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Thank You For Being A Friend; A.K.A The One Where Carol Dies (maybe private? Ask first)
Topic Started: Nov 26 2010, 09:19 PM (3,432 Views)
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((Reiko Ishida continued from Lean on Me))

Shortly after the two girls made their escape, Reiko and Carol made it to some sort of outdoor recreational centre, where the two now rested. The small girl hadn't said a word, sitting away from her friend and lost in her own thoughts. The gun, the very one that took her sister's life, was being held in a tight grip in her left hand. Such a harmless looking object, and yet it had such lethality. Just pull the trigger and boom, dead.

She wanted to throw the thing away. Find a cliff or a body of water or something and get rid of the disgusting weapon. Yet at the same time, she didn't. The gun gave her a sense of... comfort she didn't feel before when she only had her sais. It was a different feeling having a weapon that didn't require much effort to use. Plus... something inside her felt like there was something more at work. Or maybe it was the lack of sleep. Either way, she was holding on to that gun, until she met Kris again.

She needed to survive that long first though. Reiko glanced over at Carol, who wasn't looking at her at that moment. Carol was a friend... Carol could be trusted.... but Carol just left a friend behind to die. That... didn't bode well. Maybe... maybe Reiko had been better off before, while she was alone. No one to take care of, no one to have to watch... she doubted that Carol was going to just let her leave though...

Just then, Carol started talking, saying something about looking at her wounds. Reiko... didn't want that. She would rather have Carol stay where she was... easier to keep track of her over there... besides, she was fine, fit as a fiddle! or whatever the phrase was. To prove the point Reiko stood up, stretching out as much as she could. She still hurt like hell, but she'd regained most of her mobility, the intense pain she'd felt that morning had dulled to a weak throb.

"I'm fine, see?" Reiko energetically did a couple of jumping jacks to prove she was fine and didn't need to be looked after. Those few jumping jacks didn't do much for her ribs, but she managed to hide the pain. As long as it kept Carol over there... away from her for now...
Edited by Rocky, Nov 27 2010, 01:52 AM.
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Reiko stopped her jumping jacks quickly after she started, not wanting to hurt herself in some foolish manner. Carol started rambling about something or other, saying sorry and stuff. She almost sounded cute, stuttering and saying how she'd protect her and everything. Poor little Carol Burke, she really thought she could help. The sentiment was touching, but it didn't matter to Reiko. Carol had run out on one friend, what's to stop her from doing it again? Trust only made you vulnerable in this game. Then again, who said anything about trusting? It would be nice to have someone to watch her back.

"Carol... It's okay. I understand." Reiko didn't quite know what she was saying, but it sounded sincere enough. Carol was probably the only person left on the island who didn't think she was a raving lunatic, no sense in chasing her away. Then again, maybe she just wanted to lure her in. Of all of her friends, Reiko knew Carol the least, although at this point the ones she knew the most had long since died. Not that she would have trusted those two gossips anyways.

The small girl found herself in a bit of a predicament. Having someone to look after you and help you out would be nice, on the other hand Reiko was quickly learning to trust no one. Or course, Carol wasn't going to leave, which meant Reiko would have to do something... drastic to scare her off. If she wanted to. She didn't know yet... Carol was nice... but was she trust worthy? She... didn't know yet, she needed more time to think. For now though, she would keep the girl around.
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Reiko was content to let Carol go do whatever. If she got herself killed then oh well. She doubted that Carol would get killed. That would be unfortunate. Still, there's not much that she could do if it happened. Reiko was just about to sit down when she heard the gunshot. she jogged in the direction Carol had gone, curious to see what had just happened.

What she would was not a pretty sight. Carol was staring at someone on the ground with a look of horror on her face, they recently shot weapon in her hands. The thing she was staring at happened to be a male, who's leg seemed to be gushing blood. The boy looked familiar, Rizza? Rizzo? Something like that. He was mumbling something while clutching his leg, each passing second the puddle on the ground increased in size. The boy wasn't going to survive.

Without saying anything, Reiko walked over to the injured boy on the ground, who made a feeble attempt to move away. It didn't amount to much, after all it was hard to move with one useless leg and massive blood loss. It was almost sad seeing him struggle. She would be doing him a service if she put him out of his misery.


The moment that thought crossed the girl's mind, her hands were already moving, almost of their own accord. Gripping the pistol in both hands and taking a firm stance, she leveled the weapon at his head. The look on his face was almost pathetic, to the point where Reiko felt the need to say something comforting. "It's okay, you won't feel a thing." she said in the sweetest voice she could muster. With that, she placed her finger on the trigger and pulled.

