Attempting to focus my thoughts as I walk to the boat, I really wasn’t sure what to do with the information I’d been given - what could I do? We were on some unknown Island, chances of us ever seeing the city again were slim; we didn’t even know if it was safe to ever return, so even though my heart was telling me to stop and think about what Lex had said, the logical side of me understood that there was little we could do - I just felt so torn, did I tell the others or keep it to myself so they didn’t have to feel the emotions I currently was trying to wrap my head around; keeping something like this to myself just felt so unbelievably wrong, at the same time so did giving everyone hope. What if our friends and loved ones really were still alive? Stumbling slightly onto the boat I reach out in time before I hit the deck “Pull yourself together Amber.” I mutter under my breath, grateful nobody is around to see me in my current state.
Scanning the boat I sigh when I realise it really is empty, not even Zak appears to be here and if I was completely honest he’d been the person I’d hoped hadn’t left the boat, but after weeks stuck cooped up I was certain even he was grateful to be back on land, I really shouldn’t be surprised he wasn’t here. Regaining my composure I move over to pick up my coat and scan to make sure we had everything we were going to need, food and water were something we needed to find, they definitely needed to be a priority, first though it was a case of hoping nobody had ventured too far away so we could actually move away from such a wide open space and get somewhere out of sight, the abandoned building seemed perfect, even if it had spooked Trudy for reasons I was uncertain of. The truth was though, there was a great deal of uncertainty right now, it was why we needed to all know where to return to and hopefully set up a base of sorts.
I pause as I notice the pile of clothes, setting my coat back down I move over to investigate further, my eyebrow quirking ever so slightly as I realise they are Zak’s clothes, that meant he couldn’t be far away after all; well unless he was wandering around half naked. I shake that thought away as quickly as it enters my mind. Walking towards the back of the boat my eyes scan the water and it doesn’t take long for me to notice Zak a little distance away in the water, clearing my throat slightly in a means to announce my presence I divert my gaze so I’m not fully invading his private moment - I understood we’d pretty much taken over his space the last few weeks, I wasn’t even sure I’d said thank you, I was sure all of us had, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to make certain. “I just wanted to say thank you. You really pulled through for us and I’m sure you’re ready to have your boat back to yourself.” I comment as my eyes scan the water. “We found an abandoned building just up the beach, you’re welcome to join us while we figure out what to do next, however I understand if you’d rather stay here.” No he wasn’t a Mallrat, he’d helped us though at a time of need and now we all just needed to pull together, none of us knew him, not really, but I knew enough to know his heart was in the right place and for that reason alone I wanted to make certain he knew he was welcome to join us if he chose to do so.