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 DEATH IN THE FAMILY, (Tag: Echo)
REESE GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 05:09 PM


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I KEEP MY FAMILY SAFEIT IS A FATHER'S JOBReese was beginning to feel like his life was starting to become normal again. He had found his daughter, and his crazy wife, and he now planned to reunite the two. Of course, he had not told either one that he was bringing Echo to the mall to hug it out with her mother, but he figured that surprise was best left as a secret. Reese had managed to steal a light blue Ford pickup truck early that morning, with nearly a quarter of a tank of gas inside of it, and he had driven by the marina around noon to pick up his little princess. Now, he sped down the road with Echo in the passenger seat, and a couple of bags of supplies in the bed of the truck. Reese had to admit that the vehicle was ugly, but it was American made and that was what counted in his mind. He had always had a penchant for American made vehicles because he felt like he was giving money to American families whenever he bought a car or a truck. He was an extremely patriotic man. “Princess, I have a surprise for you. I found some of your friends. They are at the mall.” Reese confessed as he took one of his hands off of the wheel to pat his daughter on the shoulder, “I’m taking you there now to visit them. I think will be good for you to see some of your friends. I can’t imagine what you must have seen or had to do at that marina.” He felt happy to have his daughter back in his life again and he wanted to do something nice for her. Reese wanted Echo to be able to have a normal time out with her friends like she used to before the apocalypse. He wanted his little princess to be able to say that she still had friends and family to lean on. Moreover, he was mentally preparing himself for the effort he knew that it would take to patch things up between Echo and Genevieve. It was going to be a difficult task.Reese could think of missions he had been tasked with in Vietnam that seemed easier than what he was about to attempt. However, he was confident that he would have success in his endeavors because he would be there to referee between the two women. “I want you to know that these past few days, with you back in my life, have been great.” Reese confided as a smile grew on his lips, “I know everything is going to shit all around us, but I think you have a bright future Echo. You just have to stay strong, but that shouldn’t be hard for you. You’ve always been brave. Remember when you beat up that bully in the fifth grade who was stealing lunch money from all of the boys in your class?” He felt odd about reminiscing, but he was in a good mood. His daughter was back in his life, he knew where his wife was, and soon he would have his whole family back together, or what was left of it. Davis was still dead and nothing could change that, but Reese could not help feeling like she was watching over them at that particular moment and keeping them safe. Reese made a sharp right turn and the rubble from the collapsed Melrose building came into sight. The road was blocked off from the debris, so Reese made a U-turn and attempted to go another way. However, after travelling another mile, the engine of the Ford truck began to sputter before finally dying as the vehicle ran out of gas. The truck rolled to a stop near a pair of zombies, and Reese felt confident that he and his daughter could make it on foot the rest of the way to the mall. “Looks like we’re huffing it the rest of the way, princess.” Reese declared as he exited the vehicle and grabbed his duffle bag full of supplies from the bed of the truck, “Stay close to me.”TAG: ECHO
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ECHO GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 05:53 PM


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Thins were beginning to be okay, even when the world was collapsing. While they were still trying to find a cure for Sheridan and the world was collapsing around her because she had to keep down the fort, Echo Galaeus was always going to fight. She had the world ahead of her to keep going; she told herself that multiple times whenever she gently touched the sparrow on her neck, things felt like they were going to be okay. Perhaps eventually she would even be able to see her mother now that she knew her father was back into her life.

Now her father was a totally different story. Since his return to the marina, albeit very brief and blown out of the way with emotion, Echo felt at peace. Being able to sit in his arms and weep, finally actually get all of this shit out of her fucking system so that she could possibly breathe again while she was angry with Ariel. He had given her comfort, some closure at that, and things were beginning to look up. She also had Stan now, a subject that was a bit rocky seeing as the brother and sister still didn't know exactly what to do with each other. And how were they supposed to know how things were going to be once it was all said and done? Time would only tell.

And here? Being here with her dad, her role model, her idol for the time being while the world was collapsing? Everything felt okay. Everything was okay.

Today she had been sitting in a blue Ford with her under the pretense that she was going to the mall because there were some of her friends left. Granted, she just figured that maybe he figured out that Aiden was alive, and it made her ecstatic that they were all going. Aiden was practically her soul survivor, why she became who she was until she fell off the deep end and never spoke to him again. But Echo didn't have the heart to tell him that she had already know that he was alive, but knowing that he still was only made her heart soar.

