Search the town at night very carefully, but make sure you're healed up and the rich guy is back at base.
Bob the Hamster wrote:
If the rich guy's name turns out to be Richard I will be furious ;)
"Hey, you know, I never got your name."
"What? It was on the work order form, wasn't it?"
"Well, yes, but we get dozens of those, I can't remember each one."
(Well, no. But yes. It's not exactly a lie. Usually, we might indeed get dozens of those. That day though? Just the one, as it was my first day on the job. I just couldn't be bothered learning the name of a guy I'd never meet again.)
"Oh, well, that makes sense. It's Vickerson. Eugenio Vickerson."
"Well, righto then, Vickerson. I'm going to explore the town later tonight, but right now we're going to drive back to the farm. You'll keep watch there. Shoot any zombies that you might see."
"Is that likely to happen?"
"Who knows? But if it does, make sure they don't kill any of the animals. Those guys will provide us milk, wool, and eggs. And any long-term survival plan of ours depends on keeping those animals alive."
"Well... ok then..."
Day 03 - 2000h
Ok, that took some doing. I did try driving back to the farm, but the zombies kept following us, and I do not want to deal with a horde at our doors. So instead, I drove back to the boat rental, and then carefully, very carefully, went off-road and drove hugging the river until I could get back to some ways west of the farm, at which point I went back north onto the road. The farm and town really are too close. Heck, I can see the houses in town from the field. Any long-term solution will require clearing out that town of zombies. For now though, we're back "home", and it's dark enough that I should head back to town for scavenging. I'll probably take the bus, but stop it a ways outside of town. Just in case I need to make a quick getaway.
Day 03 - 2101h
Ok... that could have gone better. I'm in town right now, and in the first house. On the way over here though, I kinda, might have, accidentally hit a flatbed truck with the bus. I was going really slowly though, so there wasn't a lot of damage. Still, I wish it hadn't happened. No use crying over spilled milk though.
In this first house, I've managed to get a gallon jug of vinegar, as well as some other food. The hamburger I found went straight to my stomach, as I'm kinda hungry. The rest, I carry it with me as best as I can. I wish I could find a backpack or something, there's no way I can carry any significant amount with just my work clothes. In the garage, I found a couple of lockers. They were empty except for some shorts though, which I put on over my pants as they'll help me carry a bit more with the extra pockets. I smash the locker apart afterwards, and use my hammer to beat the scrap into something that will function as a crowbar. Hopefully, the noise won't attract too many of the zeds. Either way, I should move onto the next house as soon as I can.
Oh, even better! Time to take off my pants and these shorts. In the bedroom, I found some cargo pants. Tons of pockets to keep things in! There's also some duct tape in the closet. Tons I can do with that. The motorcycle helmet is a great find as well. Anything to keep the ol' noggin safe.
The bathroom has some cough medicine and some soap. I'm not sick right now, but best to be prepared. And clean. The book on first aid tucked behind the mirror will be handy as well. The best find in the bathroom though, is a large laundry basket. Incredibly bulky, but I'll be able to haul a lot of stuff in it without having to make repeated trips back to the bus.
Right, I'm in the second house now. Found a jar of sauerkraut, that's a good find. Stuff never goes bad, I think. Or if it does, it takes a really long time. Picked up a pot as well, and an empty glass jar. Good for cooking and storing food. There was some beer in the fridge as well. It's warm now, seeing as how power's out, but hey, a beer is a beer.
In the living room, there were a few useful books as well. One on chemical warfare (might be able to find some stuff about pesticides in there for the farm), a book about cross-stitching and knitting (I'm going to need new clothes eventually), and a book about cars (might be a few tips on maintaining the bus in there). There were also a few novels, which might be useful for passing the time. Or, kindling, depending how things go.
In the bathroom, there wasn't all that much. There was a bottle of multivitamins though, so that'll come in handy.
In the bedroom, there's a bunch of clothes. I don't need any right now, but I'll pick up the more useful ones, like this coat and those denim pants. Durable stuff. There's also a box of condoms in the dresser. I don't plan on using them for their intended purpose any time soon, but I think I read somewhere that during the Vietnam war, they used them on the ends of their M-16s to keep the dirt and grime out of the barrel. Or guessing we could use them in a similar manner.
Ok, ok, I can't help feeling that I'm pushing my luck here. In the third house now. Still, never look a gift horse in the mouth, they say.
In the garage, I found a radio and road flare. The batteries on the radio are still going strong, so it'll be useful.
In the bathroom, there were some calcium pills. No idea how useful those will be, seeing as how we've got a good supply of milk back at the farm, but mouths and horses again.
Better luck in the kitchen though, as there's a bunch of canned goods, as well as a canning pot. Thankfully, whoever lived here before must have been into the whole prepping thing. Fat lot of good it did them, though. There are some leather gloves on the counter as well, so I put those on. No sense in damaging my fingers.
By the door is a raincoat, so I put that in the laundry basket as well. It's not raining right now, but best to not take chances with catching a cold. The basket is pretty full right now, so time to head back to the bus.
Day 03 - 2354h
Ok, everything's loaded back into the bus. There's a bunch of food food, some clothes, a few bottles of medicine medicine, a stack of books, and some electronics. There are still a couple more houses, as well as the two apartment buildings. Still, it's almost midnight, and I wonder if I should keep pushing my luck, or if I should quit while I'm ahead. I didn't find any tools though, and that's what I really wanted to get.
>What should I do?_
Being from the third world, I reserve the right to speak in the third person.
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