Shanna continued browsing the cans, picking up what looked good and placing it in her bag. Jessica had walked to the front of the store, shifting her bag from shoulder to shoulder. She sighed, annoyed at Shanna’s slowness and the heaviness of the bag. After waiting for several minutes she looked down the aisle, Shanna was moving at a turtles pace looking at the cans, and everyone else still seemed to be busy. She put her bag over her shoulder and quietly opened the door, stepping outside. She walked to the car, unaware of what was going on around her and opened the trunk, setting her bag inside. It was almost too late when she noticed the first walker coming up on her left, without looking she took off running in the other direction. She screamed as she ran right into another walker, knocking her to the ground. She managed to scramble away from the walker she ran into, but her scream had caught the attention of several others, and they began closing in on her.
At the sound of Jessica screaming they all rushed to the front of the store, running outside. She had only made it about 15 feet from the store when she had run into the walker and fallen. They looked over at her just as one of the walkers took a large bite out of her neck. Listening to her screams of pain were unbearable, Shanna opened the car door and grabbed her bat as the others ran to help her sister.
David reached her first and shot the walker that had bit her right between the eyes. He quickly spun and shot another as Joe and Lynn caught up. Lynn rushed to her daughter, holding the screaming girl in her arms as she sobbed. Joe didn’t look at his daughter as he began firing at the walkers that were slowly beginning to surround them. Shanna quickly joined them, taking her bat to a walkers head, as it fell she continued to beat it until it stopped moving. David fired off a few more rounds before quickly taking in the situation. They had a minute tops before they would be completely over-run. There was no hope for Jessica. As another walker got close to him, took aim, shooting it in the head. He looked behind him as Lynn struggled to get a walker away from Jessica. Before he could do anything it grabbed her arm and latched on, tearing at the skin. As another one came at him he dodged out of its way and broke apart from the group. He took one last look at them before taking off towards the woods.
As another walker came at her, she took her bat and hit its stomach as hard as she could, and when it doubled over she brought the bat down onto the back of its skull. When the bat connected some of the blood sprayed onto her shirt, but she didn’t care. She tried to ignore the cries coming from her mother, and as she looked up she saw David running for the trees. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing, how could he just leave them. “Where are you going!?” she screamed after him, no longer paying attention to her surroundings. He didn’t even look back at her and anger filled her entire body.
Suddenly her father’s arms were around her and he swung her around, pushing her to the ground. Confused she sat up and looked back at him and saw the bloody bite mark on his back as he held a walker away at arm’s length. She watched helpless as another one came up and grabbed onto his outstretched arm. “Daddy no,” she screamed through the tears streaming down her face. She got up and grabbed her bat, walking towards him but he held his hand out to her. “No,” he’d screamed, the pain was plain on his face, “get to the car, get out of here. Go! Run!” She tried to shake her head no, she wanted to go back to him, to help him, but she knew it was no use. On shaky legs she ran back to the car, flinging the door open she threw her bat in the passenger seat and climbed in. She slammed the door shut behind her and pushed the locks down, looking in horror at the scene before her. She locked eyes with her father one last time, he was yelling for her to go. She fumbled with the keys in the ignition but finally got the car started. “I love you…” she said through sobs and she put the car into drive and slammed her foot on the pedal.