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In For a Penny, In For a Pound
Topic Started: Jun 17 2011, 03:06 AM (1,878 Views)
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((Ericka Bradley continued from Tempting Fate))


Okay...
Okay...
Okay...
So, ...
Okay... So, the rescuers weren't going to be able to make another pickup.... That wasn't so bad, except for the whole "probably gonna die" thing. Heck, I probably wouldn't have been allowed on the second pickup either. The claim that the escapees were killed was probably bullshit too, but the terrorists are clearly regaining their ability to run this thing so it was back to business as usual, Danya was probably busy leading the counterattack or something. Actually, that brings up a good point, if the rescuers have lost their control over the collars, faced with any further rescue attempts or a potential loss of those controls then they'll probably blow the collars... that... that's not good. I can't risk that happening.


Ericka wandered, deep in thought and occasionally yawning, toward the nearest building she could actually manage to locate. She was still sleepy, and after being awoken from that nap she needed to make sure she found a hiding place before her next one.

She approached the building to the north of the fair, the hall of mirrors according to the map. Something told Ericka that it wasn't the best place for a nap; Maybe it was the smell of death, or maybe it was all the broken glass, or it could have been the fact that it looked like it would fall over in the face of a strong breeze. Whatever it was, Ericka decided that it would be best to give this building a wide berth... and possibly a eulogy, either way she wasn't about to consider going inside.

She circled the building again to make sure she assessed it correctly. Glancing away from the building at a particularly opportune time, she fell back in shock. She had almost walked directly into a hole in the ground. Grabbing her flashlight and positioning herself in order to distribute her weight, Ericka crawled forward to peer into the cavern. It appeared to be part of the tunnel system, and oddly familiar. If it was part of the tunnel complex, then falling down there would be a death sentence, and if it wasn't then falling down there would be inescapable except through death. She crawled back from the edge and put her flashlight away.
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Ericka's displeasure was readily visible. Every time she stopped to do something someone sneaked up on her. She wondered if she was really as unperceptive as she seemed. Of course, that wouldn't matter if everyone who crept up behind her always announced themselves, but she couldn't count on that trend holding up forever.

Ericka rose to her feet, wearing an obviously fake smile. "I have no idea what it is," She lied, "...Do you want to take a look?" Ericka then stepped aside to allow the girl to pass if she wanted to.

Ericka suddenly felt afraid... Going by her previous encounters this would be about the point that someone else showed up. She turned around and eyed the landscape. She saw no one, but she refused to accept that.

"Is there someone there!?" she yelled "Show yourself!"
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Someone came out of the woods and sat by the hole. Ericka couldn't tell if this new girl heard her yelling or if the timing was coincidence, but she didn't seem to react.

Ericka walked up behind the newcomer and, without a sound, examined her. She seemed to be applying First Aid to herself... In front of a pit that she could easily fall down, and even if she survived her head would blow up because the tunnels are a danger zone.
On the other hand, Ericka wasn't absolutely certain that those were the tunnels down there, there was an easy way to find out, though. Just a little nudge and this bloodsport would be one step closer to ending...
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This kill didn't feel the same as the others, something was off...

The other girl started panicking as Ericka rose to her feet.

"Why did I do it?" Ericka responded, her voice was deceptively calm but it wasn't difficult to read her look of unease. "Because I don't want to-... " She stopped and tried to collect her thoughts, but it wasn't proving easy. "It doesn't matter, by now you've probably figured out that I'm 'playing' and that reduces our options."

Ericka drew her gun from it's holster and pointed it at the other girl.

"Goodbye."
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The other girl went on and on about how Ericka must think she's special or whatever. Ericka had heard similar arguments among the few scenes of past games she'd actually watched, the argument was desperate and one-sided. Ericka didn't think she was special, she just turned the argument around. The fact that everyone on the island was equal isn't a reason to stop playing, it's a motivator, in fact the set up requires it.

Ericka pulled the trigger and her opponent fell back. More dumb luck? Ericka moved around the hole to pick up her bag and was surprised when the girl got up and ran past her. Ericka was to much of an amateur to hit a moving target without time to aim, heck, she was lucky to hit some of her stationary targets.

Ericka still needed to find somewhere where she'd remain undisturbed for a long enough time to get some sleep.

((Ericka Bradley continued in Don't Let The Bedbugs Bite))
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