By Ryne Darke
Copyright © 2017 Darke
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is a work of fiction. All characters and events in this publication,
other than those clearly in the public domain, are fictitious and any
resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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1b: Day I
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2b: Day II
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3b: Day IV
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4b: Day V
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5b: Day VII
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6b: Day VIII
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8b: Day X
base won't work anymore...
overrun... something escaped -- someone
enough space, not enough protection, too much corruption.
expected more discipline with those from the military but I guess
was their downfall....
lot has been lost.............
know where we're going...but...
follow him til the end of time...
even after that.
sure you know where you're going?" Trish whispered, tugging her
hair free from one of the screws lining the vent. They had been
crawling through the dusty vent for what felt like hours.
I've worked here longer than you've used this place as a sanctuary,"
Eien said. He tapped at the vent wall with the torch in his hand.
"Besides, we're more safe in here than the rest of the group."
watched enough movies to know how this will end for me..." Trish
mumbled under her breath.
ain't your sister. Speak English-"
fidgeting. These vents may be strong, but it wasn't built with two
people worming through it in mind."
gotta understand why I'm scared shitless." She continued to
ramble unintelligible things under her breath.
huffed. "Your husband is better company."
it," Trish hissed. A sudden groaning and clicking sound halted
tell me that was your stomach," Trish whimpered. They both
paused in their movement. The vent below them jolted with another
Eien cried. The vent jolted again. The screws in the metal lining in
front of Eien came loose before the vent went crashing downward. Both
Trish and Eien gave a shriek of terror.
came to a crashing stop right before the compartment Eien lay in
touched the ground. The vent hung a few centimeters off the ground.
Eien crawled out of the vent, helping Trish out afterwards. They
looked around at their surroundings in vain. It was pitch black. Even
the torch's light couldn't penetrate the darkness.
the hell are we?" Trish asked. She looked at Eien as the taller
man tapped at the watch on his wrist. A holographic display appeared
above his wrist showing different types of data and numbers that she
couldn't understand. The screens, one by one, showed a blinking
'error' over their display. Eien sucked his teeth.
COM isn't working. Something in here is interfering with it," he
said. He tapped the device again and the screens blinked out. "We
need to find a light switch."
can barely find my hand in front of me."
going to have to feel around."
if there's something in here?"
we can't see it, I doubt it can see us."
if it can smell us? What if it can hear us or feel the vibration of
our voices or steps?"
need to calm down before it smells your fear." Eien chuckled. He
huffed when Trish smacked him in the back of his head.
quit playing with me! Don't say shit like that when it's a high
sorry, I'm sorry, geez!" Eien grumbled as he rubbed the back of
his head. "Hold on to my pack, we need to stay together."
Without further coaxing, Trish took hold of Eien's backpack. The
silver-blond slowly led them through the darkness, cursing whenever
his foot caught on something.
is it so dark? What happened to your flashlight?"
died." Eien slid his hand along the cold, metal wall. There were
smooth and pointed grooves along the wall, some occasionally blinked
with a faint red glow. "Ah!" Eien exclaimed in triumph when
his hand hit a button. The lights flashed on, blinding them in its
looked around the room, Trish with confusion and Eien with shock. The
room was large, filled with many different computers and hubs. Black,
grated metal made up the walls, floor, and ceiling. From their
standing position, it was hard to tell where the ground ended and
where the wall began. There were four large vats filled with glowing
green liquid in the middle of the room. There were an extra three
surrounding those, but they were empty -- one of them was shattered.
"Where are we?"
in the lab," Eien said.
Trish whispered harshly. "Lab? This place has a lab?"
was a military facility-"
waved her hand dismissively. "How far are we from the medical
three hallways away." Eien looked up at the vent still attached
to the ceiling. "There is no way we're going through the vents
to get there...we're going to have to go through the.... halls..."
Eien looked at the double doors on the far left side of the
room. They were shut tight, a fleeting feeling of panic surged
through Eien’s mind before he settled down just as quickly. He was
feeling a bit claustrophobic now.
that! This place is crawling with walkers. Let's get what we can from
the lab and leave."
gave her a pointed look before gesturing at the vent. "How do
you suppose we go back?"
said nothing as she walked about the room. She stepped up to one of
the vats and placed a hand on it. Eien watched her only briefly
before bringing his attention to the large computer hub in front of
him. He logged into the terminal, a bright blue kite flashed across
the screen welcoming him back to KLIA. His attention was only
brought back to Trish when she began speaking again: "Eien, what
the hell are in these giant test tubes?"
called vats. Experiments -- the scientists were attempting to find a
cure for the infection. I can't tell how far they got," Eien
replied. Trish and Eien’s gaze met briefly before the silver-blond
went back to tapping away at the holographic display on the computer
station. "This is why I couldn't use my COM..."
of the vat things is broke," Trish said, gaining Eien's
Eien followed Trish's gaze to the shattered vat. "What label is
S09SDAX5." There was a slight pause where neither Trish nor Eien
spoke; the only sound that could be heard was Eien’s fingers flying
across the console. "What was in it?"
need to leave...now."
what we're--" She halts mid-sentence. Eien shot his gaze up to
her, his brows creasing in worry.
