Out and In

Passing through the large iron gates of the surrounding wall, the students find what used to be a magnificent mansion. While the majority of the building is still intact, there is a large chunk of roof as well as several walls missing in the westernmost part of the house where the master bedroom was located. The rest of the mansion is structurally intact, however anything of immediate value has been taken, leaving only minimal furnishings such as beds, tables, couches and the like.* Threads Allowed: 1 *

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November 10th, 2010, 11:56 pm #1

((Clio Gabriella continues from Caged In Like Animals))

He didn't die.

As Clio made her way up the hills that lead away, well away, from the cliffs behind her, she was still fuming over the latest announcement.

Clio Gabriella, killer of 4 people, threw Garry Villette, a freaking hockey player and fucking furry, off the top of a goddamn cliff, and he STILL didn't die?

It was simply one less name to her conscience now, this revelation of his survival. But what part of her conscience was truly relieved?

Not one bit. He was still alive.

Despite her best efforts, she couldn't really understand how anyone could have survived such a fall. If he did manage to survive the fall, she doubted he would be living much longer. He was on the edge of the island, and any wrong move on his part would render him dead from either collar detonation, or shot by one of the many patrol boats surrounding their prison.

She couldn't think about how else he would make it out of there.

She didn't ponder anymore. She took everything he had, and threw the rest to Neptune. He was dead whether or not he even made it back to solid land. Someone like Garry would never survive.

Bruised.

Beaten.

A goner, in the simplest terms.

Being built like a bear wasn't going to help stop bullets.

The mansion, only recently cleared as a danger zone, sprawled in front of her. She knew that nobody was here, unless they could run really really fast or had a suicide wish the moment they heard Danya's snivelling voice. Clio had arrived there only minutes after the announcement. She'd even watched her collar stop beeping once she stepped into their boundaries. So she was going to be safe here, even if only for a little while.

Clenching her sword/spear and gun, she twisted open the old, antique doorknob, pushed the door open quickly with the tip of her spear, and walked in.

Creeeeak.

They never made that anymore, did they? That sound?

Clio examined the main hallway, and her fears were dismissed; she knew she was safe. Instead of doing her normal routine and checking the place out, she headed up the long staircase that graced her.

Steps.

Rooms.

A bedroom.

Without even batting a lash or taking a proper look inside, she threw her things on the floor to the side of the bed, and passed out on the blankets.

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity
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November 22nd, 2010, 8:44 pm #2

((Maxwell Lombardi continued from Lean on Me))

If there was one thing Maxwell hated more then the ghastly island he was trapped on, one thing despised more then the imbeciles he had to contend with to survive, one thing he loathed more then that repugnant little cow... It was the fact that for the past few days he'd been reduced to sleeping in the wilderness like some kind of wild animal.

It wasn't just the cold that bothered him. Or the fact that sleeping against trees and rocks was insanely uncomfortable, or the fact that he was always left out in the open for some cretin to come along and slit his throat whilst he was asleep. It was the indignity of the act that bothered him the most. Maxwell was the kind of person who was used to sleeping on nothing less then the most exquisite and satisfyingly comfortable beds and mattresses which money could buy. In his own home, on his own terms, and for as long as he damn well liked. So the fact that he was now reduced to taking naps in the middle of some godforsaken forest was practically hell for the young man.

Hence the reason why the sight of a luxurious mansion almost brought tears of joy to him.

Well, luxurious was something of an overstatement. It looked old and decrepit, as if it had been abandoned for the past several years or so. But nevertheless, its was far more inviting then that dreadful cave he'd slept in the other day.

It had been almost 24 hours since he had left that ginger prick riddled with bullets back on the dirt path, and during that time Maxwell had done nothing but march in a generally south-eastern direction. He had stopped a couple of times, mainly to catch his breath and have a bite to eat. And before he even knew it, the sun had died down and he was beginning to feel tired once more.

So, like he'd been forced to do before, he slept under a tree. A tall oak tree to be exact. It wasn't quite as bad as some of the other naps he had taken, but the same lingering feeling of shame still pestered him to no end. He had the same dream from last night returning as well to make matters worse... Only this time, there was a sixth silhouette amongst the five that had originally been there. Not that Maxwell particularly cared... The pain from the injury inflicted on him by Simon was still his top concern at that moment in time.

The announcement woke him up as usual, informing him once again of the all the people who'd been slain the night before. He ignored it for the most part, listening out only for mentions of his name and the current danger-zones. As he noted down the names of all the killers and their respective kills, he was surprised to find that his own name happened to be the one with the highest "score" so to speak. He wasn't exactly sure how to feel about that realisation... On the one hand, being the "top killer" made him feel somewhat special and significant, like he was really making an impact in this game. On the other hand, this also meant that he'd be the top priority for all the "heroic" players who only targeted killers. Hell, he'd be the No1 target for all the regular killers too for that matter. Half the island out there was probably swearing bloody vengeance against him for killing their friends right at that very moment... And Maxwell would be ready for every single one of them.

After a brief breakfast, he headed southward once more, and continued walking through the endless sea of trees until they abruptly stopped. And there, standing tall as if it was the last reminder of civilisation left on the island, was a mansion fit for a king. Or, at the very least, a wealthy celebrity.

