“Landon!” I heard my mother cry,
“Its okay,” I said, “I’m over here.”
Since the war started my mom has been really worried about my brother, Alex, and me. We used to live in a small village just of the coast, it wasn’t much, but it was home. We fled after the war ships came in. Last I heard our village was destroyed… now we live in a makeshift home in the woods with our mom and dad. Life hasn’t been the best out here but its what we can make it.
“ I need you and your father to get some supplies, “ my mother began, “ Alex I need you to help me make dinner.” Alex has always been a momma’s boy, helping cook and clean.
“ No way, Dad is in no condition to go out there. I’ll go alone.”
“Fine, but be carful, I love you.” My mother said as I walked into the forest.
I have been out here many times alone before but something doesn’t quite feel the same this time. I know where every neighboring village outside the woods, and where I can get the best supplies. The first village, I can’t really find anything of use, so I move on to the next one.
As I gather some berries from their garden I hear something. I’ve heard birds, squirrels, raccoon’s, and even deer in the villages, but this, this was different. It was bigger, more carful with each step. At first I think it’s a wolf but then the ear shattering sound of a government drone flew overhead. I dropped everything and dove into the nearest bush. I heard about the government going to villages and looking for survivors only to take them and kill them themselves. They never came this close to the forest before, I wonder what their doing here…
The sound ceased, I was about to make a break for home, to warn everyone, but then something grabbed me and slid a hand over my mouth as I tried to scream. We didn’t move, didn’t make a sound, just then two men walked by holding a type of gun I’ve never seen before.
After they passed I was released. I stumbled out of the bush, and a boy came out behind me. He looked about 15, the same age as me. He was about 5”4, barley shorter than me, and had short, messy dirty blonde hair, and green eyes. He looked skinny, unhealthy skinny. He just kept staring at me until he broke the awkward silence.
“Your welcome.” He said annoyingly
“Um…thanks, my names Landon.”
“Well, hello, Landon, I’m Evan, now we can stay here and get to know each other and get caught, or we can get out of here now and live a little longer.” There was something about him, his intimidation, made me feel weird inside.
I stayed silent and he walked out of the garden looking out on to the path then waved for me to come along. We got half way out the village and heard someone behind us.
“Hey! Stop where you are!”
We looked at each other with the same thought in mind, run. We ran into the woods, opposite of home. “Wait! My family, I have to go back for them!” I said catching my breath.
“ Are you kidding me? Do you want to get yourself killed?” He asked.
“ I can’t just leave them here, they’ll die!”
“ Maybe, maybe not, but what’s for sure is if you go back you will die.” After arguing a little longer, I looked towards home for the last time, and ran off with Evan.