Darya was approaching her 50th birthday when the family decided to surprise her by taking a trip down to her hometown in Berezhki, Chernarus. The children had never been to Berezhki and were excited to visit their mothers hometown and learn about their mothers birthplace. William Eddleton and his children saved up their money to buy all the plane tickets and the family flew away from their cozy lives in Virginia to live in the small fishing village of Berezhki. The family landed on an airstrip close to the town and were greeted by their relatives. With it still being a week out from her actual birthday, the families decided to explore the country, visiting towns like Novodmitrovsk and Severograd. They spent plenty of time fishing with their grandfather as well as participating in daily gatherings around the bonfire. Over the course of the trip, Donny gained a very close relationship with his grandfather through him teaching Donny more about properly butchering animals and hunting, the other children did not care as much for those types of things. After a little over a week, the children finally became comfortable with the new atmosphere. Not wanting to go back, they decided to stay an extra week. Finally Darya’s birthday came around and her mother spent all day cooking up a traditional feast to celebrate. The day was spent enjoying this feast with family and other village members. As the sun began to set, the family gathered around the fire and told stories for the entirety of the night. After the fire died everybody headed back to their houses for some much needed rest.
The family was awoken by loud banging at the door several hours later. Their grandfather and father approached the door, curious to see who could be up so late. As they opened the door, people who were drooling, making faint grunting noises, and covered in blood began to storm into their house, pushing their grandfather and father down onto the ground. They began to eat at their faces and bodies, picking them apart limb by limb, eventually killing them. In a panic, the rest of the family quickly tried to escape. They all ran into their grandfathers room and barricaded the door in an attempt to shut out the monsters outside. Donny quickly ran to his grandfather's dresser and grabbed the Winchester Rifle that was stored inside it. He then began to help everyone out of the window, while Donny helped people out the window, Bruce and Lucas held the door closed. Eventually, the rest of the children, their mother, and their grandmother were able to escape and they all ran into the woods. The grandmother being an old and fragile women fell whilst running away with the others. Darya attempted to go back and save her mother… but it was too late, they both got swarmed and consumed by the monsters. Ellie tried to run back and save them, but her brothers insisted they had to go before they too would die.
They had no idea where they were heading or where they would end up, just trying to be anywhere but there. Once things died down the siblings began to set up a makeshift camp in the middle of the woods. Bruce and Lucas began to gather resources to start a fire while Donny kept watch with the rifle, trying to make sure he could protect his younger siblings. He began using things his grandfather taught him to increase their chance at survival. After a little bit, Bruce ended up noticing a hunting stand a little ways away. With everyone very hungry, almost to the point of starvation, Donny decided he needed to do something fast so he stuck only a knife in his back pocket and started walking over towards it. He ended up meeting a man named Frederick Wellins, a man who had traveled over for the hunting season. After a bit of conversation with Donny, the man mentioned he had some food at his house and he offered Donny to come over and get some. After some time, Donny came back by himself, covered in blood holding a decent amount of meat. His siblings asked him what happened and he said he ran into some deer. Skeptical, his siblings asked how he hunted a deer with only a knife and Donny just said “I just did, I would do anything to keep you all alive. Just know that”. Soon to die from starvation the family began to cook it over the fire. Donny smiled as they ate the meat and continued to tend to the fire. After they ate, the fire went out and the family began to start walking again, hoping to make it somewhere soon.
Bruce, being the second oldest loved his family very much but often felt like he was never the center of attention. Throughout his school life Bruce stayed away from the other kids not that he wanted too, he just never fit in with the crowd and sticked close to his older brother Donald, Once he entered the real adult world, Bruce got hooked up with a nice job as a farm hand. He worked there for a few years and always noticed strange things happening at night, a cow would go missing or a few slaughtering tools would get lost, he brought these weird events up with his employer a number of times but nothing was ever done about it, he eventually stopped caring. On his fifth year working there the land owners daughter (a sweet girl by he name of daisy) asked him to stay the night at the farm with her. Of course he took up her offer and stayed but he soon found out what really went on when the sun went down on this farm, standing there in a underground wine cellar lit by candles stood about 20 to 30 people dressed in black robes. there faces covered with bloody masks and each of them holding some kind of stabbing utensil. There in the middle of all these people was a man chained naked to the floor.
Daisy grabbed his hand and looked at him with a sweet smile and said "yay we didn't miss it, you can join in too!" and pulled out a long thin steak knife and handed it to Bruce, the crowd started to mumble something that he couldn't hear and he felt his legs move on their own, step after step he walked close to the chained man until he was inches away. Bruce feeling terrified looked around trying to figure out what he just walked into, as the faint mumbles got louder he could hear them say "Spill the pigs blood so he may eat" over and over again, his clouded thoughts of panic started to fade away as he looked down at the pitiful man curled up on the ground his eyes and mouth were sewn shut. Bruce took a deep breath and raised the knife brought it down swiftly into the mans stomach, with each thrust more of his inner rage and pain disappared, he truly was in a place where he belonged.