My God soldier! Incredible! We had all but written you off! Good to hear that you and Riley survived that surge of undead activity. Yes. Ah, excellent tactical judgment. Quite right of course that you, uh, elected to lay low and let the main body of the horde pass by. Just as we at headquarters had surmised. Um, obviously we knew this was the likely and most prudent course of action. Ahem, at no point during your recent communications silence did we, uh, ever, uh entertain any consideration of your death/loss/turn to undead status. Naturally we all immediately assumed you and Riley were ah, ahem .... following standard procedure as per ZS Basic Ops and Tactics Training Manual rev. 1987, Section H(1)b; Evasion and Survival, paragraph three, to wit:
"...... in such situations when faced with overwhelming numbers of undead, ZS personnel are advised to temporarily cease patrol operations and seek refuge in a remote, preferably fortified defensive position and adopt a posture of minimal auditory and visual profile, even at the expense of scheduled communications with headquarters
, for as long as required to ensure maximum survivability until the threat has moved beyond your designated area of operations. Administer alcoholic libations and canine positive behavioral reinforcement rations as needed to facilitate the lowest auditory profile feasible (ie, drink yourself into a stupor; bribe animal to keep quiet). Resume operations/command communications only when the threat has passed and you have slept off your inevitable hangover."
And of course, excellent photo and video recon. HQ took particular interest in your video upload, particularly Riley (ZRD)'s alerting behavior at time stamp 0:1:45. Excellent work, by the way, panning the camera towards the area Riley was alerted to. HQ Data Analysis and Intelligence ran your footage through our standard suite of infrared spectrometry and pixel enhancement algorithmic analysis. You might be interested in the following declassified results of our analysis of your data.
First this is your visual field as captured at time stamp 0:1:54 when run through the infrared filter:
Pixel enhancement algorithmic analysis revealed several anomalies which piqued our interest. Imagine our excitement when computer tomography identified a possible undead contact in the upper left quadrant.
Image enhancement revealed, to our disappointment, that no actual infected individual was present in that part of the picture, merely some indigenous fauna the we find wholly uninteresting.
The other anomalies were likewise revealed to be false alarms of scant interest to ZS. For instance mass spectrometry of the anomaly in the lower right quadrant initially revealed the following:
But sadly, successive passes by computer image enhancement filters revealed the object to be anything but a zombie:
BlueSilkRibbon: don't let these obvious disappointments on you patrols up to now dampen your enthusiasm for the valuable service you and Riley provide to Zombie Squad. Nor allow the trend of unremarkable contacts to blunt your situational awareness. Eventually you and Riley will encounter the undead in the (decomposing) flesh, and you must remain ever vigilant and ready for that first encounter.
Keep up the good work and good to have your team back to operational status.