Patricia?" She didn't respond. Instead, she made a garbled noise
as blood bubbled from her mouth. Eien's eyes widened. "Trish?"
He took a step back when she jolted forward. She stopped short of
hitting the ground and that's when Eien took notice of the three
tentacle-like appendages protruding from her back. Eien followed the
limbs with his eyes to its source -- something behind the broken vat.
"T-Trish?" Eien slowly walked backwards towards the exit.
body lifted up off the ground, the tentacle-like appendages bursting
through her front, spraying blood in their wake. A low growl pulled
Eien's attention away from the gory scene to the large thing coming
from behind the vat. The creature was a hulk of a person. Its large
head was nearly sightless with little to no skin to speak of. It
had one red eye, half covered by smooth muscle while the other was
completely covered. It had dagger like teeth with an under bite that
can only be called orcish in nature. It looked like a creature that
stepped out of a fantasy comic. It growled low, its eye set solely on
creature quickly drew Trish to it and opened its mouth wide before
taking a large chomp. Eien quickly turned his gaze away as the
creature snapped its jaws down on Trish's body, severing her head and
shoulders from the rest of her body. Eien could hear the crunching of
bones and the squelch of blood as the creature chewed.
quickly made a beeline for the door, tripping on loose wires, tubes,
and even his own feet as he went. When he got to the door, he was
horrified to find the power to the console was dead. No matter how
many times or how hard he jabbed the open button next to the door,
the console continued to show a blinking red "ERROR" across
creature's growls were getting louder, its feasting drawing to a
close. Eien peeked over his shoulder. The creature was looking at him
now, slowly stalking towards him. Eien pressed his back against the
double-doors and stared on in horror as his death approached. "Oh
deity...no..." he whispered silently.
was nothing but a whisper of air, but he heard it. As the creature
got closer, the whispering got louder but stayed unintelligible. Eien
whimpered and turned his head away when the creature leaned into him.
The whispering stopped. Eien chanced a peek up at the creature. It
was still staring at him. Its mouth suddenly opened and Eien clenched
his eyes closed.
warm, wet sensation made his eyes snap open again. A long, slimy,
slippery appendage -- a tongue, its tongue-- slipped out of its mouth
and was now gliding across Eien's skin. Eien shivered in disgust as
the tongue moved from his neck to his cheek. The creature pulled its
tongue back into its mouth before standing up straight.
is it, Eien
thought miserably, I
am going to die here the same way Trish did.
jarring, loud creaking jolted Eien out of his dark musings. He looked
up and to his surprise, the creature was pulling the double doors
open. The creature got down on its hands and knees and scuttered away
in the blink of an eye. Eien took a sharp intake of breath. For
something as large as that-- it moved like a lizard. Eien looked over
at the other two empty vats.
the fuck just happened?" Eien asked the empty room.
H I F T . . . . . . .
COULD HAVE SAVED HER...
didn't it come after me?
blame me. He's glaring at me.
scares me sometimes...
grunted as his head was slammed none too gently into the metal wall.
room he was currently in had a look and feel similar to the lab from
earlier, though it was much more smaller. It was a storage space but
was transformed into their rendezvous port.
the fuck is she?" Fiery brown orbs stared into green. Eien
clawed at the tight grip around his throat. He couldn't answer even
if he wanted to.
let him go! He can't breathe," a woman, the splitting image of
out of this, Sera. This is between me and this little shit,"
Bryan growled, his grip tightening. "Where the fuck is she? Why
didn't she come back with you, huh?"
Sera screamed, grabbing the man by the shoulder. Bryan's reaction was
instantaneous. He threw his arm out, roughly pushing Sera away. Sera
squeaked in surprise as she's thrown across the room, landing hard on
her arm with a shriek of pain.
a man twice the size of Bryan stepped behind him but halted before
he could say anything further by the gun pointed at his head.
another step, Vicktor, and I swear to fucking god, I will end you,"
Bryan hissed. "Where the fuck is she?"
Eien choked out.
How the fuck did you live a--" Bryan's eyes narrowed. "You
used her, didn't you? I knew I couldn't fucking trust you! I TOLD HER
NOT TO GO WITH YOU! YOU'RE GOING TO--" Bryan was abruptly cut
off by a resounding WHAM
as someone's fist collided with the back of his head. The force of
the hit made him drop Eien, who fell to his hands and knees, gasping
for the precious air he was denied moments ago.
off, Bryan," Bryan's assaulter hissed. Eien looked up at his
saving grace with a grateful smile.
you, David," Eien mumbled. David simply nodded.
you all kill each other," Carl spoke suddenly, gaining
everyone’s attention. He was on the far left side of the room,
standing in the corner with a rolled up, white paper in his hand. He
turned towards the square, metal protrusion coming out of the wall.
Using it as a table, he rolled out a map. "Come check this out."
are these," Vicktor asked. There's a chorus of similar remarks
from the other people in the room.
are blueprints. Eien, since you're the only one who worked in this
shit hole that's still alive, we're going to need you on this."
