OOC Thread (Move your mouse to reveal the content) OOC Thread (open) OOC Thread (close) Visit the OOC thread for characters, plotting and more! https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threads/the-desolate-ooc.39893/#post-1024147 The air was stale. It was always that way the closer you got to the city. Stale, stagnant… and dead. The gusts of wind proved futile in their efforts, and only managed to circulate the same rotten stench ‘round and ‘round between the skeletal remains of buildings. Even the cool late winter temperatures did nothing to help. Vye tugged the excess fabric of her hood over her face, shielding her nose and mouth, and secured it in place by tying the drawstrings at the nape of her neck. She always made a point to keep her excursions short, but today especially, Vye wouldn’t spend a moment longer in this deathtrap than she absolutely had to. The corpses had been particularly restless since the prior evening’s frost. They lumbered along the roads, moving in small clusters, their bulbous and bloated heads causing their torsos to sway gently from side to side without any notion of rhyme or reason. As if their muscles were reacting subconsciously to the frigid temperatures. Like a desperate biological drive to keep warm. Or maybe they were migrating; searching for new towns and populations to infect. Or maybe she was just imagining it. The spindly digits of her fingers gripped her pistol securely, poising it at the ready. A mere fifteen yards or so separated her from her intended destination: The hardware and appliance supercenter. A mechanical goldmine, all at her disposal, with space heaters and portable generators to keep her snug as a bug during the frosty nights. And who knows, maybe she would find a few manuals and spare parts so that she could get that neat ol’ retro convertible that’s planted at her camp to run. I mean, what the fuck else was she going to do all winter? The animated remains of a Mister So-and-So shambled and limped its way down the sidewalk, and once it had wandered a comfortable distance away, Vye crept out from behind the cinderblock wall and darted across the debris-littered intersection.