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World's End Girlfriend; tagging Frogue, but also open!
Topic Started: Aug 14 2016, 01:06 PM (793 Views)
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((Alice Baker continued from Dirge for the Doomed))

Alice thought a lot as she quietly made her way to her intended hiding place.

She'd have to kill, should she be the last person standing. With her current strategy, she'd either want to escape, which of course assumed that rescue came, or, again, live until the end. She'd need to be prepared to kill; mentally, she'd need to develop the nerve to murder another living person whose name and face she might well know and see them bleeding on the ground-

No.

She couldn't do it. The very thought of being that kind of person made tears come back to her eyes. She couldn't hurt someone. She felt guilty when she smashed a bug, for goodness' sake! All she could do was pray that somehow, some way, she'd go home. Maybe they wouldn't send her back if she asked nicely? Hah.

The asylum was creepy. It looked like something out of a scary movie, which Alice didn't appreciate given the circumstances. According to the map, the basement was where the creepiest-sounding places were. So logically, people would avoid them. Plus, they were secluded. Who'd find her there? It made sense.

The dusty halls and stairs added to Alice's anxiety. She wasn't being paranoid, really; there could actually be someone murderous here. If anyone else had come to different conclusions than her, decided they could kill, then...People always died in these things. From Day 1 there were always killers. Not just accidents either, but cold-blooded murder.

Alice thought that 'water treatment' sounded like the safest place, compared to the lobotomy and electroshock rooms, so she went there. As she pushed open the door, though, she discovered two important facts. One, water treatment was not referring to the treatment of water, but treatment WITH water, for the patients. Not so innocuous.

Also, the room was occupied, by tow people; Johnny McKay and Raina Rose. Now, she was not very familiar with these two. Raina in particular didn't look too threatening with her blue hair, and Johnny had a reputation of being...less than refined, but Alice wasn't going to bet on either quality as being indicative of their benevolence. So as soon as she saw the two, warped images of the pair's faces wearing expressions of sadistic glee as they moved in for the kill, flashed into Alice's mind.

With a gasp of surprise, the door slammed shut and Alice found herself sliding to the ground before she sat, back against said door, panting in fear. Soon, the panting devolved into sobbing.
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Alice ceased whimpering as she heard muffled speech on the other side of the door. It sounded like one of them, probably Johnny by the voice, was reassuring her, telling her that he wasn't going to hurt her. He sounded like he was unsure of himself, but whether it was from the weakness of the threat or the weakness of a lie told in vain, Alice didn't know.

She had some time. The door was shut, and seemed solid enough. If they had firearms, it'd be challenging to hit her through it. Alice weighed her options. She'd just spent a whole bunch of time contemplating the inevitable. She wanted to avoid death, and people here would bring death. So naturally she encountered people right away.

Still...she did want to believe they weren't murderous, at least not yet. The situation was only just beginning, so many would be in denial. The killing would be soon, but not yet. The real horror was coming, but it wasn't here just this moment.

So for now, if not necessarily forming allies, she could at least interact a little. At best, they'd leave her alone. At worst...she'd try not to think of that. Still, since she had the external ground, she was a bit safer if she eased the door open.

She did so. "I'm opening the door a bit. I was going to hide in here so, uhm, if you guys were going that'd be good. I'm not, uh, not a threat." Alice said, trying and failing to use a non-terrified tone. She cracked the door open and peered inside, making sure they weren't aiming weapons at her.
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To be entirely honest, Alice hadn't anticipated being invited along.

She looked at the two. Johnny and Raina...they were friends or something, weren't they? Alice didn't keep track of al the social connections at school, but she wondered what it was like, to wake up next to someone you cared about. She was flung back to the chapel, thinking about finding her friends, wanting to see them, hug them, spend time with them.

Watch them die.

It was nightmarish. Bryony wasn't cut out for this. Hell, nobody was, except ironically the people who most deserved to be here. Alice couldn't off-hand name someone from her school who deserved this, though. It was cruel.

