[04:36] winterthyme: "Knock knock - anyone home?"
[04:36] Gera Heliosense: Winter!
[04:36] Gera Heliosense: yes please come in
[04:36] winterthyme: Hello - I saw you through the window and thought I would come and say hello
[04:36] Gera Heliosense: Do you have any news for me?
[04:36] winterthyme: How are you? I haven't spoken to you properly for ages...
[04:37] Gera Heliosense: I know
[04:37] winterthyme shrugs "Not much to report - I recovered an old dock that had been , er, concealed by the tsunami - but I was busy elsewhere yesterday
[04:38] Gera Heliosense: I see...and...everything okay with you and Ma'am?
[04:38] winterthyme: Yes - things are going very well indeed. She is upstairs trying to pull together a place for us at the moment
[04:38] Gera Heliosense: Thats good news
[04:39] Gera Heliosense: i said this to Legion the other day:
[04:39] Gera Heliosense: Ever since the apocalypse, everthing makes more sense and becomes a meaning
[04:39] winterthyme nods "Of course her...ahhh...darker side still needs to be attended to from time to time, but I am relaxed about that... She has her appetites...."
[04:39] Gera Heliosense: and that goes for relationships too
[04:40] winterthyme nods "I agree with you - indeed, I do"
[04:40] Gera Heliosense: she has appetites? ...dark appetites?
[04:40] winterthyme: Well - "dark" is perhaps putting it strongly... but she certainly has appetites *smiles*
[04:41] Gera Heliosense: yeah, sexual appetites...that s normal, she is a nymph after all
[04:41] winterthyme: Exactly - nymphs will be nymphs - but I am encouraging her not to let others exploit that... to take things on her terms, rather than on other people's...
[04:42] Gera Heliosense: you mean, you don't want people to take advantage of her?
[04:43] winterthyme: I don't mind what happens provided she is happy with it.... But - I guess, yes - it's about people taking advantage of her really
[04:43] Gera Heliosense ponders about that...
[04:44] Gera Heliosense: Yeah, i remeber several occasions when i thought....this might...not be what she desires, but it was too late.
[04:44] winterthyme: Has Mare moved in with you both yet?
[04:44] Gera Heliosense: Mare yes, hope she is
[04:44] Gera Heliosense: we both persuaded her
[04:44] Gera Heliosense: i hope she moves her stuff in soon
[04:45] Gera Heliosense: whatever stuff she still has
[04:45] winterthyme nods "She can be easily swayed sometimes... And I am glad that Mare is moving in - it will be good for her to have people around her she can trust"
[04:45] Gera Heliosense: although the bed is certainly big enough for three
[04:45] Gera Heliosense: yes
[04:45] winterthyme glances at the bed and smiles
[04:45] Gera Heliosense: I agree
[04:46] Gera Heliosense: This dock you were talking about...
[04:46] Gera Heliosense: where is it?
[04:46] winterthyme: oh - the far side of the abandoned freighter
[04:47] Gera Heliosense: ah we would need to arm ourselves to get there
[04:47] Gera Heliosense: mind you, we should always be armed anyway
[04:47] winterthyme: actually I think you can get there in safety if you wade through the water a bit
[04:47] Gera Heliosense: Would you care to show me?
[04:47] winterthyme: by all means - shall we?
[04:48] Gera Heliosense: yes please.
So we made our way over to the railway tracks. And I do remeber that I thought to myself, "but how can he say this is safe...when the railway is always dangerous to cross". The Dead live in the tunnels there and can easily detect our smell. We passed the tunnels and were already in the shallow water when it happened! A bunch of zombies was suddenly behind us, following us. But Winter did not see him, he walked ahead, and I could not get a tone out, stiff with fear, then at last I did start screaming and screaming. One of the Dead attacked Winter, but he tore himself free, he stumbled and for a second I thought:"Thats it." But again Winter got on his feet, turned and shot the zombie full in the face. He then shot the other three. At last it was over. We stared at the bloody mess floating in the shallow water and something inside me gave way and I started to sob.
