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Offline erich hess  
#381 Posted : 11 June 2018 12:11:25(UTC)
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Erich is visibly relieved to hear that dustyn is still alive. "fucking madonna. of course she'd stil be alive. she didnt have any of her original parts back before all this." erich says shaking his head. erica immediately pipes up, " billy,thats not the real madonna. that is a synth....basically a robot that passes as human." she nods to erich. he would have to be caught up very quickly. erica and nina were fine with synths. they were fuckable and brought in the caps. erich loses his amused expression about madonna when billy completes his statement. erich was completely shocked when he heard that dallas and dustyn werent together anymore...AND blake was still in the picture. " well,i guess i wont give him a congratulatory hug. but i guess i can understand." erich says looking down. it was beginning to be clear to erich,nobody was immune to terrible things happening in this world. he assumes it wouldnt be like dustyn to react the way that erica and nina had.
"fucking brotherhood of steel. they should just call themselves nazis and be done with it. pure this,tech run amok that. " erica spats. she hated them and actually feared one day they would turn that airship towards goodneighbor. there would be fuck all they could do about it. most anyone else the harlots could stand against,but brotherhood totally outgunned everyone.
as they walk erich looks around at what had become old hat to his party. there was just so much devastation around them. not only broken buildings,but there were skeletons everywhere. he could only guess if they were old or new. perhaps they were people he knew.
"yeah, a total pussy raider gang." nina smirks. in reality,she had no idea who they were, but one had to had confidence in their own crew.
erich lets the news roll around in his head and looks at his company. " billy,why havent you killed this fucker yet?" he jokes darkly. if life was cheap as it seemed now,they should do this. he and billy should take vengeance for dustyn.

erica and nina look at each other and grin. "killing him is too easy and while fun,its like a total blue balling. you guys should let us have him." erica grins . "then you and billy could visit and watch poetic justice whenever you like."
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#382 Posted : 11 June 2018 16:57:14(UTC)
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ooc: Just jumping ahead a little to keep things moving

After a seemingly never ending journey filled with many foes, they are finally close to Diamond City. It was a rough road. While Billy could've handled the situations they endured, having Nina and Erica with them really helped lighten the load. The battles would've been far more time consuming and ammo guzzling. Although somewhat frightening, it was a rather educational walk for Erich. It introduced him to more Raiders, some molerats, bloatflies and wild mongrels. Billy stands behind a wall for cover and reloads as he knows they're about to encounter their biggest threat yet. "Erich, you're probably going to see super mutants for the first time. A group of them always hang out here just before The City. They can be quite tough, especially if you're new to this. They're basically mutated humans but like 10 feet tall, green, muscular as fuck, aggressive, flesh eating...pretty much every bad thing you can think of. Oh and they also know how to use weapons as well as brute force." Everyone has their biggest fear in the Commonwealth and while he can still handle them, super mutants are the one enemy Billy would rather pass on. Something about them deeply unsettles him. After reloading, he looks at Erica and Nina, "OK...how are we doing this?".

A few super mutants hang around an abandoned building just a stone throw away from where the survivors are. They have to pass through in order to reach Diamond City or at least alert the security and let them deal with them. After peering around again to get a view of them and their destination in the distance, Billy accidentally kicks an old, rusted tin of Cram. A loud, rough, groggy and somewhat primitive sounding voice sounds; "HM, WHAT WAS THAT!?"
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#383 Posted : 12 June 2018 01:14:48(UTC)
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ooc: fast travel.

the walk there was definitely not a walk through mr rogers' neighborhood for mr erich hess. but it did serve to get him acclimated to the idea taking lives. it was surprisingly easy..especially when they were attacking you. erich also managed to scrounge together some more bullets for his pistol and a battered sniper rifle that had seen better days. some moron cut the stock down to a pistol grip. the "it looks like a bomb went off here " joke was thoroughly ran into the ground as was nina posing rival raider corpses in funny positions. her crowning achievement on this journey was posing 4 bodies in the "ymca" dance. it was her way of making the wasteland a little more fun. for her. erich would normally want some of whatever billy was one when he spoke about the super mutants. it sounded like an absurd idea. but he had seen more than his share of flies that were the sizes of dogs.so he knew billy was telling the truth. "those things are rare,right? not like those ghouls running about,right? right?" erich says,looking around on high alert.he slings the rifle over his back and takes out the pistol. he's a far better shot with the pistol and he thinks the rifle's barrel is bent. it pulls waaaay to the right. oddly,erich was more disgusted by the idea of ghouls. the fact they used to be people unsettled him. how little he knows,right?

normally,at this point erica and nina would send their weakest companion out to act as bait the mutants,while they looped around. but they were rather found of erich and thought he had potential in their organization. they squat down behind a corvega and ready their guns. " i think we should take the long way around, circle back and see if we cant take the rooftops to diamon-" erica stops as soon as the cram can was kicked. inwardly,she thanked whatever god wasnt burned by atomic fire that it wasnt erich who did it. it was more excusable if it was billy. he had experience and wasnt being an idiot.
nina slides under the car and holds her gun. if she could take the mutants legs off,it would slow them down.
"we'll follow your lead. we'll start shooting after you." erica whispers to billy,nodding to erich. while nina and erica were fearsome in their own right..their forte was more squishy wastelanders and raiders. you couldnt shake a mutant by cutting off all the limbs of a their companions. mutants never got scared.
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#384 Posted : 12 June 2018 11:25:49(UTC)
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Billy scoffs and chuckles when Erich asks if super mutants are rare. In his dreams. "I fucking wish, mate. They're never too far off when you're in the city like this. They tend to live in a lot of these abandoned structures. When you're out in the open, they're less common but if you're walking city streets, be careful. You're a walking meal for them." Billy grimaces. He truly hates these fuckers. It's the fact that they can talk to you, taunt and tease and use weapons. It feels more personal and unnerving as they hunt you down. They aren't just radiation crazed husks or mutated animals with a temper, they are conscious brutes who live for blood sports and pain.

