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PostSubject: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:43 pm

Colt hadn't been locked in the tiny cell for long before she was fetched by the guards and being dragged down the hall. She fought to get away, but was distracted from the fight when she noticed all of the others that were locked up here were being dragged or escorted all in the same direction.
"What's going on!?" She demanded to know. But no one would answer her. All the other 'criminals' were being funneled into the nearest loading deck. They were stopped in a line where a thick silver cuff was put onto their wrist, small needle like probes locking into their skin as it snap shut. This was strange, they were all under 18 and the rules said they could not be killed for their crimes. If they had been any older, even something as simple as stealing bread would end in your death. Were they being executed? Why all at once?
As Colt was shoved to the back of the line she glanced around. Some of these kids were days away from being 18 and some where only 12. Most looked worried but a select few who were hardened criminals didn't seem fazed one bit.
Colt was small and tried to not let herself get pushed around, there was a vast majority of guys there compares to girls. Everyone wore a plain blue outfit that almost seemed to be made out of scraps. Hers was big on her. Shouting erupted at the front of the line where some men were watching everyone be tagged by the cuffs and pushed onto a tiny shuttle. Narrowing her green eyes a little, she noticed it was a couple members of the council and the chancellor, who was being shouted at by a young man around her age. He had shoulder length black hair neatly pulled back into a tight pony tail and he was dressed much more nicely, but had a silver cuff on his wrist like the rest.
"Father, this has to be some mistake! You know I would never do anything like that!" The young man pleaded, but his father, the chancellor, almost seemed to not hear him.
"Don't do this, we still have time!" He begged again. When he could tell he wasn't going to get though to his father he grit his teeth and looked down at the cuff. There was a tiny red light blinking on it.
One by one they were tagged with the cuff, and it was painful when the probes bit into the skin, and shoved onto a tiny shuttle. Inside the shuttle it was dark and crampt but it had just enough room for everyone to sit in a chair and be strapped down.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:57 pm

Devon had been imprisoned for just under a week when the guards slammed open her door, spilling bright, artificial light into the tiny cell. They cuffed her wrist and ignored her pained grimace at the tiny needles stabbing into her skin, then pushed her out into the hall.

There were others being funneled out the same way. It took only a moment to notice that the others in the halls were kids; not a single soul looked to be eighteen. In front of her, a black-haired young man stumbled out in front of his escort, his shoulders slumped in defeat. His uniform was too big, baggy at the joints and hanging off his shoulders like a tent. He glanced around at his surroundings, but seemed to give up and trudged ahead with the guards.

"Tell me where we're going!" Devon snapped at the guards flanking her. "You know I didn't do anything--you can't just kill me, I'm underage and he started it!"

The guards were impassive. Ironic; Devon had been among their ranks only a few days ago.

She and the black-haired boy were shoved into the dimly-lit shuttle at the end of the docks. Devon stumbled and squinted, while the boy moved off to the side somewhere and sat. After her eyes adjusted to the gloom and she recognized a figure in the back, she gasped, "Colt?"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:12 pm

Colt quickly looked behind her at hearing her name and was slightly relieved to see Devon. But at the same time totally not.
"What are you doing here? Is this why I haven't seen you for a week?"
Outside the shuttle the guards roughly shoved the tall young man into the it and told him to sit down. He did as he was told, sitting next to a girl who couldn't have been a day over 12. He smiled at her softly and told her it was going to be alright, though he knew it wasn't true.
Just before the last few prisoners walked into the shuttled there was shouting and guards tackling someone to the ground. Whoever was tackled was shouting something about murder before he was muffled.
The last one to walk in walked in with a creepy smile across his face. He was the better known of the chancellors sons, his brown hair was just past his shoulders and he was a bit older then anyone else there. But they loaded him in and he sat down on the other side of his brother, smiling as if he knew some thing no one else did.

Colt noticed the door closing and moved to take the last two seats with Devon. Just before the door closed, another young man in a guards suit was thrown roughly onto the ground. "You can just go with them if you care so much!" The man quickly got up and ran to catch the steel door but was too late and punched at it instead.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:22 pm

"They took me in under charge of assault. It wasn't true--it wasn't my fault, but--" Devon's angry explanation was cut off by the shouts outside. They drew her attention to the door, where the brown-haired son was entering. As soon as she recognized him, she whirled to face him.

