Companions on a Camping Trip
I got a request to do the companions at the beach, but since I’ve seen a couple of those already I’m going to do the companions camping instead.
Cait - Doesn’t understand why this crap is necessary. Isn’t every day like a camping trip in this day and age? But the sole survivor insisted that it wasn’t the same thing. You had to have a campfire, and make “s'mores” - whatever the fuck those are. Go fishing, and play sports. She decides to humor them and in the end gets very competitive playing kickball with everyone, even if she doesn’t quite get the concept of not actually kicking the other players.Preston - Is at first very nervous and on edge - even though being on the outskirts of the city they’re far away from most raiders and supermutants, there’s still a risk of running into the local deadly wildlife. He begins to relax a little after Danse has him help set up some brotherhood protocol safety measures, but never has his laser musket any more than a foot from his side at all times.
Codsworth - Is excited at the thought of having an outing like they used to before the war. He packs picnic baskets and tents and sleeping bags for everyone, and surprises no one with his superior campfire grilling abilities.MacCready - Is thrilled at the idea of traditional camp food like hotdogs on sticks and s'mores - at least until Curie enthusiastically tells him how hotdogs were made. He tries his hardest to replicate s'mores though even without marshmallows, by making a sad attempt at cramming some fancy lad snack cakes between two graham crackers.
Nick - Surprises everyone by bringing a guitar and being quite good at playing it. It turns out having metal fingers makes for a good natural guitar pick. Cait surprises everyone even more by joining in with a harmonica, and they end up making a rather soulful duet.
Deacon - King of the camp songs, of every variety - some from before the war, some from now, some in different languages, and some he made up on the spot. No one’s quite sure which ones are which, but they don’t mind it since he has such a good voice. That is, until he starts singing “99 bottles of beer on the wall” during the hike to find a good kickball spot and everyone starts plotting murder.
Curie - Is pleased at the chance to sit down and observe the nature around them without getting shot at. After being stuck in a lab for so long, she aches for a chance to sit and soak in everything she can. She collects a variety of glowing mushrooms and starts drawing them and taking notes by the fire circle. Mac jokes at her to make sure they don’t end up in the food. “Oh no Mr. MacCready, zees would kill you before zey reached your stomach!”Danse - Like Preston is also very uncomfortable about being so deep in the wilderness. He and Preston have a little bit of bonding as they set up a perimeter and Danse applies carefully spaced mines. They tag them with little pieces of bright colored ribbon, but Piper still almost falls into one until X6-88 reaches out and grabs her at the last second with an iron grip. The sole survivor suggests with an uneasy voice that they should maybe consider some safety measures that are a little less fatal.
Piper - is having a ball, literally. She’s the one who suggested kick ball initially as a joke, having researched it for a lifestyle piece for Publick Occurrences, apparently. “It’s like baseball except, instead of cracking people with bats, you kick them!” The sole survivor shakes their head and tells them how to actually play kickball, and they have a go at a real game.
Strong - Doesn’t understand why humans camp for fun. Camp everyday! Why this time different? He opts out of the game playing and instead brings back all kind of hunted game for dinner. Everyone but him avoids trying the half rotten Brahmin, though.X6-88 - Also doesn’t understand the point of the camping excursion. But he figures if they’re going to insist on their absurd human ritual, that he will make sure they’re safe. He destroys at kickball, so much so that they eventually vote him out of the game and make him referee instead. Later in the evening he becomes very possessive of the campfire, not letting anyone else touch it and placing logs in the perfect pattern for burning.
Dogmeat - Is kept on a very tight leash. If Piper almost stepped on those mines…They let him try to play in the kickball game though, especially since he discombobulates X6-88 and makes him lose his focus.