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Revenge is Best Served Cold; end of day 4
Topic Started: Dec 21 2010, 01:12 AM (3,683 Views)
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((Jason and Charlene continued from Cleanliness and Loneliness))

It had taken only a couple hours, but once it came, it was nearly debilitating. Jason felt like a dick now. It wasn't just the fact that he could have handled that situation much, much better, that alone he could have taken. It was the announcement that really got him:

"... Hayley Kelly, having sharpened her skills yesterday, demonstrated her perfect beheading technique, this time on James Mulzet ..."

James was dead. So now, how his bag had shown up was, well, it didn't really matter how. He looked over at Thea. While Jason definitely did not like the fact that James was dead (he seemed like a pretty decent guy), Thea had taken it the hardest - it seemed like they had been close.

Jason just leaned over, hands on his knees, trying to regain his mental bearings. His right hand went, for a second, to his collar. Before, he had thought about this game as "Survivor-to-the-death." Now, his mind also went back to the previous two unscheduled announcements ...

"It's come to our attention that one of your number has been interfering with their collar ..." The second that Mr. Kwong(?) had said that, Jason had started listening. He knew, well, knew of Liz Polanski from math class, and his feelings were a combination of hope and resentment. The hope came from the fact that Liz had managed to beat the system - hopefully, he could join in on that. The resentment, came from the fact that Liz had beaten the system, and he wasn't the hero. Both feelings, however, were dashed within five seconds.

"Miss Polanski. If you instruct anybody, verbally or by any other method, in your techniques, we will immediately detonate their collar. If we see you persisting in trying to break our rules, we will detonate collars at random." Wait, how could they ... the cameras. They had become such a constant presence that Jason had almost forgotten about them. So that was out, then ...

"It has also come to our attention that Miss Polanski has recklessly destroyed one of our cameras, as a punishment, we will now detonate a collar... I will be commencing this punishment now ..." A few seconds, and then ... "B148, Daisuke Nagazawa, eliminated." So, great. Now it was "Survivor-to-the-death" and Russian roulette with the collars, a fact that was reinforced later in the day by yet another announcement, to the detonations of three more collars.

Going back to the current situation, Jason was now dealing with his own, nigh inevitable mortality, and his feeling of complete and utter idiocy at his actions from the previous day. He looked over at Evie, about ten feet away. He gave a silent, humorless chuckle, as that was the closest he had physically been to any person for the entire day. Evie was the one affected most by Jason's ironic call for peace. So why hadn't he apologized yet for his behavior? Mainly because he was just scared of how Evie would take it. On the other hand, he knew he was going to have to say it eventually. He just sighed as he walked towards Evie. This could become very painful.

"Uh, hey, Evie. About last night," Jason scratched the back of his head nervously. "I've actually had time to let it sink in, and I realize that I was ... I was an idiot when I started screaming. I guess I just felt like ..." No. You're already regretting the last time you voiced your opinion. "... Ah, what I mean is, I guess the game just got to me for a second, and I snapped. So, yeah. I'm sorry for what I did back there." Jason felt like Evie would ... actually, he was praying she didn't scream at him again. He figured he'd find out within the next five seconds.
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The way Charlene saw it, if Bayview hadn't been forced into SOTF, she would probably be lying on a towel or a lawn chair or something, in one of the swimsuits she had packed for the trip. Evie and Thea would be with her, as would Nik and James respectively. Jason would only make himself known if he could secretly provide a drink or two, and Alex and Madelyn would be somewhere else entirely.

... If only they'd been so fortunate.

Thing is, Bayview Secondary was put into SOTF, and the current situation was quite different. She had been with Thea ever since that horrible announcement in the morning, when James's death was announced. Now Thea was all over the place because James, who was a pretty decent guy, was killed by Hayley Kelly. Whereas when that Steve guy died, Charlene simply wanted to stay away from Hayley, now if the bitch died, well, all the better. Charlie looked at her best friend, with whom Alex was about to make conversation. Charlene moved in a little closer, enough so that she could hear and possibly be heard, but not so much as to seem like she was intruding.

"We need to talk." She peered over at Thea, trying her hardest not to look like she was being too intrusive.
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Nothing is worse than when someone isn't listening. Had Jason known what was going through Evie's head, he would have probably asked if she was okay, and how he could help. Unfortunately, he didn't know that Evie was feeling claustrophobic, so Jason didn't realize that he should have just backed off rather than risking digging the hole further. As such, when Evie walked away, Jason just squinted and pinched the bridge of his nose in irritation with his left hand as he tried to follow her.

