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 looked at him. “Sure, I guess. Do you know how bad it is where your boat’s docked?”
“No clue. The corpses haven’t been too bad around here. They bunch up at times, but mostly they just seem to be straggling along by themselves.”
Mike listened to the wind for a moment, and tried to game plan in his head. The old man would require a lot of help with the bum leg and all, but he thought it might be possible to get there if the zombies didn’t horde up around them. “Do you have a wheel chair?”
“I do, but I prefer the cane.
“It would make more sense for you to be riding instead of hobbling along behind me. How good a shot are you?”
“I’ve aimed and rarely missed. My daddy taught me how to shoot many years ago,” Captain replied, letting his mind drift off to some dusty memories.
“So, if you were sitting down you would have no trouble firing a gun?”
“I should be okay,” Captain replied, as Mike got up and walked over to the window. He looked out on the street and saw a couple of zombies shuffle by, pushing hard through the cold and snow.
“How long you been out Mike?” Captain asked.
Mike turned around, puffed a bit on his cigar, and watched the fire as he talked. “I left Raleigh before Halloween. I went to Virginia Beach first, and then just migrated southward, stopping for a bit wherever I wanted to along the way.”
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.