"Come along, Roxy. We're almost there." Harper and Roxanne had been traveling for about four hours now on their way towards some ruins that he had heard were undiscovered as of yet, and from the looks of it, the rumors were true. There was a group of ruined buildings sitting alone in the middle of a large amount of what looked like crumbled walls. This might have once been a gated community before the war, but was now just a scorch mark. There were about five buildings out here, far from any type of civilization both pre-war and post-war. The original owners must have been very reclusive. Couldn't blame them, the people of the pre-war were just as bad as some of the psychos of the post-war. They destroyed their own earth for what seemed like shits and giggles. It was because of the pre-war people that he decided to be alone in the apocalypse. It was so he would have less of a chance of mingling with trash and freaks.
With Roxy in tow, Richard stepped past the crumbled gate and tiptoed into the ruins. The five buildings varied in sizes, one being rather small, no more than a one or two bedroom building, probably for the former owner, one being at least three stories high with considerable damage, one being toppled over, another being caved in really bad, and the last one being what looked like a small store. He decided to check out the apartment first. He came up to the door and inched to the windows to peek in and see if there was any survivors, but the scream of a young girl and three shots from a pistol jerked his attention towards the apartment building. He made a quick whistle and had Roxy come very close behind him as he ran for the building where the scream came from as he unsheathed his knife and held upside down.
He got against the wall and moved towards the entrance slowly and peeked in. He saw three bodies, two of which with deep machete wounds in their body, one of which being decapitated, and their clothing torn. The third had several markings and the clothing of one of the "80's" raider tribe and three fresh bullet wounds in his chest. In the corner, having slunk down to the floor and covered her face, was what Harper assumed to be the woman who screamed. She had pulled her legs up to her chest now sobbed to herself. He saw the pistol she used at her side, still smoking.(Check my CS on OOC page 2 for stuff on her) She had dirty black hair and weathered clothing, but was mostly intact except for the edges of her blouse. She couldn't have been older than 16. He didn't want to alert her, but Roxy quickly killed that plan by stepping in and making an aggressive stance toward the girl and made her signature low toned beep.
Harper stepped into pull Roxy away, but the girl in the corner screamed and quickly stood, pistol in hand. Tears streamed down her face as she continued to cry, her voice shaken and terrified. "L-L-Leave me alone! You've already killed my parents! J-Just go away!" Once again, Roxy made an aggressive movement toward the girl and another beep, but Harper stopped her. "Roxy! Down." He held his hands up and stared across the room into the Girl's piercing green eyes. "Relax. I'm not a member of the 80s. Why don't you put that pistol down?" "I d-d-don't bel-lieve you! You b-burned my home, and n-" She swallowed the air and saliva that had gathered in her mouth before she continued "A-and now, your h-here to kill me too!" "No. No I'm not. Here, look." He showed her the knife he was holding at the time and lowered it down to the floor and kicked it towards her. It skittered and slowed to a stop in front of her feet. "I'm not going to hurt you, I promise. I'm Richard, what is your name?" She held her stance firm as the tears in her eyes started to dry. The gun was starting to get heavy for her, however. "I-I-I-I'm Sophie..." He stepped toward her a bit, keeping his hands up and keeping his pace slow. "Listen Sophie. I'm not going to hurt you, there are no other 80s members here as far as I know." "Stay back!" She shook the gun a little and stopped his progress. She coughed a few times and Harper could tell she was starting to hyperventilate. He could hear her breaths become shorter and shorter. "Take a deep breath and calm down, Sophie. I swear, I won't hurt you." She had heard his words, but she couldn't comply as she fell to the ground. She pointed near the bodies of her parents and started to convulse. There was a brown satchel laying against the wall. Harper ran over to it and opened it up, finding an inhaler. He grabbed it and ran to her side, kneeling down next to her.
Placing the opening into her mouth and pressing down on the button, she inhaled a few times and sat up and gulped again. He offered her his hand and helped her up. "Told you I wasn't going to hurt you." "T-Thank you...Richard..." "Please, It's Harper" He gave her a big wide smile and got a grin out of her. "Now...what happened?"
(Story of what happened will be in her bio)