So, I had this thought after reading several stories about humans giving birth and not having eggs. What if aliens do not have ‘family units’ the same way humans do, but instead raise children in more of a group setting.
Captain H'roll'ah was excited to have hired on not just 1 but 3 humans, all of whom were extremely qualified for space travel. Even better, they were all from the same clan and so there would be no rivalry or refusal to work together because of old scores to settle.
“Captain! Three humans just came in a have taken over the dining area! WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!?” Ensign Khralhen was out of breath and panicked, but his species was notoriously afraid of humans after it became public knowledge how dangerous they were. Not that his own was much better, but H'roll'ah knew that these humans should be here and it was probably near a meal time for them. How could such an evolutionary advanced and apated species not figure out a way to avoid needing 3 or meals a day was beyond H'roll'ah.
“It is fine, Ensign Khralhen. These are likely the Humans that I just signed on to the crew. They are from the same clan, so they should work at peak efficiency,” the Captain answered, trying to put as much calm and soothing into his voice as possible, “Let us go introduce ourselves and welcome them so that the ‘pack-bonding’ can begin.”
“Greetings, I am Captain H'roll'ah and this is Ensign Khralhen, our cook.”
“Nice ta meetcha! Cook, huh? Guess we best buddy up to you right quick then!” said the male. He was average height for a human and perhaps a little on the heavy side, but H'roll'ah knew that it was likely muscle not fat. After all, this human and one of his female companions were security personnel.
“Always thinking with you stomach, Thomas. How about you buddy up to the Captain, so that we do not get kicked off this boat? Hmm?” said the smaller female, later identified as Samantha or “Sam” for ease. "Small" being used only in comparison because she did not have the bulk of her clanmates. She must be the medical officer. H'roll'ah was worried that she would be distant from her clanmates but her body language suggested extreme comfort and trust, above what H'roll'ah felt for his own clanmates of different castes. The third human, Laura if the captain remembered correctly, remained silent but was constantly looking around, as if expecting an attack at any moment, not that strange considering all that H'roll'ah had hear about Earth.
“Well then, please tell me what times that the three of you eat, and I will prepare food for you then. Also, please tell me any dietary restrictions you have so that you do not have any medical incidents,” Khralhen said, realizing that the humans could be bribed with food as easily as a Con'valix could be bribed with fruits.
(3 Months Later)
Captain H'roll'ah was surprised at how well the humans worked together. He thought that they might exceed standard human operating efficiency by 10%, but regularly they were 20-25% better than the reported average. They barely needed to vocalize to communicate, and they were able to remember each other’s needs and the needs of the crew extremely well. Captain H'roll'ah decided to ask them how they did it, and if it was a clan trait, where he could hire more humans of clan “Walker.”
“Thomas clan Walker, do you have a few minutes to talk about personal matters?” The captain asked, assuming that Thomas would, since he was off shift and relaxing in the lounge.
“Sure thing, hoss. What can I do for you? And I hope this isn’t about my or Laura’s tattoo’s, because we had to settle a bet on that a few days ago,” Thomas answered easily. He was a bit flippant for the captain’s taste, but his results were impeccable and the other humans followed his lead, which spoke volumes for the man.
“I was hoping that you could explain how you and your clanmates have achieved such a high efficiency rate. You perform well above average, even for clanmates who grew up together.”
“Clanmates? Oh, that’s right! Sam mentioned that your species, and most species on this ship raise their young in a group setting and the kids hatch from eggs, right?”
“That is correct, and please do not remind me that human females carry their young in their bodies like a parasite. The last time Sam explained that, it was enough to make all of us wonder how humans have managed to reproduce at all.” H'roll'ah still shuddered when he thought of it, and Khralhen wasn’t able to cook for 3 days after Sam had explained human reproduction.
“Fair enough, I think we reproduce more by accident that anything else, but yeah. Me, Laura, and Sam are not clanmates like you think,” Thomas chuckled and shook his head, “We are siblings.”
“I do not know this word,” H'roll'ah answered uneasily. In his experience, an unknown term from a human meant that something painful, gross, horrifying, or all 3 was about to be revealed.
“Sam could explain it better, and having Laura here only seems fair…” Thomas trailed off as he reached for his comm. "Hey, brats (again with the casual disrespect), can you both get up to the lounge? Captain wants to know about siblings.“ H'roll'ah was always surprised that Thomas clan Walker could be disrespectful when asking for others to do something.
