The Metro Friendship – Chapter 2
It hadn't changed much. The walls, the stench, the bodies…It was all still here. This time, there would be no crying only running. Brett sprinted through the shortcut ignoring the voices in his head. The screams of children, the haunting sounds of the Dark Ones, and when it became time…He had to ignore his Father's voice. From out behind him emerged the sounds of the Metro train. Without looking back, Brett moved over to side out of the train's way. His boots echoed in the distance. Blood splashed up against his uniform from the pre-established puddles. Sweat trickled down Brett's temple. It didn't take long for the train to pass; however, it also didn't take long for more ghosts to appear. A child slowly walked aimlessly. His one hand was slowly rubbing his eye, while the other dragged a teddy bear.
"Mommy…" He said as if just a calm whisper.
Brett stumbled a bit. The voices…it was beginning to become too much. The child, the Dark Ones…What would he do when he heard his Father? As he came to a stop he could now clearly feel Dom's faint heart beat. Instantly, he began to run again powering through all the wretched noises. He didn't have much time. The more he ran, the more ghosts appeared. It was inevitable. Brett just made sure he had his light on to see them and made sure he was out of their way. He was approaching the point where he and Dom had been the last time they ventured into the shortcut. Brett began to hear his Father's words, not only in his memory, but in this damned Metro. Tears began to stream down his face, but the voices only made him run faster. Finally, he came close to Exhibition.
"Medic! I need a Medic now! Anybody, please!"
He burst into Exhibition nearly knocking a few kids over.
"Where's a Medic out? I need somebody, he's wounded!"
Brett swiftly cleared all the contents off a table and carefully placed Dom down. A familiar yellow lab jumped up, putting its forelegs steadily on the table while it looked Dom's face. Sadly, Dom was barely conscience. He had enough time to put his hand on the dog's head.
'Abbey…take care of her,' were Dom's last words before unconsciousness.
"Dom…when we were in the shortcut-"
"You don't have to talk about it, Brett. It's alright."
"Well, no, I left something in there."
"Well, I always carried my Father's necklace with me. When, I fell…"
"I'll get it back. Don't worry, buddy. It's the least I can do."
With that, Dom set off right away. He wanted to get it over with as fast as he could. The shortcut was the last place he wanted to be, but he was willing to do anything to make up for the pain he'd caused Brett. So, bravely he charged in their. Sticking to the shadows he got up to the point they were just a few days prior. For some odd reason, there were no ghosts today. It actually seemed…well peaceful, all things considered. There was a small glint he saw a few feet away from him. Slowly, Dom crouched down to examine what he identified as the necklace. Right as he grabbed it, he heard a crashing sound behind him followed by a whimper. Startled, Dom put the necklace in his pocket and looked at what had caused the noise. Whatever it was, it seemed hurt. He cautiously approached it. The closer he got, the more he could identify it. Looking into it's eyes Dom could sense fear. As to not startle it, like it had startled him, Dom carefully extended his hand. The furry animal slightly moved back, then recoiled back and licked his hand. It was only a friendly dog. A yellow lab, to be exact. There was something about the animal that Dom couldn't exactly comprehend. When he looked at it, he looked at it with the love you'd look at your parents with. Dom knew he couldn't just leave it here. Especially in her condition. Dirt covered most of her beautiful yellow fur and her leg was wounded. Now that the dog was comfortable with Dom, he picked her up and carried her back to the Metro. Upon arriving, some people looked at him weirdly or uneasily. Most of them hadn't seen a dog before or only once.
"I said a necklace, not a dog," Brett said upon seeing the animal.
"Haha. I'm sorry I couldn't resist."
Dom set the dog down and took out the necklace, "Here ya go, bud."
"Thanks, Dom. It means a lot."
"It's the least I can do after what happened."
Dom would later name her Abbey. She was the most loving dog any of them ever met. Granted, it was probably the only dog they ever met. That day, Dom and Brett had found a third companion. Together…the three of them would live and, eventually, die together bonded by friendship.
Brett backed away from Dom and took Abbey away as the medics began to work on him. He put his gun down on the nearest table and sat down. Slowly, Brett lifted his head up and sighed as he thought back to everything they've been through. As he prayed to God that Dom would come out okay, people approached him.
"What happened, you say? A damn miracle…"
Hello to the few people actually reading this. I'd like to apologize if you found this new chapter a bit boring. This was just giving some back story and setting the stage for the next events. Things will get more exciting and action-packed as things move along. Thanks for reading and please leave a review.