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Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya leads you out back where there is a shed. It probably had a lock a long time ago but someone broke it off. She opens the doors and inside are many useful things. Backpacks with strong frames, cold weather gear just in case. Some mesh bags for game, a leather case with binoculars inside, a skinning knife, and many other strange things. She hands you the .308 which is pretty big on your small frame but not as big as her scoped Gauss Rifle. "Can you shoot?"
Fern     "Can I shoot? What kind of question is that? Of course I can," Fern says with a snicker as she takes the gun and looks it over. "I prefer bashing things over the head, but bullets work, too," she murmurs, her lips tugged back to create a faint smirk. She looks around the little shed then, gazing over the supplies and nodding in an approving way. "You've got lots of good stuff here.. How often do you go out hunting?" she wonders.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya looks down at you. "A lot. Probably two of three times a week. I used to go almost everyday but that was when I was here alone. Then Id get something and live off that till I couldnt. I noticed some Radscorpion tracks by the water tower. I think Im going to get out there again today. If we can make it to the ladder without problems it should be simple to get one if they come along. The cant burrow up through metal."
Fern     "...I'm glad you have a plan for that. I hate those fuckers. Ain't fun running away from them," Fern says with a snort. The girl takes a step outside the shed then and looks around the place, then glances back to Shreya. She'll take whatever supplies are handed her way while wondering, "I wonder how much a poison glad goes for in the market.."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya grins. "Not nearly as much as the value of what you can get for using it on Raiders and other defilers. Im not sure what it goes for. I imagine it would fetch a good price. And the pincers probably for some fool's trophy room but, they say its a delicacy. I want to eat one, the meat," she laughs. "Not the posion sac."
Fern     Fern grins a wicked smile at Shreya as she says, "I would have thought you'd rather drink the poison. It seems more your style," she teases with a playful kick of her shoe towards Shreya's right calf. It's light, meant just to tease. "How far will we travel?" she wonders as she starts to examine her gun again.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya says, "Its about a two mile hike to the water tower. You cant see it from here because Chrome Mountain is in the way but its around the other side. We are going to have to be careful and move very slow when we get close. Radscorpions are blind but they sense you by the vibrations. You sure your ok for this?" She grins as you play kick her. "Its bolt action," she tells you. She gives you a little lesson on the particulars of her rifle. "Safety switch is here, bullets feed up through the bottom." etc etc. "Lets just get some water and we will be on our way.""
Fern     "Yeah, I'm alright. If I do have to run, I'm still a fast runner, so I'll be alright. I haven't died yet," Fern says, laughing again while looking over the rifle. She checks it out and decides, "That's a pretty nice one ya got. I like it." The girl looks away then and glances about, loaded up with whatever she needed in the backpack. "Two mile hike. Alright.. Can't borrow nobody's horse?" she wonders.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya thinks about this. "Well we could but we would have to leave them like a half mile out and hope nothing eats them by the time we get back. You can do this stubby. I have faith in you." She grins. "If we kill one we will come back and get horses for sure."
Fern     Laughing now, Fern says, "Hey! I've grown like.. five inches or something. I've still got time to get a bit taller," she says with another laugh and playful roll of her eyes. She kicks at Shreya again, then shifts about. "I'll get the water. meet you out front?" she says, looking like she'll head inside to get enough water for the two of them.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya nods and moves around the house with her Gauss Rifle slung. "Alright."
Fern     Fern comes out soon enough, her bag a bit heavier with the water, but not so heavy she struggles. She looks chipper as she hops onto the street and looks towards Shreya. "Alright. Ready for our morning stroll?" she asks. "Ready to hopefully not die?"
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya grins. "Hopefully not." By the time we get there it should be hot. The radscorpions tend to sleep and come out to hunt at around sundown. We should be fine...hopefully." She shoulders her rifle and leads the way through the scrapyard and around the mountain of junked cars. After awhile the water tower is visible in the distance.
Fern     Fern should be used to walking, but the closer they got to their destination, the more she talked about cars and other mobiles. "I really want a motorcycle some day, ya know? Like.. With spikes on the tires.. Maybe a skull on the front.. I can get a bitch cart and you can ride shotgun," she muses.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya laughs. "I think spikes on the tires are ridiculous but, I really like that Im beside you in this fantasy. There is enough scrap in the junkyard that we could probably make one if we had the directions. Thats why the most valuable thing in the world are books. We should look in an old plant, we might get lucky." She holds up her hand to get you to slow down as the tower nears. "Go very very slow..."
