Simon glanced up and tried to smile but he looked like someone had ripped his soul from his body.
He looked empty... I threw my arms around him - his clothes were damp, and his skin was freezing.
He was ever so slightly trembling - whether from fear or the cold I wasn’t sure.
I tried to scream but no one could hear me...
This strange guy had his hand so tight over my mouth that I could barely breath.
The more I struggled the harder it was to catch my breath.
I started getting dizzier and dizzier, and my vision began getting blurry.
“If you are going to shoot, little girl, the shoot with purpose. Aim at something. Here, let me reload your gun.”
He bent down and showed me how to get the magazine out of the gun...
Then pulled out a box of bullets from a bag and handed it to me.
“Keep a spare one loaded all the time. You never know when you may need it.”
Everyone flinched and I saw the barrel of every weapon move an inch to focus on the new target.
It was Badger... He stood there with he arms stretched out:
“What is it you want from me? I let you people live, is that not enough?
Now you bring an army to my door. Just for the record - you did this!”
“Look, lil’ miss - you are a soldier just as much as these guys.
You are braver than all of us put together.
You give all of us hope that things will get better... If anything happens to you, there’s nothing else for us to hope for.
So please, be our hero and stay safe.”
“It was a mess of a battle. You may think it’s easy fighting this lot - but they’re a different beast entirely...
This whole thing is alien to us.
No matter who you are, or what you’ve seen - what has happened to the world still terrifies even the hardest of us.”