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 We'll Never Be Royals, Tag: Alexis Marlowe (a.k.a. KC ♥)
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 Posted: Jun 15 2017, 05:45 PM
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Season: End of Spring 2013
Time: (approx.) 4:15 pm
Location: Okeewemee, North Carolina
People In This Thread: Danielle Zografos, Alexis Marlowe

Thirty-three days. At least, that's what the tally was standing at in Danielle's journal when she marked it this morning. When the sun rose, so did she. And when it set, that's when she'd find a place to hide. Alone. Yes, it was a huge gamble to leave the comfort that the DM10 had given her. The hordes were too massive, which was odd. Why were there so many again? This time, her new group went North, while she somehow made her way South. But in her heart of hearts, she knew she could never be fulfilled there. At first, she was on a mission to find the others that had run off during the massive horde of walkers that split them up in the first place. To find anyone, really. But after a few days, and a lot of terrified running, she knew it was pointless. If the two that had made it out alive were out there, they were long gone. All she could do was claim defeat, and move forward.

It took some time, being on her own completely and learning how to defend herself against all types of evil. Not that she ran into much of it. A walker, here and there. But social contact was kept to a minimum. She was on a mission. With an old, faded map, and the little bit of hope she had left, she was sacrificing her sanity and life to get back home to Clemson. It wasn't a heroic story, or for any greater good. She had no idea if anyone was alive there, or there at all. But she'd be home. That was worth something, right? Just being in her neck of the woods again, seeing the places she once knew so well. Though part of her was afraid to see what it looked like now. Torn apart, raided, and more than likely left to die. that's all this world was doing now. Dying.

If the map was right at all, she was somewhere in North Carolina. If that didn't give it away, the North Carolina sign from weeks ago did. She had no honest idea where she was, or where she was even going. It's not like she had a compass. She just had her weapons, and whatever she had in her backpack. Food was scarce, water was a blessing when found. She was starving and exhausted, but not ready to give up. Not just yet. She wasn't the type to cave easily, if at all. In fact, she couldn't think of one single time where she caved for anything. Strong-willed, she was, or maybe stubborn. It depended on who you asked.

Days grew longer as the seasons started to change. It wasn't quite summertime yet, but it was warm enough, and the daylight stayed long enough. Dani found herself wandering aimlessly, lost in the tangled web of thoughts she'd been stuck in for weeks. Was this really a good idea? Should she have stayed with the others, where it was safe and certain? Was she even going in the right direction? She stopped, pulling the folded map from her pocket. She began to walk again, her eyes fixed on the faded route lines and lack of blue words. She pulled the paper closer to her face to make out what it said, not noticing the thick branch just a few steps ahead of her. Like clockwork. Thud! She landed on her forearms, her foot caught between the branch and the ground. She was able to kick herself free without too much of a struggle, but her right arm was cut. "Shit!" she exclaimed quietly, yet animated, to herself. Of course, this would happen. She reached for the map, got up, and limped her way towards a small clearing.

Dani was hoping to find some sort of water source, but she found a small home instead. Even better! Not that she liked breaking and entering, but desperate times called for desperate measures. The front door was unlocked, which was strange. Someone must have raided the place recently since it wasn't sealed shut. She walked in slowly, her knife at the ready by her side. it was fastened on her belt, but easy to access. Not like she could hide it in her tank top, but maybe the Army pants that she'd been fortunate to find. They were a little too big, but they served their purpose. Her shoes were worn down, which meant she'd have to find new ones eventually. Luckily, they didn't make too much noise as she wandered around the place. Her eyes scanning for any medical equipment. There were some things handy, but a lot of the stuff just looked old. The newer, less dusty, stuff looked like it was just there for show. It was hard to tell. Alright, she knew she had to get whatever she needed and get the hell out of there.

Rummaging through a few piles of things, she found nothing useful. Though, she did take a shirt to hold against her arm. This pile of clothes was mostly dark colors. Not a lot of jewelry, which made sense. Who needed anything fashionable these days? She did come across something interesting. A choker. Her fingertips skimmed over the metal loops, giving her a slight Deja Vu feeling. Maybe she was just woozy. She'd known someone who wore things like this before. It was a comforting thought in a time of need for comfort. If only she could actually get the real thing, though. If only.

