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Zombie apocalypse fiction – Ruth’s story #68 Getting ready to leave Pop Keeney Stadium to the KCAP zombies SHTF & TEOTWAWKI

October 3, 2012

I awake again on my own in the morning. I miss, still a little bit, Shack waking me each morning. Shack is still snoring beside me in his bedroll. Damn this morning is chilly! I loathe the idea of getting out of my warm bedroll. My discussion with Doc Jamal the other night about the approaching nuclear winter was enlightening.

Previous generations of nuclear weapons focused more on ground-level explosions. The more modern nuclear weapons such as those used against the zombies, including several neutron bombs, are the more modern variety that focus on an air burst.

Other than the neutron bombs, which were supposedly banned by international treaty, most of the nuclear weapons were air burst detonation around 5,000 feet altitude. The Turks, Indians and Pakistanis used some old 203mm nuclear shells fired from ancient M110 self-propelled howitzers. Those older shells were probably ground effect nukes.

Most of the nukes were used in remote areas or far out to sea. Only the Chinese, Pakistanis, and Indians used nukes in heavily populated areas. I suppose a zombie apocalypse is a good time to settle long-standing grudges with your neighbors.

The brief three-way nuke exchange between India, Pakistan and Turkey immolated some 12 million or so people. I never did hear the estimated dead numbers from the brief nuke exchange between Taiwan and China.

Reminds me of what Chairman Mao said about his country being able to sustain horrendous loses of people because there were so many Chinese. You could kill 700 million Chinese and Mao would still have 400 million. The point was that China could suffer personnel losses that no other country could sustain.

The huge Chinese population worked against them in the KCAP outbreak. Densely populated, large urban areas are the perfect breeding ground for KCAP. Through the large densely populated Chinese urban areas, KCAP spread like no other contagion before it.

The incredible spread of the contagion later identified as KCAP, terrified Chinese officials. Drastic measures taken by the Chinese government, including whole scale carpet bombing, actually slowed the spread of KCAP.

Once KCAP pandemic reached a tipping point, not even whole scale carpet bombing, and thermobaric weapons was enough to slow the zombie invasion. Zombie laden ships at sea, sunk with conventional ordinance, and caused the zombies, not crushed by the depth of water, to calmly walk out of the ocean.

Thousands of water-logged zombies walking ashore in southern France caused a world-wide major panic. The Mediterranean quickly became a zombie-infested puddle in a matter of days.

Thousands of zombies walking out of the surf in California sent panic through the US government. Countries with long-range ship-borne nuclear anti-ship missiles such as the US, Russia, China, North and South Korea, Taiwan, France, the UK, Iran, and Israel navies all used nuclear anti-ship missiles to sink zombie infested ships.

Taiwan revealed that it possessed Russian-made, nuclear-armed Sunburn sub-launched missiles. The nuke Sunburns and a home-made, nuclear armed clone variant of the US Harpoon anti-ship missile were displayed by sinking several zombie laden ships in Taiwan’s territorial waters.

China rattled by Taiwan’s display of submarine launched nukes, launched a brief nuke attack against Taiwan. A brief nuclear exchange between Taiwan and China resulted in little damage to China, but the complete obliteration of Taiwan.

Another shocker to China and the Western world at large was Taiwan possessing supercavitating, nuclear tipped torpedoes. Taiwan, before China nuked them off the face of the earth, took the opportunity to sink a few Chinese warships using both ship launched and sub launched nuclear anti-ship missiles.

The loss of the ROCS Fortuitous Strike, the less than one year old, first Chinese nuclear super aircraft carrier must have been a very bitter pill for China to swallow. There were unconfirmed rumors that Taiwanese attack submarines, not content with sinking China’s only super carrier, also sank several Chinese ballistic missile submarines.

Iran displaying the fact it was nuclear armed was a real shocker in the Middle East. While I was proud that there was no infighting within the Middle East like there was in Asia, it was probably only because of the zombie plague.

The first major shambling hordes of undead were reported in northern China. Some of the Chinese hordes of shambling undead were so large you could supposedly see them from space. It was not until towards the end, that the vast majority of Chinese nukes were used in remote areas in an attempt to curtail the zombies.

Once reports of the huge Chinese zombie hordes leaked out to the Western world, China took quick decisive action and dropped nukes on the hordes. China criticized the West as lacking the moral fortitude to do what was necessary to curtail the infection.

