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 walked into the house on feet that felt like lead. He tripped and slipped down the hall, a human zombie, fearing the worst, knowing the worst, but refusing to accept it. When he reached the back door, he pushed it open, and crumbled to the floor.
At least ten zombies were bent over in a crude circle, chomping, gnawing, and devouring his family. He wanted to cry, wanted to scream, as he stood up and raced into the backyard. He started bashing zombie skulls, and only paused his assault when he saw one of the zombies was wearing a red devil mask complete with horns on top of its head. The Satanist looked up at him with eyes glowing gold.
Mike stumbled backwards, dropping the tire iron, and into a bar filled with Satanists wearing red devil masks. They looked at him with glowing gold eyes. He turned to run and found himself sitting inside a truck cruising down the coast, but the ocean wasn’t the ocean he had come to love and know. The water was blood red and it seemed to scream as it crashed onto the shore, like it was alive and determined to swallow him whole.
Mike slid the truck to a stop just as he tumbled off the couch and onto the floor. He stood up, and looked around the cold living room. He was somehow back in his house, and the place looked fresh and clean. He heard noises from the kitchen, smelled fresh coffee brewing. He made his way into that room, and saw his wife standing by the stove, wearing a dress and apron, cooking breakfast. He walked over and reached out for her, but when he touched her skin it felt lifeless. She turned to face him with dead grey eyes and that’s when he saw she was nothing more than a rotten zombie, face and body covered in maggots, blood oozing from the many bites she had sustained in the brutal attack that took her life. She reached out for him with a hand that was squirming with bugs, and as he backed away, he began to scream.
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.