Friday, January 19, 2018 15:26

Chaos Day – Part 5

by Joe Miller

We pulled up to this big ass pile up. the entire freeway was blocked and there are a bunch of the infected hanging around. This pile up was at the peak of an over pass and there were the concrete walls on each side. Well Robbie hit the brakes hard and the tires squealed which attracted the zombies. They turned and came at us so I tell Robbie to back up, and I throw my truck in reverse. Just as a tanker truck comes up and sees us, the driver hits his breaks and turns, flipping his rig and rupturing the tank. sparks, fumes, fuel… you get the idea. so we cant go back.

Seth Grabbed a rifle and starts picking off the things one at a time. Tux gets out and I tell him to grab the hook off the winch on my bumper. He looks at me and said “Are you shitting me?” I pointed to the crumpled up Honda next to the center wall he nods. I was thinking that if we can hook it up and pull it back we might be able to scoot through. Andy and I move up, with Seth covering while Scream is holding off the ones coming up to investigate the fire and screams from behind us.

I pop off a few rounds and one of them staggers back. I have to remember that you gotta get a head shot. Seth seemed to forget it too, but he hit one in the knee and that .30-06 seemed to take the whole leg off. the thing fell but kept crawling forward after it tried to get up a few times. He put it out of our misery. and I put one down that was almost on Andy. I didn’t have time to go for the head shot, I let half my mag go at its center mass which carried it over backwards. Seth, again, took it out.

About that time Tux got to what was left of a blue Accord and hooked up the two cable. I put some tension on it and started to pull it out, but it spun just enough for it to catch the bumper of an old ford minivan. Tux had me pull forward and he went to work on the bumper with the back of his axehead. He swung that puppy pretty damn hard and in no time we had the room to pull the Accord out.

Every one got back in and we darted through the gap, Once through there were a ton more on the other side. I jumped when I heard the sounds of metal on metal. I looked in the rear view and saw Robbie forcing the Excursion through the almost big enough gap. Andy hopped in with the Kid and Scream. We hit the gas, and flew down the loop to the ship channel. When we crested the ramp, we saw down town. several of the sky scrapers were on fire, hell there were fires everywhere. it was one big riot.

We didn’t stop to sight see, we got to the channel and took the exit. I drove right through the chain link fence gate, which wasn’t as much fun as it looks on TV. I’m sure I messed up the front of my truck and I know it broke the headlights in the passenger side. We rounded the corner and tore down between a couple large metal warehouses. I got on the radio and told ET to pull up to the pier. As we got to the end of the row and turned left we had to hit the brakes hard. there was a police car, light and siren on not 30 yard ahead. There were about 30 of the things standing there ripping something (someone) apart. They saw us and started to approach.

I would have backed up, but that was the only way to get to the pier. I wasn’t sure what to do when we heard a helo, one of those Magnum PI types, but it had some mini guns and it opened up on the mob and ripped them to shreds. What the mini-guns didn’t get the rockets did. I was stunned I didn’t even see or hear it before it popped up over the warehouse. Eddie called to the pilot over the radio and thanked him. Robbie got on his and said “Yeah, no shit. Thanks” I couldn’t have said it better. The Helo waged and darted off.

We drove through the goo and muck and down to the pier. Eddie didn’t tie up, he was just using the engines to hold Miss Ellie against the pilings. I backed up and got the back tires just to the edge, the tail gate and bed overhung. The kid tried to do the same and ended up with the wheels over the edge. I told him and scream to start pushing all the stuff over onto the fantail. Seth fired a shot so I spun around and looked.

Another wave of them started headed down the pier. He grabbed a shotgun, Andy was right behind them I followed. We got to the gate as several were pushing through. I Body slammed the gate and knocked several back. Andy and Seth took on the ones that got through. I got the gate locked just about the time they pushed over a section of the fence. We started backing up, a few got through, we fired, more spilled. We fired. still more came through. We were trying to buy time to unload. I didn’t know how much we were going to loose if we left, but I didn’t want to find out. I fired till the shotgun was empty, Seth ran out and pulled his sword thing. Andy was back to his axe, I was behind then reloading. I saw two jump on Seth.

I couldn’t fire for fear of hitting Seth. Andy was busy but ok. he had backed up to a container and was able to keep the ones on him at bay. I ran over and tackled one of of the boy. The other one grabbed Seth by the neck. I was busy holding the other one down with my shotgun across it’s neck. I wanted that things mouth nowhere near me. Anyway Seth made a gurgling noise I looked over just in time to see half the zombie’s head turn in to a pink mist. I didn’t even hear the shot. Seth got up and grabbed his sword and stuck it through the eye of the thing I was holding down.

Seth covered me while I reloaded, we went to help Andy but we heard two more shots and two fell, he got the third, I had Andy reload the other shotgun while I covered. We walked backwards to Miss Ellie and hopped on board. It was then we noticed the two bites on Seth’s arms.

Given what we knew of these things I took him to the brig and locked his ass up. I thanked Gareth for providing the cover and saving our lives. He told me I’d have to pay him later. I told eddie to head out to Galveston bay, to follow the channel but to be careful of small craft.

We then sat down, had some water and a smoke. It was the first time since that afternoon that I could relax. I was drained. I mean I felt the adrenaline just flow out of me and I realized how old I felt. I looked around and started thinking. I had Eddie Torres, my friend and engineer, Gareth Swanson, a friend since childhood and sometimes business partner. Me. Bert’s kid Seth, some kid from my rehab group and a girl scout I had never seen before on my boat. I don’t know how, but i realized I was responsible for them now.

I got everyone but Eddie and Seth together and asked them to help stow all the supplies. As we were loading the lazarette we looked up and saw tons of boats pulling out of the marinas. mostly smaller fishing and runabouts, but a few yachts. It sunk in how bad this was. We had been listening to the radio before they went off the air. I don’t care what the government was saying, this wasn’t minor, this was something that was changing our lives forever, this was going to be long term.

Eddie called me to the bridge. I ran up there and came in. The Coast Guard was calling out to all boat traffic, telling them to stay away from the Island, that is was just about over run. I got on one of the radios just about after 9:00 pm and got a hold of one of the senior chiefs I knew to see what was going on.

Eric told me the island was over run, that they were safe there at the station, but they were out of room. A bunch of boats were milling bout at he mouth of the bay not sure what to do. Sr. Chief Green asked me if we could Shepard them down to Freeport. He said the National Guard was establishing an evacuation point and they would take the little boats and their refugees. He also warned me to be careful and to not let my boat get commandeered. He issued instruction out to all small craft and I had Eddie and Gareth Light up the boat. we had 27 boats form up on us. in the following two hours. At midnight we set off for Freeport.

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