Cold Season

Hidden Creek, A New Friend

Hidden Creek

Jim Ward:
We are incredibly lucky you were here to assist us

Jim Ward:
Especially you doctor

  • Egil smiles at Mr. Ward. “It is my calling. I do what is required.”

Uriel:
“I’m sure your guys would have taken care of the marauders.”

Jim Ward:
We’ve been plagued by these degenerates since the weather first started getting bad over a year ago. But, maybe you can help us find a more permenant security solution

Egil:
Who are they?

Jim Ward:
Just desperate men doctor.

Egil:
Ja, so it seemed. Where do they live?

Jim Ward:
But we cant let the sense of humanity we all shared endanger our security. Those thought belong to another age.

Jim Ward:
We have some evidence the men may be coming from a school further down the valley

Uriel:
“Evidence?”

Jim Ward:
hunters have seen vehicle tracks

Jim Ward:
we have food and fuel… what we dont have is trained men

Uriel:
“What exactly did you have in mind?”

Jim Ward:
What I propose is simple. If you can strike those raiders at their base, they may think twice about attacking us again. If you can wipe them out, all the better

Egil:
Have you considered negotiating?

Jim Ward:
These men are scarcely better than animals Doctor. they prey on the weak and the vulnerable. They respect nothing. They place no value on the sanctity of life

Jim Ward:
As I was saying, these men are not much better than animals. They attack without mercy and take what we make by our own hard work. We arent cruel here, we even have made room for what refugees we can. But these men dont value work, only power

Jim Ward:
South of here, there is an abandoned high school building ouside a town called willow. Thats where our men think these monsters are holed up. If you could somehow eliminate their threat, I think we could give you more than enough food and fuel to see you through the winter.

Jim Ward:
Perhaps we might even be able to convince you to stay!
Praetus:
“That’s a tough call Mayor Ward. While we need the supplies dearly, there’s a big difference between running off a small raid and assaulting a building of armed thugs. It’s something we’d have to think more about at least.”

Uriel:
“That’s a tough call Mayor Ward. While we need the supplies dearly, there’s a big difference between running off a small raid and assaulting a building of armed thugs. It’s something we’d have to think more about at least.”

  • Jim Ward looks slightly dissapointed

Jim Ward:
Well, consider it at least

  • Egil looks over at Uriel.

Jim Ward:
Our people would be incfredibly grateful. Not to mention the lives you would save here.

Uriel:
“Tell us more about it anyway. This school, was it built post-Columbine? How many men are we talking about? Will any of yours be accompanying us?”

Jim Ward:
Its an older school building, I dont know that anyone has been near it since the invasion. Ususally when our men find vehicle tracks, they stay far away. We dont want to draw attention to ourselves.

Jim Ward:
Our men arent soldiers like you.

Uriel:
“The truck the men drove up in, can any of the hunters identify if it matches the tracks they saw?”

  • Egil listens carefully, brow furrowing from time to time.

Jim Ward:
I… I didnt think to ask. Kevin?

Kevin Gill:
Ill check it out

Jim Ward:
In the mean time, perhaps I can offer our hospitality for a day or two more? We’d all feel safer knowing you are here
hearing a scuff at the door you look to theopening to find that a small crowd has gathered outside.

Uriel:
“I doubt either of us are going to argue with a warm place to stay and a good meal.”

Uriel:
“Though, I can’t help but think, that wasn’t a cap gun on the back of that truck. With your guy’s permission, I think we’d feel better if we could get our things from hiding.”
GM:
I think you’ve proven your intent, but im sure you wouldnt mind if we posted some guards with you. Id be remiss if I didnt always keep my peoples safety in mind.

  • Uriel turns to Egil, “What do you think, Doc?”

Egil:
Can’t hurt to stay for a while.

Jim Ward:
Its settled then

Jim Ward:
Ill let maggie know to keep your beds warm… speaking of beds, Im sure you could use some rest after this morning. If you’d like we can reconvene tomorrow to hash out any other deals

Jim Ward:
In honor of our mutual victory Id like to invite you to have the freedom of the town as well. We have a leatherworker in town, Mr. Sealy and his family make fine work.

Jim Ward:
And we have a small library here in the basement of the church

Uriel:
“Maggie’s sounds great. One last thing. If we’re looking to do something serious about this school, we’re going to need a more solid idea of what we’re walking into. With your go ahead I’d like to look into bringing in another guy. We left our radios back with our other gear, we can vouch for his character, but can understand if you have restrictions on him. But I think if we’re serious about handling this situation, we’re gonna need his help.”

Jim Ward:
I suppose a friend of yours is a friend of ours

Uriel:
“Good to hear, our chances improved significantly.”
Egil:
About your library… Could I look through it?

Jim Ward:
of course. A man of learning needs a place to expand his mind. Though, you may find our selection a bit… lacking

Jim Ward:
most of the books were taken from the middle school… You’d have to talk to Father Pisano, he watches over the books

Egil:
I look forward to seeing it anyways

Uriel:
“Do you think some of your men would be interested in coming along? I also had thoughts we might be able to help a bit with some training. Teach a man to fish and all that.”

Jim Ward:
Of course. Im sure our men could use whatever instruction you could give them

Uriel:
“I think we’ll be able to help each other out.”

Jim Ward:
As far as any assault goes, that would be a decision the men themselves would have to make

Uriel:
“That part of it will come more into frame as we get a clearer picture of what we’re dealing with. We don’t even know for sure that this school is where they’re coming from.”