Fern     Fern slows immediately and takes careful steps, watching the ground now as she walks. She also lowers her voice as she says, "I know where a plant is. Lots of cars and parts and everything.. and I know of a few libraries outside of town. I kinda horde books now. Anything teaching a skill mostly. They're pretty cool. Important, too."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya raises a finger to her lips. You only take two steps at a time with long pauses between until you finally get to the tower. About thirty feet from it you see a radscorpion, at least you see it when Shreya points it out, hunkered down between two Joshua trees. She points to the ladder.
Fern     Once Fern sees the radscorpion she looks to Shreya and back. Her eyes shift to the tower and then she wets her lips. She's as quiet as she can be while getting her gun out then, just in case, and she looks to Shreya, mouthing, "Do we run now?"
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya walks slowly, keeping an eye back on the radscorpion. Its head picks up and its pincers open. "Run," she says quietly. A horrible screech emits from scorpion and it sinks down into tne ground. "Run," she screams! She is faster than you but instead of leaving you behind she half lifts half throws you up on the ladder. "Go!" And she is scrambling up right after.
Fern     "Son of a bitch!" Fern screeches when the rad scorpion is right behind them. She's running as fast as she can, stealing glances behind them now and then until they reach the ladder and she's half thrown up it. By then she's holstered her weapon and is climbing like she's trying to escape someone she stole something from. Fern goes up and up, shimmying her way towards the top.
Zealot Shreya The Radscorpion bursts up out of the ground near the ladder. Shreya is looking down and scrambling up at the same time. The horrible creature charges forth. its claws clang off the lower rungs. Shreya shrieks and swings off holding onto one side of the ladder only to avoid the stinger striking the metal bars next to her. She redoubles her efforts, finally coming up after you onto the catwalk of the water tower and breathing raggedly as she leans against the side of the tower. "Atom preserve us," she exclaims. "That thing is hungry!"
Fern     "That thing needs a fucking bullet through its brain!" Fern pants as she sits there on the catwalk, trying her best not to look down very often. "We're gonna kill it now? Then.. wait for any of its little friends.. yeah?" She grunts and leans closer to the floor. "Fuckkkk.. I hate heights." A Fern weakness has appeared!
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya nods. "Dont worry I got it then. Just give me your rifle if its too much. He cant get us up here. Cant burrow through concrete." The radscorpion is angry, smacking the bars again and chittering as his feet are not designed to climb ladders.
Fern     "No.. No. not gonna punk out on you.. I got it, just.." Fern sits up and takes a few deep breaths, trying to calm herself. Once she's no longer looking sick she slowly glances down, watching it. "Alright.. I get the first shot then?" She swallows, getting the rifle out and ready. She takes aim and concentrates, waiting for just the right moment..
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya nods and unslings her gauss rifle. She stands up and trains it down on the beast but doesnt fire because Gauss Rifle will ruin the meat.
Fern     Fern continues to watch the scorpion down there at the base of the ladder, watching movements and waiting for just the right chance. She watches any patterns in behavior, and once she's ready she takes a slow breath and pulls the trigger, shooting down at it and trying for one of those fancy critical shots!
Zealot Shreya The bullet rips right through the things tiny head, piercing through tissue and out the other side as it falls to the ground, its mouth opens and closes reflexively a few times before it ceases to move. "Good shot," Shreya says quietly. "We will wait a few minutes to make sure its dead and there arent more."
Fern     Fern holds still even after the shot is taken, keeping the thing in view. When she slowly lowers the rifle she exhales again, then sits up. "It better be dead.. Fucker." She lifts her right hand and wipes at her brow, then closes her eyes ass he leans back. "Don't think I've ever been up this high before."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya puts a hand on your shoulder. "You did fine. Im just glad your alright." After a few minutes she climbs down, taking out a rope from her backpack and tying it around the base of the tail. This she brings back up to loop it on the rail next to you. "We gotta get her up so other animals dont eat her for us. Come on down."
Fern     Fern slowly makes her way down the ladder, and once she reaches the bottom she breathes a sigh of relief. The girl puts her rifle away and grabs a hold of the rope so she can begin to pull hard, helping Shreya lift the scorpion up out of the sand. "Do you think any more are around? They usually travel at least in pairs, no?" she wonders, looking at the scorpion to size it up now that it won't be able to eat them.
