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Topic Started: Apr 11 2017, 07:17 PM (1,876 Views)
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"Nothing weird about it," Kizi politely replied, oblivious to the uncertainty surrounding her own name's spelling. She set about carving Lili's name into the wood. It was easier. Lots of straight long lines, more than her own name, where she had been forced a few times to adopt a strange mix between a jagged cursive and inchoate approximation of the calculator font. Plus, she'd gotten the hang of it. A good hook into the wood. Knew the amount of force she needed. Every now and then, the wood became damper, more decayed and worn, and the blade would slip at the sudden lack of resistance, but with Lili's name, no real problem. Just meant that the second 'l' in her last name was rather noticeably elongated.

When that ardous task was completed, she looked back. It was scrawly. She always had good handwriting, but that had not translated into eloquent wood-carving. And that wasn't a surprise, when she thought about it. Oh well. The names were clear. Distinguishable. The Ks and Zs, at least, were apparent in her own name, even though she had had to bring the blade out and stab it back in whenever she turned. Such finicky sharp turns were difficult without leaving the wood.

"Anyway, I'm not one to talk for weird names. Kizi's not exactly a common name in the States, after all. And Saraki? Heck, even I wasn't sure I was pronouncing it right for the first ten years of my life." She would have guessed Lili would have had another last name, truth be told. But that was her prejudice speaking. Assumptions were a flaw she sometimes caught herself making. She would probably have asked 'oh, is that your birth name', or some similarly insensitive question, had her tongue not been occupied sticking out of the side of her mouth in mid-carving concentration. Hooray for distractions, really. They were Kizi's best defence against faux pas.

She began carving out Ben, Penelope, and Raina into the wood. "Uh. You know their last names?" She wanted to say something flowery and naturey for at least two of them. Maybe Raina Rose? No. That was alliteration. Assuming alliteration was a bad way to guess people's names.
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((Alessio Rigano continued from Takao))

This is where he lost his arm.

Alessio was sweating heavily as he opened the door of the cafeteria. He could smell himself being all smelly and smelling disgusting.

As he opened the door, he could see two girls at the table.

Alessio closed his eyes and pulled the trigger.
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They were just talking.

There wasn't any precedent set, nothing that made her feel like they'd be in danger. No, they were just talking. Why would someone do anything to hurt them? What sin had they committed? Was this somebody's home, their refuge that had been disturbed? Why? Why? Why?

They were just talking.

Lili's mind went white, and adrenaline began to flow through her veins.

She had no idea what was going on. First, voices, their voices, then, noises, someone else's.

"Kih," the sound came, up out of her throat, a name cut in two.

Slowly, she reached her hand out to Kizi, looking to touch her for some confirmation that this was really happening.
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Kizi was in the process of turning around, to face Lili, to say something. What it was that she wanted to say, that quickly became for naught. It was rendered irrelevant.

The first sense to return was her hearing. A grating, cacophonic ringing. Pounding at her ears, bombarding her brain. She heard every little tremor, every little tremble. No other sense could penetrate through. Just as she was getting used to it, it was shattered, by a metallic clatter, coming from seemingly miles away yet as clear as if it was right next to her ear. The scissors, she realised, in a moment of relieving clarity.

And then a smell. And a taste. A strange one, one that was new to her. It irritated her nostrils, left them feeling inflamed and singed. Her tongue felt dry.

Her sight came back next. It was like she was opening her eyelids again after a particularly long blink, but her eyes had not been closed. They had been transfixed on a sight on the table, yet not relaying the image to her mind. Blood. It was definitely blood. She wasn't stupid. There was no point in deluding herself into thinking it was anything else. Of course it came from her. It was almost pouring out. Like a river. Almost a tranquil sight, really. Coursing over her arm, filling in the name carvings that the group before them had left.

It seemed like forever before her senses of touch, pain, presence came back. It was like they had been piling up, competing for attention with one another, before all crashing through. She could only close her eyes, grimace. She rolled into her side, almost involuntarily, her skin making contact with the wood. Her skin wasn't there. That's where she'd been hit. The blast had caught the side of her torso. A graze, really. Perhaps an injury prompt medical treatment could fix, she realised in a flash of optimism.

Then she remembered where she was, and the optimism died.

"Oh...oh God, why did you do that?" She didn't know how she was talking, or why, or who to, but the words left her lips. She didn't really hear them properly, but felt the sound travel from her voicebox, out through her mouth.
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He hit Kizi.

