Chapter 4: Finding a way
I paced around the small closet. It’s been four minutes and the principal still wasn’t here. I bit my lip until I drew blood and I licked it away. “Where is he?” I asked. Jason was standing by the door. “He should be here soon. I’ll give it a few minutes and I’m going to go out to look for him.”
“No!” I said. Shock covered his face. So did Chris’s. “No, I mean, it’s too dangerous.”
“I know. But we need weapons. We can’t stay in here forever.” He had a point. “Well at least take some people with you.” Said a girl. She was smiling up at Jason. He sighed and opened the door. “I’ll be fine, alone.” He walked out and closed the door before anyone else can say another word. He was going to get himself killed, or worst, get turned into one of those…..things. Chris sighed. “He’s so stupid.”
He stood up and peeked out the door. “Come on.” He grabbed my hand. “I don’t want to go out of here.” Chris pulled me out of the door any way. “I’m not leaving you anywhere. You have to stay with me, Alice.”
We ran up the stairs quickly. Jason stayed in front of us. He seemed the least scared. When we reached the top of the stairs, we heard a low moaning sound. Jason peeked around the corner and quickly jerked his head back. “Fuck.” He whispered.
“How many?” I asked.
“Two.” Jason mouthed.
“Damnit.” Chris whispered.
“Okay, I’m going to go left and take care of the two of them and I want you two to run the other way and get to the principal’s office and lock the door. I’ll knock when I get there.” Jason said. I nodded. Chris grabbed my hand. As Jason was about to leave, I grabbed his hand and he looked back at me. “Be careful.” I said. He looked at me for a while before nodding. He turned back and ran around the corner.
“Come on.” Chris said as we ran the other way. The lights were blinking on and off constantly as we ran down the hallway.
There was blood splattered on the windows and the walls and I closed my eyes for a second. We ran up another set of stairs and got to the third floor. There was a blood covered baseball bat on the floor. Chris picked it up and we ran to the office. Chris forced the door open and we immediately saw blood on the floor. I covered my mouth with my hand. Chris pulled me into the office and closed the door. He locked it and went to the desk and started opening drawers.
“I wonder where Principal Rodgers is.” I said stepping over the big puddle of blood.
“Doesn’t matter anymore. Let’s just find some weapons and get the hell out of here.” Chris said. I turned to a huge closet. I slowly slid the door open and I saw suits on hangers. Then I looked down to see a dead body on the floor. I quickly slid the door shut. The body wasn’t Principal Rodgers’s but I knew that teacher. My math teacher.
“He doesn’t have any damn weapons in here.” Chris said. I slowly turned to him. “What’s wrong?” He asked. I just shook my head and continued looking around. There was a golf club in the corner and I grabbed it.
“I guess this will do. I have a golf club. You have a bat. We should be okay.” I said. Chris opened a drawer and stared down at something.
“Think again.” He said. He looked at me and smiled. He grabbed something and threw it at me. I dropped the golf club and caught it. It was a small black gun. “I guess he really is a badass.” I said. Chris had a bigger gun in his hand. He studied it for a second. There was a knock at the door and I looked out the little window before opening it. It was Jason and he had blood on his face. He looked like he was in shock. I let him in and he closed and locked the door. He looked out the window before turning to Me and Chris.
“You okay?” I asked. He shook his head and wiped the blood off of his face using his sleeve. “They’re raping people.” He said.
“What the hell are you talking about?” Asked Chris.
“That’s how it’s spreading. The zombies are raping people. I guess when they…..ejaculate, that’s how the virus gets to the other person. That and biting them. He went to the couch and grabbed the couch cover and placed on the floor by the door and grabbed some duct tape from Principal’s Rodgers’s desk. He taped the cover over the little window in the door. “I think they followed me.” Jason admitted.
“Oh that’s just fucking great.” Chris said and then he sighed. Jason glared at him and then looked at me. “Where did you get that gun?” He asked. I pointed to the desk. Jason went over and opened the drawer and grabbed a gun out. He sighed and pointed the gun to the wall and he pulled the trigger. I ducked down on the floor as it hit the wall ten inches from me. I got up and glared at him.
“Sorry. I had to see if it was going to work. Did you test your gun?” He asked. I shook my head. He came over and gently grabbed the gun from me and aimed it at the desk and pulled the trigger. It made a huge banging sound.
“Don’t you think we should keep quiet so we won’t expose ourselves? Chris asked. I bit my lip and looked back at Jason. “He’s right.” I said. Jason nodded. “We have to go back out there.” Jason said.
“For what exactly?” Chris asked.
“The other people who are downstairs in the basement. We can’t leave them there.”
“Well how are we going to get by?” I asked. Jason opened the door a little. Immediatley, something pushed him down. Three of the….things came in growling and moaning with blood on the face. One of them was Principal Rodgers. Two of them attacked Jason. I quickly aimed the gun and shot one of them in the chest and it fell down on top of Jason. Jason had the other one held up by its shoulders. “Aim for the head.” He said. I aimed the gun to the other one’s head and pulled the trigger. But I missed. I tried again and the……thing head exploded into a bloody mess and it fell down. The other one was shot by Chris who looked scared out of his mind. I couldn’t explain how I felt at this moment. What the hell just happened?
Jason pushed the bodies off of him and got up. Blood was covering his body and his clothes. “Good shot.” He commented.