"You!" she shouted. "You son of a bitch, you're the reason I'm in here! What, did they change their minds about you being the piece of shit you are? Or did you go on someone else and finally get caught?"

The black-haired boy to the side lifted his head to watch the argument. He squinted between the two young men he knew to be familiar. "Why are you guys in here?" he asked. "Aren't the two of you related to the chancellor? Are we going somewhere?"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:32 pm

William just grinned at Devon as he sat down, "I volunteered..."

The younger of the brothers looked around at everyone who was listening intently, because he would obviously have the answer. He took a deep sigh and opened his mouth as if he was going to give an answer but nothing came out and he looked down at his hands. He was too ashamed to say anything.

The other man who had been thrown in at the last minute turned around from the door, "we are going to Earth..." His voice was scruffy, his hair was was shaggy and dark brown, hanging over his gold eyes. His guards uniform made him look a bit bigger then he was, but he wasn't terribly small either. "You should all buckle up."

There was a hush over the crowd for just a moment before everyone was talking back and forth about how and why they were going to Earth.

"Won't we die?" Colt asked as he took a seat. He responded with a short shrug as the shuttle shook and rattled as it started to move away from the ship, "I guess we will find out..."


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:42 pm

Devon looked over at the former guard, then glared at William. "Why would you volunteer for this?" she asked. "There's nothing for us down there! What are you up to?" Before she could get her answer, the rattling of the shuttle nearly threw her from her feet. Bitterly, she took her seat and strapped in, preferring to get to their destination in one piece.

"Earth?" the black-haired boy gasped. "Why are they sending us there? There's no way we can survive down there, is there?"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:02 am

The former gourd didn't answer. He didn't really know why everyone was being sent down there. He figured it was a culling.

"The life support on the ark is running out..." Colt spoke, not wanting to believe it, but it all made sense now. "That's why I am here... I found out and they wanted to keep my mouth shut..."

Once the shuttle was away from the ark everything smoothed back out for a moment and a hologram of the chancellor appeared in the middle, cast out by a camera on the wall.

"You all may be wondering where you are going and why," he said, obviously a prerecorded message. "You are all headed to Earth to see if it is inhabitable. We have had signs that it is. You will find some supplies in the back of the shuttle, another shuttle full of many more supplies is being dropped along with all of you. Please stay strapped in, and please communicate with us once you have landed." And just as fast as the hologram appeared it was gone.

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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:17 am

Devon gaped for a moment at the space the hologram had inhabited, then said, "Are you shitting me?"

"So . . . that's it?" the other boy said. "We're just being sent down there for stupid crimes and probably left to die?"

"Well, they said there's supplies and they have reason to believe we can make it . . . " Devon shook her head with a snort. "Great. I'm blamed for some other dick's actions and now I'm going down to a wasteland. Great."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:37 am

" All we can do is hope we can actually survive down there," Colt sighed loudly, pulling on the straps that held her in to make sure she was secure. This whole thing gave her anxiety.

"I'm sure we will all be fine. These cuffs send back our vital signals to the arc so they can tell if Earth is inhabitable," William explained, still smiling happily.
"Shouldn't take more then a few minutes to enter Earths atmosphere."

From above everyone there was a loud thud and one of the vents fell down from the ceiling, crashing to the ground loudly. Not long after a skinny boy with brown shaggy hair and dirty clothes with geese strains jumped down from the vent where he had barely fit.
"Ronnie!" The black haired son shouted happily, "what are you-"
"Didn't think I was going to let you have all the fun," he interrupted his friend.
The others in the shuttled quickly asked him where he came from and if there was a way out, but he had stowed away long before anyone was loaded up. Colt said hello to him to, they both worked together as mechanics.

William rolled his eyes and grumbled a derogatory remark under his breath.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:47 am

Devon jumped at the vent and the newcomer, then shook her head again. "Well, great," she sighed. She looked around at the motley assortment. "So I assume most of us have been pegged for a crime, right? I hope nobody's a murderer in here. That would be difficult."

