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Too Late
Topic Started: Oct 15 2010, 07:16 PM (4,459 Views)
ET.Requiem
Confused Writer
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((Ash Morrison continued from The Moon is Laughing at You))

With quiet steps, Ash approached the corpse. It was her first time seeing a dead person up close. She wondered briefly why she wasn't feeling nauseous or sick at all before snapping back to the situation. What had happened? The deceased's throat has been slashed across one side. The girl's friends had run off to catch her killer. There was nothing stopping her from looting the body right now. So, why wasn't she doing that right now?

Going near it was hard for her. It wasn't decency that stopped the blonde, although that played a part in her aversion. It was her fear of the dead. As silly as it sounded, Ash felt that corpses reminded her of herself. Their cold and lifeless eyes were just like hers...

No. Don't think about it. Just get what you need.

Ash looked around. There wasn't anybody nearby. With a mix of fear and revulsion, she forced herself to move closer. It was too difficult to go near it when she could see the body, so she closed her eyes and inched forward step by step.

It isn't you. You're alive, she isn't. Stop feeling bad and take her gear already.

Her shoe bumped against something. She opened her right eye slowly, only to be a bloody sawblade hidden among the dead leaves on the ground.

Is this the murder weapon?

She considered taking it. Her carbide lamp wouldn't be enough to fend off others, although this weapon could easily cut her if she tried to slice somebody with it. Maybe if she threw it at somebody...

Ash looked around again. Still nobody. She kneeled down, and used her sleeve to protect her hand as she picked up the sawblade.
V3 Character
B88: Jeff Thorne - Dead from gunshot wounds.

V4 Characters
B103 - Kevin Harding - Killed by a javelin.
G035 - Ash Morrison - Tumbled down a hill.
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ET.Requiem
Confused Writer
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As she picked up the sawblade, Ash heard the beginnings of a fight somewhere in the distance. Looking in the direction of the noise, she could make out a girl holding onto somebody behind some trees. The girl seemed to be saying something, but her words were only barely audible.

"... psycho.... Remy.... kill her..." She carefully walked towards them, hiding behind a tree as she did.

"I promise that my dunce of brother won't hurt you if you start talking now."

No more delays. Ash had to get out of there quickly. She went back over to the corpse of the unfortunate girl, averting her eyes from the dead body as she did. What could she take? What could she get away with in time?

Ah, darn it. She would just have to take the food and water while the girl and that boy were preoccupied.
V3 Character
B88: Jeff Thorne - Dead from gunshot wounds.

V4 Characters
B103 - Kevin Harding - Killed by a javelin.
G035 - Ash Morrison - Tumbled down a hill.
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ET.Requiem
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While Ash was busy grabbing the bags, a sudden cry broke her focus.

"Oh God...she's taking it! She's taking my music! She's taking my music!" It was a third voice coming from where the two friends had run to earlier. This was not a good thing. She was left out in the open, and not ready to fight. If they had a firearm with them, her life would end right here.

Ash had to make a choice: Supplies or a weapon? There was no time to wrap the sawblade safely so it didn't damage anything edible left in the bags, and she wasn't so desperate that she would use her mouth to hold it.

She was about to make a decision when she realized that she was being too hasty. There were no footsteps coming her way. Ash looked up. Remy wasn't looking at her. Neither was the female. So, they didn't believe the male on the ground.

She crouched down even lower and thought about this situation. They would turn towards her eventually, so she had to be quick about this. She could carry the bags on her forearms and hold the sawblade, but that would not be a good idea for long. She would have to run away from this place eventually, and tripping onto that would just be an embarassing way to die.

Ash reluctantly abandoned the sawblade, grabbed the bags, and started sneaking towards cover as quietly as she could to hide herself. Food and water were more important. A thought crossed her mind: What if the bags didn't have any sustenance inside? She didn't look in them yet, so that possibility remained open. If that was the case.... No, she would still take them. All she had to do was open them up and look inside later. It was more important to hide first.
V3 Character
B88: Jeff Thorne - Dead from gunshot wounds.

V4 Characters
B103 - Kevin Harding - Killed by a javelin.
G035 - Ash Morrison - Tumbled down a hill.
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ET.Requiem
Confused Writer
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Ash tensed up as the footsteps got closer. The situation had turned against her, but it was not totally unsalvageable. She didn't know what Remy had as a weapon, but it most likely wasn't a firearm. If that was true, she could still get out of this alive. She looked down at the bags she had taken.

Risking her life for these supplies was a truly dumb idea, but desperation had forced her hand. What to do now? She wasn't as good as sneaking around as she wanted to be, and the boy was walking close to her. In a minute or two, he would be able to see her.

The brush would surely crunch no matter how she stepped around. The ambient sound of the forest wouldn't be enough to cover it up. A plan... She had a plan, but it was both risky and unlikely to work. Still, it would distract Remy at the very least. Ash peeked out of her cover briefly, her blonde hair pushing the leaves aside as she looked past the bushes.

He was not looking in her direction. Reluctantly, she took the lightest of the three bags she had taken and tossed it deeper into the forest, making sure that the bag didn't enter his line of sight. At the same time, she crawled a few feet in the opposite direction and stopped when the sound of the backpack crashing into a tree petered out. The stress of the situation started to take effect as her hands shook and sweat stained her dirt covered sweater, but she forced herself to calm down.

I have to prepare the next distraction. Don't falter, Ash.

Getting out of here unseen was her top priority, although she was prepared to make a break for it if she absolutely had to. Even if they did see her face, running into them again later was unlikely.
V3 Character
B88: Jeff Thorne - Dead from gunshot wounds.

V4 Characters
B103 - Kevin Harding - Killed by a javelin.
G035 - Ash Morrison - Tumbled down a hill.
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ET.Requiem
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Ash looked at the departing figure, amazed that her plan had managed to distract him. She leaned against a tree. This was the best result for her. She couldn't get careless after this, though. The 'game' was still on, and there were still too many actively 'playing' students around.

She clutched the bags close to her chest. The contents were her property now. Hopefully, the supplies inside would let her go a day or two without having to go on another raid. She didn't want to risk her life any more than it was necessary,

Now I need a safe place to hide.

She carefully got up and sneaked off, dragging the bags as she did. Sooner or later, she would have to discard them. Deadweight was something she didn't need.

((Ash Morrison continued in Darken Your Clothes and Strike a Violent Pose))
Edited by ET.Requiem, Jan 17 2011, 12:01 AM.
V3 Character
B88: Jeff Thorne - Dead from gunshot wounds.

V4 Characters
B103 - Kevin Harding - Killed by a javelin.
G035 - Ash Morrison - Tumbled down a hill.
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