“Sure, be right up,” Sam responded. She was likely a floor up in the medical facilities and wanted to take a break.
“Grrhhrhhgg.” Laura clan Walker had been sleeping, then, and did not want to come.
“Thanks, ladies, you can both explain family better than me.” Now the captain was worried again because there was a second new word being bandied around.
“So, captain, a family unit for humans is very small compared to yours of Ensign Khralhen’s,” Sam explained, “A family is usually made up of the mother and/or father or a surrogate who has assumed that role and the children. It usually numbers no more than 4-7 individuals.”
“But…But…how do you grow or develop? And to place all that burden on only one or two adults, how do they do anything else?” spluttered K'roll'ah. He was shocked to find out that humans in the region called ‘America’ did not have an open community.
“Well, children who share 1 or both parents are called “siblings”, and they develop together. The adults are called “parents”, and yeah, there is a definite loss of freedom involved.“
“So then, you three are…siblings?” H'roll'ah asked.
“Yes, Thomas is the oldest, and Laura is the youngest, with me in the middle,” answered Sam, “and our father bailed on us after Laura was 3 years old, so Tom became the ‘man of the house’ at 7 years old.”
THAT explained Thomas clan Walker’s attitude! Captain H'roll'ah realized that Thomas clan Walker had been in a command position and not had a commander from a young age!
“So that is why you both follow him? He is the new leader”
“Kind of, he is just the best at leading. He knows what to do and does it well.” Laura answered, which was rare; she was the most quiet of the three.
“And the reason for your peak efficiency?” Captain H'roll'ah asked, determined to get an answer to his question.
“Well, we have known each other all our lives and spent most of those lives in close proximity to each other. We just understand each other from the long familiarity and exposure.”
“Ah, the same way a pilot becomes better from being on the same ship, just with a person instead.”
“Exactly! And if you are interested in hiring others we are familiar with, we have some cousins, children of our parents’ siblings, who we know very well and want to get into space.”
“Then I will look them up, thank you for answering my questions."
Humans were a strange species. Instead of focusing on a large community, they developed close bonds with only a few people who share familial ties with them. Captain H'roll'ah did hire the 'cousins’ and they worked out very well. The human guidebook was updated to notify captains that humans sharing close blood ties have the potential to perform at higher than normal efficiency.
Now somebody write a story about a captain hiring siblings who hate/cannot stand each other!
Summary: You and Dean find a small infant while clearing a crime scene. She suddenly becomes the center of the world.
Warnings: mild angst, mention of blood, life-threatening wounds. Dean being his perfect paternal self??
A/N: thank you so much for reading!
You both stood over the crib. Fingers which, only minutes ago, had been poised over their two respective triggers, now lay at rest by your sides. Each of you more wordless than the other. Instead of the monster you’d been expecting, there was a nursery. A soft raspberry-colored room, with accents of pinks and whites. Stuffed animals were spread sparsely throughout the room, and a small bookshelf to the far left held just a few children’s books that’d been read thousands of times to unborn ears.
And here you stood, Dean beside you, as your eyes remained glued to the infant laying inside the confines of the crib. Her parents were gone, torn apart brutally in the early morning. Tragedy had befallen the sweet baby in front of you, and all you could think about was how peaceful she seemed, how innocent and unknowing she was in all of this. Her jaw moved up and down as if she was still sucking on a binkie, and the gentle sound that came from her not-possibly-more-than-two-month-old form melted your heart.
the first time lance ever held his first nephew, he was six, and he started crying giant happy tears
would constantly try to teach his nieces and nephews to say tío lance in order for those to be their first words
hunk: hey dude are you doing okay? your eye bags are…. huge lance: i haven’t done any of my assignments for the past week because i have procrastination! my adhd isn’t letting me focus, and i’ve cried twice this week. hunk: …. lance: [fingerguns and winks]
one of his cousins was enrolling in a beautician school and before lance went to the garrison, he was his muse
resulted in the thin eyebrows, straight permed hair, and short bangs. also got a good pedicure and manicure out of it
lance: I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WERE A PROFESSIONAL! his cousin: I SAID THAT I’M IN SCHOOL STILL! lance: ARE YOU KIDDING ME his cousin: can you relax. hair grows back and chemicals go away… eventually
this same cousin got lance into skincare when the cousin used to work at lush. family discount
lance is the one who calls star wars the old space movies that are classics. he’s talking about the sequel trilogy.
