Scott glared at Luca venomously. “Not a chance in hell.” He growled, “why don’t you go, seeing as you’re always so willing to play the hero?”
I sighed, I could see we were getting nowhere fast and, seeing as we were practically trapped between either a raving horde of walkers of a strange new group who could potentially be dangerous, I decided it was my turn to take the lead. “I’ll go,” I said forcefully, knowing full well they would disagree. Three pairs of disbelieving eyes turned on me.
“Don’t even think about it. There is no way I’m letting you walk in there,” Scott snapped.
“As reluctant as I am to agree with him on anything. He’s right,” Luca said although I could see it was difficult for him.
“yes well neither of you have a choice in this. Both of you will be seen as a threat and you won’t be allowed anywhere near. I won’t be,” They really had no other choice, that and I wasn’t going to budge on this.
“what about me?” a small voice came from beside me. “they won’t see me as a threat,”
“Sorry Joe but I’m not sending you in there. You really wouldn’t be a threat,” I didn’t want to put him down or patronise him but he really wouldn’t be able to deal with it if something went wrong. “I’d be able to make it out if things went bad and I’m capable enough with a gun or knife.”
I could see them all trying to come up with an alternative, or an argument but there wasn’t anything. “you know I’m right,” they all nodded, if a bit reluctantly.
We went and found an abandoned warehouse right next to where we could hear the voices so the guys could hear me if I needed help and I began kitting up, concealing a gun and a knife so as to keep me with some form of protection.
Luca pulled me away from the others while they began setting up a makeshift base to keep watch “I’m really not happy with you doing this.” He said bluntly.
“I know but we don’t have any other choice. I’ll be fine I promise, I know what I’m doing,” I took his hand and pulled him in for a hug seeking strength in his warmth. I felt him gently kiss the top of my head and I looked up to meet his lips with my own. “I promise you, I’m not running away. Just trying to keep the group safe. You guys are my family now, You’re all I have and I will not lose you too.” I felt the fierceness in my voice as I said it. I wasn’t going to lose another person, not anymore.
Eventually it was time for me to move out. I crept round the corner and ducked behind some old bins, checking out what I was up against. There were two guys stood out the front of the building with shot guns and a hand gun each strapped onto their waists. I took a deep breath, I could do this. I got up and began walking towards them confidently.
They spotted me and instantly raised their guns. “wait don’t shoot. I’m alive, I’m human,” they dropped their guns but continued to look suspicious.
“who are you?” The first guy said. He looked like he wasn’t much older than Luca, but with sandy blond hair and dark brown eyes. He was tall but skinny and looked fairly easy to overpower if it was necessary.
“My name’s Sophia. I got split up from my group running from walkers. You have no idea how glad I am to see more survivors.” My acting skills aren’t the best but I could tell they were buying it.
“look let’s get you inside,” The second guy said. He looked much younger, not much older than me. He was about the same height as me but much more bulky and fiercer, I didn’t like the way he looked at me but I went along with it, “you look starving,” he said as I walked past. He placed his hand on the small of my back and almost pushed me through the door. We went through and they took me into the large open warehouse room with about 20 guys ages looking to be from about 15 to 30. I was well outnumbered and began to feel slightly scared. Maybe Luca had been right.