At Bubba's shop, Nick does some online research on zombies. As one does.
But Nick's interrupted when a babe in a halter top named Tabitha comes in looking for Bubba to sharpen her steel stakes. Not a metaphor. She's like a stainless steel Buffy.
Tabitha drops off the stakes and leaves.
Someone else enters the shop, but it's not a customer. It's Madaug, also looking for Bubba.
Nick informs Madaug that Bubba is sleeping.
Madaug says it's really important that he speak with Bubba when he gets up, and he leaves.
One more person enters this shop. Actually three. And they're definitely not customers.
It's three members of the school football team, and they're sniffing the air like drug dogs.
They're looking for a "nerd boy" (5.84). Sheldon Cooper isn't there, so the football players attack Nick.
Nick grabs an ax to defend himself. He swings it around a bit like a dizzy lumberjack before Bubba shows up and scares the football players off with a shotgun. He attempts to shoot one in the head, but Nick pushes the barrel out of the way.
Nick hates his classmates, but he doesn't want their brains splattered all over the wall, and not just because Bubba would probably make him clean it up.
Bubba doesn't understand why these living people are acting like zombies.
Most bokors—people who summon zombies—use corpses. Well, we appear to be dealing with something else.
Bubba wonders who "Zombie Zero" (5.125) is—that is, the first one to change.
Bubba's business partner, Mark, returns to the shop right before the cops arrive, checking out a report of a shotgun going off.
Mark tends to Nick's wounds while Bubba talks to the police officer.
As if talking about zombies wasn't enough, Mark is worried about werewolves, too.
Nick remembers that Madaug was looking for Bubba, and they wonder if he might have something to do with the zombie outbreak.