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Episode 4: Back on Track; Maria
Topic Started: Apr 11 2017, 09:18 PM (891 Views)
ILEV Constable
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This episode has them landing on Maria, a moon of New Melbourne in the Red Sun System. The area of Rivendell on Maria is where the help is needed. Rivendell is home to where the highly coveted and expensive water is bottled. Usually it is a favorite among the rich and powerful.

When the crew arrives, it will be nothing like what they imagined.

Not at all.

The damage seems to be pretty isolated to Rivendell alone. Sure there isn't a whole lot around them, since you don't want lots of folks trying to bottle their own brand of watery goodness and undercutting the others. The place is a wasteland, drought actually making the soil dusty and what grass and vegetation they have seems to be dying on the spot. They have some of their own water in storage, but since their livelihood is dwindling, residents are hesitant to use it for themselves. After all, if they have no water, then they have less currency.

The Constable will be arriving just outside of town and crew will begin by making their way there to meet the townsfolk.
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Everyone was coming into town, save Monte and Dr. Kallan. Matthew was actually sick with a nasty cold and Monte was watching the ship.

"Keep the doors locked while we are gone. Got plenty of supplies here and I'd rather not give anyone the idea that they can help themselves," he told them as they stood in the doorway off to one side. Matthew looked like Hell, but he was still standing and willing to help Monte keep the ship secure. The truck moved out and stopped once it cleared the ramp. "Keep the door closed and locked. We'll call you when we are coming back."

The two nodded in agreement and took a couple of steps back before closing up the place, locking it down. When Hutch turned and took full stock of the environment, he couldn't believe what he was seeing. This was the place where the most expensive water in the 'Verse was from? The place was out of an old western from ETW; dust blew with the wind, grass and other vegetation dying. Expected to see a tumbleweed go by at any moment.

It was troubling to say the least.

Andrew was driving the truck. It was filled with supplies. Things like water, medicine and government grade foodstuffs. They weren't but a mile or two from town, but they decided to walk in, mainly because the mule they had only fit 4-5 people and the truck was loaded to the max.

"Let's keep together people," Hutch said as they started to advance. He opened the passenger door and stood on the jamb so he could get a view from up above, leaving the door open. Gripping the edge of the roof, he kept in that position. He turned to Andrew and spoke. "Stay with the group. Walking speed. I don't want to get too far ahead of the rest of the crew."

He couldn't get the niggling feeling that something was not right here. He looked over at Adria and pinned her with a stare stating exactly that. He was glad that a few of them were armed. He asked them to keep their weapons out of sight, so nothing was obviously strapped to their leg, but they were definitely armed.

Corlain and David came along, mainly because David was being a pain in the ass and wanted to get off the ship, even if it was just for a humanitarian aid mission. Corlain came along with him because protecting David was his immediate job.

He had given his team assignments.

He and Adria would be meeting with town officials to get the lay of the land.

Even though her specialty ran more towards caring for dead folk, Rez was tasked with seeing to any medical needs they might have. Matthew would have been a perfect fit, but he wasn't exactly up to the challenge. How he was even still on his feet was a mystery, it was so bad. So Rez would just have to stand in. Lily and Andrew were going to help. Well Andrew's job was to provide security while they did. He didn't know the disposition of the citizens there, so he was making sure all of his crew were covered.

The rest (Corlain, David and Hikido) would move about town, talking to the residents and seeing what they needed.

As they got closer, he could see that their was a crowd gathering to meet them.

"Got a welcoming committee up there. Be on your toes!"
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Lily had heard Hutch give the order to keep the ship locked up tight while they were gone. Was he worried about something? Were they in danger? She felt a little nervous but knew that if Hutch was truly worried, they wouldn't be outside the ship. Plus they had a job to do.

"Let's keep together people,"

So he was being cautious. That was smart, she supposed. She looked at the truck that Andrew was driving. It was filled to the brim. Food, water and medicine. Everything a town could need in a crisis.

