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When the Dead

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When the Dead

A Zombie Novel by Michelle
Kilmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text copyright
© 2012 Michelle Kilmer.

 

Any similarities to persons
living, dead or undead is purely coincidental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to . . .

 

the first type of person

who will do anything to survive,

 

my family and friends for the love
and support,

 

my editors Rachel and Rebecca
Hansen and

Kevin D. Looney for helping the
dead walk,

 

To my father who, in his time with
his children,

encouraged us to be creative,
unique and intrepid,

 

And to my wonderful husband

who doesn’t like zombies at all

 

Table of Contents

The
Infection

Fucked

Willow Brook
Apartments

The First
Day

S.O.S.-less

The Second
Day

Tissue Thin

The Devil’s
Work

A Promise

Coping
Mechanism

The Plague
in Pixels

Ben on the
Third Day

The Fourth
Day

Behind
Closed Doors

Imagination
Infected

Anna

Fuck It List

The Fifth
Day

The Main
Office

Meet the
Neighbors

3rd Floor

Expectations

2nd Floor

(Un)Charismatically
Cold Blooded

1st Floor

Uncertainty

Gate to Hell

Snack Time

Spooked

All Kinds

Suicides

Last Second
Thoughts

Really
Secured-Access

Front Row
Seat

Unrequited
Love

Numb

Second Floor
Slumber Party

An Inquiry

Lullaby

The Sixth
Day

The First
Meeting

Noise
Complaint

Tom Vaughn’s
1st Assignment

Run, Fat
Girl

In Good
Hands

Molly
Mathay, Caretaker

Macabre
Parade

Urges

The Second
Meeting

DIY Birth

Afterbirth

The
Photograph Isn’t Enough

Full Access

One for You
and Two for Me

Litter Bug

The Third
Meeting

Tom Vaughn’s
2nd Assignment

A Thieves
Market

Beat to
Re-Death

Pink Horse

Dead Lawn

Family
Reunion

Old Habits

The Boat
House

FedEx

Gnome City

No Blood on
Our Hands

Best Before
. . .

Sanitation

Finders
Keepers

Hayden

Love in the
Dead Air

Teen Spirit

Our Own
Little World

According to
Plan

Shelter

Let it All
Out

Crash Course

Appearances

First
Impressions

A Minor
Issue

The Morning
After

Careful
Confrontation

Fresh Air

Loneliness

Living On

Forms of
Decay

Left Out

The Mall

Zombified

You Are Here

On the Run

Missing and
Missed

Brace
Yourself

(Below the)
Surface Wounds

Distractions

Admitting
Defeat

Another Stab
in the Heart

Home School

Deadbeat Dad

A Glass of
Courage

Smoke on the
Horizon

Comfort in
Chaos

Reason to
Live

Permission
to Leave

Fresh Fare

A Gut
Feeling

Speculation

Sneak Attack

Role Playing

Proof of
Death

Curiosity

Play Time

Killing as
Kindness

Friendships
Forged . . .

. . . and
Lost

Movers

Picking up
the Pieces

A Rough
Night

Selfishness

A Difficult
Decision

Cold Feet

To The Point

Promise or
Prayer

The Best Way
to Go

A Rougher
Day

Baby Blues

A Different
Approach

Death
without Dignity

Honor the
Dead

Evicted

Alternate
Ending

Versions of
the Truth

Street View

Careless
Confrontation

Out of the
Bag

Screw This

Struggle
Within

Molly
Mathay, Alone

Punishment,
Banishment, or Death

Gossip Mill

Hindsight

Unlikely
Advisor

Sleep

Torrential

The Trial of
Jeff Brown

On the
Outside

A for Effort

Normalcy

Tunnel
Vision

Mind Games

Disorder

Exit Stage
Left

Molly Fights
Back

Liars Not
Welcome

Botched

Tom Vaughn’s
New Plan

Armed . . .

. . . and
Dangerous

Game Changer

Off

Unhappy
Ending

Spent

Bang

It All Adds
Up

Self Worth

Separate
Ways

The Good Old
Days

Pages

Revenge

Fire and
Rescue

Options

Molly
Mathay, Actress

Ripple
Effect

Shut In

Nothing to
Do List

Out for
Repairs

When the
Dead . . .

End

About the
Author

The Infection

It
starts with a cold sweat then a swift drop in body temperature that makes the
teeth chatter. The skin feels itchy and hot but the insides are dying from the
cold.

Then the numbness starts in the extremities. Finger tips, toes, up
through the feet and hands into the legs and arms and finally the core. It
cannot be rubbed out as the hands do not work anymore.

It reaches the chest and the ability to control the breathing is lost.
Just before the last breath of air escapes the lungs, numbness reaches the
head.

            The
eyes go crazy, the tongue limp. One cannot call out for help as the head falls
on the chest. There is but a single moment for the dying self to think a final
thought . . .

 

Why me?

 

But then . . . you aren’t
you
anymore.

 

Fucked

“I can’t
understand what they’re saying,” Edward said as he slammed a fist down on the
radio.

            “You
could try another station. That sounds like French they’re speaking,” his wife
Moira suggested. She had wanted a television for a long time but Edward
preferred the way the voices came floating from the speakers into the apartment.
This meant that in the current situation though, they had to rely on the radio
show hosts graphic descriptions to give them any idea of what was going on in
cities across the globe.

            “The
other stations keep replaying the same stuff. It’s not getting any better; only
worse,” Edward grumbled.

            “Then
there’s nothing we can do but make some tea and wait to see what happens next.”

 

“It’s happening everywhere,” Isobel said to her mother over the phone.
She had spent the morning reading news articles online. She had watched a clip
of someone succumb to the infection on a CDC table, surrounded by plastic and
strapped down like a criminal or lunatic.

“Things will be ok, Isobel! They have a carrier. It really is only a
matter of time. If they can study it, they can find a cure or at least a
vaccine. Try to keep this thing from spreading any further.”

“It’s too big already. The world is fucked. I’ve got to go.” She hung up
the phone not knowing it would be the last time she’d speak to her mother.

 

            “On
and on for three days, man; can’t they talk about something else?” Vaughn
turned off his television angrily. “Could have been aliens, maybe the
government, maybe bio-terrorists? Shut up.” He chucked a drained beer can at
the black screen. “Just fix it and forget it!”

            Vaughn
was alone, as he often was, unless he paid for company. He was talking to
himself. He probably couldn’t even pay someone to listen to him. Especially
when he was drunk and that was most of the time.

            “Couldn’t
be bio-terrorists, they’d a laid claim to it. Been proud of the trouble they
were causing. Pretty fancy stuff making dead people come back to life. It has
to be the government; only group with enough funding and closed doors to pull this
shit off.”

 

The infection was quickly spreading. It had reached terrorist groups and
government groups alike. It lay in thousands of sickbeds, it rode the bus, and
it lived next door to many already. No one was immune from this unstoppable
plague.

 

The number one cause for the spread of the disease was denial. It made no
sense
to anyone. News media could be blamed for the lies with headlines
like
It’s impossible!
,
Death is death, the final breath
, and
People
don’t come back. They stay wherever it is that they went
.

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