Why didn't I think of this earlier?? Shield! Of course! I patched one together using some metal bits I found, and let me tell you, it is a serious life saver. Not only I can block these monsters' attacks, but I can also bash 'em with it! If I block the attack at the right time, I mean. Man, when I get out of here, all of this is going to make one HELL of a good novel! Then we'll see who's "worthless," Mom, won't we? We'll see who's "never going to amount to anything," huh, Mom? Won't we? WON'T WE?