"You're one of the only people I know who could say that about zombies. You're so calm that you sound almost bored." Abigail remarked on her friend's casual attitude towards what she was about to face. Victoria had fought them in Silent Cemetery and Fat Monsterland before, so it was not like this was her first encounter with walking corpses. The brunette was not sure whether the arsonist was by themselves or part of a group, but she would need to be somewhat stealthy while following the trail. However, there was one problem with that approach.
Victoria's magic did not give her any suppressed weapons except for a sniper rifle.
It was great for fighting at a distance because of its range and punch, but up close it tended to suffer against all but the slowest opponents. It was semi-automatic and its rate of fire was fast enough to possibly save her life in a close encounter, but it was still a long-range rifle that might be pressed into service at a range it was not suited for. The Sabertooth mage had no choice but to use it if she wanted to avoid alerting her human quarry before she stormed their hideout with weapons that were louder and more her style. She would have to plan her approach carefully.
"This isn't my first rodeo, Abby." Victoria asserted calmly.
"That might be so, but I'd still suggest being careful." Abigail replied.
"OK. I'll be careful." Victoria assured her friend in a serious tone of voice.
"All right then. Be careful out there and I'll talk to you later. If things get too dicey don't hesitate to get out of there." Abigail said before hanging up, leaving the Sabertooth mage to get to work. Victoria silenced her iLac and put it in her left pocket, then brought out her Sniper Rifle for the first time in years and gripped it in her right hand. As she did so she felt a vague sense there was a reason she had not used it in so long. She quickly shook the feeling off as apprehension about fighting a cemetery full of zombies and approached the cemetery gate on the right, opened it with her left hand, and quickly entered before closing it behind her as quietly as she could.
-Inside Silent Cemetery, 6:47 P.M.-
Victoria spun around to search for zombies and found two in front of her that were three meters apart, one to the left and the other farther down the path and to the right. She quietly raised her weapon and steadied the crosshairs on its temple, then fired a single suppressed shot that hit the target. The zombie flopped to the ground with its friend none the wiser, so she quickly took aim at the other one and waited until she had a clean shot before firing at its temple. She scored another kill and watched it do a dramatic quarter-turn before falling to the ground.
Victoria lowered the weapon and looked all around her to make sure that her tunnel vision did not let other zombies slip up on her, but none were around other than the two she had just killed. She felt the wind rustle her long ponytail as she began to slowly move down the path and look for the trail left behind by the trespasser on her property. She was not seeing it until she reached halfway down the path, where she spotted a trail of bodies leading left. All of the bodies had heads with wounds inflicted by an edged weapon like a sword, suggesting that the person she was after used one.
The Sabertooth mage quietly moved down the path and kept an eye out for more zombies as she moved down the left path, following the grim trail that had been left for her.
-Down the left path, 6:51 P.M.-
Victoria stopped a short distance down the path and peered ahead of her with her Sniper Rifle to try and spot any threats or clues. She did not see any clues, but she did see more dead zombies lying on the ground plus a "live" one in a moldy black burial suit that was shambling mindlessly about while facing away from her. Perhaps it was shambling after whoever had killed its friends, but it was not going to get a chance to track its assailant down. The brunette quickly raised her weapon, aimed for the back of its head, and fired a single shot that punched through its skull for an instant kill. It paused in place and awkwardly fell onto its face, leaving the path clear.
Victoria quickly moved on and began to slowly move past rows of above-ground burial vaults that were thankfully closed... at least for now, anyway. She quietly took a breath and held it as she moved, watching and listening for any zombies who might be lurking further down the path or closer by at the burial vaults. She reached the end of the section and passed deeper into the cemetery. Ahead of her loomed an area like the one she had entered, which was a long corridor of rows of tombstones on the left and right with a path down the middle.
-In the next section of cemetery, 6:58 P.M.-
Victoria paused just inside the next section and dropped to one knee to assume a lower profile. She spotted a quartet of zombies ahead, but they were spread out down the path and she could pick them off one by one with little effort if she kept calm and had a steady hand. Victoria quietly set her weapon on the ground and slowly crawled towards the nearest tombstone to hide behind it and give herself a moment to think before she began eliminating the zombies in the area.
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