I nodded and looked at Chris who was looking out of the window. His eyes grew wide. “Uh…come here guys.” He said. Me and Jason went to the window beside Chris. As we looked below, we saw hundreds. Maybe even thousands of them. They were all scattering around. There were puddles of blood covering the streets. My eyes roamed and stopped as I saw a woman getting raped by one of them. I quickly looked away and tears began to swell in my eyes.
Chris hugged me tightly. “What the fuck?” Jason said as he continued looking out of the window.
“I’m scared.” I admitted. Chris nodded understanding.
“We have to get downstairs and save the others.” Jason said. Chris released me and I grabbed the golf club I had before in my hand. Chris had a gun in his pocket. And two others in his hands. Jason had a knife in his hand and a gun in his hand.
“How the hell did he get these guns in here?” Chris asked. I shrugged. Jason was by the doorway. “Don’t use the gun unless it’s absolutely important. We need to save the bullets.” Jason said. I nodded. He was the first to walk out. He looked up and down the hallway. Chris was next to follow and I followed them. We ran down the hallway and none of them were in our sight. We ran down the stairs and down another flight of stairs. Once we ran to the basement, we stopped at the doorway. My eyes grew wide at the sight in front of me.
The girls that were down here were now laying down dead on the floor. Their faces torn and bloody. They’re bodies mutilated. Everyone was like that.
“Oh my god.” Jason breathed. There was suddenly a moaning sound behind us. I was too scared to turn. I stayed frozen in place. I suddenly felt two hands grab me forcefully. I screamed. Jason grabbed me trying to pull me out of the hands of whatever this thing was. It’s grip got tighter and I could barely breathe. I tried to get out of it’s hold but it growled in my ear and seconds before it could bite me, Jason came behind it and slit it’s throat. It fell back and I fell back with it. I quickly got off of it and scooted back against the wall breathing heavily.
“Are you okay?” Jason asked. I nodded and looked at the dead thing that was on the floor. I looked up at Chris who looked disturbed by what just happened. “We have to leave.” I said.
“We will.” Jason said helping me up. Chris ran his hand over his face and sighed.
“I’ll lead this time.” He slowly walked up the stairs. Jason and I looked at eachother before following behind him.
We got into the hallway and looked left and right.
“There are four or five exits to this place. Which one is the safest?” Jason asked.
“I say we take the elevator to the first floor. It’s better.” Chris said.
“That’s probably where most of them are.” Jason said. Chris sighed and glared at him. “It doesn’t matter. We need to get the hell out of here. The first floor is the best place to be.”
“We should take the elevator to the second floor and go down the fire escape.”
“They’re mostly outside. We’ll be walking right into a fucking deathtrap.” Said Chris. I sighed. I was getting sick of them fighting. This was not about how much hatred they have for eachother. There was a bigger problem on our hands. Like the fact that the whole world has gone to shit.
“You know what? Fuck it. Fuck it. We’ll go to the first floor and if there’s a shit load of……..zombies out there, I get to kill you.” Jason said as he led the way to the elevator.
“Don’t call them that. There’s no such thing as zombies.” Said Chris. Jason gave him a look. “What the hell do you call them then? Because their damn sure not some random foreigners.”
“It’s a virus that’s going around. It doesn’t make them zombies.” Said Chris.
“Zombies…vampires…statue of liberty. It doesn’t matter.” Jason said as he pressed the button to the elevator. When it opened, we all got in and Chris hit the button to the first floor and the doors closed. Chris pulled me over to him and kissed the top of my head. I didn’t need to look up to see that he looked at Jason as he did it. Jason looked away and just looked at the doors. As soon as they opened, we heard silence. We slowly walked out. Chris smiled, satisfied.
“See? I told you there were no-“ Something charged at him and knocked him down to the ground. It was one of them. I swung my golf club hard and knocked the thing off of Chris. The thing had a huge gaping bloody hole in the side of its head as it laid there dead beside Chris. Chris got up and sighed. “I’m getting sick of this.” I said. There was growling coming from the other side of the room of the lobby. And a handful of rotting creatures came charging at us. I screamed and started swinging as hard as I could but I got thrown across the floor. I hit my head hard but I got up and pressed the button to the elevator. Jason was shooting every one of them that came his way. Chris swung and shot, Swung and shot. The elevator door opened and I got in. “Come on!” I screamed. They walked backwards as they continued shooting. I held the door open when they got in. The doors closed and I sighed and leaned back against the wall. “My fucking goodness, do our bodies taste that fucking good?” Jason asked. I looked at him and actually smiled a little. From the corner of my eye, I saw Chris roll his eyes.
“Aren’t you supposed to kill me now?” Chris asked. My eyes grew wide.
“Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me.” Jason said aiming the gun at Chris. I quickly grabbed the gun and it went off. The bullet was inches close to Chris’s arm but went through the wall. The door opened to the second floor. We were still in shock from what could have happened to notice a lot of them charging towards the elevator. Chris quickly pressed the close doors button and we heard a lot of banging coming from the other side of the doors.
I couldn’t speak. I blindly touched the roof button. I felt the elevator lifting us up but I kept my eyes on Chris who was looking back at me with the same intensity. “I’m sorry.” I whispered. He nodded as the doors opened and led to a small hallway. We ran up a small set of stairs and got up to the roof. The top of the building was concrete. Jason closed the door and leaned against it. Chris looked over the edge. “Goddamn.” He whispered. I went over by him and stared down at all of the creatures. My heart was beating fast in fear.
“This can’t be real. This shit just can’t be real.” I said.
Chris looked at me and sighed. “But it is.” He whispered.