“i grew up with those movies,” his father says, “you’re killing your father, lance. stop laughing, lance”
lance’s internal thoughts while eating spicy food, tears in his eyes: you are a badass cuban. you are a badass cuban. you are a badass—WHAT DID CORAN PUT IN THIS!?!?!?!
“i’m not jealous” “you just growled when keith laughed because of him, lance” “i’m just annoyed because i’m funnier than that dude.” “mhm” “shut up”
lance is currently on a work out routine with allura in order to get more fit and to eventually beat shiro,then her in an arm wrestling competition they hold every week
“allura i’m not crying i’m just sweating from my eyes”
curly haired lance comes without warning. the only person surprised by this is lance
keith: suits you. lance: ;)
when lance comes home to earth, he comes home to a new baby sister, a new nephew, and just in time to watch his brother get married. he’s the happiest he’s ever been.
Love at First Sigh (Yoonmin, Fluff, One Shot): Yoongi and Jimin fall in love with sounds.AU where Yoongi and Jimin have apartments next to each other, and their showers share a wall.https://archiveofourown.org/works/4187631
Our Names (Yoonmin, Fluff, High School AU, One Shot): “Min Yoongi,” Jimin writes the name over and over in the margins of his notebook. Swirling hearts and flowers around the words. He sighs leaning his elbow against his desk, chin in hand. http://archiveofourown.org/works/4460210
The Dutiful Brother and His Sister’s Way Too Handsome Boyfriend (Yoonmin, Fluff, 11/11): Yoongi’s sister Hani is fake-dating Jimin to hide from her mother that she’s gay, but Yoongi doesn’t know this. All Yoongi knows is that he has had a not-so-little crush on Jimin for over a year and that its kinda hard to be a supportive dutiful brother when Jimin is just too blindingly beautiful. http://archiveofourown.org/works/5924095/chapters/14552764
the moon and the stars (Vkook, College AU, One Shot): based off of Real Events that happened to me the other day. i ended up screaming to siobhandestele about it and they told me to write a fic about it. and the word moderation does not exist in my vocabulary so http://archiveofourown.org/works/3736375
Severe Weather (Yoonmin, Smut, Demons, One Shot): Min Yoongi has had a very, very long day.So when Yoongi opens the door to his one-room apartment a little after eight in the morning soaking wet, sleep-deprived, and extremely irritated, he isn’t really sure what to think of the man with horns and a tail lying naked in his bed.http://archiveofourown.org/works/7381792
Cerulean and Malachite (Sugakookie, Soulmate AU, Fluff & Smut, One Shot): tumblr prompt from anon: “You said you take requests on here on your ao3 and I’m here with a request! How about a SugaKookie soulmates. After that, you can do whatever you want with it, but if you could add some smut, that would be nice. :) Thank you!”http://archiveofourown.org/works/7374217
Stupid Cupid (Sugakookie, Hanahaki Disease, Fluff, One Shot): Min Yoongi literally gets clotheslined by love and he is so, so pissed about it. OR: That time Jeongguk made Yoongi cough up flowers. http://archiveofourown.org/works/7076281
you should be afraid of me (Yoonmin, Smut, 2/2): Jimin lets him bend him — break him — mould him into any shape Yoongi wants — even likes it more than he admits. But Yoongi knows better than to think he’s the one in control.Because he isn’t. Not really.(Or: Yoongi’s back from a business trip and Jimin has a surprise for him.) http://archiveofourown.org/works/5346614/chapters/12346127
I’m Glad You’re My First (Yoomin, College AU, Fluff & Smut, One Shot): Jimin wasn’t a prude, he just liked saving his firsts for everything for someone special. And, that special someone was Min Yoongi. http://archiveofourown.org/works/5902192
Smoke and Mirrors (Yoonmin, Namjin, Light Angst, 8/8): Jimin went out for a night-time walk a few times a week, maybe just to see the man smoking outside. His life was suddenly not so boring, his routine not so strict, and the friendship with his room-mate not so great. http://archiveofourown.org/works/6660382/chapters/15233809
Watch the Stars With Me (Sugakookie, Namjin, AU, Smut, 11/11): One night, Namjoon brings along a shy but handsome boy named Jungkook to their hangout at the abandoned train station. And as much as Yoongi resists, he can’t help but fall for him. http://archiveofourown.org/works/6534985/chapters/14950390
