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

Chapter 48: Trust Me

Anna had felt like she was being watched as soon as she settled into the clubhouse. Like a ghost was in the room with her. She told herself to stop being so paranoid and get some sleep. It was her second night in the same place, she knew she would have to go on a run soon, her supplies were running low. The building's walls continued to creak in the storm outside. Rain streamed down the filthy windows, creating streaks. Her heart was pummeling her rib cage. She could definitely hear movement, footsteps.

She clasped her hands together and began praying for her sanity. Then they moved to her baseball bat. She stood up slowly. Yes, definitely footsteps. A walker? Her heart stopped, her breathing along with it. A shadow had crossed the room. Some one had walked past the window. Her knees knocked off each other as she walked to stand beside the door. As the door pushed open she swung her bat. A loud clunk echoed through the building. A man fell forward, landing on his face. Anna's eyes widened, he wasn't a walker.

Run, run, run, Anna's mind screamed.

She paced up and down. She had to leave. No, she had to stay and help. No, he could be dangerous... but she didn't know that for sure. The man groaned and began to stir. She would take his weapons. She removed his holster and back pack along with all the weapons strapped to his back. His clothes were drenched from the downpour outside. She tugged him into the room and closed the door. She propped his head up on a pillow and through a blanket over him. Maybe she should make him something to eat. She couldn't light a fire inside. There was a kitchen behind the bar, it had a gas cooker.

She grabbed the last soup can and hurried to the back. She lit the cooker using a lighter she always carried. It had belonged to her brother. Flames caught, sparks hit her hand. She shook her hand out as she searched for something to cook the soup in. She found a small pot and emptied the contents into it. Once it was cooked she carried the pot back to the man. As soon as she entered the room he sat up.

"Where's my gun?!" he barked.

She didn't answer, just handed him the hot pot. He frowned at it then up at her.

"Gotta spoon?"

She blushed and nodded. She pulled one out of her bag and handed it to him. He didn't take his eyes off her as he began to eat.

"You alone?"

She didn't answer, just fumbled with the straps on her bag.

"Do you talk?"

She shrugged a little.

"Okay, kid."

"I'm not a kid,"she grumbled.

"It speaks. And yes, you are."

She scowled.

"Wanna tell me how I ended up down here?"

"I hit up with my bat. Sorry. Thought you were a walker."

"And you stayed? You didn't kill me? I could be dangerous."

"I don't have proof of that yet..."

"You're dumb. I could attack you."

"With what?"

He opened his mouth, then paused. He grinned.

"Okay, I take that back. You ain't dumb."

"But you could still attack me."

He smiled again and raised the spoon to her.

"I like you already, kid."

"Too bad, you're leaving in morning."

"I am?"

"Yes."

He put the pot down and folded his arms behind his head, lying down.

"Nah, I quite like it here... Y'know, you're the first human I've seen in months."

She stayed quiet, watching him cautiously. He was muscular, with longish brown hair flecked with grey and had light stubble across his jawline. He wore a torn black t-shirt and khaki pants, worn out combat boots on his feet and bandages covered his tanned arms. Anna found him quite attractive. She snapped herself out of it. He was older than her... way older.

"Seen anythin' weird around here kid?"

"Weird? You know about the dead guys right?"

He laughed. His laugh was so warm, it even filled Anna with joy.

"Yeah, I know about them,"he chuckled.

She smiled at him.

"No, I'm talkin' weird. Like, beams of light comin' outta guns and explosives that only go off when these chaps are around,"he said nodding to the door.

Anna jumped, only noticing the walker trundle in. In a split second a knife was through it's skull. She glanced back at the man who winked.

"Search more carefully next time, huh?"

She blushed and nodded.

"So have ya?"

"Have I what?"

"Seen anythin' like that,"he said with a roll of his eyes.

"I have,"she admitted.

He sat up and she realised how close she had been sitting to him. He could've stabbed her.

"Where?"

"There was a town up the road a bit... I picked a fight with some one I shouldn't have,"she told him, suddenly feeling proud of her actions.

"Why's that?"

"They were going to attack this couple in a pharmacy... So I shot one and the other came after me. He had this huge gun."

"Wearing labcoats?"

"Yeah..."

"When was this?"

"Two days ago or something? I think... Why does it matter?"

"'Cause I'm gonna kill 'em all. That's why."

"Why?"

"Took my family. My son and daughter. They experiment on people."

She stared at him, horrified.

"Gonna get my revenge, find my family. They have to have a base somewhere."

"Why didn't they take you?"

"I dunno. Left me and my wife."

"Is your wife... is she?"

"Dead? Yeah."

Anna frowned."Why would they just take people? I don't understand."

