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Maria Graham's Series of Unfortunate Events; Series finale; PM for entry
Topic Started: Apr 21 2011, 10:26 PM (3,590 Views)
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(Imraan Al-Hariq continued form Back in St. Paul, if Just for an Evening...)

Imraan had eaten. He had rested. He had allowed himself one last vestige of the civilized world, and moreso, one last reminder of those he was trying to save.

Now, it was time to act. He HAD to act.

Previously, when he had thought he had been ready, Imraan had recited to himself the Beatitudes. He had been wrong to do so, just as he had been wrong to think he was prepared so early in the game. He wished again that he had brought a Bible with him on the trip. He could have taken one from the Parish, perhaps, but that was no longer an option. They could not be considered holy. As it was, his memory searched itself back, and settled on the necessary verse.

Finally, be strong in The Lord and His mighty power.

He was ready.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

To take his stand.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The authorities. Danya. Danya could not be defeated through strength of arms, or through escape. He could only be defeated if someone like Imraan took a stand, and deprived him of a winner, deprived him the satisfaction of letting one who spilled blood win this game.

Ones like those he had glimpsed inside this house. Ones he had met before, and let them go off to kill again. To kill and be REWARDED again. Danya would no doubt be pleased with Ivan Kuznetsov and Tabitha Gweneth.

He would be less pleased with Imraan Al-Hariq.

Therefore, put on the fill armor of God, so that when that day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

A size 16 basketball shoe kicked down the door.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Imraan came around the doorway, shotgun in position, dimly aware that he was piecing his approach together out of the fragmented memories of action movies and cop shows. He came, and stopped.

Ivan stood there, gun drawn

Deja vu. Same situation as before.

"Ivan. You pull the trigger, you're dead. Don't know if your gun'll stop me. Mine'll stop you."

Same situation. Different Imraan.

He scanned the room. Oh, he knew Tabitha was here somewhere. He'd seen her, seen both of them as he'd taken another trip through the residential area before heading off to another island location.

"Not gonna waste words, Ivan. Where's Tabitha?"

Somehow, he was keeping his voice flat. He didn't know how. Now that he was facing one of the students he was seeking, he wanted to scream. He wanted to shoot. He wanted to stride right into the room and choke the life out of Ivan with his bare hands. Him and everyone else who had given in. It would be an eye for an eye, it would be justice. For everyone. For Jessie. Ivan might not have brought the knife down on her himself, that was Peter Siu's doing and God willing he would answer for it, but it was BECAUSE of Ivan, because of Tabitha, because of all of them that they would not be able to escape, it was because of all of them that they were here in the first place! It was because of every killer, every so-called "player", that this game even existed. What would Danya have done if they all refused to play? There would be no game, that's what. There would be no point. Danya would lose. But now? It was way, way too late for that.

And if Imraan could not make Danya pay, his accomplices would.

But he managed to keep his control. For now. He was sweating and nearly trembling with adrenaline, his lungs were pushing oxygen throughout his body and he was breathing hard, nostrils flaring like an angry bull, but he kept control, waiting for Ivan to answer.

Just like shooting a free throw at the end of the game.

Course, I was never much good at free throws.


"I warned you. Before. Where is she?"
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Steady, Imraan...

He had Ivan convinced. That much he knew.

He had himself convinced. That much he knew as well. Now, Imraan would just wait; he would wait for Tabitha to arrive, for her to reveal herself. Then, well... who knew? Not Imraan, that was for sure. Maybe they'd fight back. Maybe they'd try to bargain. Either way, Imraan would wait for Tabitha and--

"You can't have her."

Well.

Alright then.

Imraan breathed in. He kept the shotgun pointed at Ivan's chest, preparing himself for when Ivan finished talking. If Ivan wasn't going to give up Tabitha, then that was his choice. And he'd have to deal with the consequences for that.

For the wages of sin is death.

And then Ivan finished his confession.

"She didn't want to kill Clio!"

Imraan paused.

Clio?

