Walter pull the gun on me, and wasn’t sure this was a good idea, either. We followed Joy inside, and Walter
locked up behind us.
Joy wiped her hands on her trousers and paused in the center of the living room. e house was
immaculate, but the carpet was at least thirty years old, and it smelled like it. “We’re going to sleep downstairs
in the basement. Walter is going to nail the door shut for the night.”
“What if they get in the house?” I said quietly.
Walter held his gun at his side. “We’ve got food and water or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница down there. Joy was just bringing more. ey
don’t seem to notice the house, though. They’re all attracted to something on the other side of town.”
“There’s a car with a security system going off on the highway. They’re all crowded around that.”
Walter frowned, deep in thought. “So they’re attracted to sound. We’ll just keep quiet. ey won’t have a
reason to mess around here. I’ll lock the doors. I don’t think they’ll try to get in through the windows unless we
draw attention to ourselves.”
It made me nervous or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница to think we wouldn’t have an exit strategy, but it was better than nothing, and safer than
Zoe and I helped Joy bring food and water downstairs to the basement. It was ﬁnished, with a couch and a
couple of recliners facing a flat-screen television.
Walter laughed once. “Joy bought that for me for Christmas last year. All you can see on it now is snow.”
Zoe and I snuggled up on a yellow and brown plaid couch while Walter nailed the basement door shut, and
then nailed a two-by-four across the middle section. Joy covered or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница us with a blanket, also straight out of the
1970s, and in record time, Zoe was relaxed and sleeping in my arms. I was afraid she wouldn’t be able to sleep
because we were in a strange place, but she was exhausted. I rested my cheek against her hair. e light-brown
strands were stringy and tangled, making me think of all the comforts of home we no longer had. Simple
things, like a brush.
“You sure have a pretty girl there,” Joy whispered, smiling. “My daughter Darla lives in Midland. You ever
been to Midland?”
I shook my head.
“We were actually packing to or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница go see them this weekend. We were going to leave yesterday, but I wanted to
make sure I had someone to water my ﬂowers before we left.” She sighed, and her eyes ﬁlled with tears. “I
might never see her again, or my grandbabies. Because of the goddamn flowers.”
“You could see her again.”
“You think so?” she said, cautious hope in her voice.
I smiled and kissed Zoe’s temple, and then leaned my head back against the cushion. “ank you. For
letting us stay here tonight.”
“You can stay as long as you like,” Joy whispered, glancing up or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница at her husband still busy securing the door.
“Who knows when this is all sorted out . . . or if it will ever be.”
ey look like they’re having a seizure, he used to say. I didn’t like it, either, but I would ignore it if it meant I
could see his blue eyes. Bryce’s smile was amazing, and he was nothing less than noble, but his eyes were my
favorite part about him. I think I fell in love with them before I fell in love with him.
Ashley and Cooper were cuddled together. With just a cardigan, white or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница tee, and baby blue fashion scarf, she
wasn’t any more prepared to be without heat than I was in my cotton T-shirt and light jacket. e guys didn’t
show it if they were cold.
“What is that noise?” Cooper asked, turning his right ear in the direction of the kitchen. His eyes bounced
around as he listened.
Bryce grabbed my hand and stood, leading me to the doorway of the kitchen. It was dark in there, too, but
there were a few candles around the room. e small ﬂames provided just enough light for us to see Skeeter
McGee on his knees, weeping over or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница the woman lying on the ﬂoor. He was trying to keep quiet. If it wasn’t for
him sucking in a breath every now and then, I might not have known.
“Oh my God!” Ashley said.
Bryce shushed her, and returned his attention to Skeeter. “Is she . . . ?”
Doris brought a blanket from the hall and spread it over the top of the woman. “God bless you, Jill. May the
Lord open his arms wide for you and keep you.”
We all stood there and watched in uncomfortable silence while Skeeter sobbed quietly for another twenty
minutes or so. After a while or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница he caught his breath, and then wiped his face. “So I guess uh . . . I guess we better
Doris shifted, nervous. “How are we going to do that with those things out there?”
An older man with white hair spoke. “We can’t just throw her outside, Doris, and she can’t stay in here.”
