Montana MacInnes and the Reunion of Doom
Chapter 4: The First Dead Un-Dead
By Douglas E. Gogerty
"Uh -- um," stuttered Dr. Schneider. "You see -- when the town hired you -- we hired *you*."
"What's your point?" enquired Montana MacInnes.
"At no time -- you know -- did we think -- you see -- you would work with a townsperson."
"Doctor," interrupted Dr. Schneider.
"Right -- Dr. Schneider -- I am new here. I have no transportation. While this town is not that big, it would take days for me to clean this place up -- without your help."
"Then it is agreed," Montana asserted as he pulled out a pad of paper and pencil from his bag.
"Let us get the names of the risen dead," Montana said as he searched the disturbed graves.
Dr. Schneider looked around nervously as Montana wrote down the names on the gravestones. There was no point in arguing the issue as Montana was correct. He would need a ride at the very least. None of this was mentioned in his brochure, but Dr. Schneider should have guessed that some sort of arrangement needed to be made.
"Besides," added Montana. "You will not be able to get passed the guards."
"Well," squirmed Dr. Schneider. "*I* probably could."
"If that is true, the first thing we need to do is firm up the quarantine. We would not want to infect the outside world. Are you sure you wouldn't rather just kill the two that cast the spell? It would make things a lot easier..."
"Alright then, I'm finished here. Do you know any of the people on this list? You know, where they used to live?"
"Let me see..." the mayor said stroking his chin as he searched the list. "This name -- I think he lived just up the road. He was a kid that was hit by a car if I remember correctly."
"Let's go," urged Montana as he trotted towards Dr. Schneider's car.
The mayor reluctantly picked up his pace to get to the car. He unlocked the classic Mercury to find that Montana was already sitting in the passenger seat. He was about to lecture Montana on proper car etiquette when they both heard a call.
"Did that sound like someone just yelled, 'Lemonade' to you?" asked Dr. Schneider.
Montana had grabbed his halberd, was out of the car and running down the street before the mayor knew what was happening. Dr. Schneider started his car and followed behind the running zombie hunter.
Montana MacInnes jumped over fences and cut through yards, so Dr. Schneider had a difficult staying with the running man. He came to a stop just short of a 10-speed bike discarded on the road. He did not know where the zombie expert was, but he was sure he was headed this way.
He looked to see a young man and young woman become suddenly transfixed by something. He could not see what. Then he heard a cry different than the first one, but the word could have been the same. Nevertheless, an awful, dismembered, throaty voice yelled, "Lemonaaaaaaaaaaaaade!"
Montana appeared out of nowhere with his halberd in his hand. Dr. Schneider got out of the vehicle and spotted the pale young man limping horribly towards the young couple. A second later, the child's head was off and it rolled under the table. A thick black substance oozed out of his neck, and he fell with a sickening thud.
"I highly recommend we get out of here," Montana said calmly.
He ran towards Dr. Schneider and the two followed behind. "What the...?" started the mayor.
"I suggest you duck behind the car," insisted the zombie hunter.
Following his lead, the quartet ducked behind the car. As if on cue, the corpse exploded with an awful kersplat spewing black goo in every direction.
When the glop settled, the zombie expert asked, "Did anyone get hit by anything?"
Everyone checked and answered in the negative. Montana MacInnes introduced himself to the couple. H.K. Stein and Laurie Ball introduced themselves as well.
"Mr. Schneider?" H.K. enquired.
"It is Dr. Schneider,"
"Oh! Lowell, Mr. -- er -- Dr. Educated! Have you moved out of your mom's house yet?" asked H.K.
"I am the mayor of this town -- I'll have you know."
"Wow! Mayor!" H.K. said with a touch of sarcasm in his voice. "But, that doesn't answer my question."
"It is none of your business," insisted the mayor.
"I see you're still driving Ugly John," joked H.K.
"This car is a classic," protested Dr. Schneider.
"I hate to break up this fine reunion," added Montana. "But I suggest you all get into 'Ugly John' as you call him -- and fast!"
Without hesitation, the three piled into the car as Montana jumped upon the hood. They learned quickly that Montana knew what he was talking about and that they should listen to what he says. After they were in the car, they heard a strange mix of animal-like noises.
From all directions, strange looking dogs, cats, squirrels, and rabbits came running. There were hollow barks, strained meows, and odd whistles as the animals got closer. Montana looked at the animals as they converged towards his position.
"What is he looking for?" asked Laurie.
"I have no idea," answered Dr. Schneider.
"My guess," H.K. said. "Is that he is looking for the main zombie. If he eliminates the root cause, the rest will fall."
An undead robin swooped down upon Montana and he sliced it in half with his weapon. A sparrow was next, but Montana missed the small bird. A large German shepherd jumped against the driver side window startling Dr. Schneider. He watched in horror as Montana removed its head with one swing of the halberd.
Dozens of animals now surrounded the car. Claws and teeth were gnashing at anything and everything. Montana cut animal after animal into pieces. Nothing had any effect on the rest of them.
That is when Montana spotted the crippled cat attempting to make it towards the car. He was certain that she was the root of all of these undead animals. Like a pole-vaulter, he placed the end of his halberd on the ground and launched himself over the crowd of animals surrounding the car.
The zombie hunter landed a few feet from a squirrel trying to bite him. He kicked the animal out of the way, and made his way towards the cat. She hissed at him, but her head went spinning away with a swing of his weapon.
Montana ran as fast as he could to gain shelter as the entire collection of zombie animals exploded into a putrid black mess.
The stench of the undead boy had been bad. With the addition of the exploded animals, the stink in and around the car was sickening. Lowell turned the car on and sped away leaving the zombie hunter alone taking H.K. and Laurie with him.
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