3. Stepping Out
The door of the bank opened quietly, there were few creatures in the street, not one of them alerted to the humans.
“Okay, quiet, cover each other’s back. I’m first, Stormy to my right, Andrea and Zac in the middle, cover sides and up. Gail, Al, you have the rear and up. Keep them from dropping in on us from fire-escapes or windows.” Archer said as he placed an arrow on his bow.
“Why is the Mountie not first?” Gail asked.
“I shoot faster with my rig than he can until he gets practice.”
Al loaded up a vertical crossbow, holding it so that anywhere he looked, the arrow aimed naturally.
When they stepped out into the street, a single shabby ex-human shambled towards them from where they were going. The Archer loosed his arrow and it fell to the ground as they walked quietly towards the police station. No other of the animated dead that patrolled the area
The Archer paused as they walked past the body and pulled the arrow out of the head of the horror-come-archery target.
The Archer kept his place on point as they headed to the station, an arrow nocked, his bow ready to draw in a heartbeat if a need arose. and carefully moved forward to the gate of the fortress-like structure. It stood ajar and opened silently on high security hinges.
They dragged the body of a large Rottweiler by its thick harness, Al cried when he saw it wore a badge. The head of a half-eaten corpse of the police dog blocked the spring-loaded gate from fully closing. Toothmarks on the badge where something had chewed, obliterating the badge number. Torn bodies lay about, decaying in the concrete courtyard. The K-9 cop did not die gently, as evidence of a furious fight by the bodies in the courtyard.
“Never thought a dog could tear limbs off of a body.” Jameson said.
“Canine officer. They teach them well and they require robust intelligence with the dogs.” Al said softly, tracing his index finger over the mutilated badge.
A bullet-proof glass and steel enclosed observation area inside the building controlled the gate.
Sergeant Frobisher, quickly figured out how to operate the lock and secured all the exits with a control panel.
“Excellent.” Al said. “Now we can relax.”
“No, now we need to check all the cells and rooms.” The Archer said. “I’m not sleeping without clearing this place from top to bottom.”
“You need to sleep, no matter what.” Andrea told The Archer. “When was the last down-time for you?”
“It has been a day or so.” The Archer nodded. “We will rest when the building’s secure.”
“Al and Zac stay here. Stormy, Gale and Jameson upstairs. Andrea and I will search below.” Archer said.
The Sergeant nodded.
“Here,” The Sergeant reached over into a locker as the groups were getting ready to leave. “I found these radios. Keep them on this channel I selected. Radio checks every five-minutes, everything is voice activated, so I will hear you the moment there’s a sound louder than a deep breath. As the Archer said, no rest until we clear this building.”
Archer taped an LED torch (as the label on it said) to the side of his bow and he adjusted the beam to fill a room with the glow from the diminutive light. Andrea stood next to him loading a police shotgun liberated from a gun-rack they found. She had used a key she found in a drawer and was quite proud of her discovery that allowed all the other firearms in the station available to the others.
“Right, ready.” Andrea said as she racked the riot gun and chambered a shell. “Buckshot and slugs. That’s what this girl is made of.”
For good measure, the Aussie filled her pockets and a bandoleir with shotshells she had found while digging around the observation port. Al pointed it was not police issue.
But Andrea could not care less.