Alessio then planned to leave.

He took some steps backwards to run away, but his eyes were caught by the posters. Selfmade, handmade posters, not made by the terrorists or people from the asylum, no, they were made by Alessio's classmates.

He could not see much about it, to do that, he would have to come nearer to the poster.

It were posters relating to the game. He ignored Kizi's bloodiness and her saying something to him. He read the last point of a poster, hanging off the edge of the table.

And the longer we hold out, the more we prove the terrorists wrong. And the longer we hold out, the more likely rescue arrives.

"Did you guys write this?"
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Her hand came back wet, with bright cherry red blood tracing the outlines of her fingers. Lili's breathing got heavier as Kizi began to speak, croaking out in confusion, going cold, spewing out warmth, giving Lili shivers.

Lili turned her face toward the other voice in the room. Holding a gun in his hand. Asking questions, as if he had any right to.

Her face twisted into a snarl. She wanted to kill him.

She wanted to hit him, hard, with her nightstick, or a chair, or her fists, hit him so hard that his brains were dripping out from his ears, an ocean of unthinking, dead gray matter, take his gun, shoot him with it, make sure he feels exactly what pain Kizi felt, and...

...and Kizi was still breathing, and that was exactly the opposite of what they had been trying to accomplish, here.

"Y-yeah," Lili said, her voice shaking, "Those are ours."

Her features settled back into a more neutral state. She put her hand back on Kizi's wound. Maybe that'd help to stop the bleeding.

"Come on, Kizi," she whispered, "Fight it, come on, it's nothing major, just the arm, come on."
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Kizi tried shifting onto her back, but the pressure from pressing her wound - wounds, she realised now - against the table provided a sort of comfort. But you should hold wounds up, she heard a sharp voice telling her. Distinctly like her mother's. It wasn't exactly a comprehensive first aid training, but Olabode got into scrapes a lot. She tried turning upwards. Lili's hand came down, replacing the table. A warmer, more gentle touch. One more comforting.

Less robust as a source of pressure, but the direction, at least, was correct. She felt the flow slow a little bit. Or maybe she couldn't feel the blood cascading down her skin any more, so seeped in it her clothes had became. And that was, of course, assuming there were no exit wounds on the back. She couldn't feel any. But she couldn't feel anything there.

Her mind was clear in that moment. Strangely so. Her breathing was heavy.

And Lili. Lili was angry. But she wasn't fighting. And Alessio, he was standing there. Alessio was his name. He had been in the announcements. He had ceased his hostilities. "Yup." She smiled. "Kinda says it all, really." She looked down at the poster. It was the one with the garish 'sex' title. "Really didn't need those extra nine bullet points that much. But yeah. That's what we're doing."

She looked at him.

"It's never too late to just...work together. Never too late for anyone."
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"Show me your weapon."

Al said while raising the gun to point it at Lili. He could not stay here if he was in danger of getting shot.

Then, he looked back at the shot Kizi. He tried hard to just look into her face and not the bloody body. That was disgusting.

"Have you heard the announcements? Everyone is playing the game, no one is escaping, no one is getting rescued. Why would you think you two could change it? You are just two people out of too many who are not into this idea."

Alessio was not sure how to think of this unicorn idea. It...sucked. Giving people false hopes before they would eventually die anyway on this island.
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"J-just this!" Lili said, unclipping her light saber from her waistband, "It's a toy, so, unless it magically starts being a real thingy that can cut through shit, uhm, I don't think you're in danger."

"Oh, and, uh, there are other weapons in our bags, but, I don't think you'd be in any danger, if that's the issue. Sorta tied up here."

Al - that was his name, she recognized his face from band class - kept talking at her. Not to her, at her. Like she was a child with childish ideas, an animal who had done something wrong and could afford to be disciplined. Like killing Kizi was her punishment.

No.

Kizi was still alive. Still breathing. She needed to remember that.

"Maybe it is a dumb hope, a dumb idea, but maybe, y'know, it isn't? Maybe there's something left here for us to find after all. I don't care about what other people are thinking, Al. I never have! Why start now?"

She looked back down at Kizi, shivering and bleeding in her arms. Lili was holding her with both hands now, one on her bleeding shoulder and the other keeping her upright.

"If..." Lili began, glaring back at Al, "If we're all going to die, then we should do it as ourselves."