Doris ﬁdgeted, ﬁnally putting her ﬁngers to her mouth. “I’m . . . I’m so sorry, Skeeter, but I can’t go out
“I’ll go,” Bryce said. Skeeter looked up at him with wet eyes. “I’ll help you. We’ll need or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница someone watching
our backs, and maybe a distraction, but I’ll help you dig.”
I crossed my arms, trying to keep the words I was about to say from falling out of my mouth, but they came
anyway. “I’ll help, too. I’ll distract them.”
“You can be the lookout,” Bryce said. “Coop was in track. He can be the distraction.”
“What?” Cooper said, eyes wide. “Me?”
Ashley grabbed on to him. “No,” she frowned, desperation in her voice. “We’re not sending him out there as
Cooper wrapped both arms around Ashley, his eyes falling on Skeeter. “I appreciate you helping or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница us out
back there, man, but going outside in the dark is an unnecessary risk. What if they get inside and we’re all out
there digging a hole? There are women and children in here.”
“I’m buryin’ my wife,” Skeeter said, standing. He was just as tall as Bryce, and a lot more intimidating. “I’m
not asking anyone for help.”
“I know you’re not,” Bryce said. “Let’s take a minute and think of a plan so that everyone is safe.”
Skeeter wiped his face again and nodded. e white-haired man went over to the woman’s body or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница and began
to quietly pray.
“It should be light before long,” I said. “Let’s put together a plan, and when the sun comes up, we’ll bury Jill.”
Skeeter nodded. “Thank you.”
e youngest and oldest of us were fast asleep while we planned Jill’s funeral. e church’s cemetery wasn’t
ﬁfty yards away. Skeeter wanted to bury her there. Already my heart was pounding, thinking about standing in
the morning fog, in a cemetery, watching for zombies. It didn’t get any more Hollywood horror story than
“I’m going to bury her by her or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница grandpa,” Skeeter said. “He was laid to rest on the north side.”
Bryce nodded. “Okay, so Eric and Gary get on the roof and get them away from the back door. Coop can
run out and get them to follow him around until we’re finished.”
“How long do you think that’ll take?” Cooper asked, swallowing hard. “To dig a grave, I mean.”
Bryce shrugged. “As long as it takes. We’ll work fast as we can.”
Ashley sighed. “This isn’t a good idea.”
“I’ll keep an eye out while you’re digging,” I said. “Cooper will or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница run around like lost zombie bait . . .”
“I’ll say a few words,” the reverend said, straightening his tie. He looked more nervous than Ashley. “And
then we’re getting the hell back inside.”
“Not before,” Skeeter took in a quick breath, “not before I make sure she doesn’t come back, and we cover
her with dirt.”
I nodded. It was a plan. A simple plan. There was no way it was going to work, but at least we had one.
e words were an afterthought, an outlet for her residual anger, but they burned through my clothes and
charred my or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница skin, leaving a brand so inexorable, it wore me even as I fought to survive the end of the world.
Was I selﬁsh for leaving Anderson? Should I have stayed and waited for them? Would that choice sentence
me to a life without ever seeing their sweet faces again?
The Jeep’s headlights lit up dozens of shufflers. Like a herd of sheep, they meandered about in the middle of
the road. I winced at the sight of children among them. Some with visible bites on their carotids. Some with
mouthfuls of their skin and muscle missing; all covered in the blood of their or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница former selves. Jenna’s and Halle’s
faces ﬂashed in my mind, and then were projected onto the faces of those children. Tears sizzled down my
I slammed on the brake and gripped the steering wheel. If I chose to drive through them and was forced to
stop, they could surround the Jeep. On one side was a grassy knoll. A rock with the town’s name, Shallot,
carved into the stone sat at the crest of the small, gentle hill. e sun had begun to rise, so I could just barely
see the shadows of more shuﬄers crossing the sign or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница and making their way down to the road toward the noisy
car. Noise attracted them.
e left side was ﬁeld. Acres upon acres of wheat ﬁeld, still saturated from the downpour the previous
morning. If I wanted to make it to the ranch, I had two choices: drive through the herd, up that knoll and hope
if I hit one of those things it didn’t crash through the windshield, or risk getting trapped in the muddy field.
