Jack stammered a reply as he drove swerving slightly "I uh...well we..." He swallowed hard and blushed at Dawn's accusation.
Traci punched Jack's arm. Turning to Dawn she replied, "If you had wanted, you could have joined in..." Laughing at Dawn's shocked look, Traci continued "Don't be such a prude, we're alive, we should all have fun while we can!"
Dawn shook her head, blushing slightly at the suggestion. "I don't care what you do. Just make sure it doesn't take the place of what your supposed to be doing."
Jack laughed nervously "Let's not fight, ladies." As both women shot Jack dirty looks he continued "It looks like that gas station is just ahead."
|Entering the area|
It is afternoon of day 71, the group has left the farmhouse and gangers behind. They are stopping at a small country service station, hoping to find gas. For this scenario, I am increasing the ER to 5 (from 1 for a rural scenario) but there are 2 units of fuel placed near the middle of the table. The team can gather these just by searching where the red gas can is placed.
|Gas Can Objective|
There are three PEFs and 8 zombies on the board to begin with. The gas can is located in the back of the silver pickup truck parked next to the gas pumps. The group enters on the road, Jack driving. My plan is to drive as close as possible to the gas station and grab the fuel and drive off. Easy peasy.
|Just a short drive in the country|
|Time to get into action!|
Jack stepped out of the driver's door, firing his SMG at a pair of zombies in the road. One fell as a bullet tore through its rotten head. "Ha! One down!"
Traci started to follow Dawn, but had her shot blocked as Dawn sliced the head off of the first zombie she attacked. Shaking her head, Traci turned and fired past Jack, killing the second zombie in the road. Looking back at Dawn she snorted "Showoff."
|The first PEF moves closer|
|Who is this guy?|
"We're kinda busy!' Dawn yelled back as the nearby zombie shambled towards her. "If you want to help we'd be glad!"
Traci cocked out her hip and tossed a wave at the man. "Come on honey! I'd love to play!" She gave him a come hither look. "What's your name?'
With a big grin her answered "Chad!" Raising his assault rifle, Chad started jogging towards the group.
|Chad joins the team|
"Well that's just great!" Traci yelled as she saw the zombie. "Are you just going to run past these?"
Dawn took aim with her pistol on the mass of dead. She snapped back "What is you problem? Just deal!"
|The last PEF moves in|
|Traci shoots the zed...dead.|
|At least Dawn is closest...|
|Dawn clearing up zombies in melee|
|Dawn finishes off the last active zombie|
Traci lowered her SMG, shaking her head. "Whatever you say queen bee." She said and walked towards the pickup truck near the gas pumps. Jack and Chad jogged past her and started grabbing the gas cans they found in the truck bed.
|Jack and Chad grab the gas|
|Time to go find trouble|
|The store is clear, and empty|
"We can check that garage and the cars around here." Jack offered. "Maybe there is still something in one of cars."
|In the garage they find some food!|
Traci clapped and flashed Chad a smile. "Great find there honey!" she said and giggled as the group moved on towards the car wrecks.
|A ruined SUV and convertible are empty|
Chad stepped out from the back, looking around nervously. "What? No...nothing." He stammered.
Traci giggled as she walked into the road behind Chad and said over her shoulder "I thought I found something...Maybe not though."
Dawn was not amused. "Pay attention you two. If you're going to play grab-ass wait until we stop for the day and someone else is on watch."
Traci harrumphed, giving a pouty look back at Dawn. "We're just having a little fun. The damn SUV was empty."
|Time to go to church|
Chad gave a short laugh, but was quiet when he saw the cool looks Dawn and Traci were exchanging.
|What about the camp?|
After a few minutes, Traci pulled a cardboard box out of a tent, the rattle of glass jars echoing from it as she opened her find. "Sweet! We got some jam and pickles!" Traci giggled and gathered up the jars.
"Well, it looks like we've picked this place clean." Dawn said. "Let's get moving."
|Back to the car|
|A dog? Really?|
|Bad dog! No biscuit!|
"Wow, somebody's dog!" Chad said. "Looks like he's being chased!"
Traci opened her door and waved at the pooch. "Come on boy!" she yelled, trying to coax the animal into the car.
"Are you nuts!" Dawn yelled. "That thing could be diseased or dangerous! Leave it alone!"
Traci ignored Dawn and tried to get the dog to enter the car. "Come on! Come here boy!"
Dawn looked at the zombies wandering closer and yelled "Jack, punch it and get us out of here!"
|Jack speeds into the zombies|
|Zombies can dodge?|
|Zombies charge the car!|
Jack drove for the rest of the afternoon, taking country roads and avoiding towns. As the fuel gauge approached empty and the sun was getting low, he asked "Any plan for where to stop?"
Dawn looked ahead, they were near a construction site, it looked like there was some utility work being done on a wayside stop. She pointed towards the wayside "Pull in there. We'll look for a supervisor shack and hole up for the night."
Jack parked the car near a small mobile home looking shack, after a quick check the group settled in for the evening. As everyone found a spot sleep, Dawn offered "I'll take the last watch. Traci you start, then Chad and Jack. We should all get plenty of sleep."
As the half moon cast it's pale light through a small window, Traci shook Jack awake. "Shhhh. It's late and I need you to listen." Jack looked at Traci with concern but nodded. "I can't keep this up. She is going to get us all killed, and I'm not convinced she has a clue where she's going."
Jack started to answer but Traci put a finger on his lips. "Just listen, love. I'm not saying she's that bad, but I'm cutting out of here. I've got my share of the food, a couple of guns and my stuff." She ran her hand down Jacks chest, knowing the reaction she was getting. "We've had soem fun, come with me and we can keep playing..."
Jack glanced at Dawn sleeping nearby, her deep rhythmic breathing confirming she was still asleep. He thought for a minute, but shook his head at Traci when he turned back. "She saved my life more than once. She'd never bail on us - you're a fool to leave."
Traci smirked and shrugged. "I figured you might want to stay. Chad and I are leaving." She stood and Chad joined her from the shadows. "You watch out for her," Traci pointed at Dawn "She is getting bossier and bitchier. Don't put up with it forever, you deserve more."
Before Jack could answer, Chad and Traci had slipped out the door and into the night. Tomorrow was going to be a long day.
The keeping it together check was a disaster! Dawn only gets two successes, Not great, but it shouldn't be too bad I figure. Jack only gets one success, as long as the dice keep this up, no problem! Traci gets four successes and leaves, poisoning Jack and Chad! To add insult to injury, Chad rolls three successes, I figure he splits with Traci.
This was tough to write up, the group was looking pretty good and then it all fell apart! I will split up the gear the group has and Dawn and Jack will have to continue on their own. At least they are about half way there...