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Six-hundred-seventy-two. Six-hundred-seventy-three. Six-hundred-seventy-four. Alex slowly counted her breaths as the seconds ticked by. She did so quietly in her head, as to not draw added attention to herself, up on her perch. Peering through the leaves, she kept a close eye on the ground below. The three walkers were gone, but she wasn't about to throw caution to the wind just because she couldn't see them. They'd carry on their merry way, she knew, but she'd wait for them to garner some distance from her. She had no desire to run into those same ones again and have to climb up another tree. Despite her lean frame, Alex was no athlete, nor was she very nimble. The climb, as frantic as it had been, was one hell of a struggle. She had scrapes up her arms from scrambling up the bark as fast as she could manage.

When she was in the woods, Alex usually tried to sleep up in a tree, tying herself there with her tarp. After trekking all night, though, she'd been so exhausted that she'd fallen asleep right at the base of the trunk, without so much as bothering to set up a shelter. A reckless move on her part, and one that would surely get her bitten should she make a habit of repeating it. She'd been rudely awakened by the hissing and garbling of nearby walkers. By the time she'd processed what was happening, she'd had just enough time to clumsily clamber up.

As seven-hundred passed, Alex released a long breath. She needed to keep moving. Her nap was over, and she wouldn't be finding sleep again until much later. Hopping down from the tree, she landed a little awkwardly on her side, and pushed herself back to her feet.

Since the apocalypse had begun, Alex had deemed it her sole goal to remain alive. There was no way she could go back to her campus. There would be nothing left of it, if it wasn't already crawling with walkers who had been the students too slow to make their escape. Nowhere held any specific attachment to her now. Not even returning to Clemson would bring her much other than answering the question of if her mother was still alive. Maybe not even that. The woman had probably left like any reasonable person would, rather than try to barricade herself in her home with limited supplies. Was she all that curious to know about her mom? Not really. Thinking about anyone from her life when it had still been 'normal' made her chest seize up, and had once triggered an anxiety attack. She avoided doing so as much as she could. When all of this was over, she could start worrying about her old life again.

Her near-death experiences were not something she dwelled on either. Her heart was currently still hammering her chest despite the walkers being long gone, and if she looked back on it, it was easy for the despair to seep into her fragile soul. Although she was trying her best to survive this mess, her mind was also searching for any excuse to deliver herself to any walker who got too close as a means of solving her problems. What kept her from doing just that, Alex could not say. But something did. It was there in her, putting up a hard fight against her ever-raging demons.

Slinging her bag over both shoulders, Alex set off at a fast walk to the left. She'd spied a town not far off as she'd skirted the forest edge. She was still fine on food supplies, but would need to restock if she planned on heading into the brush once more. All she could hope for was that survivors hadn't already rummaged the place clean. Coming out onto the road, the woman took a long look both sides to make sure everything was clear. Slowly, she pulled her crossbow from on her back and held it close to her body. "Please don't make me shoot you" she said quietly in a plea for all walkers to remain far from the area.

The house on the other side had its front door wide open, causing Alex to lock her weapon into a ready position. Someone had probably sucked this place dry of supplies, but it wouldn't hurt to check. The faster she could gather her things, the sooner she could be back on the move. The kitchen was hella dusty. Opening the fridge, she crinkled her nose at the rancid smell that emanated from within, and promptly shut the door again. Alex leaned over, feeling her nose tingle from the dust she'd just stirred up. Despite being scrunched, a sneeze rocketed up through her head in a high-pitched squeak. Quickly, she grabbed her crossbow, and stood still, waiting, in case someone or something was about to come investigate the noise. With a few gentle steps, she crept her way backwards to the open door, knowing she could very well seek out food in some other house.

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Time was ticking. Though the blood loss wasn't major, it was still too much. And if there were any biters nearby, they'd for sure get a sense of it and come looking for their prey. There was no way Dani wanted to wind up as walker food today, or really any other day for that matter. She also didn't feel like getting into a confrontation with any. Killing them was bittersweet. It was necessary, but it was heartbreaking, too. They were once human, after all. Compassion just didn't cut it in those situations. You either did or didn't. You lived or died.

