“Hold it right there!” The man with the gun yelled. “Have you been bitten?” Crissy shook her head. Unsatisfied, the man demanded she turn a full circle. He searched for bloody patches or recent marks. Nobody stayed alive long enough to change their clothes, and bites were bloody messes. She looked clean. He opened the gate and waved her in. […]

Zeds 8.3

“No, Michael,” John says. “This isn’t a joke. This is a real life or death survival situation.” “Wow,” I say. I stare into my coffee as I take this all in. The world as I know it has collapsed; civilization has crumbled, monsters have taken over, and everyone I once knew is likely dead. I’m not sure exactly of how […]

Zeds 8.2

“Alex is behind this, isn’t she?” I grin. Alex, what a prankster. I knew she wouldn’t let that Christmas thing go. “Where is she?” John is still stuck in a state of disbelief as he stares at me, dumbstruck. I must have pulled too far from the script and this actor doesn’t know how to recover. I feel bad, maybe […]

Zeds 8.1

Michael “Oh. My. God.” I say, quietly and slowly as I struggle to process what is going on. It doesn’t quite seem real, at first; it seems like a dream… come true. “Coffee!” I nearly squeal with delight as I wrap my fingers around the warm ceramic cup set on the table in front of me. I pull it to […]

Zeds 7.3

“Alright, Michael. I am going to remove the handcuffs, and I am going to trust that you’re not going to do anything stupid, like try to attack me. Alright?” John slips the key into the lock on my right wrist and pauses, waiting for a confirmation. “Uh, yeah. I won’t attack… but I make no promises about not doing anything […]

Zeds 7.2

I squint against the bright light overhead. This is definitely not my bed. My bed doesn’t have lights above it; or shelves for the matter. Nothing in my cabin even has lights this bright. This isn’t my cabin. That damn mouse must have some powerful friends. It’s not the damn mouse. Alright! Geez, me, I don’t have to yell at me so harshly! […]

Zeds 7.1

Michael Michael straightened his tie as he entered the room. He lingered just inside the door at the top of the extra-wide grand staircase that led down into the crowd. He scanned the room, letting his gaze settle on each sparkling dress and every dazzlingly colorful tuxedo before him. The room gradually falls silent as every occupant turns to face […]

Zeds 6.2

“One of several reported around the world?” I repeat the lady’s words as I glance back to the tv. “I’m not sure, I wasn’t listening.” I look at Corey questioningly. He shrugs. “I was just waiting for your name,” Corey says. I pull my phone from my pocket just as the lady does and I turn the screen on. With […]

Zeds 6.1

James28 Days Earlier   “A traffic jam earlier today went from tragic to horrific as what was already a major incident escalated to a major disaster. It all began with a train; authorities are still looking into the cause for why the North Bound passenger train derailed and threw itself across almost eight lanes of traffic, blocking both north and […]

Zeds 5.3

Lucy is waiting for me by the back door when I reach the office. Se sees me, gives me a disapproving shake of the head, then ducks out and runs. I hurry across the room, reach the door, and immediately throw myself sideways and put my back to the wall as two of them run past. Shit! They’re on her tail! They […]

Zeds 5.4

I pull the RV up to the corner, take the golf club off the dash and exit the vehicle again. I run over and press my back against the wall as I lean to peer around the edge of the building. Lucy took the corner much too fast and crashed right into a pole; the front wheels are a foot […]

Zeds 5.2

Lucy is gone by the time I reach the front counter – probably off to the truck to grab her tools I take my time sifting through the keys, trying each until I find the one that works. I wist it, pull the lock off and toss it aside before sliding open the case. I do the same to the […]

Zeds 5.1

CHASE “Woah,” I say as  the door to the sporting goods shop swings open. Nothing is out of place in this store. Not a single rack or shelf is in disarray; even the golf balls are stacked neatly. “Shit, Chase,” Lucy says as she rises. She had crouched before the door to force it open with a screwdriver. “This place […]

Zeds 4.2

Claire thinks that grocery shopping is more dangerous than John gives it credit for. ‘If another group is going to guard anything, it will be their food,’ she once told the group. John said it will be the guns because this is a gun-crazy country, which prompted her to use the line about surviving longer without guns than without food […]

Zeds 4.3

Claire motions for me to follow her. We move down the aisle and turn into the center lane, sidling up to the corner so we can peek around at the front of the store. I lean over Claire’s shoulder and look out as well. Some dude in a bathrobe casually strolls up to the front door. Claire’s cart is sitting by […]