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World's End Girlfriend; tagging Frogue, but also open!
Topic Started: Aug 14 2016, 01:06 PM (792 Views)
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It would take approximately 14 billion years to reach the edge of the universe.

If you could see that far, you'd be looking back in time, thanks to the nature of how light travels. You'd see the beginning of the universe, stars being born, galaxies forming. If you were fanciful, you might see distant planets where a civilization not too unlike our own would one day develop.

You could look back in time, and think about how it all culminated in a little blue and green planet floating about 92 million miles from a medium-sized yellow star, and the remarkable beings that would arise from its oceans over millions of years and call it their home.

And then you could think about how all those billions of years lead up to some sick fucks executing a bunch of children for their amusement.

((G017 Raina Rose Start))

Raina woke up and she was drowning.

No, that wasn't quite right. But she woke up and she was in water and she didn't know where she was and oh god she couldn't swim-

When her body came alive a split second after her brain did, she shrieked. She flailed her limbs and tried to sit up but slipped down and she was in a tub, she was in a torture chamber oh God oh God-

Another moment of panicked, undignified thrashing, and she managed to knock against the edge of the tub enough to tip it just slightly. It didn't fall over, but the sudden shifting of gravity sensation of almost-falling stilled her almost immediately.

Raina stayed frozen, half-curled up and shuddering. Gradually, it worked out in her head that she certainly wasn't drowning, the water in the tub wasn't deep enough for that, and she could probably just climb out.

Her limbs were stiff and cold though, from hours unconscious in chilly, murky water, and of course she was soaking wet. She gripped the edge of the tub, but she had no strength to pull herself over it.

It was a slow, painful process to work up into a sitting position and ease out of the tub - torso over first, then one leg, then fall to the floor with a wet smack and lay there shivering and trying not to sob. That was what she concentrated on, to keep herself from thinking of anything else. She'd always considered her active mind such an advantage, too.

There might have been someone here, a minute ago; dimly, in the back of Raina's mind, she thought she recalled footsteps. No way to say if they were dream or memory. No way to say if one was better or worse.

There was a bag nearby, with her name and a number on it. Raina kicked at it halfheartedly, or would have if her legs were working properly. The floor was cold and wet, and she was cold and wet, and she was trembling violently now and rapidly losing the battle not to cry.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Oh, hey. People.

Yay.

There was movement nearby, at least, and Raina struggled to maneuver herself into a kneeling position. As previously mentioned, she was cold, and wet, and aching all over due to being cold and wet for who knew how long. Her teeth were chattering, and last she recalled it was the middle of May in Arizona, so...

Not that they were in Arizona anymore. God only knew where Raina and her classmates had been dumped to die.

Another violent shudder ran through her as she thought that.

When she finally got around to actually looking up to see who was in the room with her, she started, or would have if she wasn't already shaking.

"J-Johnny?" Her voice came out a croak, but it was kind of a happy croak. That was Johnny on the other side of the room for sure, and she didn't think she'd ever been so happy to see his goofy cracked-out squirrel face in her whole life. ...Had she ever been happy to see his face? It wasn't the kind of face that normally inspired happiness, regardless of how you actually felt about Johnny himself.

Oh well.

"John-n-ny, h-hey." Raina wrapped her arms around herself, trying to rub some heat back into them. "Wh-wha-"

She was interrupted by the door to their room opening, and then quickly slamming shut again. Raina got just a glimpse of whoever it was that had opened the door - some girl, small, blonde - but there wasn't enough time to really process who it might be. The sudden movement had sent a jolt of shock through her, tinged with fear.

There was... it sounded like crying from the other side of the door now, though. Deranged psycho killers didn't run away from people and cry.

Raina sniffled a little herself. "Who was th-that?" Not useful dialogue, no, but rhetorical questions were better than just crying herself.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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"Hell yeah we will," Raina muttered when Johnny said they'd fuck up whoever was on the other side of the door if they were hostile. What exactly they had at their disposal to do that, she didn't know. Johnny's hug had made her feel a tiny bit better, and maybe she'd surreptitiously used his shirt as a bit of a towel, so she was slightly less wet and cold and all-around miserable as she had been a minute ago. It was enough to get her to her feet.

