After a swift 'meet & great' with Nate and Zac, Brad wanted to make sure the farm buildings were clear as quickly as possible, so they could then concentrate on the perimeter. The outbuilding was the nearest, so as Brad glanced back to check that Hannah and Travis were doing OK, the three of them headed straight to the top of the yard.
Leaving speculation about the zombie aside, and needing to be 100% sure the building was clear, the door was ripped open as Brad and Zac burst in ready for the worst.......
...... only to find it empty! (But they couldn't help but spot the chainsaw on a shelf among some other useful looking tools)
Nerves settled, the guys moved around to inspect the barn - no windows for Nate to peer in, but he did try squinting through the crack in the doors before they were opened but all he said was "It's dark in there"
Opening the door allowed enough light into the barn for them to see the zombie approaching from the very back of the building and the guys followed Brad's lead as he charged forwards swinging his rifle like a club!
As soon as Brad's blow had knocked the zombie off its feet, Nate and Zac quickly finished it off with their heavy boots. A quick look around the barn revealed nothing obvious equipment-wise, but there was plenty of rope, twine and farming implements that might come in useful.
Travis gave them a 'thumbs up' to show that all was clear in the surrounding area as they crossed the yard towards the final building to check - the farmhouse itself.
Once again, Nate's strategy of looking before leaping was thwarted - this time by drawn curtains, so the only option was to carefully open the door and step inside...
.... Zac had just set foot into the kitchen when he was startled by a zombie lurching towards him with her claw-like hands outstretched, grasping for his throat!
Panicked, he screamed and let rip with his BAP! Brad, without thinking of the noise (but on reflection, did it matter now?!) raised the rifle and fired through the doorway.
Though there was nothing significant to be found, a few general household items looked like they'd come in useful, and more importantly there was running water and gas in the cylinders out back so Nate set about brewing up some coffee.
With the buildings clear and perimeter secure, the farm looked like it was going to provide them with the 'safe' place they'd hoped the rail depot would be. Somewhere they could take stock and plan their next moves (and as Hannah was keen to point out, "take a bath!").
Things seem to have gone well for the group, and I'm now going to drop into "standard campaign mode" as per the ATZ:FFO rule book.
Thanks for reading and I hope you've enjoyed the story enough so far to come back and see how they get on in future installments!