"Josh, take over," she called. "I'm reloading."
"I'll try my best," Ned responded without much confidence. His sniper's rifle barked four times and he only missed once. Three kills out of four shots was a good score and more importantly, boosted Ned's fragile confidence.
"Now that was much better," she declared, happy not to have any more blood splash on her.
DOUG. With no zombies arriving from the west, Doug had nothing to do. He took a short breather, knowing this was just the calm before the storm. The zombies would be back soon.
"Kiss my axe!" he roared as he swung the weapon in an overhead arc that struck the Fatty partly in the forehead and partly on the top of its head. It was a struggle to pull the axe free but by planting one foot on the prone Fatty's chest, Doug managed it.
"Third time lucky," he said, sighing with relief.
|Josh uses his Slippery Skill to get away from the four zombies.|
"Amy, I need help here," he shouted as he moved further away from the Fatty and reloaded his sawed-off shotguns. "I've got a Fatty on the rampage."
"Thanks, Amy," Josh said as he finished reloading and was joined at the T-junction by the young Goth Girl.
"We look out for each other," Amy said, reloading her own weapon. "We have to."
"Great shooting," Phil complimented him. "You've got your mojo back."
"That I have," Ned said grinning happily.
"I'm on it, Wanda," Phil responded. He stepped forward and looked to his right. The problem was immediately apparent. Four Walkers shielding a pair of Fatties were shuffling slowly up the street. All six were looking at him. He raised his 7.62mm hunting rifle to his right shoulder and took a second to aim before pulling the trigger. His first shot was lethally accurate and a female Walker dropped down dead, closely followed by a male Walker as his second shot also found the target.
"Thanks, Phil," Wanda shouted back, "That's a huge help. I'll take it from here."
"Good luck!" Phil urged, hoping she was as confident as she sounded.
She hadn't seen the first Abomination arrive. She only saw its smouldering corpse in the general store after it had been killed. This was a totally new kind of horror to her. She was rooted to the spot.
JOSH. "It some kind of abomination," Josh replied, "but don't worry about it. I know what to do."
"Josh, for God's sake, be careful!" Amy cried in alarm as he moved closer to the hideous thing.
"Watch this," Josh said, chancing a quick glance back at the clearly scared teenage Goth Girl. He stuffed one of his sawed-off shotguns behind his belt and pulled out his Molotov Cocktail from a deep pocket in his combat pants. He lit the end of the handkerchief sticking out of the bottle top and waited a second for the flames to properly take.
"Frying tonight!" he yelled as he flung the bottle at the Abomination. The Molotov exploded in a mighty whoosh of flames against the huge monster's toughened chest. It bellowed in pain and let out a loud scream that sounded otherworldly and unnatural. It fell on its back and continued screaming as the flames quickly consumed its body.
As Josh walked back to Amy she ran at him and flung her arms around him. He was taken aback at her obvious show of affection but also pleased as punch. He wished this moment could last forever.
|It had to happen sometime. Wanda rolls 5 misses with her chainsaw.|
|With rolls of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, Wanda should have only scored one kill but thanks to her +1 to Dice Roll: Melee Skill the 4 was boosted to a 5 and so she scored two kills. Go Wanda, go!|
"Serve you fucking right!" Wanda shouted in anger as she thrust the chainsaw at the Runner's face. It went straight through his head and out the back in a spray of blood and bone fragments. Rather than pull the chainsaw free she just cut upward through the head and freed it that way.
|During this Zombie Spawn Phase, all Walkers gained an extra Turn.|
"Impressive," Josh said, full of admiration as Amy walked back to him. She bowed her head and smiled.
"I'm fine," Josh lied.
Ned walked over to the clearly frightened youth and put a comforting hand on Josh's shoulder.
He entered the store and saw the fresh corpse. He quickly put two and two together and correctly surmised what had happened. Whilst there he gave the room a quick search. He seemed to have a knack of finding stuff that other people had missed. This time he found a box of ammunition that was compatible with his sniper's rifle. He stuffed it into one of his coat pockets and exited the store.
|Note that all Runners got an extra Turn during the Zombie Spawn Phase. It was just bad luck that I spawned three groups of Runners!|
To be concluded.