"Stay with the group. Walking speed. I don't want to get too far ahead of the rest of the crew."

As they moved towards the town, Lily walked not far behind the others. She was dressed nicely, but she was still showing a good amount of skin, but it was not exactly a uniform. It was pretty and definitely more for a party than to help some folks out.

She kept looking at Hutch, who had seemed more relaxed as of late. Something had changed, she just didn't know what. Adria had been better lately too. Maybe she was letting go of some of the anger she had been displaying. She hoped so.

This was her first real mission of this sort and she was glad to be helping out. She was going to be with Rez and Andrew. She liked Rez, but Andrew was avoiding her like the plague and he was still strung tighter than a violin.

So she caught up with Rez and smiled a little.

"I'm nervous. Are you?" she asked Rez. "This isn't exactly the kind of humanitarian aid I am used to giving."

It was a lame joke, but she was nervous. She just couldn't help it.

"Got a welcoming committee up there. Be on your toes!"

She bit her bottom lip, looked ahead and then turned back to Rez.

"Is a welcoming party good?" she asked her. "Well, we are coming to help. Of course they would be welcoming."

At least that's how she would be.


OOC: Lily is wearing this.
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Rez had been a bit excited to see Maria, knowing that it was supposed to be so beautiful and serene. After all, that fancy water came from there, didn't it? She'd had a few bottles of it while she was living in the Core. It was fine, she supposed. Better than the city water. Maybe a bit expensive, but...

"Let's keep together people. Stay with the group. Walking speed. I don't want to get too far ahead of the rest of the crew."

In reality, it looked much different from her expectations. Knowing what she knew about groundwater, it should have been a lush environment, but it looked pretty barren. Dry. It wasn't right, and Hutch could tell it wasn't right, based on his demeanor. It was enough to set her slightly on edge, as well.

As Dr. Kallan had managed to catch a cold (doctors getting sick, amazing!) she had been conscripted into medical duty. She was no doctor, by any stretch, but she knew enough to get into trouble, and whatever she didn't know she could find on the Cortex. She was smart enough to figure her way through (or ask one of her ACTUAL medical doctor friends what to do.)

Everyone got on the move, and Rez followed along, carrying the sickly doc's borrowed medical bag. She was wearing her glasses (fake, but authoritative,) as well as her white labcoat over a black-and-white gingham dress, which considering how dusty everything was seemed like a poor idea now. Even in space, your life will revolve around laundry, girl.

Hutch had assigned her with Lily and Andrew, a powderkeg if she had ever heard of one. She didn't know if Hutch was aware of the issues between the two, so she had decided to just grin and bear it. She'd been through her fair share of awkward social situations, she knew what to do... mostly.

"I'm nervous. Are you? This isn't exactly the kind of humanitarian aid I am used to giving."

She turned her head to see that it was Lily who had caught up to her. An attempt at humor, it was kinda funny. She was also acting as if their weird little moment on the bridge hadn't happened. Maybe Lily understood her dilemma. Adria had a very legitimate beef with Lily and Andrew, whether the two of them saw it or not. As Adria's new roomie, she was under obligation to stand in solidarity with her new kinda-boss and BFF, maybe. Still, she had a hard time being angry with Lily. After all, it would be a bit hypocritical of her to judge someone over errant sexual situations. Let she without sin cast the first side-eye. So she was going to do her best to walk this very fine line.

"It's my first time outside of the Core, and I'm apparently playing doctor today, and not in the fun way. So, yes, I'm a bit nervous. But, this is a good crew. We're gonna look out for each other, right?" Right?

"Got a welcoming committee up there. Be on your toes!"

She turned her attention forward once again, seeing the gathering crowd. Hopefully it was a crowd and not, you know, a mob. The nerves were starting to buzz a bit now. Lily was apprehensive, as well.

"Is a welcoming party good? Well, we are coming to help. Of course they would be welcoming."

