"I remember, I remember, the house where I was born,
The little window where the sun came peeping in at morn"
- Philip Larkin, I Remember, I Remember
Alice was born and raised in southern Germany in a loving family, alongside her two older brothers. The girl had a happy and protected childhood. She discovered her love for reading at an early age, and became possessed with poetry.
"I hope you can hear me so I can let you know
That you were and will forever be my superhero."
- Eanne Brady, To Dad
At the age of 18 she graduated from school and wanted to become a German teacher. Shortly after her graduation, Alice’ father died in a car accident. The whole family was devastated, and Alice was so thrown off track by the incident that she didn’t start her studies, and worked at local pet home instead.
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both"
- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
Half a year later her mother fell in love with a charming Russian man, a father of one son. Alice saw that her mother was happy for the first time since the accident, and so she encouraged her to move to Russia. The young girl herself could have stayed in Germany and pursue her plan of becoming teacher. However, she felt a great longing to stay with her mother, and so, although barely speaking Russian, she decided to come to Russia with her. Her new goal was to find work as a native German teacher that did not require a diploma, but to teach German she first had to learn Russian.
"And the soul shall gain its heaven where the white-robed angels be--
And the brook shall blend with the river and the river shall wed the sea."
- Andrew Downing, Destiny
The outbreak happened. Men turned into beasts, and Alice’ mother and stepfather died. Two weeks into the outbreak her stepbrother turned as well. The young woman was alone in a foreign country full of zombies and bandits, and she was robbed, beaten and abused multiple times. But she survived, and fate lead her to a group of kind survivors, who took her in and kept her safe.
"But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Solitude
More than two years after the outbreak, Alice had learned to survive on her own and cope with the pain. She was no longer with her initial group, but she cherished the memory of the friends she had made and the lessons she had learned. A man whose advice she valued had told her to go South, until she’d reach the Sea. People were friendlier in the South. And so she was constantly on the move, trying to find a place to stay, a place she could call home.
"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
- Langston Hughes, Dreams