November 15, 2011
This morning I woke up with shay in my arms. I don't remember anything from last night after I branded the bastards hands. I ended up getting up out of bed and looking at shay. It seemed like she was crying all night, poor thing. So after I got up and got dressed. I put my mask on and wen't to water the plants. I wen't out back filled up the can with water and wen't through all the plants and watered them. I took a break in the middle of watering, and once again looked up at the unrelenting sky for answers. I got nothing, so I wen't back to watering the plants. I pored a little bit too much water on the Orange tree, and thats when it struck me. I forgot to plant the seed. I raced into the house and started flinging everything around in my room. I must have woken shay up because she came up behind me and gave me a hug and asked if everything was alright. I told her everything was fine, and thats right when I found it. It was a Cherry Blossom Tree seed. It has always been one of my favorite trees, other than a weeping willow of course, but I promised I was going to use this seed whenever I found the perfect spot.
I ran out to the dinning room/Living room and scarfed down whatever was on the table for breakfast. Not sure what it was but it was good... And shay didn't cook it! Only shay cooks well in our group, but this was still quite delicious. I found Max sitting in the watch room and asked him to do me a favor and cover my shift until I got back. He nodded and I went back down stairs and ran out the door. I was going light today because I needed to get there and back fast. All that I had was my BDU pants, my jacket, my UMP, the seed and the bottle with the half drank water I found a couple weeks ago. I wen't flying out the door, and all I heard was some one singing "Go speed racer!" from behind me. I couldn't tell who it was, but it was someone who thought they were clever. Anyways, I got to the canyon in what seemed to be record time. I sang all the way down there. On a side note, the thing I've missed most is my Ipod. I never thought I could live this long without listening to Enter Shikari (A Band from the UK) It use to be ritual to listen to at least one of their albums a day. Well anyways, I sing to myself when I'm alone so I can always remember them.
After I got to the canyon I started my descent. I found her Island. I walked up to the grave and sat there for a minute, then i took my hands and began to dig about 5 feet away from her head. I planted the seed, dumped the water and then walked back to the top of the canyon. This season, the canyon always look... Not the nicest. During Spring and Summer, it will be some of the most beautiful colors, but right now it looks like a desert with a Forrest in the middle of it. Anywho, I looked across the barren wasteland and remembered when we use to play down there as little kids. The dry lake bed was still dry, and the "cliffs" were just as High as they were before. Its like the Caynon had stayed so perfect and held its colour spectrum while the rest of the Earth turned into a wasteland. I sat on top of the canyon for a couple more minutes then decided I was taking too long and started to head back.
A car had came flying down the street and slide a good 200ft and then three guys jumped out and started shooting at me. I almost made it to the side of a house when one of the bullets clipped my thigh. It was painful, but I blocked out the pain with the thought that they were part of the other raiders and must pay for what they had done to my poor sweet girl. I yelled "You missing a couple of raiders!" I heard one of them say "You basta-" and then he got punched by one of the other raiders. Then one of them yelled back "wouldn't you like to know!" I laughed and said "They aren't having a fun time at my house, Maybe you should come pay them a visit." I was about to peek my head around the corner when one of them started aimlessly firing at the house. One of the bullets hit 3 feet form my face. I heard one of them say "flank left, We'll go.." That's about all I heard. I was a dead man walking... Well crawling. I had one mag, and have one bullet chambered. From the looks of the car, there could be six men. I had 26 bullets, One was chambered and the mag held 25. I had roughly four bullets for each of them. I had to make each one hit the target. I took a deep breath an crawled out Just enough to see one of them running for me. I took am, and right when I was about to fire I watched an arrow go right through his upper calf. He fell to the ground and I put two in the chest and one in the head. I know had 23 bullets. I got up and saw three of the guys running, I shot 9 times and only landed 7 of the bullets. Two of them dropped and the other got away with a wound. I was down to 14 bullets. I had two guy coming on my left flank I remembered. I turned the corner just in time to blow one of the guy's head off, and get the other guy in the leg. I took aim and put a bunch of shots into the guy on the floor. At this time i didn't realize how many time i shot him and how many bullets I had left. I walked by the two that tried to run and put a bullet in each of their heads. There skulls blossomed like a flower after a long winter under the power of the .45 ACP Hallow Point. The asphalt was stained red from the holes in the raiders that were like a fountain that wouldn't stop working. They just kept poring more and more blood out onto the pavement. I then saw the last guy. Shot at him and hit him in the shoulder, took aim at his face, pulled the trigger and click. I was out of rounds. He pulled his gun up with a struggle. he was 20 yards away. I couldn't reach him in time even if I wanted to. I sat there, looking into the eyes of the man who was about to kill me. That's when I heard the faint whistle. Her arrow wen't straight into the mans skull, but it was too late. I got shot in the left arm. I'm still not sure if it was the arrow that caused the fiend to shoot, or if he shot and then got killed. Either way, I knew that I was going to make it.
