I Hold On
Running and Heavy Rain
Ellie's heart raced as she held onto her younger sister Ariel's hand, gripping it hard and tugging her along for dear life. They had to run. They had to run fast. They just had to get away. There was a hoard of about a dozen or so flesh eaters right behind them, all chomping at the air, arms outstretched, feet dragging across the damp cement, hungry for the skin and bones of the two lonely survivors.
The siblings thought they'd be safe shacking up in an old abandoned two story house on some dead end street. Little did they know that just beyond that old barred up house that had a faded coat of peeling blue paint was a hoard of the undead, aimlessly walking through the woods, all searching for their next meal. It just wasn't fair. It seemed like ages since the girls had gotten a break. Those damn zombies seemed to be everywhere!
The last time the Lavelle sisters had been attacked, they had barely gotten away with their lives and all at the cost of their mother and father no less. Ellie wasn't sure how much more of this running, hiding and scavenging game she could take. But she had to run and keep on fighting. She had her sister to think about. Ariel was the only thing she cared about. If the zombies got her it was lights out, the end of the line. The eldest wouldn't last if she lost her only living kin. The world they now lived in now would have no meaning. All hope would be lost if Ellie lost her sweet, innocent little sister so she kept on running. The pavement echoed beneath the quick stomping of the girls worn out tattered shoes. Both of their breathing was labored and sweat poured down their faces and backs, the moist heat in the air only furthering their exhaustion and exertion on their weakened bodies. Neither of them had eaten in days and between the two of them hardly had more then a couple ounces of water.
"Just a bit further! If we can just get beyond that fence, we'll be safe!"
Ellie managed to yell out while still gripping Ariel's sweaty hand as the two siblings continued to beat the worn cement beneath them. It seemed as if they were miles away from the large rusted chained fence up ahead which enclosed the small gated community but if they could reach it in time, they'd be able to scale it and hopefully get away before getting bit or worse. The zombies were gaining on them though despite how much faster the two females were. One slip up and they'd be dinner.
The sky above them was getting darker, clouds began to roll in and what was once a clear blue sky suddenly became grey and depressing. It was a sure sign of rain and if it started before they could reach that fence it would only make matters much worse. It would be hard enough on the girls as it was with their bodies being weakened having gone days without food or sufficient amount of water to scale the chain link fence, but if water was added to the equation, then it would also become slippery and that in itself wasn't a very good scenario. A loud boom cracked overhead and just for a second Ellie looked back at her sister with tears in her eyes and sweat beading on her furrowed brow. What if this was it? What if this was there last moments together?
A sudden determination reared itself up inside the eldest. It was a feeling she had never felt before. Anger, fear, worry, none of those emotions mattered and none of them were going to hold her back. They were going to make it. They were going to live and keep on living. Just as another roll of thunder echoed out, that's when Ellie tugged her sisters hand sharply, pulling her forward ahead of herself.
"Ariel, go! Run for the fence!"
"B-but you have to come with me! I'm not leavin' you Ellie!"
"I said go dammit! We don't have time for this! I'll catch up I swear!"
"Dammit Ariel go before they catch up with us and don't you dare look back!"
Ariel started to cry, hot tears of worry and fear streaming down her already flushed cheeks. She didn't want to do this and leave her sister behind but she knew she had to listen. She just had to believe and trust that Ellie knew what she was doing and wasn't going to do something stupid. With that thought in mind, Ariel took off, her feet hitting the pavement in quick hard strokes, never once looking back to see what would become of her sister. While the younger of the two ran off towards the fence, Ellie was gearing up, two semi automatic .22 caliber Winchester pistols in each hand.
Between both guns she barely had sixteen rounds but she was a dead shot so she knew sixteen would be more then enough. Thank God she had learned something from her father other then winning arguments. By the time Ellie had loaded her guns with the ammo she had left, the flesh eaters were less then fifteen feet away. All of them were groaning and still chomping at the air, the sound of their rotting teeth clashing together made Ellie's stomach churn with disgust. The next series of events went by so fast that it would take her a long time to realize what had actually happened. She could barely hear her sister screaming for her to hurry up and run before another loud boom of thunder rang in her ears followed by the precise sound of bullets whizzing through the air, shattering skulls and liquefying brain tissue. One by one they fell, rotting corpses reaking of decay who were once alive not once but twice hit the pavement like dead weight.
