Lost Harbor
Evening has come to this strange place we find ourselves stranded in and, in order to survive, we are all contributing our strengths to those of the person we are stuck with, bolstered by the survival training we all had at the Academy. The night promises to be a chilly one, but hopefully, your preparations will make it bearable.
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After 13-Nov-2019 00:00:00
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:13:31
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 21:13:56
:: sits down by the fire with Grey, using river clay and a piece of slate to construct a bowl shape which she carefully bakes over the fire, careful not to let it crack while getting it dry enough to stay stable. She smiles at Grey, making small talk as she's covered her hands in clay. :: TAC2: I can tell your first stint in the woods wasn't in the Academy. :: she chuckles ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:14:59
:: she sits on the leaf covered ground next to the river. she holds up a stick that she has carved into a point using the sharp rock. :: CMO: I think we have a fishing utensil now.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:15:12
:: sits on the ground, panting, wiping sweat off her brow after hours of dragging boughs over to the fallen tree trunk near the stream and carefully arranging them to create a makeshift shelter ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:15:23
::finds a dry spot and sets out some of the tinder she's been collecting, then attempts to do the sparky rock thing to light a fire::
SCI: Go for it!
::spark... spark... spark.. ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 21:16:25
:: chuckles slightly, watching the fire carefully. :: MED: Nope, it wasn't. I lived in Washington state, camping and hiking is part of the deal living where I did. :: nudges the coals a bit with a large stick, sighing as she looks up towards the sky. :: MED: For water?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:16:59
ACTION> After some effort, Tailor's spark catches the tinder!
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:17:26
Self: Oooh, I did it! ::leans forward to blow the flame to life::
::adds more moss and grabs some smaller sticks to make the fire bigger::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:17:59
:: kneels fairly close to Wright, next to the fallen trunk, and begins to concentrate on making fire. He finds some twigs and kindling around, pulls them into a pile, and begins striking the flint over them ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:19:15
:: she stands up and pulls off her pants. luckily she sleeps with roomy boxers on under her sweatpants. she steps into the shallow point of the water, watching very closely for the movement of fish ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:20:08
::is busy concentrating on not letting the fire go out, at the same time warming her cold hands:: SCI: Fire's going, finally! We'll have a way to cook whatever you catch.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 21:20:27
:: nods, taking her bowl to retrieve some water and carefully using rocks to balance it over the fire once more. :: TAC2: Yeah. Just.. best not to take chances. :: she reclines a bit, taking the time to rest :: TAC2: Well, this is no A'shkorai jungle, but a wood's a wood. :: she muses. ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:20:53
:: weary and hungry, looks over at the pile of wood Wolfe gathered while she was building the shelter :: CTO: Impressive.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:22:18
:: keeps striking flint on stone :: CSO: Only once we have fire. Soon.
:: looks up at the sky as night time is falling, looking to see what the color is ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:23:49
:: gets up and dusts herself off :: CTO: I'm going to look for the largest leaves I can find. I won't go far... I'll stay in earshot.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:24:21
ACTION> Wolfe's work finally bears fruit... er, fire, as the tinder catches from a spark.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:25:09
:: looks near the camp for the largest leaves she can find, preferably at least the size of her hand ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:25:36
:: nods :: CSO: Good idea, Commander. You can probably handle yourself, but it's better to stay close all the same. :: looks down at where the spark has created smoke. He leans down and begins to blow gently now, encouraging the fire to take hold ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:25:50
::continues concentrating on feeding the fire, somehow managing to always be in the smoke's path even if she moves...::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:26:26
ACTION> Several small fish pass by Jude, but nothing promising yet.
