by Snow Tigra and Chibi Shi-Chan
The group continued to run forward, shooting anything
that got in their way. It had become an unsettling
habit to shoot anything in front of them that moved or
even breathed, but at least it was keeping them from
getting attacked, though they were getting close to
their limit of ammo.
After their run in with the big bald creature Quatre
informed them about his small contact with Une and the
fact that Sally would meet them on the roof. So now
Trowa led the group, gun in one hand and mini compad
in the other as he studied the map and led them on the
fastest route. Meanwhile the others followed behind
him with their guns ready while Heero carried Duo and
Noin and Zechs brought up the rear.
"There should be an elevator coming up." Heero said. He didn't have the map, but he still knew it by heart.
"Hee-chan, maybe you should let someone else carry
me." Duo said. Lately he'd noticed that Heero's
breaths were coming out more ragged, not to mention
that sweat was slowly beading down his forehead. It
was obvious that Heero was getting tired and he was
getting there fast. Was Duo too heavy for him?
"You look tired."
Heero glared down at Duo, as if the thought of NOT
carrying him was impossible. The others chose to stay
out of the conversation and instead concentrated on
the area around them. As they ran, they noticed a
door ahead that had a picture of a set of stairs on
"Maybe we should take the stairs. I mean, aren't you
suppose to take the stairs in an emergency?" Quatre
"Whatever, as long as we get to the roof and off of
this planet." Wufei said. The entire group seemed to
be in agreement on that one so they headed for the
door. Wufei took the lead and reached the door first,
placing his hand on the handle and pushing it open.
But then he froze.
Before him two dogs perched on the lower area of the
stairs, one watching the door with narrowed eyes while
the other was curled up contently behind him chomping
on what had obviously been a zombie before they
attacked it. Both dogs looks like they'd stepped out
of some old horror movie, flesh hanging from their
faces in rotting clumps. The one in the front bared
its bloodied teeth and began to advance toward Wufei
slowly, while the other stood up, abandoning its
former lunch in favor of a newer and fresher one.
Wufei took a quick step back and pulled the door shut
just as both dogs pounced, succeeding in closing the
door. A second later there was the dull thump of both
bodies hitting the door hard, followed by whimpers and
"The stairs are not an option," Wufei stated as a
shudder ran through his body. Behind him came the
sounds of claws scraping against the door along with
low and angry growls.
The creatures were actually damaging the door!
"You don't think they could actually get through the
door do you?" Quatre asked, sounding very unsure and
"Let's not stick around to find out." Trowa said, turning away from the door as the clawing got worse.
"I agree, let's find the elevator." Zechs said, his voice a little on the edgy side as well.
"And fast," Noin added. The gang then took off at top speed.
After going through a few more halls and zombies, the
gang came across the elevator. They rushed towards it
and slammed on the up button, sending the elevator to
them. Finally away from all of the chaos, they took a
deep breath that they hadn't been able to release
since they entered the compound.
That's when they got a good look at Heero and Duo.
Duo was looking worse now, his eyes hazy and puffy.
His bangs were damp from sweat, his face looking quite
flushed. But he wasn't the only one.
They found that Heero was also sweating, his face a
deeper shade of red then normal. He leaned against
the wall, still holding Duo safely in his arms, but he
was exhausted and it showed all too well. At first
the boys all thought it was because Heero had been
carrying Duo at top speed, but when Heero let out a
few painful sounding coughs they began to get worried.
"Heero, are you O.K.?" Quatre asked, feeling his
forehead. It was warm, not as hot as Duo's but warmer
than it should have been. Heero let out another harsh
cough and cleared his throat, wincing at the pain in
"Fine. Nothing is wrong." Heero said.
Duo looked at his love with worry in his eyes. Could
he be sick too? He hoped not but it appeared that
way. What was wrong with them?
Heero had to swallow the bile he felt in his throat,
leaving a nasty taste in his mouth. He would never
admit that he was feeling like shit, not now at least.
They had more important things to worry about.
Getting everyone out of this hellish compound was the
first priority, he'd have time to worry about himself
later on the ride back to earth aboard Sally's ship.
