Well, looked like the danger had passed for now. If Lance had the intention of attacking them, he wouldn’t have gotten so close, at least not without a weapon out. Assuming he had a weapon, that was. Cody made a careful scan of the guy standing in front of him as Lance and Clair spoke. It was obvious that Lance was either unarmed, or waaaay too trusting. Either way, he wasn’t a threat at the moment. Thankfully.
Speaking of threats, Clair’s proposal did make some sense. Sticking together would prevent them from getting picked off one by one by the various psychos who were now warming up for their imminent murder sprees. It was always comforting knowing that somebody was watching your back. On the other hand though, it was looking rather clear now that Cody was the only one in this hypothetical group with any sort of half-decent weapon. If any sort of serious fighting broke out, the two next to him would be relying on him to take the responsibility of blowing away one of their classmates. Not much better than going it alone, in that case.
Well, not like these things lasted for long, anyway. Despite what you’d expect, it seemed like these groups still usually ended up with members getting picked off rather quickly. All it would take would be one moment of carelessness, or one stray bullet, and they’d be down for the count. It was inevitable.
Cody pursed his lips anxiously as he looked around the quarry. Things had gone well with Clair and Lance, but he wasn’t exactly looking forward to trying his luck with a third newcomer. It wouldn’t be a good idea to linger here. He spoke sharply, his words abruptly piercing into the conversation between the two students beside him.
“I dunno what you think, but this place is pretty exposed, and I’m not exactly a fan of getting sniped. I’m getting out of here, and if you guys wanna follow me, be my guest.”
With that, he hiked his bag over his shoulder and began making his way out without looking back. He’d figure out his next move once he found a safer spot to think.
((Cody Jenkins continued elsewhere))