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Megalomania; Late Night Day 3/Early Morning Day 4, Private (Sorry!)
Topic Started: Jan 17 2017, 01:28 AM (332 Views)
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((Lillian ‘Lily’ Caldwell continued from Violence Is Usually The Answer.))

Lily waited.

Waited.

Waited some more.

She waited so long to make a move that she was sure the sun would come up before she summoned the courage. But, eventually, she did push open the door. The moment she heard that creak—because of course the doors in an abandoned madhouse would creak—Lily hid again. To see if Isabel would get up.

Isabel did not get up. Isabel did not move.

So, eventually (and surely the sun must have been coming upy now) Lily ventured into the dormitory room. Isabel was lying on one of the beds, blades near her feet.

Lily had the mirror shard in her hand. The army helmet still strapped to her head, like it would protect her if Isabel slashed open her throat. She felt exposed. But it was too late now. She was committed. She had to do this, and seeing the grey scarf wrapped around Isabel’s neck gave her resolve.

The best way was to do it fast. Go in before Isabel could stir. Shard to the throat. Then hide for the rest of the game.

So Lily lunged, mirror shard being brought down to stab just above where Tina’s scarf started.

The mirror shard stopped mid-air. Not because Isabel had moved, but because Lily froze. Because Lily, even after all this, did not have the guts to bring it down.

A split second later, Lily realised that Isabel was not asleep.
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Lily was trapped. She should have been faster. She should have been smarter. She should have saved Tina so she wouldn’t be alone.

But Isabel’s insanity was reaching some new height. She was talking about how murder was difficult, even though… how many people had she killed now? Four? Two on the first day, one on the second, there was the boy on the helipad… maybe others.

But Lily was pitable. Just pitable enough to spare. It made no sense. What did she want?

Lily could feel cold metal on her neck, and knew that Isabel could—and would gladly—cut her throat open, just like Tina. And there wasn’t anything Lily could do about it.

She tried to say ‘yes, I will hear you out.’ Even though there was some part of her that wanted to keep what dignity she had left and say ‘no, nothing you say is worth listening to.’ But if she said that, she’d die. If she said that, Tina’s death was for nothing. And Lily had to cling to that to justify it to herself. Tina would want her to stay alive, wouldn’t she? She wasn’t… she wasn’t being selfish if she tried to stay that way, even if…

The fear was so great that she felt like she was going to explode. Like the sheer terror of it all would just burst out of her and leave her a tattered, bloody husk. But even so, Lily could not form the words. They stuck in her throat. She just hoped that Isabel took that silence as attentiveness and not rebellion, because she just couldn’t say the words.
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Oh. That’s what she wanted.

At first it was confusing. All this ‘oh, but we’re social animals’ and ‘we were meant to be friends’ did not mix with the sort of person who would not only kill, but straight out torture her victims. Killing because she had to? Tina would never have attacked her. Isabel had all the choices in the world not to kill.

But…

Certainly it’s showing you that I’m not just some monster, right?

It all made sense after that. Isabel just wanted someone there to make her look like less of a monster. Maybe for the others, so they might not kill her on sight. Maybe to the cameras, so if she got back home she could pretend she did it all in the name of survival. Or maybe she just wanted to lie to herself.

Lily didn’t care about the reason. What was important was that now she got it. And she knew it wasn’t a plan to lull Lily into a false sense of security, because… well, what would be the point? Lily had lost already.

Lily felt sick to her stomach. Isabel killed Tina. She was the worst kind of human trash. If she qualified as human at all. And if she thought not killing someone and lugging Lily around like some sort of pet to make herself feel better… like the leader of a criminal enterprise throwing a few dollars at charity every now and again in some futile attempt to balance the scales… if she really thought that would make her less monstrous, then Isabel was a fool as well as insane.

But Isabel had supplies. She had weaponry. Anyone who attacked would go for Isabel first, because Lily was just a speck. And eventually she’d let her guard down for real.

“Fine,” Lily said.

She felt like she could feel Tina's ghost glaring at her accusingly.
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Isabel asked her name. Lily gave it. She was suddenly very thankful that she was the only one of her cousins without the Luz name. If she’d had it, maybe Isabel would have realised that Lily wouldn’t let go of Tina’s murder so easily. Isabel probably didn’t even know that’s why Lily was here.

Isabel kept trying to be nice.

I’m not going to hurt you now.

But she would eventually.

Have supplies. Have the bed.

Lily didn’t want the bed. Lily wanted Tina back.

She didn’t dare speak, because she was afraid she’d start screaming. She was afraid she’d grab the scarf from Isabel’s neck and try to throttle her with it. She wanted to puke, she wanted to cry, she wanted to see Isabel in bloody tatters.

But instead, Lily silently took the bed. Went along with it. She stared at the fragments of mirror—her only weapon, now ruined, then turned over in the bed and put her back to Isabel. Stupid, normally. But she couldn’t look at her.



Time passed.

Lily wanted Tina back. She missed her. It’d been days. Why was it only really hitting her now, how irreversible her mistake was?

She curled up tighter. She tried to stay silent. But the tears leaked out of her eyes and her breaths came out short and sharp. Lily only stopped crying when she finally nodded off. The dusty bed was too comfortable to fight.

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She woke up. Considering Isabel’s presence, it was something of a surprise.

Lily ate her own food for breakfast. But she’d have to accept supplies from Isabel after this. The rest of her own supplies were still buried on the beach. She chewed quietly, and stared at the grey scarf around Isabel’s neck, and hated her every moment that passed. Her eyes felt like they’d been dried out like bits of beef jerky.

Once she was done eating, Lily retrieved her notepad from her bag. She waited.

The announcements rolled only minutes after she started waiting. Like every other day, Lily wrote down the dead. The killers. Any details she could think of.

It was getting easier to brush off the deaths. Maybe because neither Emma or Liz were on the announcements. First day that no Luz had died. She wrote down names. She felt no surprise that Alessio had suddenly hit a murder spree. Eating lunch together felt so long ago. She wasn’t surprised that Alvaro had murdered again, only silently writing a 2 next to his name and noting that he had a gun now. And she barely recalled any memories of Oskar as she crossed his name off the list of murderers. At this stage, what did it matter? All but one of them were dead on their feet.

Lily wrote down the details and didn’t look at Isabel.
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Isabel had heard her crying. That was just what Lily needed. Isabel to hear her being… that.

“Stress. Sure,” Lily said flatly, putting the notepad away.

Isabel talked a lot. About how thoughts about the afterlife being one big bar and grill ‘kept her sane.’ Lily resisted the urge to scoff outloud. And honestly, the idea of the entire afterlife being a party sounded like a nightmare.

She called Lily partner.

Lily felt like accusing, ghostly eyes were on her again. She didn’t shake Isabel’s hand.

Once Isabel was outside, Lily glanced to check she wasn’t watching, then crouched down to examine her broken mirror shard. But there was no getting a sizeable enough chunk from it to try again. Lily turned her hand, still bandaged even if it stung less, before straightening up and leaving the room.

Hopefully she wouldn’t have to play this stupid partnership game for long. Just until Isabel slipped up. Until Lily had a weapon in her hands.

Until then… “partners.”

((Lily Caldwell continued in Flowers Hurt.))
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