((Thanks for bumping! I was about to come looking for this one.
Yeah, lets say that the government buildings and the food and medicine warehouses are fenced off... and maybe some of the neighborhoods. Like, the really high-society neghborhoods. The part Zhane climbed into could be one of the less guarded and lower security parts of the town. I'm thinking that Jordyn, because of her sister's job, lives in a pretty high-security part of the area. ))
After Jordyn finished her breakfast, she rose from her seat. "Dad? I was going to walk around outside, if that's okay."
Nicholas Keller gave his daughter a nod of consent, before rising himself. "Okay, honey. Just be careful."
Outside the house, Jordyn breathed in deeply. The air was cool and fresh where she was, despite the darks clouds of disinfectant fires over the lower class neighborhoods, off in the distance. Shoving her hands in her coat pockets, Jordyn headed towards the neighborhood borders. Approaching the gates, she raised her voice. "Hank!"
The gatehouse guard poked his head out of his trim white shack, and smiled. "Hey, Jordyn. Need the gate opened?"
"Yeah; thanks," Jordyn answered, giving him a smile.
The neighborhood was surrounded by a tall stone fence, lined with barbed wire. It was supposed to keep the infected people out. The gate was a large door, guarded night and day. It swung open, now, on its giant hinges, and Jordyn slipped through, with a final wave at Hank. To get back in, she would have to scan her bracelet on the security cameras and sensors set up on this side of the gate. Jordyn though the security was a little overkill, but it was government protocal.
Once outside of the gate, she looked eagerly around her. The town was bustling with people- most of them disinfected, but some were still not wearing a white bracelet. Jordyn tried to distill the feeling of panic that welled up inside her at the thought of catching the disease. Nonsense. You can't catch it! You're always careful.
But she knew that wasn't right. She wasn't careful. She was always getting yelled at for holding babies that hadn't been disinfected, or petting dogs that no one knew where they had come from.
Zhane entered the building and slipped back to the storage room. She picked up a couple of the loaves that were burnt, but didn't look awful. She was about to grab another when the door opened..
"Hey, theif!!" someone shouted, she spun around and saw one of the apprentice bakers. He was holding some burned loaves, he threw them down and lunged at Zhane. She dove to the side and ran past him, shoving the bread in to the waistband of her pants as she ran.
"Stop theif!" the apprentice yelled following her out. Zhane ran as fast as she could, darting down the street, people jumped out of her way recognizing her as a poor person and notw anting to touch her. Zhane ran faster , she needed to get the wall and climb it so before the police came to arrest her. The police wouldn't come to the poor area, not if they could help it at least.
"Stop theif!" the apprentice yelled again running after her he was gaining. Zhane picked her pace up.
((Aha! Thanks. Sorry I didn't post yesterday! It was kind of hectic. I wasn't going to be able to post today either, but I just finished babysitting for four hours (*wipes forehead with relief*), and I got all the various important emails sent, that I needed to send. Got done quicker then I thought it would! So, here we go:))
Jordyn looked up, startled. She heard shouts, and saw a girl flying down the street, as if a lion were on her heels. Well, a metaphorical lion. It was Jake, that annoying apprentice baker.
Jordyn grinned. She'd help the girl, if only to annoy Jake. Rising from her seat on the curb, she took off in a direction that would take her around, and then she'd come out right in front of the two runners.
Stepping out from behind the wall, she almost collided with the running girl.
Zhane curved suddenly when a rich girl stepped in her way and nearly fell. She regained her balance and darted over to the wall, she instaantly started to climb the wall, herf ingers clinging to the tiny bare descernable hand holds, her bare toes finding places in the wall to rest on too. She looked back to see what had become of the head baker and the girl she'd nearly run into.
Zhane was bretahing hard, but she was almost to the top of the wall, then she could get down the otherside to safety.
"Hurry up!" Jordyn hissed over her shoulder to the climbing girl. "I can hold him off for a few moments."
Jake was quickly approaching, his face red with rage and exertion. "That mangy little rat!" he shouted, shaking his fist. "She stole my bread!"
