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Topic Started: Jun 20 2017, 01:37 AM (633 Views)
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((Emma Luz continued from Waiting for the End))

Did she do the right thing, leaving Serena, Alessio, and Matt? That was something she still didn’t know the answer to. Maybe it was for the best. Alessio was dangerous, Matt and Serena probably were. But it still gnawed at her. Someone could’ve died back there, if they didn’t already. She knew Alessio and Serena from orchestra, and, even if she didn’t know Matt that well, it’d still wouldn’t feel right if she’d left him to die.

“Whatever happens, happens,” she had repeated to herself a few times as she walked along the dirt path to the asylum.

It still felt slimy, even if it was necessary. It was like the thing with Kaitlyn way back when, in a way? With the food and water. Emma remembered how she felt taking things off Mabes’ body. She’d liked Mabes, even if she thought the whole drone thing was silly. But they’d done it, and it felt gross. It also felt gross in a similar way to the bird. Gross, but maybe necessary. Maybe.

It didn’t help that she left the bird in the fire, as well. Emma grimaced at the thought. That wasn’t good. It was food, and she’d wasted it. Maybe she should be more careful with fire in the future? Since it only took a few minutes before three different killers had shown up. Fire brought smoke, after all.

She’d decided to take shelter in the asylum for the evening. It was starting to get dark, anyways. Some time ago, Emma remembered thinking that there might be some supplies laying around. She wasn’t sure if it was good to dig in to canned food a decade old, but you never know what’s there. Again, if she had to take food off dead people again, she would do it.




Emma felt worse when she made it indoors. She’d taken her pills earlier, but she still felt dreadful. A few times she’d stumbled and tripped. Another time she dropped the sword. Maybe she’d been too energized earlier? She killed a bird, she dressed the meat, and she cooked it. She just… couldn’t finish it. Her stomach growled in reminder. It might have helped her a bit, to get some protein in her. She’d be less tired, at least.

She found herself in a more intact part of the asylum. By “intact,” she meant “not about to collapse on itself.” It still looked like things were going to fall on her head, just not as easily. Her feet dragged along, feeling heavy. A few times, it felt like she’d space out, only to find herself a few more feet ahead. Her head felt dizzy, like her brain had turned to slosh.

She needed a place to rest. Now. She knew that the trek up here didn’t make her feel good. Maybe she was hungry, maybe she was stressed, maybe it was, again, she was too energized earlier. But what was important was that she needed to lay down somewhere.

That thought was only supported when Emma saw more outlines of people, right in front of her as she turned a corner to the left. She stared for a minute, clutching her sword, before the people had turned their heads towards her. Then, they disappeared. Emma let herself blink for a few more minutes, then continued walking.

“They aren’t real,” she again whispered to herself.

A few more feet ahead, and Emma saw a set of double doors. There was a smell, too. It reminded her of Mabes. Maybe Lily, too. There were other times she’d smelled it, too, but it seemed almost normal nowadays. Was it weird to think that? Emma didn’t want to focus on it.

As she stepped towards the doors, the smell got stronger. Emma guessed that it came from a pile nearby, but she didn’t want to look at it for too long. She had an idea of what it was already, anyways. But, she wasn’t in any shape to take a close look right now. Even her fatigued brain knew that.

Emma stepped inside. It was dark, and she could see multiple long tables. She didn’t even think. Instead, she sat herself down at one, slamming the sword onto the table. The bag made two banging noises of its own: one when she dropped it next to her on the bench, the other when it fell to the ground a second later. Emma flinched at the second, before realizing her bag had fallen. For a moment, she considered picking it up. Instead, though, she sighed and closed her eyes.

A moment later, she let herself doze. Maybe she’d do so for a few minutes before looking around some.

In her fatigued state, Emma did not notice the posters in the room, nor did she notice the names carved into the wood further down the table. She hadn’t even fully realized that, intentionally or no, she ended up following Alessio’s instructions anyways.
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Emma heard a noise. Was that the door opening? Slowly, she opened her eyes. With a soft groan, she rubbed her face for a second, gently pushing up her glasses. Then, she saw it, out of the corner of her eye. A dim yellow orb, inside a doorway. She moved to look at it, taking a moment to figure out what it was. Was she hallucinating again? After all, yellow orbs generally don’t just float there, and give off a beam of light, and-

Emma tensed up. It was a flashlight, pointed close to her. Someone was here. It may have been a fake someone, but if it was a real someone… she couldn’t take too many risks. It probably was a real someone, she was sure. Maybe one of the three people at the beach had followed her here. Or, it was a completely different person. Either way.