Wash Away My Loneliness (Yoonmin, Car Wash AU, Fluff, One Shot): There are a lot of car washes in the area that could do a better job, but not all of them have Park Jimin as an employee. So Yoongi keeps coming back. http://archiveofourown.org/works/6512506
speed it up so we can slow it down (Yoonmin, Smut/PwP, Daddy!Kink, One Shot): Jimin wants to be more than just Yoongi’s escort but he’s doing a horrible job of telling him and Yoongi really hates Jeon Jungkook. http://archiveofourown.org/works/7262095
we are like parallel lines (Taegi, Bording School AU, One Shot): In which Taehyung confesses to Yoongi and Yoongi believes Taehyung only has a short-lived crush.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8098351
be my bad boy (Sugakookie, PwP, One Shot): If he asks nicely, he’ll get what he wants. If he says ‘please,’ bats his eyelashes, pouts his lips and pours his innocence out before Yoongi, he’ll get what he wants. http://archiveofourown.org/works/8099905
Take Me To Church (Yoonmin, Demon!Yoongi, Smut, One Shot): Jimin, much to his chagrin, has a demon called Yoongi living in his bedroom. Things would be easier if Yoongi were a soul sucking monster instead of charming and unfairly hot.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8133215
Butterfingers (Yoonmin, College AU, Fluff & Crack, One Shot): Jimin’s life is no fairytale. But if it was, it’d go something like this. (Or: the AU in which Jimin is cursed to drop whatever he’s holding every time he sees the person he loves) http://archiveofourown.org/works/7848391
Choker (Yoonmin, PwP & Fluff, One Shot): The boys have a shooting for their upcoming exhibiton and Jimin has a little surprise for his boyfriend. It’s the first time he has to wear a choker and he is eager to hear Yoongi’s opinion. The older actually can’t wait to return to the privacy of their hotel room, to show Jimin just how much he appreciates his surprise.http://archiveofourown.org/works/6060760
All Hallows’ Eve (Sugakookiemon, Threesome, Smut, Vampires, One Shot): Jeongguk’s lovers invite old flames to their All Hallows’ Eve dinner party, so naturally he tries to make them jealous by getting friendly with his favourite cousin.http://archiveofourown.org/works/7625926
Shall We Date? (Yoonmin, College AU, Fluff, One Shot): Jimin just wants to stay home and play games, but his roommate has other ideas. Or: 4 times Taehyung sets Jimin up on a terrible blind date and 1 time it isn’t so bad.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8243353
I’ll Be Your Lighthouse (Yoonmin, Fluff, Light Angst, AU, One Shot): Jimin would rather be drawing, hidden away from his friends and family up in the old abandoned lighthouse in the bay than anywhere else. But he finds he liked it better with the smell of smoke lingering in the air and the echo of a flickering lighter against the walls.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8314147
Take A Picture, It’ll Last Longer (Sugakookie, Fluff, Restaurant AU, 2/2): It’s not that he thinks Jungkook is attractive…he just really wants to have the weekend off. —In which Yoongi has been friends with Hoseok for years, so he should have known this bet would be stupid.http://archiveofourown.org/works/6891376/chapters/15722098
pretty (odd) (Yoonmin, College AU, Fluff, One Shot): in which min yoongi is a librarian and he happens to fall deeply in love with park jimin, the regular who’s in love with literature just a little too much.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8544172
light me up (Yoonmin, Side!Vhope, College AU, Fluff, One Shot): He’s already taking a deep breath when he hears someone twisting the doorknob. “Jung Hoseok, I have a bone to pick with you, you absolute asshole,” he starts. It is not Jung Hoseok.Definitely not. Min Yoongi.Jimin coughs awkwardly into his fist. “Hello,” he finishes. (In which Jimin has a crush, yells a lot, and maybe falls into like.)http://archiveofourown.org/works/8572666
whatta man (good man) (Vkook, College AU, Smut, Fluff & Crack, One Shot): Out of all the kinds of blogs Jeon Jeongguk could have run, never in a million years Taehyung would have expected him to have a porn blog. (Or, Jeongguk runs a porn blog and Taehyung not so accidentally finds it.)http://archiveofourown.org/works/7862419
