The Wasteland Life

AN V.2: This is the first of many chapters I will be remaking, to those who are followers you will see new changes, to those who are starting out, well sorry you can't see my original work. To those who are not familiar with this story, it is about Bren as the lone Wanderer, the story is loosely based on the gameplay, including the DLC, so there are spoilers. However there will be new characters and new things that happen. So with that said, enjoy.

"War. War never changes. Since the dawn of human kind, when our ancestors first discovered the killing power of rock and bone, blood has been spilled in the name of everything, from God to justice to simple, psychotic rage.

In the year 2077, after millennia of armed conflict, the destructive nature of man could sustain itself no longer. The world was plunged into an abyss of nuclear fire and radiation. But it was not, as some had predicted, the end of the world. Instead, the apocalypse was simply the prologue to another bloody chapter of human history. For man had succeeded in destroying the world - but war, war never changes.

In the early days, thousands were spared the horrors of the holocaust by taking refuge in enormous underground shelters, known as vaults. But when they emerged, they had only the hell of the wastes to greet them - all except those in Vault 101. For on the fateful day, when fire rained from the sky, the giant steel door of Vault 101 slid closed... and never reopened. It was here you were born. It is here you will die. Because, in Vault 101: no one ever enters and no one ever leaves. "

July 13, 2268

"Happy Birthday Bren" a voice said as a young ten year old boy, in his child Vault 101 looked at the people in the dining hall. They all looked at the young man who was black haired and smiling his face full of joy as he saw all his friends cheer for him. This was Bren.

"Happy Birthday Son" A man said, this was James, he had a rough beard and slightly gray hair, but you can see that he was Bren's father.

"Thanks dad" Bren said when a slightly older gentleman who was the Overseer walked to Bren holding what looks to be a wristband with a TV screen in it

"Bren, now that you turned 10, you have earned the Pip-boy 3000, everyone in the vault gets one as a sign of being a man or woman, and to become a hard working member of the vault" He said placing the device on Bren's arm

"Learn to enjoy it; because it isn't coming off" He added "Tomorrow you will get your first job to help the vault"

With that he walked off to talk to the other guests leaving Bren with his dad

"Ok Son, why don't you go talk to your friends, enjoy the party, you don't get to be 10 every day you know" James said with a slight chuckle in his voice he watched as Bren walked over to his friend Amata

"Hey Bren, guess what I got you" She said

"I have no idea" Bren said genuinely having no idea what she got him for his birthday

She pulls from behind her back a comic book

"Grognak the Barbarian, issue 14" she said handing it to Bren who eyed the cover of a burly man in a loincloth, he was overhand swinging a broad axe trying to swing at a dark mage in black robes, behind the mage was a captive girl who was tied up

"Alright, I really wanted to know what happened to him when he got captured by the Necromancer Mannimarco" Bren said smiling walking to his other guests

Bren first walked to the old lady Palmer

"Oh hello Bren how are you enjoying your party?" She asked, her voice full of age and wisdom

"I'm having fun uh do you have my present?" Bren asked

Palmer didn't get mad but instead chuckled

"I remember when I was your age and I wanted my presents too, here, have a sweet roll, I made it this morning and you don't even have to share it" She said handing Bren the confectionary treat.

"Thanks" Bren said giving her a quick hug and he went off to mingle with more guests.

Palmer chuckled again

"That Bren is turning out to be quite a gentleman, just like his father when he first came here" She said to herself chuckling some more.

Bren walked past the punk kid Butch and his gang, they seemed preoccupied discussing something about naming their group.

"How about the Vault Dwellers?" One of them suggested

Butch shot it down, "Who would want to be called a Vault Dweller?" Butch said

Bren walked over to the maintenance worker Stanly who was sipping some coffee

"Oh hey champ how you liking that new Pip-boy?" He asked

"You made it?" Bren asked

"Fixed it, yeah, found it busted up but I got it to work, a little basic but reliable and tough, you could even drop a bomb on it and it won't break" He said laughing at the comment

"Thanks" Bren said

"Don't mention it, oh and here I got you another gift" Stanley said putting on Bren's head a baseball cap.

