A loud crash echoed through the empty store. Chloe fought down the urge to panic. “Sofia can you climb?”
“What?” Sofia asked, a hint of hysteria in her voice.
Chloe nodded toward the shelves, “Do you think you could climb up the shelves? I think the doors just gave and we need to get the kids safe.”
Sofia’s face hardened, “I’ll be fine. RJ help your sister up those shelve get as high as you can.”
RJ did as he was told as Chloe and Sofia bundled up the babies. “Climb up and I’ll hand Suzi to you. RJ can climb up the other side and take Johnny, I’ll follow him.”
Sofia nodded and scrambled up the shelves to where Maria sat, the Chloe scaled a few with one hand to boost the baby up. Then did the same on the other side handing Johnny to RJ before clambering up herself. She settled on the shelf with the baby, it was quiet except for Maria’s sobbing and the shuffling of many feet. Something toppled, and then the first of several stumbling figures appeared at the end of the aisle.
Sophia let out a ear piercing scream, which set the babies to crying. Chloe scanned the shelf they sat on, looking for something heavy to drop on the creatures below them. “RJ see if you can find something that will crush skulls to drop.” He nodded, on his hands and knees began shoving things aside looking for heavy items. “I’d give anything for a crate of bowling balls right about now.” Chloe muttered under her breath looking at the crowd of decaying bodies under them, while trying to hush the hysteric baby in her arms.
Suddenly Sofia yelled, “Help!”
Looking down, she saw two women and a large biker looking guy throw themselves at the crowd of zombies. Gore flew as they smashed the creatures heads. Chloe watched the younger woman look down and smash something near her feet. The older girl grabbed her arm and yanked the younger one away, running away from the fight. The guy gave them one quick look then took out the few zombies left. Once the creatures had all stopped moving, he looked up and called, “You can come down now.”
Author's Note: Unedited Version