And now these two were bring up that same choice, to come along, find her friends, and..."And do what?" Alice said. The door swung fully open. She stood there, still tiny and meek-looking, almost certainly, but Alice tried to hold herself up a bit stronger now.

"I...I appreciate your offer. But if we just walk around this place, eventually we'll run into killers. One person has to kill every day, that guy said. People are going to do it, I'm sure. And I don't want it to be me that dies." Alice took a breath. "If there's a rescue, if someone comes here, that's the best shot at going home. And I just want to go home." Her voice broke there, and she started whimpering.

"So...so I don't want to go anywhere where there'll be a lot of people, because that's where the ones who are desperate will go. Sorry, I appreciate the offer but...Where would we go?"
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Alice winced at Johnny's harsh comments. Did he think she hadn't considered that? It wasn't like dying alone was appealing to her, but if she was going to die here, did it really matter where or how? Eventually she'd have to leave, according to the so-called rules; the Danger Zone thing would force her out.

As for the rest..."I'm sure Raina is brilliant, I really am. But can she figure out how to get us out of here when, as we speak, these people are watching and listening?" Alice said, softly, glancing up at a glint of shiny glass near the room's corner.

Her gaze moved to the ground, and she continued, "I just don't think I'd be able to do anything to help even if there were some kind of plan. I'm not that smart or anything..." Alice gave a wry grin. She knew her limits; she didn't know much about engineering, wiring, explosives, technology, geography or anything that might help. She could play music and draw with a tablet and write crappy fanfiction; that was about it.

Still, the temptation to not be alone was strong. Surely she could find a compromise. "I guess if, you really want me to come with you, I could tag along. But only until we find a place where people aren't likely to look for us. To hide out, you know. Then I'm staying, with or without you guys."

She held up the coil of bunting. "This is what I got assigned, so...I doubt it's much help. I don't even know why I kept it, really." Alice shrugged.
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While Johnny's metaphor was...colorful, it did convey the point. The room was cold, damp and musty, and the tubs of water did not look appealing, or sanitary. Perhaps moving on would be better than staying here.

These two seemed confident, Alice wondered how much of it was bravado. Surely they couldn't be this sure that they'd beat this organization? The group had been doing this for almost a decade, and the last incident had gone off with no rescues or survivors beyond the 'winner'. If they were going to live, Alice doubted it'd be the acts of teenagers that would save them.

Still, no point further arguing. Johnny seemed enthusiastic about Raina's potential, and though Alice didn't know the other girl very well, she seemed to be reasonably intelligent. She'd not run into anyone else thus far, so perhaps people might not be as violent as she'd expected, at least not right away. The 24-hour deadline would change that, most likely. Though Alice was pretty sure they'd never acted on it before, if nobody ended up dying they'd probably kill at least some people, even if they didn't blow up the entire class.

Besides, what was the worst that could happen? If they wanted to kill her, she'd already be dead.

"Alright..." Alice quirked an attempt at a smile, without much success. "If you guys really want my company, I'll come along." She stepped out of the room and held the door open for Raina and Johnny.
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Alice gave a weak smile at Johnny as he passed. She turned around to look into the damp, foul room. While she was glad that she wasn't spending the last of her days in there, she still worried. There was the very real chance people were already dying, or would be soon.

She didn't want to die. It was such a naïve, obvious concept, but applied so aggressively to this situation. She was scared. But fear accomplished nothing. She had to be brave. Wasn't that what people said? Courage is bravery in spite of fear? So she had to be smart, resourceful, and brave.

Also sneaky. But for now, she'd stick to this group. Likely a larger group would be a more risky target. So sticking with people early on, when the killers haven't got as much resolve, seemed a safe bet. She could always slip away if things went poorly, if they got into danger.

Alice closed the door behind her, and started making her way back up the hallway with the other two.

((Alice Baker continued in Needles and Pins))
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