We had such a short way to go, and I figured speed was essential. Up and Down were right behind me, and we crashed through the brush as quickly as we could. Behind us, a loud crack reached our ears, and the howling of the dead suddenly grew louder. Sneaking a quick glance over my shoulder, I saw a section of fence had come down and a nice little horde of ghouls was literally falling over each other in pursuit.
I looked over at Up. "You realize I owe you a kick in the nuts for this, right?"
Up said nothing, but managed to look sufficiently gloomy.
When we reached the service road, we stopped to take a breath. Looking back the way we came, the vegetation was thrashing wildly as the dead tried to find us. Tree branches swayed and bushes rocked and cracked from the onslaught. We didn't see any immediately, which gave me an idea.
"Duck down, and get to the side of the road! Now!" I whispered. We scampered over and ducked low, peeking around the tall grass. Still there was no sign of the dead, so I motioned the two closer.
"Listen. We're going to keep low and to the side of the road. Watch your side, and keep your silent weapons at the ready." I said this with a meaningful glance at Up.
They nodded and got ready. Behind us, the ghouls were quieting down since they hadn't found their prey.
We made it all of twenty yards when a couple of Z's stumbled out onto the service road in front of us. Their moans were unusually loud, and at that moment, the zombies behind us stumbled out and added their section to the choir.
"Great." I said.
Just then, about fifteen more joined the ones ahead of us from the subdivision, putting us smack in the middle of around fifty zombies.