Earth’s Survivors: Plague
“I don’t know the area,” Adam told him. He shrugged and looked down at Beth and then back up at Billy where he stood with Pearl. Pearl spoke.
“A dozen ways to get in that they showed me… All from inside, I have no idea where they come out here. I do know that this base has nothing to do with the base out route 3. A separate place… Maybe there were connections I didn’t know about, but on the surface they were run and maintained separately.” She looked up at Adam. “The thing is I remembered so little of it after I got out of there. After I got away from the people who… took me I hid for three days, trying to find a way out… finally just collapsed. Met some people leaving shortly after that and traveled with them. Lucky to be alive,” her voice tightened as she slowed and then stopped speaking for a moment. “The river… That is where I got out… I listened to the people I traveled with. They came from here, along the river itself, there’s a cave. They spent time there. It’s on a road that follows the river. The road is abandoned, or was abandoned, even then. I came out on that road myself when I got out, before the others captured me. I’m sure that I could find the way in if we can find that road… I say find that cave, and then get down on the cliffs that front the river. It’s going to look like a small dark cave opening from a distance, but up close you can see the jackhammer marks, at least I did when I came out of it.”She shrugged.
“I say, lead us down then, Pearl.”
Pearl looked back at Adam, frowned, and then nodded.
The buildings they passed were silent, crumbling ruins. The roadway was cracked and missing huge sections in places. The low thump of the exhaust echoed off the buildings as they passed them and headed down into the city itself. Billy crawled along the road, allowing the truck to idle its way. The hill flattened out, and they began to pass areas of what had been strip malls and then passed into block after block of old houses. Tilted, some fallen, all the yards were overgrown. A few areas were devoid of anything at all.
They passed what looked to be a hospital building. At least the signs that were still legible referred to it as a hospital. The top floors were collapsed, debris scattered across the parking lots. Many of the cars were crushed under huge slabs of concrete. They could see only slices of the landscape through the gun slots in the armor that covered the windows. The monitors on their dashboards sent a clearer picture to them.
The CB radios were scratchy silence, and had been for miles. They had skirted the city of Syracuse, and the radio had jumped to life a few times as they were traveling away from it, but even then it was nothing they could understand. It might have been someone transmitting, it might have been something else, although none of them could think of what else it might have been. Whatever it was they had understood none of it: A series of pops and screeches, periods of absolute silence. It happened three times, and then stopped. The radio had reverted back to scratchy silence and stayed that way.
The roadway narrowed to not much more than a wide street, and then the taller buildings of the downtown area began to show ahead. The CB radio in Adam’s truck suddenly squawked to life.
“… Hey… Hey, you guys… Two coming… Two coming… Some strange looking shit right here. Coming downtown… Hey come on back…”
Beth picked up the FM radio from the seat top. “Billy?”
“Yeah… Heard it,” Billy said. “Look at this.”
The brake lights on Billy’s truck lit up as he slowed. Adam pulled slightly to the side to see why he was stopping.
The road was blocked from side to side just where it entered the downtown area. There were more than a dozen wrecked cars and trucks closing it from one side to the other. Adam pulled up even with Billy’s truck, glancing around at the buildings as he did. He saw nothing at all.
“Tell him to back out of here,” Adam told Beth.
Beth nodded, picked up the radio, and that was when the first shots came, ringing against the steel armor of the trucks.
Adam floored the gas and the big truck leapt backwards, the tires screeching as it did. Billy’s truck raced along backwards next to him. Together they backed at full speed out of the downtown area, and away from the roadblock.
In a few seconds they were screaming backwards down the wider street beyond the downtown area they had driven into. Billy’s truck slowed beside him, the tires locking up and hopping on the pavement, and then the truck backed hard into the hospital parking lot. Flying into the air as it left the road, and disappearing from site into the lot.
Adam locked up his own brakes, swung around hard, and then floored the gas pedal and backed toward the parking lot too. Beth shot her arm out and braced herself as the truck leapt into the air when the rear tires hit the small rise from the roadway to the parking lot, and bounced high into the air. Adam locked up the brakes a split second later, barely missing Billy’s truck, and slammed backwards into a car at the back of the lot before stopping. The collision did nothing to the heavily reinforced iron bumper of the truck, but sent the car spinning like a top across half of the cracked and tilted parking lot. It hit the opposite side of the lot and skittered off the side into a deep ravine.
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