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Chapter 1 – Falling in Love the Wrong Way
On one unfortunate night, an accident in a research facility causes an outbreak of a virus that makes people cannibals by cutting off all if not all of the reasoning ability in their brain. The outbreak spread throughout all of the world. It was a global effort to find cures for major diseases after all with dozens upon dozens of researchers and countries involved. The reason why this outbreak had such a major impact on the world was because these cannibals, infected, or zombies as most call them were still able to mimic normal human behavior.
These cannibals could act normal as long as they weren’t compromised. They could even eat normal food and use their most recent memories to fool people to think that they were normal, however, they aren’t able to remember older memories or information that takes some time to remember. Once they have their targets secluded, they bite them or eat them to turn them into cannibals. Some areas of the country didn’t know or believe this outbreak was real since the cannibals were so good at blending in. After a couple of months, there’s good and bad news for humanity. The bad news is that there are more cannibals than normal humans. The good news is that there’s a cure and everyone in the world knows that the cannibals are a real threat to humanity and they’re fighting back.
A small group of survivors is holding out in the woods outside of their fishing town that is overrun with cannibals. Two people are heading out to a power plant since the power for their hideout has mysteriously been turned off.
“Get off me!” the young man says.
“Oh come on, Hagan. Stop being such a hard head. I’m just hugging you.”
“Well, I don’t like you hugging me, Chloe. I know what your feelings are for me even though I’m with Brandy.”
“I’m not trying to do anything. I’m over you choosing her over me.”
“The way you touch me sometimes says otherwise. Let’s just drop this drama once and for all. We need to be on guard.”
“You know what to do, right?”
“I know. I’ll keep watch by the cliffs while you go in to turn the power on.”
“Good. Watch yourself. Even though I don’t trust you with touching me, I do trust you with everything else.”
“Okay, you don’t need to worry about me. This isn’t like it’s our last time together.”
“I know. I’m just saying.”
Hagan goes down to the power plant to find it empty with nothing broken or out of place, but the main power switch is turned off, which is strange. No one is stationed here nor are there any known human settlements around this area. After turning the power back on, a gunshot is made from Chloe’s general area.
Hagan says over the walkie talkie, “Chloe? What’s going on?”
He receives no response. When he goes outside, he finds multiple people converging on him. Since the cannibals know they can’t fool him, they use the energy they use for reasoning and convert it to enhance their strength and endurance. Hagan tries using his knife to conserve ammo since there are so many, but he realizes that he’s outnumbered. He heads back inside the building and barricades the main door. He then tries to kill as many cannibals as he can that come out of the three windows in the small building until his back is up against the wall. He’s managed to save a clip of ammo for himself in case he has to put a bullet in his head, but it appears like he doesn’t have to.
The cannibals stop moving for some reason and just corner Hagan. He stops fighting and wonders what could be happening. It becomes clear once Chloe comes into the building. Her hazel eyes are gone and have been replaced with light blue eyes. Her lips are now blue, and her skin is pale.
“I’m sorry, Hagan. I didn’t want this to happen. I wanted them to kill me once they got me, but now I’m like this, and there’s only one way for you to survive.”
If two virgins are attracted to one another, the virus will take advantage of this and cut of part off their reasoning and increase their hormones so they can make infected children. Once pregnant, a female will give birth within a few weeks and have grown children within the same amount of time. These “zombie” children act like normal children and are almost indistinguishable from normal children, which makes them effective for infiltration and easy takeover of human settlements. It seems like to Hagan that the cannibals knew of the people within their settlement and purposefully drew them out so this could happen. He’s extremely stressed out and doesn’t know what to do.
“Just trust me, Hagan.”
“I trust you with everything but controlling yourself around me. I could almost swear that you did this on purpose!”
“I didn’t. You know how we can get out of this. Just trust me for now.”
Chloe slowly walks towards Hagan with her arms out. He points his gun at her, which make the cannibals take a step toward him to remind him what would happen if he refuses her. Hagan then lowers his gun and stands still, but uneasy. He lets Chloe bite his neck to infect him as her mate. The cannibals walk away with a smile as they trust their virus to work on him. Hagan bleeds blue blood from his bite wound as his sclera turns light blue while his iris and pupil turn completely black.
“Ow. Ow! Stop it!” Hagan says as Chloe begins to sensually bite and lick his neck.
He pushes her away and points his gun at her again.
She says, “You know you’ll die too if I die.”
“I’m not sure if I’ll care.”
Chloe is a bit shaky as she tries to control her desire.
“Chloe, control yourself.”
Chloe begins to hug Hagan and breathe in his face with a captivating look on her face, which doesn’t help the way he feels.
“Get…get off! You aren’t helping by doing this.”
Hagan pushes Chloe further away this time.
Needing to let go of his pent up energy, Hagan punches a wall then grunts in frustration. They both stay in silence for a few moments as they collect themselves.
“You couldn’t do anything else. You didn’t have a choice in the matter…I forgive you. It’s not your fault.”
“Thank you for understanding.”
