Outside the research facility, freed zombies wandered, shambling into the dusty area outside the facility’s heavy glass and steel doors. A couple of research assistants in lab coats ran aimlessly toward the beach, horrified and screaming with zombies chasing them, absentmindedly leaving the door slightly ajar in their panic.
Inside and down the corridor, a research assistant exited a lab, looking back toward a colleague who was perched behind a microscope. She did not see the zombie approaching her.
“I’ll just crosscheck the specs against…,” she started.
The zombie in the corridor lunged, chomping into the assistant’s throat. Blood spurted and filled the young woman’s eyes as she flailed her arms in terror.
“AAAAAAAAIIIII!!!” she screamed.
Down the hall, the scientists and journalists that were finishing their lunch heard the scream and looked towards the open door with sudden interest. A panicked research scientist, a middle-aged black woman in a lab coat, her hair in long, braided cornrows, ran in from the hallway and screamed into the open doorway of the cafeteria.
“Dr. Schmidt! Something’s happened! The subjects have gotten free of their collars and are attacking!” she hollered.
The woman was tackled from the doorway by a hungry zombie. She screamed as she went down, scrambling helplessly for something to hold as the zombie dragged her away from the entrance and down the hallway, out of sight.
“GAAHH!!” growled the zombie
“IIIEEEE!!!” The woman released her final scream.
Dr. Schmidt’s usual suave composure melted away. His face was the definition of worry and panic.
Marija angrily rose from her seat, knocking her tray to the floor and pointing a finger at Schmidt, enraged.
“I thought you said that this couldn’t happen!” she said accusatorily.
Romero stood and tried to calm everyone, attempting to keep a level head in a very serious situation. The elder doctor held his hands out, trying to bring some order to a situation on the verge of eruption.
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