It's late afternoon at a Roadhouse just a few hours north of Walmart. You, Svenja and your Ma just walked in to find Kit Kat and Mallowcup playing pool with a couple locals. They told you to grab a booth while they finished off their game. Svenja got waters for the both of you and a beer for herself, and you waited around. What's the music playing over the ancient jukebox?
Kit Kat and Mallowcup take a few crushed cans off the guys after the game and mosey over. Kit Kat shoves Svenja over and sits beside her after chuckling when she almost spills her beer. Mallowcup grabs a chair from a nearby table, turns it around and sits backwards on it, elbows on the backrest.
"Good to see you bitches," Kit Kat says with a sneer. "What brings you this far south?"
You Ma starts off, "Trouble up north, Kitty. Some frakking Water Cult. The North Candies are running security..."
"Whoah! Hold the frak up!" Mallowcup cuts in, "Who the frak are the North Candies? We only got ONE chapter, last I frakkin checked..."
Your Ma cuts her off with a raised hand, "Hey, Mallow. Chill, alright? They're decent enough. Starburst is leadin' them, an..."
"Kiddo," Kit Kat interrupts. "Just at Reunion, you were calling those girls a bunch of no accounts, said they were frakkin up left and right. What's the deal?"
I watch as Ma' and Mallow have it out over whether or not the north Candies are candies, and single take when Kitty asks me what I think of 'em. "They ate lunch for a few days straight, and I put someone who isn't raising twins in charge... Now they're better than the folks the Ascendant has on staff. Still a few too many straight chicks, gotta fix the ratio, but otherwise they've really shaped up."
I lean in close and whisper, "forget 'em for a minute. They're busy doing their own thing. You girls feel like blowing something the frak up?"
Kit Kat purses her lips and asks, "Who's fronting us for gas n guns, Kiddo?" Zero and Svenja turn to you, since you're making the most successful pitch so far.
I lean back in my chair and look to Mallow and Kitty each in turn, inviting input. "I wanna bury an underground lake. How much do you think you'll need?"
Zero and Kit Kat both say, "NO!"
Mallowcup throws her palms down on the table, "C'mon! We can carve it up, just a controlled blast, it will be SUPREME!"
"No frakkin way. No, that place isn't too far from the Ascendant." Your Ma seems pretty definite on that.
Then Svenja says, "I could take a look. I've been trained on that shit, actually."
Kit Kat and Mallowcup glare at Svenja like she's an alien or something.
Mallowcup giggles again, "Oh, I've got a few of those."
"Yeah," Kit Kat agrees, "She shot a spacefolk over them a few Junkfalls ago."
"He looked like he was my size!!!" Mallowcup argues.
Zero gives her a WTF face reaction. Kit Kat says, "No way you two bitches are going into the frakkin Valley like you are. No. Way."
You know, Ma' can act all tough and stuff — and a part of me definitely knows where she's coming from — but every bone, muscle, and instinct I have is telling me Kitty's right... I mean, if it came to it, I could probably ride in there and wreak havoc — but right now I'm barely good to stand on my feet for more than a few minutes at a time. I've been shot at, and almost blown up, too many times in this pregnancy... I owe it to Leah to slow the frak down, and that's exactly what I'm gunna do.
I look over to Ma' and shake my head, "she's right y'know... I could barely breathe in the Valley when I went looking for you two. If I could have done all this on my own, I wouldn't have come down here for the Candies... We gotta sit this one out."
Let's see you Act Under Fire here, Kiddo. Unless you're trying to Manipulate her by banking on the relationship you've been cultivating (and possibly any baggage she might have about pregnancy).
OOC: Manipulating Zero to sit this one out. Roll+Cool* (Easy to trust). +1XP.
(Rolled: 2d6+3. Rolls: 2, 2. Total: 7)
Your Ma answers, "We can ride in with them, then split off and see Simon. That'll keep us safe, and I haven't been there in over a year.."
"Ok," I answer calmly, "We meet up back at Salt after the fact?"
Kit Kat shakes her head at Mallow's excitement. "I'll head to Walmart an pick up S'Mores and a couple others. Tell us where to be." She's looking at you, Kiddo.
It's your show, your jingle.
What do you do?
On the way out to your bikes and the truck, Kitty stops your Ma and they chat for a bit off to the side. Then she joins you and you head out. No, she won't talk about what they discussed, saying "Between her an' Kitty" and claiming its "Candy Bar bidness." But she's in a much better mood, so there's that at least.
Where to next?
I sigh, and hop into the truck... I don't feel like frakking riding that frakking bike right now. I guess we should grab some food at Boomtown, and hit the road for Salt. Who knows... Maybe Kodak will be back so I can tell him to go keep Star from diving headlong into "Candy Bar bidness".
... And yes, I may be a little frakking bitter...