A light flickered in the back of the store. Static flashed across the screen. The sound system on the old video game cabinet. Groans and moans came through the speakers. With a bright flash, a hand emerged through the glass of the cathode ray tube.
The flesh was green and rotting. The hand pulled out of the cabinet and grasped the front of the cabinet. The arm extended with its torn and shredded sleeves. The shoulders and head followed with their open wounds and smell of death. The zombie’s body fell onto the floor with a dull thud.
Leaving some of its flesh and congealed blood to ark its landing spot, the zombie got up and shuffled away from the cabinet. It could not see, smell, or sense what it was looking for, what it craved, what it needed to survive. It shuffled in a small circle as another zombie emerged from the screen. The two zombies collided and were joined by a third. They milled around each other filling the small corridor and moving toward the openings at either end as more of the living dead emerged from the video game cabinet.
With no prey and no way to reason, they could only bump and grasp and moan. They horded together, not out of any sense of camaraderie, but because they had no way to make a decision and no way to find a better unlife. They filled the area behind the archery range’s heavy curtain meant to stop arrows from hitting the back wall. They stumbled on the boxes, which afforded the walls a little extra protection. They fell over each other and scrabbled to find their footing again.
One zombie found its way onto the range, but it had no sense of direction. The creature wandered back and forth along the curtain. A couple of the other undead joined it. They could feel their hunger, but it couldn’t drive them anywhere because they could sense no way to sate it.
(This story is part of the Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade Game at Lincoln City Archery. For the beginning of the story, read about the arcade cabinet discovery, then read about what happens when it gets plugged in. If you want to join us for Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade, read the rules first. Make reservations to fight the zombie horde.)