Chapter 4: Sacrifices
Battling the undead in a narrow hallway is a real pain in the ass. As Byrd and I fought the endless zombies pouring into the hallway, we were only restricted to vertical attacks; Byrd’s slashing and stabbing and me vertically chopping.
We fought for several minutes finally getting a little break as the pile of zombies we killed started to trip the other walking undead.
“Yung!” Vital called out “switch out, I don’t want you to tire yourself out.”
“It’s cool,” I said lightly panting, “we need to find a way through this shit or find a way to unlock the door.”
“The door is made out of steel. Plus we can’t break the lock so its damn… near...” Vital smacked his forehead and exclaimed, “I can pick the lock!”
I stared at Vital for a few seconds before shouting, “Well pick the goddamn lock then you forgetful idiot!”
“Oh hush you love me all the same.” Vital made his way back to the door. “Give me some time.”
“Sure, we’ll try to hold them off for awhile.”
As Vital went to unlock the door, Byrd and I went back to chopping up the walking dead. I explained to Byrd our fortunate discovery and his eyes lit up with hope. With more confidence following through us, we took those pale bastards on like helpless practice dummies. Countless ax and sword slashes later and the damn things still kept advancing to rip our flesh apart. It would be a miracle if Byrd and I could keep this up forever but we we’re only human after all.
With a zombie slowly limping towards me I dried my sweat drenched hands against my jacket and gripped my ax once more. I swung my ax over my head looking to impale the latter’s head but…
“I have the door unlocked!!” Vital exclaimed as a distinctive pop followed.
However, the sudden outburst cause me to redirect the blade of my ax into the thing’s shoulder. Shrugging off the injury like a champion, the thing grabbed my upper body and tossed me to the ground. I barely heard the others shouting my name due to the deafening moans of the undead in front of me. At that moment I felt as if I was going to die. Byrd was behind me and he could easily have killed it if were not for the other zombies approaching. This was it, the end.
I slammed my fist hard to the bottom off that thing’s jaw to give me some breathing room. “The end” my ass! We had to get out of here at all cost. I kept pushing on the damn thing but this bastard was strong. During my apparent struggle, Byrd was stabbing the zombie on top of me while at the same time dealing with other undead trying to walking around me. Finally, Byrd landed the killing blow to the back of its neck allowing me to deck that f!cker in its face.
Unfortunately, as I rose to my feet another one of ‘them’ grabbed my ankle and yanked me back to the ground. With my other foot I stomped on its face preventing it from biting my ankle. When would these things learn that I don’t want to walk around like a dumb mindless zombie! This time I was able to stand up next to Byrd who just dealt with three of ‘them’ as well. I still needed to get my ax before we left but I couldn’t move just yet due to the lack of energy.
To save my ass was none other than Shira would barreled his way past Byrd and I and drove his fist through the skull of one approaching zombie sending it flying through the horde clearing a path. Holy damn all of that in one punch, is all I could think about.
“Thanks Shira,” I stated, “Nice way to f!ck all of them up with one punch.”
“Yeah, yeah stop by my room later. Pick up your toy so we can bounce.”
Of course, I picked up my ax from the dead zombie’s shoulder and ran back to the door where Vital was waiting for the three of us. Once we got close enough, Vital opened the door and the five of us we’re finally able to escape that hallway. After Vital locked the door behind us, we all stood there panting for a while catching our breaths.
Shira broke the silence, “Well that wasn’t too bad right?”
Luna screamed, “LOOK OUT!!”
We all turned all too late to see the big-breasted zombie lady teacher nearing Shira’s neck ready to bite into him. Acting quickly on her toes, Luna knocked Shira aside and took the gaping zombie’s mouth to her own neck.
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!” Luna screamed out.
“Luna!” Shira shot off the ground and started pounding the undead teacher with his fist to get the thing to back off.
Byrd, Vital and I idly stood there shocked at what just happened. One of our friends was bitten which meant that eventually, she would turned. That sudden realization triggered something in me to run over to Shira and Luna resulting in one split zombie’s head open with the ax. I gave it two more strikes completely turning its head into mush.
“Luna! Luna if you can hear me say something!” Shira cried.
Either going into shock or with the pain too much for her to speak Luna remained silent. Vital stepped in to wrap his jacket around the bite mark making a make shift bandage.
Byrd shifted over to me and pointed out something in the distance. “A bus,” he started, “and people. Yung that’s our ticket out of here!”
“Good,” I said, “If we didn’t have a ticket out of here then I would have killed every single one of these mother!ckers out here.” I took in a deep breath and yelled, “HEYYYYYY! DON’T LEAVE US!!!”
Luckily enough, one of the members of the group with a bat heard me and motioned us to come on. Unfortunately, the scattered schoolyard of the undead also heard me. It didn’t matter, these motherf!ckers were not going to stop us from escaping here.
I gripped my ax and turned back to my crew to tell them what the plan. “Listen up, Shira you stay close to Byrd in me as we plow through the zombies. Vital cover our backs. With that out the way,” I booted a zombie near me to the ground and decapitate another approach me, “LET’S MOVE!”
Before this whole day went to shit, I would have described our struggle through the zombie-infested crowd like the usual times where school would end. Students all over the place trying to fight their way to their after school activities was a struggle. However, this time was different. This time I had an ax to behead the living dead with one swipe. I swung like a maniac through the horde, cutting through ‘them’ to forge path to approach the bus. Byrd was equally slicing his fair of our former classmates as well. We were half way to our ticket out of here.
Finding a break through the horde I saw that the way towards the bus was clear of zombies thanks to the kid with the bat and Saeko from earlier. I pointed to the direction of the bus and said, “Keep moving! It’s clear of ‘them’ and I want everyone on board!”
Shira ran right past me with Luna still in his arms, as did Byrd and Vital to protect the two because the horde was advancing towards the bus anyway.
Once they were past me I turned my head to see if any zombies were near my group but what I saw was absolutely horrifying. A teacher, I think the English teacher with the dark hair and glasses, had his foot raised to a student clenching at his leg begging to save him. The teacher said something that I didn’t quite catch and forcefully drove his foot into the kid’s face breaking his glasses. Afterwards he walked off as a small group of zombies began to devour the kid like tossed meat into a lion’s den.
I was both shocked and angry. How dare that asshole do something so evil like that while the world was ending? I could go over and spill his guts right now if I wanted to. Oh to see that bastard die would be satisfying but damnit I had to get on the bus as well.
I was able to make my way to the bus before the English teacher and headed to the middle where my friend’s were, panting as I sat next to Byrd while Vital was sitting behind us next to Shira and Luna. Luna was looking bad by the minute, turning a little pale and heavily breathing. How long would it be till… no I can’t think like that. Anyway, the bus doors closed shut and the engine revved up as we speed away from the courtyard. Turns out the only one capable of driving, this vehicle was Nurse Shizuka. I took a moment to close my eyes for a little bit but was kept awake with the sudden banging of the undead being ran over by our bus. Our well endowed school nurse yelled for us to brace ourselves as we crashed through the school gates, skidded to the side and drove off from our hellhole. Finally, safe, for now.