She hoped that something she was saying resonated with him.
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"I mean..." Kizi coughed. She looked down. There was some blood on her shirt, but she wasn't sure if it had been splattered there by the blast, or by something else. "Look at it this way. You carry on fighting, you make yourself a target. But if we hold out...the longer we hold it...each day, there's a greater chance of rescue."

Kizi was not really the right person to be making that sort of callous, prudential argument, but she felt that she had little other choice. At the end of the day, Kizi was a bleeding-heart idealist and had the Machiavellian wits of a squid. The moral arguments were enough for her. But she understood the theory of being pragmatic. And, for somebody in Al's shoes, somebody who may fear that they were already too far gone, it was a good pitch. Clemency. Mercy.

"And even if you do die, which, let's be honest, we all probably will..." She paused, to cough again. Her throat felt fine, but it was a sort of substitute to crying out in pain. Tears were streaming down her face, her nose was snotty, and her voice was quivering, but she was trying to do everything in her power to maintain some sort of composure. Some poise, some charm. Some of her endearingly awkward decency that had helped her make friends and avoid drama up until this point, that had prevented all but the 'wrong place wrong time' fates befalling her. "And let's be honest, I'm pretty likely to die at this point but..."

"Would you rather die as yourself? Or as someone else? As some puppet for these...these monsters?" She realised that her argument had drifted far from the terrain of the hardheaded pragmatism, but whatever. "And yes, maybe this isn't the time for having the luxury of feeling good about yourself, but..." She tried adjusting her good elbow, to sit up a bit, but whether it was because she accidentally put weight on her bad side or she was just generally overexerting herself, she slipped back down.

"Ow. Ow. Ah. It's the only luxury we have."

Her voice descended into an inelegant, raucous sobbing.
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Lili was unarmed. Alessio lowered his weapon, but did not move in further into the room.

Odd.

Kizi and Lili were speaking oddly. Was Al not himself? Sure, he changed since the island, but for the better, didn't he? He grew up. He was stronger, ready for the real world, was not in his safe world at home. He had strength.

"I have no patience."

Al took a break.

"I don't want to wait any longer. We have been here for too long. If there is a chance of rescue it should have happened. It's too late, already half of us are dead."

He pointed his finger at the two.

"And I am no puppet. You two should be glad that I killed people, you two should be glad. If everyone had killed since day one, this game would have ended weeks ago. But look at this. It's still happening. It's torture. I want to be home. I want to go home. I miss my parents. I might never see them again. But someone here will. And I hope they will see them soon. Because delaying the winner the time of going home, giving them more scenes to experience, get them more traumatised than they already are won't help whoever comes out of it. No experience we will go through this island will be a happy one. It can just get worse."
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"If..."

Lili paused, choking on her words, and looked around the room.

"If there can't be happy experiences on this island, then I must have found a way out of here. I didn't know Kizi much at all before this, and in the last few hours, we..."

Kizi started sobbing. More of a hacking cough than a sob, in some ways, but it was enough to push Lili over the edge. She found herself holding Kizi tighter to her chest, the smell of blood and death wafting up into her nose. Blood stained her clothing, smearing it with streaks of crimson. Al still had his gun.

She didn't notice.

Soon, Lili's own blood could be streaked across the room, her brain falling out of her skull and coagulating on the ground in neat chunks, to rot away and be eaten up by insects.

She didn't care.

"Even if I die horribly," she started, tears spilling out of her eyes, "Skewered, thrown off a cliff, whatever...I'll cherish the memories I've made here, with her and with others. Fucked up, maybe, but I guess..."

"It's the truth."
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Kizi did not swear. She did not engage in sarcasm. She did not stoop to vitriol or scorn, or ever lash out with an acidic tongue or a piercing witticism. Those weren't rules that she forced herself to live by, or moral dictums she zealously adhered to, or conscious choices in any meaningful way. No. It was just the way she was. Just the way her brain was wired. Wasn't really a thing she questioned, and she saw no reason to consciously make herself less nice, and so that was how she stayed.

"If the game had ended weeks ago, we wouldn't have been abducted."

Kizi had started off saying that sentence with a genuine tone despite the pain apparent in her voice. There was a little inkling of confusion, her pedantry sincere. Focusing on the little things like that was distracting her nicely. But she realised halfway through that her words probably suited a sarcastic tone, and adjusted accordingly. It felt strange, having a little bit of sardonic severity leave her lips with her words. But it felt good. In the context, a certain caustic element was justified. Merited. Pretty much essential. She had been angry at Clarice, after all, and on the scale of deserving-a-scolding, what Al had done was far worse.

