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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6. Trust

 

"And in breaking news, there is a report from the laboratory of Dr. Ivanov," the news reporter said. They played a video diary made my the scientist.

"My calculations concerning this virus have failed me," he stated, sounding panicked. "The virus has caused severe swelling in the brain, showing symptoms of meningitis. Skin lesions may also occur. If they burst, it will be difficult to stop the bleeding.The virus was also a lot more contagious than I thought. Currently, the lethality level is not high, but death can still occur. I will work on changing the genetic coding of the virus to fix this problem. Hopefully, a cure for this rogue virus will be released within the next few months."

"That sounds like what happened to SunHi. God save her soul," Umma implored. "I hope they find that cure soon."

~O~

"Alright, now just be very quiet," Ray instructed. He brought me out hunting in the middle of the night. "You don't want to scare off the prey."

I placed the arrow onto the bow like Maru taught me. Ray was having me start with something easy. Honestly, I find it rather difficult. Squirrels are really hard to kill.

"Okay, that's fine. Squirrels are pretty fast," he said after I missed it.

"What about that?" I asked, pointing to a deer grazing in the open field just ahead of us.

"That might be a little too advanced for you."

I ignored him and quietly made my way to the defenseless animal. I got into position and Ray tried to talk me out of it.

"You don't know where to hit it. Having a wounded animal is too dangerous."

"I can handle it," I assured and shot at the deer. I hit it and it collapsed. Ray and I were still for a few minutes before we decided it was safe to go.

Ray walked up to the deer and inspected it. "Are you sure you've never hunted before? I can't even get a shot like this."

"Why? Is it bad?"

"No, it's amazing. You hit right in the vitals. That's the best kill I've ever seen." He then took a knife out of his back and gutted it. I couldn't watch because it was too disgusting. Killing it wasn't a problem, just seeing its insides was.

"Are you going to leave those here?" I cautioned.

"Yeah, it'll give those things something to eat other than humans," he answered while tying a rope around it's neck.

"What if they follow the trail?"

"At least two people have to come so one can drag the animals and the other covers up the trail," he informed while pulling the other end of the rope over his shoulder. We started back for camp. I walked behind him and kicked leaves around to hide the blood.

We spent most of the night preparing a meal for Rome. T.K showed me which parts were good and which were bad. He also told me how to cook it properly. They all wanted to help me gain Rome's trust.

By the time we were finished, I was so tired that I could've slept on a plank of wood. I got only about fourty-five minutes of sleep before Maru woke me up again. He brought me back to the tables and waited for Rome.

Rome stumbled sleepily out of the cabin. He looked vulnerable. Some leader. "What's going on?" he wondered.

"Hana wants to show you what she can do for us," Ray announced.

"What are you talking about?" Rome replied.

"This," Ray responded while lifting the deer's head onto the table. "She killed this herself."

"You took her out hunting? Who even taught her how to use a weapon!?" Rome yelled.

"I did," Maru conceded, not caring if he got in trouble.

"I gave you one rule! Do not teach her these things! Ray, what if she killed you out there?"

"She wouldn't have," Ray reasoned.

"How could you possibly know for sure?"

"I trust her."

"So do I," Maru remarked.

"Me too," Kangjun, T.K and Siwoo chimed in.

"It's five against one, Rome," Maru stated.

Rome gave a sigh of defeat. "Fine, let her do what she wants. But if she does one thing to compromise our safety, she's gone."

"I wouldn't do anything to make that happen. I promise," I assured.

"We know you won't," Siwoo said and patted my back.

"Since you need to learn to trust eachother, I suggest you learn about eachother first," T.K urged. The others agreed and went off to do other tasks or went to bed.

"Just don't kill her, Barom," Kangjun joked. I didn't think it was funny.

We sat down at a table and neither of us spoke for what seemed like an eternity. I was the first to break the silence.

"So what's with you and the trust issues?" I asked.

"I just want my group to survive. I don't want to risk that by bringing in a stranger," he answered.

"But when you met them, they were strangers to you. They all told me you had no problem trusting them."

"That was before I knew what people would do to survive. We had another person in this group. He was the last person I fully trusted. Trusting him was the biggest mistake I have ever made."

"What did he do?"

"He made a deal with another group without us knowing. He gave them medicine in exchange for food. We should've suspected something when we had a surplus of food," he explained. "Then Siwoo got a really bad injury that got infected. We didn't have the antibiotics to help him. We never used any medications so there was no reason to be missing anything. And then that's when we found out what he was doing."

"What did you do after that?"

"We abandoned him and relocated so he couldn't find us. I don't know what happened to him after that."

"I'd never do something like that."

"I sure hope you won't. What about you? What's your story?"

"Nothing interesting. Just a girl who lost her family."

"You have a new family now," he said.

"Are you saying you trust me now?"

"More or less," he smiled. Finally.

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