Grinning over at him, she shrugged at his hand and leaned her head back. The wind felt nice while her rifle sat idly on her lap. "You know, I'm just glad you're alive, Daddy. That's all I'm going to tell you right now.' Leaning up, she looked to the left of her and nodded. "I didn't think for one second that you were still alive out there, but I'm really glad you came looking for me when you did. I don't know how bright you think it'll be, Daddy, but I hope it's as bright as I'm picturing it to be. Maybe like the summer sun in Lousiana." Looking away, she fingered the barrels of the gun and sighed heavily. "Sometimes I miss the house we used to live in before we came here." It was true. Lousiana had always been her first home.

Glancing over as he went onto memory lane, she couldn't help but laugh outright. "Christ, you still remember that? I almost forgot. Billy something, I think that's what his name was. I punched his lights out and I think I broke his nose, but he never took anyone's money ever again." She couldn't help but smirk at that. Yep, little Echo, so brave and tall with her chin high in the air and fists ready or combat. She had her father to thank for that attitude, the Vietnam vet.

When the truck went to a stop, she blinked and looked over to him before groaning. Christ, Walkers and they had to deal with them? Now? "I can take the shot," she murmured to him as they slipped out of the truck, her eyes solely on the zombies ahead as she walked backwards to grab another duffle bag from the bed of the truck. Drawing in a slow breath, she slung her rifle up and ran to the driver's side of the car to stay next to him. "I guess it wouldn't be fair unless if we had to have a few zombies on our case, right?"

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REESE GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 06:55 PM


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I KEEP MY FAMILY SAFEIT IS A FATHER'S JOBReese looked over at his daughter as she grabbed her bag and weapon. She was standing at attention by his side in almost an instant, and he realized he never felt more proud of her than he did in that moment. She remembered all of the training he had given her and she was a capable strong young woman. “Hey, your old man might have some snow on the rooftop, but there is still a log on the fire. I have a memory like an elephant.” Reese replied to his daughter cheekily as he poked her in the side with his index finger, “Go ahead, and take the shot. Take the one on the left and I’ll get the one on the right.” He retrieved his own hunting rifle from the pickup truck, before closing the door loudly behind him. The stray Walkers roaming around on the streets in front of them snapped into action instantly at the sound of the noise. Reese brought his rifle up to his face, took aim with the attached scope, and gently pulled the trigger. A loud bang rang out through the area as a bullet cascaded through the air and slammed its way into a Walker’s brain. Reese watched carefully as the creature went limp, double over onto the ground, and began to spill congealed blood onto the pavement. He felt his stomach churn at the sight of the gore. The war veteran had served in Vietnam, and he had seen a slew of horrendous things, but the sight of a gory body still made him feel sick. Reese perked up as another Walker strayed out into the road from an alleyway on the right side, and he repeated his actions from seconds earlier. A second corpse collapsed to the ground at the hands of Reese’s rifle, and he was beginning to wonder if he and his daughter would encounter more. Something in his gut did not feel right, but he ignored the negative feeling. “Nice shot, princess.” Reese commented as he gazed at his daughter while she dropped a corpse or two of her own.Once the road appeared to be clear, Reese led the way with his cowboy boots treading lightly against the pavement. His hues continued to scan for any sign of more Walkers, and he could not prevent his mind from remembering the time he had taken Echo with him to hunt a deer. “You remember the summer when you were about fifteen? We lived in Louisiana and I took you hunting for the weekend, while Davis and your mother went to visit some kind of pageant show or something.” Reese questioned as the smile on his lips returned, “You and I ended up running into a large buck that looked like it could give a bear a run for its money. I was going to take the shot, but you said, ‘No, daddy. Let me do it.’ It was your first kill while we were hunting and you were so proud of it.” He was not sure why he was bringing up old memories, but thoughts of his past with his daughter had been flooding his mind since she ran away from home months ago. Reese snapped out of his thoughts as he spotted another Walker in the distance. He took aim, lined up his shot through his scope, and pulled the trigger gingerly. The shot plowed through the forehead of the Walker and came out through the back of its cranium. “I didn’t have the heart to tell you that you hadn’t killed the buck after it got up and ran off when you looked away. I wanted to stop hunting and take you out for ice cream, but you said, ‘No, daddy, we’ll find it again.’ I thought you were crazy at the time, but you’re my princess so we stayed for another day.” Reese continued on as he brought his rifle up to his face again, lined up his shot through the scope, and gave another bullet lobotomy to a Walker who tumbled in their path, “Sure enough, the next day we found that same buck. You shot him again and that time you shot him twice to make sure he couldn’t get back up. I don’t know why I just remembered that story, but it has always been one of my favorites because it shows how determined you are when you set your mind to something. You’re stubborn like me.”TAG: ECHO
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ECHO GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 07:16 PM


