The Mission

The boys try to rescue some wayward missionaries.

Quaid is limping slightly. Looks like the Doc has worked a miracle on his leg. He's a little slow on his feet, but still fit for duty.

Kappedal has been in a quiet corner of the aid tent for some time, quietly reciting something under his breath. More like singing if one can hear it, a soft droning that doesn't carry very far. "…Haolam, m'shaneh hab'riyot." That all done, he's silent for another minute or two before brushing his hands against the sides of his heavy fatigues trousers, and picking his way back towards the front where Fredricks is working.

Clip-clop. Wood's got coconuts! Well, at least one. He sets them down, once he's summoned at any rate and scrambles over. His cheer doesn't seem to falter. And he doesn't seem to make in time to hear Kappedal's singing at all. Hup hup hup along and scrambling over the sand. "Sir!" He arrives. Wait. Does he salute? But then -

Slayback stands quietly, hand draped over his hanging BAR. A blank expression on his face. He's in Marine mode now.

Captain Christie gives all the men a hard look as they gather around. He's a Marine after all. "Listen up, boys." He takes a map out and spreads it on a crate, so they can all get a gander. "We know they're still Japs in the area. Question is where. We need to get some eyes a little ways southwest of here…" He gestures to a spot on the map just across the river. 0,10 to be precise. "See if any of them are creeping around the area."

Tavua is doing what most of the natives do, sleep. Finding shelter from the wind on the lee-side of a tree, he rests, letting the warm sand keep the light chill away as he sleeps.

Kappedal picks up his medical pack off his cot, slinging it securely over his shoulder so the strap crosses his chest. He hooks a thumb into it, getting close enough to hear what's going on.

Fredricks looks to the Captain, listening intently, and turns, starting to prep the Station for more hurt people.

Slayback takes his clip out of his BAR and his taps it against the gun itself before placing it back in. A look around at his comrades, "So…no shooting?"

Woods is listening. He seems still for once, quiet and solemn. He takes a gander at the map when he can. Across the river? Hmm. His nose wrinkles a bit and he nods. "Yessir."

Quaid nods as he listens to the Captain. "Who's in charge of this, sir?" he asks. "Still not 100%% and I'm on morphine." The frown on his face suggests he isn't happy at the idea of going out on patrol.

"Engage if you're engaged, Private," Captain Christie barks at Slayback. "Patrol is your mission, so don't do anything stupid that'll attract Tojo's boy's attention. Also. Our scouts tell us there was a missionary outpost in that location. Might be survivors. Might not be." From his tone, he's betting on the latter. "Have a look around for any signs while you're down there, but I wouldn't get my hopes too high there's anything Christian breathing in that jungle."

Captain Christie adds, "Private Woods can lead this one."

Kappedal listens in silence. Shootings aren't his thing. If it gets down to the medics shooting, they're all in pretty deep shit. His dark blue eyes flicker to Woods when the man's put in charge, then back to the Cap.

Blinkblink. Woods looks a little surprised. He fidgets a bit. He nods slowly, then, accepting. He smiles at Quaid, "'s alright. Hope you feel better soon then." He accepts being in charge and listens attentively. "We'll keep an eye out for them sir," He promises quietly although a part of him worries about missionaries out there…

Quaid seems pleased Woods is put in charge. "Way to go, Vinny," he murmurs. To the Captain, "Missionary outpost, huh? What do you want us to do with any white folks we may run across, sir?"

Tavua snores, "Zzzzzz…" his voice nearly drowned out by the rolling surf and the chatter of the english speaking marines. He rolls over on his side, murmuring in his slumber.

Fredricks keeps working to prepare the Station. Right. He is paying attention as he prepares the Medical facilities for White Missionaries.

Missionaries. Kappedal's mouth is shut on the matter, though concern's etched across his face, bringing out wrinkles between his brows.

"Get them back here with us if you find any, Private," Captain Christie replies to Woods. "If you find anyone still alive." Big 'if' there still. He eyes Tavua, gesturing to the native. "Take that one along, too, if he'll follow proper. Probably knows the area."

Woods nods, and listens then. "Yes sir," A smile at the mention of the native although it disappears into his solemn, more marinely demeanor. He shifts his weight then, "Makes sense. Keep our eyes open and heads down," Nod.

Quaid unslings his M1 carbine. He pops the mag, checks to see that it's loaded and that a round is chambered. "Ready to go when you are, Vinny," he says.

Kappedal checks the pistol at his hip, and then the buckles and straps of his medical bag. He turns around to look half over his shoulder at Fredricks. "We'll see you soon, Doc."

Captain Christie orders, "Form up a couple clicks west of here and move out, Marines." He leaves them to it after that.

Fredricks nods, "Take care, Ben. We'll be ready here."

Woods nods with a little grunt then as he shifts his Reising about. "Right then, make sure you've got your gear in line and let's get moving," He's holding out hope that some soul might be out there or that the Japanese might be taking a nap. He smiles to Kappedal and the others for a moment before wandering over. "Yes sir!" And off he goes.

Kappedal follows along. At the back. Like a good navy boy.

Quaid trudges after Woods. He stops and turns around. "Hey Doc," he calls, "get some syrettes ready for me, huh?" He grins, then gets back to marching.

Tavua is assumed to have been awoken, and after trading some K-rations, candy bars and gum, he follows the marines slowly.

