Anabelle and Ophelia helped a very unsteady Sarah into the church. Reverend Cavanaugh came out to study the bodies.
“You shot them,” the Reverend said.
“Yup,” Gunther replied.
“And they died?” the Reverend asked.
“Deader than a doornail,” Gunther said.
“And they just…got up and walked around again?” the Reverend asked.
“All hungry like,” Gunther said. “Looking at us like they were fixing to eat us for supper.”
Doc removed the handkerchief he’d been holding up against his scratch. “Yes. I even bare the mark of their loathsome desire for human flesh.”
“I think you’ll live,” Gunther said.
“You’re sure they died the first time?” the Reverend asked.
“What?” Gunther asked.
“Perhaps you thought you killed them but you didn’t,” the Reverend said.
“We turned them into Swiss cheese and they still kept coming,” Gunther said.
“They were dead,” Slade said. “I got Jack right in the heart. Stopped his ticker cold.”
“Well,” the Reverend said. “The good book tells us that the dead will rise from the grave on judgment day.”
“My word,” Doc said. “So concerned was I with a scientific explanation that I never once pondered the possibility that there might be a religious connotation at play. Do you surmise this is the beginning of the end of days, sir?”
“Could be,” the Reverend said. “But then again, it might not.”
“Shit,” Gunther said. “You’re about as much help as Doc.”
“Long have I warned my flock that if mankind does not mend its wicked ways, the Lord will have something to say about it,” the Reverned said. “Look at our town. Drinking. Gambling. Violence. Rampant fornication. Lewd and lascivious behavior.”
“Sounds like a typical day in Highwater,” Gunther said.
“Could this be the Lord reaching his righteous hand down from up above to extract vengeance from us for our sinful debauchery?” the Reverend asked. “I don’t know. What I do know is that whenever the Lord wants to teach us a lesson, he does not leave us to wonder about it. If we are truly doomed then there will be a sign that removes all of the guessing from the equation.”
The sound of a massive explosion ended the conversation. The noise came from the south side of town. Slade felt a panic wash over him as he instantly worried about a special someone who lived there.
“Bonnie,” he said.