The black-haired boy slouched in his seat. "I was just trying to get more food," he said sullenly. "They caught me trying to get some bread and stuff for me and my parents. But they don't ever give us enough. Or didn't."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:16 am

"There are a few murders... And rapists and psychopaths," the guy with the dark hair told Devon as he checked to see if his gun was still at his side. Thankfully it was.
"Everyone here is a throw away from society," he glanced over to William and his brother. "Everyone...."

Colt looked at the blacked haired guy a couple seats down from her. "I'm in here cause I accidentally discovered that everyone was going to die in 4 months when I was only doing my job." She heard what the silver haired guy said but really tried to ignore it. Maybe this would be a new start for everyone. She was delusional in thinking that, she knew.
"I'm Colt," she introduced herself in hopes to get to know the people she was now going to be stuck with. The group around her didn't seem so bad.

"My name is Vincent," Williams brother stated. He seemed to be the polar opposite of his brother, and that was probably why very little people knew he even existed.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:53 am

"I'm Zeke," said the boy, fiddling with the sleeves of his too-large jumpsuit.

"Devon," said Devon drily. "I'm down here because he--" she pointed an accusatory finger at William, scowling, "--attacked me and got his daddy to say it was all my fault. And my parents probably have no idea what happened to me, except they think I'm an awful person now."

The thought was a sobering one, and she slouched back in her seat. Devon didn't have any particular love for the Arc, but it was home and that was the life she knew, and her parents . . . well, now they thought her a violent criminal, most likely. They probably would never get the full story.

"Well, mine do too," Zeke piped up in a tentatively reassuring voice. "A lot of us are probably in the same boat. It's awful, but maybe they'll be told we're still alive. And we might get to go back when we're done."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:04 am

William decided not to comment back at Devon and just smiled at her. He had better things to think about.

"That's one thing I don't have to worry about," Colt shrugged lightly, don't have anyone that will miss me or think I'm a bad person.
"What is your name?" She asked the silver haired guy across from her. He gave her a long stare before answering, "Duke."

"I think we will be entering the atmosphere soo-" Duke was cut off as the shuttle suddenly lurched and turned over on it's side. Ronnie was the only one not buckled up and quickly grabbed on to one of the seats, but his grip wasn't tight enough and he was flung toward the wall like a doll and knocked out. Vincent shouted for him, but couldn't do anything to help him. In a second the few lights went out and alarms started going off. Everyone screamed and shouted in fear as the shuttle was tossed around from the turbulence.  At one point when Ronnie was flung past Duke he reached out and grabbed his arm to try and keep him from banging into every wall or someone else.

The alarms meant something was going wrong and not working like it should, and though there were mechanics on board there just wasn't enough time to try and fix it or even get out of their seat with out getting hurt.

All at once everyone was jerked roughly as the shuttle started to make it's crash landing, taking down a line of trees in the middle of the forest. The impact made things break apart and metal fly everywhere on the inside. As it came to a stop everything got dark and quiet.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:11 am

Devon let loose a stream of expletives, while Zeke cried out in fear beside her. The turbulence threw everyone forward and back in their seats, leaving promises of strap-shaped bruises where the harnesses caught them again and again. The rattling and crashing ceased after a long minute, and a fragile silence followed in its wake.

Devon was one of the first to unbuckle her harness, getting carefully to her feet and rubbing the bruises under her guard's jacket. "Is everyone okay?" she called, squinting in the dark to find her companions. A few groans from elsewhere in the shuttle indicated life; someone was sobbing, but unscathed.

"I-I think so," Zeke said, grasping at his harness. "I think. What happened?"

"I don't know. Higher-ups probably don't like us enough to give us good equipment. Whole 'convicted criminals' thing and all." Devon gingerly stepped into the main body of the cabin, kicking over debris. "Colt? What about you?"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:29 pm

Colt pushed some metal that had fallen on her to the ground and groaned, rubbing her head "I think so..." She had a bit of blood reaching down her cheek from her hair line, but it wasn't flowing to much. Beyond a cut she wasn't any worse off then anyone else.

Vincent was out of his seat just a second after Devon and darted across the cabin to where Ronnies lifeless body lay near Duke.
"Oh god oh god! Ronnie say something!" He begged, shaking him lightly and touching his face to try and get him to wake up.