Hagan walks away with Chloe behind him. He unconsciously walks faster than her because of his frustrations and begins to feel pains in chest. Chloe picks up her pace to get to him.
She holds his chest and says, “Remember, you can’t be far from me.”
Hagan walks away from Chloe still frustrated.
“I thought you said you forgave me.”
“I do. I’m still frustrated by this situation. I know for a fact that you like it more than you’re showing.”
“I don’t want to hear it right now.”
Chloe holds onto Hagan’s arm, which gives him a little comfort. He unknowingly goes along with her holding his arm until he realizes when they get back to their settlement. This is when he pulls his arm away from her. As they approach the small settlement set in a secluded prison, Hagan wishes the snipers would shoot them since he knows they can see him, but they don’t. The people in the settlement signal the doors to be open with an orange light to signal caution. Brandy, Hagan’s girlfriend, walks out of the doors armed with a shotgun and two other guards who have submachine guns. She has a condescending but worried look on her face. The three point their guns at Hagan and Chloe as they get closer.
Hagan says, “Brandy…I’m sorry. It was a trap set by the infected. I think they meant to get people like us so this could happen.”
“Then I should’ve been there instead,” Brandy says, “Do you remember where we first met?”
“On a grade school trip. We were at the docks and that’s where I got your number.”
“Good. You’re still conscious. Chloe, do you remember the first time we met?”
“We met in pre-school.”
“That’s right. Well…I guess we can’t do anything now. I already have someone calling the CDC to come here to cure you. Hopefully, this’ll turn out to be something good especially since you two have the cure for this virus in your blood.”
Since human blood and the virus are synergized when a couple is infected, their blood can be taken and used to create a cure that makes normal humans immune to the virus. It can also cure cannibals assuming they haven’t been infected for a long time or if their bodies aren’t heavily damaged.
“That’s good. I’m thinking that if the cannibals thought of this plan, then they’re probably going to keep tabs on us since they can sense us. Get the defenses ready if they do attack,” Hagan says.
Chloe brings up the fact that, “Wouldn’t it be better if we just secluded ourselves away from here? We’re going to be putting everyone in danger.”
“I didn’t trust you with Hagan when you weren’t infected. What makes you think I’ll trust you when you’re like this?” Brandy counters, “We’ll hold the two of you in separate cells, so nothing happens when you’re sleeping. I’ll be guarding you two during the day.”
“This is final, Chloe. We aren’t going to argue about this. Hagan, explain everything to me.”
Hagan explains what happened to Brandy as they enter the prison. After his explanation, Brandy lets the other guards go to help the others prepare for a possible attack by the cannibals. The three young adults who were close friends only a couple of hours ago sit in silence as if they were strangers.
“We may be infected but we can still help around the prison,” Hagan speaks up.
“It’s fine,” Brandy responds, “We have twenty well-armed people here. You don’t need to worry about them. Just worry about yourself for now. Oh, and take this gas mask. You’ll need it.”
As Hagan takes the gasmask, Brandy shakes her head.
“I can’t believe this happened to you of all people with her in the mix.”
“Me too. I’m sorry I didn’t prepare for something like this to happen.”
“It’s not your fault.”
Brandy stares at Chloe who’s been staring at Hagan for a while now.
“Eyes off him, Chloe. You don’t want to lose control of yourself.”
“You shouldn’t worry about him anymore. He’s mine now.”
“I…I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me.”
“That better have been the case. Go take a cold shower. That should help you keep control of yourself.”
“Hagan has to come with me.”
“Oh, that’s right. I guess you’re never taking another shower until the CDC come then. I think you two should get some rest before dinner. It should calm your minds.”
Hagan and Chloe sleep in separate cells with their doors locked while Brandy heads off to help the rest of the prison prepare for an attack and getting her mind off the situation to calm her mind as well. During his sleep, Hagan feels his heart slowly begin to beat. He can hear the beating of Chloe’s heart from the other side of the wall and the two hearts beat together as if calling out to one another. His breathing starts to slowly intensify as his heart keeps beating intensely. Before he knows it, the heart he feels on the other side moves into his cell until a presence lays on him and holds him.
His heart starts beating faster as he starts to feel warm and elated. The presence on top of him brings their beating hearts together and makes him more euphoric. Hagan then starts receiving kisses, which makes him uncontrollably kiss back and feel this presence. He starts getting licked then scratched as this keeps going on. The presence on top of him is pushed off. He then panics and tries to reconnect with it but is held down before being drenched in cold water and slapped several times.
He wakes up to see that Chloe managed to break open their cells and get to him. Three guards are holding her back while pouring cold water on her to calm her down. Brandy shakes her head with her hands on her face.
“I should’ve remembered,” she says.
Infected female mates who are infected are much like female insects who are stronger than their male counterparts. They are harder to calm down, easier to arose, and are usually violent during sexual intercourse.
“Brandy…I’m sorry I didn’t resist. I was sleeping and barely had any control over myself,” Hagan explains.
“You could’ve…Nevermind. I understand. We have to talk.”
