Callsign: King - Book I by Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis

Callsign: King - Book I by Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis

Author:Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis [Robinson, Jeremy & Ellis, Sean]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780983601777
Publisher: Breakneck Media
Published: 2011-06-28T00:00:00+00:00

16.

The Elephant Graveyard, Afar District, Ethiopia

King eased his finger off the trigger and glanced at Felice from the corner of his eye. He couldn’t tell whether she was telling him not to shoot, or screaming at the zombie-like figures shambling toward them. Regardless of her intent, both happened; he checked his fire and the zombies froze in place. He kept the MP5 trained on the nearest one a few moments longer, but none of them so much as blinked.

It was actually kind of creepy.

“What just happened?” he asked, without turning to look at Felice.

He realized that she was sobbing. “I did this. To them. I made them that way.”

His first impulse was to console her with words of denial, but he knew such claims would offer little comfort. She knew what had happened; somehow, she just knew, and if she believed that she was somehow responsible for turning the others into cannibalistic beasts, that was something he could ill-afford to dismiss. “Felice, honey, whatever has happened, we can talk it about it later. Right now, what do you say we just move very slowly back outside?”

She let out another wet sob then sniffed loudly. “No. It’s all right. They’ll do whatever I tell them.”

“O-kay,” King answered slowly. “But if it’s all the same to you, I think I’d prefer to discuss this somewhere else.”

Felice got to her feet, ignoring King’s extended helping hand, and walked toward one of the men. She stopped directly in front of him, and then reached out and placed her hand on his cheek. The man didn’t react at all. “This is Bill Craig. He was a zoologist. He also liked to write science-fiction stories.”

She lowered her hand and moved to another of the motionless figures. “This is Wayne Skiver. He was the lead geneticist. He was also planning to open his own restaurant someday.”

King noticed her conspicuous use of the past tense. “Felice. This wasn’t your fault. Let’s get out of here.”

“It was my fault. I found it. I unleashed it.” She filled the words with such anger that King felt a chill shoot down his back.

“What did you find?”

“A ghost. An evil spirit. The Old Mother. She drove these elephants into the cave four hundred thousand years ago. And when I found her, she destroyed their minds, took control of my friends; Bill, Wayne…all of them.” She turned back to him. “I know you won’t believe me, but I can feel her in me.”

King strode cautiously over to stand in front of her, just as she had done with her co-workers. He took her hand in his. “Felice, I don’t know if I believe in ghosts, but I’m sure we can find some way to deal with this. Let me help you.”

This time she complied, but the look she gave him was one of resignation, not gratitude. King didn’t really care, as long as it got her moving. They moved away from the shrine and down the path through the bones. The seven zombies remained still as statues behind them.



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