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Life: After Plague

Somewhere in Kansas

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a part of Life: After Plague, by midnightephemera.

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(Storm) Kelly Hanson [74] "I want to hate every part of you with me..."
Jude M. Garwood [61] Monty Python is the bomb
Will Birch [47] "I've seen a lot of messed up stuff. Murder, thievery, lies; but somehow the absence of society is the worst thing to deal with.
Parker Jessler [19] Don't mistake silence for weakness.
Jolene Haverty [1] "Where you see death I see opportunity."

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Parker had watched the interaction between everyone, and she had to admit, it was a miracle. So many people in one place, although the biker guy left to meet with his own group she presumed. The other three appeared to be grocery shopping themselves. Her instinctive distrust dissipated as she saw them conduct themselves in a very civilian matter. Throwing her pack over her shoulder, Parker steadied her rifle loosely in her hands. She saw the woman, and hastily lifted her weapon, eyes narrowing slightly. Although she was in her full fatigues and the bottom half of her face was covered with the black cloth, Parker cleared her throat.

"Do not call out to your friends. I have no intention of harming you, but if you're an enemy, you'll leave me no choice." That was the closest Parker could come to a hello. Her stiff posture and stern gaze faltered slightly as she stared at the woman. She was familiar somehow. Curiosity got the best of the soldier, and Parker asked with a bit of shame in her tone. "Name?"

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Storm looked over at this woman, army she presumed. Unwillingly, she stood straighter as if to try and gain at least a little power back as the woman looked like she'd kill with no hesitation. Of course, however much of a violent person Storm was, she couldn't help but feel uncomfortable with the gun the woman held in her hands. "Alright... Hello to you too..." She said suspiciously. "I would kinda like to know why you're so... Uptight? Is that the word? Or plain rude." She rubbed her head lightly.

"My name? Storm." She said simply. Her voice fell into a more gruff tone as she got angrier and angrier at the thought this woman had killed any survivors and was possibly going to kill her, too. Who would do such a thing? "And look, we're friendly, alright? You can put that piece of shit down. What's your name?"

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Parker's lips twitched slightly into a smirk that she'd vehemently deny if anyone pointed it out. This girl had spunk. Tilting her head slightly, Parker glanced down at her weapon before rolling her eyes. With a heavy sigh, Parker attempted to let the gun hang off of her shoulder by its strap. Either way, she couldn't stop her one hand from gently touching the rifle's familiar grip. Clearing her throat, Parker glanced around before slinging her pack off her shoulders and opening it, her gaze never leaving Storm. "Bassist... Rock band." Parker nodded before slowly taking the CD out from her bag. "Uh, yeah you have good music." She held out the worn CD case to the woman, and also a marker, glad her mask was on to hid the embarrassment she had. "...I'm not the only rude one." Parker muttered under her breath as she refused to make eye contact now. It had been a very long time since she'd had a proper conversation. "PJ... and, I'm not uptight." Parker huffed.

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Storm couldn't help but laugh when PJ took the CD and a marker pen out of her pack. "You have good taste!" She said, pretending to be arrogant before taking the CD cover and pen. It looked pretty worn out to be honest, but it gave Storm a strange sense of pride to know that someone else still remembered the band. "They're all dead now, I'm afraid." She sighed lightly, signing the CD case in a scruffy signature and putting the lid on the pen. "Jimmy, Brain and Jaime. All gone when everyone else died, too." She paused for a moment and cleared her throat before giving PJ back the case. She really didn't think anyone else remembered them.

"And you did come across kinda rude and uptight. You were holding a gun, PJ." Storm stopped and smiled. Something about this woman didn't seem as hostile as before. "There's a comic book store around here, y'know. And music place. If you're into that stuff I'll show you where they are. If not, have look yourself or stay with us."

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"I'm still holding a gun." Parker grumbled a bit, scoffing as she took the CD back into her hands. Glancing at the signature, PJ turned it over in her hands and could see the other band members there. "My unit listened to this all the time. Idiots thought it was good mood music for the missions." Parker shrugged before stuffing the case into her backpack and slinging it over her shoulder. "Music store." She nodded, readjusting her pack before holding her rifle ready again. Her posture straightened again despite the weight of her pack, and all of PJ's muscles tensed and tightened with practiced anticipation. With a blank expression, she nodded to Storm. Remembering that the girl had not so subtly suggested Parker try being a little less rude, the soldier cleared her throat uncomfortably.

"Uh, music store... please?" PJ kept her eyes trained ahead, chin up and alert.

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"Look, I'll just go tell the others where we're going so they don't get all huffy about it later. And thank you for learning some manners." Storm smiled polietly, still keeping the image at the back of her mind that this girl could have killed a survivor. She hid the anger quite well, and walked over to Jude. "'ey, Beatles Boy. There's this other chick who's appeared and we've had a chat and stuff. I'm just gonna show her a cool music shop I found." She grinned. "Come get us if you're leaving.", then returned to PJ.