accidents were made to happen (Yoonmin, College AU, Humor & Fluff, One Shot): au where jimin replies to the wrong conversation and is generally Very Embarrassing for everyone.http://archiveofourown.org/works/8470597
It’s your Birthday but you’re my Gift (Yoonmin, Childhood Friends, Fluff, 5/5): Yoongi celebrates 5 birthdays with Jimin over the course of 20 years.(aka Yoongi growing up with Jimin only to realise he’s falling for his childhood friend).http://archiveofourown.org/works/8353387/chapters/19135300
blow my heart up (Yoonmin, Smut, One Shot): Yoongi really likes the look in Jimin’s eyes when he’s getting told off for making mistakes.(warnings: spanking, slight dom/sub, light breathplay, orgasm denial, praise kink)http://archiveofourown.org/works/5477006
A&E (Sugakookie, Hospital AU, Angst, Fluff & Mild Smut, 12/12): Where Min Yoongi is a second year resident at the Seoul National University Hospital working in the A&E and has absolutely no time or heart to tend to the rich and pompous but is forced to re-evaluate a lot of his life choices when he meets Jeon Jungkook. http://archiveofourown.org/works/6986689/chapters/15920692
Nyctophile (Yoonmin, Namjin, Vkook, Fantasy AU, 15/?): "Like I said, monsters aren’t real, Taehyung.” Jimin quickly pulled the closet doors open. At the bottom of the closet, sitting on the floor and leaning heavily against the walls, was a man with dark pink hair clad in dark clothes, bleeding and injured and looking positively close to death. Jimin didn’t know what to do. http://archiveofourown.org/works/6485242/chapters/14843164
Bring On The Sunshine (Yoonmin, Single Parent!Yoongi, Kid!V, Fluff, 8/?): With the help of their five year old “matchmaker” Taehyung, Yoongi and Jimin stumble into each other’s lives. Cue the awkward, messy pining and dating adventures with a noisy kid in their way. http://archiveofourown.org/works/8110213/chapters/18587476
The Melting King (Yoonmin, Fantasy AU, Romance & Smut, 2/?): The Ice King, who was a cold and cruel man, had no other interests but to find and own pieces of art and beautiful things. He wanted to conquer everything, he wanted to rule over everyone and take other peoples’ treasures for himself. That is why he went to war against the Deserts of the South, which he won swiftly and with his usual aplomb. There he looked for the most beautiful thing he could find to take home with him and marvel at its beauty.What he found was the Dancer. Or did the Dancer find him? http://archiveofourown.org/works/8359147/chapters/19148641
A is for Apple, Z is for Zombie (Yoonmin, Zombies AU, Mild Gore, 5/?): In a world where zombies run rampage and humans are trapped like cattle, Yoongi has unease and anger eating away at him, has lost almost everything to the undead; perhaps to the monsters living inside of him as well.So when Yoongi was lying on the pavement, cold and his life slipping away, a stranger appearing out of nowhere and giving him a choice to die or become one of them, what do you think he chose?http://archiveofourown.org/works/8616211/chapters/19756579
I Wrote this for you (Yoonmin, Vkook, Angst, AU, 5/?): Jeon Jungkook is a frustrated reader who just wants to have a decent conversation with his newly proclaimed favorite author, an up-and-coming young adult novelist Min Yoongi, and maybe force out the ending of his cliffhanging heartbreaking motherfucking breakthrough debut novel. http://archiveofourown.org/works/7693393/chapters/17527393
Bucky turned at the sound of his mother’s voice. Leaning his hip against the balcony railing, he crossed his arms over his chest.
“He does not listen to me,” Bucky said quietly.
She nodded with a sad smile, “James, your father just wants all of his affairs in order before he passes.”
Bucky looked out over the palace grounds, “I don’t want an arranged marriage, mother.”
She raised her hand and cupped his cheek in her palm, “It is a way for your father to be certain the kingdom will be safe.” She lowered her hand to gesture out beyond the balcony, “Having you take the princess’s hand in marriage will secure allies and armies. Her father has agreed to share his land, so a merging of kingdoms is necessary.”