Zealot Shreya The damn thing is as big as a deer or two and it takes boh of you to hoist it up. "Sometimes," Shreya agrees. "But Id think we would have seen it by now." She finally secures the rope to suspend the dead radscorpion about fifteen feet up near the ladder. What do you think? We take the end of the tail now in case something with opposable thumbs shows up before we do?"
Fern     "Sounds good to me.. Let's take what we can." Fern nods to this. "I've never cut one up before. You gotta teach me," she says, watching Shreya. She'll be a good student, promise! Fern stays at the base of the ladder, and as she waits for Shreya she keeps an eye out. No rad scorpions are gonna sneak up on her!
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya cuts a line down the center of the things stomach. The two of you have to climb up on the rigging to brace it. The good news is once the gut pile is cut loose it slithers right out to splat on the ground below. The bad news is, that stinks like hell. "Great," Shreya curses. "Well lets hope it keeps the animals away. Atom thats disgusting:"
Fern     "And.. Okay.. You eat these things or just sell parts?" Fern wonders as she stands nearby, staring at the pile of guts that.. reek. She wrinkles her nose and gives her head a little shake, snorting out the breath she had drawn in recently. "I don't see how anyone eats it.. at least not after catching it themselves."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya sighs. "They are very good to eat but I have never eaten one only heard stories. Dont eat the poison sac and probably we wont eat the tail just to be safe." She starts to climb down. "COme on we have to go get the horses. We are burning daylight."
Fern     Fern nods to that and turns to look about the area, studying the land in search of more things that might suddenly appear. All seems calm.. at least for now. She moves away from the rad scorpion then and starts to head off for the horses, careful and light with her step, but in a hurry.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya moves swiftly but fortunately you are not attacked. The horses seem a little spooked as they can smell the death on you both. Shreya mounts up and holds the guide rope for you until you join her. "Lets move."
Fern     Nodding, Fern grabs on to the saddle and pulls herself up, swinging her leg over and then taking the reins. She tugs at them and guides the horse along, digging her heels into its side to keep it moving after yours.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya rides at trot until you get within view and then slows down to keep her eyes peeled for more danger. The corpse is still dangling from the wter tower when you return and Shreya breathes a sigh of relief.
Fern     "Surprised something else much bigger didn't snap up out of the ground and eat it?" Fern asks with a snicker as they arrive. She tugs the reins to bring the horse to a stop, and she slides off the side, leading the horse closer to the dead scorpion. She twitches her nose again. "That's.. so fucking disgusting.."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya nods, "Well Radscorpions arent really great at climbing ladders but yeah I was worried that something or someone would come and make our whole day wasted. Just stand clear im gonna cut it down."
Fern     "Not going to argue with that!" Fern says as she gets out of the way. The last thing she needs is for it to come down on her and get her stinking that way. She'll have to bathe for a while to get that stench out!
Zealot Shreya THe scorpion hits the ground with a wet thud. Shreya slides down the ladder and finishes field dressing the beast before splitting it into two parts which she then lashes onto either horse. "We are gonna have to walk them, this is a lot of weight." She smiles with happiness and an eger anticipation of the feast.
Fern     "Walk them? Okay.. Next time we bring four horses. You really like to walk everywhere, don't you?" Fern teases with a little smirk, kicking a small rock towards Shreya. "You going to grill them or marinade them?" she wonders as she starts to walk with her horse, holding the reins loose.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya grins. "See now your talking my language. Both. Im make a cactus based marinade. Nopelitas we call them. And then we will grill it after it soaks everything up for all night long." She tries to kick the rock back but misses. "So did you find me a date yet?" She laughs.
Fern     Fern gives a lopsided grin at that and she shrugs slightly. "I haven't had the time to look just yet, but don't worry.. I'll find someone. You'll see." She grins a little more at that, then stares at you for a moment before she starts to laugh. "Sorry.. I'm just trying to figure out what you'd say during sex. 'Oh Atom, oh Atom!'." she grins.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya grins over at you. "Well probably not that. There is a way to find out. I dont actually want you to find me someone to date anyway Fern, not unless its you. I like you." She smiles and contnues to trudge back toward Roswell. "Sometimes I ask rhetorical questions."
