She let out an indignant snort at that, not deigning to give a real answer. In all honesty, Leah felt for the guy, as she'd stated to him on the forums. However, commenting to him via a computer screen was infinitely easier than expressing her sympathy face-to-face. Fortunately, it wasn't very likely he could fit the puzzle pieces together and link this Leah with the Leah who haunted the intranet forums.
"If you say so," was all she said. Obviously this conversation was going nowhere. As far as cops went, O'Brien was the most trusting one she'd ever come across. It would've been so easy to pluck at his nerves for a bit longer, but, yet again, her thoughts returned to the gun and she decided to err on the side of caution.
Tilting her head to one side, Leah studied the man for a moment, letting his last words, tacked on almost as an afterthought, sink in. Beyond being healthy, vanity held very little importance in her life. Yet, she would've been lying if the compliment, grudging though it may have been, hadn't had some effect on her mood. "You have one of my real names," she said, deciding not to respond to his opinion of her appearance. "But you're right. Useful's all you need to know."
"Quit moaning and make yourself useful," she snapped at him. Yeah, she didn't exactly consider this a fun walk in the park either, but they'd survive. It was only shufflers. The quicker they got out of here, the quicker they'd be at City Hall. "It's half an hour from here, if we take the streets. If we take to the roofs, it'll be much faster. And safer," she added, for his benefit. Arching an eyebrow, Leah returned the nod. She didn't know if it was his 'style' or not, but it was the only promise she had to go by.
Glancing at him, she noticed the smile, even in the semi-darkness. Leah's expression darkened. "Stop grinning like a fucking moron. We're not safe yet." She jerked her head toward one of the fire escapes on one of the buildings across the street. "Up there." She kicked at a zombie that came too near. "We won't be able to stick to the roofs the whole way, but the more time we're up there, the better. Go!"