It’s that time of year again. The birds are singing, the air has warmed, the trees are starting to show signs of life again, the flowers are peeking from the ground… and zombies are roaming the grounds of Geneva College. Yes, it’s Humans v. Zombies here at Geneva. Today is the first day of the infection and it’ll be going on all week. Somehow I find myself in the middle of this game and by the end of the day I will probably be a zombie myself.
For those of you who don’t know what HVZ is, I shall explain. College students get bored and stressed, sometimes at the same time. As a result they have to find ways of having ridiculous fun in the midst of busy classes. Thus, once a year bandannas are passed out and tied to heads and arms and an all out battle ensues over the next week between humans trying to survive and zombies trying to eat them. It’s great fun, really. It requires a lot of dodging between buildings that are guarded by zombies, and many many nerf guns. To stun a zombie a human must shoot them with a nerf gun or hit them with a rolled up sock. The zombies don’t die unless they starve to death over 48 hours. There are mission to do at night and a big final mission to end the whole zombie plague.
10 hours after infection.
We are ten hours in and thus far it is mostly quiet. There are a few zombies around that we’ve seen from the safety of Northwood, but for the most part we feel pretty safe. The scary part comes when we will have to switch buildings from Northwood to Old Main; one of the most heavily guarded buildings on campus. I will have a pack to travel with me on the brief, but perilous sprint, so I might survive to see Advanced Comp. My real concern comes when it is time for me to work. I will be on my own, crossing the largest stretch of open land on campus from Old Main to the library. I’m not sure I’ll make it, but I’m going to try.
We’re barely into the game and already the humans are starting to turn on each other. Shooting darts at each other and lobbing socks, it’s madness, but I guess that’s what happens in a crisis such as this. You never know who you can really trust. They think it’s just a game at this point, but soon they’ll learn just how serious it really is. One hour left until I have to brave the zombie storm. I’ll check in later… if I’m still alive.