Chapter 14 – Fear
“Where did you get this beast?” I was curious enough to know more about it. As far as I know there are no auto mobile store that sales car near by, especially in this small town.
“I don’t have this baby until two years ago, I got it from another town called Green Dale. It was the last car that was untouched and in good condition. The others were already taken and some were smashed and destroyed by some explosion. I changed car each time I saw a better one, used to drive a Mini Volkswagen. I am lucky to have this one spared.” As we chat in the car, we passed by Claire who walk by foot and drive up the hill where my flat is. I waved my hand to Claire and saw her irritated face through rear view mirror. We arrived soon after, followed by Claire. I heard Prince barking from the highest storey of my flat looking down at us. He probably had been looking for me, for I was missing when he was sleeping. We went out the car and glad to see Roger looking at my place in complete amazement. “Is that Prince?” Roger asked. I nodded. He smiled and said “Cool!”. I lead the way and warned Roger about not to step on my traps. He carefully watching where he stepped on and move along behind me. Claire had already entered the flat.
That night we enjoyed partying in my flat. We dance, we sing, we play games as well to celebrate a new member to the family. It was hard for me to describe the feeling I experience right now. Roger has become like my own brother. He too was touched by our welcoming nature that I saw his eyes were tearing. He again thanked me for letting him stayed with us and be part of the family. We stayed up late, Prince was drunk with his milk and we were drunk with liquor and wine, partying like there is no tomorrow.
The day after, Claire and I were planning about going to Greendale to find the hidden thing. We were discussing this in the library. We needed a very good strategy that we have map to help us with our direction or any possible route to get to Greendale. But there was no other way to get to Greendale faster except that we have to cross the Dead Bridge. This is very risky. The bridge hasn’t been used for many years and it was made of wood. The door creaked opened as we busied with our plan and saw Roger slowly entering the room. “Hey, I heard what you guys said. Can I join you? To Greendale?” He looked lively and showed the interest in participating.
“ Roger, I think it’s better for you to stay here with Prince. This is a very dangerous mission . We wont be able to watch for your back if there were three of us” I said.
“Who needs back up? I am used to live out there alone and this mission is just another day hunting some hidden I don’t know weapon? Shooting some zombies wont be a problem for me”
“McKenzie, this is not like what you think. This is more than just that. You are still young and inexperienced. We had considered if you were able to be part of the team, but we thought wrong. You still had a lot to learn. This is not a game” added Claire.
“Excuse me lady? I caught you yesterday, you still think I am a junior and incapable of this?”
“I could have taken your weapon out of your hand if I wanted to yesterday but I decided not to” Claire clarified.
“Such big words on small body” Roger replied.
“Want to try?”
“Guys! Enough!” I yelled to both of them. “Stop this pointless fight. Fighting won’t solve anything. Roger what Claire had said is true. You can’t join us. Not yet.”
“You too? No, I am in and that is that”
“Fine! But don’t expect us to watch your back! We were trying to save your ass, don’t blame us if anything gets you hurt!” Claire went out from the room and left us both in the library. “Travis, I promised I won’t be a burden. Trust me.” He said.
“Okay, but make sure you follow the rules and stick to the plan when we were on our mission, do you understand that?”
“I will. I promise Travis.” I asked him to prepare because we were going on to start our mission soon. He walked out the room a happy man, because his face expression told me so.
I wore my SWAT uniform and asked Roger to wear the same as I have extra of them. We were complete armed with weapons. Claire as usual with her leather battle outfit and attractive to the eyes. It reminds me the outfit wore by one of the famous DC Comics superhero named Catwoman. Only she doesn’t have the cat mask. We are going to Green Dale with my loyal truck. This time I didn’t bring Prince along with me. It’s better for him to stay, at least he will not be caught in the middle of the war later and has someone to look after the flat when we were gone. He was already barking repetitively as if to bid us goodbye and wish to have a safe trip. Each of us prepared well for this mission. We discussed things what to do and not, always work as a team and don’t be foolish to do things alone, unless it is safe. Claire had already entered the Truck, she asked me that she would drive again this time. Roger was standing next to my truck staring at the sky as if praying for his safety and peace during our mission. I reached for him and greet him at that instant moment touching his right shoulder, he startled and looked at me.
“Are you okay my friend?” I asked.
“I am not weak Travis. I promised I would not fail you. I just need some motivation right now” answered Roger.
“You may need not to worry about that. All you have to do is to believe in yourself and have self confidence. Just remember that, you are doing this for your brother, not for revenge, but to stand for justice for the death of your brother.”
“Yes, thank you again Travis. You’ve been kind to me and supporting me all this time. How I wish you are my big brother.”
“Hey, we are brothers now and no one can changed that” Upon hearing this, Roger hugged me and pleased that he is not alone in this mad world. Claire honk the car and shouted at us. “Okay! Enough being sentimental, we’ve got job to do! Get both of your ass moving quickly into the truck!” We quickly let go each other’s embrace and went inside the truck.