Why Time Goes By

By @PaigeStC

Why Time Goes By

By @PaigeStC

Aisha Rocklin, or Aish, is a 17 year old scavenger, she lives in the future, the future where humans lost the planet to nature, but nature isn't exactly the largest problem, humans still exist, and most are insane, cannibals and crazies cover the land, causing all sorts of trouble, and living to see another day is one issue, but when you've also got a bounty hunter on your trail and a pregnant sister, Aish might just have to improvise.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

         

           An alarm rings somewhere, I squint up at the dusty grey ceiling of the boat. Reloading my pistol I grab Anne. The small girl’s eyes a brilliant blue in contrast to the fog-like dust crowding the remains of the vessel once called Peach.

Grabbing one of the weak ceiling boards, I push up with my gun hand, creating a crack. I hoist Anne onto the deck of the boat and into the rest of the groups’ arms, before climbing up, myself.

A gunshot is heard and I turn to see a few dozen figures racing toward us, armed with various weapons, the most dangerous being a shotgun, held by what must be their leader. Shouts and calls are heard and we race away from them, firing a few careless shots over our shoulders, jumping over the deck railing and into the tallest grass I’ve ever seen. 

“Aisha! Catch!” Mitch practically screams at me, tossing a bundle. I have to slow my sprint to catch it, slowing down even more to unwrap the cloth. Buried inside is a small, makeshift smoke grenade, one of the ones we used to store in the old refuge lockers. 

I start sprinting faster, clambering over a slight slope, I unbuckle the grenade and climb onto a steep ledge, turning to face the crowd, I nearly sigh in relief, they aren’t even close enough to even dent us with a sniper rifle. Well, maybe that’s exaggerated. I climb a little higher, the group is already sprinting again above me, except for Evelyn, I hand her the grenade and hoist myself up over the rest of the slope, gasping for breath. 

Evelyn hastily wraps the grenade onto a thick arrow, her compound bow shoots it all the way to where our pursuers are still giving chase. A small area of it, including the part where the leader is, is engulfed in the ashy fog. Tucking my pistol into my backpack, I continue to sprint, Evelyn is one of our fastest runners, even with a head start she easily passes me, the group isn’t too far ahead. In our haste to loose the gang of Scavengers, we forgot about wild animals in the area. 

 A gunshot causes me to stumble, I fall back, slamming my head into a nearby tree. Then the world goes dark.

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