Courage came slowly. Each beat of my heart felt like an explosion as my hand rested against the center of
the steering wheel, preparing to or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница press down. I took a breath, and then honked the horn once. Dozens of dead
slowly craned their necks in my direction. e explosions in my chest turned into the cadence of a thousand
tiny sprinters. Even sitting still, I began to pant with fear. After a short pause, they began to hobble and limp
toward the Jeep. Again, I honked and waited. Despite the shuﬄers being less than twenty yards away, I pressed
the heel of my palm against the center of the steering wheel, holding it there, until every last one of those
fuckers were moaning and reaching out or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница for the meal seeming so eager to be had. My fear kept my hand down,
waiting, hoping they would move faster so I could drive past them and in the opposite direction of their new
When the shuﬄers were just over an arm length away, I jerked the wheel to the left and headed toward the
“Don’t get stuck. Don’t get stuck,” I repeated. My hands jerked the wheel right to make a large circle around
the herd, and panicked when the Jeep struggled in the mud. “C’mon!” I yelled, my ﬁngers digging into the
padding or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница of the steering wheel.
e Jeep weaved back and forth, ﬁshtailing and threatening to lose control, but the mud tires clawed
through the rain-swollen soil, and back onto the road. After turning into the skid more than once, the Jeep
straightened out, and I was screaming in victory, barreling toward the white tower.
e sun had just peaked over the horizon when I saw the water tower looming above the trees. With
Halle’s sweet singing in my mind, I turned the wheel, never so happy to hit dirt road. By the time I turned left
at the cemetery, the night sky had or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница cowered from the clear, bright blue sky. e storm clouds from the day
before had moved on. If the world hadn’t gone to shit, it might have been considered a beautiful day. e Jeep
took the right at the ﬁrst mile section hard, but I couldn’t slow down. e closer I came to sanctuary, the more
afraid I was. My foot was grinding the gas pedal to the ﬂoorboard, but the Jeep’s engine just growled louder
instead of going faster. Maybe ﬁve minutes had passed since seeing the white tower, but it seemed to be taking
Turning into the drive or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница, my foot instinctively pulled away from the accelerator. Dr. Hayes’s truck was in the
yard, and a silver Mercedes was parked next to it. He’d made it home.
I didn’t even bother to shut the Jeep door. e second my feet touched the ground, I broke into a sprint,
only stopping until my hands hit the door.
“Dr. Hayes? It’s me! Scarlet!” e side of my ﬁst pounded against the wooden frame of the screen door.
“Dr. Hayes? It’s Scarlet! I’m not sick . . . please . . . please let me in.”
With every passing second or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница, my relief and excitement turned to disappointment. He was a radiologist, for
Christ’s sake, he had more than one beat-up pickup. Dr. Hayes and his girlfriend, Leah, only stayed there on
his oﬀ week. e radiologists worked two weeks on, one week oﬀ, and they all had a farm or ranch they ran
away to during those seven precious days. Leah was an attorney and lived two hours north. ey usually had
me clean the weekend before they met in the middle—the farmhouse. It was her Mercedes in the yard. ey’d
probably met here and then took the doctor’s car or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница somewhere else. To get his daughters, maybe.
The light on the barn flickered and then turned off. I had nowhere else to go. I had to get inside.
I pulled open the door slowly, wincing at the loud creaking sound it made. e doorknob twisted and with
caution, I pushed it open and listened. “Dr. Hayes?” I said softly, half hoping he wouldn’t hear me, and half
hoping he would.
e house seemed untouched. When I’d checked every room and decided no one was home, I wandered to
the back porch and hoisted myself onto the dryer, wondering what I needed or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница to do to secure the house. Should
I board up the windows? It wasn’t my house to alter, but even if Dr. Hayes made it back here with Miranda
and Ashley, he might be glad some of the work had been done. My eyes drifted to the ﬂoor, and relief and fear
hit almost simultaneously. ere were muddy footprints in front of the door that led to the side patio. I
hopped down oﬀ the dryer and looked out the Plexiglas that took up the top half of the door. Something was
splattered on the concrete. Something sticky with chunks or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница of something else—deﬁnitely vomit. e footprints
led inside and to my right, down the stairs, and into the basement.
