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The Murphy Incident

coverI’m happy to announce the second “Victor Tookes Adventure” story is out.  VTA #2 is a short story slightly longer than The Farmer’s Daughter, about 40 pages long.

The story follows Victor and Max during the years skipped in Declaration of War.  It isn’t required reading before you read What Zombies Fear 6 this October, but it does shed some light on Victor and Max’s maturing relationship, Victor’s particular brand of crazy, and introduces you a little more to the older Max, who is fourteen in this story.   I loved writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Here is the first chapter, if you’d like a sample. For the sake of full disclosure, this is about 15% of the story. The rest is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for 99 cents.

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The Ambassador

The men drove Nyko and his crew to the warehouse they’d designated as their train station and left immediately leaving the six men in the parking lot.  Jonas started to the warehouse, and Nyko called, “Hang on a sec, J.”

Jonas came walking back. “What’s up, boss?”

“We’ve been gone for a while. They’ve had all that time to work the building and our train over. No talking about anything until we’ve had a chance to go over that train with a fine-tooth comb and make sure it’s not bugged. Check the warehouse first then work the train.  We have twenty-four hours to get her ready, make sure no one’s listening.”

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Charlotte’s Revenge

Charlotte flipped the fire selector from auto to semi, and swept side-to side, firing every few seconds.  When the bolt clicked forward, she calmly ejected the magazine, pulled a full one from the back of her shiny black panties and slapped it into the rifle.  She charged the handle and repeated the process, firing fairly indiscriminately into the house across the street from the barn.  Empty magazines and shell casings covered the ground in front of her.

“Tay!” she shouted.  “Push for the truck. Stay low!”

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Paradise Tower

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Sometime around the sixteen hour mark, in the desolate white room, Nyko realized he had to pee.  In an attempt to take his mind off of the urgency, he started planning.

“What do we have for assets,” he said, breaking the long silence in the room.

“My skills,” said Jonas.

“We’re a strong force,” Said Derrick.

Nyko laughed.  “My brains, your strength and his skill versus sixty men.  If only I had a holocaust cloak.”

The men stared at him blankly as Nyko laughed out loud.  “Come on,” he said, wiping tears from his eyes.  “The Princess Bride?”  More blank stares.  “Fuck all of you, that shit was funny.”

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Quarantine

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The truck stopped outside a two story warehouse. The second floor was entirely glass, while the first floor was made of cinderblock.  Nyko looked around as he was shoved out of the truck, and roughly shoved in the door.  The lights came up on a stark white room, with a single desk at the far side, covered in Plexiglas.

The door closed behind Nyko and Andy, leaving them alone in the room.  There were no chairs and no place to sit.  Where the door had been was now the tiniest crack.  Both men felt their ears pop when the door closed.

Andy shifted his weight nervously from foot to foot, but Nyko didn’t move, and Andy wasn’t going to break the silence.  After several minutes, a woman clad in what looked like white military fatigues stepped into the booth at the back of the room and beckoned them forward.  Nyko walked up to the window and stood with his feet spread and his hands clasped behind his back.

“Disrobe. Leave your clothes on the floor, and place your hands in the blue circles.”

“What blue circles?” Nyko asked.

She nodded over his shoulder, as two neon blue circles lit up on the wall.

“We’re not staying,” he said.  “We’ll just make our way out.”

“Unauthorized personnel must be decontaminated before being sent to quarantine.”

“Whoa, whoa.  There’s been some kind of fucking mistake here.  We’re not going to god damn quarantine, we’re not fucking staying here.  Just open that fucking door back there and we’ll leave.” Nyko paused for a moment, and then, as if it had just occurred to him, added, “Peacefully.”

“Violence will not be tolerated.  Disrobe for decontamination.”  Her face never changed. She showed almost no hint of emotion, outside of a small tick of her upper lip in frustration.

Nyko put his hands on the plexiglass.  “Listen honey.  We’re getting the fuck out of here.  Open the god damn door.”

She leaned in slightly closer.  “Disrobe. You have thirty seconds to start.  She looked down at a button on the desk, and grinned ever so slightly as she moved her hand over it.

“Fuck you,” Nyko said.

“Your choice,” she said.  Perhaps the only time she broke from the script.  She pushed the red button. Nyko’s ears popped again as gas began to flood the room.  In seconds, his vision began to blur, and then narrowed down, like he was looking through a long tunnel.  Less than a minute later, he felt like he was falling.

“Hey y’all, I think he’s wakin’ up.”

