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Accidental Acrophobia; CONCLUDED
Topic Started: Aug 8 2010, 06:04 PM (5,517 Views)
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(B006 - Ricky Fortino Start)

Ricky Fortino was trying to make sense of all this, but it just wasn't coming together in his brain just yet. Yeah, he knew what Survival of the Fittest was. Who the hell didn't know? And sure, he'd watched a bit of it, there'd been this whole debate going on about whether it was real or fake or some kind of half-real, half-fake thing, but by now most people were pretty sure it was mostly real or something along those lines, like it really fuckin' mattered. But either way, he'd seen the show, he knew how it worked.

Ricky Fortino also knew that he'd been drugged on the bus or some shit, and that he'd woken up in this enormous room where some wacko had given a speech about how they were all going to kill each other. It had taken him a few seconds to remember it all after he'd woken up the second time, but yeah, Ricky remembered. How the hell could you forget that shit, unless you wanted to? No, there was nothing wrong with Ricky's memory.

And finally, Ricky knew that he was alone in the fucking woods, and that this sure as hell wasn't the school trip. He'd been given some other bag for one thing, one that had a bunch of food, a first aid kit, and one of those fucking tiny shovel things you dig in a garden with. Oh, and he also had this goddamn metal collar around his neck, and he knew that he hadn't been wearing THAT when he'd set out with everyone else. Not to mention that his pocketknife was gone, his watch was missing, and oh yeah, he'd woken up alone in the middle of the goddamn woods!

So Ricky knew that stuff was screwed up. You would have to be pretty fucking blind to think otherwise. But the pieces just hadn't solidified into a whole yet. The fact that he was going to almost certainly going to die in the next week or so hadn't really entered Ricky's mind. So that might explain why Ricky wasn't panicking just yet. No, he was just wandering through the woods, not calling out, not running, not screaming. He was just... there. Kind of like he always was.

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It was probably ten minutes later, that Ricky saw his first trace of human contact since he'd woken up. There was another pack thing on the ground. Well, thank Christ. Maybe now he could get some answers.

Or maybe not. Because as he moved forward, it looked like the pack was just sitting against a tree like a useless rock or something. What the hell, had some other kid just taken off and left it or something?

"Fuckin' hell," Ricky muttered. He moved towards the pack, prodding it with a foot. Were those bloodstains?

Something wet fell into his hair and Ricky glanced upwards.

"Fucking hell." There was a girl in a tree. A girl in a goddamn tree. What the hell was she doing in a tree, bleeding on him?

Well, only one way to find out.

"Hey, girl!"
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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The girl hadn't answered him. Well OK, he could understand that, they were all obviously in some weird situation here, although Ricky was fucked if he had any idea what to do now. Thankfully, James Mulzet had shown up then, and he seemed to, well, actually James looked pretty fucking out of it too. Christ, wasn't he supposed to be some genius or something?

James at least seemed to get the girl in the tree's attention, that was something at least. Winnie? OK, it was Winnie Clark. He, uh, knew her name, sort of. Yeah, Ricky figured he'd let James handle her.

Pressing his forearm to his head to wipe off the blood, Ricky took a couple steps back and turned around, only to see Holy Fucking Joseph she just appeared like a fuckin' ghost some other girl standing there. It was that German girl from the swim team. Damn, what kind of weird group did he get stuck with out here? Where was the damn football team?

"Uh, yeah." he said. "Friendly enough I guess. I dunno if we need help but-"

And then Winnie was screaming about needing a ladder? A fucking what?

Ricky turned back around, and now Thea Kairos was here. Saints fucking christ, this was getting crazy. At least Thea was someone he actually KNEW.

"Hey Thea I uh--"

And speaking of knowing things, the next thing Ricky knew, Thea was pushing him and James towards the tree, telling them to climb it to get the Winnie girl out. Whoa, whoa whoa, James was the guy who knew this girl, how did he end up getting roped into this stuff?

Fine, whatever. Maybe if he managed to get James up there they could just lower her down. James was smaller than he was anyway.

Ricky bent down and laced his fingers together. "Yeah, OK. Uh, James, gimme your foot and let me give you a boost up."
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Ricky felt like he was in the fuckin' circus or something as he boosted James up the tree. He let James plant his feet on his shoulder on they way up, then just tried to keep a hold of James' legs as he reached for Winnie. This whole thing probably looked really gay.

