The fear of the lab bubbled up. I reached down to pull my old knife out of my boot. It wouldn’t provide much protection, but its weight in my hand was comforting. I continued forward, nudging Chicken along when he faltered. His hair stood on end and a low growl issued from deep in his throat.
At the door, I reached for the knob, expecting it to be locked, but it turned easily in my hand.
Of course, I thought. No one from the camp who went into the labs ever came out, so it wasn’t like people were trying to get in.
We headed inside, the cool air conditioning made less welcome by the zombie stench that flooded the hallway.
“C’mon, buddy,” I whispered to Chicken, who hovered in the doorway. “Stay with me. It’ll be over soon, either way.”
The faint glow of an “Exit” sign provided scant illumination. I took a moment to get my bearings, and was surprised to see cheerful murals painted on both walls. Little shelves with hooks for little jackets also lined the walls.
The realization came with horror—the laboratory had once been a nursery school.
I opened a door, hoping to find a weapon of some sort, and found a jackpot. The room looked like a janitor’s closet, and there was some old sports equipment tucked away in the corner. Lying on top of a pile of gloves and balls sat an aluminum baseball bat, and I rushed to it. It wasn’t a Louisville Slugger, but when I closed my eyes and ran my hand along it to feel the metal, it felt like I was home. I took a deep breath and smiled down at Chicken.
I opened the next door to see what else we could find.
Millions died when the zombie plague swept the country. For the survivors, the journey has just begun. Jenna, Sam, and Lola are still alive. Jenna avoids human contact, traveling East Coast backroads with her boyfriend, a dog named Chicken, and a Louisville Slugger. Sam escapes to the mountains, where he's conscripted into a zombie-slaying militia sent on nightly raids to kill the undead...and innocent civilians. Lola's imprisoned in the "safety" of a zombie-free New Orleans hotel, but life grows more dangerous when her brother gets bitten by a zombie.
Jenna arrives in the French Quarter, lured by the false promises of New Orleans' drunken leader. There, she's ripped away from her boyfriend, drugged, and dumped in a death camp after refusing Franklin's sexual advances. Jenna and Lola's lives collide there, where the dead live and the dying are victims of gruesome medical experiments. Escape isn't easy: release the genetically-enhanced zombies from the lab to create a diversion, slip away, and don't get eaten. When Sam arrives, will he join the right side of the battle?
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Genre – NA-Horror, Sci-fi
Rating – PG-13
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