Duke got out of his seat just to kneel down next to them and feel if Ronnie still had a pulse. "He's a live, but his heart beat is weak," he informed anyone who was listening. Vincent moved around and lifted his friends head and put it in his lap. He started to wipe away some of the blood on his face with his sleeve, careful to not cause him more harm.

"Sounded like one of the stabilizing engines gave out when we got shaken around," Colt sighed, "hopefully the cargo shuttle is in better shape.."

A scream from another girl filled the air  and brought everyone's attention to one of the kids, maybe 15, lifeless in his seat from where a large piece of metal had gone through his chest.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:03 pm

Devon looked toward the source of the scream and winced. Instinct told her to run over to help, but there was clearly nothing to be done.

"Shouldn't we do something?" Zeke asked worriedly, looking between his group and the people gathering around the new body.

"I don't think there is anything." Devon bit her lip, then gave a sharp shake of her head. "No. There isn't. We need to focus on getting out of here. Maybe we can help Ronnie if we find the supplies and get him set up somewhere safe. Same for anyone else who's hurt. If anyone else is . . . gone . . . we can take care of them later, or send someone else."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:39 pm

Duke stood up from next to Vincent and Ronnie and headed toward the main doors, where William was already standing and a crowd was growing. Everyone wanted out, to see where they were, to know if they were going to be okay.

"Don't! What if the air is toxic?" Colt asked as Duke grabbed the handle of the door. His answer was simple and had a bit of a tone that made Colt feel a little uneasy, "we are dead either way."
With a swift and hard yank the door opened, letting bright sunlight shine into the shuttle and blind everyone momentarily. Duke winced and held his hand up to block the sunlight, taking a step out and onto soft, brown footing. The world around them was huge compared to anything they had ever seen. Tree's towered far over head and brushes and small plants covered the soft forest floor. It was a tropical type forest, the air was humid and warm.

When nobody instantly felt sick or anything bad like radiation might do to them they began to celebrate. Not only were they out of their cells and free, they were on earth, they were the first people to step foot on earth in over 90 years. The kids yelled in excitement and danced around, quickly fanning out to explore their new home. They hadn't even noticed the other cargo shuttle was no where to be seen.

As much as Vincent wanted to see it, he remained with his friend who wouldn't have been hurt if he hadn't followed him onto the shuttle. Colt hung back for a moment as well, a bit uncertain.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:15 pm

"No, you idiots, don't scatter," Devon sighed, but it was too late. It hardly mattered; 100 people comprised primarily of criminals weren't just going to listen or keep together. Instead, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath. The air was crisp and clean; somehow, it tasted fresh, unlike the recycled air on the space station. The sunshine was warm and the trees above dappled their shuttle with shadows.

Zeke unbuckled his harness and took a few tentative steps out into the sunshine. After a few deep, lung-clearing breaths, he was down and out of the shuttle, hanging close but eager to see their new home. "This is amazing," he said aloud, not caring who heard.

Devon looked back at Vincent, still cradling the form of his unconscious friend. "Um, maybe we could move him outside?" she suggested. "The air might help, and if he hit his head, I don't think there's anything else we can do." She bit her lip. "Sorry, I don't know anything about first aid except what they taught me as a guard, and that was mostly bullet wounds and stuff."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:12 pm

Vincent looked up at the girl who was talking to him and then back down at his friend. He was afraid he might have broken bones and moving him might make him worse. A glance over his body made it seem like nothing was out of place. He nodded quietly, biting back his fears.

"Here I will help," Colt said as she moved over to help lift Ronnie out of the shuttle. Together they lifted his lifeless body, one arm over each shoulder, and stepped outside. The crisp air almost hurt her lungs but was also the most refreshing feeling she had ever felt. They sat Ronnie down carefully against a moss covered stump.

Vincent was instantly awe struck and looked around the forest that all the other kids ran off into. His violet eyes shined with excitement, "it's beautiful! Everything I have ever seen in books and so much more!" He reached out and touched a big white flower, feeling the soft texture between his fingers.

