Chapter 13

Ava’s    Background

After I stopped crying from burying Rob, we headed to a gas station. The gas station was called Sunoco. We raided everything. There was a slushie machine, so we got huge cups and got a ton of sugar. Ernest went hyper! I took gum and some chips. Dylan opened his backpack and shoved everything he could into it. 

“Chill!” Wyatt said.

“Who knows what happens next? What if we need this to survive.?” he said back.

“I am pretty sure we are not going to need a billion Tic Tacs for survival.” he reasoned.

“I have more than that! I also have some cheese sticks.” he said jokingly (At least I thought he was joking, or we would be dead soon). 

“Whatever you guys are doing, hurry up! What if soldiers come. I have had enough of them!” Mary said actually thinking. I snuck a peak at Dylan. He was doing “dude” stuff with Ernest, mostly getting Ernest to stop being hyper. At the same time, he was having a fun conversation with Wyatt. He’s cute.

“What ya’ looking at Ava?” asked Mary.

“Uh, nothing!” I said.

“I know you looked at him.” Mary whispered. To change the subject, I looked randomly everywhere. I stopped looking around when I saw Finn. He was silent the whole time. He looked really sad. I figured he was sad that Rob died. Ernest saw him and stopped going hyper. He offered Finn a coke. Finn declined and ran to the bathroom yelling, “I don’t feel so good!” We heard Finn vomiting in the bathroom. “You ok, dude?” Dylan asked. I hoped Dylan and Finn were now friends. 

“Yeah, I’m fine.” he replied, but I don’t think he was actually ok. He walked out of the bathroom, over to Mary and kissed her. After that, he fainted and fell to the floor.

“This better not be the gas from those soldiers! We’ve all seen what that gas can do!” Ernest said, dragging Finn onto a bench in the gas station.

“If this is the gas, what do we do with him?” Dylan asked.

“We have to check first.” said Wyatt, reasoning. 

“Check his pulse.” said Wyatt. 

“He is alive.” said Dylan checking Finn’s pulse.

“Let me check.” said Wyatt, as he walked towards Finn. 

“He seems to have fainted by shock.” said Wyatt.

“Probably from finding Rob’s body, the fact that he killed Rob, and from kissing Mary.” said Ernest. 

Mary freaked out, all of a sudden. She ran around knocking chips down. When she was done running, she fainted too.

“Great, now Finn can’t carry Mary and she can’t carry Finn.” said Wyatt

“I’ll carry Mary.” I said.

“Well, I have no choice. I have to carry Finn, because Wyatt and Ernest are puny and skinny.”

“Hey! I am not puny! I just can’t lift 30 pounds.” said Ernest, defending himself.

“That is considered weak, Ernest.” Dylan said. 

“Just hurry up!” I said speeding up the process.

“Where will we go next?” asked Wyatt.

“Well obviously to find an antidote, just in case, and it would come in handy.” I said.

“Don’t think ahead of yourself. If it was the gas, then Finn would be dead by now. He is obviously alive. We checked his pulse and everything. We proved that he fainted from shock.”

“First of all, the gas turns people into zombies.” I said.

“Well, there are different gases. In World War Two, there was a gas that killed millions. Also, the zombies we saw were gray and rottened skin.” Dylan said back.

“Like I said, it can come in handy.” I said.

“Where are we going to find an antidote, anyway?” he said. By now, I was kinda mad. I 

know, I know, I like him, but seriously he was making me mad!

“I saw a camp full of soldiers when we were traveling on the bus.” I explained

“You didn’t tell us this until now?!” Wyatt asked. 

“Sorry, but this was when the soldiers were attacking our bus.” I said.

“Are you serious? You could’ve killed us all!” Dylan yelled at me.

“Well, we didn’t die! You know, I thought I liked you, but Finn was right! You are just a jerk!” I yelled back.

“Guys stop!” Ernest said.

“Where was the camp exactly?” Wyatt asked. Dylan didn’t do anything. He just looked away with Finn in his arms.

“Back on Main Street.” I said.

“That’s not far.” Ernest said.