Travel Spam

Woods is forced to choose between swamp and forest. Woods pauses, deciding to choose swamp then forest. He keeps moving to the west quietly, although he glances over his shoulder to check on the others.

Kappedal is not quite as fast as some, but he's on the short side so it was bound to happen. His boots sludge through the mud and dank water, the muck steadily creeping up past the knees.

Tavua stands at the back of the group, yawning a little, burping a little as he watches the Marines quietly.

Quaid trudges through the muck, eyes darting around, following Woods. "Missionaries? On this island?" he whispers, shaking his head. "If they're alive, I hope they're at least Catholic."

Woods seems satisfied no one's stuck. He even offers a hopefully little smile, "Whoever they are I hope they're alright." His voice is a low whisper. A shrug and he peers around him, still making sure no one gets stuck.

"Do Protestants have missionaries too?" Kappedal's voice is quiet as it carries from his back row of the formation.

Tavua just wanders at the back of the group, looking around, smiling as he recognizes some of the boats pulled up on shore.

Woods nods at Kappedal. He shrugs again, "Heard there's some Witness folks, the Mormons…" He replies quietly. He turns again to focus his gaze southward and - comically not get stuck anywhere.

Kappedal listens to Woods, both brows raising. Mormon? Gibberish to him. "Witness? What did they witness? Like criminals?"

"Hey, they're alive, we save 'em, we get a boat ride home to cameras, medals, and a handshake from President Roosevelt," Quaid mutters. "Who knows, maybe they can even teach General Tavua some English, too. Then we can teach him how to play cards, he can teach us how to find food in the jungle… sick of this canned shit." He ceases his griping as Woods looks south, taking a knee in the muck as he awaits his orders.

Woods shakes his head, wincing as a boot gets stuck between mud and a tree root. "Dunno, guess they mean witnessing the bible-" Poor Woods eventually manages to pull free. He smiles. A motion to move south when ready.

Tavua wanders like he is just walking around his backyard. He follows the Marines, though slows slightly as he recognizes where they are going.

Kappedal is silent after that. Witnessing Bibles, this is already over his head. He shoulders his pack higher as he flounders a bit in a huge mudpile, clawing up out of it and hacking after the rest into the forest.

Woods quietly prays they don't see any snakes. No snakes, no snakes. Woods is the little fellow in the lead, quietly trying to keep his spot in the front but it's hard given his short stature.

Quaid is moving slowly, carefully so as to not trip. This fucking jungle. One hand holds his M1 carbine, the other brushes away vines and branches from his face. He's ceased his griping now that they're drawing close to the objective.

Kappedal isn't stuck, just struggling here and there. It's easier once there's solid ground underfoot, even if his boots do squish unpleasantly where mud got into them. Squish.

Tavua keeps up relatively well, though stays at the back of the group, letting them find their own way.

Tavua walks, but then gazes southwards and hits the ground!

Kappedal sweats. A lot. It pours down his face, starting to soak his collar and the shirt underneath his heavy USN jacket, leaving an oval of damp on his back. Wonder anyone can breathe in this place. He stiffens as Tauva moves so suddenly next to him, dropping to a crouch on reflex.

Woods stops as the native hits the ground. He holds up his hand. People! He points to his eyes. Three… frowny face. Or at least three. It's hard seeing inside the house. But he makes a motion that some non-Angry Asians are in there.

Kappedal squints southwards. He shakes his head at Woods, holding up four fingers. He sees four. And…he motions to get down!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Quaid crawls low on his belly now as he tries to find a good spot to take a look at the clearing to the south. He turns arounbd and crawls back to Woods and whispers. "I make out three inside some house there. Looks like a bunch of 'Christian' folk, too. Where the hell is Slayback and his BAR, Vinny? Can't fight from this range with my carbine."

Woods winces, oh hell. Someone's been spotted. He gets down, and hesitates. He starts moving southward then, "I'm useless at range -" He mumbles. And starts in to ambush. His eyes go wide hearing firing inside the house.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Tavua sees the missionaries in trouble! Brave, Brave Tavua glares, narrowing his eyes. He ignores the others and slinks forward.

Kappedal tries to duck his head and make a smaller target.

Quaid begins crawling south. Must. Save. Whitey.

«Ground Combat» Woods moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Kenji snipes Kappedal with his Arisaka Type 99 but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing!

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Tavua changes its style to Banzai!

Kappedal freezes as a bullet whizzes right past his face. His heart's already pounding, and now the Marines are heading in. Shit.

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Kappedal moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Grenades from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You look around for hidden targets in your line of sight.

Kenji keeps watch outside, panning his rifle about.

Kenji shouts in Japanese! He sees one!

Kenji shouts, to the north!

Kenji aims his rifle at Kappedal. That Red Cross makes a pretty sniper target.

"Look, you've got no right barging in here!" Patterson protests feebly, sweat breaking out on his upper lip.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Patterson but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Masaru fires his rifle at the uppity missionary.

«Ground Combat» Akira fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Patterson and hits!

Patterson suffers 4 wound damage to its left leg.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Annabelle screams when the Japanese start shooting. Edward pushes her toward the door. "Run!"

«Ground Combat» You notice Woods arrive at Clearing.

«Ground Combat» Kenji snipes Kappedal with his Arisaka Type 99 but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing!

Patterson is shot in the leg. He crumples, clutching at it. Looking up at the Japanese soldier bearing down on him, he says a prayer.

«Ground Combat» You notice Quaid arrive at Clearing.

