The rash of fear that ran through the street caught up all the weak minded. Servs were leaving everything behind to try to find safety. They all ran out into the street and away from the throne of GRENDEL. The ZFC just hid in the house we were in, waiting for more destruction.
With my eye half out, peeking through the tattered screen on the window, I saw even more incredible transformations from human to zombie. Like a tennis game, I glanced back and forth to watch people transforming, and to watch the throne of GRENDEL approach. The minions oozed out from every dark corner as the throne slowly crept up the street like a nightmare parade float. I stood up just a bit to see the entire seat of what GRENDEL sat on. It was a high chair of sorts. The throne sat firmly on a black rectangle that seemed to float in mid air only 5, maybe 7 feet off the ground. I still cant tell you how it was hovering... but it was.
There was ooze slowly dripping off the black rectangle, and GRENDEL slowly stood and raised his arms, as if to be hailed by the people that were violently trembling in the street as they turned to the dark eyed zombies. And for the first time... I could see where the HUM blasts were coming from that were changing people to zomb right in front of my eyes. It was GRENDELS voice Eddie.
GRENDEL stood, opened his mouth, and moaned out a low, empty, vomitous sound. It was as if two voices were braiding themselves into another. Everyone around me put their hands over their ears immediately. As his throne came closer and closer, the HUM blasts were more intense. Cars started sliding slowly forward and sideways. Trash and body parts from his own zombies flew through the air. The Servs that were trying to escape had no chance in the world. The Blast hit them just as GRENDEL stopped his voice. It pushed them all to the ground and into the walls of buildings. The transformation took place, they turned and looked in our direction quickly with their black eyes and ooze rolling out of their mouth. Then, with what looked like a true DESIRE, the zombs ran, crawled, stumbled, and drug their way toward the throne of GRENDEL. Just in time for him to take another breath and let out another blood curdling HUM. He looked as if he was just exhaling as he stood there. But the frequency could clearly be seen through the streets of Ethiopia. Like waves of sound rippling through the air.
There were chains attached behind his throne. Behind the parade of death, chained to the back of GRENDEL were 10 or 15 Servs. As the zombies led the way for GRENDELS death march, his back flesh pulled and stretched as the Servs tried to pull away from him. There were other zombies that crept around and behind them, but didn't attack or even take bites off them.
The Servs looked frightened. I would too if I was attached by chain to the back of the KING OF ALL ZOMBIES. They were calling out for friends and family members. Screaming for 'anyone' to help them. They were crying and moaning, gnashing their teeth and jerking their chains as hard as they could. All the while, GRENDEL stretched and belched another loud HUM blast through the streets, turning yet another group of unfortunate souls to zombies.
All of the sudden, a Serv appeared from a demolished house and ran toward the group of Servs chained to GRENDEL'S back. They were calling out to each other. I figure it was a husband and wife... maybe brother and sister. The woman was chained as she screamed out for him to hurry. The Surv bashed off zombies as he made his way to the group of chained prisoners, reaching out for the woman. I saw them touch hands, then he was tackled by one of those 'jumping' zombies that LOKEY mentioned a few weeks ago. He was ripped to shreds in the center of the street. There was NOTHING left Eddie... nothing.
Then, from the top floor of the ram shackled house I was hiding in, I heard JIG'S voice. "MIKE!!!" I looked out into the poor group of Servs being towed by the ripping back of GRENDEL, and witnessed what JIG did. It was JIG'S brother MIKE T. He was chained like the others, screaming for help. He stumbled over the dead bodies on the ground, tugging at his chains. STAR ran downstairs as if we weren't hiding at all and screamed "GET DOWN!!"
She put her hand over my head and pushed it hard to the floor.
Then... an explosion.
It was so loud and close, my ears were ringing. When STAR and I looked up, rubble was still falling to the ground. I looked out the window and saw body parts everywhere. JIG threw a BIG bomb from the upper window at the herd of zombies leading GRENDEL. There was smoke every where. I heard "GIMME COVER!!!" from JIG. He was the next one running down the stairs, and straight out the front door.
X and LOKEY opened fire from above. I saw glowing red streaks of light zip through the smoke and debris that was kicked up by the explosion. JIG ran towards his screaming brother with his bare hands open and ready for the assault he was about to bring.
The first to attack JIG was a jumper. The zombie leaped from the far side of GRENDELS throne. JIG caught the zombie by the throat and gave it a quick but violent shake. The zombies head snapped off.
STAR and I looked at each other and stood to our feet.. feeling a bit more confident.
JIG continued as zombies dropped around him thanks to X and LOKEY. The shells were chiming on the ground like rain on the opposite side of the wall we stood behind. STAR tugged at my collar. "C'MON! LETS LAUNCH!!" We ran through the halls of the decrepit house toward the giant sling shot I constructed. There were Servs hiding all over the place. Cramped down the hallways left and right. The contraption was on the second floor, but up a second set of steps from the back. The whole time I had JIG in my mind.
