META TWO : JACKSON TO SEATTLE
A WALK - THROUGH OF THE JOURNEY FROM HOME
IN JACKSON TO SEATTLE FOR ELLIE AND DINA
tw : food mentions, animal death, illness, pregnancy.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝙾𝙽𝙴 : 𝙹𝙰𝙲𝙺𝚂𝙾𝙽 ]
the journey to seattle begins in jackson. although ellie is grieving, guilty and furious, she manages to plan a general route for their travel. she uses some advice from maria, who suggests they try to follow tommy’s footsteps as closely as possible. together, they mark a map with definite locations that tommy would stop at along the way. from relatively obvious context clues ( the hydrodam, the fact that you can see many river deltas from the farm ), the actual settlement is just west of jackson city itself, alongside the snake river. without needing to go through the city, ellie and dina choose to take the main highway west towards the idaho border.
𝙸𝙼𝙰𝙶𝙴 : 𝙼𝙰𝙿 𝙾𝙵 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝚄𝚂𝙰, 𝚆𝙸𝚃𝙷 ( 𝙵𝚁𝙾𝙼 𝙴𝙰𝚂𝚃 𝚃𝙾 𝚆𝙴𝚂𝚃 ) 𝙹𝙰𝙲𝙺𝚂𝙾𝙽, 𝙸𝙳𝙰𝙷𝙾 𝙵𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚂, 𝚃𝚆𝙸𝙽 𝙵𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚂, 𝙱𝙰𝙺𝙴𝚁 𝙲𝙸𝚃𝚈, 𝚈𝙰𝙺𝙸𝙼𝙰, 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝙵𝙸𝙽𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚈 𝚂𝙴𝙰𝚃𝚃𝙻𝙴 𝙼𝙰𝚁𝙺𝙴𝙳 𝙸𝙽 𝚁𝙴𝙳 𝙸𝙽𝙺. clearer image available at base of post.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝚃𝚆𝙾 : 𝙸𝙳𝙰𝙷𝙾 𝙵𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚂 ]
on the other side of the border from jackson, idaho falls is the first stop for ellie and dina. ellie notes in her journal that : “ dina caught three jack rabbits tonight. she has these traps her sister taught her how to build - they’re fucking effective. my appetite hasn’t come back yet. trying to force food down. ” they stay outside of the main city, without the need to go in any further, to avoid infected and groups of humans.
whilst in idaho falls, ellie and dina make their way to the airport on the edge of town. there, they were able to gather a considerable amount of supplies after taking out a small number of infected : most dressed in flight attendant or tourist garb. ellie picks up a change of clothes from a suitcase, as prior to being caught by maria before leaving jackson, she had only filled one backpack to make it easier for dina to stash them at the gate. there is still a sprinkling of snow on the ground, but it melts quickly with the unusually warm weather for this time of year. they set up a small camp at the corner of two buildings, with only one main entrance. it’s quiet, but ellie suggests she takes a first watch just in case. in reality, it’s because she can’t sleep, her mind riddled with thoughts of joel and abby.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝙵𝙸𝚅𝙴 : 𝚃𝚆𝙸𝙽 𝙵𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚂 ]
dina is angry in the morning, ellie never woke her so that she could take over. ellie shrugs, and packs up the camp. shimmer slept well, she has a lot of energy - probably from those treats they found for her, and the lack of snow to wade through. their intention is to travel a long distance, hoping to get into oregon, but ellie notes that : “ these hunters tried to ambush us. fuckers didn’t stand a chance against us. we were scavenging for supplies and i was looking at dina. i felt a deep appreciation for her coming along. i really love her. ” this ambush, although dealt with, takes a lot out of ellie and dina ; ellie, because she hadn’t slept the night before, and dina, because she was feeling queezy. ellie wouldn’t know it yet, but dina is pregnant.
they decide to stop in the nearest place with cover, twin falls. “ found a camp along the main highway. if it was tommy’s, he’s probably only a day or so ahead of us. we’re getting close to boise. dina’s pushing to go around. i don’t want to add two days to this trip. ” it would turn out that this wasn’t tommy’s camp. in fact, he chooses to detour around boise. this means they almost meet heading in to seattle, but arrive a couple of hours apart.