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 21:28:37
:: chuckles, relaxing against the ground as she watches the fire and bowl over the fire :: MED: True that. Don't risk chances until you're close to medical care. :: grins mischieviously towards Acacia :: MED: According to my dad.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:29:26
:: is delighted to find some shrubby plants with thick, broad leaves and cuts a dozen of them free with her sharp rock ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:30:29
:: slowly wades into deeper water, feeling the currents against her legs, attempting to find an area of stiller water, knowing that some fish tend to concentrate there ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 21:30:41
:: sighs, looking up at the stars as they come into view. She scoots a bit closer to Grey, pressing into her side. :: TAC2: We'll need to cuddle up. I'm woefully under-dressed for this adventure. :: she smiles slightly :: TAC2: My dad always told me to stay away from germs. Guess I'm a bad listener.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:31:31
::finally warming up; grabs a few sticks to sharpen to cook fish on, like hotdogs. Assuming Jude catches something::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:31:52
ACTION> After some time passes for Jude, still in the deeper water, a larger fish meanders by her ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:32:18
:: continues blowing on the embers, goading them to fire ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:33:23
:: gathers up a few fist-sized igneous rocks on her way back to camp with the last of the waning light ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:33:31
ACTION> Wolfe's wind causes the fire to catch!
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:35:23
:: and with the catching of the fire, he now feeds it sticks, small at first, and then larger and larger until he's comfortable putting a nice, dry log on it :: CSO: :: matter-of-factly :: And we have fire.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:36:58
:: raises her stick, watching the larger fish, and then throws it in its direction ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 21:36:59
::allows Acacia closer, keeping her watch on the sky above. :: MED: Well, you're in luck then. I run warm... but I should warn you, I am very boney. I don't make for a good cuddle buddy. Oh? Is that why you went into medical?
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:37:20
:: is beyond relieved to see Wolfe crouching over a vibrant fire as she comes back into camp :: CTO: Nice work, Colonel. :: places her fist-size rocks at the edge of the fire to heat up :: CTO: And soon, we'll have clean water, as well.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:38:01
ACTION> Jude's stick splashes noisily into the water and finds good depth, but when it floats to the top, there is no fish.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:38:17
CSO: That will be none too soon, Commander. None too soon at all.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:38:56
Self: Shit. :: picks stick up, continuing to wait for fish ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:39:18
:: licks her dry lips :: CTO: My father taught me to boil water in leaves. Can be done over fire, bit safer to do it over hot rocks. :: shows him the leaves she found ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:39:21
::once she's sharpened sticks, begins looking for a medium sized rock with a hole in the middle of it that looks like it could be used to boil water::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 21:39:30
:: leans on Grey, not seeming to mind. After a while she retrieves the water that had come to a boil, and sets it down to let it cool. :: TAC2: It certainly wasn't defiance. More... inspiration. I'd be... a very different person, without modern medicine. I wanted to do the same for others, save lives. It seemed.. only natural.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:40:09
ACTION> After a while for Jude, another fish passes by, this one larger than the last. It doesn't seem to notice any danger.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:41:05
:: doesn’t move her lower body, and raises her arm, then throws the stick at the larger fish ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:41:17
ACTION> Despite an exhaustive search of the immediate area, Tailor is unable to locate such a rock.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:42:35
:: takes one of the leaves from Wright. While it's not exactly large, it's definitely enough to get a few good gulps of water. With enough of these leaves, thirst will be quenched for both of them. :: CSO: You've got a survival skill I don't have. I look forward to learning from your demonstration. :: continues to build up the fire until it's roaring. ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:42:56
::frowns, disappointed.:: Self: Leaves? Bark? ::looks around for each of those, which would be suitable for somehow boiling water:: Self: What I wouldn't give for a replicator about now...
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:43:21
ACTION> The stick mostly floats, but thrashes momentarily with a fish speared on its point!
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:45:25
WOO! :: picks up the stick, and looks at the fish. looks healthy enough. she walks back to tailor and pulls the fish off the stick :: CMO: Got one entree. I’m going to try and get another.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:45:40
:: uses a long stick to nudge her rocks away from the fire, now quite hot, and slightly folds the leaf along the center vein to make a sort of pouch, using that to scoop water from the stream, demonstrating for Wolfe, before carrying it over and nestling it carefully on some of the blazing hot rocks, swearing under her breath as she nearly spills to avoid burning her fingers ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:46:53
CSO: Take your time, Commander. Now that we have the solution, it's okay if some water spills.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:49:11
SCI: Very nice! ::spears the fish onto a cooking stick and sets it over the fire::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:49:13
:: seeing what Wright is doing and with the fire roaring, places more rocks in more places to create more troughs for more leaves. ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:50:31
:: gingerly holds the ends of the leaf closed, taking care to not burn herself ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:51:15
:: walks into the water, going to the same spot, and stands still, watching for more fish ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:51:31
ACTION> After a few minutes, the water in Wright's leaf starts to show signs of heating up, with tiny bubbles starting to form.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:52:38
CSO: Could we bind more leaves into a larger, more efficient container?
