Author's Note: Sorry for any mispellings and the short chapter. I'm in a rush. Next chapter will be longer.
Chapter 3: What the hell is happening?
I got up the next morning and the day was abnormally cloudy. It’s been sunny for so long so the darkness of the day took me by surprise. I got into the shower and pulled on some jeans. A white short sleeved shirt and white flats. I pulled on a scarf and wrapped it around my neck. I combed through my hair and placed it in a ponytail. I smiled as I looked at my appearance in the mirror. The house was quiet. I walked down the stairs. My mother was always normally in the kitchen and the smell of bacon and pancakes would fill the house. But no one was in the kitchen. The house was dark and oddly cold. It actually scared me. I opened the refrigerator and grabbed the orange juice and placed it onto the counter.
I grabbed a glass and poured me some juice. I drunk it and sat it down on the counter. Why was the house so damn quiet? Danny, my little brother would normally be playing video games before he ate breakfast. My mom would be cooking and my step dad would be reading the newspaper. “Mom?” I asked. I looked around and then shrugged. Probably took Danny to an appointment or something.
I sat down on the couch and placed my feet up on the coffee table. I turned on the TV and the news was on.
‘There has been some abnormal activity going on in the town of Javince. A strange virus is going on causing people to become very sick. Side effects are nose bleeds. Couching, gagging, throwing up and paling of the skin. It is very important that you stay away from this disease because it seems that many people have died from it. We don’t know where the disease comes from or how it spreads but it’s important that you stay in the safety of your homes until there is a treatment that can cure the disease. I’m Amy Valentine and this is me saying goodbye.’
A virus? Yawn. I grabbed my coat and a quick granola bar. “Mom! I’m going to school!” I yelled as I closed the door. I got into my beat up red truck and closed the door. I started up my car and started down the streets. The streets were clear and quiet. Neither a person nor car in sight. The sky was gray and dark. Where the hell was everyone? I stopped at a red light and turned on my radio.
‘The virus has gotten worst over the last couple of days and we’re now suspecting that it kills healthy people but they come back to life as what……well what we’re suspecting is the walking dead.’
“Zombies? Really?” I asked sarcastically to myself. Were these people crazy? I haven’t seen anyone with a virus that made your nose bleed, throw up or your skin pale. Somebody from a foreign land could have easily came to our town and spreaded a virus that he or she had. I’m sure there’s a cure. Why did people have to be so damn dramatic?
The red light turned green and I continued down the road. As I looked around the town, I began to notice that buildings looked like they were trashed. Goddamn jocks. That’s what they do. That’s another reason I broke up with Jason. He always played too much. Windows and doors were broken. There were items everywhere in yards. What the hell happened here last night?
I pulled up into the school parking lot. Only a few cars were there. I opened my car door, grabbed my bag and closed it shut. I brushed my hair out of my face and walked up the stairs of Javince High school. I opened the doors and the hallway was quiet. What the hell was going on? This school didn’t know the meaning of quiet. “Hello?” I asked. I heard glass breaking down the dark hallway. I closed the door and slowly walked down the hallway. “Is anybody here?” I asked. Another sound of glass. I swallowed. “I called out the principle, Allen Rodger’s name. He was a perverted guy.
There was a low moaning and growling sound that came from the girl’s bathroom. I slowly walked in and covered my mouth to keep myself from screaming after what I saw. A pale man with dark gray cloudy eyes peeling the bloody skin off of a girls face and eating it. The flesh sounded squishy as he chewed on it.
I whimpered in fear. The man stopped and looked right at me. Blood slowly trailed down his chin as he slowly stood up. I backed away from the bathroom slowly and the man made another growling sound. I jotted down the hallway as fast as I could, anxious to look behind me to see if he was following me. But I heard fast footsteps. I opened the door to the school and saw hundreds of the same creatures in the parking lot. Most had missing limbs. They’re eyes were all gray and they made sounds as if they were straining. I covered my mouth and stepped back and closed the door. When I turned around, the man was right there. My eyes grew wide with fear. The man leaned in close and sniffed my neck and then the little cleavage that my shirt showed. He growled and opened his mouth revealing sharp bloody teeth. Saliva and blood dripped out of his mouth. “Please don’t hurt me.” I begged. But I knew it was useless. The man growled in my face. And then made a screeching sound. What was happening? The man’s eyes turned black and I looked down to see some type of knife poking out of his chest. He fell to the floor dead with his eyes wide open as his body quickly began to dissolve. I gasped and breathed hard with fear still running over my body. I looked up to my rescuer and saw Jason. There was blood on his face and he was breathing hard just like me. “Come on.” He grabbed my hand and we ran down three sets of stairs. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t speak because I knew this couldn’t be happening. He led me to a door and opened it. My principle, two girls. One guy and Chris was there. “Chris!” I screamed and ran to him. He hugged me tightly. “Are you okay?” He asked grabbing my face in his hands. I nodded as he brought me in for another hug. He sighed in relief. Jason closed the door and barricaded it. “What the hell is going on?” I asked pulling away from Chris.
Chris looked at Jason and then back at me. “There was a virus going on that we weren’t aware of. I don’t know how we could miss it at all. We should have noticed if people started acting like……well like this.” Chris said looking down at the floor.
“I don’t understand. Did this come from nowhere?” I asked.
“We feel so.” Principle Rodgers said.
“How did you all find out about this?” I asked.
“We all came to school early and a lot of students were here until we spotted these…..assholes getting into the door of school. We all ran like hell but obviously, a lot of us didn’t make it. Me and Chris and the rest just hid down here.”
“There all over the school and in the parking lot. What do we do? We can’t stay down here forever.” I reminded them.
Principle Rodgers nodded. “You’re right, Alice. We can’t. We have to find a way to get out of here.”
“But how? I’m the only person with a weapon down here.” Jason said looking at his huge butcher knife. Where did he get that from any way?
“I have weapons in my office.” Principle Rodgers said. All the students looked at him. “Hey, I maybe a lame principle in the high school world but in real life, I’m a total badass.” He said getting up.
I rolled my eyes and sighed. Chris kept his arm wrapped around me.
“I have to get up there. I’ll be back with more weapons.” Jason grabbed onto his suit jacket. “Be careful, sir.” He said. Principle Rodgers nodded once. “I’ll be right back.” He unblocked the door and slowly opened it and shut it lightly. I looked to Jason and he looked back to me. Felt shivers of fear rub up my body but the way Jason looked at me told me he was willing to go out of his way to protect me.