The room slowly stopped spinning around Nyko, who realized his eyes were closed.  His head felt like someone was hammering railroad spikes into his temples. Nyko opened his eyes.  Soft white light came from everywhere. The ceiling and walls seemed to glow, driving icepicks into his head.

His crew was all sitting on the floor around him.  He turned his head slightly to see Andy, dressed in white fatigues just like everyone else.  He patted his side, his gun was missing. He patted his chest, the knife that hung from a lanyard under his shirt was gone.

He croaked, “Did they leave us anything?”

Brian held his hands up with his fingers splayed.  “Even cut my nails off, Boss.”

“Fuck. Did they gas you too?”

“We think they shot us with darts at the station. Jonas found the spot on his arm where they got him,” said Terrell.  I was carrying a bunch of iron tubing to help Jonas. Then I woke up here. Tubes must have fallen on me, my arm is pretty beat, and I think I have a broken rib.

Andy groaned and rolled over on his side. “Derrick, see to Andy.  Jonas, what do you know?”

“I saw some spaceman looking guy in the parking lot.  I turned to call out to the boys and went down.”

Nyko looked at his friend.  He was wearing the same white fatigues as the rest.  On closer inspection, there was a slight grey digital pattern in the fabric.  “How long have you been here?”

“Maybe ten minutes before they dumped you in here. They came from the middle of that wall. Door appeared, they dumped you and Andy, and closed. We were all pretty disoriented still, but they were in and out before we had a chance to even move.”

Andy was up, sitting with his head tucked between his knees.  “What the fuck was that shit?”

“We know there are at least two of them. They’re going to come for us eventually. They have gas that knocked us out immediately, and based on the feeling of delousing powder on my balls and the fact that my fingernails are not only trimmed but filed smooth means we were out for a while.  Jonas’ boots are tailored for him.  Look how they built the platform up.”

“Best pair of boots I’ve owned in a while. Even when I had a cobbler he took a couple days to fix up my boots.” Jonas walked across the room, showing off his new boots.

Brian spoke up. “They took good fuckin’ care of us. Why would they give us new duds, make J-man some new boots and clean us up if they were just gonna kill us?”

“I hope you’re right, brother,” replied Nyko.  “All we can fucking do now is wait the sons of bitches out.”

As if on command, the door opened.  Four men walked in, and stopped standing in a tight group.  Nyko stood quickly.  His five men lined up behind him.

All four were wearing full helmets, a larger version of the mask Andy tried on.  Solid white face masks, with a blacked out visor.  A single crease in the facemask ran vertically from forehead to chin.  “The leader of this group will step forward,” one of them said.

Nyko stepped up.  “The fuck do you want with us?”

“You are from Las Vegas?”

“Yes,” Nyko said.  He’d told them that much.

“How many survivors live in Las Vegas?”

“I don’t fucking know the answer to that,” said Nyko.

“Estimate.”

“Maybe a hundred? Hundred and fucking fifty?” Nyko said.

“The temperature of your face just rose three degrees. It is imperative that you are truthful.”

“I run a god damn bar. I don’t get out much. I have about a hundred fifty fucking regulars. I have no way to estimate the population of god damn Las Vegas.”

“Then you are no use.  A meal will be delivered in an hour. Quarantine will be complete in twenty hours.”

The four men spun and walked out. The sliding door sealed behind them.

They sat in a circle, idly chatting, killing time until the door opened from the bottom and six trays were slipped under the door.  The food came in a bowl and tasted like some kind of grain mixed with water. “We have twenty hours.  Get some sleep,” Nyko ordered.  “We all feel like shit. Gonna need the crew in top form if we’re going to get out of this fucking mess.”

Nyko stretched out on his back, hands under his head and closed his eyes. He didn’t sleep, but he laid there trying to look like he was.  Instead he spent the next twenty hours thinking about Charlotte and wondering how his bar was.  For the moment the urge to travel was gone, he just wanted to be home in his bar.

The time passed agonizingly slow.  Most of the crew slept for several hours on the cool, hard floor, but even though it was relatively warm in the room, it got cold very quickly.  Nearly everyone got up to do jumping jacks, pushups, or some other sort of exercise to increase their core temperatures at some point during what Nyko assumed was the night.

There was no way to know the passage of time.  Andy tapped the music in his head out on his thigh, making no noise.  Jonas paced, breaking in his new boots.  Derrick lost himself in daydreams, thinking about anything other than where they were.

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Phoenix Station

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Less than two miles from the glimmering white wall surrounding Phoenix, Jonas slowed the train.  They’d been passing through abandoned suburbs for the last thirty minutes.  Everyone on board was anxious, the infected were here in some force, clearly visible inside their houses or stuck in the concrete walls surrounding their back yards.

