Day one of the new world.
Today has been a mess of epic proportions, literally. Evidently the CDC knew something was coming when they “jokingly” posted on the CDC website what to do in the case of a zombie apocalypse. I just wish they had emphasized the probability factor higher.
So the ranch is now a community compound. I wasn’t really prepared for this, and what I did do to prepare is screwed. If I’m dead and you’re reading this, if you can somehow manage to get my bunker open, it is completely self sustaining for 15 people indefinitely. For the money it cost me, I truly hope someone can benefit from it someday.
Met several other survivors today, which is good. CJ, Anna, Simon, and Kaylen all came from the same boat trip I was on for New Years. Anna is evidently a model from Texas who turned out to have some pretty serious shooting ability. Simon is an amazing chef, and Kaylen is… well, a waitress, but not sure what else as far as skills, but talking with her, she’s sweet, considerate of others, and easy to talk to. I have no doubt there is more to her than waitressing. In the impala house, we rescued a pair of teenage boys, Tim and Chuck. I’m not even sure how we’re going to manage orphaned children… a thought for another day. For now, just need to focus on getting the community to the point survival looks likely. Any ways, we also found a pair of survivors near Simon’s apartment, Erica and Donna (another orphaned child). Turns out, best friend and little sister of CJ’s ex. Bizarre, but weirder things have happened I suppose. Seems like Erica knew CJ but he didn’t really know her, which is bound to become awkward at some point. Donna, on the other hand, was clearly recognized and she with CJ, and with disdain. Seems he’s on her black list, as much as a nine year old would have one. At Kaylen’s apartment, we found Rick and Andrea. These two were just neighbors, like Kaylen, and pretty quiet. Of course, that could just be shock, not everyone steps up to address a major apocalypse in the face, some just don’t have the psyche for it. We’ll see if they come out of their shell after a few days and things have quieted down a little bit, stabilized now that we made it to the ranch. Not far from Kaylen’s apartment, we hit the sporting goods store at Crossroads and found three more survivors, Earl, Mathew, and Monica. It seems they weren’t associated other than survivors, like our group, and with a bit of discussion were willing to join our group. Earl seemed to be leading them, and is a rather likeable fellow who has some leadership potential. I think he will make a valuable addition to the group. I figure I will probably need to lead the salvage team that leaves the ranch, he might make a good person to leave in charge while I’m gone. Then again, the priority for the ranch is defense, so I may make it Anna. We’ll see when we discuss roles and responsibilities in the morning at the planning session. I just hope that there are no disputes with what I have planned so far. It really helped to discuss it with Kaylen, bounce thoughts off her and such. She may not be a model, but she looked so beautiful in the moonlight that there were moments that she was very distracting and I forgot what I was doing. Hopefully it didn’t show too much. Enough of that for now, back to the survivors. Mathew is young, about Anna and Erica’s age (college), and fairly quiet. He strikes me as a bookworm type, that may come in handy. Knowledge is going to be crucial in rebuilding a community in this mess. Monica… another who is fairly quiet and hard to get a read on. Admittedly, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time, but it may become important. I should think about scheduling one-on-one’s in a few days, when the immediate priorities are addressed. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had some hidden talents that the community would benefit from. Only one other survivor found today, at least that’s human. Ted from across the way survived! Not terribly surprising, when dad was alive, he used to say Ted could weather anything and keep on working through it too. Seems dad was more right than he knew; Ted had worked today like usual and didn’t even realize there was anything wrong. He will definitely be a valuable addition. He’s pretty used to running his own farm his own way, I wonder how he will manage on my ranch. Maybe the best approach is just to put him in charge here, at least as to how to run the ranch and farm portion. He is the best candidate any ways, so it’s a logical choice. He’s the closest thing I had to living family, so I’m really glad he made it. He helps keep me connected to my family, even though mom and dad passed on years ago. I think he’ll also help keep me grounded on stuff, I know he’s willing to tell me when he thinks I’m off the mark. Having that will be good, I think.
There were two other crucial survivors as well, the dogs! I know it’s ridiculous, but I did worry about them. We haven’t seen any undead animals, but there have been numerous carcasses meaning the undead are more than willing to eat them too, which is to be expected I guess.
Need to address roles and authority tomorrow. There are holes to be filled, expertise needed that we just don’t have, and more people than positions of authority. I just hope that the discussion doesn’t produce arguments. The thing we need most right now is a cohesive community, points of dissension would be bad. We shall see.
Kaylen. I know she is willing to “sleep” with me, but is it because I have the best and biggest bed and sleeping accommodations are tight, or is there more to it? She’s out here with me now, under the stars as I write this and other notes on my clipboard… does she suspect I am interested in her? While I have had numerous meaningless relationships (seemingly a specialty of the entertainment industry), I have never really had someone I was actually interested in. How do I proceed? If I pursue this, it has to go well since we will definitely be living in the same community even if it doesn’t. I never would have considered a waitress for dating material in the past, but was that because I wasn’t looking for anything serious? Taking the time to get to know her, I am amazed at the person she is inside. How do I tell her that I want so much more from her without jeopardizing it? Is this love? I don’t know, but I believe it could be, or at least could become. She is the type of woman I would definitely look to being potential permanent relationship material even without an apocalypse to trim down the options. I can’t rush this, though, she needs to know it’s not simply because of the cataclysmic changes, it’s because I really do find her to be an amazing woman inside. Ok, her outside is pretty beautiful too, but that isn’t what makes people compatible long term. I just need to think about this more, how to approach it. How to say what I’m feeling without scaring her off or making her feel pressured. I mean, I’m not exactly the last guy on earth, but even Tim and Chuck make the short list now, just due to attrition. How can I show her that I could be a good mate, regardless of the circumstances? Given everything we’ve been through today, pressing for a relationship may be too much too fast. For now, I will simply bask in her presence, thrilled to be sleeping next to her. Morning shower may need to be colder than usual. Any ways, enough for today. I’ll write more tomorrow.