“Sir Beluga is Unstable”
“Launch it anyway”
“Are you out of your mind”
He slammed the red button. “Launch sequence initiated, Launch will occur in t-minus 1 Minute.”
“Because it’s either they die or we do”
“You really thought using nuclear technology in an already devastating weapons array was a good thing.” Warning critical weapons malfunction. Missile off course Contact in 3 . 2 . 1 .
¨What the hell!!!¨ RUMBLE!
Emily Stuart was walking down the street. Even though she’d seen it before, the state of the world shocked her. Cars smashed together so much they looked like the watts towers. Buildings so crumpled she could hardly picture what it used to look like. She started to cry. It was foolish. Her parents died two years ago shortly after the incident. She couldn't hear a noise but she was still careful. Her food supply was running low. It was nothing to worry about considering she lived 5 minutes walk from a convenient store. She arrived at the door cracked and broken. An echo of what once was. The door creaked as it opened. She heard a noise almost imperceivable.
Out of instinct she dived under a table right when a foot came into view. She looked out and shivered. The creature had legs like a praying mantis. It's arms looked reptilian. The worst part about it was the fangs. They reached the floor. She shifted not wanting to make any noise. The floor creaked. She swore and ran as the table shattered. The creature screamed. She darted down the aisle. She skidded around a corner and came face to face with another one. This one had talons for feet and a gaping hole with revolving teeth for a mouth. It snarled and pounced. she ducked but she felt a talon break the little protection of her jeans and slice her leg. She yelled in pain.
There was a fire extinguisher two feet away. She dragged herself towards it. She yanked it off the ground and with all her strength hurled it at the mutant. It hit the creature square in the head. She winced as the creature fell backwards just when the other hurled around the corner. They collided making a sickening sound. she was sure they were dead.
The storage room was 10 feet away. she started to limp towards it just as a hand grabbed her shoulder. She screamed and turned around. A Boy a little taller than Emily jumped back as she swung a fist. “Whoa calm down I'm Ethan” he said. “I’m Emily” she said in reply. He was in head to toe camouflage with a old hunting rifle strapped to his back.
“That looks bad” he said grabbing a bandage out of his backpack. “Here this will stop the bleeding”.
“Thanks" she said, but it would of helped if you came three minutes earlier. All of a sudden she recognized him. “Wait you were the kid whose dad worked at the diner before the event?”
“Yeah where are your parents?” He asked.
An awkward silence crossed between them. “Oh my god i'm so sorry¨.
¨The event changed them... Morphed them into… that¨ she motioned at the corpses.
¨When i was 12 Beluga landed, spreading the virus, I had to kill them myself¨ She said.
As she looked into the young kids eyes for once in her life she felt safe.