even before I open my eyes I realize it is to quiet, it's never this quiet wherever you are, when I finally get my eyes open that felt like they were glommed together I realize it almost didn't matter if I had them open or not, it's so dark it is almost impossible to see where I am if it wasn’t for the sun rays that sneak in from the sealed window making me able the see silhouettes of things.
I try to sit up but realize that all these devices are stuck on me, whimpering I take the needles out that my skin has healed around. And rip the stickers of my chest.
Where the hell am I? Is this a hospital?
I take the papers that were at the end of my bed and scan the notes that are scribbled down for a whole year.
Coma? Car accidents?! A year?!
I sneeze loudly over all the dust there whirl around in the room while looking confused around, where is everybody?
I pull myself out of the bed and walk out to the hallway where it looks like ragnarok have been going on.
Papers scattered all over the floor, wheelchairs kicked aside, tables flipped over and an awful smell of something rotten. A heavy laid of dust covers it all, but I can still see there have been footprints after the dust began to cover it all. What in the world have happened here?
I slowly walk down the hallway while shouting out to find other people, but all I can hear are the echoes from my own voice. A corpse of a young man lay in the exception, he's not old or young and hasn't been dead for a long time, cause he's body doesn't smell as much as it's supposed to, with shaking fingers I close his eyes.
Suddenly a rat run right past my feet and I scream horrified and spurt through the halls trying to find an exist. in the end of another corridor I see a exit sign and begin to run that way only to find the door bolted with wood plates.
Have there been terrorist attacks or something?
I take an IV pole that lies beside the door and bang on the door until the wood cracks and I can pull the rest of and get out. When I'm finally out I almost run in again.
Horrified I look around and find no one is there, in fact it looks like no one has been in years. No people, left cars, garbage, dark and an awful smell of everything I ever have thought stank in my life, and I lived with a little boy that likes to make stink bombs with my dad. Where is everybody? And.. Where am I?
The cold breeze pull up in the long hospital shirt that probably has been white one day a long time ago, but in the first place doesn't protect from the wind.
I fall over a baby carriage and scrape my knee ,, bloody hell" I whisper softly and remove the small stones from the wound and stand up and begin to walk slowly away from the hospital, while I search of any sign of life. My bare feet steps in something I don't want to know what is, and I hump over to a mailbox and pick a newspaper up and wipe it off. The dark night sky doesn't make it easier for me to find out where I am and where I'm going.
Suddenly the faint smell of oranges is in the air. I hear a sound and hardly have the chance to turn around before something hits my legs and make me fall with a bump.
Before I can realize what just happened, something heavy presses me to the ground and when I open my eyes I look right into a guy's face, he's blue eyes have more darkness in them than any brown eyes I have ever seen before. And that guy with the ice blue eyes holds a gun pressed against my forehead.
,, So what are you doing? Out on a night stroll? you dead piece of meat" I looks terrified at the gun unable to move or say a word, my mind completely blank of any words or pleads to get him not to shoot me in the head. He pulls out a hunting knife and cut my shirt up with one swipe, I squeak and close my eyes to the final blow, but instead a short pain right above my breast happens, I open my eyes to see the small cut he made and a little drop of blood flow down. ,, Hmmm. So you are not one of them" he look strongly at my face a minute before he gets of me, put the pistol and knife back in his belt and begin to go down one of the smaller streets.
When my breathing finally becomes normal, I stand up and begin to run after him.
He's a complete lunatic but the he's the first I have meet, and it's not likely I find others around here.
I pull my shirt together and try to catch up to him.
,, h-hey you assshit! Wait up! Where is everybody? What the hell have happened?" I come up on his side but he completely ignores me and just walks quicker. " cut the crap, I know you can hear me, even though you a sociopath, are you the only one I have seen since I woke up" I grab his arm and make him stop ,, jackass tell me what the hell have happened here? Terrorist? Aliens?"
He looks at me like I just told him that I have another head hiding in my armpit. ,, what happened? The apocalypse happened darling" I laugh and he shakes my hand of him, I look at him like he's got a screw loose.
Or a couple.
