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The Ten Duel Commandments; (Private)
Topic Started: Jul 5 2017, 01:40 PM (709 Views)
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((Caedyn Miller IT'S NOT A PERSON WHO DIES, BUT WORLDS DIE INSIDE US))

There was a logic to it. Really, she'd thought the whole thing out. At this point people were gonna be scurrying to hidey holes like this one whenever they were safe just to avoid anybody with a gun. You had to know where your prey was if you were gonna be an effective hunter. The Cassowary knew that. She was a goddamn apex predator. Nowhere was safe from her.

Yeah. That was it. Definitely wasn't wandering aimlessly to places that reminded her of Jazzy. That was just a coincidence. No need to look into that.

Just so happened she was sat against the wall right where they'd curled up together that night. She wasn't staring at one of last spots she'd held her. Kissed her. Had her. Just so happened that it was in her sight lines as she stood guard in the room, waiting for someone to stroll inside thinking they'd be safe here.

When she shattered that thought with a bullet to the skull, she wouldn't be thinking that it should have been her. Jazz wouldn't collapse to the floor of her mind's eye again. And she wouldn't feel anything before she moved on to the next spot.

Maybe the garden. People would feel safe in the garden, wouldn't they? And wasn't that willow tree the best spot to keep an eye out for them?

Yeah. That was it. Nothing more.
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Should have picked up on the footsteps coming down the hall. Her gun should have been up as soon as the heavy breathing carried through the door. The last excuse she had was the sound of the door opening, that alone should have been enough to throw her at the ready.

She could feel her arms around her neck. That small hand grabbing her collar so tight and pulling her in for a kiss. Jazzy never was a great kisser if you went with the classics, but god did she give it an effort. Somehow when she'd held her like that, it made her feel so small in a way that was safe. Comforting. She'd never really thought about it all that much when they were together, but now thinking back on it she could feel that warmth as strong as ever. She never wanted to let go of it.

And then it was gone.

Fiyori was there instead.

Enter: Ghost of Infidelities Past, Center.

Caedyn stared up at her from the floor, her gun still hanging loose in her hand over her knee. "What's up, Fi?" Honestly, it was far from the worst spot she'd been in. Kimiko. Jae. Whoever'd shot her back in the closet. None of them had seemed that interested in talking, so it couldn't be that bad. Or maybe Fiyori liked to play with her food. It didn't make much difference either way. Caedyn was gonna kill her either way.
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She rose, nice and slow. The gun kept hanging at her side for now. This was almost interesting, after all. Caedyn glanced down at the gun. Her eyes roamed up to Alba and moved on without acknowledging her to meet Fiyori's gaze. A couple of days ago she might teased about wanting to hear those words in better circumstances. Now she didn't even smile. "I'm not busy. Let's hear it."
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Fiyori was the problem. She had to keep her eyes on Fiyori. Caedyn knew Alba. Even now, Alba wasn't just gonna go wild on her. They were friends...sorta. So it wasn't important to try and play to her. This game was gonna come down to the wild card.

The offer left her blinking for a few moments. It sounded like a pretty good deal. Not like she cared too much whether Fiyori was angry about the fact that she was gonna die or not, but...yeah. Sure. It'd be nice to have a little validation for once. She could see the whole thing playing out like a movie: backs to each other, guns drawn. Ten paces or whatever the fuck they could squeeze out of the room, with Alba as their witness. A sudden flourish. Muzzle fire. A body hitting the ground as a gun clatters across the panning camera shot, settling on a shocked, dead face. No judgement. No posturing. Probably just a few simple rules and a good, clean, fair kill where the best woman won.

Caedyn furrowed her brow like she was deep in thought. "Okay...yeah. That sounds pretty good."

She didn't look up before the gun came flying up past her side. It hadn't even stopped moving when she pulled the trigger and the kick sent her stumbling backwards. Her head hit the wall and set her ears ringing...well, either that or the gunshot. Probably that.

Under the ringing she could barely hear herself. Her voice came out as a hacked wheeze. "But then that happened, sooooooo..."

It was a struggle just to try and look straight to see if she'd hit. But she didn't have to look. She'd had a big enough target to play with, and The Cassowary knew how this scene played out. The best woman won. Because the best woman didn't play by anybody else's rules.

The gun was already pointing vaguely in her direction, but Caedyn's blurry vision eventually caught up with Alba too. A dazed smile oozed across her face. "So like, were you her back-up? What's that like?"
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Awww. Alba was pointing a gun at her. That was kinda cute. The only problem was Caedyn had had a lot of guns pointed at her, and you know what she'd learned?

People who had any intention of using them didn't chat you up. They just pulled the trigger. That pretty much summed up why she'd done what she'd done. But Alba wasn't going to get that, so she had to teach her. She could focus on her now, after all. Fiyori was dead. Caedyn won. There was time for a little fun before the inevitable.

The Cassowary clicked her tongue and let her vision settle. The world was still ringing, but she could play through the pain. She'd acted through worse hangovers, probably, and this was gonna be her finest monologue. "Now, technically speaking, I did exactly what she said. Let the record show: At no point did the defense state 'and let me get my gun out first.' All that was guaranteed was no whining, posturing, or complaining. Just...how did she say it? Judgement-free murder."

A giggle echoed through the room, distorted and alien in her damaged ears. Could be the endorphin rush as well. It was making her giddy. "So I murdered her, and I didn't judge her for dying like a stupid bitch. Fair's fair, right?"

The barrel of the gun bobbed a little as she stared into Alba's eyes. "So...how did you wanna do this? Feeling an open casket? Or is that dumb? Nah, don't say it, that's dumb. We'll be soup by the time they send us home anyway." Caedyn's index finger came to point at her temple. "What do you say, promise to give each other nice clean shots to the skull? I gotta get some karma back for styling on Fi like that, so I'm feeling generous!" Push her hand. Make her realize she can't do this, just like all the others. Alba was as weak as Nancy, and Oskar, and Kimiko, and Jeremy, and most of all Fiyori. She'd crumple, and she'd try to negotiate, and she'd die.

That's how this always worked out. It was almost getting boring.
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Ah, there it was. The self-righteousness. The questions. The need to understand why, all because she couldn't do it herself. Caedyn almost pitied he-

G011: CAEDYN MILLER-DECEASED

Oh dear. Oh dear, dear, dear. It seems you've made a mess and you can't even explain yourself. Don't worry darling, I'll take it from here.

Just so we're all clear, Fiyori shot her. Everyone saw it coming. Well, everyone except the one who needed to most. That's not what needs to be answered for here. When the assuredly Tony Award winning musical about the life and deaths of Caedyn Miller-and yes, honey, I said when, the talks are already on the table-, there's a hanging question provided by her former team-mate there: Why? Where you waiting for this? Judging by the gurgling, the hole in her forehead and its gaping partner in the back of her skull, and that brilliantly convenient little tag up there, I presume she's not in any state to answer it. That's where I come in. There's a very simple answer, really, and it's the same answer to every question about her.

Why lie and cheat and stir up trouble for no personal gain at all?

Why party with people she hates and sleep with people she can't stand?

Why strip and smear and sermonize identities she never really held in the first place away just to spite those who love her?

Why love Jasmine?

Why manipulate Oskar?

Why smash Bridgette's head in?

Why shoot Jeremy?

Why taunt and torture Cass?

Why cheat Fiyori?

Why die?

As I said, the answer's very simple: Because she could. And if you could do anything...

Well. Wouldn't you?
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