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Discussion in 'Lon Lon Ranch' started by Daniel Wing, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Daniel Wing

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    20th July
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    Daniel didn't really get why he should go out and visit a ranch of all things. It was really nice that Spider had dropped by to see if he was ok, but it wasn't that necessary to cheer him up. Or was it? He had told Alex. And Jo. They both deserved to know, had to know about his health because he spend a lot of time with them, living with the one, working for the other. If he had a breakdown at either place, they had to call a doctor and do some things to keep him alive.
    Ok, he hadn't done much after that. Got to work. Eat. Slept. Took his meds as he should. But it was as if there was nothing to do but wait it out. Hope what they tried worked. Get the thoughts that he'd die out of his head. Not an easy task – he feared to make plans for a future he might not have, knowing it would break him if it got crushed once more. So when Spider showed up he'd simply sat in front of the house, gaze and thoughts somewhere far away, absently idling around with a scrap of metal. Not doing anything to enjoy the time he'd gained by going into treatment instead of giving up.
    But he hadn't said 'no' to Spiders idea. The boy had been a bit suspicious, but had consented to it without much convincing necessary, neither normal nor magic. And now they where here – by magic of course, which had him left dizzy and clinging to Spider once more. “Promise you'll never do that without warning” he murmured, slowly recovering and getting his sense for direction back. This was worse than Kaede flying.
     
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    When Spider happened to be at Cascade Bay, he just popped over to see how Daniel was doing. The boy looked better and healthier due to the result of the treatment he was receiving. Such a sight made Spider feel more relaxed. But Daniel was still in a horrible position that nobody his age should be in. Thinking that Daniel needed to have fun and relax, Spider decided quite firmly that Daniel needed to have fun. Daniel could not have Spider's sort of fun, which involved drinking and womanizing. Hearing about Lon Lon Ranch, a new location suddenly appeared mysteriously in Pandora, Spider decided to take Daniel there.

    When he reached Daniel, he took out a picture of the place and in an instant, they were already in front of the ranch.

    "Yes, yes." He said in a dismissive manner to what Daniel asked him to do. People tended to be queasy right after he did it but they became okay very quickly. Lon Lon Ranch stretched out before their eyes, as beautiful as a picture. He led Daniel to the entrance and walked into the nearest door. Stretched before his eyes were a lot of horse.
     
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    Despite it being just a week since the hospital, he looked better. Not that this was hard to archive, given in how bad of an state he'd been that day. Just not being in pain and pale, able to walk around and responding coherent was a success. A small one, as there was still the fault in his head working against him, just that it wasn't something you noticed at the moment. Getting out to forget more about it probably was for the best, even with him not being entirely convinced.
    On the other hand, he couldn't just sit around and wait. That would drive him just more crazy, but searching out friends still scared him, because he had to explain why he turned up all of sudden and was eager to do anything to stop thinking. Daniel hoped some of Spiders attitude would wear off on him, granting him a bit of carelessness. And he trusted the older one to keep him safe, not do anything that might trigger a new attack – like changing place without a warning.
    There already was a slight smile on his face at the sight ahead of them. Not what he believed a ranch to be – rows of chained animals, kept underground, under conditions where spreads of illnesses where common. Instead it was green and peaceful and while big, not in an unhealthy way so. Of course he followed Spider, eyes lighting up at the horses. “Oh! I know those – that's what they used before cars and motorcycles got invented, right?”
    Another gap in his education and the things his country had at hand, but nothing you couldn't change. Just that he was a bit wary of the beast, bigger than him and certainly more impressive than a motorcycle. How the heck had people got around with that? They seemed so... unpredictable.
     
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    Spider never cared that much about horses. Living in the city, he had never ridden a horse and he had never had the same affinity to horses as he had to spiders. He tried horseriding once but that interest never sticked for long. He grew bored with it after a while.

    "Yes."
    It was a thing Spider took for granted. He grew up with a TV and the scenes of people riding a horse showed up in every movie.

    He walked to the next barn and saw a lot of cows.

    "I heard there was very famous milk here. I wonder where we can find it. Maybe we have to milk them."
     
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    For Daniel horses or other animals weren't something granted and he never had an TV. Or books, for that matter. It was no problem that Spider seemed to forget that until he talked about it, that gave him the sense of normality he longed for, making it better. Still, he stood in awe at the big beasts and took some moments to break away from them, following the older one to the next building.
    The cows reminded him more of the Plagues – there had been some in the upper sectors, for show, to have the rich believe that all was fine. Not that he ever had seen the underground farms, but the labs had been half underground and somehow connected to the pipes that run all through the city, numbered latches ending under houses, pumping whatever they had brew up in the labs to the poor, spreading illness till they wiped them back out with a shot in the routine controls.
    And he had some of that in his head. For years. Suddenly he felt faint and sick, stopped, a bit pale and wrapped his arms around him. “Sounds great. I can't remember ever having real milk” he replied, but it sounded hollow and he closed his eyes. Hoped to have enough of a moment to get back on track again. Why did that memories bothered him now, when things turned to the better for once?
     