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 21:52:55
:: chuckles faintly, humming in low acknowledgement. She wasn't hungry, relaxing under Acacia's comforting weight. :: MED: Ah, I understand. My decision... was kind of defiance. Both me and my husband's. :: grins, though not visible at the moment ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:53:56
CTO: It's working! :: keeps holding the leaf, waiting for it to boil :: CTO: And I certainly don't know how we could do that in a way that is watertight.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 21:55:01
CSO: Nicely done, Commander. And I'm drawing a blank as well. It was an idea.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 21:55:09
:: nods. She takes a few sips of the water and hands the bowl to Grey, resting her head on the marine's shoulder. She smiles, happy to not be alone if she has to spend a night in some unknown woods. :: TAC2: I suppose that makes sense. Defiance is a fine motivation to become a marine. A doctor, though, I think you'd burn out a year into school. You can't tell me Ethan's main motivation is defiance, though. That boy's such a marshmallow.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 21:57:42
Self: Aha! ::pulls a few large leaves off of a plant and starts trying to make a container that will hold water::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:58:00
ACTION> Jude waits for some time before another fish passes by, this one about half the size as the last.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 21:58:35
CTO: I understand. I'm thirsty, too.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 21:59:29
:: throws the stick at the smaller fish, with the idea of using it as bait for a larger fish ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 21:59:33
ACTION> After an excruciating wait, the water in Wright's leaf starts to boil.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 21:59:57
ACTION> Jude misses.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:00:13
::huffs in frustration as the first few designs cause water to leak out of the bottom:: Self: I need a way to seal it.. ::looks around for some kind of tree sap that might work::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:00:18
:: laughs, sipping from the water bowl slowly :: MED: That was my previous path. Well, technically nursing. But Ethan? Oh he's not a marshmallow in any stretch of the word. He's quite... strong-willed when he wants to be. And can definitely on occasion kick my ass on occasion. :: offers the bowl back to Acacia ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:00:47
Self: YES! Ahaha! :: holds it there for a few moments longer, letting it boil well, then pulls it away and holds the leaf, waiting for the water to be cool enough to drink ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:00:57
CSO: Ah, there we go. Excellent. Once it cools a bit, first sip is yours, since without your knowledge we wouldn't have this water.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:01:04
:: huffs, grabs the stick, and slowly moves to an even deeper spot, where the water is just touching her boxers ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:02:05
CTO: Yours should be boiling soon too, yes?
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:02:53
:: sets the bowl aside, laying down and curling up with Grey by the fire. :: TAC2: Well, he is smart. I trust his judgement. Maybe that's why I don't think of him as defiant. :: she grins :: TAC2: If he's here, he's probably just as relaxed.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:02:58
CSO: Any moment, I assume. :: gets an idea, pulls a stick from the brush alongside them. A nice, straight stick, and he looks it up and down while he waits for the water ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:03:05
ACTION> Tailor finds some sap along the tree bark that's quite sticky.