She pulled herself up, and glanced at the sword. Her hands snapped out and wrapped around the hilt. It seemed even heavier now. Maybe it was because she was exhausted. But the ache in her hands didn’t improve any.

Her tired eyes focused on the shape holding the flashlight. She couldn’t recognize who it was. It looked taller, like a boy, she guessed. But she shook her head. Emma kept the sword in front of her, as difficult as it was. She wasn’t sure if she should say something, but, as dry as her mouth was, it came out.

“Y… yes? Who is it?”

For a moment, Emma let herself grimace, before closing her mouth. Try to look confident. Try to look less vulnerable than she was. Maybe they’d go away, or… something. She didn’t think they could be someone friendly enough.
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“Keith?”

Emma frowned. Keith was kind of an odd name to say, wasn’t it? It sounded like “key,” but it had a random -th sound at the end. Though, did she know a Keith? The name did ring a bell, but Emma was drawing a blank on who it belonged to.

“Keith, Keith…” she muttered to herself in thought.

She’d glanced down towards her sword for a moment, before something came to mind.

“Programming?” she continued.

There was a Keith like that, right? One who did computer programming. Maybe? She didn’t hear a Keith on the announcements. That, though, could mean anything. It just meant that he was still alive, and that he didn’t kill anyone either. Whether he was safe, though, was another question. Maybe, again, he was another hallucination. Why she would hallucinate a “Keith,” though? Her head still felt a little foggy, her legs felt off, her arms ached, and colorful shapes danced around the corner of her vision. But he was probably real, wasn’t he?

She looked back up. Her mouth twitched. She adjusted her neck for a second.

“It’s… nobody.”

Nobody? Was that a good response? Emma thought it over for a second. Then, she changed her mind.

“Emma,” she said.

Those two syllables also seemed odd to say. Em-ma. It was her name, obviously, but it still sounded like a foreign language to her. It also felt like she hadn’t said it in a while. But she hoped that giving her name wouldn’t be an issue. She also hoped that she’d be able to deal with whatever this was quickly, and she could probably rest for a while longer. It still felt like she needed it.
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Could he come in? Was it a good idea to let him stick around?

On one hand, Keith hadn’t been on the announcements. That meant, obviously, that he wasn’t killed or a killer. He was still a danger, though. Emma couldn’t tell if he had any weapons on him, much less if he’d use them. It was still dark, even with the flashlight.

Her lip twitched again. Even if her wrists ached, and her head felt foggy, she kept the grip on the sword tight and in front of her.

“It… depends,” she replied. “Do you have a weapon? Or… anything like that? You know? It’s just…”

She adjusted herself again. Deep breath, and another.

“I don’t want to take any chances.”

Just because he wasn’t on the announcements didn’t mean he couldn’t be an issue. He could be a mugger, or someone else who didn’t kill, but did something to harm others. Heck, she wasn’t entirely ruling out Keith being a hallucination. She didn’t know. Just that she was uncertain about him.
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“Well…”

Was Keith lying about not having a weapon? Emma didn’t know. There were plenty of reasons why to lie about that sort of thing. Maybe he had one hidden on him somewhere. Where? Pant leg, inside of shirt, maybe? There were plenty of places to hide a gun, for example, or maybe a knife. Maybe some places she didn’t even think of.

Emma shook her head.

“Don’t know,” she mumbled quietly, once again to herself.

So unsure. She had no idea who she could count on at this point. It was kind of like… there were people she couldn’t trust, and then there were people who she simply had no idea on. Were there people she could trust? At all? People still alive? Even Lily had done things. Things that Emma was still trying to figure out how she felt about them.

Her heart was pounding. She just kept staring at the beam of light, and the shape behind it. Her hands shivered as they were kept wrapped around the hilt.

“Don’t know…” she repeated.

