The pungent smell of death was everywhere. It burned your nose, not like a flame but like a punch to your brain. The view, outside the garage, was unreal. Neighbors standing in the corner of the yard staring at nothing. Body parts dangling from gnawed bones. Others following the leader beside the privacy fence in the back yard.
“We can head into my house,” Jacob offered.
“No Sharon is in there and Barbara.”
Jacob took in a deep breath in all the commotion yesterday he had forgot that his wife Barbara had been the first to fall. They were less than a foot from the exit when Michael’s wife Sharon was ripped from his arms.
“Oh god,” Jacob almost fell to his knees and stepped back into the garage.
“You are not dying in that garage by yourself,” Michael whispered. “I am not going back in there. Are you going to follow me or not?”
Jacob looked at his friend. In two days Michael’s face had aged twenty years. His blue eyes hidden within the swelling of a black eye and lack of sleep.
“What the hell you looking at? Let’s go.”
Jacob followed Michael from the garage. They leapt over to the house and followed the outside wall. At the first window Jacob stopped and looked inside. Michael continued to the next window.
She was in there. Her perfect hair screwed up. Her face long and drawn down. Her jaw slack and her arms to her side. She stood staring at nothing till she saw him in the window. Something flashed inside her and she began forward. Jacob felt Michael tug at him but Barbara was coming.
“Maybe she hadn’t been bitten,” he thought. “Maybe she wasn’t part of this. Maybe all this will go away with one more look at her.”
Michael jerked him to the side just before Barbara appeared at the window.
“Ass! She was fine,” Jacob shouted then realized what he had done. He had just alerted ten… maybe twenty infected undead to his location.
Three standing in the driveway woke up suddenly. Their eyes burst with excitement. They took one careful step then another. One of them jolted forward and both men ran toward the front of the house. They stopped mid-front yard and looked at the view ahead of them. The population of human corruption stumbling in lines forward and backward. Lives missing and replaced by a corrosive mental condition called the Darkness.