Dan needed to find his package, but we had no idea where the shipping place was. All we had was a weird symbol, a logo of sorts. It was an octagon, blue with many white lines crossing it in some sort of slanted geometric array, with a red A off-set on the upper right side. Whatever place had this logo, I'm sure it would be across the creek where the make-shift docks are. This town was small enough that the shipping and travelling terminal were easy to find and very close to each other.
As we crossed the creek and walked off the bridge, I peered through a window of the local coach offices and saw Dan's logo, so directed him that way and moved through the travelling terminal.
This terminal was a remarkable building, built from wood of the highest quality, yet it wasn't ornately done. Simple planks of cherry and mahogany lined the walls of the structure, and round globes of light hung from chains from a flat ceiling that was open to the outside world in some places. In effect, this was a quasi-indoor mall.
As I was taking my bearings, an older woman approached me and asked her if I could help her with something. Since the purge of the old world, humanity's sentiment towards each other was a lot softer, so I offered to do what I could. She led me through the terminal, out the south end, where a large warehouse existed. It looked more cozy than a warehouse, and I realized that whoever owned it must have been exceedingly powerful in the area. They had converted it to their home.
The woman took me inside, offered me a beer, and then explained her situation. Apparently, the quality of drifter through these parts, drifters such as Dan and myself, wasn't a high quality. Dan and I had been trekking for thousands of miles, though snowy mountains and over rough oceans, across dry deserts, to get here, and we were nowhere near our goal. The local drifters were drunks, looters, thieves, a nuisance for the local attempt at law enforcement. So when the woman told me that she wanted me to stay to marry her daughter, I had to stifle a laugh when I respectfully declined. I understood the severity of their situation, but the idea... after everything that had happened in the past twenty years, it was a cozy translation into acceptance of failure, and that was something I wasn't willing to admit to myself yet.