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Would You Believe? This Isn't Me.; private, day 1 late afternoon
Topic Started: Sep 23 2016, 04:18 AM (715 Views)
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((Lillian 'Lily' Caldwell continued from Rückenfigur.))

Lily was only a couple of rooms away.

She didn’t want to be here. Not so close to Tina. The unfortunate part was that Lily didn’t know where else to go. She thought about the rest of the asylum. Or the rest of the island.

But the girl who’d killed Tina was out there, and all Lily could be certain of was that she’d left the area after killing Tina. She’d ventured out, but every time she got further she started expecting to see the girl around every corner. And every new place was another place potentially filled with other students. Other players. She couldn’t have stumbled on the only one.

And the therapy rooms… they had the two-way glass. Furniture to at least temporarily block the door with. If someone tried to force their way in, Lily could break the glass. It’d likely hurt to climb through, but it left an alternate exit that someone wasn’t likely to enter through. It was honestly the closest she could think of to a safe place, and there was nothing here that’d be likely to draw people too close.

So Lily had slipped back in. She tried to pretend Tina wasn’t in one of these rooms. She’d entered the first one she found, which had been empty of bodies. Made sure she was on the right side, so that she could see through the mirror and whoever entered the other side couldn’t.

Reinforce the room. Block anyone out. Focus on the plan. As long as she thought about survival, and about reinforcing her circumstances, she didn’t have to think about Tina. She could just… pretend she’d never seen her.

It didn’t matter in the long-term, anyway. She repeated that to herself constantly. It didn’t matter. There would only be one student left at the end of all this. It didn’t matter how they died. It wasn’t her fault. It wasn’t.

With those thoughts in mind, Lily grabbed one of the chairs, with an intent to jam it under the door handle. She’d never tried it before, but she’d seen it done in the movies. She knew movies weren’t reliable in terms of reality, but what other lock did she have?

However, upon picking up the chair, she fumbled it slightly as the wood pressed against the bandages wrapping her palm. She managed to barely keep her grasp on it, but two legs of the chair hit the ground with a loud clacking that seemed to echo through the room.
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Almost immediately after the chair made that clacking noise, Lily heard footsteps. She hurriedly put the chair down and backed away from the door. She scrambled back to her bag to grab her mirror shard—for all the good it had done her so far—and raised it. Staring at the door. Waiting.

And it was Alvaro.

Lily lowered the shard an inch, but not completely. Alvaro was… a complicated case. Her friend/kind of ex-boyfriend. Did one date count as properly dating? Did they count as exes if she’d never officially said ‘I’m not into you?’ Just one awkward date, followed by her never bringing the subject up again and hoping it never came up.

There were worse people to run into, she supposed. But…

“Keep where you are.”

Lily considered him for a few moments longer, frowning. Then she sighed.

She was honestly too tired for proper hostility right now.

“...Alright. Come in. But keep your distance. No offence.” She lowered the mirror shard.
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Lily did not sit down or respond to Alvaro’s greeting. Instead, she returned to going to put the chair under the door handle. Only to realise that if she did that, she’d be locked in here with Alvaro. She could still break the mirror and escape, but that would take time. Time that, at this range, would kill her.

Great. She’d ruined her hideout with one decision. Just great. She shoved the chair aside, and it toppled over with a loud clunk.

She couldn’t trust Alvaro. That was just how this worked. Couldn’t trust friends not to turn on them. Couldn’t trust cousins to save them.

There was some emotion tightening her throat. She couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about Tina. Couldn’t cry. Not in front of Alvaro. No, she corrected herself, couldn’t cry in front of competition. Couldn’t seem weak. She had enough working against her there.

So she paced. And she spoke.

“Who have you seen and what were they doing?”
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Lily listened. As she did, her eyes narrowed very slightly.

Alvaro didn’t know what to do and then he freaked out. That sounded like a justification. An excuse. But for what? Buildings? Rooms? Incredibly vague. He’d freaked out in a place that, possibly, he didn’t want to tell her the exact location of for some reason. He must know. Alvaro wasn’t stupid enough to not have looked at his map for this long.

Combined with the Min-Jae context… that part, she thought was true. There were obvious bruises on Alvaro’s face, and he’d thought to say his precise name. So Alvaro freaked out. Found Min-Jae. Min-Jae attacked him, Alvaro hit back.

...And then what?

Lily stopped pacing. She looked at Alvaro as he touched his face, looking for his glasses. She took a few careful steps closer to the door. The room felt chillier all of a sudden, and it hadn’t been exactly warm to start with.

“Where did you say this happened?” Lily asked. Then, quickly—maybe a little too quickly—she added, “In case that’s where you dropped your glasses.”

She knelt down a little and picked up the chair she’d just thrown aside, straightening it. More innocuous than raising that mirror shard again.
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“A jail cell. Well, that narrows it down,” Lily mumbled. Wasn’t like the asylum was made for keeping people inside it or anything.

She fiddled with the chair for a moment longer before putting her unslashed hand on the top of the chair’s back, leaning on it as she stared Alvaro down. Combined with the two-sided mirror, she felt like she was in an interrogation room. All she lacked was a light to shine in his face, unless she wanted to pull out her flashlight for such an inane purpose.

“You hit Min-Jae. Then what? Did he just apologize and leave?” There was a tinge of sarcasm in her voice.

