Chapter 1

Elizabeth took in a breath as she drove through the streets of New York City. It still shocked her to think about how she used to watch the ball drop every New Years with her family and now this was what was left.

She turned on the Radio again and listened to the broadcast.

"My name is Robert Neville. I am a survivor living in New York City. I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at mid-day"

She turned her jeep toward the directions that John gave her.

"…when the sun is highest in the sky. If you are out there... if anyone is out there... I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security. If there's anybody out there... anybody... please. You are not alone."

The light on her car came on and started to ding. She groaned as she began to slow down. This was not happening. The car to a complete stop and Elizabeth shook her head and stared out in disbelief. She had no idea where to go now, even with the directions she was still having troubles. Then she saw a sign that gave her hope.

'South Street Seaport' With an arrow pointing to the right. Elizabeth smiled and stared at the sun and saw it was almost to the highest point. He should be there! She grabbed what she could, hoping that he would be able to come back and get the rest of her stuff.

Walking through the abundance of ruins that was left at the city she finally saw some hope in the distance; it was him, the man from the radio, the only person that could save her.

Robert Neville.

She walked quietly down the docks to where he was sitting alone, with his dog. She was stupid to think she wouldn't be noticed. The dog sat up and began to growl. Robert grabbed his gun and turned around.

"Are you Robert Neville" Elizabeth shouted with her hands raised.

He lowered his weapon and told his dog to stand down.

"You know that answer, who are you!"

Elizabeth brought her right hand down and went to grab something in her side bag while walking forward.

"My name is Elizabeth Dawson, I need your help, I have been in a secret compound a couple of hours outside of New York City"

Robert laughed and shook his head, "No…no there is no compound, not enough people survived the infection for that"

Elizabeth brought out a piece of paper, "Do you know a Doctor John Thompson…or Edward Kohl?"

Roberts grip on the gun tightened as she continued, "You worked with them, yes?"

He lowered his gun, "I don't know who you are, both are not here, probably dead like the rest of the world"

Elizabeth handed him the note, "John Thompson is dead, Edward Kohl shot him point blank in the temple in his basement. He gave me this note to give to you if he didn't survive"

Robert took the note from her hand and scanned it.

"This doesn't make any sense, the date of this note is just a little over 2 days ago"

Elizabeth nodded, "John was killed yesterday helping me escape"

"Escape where?"

"I told you, there is a compound full of survivors outside of New York City, they are trying to find a cure for the virus, it has begun to mutate"

Robert shook his head, "No," He gave a small chuckle, "No that is not possible, I have been conducting experiments on creatures for the past three years! And the only thing that has changed is their ability to rationalize, they ignore their human instincts"

"They are getting stronger!" She attacked back.

Roger looked away and crossed his arms, "How do you know that. What proof do you have besides this note?"

Elizabeth sighed and dropped her bags. She reached over and pulled down her shirt at her shoulder. She revealed a scar.

"I was attacked 2 years ago, an animal infected with the virus breached the wall and I was bitten"

Roger brought his gun back up. She shook her head, "Just listen! I was taken into the facility they have on the base"

"So you are infected, funny you don't look it"

"They were going to kill me until they noticed what the virus was doing to me"

"What are you talking about?"

Elizabeth swallowed the breath she was holding in her body.

"When I was attacked, the animal that bit me started to change. Course a military personal happened to be walking by when I was bit. They put me under a immediate surveillance to watch my effects. They caught the animal a short time later…but it was so strange.."

She turned away, "…It was nothing like they had ever seen before from what I heard. The animal that bit me began to cure itself, but only under the sunlight, when it came in contact with the dark it changed into this horrible creature. Ten times worse then the ones that still exist today"

Robert nodded his head in understanding, "And you , what happened to you?"

Elizabeth shrugged, "I am only infected when I come in contact with any of the creatures. The virus they carry within infected my bloodstream different from any bite they had ever seen. Their flesh seeps into my own and I have about 4 hours they think before the change is permanent. And it is not pretty and very painful. Day after day they would infect me over and over with new viruses, hoping someway they could cure me."

"And you think I can cure you? I don't even know if I can trust you."

Elizabeth shrugged, "As of right now you are the only person that can give me some form of hope. John gave his life knowing you are capable of this. So don't rely on just me, he was your friend…help me. Please."

Robert lowered his weapon and looked around their surroundings before turning back to the girl.

"If I do this…If I help you. I can't promise anything. And if you change permanently for any reason. I will kill you."

Elizabeth smiled, "Nothing I wouldn't do myself."