A piece of fiction by Timothy Goss
This is how the world will end.….
This is how the world will end.….
not with a bang, but a whimper. — Author name unknown
I woke up and looked around my barren room,it was dark and the blinds were closed tight blocking the sun from entering at all. I fumbled out of bed and grabbed my lime green ipod and a smoke and headed out of my room. I slip the ipod on and crank up the volume as Cheap Trick fills my ears,deafening the moans from outside. I pull back the blinds and slide the glass door open and step onto my 2nd floor patio. On the ground below,they mass..a sea of rotting corpses glaring up at me with eyes the color of frozen meat grasping upwards not realizing that I am beyond thier reach. I light my smoke and sit down on a lawn chair, it was one of a set that my wife purchased for us months before. I still have her’s setup and on the chair I have a picture of her and our son. They were visiting family when the incident happened. My brother in law, being a cop made sure they got to a “safe” zone. They are safe and with family.. I am here alone,cause I had to work. Drawing deeply on the cig again, I reach behind me and grab a empty glass bottle and toss it at a nameless corpse below,shattering on impact the corpse looked around for a few seconds then resumed its mindless grasping.
It’s not that bad actually, I have enough food for a few days here and some stored in the apartment next door. Accessing the apartments on the second floor was simple.. made a blockade on the stairs which even the most nimple of person would have a hardtime with. The sound on my ipod began to dim.. I should recharge this soon.. I stand and make my way back to my bedroom..and slid back into bed.I woke up to a strange sound, my phone was actually ringing..I grabbed the phone and clicked it on. “Hello?” I asked “This is the Paradise village school district” the voice responded on the other end… I threw the phone across the room.. I hate automated messages! the phone broke as it smashed against the wall.. a few seconds later, it dawned on me.… if the automated message came through that meant the phones were working still! the discovery turned to despair as I realized I broke my only working phone.… I stood and stretched,an anger building inside me.. I destroyed my only chance of making contact with the outside world.I decided to go back to bed,sleep is my only activity I have left.
I could barely sleep at all, I dreamt of my wife and son being ripped apart by a horde of ravenous corpses,I could hear her scream as they removed her innards..its not like it is in the horror movies, its a gurgling sound a liquidy slopping sound. The images flash in my minds eye when I close my eyes,people running in all directions screaming as the panic & fear overtakes them. I find myself staring out from my patio as the day slowly becomes twilight and still they mass below shamble to and fro glaring at me..as if they were saying “soon.. you cannot last longer…soon you will be what we need..you will be one of us, we have all the time in the world..do you?”. My Ipod lost it’s charge hours ago and I have no real way of charging it..my son took his charger when he went with his mother. I light a smoke and look up at the sky and wonder, is this part of his plan? is this some sick test? as if he answered, I hear a thud against my door. I stand and make my way to the door, I press my eye against the peep hole and strain to see what made the noise.. It was my wife..or what was left of her.…her skin was ashen and her jaw was slacked. her lips were blood encrusted,as where her hands as she slammed them against the door. trembling, I reach for the lock remembering what my brother in law said when he called “there was no time to save them” he muttered..as I slamed down phone breaking it.. The phone cut deep into my hand as it splintered..but the wound doesn’t bother me much… My wife is home…soon my son should be also..then we will be a family again.… as I turned the knob slowly I smiled as I said “welcome home…I missed you”.… I threw my arms around my wife hugging her close I barely felt her teeth bite deep into my neck.…. then the world went dark.…
“reports came in today from Paradise Village, were the police and the national guard dispatched a horde of the undead. As the police searched the surrounding homes, they came across one apartment with 3 zeds found within. They were sitting on the patio staring out.
Born and raised on long island – married to a wonderful woman for the past 20+ years and a son that is a spitting image of me. Living in the hellmouth that is phoenix arizona – waiting for the dreamer to awake. Been RPGing since 1979….yes I am old