Jamie didn't dare move while Max had him by the throat he was honest to god terrified. He let his eyes flicker back to Avery and she inhaled looking away as Max got angry. When Jamie hit the floor she moved and kissed Max on the cheek and sighed. Jamie was gasping when she moved back to him. Looking down with a glare "you may have been able to boss me around when we were in the village but now, I'm all you have so you better learn to keep your damn mouth in check" she spat through an angry tear. She swatted it away with the back of her hand and sighed. Jamie looked shocked but she could tell he was close to tears "shut up" she spat. Anger fueled her as she perched herself up on the side with her weapon ready.
Max sat in his seat, looking out over the road. He fell into old habits as he listened past the car and trailer to the woods around them, knowing that they would soon leave welcome cover and be exposed on open ground near the river.
Soon his prediction came true as the trees thinned out and the car hissed out of the woods. Max turned a switch that would redirect the flow of steam from the generator and push it into the piston chambers that drove the wheels. They hissed and the car began to chug faster and faster. His eyes still scanning the road and watching for threats as they followed the river.
Avery sat on the side and watched, behind her Jamie was embarrased and couldnt stand to look at his sister or Max. Swallowing his pride he shuffled and took his sisters weapon from him without a word he pulled her down and took her place. Confused she sat back where she was and kept an eye out as they continued down the road and river.
Max sat there driving the old steamer down the road. He watched the welcome cover of the trees dissappear behind him farther back down the road in the mirror. Slowly another sight blocked their veiw in front of them, that of a small weastern like town that had tried to keep up with the ages but still remembered its history.
Max Pulled the steamer off the road and took out his binoculars, watching the road ahead carefully, waiting to see if the town was still alive. There were cars crashed into buildings that hadnt run in ages, a light pole was knocked over and laying in the street. Something was off about this place. Max felt a twinge in his gut as a lone do prowled the street in search of scraps from meals past.
He turned to avery and passed her the binoculars, asking. "What do you think?"