First draft Lives of the dead (1)

Im so sorry i just cant live like this anymore its

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I’m so sorry; I just can’t live like this anymore. It’s all a lie. You pretend not to hear me crying every night. I pretend not to see you staring at me with something like contempt or disgust or both in your eyes. I need to go where I’m not shackled by guilt, where I’m not crushed by blame. I need to go where I can be free, no judgments, and no condemnations. We might have loved each other once but now we just act like two corpses locked together in the same grave. Good bye. I sit in the kitchen for a long time without moving. The sound of the clock ticking away the seconds synchronizes with the pitiful beat of my heart. At some point I move to the living room, I turn on the TV and listen to the sounds of a world tearing itself apart. I am shocked back into consciousness by the whining of the emergency broadcast siren. It explains that the dead are reanimating, that they hunger for human flesh. This infection as the broadcast calls it can be spread by bite and the destruction of an infected's head is the only way to guarantee permanent death. It begins to list local areas and where they should evacuate to. My county is named and the TV tells me I should go to a nearby army base. The house is nothing to me now, a ghost, a shell. I change my clothes, get in my car, and head for the base. The drive is mainly uneventful; I see numerous groups of the infected meandering about. Some are feeding on unfortunate victims, some give hap-hazard chase after my car, but I ignore them. With some creative driving and with some shortcuts over some front lawns I am able to reach the base. There is a line of men and women entering through a large opening in a chain link fence. As I approach a soldier waves me over. “Out of the car sir” he asks in a way that makes it clear that he is not asking me, he is telling me. “What's going on” I ask “Please just get in that line over there, colonel Kincaid will answer all your questions when we get everyone inside” he says as he gestures to a line of men entering the base, to the left of it a line of women enters, above the line reads a sign that proclaims
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welcome Fort Bennings to. I walk over to the line, take my place at the end, and wait to be welcomed into the iron embrace of Fort Bennings. As I enter the fort I am immediately shuffled into a small locker room along with a group of a about 20 other men. A large man with a square jaw and broad shoulders shouts from the center of the room “Strip naked and stand against the wall.” There is a general milling about, and a few murmurs, The large man does not appreciate this, “I SAID STRIP NAKED AND STAND AGAINST THE WALL, AM I NOT UNDERSTOOD!?” When I was a teenager I lived down south and worked on my uncles farm during the summer. 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
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