Jim Ward:
Yes of course

Jim Ward:
Well then, lets give these men some time to rest!

Jim Ward:
I look forward to talking to you again in the morning

Uriel:
“Sounds good. We’ll think better after a good night’s rest.”

Uriel:
“Perhaps Egil and I will gather our things while the light’s still good.”
The meeting breaks up and you move to leave town and gather your belongings. On the way out, The young woman who assisted on the surgury approaches Egil

Karen Bloom:
We were fortunate to have an actual doctor here. I dont treat many gunshot wounds, even today

  • Egil looks over at her and smiles. “It was good to have an extra pair of hands to help.”

Karen Bloom:
My name is Karen. I used to work at Anchorage General as a charge nurse. I keep the bodies in the town working and my husband steve fixes anything mechanical. I guess you could say we are mister and misses fixit around here.

  • Karen Bloom looks at the crowd that is slowly following behind you as you walk out of town

Karen Bloom:
I guess word got out that we have a doctor in town. Im sure they’ll talk you right through the night if you let them.

Karen Bloom:
Look, I dont know if you intend to stay, but these are good people and they deserve more than I can give them. Do you think you might be able to give me some more advanced classes?

  • Egil looks at Karen for a moment, his arms folded across his chest. “I’ll teach you what I can, but it isn’t likely that will be hear too long.”

Karen Bloom:
Ill take what I can

  • Karen Bloom looks disappointed

Egil:
But as long as we’re here, I’ll teach you what I can. Where would you like to start?
You continue out of town and less than a half hour later, you meet up with Gunny Ramirez who, having seen you leave the town, has returned the the vehicle.

  • Uriel waves briefly to Jack as they approach. “Nice shooting with the truck, Doc might still be patching people up if they kept on shooting.”

Gunny:
“What have you learned of the town, and the people? Everything ’jive?”

Uriel:
“Ehh, they seem nice enough. And this could just be paranoia, but something seems off. They’ve asked us for some help dealing with those raiders, offered the food and fuel we’d need for the winter if we can do it.”

  • Gunny picks at the remains of an MRE packet while listening to Uriel. “We definitely need fuel, and food.” He tosses the empty packet onto the ground. “The least we can do is take a look. If its too much trouble we hit the road.”

Uriel:
“They’ve got refugees they’ve taken in, looks a bit shady at first glance. But that’s probably the times.”

Gunny:
“Are they requesting we still leave our gear here?”

Uriel:
“We can bring it along, but we’ll be tailed by some guards. Not like everything we do isn’t going to be watched all the time anyway, so what the hell.”

Uriel:
“Think we should probably keep the humvee under wraps still, but don’t know how others feel about that.”

Gunny:
“We’ll take the Humvee, it’ll be better if they think I came from further away.”

The Col.:
It sounds like a plan then

Uriel:
“Makes sense, and I won’t have to walk back. We’ll have to be careful in our approach, so they don’t think more raiders are coming.”

Gunny:
“Maybe you should walk back, and I’ll bring the truck up in an hour or so. Simulate some travel time.”

The Col.:
That way we could tell them you are coming

Uriel:
“Going to give me blisters.”

The Col.:
very well then

  • Gunny sets to uncovering the Humvee as the other’s head back to town.

Uriel:
“Alright so we walk back, let them know we got in touch, and the cavalry is coming.”.

  • The Col. nods
  • Uriel goes about the make-shift camp and gathers his gear
    You return to town. You notify the guards about the vehicle and a short time later, you see the HMMWV rumble around the corner. This causes somewhat of a ruccus in town as the children amass around you. Many of these people have not seen a US millitary vehicle in years
    In fact, many of them have probably not seen a working vehicle that wasnt bearing raiders in over a year

Uriel:
“Anyone seen the Mayor, or Kevin Gill?”

  • Kevin Gill stands at the edge of the crowd looking at the LMG on the HMMWV disapprovingly
  • Gunny steps out of the humvee and takes a moment to survey the crowd. “Is this what you have been dealing with?”
  • Uriel makes his way over to Gunny and waves him along to Gill, “Not to this degree, the ride must take it over the top.” Uriel pauses as they approach Kevin, “Hey Kev, this is Gunnery Sergeant Jack Hernandez. Jack, this is Kevin Gill, Hollow Creek’s security.”
  • Gunny looks Kevin Gill over for a moment. “Mister Gill. I heard you had a run in with some bad men.”

Kevin Gill:
And now three fresh graves on the edge of town to help warn any other troublemakers

Gunny:
“How often have they been raiding?

Kevin Gill:
We used to get hit maybe once a month or so. Recently its been every couple of weeks. They’re either up to something or they sense winter is coming. Either way they arent getting anything from us

Uriel:
“What normally happens in these raids? Are they always equipped like today’s raid?”

Kevin Gill:
Soemtimes they come in greater numbers. sometimes its just a shot or two in the dark of night. Back in june, Keith Oberman’s son was killed out on the guard post in the middle of the night

Uriel:
“Are they raiding the farms for food or stealing stuff? What do they risk their lives for?”

Kevin Gill:
Im not sure it even occurs to them that they might die

Gunny:
“Or it no longer matters.”

Gunny:
“To them”

Uriel:
“How often to you take one of them down?”

Kevin Gill:
Not often enough. Weve never taken one of their vehicles before

Kevin Gill:
they are getting brazen

Uriel:
“It sounds like we’re dealing with a pretty big number of men here.”

Kevin Gill:
They might be pressing people into service

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