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Demons Dance Alone; Open
Topic Started: Jan 7 2017, 12:09 AM (785 Views)
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[Lili Williams continued from One Million Troops.]

How long had she spent in that library? How much time had she squandered, thrown to the wind, running from someone who wasn't even there in the direction of someone who she knew didn't care? Time slipped away into the infinite dark as Lili darted from building to building, looking for any trace of Darius that she could find. Occasionally, she would smell the scent of death around the corner, or hear a gunshot somewhere in the distance, and she'd turn right back the way she came. Whatever was actually happening, it felt as if she was being hunted, and that feeling alone was enough to send Lili into a frenzy of panic.

A panic strong enough to drown out the rain, which soaked her to the bone, making every breath taste like sea spray.

At one point, she found what seemed like a nice, quiet place to sit. Lili breathed out and sat cross legged in the corner of the room, clutching her knees tightly. She tried to float her mind into some other, calmer world, some place she'd rather be than here.

But she couldn't.

Later in the night, when the sun started to light up the sky from its place beyond the horizon, she began to sing to herself again, though it came out as more of a breathless whisper than anything. Every song lyric she found only worsened her anxiety, as she found herself completely unable to sit still.

When the speakers crackled to life once more, Lili's sense of time crumbled completely. She couldn't wrap her mind around the fact that she had been awake for 24 hours, 24 hours that saw her go back and forth across the bridge, carry a corpse, throw suitcases at a light fixture, desert her friend, and run for her life. Crumbling against the wall of a pale sun-stained building, Lili looked around at the surrounding complex. Shapes in the distance were reduced to blurry splotches of paint on an impressionist canvas, a dissonant beauty in any other circumstance but this one. A circumstance that meant that Lili actually had to use her eyes.

The rain had let up, but Lili's clothes were still drenched. She took her sweatshirt off and laid it out in the sun to dry.

Yesterday. The Danger Zone.

Lili's eyes turned upward and towards what looked like the row of buildings encircled by a fence that had been their planned body dumping ground the day before. Could Darius have moved over there? It was safe to go over to now, so Lili figured that she had no reason not to go and check it out. She picked her sweatshirt off of the grass after a few minutes, and made her way over. She had no desire to go to the radio tower again if she didn't need to - she hadn't remembered hearing Lily's name, but that didn't mean it hadn't been in there somewhere.

She remembered her hesitance outside of the warehouse two days before (thought it felt an eternity ago) and walked over, peering in through the open doors. Lili took a few hurried steps inside, eyes bouncing from wall to wall.

"Darius?" she projected, "You in there?"
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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Lili turned around as fast as she could, almost hurting her neck in the process. There he was, in all his lack of glory, standing around with a smile on his face. He looked relatively dry.

"Where the fuck have you been?" Lili asked, pointing her finger right up at Darius' face, "And where's your 'crew' anyway? Don't tell me that I just wasted one of the last days of my life carting around a corpse so you could tell me there wasn't any point to it in the first place." She felt angrier than she knew she had any right to be. They had both left Natalie behind. They had both left all their gear behind. By this time, the hunting girl would've probably taken everything worth taking. Everything worth taking, including, probably, Natalie's life.

She was confused why she cared about Natalie all of a sudden. She hadn't felt any pangs of guilt when it came to leaving her.

Do you have a cigarette?

"If I had a cigarette, I wouldn't be half as pissed off as I am right now," she half-muttered, crossing her arms over her chest, "I...ugh."

Lili sighed.

"I spent the whole night, out in the rain, looking for you."

She raised a fist over her head and hit herself a few times.

"Stupid," She said, "Dumb, yes, I know. I haven't done much of anything worth doing these past few days. My last few days."

Did Darius want to hear any of what she had to say? Did Lili care if he did? If someone like, say, Asuka was around, she'd listen and listen, and then they'd hug it out like they did when things were normal, and everything would be alright, and they'd put on one of Lili's favorite Frank Zappa albums and Lili could go on and on and play along with her flute to each song while they laughed and felt everything was going to be alright-

"Do you want to go back to the library?" Lili blurted out, "I think we should go back to the library, right? We should. Definitely." She grabbed Darius by the wrist, her hand shaking. Her vision had gone from blurry to spotted with black. Her face was pale, and her back was crooked. Lili was on the verge of collapsing.

