In this scene, Vanessa was tricked by her senior officer, Finn, into braining her first Dead before an important mission. Finn hadn't given her much instruction when he'd taken her outside of colony gates in the middle of the night, and they ran into a surprising amount of...trouble ;) And to get back into the safety of colony gates, they have to strip down for a bite search. This is their reaction to surviving a surprise middle of the night Dead battle.
Good enough for her. She stripped faster than a lady-of-the-night named Cinnamon. She didn’t even care about the smirk from the guard and definitely didn’t bother to dress herself before she went sprinting for the opening gates. Finn at least had his pants back on before he pulled the four-wheeler through and the gates thudded closed.
After hobbling into her clothes she collapsed onto the trail and stared at the twinkling stars as she waited for her breathing to slow. She was different now. Down to her bones, she was a different person than the one who’d left these gates an hour before. Her arm hurt like hellfire and she may very well never catch her breath again, but the slow smile of a barely survivor crooked her lips.
The stout guard stood over her. “Did you kill your first Dead out there, little lady?”
“No,” Finn said. “She killed her first thirty.”
The guard just stared at him, like he was waiting for the punch line as Finn pulled her to her feet. His chuckle matched hers. She was downright giddy under the drunken adrenaline crash that left her woozier than the bathtub wine she’d chugged the night before. He pulled her into a rough hug and slapped her on the back so hard she nearly lost her breath all over again, but she didn’t mind. They’d lived.
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