Chapter 3 - A Mission To Accomplish
It only took about an hour and a half to reach Newton’s building from the place where I lived. Located just north from my place and sitting in once a peaceful and beautiful city named Greendale. It was a new made city in 2020. The city was well developed, so fast like it has been there long time ago. I parked my truck on the road just in front of the building. Just in case if something happened, I would just drive through. I brought along Prince with me. He becomes an essential friend and a kind of very useful detection tool for me. Yup, it’s pretty convenient. He could smell them too. If he were aware of the walkers’ presence he would bark three times to let me know. High above me I saw an old big signboard on top of the building almost falling with wordings “ We create a better future, guaranteed by our scientists “ and a little bit of information to the side with date on saying “ If you have any inquiries or ideas on how you want us to develop a new technology, share your opinions and send directly to our email firstname.lastname@example.org before 22 September 2027. Five lucky winners will win a brand new holographic touch tablet, The XX-Newt, by Newton’s Technology. We would love to hear from you. Newton, Your Life Companion!” Well what am sure was that, Newton was far from my life companion but my life nightmare it is and that was long expired, about three years ago before this pandemic started. It’s Tuesday, 14th April 2030, at 09:42 hour, that I would remember this day, the day I would be creating my own piece of history in saving humans from extinction. Well, if there were still humans out there for me to rescue.
I dressed up fully like a SWAT member. Don’t ask where I get this uniform. I risked my life for it. I’m wearing a mask to prevent the living dead from sniffing my breath from afar that would ambush me whenever I am not aware of them. I am equipped with weapons. I carried my favorite silver Desert Eagle, an M16 tied to my back, A pair of combat knives I hid in both of my boots and a multi function all in one belt tied on my hips where I kept my grenades, flash bangs, smoke bombs and ammunitions. The surrounding seems quite but deadly. The silence was unusual. It was kind of deafening silence and something tells me that bad things would happen. I took a deep breath before I made another step. The building was about thirteen or fifteen stories high and what evil lurking inside I wouldn’t want to know. What’s going to happen then so be it. They come I killed. It’s time. I am ready.
I’m inside. A creeping chilled ran down to my spine as I walked passed by several rotten dead bodies, full with maggots. They were the scientists who used to work in the building. How do I know that? It’s obvious the white long coat they were wearing. I almost puke. The smell inside was unbearable. Although that I’m wearing a mask, the smell could still enter through the line under my covered face. No I don’t have any special suit with oxygen for breathing, thanks. I probably could get them here, hey it’s the Newton, they have everything. No, that was not my plan why I get here. To get a freaking suit. Besides the plague does not spread through air but from physical touch on their bodily liquid. Saliva, sweat and blood. Never let it touch my skin. The virus enters through your skin pores. Thinking about it, makes me feel like no slight hope. Hell no. The environment inside the building was totally fucked up. Papers everywhere, chairs and tables were all upside down some even broken. The windows were cracked, the white concrete wall were covered with splattered of blood. They almost looked like abstract arts. Only that the color already change to brown. It has been three years since the tragedy.
Then I heard this little “chit chit” sound. I tried to look around looking for its source. I really hope it is not what I think it was. I raise my right hand fisting my palm. It’s a sign I taught Prince for a halt. “ Wait up buddy, stay behind me.” I saw him stopped then sit while waging his tail from side to side as if he knows, something was going to happen and ready for anything. I slowly move to the front door of the elevator just next to the right in front of me. Beside the elevator is a narrow corridor, there’s a hanging sign on top of the ceiling telling the way to male and female restroom. Again, I slowly move my body trying to take a peek what is it that making sound next to the elevator. To my shocked, it was what I think it was. No, it’s not the living dead. It’s the rats! They were as twice as dangerous than the walkers, they were fast and they could jump! And all of them were infected by the virus as they feed on the dead! Again I moved very slowly avoiding any noise I could make, then suddenly a lamp fall down from the ceiling just about near from where I was standing. “Shit!’ I shouted as immediately. The rats reacted to the sound, some were running and some were jumping. “Prince! Go! Go! Go!” He ran as I told him to but he went to the wrong direction. He went upstairs on the first floor. “Oh fucked! Prince! No!” I had no choice but ran as fast as I could upstair and look for him. I had my gun on my hand ready but a change of plan instantly switch my thought. “Gun won’t work on a group of rats, but a Grenade will!” Just as I reach the first floor, I pull out the pin and threw away the Grenade on the stairs and close the door of the first floor. “Boom!” A massive shakes as if an earthquake had just occur. The windows and ceiling of the first floor was shaking vigorously while dust started to fall and fly around the area. Black liquid and red meat was visible through the transparent glass of the steel door.
There was still no sign of Prince. I wonder if he had gone to another floor upstairs. I just wish that he remembered what I taught him. No eating or drinking anything that smells like the living dead. He’s a smart dog. He’ll know if danger approached and what to do if I am not around. I’m lying on my back and took off my mask, still catching my breath, trying to inhale more air into my lungs. I closed my eyes for a moment thinking of what should I do next. Should I continue my searched or should I just quit, find Prince and go home? I have gone here, I should have finished what I have started. There’s no turning back now. I must have it. Just as I about to stand up, a clicking sound of a gun was heard and a gun was pointed at the back of my head.
“Get up, don’t try anything stupid or I’ll blow your head off. Turn around”. I saw a young lady, looks younger than me, maybe about two or three years younger, about twenty-five or twenty-six years old. She dressed up all in black leather with black boots. She has a bright blonde hair tied up in ponytail. She’s well equipped. I could see her gears around her hips. Some I hsve never seen before. Her body figure is as beautiful as a model. I guess it’s the leather. “Be careful with the rats, they’re not normal.” She said with a sharp glance towards my eyes.