"Let us in!" you yell, banging on the security grille. They talk quickly amongst themselves while you watch anxiously for Lulu. As she comes around the corner, still with that awkward, stiff-legged walk, the survivors finally start to crank up the security grille. Lulu snaps at you, shaking her head so that drops of blood spray from her muzzle.\n\nShe is just gathering herself to spring when the grille is lifted just enough for you to push Eva through, then throw yourself underneath with Ethan and Ash. You keep expecting to feel zombie dog-teeth clamp shut on your foot, but she bounces off the grille as it is slammed back in place.\n\nYou lift yourself up, shakily, and introduce yourself to the people who've managed to hole up in the sports shop. There are eight of them, a mix of shop staff and customers who have been able to keep themselves safe here - so far. They tell you what they've learned; apparently the army have been broadcasting on the radio, and there is a safe zone being set up in the middle of the city. Government scientists have set up camp in the safe zone and are working on a possible cure for people who've been turned into zombies. \n\n"Awesome," you say, with a huge sense of relief. "One of them got my little sister, she got bitten, I was worried..." You hug Eva to you, glad to hear that she might actually be okay.\n\nThe survivors take it differently. "She's been //bitten//?" asks an elderly man, the informal leader of the group. "You have to let us lock her away, she's not safe anymore. We have to do it right now. We can put her in the office. There's another woman in there with a bite - she's okay for now, but you can't take any chances."\n\nWill you [[let them lock up your little sister|Lock up Eva]], or [[refuse|No taking Eva]]?
"Where are we going to get weapons in a mall?" you ask. "This is Auckland. It's not like there's a gun shop in here, even if any of us knew how to use one outside of a game."\n\nEthan's been thinking this through. "I reckon we go for the sports shop. Even just a cricket bat, or a baseball bat, something like that. I'm gonna feel better with something like that in my hand."\n\nAsh rolls her eyes, biting back something rude, but she follows you through the mall, heading for the sports shop. You are passing a string of women's clothing stores - some with smashed-out windows, some with bloodstained mannequins - when you hear something moving behind you. Turning, you see an old dog standing there, a real mixed-breed mongrel, part German Shepherd, part bull terrier, part who-knows-what. \n\n"Lulu!" says Eva, stirring on your back. You all know this dog, she's an old favourite. She belongs to an auntie of Ethan's, and she's often left tied up outside the mall when her owner comes in to shop. There's actually a frayed rope tied around her collar now, you notice.\n\nEthan holds out his hand to her, and she bares her teeth and growls. She starts to walk towards him slowly, on stiff legs. Her eyes are dark and menacing. \n\n"Um, Eth?" says Ash. "I don't think she's Lulu anymore. Run for it?"\n\nYou all swing around and make a run for the sports shop. Just as you get around the corner, you see that the metal security grille is down across the sports shop door, blocking it off. You can see movement inside, and as you get closer, see a small group of people clustered near the door. Something about the way they look, the way they move, makes you realise that they're not zombies, they're survivors.\n\nWill you take valuable moments to try and [[get them to let you in|Hole in One]], or hole up in the [[gift shop|Gift shop]] next door, which looks empty, and has a roller door you could shut?
\n"Okay, Midge, we're going to get out of here."\n\n"I thought you said we had to stay in the boat?"\n\n"Yeah, well, I changed my mind." You put your backpack on and try and lift up the safety bar. Not going anywhere. You don't know how to unlock it, so you end up by pulling yourself out from underneath it, trying not to tip the boat over. When you're finally out and up on the bank at the side of the waterway, you help Eva climb out from under the bar, too. You figure that if you follow the water through the cavern, you should come out into the forest near the end of the ride. Now that you've been here a while, you can just about see enough to walk along the narrow path along the side of the waterway. Your phone might not have any credit on it - too much texting, as usual - but the screen lights your way a little bit. Finally the end of the cavern comes into sight, and you climb down a slope into the daylight.\n\nThe fun park looks completely empty. You can see the start of the ride through the trees - there's no queue. No ride attendants. Totally weird. There's a kind of banging and crashing noise coming from over by the Candy House, but you can't hear anyone else, no voices, nothing.\n\nWhat are you going to do?\n\nGo and look for your [[mates on the roller coaster|The roller coaster]]? \n[[Head towards the food carts|The clowns]] to see if you can see anyone?\n[[Investigate|The Candy House]] the noises?
Out in the mall carpark, the zombies have started to gather. They have been hunting through the cars, dragging out dead bodies and feasting on the remains -- you see them in little packs, squabbling over the dead. When the door clicks shut behind you, they start to look up, in ones and twos. You see a nearby red-headed zombie woman lift her head and snuffle at the air, like a dog, catching your scent. Slowly she starts to stagger in your direction.\n\nYou spot the sports shop girl's car and sprint over to it. Just in time, you throw yourself into the back seat with Eva as Ethan takes the driver's seat and Ash rides shotgun. The car's not that big and you wouldn't want to have to drive through the zombie masses. Ethan takes it up over the curb and with some creative driving, you make it up to the road. \n\nThe motorway on-ramp is a snarl of crashed cars and feeding zombies. Without a word, Ethan turns the wheel and heads out into the suburbs, taking the longer way to town. You've got a fair way through the once familiar streets -- now empty, but for zombies -- when you come across a car stuck sideways in the middle of the road. A handful of the undead batter on the windows, but inside, you can see a man and a woman, still alive. The woman waves her arms, yelling, as she sees you.\n\nWill you stop and help them?\n\nSafer to just [[drive around them|Ditch the survivors]], but maybe you could try and [[pick them up|Save the survivors]]?
"You're not locking up my baby sister!" you say, and Ethan and Ash make noises of agreement. You feel Eva cling tighter to you as she sits in your lap.\n\n"Well, you can't stay here, then," says the old guy. "You'll have to leave."\n\n"Fine with us, but there's a zombie dog out there!" Ethan has found a baseball bat to carry, but you can tell there's no way he wants to start swinging it around his beloved Lulu.\n\n"We can let you out the other door," says one of the shop assistants, a young, sporty-looking girl with a freckled face. "It backs onto the carpark."\n\n"Maybe we can take a car," you say.\n\n"Here's my keys," says the shop assistant, tossing you her blinged-up keyring. "White Nissan Pulsar, front row. Take it. I hope you make it wherever you're going."\n\n"You should come with us," says Ethan, resting his bat on his shoulders and flexing a little.\n\nShe looks horrified. "You're kidding, right? I think it's great that you want to cure the kid, but I'm staying right here behind this nice safe grille, cheers." \n\nAsh claps Ethan on the back. "Come on, slugger." With new hope for a cure, you [[leave through the back door|Out the back door]], which locks with a bang behind you.
You run as fast as you can, heading past the kids' rides, where the old carousel is still turning in slow circles, blood-smeared ponies rising and falling gracefully. What looks like it might be a dead body lies at the feet of one pony; a couple of shambling human figures are moving slowly as the ride turns. One girl opens her mouth and howls at you as you run by.\n\nYou keep going, past the huge Towerdrop ride that always makes you feel like chucking up your lunch, and around the outside of the Fairy Maze, you are running towards the dodgems when someone calls your name.\n\nYou skid to a stop, looking behind you. Two familiar shapes are lurking just inside the maze. Ethan and Ash! Ethan looks more serious than you've ever seen him, and even for a goth, Ash looks spooky-pale. \n\n"Man, are we glad to see you!" you say, even as Eva starts to tell them about the guy who bit her.\n\n"Aw, Midge, you're being so brave," says Ash, giving your little sister a quick hug.\n\n"Dude, you know what this is?" asks Ethan, quietly, while Eva's distracted. "It's the freakin' end of the world. Zombies, man. Zombie apocalypse."\n\n"There's no such thing!" you say. But you know what you've seen, and Ethan's mad about horror; he watches every zombie movie out there, plays all the games. If anyone knows the undead, it's him.\n\n"I dunno, maybe something went wrong with the military. It's usually the military. Or something got out of a factory somewhere. Doesn't matter - it's zombies." He rubs a hand across his manky old striped beanie. "Did Midge say she got bit?"\n \n"Yeah, this crazy guy jumped her."\nYou glance around and see the man from the shooting gallery has just stumbled into view, around the Towerdrop. "Hey, we have to get out of here."\n\n"Come on," says Ash. "[[Gates are this way|Fun park gates]]!"
Ash counts, "1-2-3!" You choose rock and Ethan chooses paper. He curses. "Okay, you get the keys. Just call me zombie-bait."\n\nYou hand Eva over to Ash, giving your baby sister a big hug, and wait as Ethan goes around the front of the ute, waving his hands and shouting at the driver. He bangs on the passenger window and when that doesn't seem to work, he pulls open the passenger door - it opens with a rusty squeal. The driver hasn't moved, hasn't stirred, though you can hear the low growl coming from his throat again.\n\n"Hey! Zombie! Free feed of Ethan, on the house!" Slowly, the driver's head turns towards him. You can almost hear the ligaments of his neck creaking. \n\nYour hands feel sweaty as you rub your palms together. You decide not to open the driver's door, as it would draw his attention back to you. You're just going to reach in through the window, even though it will be slower and riskier.\n\nSuddenly, the driver launches himself at Ethan, just coming up short thanks to his seatbelt. He strains to bite him with what's left of his teeth and you take the opportunity to reach in for the keys. Your hands slip and the big key ring is jammed tight. With relief, you feel it slide out of the ignition into your hand as the driver senses you and swings back your way with a furious growl. He leaves a streak of drying, tacky blood down your sleeve as you whip your arm away.\n\nLeaving the driver strapped into the cab, snapping at the air, you offload the dirt bikes and [[head for the train station|Convoy]].