Dani set the choker down, her eyes going back to it every now and then. She found a shirt that looked good enough to tear apart and started to do so. Ripping the fragile seams, she started to make herself a makeshift bandage. The hard part would be tying it around her arm with enough force to stop the bleeding, but she had to make it work somehow. There didn't seem to be anyone around to help her, and seeking someone for this sole purpose seemed impossible. Besides, she didn't even know where she really was. She could have been anywhere, but it felt a lot like the middle of absolutely nowhere.

Her strength was weary, much like her mental state. Fatigue was a huge factor, but she kept pushing herself. The more she tore at the shirt, the more she felt her muscles start to betray her. As she was about to rip one last seam, she heard a noise. What the...? she wondered to herself, her eyes growing wide as she looked up from her task. Her heart started to race, the fabric slipped from her shaking hands. She swallowed hard as she went for the loop on her belt, walking as stealthily as possible. it's not that she wanted to confront anything, but she had to. Shit! Please don't be a walker. Please! calling out didn't seem like a good idea, but what if it was another person? The odds were always fifty-fifty. But the chances of it being a decent person were even less, or so it seemed.

Dani rounded the corner quickly, pulling the knife from its place in the same motion as she stepped. She held it threateningly, only to see a girl with her weapon drawn. Dani's eyes blurred for a moment, the room felt like it was spinning a little. "I'm not here to hurt anyone." she said calmly, or as calmly as she could. Her heart was working overtime, the pulse quickly making a note that she had an open wound, and it was getting a fresh batch of blood cells. "I'll just get what I need and leave. I promise!" She thought she sounded coherent. But was she? She felt like she was in a fog, and everything around her seemed to visually match the feeling.

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It was a mighty good thing Alex wasn't looking for medical supplies. That would be even more urgent than restoring her food supplies. Starvation was uncomfortable and would slowly end you after a while, but injuries could snuff you out like a candle. Her scrapes had left red marks along her skin, but her skin had not ruptured. As long as she remained closed and intact, things were a-okay.

If she'd been searching for medical supplies, she might have been more inclined to dig further into this house. Find a bathroom and rummage through the medicine cabinet or something. But that could wait until she crossed a hospital or another pharmacy, just like the food could wait until she found a less shady-looking house.

So far, nothing had come after her ass. That was the first step to focusing on the positive and keeping her heart rate down. She had yet to fully gather how walkers functioned - she wasn't exactly going to squat around observing them with a notebook and a pen like one did with chimps - but she'd always had this belief that they could smell fear. It drew them in at times. Although from a rational psychological perspective, it was what she did when she felt fear that drew them over. Her thoughts would become less fleshed out, less reasoned, and her body would grow clumsy, sometimes even stiffening in place. That was why she needed to control it. Thanks, med school. Although, convincing herself that the walkers could smell fear made it easier to believe that it was they who had an advantage, and not she who had a disadvantage. There were already enough things wrong with her as is.

Light footsteps confirmed another presence in the household, and Alex's arm tensed over the release of her crossbow, ready to shoot if she needed to. If it was a walker, she could probably make a run for it, but humans could be a much worse foe, she'd come to discover. This apocalypse was enough to drive anyone out of their right mind.

A female figure came into view, causing Alex to momentarily flinch. Something gripped her, instilling that familiar paralysis in her body. But it was not fear. In that instant, the woman did not know what exactly she was feeling. "Dani?" she uttered just above a whisper. It was the strangest sensation to have a sliver of her past slither its way into her present. The two felt like separate lives entirely.

Blinking a few times, her eyes dropped down to a profusely bleeding gash in the woman's arm. The instinctive medic within her was what allowed her to shake off her stupor and step forward. "Shit, you're bleeding" she said, stating the obvious. Shutting the door behind her, Alex walked to the dining room and dragged a chair over. "Sit" she instructed, swinging her backpack off her shoulders. There was no room in her mind to worry about the hows and the whys; there was only the need to save a human life. Until this arm was patched up, it didn't matter if this was Dani, the President of the United States, or a drug dealer out for revenge. Her hand lightly grasped the other woman's wrist.

