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PostPosted: May 16th, 2013, 8:20 pm 
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Paige could feel her eyes drooping as she sat in the car, feeling content for the first time in God knows how long. Lindsey was sitting in the back watching for Rick and Evan, while Shaun was leaning against Paige's car door, humming to himself quietly while he played with the hunting knife he kept stashed in his boot. She watched him for a while, expecting him to slip and end up slicing open his fingers but he didn't. His fingers were quick and nimble, clearly he'd done this a lot. She continued watching, almost as if she was hyponotised, her eyes glue to the knife that glinted silver in the dull sunlight until her lids were too heavy to keep open any more.

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"Paige, wake up!"

She immeadiatly sat bolt upright, staring at Shaun who had shaken her awake. She rubbed a hand over her face, hoping she hadn't been drooling.

"How long was I asleep for?" She asked, her voice rough and scratchy.

"Only about ten minutes, but keep your voice quiet, okay," Shaun hissed and gestured to the front of the truck where a single walker was stumbling towards them.

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PostPosted: May 16th, 2013, 8:27 pm 
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Lindsey had frozen, her heart in her throat, unsure of what to do. She remained silent though, too scared to do anything as the walker came closer.

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Shame burned Evan's cheeks when she tugged her jeans back on - she had never, absolutely never done anything like that before. And from the look on Rick's face she could tell he hadn't either. She didn't know if it was the adrenaline or the situation or a need for security that had driven them to that point and she didn't know whether they'd ended up in that situation if she hadn't kissed him first, but it was there. It was done. It had happened. There was a million things Evan wanted to say but she wasn't sure any of them was a good idea to speak out loud. She wanted to apologize, to explain, to make excuses, but nothing came out. Nothing seemed good enough. When her clothes were back where they belonged and his was too, she pushed her hair behind her ears and reached for the full plastic bag on the floor that they'd knocked off the counter somewhere in the past twenty minutes.

"Evan," he began, reaching for the other bag, but he didn't continue.

"I know," she replied. "It's... it's nothing. Let's just... let's not talk about it."

He nodded slowly. "Okay." There was a beat. "We should head back to the truck."

It was her turn to nod. She followed him when he headed for the door, and when they were outside again she grabbed his hand to stop him. "Please don't tell the others. I don't... this isn't something I do. I just..."

"No, I won't. I know. Same here."

The awkwardness that surrounded them made Evan angry; had she ruined everything they'd built up, the trust and friendship, by crossing that line with him? Without a word they picked up the container of gas and started heading back to the truck, with Evan cursing herself with each step she took on the hot pavement.

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 Post subject: Re: To The End [Private]
PostPosted: May 16th, 2013, 8:39 pm 
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"Lindsey, stay still and quiet," Paige tried to keep her voice calm for the younger girl. "We're gonna take care of this, okay?"

She turned back to Shaun, knowing that when she said 'we' she really meant him. Despite her desperation to help destroy the creatures, she wasn't going to leave Lindsey alone in the truck, no way. Shaun looked at the two of them still in the truck and smiled at the both reassuringly, gesturing to the walker with his gun.

"C'mon, it's just one of them. I could take care of this with my eyes closed," he winked at them, chuckling to himself darkly as he strolled forward as if he didn't have a care in the world. Paige wondered whether it was all an act or if he really was that reckless. He pointed the gun at the walker and fired, hitting his throat and sending him to the ground, before stalking over and ending his pitiful existance with a bullet through his skull. "See, problem solved!"

Paige opened her mouth to scream but nothing came out. Shaun must have seen the look on her face though because he whipped around just in time to see a small crowd of them approaching the car at a much faster speed than the previous one.

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When the gunshot rang out Evan's eyes widened and her heart skipped a beat.

"Come on!" Together they broke into a run, as fast as they could, still carrying the gasoline. Leaving it could be a good idea, and yet not at the same time - if they HAD to use the car to get away, to stay alive, they could sentence themselves to death by leaving it.

As soon as the truck came into view they saw the group of walkers advancing on it and Evan felt panic strike. She saw Shaun by the truck and knew the other two would be safely tucked within - but with that big a group the truck wouldn't offer any safety for a longer period of time.

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Shaun fired his gun rapidly but even from where she was sitting in the van, Paige could see that his hands were shaking and his shots weren't as accurate. Two fell but one got back up and the rest hadn't even slowed down. He slowly started backing away as the walkers got closer to him and he withdrew the knife for closer combat.

Paige desperatly wanted to leave the truck and help him but she knew that there was no way she could leave Lindsey by herself. When she saw Evan and Rick come into view, she leaned over to the drivers seat and slammed down on the horn, praying they'd hurry.

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Rick already had his gun out, and with as steady hands as he could he opened fire when they were close enough. Although he was frazzled, his sheriff experience was evident, because he didn't miss. Not once.

"Get in the car!" he called to Evan. "Get it going!"

She didn't waste time; she was useless in that specific combat without a weapon. She reached the truck before the walkers did, and she ripped open the driver's side door.

"Give me the gun," she said sharply to Paige. "Then fill up the tank, quickly!"