Lili had the 'nice cop' act cornered. And in a moment of uncharacteristic narrow-mindedness, Kizi continued. She had to pause every other syllable, to splutter and breath, Lili's hug being essential in keeping her warm, her body steady, allowing Kizi to focus on the words. She snuggled up into Lili's arms, as much as she could without straining herself, wanting to show a token degree of appreciation for her generosity. "Do you hear yourself? Killing is a great way to stop trauma? No. It isn't. What next? Are you going to be asking me to thank you for shooting me? No. Does this look...not traumatic to you? Because it is. Trust me. It is."

"The fact is, Al, you haven't played. You've been played. You're not preventing the trauma. You're causing the trauma. If you hadn't done what you did, then we'd have a few more days to hold out. To wait. To restore some peace. A safe zone. A community. Like what me and Lili and Penelope and Raina and Ben have. And if we wait, if we hold out long enough, eventually there will be a rescue operation. They can't find out where we are in one day, Al. It takes time." She sighed. Her impassioned speech had began to aggravate her wounds, the heavy breathing causing a few more rivulets of blood to seep out with every exhale. "But please. It's not too late."

She realised at the end her attitude may have endangered Lili.

But inaction, she feared, might have done as well. The guilt still hurt though.
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"Glad you had a good time on the island, Lili!", he shouted at her with an angry face. "I did not have a good time. Good you two found each other. I haven't found anyone. I had to survive on my own and I did what you would have done if you were in my position when the only person who spoke to you was a man with a microphone."

Alessio normally doesn't shout at people, but now he just did. He regretted it instantly after screaming, but he wanted to vent the anger. That pissed him off. These two girls had fun spending time together while he was alone for a week and always afraid of getting killed. They could trust each other, he couldn't trust anyone. They probably could sleep without nightmares. They had a fun and happy time on murder island.

"A week ago, I meant," Alessio corrected himself in whispering. "A week ago, not weeks."

As Kizi spoke, she mentioned names. So, it was not just the two of them. That gave Al some hope that it might be bigger than it seemed. They did posters, probably to spread the message.

"What's with Penelope and Ben? Where are they?"

Really, how should he have know that there were people who would try this? Try this wait for escape thing. He did not meet anyone who wanted that. Serena wanted him to play, to survive. She woke him up so they could do stuff, be productive. She wanted him to get up so they could get her a weapon. Alessio did not choose his path. What other choice did he have other than to follow rules?

"And...you guys really have a plan? Wait until escape comes? A safe zone community?"

Alessio's ego was killed. If...if there were people who would try to escape. Jesus, Henry, Cameron, Hannah, Amanda, Maria. They did not have to die. Fuck, he did screw up a lot didn't he? He couldn't revive them. But how could he know? Al could blame himself, he could blame others, but the fact was that he fucked up. Tears came from his eyes.
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"I've spent my fair share of time here alone, too, y'know," Lili answered, "Just because you gave in doesn't mean that's what we're all gonna do."

Kizi started talking again. She was doing a way better job than Lili was at convincing him, and she was wasting away in Lili's arms. Even when she was fueled by rage and grief, she wasn't quite as good at talking as someone who was literally dying and losing blood every second.

But Lili knew that this wasn't the time to get petty.

Now was crucial. It was sounding like Al was loosening up.

"P-Penelope," she stuttered, "Penelope and Raina went off to get some supplies and things we'd need to set up. Ben went off somewhere on his own to pay his respects to someone, I think, the last thing he asked me before he went was if I knew someone named Jaime, I think. And there are more people who might already be onboard, too! Raina would probably bring Johnny, if she found him, and I know Asuka would be on board if she heard about us. They'd find there way here, if we managed to get the posters out in time, but now..."

She looked around the room while she trailed off. None of the posters looked like they had been bloodied, although the problem of a corpse in the supposed safe space was one she couldn't ignore. If it came down to it, Lili had experience with carrying dead bodies.

She isn't dead yet! Why is it so easy for me to think that she's already gone when she's still right here, breathing?!
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Okay.

