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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A few months went by and we haven't seen any progress being made on the cure. A lot of people were getting sick. The slightest cough or sneeze had everybody paranoid. School was cancelled due to how infectious it was. Umma and Appa don't let us leave the house anymore for fear that we'll get sick too. Some people were lucky. They weren't affected at all. I thought that maybe we were some of the lucky few, but they didn't want to take that chance.

~O~

Another week passed and Rome's trust was slowly building stronger. He took me out hunting a few times and he was very impressed at how good I was. Maru was ecstatic that Rome finally opened up to me. The only thing I couldn't do was go to town with them, which was Maru's idea. He doesn't want to put me in any danger.
"When do you think they'll be back?" I asked Siwoo for the hundreth time. Rome, Ray and Maru went out hunting and they've been gone for a while.
"Soon," he replied.
"You said that an hour ago... I hope nothing bad happened."
"Nothing will happen. I promise," he assured. "Maru promised he'd be fine."
"Why are you focusing just on Maru? Your leader is out there, too!"
"Excuse me, it's OUR leader now. And besides, I know you like Maru."
"I do not," I retorted. To be honest, I do kind of like him. He was the only one who really cared for me at first. He was the one who saved my life, too.
"You're such a bad liar," he laughed. "You two would look really cute together."
I rolled my eyes. "Shut up. We have other things to worry about."
He was about to say something else, but someone beat him to it. "Siwoo! Hana! Where's Kangjun?" T.K yelled as he was running towards us.
"I think he's in his cabin," Siwoo answered. "Why? What's going on?"
T.K didn't answer and ran to the cabin Kangjun was in. They both came out a moment later and Kangjun was carrying the first aid kit.
"What happened!? Who got hurt!?" I worried. Neither of them answered and I followed them back to the centre of the camp. A moment later, Rome and Ray walked through the gate supporting a limping Maru.
They sat him down and propped his leg up. There was a tear in his pants, revealing the long cut on his thigh.
"How did that happen?" Siwoo wondered.
"We were walking down a steep hill in the woods and he tripped and fell. He got caught on a branch and it cut him up really bad," Ray explained.
"Are you okay?" I nagged.
"I'm alive, aren't I?" Maru responded. Kangjun put disinfectant on the wound and Maru hissed in pain.
"Hold on. I'm almost done," Kangjun assured. He wrapped up Maru's leg tightly and handed him pain killers. Rome brought him back to his cabin so he could rest.
After Rome came back out, Kangjun turned to him. "We have a small problem..."
"What? How 'small'?" Rome responded.
"We don't have a lot of antibiotics left. It's probably only going to last a few days. He's going to need more than that."
"Where are we going to get them? There weren't any left at the drug store."
"I don't know. And based on the size of that cut, if it gets infected, he might die."
"No, there has to be a way," I gasped. Then I remembered something. "My father. He owned the drug store and had a key to the pharmacy. I don't think anyone was able to get back there. There might be something that could help him."
"And you couldn't have told us this sooner?" Kangjun replied.
"Nevermind that. Do you know where the key is?" Rome asked.
"Yeah. It's at my house."
"Okay, we'll leave first thing in the morning," Rome said.
"You mean I'm coming, too?" I wondered.
"Well, you do know where the key is. And we need it."
"But Maru doesn't want me to go to town."
"He doesn't have to know," Rome concluded. "You should go to bed. We'll leave early before Maru wakes up."
I nodded and went to the cabin. I saw Maru lying on his bed, playing with the blanket.
"How are you feeling?" I asked.
"Better," he responded. "It doesn't hurt that much anymore."
"That's good," I sighed as I sat next to him. "You promised you would stay safe."
"I know and I'm sorry. I should've been more careful."
"It's okay. I just don't know what I would do if anything worse happened to you."
"You're that worried about me, huh?" He teased. "If it were you out there, I'd be worried, too."
"You should be worried for everyone."
"I know, but I'm more concerned for you than anyone else," he stated. "Can I tell you something?"
I nodded.
"I really really care for you," he started. "I don't ever want to lose you. You're the best thing that's ever happened since this whole thing began. I... I love you. I know that's a really strong word to use, but it's the only one that makes sense on how I feel about you."
