i’d heard in the alleys that there had been storms in New Toulouse, and they were flooded, needing help, so i packed up some boxes of vole jerky and other supplies such as bandages and a few blankets, and a few fishing lines and hooks – after all, if your city is flooded, at least you can fish fer supper…
Then it was down to the Docks, behind the kite shop, duck under the stairway, an take the path southwards. After an hour or two walking, the ground began to be a bit damp, so i put me clogs and puttees on, though the water just kept getting deeper. An hour later, an i was walking down one of their streets, water up to me middle, and i met a couple of very nice ladies. I offered them some of the vole jerky, but they didn’t want any, suggesting i take it down to the barrios where people were more in need. They were very nice, and warned me about aligators, and that the graveyard was full of zombies! They headed off, and i went to explore and see if i could find somewhere to give my supplies in.
[img_assist|nid=824|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=640|height=480]I found an automobile, but it wouldn’t start, i think the engine might have been flooded… After that, i saw an aligator, and i think he saw me! I kept out of the water, climbing through buildings, til i could see over the graveyard. There were coffins floating around, many of them open, and there were some zombies in the distance.
Just downstairs from where i was looking over the graveyard was a boat, so i hopped in and had a closer look at the zombies. In truth, they were not like our Babbage ones, rather sad and groaning, and in a boad it was easy to keep ahead of them – i guess it might be more of a problem if you were wading…[img_assist|nid=825|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=640|height=480]
I took a quick paddle round the streets, and found some people who were happy to take a box or two of vole jerky and the other stuff i had brought. I sailed past a seafood resturant, which seemed to be taking fresh deliveries directly in the front door! It was raining most of the time, and lightning struck to the right and left of me, so i paddled to a nearby island rising above the waters, and after a last look over the poor underwater town before finding a path home to my much dryer New Babbage.
I will have to see if the other urchins an i can scrounge up some more supplies, cus although they had put up sandbags an baricades, i don’t think they had done much good, an they are gonna need good folks to give em a hand…..
I did some quick sketches as i wandered round, and they can be found here: