Its my entry no. 2 for September – September 2, 2013 I hope to post a new blog entry everyday on any one of my 5 blogs :). Let’s see how many I am able to accomplish.
It was a normal day, at least I thought so, working in a supermarket numbs you a little, you know?
I mean how can you not feel numb working through the same menial task again and again.
I worked with US military and after completing 4 tours of Iraq, I retired and came back to my hometown Dearborn, MI near Detroit.
Since there wasn’t a lot to do, I started working with Walmart, like most of my neighbors.
So, we come back to the fateful day of today, of course I didn’t know that there was something wrong.
I was working in the employee’s area at Walmart managing the new delivery and other background tasks before the store opened.
At precisely 9 AM the stores opened and as always we immediately had few walk-ins to buy stuff they needed urgently.
And that is why it was numbing because it happened daily, but what happened next was not something that happened daily.
I heard a loud noise like there was an accident and it was immediately followed by cries of people.
I tried to see what was happening from my 4th floor working area but all I could see that there was a big clutter of few cars tangled together after the accident and people running around.
Now this was curious that rather than helping the people stuck in the cars they were running everywhere like headless chickens.
And then I saw the reason for their terror a mob that looked like rioters were marching forward and they were pushing and manhandling whoever came in their way.
Whenever they met someone they pushed them aside or down and then others would surround them and help them walk with them.
It was as strange as you are thinking while reading this… Well moving on…
I was stuck on the spot watching the mob with absolute concentration they were drawing nearer with each passing moment and somehow their numbers were increasing.
“Oye!!! what are you doing standing there? get back to work.” Shouted Mark my manager
“Mark, come here quick and watch it.” I beckoned him to see the strange sight
Soon both of us were stuck at our spots watching the crowd nothing was clear and the crowd was getting bigger and bigger as it came forward.
And then they started running towards our building, and then I saw …
They were all covered in blood, some of them were missing a hand or they had one eye missing but nothing made a difference as now they all came running.
And then it hit us .. not us exactly but patrons trying to shop were quickly hit and bitten by these creatures … Yes bitten by these Zombies … were they really zombies … was it really the end of the times?
Mark was paralyzed by fear but I had to do something.
I immediately activated the emergency shutters so that the zombies could not reach us or our staff in the back areas. But we were helpless to assist the poor shoppers stuck below.
They were being killed easily by the fast zombies they were quite different than the movies made us believe, which almost always showed them as slow.
Now we were scared as shit and we didn’t know what to do. There didn’t seem any hope left for us now. All of us who were on 4th floor were huddled together.
Boom, there was a loud sound it seemed like a bomb but we didn’t stock ammunition here did someone came to help us. I tried to see below outside and saw that there were few Army vehicles outside our building.
And just then many rangers also broke through our skylight roof. There was lot of shouting all round and sound of machine gun fire spread throughout the building.
But the crowd was very big and so many military guys were still no match for them.
Grenades were dropping here and there and bursting with a loud bang.
One ranger walked towards me, “Sir, were you in Charlie 4th Battalion?”
“Yes, I was. I was stationed in Iraq and before that in Afghanistan.” I replied
“So we need all the help, we can get. Are you still a good shot?” he asked
“Never left the practise.” I said smiling
And just like that I had a gun in my hands and few grenades in my pockets.
I saw many zombies running on the lower catwalk, i dropped a grenade there it took care of the lot there.
Then i asked all the people on the 4th floor to stay together and lock the doors behind us as we left the safety to counter the remaining zombies.
Suddenly I heard a loud scream and saw that few of my colleagues were stuck on 2nd floor catwalk and few zombies were coming from both the sides. I couldn’t throw the grenade there as it would surely kill them.
“Do you have any other kind of grenade apart from the frag one?” I asked the closest ranger to me.
“Yes sir, we do have few EMP bombs too which affects the electrical devices.”
“Well let’s try this shall we?” I said and threw the EMP grenade over at the catwalk and prayed.
There was a loud fizzing noise and then the cheers of my colleagues and I saw that amazingly the EMP grenade froze the zombies. And with little difficulty they pushed them over the rail to finish them off.
This was certainly new and wherever we could see someone trapped we threw the EMPs there and frag grenades when we saw only the group of zombies.
Soon enough our little building was free from the roaming undeads. We finished any remaining zombies and proceed to ensure that all of our friends were safe.
Then we all got together to ensure that everyone was safe and not bitten. Then we proceed to the outside to assist others and to take care of other undead in the area. We didn’t see anyone for a long way. This sure seemed like the end of the time. But I never lost hope knew that if we all worked together, soon we would be able to help retake our town and our country back.
And we all got in the army vehicles and continued towards the next location to rid it of the zombies.