He moved to a sitting position, which looked uncomfortable for him to do. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a necklace with a silver locket shaped like a heart.
"My mother gave this to me before she died. She said it would always protect me and she would always be with me. I want you to have it."
"I can't take this from you," I objected.
"Please, take it," he begged. I gave in and he put the necklace around my neck. "Now I'll always be with you. Promise me you'll always be safe?"
"I promise."
He kissed my forehead and pulled me close. "And I promise to keep you safe."
He laid back down and I rested my head on his chest. His heartbeat was soothing and it put me to sleep.
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I woke up to the early morning sun shining in my face. I looked up to see that Maru was still asleep. I slipped out from under his arm and walked outside. T.K and Rome were getting ready for our trip to town.
"Are you all set to go? We just need to finish up and then we could go," Rome said. I nodded and they continued loading the guns and put them into their bags.
Once they finished, we got into the car and headed to town. It was mostly quiet aside from when I gave them directions to my house.
When I walked into my house, it smelled horrible. I went into the kitchen where Appa left all the keys. I looked through the drawer until I found the right one. As I was heading back to leave, I looked at the family picture that was hanging beside the door. I felt my eyes filling with tears as I brushed my fingers over the picture. I blinked them away and went back to the car.
"Are you okay?" T.K asked as I got back into the car.
"Yeah. I'm fine," I managee to say.
"You got the key?" Rome added. I nodded and we went to the centet of town where the drug store was located.
T.K came inside with me while Rome kept watch. Kangjun should've came with us since he knows what to get, but he had to stay and take care of Maru.
We walked to the back of the store to the pharmacy. The steel door separating us from the medicine had dozens of dents in it from people trying to get through.
"Please work," I said to myself as I put the key in the lock. I gave a sigh of relief when I heard the click.
Inside was completely untouched. The shelves were stacked with hundreds of medications.
"What should we take?" I asked.
"Everything," T.K smiled.
We ran around stuffing our bags with as much as we could carry, making sure we got what Maru needed first.
"Hana, you're a life saver!" T.K yelled.
"Don't thank me. Thank my father."
"Well, 'thank you' to your father," an unfamiliar voice said.
We turnec to see someone standing in the doorway. He had a gun in his hand and he seemed like the type of person who's not afraid to use it.
"Hello, T.K. It's been a while," he said. I looked over to T.K and he had a slight look of anger in his eyes.
"Chen. It's nice to see you again," T.K responded with a hint of sarcasm in his voice.
"That's all? No apology?" Chen questioned. I just stood there, confused. "And how's Rome doing? Does he still not care about leaving me in the middle of nowhere? Leaving me to get eaten alive?"
"You deserved that. Siwoo almost died because of you," T.K retorted. 
Is this the guy Rome told me about?
"You should be thanking me. I gave you food! He should've died, anyway. That'd be one less mouth to feed. More food for us."
"Don't say that. Everyone deserves a chance to survive."
"Is that why you left me out there to die?"
"You had your chance and you blew it. What you did was horrible. If we didn't get rid of you sooner, we all could've died. It was either you or all of us."
"That doesn't matter anymore. Another group took me in. It seems like you've done the same," Chen stated and pointed at me.
"Leave her out of this," T.K commanded. "If it doesn't matter, why are you even bothering with us?"
"Because I have some unfinished business with Rome."
"I'm sure he doesn't want to see you."
"Why not? I just want to talk with him." He adjusted his grip on the gun. I looked at T.K and he seemed to have noticed too.
"Chen, put the gun down," T.K tried to reason.
Chen swiftly raised the gun and aimed it at T.K. "Take me to Rome. Now."
"Why should I? I know what you want to do," T.K said as calm as possible.
"He deserves what's coming to him. And you're not going to stop me."
"And what if I do?"
"You're just an obstacle that I can easily remove." He quickly moved his finger to the trigger. I ran over to him and tried to knock him over. In the process, he fired the gun, but missed T.K and hit the ceiling. Chen grabbed me by the hair and threw me down to the ground. I heard another gunshot followed by silence.
