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My Human Gets Me Blues; Open
Topic Started: Nov 3 2016, 07:07 PM (500 Views)
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She forced herself to look, even though every single fiber of her being was telling her to avert her eyes.

Lili knew that if she wasn't able to get used to the sight of dead bodies, she wouldn't last very much longer on Spiderland.

[Lili Williams continued from Breadcrumb Trail.]

It helped that she hadn't come across one of her friends. That she had barely known Jasmine King, if at all. Sure, she played in a few ensembles at school, piano and violin, but her playing wasn't anything special. If Lili started to mourn every instrumentalist she had ever known who had died, she knew she'd lose it. Besides, Jasmine was stuck up, angry, and nobody worth crying over. Not like Jane, whose death she had spent a good half hour denying when she heard it over the speaker, or Sandy, who she had expected to last longer.

Lili was glad that certain people were alive, and angry that certain people weren't, but at the risk of jinxing anything, she kept her thoughts to herself. They were bottled up on a nice shelf in the warehouse of her mind, tucked behind boxes of childhood memories and awkward conversations. There, it'd stay hidden. For good. Hopefully. Was the lack of cigarettes what was getting to her? She couldn't tell. The sharp pain she had felt earlier in her forehead disappeared after she had gone to sleep (a dreamless, peaceful rest spent floating in a sea of darkness, thankfully) for the night, giving way to a dull throb in the back of her skull. When she got off the island, Lili decided that she'd quit smoking for good.

Still, if someone offered her a smoke now, she wouldn't think twice about taking them up on it.

After meditating for a good half hour or so, Lili got up off of the table she was sitting on and walked over to the center of the room, spending some more time desensitizing herself to Jasmine's corpse. The blood had stopped flowing long ago, all pooled out in dried splatters around her instead, and rigor mortis set in long before she had walked in the room. It seemed to be working, her staring at it; Jasmine started to look less and less like a dead person and more and more like a dead animal, or insect, crushed like a bug into the ground, trampled underfoot without a second thought. This wasn't entirely right, of course; Jasmine had killed herself, after all. It wasn't like pigs pressed the nail guns to their own heads at the slaughter house, and cicadas never clipped their own wings or flew under the boots of passerby anyway. She didn't live in a world where weasels ran into oncoming traffic with the intention to kill themselves. Only humans killed other humans, and only humans killed themselves.

She realized that Spiderland was a testament to what makes a human truly human, and the thought sent shivers down her spine.

"You're gross," Lili decided, looking straight into Jasmine's cold eyes for one last time, "G-R-O-S-S. Not gonna end up like you, no way, no how, no sirree, I got people on my feet and I got a head full of blood and brains and it's not goin' to waste just yet." Then, she averted her eyes. Despite her disapproval with Jasmine's... decision, she decided that she at least deserved a little respect. Instead, she looked over the poster covered walls for a while before the words started to mesh together and the dull colors started to drip.

If I'm not careful, boredom will kill me before anything else does.

Lili didn't at all feel like leaving the room, so she walked over to the suitcases piled up in a corner of the room and started to sort through them, checking for anything left behind. She decided to start at the top, so she could work her way down.

"Nothing in this one, uwaaa!" She cried, tossing the first aside. It clattered into a chair, bouncing off and laying open on the floor. She wiped the back of her hand across her forehead, looking at a camera in the corner of the room. Smile, Lili, you're on television.

"D'awww, this one's a blank too," Lili mused, whistling, putting the case on the ground and kicking it across the room. Am I taking this too lightly? Nah, it's more fun this way. Keeps my mind going.

She had gotten through five cases in total when she took a break to stare at the glass chandelier hanging above the room and wonder how hard she'd have to throw a suitcase to get it to come crashing down, her hands on her hips.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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The glittering of the chandelier dug at the corners of Lili's vision. Though her glasses had been smudged and scratched before, the past two days had taken their toll on her vision more than anything else she had been through before. She was considering doing away with them entirely when she looked at the chandelier, its reflective surface making the imperfections in the lenses even worse.

Then, the door opened, and her focus was broken.

Darius.

He looked familiar. Was he someone she knew? Lili drew a blank at first, but as her head throbbed, aching for another smoke, she began to remember faintly having been with him at some point before. Her cravings returned, and her head began to hurt even more as her fingers curled into her hand as a fist. Darius was asking if she was...friendly? She hadn't heard his name in either of the announcements, as far as she could tell, so she guessed that she was fine with his presence.

