Anna stormed off into the distance. She still didn’t mutter a word and despite looking normal, her eyes revealed the pain and anguish that she must be enduring. The girl that she had been protecting almost killed her. Now they were alone again, with nowhere to go and no one to get help from. Kyle felt the weariness wash over him. His body needed to be fed, yet where were they going to find food now. The world had fallen apart.
“Anna, wait up.” Kyle rushed to keep pace with her as she moved determined like a devil was on her tail.
She turned to him, wavered on her legs and collapsed. Her knees cracking against the street sounded like cracking nuts. Kyle wasn’t able to stop her from falling to her side and bumping her head. With his heart racing, he knelt down beside her.
“Anna?” He shook her shoulders and she groaned and her eyes opened.
“What happened?” A small trail of blood ran out of the corner of her mouth where her lip was cut by the pavement.
“I think you fainted.” Kyle sat her up. Beads of sweat lined her forehead. Her skin was pale and she looked like she was going to vomit.
A moment later, she turned her head and threw up in the middle of the street. The sound splashing against the cement didn’t help Kyle fight the weariness in his own body. He shakily stood up and tried to help Anna up.
She refused to be helped and on quivering arms and legs, pulled self up. She brushed her hair out of her face and looked at Kyle. “Sorry. Just nerves, I’m not sick.”
“Fine, but where do you want to go now?” Kyle asked looking back the way they came. The girl was alone in the jeep, those creatures would find her and she would be a goner.
“We aren’t going back for her. She almost killed me.” Anna said. The anger in her voice snapped Kyle out of his thoughts.
“Where to then?”
“I don’t know, but we need to keep moving.”
She stormed off toward the cluster of buildings nearby. Long dead fires had engulfed the storefronts. The air was still choked with gray smoke making it hard to breathe as they approached. The soot stung Kyle’s eyes and he coughed. The smell of cooked meat made his stomach grumble, but that soon stopped when he saw that it was a woman. Her skin was charbroiled, with a few large chunks taken out of her arms and neck. The creatures got her first, but the fire put an end to her life.
Anna didn’t look back at him, but put her face up to the small corner market. Its doors were shattered, but the metal bars were still intact.
“Anna, what do you have in mind?”
“There’s food in here.” She pointed at the door.
“Yeah, there’s also an iron gate barring us from entering.” He didn’t know what she was getting at. Not like he could break in.
Just as he said that, a decayed man lunged at the gate from the inside. His arm was torn to pieces. His bones were visible in many locations, hanging flesh dangled from each bite. Some looked smaller than others. Kids? The mere thought made Kyle’s skin crawl. Why did they leave the girl alone back there?
Anna stepped away, not scared, but seemed to be searching for a way in despite the creature trying to get to her. He thought she must be losing it when she said, “Kill him, and we can get in.”
She pointed at the man’s key ring which clung to his bloody jeans.