The two women stood shocked. They stood in silence, mostly due to their inability to form words. They both looked on at the ground below in fear. At last Hope managed to speak:
"Are we safe?" she said weakly. "Passion are we safe?"
"I don't know. But I really shouldn't have just thrown that gun away."
"What use would it be against all of them?" Hope was clearly thinking. She was smart and had spent her silent time well in comparison to Passion who had just stood with her mouth wide open. She had counted at least thirty creatures out there and she knew that there would be more. There was no way one gun could deal with them all.
"I didn't mean for them."
It was now that Hope noticed how scared Passion actually was. She was bearing crying but she could see the tell-tale signs of how she wanted to. Hope took Passion's hand and led her into the main building.
"You really don't know anything more than I do do you?" Hope said, trying to be sympathetic and concerned but also curious.
"I've no clue what's going on. I just want it to stop. Please make it stop!"
Passion collapsed. She was now crying fully. Hope didn't know what to do. She had never been good with emotional outbursts. The woman lying on the floor had curled up in a ball and refused to move. Hope just stared at her, unsure at what she could possibly do.
Then she heard a noise. Someone was coming up the stairs. Or something. And it was doing so quickly.
Hope grabbed the crying woman and dragged her back through the door onto the balcony. She was not helping and Hope had to suppress an urge to either hit her or leave her. The door looked a lot heavier than it was and so when she applied a lot of force to shut it, it swung shut with a loud crash, hitting the frame hard.
Hope pressed her ear up against the door and heard the thing climbing the stairs much faster this time. She then pushed her body up against the door to hold it in position. She could feel the tears running down her face as she heard the footsteps getting closer. She felt some relief that she could only hear one person but she still knew that it would be more than enough. It was only a matter of time until it got to her.
It was then that she saw what Passion had earlier. She had to make a choice. Either face whatever was so eager to get to her or take a chance and jump off of the balcony; she had seen what that man had become and she didn't want that to happen to her. The footsteps were getting even closer - she had to make her decision now.
She felt the thing push against the door, making her push even more. She tried to get Passion to come and help but she just continued to cry in the corner. Hope was alone. The thing was a lot stronger than her and the door was beginning to open. She used her last vestige of strength to push the door shut before moving away and reaching the edge of the balcony. The door flew open but Hope payed no attention to it. She just clambered over the railings and fell.
Passion was still crying as she felt a hand move the hair away from her face. She assumed it was Hope but the hand was too big. It was a man's hand. She screamed again, worried it was the headless corpse of Nigel coming for revenge.
When she opened her eyes, she saw a head. It relaxed her and so she smiled.
"Who... Who are you?" she said, wiping away her tears.
"I'm Wolf. You are?"
"Passion." her voice was gaining strength slowly.
"I take it you're in the same boat as me and have no idea what's going on as well."
"Who was your friend?"
It was now that she noticed that Hope was gone. She got up and looked around, suddenly quite angry.
"What have you done to her?!" Passion tried to look threatening but Wolf was much larger than her, towering over her with a bulky frame.
"I came looking for people and she must have panicked for some reason. When I got through the door, she jumped."
Passion ran over to the edge of the balcony and looked down. There was a group of creatures congregated directly below them. Where Hope would have landed.
"They got her."
Wolf was at her side at this point.
"What are they?"
"Exactly what you think. I just hope the fall got her."