Zombies! Episode 7 - Conflicts of Interest
Copyright 2010 by Ivan Turner
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What has come before?
Working on a secret government project, British geneticist Dr. Rudolph Ludlow created a bacterium that inadvertently turned his test subjects into zombies. Immediately cancelling the project and destroying all of the samples, he thought he had put the whole thing behind him. But, he had become an unwitting carrier of the disease and transmitted it to an American woman during an unexpected affair. She brought the disease back to New York and gave it to her family.
As the infection spread around the city, it began to affect the lives of its people. Detective Anthony Heron was forced to watch his partner, Johan Stemmy, deteriorate as the victim of the disease. In order to prevent him from becoming a zombie himself, Heron had shot his friend in the head.
Abby Benjamin had been trapped in the emergency room of a hospital by zombies and fought for her life. Though she had survived that day, she had watched several others die and the trauma had left her scarred in ways she didn't even realize. Also a victim of that same day, Dr. Peter Ventura learned to strike out on his own to combat the zombie plague. His first action was to take the life of an infected child, Jason Benford. Later, he and Jason's mother Melissa started a movement to combat the Zombie Rights Association, a group of people who believed that zombies were people and deserved the same rights. They recruited Abby to their cause.