"You almost got her?" he called up after a second. Damn, how long did they expect him to keep this whole thing balanced? Ricky glanced over at the rest of the party; Thea was too busy 'directing' the the process, and the German girl was barely five feet tall. Yeah, they wouldn't be helping. And now Thea was diving off to the side for some reason, what the hell was that? He tried turning his head around, before realizing that that might not be the best idea at the moment. How the hell did he get roped into these sort of things? All the fucking time, man. Hey Ricky, help us out, there's a girl in a fucking tree, do the goddamn grunt work.

Then Winnie started screaming her goddamn head off about something, and she was tossing herself at James like a freakin' cannonball. Ricky could feel the weight above him start lean backwards. "Hey man, you gotta hold her!"

Yeah, no one was listening to him. The German girl was screaming something, and Thea was sounding annoyed and yelling something too, and Ricky was just trying to keep everything steady, he was a fuckin' steady kind of guy, and that was when a giant fucking spider came flying out of the tree and landed on Ricky's head.

"JESUS FUCK WHAT THE HELL!!!!!"

Now, Ricky was no wimp. He didn't have any girly "EEEEEEEEK A SPIDER" phobias or something like that. But you know what? It's still a shock to the system to have a giant fucking spider come flying out of a tree and land on your head.

Ricky shook his head wildly, trying to get that insect out of his hair and back on the ground, and had totally forgotten about James and Winnie for just a second. That was all it took. Then he was losing his balance, and he could feel the weight above him swaying once, then twice, and he tried to shuffle his feet to the side to keep the weight above him, but all he did was bump into the German girl. It's Raine something, isn't it? he found himself thinking for some reason, and then he finally lost his footing and down he went.

Great fucking way to start this thing.

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Ah hell.

Ricky had a good deal less distance to fall than Winnie and James did, but that wasn't what he was really worried about. Once he hit the ground, he rolled over to his side, squeezing his eyes shut and throwing an arm up over his head to protect him from incoming arms and legs. Luckily (well, for him at least), he heard the crash occur behind him, rather than felt it occur on top of him. Ugh. Fuckin' James. That hadn't been Ricky's fault. At least everyone had stopped screaming for a minute.

Ricky opened his eyes just in time to see a certain goddamn spider scurry off into the underbrush.

"Yeah, fuck you too" he said, then flopped over on his back. James was shoving Winnie offa him, which knowing Thea was probably a smart move on his part. And speaking of Thea, there she was, jumping on James and giving him a kiss like they were in The Notebook or some other crappy romance movie. What exactly was with her and him, anyway? They were still in high school, a kid like James wasn't supposed to start mackin' with cheerleaders until he'd fuckin' graduated college and gotten some fancy title in front of his name. Maybe Thea was just staking her claim early or something, whatever.

Meanwhile, Winnie Clark had gone off to collapse against a tree or something, and Raine the German swim girl was scrambling over to her. Yeah, he was just fine, nobody bother to make sure Ricky was OK or anything like that. Muttering, he sat up, shaking the dirt and leaf bits and probably spider shit out of his hair.

If you would all please, turn your heads away?

"Huh?" Ricky was confused. What the hell was she gonna do? Whatever, he wasn't going to argue. He got up and began brushing himself off.

"Yeah, uh, alright."

Looking around, Ricky saw some weird kind of metal weapon thing lying on the ground a few feet away. Looked like a cross between a sword and a crowbar or something like that. He walked over and picked it up. Damn, that shit was heavy. Turning back, but trying to keep his eyes off whatever the hell Raine and Winnie were doing by the tree, he tossed the weapon on the ground in the middle of the group.

"Found this thing. I dunno whose it is, all I got was a goddamn garden spade."

Ricky paused, his train of thought returning to where it had been before this whole ridiculous tree detour had taken place.

"So... fuck I guess I gotta ask, what the hell are we supposed to be doing now?"

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Ricky didn't have an immediate response available to give to Raine. What was he supposed to do, he wasn't a fucking nurse or anything like that, not to mention that he barely even knew Winnie Clarke. Luckily, Thea spoke up and gave him something else to put his mind to.

First thing we need?

"Uh, well I know they gave us food, water... guess we should try and figure out where we are, use that map they gave us."