dina falls asleep immediately, and ellie remains up and on watch. she sets shimmer up somewhere quiet, and then succumbs to sleep herself after being awake for almost forty - eight hours, but is terrorised by nightmares of joel. she wakes in the morning to dina cooking some breakfast, and ellie finds she is hungry enough for a plate. or maybe she just wants to let dina know she’s grateful for it. they detour to the falls, but see a faction of the same hunters that ran off from yesterday, so decide to continue onwards.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝙴𝙻𝙴𝚅𝙴𝙽 - 𝚃𝙷𝙸𝚁𝚃𝙴𝙴𝙽 : 𝙱𝙰𝙺𝙴𝚁 𝙲𝙸𝚃𝚈 ]
ellie decides that they need to push onwards, wanting to get to seattle quickly and do what they need to do. when they arrive though, dina suggests they take a break. ellie says she’d rather keep going but is convinced when she’s told the horse needs some rest. they spend two days just outside of baker city. “ we saw a pack of wild horses today. they were skittish, then dina offered them some of the fruit we collected. they ended up following us for a bit. wish i had a camera. i’ve never seen her smile so wide. for like half a day i wasn’t thinking about the WLF or joel. feeling guilty about that now. ” this pause offers her first taste of freedom from the guilt and anger that ravishes her mind, constantly.
the snow has completely gone from the ground now. it’s still cool, but it’s a relief. some people in jackson that knew about seattle said it rains there all the time. ellie looks for some new waterproof jackets for herself and dina. it doesn’t take long for ellie to become restless in their pause. having made no progress for two days, she decides to venture further into town.
they spend a few hours on foot exploring the city. mostly looking for food and scavenging for supplies. ellie finds some ammo, but is almost caught by the owner of said ammo, at baker city hall. she leaves quickly and finds dina a few streets over. she’s skittish, and asks that they move on now. dina agrees.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝙽𝙸𝙽𝙴𝚃𝙴𝙴𝙽 : 𝚈𝙰𝙺𝙸𝙼𝙰 ]
they’re almost at their destination, according to the map. it just feels as though it’s taking far longer than it should. it doesn’t help that they keep running into groups of hunters, and having to stop overnight. if it were up to ellie alone, she would travel until she can’t keep her eyes open and then start again after a quick rest.
“ i’m struggling to sleep. keep seeing him with his head... dina seems to be sick, think she caught a cold. i feel calmer with her lying next to me. i want to do something nice for her. “ she doesn’t have a cold, and some part of ellie knows it.... but doesn’t acknowledge it. there’s to much else on her mind that she forgets to ask. ellie doesn’t have a cold, and they haven’t eaten anything bad. she wonders if it’s the weather... yes, must be the weather. wet and damp and sleeping on grass each night.
it feels repetitive : wake up, travel, move around obstacle ( whether that be hunters or infected or landslide or rockfall ), set up camp, eat something small, sleep, wake up... the rhythm is unsettling, and she longs to find abby and get out of there again.
“ yakima. found another camp along the highway, can’t be sure it was tommy. but we haven’t seen other people in two weeks, so... fingers crossed. ” she wants to find tommy, she wants to do this together, to remove the onus from herself entirely and to place it partly on someone else’s shoulders, to help carry the burden. she wants to talk to him, after all... he’s the closest thing to joel she has now.
[ 𝙳𝙰𝚈 𝚃𝚆𝙴𝙽𝚃𝚈 - 𝚃𝙷𝚁𝙴𝙴 : 𝚂𝙴𝙰𝚃𝚃𝙻𝙴 ]
they finally make it, after twenty - three days of travel. ellie wants to get straight into the city, dina convinces her to spend some time at a small camp outside of the centre. they need to recoup, prepare. ellie agrees, they need to be ready... who knows how quickly they will find who they’re looking for. and the sooner the better.
this story will be continued in a meta regarding their time in seattle on the first day, and this is where the game picks up.
below: additional image of the journey, more easily seen than the above.
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this was the first thing that popped into my mind lmao but a ballerina's envy for made up fic titles?
Ooh, v cool! Let's see...
It's sometime in the 18th century and MC is a ballerina but like,,, not a human ballerina but one of those tiny lil ballerinas in some antique music boxes, and the story is kinda,,, disturbing, I guess? So anyway, the music box is gifted to a real, exceptionally talented, human ballerina, and MC watches her human dance around her room in her ~wonderful~ dances and MC gets jealous because she's made of porcelain or something and is pretty much stuck in the same position forever, so she decides to find a way to switch bodies with the human.
In order for it not to be like a children's movie, there's an unnecessary amount of horror elements, a corruption arc, and a disturbing ending. Because of course.
... I have a strange brain, don't I.
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