Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. The events that take place are for entertainment purposes ONLY. No prejudice was taken in to account; this story was allowed to flow and written very quickly.
Before Noon Presents
Old Navy: A Zombie Story
There is a weird almost silence. Not that one that she was used to. There was the buzz from the lights and the sound of people breathing, but there was something else, something that sounded familiar, but not of this earth. Jen Ross looks up to see Steve slam the door. He leans with his back to the door and puts his hands up to his face. Jen looks around the room. Lani is stand next to her. Sherri is checking up on Danice and Amy Larson. Katie S. Shannon and Emily look white like a ghost. The kid’s stock room seems duster than normal tonight. Jen thinks to her self, what the hell where those things.
Steve looks up with his back still on the door and asks, “"Is every one ok in here."
Sherri looks up, "I think so but Larson and Danice both tossed their cookies on the way back here."
Jen notices that some one as scribbled something down above the door on the exposed dry wall and she point to the writing.
Almost every one looks up and sees:
4 8 15 16 23 42 Find these numbers. They will save your life.
Steve reads them, "Huh? What do you think that means?"
"I don't know," Jen Ross replies. "But we might want to find those numbers."
Lani and Jen start to look around on the walls. Steve is looking through the boxes when he stops. He slowly pulls out a medium size brown cardboard box. It is a little heavy. It has the numbers written on it. He sets it on the floor.
Steve just stands over the box. Jen notices this and walks over to where Steve is standing. She also just stands there. A moment passes and Lani shouts across the room, “Hey! Are going to open that thing up or what?!”
Steve opens slowly opens up the box. On top is a note hand written poorly. Steve thinks to him self. This must have been written by Andy. He reads the note aloud.
So the items in this box will save your life for a little bit. I put this together as a joke some time in October.
Jen starts to look through the box. Inside are a few Items:
1 gallon of water
2 cans of Ensure
1 can of Spam
3 large candles unscented
1 small box of water proof matches
1 plastic Bic lighter
A full salt and pepper shaker
A flash light
8 D size batteries
And a handful of hard candy (butterscotches, peppermints and such.)
Jen lines them up.
Larson comes up and looks them over, “What the hell are we suppose to do with this stuff?”
“Well,” Jen replies. “We might just have to make this last a while.”
Steve picks up the box to move it out of the way when he notices that it is still a bit heavy. He examines the box a little bit more and finds that there is a false bottom to it. He removes the last bit of cardboard and sees a Dictaphone, a small digital voice recorder. With a note attached to it, also hand written. It reads:
If this is a real emergency, play me.
Steve hits the play button. Andy’s voice starts to come out of it.
Test, Test, this is a test.
Andy’s voice makes everyone’s head turn and listen. Every one is in aw that he is speaking to them from the dead.
Andy continues on the recording.
Ok this may seam weird. Hopefully ever one that is listening to this is ok and no one became hurt.
Over the past few weeks I have gathered up supplies and made out detailed plans that will help you turn this Old Navy into a safe haven. Hopefully I have gotten them all here and into place before you had to play this. First and foremost I have gathered enough food to feed a small army. Now this is not the best food in the world but most of it won’t expire for 10 years.
Now I have a list that I will also put with the items but I will read to you know. This list may change or I could not get the item. Check the hatch in this room for the first set of items.
Now I have the list broken down in to a few categories:
2. Food and Water
Let’s start with Protection.
Ok now Guns would be ideal. How ever I don’t really have access to them and Dicks is right next door. I have include some knifes, bats, and crowbars that can be use for a lot of things.
Also In a few parts of the store I have hidden in plane sight the items you will need to board up the front windows……
Steve fast forwards the recording a bit.
…Now the food and such a few ways to cook them are also stored in the hatch with the blankets. I have provided and electric skillet and hot plate, as well as a small propane grill. There should be enough propane to last a few weeks. But use is sparingly.
Steve stops the recording, “I don’t know about you but I think we should find this hatch.”
The group scourers the entire room, Lani climbs up to read the numbers off of a metal panel.
“4 8 15 16 23 42 I think I found the hatch!” Lani shouts.
They open it up and start to remove the boxes. The first box is marked: Other
box 2, Knowledge.
Larson and Danice open it up. They pull out a few books.
Danice starts to read the names of the books. “Adobe: the art of mud bricks. Skilled labor: Carpentry and welding for beginners. Basic Electronics. Wooded Love.”
“What!” Larson snaps her head around. “What is that one about?”
“I don’t know.”
Amy starts to read aloud from the middle of the book:
Jamie pulls the sweaty lumberjack toward her, her heart pounds so loud that she is sure that he can hear it over the wind that is rustling through the trees. They embrace and kiss like long lost lovers reuniting. However the two of them just met. He picks her up and firmly grabs her bum. Jamie can’t help but wrap her long and slender legs around him. As they spin around the clearing all that Jamie can hear is the lumberjack’s boots crunching the leaves on the forest floor. He gently lays her down on the picnic table. She un-wraps her legs and looks at the lumberjack through the top of her eyes as he slides her skirt over her boots. Jamie sits up, unbuttons his pants and…
“What the hell are you reading?” Amy gets interrupted by Katie.
“Shut up and let her finish.” Lani says with excitement. Everyone else seems excited. Except for Steve, he continues to unload the hatch as Amy reads on.
