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The Girl Who Owned an Island; Private
Topic Started: Mar 13 2017, 01:43 AM (805 Views)
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((Alba Reyes continued from Santa Sangre))

"Okay, why don't we check out the cove?" Alba said. "Maybe there's...something..."

Alba turned around. Brendan and Fiyori weren't there. She stood frozen, an awkward smile on her face. How had this happened? When they had left the asylum, they were going to look for Jonathan and Bryony. Alba thought they would check the area around the asylum first and had suggested they follow her. They must not have heard her, or maybe she walked too fast for them to catch up. Whatever the reason, Alba had to deal with the fact that she was now alone for the first time since Day 2.

Alba shook her head.

"They're probably close by," she told herself. "Just find a nice place to wait and they'll catch up."

The cove offered shelter and a place to sit, so it looked the most appealing place right now. If Brendan and Fiyori were nearby, they'd probably go somewhere like that. Alba hoisted her bag over her shoulder, keeping the rifle to her side, and started to walk to the cove. She tried to think more about where everyone could be. Maybe Jonathan or Bryony or someone else were already in the cove and they'd be able to make their group larger.

Alba approached the edge of the cave when she thought she noticed someone nearby. She first saw a crossbow and thought it might be Jae again. However, she soon noticed it was someone else. It was a girl, a familiar one at that. Alba was a bit taken aback, knowing who this girl was and how she was rewarded a few days ago for killing someone.

Alba pushed the suspicious thoughts out of her head. She had made the same assumptions about Brendan, and he had proven to be a worthwhile companion. Maybe she would be too. Besides, this girl had only killed once in six days. They were roller derby sisters, so that still had to matter here.

"Kaitlyn?" Alba called out, a large smile forming on her face.

Thank god she found a friend and not someone really dangerous.
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"Oh, uh, thanks," Alba said, looking at the rifle. "It's heavier than it looks. Heh heh."

Alba smiled and brushed some hair back. It was nice to find a friend here and to be able to share a laugh. A laugh was something she sorely needed. She hadn't really had any fun moments in a while aside from random chattering with Brendan. That thought finally reminded her of what she needed to be saying. Taking to Katy Buried would be fine, but she had some pertinent questions to ask.

"In all seriousness, I've been fine, but I got lost from my group in the last few hours or so," Alba said. "You wouldn't have happened to see Brendan and Fiyori in this area, have you?"

Alba scratched the side of her temple.

"I've been with them a while now, and I'd really like to find them ASAP."
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Alba kept a smile on her face as Kaitlyn spoke. Kaitlyn hadn't seen Brendan or Fiyori. Now that she thought about it, it was unlikely she saw them. That would mean they had somehow walked ahead of Alba as they made their way to the cove, and Alba would have probably noticed them when that happened. Oh well, it still resulted in her finding a friend. Like Brendan, Kaitlyn probably had a reason for killing that girl the other day and she could probably explain that.

But that would have to wait. Kaitlyn had a book she got before the library burned down and asked Alba about it.

"Sorry, I haven't read that one," she explained. "Most children's lit I've been reading lately are picture books for my younger siblings. I don't think I would have read that book when I was younger."

"But still, the library burned down. That's pretty crazy. Do you know what happened there?"
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Alba nodded along as Kaitlyn described the book. It sounded kind of neat. If she managed to survive and got home, she would definitely check it out. It seemed like such a novelty to think of books to read or other things to look forward to at home. But if anything, Alba was prepared to finally do things she always wanted to do if given the chance to go back. That would even include doing the really the strange ideas she had, like going BASE jumping or eating alligator. She couldn't miss out on those opportunities ever again.

Kaitlyn mentioned being with Alan at the library a few days ago and that he was nuts.

"Oh, that's too bad," Alba said. "I guess a lot of people are going nuts, with only a few sane people left. I saw Jae yesterday and he shot at us with a crossbow because he was pissed Brendan was alive. I didn't get the whole story, but Brendan's existence was enough for him to attempt murder.

"I mean, has that happened to you? I know you were on the announcements, but have people tried to kill you for that despite whatever reasons you had?"
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Alba listened patiently. Kaitlyn hadn't had her share of run-ins like Brendan had, and her murder seemed to come from pressure from Alan. Alba would have to make note that Alan was someone they needed to be careful around if they ran into him. Granted, she didn't know who Alan was, but maybe Brendan and Fiyori did.

Kaitlyn was about to push Alba out to find the others, but suggested she look at the sea. At first, Alba had a naive belief that she could look out and the view would be the entire U.S. navy descending upon the island to save them all. But no, it was just to admire the sea. Alba had to admit, it was a really nice view. This may be the only time she'd ever get to see the ocean, and she had to enjoy it.

