October 8th Zombie Day! Get ready!!<br><br><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2011/09/30/zombies-in-city-near/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2011/09/30/zombies-in-city-near/</a>
AND October 16 is The Walking Dead season 2 <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
Here is a little short story, featuring slingshots in a Land Of The Dead scenario. It is unedited and probably needs language streamlining. I hope you like it anyway!<br><br><i>The story describes the vulcanization process, which turns raw rubber (useless) into latex (the stuff needed for slingshot bands). Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization in the mid 1800's.</i><br><br>-------------------------------------------<br><br><strong>The Seventh Seal</strong><br><br>by Jörg Sprave<br><br>Master Caproon looked out of his window. He saw the familiar scenery of his beloved village. Massively fortified against the Undead, it had survived many attacks and had never been overrun, even though it had been tight a couple of times.<br><br>The Master had contributed his fair share to the survival of the village. He was the weapon maker of the small 900 soul community, and without his weapons it would have been impossible to fight the ghouls back.<br><br>In the early days, right after the Dead took over, weapon makers still made firearms. First they had enough machines, materials and skills for repeating breech loaders, then they switched to muzzle loaders. But there was no known source for saltpeter, and with sulfur and coal alone, gunpowder could not be made. So firearms had disappeared. They were too loud anyway, regular dinner bells for all the Zombies in earshot.<br><br>The village had a blacksmith, who reformed scrap iron into useful things, like swords and <br>spearheads. But against the Undead, projectile shooting weapons were needed.<br><br>And the members of his guild provided such weapons. Slingshots, of course.<br><br>A well made slingshot, used by a trained shooter, could silently kill a Zombie from 50 yards. And all village folks started mandatory slingshot training at the age of four. At ten, everybody was an expert.<br><br>Caproon was old, at 60 springs he was far older than any other villager. That was because he was so valuable that nobody ever forced him to go hunting or scavenging. He had lived his live behind the palisades of his home town.<br><br>Now he had an apprentice, Dornbuk. The boy had learned the first six of the secret seals already. He had learned how to cut rubber so it does not nick. He learned the constriction knot so he could attach the bands securely. He learned how to select the right forks, and how to dry them properly. He had excelled in pouch making. He even completed his first sling-x-bow, a weapon that was in great demand and could even be traded against precious items from the days of the great civilization.<br><br>But today was a very important day in the live of Dornbuk. He would learn the seventh seal.<br><br>Caproon had heated the oven already, and now he showed Dornbuk how to regulate the temperature. It had to be just right, otherwise the procedure would fail.<br><br>The sulfur was already boiling in an old, large steel pan. Noxious smells evaporated from the oven, and the two men wrapped their faces with wet linen bandages, forming crude masks. Caproon added the important ingredients, sacred secrets that were not to be told to outsiders. Zinc oxyde, stearic acids, some more chemicals Caproon had stored in clay containers. Dornbuk had to recite the quantities over and over to memorize them, as the art of reading and writing was long lost amongst the remaining humans.<br><br>Last not least the raw, uncured rubber was added. The village maintained a veritable forest of the trees needed to harvest the precious substance, and many people died each year during the harvest. The forest was beyond the fortifications, and roaming ghouls constantly attacked the workers.<br><br>It took about ten minutes, and then the rubber was cured. Caproon taught Dornbuk how to identify the good parts in the pan, and how to retrieve it. Large patches of thin, flat rubber were the results, which Dornbuk would later cut into bands.<br><br>Tomorrow would be the day of Caproon's retirement. Dornbuk would have to kill a Zombie with a sling-x-bow made entirely by himself, as the tradition demanded. Caproon had no doubts that his apprentice would master the challenge. He had given him a bag of fine corundum stones, just the right size and weight for the purpose.<br><br>Right after Dornbuk's return, he would be installed as the new master weapon maker of the village.<br><br>Then Caproon would fulfill his last duty and offer his flesh for the big feast. He would die soon anyway, and it was better to be eaten by his fellow villagers instead of becoming an undead monster. The old master sadly looked at his beloved shed, which he would lock for the very last <br>time in just a few minutes.
Holy crap! My girlfriend writes stuff along the same lines as this, just less zombies and less slingshots ! <br><br>This is great, its getting pretty creepy and real now that people are being eaten, shows how far they have broken down.<br><br>I want more! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_twisted.gif" alt="Twisted Evil" longdesc="13">
Yes, I am the humble author of this little piece... wrote it a few months back.<br><br>It is not so easy for me to write in the English language, I think I can write far more elegant stuff in German. I have two German books in print, and a few short stories published online. Was thrilled to see that a highschool in Austria actually used one of my texts for a German class!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the english of that excerpt <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> Please give us more lol