Bucky sighed and looked down at her, “I want love and happiness, is that too much to ask for?”
She chuckled softly, “My son, those things come in time.” She thought fondly for a minute, “I grew to love your father, even though I did not care for him in the beginning. But, my duty as his wife and Queen was and still is important. As is the same for you. You must do what the title of being the future King demands.”
“I did not ask for that title,” Bucky said with disdain. When he saw his mother wince, he immediately regretted it. “I’m sorry mother. I didn’t mean that the way it sounded.” He reached up and pushed his fingers through his hair, dislodging the bun at the nape of his neck. “I don’t feel ready for all of this.”
Looping her arm through his, she spoke softly, “No one ever is, my sweet Prince.”
As you may have already noticed sadly there will be no TCM update this week! I safely arrived home but I don’t have my tablet with me hehe Anyway, the story will hopefully resume next weekend, that is, if my previous bad boy of a tablet starts working properly; We’ll see! In the meantime, thanks for reading TCM so far! 💛
For my 1000 followers prompt-a-thon, @stultiloquentia asked for some fiber witch Dex, due to my tags on this post. I’ve been fighting with this story for days, as a result, because it turns out I have so many thoughts about this, it was hard to wrestle them into a coherent story. Hopefully you’ll think it turned out okay!
College, Dex was finding, was both harder and easier to
navigate than he’d anticipated. Classes and hockey practice he’d expected, and
he mostly had a handle on those. But all the interpersonal stuff was…
Shitty thought it was because he was from a small town (and
Dex and Bitty had shared some long-suffering looks about Shitty’s assumptions
about people from small towns). Ransom thought it was because he was the first
person in his family to go to college (which wasn’t true, but he was the first
person in his immediate family to go to 1) a private college 2) outside of
Maine, so whatever). Holster thought it was because Dex joined him in his
hatred of 90% of the population (partially true; people were very annoying).
Chowder thought it was because Dex was stressed out (and then offered to help
him with his CS homework; a far more useful response, in Dex’s opinion). Nursey
just thought it was because he was a conservative asshole.
Shockingly, none of them ever thought to guess it was
because he was a witch living with people who didn’t know for the first time.
Thick Thighs Save Lives Chapter Three- Dean x Plus Size Reader
“Dean Winchester wasn’t going to win the little challenge that had thrown down between the two of you. He might think he was winning but you had your own tricks up your sleeve.” Thick Thighs Save Lives Chapter Three Words: 2040 Warnings: Some sexual language. Some body issues talk. Summary: You’re a hard to handle, sometimes fragile and hold him when he hurts kind of girl. You have thick thighs and hips that won’t quit, but you’ve never felt beautiful until a certain hunter comes your way to help you save your hometown. Dean Winchester finds himself falling for you and is determine to make you his. If you will let him that is.
AN: Thank you to @dragonchica for proofreading this! Thanks you girl! Thank you to everyone for the lovely feedback! :) Also I just realized that I had my anonymous asks turned off! Sorry loves.
Tagging: Please send me an ask. :) I don’t want to forget you! Please be patience as I update my list! Thank you. :)
Ah, you gonna take me home tonight Ah, down beside that red firelight Are you gonna let it all hang out Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round Queen- Fat Bottomed Girls.
The plans you had of scoping out the werewolf compound had been postponed due to Janet Bazar. Janet was the town busybody and had told you that Richard McMullen was actually visiting the little town of his birth, May Springs. May Springs was even more of a one horse town then Burke and well, you didn’t understand why he thought picking off drunks in the woods was good practice for his new recutires.
Most people would be packing at the Christmas Day church services. Burke was just too rural for people to depend on the law. So they depended on each other and they most certainly depended on you. You were the town hunter. The only hunter and you often ventured into other little towns to help. This was the life you had chosen to live.
Dean was looking quite pleased with the news that you would have to go tomorrow night. He was eyeing you again and you shifted in your chair to avoid his stare. It was getting late into the evening and you had spent most of the day telling Dean about hunting in Deep East Texas. Most people around here kept the secrets of the supernatural to themselves, but most people in countryside towns knew. They were more vulnerable to monsters than people that lived in the city limits. They never spoke about it, but your name passed their lips more often than not.