Levi returns to his home and gathers up some of his ample provisions, he could live for several months without rationing with what he’d stockpiled and had many scrounged items for trade goods. Levi stuffed his pack full of items and stowed his MP5. The market was in a safe area and he felt that his sidearm would be ample protection.
The Market was bustling on Friday afternoon. Fish had been brought in yesterday and caravans from surrounding areas had arrived to barter and move goods in and out. Levi was looking specifically for candy and toys, items that were usually in abundance as the necessity of living had made food the most sought after item for children.
In the middle of the market at a stall full of dry fish and a few dozen pre war items Levi found the object of his desire, a bag of wrapped candies. The merchant was surprised when the gruff looking Samoan asked for the candy. Levi reached to his belt for a Geiger counter as the merchant handed him the bag, a series of rapid clicks from the counter let Levi know that this candy was HOT. Too hot as he shook his head and continued his search.
Eventually he’d found a half dozen matchbox cars and non irradiated candy for a minuscule amount of traded fish. And returned to the area where Jose’s new house was located. Still with only his sidearm he thought it better to not be a scary heavily armed big man…just maybe a scary big man.
The street that Jose’s new house was on was quite deserted when Levi returned. A few laps around the block and Levi found an middle aged man scraping a hoe across the small backyard plot that extended into the neighboring yards. He is at the rear of the house
about a block away from Jose’s new home.
Levi slowly walks toward the fence, scanning the area he at first sees the middle aged man tilling the soil with a hoe, cutting even rows down the length of 3 backyards. The next thing he sees is a woman in a rocking chair on the back porch looking at him, she has put her knitting down and her hands have gone to a hunting rifle, not threatening with it, just cradled and loosely at the ready.
It appears that the family has taken up residence in a middle home and barricaded the two nearby homes. This is a typical urban home area with houses close together, small front yards, barley enough room to walk between homes and roughly 30×30 rear lots, mostly car ports, concrete slabs or sheds, behind the yard, only a few actual garages. Their little compound offers reasonable security and Levi makes a mental note as to the possibility of doing this with Jose’s home, securing the home on either side.
Levi’s hands come up off his belt showing no intention of going for his pistol which is clearly visible in a standard army belt rig. He smiles at the woman maiking eye contact. The man has stopped hoe-ing as Levi approaches, Levi notices he too is armed, the butt of a small revolver protruding from a belt holster.