,, when you say the apocalypse, do you mean-?"
,, yeah the whole shebang, hysteria, death, gas leaks, floods, fires, murders and the living dead" he began to walk again and jump up on a car and disappear on the other side, I quickly follow him.
,, wait a minute, did you just say living dead?" I roll my eyes, I can believe the apocalypse maybe have happened the way the town looks, but living dead are from bad movies and nerdy games. I laugh and he soon follows,, you really don't know anything huh? You laugh because you think it is a joke. I laugh because you think I'm joking."
Wow he's really not well, in that pretty head.
,, I'm not going to get rid of you? Aren't I? ”I shake my head and follows him close through the ruins, trying to avoid the shattered glass and other things I don't want to know what is ,,My name is Kai, see, I gave you my name, now it's your turn." He announced with his silvery voice that feels like silk is wrapping around me, but I'm not gonna fall for that. I have known plenty of guys that could talk like that and still be a douchebag.
I jump over a rusty bicycle and bump right into him, he catches me right before I fall.
,, Sage, Sage Wilson" I mumble and let go of his hand. He jumps up on a dumpster and reaches after the fire ladder that comes down with a horrifying quirky sound. He climbs up like a monkey to the rooftop and disappears.
I try to follow but soon realize that, that much time in a coma takes on your muscles but somehow I make it. He is already on the next roof when I get up there and doesn't even look behind him to see if I'm following him.
He's trying to get rid of me!
I run as fast as I can and jump off the edge of the roof, I land hard on the other roof but quickly begin to run again to catch up to him ,, so when did this apocalypse even start? I have only been in a coma for like a year according to the papers I wrote. And this does not like it just happened in like 4 months or something." I claim while I get down the fire ladder right in his tail. He sighs and jump down to the ground without even look like the fall bothered him.
,, what year did you get into this coma?"
,, 2020 and I'm not lying, I had just woken up, when you tackled me!"
,, sorry to tell you this Sage but the year is 2023 ..If I remember right" he says cold and look at me with a stone face. 2023. What about mom, dad and Jason?!
,, where is everybody?! You can't be the only one around here!" I snarl and kick to a trashcan frustrated over that so many things have happened while I was asleep.
He look at me with a look like he was sorry for me, but it vanish as quickly as it was there.
,, there are at home, look I don't have the time to babysit. If it's really true that you just woke up from a coma, that just plain evil of the creator, because you will die before you see the light of the next day the way you look and scream, wasn't it hard to find you, when you make so much noise. So you better have to face it kid, you dead... Good luck" and he begins to run as fast as he can to get away from me.
I begin to run after him but realize soon that he's a good runner. But so am I , I wasn't the captain for the running team for nothing, even with bare foot I can easily catch up to him, but soon realize it isn't that easy to hold the same tempo when you have been in coma in 3 years and haven't used you body, like he can see my struggle and will be nice, he slows down until we're just jogging.
,, you actually seen somewhere familiar, have I threatened you before?"
,, trust me if anybody had pulled a gun at me or a knife, I would remember it" i declare looking at him rolling my eyes. ,, hmm, listen Sage, I don't need a little girl following me around, it's everybody for himself now, so shush, get lost, go die somewhere or hope you get eaten before you starve to death"
,, So you want to leave me?"
,, just like that? Doesn't even care that I have no idea of what's going on or how to survive?"
,, Did I stutter?" He says and looks at me shortly before he pull out a flashlight, because it now so dark that I can hardly see him even though he's right in front of me.
,, Du er et røvhul" I mumble and make him stop up and look confused at me ,, what did you just say?" I shake my shoulders and give him the angel face I always used on my father when I knew I had done something bad. "How can you even be alive? If it's true the apocalypse started 3 years ago, shouldn't you be dead, or at least look a little like you need food?" I ask and look at his athletic body that doesn't really look like it is starving of any kind, a little tin maybe but not dangerously tin. ,, I have been in the army in over 5 years, we learn how to survive no matter where we are. And I have been a boy scout when I was little, that helps to" he says proudly and give me a smirk, like he's the most badass person that still lives on earth, and I can't help but roll my eyes but still be a little impressed.
