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If We Could Have Tomorrow in Technicolor; Open, Day 5
Topic Started: Feb 3 2017, 10:02 PM (806 Views)
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((Noah Whitley continued from Act II, Scene I))

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Noah sniffled, but not because he was sick. He lay on his side, facing the wall of the ward bedroom. He clung to the ratty blanket as tears started to fall down his cheek. He could feel his breathing start to increase as well, even though he tried to stay quiet. Hannah was probably nearby, and he didn't want to disturb her.

After leaving the helipad, Noah and Hannah had made their way to the asylum. Noah hadn't been here before, but the place offered shelter, a bed, and hopefully a door he could barricade. Fortunately, it provided all three, so he hit the sack as soon as he arrived. He was as uncomfortable as you could be when you try to sleep while sick, but for the most part, he was sure his fever had gone down a bit from yesterday. Granted, he still felt like shit, but that wouldn't be resolved any time soon.

He was awoken by the announcements a few minutes ago. Although it was his way of knowing who was alive or not, his immediate concern would be if he'd have to get out of bed right away to avoid blowing up. That thought was completely forgotten when the names of the deceased were recited. He didn't hear about Blair, Rene, Sandra, Lily, nor Scout. But one name got him in particular.

Irene Djezari. Gunned down by Alvaro Vacanti.

Noah felt his whole body tighten up when he heard Irene's name. He couldn't believe it. Irene was gone. Sure, they weren't the closest of friends, and there had been some heated words exchanged between them at Sadie Hawkins. But she was still someone who mattered to him. She was the Samantha to his Carrie, and he couldn't believe she was gone. He had always hoped they'd get to talk at least once more before graduation. A nice, short little chat where they put aside any awkwardness from Sadie Hawkins and merely wish each other the best of luck in their future endeavors.

But that would never happen. Irene was gone, and he could never tell her he wanted to stay friends with her. He couldn't even make a dumb joke in the Pina Bucket voice to cap off the discussion with some levity. No, that chance was gone forever. He had plenty of opportunities to talk to her after that night, and he wasted them all with the misguided belief that there would be time.

Now all Noah could think of was all the things he wouldn't be able to do now, or all the things he could miss out on. He couldn't ask his grandpa to take him fishing one last time before college. He couldn't make a video for his web show with his grandma like he had promised her. He would never get to enjoy that bottle of red wine with his mom like she promised him. He'd never get to come over to his Dad's home for Sunday brunch once he started college. He'd never get to go out to a bar with Angie once he turned 21. He'd never get to do...well...anything with Ella. He'd miss out on his little sister's entire life, and he really wanted to see what would happen to her.

Noah curled up a little more in bed. This was really what it was going to be from now on, wasn't it? Just more names listed, more regrets realized, and more tears to shed. If that was so, Noah wondered if it would be okay to stay in bed for the rest of his time on the island.
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Noah sniffled again and let out a soft moan. He pulled the covers a little more over his head, wanting to disappear under them. Perhaps he could lay there and play dead for the rest of the game. He was sure he could pull off a convincing corpse considering how awful he looked and felt right now. But even he knew he wouldn't get the chance. Something would force him out of bed.

That something was Hannah screaming. Noah popped up in the bed as if the bed itself threw him up.

"Hannah?"

He jumped out of bed and crouched to the ground. He had stuffed his bag and Sawlaska under the bed in case anyone else came in. He grabbed Sawlaska and hurried to the door.

"Hannah! Are you okay?" he shouted, swinging the door to the hall open.
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Noah came into Hannah's room and saw her state. It looked like the announcements had been rough for her as well. This was their fifth day here, so the chances of hearing familiar names on the announcement were probably more likely now than ever. Noah sniffled and lowered Sawlaska by his side.

"Yeah, I'm not great either," he said. "Aside from being sick, I lost someone who may not have been a great friend or anything, but was still someone who mattered."

Noah moved into the room and put his back against a free wall. He slid down until he was now crouching on the floor.

"I mean, the last time she and I talked, we both left in tears and had done some things that were pretty lousy to one another. I had hoped to make it up with her before we graduated, but I guess that's never going to be. And it's not like either of us had to make some big show of repentance, but hopefully we could laugh it off and chat on Facebook every so often."

Noah raised his free hand limply, then lowered it to the ground.

"But I guess that doesn't matter right now. She's dead, and I'm alive. I'll never convince her to not take my web show so seriously, and she'll never convince me to dial it back at times. Well, I guess I can still do that if I survive. That'll be a sign of Irene Djezari's legacy."
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Noah rubbed the top of his head and sighed. His throat was starting to hurt from talking about Irene. He was probably on the verge of breaking down again if he didn't control himself a little. He took a deep inhale, then slowly exhaled through his nostrils.

