He turns back to the onrushing swarm and they are suddenly a lot closer. Five seconds away at most, not enough time to do anything except fight.
Still holding the ladder he grips it with both hands and holds it out horizontally in front of him, like a barricade of sorts, and looks back to the group shouting: HURRY!
Moe looks in shock as he realises what he is doing. He is too far away to help and as the horde closes the remaining distance between them, they slam against the length of the ladder driving Steve back with the impact. Surprisingly he wasn’t knocked over and he takes the force of the impact for a brief moment before another heave of the crowd knocks him back again. This time he drops it and, as his sword is drawn almost instinctively, two