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(G114-Rena Peters- Start)

Rena clutched her head, and sat up weakly. Her world was spinning, and she felt dazed and nauseous. What was going on? Why couldn't she remember anything?

She managed to sit up straight after a moment, and looked at her surroundings. None of this seemed familiar. Woods? Why was she in the woods, wasn't she supposed to be on her trip?

Something snapped in her head suddenly, and she felt another wave of spinning rack her head. She placed her left hand on the ground, grabbing it desperately for some sort of support. The room, being tied to chairs, those people with masks that video!

Bile rose in her throat, and she swallowed it down, telling herself to be calm. Those people had killed her teachers. She could still see the blood. Try as she did, Rena couldn't erase the pictures out of her mind. She felt several tears slide down her cheeks.

Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry, don't cry.

Like it would do any good.

Rena breathed deeply. Survival of the Fittest. She'd heard of that before. Something that her brother Jake had told her about, right? A show where high school students kill each other to see who lives to the end. The very thought of such a show existing, of people watching it had made her sick. Now she was on it.

She let go of her head, finally taking in her surroundings. Trees. She gingerly brought her fingers up to her neck, where a tight collar was secured. Another flash of thought screamed through her head. Her locket. She ran her fingers across her neck, searching for the gold locket she'd worn for years. Gone. They'd taken her locket? Or maybe it'd just fallen off?

Rena shook her head. She was freaking out, she could feel her breath getting harder and faster paced. But sitting still in one place was going to get her killed. She knew that. Slowly she stood. Another wave of dizziness crossed her, and she leaned against a tree. She closed her eyes and counted to three. When she opened them, reality had returned.

Somewhat.

Rena took another look around, finally spotting something on the ground. She moved towards the object, a duffel bag, which was laying next to the one she had brought. She pawed gently through her own belongings. Nothing of use, besides a jacket. She tore her eyes from her bag to the new one.

"Girl 114."

She was nothing more than a number. Rena begged herself not to cry again. Things were going to be okay. Gently, she unzipped the duffel and looked around in it. A map, food, some sort of book, and...

A giant club?

She pulled the club out of the bag, simply looking at it. Great. Two thoughts immediately passed through her mind. The first was that this weapon would cause a lot of blood to pour out of a persons head. The second was that she was never going to use it.

Rena knew she needed a strategy, but her head was reeling, and it was still too hard for her to think straight. She slowly stood, hanging the new duffel around her shoulder, and heading forwards.

She thought about pulling out the map, but then realized that even if she did have it she wouldn't know what places where safe or not. She silently cursed and pushed forward.

Not five minutes had passed when she heard the voice.

"Wh-Who's there? I was assigned a gun and I'm not afraid to use it."

Rena stopped dead in her tracks. Someone had heard her. Someone with a gun had heard her. She thought of pulling out her club, thought of turning and running away, thought of simply giving up and dying right then and there.

But something inside her made her talk.

"I don't want to hurt you!"

It then occurred to her that it was very possible that this girl didn't care whether or not Rena was wanted to hurt her and was going to shoot anyway. Her hear raced, and, out of some desperation, she spoke again.

"I'm...Rena? Rena Peters! Who...who are you?"

She hoped to God this didn't get her killed.
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Rena nearly jumped out of her skin when the new voice introduced itself. She didn't recognize it, but he was claiming to be stuck. She had the sinking feeling that maybe she shouldn't have said anything and ran instead.

"Rena, you go help that boy if he tries to hurt you I'll shoot him, okay?"

This did not sound like an ideal plan to Rena. Rena did not have a gun. She had a giant club, a fear of blood, and splitting headache. Why couldn't gun-girl go after the stuck kid?

Then again, she wasn't really in a situation to negotiate, was she?

Nervously she made her way towards where the boys voice had come from.

"Where are you?" She paused.

What if this was a trap? What if he was going to kill her? What if they were both going to kill her?

Cautiously, she slipped the club out of her duffel, clutching it close to her chest. She knew, deep down, that she wouldn't use it. She wouldn't have the guts. But they didn't know that. They didn't know who she was at all.

After a second, she called again.

"Where are you? Who are you?" She decided it would be wisest if she didn't move until he said something back.
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There wasn't an answer. Rena paused, looking around again. She blinked for a moment, before deciding that standing here and doing nothing wasn't the smartest idea.

Had this been a trap?

She paused, looking around. If this kid had a gun, wouldn't he have shot her? Unless, of course he wanted to draw her out. Or trick her. Or maybe he was actually stuck?

She shook her head. These were kids she went to school with. These weren't people who'd she ever had imagined would be planning to kill her. Or people who'd she be planning to kill. She didn't want to think about this. She didn't want to hurt anyone.

But she didn't want to die either.

