-Down the right path, in the next section of cemetery-
Lucia sprinted for the open part of cemetery with a lot of rotting dogs chasing her. There were ten active zombies in the area, but they were so spread out that unless she intentionally made contact with them she would be safe from their grasping hands. Still, it was a good idea to take out as many of them as she could so that she did not have to dodge zombies and the dogs. Lucia raised Shining Light in her right hand and aimed at the head of a zombie in black tuxedo and black top hat as she ran. She fired at it while on the move and the first two shots missed, but by some stroke of luck the third shot hit it in the forehead and it fell backwards, clearing the path for the next thirty-five meters.
The zombie dogs were hot on her heels and a few of the especially eager ones outran their fellows, giving Lucia a modest advantage. She ran forward five more meters, then spun around, took a two-handed shooting grip, and aimed for the head of the dog that was closest to her. She aimed and fired, bringing down a dog that had gotten to within two meters of her with a shot through the head. She aimed again and fired at the head of a second dog, killing it too before she was forced to turn and keep running. Lucia turned around and sprinted towards a zombie that was thirty meters from her.
Again Lucia began firing one-handed while on the run in an effort to take down the zombie long before she made contact with it. After three missed shots she decided to hold her fire until she was closer to the zombie, so Lucia kept running until she was ten meters away from it. Once in range she stopped, aimed Shining Light with both hands, and fired at the zombie's head. The old female zombie in a black dress took the bullet to the forehead and did a dramatic 180-degree spin, then faceplanted onto the dirt.
Lucia spun back around to pick off more of the dogs and found that two more of them had outrun the pack, giving her a chance to pick them off before the body of the pack caught up with her. The blonde took careful aim and fired a shot at the head of the first dog from ten meters away. The shot connected and killed it in mid-run, causing it to tumble onto its shoulder and come to a stop on its right side. Lucia aimed at the second dog and fired, but instead of a kill she only inflicted a grazing wound on its left shoulder. With her time nearly up Lucia turned and ran deeper into the section of cemetery where a male zombie in a brown suit waited for her twenty meters away.
Having learned her lesson from the second attempt to fire one-handed while on the move like an action movie hero, Lucia held her fire until she got within five meters of the zombie, then stopped and aimed with both hands. She aimed for the head and fired, taking it down with a shot to the forehead. Lucia turned around and saw the wounded dog from earlier and three more of its fellows running towards her. They were only ten meters away, so she had to act fast.
Lucia raised the pistol, aimed for the head of the wounded dog, and fired. This time the shot was a lethal one. It flew back with a yelp and landed on its back as its fellows continued to run towards Lucia. When the second dog closed to six meters Lucia aimed for its head and fired, grazing the top of its head but failing to make a kill. With no time to make a second shot Lucia turned and ran for it with the still hot on her heels.
Lucia continued to run down the path until she saw that it branched left and had another idea.
If that path was open she could separate the pack even further. If she could lure them into the cemetery deep enough she could double back and run for the cemetery entrance while they were trying to catch up with her. Again it was a risky idea, but it beat standing her ground and fighting a battle she was certain to lose.
Lucia continued to run for the gated section of the cemetery. After what seemed like an eternity of running she finally reached it, but to her horror she found that the path she intended to take was blocked by a horde of approximately forty zombies standing six meters inside the gated area!
"Damn it!" Lucia cursed and skidded to a halt just outside the gate to avoid running into the arms of the waiting horde. So much for that plan. She quickly turned back towards the path and saw the zombie dogs closing in on her, so she needed to come up with another idea fast.
Running out of time and running out of options, Lucia decided that the best idea left to her was to run and weave along the tombstones and hope for the best. She looked to her left and saw a female zombie in a mildewed white dress approaching her. Lucia quickly raised Shining Light in a one-handed grip, aimed for the forehead, and fired. To her surprise she hit the zombie in the forehead and dropped it in a single shot, but she did not have time to celebrate because she still had dogs coming after her.
Lucia ran down the row of tombstones, then weaved between the seventh and eighth tombstones before starting to weave through more tombstones in an effort to break up the dogs so that she would be chased by individuals instead of by a large pack when she got back onto the path. This was going to be a tricky run, but there was no way in Ishgar she would have made it down the path if she had tried running through the middle of the dogs. Lucia had to be careful because there were still a few active zombies in the area and she would not have time to deal with them all while running for the exit.
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