"My son... he's uh..."

Anna waited for him to finish his sentence, but he didn't. He just stared blankly at the opposite wall.

"Can I trust ya, kid?"

"Sure..."

"You trust me?"

"I think I do."

"Good,"he smiled. "Name's Finn."

"Anna."

He nodded, looking sad.

"It was my fault really... my son... he was bit."

"Oh..."

"We didn't wanna... My wife and I, we refused to except it, y'know? No way would our son be bit. So we left him to turn. Weeks went by, he didn't turn... the bite healed up. He's immune, Anna."

Her eyes widened."That's possible?"

"Seems to be. The only way we can find out is if we're bit. No one's gonna chance that."

"So they have your boy? Do you know where?"

He shook his head. "Can't find their base. They have to have one right?"

She nodded.

"I'm gonna find them and get my children back."

"You will, I can help."

He smiled."I'd like that."

He lay back down.

"So how'd you escape the guy then?"

"The woman I saved, she snuck up behind him and took his head off."

"That's it? Any thanks?"

"Sure. She told me where she lived if I wanted to join her."

She waited for him to ask where that was, but he didn't. She wouldn't have told him anyway, Michonne had trusted her enough to tell her.

xxx

"I hate you,"David groaned for the 11oth time that day.

He stumbled after Colin in the dark woods. He tripped over a tree stump. He had definitely seen that before, because he was sure he fell over it twenty minutes ago. Colin hadn't said anything in ages, he was focused on the task at hand. Find the kid's people. They hadn't seen any signs of anyone around. David wished he had gone with Rick and the others, but he didn't want to be worrying about Colin wandering around by himself. He wiped the fire axe on his trousers. Colin had a gun. David didn't get one. Not that he could shoot it anyway, but he didn't like that HE had to get up close to do any damage.

"Did you hear that?" Colin whispered.

"Yeah, it's the sound of my eyes popping outta my skull. I can't see for shit."

"Shhhh!"

He caught up with Colin, as soon as he did, he was tugged to the ground. A beamed of light wobbled over their heads. A flashlight.

"Martinez, the man has lost his mind. You saw him open fire on those people. OUR people."

"We've talked about this already, Shumpert."

"I know. But I feel like I'm waiting for Rick's people to get us."

David elbowed Colin in the ribs.

"Last time was a close call, but we got that whore on our side now. She must've brought the stuff those guys were looking for by now."

"Or, she decided she preferred Rick over you, man."

"Shut up. Those guys haven't come near us in ages. She must've taken it to 'em."

"Or they can't find us 'cause ol' Philip has us hidden out here. In the middle of nowhere."

"Would you rather be getting regular visits from those creeps?"

"No."

"Then quit complaining."

David and Colin waited for them to pass and for their voices to fade.

"Those guys were bad guys!" David whispered.

Colin rolled his eyes. David was a nerd, he always wanted to be a superhero.

"Or maybe Rick is..."

"What? No,"Colin spat.

"Well why not? He has two groups after him!"

"Probably 'cause he's got a good thing going."

"Whatever man."

"Doesn't matter who's right or wrong. We're not gonna get tangled up in it. We're gonna find the children's mother."

"What if she's dead?" David asked as they both stood up and started walking.

Colin didn't answer.

"Man, how are we gonna even FIND her?"

Colin remained silent.

"This is stupid, you haven't a clue whatcha doin'!"

"Man, shut up!" Colin snapped."We owe those kids!"

"Yeah well, the dumb bitch left her children alone. Bet she was screwin' the uncle!"

"It doesn't matter, it's none of our business who's she's screwing."

"Heh heh, screwing,"David giggled.

"We should probably find somewhere to sleep, you're getting delirious"

"Not with them creeps hangin' around!"

"Right."

xxx

Finn woke Anna up bright and early the next day. Her eyes stung from the sunlight spilling into the room. Anna's mouth watered, she could smell fried eggs. She sat up and rubbed her eyes.

"Where did you get them?" she asked, stifling a yawn.

She looked down at the plate suddenly in her lap.

"Found 'em in a tree,"Finn shrugged, his mouth full.

She nodded and picked up her fork. She was aware of him watching her pick at the eggs as she decided whether to eat them or not.

"C'mon kid, eat up. They ain't gonna kill you."

She sighed a little and dug in, they were already cooked, no point in wasting it now. They finished breakfast pretty quick, neither of them even half full.

"So what's your story, kid? How long have you been alone?"

"Long enough,"she replied quietly.

"Oh, I see."

"Sorry, I don't want to talk about it,"she mumbled, pulling her sleeping bag down.

