Flip This Zombie

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back “evidence” of our kills by the people who had hired us. And that fact didn’t slip past Dave either.
    “Wait, what?” Dave asked, his eyes narrowing until I was pretty sure he couldn’t see out of them at all. “You did work on
heads
? Is that why so many of our clients have been demanding we bring the heads of the zombiesback? To give to
you
? Exactly how many people know about your little lab?”
    Barnes stood up and I watched as his hand slid over to touch the AK-47 that now rested on his desk top. I got to my own feet, hoping to defuse the situation if it escalated.
    “No one!” Barnes insisted.
    “Yeah, right.” Dave snorted. He leaned forward in an increasingly hostile pose. He can be a bit caveman at times. And not a Geico, go-bowling caveman, either.
    I pressed a hand to his chest. “Honey, he might not be lying.”
    “Bullshit,” Dave snapped.
    I pushed harder to hold him in place. “Think about it, doofus! The camps are like Perez Hilton’s damn blog. Gossip and rumors fly through there. If someone knew about the lab, especially people like the ones who hire us, we would have heard about it. Someone would have tried to use the information as leverage.”
    Dave’s expression softened slightly. Caveman
could
be reasoned with, you see.
    “Yeah, maybe,” he grunted.
    Barnes was nodding wildly. Apparently he didn’t want any kind of escalation with my husband, either. “I knew I couldn’t trust any of the ones who have brought me the heads with this secret. After spending just five minutes with most of them it was clear to me that none had the skills or the mind power to collect zombies themselves. I soon deduced they were all using your services to bring me what I desired.”
    “We were the middle man,” I muttered with a shake of my head. “Son of a bitch.”
    “Just from hearing about you,” the doctor continued, “and by observing you a few times from a safe distance, I could see you two were the clear leaders in killing zombies.”
    “So why not just call upon us out in the open?” I asked. “Why go through the whole ruse of calling us here for a job and then taking us hostage?”
    Barnes nodded. “I would have treated you with more respect, not to mention skipped the rather expensive trouble of using one of those idiots to post the note to you at camp, had I not heard more than once about David’s cynicism about… well, anything that implies hope. I had to assume you wouldn’t come had I made my true intentions clear.”
    My husband and I both flinched. Apparently we’d been a bit transparent, even to the morons who hired us.
    “You might be right about that,” Dave admitted, full of Grumpy-Pants irritation.
    “I thought the only way I had any chance of obtaining your assistance was to
show
you what I’ve done here. To prove to you through your own experiences that I wasn’t a quack making false promises.”
    Dave nodded slowly. “I
guess
that makes sense. For a mad scientist.”
    Barnes exhaled a long breath. “If only I could test this serum on some human subjects, I would know for certain if it has the potential for curing these…
things
, or at least halting their desire to kill. And I’ll also be able to see its effect on the human brain, which is considerably more complex than a rodent’s.”
    “In most cases,” I said with a faint smile.
    Barnes laughed in response. It sounded rusty, but then I guess it was since he’d been alone for so long.
    “True,” the doctor said with a slight nod. “I must see if the brain is damaged irreparably by the full transformation.”
    “The guinea pigs seem okay,” Dave muttered as we all looked at the cage.
    “They’re such simple creatures,” Barnes sighed. “There is little difference in the behavior of one with brain damage and one without, I’m afraid.” He turned his attention back to me. “In addition, I’d also like to be able to test my serum on subjects who have been bitten, but not fully

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