Sera clearing her throat went ignored.
send the asshole in alone or you'll be dead too," Bryan growled,
glaring at Eien. "When I get my hands on you--"
won't," David said, his blank stare boring holes into Bryan.
Bryan growled as David helped Eien to his feet. The tall,
dark-skinned man narrowed his eyes, using his towering form to block
Eien from Bryan's view. "You touch him again..." He trailed
are the blueprints for?" Sera asked, rubbing her sore arm.
Vicktor wrapped an arm around her waist, glaring at Bryan.
type of tank," Carl said. "It says--"
Land Shark?" Eien asked. "This is a prototype vehicle that
has been under development for quite some time. It's nowhere near
you get it drivable? It's the only thing in here that'd fit all of us
in it to get the hell out of here," Carl said, frowning.
can get it to move but all the features listed in the blueprint won't
do it. Where is the tank?"
docking sector. It's...on the other side of the base."
there a car that goes directly over there?" Sera asked. Eien
looked at her with a nod.
the power to the locks are down. I couldn't even open the lab door
when--" Eien went silent, looking away.
closed his eyes and lowered his head.
looked up. Sera was standing in front of him, clutching his shoulders
tightly. "It's not your fault, Eien," she whispers softly.
fuck it ain't! I- mmm..." David cut his eyes to Bryan, instantly
quieting whatever retort he was preparing.
settled. Bryan, David, and Vicktor, you guys go with him."
Bryan screamed. "You want me--"
and Vicktor have experience with engineering. Eien is gonna need all
the muscle and brain power he can get to get that fucking thing
running before something finds us or him. David'll be there to keep
H I F T . . . . . . .
thing came back...
does it spare me....
not sure why they blamed him....
acts no different than i remember.
door had only budged enough for Eien to slip through. He had set to
working on the Land Shark while the other three men found another
entrance. When they did manage to get into the docking sector, Eien
noticed that Bryan was missing. "Where is Bryan?" Eien had
asked. Vicktor glanced at David but David said nothing.
get split up," Vicktor had said, gazing at Eien. "He does
not make it. There's...something stalking halls...Nothing like
walkers we've come across."
looked at the closed double doors silently. He already knew that.
wiped his brow, backing away from the opened hatch at the side of the
Land Shark. The Land Shark was a large modified tank, looking to be a
cross between a battle submarine and a tank. The entirety of its
metal framing was done with thick green metal -- where the military
managed to get the quantity needed to make the whole thing-- that was
still a mystery to Eien. The bottom of the ship was what made it
look like a submarine, as it was ballooned out in darker green
material. The top of the ship was where the heavy artillery was at: a
giant machine gun, two rocket launchers, and a laser cannon.
room it was held in was large, possibly eight stories tall as it was
wide. There were only three doors in the large room: The large gate
at the front of the tank, the gate outside; the door on the right of
the room, the entrance to the car that ran from this side of the base
to the other; and the door on the left, which led out to the hall.
tapped at his COM to bring up the holographic screen. He tapped at
the modules showing the Land Shark’s data. "We're all set for
motion," Eien said, looking away from his COM to the two men
leaning against the tank. "We just need to get everyone here."
only took two days," Vicktor grunted. "How do we get
everyone here?" Eien points towards the previously slightly ajar
door. The gap between the doors was much larger now.
did that happen?"
looked up at Vicktor.
looked over to the double doors. He took a sharp intake of breath at
the three wiggling appendages slipping through the crack. He quickly
ducked behind one of the cargo crates littering the large hall
of a room. The door made a loud groan and crack as it was forced open
on its mechanical track.
whispering noise was there again. Eien knew it was that creature from
before. He peeked around the box to see that the creature had managed
to pull the door apart enough to get in. Eien sat back straight
against the crate and took quiet deep breaths to calm himself.
couldn't have known he was in here, could it have? Eien closed his
eyes and leaned his head back against the crate. All he had to do was
be silent until it left, right? Eien opened his eyes and jumped,
gasping sharply. The creature stood silently over him, staring with
its one able eye. Eien whimpered as the creature leaned in close,
those wet things -- Eien assumed it was its tongues -- slid over his
skin, leaving warm, wet, thick secretions in its wake.
tentacles on its back come around its body to slide across Eien's
face, through his light clothing and touch -- touch everything...
Eien squeezed his eyes shut, willing the creature to go away.
just as soon as the creature was there with all its limbs -- it was
gone. Eien opened his eyes at the absence of the disturbing
touch. Was it just his imagination or was it really there?
Eien was brought out of his reverie by light slapping on his face.
"Are you alright?" Eien looked up into worried grey orbs.
the creature tried to get in here..." Eien looked away. Vicktor
H I F T . . . . . . .