After accidentally alerting one of them, Billy takes a deep breath before crouching and scurrying along the wall of the adjacent building, ready to attack. He'd much rather go a different route but they're onto them now so he just has to throw himself into the battle and have it over and done with. "HAHA, THERE YOU ARE!" calls out one of the mutants before gunfire breaks out from windows above. Billy uses an old Corvega for cover as bullets rain down. He takes a breath before running out into the open, shooting at the mutants as he makes a beeline for the building opposite for new cover. Enough shots were fired for him to take one out, causing it to fall from the structure with a huge thud. Two lower ranking mutants wielding boards and melee weapons come charging out of the building, towards the group.

"Fucker!!" Billy calls out from the other side, gunning one down before it approaches his friends. "If it's too much we can alert Diamond City security!". A little run down the street and they would be in the company of patrolling security. Billy can take out mutants on his own so he has no fear that Nina and Erica won't be able to do it either, he's just worried about Erich the newbie. He wants him to make it in one piece and if that involves running away and cutting corners, so be it.
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#385 Posted : 13 June 2018 15:01:47(UTC)
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Erich made a face when Billy informs him that these mutant things were pretty common. But it was heartening to hear they mostly stuck to the city. Erich was more than content to frontier it out in the wasteland. "They fucking eat people?!" Erich asks,almost as if personally offended. " I'll show them,I'll eat one of the bastards myself!" Erich rants. Getting accustomed to the life here,he was getting his cavalier personality back . Erich pops open his switchblade and holds it along with his pistol. He was going to make good on cutting a piece off of and eating it.

When Billy actually kills one,erichs bravado does take a hit. These things are huge up close and personal. Erich runs along with a billy and ducks behind the base of a streetlight. True to his earlier words,he does cut the dead mutant's finger off and sticks it in his mouth like a cigar....well,that was his theory,it looks more like a green penis due to it's girth. "You guys taste like shit" he yells over the dirge of mutant speak ad gunfire. He hears a low howl and turns to see the ugliest damned dog he had ever seen. It looked like a gaping mouth and nothing but muscles. He empties his pistol at the thing,hitting it in the eyes and blinding it. With luck,it may bleed to death.

Erica narrows her eyes and lets out another burst from her Tommy gun. "Billy,I'd sooner become one of these mutants than ask diamond city security for anything. we're killing these,or die trying." She says,hoping to let Erich know failure wasn't an option. Nobody was saving them. Do or die.
From under her car Nina incapacitates the legs of the smaller mutants. She loads another magazine in her gun and prepares to finish the job.
"Quit playing with the dogs and help"she taunts erich. Who by this time was covered in mutant hound corpse. The thing had died while pouncing on him.

He wails and fires wildly at the mutants,managing to land shots in the torso.
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#386 Posted : 14 June 2018 18:00:06(UTC)
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ooc: Sorry for late replies. I've been writing songs for Dustyn's crazed ex and building furniture, as you do

Billy bolts out from around the corner and opens fire on the menaces, not giving a single fuck. He just walks straight towards them, aiming up at the building and picking them off one by one. Two bullets enter his arm. He doesn't seem to flinch and is just happy that it wasn't a head shot. Living in the Commonwealth, you get used to being shot. Luckily, Diamond City isn't too far off so he can get patched up there. "Come on you ugly fucks!" he yells, spraying his gun again. It falls quiet. Billy waits for a moment, listening for any sign of life. They're heavy footed, making it easy for them to be sussed out. Once the coast is clear, he steps back slowly and checks up on the group. "Everyone OK?". Before anyone can answer, another mutant comes running out from an alleyway. It has a blinking red light around it's chest. It's a suicider. "Everyone get back!" Billy commands, running back as far as he can. They need to be at a safe distance to kill this thing. Too close and it'll blow you to smithereens as well.
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#387 Posted : 16 June 2018 09:57:24(UTC)
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ooc: with the amount i've been absent this week? balderdash. write away.

there was a lot going on. it was like hell itself had bubbled up and spilled all over the ground. there was blood and spent shell casings everywhere. there was so much blood that the brass didnt even *ting* as it fell to the once cobblestoned street. once things had died down,nina crawls out of her car fort and springs to her feet. there was no feeling like besting someone,or something in combat. a lone ghoul crawls out from under the remaining half of a block wall, "get fucked,love." she quips and shoots its legs off and one arm. she took these attacks personally and a ghoul had no business showing itself after a mutant attack. that was like having the best sex ever,only to have your mate slide a finger in your nose. it just was out of place.erica slings an arm around nina and the pair look around for their male companions. " whew,glad that's over. now we can shoot some med-x and just chill till dia-" erich starts,but is interrupted by billy's announcement of the suicider. she hated these things,something about the bondage chains always made her feel like they were mocking her missing friend,karoliena. she whips around the tommy gun,but doesnt fire. she isnt really...accurate. she subscribed to the spray and pray model of killing.

