The Dead Still Walk
by Gary Towner
Ex-CIA Johnny Walker of all people should have known Charlie wouldn’t die easy. Soon after they meet again, this time atop a Mexican pyramid ruin, agent Summers squirms, rope-bound between two pillars. She’s become an unwilling pawn of Charlie’s evil plan to wreak revenge on Walker. Charlie never was known for fighting fair—at the apex of the battle between them, Charlie puts Walker into a deep hypnotic trance with a buzzword his thugs got from Walker’s psychiatrist after they shot him. A sudden noise brings Walker out of his frozen state, but as Charlie pulls the trigger, two shots ring out.