Subject: Creating a hook
Time Period: Any
Length: Keep it short; 200 – 500 words
Lucy leaned back against the wall staring off into the darkness of the room. Outside the small house the sounds of the zombies rustling around could be heard. When the zombies moaned, Lucy would shut her eyes and think back to the good times before the virus outbreak that turned the dead to walking monsters. The sound of zombie moans forced her to think of how they once were living people with lives and family. It was just easier to think of them as monsters.
“Hey Lucy, where are my smokes?” Matt asked, walking into the room?
“Not sure, hun. Did Steve take them?”
“Nah, they are up stairs making out again.” Matt said with a laugh.
“Well, that’s how they deal with the situation,” Lucy replied, wishing that her and Matt were closer like that. He had drifted so far from her these past few days.
“Well, I’m going to pop out to the garage real quick. I had them out there earlier today.
“No! It’s still dark. Just wait until morning,” Lucy spoke raising her voice.
“I’ll just be a minute.”
Lucy stopped herself from yelling at him. These days he just does what he wants regardless of the danger. She placed her hand to her side running her fingers over the 38 pistol she had beside her. She heard the back door open and shut but no sounds of zombies. She sighed in relief.
The sound of a shotgun make her jump off the floor. Matt did not have a shotgun. “Steve! Kim! Get down here now!” She picked up her pistol and rushed to the back door. With a quick look around to make sure there were no zombies, she ran to the garage door. Holding her pistol in front she ripped the door open. Inside, lay Matt on the garage floor, his chest blown open. Over him stood an older man with leathery skin, unkempt hair and a stringy beard. He looked at her in surprise with wild eyes that darted apart but did not lift his gun.
“He wasn’t a zombie!” Lucy screamed, squeezing the trigger to her pistol.
The gun went off striking the man in the shoulder causing him to drop the shotgun. Just then Steve and Kim rushed in behind her.
“Who is he?” Steve asked.
“He just killed Matt!” Lucy shouted out still pointing her gun. The man stood in place covering his hand over his shoulder wound.
“What?” Both Steve and Kim.
“He would have changed… I’d seen it in his eyes.” The strange man replied.
“You’re mad! He’s fine!” Lucy said.
“I bet he’d been acting strange… right?” The strange man asked.
Lucy’s suddenly recalled Matt’s recent behavior and distance from her.
Steve bend down to Matt’s body looking over the arms and legs. He rolled down the sock revealing a wrapped left leg. “Sorry Lucy, this man may be right. Looks like he was bitten.”
“How can you tell if someone is infected?” Kim asked.
The strange man looked around at the three. “The eyes… The eyes turn yellow.”
Lucy could tell this man was out of his mind. “He’s crazy! Matt’s eyes were normal.”
“I can see things that most folks can’t!” The strange man yelled and rolled up his pants with his right hand revealing a heavily scarred left leg. “They attacked me but I am immune to the virus.”
“How?” Kim asked.
The strange man shook his head. “I don’t know.”
“What do we do with him?” Steve asked. “He might have the answer to cure the virus!”
Lucy raised her gun once again, “Kill him!”