Kizi was getting weak. Really weak. The table was covered in blood at this point. Lucky the posters were mostly elsewhere. Lili, poor Lili. She was covered in it. Oh, it hurt. It really hurt. Every sensation in her body had fled. Every sensation but the pain. A searing, blistering, torrid pain. A series of rupturing stabbing feelings.

They felt divorced from every other feeling she'd ever felt. As if it was some other body going through this pain, some strange alien entity. And she was just being an empath or something.

But she felt good.

They'd gotten through to Al. A murderer. A heavy word, but an apt one. No point in sugarcoating it. That was what Al was. Well, either that or a puppet. And he seemed to hate that word, so Kizi was content to drop it. And if they can get through to people like Al...well. That bode well.

"Yup. This is only as bad as it is because we let it be that bad. We can, y'know...try and have an island of peace. Here on the island. Heh."

It hurt to talk.
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Alessio smiled.

"I like the idea of an island of peace."

So, it was really a big project and he missed it. Johnny was involved, too. He should have spoken to him in the Gym. Perhaps then, he would have realised that people were trying to resist against the terrorists. It seemed like everyone he met was hostile, crazy, a killer, hiding, lonely, trying to survive.

Everybody was in the kill or get killed mode. It seemed that everyone he met had played the game. Serena tried to survive, Astrid robbed him, Jae was hostile, Henry, Hannah and Johnny looked like they would be hiding, like they would run away from everyone, wait until everybody else dies, just hide, run away, avoid contact, Michael and Maria were playing by the rules, Dorothy too.

But now he knew there were people trying to group together and change a thing.

Kizi and Lili had a vision of an island of peace. An island where nobody kills each other. Alessio could meet his friends again, without fearing getting killed by them. They could do stuff together to distract themselves from their inevitable deaths. They could talk about their lives before dying. Peace.

He put the shotgun on a table nearby the entrance and sat down on a chair nearby. His legs were tired from standing. He wiped the tears away.

"Can...May I join? Or is it too late?"

Of course, it might be too late for him to be in that idyllic island. Everybody is selfish, nobody cared about him. It might be too late for him. They hate him.
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Yes. Yes, it's too late. For you. Murderer.

That's what Lili would have said if Kizi wasn't dying in her arms, fading away with each passing moment. It was how she really felt, after all, and how she knew Penelope and Raina and Ben would feel when they came back and found Kizi dead, the person who shot her apparently taking her place.

But if she answered that way, what was stopping him from just shooting her, too?

Lili took a deep breath, and closed her eyes.

"What kind of hypocrite would I be if I turned you away, now?" she said, "Of course you're welcome here. Just think of what you'll tell the others when they get back."

Kizi shook a little in her arms, and Lili opened her eyes.

She didn't know if it was just her bad eyesight, but she could have sworn that, for a moment, Kizi was smiling.
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Kizi was smiling. Lili was right. She was smiling as brightly and as widely as her pained nerves and weakened body would permit. This...this validated everything. She wasn't being gullible. She wasn't being callow, or jejune, or guileless, or gullible, or exploitable or many of the other adjectives that had been applied to her over the years. She'd learnt from the jokes. Learnt how to balance trust with realism. And it was paying off.

"Yes. We'll be glad to have you."

Her tone said it all. This proved her right. This proved the doubts wrong. This made the sacrifices - this sacrifice - worth it.

"And uh...Al...if you don't want this to be on the announcements, I can use those scissors."

That final act of selflessness out of the way, she allowed herself one act of selfishness.

"Can you guys...carry me outside? I'd like to see...nature. Sun. Sea. One last time."
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They told him he could stay with them. Al wondered if they really meant it.

He was supposed to think of a way to tell that the other group members. He didn't need to tell the others anything. Raina, Penelope and Ben would understand.

Alessio wanted to tell her that she might survive, that he might help to patch it up, but he would have been a fool to have said that. No, the wound did not seem like it would heal. Kizi looked like in pain. She would die from the shotgun wound and perhaps that was better than her staying in pain.

Then Kizi offered that she kills herself for the sake of him not being in the announcement. As if that would have mattered now, after he killed so many.

"I don't care if I am on the announcements or not. You don't need to hurt yourself."

Can he carry her outside, though? His arm said no, he couldn't carry a person. I can try, he said in his head, leaving the shotgun on the table, his bag on his back and moving towards Kizi and Lili to help them.
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He put his shotgun down. He's coming toward you. Distracted. Run over to the shotgun, pick it up, and blow a hole through his chest. Now.