Jordyn rolled her eyes, and stepped in his way. "Jake, come on. The stuff was probably burned anyway. Admit it. Wasn't it?"
"Sure it was," Jake blustered, trying to get around her, but failing, as Jordyn stepped firmly back into his path.
"So why get mad? Let her have it. She won't come back to your shop, will she?" Jordyn flung over her shoulder, pointedly. "Especially now that she knows it makes you so mad." Jordyn smiled, sweetly.
Zhane hurried up and climbed over the wall, she half fell half climbed down the otherside. No she wouldn't be going that bakery again, she try and find another place to steal food from. Zhane started to walk back to her house, catching her breath as she did so.
Zhane kicked at a rock in the road as she walked. Why had that girl helped her? She'd never seen her before and rich people normally held the poor in contempt and never meddled in theri affairs. Zhane shook her head a bit confused. She picked her pace up, she wanted to get back home and give this bread to her siblings.
((Saturday from around 13:00 hours-16:00 hours I won't be able to get on. Give or tak about 10-15 minutes on either side. And that will pretty much be every Saturday between those times I won't be able to get on.))
((Hey! Thanks for bumping. I would post today, but I really can't! I was able to snatch a few minutes to come on here and say "hi" to Mykel, but I can't concentrate and do any RP posting today... my mom is in surgery today, and so it's kind of hectic around here. Sorry!! I'll post tomorrow, okay?))
((Oh, that's OK, I know it's rather stressful when a family is in surgery. I hope your mom's OK and heals properly. GOD bless you!!!!))
((Bump. How's your mom? Did the surgery go well?))
((Thanks! She's doing pretty well! Yeah, according to my dad, the surgery went great. I haven't seen my mom since briefly Wednesday morning, before they left for the hospital. =( She won't be home for several days. But I'm thankful that the surgery went well!))
After the little girl disappeared over the top of the wall, Jordyn relaxed. Jake, however, did not. "You-you little b****!"
Jordyn's face grew hot. "Don't you dare swear at me! You get too uptight over everything, Jake. People are starving, and you grudge them a loaf of burned bread. Just cool your jets!"
Turning on her heel, she walked away, still inwardly fuming. Jake glared after her, and then sniffed contemptuously, before walking away in the opposite direction.
As she left, Jordyn wondered who the little girl was. She had a lot of spunk, coming into this part of town to steal bread. Jordyn didn't condone stealing, but in these times, she had a hard time justifying the other side too. Why keep food from all the starving lower-class people, when you have more then you need, anyway?
((By the way, I hope you don't mind the cuss word I put in there. I only put it there because Jake is the antagonist, and it made sense. And I censored it! My protagonists never swear. =D And I actually think this is the first time I've made an antagonist curse, anyway. ))
((I know, I'm trying to fix it... ))
(Thanks! My mom is doing okay. She's still in recovery from surgery, but it appears to have gone well. I haven't seen her since Wednesday morning though, before she left for the hospital. =( And she won't be getting back for several days. ))
After the little girl disappeared over the wall, Jordyn relaxed. Jake, however, did not.
"You-you little deplorable upstart!" he fumed, glaring daggers at Jordyn.
Jordyn's face turned pink with anger. "Don't call me names. You get too uptight over everything. The lower-class people are starving, and you grudge them a loaf of burned bread?"
She gave a sound of disgust, and walked away, inwardly fuming at the injustice.
Jake, still red in the face, glared after her, before sniffing contemptuously, and walking away in the opposite direction.
As she left, Jordyn wondered who the little girl was. Normally, she didn't condone stealing. But right now, she was having a hard time justifying the other side, too. The lower class people were starving and dying, while the rich people sat around, gorging themselves on good food, and charging so much money for it, that it took a low-classer's week's pay, to buy one loaf of bread. Ridiculous.
((Okay, there we go. I think the problem was my antagonist... I made Jake use a mild cu.ss-word, and even though I cen.sor.ed it, it still picked it up. I have no idea why!
