Cold Season

Hidden Creek, World Needs Ditch Diggers, too.

Hidden Creek

  • Gunny Hernandez meets Keving Gill outside his house at the time specified by his wife.
    GM:
    Gil meents you outside. He’s wearing an old realtree hunting jacket and a beaten baseball cap. Your breath is heavy in the air tonight and the cool air bites right through your clothes.

Gunny Hernandez:
“Evenin’ mister Gil. Shall we get going?”

  • Kevin Gill grunts by way of a response
  • Kevin Gill heads out to the field where the fight took place yesterday
  • Gunny Hernandez sighs, shaking his head. Then checks the bolt action and sights on his rifle before following Kevin. “So mister gil, what did you do before the war?”

Kevin Gill:
Dosent really matter does it. We aint going back to that,

Gunny Hernandez:
“Suppose it doesn’t. Just wondering what qualified you to be head of security.”

Kevin Gill:
I was the only one who gave a shit and Ward knew it. All these farmers want to do is look after themselves.
You approach the guard station in the field. The pit is shallow and wide, allowing the guard to lie down for the long watch As you approach the guard stands and welcomes you quietly.

  • Gunny Hernandez looks at Keving Gill and quietly speaks, “These foxholes need to be deepened.”

Sentry:
Any deeper and its hard to see out the edge while you are lying on your stomach

Gunny Hernandez:
“You shouldn’t be lying dow, you should be standing, or atleast crouching.”

You spend a few minutes describing how to reenforce the fighting position. In the end, the argument that he could be run over in the current position and that the shallow pit is a giant grenade trap wins the day. Gill snaps at the man,,,

Kevin Gill:
Get a shovel after your shift and bring it up. We can dig it down in the morning.

  • Gunny Hernandez says to gill as they walk away from the sentry, “It should be done with all of them. Afterwards, you should find your men are falling asleep less while on watch.”

Kevin Gill:
Ill make sure it gets done

Kevin Gill:
They’ll bitch and moan about it but maybe sitting up will keep them awake

Gunny Hernandez:
“How are your men with their rifles?”

Kevin Gill:
This is Alaska. Most people here grew up with a rifle in their hands even before things got bad

Kevin Gill:
Couple of them could use some work.But its hard to justify shooting off what little ammo we have just for practice

Gunny Hernandez:
“How many of them have killed a man? Bandit or otherwise.”

Kevin Gill:
Weve had a couple skirmishes to get them used to the idea of killing. War and bandits have a way of turning peoples attitudes about death pretty fast

Kevin Gill:
I think so

Gunny Hernandez:
“Well, if you don’t feel they need instruction, I’ll defer to your judgement.”

Kevin Gill:
Its not that they dont need it. Its that we cant just truck down to the Dicks sporting goods and buy a crate of ammo

Kevin Gill:
Not to mention every time we shoot a round, we make noise. I dont want to attract attention.

Gunny Hernandez:
“Given todays events, I’d say you already attract attention.”

Kevin Gill:
From those scum yes

Kevin Gill:
But the russians down in anchorage? Or the warlords up north/

Kevin Gill:
If they roll an APC down here they could destroy this whole village

  • Gunny Hernandez shrugs. “Guess I can go scout the school, seeing as you don’t need any help in the town.”

Kevin Gill:
Mayor ward seems to think it will help

Kevin Gill:
But I think he’s more interested in a strike than a scouting mission

Gunny Hernandez:
“Would you have your men go up against a force that you didn’t know how large or well equiped it was?”

Kevin Gill:
I wouldnt send these farmers up against anything that didnt involve protectin their own homes. They arent soldiers. They are just yokels with enough smarts to point the right end of the gun towards the enemy

Gunny Hernandez:
“Well I’m not going to send anyone into a situation where they’re completely blind.”

Kevin Gill:
I suppose

  • Kevin Gill shows you around to the two other guard positions
    One of the two remaning positions is on the nw edge of town along the river overlooking the bank. The second is to the south of the road near the bridge

Kevin Gill:
You gonna stay out here all night? I usually just walk the rounds till dawn

  • Gunny Hernandez having completed the patrol with Gill, makes his way back to the Kent’s house to get a few hours of rack time before begining the day.
    The next morning
  • Uriel wakes slowly and goes about his early morning routine
    Maggie has eggs and ham ready for you when you come down for breakfast
  • Uriel makes his way downstairs, feeling somewhat more refreshed and greets Maggy with a warm gesture
  • Gunny Hernandez cleans and oils his rifle before joining the others at the table for breakfast.

Maggy Kent:
Good Morning! Any plans for the day?

Uriel:
“Think I’m going to take a look at fixing the hydraulic pump.”

  • Gunny Hernandez looks at Egil, “Did you find maps of the area around the school?”

Egil:
I found an old atlas which showed where the town was. Nothing close up

Gunny Hernandez:
“Thats even more reason to scout the area before we decide on a course of action. With the Major’s approval I’ll set out at mid day, it’ll be at least a two day march.”

The Col.:
Just be careful

The Col.:
Dont take any risks

The Col.:
If you get made, Exfel immediately. Use your radio at 1900hours if you need help. Ill turn our MRC 113 on at that time every day

Gunny Hernandez:
“Aye sir”

Uriel:
“Will be nice to have a solid idea of what we’re being asked.”

  • Gunny Hernandez looks to Maggy, “Do you have any blank paper and pens laying about?”

Maggy Kent:
I have some pencils and some old letters you can use the back of.

Maggy Kent:
if that will work

  • Maggy Kent walks out of the room and returns in a few minutes with the pencils and paper

Gunny Hernandez:
“Whatever you can find, and as much as you are willing to spare.”

Uriel:
“Well, a meal like that to begin the day is a good start towards a long day of wrenches.”

Maggy Kent:
Im sure steven will be happy to hear that

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