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Echo wasted no time to meet her father there with the bag slung over her shoulder, weapon in hand. As if she hadn't wasted any time at all. As if she hadn't even blinked at the notion that they could die right here, right now, if she decided to continue on to the mall. Something in the back of her mind was bugging her and telling her that they ought to go back, that they should probably take the high road and see these friends another time. She was just content with knowing that Aiden and Emmy and Jaxson were alive, really. But something was also keeping her here at her father's side because she was no longer afraid of dying herself. That had gone a long time ago when she got shot in the side, only to nearly bleed to death. Death was no longer something she was scared of because she didn't have to think about it all that much anymore.

Snorting, she giggled and pushed his hand away. "Fine, fine, you still got it, whatever you say. All I'm telling you is that if the shooting ranges were still around, I'd give you a run for your money." She aimed carefully, arms raising as she zeroed in on one of the zombies. Right after the bang rang out from his end of the set of rifles, Echo decided to pull the trigger, launching a zombie back onto the ground with its head half blown off. She shot with the second trigger on the side at another zombie that was creeping up on the other side of her.

Then her father complimented her on her shooting and she gazed up at him like he was God himself.

Once the coast was clear, she dropped her arms and readjusted the bag. He told her the story about when she first shot a deer, a story she could remember like it was yesterday. "You kidding? Of course I remember that weekend. That was one of my favorite weekends. I tried to sneak Davis out of that freaking pageant but mom wouldn't budge because she had to have at least one of us win Grand Supreme, and it wasn't gonna be me." True story. Echo hated anything to do with wearing dresses or trying to look like some overly-tanned Barbie doll.

When he went to shoot another Walker, she instinctively brought up her gun to back him up, but he had such a clear shot that she didn't even have to worry about him. Years later and he was still kicking it like he was the one who invented a gun. All those memories that felt like forty years ago were coming back and she was getting slightly emotional at the memory of her first kill. Not something normal people thought about, but to see how proud she was of herself that day. When she caught another one, she was starting to get a little uncertain, but she shot it clean dead anyway. Why were there so many showing up still? "Guess I got the bad traits from you, huh?" she teased with a smirk. "I miss going hunting with you but I guess this is as good as it gets now, right? A bunch of stupid Walkers who just won't stop popping up."

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REESE GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 08:02 PM


