Trifecta XXVI / ZB XI – Heroes and Villians

This Week’s word is:

enig·ma noun \i-ˈnig-mə, e-\

1: an obscure speech or writing
2: something hard to understand or explain
3: an inscrutable or mysterious person

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You know what time it is?
Come along and sing the song!
Z-O-M-B-I-E B-U-N-N-Y!

Well our heroic siblings have been rescued, so we can all take a deep breath and relax…

Emma and Allen’s uneventful ride in the helicopter should have been relaxing, but with McMuscles sitting across from them, opening walnuts in his fists (Somehow, he managed to keep the brain shaped nuts intact) they shared an uneasy feeling.

“Where are we going?” Emma asked, after deciding Allen wasn’t going to.

He paused. “Empire Media Headquarters, ETA 10 minutes.”

Allen then spoke up impatiently. “What, are you collecting survivor stories?”

“We brought your father in this morning. Mr. Connar wants you all together.” Crack. End of conversation.

Despite Richard Connar’s public presence (and self- financed documentary), Emma and the general public still saw him as an enigma. Having watched ENN, she doubted his intentions were for some tearjerker reunion footage. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

* * *

They landed on the rooftop helipad as scheduled and were unceremoniously led to a penthouse conference room. Emma noticed the wall sized screen as they entered, broadcasting the neighborhood where they had been only a short time before. Bodies, both human and bunny, were scattered around the area, with gratuitous closeups of the grenade impact zone.

“Yes that’s the aftermath,” Connar announced with no introduction. “We shot your escape, and got another chopper out there making a little extra news for us.”

“Where’s our father?” Allen asked looking around suspiciously. Connar gestured impatiently.

“He’s doing his part, reassuring the public that KillEmAll will end this crisis.” He reached in his pocket and presented a thumb drive. “This information we rescued with him contains data on the project you and your colleagues worked on, Ms Appleby- the one that created the outbreak. Your father’s appeal to save you was more than paternal, thankfully.”

“We’re securing a government-grade laboratory for your use, and will monitor and even broadcast, your progress. Refusal is not an option. Oh and Allen,” he turned and nodded to McMuscles, who unholstered a very large handgun, “Push aside those thoughts of attacking me. We’re only looking for one type of hero right now.”


Filed under Creative Writing, Horror, Humor, Sci-fi, Trifecta Writing Challenge, Writing, Zombie Bunnies

17 responses to “Trifecta XXVI / ZB XI – Heroes and Villians

  1. Brain – this is like a movie!! Kind of a Bond/Bourne thing… I think you did a good job on it!

  2. I can totally see this as a movie too! I like that you specified that the nuts were brain-shaped — it was the perfect zombie touch.

    • Ha! that’s pretty interesting, I was thinking more along the imagery of him crackin’ heads – but great that it can be interpreted in different ways. Thanks so much for that feedback!

  3. This was a great story. I especially like McMuscles! 🙂

  4. gene3067

    I love this story so much I’m posting the link on facebook.

  5. Jennifer Worrell

    I am really into this series, which says a lot, because I’m not an action flick chick. You’ve really hooked me because your writing is so fanTAStic, and I’m really into SmartAxes…

  6. I really like this installment. It revealed a lot about the situation, but still left so much to look for in future installments. I’m curious about their relationship with their dad. (You may have already touched on this, but with this being an installment, and me having no memory, well…what was I writing?)

    • I should get some organized timeline in place, as I used to go around the timeline, then just moved forward. New readers might want to read it all straight through. Thanks for the tip!

  7. One of my favorite meals is rabbit pie. Do you think Zombie Bunny Pie would be equally tasty?

    • I can imagine a bite or two, then suddenly you jump on the table, burying your face into it, fighting off everyone else. Then it’s gone…but wait, there might be more at the supermarket…

  8. Thanks so much for linking up. Another fantastic installment of the Zombie Bunnies. What are your plans for this series? It’s crying out for publication. Until then, we’re more than happy to showcase it on Trifecta. Hope you’ll come back again soon.

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