Chapter 26: The Walking Goop
Ian was alone in a dark expanse. Confused, he looked around, and then gasped when he saw someone collapsed on the ground a few feet away.
“R-Roderick?!” he exclaimed, running over to him. His younger brother groaned.
“Don’t worry bro-we found out who the murderer is-we’re going to fix this-.”
Roderick looked up to him desperately, his eyes completely white, black goop dripping from his mouth.
“Er… Er-!” the tried to say, coughing on the stuff.
“What is it Roderick? What?” Ian asked desperately as Roderick painfully closed his eyes. Roderick suddenly went limp while his older brother continued to scream his name.
Ian’s eyes shot open, his body shaking.
He wasn’t sure if what had just occurred was a dream, or another attempt to reach out. He kind of hoped it was just a dream, but for some reason, deep down, he knew it wasn’t. He had fallen asleep in the middle of working again, but this time, he was in the back of Brian’s van. He looked over groggily to see that Brian had also fallen asleep during his research, his head on his keyboard as he snored softly.
Someone was softly tapping on the back doors. Ian figured it was probably Jordyn or Joey. Yawning, he stood up and stretched, and then opened the back door.
It was not what he was expecting.
It was not Joey or Jordyn, but rather Karen, who was covered in black goop, her eyes a blank white, her clawed hands reaching out. Ian slammed the door shut on her, causing Brian to wake with a start.
“I’m up!” he exclaimed, papers going everywhere. He turned to look at Ian, who was completely awake now, a look of horror on his face. Brian rubbed the sleep out of his eyes.
“What is it?”
Something had thrown itself into the side of the van, causing the whole thing to rock slightly.
“What the heck was that?” Brian exclaimed, suddenly wide awake. The two of them crawled to the front and gasped at what they saw.
Several people were dragging themselves to the van like zombies, complete with dripping black goop and blank white eyes.
“ACK! When I said I wanted life to be a video game, I didn’t mean this!!” Brian exclaimed, clutching the hairs on his head.
“Where’s Joey and Jordyn?” Ian asked, looking around, concerned. That’s when suddenly, they could hear the static of a walkie talkie. Ian grabbed it.
“Jordyn? Joey?” he almost yelled in it.
“Ian-is Brian there too?” Jordyn’s staticky voice asked.
“Is your van still surrounded by the… people?”
“K. Joey and I were able to get out of the motel room, but they took the Sheriff-I don’t know where though.”
“Does Joey know what’s going on?”
“No. We took off in my car. Meet us at the Sheriff’s station.”
Ian jumped into the driver’s seat as someone else slammed into the side.
“Buckle your seatbelt Brian.”
“Oh my gosh we’re going to die we’re going to die we’re going to die.” Brian lamented his hands on his face.
“Brian. Buckle your seatbelt. Safety first.”
“Oh. For a second I thought you were going to try to be all cool and say, ‘cause this is going to be a bumpy ride.’”
Ian rolled his eyes.
“No. I have a rule that I don’t start the car until all seatbelts are on.”
“Even with zombies?!!”
Brian hurriedly put on his seatbelt. Ian started the van as some more people covered in black goop started to claw at the windows.
But instead of screeching out there in a hurry, Ian merely lurched forward about a foot.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING! GET US OUT OF HERE!” Brian yelled, shrinking back from the window.
“I don’t want to hurt anybody.”
“THEY ARE FLIPPIN ZOMBIES!!!”
“We don’t know that.”
Ian lurched the van forward again, causing some of the people to fall down.
“Ok!! They’re out of the way! NOW GO!” Brian almost screamed.
Ian did not have to be told twice as he slammed on the gas and screeched out of there.
As they zoomed through town, the two men couldn’t help but notice how eerily silent it seemed. Even more so than usual.
“Where is everyone?” Ian murmured, looking around at the supposedly abandoned shops on the street.
“Maybe they are all hiding?” Brian said hopefully. Ian glanced over at him doubtfully as they pulled into the Sheriff’s station.
“Joey? Jordyn?” Ian called out, running into the station.
“You boys made it!” Joey said in relief, standing up. Behind the desk, Jeffery sat in his chair hyperventilating and squeezing a stress ball.
“Joey and I went to go to the store with the Sheriff,” Jordyn started to explain. “Then all the people who had gone missing suddenly showed up and started taking people.”
“Wait-those goopy people are the missing persons?” Ian asked in disbelief. Jordyn nodded grimly.
“Including some of the detectives. I recognized them from their pictures.”
“Oh and we’re stuck in town.” Joey piped up softly. “I had a hunch, but we went to go check it out anyway. There’s some invisible force keeping us all here within the town limits. Oh-and none of the phones are working either.”
“Well greeeeat.” Brian squeaked, fidgeting nervously.
They all froze as they heard something break from the other room. Jordyn drew out her gun as they crept towards the Sheriff’s office where they heard the sound. Jordyn kicked the door open, pointing her gun into the room. Standing in there, was the Deputy, who also had his gun drawn. He had crawled through the window and accidently knocked over a lamp.
“You-you all haven’t been taken?” he asked, mildly surprised.
“What’s going on?!” Jordyn demanded. “What are you doing to the town?”
“I don’t know what is going on.” Jonah spat, continuing to point his gun at him. “I wasn’t paid enough for this! I need more ammo-.”
Suddenly, black goopy hands broke through the window and grabbed the Deputy.
“GET OFF ME!” he screamed, shooting his gun at the ceiling as they dragged him through the window. The people left in the station started to back away as more of the missing people started to crawl through the window.
“I-I don’t know if I should shoot them or not…” Jordyn said hesitantly. “Are-are they dead or-.” Joey suddenly stepped in front of her, holding a canister of cinnamon. As the goopy zombie came towards them, she showered it with the spice. The goopy woman screamed, the black goop steaming on her shoulders.
“Get to Brian’s van!!” Joey exclaimed, pushing them out of the office.
“Jeffery! Move!” Jordyn exclaimed, trying to grab the arm of the man hiding under the desk.
“No time! Go!!” Joey yelled, dragging Jordyn behind her as more goopy people started to come in through the Sheriff’s office. They all then jumped in Brian’s van.
“I’m driving this time! No stupid seatbelt rules!” Brian exclaimed.
“Just drive!!”Jordyn yelled as more people started to come towards the van.
Brian slammed his foot on the gas as they zoomed away.