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The Badlands / The Casino napalm skies [wedding reception]
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:16:03 AM »
With the ceremony completed, now all that was left before their little honeymoon was the reception. Austin hadn't really been involved with preparing the casino for the reception or... really anything; what Cat didn't handle personally (so, most of it) they delegated to other Badlanders and... Looking at it all, they'd done a fantastic job. White table cloths were spread over every surface, and bouquets of flowers were everywhere. The casino even seemed... lighter somehow, like someone had opened a window.

A number of people were crowded around by the bar, but Austin and Molly were at a table with a few others, talking to anyone that came to wish them well and watching the scene unfold. Cat was circulating the room, talking to people and as always keeping an eye on everything.

"Today was good." Austin murmured into Molly's ear, earning a tired nod.

The Badlands / The Casino I PROMISE [open, announcement]
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:19:12 PM »
Austin and Molly were already married. That was probably more or less common knowledge, right? Nearly two decades apart hadn't been able to shake their loyalty to each other, and their faithfulness was rewarded with their reunion. After so long, their family was whole once more, and even bigger than before with the addition of Paige and Gavril and Mo. Somehow, though, he was pretty sure that he was on the best terms with the baby (aside from Molly, of course).

But this wasn't about anyone but Austin and his wife. Well, he'd had talked to Cat about it and gotten their blessing, but it still wasn't about them. Then talked about it with Molly in private, and now it was time to make the big announcement. The two of them stood in the casino together, Molly looking as excited and happy as the day they'd announced their initial engagement. He probably was too, in all honesty.

He squeezed her hand and looked around. "We've got an announcement to make." He said, barely able to keep his excitement contained. "We're renewing our vows!" Molly blurted, hardly giving people in the casino the chance to turn their head.

//this is real bad but it's here

The Badlands / The Border [ eternity | joining ]
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:14:32 PM »
He was still in disbelief. Literally. He struggled to believe that his wife and son - or child? Silas had used neutral pronouns - were here. That right after just about giving up, he'd find them. Go figure, right? Austin really had believed, at first, that this was some sort of joke that Bluestem's leader was playing on him... but then he'd given details. Details that could be made up, but seemed far too real.

And what, was he supposed to ignore the first lead he'd gotten in years? No, of course not. Not when Silas gave him not only a location, but offered to take him there. He couldn't pass it up. It had been a hell of a journey getting there, but if his family really was there, it would at long last be coming to an end.

They had passed over what Silas thought was the border a few minutes ago, and were looking for a patrol. Voices. Two people walking along, a man and a woman. The latter was, despite the many years that had passed, immediately familiar to him. "Molly? Molly!" She turned her head to face him and yes, it really was her. Finally, after all these years, he'd found her. He didn't hesitate, he broke out into a run towards her.

@truce. @foxwell

Private Threads / [ photograph | silas ]
« on: May 18, 2019, 04:14:52 PM »
He'd been thinking about doing this for a while. Stopping his search, settling down. It seemed like he'd found as good a place as any for it. But now that it was happening, that he was finally letting his weary bones rest... it didn't feel right. They probably thought he was dead, so there was no point in looking, and he couldn't just... lose them. Then, what was the point of the last eighteen years? All the pain that he'd endured because he'd believed he'd be able to be with his wife and child again?

A break. He could at least take a break, right? Let himself recover from nonstop activity. He could sit. Just sit and do nothing. Amazing. So that's what Austin was doing, enjoying the warm spring air, looking at the old photograph in his hand. It was incredibly worn, with tiny rips in the edges and white cracks running through out. It was worn to softness, but you could still make out the tired but beaming face of a dark haired woman, holding a baby in her arms while laying in a hospital bed. It was the sole possession he'd been able to hang onto this whole time, but it was the only one that mattered.

@truce. @SILAS.

Bluestem Prairie / [ stories | temp joining ]
« on: May 18, 2019, 03:36:43 PM »
//okay so I'm not actually joining with this rat it's just a quick lil plot point for him

His life was one of hardship. It had started out good, he'd found the girl of his dreams in high school and married her after they graduated. The managed to buy a house, and a few years later they had a son. But that's when the trouble started. Because that's when the blackout began. They did their best to keep things together, but his family wanted to move and he didn't want to leave. It hadn't been a happy good bye.

But that was okay. Things were rough, but they had everything they needed and they could survive until the power came back on. Years and years passed, and the problems were only getting worse. Then Austin got sick, really sick. He knew he was going to die if he didn't get treatment, but there was no guarantee he would make it that far, or survive even if he did. He didn't want Molly to have to watch him suffer, not when Scott needed her so much more. So he left.

And by some miracle, he made it to a place that still had electricity, and by another miracle he survived. But he couldn't just leave, he had a debt to them now, one that he had to repay. So, a year went by, and he was finally free to leave. Things were looking up, but then they took a much darker turn. He was kidnapped, taken to a prison labor camp, forced to work there for years. It hadn't been good, but eventually he got away and at long, long last, he made it home.

But his family wasn't there. There was no trace of them, in fact most of his old neighbors were gone. So he took up the search, looking all over for his wife and son, but to no avail. How was he supposed to find them in such a big, empty world like this? Over the years he'd slowly started giving up. He'd never stop looking, but it felt so pointless, so hopeless. How did he know they were even still alive? This could all just be a wild goose chase.

The man was tired. He wanted rest, he wanted to let himself be at peace for the first time in eighteen years. If that was even possible. This seemed like as good a place as any.

//so he's just wandering around through the territory looking vaguely lost and appreciative of the area

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