I stripped Ricky of his camelbak. He wouldn't be needing it anymore. I had Loco search the bodies while Carol and her friends searched the houses for anything of value. I didn't let them go to far because we hadn't checked every house. I was gambling on my sense that everything, at least for now, was good. What was making me antsy was the feeling that it wasn't going to last. While they did that I dug a shallow grave for Ricky. It wasn't much and he deserved better.
When I got done I went and found everyone and we did a very brief service. I said "In Freyas name we bury this warrior. May he meet us at the gates when we arrive. Amen. Then I got everyone moving. As I did I heard one of Carol's girls ask "Who the hell is Freya?" She replied "Why do you care? If G is okay with it than you are." I wanted to hear the stories, both Carols and the other girls. I also wanted to know more about the cult or whatever the hell it was. It was going to have to wait.
I pulled Loco aside and asked him "What do you think?" I didn't have to qualify it or go into detail. He knew what I was asking. He looked up at the sky, pursed his lips, did a quick scan of the horizon and where the sun was, and said "Get out of town, off the roads, and up on a hill for now. After that it's your call."
"Yeah. I don't think we are going to be able to push them hard." He nodded. I added "Going to need to feed them sometime too."
I looked around. The closest good hill was about three miles away. Once we made that I would think about our next move. I indicated the hill and told him "That's it. You got point." I found Carol, told her crew to drop about half the crap they were carrying, and told them the plan. I looked at the women and said "Keep up. Shut up. We can do this." They all nodded tight lipped. I still didn't know what happened here but they seemed very okay with leaving it behind. "You okay Carol?"
She replied "Yeah. Lets get the hell out of here."
"Okay. Follow Loco."
I took a knee and watched them go. I was going to give them a long lead. If anyone came hunting us I wanted them away from the first contact. Nobody looked back I noticed.