“The brain it restarts the core enough to get up and walking do whatever walkers do.” Katie said locking eyes with Jenner.
“Just the brainstem basically gets them up and moving.”
“They’re not alive?”
“Depends how you classify alive.” Katie said to Rick.
“I classify it as breathing in and out.” Rick said like it was rocket science. “What do you classify it as?”
“You used to think zombies were humans, but the brain seems to have shut down, their instincts are like an animal's, just the need to eat other humans.” Katie said to Rick and Jenner nodded at her in approval of her theory.
“You tell me describe what you see to us all.”
“Well…” Rick said getting closer to the screen. “It’s nothing like before most of that brain is dark.”
“Dark, lifeless… dead. The frontal lobes, the neocortex, the human part? That doesn’t come back. The ‘you’ part just a shell driven by a mindless instinct.”
Than a line shot through the brain making most of them jump and test subject nineteen stopped moving. He just shot the subject.
“God!” Carol said shocked. “What was that?”
“He shot his patient in the head.” Andrea said. “Didn’t you?”
“Vi!” Jenner called, ignoring Andrea’s question. “Power down the main screen and the work stations.”
“Powering down the main screen and work stations.” ‘Vi’ took the order of Jenner and shut down the screen.
“You don’t know what this is do you?” Katie demanded at the other scientist.
“Well it could be…”
“Microbial.” She said cutting him off. “Viral, parasitic, fungal that…” She said pointing to the blank screen behind her. “Narrows down to nothing, NOTHING!”
“ Or the wrath of god.” Jacqui said to her.
“There’s that.” Jenner said.
“Somebody must know something. Somebody has to know something. Somebody. Somewhere!”
“You tell me you’re a scientist.” Jenner said watching her, making Katie slump back next to John.
“There are others…” Carol said. “Right? Other facilities.”
“There may be some. People like me.” Jenner said looking at her.
“You don’t know How can you nor know?”
“Everything went down: Communications, directives, all of it I’ve been in the dark for almost a month.”
“So it’s not just here?” Andrea said finally talking. “There’s nothing left anywhere? Nothing? That’s what you’re really saying right?”
“Jesus.” Jacqui said shocked.
“Man.” Daryl said putting his hands on his head. “I’m goin’ to get shit-faced drunk… again.”
“Doctor Jenner.” Dale said. “I know this had to been taxing for you and I hate to ask one more question but that clock is counting down, what happens at zero?”
“The… basement generators.. they run out of fuel.”
“And then?” Rick said as he waited for Jenner to explain but instead Jenner walked away. “Vi! What happens when the power runs out?”
“When the power runs out, facility wide decontamination will occur.”
“Rick! Shane! Glenn! Theodore check the generators now.” Katie said calmly hoping she could get them to do it but they stood there staring at her. “NOW!” She yelled.
Nodding they gathered up and walked down to the generators.
“I did the best I could with the time that I had.” Jenner said as Katie watched silently knowing he didn’t know she was there. “I hope you’d be proud of that.”
“Test nineteen was you wife wasn’t she Doctor Jenner she was the one who wanted me to come help.”
He shrugged and turned around walking off.
Katie sat down outside the metal door still in shock ‘This was it we were all going to die.’ She thought to herself.
Watching everyone arguing Jenner walked over to the keypad and suddenly the door began to close making Katie stand up and scream for Shane than the door closed and she screamed banging on it she couldn’t leave her friends and her family were going to die.
“John!” She screamed banging hard on it she could hear the sound of clinking on the other side and vibrations on the door and had a feeling they were trying to break into it somehow she felt gutted about whether or not John and the others would come out she knew it was impossible unless he opened it from the inside. Why did she care so much she couldn’t fall in love with a guy she barely knew this was the Apocalypse and she wasn’t looking for love.
“Katie!” The scream came back through the other end and she wished she was in there she started to cry and stood there resting her ear on the door she could hear breathing on the other end.
“We’re all gonna die."