"The government pretty much abandoned us," Kelli said, tone hardening.
Kelli led her into a building.
Kelli said and pointed.
Kelli waited by the door, gazing out at the river.
"Nice to meet you, Lana," Kelli said, looking over her shoulder.
It's safer here, and the supplies are dropped off every day about this time, Kelli explained.
She trailed Kelli, who walked to the main street again.
We're building a bigger battery to store the energy we generate from the river, but … Kelli shrugged.
Seems logical enough, Kelli answered.
Anyway, we'll put you in temporary housing until we have a place for you, Kelli said.
Kelli asked with a smile.
We have a plan, Kelli answered with confidence Lana didn't share.
Kelli greeted a few of the women in the room and led Lana into what looked like a former warehouse in the back of the building.
"One for your stuff and one to sit on," Kelli explained, ducking into one such room and holding up the blanket acting as a door for Lana to enter.
Lana looked Kelli over more closely, noticing the clothing for the first time.
More than we have dogs, Kelli added.
Kelli flashed a smile and left.
When Kelli woke her, the warehouse was dark, except for the low light of lanterns like the one dangling from the ceiling into Lana's room.
"I thought you'd be hungry," Kelli said.
She changed and placed her micro and vault into her pockets then followed Kelli out of the warehouse, through the front office space and into the street.
"It was a good hunting day," Kelli said, excitement in her voice.
Kelli greeted one of the men with a kiss and a quick hug before going to the woman cutting chunks of meat off the deer.
Lana stood to the side, watching Kelli prepare two plates.
Kelli ladled out the contents of the kettles onto each plate.
Lana hesitated then sat, watching Kelli use the bread in place of utensils to eat her dinner.
No one has come back, Kelli said slowly.
"Hi, Leo," Kelli said with a smile.
We had another refugee wander into the town today, Kelli said, motioning to Lana.
We didn't test her for radiation yet, Kelli added.
Kelli, you checked her profile?
"She's clean," Kelli confirmed.
"Very well, thanks," Kelli said with a warm smile.
Kelli said with a laugh.
But we'll worry about it tomorrow, Kelli said.
"She's a student," Kelli said.
"She made it across Tennessee," Kelli pointed out.
"We'll think of something," Kelli said as they walked down the street.
"You probably got some of that brainwashing in college," Kelli said.
"If everyone is reduced to the same level, it might help people remember we're all the same," Kelli added.
"Don't worry if it's too much," Kelli said.
Lana went to the side opposite Kelli and pressed her thumb against the keypad.
Kelli was quiet for a moment in surprise.
"Kelli, I really need to get to Colorado," Lana said.
"Lana, Mike won't risk sending anyone over there, not after the three who went and never came back," Kelli said.
"Mike'll be happy about this," Kelli said, smiling.
You're welcome to explore the town, Kelli said as she started away.
Has Kelli showed you around?
She waited for Kelli to find her and eventually rose, hungry.
Lana looked around for Kelli and saw her near Mike at the far bonfire.
"Yes, thanks," Kelli said.
When Kelli said nothing, Lana spoke.
"Melissa's great with kids," Kelli said.
Kelli giggled as she fed Jack the remainder of her meal as well.
"The girl misses her family, Mike," Kelli said.
Lana shifted, sensing she'd said something to cause the silent communication between Kelli and Mike.
Kelli waved her over to a small group of four.
"Rough day," Kelli said.
"It's part of the Underground Railroad," Kelli answered.
I hope the generator survives the attack, Kelli said.
Lana nodded, and Kelli stepped away from the others.
"And, well, when you got the generator to work, we kinda figured it out," Kelli added.
"I just assumed … maybe the rumors of another civil war are right," Kelli said, her face growing worried.
"What we thought," Kelli answered.
She planned on telling him her name was Kelli, and that she was a model.