Mata Leão

The overpass is a decently sized paved bridge running over a large sewage tunnel that has since dried out considerably, with only a small amount of water trickling down the middle and out of the drain pipes on the side. The tunnel itself is very large and covered in graffiti and spans a good deal of the south portion of town, letting out near the entrance to the northern area. Only accessible by traversing down a fenced off grassy slope, it offers a relatively safe place for someone to hide—if they can stomach the smell.

Mata Leão

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January 24th, 2014, 3:44 am #1

((Paulo Abbate continued from What Now?))

He had drive, motivation, but little in the way of direction. Paulo wandered in a fog, sure of a goal but moving for want of a place to accomplish the goal. They had said that Max had bit it near where Rosemary had went, but he wasn't entirely sure where that was.

His trajectory took him through town, to the overpass. Somewhere in his haze he must have decided having a higher vantage point would be an advantage.

But when he got there, he found himself as scarce on direction as before. He could see parts of the island, sure. But nothing worth a fuck.

Paulo leaned on the guardrail flanking one side of the dilapidated bridge, shaking his head.

"Well..." He said, but the sound of his own voice shocked him into silence.

Anger was hard to deal with when there wasn't an object to focus it on. This anger, sans Max, was inelegant, nebulous, confusing. Beyond the boy's grasp, save the inkling he wanted to hit something and didn't have anybody to hit. So Paulo did his best to stifle it while he took up real estate on the bridge, trying and failing to decide what to do.
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January 26th, 2014, 8:14 am #2

((Ian Williams continued from: Blown off Course))
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Ian regarded the other boy with thoughtful curiosity for a quiet moment from further down the bridge, following his gaze to nowhere, before turning back again.

Paulo Abbate; a face, a name, and he knew so very little more. The boy had always seemed loud and obnoxious, and so Ian had simply just avoided him back home. It was easier that way, had always seemed to be, and perhaps it really would have been easier to just walk on by now, too.

But there was an odd kind of sympathy at seeing someone who looked almost as lost and directionless as he was, now that his plans had all fallen apart, now that he'd been betrayed by friends three times running, as Bella fled, Hansel killed, and Steven died, now that he was just a scared kid, trying desperately to come up with excuses to put off facing Juhan and Takeshi, and explaining how things had gone so very, very wrong when he wasn't even sure himself, because he didn't dare go to the beach itself.

Really, he just wanted someone to talk to, who he didn't owe an apology of some kind, and the boy didn't seem to have a weapon out, at least. Kinda wanted to know what the boy was looking for, if anything. Just a break in the bitter monotony of his thoughts. Worth a shot, right?

Right, just like Steven and Bella.

He couldn't help it. Even as he'd already started to speak up, words turned into a laugh, bitter and cynical at his own stupidity. Or at least, it would have, if the sound hadn't caught in his throat on the way out, making it difficult to breath, and he wasn't sure if what was coming out really was a laugh, a choke, or a sob.
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January 26th, 2014, 1:27 pm #3

Oh shit

The 2X4, Paulo's only ally since leaving the two girls behind, had been resting on the guardrail next to him. When the of somone who probably had lost just about all of their shit rang out clearly further down the bridge, the piece of lumber was in his hand as he whirled to face whoever it was, intent on bashing him into fucking powder.

He didn't know the kid that was walking up. Paulo might have tried to sell him on his testicular fortitude at one time or another. It all ran together at this point. Everything did, given the situation. But in any case, he made Paulo nervous. And when Paulo got nervous, Paulo got angry.

"Stay the fuck back, man!" He said, pointing at the kid with the 2X4. He took a step back, setting his weight.
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January 28th, 2014, 9:22 am #4

Ian winced at the sound of his shovel clattering against the cement, falling forgotten as he reflexively raised his hands, palm outwards, non-threatening. As it turned out, having the attention of an angry kid was certainly quite sobering, even if there wasn't much else to recommend it.

"Hey, easy! Not looking for trouble."

Deep breath, relax.

Okay, this was not ideal. He hadn't meant to startle the other boy, certainly hadn't meant to find himself confronted with a freaking two-by-four. His voice was level and controlled, but only barely. He was scared, and adrenaline was screaming at him, for once bringing more confusion than clarity as he seethed at his momentary loss of control.

Deep breath, relax.

He had to stay calm, had to stop being stupid. This wasn't great, but it might still be salvageable; Paulo was clearly more startled than aggressive, if the fact that he'd taken that step back meant anything. Better than towards him, at least.

"I'll just go my way, you go yours, okay?"

It wasn't what he'd intended, but by now, it was obvious that his original plan had been stupid, hadn't been based in anything remotely resembling reality. He'd let himself forget where he was, let himself forget that some things were luxeries the island wouldn't afford, and that was both foolish and dangerous. Maybe it was cowardly, maybe it was just polite - not to mention intelligent - but he wouldn't push his luck further.
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January 29th, 2014, 3:29 am #5

Paulo had developed a little bit since seeing people die in front of him. But there's only so much a few days can breed out of a kid with a chip on his shoulder. This, coupled with Paulo's less than optimal state, is what led to his next move.