Fern     "You're not going to give up until I give in, are you?" Fern asks while she grins more, eyes shining with mischief. "I mean.. what more do you need to do to impress me? You already started fire with your mind.." which makes her think, "You'd be a fucking scary ex."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya says, "You said that before the scary ex thing and Im not sure. I mean... What more do I have to do to impress you? Why are you so afraid of the kind of ex Id be, I thought when you like someone you kind of think about what kind of person they would be with you. Ideally we dont have to think about that other stuff. It wasnt horrible when I kissed you was it? Did you think of the poor fish?""
Fern     Fern's face starts to turn a bit red and she goes quiet for a bit, considering things before she says, "No. I didn't think of the poor fish. It's just.." she thinks again. "I've known you since I was a kid, and we've been friends a long time.. You don't think it might be odd? Or.. I don't know. You think it'd be good?" she asks, brow arched.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya says, "It is a new thing for me certainly. I guess if you hadnt left for years and came back I would be more hesitant. She sighs. "Im a Zealot, Fern, a Knight of Atom. I could die of old age, but probably not that. I could be killed next year or tomorrow. Its less urgent for people who live more sedentary lives. If it makes you uncomfortable I can leave off but for me....why would I think Ill find another perfect match in this desert?""
Fern     Fern breathes slowly and says, "I don't know, Shreya.." She looks over to the woman, watching her closer for a minute before looking away and thinking about things. "What if I never.. converted? Hell, adopted? Whatever you wanna call it when you pick up a faith when you previously had none. What if I never followed Atom like you?"
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya chuckles. "So you mean you would never have to consider it your duty to bear young for the True Children? So your saying I would never have to accept that your faith led you having sex with a male zealot and then you decided you wanted to be with him for your child." She stops to lean against a rotted piece of wall in the middle of nowhere. "I dont care about that Fern. Im not a Confessor Im a Zealot. Of course I would like to show you the truth but I already did and you still think its an illusion or something. You will eventually believe anyway. It doesnt matter how long it takes you to admit to yourself that its true or if you never do at all. My job isnt to convert you, its to protect the children and destroy their enemies."
Fern     "I'm not saying it's an illusion, Shreya. I just.. I've never seen myself attached to something like that. I've never been one to bow down and praise.. anything," Fern says with a shrug of her shoulders as she watches you again. She smirks lightly at something and she wonders, "Has that happened before? You had a lover who decided to go with the man?"
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya sighs. "Well the fear doesnt come from nowhere. Yes. I did meet someone and it seemed like such a blessing. She was a zealot like me, brave, loyal, strong, wonderful. But the word of Atom was revealed to me and I told the faithful that we who are chosen must continue our race for we will inherit the earth. She listened. And her listening made her leave me. She was right to leave me wasn't easy for me. Im you know."
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya says, "And anyway all the things that Finn's Warlords did to me, its almost a blessing to be barren for me because a man unclothed doesn't stir anything in me but fear and loathing."
Fern     "I know. You told me before.." Fern says in a softer tone. She tugs at the horse to keep it moving, and while walking along the dusty path she says, "I'd never do that. I couldn't. You know, be with a man. Not attracted to them in the slightest, and I ain't ever gonna pop a kid out. Ugh. Too much crying and whining and taking care of.. Nah. Not for me." She shakes her head.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya nods and frowns slightly. YOur discomfort and uncertainty has spread to her and now she is probably feeling like a creep for asking you to be with her. She forces a laugh. "Well I didnt mean to put you off, its just been so nice having you around and I thought..." She laughs and shakes her head. "You know what I thought. "We should be home after that next rise."
Fern     Fern looks over to you then and pauses her step as she reaches out and rests a hand on your shoulder. She gazes at you steadily, then says, "I just gotta think about it some. That's all.. I ain't seen you in forever and.. It's a lot to think about. I still care about you, no matter what." She lowers her hand then and continues to walk, leading the horse and their loot.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya smiles thinly. "Right you are. Lets not worry about it."
Fern     Fern notices that thin smile and she walks a bit closer, reaching over to rest an arm around your side in a sort of half hug while walking along, heading back home.
Zealot Shreya Zealot Shreya smiles genuinely the second time and drapes her own arm over your shoulder for a time. Eventually you get back to Roswell where there is much rejoicing. A radscorpion is huge and they will eat well from this kill.