Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 104: Zombies Versus Assassin

This is the 104th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.

Zombie Versus Assassin, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 15th March 2013

Word count: 850

The story:

“Stay together,” Juliano urged, his whispers carrying untold menace.

The small group tightened up, and together they edged their way forward.

“Over there!” Max Smethwick pointed, “The doors look closed on that building.”

“Okay, be quiet,” Juliano warned, “Everyone keep an eye out, I’ll go check it out.” The Italian broke away from the group, but stopped after a few yards and turned back, “If anything happens make a run for it. Stay in the open, they can’t jump you that way.”

Max and the others nodded. The Italian carried on to the warehouse. He skirted round the place as quietly as he could, his revolver in his hands ready. All the doors were shut.

The Italian stepped back into the street and gestured the ten people he had somehow become responsible for.

“See those steps,” he pointed to a fire escape on the side of the two storey warehouse, “We’re going up there. Higher is better, fewer points to defend, good visibility, okay?”

The pale white faces of the terrified looked back at him.

Max sighed, “Okay.”

“Take this Max and bring up the rear,” Luciano handed over his only weapon at present with regret, and worry, but getting in was more important, and whomever brought up the rear would be better being armed.

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Daily Flash Fiction Challenge: An update

For the past few years I’ve done my best to maintain a work life balance. I’ve worked hard to be fast and efficient at my job so I’m able to fit more into my working day, limiting the amount of work I have to do outside of working day.

However, this new year has been getting busier and busier at work. My to do list will soon make me look like a short arse in comparison, (and I’m six foot four). Ultimately this has led to my work-life balance going a bit out of kilter, in favour of work. Lots of hours, and when I’m not working, I’m mentally exhausted.

It’s why I’ve gotten behind on writing again, and it’s annoying. I know I’ll catch up, but it’s a blow when I’m trying really hard to write everyday. And it’s not like I don’t have time, it’s that after a long day I don’t have the words. I write what i can, and that’s usually at least something each day, so when I come to catch up, like tonight for instance, I can follow through on the idea I had.

It’s not going to get better until Spring is gone either, but I’m not surrendering the challenge, I just have to acknowledge that some days I’ll miss target, some days I’ll have to double and treble and quadruple up, and realise that’s okay.

So for those that read my blog, (hey, lovely to have you here), bear with me, eventually normal service will resume.

P.S. Yes, in the time I’ve taken to write this I could have caught up – but no one’s perfect.

P.P.S. To those that balance writing everyday with work, university, zoo keeping child rearing, and what not – you have my full respect. You do amazing things.