"Okay, c'mon. Oh and I did tell them about you. You don't have a say in what I tell people, okay?" She sad with a slight edge to her voice. After being held at gun point rather rudely Storm wasn't going to be pushed around right now. Storm lead PJ for a few minutes, past various other shops. After reaching the shop she flung open the door and grinned, walking in.

"C'mon PJ."

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Will was surprised to see Storm go off with a total stranger, especially one who was ex-military. That was what Will assumed from the person's weapon and outfit, but he'd interviewed enough soldiers to know when he saw one. "You mind looking after her? I'm gonna go check out this supposed farm. Figured it would be faster if I was by myself. Plus, I have the station wagon." Will stated, grabbing his keys from his pocket and rattling them to show them to Jude. "I'll come back and pick you guys up back at the house, if the farm checks out." Will said as he walked out of the store, making sure he wasn't scaring anyone still outside.

As he walked down the street towards his car, he contemplated staying with this small group that was developing around this small town. The people seemed tolerable and it would be better for everyone to just take root somewhere. But as he got in the wagon and drove it out of it's hiding spot towards the direction Grant had said, his mind drifted towards the pleasant memories of his childhood and reminded him of the fact he didn't have anyone except his family left in this world and if there was a chance they were still alive out there, he'd risk it.

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Parker scoffed at Storm's scolding, but followed the woman anyways. It wasn't that Parker necessarily disliked people, but she wasn't around many that didn't involve her needing to kill them. It was survival, and she was good at it. As they stepped into the shop, PJ scanned the rows of music. Her rifle was alert in her grip, and she stepped in a half crouch. Her eyes narrowed as she surveyed the area, unable to mute her instincts to clear the room. Deciding not to fight the urge, she picked up her pace and did it quickly. "Clear." She mumbled more to herself from behind the register, allowing the grip on her weapon to relax. With a very monotoned voice, PJ felt the edges of a smirk beneath her mask.

"Would you like me to ring anything up?" Parker didn't know why she did it, considering it was her first attempt at a joke in a very long time. "Half price on all stock." Again, her voice was pretty blank.

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Although she'd rather not say anything, Storm couldn't help but chuckle at PJ's extremely uptight stance and the fact she called 'Clear' made it far harder for her not to laugh.
When PJ asked if she'd like her to "ring anything up", Storm chuckled and slowly walked over to PJ in a rather funny way and leaned on the desk. "I'd like sanity and some human dignity, please." Storm grinned at PJ, taking no notice of her slightly military ways of working. She guessed people had developed their own ways and she didn't want to interfere with that. She was the chick with the gun. "Though, PJ, maybe you should work on the Robo-Cop voice. Very monotone." She didn't expect much more. Storm herself wandered around the store absent minded-ly.

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After some time, Will arrived at the supposed farm. It seemed like any number of abandoned farms he had seen on his drive into the state, but it definitely wasn't the biggest he had seen. He was surprised that he had beaten Grant there, but he figured his party couldn't be far behind. Quickly, he noticed some people grabbing supplies from a school bus parked outside. He decided to park in front of it, wait for them to get back and introduce himself.

Not sure when they'd get back, he figured he might as well past the time with some light reading. With that in mind, he grabbed a random book from one of his bags. It was a book Will hadn't remembered grabbing, but this was a common case as he raided dozens of libraries and book store on his travels. The book covered the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. So, as Will waited for these new recent strangers, he read up on one of the greatest minds in history, wondering if another such mind would pop up to help what was left of humanity.

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Abby pulled herself back up into the bus and started to pick up more supplies when she heard an engine. Placing the box back down she crouched down slightly to see through the front of the bus where another truck had pulled up, finding it hard to see the driver she crept closer to the front.

It wasn't Grant but she knew that already seen as he left on his bike, and it wasnt one of the other men she had met earlier. Abby wondered how everyone seemed to be finding this small farmhouse. She watched quietly as the man reached for something, she was too far away to see what but he didn't seem dangerous or about to steal all the supplies. She made her way back through the boxes and jumped down from the bus and walked over to the car noticing Bridget must still be inside. She stopped a few feet away from the drivers window and realised the man hadn't even noticed she was there, he attention focused on a book he held. Curiosity getting the better of her she stepped closer to the car 'what you reading?' she stopped in her tracks, she didn't know this man, it's better to be safe.

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"What you reading?" a voice snapped Will from his book, looking up to see a red haired woman in front of him. He put down his book and put on a smile. "It's a book on Da Vinci. His life, his works, things like that." Will said as he threw the book into the back of his car. "So, this is the farm I've been hearing about?" he continued. "Grant sent me. I'm a trader and I had to see this place before I left so, here I am." Will's eyes darted across what he could see, trying to take it all in, including this new person in front of him.

