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After three days, it was apparent that they needed more supplies. Not just food, but bathroom things as well. Remy knew of a grocery store, the one he always shopped at. He even had a car with GPS, so they could navigate their way there without actually seeing. The group had already blacked out the windows, taping papers and pages of books on the window. The problem was, not everyone could fit in the car. This was a three person journey, and no one could decide who was going.

Patton insisted he go, wanting to help in anyway possible.

Logan wanted to stay behind, but would go if the need arose.

Remy wanted to stay behind and protect Thomas and Virgil.

Tailani wanted to go because she was blind, so whatever was out there couldn’t affect her anyways. Patton, Logan, and Remy all agreed that because she was younger, she couldn’t go. Tailani hated it, hated how she was treated like a child. Didn’t they see how valuable of an asset she was?

In the end, Patton, Logan, and Remy went. Tailani stayed to watch the two Sanders boys. Thomas somewhat understood what was going on. He couldn’t go outside anymore, couldn’t look at passing cars and such. He knew there something bad out there, something bad that would hurt him. Virgil was too young to understand. All he knew was that there were new people, but he could still play with his toys and he still had to nap, which was very frustrating because all he wanted to do was play.

Logan decided to drive, not wanting to sit in the car with nothing to do. He had to be doing something at all times, just so his mind wouldn’t wander down a dark path. Remy took shotgun, and Patton sat in the back. They were quiet, Logan focusing all his attention the GPS. They all flinched when they ran over a bump. Was it a speed bump? Was it a body? They didn’t know, and they didn’t want to know. Some things are better left unsaid.

“Blindfolds on.” Patton reminded them when the GPS said they had reached their destination. They did as they were told, carefully getting out of the car, feeling their way around. No dared to talk, not knowing if what was out there could hear them or not. Maybe it could just sense their presence. The trio made their way into the store quickly, locking the door behind them.

“Look at all this food!” Remy exclaimed when they took their blindfolds off. “This could feed us for days on end!” Indeed, everything they needed was right there, in that small space.

“While there is a lot of food, we need non-perishable items. They’ll last us the longest.” Logan supplied. Remy glowered at him, yet knew that Logan wasn’t wrong. They started gathering up items; Patton had to pull Remy away from the booze after he chugged an entire container of some type of alcohol. Everything was going great until there was banging at the back door.

“Let me in!” The voice cried, fist pounding, sounding helpless and scared. “Please, please, you gotta let me in.” It was a high voice; a woman. Everyone scooted around the door, unsure of what to do. It was Remy who spoke up.

“Look, we’re going to open the door just a bit. I need you to calm down so we can figure out who you are.” The voice on the other side just continued to whimper, not forming any coherent sentences. Remy opened the door just a smidge, and that was when all hell broke loose. The lady started shoving her weight against the door, forcing it open.

“LOOK AT IT!” She raged, trying to shove the door open. Remy and Logan fought, Patton unsure of what to do. “IT WANTS YOU TO LOOK AT IT! IT CAN HELP US!” The woman kept screaming, talking about how great it was, about how they had to look at it. Patton ran at the woman, shoving her outside. Remy shut the door, locking it in the process.

“Patton?” Logan asked tentatively. There was a final bang against the door, and blood started pooling under the door and into the store. The woman started knocking on the door again.

“Please let me in.” She begged, but Remy and Logan knew better. They gathered their things and headed back to the car.