Bite Back Pt. 5

Bite Back Pt. 5

A sci-fi short story.
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The scream came again. "HEEEELP!" Kyle looked up towards the room that the zombies were drawn to. In the window he saw someone staring down at the zombie. He couldn't make out who it was from here. He'd have to get closer to see. The voice broke into the air again, "Aye you, help me!" Kyle took another look and he saw the person in the window looking straight at him. This wasn't good, one zombie caught onto its prey looking at something and looked in the same direction. Kyle and the zombie locked eyes. It let out an ear shattering cry and the rest of the 20 zombies in front of the window snapped their heads in Kyle's direction. All of them started sprinting in his direction. He swore under his breath. Kyle grabbed two bags of groceries and tossed them inside and then grabbed a case of the water and threw that in to. He only had enough time to shut his trunk and the front door before the pack reached him.

Kyle heard the banging on the door and the grunts and screams from outside. He didn't know what was happening to his car either. At least he had his keys still. He carried the food upstairs and then the case of water. He put all the stuff safely in his room and locked the door at the top of the stairs. He leaned against the door that led to the stairs, trying to catch his breath. There was someone else alive. He didn't know how he had survived whatever this was but now he might be able to make a connection. He went into his suite-mates room and opened the window. The guy was still in the window and the zombies had moved back to watching him. Kyle figured he was safe enough up in the room so he took his chance. "Hey, 302." The person looked up and around searching for where Kyle's voice was coming from. "106 upstairs." The person looked over at Kyle. "Oh hey man, what kind of help was that?" Was this guy serious? Did he want him to fight the zombies with his fists? "Look, you need to stop yelling and let these things go to sleep. Then and only then can I try and help you."

The person put their hands on top of their head. "Are you serious? Wait for them to go to sleep? And how are you supposed to help me? You're in the same situation as I am." Kyle rubbed the bridge of his nose, this guy was ridiculous. "If I'm in the same situation as you are, tell me how much food do you have in your dorm?" There was a moment of silence. "What?". "Just tell me how much food you have."

There was a few minutes where all Kyle could here was some grunts and groans of the zombies. "106 are you still there?" Kyle stood up and looked out the window. "Yeah I'm still here." There were fewer zombies in the parking lot but not all of them were gone just yet. "I have a few beers, a couple bagels and some leftover Dominos Pizza." Kyle shook his head, great so he likes partying. "Okay, stay in your dorm until the morning, they should fall asleep or lose interest by then and you can make your way over here." The guy sounded annoyed. "Okay fine, I don't think this is a great idea, but I'm tired of looking at these things wanting to eat me alone." Kyle walked back into his room. There were bags of stuff on the floor. Kyle took everything that needed to be frozen and put it in his refrigerator in the hallway. He threw a few waters in there as well.

Kyle spent the rest of the time cleaning the room and making it more accommodating for himself. As night drew nearer, he had an idea. He didn't want to forget anything that he learned about the zombies. He found a small notebook and pen. He started writing down important things he learned about the zombies. The first two entries were, "Doesn't infect everyone." and "can ommunicate."

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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