"Yeah, it is actually nice," Alba said. "Thank you for sharing it with me."

Alba smiled. Kaitlyn was going to go her own way, but Alba would have to try her best to convince her to come along. After all, it was rare to find pleasant company in this game, so she'd have to hold onto it as long as possible.
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Alba turned her head to face her friend, but then froze. Kaitlyn was pointing her crossbow at her. Alba's eyes widened. She quickly moved so she was facing Kaitlyn. It was Jae all over again, but now it was her friend from school threatening her. Alba felt her breathing start to increase.

"Kate? What?" Alba stuttered out. "What are you doing?"

Alba gulped. This couldn't turn south so quickly. The rifle started to feel heavy in her hand.
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Kaitlyn reiterated her point, to which Alba broke her gaze from Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn was right that she probably couldn't use the rifle. If she couldn't even shoot a can of cat food with it, how could she possibly gun down her friend? Kaitlyn would kill her first, so Alba knew she would lose anyways. She decided to go along with what Kaitlyn said.

"Okay," Alba said. "Okay. Whatever you want."

Alba walked slowly to where Kaitlyn had placed her bag. She kept her gaze on Kaitlyn, her rifle hand shaking. She wanted nothing more than to just bolt from the area, but she felt her legs starting to shake along with her rifle hand. Maybe Brendan could appear and stop Kaitlyn, or maybe the navy could actually show up.

Alba arrived at the bag and slowly slid the bag off her shoulder, setting it gently next to Kaitlyn's. She then removed the rifle and lay it on top of her bag. Once she did, she raised both her hands up, holding them flat in front of her shoulders.

"There. I dropped them. Now what?"

Alba bit her lip. She prayed that was all Kaitlyn wanted her to do.
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Alba nodded as she knelt to her knees. There was a gun in Kaitlyn's bag for her. She had heard her little brother say he was shooting an uzi when he was playing with some other boys in the neighborhood, so she knew it had to be quite deadly. Sure enough, there it was. Alba grabbed it by the barrel as Kaitlyn instructed. Once she had it out of the bag, she stood back up and faced Kaitlyn.

"Okay," she said. "I have the gun. Kate, what is going on?"

Alba could feel her eyes starting to water.
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Alba lowered her head as Kaitlyn began to insult her. It hurt to see her friend suddenly turn on her, so she didn't want to look at her. She moved the uzi to her dominant hand as Kaitlyn instructed. She felt a tear fall down her cheek. She had never imagined herself in such a position, and if Kaitlyn was giving her specific instructions, then she would do so if it'd ensure she'd live.

Kaitlyn wanted to play something called "High Tide." Alba looked up at her friend.

"High Tide? I..I've never played that before. What do I have to do?"

Alba stared at Kaitlyn and bit her lip again. She had no idea what Kaitlyn had planned, especially if it meant one of them was unlikely to leave the cove. She slowly breathed out, and awaited Kaitlyn's instructions.
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Alba allowed Kaitlyn to lead her towards the cave. Kaitlyn had devised some game for them to play, and considering it involved guns and crossbows, Alba was terrified for just what "High Tide" would entail.

Kaitlyn explained the rules to her. They were playing a game of Chicken with the ocean, waiting to either shoot one another or let the water raise to the point where they drowned. Apparently, if Alba could hold out until Kaitlyn admitted defeat, they could both leave alive, but trying to run or shoot the other person would result in death. Alba wanted them both to leave, but the rising water levels scared her.

Alba breathed in and out, another tear falling down her cheek.

"Kate, why are you doing this? What will this accomplish?"

Alba's gaze went from Kaitlyn's weapon to the unfamiliar gun in her hand. She didn't want to kill Kaitlyn, and if Kaitlyn lost the game, Alba wasn't sure she could actually kill Kaitlyn as per the rules.

Alba covered her eyes, taking the time to flutter her eyes to clear the tears out. She moved her hand down and stared at her friend. If this was as Alba suspected, what Alba really needed to be concerned about was if Kaitlyn decided to play fair or not. Alba wasn't going to kill Kaitlyn, but maybe Kaitlyn was already thinking of how to kill her.

"Please, just let me go," she pleaded.
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Alba remained frozen, her head slightly down as Kaitlyn ripped her apart. The person Kaitlyn was describing did sound like how Alba had been acting the first few days on this island. But even she was past that now. She saw two people die, saw another nearly die, and has been worried about her safety and the safety of those around her more times than she could count at this point. Kaitlyn didn't know what she had been through, and for her to judge her as weak and pathetic was just wrong.