Finally! Now THIS is more like it! I could use a break... And a nice bed, a roof over my head, and maybe even an intact wine cellar is just what I need right now!

The thought that other people might have the same idea did cross his mind at that moment... Albeit briefly. At that very moment, he was far too relieved by his discovery to think too deeply about that possibility, so he brushed the thought aside for now. All he cared about at that very moment was the fact that for the first time in four days he'd stumbled across a decent place to take refuge within. And nothing was going to stop that... Not a single damn thing.

Well, no point in standing around gawping like an idiot...

And on that note, the young Brit began to make his way through the tall gate which was left open ajar entered through the front door into a large foyer. It was at that point as he stood there on top of an old and dusty carpet that he realised just how abandoned this place really was. The walls and floor was covered in a thin layer of dust, and there were cobwebs littered about the place in a haphazard fashion. But apart from that, it was quite homely compared to the shack he'd started out in. It was more then enough to satisfy Maxwell anyway...

First things first, find a bathroom so I can wash all this blood off...

He walked through an opening to his left, passing through the corridor with a confident stride about him. There were some subtle signs of people having already been here before, such as footprints and a recently made hole in the ceiling. But Maxwell wasn't worried. After all, according to the announcement this place had been a dangerzone for the past 24 hours, so the chances of running into people were substantially small. Nevertheless, the building had an eerie familiarity about it. It reminded Maxwell of the time he went to visit his uncle Henry, who lived in a huge mansion not unlike this very one in the countryside back in Britain. He remembered fondly the memories of what it was like to run around through the corridors as a child, pretending to chase away ghosts and goblins with a handheld vacuum cleaner he found whilst rummaging through some cupboards. The nostalgic memory briefly brought a smile to his blood-stained face, only to then fade away again when he remembered where he was. Stuck in the middle of an island far away from home with nothing to comfort him except a TEC-9 submachinegun and a pair of pistols. All the more reason for me to get off this damned rock as soon as possible...

He eventually found what he was searching for... Namely a bathroom wherein he could wash the wound he'd received from that ginger-haired bastard. He looked at himself in the mirror, expecting to see his entire face all messed up and distorted beyond belief. As it turned out though, it wasn't QUITE as bad as he'd first assumed. There was a small graze mark on his right cheek where the bullet had whizzed past his face, which was made to look worse then it actually was by the amount of blood that had poured from the injury. Although, sure enough, his earlobe was indeed gone. He could see in the mirror where the bullet had grazed past his cheek and underneath his ear, taking his earlobe with him.

Sighing to himself, Maxwell then went about the task of washing off all the blood that had stained his hands and face. Unsurprisingly, the taps weren't working. So he was forced to use up some of the water he had gathered from his various victims in order to wash it off. The blood had all but dried out by this point, so the task proved easier then he'd first suspected. He also got the opportunity to grab a bar of soap from his bag to use as well in order to get the smell of blood off of him. Eventually, he finally managed to wash off all the blood from his face and hands, drying himself on a spare towel as he stared at himself in the mirror for a while longer.

Whilst his face was more or less clean, the injury he had received from Simon stuck out like a sore thumb. It was at that moment that Maxwell fully realised just how permanent this injury really was. It wasn't like a scratch that would heal over time. This was a scar, a constant reminded of what it was like for him on the island... But in a way, Maxwell didn't regret it. This scar would serve as a reminder of what could happen if he was to start getting cocky again. Serve as a lesson for him being so careless... Besides, one little scar was nothing compared to what he'd inflicted upon several people for the past few days. Nearly everyone who had ever dared to cross him was now either scared out of their wits or lying face down in the dirt. He'd cut through the competition like butter, taken down almost every opponent who had the balls to stand up to him. He was the top killer on the island. He was the one who was going to win this damned game. So sure he had a little, insignificant and unhindering scar to remind him not to be an idiot. At least he wasn't dead, which considering what he'd been through so far was an achievement worth being proud of.

Now then... I wonder if there's a decent bed around here? I'm feeling knackered...

After leaving the bathroom, he spent the next couple of minutes or so looking long and hard for a decent bedroom to take refuge in. It took a while, but after checking the doors of a study and two broom closets, he eventually found a door which he was sure belonged to a bedroom of SOME description. There better be a damn bed in here...

So, on that note, he opened the door and looked inside.
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Brian Zhdanovich - Homestead
Ruby Forrester - Shopping Mall
Jenna Rhodes - Hotel

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Maxwell Lombardi - The Suave Bastard {Shot off a cliff} [Kill Count: 12]
Marty J. Lovett - The Paranoid Pessimist {Stabbed in the heart} [Kill Count: 1]
Joshua Krakowski - The Living Anachronism {Shot in the temple}
Vera Osborne - The Pretentious Artist {Shot in the eye}
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November 23rd, 2010, 12:02 am #3

-to find Clio Gabriella, gun in left hand, sai in right, held right at the brit's throat.

