I was hesitant to post about my work here since the focus should be on Chris's excellent story. However, a few others suggested I toss up a post to discuss the story and Chris gave me his stamp of approval. So here we are.
What begins as a meteor shower sets off a massive volcanic explosion when a large meteor of dense material slams into Yellowstone's caldera. As the Supervolcano erupts, massive amounts of ash encircle the earth, beginning what is known as a Volcanic Winter. As if that wasn't bad enough, the ash carries with it some property that initially kills 20-30% of those exposed, who rise again as zombies. In the story, intial estimates for the volcanic winter are 3 to 5 years, though no expert on the subject is met by any of the main characters.
I make no attempt to explain how the ash turns people into zombies. Really there's no need for this sort of story. Since I like both types of zombies (fast and slow), I included both in the story. New to the second section of the Dead Too, Rights series are infected humans and zombie animals. Additional information on the zombies used in this story can be found here while further reading about the Infected, humans changed by consuming the flesh of zombie animals and humans, can be found here.
A small number of individuals react differently to either zombie bites or initial exposure to ash.These abnormal humans tend to display some aspect of the zombie infection, predominantly through the appearance of milky white eyes. Jaeger, the main character of the story, due to her infection after receiving stem cell treatments, initially manifests a heightened sense of smell and an amazing healing factor. Later exposure to bites by other abnormals seem to incorporate some aspects of their enhanced abilities, such as Maliqe's heighten reflexes, strength, and superb hand-to-eye coordination. These new-found abilities come with a price though; a zombie's hunger.