Grabbing your backpack, you take off around the lake, away from the woman and the shambling family. Past the huge Towerdrop ride that always makes you feel like chucking up your lunch, and around the outside of the fairy maze, you are running towards the dodgems when someone calls your name.\n\nYou skid to a stop, looking behind you. Two familiar shapes are lurking just inside the hedge walls of the maze. Ethan and Ash! Ethan looks more serious than you've ever seen him, and even for a goth, Ash looks spooky-pale. \n\n"Man, are we glad to see you!" you say, even as Eva starts to tell them about the princess girl who bit her.\n\n"Aw, Midge, you're being so brave," says Ash, giving your little sister a quick hug.\n\n"Dude, you know what this is?" asks Ethan, quietly, while Eva's distracted. "It's the freakin' end of the world. Zombies, man. Zombie apocalypse."\n\n"There's no such thing!" you say. But you know what you've seen, and Ethan's mad about horror; he watches every zombie movie out there, plays all the games. If anyone knows the undead, it's him.\n\n"I dunno, maybe something went wrong with the military. It's usually the military. Or something got out of a factory somewhere. Doesn't matter - it's zombies." He rubs a hand across his manky old striped beanie. "Did Midge say she got bit?"\n \n"Yeah, this scary-looking girl jumped her." You glance around and see the family who were chasing you have just stumbled into view, around the Towerdrop. "Hey, we have to get out of here."\n\n"Come on," says Ash. "[[Gates are this way|Fun park gates]]!"
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You almost make it to town. Ethan has to do some creative driving, but everywhere around you the traffic is stalled and there is nothing else moving, no other survivors in sight. You see the reassuring black dots of helicopters circling town, though, your first signs of some sort of organised resistance.\n\nYour luck finally runs out at a massive pile-up by one of the on-ramps. Ethan weaves in and out of the first crashed cars, but as he's driving, a zombie runs at the car and he swerves automatically to avoid it. Your car bounces back off the median barrier, spins into the wrecks, and comes to a halt facing the wrong way. He guns the engine but you're not going anywhere. Zombies begin to surround the car, coming from the vehicles all around you. \n\nTheir dead hands patter at the windows, gathering force. It's only a matter of time before the glass breaks. Perhaps the army will find you before then, you can only hope...\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
You hit a roadblock just inside the inner city, where soldiers in riot gear call out to you through a loudspeaker and keep guns on you until they are satisfied you're still human. \n\nYou ask about a cure, but nobody seems to know exactly what's going on. Even though you argue with them, they take Eva away into a quarantined area with the other infected survivors. You, Ethan and Ash make yourself temporary beds in the makeshift safe zone, and you track down a phone. Ethan's mum and dad are okay, though nobody's heard from his auntie and cousins, and Ash finally gets hold of her twin sister. Her mum is still missing. You ring and ring your parents, but there's no answer from either of them. The soldiers tell you to hold out hope, but you haven't managed to find any sign of them reaching the quarantined area, and you know your dad's been bitten.\n\nRumours go around the safe zone about a cure, and you hear that the scientists are working on a way to immunise people against the zombie virus. All you can do is wait, and hope that they figure out something soon. In the meantime, better get used to your new life in what's left of the city.\n\n<html><img src="the_end_yay.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
"I reckon we try and help," you tell the others.\n\n"Someone's got to stay with Midge," says Ash. "She's not looking great." Your little sister has just started to shake a bit, as if she's cold, and her skin is a funny colour. Ethan takes the striped beanie off his head and puts it on Eva, tucking her hair behind her ears.\n\n"Your hat stinks," she says in a little voice, too quiet but still sounding like the same old Eva, otherwise. "Nah, I want to wear it," she says, when he goes to take it back.\n\n"I'll stay out here," says Ethan. "Keep an eye out for... uninvited guests."\n\nYou use your backpack to break enough glass out of the window to be able to climb in. Ethan boosts you and then Ash up and you climb into the train. The noise of the glass breaking has alerted any zombies to your presence, so you call out to the woman.\n\n"Where are you? We're coming to help!"\n\n"I'm in the driver's thing, the cockpit, I don't know what it's called!" She sounds hysterical. "There are monsters out there, vampires, they tried to bite me!"\n\nThe first carriage has two bodies in it. You and Ash watch them through the glass but neither of them seem to be moving. She opens the door and you start through the carriage. You hear a sudden scream from the other end of the train. "The conductor! He's one of them, he's coming your way, watch out!" You and Ash stare at each other, horrified.\n\n"We could [[hide down behind the seats|Hiding]]?" she says. You can see it in her eyes, too, she's thinking -- we could just [[leave the woman here and get away|Save yourselves]], save ourselves.
You hole up, find a phone and try to call your families, no answer. THere's a TV in the staffroom, chance to learn more about what's going on. Idea of going to Aotea Square.\n\nWhile you're there, there's an attack on the staffroom. Crucial info is on the TV, you can choose to [[stay and listen|News bulletin]] and risk being caught or [[run|Out the back door]].
It's the last Saturday of the holidays, and you've finally gotten to go to the fun park. The sky's blue, you've got ten bucks in your pocket for hot chips and candy floss, your best mates Ethan and Ash are up on the roller coaster... and here you are, stuck on the baby rides with your little sister Eva. Everyone calls her Midge -- short for 'mosquito'. She's short for a five year old, way too short for the best rides. Your mates have been taking turns going on the kids' rides with her, but you still feel left out while they're on the coaster and you're floating on a boat down a tunnel filled with singing frogs and pop-up fairies. Every time the ride comes out of the tunnels into the fairy forest, you can hear the happy screams from the rest of the park. Just makes it worse.\n\nJust as you're thinking that, the boat drifts to a stop in the middle of a dark cavern. This is new - didn't happen the last three times Eva made you go on the ride. You wonder what's up.\n\n"Why aren't we going?" Eva sounds more curious than scared. The boat starts to rock as you feel her try to climb out from under the safety bar. \n\n"Midge, sit down! It's just part of the ride. Get back in your seat." She sits back down with a huffy noise.\n\nIn the darkness, the goblins' red eyes wink on and off, and the creepy-happy music keeps playing. You can hear the water running gently past the boat, but otherwise, nothing.\n\n"I'm bored. Shouldn't we be //going// somewhere?"\n\nYou're expecting someone to come get you, or for the ride to start moving again, but nothing happens. The next boat behind you never catches up, weird. You give Eva the rest of her pack of hubba-bubba and for a while you just sit there listening to the sound of her blowing and popping fat bubbles while you try and [[decide on a plan|Where is everyone?]].\n
"Maybe if we can distract the zombies away, we can get them out of their car and into this one?" says Ash. Ethan pulls the car up nearby and before you can do anything, she hops out and starts yelling at the zombies, a funny, filthy string of insults. Sounds like she's quoting from every HBO show she's ever watched. Their heads swivel, glassy eyes tracking her movement, and several of them start to move her way.\n\n"Come on!" you call to the couple in the car. They hesitate, then throw themselves out of the car, towards your vehicle.\n\n"Ash!" yells Ethan, and you hear real hysteria in his tone. She's dangerously close to a couple of the zombies. Ethan's half out of the car -- then he throws himself back into driver's seat and guns the engine. The man and the woman have just crowded into the back seat with you and Eva when he whips the car around, knocking down one of Ash's pursuers, and throws open the passenger door. She jumps in and he reverses wildly, getting you out of there with a screech of rubber.\n\nAsh is bright-eyed with adrenalin as you hit the road again, but from what you can see of Ethan's face he looks furious. The two survivors you've picked up untangle themselves from you and Eva, and thank you all again and again for stopping.\n \nEthan keeps driving until [[you get to the outskirts of town|The big city]].
You hear something really useful. Then you run [[out the back door|Out the back door]].
Human zombies come over the blockade you've made and you escape [[out the back door|Out the back door]].
"So Scooby Doo's going to be our role model, now?" grumbles Ash.\n\n"Hey, don't diss Scoob," fires back Ethan. "That dog knows how to land on his feet. He's survived heaps of monsters, ghosts -"\n\n"One time," chimes in Eva, "I saw him, he fought this mummy, only it wasn't really a mummy, it was another bad guy..." You let her chatter on, glad she's been distracted. \n\nYou manage to pick up a couple of packets of chicken chips for Eva, as well as two packs of hubba-bubba. Ethan grabs a big bag of cashews.\n\n"These things cost too much normally," he says. Ash just stares at him. "What? I'll pay it back later on."\n\nYou find the medicine aisle without seeing anyone else in the supermarket, and Ash gets packs of bandages and sticking plasters, as well as antiseptic cream.\n\n"Want me to fix up her bite here?" she asks. "Or do you want to see if we can find somewhere that feels safer?"\n\nYou know what she means. The aisles block your vision in all directions, and the sticky, smeared trails of blood along the lino just freak you out. Plus, the string of endless classic hits are getting on your nerves.\n\nWill you [[bandage Eva's hand here|Quick first aid]], or [[leave the supermarket first|Leave the supermarket]]?
You run up the path, following it up a flight of steps, taking them two at a time. Through the trees, you come to the picnic area, on the shore of a little man-made lake. Chilly bins, buckets of fried chicken and plates of food have been left lying on the picnic tables, as if families were here, enjoying themselves, just moments ago. \n\nIn the middle of the lake there's an island, with big fake palm trees and a treasure chest spilling over with treasure. Something is moving on the island; when you get closer, you see it is a woman ducked down behind the treasure chest. It looks like she's trying to hide. \n\nWhen she sees you and Eva, she gets to her feet and starts calling out for help.\n\n"They're over there!" she screams. "They're waiting for me, I can't get away!" She is waving her arm at the other side of the lake, where a small cluster of people are standing. It looks like a family; some grown-ups, some kids, all lined up along the edge of the lake. As you watch, their heads swing towards you and they start to shuffle slowly around the lake, heading in your direction.\n\nWill you stay and try to [[help the woman on the island|Help]]?\nOr will you [[keep running|The 3D dome]]?