Woods sneakasneakasneaks up. Here's praying…

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Kenji but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

Kaito comes running back out, rifle raised when he hears the shooting.

Kenji misses the medic. He curses softly in Japanese, looking over his shoulder at the mission house.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Patterson but misses!

Annabelle screams when the Japanese start shooting. Edward pushes her toward the door. "Run!"

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You notice Tavua arrive at Clearing.

Woods pops up like an angry little weasel. With an SMG!

«Ground Combat» Clark moves to engage Akira in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Game» Kenji changes his style to Banzai!

Tavua comes running in with the others, his black skin making him a little harder to see in the dark as he moves on the Japs.

Edward charges at Akira, trying to delay the soldier long enough for Anna to get away. He takes a swing at the soldier.

Quaid is crawling low, towards the house. Seems he's intent on entering.

Kenji sees Woods coming, leveling his rifle at the Marine.

«Game» Woods changes his style to Banzai!

«Game» Akira changes his style to Banzai!

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves to engage Kenji in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Game» Masaru changes his style to Banzai!

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Kenji and hits!

Kenji suffers 3 wound damage to his head.

Kenji suffers 7 wound damage to his left hand.

Kenji suffers 2 wound damage to his right hand.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Kenji fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Woods but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Woods respectfully requests that Kenji not point his firearm at him. With bullets.

«Ground Combat» Akira attacks Clark in melee combat with his Arisaka Type 99 but Clark blocks it!

Kenji is rather torn apart by an smg before he can get a shot off at him, though.

«Ground Combat» Clark attacks Akira with his bare hands! Akira suffers 1 bruise damage to his head.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Clark but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Kaito moves to engage Annabelle in close quarters combat, but fails.

Anna tries to get to the door, but the soldiers are blocking it. One tries to grab her, but she slips away.

«Ground Combat» Tavua attacks Kenji in melee combat with its Leuku and hits! Kenji suffers 4 wound damage to his head.

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves into Mission House.

«Ground Combat» *boom* Headshot!!!

«Game» Quaid unwields his M1 Carbine!

Tavua lops off Kenji's head with his machete! Charging to the mission house! Waaargh!

«Game» Quaid wields his Mk2 Pineapple!

«Ground Combat» You notice Kappedal arrive at Clearing.

Woods darts into the house, Reising at the ready. He nods as others come too.

«Ground Combat» Woods moves into Mission House.

Kenji plunks to the ground. As will happen if one doesn't have a head.

«Ground Combat» Akira attacks Clark in melee combat with his Arisaka Type 99 but Clark blocks it!

Quaid makes it into the house. He slings his carbine behind a shoulder and readies a grenade.

«Ground Combat» Masaru fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Tavua and hits!

Tavua suffers 3 wound damage to its left arm.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves into Mission House.

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Masaru and hits!

Masaru suffers 3 wound damage to his right arm.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal changes his style to Sprint!

«Ground Combat» Akira attacks Clark in melee combat with his Arisaka Type 99 and hits! Clark suffers 4 wound damage to his head.

«Game» Quaid changes his style to Banzai!

Edward is mired in a losing melee with Akira. It sucks to bring fists to a bayonet fight. He knocks the rifle aside a few times before taking a deep slash across his jaw.

Masaru is inside the mission house, shooting at the folk within, from the sound of things. He breaks a window to shoot at Tavua, however, when he sees the decaptiation taking place outside.

Tavua takes a hit to the arm as he enters, snarling ferally as he moves to attack Marsaru.

«Ground Combat» Kaito fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Annabelle but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Kappedal abandons the stealthy stuff, coming sprinting low towards the house as fire continues.

«Ground Combat» Akira attacks Clark in melee combat with his Arisaka Type 99 and hits! Clark suffers 3 wound damage to his head.
«Ground Combat» *boom* Headshot!!!

Akira stabs Edward again, this time through the skull. The missionary falls without a sound.

«Ground Combat» Woods reloads his Reising SMG!

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves to engage Akira in close quarters combat, but fails.

"Grenade!" Quaid shouts, lobbing it at the Japs.

«Ground Combat» Quaid fires his Mk2 Pineapple at Masaru and hits!

Masaru suffers 5 wound damage to his left leg.

Masaru suffers 6 wound damage to his head.

Masaru suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» Quaid fires his Mk2 Pineapple at Akira and hits!

Akira suffers 3 wound damage to his right hand.

«Ground Combat» Quaid fires his Mk2 Pineapple at Kaito but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Grenades from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» *boom* Headshot!!!

«Ground Combat» Kappedal moves into Mission House.

«Game» Quaid wields his M1 Carbine!

Woods winces, as the missionaries are being killed even as Marines dive in. "You basta—" He is smart enough to duck as the grenade gets chucked.

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Kaito and hits!

Kaito suffers 4 wound damage to his left hand.

Kaito suffers 4 wound damage to his right hand.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves to engage Akira in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Quaid fires his M1 Carbine at Kaito and hits!

Kaito suffers 7 wound damage to his right leg.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Akira and hits!

Akira suffers 5 wound damage to his left leg.

Akira suffers 7 wound damage to his right hand.

Akira suffers 3 wound damage to his right hand.

Tavua sees Masaru go down from the grenade. Swinging his bloody machete around, he moves on Akira, rage in his eyes as he moves on the jap who slayed a missionary.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Akira has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Kappedal fires his M1911A1 at Kaito but misses!

