Walk Again

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: House of Horror Literature

A fan piece written for my favorite creator of the zombie realm, George Romero

Slowly rising from the stainless steel table its bare feet met the floor of the room where autopsy was performed. The cold, sixty degree temperature unaffecting, it stood swaying, as if balance still mattered.

Cutting tools, some caked with gore and blood, lay scattered where they had fallen. The process of dissecting being interrupted by others who'd begun to walk again. 

Standing alone, it cocked its head, hearing but not listening to the piercing sound of sirens filling every block below the building.

With the waning of the wailing alarms came the terrified pitch of human screams, joined in a chorus of horrific unity.

The call filled the air, awakening what it would be, and taking its first step it looked forward, its vacant grey white eyes staring at nothing. Its brain now a basic instrument of instinct without emotion, free of fear and caring.

Its heart, no longer needed, had been taken from its cavity, the chest laid open for an objective consideration of a cause for death.Now it lay upon the scale where it waited to be measured.

It moved in a staggering motion towards the doorway, the pressure put upon dead bone causing some to crack and fracture, the smaller ones to snap like twigs. The drying blood coagulating in its shrunken veins, its skin and muscle hardening, becoming taut, with ambling steps it made its way down the corridor.

As it went it felt the only thing that would drive it on, until the entropy of the walking dead would halt its steps again. It was a knawing hunger for living flesh.

Voices of terror will call it through the night, drawing it to you. Hide in silence from the growing number as they rise, there is no safety any longer, not in dawn or day. 


Submitted: October 07, 2021

© Copyright 2021 LE. Berry. All rights reserved.

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