Grant was the first to react, he shook Jimmy who looked like a deer caught in the headlights.
"Mate there's a clearing over there, drive the car over there, behind the bushes"
In the backseat Babs had gone a ghostly pale, who knew what thoughts were going through her head.
Deborah looked ready to jump out of the car and go hide in a bush, but seeing she was stuck in the middle
she had nowhere to go.
Mike tapped Jimmy on the shoulder "Do what Grant says now"
Jimmy snapped out of his haze as the lights began to get closer. He turned the steering wheel as hard as
he could to the right and the car started to slide into the bushy clearing.
There was a small cheer from the backseat, as the car stopped, Jimmy turned off the engine and the five
people waited, even worried that there breathing would make too much noise.
It was at that moment that Deborah sneezed. the other looked at her in shock, but all she could so was shrug
her shoulders, a sneeze was something you couldnt control.
The could hear the car approaching, they all silently prayed that it would just zoom pass, and why not the
car they were in was not bright, thank God Mike prefered dark coloured cars.
The car came closer and closer, Babs was about to burst as she held her breathe. Jimmy was transfixed by
the oncoming headlights.
Only Grant was the one moving he did something that no one else would have even considered he unzipped his
backpack and removed the gun, if anything happened they would not go down easy.
Mike leaned over from the backseat and noticed what Grant was doing, and in quick response Mike began to
do the same.
Babs saw what Mike was going to do and tears began to form in her eyes.
Before anyone could react the car was upon them.....
"Where are you going?" Aidan demanded as he looked at Rochelle who stood guilty at the car door.
"Im going back to the city"
"Are you mad, havent you been listening, the city is under attack, why go back into that chaos"
"I need to know the truth, we really dont know what is out there, all we have are the words of a worried
Aidan nodded in agreement "You're right about that, we all have been running around like chickens with our
heads cut off and we really dont know what is happening"
"That's why I'm going Aidan and dont stop me!"
"You cant go alone, what if it is dangerous?"
'I'll be fine Aidan, now let me go"
"Im going with you, I know it's mad, but your not going alone"
"I agree" came a feminine voice said from behind them, they both turned around to see Mindy with her own
backback in her hands.
"What are you doing Mindy?" Rochelle asked
"I knew what you were planning to do, and even know you said you'll think about it, I knew you had your
mind made up"
"So what are you doing with that backpack?"
"I'm coming, I dont know what to expect but i'm coming"
"I cant ask you to do that, I dont know what to expect and I dont want anything happening to you"
"And I dont want anything to happen to you. We are best friends. Where you go I go"
Rochelle gave her friend a smile, she couldnt believe how loyal a friend like Mindy was, she really didnt
deserve such a friend.
With fresh tears in her eyes Rochelle went and hugged Mindy. "You're a silly girl what if something was
"Than i'll be there to lift you up" Mindy said
Rochelle slid in the drivers seat, and Mindy slid in next to her, "Is there any chance I can convince you
not to go?" Aidan asked
"No, I'm going. So are you coming or are you going to go tell the others"
"I'm going, just let me grab a few items and leave a note"
Mindy rolled down the window "Just grab some gear, I left a note on the fridge for the others"
Mindy turned around and gace Rochelle a weak smile "There gonna be so mad"
"Let them"Rochelle said "There the ones who are going to look foolish when we discover the war is over"
Mindy nodded but she was 100% sure that her friend was right, but she had a duty to look after Rochelle,
she had been very fragile since the day at the general store. Maybe when Rochelle saw the war first hand than she would realise"
Just seeing those jets bomb the general store was enough for Mindy to realise they needed to stay in hiding.
Aidan hurried back with a few items, he jumped into the back, lets get going I got Jacob suspicious.
Rochelle put the car into gear and drove off, like the other car they knew they had to travel without headlights
being seen would be a terrible option.
Grant rolled down the car window and stuck the nozzle of the gun out the window, if any one was to appraoch
they would get a nasty surprise.
The group waited, not a sound was made apart from the deep breathing of Grant.
The car zoomed by paying no attention to the bushes around them. The group breathed a sigh of relief than
began to laugh at how serious they were.
"It looked like an army jeep" Grant said
"Wonder if it's one of ours or there's" Mike replied
Grant and Mike returned the guns to the backpack, letting Babs breathe more easily, she wondered how she
was going to act if she ever had to hold one of the guns and fire. She hoped she would have the nerve to pull the trigger,
cause it may mean the life or death of one of her friends.
"Well let's get rollin again" Deborah said
"I'll drive you down a little further than I better head back. It's too dangerous to continue going by car"
"I'm glad I brought my walking shoes" Mike said
The car got back on the road and continued to sail down the road, everyone was looking nervously around
for any sign of activity.
Finally Jimmy decided he had driven as far as possible. The four slid out of the door quielty.
"You best keep off the main roads and cut across the paddocks and bushland. It will take longer but it will
be hell of alot safer."
The four nodded as they watched Jimmy turn the car around and drive off. Once the car was out of sight they
hoisted there backpacks up, slid off the road and disappeared into the bushes.
Heading in a westerly direction that would eventually lead them to Debney Bay.
Now no longer in a car, Mike gathered that it might take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to get there,
but seeing that they were going through bushland it may even take longer.
Mike immediately took the lead with the two girls in the middle and Grant taking up the rear. Grant saw
this as an oppturnity to lit up a cigarette.
