((Lily Ashburg continued from First Impressions
As they approached the restaurant area ahead, Lily felt her anxiety rise yet again. It was the same every time they approached a potentially populated area. Her stomach would clench, her pulse would quicken. She'd feel the same wave of cold nausea rush through her system.
They'd been through a couple other buildings, and she was still no closer to finding Dougie. All she could do was keep telling herself that he would be in the next one. She would find him soon. She had to.
She didn't mind traveling with Michael and Valerie, although her feelings about them were constantly changing. On one hand, it was comforting to have companions. She had two people with her now that she knew she could trust. On the other hand, it was a bit too comforting for her at times. Lily hadn't said much to either of them since they'd started walking. She hoped that they'd just assume that this was her way of dealing with stress.
Her real reason for distancing herself from them was the knowledge that they weren't all going to make it out of the show alive. For all her efforts not to think about it, that was a fact that she couldn't completely ignore. She didn't know how, or when, but at some point in the next few days all three of them were going to die. She hated herself for it, but she simply didn't want to deal with any more pain than necessary. The time for making friends was long gone. All that Michael and Valerie could be to her now were allies. Temporary allies, at that.
As they'd walked, however, she couldn't stop herself wondering about them. A couple times, she'd been on the verge of asking them what they'd planned to do after graduation, what their favorite subjects had been, or even what their favorite foods were. Every time she had kept her mouth shut, but that didn't stop her from wondering.
When they got to the door, Lily raised her stupid pink bat in her right hand, took a deep breath, and opened it.
Inside were two people. Neither was Dougie.
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