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Her eyes started to flutter shut slightly. How much blood did she lose? Her instincts told her to maybe lay down for a little bit, though something else screamed at her to stay awake. Sleep did sound really good though. It had been awhile since she'd actually gotten to lay down and doze off without worry. Without the fear of something getting her, or the worry of someone else getting hurt, or even betraying her trust. This world left little room for humanity, and it was flat out fatiguing. But the physicality that this world brought was something beyond. No cars, no way to get around except by foot. No actual wholesome food. No true safe place, unless you knew a large group of people that were willing to bet on trusting you. Nothing solid. Everything was a fragment of what it could be. it was too much.

Dani's eyes squinted at the woman. She knew her name. But... and then the penny dropped. Only, Dani figured her imagination was doing the talking for the moment. "Alex? Is that you?" she smiled as she spoke, probably looking like a tired, yet eager, puppy dog that found its beloved owner. Okay, so she probably looked more like hell, but she kept some hope for herself. Dani nodded, still smiling like a dope. "I'm bleeding!" she exclaimed with a little too much pride. Exhaustion worked in such funny ways for some people. She lifted her arm, the cloth that once wrapped it fell to the floor. Whoops! That was probably bad. She went to pick it up, only to feel the room spin immediately. She stood up straight, pressing her hand against the nearby wall. Spinning with the room, her back hit the wall, but she stood her ground.

She could see Alex, or imaginary Alex, closing the door, then heard her walking around. If this was a mirage, it was pretty realistic. "I think my brain is giving me weird voodoo signs. Are you really here?" The girl sounded drunk. Nothing felt right. She was instructed to sit down, which she did. She could feel Alex touching her arm, which meant this was real. But how was it real? Alex was in Clemson. Right? This didn't make any sense. Why would Alex be in North Carolina? And how could they have met right here? Right now? Was fate handing them a silver platter of hope? "Did I knock myself out into a dream?" she giggled as she leaned her head back on the chair, her eyes fixed on Alex. As much as this didn't make sense, and with any possibility of it being an illusion, Dani was okay with it. It was comforting in a weird way.

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Not in a million years had Alex thought she'd run into someone familiar during this whole mess. Everyone was moving around so much and succumbing to the outbreak that the odds were more than slim of finding those two or three people you happened to know from home. It wasn't like they were in Clemson right now either. The mechanics of the world were a strange and incomprehensible thing. As Dani asked if it was really her, she couldn't immediately answer with a yes, for she found a seed of doubt planted in her mind. She had napped, but had distinctly woken up from it. She could not have dreamed up the attack and her flight.

"It's...it's me" she replied after a moment. In her state, she wasn't sure if that answer would even properly register with Dani. But speaking with her would keep her speaking, and therefore conscious. Alex had no idea how long the girl had been running around with her arm open like this. Mass blood loss could have serious effects if not dealt with quickly and properly. She needed to clean it and sew it shut as soon as she could. "Yes, you're bleeding. I need you to stay with me, okay? Do you know how long ago you cut yourself?" she asked, both for informational purposes as much as for the sake of keeping her awake.

Alex was not looking much at Dani's face as she spoke, focused on the wound as she answered with a distant tone. "Those are all questions you can get answers to once I've patched you up" Leaving her side, she walked to the sink and ran the water, making to clean her hands. "Do things looks hazy? How is your vision?" she asked from the sink. Pulling her rag out from her bag, she rinsed it as well and soaped it up with warm water. Returning to Dani's side, she bent over to dab at the wound, cleaning it before she did anything to close it. Checking in on Dani's state, she noted how much prettier she'd gotten since high school. With an inhale, she focused her gaze back down on the wound. Dani had managed to stay out of her thoughts during her time at med school. There were lots of pretty girls and good-looking guys there, ones she could look at and pine for without ever having to come in near contact or interaction with them. It was easier that way, to keep it in. As content as she was to see a familiar face, specifically Dani, it came with a slew of other less pleasant feelings. Any hope she'd had of getting over her friend had been pitifully dashed the instant she'd staggered around that corner. Once she fixed Dani up she...she would need to leave. After what happened to Dani's boyfriend... No. She would help, and then she'd be on her merry way. Nice and simple. Alex flipped the cloth over, pressing down more firmly in the hopes of promoting some blood clotting. "You're going to hate me" she said softly to herself. Not just because of what she was about to do to her arm.