"You're right," you say to Ethan. "We need to get moving. We need transport."\n\n"Okay," says Ash. She goes to turn, but stops midway, her eyes suddenly alight. "What about those?" You follow her pointing finger and see a pair of dirt bikes haphazardly stacked on the back of a ute. "They're really fast, totally mobile... come on!"\n\nAsh runs across to the trailer, as you and Ethan exchange glances. Hitching Eva up on your back, you both follow your friend, only to hear her voice drop on your approach.\n\n"Ugh, keys. There aren't any keys."\n\n"Maybe in there?" you suggest, gesturing to cab of the off-white ute. In the corner of your vision, you notice Ethan slope off in another direction.\n\n"Yes!" Ash exclaims, making for the cab before suddenly leaping back, yelping. "Aiiee! He's dead. I mean. Ugh. It's... the keys!"\n\nYou rush over to see what she's found. A body is slumped in the driver's seat, one half of its face plastered in dried, browning blood. Part of the lower jaw has been ripped away and dangles precariously. Milky, clouded irises stare dumbly at you from beneath half-shut eyelids. The poor guy //looks// dead, but you can't be sure.\n\n"The keys, they're just there," says Ash, pointing to the ignition. Sure enough, a hefty set of keys hangs limply from the ute's ignition. You'd have to reach past the driver to grab them though...\n\n"//This is still running!//" Ethan's voice suddenly bellows across the car park. You turn to see him standing by a battered Ford, its engine still grumbling softly. "It's perfect!" he declares.\n\n"I say take the bikes!" Ash yells back. "They'll get through the car wrecks better! I reckon we could even take them down the train tracks!"\n\n"Are you nuts?"\n\n"It'd be deserted. We won't get stuck in the traffic!"\n\nYou're torn. The bikes //would// be more versatile, and the railway line could be your ticket home, but you'd have to reach past what's left of the bike owner for those keys. A car would mean having to negotiate the clutter of the motorway, but it //would// be safer inside a car, and it's ready to go...\n\nDo you risk grabbing the keys and [[take the bikes|Dirt bikes]] or [[opt for the car instead|Ford]]?\n\n
Out in the mall carpark, the zombies have started to gather. They have been hunting through the cars, dragging out dead bodies and feasting on the remains -- you see them in little packs, squabbling over the dead. When the door shuts behind you, they start to look up, in ones and twos. You see a red-headed zombie woman lift her head and snuffle at the air, like a dog, catching your scent. Slowly she starts to stagger in your direction.\n\n"We need a car," says Ash, looking around.\n\n"There," says Ethan, pointing at a nearby station wagon. It's parked half up on the footpath, driver's door open and keys still in the ignition. You should be able to get it through the other cars to the road, if you're careful. With the zombies starting to converge, you sprint to the car.\n\n"Um, guys," says Ash in a weird voice. "Take a look, back seat." \n\nThere's a familiar sight in the back -- a little two-year-old, still strapped into a car seat. She opens bloodshot eyes and hisses at you, straining at the straps and whining. \n\n"I reckon we take her with us," you say. "If there's a cure, maybe they can fix her up." Besides, she's strapped in tight, and if you sit in the other seat, she shouldn't be able to reach you. You take the back seat, belting yourself and Eva in, with Ash in front and Ethan driving. Getting through the growing crowd of zombies isn't too bad in this battered old wagon.\n\n"How do you reckon we do this?" asks Ethan. "[[Motorway's quicker|By the motorway]], but we could get stuck. Should we [[go the long way instead|Going the long way]]?"
"Let's bail," you say. "I keep thinking I see something moving."\n\n"You doing okay, Midge?" asks Ethan. "She's... not looking too good." He rests his hand on her head as you walk, and then whips it away with a sharp swear word under his breath.\n\nYou swing around. "What's up?"\n\n"She just tried to bite me!"\n\n"Man, you just have that effect on the ladies," says Ash, but she's frowning. "He's right, though. She's not looking good. She's breathing kind of funny. Midge? Can you hear me?"\n\nYour little sister feels like a dead weight on your back, but she's still conscious, because she tightens her arms around your neck and murmurs something you can't make out. \n\nYou're just about out of the supermarket, now, when you sense movement yet again, off to the side. An elderly man staggers out of one of the nearby aisles, carrying something that you realise with a sickening horror is a severed human arm. He tears at it with his bloodstained teeth, growling like a dog with a bone. When he sees you, he snaps his teeth at you and drops the arm.\n\n"Run!" yells Ethan, pushing you and Ash towards the checkouts. You take off as Ethan tips a stand of DVDs over and hurls it at the old man, movies clattering in all directions. Ethan follows hard on your heels as you run from the supermarket, looking for somewhere safe to go.\n\nWill you go [[back to the carpark|Zombie child]]?\nOr run further [[into the mall|Into the mall]]?
Around you, the fun park is weirdly quiet. You can't see the roller coaster cars moving on the loops of track, and the Skullcrusher is hanging in the air, seats empty and swinging. It's almost a relief that it sounds like there's someone in the Candy House. When you get closer, though, there's another noise under the banging - a kind of growling, almost like there's a dog trapped in the candy van, trying to get out. \n\nEva, of course, is leaping up and down at the thought of treats.\n\n"Can we get some candy floss? You said we could get some candy floss!"\n\nThere's a dark smear on the window of the Candy House, but you still can't see anyone in there. Before you can stop her, Eva jumps up at the window to see what's going on inside. The candy floss machine is rolling on the ground, banging on the cupboard doors, and as you watch a little blonde girl in a blue princess dress pulls her head out of the bowl and leaps at Eva, snarling like a pitbull. Your little sister screams as the girl launches herself out of the window, her face a mess with webs of pink candy floss. You pull the girl off Eva and throw her back into the candy van, where she thrashes and kicks and growls. There's something really wrong with her eyes, her whole face.\n\nYou scoop up Eva and make a run for it. The path goes two ways, to the picnic area and lake, or over to the mini racecar track.\n\n[[Run towards the lake|The lake]]?\n[[Run towards the racecar track|The racecar track]]?
"Ash, I don't think any of us should reach in there with that... thing. It's risky as. I vote we take the car. "\n\nWith that, another low growl emerges from the ute driver. The head jerks violently from side to side a couple of times before coming to rest. The hair, matted with blood, flops over one eye, almost comically. You catch a glimpse of the vividly red tongue in the exposed jaw. The eyes are back on your group.\n\n"Right with you," nods Ethan, turning back towards the car. The four of you clamber into the Ford, collectively ignoring a streak of dried, rust-coloured blood that runs along the back seats. You lay Eva down with you in the back seat. Her half-shut eyes have reddened and her breathing has become more uneven. \n\n"Hey, listen. News, guys," says Ethan, fiddling with the radio. You realise there is a message being played on a loop:\n\n//"Attention. This is the New Zealand Army. Stay in your homes. Do not answer your door unless instructed to do so by an identified officer. Do not open windows. Please remain in your home until further notice. We have established a safe zone in Auckland Central. Attention. This is the New Zealand Army --"//\n\n"We should try to make it to the safe zone!" exclaims Ethan. With Eva getting sicker, you agree that it's a better idea than trying to go south and home. Ethan manages to get the car out of the carpark and you start out for town. The motorway onramp is a snarl of crashed and abandoned cars, so he takes [[the longer way through the suburbs|The roadblock]].\n\n
You both reach the door in time to hear a surprised growl from the conductor.\n\n"Come on!" you exclaim, shoving your way through the door that links the two carriages, and running down the length of the second carriage. At the end is the driver's cabin -- inside, you see a youngish woman, smaller than her mighty bellowing had suggested, crouched in a corner. She returns your gaze, her eyes wide and fearful and her hair plastered to her brow with sweat.\n\n"Come on, hurry up!" you say, offering a hand. She shakily opens the door and joins you.\n\n"Exit here," says Ash, who is now standing by a door halfway down the carriage. Hitting the emergency release button above the door causes it to zip open, and the welcome smell of fresh air greets you. With your heart pounding as hard as ever, you, Ash and the woman step down onto the tracks.\n\nYou turn in the direction of the city and begin to run away from the carriage, still gripping the hand of the woman you rescued. Your next goal: rejoin Ethan and your little sis and [[get to town|In the city]] in one piece.
"Here!" you call, running into the gift shop. Ethan and Ash follow you, and as you put Eva down in a corner, the other two start pulling on the roller door. Lulu staggers towards the gift shop entrance, getting ready to leap, her growls shaking loose a spray of blood. Just as she jumps, the three of you manage to tug the door down and it hits the ground as the dog's body smacks into it. \n\nNow that the door is blocked, you take a look around. The gift shop has a nice line of gothic iron crucifixes. You pick one up hopefully, then remember that they only work on vampires, not zombies. Shaaaame. Glad you didn't say that out loud, Ethan would have had a good laugh.\n\n"You okay, Midge?" asks Ash, crouching down to give your sister a cuddle. Just then, you hear a banging from the back of the shop, and a hoarse male voice calling out.\n\n"Let me in!" More banging. "Hurry!"\n\nThere is a back door leading out of the shop's tiny back room, and through the glass panel you can see a man outside. "I'm with the army!" he yells. "Let me in, I can help you!"\n\nHe's wearing civilian clothes, and one of his arms is wrapped tightly in a makeshift bloodstained bandage.\n \nDo you [[let him in|Let the right one in]], even though he might have been bitten, or [[keep him out|Refuse entry]]?
