Jack Nixon is a high schooler in his exam year with bipolar disease and severe depression. He spends each day fighting his own mind and emotions before he destroys himself. He finds a comfort in his best friends and his girlfriend, who support him daily. He always finds himself a burden, but they make his life better.
But as an unthinkable disease spreads through the world and his make believe plans for a zombie apocalypse become a surreal reality, he must push his unstable emotions aside when he, his brother and his two best friends are put in charge of a rag-tag group of survivors, including his girlfriend and her sister, who he has vowed to protect. He must push past the dead, the living and his own to maintain their safety.


4. Out Of The Ordinary

 That day had gone past slowly for Jack. Nothing really seemed to have much point anymore, let alone his GCSE’s. Come lunchtime, his head had began to clear. He was sitting on the floor behind the bookcases in the library, Lucy leaning her head on his shoulder, as Jade and the others talked about a Korean rock band that he had yet to listen to. Their arguments over which one was more beautiful made Jack crack a smirk at least. Nate and Aiden were off looking for some sort of panini, leaving Jack with the group of girls and the only other boy in the group, Shawn. The sandy-blonde haired boy was always caring about how other people felt, but it was obvious to him that he couldn’t help Jack right now, so he just stuck around for support.

 Suddenly, there was the sound of rushing footsteps from around the other side of the books. One of the girls, Janie, leaned back to see what was going on.

 “What you seeing?” Jack asked.

 “Load of guys in high visibility jackets.”


 “I don’t know, these guys keep on coming.”

 Jack got up off the floor and looked at the army of people running around the tables and chairs. One he recognised.


 Jack suddenly realised that just about all of the people that had been running in and out where either paramedics or police.

 “Sweetie, what are you and your friends doing here?” Jack’s mother asked, “You’re supposed to be on the astroturf.”

 “No one ever disturbs us down here. What’s going on mum?”

 Someone called her name and she huffed.

 “There’s no time to explain, all I can say is they’re sending you home. No one’s back at ours, so if you want company, you’re going to have to ask one of your friends.”

 “He can stay at mine for now. So can you, Shawn, if you can’t get back,” said Lucy promptly.

 “Thanks Luce.” Shawn said with a smile. Jack cut into the conversation.

 “Hang on guys, what’s going on mum?”

 “I told you, I can’t say. Right now all I can say is going to Lucy’s is probably the best thing to do. You need to stay in the villages. I need to go, but I’ll see you soon.”

 She rushed off and the friends started running out of the library. They spotted Nate and Aiden running in the same direction.

 “Did you get that bloody panini?”

 “No.” replied Aiden, angrily, “They got us out of the cafeteria as fast as they could. Said something about a bio-risk.”

 “I just saw mum rushing around with a hell of a lot of paramedics. What the hell is going on?”

 “I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s going to be big.”

 “We should really get going,” called Rachel, already running off towards the bottom yard. They followed her and noticed an entire block had been taped up with the same stuff they saw at Subway that morning.

 “Something is really wrong here,” Nate said worryingly as he pointed towards the army apaches flying overhead. “Those guys won’t like us hanging around.”

 Jack had completely forgotten about what had happened the day before and grabbed Shaun by the shoulder.

 “Mate, you’ve got to get the girls to the others at the astro. You’ll be safe with them. Wait outside the school until I get out and we’ll head back to Lucy’s. I won’t be long, but I seriously need to see what is going on.”

 Shawn nodded and grabbed the others before they protested against Jack going alone. He then realised that Nate and Aiden were still standing next to him.

 “You’re not going with them?”

 “Are you kidding?” Nate perked up, “How many times have we gone undercover on Black Ops together?”

 “Yeah,” Aiden continued, “we know how crap you are on your own, no way are you going alone.”

 Before Jack could tell them to go with Shawn and the girls, they heard footsteps going down the stairs. They ran for the corner in the sealed off block building and hid behind it.

 “Fine, there’s no way you can go back, so we’re in this together,” Jack said, asserting what little authority he had in the situation, “so don’t mess this up. We’ll get some cover and wait for them to pass, then follow the ones that aren’t heading for the astroturf.”

 “Well done, Captain!” Aiden said jokingly, and the three teens stayed low, waiting for something exciting to happen. Unfortunately, they were in the wrong place at the time to see exactly what was going on, because as the army were very intriguing, the paramedics had their hands full with the real problem.

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