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"There... there were these fallen branches. I guess I wasn't paying attention and tripped over one of them. My boot was stuck." Instinctively, Dani looked down at her boots. They were pretty worn, even for military grade. It was hard to find things like this that were still available for use. A lot of survivors took what was around, and Dani was the girl who felt bad about taking anything for free. She tried to pay it forward when she could. It was the little things sometimes. Giving her last cans of food to starving teens, or providing others with clothes and letting herself go cold. She was young, she was fairly still in shape. She tried to stay in shape, anyways. That required food and energy, both of which she was lacking drastically at the moment. "Maybe forty-five minutes ago. But it's not that bad. Just a cut and a scrape."

Dani wasn't used to hearing things like sinks running. Most houses seemed to lack every basic necessity. Plumbing included, which was pretty nasty. that was a thought that baffled her more than others. How was the world going to get back on its feet with these things? The way it used to be was so much simpler. Then there was the fear of everything actually going back to normal. "Hazy? Like... foggy?" she said with a slight smile as she nodded her head. "A little. I thought it was the dust in here. Whoops!"

Everything felt like it was happening so quickly. Like some weird Twilight Zone episode, where time was standing still, but everyone was moving kind of fast. It was hard to stay focused on one particular thing, but she was trying. A good ole college effort. Alex was good at playing doctor, though. She was always so smart. Dani turned her attention back to the girl, giving her a look when she made her last remark. "Hate you? For helping me? You're saving me from being food for the Biters. How can I hate you for that?" She inhaled sharply, trying not to sit up too much, or slouch too far down. She'd banged herself up before, having cuts and scrapes, bruises to match. She knew she had to be still when there was pressure being applied. At least she got that much through her mind in this time. "And it's you. I couldn't hate you. You're my best friend." She tried to make eye contact, even though she just wanted to close her eyes and sleep. They were best friends, right? That was still a thing? Even though it had been over three years since she last saw or spoke to the girl. Surely, that bond wasn't in any danger because of the apocalypse, right?

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A branch. Well, at the very least, it wasn't metal. Had that been the case, her cut would have been considerably deeper, and she'd already be passed out. She didn't have to worry about tetanus either. "Must have been on sturdy-ass branch" she murmured to herself. More branches would just cause a scrape, or break from the impact before they could do much damage. Dani informed her that it had been less than an hour since she'd fallen. The girl truly was having a lucky strike today. Not only that she'd run into someone with medical knowledge in this time of need, but also that they were sheltered in a place that had resources. How much was usable, she didn't know, but at least the basics should still be here. In her state, Dani shouldn't be moving around too much. Ideally, she'd get some rest after this, but the house would need to be secured first. That was all stuff she could worry about later. "You're still bleeding. We can't let it get infected" she said.

Wrapping Dani's arm in the wet cloth, Alex let it sit there with some pressure for a moment. "Have things looked hazy for very long? Did it start before you came in here?" she asked, now removing the red-stained cloth. In her mumblings, apparently Dani had heard her. A light flush rose in the girl's cheeks. "Perhaps now you think so. But I'll be out of your hair once this is resolved" Far and away, and you might just assume this was all a dream.

Putting the cloth aside, she reached in her bag for her small kit. Popping it open, Alex searched for what she needed. At Dani's choice of words, Alex looked up, having noticed the lack of a past tense. "I...." She wasn't sure what to say to that. Looking down, she cleared her throat and extracted a small wooden block from her box. "You'll have to try saying that again in five minutes" With that, she lifted the block to the other girl's mouth, pushing it to her lips. "Bite. I don't have any anaesthetics, and this might hurt a little" Once Dani would have done so, she pulled out her needle and thread. There was a moment of pause as she settled up near her arm, and then the needle went in.

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Dani shrugged, smirking all the while. "I'm still kinda clumsy. But I'm pretty sure that branch got in my way." She didn't have to deal with any type of infections in a long time. The thought alone was slightly traumatizing. Surely, that couldn't help the virus any. Walkers could pick up on damn near anything. It's like they were super villains, snooping out any living thing to make into dinner. It was hard to call them poor creatures, but they were once living. It just didn't add up. Nothing really did anymore.

