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Open Your Eyes and Look North
Topic Started: May 13 2017, 09:53 PM (579 Views)
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(Aiden Slattery continued from You Thought It Was Kimiko...)

He thought.

Ya see, one of the things you get to thinking about in a place like this is that you actually got a lot of time to think about things.

Like how he didn't want to go back to that fuckin' asylum, for one thing.

" ...We gotta go, don't we? I guess we ain't the Three Nothings no more. They're taking notice of us now, ha!"

He managed a chuckle there. But of course he was right. They'd come all this way being inconclusive and shit and now they were parked right near it and what the hell would they be if they didn't take those last steps? He looked over at Mel.

"I guess one of us can stick outside with the Jeep while the other one goes inside with ya and gets it. We stick like that, it should work. I mean, I'd vote for stayin' with the Jeep myself. Back in there..."

Ah fuck it and he'd gone and tried to blot it all out cause it felt like it was a whole lifetime ago by now, didn't it?

"Where I mucked it all up and Scarley she got herself killed cause of me, huh? God, I haven't even tried to talk about that for days... I was just so fucking stupid and scared... y'know that for like the whole first day here I spent it thinking we were all in some prank or something? Almost right up until she got hit by Nancy Kyle and... I just let her take it for me. And then I took days to... Christ y'know we should've all come to this conclusion like days ago... there I go back to ramblin' on again, y'know. But Serena yeah, I think we gotta get it. Get yourself another weapon. Plus we need the food or whatever they left. We're... now I know we're on the right track here. We go find some more killers, do what we do. Do what we do, feel me?"

He looked over at the tower. What they do. Hey, they'd come back here, now hadn't they? Back to where he'd already freaked himself out and lasted for days afterwards. Back to fuckin where Harold was still probably lying on the ground out round the other side of it. He hadn't gone to check.

But if anything, this was a good place to do a quick test, wasn't it? Of the old courage.

Aiden stretched his neck, then opened the Jeep door.

"So you wanna take a minute, be sure first, I'm gonna check up on the top and see if there's any stuff left up there. Be real quick. You gals psych yourself up, figure out how you wanna grab the prize. Then we go, kay?"

He gave a wave and smiled, then dropped out onto the ground, holding the shotty. Sun was starting to set, but it still looked like there was plenty of time to get to the looney bin. And if it got dark, well hey, the Jeep still had the headlights workin.

And he grinned at that only to be greeted by Barry fuckin' Banks still on the floor of the tower in that exact same goddamn position as he was a week ago.

He froze at that.

"Ah hell Barry, you still here?" he muttered. Then he shrugged and started up the stairs.

"Sorry I don't even remember who killed ya."

He thought as he went up the stairs about how stupid they'd all really been to not just fuckin' go nuts on the killers sooner. Really now. What if they'd blown away Nancy Day 2 instead of Day goddamn 5 or whatever it'd been? What if they'd taken out Barry's killer straight off? They wouldn't have been where they are now, that's for sure. It could've been Day 3 with no killers and a bunch of righteous kids daring the fucking terrorists on what they do next. That'd be great.

But instead it was Day 8 now and that was all just a pipe dream. Now they were what they were, The Three Somethings, and he knew he could take out the next bad guy he saw just like Serena'd already done. And Mel would be the same, he knew. Aiden thought about Mel and Serena. How who the fuck knew, what if it ended up gettin' down to the three of them at the end of this. Cause that was a whole possibility now, wasn't it?

He mulled on that.

Christ there were a lot of goddamn stairs here.

Finally he reached the top, and stared right into the setting sun. Bit blinding. Ah still beautiful. He looked out for just a second.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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It's funny how it takes till times like this for you to realize just how lucky you'd been here thus far. Well, as far as physical condition goes, at least. Aiden'd been pretty much left alone. Mentally not so much, but you take what you can get.

So when the sudden explosion of pain came from the back of his head, sending his ears ringing, knocking his teeth together on his tongue and drawing blood, Aiden had a half-second of clarity and that realization before he stumbled forward, temporarily blinded, and dropped the shotgun before pitching forward and falling first on his kneees, then his side.