Finn didn't reply, he just waited patiently for her to put on her shoes. He noticed a necklace swing down from around her neck. He reached out and took the beads in his hands. She froze for a moment before tugging her laces tightly.

"Rosary beads, huh?"

"Yeah."

"Still believe then."

"Of course."

"Bet kids at school didn't take to it, huh?"

She took the beads out of his hands and tucked them into her shirt.

"I don't want to talk about that either, sorry."

Finn raised his hands."Quite alright, kid. Didn't wanna intrude."

He got up and left the room towards the kitchen. Anna covered her face in her hands. She took a long breath before standing up. She rolled her sleeping bag up. She stood quietly for a moment, running through the list of all her supplies she kept in her mind. She had everything packed. She frowned, Finn was gone for a long time. She walked towards the kitchen. She could hear him whistling over the clunk of her boots on the wooden floor. She stepped into the kitchen. He stood by the sink, scrubbing a pan. She stared at him for a moment.

"What are you doing?" she asked, startling him.

"Oh,"he looked down at the sink."I didn't realise."

She frowned at him.

"Are you okay?"

"Yeah, yeah... I was thinking, I'd like the place to look nice. For when we come back."

"Come back?"

"Yeah. Me and the kids. I like it here. You can come too..."

She crossed her arms and leaned against the door frame.

"Sure,"she shrugged. He smiled a little.

"C'mon, kid, let's get goin'."

They grabbed their bags and headed outside.

xxx

Sandra had cried for a few days straight now. She couldn't remember how many nights had passed since she was separated from her children. She cried quietly now. If Tom heard her he would beat her. He told her that her children were dead and she needed to shut up and give up. He would say they would just slow them down. She asked what the point of moving was, where were they going. Again, he'd tell her to shut up and keep walking.

Her feet hurt, her face hurt and her wrists were bruised from being dragged through the trees. They were walking along a road now, so it was easier to walk. Tom walked ahead of her, not looking back once to check if she was okay, or still there. Maybe he knew she was too scared to leave. She was scared he'd find her and scared that he wouldn't, leaving her all by herself, no weapons, no food. She was scared to stay, scared to leave.

Part of her believed her kids were still out there. That filled her with hope and fear. She wanted to be with them, but not for them to see their uncle like this. He was losing his mind. He muttered under his breath to himself and his hair was falling out. He was stressed, she told herself or he was taking drugs. She rubbed her nose with her sleeve. Maybe some one would find her children and bring them back to her. Yeah. That made her smile. Some one would reunite them. Fear ebbed away and she was filled with hope.

xxx

"You can't light farts on fire man, don't be thick."

"I saw it on TV."

"David. That was a cartoon!"

"Just lemme try."

"You are not wasting one of my matches you idiot!" Colin yelled, snatching it out of David's hands.

They both jumped as Colin's voice echoed through the large empty pipe. They had taken shelter on a construction site. David slumped down.

"You're no fun anymore."

"Probably because I'm sober."

"I sober Irishman. Never thought I'd live to see the day."

"Very funny,"Colin said, standing up.

"C'mon man. This is hopeless. There's no way we're gonna find her!"

"She's out there somewhere,"Colin sighed, wiping dust off the back of his trousers.

"Y'know what else is out there? Walkers."

"We've avoided them this far."

"Just lucky."

"Ye have your own personal leprechaun righ' here!" Colin winked at David, making him laugh.

He got up and followed his friend out of the pipe.

"Can we at least have some sort of plan?" David sighed.

"We'll get a car."

David rolled his eyes, catching sight of a bulldozer. He whacked Colin's shoulder.

"Dude."

"What?" Colin asked, his eyes darting around the site.

David pointed.

"Dude. Please."

"Jesus. Are you crazy?"

"Oh, c'mon! We could flatten 'em all!" David grinned.

Colin placed his hands on his hips, staring at the bulldozer.

"First one there gets to drive!" he yelled before racing towards it.

David groaned, he hated running. There was no point, Colin had already climbed up into the drivers seat. David tottered to the other side and heaved himself up.

"Keys?" he asked, but Colin was already searching.

He leaned down and felt around on the floor. They both heard the familiar jangle as his fingers hit the cool metal. He grabbed them and put them in the ignition. David giggled with excitement as the engine roared to life. Colin pressed down on the accelerator and turned. They sped towards the chain link fence surrounding the site. They cheered as they flattened it to the ground with a loud crash. They rolled out onto the road.

"Colin, you're driving on the wrong side of the road."

"No one's on the road, man!"

"It's unsettling."

"Fuck off."

Notes

here have a chapter, I'm having a shit day and it's not even 2 P.M sooo i'll put up another to keep myself occupied

thanks for feedback guys x

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

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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