The Rejects (AKA The Dirty Half-Dozen, The Six Wanderers)

Bob Perce (Herodian)
Colt Riffle (Gigermann)
Dr. J. Turk (CommJunkee)
Lance Bennett (Ronnke)
Lenny Leonardo (Melissa)
Romeo Sylvester (Rigil Kent)


The One Where They Went to the Supermarket

12 Jul 2162

The Super-Duper Mart was within a handful of miles of Megaton; the trip was short and uneventful. As the Rejects approached at some distance, expecting raiders, they couldn’t see much through scopes and binoculars, so they headed toward a dilapidated high-rise building that overlooked the area, to recon from there.

As they climbed cautiously up the stairs to the roof, they heard voices above, and creeping out, spotted a few raiders there, and quietly backed off, down to the upper level. As the Rejects lay in ambush below, Lance offered to play the bait; he went up to the roof where he would be spotted, and ran back downstairs, raiders following close behind. The floor erupted in gunfire. Lance was shot in the back, a glancing hit absorbed by his vault-suit and leather jacket. The three raiders were defeated quickly, though none had died as a result—all unconscious—and Turk saw to their wounds, enough to keep them alive. The most leader-looking of the raiders was awakened, and interrogated: he said they were a solo team scoping out the store. Figuring that was the whole of it, the Rejects bound the raiders and left them to their own devices.

Cautiously, the Rejects entered the parking lot and approached the door—locked; they picked the lock open and entered the store. It was dark, and covered in a layer of dust—there was sign of habitation, but not for a very long time. While Colt and Bob kept watch on the front door, the rest checked the pharmacy area in the back and found a rusty, metal, vault-type door. The padlock was easy enough to pick, but Lance had to bring out a drill from his tools to break through the lock on the door itself. With much effort, they managed to force the heavy door open; a grenade rigged as a trap was spotted in barely enough time, and those in the hallway were able to leap clear of the blast without any injury to speak of, save for ringing in the ears. Within the now-revealed room, a feral ghoul leapt from the shadows to attack them, but was gunned down before it could reach them.

Moira wanted to find some medical supplies at the store; the Rejects pilfered everything that could be, along with a small, metal wall-locker/safe; Lance spent an hour or two fiddling with it to get it open. During that time, Colt spotted a few more raiders approaching the store from a hundred yards or so away. He quickly set up his rifle, with Bob holding the door cracked open a little, and shot two of them dead before the third could escape out of view.

The Rejects gathered up their loot and exited the building, keeping an eye out for the third raider but never spotting him—he had probably wisely run away. The trip back to Megaton was as uneventful as the trip out, and they arrived before evening. They went straight for Moira’s store and handed over the goods; she thanked them, and let them keep some of the pilfered meds for themselves. Then Moira told of another job she had for them, to check out a minefield a short distance to the northwest; the Rejects were a bit less excited about taking that one on, but the thought of being able to defuse and recover some mines was very tempting indeed. Moira did have a practice mine that Lance could tinker with to get an idea how to defuse them, which he gleefully accepted, under Colt’s somewhat-more-experienced supervision.