Hitting the Trail – Post 2- The Zombie Run
The following is a fictional account leading up to the Zombie Run I will be running on August 2. If you ask a question though it will be answered from within the universe this story is set.
Got up early and hit the trail this morning. It had been raining last night so the weather wasn’t horrible, much better than going out during the evening when it is 90 and humid out. Actually it was rather nice since I haven’t been on the Memorial Trail in years. Back in the day it was known as the Crimson Trail but things have changed on it since then. No longer is the dirt stained red. Posted a picture even so y’all could see, look in the archives if you want to find a before picture. Pretty sure it is the only place inside the wall that is almost totally enclosed by trees now. Of course if you come down here during the fall or winter you’ll see the fence about 50 foot on one side of the trail and the wall not far from there. The tree line goes on for about 20 foot on the other side and then it is all housing for the somewhat ever increasing population we have here, hence the annual and sometimes semiannual zombie run.
Listen, I know some of y’all that might be reading this are in your own areas and may have a different take on handling your excess population. I’m fine with how we do it here. Do I like that I got picked? Of course not. But I’ll run either way because I believe in the system. Trust me every time there is one of these we have people out in the streets protesting but it doesn’t matter in the long run, they aren’t changing anything.
For those of you in other zones who might be reading this and you aren’t that familiar with our ways let me lay it out for you. The run really is this simple. You run, you live, and you continue to contribute. If you don’t make it through then you make room for someone who is useful and those resources that you suck up are available to the people. Although sometimes I really don’t see how I contribute by sitting in a cubicle all day but there is a bigger picture to be looked at that not everyone can see. Sure, there is natural death but if we didn’t have the runs then we would have far more mouths to feed and you know what that means, less food. Less food, means weaker people then eventually starvation when resources run out. What happens when starving people die? They rise. Then we have week starving people trying to fight off everyone dying around them and then we all die. See, it is simple.
It isn’t like we are the only community to have these runs. Each community has their own rules on overpopulation. Trust me, I would much rather do a run than be banished out there. Hand to hand isn’t something I would like to do every day like I did before. The run will do me good anyhow, maybe I can shed some of the weight I have gained since landing that office job. Of course maybe I’ll also lose some weight if a deader takes a few bites out of me. Guess I better make sure I am faster than the rest of those running with me.
Okay, I am feeling generous. If anyone out there from one of the other zones has a question let me know and I’ll try to answer it.
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