In the darkness they heard each other call.
There was no light, the dark was absolute. Like being trapped underground, without light. They called.
Maya called for Leo, Tracey for Timmy and Rick. They heard Timmy call for his mother, then his laughter as he found her and their three voices, playing together. Slowly, those voices faded, as if they moved away.
The darkness lightened.
Tisha and Harry called for each other, then both fell silent as they found one another. They, too, moved away. The darkness lightened further.
Daniel, alert and readied, didn't make a sound. Silent, he waited.