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But I Might Die Tonight; Open, Early Evening Day 4
Topic Started: Nov 23 2010, 02:27 AM (3,905 Views)
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((Maxwell Crowe continued from The Mercenary))

(One day earlier, in the woods)

Max wandered around the forest aimlessly. His great plan to find Maria and learn what the hell was wrong with her, had one, glaring like a thousand suns, hole: He didn't even know where to start looking for her. He looked at the map a few times, but honestly, how could it really help? It only told the blonde, that the island was big, which discouraged him even further. Even if Maria made a house from sticks and pure craziness somewhere on the island (which actually COULD BE a possibility with her) and barricaded herself inside, it still meant Max had at least 30 different places to check. And since she was most likely a moving target, it looked like Max faced the mission impossible.

Oh, and there was the case of Max not even knowing himself where exactly he was. All he could see were trees, and that meant he could be anywhere. But even though the frustration was eating his usual happy-go-lucky attitude he managed to retrieve after resting in the warehouse, Max only clenched his teeth and and moved forward. Finding Maria was more important. At least for him, since knowing Maria, she either thought about her being a killer, or about Robo-Bear or something similar.

Then, after about half an hour, Maxwell managed to see something else rather than yet another tree. Max looked upwards, and suddenly, an old saying came to his mind:

Well, if the mountain will not come to Mohammad, Mohammad will go to the mountain...

Of course, there was only a slim chance, that Maria would be there (Maria climbing a mountain was one of those few things he couldn't really imagine), but it was a place to start. It also wasn't a part of a FUCKING forest. Without a second of hesitation, Max started marching toward his new destination.

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(present time)

Damn... It really would ease things up if that Mountain would come to me instead...

Despite the fact, he had the best possible footwear to hitchhike, the trek was still far from pleasurable. First of all, Maxwell's energy was only half-recovered, and a long trip through the woods didn't help to change that state in any (favorable) way. Second thing, it started getting dark and cold. And finally, even though he was moving on a nice trail, he still had to help himself with his hands on a few occasions, and since they were both occupied (flashlight in one hand, and pistol in the other), it wasn't really that easy.

Finally, a lot of huffs and puffs later, Max reached the top. The prize: Speakers coming up to life again. It surprised him a bit, as it was still far from dawn, and it would be weird for Danya to make another announcement so soon, but after hearing what he heard, he actually regretted it wasn't one. True, it was refreshing to hear that Mr. Kwong was still alive, and terrorist's concern about that Liz Polanski girl meant, she was on the right track with collar removing, but it also proved, that Danya kept his hand on the pulse, and if Liz won't reveal her tricks to everyone real soon, they're all going to have some serious trouble. And there was also the case of Mr. Kwong being forced to blow off the collar of some (apparently) Japanese kid.

Max shuddered as he heard the word 'eliminated'. While climbing the mountain, he could at least replace the thoughts about Maria and the game with cursing at the trail, but now, all of his concerns came back. Seconds later, he had a new one to add.

As he noticed, after the speakers went off again, his flashlight actually pointed at a silhouette this whole time, as he stared dumbfounded during the 'special announcement'. The girl. Blonde. Just sitting there, and looking quite depressed. Max had a knack for guessing the mood of his family and friends, and this girl's face clearly shown the feeling, Max only managed to taste once, during the miserable times of his junior high - despair.

"Oh my God..."

Max quickly went toward the girl and put his hand on her shoulder. Closer look revealed, it was no one else but Sierra Manning. Maxwell was never good at recognizing faces, and he always kept the safe distance from every possible rumor mill, but even HE recognized her, which meant she had to be quite popular back at school. The problem was, she was as far away from the extremely outgoing attitude he remembered her for - as possible at that point.

"Are you all right?"

Dumb question, but Maxwell's head was so filled with thoughts and questions, he couldn't think of anything better. In fact, he was so confused at that moment, he didn't even notice, there were two more girls standing nearby.
Edited by Yossarian, Dec 3 2010, 08:10 AM.
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

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((I'll skip as well to keep Maxwell away from inactivity))

"Hey... Sierra?"

Max desperately tried to get any kind of reaction from the girl, but she just sat there, and apart from breathing, she gave no other signs of life. Max started panicking a bit. Was she just depressed and gave Max a signal that way, that she wants him to leave her alone? Or maybe she was sick? Or maybe she was all right, and he was the one in trouble?

Shut up...

