Robert Neville has started following a new, daily routine. Every day, he spends hours hunting his old neighbor, Ben Cortman, like a dog. Just like alcohol, killing vampires distracts Neville from his loneliness and depression. Because he is busying himself, he doesn't have time to think about all the things that have gone terribly wrong in his life. Hunting the vampires gives Robert the sense that he is the hero that will one day save humanity. He believes that every vampire he kills is one step closer to the end of their reign and the reestablishment of humans.
Ben Cortman, where are you hiding?
It has been over two years since Robert has seen another human. As soon as he lays his eyes upon the woman, he is overcome with shock and disbelief. At first he believes it is simply a delusion. He remembers something his parents had told him about how extremely dehydrated people often see mirages of lakes. Why wouldn't a man longing for companionship see a beautiful woman walking in the sunlight? But then he hears the crunching of her shoes in the long grass.
The mysterious girl runs frantically away from Robert. The terror in her breath can be heard from a mile away. But she has a right to be afraid. Over the last three years, Neville has transformed into a cold-hard killing machine. He brutally slays hundreds of vampires every week. Even though the innocent girl is unaware of this, she does the right thing by running. It is possible that during his long-term isolation, Neville has become numb to all types of life, including that of a human.
Stop! I won't hurt you!
The woman loses balance and falls hard to the ground enabling Robert to finally catch up. She frantically jumps back onto her feet only to fall once again. She struggles to her feet and begins scratching and slapping Robert as he attempts to grab her. A hard kick to the shin sends him over the edge and Robert smacks the woman across the face. Stumbling backwards, she falls to her knees and held her arms over her head to protect from further blows. He continues to reassure her that he is not going to hurt her despite the fact that he just smacked her moments ago.
Will you stop!
He continues to bombard her with questions, inching closer and closer with each word. Her fear steadily increases but the Robert is oblivious as to why. He doesn't realize that he is a giant, muscular man that chased a random, defenseless girl. He doesn't realize that his voice has lost all of its warmth. No matter what words he said, all she heard was the harsh, sterile voice of a man whose humanity was as nonexistent as the human race.
What are you afraid of? Here...stand up.
Robert commands that she stand up and she does so hesitantly, without his help. The two stand in silents for moments on end, neither knowing what to say. Robert has dreamed of this very moment since the very first day he was left alone with no one but the vampires but now that it is here, he is speechless. He finally builds up the courage to ask her name. The sound of her frail voice sends a shudder through Robert's body. All of his questions go away. His heart beats heavily and he as though he is going to cry.