Location: New Orleans, Louisiana - Lower 9th Ward
Date: April 1st
Time:4:30 pm (sunrise: 6:50am / sunset: 7:15pm)
Weather: cloudy, 90º
Remy hands off a wad of cash to Brandon and then recedes back to his van and stows his camcorder before climbing back out of the van and waiting for the pump to activate. Tarka finishes up her business and the and Lynn go over to where Macher is keeping watch to introduce themselves.
Meanwhile, inside the little store, Dylan says a few things to the older woman behind the counter. She gives him an appraising look as she checks out the man at the counter with the snack foods. In turn, the man quickly hands over some cash and hurries out of the store.
Brandon also makes a little chit chat with the guy holding the hunting rifle as he and Dylan make their way around the store gathering up supplies. While Dylan and Brandon make their way up and down the aisles, the lone woman seems to have finished her shopping and makes her way over to the register. Ma cashes her out quickly and you both over hear her say, "Honey just take the basket and get to where you need to be."
There's a jingle as the woman goes back out to her car. By this time both Dylan and Brandon are heading over to the register.
Back outside, Lynn makes her way over to the minivan and waves. The woman inside see's Lynn's shadow cross the interior of the van and turns around from where she's been keeping the children placated. The woman gives a weak smile to Lynn but doesn't roll down the window. About this time the woman's husband comes out of the store and speeds past Lynn. He tosses his snacks into the car and has one foot in before he says, "Lady, you better get what you need and get outta town. Things aren't going to stay this nice for long."
With that said, he shuts the door and aims the minivan around Lynn and Tarka and with a squeal of the tires, he pulls the minivan out onto Paris road heading north.
Inside the store, Ma looks over Dylan and Brandon with a motherly smile as the men come up to the counter. "I suppose it's one of you two that told Tommy here,"
She nods to the big man, "about what's really going on."
She waves a hand up, motioning to everything without really motioning to anything. As her hand comes down she grabs the cash you're both offering in one smooth motion. "Thanks for the heads up. The pumps are on, so take what choo got and good luck to you both."
When Dylan and Brandon turn away from the counter, Mama calls out to her kids, "Tommy, start closing the hurricane shutters, we're locking up. We're heading out to Pa's swamp shack. Lamonte, start boxing up the canned goods. Shantel, start stacking water by the back door. Then you and Lemonte...."
Her voice cuts off as you pass through the door and head back to your vehicles with the supplies.
Remy noticed the pumps come on while Dylan and Brandon were still inside and has all three of them going to top off the vehicles.
Lynn would have been shocked at the man's behavior if not for the day she's had already. When the woman belonging to the sedan comes out, she doesn't say anything to anyone and if someone tries to talk to her, she just speeds up before shoving the hand basket into her car and taking off.
Over the course of their time at the gas station, Macher notes a few cars that start to pull in but veer off when they see him out from with a rifle.
Almost as soon as Dylan and Brandon clear the doors, they hear a click behind them and then another series of odd noises before an electric motor kicks on and metal storm shutters start lowering over the front windows of the store.
Remy hangs the one gas nozzle back on the pump as Dylan's rig finishes gassing up first, but the two larger vehicles are going to take another couple minutes to fill up.
Dylan and Brandon are tossing the supplies into the vehicles when a large 4 door pickup truck skids to a stop by the front of the store. Three guys pile out of the truck and start banging on the storm shutters. One of the men starts yelling, "Come on. Open up."
He stops banging on the shutters when one of the other men tap him on the shoulder and jerks his head to the lined up caravan with all of you standing around the vehicles outside.
What do you do?