The door to their floor swung open as a women wearing a blue skirt and snow flake patterned shirt with black hair and blue eyes came onto the staircase. "Bigby!" She cried. She quickly walked up to him, catching sight of his blood soaked fists.
"Snow..." Bigby murmured.
Snow's eyes fell upon the dead body of the Mundy "Oh god... What happened here?" She asked.
"Fucker got the jump on me, it was self defences." Bigby told her.
"He killed a Mundy!" Colin said wide eyed.
"No way... Whatever that was it wasn't a Mundy" Bigby stated, staring at the corpse on the ground and the blood trickling from it's head.
"They're everywhere..." Snow said sombrely.
"What?" Bigby asked confused.
"This whole building is infested with these things! Whatever they are they're not Mundy nor Fable, I don't know what they are. I set the fire alarm off in an attempt to get everyone out but I came back looking for you..." She paused "I'm glad you're alright" she said softly.
"I handle myself well" he stated.
"Yeah, right" Colin said, mocking him.
"You didn't exactly help" Bigby said gruffly.
"What could I do?! I'm a pig if you hadn't noticed! I don't have hands! What did you want me to do?! Bite his kneecaps?!"
"We don't have time to argue. We need to leave, right now." Snow stated.
"Alright... Let's go" Bigby agreed. Snow lead the way, heading downstairs as quickly as they could.
Bigby, Snow and Colin exited Woodland Apartments and ran down the path towards the gate. They paused, no one dared to open it because of the view of the street beyond. There were more Mundy's, skin pale grey, glazed over eyes and searching hungrily, staggering along the street. Several of the creatures were gathered close by the gate, feasting upon a corpse, stripping flesh from bone.
Snow covered her mouth, almost as if she was going to vomit. "Things have turned bad so quickly..." She murmured in disbelief. Bigby grasped the gate firmly and stared through the bars.
"You saw them too?" A voice asked from behind.
The three of them whirled around to see Beast standing behind them "What the fuck are these things?!" He demanded, joining them by the gate.
"Keep your voice down. You want to bring them on top of us?!" Colin ordered.
"Don't tell me what to do you dirty little swine!" Beast shouted.
"Those Mundy's- whatever they are won't be your only problem if you keep talking!" Colin yelled.
"Shut the fuck up!" Bigby butted in.
The pig and the muscular man exchanged angry glares before remaining silent.
"What do we do?" Snow asked, folding her arms.
"Find my wife. She's out there somewhere! Mixed up in all this shit" Beast said.
"We'll find her, Beast. But for now we got to get somewhere safe, somewhere that's not infested by these things." Bigby stated.
"We need to check on nearby Fables, make sure they're alright. It's our duty too" Snow told them.
"Your duty, not ours" Colin interrupted.
"Like it or not, you're stuck with us, Colin. We need to stick together" Bigby told him. "We should go find Toad, he's the last person I saw, make sure he and his son are ok."
"Nobodies ok if they're messed up in this shit" Colin said.
"I agree, we should go find Toad. We should try to help as many Fables as possible" Snow agreed.
"Maybe we'll find Beauty too. I have to find her" Beast said strongly.
"We will.. We will" Bigby told him confidently. He turned to look through the gate once again at the surrounding Mundy's "Alright, listen up. We avoid as many of these things as possible and get to Toad's house. We'll decide what to do from there" he ordered.
The group nodded in agreement "Just keep these fuckers off me, okay?" Colin asked worryingly.
"Of course Colin, wouldn't want you to get eaten" Bigby said smugly. He then turned, hesitating for a moment before pushing the gate open and rushing out into the street.
"Bigby! Shit, I've been calling your office for fucking ages, do you have any idea what's going on?" Toad asked as the group walked into his apartment.
"No clue" Bigby replied, glancing around the room. "Your lucky this place isn't over run, Toad" he commented.
"It won't take long until those fuckers outside figure out we're in here" Toad responded. "One of them got into the hallway and attacked my boy. We managed to escape and hid in here."
"Was he hurt? Where is your son?" Snow asked.