He watched as Duo opened his mouth to protest but was
saved from having to convince them of his own
priorities when a low moaning filled the room around
The group slowly turned from the elevator and noticed
a set of zombies approaching them. However, these
zombies were different from the earlier ones. The
othesr had merely looked like walking corpses which had
begun to rot apart. These ones, in contrast, were
worse. They had no outer skin, their bodies made
completely of pink and red muscle tissue that was held
against their bones by thick, pulsating, blood veins.
Their faces were almost non-existent with holes for
noses and a wide gaping mouth with sharp teeth poking
through the muscle. Only their eyes looked normal,
and those eyes set of their targets with hungry
Trowa, Zechs and Noin immediately started shooting but
the bullets didn't seem to have much of an effect.
They all took steps back as they watched the new
zombies swallow the bullets much the same way the big
bald thing had.
"They're getting closer." Noin cried, still firing.
Wufei stepped up behind her and reloaded his gun,
filling it with the last of his flameshots. Behind
him he heard the ding from the elevator, signaling it
had finally reached their floor. Without pause he
fired at one of the zombies, sending its body flying
backward with a shot of flames.
"Back into it…NOW!" Wufei yelled. They all nodded
and slowly backed toward the elevator, none willing to
turn their backs on their advancing enemies. Heero
reached the door first, he and Duo almost stepping
into the elevator when he felt Duo's body stiffen and
the boy drew in a sharp breath.
"What is it?" Heero asked.
"Li-listen Heero," Duo's voice shook as he whispered
the words. He closed his eyes, not willing to look at
what he'd heard.
Heero stopped and listened, trying to pinpoint what
had frightened Duo so much. But when he heard the
sound he froze as well, his body shivering slightly.
There was a clicking sound coming from inside the
elevator behind them. It stopped for a moment and
then was followed by two low hisses, one right after
"It's those…things again." Duo began to tremble
lightly in Heero's arms. Heero looked ahead and
noticed that the zombies were starting to fall, but it
was still too many of them. And now they couldn't go
inside the elevator because of those tongue monsters.
They had to take out the creatures in the elevator,
"Wufei…" Wufei turned and looked at Heero.
"I need you to run in the elevator and shoot up." Heero said.
"But, the things out here…"
"There is something worse inside the elevator. Trust
me. And they need to be killed now." Heero said.
Behind him the hissing grew louder and more clicks
followed, the creatures were moving for the door and
their newly acquired prey.
Wufei heard the sounds and nodded. Holding his gun
tightly and pointing it over his head he left the
others to deal with the skinless zombies. Darting in
the elevator he fired before he even saw what was
climbing on the ceiling. He fired enough bullets to
make a few good size holes in the top of the elevator
and didn't stop until two misshapen bodies fell to the
floor and spasmed before falling still, one body
laying atop the other.
"Come on let's go!"
Wufei eyed the creatures nervously as the others
backed into the elevator and the door closed and
It was a long way to the roof, and they'd be riding
with the misshapen dead bodies the entire time.
When the last of the group got in they quickly pushed
up for the roof. The doors shut just in time before
the zombies could reach them. One of them, at the
last second, dived forward and clamped its hand
tightly around Noin's leg, but the door had closed and
chopped its hand off before it could pull her out.
She quickly shook the dismembered hand off her leg
with a shudder.
Meanwhile Duo finally allowed himself to open his eyes
and was greeted with the sight of the two bodies piled
in the corner. He shut his eyes quickly and buried
his face against Heero's chest, not wanted to look at
"We're almost there." Heero said, giving him a
reassuring squeeze. Duo nodded but kept his eyes shut
and his head against Heero's chest. Though he frowned
when he noted that Heero's heart was beating extra
fast. Just how tired was Heero?
The elevator continued to rise and everyone had their
eyes on the door, only thinking about how close they
were to the end of all of this. They were just a
floor away from the top when there was a soft hissing
from behind them. Everyone whirled around in time to
see a long tongue dart out from one of the bodies,
just narrowly missing their feet.
Duo clutched Heero tighter as he heard the creature
move out from under the body of its dead companion and
start toward them, only to be met by a shower of
bullets from Noin's gun. Greenish-red fluid
splattered across the floor and the thing fell still
Behind her, Zechs pulled out his gun and shot a bullet
straight into the other's head, adding to the mess.
He didn't care though, he just wanted to make sure
that they both were dead.
"Just in case." He murmured, wiping a chunk of the
creature's head off of his face. The others agreed
with this answer and rode up to the roof, happy that
it would all be over soon.