They say it’s always good to be prepared. At first I took the whole pop culture zombie craze to be the latest in a series of fads that fascinate people for a while until they move on to something else. But soon I came to realize the truth. They were warnings. The Zombie Apocalypse is real. And it’s coming.
The people who know are stalking up weapons and non-perishable food along with water and gasoline. When it starts people will think it’s just another virus but once it reaches epidemic proportions and word gets out about what’s happening, we can expect a good amount of civil unrest. Survivors will likely be shooting other desperate survivors as much as zombies. After all, most people aren’t prepared and don’t know the truth. That doesn’t mean they want to die.
So it’ll be a mad scramble by the common people to find those of us who’ve prepared. If they have useful skills, they might be taken in by the survivors, but if they have a lot of kids, maybe not. You can only feed so many people after all.
I’ve spent the past few months using the Internet to get in touch with others who know the Truth. These people are the ones who are ready to kill zombies when the hordes come. Most who visit me are happy to find a kindred spirit. Too many treat them like they’re crazy, but I sit and listen calmly as they tell me about their stockpiles, their armored vehicles and their fortified compounds. Many have cut off all ties to family and friends who disagree with them. We sit and talk and drink tea.
To tell the truth, they drink the tea. I don’t. I know it’s got arsenic in it. Their deaths are fairly quiet and quick. I then take them down to the basement where I cut off their heads. Then I use the bone saw to open their skulls.
In a zombie apocalypse, you’re most likely going to be a zombie. And from a zombie’s perspective, these guys are the most dangerous people in the world. It only makes sense to get rid of them now. And in doing so, I can also stock up on the one thing I’ll need when the zombie apocalypse happens: Brains.
Words by Jack Cameron
Illustration by Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas
About 15 Minute Stories
It’s good for writers to write every day, but it’s easy for life to get in the way of that. One solution I read about recently was to write a 15 minute piece of short fiction every single day for a month. You may not have time to do NaNoWriMo every month, but if you like writing, you can always find 15 minutes.
So for the month of January, I’ll be writing and posting pieces of very short fiction that I took 15 minutes to write. I’ve asked that my friend, Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas join me by taking 15 minutes to draw an accompanying image for each story. Ossaín is one of the owners of a local zine shop in Tacoma called The Nearsighted Narwhal.