As he did, Hannah said something about "failing her." Noah tilted his head a bit.

"Failed her? Who? Irene?" he asked.

"What do you mean?"
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"Oh..." Noah said as Hannah turned away from him.

She had been traveling with Irene, but they got separated. Noah thought back to the girls he had been traveling with over the last few days. None of them had died yet, but even Noah would have to admit he'd probably feel a bit guilty if they died without him. Granted, he could blame Nancy for forcing them apart, but that wouldn't assuage all his worries.

Noah sighed, then put his hand over his eyes.

"Hannah, I don't think you failed her," Noah said. "If you were there when Alvaro killed her and tried to save her, it'd be one thing. Then you might feel some culpability. But I wouldn't blame you for Irene's death."

Noah stretched his legs out a bit and shifted his back against the wall. He kept his eyes covered.

"Honestly, thinking about all these what-ifs and what-could-have-beens here is probably doing more harm than good. All I can think about are jokes I'll never tell and people I might never find or things I'll never tell my family. All it does is make me even more frightened about how and when I'll die here."

Noah sniffled. His throat was starting to tighten up.

"It's exhausting."
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"Yeah," Noah said. "If we could make like Rip Van Winkle and sleep until this is all done, I'd be up for that."

Noah lowered his hand from his face and tilted his head up to the ceiling. It looked really faded and stained. His eyes squinted as he tried to make shapes out of the stains on the ceiling.

"Maybe that's what we need," Noah said.

Noah sighed, then sneezed into his elbow.

"Maybe we need a day off. Or, a few extra hours, or something. I'm tired, I'm sleepy, and my sinuses are fucked. I don't know how successful we're going to be looking for anyone, and believe me, there are people I want to look for. But I don't know, maybe we just need time to think to ourselves. Sit in silence in private rooms, take that time collect our thoughts, maybe make an actual plan, or make some statements and words to our families if they're watching. I don't know. If we have down time, I guess we could use it for something."

Noah stretched his neck a bit. It was probably part of the terrorist's plan to exhaust the kids so they'd be more willing to kill or more likely to die. Taking a long break could be useful for their survival.

"I mean, you don't have to do this if you don't want to. If you'd rather go and look for your friends, then you can do that. I just feel like shit and wouldn't mind napping for most of the day. If it means I'm all charged and raring to go tomorrow, then I'll take a few hours of boredom. I'll lock myself in that room, nap, conserve my supplies, think of where to find people, make some statements to the camera, pee in a bucket-"

Noah paused. His eyes widened and his eyebrows raised. His mouth slowly opened as he realized what he just said.

"Oh my god, this is what it was all building towards..." he muttered to himself.

Noah composed himself.

"Sorry. Anyways, that's my thoughts on the matter. What about you?"
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"Great. Glad we can commit to lethargy as a form of protest," Noah said.

Noah stood up, stretching his back and stretching his free arm over his head.

"I'm gonna go back in my cell," he told Hannah. "I'll barricade it, but come knocking if you need me for anything."

Noah started to walk back to the door, but then paused. Hannah was upset, and surely she could use a laugh. It was the best currency he had to offer right now, and hopefully she'd appreciate it.

"Hey," he began, "did you hear about the chicken who always held grudges no matter what? He's said to be paltry."

Noah stretched out the word "paltry" in hopes Hannah got a good score on her SATs and could understand the word play at hand. Even if she didn't, she could at least spend her down time trying to figure out what his deal was.

Noah walked over to his ward and closed the door. He then stuck a chair under the handle and plopped face down on the bed, letting Sawlaska fall to the ground. He let out a sigh into the blanket. He thought to himself that this sabbatical better pay off for him and for Hannah. If not, he'd have words against whoever would ruin it for them.
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"And the woman said-" Noah began, before taking a sip of water from the bottle.

He then slowly opened his mouth and let the water drip down his chin. He then wiped the water off his chin.

"Thank you, thank you," Noah said to the camera in the corner of the room. "That one was a little gross, but if you're watching all this shit, you've probably seen worse content already."

Since Noah gave Hannah space, he spent his time napping, snacking on crackers, doing stretches, and for the last hour, told more jokes to the camera. He dove deep into the joke database in his mind to figure out what to tell. This ranged from word play to knock-knock jokes to monologues from his open mic performances. It was a nice enough distraction, but there came a point where it was clear it was just a distraction. He wasn't feeling as sick as before, so it had served its purpose.

What little light there was seemed to indicate that it was almost sunset. He decided to go see how Hannah was doing. Noah grabbed Sawlaska and walked out of the ward. He went across the hall to where Hannah was, then knocked on the door.