Bang.
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Reiko stood in place for a long while after pulling the trigger. Here eyes didn't leave the now dead body of Rizzo Vitoria, the gun still pointed in his direction. Blood pooled around his head, and his eyes stared back at her, almost in an accusing glare. They looked at her as if to say "I could have survived!why did you shoot me?" It took all of Reiko's willpower to pry her eyes away from the body, looking at the ground at her feet.

She did the right thing, didn't she? In normal circumstances he might have been able to survive, but that was when there were ambulances and doctors and nurses and stuff. Out here.... out here they were just a bunch of high school kids with no medical training. He was going to die anyway, Reiko just made sure he suffered less. She would want the same thing in that situation. It was just the right thing to do, like putting down an injured animal.

Reiko could hear Carol crying behind her. She didn't dare look at her friend. Carol wouldn't understand that it was the right thing to do. If she hadn't done it, then they would have just left him there to live his last futile moments in pain, or at the mercy of some other student, free to have their way with him. At least now... Now he was gone. Now he didn't have to worry about this horrid game. But Carol wouldn't understand. She would just see that Reiko had shot him.

"It had to be done." Reiko found herself saying, still staring at the ground. "He was going to die anyways, just like the rest of us. Saving his life would have been futile. He would have just been a burden."
Edited by Rocky, Dec 2 2010, 07:37 PM.
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Reiko didn't look at Carol as she gave her little speech. Talking about finding their friends and escaping and the army coming and being big heroes and saving them all. And where would that leave her? Reiko had killed five people, all of which was no doubt caught on camera. Even if they were saved, she would no doubt be institutionalized or jailed or shot on the spot or something. Of course, that wasn't going to happen anyways. Danya was too smart for that.

And her friends? Her so called friends who she hung out with at school? Well, Reiko didn't want to see any of them right now either. Ben only hung around with her to get laid, and well... he succeeded in that. Why he continued to hang around with her after that, she didn't know. Maybe he was hoping for another night alone or something. Not that it was ever going to happen. Jacob was only there because of Paige. Paige who was dead, dead along with her best friend Amber. Reiko didn't have any friends she could truly call by such a name.

What about Sarah?

Reiko clenched her empty hand as the thought of her girlfriend entered her mind. Poor, sweet Sarah. How heartbroken she must have been to hear precious little Reiko's name come up time and time again, having to hear the details about how her innocent little love was killing people. She probably gave up on her a long time ago, more intent on some sort of crackpot scheme to try and get herself out alive which would ultimately fail. Any feelings that she may have had for the little figure skater were probably long gone....


...Right?

"Carol..." Reiko said, still refusing to look at the girl who claimed to be her friend. "Things... things aren't going to work the way you want them to. No-one's coming to save us. Even if they did, I'm not coming home with you. They'll shoot me on sight. I've... I've done horrible things on this island." Reality bit, but she continued.

"You heard right? On the announcements. About Cyrille and Sally and what's his name and Raina? They all died because of me. Their blood is on my hands. I, I fought for my life, and I came out on top. That's what it's all about right? Survival of the Fittest. It's the name of the game. The strong survive and the weak die. And I'm not... I can't be weak."

Reiko finally turned and looked Carol in the eye. "I've always been strong. Ever since I was a kid, everyone counted me out. 'Oh look at Reiko, she's so small, she'll never be good at skating. There goes Reiko, she'll never get a boyfriend with that face.' On and on and on and on. They didn't think I heard them whispering but I did. I used those taunts, and they fueled me. I vowed that I would show everyone that I was better than them, and guess what? I did. Every single little prissy bitch, bitches like Sally Connelly, I proved to them that I was superior. This is no different." She stopped, trying to find what to say next.

"Look, Carol. You have to ask yourself." Reiko couldn't help but smirk slightly as she said the next line. "Do you want to die?"
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You know, you're not as strong as you think you are. Sometimes you need help.

...you're not as strong as you think you are...

...you're not strong...


Reiko's eyes narrowed as Carol turned her back. Of all the things that the other girl could have said in that moment... she'd said that. Reiko didn't need help from anyone, let alone little miss prim and proper. How could she act like everything was going to be okay, while at the same time questioning Reiko's ability to survive? Reiko looked from the retreating form of Carol to her gun. It would be so easy to prove her wrong. Just raise the gun and pull the trigger. Teach her to question her resolve.

