safely.”

“Not good enough. Those people out there, this entire city and three others surrounding it are all infected because you and your company were playing god. Catering to the rich and their unending desire to be young again. Look at what you’ve done!”

“I’m sorry. Ok? I don’t know what else you want me to say. I don’t…”

“Is there a cure?” Fadil asked before Johnathan had the chance to break down again.

“No. This WAS the cure. It was supposed to be anyway. I thought we were doing good. A cure all for cancer and other diseases. I’m sorry.”

The lights went out and it got really dark really fast. “AH!” Nina screamed and Johnathan hurried to her side.

“It’s ok, sweetheart, it’s just the lights. We’re fine.” He turned to look at Reggie, his eyes asking what his mouth had already spoken.

“One of those bastards must have ripped out the line. No worries though,” Reggie returned. “There’s a backup generator on the roof. We just need to get it going again.”

“Wait, you’re not seriously thinking about going out there are you?” Liz asked. “If they’re on the roof then no way is it safe.”

“If we don’t get the lights back on the food in the freezers will thaw and spoil. Do you want to stay here with nothing to eat? There’s no telling when or if help is coming. And I for one would not like to starve to death,” Reggie replied.

“He’s right. One of us needs to go up there and fix the generator,” Fadil agreed.

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  1. Not surprised they were ready to kick John's ass. LOL right now, no matter how much he wasn't 'involved' in that particular product, he is the face of the company and people always want someone to blame. :(

    Reggie needs to invest in an automatic generator LOL one that kicks on without needing a jump start.

    1. Yep! He may not have had anything to do with the spill but he's done his share of damage since. Poor John's got a lot of guilt over this accident and there's no telling when or if he'll find peace again.

      Automatic generator? Pfft! That's pointless in a zombie apocalypse! Then how would you put people in life or death situations? :D

      Thank you for reading :)

  2. I think Johnathan knows more than he's said so far. Plus he has a young child to care for. He needs to stay alive...for now.

    1. Haha I love that "for now" part lol. Sounds like you're biding your time before you vote him off the island! You may be right about Johnathan though. There's no way you can supervise a project and know so little O.o

      Thank you for reading :)

  3. Reminiscent of Jurassic Park... hang on to your butts.

    1. Haha! Oh they are in for the ride of their lives :D

      Thank you for reading :)

  4. I really like this and I'm not surprise they're wanting to blame it all on Johnathon, poor guy. It's sad that human nature is to automatically blame someone for it. In this case, someone deserves to be responsible but the creators were the team of the project, not him. :/

    1. Thank you! I'm just waiting for the zombies to all start rolling in (which is in the next few chapters depending on how yall vote). It should be interesting to see who you decide to save and who you let get eaten!

      It is and with him being the face of the company, he's probably not gonna walk away unscathed. They think he has answers and they want to know why this couldn't have been prevented!

      Thank you for reading :)