Another moment’s thought. Then:

“Can you step a little closer? Like… it’s dark. And I can’t get a good look?”

She hoped that wasn’t dumb, either. She hoped that it wouldn't mean the end of her that she asked to take a closer look. She hoped.
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He did. He’d stepped closer. Though, Emma didn’t like that tone. It seemed tense, angry. Like he didn’t like that she’d asked. Or that he had something to hide? Maybe? It didn’t look like he had anything in his other hand, but Keith could still have a weapon. Pant legs and shirt were still a possibility. She could ask to frisk him or something, pat him down to see if there was nothing hidden. But then, she’d have to get close to do that, wouldn’t she?

“I guess so,” she replied.

She bit her lower lip for a second. It felt dry. Another adjust, one more deep breath. Keith could still do something. Mug her, hurt her, something. Even if he wasn’t a killer, she didn’t want to risk it. He was taller than her, and while she had no idea if he was stronger than he looked, he still had an advantage. While she had the sword, he could easily knock her over.

The light was still dim, but something seemed to ring a bell about their surroundings. Emma looked off to the side for a moment, at the table she’d been resting at. Something snapped into her brain. She looked back at Keith.

Alessio said something about a cafeteria, didn’t he?

“Keith… why did you come here?”

The sword felt heavier than ever.
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Emma’s lips tightened.

“Of… course. I see…”

Once again, too vague. On one hand, she didn’t have that many places to be, either. She just came in here because… she was tired, she guessed. “Tired” wasn’t anything new for her, but it was a reason why she came in here. Alessio told her to come in here, too. To be honest, she thought it’d been a bad idea. She had no idea why Alessio wanted her here specifically. Was it a trap of some sort? But how would he trap someone that way? Emma honestly didn’t want to be here, but again, she was tired, and took the first place that seemed like a good spot to rest without realizing. So, she wandered in here, and… only just realized she followed what he said anyways.

The sword shook in her hands. It wasn’t just the weight.

“Have you… did you see anyone else?”

She tilted her head to the side for a moment. Although she thought it might have been a risky thing to do, she took a few steps forwards. Her legs felt like they were limp.

Emma took a gulp. She looked over his face. It was too dim for her to make out his expression.

“Alessio, maybe?”
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Emma tilted her head again.

“That wasn’t what I was asking,” she said. “I was asking about… did you see him? That’s what I’m asking. I didn’t say anything about you… hanging around him?”

That response was very specific, as if he thought that was what the question was. As if he had to defend himself for some reason. Why, she didn’t know. It was an odd response, and one Emma didn’t like. It was, again, too specific, but it didn’t truly answer the question. Was he avoiding it?

“Let me ask again: did you see anyone?”

She hoped that this wasn’t a part of some trap Alessio or someone else had set up. It didn’t seem like anyone was here, other than her and Keith. Why would Alessio and Keith do something together? Still no idea. There was an off-chance he’d been ordered to go here too, but she didn’t know. But she inhaled inward, waiting for his response. The sword continued to shake in her hands.
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Okay, so he hadn’t seen him? Maybe? Was he telling the truth? No Alessio, ever? Well, he did mention Fiyori. Who did Fiyori kill again? She was one of the people who killed Isabel, wasn’t she? Did she kill anyone else? Emma was drawing a blank. On one hand, Emma still felt relieved that Isabel was gone, as strange as it felt when she heard the news. On the other, Dorothy had been one of them, too, and…

Emma tensed up at the thought. Even more than she already did.

But something got her attention. She raised her head a bit more.

“What about her?” she asked.

Her voice came out snappish. It was strange that he brought her up specifically. She’d lost friends, cousins, a sister. Lizzie had been important to her, of course. But something was up, if he had something to say about her in particular.
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“You didn’t what?” Emma snapped again.

Obviously, she knew who killed Lizzie. Isabel did. Lily apparently… helped. So, it wasn’t like Keith did it. But again, the fact that he brought her up rose some alarms. Why would he? It didn’t make any sense, and the fact that he “didn’t” wasn’t a helpful answer. “Didn’t” could mean all sorts of things. Did he do something after all? Did he not do something he should’ve?

The sword shook harder.

"Tell me, what didn’t you do? A-answer me.”

