The Dead Walking 5

(the fifth book in The Dead Walking series!) Some chances ARE worth taking... and in a world like this... you don't have yet a second to decide what chances are the ones worth the risk. I still don't know if I chose right.


16. Bait

              Rob stood there, looking at me as if waiting for an answer. What am I going to do? It's not like I can just let Casey go with his psychotic brother who is out to kill him. Casey's like my brother. I honestly don't know what I would do without that idiot now. I've grown used to him and there's no way I'm going to let him be killed by his own brother and me convincing him to meet him. So I sit there staring back at this man with a new found hatred. I have to come up with a plan. I cant let him kill my group... but I cant let him kill Casey.

               "What exactly did Casey do to you?" I ask him. It takes everything I have not to lunge forward and punch him again... maybe this time with a knife instead of my fist and his neck rather than his face...

               "That's personal," he states.

               "Then screw off. You can kill me," I spit the words out.

               "I don't think you understand my deal," he says, his words filled with ice, and I can tell he's trying to intimidate me. You don't know who you're messing with.

               "No. I don't think you understand Rob. You can kill me. And you can try and kill my group and fail. So I suggest you tell me why the hell you want to kill one of my best friends if you want my help," I reply, keeping my voice as sweet as I can.

               He seems to consider something for a moment before turning around and walking across the room to where the other man is standing. "You. Out in the hall," Rob points to the door and the other man walks out in the hall without a word of protest.

               Rob turns around and makes his way back to me before sitting down crossing his legs like a 5 year old. I pull my legs up to my chest, suddenly nervous about how close he is. Who knows what this man can do. "You wanna know what he did?" Rob asks, quietly, suddenly sounding small.

               "That's what I-"

               "Do you really want to know?" he asks again.


               "You know the creatures outside... those awful things that walk around all day, trying to eat you. Zombies or whatever you want to call them," his voice is almost a whisper. "He left me. There was a big group of them... probably 50... and he left me to kill them all. He left me to die! What kind of brother does that?! He deserves what I'm going to give to him..."

               I narrow my eyes slightly and I actually feel a pang of sympathy for Rob. If my family had just... left me... I would feel terrible. But as I take a deep breath I realize that no matter what I feel I still cant let him just kill Casey. I just have to convince him that he shouldn't... but as I looked in Rob's eyes I knew that was going to be a lot harder than it looks.

               "Rob... I-I understand that you're angry... or sad or you feel betrayed... but you cant just kill your brother! Things have changed and everyone needs their family right now, everyone needs someone to love them and I don't think killing him will get you anywhere," I state.

               Rob looks up at me, his eyes burning with hatred, and he chuckles softly. "Sweetie it will get me somewhere. It'll let me move on."

               I shake my head. "I don't know why you hate him so bad, but-"

               "HE LEFT ME! He watched our parents be ripped apart and eaten and then he left me there to die with them!" he shouts.

               I cringe a little at the sudden yelling. "Rob-" I try once more, but he stops me.

               "No. I get it. He's your friend but I don't care about that bullshit. I'm going to kill him... and anyone that gets in my way, including you if I have to."

               I take a deep breath. "Fine. What do you want me to do? Say?" I ask him.

               He smiles slightly. "Well... we'll leave in about an hour. I need to get a group ready and make sure our weapons are loaded. And actually... this plan doesn't involve you talking," his smile gets a little bigger at his words and I actually feel shills run up my spine. What am I going to have to do then? "All you have to do is stand there... while I have a gun to your head. All you have to do is simply stand there while I get Casey to come outside. I shoot him... and if you were good... then I'll let you go."


               I can already see it. Carl fighting to get his way outside to me... probably getting himself killed in the progress. Casey walking outside to his brothers commands all because he sees that he has a gun to my head that he's not afraid to shoot. Then Rob lifting the gun and shooting him. Killing him. I cant let that happen. I cant let Casey die like that. I cant let anymore people die when there is something I can do to stop it!

               I want to scream at Rob again. Tell him to just kill me and leave them all alone. I just want to scream. But I don't... instead I just bite my tongue and say, "Okay."

              He nods and stand up, clapping his hands together. "Good. You're more cooperative than I thought you'd be," he comments.

              Oh you have no idea Rob...




              Sorryyyyy this is so short! I didn't want to make it any longer and start going into the actual 'fight' scene of it. This is mostly just a filler so you get to understand why Rob is doing this a little more and to lead to the more exciting chapter! Trust me... it will be worth the wait... I hope.

                                                                    ~Samantha <3


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