"It's too dangerous!" you whisper to Ash. "Let's get out of here!"\n\nYou turn to run, but it looks as though the couple of passengers behind you weren't as dead as you thought. With a blood-chilling groan of hunger, an undead man in a blood-smeared pinstriped suit pulls you to him with cold, dead arms, and sinks his teeth into you. Behind you, you hear Ash scream as the zombie conductor joins them for their feast.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
You run as hard as you can for the fun park gates. You see a few other people from a distance, standing around in knots and clusters, but they all have the slow, drunken walk of zombies - you don't see or hear any other survivors.\n\nWhen you get to the gates, one of the park mascots, a bear in a pointed wizard's hat, is lying on the ground near the ticket booth. His legs are twitching, like he's trying to get up, and an inhuman growling is coming from under his big, furry head. You run out through the turnstile and into the carpark, which is a mess. Cars are jammed in every direction, doors opened and abandoned. You see what looks like bodies in some of them, and more bodies lying between the cars. \n\n"You got your phone?" asks Ash. Ethan hasn't been allowed to have a phone since he got caught sending dodgy pics to his (now ex) girlfriend, and Ash left hers at home today. You dig yours out of your pocket, but then you remember, and let loose a word you're not supposed to use around Eva. "No credit," you say. "I used it all up." You flick it on, but there are no messages from your mum and dad. \n\nBehind the turnstile, the mascot has gotten to his feet and is pressed up against the bars, growling at you. Time to bail.\n\n"I want to go home,", says Eva, face pressed tight against your neck.\n\n[["I reckon we should go to the mall first,"|To the mall]], says Ash. There is a major shopping mall, just across the road. "There might be people there, normal people. Or we could find somewhere safe to hide out." Maybe if you went to the mall, you think, you could get a top-up for your phone and let your families know you're okay.\n\n[["Maybe we could take one of the cars?"|Take a car]] suggests Ethan. He got his license a couple of months ago and has been saving up for a car of his own. "Head back home, see if everyone's alright?"
You run as fast as you can, heading past the kids' rides, where the old carousel is still turning in slow circles, blood-smeared ponies rising and falling gracefully. What looks like it might be a dead body lies at the feet of one pony; a couple of shambling human figures are moving slowly as the ride turns. One girl opens her mouth and howls at you as you run by.\n\n"Freakin' zombies," gasps Ethan, the unfittest of you all. "I told you so."\n\n"Just //run//!" says Ash, whacking him on the arm.\n\nYou are nearly at the [[way out|Fun park gates]].
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You follow the smears of blood to the control booth, and check inside. Nobody there, it's empty. \n\nYou tell Eva to wait for you at the very edge of the platform, give her your backpack, and step //really, really// carefully out onto the track. You can reach out on both sides to hold onto the side rails, but the wind seems fiercer up here, and you have to look down to see where you're putting your feet. The ground's a fair way away. Leaving Eva behind on the platform when you know there's something dangerous out there makes you hurry, and you can feel your balance wavering as you take the rails too fast.\n\nFinally, you make it to the lead car. Ash grabs your arm and helps you in and you take a look at the straps holding Ethan into the seat. \n\n"They managed to pop the locks and get out, when we stopped," says Ethan.\n \n"All except Ethan," says Ash. She's grinning, but you can see how worried she is. "He had to be //special//." With the three of you pulling on the harness, you finally manage to wiggle it loose enough for Ethan to pull himself out.\n\n"Man, Eth, you need to lose a couple of kilos," grumbles Ash. Just then, a high-pitched scream from the platform makes you all swing around. \n\nIt's Eva, and there's [[someone on the platform with her|Coaster attack]].
You rev the bike, looking over your shoulder at Ethan and Ash. Ash looks horrified.\n\n"Have you got a //death wish//?" she asks, as Ethan grins back at you.\n\n"No guts, no glory!" he says, and you both turn your bikes towards the stairs. \n\n"Hold on tight!" you tell Eva, and you head down first, veering around the zombies as they come at you. You can hear Ethan behind you, yelling a battle cry as he launches himself downwards. Despite herself, Ash is whooping with excitement as the bikes travel at speed down the stairs. Somehow you manage to miss hitting the zombies and dead bodies, though there's a moment when you almost skid over, and right yourself just in time.\n\nAt the bottom, the train tracks are empty, no trains in the station. The zombies are slowly making their way down the stairs, but they're still a fair way behind you, so you take a moment to check that Eva's doing okay. A familiar tone sounds from your pocket - you've got a text! It's from your mum.\n\nWE R ALL OK, U OK? DAD BIT, GOING 2 TOWN. MITE B CURE. EVA OK?\n\nQuickly, you show Ethan and Ash. It burns that you can't send them an answer, they must be so worried. "We have to [[go to town|Carry on down the train tracks]]," you say. "If there's a cure, we can fix Eva up, too."
The group of you continue down the train tracks to the city, taking turns to carry Eva when she gets too heavy. You hit a roadblock just inside the inner city, where soldiers in riot gear call out to you through a loudspeaker and keep guns on you until they are satisfied you're still human. \n\nYou ask about a cure, but nobody seems to know exactly what's going on. Even though you argue with them, they take Eva away into a quarantined area with the other infected survivors. You, Ethan and Ash make yourself temporary beds in the makeshift safe zone, and you track down a phone. To your huge relief, your mum answers -- your dad's somewhere in the quarantined area that Eva's in, and your mum is here in the safe zone. Ethan's mum and dad are holed up in the local pub with a group of other survivors and they've got enough food to last out, for now. Nobody's heard from his auntie and cousins, though. Ash finally gets hold of her twin sister. Her mum is still missing.\n\nRumours go around the safe zone about a cure, and you hear that the scientists are working on a way to immunise people against the zombie virus. All you can do is wait, and hope that they figure out something soon. In the meantime, better get used to your new life in what's left of the city.\n\n<html><img src="the_end_yay.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
You go round the corner of the aisle, trying not to walk in the trail of blood leading you forwards. Your shoes squeak slightly in the sticky mess, even so. Behind you, Eva crunches away happily on her first pack of chippies. Fortunately, the hedgetrimmers are right where you remember them.\n\nUnfortunately, there is a pair of zombies in this aisle, bent over the remains of another unlucky shopper. Their heads whip up and they fix their eyes on you and Eva. You try to turn, take the corner too quickly and slip on a tacky pool of blood. Your legs go out from under you and you twist as you fall, trying not to land on Eva. She squeals and scrambles away from you, scuttling backwards. You try to pick yourself up to follow her, but you're too late.\n\nBefore you can get away, a deathly strong hand closes over your ankle, and you are pulled back to the waiting zombies. You just have time to see Eva escape, before the zombies settle in for their feast.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n\n\n
"Let's get down," you say, wedging yourself behind a seat and one of the two inert bodies. Ash joins you, and you both hold your breath. \n\nSuddenly, you hear the carriage's door, followed by the low, guttural growl you've become so accustomed to. Peeking through the tiny gap between the seat and the carriage wall, you see the source of the noise: the conductor is here, his bloodied cap askew, a ticket machine still dangling around his neck.\n\nWith another groan, the monster begins to shamble forwards down the carriage's central aisle. There's no sign the zombie conductor has detected you yet, but he's moving in your general direction. The man draws closer. Four feet. Three feet. Two.\n\nSuddenly, the conductor is level with your hiding place, but his dead stare is fixed straight ahead. Your heart momentarily stops, and the smell of rotting flesh fills your nostrils. You can feel Ash shaking next to you. You make out an ankle, exposed by a torn trouser leg, and see flesh flaking from the conductor's leg. It's so close you could reach out and touch it. As that thought passes through your mind, the zombie makes a groan, followed by a drooling sound, then continues on its way, tramping forwards towards the rear cockpit of the train.\n\nYou and Ash wait, gripping one another behind the seat. You hear the cockpit door open and, swallowing your fear, lift your head to observe the conductor's position. He's in the cockpit, swaying from side to side and looking in the opposite direction.\n\nTugging Ash's sleeve, you signal your intention to make a break for the second carriage. "[[Quietly. Crawl|Crawling]]," you whisper.\n\n
You run as fast as you can, heading past the big green dome of the 3D movie house. Earlier this morning, you were queueing there with Eva to watch a movie about flying through outer space. Now the doors are closed, and from inside, you hear a howling and growling, as if the dome is now housing some kind of terrible zoo.\n\nYou keep going, past the huge Towerdrop ride that always makes you feel like chucking up your lunch, and around the outside of the Fairy Maze, you are running towards the dodgems when someone calls your name.\n\nYou skid to a stop, looking behind you. Two familiar shapes are lurking just inside the maze. Ethan and Ash! Ethan looks more serious than you've ever seen him, and even for a goth, Ash looks spooky-pale. \n\n"Man, are we glad to see you!" you say, even as Eva starts to tell them about the princess girl who bit her.\n\n"Aw, Midge, you're being so brave," says Ash, giving your little sister a quick hug.\n\n"Dude, you know what this is?" asks Ethan, quietly, while Eva's distracted. "It's the freakin' end of the world. Zombies, man. Zombie apocalypse."\n\n"There's no such thing!" you say. But you know what you've seen, and Ethan's mad about horror; he watches every zombie movie out there, plays all the games. If anyone knows the undead, it's him.\n\n"I dunno, maybe something went wrong with the military. It's usually the military. Or something got out of a factory somewhere. Doesn't matter - it's zombies." He rubs a hand across his manky old striped beanie. "Did Midge say she got bit?"\n \n"Yeah, this scary-looking kid jumped her."\n\nYou glance around and see the family who were chasing you have just stumbled into view, around the Towerdrop. "Hey, we have to get out of here."\n\n"Come on," says Ash. "[[Gates are this way|Fun park gates]]!"