One by one they slumped to the ground, falling over one another with wide milky white eyes as if saying they conceited for the last time. Ellie kept shooting, her fingers rapidly pulling on the triggers of both her guns, not even realizing she was out of ammo. All of the flesh eaters laid dead in her wake; all of them nothing but a heaping pile of continually rotting flesh and bone. Blood that was almost black dripped down from their fatal head wounds, eventually leaking onto the grey cement underneath them. That was when it started to rain.
It began to down pour, the drops hitting everything like a shower of bullets. By now Ellie was starting to realize what had happened and started to gradually come to her senses. In a disorientated state she slowly gazed upon the massacre, her fingers suddenly ceasing there movements from pulling back on the triggers. Her eyes were fixated on the smallest zombie of them all, what once had been a little girl no more then twelve was still somehow alive, buried beneath the weight of all her dead companions. The sound of rain pelting everything, the occasional boom of thunder overhead and Ariel's questions and pleas were all muffled background noise. The only thing Ellie could focus on was the constant hoarse moans and breaths coming from the last zombie as she tried her hardest to pull herself out from under the other bodies that had her pinned down.
Both deformed hands clawed desperately at the ground, blood oozing out from where there were no nails as Ellie took a step towards her. The little biter started to click it's teeth together the closer the redhead got to it, craving her warm flesh. Ellie locked eyes with it, brushing her damp hair away from her face as she knelt down in front of it. The woman wasn't sure what she was doing or what she was going to do to it. Knowing that this thing was once a little girl made her curious. By now Ariel was climbing back over the fence, slipping a few times on the metal before she got a good grip and got back over it.
"What are you doin' Ellie?! Get away from it! It'll kill you!"
The eldest wasn't hearing a word her sister said, too focused on the little girl who had been a lost cause as soon as she had became one of the undead. The child's face was demented, twisted and cynical, looking as if it was starting to cave in and hollow out in certain places. Her teeth, blackened and chipped, still clashed against each other impatiently as if waiting until Ellie stuck a limb out for her to gnaw on. What once could have been a pair of pretty blue or green eyes were now yellowed with spots of brown with white pupils. Her hair was greasy and it was hard to tell if it was naturally brown because most of it was gone. The little girls skin was what was so off setting about her though. It appeared as if she had a porcelain complexion but at the same time it had an iridescent and sickly look to it, complemented by shades of yellow and blotches of red.
By now Ariel had her hands on Ellie's shoulders, shaking her and yelling at her while sobbing. The older of the two snapped out of staring intently at the hungry demon child and immediately looked up at her sister. The rain had slowed now and had turned into a light drizzle. Both of the women were soaked to the bone and were both exhausted beyond belief. For awhile Ellie just stared up at her only living kin with an unreadable look on her face but then smiled.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm fine. I was really worried about you Ellie. You scared me."
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I don't know what came over me."
"It's okay. Can we please just go now? We shouldn't linger here much longer. There is bound to be more of those things."
"Yeah. Let's get the hell out of here."
Ellie stood up with her sisters help, putting her pistols back into the small pack she carried on her back. Ariel watched her carefully, shaking slightly from the feeling of the cool rain. After about a minute the two started to head for the chain fence. Ellie stopped while her sister kept walking. Ariel took noticed and also stopped.
Ellie looked back at the little zombie girl who was still attempting to crawl out and free herself from all the dead weight on top of her.
"You think we'll become those things one day don't you?"
"I'm not sure. I'm not sure about anythin' anymore Ariel. Ever since dad and mom got eaten by those things I-"
"Ellie we're stronger then that! You and me. We can beat this thing. We have each other. We're smart. Dad taught us how to survive and we will. We can't second guess things or give up. I mean look what you did! You killed all of those flesh eaters without a second thought. You gunned them all down and here we are, still standin'. We will live and keep on livin'. The world has gone to hell but we still have each other to hold onto. That's what you told me right? And I believe in every word. Please don't go back on your word now. You're all I've got."
Ellie took a minute to let her sisters words sink in as she kept on watching the mangled body claw at the ground, still trying it's damnedest to get out from under it's rotting friends. It hissed and spit up a bit of bile and blood then went back to meshing what was left of it's teeth together.
"You're right Ariel. I'm sorry for doubtin' myself. It's just this whole zombie apocalypse thing is a bit overwhelmin'. But I'll be damned if I'm going to give up now. If we're what's left of humanity then we have to prove why we're the only ones left. Then again who knows? We might not be the only ones left. Now that's a thought isn't it?"
Ariel gave her sister a grin and nodded, both of them turning back to the fence, going ahead to scale it.
I'm puttin my story back up regardless of the consequences. If ya'll wanna be spiteful, go ahead. If not, enjoy this because I put my heart into everything I write. <3