Rez wasn't so sure. This was her first welcoming party, after all. "I hope so." She had no idea what to expect, but nothing had met her expectations so far. Why would anything start now? "Stay close, okay?

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In an effort to appear... not non-threatening, exactly, but more like someone who was there to help than like someone who was there to kick ass and take names, Adria had opted to dress in shades of grey instead of her usual black on black color palette. Except for her boots, which were black. The rest of it was a pair of cargo pants that were once black but had since faded to dark grey, a lighter grey tee shirt, and a loose lightweight knee-length jacket that was a faded grey somewhere between the shade of her pants and the shade of her shirt. Instead of wearing her hair in her usual braid, she had chosen to put it up in a loose ponytail. Her gun was in a holster in the small of her back where she could easily reach it but where it wouldn't be readily visible to anyone, and her utility knife was hidden inside one of her boots. Her only other weapons were a pair of folding knives hidden in her bra, one under each breast. She felt naked without more in the way of weaponry, but there was no help for it. There was only so much a person could carry and still be able to hide it all reasonably well.

Since the... 'late night workout'... with Hutch, Adria had definitely been feeling more relaxed and at ease thanks to a bit of 'vitamin D'. When she had finally returned to her own room wearing a borrowed shirt over her pajama bottoms, she had fallen into a solid deep sleep. She only got a couple of hours of sleep but got up feeling fresh, rested, and almost cheerful. The man definitely had both skills and stamina. While a second time was unlikely, it had been a great deal of fun while it lasted. The weight of stresses and anger she had been carrying around had lightened, and those emotions no longer carried the bite they had held before. She could even look at Lily and Andrew now without thinking up slow and creatively painful ways to kill them. There was still no forgiveness to be had for either of them. She still had no intention of taking Andrew back, and any chance of friendship between herself and Lily was blown to dust. And admittedly seeing Rez being all chummy with Lily annoyed her and made her feel betrayed a second time, though obviously in a different way from Andrew's betrayal. But the lives of the whore and the asshole were safe from her now.

Adria caught Hutch's look and read the unease there. She nodded once, slightly, in both acknowledgement and agreement. She was feeling the same way. The back of her neck prickled, and there was an itchy-prickly feeling between her shoulder blades. Something was definitely wrong here. Something beyond what they had been told when they were assigned this mission to begin with. Before she could even think to stop it, she let out a derisive snort at Lily's asinine question and follow up comment... which she was close enough to hear. Under normal circumstances, that might be the case. Clearly, the whore had zero survival instinct. These were not normal circumstances, and the people who lived here were very likely desperate enough to take extreme action if an opportunity presented itself.

"Yes, stay alert. And let's hope they don't get it into their heads to take what we've brought before we can ensure it's fairly distributed among them" she said loudly enough for the crew to hear, choosing to follow up on Hutch's comment rather than addressing Lily's. That was a very real possibility, depending on how bad things were here. If the townsfolk did decide to do that... well, the crew was undeniably outnumbered here, and even if they had been a heavily armed and armored specially trained military unit there was no guarantee they would have any chance against a town full of desperate people.
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In her four years as a UAPN Special Forces solider, Misaki had been deployed to only one humanitarian aid mission. A moonquake on Ariopolis had caused the collapse of several square city blocks worth of medical research buildings, overwhelming Gehornspiel Corp's emergency response team's resources. The entire Londinium Special Forces Company was dispatched to assist in the clean-up.

This mission was much different. Corporal Hikido had to think outside the playbook when it came time to prepare for her role in this endeavor. She had rejected the idea of wearing her 'civvies' out of hand because none of her street clothes had the room to stash weapons unseen. So she was stuck with wearing her Special Forces issued uniform: A one piece fitted jumpsuit made from inertia absorbing fluid between two layers of flex Kevlar; custom fitted gloves of the same design and ultra lightweight flex-ankled hardshell Kevlar boots. The entire uniform included several pieces of attachable hardshell Kevlar armor, a hardshell Kevlar helmet with neck shield and a full face transparent rebreather similar to those worn by firefighters (except hers was bulletproof ). Since she wasn't expecting to engage in a full-on firefight, Misaki decided to forego the extra armor and stick with just the jumpsuit, gloves, and boots. At least the jumpsuit had zippered pockets located on the upper arms and outer thighs suitable for holding various martial arts weapons. Misaki had chosen a collapsible metal quarter staff, one set of nunchucks, and a pair of sai to bring along... just in case.

