Nathan sits at the bar, eyes downcast as he probes his bruised eye with trembling fingers. The guards had been unnecessarily rough, throwing him face-first to the ground despite the fact that he had been doing nothing wrong. He had told them as much, but they had replied only by putting pressing a boot to his back and shoving him back down. Their excuse was that it was illegal for one to be outside of his quarters during an emergency, but Nathan has dealt with the correction services often enough to know that they have a grudge against him.
As the others being to talk, Nathan listens with mild interest. He recognizes the first man to speak, the one who introduces himself as Mercevial Xenn, but he is unable to remember where he knows him from. Is he a member of the Roaches? Or perhaps a member of the security forces?
If he is a member of the Roaches, he must have been high-ranked and seldom seen, or Nathan would remember him. Either way, his suggestions seems to make little sense. If we leave, we'll just be caught again...
It is only when Robin, or Robin's brother
, says it bluntly that Nathan understands that the big man had meant that they should leave the vault, and not simply the room. That's even crazier!
, he thinks, scowling as he looks up.
He knows Robin as a member of the Roaches, but he had never known that there was a brother. Of course, they have never worked together and aren't particularly close. A fellow member had once told him that Robin, and Zak too
, were not real Roaches. They did some work for the group, but they did it for themselves and didn't really care about the Black Roaches as an organization. They don't have the Roaches tattooed on their hearts...
Nathan finds himself nodding to himself when Robin, or Robin's brother
, reminds the other that the land outside the vault is uninhabitable. Leaving means death as surely as staying, it will only be a slower, more painful death...
When Zak moves behind the bar and begins looking through the cabinet, Nathan stands up and joins him. "What are you doing?"
, he whispers, keeping his voice low enough to avoid being heard by the others. "Are you thinking of trying to leave?"
Normally, he would never have approached Zak in such a way. He knew of him, but he doesn't remember them ever interacting in even the simplest way. Still, Zak is a member of the Roaches, so he is as close to a friend as Nathan has, at least in this room.
If I am making any wrongful assumptions regarding anyone's personality or history, please correct me and I will edit.