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Harlow was only thirteen and slept on the cot next to mine, which is probably why she followed me out.
Blond hair fell into her frightened eyes, but her voice stayed even. It sounded human, blood curdled and terrified. Sommer paled. You gotta listen to me. Leaving the safety of the room could get them killed, but then again, so could staying behind. At least this way they could run. An emergency light flickered dimly in the stairwell, so I went that way. The death groans only got louder as we got closer, but it would be better to run into the zombies in the light than having them sneak up behind us.
The battered lockers lining the halls were plastered with posters, all of them reminders about how to protect against the infected.
Most of them were just graphics explaining the emergency procedures — board up the windows and doors. That was the only real advice about dealing with zombies. Just keep them away, because if they bit you, you were as good as dead.
When we reached the stairwell, I leaned over the rail. The landing below had three dead zombies and one dead soldier. They had already made it this far into the quarantine.
The coast looked clear for the time being, so I went down the stairs, stopping at the landing. The zombie bodies were mangled with bullets, their weird blood splattered all over everything. They were regular people who had been infected with the lyssavirus genotype 8.
A mutation of the rabies virus, it only infected humans, and it turned them into something completely monstrous. Within a day of being exposed, people would begin having symptoms. Headaches, fever, nausea. The virus overdosed them with adrenaline so they were crazy strong.
The plan was to quarantine all the uninfected and let the virus run its course. If nobody else got sick, within a month or two, every infected person should be dead.
I had been here for over two months, and some people had been here even longer than that. So much for that theory. The dead zombies on the steps hardly resembled people anymore. Two of them were very thin and clearly at the end stages of the virus, but the third one was fat, almost bloated.
Froth covered their lips from , and their skin had gone almost gray. Their jaundiced eyes had dark rings around them. Zombies tended to attack and eat each other, so they were covered in bruises, scratches, and bite marks. The thing I hated the most about zombies was their blood.
It was thicker than human blood, as if always coagulating, and it had a weird greenish tint to it, making it look darker and alien. I was afraid I might recognize him.
The thick ooze of zombie blood covered my hands, and I grimaced. I finally found the clip, along with his service revolver. I stood up and turned back to Harlow and Sommer. Sommer was too busy staring down at the dead soldier.
I wiped my hands on my jeans. Shoving the extra magazine in my back pocket, I stepped over the corpses in front of me. The stairs were slick with blood, and I gripped the railing.
Plaster dropped from the wall, and when my heart started beating again, I looked back at Harlow. She was half-sitting on one of the steps, and her wide eyes were apologetic and terrified. Civilians were housed on the second floor, and the first floor was for army personnel and government officials. The medical facilities were in the gymnasium, and I had to get there for Max.
Blood covered the stairwell door-frame, and I leaned against it, looking down the halls of the main level. I had thought that the infected would be too crazed to formulate a real attack plan. The lights on the first floor flashed red. Things looked deserted, so I stepped out into the hall. I noticed movement a few meters down, something crouched on the ground. My stomach turned when I realized it was a zombie gnawing on a dead body.
I raised the gun and pulled the trigger mid-bite. Its head jerked back, blood sprayed, and it collapsed. Sommer screamed, and I cringed. Infected blood had gotten on her clothes, and I knew she was right. None of us would be allowed back in that room.
The virus was transmitted the same as rabies, through blood and saliva, but people got paranoid whenever they saw zombie blood anywhere. The ground squished under my feet, and I had to look down without really looking. A lot of them had been my friends, and they died trying to protect us. Gun blasts echoed from around the corner, and I heard men shouting. I took a step back, pressing myself against the wall so I was hidden behind a trophy case. Harlow followed suit, but I had to physically push Sommer to get her back.
I just heard a lot of yelling, death groans, and gun fire. When the guns fell silent, I leaned forward so I could see around the trophy case. About a dozen or more zombies lurched up the stairs. The gun felt heavy in my hands.
We were lucky they were going upstairs and not down here after us. They might be safe. And everyone up there was dead. Eventually, the zombies would break down the doors. They always did. I felt sick but I kept walking, stepping carefully over the bodies. When the virus popped up almost a year ago, it spread like wild fire, but I had never seen so many zombies together.
Even the ones that had gotten my mom and dad had only been in a group of three.
