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Now you may be wondering, who was wearing the bolo tie? Me or the shark? Answer: YES!
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So. No Rein, Carol, Simon. She hadn't expected much, really, after Zach's response to her first query, but she went right ahead anyways. Because after waking up on a stone floor with a gun around your neck, celebrating the fact that you hadn't died during the night, screw fretting over being abrasive. Zach was certainly thinking along the same-

Wait, you were sleeping too?

Her stomach jolted, hard. Getting down to it, maybe it wasn't a huge deal that they'd missed the announcements. There were three or four dangerzones out of what, twenty locations? thirty? She'd made a bigger gamble just trusting Zach and Mizore not to kill her. And maybe Mizore had decided to leave after the announcements, anyways. She'd left that note, after all - Kari turned it over in her fingers - saying she'd gone towards the Parish. And then thanking them (Zach?) for staying with her.

Staying with her, how? The letter seemed to be for both of them - there would be hell to pay if she'd abandoned Kari's survival to chance and not apologized to her, at any rate - but she'd also thanked them for staying with her. And that didn't seem like something she'd do if she was just talking about sitting around watching Kari sleep. So that left one remaining, alarmingly passive-aggressive meaning for them...

"You ready?"

Ready? He was really just falling for her little game, hook, line, and sinker. Did he realize she'd more or less left hem to die? Did he realize that he wanted to abandon their fortress to go on a wild goose chase after someone who couldn't seem to care less about their survival?

She stoop up, placing a hand on the gun hanging from her neck as the terrible thoughts came rolling in.

She looked at the note in her other hand, and then to Zach.

She yawned deeply.

Too tired. That was it. She'd need someone to watch the next time she slept. Someone - her hand jerked back towards the stamped metal barrel, before falling limply to her side - who would actually keep watch. She'd have to go, but not without trying to have some measure of control over the situation, some measure of control over absolutely anything.

"Fine. But you walk ahead. Just because people are dying doesn't mean chivalry has to."

((Kari Nichols continued elsewhere))
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NO. THERE IS NO MORE TIME, EVEN FOR CAKE. FOR YOU, THE CAKE IS OVER. YOU HAVE REACHED THE END OF CAKE.

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