“Look, when the CDC comes here, things will go back to normal, which includes our town!”
“I’m not sure that will happen. A large group of cannibals is coming this way soon. If we can’t hold out, you have to survive. You two are what humanity needs to get more of the cure.”
“Don’t talk like that Brandy!”
“I’m just saying if.”
“It won’t happen. I’ll help you defend the prison.”
“Then grab a gun and let’s rock.”
“That’s what I like to hear.”
Hagan and Chloe arm themselves with submachine guns and shotguns before going to the wall above the gate with Brandy. An almost uncountable number of cannibals arrive in the distance and surround the prison. They stop a few feet away from the prison to make sure the humans see their numbers to instill fear into them. They then walk forward with confidence and a smile much to the surprise of the humans.
A prison guard says, “There were supposed to be traps on the outside of the prison. What-”
Four people are shot in the legs by cannibals acting like normal humans before they turn vicious. Everyone outside retreats in and ten of the twenty people in the prison are already infected within a matter of minutes with no causalities on the side of the cannibals. Two virgins are infected, but they quickly shoot themselves in the head for fear of what might happen.
The humans try in vain to hold out in the prison as the cannibals find their way in without trouble due to their numbers and infiltrators. Six more virgins are infected but kill themselves as the others did. What seems like an hour passes until the battle is finally over. In actuality, it’s only been ten minutes. Hagan and Chloe stand with their guns pointed at the cannibals who don’t do anything but smile in victory.
“Oh, no…Brandy,” Hagan says as he sees her walk out of the crowd of cannibals infected.
She smiles at him then says, “It’s okay, Chloe. You can have him. He’s yours to do with whatever you please.”
Tempted by the thought, Chloe tries to resist doing anything.
“We’re leaving here, Chloe!” Hagan says as he tries to get her to move.
The cannibals say to the two, “You won’t last long.”
“You might as well give in now.”
“You’re only making this more difficult for yourself.”
“If you have children now, you’ll be helping humanity. Not damning them.”
“Give in to your desires.”
“You’ll live happily together.”
Chloe is stunned by the cannibals’ tempting thoughts which makes it almost impossible for her to move.
“Damn you! I’ll get help for you, Brandy. Just you wait,” Hagan says before dropping his heavier guns, picking Chloe up, and retreating into the forest.
The cannibals just smile as they run away, confident that the two of them will eventually give in. After miles of running, Chloe begins to lose herself. She touches Hagan’s chest before kissing his neck. Seeing that he’s near a small stream, he throws her into it to calm her down, but the light splash barely has an effect on her, so he holds her down in it until she calms down. The two are now near a small safehouse location not too far from the town.
As Chloe collects herself, she says, “I’m sorry, Hagan.”
“Whatever. We can’t do anything about the people we lost. We can only hope the CDC gets here soon so we can cure the ones who didn’t die.”
“I’m going to sleep in the basement of the shack and I’m going to lock the door. You can sleep in the bed upstairs. If you need something, just knock, but don’t lose yourself again like you did in the cells or I might kill us both like the others did.”
“I know how you’re feeling, and I’d give you a hug to make you feel better, but I can’t. Just know that I’m going to do my best to take care of us and that we get through this.”
“Get some sleep. We’re probably going to need it.”
Chapter 2 – Together in the Worst Way
Memories of last night play over and over again in Hagan’s dreams as he sleeps. He tries to do different things, but he always fails. He set the traps himself, but the infiltrators stop him. Killing the infiltrators before they strike doesn’t help them win. Killing Chloe doesn’t help. Killing himself doesn’t help. Almost giving into his temptations doesn’t help. Killing everyone in a rage doesn’t help him calm down.
Scratching and banging on his cellar door wakes him up. He rubs his face a couple times and holds his head after going through the same event multiple times.
“Okay, I’m coming!” he says as the scratching gets on his nerves.
He cautiously opens the cellar door to see Chloe on the floor. She’s tired and her face makes her look more exhausted than she really is. Because of their connection, they need to be in close proximity to each other or else they begin to feel depressed and dreary.
“Do you need something, Chloe?”
“I need your help.”
“I just want you to help me.
“You gotta tell me what it is so I can help you with it.”
“Just give me a hug so until I can feel better. I promise I’ll control myself once I feel okay.”
Hagan can’t lie that he feels okay, so he trusts Chloe and helps her up then hugs her. The two begin to feel better then feel as if nothing horrible had happened yesterday. Once they start feeling overly joyful, they stop hugging and go to the opposite sides of the room.
“Thank you, Hagan. I really needed that.”
“Me too, admittedly.”
“Can I have another?”
“Oh…right. What are we going to do until the CDC comes? Just wait here?”
“That’s the plan. We should probably keep as much distance away from each other as possible, so nothing happens.”
“You’re right. How long do you think it’ll take them to get here?”
“Three or four days maybe five. They always want blood from people like us even if we turn.”
“Maybe we should set up some defenses. The cannibals will probably try to coax or even force us to-”
“Right. I don’t want to think about it, no offense.”