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:05:29
:: grins, resting into Acacia, content to talk with her friend in this peaceful surroundings. :: MED: He's smart, oh yes. We were actually supposed to switch career paths, he a Marine and me a doctor. But... :: shrugs slightly before continuing :: MED: Talking with our traditional parents got us permission to take our current paths. We grew up with very strict parental control. ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:07:47
:: decides she doesn't mind drinking hot water, especially since it's getting a bit chilly, and sips about half the water from her leaf pocket ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:08:45
::takes a stick and mushes some of the sap into the bottom of the leaf container she's building. Then takes a stick and digs a hole that matches the size of the container. Then begins heating some rocks in the fire.::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:08:52
:: frowns slightly at the thought, shaking her head, :: TAC2: I can't imagine my parents having much say. But maybe that's just how strong-willed my elder sister always was.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:09:14
ACTION> As Jude waits, nothing has yet swum by.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:09:29
SCI: I'm trying to come up with a way to sterilize water so we can drink it. How's your fishing going?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:10:26
ACTION> Wolfe's leaf joins the boiling party.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:10:47
TAC2: My dad only told me not to be a doctor because he is. And like... I get it.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:11:16
:: continues to stare at the water as she responds :: CMO: We could either attempt to use some of the giant leaves, or dig for clay and create bowls.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:11:44
:: puts down his soon-to-be spear and picks up his leaf once the water in it starts boiling :: CSO: Here we go. :: blows on the water to cool it a bit, before deciding it's cool enough and sipping at it ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:14:49
SCI: Ooh, clay. I like that idea.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:14:59
:: shivers :: Self: shit. :: runs out of the water and practically dive bombs for the fire ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:15:02
:: tips the rest of her leaf water into her mouth, so relieved to finally be slaking her thirst ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:15:33
::continues with her leaf-bowl making, since it's what they have right now. finishes one, and dips it into the water, filling it::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:15:36
ACTION> The last vestiges of twilight fade as the night truly takes form.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:15:41
:: keeps sipping, thinking about more leaves and more water. And the spear. ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:16:10
:: repeats her leaf-boiling with a fresh set of hot rocks, feeling warmer already with the hot water in her empty belly ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:16:26
MED: It was kind of more... of the traditional gender-role upbringing Ethan and I experienced. You know how that is. :: shrugs slightly with a faint expression :: MED: I adjusted, it wasn't that bad when you really look at it... it's just mainly... :: she yawns, muttering in irritation. She rolls from underneath Acacia, moving to bank the fire and nestle the water in the dirt next to them before relaxing down. :: MED: I'll watch tonight.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:17:06
::sets the leaf container into the prepared hole in the ground, grabbing a few more leaves and moss to use as a hotpad to pick up the hot rocks to transfer them to the container::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:17:11
:: chucks stick away and pulls the leaves covering the ground a bit closer to the fire. she picks up her sweatpants, and quickly takes off her wet boxers and changes into the sweatpants. ::
CMO: So damn cold
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:17:42
CTO: Tomorrow, we'll need to focus on food. Tonight... :: steels herself ::CTO: My shelter will help a little, the fire will help a lot, but we're going to need to share body heat to get through the night. I can take the first watch, but I'll need to huddle next to you for warmth.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:18:35
SCI: Stay by the fire, try to dry your wet clothes. We'll have food and hot water soon.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:18:39
:: shrugs, settling down by the fire and holding Riley for warmth :: TAC2: Alright. Wake me if you need a shift. :: she takes a deep breath, allowing herself to doze off ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:20:26
CSO: Of course, Commander. I do think it's going to get cold.
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:20:53
:: settles in to watch for the night, not having any plan to wake Acacia for a shift change ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:21:13
:: looks decidedly uncomfortable with the idea, not really feeling great about being half-naked and cuddled up with a...man ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:21:15
CMO: I’ve always done well in survival simulations in the Academy... but this being a real thing is. Different. It’s more nerve wracking, especially since I don’t even know if we are going to get out of here.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:21:51
:: notes Wright's unease :: CSO: It's nothing personal, I assure you.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:22:48
:: startles :: CTO: Oh. Oh no. It is I who should be saying that to you. It's just a more intimate position than I prefer to be in with someone of your............
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:23:10
CSO: Size?
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:23:30
CTO: .................gender.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:24:22
CSO: Ah. Of course. Well... How about this. I'm only doing it because the Captain would want me to make sure you're safe and warm. I can stand a little cold.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:25:12
CTO: Certainly. It is imperative that we both stay alive and as healthy as possible. Therefore, we will do this.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:25:24
CSO: Yes.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:25:28
::tries to think positively:: SCI: Well, we've passed the first couple of steps, finding warmth and food. So we're not doing too badly. We'll just need to try to find a way find where we are, or find some of the others next. And build or find shelter...
