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Family Reunion
Topic Started: Jul 22 2017, 02:14 AM (795 Views)
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((Alba Reyes continued from Volver))

Well, this wasn't a pleasant sight.

Alba and Fiyori had begun their trek around the asylum looking for anyone who mattered to them, whether good or bad. They had made their way to the Art Therapy Room, and were instead confronted with three dead bodies. One with a hole in his head, one with her neck blown apart, and the last with his body slashed open. They were all in varying stages of decay, so it was clear a lot had gone on here over the last several days.

Alba felt a bit sick, but tried to swallow back any bile. Corpses were more common than the living now, but it was still hard to see a dead person. Maybe it was because some were more rotted than others, but Alba was starting to have enough of this room.

"Okay, no one's here," Alba told Fiyori. "Let's move on."

Alba walked back to the entrance of the room, keeping the rifle by her side. As she pushed the door open, she realized someone was out there. There was a girl there, lying next to a gurney with something covered on top. Alba knew the gurney and the girl weren't there when they walked inside, so this was strange.

"Um, hello?" she said to the person.

Alba didn't know this person that well, but figured there was a chance she was one of the few good people left. At least, she could hope so.
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Alba looked a lot closer at Emma and the objects on the gurney. Now that she had more time to study it, it was clear Emma was carting a body. Fiyori seemed to find reason to chuckle at this meeting, but as to what, Alba wasn't sure. This girl clearly was going somewhere with the body.

"Oh, yeah," Alba said to the girl's question. "We're just looking for some people. Jae and Kimiko, mainly. But if you've seen Bryony or Jon, that'd help a lot as well."

Alba bit her lower lip and looked at the gurney. She then looked back to the girl.

"Was that someone you were close to?" she asked, pointing to the body on the gurney.
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"Oh, I was just curious," Alba said. "Sorry, I was just wondering if it was someone important, on account of you pushing them around."

Alba looked over at the gurney, then back at Emma. She stepped a bit forward towards the girl.

"But yeah, we're looking for a few good people left and some of the bad ones too. Is the person under there someone we might know? Like someone on our list?"
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Alba could have sworn she heard the girl say "sis," but the girl insisted it wasn't anyone they were looking for. Maybe it was too hard for her to say that she lost a family member here. But Fiyori had the right suggestion that maybe they could help.

"Yeah, would you like some help?" Alba asked.

Alba stepped a bit closer, putting herself right by the gurney.

"If you want, we can help you bury her. Or at least keep an eye out while you work."
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Before Alba could get an answer, a large force hit her. The girl hit Alba with the gurney. She hit Alba right in the gut, causing her to stumble back a bit. Alba's hand moved up on the rifle as she stumbled backwards. Alba didn't mean to move her hand up; it only happened because her grip loosened when she got hit with the makeshift battering ram. For a split second, she thought that she was going to drop the gun, so she quickly grabbed the first part of the gun she could.

That's when a noise went off, and the air escaped from her lung.

Earlier, when she and Fiyori began to search for Jae, Kimiko, and anyone else who was left, she remembered that she needed to be more prepared in case danger came up. For that, she decided to save some time and to turn the safety off the gun. That split second could save her life or Fiyori's if they got attacked.

Looking back, that was a really stupid and reckless idea.

The bullets tore up the floor, sending bits of tile into the air. Alba quickly let go of the trigger and let herself fall on her rear end. Her breathing returned, but as she looked forward, she was frozen in shock.

"Oh god..."
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Alba scrambled to get the rifle back into her hands and held it towards Emma. Emma was bleeding and rushing towards them with a sword. Fiyori had fired, but missed. Alba gulped as she stared down the girl.

She screwed up. She didn't realize this girl was on edge and that approaching her would turn out so badly. They were so late in the game that she should have realized it. She should have also realized how dumb it was to walk around with the safety off. Honestly, Alba had a lot to kick herself for, but not a lot of time.

What she did have to deal with was this girl charging at her with a sword. There was nothing else to do. This girl was going to kill her, and probably Fiyori as well. Fiyori realized it when she shot at the girl, and now Alba knew it was true.

She was making a lot of promises these last few days, and it was her turn to live up to them, as much as she hated it.

She grimaced as she raised the rifle to Emma.

"Sorry," she said.

She pulled the trigger and closed her eyes as she heard a burst of gunfire. There was no going back.
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Alba remained in place as she watched the gunfire tear apart Emma, sending her to the ground. She stared at the girl as she slowly stopped moving, leaving a look of horror on her face. Alba's mouth slowly opened, but nothing came out. She felt the rifle shaking in her hands, the barrel still pointing towards Emma.

Fiyori broke the silence and asked if Alba was alright.

"I..."

Alba moved her hand down the rifle, turning the safety back on.

"I..."

She slowly pushed herself off the ground and stood up. She kept her gaze on Emma's body.

"I... I don't have an excuse for this one, do I?"

Alba put her had to her forehead. She could feel her eyes starting to well up.

"This is all my fault, isn't it?"
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"No, there's no point," Alba said. "I got too close to someone who didn't want our help, and I ended up killing her because of it. I should have just left her alone."

Alba wiped her eyes. Fiyori was looking through her bag for something. Alba knew that this was going to probably come back to haunt them. Tomorrow morning, they'd announce that she killed Emma. They would probably phrase it in a way that would make her look bad, and people would try to come for her. People like Bryony and Jon may no longer want to come near her or ally with her because of it. Alba now had two kills to her name, and at this point in the game, that was a sign that she wanted to go home no matter what.

