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Zombies And Cannibals Essay

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How IronicHow long has it been? Weeks? Months? Years? I no longer know. The days have blended together into one, punctuated only by barely noticed sunrises and sunsets. Once I had dreams of marrying and starting a family but those are now all ashes. The struggle to survive, to simply exist, is all that concerns me now. Until recently, I haven't seen another human since the first dark days when this nightmare began. I remember it as if it happened just yesterday.I was awakened in the middle of the night by a loud scream. Startled, I simply laid there, staring at the dark shadows, which seemed to writhe with horrifying life. At first I thought it was only a dream. I have never been so wrong in ...view middle of the document...

The hinges squealed with protest. The noise blared against my ears. Had they heard it? My heart pounded in my chest as if seeking to escape the flesh and bone prison. My hands shook. My stomach knotted. I gritted my teeth and peered around the wooden frame. I couldn't see them. They could be anywhere! Visually, I judged the distance from the door to my truck: only fifteen feet. For the first time in years, I prayed to a God I could only hope existed.I knew I couldn't stay in the house but how could I force myself to step out the door and risk running to my truck? The dangers of remaining outweighed the hesitancy I was enduring. Swiftly, I swung the door open wider and dashed out into the night. I tried to remain silent but the pounding of my shoes on the brick walkway seemed to echo in my ears. With every step I was certain those wretched creatures would fall upon me and tear into me like they did that poor woman. The very thought of it made me shudder with revulsion and terror.Ten more feet. I was almost there! Just a little further. My breath came in rasping pants. My knees shook with nervousness. Constantly, I jerked my head from side to side to watch for the zombies. Finally! I made it! Tears of triumph coursed down my cheeks. I blinked away the salty moisture as with trembling fingers I searched for the right key. 'Come on! Come on!' I kept silently screaming. Then tragedy struck! The keys slipped from my sweat-slicked hand. Swiftly, I dropped to my knees to feel around in the dark for the pieces of cold metal. After several horrifying moments, my fingers encountered the traitorous key ring. I leapt to my feet and attempted once more to unlock the door. Success! Sobbing with relief, I jumped into the cab and slumped against the steering wheel as I tried to catch my breath.A faint noise made me jerk my head up. Oh God! They were coming right for me! And there were more of them! I counted at least twelve in this group. The rotting creatures shuffled across the lawn, bony arms extended towards me, gaping mouths emitting grunting sounds. The most hideous of them had only one eye, the other an empty, black socket. At closer inspection, I realized it did have both eyes. Except one gleaming orb was bouncing and swaying against the creature's maggot eaten cheek, a thin, wet rope of flesh keeping it from falling to the ground.Trembling with fear, I stabbed the key at the ignition switch. After several failed attempts, I met with success. The engine roared to life. I glanced into the rear view mirror and immediately froze. Another of the zombies was directly behind the truck. Twisting around to look out the back window, my mouth gaped open when I recognized the creature. The nightmare suddenly became worse than it already was.Staring in disbelief, I rubbed my eyes and looked again. My heart lodged in my throat. Shock registered on my face. My own father was one of these wretched zombies! He lurched towards me, his head wobbling loosely on his neck....

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