Archie: Words and Actions

"Wait." I whispered. Initially I thought maybe she hadn't heard me but she did. She slowly turned to face me, crying a little. "I'm sorry."

She looked at me slightly suspiciously. She opened her mouth, as if she was going to say something but no words came out.

"I shouldn't have done that." I mumbled.

 "No." she whispered, looking straight at me.

I stepped towards her and met her gaze. "Evie."

"Archie." I got even closer to her. She was crying now. I rushed up to her, wiping them away.

She looked up at me silently. She stepped closer to me and I wiped away more of her tears. "It's ok." I whispered softly.

I put my arms around her and held her tightly. Maybe we both needed this. A small smile formed on my face as she buried her head into my shoulder. I gently placed a hand on her head and stroked her hair. I could hear her sobbing.

This wasn't right. We shouldn't be doing this. We should be stronger than this. We needed to be stronger than this. We couldn't afford to break down.

"It's ok." I said again, holding her. We needed each other. As much as it pained me to say, I needed her. I needed Evie. "Evie."

She looked up at me. I leaned in to her and our lips brushed against each other for just a moment. We couldn't do this. I knew that we shouldn't. Part of me didn't care and we kissed again.

"No." I muttered, breaking off the embrace. "We can't."

She nodded and I could see in her eyes that she was trying not to cry. So was I.

"Archie?" she said from the door.

"Yes?" I replied.

"Thank you." She placed her hand on the door and pushed it open slightly.

"We have each other." I whispered, turning away. I wandered over to the window and looked out; it seemed like there weren't as many of them out there anymore. It was then that I heard footsteps across the room and so I turned sharply to find Evie stood there, looking at me.

Before she could say anything, Busker ran into the room. He hid behind her legs, looking at the door in what I assumed was fear. We both looked from each other to the connecting room to see the door blow open further.

"How did that…?" she asked as I took her hand.

A figure appeared in the doorway, shadow covering its face.

That's when panic hit me. I had blocked up the other door. There was no way out and if one of them had got in then who knows how many others could?
"We can't fight them forever." I muttered, looking around for anything we could use for a weapon but I knew instantly that we were defenceless. I pulled Evie behind me. She resisted but I shot her a glance. "I owe you."

I watched the figure approach, my bravery fading.

The End

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