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2012: The Zombie Apocalypse
By Ryan Tomasella
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Chapter OneThe Beginning
It was Tuesday, February eighth, ironically the day of my birthday. Unlike everyone else, I spent my twenty-first birthday inside, working, instead of going outside, getting drunk and celebrating. Snow was still on the streets outside from the storm last night. However, the little bit of snow didn't stop the morning commuters. Outside my window I still heard people talking, yelling, cars honking - all the normal things you'd hear in a big city. I let out a long drawn-out yawn, rubbing my face to try and shake off the night before.
Today began just like any other day. I rolled out of bed around ten a.m., put on a pair of pants and turned on the TV before walking over to the bathroom. Inside the bathroom I reach for the tooth brush next to the sink before squirting some tooth paste onto it. Once it's covered in toothpaste I stick it in my mouth before swishing it around a few times. In the mean time I decide to walk over to the kitchen and start up my first batch of coffee.
As I am pouring the water into the coffee maker I overhear the news mention something about a nuclear power plant leak in Delaware. I roll my eyes and mumble out loud, "Nothing ever changes in this county." After I finish preparing the coffeemaker and return to my bathroom. I spit out the toothpaste left in my mouth and quickly rinse it out. I place the toothbrush back into the vanity and close it, giving the mirror a good look.
A recently shaved man stands about six foot three. He has long black hair almost perfectly shaping his face. I grin looking at the mirror, "Look at that sexy devil". I chuckle a bit to myself, walking away. I return to my living room, turn on the computer and take a quick peek at the TV. The news is now currently saying fifteen people are reported dead and four more are injured. I let out a sigh and say "Must have been a pretty big disaster."
I leave the living room, giving time for my computer to turn on and to grab a cup of coffee from the kitchen. I return to the living room and turn the TV off before sitting down at the computer. I begin working on my daily website project and don't really take any concern to what I heard on the TV earlier this morning.
My daily website project was one I have been working on for weeks. I had a really annoying customer that wanted his shit done now and by now I mean immediately. If you slept, ate, or even shit when his website wasn't finished he felt that you were conspiring against him. Almost like everyone had an evil plot to stop him from selling his baby bottles to the world.
His name was Mr. Clark. I never met him in real life, only spoke when him through emails or over the phone. He sounded like a real crabby old man, something I don't need in my daily life. I have a website of my own that I occasionally get to work on. I give out free game guides for online games such as World of Warcraft, Everquest, Aion and Warhammer Online.
My website doesn't offer a large enough pay check to pay for my bills. So I've had to freelance my skills to people like Mr. Clark. It was a good decision overall, even though it added a lot of extra stress into my life.
The day continues on much like any other day. At noon I take my quick break for lunch and head over to the kitchen. I open the refrigerator door and pull out some left over Chinese food from last night before returning to the living room and sitting down onto the couch. I shove a mouthful of food into my mouth before reaching for the TV remote. I turn on the TV to see what the news is with the nuclear power plant leak.
When I turn on the TV our local female news reporter is on. She is wearing her usual garb, all black, pitch black hair and even black nail polish on her finger nails. Today happened to be one of the days where she didn't add her black chap stick into the mix.
She says, "There has been a recent update on the nuclear power plant leak in Delaware. All four people that were injured and were in critical condition have passed away. Also, they found eight more dead bodies, bringing the total count up to twenty-seven. Our hearts go out to the families that were affected by this horrible disaster".
I roll my eyes at the TV before asking myself, "What does that even mean? Our hearts go out to the victims?" I shake my head in disapproval at the TV, disgusted by the media in today's modern day society. I turn the TV off and return to my computer to pull up my website project for the day.
After I pull up my website project I give my computer screen a blank stare as I am unable to focus on anything at the minute. I worry about my family and friends living in south Jersey, close to the power plant leak. I'm also worried if the leak could possibly affect me, even though I'm a long distance away.
The day seems to fly by as I get almost no work done. I was too busy day dreaming and running what if scenarios through my head. It now happens to already be five in the afternoon. I lean back into my chair and stretch my arms back before saying, "Alright, time for dinner!"
I stand up and walk straight over to my kitchen to look through my refrigerator. Once I'm at my refrigerator I open the door and stare inside of it. As usual I make many faces looking at all the goodies I have inside, trying to decide what to eat. With nothing in my refrigerator looking appetizing at the minute I grab a bottle of water and return to my couch. I sit down on the couch and kick up my legs before turning on the TV.
