[Originally posted by Ares]
((Joey continued from Arriving to a Possible Sanctuary
Joey wished that his head would slow down his thoughts for just two minutes. That was all he wanted. Slow it all down, take a deep breath, maybe get more than 17 seconds of sleep at a time, but no, that was not how this was going. This was going the absolute polar opposite.
Every little noise caused Joey to jump. Every movement he sensed caused him to freeze in place. Maybe it was the wind? Maybe in was one of his friends running away from something? Maybe he was running on about 2 total hours of sleep since waking up in Survival of the god damn Fittest. The only real conscious efforts he was able to make outside of eat, drink, and bodily functions, was to pay attention to the dangerzones. He didn't want to listen closely for the names of killers. It was stupid, and his best friend of a brain reminded him of that every 5 seconds, but he just didn't want to picture any of his classmates as murderers.
As he continued to trudge his way along, his two swords dangling, barely scraping the ground with each little swing of his arms, his mind slipped back to the Hospital. Was what he did the right move? He hadn't heard Koala's name on the announcements, but did that mean anything? They didn't announce everything as it happened after all. She could be dead right now, and he wouldn't know it.
The trail that Joey was on was becoming smoother. Joey re-focused his eyes to find that this was pavement leading up to what he could only assume was one of the school buildings listed on his map.
The first thought that popped into Joey's head was, "How much do you want to bet that there is someone in there waiting to blow you apart with an assault rifle?
and really, it was hard to argue that point.
The second thought that popped in was, "Well, you need to find somewhere to just get some sleep. Do a quick lap of the place and peek in. Maybe you'll get some luck Joseph."
The second thought would be the one to win out, as even in his drained state, he fully realized that his paranoia would only worsen with even more drastic sleep deprivation. Joey cocked his wrists slightly to avoid the swords hitting the ground and making any noise. He bent slightly to lower himself, fully believing that this would somehow help him despite being out in the open.
He crept up to the building and flattened himself against a wall. So far so good. He began to shuffle his way along to the first window and peeked cautiously in. For the first time in a while he felt a twinge of optimism. The room was empty and it appeared that no one had been there yet, but he knew that one room didn't mean full security.
He moved slowly up to the next window and peeked in. Nothing in there either but-
"Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck." He stammered.
Two figures had walked right past the open down heading down the hallway.
Joey quickly jerked himself back and dropped down to a seated position along the wall. He needed to think through what he could do here. If they were hostile, it could be bad. If they were friendly, even that could be bad. Maybe they'd want him to share his food and supplies? He didn't want to do that, but damn it, they might have something he could use too.
Frustrated, Joey slammed his forehead into his palms, contemplating his next move.