Newhavan; Male; Late 30s; Firefighter (Pre-Apocalypse)
Whole Family (Deceased), Sera (Ex-Girlfriend)
of Death: Them
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was a man of good qualities: He was smart, brave, loyal – the
epitome of a great leader. He knew when something was a lost cause,
he knew when to give up, and he knew when to try harder. Thus, he was
the self-proclaimed leader of
the group and no one objected. He'd been surviving on his own for
years; he knew more about the zombies than anyone else. To say Eien
was surprised at what he saw when he walked back to their rendezvous
port would be the understatement of the year.
door had been busted through, not pulled open like what the creature
would do. There was a large hole in the middle of the metal door --
doors that were reinforced to stand a tank ramming into them. These
doors were unbreakable
there was a hole...
pressed his back into the wall, peering around the edge of the hole.
The room was semi-dark, a few of the light fixtures flickering in and
out. Crunching, squelching, gnawing, whispering... this
was all Eien could hear.
wasn't the whispering he'd grown to associate with the
creature...this was louder, less clear... darker...
soon as Eien took a step inside, the noise stopped and the lights
flickered on. A hunched over something
sat at the far end of the room. Jona
back of his t-shirt read. Eien looked away briefly. That shirt...
hunched over man was hovering over what was left of a corpse. The
person's neck was split wide, claw and teeth marks all over their
face -- eyes, nose, and part of their head missing. Blood gushed
everywhere. Their innards lay spilled from their stomach, half
severed and hanging from between clenched jaws -- he
turned around. Eien
stared into glowing red eyes. The insatiable hunger in those red orbs
was unmistakable. This was Carl
some few hours ago but now...now it was a husk filled with rage and
hunger for something that would never be quenched.
wasn't sure when he had pulled the gun from the holster on his side.
He wasn't sure when he'd pointed it at him. All he knew was Carl was
gone and his transformed body given mercy. "Carl..." Eien
dropped his hand as Carl's lifeless body dropped to the ground, blood
pouring from the bullet wound in the middle of his forehead. "Where
did everyone go?"
from the left side of the room caught his eye. It was coming from the
storage locker. He walked over to the towering, silver metal doors
and tapped on it three times. It opened slowly.
Sera whispered, staring up at him. Eien let out a breath of relief as
he enveloped his twin in a tight hug. "Everyone...they all...it
was horrible...he turned right in front of us...." She sobbed
you the only one?" Eien asked softly.
Sera pulled away from Eien and opened the locker more. Mariella sat
at the far end of the locker, half-curled into herself. Her long
locks of brown, curly hair shielded most of her slight frame from
Land Shark is done," Eien said. Sera looked at him and frowned.
let's go before something else shows up." Eien helped Sera and
Mariella out of the locker. Mariella peered through her bangs at the
the car?” Mariella asked.
like a train,” Eien explained, walking towards the exit. He peered
through the hole, looking down both ways of the hall. “It runs in
four directions through the entire base. It has a stop in each major
hall.” Eien turned to look at the two women. “The hall is clear
for now. Let’s go.”
two nodded and followed after him.
H I F T . . . . . . .
sure how much more madness i can take...
hear them whisper....
had been days. Most of the group was dead -- only Vicktor, David,
Eien, Mariella, and Sera remained. Their exit was cut off because the
power to the locks was still down.
continued working on the Land Shark with occasional instruction from
Eien. David ventured off into other parts of the base to find
supplies to pack the tank with. Sera and Mariella would sometimes
venture off, too, to Vicktor's chagrin. David refused to allow Eien
out of the room.
continued for about three days. And each day that dragged on, Eien
became noticeably antsier.
Sera asked. Eien looked up from fiddling with his COM. He frowned at
wouldn't I be okay? It's not like everyone is dead and probably
roaming the halls. Not like there's a fucking large
around that's capable of bursting through doors meant to keep tanks
out at any minute. I'm just peachy sitting here stuck in a room that
could potentially be my grave too! Just fine!"
Eien snapped, cutting Vicktor off. Vicktor narrowed his eyes as Eien
dropped his arms to his side. "I found a way to the medical
Mariella said. Eien looked up at the girl. She sat on top of the
tank, swinging her legs. She had a map in her hand.
map of the base. When Carl lost it, I grabbed it and put it in my
book bag." She patted the pink bunny pack sitting next to her.
"I heard you talking about the doors being locked so I was
looking at the map while me and Sera were getting things." She
climbed down from the tank and approached Eien. "There's an
emergency generator in this place, right?"
It kicks in automatically. It's supposed to power only the important
things until the switch is pushed. Not sure where it is, though,"
Obviously locks weren't deemed important enough to include,"
generator is under the lab," Mariella continued. "If we can
get to the medical bay, we can take the stairs by the door and get to
side of the medical bay is blocked." Eien said, his brows
furrowing. "It's infested with something worst than walkers.
They can't see but they can smell." Eien pointed his thumb to
the door on the left. "If we go all the way around, we could
possibly slip through."
was a pregnant pause.
go," Eien and Sera spoke in unison. David and Vicktor looked at
them. Their eyes met briefly and then they turned on Eien and Sera.
you won't," David and Vicktor said in unison.
has to go! Maybe I will go!" Mariella cried. "I don't want
what happened to Carl to happen to you guys..."
not going either, zvyozdochka," Vicktor
huffed. "David and I will go."
if there is somewhere you can't fit?" Sera asked. She placed her
hands on her hip and leaned forward slightly. "You'll need
either me or Eien!"
we cannot fit, we weren't meant," Vicktor said, bringing his gun
up to his face. He turned it over in his hand. He cocked the handgun
once and pointed it at the ground. "Shall we?" He looked at
David and he nodded.
don't even know which way you're going!" Sera stepped in front
of Vicktor and crossed her arms. Vicktor scowled. He grabbed her by
the arm and snatched the watch off her wrist. "What are you-?"