Of course, he'd taken a look at the map after he'd first woken up, but there were trees all over the fucking island, so how the hell were they supposed to know what trees they were standing around right now? Ricky scratched the back of his neck. Well, maybe one of the others would know that better.

"And I guess if anyone knows how we get outta these trees that'd be a plus."

Then Jason Clarke was stepping on out of the trees, beer can in hand. Beer. That was a fuckin' good sight to see, although Thea spoke up and put any end to the chance of him cracking it open right there. Freakin' Thea, it wasn't like they were all gonna get drunk of their ass offa however many (probably piss-warm) beers a shrimpy kid like Jason could've smuggled on the trip. Maybe if they got to those buildings he'd seen on the map, some of them'd have a fridge or something.

"Uh, maybe later dude." Ricky said. Yeah, Jason was that kid who pulled the beer trick at parties to get in with the kinda crowd he'd never be able to hang with otherwise. Of course, it wasn't like Ricky had anything against Jason for that. Hell he appreciated it. Jason was one of those kids that knew the score in high schools.

Plus, if he'd just gotten here now, maybe he knew where the hell they were on this island.

"You know how we get out of these woods though? That'd be helpful. Or uh, maybe you or James can help out Raine and Winnie, don't think I'd be any good there."
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Ricky was nothing if not glad to see James and then Jason go over to where Winnie was floppin' around on the ground. Saved him the trouble of doing so. Jesus Mercy, Ricky didn't have anything against the girl or anything, but this was getting ridiculous. Jason had at least given them an idea of where the hell they were on the island, so that was a start.

Ricky moved over to Thea when she motioned him, the gears tumbling around in his head. Just how the hell could they get anywhere else if Winnie was gonna be sitting around, holding them back?

Thea mentioned that anywhere was probably as good as any, and he tended to agree.

"Yeah, I mean, as long as we can get a direction that leads us outta here I'm fine for wherever we want to go."

Then, looking quickly at the group clustered around Winnie, Ricky dropped his voice.

"Uh, look Thea I dunno about you but I don't think those two girls are gonna be much help to us here." He nodded towards Raine and Winnie. "I'm thinking we should get James, maybe that Jason kid I know he's pretty smart, and cut loose, find some people we actually know."
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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(No worries chibi, sorry to take a couple days longer than I wanted to here. Also, we should get this wrapped up, being Day 1 and all)

"Alrighty," Ricky muttered to Thea. "So I uh, guess if you don't want to go to the swamp, maybe we go this way-" he traced a line on
the map going southeast "-and we come out in this area here where the mine and shit is, and, uh..."

His voiced trailed off as he noticed Thea... kinda stroking him. What the hell?

"Uh... but yeah I dunno how we're gonna keep them from following us and..."

Oh, thank Christ, Jason Clarke was coming over and that would at least give him to figure out what the hell kind of signal Thea was sending out to him there. Not to mention that James was shouting something over to them.

"Dude, we're just tryin' to figure out where to go!" he called back. Winnie was standing up and it was about damn time, but Ricky still wasn't sure about bringing her along. How the hell were they supposed to ditch the others if they wanted to do that? Just start walking and hope to lose them along the way?

Think, Ricky, THINK. Use what fucking brain you got.

Jason was asking what weapon he'd gotten. Had ANY of them gotten a damn thing here outside of James? Oh, and Winnie's giant hook whateverthefuckitwas, yeah that'd be REAL fuckin' helpful.

"Nah, I got shit-all, man." He shrugged at the younger kid. "One of those tiny shovel things like you use in the garden." Ricky took a couple steps away from the group, just trying to stretch his legs. "Uh, any way you can lead us outta here if we need you to, then?"

Maybe a distraction or something? Yeah, what are you gonna do there, yell out "HOLY SHIT IT'S A FUCKING KID WITH A GUN!" and just take off?

Ricky shook his head, taking a couple steps further, towards a nearby tree. "Cause even if we know where we wanna go we-"

And, not paying attention, he took a step and nearly ran straight into some kid he didn't even recognize.

"WHAT THE FUCK?!"

Ricky didn't even think, before his fist shot out at the other guy's face. Then he was turning around and racing towards Thea.

Hey, looks like you might have got your distraction there, Ricky boy. Remind Thea to thank you later.

"There's some fuckin' psycho there, I say we get the fuck outta here NOW!"

(Ricky Fortino continued in Watch Your Step)
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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