Masaru is blown quiet to pieces. Probably messing a Bible somewhere.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Clearing (0 10)!

Quaid unslings his carbine and gets to shooting.

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves to engage Kaito in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Kaito attacks Tavua in melee combat with his Arisaka Type 99 and hits! Tavua suffers 1 wound damage to its left chest.

«Ground Combat» Quaid fires his M1 Carbine at Kaito and hits!

Kaito suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Kappedal has bad aim. But hopefully it'll distract Kaito a bit.

Woods looks horrified still. A missionary? Some poor unarmed bastard? That's. Not. FAIR. Woods turns his Reising on Akira to bloody end.

«Ground Combat» Woods fires his Reising SMG at Kaito and hits!

Kaito suffers 7 wound damage to his left leg.

Kaito suffers 6 wound damage to his left hand.

Kaito suffers 5 wound damage to his left leg.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Kaito has been mortally wounded!

"All clear, Vinny," Quaid says. He glances at the missionaries. "You guys speak English, right?" He moves to a window to cover south, just in case.

"Is everyone okay?" Kappedal calls out as loud as he possibly dares as the last of the Japs falls. The only one he can see bleeding is Tavua, and what hesitation he /might/ have had in another life is gone. "Hey…" He calls to the dark man. "Hey. Let me help you." He's already pulling supplies from his bag.

Annabelle yelps and covers her ears as the grenade goes off and the guns start blazing. She's backed into a corner with a dinner knife in her trembling hand. Wide-eyed, she looks around at the soldiers.

"South looks clear," Quaid murmurs. "Dark, too much jungle out there. Could be a lot of Jap fuckers out there, dunno."

Masaru stares at Annabelle with his wide, dead eyes.

Woods winces, at the damage the Reising does up close. He shivers and catches his breath. "Everyone alright?" He asks quietly. "Or close enough. And thanks, buddy," He offers a grateful smile to the native man. But then - he remembers the Civilians and pauses. Bright green eyes go blank. "Um… I speak French," He offers hopefully. "We're friendly." He offers.

«Ground Combat» Quaid reloads his M1 Carbine!

Tavua ignores the others as he moves to Annabelle. Setting his machete down, he crawls towards the girl, trying to calm her down a bit, speaking in his native tongue.

Patterson was hit by some of the shrapnel from the grenade that killed Masaru. The preacher lies bleeding, very bad off.

«Game» Woods assists Kappedal!

The missionaries, Kappedal regards with even a more careful eye than he did Tavua at first, not knowing what to make of them. He takes in a sharp breath through his nose, wrapping gauze in a bunch in his hand and following after Tavua towards them. Slowly. He doesn't want her to cut a bitch. Patterson's bleeding form gets his attention and he branches off quickly, kneeling down by the man. "Mister? Can you hear me?"

Woods checks the eastern window, "Don't see any to the east of us." He offers a nod to Quaid. He'll be trying to help as he can then, watching that window.

«Game» Woods assists Kappedal!

"Orders?" Quaid asks. He keeps his eyes south. "Got a bad feeling 'bout hanging around."

Annabelle's eyes focus on Tavua, reassured by the familiar face. She lowers the knife. "Where did you… oh, God, Edward." She tries to move past Tavua to where Clark lays on the other side of the table.

Patterson looks up at Kappedal and gives a weak nod. "I hear you." He licks his lips. "Is it bad?"

Femoral artery. Kappedal gets to his knees, putting all his weight onto his arms as he presses down on the bleeding that wells through his fingers, one thumb pushed against the blood vessel. The bleeding starts to slow, and he ties it off securely. His dark blue eyes lift as Patterson talks. "You've lost a lot of blood, but it's stopped now. You'll be okay, sir. "

"We'll make sure they're fit to travel, then get 'em to the aid station I think. I-" He notices the fallen missionary and winces. "Oh…" Poor Woods. He looks a bit disheartened now. "Ah." Damn. Frown. Well. "We can't stay here too long, he's right," A headshake. For a moment, Woods' cheery flags. "Will we need to carry him?" He asks the medic quietly.

Tavua lets Annabella go past, knowing she is sort of a nurse. He stands as the others begin to do their thing, though he does give a look to the doctor. He looks frantic, babbling a little in his own tongue, trying to get the word out that he wants to say. It comes after he tries several times, "Stretcher."

Patterson looks up at Kappedal. "Thank you, son." He closes his eyes briefly, mouth moving in a quiet prayer.

Quaid glances around the mission house. "Anything in here you want to take with you, speak up," he says, obviously to the missionaries. "I'll help you haul it out. You folks have anything sentimental you want to take in the other building?" Quaid points to the chapel.

"He's okay to move," Kappedal calls over his shoulder to Woods. "We'll have to be careful." Hands bloody, he gets back to his feet and tugs more gauze from his bag, now tracking after Tavua. "Hey." Trying this again, this time tapping Tavua on the arm. And hoping he doesn't get knifed. He gestures to Tavua's chest and holds up the bandaging. "Please let me help."

With close-cropped brown hair and a narrow face, this handsome young man appears to be in his mid-twenties. He is thin and wiry, clearly not a manual laborer. He wears a simple white shirt, tan pants, and high boots. Edward is a mook, and does not warrant a desc longer than this despite how much the chargen system must insist that I create one.