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I KEEP MY FAMILY SAFEIT IS A FATHER'S JOBReese fired off another shot from his rifle as his daughter spoke, and he could not help be realize that she was right. More and more Walkers were coming after them. It felt like four more popped up for every two that he put down. Something was not right about the current situation and he was tempted to turn back. His gut twisted the same way it had one night during his time in the Vietnam War when the Viet Cong had raided his platoon and killed most of his peers. “I miss going hunting with you too, princess. These Walkers will suffice though.” Reese retorted as he finished off two more Walkers back to back that stumbled into his path, “Speaking of Walkers, these guys seem like they don’t stop showing up. It must be the sound from the rifles and…” His voice fell silent as he and Echo turned the corner. Reese’s hues widened at the sight of the biggest herd of Walkers he had ever seen since the apocalypse had begun. The horde was shoulder to shoulder and stretched across the road as far as the eye could see. “Oh shit,” Reese whispered to his daughter as a large portion of the horde turned towards them and commenced moving towards the pair like a demented marching band, “I guess this was a bad day for a father and daughter stroll through the streets!” He took aim quickly and started firing off shots at various Walkers in the crowd. Reese picked off the zombies closest to him and Echo at first, before setting his sights on the walking dead infantry that replaced their fallen comrades. His feet scooted along the pavement as he backed up towards the way he and Echo had come from earlier. Shot after shot, Reese kept firing to help him and his daughter have at least some chance of escaping. “We need to go. I’m sorry, Echo, but the mall isn’t going to happen for us today.” Reese called out to his daughter in between shots, “I think there was a place somewhere back there that we could hold out in until they leave.”Reese turned on his heel to break out into a sprint, when suddenly another group of zombies ambushed the pair from the direction they had come from. A Walker lurched forward and attempted to lodge its teeth into Reese’s hand, but he deflected the attack with a swift hit from the barrel of his rifle. He kicked the zombie back with one of his booted feet and pulled the trigger on his rifle to fire a shot into the creature’s brainpan. “Move!” Reese ordered as he led his daughter to a nearby storefront that appeared to be an abandoned bookstore, “There! We can hide in that store. You work on getting the door open, princess, and I’ll hold them off!” He slammed the butt of his rifle into the face of another zombie that came too close to him and kicked another in the abdomen. Reese took aim with his rifle, but avoided using the scope this time, and he fired of round after round into the skulls of every zombie who came close to him, while he covered his daughter. Another Walker came in close to bite his forearm, but Reese prevented the attack by kicking that one back as well with his boot. He attempted to pull the trigger on his rifle again, but the weapon did little more than make a loud clicking noise to signal that it had burned through its food. Out of ammo for his rifle, Reese slung the rifle over his shoulder and retrieved the .44 magnum revolver from his waistband. He fired off careful shots as the herd closed in on the pair, and he kept shooting until his handgun made the clicking sound that it was empty as well. Before Reese could pull out some rounds from his pants pocket to reload, however, a portly Walker leaned in close to Echo. Being the protective father that he was, Reese formed a fist and slammed it through the portly zombie’s mouth because he did not have time to reload his gun. He could feel the monster’s teeth breakthrough his skin, but he wouldn’t allow himself to think about what just happened. Instead, he retrieved a bowie knife from a holster on his belt and stabbed the blade into the portly zombie’s forehead. Reese yanked back his blade, and the hand with his handgun that had been bit, and promptly entered the store as his daughter managed to break the place open. He closed the door behind them on the way in, locked the deadbolt, and started to feel sick at his stomach. Part of him was not sure if his daughter had seen yet, but he realized that he had just been bitten.TAG: ECHO
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ECHO GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 15 2012, 08:52 PM


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Talking about hunting made her realized just how much the world was changing, and it sucked. It sucked a lot, honestly, but there were just a few people who kept her going. Her father, for example, was one of them. The one man who was able to get to his little girl when the rest of the world couldn't shake her out of her insane planes, her temper tantrums that she sometimes couldn't control. Hunting had been one of her favorite things to do, and now? It was amazing. "Yep, these stupid-" She fired another shot and grinned in excitement. This was a piece of cake. "-walkers are all we got left to hunt. I don't even know if bucks exist still. Do they walk around still in the woods?"

She should have understood, though, that this wasn't going to be some easy task with a few shots here and there until they walked alone to the Galleria mall. She had walked there before on her own with tons of ammo and guns strapped to her the first time she went to see if Aiden was alive, and luckily her trip there and back allowed her to stay in one piece. With two people, there had to be enough time to get there no problem, especially with expert shooters like her and her dad.

It wasn't until they turned the corner and her eyes landed on a horde did her heart practically stop. Opening her mouth in absolute fright, Echo stumbled a step back and kept her gun up, though it was like staring a multiple embodiment of death right in the face. Her father took the words straight out of her mouth, so she just waited silently, waited to come up with a plan to run back to the marina and hide in her boat with her father until another time. "Shit!" She screamed, running backwards and quickly picking off as many as she could. Flinging her rifle onto her back, she opted for the handgun on her thigh and started shooting away in order to run a little fast.

"Trust me, I'm okay with no mall, I'm totally fine with not going to the--" No need to actually talk since she turned and ran in front of him, practically tripping over her own two feet as she stumbled over a few dents in the street. Firing rounds into the zombies in front of her, she frantically got out her Winchester and continuously looked back to see how her father was doing. This was worst case scenario. This couldn't be happening.

Dropping towards the bookstore, she tried at the door, but there was no use. "Shit, you gotta be kidding me," she whispered breathlessly before dropping down to try and get the door open. All the rounds of ammunition, the body parts thumping onto the ground, it all seemed like it was going in slow motion and Echo wasn't really there to see it all truly happening. She wanted to take a moment to catch her breath, but they didn't have time. There wasn't enough time. Everything was going fuzzy, blurry, like she was hallucinating and for once she was praying she would wake up from a dream.