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Grabbing the spare gun, she thrust it into Evan's hands. There was no way she'd trust herself to shoot when the last gun she'd held was a water pistol as a child. She scrambled out the car, grabbed the gas that Rick and Evan had gathered and started filling up the car with it. Taking deep breaths, she steadied her hands, not wanting to waste a drop of the precious fuel that they needed to keep driving. She couldn't imagine what they'd do if they needed to walk the way there.

Turning, Paige caught a glimpse of Shaun pulling his knife out of the skull of a dead walker and felt a rush of gratitude for Evan and Rick for taking them both with them. Making herself focus, she turned back to the task at hand to finish filling up the truck. The noise they were making getting rid of these walkers worried her, and she hoped they wouldn't attract more.

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With her breath caught in her throat Evan took a stance, her legs a shoulder-width apart, like Rick had taught her. She raised the gun, holding it in two hands, ignoring everything else around her, and aiming for the walker that would soon be upon Rick. With a silent prayer in her mind she squeezed the trigger, just like she'd been told, while holding a breath in her lungs, and it worked. The walker fell over instantly, its brain painting the pavement red. Feeling more confident she took aim again, and again, and again.

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When the car was finally filled, Paige threw the empty container into the car and grabbed her crowbar from her bag, telling Lindsey to lock the doors and keep her head down. Then, turning, she faced the walker who had gotten closer to the car.

It had once been a teenage boy, Paige could tell that much. Greasy, dirty black hair hung over his rotten face and his filthy black t-shirt had once promoted the tour dates of a punk band that Paige had never heard of. She bit her lip, forcing herself to not think about him as human, then swung out twice with the crowbar, the side of his head caving in on contact, the rotten flesh flying apart and blood staining the cold steel of her weapon. The walker swayed on his feet, feeble hands reaching for Paige but when she hit it once more it dropped to it's knees, head bowed as if ready for the final blow. She was about to strike when out of nowhere a hunting knife was plunged through the walkers temple. The body slumped to the pavement, and Paige looked up to see Shaun standing there smirking.

"I could have handled that myself," she snapped, kicking the dead walker when she wished she could kick him. Shaun just smirked more and retrieved his knife. Turning away from him in annoyance, she called out to Evan and Rick to tell them the truck was ready to go.

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There was no hesitation in Rick and Evan throwing themselves towards the vehicle. Rick threw the driver's seat door open and climbed in right when Evan got in the back, after Lindsey had unlocked the doors again for them.

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Paige jumped into the passenger side beside Rick, watching as Shaun kick-started his motorbike and waited for the truck to lead the way past the dead walkers. Dragging her eyes away from him she looked around at the other three in the truck with her, looking for signs of any wounds.

"Everybody okay?" She asked, surprised that her voice didn't come out as shaky as she thought it would.

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"We're fine," Evan said from the backseat, doing her best to catch her breath again. She'd put the gun on the floor as they drove off quickly, leaving the remainder of the herd behind.

"I'm good too," Rick replied, his eyes kept solidly on the road ahead. "That was close."

"Is it always going to be like this?" Lindsey asked suddenly. "Are we ever going to be able to sit and laugh or enjoy anything ever again?"

Her questions rattled too many emotions in Evan for her to be able to respond, but Rick found his voice. "We have to keep hoping that we will, kiddo. That's all we've got right now. Hope."

Evan wished she could feel as confident as Rick sounded.

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Paige looked back at the Lindsey, feeling sorry that the younger girl was going to have to grow up so quickly in such a crummy enviroment. Taking her cue from Rick, she tried to keep her voice cheerful.

"Of course we're going to have things to laugh at. I mean, just look at Shaun. He doesn't even have to do anything for us to laugh at him. And you can laugh at me and Evan if we argue about anything stupid again!"

Paige sent a conspiritial grin to the other woman, hoping she approved of what she'd said.

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Evan offered a tiny smile, not upset about the words, but so emotionally drained she didn't know how to muster anything more. The day had been filled with too many things, and she hated some of her actions. She hated her tantrum and she hated sleeping with Rick, because it would undoubtedly complicate things. She hated it because it wasn't her, because she didn't do things like that. Never. Lindsey seemed to accept the replies, however, and she turned towards the window, looking out at the scenery flashing by. Evan caught Rick's eyes in the rear view mirror for a moment but then she turned hers away. She couldn't look at him yet. She couldn't assess what had happened, couldn't evaluate it or figure it out. Shame still clung to her and she didn't have the energy to fight it off. Not right then.

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Paige sat back in her seat, relaxed that Evan seemed to accept her words. She glanced between Evan and Rick, remembering the other woman mentioning how close they'd come to danger last time and she wondered if they'd encountered any other walkers before coming back to the truck. She was tempted to ask but decided that around Lindsey, considering what had happened, it might be a touchy subject so she pushed the idea from her mind.

"Do you think we'll always stick together, the five of us?" The question blurted out of Paige's mouth before she could stop it.

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"I'd like to keep it that way if I can," Rick said immediately, with no hesitation at all. Again Evan met his eyes briefly in the mirror. "Unless someone chooses to leave, that is."

Evan didn't know what to say, or think. She agreed, she guessed, but at the same time it seemed so unlikely. They'd all already lost so many. Who was so say more of them wouldn't die?

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