"You've got to help me." He'd told Ann after she discovered him on the grounds of the community building. He’d been hiding under the cover of dense bushes directly across from the empty parking lot of the building she worked in. He was trying hard to blend into a cramped landscape of the sharp thorny bushes. Brian's hazel eyes had been determined yet, pleading as he’d gazed at her.
"I can't help you."
He'd grasped her hand as she tried to turn away and she gazed down at him. She hadn't been able to look away from the mute appeal in them. They'd been round with tension, but still lit with hope.
"If you don't help me, it's all over for me and thousands of others."
He'd sunk back behind the bushes then as a military policeman ran up to her. Her heart had almost stopped with fright and began to beat triple time as the frowning policeman had drawn near.
"Miss, why haven't you left this area?"
Ann had gazed at the ground as she tried to think of a suitable excuse. "Please forgive me, sir. I was just searching for my car keys."
The guard grunted and gave a slight laugh, "Well, get going. I have more important things to do than wait with a Redclasser to find her car keys. The traitor, Brian Williams, is hiding somewhere on these grounds. We intend to find him."
Ann walked toward her car, unlocked the rusty door and glanced back to find the young man still there under the cover of the bushes gazing at her as the guard drifted away. She had slowly sat down behind the wheel of her rambler and started its old engine. Pulling out of the parking space and with a decision made she'd pulled up alongside the building and quickly opened the door. A flood of relief covered the young man's face as he shot into the car beside her and ducked down.
Ann drove with shaky hands out of the parking lot, urging him to hide under the thick covering of a blanket she'd bought the night before. They slowly drifted past shouting guard units and onto the open road.
When they were well out of the danger zone, Brian slowly sat up in the seat. Tension was pouring from him in waves and he expelled a harsh breath. "I know this is going to be hard for you. I need your help again. I'm Brian Williams and I need a place to hide until this blows over."