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:25:29
:: is absolutely talking herself into it ::
CTO: Indeed.
:: drinks another leaf of water greedily before retreating next to the fire and under her makeshift shelter :: CTO: And so.... let's.... begin.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:27:36
ACTION> The temperature begins to fall as the night fully establishes itself, the sky clear and full of stars.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:27:41
CMO: Mud hut. Indigenous tribes on Earth have done that.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:28:18
:: looks up at the stars, looking for artificial satellites, trying to stay in science mode ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:28:54
:: also gazes upon the stars, hoping to find a constellation from an angle that he recognizes. ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:29:20
ACTION> No constellations are recognizable, and no satellites can be seen.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:30:53
SCI: Huh. That could work. Ever built one?
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:31:01
:: pulls her clothing close that she can, not wanting to disturb Acacia as she keeps watch, relying heavily on the fire to stay warm ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:31:30
:: at last stops looking upward, and begins to concentrate again on making his spear. ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:31:42
SCI: We should start with a simple lean-to first though, there's plenty of trees and leaves.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:32:58
CMO: I have once before. It went fairly well. Shouldn’t take more than a few days.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:33:29
:: grabs one of the flints he had opted not to use in the fire and begins forming it into an arrowhead, brushing it against another smoother stone ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:34:55
SCI: Sounds like a good plan, although I'd like to explore a bit to see if there isn't a better place to go. Also, we'll need a place to build a signal fire. Preferably somewhere less damp.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:35:25
ACTION> Dawn inexorably comes, as it tends to do, revealing a low, oppressive overcast sky.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:35:41
:: asleep, somehow ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:35:50
:: takes a deep breath and rolls slightly as she awakens, looking up at Grey. She smiles slightly, bleary-eyed. :: TAC2: Didn't get any sleep?
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:36:52
:: looks at Acacia carefully, shaking her head. :: MED: None. I wasn't tired after all. :: rises to unbank the fire and attempt to coax it back into life ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:37:20
:: sits upright, but keeping a large portion of his body against Wright's back, while continuing to work on his spear, the arrowhead completed and ready to be attached to the stick. Without moving any of his body that's touching Wright, He reaches over her and puts another log on the fire, concerned with her warmth ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:37:20
:: stirs awake under Kuari's wing, not having slept as badly as she imagined that she would ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:37:26
:: suddenly awakens, as her body gives her the “falling off the earth” feeling, and looks around ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:37:30
::wakes, less cold than the previous morning, given the fire. Could really use a hot cuppa.. looks around, reality slapping her in the face:: Self: Still here.. ::sighs.::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:37:53
:: lies in the position she's been all night, her armored back to the wilderness, her neck straight and her jaw flat on the cold ground, nothing but her eyes looking around ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:38:38
:: sits up slowly, brushing her hair out of her face and wishing she'd slept with a hair tie. :: TAC2: We should think food. No chance you heard anyone last night?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:38:39
:: lifts up a bit off Kuari's side and yawns :: XO: Good morning...
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:39:23
:: snores lightly, cuddling closer to the warmth pressed against her in her sleep ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:39:33
:: notices the fire has gone down a little overnight :: CMO: If this is really a pirate torture scenario, I don’t think signal fires are a good idea. :: stands up and stretches, then chucks the wood that she gathered when she couldn’t fall asleep, onto the fire ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:39:46
:: raises her head and turns to regard Kate with one large eye, smiling to have her companion awake :: CO: Good morning. Sleep well?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:40:45
:: smiles :: XO: Yes, thanks to you. :: looks around :: But this weather is not so promising...