We will use this. Eien, you will guide us."
Eien snapped his mouth closed when Vicktor narrowed his eyes.
will guide us through COM. This is not negotiable. Sera, you fear
these things and Eien hesitates. You two will not go."
Sera trailed off and scowled. "Fine." She snatched her hand
love you." Vicktor leaned down and kissed her on the temple.
love you, too," Sera sighed, looking up at him.
looked up at David as the taller man stepped next to him with a grin.
Eien narrowed his eyes at him. "What?"
love you," David said.
bist frech..." Eien
grumbled while Sera giggled. "Depp....I guess I
guess?" David asked, leaning over Eien. Eien's face flushed.
is this?" He asked slowly.
ship it," Sera said, giggling. Eien shot her a look.
did you do?"
Eien growled. Sera whistled and clasped her hands behind her back as
she made her way back to the tank. "Seralin Kulvosk-- if you-"
hush, Eien," Sera giggled. "He'd have to be blind to not
see what big of a crush you have." She grinned. "I
just...helped a little."
Du bist frech..."
Eien growled, hiding his reddening face in his hands.
can I say," David said, pulling Eien's hands away from his face,
"I'm a sucker for green eyes." He planted a quick kiss on
Eien's lips and pulled away.
David and Eien sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G," Mariella sang,
hopping up on the tank along with Sera.
Eien snapped. Sera and Mariella continued to giggle and sing.
and Vicktor left for the backup generator some few hours ago. Eien
worked on the Land Shark in the meantime, managing to fix the
communication radio. Both Mariella and Sera had been speaking with
Vicktor and David through the tank while Eien stood outside fiddling
with his COM.
been going through what little he was able to download from the lab's
computers on the experiments they were conducting. Apparently people
retained their conscious mind for a few months after they're turned.
They're trapped in the husk that is their body, forced to experience
the hunger pangs the infection inflicts on them -- forced to carry
out the diabolical act of cannibalism to remedy the hunger that never
hell that must be.
sucked his teeth. He still couldn't find any in-depth analysis on the
escaped experiment other than it being extremely hostile. Eien
theorized that this escaped experiment might have been what started
the infection spread in the base. The question poised now was: why
was this thing kept alive if it was that dangerous.
S09SDAX5, alias Hulk. Subject shows minimum sentience. No verbal
diction is offered when shown images. Subject is extremely volatile.
Plans to suspend research are being processed. Experiment D39N53
shows more sentience and recognition. Blood sample shows
infection creates and destroys itself at will. More study is needed.
Experiment EG7D5GH shows complete sentience. Blood sample shows
infection is rejected. More study is needed for isolated genes."
are experiments D39N53 and EG7D5GH? Eien
lab did have
three empty vats. Could the other two empty ones not broken belong to
these two experiments? If they didn't break out, who let them out?
Experiment EG7D5GH-- this was the cure...
"They actually did find it." Eien mumbled out loud.
was that?" Sera asked, coming out of the tank. Eien glanced up
at her. "They found the generator. The doors should be working
scientist -- they found the cure. They cured the infection,"
Eien mumbled. Sera's eyes widened.
Where is it?" She exclaimed.
Experiment EG7D5GH is wandering around somewhere in the base. That is
the cure. The blood of this experiment rejects the infection. I need
to get to the lab and download the rest of the research files."
there is so many walkers in that hall!" Sera cried. "You
can't go alone -- I'll go with you!"
need to stay with Mariella until David and Vicktor comes back. You're
the only other person that knows the clearance code for the door."
Sera jumped down off the tank. "You can't go alone, what if
went alone to get you and Mariella, didn't I?" Eien walked over
to one of the cargo crates and popped it open. He rummaged around
through the crate, pushing through scrap metal and pieces of plastic
in odd shapes. He finally found something of use and pulled it out of
the crate. It was a machete with a precarious green glow surrounding
its blade. He patted his side where his gun holster rested, turning
to face his sister. "I'll be fine. It won't take long to
download the rest of the files to my COM."
if something attacks you?" Sera rushed over to Eien and clutched
his shoulders. "I'm not going to lose you to these disgusting
things, Eien. I refuse!"
need this...If we could get this experiment to another base, we could
end this apocalypse!"
can't end something that has already happened..." Sera frowned
know what I mean. No more incidents like Carl...or mother..."
be careful. I want periodic signals from you to let me know you're
okay!" Sera placed her hands on her hips and narrowed her eyes.
"You know David isn't going to be happy that I let you out of
this room." Eien crossed his arms, his eyes narrowing.
Eien snorted silently. “Is that your way of convincing me not to
go? It’s not working, just so you know.”
smiled suddenly. "I love you, little brother."
only older by three minutes!" Eien growled and Sera giggled.