"Come on, Evie! I'm sorry!" He would have followed her further than forty feet, except that he tripped on a tree root somewhere, and he let go of his sword to avoid a face plant. He looked around, unable to see Evie anywhere. Fantastic. All he could do was walk back and rub his head cursing himself for screwing that one up.

"... fight with a lawnmower. Think it won, but I retained the moral high ground. Where've you been?" Alex was speaking to a newcomer. A very tall newcomer. He didn't seem all that intimidating. In fact, if not for the fact that said newcomer was speaking to Alex exclusively, Jason might have made a witty remark. Two things worked against that, though: first, the aforementioned fact that the new guy was speaking to Alex, and second, he had just screwed up saying something again. It was becoming increasingly unwise for him to talk, so instead, he just sat down by a tree and tried to gather himself.
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Alex was about to say something when someone else's voice came through. Charlene looked at the new guy and ... whoa. He was tall. Like, basketball-player tall. Kinda weird looking too (Of course, coming from Charlie, with her humongous breasts and mismatched eyes, this was slightly hypocritical). It wasn't her that Tall Boy had noticed - it was Alex.

"Alexander ...? Is that ... really you?" Then he paused, noting Alex's lack of an arm. "What happened to you ...?"

"Jasper ... Later." Alex dismissed Thea, smiling a weird grin to Jasper. "I had a fight with a lawnmower. Think it won, but I retained the moral high ground. Where've you been?" Charlene looked at the sight, and then took her opportunity and crawled over to Thea, speaking low enough so that only Thea could make it out.

"Thea ... I'm so sorry about James. I ..." she peered at Alex and Jasper, making sure that they weren't paying attention. "I was with Hayley at first. When she killed that first guy, Steve. I don't trust that girl any more than I can throw her. I owe Alex one, so for him I may not shoot her myself, but if she comes along, I may just ... 'space out' if you try to get her."
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((GMing of Thea Kairos done with permission from Arscapi))

"Where's Evie?" Thea's voice came from behind Jason. Great. How am I going to get out of this? Jason squirmed for a second before he took a nice, deep breath.

"I ... I went to talk to her. I wanted to apologize for being such a prat back there when I removed Alex's arm. So I went to say I was sorry for my behavior ... and she up and left. She just walked away. I went to go get her, but she had gone to far and I couldn't find her." Thea was silent for a second before she revealed how cheesed off she was.

"Hold on a minute. You lost her. You lost her? How can you do something that dumb? I've managed to keep this group together this entire time, and you lost her while just standing there?" Thea paused her rant as she ran her fingers through her hair. "How about this: you go and be useful for once and get her back here?"

"Okay, okay. I'll go find her. Just stay here. If this place becomes a Danger Zone, we'll meet at the ... the Parish or the Infirmary." Jason backed away, turning around and shaking his head. I should have stayed with Roman. He honestly didn't feel like starting another fight. The first one had already alienated himself from the group. Another fight might have led to his death.

"You better!" Thea called back. I hate my life.

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"Thea, that whole thing with Alex's arm being removed ... when he got shot, it was because he pushed me out of the way of the bullet. Now look at him. He saved my life and this is how he gets rewarded for it. He saved my life, so if he doesn't want me to kill Hayley, I won't. But I was with her when she killed that Steve guy. Almost stopped her, too. When and if you try to kill her, I won't stop you, and if she tries to hurt you, you can bet that I'll jump in."

Had Charlene thought through what she was going to say a little more thoroughly, that is what she would have told Thea. Thea may still have been pissed off, but it would have been very clear what Charlie's motivations were. However, that was not, and Thea was disappointed apoplectic at Charlie's statement.

"I'm sorry what? You just had the nerve to say what to me? We've been friends since the SECOND GRADE and all you can manage to do is 'space out?' Because you owe Alex. Who's kept all of your secrets for the past ten years? What are you sleeping with him too? That's awfully fast work, even for you my dear ..." Thea stopped for a second.

"... Wait, you were there when she killed the first time? And you didn't do anything to stop her or even slow her down? So because you decided she's hot you let her slide and now, NOW I don't have a boyfriend. And the best you can do is pretend that you're not there? You're unbelievable you know that. UN-BELIVEABLE."

That was not the reaction Charlie was hoping for. In fact, that statement really got to her, not because Charlie had basically stated "I won't help you avenge your boyfriend," but because of Thea's assumption of why. It took a couple seconds for the statement to sink in as she chewed out Jason for losing Evie, demanding that he go find her, but Charlie came back hard.

