Super Freaky Zombie World 2

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“RUN!” Mikey screamed to his friends. Ben darted off first, followed by Tori who stayed just ahead of Max. Mikey brought up the rear. A single door sat at the end of the corridor; the four prayed they would make it.
“OPEN IT, OPEN IT, OPEN IT!” Max screamed at Ben until the door was thrown in— everyone tumbled inside. Mikey quickly shut the door, they collapsed on the floor, and were silent for about a minute.
“Jesus that was close!” Ben exhaled, the adrenaline that had coursed through his veins finally dissipating.
“You think?” snapped Max. Ben brushed it off; he knew Max got a little cranky under pressure.
“Do you think we lost them?” asked Tori, looking around.
“I don’t know,” said Ben, “Hopefully…”
“Where are we?” Mikey asked, looking around the room.
“Seems like some kind of boiler room,” Ben commented. It was dark, but he could just make out what looked like pipes lining the walls and ceiling. Steam poured in from above, an eerie red glow illuminating the room from the far left corner. Suddenly, a familiar hum began to seep through the door. The floor vibrated, and everyone jumped up.
“The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial!” Max blurted. Besides getting cranky, he also spewed out random facts when he got emotional. 
“Okay someone needs to come up with a solution before they break down the door.” Tori stated. Ben, the self-proclaimed leader of the group, began pacing. There was a loud thud at the door, the groans louder than ever.
“They’re here!” Mikey exclaimed, “Ben, what do we do?”
“I’m thinking!” he shouted. There was a moment of silent tension; all eyes followed Ben up and down the room. “Okay…” his eyes rose to the ceiling. He squinted through the steam—what was that? Something was glimmering; it was metallic, but different than the pipes surrounding it; it was shinier. “Mikey, give me a boost.” Climbing onto his shoulders, Ben reached for the bar and pulled on it. It shot down to the floor—a ladder! “Everyone up!” Tori scampered up the ladder to the top, where she pushed a hatch open to the next floor. Before she could make it through, a pounding came from behind the door. The door began to bend, and arms reached through. “Just, everybody, remain calm and get up the ladder,” said Ben, “the door should hold them for a while.”
“Oh yeah, sure, remain calm,” mocked Max, “It’s not like it’s the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!”
“Max, shut up and get up the ladder!” Ben yelled, the pressure finally getting to him too. Max ran past Ben and up the ladder, joining Tori at the top. “Mikey, you’re next,” said Ben. But the door burst open and the undead came pouring into the room.
“There’s no way we’re both gonna make it up there,” Mikey said bravely. He didn’t have to say anything else. Ben made his way up the ladder, looking down at his friend for what could have possibly been the last time, before he closed the metal door. “Come and get me, you lumbering oafs!” he screamed as his battle cry.
            Ben, Max, and Tori sat in disbelief on the cold concrete, absorbing what had just happened. “Cats can hear ultrasound,” Max stated glumly.
“You know, that’s oddly comforting,” Tori said, “Keep going.”
“By Heisenberg’s Theory of Uncertainty, if you know everything about one variable, you know nothing about another variable. This theory was exemplified and proven by the Schrodinger’s cat experiment, conducted by Austrian physicist Edwin Schrodinger in 1935.”
“That’s less comforting,” she sighed. “That means, if we consider location and state of life as our two variables, we’ll never know if Mikey got turned or not— unless we go down there and check. And if we go down there and check we’ll never be able to find him again, because physically he’d either sprint past us to outrun the zombies or he’d be a zombie and Mikey wouldn’t be Mikey anymore, so in a more figurative sense, we wouldn’t be able to find him.”
“Whoa. Too deep for me,” Ben shook his head in confusion. Suddenly, there was a faint thud coming from the trap door. It sounded as though someone was trying to climb up the ladder.
"DIET COKE WAS INVENTED IN 1982!” screamed Max, running to hide across the room. 
“It could be Mikey!” said Ben.
“Yeah, or it could be Mikey and his new friends,” Tori pointed out. They decided to hide and see who it was. Ben huddled in the corner of the room while Max and Tori hid behind the desk.
A few moments later, the door began to creak as the hinges were pushed upwards and a figure crawled through the hatch. It was too dark to see anything for sure, but it looked like—“Hey guys, sorry I gotta go. My mom’s yelling at me to clean my room, or something,” said Ben.
“Same,” Tori chimed in. “Pause it and we’ll come back later.” And so, Ben, Tori, Max, and Mikey took off their headsets and resumed their normal lives, until they could return to the world of Super Freaky Zombie World 2.
 

About the Author: 
Danielle Hart, 17, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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