“There should be supplies to make defenses downstairs.”
Hagan and Chloe start putting sensors, hidden explosives, and nearly invisible tripwire around their location. Once he’s done his part, he checks where Chloe is to find that most of her traps are set up, but she’s gone. Before he calls out for her, he is shot by a tranquilizer dart and taken with Chloe to a location deeper in the forest. When he wakes up, he sees that he’s in a hole deep in the ground with Chloe, who is unconscious. There’s a light above them with a pulley and ladder that are completely out of reach. Hagan no longer has his pistol and gas mask on him, which makes things worse.
“This isn’t good,” he says to himself before yelling out, “Hey! Why did you bring us here?”
A man in hunting attire looks down into the hole and says, “I intercepted your message to the CDC. They’ll pay me a high price for you especially if you get your girlfriend pregnant.”
“She isn’t my girlfriend!”
“But you do like her a lot. You have to in order to be infected the way you are. Anyway, good luck down there and get it on. I’ll be recording you.”
“You sick fuck!”
The man above the hole goes silent. Hagan’s vision clears up a bit as he sees a camera above him that’s now recording Chloe and him below. Chloe is awake and appears to have heard everything.
“Chloe…” Hagan says as he tries to back as far into the hole’s interior as much as possible.
“Hagan…what are we supposed to do?”
“Uhhh…oh!” Hagan moves closer to Chloe so the man can’t hear him, “If I throw you upward, you can bring the ladder down.”
“Are you sure? We might only have one chance at this.”
“It’s our only shot.”
“Do you really trust me with this? What if I lose control?”
“I’ll handle it. Don’t even think about that and let’s just do this.”
Because the two were so close, they’ve started to feel euphoric. Hagan and Chloe look into each other’s eyes and start to breath heavier. Their lips almost connect before Hagan turns away, kneels down, and cups his hands together. He nods his head and hopes that Chloe gets it together. It takes a couple of seconds for her to snap to her senses, but when she does, she takes as many steps back as she can before leaping onto Hagan’s hands. He throws her up into the air, but she misses the ladder by an inch and falls down. Not wanting for her to get seriously hurt, he manages to catch her. Because of this, Chloe is even more euphoric than before.
She uncontrollably kisses him then pushes him up against the walls while violently scratching his back. Hagan only has a shred of self-control while he uses his built up energy to knee and kick Chloe away. He manages to do it and kick her away from him. She lunges back at him, but he quickly dodges her and gets to the other side of the hole. He uses his strength to jump on Chloe’s shoulders then leap off her. His two fingers manage to grab the end of the ladder. Using them, he lifts himself up and goes up the ladder to see the man in the hunting attire.
He holds his hands up then smiles and laughs, “I didn’t know half infected like you could do that. I guess I underestimated you.”
Hagan stares at the man in frustration and walks to the man while backing him into a corner.
“Hey, listen to me. I’m just trying to survive out here. We can split the reward that comes from you. You can take eighty percent of it!”
“I don’t give a damn!”
Hagan uncontrollably bites the man’s face cheek off, which infects him. He then throws the man in the hole where Chloe is hoping to knock her out with his body. This doesn’t happen and there isn’t any cold water close by to help her calm down. Instead, he finds a metal neck collar with a long pole attached to it. It appears to be something used for dangerous criminals. He grabs this before letting the ladder down for Chloe.
When Chloe comes up, Hagan puts the collar around her neck. The collar appears to work as it allows him to keep a safe distance away from her. In a fit of lust, Chloe tries to break the metal bar separating her from her love, but the bar is too hard to break. The infected man comes up after Hagan gets used to controlling Chloe.
The infected man says, “I used that to control other infected, but you don’t need it. I’m jealous of you, man. If only I can have a lady like yours.”
Hagan takes his pistol from the desk where the man has his things at and shoots the man in the leg. The man screams then laughs before getting shoot in the other leg and falling down.
Again, the man laughs then says, “You’re going to give in eventually with that attitude.”
“Don’t bet on it,” Hagan says as he leaves with Chloe in a neck collar and with his gas mask on as temporary protection against her breath, kisses, and bites.
It doesn’t take too long to get back to their shack, but it’s a hard journey for Hagan who has to drag along his old best friend like a wild animal. He tries to calm her down by sticking her in the cool water, but it barely has an effect on her. Frustrated by everything that’s happening to him, he brings her inside and chains her to an iron bar inside the shack. He then points a gun at her face while she continuously reaches and claws for him. The condition she’s in is enough to bring him to tears. He then points the gun at his own head, which starts to make her worry. Chloe winches and starts to cry too while waking up from her uncontrollable desires. Feeling her emotions, he puts the gun away and pulls up a chair near her.
Hagan sits down and says, “Do you remember what we planned to do when we got old? We wanted to buy this shack and have all of our friends and family live in it once we made it bigger, of course. Brandy and a few others thought the idea was stupid, but we kept it in our minds. It was such a stupid storybook-like idea, wasn’t it? I don’t know why I’m telling you about this, but I feel like telling you it to remind you of the particular bond we share.
