"... Why would we want to... ... Wait a minute. You said that Jupiter 'owned' this land, if that's true, why are you afraid of people knowing you're here? You don't own squat, do you?" Paris accused. She stood up straight, turned to face Goggle with a frown on her face. What were these people afraid of? She hadn't witnessed them do anything illegal, they had caused criminal damage to the mini bus, but when the group had been about to murder someone a little damage was nothing to be upset about.
What was the point, even if these people were squatters... no law enforcer would care. Were they illegal immigrants? Even if they Were they weren't disrupting the economy by taking jobs and dodging taxes. They were nobodies in nowhere.
"What's your beef with the police?" She asked accusingly.
Carlos went back to Venus in the morning, raping her again to ensure she had a top up of his seed. He left her recoiling, once more turning his attention to his problem at hand. His hole-ridden bus wasn't about to go anywhere with these tyres shot. He went to Lizard when he noted the boy waking, grabbing him by the back of the head and taking him out of the bus. He dragged him to the front wheel and shoved him to his knees, pressing his face into the burst tyre. "What now, genius?" Carlos hissed in Lizard's ear. "You ain't going to find me Four brand new tyres are you. No. You're going to get me a working car." He snarled.
Goggle looked at Clarence's grave grimly. "There's a reason he isn't in that grave. When winter hits here, the radiation makes the temperature drop far more than it would on its own. We have cold but no snow, freezing sandstorms, the lot. But what's most dangerous to us is that no living thing is in the hills. The pronghorns move on, the coyotes go to mexico, even the rabbits go north or east and disappear. When he died we ate him." he said, looking her straight in the eye. "And we've been eating whomever comes down that road ever since."
Lizard laughed when Carlos demanded a working vehicle. "Are you fucking crazy? We slash all the tires when they roll down here...there's no such thing!" he spat at him. "You're stuck."
Paris shook her head, "That wasn't what I meant." She realised he couldn't understand what she said to him, but it was fair enough. She didn't really care what happened to the body anyway, it wasn't her area of interest in the slightest.
"Why don't you do what the rabbits do and leave?" She pointed out, realising that these people were non-too bright. She was burning to ask what made him think that they were going to go to the police when they had no idea that these guys ate people? They really really had not thought this through... but then, as she had concluded, they were not too bright. And if they were not bright, Carlos was a very big threat to them all. She decided to be patient with Goggle, peel information out of him as simply as he could handle it.
Carlos banged Lizard's head on the wheel arch, "Wrong answer." He spat on the side of Lizard's face. "You don't question me." He bashed Lizard again, "You don't give me problems. You give me goddamn solutions." He grinned then, "Let's teach you." He laughed. He put Lizard into a headlock and dragged him to the back of the bus, threw him into the trunk and slammed the door.
When he let Lizard out some unknown amount of time later he had his equipment set up.
He dragged Lizard back to the front of the bus where he would find Venus in some rigged up harness attached to the front of the bus. A second harness was strapped around Lizard's frame, his hands and her's individually bound. He took out a bondage whip and lashed Venus. "Move." He snarled at them.
"Let's see if the alternative makes you think up a solution." Carlos sat on the bonnet, whipping his slaves to make them pull and strain. He didn't care if they went anywhere or not, he was punishing Lizard for not thinking.
"Because this is our home." Goggle said. "Leaving...just isn't an option. We've had a few clan members leave before but it caused a lot of problems and they came back. I just...we don't know what to do. We don't usually have vacationers around here for any extended period of time. We kill them, that's the end of it. But you came at a time when we didn't need to kill you." He ran his hand behind his head.
Lizard eyed the harnesses. "What the fuck is this going to do?" he demanded. Venus yelped when she was whipped, falling to her knees. She hadn't had a whole lot of food in the past day or so, and no water. Lizard snarled at Carlos. "I'm going to kill you." he growled defiantly, refusing to pull while Venus was on the ground.
"You're very strange...." Paris pointed out. She thought about it, it reminded her of something she had read on a beer mat once. 'I used to look at the birds who could fly anywhere in the world and wonder why they didn't. Then I asked myself the same question'. She sighed, but she wasn't really going to argue with Goggle over their choices. She thought about it a little longer, the cannibalism...
"I think it is you who are the lucky ones that you didn't try it." She said, gently. "It would have wiped out your entire clan... trying to..." She couldn't bring herself to say it. Her mind went back to the animals, back to the wild. She decided that the clansmen could do whatever they wanted, but no one was going to stop her from walking in the desert as was her will.
Carlos just watched the pair, "The trial won't end until you give me something to go on." He told them. "You want to sit out here in the heat, under the lash, or you want to be inside having a nice cool drink huh? It's not going to end unless you work." He chuckled to himself. He was aware that two people could not tow the bus, that was not what this was about. He whipped them when they did not move, focusing on getting Venus back to her feet with the bite of the leather.
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