Congratulations Herr_Alien on winning Contagion-Fans.com's Short Story Competition and winning a copy of Dead Island!
Posted by Tatsur0 on Sep 16th, 2011
After reading through each and every story repeatedly by both Monochrome LLC and Contagion-Devs.com we've finally decided on the winner but before we get to that I'd like to say you all did an incredible job of taking strict limitations and creating some wonderful stories that honestly left us wanting more. Due to the interest and number of participates as well as how enjoyable it was to read your guy's works we may run a similar competition again in the future! Now on to the winner and some honorable mentions.
The winner of Contagion-Fans.com Zombie Inspired Short Story Competition is - Herr_Alien with his short story:
He then decided to switch the subject: “Let’s see if there are any “don’t-die” among them!”. Nobody knew why some of the slow zombies had pieces of cardboard on them with the words “don’t die”. Most thought that some dare-devil had a habit of sneaking behind slow zombies and tagging them. Either way, they were the amusement of the teams tasked with clean-up. Derrick grinned, and pointed to one of the bodies: “Happy? We followed the instructions, we didn’t die”. Alex nodded; the zombie was indeed tagged with the infamous piece of cardboard.
The two pushed on with their mission, to clean up the town. Their next objective was the library. A scout on ATV mentioned a group of slow zombies there; the scout even took a peek inside, and managed to get back to the ATV before being surrounded by the slows.
As ‘hunter’, Alex took point, with Derrick following. As soon as they entered the main lobby, they noticed a group of slows. They both opened fire. Derrick in long, deafening bursts, while Alex fired only occasionally, when one of the slows managed to get too close on Derrick. Moments later, only the team was still standing.
“Would you look at that? Almost all of them are “don’t-die”!”. Alex was shocked, but Derrick was unimpressed: “Don’t care. We live, they die.”. “Still, it’s pretty funny that they’re so many of …”. A moan interrupted Alex.
The sound came from the lecture room on their left. They turned and started to creep towards it. The moan started again, then again, and again. The two entered the room only to notice and be noticed by the only zombie in the room. A slow one. With the “don’t die” sign in his hand, he started to shuffle towards them, moaning louder and louder.
“FUCK. YOU.”. Derrick took aim and tapped the trigger for each word. The first bullet went straight through the groins of the zombie, and the second through its skull.
Alex looked around a bit then motioned to Derrick: “Clear!”. “Got that right”, Derrick mumbled, mostly for himself. Alex switched on his radio: “Cleaned up grid position 1A–23; We’re RTB.”.
The pair turned around and left, their mission completed. They didn’t notice the last page of the diary on the table next to the zombie: “Can’t talk. Hard to write. Must contact healthy. Must not let them die us. Must tell them not to die us. We’re still us. Must use signs to tell not to die us. They must help us.”
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We'd like to thank all of you who participated and must say it was incredibly difficult to choose the winner then limit ourselves to these honorable mentions. It took us forever to debate our top picks and narrow it down so once again thank you.
Herr_Alien - A forum private message was sent to you with instructions on how to collect your copy of Dead Island. Once again congratulations!
We at Monochrome were more than happy to host this competition and would like to thank Contagion-Fans.com for being so generous and setting this all up for everyone including us!