You and I used to be the best of friends. Remember when we used to go out every Friday after school for ice cream? Remember when we used to have a sleepover every time we had a party? Remember when we used to tell stories of a better life at night after the infection started? Those nights kept me alive and hopeful.
I don’t know if it’s the infection making me feel this way and talk like this. I just want to give into these desires I have, but I don’t want to lose myself to you like that. If we actually do end up being together, I’d want to do it the proper way by marrying you. I love you that much Chloe.”
Chloe snaps out of her trance and says, “I love you, Hagan.”
“Chloe…I’m sorry about the way I’m talking to you.”
“No, you’ve helped me go back to normal.”
“I guess. You’re going to have to stay like that for tonight because of what happened.”
For the rest of the day, Hagan feeds and talks to Chloe while she’s chained up until they have to rest for the night. Meanwhile, a group of cannibals notice that they’ve been able to overcome the worst scenario. They now plan to make sure they have sex by convincing the two. If convincing them doesn’t work, then they’ll just force them to have sex. These cannibals are confident that they’ll accomplish their self-assigned task because of their particular past relationship with them.
Chapter 3 – Forced Consent to Love
When Hagan wakes up in the morning, he feels Chloe holding him. He makes sure that he isn’t dreaming, and once he realizes that he isn’t, he swiftly feels himself to make sure that she hadn’t done anything to him while he slept. He then remembered that if his body did succumb to his lusts, then he would’ve completely lost his ability to reason. All of the chains and the metal bar that was holding Chloe are broken. She has a few scratches on bruises on her from breaking free, but she sleeps peacefully regardless of them.
Hagan tries to carefully wiggle his way out of Chloe’s grips, but she just holds him tighter until she eventually wakes up. She quickly backs up and falls off the bed.
“I didn’t…did I?” Chloe asks.
“No. It doesn’t seem like it.”
Wondering if they’ve grown used to the virus, they move closer together until their lips are almost touching. They see how long they can stay like this until Chloe tries to lick Hagan’s face. He doesn’t finch and just closes his eyes as a sign of his trust in her, but her tongue never touches his face. Chloe manages to struggle against her desires and push herself away from him until she calms herself down.
“It looks like what happened to us yesterday allowed us to better control ourselves,” Hagan says.
“It looks like that. Does that mean-”
“No, you can’t sleep with me.”
“Hahaha, you knew what was on my mind, but no. Does this mean we won’t lose control of ourselves?”
“I hope so, but we can’t let our guard down.”
“We should practice.”
“We shouldn’t. You know on second thought…”
“I should probably chain you back up just to be safe.”
“Don’t even try it.”
Hagan starts laughing as he picks up the broken chains and pushes Chloe up against the wall. She starts laughing and pushes back at him and onto the ground.
“The upside of this infection is that I’m stronger than you. It’s like I’m a black widow and you’re the lowly male spider,” Chloe says while on top of him.
“But here’s the difference,” Hagan says as he reverses their positions, “I’m a human man. If I wasn’t, then we would’ve completely lost ourselves yesterday.”
“You’re also you. That’s the part that I think is the strongest.”
“I could say the same thing about you.”
The two are infatuated just by looking at each other, but this isn’t caused by the virus even though it’s bugging them to take things further. The sound of walking outside in the forest gets them to get up and take out their guns to investigate what’s outside. To their shock, all of their past friends and family are here completely infected.
Brandy steps out of the crowd and says, “I see that Chloe isn’t pregnant yet. That’s surprising. Usually, couples have sex during the first three days.”
“What are you doing here, Brandy?” Hagan asks her with his pistol out.
“I’m just here to check up on my ex-boyfriend and best friend. I want to reassure them that I approve of whatever dirty things they want to do to each other especially you, Chloe. I remember that you’ve known Hagan longer than I have and that you’ve always wanted to be with him, but I stole him from you.”
Hagan’s dad steps forward, “You don’t need to worry about having to marry her first. Just take her, son.”
His mom adds, “And give me the grandchildren I’ve always wanted!”
Chloe’s dad says, “Chloe, I remember how many times you cried for being without a boy to call your own. Now’s your chance.”
Her mom adds, “It’s okay if you rough him up a bit, honey. I did the same to daddy.”
Two of Hagan and Chloe’s friends step forward. Both of them were virgins who were infected. Unfortunately, they gave in and it shows with the young girl’s lower half being barely held up by tons of duct tape and bandaging.
The young man says, “It’s okay, bud. You’ll be a father, which is great if you ask me. If you’re worried about how many children you’ll have, you shouldn’t. We have triplets and we know people who’ve had more than four children at once.”
The young girl says, “It’s just a one-time thing. You can also have sex as many times as you want after without worrying about more children if that’s what you’re worried about.”
Their friends and family continuing giving cases and reassurances that them having sex as they are is good and pure.
Brandy finishes it off by saying, “How can you disagree with us after we gave you so many reasons? Now come you two, get it over with. We won’t mind even if you do it in front of us.”