It was towards the very bitter end, after the massive zombie hordes appeared, that the Chinese started nuking major cities. Shanghai, Singapore (not Chinese, but I guess they felt it was close enough), Hong Kong, Kowloon, Guangzhou, Beijing, and a few other large Chinese cities that I cannot remember right now were incinerated by Chinese nukes.

Most of the Chinese nukes were fired from their mobile land-based launching platforms. Only a few of the Chinese nukes were fired from ballistic missile submarines. The rapid ability of the Chinese to be able to acquire and hit new nuclear targets sent ripples through the Western world who realized, belatedly, that they had seriously underestimated China’s nuclear arsenal.

There were some unconfirmed reports of the use of several bunker-busting Chinese clones of the US B61-11D RNEP (Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator). Why the Chinese would use several RNEPs fired from ballistic missile subs against some of their bunkers is a mystery.

Some felt there was an attempt at a coup within the Chinese government others that maybe the bunkers were infected with KCAP. Whatever the reasons, the Chinese, Turks, Indians, and Pakistanis not only used the most nuclear weapons, but are also the only ones to use them on major cities.

The US, France, Russia and China were the only ones to use neutron bombs. After World War 2 America swore it would never use a nuclear weapon in a preemptive strike again. They kept that promise only using nukes towards the very end, and only at sea.

Dropping neutron bombs on zombie laden ships and aircraft, the US probably saved themselves a lot of misery. By neutron bombing most of the eastern seaboard, the US drastically reduced the number of infected vehicles entering their territory. When the few vehicles did reach US territory, the vast majority of the passengers, zombie or otherwise, were killed by the radiation.

The problem though, even with an air burst nuke, is that modern cities are comprised of so much heavy material. When Nagasaki and Hiroshima were bombed, both cities were mostly filled with buildings made of light weight material. Most of the material instantly incinerated in the bomb’s blast.

A modern nuke bomb detonated in a modern city throws so much more debris in to the air. With numerous heavy buildings and so much more combustible material, a modern city, hit even with a high level nuke air explosion, releases an incredible amount of radiated material.

Jamal does not think the fall out in the clouds is enough to cause mutations and such like you used to see in the old movies. There is certainly enough crap up there, he thinks though, to cause some health concerns, especially when the shit starts to come down.

Doc does worry that the fall out is enough to be lethal and worries when all that crap will come down. As Doc reminded me “what goes up, must come down.” Even though the only major cities to get nuked were in Asia, that fall out is going to spread around the world, if it has not already.

Doc Jamal stocked lots of Prussian blue and other anti-radiation therapeutic medicines just in case. Regrettably, in this FEMA camp most of the medicine and other valuable medical material had been traded for weapons and munitions. Doc does have a lot of the supplies that he gathered when they abandoned their FEMA camp along I5.

I realize that I have been laying in my warm bedroll thinking of nuclear weapons for almost an hour. I stretch and sit up, and remember that today is my bath day. The convoy has established a routine of bathing half the crew each day.

I grab my weapons, toiletry kit, and a change of clothes and hit the latrine. Walking back from the latrine I realize that I have committed a cardinal sin – I left my battle buddy sleeping alone in his bedroll. I left Shack unprotected and walked alone around the camp.

I trot back quickly to my large canvas tent and shake Shack awake. “Wah’z happening?” A groggy Shack asks me as he puts his boots on.

“Time to shower, change clothes and eat Shack,” I tell him. Shack rubs at the stubble on his chin. “Kay, let’s roll,” he says to me. Shack grabs his own weapons, toiletry kit, and change of clothes.

Shack wants to hit the latrine so we walk over there first. After the latrine, Shack and I get in the line for the shower. Some things never change in an Army no matter if there is a zombie apocalypse or not. There is always a line for some things. Shack gets cleaned up and even managed a decent shave.

After a tepid shower, in which I am joined by Carol, and Mal who are also assigned the same day for shower, I wrestle my hair back into a tight pony tail. As I replace my hair pins, I notice some light rust. I will have to take some steel wool and polish the pins soon.

Dropping Shack’s and my dirty clothes off at the Princess’s laundry, I note that the whole laundry concern has been loaded onto an old flatbed trailer hooked to the snow plow. Apparently not a complete success, as I watch the Princess struggle moving laundry and keeping the fires going.

