"We need to get going," Mars said, grabbing her hand and tugging her onto the still solid platform.
Silver tugged her hand out of his. “What? Why?”
Something fell through the ceiling, crashing into the floor right where Silver had been standing. She lifted her arm to protect her face from the rising dust and gagged as the stench of rotten eggs and compost wormed its way up her nose. Mars snapped his fingers irritably, and they rose up toward the ceiling. Glancing down, Silver stared straight into the face of the thing as it whipped its head back around toward them. She had just enough time to take in the broken, hanging jaw, the wormy hair, and the blank gaze before they passed through the ceiling.
“Oh man, you can’t be serious.” Silver rubbed her forehead, disbelieving, as the stench finally ebbed. Still, the vision of the thing was etched in her mind with its sagging, purplish skin, and rotting clothes.
Mars grimaced. “Necromancy. How I hate Necromancy,” he muttered.
Silver looked up as they came through the water and into view of the rest of the graveyard. She could only gape, not sure if she were awake or in a nightmare.
Undeads everywhere slowly dragged their rotting corpses out of the ground. The closer graves had already been emptied, and their hosts staggered toward Mars and Silver, apparently not quite used to having moving bodies again. Some had left their completely decayed lower halves in the ground and seemed content to drag themselves through the mud toward the docks. Many bodies were mostly skeletal, most their skin having melted off, either in decay, or while they dragged themselves from their graves. Others had a full coating of purplish skin that hung loosely on their thin bones and crumbling muscles.
A hoard of them reached the docks at the moment that Mars and Silver rose completely from the ocean. Mars jumped onto the docks, immediately bringing his cane up brutally into the nose of an undead wearing what was left of a gingham dress. Silver stared for a moment as more and more undeads crowded around the docks, pushing forward ones who had reached Mars. Some pushed so hard that their companions fell into the ocean with a splash, and more undeads swarmed in to fill their places. The undeads who fell into the ocean were trying in vain to pull themselves back onto the crowded docks, many knocked back in by other companions who fell in.
Mars was using his cane with deadly force to knock one undead after another back toward its friends or into the ocean. “Any time now, Silver,” he called back to her. She snapped out of her shock, and jumped from her platform onto the dock. She immediately gave a swift roundhouse kick to a slightly decomposed older gentleman, completely dislocating his jaw. He just stared at her blankly until she punched him with enough force to make him fall back toward the rest of the swarming undeads.
“Are we trying to get back to the Mansion?” Silver called, head-butting a completely skeletal undead. She immediately regretted it as she saw stars. She shook her head to clear it in time to see Mars shake his and call out, “There!”
He used his cane to point her toward the dinghy, The Wallflower, tied to one of the posts. He swung the cane upward at the same moment and cleanly knocked the head off a charging undead.
Silver elbowed one of the undeads trying to grab her, and shoved another two off the docks and into the ocean. She thrust her palm into the nose of the last one near her, making it stagger backward and trip over its decaying shoes into the group of undeads swarming around Mars. She saw at least a dozen of them fall backward, some into the ocean before she turned, ran the length of the docks, and dove into the boat, sitting at the helm and already tapping it hurriedly to wake it up.
The only undead who had not fallen into the writhing pile rose its arms up and charged Mars, who dodged, letting it stagger gracelessly into the ocean. He tucked his cane under his arm and trotted toward The Wallflower, untying the rope before jumping in beside Silver.
|Jennifer Lawrence||as Silver|
|Colin Hanks||as Harley|
|Asa Butterfield||as Mars|
|John C Reilly||as Beatle|
|Ian McKellen||as Samuel|
|Javier Bardem||as Master|