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From Here On Out; Born Burning
Topic Started: Apr 9 2017, 08:00 PM (412 Views)
CrossbowPig
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"Precalc's nasty, yeah," she said, as Lana's phone started kicking up a storm in her pocket.

"My teachers emailed me things. All A's, but that's probably just because the teachers felt bad for me, or something. I dunno."

Buzz, buzz. Buzz, buzz. The phone kept going off, and by now it was starting to get on Marie's nerves.

"Uh..."

Marie's eyes darted back and forth.

"...shouldn't you check that?"
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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"Pain on the brain," Lana nodded, a bit forcefully.

"Hey, you know that we wouldn't have ended up friends if you didn't have some brain power on tap. School's just societal expectation anyways, it doesn't mean..."

Lana watched Marie's eyes shift about, she felt an iota of annoyance bubble up from diving depth in her own head. Inflating to put a headache's worth of pressure on her grey matter.

"Oh yeah. Fuck."

Lana didn't know who'd be calling her at this time.

...

Texting, rather.

But she knew now. The phone crashed to the table mere seconds after Lana's eyes scrolled over it, back and forth, a hundred oscillations per second. The rubbery casing absorbed the fall with a single dull smack. Lana stared. Stared was the only word that could describe it. Maybe a hundred-yard, or a thousand-yard, or looking long and straight through the heart of reality.
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"What?" Marie asked, "Have they found them?" That was the only thing that sprung to mind, as far as things that could make Lana drop her phone went. The government could completely disclose the existence of stargates, and Lana would just shake her head and say 'I knew it!' after sucking her teeth. Marie grabbed the phone off the table and pressed the power button, turning the screen on.

A torrent of messages poured out of the phone, all saying roughly the same thing. Marie stared at the phone in disbelief.

Out of all the places they could have hit, all the class trips they could have picked, they had to come to Kingman, in the middle of nowhere.

Marie slowly put the phone back down, and leaned back in her seat.

She could feel the color draining from her face.
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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Lana's teeth remained painfully inert.

'THEY FOUND BEN'
'FOUNd the kIDS'
'ITS SOTF'
'ITS SOTF'
'LANA PLEASe'
'respoND'
'DONT TALK TO REPORTERS'
'JUST COME HOME'
'ARE YOU THERE'
'THEY RELEASED'
'VIDEOS'
'DON'T WATCH'
'IT'S ALL TRUE'
'PLEASE JUST'
'JUST COME HOME'
'PLEASE'


Lana tried to look at Marie.

Instead she ran. She abandoned her own phone. She abandoned Marie. She abandoned that framed photo, up there on the wall, of the brother who'd done everything and anything for her, watching down with a smile forever frozen in space and time.

((Lana Fields continued elsewhere))
V7

V6 - Like you imagined when you... were young...
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Lana was gone. She always picked the smart thing to do, in any given situation. Here, right now, the smartest thing to do was to up and leave.

Marie picked up the phone one more time, and scrolled through the messages. All of them came from voices in varying degrees of distress, spoken through almost exclusively capital letters. Hit with a wave of nausea, she reached into her own pocket and checked her phone for any similar messages.

Nothing. Her father was still at work, and her other friends weren't very privy to the whole thing.

Marie sighed, and stood up, her hands shaking. Clutching the phone in her hand, she walked briskly through the door, ignoring the inquisitive remarks of the man behind the counter and stepping out into the light.

At the very least, she needed to return Lana's phone.

[Marie Bernstein continued elsewhere.]
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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