Cold Season

Hidden Creek, One Pump Chump

Hidden Creek

Uriel:
“Any gas stations near Willow Elementary that might not be dry?”

Maggy Kent:
Most of the Matsu Valley has been pretty dangerous since the Russians pulled back to Anchorage
GM:
The Matsu valley runs north and east from Anchorage to near fairbanks. You are currently in it.

Uriel:
“Those raiders came in a truck. Gas is becoming a luxury that isn’t easily sqandered.”

Maggy Kent:
There are a bunch of old stations along the highway, I guess I just always assumed that someone had already stolen the gas

Egil:
They might have stolen it.

Uriel:
“Will be easy to see if any of them have gas. They’ll most likely be guarded if they do.”

  • Maggy Kent crosses her arms in front of herself.

Maggy Kent:
Aweful people

Maggy Kent:
Is there anything else I can get for you boys? I have some work to do in the garden if we want to keep eating this good

Uriel:
“Was curious if you knew the Rose and Gorin boys? Heard they’ve been missing for a bit now, around the time the troubles really kicked up.”

Maggy Kent:
They kicked around a bit together. Not many boys that age in town so they didnt have much choice

Maggy Kent:
The Gorin boy was a bad seed if you know what I mean. he was always getting into trouble, especially after the hard times started

Uriel:
“Would have to be kinda serious to get in trouble then, wouldn’t it? I’d think a blind eye would be turned on the minor stuff.”

Maggy Kent:
Early on we were living hand to mouth. It wasnt easy getting used to havin nothing

Maggy Kent:
And a lot of poeple didnt like it so much when Jim suggested that we give all the supplies over to pool our resources

Maggy Kent:
But I know he only wants whats best for the town

Maggy Kent:
He’s never done one single thing thats wrong by me.

Uriel:
“You guy’s must trust him a lot to give your supplies over.”

Uriel:
“Is that when the boy’s disappeared? When their stuff went to the greater good?”

Gunny Hernandez:
“That might explain the stuff that went missing.”

Maggy Kent:
It was some time later. Like I said, Jim has worked his tail off to keep our town safe. It wasnt till he put Kevin in charge that we even had guards round the clock. I dont know how we survived those first few months after the invasion. Now that you mention it though, Mr. Rose was one of the most vocal opponents of Jim’s plan. If you ask me though, he’s just having trouble adapting to the new times. We cant be so independant anymore.

Uriel:
“That’s gotta be tough. You Alaskans seem to pride yourselves on self-reliance more than the average.”

Maggy Kent:
I think thats how we got though this. But we have to pull together and realise that the town is one family. And families work together. We dont horde supplies to ourselves

Uriel:
“I mean even your husband seemed a little peeved that he didn’t have the tools I’d need when I offered to fix his water pump.”

Maggy Kent:
Im sure he’d just need to ask.

  • Maggy Kent looks around disapprovingly for her husband. When he dosent appear she looks uncomforable.

Uriel:
“Any chance someone in town might have something to drink tonight?”

Maggy Kent:
hmm

Maggy Kent:
I know some of the farmers make some whiskey out of the spare corn mash. Not much night life here anymore

Uriel:
“Don’t need a night life really, more a bit of unwinding.”

Maggy Kent:
We still try to have a harvest dance near the church in the fall

Uriel:
“Never been to one of those myself. Grew up in New York.”

Gunny Hernandez:
(What time is it?)

Maggy Kent:
We just get everyone together and try to be normal for an evening

Uriel:
“Where’s Jim live?”

Maggy Kent:
He has a farm north a bit up the road

Uriel:
“Have you been there?”

Maggy Kent:
A few times, mostly just after the trouble started

Uriel:
“Wouldn’t mind seeing it at some point if we stay around these parts a bit.”

Maggy Kent:
im sure he’d welcome you if you plan to stay

Maggy Kent:
was there anything else I could get you boys?

Uriel:
“Only thing I can think of is if you happen to have a map of where that Elementary School is, and it’s surroundings.”

  • Gunny Hernandez pushes back from the table “Well, I thank you for the meal Mrs Kent, but I should get to improving the towns security.” He looks to the Colonel “Sir.”

Maggy Kent:
I dont have any maps but you could try the library

Uriel:
“I think Egil’s got the library staked out.”

Uriel:
“One last thing before you go Maggy. Do you think it’d be worth going out to the Rose’s and Gorin’s? I don’t want to dredge anything up if it’ll make this world harder on anyone for no reason.”

Maggy Kent:
I dont know. Id imagine that Kevin did a good job looking into that

  • Egil tar medisinske bok ute fra biblioteket og finner seg et sted aa sitte der han kan lese boken i full solskinn. Deilig er det aa nyte nydelig vaer.

Uriel:
“He said it was bears.”

Egil:
(in other words… Egil goes outside to read i the sunshine.)

Maggy Kent:
hmm we have had problems with bears… especially over at the dumps

  • Egil smiles occasionally as he peruses the book.

Uriel:
(Is sunshine solskinn, and library biblioteket? medisinske bok, medical book?)

Egil:
((excellent work))

  • Egil sighs softly before stripping to the waist… he lays back in the sun, setting the book to the side for this rare moment.

