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Chapter 14: Town

Von gazed at the zombies scattered all around the road.

They've been travelling for half a day now and was closing up on the town ahead.

Von expected to meet a few wandering zombies at this range, and they did. Except they were dead with holes filling their bodies. Upon closer inspection, Von found that the holes were made from bullets.

This town was his first destination as it powered the first solar system he would take energy from. He expected it to go fine, as much as the town full of possibly zombies can be, it still was far from what

you call 'populated'.

Suspicion grew inside Von. The damages were clearly done by people. Normally, a person would be hopeful for a possible society prepared for this new world but, if there was something he had learned through his life it would be that people can be more destructive than nature.

Von scanned the town ahead with caution, his energy concentrated on his eyes allowing for enhanced eyesight. He frowned when he found nothing, was he overthinking?

"No, it's still to early to conclude" Von muttered under his breath. The town was large, and he was only looking at the surface. Von decided to wait it out.

Von shook Ku's shoulders gently until he woke up. He felt a bit troubled for waking him up since it was obvious he hadn't gotten a proper sleep this past week, but they needed to walk from this point on.

"..Hmm..?" Ku looked around dazedly as he yawned with a stretch. An image of a lazy cat suddenly appeared inside Von's mind. He dismissed it and spoke to him after he seemed conscious enough.

"From this point on we'll be travelling on foot" Von explained.

Ku rubbed his eyes for a few second to process what he had just said before understanding why and responded with a small 'ok'.

Von went inside the car for the final time to store their things inside his dimensional space. He threw Ku a jacket before enclosing his body with one himself.

.....

A smooth sound vibrated through the air, a 'swoosh' following after as if the very air itself was cut. The sound came from a sharp machete. It came with the same sound as heads flew under the clouds.

The machete cut through many infected with a steady and terrifying rhythm. The wielder of the machete moved smoothly, as if every movement was well thought out and calculated.

"Behind!"

A unusually casual shout warned the figure, who turned around calmly and shifted his weight to the right with his left leg. His right leg followed, balancing the force and directing it towards his arms by lowering his knee. The machete came towards the neck of the infected and exited out from the waist in a diagonal movement.

Despite crimson blood dripping from the machete, the material of the weapon flashed under a single ray of light passing from the thick clouds above.

The figure took a breath and cleaned his blade of blood with a swing. His legs unbent and walked to the other person.

"Thanks for that, Ku" The figure, Von thanked with a lazy smile.

Ku gave a small nod as he climbed on Von's back after putting his sword away without reserve. Von could only shake his head and start walking towards the town.

After a few minutes of comfortable silence, they were still a distance away from the town.

Von's eyes lingered on the cloudy skies. His mouth opened and suddenly called out to Ku.

".. Ku?"

Sensing the serious tone, Ku lifted his head and looked at the side of Von's face.

"Yes?" Ku muttered quietly in a mature yet childish manner.

Von thought about how he had found Ku, alone and left to die in time. He wondered.. If he had anyone he wanted to meet back with. Despite the short time he had spent with Ku, he did find his company pleasing.

"Is there anyone you want to look for?" But he knew there maybe someone Ku wanted to reunite with.

While he was reluctant on leaving Ku to other's hands he knew that he would find a way to leave this world later. He didn't wanna take Ku with him if he had someone waiting for him.

Silence enveloped the two.

Maybe he had asked to soon?

Just as Von was about to tell Ku to dismiss what he had said, he felt a drip of warmth on his neck.

Von looked back dumbfounded.

'I rushed it..' Von thought, his mouth slightly hanging.

Von was about to continue on dismissing his question but paused once again.

'..It's too late to go back now' Von's eyes focused. He took a deep breath and turned his head towards Ku.

Von felt guilt upon laying his eye on Ku.. He may have not meant harm with his actions but he did proceed with it without thinking through Ku's situation more thoroughly. Now that he looked back, it was obvious Ku was not ok. He felt so stupid.

Von closed his eye for a second and washed away the heavy feeling in his heart. Ku didn't need an idiot right now.

His hand laid on Ku's head. Ku froze before stiffly lifting his head to look at Von through his teary eyes.

"I'm sorry.. but i won't take back my question.. I'll wait until you're ready.." Von radiated a sense stillness. It wasn't the usual lazy one but a stillness that came from care and attention.

Ku couldn't help but pause and stare at the figure standing much stronger than the person who beat a number of zombies with his machete alone.

He pushed wiped his tears with his sleeves as he felt the hectic emotions rushing through his head dissipate, an unknown feeling invading him as he felt tranquility overpower all other emotions.

He didn't know if it were his lack of sleep or the current situation but he felt himself get lighter as his eyes slowly closed. Ku could only manage a weak nod before collapsing to sleep.

Von only rubbed his head softer as he muttered

"Rest for now.."


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Moving on from my excuses to why this took so long, please feel free to tell me if this interaction felt weird in any way.

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