Trying to get a grip on the questions Alex was asking her, Dani flipped through the memories she could remember. There was the choker, and the shirt she was ripping to make wrapping it around her arm a lot easier. Then there was the sound of things being moved, which nearly scared the shit out of her. It wasn't until she moved with a little more effort, ready to grasp at her weapon when she realized things weren't exactly clear. "Just before I got in here. Is this the part where I say I haven't slept in days and have been running on half of a stale granola bar, a little water, and I think a dozen blueberries. It might have been eleven. I lost count." As if that really mattered. The starving feeling was normal these days.

Before Dani bit down on the... thing... whatever that thing was, she gave Alex a look. "No-no-no!! You're not leaving me. You can't! We can stick together. We've always made a great team." She thought for a moment. What if Alex had somewhere else to be? Maybe they could go together. Dani had no source of shelter, nobody else to turn to. maybe it was desperation, but the stress of being alone made that possible and quite plausible. But this was some sort of luck, or a really trippy dream. She didn't want Alex to just leave now. "I mean, I can't stop you from going, it's just that..."

She closed her eyes and bit down on the block, thinking, for whatever golden reason, that she'd be able to continue her argument. Instead, she got a nice jab of pain in her arm. There were no other words to describe it other than a literal needle being put through her arm, with something tugging when it came out. Tears flowed out of her closed eyes, her hands balling into fists. She kept breathing through her nose, trying to steady her jumping heart and taunted nerves. Yeah, this made sense. But she wasn't going to hate Alex for this. Dani muttered a few choice curses, only to open her eyes and look apologetically at Alex. Hey, it wasn't her fault that Dani was in this situation. She was just doing what needed to be done.

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Alex might have cracked a small smile if the situation wasn't as it was. If they were back at Clemson, a few years past, back when the world had been normal, and she'd still been the girl with a hopeless crush. Well, there was no evidence to suggest the latter wasn't still true, but Alex refused to let it get in the way of things. It wouldn't help their survival any, nor would it help the ongoing storm of feelings already swirling within her from the every day stress of being stuck in this shit. She didn't need one more emotion (or more like twenty) piling on top of what was already there.

Alex really didn't mean to be causing Dani's weary mind to blow smoke, but she needed to keep the girl talking. The more information she had on the wound, the better she'd be able to treat it. At the mention of a severe lack of sleep and nutrition, Alex looked up. "You're probably dehydrated and lacking most nutrients. Those don't help when you're trying to sleep. I don't know how you haven't just keeled over yet, but here you are" She made a note to feed the girl later, prior to suggesting she have a nice long sleep. Alex herself had felt like she'd been starving before, but that had been after a rather stupid mistake on her part, which hadn't allowed her to return to civilization for a while. It was a mistake she had no repeated twice, and she stuck close to main highways, always keeping healthily stocked on food.

Dani seemed intent on not letting her leave. That didn't help things. What even was the word 'help' by now? "I.... We'll see. After you're patched up, fed, and rested. You're in no state to be making any major decisions" In truth, Alex would love nothing more than a little human company, specifically Dani's, but she wasn't sure it was the wisest choice. Sticking around meant she'd have to say something about....him. Sticking around meant she'd need to keep going through the same hell that had plagued her through high school. Deciding to push all that from mind, Alex focused on pulling the thread through Dani's skin before skillfully poking the needle back in. She could feel eyes on her, but refused to look up, knowing she'd be met with a look of pain. There was enough pain in this world right now not to be faced with more.

Giving one final tug on the thread, Alex cut it and tied the end in a knot, doing the same with the other end with careful fingers. "You can't stop biting now" she said softly as she wound cloth around the girl's arm.

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Each poke and pull felt like it went on forever. No wonder why they numbed you up before they gave you stitches. Not that Dani had them often. Just a few times. Look, she couldn't help the fact that she was a little clumsy from time to time. But she never broke any bones. Just a few minor sprains, nothing too terrible. Besides, a good portion of those injuries came from fighting with her brothers and sisters. The tiny girl always held her own. They all thought they had an advantage over a five-foot-two-inch girl. Ha! No way, Jose! She was short, but she was strong and tough. So these stitches weren't the worst thing in the world, but they definitely didn't feel like the most ticklish thing, either.