The sounds of running feet suddenly surround us in the dark ally.
Kai quickly turn the flashlight off and push me into the wall and cover my mouth, he's body is so close to mine that the smell of oranges almost is sickening, it's like he's scent just had gotten stronger when we heard the sound. A black figure runs right past us and soon another one follows, only the moon's faint light makes it possible for me to see that the figures that ran past us we're two men. Kai pushes himself closer to me and my heart begins to beat faster, but I'm not sure if it’s because he's so close, or if it's the reason that he looks concerned about the fact that we can still hear their footsteps.
He slowly begins to go backwards with me pressed to his chest.
,, we have to get out of here" he whispers in my ear and slowly begins to run, it's like he can see in the dark, while I almost trip over everything and nothing "and you don't understand why I would leave you behind" he sighs deeply and before I can do anything, he pick me up bridal style and run down the alley surprisingly fast when you have another person In your arms.
,, put me down I can run by myself! And it was humans, you wanted to get rid of me there was the chance, maybe they would have helped me!" I whispers angrily and try to get down, he ignores my weak attempt and run into one of the houses that isn't completely fallen apart. ,, there were not humans, there were rippers. And girl you should eat some more, I know it's the apocalypse and food it's a luxury but you don't weigh a thing! How the hell can you even still walk around?" he muttered and walk up the stairs and into one of the rooms that still have the rooftop and luckily a bed. He dumps me in the bed and walks out of the room I just lay there enjoying that my muscles finally can relax again, I hear him come back in and suddenly something blocks my view.
I sit up a see it is clothes.
,, I don't know about you, but I like to wear underwear and clothes when I'm with people"
I stand up and look at the long black pants and the green hood, I give him the look and shows him to turn around, he rolls his eyes but do it anyway ,, it's not like I have taken my clothes of, this is what I was wearing when I woke up" I quickly take the shirt of and put the underwear and pants on, they are loose but luckily don't fall of, and when I have the hood half over my head he turns around.
,, hey! Don't look!"
,, it's not like I didn't already see them, and I have seen bigger"
,, well excuse me for my breast didn't grow that much when I was in a coma!" I groan and pulls it down while sending him an evil glare. I roll up the pants there are way too long for me, while He ignores me and jump into the bed with a sigh, just lay there with closed eyes and a satisfied smile. I decide to look around the house.
He wouldn't have saved me just to leave me here. He's not just a bad guy.
I begin to look after a bathroom but instead find a bedroom yang have belonged to a girl around the age I must be now. I find some boots under the bed, which happilyFIT my feet, before I begin to throw clothes down a backpack with some hair products and other girls stuff. I try not to look at the faded pictures on the walls and think of what happened to the family that lived here. One of the doors lead to a bathroom, I find a new toothbrush in the closet and some toothpaste.
But when I close the door I see two green eyes look back at me, surprised I stop up and look at the reflection.
So that's how I look now.
A marked face looks back at me with a fine small nose, and full lips. But it is clear that I have not gotten food properly for a long time, with the sunken cheeks and pale skin full of freckles.
My filtered red hair sits in tangled totter around my face and looks like something that has never seen a hairbrush in its life. I go over to the bathtub and cross my fingers when I turn on the water
,, yes!" I yell and throw a fist in the air when the water begins to fill the bathtub, I begin to take the clothes of and find some old shampoo and hop up in the bathtub and finally let myself relax completely. A sigh burst out of me, and I enjoy to finally be completely relaxed, while I close my eyes and just let the feeling of water surround Me.
,, great! The water works here! Move over!" I open my eyes to see Kai beginning to take his clothes of. ,, hey get out!" I scream and cover myself up with my hands. ,, are you kidding me? Running water is a must these days. It's days since I last got a bath. And who know how much water there a back?" he claims and jump into the bathtub with underpants on. He sits in the other end and closes his eyes with a sigh. I quickly grab a towel and put it around myself. No way in hell he can get me to get up. I can't help but look at his muscular body that is littered with scars from old hunts living tapestry of near-misses and fights. He's long legs are on each side of me, so I push away from me, and make him open his eyes and sigh when he see my glare. ,, please, like I care about your body, kid, you are around the 18 right? That means you were like 15 when you got in coma. I don't have a thing for children, I'm not desperate. And you're a not my type" He snorts and reach for the shampoo, I push it out of reach, he looks at me and tries again, and I push it again out of reach. ,, come on Sage!" he hiss and scowl at me.