Instead, Lili hoisted Kizi up over her shoulders in a fireman's carry, and was almost sent tumbling backwards onto the ground. She managed to keep level, and started towards the door.

"I can do it," Lili said to Al, "Make yourself comfortable here. Might want to put the shotgun away, though. Just 'cause."

She made her way closer to the door, past the table with the posters on it. A quick glance over at what could have been, and what almost was, sent a cold shiver down Lili's spine. Almost made her drop Kizi.

"Where do you want to go, eh?" Lili whispered gently into Kizi's ear, "Bell tower, maybe? The bridge? Or just for a little walk outside?"

Lili was being eaten from the inside out, feelings of guilt and grief gnawing their way towards her brain. She didn't know who would collapse first, her or Kizi.

Dying together wouldn't be awful.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

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MAYBE: V?
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“Outside. Somewhere. Want the view.” Kizi felt whatever lucidity and eloquence she had slipping away. Her whole body was screaming in pain, an eruption of sorrow and agony in every fibre of her body.

It was intense. Too intense, really. The physical pains just...deafened her senses. Cancelled each other out. She knew it was there, but she couldn’t focus on it. Her side had been torn off. Her arm and torso had been...she didn’t want to look down. Her head wasn’t moving much anyway. But she could feel the damage.

Instead, all the little things, those were standing out to her. Acute. Sharp. Those were the things that were excruciating. Those were the things that were disconcerting her. And it was maddening that her vocabulary was slipping away. She could feel it. She could feel the words just slip away, into the ether, out of reach, forgotten for good. She couldn’t complain, really. Kizi had been able to talk, with passion and spirit, for quite some time after Al’s entrance. She had made the most of it. But then her body had realised what was happening.

She was…

Well. That was a word she wasn’t going to try and remember.

But it was inevitable now. The end. She’d left her mark. Redeemed someone. Made a plan. Created some hope. And, as if on cue, it was her time to leave. It was selfish of her to have asked Lili and Al to do one last thing for her. To take such a risk for her comfort. For luxury. But she felt that she’d deserved it. She wanted it. Didn’t exactly have the mental capacity left to debate it any further.

They carried Kizi. It felt like a while. She felt her body slowly begin to give up. Each breath was more laborious at first. But then her breathing became almost...leisurely. Relaxed. Like her lungs had accepted that there was no point in stressing, that hard work was futile, that half of her body had already given up.

She had to squint as the brightness hit her eyes. As the sea breeze glided over her skin, as her tongue tasted the salty sea air, as the sound of seagulls reached her ears.

She was outside.

G020: Kiziah Saraki
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She was not outside. No.

Kizi collapsed before Lili and her even reached the door. He just stood there, next to them, wanting to help, but decided not helping Lili to carry the weight, because she insisted that she can do it alone. She probably did not trust him with carrying Kizi, which is understandable, for what he has done.

Lili carried the fallen Kizi.

It was really sad to see, it was the saddest he saw on the island, even if that had been the least brutal death he saw here. Kizi just peacefully died while walking outside. Alessio had no clue what to tell the two. Not two anymore, it was just him and Lili.

He said nothing to Lili.
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"So much for our dream, huh, Kiz?"

Lili looked down at her friend's body, propped up against the side of the asylum wall. The cold made her shiver. Goosebumps popped up all up and down her arms. With a finger to her mouth, she paced back and forth pensively. There was a camera nearby, and for some reason, that made her feel compelled to eulogize.

"I should've taken the bullet for you. Wouldn't have fucking died like you did, probably, heh. Wouldn't have been around to feel this."

She stopped pacing and looked down at Kizi's face, still contorted in a kind of half smile.

No grieving. I said no grieving, so stop tearing up, please? Y'know, you sicken me, you Lili Williams you. No charge, no initiative, no desire to do anything or have any kind of direction, just malaise, and when you finally come across someone that might lift it up and out of you, you let them die instead of yourself. You had literally just opened up a box of bandages, hadn't you? And I let her keep talking. No more of that, now. I'm the fucking queen of France, for all I care.

"Why couldn't you just suck it up, huh? Take it in stride, get up off the ground, keep on trucking, y'know? Make it to the goddamn party instead of stopping it before it starts. All your fault, it is, I bet. We would've made beautiful music together. Something intense, and weird, and fun, a war cry or something. Resist, resist, resist! Resist through not killing! Peace finds a way, right?"

