Despite the death and decay of the world around them, Tabitha is in love. Jayden is everything she always wanted in a boyfriend. With him, it's easy for her to believe that her every dream has been fulfilled.
But a dream is simply that. The fantasy is quickly destroyed when a shattering secret is revealed. Driven out of the safety and security of Kellan's home, Tabitha finds herself in a life or death situation. The dead can't match the threat that comes from living, and her faith in humanity is shattered when she finds herself in the hands of those meant to protect.
In a world full of vampires and zombies, Tabitha knew to expect more. She just didn't expect it to come from the only man she truly believed could chase the monsters away. It would seem that Kellan was hiding a lot more than she'd imagined... and in the old, abandoned ghost town, as the dead come against the living, Tabitha realizes that Kellan might just be the biggest monster of them all.
His body had filled out quite a bit in the last several months. Some of it was just normal, that last little push that nature gives every male as he steps into his twenties. But some of it was from all the physical activity we'd both endured. Surviving a zombie apocalypse required quite a bit more stamina than sitting in the classroom. But over time, our bodies had hardened. We'd both grown stronger. We were survivors in a world where so many hadn't been, but surviving had left its mark on both of us.
In that moment, though, life was perfect. Sitting there with Jayden, with the sun warming our bodies, I felt carefree again. The world felt bright and new, and nothing could touch us. We were young, and we were in love. Together, we could handle anything that was thrown at us, especially since we had the support of the precious few that were still with us.
If I'd only known what the future held, I might not have jinxed myself by thinking that way. Then again, I might not have changed a thing. The joy that I found in the innocence of our love was so pure and uncomplicated that many times my thoughts have returned to the magic of that day in the grass. It was an exquisite afternoon, a rarity, in a long line of heartaches and heartbreaks. As the years passed, I would learn to treasure the good times. They were few and far between.
Make sure to read Phase One: Identify to see how it all started and Phase Two: Evaluate . Both books are available for free through Kindle Unlimited and offered exclusively on Amazon.