Woods even offers quietly, "I'll help carry anything if it's needed." Whether it's people or cargo. He seems unsure of what to do now, although he pauses at Tavua's english. "Don't think we brought one…"

Annabelle kneels down beside Clark's fallen form. It doesn't take much to see that he's beyond help. Her brow creases, clearly upset, but she doesn't cry. She looks up at Quaid's request. "Aye." She touches Clark's dead arm and then moves over to Patterson. "Reverend?" A glance to Kappedal. "He'll be all right?"

Tavua looks upset as he sees the priest on the ground, and Annabelle in such a tizzy. He seems to ignore Kappedal, not making any move to push him away as he focuses his attention solely on the wounded missionaries.

"Yes ma'am," Kappedal tells Annabelle, nodding firmly. "We need to get him back to the doctors. We'll have to carry him." He looks back at Tavua…and well, since the man's standing still, he reaches forward with the gauze. Keeping an eye on that knife.

Quaid ahs to himself. "Reverend. So you folks ain't Catholic then," he murmurs, mostly to hinmself. To Woods, "Whaddya wanna do with him?" he points at Clark. "Not right to just leave him here… Is it?"

"I'll be just fine, my dear," Patterson replies, doing his best stiff upper lip in spite of his wounds. "What about Edward?" he asks, concerned when he sees the young woman's expression. He shakes his head to Quaid. "Church of England."

Woods is going to have to face the ugly truth. His face clouds, and he replies, "I'm not sure. Don't think we've got time for a proper burial… but-" But Quaid has a point. His face twists. "Uh-" Poor Woods. He takes a deep breath. "I think the least we can do is at least cover 'im properly, give a few last words…"

Woods adds then, quietly, "But we can't stay here too long… the other soldiers shouted."

Kappedal can't do much for Tavua's chest, but the arm he gets to stop bleeding quite expertly. He steps back from the native man, glancing at his hands as though he expected the blood to look somehow different. Drawing in a slow breath through his nose, he looks over at the dead man, his lips drawn into a straight line.

Annabelle gives the barest of headshakes to the reverend when he asks about Edward, and her face crumples a little. She distracts herself by nodding to Kappedal. "Thank you. We've a litter. In the back." Woods' comments get an uncertain look.

Tavua remains where he stands, giving a little glance as his arm is bandaged. He dosen't seem to mind, putting his machete away after a few moments.

«Game» Tavua unwields its Leuku!

"Yeah, yeah, looks like there's a path to the south, maybe that's where they came from," Quaid says. He glances around the room for something to cover the body with. Steps over chunky Jap to get there. Ah, tablecloth! Pulls it off the table, holds it up. "This enough of a cover?" he asks. Quaid's anxious to get moving, obviously.

"I… I'm sorry," Woods remarks quietly, "To be a bearer of bad news, but we really can't just stay here. Those soldiers yelled. And I doubt their friends aren't going to come see. I - I don't want anyone else hurt who doesn't have to be alright?" He's still young and dumb, poor Woods. "So ah… we can give your friend a bit of cover, some last words- but I don't know if we can carry his body back too…" He frets and looks to the others.

Patterson's lips tighten at the news. He tries to sit up. "Help me over there, please." Nevermind the thin threads holding his major artery together.

Kappedal turns around as Patterson starts to move. He steps over, kneeling down to offer his arm to sling Pattern's own over his shoulder. "Here…be careful, don't put weight on it."

Annabelle's lip trembles a bit at Woods' news, but she nods, seeming to understand. She then steps forward to try and take the tablecloth from Quaid. "I'll do it," she says softly.

Quaid hands Annabelle the tablecloth and steps back to a window looking south. "Anything you want from the other building, ma'am?" he asks. "I can go get it, save us a little time."

Patterson leans on Kappedal. "Thank you son." He'll hobble around the table toward Edward's body.

Woods is sensitive, as he can be. He nods again, "I'm sorry. I don't wish to be rude - but -" Needless death is needless. "I'll fetch that litter," He offers and ducks outside to go get it. Likely, he'll have a time with it given his size. He offers a respectful gesture towards the fallen man, a lowered head and a brief close of the eyes.

Kappedal keeps an eye on Woods, ready to tug Patterson out the second the Marines are ready. For now he's already with being a crutch, shuffling as he keeps most of the man's weight across his back. Over to the dead they go.

Slayback exits the jungle into the clearing. He looks about and spots the buildings. He begins sprinting his way towards his squad. He makes his way over to Quaid, "What'd I miss?"

Quaid points at the four dead Japs, then nods over to Woods. "Vinny's in charge, not me. Path to the south, might be more coming from that way. Or maybe from the east, who knows?" He's got his carbine pointed south.

Annabelle shakes her head to Quaid. "Not in the chapel." She looks down at Edward for a long moment, waiting for the reverend to start his prayer before ducking her head in solemn silence. She holds the tablecloth close.

Quaid points at the four dead Japs, then nods over to Woods. "Vinny's in charge, not me. Path to the south, might be more coming from that way. Or maybe from the east, who knows?" He's got his carbine pointed south (repose).

Tavua looks about, looking to Annabelle, evidently a little more familiar speaking with the woman, "We… hurry?" he inquires, giving an urgent glance to the south.

Slayback nods to Quaid and spots the woman, "Who's she?"

«Game» Slayback changes his style to Banzai!

Woods has disappeared for a moment, to fetch a litter. If anyone wants to find the fellow, they should likely head to the back.