Boiling the clothes takes a lot of fuel, and I watch the Princess talk with one of the mechanics about adjusting the lay out of the laundry trailer. While I watch the Princess work on her laundry trailer, Shack comes back carrying our breakfast.

From my position near the laundry trailer, I can still see the taco truck which is being loaded, and the gates to the Pop Keeney stadium. The zombie horde is significantly larger. I heard through the soldier rumor mill that the zombies now cover the entirety of the parking lot and the approaching streets.

Shack hands me an US Army tin canteen cup full of warm, gelatinous MRE oatmeal. He knows my dislike for UHT milk, so he did not bother getting any for me. I watch him slam one of the cartons of chocolate UHT milks down then grimace at the horrid after taste.

Shack quickly slams a second carton of chocolate UHT milk down – masochist. Then he follows the UHT milk with a plastic 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew. Gah! That must really taste like shit.

Shack gives me two dark brown plastic tubes of MRE peanut butter and a single tube of plain cheese spread. Combined with MRE short bread cookies, four packages of vegetable crackers, and a fig bar, each wrapped securely in dark brown plastic, I should have enough snacks to last me till lunch.

While giving me my snacks, Shack mentions that Doc Jamal wants people to snack between meals to keep their calories and energy up. MRE snacks such as cheese spread, peanut butter, mixed nuts, dried fruit, snack bread and crackers are liberally passed out around the camp.

We sit near the Princess’s laundry trailer and watch the mechanics working on the Swiss 20mm cannon. I wonder if the 20mm cannon is having problems as I watch the mechanics practically tear the damn thing apart.

My curiosity getting the better of me, I leave Shack sitting in the sun, sipping his second Mountain Dew, and go over to see what the mechanics are up to. “Hey Ruth,” Mal says to me as I get close enough, with a toss of her head. “Don’t know anything about these gun mounts and their safety interconnects do ‘ya?” Mal asks me without a pause.

“No, not really, why?” I ask Mal. Safety interconnects? What the hell is going on?

“Well, we need to figure how the damn Swiss wired this thing so that we can roll and shoot with the wheels down and the steadying arms in the stow position. Damn thing is all solid state and vacuum tubes – you would not think it would be that damn hard to disable the safeties so we can roll and shoot.”

Mal reaches into a small white Styrofoam cooler and pulls out a large 24 ounce can of Budweiser beer. She offers one to me and I accept it with a nod of thanks. I am shocked to discover the beer is cold. Mal notices the shock on my face when I feel the cold beer.

“Used an old CO2 extinguisher we found in the guard tower to cool the beer down nice and cold. “ Mal tells me. Leaning against the rear left tire of the 20mm mount, we drink our Budweiser quiet with our thoughts. After the beer, I leave Mal tracing the safety lines for the 20mm cannon.

From what I gather the Quad 50 can shoot on the move already, but they need to get the 20mm cannon set so it too will shoot on the move. The mechanics are closed mouth about why we need the 20mm cannon to be able to shoot on the move, but I have my suspicions.

Most of the day is spent loading trucks, trailers, and vehicles. Lunch today for me is MRE spaghetti in meat sauce heated with a MRE heater. Shack gets vegetarian tortellini for lunch. I toss in three of the conveniently provided mini bottles of Tabasco sauce into my spaghetti – a marked improvement.

As I am gnawing on the chocolate dessert “Rambo cookie” from my MRE, my teeth hardly making a dent, Carol and Sarah, the convoy’s two pregnant chicks, come waltzing up to the table, all chummy looking. Sarah is monstrously pregnant compared to Carol, who is just starting to show, the two ladies seem to have gotten close in the last day.

I am glad that they found Sarah some decent clothes to wear. Not sure if the colonels have or thought to grab any maternity wear. Maybe the colonels will add maternity wear to the next scavenging list.

The two pregnant ladies sit across from me at the aluminum folding table, beside Shack causing Shack some embarrassment. Shack mumbles something about going to get some snacks. Carol grabs Shack’s left hand and practically yanks him back on his ass.

Shack plops into the beach seat with some surprise. Carol leans over to Shack. “Now why don’t ya’ stay here and talk to this pretty girl, or are you really sweet on Ruth. Hmm, Shack you fancy an older woman?”

