Prior to meeting her partner, Valerie tended to stick to herself, preferring not to associate with other survivors. This was in part due to the fact she felt she thrived best when surviving alone, and did not need to worry about the well-being of others. She bounced between small groups/bands of survivors from time to time when in need of aid or when it would benefit her, despite being a loner. One day, as she was going through a down and collecting what she felt was imperative to her survival, she encountered a man by the name of Mac. At first, she was apprehensive to cooperate with this man, though after recently learning he had been seperated from his previous partner, she felt pity and therefore accompanied him. It is from there that leads Val up to the point she is at now.