The beginning of the end (Chapters 1-2)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
The first two chapters of my short story.
still got a while to go but, constructive criticism would be helpful.
-Leighton lewis

Submitted: November 26, 2013

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Submitted: November 26, 2013

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Chapter 1- Outbreak
Michael’s fingers were starting to hurt severely by now at the grip of the wheel, his eyes
began to drop but he forced them open. As Michael pulled up to his parking space outside
his house he let out a big sigh of relief, and left the car immediately before falling asleep
there in the car. Pushing his way through the door and then eventually collapsing onto his
sofa. He looked at his reflection in the T.V and decided he needed a haircut and a shave.
After turning on the T.V an aerobics class programme popped up, Michael being in his late
30’s laughed to himself and switched over to the news.
‘’Breaking news; thousands infected from a sudden mysterious virus, residents are
suggested to lock their doors and windows. Further information shall be released later on.’’
Michaels sat up in his seat, and to his surprise was now wide awake, a loud buzzing noise
was coming from Michael’s phone.
‘’Hello’’ Answered Michael
‘’Michael, its James’’ replied James
‘’James what do you want’’
‘’No time to explain………don’t get into the military cars…….News……..danger…..pack up
and leave’’ said James but wasn’t so clear so Michael had a job to understand what was
going on.
‘’But the news said……’’ replied Michael worryingly before being interrupted
‘’Forget the news, there is a place where I’m living, its safe, I’ve got to go’’ were the last
words from James.
‘’But James wait what’s the danger, JAMES!!, Damn it’’ Michael began to pack, completely
oblivious to the fact he had no idea what was going on, Michael only packed some clothes
and a lot of food and water. He left his house only to notice his whole street was in uproar:
windows were smashed; fights broke out; and a lot of panic it was hard to believe this was
the same street he pulled into only twenty minutes ago.
Michael entered his car only to get thrown back out, his car quickly reversed away without
him, Michael attempted ringing the police but he couldn’t receive a signal.
Michael ran up the road still with his back pack, in search of transportation. Michael soon
came across two military trucks collecting people.
‘’COME ON! WE’RE TAKING PEOPLE TO A SAFE ZONE!’’ shouted one of the men on the truck
 Remembering his brother’s words, he decided to ignore the instructions off the men and to
hide in a few bushes. Michael came out minutes later only to witness a few people left behind by the trucks because they were full.

