Bigby knocked on the door to TJ's room and Snow answered it. "Hey Bigby" she greeted.
"Snow" he said simply with a nod her way.
"How's everything out here? I heard shouting"
"Ah just normal Fable arguments. It happens often" he replied with a wave of his hand. "How's the kid? He said anything about... You know?"
"Not really, he was a little shaken but he came round. He's so wrapped up in talking about his bug collection it hasn't really phased him." Snow lowered her head and stressfully tugged at her loose waves of black hair.
"You okay?" He asked worryingly.
"Yeah, it's just..."
"I wish we could do something. There are so many Fables out there, Fables that need help but we can't do anything about it" she said sadly. "Not likes anything has changed... Some Fables never got the help they needed, people that wanted to see Crane or you would just get turned away by me"
"Hey that's not true, you do the best that you can. You're good at your job"
"I was. There probably won't be a job to go back to after all this"
"It's just you and me left who can maintain order... Where do you think Crane is?" Bigby wondered.
"Probably locked himself in his office" Snow said with a small chuckle.
"What a coward" Bigby said, shaking his head.
"He may have been an asshole but we shouldn't joke about that stuff" Snow told him.
"Yeah, you're right... When was the last time you saw him?" He asked curiously.
"A couple of hours ago, he wanted me to go get him some wine since his other bottle had gone missing. I was outside when I saw a Mundy standing on the grass..."
"Disobeying your rules?"
"Yeah, that's what I thought at the time. I approached him and god...." She shook her head in disbelief.
"Did it hurt you?" He asked worryingly.
"No, not really. He attacked me but I pushed him off... He hit his head on my sign, you know the 'Stay off the grass' one. His head split open.... More of them came, some tried to get in through the alleyway at the side of the building. I went back inside and rung the alarm. And that's it really" she told him.
"I'm sorry for everything you went through." He apologised. "We need to leave soon, so get TJ ready" he told her.
"Sure. He probably won't want to part with his bug collection though..."
"We can't afford to take luxuries, Snow"
"I know, I'll try to convince him to leave it behind"
"Talk to you later, Snow" he said before moving away from the door. Snow moved back into TJ's room and shut the door behind her.
"You three ready?" Bigby asked as he rejoined Colin, Toad and Beast.
"We were ready before you started chatting up Snow" Colin told him smugly.
"I wasn't chatting up Snow" Bigby told him gruffly.
"Suuuuuuurrrreeee. The world's in crisis Bigby and yet you still have time to talk to Snow"
"Shut up, Colin."
"Sure Bigby, whatever you say"
Bigby turned towards Toad who was dressed quite smartly, wearing a jacket and hat. "You know we're not going on an outing, Toad"
"Yeah I know, just trying to look as normal as possible" Toad replied, adjusting his hat.
"That's pretty impossible without glamour. But we have no choice so I suppose we have to take you outside. But the last thing we want is any living Mundy's witnessing a 3 foot toad" Bigby paused before glancing around the room "You have any weapons Toad?"
"No, why'd you ask?"
"Fists don't really work against these things" Bigby replied.
"No shit" Toad responded simply. "Hm... Well the Woodsman has an axe, you could probably take that"
"Where is Woody?" Bigby wondered "Is he not home?"
"He's probably down at the Trip Trap, getting himself wasted. Either that or being eaten alive on the streets" Toad replied casually.
TJ's door opened and the little toad came out into the hallway carrying his bug collection with Snow following behind. TJ walked up to his father, who patted his head comfortingly as a sign of affection.
"I thought I said no luxuries" Bigby said to Snow.
"I know but he takes real pride in that bug collection, he refused to leave it behind"
"You're too soft" he teased.
"You're too big, and too bad" she teased back.
"I hate to interrupt but we have to go" Colin told them.
Toad scooped up his car keys and unlocked the door to the apartment, the group followed from behind. "I'll get the car started, Bigby you get the Woodsman's axe and we'll meet you out there" Toad told him.
"Great, sounds like a plan" Bigby replied. He quickly moved upstairs as the group exited through the front. As he came to the top he moved towards Woody's apartment. He knocked on the door but received no answer. He knocked harder but the was still no response. He pushed the door unlocked open and entered.
"Figures" he stated simply, glancing round at the rundown apartment. And there it was, Woody's axe, the same one that had cut Bigby himself open. Bigby shuddered at the memory of the Homelands and picked up the axe which was propped up in the corner. Handling the same weapon that had been used to kill him was haunting. We need protection, no matter what.
"Bigby!" Toad called from downstairs. Bigby clutched the axe firmly and quickly exited Woody's apartment and ran downstairs. "What's going on? I thought you were heading to the car?" Bigby asked confused, the group standing in the hallway.
"They're everywhere Bigby! There's no way we can all get to the car" Toad told him.
"Fuck... What are we going to do?"
