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Violence Is Usually The Answer; Bad life advice from Isabel.
Topic Started: Dec 24 2016, 01:45 AM (922 Views)
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((Kimiko Kao continued from Why We Fight))

Kimiko had slowly made her way to the asylum, being careful to stay as hidden as she could. She had hesitated once it had appeared on the horizon, slowly looming over her as she moved closer. It represented a lot of different things, many of them dark and she was certain some were evil. Her fingers had nervously fiddled with her necklace, she didn't like the place. It was the superstitious part of her brain that was telling her to fear it. She knew the building itself held no power, the real power lay in the ideas it represented. That people could be fixed by shipping them off to an island prison and forgetting about them. All the while the doctors got to experiment on them.

The idea of monsters lurking in the dark corners of the asylum itself was also a crazy thought her brain had conjured up out of all the fear and uncertainty that floated around her mind like the wreckage of a ship. Kimiko was sure she was still sane but her increasing paranoia had her worried, she had enough to fret about without conjuring up monsters that didn't exist.

Once she had entered the asylum through its main door Kimiko had been presented with a choice. She could have stayed on the ground floor, gone upstairs or go down. After a brief moment of internal debate, she had decided to descend into the darkness.

She had one singular thought, a concept even enter into her head as soon as she saw what was at the bottom of those dark, unwelcoming stairs.

Diyu

Kimiko had never given the stories about hell much stock. The whole idea of the afterlife was different for Taoist's. But faced with what was at the bottom of the staircase she thought she was close to Diyu. It even reminded her of another name for hell - Mingjie. The asylum itself could have even been hell, or a hell. There was a name for that as well but it eluded Kimiko as she stood in the layer of cold water that coated the floor. It didn't quite soak into her boots but every step brought forth a soft clapping noise, like something was pleased she was there. Still she forced herself deeper into the bowels of the asylum, until eventually the darkness enveloped her.

After what felt like an unending corridor she finally came to a set of double doors. Being careful to minimize the noise as she pushed them open, the first thing Kimiko noticed was the smell. Instinctively she put her hand over her mouth as she gagged, eyes watering. There were bodies in the room, she had no idea how recent they were but her right-hand reached into her pocket and gripped the tantō tight, as much for comfort as any intention to use it.

Taking much more deliberate steps Kimiko moved further into the room closer to the bodies, as soon as she was able to make them out more clearly so too did one thought become much more prominent than all the others.

She had been right.
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Her eyes read over what Lily had written once, and then a second time to ensure she wasn't making a mistake.

Seeing Lily had been a shock for Kimiko, she had been so focused on the corpse that everything else in the room had faded from her vision. A stupid mistake, especially considering how close Isabel was. It was lucky that it had been Lily in the room and not Isabel. If it had been Isabel, Kimiko would have been dead.

Isabel was in the back room. Kimiko hadn't even noticed the doors when she had entered. She ran her gaze over Lily, assessing her potential as a threat. She didn't have anything on her person Kimiko could identify as a weapon. Still Kimiko was unsure of whether or not Lily was trustworthy. There was always the chance the other girl had a weapon hidden just like Kimiko did herself. Kimiko did have a height advantage though and if Lily wanted to harm her she had been presented with an opportunity while Kimiko had been distracted.

The question of why Lily was letting her know Isabel was nearby did play across Kimiko's thoughts. It seemed pretty simple, either Lily was genuinely cautioning her of the fellow killer in the next room or what Kimiko thought was more likely due to the circumstances; Lily hoped they'd end up killing the other or they would each end up dying in the fight.

Slowly nodding her understanding at Lily, Kimiko slowly stepped past her and towards the double doors she had pointed at earlier. Her heartbeat quickened with each step she took towards the doors. The fact she knew exactly what awaited her on the outside did scare her. She wasn't going to lie to herself, but at the same time she felt compelled to go and meet the other girl. Kimiko was familiar with Isabel and what she had been doing on the island. Turning back to Lily, Kimiko signaled for her to wait where she was. She was glad for the darkness because she was sure her eyes would have betrayed the confidence with which she was moving. She didn't want Lily nearby though, in case things went bad, a third body in the way would make things messy. The dull throb in her leg that her been present ever since the attempted robbery the day before returned as if reminding her of the danger she was in. Slowly she slid her pack off and placed it down, if Isabel attacked her straight away, which Kimiko had no reason not to expect she needed to be as mobile as possible. She hoped it didn't come to that.

They were both killers but Kimiko hoped even a little that Isabel was like her, a normal person and not some monster.

As she turned away from Lily, Kimiko took a deep breath and forced her grip on the tantō and nodachi even tighter, her fingers constricting around them like a lifeline in a storm. The next few minutes or seconds would be some of the most dangerous and important of her life.

