Chapter 7:

[THUNDER STRIKE] DAY 1 – DETOUR

Inescapable Consequence Series


After Mr. Hermit left the mall. I went to a convenient store and picked up a flash light and a lighter. Several minutes later, I was heading back to the department store. I got myself a backpack from the sport section. Then, I picked up some underclothing and I also got a rain coat in case of I needed to go outside from this mall. Afterwards, I went into the supermarket. I got several bottles of water, some dry food, and a box of chocolate bar.


When I walked out from the supermarket. I heard some noises, which were coming from the second floor of this mall. Although, I was not sure why Mr. Hermit said that there would be no survivor within this mall. But I believed there should be other survivors, which were hiding in here too. So I decided to go to the second floor and had a look.


I took the escalator and went up to the second floor. When I reached the second floor, I saw two shadow figures, which were sitting in the food court. My curiosity was pushing me to walk closer and closer towards them. When I took several steps, I noticed those two shadow figures were having a meal. Although, I did not have a clear view of what they were having for their meal. But in those horror movies that I have watched. Definitely, it was the right time to start running or hiding.


Unfortunately, those two shadow figures noticed my presence. They turned their head around and were staring at me. At this point, my six-sense told me I better started running away from here. However, my legs got clamps. They could not move at all. I was standing in the middle of the food court and looking at the two shadow figures, which have started walking towards to me. When the two shadow figures were getting closer, my sight was much clear. Apparently, those two shadow figures changed into two little kids. A boy and a girl. Their ages should be around six to seven years old.


The girl walked closer to me, while the boy was hiding behind her. The girl took a closer look at me and then she had a small talk with the boy. A moment later, she was talking to me.


“Aoi, are you hungry?”


My jaw dropped immediately since I was thinking something bad would happen to me.


“Huh? How did you know my name?”


The girl looked at the boy and replied.


“Our master told us before we got here.”


“Your master?”


“Our master is Number Zero!”


The boy suddenly interrupted the conversation.


“Sheesh! You talked too much. Number Four!”


“Number Three, stop interrupting me.”


“I did not!”


“Yes, you did!”


“No, I did not!”


They kept on arguing until I asked the girl a question.


“Why are you here?”


The girl looked angry at the boy and said.


“Number Three… Sheesh! Aoi is talking to me now.”


“Okay, Okay.”


Then the girl looked at me and smiled.


“Umm… We are here because of you”


“Because of me?”


“Yes, in a very short notice. You see… We just woke up an hour ago and then our master told us to get here as soon as possible. We didn’t even have time to change our clothing.”


The boy interrupted the conversation.


“Aoi, we are still in our pajamas and we were hungry.”


The girl stared angrily at the boy.


“And that’s why we are having our lunch a moment ago. By the way, are you hungry?”


“I got a funny feeling about this. These little kids were coming from the daycare center?!”


“Aoi, we are not from the daycare center. And we are not little kids.”


I was surprised by the girl’s answer. She had answered my thought. Then, I took a closer look at her and asked.


“Did you read my mind?”


“Sometimes, I could read human minds. But usually, I don’t. It is because our master doesn’t like me to do so. He said that is rude.”


“Oh, I see.”


The boy interrupted the conversation again.


“Let me introduce ourselves. My name is Number Three, and she is Number Four. Nice to meet you.”


“Nice to meet you two.”


The girl asked me again.


“Aoi, are you hungry?”


“Currently, not hungry.”


“I see. I see. Then, let’s go.”


“Huh? Go where?”


“Outside.”


“I think we should stay in here and wait for the rescuers to come.”


The girl tilted her head.


“We are your rescuers.”


“Huh?”


The boy interrupted the conversation once again.


“Aoi, you should listen to Number Four. We need to go now. Before they found out you are up here.”


“Aoi, Number Three is right. We have to leave this mall before nightfall. Otherwise, they will come up here and hunt you down.”


“What will happen after nightfall? And who are they? Zombie?”


The boy tilted his head and answered.


“Aoi, worse than zombie. They are vampires.”


I was shocked. Vampire – a fictional character from the novel. Did they really exist in this world?


“But we cannot simply just go outside. We need to find a place which is safe. Am I right?”


The girl replied.


“Aoi, we have no idea at all. But our master said that you will know the answer?”


“Me? Umm…”


A moment later, we were running through the mall’s main floor and were heading towards to its entrance. Meanwhile, the girl and the boy kept asking me the same question over and over.


“Aoi, where are we going?”


“Aoi, where are we going?”


Finally, we got out from the mall. I stopped at the mall’s parking lot and replied.


“We are going to meet my parents.”


Both of them tilted their head a little bit and then looked at each other in confusion.


“My parents are working in an archaeology excavation site, which is just only several miles away from Kensington.”


Both of them looked at me with joy and then said.


“City of Light!”