What am I doing here?
Where to start? To be honest, I shouldn't even be here. I knew I was cutting it close, we do get the BBC in America, you know? But I figured it was a regional thing and I'd spend most the time further Southeast anyway. The plan was to meet an old friend after she finished her time in the Peace Corps. We traveled through Moldova, down into Turkey and finally ended in Georgia before her heading east and west to return home. Russia is always beating it's chest, but really. It's 2017, what are they going to do? I honestly barely thought about the "Crisis In Chenarus" during most of the trip. That is, until the train ride back to Prague. Two hours in and the train stops. I'm told it won't be going further due to military action. Some of us are put on a bus, sent to a small town nearby. A passenger with broken English says they know someone who will rent me a room until the trains are moving again. It was three days before I was able to figure out what the neighbors kept whispering about. Didn't think it was true until I saw one eating the others face. That's when it really set in, I'm stuck here. I swear, I wasn't even supposed to be here, just a tourist with terrible timing.
I don't have much in supplies, just what I've been able to gather along the road. I'm American, so naturally I was able to find a gun and am proficient enough with it. No military training or anything like that, was just brought along on many hunting trips growing up. Powers been out for a week now, so my computer skills might be useless, but I'm handy, already have some makeshift traps setup around my safe house. I've seen the groups forming and I don't think my solo act can work much longer. I saw you guys setup the fire and after hearing you speak English, I'm just taking a chance. Are you looking for another? I can pull my weight.
As an act of good faith, I even have some Intel for you. You know those helicopters that flew overhead a couple days ago? I saw where one went down. I was close too, close enough to see it was American. There has to be something useful there. Maybe even a working radio and we can get some news of what's going on in the rest of the world.
I get it if you don't trust me, that's fine, I'll go on my way. But maybe you'd be willing to trade for a soda? I'd literally kill for one right now.