But how could she not want to go home? To be away from this place? To see the killings stop? Did Alba even have a chance to go home? Would her family accept her now that she's killed two people?

Alba let out a long sigh. This was what they wanted her to do. This is what she knew she had become the minute she killed Kaitlyn. This is what the majority of her peers had decided upon when they found themselves in this game. She was a killer.

Alba grit her teeth and clenched her fist. She didn't want to give in like this. Yes, she was a double-killer who ripped two girls from their families forever, but she needed to be better than what the terrorists wanted. With how many people were left, she needed to be one of the better ones. She needed to be for the sake of everyone who died, everyone she killed, and for those she promised she'd do right by.

"Fi, I don't know if I can forgive myself for this. I don't know if I deserve to go home now. But you know what? I'm not going to give in to those doubts. I'm not going to act like this makes me more worthy to go home, or that I don't deserve to live because of it. I want to believe there's some reason for me to keep going."

Alba swallowed a lump in her throat and slowly breathed out her nose.

"Fiyori, I promised we'd make it to tomorrow night, and I'm going to make sure of it. I'm not going to be the aggressor, but if I'm somehow alive by sunset tomorrow, I'll know it's because I was meant to make it, and that there's still a chance for me to do right in the world. If I don't make it, then I was truly past the point of no return, or that I'll have to answer for my sins much sooner than I thought."

She stepped a bit closer to Fiyori.

"I'll be more careful, but I'll make sure that someone comes out of this okay. If I'm going to die here, I'm going to die ensuring the right person goes home. If I'm all that's left, I'll spend the rest of my life making penance."

"So..."

Alba reached her free hand out for Fiyori to shake.

"Will you give me a chance to prove myself?"
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Fiyori shook Alba's hand. Alba was glad Fiyori was agreeing with her on that statement she made. Alba couldn't remember being so declarative in the past. This island had changed her a lot in the last ten days. It was really forcing her to examine herself and her actions, and she wondered if that would make her a better person if she made it home. At the very least, it had to make her more serious when she had to be, so she would settle for that.

Alba broke the handshake to look back at the bodies of Emma and her sister.

"Um, before we go back to looking for everyone," Alba said. "We should do something for them. I mean, I don't know if we can bury them, but we ought to do something proper for them since that opportunity was taken."
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"Well, we could bury them, like she was intending too," Alba said. "Or we could do something else."

Alba rubbed her head.

"I mean, I don't know where we're going to get shovels, and it'd be hard to cremate them with this weather."

Alba looked back at Emma's body.

"I just think I should do something for them. I owe them that at least."
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"Yeah, that might work..." Alba said.

She looked around the area. She then caught the door to the Art Therapy room. There were three bodies in there already, so maybe it wouldn't be so weird to put two more in there.

"How about in here?" she said, pointing at the Art Therapy room. "There's got to be tarps or smocks or something to cover their bodies. And hey, maybe there's some paints that are still good to use. Maybe that could help with the shrine part."

Alba gave a small smile to Fiyori.

"Want to try it?"
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After some time, it was complete. Alba and Fiyori moved Emma and her sister into the Art Therapy Room and began to use whatever they could to make a memorial to them. They also dragged the other three bodies in the room over as well. It only seemed fair to offer the same courtesy to them as well. After all, they were victims too.

While Fiyori covered them with whatever tarps and smocks she could find, Alba rummaged for any art supplies. A lot had gone dry or had worsened in the time since the island was abandoned, but they found some that could still be used.

Fiyori identified three of the bodies: Emma Luz, Sabrina Luz, and Keith Bauer, and had their names painted above their bodies. For the other two, they didn't know who they were. Alba had the idea to write "A Son" and "A Daughter" for them on the wall. If someone came by and knew who they were, they could write their names on the wall. They still had some materials, and they could be added.

Alba also made sure to paint crosses on the wall near their names. She had no idea whether or not any of the dead kids were Christian or not, but it seemed like a good symbol to pay respect to them. It's not like the terrorists were going to pay respect to any of the dead kids here. The bodies could be taken away, but the memorial would remain their until the asylum completely collapsed and the island sank into the sea. This was as much a marker for the game as they could make.

Fiyori noted how fun this was. Alba shrugged a bit.

"Well, 'fun' might not be the right word," Alba said, "but it feels nice to take a break from the game and do something good for these people. We could do better, and maybe this is being done out of guilt, but it doesn't feel like we're on Survival of the Fittest. Thank you for helping me with this."

Alba stepped back a bit and looked over everything. She felt quite solemn right now. These were five kids like her who were much less fortunate than she was. Maybe there were bad things in store for her because she killed Emma, but she had to hope that this would alleviate some of the guilt. If not, there was something else she could do.

"Okay, give me a moment to say a prayer, and then we could move on."

Alba made the signs of the cross, clasped her hands together, and hung her head low. She had to say something to God, and she hoped Fiyori wouldn't mind if she took the moment to do so.
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Alba breathed in and out as she ran her prayer through her mind.

"Dear Lord," she thought to herself, "please look over these five and all the other students who have died on this island. Please forgive them for their actions and accept them into your kingdom. Please help their families who are mourning their lost children. Please look after us as we go through this game. Please forgive me for my sins and cleanse my heart of all my wrongdoings. Please look after my family and ensure they're able to move on if I don't come home.

In your name, Amen."

Alba made the signs of the cross, then looked back up at Fiyori.

"Okay. We should get going. Let's make it to tomorrow night."

Alba adjusted her bags, stretched her back, and made her way to the exit of the Art Therapy Room. It was going to be a long journey to make it to the next evening, but Alba was starting to feel better. Maybe she would make it there after all.

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