"She tapped the last step to the wheel ruts and the grassy heap leapt up and grabbed her staff, jaws poking through to lock on the notched surface. Effie brought Swing down on it, returning it to rest. She smiled at the satisfying crunch, then looked around, wary.
It had been so long that she didn’t recognize the doe-like run of a fresh zombie before it was almost upon her. She spun and kicked it in the chest—too late. It caught her foot and brought her calf to its mouth..."
The Almond Orchard is a monthly character-driven zombie apocalypse series featuring some characters who continue on to have other stories, and others whose lives will end too soon. The series explores themes of loneliness, luck, and the price of survival.