Alex gave her the okay to stop biting down on the block, which was a relief in itself. Her jaw felt tired after those few moments. She exhaled, wiping the tears from her face with her free hand. "Here I am." she said with a smile, leaning her head back on the chair once again. "I can't remember the last time I saw someone with actual food. I've not found any places that had cans laying around. I guess that's to be expected after three years." A few more tears slipped from her eyes, her strength was all but gone at this point. She was just happy to have that process over with. And she trusted Alex. She knew her well. Or, she used to. It's not like they had talked a lot since the apocalypse, that wasn't doable. But she wanted to know everything. How was she here? What had she been up to this whole time?

Dani hated to agree, but she wasn't in the right frame of mind to be alone. It's not like she had anywhere else to go. She was doing this thing alone. "We should stick together." she said with a slight nod, smiling over at Alex. She seemed different. More mature, and knowledgeable. She was always a smart girl, Dani knew that. Age changed people, but the apocalypse did, too. "Maybe we can set up here, or find a place to go?" Instinctively, Dani grabbed Alex's hand, holding it as firmly as she could. "I really don't want you to go. I didn't think I'd find a friendly person. And here you are! Someone I actually know!" God, she hoped she wasn't sounding desperate. Though the fog was lifting, and she was certain this wasn't a weird dream from the blood loss, she didn't want to lose something good. "It's like fate or something! C'mon, Alex. What are the odds that we'd find each other after all of this time?" Hopefully the point was taken. Hopefully.

She sat up a little straighter in the chair, examining her bandaged arm. The pain was definitely still present, but at least the bleeding would stop. That lessened the chances of any biters getting to them. "So... you know how to sew people now. That's new!" Dani's eyes lit up with a smile. The girl could have been on her death bed, but she'd find a way to smile.

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Alex had not gotten injured very much in life either. As a teen, she'd tended to stay cooped up indoors, likely in her room anyway, so there wasn't much risk of getting hurt in there unless her leg stopped working and she fell on the corner of her desk. Since the start of the apocalypse, she'd garnered more scrapes and bruises than she ever had previously in her life combined, but that was due to the lifestyle change. She was no longer sitting in her room, fiddling with her Rubix cube to calm herself down. If she did that now, she'd be dead within two weeks from starvation, if not already taken by the 'virus'. Life really wouldn't ever be the same, even if this apocalypse ended tomorrow. Rebuilding would surpass her lifespan, and once you were thrown into a habit, it was difficult to fling oneself out of it. Even if this apocalypse somehow ended tomorrow, she'd remain paranoid for the rest of her days.

Alex saw people in pain all the time; it was part of the job description, even if she wasn't certified, nor was she practicing in a hospital. An unofficial medic, she was. Still, it didn't please her to see the tears hanging on Dani's cheeks. She let the girl dry herself up while she busied herself with putting the block and her supplies away in the little box. With a click, she sealed it shut, and tucked it back into her backpack. "I try to keep stocked up, even when that means wild mushrooms and berries. It's hard to know what you can and can't eat without a book of sorts, but some travellers know a thing or two. A while ago, I was living on dandelions. Thankfully they're abundant this time of year" With no one to tend to grass, or nature for that matter, weeds grew wild and plants took over. You could see it already with some houses, becoming overwhelmed by ivy and bushes. Some had trees fallen straight through them, never having been repaired afterwards.

Unzipping the front pocket, Alex extracted a pack of beef jerky that was a few months stale. "Eat" she said, handing it over. Shaking her head, she added, "Sorry. I don't meant to be so bossy. You just need food and water in your body, as well as a few hours of sleep" That was how she saw people these days. They were not unsimilar to cars. What was functioning in them, and what wasn't? And from there, what could be done to repair them? A fully functioning car needed to have all its components running at 100%, and it was her job to keep track of that, or at least her self-assigned job. Now grabbing her water canteen from the side net of her bag, she handed this too to Dani.

Dani was set on remaining together. There wouldn't be any dissuading her from it, that much Alex knew from their time of friendship. She accepted the fact that she'd be with the girl, at least for a while. Until something happened. With a swallow, she thought back to a certain male. That would not happen to Dani, but something worse may await her.