"i got this bastard. how dare he threaten suicide when there are 4 people who can send his ugly ass to hell right here." erich yells from behind his cover :a pile of milk machines and vim cola machines that had fallen of a truck. he operates the bolt of his sniper rifle and looks down the scope. he squeezes the trigger smoothly,aiming for the thing's head. the first shot takes half the mutant's skull off and it arcs to the ground. he slides the bolt out and back again,ready to fire. his second shot is more for show than to kill the already dead mutant. the thing falls to the ground harmlessly,mini nuke still flashing.
"nina,grab that. we can get a fortune for it!" erica squeaks.

"fuck you." nina replies,backing away. she hated the idea of mini nukes. what freak wanted such a thing to exist?


ooc:going old school. broke out my old 20 sided die for erich's shots. first shot? rolled a 19. second? a 12.
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#388 Posted : 16 June 2018 19:30:23(UTC)
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Billy starts to search the mutants' corpses for anything worth looting. He stays away from the mini nuke, however, as he has no idea how fragile this one is so it's best to stay safe. Aside from some ammo, there is nothing special. He kneels down next to one of the dead hounds and, after taking a knife out from his pocket, starts to skilfully cut some of its flesh. Back in his time, Billy was pretty skilled at butchering and carvery...and not just with people who pissed him off. He knows the best cuts. Midway through slicing the meat away from the bone, he realises that he must look insane to Erich. "Oh yeah, we can eat these things and it's worth noting that hunting your own food is a good skill to have in these times." Billy wraps some of the cuts in a rag and places them in his bag. "These fellas taste a little like lamb to me. Aren't half chewy and they're a nightmare to cook right. I prefer regular irradiated mongrel meat."

Billy smiles at the group and continues down their planned route. He's enjoying the company. It's sort of like when The Doctor meets a new companion after being lonely out there in the big, bad world. Billy and Deneil used to travel all over the wasteland together until the unfortunate incident. It's nice to have people around again even if the girls hate him and Erich is a rookie. He comes across as a loner but Billy loves having company. He just hates seeing them die.

Further down the road, they approach the beginnings of Diamond City. The first signs of non-threatening life appear in the form of the security guards. They're all clad in black padded gear, complete with mask and helmet, looking like a more threatening variant of a baseball uniform. Some of them are even holding bats which only adds to the image. One of them approaches Billy and the group, holding an automatic pipe rifle. Rather than aiming it and questioning the travellers, the guard stops in his tracks and lifts off his mask, revealing Reuben Rodriguez, still as cute and fresh faced as ever in spite of the terrible world he's now living in. "Billy!" he exclaims will smiling widely and giving him a warm embrace. He nods towards Nina, who he spent lots of time with in the CBB house back in the day when they were somebody. It's nice to see she's still here. Erich doesn't really register to him as he has no idea the guy is brand new. This place is huge and lots of people went different ways. As for Erica, he forces a smile but remains weary and looks nervous as he knows of her reputation. Despite carrying a gun, Reuben looks silly holding it. The nerves show on his face. He may have got the job here but he hasn't shot a single living thing. Reuben is still the same sweet boy, trying his best to make it and fake it in this hell.

Billy doesn't seem to be hostile towards him. Because of his association with Payton back in the day, they weren't on one another's Christmas card lists. It's a different story now. With Payton and Andrea God knows where and Jerry dead, Reuben is the only "family" Daniel has aside from Billy. Although not related by blood, he's still Uncle Reubz. "How are you holding up?" Billy asks, sounding sympathetic.

Reuben takes off his helmet to hear better. His hearing aid was damaged and they don't exactly make those any more so it's hard for him. "Surviving...I guess. It's hard but we have to keep on, right?" he says with a defeated smile. Billy just nods, not wanting to press the subject any longer. Sabina and his baby perished in a raider attack.

"We need to get into the city. Going to try to set Erich up there for a bit and need to pay some friends a visit." Billy is usually let in without much hassle but security and the mayor are weary of newcomers, armed groups and especially Erica and Nina. Everyone in the Commonwealth knows about them.

Reuben looks back at the group, sizing them up and realising that getting them in might not be easy. "Uh...I'll have to talk with Danny. The Mayor has been pretty strict when it comes to letting people in lately. Especially ones so...well armed..." he says sheepishly, trying his best not to say anything wrong and get his head blown off by Erica. "Follow me!"
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#389 Posted : 17 June 2018 02:59:57(UTC)
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erich goes to follw billy's lead,snapping open his knife and looking to cut the mutant's thigh off. he figured meat was meat,so it would be the most like ham. but before he can,erica smacks his hand away. "ew. you will NOT be eating that. you'll eat mirelurk and radstag like a normal person! maybe some strange meat pies on the side,but no mutant!" she scolds erich,but looks to billy as well. " dont you know what eating those things do to you?! it turns you into them. and look under that mutant's kilt. is that what either of you boys want?" she says in a rather motherly tone. a mother who doesnt wish to see her children eat radiated humanoid flesh. "besides,diamond city has power noodles! cooked by a robot. you really want to fill up on this shit?!" erica ADORED the noodles in diamond city. they were an odd moment of sanity in this mad mad world

