Not Far

Jean is subjected to a rude awakening when she parts ways with her best friend. She makes her way to Washington D.C. before finally running into a group of survivors, but is she in for more than she bargained for? Will she slowly lose her mind in this lonely world of devastation and no hope?

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5. One and only

No one heard a word out of me for the first quarter of the way back. I wasn't sure if anyone noticed, though. Not that I cared or anything. 
  For some strange reason, I decided to trail behind. I could barely look these people in the eye. While I knew that killing that little girl was for the best, it still didn't feel right. I felt awful. To think that I was that close to taking in a child, raising one as my own, but had it ripped away from me. 
'God I hate Edward..and his stupid dirty face..and his stupid dirty hair..and how he stupidly listens to Alpha W-' I gasped at the thought of Alpha Wolf. It was his decision too. He was the one who gave Edward the order, but I couldn't bring myself to hate him. He was the leader, after all. He knew what was best for the group. 
   I was so deep in thought that I didn't realize that Alpha W, as Pam liked to call him, had fallen behind with me. I kept staring at the ground, kicking the gravel under my boots. 
  "Go back up there. You're too valuable. No one'll care if I get bitten." I claimed, crossing my arms and looking up at him. My eyes meeting with his dark, coal-like eyes. 
  "Why? I'm sure they wouldn't care. Edward would know what to do if I were to-" 
  "Stop. I really don't want to think about that right now." I sighed. He smiled at this and stopped walking, grabbing my wrist. I huffed, looking away, trying to avoid any eye contact. 
  "Jean..." He trailed off, a hand on the tip of my chin. He attempted to get me to look at him, but ultimately failed. Every time he got me to look at him, I looked in the other direction.
  "Jean look at me." He demanded, this time wasting no time by putting his hands on my cheeks, holding my head in place. I had tears in my eyes, and I didn't want him to see them. I could tell that he did though, his eyes widened slightly when he saw my sorrowful face, my teary eyes. 
  Even though I saw his lips moving, I couldn't hear him. It went through one ear and out the other. I was too caught up in my own little world, I couldn't even tell what was happening to myself. I barely felt the tears trickling down my face. I only noticed that I had been crying when he wiped the tears away. 
  I wrapped my arms around him, burying my face in his shoulder, crying my eyes out. I was sure that I would be dehydrated later, and with that would come an awful headache, but it was worth it. I needed this. 

*The Wolf's POV*

  I couldn't afford to lose someone like her, I needed to make sure she'd do anything for me. She seemed to be giving up, I couldn't have that. 
  "Jean, listen to me, that needed to happen. Look at it this way, she's free now." I smiled at her. She didn't respond, only stared. 
  "She doesn't have to live in this awful world anymore. Jean. We need you here. I need you." I told her, hoping that saying this would push her closer to being under my thumb. I was caught by surprise when a single tear trickled down her cheek. I ran my thumb along her cheek, wiping it away. Her eyes flicked upward for a moment, and she immediately collapsed into my arms, crying into my shoulder.
  "I-I'm sorry. I know that y-you're right. You always are." She muttered. I smirked, pushing her away slightly.
  "We should catch up." I suggested, grabbing her wrist. I was a step closer to having my own stone cold killer. I have to plan my actions out carefully, make sure she falls deeply in love, then she'd do anything for me.

  *Jean's POV*

  He grabbed my wrist, pulling me along the way. I couldn't stop the blush that slowly crept onto my cheeks. I mindlessly followed him as we passed through the thick forest, cutting around our own group. I furrowed my eyebrows, staring at him in confusion.
  "They're over there..." I trailed off, pointing toward the west where the trail was. I could still hear the shuffling of our group, the subtle clank of metal. 
  He glanced back at me, not uttering a word, only placing a finger over his lips. He had told me to be quiet. I didn't want to, but I couldn't help it. The noise from our group soon faded as we ventured deeper into the woods. It was almost impossible to see the trail and I knew that the group was far behind us. Next thing I knew, he had put me in front of a tree and took off in the direction of the trail. I was too confused to yell at him, too caught up in my own world of thoughts. 
  Soon, it became dark, and I had found myself still by the tree, sitting in my own misery. It didn't seem like he was coming back, meaning I was on my own again. I buried my face in my knees. The only warm articles of clothing I had were my long socks, which I was currently shoving my forearms into. A chill was sent down my spine, which was not helping my current situation.
  The sounds of rustling leaves echoed from all around me. Even if I wanted to run off and go back, I couldn't. Cause I had no fucking idea where I was! I wouldn't know what direction I'd be going in cause it all sounds and looks the fucking same! 
  Anger had began to rise from deep within me as I shot up. I grabbed the small switchblade from my sock and started to venture forward. A glare seemed to be permanently carved into my face as I clenched my jaw, practically stomping as I moved. I answered the growls coming from beside me with a knife plunging deep into the source's forehead, repeatedly stabbing. Eventually my hand came into contact with the rotting flesh of the walker, but I didn't stop. My knife may have been missing, but I wouldn't stop.
  "How dare he leave me!" I shrieked, still beating in the head of the dead. I took a deep breath and stepped away.
  "I-" I stopped, staring down at it. 
  "What am I going to do?" I asked myself while wiping a tear away. I had barely gotten to know him, and I knew I was in love. Despite all that he had put me through, especially this, I still love him. He was always going to be my one and only, and there was nothing I could do about it. Was I going to get over him after leaving? Probably not. So much had changed for me, and yet here I was, back to where I started. Back to the way it was before I met them. Before I met him.

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