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20 July 2009 @ 07:57 pm
093 Thank You  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Maddie goes foraging.
Word Count: 663 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

093 Thank You

Maddie thought she ought to worry about how easy it had been to sneak out, even if it was just the girls today, but she was too busy worrying about whether she’d actually be able to find anything. They were getting desperate; even Clare couldn’t spin out the few rations they had left.

One of her neighbours, when they’d lived at home, had been a big survivalist. He’d kept canned food and bottled water in his basement, ready for anything. Maddie just hoped some of it had survived.

It wasn’t far from the school, and there was almost no one on the streets. Maddie kept her head down; she was wearing one of Chip’s sweatshirts with the hood up to hide her face and size, trying not to meet anyone’s gaze.

Chip hadn’t told any of them what had happened. But Maddie had helped him clean up after he’d been attacked. She’d seen his bruises, and she had a fair idea where he’d got them. She knew what she was risking by being out here.

Her neighbourhood was still mostly standing; there were scorch marks on the road and some of the buildings, and several of the gardens had burned, but that was all. Maddie carefully didn’t look at her home, walking past it to the house three down.

The window beside the front door had been smashed in, and she scrambled carefully through. The living room had been turned upside down, but she was used to picking her way through dirt and mess by now.

The basement door was partially blocked; she dug it out as best she could, forcing it open enough to scramble through. The lights weren’t working; she picked her way carefully down the stairs until she reached the patch of light from the window.

She was too late. The whole room had been turned upside down; the cabinet that had held his supplies was on its’ side against one wall, empty. Maddie closed her eyes, taking a deep breath.

Sighing, she began to rummage through the mess, hoping to find something that had been overlooked.

Two bottles of water and three tins of fruit. Maddie hugged her bounty as she slipped back out of the house, heading back towards the school.

“Hey! Girlie!” someone called.

Maddie’s hand went to her head automatically. Her hood had fallen in the basement and she’d forgotten to pull it back up, occupied with her findings.

An older man caught her arm, shaking her. “What were you doing in there?”

“Just looking for shelter,” she said quickly, gripping her backpack more tightly. “Please, I…”

“What’ve you got?” He yanked the backpack hard enough to break the straps, shoving her back at the same time.

“No!” She tried to snatch the bag; he pushed her back again and she tripped, landing hard.

“This? You’re fighting me over two bottles of water?” He flung the bag back at her, tossing the bottles of water behind him.

Maddie scrambled to her feet, clutching the bag, and tried to dart past him. He caught her arm, shaking her. “Two lousy bottles?”

“Let me go!” she gasped, staying on her feet with effort.

“Yes,” another voice agreed. “Let her go.”

They both turned to see Koragg, sword resting on one shoulder. The man let go of Maddie; she dropped to one knee, scooping up the water, before darting away to stand nearer to Koragg.

“Go,” he ordered, and the man scurried away, almost falling over himself.

Maddie clutched the water, eying Koragg carefully. “Thank you.”

“You should not be on the streets.”

“No. I mean, I know. I just…” She waved the water weakly.

“That will not last long.”

“Not for seven of us. But we need it. There’s nothing else.”

Koragg studied her for a moment. “Where do you live?” he demanded.

“In the old school.”

“Skool,” he repeated. “Come. I will take you there.”

Maddie pushed the bottles into her bag, gripping it tightly. “Thank you.”
angel_negra on December 6th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Damn, I was happy to see Koragg
Poor Maddie. The one time she wanders off alone... Thank god for Koragg.