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Zombies! Episode 9 - The Changing of the Guard

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Copyright 2011 by Ivan Turner

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What has come before.

After the zombie infestation of the ER at Sisters of Charity hospital, the world changed. With the news of zombies having gone public, people panicked, fled, and waited. But nothing happened. The zombies did not multiply at an exponential rate. The governments of the world did not collapse. Civilization did not end. Slowly but surely, people returned to their homes, their jobs, and their lives. But nothing would ever be the same.

The plague that spread the zombie infection was beyond containment. Dr. Denise Luco worked day and night trying to find a cure. Lieutenant Anthony Heron and his unit of zombie fighting police officers tried to keep New York safe. But zombies began to pop up everywhere. Heron's efforts were thwarted at every turn. Eventually, he lost himself in the world of the undead and was pulled back from the brink by his friend Captain Lance Naughton and his trusted colleague Gregory Smith.

Dr. Rudolph Ludlow, a British geneticist, revealed himself as the creator of the bacterium that caused the plague. After coming to work with Dr. Luco in the United States, he was introduced to Zoe Koplowitz, their very first live zombie specimen. At that moment, Ludlow knew what had caused the plague. Though he had shut down his experiments and destroyed his samples, some of the bacterium had remained alive and dormant in his body. Ludlow's short affair with Lucy Koplowitz, Zoe's mother, had released the zombie bacteria into the world.

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