"but i havent had lamb in ages..." erich sighs,putting the knife up. he did have to admit,having the mutants finger in his mouth earlier,they seemed like they would be a bitch to eat. the skin was so tough.....though mutant rinds could be a good thing. he loved pork rinds. he mentally made a note to try this later. the lack of rule of law did open up all sorts of culinary possibilities.

erich was rather happy to have his friends here with him. even billy whom his relationship could have always been described as " complicated". he was sure without billy,he'd have already been a ghoul bride or something. perhaps the meal at a ghoul wedding or something. erica felt conflicted about having people outside of nina with her who knew her before all of this.they knew her before she had lost her humanity and she felt guilty for having lost it. but such was life. she sliced the left ear of all the mutants of and stuck them in a glovebox of a car. nina was probably the colder of the two. she didnt even see their victims as things to take pleasure in killing. she'd feel the same if she was slipping a grenade into someones pocket or shooting a car until it explodes. there was herself,erica. then everything else.

erich looks around in wonder at the outside of the stadium. he'd been here many times before the bombs. it was surreal to see it as it was now. suddenly,he wondered if graceland was still standing...if it was...HE COULD HAVE IT! it'd only be like a year's journey or so. the guards dressed as catchers did make sense. if the gear could protect against a fastball,it'd work against anything not a bullet. clever. erica's scowl grows deeper when the stadium lights start to illuminate the area outside diamond city. she loved the noodles,but hated most everything about the place. she found the idea of big settlements like this absurd. fucking savages pretending to be civilized people. she wants to glare at the security they pass,but doesnt. she doesnt want to draw any undue attention to their party. they were thrown off when the guard greets billy. the guy looked as out of place as erich did. probably even more so. erich was covered in dried mutant blood and looked comfortable with the pistol in his waistband and rifle on his back. this guy looked like he would drop his weapon if you yelled boo at him.

nina looks down briefly when she sees its reuben. he was too sweet and innocent to be lumped into this world. but maybe it was better than the alternative,which everyone in the wasteland was familiar with. but she eventually looks at him and smiles a weary smile. " a fucking narc now,huh?" she says lightly to tease him,making sure to mouth the words perfectly. she wasnt sure how his hearing was now. "its really good to see you're still here." she says warmly. she wants to hug him,but doesnt. if his fellow guards saw him hugging a harlot,it could lead to lots of explaining on his part.

erica turns away and pretends to look at the skyline behind them,but whispers to nina. " a fucking guard?! what the fuck is he going to guard?! he cant hear! they should put him in the ticket booth where he can at least see people who approach.its like they're trying to get him killed." it was harshly worded,but it was the truth of erica's feelings. while most in the wasteland were just victims to erica,most people she knew from before got a pass. they were once like her,they didnt know how this world worked...unless she ran across nicole shade. she would put that bitch's head on a pike as soon as look at her. erica turns back around and smiles at rueben as warmly as she can.

it was nice seeing billy have someone that he knew from before. but erica and nina knew instantly what reuben's reply to billy meant. for all they knew,their crew had been responsible for rueben's loss. unless whomever he lost was in diamond city. they never hit diamond city other than the occasional kidnapping to resupply their stock. erica and nina stop and shake their heads. " thats ok,rueben. we'll stay outside here." nina pipes up.
"yeah,if we go in there,im not getting locked in one of those dugouts again." erica says defiantly.


erich vaguely remembers seeing reuben on tv when the helmet comes off. but really couldnt place him. so he waves to rueben and grins. probably the most un-wastelander thing to do. but erich did need a moment of levity. the reality of having been on the menu for super mutants is starting to dawn now that the adrenaline stopped pumping. "have you seen karoliena summers? shes about ..i dunno,my height? dark black hair. probably with another woman and 4 kids?" erich asks reuben. the man seemed to know billy,and did look to be in some sort of position of authority. maybe he saw her come through.
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Reuben leads the guys around to the entrance of Diamond City, otherwise known as the Great Green Jewel. Despite the obvious decay from standing in the wasteland and lack of style (people in the Commonwealth tend to care more about substance), the stadium really lives up to its name. It's a grand structure and definitely the safest place to be in. When Erica and Nina decide to stay outside, Reuben feels a weight being lifted off his shoulder. He's not the best guard as it is. He also doesn't want to be known as the guy who let the murderers in if things should kick off. When Erich asks about Karoliena, Reuben shakes his head. "Sorry, no. If you're looking for someone, Diamond City is the best place to ask questions though. People pass through all the time, it does a lot of trade, if someone stayed here then they'll be on the records and they even have a detective."

"Let's not get started on Nick. He takes forever to get anything done. Best bet is to ask Dustyn what he knows. He's still a gossip." Billy says, approaching the entrance. He loves coming here to visit some of his friends and see Daniel. It's a much better place if it's just one in passing. Living there drove him mad. Everyone had a big ego, even the ones who slept on mattresses at the dirty lake. He clashes with too many people and then they had the nerve to scream about "civility" and "harmony". Assholes.