H I F T . . . . . . .
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was not a single ounce of wall or floor that wasn't covered in blood.
Eien had gotten to the lab without running into anything but gore. He
took the car back to the other side of the base and walked the hall
to the lab sector. There was nothing but half eaten corpses and
decaying body parts strewn everywhere. He slipped through the doors
of the lab, went straight to the computer hub, and logged back into
the terminal. The ‘Welcome to KLIA’ splash screen flashed briefly
across the hub. Being brought to the main screen, Eien went straight
to looking for anything he could find on the three missing
at his COM, he cursed silently. There wasn't much space left. He
would have to focus on downloading experiments D39N53 and
EG7D5GH and searching hulk on the hub itself.
the experiments names into the console, Eien let out a breath. There
were thousands of files on D39 and EG7 but mostly EG7. There weren't
that many files on 'Hulk'. Hulk was to be a bioweapon to combat the
undead that were plaguing the world. Hulk preferred to feast on
decaying flesh rather than living beings. But his volatile nature
made it impossible to control him, thus there were a number of deaths
that didn't make it into official reports. There
goes the theory on hulk causing the infection to spread.
hulk only feasted on the dead, what was that thing that ate
why does it keep touching me?
pulled up one of the files on D39. "Subject
is only half sentient. Intelligence is increased when Subject D39N53
and EG7D5GH are within the same vicinity--"
D39 and EG7 are familiar with each other?" Eien mumbled under
looked up at the whispering. The
he expected, the whispering grew louder and the three limbs of the
creature poked in the door before the rest of its body. The creature
looked at him and growled, stalking towards him. This time, Eien
didn't move. He watched it's slow approach. As before, the creature's
tongue shot of its mouth and slid across Eien's skin. This wasn't
hulk. Hulk ate the dead, this creature ate the living-- and yet, it
did nothing but lick him.
experiment D39..." Eien whispered as the creature's back-limbs
wrapped around his wrists. "Does that...does that mean I'm EG7?
I'm the cure?" The creature suddenly pulled away. It got down on
its hands and knees and scuttled out of the room. "Wait!"
Eien gave chase.
chase was short lived. It wasn't actually chasing, more so guessing
the direction the creature had gone into. He was trailing a ghost and
that trail led him to the medical bay. Oddly enough, the hall was
completely empty. The medical bay doors had a similar hole in it that
the rendezvous port had-- This
must be hulk's doing. I wonder where he is. Against
his better judgment, Eien ducked into the busted door. The emergency
lights were on in the room, but not the main lights.
medical bay was a long stretch of a room. On one side of the room,
there was a slightly lowered ceiling with numbers on it. Under each
of those numbers was a bed. Majority of those beds had blood on them.
Over the beds and on the ceiling of the lowered wall, there were
lights -- these were on as opposed to the lights in the middle of the
much attention as he paid to looking around, he failed to notice the
sounds coming from behind him until it was too late. He turned around
just in time to see a shadowy figure lunge at him. He let out a
startled cry as he and the shadow fell to the ground. He brought up
his arm to protect his face and felt a sharp, slicing pain as
whatever jumped on him bit into his arm.
cried out in pain as the stinging pain turned into a burning
sensation. He shoved his hand on the lower jaw of the creature,
jamming it between the thing’s teeth and his arm. He tried to make
sure whatever was on top of him didn't lock its jaws on him and ended
up cutting up his hand and fingers in the process.
was a walker. Purely muscle, no skin, no eyes. Just teeth, jaws, and
hunger. How hadn't he heard it approach? Why had he been so careless?
Why had he tried to follow that damned creature in the first
stupid, stupid, stupid! He
attempted to use his grip on the zombie’s lower jaw to push it away
and the zombie clenched its jaws even tighter in response. It’s
no use. It
was too strong.
sudden cry of his name distracted him from his self-berating. The
zombie was yanked off of him, dragging its teeth along his arm and
ripping more of his flesh. He hissed in pain and looked up. It was
David. David’s eyes were drawn to Eien’s arm. Seeing his wound,
David's expression darkened.
slammed the zombie into the ground by its neck. He revved back his
arm and smashed it in the face with his right fist, then his left,
right, left, right, left -- he continued to pummel the zombie, even
after there was nothing left to pummel. There was a puddle of
infected blood pooling around his and the zombie's form, the head
long since gone since he started his heated punches.
Eien cried as he pulled himself off the ground and stumbled over to
the larger man. “David, stop!” Eien dropped to his knees in the
puddle of blood. “Stop, David, it’s over!” He gripped David’s
shoulder and shook it. “David!” David’s wild eyes turned to
him. Eien clutched the man's heaving shoulders. "Stop..."
David abruptly stood, pulling Eien up with him. He clutched Eien's
head in both hands. "...It's okay..." David said nothing
but smashed their lips together, his hands tightening in Eien's hair.
He pulled away and pressed Eien’s head against his chest. "...It's
okay..." Eien whispered again, not sure if he was reassuring
David or himself.
O R R U P T E D . . .
. . . .
have i become
Vicktor is right?