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:41:23
SCI: True, but the others could be looking for us.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:41:49
:: drops her smile and looks up at the sky :: CO: No.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:42:41
:: feels Wright get closer, and does nothing to discourage it. If it's keeping her warm, it's keeping her warm. He keeps working on the spear as the planet's star begins to warm the air slightly ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:43:05
:: lets out a long breath :: XO: Alright then. We have a long day ahead of us if we are to move on from this cave.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:44:01
:: lifts her wing, reluctant to do so out of habit to keep Kate warm, but she's finding she's rather cramped and stiff now ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:44:18
:: opens one eye, looking for Kate, but starts as she suddenly realizes where she is and who she's with :: Nngah!
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:44:19
:: stifles a yawn behind her hand as she slowly stands. :: MED: haven't heard anyone yet. But that's not saying we won't encounter someone later in the day.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:44:41
:: reluctant to get out from under the wing and off of Kuari's warm side, but she stands and stretches ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:44:43
CSO: And good morning to you, too, Commander. :: continues working ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:45:20
:: gets up when Kate does, doing a cat stretch, her wings extended towards her tail and her hindquarters in the air ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:45:45
::sits up, feeling hungry again:: SCI: I think I'll look for some kind of nuts or berries, so we don't have to rely on fish.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:45:51
:: disappears off behind a tree for a few minutes, then returns, wishing there was coffee ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:46:01
CMO: Hm. We could attempt a signal fire in a place visible from our location, and close enough to monitor people who respond to it, but far enough that we could discreetly flee if need be.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:46:22
:: paces around the fire, getting the blood moving through her legs, judging whether the fire needs more wood ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:46:38
CMO: I will get digging for mud and clay for shelter and bowls.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:47:12
:: searches around within reach for something that could act as twine ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:47:35
:: stands, moving towards the stream to see if anything's stirring that she could hunt, watching the forest around them and water below ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:48:02
:: sheepishly gets up and sneaks behind a nearby bush to do the needful, then washes her face and hands in the cold stream before coming back to warm up at the fire :: CTO: We have a decision to make.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:48:16
SCI: That could work. Strategic signal fire.. ::grins::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:48:32
XO: Alright, so, I think we should move on from here. There is not much water, and if we find some, we could find others.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:48:40
:: waves, sighing :: TAC2: No saying how long we're here for. I'll start on better shelter while you hunt. :: she sets about weaving vines and leaves together to build a canopy with the help of the trees. ::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:49:33
:: continues working on the spear, pulling some grass from nearby :: CSO: Many decisions, Commander. To which are you referring?
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:49:52
ACTION> Grey sees the occasional flash of fish scales catching the morning light.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:50:10
CTO: Do we stay here and build a signal fire while we fortify our position and work to find food, or do we move on?
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:51:36
::gets up and nibbles some leftover fish from last night, and takes a swig of boiled water before beginning a second sweep of the area for more foodstuffs::
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:51:38
:: stops working a moment to look around :: CSO: We have a nice base now, but it would be good to find some food. I suggest we move. Downstream, perhaps.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:52:06
:: nods to Kate :: CO: I agree. we should keep looking, for other people or better places to camp.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 22:52:27
CTO: But the stream is deep enough here to fish. Why not fish here? :: points at the spear ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:52:29
:: moves slightly, waiting for an larger fish to come her way ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:53:13
:: stacks and stacks leaves on her nature-tarp, humming happily to herself as she works. She makes a note to write her grandma, thanking her for their camping trips. ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:54:05
XO: Good, then we prepare to move out soon.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 22:57:11
CSO: I am hoping to find deeper water downstream, and maybe to find a place with better shelter options. However... we could try our hand at fishing here, first. Get some food into us.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 22:57:28
:: keeps adding wood to the fire to keep it going, throwing on some live branches to make it smoke more wildly while she weaves leaves. ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:57:59
