Ben walked closer to Jennifer. He didn’t want her to distrust him. He didn’t know what happened when he was talking with Jake, but he become too protective of her. He could see that she was almost scared of him now.
“I just met you.” she said, pushing him away.
“I’m sorry, Jennifer.”
He could see the frightened look on her face, with tears in her eyes. He never wanted to see Jennifer hurt. If she remembered they were engaged, he would’ve hugged her and told her it was going to be okay, like he did before the asteroid hit.
“What do we do now?” she asked him.
“You can stay here for the time being.”
“Won’t they find me here?”
“I already told you, they haven’t found you yet-“
As soon as Ben said that, there was a knock on the door.
“That’s them, isn’t it?” Jennifer whispered.
“Yeah, I had a feeling that was going to happen, based on our luck so far.”
There was pounding on the door.
“What do we do?” she asked.
“Run when I tell you to. Go over to the room on the right and stay there until I come in.”
“OPEN UP!” a man’s voice yelled.
A few seconds later, the door began to come down.
“Run, Jennifer!” Ben told her.
She ran to the room on the right.
Two people emerged from the doorway, a man and a woman. Ben recognized the man. Jake. The one who asked him all those questions after he woke up.
“Where’s Jennifer?!” Jake said.
“I already told you, she isn’t here.” Ben lied again.
“If she wasn’t here, you wouldn’t be so defensive about her.” the woman said.
“She isn’t here.” Ben repeated.
“Even if you’re not lying, we still have to search the apartment.”
“Fine. Go ahead. You won’t find anyone in here.” Ben raised his voice slightly so Jennifer could hear him.
Jake walked into another room.
“No one in here.” he said to the woman.
Jake started to walk towards the room on the right. The one Jennifer was in.
Ben stepped quickly ahead of him.
“There’s no one in here.” Ben said.
“So I’ve heard. But I still need to check it.” Jake responded.
Jake continued to walk into the room. He checked under the bed.
“There’s no one- hang on, I see something.” Jake said, looking under the bed.
Ben was on the same side of the bed Jennifer was on. He could see her desperately trying to get out of Jake’s view.
Jake stood back up, and looked at Ben, confused. He walked over to the other side of the bed. Jennifer crawled under the bed, to the other side, in time. Jake looked around, even more confused, and then looked at the woman beside him. She had the same look he did. He walked into the hallway.
“So, there was no one in there, either.” he said to the woman next to him.
They checked the rest of the rooms. Both Jake and the woman looked more confused than ever.
“Sorry for bothering you, then.” Jake said as he and the woman got ready to leave.
“We’ll replace your door, by the way!” he said as they left.
Ben went into the room Jennifer was in.
“They’re gone now, Jennifer. You can come out.”
Jennifer crawled out from under the bed.
“It was really hard to stay under there for that long.” Jennifer said.
“Are you okay?” Ben asked.
“You say that too much. I’m fine.”
“I’m just concerned about you.”
“I know, but you can have a different word choice. It’s exhausting having someone ask ‘Are you okay?’ five times a day.”
“Noted.” Ben said with a laugh.
“Are you tired?”
“You can sleep in here, if you want. I’ll just sleep in the other room.”
“You don’t have to thank me.”
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