There were three of those things. we thought we were sale. we will never sleep without a
watch again. When Jess woke me up, I didn' t hear anything. About R minutes later, I
aound out Just how much trouble we were in.
These three were different. They were on all Fours and were smiling. But they were Just
I e the others in every other way. They walked a little quicker than the normal ones, but
I think that' s because they had oour' legs' to move on. They were in the kitchen when we
walked down the stai
Iliad the Barrel of my shotgun in my hand, to use the butt. Jess had her knife and was
holding it extremely tight. she put her hand up in irant of me and held me Bach to stop
me. we were close to them, but they didn' t no e.
What I' realized about the normal infected is that they retain some memories. They can
hear, and they can see, and they can smell too. But these didn' t seem to hear us. They
just kept knocking into things in the kitchen as we watched.
one of them stopped ior Just a moment. The others quickly Followed suit and stayed. The
one that stopped stood up. He looked over and saw Jess and I peeking over the comer of
the wall where the stairs meet the ceiling.
He snorted and got back on all Fours. He started darting toward us. rd never seen one or
the infected run below and it caught me on guard. He jumped From about 10 feet away
and clung onto the railing.
Jess took her knife and swung at the him but he ducked out of the way and dropped to
the noor. The others came up right behind him ready to take their turn with us.
The second one had a sort of Familiar look to him. He bolted at us and grabbed the
railing too. I took my gun and swung at his head. This one didn' t duck. His head was
crushed against the wall and spewed Brain matter everywhere. I jumped down the
stairs to get ready ior the third.
I knew the second looked Familiar but I didn' t know why I I saw the third one. The
second one was a member of the list camp I was in, in Chicago. The third was Andy.
Andy jumped at Jess and slammed into the w ing breaking a lew Bars on below
hitting the noor.
The First came after me at the bottom of the stairs. He ran and jumped at me. I took my
gun and swung at him, hitting him out or the air and over to the wall on the opposite
side of the room.
Jess ran down the stairs next to me and ran to Andy. up and managed to
hit her in the head. she eell backwards and hit the ground right in irant of me. Andy
was my Friend. WAS. I took one of my steaks and threw it at him hoping to get his
attention. He looked at me and ran alter me. Jess got to her wet Just below he jumped
on me, and she threw her knife. It split his skull right in irant oi my eyes. I saw his
expression. is eyes were glazed over but I could see lean He knew he was dead as
soon as the knife hit .
The last one jumped through the open window where he had hit the wall.
I don' t think those things were normal. I' never seen them on all Fours, or being able
to move so quickly. I was able to look a little more closely at Andy below we leld the
house. His muscles had deteriorated almost as much as the normal infected. But his
arms looked strange. It mightiest be me, but I think this thing is mutating.
Ever since that attack at the house I haven' t been able to get Andy' s lace out of my
head. Was I meant to see him again? Was I meant to see his expression as he was
killed? can these things idel emotion as well as some memory? I ash myseld these
things every day.
Jess hurt her linger when she threw her knife at Andy. It doesn' t look bad, but it looks
a little swollen. She says she' s line, so I' ll trust her.
we made it through Morrissey and are keeping to the Highway. Las Vegas is about so
miles away I came here once below the infection. I was a little younger but I
remember it like it was yesterday. The lights shined ior miles and you could smell the
alcohol irom anywhere near it.
Jess and I are going to camp ior the night, so I will write when I am on watch. I need
I couldn' t write while I was on watch, so I' m writing now. I Just got done with it and
we' re about to leave. Jess didn' t have anything to deal with, but I sure did. He came
out of nowhere.'
He was small but quick. Another one of those mutated ones. He jumped at me
below I could react. I Just put my gun up in irant oi my lace and he latched onto it.
we lento the ground and I was wrestling him ior a moment. I kicked him in the
midsection to get him on of me, but he didn' t let go. I yelled ior Jess but she ' t
answer me until I had struggled with him ior about 3 minutes. His Jaw was missing
and he was mis rig a lew lingers as well.
His eyes were glazed over Just like Andy' s. I took my hand on of the butt of the gun
and I swung a quick punch at his lace. He didn' t even move until I had already
connected with his nose. I don' t think these ones can really see. I think they might
smell their unfortunate victims. I don' t think they 'saw' us at that house either.
Jess came out of the tent and realized what was happening. she jumped onto his
back and put her hands around the top or his skull. she pulled and ripped his head
oil. His body squirmed ior a minute below coming to a rest next to the lire. I didn' t
let him flop into the are because they seem to be able to smell that too.
The next entry s written on a scrap p ece
of paper and stuck in between two pages.
There seems to be a connection between the mutated ones and the large
ones that came to the camp that night. When they attacked and killed the
camp they must' spread the mutated infection. Andy was killed try one of
the list I saw that were stronger. I think it' s getting more selective try
mutating and becoming stronger and more diverse. I am afraid of what we
will see next.
we are about 2 miles From Vegas now. we haven' t been attacked ior a lew days, and
I' m starting to think that we' re in ior something trig in that city. It' s like a deck of cards.
Ii you draw all of the low cards First, you have nothing but the trig ones leld.
we can see the lights From the city flickering every lew minutes. I can' t believe the
electricity is still nowing through their generators. Maybe there are survivors there.
I am on watch ior the night. Jess is going to sleep all night, I Figure N let her get some
since we don' t get much as it is. There is nothing but the cold night shy to keep me
company. The stars seem different when there is nobody to share in their beauty.
I only hear the distant moaning of the infected.
I found a kn" ii an old abandoned truck yesterday. I think I' m going to ash Jess to
teach me how to use i It might be a little more selective than using the butt of my
shotgun to club the lecter.
Dawn is here and it' s time to wake Jess up.
Last night was as bland as it gets. I didn' t even have any moans in the distance. I
woke Jess up this morning and she continued to teach me. we' decided to put on
Vegas ior another day so she can teach me a lew more tricks.
I am really starting to get a hang of it but she laughs every time I try to do something
like she does.
we were attacked try a single infected alter she taught me ior about an hour this
morning. I was able to kill him with Just the knife and a lew kicks to the chest. I' m not
real good at it, Yet.
I woke up today to Jess laying on top of me. I woke her
up and she told me that she had ballen asleep like that.
she looked at me and she closed her eyes, and I had a
ceeling that I can' t describe. I closed my eyes and leaned
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