I felt someone grab me by the shoulder. I quickly turned and was relieved to see T.K unhurt. My eyes widened when I saw Chen lying on the ground, with a shot straight through his head. I've never seen a normal, healthy person being killed for no reason. Only the sick ones. I shut the door just in case any Lurkers heard the shot.
T.K saw how I reacted to what happened. "I'm sorry that had to happen. He was going to shoot you."
"It's okay. I understand." I said with a shaky voice.
Then there was a knocking on the door. "Yah! It's Rome! Let me in!"
I sat on the floor while T.K let him in. "We had a little situation..." T.K said.
"I heard the gunshot. What happened?" Rome asked. "Is that Chen?"
"Yeah. He came in here and asked for you. He threatened to shoot me if I didn't. Hana stopped him. He was about to shoot her when I killed him," T.K explained.
"Is she okay?"
"I think so. She's just a little shaken up."
Rome kneeled down beside me. "I'm sorry, Hana, but it had to be done. You would've been killed instead."
"I know," I responded. "I just have to get used to things."
It's going to take a long time, but I need to accept what the world has become. People turning into cold-hearted, emotionless monsters just for the sake of their own survival.
"Chen!?" Someone called from outside the door. "We heard a gunshot. Are you okay?" Rome motioned for us to stay quiet.
"Come on, Chen! Answer us!" Another voice chimed in.
"It sounds like-" T.K started.
"I know," Rome interrupted. "Hana, you need to do something for us. You have to tell them you killed him by accident."
"What? Are you crazy? They'll kill me!" I protested.
"No they won't. You're a young and innocent looking girl. They'll most likely believe you."
"Hana, they're blocking the only exit. We need to get out of here," T.K added.
They started banging on the door. "Chen! Come on! Open the door!"
"Hana, do it now," Rome commanded.
"But once they see you, they won't believe me."
"They won't see us," Rome said as he gave me the gun T.K used to kill him and they hid in the closet.
"Chen, at least let us know you're alive," one of them said.
I took a deep breath before speaking. "H-he's not."
"What? Who are you and what did you do to him!?" He snarled.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to. I thought he was one of those things," I said, starting to fake cry.
"There's a girl in there. She said she accidentally killed Chen," I heard him say to someone.
"Can you open the door for us? We won't hurt you," another voice assured. "What's your name?"
"It's Hana."
"Well, Hana, could you open the door, please? We promise not to hurt you."
I hesitated and then slowly opened the door just a crack. I peeked through and saw three boys standing there.
"Can we come in?" The one in front asked. He put his hands up to show he didn't have any weapons. I moved to the side and they came in. "I'm Kai. This is Luhan and Sehun."
"How did you 'accidentally' kill him?" Luhan questioned.
"I was hiding back here and I heard something come in here. I thought it was one of those things and I panicked," I lied, bringing back the fake tears. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to."
"Oh, no. Don't cry. Luhan, look what you did," Sehun said and tried to comfort me. "It's okay. You were just trying to protect yourself."
"Well, she does have a good shot," Kai noted while looking at Chen's body. 
Really? Their friend is dead and they're complimenting "my" shooting skills? This new world must really change you...
"How old are you, anyway?" Sehun asked.
"I'm fifteen," I answered.
"For a fifteen year old girl, you sure know how to shoot. Maybe she could help us out," Luhan suggested. He walked back over to the door and looked outside.
"Were you surviving on your own?" Kai wondered. I nodded and he did too as if he just made a decision. "You'll come with us. You can't survive much longer out here. We'll give you food and shelter in exchange for your skill with guns."
"No, I'm fine on my own," I objected.
"You won't be for very much longer. There's a horde of 'em coming this way," Luhan panicked. "We gotta go."
"Come on. You're coming with us," Kai said. "You won't be able to survive this."
I wanted to try and get them to leave me here, but I decided not to. If I wasted time trying to do that, none of us would be able to get away in time. Rome and T.K won't be able to get the medicine to Maru. I could remember the way back and come back in the middle of the night. I went with them and hoped that Rome and T.K would get back safely.

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