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    "Are you okay? Is your illness acting out again?" Spider's brows furrowed as he reached out to steady Daniel. He was ready at a moment's notice to get them straightaway to Pandora's hospital. Daniel might look better but he still had terminal illness. He might die anytime soon and even though Spider still hoped, he was still afraid that doctors and medicines could only delay the inevitable.

    On his face, however, he still kept a cheerful and calm expression.

    "We can have Lon Lon Ranch milk later if you are too tired."
     
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    At Spiders words he pulled himself together, looked at him just in time to notice the slight worry. Smiled one of his soft smiles and took the others hands off him. “I´m ok. Just… remembered something.” He told him. “Won´t just die on you” Now that even got accompanied by a crooked grin.
    While his health was always there, lingering, he wouldn´t keep it hidden if he got worse. Especially not from Spider who probably was the only person able to take him to the hospital within seconds. So Daniel tried to catch something from the calm cheer and ignore any other thoughts.
    “Let´s look at the other things. I for my part have no clue how to get milk from a cow.” Also he didn´t wanted to get near enough to find that out. But he didn´t wanted to talk about that in bring Spider down. So he simply turned and went around looking for some shop or store.
     
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    Daniel probably remembered one of his bad memories. Seeing he was okay and not too weak to support himself, Spider nodded and stood looking around at the room. From start to finish, the room was filled with cows. On the ground were dung, straw and dried grass. No bottle of milk in sight.

    Spider walked to a random cow, inspected the underside of the cow carefully. He thought that the cow had nipples so she had to be female.

    "This cow is female, I think. Does she have milk, I wonder?"
     
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    He was glad that Spider didn't asked too much what the memory was about, sparing him the pain to go through it again. This flashbacks were bad enough. Still, it left him in the awkward situation that he wanted to get away from the cows while Spider still searched for the milk.
    Daniel followed, but reluctant again, staying in the middle of the aisle. “You're asking the wrong person” With his upbringing he knew next to nothing about cows or how to get milk from them. It never had been something his family could afford, if it even was available. Republic had have some problems with plagues all the time.
    “And don't just touch them! How do you even know if they are... healthy?” Not only that he couldn't afford to get any illness on top, he didn't wanted to worry for Spider either. Didn't wanted to see him like Eden, feverish, iris bleeding, skin cracking in fissures – he shuddered again. “Can't we... look for a storage unit?” It was more likely to find ready-made milk there.
     
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    So both Spider and Daniel knew nothing about cows. But Spider was curious. He would not be curious for long because he was not exactly a very committed person. But for now, he was curious.

    "This cow looks like a perfectly healthy cow."
    He answered Daniel then started poking at the what he thought was the cow's nipple.

    The cow moved away to avoid being poked; Spider tried to grab its nipple. It still moved away. After a few minutes of struggling to escape from Spider's hands, the cow became irritated and raised its leg. If Spider hadn't moved quickly enough, he would have been kicked hard in the stomach.

    "This is harder than I thought."
    He stated after moving to a safe distance from the cow.
     
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    He watched anxious at Spider just poking at the cow, still not sure about this. One thing was certain: he wouldn't try to get milk that way. Wasn't worth it. And while the older one might have the agility to evade a kicking cow, any hit on the head could be fatal for him. Even if it was just from stumbling. No. To risky and now that he had a chance to survive, Daniel was eager to stay away from any trouble.
    “Yes.” he agreed on the part that it this was hard, grasping the older ones sleeve and pulling him toward the exit. “Let's look for a store. They have to keep the milk somewhere, right?” Blue eyes searched his out. “Unless you want me to start walking back to Cascade right now.” That was what he'd do if he had to spend anymore time with cows, triggering memories better left forgotten.
     
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    "Ok. Ok." Spider looked back at the cows before following Daniel to try to find bottles of milk neatly packed.

    They got out the barn and into a yard. There were chickens everywhere on the yard, some were just eating, some were leaving poops everywhere. A rooster was standing near them, doing a wing dance around a hen to try to get laid. Wanting to tease Daniel, Spider said jokingly,

    "Maybe we can catch one of these chickend and make a good meal from it."
    Obviously, he was not going to do it. Chickens are hard to catch and his clothes would be a mess by the time he was done. But because Daniel seemed to be scared and wowed by everything, Spider just wanted to tease him a little.
     