"What are you doing?" Colt called up a large tree with a lot of branches.
Duke was about half way up, skillfully making it way up to the tippy top of the tree that was well over a hundred feet all.
"Getting a better view!" He called back down, not stopping for a second.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:16 pm

Determining there was nothing more to be done for the unconscious boy, Devon moved away and turned her attention to their surroundings. The greenery really was lovely, and the plant life was springy under her hand-me-down boots. She watched as Drake scaled the tree, hoping vaguely that he wouldn't fall and add to their number of injured.

"This is so much better than the Arc," Zeke said, grinning as he turned to face the others. "I mean, maybe it'll be hard, but we can live here after all! And we don't have to live under their stupid rules down here!"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:06 pm

"That is the best part!" William chimed, walking up next to the group. "No rules, no walls, no counsel." He grabbed a shard of metal that had broken of the ship during the land and pushed it into the tiny space between his wrist and the cuff sending feedback to the Arc. After a bit the cuff popped off and went dead as if fell to the ground.

"Don't take that off then the Arc wont know it's safe to live here," Vincent reminded his brother. But it was already off.
"Why let them know we can live down here, why let them follow us and when they get here all they will do is make the rules again and tell us what to do?" He asked with a smile playing on his lips.

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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:12 pm

"Fuck off, William," Devon said dryly, her eyes back on Drake.

Zeke fidgeted with his own cuff. It was tempting--the stupid rules on the Arc were what got him in trouble in the first place, after all. But then he shook his head. "But we're not just down here for us," he said. "If they find out it's safe to live down here, then everyone else on the Arc can come back. If what Colt said is true about the life support . . . "

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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:15 am

"It is true..." Colt reminded them, "they wouldn't have put me in jail if it weren't." She watched Duke who had reached the top of the tree moments ago. He looked all around the near by area before heading back down.

"That would be their loss, not ours," William turned around to walk away with another one of the kids. He was big and tough looking, was probably in prison for murder or something really bad.

"The supply ship is a few miles from here, across a river," Duke said before dropping from the last branch and hitting the ground. He pulled his thick guards jacket off and tossed it to the side. His black t-shirt was tight against his skin and his gun was no longer in hiding. "We need to go get it so we can set up camp."


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:21 am

"Is that a good idea?" Zeke asked. "We don't have any idea what's down here. There could be animals, or something worse that we haven't seen yet, or--"

"Well, either we risk it, or we die in the elements because all of our stuff is gone." Devon watched William walk away with one of the other convicts. That partnership couldn't possibly end well. "I'll go with you. Did you see anywhere nearby that looked like a good camp set-up? Hopefully not far; we'll need to round everyone up again."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:09 pm

"Not really. We are in the nearest clearing as far as I could see,"  Duke crossed his arms over his chest, "so who's all going?"

"I'll go too, would rather go then just hang out here." Colt volunteered quickly, glancing back at the rest of the group who was listening to William speak about the cuffs. The sooner they could go get the supplies and set up.

"I'll go with you, I want to find something to help Ronnie," Vincent nodded, stepping closer to the group. He wanted to stay behind and make sure he was alright, but he would be of more help if he went along to find the supplies they all needed.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:56 pm

"Me too," Zeke added. "I want to see more of what's down here." And he wanted to move away from the others that were starting to look like trouble. Not everyone was dangerous, but he didn't like the sound of William's ideas, nor the way he was starting to gather attention. These people seemed more trustworthy than the others, and with at least two former guards present, maybe he wouldn't get eaten by a monster.

"Are you sure you want to come?" Devon asked Vincent, trying not to sound too doubtful. The young man was skinny, worrisome, and formerly lived in the closest life to luxury the Arc could afford. "Figured with your friend down for the count, you'd wanna stay behind."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:44 pm

Vincent looked back at his friend against the stump, feeling a bit guilty. "I think I would do more good coming along to help carrier what supplies I can back here for him..."

Colt couldn't help but feel the same way, this kid would probably just slow them down more then anything. "I think you should be here in case Ronnie wakes up to keep him from moving around and hurting himself more," she suggested, knowing Ronnie well enough that he wouldn't sit still if Vincent wasn't here. She felt bad for asking him to stay, and felt even worse by the expression on his face. Vincent had always felt useless, he was no use to his father or family, he was never trained in such a way to help the Arc or anyone on it. But he wanted to make a difference here on Earth.
"You are probably right," he looked back at Ronnie and reluctantly returned to him.

