Bruce Holmes was a typical Midwestern guy with a country background and strong American pride. He grew up doing what any kid did, playing outdoors and looking for the woman of his dreams. It was late high school when he finally did the later and married her. She was a lot more adventurous than him and always wanted to travel, see the world, and expand their worldly knowledge. Although hesitant during the first few trips, he too began to discover a love for the travel, one almost as strong as the one for her. They would take any chance they could to travel and would often take off without properly planning or informing family members. They would almost just throw an imaginary dart at the map and go there. This love, although pure, would ultimately lead to heartbreak and deep despair.
Bruce always protested going to potentially hostile areas... This time he gave in to the begging
It's been nearly six months since he lost everything. Six months without the love of his life. Six months with nothing but pain and regret. Since the outbreak, Bruce has led a dramatically lonely and isolated life. He has been holed up in the northeast, living his life day by day. Still insure about the real details of the outbreak and the surrounding conflicts, it's dangerous to go outside his comfort zone. He's only gone out to gather supplies and food to ensure he's not the next tally mark on the list of the dead. However, he noticed that the pain had slowly started driving him deeper and deeper into depression. He would sit completely still in the house, merely gripping the cross around his neck. He knew this would lead to taking his own life before long.
During one of his recent, restless, nights Holmes dreamed of her. Dreamed of everything he loved and adored. However, he also dreamed of her silently crying at the shell of a man that he had become. This pushed Bruce over the edge and he couldn't stand still any longer. He had to go out. He wouldn't be ashamed of who he has any longer. Although, he knew the risks, the dangers, and potential fate that he would face, it outweighed dying alone and depressed. He'll still never be the same, but he can try regaining more of his former self one day at a time.
So he ventures out, mostly unsure and untrusting of anyone he sees or meets...