::searching the forest floor for any fallen nuts or leftover berries::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 22:58:22
:: realizes that her first attempt wouldn't work, moving to find a larger stick and rock, working on fastening a throwing spear for fish hopefully, muttering between yawns ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 22:58:23
:: digs into the ground with a reasonably flat rock, looking for anything that appears to be clay ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:58:31
ACTION> An occasional nut can be found, plus lots broken and already eaten.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 22:58:57
:: trots into the cave they found, good for shelter had there been a storm, but horrible for building the fire in, and finds the trickle of water between rocks to hydrate herself ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 22:59:27
Self: Better than nothing... ::gathers up the nuts that she finds, tucking them into her pajama pockets::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 22:59:28
:: also heads into the cave and gets as good a drink as she can ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:01:35
CTO: Here's an idea. Tell me what you think. Let's try to fish here first, see if we can get some breakfast and some more water. Then, you head downstream and scout a bit and I'll stay here and shore up the camp just in case.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:01:42
ACTION> Drop by drop, a cold rain starts to fall, gentle at first, but eventually hard enough to be annoying, but not an all-out drizzle.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:01:54
ACTION> Fish continue to sometimes be seen passing by the shallow water near Grey, attracted to activity in the early morning light.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:02:27
:: thinks a moment :: CSO: That sounds like a good plan. Let's get some food going, and more water, for now.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:02:30
:: hurriedly puts out as many cupped leaves as she can, cradled by rocks, to catch the rainwater ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 23:02:40
:: takes a breath before aiming and attempting to throw her... makeshift pole towards the fish, hoping she catches it ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:02:58
:: looks out of the cave mouth as their fire gets a dampener thrown on it :: Fuck.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:03:05
:: looks up at the rain and ties up the two sides of the leaf-tarp that were on the ground as she'd been constructing it. It was enough to keep the fire going, if barely. She got a renewed sense of urgency, grabbing some more river clay and swinging up into a tree to rub it over the top of the tarp to seal seams. ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:03:44
:: alerted to Harper's ire, looks out of the cave beside her ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:03:56
CTO: My shelter should be enough to keep us mostly dry. Make a torch from the fire before it goes out?
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:04:16
ACTION> Grey's crude spear floats to the surface in failure.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:04:49
:: picks up the bow drill made from her hair, and the fire "board" and offers them to Kuari :: XO: Can you keep these dry in your pouch?
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:04:57
:: runs out to cut as many more large leaves as she can find to set them out to catch rainwater ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:05:07
:: looks up :: RAIN? REALLY?
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 23:05:17
SCI: We're going to need to work on the shelter. ::moves underneath a tree to keep dry::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:05:25
:: hangs from one leg on a tree, working on sealing the shelter as it occurs to her... huh. This is kind of weird. She hopes everyone's okay. She checks on the fire, looking up at the small canopy. ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:05:42
:: sits up and takes the two items Kate hands her, hooking open her belly pouch and carefully placing them inside :: CO: I can.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:05:59
Self: Guess I thought it'd be over by now. Jeez. Hope they're alright..
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 23:06:03
:: groans, rising from the edge of the stream. :: MED: Looks like I'm an utter failure at hunting. Want to give it a go?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:06:04
XO: Still think we should move?
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:06:10
CSO: Good idea. :: breaks a large branch from a nearby tree, then uses one of the sharper flints that isn't on the spear to dig into the tree the branch came from, looking for some sap. ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:06:59
:: eyes Kate questioningly :: CO: Will you be too cold?
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:07:18
:: starts, looking over. She smiles, actually not minding the chance to step out into the rain. She takes the spear from Grey. :: TAC2: I'll tell you, I haven't fished much. If you can, weave some vines into rope for traps if I can't manage this. :: she muses, before heading for the river to wade in and find her zen ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:07:35
CMO: Alright. Forget clay right now. I am going to find some flexible branches. Why don’t you find long leaves that can be woven together? I can weave a bunch of branches together and put leaves on top and lean it against a tree.
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:07:48
XO: I am certain that I could use a shower anyway! :: snickers ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:08:26
CMO: It will be faster than trying to build a whole ass mud hut right now.