[04:49] Gera Heliosense: Winter!!!
[04:49] Gera Heliosense sobs and wraps both arms around him
[04:50] winterthyme: Don't worry - I'll be fine
[04:50] winterthyme: Probably
[04:50] Gera Heliosense keeps crying, unable to control herself and touches Winter face with trembling hands
[04:50] Gera Heliosense: are you okay?
[04:50] Gera Heliosense: Winter?
[04:50] winterthyme: yes - I think so
[04:50] Gera Heliosense nods and whispers "sorry", wiping her face
[04:51] winterthyme wraps my arm around you "Try not to upset yourself - these are tough times"
[04:51] Gera Heliosense nods, hugging you tightly:"Whispering;"yes i know, its just ...sometimes it all builds up"
[04:52] winterthyme pats your back comfortingly "Yes - of course..."
We stood like that for a long time and hugged until i had calmed down.
Then we continued what he had come for.
[04:52] winterthyme: you'll have to climb up the chain
[04:52] winterthyme watches as you climb
[04:53] Gera Heliosense looks around
[04:53] Gera Heliosense: Wow
[04:53] Gera Heliosense: this is fantastic
[04:53] winterthyme: not a lot to see yet, but it's getting there
[04:53] Gera Heliosense: it is like a fortress
[04:53] winterthyme: there are a couple of levels below too - largely empty at the moment
[04:54] winterthyme: You can either jump onto the slipped container , or use the chain to go to the lowest level
[04:54] Gera Heliosense: okay
[04:54] winterthyme: or there is a stair well over there *points*
[04:55] Gera Heliosense: Winter , this places is as safe as the pope's arse
[04:56] winterthyme smiles "Well - at the moment certainly - but who knows.. things are getting worse - have you seen that there are rabid bats now too?"
[04:56] Gera Heliosense: bats?
[04:56] Gera Heliosense: shit no, i had no clue
[04:56] Gera Heliosense: i am so busy these days with getting food and stuff
[04:57] winterthyme: yes - close to the graveyard by the rail tracks
[04:58] winterthyme: So - there you have it - if you have any ideas how it might be used ...just shout
[04:58] Gera Heliosense: as I said. I think this could be our fortress
[04:59] Gera Heliosense: to meet in safety
[04:59] winterthyme: it's a thought certainly
[04:59] Gera Heliosense: to evacuate in bad times
[04:59] Gera Heliosense: to think of a plan to survive better
[04:59] winterthyme rubs my chin and nods "That could certainly work"
[05:00] Gera Heliosense: a central meeting point
[05:01] Gera Heliosense: by the way, are the robots still out of control?
[05:01] Gera Heliosense: and are there still animated body parts in the sea?
[05:01] winterthyme nods "We'll see.... As for the robots, not sure... they haven't troubled me so far, but I steered clear of their area"
[05:02] Gera Heliosense: yes, the robots are not a direct threat, as long as you stay away from the research ship
[05:02] winterthyme points "That's gone by the way...."
[05:02] winterthyme: I gather it was blown up and the medical centre relocated to the upper storeys above the bar
[05:03] Gera Heliosense walks to the side of the dock , squinting her eyes as she looks into the direction where the ship has been
[05:03] Gera Heliosense: damn yes
[05:03] Gera Heliosense: well it was to be sooner or later
[05:04] winterthyme: It's probably better to have the clinic in town - Jarethe certainly seemed to think so when I chatted to him earlier
[05:04] Gera Heliosense: that whole idea of a lab there was....inadequate
[05:04] winterthyme: yes I agree
[05:04] Gera Heliosense: of we need the clinic in town
[05:04] Gera Heliosense: it needs to be near us
[05:04] winterthyme: yes - it makes more sense
[05:05] winterthyme: I must talk to the Minx and see if she has a ramp we can stretch over to the freighter - will make it easier to get here
[05:06] winterthyme smiles "So.... that's the dock.... Some scope for using it for different things...."
And with that, we went back into the town.