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    He was glad that Spider agreed to go somewhere different, because Daniel wanted to have fun,make this day count as a good one. On his own he'd not come back here, didn't even knew where they were. And he wasn't scared of everything, seeing the cows just brought up memories and not good ones.
    Outside, they found chickens and despite that there where many, the boy was more at ease with them, laughing at Spiders teasing and nudging him with an elbow. There was a spark back in his eyes. “You think we're allowed too?” Growing up with mere scraps, he'd never say no to a decent meal, knew how to prepare a chicken from scratch.
    “I can hit them on the spot.” The knives he always had on him, pulling one out now and looking up at Spider questioning, but fully serious. “Just pick one. And we'd need some pot, make a fire of course... there should be a kitchen wherever the people live here, maybe we can use that? Doesn't seems as if anyone is around.” Which was odd but all the better if they wished to do something forbidden.
     
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    Daniel, however, was not frightened by chickens. Spider laughed at Daniel's tease but Daniel suddenly turned surprisingly serious. Spider looked thoughtful when he heard that,

    "You can catch a chicken and prepare it?"
    He asked. This joke suddenly turned serious. He would really like to taste a fresh chicken even if he found no milk in this ranch.

    "Nobody is around here. This ranch is owned by noone; it just showed up here out of nowhere this summer. Pandora is strange like that. So I don't think anybody will object to us grabbing a chicken and cook it. But there must be no kitchen around here. Do you happen to know how to cook chickens with only wood and fire?"

    Spider grinned. This already sounded fun. Catching and cooking your own chicken usually made the experience more enjoyable.
     
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    “I have many talents” he answered with a grin. His mother had taught all the kids to cook with the bits they had and since he couldn't always find things in the trash when he lived on the street, he had some hunting skills. At least he could hit things straight with his knife, even if it was a moving chicken. Not that hard.
    While Spider explained that this place had appeared out of nowhere, no one around owing it, Daniel already listed the things he'd need in his head and recalled where he could find it and where to set all this up. “Sure – we didn't had much electricity. Mum had a small oven, but I can do with open fire.” he replied, glancing around the yard.
    “But we'll need some more things. A safe place to set up a fire – away from the animals, should have a stone base. Wood, various sizes. At least two buckets of water. Metal poles or larger stones. And something for seasoning...” The boy obviously knew what to do. “Why don't you pick out a nice, fat chicken and try to lure it away from the others while I look for the other stuff?” Would make the killing easier and not as messy. And fun to watch how Spider played catch with something that could fly.
     
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    Despite being awed by a horse then a cow, Daniel seemed to be competent at this sort of thing. Spider nodded, said, "Ok." then started thinking of a way to lure a chicken away. He did not want to frighten the chickens by any violent tactic but he knew nothing about luring or catching a chicken. Spider usually had people do it for him. And he, unfortunately, could not control birds.

    Seeing a really fat and big rooster standing in a corner, Spider had an idea. Using his power, he created an illusion of a really nice hen standing near it. As a result, the rooster wanted to mate. Roosters were dumb so that rooster did not realize that there was something slightly insubstantial and hazy about the hen. When the rooster showed its intention, Spider let the illusion hen run away so that the rooster would run after. After a short while, he had succeeded in luring the rooster into a more quiet spot.

    "Daniel. Do your knife thing?"
    He hissed quietly so that the chickens would not be frightened.
     
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    He left Spider to figure out on his own how to approach the chickens and get one of them away from the others. Sure it would've been easy to hit one right away, but that sure caused a ruckus in a swarm of them and he rather wanted to avoid that. Too much trouble for one meal.
    So while the older one amused himself, Daniel made his way around swift, spotting a nice place for them and already bringing some of the easier stuff there – wood and two buckets of water. That was the most important for preparing it right after killing. Seasoning, that could wait, as they could search for the milk later. Probably would take some hours, most of the work for him, but it would be worth it.
    Just when he searched for seasoning he noticed Spiders soft words and reacted quick. A knife flew past him, close enough to create a draft, but no danger. Well, for Spider, the rooster got hit straight in the head and pinned to the wall behind it. “Just pick it up and bring it over to the fireplace. And careful with my knife!” he called over, in the progress of collecting the rest of the things. That not everyone would like to touch a bloody, still convulsing chicken was beyond him.
     
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    Spider did not feel like grabbing hold of a dead, bleeding chicken and ruined his expensive leather jacket but one had to sacrifice for a good meal. So he kneeled down, held the chicken in his hands, smearing his jacket with blood in the process. He was about to walk to Daniel when he saw that the chickens were gathering around him. Feeling the something was awfully wrong, Spider ran immediately to Daniel.

    When he was about halfway, a chicken jumped and tried to attack his foot. Spider kicked it away But another came and its attack hurt surprisingly badly before Spider could kick it away. When he looked around, he realized a whole horde of chickens had surrounded him and all of them looked like they wanted to crush him under their weight and attack him till death.