As the team moved out, Misaki trailed the group with her roommate and ship's pilot, Lily. Even though Hutch had not assigned her the rear guard position, the corporal's training and her own assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Constable's crew told her it was the best utilization of her abilities. When Lily moved forward to talk to the forensic scientist, it became obvious that Misaki had not been able to foment the friendship she had hoped with the 'escort'. I know its my own fault for not making the time to visit her on the bridge. She set that thought aside for the time being.

That left Cpl Hikido alone at the rear, staring at the back of Agent Wallace and his charge, David's heads. Although that was the immediate scenery in front of Misaki, her attention was also focused on the surrounding area, such as it was, the 'mule' and its passengers and cargo, the other crew members on foot, and in the distance, a crowd gathering. A 'welcoming committee' the captain called it. That's a pretty large 'committee' and they don't look all that welcoming to me.
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David was glad they were there now. He had a job to do. The crew was letting him in. He almost felt a part of them now, but he knew that wouldn't last.

"Let's keep together people," "Stay with the group. Walking speed. I don't want to get too far ahead of the rest of the crew."

So the Captain was thinking there might be some trouble. Interesting. He heard Lily and Rez talking behind him.

"I'm nervous. Are you?" "This isn't exactly the kind of humanitarian aid I am used to giving."

This wasn't exactly Lily's regular gig. She was super confident in what she did for a living, whether it be flying or whoring, but this was new to her and she was covering with jokes.

"It's my first time outside of the Core, and I'm apparently playing doctor today, and not in the fun way. So, yes, I'm a bit nervous. But, this is a good crew. We're gonna look out for each other, right?"

Would seem that Rez was nervous too.

David most certainly was not. He was eerily calm.

"Got a welcoming committee up there. Be on your toes!"

This was true. A crowd was gathering. Crowds were unpredictable. Crowds could be dangerous. Especially for desperate folks.

"Is a welcoming party good?" "Well, we are coming to help. Of course they would be welcoming."

"I hope so." "Stay close, okay?

Adria was ever the professional. She was taking to her new position quite readily. Although, it would seem that she was taking another position very well too. Her and Hutch were getting it on. He didn't think anyone else knew, but in his line of work, it was essential to know what was going on around you. Plus that shirt in the galley? Dead giveaway. But he saved that evidence and would pull it out at a later date to use as he saw fit.

"Yes, stay alert. And let's hope they don't get it into their heads to take what we've brought before we can ensure it's fairly distributed among them"

God... Aid missions... Sooooooo predictable. Distribute supplies. Hold the hands of the suffering, try to ease distress.

Yawn.

Then there was Hikido, who still looked almost like she was ready to storm the place and had taken up the position of guarding their backs. She intrigued him. So hard on the outside. He was wondering if she had a gooey inside. Something he could mold and control and titillate. He already figured out what she would like, he just wanted to put it in play.

He just wanted to play.

He was just going to go with the flow of things. Especially since he was coupled with Corlain. The man irritated him and no matter what, David just wanted to throttle him. But whenever they were off ship, they were to be joined at the hip. At least they let him off. He could be stuck with Dr. Kallan and his ick.

He guessed it was better than doing the medical tent. Rez, Lily and Andrew would be talking that one. Strange combination. It was bound to be strained in there based on the relationship dynamics there. Andrew was avoiding Lily like the plague and now he had to be guarding her and Rez.

David looked at Corlain.