“We gotta run for it! Just in case, Finn was infected by the gas.” I said. The truth was, I wasn’t really mad at Dylan. I mean I am mad at him, but I still like him. We ran off to the camp in the forest by Main Street. Soldiers were guarding all perimeters. We couldn’t sneak past them with Mary and Finn unconscious, so we dropped them off in a car and tried to sneak in. All of a suddenly, Ernest and Wyatt started to complain about going. They refused to go in. They were scared they would get caught, so it was just me and Dylan. First, I thought “Yes!”, but then I remembered he was mad at me, so it probably wasn’t going to go well or smoothly. 

I saw Wyatt and Ernest laugh at Dylan as they got in the car.

Dylan looked at me, “Sorry about being mad earlier. I am not mad anymore.”

“It’s ok. I am not mad either.” I said back. The soldiers walked in some sort of pattern. We had to go at the right time, while they were in the right formation, or they would see us and that would be the end of us. While they were all looking away, we snuck in. First, we found a room full of new weapons. There were crates everywhere. One of the crates was opened. We opened it to see if there were antidotes, but there was nothing. We heard German accents talking down the hall, getting closer. There was nowhere to hide. I looked at the crate. It could fit 2 people, but it would be a tight fit. There wasn’t much time, so Dylan and I hopped in. It was very cramp. We held our knees against our chests with in a position to where we were face-to-face. Our faces were about an inch apart and it was awkward. We looked deeply into each other’s eyes. The talking stopped, so we got out and went down the hall. We found another room that looked kinda like the nurse’s office at school.

“This has to be the place where we find an antidote.” I thought. We checked everywhere and found a container of small jars labeled anti-gas. We took it and ran out when no one was watching. We got into the car Ernest and Wyatt were in. 

“Did you kiss her yet, Dylan?” Wyatt asked annoyingly.

“Shut up!” we both said in unison.

“Where to next?” I asked changing the subject. Dylan looked at me for a long time. I knew he was looking, I just acted like he wasn’t. I know he likes me. Ernest and Wyatt made that very obvious. I know if Ernest had a crush, she would probably be dead. Dylan told me that Wyatt has a girlfriend from his old school(Keep in mind Wyatt came to our school this year, he didn’t just have a girlfriend when he was 5, they don’t count). Obviously, Finn and Mary were dating. They kissed before they passed out.

“Let’s go to McDonald’s. I am hungry for junk food.” Dylan said.

“How about Taco Bell? Ernest asked.

“You guys pick. I don’t wanna get in this argument.” Wyatt said. The thing I like about Dylan is that sometimes, he is immature and sometimes he is mature. Right now he is mature. He doesn’t care. He is just grateful that he is even getting food. 

They finally compromised and chose to go to Subway. We ran there(Carrying Finn and Mary) and raided the “kitchen”. We woke Finn and Mary up, so they wouldn’t miss out on the “luxury” food. Mary sat all the way across the room from Finn. It was probably awkward for them after they kissed and passed out. I sat with Mary and Dylan and talked to them. I bet Ernest, Wyatt, and Finn were talking me and Dylan. They (Mostly Ernest and Wyatt) always did that when Dylan and I weren’t there. Most of the time, Mary would be quiet, still awkward from kissing Finn.

“It’s ok Mary. Act chill about it, or Finn’s gonna think you don’t like him anymore.” I said.

“Yeah. Finn always seems less happy when he’s without you.” Dylan said. 

“You guys are right. I am gonna go hangout with him.” said Mary. Now, it was just me and Dylan, again. This always happens! At school, during lunch time, When I sat at the same table as Dylan, his friends and my friends would leave. Then, it would be just me and Dylan and all of the ther 5th graders would laugh. Normally, we wouldn’t notice until we tried to talking to our friends which were at the other tables. I figured out what had happened right away. Mary knew what she was doing. I looked at her. She smiled as she sat next to Finn. “Good luck!” she mouthed to me.

“Again? They are all so annoying sometimes! ” Dylan complained. 

“Tell me about it.” I agreed.

“At least it’s not that bad. I am sitting at a table with you.” he said.

“What did you say?” I asked giggling. Dylan smiled at me. I smiled back. I looked over at Mary. “Thank you!” I mouthed. She looked at me and mouthed back, “You welcome!”