Our walking pace had slowed down to half the speed it was coming here. We were very suspicious about the dead silence.
I had my baseball bat raised and I was prepared to swing if I saw any movement. Logan did the same with his golf club. I winced at his weapon when I noticed the blood all over the end. We hadn't gotten a chance to clean it after taking down the walker from the pub.
We turned the corner and found ourselves staring down a long street. It was the city exactly the way I remembered it. Except... deserted.
I noticed the subway station, the nail salon, even our old favorite restaurant. I tried not to dwell on those places. They triggered some old memories. But i nudged Logan and pointed them out to him.
He just nodded at me and motioned for me to keep going.
We turned another corner. The street sign was lying on the ground with blood all over it, so we couldn't read exactly what street it read.
Once we turned even another corner and there was nothing, we began to relax. We let our weapons hang to our sides.
Logan sighed. "I guess you were right. It looks safe to me."
All of a sudden, I saw quick movement in the distance. I stopped dead in my tracks. With my eyes wide, and my gaze planted on the place I saw the movement, I forcefully nudged Logan in his side.
"What?" He asked annoyed.
I just pointed to the area I was staring. Logan did the same for a moment but then turned back to me.
"I don't see anything, Holly."
"I saw something."
"I don't know. It was moving pretty quick."
"Walkers don't move quick, Holly."
"Maybe it was a person." That thought both excited and scared me. If it was an alive person, then maybe my prayers were answered. But if the person was dangerous... then we could be walking into a trap.
"Well did you see were it went?" Logan asked.
"It went that way." I pointed to what looked like a side alley.
Logan took a deep breath. "Let's go check it out."
I waited for a moment before I nodded. We raised our weapons and began to walk slowly towards the alley.
The whole walk there, my heart was pounding out of my chest. Logan must have heard it thumping because he gave me weird looks.
Before we reached the opening to the alley, we threw our backs on the wall. I heard Logan whisper to me.
"Okay. I'm going to peer into the alley and if it looks clear, then I'll motion for you to come. Got it?"
I watched as Logan closed his eyes for a moment, and then turned his head into the view of the alley.
Then he turned his whole body away from the wall and began walking into it with his weapon raised. I could hear his breathing from behind the wall. I didn't like the idea of us splitting up, but a part of me was too afraid to go with him.
All of a sudden, Logan popped his head around the corner of the wall.
I breathed a sigh of relief and joined him in going through the alley. It was a tight space, with ladders on the walls that led up to the building rooftops. We looked in every which way for the movement that I saw. When we reached the end of the opening, before turning the corner to the next road, Logan motioned for me to put my back to the left wall. He did the same on the right.
I whispered confusedly.
"I thought you said it was safe," I snapped.
"Yeah. The alley is safe. I didn't get this far," He snapped back.
I rolled my eyes and waited for the go sign.
When I got it, we both quickly turned the corner out of the alley and into the view of the street ahead.
Then we heard the moans.
My eyes widened out of the familiarity of that sound.
I whirled around, and my heart dropped.
I gasped as I saw a huge crowd of walkers turning the corner into the street we were standing in.
Logan turned around to see the mob, and I saw his facial expression completely turn afraid. I hadn't seen him afraid in a long time.
For a second we just stood there, staring at the walkers in awe. But then Logan hit me in the arm.
"Run!" He shouted.
He didn't have to tell me twice. The two of us began sprinting as fast as we possibly could down the street. We turned onto the next street and couldn't believe our eyes when we saw yet another mob of walkers.
I gasped and motioned for Logan to follow me in the other direction.
Now there were two mobs of walkers following us. If we didn't come up with a plan fast, we would be dinner for them all.
As I ran, I felt tears start to swell in my eyes. Everything was happening so fast, and I just never thought that we would be in this situation. I was worried for my safety, but even more so, I was scared for my brother. I never wanted to have to see the same thing that happened to my parents happen to Logan.
Back down the alley we went, but before we reached the end, we heard a voice.
Logan and I stopped. I could still hear the groans of the hungry walkers coming towards us but now there was a human in our midst. I didn't know if that was good or bad.
We looked up and saw a young asian boy. He looked only about 20. He was wearing a red hat and a grey t-shirt. He had a backpack on his back, and was clinging to one of the black ladders that let up to the top of the buildings.
When we noticed him, we just stared at him. We didn't know what to do.
"Do you feel like being eaten today?" He shouted at us. "Come on!"
With that, I grabbed hold of the same ladder the asian boy was on, and began to follow him up. I heard Logan do the same behind me.
I looked up to see that the ladder we were climbing lasted the length of the entire skyscraper. Clinging to a ladder so high up scared me, but it was better than being down there and waiting for the walkers to surround us.
When we climbed high enough that the walkers' groans were only faint, and we were able to take a breath of safety, the asian boy spoke.
"You guys are crazy coming here," he said, shaking his head.
"Who are you?" I heard Logan quickly chime in. I could tell he was very suspicious.
There was a silent pause.
"Who are you?" Glenn asked back.
"I'm Holly. My brother and I used to live here. We came back thinking maybe it was better," I said sadly.
"But we were wrong," Logan said quickly. I could feel him glaring at my back. I knew he blamed me for this.
"Does your brother have a name?" Glenn asked.
"Logan," I said.
"Well Holly and Logan, you had better pay attention to what you're doing. Last thing we need is for one of us to fall off this thing."
We didn't say anything after that. We just kept on climbing. I tried not to look down.
I didn't know we had reached the top until I saw Glenn climbing overtop of a ledge. I did the same and gave a hand to my brother behind me. We stood up and I could immediately see how high up we were because we were staring directly into the horizon.
We took a minute to catch our breath.
"Thank you, Glenn," I almost forgot to say.
"Don't mention it," he replied, still breathing heavy. I had to chuckle to myself. There was just something about him that was funny.
"Do you come here often?" Logan asked Glenn.
"Few times. My group sends me out here to get supplies, so I know a few tricks," he said.
I shot my brother a look.
"See? There are supplies." I said proudly.
"Not much," Glenn chimed in.
He took his backpack off and took out a small grocery bag. He held it open for us to look inside. It was empty.
"So... do you just walk here?" I asked.
"Nah, we don't live close enough for that. I got a car," he replied.
At those words, I saw my brother's face light up.
"You have a car? Could you drive us out of here?" Logan asked impatiently.
"Well yeah, except my car is all the way down there." Glenn walked over to the ledge and pointed down at the ground below. The mob of walkers were walking around aimlessly below us.
Glenn turned to look at us.