Patterson doesn't try to bend down, but does begin his benediction for Edward. He doesn't dally, sensing the urgency of the situation, but does give the missionary his proper due. He concludes the prayer with, "Please take your servant into your embrace, dear Lord, and bring comfort to those he has left behind. Amen."

The back of the mission house holds a pair of bedrooms as well as a small room that appears to serve as the clinic.

"Amen," Quaid says, crossing himself at the end of the prayer. To Slayback, "Didn't have time for introductions on account of the shooting. Now it's time to pack up and get these good Church of England folks to safety." He takes off his pack and opens it. "Point stuff out and I'll put it in my pack, Reverend. We gotta move."

Slayback is crouched next to a window, his BAR held closely to his chest, but still where he can pull it up to shoot. He's peering towards the east.

Kappedal chews on his lip as the missionary man prays, eyes flickering southwards and then back at the man. Then at the dead one. There's no amen and no crossing, his glance at Quaid watching the man do so with no recognition of the gestures. "Are you ready, sir?" He asks Patterson, quietly but urgently.

Woods gets a little lost, but he seems to veer towards the clinic to check for a litter or stretcher. He returns, just in time with it - to enter the room and catch himself in the gut with an edge. Oof. Woods winces comically. Way to go, Woods. He grits his teeth and manages to get back through the door. "Amen," He offers too respectfully. "this one?" He offers, and notices Slayback. "Japanese soldiers attacked these folks, they're missionaries - not combatants," He shakes his head. Which is really unfiar! "But when we got here, the Japanese started shoutin' and shooting ensued. So we're getting them back safely to the aid station before their buddies figure out what went on here."

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Woods and hits!

Woods suffers 3 wound damage to his right hand.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

Woods yelps, nearly dropping the litter once he's shot.

"Amen," Anna adds quietly. She bends down to kiss Edward's forehead tenderly, eyes welling up, before pulling the tablecloth over his head. She yelps as well, then, when the shooting starts up, ducking down.

«Game» Quaid changes his style to Stealth!

«Ground Combat» Woods tries to hide!

"FUCK!" Quaid shouts, dropping down. "Alright, we gotta move as fast as we can… light a fire under it." He peeks up. "Two to the south, Vinny… you all right?"

Slayback hears a shot ring out from the south and he jumps up and runs to a window facing the souther forest, "Get the woman on the ground!"

Kappedal ducks like a shot. A slow shot, granted, as he's got Patterson's weight across his shoulders and dammit, he's getting the man down too. "Put your head down!" He calls at the reverend and the woman with him, carefully pulling Patterson's arm off his shoulders.

«Ground Combat» Quaid tries to hide!

Patterson grunts, trying to twist to see what's going on without jostling his leg too much.

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Patterson and hits!

Patterson suffers 7 wound damage to its left chest.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Patterson has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Medic Code» Kappedal attempts to stabilise Patterson but fails and Patterson expires…

«Game» Tavua changes its style to Stealth!

«Ground Combat» Slayback deploys his BAR M1918A2!

"Reverend!" Anna shouts in alarm, moving to aid Kappedal in assisting the other missionary.

«Game» Woods assists Slayback!

Slayback sets his BAR up at the window and says, "Somebody help me out over here and everyone else get out."

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

Woods motions to Slayback to the south, "See what you can do!" He hisses softly at his hand, and looks on in abject horror as the Reverend is hit. "Should've been faster, I'm so sorry sir." Woods is going to cry. "Ah… m'hand's okay!" He takes a deep breath. Time to lead. He gives Slayback a look. "Run civilians outside under fire?" He shakes his head, although Woods seems willing to listen.

«Game» Woods assists Slayback!

"Orders?" Quaid calls out to Woods. "I see two of 'em out there, maybe more coming."

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback and hits!

Hits hard cover.

Kappedal nearly falls backwards as Patterson's weight becomes dead weight over his shoulder, thudding to the floor. Breathing in sharp sips, he scrambles up and pushes his hands down over the massive wound opened up in Patterson's chest. "No…no, no, no!"

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

Slayback winces as a bullet hits the window frame next to his head, "Shit!" He looks back to Annabelle, "Sorry, ma'am."

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

«Game» Tavua assists Slayback!

Woods swallows his worry then, "Alright, let's just go then- I'm sorry, so sorry-" He whimpers and tugs the others out. "Keep 'em busy for a moment, and we'll try to hurry out. I'm no good at this range-" He bites his lower lip. Deep breaths.

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his BAR M1918A2!

Annabelle lets out an anguished gasp when the reverend falls, hands clenching around his bloodied shirt with helpless frustration.

Woods makes a motion to hurry out while slayback shoots then.

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves out of Mission House.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his BAR M1918A2!

"Ah, fuck this," Quaid mutters. He tosses his pack over to Annabelle. "Load it up, I'll be back to haul your shit out." To Woods, "I'll see if I can sneak up on 'em. Don't think I have time to flank." With that, he's out.

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves out of Mission House.

Tavua moves out of the house, leading the way as it were, beckoning for the others to follow as he heads northward.

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Kappedal but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his BAR M1918A2!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his BAR M1918A2!

Woods pauses, "I'll go with Quaid. Ben, can you make sure the lady stays safe?"

"I get down there, stop shooting like a madman," Quaid calls to Slayback. "I don't wanna get hit by mistake."

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Woods moves out of Mission House.

Annabelle starts to follow Tavua out of the house, but pauses when Quaid says that. "Are we staying or going?"

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

Woods shakes his head, "Go with the medic." He trusts Kappedal apparently and slinks after Quaid.