Shack turns several shades red, and bolts from the table so quickly that Carol cannot intercept him this time. Shack hauls ass for the MRE dispensing trailer as fast as he can move across the compound.

“That was mean, Carol.” I mention to a giggling Carol and Sarah as I finish my Rambo cookie. “Oh, I am sorry, but did you see the look on his face?” Carol chortles. “I think he may be truly sweet on you Ruth. Have you thought of taking Shack as a lover?”

Carol looks at me as if expecting an answer. I snort at her, lick clean my brown plastic long-handled MRE spoon and cram it in my LBV. “Do not you ladies have anything better to do than harass poor young boys who are being forced to grow up much too fast? A shtik fleish mit tzvei eigen.” I know it is rude to curse in Yiddish, but it is such an expressive language.

Carol starts to sputter something about having a little fun as I turn and walk away. I find Shack talking with a few other soldiers around the potable water tanker HEMTT. I pat Shack on the arm. “Are you Ok?” I ask him.

“Yeah Ruth, I am fine.” He seems a little petulant. We walk in silence to the far side of the camp to watch over the mechanics, relieving the other guards. The mechanics are still working on the 20mm cannon, have it hooked to the desert tan up-armored Hummer with the Mk20 dual 40mm grenade launcher on the roof.

Leaning against the base of the gate tower, Shack and I watch the mechanics work. After a few minutes of silence, Shack breaks the silence. “I’ve uh, never you know, and made the mistake of telling a couple of the guys last night while on guard duty.”

A little confused, “Shack you have never what?” I ask. Shack turns even darker red his ears even now a cherry red. “I’ve uh, never been with anyone, in bed, you know.” He says his eyes pleading with me not to tease him.

“Oh,” I say now understanding. I pat him on the shoulder. “Shack, do not worry about it. It is not such a big deal. Virginity is not this curse that you have to get rid of.”

Shack stares at his feet. “Well some of the guys were talking about the lack of female company and swapping lies about previous conquests. Some of the guys are wishing for some more women, you know maybe even some whores. The word is out that you are a lezbo, and with Carol hitched to Nikola, Sarah pregnant to the gills, female companionship is pretty slim. In case you haven’t noticed, we boys outnumber the girls by some stupid margin. I’d like to have sex once before I die.”

Shack seems somewhat embarrassed over the whole thing. I wonder how the word is out on me. Was this an official announcement, or is Shack referring to the soldier rumor mill, AKA mess tent intel.

Shack continues, “I said that you were not truly a lezbo, but the guys have written you off as not beddable material. Most of the guys seem to be under the impression, that uh, you prefer a taco rather than a hot dog.”

“Well, the boys have forgotten that there are three more women in the camp now.” I tell Shack. “And I fall in love with the person, rather they have a taco or a hot dog is unimportant to me.”

Damn Americans, and their plethora of sexual euphemisms. For country founded by a bunch of repressed religious fanatics, America always seemed over preoccupied with sex to me. Or maybe that is the reason America was obsessed with sex.

“Yeah, but those women are old.” Shack says in a single breath.

“Old, you think, that the new women are old?” I pat Shack on the shoulder again. “Just because the women are older, does not mean that they do not want company. I have not even talked to the new women yet, have you?”

Shack shakes his head no. “Hey, is true you were in the Kidon?” Whoa, where the fuck did that come from? Reminds me of an ancient Chinese proverb, “What is told into the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away.”

“I cannot talk about that Shack,” I tell him, then realize just how asinine that sounds as soon as the words are out of my mouth. “Oh,” he says and just as I am about to start talking with a short inhalation, a sudden explosion of the dual-barreled 20mm cannon firing startles us both. The hot concussive hammering blast from the large gun less than 50’ from us knocks us both flat on the ground.

A broch!” I yell as I am knocked on top of Shack. The brief burst from the 20mm cannon and the near simultaneous explosion of the shells just past the gate, really shreds the immediate area. The façade of the gate towers is peppered with fragments of zombie and shells.

Hot empty 20mm shells roll underfoot around the cement area beside the gate. A few of the empty steel O.D. green shells roll up against my leg, as Shack and I are untangling our legs and arms.

As the smoke clears we get to see some of the carnage wrought by the big guns. The amount of dead zombies killed by the brief salvo from the gun is impressive. Blood, gore and other unidentifiable shit is splattered everywhere coating the immediate area in an even coat of dripping dark crimson goo.

