Before anyone could protest or Marija could fire off more questions, the group was ushered out of the room and into the hallway. After a brisk walk of about 10 meters, the Timely Magazine staff were directed out another heavy steel and glass door and guided to their seats, complete with zombie waiters. Each one shambled slowly but upright as much as they could, mimicking perfect servant posture.
“My colleagues and I are going to retire to our own quarters, briefly, to get out of these lab clothes and into something more comfortable,” Schmidt explained.
As the guests from the mainland took their seats, a procession of serving zombies began to set the table and bring all manner of delicious smelling food and drink to the table. The corpses shambled in a row coming from behind a crop of palm trees, presumably from some sort of kitchen or dining building not visible from the vantage point of the table. The serving zombies were dressed in unique garb, alternating between butlery and tropical fruit hats like the Chiquita banana woman. Marija was bemused when she realized that it was the male corpses in the suits and female corpses dressed in stereotypical tropical princess garb.
The visitors were baffled at the sight of a table being set for a feast by undead corpses who would’ve feasted on them if they weren’t under complete control of their robotic collars.
After approximately 30 minutes that felt like three hours, the group was rejoined by their hosts. Each of the men of science now wore bright flower-printed Hawaiian shirts, colorful flower leis, cargo shorts and sandals on their feet instead of the work boots they had been wearing previously. Dr. Schmidt was accompanied by an attractive platinum blonde, middle-aged woman in a light and poufy pale yellow sundress. Marija wondered when she would get a chance to change out of her clothes and get more comfortable herself. The vacation-clad scientists were also joined by a handful of the elderly and wealthy residents of the island, whose money had funded all of this plus Schmidt’s undead research.
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