The amount of blood and gore flashing from the television screen in Adams trailer had become larger and larger, mayhem and death more and more frequent. Within the span of the first announcement, one had died. And then six. Now ten. It was almost enough to bring a tear to an old man's eye.
Well, except for the fact that showing weakness would be Un-American.
But beyond just the one monitor showing the action live as it occurred, there were two more, one on either side of him. One showed a chart that he actually found a little hard to read as it updated every ten seconds. A label against a blue background, titled simply "Ratings". Still climbing skyward. In fact, this was shaping up to be one of the most watched Programs in history. The third showed Internet chatter regarding the Program. Every once in a while a comment would pop up that was... simply uncalled for. No worries, their names would go on a list to keep an eye on.
But the good reviews were like music to his ears.
The PA system cracked to life once more, signaling the 18 hour mark of the Program to those who still stood.
"Well hello there Kids. This is your friend Adams. What, did you expect anyone different? It's that time again, the carnage report, sponsored by good old Uncle Sam himself! And you've been quite busy being good little patriots, haven't you? That's right, we have ten more dead in the past six hours. I really had my doubts about you kids when this all started up, but you've really turned it around."
"First to die was Wendy Fischer, who tried to be the next Thi... Tha... Er... Buddhist monk dude. News flash, we're stronger than that. Well, your little classmates might not be, but that's a different story. And it wasn't even peaceful either! Chris Mitchell died in that same fire about five minutes later absolute tops."
"Michael Sechooler got a little concussed at the hands of Bryant Carver's gardening implement. Hey, at least you could dig the kid a grave. What's that, you didn't? That's the spirit!"
"Next up, it was the Attack of the Clones again! One of the Mason twins filled Logan Sorenson full of hot lead. She didn't last much longer after that at all. Quickly afterwards, Sihoban McCarthy took a bullet from the end of Madeline Harris' gun, as did Alex Thornton from Luke Mendoza."
"Now for one of the most Brutal kills I've had the pleasure to watch in quite some time!" The clapping of a pair of hands, followed by the crinkling of paper was barely audible in the background during the Brigadier General's pause. "Sherilyn Schachter took a bullet to the brain, but not before dispatching both Sean Tucker and Sydney Cole with a good old fashioned Louisville slugger. Shows you just how durable good American products are. Anyways."
"And finally, we had one for the Darwin Awards folks. Allison Greene took a digger off of the helipad and lost most of her blood. Don't let this happen to you."
"This is Brigadier General Adams, signing off. I'll be in touch in another six hours... At least with those of you who are still alive."
wrote:And now for your favorite thing in the whole wide world folks, the rolls!
1) Joanne Seguin (Rocky)
2) Benjamin Latimer (Bacon)
3) Matthew Payne (Inky)
As per usual, three days to get cards played, and 7 days to get deaths completed. Ask for extensions here, all that jazz.