Summer Reed - Ruby Revenants - Rookie
Interactions - SRUNewman
Interactions - SRUNewman
The soup kitchen buzzed with activity, as it had steadily since the flood, sweat-slick volunteers doing their best to keep up with the ceaseless demand. With each week that passed the portions grew smaller and smaller, the rest of the city's charity and pity transforming into an apathetic, willful ignorance. This in turn raised the tension and desperation of those in need of help, and drew further the blanket of helplessness smothering even the volunteers willing to dedicate their time and effort. One such volunteer was Summer, perhaps the only person still running her mouth and trying to lighten the mood, much to the chagrin of those who wanted a peaceful quiet. The batches of food she had brought in from her family business were one of the only guaranteed sources they had left and the only one that had a set donation size. Local churches would run donation drives of course and always found something to send in, but that something varied wildly, and no locals could afford to spare anything in the current climate. Only so long, she figured, until the whole effort collapsed. She couldn't let that happen, but wasn't sure what options she had. She was only a rookie so she wasn't going to get in on anything profitable with the Revenants . . ..
Back at HQ the next afternoon (having slept away her entire morning), Summer washed away the thick layer of sauce, sweat and dirt that had stained both skin and clothes. The drafty hotel she now called home had been a big change of pace from having her own apartment and store; but with time came familiarity and with familiarity came comfort, no matter how 'modest'. A little hard-work had cleaned up her living space pretty nicely - a monochrome floral wallpaper covered the blemishes and tacky graffiti on the walls, homemade shelves housed an assortment of indoor plants, and a new lick of paint had made some of the original furniture more palatable to her simple tastes. She maybe had a few too many blankets on her bed, but better than waking up cold and grumpy. Some low-level Rubies tried to drag her into some mischief they were cooking up but it sounded, to be quite honest, like a complete and utter waste of her time. She tried to invite them to lunch instead and they felt the same way about that idea.
The phone in Summer's pocket vibrated and when she looked down to see the alert was from Jin, she shooed off the others from her door before checking it. Huh? He had a lead on getting some cashflow and he'd invited a rookie along? Not that she'd complain, this was a great chance to prove herself and learn a little more about the boss. If providing for the others of the West District meant taking from those from elsewhere, that's what she'd do. She shot him a text to let him know she'd seen the message and would meet him outside the entrance, and grabbed her metal baseball bat. Hopefully, they'd be able to carry out whatever their mission was without having to use it for anything extreme. The text was a waste of time as it turned out, because she ran into her elder on the way to their meeting place. "Boss, nice t' see ya. Thanks for the invite on this thang," her greeting was accompanied by a confident smile. "And for the chance to talk. Who else we got runnin' with us? Or is this jus' a tango for two?"