Snowbound Legacy

He put the mugs near the stoke to heat them a bit so that wouldn't crack when the hot water was pored into them. "Food." He said "I'm running low, theres a trader who travels by snowsailer who can sometimes be found in the town of Blue Glassier I was hoping to intercept him but got stuck in some soft snow."

He placed a bag in each mug and pored in steaming water then handed a mug to Eden. "I'm curious to how you ended up alone closed in a crate in the middle of nowhere."
Eden took the mug and siiiiigh contently after having a sip. Like that stuff in the flask, it did a great job of warming up her insides. She hadn't had a cup of tea in a really long time. She couldn't even remember the last time.

"Hrrm. Bad luck. I don't have a vehicle, but I knew where the crates were. So I made a deal with a gang. Transportation and part of the loot for the ride, you know? Didn't really get along too well and then they jacked everything. Jumped in the crate myself, though. Thought it might be better to die frozen in a dry crate than out in the snow." Eden cast him a big wide grin. Obviously she didn't seem to mind the thought of death at all. Or else she just had one twisted sense of humor.

"These days all you meet are crazy religious townies and gangs of thugs. Never can know who isn't an asshole." she eyed him pointedly, as if to suggest she wasn't sure if he was trustworthy yet either.
"Would be faster out in the snow." Uto commented, "I think I'd get claustrophobic in a crate waiting to die." he took a sip of tea as the wind started to pick up outside, "That was bad luck though most people have regular partners that they know they can trust. How do you find these stashes anyway? everything is pretty much buried by snow out here didn't think there was much hope finding anything from before the end of the war."
"Uh..." she hesitated. Obviously she didn't want to tell him. Time to bullshit.

"I'm just good at finding stuff, is all. Could probably find just about anything." It was true! She had maps out the wazzoo! She just didn't need to mention the nitty gritty details.

Eden sucked up her tea real quick, setting the empty cup down on the ground. The wind outside sounded like a frozen typhoon. She was rather glad she didn't have to spend the night in a crate.

"If everyone usually has partners, how come YOU don't have a partner?" she asked, fairly curious about the answer. So far he seemed nice enough, and most nice guys usually stuck around with other nice guys so they didn't get killed.
"They're dead." he said slowly after pause taking a gulp of tea emptying the mug. "After that I found this place and only dealt with people when i needed." he pulled a blanket closer and spread it out lying down. "We should get some rest to make sure we get to where we're going." it was an ovoids 'subject closed' as it could get.
"Oh. Sorry." Eden understood the 'subject closed' hint. There was a brief sense of empathy for him. At one point in time she had family that was important to her too. Now there was just this god forsaken planet and loads of snow.

"We'll get going in the morning, then. ...Goodnight Uto." Curling back up in the sleeping back, Eden settled herself down for the night. She was curious, for sure. But curiosity led to caring about a person beyond just getting what she wanted. Friends didn't exist these days if you wanted to stay alive. Sighing to herself and at her thoughts, Eden drifted off to sleep!
Uto lay awake for a long time listening to the sounds of the blizzard raging outside. The only good thing about it was it erased tracks like nothing else could on the white wastes. When he finally drifted off he slept lightly, but not for long.

He was up before Eden, another pot of water on the stove, the snow cleared and the truck packed. The only thing missing was Uto.
Eden didn't sleep soundly. She never did. But at least she slept a smidgen better than normal. Having something reasonably warm to curl up in and a full stomach did wonders for a girl's mood. As she rose, she let out a slow yawn. There was nice hot water on the stove, of which she made herself a cup of tea. Soooo nice to wake up to something pleasant!

As she glanced around, she didn't see her host. Did he really leave her alone with all of his stuff? How naive! She could so hop in to his truck and take off with whatever she could carry. For a brief moment, she actually considered doing it. ...Nah. THIS one was being nice enough to her. She wouldn't screw him over unless he asked for it.

Finishing the tea, Eden stepped outside to the annoying bright and blinding snow. Today there wasn't any clouds, which left bright skies and shining sun. If only it was warm enough to heat the planet and melt all the damned snow.

"Heeeey, partner guy? Uto-boo? I'm going to jack your food! ...Where are you?"
He was behind her, on top of the crashed ship with and old radio scanning different frequencies bur hearing her he deftly slid down the frozen metal and landed with a crunch behind her.

"Not a good idea." he said ans snow knocked loose from his slide rained down around them. "If theres one thing you learn out here its not to trust people you don't know." he said dumping the truck's starter in her hands."
Eden looked down at the starter in her hands. Smooooth. Smart guy! If anyone was going to jack his stuff, they woulda had to do it on foot. Luckily, she wasn't stealing anything today.

"I was kidding you know. Don't go pissin' off new allies, I always like to say." Eden dropped the starter back and forth from hand to hand as she tilted her head and regarded him with a curious expression.

"What were you doing up there on the room? Scouting for enemies or something?"
"Radio chatter. I like to know if theres anyone out there before going anywhere. There is by the way.. Signal was weak but it sounded like they were looking for something." He gave her a significant glance. "Though they were using a code, crude but i couldn't get details."

He turned to walk back into the rusted hull. "I might have a few eggs left if you're hungry, theres a nest in the cockpit the belongs to that looks like some type of tern and I can sometimes sneak an egg or two."
Food, precious food. For a moment Eden looked like she was indeed thinking preeeeciiooous somewhere in that head of hers. She snapped out of it quick, though and went trailing behind him.

"It'd be rude to turn town such readily offered food. Man, I can't believe anything can even breed out here. Figured someone's dick would fall off, animal or not." Once back inside, Eden plopped on the ground again with the sleeping bag. Clearly she was expecting him to do all the cooking. It was HIS place after all. Who was she to go snooping? ...this soon.

"Guess you can't decipher that code huh? Probably just more scavengers. I run in to them all the time. Most are friendly enough, but some are real jerks."
He looked at her thoughtfully for a second before moving back towards the pile of crates in the corner and knelt next to them. "Great thing about snow is keeps things fresh." he said pushing his hand into the snow and pulling out a couple of small pure white eggs before taking out a few vacuum-sealed packets of protein blocks and a small saucepan which he put everything in and carried to the stove. "Its not much but it should keep us going." he said and now that he had been in them it was clear that the crates were mostly empty.