"There's an exit around the back of the building, one of us should go out and get the car while the rest of us go through the back exit. The person that goes to the car can drive it round the back and get the Fables out of here" Toad told him.
Bigby paused before staring at the front door "I'll do it" he volunteered. "I have the axe after all"
"I don't know about this, Bigby" Snow said worryingly "I don't want you to get hurt."
"I won't, don't worry. I'll go as fast as I can"
Toad put his hand in his pocket and handed Bigby the car keys. "Look after my car ok? I don't want it to get scratched"
"A scratch is the least of your worries, Toad." Bigby turned towards the door, giving the group one last look before exiting.
The outside world was in chaos. Undead Mundy's wandered the street, shambling on broken and twisted legs. As soon as he exited the apartment building the undead Mundy's were altered to his presence, several that were crowded round a bloody corpse stood up and move towards him.
Bigby lifted Woody's axe above his head and swung it down on one of the creatures heads, a loud hiss came from its exposed brain. Lifting his foot he kicked the creature off the axe and swung it round at another, stabbing it in the side of the head. It's body went slack and fell limply to the ground as he tore the axe from its skull.
He moved towards Toad's car, blood splattered on his white shirt and face. Another creature lunged at him from the side, grabbing hold of the axe in his hands. He struggled as the creature leaned close, trying to take a chunk out of his face. Bigby stabbed the creature's cheek with the tip of the axe, before tugging it from the creatures grip, and bringing the axe down on it's head.
He whipped the car keys out of his pocket and unlocked the car. He threw open the door and jumped in, slamming it behind him as on of the undead Mundy's lunged at the car window, blood and entrails smearing across. Bigby hit the accelerator, the car shot forward, sending one of the undead Mundy's flying over the bonnet. The car hit the pavement, Bigby quickly swerved and drove round the back of the apartments, flowing the road.
He stopped round the back, meeting up with the others. "My car!" Toad cried when he saw the blood smeared window.
"Get in!" Bigby yelled.
The group threw open the doors, Snow climbed into the front passenger seat while the others squeezed into the back. As soon as all the doors were shut Bigby hit the accelerator and zoomed down the road at high speeds.
"You saved a lot of lives today, Bigby" Snow said warmly. Bigby smiled at her comment and continued to drive. Soon they would be leaving Fabletown and it's residents far behind....
Toad's car was parked at a gas station, the group scattered across the area. Bigby was leaning against one of the gas pumps, stocking up on fuel. Snow was talking to TJ, giving him some comforting words while the little toad just seemed to be studying his bug collection. Toad was on the other side of his car, looking nervously at the blood smear on his window and the dent on the bonnet. Beast was standing at the edge of the road and staring longingly at the route they had taken.
Colin was still inside the car, sleeping, his snores could be heard from outside. Lazy ass pig. Bigby thought to himself as he pulled the gas pump from the fully fuelled car.
"Bigby..." Toad muttered, attracting his attention.
"What are we going to do now? If we can't go back to Fabletown where do we go?" He asked. "Only a couple of us look human, how are we going to deal with that?"
"You, your son and Colin can manage without glamour, for now. As for what we do, we keep moving but not stray to far, try to find somewhere we can settle until the remaining Mundy's sort things out" Bigby told him.
"If they sort things out" Toad commented, unsure.
"We have to have faith, Toad"
"Yeah? Well the Mundy's probably started this in the first place, you heard what Beast said"
Bigby sighed "We'll discuss what to do in the morning, for now, we should rest here. There's a store and a restaurant over there, probably use that for shelter and gather food as well"
"Well looks like you got things covered. For now. Lets just hope things don't get more fucked than they started with you in charge" Toad said harshly.
Bigby looked hurt by his remark but tried to hide it "I'm going to go talk to the others" he stated, before walking away.
Bigby opened the back door of the car to see Colin lying on the back seat, snoring as peer usual. With a roll of his eyes Bigby prodded the sleeping pig causing him to jerk awake. "Again, Bigby? Really? Can't a pig get some sleep around here?"
"Enjoying the car?" He asked.
"Oh yeah, it's terrific." Colin replied sarcastically "Suppose I've slept in worse places."
"Like the Farm" Bigby commented smugly.
"Fuck you" Colin growled.
"You should count yourself lucky that I didn't drive past there and leave ya"
"You don't scare me Bigby. The Farm is probably overrun too, anyway" he paused "Hopefully" he said with a grin.
"Maybe it's not badly affected" Bigby suggested.
"I don't think so" Colin muttered. "Now if you don't mind, I'd like to get some fucking shut eye"
A grin slowly creeped across Bigby's face as he leaned again the car door "Oh so you want to go to sleep now, huh? Like how I wanted to sleep back in my apartment"
"Oh come on man, not now, I'm so frickin' tired" Colin said sleepily.
"I still have a lot of stuff to say"
"Leave me alone and let me sleep!" Colin demanded.
Bigby let out a small chuckle before moving away from the car door and slamming it shut, leaving Colin be.