Warrior Within by James N. Cook

Warrior Within by James N. Cook

Author:James N. Cook
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
Tags: Apocalyptic, Horror, Fiction, Zombie, Science Fiction, Adventure
ISBN: 9781484883822
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2013-04-22T16:00:00+00:00


A few hours later, the Legion proved Grayson Morrow, as well as Miranda, wrong. They skipped the part where they sent a bunch of burly men to drag me off somewhere and beat the hell out of me. Maybe they figured they had done enough of that already. Instead, they went straight to phase two—isolation.

Not that I knew this right away. When I saw three raiders coming for me, one of them the big Russian, I thought my day was about to get a lot worse. I was right on that note, just not in the way that I thought I would be. They cuffed my hands behind my back, disconnected me from the iron ring in the floor, and fettered my ankles with another set of leg irons.

As they escorted me across the warehouse floor, the dank, earthy smell that pervaded the place grew stronger. Eventually, a lantern that one of the raiders carried illuminated the edges of a pile of dirt to our left. Craning my neck, I tried to see the top of it, but it disappeared into the murky black beyond the lantern’s light. We passed more piles of dirt along the way, until finally we came to a stop.

Looking down, I saw a square had been cut into the thick concrete under my feet. The edges were fairly straight, and from the look of it, it had not been done recently. My guess was that whoever cut this hole had done so with heavy equipment, back when gasoline was still available. Which meant it could have been there for as long as two years.

There was a wooden platform built over the hole, with a smaller, square hatch in the middle of it. One of the raiders produced a key, opened a padlock on the hatch, and then disappeared down the ladder beneath. The Russian nudged me in my sore kidney with the barrel of his AK.

“Go on, maggot. Down the ladder.”

I did as he said, and followed the fading light of the lantern down into the darkness. The ladder ended abruptly after only about twenty feet, and my feet hit bare dirt as I stepped away.

“Don’t move,” a voice said from the other side of the lantern. I squinted and turned my head away from it. “Stay right where you are. Try anything, and I’ll kill you where you stand.”

I waited, blinking and standing in place. The other two men climbed down behind me, grabbed me by the arms, and urged me forward.

“Let’s go,” one of them said.

I followed them down the tunnel and tried to glean as much information as I could along the way. So far, what Morrow had told me was holding up. Just as he had said, the tunnels were low and narrow, barely wide enough for two men to walk abreast while standing up straight. If I had been a few inches taller, I would have had to duck my head to avoid hitting the arched roof.

Every few feet along


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