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been a rough few days for the group. Even with the locks for the
doors open, they could not get out. The docking sector was on its own
power grid. A grid they couldn’t find powered everything that ran
through and in the sector. The idea the architect had thought was a
good safety plan ended up being what put them in even more danger.
The console for the grid was on the fourth platform outside. The
only way to get outside was to go
outside, something impossible without walking around the entire base
to get to the front door.
to everyone's concern, had grown more listless and distant as the
days dragged on. He would stare at the locked gate for hours, not
blinking nor giving any indication that he was even breathing.
was concerned that he'd already turned, having learned that he was
bitten when David and Eien had returned. Mariella refused to go near
him. Sera would attempt to get Eien to talk to her all day while
keeping Vicktor away, as the man had said on various occasions that
they should just kill him before he turned and killed them all. David
had decided he would go to the grid and open the gate. It was on the
third day of waiting for him that Eien had made any semblance of
movement, and it wasn't anything anyone but Vicktor had expected.
whispering grew louder and louder, becoming more and more
intelligible as the days dragged on. They were out there. They
were all out
there. The reason the halls were empty, the reason they hadn't run
into walkers, the reason why everyone disappeared -- they were all
outside behind the gate.
could hear them...their whispering-- their suffering, moaning,
crying...their hunger. It only grew worse and darker as their words
began to take form and have some semblance of meaning. The complete
meaning was lost to Eien, however, as the words mingled and meshed
together into a deafening roaring one could only compare to standing
under a waterfall.
can I understand them?
He'd been pondering that for days now. Was it because he was bitten?
If my blood carries the cure--
snapped into focus. His gaze slowly trailed up from brown booted feet
to settle on Sera’s frowning face. His eyes narrowed. She was
standing in front of him calling his name. She kneeled down and
placed a hand on his shoulder. He felt a sudden surge of irritation
flood through him that quickly turned to alarm then settled down into
is she calling me? Why didn’t I notice her in front of me? Why is
she touching me?
He pushed her away and stood, towering over her still crouched form.
She stood up and took a step back whilst Vicktor took a step forward.
me alone," Eien growled, taking a step toward her.
Vicktor said. "Just let me--"
Sera cried. "I'm not losing him.” Her voice cracked as tears
gathered at the corners of her eyes. “H-He's not a lost cause! He's
still talking, right? He’s still my brother…"
Carl got bit four days before he went berserk!" Mariella yelled
from her spot on top of the tank.
has been four days!" Sera shouted back. Tears were steadily
streaming down her face. "H-He's still my-my brother--"
is the fourth day," Vicktor said, narrowing his eyes. Eien
turned away and headed for the door to the hall.
where are you going?" Sera asked, her voice cracking even more.
“P-Please Eien…we-we have to wait for David and th-then we’re
gonna leave this place an-and we’re going to be okay. We’re going
to be okay bec-cause you’re…s-still…” she began to sob,
“you’re still m-my brother!”
didn't respond as he slipped out of the door.
stumbled, barely catching himself on the wall. He'd been wandering
the halls for a good part of an hour. He'd been attempting to return
to the lab but had made a wrong turn somewhere down the line and
ended up in the cafeteria. He pushed on the closed double doors of
the eatery and sighed. He turned around and slid down the door. It
was barricaded from the other side. Eien pulled his legs up to his
chest and buried his face in his knees.
looked up. He looked down the hall to his right and saw a child-sized
figure slowly walking from around the corner. It stopped at the end
of the hall for a brief moment before continuing at a faster pace.
The child was missing its jaw, blackened blood steadily falling in a
slow sludge down to its feet. It was wearing a tattered pink dress
with a plastic card tagged to it. A dirty pink bow adorned her
stained brown hair. Her gait slowed down as she approached Eien. Eien
stared into her glazed, amber eyes. He glanced down at the plastic
hissed at him and Eien frowned. A
child walker? She looks no older than 8…did they really… He
had thought there was no one younger than Mariella in the base. The
child walker sat next to Eien, silently staring up at him.
laid her head against Eien, letting out silent hisses periodically.
Eien closed his eyes and turned away from her. What
looked up at the ceiling, reaching down to his side.
want to sleep...
taking his eyes off the ceiling, Eien grabbed his gun, aimed, and
fired. The child walker slumped to the floor on her side. He brought
his gaze down and glanced at his side. Because of their close
proximity, the shot blasted the entire side of her face away. Blood
painted the wall behind them, the floor underneath them, and Eien's
whole right side. He stared at his smoking gun, catching sight of his
slightly elongated nails.
brought the gun to his temple, clenching his eyes shut. His eyes
snapped open and he let loose a startled gasp as the gun was wrenched
from his grip.
here, not now...
looked up into the eyes of the creature. The gun was being held by
one of its limbs. The creature squeezed it in its clutches until it
snapped in half, falling uselessly to the ground in pieces.
realized, with a start, that he could understand the whispering
completely. The creature was...speaking to him. He looked down when
his COM pinged. File
files on the two escaped experiments were completed. Eien glanced at
the creature briefly before opening the first few reports. He let out
a shuddering breath. The picture...the picture of EG7D5GH was of the
EG7D5GH was able to retain sentience. Subject shows extreme
intelligence, however, we are unable to figure out how to transform
it back from its feral form. Splicing has been done between EG7D5GH
and D39N53, however, this only seems to make D39N53 more hostile--
is able to keep D39N53 calm during the experiments. D39N53 has been
able to keep S09SDAX5 calm while in the same room. S09SDAX5 was able
to keep a more humanoid form. We are unable to tell how and why the
infection has managed to transform EG7D5GH and not S09SDAX5 and
is more unstable than S09SDAX5. Dr. Larvis has been lost to D39N53.
