Bright buttery yellow sunlight was bathing the road, making it a sandy color to Traci’s eyes. The overgrown fields, trees and shrubs normally trimmed by this time of June showed how quickly nature was reclaiming the world. It had been a long night of walking, but Traci kept moving forward, Chad following just a few steps behind.
Splitting away from Dawn and Jack (why didn’t Jack come with her?) had been tough, but Traci was sick of Dawn always wanting to keep moving. They had stopped at plenty of farms, homes or even roadsides that would make for a good place to wait this out. Any day now, the army was going to sweep through and clean this up. Traci just wanted to go home.
“Hey, is that what you were talking about?” Chad asked, walking up next to Traci and pointing at a billboard. “It says next left, that can’t be too far away.”
Traci nodded, glancing at the sign for an RV dealer. “This must be the spot I saw, there should be a camper or RV we can use for a home for now.” Traci was a lot less sure than she sounded. She was tired of walking and hoped this was going to be a worthwhile stop…
Traci and Chad have left Dawn and Jack and are looking for a place to stay. They have been walking through the early morning and have put some distance between them and Dawn. Traci at first just wanted to get away, but convinced Chad she had seen a dealership on the drive yesterday that had campers. Whether or not this is the place she saw, there is a chance for them to find a useful camper or RV.
It is morning of Day 72; this is a rural area with an ER of 3. There are three PEFs and 5 zombies on table. I am using the ATZ:FFO rules, with the modified melee rules and tight ammo. I will use normal searching/looting with draws from the risks and rewards deck. Traci and Chad are on foot, entering along the main road, looking for a place to stop. Both of them have packs, as they took half the supplies with them when they left. They are both ‘grunts’ with Traci the leader. I am giving Traci some star powers – she can react as a star, but doesn’t get a second attribute (yet?) and can be killed normally like a grunt.
Traci – Survivor Rep 5, Pep 4/ Sav 3; SMG and Machete (BAP as backup); body armor. In her pack she has an assault rifle, shotgun, BAP, baseball bat, one unit of food and 2 luxury items.
Chad – Survivor Rep 3, Pep 1/ Sav 2; Assault rifle and Baseball bat (BAP as backup); no armor. In his pack he has a shotgun, BAP, one unit of food and 2 luxury items.Chad is fully loaded, Traci can carry a little more and both are anxious to be able to stop and rest.
|Traci and Chad approach the RV dealer|
The first couple of turns are uneventful, as the pair walk towards the dealer. One PEF gets revealed as 'something is out there', increasing the ER to 4. Things start to come apart when I get doubles, and a random event.
|Traci swears something is out there|
"We should keep moving." Chad offered, looking towards the small garage near the SUV. "Let's check the garage and then keep heading towards the shop."
"Yeah, that's a..." Traci trailed off as she was looking at a zombie that had wandered from behind the nearby billboard. She dropped her arms to her side, nearly dropping her weapons. "No..." she mumbled.
|This is going to be a bad day...|
|Chad heads into the garage|
Chad tried the door, finding it unlocked. He threw open the door, stepping into the must dark garage. Garbage and junk littered the small space, looking as if it had been hastily searched or emptied before. As he stood just inside the door, two forms rose from the junk, zombies!
|Chad shoots one zombie|
|Traci finishes off the last zombie|
|Beckie gets closer to the garage|
|Beckie attacks the door|
Chad grinned, he was looking forward to being alone with Traci and no zombies trying to eat them. "Sounds great! We can have some fun." Chad said.
A thud and shudder came from the door. Through the window Traci saw undead Beckie pounding on the door, trying to get in. Immediately he mood changed and she nearly wailed in sorrow. "We have to get out of here!"
Chad watched the door buckle as it was slammed by zombie Beckie. "Not this way. Out the front!"
|Traci leads the way out the front of the garage|
|Chad moves to take care of Beckie|
|Chad faces down two zombies|
|Chad Takes down the first zed|
|Chad wins, but is infected|
"NO!" He yelled, knowing this was a death sentence.
Traci gaped at Chad, she never thought this could happen...
|The next PEF moves forward|
"What?... We, uh We're looking for a camper or something." Traci looked around, quickly recovering when she saw the lean man standing there. "Be a sweetie and give us hand?" She asked with a smile and flounce.
|We meet Kevin, a fellow survivor|
|Time to head towards the dealership|
"My arm is killing me!" Chad growled. "Let's get inside and see if there is anything we can do."
Traci gave Chad a smile, encouraging him to continue. "Good idea, sweetie. Let's check in the building, maybe we can find keys. At least get off the road."
Kevin finally took his eyes off Traci's legs when she mentioned the building. "I went in there, but didn't get a look around. There's something or someone inside."
After a hacking cough Chad managed to say "Well, let's be careful, but get moving!"
To be continued...