“Are we there yet?” Johan moaned.
“For the fifth time, no!” Phil screamed, “And for the record we don’t even know where ‘there’ is!” he added in frustration.
“Geez, sorry!” Johan huffed in the back of the car.
“I know where we’re going!” Mark yelled to Phil from his truck. Music blasted from it and Mark and Matthew were head-banging and pretending to play guitar. Lilly rolled her eyes.
“It’s a while away, though. We’ll be there sometime tomorrow!”
“And then I can kick giant ass, right?” Matthew asked.
“MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!” Mark replied strangely, “There will be A LOT of giantess!”
Lilly frowned as Johan repeated the same question and Phil kept lashing out. Matthew relaxed in the truck as Mark continued to drive, both bobbed their heads to the extremely loud music.
“If you would die in any way, what would it be?” Mark asked everyone, “Ok you first, Mark. Why thank you. I would be quickly crushed by a REALLY hot giantess.”
“I’d die in the most AWESOME and MEMORABLE way possible!” Matthew replied.
“Death by Mark!” Johan screeched enthusiastically.
“Who wouldn’t?” Mark joked. Matthew laughed hysterically.
“I refuse to die.” Lilly groaned.
“What about you, Phil. How would you like to go out?” Mark asked.
“Honestly, I want to die whilst fighting for my friends - all of you.” Phil started getting a little emotional.
“That’s so nice, Phil,” Lilly leaned over and hugged him tight.
“Whoa, that’s DEEP!” Johan exclaimed.
When the team finally recovered from their previously bored state, they arrived at a run down and derelict gas station. Phil and Lilly stepped out of the car and headed into the shop, hoping to gather some supplies for the journey. However, when they tried to open the door, it wouldn’t budge. They pushed the door as hard as they could, but it still wouldn’t move. They decided to have a look through the window, and a terrifying sight met their eyes. A massive girl was curled up into a ball and filled up the entire building cracks were all over the floor, ceiling and walls, all the shelves were crushed under her, and most of her clothed had been ripped apart. She lay in her white underwear, and had long orange hair and shiny hazel eyes. She saw Phil and Lilly staring through the window, and suddenly sat up. Her head smashed through the ceiling. Lilly and Phil turned and ran as the giantess stood up.
“RUN!” Phil yelled, “RUN!”
But the others couldn’t hear them because of the deafening music.
“Hey, wait!” the giantess yelled, “Don’t run away!”
Phil slowed and turned round, but Lilly kept on running.
“You’re not gonna hurt us?” Phil asked.
“No! No, I’m not!” She replied.
Suddenly, Matthew jumped in front of Phil, protecting him, “Don’t worry, Phil! I’ll protect you!”
“Wait, Matthew!” Phil exclaimed, “She’s not gonna hurt us!”
“Really?” Matthew asked, and lowered his sword, “Oh.”
“What’s your name?” Phil asked the giantess.
“My name’s Janice,” she replied, “I’m sorry I scared you.”
“It’s alright,” Phil replied.
“What’s going on?” Mark asked as he ran towards them, then he saw Janice, “Oh... Hi!” he waved at her kindly. He was blushing madly.
“Uh-Janice, we were wondering if you’d seen our friend Emily.” Phil suggested.
“We were?” Mark exclaimed.
“Sorry, I haven’t,” Janice said, “I’ve been here for a while. I’ve been too scared to do anything.”
“Oh...” Phil sighed.
“But I’ll keep an eye out” She added kindly.
“Thank you,” Mark said.
Lilly emerged from the car after returning there; Johan trailed behind her. Lilly glared at Janice.
“So are we staying here for a while? It would be an ideal spot to camp in.” Lilly asked the team, “As long as it’s... away from the giant.”
Janice turned away, insulted by Lilly’s attitude.
“Yeah, we’ll stay here for the night.” Phil decided. Phil, Johan and Mark returned to the car to unpack their belongings. Matthew approached Lilly who was turning away from Janice begrudgingly.