Nyko saw one woman standing in her pool.  Her skin was so sun darkened, and bloated from years in the water, she reminded him of a reconstituted raisin.

Jonas pulled the throttle back a bit and asked, “How do we approach? The wall blocks the tracks.”

“There has to be a gate somewhere, right?”

“I guess,” replied Jonas.  “If they planned on no one ever going in or out again, I supposed there doesn’t have to be.”

“Who builds a wall without a gate? That’s fucking dumb.”

“Maybe it’s on the other side.”

“Bring her to a stop.  I think it’s time we officially announced ourselves to the cock suckers behind the pearly gates.” Nyko said.

“Do you see a gate?”

“No I don’t see a fucking gate.  But ‘Cock suckers behind the pearly walls’ didn’t have the same fucking ring to it.  We came all this god damned way and since we’re already way behind fucking schedule, might as well spend the day getting to know the locals.  Suss out whether or not we’re going to be welcome to bring passengers and trade.”

Jonas deftly brought the train to a smooth stop, about a mile and a half from the massive wall surrounding most of downtown Phoenix.  They were in the old abandoned part of the city now, surrounded by warehouses, short one and two story buildings, and the occasional apartment.  Most of the buildings were ransacked.  Almost every door and window was broken.  To the west, remnants of a massive fire were dwindling, few columns of smoke rose here and there, but nothing compared to the inferno that must have raged for days.

“Keep an eye out for a big fucking warehouse to serve as our station here too,” said Nyko, side-stepping around Jonas.  He reached up to the air-horn chain and pulled, long and low three times.

“You don’t think that’s going to bring out the infected?”

“No, dumbass.  I just thought it would be fucking fun to pull the god damned chain.”  Nyko stepped out onto the ledge to let the wind cool him off a bit.  From out there he yelled, “If we’re going to set up a fucking station here, we need to thin the herd of pus covered marauder meat.  Pull us to within a quarter mile of that massive penis compensation they call a fucking wall.  Keep her slow, we don’t want them cocksuckers getting the wrong idea, thinking we mean to ram the wall or do something crazy.”

They’d gone about half a mile when Jonas pointed out the window.  “That warehouse looks pretty good.”

Nyko followed Jonas line to a two story unit with a loading dock that extended right to the tracks.  Passengers could easily step out of the train.  Loading and unloading cargo would be easily accomplished.

“Stop the fucking train.”  Jonas pulled the accelerator back quickly and applied the brake lever in notched increments, bringing it to an even stop, the locomotive just past the loading dock.

Nyko stepped out of the locomotive and walked back to the loading dock, which was now equal with the bar car, just behind the fuel tanker.  Brian crawled down off the tanker as Andy parked the buggy and climbed up the far side of the dock.  There was a narrow walkway next to steel roll up doors that were locked closed.

“Get these doors fucking doors up.  Secure the station.  We may be dragging a number of infected behind us, so watch our six.  Be ready for anything coming out of the doors.  Terrell, you’re with me.  We’re going in the front door,” said Nyko, looking up at his men on the dock.  “Jonas, stay with the train.  Keep an eye out for a welcome wagon.”

“Yes Sir.” All five of the men said in unison, and set to work.  Brian walked back a couple of cars, headed for bolt cutters while Nyko and Terrell moved around to the front of the building.

The front consisted of a parking lot with a smattering of derelict cars, mostly older, small pickup trucks.  One car stood out, a small hatchback sitting almost entirely on the ground.  Its bright green paint slashed with orange and yellow was dulled by a thick layer of dust.

The building itself had two tractor trailer loading docks on one end and a small metal stair that led five feet up to the door.  The door was closed, but the handle was removed, and it was well dented all around the handle.  Nyko stuck his finger in the hole and pushed the door open, scraping along the concrete with a horrible screech.

“Anything in here would have heard that,” said Terrell, stepping into the dim warehouse.  It was a warm day outside, but in the sealed warehouse it was easily a hundred and thirty degrees. Terrell holstered his weapon, put on a pair of thin leather gloves and then drew it again.  “Good to go, boss.”

Nyko pulled his short double-barrel and started forward.  “Be thorough.  You’re staying here while we run back to fucking Vegas.”

“What? You didn’t tell me that.”  The pair walked forward into the warehouse.  Rows of shelving lined the floor, and a hundred year old, hand-painted sign hanging on the wall proclaimed this warehouse had belonged to R.I. Stine and his sons.

