I’m no soldier. I was out of my element.
I knew, though, that if I was going to save Crystal, I had to be fast and efficient – get in, get out.
Timing was going to be crucial. Steph kept watch on our staircase, looking out of the window to the front gate (we were one of the few residents lucky enough to have a gate), ready to unlock the door and let us in when needed.
If there were any zombies tailing us, we were going to have to pack up and get out. Crystal may have had a lucky break with her now undead roommates, having been distracted by something else, but I’m beginning to realize that with any one of those things around, they attract more…and more. It wouldn’t be safe to stay here if one of them targeted our location.
I made my way around the house on the left, as alert and terrified as I’ve ever been. I’ve seen those highlights on the news from the ‘Don’t Be A Hero’ spot – it never ended well.
What was I thinking!?
As I rounded the next corner, I could hear them.
Gun ready, I quickly turned the corner and took aim through the open door at a zombie inside the house. I shot in two’s, due to my general lack of confidence in my abilities. The fact that I was shaking a little didn’t help.
I shot the only one I could see from my position. The first shot missed, having hit it in the shoulder blade. The second went in behind its ear. I turned back around, heart racing. The one I shot dropped to the floor.
I could hear the door to the bathroom finally give.
Damn! Don’t scream, just don’t scream…I’m coming.
I made my way in the house. I could see the other one now, barreling through the bathroom door. Time slowed.
I took aim as the zombie lunged forward at the girl in the corner of the bathroom, but I couldn’t get a clear shot.
Crystal was struggling to fight it off as I moved in closer. There was no way I was going to get a shot off in the struggle. Then it happened.
Her scream shot and echoed through the complex as she kicked the zombie off of her to the other side of the bathroom. I put two in its head.
Her forearm was gushing blood, and I knew what I had to do.
Like I said before, I’m no soldier…but this mission was over.
“I’m so sorry”, I whispered to her as I pulled the trigger.