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Madison woke with the sunlight. Zach was still asleep, propped up against the wall, his hoodie pulled over his head. Madison propped herself up on her elbows, pushed the hair out of her face, and tried not to remember what happened yesterday. No matter what Zach believed, Madison still believed that they could be saved. She went to go change her clothes, Momo padding over to Zach to sleep on his lap.

Walking into a room that held all the clothes they had salvaged or saved, she chose something, and threw it on. Before the KV outbreak, she would have spent at least an hour just picking out a outfit, not to mention the extra two hours used for her make-up and hair. But none of that mattered now, since she and Zach were the only people around.

I remember when I first met Zach… Madison thought quietly to herself. San Francisco was a big city, but she and Zack had grew up in the same neighborhood, and gone to the same high school.

Madison lived with her parents, both successful lawyers, and her beloved little sister, Carly. Madison lived for Carly. Her parents loved them both, but they weren't always…around. So Madison, with the help of a nanny, took care of their house and Carly.

Her high school was one of the more prestigious ones. You either had to be really smart or really rich to get there. Madison was the rich sort. Not that she wasn't smart, it was just her parent's position that got her into the school.

Zachary lived with his widowed father. His wife had died when Zach was four, of leukemia. His family wasn't rich, his father being no more than a carpenter, but they were okay. Zachary had gotten into Madison's high school on smarts. There, he hadn't exactly fit in. He wasn't very social, preferring to stick to himself. He hadn't wanted to go to that school, but he did it to make his father proud.

Madison hadn't known him very well back then. She was always surrounded by friends. But she had tried to get to know him once.

She had gone up to him after school. He was waiting at the bus stop, a scowl on his face. Coming closer, Madison saw that he was actually quite handsome.

"Excuse me…My name is Madison. I've never introduced myself." Madison held out her hand, a smile on her face.

Zach turned to her, eyes blazing. "Yeah, I know who you are. Just leave me alone, and go play with your rich little friends,

okay?" Zach swirled around and walked towards a girl sitting on a motorbike a few yards away, and drove away with her.

Madison was stunned. Tears welled up in her eyes. She had only said hello, and he bit her head off. She walked home, and sat in her room until little Carly came in and cheered her up.

Remembering that now still puzzled her. What was his problem?


Zachary was dreaming.

Christmas, 2009, 8:45 pm, Pacific Standard Time

"Marie! Dad! Where are you?" Zachary yelled. He was at the pier.

The virus had reached California. They were evacuating people by the millions. In all the confusion, Zach had lost hold of his dad and his girlfriend.

BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. People started screaming. Two military jets had just bombed the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge. Zach was trapped.

"No! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!" Zach fell to the ground. It was over. His life was over.

Suddenly, hand grabbed his. He looked up into a bright light. Blinking, he could just make out a face. At first, for a few crazy seconds, he thought it was an angel.

But no. It was that girl from school. Madison. Her face was bloody, and she was crying. But she pulled him up, and ran through the panicking crowd. All Zach remembered after that was going into a house surrounded by barbed wire, and falling the floor, sobbing.

Madison cried too, but more silently. She fell asleep a while after, a little kitten in her lap.

Zach woke with a start. He had just dreamed of the night.


I dunno about this chapter...It feels a little weird to me. Criticism is always welcome! So are nice comments!