The skies were dark, that’s all the skies seemed to be these days. A drab color of grey that made one wish for the warmth of a cheerful sun upon their face from happier days of yonder, but instead they were met with a cold, dry wind blowing against their dirtied face and a post-apocalyptic world that screamed of death. There were no children laughing and playing in the streets, no passer byes saying their hellos, no ring of the doorway to a shop as a customer entered; only silence and an ever-present fear. The good old days were long since gone and instead there was simply the travesty of existence that plagued a world that was slowly dying. Yet all this was supposed to be part of some master plan set out by an entity simply known as The Red Death. In their eyes to obtain the glories of heaven, one must first travel through the depths hell. Standing atop the remains of what might have been a skyscraper at one point in time, a mysterious masked figure looked upon the ruins of the city of Frebourne. The city was roughly the size of New York City, perhaps a bit smaller, and had all the landmarks of a once grand existence. But like everything else in the world, the glory days were over and the city was crumbling away. Through chaos comes order, and through death must come rebirth. Plans were slowly falling into place and The Red Death would see to it that things continued on unhindered. Their master plan would follow through and the world would be reborn again into it's second glorious coming of the golden days! God asks that the world become purified as he had done when he'd called upon Noah to build his ark. This time, he wants a total annihilation. A clean slate of which to work upon. His word compels me and so I shall carry on his orders...no one can stop the inevitable. With that thought, the mysterious figure turned and seemed to disappear into the shadows. . . ~~~~~~~ It was about mid-day as Kate continued to follow the abandoned road she’d been walking on for three days now. Her trusty German Shepard Orzo followed closely at her heels, stopping now and then and listening closely to whatever sounds there might be. The cracked, uneven roads could be somewhat difficult to traverse, but she seemed to have managed thus far. Soon she came upon the entrance of a large city. A long stretch of road led toward a tunnel and on the other side of the tunnel was the city of Frebourne, as the rusted sign made clear that she now was glancing at. The metal legs were corroding away, and it haphazardly dangled by a single corner ready to fall at any given strong wind. Glancing down at her companion, Kate stroked Orzo’s ears, “I guess we’re heading to Frebourne, think things will go any better this time around?” She asked, not expecting an answer from the dog. Orzo only yawned, his pink tongue curling back into his mouth, as they pushed forward . . . The road was long and arduous, but she finally stood at the gaping dark hole of the tunnel that would lead her to her next destination. She was never a large fan of tunnels. They were long, dark, and perfect hunting grounds for any of the three types of monsters that plagued the earth: Zombie, Scavenger, and Dark Beasts. Orzo whimpered softly, but this was the most direct route. Kate hadn't come this far to just give up. Taking out her flashlight from her belongings she shined it down the dark passage and took a deep breath, “come on Kate pull yourself together” she said to reassure herself as she plunged into the darkness with Orzo . . . They were about half way through the tunnel before running into the trouble. Most of the Scavengers had cleared out and gone to other places to rest for the day, but a select few, her guess about 6, had made their sleeping arrangements in the tunnel. Kate happened to shine her light upon them and almost gasped, but kept it in. However, in the process of trying to sneak past she’d hit the remainder of a rundown car that had been left to rot as the bumper fell off and clattered to the ground alerting the sleeping Scavengers there was someone or something there. Without wasting time she opened fire at the nearest ones, killing two, and took off at a sprint, “Go!” she shouted to Orzo ordering him to run forward. He did so and emerged on the other side barking in surprise as Kate followed in a mad sprint. Behind her were scattered four Scavengers awake and smelling her pumping blood. Turning her upper torso some she aimed a few more shots behind her before her gun clicked empty, “Fuck!” Climbing over a car she slid down the hood and landed taking off again as she caught up to Orzo. The three remaining Scavengers continued the chase even as she entered into the narrow streets of Frebourne city. They stumbled and covered their eyes when they left the darkness of the tunnel, but the over cast skies allowed them enough tolerance to bear being out in the light. Their hunger driving them further. Letting out horrid hissing and cries, the chase continued. Kate glanced a second over her shoulder, I need a plan! She holstered her empty gun and grabbed her bat for her next line of defense, all the while scanning what she could to seek a window of opportunity for escape. She needed to find a patch of sun or bright light, that would keep them at bay.