It was a boon, finding two well-preserved specimens, only recently infected…I still can’t believe I did it!
Romero, still lost in self-praise wandered into the room and walked down a small, short staircase into his workshop. He nonchalantly tossed the lei that was around his neck into a nearby compost bin. Romero proudly walked toward a makeshift wall of Plexiglas that created a homemade containment cell where a car could have been parked.
Romero’s face twisted with the look of a mad genius. His eyes grew wide, his mouth became a wide, deep grin of glee. The light from the cell shone on his overjoyed face, reflecting off his thick glasses.
“I created the first breeding pair!” Romero cackled.
There, Romero stood staring into the portion of his workshop beyond the Plexiglas that had been converted into a makeshift bedroom and holding pen. Inside the transparent walled room were a couple of chairs and a bed, some garbage pails and a workbench now going unused due to its inaccessibility. Through the Plexiglas, Romero gazed at a female zombie laying on the bed, wearing a soiled, tattered sundress, her stomach large and swollen. Against all conventional wisdom, she appeared to be pregnant. A dark-skinned native woman, she would have passed for living, save for a couple of unnatural grey patches in her complexion, several open sores on her body and the wild, mindless look in her eyes. All symptoms of a zombie infection. Her level of decomposition was very minimal, just enough to know she was a zombie. Her eyes were wide and she seemed to be uncomfortable and struggling. Pacing back and forth and staring at Romero through the heavy plastic like a caged wolf was the male zombie. He was thin and gaunt, looking more like a malnourished native than a zombie. He was a little more decayed than the female, but like his companion, he could almost pass for a living person. Both walking corpses had control collars on, but the male had a twinkle of something angry in his eyes. The floor and bedding were filthy with rot, decay and blood from their feedings.
“Any day now, I will be witness to the first zombie live birth!”
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