"We've gotten a recent update from the hospital", said the same female news reporter from earlier.
"It seems like a late Christmas miracle has happened! Those who were reported dead at the nuclear power plant incident earlier have come back to life. Doctors think it has something to do with the amount of exposure to the radiation. More information will be given on this when we understand more of what is going on. Until that time the families of those infected are the only ones being permitted to see them."
I smile and lean back, tipping my cup to the TV and saying "Hallelujah", before grabbing the remote and turning the volume down. I place my drink on the table and lean back on the couch. Throwing my legs up on one of the arms and placing my head on the opposite one. I close my eyes and snuggle down, before falling asleep.
I wake up later that day from the sound of the TV. I roll over and rub my eyes before taking a look at the TV. "Hmm, what is going on?" I mumble to myself, wondering why the TV is all static. I let out a sigh and say, "You know ... This damn cable company is a pain in my ass ... They were just here a week ago ..." I grab the remote from the table and turn off the TV before sitting up right.
I let out a long and loud yawn before standing up and walking over into my kitchen. I open the refrigerator door in my kitchen and stare inside of it. I realize something is amiss but can't quite place it yet. Then it hits me, the power is out in my refrigerator! I look up at the top of the refrigerator and hit the switch a few times but nothing happened.
I let out a sigh before saying, "Why's this shit always got to happen to me?" I slam the refrigerator door shut and walk over to the light in the kitchen. I click the light on and nothing happens. I let out breath of air and shake my head side to side. Trying to hold myself together and not smash everything in my house out of frustration.
After I am done venting I return to my living room and lay back down onto the couch. I stare up at the ceiling and place both hands over my face. "Story of my life ... Story of my life ..." I say before closing my eyes and falling back asleep.
This time I don't wake up until the next morning. "Burr ..." I say, a bit chilly from the night before. I roll onto my side and rub my arms, trying to warm myself up. I reach over to the table and grab the remote off of it. I point it at the TV and hit the power button but nothing happens. I sit up on the couch and point it at the TV again, hitting the power button. But still nothing happens.
I grind my teeth together out of frustration before saying, "Dependable, reliable service my ass". I place my hand onto my forehead and cover my eyes. The second I cover my eyes a loud gunshot can be heard from the streets. I jump a bit as the sound echoes through my apartment. I stand up and slowly make my way over to the window.
I look outside and peek around, being careful not to expose myself to whoever shot the gun outside. Unable to see anything I move closer to the window, almost sticking my head up to the glass to see out. Instead of seeing the shooter outside, I see something much more shocking.
There are cars parked in the streets, not just on the side of the streets but also in the middle of the streets. There is shattered glass all over the ground below. Doors to cars and houses are left wide open, clothes and personal items almost litter the streets. Papers can be seen flying around the streets like tumbleweeds in the west.
There are patches of blood on the sidewalks and in the middle of the road with streaks of blood from where bodies were dragged down the road. I shake my head, unable to process everything at one time. The once crowded streets of New York City now don't have even one single soul walking down them.
I step back from the window, still in shock from everything I have just seen. I shake my head in disbelief, not being able to comprehend what I just saw. "There has to be some kind of explanation to this ... Are they filming a movie or something?" I ask myself. I start to pace up and down the hallway in my house and then it hits me. The power plant, in Delaware!
"But how could the radiation get all the way up here so fast?" I ask myself.
I walk over to my front door and look out the peep hole into the hallway outside my apartment. The hallway is perfectly clear of life but has a desk knocked over and lying on its side as well as hundreds of pieces of paper scattered throughout it the hall. I step away from the peep hole and pause, before asking myself, "If this is from the nuclear power plant leak ... Why is there so much destruction? Radiation wouldn't cause this to happen ..."
I continue to pace up and down the hall, confused by everything I see. Occasionally walking back to the peep hole and looking out. Trying to convince myself maybe everything will just go back to normal.
"Think Ryan, think ... What could cause this to happen? ..."
Becoming overly frustrated with not being able to figure out what is going on I start to argue with myself. I stop pacing up and down my hallway, still questioning myself.
"There had to be some kind of city wide evacuation ... My power was out yesterday, maybe everyone else's was too ... So how did they get the word out to evacuate? What about sirens? Maybe they could have used alarms? No ... I'm a heavy sleeper, but not that heavy. I would have heard that.
I continue to talk to myself while pacing the hallway. Occasionally walking over to the window and looking outside, seeing if everything is back to normal. I stop pacing for a second, thinking that I may be on to something.