It also didn't help that Kaitlyn was using language she didn't like. Seriously, not every girl who played roller derby was a lesbian, and the D word wasn't very polite.

"Kaitlyn, you know how I play in roller derby," Alba said. "I'm not some weak girl there. I'll fight back there, and I'll fight back here. But what I also know is that roller derby is a team sport."

Alba swallowed the lump in her throat and stared at Kaitlyn.

"This game isn't like a roller derby match. We're not Reina Roja and Katy Buried here, but Girl #35 and Girl whatever-your-number-is. I know that the best way to make it through this is together. That's why I've been sticking close with good people like Brendan and Fiyori and Bryony Adams. Because I want to work with the right people so we don't all die. For god's sake, I was even doing target practice yesterday so I could be prepared if someone tried to kill me or my friends."

Alba clenched the uzi.

"So please, don't act like you have to do something like this to survive. Let's just get out of here and go somewhere else. We can find the others and think about what to do next. I won't tell the others about this game, I promise."

She stared directly at Kaitlyn.

"Please."
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Alba felt the water start to flood into the cave. It was very little at first, but it was a sign of what was to come. Alba could start to feel some get into her shoes and wet her socks. She clenched her teeth as she felt it. If this was how bad it felt at foot level, she couldn't imagine how uncomfortable it would feel at waist level or higher.

Kaitlyn didn't seem willing to consider the idea of dropping the game and leaving. Alba's eyes darted around the cave. There had to be something she could say or do to convince Kaitlyn to stop this. Something so they could both leave. Alba had a thought.

"Kate, if we both survive and walk out to discover our bags have been stolen, then what?" she asked. "We just left perfectly good supplies out in the open for anyone to take. Would that be worth this feeling you care so much about?"

She prayed that would matter to Kaitlyn.
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Alba shuddered as more water came in. From the looks of it, Kaitlyn was enjoying the moment and didn't have much to say or think about the question she asked. Alba understood then. If material items weren't enough for her, maybe threats. Well, not direct threats. That could cause Kaitlyn to shoot Alba.

"Kate, Brendan and I separated not too far from here," she said. "If he and Fiyori are looking for me, they might come this way. They could see the rifle out there and come charging in. I don't want to give them cause to harm you, but Brendan has a gun too, and he may kill you if he thinks you'll kill me. Heck, someone else could stumble in while we're playing this dumb game and kill us both."

Alba shook her head. It hurt to lie about Brendan, but surely Kaitlyn had suspicions about his reputation at this point.

"Kate, please. We're only asking for someone like Isabel or Kimiko to rob us and kill us while we're distracted. Let's stop. This is stupid."

Alba shivered again. Something had to give for this girl.
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Alba raised the uzi up at Kaitlyn's suggestion. More water was coming in now, causing Alba's pants to get wet and cling to her skin. She figured they were getting close to the end, or at least close enough to Kaitlyn's level of tolerance, so she may as well continue to do as Kaitlyn ordered. Granted, the idea of pointing a gun at her friend didn't make her feel any better. She had no idea how the gun worked or if the safety was off, but she really hated the idea of keeping it aimed at Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn may be crazy, but she was still a friend.

Kaitlyn, unfortunately, didn't have time for any of Alba's questions. She was back at attacking Alba, this time targeting her dreams. Alba could feel more water rushing in as Kaitlyn continued to go on and on about how this was it.

"What makes you think this is my dream?!?" Alba shouted. "My dream is to become a veterinarian and start a family someday, not play Chicken in a cave on some damn island with my friend! You're the only one enjoying this, Kate, and the fact that I'm not doesn't mean I'm weak. It just means I'd rather be anywhere else than here right now!"

Alba lowered the uzi momentarily, pressing the palm of her free hand to her forehead. Tears were starting to stream down her face.

"Kate, do you want to kill me that badly? Is that your dream? Or would you rather I kill you?"
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Alba looked at Kaitlyn as Kaitlyn continued to ramble. What happened to Kaitlyn that made her become like this? Was it something on the island, or was it always lying there dormant? Killing that girl the other day must have done something awful to Kaitlyn if the girl Alba knew back home was as sane as she thought she was. Alba kept the uzi by her side and stared at Kaitlyn.

The water was getting higher and higher. It would be at Alba's waist soon. She was getting colder and more miserable the longer this went on. Kaitlyn had to be reaching her limit soon. If she wasn't, then Alba knew there wasn't any hope for her friend.

"Kaitlyn, I can't," Alba said, her voice wavering and her gaze lowered to the rising water. "I can't enjoy this like you can. Sorry, but I want to leave. Please tell me you've had enough and that I can go."
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