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Violet Selvaggio-Redford

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The building made for a sturdy shelter, all things considered. It was difficult to get a view out of, though, with the windows heavily boarded. Red kept looking around, though. He knew there was no way the Spartans didn't have some sort of vantage point in the place. 

After a few minutes, he found a door that when opened revealed a narrow stair case. Red cautiously made his way up, finding himself up in a small apartment where the shop owner must have lived before the war. He'd been right about the Spartans having a vantage point. This was the only space so far where the windows weren't fully boarded up, and there was one facing each direction. 

Red picked up the beaten set of binoculars resting on the window sill as he peered out over the streets. There was moisture inside one of the lenses, so it wasn't the best improvement - but still better than plain eye sight. It did make him wish he'd thought to bring a rifle scope along, though. He still wasn't catching sight of anything, though. 

Made him wonder if whatever Violet sensed trailing them was even a physical entity at all. 

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As Violet sat there she closed her eyes but as soon as she did she felt a creeping cold feeling come up her spine and snapped them open to look around only to see nothing but the creeping feeling didn't fade as she reached for her rifle to make sure it would fire. She breathed out and she could see her breath in front of her.

She heard child's laughter off to the left and she looked. It was like back in the building. Like it was trying to tell her something but she didn't know what or how to figure it out.

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Minutes passed and still nothing. Eventually Red gave up, deciding to come back and check later. 

In the meantime he started rummaging through the storage spaces in the room. It was a Spartan safe house - maybe there was a radio in there somewhere. 

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The wind was still howling around the building. Somewhere far in the distance it sounded as though a watchman was howling - Red couldn't tell. All he knew was that the immediate surroundings were still uncomfortably quiet. '

Unaware of what was going on below, he continued his search through the small apartment until, finally, he found what he'd been hoping for. A com radio hidden in the back of a cabinet - about as well away from the elements as possible. 

Initially he held his breath as he pulled it out. Then it switched on. 

"Fuck yes," Red muttered. Maybe they would get out of this after all. 

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Violet breathed slowly too aware of how loud she sounded in the moment even though in reality she wasn't being all that loud. She had her rifle at a loose ready as she moved toward the sounds.

As she got closer to the sound it seemed to be a child playing in the hall drawing on the wall and it faded quickly. She blinked and rubbed her eyes. She had never seen so many ghosts in one trip to the surface and it was terrifying. She was sure they were trying to tell her something, or trying to kill her, but why were they chasing her? She looked at the wall where the child had been to see an extremely faded marker image of a train and people inside. She smiled at the image but didn't quite put it together yet.

Instead she moved to go back to where Red had left her.

@Dragon

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Once he'd gotten the radio working, Red settled to start sending the distress call. He tried the frequencies Oberon used first - though he knew from the start that he was unlikely to get an answer. They didn't have the resources for a surface outpost. One of his people would have to be above ground with a handheld device. 

When that almost inevitably failed, he started skimming through the frequencies the device could manage. If nothing else, he could contact the Spartans. They were usually willing to spare aid where they could - and being holed up in one of their safe houses meant it was more likely that they'd be willing to send a man to them,

Unfortunately, the problem with a radio system was that anyone else who had one could also listen in. Red wasn't really taking that into consideration at the moment, though. He was more concerned with getting his wife off the surface. 

 

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Violet dragged herself back to the spot she'd been in before, setting her gun aside and sitting back down listening to the world around them. She heard, from upstairs, the muttering of Red trying to get help for them, which meant he may have found a working radio, which was a relief.

Setting her head back against the wall she closed her eyes to rest while she waited for the cavalry.

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