Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dead Rite chapter 101.18

Harold felt as if the temperature had dropped several degrees. “If they establish zombies as factual, they'll start to question the rest of us. Vampires, werewolves...even mages like me might be exposed. And what people think are different they destroy.”

“That's a worst-case scenario. They won't necessarily believe all that. There's enough modern culture that suggests zombies aren't a natural phenomenon.”

“No-one ever accused you of being natural.”

“Supernatural, then. Think of all the films where zombies aren't a supernatural curse but the product of scientific experiments. I can think of at least three where the dead have been revived thanks to a military directive. What would people do if they discovered their beloved dead were being revived to fight for the country that killed them?”

“This is just a guess but they might well start sticking axes in your brain to stop the plague spreading.”

“Ah. Good point.”

“It doesn't matter what the source of the infection is. What happens in every film is that the zombies are bad and have to be destroyed by the application of lead, steel or gouts of napalm to the brain.”

“You're right, of course. Any publicity is bad publicity.”

“Of course I'm right.”

Dill pulled a phone from his pocket and paused in the lee of a concrete support. He began to type faster than Harold thought possible. It took him about ninety seconds just to type 'colon, close bracket'. He estimated Dill's thumbs to be a hundred words a minute. “Who are you texting?”

“Ghosthackers.” Dill looked up and gave a hissing laugh. “Sorr. If they ever make a 'Ghostbusters Four' the song should be 'Who you gonna text?'. Actually I'm sending a message to my friend Sam, the original and best Ghost in the Machine.”

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