"What are you doing?" Deborah said worried
"I'm having a cigarette, what does it look like"
"What if someone see's, do you really think that is right?"
"No one is going to see" Grant said getting annoyed "You can talk, I noticed you slipped that little silver
flask of yours into your backpack, and i'm pretty sure it isnt creaming soda"
Deborah flashed him an annoyed look "I'm not an alcoholic, a stiff drink just relaxes me"
"Well dont relax too well, it's a time to be cautious. And I never said you were an alcoholic"
From the front of the line Mike shhh them both "Not the time or place" he whispered "Save your addiction
squabblings for some other time"
Deborah headed up to walk with Mike while Bab's fell back to speak with Grant, when he saw Babs shivering,
he removed his jacket and placed it around her.
"What about you? I dont want you freezing to death" Babs said
"I'm a man, I dont feel the cold" Grant said in his most masculine voice, that made Babs giggle.
"I cant believe we are doing this" Babs said "I feel like a spy or a commando"
"Wait until the real action happens" Grant said.
The group were walking for about another forty-five minutes when Babs expressed the need to use the toilet.
As Babs disappeared into the bushes the other three sought the chance to have a quick rest.
Deborah hid from the two guys as she sipped at her flask, she really didnt need Grant judging her.
Grant sat down and began lighting up another cigarette, he noticed Mike give a disapproval look,
"Now what is your problem, your not gonna have a go at me like Deborah did?"
"I just think at this point in time, you shouldn't smoke just in case someone does see you"
"It helps me to relax" Grant said "I dont want to get stressed, and this is a very stressful situation"
"I.." Mike was about to continue when the crunching of leaves and twigs could be heard a few metres behind
them. Mike looked at Grant wide eyed, Grant also spun and than dived to the floor, getting his hands scratched up but twigs
and dirt. Mike also dived to the ground and he landed straight on his backpack, he rolled off it and quickly unziped the back,
and fumbled for the gun. Both guys just hoped that the girls would stay hidden where they were.
But it wasnt going to be out of the corner of his eye Mike saw Babs slowly zipping up her jeans and walking
out of the bush. If he called out whatever was making that sound was going to fire if they had a gun at him, but
it was obvious that they would see Babs if he didnt say anything.
Mike felt the butt of his gun, he grabbed it with all his might and did something he thought he would never
do, he jumped up and screamed for Babs to hit the ground.
Unlike the other times in the car there was no loud music, or jokes being made. Rochelle kept her eyes on
From her position Mindy did the same even know she was exhausted, she had to force herself to keep her eyes
Aidan had his head turned as he looked out the back of the car. The driving had been slow but they were
making good time, so far they had seen no one else on the road.
Rochelle even backed up her arguement but saying if there country really had been invaded would they have
seen more traffic as people fled the city.
"Unless they never got the chance too" Mindy pipped in.
The car had zoomed passed the wreckage of the general store, none of them wanted to be reminded of what
It wasnt long before they were coming upon the fork in the road.
Rochelle halted the car, "One of you is going to have to get out and check the area.
See that no cars are coming from any direction than wave us through.
Aidan could see that Mindy was worried that she was going to be the one choosen for the task, so he eased
her mind but hoping out of the car himself, and slowly creeping towards the fork in the road.
He reached the fork and began to look in all directions, it all seemed clear but it was than he heard the
sound of an approaching vehicle, travelling along like them with no headlights.
Aidan frantically waved his hands at Rochelle. She gave a surprised nod and moved the car into reverse,
looking for a place to hide the car. Meanwhile Aidan dipped into the shadows and head behind a clumb of rocks as he waited
and watched the car approaching.
The car drove passed Aidan could have sworn it looked famillar, he was shaking badly and beads of sweat
were dripping off his forehead, he crouched lower, afraid that the occupants of the car would see him, he also hoped that
Rochelle and Mindy were also fine.
The car passed with no response, Aidan breathed a sigh of relief, he waited a few minutes giving the car
ample time to leave the vacinity.
He than stood up, pins and needles running down his left leg, but he walked it off as he went in search
of Rochelle and Mindy.
he two girls had hidden the car badly behind a large tree, it wasnt really a good hidng spot, if the car
had been going any slower they would have spotted it within seconds.
Aidan called out softly to the two girls, who were crouched a few metres away behind some bushes
"Is it safe to come out?" Mindy asked
Aidan nodded, the two girls emerged from there hiding place, clutched to each other. Mindy was still shaking
but now that she knew it was safe Rochelle was more confidant.
The group hurried back to the car, and Rochelle put the car back into gear.
"Are we going to have to do this at every road. we will never get there" Mindy said
"It has to be done, can you imagine if we didnt check, we could have been sitting ducks" Aidan replied
At that moment Mindy wished that she was back in her bed at the cabin, snuggled into her warm blankets and
asleep, she couldnt believe she had agreed to come on this journey it didnt look like it was going to be as fun as she thought
"Just think in a few more hours, we will be back in the city, my heart is racing already' Rochelle said.
Aidan locked eyes with Mindy and shook his head.
It was at that moment that a loud bang made them all jump, Rochelle let out a cry as she tried to
keep control of the car, "A tyre has gone" she cried
"Just steady the car" Aidan shouted from the backseat, whilst in the front Mindy covered her eyes with her
Another scream and a grunt came from Rochelle as she lost control of the wheel, in her fear she placed her
foot on the break only to realise it was the accelerator, the three in the car cried out in the terror as the car speed up
towards a large tree.