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Let's Awaken, By the Day; Open
Topic Started: Nov 2 2016, 06:20 PM (1,305 Views)
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Sabrina was dead.

((Lillian ‘Lily’ Caldwell continued from This World Belongs To The Mad.))

Lily climbed slowly down the rocks leading to the shoreline, trying to recall where she’d buried her belongings. She’d stopped to change the bandages on her hand, and to write down what she’d gotten from the announcements. And now those announcements were echoing through her mind, as she clutched the notepad in her good hand.

There were other deaths that rang one bell or another. Particularly Mitch, who apparently didn’t last much longer after she saw him on the bridge. It almost made her wish she’d stuck near him, if only so she could have taken his gun. Cold thought. Repulsive. But true.

Killers stood out, of course they did. She’d been friendly with Oskar. His family ran one of her favourite bookstores. He wasn’t the sort of person she’d expected this from, but expectations didn’t count for much in this game. And repeat murderers. Isabel, again. Not a surprise, not with the look she’d had on her face...

But Sabrina. Sabrina had given her enough pause that she’d almost forgotten to write down the next few names. Sabrina and Nancy.

At least this time Lily couldn’t blame herself for it. She hadn’t seen a glimpse of Nancy, hadn’t hid like a coward. Was that why it didn’t quite sting as much? Or maybe she was getting used to it. Or maybe it was simply because she hadn’t been close to Sabrina like she had to Tina.

She tried not to think about it. About any of it. But all she could think about was Sabrina. Sabrina and Tina. Would she wake up the next morning to find that Lizzie or Emma had been killed? Or would Lily be the next Luz on the announcements? And was it better if Emma or Lizzie turned up on the announcements, so that Lily wouldn't have to face them after Tina? She wasn't sure if she could do that.

Where had she put those supplies? Why couldn’t she remember? Why did her mind have to obsess over the announcements when that’s what she should be thinking about right now?

As Lily walked along the shoreline, looking for the marker she’d left, she saw figures in the distance. She paused, squinting and trying to decide whether she should approach. Her legs continued to move, and eventually the people started to come into focus.

No-one she was friendly with, but she knew all three of them by sight. It was hard not to recognise Noah or Rene, even if they weren’t in her year. They had very loud personalities, and they tended to draw attention. And Blair… she had something to do with Caedyn, although Lily couldn’t recall whether it had been positive or negative. None of them had been on the announcements and they seemed to be talking together.

Lily had to get information from somewhere. Had to know if Isabel or Nancy had been by here. Even if she still had to decide what that meant. Because whenever she thought of them, she thought of Tina and Sabrina. If they were gone, she could stop thinking about that. Particularly in Isabel’s case, she could… she could stop remembering how Tina had looked, lying on the ground like that. Stop thinking about what ifs.

She raised her hands, notepad still in her good hand and the bandaged hand empty, trying to show that she wasn’t holding a weapon. The mirror shard was in her bag.

As if she could be a threat. Just a speck of dirt, wasn’t she? A speck of dirt was beyond notice. Meant they had no reason to hurt her. No-one would, unless—until—she killed someone. And if she asked about Nancy, about Isabel, no-one who knew what they’d done would say she was in the wrong.
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“Of course I’m up for that. Even if I wanted to pick a fight… three on one? When one of you has...” Lily paused, eying the… thing… that Noah was carrying. “...whatever that is? I’d have to be a moron to think I stood a chance.”

Lily approached slowly. She lowered her hands as she got closer, once she was sure that they’d seen she wasn’t holding anything. She still made sure to keep the hands well away from her bag, in case someone thought she was going for a gun that didn’t exist. Once she got close enough, she slid her schoolbag off her shoulder and placed it on the sand. Careful to leave it within grabbing distance of herself (and only herself). The notepad was still in her hand.

Lily glanced between each person. There was an odd, tight feeling in her chest as she looked at them. Envy, perhaps? Now that she saw a group that didn’t have a batshit murderer at its head—and seeing as it was early, probably a group that had lasted through the night, perhaps even from the first day—she was struck by a realization of how good they had it. They’d probably slept better. They had that giant saw thing, plus likely other weapons. They had numbers. Anyone who wanted to take the three of them down would have a fight on their hands.

Lily could have had this. And instead she picked isolation. And when she blinked, she saw Tina with her throat slashed open. Or a fabricated but still vivid image of Sabrina with a hatchet in her face.

But that wasn’t what she was here for.

“I just… I just wanted to ask questions. Who you’ve seen. What they were doing. Anything useful. And I’ll share anything I know that you might not.” Lily raised and waved the notepad slightly before lowering it again. “Fair trade, and you won’t lose anything.”
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Rene rambled. So did Noah. Neither of them said much that sounded useful. Lily didn’t know what half of Rene said even met. Richard Nixon facsimile? What did that even mean? The gist seemed to be that they saw some people not doing anything, met other people, lost someone… nothing that helped.

Lily had been about to ask for clarification—although half of that she didn’t even know what questions to ask.

Gunshots.

Nancy.

Murderer.

Run. Fight. Run. Can’t do anything to Nancy. She has a gun. Lily had a shard of mirror. Four against one. One of them can deal with her. She killed Sabrina. But Isabel killed Tina, and Lily didn’t do anything then. Run. Fight. Kill. Hide. Run. Hide. Steal. Kill.

Too many ideas, and already Blair was charging at Nancy. Wait, what, she didn’t even have a—

Instinct kicked in. Lily lunged and made a grab for Blair to try and pull her back. Trying to stop her from doing the stupidest thing possible. Noah wouldn’t be able to shoot through Blair if she got in a way, if he had the sense to shoot at all.

Lily sincerely hoped he had the guts, whether Blair got in the way or not. It was what Nancy deserved. And Blair was already heading for the Darwin Awards if she was going to act like this.
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Bullets. A little plume of sand inches from one of Lily’s feet. For the first time in her life, Lily was thankful for the fact that she was so small. Blair was already running off after being yanked down like that. She seemed uninjured.

Lily couldn’t be sure if one of the bullets would have hit Blair if she’d kept charging. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to know. If not, Lily had possibly risked her life for nothing. If she had, she’d given Blair something that she’d refused to give Tina.

Nancy vanished behind some rocks. Still there. Still armed. Lily’s eyes flickered up. If she went around… got on top of the rocks somehow, jumped down… maybe… if she took Nancy by surprise.

No, what was she thinking? There was too much that could go wrong here.

Nancy had a gun. Lily couldn’t beat a gun. No matter how much she wanted to see Nancy lying in a puddle of her own blood, the same way she’d undoubtedly left Sabrina.

Lily glanced at Noah and Rene before fleeing. Noah holding the saw thing and Rene rifling in her bag. Another gun? Maybe.

Lily left them with three words.

“Learn to shoot!”

And she was off, heading in a slightly different direction than Blair had gone. Bullets had only started flying once she appeared around those three, after all

((Lillian ‘Lily’ Caldwell continued in TFW you will never find out what's in the basement.))
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