"Wow thanks" Bren said walking off

"Good kid good kid" Stanley said getting back to his coffee

"Now let's cut the cake" Andy the Mr. Handy robot said revving up his buzz saw

"Wait no" James shouted but it was too late, Andy buzz sawed the cake in half, raining frosting and coconut filling on everyone

"Great, now what do eat?" Butch said, he turned to Bren and noticed in his hand the sweet roll

"Give me your sweet roll" He demanded

"Why? It's mine, but if you want I will share it" Bren said trying to be nice

"No way, you're giving it to me right now" He said and he punched Bren in the shoulder

"Hey break it up" An officer Gomez said grabbing Butch's arm

"You ok sport?" He asked Bren pulling Butch aside

"Yeah, he wanted my sweet roll and I offered to share but he hit me" Bren explained

"Don't worry, I will make sure to punish him" He said patting Bren on the head

"Son come here" James said to Bren

"Yes dad?" Bren asked

"I need you to go to the reactor and talk to Jonas, he has a gift for you, I will be there shortly" he said

"Ok" Bren said smiling and he walked off past the Overseer and Gomez who were talking

"Damn brat, I only came because he is friends with my daughter, and she wanted me to come" the Overseer said to Gomez obviously annoyed being at this party

"Come on, Amata and Bren are good friends, at least be happy for him" Gomez said to him

"Bite your tongue, I don't want any rift raft in my vault" the Overseer said silencing the officer

Bren walked into the hall where he bumped into Beatrice, the always happy woman

"Oh hey Bren, sorry I'm late, I got a gift" She said handing him a piece of paper

"What is it?" Bren asked

"It's a poem I wrote, a Beatrice original, I hope you like it" She said

"Uh thanks" Bren said not knowing what to say, even at his age he knew Beatrice was a little weird, even for a girl.

Beatrice walked past Bren to talk to the guests and Bren looked at the poem,

"Gray Walls, impenetrable steel.
Suffocation! Condemnation!
Little hands groping in subterranean uncertainty.
Mommy? Daddy? Am I Dead?

Nay! Nay! Reborn into purifying fluorescence!

A face emerges, strong and male.

Father to me? Father to all!

Overseeing our lives, our eternities.
Harshness of discipline.
Harshness of love

Obedience my savior!

Larva to pupa, pupa to worker.
Buzz, buzz! One with the steel honeycomb.
10 lies within the 101, significant at last.
Till gray seeps from the walls to hair, to soul.
Then, eternal slumber, the sweet sleep of incineration."

He couldn't understand all the words so the poem made no sense, he decided to throw away the paper at the nearest trash can and continue down to the reactor.

In the Reactor Bren saw the African American scientist Jonas Palmer

"Hey you're not supposed to be in here" Jonas said to Bren frowning at him

"But my dad said to come down here" Bren said nervously

There was a pause and all of a sudden Jonas laughed like he just told a joke

"I'm just pulling your leg, don't worry, once you have that Pip-Boy you are allowed down here" Jonas said pointing to Bren's arm

"Jonas stop messing with my son" James said walking down the steps, in his hand was a BB gun

"Son, this is my gift to you, I found it a while back and repaired it, took me a while to find a spring small enough for it, good thing Butch "lost" his switchblade" he said chuckling and handing the gun to Bren

"Thanks dad, but aren't guns prohibited in the vault?" Bren asked he remembered the rules that the Overseer told them on the first day of elementary school

"True, but that's why we made a secret target room" Jonas said showing Bren a storage room where some targets were set up

"Go on, give it a shot" James said handing Bren the gun

Bren fired a few times, missing a few shots but a little time and a few words of encouragement he got the hand of it and nailed the 3 targets

"Uh oh, radroach" James said as a radroach scurried out from the maze of crates and out into the open

Bren fired some shots and killed the roach

"Nicely done, hey Jonas, get a picture of me and the big game hunter" James said and Jonas took the picture of the duo, both were smiling together as the flash blinded them.