“Hold up, Coach,” Ellis grunted, grabbing the older man’s arm and drawing him back a step; heat rushed over them in a putrid burst, the wet splatter of a Boomer bursting from a single-handed magnum shot splashing down just a few feet in front of them. Fleshy chunks and strings of gore were strewn across the sidewalk, the bloated remains toppled back where the zombie had uttered its last burp. “Hey!” Ellis said excitedly, stepping around him, “His top didn’t totally blow – take uh look!”
“Have I told you today you’re fucking disgusting?” Nick wasped, dispensing of the last infected on the street with his crowbar. He shook out his sleeves, tugging them back down over his wrists neatly despite the blood splattering his hands.
“Lookie, lookie,” Ellis purred to himself as he dropped into a crouch beside his kill, smoothing two fingers in the still-hot air just above the body.
“Because you’re fucking disgusting.”
As always, the Boomer’s legs and lower body had remained, but in this case half of its torso had as well, the stomach’s eruption turning its upperbody into a gorey cave of bile-singed innards still gurgling. “Yuh can see sum uh th’ribcage still, blown out over there,” he murmured, rubbing his thumb over his lips thoughtfully before pointing towards the top of the chest, “They held strong up here. An’ that there’s th’heart.”
“Okay, I’m gonna be sick,” Rochelle moaned, turning away.
Nick followed her, green-faced. “Yeah, I’m pretty done with heehaw’s little Biology lesson too.”
“Boy, git away from that nasty shit,” Coach barked, cuffing Ellis on the back of his head hard enough to dislodge his hat, “Th’hell’s uh mattuh with yew?”
Ellis frowned, grasping his cap as he stood to fix it back over his curls. “Anybody else hungry fer sum ribs?” he questioned lightly, and grinned when Nick tossed him the finger from where she was slumped against a concrete barrier.
“Let’s jus’ git th’hell outtuh Savannah,” Coach rumbled, shoving Ellis in the shoulder to get him moving, “Without playin’ no more CSI with th’zombies, awlright, Ellis?”