Leave Me, Leave No Man

"Leave me." Adelle set a withering gaze upon Echo and Paul. Her arms wrapped around her middle and covered her wound. "You have to keep going. For everyone else."

"We're not leaving you," Paul insisted.

"Carry her," Echo agreed.

Adelle opened her mouth to argue but Paul was already hoisting her up over his shoulders. "There's no time. I'll just slow you down."

"You might have heard but there's a code among folks like us," Paul told her. He smiled wryly – she could just make out the movement at the corners of his mouth from where he held her.

Echo peered around the corner and then nodded for them to go on.

"Leave no man behind," Adelle whispered gratefully as they fled the scene.

fin.