The girl began to raise the gun in her hand, but stopped. Shooting her was a waste of ammunition. She stormed after Carol, pocketing the gun as she went.

How dare she, How fucking dare she.

Reiko returned to their little camp site, if you could call it that, to see Carol hunched over her bags, doing whatever. It didn't matter to the small girl. All that mattered was Carol was going to learn what it meant to be strong, to be a survivor. She wasn't just going to let her get away with it. She couldn't just let her walk away.

She slipped her hand into one of her many extra pouches, catching the chain attached to her wallet on the way up with her fingers. The wallet had seen better days, much like everything else on this damn island, but that wasn't the object of Reiko's desire at that moment. The two clips on either end of the long, thin chain were quickly detached, the wallet finding it's home back into her pocket. It would do.

Reiko looped the chain once around each hand as she approached the crouching girl. She almost considered spewing one of those cliché one liners or something before doing what she was about to do, but that just seemed silly. There was no need to waste time and energy on words. Without even giving Carol a chance to react, the small girl forced Carol off her feet and onto her stomach with all her weight, looping the chain that once belonged to her wallet around the girl's throat. Crossing the metal joints across each other, Reiko applied all the force and pressure she could.

She was strong.

She didn't need anyone else.

She could make it on her own...

Right?
Edited by Rocky, Dec 5 2010, 03:21 AM.
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While Carol made a token struggle against Reiko, it wasn't what the girl was hoping for. She wanted her to kick and scream and struggle and fight back, to try to live. But she didn't. She just rolled over and kind of died. Somewhere within all the rage, all the contempt that Reiko was feeling for the girl who lay beneath her, having her life choked out of her, she felt... sad. Sad that it was so easy, sad that she wasn't fighting back, sad that she was dying, that Carol wouldn't be around anymore. She was killing one of her only friends. Somewhere inside her mind something was telling her to stop, that this was wrong and it was all a misunderstanding, and yet she didn't. She just pulled and choked and squeezed until Carol stopped moving. It wasn't until that moment that the chain went slack, the metal implement slipping from her hands as she stood up.

Reiko couldn't look at Carol. Or rather, Carol's body. She didn't want to face what she had just done. There was nothing she could do to turn back time, to keep her anger in check, to stop herself from doing what she just did. Even if she refused to look, she knew what had happened. Even if she tried to block it out mentally, the physical pain she felt in her hands from the chain was enough to remind her of her deed. The stinging sensation behind her eyes, the dull ache in her chest, everything was reminding her of what she was. There was no hiding from it, no justifying it. One word rang clearly through her consciousness above all else.

Murderer.

This was it. Reiko had passed the point of no return. As soon as her name came up on those announcements, everyone would know her for what she was. Sarah, Ben, Jacob, they would all know that she was a murderer, a cold blooded killer, thinking of no-one but herself. Which, in a sense, was true. Reiko had fallen into Danya's little trap, had gotten into thinking about her own survival, and she had acted upon it. And now... Carol was dead because of her.

Reiko's head lowered, Carol's shotgun coming into her view. Even something as simple as that was enough to cause Reiko to close her eyes in disgust. Disgust at being in this situation, disgust for herself. The girl had to practically force herself to open her eyes again. The gun was still there. Reiko's hands slowly reached out, taking the weapon in her trembling grasp. She almost put the gun back down, not wanting to have another instrument of murder, but managed to keep hold of it. She might not have wanted it, but she didn't want anyone else to have it either. Still avoiding the sight of Carol's body, the girl grabbed her bag. Then she began to walk away, back towards where Rizzo lay.

Rounding the bend, Reiko reached the spot where everything had gone downhill. Rizzo still laid there, eyes staring vacantly into the sky. She knelt down beside him, and with one hand, closed his eyes.

"I'm sorry..." the girl didn't know what else to say. Words just weren't enough anymore. Words wouldn’t be bringing back Cyrille or Sally or Raina or Rizzo or Carol. They were dead, and she was responsible. Reiko stood back up, shouldering her bag again and grabbing the dead boy's by its strap. It didn't quite feel right taking the belongings from a dead person, but she was running low on supplies. Shouldering this bag as well, Reiko began to walk away from the scene of her latest atrocities, silently holding back the tears that were threatening to burst forth.

((Reiko Ishida continued in The Hardest Part))
Edited by Rocky, Dec 15 2010, 04:07 PM.
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