My feet dragged with every step I took, but kept going. The group was tired, I already knew they were. I don't know how long we have been walking for...I know it's been a couple of days for sure. I think we are lucky, we never had to do this, hunt for food, sleep in trees or on the ground.
When it was just Luke and I, we stayed in houses so we ate from whatever was in the pantry and slept on the couches. Then when we met Evan and Calum, we mostly chilled in a car together, eating the food we found from the houses. Michael found us and we had a meal at the high school, and when shit hit the fan, we slept in the car with Lydia.
Along the way, we ate from the gas stations and rested in the car, like usual. The hotel was probably the nicest I had ever stayed. A shower, a warm bed, and we scavenged through the fridges. Then when we drove to Portland, we were growing hungry but when we met Ashton and the kids, they gave us the remainder of the food they had left. The CDC kept us safe, yet almost killed us in the process.
Then the farm gave us food and a bed, however we were the meal. It's crazy really, maybe we were fortunate. Sure we escaped hell here and there, lost some people but I thought of it as a good thing. It made us stronger, a more powerful group. I knew it was no time until we got to San Francisco, it's been 3 days or so...or maybe more....or less. I can't remember the exact number...
"Okay yea I'm done," Riley said sitting down against a abandoned car.
"Come on, we should be could be there by sundown if we keep this up," Calum ordered as we all groaned.
"My feet hurt daddy," Faith whines. She was a kid, what did you expect.
"Here do you want a piggy back ride?" Ashton asks as she nods her head.
She climbs on his back and wraps her legs around her dads waist, her hands around his shoulders.
"Wait, do you see that?" Michael says and we all stop.
I squint my eyes across the horizon and see small buildings with smoke trailing upwards.
"Come on guys, we are almost there," Calum says and starts to walk faster.
"Hey wait," Luke stops Calum by grabbing his arm,"we don't know if it is safe. We strolled up like this at the CDC and the Farm and remember what happened? We need to just check it out real quick."
Calum nods,"You're right. Luke, Michael, Ashton and I will go check it out, see if it is safe. You guys stay here and make camp near the pitstop a lil bit farther back. "
"Okay be safe guys, no bullshitting," Riley says looking straight at Ashton.
"Yes ma'am, lets grab a few things. Ladies, a gun for each of you to protect my children and yourselves." Ashton says handing Riley and I small pistols.
"What about me?" Logan asks.
"You're funny. Give you a gun? You are lucky enough I let you carry that knife," Ashton says and I can't help but laugh.
"What's so funny?" Ashton asks as he starts putting some stuff into a bag.
"Nothing it's just your "serious dad face"...I can't take you seriously," I laugh.
"Don't tell me how to raise my kids Emma. I don't tell you how to live your love life," Ashton fires back playfully.
I sigh, putting my face into my hands,"Just hurry back will you?!"
Ashton nods and says bye to the kids and Luke walks over.
"You going to be okay while I'm gone?" Luke asks wrapping his hands around my waist.
"I'll be fine, you just be safe okay? If you and the boys aren't back by nightfall, I'm going over there, like it or not," I say hugging him back.
"Okay but we will be back before then, bye Ems," Luke says giving me a kiss on the cheek, my face already burning.
"Get a room you two," Michael shouts as Luke glares at him.
"Okay so if you had to fuck one of the guys, which one would you choose?" I asked Emma who was next to the fire pit.
Emma crinkled her nose,"That's horrid Riley."
A laugh escaped my lips, shaking my head I said,"Oh come on Emma, you know you would choose Luke all the way. You guys are meant to be together and I have only known you for like 3 or 4 days."
Emma rolls her eyes but even the darkness around us, I could tell she was blushing.
"Yea whatever, what about you and Ash-"
"Shhh, do you hear that?" I asked stopping her.
"I don't hear anything," Logan whispered as Faith clutched onto my arm.
They were footsteps, but they were too thought out, steeping quickly around us. It couldn't be a walker.
I pointed my gun toward the mysterious noise, but it was too fast.
"Who's out there?" Emma asked, also trying to find the meaning behind this.
"Let go of me!" Logan shouted as a pair of arms wrapped around me.
"Get off!" I shouted, kicking and trying to get out of the persons grasp.
"Riley!" Emma shouted.
"Emma! Logan! Faith!" I shouted but it turned quiet.
"What the he-" I said but it was muffled as a cloth was put across my mouth and I started to get tired.
"Riley, Riley get up," Someone whispered me. I tried to swatt them away, a growing pain filling my head.
"Shut up, I have a headache," I groaned getting up, my eyes looked around and saw the boys all tied up, with Emma and the kids next to me.
"What happened? Where are we?!" I asked nervously, trying to break free from the rope tied around my wrists and against a steel pole coming through the ground.
"Salvation, although you all may not be allowed to live," Someone said as I looked up and saw a man standing beside Michael.
"What did we do wrong?" Emma asked as the man snickered.
"Some of your group were spying on us and that is a invasion of privacy miss. You guys could've avoided being here if your fire was out. It could have brought the dead closer to the camp, we might have died because of all of your acts of stupidity," the man spoke.
"We are very sorry sir for doing that, but we had our reasons. See, the last camps we have been too, we almost got eaten by cannibals and almost blew up to death sir. So we needed to check the place out. Are we in San Francisco? Is this the safe zone?" Luke asked.
"Almost, we have a boat to take you there faster, that is, if you get to go or we kill you right here." another man said.
"Look please, we have kids. We are good people and we just need rest and be with other people who won't kill us," Ashton pleaded.
The two men looked at each other and nodded.
"Very well, Louis, untie these people, you guys are lucky we are feeling nice today," The man said as Louis untied me.
"What's your name sir?" Luke asked.
"Harry, Harry Styles. That's Louis but you already know that," Harry says brushing his hair out from his face.
"Harry..I had a brother named Harry," Ashton said softly.
Harry nodded,"Very sorry....What's your name?"
"And are those your kids Ashton?" Harry asked.
Ashton nods,"Faith and Logan."
Harry nods and smiles,"Well Ashton, you and your people will fit right in."
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