Parts of zombies are strewn everywhere hanging from the trees and shrubbery. Nearly as soon as the shooting stops, the damn flying rats descend on to the bloody bits strewn everywhere. Seeing the black birds and gulls descend on the dripping bits of zombies, I wonder if the birds have started catching KCAP because the virus has mutated so that birds are now susceptible.

A small smoking crater in front of the stadium gates quickly fills with shambling zombies that were outside the blast radius of the exploding shells. Within minutes you can hardly tell that the 20mm cannon had been used against the zombies at all.

My ears soundly ringing, I see Mal and the mechanics talking to the 20mm gun crew. “That was only 50 rounds each gun!” I hear Mal shout.

“Hey, fucking warn someone before you set that God damn thing off!” Pissed off, I yell at the mechanics and gun crew.

“Sorry Ruth, we were making sure that we got the safety interconnects cut and that the gun still works.” Mal shouts.

My ears ringing and the smell of expended cannon powder stinging my nose, I help Shack up from the ground. A thick cloud of smoke hangs over the zombie crowd. There is a slight order of putrescence from the zombies, and the cloying smell of burnt flesh hangs in the air.

I note the mechanics and the 20mm gun crews are now fully loading both of the old guns. As I watch the long string of 20mm HE shells being manually cranked into the ammo drums, I wonder how many rounds the colonels intend to expend.

Both the Quad 50 crew and the 20mm crew are hooked to two up-armored desert tan Hummers which are facing south. Both Hummers, I note, have a roof-mounted M240B in an armored mount also facing the gates.

The Quad 50, I see as the Quad’s gun crew is checking the large tomb stone ammo drums, is loaded with plain mil-spec Lake City M33 660 grain FMJ ball rounds. The Quad crew clamps the covers back on the tomb stone ammo drums after ensuring all four drums are fully loaded.

I see the O.D. green empty ammo boxes stacked in the rear of the Hummer pulling the Quad 50. By reading the yellow printed information on the box, I am assuming that is what the Quad 50 is loaded with. It is interesting that the Quad is not loaded with AP, API, or tracers which is usually common practice.

Shack and I walk with the mechanics back to their Hummer which is parked in front of the two Hummers pulling the two cannons. I note the mechanic’s Hummer is facing south as well. Looking down the convoy I see that all the vehicles are facing south and are lined up in the new order.

I observe, with some concern, that my little car is being pushed into its customary position between the colonel’s VW station wagon and Carol’s blue Chevy pickup. Carol’s truck is now towing the collapsed 180’ tall mobile radio tower on its twin axle O.D. green trailer.

Shack and I wander past the rear vehicles and past the four guys pushing our little Smart car. Both of us are curious about the construction going on in the center of the camp in what used to be the fire pit.

We talk briefly with the four soldiers pushing our car and they mention that the colonels are getting everyone ready to roll tonight. The plan, they inform me is to go through the southern portion of the fence, with the 20mm and Quad 50 covering our rear.

The plan is that we are going to punch out just before sun down. As I am walking toward the center of the compound, I ponder why we are going to roll out when the zombies will still be active. Why not wait until dark?

I see that some kind of construction project is going on in the center of the camp. Some kind of large black drum on a tower is being erected with some difficulty. I watch crews collapse and store two of the large FEMA tents in the cargo trailer.

Taking the huge white FEMA hazardous material handling and decontamination tent with all its gear is smart now that we have room and equipment to take it with us. Most of the folding aluminum chairs and tables get stuffed into various vehicles.

As I watch Sam direct the construction efforts, Nikola comes up carrying a piece of notebook paper. He looks at me and then at Sam standing on top of a ladder with a Philips screwdriver in his right hand.

“It’s Ok Nikola you can tell me, we are going to give Ruth full access as a Captain in the convoy.” What the fuck, I captain of what? No one told me anything, and why am I being given rank, which happens to be one step junior than what I held in the IDF?

Nikola nods at Sam and then me. “Colonel Sam, Bravo unit report Bangor Sub Base mostly evacuated as suspected. There are some survivors in a few of the structures buried in the hills. Several u-boats are at sea and have reported all on board live and well. Three carrier battle groups, the Reagan, Vinson and Lincoln have reported but not recognize your authority. Carrier groups waiting orders from proper US authority  Have also reported Bravo unit has completed sweep of sub base Bangor and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Bravo unit now heading for rendezvous point. Charlie unit en route to rendezvous from Whidbey Island. Charlie unit also report have Ontos taken from your residence. Ontos modified as specified and fully functional. Charlie unit also report Ontos I quote, ‘fuckin’ awesome.’”

