Editors' Note: If you missed them, read "Brinker's Contract" Part 1 and Part 2.
Brinker put on his stomach armor and headed for the café.
When he arrived, he ordered rum and coke. As the waiter placed the drink on his table, Brinker said, “I hear this is the place when I can find zombies. Any around tonight?”
“No, Sir. They don’t come here anymore. They stay away ever since the new owner brought in priests to exorcise the café.”
“Where can I find some?” He flashed a ten-dollar bill.
“They say many have gone to Destrudo.”
“In the jungle. They say it’s a terrible place of black magic and terrifying voodoo ceremonies.”
“How do I get there?”
“I don’t know. But I urge you, for the sake of your mother, don’t go there.”
Brinker gave him the ten and pondered his next move.
After three drinks, he went from table to table offering fifty dollars to anyone who’d take him to Destrudo and back. He figured he’d take a quick look. If it seemed promising, he’d rent an SUV and go back the next day with his zombie-capturing gear.
Nobody would take him.
“What the hell’s the matter with you people? Doesn’t anybody want to earn fifty dollars? Know what that can buy in this miserable country?”
“Perhaps Mulu will take you,” somebody whispered. “She’s from Destrudo. Some say she’s a zombie. She’s in that carriage across the street. The one with the large horse.”
About Michael A. Kechula
Michael A. Kechula's stories have been published by 134 magazines and 41 anthologies. He’s won first place in 12 contests and placed in eight others. He’s authored three books of flash and micro-fiction: The Area 51 Option and 70 More Speculative Fiction Tales; A Full Deck of Zombies--61 Speculative Fiction Tales; I Never Kissed Judy Garland and Other Tales of Romance. eBook versions available at www.BooksForABuck.com and www.fictionwise.com. Paperbacks at www.amazon.com. His latest book, Writing Genre Flash Fiction The Minimalist Way - A Self Study Book, will be released December 2010.