“Gary, what are you doing?” Erik shouts as he shakes the overwhelming feelings of loneliness from his head. He lifts the bottle of whiskey to his lips and takes a swallow. The warm liquid burned his throat and Erik waited for the thoughts to begin to fade.
The metal shelves behind the glass doors fell with a crash. Light from the large front store window illuminated a tall, rotten man standing within the fallen metal columns.
“Gary,” Erik replied with some hesitation. “What did you do?”
The tall infected man stepped forward and tripped over the shelves. Erik leapt back and searched for a weapon. The back of the store was dark but it was a warehouse. Large steel shelves held dry food, aluminum cans and a broom. The broom sat against the shelf as Gary began to stand.
“Don’t you move, Gary,” Erik said as he made his way over a mess of busted boxes. Another crash and Erik realized a second infected creature found the open glass door.
“You have to be kidding me. You invited Nora to the party. You are an ass, Gary.”
Nora falls over the metal shelving. As Erik tumbles himself over the boxes beneath his feet. He swears as his right hand strike a pile of aluminum cans. Gary steps forward, growls and lunges. Erik pulls his feet toward his chest as his hand throbs.
“You stupid, ugly be…” Erik slides back then under the large steel shelves. He grabs the broom and it falls forward. Gary grabs the broom and pulls as Erik pulls back.
“Give me that broom,” Erik insisted.
Gary’s unnatural strength pulled him forward, leaving Erik face down. Gary growled, grabbed a knot of Erik’s shirt, and bent down. Erik felt a large object on his left and pulled. A large wooden pallet fell knocking Gary to his right. Erik scurried backward before the pallet trapped him on the ground.
Nora, a grotesque vision of rot, shuffled past Gary. She turned and slid between a wall and the steel shelves. She zeroed in on Erik and stepped forward. Erik fought off the infected woman. Her enhanced strength frightening. Erik pushed Nora’s hungry hands away. Avoided another attempt then crawled under the steel shelves. He tried to push the shelves over Nora but it wouldn’t budge. A noose of thin skin and bone wrapped it’s gory fingers around Erik’s ankle.
Erik grabbed the steel shelf with his left hand and shoved his right foot down into Gary’s face. Gary growled but it lasted seconds before his worn, rotten spine snapped. Anger raged and Erik crushed the infected man’s skull. Nora grabbed at Erik. He continued the rage, grabbed the broom and thrust it into Nora’s piecemeal chest. He twisted her body and forced her to the ground. Erik pushed his booted foot down and crushed her face flat. He then found a coffee pot and hit her till she stopped moving.
Erik screamed as adrenaline ran through him. He picked up whatever he could and tossed it. After a minute he found his way out of the backroom and stood within the store. Something outside the thick, glass picture window caught his eye.