 
Seconds before Michael could get to his feet, to his surprise he was met with a strong knee
to his face, Michael quickly became knocked out and with a face full of blood, the runner
who made contact with Michael stumbled, took a seconds hesitation before sprinting back
down the street.
 Chapter 2-First step
Michael’s sight slowly began to come back to him. He started looking around and let out a
sigh of relief because he appeared to be back in a bed.
‘’Was it all a dream?’’ Michael thought to himself, before getting up, now noticing this was
not his bedroom, and the whole looked like it had been flipped upside down. He looked
around then realized all this time a young girl aged about fifteen was sat by the side of the
bed. She was wearing some jeans and a jacket covered in mud, she had short black hair and
seemed very worried.
‘’hello, can you tell me what’s going on?’’ Michael politely asked. He was ignored, Michael
was now becoming curios. He sat up on the bed to see the girl jump surprisingly fast out of
the seat and take a few steps back.
‘’Don’t worry, I’m not going to hurt you, how did I get here? You couldn’t have dragged me up
yourself could you?’’ Asked Michael hoping not be ignored, but the girl did seem a bit
offended.
‘’The things out there tried to hurt me, how can I trust you?’’ The girl finally replied.
‘’What things?’’ asked Michael
‘’Sam brought you up’’ Replied the girl completely ignoring his question but answering the
one from before. At this point a tall figure walked in which Michael assumed was Sam, he
was wearing a grey jumper which was ripped and torn and had only very little hair.
‘’Hi, I’m Sam, I brought you up here before they got you’’ said Sam shaking Michael’s hand.
‘’Who’s they?’’ Michael asked. Sam and the young girl looked at each other worryingly. They
paused for a while, before Sam opened the curtains slightly so Michael could get a look out.
Michael couldn’t grasp a hold of what he was actually looking at; one of whatever he was
supposed to be looking at was right outside the window. It looked into the room and dead in
Michael’s eyes Michael soon became unnerved to the sight of this horrific beast, the
monster began to growl, with a human like figure but Michael thought to himself this was no
human, it’s body sometimes jerked like it was twitching, blood seemed to be flowing from its
mouth, it’s skin was darker than a human’s but was covered in paint red blisters, The thing
opened its mouth terrifyingly wide before letting out a Piercing scream which forced them all
to cover their ears, Michael, Sam and the young girl all took a look outside and noticed a fewdozen of the grotesque monsters heading for the house.
‘’Damn It! We have to go!’’ Sam demanded. ‘’Alicia pack some food and clothes’’ he
continued
‘’But where are we going to go’’ questioned Alicia
‘’Anywhere is good but here!’’ Sam replied
‘’My brother mentioned a safe zone up north where he’s living’’ Michael implied.
‘’How long will that take?’’ asked Sam.
‘’I don’t know, considering what’s happening, a few days’’ replied Michael
‘’well it’s all we got’’ said Sam before hearing a loud smash from one of the windows in the
house, ‘’let’s go! There’s a place that opened up not long ago, selling cars we’ll head there’’
continued Sam.
The three of them ran out the back door of the house, Sam and Michael jumped the fence
followed my Alicia who caught her foot on the top of the fence.
‘’Ouch’’ screamed Alicia as she hit the floor with a surprisingly loud noise.
Sam ran back and picked up Alivia; they continued to run and came across a deserted street,
well, it seemed deserted: broken windows; fallen lampposts; shops were broken into for
their supplies; but the one thing that really stood out to the three of them the most, the car
store right at the end of the street still had two or three cars left that weren’t broken.
Michael turned around to notice they were getting chased by about fifty of those ‘things’, all
letting out screeching noises.
‘’Come on, hurry up!’’ shouted Michael loudly trying to be heard over the loud screams.
‘’We’ll have to go inside first to check for some keys’’ he continued.
They all burst through the door and Michael blocked the door with anything he could find,
while Sam was making sure Alicia was fine and reassuring her everything was going to be
okay, the place was just as trashed as the street and blood covered the walls.
‘’quick start searching for some keys’’ ordered Michael.
They heard banging on the doors, and as they turned towards the door they seen those
‘things’ drastically trying to smash their way through the door.
Michael and Sam started searching through cupboards without any luck, before Michael
walked past the back door and noticed an old black Chevrolet out back that wasn’t supposed
to be for sale.
‘’Sam over here, maybe there’s some keys in that car’’ said Michael as he urged Sam over tothe back door.
‘’if the keys were in there, the car would have been taken’’ replied Sam hoping that he was
wrong.
‘’I think we should go for it’’ said Michael after a few moments hesitation. Sam nodded
before explaining it the Alicia; she seemed to not like the idea but understood there was no
other way.
They heard the door smash to the side of them.
‘’It’s now or never guys!’’ shouted Michael before running towards the door and smashing
through it, Alicia followed trying not to put pressure on her foot, before Sam followed them
both.
Michael made an attempt to open the car door and succeeded, Michael looked back to see
Sam, but a horrifying image presented itself to Michael, Sam was being eating alive by one
of those monsters, Sam screamed in agonising pain while Alicia screamed in terror.
‘’NO’’ Screamed Alicia before she started to cry worse than the beasts did, she attempted to
help him but was immediately pulled back by Michael.
‘’No! Let me go!’’ shouted Alicia trying to break free of Michael’s grip. Michael refused to let
go and Alicia then give up while Michael dragged her into the car. Michael took one last look
into Sam’s dyeing eyes.
‘’look after her’’ Said Sam with his last breath quietly but loud enough to hear. A tear came
to Michael’s eye before entering the car and began drastically looking for some keys before
finding some on the glove compartment. He started the car and left without any hesitation.

 


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