Letter Day- Post 1 – The Zombie Run
The following is a fictional account leading up to the Zombie Run I will be running on August 2.
Got the letter delivered to me today by a member of the council, yes THAT letter. Nothing makes your Monday more than finding out that there are few more people inside the wall than needed and you win the lottery for making the Zombie 5K run. Lovely. Oh well, they didn’t get me before so I’m going to stick with them not getting me this time. Beats the odds of surviving the firing squad for failing to comply with receiving a letter from the Council.
Okay, it wasn’t really a member of the Council delivering me this great news unless they are now filling the seats with scrawny kids who have never been outside the wall before. Somehow I think that his name might not come up to receive the glorious honor of trying to dodge zombies better than other people. Most likely he was just an intern though, somebody who got their kid a nice cushy job, but he was accompanied by two members of the Marksmen Militia. Guess they got bored and decided to come down from the safety of the wall for a bit to walk around with this kid.
Don’t get me wrong, I applaud them for the job that the Marksmen do but these are guys that never get their hands dirty. Nothing like the safety of sitting up on the wall and taking out a target a few hundred yards away from where you are sitting with a nice sniper rifle and a coffee. There is a reason why those guys never leave that unit until they are forced out because of their age. Of course I saw their smirks when the intern kid ran through my history and mentioned I was a past ZWAT member. Granted that was almost 20 years ago but some things never change and that includes the rivalry between the Marksmen Militia and the Zombie Weapons and Tactics division. Someone had to go hand to hand with the zombies while they sat up on the wall taking pot shots as the rest of us took them on in hand to hand combat like I had to.
Of course that was back when the wall was being built to keep everything out and those inside safe or at least safer than it was outside the wall. Back then there were almost as many people in ZWAT back then as there were inside the wall. We did have a high rate of attrition at that point. We were expendable. Still, I was fine with it since we at least got the good food. Well that was until the wall was completed.
They didn’t disband our unit though as you know, they just reduced the number of people in it since we didn’t have to protect the outside of the wall as it was being constructed anymore. That small amount of those that got a chance to stay are still roaming the streets and responding to emergencies when someone dies then comes back to take a bite out of someone. The rest of us that got discharged got placed in positions inside the wall, somehow I ended up working in a cubicle, still not sure how that happened. Not sure why I am reminiscing about this stuff now. My number came up so, time to get back in shape or I am never going to make it to the end of the 5k.
The Zombie Run Blog Series by Brad Zipprich is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.