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The Strange Case of Nadia; (Open)
Topic Started: Aug 13 2016, 05:07 PM (1,068 Views)
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The foot went down against the chair, decaying wood failing to stand up against flesh and bone as the two now separated pieces fell to the floor.

The foot went down again.

And again.

And again.

And again.

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Jasmine King stood over the pile of splintered wood which used to be a chair within one of the therapy rooms. She kicked the pile, and the pile scattered as the majority of it flew through the air. She looked around. She needed something. Another thing. There was a desk. Another chair. Good enough. She moved around the desk slowly, feet barely touching the floor, and when she reached it, it began again. The foot went down again and again and again and again until it was nothing but a pile of pulp, and as Jasmine saw this breathed in and out, teeth clenched and hands shaking and fists clenched.

Because it was all so bullshit. It was. She didn’t know why and she couldn’t form the thoughts into words but it was. It was just so, so, utterly and absolutely and completely bullshit. She was here, alone and scared with a metal prison around her neck with the fact she was going to die within the next few days while everyone else was out there, comfortable in their couches and beds just watching. Her brother was one of those people, and in all likelihood he was jumping for fucking joy since the person whose life he made hell was finally gone. No. No. Fuck him, fuck the people watching, and fuck the people running this for putting her into this absolutely bullshit situation.

So, as she stood over the pile of pulp or wood or whatever the fuck the thing was called, she moved her leg behind her, moved it back forward…

...And let out a small yelp as she hit something harder.

Pain went up through her foot. Nothing major, but the irritation and the anger was rising higher and higher. She looked at the thing she hit. A bag. G030 - King, Jasmine on the top. It didn’t cross her mind that the bag was hers. All she knew was that it was another object in her way and that she was more angry than ever before, so she picked it up.

A scream sounded through the rooms and corridor as the bag went through the mirror, revealing the chamber that lied behind.
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The mirror broke, and Jasmine watched as her reflection quickly disappeared, the image being replaced by the room behind it.

Wait.

Okay, wait. She needed to think about this. She could still feel that her fists were clenched and that her hands were shaking, but she needed to think about this. She was here, she was on Survival of the Fittest and according to what the man at the presentation said, if she wanted to get off of this island everyone else here had to die. Could she do that? The answer to that question she knew was no. It was an absolute, and it wasn’t a matter that she couldn’t do it, the thing was that she wouldn’t. There were too many people that she liked and the mere thought of having to end their lives made Jasmine quiver. She knew that there were other people out there. Rea. Maria. Fucking Hazel. She wasn’t sure she could do it to them, either. She’d be a monster if she did. To herself and to everyone watching.

But then the next question appeared within her mind.

Did she want to live?

The answer was a yes. Yes. Absolutely yes. She had her life, she had her family, she had her future to uphold, and if you gave her the option to get out of here right now she would take it, no matter what the cost was. The answer was yes. Jasmine knew that.

She didn’t want to kill anyone, but she wanted to live. And yet both of those contradicted one another, according to the man. That was an issue which she wasn’t really sure what to think about it, which annoyed her. Wait, nevermind, she figured it was okay. Considering the situation she doubted anyone would blame her for not knowing what to do. She looked around. She could still feel the pangs of anger in her brain and arms. She saw the bag she threw in front of her. Slowly, she moved through the broken mirror and took steps towards the bag, grinning as she opened it.

It turned out that her earlier statement wasn’t quite as a contradiction as she thought it would.

First aid kit. Food. Water. Compass. Map. Yes, yes, yes. She had everything that she needed to survive, at least for a couple days. She didn’t need to kill. All she needed to do was to not die and there was a chance that she could get back home. Yes. She sifted through her bag, and eventually found her weapon, as well. Knuckles, they seemed. She would have preferred a blade or a gun, but she likely wouldn’t have stomached the will to use them, anyway. This was good enough for her. Easily.

She didn’t hear anything from the other rooms as she sifted through her bag.
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She heard noises coming from behind her.

She needed to move.

She stood up, picking up her bag as her feet crunched the broken glass below her. That was right, she broke the mirror. She cringed, slightly. That was her fault. As much as she wanted to deflect the blame and give excuses for herself she really couldn’t. She got angry at the situation, couldn’t control it, made a mistake, and now she had to pay the consequences for it. Maybe. It was pretty clearly people who were out there as the noises she heard sounded more like voices than anything else, but she didn’t know who these people were. That, she figured, could be either a good thing or a bad thing. It mostly depended on who these people were. She imagined that she would be properly able to judge that if she got to see them. She knew these people. She had been collecting information off of them for years. She smiled, slightly. Maybe some of that could be useful now.

She moved herself away from the broken mirror and a little bit more into the darkness of the room. Now they couldn’t see her from the source of her noise, which was good. She imagined that that would at the very least give her a little bit more time before they came.