"Do you think we should do an ice cream social instead? We could all get to know everyone," he jested.
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Andrew drove in silence, listening to the orders and assessments from the crew. He wore a black wife beater with a bullet proof vest, showing off his arms as well as the side arm holstered at the hip. Given his role in this mission he didn't think it was of vital importance he appear completely and utterly non threatening. He wanted to appear both as equally casual while still maintaining an image of someone not to be screwed with. He was to play body guard for Lily and Rez, after all. It was their job to smile and look warm and be helpful, not necessarily his. Had it been up to him, Andrew would have come equipped with as many toys as he could manage, and the Constable certainly offered its fair share. He would have preferred a shotgun, among other things, considering the close encounters they'd be having, but given this was an aid mission he could understand Hutch's motivation in ordering his crew to appear non threatening. It was the best Andrew could do.

The 'welcoming committee' Hutch pointed out eventually came into better view as Andrew slowly and steadily drove closer. They were a haggard bunch, some looked rather sickly, all of them appeared wary. Once he was within respectable range, Andrew put the vehicle in park and waited.
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Life off of the ship was a bit different from life aboard it. On the Constable, out in the black, he was able to do his own thing. There weren't many places for David to go. He wasn't getting away or into much trouble. Female trouble, perhaps, but that wasn't as likely to be fatal as most trouble.

Planetside, however, he had to keep David in sight. Not only to keep him safe, but also to keep him from running off. Now that David knew his final destination, and was sure as shooting not excited about the prospect, there was a good chance of the man attempting to flee. If he was smart, he would just accept his fate, but Corlain had a feeling he had other things on his mind.

Perhaps the prospect of shipboard conquests would keep the former companion in line. But Cor had a feeling that wouldn't be permanent.

So, per Hutch's wise orders, David and Corlain were stuck together. They were to engage the populous and assist with whatever they needed. Something told him that David wouldn't be as keen on the idea as the normal, good-hearted person would be.

"Do you think we should do an ice cream social instead? We could all get to know everyone."

Corlain smirked at him. "Hey, man, I like ice cream as next as the next guy, but something tells me this isn't a problem a snocone can fix. Try and be on your best behavior, okay? These people have obviously been through some sort of tragedy here. They don't need snark... they need help."

The approaching crowd looked appropriate for the situation. Whatever had happened here was devastating. It might even be a way for David to learn some kind of lesson in being a person.

"Comforting is part of your skill set, yes? I recommend you put that to good use today. These folk look to need it. I'll be right here to help however I can. Let's put the nonsense behind us and get to work."
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The whole town seemed to have seen the Constable land and were warily making their way forward. They were tense. Some were scared. Some were relieved. Some were angry. It was the angry ones that you'd have to worry about.

They stopped on the edge of town, letting the crew come closer, studying them as they did. It was not lost on anyone that the group was armed. Not everyone, but a decent amount. They were twitchy too.

Not exactly the happy, go lucky welcoming one would want to encounter.

But one person broke free from them all, running straight up to all of them, much to the dismay of others.
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Landry Arwood ran forward as fast as her little legs would carry her. She had seen their ship come in and also the name on it: ILEV Constable.

She didn't know what an ILEV was, but she had learned in a book her mama read to her what a Constable was. Constables were good people. Lawmen. Folks there who would help people.

Perhaps folks that had come to help them.

She came to a skidding halt in front of them and her keen, quite intelligent eyes took them all in, one by one. Four men and four women.

They were an odd group. So many different clothes. Where were their uniforms? Weren't they supposed to wear uniforms? One looked like she was dressed in all black and her outfit looked kinda like a uniform, but she also seemed a bit on the scary side. Another one was in all gray, except for her boots. That looked professional like. Then things went a bit odd from there. Another one, who looked kinda young wore a white coat over a checkered dress. White... Didn't she know it was kinda dusty? The last woman wore a skirt that was rather short. She scrunched her eyebrows together. Didn't she know that skirts like that would make someone think she was like those women who came to town to visit the miners a while back? Those ladies weren't exactly proper and they were run out of town rather quickly, which did not make the miners very happy. Why she didn't exactly know.