Funny too how he'd thought you just got knocked straight out if something like that happened. Guess it was just the movies or whatever.

"....thefuck" he muttered. and turned over, trying to get back up. His vision was half-white. Doubly weird.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Matt Moradi.

They shoulda fuckin run him over too and the pipe came down again.

Aiden lay on the floor for a few seconds after that. He was wishing it was all black, but no there were all these weird white spots he was seeing instead, pulsing across what vision he had, which was mostly concrete and iron at this point. He didn't know. It all merged together, shapeless, kinda like his thoughts for that past minute. Then he reached around for his gun and wondered why it wasn't there.

Matt Moradi. It was... and where was he again?

Aiden groaned. Couldn't think. The whole left side of his face, still on the ground, was wet and hot. And forget his face the whole left of his head. He couldn't touch it yet. His right ear felt strange and he brought a hand to it and felt blood leaking out.

OK.

So was he dying here now? Hey there was a thought.

"Ah shit," he slurred. "Ahhhhshit."

He groped with his right hand, looked up and saw the metal barricade ringing the lookout deck. He grabbed the lowest bar and tried to pull himself up and instead what do you know, the fucking thing snapped right off and Aiden dropped all of three inches back onto the deck and it felt like way more. He managed to block his face from hitting it with his hand and stared back out into the sunset.

Well then he'd just fucking lie here and watch that, huh?

He was nearly at the edge. And Aiden smiled for a sec before he glanced down and saw the Jeep and it all came together again. At least as much as it could.

That was why he'd lost his gun. That was why Matt wasn't here anymore. Matt was on his way...

"Heyyyyyy...."

Yeah good fuckin luck on them hearing that one Aiden. Way to warn 'em. One last failure for ya. Get Mel and Serena killed cause you took the gun and you lost the gun and you waited your way up here because you couldn't get down fast enough to...

Huh.

He decided in another second. Probably all he had.

Aiden managed to pivot on the ground. He slipped over the edge, legs first.

He'd had at least one big stroke of luck here, eh? Managed to get himself caught right near where Serena and Mel were. He hoped it wouldn't be too much of a mess.

Then he landed feet first. His head, such as it was, chest and shoulders pretty much survived OK. Everything else, less so.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Avoid it, huh?

Funny that he finally got to do something right at the end of this whole trip and it was maybe all cause he'd stopped the whole avoidance thing without even thinking about it.

He just took the plunge.

And the endorphins or whatever were fine cause they were filling his body by now. Like holy shit what's this kid gone and done to himself and it all felt far away.

There they were. They were there.

Funny thing was that a few minutes ago he'd been honestly wondering what'd happen at the end. Had he considered that he might shoot Serena and Mel or something to save his own skin maybe? Well guess Aiden probably knew the answer to that now. That might've made him feel good.

But he wasn't feeling much.

"Uh so Moradi he took th gu im fukn sorry"

Aiden'd always hated that he'd never got to Ireland. He was the Irish kid, after all. Name like Slattery you couldn't be from anywhere but Dubin. And his father had always planned on it like one of them someday things. Aiden had sometimes figured that after he was done school and shit he'd just take off himself, start in Ireland and go bum round Europe and pretend like the world was a fucking beautiful place forever. Cause he'd just pretend everything was beautiful. Ireland was like some paradise in his mind and if he ever saw it'd be hills and flutes forever.

"he got it yah hes cmmin down so run"

And he could pretend that everywhere was like that except here and maybe that explained how he'd ended up such bloody load for so long, y'know?

Maybe they'd try to drag him along. Mel was saying they could. That was like them. They'd done it before.

"hey"

And he was so fuckin grateful for that. He couldn't repay. Or maybe he had. Now Serena just had to get her ass in gear and pick up that gun still hopefully waiting for her. Maybe run Matt fuckin Moradi over on the way there or back if she could.

Serena and Mel and Aiden.

"hey thanks were somethings"

Three somethings.

B029: Aiden Slattery - DECEASED

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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