Scared to Beath: Zombie RiZing 1

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Chapter 9

Later, when the rest of the group asked Zhang what had happened as the zombie wall fell towards her, she was very light on detail. The truth is she was in the zone as her new ability chose that moment to reveal itself. Now sometimes, thinking is dangerous. Not in everyday life but in emergency situations, because thinking takes time and time costs lives. It’s all about quick reactions - instinct. That’s why fighters train - so when it matters most their body acts before their mind thinks.

Zhang was no fighter, yet, but as she did have magic inside her. It just needed a trigger to get out. That presented itself amidst the chaos, noise, adrenalin, panic and confusion as a wall of zombies fell towards her.

She remembered holding her arm out to protect herself and screaming, ‘nooo’, as loud as her lungs would let her. Then she remembered a blinding blue light emanating from her hand – or was it her violin bow? Whatever the case, when her screaming stopped and awareness started to return, she saw that the blue light, coming from her, was holding the falling wall of zombies at an impossible angle.

She wasn’t sure how long she lay there battling with her body to keep the magic coming, she just remembered it draining her. She also recalled Elizabeth and Sonny coming in behind her to drag Ms Simmons to safety. She remembered rising to her feet and backing out of the lane – keeping her violin bow aimed at the zombie wall the whole time.

Then she remembered nothing.

Later, when the rest of the group asked Zhang what had happened as the zombie wall fell towards her, she was very light on detail. The truth is she was in the zone as her new ability chose that moment to reveal itself. Now sometimes, thinking is dangerous. Not in everyday life but in emergency situations, because thinking takes time and time costs lives. It’s all about quick reactions - instinct. That’s why fighters train - so when it matters most their body acts before their mind thinks.

Zhang was no fighter, yet, but as she did have magic inside her. It just needed a trigger to get out. That presented itself amidst the chaos, noise, adrenalin, panic and confusion as a wall of zombies fell towards her.

She remembered holding her arm out to protect herself and screaming, ‘nooo’, as loud as her lungs would let her. Then she remembered a blinding blue light emanating from her hand – or was it her violin bow? Whatever the case, when her screaming stopped and awareness started to return, she saw that the blue light, coming from her, was holding the falling wall of zombies at an impossible angle.

She wasn’t sure how long she lay there battling with her body to keep the magic coming, she just remembered it draining her. She also recalled Elizabeth and Sonny coming in behind her to drag Ms Simmons to safety. She remembered rising to her feet and backing out of the lane – keeping her violin bow aimed at the zombie wall the whole time.

Then she remembered nothing.

*

The thing about night

Surviving the zombie apocalypse is hard enough on a pleasant autumn day, but the odds are much worse at night. Let’s get the obvious problem out of the way first – it’s dark. Your vision is limited to what you can see by street light and torch. Hiding places are everywhere. Advantage: zombie.

On top of that, zombies appear to thrive when the sun goes down. Sure, you’ll find your fair share wandering around during daylight hours, but when the lights go out the zombies come out to play. Advantage: zombie.

Then there’s sound. Of course this varies from night to night, but there is less ambient noise at night. Less background to distract the grunts, which heightens their senses – they become far more effective at locating food through even smaller sounds. Advantage: zombie.

The only positive to a person going out at night is that no other person would be insane (or alive) enough to do it, so you can go anywhere without the fear of bumping into larger, more heavily armed human groups*.

* It’s not really much of an advantage.

* It’s probably safer to hide in bed.

* It’s definitely safer to hide in bed.


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