Aaron Patterson is a #1 Amazon Kindle best-selling author and the Publisher of Stone House Ink and StoneGate Ink publishing houses… Yeah, he’s wicked awesome! His blog seriously has some AMAZING posts for authors trying to Indie publish, so if you haven’t checked it out- you MUST!
Now, many of you will remember last weeks Indie Frenzy post by Angeline Kace… This is a little spin off of epicness… Read last weeks installment of Zombie Queen/Hunter… by Angeline Kace.
by Aaron Patterson
“Who is that?” Kate said with a flip of her hair. Her gaze was fastened on a tall blond guy across the cafeteria.
“Who, him?” Ang said as she shoved another spoonful of yogurt in her mouth.
The guy in question sat down one table over from where she and Ang were sitting. He was wearing dark sunglasses and a black suit.
“Seriously Kate, he is wearing sunglasses inside and what is with the suit? We are not in Canada.”
“I know, but he is cute… even if he is a bit odd.”
“A bit odd?” Ang gave Kate a half grin.
“Shut-up,” Kate looked at her cell and checked Twitter. The talk was already in full force as Airel and Kim went on and on about the new guy.
Matt was in fact from Canada—that explained the suit—but the word was he had been exiled, kicked out of his own country. What did you have to do to get kicked out of a country?
Kate spotted Ashley across the room wearing her usual getup, stilettos, and a mini skirt. Her small frame and thick brown hair made her look more like a doll instead of the biggest—meanest—freak in school.
“Great, here comes the Zombie Queen.” Ang rolled her eyes and polished off the last of her yogurt. “Can she be any more obnoxious?”
Ashley was walking—no strutting up to Matt with a lollipop in her mouth. Kate groaned. “Oh—My—Gawd! She is doing the lollipop thing!” Kate faked a gagging sound and at once had no desire to finish her lunch.
Kate eyed Matt and for no sane reason other than she could not sit by and let Ashley steal yet another hot hunk-of-man-meat out from under her, she stood up and marched over to Matt’s table and sat down next to him just seconds before Ashley could.
Kate could feel her face flush and but no matter how insane it sounded she was not going to let her win again. If it wasn’t for Airel, Ashley would had Michael too.
“Hi, I’m Kate, welcome to our little school.” Her voice was calm, collected and yes, smooth. Kate was so relieved that she almost missed his response.
He stuck out his hand and she saw her reflection in his dark glasses. Kate wondered if he was shy when he didn’t say anything and just give her a cockeyed grin.
Kate was waiting for Ashley to turn around and walk her perfect little body back to wherever she came from, but she sat down across from him and blinked like a fish.
“Matt, I’m Ashley, I see you met Kitty,”
Kate hated the name Kitty and hearing if from Miss Zombie Queen herself and in that tone was more then she could stand. Kate flew to her feet so fast that she smashed her knee on the underside of the table. The pain never registered, all she could see was Ashley.
Grabbing the lollipop from her mouth and threw it across the room and the cafeteria fell silent.
“You bitc—” Ashley swung her hand across Kate’s face and a loud slapping sound rang across the room.
“Chick fight!” Someone yelled and the quiet hush turned into a thunderous mass of yelling and cat calls.
Kate did not stop to think, would not stop until the Zombie Queen was down. Kate grabbed her hair and drug her across the table and Matt fell backward and when he landed his glasses fell off and his eyes showed for the first time.
They were dead and lifeless. One hung at a weird angle and before Kate could register what she was seeing, Ashley was on her back and Ang jumped in the fight screaming like a banshee.
Ashley clawed and scratched at Kate, leaving red marks on one side of her face. Kate flung her over her shoulder and Matt came to life and grabbed Ashley by the hair. He flashed his teeth and tried to bite her arm.
Kate yanked her away and with Ang pushing from behind Kate fell forward and right into Matt’s arms. He wrapped her up and she felt his iron grasp crush her lungs. Matt bit down and ripped into her neck. It did not hurt at first but Kate did not really remember what pain was anymore.
All that remained were screams and the dull pain of hunger that nagged her at all times. She could smell the brains of the humans and craved it, needed it, and would find more. How she had any memories or thoughts, she could not say for sure. Maybe it was what all zombies went through, the dead body and soul but trapped with the memories of a life once lived.
Kate wandered the streets with Ang scavenging for food, for flesh and no matter how hard Kate tried to talk or communicate with Ang it was no use. They were zombies, dead and simple things like speech were now impossible.
To hear a human talk of zombies you would think they were brain dead lumps of flesh. But Kate knew different. She may not have a heartbeat but she did have dreams, goals, and needs—was not that life?
Her one overpowering goal was to kill, to eat and to find her next meal. But above all she wanted to find one person, one miserable human—the person who started it all.
Ashley the Zombie Queen.
She died to save her and now she was dead and that wench was alive and the most feared zombie killer around. The click clack of heels struck fear into her kind, the smell of coffee and that laugh… just the thought made Kate salivate.
Then she smelled it, the human, life and fresh blood. Picking up her pace she dragged her broken left leg and turned the corner to see the Zombie Queen trying to pull an ax from a stupid zombie’s head. The man clearly had no hunting skills.
She still wore her stilettos and Kate planned to rip them from her detached legs.
It was working out as planned, all they had to do was get her into that alley. To make her run through the maze like the little rat she was.
Kate lumbered behind the horde and watched as the left side closed off her escape just like she hoped they would. It was not easy directing a horde of Zombies, but she had nothing but time.
Ashley took hold of the ladder and fought her way up. It was beautiful, just perfect and the best part was Mirko was waiting at the top for her. The vampires came up with the pact in the beginning but Kate was more than happy to join them if it meant killing Ashley.
Vampires wanted blood, Zombies wanted the brain and meat… it was a match made in hell. They rounded them up and drained them and the zombies came in to clean up the remains.
Who’s got the hot guy now—
OH MY GOD!! Right??? At least Ang didn’t try to kill me off… But you know me- I have a flair for the dramatics… so EPIC WIN! But it’s too bad this wasn’t started before KC and Matt came on though… Now we’ll never know the end!!!
All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?
(the following is from the rough draft… you guys are so lucky!!)
The hum of a low pulse reverberated through my body. It went in and faded almost gone and then came back stronger and stronger until it felt like it was going to crush me from the inside out. I opened my eyes and saw it, the thing, the monster standing over a sea of blood.
My wrist was broken—both of them. I lifted my hands to inspect the damage but they hung limp and sharp pain shot up my arm and seemed to go through my heart. What was this? A dream? I could remember something familiar about this place. The dark black earth, jagged and pointed like shark teeth. Barren woodlands and gaping mountains looking out over the vast valley where I stood.
The robed creature did not move but lifted his hand and pointed at me. I stepped forward and saw that at my feet the blood flowed and was about to touch my feet. But it wasn’t blood, it was thousands, maybe millions of small red stones. Each pulsing in rhythm to one another.
I could hear the tiny sounds of them as they moved, grew in number and it sounded like glass clinking together. The red color was stark against the black landscape, almost neon. The sky was gray and full of clouds.
Take it Airel. You are the key.
I heard the voice in my head but it wasn’t She, it was the voice of them, the mix of good And evil. But something was different. It was smaller, not as big as the last time. I walked forward and the bloodstones broke under my feet.
“What do you want? Why am I here?” I didn’t expect it to answer but I felt like I had to say something.
With its hand outstretched it did not move. I walked forward, closer and with each step my hiking boot came down, and the crunching wet sound made me want to scream. It sounded like I was stepping on a crunchy slug.
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