The door creaked back open just enough for Raina to get another glimpse of the girl on the other side. It was Alice, she thought, or maybe Bryony. One of those two, they always hung out together and were more or less interchangeable, if how often Raina got them mixed up was any indication.

Alice and/or Bryony was also trying to kick Raina and Johnny out of the water room so she could hide in it. Honestly? Kind of a dick move.

It would have been more of a dick move if Raina didn't seriously want to get out of this hellhole, though, so she could probably let it slide. "You want in here? It's not exactly what I'd call prime real estate." She went back to rubbing her arms for warmth as she waited for either Alice or Bryony to reply.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Raina gave a jerky half-shrug in response to Alice's - she was pretty sure it was Alice - question. "Outside, first of all. This place is a shit hole and it's soaking wet everywhere and I'm cold." Dangerously close to whining, but if there was ever a time in her life when she deserved to whine, it was now. Belatedly, she remembered that she didn't have any fresh clothes to exchange for her wet ones. A real cherry on top, that was.

Johnny had to go and have one of his moral moments, like he did every so often, and Raina had more or less made herself accomplice to that by encouraging him, so they might as well try to bring Alice along. What did she really think she was going to do, just sit in here all day and all night and nobody would ever find her? The moment someone with ill intent came along, she'd be trapped.

"Look around," Raina said, jerking her head to indicate the room. "Johnny's right. Nowhere to go in here except that door. It's..." Not the kind of place you want to die in, were the words that refused to be said.

Raina had rarely thought about dying, not in any concrete sense. She was sixteen, for heaven's sake, she had a future! She was going places! She had never been in danger and never been in the kind of mental state where death seemed an attractive option. Why should she think about dying when there was so much living to do?

And yet here was Alice, the same age as her and probably in the same boat, and she was trying to just shut herself away until someone came along and snuffed her out.

Dammit, Johnny, sucking Raina into his moral compunctions. Wasn't it supposed to be the other way around?

"It's not a great place. If you don't want to stick with us for long, we can probably find somewhere else that at least isn't wet and probably moldy, yeah?"
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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Well shit. Was that a challenge, Alice?

Logically, Raina knew that Alice wasn't doubting her so much as the terrible, impossible circumstances they'd been thrown into. Nothing rankled her more than having her intelligence and capability questioned, though, and she almost unconsciously drew herself up taller in response.

"There's always something to do," she said. Not that impressive a boast, but hell. If David Bowman could outsmart a psychotic computer in the deep space, she could outsmart a bunch of assholes in a control tower, or wherever said assholes who had dumped them here were located. "I don't know what, yet. But we'll think of something." She doubted that either Johnny or Alice would get the reference, given how few people her age had even seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, much less read the novel, but those were the most important words in the book: But he would think of something.

"You should hold onto that," Raina indicated the bunting string Alice had been given. "You never know what it might come in handy for. No wasting resources." Right, they had resources. A whole island full of resources, and potential allies, and plenty of time to come up with a plan. It was early yet.

Suddenly filled with purpose, Raina uncrossed her arms and went to pick up the bag that had been left by the tub she'd woken up in. It was damp, thanks to the water puddling on the floor, and she almost cringed as she thought of what might be inside, but she picked it up and shouldered it.

"Stick with us as long as you like. We'll find somewhere safe - and dry - to plan things out, and you can stay there or not. But let's get the hell out of here, I hate this place."

She also gave Johnny a Look™ and eyed the offered cigarettes with distate. "You know I don't smoke, Johnny, and I'm not going to start now. We're not down and out just yet." She decided not to address his joke about the lung cancer, or their diminished chances of contracting such. That sort of thing was counterproductive. Raina Rose wasn't going to die here, and if she had her way, Johnny and everybody else was going to live a long, full life, with enough time for her to bitch about his poor hygiene and smoking habits forever more.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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If Raina was physically capable of rolling her eyes any harder at Johnny, she'd be able to fund her own experiments involving centrifugal force. He had a point, though, and Alice seemed to be coming around, so that was that.

"Good, warm fuzzies all around. Now let's beat it." She gave Alice a nod of thanks as the other girl held the door open for her and stepped into the (also-flooded) hallway. "Looks like we're going up; come on."

She led the way to the stairs at the end of the dark, flooded hall, doing her best to ignore the various noises and snatches of possible conversations she heard from behind the other closed doors.

((Raina Rose continued in Needles and Pins))
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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