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Being a degenerate is okay these days
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"Hm? Oh, yeah. Of course." Raina was distracted. She wasn't sure what Lili and Kizi would think of the whole suicide plot; it didn't sound like exactly what they had in mind. Wasn't exactly what she had in mind either though, and she went along with it to keep friction at a minimum, to buy herself more time. Maybe they would do the same. They were smart, reasonable people.

"A fire, huh?" She mused. They had heard the announcement the previous day, of course, and steered clear of the area accordingly. They had seen the smoke. Lili seemed clueless about the cause of the fire, but Raina doubted it had been an accident. There was no electricity in this place, and no storm yesterday for a convenient lightning strike. Either someone Lili and Kiziah had been with had tried to score an easy, hands-off kill, or...

Or maybe Lili was playing dumb to protect someone.

They had all read Lord of the Flies (or at least been told to read it) in English class. They had all gone over the symbolism of the fire, how it stood for humanity, et cetera, et cetera. Raina was more concerned with the practical aspects now that she thought about it.

Maybe she had been overthinking everything all this time.

"Sounds dangerous," she said, realizing that she had been silent for too long. She crossed her arms and carefully kept her expression neutral, but her heart was starting to race. They all had lighters in those first-aid kits. Most of the buildings on the island were made of wood and though they had been left to a damp sea environment for decades, they were still full of flammable material. They could burn, as the library had demonstrated. And Raina had a grenade and enough common sense to realize what would happen when you put fire and explosives together.

Wasn't there a library in the asylum too?

Raina dug her fingernails into her arm and forced another smile. "Glad you guys made it out okay - and I'm sure your friends did too. Maybe we'll run into them. We've been looking for Johnny since yesterday. He and I split up for a bit and we haven't been able to track him down."
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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