Hagan and Chloe have managed to keep their composure though they are horrified at what the virus has done to those they held close. They raise their pistols back up to show their defiance.
Brandy smiles then says, “I see that you have enough ammo to kill all of us, but will you? If the CDC gets here, you’ll have a chance to save us.”
“That’s the plan,” Hagan asserts.
“But here’s the thing. We’re going to force you two to have sex whether you like it or not.”
“What? You wouldn’t dare…”
“We will. You’re going to have to kill us because we need your children.”
The crowd of former friends and family start closing on the two.
Confident in the plan, Brandy says, “What’s it going to be, Hagan? Are you going to kill your sweet, loyal girlfri-”
Hagan shoots Brandy in the leg.
“Consider this as our break up.”
“Aw, what a shame. Not!”
The cannibals switch to being aggressive and rush towards the two. They run away while firing at those they love and wanted to save. Hagan puts on his gas mask in case he is caught. Several of them are killed, but many still remain. The two are forced to run into the town in search of a shelter to defend themselves in. They run into a white church with two large white doors and dead flowers by the broken windows. Regrettably, the two are overwhelmed by aiding cannibals who restrain them until their infected friends and family catch up. The aiding cannibals leave the church and let the others take over.
Brandy begins ripping off Chloe’s clothes. She says, “You know, I’ve always been jealous of your body. You have bigger tits and a bigger ass. I’ve caught Hagan checking those features out on you and now’s the time to fulfill his desires.”
Hagan’s clothes are being ripped apart by his friend, but he manages to get his pistol and knife and kill him and keep his gas mask on his face. He then quickly gives Chloe back her pistol so she could defend herself. In a matter of five minutes, Hagan and Chloe dispatch of everyone they cared about thanks to their enhanced infected abilities. Cautious about the other cannibals, they head out to see that the cannibals aren’t bothering them and appear to be regrouping to plan something different. They use their downtime to find temporary shelter.
The closest shelter they find is Chloe’s old house. During the first days of the outbreak, it was boarded up and fortified until Hagan got Chloe and her family to move to the prison. Her family didn’t make it to the prison during the long walk there. Presently, the house is still intact along with its defenses. Inside, it appears to be virtually untouched. Chloe gets a pair of her old clothes with a white shirt and skirt are the only thing she finds appealing to wear at the moment. Hagan finds her father’s old leather jacket and pants and gets rid of his torn up clothes and puts his gas mask on the side. After changing and finally getting a moment to rest, the two sit down on the old couch they spent so many days watching TV, playing video games, and sleeping on together.
So much has happened that there are no real words to say. Instead, they look at each other then embrace one another until they stop crying. After a little while of calming down, they fall asleep. Chloe is the first one to wake up and goes upstairs to her room to look for something to keep her preoccupied until Hagan wakes up. She finds her old piano and starts to play it, which wakes him up.
He goes upstairs and says, “Hey, I remember playing that in school.”
“Oh, I’m sorry I woke you up.”
“It’s no big deal. I wasn’t dreaming of anything good anyway. You’re playing really well.”
“Thanks. I’m still a bit rusty though.”
“Hey, can you play that one song we made up?”
“Are you serious?”
“Why not? Hold on, I think I remember where we last left it.”
“You aren’t embarrassed that we wrote it together?”
“No, why would I be?”
“It sounds like something out of a fantasy story fan fiction.”
“I still like it. Maybe I’m weary and not thinking straight, but I really like the song.”
“Because we wrote it.”
“That’s it? That’s the reason?”
“Yeah. Is there something wrong with that?”
“Here it is…”
“Is it as ‘good’ as you remember?”
“It’s still great.”
“Let me see it.”
As Chloe reads the song she wrote with Hagan many years ago, the memories attached to them start flooding back to her. She starts to feel a little emotional, but she holds back her emotions for now.
“Do you really want me to play this?”
“I do. I’ll even sing the lyrics with you.”
“You want me to sing too?”
“I’m not that good at singing.”
“There’s no one here to harshly judge your singing. Besides, I think you have a great singing voice.”
Chloe taps the piano keys a few times to ready herself before playing the song. Hagan puts his arms around Chloe as they sing together in-sync.
Once upon a time, I believed in true love
One that would lift my soul up above
All the suffering the tears
A true love that would save me from my fears
What if this is what I’ve dreamed of?
What if all my dreams start to come true?
Will I just sit here and hesitate?
Can you show me that you’re truly my soul mate?
Or will you leave me in the dust
Like all the rest?
What if this is the day that I become free?
What if you’re all that I’ll ever need?
What if I give my heart to thee?
What if you’re God’s gift to me?
What if this is the love I’ve been dreaming of?
What if this is that love?
Your presence gives me joy
You make my heart sing
The thought of you is something my mind can’t avoid
What more can your love bring?
What if this is beyond what I’ve dreamed of?
What if more than my dreams come true?
I can’t just stay here
I need to be with you
Or else you’ll disappear
And my suffering will begin anew
What if this is the day that I become free?
What if you’re all that I’ll ever need?
What if I give my heart to thee?