Finally it clicked and she yelled, pushing open the door. Her father came running in after her and Echo wasted no time to run in and turn around, eyes wild and hair a mess, the gun up and ready to fire on whatever zombie came in. However, her father managed to lock the door and Echo grinned, wide and excited. Laughing, she dropped her gun and finally let out a breath she didn't know she was holding. "Wow, that was freaking exhilarating wasn't it? I didn't expect that many to show up but at least we found a place to go. Holy crap, you did a number on those stupid dead things, didn't you? I--"

But the bright smile faded the minute she saw the blood, and immediately she felt her stomach lurch forward. Eyes rounding in shock, Echo tilted her head up slightly and reared it backward in confusion. "What is that?" She didn't sound like herself, especially with the thin film of tears at her waterline; it sounded like she was reverting back to a child, her brain refusing to accept what the hell had happened to his hand. Reese got bit. Her father was bit by a zombie. Staring up at him, wide-eyed, her vision blurred until she blinked, her mouth slightly open. "I-I thought we got out of there in time, Dad. Daddy? I thought you got... I thought you got them, I thought you were okay out there, why is..." Shaking her head, she dropped her gun and starting towards the shelves, trying to find anything she could get her hands on. "I-I can fix that, I can fix-- Don't worry, I can fix it."

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REESE GALAEUS
Posted: Apr 16 2012, 06:11 AM


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I KEEP MY FAMILY SAFEIT IS A FATHER'S JOBReese smiled at his daughter as she gushed about how he had killed a slew of zombies. She always had been his biggest fan. Sometimes he had even thought that she loved him more than Genevieve had. Part of him almost wanted to try to hide his wound from his princess because he knew how crushed she would be. He knew fully well that there was nothing he could do about being bitten, but that was not what concerned him. What concerned Reese was how Echo would deal with the news and his eventual death. She was already semi-unstable, and the loss of a father would only set her over the edge more. “You know what this is, Echo.” Reese replied in a serious tone as he used a bandana from his pants pocket to wrap his hand and slow down the bleeding, “I was bitten sweetheart. Guess I wasn’t quick enough after all? Come here, princess.” He moved towards his daughter and draped an arm around her to pull her close to his chest. His unbitten hand went to her hair to stroke some of her dark brown locks behind her ear as he tried to think of how to handle the situation. Reese had never been ready for the father-daughter talks he had been forced to have with Echo in the past such as: the birds and the bees, boys, and the long discussion the pair had taken part in about right and wrong when Echo was a young girl. However, none of the books Reese had ever read had mentioned how to prepare a daughter for the task of killing her father because a zombie had bitten him. Someone needed to write that book. “Everything is okay, princess. Just, calm down.” Reese soothed as he rested his chin on his daughter’s head softly, “You can’t fix this, Echo. No one can right now.” He knew what she was going to be forced to do, but he could not bring himself to say it yet. For now, he resolved to enjoy the short amount of time he had left with his daughter by talking with her. It had been far too long since the pair had been able to simply sit and chat with each other. Reese was determined to change that now. “Come sit down with me. I want to talk to you about something.” Reese declared in a stern yet caring tone of voice, “I have a plan.” He used his arm to lead his daughter over to a nearby table that had books littered all over its surface. Reese used the forearm attached to his injured hand to sling a stack of the books onto the floor, before taking a seat on the table. His heart felt heavy at what he knew he was going to have to tell Echo, and he could already feel his bite taking effect on him physically. “I know it is sad, and I know you don’t like it sweetheart, but I was bitten. I’m going to die one way or another.” Reese confided as he held his daughter close to him with his good hand, “You have to accept that fact and deal with it in a healthy way. I know it is probably the hardest thing you have ever had to do, but you have to accept that it is happening so we can try to enjoy the time I have left…together.” He felt like the worst father in the world for telling her to accept his death already, but he knew that such an event would crush his princess. Reese knew that Echo was going to need a lot of comforting and some people to lean on before she could ever gain any semblance of normality again. It was a harsh fact, but he was glad that she still had her mother and Stan. She still had her friends as well, even if she did not have her father anymore. He was not ready to die, but he saw fighting the inevitable to be a futile task and waste of time. Reese was going to enjoy his last moments on Earth, and he was going to enjoy them with the person who had loved him most in the world.TAG: ECHO
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