The promise of the United Nation's was a bust, I figured as much. I can't see why I'd ever think such a group would survive long enough out here to be truly effective or even be able to carry out its task.
I walked into what I believed was Staroye.. upon entering town I heard suppressed shots. After bumbling my way into a small compound, I met a young woman called Anna. I never did get her last name.. it seems that I'm good at learning first names and not last ones.
This Anna, bless her, she was eating a bag of rice raw in front of me. I couldn't help but feel compassion and sorrow for her. It turns out that the tinned spaghetti was a good choice to give her, personally I hate the stuff when it's not fresh. I'm glad it at least fed someone who liked it/needed it.
After watching her almost inhale the spaghetti at an alarming rate, she mentioned about being lost and needing to find her cousin.. everyone seems lost these days. Always searching for something or someone. I told her about myself wanting to join up with the UN and helping out where I could.. she said I'd made a good start so far.
After a few moments chatting we decided to go and check out the military base at the top of the hill, where the UN were supposed to be. On a side note: the place is built up like a fortress, every entrance covered by some kind of fortification. I must admit, I'm rather impressed.
Once we arrived at what can only be ironically dubbed as "Fortress Fandango" due to its.. lack of activity at the time. Anna grabbed some supplies from the free bins of items at the front of the compound. I felt compelled to help this woman, Lord knows why but something seemed different about her.
We set up a campfire and some sleeping spots inside the old barn just off of the 'UN Camp' for the night. She seemed impressed at my knowledge of bush craft, I never thought me cutting down a tree and making a fire would impress a woman but here we are. After giving her a pork steak to get her teeth stuck into, she seemed to open up more.. even joke with me. I admit not being around women has made my sense of humour rather brash but she enjoyed it.. or seemed to.
The jokes getting slightly more flirty as the night went on and she even did the same. The fire certainly didn't help, the shadows it cast and the light it gave allowed me to properly look at Anna.. she was attractive.
I can't imagine how stupid it must sound, just met a random woman.. help her and then, well.. whatever it is. It seems odd, her compliments of my hair and looks, not to mention the risky jokes just compounded the fact that this woman was.. attractive. She was different. I must be foolish by falling for something like this but.. perhaps it's the lack and want of a sense of belonging that made me like this woman.
We slept in the barn that night, her on the hay and myself by the door. Keeping guard. It must have been late morning when we woke, the sun streamed into the barn, it's golden beams lighting up the inside. Anna was awake before I was, she's light footed.. I'll give her that.
After brushing off what hay was left upon one another we headed back up to the camp to see if anyone had arrived during the night. Luckily someone had, an American man. Bearing unfortunate news, the UN had folded and was now replaced with Task Force Alpha. Same goals, different name.. less freedom. After originally showing interest.. my mind wandered, to Anna and her situation. She said she had family who needed her help, in her village. I believed her, could have been a fabricated lie but I believed her none the less.
My mind taken over by the prospect of getting to know this woman more.. it excited me. Possibly settling down and helping this community find food.. a stable rock for them. Not only did that attract me to joining Anna in helping her.. but she did too. Finding her cousin and providing food to her family, the prospects excited me.
We set off early afternoon to a small village that I can't remember the name of. At least in English that is, she said she'd find her cousin there after he disappeared. I honestly think he ran away.. it wouldn't surprise me. The long travel only seemed to bring us closer. More casual flirting and chatting burned the hours of travel away.. she mentioned a place in Cherno. A comedy club and restaurant.. I offered to take her, she accepted.
*A smallish drawing of a woman with short hair wearing a cap. It is captioned as Anna*
We arrived in the village where he cousin supposedly lived, after deciding to look for a "Yellow house" we split up to search the town.. that was the last I saw of her. I searched the town but she had gone..
I suppose that's what I get for falling for a woman I've only met once. I'll keep an eye and ear out for her. Ask at the Task Force Alpha guys to see if they hear anything.