"Better do it here," you say. You lift Eva off your back and sit her on the floor, in a space that's clear of blood. Now that you can see her face, you're glad you made that choice. She's actually not looking too good. Her eyes are half-closed, and she's stopped telling you the plot of every Scooby Doo movie she's ever gotten out of the video shop.\n\nAs you watch, she starts to make a little whimpering noise. Her eyelids flutter closed.\n\n"Where'd she get bitten?" asks Ash. You show her the bite mark on Eva's hand. \n\n"You'll be okay, Midge," says Ethan, crouching down next to her. \n\nThere's a noise behind you. You spin round and see two zombies headed your way, one slow and trailing a mangled leg, but the other moving faster, growling and dribbling a mix of saliva and blood.\n\n"Run, guys!" you yell, only to hear an answering snarl from the other direction. There is an enormous undead man swaying at the head of the aisle, coming your way with arms outstretched. You're still trying to decide which way to run when Eva opens her bloodshot eyes wide and latches onto Ethan's throat, hanging onto him by his much-loved beanie. You see Ash snatched up into a bear-hug by the giant zombie, and then dead hands snake around your neck and you are wrenched backwards into the zombies' waiting arms.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
The big loops of the roller coaster track are easy to spot, towering above the park, but you can't see the golden cars running - the whole thing is still and silent. There are no queues waiting up on the platform, either. You think you see a couple of people further away, over by the Skullcrusher, but right now you just want to find Ethan and Ash. You climb to the top of the platform with Eva behind you, and just as you see the coaster cars - they're stopped a little way down the track, just off the platform - someone calls your name.\n\nAsh's head pops up around the cab of the lead car, her long, black hair whipping in the wind. She calls your name again, waving both arms.\n\n"What are you doing up there?" you yell back. You can see now that Ethan's up there too, still strapped into his seat.\n\n"It just stopped!" she shouts. "Ethan's safety harness is stuck, he can't get out! Everybody else bailed on us, there's something out there, it attacked the ride guy!"\n\nYou look around, and just now, notice the puddles and smears of what might be blood outside the control booth door.\n\n"Dude, you've got to help me get this safety thing off!" calls Ethan. "If you give me a hand, we can sort it!"\n\nYou'd have to leave Eva on the platform and climb along the rail to the car.\n\nWill you [[try to help Ethan|Helpcoaster]] yourself?\nOr go see if you can [[find someone else|The ride attendant]] to help, someone who knows how to work the ride?
You look at the streaks of blood heading down and around to the next aisle, and decide to play it safe, heading back to join your mates, instead. Ash is carrying some bandages and antiseptic, and she sits Eva down just by the checkout counter, bag of chicken chips in her lap, to bandage the bite on her hand.\n\n"Does that stuff work on zombie bites?" you ask Ethan, your resident expert. "Maybe we should cut around it and suck the poison out?"\n\n"That's snakes," says Ash, without looking up.\n\n"Dunno if there's a cure for zombies," says Ethan. "Can't hurt, though, eh. You're doing okay so far, right, Midge?"\n\nHe ruffles her hair and she looks up at you both. Her eyes are tired and puffy from crying, but she looks like the same old Midge as ever, right now. You decide not to mention the weird moment in the snack aisle. Gathering up the first aid supplies and snacks, you pack them away in your backpack, hand it to Ash to carry and get your little sister to climb up onto your back again. \n\nYou're just about out of the supermarket, when you sense movement, off to the side. An elderly man staggers out of one of the nearby aisles, carrying something that you realise with a sickening horror is a severed human arm. He tears at it with his bloodstained teeth, growling like a dog with a bone. When he sees you, he snaps his teeth at you and drops the arm.\n\n"Run!" yells Ethan, pushing you and Ash towards the checkouts. You take off as Ethan tips a stand of DVDs over and hurls it at the old man, movies clattering in all directions. Ethan follows hard on your heels as you run from the supermarket, looking for somewhere safe to go.\n\nWill you go [[back to the carpark|Zombie child]]?\nOr run further [[into the mall|Into the mall]]?
"I reckon we stop. I mean, they're here to help. Right, Eth?"\n\nAsh begins to protest, but Ethan is already moving the car forwards. You pull up close to the roadblock, and three officers, two with clipboards, immediately surround the car. You roll your windows down and one of the men, a clean-shaven soldier with a peak cap, leans in and asks your names. He speaks calmly, nodding patiently and jotting words down as you reply. As he writes, you recognise a community constable you know, standing further away. You begin to relax.\n\n"You're safe now," says the officer, before glancing at the back seat. "The kid... Eva," he says, his tone deepening. "Relation?"\n\n"My sister," you reply.\n\n"Bitten?"\n\nYou look back at Eva, who is now sweating profusely. "Well, yes."\n\n"Okay." He writes down more words on the clipboard then looks up. "We can put the three of you in a van going to the safe zone, but Eva's going to have to come with us."\n\nYou, Ethan, and Ash exchange glances, suddenly apprehensive. "Can't we go as a -" you stutter.\n\n"I'm afraid not, son."\n\nYou glance back at Eva again, then at your friends. Why won't they let you take her? You have a decision to make: do you [[let them take Eva|Bye bye, sis]], or [[make a run for it|Run from the soldiers]]?\n\n
At first the train tracks are clear, and you don't see anyone or anything, there's nothing to block your way. When you come to a train station, though, you start to see more zombies, shambling along the platform. Dead bodies -- some still moving a little, reaching for you as you pass -- litter the tracks where they've fallen from above. You weave in and out of the bodies, managing to avoid the grasping, outstretched hands. A dull chorus of moans and growls follows you.\n\nYou continue on, seeing similar scenes at each of the stations along the way. Up on the motorway, abandoned cars are snarled in endless jams, with no survivors in sight. Zombies roam the cars in packs, looking for their next meal.\n\nYou have gotten fairly close to the central city when you come across your first major problem. The tracks run into a tunnel, and stopped in the middle of the tunnel is a train. The back window is smashed, and glass glitters on the tracks. As you pull the bikes up behind it, you hear screaming from within -- a woman's voice, calling out faintly for help, her voice ragged and desperate.\n\nWill you try to help her? You'd have to [[climb in through the broken window|Through the train]].\n\nIf you'd rather, you can ditch the bikes, walk around the train and [[continue down the train tracks on foot|Along the train tracks]].\n
"We can't go in," you say to the others. "We need to stay focussed, get to town. It's too dangerous."\n\nThey agree, though you notice Ash casting glances at the train, as if she's torn, and Ethan won't meet your eyes. You pick Eva up on your back and together you make your way carefully through the broken glass in the tunnel. In the first carriage, you see two dead bodies; in the second, an undead man in a conductor's uniform with a ragged, gaping wound in his throat leans, hissing, on the window to watch you pass.\n\nYou move so quietly that the woman who's locked herself into the cabin at the end of the train never even sees you there in the shadows. You hear her screams for help get quieter as you walk quickly on down the train tracks, leaving the tunnel behind.\n\nYou walk steadily to town, hiding out from zombies where you see them, getting more and more exhausted. The others take turns carrying Eva, who is growing quieter as her breathing becomes shallow, rattling in her chest.\n\nAfter what seems like forever, you [[reach town|In the city 2]].
"If we go to the supermarket, we could find a first aid kit for Eva, too," you say to the others.\n\nEthan shrugs. "Could look out for something we can use for a weapon, too, I guess."\n\nYou head into the supermarket, where the pan-pipe mall music gives way to some cheesy love song from long before you were born. There are blood trails heading down some of the aisles, but you can't see or hear anything moving.\n\n"[[Wanna split up|Never split up]]?" asks Ash. "You can go get something for Eva to eat, and we can take a look for the bandages and stuff. It'll be faster that way."\n\n"//Deader// that way," says Ethan. "Didn't Scooby Doo teach you anything? [[You never split up|Stay together]]." \n
You have a quick discussion and decide to let him in. He might be lying about being in the army, and he might have been bitten, but while he's still human you don't want to leave him out there for the monsters.\n\nYou unlock the door and let him through. Turns out, he was actually telling the truth. He's a research scientist with the army, on his way from a lab out south to the new safe zone they're setting up in the middle of the city. He hit an unpassable stretch of road nearby, and got caught outside by a couple of zombies, escaping to the mall to hide. He's carrying some papers he tells you are crucial to being able to immunise people against the zombie virus.\n\nAs you talk, he unwraps the bandage on his arm. There is a shallow bite there, inflamed and swollen and weeping a greenish pus. "I won't have long," he says, matter-of-factly. "Smaller bites like this can take longer to affect you, but they get you just as badly in the end." \n\nYou tell him about Eva's bite, and that you suspect that's what's happened with her, too. You are going to have to keep a close watch on her from now on.\n\nThe scientist gives you his papers and tells you to try and take them to the central city. "They're working on a cure. You might be able to get there in time to help your sister. If I'm going to turn into one of those things, I'd rather be locked in here, where I can't hurt anyone."\n\nFeeling the urgency of your mission, you leave [[by the back door|Out the back door 2]].
"We can't let you in!" shouts Ethan. "Sorry!"\n\nThe man bangs on the door once more, snarls wordlessly, and runs off. You hope he finds somewhere safe to hide. If he is with the army, where are the rest of the soldiers? Or was he lying, to try and get you to let him in?\n\nBehind you, Ash screams.\n\nYou turn to see her stumble to her feet, with Eva clinging onto her in a close hug. Only... she's not hugging Ash. She's biting her. \n\nYou and Ethan run over and pull Eva off Ash. Your little sister's face is contorted with fury, and her eyes have darkened and gone all bloodshot. Before you can stop her, she sinks her teeth into your hand, wrenching it back and forth with immense strength. You and Ethan manage to wrestle her back to the little office and lock her in, where you can hear her banging and crashing around.\n\nAsh's neck is a mess, all torn up, and she looks at you with terrified eyes. Your hand throbs, burning with a ragged pain that seems to heat up your veins from within.\n\nEthan is already scrabbling at the roller door to get away as you and Ash sit down amidst the debris of the gift shop to wait for the change you can no longer escape.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
"What the -" You've been watching Eva's face, trying to guess her temperature with one hand on her forehead, when Ethan's exclamation draws your attention back to the road. "Is that a ... gate?"\n\nYou look ahead. Less than two hundred metres in front of you is some kind of blockage. Ethan instinctively slows down, almost to a crawling pace. As you squint closer, figures begin to appear from the sides of the road.\n\n"Guys," whispers Ash from the back seat. "Guys..."\n\n"Soldiers!" you shout. "It's the army. They've got guns. Oh geez, okay, so -"\n\n"Do we go talk to them or what?" asks Ethan.\n\nWith the question hanging in the air, a voice can suddenly be heard through a loudspeaker near the roadblock:\n\n"ATTENTION. EXIT YOUR VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY. REPEAT, EXIT YOUR VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY."\n\nAs the words reach your ears, four men in front kneel to the ground and point weapons directly at your vehicle. They must be no more than one hundred-and-fifty metres away.\n\n"//Well?//" repeats Ethan. \n\n"Eth, just turn round! //Now!// Hell knows what they'll do. They want the roads clear, and Eva's been bitten, they'll think she's one of the zombies. I mean -"\n\nYour stomach churns and turns. The soldiers couldn't possibly mean to harm you, could they? Or are they your way out of this mess? Do you [[stop and talk to them|The military men]], or [[turn the car and get out as fast as you can|Run from the soldiers]]?
