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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4. Lucky

 

"Umma, do you believe this?" I asked. We were watching the news. Some Russian scientist has supposedly created a super virus that will help control the population.

"That man is crazy," Umma stated calmly. "If he created a 'super virus,' I'm sure it wouldn't work. I highly doubt anything will happen."

We turned out attention back to the TV. "I, Dr. Demitri Ivanov, have entered into a new era of science," the subtitles read. "This virus, EXO12, will slowly and painlessly degenerate the human population to a reasonable level. Currently, we are working on the cure. Once we reach our desired population, the cure will be administered, free of charge, and the virus will come to a stop."

~O~

"Hana. Hey, Hana. Wake up," Maru said as he gently shook me awake. "Come on. Let's get you something to eat." I climbed down from the bunk and Maru grabbed my arm. "We should probably clean up these scratches, too."

We left the cabin. In the centre of the camp there was a fire pit, a few small grills and two picnic tables. By the fire pit, there were two ther boys who I didn't see yesterday. "This is her?" one of them asked with a slight harsh tone.

"This is Hana. Don't worry. She's no threat to us. At least I think so," Maru said. "She was surviving alone with her brother, but he died. Hana, this is Ray and over there is Kangjun."

Kangjun came over. "Maru has been talking about you all morning. You're right, Maru. She is kinda cute," he teased.

"Kangjun!" I could see Maru's face turning a faint shade of red.

"I'm just kidding. Anyway, let's get your arm fixed up." I followed Kangjun over to a table were a first aid kit was set up. He sat me down and took out a few thing from the kit. "This is going to sting a little, okay?"

He dabbed a cloth with alcohol on my cuts. I winced in pain. It didn't sting a little. It stung A LOT. I talked to him to try and distract myself from the pain. "H-how come I didn't see you yesterday?"

"Ray and I went hunting. We came back late last night. We had a little encounter with some of those things or whatever you call them."

"I call them Lurkers. 'Cause all they seem to do is lurk around."

"And kill."

"Yeah... and kill," I sighed. My stomach grumbled. I haven't eaten in two days.

"Hungry?" he chuckled. He put bandages on the scratches. "What would you like? We caught a few squirrels and a small deer last night."

I looked over his shoulder and saw the dead animals. I felt nauseous at the sight of it. "I'd rather not."

"You have to eat something," he said.

"Don't make her eat that just yet," Maru protested. "We did take some food from your house. You can have that."

He brought me into the kitchen unit. I was surprised to see that they had electricity. "How do you have power?"

"We have a few generators out back. We scavenge fuel from abandoned cars and working gas stations," he explained while getting me a bowl of cereal. "Don't worry. You'll adjust to this lifestyle soon."

"That's if Rome lets me stay."

"He'll warm up to you eventually," he assured. "How did you and your brother survive on your own?"

I don't like the fact that he keeps bringing up my brother. I still remember the look of fear on his face when he showed me the bite. "My brother was a boy scout and had learned some survival skills, but I don't think had anything to do with our survival. I guess we were just lucky."

"You must've had all the luck in the world. Most people didn't even survive a day."

That statement brought back the painful memory of what happened to Umma, Appa and Miyoung on the first day. I felt my throat tighten and I fought back tears.

"Are you okay?" He worried. I didn't answer him. If I did, I'm sure I would cry. "I know you've lost everyone, but so have we. I'm not trying to sound mean, but you have to get over it. If you constantly cry over this, you won't be able to kill any of those things. I'm sorry, but it's for your own good."

"I can't," I choked out.

"It's not easy, but you have to. You do want to survive, right?"

"I don't know. There's nothing left to live for. I'd rather die than live in this world."

"Being dead isn't better than this."

"How would you know? I think it's better that being so close to death every single day. I just want it to be over already. The only reason I'm not dead now is because I made a promise with my brother to survive no matter what. And it's killing me inside knowing that I can never be with my family."

"You would've been dead if we hadn't come along. Should I apologize for saving you?"

"No. I can't really explain it, but yesterday, before that thing attacked me.. I don't know. My brother, he talked to me. He convinced me to live, for him. For them. I owe you for saving me."

"You don't owe us anything. There's nothing we want except to survive. Finish eating and we'll get back to the group."

After I ate, we left the kitchen and went back to the tables. Rome was up and he acted very coldly towards me. I understand that he is just concerned for the safety of his group. Bringing in a complete stranger like me is dangerous, considering what people will do to survive.

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