Emilio had been the first. His sister had been taken by the disease soon after Martin became Gone.
His mom bailed as soon as word of her daughter’s sickness reached her, and his father deteriorated rapidly when the virus hit him, succumbing abnormally fast.
And so he was left all alone.
The Stephan family had taken him in, shielding him from those who wanted him killed, arguing that he could potentially carry the disease after being exposed to so many Infected. Those days it wasn’t nearly as extreme, though. Now, there was even the occasional shooting of an Undeter.
Funnily enough, almost the entire Stephan family died around him, while he and Annalise stayed the same.
A neighbour became a friend.
Then became all she had left.
Then became family.