Reuben has words with Danny at the gate and comes back to the group a few moments later with good news. "It's fine for you two to go in." he says to Billy and Erich. "If you're looking for a place to call your own in there, head up to Geneva in the Mayor's office. She might be able to help you."

"Prissy cow..." Billy mumbles under his breath. He couldn't stand her and her dry hair.

"In you go," Reuben says, gesturing to the entrance. "I have to go. I was told there was trouble in Hardware Town that I should check out." Reuben is clearly lying to himself that it's no big deal as he reveals his quest. Diamond City security don't even venture out beyond their stadium. It's clear that the others just want Reuben out of the way. He's the sweetest guy but the worst guard. For a start, he's walking around and showing his face. He's the weakest link to the other guards.

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#391 Posted : 18 June 2018 22:34:22(UTC)
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Ooc: back to the grind. I'll be here at my normal times again .

Erica and Nina sit in the bed of a pickup truck. Nina takes a pack of cards out of her backpack and starts dealing. "You guys had better come back.we don't have all day. Busy schedule and all,loves." She says,not looking up as she deals to Erica.
",Yeah,and don't come back without noodles." Erica chimes in. They weren't pleased about waiting outside,but there was still enough memory of their deeds amongst security.

Erich nods. "Yeah, let's stick to Dustyn. He at least knows what karoliena looks like. " Erich says to Reuben and Billy. He felt it would be easier than trying to describe her to someone. For all he knew she dyed her hair black and could actually be blonde. He didn't see any salons around,so hair dye probably was rare. "Thanks,but no. I think I'll keep going in the wasteland." Erich replies at the thought of getting a place in diamond city. He really didn't want to be separated from Erica....even if her life seemed a bit rougher than what would be found here. "Geneva sounds like a pretty name though,far to pretty for this world." Erich muses. While certainly a culture shock,he was still a man with needs.

"Thanks.and good luck out there." Erich tells Rueben as they are let in. He meant it as well. So far it seemed like there were two reactions to reality now. Be hard asses like the girls and Billy,or be in over your head like Reuben was. That was clear even to Erich. Inside,Erich was astounded at the sheer scale of the city. In it's heyday,it was a huge structure anyway. Now, filled with buildings,it seemed even more massive. It was a good idea for a city though,thick walls meant security. The ground seemed permanently soggy with what he hoped was water.

As they walk,Erich makes idle conversation to Billy. "So what makes you different than our little psychos out there?" Erich nods towards the gates. "Better pr department?" He laughs. He turns down a paper from some little girl. He had no money and didn't want to be in anyone's debt. Even for a paper.
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#392 Posted : 19 June 2018 04:27:22(UTC)
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Inside the "city", Billy saunters around with Erich while hoping that he doesn't catch the attention of any residents wanting him to do a job for them. Caps are caps but these people are so whiny and entitled, he doesn't feel like helping them. Also, Erich is his main focus right now. "What makes me different?" Billy asks while scratching the back of his head, thinking about it for a moment. He's definitely killed many people just like the girls. It's not for any sort of pleasure, however. It's work. He takes out people, scares away settlers and clears out creatures for other people and gets his caps in return. He isn't sure if being paid for his doings makes him any better or worse. "I...uh, I offer services. My murderous side only comes out when enough caps are involved or, obviously, in self defence. Those two outside? Don't get me started." Billy chuckles and continues to walk with Erich.

Just then, a rather whiny guy's voice is heard as he argues with the woman running Diamond City Surplus. He stands rather tall, over 6 feet, with a newsboy cap on his head and is wearing a faded trench coat. "I'm not here to listen to your Synth-phobic slurs and rants every single day, Myrna! Can you string a damn sentence together...can you even sell a fucking item without spewing hate? Can you?!" It was Joshua Grimmie. All these years into the future and in what is basically a totally new world, he still has a stick up his ass. It's only going to be a matter of time before he's shown the door. He already has beef with the mayor and the people in the upper stands. He storms off and sits at the central noodle bar which appears to be manned by a robot.

"You sure you don't want to stay here?" Billy asks jokingly after Grimmie's outburst. He was actually one of the least stuck-up here.
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#393 Posted : 19 June 2018 13:58:48(UTC)
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"oh.so do it for profit or justice,just don't enjoy it?" Erich says to Billy as they walk around. Some guy selling baseball bats catches his eye for a second. He thought it a bit stupid. Who would want a bat when firearms practically littered the streets . He left several small guns just lay on the ground. They weren't even worth picking up. It could have been because Erich had nothing in this world,we could be the appeal of the harlots' way. He took out a bottle of whiskey and started drinking it. He doubted seriously that public drunkenness laws were a thing anymore. He offers it to Billy when they turn a corner.

"You've got to be shitting me. HE made it,but only three of the hess clan did?!" Erich says when he hears the familiar sound of Joshua grimmie.he didn't even have to look to know it was him. He had no idea what a synth was,but the way Joshua was going on bout it ,it must have been some marginalized group that probably didn't ask for his help. "How much are your services?" Erich asks Billy flatly. He just shakes his head,oddly furious that Joshua Grimmie was here and barely any of his friends were .

