Chapter 3: A Special Occasion : Part 25Mature

Mackenzie thought for a moment. “Firstly, come with me to the street, your friends on the bikes will need your help, if they’re not already dead. I hope Tim didn’t kill the other shooter, I understand your predicament, but I don’t know if I can help you.”
“I don’t know if I want to go with you.”
“Well, where will you go if you don’t come with me?”
She looked about the woods. “I don’t know, there are a few more of us down the road, they want to stage a blockade to Medina, I was recruited because I can shoot, but I don’t want to kill people for that reason.”
“So you’re telling me those weren’t misses?”
“If I wanted to kill you, you’d have been dead before you started sneaking around.”
“I see. Do you trust me?”
“You’re uninfected and I just met you, no I don’t. But I really have no other choice. I’ll go with you.”
Mackenzie extended his hand, and she took it nervously. He helped her up and she stumbled into him.
“Sorry.” she said, her mask pressed against his.
“It’s alright.” He said, backing away.
Tim held the boy by the shoulder and sat him up. “What’re you doing out here man?”
The boy simply looked at him in fear.
“Come on kid, I’m not gonna hurt you, why were you shooting at us?”
The boy looked down at his arm. Tims grasp had lifted his sleeve and the effects of infection were visible. Tim followed his eyes and saw them.
“Oh boy.” he said, slowly releasing the boy and walking backward, his hand instinctually went for the pistol grip of his rifle and as he did the child cringed looking away. “Oh, no, no. Don’t worry man I’m not gonna shoot you, I’m just... well you’re infected. I don’t know what to say.”
Tim saw movement to his left and noticed Mackenzie coming out of the tree line with the other shooter. “Alright kid, let’s get going. Your friends are down there waiting for you... well at least one is.”

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