Rakim's Modern Life
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Rakim's Modern Life

Rakim stared at the faded marble wall and scratched a faint line into it. It was the 50th mark and a daunting reminder. 50 days ago he set up camp in the small, dilapidated bathroom.

50 days ago, he so foolishly entered the store expecting a quick stop and went on his long drive back to his home from Uni.

Rakim stuffed his emotions and thoughts deep inside of his mental vault and began to revise his escape plan...for the 50th time.

As with every attempt, he'd have to tread lightly and move quickly. The many aisles that defined the store had eyes and ears.

Even the slightest mistake could alert The Employee, and those who alerted The Employee never saw morning again.

Rakim stood up and slowly inched his way over to the king sized mattress that he used as his barricade. Sharp claw marks and blood splatters covered the once bright white mattress.

He slowly picked it up and leaned it up against one of the stall's.

Rakim walked out of the bathroom and looked around the store. The check out lines were still littered with various items, forever stuck on the broken conveyor belts.

The light flickered on and off and certain areas of the ceiling were torn off and briefly allowed the moonlight to shine into the store. Suddenly the speakers blared to life.

"KZZT! ATTENTION ALL REMAINING WALMART CUSTOMERS, IT'S TIME FOR OUR NIGHTLY TRADITION. TONIGHT'S SONG IS A CLASSIC, ONE I'M SURE THOSE OF YOU I HAVE YET TO SLAUGHTER KNOW VERY WELL.

OPEN YOUR EARS WIDE BABES, CUZ IT'S QUEEN TIME! KZZT!

" The Employee's crass voice quickly filled the air and was almost as quickly replaced by the beginning verses of "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen.

Rakim slowly begins to back into his base but is stopped by an overwhelming sensation of blind optimism.

This was gonna be the night, the 51st day stuck in this hellhole would not arrive, not if he could do anything about it.

Who doesn't love some blind optimism every now and then right? Rakim smiled to himself and bolted for the garden centre. It was the only exit and also the only one The Employee rarely patrolled.

As he ran through the store, the singing of Freddie Mercury masked his loud footsteps and encouraged the other remaining survivors to crawl out of their bases and join them.

First it was Linda, the divorcee who hid in the women's bathroom. Then it was Thomas, who hid underneath two tipped over aisles. Then came George and Tessa, and Jerry, and Shigeru, and LaKeith.

One after another, each and every remaining survivor fell victim to blind optimism and followed Rakim to the garden center.

As the song began to wind to a close, the thunderous roar of the crowd began to replace it.

Suddenly eyes of various sizes, shapes, and colors popped out of the aisles and struggled to comprehend what was happening.

Ears began to pop out and were immediately overwhelmed by the taunts and profanities being slung at them by the survivors. They knew this was their victory and they were D*** sure proud of it.

"KZZT! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!? KZZT!" The crowd grew silent and a wave of fear washed over them.

They continued to run, but the realization that they were no longer completely invulnerable was ever present.

Some of the survivors broke off from the crowd and ran off towards their old hiding spots. Rakim's optimism however was unwavered as he pushed onwards to the garden centre.

The smell of dog food and various other pet products hung in the air. They were getting closer.

"KZZT! I WILL EAT EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU! I WILL SNAP YOUR PUNY HUMAN LEGS AND SUCK THE MARROW OUT OF THEM IF YOU STEP FOOT INTO MY GARDEN! KZZT!

" They barged into the garden, accidentally trampling small delicate roses and lavenders.

"KZZT! NOOOOOOO MY BABIES! KZZT!" Rakim smiled to himself and shed a tear as they burst out of the exit and into the Walmart parking lot.

The sounds of cicadas and crickets, the fresh air, and the pale moon filled the survivors with all sorts of emotions.

Some broke down in tears, others yelled out in happiness, others nearly fainted.

The sound of the employee was lost on them as they ran up and out of the parking lot and out into civilization, eager to spread their stories and to find help.

The future was bright, and nothing, not even death itself, could stop them now.

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