Ivy held onto Ingrid tightly. "What's happening?" She asked with wide, scared eyes. "We have to go," Ingrid said simply, pulling Ivy onto her back and grabbing her emergency bag from the cabinets. As she ran out of the house, Ingrid hopped on her bike, the alarms blaring behind them. Ingrid's mom had warned her about that alarm. Something had gone wrong in the lab, and their parents were most likely not returning. She needed to get her and her sister to the secret bunker. Ingrid started pedaling, racing them into the woods without a second thought.
Ava and Andy were standing in a junkyard, unaware of how the world was about to fall apart in only a few short hours. "What about this?" Andy suggested, strutting over to a piece of metal and picking it up triumphantly. "No, it's not the right color," Ava stated simply. "Does color really matter?" Andy asked, dropping the piece of metal and doing a cartwheel back to Ava. "Show off," Ava said with a laugh. "You call it showing off, I call it being fabulous," Andy said, striking a pose. They were looking for the last few pieces needed for Ava to finish constructing a motorcycle.
Jax walked out out of the gym, chugging some water as he went. Today was a tiresome day, and he knew that when he got home he would pass out on his bed yet again. His grandfather 'doesn't believe in cars', so he would have to walk wherever he went. Jax paused on his trek to sit down on a bench and catch his breath. He supposed that he didn't have to work so hard, but it was around that time of year again, his birthday, the day that he hated. Jax would always train extra hard around this time, as a distraction. He felt a water drop on his face. "Damn it," he said, standing up and starting a run home as the water started pelting down.
Ezekiel wandered around some trees, rain droplets filtering into his eyes. Unblinking, he could do nothing but wander. He hadn't spoken a word for quite a few months. He didn't need food, or sleep, or human comforts. However, today he felt an oncoming dread, like something was heading to him right now, something big and awful. Then, Ezekiel got ran over by a bike. He fell to the ground, the bike tumbled over him and the two girls riding it crashed into the mud.
"Oh my God," Ingrid said as she sat up, rubbing her head. She felt around for Ivy, knowing that the rain would probably cause her prosthetic arm to be heavier and slower. "Are you okay?" Ivy was leaning over the boy they had crashed into. Ingrid took Ivy's hand. "Step back, Ivy, we don't know him," Ingrid said firmly. "But we're the ones that crashed into him!" Ivy argued. The boy sat up. "Ow," he said simply. He had a few gashes on his arms, but it healed before their very eyes. "Who are you?" Ingrid asked suspiciously. A loud bang of thunder was heard.
"Great," Ava muttered as she and Andy picked their way through the junkyard. "I love the rain!" Andy said optimistically. "You're not seriously about to do what I think that you're about to do-" Ava couldn't even finish what she was going to say as Andy unzipped his bookbag and pulled out some stiletto heels. He quickly put them on and started dancing around in the rain. "You're so weird," Ava said exasperatedly.
Jax could see his home in his line of sight, it was only a minute or so until he would make it. Thunder boomed over him. To his left, he waved at his neighbor, Ms. Sherrie, with a smile. He was not even a block away from his home now, but he had to skid to a stop. Ahead of Jax, a man stood in the middle of the road. He did not make a move, or a sound, he just stood there. A huge truck sped down the road. "Hey!" Jax shouted at the man, motioning for him to move. The man did nothing, and the truck inevitably ran him over. Jax cringed away, closing his eyes, not believing what he he just saw. He opened them slowly, and the truck driver was hurrying out of the car to check on the man. The man was at odd angles, his legs and arms twisted in an inhumane way. As the truck driver leaned down to check for a pulse, Jax felt a chill go down his neck. In a flash, the man pulled down the truck driver and bit him on the neck. It was starting.
Ezekiel put a hand up to his chest. "I am an angel," he answered the red haired girl, bowing his head slightly. He got to his feet without another word. "Pfft," Ingrid replied, rolling her eyes. Ezekiel raised his hand to put it on Ivy's head, but Ingrid pulled her away. "What do you think you're doing, mister? We have places to be," Ingrid said. "She'll bleed to death," Ezekiel said simply, pointing to a gash on Ivy's shoulder. Ingrid gasped, "Ivy!"
"I didn't want you to worry.. Really, it's nothing," Ivy said, trying to hide the wound. Ezekiel put his hand on Ivy's head, his hand glowing. Ingrid was too busy attempting to wrap the wound to stop him this time, and it healed before their very eyes. Ingrid looked up at Ezekiel. "You're really an angel?" Ivy asked excitedly. "Where were you trying to go?" Ezekiel asked simply, lowering his hand and ignoring the question. "Our bike is all broken now, but we still needed to go about a mile that way," Ingrid pointed deeper into the woods. Ezekiel closed his eyes and took hold of Ingrid and Ivy's shoulder, teleporting them all as instructed. He opened his eyes, and in front of them was what looked like a bush. Ingrid hurriedly opened a hatch below it, revealing a secret bunker. "In," she instructed them both. Ivy climbed inside, but Ezekiel fell down on the ground in exhaustion. Teleporting himself was hard enough, but teleporting two people was like him walking the entirety of the distance while holding them on his back.