"Nah, he's fine. He's in his room Miss White" Toad told her, gesturing at the door next to him. Snow glanced at Bigby before nodding and walking over to the door and knocking.
"TJ?" She called in. There were small quiet sobs coming from inside as the door swung open and a young toad came out "Hey TJ, Flycatcher told me you had a 'pretty awesome' bug collection, may I see it?" She asked kindly, giving a warm smile.
The little toad was silent for a moment before answering ".... It has a weevil" a weak smile formed on his face.
"Cool" Snow responded as Toad Junior lead her inside, closing the door behind them.
Toad sighed and walked down the steps to the living room and tuning in the radio. A voice blurred in the background of the discussion.
"The Mundy's have gone crazy, all of them" Colin stated, joining Toad in the living room. The rest of the group joined them.
"You think this is the work of a witch?" Toad asked.
"Nah it's this modern world. The Mundy's did this to themselves" Beast suggested his theory.
"There are Fables out there, and they might be in trouble" Bigby said, walking up to the window and staring into the alleyway.
"Not every Fable is your problem Bigby, you're only one man. Some of them don't have to rely on you all the fucking time, they can take care of themselves" Colin told him.
"We're a vast community, you can't protect all of us. Even if you could save all of them, how would you control them, maintain them? The world's turned to shit and you had trouble maintaining order before all this" Beast commented. "But we still have to find Beauty. She's out there somewhere... Why did she even go out, anyway?! Snow told all Fables to stay indoors because of the illness passing around. Why would she do that...."
Bigby was full of guilt as he continued to stare out the window. "Didn't you say that you weren't shitty to Beauty, Bigby?" Colin commented.
"What?! You said you hadn't seen her! Did you lie to me?!" Beast yelled angrily.
"Way to go Colin, you had to open your fucking mouth!" Bigby yelled at the pig. "Look, Beast, I didn't think it would do any harm, I told her that she could as she wanted to be somewhere. If I knew this was going to happen then I wouldn't have let her leave."
"My wife could be dead because of you!" Beast's eyes darken, the animal within was rattling in its cage.
"Beast.... Just calm down. The last thing we need is you turning into your Beast form" Bigby told him calmly.
"Calm down?! CALM DOWN?! My wife is out there and no one is doing anything! Well screw you, I'm finding my wife without your help." Beast turned but Bigby grabbed his shoulder.
"Get your hands off me!" Beast growled, shrugging off Bigby's hand.
"Beast, listen to me. I know your worried about Beauty, but going out there is suicide. We'll find her as soon as possible but for now you need to stay put and stay safe for her sake. You hear?"
Beast sighed deeply "Alright.... What's the plan?"
"We get out of Fabletown as fast as we can. Place is crawling with 'em. Area's outside might not be as bad as here. Once we're at the outskirts we'll figure out what to do from there. We might even find escaped Fables. We'll try and get into contact with Fables that we haven't come across." Bigby stated their plan.
"How are we going to get out with all those undead Mundy's?" Colin asked.
"I have a car outside, we can take that. Might be a bit of a squeeze but we'll manage" Toad suggested.
"Sounds good, Toad" Bigby agreed.
"We can't just abandon our lives. Some of us have jobs to maintain" Beast interrupted.
"No one gives a shit about your fucking job." Colin growled.
"What's your problem?!" Beast asked, his voice rising once again.
"You are! You rich fucks at the Woodlands live the high life while Fables like me and Toad struggle and end up being sent to the Farm!" Colin yelled.
"Not my fault your a pig" Beast replied.
"Your lucky that you can change your form to look human. But no matter what you'll always be a beast!"
"Enough!" Bigby ordered, butting in. "The louder your voices get the more chance you'll attract those things outside. That door is rotten and the locks busted, it will take at least 5 seconds maybe less for them to break it down and eat all of us. So, we either stay here and get eaten or we leave here right now. Make your choice"
The other three Fables glanced at one another before nodding slowly. "Alright, you three get ready, I'm going to talk to Snow"