First draft Lives of the dead (1) (1)

One day he received a shipment of cattle and had me

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One day he received a shipment of cattle and had me help inspect them. He pulled back their gums to check their teeth, felt them for muscles, and in general just poked and prodded them from every angle looking for imperfections. At one he stopped sighed and said “This one just won't do, ain't enough meat to sell at market, ain't strong enough to breed.” “What do we do with it?” I asked him. He looked at me, gave a wicked little smirk, and held up a cylindrical object to the cattle's head which pulverized its brain in less than a second. “We'll feed it to the pigs.” This memory comes back to me as a soldier pulled back my gums to check my teeth, felt me for muscles, and in general just poked and prodded me from every angle looking for imperfections. More specifically, he looked for bites. After looking me up and down for several minutes he pointed to me
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and said “good,” I was allowed to keep my brains intact and was quickly ushered into an adjoining room. Inside there were two long wooden tables set up with a soldier sitting every few feet. One waved me over and I quickly stepped in front of him. “How tall are you, 6 foot?” He asked “Actually 5'10” I replied. “Close enough,” he said curtly, “Take these, you get two sets, every three days put the set you've been wearing in the laundry, understand?” “Uhh yeah I guess,” I responded. “Good get dressed, and exit over there, hurry you're one of the last groups we're letting in.” With that he gestured to a door on the opposite wall from where I entered. I entered into a large clearing with a stage set into the middle. I looked out at the crowd that was trickling into the clearing, and I saw their faces. Confusion and fear were etched on them as. I walked up to a younger looking soldier and tried to see if he could tell me about what was happening. “Hey can you tell me what’s going on” I asked. “The Colonel will address you shortly,” he answered. “Yeah I’ve heard that before, but can’t you tell me anything?” I asked. He shuffled on his feet for a second and looked around, “I’m in the dark here too man, they haven’t told us anything’ I’m Private Durey by the way.” Before I could open my mouth to respond a booming voice cut through the crowd and drew out attention to the stage. “The Colonel’s starting her address, meet me in the mess hall later tonight and we’ll talk,” and with that he walked to the edge of the crowd and stood at attention. “Good evening new occupants of Fort Benning, I am Colonel Bestraff. I am the commanding officer of this Fort. I know that many of you are scared and confused, but I am here to reassure you: within these walls you are safe. This infection has devastated all of our lives, but my men and I will protect you. We have little information on the infection besides what you probably already know. It is spread through oral contact with one of the infected, it causes death and then shortly after, reanimation.
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But we need not worry about that any longer. Here behind these walls the scourge of death that plagues
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