Her mouth silently forming a prayer she pushed the double doors open as quietly as possible and stepped even deeper into Diyu.
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Something moved in the darkness.

Kimiko had just enough time to realise she had been wrong before diving to the side, landing with a heavy thud on the cold tiled floor. There was a dull throb in her shoulder as she rolled backwards and away from Isabel.

Definitely bruised.

If she hadn't been expecting something she would have been impaled...just like Bradley.

She had Lily to thank for her life.

Isabel could just be made out in the darkness. She was different, more dangerous and violent then anyone Kimiko had met on the island.

Kimiko had been wrong. Isabel was a monster.
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There wasn't enough time to fully avoid Isabel's wild attack so Kimiko rolled to the side and felt the sickle carve a line across the back of her other shoulder.

She inhaled sharply at the pain and felt a wetness immediately start to ooze from the wound.

The shape of Isabel was above her, preparing for another vicious swing.

Before the strike could land, Kimiko lashed out with the hardest kick she had ever thrown, aiming directly for Isabel's knee.
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The nodachi was half out of it's sheath when Isabel dove at her.

Again Kimiko was forced to roll to one side. This time however she successfully avoided the attack. A searing pain still came from her shoulder.

The nodachi made a singing noise as it was finally freed from its sheath. The full length of it's three foot blade unleashed on the world for the first time. Ready to do what it was created to do.

Now or never.

End the monsters life.

The nodachi arced through the air, straight at the form of Isabel.
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Violently and painfully the nodachi was ripped from her grip by Isabel's sickle.

Then with the brute force of a bull Isabel smashed onto her stomach, all of her body weight crushing down on Kimiko keeping her in place and knocking the air out of her lungs.

Frantically Kimiko's right hand dug into her pocket, gripping on the handle of the tantō, her thumb pushed the wooden shirasaya off the blade.

The sickle was raised high into the air. This was it.

Kimiko slashed the tantō through the darkness at Isabel's head and face.

She felt the tantō catch Isabel in the face and heard her cry out.

In that same instant Kimiko's free left arm snaked it's way across Isabel's body and with all the strength she could muster from her position on the ground Kimiko threw Isabel off aiming for the edge of one of the shower cubicles. She saw Isabel collide back and spine first with the stall and those precious few moments were all Kimiko needed.

She scrambled up to her feet, coughing as her body tried to get air back.

Grabbing the nodachi and its sheath off the floor Kimiko raced for the doors.
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She felt the blade slice through her calf and nearly fell over. The pain every step brought tore its way through her body. She felt the blood begin to run out of the cut only to be absorbed her sock, giving it a warm, wet feeling against her skin.

As she reached the doors she heard Isabel screaming after her.

"Get back here!"

Kimiko ignored her and crashed through the doors, slipping down onto her knees and she tried to pick up her pack.

She froze and looked up as she remembered Lily was in the room. When she did however, she found that she was the only one.

Struggling to her feet Kimiko looked around for Lily, making sure she wasn't hiding in a dark corner of the room. She could feel the sharp burning pains from the wounds Isabel inflicted on her and it forced her to make the decision to leave.

As quickly as she could managed, Kimiko jogged across the room to the door she had come through, with a noticeable limp and wince whenever she put pressure on her injured leg. Adrenaline allowing her to ignore the worst of the pain she was feeling.

Lily, must have run away at the sound of the fighting she assumed.

When she got to the door, Kimiko slowly pushed it open and stepped through, the corridor seemed clear.

She finally allowed herself to breathe and rested a hand on the wall. Inhaling and exhaling rapidly as the adrenaline left her system. From the corner of her vision Kimiko saw something, quickly turning her head she could just make out Lily.

Kimiko stared at her, knowing that if the girl decided to attack, there wasn't much left that she could do.
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Lily spared her. Maybe she didn't have a weapon or didn't fancy her chance of overpowering her. Kimiko didn't know either way. After a few moments the spell between them broke and Lily ran. Kimiko breathed out and rested her weight on the wall more.

Her whole body ached from the fight with Isabel. It had been bad, she could feel the two cuts on her body and the bruising was starting to come up on her shoulder and back. What she needed to do was fix tend to her wounds, but she needed to get a safe distance away from Isabel first.

The splashing from Lily's footsteps slowly faded away into the distance and that was when Kimiko finally moved off the wall. It was a struggle to move with any speed especially with the condition her leg was in. Every time she moved her leg she felt the cut squish together and pull apart. It was nauseating.

So she limped as fast as she could through the corridor, her foot kicking up small waves in the layer of murky water.

When she reached the stairs Kimiko allowed herself a small smile.

She had made it out of hell.

((Kimiko Kao continued in Seediq Bale))
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