Youjust did this a fewweeks ago. I need time to heal. Theynever evenacknowledged me. Give me a second to prepare myself. It was so bright, it nearlyblinded me. Then, without warning, I felt the blade, cold metalslicing throughmyflesh. I gritted myteethand squeezed myeyes shut.
Cuttingthroughmyskinwas the least painfulpart ofwhat theydid. It was whentheywere inside, playingwithmyorgans, taking biopsies, squeezingthings, investigating, that it was impossibly brutal.
I winced as excruciatingpainbeganinmyabdomen. I balled up myfists and pulled at the straps as muchas I could. Ablaringsirenrangout throughthe room, and for a moment, I just thought it was a side effect fromthe pain. But whenI opened myeyes, gaspingfor breathinattempt to fight the pain, I sawthat the roomhad beenbathed inflashingred lights.
I strained to lift myhead, but allI could see were the doctors hoveringover me, their hands bloodied fromcuttingme open. I felt them, cold and latex, onmybare skin. Thenhe turned and walked away. Unhook mystraps! I was nothingmore thana science experiment to them.
Ifzombies had brokenin— as I stronglysuspected — I would be a buffet for them. I was tied down, unable to move, and my stomachhad alreadybeencut open, givingthemeasier access to their favorite foods. Iftheygot inhere, theywould literallytear me apart. As muchas I wanted to die, or at least I preferred deathto all these surgeries, I did not want to get ripped to shreds.
I wanted a nice quiet fall-asleep-and-never-wake-up kind ofdeath. After surgeries, I always had welts onmyskinfromfightingagainst them. The leather was ridiculouslystrong.
But since I had no other options, I kept strainingat them.
I tried to archmyback, eventhoughit killed myabdomen, and I rocked the table. Whenit crashed to the concrete floor, my stomachscreamed inpain. The metalholdingmystrap inplace was crushed betweenthe table and floor. Inorder to do that, I had to smashmyleft hand painfully against the floor, but it was the onlywayI knewto get out. So I rocked backward, almost tippingthe table forward onme, but it steadied itselfonits side. Finally, the metalhook bent far enoughthat I could slide the wrist strap out.
Withmyfree hand, I reached up to undo the strap onmyright wrist.
That sounded simpler thanit actuallywas. I had to twist my freshlysliced-openabdomenand stretchand strain. I cried out as I undid myother hand. The other straps were quicker and easier, and once I finally had themalloff, I got to myfeet.
I got a look at myincision. There were a needle and thread onthe smaller table withallthe surgicaltools. The butchers always sewed me up whentheywere done, so that was something, I guess. Myhands were shaking, and myleft hand was sore and scraped up fromhittingthe floor. I threaded the needle and braced myselfonthe tray. Fortunately, allthe surgeries had raised mypaintolerance quite a bit. Unfortunately, it stillhurt like hellwhenI shoved a needle throughmyownskin.
I just clenched myteethand powered throughit. I nearlythrewup halfwaythrough, but I kept it down. Withslick bloodyhands, I staggered around the room. I grabbed a scalpelfromthe tray, since it was the closest thingI had to a weapon, and I left the operatingroomto find out what was waitingfor me.
It was rather anticlimactic, because at first, there was nothing. The third floor — the floor I lived on— was completelydeserted. The red flashinglights and warningsirens had scared everyone, as was their job.
The next floor was exactlythe same, but I finallyfound somethingwhenI staggered out ofthe stairwellonto the first floor. It was like a dormitory, where theylived.
It was dark and appeared to be empty, but as I walked downthe hall, one hand runningalongthe wallfor support, I heard somethingcomingfroma room. Tatumshouted, soundingconfused. I stopped and turned around to face him. His blond hair was cropped short, and he had his gundrawn, pointed at the ground. Adraft ofcoolair blewin, I practicallyranpast him to get outside. It was night, and the stars twinkled above me like diamonds.
The grass was cold beneathmybare feet, and the air had a bitter chillto it. It allfelt wonderfulto me. I stood there for a minute, breathingit in.
I thought I was goingto die inthat room. Where are the zombies? Theywere workingtogether somehow. Onlyabout thirtyor so ofthemgot in. We went out to searchfor survivors, and theywere waitingfor us whenwe came back.
Theysnuck inwiththe caravan. There was onlyone entrance to the facility, and that was throughtwo metalgates. The first set ofdoors led into a smaller holdingarea, and the second set ofdoors actuallyled into the quarantine.
The double doors helped keep the infected fromgettingin.