The soft crumble of the gravel was the only sound that echoed throughout the empty plain.
Two sets of frightened eyes widened and searched the land every time they heard the noise.
“How much further?” questioned the boy, before rubbing his lips to try and bring some moisture back to them. But to no effect.
A girl, elder of the two looked down before squinting her eyes in the direction ahead. They were far from any civilization and stuck in the middle of the barren land with no sign of food or water. This worried her immensely. Especially seeing the condition of her brother. Two days of walking and swallowing only air had done him no favors. But she knew what had to be done.
They had to find shelter. Fast.
Running was not easy. Not the physical exertion of it; but moving on from the place you called home, or the people you called family and friends. But it had to be done. They had no where to go and running seemed like the only option at the time. She had no regrets. Except maybe being able to carry some more provisions for her little brother. The only family she had left. She did not want him to be taken to a foster home and be separated from the only person who could help keep their memories of their parents alive.
So they packed their bags and left. A perfectly logical move. Neither wanted to be away from the other. But as she thought back, she did not want either of them to die and become a snack for the vultures soaring above. Dying, either by starvation or death, was definitely not part of her plan.
“When all else fails, remember to keep your spirit, your heart, and you hope alive”
Her dear mum always would say these words despite the obstacles they overcame. And she would do that as well. Anything for the one she loved.
Squinting ahead she saw smoke billowing in the far away distance.
“Hope” she whispered marching forwards, fervently hoping for some sign of life, food and water. Not for her; but for the tiny soul she wanted to protect with all her heart.
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