"Let's try the mall, first," you say. There must be some other survivors around, somewhere, someone with an idea about what's going on. Abandoned cars are spread unevenly across the road between you and the mall, their doors open and lights still blinking. From somewhere on the horizon, a wailing chorus of car alarms reaches your ears.\n\n"You've seen //Dawn of the Dead//, right?" puffs Ethan as he follows you across the concrete island in the middle of the road.\n\n"And that's helpful how exactly?" asks Ash.\n\n"//Dawn of the Dead//? Zombies? Malls? Man, it's like the //textbook// of zombie movies."\n\nYou ignore them, busy figuring out a path through the cars, and reach the mall first with Eva clinging on around your neck. The breeze has picked up now, and litter and debris whips around your ankles.\n\nThe main doors slide open at your approach. Stepping inside, the scene inside is chaos. You breathe in sharply as you take in the slumped, bloodied bodies, the mall's cheery music filling the silence. You feel the crisp crunch of glass shards beneath your sneakers.\n\n"The Bark 'N Scratch!" Ethan interrupts your thoughts and you all turn to look at the pet shop where you've spent the afternoon playing with the puppies many times before. Its windows are caved in, and the body of a middle-aged man - it's hard to tell, exactly - can be seen beneath the almost-shut roller door, one leg still grotesquely twitching.\n\n"Where next?" you ask, unable to draw your eyes away from the scene.\n\n"[[We need weapons.|Find a weapon]]" says Ethan. "What if we get attacked again? We're totally screwed if we can't defend ourselves."\n\nYou feel Eva stir on your back.\n\n"I'm hungry," she says softly. "Can we get something yum to eat?" You realise a treat may make up for her fright, maybe lift her spirits. [[Heading to the supermarket for a quick bite may not be the worst idea.|The snack aisle]]
You jump off the bike and get Eva to hop up onto your back as quickly as she can. The zombies have almost made it up the stairs to you when you wheel the bike off the edge of the stairs and start heading down them. Ethan and Ash are just in front of you. Despite the fact that the zombies are moving so slowly, the bike is harder to control than you expected, especially with your little sister clinging on round your neck. \n\nComing towards you to a bit faster than the others is a massive, muscled zombie who has one heavily tattooed arm, and a stump dribbling blackish blood where the other arm used to be. You swing the bike to one side to avoid him, lose your footing over a body in the way, and skid down a few stairs, winding up underneath the heavy bike. Eva falls a few steps further and you see Ash dart back for her, as you try to lift the bike off your legs.\n\nToo late - the big zombie rears over you, blocking out the light. As his hand pins you down and his teeth close on your face, your last hope is that your friends manage to get Eva to safety.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
There's a dark shape moving towards Eva. It looks like a man - you recognize the gold shirt and shorts of the park staff uniform - but there's something wrong with the shape of his head. Dark stains streak the front of his shirt, dripping from his open mouth.\n\nAs you watch, Eva checks behind her and starts to edge her way onto the rollercoaster tracks towards you. She's way too short to be able to hang onto the side rails.\n\n"Midge, hang on!" you yell, jumping back over the side of the car onto the tracks. Behind you, Ethan yells, "Go, go!" and you hear them following close on your heels. Without even thinking about the danger, you run towards your little sister, balancing as best you can. She hasn't gotten very far when the man on the platform lunges and drags her backwards, screaming.\n\nYou come charging off the tracks, Ethan and Ash right behind you. Momentum sends you right into the man attacking Eva, and you hit him with your shoulder down in a tackle, shoving him backwards away from her. You both land at the other edge of the platform, with you on top of him. This close, the man is a nightmare, half of the side of his head missing, blood and other fluids coating what's left of his face. You throw yourself back towards the others, kicking out at him, and he goes over the side of the platform. You hear a thud as he hits the ground below.\n\nAsh is cuddling Eva to her, rocking her side to side. \n"I think he bit her," she whispers to you, eyes huge and frightened.\n\nEthan looks more serious than you've ever seen him before. "Zombies, man. I think it's zombies."\n\nYou take Eva off Ash, holding her close. "Let's get out of here."\n\nThere are two ways to get to the gates. \nWill you follow the path [[past the kids' rides|The kids' rides]]?\nOr take a shortcut [[across the mini racecar track|The racecars]]?
"Let's cut across by the racecars," you tell the others. Ash grabs your backpack and you take off down the stairs from the rollercoaster.\n\nThe racecar track looks like a miniature traffic pile-up. Most of the cars have crashed at the far end of the track, some upside down, all abandoned. What looks like a crowd of people is clustered on the spectators' bridge, and as you run past, they swing slowly round to watch you. One woman is holding part of a torso, but she drops it when she sees you, and starts to stagger down the bridge stairs towards you.\n\n"Freakin' zombies," gasps Ethan, the unfittest of you all. "I told you so."\n\n"Just //run//!" says Ash, whacking him on the arm.\n\nYou are nearly at the [[way out|Fun park gates]].
"I think going down the train tracks is our best chance. We need the bikes!" you shout back to Ethan, who shrugs and rejoins you. "Okay," you say, "Let's get these keys."\n\nYou turn back to the ute, and are about to reach for the dirt bike keys when the driver jerks suddenly. As a group, you leap back, the breath trapped in your lungs. A slow, feral growl rises from the throat of the corpse in the ute. The milky eyes twitch one way, then another, then settle again. Stillness.\n\nSeconds - you're not sure how many - pass by, before Ethan speaks. "Guess that answers that one. Shall we just take --"\n\n"We're taking the bikes, Eth," says Ash, sharply. "We won't get anywhere on the motorway. We'd be screwed."\n\n"That thing's nearly gone," you say, swallowing your fear. "I'll get the keys. Could we distract this guy somehow?"\n\n"No," says Ethan, stepping forward. "Leave this to me. You go round the passenger seat, get its attention. You're not reaching in there. Who's going to look after Eva if that thing takes a chunk out of you?"\n\n"Ethan, it'll be okay --"\n\n"Hey, dude, I'm serious here."\n \nOne of you needs to distract the driver, while the other one grabs the keys, but you and Ethan both seem determined to play the hero and grab the keys.\n\nYou can offer to play [[Rock|Rock]], [[Paper|Paper]], [[Scissors|Scissors]] to decide who's going to try for the keys, or you can turn back and [[get the car|Ford]] instead.\n\n
Out in the mall carpark, the zombies have started to gather. They have been hunting through the cars, dragging out dead bodies and feasting on the remains -- you see them in little packs, squabbling over the dead. When the door shuts behind you, they start to look up, in ones and twos. You see a red-headed zombie woman lift her head and snuffle at the air, like a dog, catching your scent. Slowly she starts to stagger in your direction.\n\n"We need a car," says Ash, looking around.\n\n"There," says Ethan, pointing at a nearby station wagon. It's parked half up on the footpath, driver's door open and keys still in the ignition. You should be able to get it through the other cars to the road, if you're careful. With the zombies starting to converge, you sprint to the car.\n\n"Um, guys," says Ash in a weird voice. "Take a look, back seat." \n\nThere's a familiar sight in the back -- a little two-year-old, still strapped into a car seat. She opens bloodshot eyes and hisses at you, straining at the straps and whining. \n\n"I reckon we take her with us," you say. "If there's a cure, maybe they can fix her up." Besides, she's strapped in tight, and if you sit in the other seat, she shouldn't be able to reach you. You take the back seat, belting yourself and Eva in, with Ash in front and Ethan driving. Getting through the growing crowd of zombies isn't too bad in this battered old wagon.\n\n"How do you reckon we do this?" asks Ethan. "[[Motorway's quicker|By the motorway]], but we could get stuck. Should we [[go the long way instead|The long way]]?"
Ethan leans over and places a hand on your shoulder. "We should get in the van. Eva will be fine. It's the //army//."\n\nYou look back up at the officer. "Will she be okay?"\n\n"She'll be fine," soothes the officer. "She's ill. We'll do our best."\n\nYou turn back to Eva and Ash in the back seat. "Midge. Midge?" Your sister doesn't seem to notice you, but continues staring blankly upwards, her teeth chattering. She's almost //grey// by now. "Midge, you're going to go with these men. They'll make sure you're okay." A sudden surge of emotion fills your throat, taking you by surprise.\n\n"Okay," Ethan says to the officer. "We're good to go."\n\nYou and the others clamber out of the car as the army van - your ticket to the city - draws closer. Guilt gnaws at your gut, but you know Eva's condition will only worsen without help. "Come here, Midge," you say, picking your heavy-limbed sister out of the back seat. You hug her close to you, and can feel her trembling. "You're going to be okay, you know?"\n\nSeemingly reenergised by this gesture, Eva lifts her arms up to embrace you, and grasps your neck. And it is only then that you hear it: a distant, humming growl from deep within her throat.\n\n"Midge?"\n\nThe growl grows suddenly, alarmingly, and you begin to pull her away. But her grip is strengthening by the second. "Guys..." you say. "Guys!" The officer turns to look, and then Ash, but it's already too late. As you realise that the virus has finally possessed your little sister, the pain from small milk teeth champing powerfully down into your left shoulder registers, and you let out an animalistic yelp.\n\nToday, you'll be taking the same ride as Eva. Where will you end up? You might never find out.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n
This should be kind of like riding bikes at Ethan's auntie's farm. You decide to take one bike, with Eva sitting in front of you, and Ethan and Ash will ride the other. Eva's not looking too hot, you realise, as you lift her onto the bike. Your little sister's breathing is shallow, and she feels hot to the touch. The shallow bite mark on her hand is swollen and red.\n"You holding up, Midge?" you ask her. She nods and gives you a weak thumbs up. Her eyes look a bit bloodshot, too.\n\nAs you ride through the mall carpark, zigzagging around the cars, you see movement in some of the shop windows. A couple of what look like zombie shoppers scrape dead hands at the glass on the toyshop window as you ride past, leaving streaks of blood on the glass. A small group of child zombies are lined up along the window of the $2 shop, standing in a rubble of Valentine's Day decorations, mouths open in soundless howls.\n\nYou ride the bikes to the stairs that lead down into the train station. Unfortunately, it looks as if there has been a major zombie attack here. A few dead bodies lie sprawled on the stairs, and there are clusters of two or three zombies pawing over their remains. They all look up as they hear your bikes, and a couple start clumsily up the stairs towards you. \n\nWill you hop off the bikes and [[wheel them downstairs|At the train station]], trying to avoid the zombies, or will you [[ride down the stairs|Downstairs]] through the crowd of zombies?
