That night was the first night in a while that Gwen had gone to bed early. She got into bed at around 10:30 and quickly fell asleep. She tossed and turned in her sleep but was at peace. All was calm and all was well until she heard that sound.
It pierced through her dreamless sleep like an alarm going off. Gwen jumped up, startled. The room was still dark, only lit up by the vibrating phone on her nightstand. Gwen tiredly reached out and grabbed her phone. The time read about 2:14. The caller ID said that her cousin was calling.
"Hello?" She answered.
"Gwen? Gwen! It's Ben can you hear me?!"
"It's late," she whispered.
"We need help! This is serious! Bellwood's under attack! There--"
"Call me in the morning," she replied.
"No wait! I haven't-"
Gwen hung up. She put the phone back down and went back to sleep.
A few minutes later the phone rang again. Gwen turned over and grabbed her phone.
"Gwen? Gwen are you there? We need you and Kevin to get out here! Don't worry about college!" There was a distant booming sound from Ben's side.
"Why would you want me to do that?"
"There is this bug thing!"
"Stop joking around and let me sleep."
"No! There is this bug and--" Ben's side hung up. Gwen stared at her phone before going back to sleep.
Exactly twenty minutes later the phone rang again. Gwen groaned as she sat up. Her movements were much quicker this time.
"What is it?" She sounded annoyed.
"Gwendolyn? This is Rook. I am sorry to interrupt your sleep but Bellwood is in a code red emergency. There has been---"
Gwen hung up and fell back asleep.
Around three AM she was awoken again. There was a banging noise coming from outside.
"Gwen? Gwen are you awake?"
Gwen got up and dragged herself over. She opened the door to find Kevin, fully dressed, in front of her.
"Kevin?" She asked sleepily.
"Did you get the calls? Bellwood's under attack."
"Yeah. They'll be ok though," she said.
"Gwen, it's a parasitic alien virus."
Her eyes widened.
"A virus?" She was much more awake.
"From what I heard from Rook, it's spreading across the west coast."
Gwen straightened her posture.
"We have to get going," she was fully awake.
"I have to change," she said.
"There's not a lot of time. Grab your clothes and other things."
Gwen rushed around her room. She put on her shoes and jacket, grabbed a spare change of clothes, and got her phone, keys, and ID from the night table. The two rushed out to Kevin's car which was parked out front.
"Do you think we can stop for coffee?" She asked as she buckled up.
"That's a great idea," Kevin agreed. "I think we're going to need a lot of it."
They drove out.