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Annabelle and hits!

Hits hard cover.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

"Sonofabitch," Quaid mutters to himself as he crawls south.

Slayback shouts to Woods, "I've got almost no way that I'm gonna hit these guys!" He doens't stop firing…he just informs him

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu and hits!

Shinobu suffers 6 wound damage to his right leg.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Woods moves South <S>.

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

Annabelle ducks back down when a bullet splinters the doorjamb near her. Staying it is! She scrambles back further into the house.

Slayback takes aim and puts a fist-sized hole in Shinobu's leg.

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Ichiro fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback but misses!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Shinobu fires his Arisaka Type 99 at Slayback and hits!

Hits hard cover.

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Shinobu and hits!

Shinobu suffers 8 wound damage to his right chest.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Tavua sees Annabelle pause, motioning urgently, "Come! Come! We go!"

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

Slayback grits his teeth and punches an even bigger hole in SHinobu's chest.

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Ichiro but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

Slayback shouts, "Reload!"

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Ichiro but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Ichiro but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» Annabelle moves out of Mission House.

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Ichiro and hits!

Ichiro suffers 5 wound damage to his abdomen.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Forest (0 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

«Game» Kappedal assists Slayback!

«Ground Combat» Slayback reloads his BAR M1918A2!

Annabelle musters up her courage when she sees Tavua waving to her, and - still trying to keep low - runs out to join him.

Slayback blows Ichiro's lunch all over the clearing floor. He rubs at the back of his head and says, "Where's the girl?"

«Ground Combat» Slayback fires his BAR M1918A2 at Ichiro but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Automatic Rifles from Clearing (0 10)!

Slayback shouts, "HOO-AH!".

«Ground Combat» You notice Quaid arrive at Clearing.

Slayback waves out the window at Quaid and starts to make his way outside.

«Ground Combat» Slayback moves out of Mission House.

«Ground Combat» You notice Woods arrive at Clearing.

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves North <N>.

"Forgot to search the officer for intel," Quaid grunts. He's back inside, rummaging through the man's pockets.

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves into Mission House.

Woods returns just behind Quaid, looking a bit guilty. His hand's still running red and rather unhappy looking. He shakes it a little and regrets the decision. He scampers towards the others, "Good call!" He offers to Quaid, "Good shooting," He offers to the others meekly, "Let's go now. No time… I'm sorry."

Annabelle is out with Tavua, and Quaid's pack is still inside wherever it landed after he threw it at her.

Slayback stands at the door of the mission house, BAR draped down to his waist. He nods to Woods, "Thankee."

"Fuck, sonofabitch doesn't have anything," Quaid growls. He's out of the house and limping after the others.

«Ground Combat» Quaid moves out of Mission House.

Quaid leaves his pack there. Sigh.

«Ground Combat» Woods moves into Mission House.

Woods thoughtfully goes to retrieve the kit, ducking inside fast and reaching for it. He flails a bit, grabs it with his good hand and clambers back. "Hey wait," He murmurs, trying to shift hands.

«Ground Combat» Woods moves out of Mission House.

«Game» Quaid changes his style to Stealth!

«Game» Slayback changes his style to Stealth!

Slayback hunches over and moves along with the rest of the soldiers. Every now and then he checks to the sides…making sure there's no other squinty-eyed bastards.

«ADMIN» Strife will not be shooting at Idle Kappedal so don't feel any need to wait for him

Woods doesn't seem to hunker down, keeping nearer the missonary(ette) and now lugging a bit of extra. His hand stains the kit a bit though. Ew. Woods' blood- fortunately it's not sap.

"Maybe that was just a patrol to see how the executions were coming," Quaid murmurs to Woods. "Here, that's my pack, I'll carry it. Anyway, could mean more will be coming."

"Let me put something on that," Annabelle offers, when Woods comes by and she sees his bleeding hand. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to help much.

Woods blinks, "S-sure thanks." He accepts help and winces. "It's - alright. Just a spot there," He tries to be a quiet patient. But it stings! He hands the pack back over and nods. "Let me know if you get stuck in the mud, it's tough," He offers to Annabelle.

Annabelle nods to Woods. "Thank you." She seems pretty adept at trudging through the jungle, though her skirt does make it difficult to manage in places. That's the shame of being attacked while dressed for dinner rather than trekking in the woods.

Slayback creeps through the jungles like…like a…thing that's alright at creeping through jungles. Everynow and then he looks back to make sure that the girl hasn't gotten herself stuck.

Woods nods quietly, still faithfully making sure no one gets stuck although the poor fellow is one of the unlucky ones for whom the mud would reach his waist. He motions north again.

Quaid trudges through the jungle, pushing aside vines and branches. Pauses, looks back. "Ready to move when you are, Vinny," he whispers.

Tavua waits for the others to arrive before heading off northwards to check the route.

Slayback glances back to Woods, "I'm good to go."

Woods nods, "Go ahead." He winces, getting his boot stuck again and having to pull out. THUNK-SQUISH.

Annabelle moves on without complaint, occasionally pausing to take Woods' arm to get over the rough bits.

«Ground Combat» Quaid reloads his M1 Carbine!

Quaid takes a knee while he waits for the others to catch up. He pops his mag out, replaces it with a fresh one. Just in case.

Slayback stands beside Quaid as he reload, checking the flanks, "Tojo scares me right the hell out."

«Ground Combat» Tavua moves North <N>.