Max quickly hushed his paranoid part of mind. No, that made no sense at all. There's no way, someone would've act so convincingly just to set up a trap on him. She just needed help. But before Maxwell could find a way to get her some, he suddenly heard two (or maybe even three?) voices from two different directions.

Ambush

Shut up!


Rational Max again won the quick battle in his mind. If it would be an ambush, no one would ever spoke from two directions, but simply attacked him, and that would be it. Besides, as far as he could hear (and he rarely was wrong in cases of hearing stuff), both voices were talking to themselves (or in one case, to someone fourth, as he could swear now he heard 2 different voices from one side), not giving a signal to themselves.

Finally, Max stopped mulling over all of the stupid scenario possibilities, and concentrated on something more important: One of the voices clearly asked if there's someone else over there. And by 'there', the voice probably meant 'the place where Max was standing right now'. Since there was no need to create even more paranoid climate, Max took his flashlight and waived his hand to give his position away to the voice.

"Max Crowe over here!" He shouted, purposely avoiding using his full name, so no one would mistake him for that Lombardi bastard by any chance. "Armed, but not dangerous! I'm here with Sierra! We're bot fine!" Max looked again at the sitting figure, and silently added without his tone of confidence anymore. "I think..."
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

This is not a song, IT'S A SANDWICH!!!

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((Sorry for skipping Sierra again. See the Away topic for details))

What happened next was probably the last think Max expected. A girl emerged from the darkness, and instead of saying hi or anything, she just pushed him aside before yelling at him.

"Yeah, nice to meet you too." He responded. Max was used to assholes behaving like that way back in his junior high, and his overall friendly attitude he picked up later in the high school helped him to ignore that kind of situations, but right now he couldn't resist himself from using sarcasm. Seriously, what was she thinking? He didn't do anything wrong and tried to be helpful, and yet he received a shouting because... Because what exactly?

But she didn't stop at that, and started talking to Sierra, and asking if Max wasn't freaking her out. The boy only shook his head in amazement.

"Okay, now you got to be kidding me..."

The blond guy took a few steps back, as he suddenly felt an urge to keep the distance from the girl. That's when someone decided to follow Max's example and reveal his position. David Meramac. As far as Max remembered, he didn't appear in the announcements, and his voice didn't sound like a trouble, so Max invited him in.

"Yeah, come over here! Everything's okay!"

At least physically, because someone needs to check his attitude apparently...

As much as he was annoyed with the 'welcome' he was given, Max was at least happy to conclude, that it wasn't indeed a trap. It was just too bizarre, and if it was actually a part of an elaborate ambush plan, then both of the girls deserved an Oscar for their performance.
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

This is not a song, IT'S A SANDWICH!!!

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Ugh... She doesn't know when to stop, does she?

Indeed, the girl went on, and on, for no good reason at all. Maybe if he would really freak out Sierra or anything, that would be justified, but as it stood right there, that girl was just a royal pain in the ass hidden in a 'mama-bear protecting her children' suit, even though the cubs were safe.

Although Max was irritated to the point, he almost considered just showing her a middle finger, putting on his headphones and walking away, he didn't retort. He had advantage over both of the girl, so he could say whatever the hell he wanted, and if they don't like it, they would be given the 'bullet or GTFO' choice. But no. Max was way too much of a friendly guy to do that. So he just stood there, and listened, what the girl had to say. When a situation arose though, Max quickly changed the topic, so she would stop bashing him even for a few seconds. In this case, the topic was David. Obviously, the girl again called him an idiot for simply inviting the guy. Using every last bit of his strength, Maxwell smiled to her and responded. "Relax. He sounds like he's really not confident about anything. And THAT sounds like anything but an island psycho..."

After a bit of a pause, the girl spoke again, and probably for the first time, she didn't insult Max. "You go over there and see if he's... alright. I'll stay with Sierra,"

"Gladly..." Max grumbled under his nose, before going to David. As he approached the newcomer, a smile came back to his face. The guy looked like a nice chap, and on the top of that, he had one of the most awesome t-shirts Max has ever seen.

"Hey there" he said with a friendly voice. "Nice shirt."

At this point, Maxwell only begged, the guy was as friendly as he looks like, not like a CERTAIN other person around.
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

This is not a song, IT'S A SANDWICH!!!

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Ah, that felt nice and refreshing. Of course, David was scared as hell, but at least he didn't act like a dick. Really nice change of scenery after that red haired girl. He mumbled something about his shirt being stupid, and then asked if Max wasn't going to kill him. Instead of a reassuring smile or anything, Max faded out for a bit to his own realm.