I’d cleaned the basement many times before. It was used for storage, was carpeted, painted, and not at all
scary, but in that moment I was terrified to walk down those stairs.
I stared at the trail of mud and whatever else, and then ﬁnally took the ﬁrst step. It complained under my
foot, and I squeezed my eyes tight, hoping nothing jumped out at me as punishment for making a sound.
When nothing happened, my eyes popped open, and I or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница immediately searched for a weapon. e closest thing
was a hammer sitting in a hand-held, red toolbox lying open on the ﬂoor. I quickly picked it up, making sure I
had a good grip, and then descended the stairs, preparing myself for whatever might be down there.
If he’s alive, don’t hit him. Don’t just swing. Don’t just react. ose thoughts were on loop, getting louder
with every step, which made it diﬃcult to listen for anything that might signal I might actually need to swing in
The door opened, and I bent forward to look inside or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница, immediately seeing a pair of legs lying flat on the floor.
ey were Leah’s, and even though I couldn’t see all of her, I could tell she was face down. After a quick glance
to both sides, I stepped in, following the trail. Dr. Hayes was sitting back against the wall, a large wound in his
neck, and a single gunshot hole in his temple. One of his many handguns was at his side, next to his open,
lifeless hand. Leah also had a head wound, similar to Dr. Hayes’s, but her chin and chest were or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница covered in blood,
and the missing piece from Dr. Hayes’s neck was peeking from her mouth.
Blood was sprayed in several directions: on the open gun safe in the corner, the wall, and ﬂoor. From what I
could tell, Dr. Hayes had come to the basement to get a gun for protection, but Leah had apparently caught
him in the act, and attacked him. She must have turned quick. He must have been running from her. I
imagined that he knew he was infected, so after shooting her, he’d killed himself. It made sense.
Suddenly I felt very alone. It hadn or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница’t crossed my mind that the ranch would be devoid of anybody else. His
daughters weren’t here. Leah was dead. Would the rest of his family try to make it to this safe haven? Miranda
and Ashley were supposed to visit this weekend. Maybe they were already on their way. If not, maybe they
would have the same idea I had and come here anyway with their mother. e ranch was obviously the best
place to be, and even though they didn’t visit as often, Dr. Hayes, like every girl’s father, was their protector. It
made sense for them to try or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница to make it here. That was my hope, anyway.
Dr. Hayes was just smiling about his daughters visiting the morning before. I couldn’t believe he was sitting
in a pool of his own blood just a few feet from me. It was so surreal, I couldn’t ﬁnd an emotion to attach to the
situation. I couldn’t pull my eyes away from the gruesome scene until it ﬁnally dawned on me that if the girls
did reach the ranch, they could see their father like this.
“Damnit,” I said. My mind went on an inexplicable memory search for every time or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница I’d seen the doctor eat a
donut. He was a stout man, and I had no idea how I was going to pull him up the stairs.
I walked over to the mess and picked up the pistol oﬀ the ﬂoor. e safety was oﬀ. With my foot, I nudged
Leah’s hip, pointing the gun at the back of her head. A rather large exit wound was visible, but I didn’t want any
surprises. She rocked forward, and then didn’t move again, prompting me to click on the gun’s safety feature.
Satisﬁed they weren’t going or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница to attack me, I walked upstairs—gun in hand—through the house to the front
porch. I stood on the wood deck, taking stock of my surroundings, trying to decide what I should do first.
A sudden wave of exhaustion came over me, and I sat on the steps so hard that I hurt my ass. I’d made it.
We had said this was the place to come if an apocalypse happened. It happened, and I was here. Without my
I shook oﬀ the thought, refusing to shed another tear. ey were on their way here, and I had to get or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница this
place ready for them. ere was deﬁnitely plenty of work to do, but I knew I would collapse soon, and certain
precautions needed to be taken so I could fall asleep safely. ere were old boards in the barn, but the bull was
in there, too. Securing the windows and the perimeter and burying Leah and the doctor would have to be done
before I could sleep. All of that would likely take all day. I stood up and took a deep breath, wondering how
much more I could push my body before it just couldn’t go any or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница longer.