His chest puffed out, and a little of the "bad motherfucker" that used to wander the halls out of Aurora High school came back. The 2X4 fell as his ego rose.

"Thats right. Go your motherfucking way. Don't wanna fuck with me right now, homeboy."
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January 31st, 2014, 11:08 am #6

"Right." It was more an acknowledgment than a response, as relief quickly faded into chagrin, and Ian bit back other, sharper replies that came to mind as thoughts turned bitter once more.

It's funny how much the little things can get to you, sometimes. It had been one thing to accept that he'd made a mistake, even as his frustration turned inwards, and he began tearing himself apart once again. But it was quite another to watch the idiot puff and preen as he taunted him, adding insult to every single injury that had festered over the last five days. As if he hadn't been freaking out a moment ago, too.

Ian seethed and fumed as he reached for his shovel, as adrenaline crashed around without a purpose, and what was meant to be a deep, steadying breath became instead a small and bitter sigh. He didn't even try to hide the tired contempt for the moron's posturing in his voice as he turned to walk away, couldn't resist getting one last dig in.

"Sure, kid."

What a waste of time this had been.
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January 31st, 2014, 10:04 pm #7

Paulo had started to turn when his territorial dance seemed to be respected. But then the kid talked again.

Normal circumstances, if this was an Aurora hallway, if everything was normal and Paulo was just heading to class (or planning to skip class) he would have kept walking, his alpha-male satisfied.

But he had been through some shit. And shit had a way of sticking.

Paulo turned back.

"Fuck did you say, puto?" He said. He moved closer to the boy, within striking range. He stuck a hand out, and jabbed his finger right into his sternum. It would the first of many mistakes that would cost Paulo his life.
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February 1st, 2014, 2:40 am #8

Ian should have known better, he really should have.

No, strike that, he did know better. He'd realized his mistake even before he'd seen Paulo approaching out of the corner of his eye, had known what he was doing the instant the words had left his mouth. Every rational thought screamed at him to run, every ounce of his own personality told him to apologize, to try and make things right, and maybe it was cowardly, maybe it was just polite, but that apology was already forming on his lips as Paulo came bearing down on him.

And perhaps, if he'd managed to swallow his pride long enough to do so, had accepted that as the price for being stupid, that would have been enough. Perhaps he could have run instead, and there still would have been no real harm done. Ian really had known better.

But shock quickly turned to incredulous anger as he felt Paulo's finger jabbing at him, something seemed to snap as he stumbled back, and for once, just for once, he ignored the part that said it knew better. He was furious, he was scared, and he was so very tired, tired of taking the blame on himself for everything he did, tired of just accepting everything life threw at him, tired of being left helpless as the world fell apart around him, because he was apparently the only reasonable person in existence.

It was almost a relief to finally let go. To let anger drown out bitter thoughts with another sort of pain.

He measured once as Paulo stepped after him, stood quietly still as he let the idiot jab him again, and then his own hand was snaking up behind the other boy's, pinning it his chest with his knuckle. He gave a tight grin as he took a step back, pulling the other boy with him, digging his knuckle in deep, trying to cause pain.

"I think I said, shut up already."

It was only as he let Paulo's hand slip away that the voice of reason started whispering again, and he began to wonder what the heck he'd done.
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February 1st, 2014, 6:09 am #9

Paulo yanked his hand back, teeth clenched. At some point he had lost his weapon. But he still had hands.

The right hand, the one that Ian hadn't grabbed, went sailing through the air, on a violent trajectory.

Paulo opened his mouth to say something, but only snarled.

Terminal velocity had been achieved.

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February 1st, 2014, 7:22 am #10

There was no time to think, no more chances, only the sound of Ian's breath suddenly disappearing as Paulo struck.

Thoughts blurred and ran together as he stumbled back, flailing, his training almost completely forgotten as panic began to hit. There was no clarity in the wave of adrenaline that followed, no focus. It wasn't a sport, it wasn't a game, there were no rules, and he was losing. He struck, and Paulo hit back harder. He couldn't fight a monster.

He wanted to run, now that the whispering voice had become an all out scream, but he was getting pressed back, was too busy defending himself to even think of anything else. He had no time to set up, to feint, to engage and disengage, to fight like sportsmen should. There was just no time, it was too fast, everything was hurting and he could barely move. It was everything his dad had warned of before, and he was more terrified than he'd ever been in his life.

As the line between thought and action blurred, some of his old training came to fore, and a direct strike to his head was clumsily parried, turning it into a glancing blow instead. His arms shot out, and he tried to grab his attacker in a clinch.

He couldn't fight a monster, but if he could stop him for a moment, could throw a few knees into the mix, maybe he could run, and salvage what little there was that remained to be salvaged.
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Past - | 1 | 2 | (Current thread - Birds of a Feather)
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Island - | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | (Final Thread - Glass
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Character #2: Boy #66 Chase Rodriguez - Adopted from Pippin.
Designated Weapon: Silver Pill Box Containing Three Cyanide Capsules

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