Bobby surprised everyone as he demonstrated he knew how to drive the boss. The only comment he made as they left they left the high school was, “Why do think I got my first suspension, Yee-Haa!”
Jun looked around. There was Togoto, Akira, five other male students not including him and Michio, and six female students. Fifteen people in total. “Fifteen out of how many?” Just about everyone was sitting quietly, lost in their own thoughts and fears. The silence was broken when Bobby asked where they should head.
Togoto answered, “Head for the closest bridge, we need to leave this area.”
Michio quickly called out, “No! That is where everyone is heading. THEY are heading that way as well. It would be a trap. Is there another way to cross the river? Also, should we not check whose families live on this side first?”
Akira turned to Michio with a furious face, “This is hard on everyone, You, but our survival takes precedent over everything! We can’t afford to take the time to check on everyone’s family! We need to get to safety first before we can even consider anything else. We need to cross that bridge before it truly becomes a trap.”
Michio looked at her with cold eyes, “It is already a trap.”
“How the hell do you know that? You don’t know! Stop scaring everyone with that non sense talk of yours. We still have a reason to be afraid, unlike you, FREAK!”
Jun noticed that most people kept away from Michio. The three new ones definitely were afraid of him. However, he never thought that Akira, beautiful and powerful Akira, would hate him. It was just like watching his dad and mom fight.
Michio looked at her with disappointment. They continued to look at each other when Michio’s face became perplexed and he sniffed the air with a large inhale. His face went into shock as he spun around shouting, “What the hell did you do YATO!”
Jun turned towards Yato and felt the fear creep into him. Yato had silently coughed up some blood, and was not looking very well. He gave a weak smile before saying, “I thought I could be like you.”
Akira surprised said, “But he wasn’t bitten! How did he get infected?”
Michio answered as he got right next to Yato, “You ate a part of Them, didn’t you? IDIOT, I got INFECTED by biting one of them! This…” he pointed at himself, “Is a side affect of being infected, not HOW I got infected.”
Everyone began moving away from Yato. He shuddered and coughed a bit more blood, “Yeah, it was stupid. Please, just make it quick.”
Michio sighed, “I am not going to bash your head Yato. Let me try something, it seems to make it less painful.” Michio opened his mouth and prepared to bite Yato.
“Do that and I will put an arrow through your head,” Akira’s voice was cold and she already managed to have her bow and arrow drawn.
Michio raised an eyebrow, “So you would rather me smash his head?”
“You are not biting anyone! How the hell do we know we are not next on the menu!”
Jun shouted, “For HEAVEN’s sake Akira, SHUT THE HELL UP! Yato is in pain, let MICHIO HELP! Michio is FRIEND!”
Akira turned towards Jun in shock. He didn’t blame her, for he had already turned beat red in embarrassment. She didn’t lower her bow, but seemed to calm down. “Can you do anything without biting him?”
Michio paused for a moment, and then bit his own hand. Dark blood slowly dripped from his wound. “Drink it.”
Yato groaned in pain but still managed a look of disgust. However, he slowly took the hand and lapped up the blood. Michio pulled his hand away after Yato stopped.
Yato continued to shake and tremble, groan in pain. His skin started to change color, then he stopped moving. Everyone held their breath, and jumped when Yato spoke, “I don’t feel that bad anymore…just really tired.” He curled up as if to sleep, but he did not move afterwords.
Everyone was silent until Michio spoke, “He’s dead. He will not turn into one of Them. If They eat on him, They will truly die as well. If we get surrounded, Yato can still save us.”
Bobby had stopped the bus earlier. He started to shake with rage, “HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT? We are not feeding Yato to THEM! The only reason I am not killing you now is because you helped him. BUT YOU BETTER WATCH YOURSELF!” Tears flowed from Bobby’s face as he stared at his now permanently slumbering friend.
Hiroto, one of the girls that came out of the main building, spoke up. “We are not far from the middle school, can we check there? My sister is there.” Her question and voice came out of no where and broke the spell that had taken the bus. Akira took Bobby back the drivers seat as Michio placed Yato’s body in the back. The bus started to head towards the middle school.
Togoto went to Michio and asked, “Have you bitten anyone not infected?”
Michio seemed surprised by the question, “No! Of course not!”
Togoto back peddled, “I am not concerned about you attacking us, I was wondering how your bite or blood would affect us if we weren’t infected.”
Michio paused and thought. Jun who was listening, spoke out, “I will try it. I am tired of being afraid, so if drinking his blood means I can’t turn into one of them, I am willing to try. And if I die from it, at least it won’t be painful.”
Michio’s hand had almost healed completely, but there were still a few drops of blood coming out. However, as Jun approached, he drew his hand away. “Jun, I really don’t know if this is a good idea or not. Shouldn’t we go to a lab or something or do tests?”
Togoto answered, “There are no labs sophisticated enough around here except at the hospitals. We do not want to go those.” He shuddered slightly. “Jun, you know the risks, are you really ready to be a test subject?”
Togoto seemed all to eager to watch Jun drink Michio’s blood, but Jan wasn’t concerned. Something told him he would be safe. He reached out and grabbed Michio’s hand and sucked on the last wound. The taste of his blood was different, not bad or good, but just different. He took three good swallows, and pulled away. Michio was in shock at Jun’s action, and Akira could be heard, “What the HELL ARE YOU DOING!”
Everyone was now staring at Jun. A few minutes passed, and slowly he felt something. It felt familiar, but it was painful. Pain started to jab his sides and he scrunched down. “No, NO! It was not supposed to be painful if I died!” he thought as the pain hit him again. As everyone stood back in terror, the sound of gas escaping and Jun’s sudden relieved look took a moment for them to process. Jun turned red again as he realized what was making him hurt…
Laughter broke out for the first time in awhile. Michio spoke out, “We will be near the middle school soon. I will head out, I suggest Akira, Hiroto, Togoto, and Jun come with me. Everyone else, be quiet and stay on the bus.” He leaned over to Jun, “If you are done with the farts, are you ready? How are you feeling?”
“I am feeling fine.” Jun now realized that he drank Michio’s blood for nothing. It did not seem to have any affect.
As they pulled up to the middle school, the gang left the bus. Jun did not notice that Togoto was eying him all the way towards the main gate…