I walked around the back to the shed and found a shovel, and then found a nice spot under the big maple
tree on the south side of the house, and began to dig.
wife was gone, and Zoe and I were on the run.
To my right were the old couple, Walter and Joy. Walter was asleep in his recliner, snoring. He would suck
air in through his nose, and then blow it out from his mouth, the air building up until it escaped from his lips.
Joy was awake, watching me with a smile.
“He’s always done that,” she or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница said quietly. “Used to drive me nuts. Now it’s relaxing.”
I sat up, careful not to wake Zoe. e sun lit up the room from the small rectangular windows near the
ceiling. The television was on, but muted.
“I don’t think the news is going to come back on, but at least we still have electricity.”
I nodded, folding my arms across my chest. “Wonder if you’ll get a bill?”
Joy laughed once. “I doubt it. I saw my postman walk by yesterday afternoon.”
at struck me as funny, even though it was morbid as hell, and I or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница couldn’t stop the laughter that bubbled to
the service. Joy began to giggle, too. We were trying not to wake Walter and Zoe, so our laughter consisted of
breathing and shuddering. Joy’s eyes began to water, and then she stood. “I’m going to make a cup of coﬀee.
I nodded. “I better go with you.”
I made sure Zoe was still snugly tucked into the blanket, and then I followed Joy upstairs. She started a pot
in silence, and I checked outside. ere were no broken windows or open doors, and I didn’t see or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница any of the
sick, either. I stepped onto the porch. In the distance, I could barely make out the sound of the alarm from the
highway. It was still going oﬀ. Skeeter, Jill, and even Aubrey crossed my mind: where they were, if they were
safe, if they got any rest the night before. Other people from my life ﬂooded my thoughts as well. My boss,
who was a huge asshole, but his wife and children were very sweet; my cousin Brandon and his six kids; our
neighbors; Mrs. Grace, my second grade teacher. It was possible that almost everyone I’d ever known or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница was
dead. Or . . . a version of dead.
Joy was just pouring the steaming, dark coﬀee into a mug when I returned to the kitchen. “I meant what I
said last night,” she said, encouraging me to sit. “You and Zoe are welcome here for as long as you like.”
I added creamer and sugar to my cup and swirled it around with a spoon. “I appreciate that. But don’t you
think it’s dangerous to try to see this through in town? We just came from Fairview. We were inside the
church with several other people. e sick were or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница trying to tear it apart. I left with Zoe because it’s only a matter
of time before they got in.”
“I couldn’t imagine leaving here. I don’t know where we’d go.”
“Do you know anyone with some land near here? Out of the way? at’s what I was hoping we would come
Joy thought for a minute. Instead of answering, she took a sip of coﬀee. Her eyes were kind, the light blue
in her irises even more pronounced bordered by her silver hair, but they also gave her away. She was holding
something back. I didn or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница’t know these people, but if I had a chance of learning whatever it was that she was
keeping from me, it was in that moment, while I had Joy alone.
“I understand. You don’t know me or Zoe. I didn’t mean to pry.”
Joy frowned, clearly conflicted. “Oh, it’s not that, Nathan. I’m just not sure.”
“Sure of what?”
e basement door opened. “Your little girl is awake, Nathan. I tried talking to her, but I think she’s
confused. You might get down there before she gets too upset,” Walter said. “Bring her up for some or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница breakfast.
We’ll try to keep her mind off things.”
I nodded with an appreciative smile, and then left the table, hoping that wasn’t my only chance.
tears. “You left me!”
“I didn’t leave,” I said, rushing to my knees in front of her on the couch. I kept my voice calm and soothing.
“I was just upstairs talking to Miss Joy.”
It was irresponsible of me to let Zoe wake up alone in a strange place. My daughter was sensitive to many
things—fabric, noise, situations—and our routine had kept her calm for the or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница most part. A year had almost
passed since Zoe’s last “episode,” as her school counselor called them, but I could always tell when she was
working up to one.
