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A SHORT STORY, approximately 7600 words.

"His partner didn't show up for Pitkin's first day on the Coney Island beat, so the pitiless security force captain had sent Pitkin out alone. 'Pitkin, the public doesn't want to hear that you're a little girl who can't go to the amusement park by himself.' Blab blab blab. Pitkin surfed out of the storefront security office on waves of smart-ass comments from his new co-workers.

'Pitkin, don't talk to any strangers!'

'Pitkin, don't get sand in your panties!'

And a final shot from the captain: 'Don't cause any trouble out there.'"

Trouble? How much trouble can a disgraced former member of New York's Finest, now reduced to an amusement park security guard, get into on his first day on the job? His new beat is Coney Island, home of Nathan's Famous Franks, the Sideshow by the Seashore, and the gigantic Ferris wheel, Wonder Wheel. The job is a walk in the park--until the zombies come. That's when Pitkin finds out that just when you think you've fallen as far as you can go, Fate lofts you high into the air and demands to know, "Had enough falling yet?" Nice question, Fate--"Will you look at all those damned zombies!?!"

A wickedly twisted, nastily funny short story from I HEART NY writer, Marina Bridges. Watch for the complete short story collection, ZOMBIES TAKE MANHATTAN!, in Spring 2012.

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