With their perimeter set up, Sally and Joe settled into their sleeping bags around the fire. It was dangerous to have a fire out in the open, but it had been days since they’d seen one of them. They assumed they were safe, but there’s never any security after the end.
In an effort to obscure what they had done, Sally and Joe had built a ring around the pit, placing the stones so they better concealed the flames. It made them feel safer and soon both of them had dozed off for the first time in months.
That was their second mistake.
As the pair slept, the flicker from the fire caught the attention of a walker in the woods. A lucky step over the can-laced rope and it was inside the perimeter, closing in on the sleeping lumps.
As the fire drew it forward, Sally and Joe continued to sleep, the sounds of contented breathing broken by the hideous keening.
Panicked screams followed as Sally valiantly tried to fight the creature off Joe, but it didn’t do any good. The pair hadn’t seen one walker in a few days but that night, three walked away from the fire…
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