"That's it. That's all you think it's about. Sex. What gives you the right to question why I'm doing what I'm doing? HE SAVED MY LIFE. There. That's why I don't want to kill Hayley. Alex took a bullet for me, and it's my fault that it happened. We may have been friends since grade school, but losing your arm to take a bullet for me counts for something. So if he doesn't want me to kill Hayley, I won't. But she killed James, so I'm not going to stop you from killing her." At this point, she was pretty pissed at Thea (and given Thea's words, the feeling was probably mutual). Charlie wasn't thinking about it right then and there, but hopefully a very worthwhile friendship wasn't going to be ruined over what Charlie thought of as, well, a responsibility.
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"Wait a minute. Just where exactly did you and Alex get the idea that I was going to kill Hayley? Honestly, sounds like you two are the bloodthirsty ones. Trying to egg me on into killing someone, trying to take advantage of my feelings for James. Wow, who knew you were that devious Alex, trying to turn Charlie and me against each other. First, you purposely get wounded so Charlie here feels indebted to you. Then you beg someone to cut your arm off, refusing any sort of proper medical treatment, even though you both had first aid kits. Finally, you decide that I'm going to kill Hayley. Just what exactly is your game?"

Charlene's expression momentarily showed confusion. Thea was getting a little paranoid. As far as Charlie knew, Alex and Thea didn't even know of each other until the game started, not to mention that Charlie had clearly mentioned that she simply wouldn't stop Thea from killing Hayley if Thea tried to do it (actually, it hadn't been that clear). Of course, given how much James meant to Thea, it wouldn't exactly be unexpected if Thea did try to kill Hayley. Then Tall Boy spoke up:

"I ... do think this is a rather large misunderstanding. Neither I nor Alex have any inclination to harm you or anyone else. I am under the impression, in fact, that Alex is attempting to prevent further bloodshed." Charlie approached Thea and murmured furtively, just loud enough so that only Thea could make it out:

"Thea, all I said was that if you tried to get Hayley, then I'm not going to stop you. I'll just look the other way if you decide to do it ... with the gun they gave me." Charlie looked around to make sure that Alex and Tall Boy weren't looking, then winked at Thea.

Ugh. Must I always say everything over again? (Yes, you do. Maybe you wouldn't have to re-explain what you said if you said it right the first time.)
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Thea's little speech had upset Alex a bit. He squeezed at his eyes as Alex went into Thea for assuming that he was manipulating everyone ... and then the truth of the matter came out.

"But how dare you question my integrity, when all i've ever tried to do is help and all I've seen you do is argue about helping me and lead everyone out here to go hunt the GIRL I LOVE!"

He loved her? Alex loved Hayley? That was not the best news that Charlene had heard. Mainly because ever since Hayley had killed Steve, Charlie had wanted to stay away from her. Fact was, not pulling the trigger on Hayley was what she owed Alex for saving her ass. Thea's feelings were somewhat different.

"Now the truth comes out. Hayley can do no wrong and should in no way be harmed, harassed, or messed with because you love her. Awww how sweet. Congratulations, I hope it works out for you. I'm sure you'll be as happy as James and I are. No wait, as James and I were. She's a murderer, a psycho, she killed him. MURDERED HIM. MY JAMES, who wouldn't hurt a fly and who only went around helping people on this island. I can see how he'd be a really threat. And you love that? Yeah, I have a problem with your integrity and motivation on the island." Thea railed against Alex, and then Tall Boy, neither of which Charlie had a problem with. Then Thea turned to face her.

"And finally, you," Charlie's expression momentarily went into confusion. "What are you training to be a lawyer all of a sudden? Like I care if there was an 'if' in your statement, honestly. Get over yourself, Charlie there's more important things going on then semantics battles. I don't even know you anymore. You know what, I'm out. You wanna hang here with your precious savior and his new boytoy, you're more than welcome." And with that, Thea turned around and left, leaving Charlie standing there, shocked.

Had she been thinking about it, she would have realized that this was the problem of trying to keep the loyalties of two people who essentially had opposite goals. Going fully onboard with Thea would have meant going against Alex, and siding with Alex would have meant betraying her best friend. Her attempt to play both sides, by simply giving indirect assistance to Thea, had failed, and now Thea hated her.

No, no, no. Thea leaving hurt more than anything, including the gunshot wound she took the first day. After about fifteen seconds, Charlie managed to get herself back into the real world.

"No, Thea, please! I'm ..." Charlie started after her, afraid that she'd just lost her best friend of ten years ...

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