Good morning, Internets!
Anybody besides me looking forward to this Sunday’s return of The Walking Dead? To tide us over, this week’s free fiction Thursday story is BAIT, one of the zombie survivor stories in my five-story collection THE PATIENT Z FILES. Enjoy!
Published by Thunder Valley Press
Copyright 2011 by Annie Reed
Cover art copyright Andreas Gradin | Dreamstime.com
Sarah saw the little girl first.
“Stop the truck! Oh, George, please stop the truck!”
George didn’t want to stop. He was still too freaked by the run out of Reno. Half a tank of gas was all we managed to get at the last Arco station on 395 before the locals sniffed us out. Most of them don’t come out into the sunlight, but every gas station in Nevada has a helpful tin roof over the pumps to keep the tourists from burning their tender scalps crispy red in the high altitude desert sun.
Not that Nevada has tourists anymore.
Not that anyplace does.
Doesn’t matter that we’re not from here. We’re survivors, not tourists. Everyone else are locals, as George calls them.
George doesn’t like to use the Z word. Sarah and I don’t either. Makes it sound like we’re in the middle of some low-rent horror movie. We’re not. And calling them The Infected makes it sound like they’ve just got a bad case of the flu, no big deal. Trust me when I say, it’s a Very Big Deal. End of the world, Big Deal. I keep expecting to see an avenging angel sweep down out of the sky, Hollywood blockbuster style, and rip us to shreds for fucking up God’s grand plan.
Not that Sarah and George and I were responsible for this whole mess. We were never responsible for much of anything, which makes the whole last three people on earth thing kind of ironic, you know what I mean?
“George, stop the fucking truck!”
Sarah yanked on the wheel before George or I could stop her.
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