Would he kill him? After all he almost did kill Peter because of a simple misunderstanding and his own paranoid state of mind at that time. It was stupid, Max was tired at that time... But what was the chance, it wouldn't happen again?

Max shook his head a bit, quickly throwing away the grim thoughts. Thinking like that won't help him at all.

"No, not dumb..." He replied to David about his shirt. "It's funny. And I think we all need things like that to keep ourselves sane. And no..."

Max looked at the pistol in his hand. As long, as his grip was firm on it, all of his words about not being dangerous could be thrown in a bin immediately. And so, he just hid the pistol in his back pocket, not bothering about the stuck safety switch, and prayed it won't accidentally shoot him in the butt at some point.

"I'm not going to kill you. If I wanted to, we wouldn't be speaking right now."

Before David could come up with nay answer, the bratty girl tapped Max's shoulder and told him she was going to leave with Sierra. But not alone. She asked them to form a group. Now that took Max by the surprise. Honestly, he expected something like 'Hurry up, we don't have all day!" or something like that, but instead, the girl finally sounded... Polite?

After a while, when Max processed everything that was said and stopped thinking so much, he finally replied.

"Yeah, sure... Staying here is not smart probably... We can team up, and go... Somewhere... Else..."

And the he realized something. The very thing that brought him up here. With all the stuff about Sierra and the girl who insulted him since he shown up, he completely forgot about about the person he hoped to find here.

"Oh, right, almost forgot... Did, by a chance, any one of you managed to encounter Maria Graham? You know, kinda short girl, black hair with blue stripes, impossible to miss... She's my friend, and I need to find her. I'm... I'm Worried..."
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

This is not a song, IT'S A SANDWICH!!!

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((Well, I know this is not a good moment, but since this thread is still in day 4 while the game entered D6, I think we should move. Also, sorry for the delay. Real mess at work.))

It seemed that everything was going to be fine. No one managed to encounter Maria, but at least all of them offered some help with finding her. David calmed down, Sierra was showing signs of live again, the redhead suddenly became polite, and the real genuine, friendly smile appeared on Max's face for the first time since he woke up on the island. It Looked like they were boarding the happy train to the hope station, before yet another person appeared.

Normally that wouldn't be a bad thing, the more the merrier, but there was just something... Unpleasant about the newcomer. Maybe because he looked a little bit mentally unstable to Max for some reason. Maybe because of his awkward reaction to the fact, that Max had a gun. Or maybe because he was holding a shovel in a different way than any gardener or worker Max ever encountered. Or maybe because of all of the above. The redhead asked the very same question Max would ask, if he would be alone, while David started mumbling something about the group being made of good people.

The reason didn't matter, Max didn't exactly like the new guy, and neither did the rest, judging from their reactions. The shovel guy would have no chance if he tried anything funny against 4 people and one of them armed, so there was no real threat, but still, Max decided to handle the situation with his normal, careful approach. Who knows, maybe he was just too harsh for that guy...

The problem was... What really should he say to him? Besides 'ahh Fuck', he didn't really say anything which could start a decent conversation. Max had no idea, what the guy wanted, or what his plan, or whatever. He only knew, at least two people from his group wanted to leave the mountain ASAP, and so did Max, so he decided to put all of the cards on the table immediately.

"Whoa there, buddy. I think it's time to go now, we spent way too much time here already. If you want to tag along, then put that shovel down, and prove us, you are harmless. Otherwise, leave us be. We ain't looking for trouble."

And then, Max took a few steps down the mountain, while still looking at the newcomer, and keeping his hand around the back pocket containing, just to be on the safe side. While doing this, he tried to keep as neutral face as possible, to not make him feel, they're about to attack him.

"Come on guys... Let's go."

((Maxwell Crowe continued in Down the Road, Not Across the Street))
Edited by Yossarian, Feb 20 2011, 11:17 AM.
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V4 Alive:
B019 - Maxwell Crowe (In Transit) - Weapon: Auto Mag 180 (.44)
B068 - Michał 'Mike' Maszer (The Key) - Weapon: Cyanide Pill
B075 - Robert 'Rob' Jenkins (In Transit) - Weapon: Kevlar Bulletproof Vest, M15 General Officers (.45 ACP)
B078 - Gareth 'Gary Griffith (The Warehouse) - Weapon: Nightstick


V4 Dead: None (Yay!)

V5 (Hopefully): No ideas yet ;]

This is not a song, IT'S A SANDWICH!!!

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