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.
Mike chuckled as a strong gust of wind tore at the house, making the walls and ceiling creak and pop. “I’ve always wanted to go sailing. Just never had the time to learn.”
“It isn’t for everyone.”
“Guess so,” Mike replied, glancing at a few more pictures scattered around the room. The pictures (some in color, some in black and white) showed Captain throughout the years on many different boats and in many different locations. “I bet you have some stories to tell, don’t you?”
“I could probably fill a book or two. Would you be interested in trying your hand at sailing?” Captain asked, studying Mike, who was a man now close to his mid-forties. He stood about five foot eight, not too pudgy, not to lean. He had brown eyes, a shaggy beard, and long gray hair that hung almost to the middle of his back.
Mike looked at Captain as the house shook from another gust of wind. In the distance, the sea crashed and broke onto the beach. It sounded like angry thunder. “Why do you ask?”
“I have a boat, but I haven’t been able to get down to it because of the bum leg. My son and daughter-in-law took off for it a few days ago. Said they’d sail it back up here, but I haven’t seen them since.” Captain paused. “He learned to sail in Kansas of all places in case you were wondering.”
“Yep, found a big lake out there. Took the lessons on calm waters, but believe me that boy has salt water in his veins. I would trust him in the roughest of seas or the calmest of oceans. The boy’s a natural,” Captain replied, and paused for a moment. When he thought he was ready to ask the big question on his mind, he turned and looked at Mike. “Would you be willing to help me get down to my boat?”
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.