"Hurry up!" you yell at her. "We can get away, but we have to hurry!"\nYou think for a moment she's not going to try, but she sees the family getting closer and throws herself into the water, which comes up to her waist, starting to wade over to you.\n\nYou try to put Eva down, but she cries and holds tighter to you.\n"It's okay, Midge, just going to give you a piggy-back, alright?"\nShe looks up at you and nods, snuffling back her tears. "That girl //bit// me."\n"Hop up," you tell her. "I'll get you a plaster when we get out of here."\nShe jumps up on your back and wraps her arms around your neck. "A Scooby one."\n"You got it."\n\nThe woman pulls herself out of the water, shivering. Her flowery summer dress is soaking wet. She staggers up to you and now you can see that what you thought were poppies on the dress are actually bloodstains. Big scratches, like claw marks, run all the way down her arms, and something has taken a chunk out of her neck. Her eyes are weird, all dark and bloodshot.\n\n"They're coming," she says, holding out her arms. "Give me the little girl, I can carry her. Give her to me."\n\n[[You run|The fairy maze]].
"We can't stop! We have to get to town!" Ethan yells, as if they can hear him. You can see the look on her face when she realises you aren't going to stop. Disbelief, fury... and then, as you pass, she crumples onto the man next to her and he puts his arms around her as the zombies resume their attack on the car.\n\nNone of you say anything as you keep driving. You meet Ethan's eyes in the mirror and they flinch away from yours.\n\n"We had to keep going," you tell him. "You did the right thing." He doesn't answer.\n\nYour luck finally runs out at a massive pile-up at a major intersection. There is a crowd of zombies milling around the crash site, like a flock of seagulls hanging around a feed at the beach. Ethan weaves in and out of the first crashed cars, but as he's driving, a zombie charges out at the car and he swerves automatically to avoid it. Your car hits an upturned 4 wheel drive and skids onto its side. \n\nAs you try to clear your head, you fight to unclip your belt but the car's windows are broken and you can already see dead hands reaching in to pull you out. It's the end of the line for all of you.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n\n
When you finally make it into the city, Eva is almost unconscious. Her breathing rattles in her chest, and she doesn't look like she recognises any of you. You hit a roadblock just inside the inner city, where soldiers in riot gear make you stop and get out of the car. \n\nYou ask about a cure, but nobody seems to know exactly what's going on. Even though you argue with them, they take Eva away into a quarantined area with the other infected survivors. You, Ethan and Ash make yourself temporary beds in the makeshift safe zone, and some time towards dawn you find some people you know from back home, and they take you to where your mum is sitting on an army cot, looking older than you've ever seen her.\n\n"Your dad's been bit," she says, holding onto you for dear life. He's in there with Eva -- sounds like he was pretty far gone when they made it to town. Rumours go around the safe zone about a cure, but you don't know for sure. All you can do is wait, and hope the army scientists figure out something soon. In the meantime, better get used to your new life in what's left of the city.\n\n<html><img src="the_end_yay.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n\n
"It'll be quicker," you tell Ethan, ignoring the disgusted look on his face. "Meet you back here at the check-out." Before he can argue, you take off for the snack aisle. Eva's mad keen for chicken chips, and you can grab a couple more packs of hubba-bubba, too. Your little sister is making a weird noise back there, pressed against your neck. At first, it's almost as if she's humming along with the song playing in the supermarket, but then the sound changes... almost as if she's growling, under her breath.\n\n"You okay back there, Midge?"\n\nThere's no answer for a moment. The sound stops. Then her voice comes, faintly. "Just getting hungry. Can I have something to eat yet?"\n\nYou might not be the horror movie expert that Ethan is, but you know it's not brilliant that Eva's been bitten. It only looked like a shallow bite, but it's definitely a worry. She's your sister, though. No way you're going to abandon her. Yet.\n\nYou grab Eva a couple of bags of chippies and some bubblegum. You can always come back and pay later on, when everything's back to normal. //If// everything's back to normal.\n\nYou're about to head back to the check-out when you remember that there's a display of hedgetrimmers in the next aisle. They'd make a really good weapon. \n\nWill you [[rejoin your friends|Rejoin your friends]] or will you risk it and [[go get a hedgetrimmer|Get the weapon]]?
"We're taking no chances," you tell Ethan. "Let's do this slow and safe."\n\nYou drive the back roads, and even so, it's tough driving. You're travelling down familiar streets, through suburbs you know pretty well, that are clogged with crashed cars, broken glass, signs of violence. Everywhere, all over, dead bodies. Some lie still and bloody, others are moving, aimlessly, circling the bodies and watching as you pass.\n\nEthan's a bit of an idiot sometimes, a bit of a joker, but you have to hand it to him. He holds it together and he gets you all through safely, with a steady grip on the wheel despite all the horrors you see. You notice Ash has a hand on his arm, keeping him calm, keeping him going. None of you say anything but you know you'll be seeing some of these sights over and over as you sleep.\n\nWhen you finally make it into town, Eva is almost unconscious. Her breathing rattles in her chest, and she doesn't look like she recognises any of you. You hit a roadblock just inside the inner city, where soldiers in riot gear make you stop and get out of the car. You tell them about the zombie toddler, and the last thing you see of her, the soldiers are carrying her off, still strapped into the car seat.\n\nWhen you give them the scientist's papers, you see the first signs of hope on their grim, exhausted faces.\n\nNobody will tell you anything, but they let you stay near the quarantine area in the makeshift hospital ward, where Eva waits with the other infected victims. Hours later, they start to test the first round of a possible cure.\n\nAnd at last, just before dawn, while Ethan and Ash have crashed out and are sleeping on a couple of stretchers nearby, they bring you to your baby sister, who has opened her eyes and is crankily asking for breakfast. You put your arms around her and pull her in for a giant hug. You've made it this far. Nothing will ever be alright again, but at least you've got each other.\n\n<html><img src="the_end_yay.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n
"We're taking no chances," you tell Ethan. "Let's do this slow and safe."\n\nYou drive the back roads, and even so, it's tough driving. You're travelling down familiar streets, through suburbs you know pretty well, that are clogged with crashed cars, broken glass, signs of violence. Everywhere, all over, dead bodies. Some lie still and bloody, others are moving, aimlessly, circling the bodies and watching as you pass.\n\nEthan's a bit of an idiot sometimes, a bit of a joker, but you have to hand it to him. He holds it together and he gets you all through safely, with a steady grip on the wheel despite all the horrors you see. You notice Ash has a hand on his arm, keeping him calm, keeping him going. None of you say anything but you know you'll be seeing some of these sights over and over as you sleep.\n\nWhen you finally make it into town, Eva is almost unconscious. Her breathing rattles in her chest, and she doesn't look like she recognises any of you. You hit a roadblock just inside the inner city, where soldiers in riot gear make you stop and get out of the car. You tell them about the zombie toddler, and the last thing you see of her, the soldiers are carrying her off, still strapped into the car seat.\n\nNobody will tell you anything, but they let you stay near the quarantine area in the makeshift hospital ward, where Eva waits with the other infected victims. Rumours go around the safe zone about a cure, and you hear that the scientists are working on a way to immunise people against the zombie virus. All you can do is wait, and hope that they figure out something soon. \n\nYou, Ethan and Ash make yourself temporary beds in the safe zone, and you track down a phone. To your huge relief, your mum answers -- the rest of the family have made it to another safe zone south of Auckland. Telling her that Eva's been bitten makes you feel worse than you've ever felt in your life, but instead of blaming you, she thanks you for getting your little sister to safety and looking out for her as best you could. Now you just need to sit tight and wait for news of a cure. \n<html><img src="the_end_yay.jpg" alt="The End"></html>\n
Reluctantly, you agree to let them lock Eva away. She's not looking so well, with clammy skin, her eyes puffy and bloodshot. All the time you've been carrying her on your back you've been a bit creeped out by the thought that she might suddenly turn zombie, like the victims in the movies Ethan likes so much. You lift her down from your back, take her in your arms and give her a big hug, whispering an apology.\n\nTruth is, you feel terrible for letting them put her in the office. Ethan and Ash won't meet your eye any more. You watch Eva go and sit on the other side of the room from the woman who is already in there, a bloody bandage on one leg, also not looking so good. Then the old man locks them in, and pats you on the arm. "You've done the right thing, the only safe thing."\n\nNow, it's just a matter of waiting for the army to find you. And hope that they bring a cure. You settle in to wait, watching the clock.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
"Phone shop," you say. Getting the phone working seems like the most important thing to do. You put Eva down and help Ethan and Ash start to take apart the barrier. You pull down an office chair and send it clattering across the floor. Some of the barricade shifts easily, but some of it is wedged in place, and heavy. You, Ethan and Ash are all trying to push away a big desk when the growl sounds again, closer this time. You turn around and see a small shape come sneaking out from behind the sushi counter.\n\n\nYou get attacked by zombie pets from the pet shop. You manage to get into the phone shop after a scuffle and get a text from your family.\n\nDo you choose to [[hole up here|Hole up at the phone shop]] after you've put a blockage in place, or head [[out the back door|Out the back door]] and try and make it to town?
