Alex used to live with his wife Hannah and his daughter Merel in the town Olha. This was just south of Severograd where Alex had his own Leatherworking store. He mostly sold shoes and belts. Buseness was working out quite fine. The sales of working boots had increased drasticly because more and more workers of the factory wanted his handworked boots. He became quite know around town with his work.
Unfortunatley this didn't help him later on. After the outbreak, when everyone heard about whats going one, Alex started to panic. He wanted the best for his family. Being so close to a big town like Severograd didn't feel safe for him anymore. So they decided to leave. Leave and go as far as possible. To place where noone could find them. They travelled a long time.
One day they set up camp, but right when they wanted to go to sleep. The wind started to become stronger and stronger. After that rain started to fall down and a storm began. They figured that staying at the camp would't be an option. The wind would soon blow away the tent. So they packed what they could and fled towards the nearest town. They ran. As fast as they could. The rain and became so strong that they couldn't see farther then their own feet. Alex came with the idea to hold hands, so they couldn't lose each other. But then all of a sudden they heard infected growling all around them. They started to run faster then they ever did. But then, Alex fell over a rock. He tried to stand up but his wife and daughter were already gone. He shouted in their direction that they needed to run on and go without him. ''I will find you!'' he shouted with the last bit of breath he had.
After the storm calmed down, when the sun rose again, Alex found himself amoung the trees. He grabbed his map and tried to figure what direction they would have ran to. He thouht it would be somewhere to the west, near the town of Mishkino. He grabbed al the belongings he had left and headed west. He walked for days and days. Without finding a sign of them. But then, when he neared the forests of Mishkino he met a complete stranger and sat down by a fire with him for a while. Alex told his story and asked if the stranger had seen any sign of his family. The stranger came up with something really strange. He told Alex that he went fishing one day ago and found a shoe of a little girl. He kept it in his bag. Alex was paralised, he didnt know what to say. Then the stranger showed the shoe. And indeed it was his daughter's. The stranger told him where he had found it. Alex thanked him from the bottum of his heart and packed his bags and headed to the lake.
Arrived there was nothing there. Alex stayed at the lake for days, hoping his family would turn up someday. But they didn't. Weeks had passed for Alex to realise that he would probably never find them again. The only thing he had left was that one shoe.