The Vanguards of Darkwind
The life and times of the Vanguards, a gang struggling to survive in the wastelands of Evan, based on the game Darkwind by Psychic Software

Hey Boss, look what I found.

“Hey Boss, look what I found.”

Enrique Oquendo hurried into Dexter’s. His youthful face shone with enthusiasm and pride. In his hands he held a small rectangular object, wrapped in a bloodied shirt.

“Sorry for the mess, boss. Didn’t have anything else to protect it from the dust, and I figured Xena’s cohort didn’t need this anymore. But we were out scouting in the dunes, you know, those burnt-out buildings by the oasis. Me and the boys were jumped, but good. Nailed them after a long fight, you shoulda seen Marcus’s sniping, what a doozy…” Enrique’s voice faltered as Amy Banuelos started to drum her fingers on the table. “Yeah, so we won, and I checked out the buildings. Found this. Reckon you needed to see it pronto.”

Reverentially, Enrique placed the object on the table in front of Amy Banuelos and unwrapped it. Sleek, metallic, ultra-thin.

“Ta-dah,” said Enrique. “I present you with an… Orange.”

“An orange?” said Amy. “Damned strangest orange I ever saw.”

“No, no, Enrique’s right,” said “Earl” Hickey, the group’s mechanic. “I’ve heard of these things. Back in the day, they were the repository of all wisdom and knowledge. Ask them anything, anything at all, and they’d tell you the answer.”

“Like how to destroy Xena once for all,” asked Amy, her interest piqued.

“Well, I don’t know about that,” said Earl. “Mebbe it only works for stuff that was real then, you know, before the Apocalypse.”

“Can you get it working?” asked Amy.

“Dunno. I’ll need to cadge some time on the generators from Dexter, find some way to get power into the device. Give me some time.”

“Do it,” ordered Amy. “If this device is as powerful as you say, we can use it to clean up Somerset.”

Earl reached across to pick up the ultra-thin package.

“Oh and by the way, I don’t think it was called an Orange.” Amy traced her finger around the image on the glossy, reflective surface.

“I think they called it an Apple.”


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