He smelled the air around the village.
He smelled all kinds of normally disgusting things, but he didn't smell the two things that gave him the very fear of the night. He didn't smell any zombies or weird papery dustiness. It all just seemed normal smelly scared people. It didn't tell him if they were still their, but he knew that they were people there and there might still be people there.
"It's safe, in fact I think there are other people there!" Michael almost squealed, slightly happy that there just might be other people there.