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Sunset Boulevard; Private; sorry!
Topic Started: Oct 25 2016, 12:23 PM (557 Views)
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((Vanessa Stone continued from We’re Here Because We’re Here))

Productive mornings did not always make for productive days, it turned out.

Vanessa had spent the better part of her time looking for her friend, but to no avail. She’d been moving around the island relatively fast, but inevitably had to slow down to rest or catch a bite to eat, or occasionally just to freeze up a little bit when the sounds of danger hit. It had been eerily quiet, otherwise, but that was probably due to the lack of company that Jae had accustomed her to. Hopefully he was doing alright with his buds.

She hadn’t expected to find Trav and Cass still up on the roof, and that wasn’t why she’d come back up here, but it wouldn’t have hurt. She’d have liked to have apologised for freaking out on them yesterday, if she got the chance, but it would’ve been pretty weird for them to have stayed in this one place for a whole twenty-four hours.

Mostly she’d just come up here because she thought it might get her a better look, and because it was familiar.

It was pretty cool, having the whole roof to herself to watch the sun going down over the horizon. It painted the sea that stretched out from Asylum Island a killer orange, the sort of thing you’d see on postcards but a hundred times better. Cams would really dig it; Vanessa would have to bring her up here when they finally found each other.

She let out a long sigh, lying into the sloping roof as she tucked her arms behind her head and stared up at the sky.

“Christ, Cams, way to make this hard.”
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The roof had a nice view and all, but it didn’t make for either the most comfortable or safest place to spend the night. Vanessa roused herself from her state and stretched out, ready to head out again and see if she didn’t have more luck searching in the twilight. Maybe Cams would’ve bunkered down somewhere to sleep, which would mean she wasn’t a moving target.

Up on her feet, she turned around and headed- JESUS HOW LONG HAD HE BEEN THERE?

Vanessa almost fell off the roof to an untimely demise when she saw Alessia standing near the doorway, staring right at her. She was able to catch herself, fortunately, but the startled look stayed on her face.

“Christ dude, fucking say something next time!”

Vanessa didn’t really recognise Alessio off the top of her head, that awkward locker conversation a distant, trivial memory at this point, and that did nothing to relax her. After all, what kind of fucking creep stood there watching you sprawled out, trying to sneak up on you and all that shit?

Oh, right. That whole terrorist mass murder thing.

She grabbed her impromptu club of a chair leg that had been poking out of her bag, standing her uneven ground as she gave Alessio a cautionary look, like a rattlesnake asking you to kindly not screw around with it. She wasn’t going to let him try anything if that had been his plan, but it would be fan-fuckin’-tastic if that wasn’t the case.
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Vanessa relaxed just a little when Alessio raised his arms. Ok, so he wasn’t about to try anything funny, that was peachy. She still wished he’d spoken up sooner rather than sending her heart beating a mile a minute with his silent watching, but whatever.

She also wished he’d hurry up and spit out whatever he’d come up to say, folding her arms to display her impatience. Ok sure, this wasn’t the most casual setting and yeah people were freaked out, but get to the fucking point out already. She wasn’t really in the mood to start entertaining someone who’d been spying on her for fuck knew how long and then couldn't put together a few words.

When he brought up Peyote Coyote, a light flicked on in her brain as she finally remembered who Alessio was.

He wasn’t really someone she’d given any second thought to, since he was just some random, if cooky, fan from in front of her locker, but here she was face to face with him on an asylum rooftop. Kind of an awkward position, not helped by his awkward choice of conversation.

“Two of them are safe at home, I haven’t found Cams yet.” She replied in as direct a manner she could; Alessio was an expert at making entrances that put Vanessa on edge.

“Have you seen her?”
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She let out a quiet groan. Of course Alessio hadn’t seen her, that’d be far too easy. He didn’t have to apologise for it, though, and perhaps she’d been a bit too blunt. It wasn’t exactly an easy situation for anyone she’d met, after all, and it didn't take a genius to see that Alessio was not exactly Mr. Charismatic.

She was about to tell him not to sweat it when he interrupted her, whipping out his Rubik’s Cube as if the colourful puzzle would mean just about anything to her. Her apologetic expression quickly devolved into a confused one. “Uuuh...ok?” was all she could think to say. She didn’t remember him that well, but she was pretty sure there were nothing like this involved when they had last met.

She was starting to feel just a little bit exasperated, she realised. It had been a long enough day trekking across the island whilst dealing with the frustration of both not being able to find her good pal and the grim reminders that people were out for blood, and the hints of exhaustion had started to creep in when she’d settled down to rest. Now she was having to entertain Alessio, who’s train of thought was pretty much a big question mark to her? Ugh.

“Well, I still need to go find Cams, sooo….” she trailed whilst starting to approach the roof’s doorway, Alessio still standing between her and it. She had every plan to just shimmy past and be on her merry way; sorry for not being friendlier, dude, but time’s a wasting and you’re kind of really freaking awkward.
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Ok, Vanessa had gone from confused to borderline freaked out. Like, if he was just scared and didn't know what to do and just wanted to be around someone, she could get that. She wasn’t about to stick around, but she could get that. But this sudden confession out of thin fuckin' air?

“Dude, seriously.” Now it was her turn to be tongue tied. She had to pause for just a moment to gather her own thoughts, though not her composure.

“I don’t freaking know your name, man, ok? I don’t know you, you don’t know me; we just go to school together.”

She wanted to keep going, but she wasn’t inexperienced with breaking it off with people, and was aware that it did require just a little bit of carefulness. Usually though she was breaking up with people she had actually, you know, dated, so she was stretching to find the words here.

“I mean, it’s great that you’re a fan of PC and all and I’m flattered, and it was nice of you to offer me your Rubik’s cube, I guess?”

Yup. Stretching.

“But seriously, this is so not the time or the place. Like, I’m sure you’re a great guy and all, but maybe some other time when we’re not trying to not die?”

Ok? Were they cool? Cause at this point, there was nothing more appealing to Vanessa than a speedy exit from awkward city.
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Phew. It was indeed ok and they were in fact cool. Hunky dory. They could move on with their lives, however short they might be.

At least, that would be great if Vanessa had actually believed Alessio, whose pain was plastered on his face about as subtly as a flashing neon heartbreak sign. It wasn’t an unfamiliar face, and often it was followed by some new rumours springing up around her about school. That was always just freaking great, but at least she didn’t have to worry about that out here, she supposed.

“Hey, did you hear about Vanessa dumping that guy? Man, what a fuckin’ tease! Oh sorry, I was supposed to be shooting you in the face, wasn’t I?”

Yeah, not what people were going to care about right now.

She could’ve stayed a little longer and tried to make Alessio feel a bit better, but it had been hard enough to find the right words to let him down gently; how was she supposed to pick him back up again? More importantly, it wasn’t exactly her responsibility. She felt bad that it had turned out awkward like this, really, but it wasn’t as if she’d led on the guy who’s name she still didn’t actually know.

She could’ve asked for that, she supposed, but it was easier to instead make her exit whilst averting eye contact as much as possible. The sooner this was behind her, the better.

((Vanessa Stone continued in Shock Me))
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