Zombies: Flesh eating undead, or just misunderstood?
This idea came to me while I was in the shower last night. What if zombies literally were undead, not just mindless carnivores? What I mean is, what if zombies were simply people who had been brought back to life, albeit having been officially dead? Would they want their old jobs and families back? Probably.
But, since this doesn't seem very interesting, I had to come up with a catch. I currently have two ideas for the downside. One: While they are the same person they were before they died, they had a craving for raw meat. Soon, with the undead eating all forms of livestock nearly to extinction, they turned to the only other alternative; humans. This would then star a war between the living and the dead. But for every loss on the living side, the dead gain another. This would lead to the living being nearly wiped out. I don't have any thoughts for the solution to this possibility yet though.
Catch number two: The living start hunting the dead as a sport. That's all I have for this one.
Downside three: The dead start to believe they are better than the living, because they cheated death. Soon, the living are reported missing all over the globe, and the dead are responsible, but no one knows. Soon, the dead start attacking the living more openly, and eventually declare war on the living, or "first lifers" as they begin to call them.
Two more things I have yet to come up with, however, are the reason the dead are undead, and whether or not they would continue decaying.
But there is one element that I would include no matter what path I take. Shotguns. Shotguns are the ultimate weapon when it comes to fighting zombies. It's just the way things are.
In conclusion: some tips for dealing with zombies.
1: If you ever find yourself in a area with a lot of flesh eating zombies, and there are crazy, living people wanting to make a lot of noise, don't disturb them. Better them than you. But if the zombies come after you, shoot or hit them in the head, or set them on fire. If all else fails, run like hell away from them.
2: Don't cut up the living dead. The parts will still come after you.
3: If you are wounded by flesh-eating zombies, aboandon all hope, because sooner or later, no matter how many anti-biotics you take, yer gonna become one of 'em.
4: If a zombie is trying to get into your house, don't decide to try and find your lost cat or dog. Give it up, Fido and Fluffy are on their own.
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