Zombie Wife

Avatar Author: Jim Stitzel I dabble a little in a lot of things -- writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I'm a full-time code-wrangler and a part-time farmer with 40 acres, a lot of animals, and far, far too much to do. Read Bio

I can hear her shambling around downstairs. She keeps knocking things over. I wonder how long it will be before she figures out how to make it up here.

I should have recognized that something was wrong sooner. It’s not like we were unaware of the infection ravaging the country. I guess I just wasn’t willing to admit that it could have made it so far so quickly.

We were careful, establishing our own personal quarantine according to the measures the CDC issued once the gravity of the epidemic was known. We stayed in. We sealed ourselves into a couple of rooms in the house. We subsisted on rations and whatever supplies we could scavenge, using rebreathers when we went out, never straying too far away.

So of course we thought we were safe, especially after we’d survived the first few weeks relatively unscathed.

I don’t know how she got infected. At this point it doesn’t really matter; the damage is already done.

I’ve been hiding out up here for days, but I can’t stay here forever. Eventually she’ll find me.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    This thing’s been sitting in my drafts for months now. I just wish I could remember what inspired it. :-)

  2. Avatar 32 ^2

    Jim, I like this very much until the last sentence. I enjoy your sentence I wonder how long it will be before she figures out how to make it up here. I imagined she was in the basement, too stupid to figure out the stairs, or strapped to a wheelchair and the husband going about his merry way, able to drowned out those horrible noises of her lost and bumping into things, like a blind person in a maze.

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Ok, just how many times are you going to submit the same comment? ;-)

    I debated on those last four words, but without them I feel like the story ends just a skosh too abruptly.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nicely told. It’s very contained but also manages to give glimpses of the larger situation. Great, personal zombie tale.

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