Together, all three stared across the street at the man who had just claimed to be God.
"He did just say that, right?"
"He did," replied Jack. "Crazy bastard."
"We've got to shut him up," said Fiona. "He keeps on like that it's not going to be long before we're overrun with Zeds!"
"You're suggesting we kill him?" asked Annalise. It was the logical solution. If it had not been for the fact that Sarah and the boys were still in the pharmacy whilst Hope slumbered on the back seat of the four-wheel drive she may well have considered other options. There was no time for second-guessing though. If 'God' didn't quiet down then there was a chance that neither of them would make it back to the hotel and Ken would stand no chance of pulling through at all.
"Bow down before your God!" the man yelled. "Bow down and worship me!"
"I'll deal with him," said Jack, but he felt Annalise place her hand upon his arm.
"No, I've got it," she said quietly.
Her sword in hand she put one foot in front of the other but she had not made it any more than three steps before a gunshot rang out and the bearded man slumped backwards, a bullet having gone through his forehead.
Annalise looked around in shock as a man in military gear dropped down from the roof of the building to her right, gripping the hilt of her sword even more tightly than before.
"Well thank God he's not making more noise," the man said, chuckling. "We can't hang around here though. The damned dead are gonna' be all over us like a cheap suit after that shot."
"Saved me a job, but at least I'd have done it quietly," said Annalise, eyeing the man with suspicion. He looked somewhat familiar to her, and she found that a little disconcerting. "You got a name?"
"Plenty," he replied. Jack came to Annalise's side, the sledgehammer in hand, whilst Fiona headed inside to hurry Sarah and the boys along. "None I'd care to share at this juncture."
"Yeah," the man nodded. "Yeah, that's me."
Annalise turned as Fiona exited the pharmacy with Sarah, Richard and Fawaz in tow. The boys, catching sight of the man, stared at him as if they had seen a ghost.
"Fi, get Sarah and the boys back to base and get some of those meds to Ken. Jack and I will follow shortly."
Fiona nodded and rushed the other three towards the Range Rover. She glanced inside to see that Hope was still sleeping soundly upon the back seat, despite the gunshot that had just rung out. She turned to look down the street upon hearing what was most definitely her least favourite sound.
"'Lise!" she yelled. "Zeds!"
"Go, Fi," she replied. "Go, get the kids outta' here."
She, Jack and the somewhat familiar fellow watched as Fiona bundled everyone into the vehicle with their wares, flipped a U-turn, and sped off back in the direction of the hotel.
"There's too many to make a stand," said Jack, quietly. "But if that's what you wanna' do then I'm with you."
"Hell no," she replied. The Zeds, perhaps forty in number, were still a good two hundred feet away and as they were not the quickest movers, there was still a little time. She turned to the man. "You're welcome to come with us, if you like. We could certainly use a rifle."
"Thanks, but no," he replied, his Scottish accent more noticeable as he spoke more quietly. "I'm heading east to the river then breaking north. Met some folk a while back who say they found my wife and child holed up at some old prison."
"You're sure?" Annalise asked, very conscious of the fact the Zeds were getting slowly closer to their position.
"Aye, I am," he replied with a gently smile. "Wouldn't say no to a bottle of water or two, if you have any spare."
"Got some in the back," said Jack as he and Annalise, along with their temporary friend, made their way over to the rear of the Range Rover. He popped the boot and handed a couple of two-litre bottles, filled to the top with clear, clean water, to the man.
"Thanks, friends," he said, nodding graciously. "If I'm ever back down this way..."
"We'll keep an eye out for you," said Annalise. "Your wife and kid, too."
"Good luck," said Jack, shaking the man by the hand, then allowing Annalise to do the same.
"You too," he replied, then with a final glance at the advancing herd who were now less than one hundred feet distant he was gone, high-tailing it into the woods.
"You wanna'..?" said Jack, nodding his head towards the Zeds.
"Any other day but no," she replied. "Wanna' make sure Ken's OK."
With a nod Jack slammed the boot shut and headed to the far side door, whilst Annalise made for the passenger side.
"It's odd, right?" he said as he started the engine.
"Of all the times and places to meet Doctor Who, it's outside a pharmacy after the damn world has ended!"
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ZEDS (Season One) #ZEDSHorror
Survival is key. The natural instinct and will of man is to survive and without it, mankind will perish and the dead shall inherit the Earth. In a post-apocalyptic, zombie infested world, a group of survivors do what they can - and what they must...