Note: The recipient for this fic had a weak
spot for Zombie Apocalypse AUs. Zombies are not uncommon in survival
horror, but they're unknown in Fatal Frame.
Alight in that Flame
Rei hefted the shotgun grimly, checking the barricade around their
neighborhood. She would have preferred shooting things with a camera
instead of shooting zombies, but that's what was happening now, and
that's what they had to put up with. Her husband Yuu was back at the
house, making strategic plans with his friends Mafuyu and Kei.
Her house was getting pretty full - Kei and his nieces had come first,
and then Mafuyu and Miku, taking their spare room and then Yuu's old
room. Yuu's cousin Misaki was there too, sharing Miku and Mafuyu's
room, and she had proven deadly with a gun, so it all worked out. Kei's
niece Mayu kept busy with household chores while his other niece Mio
kept busy running to get supplies. The teenager could run and hide
better than any of them. Given the reports of zombies that wielded
poles, little zombies that wielded stakes, zombies whose heads flopped
to one side or had abnormally long arms, and even ones in doctors'
outfits wielding penlights, Rei was glad that Mio had a finely honed
sense of preservation.
Nobody was sure where the zombies had come from, though it was rumored
that they had been lead by headless skeletons coming from some place up
in the mountains, and then they multiplied rapidly when they found
victims. There wasn't much about the place, not even a name, though Yuu
and his friends had tried. She had faith that if Yuu said that there
was no information, then there really was no information.
"No zombies in the north section," Miku said, coming up to Rei. Rei was
glad that Miku and Mafuyu had moved in with them from their flat. It
sounded like they'd had some adventures anyway, something to do with
virtual reality and an AI ghost who was programmed to think Mafuyu was
her long-lost lover. It had given them some experience with crazy
things, at least. Though not crazier than what had happened, with
zombies rising in every land, from ancient places, forgotten ones. The
end of the world had come, and Rei had survived through it, but it
wasn't what she dreamed. And at least she wasn't fighting ghosts.
Rei would take zombies any day. At least they exploded. Miku was
becoming an expert in making things that caused them to collapse and be
still, bait traps that the zombies ate and died, sort of like that
poison that one fed ants to make them go away. "Where's Misaki?"
"She told me that she saw some zombies coming from up north." Miku
clutched at her chest, which looked kind of silly when one realized
that she was toting a gun and poison. But not even a zombie apocalypse
could keep her from doing that. "And then she went back to work with
Yuu and the others."
Rei nodded. "We'll just have to be ready." There was always the chance
that they would join the rambling horde, but Rei intended to live as
long as possible until the families could escape.
Hefting her shotgun once more, she watched the shadows move, looking
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