State of Decay: Part One
by Peggy Martinez
Publication date: September 1st 2013
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Despite what you’ve been told, the Apocalypse doesn’t begin with fire raining down from the heavens, nor does it begin with the human race falling down on their faces in supplication before a triumphant god. No, the sounds of the Apocalypse are much more terrifying than that, and I should know … I’ve heard them, and hearing the world tumble into chaos around me is not something I’ll ever forget.
My name is Melody Carter.
A Boeing 767 fell from the sky and wiped out most of my neighborhood.
But, that’s the least of my worries.
My list of “Things I’m Most Worried About” shifted dramatically when my dad told me that charred corpses tried to make a meal out of their rescuers … I’m thinking yours would too.
This is the beginning of my story.
It’s not for the faint of heart.
*** This is PART ONE in the ongoing zombie apocalypse novella series, State of Decay. A new story will be released every 3-4 weeks, until Melody’s story has been told. This novella is approximately 20,000 words. (About 80+/- pages long) ***
****** Warning: This book is for mature/NA/Adult Readers. This novella contains: tons of violence, lots of action, gobs of gore, and oodles of bad language. Enter at your own risk. ******
~Q&A with Melody Carter~
Q~ So, Melody, what would you say has been one of the hardest things you’ve had to deal with during the past two years?
A~ Being completely and utterly alone. A lot of things are survivable, but living without human interaction can make surviving look less and less appealing.
Q~ Are you glad to be around living, breathing people once again?
A~ Glad, but I can’t help but wonder if it would be easier not to get too close to anyone. The odds are not in anyone’s favor.
Q~ Inquiring minds want to know. How DID you survive all alone, in the woods, for so long?
A~ A lot of looting, staying away from populated areas, I fished and made snares for small game. Mostly, I barely slept, kept the forest cleared of any straggler zombies, and avoided going into town as much as possible.
Q~ What has been one of the hardest things you’ve had to do since everything happened?
A~ Besides burying my dad? I’d really rather not talk about some of the things I’ve had to do, my world is already full of violence and death. I don’t want to bring up all my nightmares.
Q~ So, what’s up with the Army guy, Jude? Do you think there’s something there?
A~ Who knows? I don’t really know that much about Jude, except he’s a good soldier … and he’s hot. Oh God, I hope he doesn’t read this. Ugh, his ego doesn’t need to get any bigger.
Q~ Do you think there are any safer places you could go to in the world?
A~ I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, but how could I know? Maybe we’ll find someone one day who will know more. We can only hope, right?
Q~ If you had a do-over for ONE thing that has happened in the past two years, one thing YOU did that you could change … what would it be and why?
A~ I would normally say “nothing”, but that wouldn’t really be true. If I could change one thing, I would have tried harder. I would have tried to kill more zombies, save more people … just done more. But, I don’t get another chance, do I?
Q~ Well, that’s a lot of deep stuff, Melody. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy, zombie-killing, schedule to talk to us.
A~ No problem, I was glad to answer all of your questions. And I sincerely hope you’re still alive for another interview some time.
~About the Author~
Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls.
She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn’t too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.
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