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They're Made Out Of Meat; PM before entering
Topic Started: Dec 16 2010, 03:28 PM (2,822 Views)
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Mary Ann stifled a giggle that her conscience loudly informed her should not have been there.

"Holy crap, are you okay?" For the first time in a good while, she had spoken without bothering to whisper.

She helped to lift him up (not that it really helped all that much, but it felt like she'd made a difference), tiptoeing slightly to ruffle his hair once he was up. An affectionate gesture.

What was that all abo- Oh. She saw his eyes on the gun. He didn't think she was going to...?

"Oh!" This definitely needed clearing up. "I wasn't going to... use it or anything. I promise."

Silence. Come on, fix the awkward fix the awkward fix the awkward

"It's ok, seriously. I didn't mess with anything. I'm not like, stupid or anything. Not that you thought I was stupid-" No seriously, fix the awkward NOW. "Just seeing what button was where. And stuff."

Phew. Subject change, please~

"Um, did you get anything? Like, foodwise?"
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Mary Ann glanced over at the deer... only to quickly look back to the gun. When she saw that poor headless prince of the forest, all she could think about was Rekka's mangled body- if you could call it a body still- back in the tunnels. Not right now, things were just getting better-

Her thoughts were interrupted by a loud gurgling from her stomach, reminding her that she had forgotten to eat since... when WAS the last time she'd ate? As soon as she acknowledged it, the hunger overtook her body, her hands clutching her belly until it stopped grumbling its dissatisfaction.

R.J. had gone back to the deer, probably wondering the same thing she was at the moment. How exactly were they going to cook it? Mary Ann had never hunted before, but she knew that one didn't just kill something and throw it on the fire. You had to skin it, let it bleed out, they had to find some way to hold it over the fire, and of course they couldn't just put up the whole thing, since it was huge and there are parts you're not supposed to eat... a whole day could pass before dinner was ready (and that was assuming the deer was ok to eat, she'd read about various diseases you could get if you don't cook meat properly especially if it came from wild animals and ok I should say something right now).

"Um, you want to have something while it's cooking? Like, an appetizer? I'm really hungry right now." She decided not to mention that she was just trying not to see the deer he'd brought home.
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Thump.

"Hmmmmmmmmm?" Mary Ann's eyes opened for the first time in several hours. Everything seemed peaceful at the moment, at least in the current location. Stumps littered the landscape, just like where she'd first joined R.J... she yawned, trying to remember why she'd woken u- Oh, right. She would have to work on that reaction time if she wanted to keep living. How had she let her guard down like that? Mary Ann turned over to see a still open box of crackers- Crap, they're probably stale now...- and her partner doubled over in pain, not unlike she had been only hours ago. A half-smile came to her face. She'd been smiling more often over the past day, which was a good thing... well, it wasn't such a good thing to be smiling at his pain. It might not have been anyone besides R.J. waking her up, but hunger was every bit as dangerous as the other students on the island.

"Hey." She shuffled over on her knees, checking the cracker canister for bugs before offering it. "Eat something, ok? We can't be alert if we're hungry." She reached into the canister and ate one herself- "See? Still good. Probably shouldn't leave it open overnight again though."

It was small talk, mostly. She was tired, so whatever came to her mind exited through her mouth immediately. It made her feel better though. She knew he wouldn't answer, but that didn't bother her so much at the moment. She wasn't looking for an answer... just someone to listen as she talked about whatever came to mind.

But of course, now that she really felt like talking, she couldn't think of anything to say. Breakfast was still the only thing on her mind, and she felt that food wasn't the best subject at the moment. She needed something though...

"Oh!" It hit her like a bullet. "Um... last night. You know a lot about guns, right?" Actually, this was probably turning into a bad subject really fast. She continued on anyway, though- "Well, I mean... I was thinking maybe I should learn too. That gun is a lot lighter than that sword, after all."
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A weird look. A sigh. A smile. So that was a yes? Sweet.

