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Axes Aren't Efficient For Grinding; They can still chop, cleave, and smash though
Topic Started: Oct 16 2010, 02:24 AM (2,325 Views)
Solomir
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((Marybeth Witherspoon continued from Woods of Paranoia))

When it's nighttime, being in the dark is a given. It made little difference whether the darkness was outside or under tons of rock, it still was darkness. This was about a good reason as any for Marybeth to have decided to take shelter in the tunnels.

After running from that blaze that had incinerated Francine, Marybeth hadn't found much else interesting. Partially because she had no idea how to actually navigate with a compass and map, but also because she hadn't seen anybody from her time walking around the island. She would have thought that with over two hundred kids, it wouldn't be too hard to find somebody if she walked around long enough. Then again, the island seemed a lot bigger than it looked on the map.

The only proof that there were people on the island was that she'd seen a few of them, and then Danya had gone on and blabbed about all the people that had already been killed. What a killjoy. Marybeth would have rather preferred to have discovered all the killings herself, and then made up wacky inane theories on who did the killing for what reason. But instead, Danya went and just straight up told everybody who had killed whom. How would she start rumors when everyone was as informed as she was? Or more informed since she hadn't seen anybody for most of the day.

Marybeth would have thought that the narrow tunnels would make it easier to find people, as long as people were in there. Not so much the case though, as the tunnels kept winding and branching and then reconverging and then branching again. She'd lost track of the time, and of course, Danya's crew had been nice enough to take away her only timekeeping device: her cell phone.

All the walking had made her tired, so Marybeth decided to stop for a break to eat and drink. She tried to cradle the tiny flashlight between her shoulder and neck as she dug through her daypack, but it easily slipped out and clattered across the rough stone floor. Marybeth let out a small curse and chased after it. The flashlight skittered a few feet and stopped, its beam illuminating a few meters farther down the tunnel. In the beam, Marybeth could make out a person lying on the ground.

She froze. If somebody was there, it wouldn't be wise to just run up and chat them up. Not until she could recognize them as not being one of the named killers on the island. She held her breath, slowly shuffling back, and watched the dim form in the tunnel.

There was no motion from the other side. Whoever was there, they hadn't acknowledged Marybeth's presence at all. Perhaps it would be safe enough to venture closer. Reversing her steps, she walked up to her flashlight and picked it up, then trained the beam on the figure up ahead and walked cautiously up toward it.

She soon discovered why the body wasn't moving. When you had something like an axe stuck in your head, it made it hard to do anything that had "being alive" as a requirement. With the damage the small axe had done, it wasn't easy to make out who had been the unfortunate victim. She swept the light over the corpse. He was stocky, built, and probably on the football team. That was as far as she could guess from there. She could cross-reference these facts with the names she had written down as Danya announced them. Having found the body filled in a lot of the details of the story that may have surrounded his death.

Marybeth eyed the axe. It had sunk quite deep in, and retrieving it wouldn't be easy. On the other hand, an axe was a much better means of self-defence than that joke of a weapon that had been assigned to her. How was she supposed to do anything with a hand-cranked egg beater? Besides beating eggs, but that was hardly useful when there were no eggs around either. She put the flashlight back down on the ground, and then tightly grasped the handle of the small axe with both her hands. She pulled with all her might, but the axe didn't really seem to want to move. Oh, it shifted slightly, but freeing it from the other's skull was another story.

She planted a foot on the corpse's shoulder, and then gave another hard yank on the handle. Evidently, adding leverage to the body made it far easier to move the axe. Easy enough that the force she had used to pull the axe was enough to bring her, axe in hand, stumbling back several steps right into a wall. Head met rock and stars flashed for a moment from the impact.

The hit knocked her bearings out for a moment, and she slid down the wall to the floor. If she was going to take a rest, now was as good a time as any. At least she now had an axe.
V5


B036: Benjamin Ward: "Sh-shut the fuck up. Or I'll k-kick your ass."
B047: Marcus Leung: "Let's start by staying calm."


V4

Rest in peace

B004 - Peter Siu: "We're all fuck-ups."
G006 - Tiffany Baker: "Will you stay with me, until I wake up?"
G027 - Marybeth Witherspoon: "The cameras are pointing here, not there."
B115 - Tony Russo: "I'm sorry...."
G087 - Rachel Gettys: "I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell."
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She didn't know how long she had rested for. The darkness made it hard to gauge the how much time had passed. What Marybeth did know was that she had finally found some people. Living people.

Well, actually, they had found her. Not that she was going to split hairs over it.

There were two guys, or at least it looked like two guys based on the shadows cast by the flashlight they had. Apparently, they thought she was asleep or something, since they were busy talking amongst themselves instead of talking to her directly. Just because she was sort've slumped against the wall didn't mean she was out cold. People just needed to catch a breather every so often.

"Of course I'm okay," she said in response to the stupid question one of them had asked, "does it look like anything is wrong? Besides the body over there." Sluggishly, she pulled herself to her feet, taking care to keep the small axe held behind her. Marybeth was reasonably sure that if they thought she had a weapon, they'd be a whole lot less hospitable. She shuffled over to where she had put her flashlight down earlier. It was much more difficult to do it while trying to hide something behind your back, but she somehow managed to retrieve the small flashlight. However long she had been resting for, it wasn't long enough to drain the whole battery.

"So, anything interesting happen to you guys? Besides getting kidnapped and thrown onto this island, obviously. Me, I saw somebody get burned alive yesterday. Looked pretty horrific." In truth, Marybeth hadn't seen too much since the flare had been way too bright to see much of what happened, but filling in the blanks wasn't too hard. Recalling the event sent a slight shiver down her spine. That scream.... "Sounded it too. It's nothing like the movies."

There was a weight missing from her shoulders. Marybeth cursed inwardly when she remembered that she had left her daypack a few feet away. Unfortunately, that was in the direction of the two boys. If things got bad and she had to run, then she wouldn't have any food or water for at least a few hours. Considering how hungry she felt now, that was probably a bad idea too. If only she could find a way to get to her daypack without setting off any fireworks....
V5


B036: Benjamin Ward: "Sh-shut the fuck up. Or I'll k-kick your ass."
B047: Marcus Leung: "Let's start by staying calm."


V4

Rest in peace

B004 - Peter Siu: "We're all fuck-ups."
G006 - Tiffany Baker: "Will you stay with me, until I wake up?"
G027 - Marybeth Witherspoon: "The cameras are pointing here, not there."
B115 - Tony Russo: "I'm sorry...."
G087 - Rachel Gettys: "I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell."
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Sadly, or maybe fortunately, the two boys decided to turn around and go the other way. No worries about starting up something crazy and violent. Marybeth was just too tired for that.

She watched as they left, leaving her in the darkness with her fallen flashlight and her daypack. Also an axe. Marybeth gathered up her belongings, and withdrew a piece of bread to nibble on.

After a few bites, she put the bread away and started off down the dark tunnels, with only her flashlight to guide her. Hopefully she'd be able to find something interesting sooner or later. Just as long as it didn't involve too much screaming and dying.

((Marybeth Witherspoon continued in Out and In))
V5


B036: Benjamin Ward: "Sh-shut the fuck up. Or I'll k-kick your ass."
B047: Marcus Leung: "Let's start by staying calm."


V4

Rest in peace

B004 - Peter Siu: "We're all fuck-ups."
G006 - Tiffany Baker: "Will you stay with me, until I wake up?"
G027 - Marybeth Witherspoon: "The cameras are pointing here, not there."
B115 - Tony Russo: "I'm sorry...."
G087 - Rachel Gettys: "I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell."
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