"Hey, Hannah," Noah said. "You doing okay?"
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Noah smiled when Hannah replied. He was just glad she was still alive in there. He probably would have heard something if she was attacked, and he could fear the worst if she was unresponsive anyways. He leaned his head against the door to her room for a moment and sighed. At least one person was still here with him.

He opened the door and peered inside.

"Hey, so," he began. "What do you feel like doing? Want to go looking around a bit? I think I've done all I need to."
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"Great," Noah said at Hannah's response. "I'll meet you by the stairs."

Noah hurried back into his ward. He walked over to his bag and swung it over his shoulder. He looked over at the camera in the corner. He hadn't really said anything to his family in the last few hours. He had told a lot of weird jokes that involved assholes and semen, but nothing truly profound or sentimental was uttered. Noah closed his eyes and breathed in. He opened his eyes, and spoke.

"Hey, Mom. I lasted five days here. That's longer than I did in little league, so I hope you're proud of me."

Noah smirked. He then composed himself and then continued to speak.

"Let me make this quick. Listen, I don't know what's gonna happen, but if I don't come back, please take care of everyone. I know Grandma and Grandpa will be sad, but could you try to be strong for them? You were always the badass matriarch our house needed, so I hope you can keep everyone going."

"Um, Dad. Angie. I hope you guys can be there for my mom if she needs help. Please also make sure Ella's okay. I can't imagine how she's processing this shit. But she's a trooper, so I hope you can explain it to her well."

"Oh, and as for my stuff, maybe you guys can auction it off to raise money for Ella's college. Wait, no, just give her my college fund. Odds are I won't need it any more. She's probably Harvard-bound anyways and could use the cash."

"I'll think of other things to say the next time I get a quiet moment with the cameras. Until then...um..."

Noah flashed a peace sign to the camera.

"Peace, I guess. There isn't any here, but surely you guys have some."

Noah walked out of the ward, with a spring in his step. He didn't see Hannah out there, so maybe she was coming. As he approached the steps, he could have sworn he heard something nearby. Whatever it was, his grip on Sawlaska tightened.
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"I think someone's there," Noah said to Hannah.

Noah approached the top of the stairs. He could sort of see a figure at the bottom of them. The person had made quite a racket, and he wasn't sure who it was, but whoever it was, he needed to figure out who they were and what they were doing.

"Hannah, stay back just in case," Noah said to his companion.

Noah hollered down the stairs.

"Hey, we're not playing, so we'd like it if you weren't either!" he said to the person down there. "Is that cool with you?"

Oh god, why did I just say that shit? Please don't kill me for saying something that stupid.
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"Yeah, what she said," Noah said in response to Hannah answering the guy's question.

Noah couldn't really make the guy out in the darkness. He probably was just scared or something. Noah couldn't blame him. Noah also couldn't believe they'd run into some jittery guy right when they decided to leave the comfort of their wards. But that seemed to be how this universe worked, so Noah was going to roll with it.

"Yeah, that's who we are. Who are you?" he asked.
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Ben Lichter. He had a weird nickname, didn't he? Squirrel, or something. Noah knew he wouldn't be able to take him seriously with a nickname like that, so he was just going to call him Ben. He seemed pretty startled and paranoid, which was definitely what they didn't need right now. Hannah said she'd talk to him, so Noah stepped back.

"Okay," Noah said to Hannah. "But keep your distance, lest Squirrelfriend decides to retaliate."

Noah took a step back from the stairs. If this was going to go wrong, Noah wasn't sure Sawlaska could help him and Hannah. But maybe Hannah was good to talking to squirrels like this guy, so perhaps it'd all work out with everyone walking away happily and alive.
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Noah stood to the side as Hannah made her speech with Ben. Ben sounded pretty crazy, mostly from the way he spoke to himself. It was the kind of talk Noah would have done if he was impersonating Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black. It had been a few days here, and Noah could believe some people would be getting so stressed they'd start talking to themselves.

Noah leaned close to Hannah.

"Hey, Hannah," he said, "we might need to consider moving out. Squirrelfriend seems fine, but we can say we need to go somewhere."

It seemed bad to abandon someone who could use the help, but even Noah had to admit he was finding Ben a bit too skeevy for his liking.
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"Yeah," Noah said to Ben. "We've got some places to check out, so we're about to move out."

Noah looked down the hall. There had to be another flight of stairs somewhere nearby. He and Hannah could surely find one.

"There's plenty of rooms up here if you need a place to hideout. We've got to bounce though."

Noah turned away from the steps and began to walk down the hall. They had done enough to recharge for the day, and dealing with a potentially crazy person wouldn't be conducive for their survival. They had people to find, and sitting around was something they could only do for a short time. Now they had to be seriously.

((Noah Whitley continued in Forklift Driver Klaus))
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