Chapter three ! Thank you all who read this story and to you all who bothered to review or PM ! I really love you all :)

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I look up. It's only few meters to the door. I start to crawl towards it as the spinning worsens. Black dots start to swim in my vision, but I manage to make it to the door. With my last power I try to crab the door handle, but I fail and fall back to the floor.

I relax. I'm cold but I am sweating, so I'm pretty sure I have a fever. But the information does no good for me at the moment, because I feel like I can't breathe and all I want right now is to have someone here, to help me out.

I don't want to die.

Blackness is almost taken me again when the door opens and familiar face steps in. "Hal?"

Suddenly it's day again and I'm laying on my bed. Pain is gone, and I feel pretty good.

What the hell happened?

I slowly open my eyes, feeling much more healthy and alert. Room doesn't spin around me and I don't feel dizzy. It surprises me. I was prepared for pain and throwing up but this.. this is just too good for me. Maybe I died for real this time.

But I see Anne standing few meters away from the window back against me. She is looking out of the open window. There are kids playing outside, and I can hear their happy screams and laugh.

"Anne", I say. She spins around and starts to smile as she sees me.
"Hal, you're awake. That's good. How are you feeling?"

I nod slightly. "I'm pretty good, actually. What happened?"

She walks towards me and lowers her hand on my bed. "Your wound got infected, which caused you a high fever. It was deadly high, and we almost lost you. But Tom went to the town and got you some medicine to stop the infection."

I swallow. "Dad went to the town?" "Yeah. Matt would have gone too, but Tom didn't let him, you know Matt. And you know Tom, too. Always worried about his sons."

I nod again, smiling a little bit.

"Well, I bet you want to eat something. You haven't eaten for days", Anne says and glances at the clock. "It's one o'clock. I'll go get you something before the civilians eat everything, okay?"

"Sounds good to me. I'm starving", I tell Anne. She looks quickly at me before she leaves the room.

"You have no idea how much I miss walking", I laugh when I finally have dad's permission to get up without help. He is standing next to me, arms crossed and serious look on his face.

"You know I hurt my side, right? Not my legs or anything", I say when dad doesn't answer. He nods grinning. "Yes, I do. But I don't want you to hurt yourself."

I stretch my arms and legs a little bit. It's been almost five days since I last stood. Gosh, I'd never guessed that standing could feel this good.

Matt steps in to the room. "Dad, can we go outside play? I'm bored."

Dad glances at me, as if he is asking me if it's okay. I nod. "I can handle this myself."

Matt smiles. "I'm glad you're okay", he says and runs out of the door. Dad nods at me. "Be careful", he tells me and leaves the room.

I sigh. I'm just glad this is over now.

I take a careful step forward. My legs don't give up. The room doesn't start to spin. Everything is okay. I close my eyes for a moment, and when I open them again I see Karen standing in the doorway.

"I see you're up again" she says and looks at me. Her gaze wanders all the way from my toes to my hair.

I nod.
"Yeah. I'm not giving up so easily, you know that."

Karen bites her lip a little and steps in to the room. She looks at my eyes and smiles a little bit. "Walk towards me."

I know I can do it, so I nod. I take another step, trying to keep my balance. Walking after so much resting.. it's harder than I thought. But slowly I make it to her.

She pulls me close and hugs me. "I knew you'd do it", she whispers.

I let go of her and step a little bit back. "Of course I would make it. I'm tough." I smile when Karen rests her hands on my shoulders. "I know", she says.

"But I have to go. I promised to go to the town tonight with Tom and Dai." She takes her hands off of my shoulders and ducks her head for a second. "So. I'll see you later" She says as she lifts her gaze up to me.

I sigh, but I nod slightly. I get it. She is a fighter, after all, never taking breaks and always on a move.

We walk together out of the room, and I find walking easier now. I try to look as normal as I just can and draw as little attention as I just can, but seems like everybody knows about my injury. Because everybody is staring at me.

I'm the boy who got shot and survived.

We see dad and Dai with few others standing a couple meters away from the table full of food. They look like they are having a good time. Karen leaves to do something she said was important and I rush to dad.

"Hal! Good to see you standing", says Jack from our group. I nod. "Yeah. Feels good to walk."

Dad shakes slightly my shoulders and smiles like he always smiles when he wants to make everybody else feel safe. "Yeah.. Hal is a soldier. He's a tough kid."

Matt runs to me. "Shouldn't you be in schools right now?" I ask him. He shakes his head.
"No. It's Saturday, right?"

I nod. "Alright, if you say so."

Few weeks later

I'm sitting on a chair next to dad. There is a awkward silence on us. I have no clue why he is so quiet right now. I'm fully recovered and capable to run, shoot and jump without pain in my side. So when I asked if I could come to town with the group...

I have no idea why he went so quiet.

"Come on, dad. You know I can do it", I say when I can't take the silence anymore. Dad looks at me and nods.
"I know you could do it. But I have to think."
"Think about what?" I almost shout. "There are people protecting civilians so here is nothing to do. And you need backup to the town. I heard there are lots of skitters again."

Dad ducks his head for a moment but sighing he lifts his head and gaze up to meet my eyes.

"Yeah. I guess you're right. But you have to promise me one thing."

I nod grinning. "Yes, of course. What ever you want. Thanks, dad." "You have to promise you'll tell me if you go somewhere alone. If you hear Matt screaming... tell me. Okay?"

I shrug. "I wouldn't do the same mistake twice. So, sounds good to me. I promise."

Dad gets up to leave, but I stop him. "Dad.. what was Matt even doing there?"

Dad grins and looks at me. "He told you when you were asleep, but I heard something. I guess he wanted to help us. You know him."

I grin. "Yeah. I know."

And when I sit to the car next to Karen, dad and Dai, I can't stop smiling. This is what I missed. And now...

I'm back in action.


Alright... I had no idea how to end this so here it goes. Sorry if it sounds bad. :D Reviews are love!

ps- I wrote this in the night, so sorry if you found any mistakes !