"Totally sure. I thought for sure the Tumblr troops would have perished long ago." Erich says, narrowing his eyes. "The fuck is a synth, anyway?" He asks, barely taking note of the reaction his question got from people around them. People were stepping away,as if the institute was going to pop up right then and there.
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#394 Posted : 20 June 2018 06:30:08(UTC)
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"Sometimes I enjoy it...sometimes I regret it. I snap myself out of it though. You can't mix personal feelings with this job. Although with mirelurks, it's always going to be fucking personal now after what they did to my brother." They haven't encountered the shelled menace today but it'll only be a matter of time before they do if they're going to tread across the Commonwealth in search of Karoliena. Billy takes the bottle and has a swig of it, chuckling at Erich's remarks on Joshua. "He's resilient, that lad. He lost his boyfriend and his big sister so I don't really blame his standoffish ways now. Joshua's just another guy all alone in this world. I just leave him be." When Erich asks what a synth is, Billy sighs and tries to collect his thoughts. That's a whole other story. "Synthetic humans. Uh, you may want to talk to Erica about that. The whole thing hurts my head." Billy doesn't pay much attention to the whole synth debacle or the factions trying to rule the wasteland. He prefers just to travel and live off the grid. Billy leads Erich past the school building which appears to have a bus on the roof. A few shacks down and he takes out the key that Dustyn gave him. "This is Dusty's place. Hardly the old London penthouse he had but at least he's surviving."

Inside the little house, Dustyn is smooching with Dallas on their bed. He had returned out of the blue last night as part of a foot patrol team in the area. They had technically agreed to split up when Dallas joined The Brotherhood and he knows that he can't be involved with someone while being part of such a demanding faction. This little hook-up is more a case of two men having needs and Dallas having nowhere else to go in the wasteland. It's obvious feelings are still there but they dare not speak on it and open up a can of worms. As soon as Dustyn's hand moves down, about to feel his lover's embrace, the key in the door turns and Billy walks in. Dustyn jumps up and throws a coat on, the nearest item of clothing, to cover himself up. "Jesus Christ, hundreds of years into the future and people still barge in on us! Will you ever learn?!"

"Wow...sorry Dusty. I had no idea he was back," Billy says, looking over and forcing a smile at Dallas. They were never on the best terms and the way he took off to join BoS really got under Billy's skin. "Sorry to disrupt the party but I brought a friend." Billy steps to the side to reintroduce Erich after all these years.

As soon as Dustyn sees Erich, he immediately bursts into tears and practically throws himself into his stepfather's arms. He had no idea that Erich made it past the bombs let alone out in the wasteland. To Dustyn, Erich was a person who lived hundreds of years ago and whose remains were probably long lost and unidentifiable. For him to be stood here now, alive and well, walking and talking is like a dream come true. "Oh my God, it's you! It's really you!" he squeals, still sobbing like a baby. Dustyn clings on so tightly, not wanting to let him go. "I love you! I love you! I love you!"
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#395 Posted : 20 June 2018 14:14:21(UTC)
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Erich pondered what Billy said and could see the idea behind it. Erica seemed to take everything personal. Who'd have thunk Billy Khan would ever be the voice of reason?! Can't wait to kill one of those bastards. Erica says they're rather tasty. I do love crab,and human sized one sounds like a challenge I'm up to." Erich replies gleefully. He did adore crab and lobster,so that sounded far more appetizing than mole rat or something like that. He let the synth thing go. He'd ask Erica later. Erich did wonder just how good a replica a synth would be. Could you fuck one? At the building that was Dusty's home,Erich looks it up and down. Yup. A far cry from the good life long ago,but it looked safe at least.

Dallas was risking reprimand by coming to see Dusty like this. The brotherhood frowned on relationships that didn't grow their Numbers. So there was little companionship like this to be had there. But, Dallas really thought the brother Hood was the best hope for getting things back to how civilization used to be...even if they were a little more:"the ends justify the means" than he would like. Which,maybe he will was too. After all,he sacrificed his real relationship with Dustyn for brotherhood duty. Maybe there would be hope one day for them,but until that time...it was sporadic old world booty calls for them. When the door suddenly opens,dallas is on his feet and holding a plasma pistol. Dallas was far from the soft man he used to be. He was typical of brotherhood paladins: built almost as well as his power armor. " Oh." Dallas mumbles, zipping up his jumpsuit. "'im starting to think you like bursting in on us." He says with a shake of his head. He was surprised security would let Billy into the city. But , here he was.

Erich was restrained in his reaction to Dustyn. He certainly remembered what Billy had said earlier.He really didn't want to make things worse and really didn't know how to handle it. But he let Dustyn do all the hugging and lightly squeezed him in return. " You look great,dust. You'd hardly know an apocalypse happened to look at you." Erich grins at Dustyn just like the old days. "I love you too,dust. I just got here few days ago. Billy has been a god damned saint. I'd have been some bleached bones on nordhagen beach if not for him." Erich says gracefully. He would buy Billy many beers when he got the Caps together. He recognized Dallas,but didn't like what he saw. He didn't know anything about the brotherhood,but Dallas had the look of Authority about him.
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#396 Posted : 20 June 2018 19:28:13(UTC)
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Billy is disheartened to see Dallas back here with Dustyn. Sure, he's glad that he's alive and bringing some joy back for his best friend but having someone with such authority and strong political agenda around isn't good and when Dustyn's feelings are involved, that's on a whole other level of fuckery. "Nice to see you back down here. Things a little cramped up in your balloon?" Billy says to Dallas, trying his best to hold any type of conversation and not yell at him for taking off the way he did. If Dustyn and Erich weren't here, it'd be a different story. He sizes him up, looking at the jumpsuit and the muscle mass. Dallas is definitely taking this whole paladin thing seriously and Billy has to stifle his laughter. "You look...um...bigger. Nice jumpsuit. Fitting. Just wait until Grimmie sees you out there!" Billy can't help but laugh now. He's sure Joshua will have something to say about BoS in Diamond City.