For a moment, Emma tried to make her face straight again, only for her lips to curl and tighten. She inhaled again, making a seething noise as she exhaled. He’d better explain. Emma wasn’t fond of him dancing around it.
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That wasn’t a good answer. “Surprised” him? What on earth was that supposed to mean? It only made Emma shake more, only made her seethe more. Only made her tenser. Her eyes narrowed. Keith was unhelpful, and suspicious, and didn’t bother to clear things up. He could have clarified, he could have done anything.

Then Keith did it.

Suddenly he was right in front of her. Suddenly his hand darted.

It happened too quickly. Emma felt herself flinch backwards. She felt herself swing the blade.

“Stop-“

Thunk.

She felt one more thing. It was the blade connecting.
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A new emotion bubbled to the surface. It wasn’t suspicion, like how she felt when he came in. It wasn’t frustration, like how she felt when he dodged answering her questions. But it was equally unpleasant all the same.

Keith collapsed to the floor. A fresh feeling of nausea hit as Emma realized. She hit him. She had no idea how bad it was, but the dim beam cast by his dropped flashlight showed that there was a lot of red seeping from the blow. Emma knew a cut like that could be dangerous. Depending on how deep it was, it could cause an infection, or organ damage. It could cause shock, too. Point was, Keith was injured, and worse, Emma wasn’t sure how bad it was.

And worse still? She had no idea what to do about it. On one hand, he was acting suspicious and unhelpful. On the other, he was still hurt, and she was the one who did it. Emma stared at the wound, her eyes wide open. Could she apply first aid? Could she make him leave, even with his injury? Could she even… finish the job?

That feeling came back. It reminded her of Mabes, of the seagull, of Alessio. Emma gulped. Her throat felt a little dry.

She took another step backwards. Her eyes flicked to the sword, still in her hands. It gleamed a matching dark red in the dim light. Her heart pounded in her ears, her breathing seemed to go faster and faster. She’d attacked him, but she had no idea where to go from here.

“I… didn’t…” she started, but couldn’t finish.

Like Keith, it wasn’t helpful. ‘Didn’t’ what? Mean to? Want to? Want to be here? Trust you? But she kept the grip on the sword tight. Maybe it was better to finish the job, maybe he was still capable of attacking.

She didn’t know anymore.
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Emma said nothing. Did nothing. Only watched as Keith pulled himself away. He struggled to get up, and slowly limped away. He left a trail of blood in his wake. Emma’s eyes locked on it instead, still feeling herself shake.

She attacked someone.

Was it an accident?

Did it matter?

Could she have followed him out? Finish the job so he didn’t have to die in pain? Do what she could do help him? But he could have attacked her, didn’t he? He reached out for the blade. He could have done worse. Much worse. She doubted many people here were safe to be around. For all she knew, she was right, and he had a weapon or something. But she’d still attacked him, didn’t he?

Emma felt dizzy. She sat down, placing the sword next to her.

Once again, she didn’t try to fight it. She slid to the floor, her limbs going loose, limp, and numb.




“Good morning all of you that are still alive and welcome to day ten of your adventure here!”

Emma lifted her head from the table with a groan. Day ten. It’d only been ten days. It felt like years. But it was actually just over a week. It was weird to think of it like that. As she rubbed her face, the announcement continued.

Dorothy and Jae had struck again. Two girls for Dorothy, one boy for Jae. The boy who Jae killed, he was the one who… eliminated Jaime, wasn’t he? Emma wasn’t sure how to feel about that.

She wasn’t sure how to feel about another thing. Dorothy died afterwards. It was like God had come down and decided she had to die. Emma still hated her. Her and Jae. In a sick way, her choking was justice. It didn’t make up for Lily, though. Even if Lily had-

Emma clenched her fists.

One more thing. Alessio was dead, too. Apparently, he shot someone, but he got stabbed in turn. It had to have happened after she left. It wasn’t Serena or Matt, though. It was two completely different people. Emma had no idea what happened exactly after she left, and she wasn’t sure if she wanted to know.

The announcement clicked off.

Emma sat at the table, still trying to process the information. Then, she whispered those words for what felt like the thousandth time.

“Whatever happens, happens.”