Then there was the men. One was older and looked like he was in charge. He had kind eyes, she thought. Another one looked incorrigible, like what some of the boys in her school looked like after they were caught being naughty. Another one looked nice, but watched the naughty one like her teacher watched the boys. Like he was annoyed and unhappy to be looking after him. She wondered what exactly he had done. Then she saw the man who was driving the truck. She smiled shyly at him. He was cute. She couldn't help but give him a shy, little girl wave.

But she needed to ask them something.

"You bring us water, sir?" she asked Hutch. "Course we have Rivendell, but that's to sell. We haven't much else to drink."

She looked to the truck. If they had some, it would most likely be there.

"Can I have some, if you can spare any? Please?"

Her mama would like that she asked with manners. She's been learning all about that at school and at home.

Then she smiled. Folks liked people who smiled. Daddy said so. You can get more help with honey rather than vinegar, he always said.

Now she would see if it actually worked.
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Mercer Arwood felt his daughter break free from his hand at the same time a strangled gasp escaped his wife's mouth.

His girl was quick, but he was quickly behind her, nudging folks out of the way as he raced the best as he could after her. He couldn't get to rough going through the crowd though. These people were his neighbors, but for Landry? He figured they would be a little understanding.

Only Landry would be facing off against the people who had arrived. They had heard that some help was coming, but he wasn't stupid. He saw their ship pass by and he could quite clearly see the fact that the ship was indeed armed and fortified. What kind of aid could a ship like that provide?

He was proud of her in a way. She was smart and had sussed out who the man in charge was. What he didn't like was the girly wave and flirt she showed the one man. How'd she learn to flirt like that? She was just a little girl!

"You bring us water, sir?" "Course we have Rivendell, but that's to sell. We haven't much else to drink."

Then again, she was a little girl and she didn't realize that telling unknown entities that they still had their Rivendell Water in stock could be dangerous if these folks weren't on the up and up.

"Can I have some, if you can spare any? Please?"

It was then that he caught up to her, snagging her by the shoulder and pushing her behind him in a clearly protective stance.

He took in the group. They were eclectic to say the least. At least one military (the woman in black). A couple of folks who could probably do damage and do it well (the guy in the truck, the woman in gray, another man who looked more like her was guarding someone, the captain of the ship), one man who was obviously up to no good, a doctor who looked way too young and someone with a skirt short enough to give good men ideas about straying from God's path.

"Landry, stay back," he admonished her. He looked at the crew of the Constable. "State your intentions quickly. We don't want no trouble."

That was for sure.
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Cal Stromsky scowled openly as he stood in the crowd that was, in his mind, in a standoff with the crew of the Constable.

After all, there were eight of them and were probably armed too. Then they had a couple of girls that looked less than fighter-like, but then again, looks can be deceiving.

Then that little brat, Landry Arwood, runs forward like she doesn't have a brain in her head and confronts them. Was she trying to get herself killed?

"You bring us water, sir?"

Why don't her parents keep control of their kid? Bunch of hippie preacher types...

"Course we have Rivendell, but that's to sell. We haven't much else to drink."

The kid just gives all their secrets away, doesn't she? People like the ones before them, they could just take the Rivendell under force. He saw their ship pass by; it was weaponized. They could do some simple recon and lay waste to the town, then come in and take what they have left in stores of the Rivendell. They were essentially Alliance and it wouldn't be the first time the Alliance did what they wanted just because they could. He saw enough of that in the war.

"Can I have some, if you can spare any? Please?"

Great. Now she's begging. She's making us all look weak.

"Landry, stay back,"

Push the kid behind him? Still won't stop a gun from sailing through the both of them at one time. He looked around. Could there be more? Could they be surrounding them right now? His hand slipped to his gun. He didn't pull it out. But he was ready.