Dustyn knows that Dallas is pretty much a glorified booty call. Last night they made up for all the lost months of action and were about to go again had they not been disturbed. Feelings and future are topics that were glazed over last night. Despite the detachment, Dustyn still loves having Dallas here and with Erich added to the mix, it feels like a dream come true. "I can't believe this! You and Dallas are actually here! Things happen in threes, right? I wonder what the next thing will be? Oh, I hope Dr Pepper makes a comeback!" Dustyn claps excitedly and hugs Erich again, almost not wanting to let him go out of fear of losing him again.

"Where are Daniel and Shay?" Billy asks, looking around and peering up the wooden stairs for traces of their offspring.

"They're in the school house. It's my day off today." Dustyn smirks at Dallas. The day was supposed to be spent together, making the most of the time they've got together. Dustyn is the main teacher here in the city. He's not qualified but what is a degree these days? He has enough education and knowledge plus he's a natural caregiver. Everyone knows how much he loves kids and being a parent so the teaching job is a perfect fit. "So...what brings you here? Do you need a place to stay?"
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#397 Posted : 20 June 2018 23:56:40(UTC)
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"nah. We got plenty of room up there,but warm air rises. So all the wasteland farts get stuck in our roof." Dallas lightly replies to Billy. Out of respect for Dustyn,he wants to keep things as pleasant as possible. Even if it was Billy we were talking about. He let's the mention of his jumpsuit slide . Nobody looks good in them.they were also very hot. Whomever thought up the idea of wearing them in the wasteland was a moron. "Josh Grimmie can get fucked. Possibly by one of those machines he thinks are people." Dallas bought into the brotherhood as whole heartedly as any of them. The synths were there to sow dissention among humans and needed to be destroyed before they caused society to crumble. How could a person trust their fellow man if they were secretly a machine?

Erich hugs Dustyn tighter since he seemed to be ok with being hugged. It was great to have Dustyn here.he could have hugged him forever. "Dustyn,I was worried about you. I'm so happy you aren't dead or worse." Erich says softly. He ddidnt think he could take Dustyn being so drastically different like everyone else seemed to be...well,aside from Billy. Dallas in some military thing? This was weird. "I don't know if Dr pepper will make a comeback,but we could go find the recipe and MAKE it happen. We'll use Graceland as our base of operations." He schemes. The idea that treasures of the old world were free for the taking was intriguing to him. "We could live like Kings returning Dr pepper to the world!"

It was bizarre to Erich that kids were around. How could anyone grow up in this hell hole?

Dallas returns Dustyn's look. Their original plans were dead in the water,but it was kind of nice having so many people from the old world in one room. It helped with what Dallas knew he had to do later....which was "procure" supplies from local farms for the brotherhood. It was slightly more honorable work than raiders.but only because the brotherhood energy weapons offered a quick death upon refusal to contribute.

Erich runs a hand through his hair. suddenly he realized pomade may be in short supply. He'd have to find something to substitute. There was no way he was losing the pomp. It was definitely like Dustyn to offer a place to stay. But Erich had to refuse. " Thanks Dustyn,but I can't. I have Erica and Nina waiting outside. And I get the feeling they aren't the sort you leave waiting. We really stopped by to see if you have ever seen karoliena? I think she'd be somewhere that's you know,not the wasteland. I can't see her being someplace not air-conditioned. But who knows. We have Dallas looking like a line backer,Erica is apparently feared by many, Reuben is a guard. Only you and Billy still seem the same." Erich says in exhaustion.
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#398 Posted : 21 June 2018 00:55:30(UTC)
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"I'm still the same? Thanks! I try my best. I'm not as fashionable though..." Dustyn says, looking down at his dirty jacket. Fashion isn't really a priority anymore and cleanliness is questionable in this world too. Dustyn tries his best to remain as smart looking as possible. Hair dye isn't the best either. He doesn't trust the stuff despite constant reassurance from the over zealous hairdresser in the city. Gone are his peroxide days. Dustyn's hair is his natural darker blond, almost light brown colour now. "Don't you think Billy is even nicer in the new world?" Dustyn jokes, looking over at Billy, who is scowling. He doesn't like compliments...unless about his appearance. Despite being a gun for hire, Billy is one of the nicest people out here. He could've easily taken a far more corrupt road but he didn't, which surprised many. When asked about Karoliena, he doesn't wish to disappoint but the only information he has is pretty vague. "Uh...well, the good news is that she made it through the bombs. The bad news is I have no idea where she went. She was here for a week like...eight months ago. She was looking for a place to stay and was waiting on Cassie thawing out. She didn't really like this place so she took off and that's the last I saw of her. If she's looking for a place to settle down you could try Covenant."

