Episode 2: Times Up
"Be careful you idiot!" Elisa shouted out after me as I ran from
the roof, through the prison we were holed up in. Passing shops,
rooms, training facilities, the medic unit, all the way to the
front gate. I stopped once I got outside to catch my breath and
Yazmin came up right behind me after chasing me down.
"Where the hell is the fire man?"
"There's this little girl in that old beat up Chevy not too far
from here." I said pointing at the truck with the little girl
still screaming from inside it.
"Well what can we do then? Don't you see all these things that
just want to destroy everything?" the sound of the zombies
outside the front gate grew louder as other survivors came
outside their rooms to hear what the commotion was about.
"You know damn well you'll never make it back in one piece, or
"Well I have to at least try Yazmin. You of all people should
know that I cant just leave anybody who's trapped, behind.
Besides, she's just a little girl for god's sake!"
The sky slowly started to become dark as we were still outside
arguing about what we should do.
"You know what, I'm going to use it. That's the only way."
"Are you crazy? Or just stupid? You don't know if there are any
of them down there or not!"
"It's a risk that I have to take since no one else is stupid….or
crazy enough to save her." I said as I stormed off passed Yazmin
to get my gear from the storage room. She was right though, only
someone stupid or crazy enough would risk their life, and
everyone else's lives to go down through the sewers to save a
little girl. Good thing I was both. After I got my gear from
storage, I walked down to the basement with hundreds of eyes
looking at me as I passed them. With a deep breath, I took out my
gun and flashlight and started walking through the sewers before
I heard a voice, Carl, a rookie soldier from Squad 4. Carl wasn't
bad with a gun but he was loud, annoying, and clumsy.
"Sup Sarge." Carl said as he caught up to my side and held his
machine gun in his hands, smiling.
"Carl, what the hell are you doing? And stop calling me
Sarge…..it was only one time that I led your unit." I said as I
stopped walking and looked at him.
"Well…..I thought that you would-"
"Need what? Backup? No, I don't need backup. No one else wants to
go help me rescue this little girl so I'm going alone. Now go
back to what you were doing before."
A low growl was starting to echo throughout the sewers. No one
could've known that, that growl was the beginning of the end for
the everyone and their haven.
I turned back around and kept walking towards the guard of
the sewer doors, told him what I was doing and waited for him to
open the doors. I stood there in front of the giant doors,
shaking. Was I scared? I haven't felt like this in months
since……….I just shook my head and walked through the doors into
the sewers and stood quiet. Nothing was heard but the sound of my
breath and my footsteps in the water. The smell was horrid but I
had to keep going. It seemed like I was walking for the longest
time, my eyes started to faze in and out and I stumbled. I held
my head in pain and fell onto the ladder and opened my eyes
"Finally, I made it." I said happy to see something else from
water and curved walls that blurred my vision.
"Now I just have to-" before I finished, a growl came from
somewhere close to me and I held my gun at the ready to shoot. I
kept spinning around to make sure that nothing would come up from
behind me and eat me. As the growling continued to get louder, I
decided to climb up the ladder so it would be easier for me.
However, as soon as I grabbed the ladder, I heard footsteps and I
turned to a gunshot.
I stood still……scared…..motionless…..what just happened? I
searched my body and nothing, no bullet wound. That's when I
heard a loud splash next to me, the damn thing tried to sneak up
on me. I looked back in front of me where the shot came from and
I couldn't see anything.
"You're welcome for saving you….idiot." Elisa said as she
came out of the darkness of the sewers with Dylan.
"Yea, or you would've gotten eaten." Dylan said as she looked
down sad. The thought of someone else getting eaten haunted her
so she was always caring of everyone and tried not to lose
"Hey don't forget about me!" Carl yelled out from behind them
as he ran to us.
" Damnit Carl, Shut.Up! Or you'll kill us all with your big
mouth." I yelled at Carl. This was the reason why I didn't want
anyone to come with me. Too many risks, I don't wana to risk
anyone's life. Now I have 4 people I need to bring back safely.
After I filled them in on what was going on, one -by-one we all
went up the ladder and hid behind a desk. The Chevy was just
outside the front doors, it has been through a lot, rust all over
the sides, two flat tires, blood stains over some of the rust and
the front of the truck was pushed in due to what seemed like a
It seemed almost impossible for all of us to get to the
truck, get the girl out and come back quietly and safely. From
where we were, we had no choice and no time. Time was against us
due to the fact that the moon was almost showing. So what we did
was completely stupid, at once, we all ran outside with Carl
holding the doors open. Whatever came at us, me and Dylan shot in
the head with precise precision and as fast as we could as Elisa
got the little girl from the truck. We were running out of ammo
slowly as the giant mod started to noticed us and run towards us.
Elisa ran back inside and I ordered Dylan to follow. 30 Dead in a
matter of 2 minutes just by me and Dylan. I slowly started to get
back inside while holding off as many of them as I could. Carl
had to pull me inside and lock the doors. Smart, but the doors
were glass. As I was almost to the ground of the sewers, I heard
a scream from above me, Carl was bitten by a crawler. He yelled
in pain but was able to stab its head with his lucky knife that
he always carried. Carl then put the lid back on and fell to the
I turned to Elisa and Dylan, "Go. Now" and without a word, they
both nodded and ran back. I turned back to Carl and helped him
up, "Come on Carl, we'll make it out of here. Im not leaving you
"You're going to have to leave me, I already got bitten by a
crawler." He said back to me as he was slowly losing
consciousness. "You know what happens when someone gets bitten."
"Yea…..but im not losing you Carl." I said back as I started
walking back to the base while carrying him. In my head, I
already knew he was gone and there was nothing else to do but, I
didn't want him to know that…..I didn't want him to lose faith.
"Im sorry….Sarge….." He quickly pulled out his gun, opened his
mouth and shot the inside of his mouth. Blood squirted out and
some got on my cheek. I couldn't do anything to stop him…….He did
it too quick. I put his body down against the wall and took his
lucky knife. "Im sorry carl….." I said to his corpse as I
clenched my fists………..At that moment, I heard banging and and
then a loud thud. I stood up and looked down the hall back to the
ladder, and it was at this moment that another crawler appeared
from behind me and bit my side.
I cried in pain and shot him in the head. "Damn…..this wasn't
part of the plan." I held my side and looked back down the hall
to see dozens of zombies already standing a couple hundred feet
away from me, patiently waiting for me to move……blood dripping
from parts of there rotten body. I stood still and looked back at
all of them.
"Time's Up huh….." I softly said to myself