Duke watched them for a moment before turning to head out in the direction that he saw the other shuttle. He was pretty disconnected from the group of convicts. He didn't have any friends there and he barely knew any of them. The one he could relate to most was Devon just because she was part of the guard. But he was glad to be on Earth and away from the eyes of the judgmental higher ups, always living under their thumb. He couldn't help but agree a little with William about them all taking their cuffs off. If he had gotten one, he would have taken his off by now.

"We will be back as soon as possible," Colt smiled to Vincent before following after Duke.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:16 am

Seeing the look on Vincent's face, Devon said, "We'll be okay. Besides, once we actually find the stupid thing, it'll be easier to get everyone to carry stuff back. And I bet your friend will want you around. Given he decided to stow away, he'd probably hurt himself again just trying to figure out where you were." With a forced half-smile, Devon turned to follow after Drake and the others.

Zeke only half-listened, the last one to trail after the expedition group. The forest was full of things that overwhelmed the senses; every second with his feet down on the cool earth seemed to reveal new sounds and scents and sights. Their situation was terrifying, but he didn't think he would ever tire of this new place after nearly 18 years aboard the chrome and plastic of the Arc.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:11 pm

The four of them headed out into the forest, cutting and weaving through the shrubs and trees to try and find the easiest path. The whole thing was very beautiful and over whelming in some ways. Duke seemed particularly unfazed by the whole thing.
"I wonder what society will be like once it's rebuilt here on the ground..." Colt wondered as they walked.
"Probably just as bad.." Duke answered shortly at the front of the group.
"You know what Duke? You are a real party pooper!"
Duke stopped and turned around to face Colt, "be real! I don't want everyone to die up there, but let's face it. I'm not going to have my job when the higher ups get down here, and do you think they are just going to pardon all of you? I wouldn't be shocked if they locked everyone up again." He wasn't angry, though his words were harsh. He almost had a hint of fear in his expression, no matter how rock solid he tried to remain. Colt couldn't respond after that.


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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:12 pm

Devon frowned. "That's not really our priority right now, is it?" she said, hands on her hips. "We're trekking through a place humanity hasn't seen in god knows how long, and you're worried about getting your job back? That doesn't really seem all that important when we're going to die of exposure if we don't keep going."

Zeke cast an awkward glance toward Colt. He had no idea what to say in this situation.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:31 pm

(((OOOHKAAYYYY Cause I suck...... Let's say this whole time instead of Drake it's been Duke. I'll end up going back and changing the description and name. But he's a bit smaller then Drake is, a bit shorter. But he is a guard, and is skilled, and moody lol. With dark brown shaggy hair. COOL?)))

Duke rolled his eyes shortly and turned around to continue walking toward the direction he had seen the other shuttle. These kids couldn't see what was directly in front of their faces, and it wasn't his responsibility to show them the truth.

Colt had exchanged the awkward glance with Zeke, she didn't know what to say back to someone snapping at her for no reason. She chocked it up to being tired and drained emotionally from the who experience of the say. Needless to say she decided to hang back with Zeke who seemed to be much nicer. She was also thankful to have her one and only friend on the planet with her.

The group walked to several miles for a good portion of the day until they were stopped by a large river. There were parts further down on the river that flowed too quickly for them to cross but this part was calm enough. But growing up on a space ship left them all not knowing how to swim. Duke walked down the shore for a bit, trying to see if they could find a better way across.

Colt meanwhile was instantly excited by the idea of water. She went down to the edge of a rock on the water and reached in to touch it. It was cool and clear, and the part right in front of her would maybe go up to their waste. She smiled before quickly pulling off her jumpsuit from the prison revealing her tank top and tight shorts underneath. And before anyone could tell her otherwise she jumped into the water, shrieking in delight as the cold water shocked her skin.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:25 pm

Devon was looking for a way to cross when she heard a sudden splash. Alarmed, she whipped her head around to look, only to see Colt playing around in the river.

"Colt!" she called, but her heart wasn't in her
to reprimand her. The water did look kind of tempting.