“Just now fucking figured it.  I’m not sure we’re going to get into Phoenix itself, sons of bitches seem to have that shit locked up tighter than a whore’s pussy in church.  If that’s the case, we need a fucking manned position here so we can exploit the resources the dumb fucks inside the city have left lying around out here.”  Nyko kicked an empty box out of the aisle, and watched as it skidded across the dusty concrete between shelves.  “And, if there is a gate and we go inside it, I need you and Derrick here, to keep this position secure and watch the fucking train.”

Nyko scrubbed his hands through his sweat-soaked hair, sweeping it back out of his eyes.

Terrell, changing the subject, pointed up to the sign on the wall and asked, “What do you think R.I. Stine did here”

“This shelf has plumbing parts.  What do you have,” Nyko asked.

“Same.  Whole god damned warehouse full of plumbing parts.  What kinda plumbers need a warehouse this big?”

Passing a row of pipe wrenches, Nyko picked one up, a two foot hunk of steel topped with a massive iron jaw at the top.  He holstered the shotgun and rested the head of the wrench on his shoulder. “The fuck do I know about how many parts a plumber needs.  Maybe they owned a plumbing store.”

At the end of the warehouse, a pair of rickety wooden stairs led in either direction to a balcony that ran on either side of the main warehouse, twelve feet overhead.  Nyko turned around, at the far end was another set.  “You take the left, I’ll get the right. Double time, it’s too fucking hot in here to be dicking around looking at shit.”

Terrell sped up the stairs and searched the entire balcony on the railroad side.  Nyko took the parking lot side.  When they met at the far end, they finished the sweep, soaked with sweat, just as Brian managed to pop the lock on the first roll up door and raised it.

A blast of much cooler air blew through, slamming the parking lot door shut with a loud bang.  “Thank fucking god,” Nyko said.  “I thought my fucking balls were going to melt and run down the inside of my fucking legs before you got that fucking door open.”

“That motherfuckin’ lock must have been made of god damned titanium or something.  Son of a bitch broke the first set of bolt cutters, took me forever to find the backup set,” Brian said, looking at a pair of three foot bolt cutters, broken at the hinge.

“I found these keys on a desk upstairs.  See if one of them fits the other padlocks and get the doors up.  Let’s blow this fucking place out.”  Nyko stepped out to the loading dock and looked to his right towards the locomotive.  Jonas held a thumbs up.  Nyko looked left towards Andy at the rear of the train, who also held a thumbs up.

“Terrell, Derrick.  There’s a roll up door under the stairs over there, go see what’s in it.  I have a feeling it’s a fucking forklift.  If it’s a propane job, get it fired up and start clearing these fucking shelves. Load them all up against the far wall to clear out a big space in here.”

Terrell and Derrick trotted over to the rollup door, half the size of the outside ones, and lifted it.  Brian rolled up the second train door, and then Terrell was back.

“Battery’s dead.  I think we can get it started if we can replace it.  Looks like it was a pretty new forklift.”

Nyko grinned, “Small fucking miracle.  I’d hate to have to listen to all your bellyaching all fucking night if you had to move those shelves by hand.”

“Jonas!” Nyko called.

He walked along the edge of the train and jumped over to the landing platform.  “Yeah, Boss?”

“I have a special project for you.”  Nyko took the keys from Brian who had the third massive roll-up door open and led Jonas across the warehouse to the semi-dock.  He unlocked the padlock and rolled it up, delighting in the cross breeze.  “I want a way to drive a truck up this loading dock. I want it hinged, so we can raise and lower it like a fucking drawbridge, but that comes second.  When Andy and I get back, I want to be able to drive the buggy up into the warehouse.”

“You want me to make a ramp, sturdy enough to drive on in an hour? What the fuck am I going to use for materials?”

Nyko pointed back at the warehouse to the pipe racks.  “There’s ten thousand feet of iron pipe here.  Fucking figure it out.”

“You got it.”

Nyko stepped a few feet into the warehouse and whistled.  “Andy and I are going for a ride.  Jonas is in charge.  When I get back, I want this area cleared.  When that’s done, help Jonas.  Work with fucking purpose people. We have four hours to dark.  I want defenses ready by sundown.”

Andy pulled the buggy around and Nyko climbed up onto the gunner’s deck and strapped in.  “Let’s go.  Put the fucking pedal down man, show me what this motherfucker will do.”

“She’s better on the dirt, be careful she hops the turns on pavement,” Andy said, then put the hammer down.  The tires smoked and the buggy spun around in place and rocketed off down the street.

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