We opened the door and STAR got into place. I ran to the edge of where the wall was 'supposed' to be and looked down at the mayhem that ensued. LOKEY and X were still showering the zombs on the ground. GRENDEL was exploding HUM blasts from his voice in every direction. Slowly and methodically. Servs were stumbling out of the destroyed buildings in the tens. Black eyes, black mouths and tongues. The amount of zombies GRENDEL was able to employ was staggering. JIG was destroying zombies one by one as they jumped toward him. JIG's brother MIKE was reaching out with his palms up screaming for him to hurry. They were ALL screaming for him to hurry. I thought for a second that they thought JIG was going to be able to save them all. By the way JIG was dismantling zombies, there was a small chance that he just might have been able to. GRENDEL never left focus of changing every human in the area to zombie. I think moving to high ground is the only thing that saved us. I felt another tug from STAR on my collar. "C'MON HELP ME PUSH THIS THING!"
We got behind the large sling shot and pushed it to the edge of the second floor. STAR said quickly, "MIKE WAS A ZOMBIE JOSH!! I STOMPED HIS ASS INTO THE FLOOR OF THE JEEP AND KICKED HIM OUT MYSELF! WHATS GOING ON?!"
I didn't have an answer.
We both ran back to the front so we could roll the contraption in place and aim it at GRENDEL. Loaded in the chamber, was the engine of an old chevy S10 we found. The Servs in the area helped me load it several days before, just in case. I could hear LOKEY and X's voice in the commotion. They were running out of ammunition fast. We didn't have long before GRENDEL'S wrath took charge. There were black eyed zombies clawing at the base of the building, and the remaining Servs downstairs were screaming, and trying to hold the door closed as the zombies pushed their way inside.
I glanced back over to JIG's advancement, and he hadn't slowed... even a bit. I saw him make it to MIKE, covered in zombie blood, dirt, and ash from the bomb he exploded. JIG is a warrior Eddie. He literally mowed through 2 or more dozen zombies to get to his brother. It's amazing what RAGE will do for you. STAR met me at the edge of the second floor as we looked down on JIG. X and LOKEY were popping rounds off with pistols at this point, yelling "WERE RUNNING OUT JIG! HURRY, HURRY!!"
JIG reached out for his brother.
They latched hands.
MIKE'S eyes turned black and he pulled JIG in, and bit a chunk of flesh out of JIG's shoulder. It was a trap Eddie. All the Servs chained to GRENDEL'S back were used as bait.
JIG turned and looked at us...
Then over to X and LOKEY.
Then fell to the ground.
MIKE twisted his neck quickly up at us and hissed as JIG's flesh bled from his mouth. Then, he looked down at JIG who was holding his shoulder, and looking up at us. The air was still filled with debris and the distinct smell of burning flesh and zombie.
GRENDEL stopped his HUM attacks and sat down. STAR and I ran to either side of the giant sling shot yelling "NOOOOO!!" We pulled our triggers, launching the engine out the side of the building towards GRENDEL. The engine flew with force, but struck the building to the far side of the street, caving in the whole side of the wall it hit. Our aim was off because we didn't take time to shoot it. Its my fault Eddie. I'll never forgive myself.
I looked over at STAR. She was holding both hands over her mouth, and tears were streaming down her face. I looked back out and saw the black rectangle platform that was holding GRENDEL off the ground slowly start to shimmer and pivot upwards. The throne GRENDEL sat on adjusted parallel so he was able to sit on his chair upright. The floating black rectangle, in front of my eyes Eddie, grew walls around it. In no time at all, it was a black cube. Like a giant black box floating in the center of the street.
The zombies stopped pushing the doors in, and all went quiet. It must have been the dust in the air, but it looked like the zombies were just.......walking into the walls of the floating black cube. I cant explain it any better than that Eddie.
The cube turned slowly as if it were on a Lazy Suzann. As it turned, I saw the zombie form of MIKE T drag his brother JIG into the cube. JIGS lifeless body was hard for me to see Eddie....... Very hard. It was harder to see someone as strong as STAR freeze like she did.
LOKEY and X rushed in the door with their eyes wide open. LOKEY put his arms around STAR and she let her cries be heard. X wiped his eyes, walked up to the edge of the floor, unzipped his pants, and started peeing in the direction of the slowly spinning cube. The cube vanished like a mirage in the desert.... right in front of us all.
It was quiet.
With a half cry in his voice, X yelled out, "WERE COMING FOR YOU GRENDEL!! WERE COMING FOR YOU!!" The sound of his voice echoed through the empty, quiet streets of Ethiopia.
I cant report anymore right now Eddie. We are all still shaken, nervous, confused.
JIG is gone. Taken by his own brother. We need time to decide if its all worth it, or if its Gods plan for the world to be over run by these......things. I'll get back to you soon. Please contact JIG'S family for us and tell them.... hell I don't know, Eddie.
Give me time brother. We will contact you soon.
KILL THEM ALL EDDIE
ONE OF THEM!!!!!