“Nik, Bravo did not acquire any SMAWs (Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon) from the Marines at Sub Base Banger?” Without waiting for a response, Sam continues. “Well, I suppose if I had SMAWs I would not be willing to trade them either. It is extremely fortunate that when you guys crashed that monstrous Antonov 124 at JBLM, we were there. Your Spets boys have been doing a fine job and we are lucky to have all of the ordinance you boys brought with you. Tell your fellow Spets radiomen that they are doing a fine job. We really appreciate how you Spets boys really stepped up for us. I guess when the Squids at sea get hungry enough they will come in.”

After Nikola gives his report and leaves, I look at Sam. “Since we have no crypto, all our radio traffic is being done in Russian by the Spets boys. Gives us some OpSec (Operational Security), since we doubt there are few other Russian speaking persons listening around here. Ruth while you and the other civilians were asleep, the military members of the convoy decided on how we are going to organize. Doc Jamal and I are colonels again; Nikola and you are our captains, with Carol and Shen as lieutenants. I am in overall command with all medical deferred to Jamal. Most of the enlisted boys like Sutton and Randy retained their previous rank, except we promoted Randy to command sergeant major. Technically Jamal is my second in command but in reality it is Randy.” Sam pauses to climb down the ladder.

Once Sam is on the ground, he walks towards me and I notice that he reeks of gasoline. “I’ll handle the big picture of getting the three platoons and our company together and to the NWTs (Northwest Territories). Randy will handle the day-to-day activities of the company. We’re HHC (Headquarters and Headquarters Company) by the way. The ROE and OOB are still being decided on and right now are fluid. Basically, keep your ass and anyone else’s ass from getting noshed on by a zombie.”

Sam’s use of Yiddish is an interesting choice. “Our plan,” Sam continues, “is to punch out through the southern fence with the Cat D9. Just before sunset, the dozer will punch through the gate. The first units of the convoy will roll through the gap and return to the 522 highway.”

Sam sits down on one of the few folding tables still left. “As the first convoy units are leaving, the 20mm and Quad 50 will completely obliterate the gates, which we have mined, and gate buildings allowing the zombies to flood into the camp. We’re doin’ a shootin’ withdrawal.”

Sam pauses for a minute to wipe his hands with a dirty rag. I do not think the hand wiping is any improvement, as the rag is dirtier than his hands, which are soaked in fuel.

“You know what a BLU-82b is?” Sam asks me suddenly.

“Yes, you Americans call them ‘daisy cutters.’ Manufacturing started again during the Second Afghanistan War, but they were supposedly all expended during the Iranian War. At one time, the daisy cutters were the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal. That is until the MOABs (Massive Ordnance Air Blast but better known as Mother of All Bombs) and Russian ATBIP (Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power) came along.”

“Good so you know what MOABs, ATBIPs and daisy cutters are. Well, this is the terrestrial, smaller cousin of the GBU-44D ATBIP, the ground TBIP (Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power). This device is set on a remote detonate. The plan is that by the time we leave here, the zombies will be standing around the TBIP when the sun goes down and go dormant.”

Sam takes another breath and coughs a little bit. “Once the convoy is clear, and hopefully the area is packed with zombies, we are going to remote detonate the TBIP which should pretty much incinerate everything in a large several block radius. We’ve been waitin’ for a chance to use this big sucker and this seems like a prime opportunity. We are hoping that the cacophony caused by the 20mm and Quad 50 plus the convoy noise will be enough to attract quite a few zombies. This sucker packs the punch of a small nuclear bomb, and is going to instantly incinerate whole lotta zombies.”

Sam seems very pleased with his plan. “Well, captain, let’s get everything loaded up. When we stop tomorrow, we will better lay out what your duties are. For now you, are responsible for corporal Shack. We’ll need your translation skills, intelligence and counter-intel experience later, I am sure.”

For the rest of the day, convoy vehicles are loaded, and personnel get ready to roll. As the sun sets, I wonder about Sam’s plan. So now I am a captain in this man’s army. What other surprises does the evening hold, I wonder, as I watch the sun start to set.

