I sigh. That long silence had been me trying to stay upright and think about how many vampires might have gotten away from the hunters. My score? One. Other people's? Probably higher. The only reason those guys are so sore about losing me to the vampires is because I was their best hunter. I know so much about them and how to keep away from them, that it scares them. They don't want me to pass the knowledge on and they sure as hell don't want me to stay alive any longer.
"No, I was just trying to think about how many got away. I was the best hunter on the team, so the only one that got away from me in the end was the one that turned me into a vampire. I can't really remember how many the others didn't catch."
"Now you're just trying to make me feel better," she accuses. Well, there's an element of that, I suppose, yes.
"Can't you take even a little bit of comfort from the fact that I'm the one that best knows how to keep away from a hunter?" I ask, narrowly avoiding a tree as I speed through a woodland.
"A little... I dunno," she mutters, ducking her head back down, apparently attempting to ignore the fact that trees are flying past us like big, fat, badly shaped bullets. I don't really know what else I can say to her, to be honest. We fly out of the woodland and into a small town. I'm exhausted. It feels like my veins are full of acid and my lungs are fit to burst, but I keep running.
Eventually, as the sun begins to rise again, I stop running so fast, coming to a stop in the middle of a field. I set Gabby down and collapse in a panting heap on the floor. Oops. I think I might have over done it a bit. Gabby prods me and I roll over to look up at her, squinting in the returning sunlight.
"I don't think my heart has beat this fast in a long, long time," I gasp slightly, trying to steady my breathing.
"Do you have to run so fast?" she asks, concerned. I nod and wait until I'm breathing properly again before answering.
"I wanna be as far north in Canada as you can get. After that, I'll see how I feel about performing the age old walking on water trick. Or running. Either way," I push myself up.
"I just don't want you wearing yourself out," she says and I nod again.
"I'm fine, I'm fine," I'm dying, I'm dying.
"Sure you are," she rolls her eyes, apparently not fooled. I guess the way I collapsed might have kinda given that away. Anyways, I'm not so keen on how fast the sun's coming up, so I get back onto my feet, wobbling a bit. Hehe. My legs feel like jelly.
"I'm fine. Let's get out of the sun though, hmm?" I mutter, taking her hand as I pull her in the direction of the next town.
"Don't want you burning," she mutters quietly. I knew I shouldn't have mentioned that to her earlier.
"No, no. Burning is not fun," I mumble, shuddering slightly. Not fun at all.