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I'll Keep You Alive If You Show Me The Way

Chapter 45: Ignite the Skies

"This is crazy."

"No it isn't David. There's a hundred thousand of them buggers down there, we could wipe 'em out,"Colin snapped at his best friend.

"And how do we get out?"

"Out the back!"

"This is dumb and you're drunk."

"It's better than any idea you've come up with!"

"We should sit tight."

SMASH.

Colin threw the bottle across the room at the furthest wall.

"SIT TIGHT?! I'VE BEEN SITTIN' IN THIS DAMN APARTMENT FOR A WHOLE YEAR! I'm gonna go mad!"

"You ARE mad Colin!"

Colin squared up to him. His stormy grey eyes like daggers. He had glare down at David.

"I'm sick of your fuckin' face,"he growled, his Irish accent rolling off his tongue.

He had been here on vacation to visit David when the world went to hell. He didn't know what had happened to his family back home in Ireland.

David stepped away from his friend. He would blow up like this occasionally, so did David. It was up to the other person to calm the other down. He was scared of what would happen if they were both angry at one another at the same time. Right now he managed to keep level headed.

"What are you gonna do about it?"

They stared at one another for a moment.

Colin had black hair, tall and thin but still in great shape, even managed to keep his face shaved and clean though his hair was long and tangled. David was shorter, only coming up to Colin's shoulders. He wasn't intimidated by his friend's height, he had built up a lot of muscle. His arms were covered in tattoos, just like his chest. He still had spacers in his ears even though Colin had threatened to grab them and yank them out. His hair was brown and short but he had grown a thick beard over the course of the year.

Colin flashed a rare smile. His eyes moving past David to the window, fluffy white clouds drifted slowly by in the blue sky. The steady drone of the dead below them hummed like a plane passing overhead. They felt surrounded.

"Gonna kill ye,"he grinned.

David laughed nervously. He had grown used to Colin's threats. Threats that he never acted on, but what if one day...

"I just think we should go out with a bang, man,"Colin sighed, plopping down onto the couch.

"So you're giving up?"

"No not givin' up. More like... I dunno fighting back I guess. Sick'a hidin' up here. We could do some mighty damage, man."

He popped another bottle open and passed it to David who took it and took a long swig.

"We're out of food man. I can't believe it lasted this long."

"Cause we went on runs to the store,"David explained.

"You think we're the only one's left in the town?" Colin sighed, taking the bottle off him and bringing it to his lips.

"I think... we might be the only one's left in the world."

Colin laughed, shaking his head.

"Man, if we made it so did others."

David grinned at his friend and sat down beside him.

"I guess that's right."

"So are you in?"

"What if it spreads?"

"Then we'll definitely have to leave."

"Do it when we're sober."

"Are we ever sober?" Colin joked.

"We'd be out of our minds if we were."

xxx

They woke up later that night. They had packed everything earlier for a quick escape.

"Man, our sleeping pattern is fucked,"Colin groaned, rubbing his face.

David was up and in the kitchen which joined onto the living room. He was using a torch to find his way around the room. Colin pulled himself up off the carpet and stumbled over to the kitchen table and sat down.

"Gonna miss this place,"David said.

He had grown attached to the apartment they had scored. He wasn't from this town. He knew nothing about it, but now he knew it like the back of his hand.

"Be a little optimistic, man,"Colin said, holding his head in his hands.

David lifted the kettle off the gas cooker and poured boiling water into two mugs. He had found small granules of coffee left in the jar. It was weak but it was better than nothing. They drank quickly and then headed out of the apartment and up the stairs. Up, up, up to the roof. They stepped outside into the night air that nipped at their skin. Everything they needed was on the roof. They swung the back packs on. David looked at the board walks that they spent months making. It enabled them to get from one building to the next without touching the ground. They crossed to next building and to the next and to the next.

"How far are we going?"David asked.

"As far as possible man. You want to keep the apartment right?"

David nodded, stumbling slightly. Colin caught him and steadied him. They walked for ages, sometimes having to jump from one building to another. Some of the board walks had fallen and some broke beneath their feet, making them jump the rest of the way.

"Here will do,"Colin said, shaking with excitement.

He placed the bags down at his feet. He lined up the fireworks at the edge of the building. They had gathered them up over the time spent in the town. The people that lived here must have been preparing for a festival. David pulled two bottles out of his bag.

"Better empty these,"he grinned passing one to Colin.

He took it and gulped it down. Once they were empty they took the petrol container and poured some in. David tore up some old clothes and stuffed it down the glass neck.

"How many?" Colin asked.

"As many as possible,"David replied passing him another bottle.

"Right. Let's give these bastards a show to remember."

xxx

Anna stared up at the tent ceiling. No one had taken it, her little campsite was untouched once she returned. She wondered why she hadn't gone with Michonne. She was lonely and she trusted Michonne. She smiled, Michonne had thanked HER. She had done the right thing and now she knew she wasn't the only one left. She felt drowsy and her eyelids began to droop.

KABOOM!

Anna shot up. Had she dreamt that?

WHHEEEEEW! BANG!

No. She unzipped her tent and looked towards the town.

Red, blue, silver.

"FUCK YEAH! AMERICA!" she heard a voice scream.

She couldn't help but to giggle. It was ridiculous. She wondered was it Michonne and her friend who decided to put on the show. Probably not. They went back to the prison. She knew where the prison was. She sat in the mouth of her tent, which lit up in several colors. She pulled her knees up to her chest and watched the flames crackle in the sky. She was so fixated on them she didn't notice the swarm of the dead being drawn closer and closer to her.

xxx

CRASH.