Will outstretched his hand, hoping for a handshake from the woman in front of him. "I'm Will, by the way. What's your name?"

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She stared as his hand cautiously for a second but thought better of it and shook his hand, if Grant had sent him then he was harmless. She smiled 'I'm Abby. Welcome to my humble abode which as of today has quite a few new additions'

She let her hand fall to her side for a moment before running it through her hair self consciously. 'Your welcome to come in if you like' her eyes drifted to the back of the car where she saw the discarded. 'Where are you heading anyway?'

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"Welcome to my humble abode which as of today, has quite a few new additions." Abby said with a big smile that ensured Will of her trustworthiness. "Yeah, I can see that." Will remarked, noticing others moving around nearby. Will then noticed Abby eyeing the back of his car and it's contents.

"Where are you heading, anyway?" she asked, still looking at the car. "Oregon, actually. But, I plan on staying around town for a few days." Will replied. "I see you're looking at what I have? You or anyone of the others interested in anything, just let me know, and we can work something out." Will as he spoke opened the doors of his car to give Abby a better look if she wanted it.

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"Though, PJ, maybe you should work on the Robo-Cop voice. Very monotone." After Storm said that and wandered around the store, Parker blushed slightly and scratched the back of her neck. Clearing her throat and attempting to regain her stoic composure, Parker began to search the shop as well. To be honest, she didn't even really listen to music. But the soldier found herself attracted to artists and albums she remembered her unit raving about before they'd blast the volume in the humvee. She picked up a Bon Jovi case, turning it over in her hands. Closing her eyes, she pulled out a wad of metal dog tags out from a pocket on her jacket. She felt the dented one, putting the other three back in her pocket. Turning the metal plate over in her fingers a few times, she opened the Bon Jovi CD case and placed the dogtag inside.

"We should leave. Reconvene with your friends." Parker's hard tone echoed in the store as she put the CD back on the rack. PJ held her rifle a little tighter and clenched her jaw, remembering the man that used to accompany that dogtag. Steeling herself, Parker shoved all the thoughts out of her mind and straightened up tall to give the store a good once over. "Area is still secure." Again, Parker spoke mainly to herself as some small form of reassurance.

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Storm had stopped, observing PJ for a moment, hoping she hadn't noticed her. She had pulled out dogtags, and seemed to somewhat slacken. When PJ had snapped out of it, Storm had quickly moved. "Um. Right. To find Will and Beatles Boy!!" She skipped back to the girl and tugged lightly on her arm light a child, pulling her a little to the door of the shop. "Come on..!" Storm felt as if she should say something. She didn't think it would help, or make any difference to the girl, but she felt as if she should say something.

"Hey... PJ... Y'know, I kind-of consider us weird buddies. Unless y'turn and shoot me, that is, but I'd rather y'didn't. So... I know you won't.. but ventin' is good for the system. If there's anything y'wanna get off of your chest, y'can talk to me. You're safe with me. Kinda." She scratched her head awkwardly. "You're safe with friends. More what I meant to say. Although you're the one with the gun and training." She laughed, brushing away her awkwardness.

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When Storm began tugging Parker to the door, PJ dumbly followed, unsure what was going on. But then Storm began talking, and Parker tilted her head as she tried to keep up with the bassist's words. It was strange for the soldier to see someone trying to... comfort? Yeah PJ would consider that's what Storm was trying to do. By the end of Storm's speech, PJ had to turn her face away, trying to cover up the involuntary chuckle with a cough. Her face turned back stoic after a second, and she lifted her gun up.

"I do have the gun, and I do have training." Parker stated dully, an eyebrow quirking. For the first time since she'd met Storm, PJ pulled her black mask down around her neck, taking the helmet off and running a hand through her messy hair. "We're weird buddies now? I don't know what that means. Or where you're going with this." PJ tilted her head now, her navy eyes furrowing in confusion. "But I... I don't mind being weird buddies. Uh, I'm Parker Jessler: US Special Forces for six years, military for nine." Pulling out the dogtags and holding them up, PJ shrugged. "As you can see, I'm running low on friends." She muttered, still clutching them in her hand. "I didn't talk to them much, but I still knew them. I know where they want to be laid to rest. I can't bury their bodies, but this is the best I can do. Alan loved music. Jackass used to wake me up with AC/DC in my ears. He'd like this place." She cleared her throat, not entirely sure why she told Storm that. Sighing, PJ smirked tiredly. "I take care of my comrades... my friends."