Woods doesn't seem to mind, even smiling politely. Although it's apparent Woods has a bit of a time himself here and there. Little legs! A motion. One north. "Then the river'll be at our side, not more trees…"

Slayback takes time to help Woods…help Annabelle through some of the rough parts.

Quaid nods in agreement to Slayback. Turns to Annabelle. "Oh yeah, my name's Dom, the short guy's Vinny, this here's Slayback," he says, voice a low whisper. "Seems you already know Tavua. Sorry about what happened earlier, ma'am."

Woods motions west now, "We start moving west now. With the river at our side, at least it's a tiny bit…" Safer? He goes quiet as Quaid introduces them. He looks guilty at the apology, his face clouding.

Slayback looks back at Annabelle, "You alright crossing through here?" He nods as Quaid says his name and offers a casual two-finger salute.

Tavua walks more in the lead than usual, trudging eastwards towards the camp.

Woods totally motions EAST because EAST is where the camp is. Towards the camp.

Annabelle gives Woods and Slayback a grateful nod. "We're heading through the swamp?" she asks, brow creased in a tiny bit of concern. Which sort of answers Slayback's question indirectly. A nod to Quaid and his introductions. "Annabelle Clark." Her eyes seek out Tavua, but he's already heading out. "You're Americans?" Her accent is Australian from the sounds of it.

"Wish we coulda helped you out sooner, Ms. Clark," Quaid murmurs. "We're all privates, United States Marine Corps. Captain just gave us our orders today. Had no idea you guys were out there until tonight." He shakes his head. "This fucking Corps, can't even get a rescue right. Or on time." He makes a face as he trudges through muck.

Slayback smirks back at Annabelle, "Well, I'd let you ride on my back but I think that counts as fraternization or something." He moves to her other side, helping her along with Woods.

Woods nods, "Yeah… sorry." He offers an apology. "Some of us are. There's a bunch of boys from the - Cactus air force was it?" Woods squints, "Buncha Kiwis and Australian men," He offers. Quaid gets another pained look, "'m sorry." He seems a bit glum at that. He trudges on.

Kappedal was slow getting out, but catches up quickly to the moving party. Drenched in sweat, not that one can tell much difference from the caked mud.

Slayback continues schlepping his load through the swamps, "So, Quaid, where ya from?"

"'Tis not your fault, mate. We weren't in need of it until tonight. The Nips have left us alone for months." Anna gives a glum shake of her head. Slayback's comment earns a wry look. "I'll be quite all right, thank you." She does accept his arm, though, and starts trudging through the swamp. Her shoes keep getting nearly sucked off by the muck, so at one point she stops and just takes them off, choosing instead to carry them and walk barefoot.

Woods just nods slowly, and takes a deep breath. He trundles along quietly, listening mostly then. "I'm from California," He offers a smile. He's faithfully making sure no one gets stuck, "Just a bbit more east. Might have to wade…"

"Boston," Quaid mutters. A nod to Annabelle, "Why'd those bastards change their mind tonight? What did they want?" He shakes his head. "Animals." (repose)

Slayback shrugs at Quaid, "Tojo's got no soul, Quaid. Ain't you heard the stories? So…it seems only reasonable for them to attack those with an abundance of soul…IE the missionaries here."

Kappedal keeps up the rear of the trudge. His face, his sleeves, and front of his jacket are still matted and sticky from blood, mostly the now-dead Patterson's. His blue eyes stay down, and he stays far in the back. "Mich-tom l'dovid, shom'rayni ayl ki chosi-si voch omar-t la-donoy adonoy oto, tovosi bal o-lecho…" It's not loud, this sort of chanting under his breath in a minor key. The sound of it likely gets lost among their sloshing and the chitchat up front.

Slayback stands at the edge of the river and decides to just drop down into it, splashing everyone around him. A snicker and he turns to offer his hand to Annabelle."

Annabelle shakes her head to Quaid, hanging her head a bit. Maybe reluctant to answer, or maybe just focused on trudging through the swamp. It's not easy going. She's relieved when the get out of the worst muck and to the river. Her legs and skirt are covered in mud. She takes Slayback's hand and steps carefully into the water.

Woods is making sure no one gets stuck, he looks to Kappedal. "You alright?" He asks quietly, not commenting on any of the chanting. He waits patiently, for any one behind.

Quaid frowns, still sort of upset at the whole deal. He hops down into the river and sloshes his way across.

Slayback guides Annabelle through the river, "Don't step on the snakes." After saying that he offers a wry grin back to Woods. He looks over to Quaid, "Oh, leave 'em be, Quaid. They were heartless bastards. They died hard."

Kappedal's voice stops the chanting as he's addressed. He looks up from the mud and nods to Woods. "I'm fine." He's keeping up, trudging through the water on after them. Every so often he looks over at Annabelle with muted curiosity, but solemnity perhaps keeps him from saying anything for now.

Woods goes wide-eyed at the mention of snakes. Snakes. S.N.A.K.E.S. "Sn- there's no snakes, there's no snakes," Now is probably not a good time to trigger a phobia. He nods as Kappedal speaks then, and wades along. No snakes, no snakes…

"I'll do my best," Annabelle replies to Slayback softly, giving a little nod. With a glance over at Woods, she says kindly, "'Tis all right. Not many snakes in the river here." She may be lying. Ignorant of Kappedal's curiosity she trudges on.

Continued in Tree Boxing and Missionaries Positions.

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