Uriel:
“He mentioned that, the bears at the dumps. I just have trouble with the fact that there was no sign. If it was a single boy that got attacked by bears and you couldn’t find anything, I don’t think I’d find that suspicious. But with missing equipment, the fact that there was two of them, and that no blood, bone or clothing was found….” Uriel shrugs, and looks a little distressed “It’s just bears don’t add up with all that. But maybe I’m just overthinking it.”

Maggy Kent:
With all the dark things that have happened to us I find it easier not to dwell on these things.

  • Uriel nods sympathetically, “I’m sorry Mags, I shouldn’t dump all that on you. But it’s like I told Kevin, Jim’s asking us to handle these raiders from the school, and I’d rather know too much about it than miss something key, guess it’s just how I was trained.”

Maggy Kent:
Oh im not upset. Just find it easier to look forward if im not always lookin back

Uriel:
“Is probably why I’m up here in Alaska.”

Maggy Kent:
probably why a lot of us are

  • Maggy Kent turns and walks intot he kitchen
  • Uriel stands and walks out of the Kent’s home, somewhat aimlessly walking in the direction of the Bloom’s, best as he’s aware

GM:
After a short time, perhaps an hour or so, you find karen bloom tending to her front yard as though it was a normal sunday afternoon.

  • Uriel steps up to the edge of the property and waits till she takes notice, and waves when she does

Karen Bloom:
sorry I didnt see you there!

  • Karen Bloom takes off a set of gardening gloves.

Karen Bloom:
I usually help in the mills but everyone’s pretty antsy after the attack today so they sent us home

Uriel:
“No problem, I just got here, didn’t want to intrude.”

Uriel:
“The mills? Don’t know if I’ve seen them.”

Karen Bloom:
Nothing fancy I assure you. We just use a water wheel to crush grain and pack it into bags

Uriel:
“Then I’ve got to thank you.”

Karen Bloom:
thank me? why?

Uriel:
“I just had some bread in a sandwich at the Kent’s, I imagine the grain used was in part milled by your efforts.”

Karen Bloom:
YOu should thank my husband. He’s the one who thought to make a wheel

Uriel:
“Fresh bread isn’t something to take for granted anymore, and my people know a thing or two in regards to the importance of bread.”

Uriel:
“Mr. Bloom was actually the reason for my stroll in this direction. I think I may have made a mistake actually, I followed as best I could put together where you were, but was thinking of his work.”

Karen Bloom:
Oh? Can I tell him why you are calling?

Uriel:
“The Kent’s have been more than kind to us, and I looked to help, in what way I could, by repairing a water pump that I saw Dave fiddling with. As I understand, he’s the man to talk to for what I’d need to fix it for him, that being some sort of file, and a decent adjustable wrench.”

Karen Bloom:
Steve dosent keep many tools for himself. But he’s the man to see about fixing things. Let me get him

  • Uriel nods and waits near the verge, admiring the garden
  • Karen Bloom walks inside. Several minutes later she reappears followed by a thin but muscular looking man in jeans and a grey t-shirt. His hair is cut short and he has the look of a man for whom the end of the world was only a minor inconvenience.
  • Steve Bloom walks forward and offers his hand.

Steve Bloom:
Pleased to meet you. Karen says your friend saved one of the men today. I dont know how we can ever pay you back for that

  • Uriel walks up to the couple and reaches out his hand, looking slightly down into the man’s eyes he shakes Steve’s hand firmly, “I can’t take any credit for the Doc’s handiwork, but am glad we were here to help out.”
  • Steve Bloom ’s grip is strong and steady. You get a sense that this man has spent a long time working with his hands and probably hits like a truck.

Uriel:
“We’ve got a bit in common as I understand it, we’re both into fixing and tinkering with things.”

GM:
but kazic didnt seem to be too hot on renewing the forum since he’s not using it anymore
Gunny is disconnected.

Steve Bloom:
I worked over at the service station before the war. Just found I had a knack for that kind of thing

Uriel:
“Same, same. Something calming about the work. It made sense and fit together, unlike most everything else.”

  • Steve Bloom nods

Steve Bloom:
Was there something I could help you with?

Uriel:
“Well, in immediate terms, as I told Karen. I’d like to help out the Kent’s with a broken water pump. Piston in it is all jacked up. Needs some filing, and a bit of elbow grease. Was told you’d be the guy to see about the tools. As for the long term, wouldn’t mind working together a little, see if I can pick anything up, and maybe vice versa. Might learn something that’ll save my life later.”

Steve Bloom:
To be honest, The mayor keeps most of the tools lokced away and we have to ask Mike Zafron if we want to check them out. As for helping out with other stuff, If you really want to help, We have a hydrolic lift in the garage that’s broken down, but if we could fix it i might be able to do better maintainance on some of the old farm equipment

Uriel:
“I see, I see, Alright, I guess I’ll have to ask Jim about the stuff for the Kent’s. As to the lift, I’ll be glad to take a look. Fresh set of eyes never hurt.”

Steve Bloom:
I can take you over if your keen to get a look

Uriel:
“I’m not up to anything at the moment.”

Steve Bloom:
let me grab my keys

  • Steve Bloom goes inside and returns a few moments later with his keys in hand
  • Steve Bloom leads the way back to the filling station. Once there, he unlocks the rollup door with his keys and lets you in
  • Uriel strolls in and walks over to the lift in question, “What seems to be the problem? Loss of pressure? Fluid leak?”

Steve Bloom:
I think its something to do with the pump

  • Uriel makes his way over to the pump, kneeling down and leaning this way and that to get a cursory glance.

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