Clio the GODSpeed member.

Clio the killer.

Imraan had heard Ivan's other words, but he couldn't give them any credence. Ivan didn't want anything to do with Imraan? Tough. Imraan didn't want anything to do with Ivan either, but look where they were.

But Clio...

The truth was, Imraan simply hadn't remembered who Tabi had killed. He'd remembered her winning an award, oh he certainly remembered that, but with two hundred classmates dead, the details had gotten fuzzy.

Clio the killer.

Imraan allowed himself a moment of doubt, then pushed it back. No. He'd come this far. No turning back now. He'd have time for contemplations, time for justifications later, and those justifications would be legion, of course. After all, even IF, on the off chance that Ivan and Tabitha had killed Clio solely to stop her from killing more (and it sure didn't sound that way to Imraan), that changed nothing. Because unlike them, Imraan knew that he himself would not deserve to survive after he saw his mission through to the end.

No, they were no different than Clio. None of them were. If it came down to Ivan and Tabi against someone deserving, Imraan had no doubt what would happen then.

They would kill.

And that was why they had to die.

Alright, then.

"Alright then, Ivan," Imraan said. He nodded, backing up half a step so he was just inside the hallway. He lowered the shotgun an inch or so, relaxing his finger on the trigger.

Making it look like he was going to leave.

"Alright..."

Hoping it would take Ivan off his guard.

"Alright!"

Imraan's head snapped up again. His finger curled around the trigger, just as he could see Ivan doing the same and--

"IVAN RUN!"

"Huh?"

Imraan turned, squeezing the trigger. and the shotgun blew apart a lampshade and bulb. Fragments of glass and fabric littered the ground as the base of the lamp flipped in midair and struck Imraan on the arm. He stumbled, more out of surprise and the shotgun's recoil than of the impact, and his feet tangled together. He backpedaled to keep his balance, falling into the hallway just as a bullet from Ivan's gun shattered a section of the doorframe.

He was only off his feet for a few seconds ears ringing from the gunshots, and then he was scrambling upwards, stepping back towards the living room and pumping the shotgun, and hoping that the two of them were still there.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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"Ivaaaaan!"

Imraan's anger had been tapped, and it was gushing like black oil. The only question was the depth of the reserve.

He scrambled to his feet and stepped back into the family room, heedless of whether there might be a gun pointed straight at the doorway or not. If there was, there was. Die now or die later, Imraan would never hold back again.

No gun. No one at all.

Imraan's head snapped towards the closed bedroom door. He could hear noises, and one guess as to who they might belong to.

He took a moment to firm up his grip on the shotgun, then strode around the couch and was at the door. He took another second to confirm the noise. Then he grabbed the doorknob, twisted, banged the door all the way open with his shoulder while he took hold of the shotgun in both hands... and they were running out the back door.

Running from their fate.

"Your fault! You can't run!!"

Imraan crossed the bedroom in a couple heavy strides, and reached the back door, aiming at the two of them as they tried to run. He'd shoot them. He'd shoot them.

But they were too far away.

He lowered the gun and stepped into the yard.

The figures of Ivan and Tabitha were receding into the distance, and even in his current state Imraan knew full that he didn't have a chance to hit them at that distance.

They were going to escape. Escape and kill again. Maybe a killer like Clio. Maybe an innocent like Kaitlin.

Had he failed again?

No.

No. The answer to everything he'd been looking for since he'd gotten here. He hadn't failed. He hadn't failed, he wouldn't fail, because he still had time to do the right thing.

It was the only way to make it up to everyone. It was the only solution.

Imraan ran back into the house. He grabbed his bag, slung it over his shoulder. Refilled his empty water bottles from the tap. The water was a bit murky, but at this stage, Imraan was quite beyond caring about his long-term health. That done, he stepped again into the backyard. He couldn't see them anymore. That was OK. He knew which direction they'd gone.

So long as he didn't back down, he couldn't fail.

(Imraan Al-Hariq continued in Feel a Fear)
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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