"Let's go," Lili said, pulling halfheartedly on his hand, "We have to...need to..."
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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Lili's eyes flicked to the side. Another body, sitting out in the open, just like that. That meant that collars didn't explode on dead bodies in danger zones. Was that what Darius had been trying to find out? Even more questions arose in Lili's head, and she backed up against the wall, letting go of his hand. What was the next part of his plan?

Well, at least that wasn't the body of someone Lili knew. She'd been fortunate enough to have gone without hearing any names that struck a chord with her.

"Well, we left Natalie behind, with that crazy girl," Lili mentioned, "Oh, and all our stuff. Yeah, that's probably also important, or something. And if I was that crazy girl, and I found three free bags of stuff, well, I don't think I'd just leave them there."

Deactivate the collar? How? She got the feeling that it wasn't a good idea.

Besides, just because it was disabled to the danger zone didn't mean it was all the way off. What if they re-armed it, and one of them tripped the wire - or even worse, just got close enough - and the whole thing went up in flames? If she had the drive, she'd tell Darius all of what she just reasoned in her head.

There was no reason to.

He probably knew something she didn't, anyway. Instead, Lili turned her eyes downward, keeping her arms crossed all the while.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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"Forget about the cigarettes!" Lili shouted, waving her hands dramatically, "I need 'em, you need 'em, but it doesn't look like we're gonna get any, and, and that's just fine! What I'm worried about is, oh, I don't know, all the food we left behind? The water that we need to drink, y'know, to live? My other weapon? My glas-"

Lili froze up. She still wasn't wearing her glasses. During the middle of the night, while it was raining, she hadn't put them on because she knew that they'd get water droplets all over them, making it even harder than normal to see. She searched her pockets. Nothing. "Oh, fucking fan-TAS-tic!" she grumbled, "I think I lost my glasses, too. Whatever. I see better without them anyway."

She slumped down to the floor, sitting with her back against the wall. Her shoes - Su's shoes - were waterlogged. Ruined, if Lili was wearing them for any practical reason. They had also shrunk even further, the water squishing in on her feet, and Lili could feel her toes pressing out the front of the shoes.

"If we see," Lili mumbled, staring at the ground, "that girl again, I have quite a few words to say, and maybe things other than that, but mostly words."

She closed her eyes, and tried to be mindful of the world around her.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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There was someone else here now.

Darius had been saying things, words lost in the halo of static around Lili's thoughts, but the sudden change in his tone from somewhat condescending to frighteningly angry cut right through and reached her brain. She turned and peered towards the door just as Darius started swearing, and was surprised to see not just one person, but two. Johnny was a friendly guy most of the time, but the girl he had with him seemed to elicit such a strong response from Darius that Lili felt she was justified in raising her guard as she stood up from behind the wall.

There wasn't any need to piss anyone else off today. Lili waved at the two, trying to force a smile.

"Hey," she said, putting her hand on her light saber just in case things went awry. She didn't really have anything else to offer when it came to defusing the situation. All she needed to be was ready to bolt if things went south. Fuck Darius and his plans for whatever-the-hell-it-was-he-wanted-to-do, those could wait until Lili secured their stuff.

Unless Johnny and blue-hair decided they wanted to block the door. Then, they'd have issues. Issues that a toy sword probably wouldn't solve.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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"Pew"

Like a bullet through her brain came the realization that hanging around Darius wasn't all too smart of an idea. Talking to corpses, shouting at people, and pointing finger guns everywhere were not signs of stable mental conditions, last time Lili checked. Sure, Lili had some weird dreams and thoughts over the past few days, but it didn't go any farther than throwing briefcases at light fixtures. Darius looked like he was on the verge of actually losing his mind.