Honestly, the only reason she wasn’t completely freaking out was that Min-Jae wasn’t someone she really knew. Probably a senior. Not likely one she’d ever met, she had a feeling she’d remember the name if she had a face to associate it with.

If Alvaro really had killed Min-Jae… well, on one hand it meant one less person in the way of Lily getting off this island. And after Tina… If Tina didn’t matter enough to save, who did? Not someone that she’d ever met, that she didn’t know. So if Alvaro was a murderer, Lily wasn’t going to get on his moral case about it.

On the other hand, it would mean she was now stuck in this room with a killer. And even if she told Alvaro to leave, and he did… well, he knew where she was. He could come back at any time. That held true even if he was innocent, but was much more dire if he was a murderer.

"Did you kill him?" She hadn't actually meant to say that part outloud. It just... happened.
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“...Mm. This isn’t the sort of situation where it’s easy to think rationally,” Lily said. “Okay. I believe you.”

She wasn’t sure if she really believed him. But she was less outright suspicious that he had now. She supposed, if he had, that he’d be on the announcements the next day anyway.

And then a new paranoia. If Alvaro really hadn’t killed anyone… then he still needed one kill to be assured that, should he be the last survivor, that he would be allowed to leave. Wouldn’t it be the quickest way? To find a friend, play nice, gain trust—why wouldn’t she trust him if he wasn’t a murderer—and take the first watch. Then slit their throat when they were sleeping, before they could fight back?

It was how Lily would do it. At least, if she was being entirely theoretical. The idea of actually doing so made her feel ill. Even the idea of doing so to someone like Caedyn made her feel sick. Just because it made her feel sick, though… didn’t mean no-one else would.

In a way, perhaps one-time killers were not the biggest danger. Then again… she thought of the girl who killed Tina. The grin on her face. She had a gut feeling that she was someone who wouldn’t stop, even if Tina had only been the first. If everyone stopped at one kill, this game would not end the way they wanted it to.

“Is he the only person you met? It’s late in the day.”

Regardless of what variety of untrustworthy Alvaro would eventually be, if he wasn’t already, he had information. Anything he’d experienced that Lily hadn’t was information.

Lily needed information. All she had was a pile of thoughts, each one making her more afraid. Thoughts that she’d rather ignore, and she could do so as long as she kept thinking strategically. Treating this like the game it was, even if it had high stakes.

Just like the occasions that she and Alvaro had played chess. She hoped she wouldn’t be as bad at this game as she had been at chess.

She looked at Alvaro for a moment, this time the frown absent from her face, as she thought of their chess games. It would be nice to go back to that. Even just for a moment.

But too dangerous.
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She vaguely knew Audrey from some classes. She didn’t know Danny except by terrible reputation. But she could temporarily put them on the ‘less likely to kill her on sight’ list, if Alvaro was telling the truth.

Lily really wished Alvaro would finish his stories instead of trailing off at weird times, though. Lily was pretty sure they were not currently in the bell tower, so ending his story with ‘he went towards there’ made no sense. She waited for him to continue, her fingers drumming against the back of the chair, and instead he just started smiling for some reason.

Honestly, she found that a little creepy given the circumstances.

“And the bell tower?” Lily prompted him when Alvaro didn’t continue on his own. Her voice was noticeably impatient. “Was it a trap, or was someone actually bringing people to them for some other purpose?”

She glanced down to check her bag was in an easily reachable place. Leaving without her supplies would be a death sentence.
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That was about all she was going to get out of Alvaro, then. But why’d he have to push that last part on her? Like she was responsible for giving him a direction or sense of purpose? She didn’t mind being asked questions back at school. There, it was fine. She knew what she was doing there, and when she didn’t it meant little more than ‘sorry, ask someone else.’

But asking for help on your schoolwork and asking for help deciding on a course of action during a death game… completely different.

“Do what you want,” Lily said. Her voice was irritated and cold.

Why’d Alvaro have to be all like this? All… nervous and smiley at weird points. Like this was back at school. Those days were past. Why did he have to bring them up just by being present?

“I’ll be leaving,” Lily said. She tried to keep her voice level, but it shook slightly. The idea of going out there again was terrifying. But so was the idea of staying. “No offence to you, but I want to find somewhere asleep where the possibility of someone slitting my throat is minimal. So I’d rather you didn’t follow.”

She needed a new hiding place now. She tried to stay focused on that thought. New hiding place. Think of survival. Think of nothing else, not Alvaro or Tina or anyone.
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Alvaro left. Lily waited until his footsteps headed into another room nearby. The moment she heard that, she picked up her things and left. Trying to be quiet, just in case he heard her and decided to follow.

Lily didn’t need to be around if he found Tina. Didn’t need those questions. ‘Was it you, Lily? Did you see it happen?’ She didn’t need accusations. Or worse, pity. She didn’t need that. She could have just stopped Tina from dying. She’s not the one who’d need pity, who’d need comfort.

She’d be fine.

She was fine.

If she thought it enough times, maybe it would be true.

Find somewhere to hide. That was the important thing. Somewhere where Alvaro would never find her. And then… and then…

And then figure out how she was going to live through the evening. Then the next day. Then the next…

Then, maybe, eventually she wouldn’t have to worry about the next day. And then, only then… maybe she could grieve like she was meant to. But not now. Not on this island.

She reached the end of the ward, and after checking that Alvaro wasn't behind her, she shoved open the door and ran for it.

((Lillian ‘Lily’ Caldwell continued in Pitstop.))
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