All that Jamie has on is her unbutton white cotton blouse, her black lacy bra that has been pulled down to expose her creamy white breast and her black knee high boot. She is probably getting splinters but she doesn’t care. A bead of sweat runs down the square jaw of her lover of the moment. It goes over the two day stubble that sits upon his chin and just hangs on. Waving back and forth like the two of them, in perfect harmony.
Amy puts the book down and looks up. “We should probably get back to work.”
Danice and Sherri fight over the book.
A little more than an hour passes and they have all but cleared out the hatch. Other then food and a random selection of books are list and where to find the items on the list. Some are hidden in and round the store. Some require a trip across the street to one of the many stores. Left for them seems to be diagrams for just about every thing that could happen and cause the end of the way of life as we know it.
They cook up some of the caned chicken and dehydrated veggies and pass out bottles of water. Steve has been listening through the door and wall to hear if the Zombies have gone. They have not. He can hear them. The sound is not getting any quieter, just the same low moan that has been going on all night. Every one else has fallen asleep. Steve keeps nodding off. Emily wakes up and walks over and sits down by Steve. She asks him, “where up all night?”
“Yeah, I couldn’t really sleep much. Those, those things, those zombies, this is real. I’m not dreaming am I?”
“Well Steve if you where dreaming I don’t think that I would be the one sitting on the floor talking to you.” She stands up. “come on we should look at a way to get out of her. There is a walkie right.” Emily helps Steve up.
“Yeah,” they walk over to the Walkie that was left in the hatch. They turn it on and it beeps. The beep wakes up Lindsay.
“what the hell are you doing?” Lindsay whispers.
Steve replies, “Maybe some one is trying to use our walkies?”
Just then the Emergency Exit door from the back corner of baby goes off. It wakes up every one. The sound is deafening.
Everyone has to shout to be heard.
Some one yells, “Maybe some one is alive and trying to get out!”
Some one else shouts, “Or maybe it the zombies just running in to the door?!?”
Just then the walkie crackles “…going to have to jump down …though the fitting room. You should …kill or run by the …Zombies.”
“Was that Jason?” Danice asks. She then rips the walkie out of Steve’s hands and shouts into it. “Jason! Jason! We are in the Kids stock room!” She looks down at the walkie. “It’s dead. We might as well be dead.” She drops to the ground and covers her head with her arms trying to drum out the sound from the alarm. A thud on the wall by the door shakes every one. Lani and Jen open the door slowly and see a couple of dead Zombies and a T-stand face out in the wall. Lani takes the face out of the wall. She turns in to the store and sees a mound of zombies swarming the table in men’s three. They don’t see her. She sneaks back in to the stock room and Jen shuts the door.
Lani starts to shout over the Alarm, “Well good news there are no zombies right out side the door. However, there are about fifty in men’s three and they look to be feasting on a fresh kill.”
Half of the group does the half vomit thing and the other half just stands there.
Steve asks, “Do you think that we could make it in to the other stock room to see who else is Alive?”
Lani answers, “Yeah, But I Don’t think we could all make it at once.”
Steve looks around. Ok Katie and Jen you two look to be in the best shape to run right now. Do you think you could make it through the fitting room?”
“Katie I am game if you are.” Jen shouts to Katie.
“I am ready I guess.” Katie replies.
“Lets wait to make sure that the big group of zombies settles down then we make our break for it.”
An hour passes. The door alarm finally quits. Danice looks up. “Did I just go def or did the alarm quit?”
“It Quit” Sherri replies.
Steve listens to the door. Nothing?
Amy gives Katie a crow-bar and Jen takes the face out from Lani. The two young women get ready to run out the door. Steve opens it up. Katie and Jen sprint around the corner. They stop. One zombie is trying to get through what looks to be like a super H-fixture that has been fasten across the back of the fitting room. The zombie stops and looks at them. Jen looks at the zombie and throws her face out at the zombie head. It hits his jaw and knocks it off.
“Well I guess he can’t bit us.” Katie jokes. “We could just run by it now.”
“Right, let’s go.”
With that Jen and Katie run pass the Zombie. Katie takes a swing at the zombies head and it drops to the floor.
“Huh?” Katie says. “Well I guess that worked.”
Jen get over the fixture and Katie follows. They are out of breath. They walk through the doors there is a group of people including Josh and Jason. Shawn seems to be the only one who notices them Jen waves as Katie and her try to catch there breathe. Josh and Jason are talking about something.
Josh just asks Jason, “What are the numbers on the hatch?”
Jason replies, “4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42.”
“Those are the numbers from the TV show Lost. I would think that Andy or some one would have used them so we look in side of it.”
Katie looks up and says, “Those same numbers where on the hatch in the kids stock room. That is where we found the food and other stuff.”
Katie being there does not faze Josh.
Josh continues, “Ok we should look in the hatch…”
Shawn says, “Wait for it.”
There is a short beat. The Josh turns and runs to Katie.
They Hug and share a small kiss. The short passionate kiss that lovers share when one picks up another at the air port.
Jen Ross clears her throat, “So are we all going to go get every one else or what?”
Shawn looks at Jen, “There are more of you?”
“There are 10 of us in the other room. We need to go get them; also Andy left some really nice stuff over there.”
Patrice turns around “ok let’s get a plan together and go get them.”
Coming Soon to a computer or phone near you Part 8……