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The Ten Duel Commandments; (Private)
Topic Started: Jul 5 2017, 01:40 PM (792 Views)
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((Alba Reyes continued from Origin of Symmetry))

Alba slowed down a bit and caught her breath. She had been running after Fiyori for a while, across the bridge and back into the asylum. Most of the area around the tower was off limits, so she wasn't surprised Fiyori had headed east. The challenge was managing to keep track of where Fiyori was going, and that meant Alba had to push herself a lot harder than normal when running after someone.

Fortunately, enough days of conserving energy had paid off in this pursuit. Alba noticed that Fiyori was heading for one of the labs and made her way after her. She kept the rifle close to her side and the bags close on one shoulder. She entered the same room and saw Fiyori standing facing a wall.

"Fiyori, there you are," she said. "I was-"

She then realized who Fiyori was talking to.

"Caedyn."
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Alba smirked a bit at the unintentional joke, but turned serious when she remembered where she was. Caedyn Miller was here. They were friends from roller derby, but Caedyn had been killing over the last few days. She could assume they'd still be friends despite everything, but Kaitlyn already proved that friendship back home didn't equate to friendship here. Heck, she even killed Jeremy, who Alba had a nice chat with a few days ago.

Fiyori had a wager that Caedyn wanted to hear.

"Fiyori, what are you doing?" she whispered to Fiyori.
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Alba's eyes widened when she heard Fiyori's proposal. She couldn't believe Fiyori would be suggesting a game just like Kaitlyn. Maybe this one was a lot more reasonable and balanced compared to Kaitlyn's cove-drowning game. But either way, Fiyori was looking for trouble, and she was likely to die because of it. If Fiyori lost, then Alba would be alone, and with an armed and dangerous Caedyn.

Alba stepped a little back from Fiyori. She wasn't going to run, but she wanted to give the girls their space. She breathed a bit when Caedyn agreed; not from relief, but just from a need to exhale from stress.

Of course, the stress immediately returned when Caedyn raised a gun and fired. She let out a cry as Fiyori fell to her knees. Caedyn got knocked back a bit, which gave Alba time to raise her rifle to Caedyn.

"Don't!" she cried out after Caedyn hit her head against the wall. "Don't try anything!"

Caedyn then pointed her gun towards Alba. Alba swallowed a lump in her throat. Caedyn asked if Alba was Fiyori's back-up.

"I was just traveling with her," Alba said. "I didn't know she was going to do this."

Alba quickly glanced back at Fiyori, then Caedyn. She couldn't believe she was actually in a standoff again. Fiyori was hurt, and Alba was now probably going to repeat what happened with Kaitlyn.

"Why did you shoot her? Why didn't you at least try her idea?"
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Alba listened in as Caedyn spoke. Caedyn tried to make excuses for what she did, and then tried to turn the subject back to them. The two of them were holding guns to one another, and it was clear that a fight was going to occur. One or both of them were probably going to die right now. Alba knew she'd probably have to fire, but there was something else getting her right now.

Caedyn wasn't like Kaitlyn. Caedyn was enjoying this, but there was something much less tolerable about what Caedyn was saying. Alba winced, then moved her finger closer to the trigger.

"Oh my god... you don't even care," Alba said.

Alba briefly bit her lip and started to talk.

"This is all a joke to you. You just killed someone and don't even care that you could die right now. I mean, I know you didn't have the best rep before we came here, but were you always so shitty?"

Alba shook her head. Fiyori was probably dead now, and Caedyn was clearly the kind of person she should have shot on sight.

"Caedyn, were you always just waiting for something like this game to come along?"
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Alba was about to get her answer from Caedyn when a phantom appeared. Suddenly an arm moved between Caedyn and Alba, followed by a loud bang. Caedyn fell to the ground with a hole in her head and a scream from Alba's mouth. Alba blinked, and realized it was Fiyori. Fiyori was alive after all, and she killed Caedyn.

Alba let out a massive sigh before lowering the rifle and rubbing her head with her free hand. All that tension poured out of her body with a several quick exhalations. She would have fallen to her knees in relief, but then realized there was still the matter of Fiyori.

"Oh god," Alba blurted. "Fi, are you okay?"

Alba looked at Fiyori. Even if she killed Caedyn, Fiyori was still shot and bleeding out. They needed to be quick.
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"Oh, crap, yeah," Alba said, looking at Fiyori's wound. "Go lie down. I'll do what I can."

Alba shifted the rifle to her other hand and lowered her bags to her hand. She then looked around the room. There was an operating table she could lay Fiyori on, but she still had some concerns. Alba had done a pretty awkward job patching up Brendan when Jae shot him the first time. Sure she was aiming for veterinarian school, but this might be a lot more complicated than what she was used to.

Plus, there was the matter of two loud gunshots going off in the basement of a creepy asylum. Alba looked around the room and noticed one of the broken chairs lying in the corner. She quickly walked over and dropped the rifle and bags on the floor by the operating table.

"One second," she told Fiyori.

She hurried over to the wooden chair and grabbed it by the leg. She tilted it, lying it on its side and put her foot on the base of the chair. With a few forceful tugs and stomps, the leg came free. She then hurried over to the lab doors and pulled them shut, putting the chair leg between the handles.

