“Look at you, guiding all the innocence to safety,” Erik’s doppleganger taunted as the group passed another nest. “You know they are not innocent, don’t you? You are not innocent either.”
“Shut up!” Erik shouted out loud as Steve rambled on about accounting to the tall Haitian man named Jean Claude.
“Look at the ragtag group you got here. Remember the group you came in with…”
“Enough,” Erik looked away and noticed all four of the others were staring at him.
“Yea, what of it. I have imaginary friends.”
With that said the others walked a little faster heeding corrections Erik made to their forward momentum.
Michigan Avenue, a grass covered throughway of old, split the large grass fields of the city in half. Nature tried it’s best to erase what it could but what it struggled to remove left a large patch to walk upon.
“This road should help us,” Erik said then added. “Has anyone seen those other two gentlemen?”
The others nodded then began the long trip toward the worn and overgrown buildings downtown.
The walking infected populated the road ahead, hanging out near the cars like teenagers parked on a Friday night.
“I wonder what they talk about,” Rebecca said.
“Who, the infected? There’s no conversation going on?” Erik replied noticing he was left alone with the young girl.
“Look at them, they stand next to each other. I bet they hang out with their friends.”
“Your dreaming little girl. The infected have no friends.”
Erica looked back. Noticed the young lady talking to Erik and called to her. Rebecca smiled politely and sped up to catch up with her mother.
“It’s getting a bit dark,” Erik said after about an hour. “We should really hide out for the night. The cars are not the safest, but it’s all we really have.”
Steve, Erica and Rebecca settled for a Red Prius. They locked the doors and settled in as much as they could. Steve and Erica were in the front seat and Rebecca the back.
Erik found an old red Mustang, surprised to see such a prize within the walls of this infected city. Inside, the vehicle Erik found a black duffel bag, a wooden bat and half a bottle of wine.