  1. phil. permalink

    is Ruth a captian or lieutenant?
    first half of chapter pretty tedious, probably necessary as background.
    second half of chapter held my attention.
    what benefit to kill several thousand zombies- if your bugging out – why waste a large explosive device that may come to be integral in attaining the north west territories.

  2. Colin permalink

    Captian or Lieutenant ? Otherwise great Job Im loving it.

    • Thank you Colin for catching that error. That is what happens when you are both editor and writer. Little mistakes slip past you, even with multiple reads.

  3. Helios permalink

    “The Iranian War”? I assume that this is referring to a future war? It would seem that we are headed that way, but I’m not sure we’d be out of it be the date of this story. Also, if the Iranians are using nukes after a future war with them, then something is fishy.

    • Perhaps I tipped my hand too much, Helios. Thanks for pointing that out. I will make a note to explain the Iranian War in the next chapter to clarify.

  4. Another great chapter, but some areas that I’m not sure about. I doubt that zombies could walk from China to California – there are some massive trenches that would crush them or which they wouldn’t be able to climb out of. Also, I’m not sure at what speed the zombies travel. Are these the lumbering type, that my kid could outrun on a tricycle, or are they fast-movers? How long would it take to walk the floor of the Pacific Ocean? Also, how do the Turks have access to 1950-60s tactical artillery nukes?

    • Jake, thanks for the response. I did mention that the zombies walking out of the surf were survivors of ships sunk at sea. It would take a zombie several hundred years to walk from mainland China to the US. There were probably thousands of zombies crushed by the depths of the ocean on ships sunk in deep blue water. I am not going to suspend all laws of physics. Most of these zombies your child could out run on a tricycle. Yes, how did those wily Turks get those old tactical nuke shells? And notice not just the Turks, but also the Indians and Pakistanis also had (have) some of the old 203mm tactical nuke shells.

      • Right, I guess rereading it answered the ocean zombie question. I know that the Indians and Pakistanis already have nukes, but I guess your question about how they got the old tactical nukes is a good point.

      • Thanks Jake, I am glad someone read the chapter carefully and noticed the use of old 203mm cannon shells.

  5. You have a knack for this genre and your story gets better by the chapter my man. I know that each time a new chapter is added, I am going to be pleasantly surprised . Ruth deserved the upgrade and since the convoy has taken on additional mil folks, it only makes sense to reorganize as a mil operation. I think the baby MOAB trick in the stadium is an excellent way to kill off the local zombies but they certainlly will encounter more of them as thet move northward. Perhaps a stop at the nearest military base, is something to think about and possibly to stay for a while, if the fortifications will allow them to. Winter in the exterme north is probably going to be worse than the nuclear winter at the lesser northern lattitudes they are currently moving though.
    I think Ruth should pop Shack’s cherry, at the right time and under the right circumstances.God, I would love to be the one to have a go with Ruth.

  6. Yeah, I am sure you will put Shacks hit or lack thereof in a fine fashion. Did you like part 2 of my feeble attempt? M.M.

    • I still have not worked out Shack’s love life, the outline has been through a few revisions. I did like the second installment. You have given me some ideas for farther down the story line.

  7. Thank you Sir, I am actually getting some new ideas for #3. Feel free to add anything as it would make me extremely happy to have helped or added a bit. I can’t wait for the exit of the convoy and the subsequent destuction of the zombie populace in and around the vicinity of the stadium..
    Sam and Jamal, your colonels , and their support teams of fine soldiers from all over the globe, I am sure have found anything and everything of value that would be worthy of putting on the road with the convoy. Keep rolling!!! M.M.

    • Craig W permalink

      MM, where are your stories?

  8. Craig W permalink

    My message was deleted!

    • No Craig W your message was not deleted, I assumed that since you have commented before and I have approved your comments that you would be automatically approved to comment again. Seems to be not the case. I was not aware of this until your comment about being deleted. I am the only one who can edit or delete comments and I have yet to delete any comment unless it is blatant Spam.

      • Craig W permalink

        Nevermind. Looks like I didn’t see my comment above when I checked back. I’d still like to know what you & MM are talking about — does MM have a parallel story line?

  9. Nancy Klune permalink

    Hummmmm? What happened to my post?

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