Alex was taken off-guard by Dani taking her hand. She had not received any human contact in months, the last having been carrying a man slung around her shoulders to a cave. Even then, the contact had not really been voluntary. Otherwise it was a prod and a wipe and squeeze here and there, all in the purpose of administering medicine or making a diagnosis. "I understand. Chances like these don't come around often" she verbally caved. "If I bar the door, we should be fine here. Unless you plan on sleeping up in a tree" she said. There was no telling if they'd find another secure house or building, so the woods would the next safest bet. They still needed to find a pharmacy, and perhaps there was some mini-mart nearby.

Fate. A word she barely knew how to use these days. "Minimal. Very minimal" she answered to the rhetorical question, mostly to herself. Alex rose to her full height on her feet. "Come on. There's got to be a bedroom somewhere in here where you can sleep" she said, looking off down the hall as she absently tugged on the hand still linked to her friend.

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Dani couldn't help herself, she was a smiling idiot. Maybe it was the weird rush of chemicals throughout her body after such a horrific amount of pain. Maybe it was being taken care of, knowing she was in good hands, trusting hands. But it was definitely being around Alex. She was such a smart girl. Always full of some sort of knowledge, even if it was the little things. Dani appreciated her dedication, especially in this moment. Sharing this information, and looking out for her like a true friend. "I pick berries when I see them. Some girl gave me cherries about a month ago, but I devoured those in no time." Dani remembered the weird blonde girl from the group, and how nerdy she was. But she was nice and very helpful to everyone.

When presented with the bag of beef jerky, Dani made a face. She was definitely hungry, and yeah, she'd gone through some weird cans of things she never thought she'd eat. Being in the apocalypse didn't really let one stay close to their vegetarian diet very much. "I've never wanted a salad more in my life." she said with a laugh as she opened the bag and took a very small bite from a piece of the rubbery jerky. Yeah, definitely not a salad. Her eyes wandered back over to Alex, her head down as she tried to mentally push herself to eat this stuff. "I don't think you're bossy." she chewed for a few seconds, then swallowed with the same disgusted face. She felt like she might cry again, but out of laughter at herself. She wasn't laughing, though. This wasn't funny, for now. "I think you're right. And I'm stubborn. You know I need to hear all of this. God, how many times have I taken the hard road?" That, she chuckled at. She never made things easy for herself. Maybe that needed to change.

"Tree?" She shifted her head in Alex's direction now, their hands connecting once again, and Dani set the jerky aside. A few bites were enough. It was awful, but her body was thankful. She took a few sips of water from the canteen, enjoying that way more than the jerky. Maybe she'd find a garden somewhere. Some places still had them, and some people had things from gardens. Maybe someone would come by for a trade. Or maybe this house could have a garden. But that would attract raiders. It felt like there were two steps back for every idea she had. "I don't think I'm in any shape to climb trees. Not sure my sturdiness will be sturdy enough.' she laughed as she lifted her bandaged arm a little, glancing at it before returning her gaze to Alex.

Without question, Dani got up and followed Alex, squeezing her hand a little as they searched the space they were now occupying. "It feels like it's been forever since I've slept." Flashes of gruesome memories crept into her mind. Nights of running, shivering in the cold. Days of nearly falling asleep, only to be woken by her own thoughts. This life was not an easy one to live, especially alone. That's why this felt like something truly magical. To know that, out of anyone in the world, her best friend was placed back into her life. It had to mean something. They rounded a corner, a door opened and barely hanging on, but there was a bed. A window with a broken shade, a lamp that clearly wouldn't work, because electricity was no longer a thing. A closet that was clearly raided, and some broken glass in the corner of the room on the hardwood floor. Dani took it all in, trying not to think too much about who could have been here before, or what they'd endured. She put on her best smile and walked into the bedroom.

"There no signs of any biters, or anyone living. I think we're good." She sat on the edge of the bed, the mattress wasn't the greatest, but it seemed to withstand it's lifespan thus far. She kept herself from falling back and diving into a deep sleep. Truth be told, she was afraid of it. Sleep was always invited but never came without an expensive price. Thank you, Alex." she smiled happily again. "So, what have you need doing? Where have you been? I want to hear everything!"

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