Billy shakes his head in disappointment. "No, Sayyid is there with Deneil. I go through there a lot. Haven't seen her." Billy walks around the room, thinking of other places she may be. He travels through the entire Commonwealth and knows the place well but he rarely ventures into settlements unless it's for a job or supplies. "Well if she's looking for a safe haven then I doubt she'd go south. Erica and Nina haven't seen her in Goodneighbor either. What about Sanctuary? Riley is up there with some of his Minutemen. They probably take people in all the time." Riley became general of the Minutemen. People for the people. That's Riley alright.

"I don't know. I think he would've said if he took in anyone we know. I spoke to him like two weeks ago and many times since Karoliena first left. There's Bunker Hill, I know of that place!" Dustyn offers with a smile. He doesn't actually know where these places are. He just came straight to Diamond City when he heard of it.

"Yeah Dusty but there's also Warwick Homestead, The Castle, Croup Manor, Outpost Zimonja, Starlight Drive In...Boston Airport was a great big place but that's occupied now." Billy says, giving Dallas a quick little glare. He was part of a team who helped initially clear the place out only for BoS and their clunky equipment to hog it for themselves. "I say the best thing to do is rally the troops and go looking for her. There might be kids involved and I don't want Erich to go looking on his own or worse, in the care of Erica and Nina."

Dustyn looks apprehensive. He hasn't set foot outside of here since arriving. The few menaces he encountered on the way to the city were enough to last a lifetime. The idea of it being a team effort and helping Erich out does appeal to him on some level though. He knows he'll regret sending them off on their own. "Well...I'd need to arrange care for the kids and I want Dallas to come with us..." he says, looking at his "boyfriend" longingly. Dallas knows how to fire a gun and if Dustyn's going to be out in the wasteland properly for the first time, he wants and needs the security of Dallas, whether they are still together or not.
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"oh,I think we're all the height of post America fashion." Erich grins to Dustyn while looking around at the general scruffiness of them all.aside from Dallas. He assumed that the brotherhood must have clothing manufacturing or something. Dallas' clothes looked newer and in good repair. " I don't know if Billy is nicer,per se. I think the world became more billy like." Erich jokes to the scowling Billy. Dustyn was right though. Maybe Billy really had found his place in this new way of life. There was a whirlwind of locations named and it made Erich's head spin. But he was relieved to know karoliena at least did live at one time. " I'm assuming Cassie made it out too." Erich states while playing with a bottle cap left on a table. " I think if something happened to Cassie or the kids....I think she'd join up with Erica." If karoliena was anything like he remembered,she was the sort to make others feel her loss. In the back or erichs mind,he did wonder if his own daughter was still around. He hoped not and that her death was quick.

Dallas bristles at Billy's implying that the brotherhood took the airport from them. "The airport was full of ghouls and raiders. We did you guys a favor." He says pleasantly,but clearly not meaning it pleasantly. He also raised an eyebrow at the mention of Erica and Nina. They had been on the brotherhood's radar as well. Some brotherhood had met their fates at the hands of the harlots. Dallas ponders the thought of joining these...people. he could do without billy and Erich,but maybe things might feel semi normal with Dustyn out and and about. The journey could be explained to the elder that he was searching for more supplies. " Ok,dust. I'll do it. " He says as if he has reservation.

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Dustyn smiles with glee when Dallas says he'll come along. Scouring the wasteland for a woman who may or may not be alive isn't the safest and wisest thing to do but Dustyn's loves to help and having a team around him makes the situation feel less dangerous. Safety in numbers. Despite the possibility of a brutal death, Dustyn is slightly excited about seeing life beyond The Wall, however tragic it may be. "OK, great. We'll go find her with you. I'll get Miss Edna to look after the kids." Dustyn is very open minded and doesn't mind the assistance of a Miss Nanny. A lot of people aren't so keep on robots but Dusty loves them. He thinks they're pretty cool. "You guys go and see who else you can get on board. Me and Dallas need to...change." He's kidding no one. They're going to fool around as much as they can before they go.

Billy nods and heads outside with Erich, almost immediately bumping into Joshua Grimmie. "Oh, sorry Josh."

"Where are you going at such speed?" he asks Billy, not even acknowledging Erich. For all he knows, the guy has been out here for years. Joshua looks more like the typical residents and survivors of the wasteland with his tattered clothing. Dustyn is more sharply dressed and Billy's road leathers and armour is more unusual and somewhat sexy in a way. Joshua is more dishevelled im a way. He's pretty much just trying to get by one day at a time and the loss of his boyfriend and family has gotten to him.

"We're rounding the troops. Erich here is looking for Karoliena. He's just arrived in this glorious new world and is looking for connections. You don't know anything about her, do you?" Billy asks, knowing that there's a slim chance Joshua would know. He, like Dustyn, barely ventures out into that hideous world.

"No, sorry..." he trails off, thinking things over before asking, "Can I come along?"

Billy is taken aback. He really wasn't expecting the offer. While Billy himself doesn't mind Joshua, he knows his presence can be testing to others. Joshua doesn't take any shit from anyone and he was once captured by a group of raiders and made it back here alive so he knows how to fight. He could be an asset but his whining may not be worth it. Billy turns to Erich for an answer. "Well..."
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