[Lili Williams continued from Demons Dance Alone.
It wasn't leaving the warehouse that was bad. It was figuring out what to do after.
She didn't feel right about going straight to the Library. Natalie would probably be mad at her, if she was still there, and there was also a good chance that her hunter was still stalking the grounds. Even if neither of them had been there, it was entirely possible that another hostile group had started taking up residence in there, like a bunch of raccoons. What was a pack of raccoons called, anyway? A murder? No, that was crows. A flock? More birds. Why was she thinking about birds?
The air smelt of seagulls. Could have been that. She spent the rest of the day parading around behind buildings and through ruins, trying to stay out of sight, looking for left over food scraps and chasing seagulls. Eventually, they led her to the base of a cliff, where she found a corpse. Nothing work taking. Besides, she didn't want to get Su's shoes dirty.
By the time the sun was starting to set, Lili was starting to feel lonely, cast aside by the rest of the world, left to rot in a garbage bin on the side of the road. Or maybe she was just hungry. She couldn't really tell anymore. Lili was just tired, and her body was screaming at her for rest. In the end, she hid out in the slopes, hiding in a ditch. Some bugs crawled around her, so she set her sweater down to keep the grass off her back. Sleeping under the stars felt oddly meditative, like gazing off into infinity. At the same time, it was good because it took her mind off of smoking.
Morning came, and a speaker hidden in some bushes nearby began to rattle off names again. Lili perked up, listening for anybody she knew or any repeat offenders from the days before. Even though everyone had felt so far away the day before, only visible very distantly, she was drawn back to her friends by that same solitude.
"Darius Van Dyke finally shut up after William McKinley put a bullet in his brain."
But how could that be? Wasn't he just right next to her, dragging her sorry ass all across the island for no reason other than to show her a corpse? Now he was the corpse. He became what he so desperately wanted to find. It confused Lili so much that the rest of the announcement bounced off of her ears, falling flat onto the ground. He was there, and now he wasn't. She wasn't sure she understood.
On the plus side, though, now she couldn't feel bad about taking his stuff.
She started off toward the library. There were no more seagulls left to chase, nothing left to distract herself from the rumbling in her belly. She needed some kind of food, anything to put some more fuel in her. To Lili, that meant getting her stuff back, even if it meant possible danger.
Besides, she didn't really have any plan to this thing. Winning required killing someone. Losing required dying. She didn't like either prospect, so she figured she'd take things as they came.
As suddenly as she had started off for it, the library came into view. The same plain building it had been two days before. Looked a bit more weathered, strangely enough. Lili approached the doors calmly, scanning for anybody around. Nope, everything seemed in order. Just the door, the dark interior, a girl with a shotgun, some paper on the gro-
Lili flinched back, slipping and falling on the wet grass. She landed upright, looking like the fool she was. The girl had a clear shot, whoever she was - without her glasses, Lili couldn't even tell from this close up. All she could do was smile, look nice enough not to kill, maybe rattle off a one liner or two, and hope for the best.
"You startled me," she said, as she began to cough violently into her sleeve.
Nice fucking last words, genius.