Chuck Wagons and Trail Mix: Cuisine Among Members of The Web

Beatrice laughed, "Tastes good, doesn't it?"
"Hell yeah! Whats in it?" Tyler asked, and the group fell silent, exchanging significant glances. Beatrice let her eyes widen just enough for him to put two and two together.
"You're kidding me..."
— From The Scarlet Ashes
A key factor most don't take into consideration when joining the web: How do they eat?
Most among The Troubleshooters often find it hard to catch a meal, even those funded by larger organizations have rummaged through dumpsters on occasions. Its a sad reality, but nothing looks more appealing than the dumpster of your local fast food restaurant when you haven't eaten in days. These cases are few and far between, but it opens an interesting conversation. How on earth do these people, many having no means of income, eat?

A surprisingly Tasty Truth

When you're lost in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a survival guide, a rifle, and the trail of some strange monster that looks alarmingly like a chicken, now that you start to think about it, the answer becomes obvious. It is common for those caught in The Web to butcher the beasts they hunt. The Midnight Riders are almost famous for it, setting up chuck wagons on trails where those less fortunate tend to travel. You would be surprised at how good the meat of a harpy tastes, or how calamari is no different when it comes from a kraken vs. a squid.

Some go so far as to preserve the meat and sell it through bartering to others, the more gullible usually don't even ask about the source. Even the most well funded group finds themselves short of supplies sometimes. Apart from that, the members of The Web routinely eat food they scavenge or purchase. They wander parking lots in search of loose change to buy bags of cheap ingredients for a trail mix. They pick berries, fruits, nuts, and mushrooms for a well cooked medley over a campfire. Some wander into fields, looting crops of local farmers that are ripe.

You know what this means, yeah? Someone looked at a mangled corpse of something that made them piss themselves and thought, 'now that looks mighty tasty.'
— Logan, of the midnight riders

An Eye For An Eye

Many members of the web choose to eat what they hunt out of spite. The choice is about vengeance, or possibly a delusion that it grants them power.
This is not the case and many die each year from eating something they shouldn't, whether out of spite or desperation.

Trail Mix

A common recipe for trail mix among Americans in the web:

  • 1 bag of tiny marshmallows
  • 3 containers of peanuts (or nut of choice)
  • X Bags of chocolate or peanut butter candy pieces
  • 1 box of generic wheat flake or mini-wheat cereal
  • 1 bag of dark or milk chocolate chips
  • 2 large boxes of raisins

costs around 15 dollars total, it'l keep, and feed for days, a week or two if it's just you.

Cover image: by Pexels from Pixabay, manipulation done by me.


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Apr 26, 2020 17:39

I'm pretty confused by the whole section under "an eye for an eye". What are you saying there? What is not the case?   Do plant monsters make good salads?

Apr 26, 2020 19:11 by R. Dylon Elder

I shall fix that. Some believe that eating their enemies grant them power, and that is not the case at all.   To be fair, some might. But I don't want that salad. Lol

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