Knowing we needed to be quiet to survive, Zoe couldn’t release an overstimulation like she used to. I
refused to make it a rule, though. Not before she found another outlet. “Zoe,” I said, letting my voice slide over
the back of my tongue. Aubrey didn’t have the patience for this, but she also didn’t have a butter voice, as she
called it. Zoe responded much better to the silky smooth or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница tone I used for these moments.
Zoe balled up her ﬁst and hit my shoulder. It didn’t hurt. She didn’t mean for it to, she was just releasing
the overwhelming emotions she couldn’t process any other way. “Never leave me!”
“I wouldn’t. I would never leave you. I’m sorry you were afraid when you woke up. That’s my fault.”
She used her other hand to hit my chest. “I was! I was afraid!”
“That’s it,” I said, encouraging her. “Use your words.”
Zoe took a deep breath, always a good sign or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница. “I was having a bad dream! I didn’t know where I was! I
thought you were dead!”
I nodded. Her eyes were wild and her body trembled, a signal that she wasn’t quite on the down slope, but
she was peaking.
“You know I can’t make promises, Zoe.”
“No, you promise!” she screamed.
I nodded. “What I can promise is to never leave without telling you again. You’ll always know where I am.
Zoe took in a staggering breath, and then breathed out. She blinked a few times, and then her eyes relaxed.
I held out my or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница arms for her to hug me. She wouldn’t have allowed me to before she was ready, anyway. I’d
learned over the years to just offer and wait.
When her tiny body was nuzzled up against mine, I wrapped my arms around her. “I’m sorry, baby. I’m
here. You’re safe and loved. Safe and loved.”
Zoe melted against me and whimpered. It was exhausting and frightening for her when she lost control,
and if she hadn’t just woke up, she probably would have lied down for a nap. I wiped her eyes and took her
“Miss or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница Joy made breakfast.”
I led her up the stairs, unable to ignore the looks from Walter and Joy. I had become accustomed to them.
People who happened to be around during an episode were usually either annoyed or sympathetic, with no in-
between. A woman at the mall once approached Aubrey to advise us that Zoe just needed a good spanking. It
seemed like everyone who didn’t understand always knew how to parent Zoe better than we did. Even if they
didn’t say it, they let us know with their expressions. Zoe never seemed to notice. I or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница hoped she never would.
“Here you go, Zoe. I hope you like cinnamon rolls.”
“Oh, I do,” Zoe said, her eyes big and her smile wide. She followed the plate until it was in front of her, and
didn’t hesitate to pick one up with both hands and shove it into her mouth.
Joy smiled. “I didn’t figure she’d want a fork.”
“Nope,” I said. “I can’t thank you enough.”
“Daddy? Where’s Mommy?” Zoe asked through a mouthful of bread.
“She’s uh . . .” I stuttered, looking to Joy. “She went on a trip.”
“Is she coming back or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница? How will she find us?”
My mouth pulled to the side. “I don’t know, baby.”
Zoe looked down at her cinnamon roll, clearly trying to process the news.
A small dog began to yap. Just a few times at ﬁrst, and then consistently. Joy smiled. “at’s Princess. She
belongs to the Carsons next door. I’ve been feeding her and letting her out in the backyard. Would you like to
help me feed Princess, Zoe?”
Zoe nodded emphatically, shoving the rest of the cinnamon roll in her mouth as she pushed her chair away
from the table. e chair screeched or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница against the ﬂoor as she did so, and I closed one eye tight, recoiling from
Walter smiled. “is ﬂoor has survived three grandchildren, two of ’em boys. I think it can stand up to
We spent the rest of the day talking and watching the road. After she and Zoe returned from feeding
Princess, Joy found a few board games and some cards, and played Go Fish with Zoe. It was quiet, but once in
a while, someone from Shallot would shuﬄe by, their eyes milky white, and always with a wound. I wondered
if people that had or visit us online to sign up at 6 страница been bitten were slowly turning and making their way out to the road.
Walter and I returned to the porch to sit in twin wooden rockers after the last dead person wandered by.
Joy brought us sandwiches and apple slices. I thanked her, wondering when my next chance would come to ask
her about what she didn’t say that morning.
“at was Jesse Biggins,” Walter said, biting oﬀ a piece of apple. He shook his head. “He’s a big hunter.
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