What if you’re God’s gift to me?
What if this is the love I’ve been dreaming of?
What if this is that love?
What if I regret our love?
What if I end up hurting you?
I couldn’t live with myself.
What if it’s better to be alone in my despair?
No, I’m not afraid anymore
With you, I can accomplish anything
I will be happy as long as I’m with you
This is that love I’ve dreamed of and more
You are all that I adore
You and I will be together forevermore
After the song finishes. Chloe puts her hands on Hagan’s. He then kisses her lips and she kisses him for a long time. The infection within them doesn’t stir up as it is suppressed by their self-control.
Hagan then says, “I’m sorry if that was a bit sudden.”
“Are you going to blame the infection for that?”
“No, I’m not. I really do love you, Chloe.”
“I love you too Hagan.”
After embracing, Hagan and Chloe head out to the old supermarkets to get food. The infected haven’t eaten much of the stock there since they don’t need to eat as much as normal humans. They have also managed to keep the power on since they need the food to be relatively fresh as well. The new couple get the snacks and junk food they used to eat when they were children. They relax as if they were kids with TV and games until they pass out on top of each other from the all of the sugar they ate along with all of the energy they used.
“More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
– Our Lady of Fatima
Chapter 4 – The Sins of the Parents
A ruckus outside wakes up Hagan and Chloe. They quickly head out to see four children with crates. Neither Hagan nor Chloe can sense any kind of infection in them, so they go after the kids and find them in a small storage shed. The kids look at them and put their hands up.
Chloe says, “It’s okay. We aren’t cannibals.”
The kids lower their hands then smile.
One of them says, “That’s a relief! I thought everyone in town was a zombie.”
“What do you have in the crates there?” Hagan asks.
“It’s something important that we need to hide from the CDC.”
Hagan opens the crates to find pistol, shotgun, and assault rifle rounds with the cure in them.
“Why is that?”
“Because if they shoot our family with them then they’ll die. You know if someone who was infected for a long time is injected with the cure then they’ll instantly die.”
“Where did you even get this?”
“From a crashed car that was carrying these.”
“Who was driving the car? Was it the CDC?”
“No, they were just normal people. The zombies ambushed the car but didn’t find the cure in it.”
“The ‘zombies’ don’t bother you?”
“No, they don’t bother people our age. They just act nice. I think whatever is making them sick is lethal to us.”
“Oh, that’s right. I remember that.”
Hagan starts taking the pistol clips that have the cure in them and loads his gun with one of them.
“What are you doing mister? We need to get rid of that so our parents will be safe!”
“How do you know your parents are in danger?”
“The zombies told us that the CDC is coming for a couple. You’re them, aren’t you? I can tell because of your light blue eyes.”
“Please, don’t go to them to be cured. We want to keep our parents alive.”
“I’m sorry, but they’re already dead. We’ll put them out of their misery for you.”
“How can you do that?! The zombies are like normal people.”
“But they eat people. That’s why we call them cannibals.”
“They also eat normal food. They even make people longer.”
“So what? All the cannibals do is lie in wait to trap the next human person to satisfy their cravings. It’s a short-sighted lifestyle that isn’t worth losing all sense of reason and morality for. It doesn’t look like any of this cure has been used. Come here so I can inject some in you, so you don’t become like them.”
“What do you mean no?”
Chloe says, “Hagan, you’re using a gun on them. They’re probably afraid of being shot.”
“These bullets with the cure in them shouldn’t hurt from what I know. They don’t even feel like normal bullets.”
“I’m still afraid of being shot.”
“It’ll be like getting your flu shot.”
“What’s a flu shot?”
“There we go.”
Hagan turns around and shoots the kids. Three out of four of them shrivel and die after being cured.
“How did you know they were infected?”
“Normal people usually confirm with others that they’re normal by asking them a question about something way in the past. They also don’t know what a flu shot is even though a kid their age should know what one is. It’s weird that we couldn’t sense their infection though.”
“That was smart.”
“Now what I don’t get is you. Stop playing dead.”
Hagan kicks the one kid who is still alive.
“Please don’t kill me!” the kid says while on his knees and his hands covering his face.
“It’s obvious that you were born of two cannibal parents. How come you’re different?”
“I don’t know!”
“Did you do anything that they didn’t do?”
“I never ate people. I only ate regular food.”
“I’ve never heard of a kid of cannibals never eating other people. I guess every not every kid born of those cannibals don’t all become monsters. Life must’ve been hard for you, kid.”
“It was because I couldn’t go a day without craving someone to eat, but for some reason, that craving is gone now.”
“It’s probably because we cured you.”
“It was?! Thank you so much!”
“You should probably hide somewhere close until the CDC gets here. If they see you with us, then they might think you’re our child and we’ve already lost our humanity.”
“Okay, I will! Thank you again!”
The kid heads off to a hiding place. Hagan hands Chloe some of the pistol magazines with the cure in it. He also finds a flare gun in one of the crates with a single shot in it.
“These cure bullets kill cannibals in one shot no matter where they get shot. We’re going to need it,” he says.
