Not much had happened to the three of them on the way up to these cliffs.
For the most part, they had just been talking. About each other. About what their lives had been like before they had woken up here. From what Jasmine had understood of the other two, none of them really knew the other two all that well. Of course, they knew each other's names, they had vague ideas of what each other did, but that didn’t amount to anything, and if they wanted to succeed as a group - if Jasmine wanted to excel using these other two - she realized that they had to know each other. She had to make sure that the three of them were friends
before anything could put the group under trial.
So, as they walked along the cliffs, as they took the long way towards the cabin to avoid the gunshots they were hearing, they’d talked. Shared stories with each other.
And admittedly, she’d smiled at some of the stories Brigid had to tell.
And admittedly, she’d laughed at some of the jokes Christopher had up his sleeves.
And admittedly, she couldn’t help but just be happy
in general. That she had a group. That it was the three of them together. It was like… relief, in a way. Relief that the two of them had accepted her offer. Relief that she was safe, for now. It was... different from the other sorts of happiness she knew from school. This one had... lasted longer. This one was keeping her happy. Others didn’t. Even when she’d gotten first in her grade for English, even when Damion had first asked her out, she hadn’t felt like this. She’d just gone to her bedroom or her table at the cafeteria and the happiness had gone away in time. No. This was different. This was even greater than any of the other things she’d done, she’d achieved
And it’s all because’a you, girl.
Like, hey, really. There are people out there. All alone. People who’d be easy pickings for anyone who wants a name out here. That could have been you. You could’ve been out there, in those woods, being stalked or chased by some wannabe psychopath?
But y’know what? You’re not. You’re right here, and you’ve got two people willing to die for you.
And that’s all because’a you girl.
And she knew that this happiness wouldn’t last.
And she knew that she couldn’t stay in this group forever.
But she’d take her happiness. She’d rise up. She’d hang out with these two and feel absolutely elated
about doing it.
She could have.
She supposed that it couldn’t be a high without a low.
She supposed that the universe was always there, always waiting, always just happy
to strike her down when she was at her highest.
Always just ready to show him
when she’d forgotten about what he’d done.
She didn’t wave. She didn’t smile. She just looked away. Felt her nails dig into her flesh as she looked out towards the cliffs. Towards the open sea.
Anywhere but here.
Anyone but him.