By the time I had recovered from the mutant animal attack, breakfast was being served. I sunk to the floor with shaky legs, waiting for my stomach to stop turning. How many more surprise attacks could we take? It was just pure luck that we were alive now.
'So um where are you from?' I heard a voice beside me and I glanced over to find Robbie leaning against the wall, a bag of fruit loops in his hand.
'Urm, Nottingham. Have you heard of it?'
Robbie's expression turned thoughtful. 'I've heard the name but I can't for the life of me figure out where it is.'
'It's in the East Midlands,' I told him, fighting a smile. 'What about you?'
'Oh, that's in London right?'
He nodded, munching on some cereal.
I decided to open my own and as soon as I caught a whiff of the sugary loops, my stomach growled furiously at me and I realized I was starving. We didn't have any milk and so we had to eat them as they were, but I didn't mind.
'Um, why is there a hairbrush beside me?'
'Oh,' Robbie laughed. 'I saw it and thought you might want it.'
'Oh,' I grinned. 'Thanks.'
I was beginning to feel comfortable in front of Robbie, he was extremely easy to get along with as soon as his walls were down. I sensed he had some trust issues, the way he kept glancing nervously at the others told me this, but I noted he seemed okay with me.
We ate in silence for a few minutes until Tyler stood up.
'We should probably make a move now,' he declared, stretching.
Madelyn picked up Cookie, who mew'ed in content and Robbie stood up, offering me his hand. I took it shyly, noticing how warm his skin was against mine. Tendons along his arms stood out as he helped me up and I blushed furiously, appreciating his well muscled body.
'So where to now?' I asked, fighting to keep my voice steady.
'I'm not quite sure,' Tyler frowned. 'We should probably just check each room as we go and see if there's a way out.'
'Sounds good to me,' Madelyn smiled.
Tyler lead the way out of the room with Madelyn following closely behind.
'After you. It's probably safer if I go at the end, in case someone decides another surprise attack.'
I smiled my thanks and followed the other two out of the room and back into the hallway.
Doors loomed ahead of us on either side. There was no way to distinguish between any of them; they were all completely identical.
'Which door should we try first?'
'The one closest to us perhaps?' I suggested.
'It's probably better to do them in order,' Tyler agreed.
As we made our way over to the first door, the floor began trembling ever so slightly beneath our feet. Small, uneven tremors spaced out every two seconds or so, until they gradually morphed into one, long shudder.
Before any of us could do anything, something rounded the corner with a ferocious growl. We all whirled round, guns at the ready to find this incredibly large beast bounding it's way towards us. When I say large, I mean huge, it had to be the size of a horse. Sharp fangs coated in saliva hung out of snarling muzzle, paws that created resounding thuds each time they hit the floor pushed this terrifying animal towards us.
The beast didn't flinch at the bullets that were now raining down on it. It was getting much closer. I didn't notice it until it was only a few yards away, but the terrifying yellow eyes were focussed on me. Me alone.
I was going to be killed!
Glued to the spot, I willed myself to move but my muscles had frozen and now refused to work.
In one last ditch attempt, Robbie threw himself in front of me and the beast pummelled into him. They both fell to the floor with a grunt and Robbie instantly began fighting off the creature. We could all see it was futile though, Robbie was an ant compared to the animal who was much stronger and much bigger. He was going to be killed.
However the animal wasn't interested in Robbie. It's snarling head turned to face me and it hissed, trails of saliva shooting out of it's mouth.
The next few moments to me are a bit of a blur. All I remember is the animal charging towards me, a shrill, high pitched scream and then absolute darkness.