"What if no one knew about the evacuation? If the people had no idea, then in a complete panic, bam! Everyone freaks the fuck out and leaves. Although it does not explain how they made no noise when leaving ..."
At least five minutes go by with me pacing back and forth in my house. As I am pacing back and forth I continually check the peep hole in the front door and the window at the back of my apartment. Praying that everything is back to normal or this is just some sick joke. Hell, I'm even getting desperate, maybe I'm dreaming!
I walk over to my couch and plop my butt down on it. I let out a long drawn out sigh and stare at the TV. "What can possibly be going on?" I ask myself for almost the hundredth time. I tilt my head back and use my right hand to smack my forehead a few times, trying to knock some sense into myself.
Almost five minutes go by without me figuring out what the hell is going on. I stand up again and start to pace around, now with a fresh headache from all the thinking. I walk by the front of my TV, accidentally kicking my X-box which is somehow off its normal shelf. I roll my eyes before bending over to see what damage I caused to it.
I examine each side of the X-box carefully, glad that I didn't damage it at all from the kick. I place it back on the shelf where it belongs, right next to all of my games. One game in particular happens to catch my attention, Dead Rising. My heart almost sinks down fully past my stomach as my eyes light up with excitement.
"I figured it out!"
"They're zombies! They're all zombies!"
It's all so clear to me now.
"Everything I'm seeing resembles a post-apocalyptic world. Ah, I feel so stupid now!" I mumble to myself while running different scenarios and ideas through my head. "What kind of zombies though ... what kind ..."
"Well you have more than one kind here; you have your "infected" zombies that aren't dead, but really infected with a virus. Then you have your dead zombies that come back to life. Then you have your zombies that only come out at night ..."
I pause for a second and spin around to my bookshelf. I quickly look over my bookshelf until I see 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Once I find them I slide them out and quickly flip them over to read the back of the cases.
"Hmmm, mmmhmmm" I mumble to myself while reading the backs. Agreeing almost with everything I am reading. Still a little bit frustrated, I stop reading and throw both movies onto the couch. "The power plant, the radiation ..." I say to myself while pacing around the house.
"The news said people died and miraculously came back to life ... It couldn't have been an infection, the people infected die, then return to life."
I keep rooting through my bookshelf looking for movies until finally getting frustrated and going back over to the front door. I peak through the peep hole to see if anything new is happening outside. I take a look around, scanning over the hall.
"Ok, It all seems to be good" I say out loud. "Hmm, first things first I need protection"
I run into my living room and grab my Sofa Chair. I drag it over to the front door and wedge it in my hallway. "That should stop anything from getting in and give me time to prepare".
I start to bite my fingernails and pace the hallway "Why haven't I seen one of these zombies yet?" I say out loud, questioning my original assessment.
"Maybe they only come out at night!" I yell, "Just Like in I Am Legend, those zombies could only live in the dark, then they came out to feed at night." I smile, my confidence shooting up for what seems to be a ground breaking new discovery.
"But wait," I say. "The zombies in I Am Legend were just infected and could be cured, not similar to these types of zombies." I sit down on my couch and scratch my head.
"I'm being so childish here; I'm comparing what is happening right now to movies. I need to figure out what needs to be done." I say before pushing myself off the couch and walking into my office.
I grab a notepad from the desk as well as a pen before returning to the couch and sitting down. I push everything off the table and onto the floor before placing the notepad on the table. "Alright first things first I need to bunker down and hold my position for the night. First thing tomorrow morning I need to get out of the city, it isn't safe here, the population is too high. I can easily get overwhelmed and eaten". I chuckle to myself at the thought of this all being real.
"Alright so, I need to make a list of exactly what to grab while I am still in town ... Hmm, where should I start?"
"I'll need some food! Everyone needs food! Canned food ... It will last the longest"
"Oh and I'll need some water too! Everyone needs water, same logic as food. Hmm, bottled water can get it from the super market"
"Hmm, I could also use a watch ..." I say out loud before looking down and tapping my current watch, "Been broken since December" I say jokingly.
"Of course I will also need some sort of transportation ..." Something that I don't have ... Hmm, I'll need to find an SUV of some kind, something all terrain and that can carry a lot."
"I should also collect some medical supplies. Such as antibiotics, gauze, butterfly stitches, really any first aid kit that I find lying around"
"Once I find a vehicle I should probably try and find gas cans to stock up on gas. After all I've got to keep the car running somehow."
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