"State your intentions quickly. We don't want no trouble."

Their intentions were more than likely to give them trouble and take what product they have left. He couldn't take this anymore.

"You got supplies? Feel free to leave them then get gone," he yelled out at them. "Otherwise, you can just get gone. We've been getting by and we don't need no Alliance getting more into our business than dropping off supplies."

One of them twitches and he'd take care of that person before they could even move.
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My, my... Folks are a little tense. That is except for little Landry.

"You bring us water, sir?"

Jonah Cutter, Rivendell's mayor, came forward, weaving his way through the crowd.

"Course we have Rivendell, but that's to sell. We haven't much else to drink."

People were curious and stood in his way, but with a gentle tap on the shoulder they parted easily for him.

"Can I have some, if you can spare any? Please?"

Well, at least Mercer was closer.

"Landry, stay back," "State your intentions quickly. We don't want no trouble."

And way too protective of that girl.

"You got supplies? Feel free to leave them then get gone," "Otherwise, you can just get gone. We've been getting by and we don't need no Alliance getting more into our business than dropping off supplies."

Cal... Jonah didn't know how Cal was going to react, but he saw the man's sidearm and knew that things needed to be diffused quickly. Luckily, that was when he arrived in front of the crowd.

"Everyone just simmer down!" he exclaimed loudly, pushing his palms down in a repetitive motion. "These folks are just wanting to help out. They are no threat to us. No sense for anything to go sideways here."

That last part was aimed at Cal. Jonah turned to face the crew of the Constable.

"Captain Hutchins, I presume?" he asked as he stepped forward and shook his hand. He turned back to the crowd. "This is Captain Jeremiah Hutchins, decorated law man. They were sent here to bring supplies and give us a hand where needed. And you know what is needed. Show some respect!"

Jonah turned back to Hutch and the crew.

"I'm Jonah Cutter. I am the mayor and your contact here. Let's get you all set up."
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Andrew sat motionless, watching the civilians closely after setting the vehicle in park. He didn't like the way some of them looked. Not just tired, wary, or dying of thirst... Some looked rather threatening, or at least overtly defensive.

A girl sprang free from the crowd and bolted toward them. Andrew remained still, not bothering to put his guard up any further for the sake of a child. She stopped and he saw her give the crew a look over, waving at him in particular, accompanied by a shy smile he'd only seen full grown women do to him at shady bars and clubs. Andrew didn't know how to respond, so he ignored her.

A man came after her shortly after. The father, he presumed, and was proven right shortly afterward. He paid both of them no mind. Instead, he favored another man in the crowd, one who looked less than pleased by their presence. He saw the man rest his hand on his firearm, and Andrew did the same, concealed from behind the vehicle, clicking the safety off and leaving his hand gripped on the weapon. His sights pinned on the civilian, he was prepared to draw and fire the second the man began pulling out his weapon.

"You got supplies? Feel free to leave them then get gone," "Otherwise, you can just get gone. We've been getting by and we don't need no Alliance getting more into our business than dropping off supplies."

Andrew paid the mans words little mind, instead keeping his eyes locked on his targets movement.

An elder emerged from the crowd next.

"Everyone just simmer down!" "These folks are just wanting to help out. They are no threat to us. No sense for anything to go sideways here."

Andrew maintained eyes on the target.

"Captain Hutchins, I presume?" "This is Captain Jeremiah Hutchins, decorated law man. They were sent here to bring supplies and give us a hand where needed. And you know what is needed. Show some respect!"

Hopefully, the elder had as much sway of the people as he thought he did. Andrew did not avert his gaze or remove his hand just in case.

"I'm Jonah Cutter. I am the mayor and your contact here. Let's get you all set up."

Go on, Andrew thought, listen to your Mayor. He continued to watch civilians, especially the one in particular.


Edited by Andrew Williams, Sep 25 2017, 01:17 AM.
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