Slowly, she backed away, still facing where the voice had come from. The best idea would be to slip away into the forest and hopefully remain unseen. She didn't know these kids. She needed to find people she was sure she could trust.

Although, to be fair, she wasn't really sure she could trust anyone anymore.
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Rena was not a very instinctive person. She probably should have heard the noise behind her. She probably should have sense that there was something there. But she didn't, instead she backed straight into something. Something rather hard. And person sized.

Her eyes slowly faced the person she had just backed straight into.

Of course. She had tried to back out of a trap, and ended up backing straight into one.

She wondered if this boy would be willing to kill her. She wondered why he had been hiding, why he had set this trap. She wondered why she seemed the have the worst of luck when it came to meeting new people.

Rena didn't know whether or not she should scream. The only other person around wasn't someone she knew she could trust, and that girl had a gun. She couldn't see her captors weapon. He'd hidden it somewhere. Maybe she'd chosen the lesser of two evils?

Her thoughts were interrupted when the owner of the other voice (at least she assumed) barged into the scene.

Well, that was awkward.

Rena thought immediately that this could easily devolve into a violent situation, so she instead decided to try and stop it before it started.

"Wait! Wait. Everyone stop. Let's not get this out of...out of hand." Rena gulped. There was a large chance one of them was just going to kill her, and she did not particularly like that plan. "You both know I'm Rena...so who are you?"
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Alex lunged, and Rena frantically ducked out of the way.

Well that hadn't worked. She spun, trying to face the boy who had just attacked her. Had he been slightly to the side, she might have seen the other girl enter the scene. But she didn't, as Alex was in her way. Rena felt like cursing, beads of sweat growing on her neck.

This wasn't going to end well.

"Please, just wait. I don't want to hurt you, I don't want to hurt anybody. We don't have to act this way." In truth, Rena knew that her options were limited. If the boy wanted to fight, she would lose. She could try to run, but she had a feeling he'd catch her, and she didn't know her way around wherever they were to trust running around blindly in it. Her only hope was that this boy didn't want to kill her. That he would listen, that he wouldn't hurt her.

But she doubted that he was going to do anything nice. She was beginning to think that this was only going to end with her death.

Quietly, near a whisper, she found herself begging the boy, Alex. "Please."
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Rena stood stock still for a moment, completely and utterly confused as to what to do next. She could try and make a break for it...but she wouldn't get far before he noticed and started chasing her. She figured it would be best not to make enemies this early in the game.

Of course, the number of enemies she'd have would be irrelevant if she was dead.

It occurred to Rena that she couldn't see the other girl anymore. She wondered if that girl had made a break for it. The only reason Alex seemed to be showing any interest in Rena was to get that gun the girl allegedly had. If the girl was gone, what would Alex do to Rena? Kill her, just to get her out of the way? Take her as leverage? Take her weapons? Just leave her to wander helplessly in the woods?

Rena knew she didn't have enough time to fully think this over. She didn't have enough time to weigh her options, to really think. She was sweating, and she felt like she might burst into tears at any moment. Hopeless. No matter what she did, she would still be lost in the woods of some godforsaken place, fighting people she knew for her own lives. No matter what happened, it wouldn't really get any better.

She took a deep breath, finally deciding on what she would do. She was going to help Alex, for now, anyways. She would aim to be nothing more than a third party to the fight over the gun. She was going to try to fade away into the background, hopefully making her escape. Reluctantly, she followed Alex.
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Rena was starting to get dizzy. Her head was killing her, she had no idea where she was, and she couldn't trust the people she was with. Why was this happening to her?

She stopped. She was lost. Wherever that boy had been, she couldn't see him anymore. And there was still a girl with a gun out there, somewhere. Her mind wasn't thinking rationally, and a thousand thoughts were buzzing like insects. Run? Hide? Scream? What would any of it do?

Tears slipped slowly from her eyes. She didn't want to die. She didn't want to be killed by complete strangers, lost in the woods. She wasn't ready.

It was right then and there that Rena figured it out. She wasn't going to lay down and die. She was going to get out of here. She was going to get away from these people.

Rena turned around, and started to move in the other direction. She still had no idea where she was going, but she would have to stumble across someone she knew sooner or later. She would find allies, get help, sit and breathe and think about what she was going to do. She was going to live.

And then she heard gunshots. Her breath caught in her throat, and she felt something nick her leg. Ohgodohgodohgodohgodohgod. Rena did everything she could not to look at her leg. She hadn't been shot. It wasn't possible.

But someone was shooting. She didn't know if it was at her, but she wasn't going to stay and find out. Desperately, Rena tore through the trees, running as fast as she could.

(Rena Peters continued in Run from Your Troubles.)
Edited by Casey the Undead, Sep 12 2010, 05:38 PM.
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