Dorothy was a glacier at this point. Frozen, still, petrified. Her body was locked in her and so was her mind. It had been carefully disposed as she fell, and now it was back to her. Like a lost item that was finally found by its original owner, her mind was a bit tattered. It looked like it stayed in a hallway, that people had seen it as they walked beside it, and a good soul finally bring it to the lost item box. Her mind was glad to find Dot back and it was reciprocal.
Being lost in the limbos, seeing only the darkness and touching only the shadows was exhausting. Even though she wasn't conscious and basically sleeping for a while, she still felt like her body had been ran over by a truck and had to pull five all-nighters after being raised from the dead by a necromancer. Her eyes opened, seeing the rays of the flame-colored sky coming through the windows, announcing the presence of the day.
She had to make sure if it wasnt a dream. The whole Asha gets murdered in front of her thing wasnt another nightmare she had or a hallucination. The smell of blood and flesh was the first indicator that this whole thing was real. She was the person she saw die. She has seen corpses of fellow students. Waynes and a girls, but she never saw someone die right in front of her.
The worst part was that she felt like a failure. Asha took Dots knife and used it against Iz. Her knife, the one she took and decided to keep was now in the hands of her friends killer. If she hadnt taken the knife, would have Asha and Iz fought? She wasnt really sure what happened. Asha was with them then she was gone.
She wanted to shed a tear but she forced herself to get going. If Asha was alive, shed be comforting Dot and helping her to get through this. But she was dead, gone, lost. No matter how much tears she shed or blood she lost, Asha would never come back. She bit the inside of her cheek, feeling the skin tearing.
She had to make sure she was really dead. She slowly walked toward her as if Asha was an animal that could jump on her at any moment. She lowered herself, pressing her fingers against her friends throat (or what was left of it). No pulse. She wasnt even bleeding anymore. If her blood was still trickling, this meant her heart was still pumping but she was empty. All of her blood was now the floor. The pool stopped growing and Dots footstep in it made it shake a little.
She didnt know the official procedure when there was a death at a hospital. Contacting the family was pretty much useless but she tried anyways. She faced a camera near her and she said, her voice shaking,
Hum, this is, uh, Dorothy Shelley and, uh, Asha Sur is dead. So she was my friend and, yeah, dont look at the clip of her death if you are, uh, her family or her friends back home, you know? I dont think shed, uh, like that? I just wanted to ask if I could take her flower pin, if you wouldnt mind.
Her audience stayed quiet. Hopefully the terrorists wouldnt mute what she said to the camera, she took another glance at the camera.
Just to keep, you know, a memory of her? Like I dont like how shes, hum, like that in the open and, well, her body is hard to watch. Yeah, so Ill, uh, do it, I guess. If I go back home, Ill give it back and if I dont, well, then Im sorry.
Her audience, once again said nothing. Chances are the terrorists were looking at her like as if she was the biggest idiot or maybe some pitied her and thought how tragic it was. She mentally scratched that last part: if they cared about her or her peer, none of this would have happened.
She quickly headed back to the room that Asha and Jae were-
Where was Jae? She looked around her. No sign of him. Maybe he went after Iz after she passed out or protected her for a while and decided to leave her because he had something to do. Her heart started beating fast. This meant she was alone and maybe Iz and her shadow were close.
She hastened herself, grabbing the sheet off the mattress. She pulled it, tearing the fabric, making the same noise when a sheet of paper was teared. With the rag she had in her hands, she went back to Ashas corpse and laid the sheet on her body. It wasnt totally hiding it but at least her face was covered. She harvested the black flower off of Ashas body and clutched it.
I hope, uh, you guys, the family and all that, dont mind.
She ran her thumb over the hairclip, an emotion worse than sorrow started running in her body. That was it. Asha was dead. Jae was gone. She was alone and Iz and co. were maybe around. If Iz found her passed out in the corridor, shed been dead. Maybe that was Ashas last gift, hurting Iz so much she wouldnt be able to hurt anyone else.
She mouthed a thank you toward her friend. A tear started rolling on her cheek but quickly wiped it off. No crying until you are somewhere safe.
She looked around, trying to stay as far away from Asha. She found her friends taser. It had been used but there were charges left in Ashas bag, that was now Dots bag unless Jae decided it was his. The whole map that appeared in her head was quickly thrown away when she saw, beside her own bag, Ashas laying there. Hers was slightly gapped; it must have been opened when Asha, in the darkness, searched for the knife and headed toward her final resting place.
Dorothy shoved her weapon in her bag and transferred the food and water that Asha had left in her bag. There wasnt much but shed be able to stay alive with that. The charges for her electric gun were also transferred into her bag. The flower pin was the last thing that entered, it laid on the top beside the charges and a half-eaten food bar.
With everything she could hold under her arm, she left and swore to never come back.
((Dorothy Shelley left this ugly