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


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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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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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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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