June 23, 2014 – Naperville IL
Mary, Amy and Clarice set up their experiment with a stereo, and move two streets over to wait and see if the infected would be attracted. When the power did come back on, as suspected the infected did move toward the house, but did not begin to moan, so was only limited in its effectiveness of attracting the infected. During the wait for the power, Mary generated a hand-drawn map of the retail area their group was headed towards, and the decision was made to visit the pharmacy in the Naperville Plaza, as they felt food was temporally not their biggest concern.
Checking the pharmacy in the Naperville Plaza, the group realized that there were infected in the store and decided to look in other locations rather than confronting them. Deciding to head over the the Lowe’s on the far side of retail area, the group decides to move on. While moving through a neighborhood, Clarice in the point position, passes a house and missing the group of infected between two houses, who proceed to move out to the street and toward Mary and Amy who are following behind Clarice. Running to catch up to Clarice, the group decides to loss the growing number of moaning infected, but decide continuing in the direction they were headed would not be the best course of action. They decide to cut through the backyard of several housing and cut north to head toward the Naperville Walmart.
Once reaching the Walmart parking lot, the group realizes they have a large number of infected in the parking lot that they will have to find a way to get to the store without being seen. Clarice comes up with a plan, knowing that the infected will check on large noises, she volunteers to silently move to one of the cars and start it up and jury-rigging the car to move through the parking lot to attract the infected away from the entrance to the store. Clarice pulls off her plan will no infecting noticing her, and the group moves into the entrance of the store. Once inside, the group listens into the dimly lit store, lighted only by the few open skylights. Realizing something or someone is in the store, a new plan is developed. Send Clarice to the far side of the store with on of the flashlights to set up and try to attach whatever is in the store. It take Clarice 20 minutes to move across the front of the store, set up the flashlight in the produce section and moving back to Mary and Amy. The group the moves along the wall to the back of the store, through toys, and automotive, then across the back of the store through electronics to sporting goods. Collecting camping gear, including a tent, portable grill, Sterno, multi-tools, bows and arrows. Once happy with the gear found in sporting goods, the group heads back to electronics for some wire, cables and available batteries. During the time in sporting goods, the group realizes that the flashlight used to attract the infected inside the store had been knocked over, and that the infected had begun moving back into other parts of the store. The group moves from electronics to the front of the store and realize the car distracting had been investigated and forgotten by the outside infected. Clarice again moves quietly into the parking lot, siphon gas from the tank of one of the nearby cars to get a pool in the parking lot and then lights the pool. When the group realizes that “unlike the movies” the car would not be exploding, they decide to to the back of the store to check to see if that would be a safer way of exiting the building. One thing the group did discover with the fire, the infected instincts did keep them from moving into the fires.
Moving to the back of the store, the group realizes that there is no light in the warehouse area of Walmart, and listening they realize there are more than likely either infected or animals in the warehouse area. First Mary pulls a sock over her flashlight to give her a little light, but not shine to give away their position. The group them finds a pallet jack and quietly moves a pallet from the nearest stock bin and place it in front of the door to prevent anyone from in the store coming into the warehouse area. Then the three ladies begin making there way down the aisle, about half way down they hear a movement, but can’t tell whether it is on their aisle or on one of the aisles on either side of them. They decide to continue forward, rather than turn back, which works out as they quickly pass by the noise and realize it is coming from one of the other aisles. Coming to the end of the aisle, the stop to listen and hear noises coming from both ends of the warehouse. Following the wall, the groups stays together until they feel the noise coming towards them is getting close, then Clarice and Amy duck down the nearest aisle to wait, and jump out to take care of whatever is continuing towards Mary. In the darkness, both miss the infected passing by. The infected grabs Mary, but before the other two can jump in, Mary performs a reverse arm bar, and pins the infected to the wall, drops her flashlight and draws her pistol and puts the infected down. Clarice realizing that the noise will attract other infected, grabs the flashlight, removes the sock and runs off to find the exit, while Mary and Amy get everything together. Clarice returns and drags the group to the exit.
Once outside, they realize they made a good decision as there are only six infected behind the Walmart. The group is temporarily safe from the infected as the load dock area is lower than the street level, but they realize that four of the infected will eventually find them if they don’t come up with a plan. Mary tries to pull the four infected away from them by throwing a lug nut found in the loading area, which does begin to draw two of the four infected towards the other two that the group has cover from. The decision is made to shot the infected, as the group has time to shoot the six behind the building and move on before the infected in the front of the store can make it to the back to see what the loud noise was. Mary and Clarice decide to have Amy use her rifle to shot the two visible first and then have her shot the other four as they come around to look into the noise. Amy makes short work of the six infected, and the three ladies move across the street into the nearby neighborhood, moving cautiously as the had to rely on the eyes, since their hearing was shot due to the six loud rifle shoots from behind the Walmart. With night coming on and supplies weighing them down, the ladies decide to find a house in the neighborhood to stay for the night, rather than risk the trip back to their safe house with the their hearing impaired.
They settle on a house they find, that looks secure, other than several of the upper story windows being broken. Checking the outside of the house, they verify all the windows are secure and the front and back doors are locked. Clarice makes short work of the front door lock, and the group moves inside. The group moves together, quickly checking each room and quickly realize that the house is empty both of the living and the infected, and that the windows must have been broken by vandals or the weather. Once everyone feels safe, Mary moves to the kitchen and begins to prepare food for everyone, and the group sits down to enjoy their tuna salad and crackers. Everyone is surprised as they wrap up their meal, the power comes on. Everyone decides its time to clean up, and Amy goes up to shower, and Mary and Clarice decide to take turns taking a bath in the master suite. Everyone cleaned up, the group meets in the basement for drinks. Amy grabs a bottle, and proceeds upstairs and barracks herself in one of the bedrooms. While Mary mixes drinks for herself and Clarice. Clarice never a drinker, quickly becomes drunk and gets sick. Mary gets her water and sits with her to comfort her, and both sleep on the couch in the basement for the evening.