Do You Want to Die?
Author: Nikki Neon

Chapter 13
Chapter 13

Chapter 13


            Aaron and Rodney had searched every room on the first floor, on their side of the building.  They had encountered a few zombies, but not as many as they had thought.  Aaron was thankful his school only had one floor, besides the basement.

“We should go check the other side too, you know, help out Bailey.”  Rodney said.  Aaron nodded, and they went off to the other side.

            They had finished checking the history room when they heard gunfire.  They raced down the hall and saw Bailey, all alone, fighting off about ten zombies.

“Guys, help!”  He yelled.  He ran back, hitting a creature in the head, with the butt of his gun. 

“Why does he have to be so damn graceful about killing these things?”  Rodney yelled.

“Can we concern ourselves with the problem at hand?”  Aaron answered. 

            Rodney nodded and they proceeded to try to kill the horde.  Aaron was sweating immensely, soaking through his tee.  He bent over and took a breath.

“Man that took forever.”  Aaron looked around. 

“Bailey…where’s Aiko?”

“I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know?!” 

“I told her to run when it got too dangerous.  I thought I heard a door slam.”  Aaron looked in every room around them, frantically, but could find no sign of her. 

            He ran out the front door.  He saw a mass of dead zombies, and Aiko’s locket in the middle of the flesh.  He ran out and grabbed it, looking around frantically.  No, no, no!  He sank to his knees, devastated.  His sobs rang out through the night.

“Aaron…come inside.”  It was Bailey.  Aaron shook his head.

“How…how could you?  How could you lose her?”

“Aaron, I’m sure she’s safe.  Who could have killed these zombies?  She has to be with someone else.” 

            Aaron looked up at his friend.  A small shred of hope grew in him.  Maybe she was alive.  He would hold onto that. 

“Come on.  Let’s check the basement out.”  Aaron nodded his head.  They walked back into the school, spending the night clearing it of zombies.

            Bailey woke up early and looked around.  He re-checked a few rooms.  He walked down the hall to the Biology room and stopped.  He heard breathing.  He took a deep breath and opened the door.  Inside, were…people?  Only two, but people!  One of them was Jacob.

            Bailey was elated.  He was holding a girl who looked sick.  It was Whitney the druggie.  Bailey kneeled in front of them.  Jacob looked up.  When he saw Bailey, he smiled.  Then he frowned again.

“She was bit, Bear.”  Bailey blushed at his new nickname.  It was pretty darn cute he had to admit. 

“We have to kill her Jakey.”  Jacob blushed as well. 

“I don’t know if I can.  She helped me so much…she pushed me out of the way.  I should have been the one to be bit.  But…she saved my life.”  Bailey nodded.  He was glad that she had. 

“Close your eyes Jake, and move away.”  Jacob had started to cry, but he did as he was told.

            Whitney was starting to convulse.  Bailey stepped back, but he kept his determination.  He cocked his gun, and fired.  Three times right in her head.  She had stopped moving.  Bailey took Jake’s hand.  He led him out of the room and locked the door.

            Aaron and Rodney were awake and standing.

“What was that about Bailey?”  Rodney asked, angry.

“Whitney.  She was bit.”

“Oh.”  Rodney calmed down a bit and sat.  It affected them all heavily when it was someone they knew. 

            Jacob went and sat against the wall, crying.  Bailey sat next to him.  He took him into his arms.  He stroked his hair.  He could not do much for him.  Nevertheless, Jacob threw his arms around him and sobbed his heart out.  Bailey wiped his tears away and looked at him.

“I know it hurts.  Sometimes, sometimes we just have to be strong and move on.  I know that she saved your life.  However, she is dead now.  So don’t focus on the dead.  Focus on the now.  You’re still alive.  Try to stay that way.”  Jacob nodded.  Bailey kissed his cheek and took his hand. 

“Stay for me.”  Jacob blushed.  Bailey loved how awkward this boy was. 


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