The city was on fire. He could see the flames and billowing black smoke in the distance, but that hardly effected him right now. The fire was there, at least thirty blocks away, but the shooting was happening here, all around him and he was in the thick of it. Gabriel hadn't intended such when he'd ventured from the dwelling he'd taken up hiding in for the night. The abandoned bookstore on an even emptier and desolate street had become a war-zone in a matter of minutes, though, and he'd woken to screaming, gunfire and the sound of powerful engines belonging to vehicles that were extremely rare to come by these days. Whoever was attacking had resources that most didn't and they were using it to reign terror on the city. The blond crouched once more behind rubble as more shots rang out from military-grade weapons; automatic guns with high rates of bullet discharge per cartridge. How these people had come across such high-powered guns was another mystery, but it wasn't one he was keen on pondering at the moment. No, staying alive was top priority. Another explosion, what had caused the raging fires on the other side of the city in the first place, rocked the street. The bomb had been close by this time and Gabriel looked over his shoulder in the direction it had come from. People were running, some screaming, others falling as they were mowed down by the men in the trucks and beyond them was more black smoke, the orange of flames. They were trying to destroy the entire city, weren't they? The thought was a violent one, but somehow didn't cause his adrenaline to truly spike. In this world, cities fell every day, settlements were slaughtered, groups forced to flee. The world had no mercy anymore and the virus that ravaged it, that had brought it to its knees in the first place, had even less compassion than the animals that called themselves humans who roamed the earth's back. Such things were common now. This massacre, while horrifying, was not uncommon. Seeing one of those same trucks wreaking havoc suddenly stop and the people inside rush out to start apprehending those trying to flee, dragging them back to the vehicles and injecting them with something to still their struggling.....well, that was disturbing. Gabriel wasn't entirely sure where the blind terror that suddenly gripped him came from, but he did know that what he did next was probably the most incredibly stupid thing he could have done in that moment. He bolted.