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Sunrise at the Blackford Estate

Posted on Fri Jul 20, 2018 @ 11:35pm by Nadiya Blackford
Edited on on Sun Nov 25, 2018 @ 8:23pm

Mission: S01E02: First Unity
Location: Lyshan Colony - Blackford Estate
Timeline: MD05 0530 Hours


Hunched over a steaming cup of tea Nadiya always wondered what mornings would be like if she had been in another trade. It was no use thinking over what could've been. She lazily prodded the ginger root in her boiled water and smiled as she looked back up. The sun was starting to rise over the mountain range on the edge of the horizon. She took another sip of the tea.

"Still too hot." She spoke softly to the German Shepard Dog in the corner, who lazily lifted his head before realising he was not being called on to do something active and tiring. With a low growl he placed his head back on the floor, looking up at her.

"Don't get too comfortable, you old mutt." Nadiya stabbed a fork in her scrambled egg and started eating the freshly prepared breakfast. She pushed the bowl of leftovers from yesterday towards the dog.

"Now eat up, you're going to need the energy, it's going to be a long day."

A shrill, loud, whistle disrupted the crisp morning air. Nadiya used the whip to herd the cows into the enclosure built to the south side of the estate. They already had two round of food and the first round of milking for the day, now it was time to get them out in the sun.
"Boots, come on, put your back into it!" She yelled over her shoulder in the direction of her canine helper as she pushed one of the cows to the side, in the direction of the opening in the gates, with both her hands.

Bootstrap had enjoyed the rest on the kitchen floor earlier that morning but right now he seemed to be extremely excited about herding the cows into the rather arid pasture.

The cows didn't seem too bothered by the excitable dog running around, they kept to their path in the direction of the meadow, or what qualified as a meadow these days. Even so, one of them was starting to lag behind. That was never a good sign.

Nadiya approached the lagging cow and ran her hand across the bovine's side.
"What's wrong Bess? You can tell me, girl." She shook her head and sighed, if only they could talk, that would make all of this a lot easier. It would also make milking a lot more awkward.

With the last cow successfully ushered onto the pasture she stepped inside and closed the gate behind her, Bootstrap at her side. She leaned down a bit to pet him on the head. She kicked a rock in front of her and it dashed off over the rather barren patch of land in front of her, kicking up a bit of dust. This was going to be a harsh season. Then again, it wouldn't be any different from all the other seasons before it.

Nadiya was glad the water ration had been lifted, cleaning the stables without free flowing water was a pain. The high pressure sprayer really helped making the task manageable. Last summer had been a pain in that regard. It had done wonders for her social life as well. Smelling to high heavens at the end of the day and not having enough water to wash it off wasn't really great in the rare occasion that she had to go into town. She finished up hosing down the stables, it was already nearing noon. She was always short on time. She had considered hiring a farm hand but first and foremost there really wasn't anyone available to hire and secondly she didn't really have the credits to hire them anyway.

Rolling up the hose and pushing the high pressure device back into it's designated spot Nadiya felt content that now she could take a small lunch break and do some administrative work before she had to head back out into the field.

"Bootstrap, come." She called out to her loyal canine as she headed back inside the farmhouse, stepping out of her boots before stepping through the door. She had ignored the administration for far too long now, it was sure to irk that good for nothing Mayor, or Governor, or whatever it was he called himself these days. Maybe she should delay it a bit more.

Bootstrap grumbled a bit as he stepped into the house with her.

"Oh, now you have an opinion on administrative work?" Nadiya shook her head and smiled to herself. She knew she'd only hurt herself or her ranch if she didn't file the paperwork in a timely manner. She hated bureaucracy, couldn't understand the need for it with their tiny community. First she needed something to eat, the paperwork would come after.


Nadiya Blackford
Lyshan Colony




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