Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
joshhaynes56 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The New Plague

By joshhaynes56 All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Scifi

Chapter 1

Rick’s heart pounded as he and several other students ran down the corridor of his school. 

They won’t get me, Rick thought, I just gotta find a weapon and I’ll be fine. 

It had been a normal day at West High school, laughing and joking around in class, when suddenly the Code Black alarm went off. At first everyone thought it was just a drill, but from the look on the teacher’s face, Rick knew that it couldn’t be. His classroom was on the second story so he had a good view of the city stretched out before him. He and his classmates were shocked to see people running around like crazed ants. The principle’s voice could be heard over the intercom, telling the children and staff to remain calm. Rick grabbed the teacher’s telescope and zoomed in on what the streams of people were running away from. His face drained, the figures looked like walking corpses were feasting on what looked like human remains. 

“No way.” he said aloud, he’d seen enough movies to know what was happening.

 Suddenly there was a thud at the door and a girl screamed. Rick spun around to see someone pounding on the door. It was a man with putrid boils on his arms and half of his face was falling away, Rick quickly searched around for a weapon but all he found was a metal ruler that had a sharpened end on it. 

“Oh well,” he said “better than nothing.” 

He looked around for the teacher but he must have run away once the man had come to the door, the other students were cowering under their desks except some of the tough-looking football jocks.

 “What do you want us to do, Rick?” said Butch, he was a big but friendly guy who would normally be surrounded by his popular friends. 

“Um, well you and two others look for weapons and cover me while I deal with the guy at the door, then we’ll go to the groundskeeper’s shed, there’ll be tools we can use as weapons in there for sure.” Rick was surprised to find that he was the one in charge since he normally just sat in a quiet corner and minded his own business. But today things had changed, these kids needed a leader and he was going to be that leader.

Butch and two heavily built kids came back with metal poles that would have been from the desks. “Alright you three, cover me.” And with that Rick threw the door open. The man stumbled back, surprised. Without hesitation Rick slashed and stabbed the creature until its body was just a bloody mess. Rick looked back into the classroom; there were five kids left that had not fled; Butch, his two friends Harry and Troy, a girl called Roxy and a small kid called Lewis.

 “Come on guys!” Rick yelled as more creatures lumbered down the narrow walkway outside the classroom.

The kids jumped up and sprinted out the door.

 “Butch, you and your boys cover the back and sides, I’ll take the front. Hit any of those things that get too close.” 

Butch and his two friends moved to their positions. They passed the lunch area where mauled children and some adults lay, dead with flies already starting to buzz around them. They were halfway to the shed when they came to a locker area, blocked with ten or eleven of the creatures. No, not creatures, Rick thought, they’re infected with some kind of disease. The closest of the infected turned towards them and let out a deep moan. The others turned towards them and lumbered forwards, arms stretched outwards. 

“There’s too many of ‘em!” Butch yelled. 

As if on cue, the infected started to move to a clumsy jog towards them. Rick braced himself, ready for a fight when suddenly an engine roared to life and the creature’s body parts started falling off. It took Rick a moment to realise that they were being cut apart by a gang of kids armed with drills, saws and a chainsaw. At the lead was Matt Carby, he was a farm boy whose parents lived in the country while he boarded at the school. He spent most of his time in the woodwork and metalwork rooms, making various items. 

Matt was carrying some sort of crowbar with a lethal, jagged edge, “How ya doin, Rick?” Matt asked, the two weren’t really good friends but they generally got along together fine. 

“Not too bad, Matt, just a little shaken up.” Rick was lying, he felt exhausted after dealing with the man outside the classroom and after the run he felt a little dizzy. 

Be strong, he thought, you gotta keep it together for Roxy’s sake. Roxy hadn’t spoken since he’d killed the man at the classroom door. 

“Come with us,” Matt said with his country accent, “We’re heading to the mall, and seeing if there’s any more adults left. If there isn’t then we’re gonna come back ‘ere and fortify the school so we got somewhere to chill until the military gets here or those things go away.” 

Rick thought for a moment, “We’ll take a vote.” He wanted to act like a democratic leader so that he wasn’t hated. “Who wants to go with them?” he asked, everyone put up their hands except Roxy, who just sat there quietly, not saying anything. 

“Ok,” Rick said, “you guys go over there with Matt’s group, I’ll be there soon.” He walked over to Roxy, “Hey,” He said lamely; he was awkward around girls, particularly Roxy. 

She looked up at him, “Hi.” She said in a small voice. 

“Are you alright?” Rick asked, with concern in his voice. 

“No.” Roxy cried and he put his arm around her. “I’m so scared, Rick. I don’t want to die like all those kids in the lunch area.” 

He pulled her closer to him, “We’re gonna be fine, Roxy, we’re gonna go to the mall and our parents can pick us up or the police, or someone.” He knew it wasn’t much but it made Roxy smile weakly. 

“Ok.” She said, and they went off to join the others.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

smile4me: Exciting page turner. I was barely able to put it down to go to bed. I can usually figure out the twists before they are revealed but not this time! Such a thrill to be surprised. I can hardly wait for the follow up!!

Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...

Cat32: I enjoyed the good versus evil aspect of this novel, especially as the protagonist has to discover how to access that good to save his family. I sat down to begin reading this story, and only put it down long enough to eat with the family! the book does an excellent job of building the suspense, ...

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...

Rachel Mc Donald: This was an awesome book a real page turner couldn't put it down . The characters all had a good back story . I love these kind of books and would read it if you decided to write a follow up book . Excellent work

Karl12: This is a very unusual sci-fi mystery. I enjoyed the suspense which was present throughout the story. I loved how I never knew what to expect from the characters. This made the story thrilling and made me suspicious of everything and everyone. You have a great style of writing – one which captiva...

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

ericaporamoralcine: La trama es muy interesante y original y eso ya dice muchísimo cuando todos tratan de triunfar con ideas ya trilladas.No puedo opinar en detalle sobre la gramática, porque a pesar de entender el inglés a la perfección, la falta de uso en cuanto a lectura y diálogo hacen que me maneje bastante mal...

More Recommendations

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

nikole carr: After starting and stopping several books tonight, this book caught my attention from the very beginning and i stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish reading. The plot has many twists and the sexual scenes keep it interesting, too. im a florida native so the Caribbean location is fun to read about. th...

usubitha1: There are many things in this book that I liked but most of all the way the author wrote this story. This is a clear inspiration for humans and inspired me much. I liked the author way of presenting the characters of the story, the plot of the story and most of all the inspiration. There are som...

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!