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Chapter 3

Approximately 13 Hours Later
"Hey Jeff!" The Squad Leader looked back at Josh. "What do you want us to do with this box?"

The guy fiddled through it before pointing east. "The cafeteria. Give it to the cooks. If they need help putting it away, help them. " We nodded.

Since it's a new place, we decided to go in groups of two. We each had a small gun on our hip and a bigger one strapped across our back. If we ran into anything different, our instructions were to shoot it.

"Any idea where the cafeteria is?" Josh asked, scratching his head with his free hand.

"I don't know for sure... probably on the eastern side of camp." Since that's where he pointed and all...

"Hm. Suppose so. Think it'll be its own building?" I could see his eyes sparkle. Hope was a dangerous thing to have.

"Probably not. I mean every area right now is just a tent, except where the doctors work. It's probably just a large tent..." It hurt me too see the hope fade away from his eyes, but I couldn't help it. I can't get my hopes up. It'll only make the fall harder.

We stopped right in front of the cafeteria. My fingers had a bright red line from where I had held the box.

"Wait out here. I'm going to check to make sure it's the cafeteria." I nodded and watched Josh leave. I collapsed on the dirt and stared up into the smoky sky.

So this is America... Can't imagine why everyone wanted to be here in the olden days... its just a pile of dirt.

Maybe it changed. In all honesty, that was most likely the case. But somehow I had thought it would've been full of wildlife and nature.

"Yep, this is the place. Can you hold open the door? I'll carry it through." I nodded and got off the dirt. I scurried to the door and tried my best to very awkwardly hold the door without accidentally touching Josh.

But alas we got it inside, safe and sound.

"Would you like us to help you unpack?" I asked the cook.

"Ah no. It's fine. Shouldn't be too hard. I'll call you two back whenever I'm finished though, so you can take the box back."

We left soon after.

Then we heard sirens go off.

I recognized the sound. It was the one to signal danger. An enemy was here.

"Get your gun out! Someone's here!" We put more bullets in our guns and ducked behind crates.

First step, find the intruder. That should be easy enough.

A screech filled the air with fear.

"Run!" A familiar voice shouted. Josh grabbed my arm and yanked me out of hiding.

"What are you doin-" I shouted, planting my feet into the soft dirt below me.

"You heard him! He told us to run!" He pulled harder on my arm.

"We can't just go! Someone's hurt!" I returned my arm to my side, breaking free from Josh.

"He's our superior! We follow his orders! His orders were to run!" He held his hand towards me, waiting for me to take it. Deep inside he probably knew I wouldn't.

"Then run!" I shouted before turning my back towards him. He cursed but when I looked back he was nowhere to be seen.

I darted from box to box, trying to locate the others. I put my back to a tent and shuffled my way to the edge before peering to the right of it.

I couldn't move. I just stood there, gaping at the scene in front of me.

The blonde. She leaned against the back of a stack of wooden boxes as a man that wasn't in uniform kissed her neck.

Or at least that's what I had thought at first. The trail of blood seeping from her neck told me otherwise.

"No!" I ran towards the man's tranced state, grabbing his neck and fell backwards, wrapping his body in mine. I squeezed his neck as hard as i could. He wasn't passing out though.

And the girls eyes were still closed.

The man growled in my arms. I could feel his throat vibrate underneath my arms as he did so.

"Shut it!" I screamed in his year. He let out a scream. I laughed. "So that's how I torture your damned soul, huh?!"

I looked up to the blonde. Her chest rose painfully slow.

I grabbed my gun and held it to his ear before shooting his head off.

There was no blood. He just turned into ash right in my arms. I didn't waste any time.

I grabbed the girl and hoisted her over my shoulder before heading for the northern exit.

Luckily no other people were seen, allowing me to run farther away.

It didn't take long for me to find a ditch. I was already breathing heavily from carrying the girl and I didn't know if I could go any further. So she fell upon the dirt.

"Come on, wake up!" I shook her until she opened her eyes.

And screamed.

"No!" I pressed my hand over her mouth, muffling her screams. "Be quiet! I got you out of there, but that doesn't mean they can March right on over here and kill us both!"

She seemed to understand because she stopped screaming and her face relaxed.

I cautiously raised my hand.

She sat up and blinked. "What happened?"

I situated myself across from her. "Wish I knew. I just heard the alarm and then that guy was biting you and... yeah."

"Are there others?"

"I don't know. I saw one and that's it..." Her eyes widened.

"Did you kill it?"

"Of course I did... I think..." He turned to ashes, so I don't think he'd cause much more harm now.

"Good good..." She yawned before clenching her throat. "Ouch!"

Her hand came away with blood. She winced. "Do you happen to have bandages with you?"

I shook my head. The first aid kit was back at base, and there was no way I was going back there.

"But, if you really need it..." I grabbed my sleeve and tore a part off before wrapping it around her neck. "That should work for now..."

"Thanks." She touched the cloth

"We should get going." I got up and held my arm out for her.

"Going where?" She asked as she took my hand.

"Wherever we end up."
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