She closed her eyes. She opened them again when she realized something.

Keith wasn’t on the announcement. That meant that he was still alive, wasn’t he? Emma’s eyes darted to her first aid kit. She’d taken it earlier. Maybe an hour ago? She didn’t really know how quickly time passed here. She’d cleaned the sword, but she didn’t clean up the blood on the floor. To be honest, she wasn’t sure if she could. A few times, she was uncertain whether the encounter with Keith really happened. It was strange, but it felt a bit like cleaning it would be removing the proof that it happened. But it did, didn’t it? She felt the blade go in.

She touched her forehead again. Still dizzy.




Aiden Slattery
Alice Baker
Enzo
Ty Yazzie?
Danny Brooks
Brendan Harte
GLD ; )
Bernadette
Kiziah Saraki
Lili Williams
Penelope
Ben
Raina


Emma’s hands touched the names. She recognized all of them. It wasn’t at all old. Someone carved them in, but for what purpose, she had no idea. But it was a list of classmates. Emma was sure of it. A hit list? No, didn’t look like it. Well, maybe it was. The last few names seemed “fresher,” like they had been carved into the wood somewhat later. Some of them had been crossed out, too.

She remembered Danny. It felt like a dream, or someone else’s memory, but she remembered that Health class, with him, Jeremy, and Haley. Was Haley here? Emma had no idea, and it was another question she didn’t want to know the answer to. She distantly remembered that Danny had died a few days ago. How did it happen? Isabel? Or was it Nancy? Or Kimiko? Did it matter?

A short while later, she found the posters. They were hard to miss, even if she did earlier. The word “SEX,” along with the bright colors, drew the eye a bit. There were about ten of them, some barely visible outside, two hanging on the walls inside. Some of them were more crude and childish, others were more organized, for lack of a better phrasing.

Emma stared at one that’d been hung on the wall. By the looks of it, it was a list of rules. Alessio had said this was a safe zone, didn’t he? She didn’t believe him, since she knew what he’d done. Did he really put this much effort into a ruse like this? Carve names, make posters? Or… was he telling the truth? There really was a group of people here, who were… safe? But was that even possible at this point? And why would he tell her about that?

Her eyes flicked towards the puddle of blood. Keith’s blood, probably. There appeared to be more elsewhere, but she wasn’t certain it was his. It seemed older. Keith’s, however, still shown in the dim lighting. She walked over, kneeled, and placed her fingertips on top of it in thought. When she lifted her hand back up, her fingertips came up red with coagulating blood.

She remembered that, a long time ago, there’d been a puddle of blood on the floor of the wards. Was it when they first got here? Maybe. Lucilly had run away, and Amanda had to find her. So, it’d been just her and Jaime, talking and looking out for the injured person.

“We never found out whose blood that was,” she whispered to herself.

It was such a long time ago. It was funny she was thinking of that, now. Maybe the whole image of fresh blood brought the whole thing back. Emma stared at her dripping fingers, then looked back at the table with the names on it, then the posters.

A raw feeling came up in her stomach. Emma stood up. She suddenly didn’t feel comfortable being here anymore. She wasn’t sure why. Maybe it was the blood, the posters, the names. But it reminded her of something she didn’t like.

Emma wiped the blood off on her jeans, and walked over to her bag. She slammed the first aid kit into it, and with a few tries, zipped the bag back up. The strap went over her shoulder, and the sword went into her hands. She slammed open the doors she’d come in from. The body was still there. Despite better judgement, she turned her head to look at it.

Her. Kiziah. Kizi. Emma’s features softened. She hadn’t realized her features had been hardened. She was a nice girl, wasn’t she? They’d been friendly. Her name was one of the ones listed. Had the game changed her, too? Probably. She might not have been as nice as she was back home. A new thought clicked. Was this Kizi’s idea? Someone else’s? Again, why would Alessio tell her about it?

Emma leaned forward to take a better look at her, then looked away. Slowly, she stepped further into the hallway. For a moment, she looked back at Kizi. Still motionless, still dead. Emma looked past her, and snapped her head forward.

She could have sworn that she saw a familiar pair of yellow eyes in the darkness.

((Emma Luz continued in Deep Below Ground, Where Memories Sleep))
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