When We Run

Your life can change in a heartbeat.
I walked downstairs and when I came back, everyone was dead and everything was over. But I survived and I ran.


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The next day, it's me and Jake cooking. Evan offered to take his place but my mom gently sat him back down and told him that Jake should earn his keep. I know she is secretly just trying to get some distance between Evan and I as I'm sure she's worried about how much we rely on each other, but we both go along with it anyway.

"So." Jake says after a while in silence.

I look at him. Even his face is punchable. "So."

"The food is on fire." he says casually, nodding towards the stove.

"Holy crap!" I exclaim and he laughs, passing me a wet towel to put out the fire.

We both laugh and sigh, relieved. It's weirdly nice when Jake laughs, it's like the one time I don't hate him. Right now he's not being a complete jerk and I suspect it's something to do with the fact Evan's not here. He's still being full of himself but in a slightly kinder way.

"Well, we'll leave the rest of it in the oven." he grins. "Why don't we go for a walk?"

I nod because it seems like a fair enough idea. We tell everyone and nobody wants to come along as they're all busy, apart from Evan, but again my mum kindly pushes him back in his seat and gives him a knowing look. I guess they've talked about it and there's no bad blood between them, but he still looks a little sulky.

"Be careful." I tell him as we emerge into the daylight. "If you see anything-"

"Go back inside and don't stay too far away from the door, I know." he chuckles.

I blush. "Okay, you get it."

He laughs and we both sit on top of the trap door. He is looking pretty smug with himself.

"What's got into you?" I ask, grinning.

"Oh nothing." he says. "Just, Evan looked a bit pissed off-"

"Oh shut up." I nudge him but I laugh anyway. "You know, you're not a complete idiot once I get used to you."

"Oh thanks so much!" he protests.

We both laugh and for the first time, I think maybe things won't be too bad.

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