“Hey, Lil, you know that Janice means no harm?” Matthew asked.
“Yeaaah?” Lilly responded.
“So why do you have something against her? She won’t do anything bad.” Matthew assured.
Lilly eased up and smiled. “Alright, if you say so. I’ll try and be a little friendlier.”
Matthew pat her on the back and then jogged to the cars to help the three others with the luggage. Lilly was blushing as Matthew lifted the several heavy backpacks towards the station. Lilly closed her eyes contently and held a strong smile.
“Hey I found a stock room!” Johan called from inside the crumbling building.
“Great work, what’s in it?” Phil asked.
“Nothing,” Johan replied. “Nothing but empty storage boxes looks like we’ve been out-scavenged.”
Lily sighed and headed in, “That’s not even a word.”
“This door’s stuck,” Phil said, “Can you get Janice to open it?”
“Sure,” Mark said, and he ran outside to get her.
“It’s cool, I’ve got it.” Matthew approached the door. He made several lightning fast cuts with his sword in the sturdy wooden door and seconds after the door collapsed in perfectly cut chunks.
“There, open!” Matthew exclaimed proudly.
They found a load of supplies, so decided to pack it all in the truck, and got ready to go to sleep since it was getting dark.
“Where’s everybody sleeping then?” Phil asked. “I’d happily sleep outside to keep watch at night.” the rest of the group agreed with this.
“Mark and I will have the empty storage room and the other two can sleep in the other storage room.” Johan suggested. Lilly was more than happy with the suggestions made.
“What about Janice?” Matthew asked.
“Oh I’m fine I’ll just have a lie down behind the building.” Janice reassured. Phil pulled three adequately sized sleeping bags from the truck and asked who wanted one. Mark and Johan were quick to take one each and Lilly was given the last one without any questions.
“You won’t get cold in the night?” Lilly asked Matthew, concerned.
“You’re kidding? I’ll be just fine.” Matthew answered. Phil checked his wristwatch and then the sky and decided it was time for the group to head to their respective rooms or positions and rest for the morning. He pulled up a chair outside of the front door once everyone was inside and sunk into the comfort the chair provided. At that moment, all of his doubt and stress burnt away into nothingness, he felt at peace even during this worldwide crisis. Meanwhile, inside the building, Mark and Johan discussed their thoughts on Janice.
“I like her; I think she’s really nice.” Mark said.
“I think she’s HAWT!!” Johan boomed.
“You got that right!” Mark agreed and then they rested their arms on each other’s shoulders, stretched into their sleeping bags and laughed awkwardly. Then they both sank into their own dreams (mainly about Janice.) Lilly leant against the front of the desk wide awake; Matthew was lying on the desk yawning. There was a small silence.
“Hey, are you still awake?” Lilly whispered.
“Yeah. What’s up?”
“How do you always manage to stay so carefree even in our current situation?” Lilly asked Matthew.
“Well,” Matthew closed his eyes and opened his heart “Deep down, I’m terrified like we all are and I try to negate this feeling by acting positive. Even if it seems impossible, I hide my actual emotion to stop others from worrying. On the outside, I may seem relaxed but really I’m damaged by all of this. The outbreak of giants and all of the loved ones I’ve lost.” Matthew explained. Lilly looked up and Matthew turned to her.
“I’m so sorry to hear that,” Lilly said. “Me and Phil, we lost a friend called Bob. He was killed by Emily and from that moment on I ceased to trust her.” Lilly’s eyes started to water, “She’s became a monster.”
“And that’s why you don’t trust Janice?” Matthew asked concernedly; Lilly nodded silently. After the long silence, Matthew bid Lilly a good night and rested his head on the desk. The two drifted into a long slumber. Phil sat drowsily outside as he felt the chill of the desert running over his skin. He decided that he too should go to sleep, but he also decided to stay awake just in case he saw any traces of Emily. In the end, he gave in to the proposition of a nap and fell into a deep sleep.