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Those Lazy Sundaysby Thomas North (Genre: Living Dead)
Tom slid open the door and left the van. Sarah and Andy were standing over the figure Ė a chubby man dressed in a pair of jeans and a tan polo shirt, lying on his stomach. Tomís stomach churned as he approached. As he got closer, he could see that the man was moving, though in twitchy, unnatural movements. He felt a shade of a relief, however, knowing that the man was at least alive.
Sarah kneeled down and placed her hand on the manís shoulder as Tom stepped beside her.
In a flash, the man turned his neck and snapped at her.
Sarah immediately screamed and jumped back, falling backwards and landing on her right hand.
The man on the ground continued snapping his jaw like an angry dog. He was using one hand to grab at the pavement, as if trying to pull himself forward.
Tom stared wide-eyed at the injured man as Andy inspected Sarahís wrist. Her shirt was ripped where the man bit her, and there was blood dribbling out of what looked like a superficial wound.
"Christ, did he bite her?" Tom asked, tearing his eyes from the man on the road and getting a closer look at Sarahís injury.
"Motherfucker," Andy swore. "What the hell is wrong with that guy?"
The man was still writhing on the ground, gnashing his teeth and drooling on the pavement.
"I think I just scraped my hand on the pavement when I fell," Sarah said, glancing down at the man on the ground. "He didnít bite me. I wouldíve felt it."
Andy looked at her wrist again. She covered the wound with the sleeve of her shirt and looked up at him.
"Iím fine. I just need a Band-Aid," she said to him. "Itís just a scrape."
Tom kneeled carefully by the man on the ground, just out of the range of his one moving arm. As he studied the man, his stomach rapidly became queasy again.
The manís legs were both obviously broken. His left leg was bent 90 degrees at the knee in the wrong direction, and his right leg was snapped at the ankle, with a dark blood stain on his pants cuff. His left arm was under his body and looked mangled beyond repair.
Tom stood up and walked slowly around the man. He leaned in closely, examining him. The sandy hair just above his right ear was bloody, and there was a small bit of gooey substance poking through a crack in his head. It reminded Tom of the stress ball he had on his desk by his computer. It had a tear in the cover, so when he squeezed it, the gel protruded slightly through the rip.
Tom backed up slowly. The man on the ground was fixated on Sarah and Andy, and was continually snapping his jaw. Every so often he made a slight growling or grunting sound.
"This guyís seriously busted up," Tom said. "When we hit him we must have messed up his brain or something."
"No shit," Andy replied. "He just tried to take a bite out of my girlfriend. Of course heís fucked up."
"Something is not right," Sarah said, backing away from the man. "Shouldnít he be dead? I mean, look at him."
"God damn it," Andy muttered, ignoring her statement. "Sarah do you have your phone?"
"Itís in the van," she said.
Sarah waved at the vehicle and made a gesture like she was talking on the phone.
Mary leaned out the open door and yelled, "I just tried to. Iím still not getting anything!"
Sarah, Andy and Tom all glanced at each other.
"Shit," Andy muttered. "We canít just leave this guy here."
"One of us could take the van into the nearest town, and the rest of us could stay here" Tom suggested.
Andy nodded. "Weíre only a few miles away from Allentown. It wouldnít take long to get there and back. Maybe 15 or 20 minutes max."
"I donít think thatís a good idea," Sarah said. "What if those guys from the store come?"
"They wonít," Andy replied. "Weíre a good 15 miles away from that store. Even if they followed the road, at the rate they were moving, itíd probably take them all day to get this far. Assuming they donít get run over, like our friend here." He pointed at the man on the ground.
"Real nice," Sarah said in disgust. "I still donít think itís a good idea."
"We donít have much of a choice," Tom said. "Andyís right. We canít leave this guy here. At least one of us will have to go track someone down."
"Well, we should at least let Mary, Kate and Kevin know whatís going on," Sarah said, pointing at the van.
"Yeah," Tom agreed. "Tell you what. Iíll stay here. You guys go let them know whatís going on. See if one of them wants to stay here with me. Everyone else can head into town with Andy."
"Sounds great," Andy agreed. He and Sarah walked back to the van to the open sliding door.
The man was still trying to pull himself along with his one good arm, as if to follow the two. His jaw wasnít snapping anymore, but his mouth was open and saliva pooled around his tongue and dripped out the sides of his mouth.
Tom looked up and saw Kate getting out of the van. Sarah opened the passenger door and jumped in. Andy turned around and yelled. "You good man?"
Tom waved and gave a thumbs up. Andy nodded and got into the van as Mary closed the sliding door. Kate stopped a couple of feet away from Tom and grimaced, looking down at the man on the street.
"Sarah said that guy tried to bite her," Kate said.
"Yeah," Tom replied. "Just started snapping like a rabid dog. Damndest thing. It looks like his skull is fractured. Must have done something to his cognitive abilities."
Tom was definitely the intellectual of the group. He didnít know anything about the the human brain, but he always managed to sound smart and impress people.
Day of the Dead finally gets the attention it so deserves in the shape of Lee Karr's book dedicated to Romero's classic film.
Released in 1985, Day of the Dead was the final film of George A. Romero's classic zombie trilogy, which forever changed the face of horror filmmaking. Now, for the first time, the full history of the making of this cult favourite is revealed. Drawing on a wealth of exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, author Lee Karr leaves no stone unturned - detailing the movie's pre-production, shoot, release and legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes gossip and previously unpublished stories from the set, as well as over 100 full-colour photos, this book gives Day of the Dead the resurrection it deserves.
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