Ash counts, "1-2-3!" You choose paper and Ethan chooses scissors. You shrug. "Okay, you get the keys. I'll go play bait."\n\nYou hand Eva over to Ash, giving your baby sister a big hug, and go round the front of the ute, banging on the hood as you go. Taking a deep breath, you pull open the passenger door - it opens with a rusty squeal. The driver hasn't moved, hasn't stirred, though you can hear the low growl coming from his throat again.\n\nHe still hasn't looked your way, though, and you want to give Ethan the best chance to get hold of the keyring. If he's quick enough, the driver could easily grab him when he reaches in. Without stopping to tell the others what you're about to do, you lean into the cab. You just want to get the driver to be focussed on you. \n"It means no worries," you sing, loud as you can. "for the rest of your days... hakuna --"\n\nThe driver launches at you, quicker than a striking snake. You duck back just in time, and while he's straining against his seatbelt to bite you with what's left of his teeth, you see Ethan whip the keyring from the ignition. He's done it!\n\nLeaving the driver strapped into the cab, snapping at the air, you offload the dirt bikes and [[head for the train station|Convoy]].
You run as fast as you can, until you get to the tracks where they race the kiddie-sized ride-on racecars. At the moment, the track looks like the scene of a miniature traffic pile-up. Most of the cars have crashed at the far end of the track, some upside down, all abandoned. What looks like a crowd of people is clustered on the spectators' bridge, and as you run past, they swing slowly round to watch you. One woman is holding part of a torso, but she drops it when she sees you, and starts to stagger down the bridge stairs towards you.\n\nYou keep running, past the huge Towerdrop ride that always makes you feel like chucking up your lunch, and around the outside of the Fairy Maze, you are running towards the dodgems when someone calls your name.\n\nYou skid to a stop, looking behind you. Two familiar shapes are lurking just inside the maze. Ethan and Ash! Ethan looks more serious than you've ever seen him, and even for a goth, Ash looks spooky-pale. \n\n"Man, are we glad to see you!" you say, even as Eva starts to tell them about how she got bitten.\n\n"Aw, Midge, you're being so brave," says Ash, giving your little sister a quick hug.\n\n"Dude, you know what this is?" asks Ethan, quietly, while Eva's distracted. "It's the freakin' end of the world. Zombies, man. Zombie apocalypse."\n\n"There's no such thing!" you say. But you know what you've seen, and Ethan's mad about horror; he watches every zombie movie out there, plays all the games. If anyone knows the undead, it's him.\n\n"I dunno, maybe something went wrong with the military. It's usually the military. Or something got out of a factory somewhere. Doesn't matter - it's zombies." He rubs a hand across his manky old striped beanie. "Did Midge say she got bit?"\n \n"Yeah, she got attacked back there."\nYou glance around and see a growing crowd of zombies have just stumbled into view, around the Towerdrop. "Hey, we have to get out of here."\n\n"Come on," says Ash. "[[Gates are this way|Fun park gates]]!"
"We'll get something to eat soon," you tell Eva. "We need to get the phone working first." Deep down, you just want to hear your family's voices, make sure they're okay, and tell them you're trying your best to keep Eva safe. \n\nWalking as quietly as you can through the mall, you keep thinking you see movement in the shops. Some of the roller doors are down and many of the shop windows are smashed, glass scattered across the floor. Mannequins in the clothes shops tilt at odd angles, many of them wearing clothes streaked with blood spatter. You make it to the food court without seeing any zombies, or survivors, though. \n\nThe wide open space makes you feel jittery - too many places zombies could come from, corridors joining the food court from all directions, and big sets of double doors leading out to the carpark. The phone shop has what looks like a makeshift barricade in place, desks and office chairs and displays on rollers all shoved into the doorway to try and block it off. You look over it into the shop, but there's nothing moving inside.\n\nJust then, a noise out in the food court makes you swing around. It's a growling sound, low and quiet, somewhere over by the sushi place. There's another answering noise from over by the fish and chips shop. It doesn't sound human, kind of low and gutteral, with a high-pitched whine at the end.\n\n"Do you hear that?" asks Ethan. "What //is// that?"\n\n"I don't think we want to find out," says Ash. "You still want to get a phone card? We'll have to figure out a way over all this crap."\n\nYou'd have to turn your back on whatever's making the noises, too. Do you want to try and [[clear the debris|Phone shop]] to get in, or go next door to the [[TV repair shop|TV repair shop]] and try to use their phone instead? It looks like you could pull the roller door down to lock out whatever's in the food court.
"Hang on, Eth!" you yell back to him. "I'm going to see if I can get someone to help."\n\n"Okay!" he says, giving you a shaky thumbs-up, but you feel really bad for leaving him there.\n\nYou check the control booth, but it's empty, apart from the scary amounts of blood. Whatever attacked the ride attendant must have done heaps of damage. \n\n"Climb on my back," you tell Eva, who is always begging you for a piggyback. You head downstairs, away from the rollercoaster, looking for the people you saw a moment ago outside the Skullcrusher. As you walk past the ticket booth, you hear a scraping on the roof. That's all the warning you get, as something launches off the roof and hits you from above. \n\nYou and Eva stumble to the ground underneath a heavy weight that snarls and hisses like a crazed cat. It looks like a little boy, a year or so younger than Eva, until you catch sight of his face. His eyes are bloodshot and wild, and he bares his teeth at you, still snarling. He doesn't look human. Eva pulls backwards from his hands, his fingers hooked like claws. \n\n"He bit me!" she wails, and you act fast, pushing the boy back into the ticket booth and swinging the door closed. Inside the booth, he bangs and crashes around, howling. So far he hasn't worked out the door handle, but it's only a matter of time. You hear a noise behind you and swing around, but it's Ethan and Ash.\n\n"We managed to get the buckle loose," says Ethan.\n\n"Broke my house-key," says Ash. "But I'm guessing that's not the worst of my problems."\n\n"It's gotta be zombies," says Ethan. "I saw one of them take down the roller coaster guy."\n\nYou want to disagree - but you think of the little kid you've just shut in the ticket booth, and shudder. "We should [[get out of here|The racecars]]."
Ash counts, "1-2-3!" You choose scissors and Ethan chooses rock. You shrug. "Okay, you get the keys. I'll go play bait."\n\nYou hand Eva over to Ash, giving your baby sister a big hug, and go round the front of the ute, banging on the hood as you go. The driver's neck creaks as he jerks around to follow your movement. Taking a deep breath, you pull open the passenger door. It opens with a rusty squeal that almost, but not quite, masks the quiet growl coming from the driver.\n\nHe still hasn't moved, though, and you want to give Ethan the best chance to get hold of the keyring. If he's quick enough, the driver could easily grab him when he reaches in. Without stopping to tell the others what you're about to do, you lean into the cab. You just want to get the driver to be focussed on you.\n\nBeyond him, you see Ethan getting ready to make his grab for the keys. Just as you give him a thumbs up, the driver launches at you, quicker than a striking snake. Before your mates can get around to help you, he's fastened what's left of his teeth into your throat, and as the hot stink of blood and rot fills your senses, you feel your life slipping away.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
"Hide in the mall!" you yell, with Eva desperately hanging on around your neck. You head off down the mall corridor only to realise that Ethan and Ash have run the other way, out into the carpark. You can't turn around, though, because the old guy is on your heels, moving surprisingly fast.\n\nYou run as hard as you can, looking for somewhere to ditch him. Skidding round a corner, you run into a horrific scene; a group of zombies, all clustered around a corpse. They rise as they see you, snarling and reaching for you with gory hands. You feel Eva being pulled from your back and turn to find that the old man has his arms wrapped around her. You try to fight him off, but the other zombies have reached you now, and you are quickly dragged to the ground -- there are too many of them, and you haven't got a chance.\n\n<html><img src="the_end.jpg" alt="The End"></html>
"Eth, drive!" you say. "They'll take Eva!"\n\nWith a squeal of tires, Ethan throws the car into reverse. He may be a bit of an idiot sometimes -- actually, he's a total clown most of the time -- but he always comes through for you in the end. You wait for the soldiers to shoot but they don't, for whatever reason. Probably need to save their ammo for the zombies. \n\nHe takes you off on a tiki tour of the back streets, circling the long way around the roadblock. Then he starts working his way back towards town. \n\nYou've got a fair way through the once familiar streets -- now empty, but for growing crowds of zombies -- when you come across a car stuck sideways in the middle of the road. A handful of the undead batter on the windows, but inside, you can see a man and a woman, still alive. The woman waves her arms, yelling, as she sees you.\n\nWill you stop and help them?\n\nSafer to just [[drive around them|Ditch the survivors]], but maybe you could try and [[pick them up|Save the survivors]]?\n
You head over past the booth where they sell the ride photographs, by the pictures of families screaming happily at the camera. The food carts are just past the stalls where you can shoot targets and throw darts to win gigantic soft toys. They're all deserted; the only movement comes from a row of clowns' heads, mouths open to catch balls, swivelling eerily back and forth towards you.\n\n"Can we get a toy?" Eva's been wanting one of the giant purple bunnies since she first saw them, and all you came away with for her last time was a plastic bead bracelet and some sparkly hair ties. "Where's everyone gone?" She breaks away and hops up on the counter, next to the clowns.\n\nYou go to stop her, but before you can reach her a man comes rearing up from behind the clowns, and grabs your little sister. She screams and kicks out. He roars back at her, his face a mask of blood, his eyes dark and bloodshot and strange. Half of his scalp has been torn away and hangs in a flap like a grisly comb-over. Acting on instinct and adrenalin, you swing your backpack round in an arc and hit him in the head, with all the weight of a nearly full bottle of fizzy drink behind it. He reels, snarling at you, and you manage to wrestle Eva away from him.\n\nHoisting her into your arms, you take off running. Where are you going to go?\n\n[[Run towards the kids' rides|The carousel]]?\n[[Run towards the racecar track|The racecar track]]?