MGR was forced to engage another small round of attacks late this morning. Ethan, Kate and Nick were ready for them this time, and when the tower took fire, they returned equal or more fire accurately, with one confirmed KIA on the enemy.
Apparently they were attacked by the south this time by a group numbering somewhere between 4 and 6 hostiles. They maneuvered on the tower providing cover for each other while Ethan observed them from the roof. Eventually the team radioed us that they were about to initiate contact, and when Ethan felt they’d run far enough, he pulled the trigger. One man was running across the street at about a hundred fifty yards out, and Ethan put one round through the guy as he crossed the yellow line in the middle of the street. Well, where the middle line was under the snow. We got some serious snow the past few days, and it’s still all over the place.
Anyway, the report is that the man went down in a heap and stayed awful still. Ethan said he put the round through the man’s chest, and any weapon in that kind of caliber hitting a target that close, that’s not wearing any kind of body armor… Well. I’d bet the man’s lungs and heart were scrambled like eggs.
The dude face plants in the road, and the rest of the group stops cold, taking cover. Ethan held his fire and waited, and after… I think he said a full minute, the man got back up, and he turned, looking for his other friends. This time, his intent was not to help them, or continue his part in the attack on MGR, but to eat the people he came there with alive.
Showing some compassion, Ethan put one round through the man’s skull, blowing it clean off his shoulders. What’s left of his body is still in the street down there right now, and that was about eight or ten hours ago. The rest of the group slinked away, staying in decent cover for their retreat, and haven’t returned yet. Our three felt like it was a better tactic to let them escape and think over what happened, and how we handled it, than simply dropping them as they ran. Lord knows, Ethan and crew could’ve put at least one or two more of them down. After dark Ethan or Nick are going to slip out to retrieve his weapon and check on their route in or out. I’m guessing we might have some footprints or tire tracks we can follow out. Of course it’s a little windy right now, so there’s a good chance that’s a fool’s hope.
Plus, let’s face it. I am not a profoundly lucky dude. I can safely say I spend more time looking up from the bottom of the drain at the toe, than being the toe.
MGR didn’t require a response from us, and judging from the accounts of the events, they handled it very well. Unless these morons come up with a new tactic, I think we have them handled for the moment. Famous last words.
Mallory’s arm is doing well, and she’s finally out of the medication haze they had her on. She lost everything below the left elbow though. The stub, or whatever you want to call it is healing well, and she says the pain is manageable. Sucks to see her like that though. It’s certainly weird to see someone that previously had two arms doing things without one. Well, trying to do things with just one. She’s got to learn how to do a lot of things over again. I had this pang of guilt or something while seeing her. I almost wanted to ask her to “take me back” or something, at least so I can help her or something, but that’s all that white knight bullshit again. She doesn’t need emotional complications on top of healing issues. There are plenty of people that can help her here that aren’t going to mess with her head at the same time.
I met with Jenna, and she’s 100% right. Our food stores are going down faster than we’d anticipated. I think the births of the children, the Syl theft, as well as just feeding Syl might have a lot to do with it. We’ve also had some sick kids, and we’re feeding them twice quite a bit. Once for them to throw up, then once again slower so they keep it down. I also don’t think anyone had an idea the impact of Kevin and Michelle’s group was going to have on us. Granted, they brought food, but it wasn’t much, and now they’re eating out of our stores. We can barely keep up with egg production or milk right now.
Food is a serious concern right now for me. It was bad before when Syl was stealing from us, but now that we’re into the thick of winter, moving around is a bitch, and there’s little left to search for anyway. We’ve pretty much got what we’re going to have. Grow it or go without shall be our motto. I talked with Jenna and Ollie while Patty and Abby were there, and after taking a pretty careful stock of the situation, we’re looking at maybe putting the oldest cow down for meat.
James has also said that he will double his efforts outside the walls to try and get us a deer, or something we can eat. Of course he dropped a fair amount of deer already, and I’d hate for him to hunt the area’s deer extinct or something. Although, I can’t imagine more won’t come through eventually, and if we have to hunt them into oblivion for a year, it’ll be worth it to get us through to the summer where we can plant far more crops to get through the following winter and so on and so forth.
We’d start fishing too, but the lake is freezing over. The ice isn’t thick enough for us to ice fish on either just yet, so that’s kind of a shit situation too. We’re discussing better ideas on rationing too, as well as amping up Ryan and Becca’s hydro production, but that’s a down the road thing. Maybe three or four more days, depending on how things settle out at MGR.
Despite the snow, and the shitty road conditions we might deal with, we need to get some supplies one way or the other. We need at least two more generators. One needs to go to MGR so they have extra electricity, as well as a second generator in the event the first dies, and we also need a spare generator here. The solar panels and batteries here in Hall E are going to start shitty production with the snow on the roof, so we need to run more generators to stay warm. The stoves help all over town here, but some of these dorm buildings are deceptively large, and get pretty cold, pretty fast.
I know a place sort of near the other house we hit a few days ago where there’s a generator. It will be a tough drive if the snow is as deep as I think it might be, but we can manage. We still have that technology. I forget what else is in the house, but the generator alone is worth going for. I think there’s two other houses right near it as well, and despite thinking long and hard about it… I can’t remember what’s in them. Like the fading memory of a dream, what I remember searching for while on the other side is leaving me. I feel like I’m on a clock here… Better get moving eh?
We’re meeting to plan the run tomorrow morning, rehearsing everything, getting some other shit done, and then heading out. If MGR has a set of tracks that we can follow, then we’ll change plans, and possibly launch a heavy recon to find out where the attackers are coming from.
Either way, it’s time for Adrian to kick some doors in again.