"Sorry, that was for my sake," she said to Fiyori.

She then hurried back over to Fiyori. She knelt to the ground and opened up Kaitlyn's bag, pulling her first aid kit out. Alba had used her assigned kit for most of the time here, but Kaitlyn's was probably still untouched.

She stood beside Fiyori and began to open the kit up.

"Alright," Alba quickly said. "I have a vague idea of what to do: pull the bullet out, if I can, then clean the wound with alcohol, then sew it up. Anything I might be missing?"

Alba felt her jaw shake a bit. This was going to be messy.
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Alba waited as Fiyori made her joke, and then asked her to leave the bullet in. She was glad Fiyori as handling this better than she was right now. She didn't know why she'd want to leave the bullet in, but perhaps Fiyori didn't trust Alba to pry her open and dig in deep through all the muscle to get a small piece of metal out.

"Okay. Bullet stays in. Got it," Alba said.

Alba unzipped her hoodie and removed it, tossing it onto the floor beside her. She reached into the kit and grabbed the alcohol wipes, taking one out.

"Alright. Sorry in advance for this."

Alba lifted Fiyori's shirt a bit, revealing the wound. She then pressed the wipe to the wound, watching as the wipe started to change colors. She began to wipe, praying that was enough to sterilize the wound. Granted, Brendan never got gangrene (or at least never told her he got it), so this was probably what she should be doing now.

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"Yeah. The day we first met here, I had to do this to him when Jae shot him."

Alba finished wiping and put the wipe down. She then began to reach into the kit to get the needle and thread.

"It was the first time I had ever done something like this, but he trusted me to do it and do it right."

Alba began to thread the needle. She started to feel her eyes well up thinking about Brendan. She let out a sigh. She had to focus.

"Alright," she said, getting the needle ready to puncture Fiyori's skin. "Let's try this again."
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"Okay, that should be it."

Alba finished wrapping the bandage around Fiyori's torso. She had spent the last few minutes working carefully to stitch the wound and wrap a bandage. She had to hope that it would stay shut, or that the pressure would keep it from bleeding. Whatever it was, Fiyori would have to be careful for the rest of her time here.

"Um, how are you feeling?" Alba asked, looking over at Fiyori.

She then looked down at her hands. They were covered in Fiyori's blood, mixed with all the grime and dirt of the last few days. Now she was wishing she had washed them before operating.
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Alba looked up from her hands when Fiyori spoke. Fiyori said she agreed with the way Caedyn acted. Alba was surprised, but remained silent for a bit. They were getting down to the nitty gritty, so it shouldn't be so surprising that people would be willing to take whatever advantage they had to kill their opponents.

Alba hung her head a bit.

"Were you going to do the same?"

Alba sighed a bit and wiped the blood off her hands onto the operating table.

"Were you actually going to have a duel with her, or were you just trying to put her in a false sense of security and shoot her while her back was turned?"

Alba looked back to Fiyori.

"Fiyori...were you expecting to die?"
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Alba listened to Fiyori's response, taking in the time between each tap against her leg. It looked like Fiyori did have awareness of what she did, and reminded Alba that she chose to come after Fiyori. Alba couldn't deny that.

"Yeah, I guess I did chose to come along," she said. "I really should have known better, but I won't make that mistake again."

Alba looked up at Fiyori.

"What do you have in mind?"
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"Oh, that."

Alba looked down at the floor, then over to Caedyn's body. Caedyn didn't want to listen or reason, and she was prepared to kill them for nothing. It really was just like Kaitlyn, and once again, Alba didn't have the nerve to just fire at Caedyn the minute Fiyori was shot. Jae probably was going to keep killing too. If Jae shot Fiyori like he did Brendan, was she just going to stand and watch it happen?

Alba closed her eyes and sighed.

"Okay."

She opened her eyes and looked at Fiyori.

"He's probably going to keep killing, just like Caedyn. If you want to find him, I'll go with you. After what happened with Brendan, I probably should say a few things to him before he dies."
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Alba wasn't sure how she could feel so enthusiastic right now. Yeah, Fiyori's anger and desire to kill Jae was understandable, and Alba more than anyone here probably had reasons to want to see him dead. But right now, she couldn't even feel mad. Even knowing that Caedyn, another one of her roller derby teammates, had tried to kill her didn't make her mad.

Through all of this, all she could feel was emptiness. She was upset about everything that happened, but she was starting to find it so rote that she wasn't even sure she could cry about it. Maybe someday she would, or maybe she'd never again, but she wanted to know there was something that could at least make her feel something raw and human again.

Fiyori gave some parting advice about how they act, and how thinking and talking about what they do wasn't going to help. Alba had to agree. There were probably less than twenty kids left, and if that included dangerous people like Jae, then there was no need to talk.

As Fiyori walked out, Alba quickly gathered her items. She quickly threw the hoodie on, feeling the remote to the bomb patting against her side as she did, then slung the bags over her shoulder. She picked up the rifle, and followed after Fiyori.

The time to act was now, and Alba had to fully commit to it. She couldn't just talk about doing things or who she and everyone else were right then. She had to act, while there was still time to.

((Alba Reyes continued in Volver))
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