She felt like maybe she should say something to him to snap him out of his funk. Something poetic and weird but funny enough to get him in a good mood. Maybe then he'd stop swearing at everything, right?

But then her thoughts turned inward. She had wasted a night in the rain looking for Darius, spent 24 hours with him, even left her friends to go to the asylum and eventually run into him (a bit of a stretch on that front as far as blame went but still), so why grace him with her presence any longer in his final days?

Is that what this was really about? Was Darius unworthy of being around her?

...

No, not entirely. She was just feeling pretty annoyed with him at the moment.

"You can cut that out now," Lili said, walking out toward the door. She turned and looked at Darius, putting on a sad looking face that she hoped might do...something to change him.

No point. He's lame, and dumb, and deaf and blind. I didn't even know him before yesterday, so why'd I get so attached?

Lili looked at Hatsune, as Darius had called her. She wasn't being mean at all; in fact, if Darius wasn't there, Lili probably would've struck up a conversation with her. Hell, there wasn't even a point to letting Darius stop her from doing anything anymore. He probably didn't even have a group or anything, seeing as they hadn't found one associate of his in the past day.

He was a big phony. A phony that made her remember someone who was anything but.

"Don't popular people, plastic people, don't they just annoy you too?"

They'd both been faking, this past day. Now, it was time to face the music.

"I know where there's some stuff," Lili said, turning to Hatsune, "We can share it. Should be enough goods to go around."
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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"The library," Lili breathed, watching Darius storm off, "My own stuff, Darius' bag, and one other girl's things should be in the library if nobody's taken them or moved them. Just some more general supplies, but that's always welcome, right?"

Darius' departure didn't shake her in the slightest. Some lower part of her was glad that he was gone, while another voice called for her to attempt to mend the situation. This second voice she drowned out quickly. Lili had never been the type to play the role of peacekeeper, and now wasn't going to be the time that she started. Besides, she was openly planning to go and take his things. It'd be a big crutch in the coming days as Lili attempted to figure out what it was she intended to do with herself in Spiderland.

The name she came up with sounded like an amusement park. Something cheesy and Halloween themed. She'd never been on a roller coaster before, but she imagined that the alleged 'thrill' was really just an upset stomach.

"Your name isn't really Hatsune, I'm guessing," she said, turning and watching as Johnny came closer. Her blue hair looked a bit like Asuka's, the more she thought about it. If there was one person she wanted to meet with, it was Asuka. A good friend would be great comfort, especially this late into their stay. If it weren't for her body disposal detour, Lili would've probably died of boredom without a good talking partner. This whole time, she'd been in search of someone she knew, even if she had abandoned one such person. That calling she felt had led her to Darius. Looking back, holding back on that impulse, that need to move forward for the sake of having somewhere to move, would've saved her a lot of trouble.

Silently, she prayed that Darius would find safety, and pushed him out of her mind.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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[Exiting thread/inactivity dodge]

"Raina," Lili repeated, "For what it's worth, I really like your name." This wasn't the time for forced sentimentality, but she knew there was nothing else she could say in the moment that wasn't complete drivel. There were so many thoughts rushing through her mind, the rush that came with suddenly not rushing. She wasn't too sure if she could handle being around people at the moment. Anxiousness began to creep in, filling her mind like the waters of a flash flood. It felt like all of her worries were going to spill out of her ears. A familiar feeling.

She'd been here before.

"No plan," Lili admitted, "Nothing really besides 'get my things back,' I guess. I think I'm going to go over there now, actually. If you wanna come with, that's cool, but I think I might need some time to myself for a moment."

Lili felt like there were hands inside of herself, pushing on the limits of her skin to try and break through and grasp the open air.

She blinked, and stammered out "Well it was nice to meet you, I've got to run, seeya," before she started to jog out of the room. As she crossed the threshold of the door, she took a look back at Raina and Johnny. She hoped they'd end up okay.

Lili smiled at them, and continued on her way.

[Lili Williams continued in Death Is The Only Freedom...]
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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