He took the magazine out of the gun, dropping it and then catching it in midair. Mary Ann couldn't help but release a small giggle- he was showing off and they both knew it. Not that he didn't have the skills to back it up, of course. He'd owned the gun for merely a few days (though it felt much longer), but he handled it with the expert grace of someone who'd had it for years. Combined with the deer from the previous night, the whole thing felt very Little House on the Prairie, but without the dog and the two kids and the wagon and the log cabin and the moral values and whatnot. And the actually cooking the deer part. Actually, they were just a couple in the wilderness, but she could think nice thoughts about it, right?

Soon enough, R.J. finished fiddling and handed the gun to her, seeming to anticipate her doing something with it. She didn't quite know what she would do, but... she was excited. She'd dealt with guns in video games before, but she'd never actually shot one in real life. Perhaps it was this excitement that made boys so giddy about weaponry? Maybe.

Mary Ann took the gun and held it out in front of her with both hands, like she'd seen cops do on TV. She saw a particularly large stump about twenty feet ahead- "How about we aim for that?" She pointed towards the stump.
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She watched for a reaction- no answer, of course; however, he probably would've had a different expression if she was doing it right. That wasn't a problem right now, though. She was inexperienced, he was patient, and for the moment they were alone. He motioned for her to stand still as he approached and began to reposition her. A hand moved here, a foot moved there- Mary Ann had become a mannequin for the time being. A mannequin with a gun, that is. More than that, however... she was being touched. Of course, it wasn't the first time in here entire life that she had been touched. It was just- what in the world was this? It was... different. There was this strange softness as he moved her limbs one by one... so gentle that it paralyzed her. That was for the better, she decided; she wasn't supposed to move anyway.

But of course, it got worse. His face moved closer to hers- he hadn't shaved in almost a week at this point, so whenever it brushed against her it sort of tickled and scratched at the same time, like a cat's tongue. His hands moved to her hips, and-

Whoa. Blood suddenly rushed to Mary Ann's head, leaving her dizzy. She lowered the gun to her side- What the hell was that? She took a couple seconds to straighten herself again; glancing at R.J, she noticed concern in his face.

"I'm fine, really." She felt her cheeks light up like a Christmas tree. His face was still close. "Just sort of... distracted."
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He... jumped back suddenly? What? After seeming to fumble for a few seconds... he continued to demonstrate proper trigger discipline. Oh, right. Mary Ann felt horribly disappointed for reasons she didn't quite understand, but she nodded and steadied herself once again, making her body as identical to his as possible. Training was more important... right?

She stared straight ahead, finding that one forlorn stump again. Once her face felt normal again and she'd been staring at the stupid tree for a good while (did it normally take this long to figure out what the thing was pointing at?), she began to look at the gun again.

"Don't I like, move the one thing back before shooting? On top of it?"
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Oh right, it wasn't loaded. She was sort of looking forward to shooting something, but now that she thought of it, that would be a massive waste of ammo.

She kept her eyes and the gun dead on the stump ahead, waiting to get the aim just right- and click. She pulled the trigger and released. The air felt strangely empty without the BANG she should have been hearing, but oh well. Hopefully, she would have hit it. "It's so weird not to-"

What the hell? "Hey, you still there?" This was bad. He was literally just right there. "Hello?!" What if someone was- wait. Crap. No. The gun wasn't loaded. No no no no. They were supposed to wait for her to know what she was doing to attack! She needed to grab the sword. She turned around to get it when HOLY MOTHER OF GOD SOMEONE WAS THERE SHOOT IT SHOOT IT. With a loud shriek, she immediately shut her eyes and clicked in whatever direction she'd seen the attacker- until she realized what she was doing and froze.

Her eyes stayed shut (as though opening them made a difference at this point), but her arms dropped to her sides. This was it. She was surprised she'd lasted this long, actually. She certainly wouldn't have if she'd never found R.J. Even before that... for those last few months of her life, he'd really made things worthwhile, hadn't he? Before then, no one else had ever noticed her the way that he had... even from that first day in the library, there always seemed to be something he noticed about her that she couldn't quite put her finger on. She never quite knew what she was supposed to be doing. But then, he had always been one step ahead, always knowing the way where she didn't- especially here.

Her throat had thickened at this point and she could feel tears coming, but more than anything else, she was noticing that nothing had happened yet. She slowly raised her hands once again, bracing herself against whatever was coming- and as she readied her fingers on the trigger once again, she opened one eye. This is it.
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