"As friendly as you are," She said, as she took her glasses off her face. The world became clearer all at once, even if the things scattered around the room became blurrier the further away they were. Darius' face looked mushier, the most striking thing about him from this distance being the green in his hair. The posters on the wall stopped making what little sense they had made, but Lili turned her eyes away from them as she put her glasses in her pocket. She could almost smell the smoke on her nostrils, coming from him.

She sniffed at the air, and remembered that the two of them were far from alone.

"Oh, I didn't do this," Lili noted offhandedly, her head turning towards the girl's corpse, "She's been like this since before I got here. Dead. Did you know her?"

Her shoulders were beginning to shiver, and she rubbed her arms, feeling the warmth of her sweater on her skin.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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Lili blinked when Darius raised his hand, then felt relief wash over her when she realized that he was reaching out to her. She returned his high five, the hearty slap-sound of their hands hitting each other resounding through the hall. Everyone else she had met had been acting strange, and not in a good way, even her friends and people she knew. She was glad that, at the very least, there was someone who wasn't going to give in to the world around him like they had. The rules of Spiderland were not binding after all.

"Yeah, me neither," Lili responded, as Darius chuckled. She felt the need to giggle as well, and grinned as she shook her head, her lips sealing the impulse within. In any other case, she'd have thought his lighthearted nature to be unnerving, especially given the circumstances. She knew, though, that as someone who was trying to through suitcases at a chandelier just minutes before for the sake of entertainment, she had very little room to judge him. Maybe we'll get along alright, she thought, I'm taller than him. I'm not taller than many people at all, but I'm taller than him, and that's gotta mean something, I bet.

But would she help him move Jasmine?

"G-R-O-S-S." A word she remembered spelling, allowed, and a word that still represented how she felt about...

Well, y'see...

The prospect of moving a corpse didn't sound nice to her, but it was really starting to stink up the place.

"Nah," She said, walking over to the body, "I'm just gonna watch you drag it out of here." Lili smiled again, lifting Jasmine up by her left arm. Looking back up at him, she hoped that he'd know she was kidding. He seemed like the kind of person that could appreciate some sarcasm, even Lili's own shitty attempts at the ancient craft. "You can get the other side," Lili chirped, "And we can put her outside the door, to scare people away, or somethin'."
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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"A long way, huh?" Lili said, looking down at Jasmine. Her head looked like it was going to come off of its hinges, the cut in her throat opening like a second mouth gasping for air. Her body felt stiff, like it was made out of bean bags stuffed to the brim with their filling. She was downright rigid.

The living half of the two girls thought that Darius was acting somewhat strange. He wasn't telling Lili anything about what plans he had, which gave her some pause. What if he was going to try and tire her out by carrying the body, then finish her off while she was catching her breath? There were quicker ways to kill somebody, but with what she had heard on the announcements, it didn't seem too far out there as far as plots went. Even if that wasn't his goal, what would people think if they saw the two of them carrying a dead girl in broad daylight? What if someone like Asuka or Georgia Lee saw them and jumped to the wrong conclusions?

"Now give me a bar and a penny. If you gimme a rusty dime I will throw it at you."

The boy named Alan hadn't cared at all about what Lili would think when he offered her a trade that would only benefit her. He came up, spouting some crap about a rebel alliance, and then was done. That was the end of his story, to her. If she took that approach to life in Spiderland - carefree, spontaneous, amicable - then maybe she'd get to truly live.

And besides, she still had the light-saber clipped to her waist.

"Maybe you could tell me where we're going, first?"

Lili let go of Jasmine and walked over to where her bag was, throwing her nightstick inside before she zipped it up and slung it across her back. Then, she walked back over and picked up her share of the weight once more.

"Not because I'm gonna desert you if you wanna go to, like, the beach, I'm just curious 'is all."
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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A group? This was getting interesting. Hadn't Alan talked about starting some kind of rebellion? Maybe they were one and the same.

Maybe she'd find some people she knew.

But she'd been to the radio tower before, and the only person she had found there was Lily. Granted, there had been a lot of time in between then and now, but she wondered if it was alright to let him know she'd been in there.

Her mind wandered to the shoes on her feet, and the promise she had made in the morning of mourning the day before.

Further back, she thought of the friend she had left behind, and it settled within her the terror he might have felt when he found that she was gone.

"Sounds swell," Lili said, nodding her head, "I don't mind goin' that far."

"Lead the way."
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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A nice place. Not what Lili remembered of it, but it was going to be okay, right?

Of course it would.

After all, she had just made a friend.

[Lili Williams continued in God in Three Persons.]
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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