A New Day

Zombies. The thing most people think were made up just to scare little kids. No one thought they would be real one day. Now they're scared just like those little kids. How do you survive? Who do trust? Can you even trust? ~ Here's the link to the original site I posted it on: http://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/289669/

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5. Learning

 

"Miyoung, do you want to go play with SunHi at the park?" Umma asked.

"Yes! I haven't seen her in like... five days," Miyoung said while counting her fingers.

"Remember, what don't we do? We don't..."

"Don't talk to strangers," Miyoung giggled. The park was just across the street, so we didn't really have to worry about something bad happening. We always had our eyes on her.

Miyoung was at the park for barely ten minutes she came back with a dirty toy bear in her hands. "Hana! Look what I got! Look at the teddy bear I found! It is a little dirty, though." I saw what she meant by dirty. There was blood on it. There wasn't much for her to tell, but I knew. She's so young and innocent, only eight.

I took the bear from her. "Where did you find this?"

"At the park."

"Go to you room. Now. Jae! Come here!" I called for my brother.

"What's wrong?" He worried.

"Look what Mi found," I said and showed him the bloody toy. "That's blood."

"How can you know for sure?"

"You don't smell it? It smells like death!"

"What so you think happened?"

"I don't know..."

"Isn't that SunHi's?" he wondered.

"I think so. Was she at the park with Mi?"

"No, I didn't see her."

~O~

I've been living with them for about a week. Rome still doesn't fully trust me. He lets me wander around the camp without Maru watching me, but I'm not allowed to leave. I still haven't learned how to protect myself properly. Rome thinks I might use that skill against them. I don't know what it will take to earn his trust.

In this short week, I've learned a lot about the group. I saw that T.K is the chef, Kangjun is the doctor, Siwoo and Maru are the scavengers, Ray is the hunter and Rome... he's basically all of those.

"Maru?" I said. We were sitting on the dock with our feet in the water.

"Yeah?"

"Why doesn't Rome like me?"

"He's just a little cautious. He doesn't want anything bad happening because of you. Nothing has happened yet and I doubt anything ever will."

"How can I get him to trust me?"

"You can show him you can provide for us. I don't know how you'll do that. We'll find something."

"Could you maybe teach me to kill? You are really good at it," I suggested. "Do you think Rome would allow it?"

"I'm not sure. I could teach you secretly and you could go out hunting with Ray and show him what you could do. You could show Rome how you could help us."

I gave him a hug. "Thank you."

"Yah! Maru! Come on!" Siwoo called.

"Another trip to town?" I guessed.

"Yeah. We need more fuel for the generators."

"Be safe."

"Don't worry. We'll be okay," he assured and left with Siwoo.

Ray came over a few minutes later with a fishing pole. "Hey," he greeted casually.

"Hey," I responded. "You fish too?"

"Yeah. We can't eat just deer and squirrels, you know," he laughed.

"Don't tell Rome, but Maru said he'd teach me how to kill. He also said that maybe you could take me hunting one day."

"I'd be fine with that. You haven't been a problem for us so far. As long as Rome doesn't find out, I'll take you hunting."

"What if he catches us?"

"I don't know."

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Maru and Siwoo came back a few hours later. Rome went hunting with Ray and Kangjun. They wouldn't be back for a few hours. Maru brought me over to the archery section of the camp to teach me how to use a bow and arrow.

"Place your feet shoulder length apart," Maru informed. "Okay. Is that comfortable?" I nodded. "Now, take the arrow and place the back of it onto the bowstring."

"Like this?" I asked as I did what I was told.

"Perfect. Put that in between your index and middle finger. Make sure your hand is relaxed. With your other hand, put it on the grip of the bow, just below the arrow." He helped place the arrow in the correct position. "Bring the arrow up to eye level. Pull the bowstring back to your jaw."

"This is really hard," I complained. It was difficult to pull back.

"Use your back muscles," he implied. I did and it made it ten times easier. "Very good! To make aiming easier, you can close one of your eyes. Keep your body steady and align the arrow to the target. You can release whenever you feel comfortable. Just let the bowstring slip out of your fingers."

I took a deep breath and shot the arrow. I missed the target by a longshot. "What did I do wrong?"

"You looked too tense. You need to relax. You're not going to be perfect at this. You're not Katniss Everdeen," he teased. He stood behind me and held my arms, helping me reposition them. "I can feel how tense you are. Relax a little." He placed his hands over mine. He brought the bow up and aimed it at the target. "Look down the arrow at the target. Keep steady."

We let go and the arrow hit the middle of the target. "We did it!"

"No, you did it. I just helped you out a little."

"Yeah, but you taught me. Thank you," I said and hugged him. We didn't break away from the hug for ten seconds. I felt safe in his arms, like the way I felt with Jae. I felt a sense of protection.

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