Zombie Train to Paris


The smell hit him first. That sweet and sour smell of death. And flesh. It was unusual for a city train to smell like this. He could feel the hairs standing up on the back of his neck. He sighed and made a tent with his shirt over his nose and breathed in his own scent, thankful he’d taken the time to add cologne to his usual routine today. Although it was a cheap fragrance, and had a sickly sweet smell that he feared wasn’t much better. 

He couldn’t wait to arrive in Paris, the city of romance, but for him also the city of cash. He needed to close this deal today, make the boss take notice of him for once. He realised that it was difficult for a manager to take an ex-stripper seriously and he was grateful for being given the opportunity to join this elite sales team. He’d worked hard, doing the jobs that nobody wanted and finally was given the chance to close a major account. And no matter what, he was going to make this happen. 

Lowering his shirt, he was surprised to discover that the smell was stronger, more pungent than before. As if it was coming straight towards him. Unimpressed, he got up from his seat to investigate, rebuttoning his cheap shirt and smoothing out the fabric. Oh man, not today, he thought, as he slid open the door to his compartment. 

The scent was overwhelming outside the compartments and his eyes began to water. He registered the movement on his left a second before he was hit by cold, moist flesh and putrid breath in his face. “Not today,” he thought, as he struggled, his hands slipping on loose, decaying skin. “I don’t have time for zombies today!!!”

For Andy’s Dark Side Thursday.

Heheh – a bit of a departure from the usual darkness this week. I do apologise for such a lazy story.

I was chatting with a friend and the phrase “Zombie Train to Paris” came up. Then later, I watched (for the very first time) the first Magic Mike movie (hence the stripper reference). Someone told me the movie was bad, so I’d never bothered to watch it. I have to say, it’s the first movie this year that has made me happily put down the laptop, the iPhone and the iPad and just watch the TV – LOL.

I had originally planned to have our hero fighting off zombies with a basket of baguettes, one baguette at a time, but I thought better of that idea… 😉

Happy wishes for a zombie-free day!

x desleyjane



12 Comments Add yours

  1. tildy1 says:

    Funny! I caught the Magic Mike reference! I have that movie recorded but haven’t had time to watch… Maybe now I will!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Tildy. Yah it’s a hot movie 🙂
      Hoping to see the second one soon!


  2. Very creative!! I could see Channing Tatum as I read! Your story was very descriptive and I could seem to smell his cologne plus the scent of “eau de zombie”! I really enjoyed this horror/sci-fi spin on your DarkSide Thursdays!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks Lia. I think it’s a bit of a silly story but it was fun to write 🙂
      And mmmnnnn Channing Tatum. Do you think he’ll star in it if we make it into a movie? LOL.


  3. andy townend says:

    Great story and I really like the theme you have chosen, works well to present your very fine work!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL you’re very kind Andy. But thanks, I really like the theme!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. inidna says:

    Funny, when I read the ‘stripper’ part the first thing I actually thought of was Magic Mike! He can use his stripper-pole swinging dance moves to fight off zombies 😉 LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh yeah! Great idea!! LOL

      Liked by 1 person

  5. that was really quite freaky at the beginning then dark and quite scary and I actually ended up laughing, thank you lol x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Excellent, am glad you laughed 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Laughing a lot, thinking on how the conversation with your friend about the Zombie train ended up boarding a stripper…You are not short of imagination, my dearest and your skills are there, ready to deliver words for all genres. A wordsmith scientist! Great work again!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Hee hee. Thank you! It’s a bit lame but I couldn’t help it. And I watched Magic Mike shortly after the conversation so it all just fell into place. Hahaha!


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