This short story is told in two parts.
Part 1: Mike and Captain
On the Coast, Mike runs into an old Sea Captain and they form an instant bond. Mike learns of Captain’s boat, his son and daughter-in-law. Captain is desperate to get off Carolina Beach, but there is a problem (and it is a big problem) the town is swarming with zombies. Mike decides to help the old man fight his way through the hordes in order to gain safe passage on his boat.
Part 2: Mike and Myrtle Beach
Alone again. Mike finds an old motel on the South Carolina coast and decides to call it home. While rebuilding his life and motel he meets some new friends, fights off countless numbers of zombies, and settles into his new life by the sea.
Captain’s house was a small two bedroom home with one bath, a kitchen, and a big open living room. Mike and Captain were currently sitting in the living room, listening to the storm rage, watching the fire crackle and pop in the fireplace and smoking cigars after a satisfying meal.
“Early for a snow like this,” Captain replied.
“Yeah, guess a lot of things are screwed up these days including the weather,” Mike replied, puffing on his cigar.
“Where are you from? Forgot to ask that earlier.”
“Is it bad up there?”
“Some spots,” Mike replied.
“I’ve been down on the coast since this all began. Hell, been on a boat or on the coast for most of my life,” Captain replied, blowing out a plume of cigar smoke.
“Once. Met a girl, fell in love, moved to Kansas of all places and tried to start a life with her.”
“I was landlocked and she was stubborn. Just a bad combination. We got a son out of it though. My only child. Good boy. Stubborn just like her,” Captain replied, and laughed.
“Aren’t most women,” Mike replied, glancing over the pictures on the wall. A lot of them were filled with Captain’s son growing up through the years.
“I didn’t get much time with him once the wife and I split. I found a boat to work on, and just went sailing.”
“How long were you gone?”
“I think I sailed the world three times over. My feet rarely stepped on dry land other than to get a yank on my crank or to rest for a day or two,” Captain replied, smiling.
If you haven’t read the rest of the Chronicles you can get all of them along with this story at the links below. What are the Mike Beem Chronicles? The Mike Beem Chronicles are a series of short stories that I wrote involving a character named Mike Beem. They are stories about hope, survival, and people trying to keep humanity alive in a world filled with the living dead. Descriptions for all six stories in this collection flow below. Enjoy.
A Zombie Thanksgiving: A short story about a woman who risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.
A Zombie Christmas: This short story is about three men who risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.
A Zombie New Year’s Eve: This short story is about Becky and Joe who are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.
A Zombie Christmas 2: A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered.
Flesh for the Zombies: When Mike Beem’s community is savagely attacked, he must exact revenge on those who wronged him. He must put aside all the good he has ever accomplished in order to become someone else. A man without a moral compass. A man without right or wrong. A man who is a cold blooded killer. Will he get his justice or will he die trying? The answers lie within the pages of this short story.
Zombie Beach: Mike Beem has given it all up and run off to live by the beach. Life down on the coast isn’t all that it should be. Days of lying in the sun are replaced with brutal survival. Mike does his best to not only survive, but to rebuild a life among the ruins of these beach side towns.