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"Well.. um.. Weird buddies.. Like.. this whole situation is fucked, but I thought you might need a friend. Nothing weird weird." She attempted to explain herself more simply. Considering that Parker had shared information with her, she felt as if she should do the same otherwise it'd be rude or unfair. "I'm St-... I'm.. Kelly. Kelly Hanson." Her name felt so foreign to her now, almost like she was speaking Parseltongue or Spanish. "I'm pretty boring." She sighed as she led Parker out of the store. "Grew up as a bit of a minority, some stuff happened... Kelly was pushed to the back and Storm appeared on the scene." She shrugged as she made her down the path. "My friends were good people. Now I've got you, 'Beatles Boy' and Will. Bit of a miss-match if I say so myself." She laughed, as she walked back down to the grocery store. "You seem pretty cool, PJ, minus all the military stuff. You remind me of anyone and everyone in CoD." She chuckled, attempting to lighten the mood. "CoD was a pretty good game apart from campers but, whatever, you probably never played it. Basically a war simulator."

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"Never needed a simulator." Parker shrugged, placing her helmet on top of her head, not pulling her mask up though. "But my recruiter said ladies love the uniform. I didn't know it became such a fashion trend." She cleared her throat, quirking and eyebrow in a bit of bemusement. "Storm and Kelly Hanson are also both pretty cool. I can't speak for your friends, but it's still my duty to protect the innocent." Parker stood a bit taller, trying to keep her authoritative military tone back into place. Without even casting a sideways glance, PJ tried to busy herself with keeping alert to anything that could be out of place. "It's my job to protect people like y-you. There are bad people out there who want to take advantage of the uh... c-current situation society has found itself in. And... And I need to protect people from them." So Parker had never really been the one to comfort people or try to communicate with them, but now that she didn't have anyone else to do that for her, PJ fumbled through her speech as best she could. And of course, her neck and ears had tinted red by the end. This is why she was a doer, not a talker. As they continued to walk, Parker did her best not to nervously scratch the back of her neck or look at Storm.

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"But my recruiter said ladies love the uniform. I didn't know it became such a fashion trend."
Storm couldn't help herself from acting on a strange thought that came through her mind. She stopped moving, stopping the other girl too and stood closer to PJ, making the most seductive face and pose she could, while still standing straight. "Yeah, I love a girl in uniform..." She stared for a few minutes and touched PJ's arm lightly, still attempting to be seductive.
After a few seconds she would back away laughing, and hope not to be tazed. "Oh, and don't worry, Parker, I can take care of myself. Jude's got a sword and Will's got a gun so you can put your guard down. We're pretty safe. You don't have to make any more awkward speeches." She continued to walk with Parker and realised they were almost to the groceries bit.

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Parker was blazing red now, especially from Storm's actions. The soldier kept her mouth firmly shut, her jaw clenched and flexed to the point that it began to ache. It might be cliche to say, but Parker knew she was always a bit... odd when it came to expressing any sort of reaction. So PJ ensured her gaze didn't vary from the grocery sign at the end of the hall directly in front of her, speeding up to reach the cart that was in the middle of the aisle. Without even glancing to the side, Parker pushed the stray cart out of their way quickly and holding her arm out in an awkward gesture. "After you." She mumbled under her breath, swallowing thickly as she vaguely attempted to remember manners that were taught to her long ago.

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Parker was blazing red now, especially from Storm's actions. The soldier kept her mouth firmly shut, her jaw clenched and flexed to the point that it began to ache. It might be cliche to say, but Parker knew she was always a bit... odd when it came to expressing any sort of reaction. So PJ ensured her gaze didn't vary from the grocery sign at the end of the hall directly in front of her, speeding up to reach the cart that was in the middle of the aisle. Without even glancing to the side, Parker pushed the stray cart out of their way quickly and holding her arm out in an awkward gesture. "After you." She mumbled under her breath, swallowing thickly as she vaguely attempted to remember manners that were taught to her long ago.

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"... Huh. You've improved from 'all-guns-blazing'. Good. Thanks." Storm went ahead, laughing at PJ's awkwardness. She did feel quite bad about it all, to be honest. Poor Parker was, to put into words, the 'butt' of all her jokes right now. They weren't malicious, but they sure as hell were funny. Storm noted her intense blushing. It wouldn't be too bad if I flirted with her some more, she thought. "C'mon, PJ..." She said in a sweetly seductive voice. She looked around a little, curious, but still focusing on trying to make Parker awkward. What if she's gay? Her mind prodded at Storm. So what? I'm bisexual.

Storm had taken a dislike to her mind after it started talking to her. It had only occurred after she was alone for so long.

She stayed quite close to PJ, touching her arm lightly at times. "Hey... PJ..." She leant on a wall, still quite close to PJ. "Do you think I'm pretty?" That sweet voice of her's seemed almost like velvet. Sexy velvet, if there is such a thing.