Zeke couldn't help a laugh in spite of himself and his worries. "Is that a good idea?" he asked, moving closer to the bank so he could look down at Colt.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:00 pm

Colt bent her legs to crouch down into the water until it was up to her chin.
"Why not?" She asked, smiling widely, "it's incredibly refreshing!"

Duke sighed deeply, "you don't know if that will make you sick.."
"We have to end up drinking it, so we need to find out one way or another," Colt shrugged and dunked herself under the water for a second. She then splashed as much water as she could up toward Devon and Zeke.
She hoped one or both of them would jump in with her.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:13 am

Zeke yelped and backpedaled away from the shore, laughing despite his protest. "Come on, that's cold!" he shouted. Even so, after a moment, he was stripping out of his jumpsuit and into his boxers. He tossed the jumpsuit aside and moved back toward the water, inching in rather than plunging as Colt had done.

"I thought we were looking for food and stuff," Devon pointed out. She slid her hands in her pockets, smiling. After the stressful hell that had been the last several hours, she could hardly blame them for playing around.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:21 am

Colt leaned back a little and attempted to swim backwards. She wasn't sure how to swim but she was slowly figuring it out. She floated into an area that was a little deeper, about up to her shoulders.

Duke moved away from the water, going over a rock to look at down the wide river to find a way cross. If Colt swam out any deeper she wouldn't be able to swim and would probably get swept away by the slow current.

Once Zeke was in the water she splashed at him again, laughing.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:32 am

Although Devon really wanted to get on with their mission, before it got dark (did it still get that dark on Earth? what time was it, anyway), she couldn't help kneeling down and dipping her hands into the water. It was cool and refreshing in a way that water on the station never quite was, and she cupped her hands and brought some to her lips. It tasted clean, which was a good sign.

Zeke only waded halfway into the water, nervous about the depth. When Colt splashed him again, he yelped, but immediately swept his arm across the surface to send a wave her way.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:19 pm

Colt screamed and laughed, turning a little and closing her eyes from the water. She was drifting further and further away from the shore, but she was managing to keep her head above water and didn't really notice. It was just so nice to act like a kid again. There was no one over 18 to yell at them.

Duke scanned the shore line on the other side of the river but something in the river caught his eye. He looked to the left (the group being on his right) and narrowed his eyes a bit. He saw a large shadow move under the waters surface, quickly approaching the ones in the water.
"Get out of the water!" He shouted, looking back at them with a panicked expression.
"Get out! There is something in the water!!"

Colt froze for a second, taking in what Duke was saying before she started to head back to the shore as quickly as possible.

Duke jumped off the large rock her was on and ran over to the edge where Zeke was heading toward, offering his hand out to help him out.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:45 am

Devon's head jerked up as she heard Duke yell. The peaceful feeling was gone immediately. She burst into action, wading knee-deep into the water towards Colt and stretching out her hand. "Hurry up!" she urged, stretching as far as she could reach, knees bent in preparation to yank Colt to the shore.

Zeke reached out with one hand, then the other, grasping Duke's wrist to pull himself to safety. He turned back to look at the shadow in the water, eyes wide in terror.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:31 pm

Duke was quick to yank Zeke out of the water and step back from the shore. The shadow was long and thicker at the front, seemingly too big for the river.

Colt's fingertips were inches from Devon's when the shadow reached her. She yelped in pain before being jerked backwards and then down under the water. She thrashed, trying desperetly to get away.

"Shit!" Duke yelled, glancing around for a way to help. He pick up a large rock and started throwing it at the shadow behind Colt. The second rock hit and she popped back up from under the water, gasping and coughing.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:11 pm

Devon swore loudly as Colt was dragged away from her. For a second, she wrestled with her fear before diving in after Colt, having no idea how she would deal with the monstrous shadow but ready to try. When Colt bobbed back up to the surface, Devon reached for her quickly, grasping her by the arm and pulling back toward the shore.

Zeke stood at the edge, hands outstretched to help but his eyes riveted on the shadow in the water.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:23 pm

Duke kept throwing rocks at the shadow, yelling at the two girls to hurry up. But the monster was barely slowed and headed back for it's dinner. In the more shallow water the monster was able to be seen better. It was covered with black scales and a spiked fin down it's spine. It was long like a snake but also had very tiny legs at it's side. It opened it's mouth to grab at them again, it's teeth long and sharp. Just before it could a long, thick spear flew from the tops of the tree on the other side of the river, splashed the water, and nailed the monster directly through the head, pinning it to the murky river bed.