Eva sat up, the window of the house she was staying in had burst open. She ran to the crib where her baby brother slept.

"Mom!" she shouted to the empty house."Uncle Tom?!"

BANG!

Eva jumped, the baby started crying. She picked him up in her tiny arms. She bounced the one year old in her arm and began crying herself. A bright light outside caught her eye. She sniffed and hurried to the window.

"Look Luke, fireworks."

The baby continued to scream. Eva sang quietly to him, her voice shaking. He eventually calmed down. As calm as a baby could in an apocalypse.

"Mommy will be back soon."

xxx

Sandra was panicking now, she left her ten year old daughter to look after a baby and she was on the other side of the town. She was with Tom and they had gotten... a little distracted. She put it to the back of her mind that he was her husband's brother.

"Shit! They're pouring in Sandy!" Tom called.

"We have to go and get the kids!" she said, a green flash lighting up her face, followed by orange.

Tom shook his head.

"They're too far. The town is being surrounded by walkers... We have to go."

"I can't leave my children!"

"Well you're going to have to! I'm not going back there and I have the gun,"he said waving it around in her face.

She started to cry.

"C'mon, let's go. Now,"he said firmly.

He grabbed her hand and dragged her out of the house towards the woods. She kicked, screamed and protested but he was stronger and maybe a little more determined.

xxx

David lit a match and held it to the rag and threw it as far as he could. There was silence for a moment while Colin tried to light more fireworks. David let out a drunken cheer as the flames spread from the Molotov cocktail.

"Did you hear that?" Colin asked standing up straight.

David stopped dancing and looked at him.

"Hear what?" he grinned happily.

"Thought a heard a baby crying."

"You're hearing things man this place is empty! Just you and me brother! We're the kings!"

"Alright. You've definitely had enou-"

"LOOK! There piling in!" David said cheerily as walkers lolloped towards the source of sound and light."We'll set these fuckers alight!"

Colin grinned and poured petrol over the edge of the building. he struck a match and dropped it to the street below. David cackled loudly.

"Look at 'em dance! WHOO!"

xx

Anna found herself racing towards the flames rather than away. In the space of a split second, half the town had been ignited. She believed she had a better chance with the fire than the herd of walkers trailing behind her.

"Oh God, help me,"she said aloud, racing down the hill towards the town. Maybe the people with the fireworks would help her.

xxx

Her mother's room was now on fire. Orange, red and yellow flames licked the walls, spreading from the wardrobe to the bed. Eva lay Luke and herself down on the ground. That's what they had been thought in school. Luke began crying again wanting to sit back down. Eva kept her hand on his chest to keep him flat. He screamed and kicked.

Attracting walkers.

One had already climbed into the broken window, dead skin snagging on the glass, then it's rags caught on fire sending it into a spasm. It was still moving, still trying to get one last bite. Eva kicked it's head, crying now. She had killed one before but she hadn't the strength to kick it to death. She rolled over Luke and grabbed onto one of the lose crib bars, turned and whacked the walker to death.

"Looks like we're on our own Luke,"she said to her brother.

She knew Uncle Tom kept one bag packed at all times, she knew where it was too. Right beside the front door. She picked up Luke and ran towards the front door, smoke filling both of their lungs. She grabbed the bag and pulled it onto her back and opened the door. Luke had only taken his first steps yesterday. She would have to carry him and the bag. Away from the walkers. She turned right and headed towards the woods.

xxx

"Aw shit man! Aw shit! It's going to our apartment man, what did I tell you?!" David said, squeezing his head in his hands.

"Let's get rid of this and go..." Colin said, he then dropped the fireworks into the pit of walker flames below them.

All of them burst and flew in every direction. David pulled Colin down flat onto the roof. The noise of the blasts died down. They looked at each other for a few seconds before bursting out laughing.

"AW MAN! This is wicked!" David giggled.

"I feel so alive! Now let's go!"

They hadn't thought about how difficult it would be to get home. They staggered about on the narrow boardwalks, some crumbling into ash.

"Shit man! Look! There's a tank!" Colin said pointing to the ground.

"Let's drive back to the apartment!"

"Yeah!"

"Yeah!"

xxx

Tyreese was on lookout tonight. He had just woken up after sneaking a nap. He was leaning against the wall looking up at the stars. They were beginning to fade away. It couldn't be dawn already. Carol never misses her shift. He turned his head to the left.

"Shit."

He ran down the tower and burst into the prison where Rick's people slept. All at once people swung up right in there beds and hurried out of their cells. They stared at Tyreese.

"Fire!" he blurted out.

Rick gabbed his gun holster.

"Daryl!"he called following Tyreese outside.

The three men climbed the watch tower and stared at the orange glow in the distance.

"Tye. That's miles away,"Rick said.

"What if it spreads?"

Rick looked at Daryl.

"It ain't gonna. 'Less the wind changes."

"False alarm then,"Tyreese muttered.

"Better safe than sorry,"Rick shrugged.

The two men headed back towards the prison. Daryl went to check on Harleigh. She was still fast asleep. He went back to his own bed not wanting to disturb her.


Notes

Yeaaah, more characters! Another chapter coming up and then I'll probably disappear again :( sorry...

Comments

I'm super sad because I've realized this may never get updated. It's legitimately the best story on this site

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1/17/16

Oh I really love this story. I hope it gets updated >< please update!

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3/25/15

This is the most amazing story ever on this site ever please update. Harleigh is amazing and you are a great writer.

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10/21/14

Amazing writing, as always.

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3/22/14

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3/16/14