It was a long walk back to the stronghold with a bullet hole in my leg and another in my arm, however, it wasn't all that bad with Dani walking with me. We small talked for a little and then I thanked her. She just nodded and said it was the least she could do to repay me for bring her with me when it (The Zpoc) began. The lashback of how I picked her up flooded my memory. I was at Home Depot when We heard the news. I saw her a little ways down the aisle. She was holing a stick. But not like it was a stick, but like it was a bow. I could tell that she was a hunter, and if the news was right about this big ordeal, I would need her sometime during this mess. I ran up to her and told her to follow me if she wanted to live through this epidemic. She followed without question. The second I got to my car, I grabbed one of my gas maskes and handed it too her, she put it on without hesitation and we got in my car and drove to find jesse. By the time I came out of the flashback we were about 200 yards from our stronghold.
When I got into the stronghold I had Tay come over and get the bullets out. While serving in the USAF, he was part of the Pararescue. The Pararescue was about retrieving the men who got caught behind enemy lines, and well, they needed to know how to patch stuff up quick. The Pararescue was the hardest job in the Military. Who would have to save the Navy Seals when they got trapped? Pararescue. What about Special Forces? Pararescue. They were the tuffest men around. Well anyways, Tay came running out with jess and they picked me up. I screamed in opposition, "You haven't even taken me out to dinner yet!" I laughed and so did Jess, but not taytay. He was dead set on getting me fixed. After what felt like a couple of minutes, Tay had pulled out the 9mm bullets. I looked at the group and said "I told you 9mm are pussy shit." I would always no matter how bad I got hurt, make fun of myself or laugh when I did it. If I crashed my bike I would laugh and talk about how big of an Idiot I was. Never figured out why I did it, I just did.
After I was patched up, Taylor gave me a piggy back ride to my bed and I said seductively "What? You are gonna leave me all alone in the bed?" I proceeded to wink at him and he proceeded to laugh as he walked out the door. We always had that kind of relationship. me jess and Tay. Always making G** sexual references at each other, none of us meant it, but it was something we've done since childhood. I grabbed my journal and checked to see if I had written anything down for yesterday and I hadn't. I then proceeded to do a late entry and write in what happened yesterday. I was almost done when shay came in. She wanted to see if I was feeling better and then told me she "found" a can of chicken noodle soup that she would cook up for me in a minute and bring in. She always did that for everyone. Kept one extra can stashed somewhere for when something like this happened we could have one of our favorite meals. Although Chicken noodle soup wasn't my favorite it was one of the best meals that you could find around these days that was edible. She left the room to go cook me my soup
When she came back in she brought the bowl and a spoon and sat down next to me and just talked to me. She always was the sweetheart in our group. Everyone was always comfortable around her. She had a rather ravishing charm to her. She laid under neath my right arm and I tried to use my left arm to eat. It got silent for a little and then I asked. "What happened last night... I mean, like... When i came up from downstairs." She looked at me and said "Well... " I always hated it when girls started sentences like this. "we sat there waiting for the screams to stop. I mean, they were pretty muffled but still audible in the house. We were all scared. We didn't know what was happening. When you opened the door we all flinched. You were covered in blood, had a chainsaw in noe hand and a Scythe in the other. It was scary. We thought that we were gonna get murdered with the men down stairs. You sat at the door for a good 5 seconds, then closed it locked it and walked to the garage and put the blood soaked outfit and weapons down. You then walked straight to your room and lied down. I decided that it wasn't good for you to be alone so I came in and slept with you last night. Then you woke me this morning with all the ruckus." "I'm sorry" I proclaimed. She just nodded and laid in my arms. I rubbed her back, and finished writing my journal entry when she left to go cook and eat dinner. She came back in and laid down with me and said "You shouldn't be alone at this point in time, with everything that has happened. but... If you need your space I understand." I just gave her a slight grin as she laid in my arms. She fell asleep fast, and well thats when I started writing this entry.
Being shot isn't too bad, then again it was only a 9mm. I'm glad to have such great friends.