I sat bolt upright and looked at Oliver.
He got up and walked to the window. It was still light. "It's okay. It's still light out. It wouldn't have come this far yet anyway. I'll go downstairs and check though. Just in case."
He left the room and I switched the TV on and put it on a news channel. A news reporter, speaking in German, stood in a deserted street. Subtitles rolled across the screen. Citizens are being warned to stay in doors at night, only come out in full daylight and to avoid dark places. Do not approach anyone suspicious. The infected people are very dangerous and will attack on site. Stay armed, and stay indoors. Lock your windows and doors. The army are attempting to hold back the infected, but individuals are slipping through. There have been reports of the infected in...
The news reporter reeled off several towns. At the last one, my heart jumped and I nearly screamed. The town wasn't far from here. Not far at all. I ran to the kids room and told them to get their stuff ready to leave, then told them to wait in their rooms until I came back. They didn't need to know why. I saw the TV in the corner of their room playing the same news channel I'd just been watching. I ran out of the room to find Oliver. "OLIVER!"
He appeared at the top of the stairs and ran to me. "What? What's wrong?"
I spoke quickly, panicking. "The infected have spread, there's been cases of them... they listed towns... one of them... it's not far from here! It's the next town over Ollie! We need to go now!"
He nodded, keeping calm. "Okay. Let's go"
When we'd got everyone we ran down the street, found the 4x4, and, not caring who was looking now, Oliver broke the window on it and opened the door, climbing in and hot wiring it. We piled in and Oliver sped down the street, in the opposite direction to the infected town.
Savannah sat quietly in the back, her arms deadlocked around Sasha's neck. She wouldn't let go of that dog for nothing. Sasha was like her life-line. If she lost that dog, I don't know what she'd do. I spoke to the three in the back of the car. "It'll be okay. We'll outrun this. We will."
They stared at me, silent, then turned back to look out of the window. I looked ahead and watched the streets fly past as Oliver sped down the road. A few hours later, we'd driven far enough away from the infected town that we felt safe enough for us to stop and sleep for a bit. Plus, it was getting dark. I told Oliver to find somewhere for us to stop and he managed to find another cheap hotel. We paid for a room using some of the money that we'd been given when we entered the country, and went to our rooms. Again Savannah, Danni and Natalie had one room. Oliver and me had another. We had trouble with the owner because of Sasha, but Oliver passed him a few extra euros and he turned a blind eye. I was about to walk to my room when Savannah tugged on my coat. I turned to her.
"I don't want to do it again." She said, her lip quivering. I knelt down and hugged her.
"Don't worry. We'll outrun it. We won't have to do it again"
Her arms tightened around me and she buried her face in my shoulder. "I miss my mummy"
"I know sweetie"
She looked at me. "Do you miss your daughter?"
"I do. I miss her a lot."
She looked sad for a moment, then her face became serious. "What was her name?"
She smiled. "Lilly was lucky to have a mummy like you."
I couldn't think of anything to say. I pulled Savannah into my arms and hugged her. "Thank you" Tears welled in my eyes but I pushed them back and stood. Savannah said goodnight and walked into her room. I walked into my room and sat on the bed. Oliver looked over and saw the tears in my eyes.
"I'm fine." I walked into the bathroom to change.
The next morning, I got woken up by Oliver shaking me awake. "Hey" He smiled. "Come on, we've gotta get moving again."
I groaned and tried to push his hand away, still foggy with sleep. He shook me again lightly. "Come on, rise and shine!" I groaned again but this time sat up and rubbed my eyes.
"What time is it?"
"About 9. The others are ready. I let you sleep in longer. You looked peaceful"
I smiled and climbed out of bed. "Thanks. I'm gonna go get changed" I picked up my clothes and walked into the bathroom to change. When I walked back into the room, Oliver looked at me. I knew instantly that something was wrong.
"What is it? Ollie?"
"The infected have broke the barrier. The army couldn't hold them."
I sank down to my knees. "Oh God"
Oliver pulled me up and hugged me. "It'll be okay. Come on, we need to get moving. We can outrun it for a while longer"
"It'll catch up. You know it will."
"I know. But..." He sighed. "We can run from it for a bit. Get as far away as we can"
"And then what? You think fences are gonna hold it again? It won't stop Ollie. We need an island, but we don't have one. Unless we suddenly magic a plane out of our asses and fly to... australia or something, we aren't gonna escape this"
"Eve... don't give up. We can do this."
I looked down and nodded. Shortly after, we left, leaving behind the hotel and the city that would soon be invaded and torn apart by the virus. We could run, but we couldn't run forever, it'd catch up with us soon enough. I closed my eyes and leaned against the car window while Oliver drove.