Believing they were safe from the Zombie attacks that destroyed the rest of the world ten years earlier, a type of normality had settled over the small seaside community.
The Zombies had not arrived.
Word spreads that a celebration is to be held in the central city of Wellington, taking a chance a small band of men head into the city. Everything was as it should be. They were welcomed. There was a feeling of hope for a new beginning.
A small girl calls to her dog that is playing on the shore. The dog does not respond. Angry she approaches the dog, it bites her. Crying she runs home.
Gary is one of the people who took the chance to visit the city; he has his own reasons for returning and is not interested in the event to reunite the people and the country. He just wants to go home. Back to memories of a previous life, a life he misses.
He sees the girl running from the shore. Moments later the dog approaches low and growling. It takes several bullets to put it down. Washed up on the shore he sees something that turns his blood cold. He turns back toward the city as the screams start.
The day of the zombie has an infected human who is immune to the virus, yet he has all the signs of infection, the rotting skin, the violent eating habits and a wife. He documents the day the zombie virus finally reached their shores. He knows that once the document is done, the town leaders will kill him. And he has come to accept that fate.
(originally published under the name Richard Lee for Zombidays: Festivities of the Flesheaters 2010 as He Iwi Tahi Tatou)