The day was scorching hot and bone dry, the air smelled like burnt toast, and everyone's nerves were on edge. Only Zeke was calm. He patrolled the perimeter, making jokes about Alexei's last mishap over the comms. It got a few laughs and the atmosphere lightened a little.

"What was that?", Jasiri asked, after hearing a crash. She was on the 7th floor.

"Stay cool everyone", Zeke said. "This VR is slick but it's still just a game."

"What is the VR messes up and becomes real?", Meredith asked.

Alexei snorted. "You watch too many movies."

"And you don't watch enough", Meredith said. "Can't make a single reference with you."

Zeke called them all to attention. "Everyone focus. There's supposed to be zombies on this level but we might need to deal with mutants too."

Jasiri looked on a target and took her shot. The zombie let out a hiss as it fell to the ground. She could hear the lumbering sounds of more coming.

"Everyone move in to Jasiri's position! Now!" Zeke's command rang through and the others two began running.

Jasiri was already mowing down zombies when the rest arrived to help.