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Jay crawled out from the thick foliage, wincing at the cracks the dried out leaves made under him. I should prepare myself, I don't know what could happen... He quickly strapped his bow onto his backpack and slid a knife out from it's sheath and gripped it tightly as he walked towards the source of the smoke. Jay, now only about 20 paces from the source of the smoke climbed a pine tree with low branches until he reached the middle. He cut away a few small branches and peered out of the small hole he had made in the branches, looking down at what appeared to be two figures. He gasped and put a hand over his mouth, two people? Could it be? Are my eyes playing tricks on me? I haven't seen people since, well... What felt like years! "Well, I can't be too careful, how should I know these two aren't any worse than those creatures." he muttered to himself hastily.
Kani's face hardened ever so slightly, and she didn't meet her eyes. She kept looking around the room. "Suburbs. West of here.You?"
Alex picked up an old coffe mug that read Mr. Awesome on it. "I'm a farm girl myself. Dad was a marine."
She sighed and out the cup back down. "Guess it really doesn't matte much anymore though."
She felt sad looking around the office and then at the zombie blood that had stained her boots. Had any of those people used to work here? had they sacrificed themselves for their kids like her parents had for her. Was that how they had changed?
Alex shook her head. She didn't need to think of them as human anymore. They had lost all of their humanity when they had died.
"You know," Alex changed the subject. "There are two other people- alive- down by the lake. I saw them right before I ran into you."
"Yeah. Doesn't matter...did you know them?" Kania said, trying to put her mind on the other survivors and off her father.
She shook her head, "I've never seen them before. It was a boy, a girl and a dog. But they had a truck."
She heard a moan outside as a particualry loud zombie wandered by. "And there are strenght in numbers. I'm going to go looking for them once these zombies calm down. You are welcome to come with me if you'd like."
"Strength in numbers." She said, thoughtful. Kania slid open a drawer. "I'll come with you." The chances of her surviving were a lot higher with more people.
"I worked for a farmer down the way, odd jobs mostly. I'm good with animals and machines." Llewellyn said with a shrug. "But I'm a much better hunter, been out in the woods since I could walk, and learned to shoot not long after." Llewellyn used to live outside for weeks at a time, all seasons of the year. It felt much better then being near other people. "Ya know the virus came at the worst time. Once a year, me and my brother would get out our motorcycles and go on a cross country trip. We were gonna leave a day after he got bit, but ya know how that goes. I miss my motorcycle." He said longingly. "Harley Davidson Hydra Glide." He said, and then splashing noise brought him out of his day dream. "Wait here." Llewellyn said to Natalie before he picked up a gun and went outside. He prepared to shoot the walker who had stumbled ashore, but something made him pause. "You're alive." He stated, lowering the gun slightly. It was a boy, not yet out of his teens and he looked like he.ll. "What are you doin here?"
Alex nodded. "Good."
She was glad that Kania was coming with her. It was dangerous to travel alone in the city. Plus, she didn't want to give up the only living human she was with. She was sick and tired of just conversering with Moonshine."
"I'm going to go and raid the dest drawers. Ther emight be something uselful in them."
Natalie timidly stood and looked out the window, just out of the line of view if someone were to peer in. She smiled when she saw that there was yet another living person. Silently but quickly she went outside and approached the boy. "Sir?" She asked as if speaking to someone of higher authority. "You need help?"
Kania looked at the open drawer by her hand. It contained some post-its and a plastic paperweight. Nothing she could use. She thought about going to meet these supposed other people. She'd been alone so long since the start of the apocalypse, she'd adjusted to it. It was lonely, but that wasn't something that other people helped, with Kania. It just was. Always. It was wierd to be with another person again, bur not quite as awful as she'd expected. She'd be an idiot if she turned down the safety that a group would give, though. Even she knew that.
Jay shifted nervously in the tree. Are they trying to fake me out? Did they just hear me and assume, maybe I shoul- a crack was heard and he flew out of the tree onto the ground in a mess of limbs. He quickly pulled himself together and slid the knife out of it's sheath and pointed it at them, "Not a step closer, either one of you." Jay puffed his chest and spoke loudly, bravado tainted in his voice. His eyes rapidly darting between the two, formulating an idea.
Llewellyn scowled and stepped in front of Natalie as a shield, raising the pistol again. He didn't know what this kid's deal was. "You best put that pig sticker down, boy." He growled. Llewellyn knew he could take him if the situation escalated, but there was always a chance he wasn't alone. "We don't mean no harm." Llewellyn said, trying a different approach as he lowered the pistol slightly. "If ya put your weapon away like a gentlemen, you could join us for supper."
Alex opened a drawer and found a packet of old gum. She slipped it into her bag and dug through the rest: A stapler, a picture of a cat, a bunch of stamps.
She went to the next drawer. It had a candy bar.
"Jackpot!" she grinned and opened it and split it in two. She held it up for Kania. "Want it?"
Upon seeing the gun raise Jay stepped back, his mind drawing a blank. No way out of this situation, I wouldn't make it to the treeline in time, unless maybe... "Alright, I'll take up that offer." Jay timidly took two steps forward and held his hand out, his knife slid back into the sheath with the other hand. He glanced at the girl, and then back at the man, narrowing his eyes only slightly.
Natalie stepped out from behind Llewellyn but took a step back nervously. She disliked the way the boy was acting. She crossed her arms over her chest and tapped her anxiously. "Are you hurt?". Natalie might have not trusted the boy, but he just fell out of a tree. Something might have broken.
Kania blinked. "Lucky break. I guess this place really hasn't been touched." She took the half of the candy bar. "...thanks."
Alex chewed on her half and continued looking through the drawers. Most had nothing worth keeping but a few had some small snacks and knick knacks. Alex stuffed them into his backpack.
Jay clutched the side of his jeans and held it tightly; he felt the warm fluid drip down his leg swiftly and nodded. "It's a scratch, no big deal." he murmured to himself. Hmph, my parents were both excelled in medical arts, I bet she could surely do a better job than I. "Well, like I said, I'll take that offer." Jay put his hand by his side and looked at the two of them.
Kania went down the row of office cubes, checking the drawers in each one. She found a small box of tic-tacs, a half-bottle of asprin, and, to her immense surprise, a swiss army knife. She popped a mint in her mouth and stuck the stuff in her backpack. She went to the window and looked at the streets below. The sun was setting, the few zombies on the street getting harder to see.
Llewellyn nodded, gun falling to his side as he turned around and walked back to the cabin. He still didn't trust the kid entirely for reasons he couldn't explain other then gut instinct. It wasn't like Natalie, who he had known from the second he saw her on the roof of that shed that she meant no harm. And it wasn't like he could just get rid of him and be done with it like his brother told him to treat any strangers before Llewellyn had to put a bullet through his head. So Llewellyn went inside and took the squirrel off the stove, tossing some to Beau and taking the rest outside with the bottle of whisky. He set the pan on a rock and sat down beside it, glancing at Natalie and the boy, realizing he didn't even know his name.