I have posted fiction on my blog before, but it’s always been previously-composed pieces that I’ve had the chance to revise. Today, I’m going to try something different: Right here, in the next half-hour, I’m going to write a section of my in-progress zombie apocalypse story. It could be horrible. Let’s see what happens.
Around midnight, they were driving through a string of townships north of Pittsburgh. Butler and Cranberry passed by quietly, with only an occasional glimpse of a roaming figure in the dim space just outside the light of the high beams. In Evans City, Adrian felt compelled to say out loud that this was where they had filmed Night of the Living Dead, even though he knew that Sam knew. He laughed hysterically–like a person literally in hysterics–at the irony.
They had gotten out of Sam’s apartment without encountering anyone, living or dead. Everyone had been at the riot at Sheetz. “Want to go get an MTO?” Sam had joked.
“We have a cooler full of food; I’m not risking my life for a hot dog,” Adrian had scowled, too intent on his task to get the joke, as he brushed past Sam and started to run down the emergency exit stairs. “I guess it’s a good thing you just went grocery shopping,” he hollered from two flights down.
They had taken Adrian’s car because it was less junky than Sam’s and because Adrian liked to feel like he was doing something productive. They had decided to go north because the first exit they had come to was a road going north.
After a while, they came to a Family Dollar, one of those Family Dollars that seems like it has been dropped from the sky onto an otherwise godforsaken stretch of roadside. It was glowing eerily in the darkness. “There might be supplies in there,” said Adrian as he pulled off the road.
“There will definitely be zombies in there,” said Sam. “We should take weapons.”
They looked at each other. Neither Sam nor Adrian had ever fired a gun outside of a video game. Then Sam thought of something. “I have a little knife that I use to sharpen charcoals and pastels.”
All right, that’s it for now. Not a whole lot happened, but I think there were a couple of good moments in there. Stay tuned for more.
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