It felt weird, thinking like this. She felt that it was necessary, though. She needed to survive this. She wasn’t going to let any emotions or irrelevant thoughts stop her from that. She was going to get out of here, plain and simple, and she was going to remove all of those flaws that she allowed herself to keep.

She looked around for a bit, trying to find something in the darkness. The light from the room she was previously in was behind her, and she was moving forward, stumbling as she tried. Ugh.She wished she had a flashlight, or something. That’d make this easier for her. Eventually, she found an outline. Light in a rectangular shape. A door, most likely. She moved foward, feeling for the handle, and once her fingers wrapped themselves around the cold metal, she moved her wrists, opening it.

There was a door exactly in front of her, with the noises from earlier coming from it.

She froze.
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She heard the voices again.

And slowly, she unfroze. Breathed. She still wasn’t able to tell what the people inside were staying, but they didn’t seem to be approaching her. That was good. It meant she had a little bit of time. To think, of course. About whether or not she should stay still or move. Off of the top of her head, that seemed like a very easy choice to her. Move. Staying still in between the doorways made her a sitting duck and she couldn’t really think of any benefits that would make up for that. She nodded to herself. She had to move. Now the question for her was where to move to. Into the door with the people inside, or out of the area while nobody knew she was here?

Both choices were valid, but both were regarding who the people were inside the room. She wasn’t very sure about who they were, their voices weren’t ones that she could recognise. If she went inside, it could be possible for her to join in on their conversation and integrate with them. However, she didn’t know who they were, and it was entirely possible for her to become their victim if they weren’t good people. So, the next option was to leave this place while she still hadn’t been noticed. It meant that she could possibly avoid the risk of these people, but it meant that she could be at the mercy of whoever the other people were out there.

She shook her head. This was another easy choice. She set a reminder to kick herself later for thinking that both were equal options as she opened the door.

It was dark, just like the room she was just in. How did people use this if it was so dark all the time. Wait, no. That’s not a question to ask right now. Maybe when she was safe and secure she could but when she was possibly in fear for her life she wasn’t going to waste it asking stupid questions like that. Ugh. She just needed to move forward in here for a bit. The voices had stopped, for some reason, but she hadn’t heard anything else in this room. Hopefully this was a good idea. She knew that she could run if it wasn’t but it would be far better for her if this ended up being good.

The creaking of the door and the noise of her footsteps were totally foreign to her.
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A voice called out to her.

Fuck.

She froze again. Okay, she needed to think about this. There was someone in front of her; Jasmine couldn’t quite tell who it was just by their voice but she knew that it was a girl. That wasn’t exactly helpful, but maybe it was good for her to know that. She couldn’t use that fact now, but maybe it could be used at some point later in this encounter. Right now she just needed to think about what to say. Nothing that’d make the girl suspicious of Jasmine and ideally something that would make the girl an ally. Safety in numbers, after all, and considering that Jasmine ideally didn’t want to die on this island having that safety was the best thing she could possibly get.

She figured that a quick introduction would be probably the best move for her. It wouldn’t be anything too major for her to do, and it’d help to diffuse the tension. She resisted the urge to nod. Yes, that would work. Providing that the person she was talking to was still acting like a normal human being, of course. She expected that to be the case.

“It’s me,” she said. “Jasmine. I don’t want trouble either.”
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...The girl didn’t know who she was?

Well, okay then. Whatever. That was far from what mattered right now. Maybe if this whole situation blew over and they got to go home she could take the time to reevaluate her image but focusing on what was happening now was what mattered the most, Jasmine felt. And, considering what was happening now, she definitely needed to focus. The girl didn’t seem to quite believe her. Nothing through what she said directly, but… it was something. She didn’t know. She wanted to get details all in her mind about why she could tell but nothing was coming up. The girl hadn’t told Jasmine her name yet. There. That was going to be her reason, to at least compromise for her brain suddenly not working correctly.

Then another voice called out to her.

She almost froze again.

At least this voice was more recognisable. It was an accent. German or European if she had to guess. She knew that one of the upperclassmen had an accent but he wasn’t someone she really interacted with that much. Maxim, his name was. Gamer. Loner. Not really interesting to her. She remembered a story about how he got kicked out of one of Ben’s parties, but she couldn’t remember why. He didn’t have anything else to offer so the one thing he had wasn’t very much something that tended to weigh on Jasmine’s mind.

She wished she was at home right now. Then she could just look him up on her computer and find out why he got kicked out. Of course, she obviously didn’t want to be here for several other more major reasons but small things like that she knew would get to her at some point. As much as she knew she didn’t want that.

Anyway, though, Maxim had asked her a question. There was a loud noise earlier, apparently. Did she hear it? Was she the one who caused it?

