The Shadow Aspect: Book II of The Harvesting Series
“This way,” Kellimore yelled, running down a running path that lead in the direction of the school. “Come on!”
“Fuck,” Elle grumbled. Surprising me, she unzipped her coat and pulled out two machetes. “Ready for some fun?” she asked with a sardonic grin.
Cricket gave Tristan a nervous look then turned toward me. “Here we go,” Cricket said, twirling her enormous pipe wrench, and we all took off behind Kellimore. Chase brought up the rear.
“Stay quiet,” Tristan called. “Maybe they’ll get lost in the mist.”
We rushed down the path behind the bleachers. “This way!” Kellimore called, rushing to gate that surrounded the football field. He opened the gate with a clatter. “Go, go! Let’s lure them in!”
“But can we get out?” I asked breathlessly as I rushed in behind him.
Kellimore nodded. “The rest of you scale the fence on the opposite side. Go! I’ll double back and lock them in. I’m always ready for Friday night lights,” he said then took off.
I scanned behind us as the shambling undead rushed around the corner and filtered onto the football field. Dammit. I hated not knowing where I was, and the mist hadn’t yet lifted. The sun burned yellow, but fog was still heavy.
Kellimore ran down the sidelines, but a few of the undead spotted him and broke from the pack chasing after him.
“Here,” I called, trying to get their attention. “No, over here!”
The undead, however, paid me no mind. Kellimore was in trouble. If too many went after him, he’d get squeezed and could end up dead. Frustrated, I squinted my eyes and tried again. Here! I yelled, but this time I did not speak. I let the thought echo through from my mind into the space between them and me. Success. The undead following Kellimore suddenly turned and rushed toward me. The only problem was that they weren’t the only ones who heard me. All at once, the entire horde seemed to see only me.
I pulled out my shashka.
“Layla,” Cricked yelled. “Run!”
I glanced at her as she turned, grabbing Elle by the coat, and headed down field. For a split second, Tristan stared at me in amazement then turned and ran after Cricket.
“Move!” Chase screamed.
I turned then and ran with the others toward the far side of the field.
Soon the other side of the field came into view. We were fast, but we were not fast enough. As we reached the fence, the first few of the undead, those who had moved the fasted, reached us.
“Go!” I yelled back to Cricket, then I let my blade do her work. I paused and waited as the first of the undead rushed me. Running with a limp, a hungry looking woman with stringy red hair and a tattered dress practically threw herself at me. Stretching out my arms, I slid the shashka through her gut. Her body and bones, softened from exposure to the weather, sliced easily. Her legs rushed forward several steps while her torso slid sideways to the ground. When he legs finally dropped, a heap of bloody guts emptied onto the earth. Laying on the ground nearby, she snapped at me, her eyes milk-white and bloody.
I quickly stabbed her through the head then turned with a fast spin to decapitate the next undead man rushing me. His head flew into the air, a shadow in the fog against the early morning sunrise.
Beside me, I saw Elle’s blades flash in the sunlight as she worked double-handed stabbing with one hand then slashing with the other. She made short work of another undead who’d reached us.
“Layla, Elle, come on!” Chase yelled as he boosted Cricket up and over the fence and then scrambled up behind her.
About the Author:
Melanie Karsak is the best-selling author of the The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy), the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
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