Lili laughed. Kizi looked so frail, like a doll left on a shelf for years, sewn smile stuck on its sad little face, drooping into itself and letting gravity take hold.

There was still blood on both of their clothes. A lot more on Kizi, but Lili wished she had another layer on, or something she could change into.

"There's gonna be some tax for this. You gotta pay up, give me something, yeah? Fuck it, right? Say something, will ya? It's a game, it's called tollbooth, it'll be fun, see?"

Lili bent down and pulled Kizi's cross necklace up and around her head, putting it around her own. Shoes, necklace. Playing dress up at the end of the world. Her world. That's all there ever was, all there'd be. Everything ended with her. Might as well, at least.

She gave Kizi a little kiss on the cheek, too. Her skin was pale. Really cold, too.

Then, she pulled away, and took one last look down.

"You're getting outta here too. Kizi, Jennifer, both of you, no matter what happens."

Was there a little piece of herself that she could pass along, to make sure it kept going forward, out of the island and back to her family?

She had lost her glasses a while ago.

Sighing, Lili turned away, and walked slowly back into the asylum, not looking back.


"Spot the rot, oh, spot the rot, ah, spot the rot, we say. Spot the rot, hmm, spot the rot, yeah, while feeding her some say, that's how it went, mhm, yeah, not getting it wrong today. Nope, nope, nope, nada, zilch, zero, no mistakes, no regrets! Regrets for losers, hmm? Ain't no loser, that's for sure. Ain't nothing but a hound dog, I think. Or a cat? No, no cats. Mom's allergic. Or was it bats? Rats? Rots. Spot the rot, we tell the tot, while feeding him some say. Say it ain't so. God, I fucking miss home. Neon meat dreams, of a octa-fish, that's what those are. That's what I am. Fishy, fishy, fishy, phony. Like a tweety bird. Queen of France."

The hallway seemed like it was swaying as she walked back to the room. Words kept her grounded in reality, somehow. Anything to take her mind away from the past and the future and sit it back down firmly in the now.

Lili was still muttering to herself when she walked back through the door. Al was still there, standing around, not shooting things.

She could try and fight him. Kizi wasn't around to object to it, and it'd be fitting to avenge her. She gave him a cursory look, up and down. She'd fight him, knock his brains out, and put him on display in the room. Peace required sacrifices, didn't it? Lili didn't know much of anything about anything, she realized. Lili was a simple girl.

"What're you looking at?" she asked, walking over to the tables with the posters on it. She probably spent more time than was necessary outside. The sky was probably dim by now. In the windowless cafeteria, there wasn't any way to tell, but that's what Lili's internal clock said at the very least. Never mind the fact that her all-nighter had fucked with her sleep cycle. What she said, went. That's how it would be, from then on.

"I'm the fucking queen of France," she said in a sing song voice, shrugging her shoulders. Lili traced Kizi's handwriting on the poster, feeling each intricate line and dash. The ones she had made were amateurish in comparison, like something a three year old would draw. Or a fetus, with undeveloped limbs. She pulled back her hands and stared at them, small splashes of color from the still-wet markers on her fingers. Her hands were shaking again. She needed a cigarette, and badly.

"You got any smokes?" were the next few words out of her mouth, as she turned and looked back at Al. Maybe she'd kiss him, instead. She'd never kissed a boy before, and, now that she thought about it, she probably never would. Was that even something she'd like? No, she wouldn't kiss Al, she'd have to give Ben a kiss when he got back from his errand. Right on the mouth, a big-time smooch.

I think I'm taking this rather well.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~

NOW: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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Alessio just stood there and thought and recaptured what exactly had happened the last minutes ago. Then, Lili returned.

Alessio shook his head.

"I'm no..."

Smoker. But he did not bother to finish. He hated his voice echoing the room. It was insulting to Kizi who just had died in front of them. He enjoyed the silence.

Lili meanwhile seemed oddly upbeat, despite her looking like she cried. She sang. It was silly for Lili to do that, but Alessio tried his hardest to not judge her for doing that crazy stuff. It was fine.

Alessio was not sure if it was the tone of her voice or himself feeling to so hated, but he guessed a thing. Lili did not like him.

He should leave Lili alone, Lili probably needed time for herself. So Alessio moved towards the table with the posters and read them more thoroughly.
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