...Oh god, she was, wasn’t she. Of course her freakout would end up having consequences for her. She was on the verge of freezing about five seconds after she was previously on the verge of freezing. She needed to say something, reply. Acknowledge it but lie about doing it.

Um…

“I did. I heard it. That’s the reason I came here.”
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Jasmine had to resist the urge to grimace.

The other girl didn’t seem to be believing her. Jasmine didn’t know why. Her lie was good enough in content, she thought she pulled it off pretty well (oh, how much her acting skills were going to help now that she was here), so why didn’t she seem to be believing it? Was she an idiot, or something? Wait, no, that might actually be the answer. Not that the girl was an idiot but more that there might be something wrong with her. Fear, she would guess. Paranoia. Something that would inhibit her thoughts and make rational thinking less of a commodity. That made sense. As to why the girl didn’t quite seem to believe her, at least. Maybe it was best if she rectified that.

“I didn’t see anyone when I came in here. I walked into the corridor and I entered this door.”

Maxim seemed to have a lot more sense to him, at the very least. She wasn’t sure as to whether he quite believed her or not but his tone seemed to be a lot more relaxed. He had asked her a question about what weapon she had been given. That was an easy one to answer. The knuckles. It didn’t seem too harmful for her to reveal the truth in this scenario and lying to them felt unnecessary so maybe telling the truth her would be the best option. For now, at least. There was the possibility that she might need to make a bluff later.

“They gave me these… knuckle things,” she said, replying to Maxim. “They’re in my bag. I don’t have them.”

Hopefully this would go to rectify their paranoia.
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The other girl tried to move past her. The surprise pushed the relief that she seemed to believe her out of her mind.

Because really, the other girl had to be an idiot, right? No, really. Who would do that? Well, the other girl, apparently, since she was trying to get past Jasmine. But no, that was a dumb thing to do. Who would go off on their own and go gallivanting off on adventures in a situation such as this? Nobody. Well at least, nobody who didn’t have a deathwish, and the person with a deathwish seemed to be the other girl. They had a group here, the other two seemed to believe her, and Jasmine wasn’t going to let that go by her. Maybe it was best to convince her that doing it as a group was the best idea.

She almost smiled. She was good at this. All those years spending time collecting gossip would finally pay off for something.

“Wait, wouldn’t it be best if we stick together? There’s safety in numbers, after all.”
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Okay, that was official confirmation right there. The other girl was an idiot.

Seriously, how was that an actual response to what Jasmine had just said? “Hey there’s something out there which might be a threat, I’d rather go out there rather than stay here where it’s safe.” And she still didn’t believe Jasmine, which was just totally bullshit. What did Jasmine do to warrant her suspicion? Nothing, that was what. The other girl was being an idiot, and it was taking almost all of Jasmine’s willpower not to say something about it. God, she was honestly kinda happy that she couldn’t tell whose voice it was, because she could sure as hell tell that it wasn’t anyone from her group, which was good. Anyone in her group who tried to pull this shit would be ejected immediately, she could tell you that much.

But now she needed to think of something to say. Something that would convince her to stay around. The obvious fact that came up in her mind was that she had to be nice about it, which was something that was becoming harder and harder to do every word that she had to hear from this person, but she disgressed. Anyway, she needed words. In her head and out of her mouth. They weren’t coming though, because as much as that annoyed her even more all she could think of was how much this girl was annoying her right now. Would she even be worth it? She didn't mention having a weapon, she didn’t seem to be very smart, so why did Jasmine want to keep her around?

Fuck it.

“Fine, I’ll let you pass,” she said, moving to the side, slightly. She was clenching her fists. The other girl had angered her and her own inability to think up of just a couple words angered her even more.

She needed to release her claws.

“But when the troublemaker out there sees you and decides to make you his target don’t come crying back to me.”
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The girl spoke back as she left. Whatever, Jasmine didn’t give a shit. It wasn’t like they’d likely recognise each other after this.

She looked around. It was still dark. Not as much as before, though. Her pupils had likely dilated, as she could see a little bit more clearly. She could see Maxim’s silhouette. Oh yeah, he was here too. Way to be a presence in the conversation, just standing there while both she and the other girl were arguing. It was weird. Slightly creepy. No wonder he got kicked out of Ben’s party all those years back. Didn’t really matter though. She was not in the mood for trying to talk or really just be around people right now. The other girl was an idiot and that was the only thing she could really think about.

Still, though, something in her said that she should at least try with Maxim. She wanted to be alone, but she didn’t want to give up her chances of winning just for that.

She turned around, in the direction where she came from.

“If you want to follow me feel free to do so. I don’t really care.”

And with that, she walked to the door and exited the room.

((Jasmine King, continued in The Cuckoo's Calling))
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