As I stepped from the bus, my rage from the confrontation with the Unlucky had finally subsided and I was able to think more clearly. I should have known that the keys would not be in the bus; they were more than likely somewhere inside the school. I needed to figure out where they could be. Standing outside the vehicle in the rain, I studied the brick building in front of me for some time before deciding that we were going to have to look for the keys if we wanted to get out of this city alive. Then I realized that the Professor would know where something like that would be kept; he said that he had worked in a school for several years before the outbreak of the sickness. I knew I needed to go back inside where the others were before any other unwanted company could appear.
As I walked into the school I saw the others were still waiting for me in the front lobby. I went up to them and said that we needed to find the keys, but other than that, the bus looked to be in great condition.
Rose asked me where we would find the keys; I told her that I was hoping the Professor would be able to answer that question for all of us. He said there was usually a set of master keys kept in the Principle’s office, and even though he wasn't certain that they would have a key for the bus, he was still hopeful, since it appeared the school used to be a private institution.
The Professor suggested that we split up, so that we would be able to cover more ground. He said he and Rose would go to the east wing and search there. I told Michael that Richard and I would cover the west wing of the building and for him and Renee to cover the center section.
We all went to our assigned part of the school building. Richard and I had just walked into the west wing when he asked me what the matter was; why had I chosen to partner up with him instead of anyone else?
I told him that something was happening to me; it felt like I was losing control. My brother said he understood--that was the same feeling he had right before taking the cure. There was a long pause afterward, but we continued to walk down the corridor of the west wing.
Finally Rich spoke, apologizing about his actions earlier, swearing that it was the sickness that caused him to become crazed. I cut him off in the middle of his sentence, telling him that if I were to become like that to kill me. There was another moment of silence between us before Richard agreed.
He tried to talk about what happened earlier, and Maria’s death, but I would have none of it. I told him that he was a murderer and just to be thankful that a second chance was given. Finally, I told him that the reason I brought him along with me was because there were matters to be discussed. I wanted to know from him that if I were to die before reaching Haven, would he be strong enough to take the lead and get everyone there safely? Before answering my question, Richard asked me if I thought that I would not make it there alive.
I told him that it did not matter; all I wanted from him was to get our family to Haven in one piece.
Richard eventually agreed. He knew Michael was my first choice, but understood that my son was still too young to take that much responsibility on.
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