After the two head out of the storage shed, they head to the lighthouse to see if the CDC is approaching yet. Along the way, they come across cannibals who don’t engage them or bother with them. Most seem to fear the couple while others mumble behind their backs. The two ignore them for the most part.
Before getting to the lighthouse, Hagan says to Chloe, “Hold on. There’s something in the jewelry store I’ve always wanted to get.”
“Is it really important?”
“It is. Come on, it’s not like the CDC is here already. We would’ve heard fighting and gunshots by now.”
Chloe and Hagan go into the jewelry store. She looks around the store while Hagan goes directly what he wants for in the drawers and pulls out what he wants and puts it in his pocket.
Chloe turns to him and says, “What are you getting?”
Hagan pulls out a diamond knife.
“Oh, I remember that.”
“You remember it too? The owner used to take it out a lot to show it off and intimidate possible robbers. He used to show me how easily it cut almost anything.”
“Where is he now? I don’t think I saw him get killed or infected.”
“I think he left a week or so it began and is vacationing on an island somewhere. Lucky guy that he is.”
“Did we really come in here for just that?”
Chloe sighs then walks out of the store.
“What? It’s a cool knife! Useful too.”
Once he gets what he wants, Hagan and Chloe leave and go to the lighthouse. They head up to the very top and wait while looking out for any sign of the CDC.
“Do you remember the first time we were up here?” Chloe asks.
“Yeah. We always used to imagine the things that were out at sea. I remember thinking there were magical lands out there to explore with dragons and treasures.”
“I remember thinking about all of the sea monsters that were in the water depths. Remember the time I thought I saw Cthulhu? I read all about the different real and made up sea monsters. They made me want to stay on dry land.”
“What? No, besides that.”
“Lighthouse ghost stories?”
“Then what is it?”
“You promised me you’d be with me forever here.”
“I know I did.”
“Then why didn’t you mention it?”
“Because I’m fulfilling that promise right now.”
“Oh. I thought after you were dated Brandy that you meant that you’d be with me forever as a friend.”
“I actually meant as a girlfriend when I said it, but then things got complicated.”
“You know, Brandy kind of took my attention away from you and ummm. It’s a long story.”
“You’re going to have to tell me when this is all done.”
“Oh boy is right. You’ve got some explaining to do mister.”
“Hey, do you see that in the distance?”
“If you’re joking, then you’re going to have explain yourself in front of all the cannibals.”
Using their binoculars they found in the lighthouse, Hagan and Chloe see three APCs heading into town with the CDC logo on them. Chloe and Hagan smile at the sight of the cure to their infection. Hagan shoots off his flare gun, so the CDC know where they are. Several cannibals head to the lighthouse to force the couple to do what their family and friends tried, but the two manage to hold out until the CDC arrives. Three teams of people in SWAT gear and gas masks get out of APCs and secure the area.
One of them approaches the couple and asks, “We’ve come to pick you up and take you to our camp outside of town. Please, come with us.”
Once they get in APC and drive off, Hagan says to the man, “Will we come back to the town?”
“We plan to clean it up then see what we can do from there. Were you two born here?”
“Yes, we were.”
“I understand that you want to revive this place to bring it back to the way it was. It looks like this’ll be a good place especially since it has its back to the ocean. We’ll consider it after the clean-up.”
“Thank you. There’s also this kid in the town that we need you to find. He’s already cured and found a few crates of bullets with the cure in it.”
“Three crates specifically?”
“Then he might’ve found three stolen crates that we were looking for. He must be a special kid to find them by himself.”
“He sure is.”
Hagan and Chloe are taken to a small campsite where the CDC have tents and small defenses set up on a small hill. They are given a different version of the cure not found in the bullets to cure them of their condition. Once cured, their skin gets back its color, their eyes turn back to their normal colors, and Chloe’s lips turn back to normal. They kiss each other once they are allowed to be with each other again.
Hagan then says, “So…the diamond knife wasn’t the only thing I got in the shop.”
“It wasn’t? What else did you get?”
Hagan gets down on one knee and shows Chloe a diamond wedding ring in a small golden box. She gasps and covers her mouth in shock.
“I didn’t even finish-”
Chloe kisses Hagan and pushes him to the ground.
Hagan then says, “I told you I’d marry you.”
“You did. I love you, Hagan.”
“I love you, Chloe.”
The people at the CDC can’t help but get emotional and clap for the couple. After that, Hagan explains to the CDC why they should immediately go back to rescue the cured kid, and they do that. The blood from the child of the cannibal’s results in a better form of the cure that requires a lesser dosage and ends up creating an airborne form of it. When the airborne cure is tested on the town, it results in the immediate death of the cannibals and the curing of those who weren’t too far gone. Not long after that, Hagan and Chloe are properly married and get the town back to the way it used to be with the added purpose of being a settlement for those looking for shelter in the new world. The airborne cure is spread throughout the country and more and more people are cured while the cannibals start to finally die off. The future finally looks bright after months of loss because of two people who were able to control their desires.
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