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 23:08:31
::nods:: SCI: Will do. ::begins looking for a bunch of long leaves::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:09:02
:: by the time she's done, at least two dozen large leaves are set out, cradled by rocks, collecting rainwater - she drinks deeply from one of the early ones she set out ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:09:30
:: centers herself, then opens her eyes, looking blankly into the water with her spear raised in striking position. ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:09:31
:: grabs her chainsaw-esque rock, and starts looking for thin, flexible branches, and saws them off ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:09:32
XO: Then again... :: looks back into the cave, it not being warm, but at least dry ::
TAC2 1Lt Grey 13-Nov-2019 23:09:51
:: nods, moving to go start vine-hunting, neatly climbing the trees to start hunting for vines ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:10:16
:: follows Kate's gaze :: CO: You could stay here, while I scout.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:10:29
:: gets some sap onto the end of the branch, it's stuck there in place, and should now be enough to keep a fire lit on the end of the torch. He takes it back to the fire and dips in the end ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 23:11:37
SCI: Can't help feeling like we're some kind of rats in a maze, being tested. ::pulls down a few more leaves, gathering them into a pile:: SCI: The question is, where's the ones who are testing us?
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:11:48
ACTION> The sap flares up on the end of Wolfe's stick, but with no wick, it quickly burns itself out.
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:12:31
ACTION> A large fish swims near Acacia, fooled into searching for insects as rain splatters the surface.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:12:47
:: pulls the tip from the fire as it flares... and then makes an expression that could be interpreted as disappointment as it burns out. :: CSO: Huh.
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:13:08
:: strikes, slashing her arm across her body at the angle that would pierce it if her aim was right... ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:13:12
:: shakes her head :: No, if one of us is wet and cold, we will both be. I will manage. :: to force the issue, she steps out into the rain, and takes a sharp breath as the water hits her ::
:: then drags a stick that's still on fire back into the mouth of the cave, at least saving it for the moment ::
XO: Invigorating! :: grins ::
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:14:32
CMO: Watching from a distance in a safe place. It feels almost like that 21st century Earth show, Naked and Afraid.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:14:36
Self: Of course. :: takes off his shirt, sort of like a tank top usually worn under a uniform, ties it around the end, and goes back for more sap, which is dribbling from the small gash in the tree ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:15:07
ACTION> Acacia's aim is good, but the spear doesn't penetrate the water well and the fish darts away.
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:15:15
:: pulls some of the burning material closer under the shelter, trying to keep some fire alive ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:15:30
:: heaps a few more on it ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:15:45
:: keeps her lower body still, simply pulling the spear back, gripping it with both hands now, and takes a deep breath. She waits, still. ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:15:58
:: sits, watching Kate :: CO: You want to wait here a bit?
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:17:18
:: upon gathering up enough sap in his shirt, takes it back over to the fire and tries again ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 23:17:28
SCI: I've never heard of that one, but would seem that way... they're probably observing us from somewhere. ::grabs up a rock and throws it hard into the forest in frustration, on the off chance she can find some kind of holodeck wall::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:18:19
:: shakes head :: XO: We have to move out, regardless. But breakfast first?
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:18:39
ACTION> Tailors rock lands somewhere with a distant clack and thump. Nothing else happens.
CO: Sure.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:19:04
:: dips his torch end into the fire ::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:19:14
ACTION> Wolfe's torch catches fire and stays that way.
SCI LtJG Jude 13-Nov-2019 23:19:38
:: begins weaving the branches she has together ::
XO Cdr Kuari 13-Nov-2019 23:20:07
ACTION> After the water stills, another target approaches Acacia.
CTO LtC Wolfe 13-Nov-2019 23:20:09
:: pulls it out of the fire and sticks the non-business end in the ground. :: CSO: Now, food. :: he grabs the spear and heads over to the stream ::
CSO Cdr Wright 13-Nov-2019 23:20:49
:: begins digging up big handfuls of sticky mud and carrying it over to their shelter, slathering it on top ::
MED Lt Acacia 13-Nov-2019 23:20:50
:: gives it another beat, and this time, she accounts for the surface tension in the angle of her strike. She swings! ... ::
CMO Lt Tailor 13-Nov-2019 23:20:58
Self: Well, that proves nothing... ::stares into the trees anyway, just in case she missed something, before continuing to gather leaves and make a shelter::
CO Capt Harper 13-Nov-2019 23:21:23