Btw, my protagonists don't sw.ear. XD Only the antagonists, and even then, I cen.sor it. ))
((I hope her recovery goes wella nd that GOD heals her and lets her come home safely. =) ))
Zhane hurried home, she saw the kids still playing outside and heard Galant, who now was fully awake screaming for milk that they didn't have. Zhane felt bad thats he hadn't managed to grab some milk, she didn't have anything for Gallant unless she some how made teh bread mushy enough for the baby boy to eat.
Zhane came and sat next to Remi.
"Ga'er up!" she called, pulling the bread from her waist band. The kids hurried around her, clamoring for some food. Zhane carefully split the two loaved amoung them. She didn't bother to tell thme to wash up beofre they ate, the bathroom they had had limited runningw ater and was very tiny, it would take a long time for everyone to wash up, plus they'd eaten with dirty hands ebfore and it hadn't killed them yet.
Each kid got his or her share of bread and then split off to eat the bread quickly before another sibling could fight them for it. Zhane went inside and grabbed a tiny glass of water, she was going to try and turn some of her share to mush and give it to Gallant, who was screaming even louder now. Zhane always wondered how such a tiny baby could make so much noise.
((Ahhh, that makes sense, I don't have people swear...or if I do I'll type it like 'So-and-so swore', I won't type any word out...))
((Hope everything is going well at your place.))
((Oh, everything's fine!! I'm really sorry this RP is going so slow. I just need a few days before I'll be able to do a longer post. We're starting school up again, I've got some big stuff coming up, and my mom needs assistance a lot. But hopefully this will get going faster soon. ))
Jordyn found her feet heading towards her mother's large town-house. She hadn't visited there in a long time.
Walking up the path, through the gate, and up to the door, Jordyn squinted up at the high windows, wondering if her mother was even home.
She knocked on the door. The large door swung open, to reveal the butler. "Hello, Jordyn."
"Hi Alfred," Jordyn smiled. "Is Mom home?"
((I have a thing for butlers named Alfred... ever since Batman. XD))
((That's fine, hope you're schooling goes well. I hope I'm not annoying by buping this so much. (I deleted the bumps becuase I didn't want just a page of bumps by me. :-P)))
Zhane found a glass of water and made some bread into practicly liquid by mushing and mashing it in the water. She grabbed one of their only spoons and went ouside. She sat Gallant up against his crib wall and used teh spoon to feed him the mushy bread. He kept on scremaing between bites becuase he was so hungry. Zhane felt bad for the little guy, she kenw it was hard growing up like he did without much to eat. She was worried though, she didn't want him toe at too much and get sick, she deiceded to let him finished off what was in the cup and that was it. She spooned it into his mouth gently, makings ure he fully swallowed before giving him another bite.
((Alfred is a good bulter name. :-D))
((I'm so sorry I haven't posted in ages! As soon as I think things are settling down around my place, things get riled up again. XD And no, you're not annoying by bumping this so much! I just feel guilty every time you do, cause it means it's my turn to post and I haven't... =P))
"Yes, Miss Jordyn. She's upstairs, getting ready to go out for a while."
Jordyn sighed. It was hard to find a time when her mom wasn't going out for a while. Jordyn didn't even know where her mom went.
"Thanks, Alfred." She stepped inside, and started up the staircase, towards her mom's room. Walking down the long hallway, she shoved her hands in her coat pockets. Jordyn peeked around the edge of her mom's door. "Hey, Mom."
Mariana Heath (she had taken her maiden name back after the divorce,) turned from her dressing table, and smiled briefly at her daughter. "Oh, hi, Jordyn." Turning back around, she went back to fixing herself at the vanity mirror.
Jordyn shifted her feet, awkwardly. "Sorry I interrupted when you're about to go somewhere. I was just in this part of town and thought I'd drop in to say hi."
Mariana got up from her chair, gave herself a last once-over in the long mirror, picked up her purse, and started for the door. She stopped briefly at the door, and gave Jordyn a quick hug. "That was sweet of you, dear. Now, I've got to run along. Feel free to stay here for a bit if you've got nowhere to go!" She swept off in a perfumed flurry, and disappeared down the stairs.
Jordyn stood at the door, doing nothing, for a few minutes. Then, slowly, she started towards downstairs. There wasn't any point in sticking around if her mother wasn't even going to be there.