"You're just jealous," Andy stated simply, doing pirouette after pirouette. The rain cascaded down him, flickering out wildly as he did the turns. The sun started to set. "Your mom is going to kill you," Ava laughed. They finally got to the entrance of the junkyard. "Where's the street? Why are there trees?" Ava asked in confusion. "This must be the back entrance," Andy said. Andy gasped, "Does this mean that I can finally see your hideout?" Andy asked Ava. "No way, you need to go home!" Ava said, motioning towards the sun, which was almost gone. "I know a shortcut to your house from here, just follow me," Ava said, starting to wade through the mud and into the trees. Andy followed after her.
Jax took a few steps back. Something was definitely wrong with this picture. The truck driver fell to the ground, screaming, as the broken man started to slowly crawl towards Jax. Even though the man was clearly severely hurt, he crawled as if he couldn't feel a thing, with the truck driver's blood pouring from his mouth. Jax turned away and quickly ran home, slamming the door behind him. "Grandpa?" He shouted precariously. He didn't get a response. Jax quickly ran through the house, slamming open the doors and shouting for his grandparent. It was to no avail, Jax's grandfather was simply not there. A stifled scream was heard a few houses down from his. "Okay," Jax said, sucking in a breath and dropping his gym bag. "Okay," he repeated, looking around franticly before his eyes landed on the remote control. He turned on the TV, putting it on the first news station available.
"Are you okay?" Ingrid asked Ezekiel. His vision blurred her out of focus, but he blinked a few times and she became clearer. "I'm fine," Ezekiel stated with a tired voice. He strained to lift his legs but he eventually did it and he climbed into the underground bunker. Ingrid sighed and took a good look around the forest before finally following after them and closing the door. Ezekiel fell down once inside, this time succumbing to his exhaustion. He drifted off to sleep.
"You can't sleep here," Ingrid said, pulling up the self-proclaimed angel. He didn't respond. "I'll help," Ivy stated as she held up her mechanical arm and lifted Ezekiel all on her own. Ingrid gave Ivy a small smile. The group started a walk down a short hallway, which lead to a barred door. Ingrid calmly typed in a password to open it and inside lied a room with two bunk beds, a small television, an oven, a desk, a chair, and two doors that led to the food storage unit and the bathroom. Ivy slowly lied Ezekiel down on one of the beds and turned to Ingrid. "You said on the bike ride that I couldn't question you until we got here. What's going on? Where's mom and dad?" Ivy asked Ingrid with tears threatening to spill from here eyes.
"You're gonna get your heels ruined if you walk in the forest mud with them," Ava stated as they walked. "I guess you're right, but I have plenty more. Not my favorite pair anyways!" Andy said, blowing a kiss. Ava rolled her eyes. She heard some noise behind them but when she turned to look, no one was there. Ava shrugged it off and kept walking but once again she swore that she heard something. Andy put a hand on her shoulder, which made her stop.
"You hear it too?" Ava asked Andy.
"Shhhh," Andy hushed her.
Andy motioned for Ava to stay quiet and to hide, in case the person following them was a human. It was dangerous for Ava to be spotted by humans, since she was a hybrid. Ava did as instructed, and as she ducked behind a bush someone came up from behind them and tackled Andy, causing him to tumble down to the ground. The guy was panicked and fidgeting wildly, and they struggled to untangle from each other.
"Breaking news!! This morning, in Prowhell City, what can only be known as 'zombies' have started arising! Police are taking action as we speak, and government assures us that this incursion will be detained immediately. Could this be the end of the world as we know it?" Jax turned off the TV with an uneasy expression. Prowhell City was only a few miles from here, could it have spread that fast? The situation was obviously not going to be detained. This could really be the end, his granpda wasn't here, what was he going to do? Jax grabbed his gym bag, it being the biggest bag he owned, and started stuffing it with necessities like food, water, clothes, a flashlight, a few kitchen knives, towels, soap, his grandpa's tool kit and first aid kit, and some pain killers. He also took Peg out of his cage, his pet turtle, and put him in a jar that he had poked holes in. He grabbed as much turtle food as he could, certain that if what the news station said was true then he wouldn't have many chances to get more. He supposed that Peg could survive on normal turtle foods, but that included bugs and earthworms, which he would NOT be looking forward to feeding him. Jax hurried and took hold of his longstaff. After this he suddenly hesitated his rushed packing and slowly sat down on the floor. Jax closed his eyes and began to meditate to calm himself.