Monday, May 16, 2016
The smaller female figure did not hesitate as she turned and in a dazed sleep walk moved towards them, as the shots were fired. Josiah motioned by waiving his gun for her to halt, still she kept moving forward with no heed of his warning. Growls escaping from her as she continued advancing in their direction. Josiah moved forward, she wildly swung at him. Cody rushed past Josiah and lunged at her, tackling her to the ground. Together they tumbled. Josiah swiftly pulled her back off away from Cody. Her teeth clicked together fervently as she desperately tried to bite him and get back up. Both men now on their feet stepped back. Josiah cocked hi gun and fired again. For seconds time seemed to freeze for the 4 of them as they watched slump to the ground.
It was Doc Keller again who moved first. Briskly the elderly man walked toward the bloody bodies where they laid on the ground. There was no more gnashing teeth or growling sounds from either. They laid there still and silent. The Doctor studied the corps. Paying close attention to the eyes,of the man who laid face up. He noticed the eyes appeared to be glazed over with a grey film. He could not make out what color they actually were because of the shadowy matter. He saw the whites were a deep amber and there was no pupil visible. The skin tone was ashen, as if all color had been drained. As he knelt down to take a closer look he reached out to touch the man as he laid motionless. He was cold and already felt stiff. In all his 40 some years of practicing medicine he had never seen death take hold so fast. The Doc turned his direction to where the female body now laid at the side of him. His hand gently touched the back of her hand. She too felt cold to the touch.
Josiah felt his hand tremble slightly has he placed his pistol safely back in his harness. The midday sun felt hot on the back of his neck. He wiped at his brow feeling more perspiration form. He was stood still for several moments. Not sure if there was still a threat to them, he quickly surveyed the grounds before moving to wards the Doctor with his hand still resting on his holster- just in case. Doc Keller felt Josiah's presence next to him. "He is dead" he said to Josiah quickly in a low tone. "But he continued "my training would tell me it almost appears- from how still and cold he is, that he was dead, before you even shot him.
Just then Eve rushed to Doc Keller's side before anyone could stop her. She gasped loudly as she caught a closer look of the man that had just been shot. Her lips trembled as another muffled cry escaped her. Cody swiftly moved in and placed his muscular arm around her. Turning her slightly towards him to shield her from the gruesome sight. At first she protested. Pulling back she stared at the face. She was certain she knew the man. He resembled Marty she thought to her self. "Its Marty the night intern" she said out loud with a sob. "He was new at the center". She continued. She her self had interviewed him. He was a large kind, gentle man. Who was seldom seen without his smile. Early 30's, slightly over weight but strong. She was certain he was Marty from the clothes she saw and his size. But, this mans face was gruesome, twisted, and bloody. She buried her head into Cody's chest. He tightened his grip on her. The bullet had left a deep large gash in the mans forehead. Skull and bone fragments protruded above his eye brows to his hair line. She shut her eyes to envision Marty as she had last saw him. Walking down the hall towards her as he began his shift smiling as usual. She shook her head. The face on this person hardly resembled the Marty she had come to know and look forward too seeing each night as she exited the premises and he started his shift.
Josiah stood silent next to the Doc. They stared together at the man laying at their feet. He was dead. The bullet had blown a clear hole through his skull. Shattering the top of his head. Almost as though his skull had some how become brittle and dry. But that was not all that had their minds troubled. They both stared at a large gaping wound on the side of his neck. Josiah did not need medical training to asses what he saw. It looked as though something had taken a large bite out of him. Doc knew it was not a fresh injury. He believed the blood around it was dried and dirt surrounded the edges. "From the looks of it a wound or um bite that size should have killed him" he whispered to Josiah. "He would have bleed out from that much missing from his neck." he added. Not sure, but hoping, Josiah too was studying the wound. Josiah could only nod as he agreed with him.
They all turned toward the compound as they heard a scream come from inside. A woman's scream.
Josiah pulled his gun out, leading the group as they rushed toward the open door. Memories flashed through Eves mind as the scream reached her ears. She yelled to Josiah to head down the corridor to the right. An image of the lab flashed through her mind. Yes, she remembered fleeing from there as something, no someone- was chasing her. Another loud scream was heard again. Marie. Eve thought to her self. It was Marie, she was sure of it.
Josiah stopped abruptly as he entered the first doorway to his right just as Eve had instructed. A large dark male stood in the middle of the room. He was waving his arms around wildly. Swiping towards a woman that crouched down under and over turned cabinet. The same sounds they had heard earlier from the man outside were coming from this man. He slowly turned toward them, teeth gnashing. Slowly he began an awkward gait towards them.