My breath comes fast and hard, and I will my eyes to see in this darkness, to just work. I’m alone. I’m alone and surrounded by a bunch of zombies that are trying to find me and tear me apart.
I can feel my sweat cooling on my back, on my hand that so failed me. God, where is she? Is she okay? Is she already eaten?
I start to cry. God, I didn’t want this, to die abandoned and alone, eaten alive by things that will never know what they destroyed. I don’t want to die!
I’m in the dark, and I can hear them, I can feel them moaning and moving, and trying to find me.
My hands are sweaty again, and I feel like I have acid in my blood, and I realize that I have to run, I have to pick a direction and run, no matter what.
So I pick the way that I think is right, and I run full tilt in that direction.
I run right into a zombie.
Just by reflex it reaches out and it’s arms come around me. I scream, and I go wild, struggling, until I slip out of its slimy grasp. I pick a slightly different direction, and I put out my hands in front of me and I run.
I run, and I’m not sure where I’m going. I have to live, Please God let me live. I know tears are falling down my face, but I can’t see, so I just ignore them.
I come to a stop, a crick in my side making every breath hurt. Then I feel something on the back of my neck, an exhalation and a stench so rotten that I gag. I scream. I scream good and loud and I hope the last people alive can hear me.
Something grabs my wrist and I pull back, terrified, bumping into the zombie behind me.
“Delilah, it’s me, now run!”
Thank God, it’s Cassie holding my wrist. She pulls on me and I run. I trust her completely, running at her pace and trying not to sweat, trying to keep that contact.
I’m crying, and I keep saying “Thank you.”
We slow down going up the hill, and then she puts my hand on the door handle of the Jeep while she goes around to the other side.
I yank the door open, vault inside, and slam the door. Cassie closes her door just as I notice that Sunshine’s in the back. Then I collapse, shaking, against the wheel.