| 11:30:04 12 November 2010
On forum: 04/15/2007
Chapter 9: The Deader City|
The next chapter has been written. This was probably the hardest one to get out yet but I hope it sets the pace for things to come. Tell me what you think!
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A few seconds later Zombie appeared back in the doorway of the room he had searched.
“Clear.” He said simply, looking past them for Solitaire.
The other Stalkers followed Zombie’s gaze, also seeing no sign of him.
“The building looked symmetrical from the outside; shouldn’t you two have come back at the same time?” Virtue surmised.
“Yes.” Zombie as a nearly undetectable look of concern crossed his face. “Remain here.”
He continued on into the other room quickly but quietly, disappearing around a corner.
The three Stalkers looked around curiously, coming up with their own theories of where Solitaire could have ended up. A few moments later they heard Zombie again from around the corner,
The Stalkers looked at each other inquisitively, then went in the direction of Zombie’s voice. Enigma took point, rounding the corner first. The room was mostly open, with a couple of smaller rooms and a hallway towards the inside of the building. The rooms and hallway were dark and Zombie was not visible from where they were.
“Where?” Enigma whispered harshly.
“Here.” The voice insisted.
She cursed under her breath and continued forward.
“Check those rooms,” she indicated to the rooms off of the hall. “I’m going to check down the hall. Meet back here.”
The Stalkers nodded and continued to their assigned areas.
Virtue looked over at Nimbus, who was trying to hide the fear in his eyes less effectively than he was. He looked over at Virtue with a knowing look. Something’s not right. He shook his head, tapping the stock of his trusty shotgun and offering the most encouraging he could before disappearing through the door next to Virtue. Virtue swallowed and continued into the darkness of the room before him. Before going any further he flicked on his headlamp. Dust particles drifted in the stagnant air before him as he scanned the room slowly.
The deep boom of thunder sounded suddenly, making him nearly jump out of his skin as the storm began to grow more ferocious outside. He took in a deep breath and continued into the room. The old floorboards creaked beneath him as he walked slowly forward. The darkness of the room seemed to devour all other light and even the bright light from his headlamp seemed to be dimming. He rubbed his eyes, thinking dust might be collecting in them.
The voice echoed in the room clear and crisp. It sounded like Zombie was right next to him. He did a quick scan of his immediate area, finding no trace of the voice’s owner.
“Zombie… where the hell are you?” he whispered at the darkness.
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