,, oh I'm sorry, I forgot that I'm a kid and shouldn't fuck with the elders!"
,, don't be mad at me, I'm just stating the obvious" He rolls his eyes and quick as a snake takes the bottle before I can push it away again, he look at me with a satisfied smirk and begins to wash his long black hair.
I take the bottle and begin to try to get the dirt and other things I don't want to think about out of my hair.
,, That just sad to look at, turn around and let me help you" he says and take the brush from the backpack and wave me over, I look suspiciously at him ,, come on kid, like I said I'm not interested in children. I'm just trying to help, cause that just painful to look at"
,, you know what? Go fuck yourself!"
,, argh I wish I could." He replied and take a hold of my arm and takes me into his chest, before I can protest he turns me around so I sit between his legs and pour almost the whole bottle of shampoo into my hair and begin to untangle it with his smooth long fingers, I almost expect to lose some hair but to my surprise his very careful and do his best not to make it hurt more than it have to. He can be kind I think and try to not think of what my father would think of this situation, and what he would do to Kai...if he's still alive.
,, wow you're a full blooded ginger girl! That's some red hair you got there!" he said and begins to wash the soap out of the hair, I close my eyes and imagine it's my mother instead that brushes my hair, she always did that after the training, she would come in to shower and I would tell her about what have happened at training. Kate always told me that I am a mama's girl, but I always did it for mom, cause that's where the only time we could be alone with a 7 year old littleBROTHER. Wasn't there as much time as there used to be. ,, all done sunshine. Now you look like a girl again and not some troll that have hided in a hole for hundreds of years"
,, wow thanks you really know what to say to a girl to make her feel better about herself" He laughs and helps me out of the tub,, what can I say? I'm a lady's man" he turn around and let me get a top and some shorts on, when I turn around I see him walk completely naked out of the door, the shock of seeing him like that, does that I can only stand there and look like a fool with big eyes and a open mouth.
That guy is to full of himself! Who does that to a girl they just meet?
I dry my hair with the towel and put it up in a ponytail, given him plenty of time to get some clothes on before I go back to the bedroom that probably was the parents, when I walk in he just lay there in some black yoga pants with a book ,, it's so long since I actually have seen a book, this must be one of the families that was removed in the first couple of days, they left everything behind" I see it is the Anne frank diary and somehow feel relaxed to see something that make me remember home.
I sit on the edge of the bed and look very intense at him.
,, you will not leave me while I sleep right?"
,, if you toss around too much I might" he says without even looking up from the book.
,, what do you mean by that?" I say and look confused at him.
,, oh my god, let me guess, you are one of those people that toss and turn in their sleep?" he says and look up from the book, I look slightly embarrassed at my hands, how did he know?
,, I swear if you toss me out of bed, I will leave you behind, it's not everyday you find a bed that's not that rotten that you can't sleep on it" ,, what do you mean? Toss you out of bed? I will of course sleep in the other bed" he begins to laugh and toss the book to the floor, while he grab his backpack and pull out a blanket.
,, eh no you are not, I only have one blanket, and it's freaking cold at night, I will not let you have it. So you are going to sleep here with me as a good little girl. Without kicking me of the bed or squish me. I'm not that friendly if I haven't slept well"
Are you ever friendly?
He ignored my protests and pushes me down and put an arm around my loin to keep me in place and pulls the planked over us. ,, goodnight, pumpkin, try to get some sleep, If you are gonna come with me, you will need it" he whispers in my ear and snuggles up to me. Very quickly I hear his heavy breathing and realize before I could do anything he has fallen asleep. I try to get out of the grip but that’s only making him hold me tight into him.
You say this is to hold us warm, but somehow i feel more cold than if i had sleept alone, god this is going to be a long night.