Duke quickly scanned the tree line, looking for the source of the spear and Zeke helped the girls onto the shore. He thought he saw a figure move back into the shadows but couldn't be sure. For a place that was supposed to have no life it was sure active...

colt tried to catch her breath once on shore, leaning down to look at her ankle where she had been grabbed. Blood mixed with the water and dripped onto the ground. Her skin was torn open but it didn't seem to break any bones. Her eyes filled with tears, though she tried to blink them back, as the rush of adrenaline faded and fear and pain his her.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:52 am

Devon coughed up a mouthful of water she'd inadvertently swallowed in her panic, spat again, and turned to look back at the water. "What the fuck was that thing?" she breathed, combing her sopping hair back from her face.

"I don't know, but we've been here for like ten minutes and already this place has tried to kill us." Zeke knelt beside Colt and took the tank top he wore under his uniform to wrap around her leg. "Are you okay? Is it really bad?"
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:31 pm

"It hurts," Colt whined, trying her best not to cry.
"We still aren't safe here... Something through that spear.." Duke said firmly, watching the tree line for any sign of another attack.
"Can you walk?"
Colt inhaled deeply before attempting to stand up, but it hurt far too much to put weight on and she plopped back onto her butt and shook her head.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:36 am

"Here, it's fine--" Zeke pulled Colt's arm over his shoulders and wrapped his around her waist to support her weight. "Come on. I'll carry you."

"Maybe you guys should go back to the others," Devon suggested, wringing the water out of her uniform top as she scanned the treeline. "We can't just abandon the cargo, though. Duke and I can keep going. Maybe find out who or what was out there."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:20 pm

"I would rather you two don't go off on your own..." Colt argued a bit, hanging onto Zeke and keeping her foot off the ground. As much as she worried for their safety if they went off alone, she also knew she had to get back to the drop ship and mend her ankle. It was starting to burn now and slowly travel up her leg. But she had never been hurt like this before so she had no way of knowing if it was normal or not.

"We have to go, it can't be too much further off," Duke explained firmly to the injured girl. "We will just have to hurry and be careful. Plus... That supply ship was supposed to have first aids and weapons on it, so either way we have to find it."
He glanced once at Devon before turning to leave, walking down the rover bank where he thought he had seen a way across.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:48 pm

"It's not much farther, and I hate to say it, but we would move faster and you won't be much use if we do get stuck. Besides, you might make that worse if you come after us." Devon gave up on her sopping clothes, hoping they would dry soon on their own. "We'll be okay."

"Come on," Zeke urged, trying to guide Colt back the way we came. "Maybe someone else knows more first aid and can help you."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:31 pm

Colt sighed and nodded to Zeke, "okay lets go.." She was reluctant to leave her friends alone but she knew they were right. It was going to take them a while to get back to the drop ship anyway.

Duke paused and waited for Devon to catch up before the started across a long as carefully as he could.

Colt hobbled back slowly, putting a bit of her weight on Zeke when she had to step with her bad leg. She winced in pain, trying her best to not tear up.
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:29 pm

"Could there still be humans here?" Devon wondered aloud as she hopped up on the log. She paused and wobbled as she found her balance, then followed Duke across. "Nothing here is as dead as they said it would be."

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Zeke adjusted his hold on Colt, trying to take as much weight as he could. "This is scary," he said as they made their way back to the drop site. "I thought there wouldn't be anything here at all. And then there's just some monster in the water . . . I wonder what else is out there."
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PostSubject: Re: Radioactive    Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:41 pm

"Seems to be something with some inelegance.." Duke kind of muttered as he picked his way up the bank of the other side of the river. "Something through that spear... But at any rate it stopped that monster." He paused again for a moment to figure out which way they needed to go and started off again. They should be close to the cargo drop ship by now. He could smell smoke.

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Colt nodded, "guess we need to be more careful." She tried her best to not think about the burning sensation traveling up her leg. It was to her knee now and was even more painful. The joint felt like it was on fire and her limp was getting worse.
"Sorry you are stuck with me.."
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