Dead To The World
I can hold out for two weeks, but after that…
I’m in the attic of my folks’ house. Nailed the door, barred the windows. I left an inch to see. They move in aimless circles. Sometimes they leave for hours, but they always come back. Cold. Dead.
Two days ago, I was working on my car when the jack broke. Hit my head. I saw a bright flash – must have knocked out the jack.
And took everyone out.
When I came to, their dead eyes looked at me. They pretended concern.
“Are you okay?”
“Oh my god. Should I call 911?”
But they were lifeless zombies. Drained of all humanity. Only husks with primordial needs for food, land and empty pleasures.
I got up and ran. They called after me, but didn’t pursue.
I got to my parents’ house ten minutes later. Too late. They feigned kindness, but I saw the dull fear in their eyes.
They knew that I knew.
Now I’m in the attic. They’re in the corner. I haven’t decided whether they’re contagious, but I can’t go downstairs for food.
They’re good for two weeks, more or less.