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"We're gonna figure a way out of this," Ted
said as he positioned himself in the window "When we do, we'll get you
guys and get out. All six of us." Doc didn't say anything as Ted reached
out and grabbed the pipe. His trip down wasn't as smooth as Marko's was, almost
slipping off twice, but he made it down in one piece. "What now?" Jay
asked as Ted and Marko shouldered him and started off.
"There's a small alleyway
next to where my apartment was," Ted said as they advanced. We get through
that alley and have to spend maybe five seconds with our asses exposed."
The area behind Doc's apartment was mostly parking lots for the various
apartment buildings that surrounded it. "Why didn't anyone run?"
Marko said as he eyed the various scattered cars about. "Can YOU
hotwire?" Jay asked. "Just asking," Marko said.
"No streetlights," Ted said in a low tone
"No lights on in the apartment. Something happened here. Something besides
the dead." Marko looked around, thinking it only got darker since Ted
pointed out the lack of lighting. "Should someone go back and ask those
guys?" he asked. "No," Ted said "Let's just get where we need
to go before this storm buries us."
The blizzard was still as thick as before as the three
made their way up the small alley. Ted pulled out the guns and left the others
as he crept his way street side on the sidewalk. There weren't as many walking
corpses as opposed to the adjacent main street they were on before. With luck,
Ted figured they could cover the short distance without being seen.
Ted went back and helped Marko with Jay as they made for
the apartment entrance. Three stone steps led up to blue double doors, one of
which was ajar. Ted pushed it open further and the men filed through and shut
the door without being seen. Ted slid a deadbolt closed and tried the light
switch for the stairway. "Guess that settles it," Marko said as Ted
flipped the switch on and off but it stayed dark "Power's out for the
"We're fine now,
right?" Jay asked.
"Not by a long
shot," Ted said as everyone followed his gaze up the stairs to see the
single door at the top. Even in the dark they could tell it was open.
"Maybe someone else who's alive?" Jay asked as Ted slowly made his
way up the stairs. No one answered him as Marko helped Jay up after Ted.
At the top, Ted crept near the
wall until he felt around and found the closet door. He pushed it open and felt
for the broomstick he left behind when he left. It was of decent weight and
broken at the end. They couldn't afford any gunshots if there was something in
the apartment. Ted and Marko both pulled out their cell phones. They couldn't
get signals on them but they flipped them open and held them out as flashlights
as they moved forward in the dark.
"Hello?" Marko announced and the men stopped at
the thumping they got in response. Ted readied his broomstick as he crept down
the hallway towards the rear bedroom where the noise was heard. He used the
stick to push the door open and immediately a figure reached out and grabbed at
him. "Shit!" he screamed as he dropped his phone and blindly tried to
push off the grunting attacker. Marko ran up and with one hand on his phone
lighting up the struggle, grabbed the attackers hair with his other hand and
pulled back, taking care not to go near its mouth. Something metal clattered to
the floor as Marko pulled.
Ted was on the ground and
Marko pulled the attacker back, his arms raised to pull Marko's hand out of his
hair. Ted grabbed the broomstick and readied the sharp end forward.
"No!" the man screamed as Ted thrust the stick through the man's neck
and up into his brain. Ted finished pushing the corpse off of him as the heavy
thump it made was the only sound for a moment.
man wasn't dead." Jay said but no one answered him.