Larvis was to administer another dose of the serum but was found
decapitated and gutted.
S09SDAX5, David Ledbetta--
Hulk?" Eien whispered shakily.
D39N53, Eien Greenbrier--
Eien's eyes burned.
EG7D5GH, Elizabeth Greenbrier--
eyes grew impossibly wide. He looked up, tears steadily trailing down
his face. He stared at the creature-- at Elizabeth. "M-Mom...?"
he breathed. The creature's eye flashed green briefly before
returning to its red glare.
here, not now...leave...
stood up and reached a hand up. He shakily placed it on Elizabeth's
face. She hissed low. Eien closed his eyes as her limbs slithered
across his body. She pulled him into her and he buried his face into
His chest felt as if thousands of twine rope were tied around him.
explains mother’s disappearance…but how did she end up in this
His head, a bolder, and mouth, cottony. Justine
was the only one that knew of her condition…did she…did…His
consciousness slowly slipped away.
then there was nothing but darkness.
O R R U P T E D . . .
. . . .
regret my last words to you...
that i said them...
it was the last thing you heard from me...
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Tan, there is someone wishing to speak with you."
Tan looked up from the papers on her desk to regard the platinum
blonde woman standing in the doorway. "Ah, Dr. Kulvosk. Who is
it?" The way Dr. Kulvosk was looking at her, it couldn't be
anyone she wanted to speak with. "Dr. Kulvosk? S-"
me." A man stepped behind Dr. Kulvosk. He looked somewhat
similar to Dr. Kulvosk -- a taller, more masculine version of her.
Dr. Tan perked up immediately.
Anything new with-!"
extracted all I could," Edsel said, walking into the office.
"Close the door, Sera. I need to speak with Dr. Tan alone."
sir," Sera said, closing the door. As soon as the door closed,
Edsel dropped a tattered, brown leather journal on the table.
and rewriting that journal into the console...I could only get bits
and pieces of things from his memory to display on the Dream Weaver.
Subject EG7D5GH's status is unknown. We only know for sure that she
is possibly still within the old facility."
referred to it as she instead of it," Dr. Tan said. There was a
twinkle in her eye. Edsel's light green eyes darkened.
because you wish to treat them as mere things, does not mean
I will. She is still my wife."
Edsel closed his eyes and breathed slowly. "The only way we can
find out more is to wait until he wakes up."
he wakes up," Dr. Tan mumbled under her breath. “Turn up the
settings on the Weaver and see if you can dig deeper.” Dr. Tan
picked up the tattered journal and held it out to Edsel. “You might
want to keep that safe...think of it as a memento.”
is on your head." Edsel snatched the journal up, turned around,
and walked towards the door. "If you hadn't tried to terminate
S90-- David, Eien wouldn't have done what he did. All those people's
deaths-- they're on your head for your careless actions."
Tan leaned back in her chair smiled at Edsel's back. "And who is
it that administered the test subjects with the infection in the
first place? Those
have died either way. This only sped up the process." Edsel
tensed. Dr. Tan frowned. “And wasted precious time. Researchers are
replaceable, test subjects are not…This DNA is not that easy to
replicate, even with our technology. The biological makeup of the
infection and the serum to combat the infection are unstable.”
said nothing as he opened the door.
as much to blame as I am, Edsel,” Dr. Tan continued, “As is
Justine. Please inform Dr. Kulvosk and Dr. Ledbetta of what you've
told me. I'm sure the neuroscientists will figure some way to wake
him from the coma."
if he doesn’t wake up?” Edsel asked, looking over his shoulder at
are ways to get things from the body when it has expired.”
narrowed his eyes. “You’d have me kill my own-”
Tan chuckled. “That’s quite enough babble about family. Where
were these thoughts when you held that first syringe? When you placed
a cage? When you did the same to your son?” Dr. Tan laughed again.
She gave him a closed eye grin and waved her fingers. "You are
dismissed. Good day, Dr. Greenbrier."
left the room without another word.
N D T R A N S M I S S I O N . . .
. . .
= Calm yourself (German) Return
= Shit/Fuck // exclamation of surprise (German) Return
Klar = Are you okay? (German) Return
wurst = I don't care (German) Return
mira = Uncle, look (Spanish) Return
mio = My god (Spanish) Return
= little star (Russian) Return
bist frech = you're cheeky (German) Return
= idiot (German) Return
= bullshit (German) Return
Gott = my god (German) Return
ruhig = be quiet (German) Return
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