*

Almost five minutes ago, she heard the door to the mansion open again after she closed it tight behind her. She wasn't sure how long she'd been asleep, but it was a long time, she was sure of that. Thankfully, no one that looked like her, or even resembling her victims, was haunting her dreams to the point of driving her insane. She could be thankful that once she got off here, she wasn't going to be haunted by guilt or anything like that. She'd already crossed that line long ago.

As the door creaked, she jolted awake with a start. She realised that leaving all her stuff in the corner, away from her for so long, was plain idiotic. She'd listened to the announcements. Clio was, according to Danya, tying second for the top killer on the island. The psychotic lesbian ice skater had since died down with her killings, but another person she hadn't expected had skyrocketed to the top: Maxwell Lombardi. She remembered him actually arriving at Bayview, seeing him at Prom, and occasionally around the hall. He had an air of smugness around him that was too pompous to ignore.

Well, it seemed like England had produced some cracker results for this game, since he'd killed about 5 people at that point.

Clio's pondering was interrupted by footsteps. Sneaking silently off the bed, she found a crack in the bedroom wall, looking straight out into the hallway. Tightening her lips, she spied. Someone was there. Someone familiar was now occupying her space. She couldn't see his face, but the fact remained that if Clio wanted to remain alone, she had to make a good choice here. Wait. See what he does. Make sure that you remain unseen.

The boy passed her in the hall, and yet from her point of view, the crack obscured his face. She couldn't recognize him at all.

Thankfully, he passed by the door.

And in the next few minutes he'd taken in a nearby bathroom to do whatever a growing young boy like himself needed to do, Clio had prepared herself for the worst possible outcome.

Walther PPK: Reloaded.

Sai: wiped down.

Sword/Spear: found out the right way to hold it...of course that one failed, so it was now behind the door.

As she heard him come down the hallway, she took a humungous bite from one of her new gains, a loaf of bread. It wasn't as stale as hers, since it had probably not worked up the miles that her own bread had, but at least it wasn't moulding. Most of the people who stuck around the ocean for long whiles probably had mould in their bread anyway, what with the moisture building up inside and all that jazz.

Each door was checked. When the guy in the hallway approached hers, she raised her gun and sai to the newcomer.

*

...huh.

It was Maxwell Lombardi.

It was only a matter of time until she started running into fellow killers, she supposed. But it had to be such a big coincidence that she run into the top killer on the island right now. 5 deaths to his name, and maybe one or two more she didn't know about.

Clio knew it would be such a waste to kill him right now, seeing as he'd already done people like her such a big favour.

So instead, she spoke, keeping a focus on how she needed to speak and act. No blast-outs this time.

"Hello Maxwell. I hear you've been busy," Clio started, before chuckling "Don't worry, I have too."

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity
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November 25th, 2010, 3:39 pm #4

...Jesus Christ!

It was at that moment, as Maxwell stood face to face with a girl wielding a gun in her left hand and a sai in her right, that he realised just how careless he'd been. He'd been so relieved by the discovery of the mansion that he hadn't prepared himself for the possibility that someone might of already gotten there first. And sure enough, that's exactly what had happened...

And this wasn't just any girl he'd bumped into. Back at Bayview, before any of this Survival of the Fittest business, he hadn't gone out of his way to learn the names of any of his fellow classmates. That being said, as he sat alone in the lunch hall helping himself to the expensive pack lunches he would prepare for himself in the morning, he couldn't help but overhear the gossip of his fellow students. And from this gossip, he was occasionally hear certain names being repeated over and over. Most of the time he would simply ignore such petty gossip, but nevertheless he always made sure to keep note whenever he overheard conversations about the more attractive and promiscuous girls at Bayview. Girls such as the apparently well-endowed Charlene Norris, or the Italian flame Rosa Fiametta... Or a certain femme fatal with purple streaks in her hair by the name of Clio Gabriella. The same Clio Gabriella whose name was mentioned at least three times in the previous announcements as being one of the top killers on the island.

And sure enough, the well-armed yet VERY beautiful girl before him had purple streaks in her hair.

Almost immediately after realising this, Maxwell jumped back a foot or so and lifted up his own gun, aiming it directly at the girl's face as she aimed her own gun at his. Great... Just fucking perfect. And here I was thinking that I might be able to take a break from all this ridiculousness only to find myself in a bloody Mexican standoff with the most stunning psychopath i've ever laid eyes on...

...Well, now what? Are we just supposed to stand here and wait like a bunch of morons or...




"Hello Maxwell. I hear you've been busy,"


He raised an eyebrow.


"Don't worry, I have too."



This... Was unexpected. Sure, engaging in polite conversation was a much better alternative to shooting each other in the face, but the amount of respect he was receiving was more then a little surprising for the young Brit who had just gotten used to be the subject of bitter scorn for the past few days... Not to mention it was very refreshing to be able to speak to somebody who a complete and total prick for once.

Well, go on. Say something!

"So i've heard... Clio, is it? I don't believe we've had the pleasure of introducing ourselves." he replied, using his charming British accent to his advantage as best as he could. If there was one thing Maxwell took pride in above everything else, it would have had to be his way with words. More then a couple of attractive women had fallen prey to his charming voice and demeanor in the past, especially in America where his accent was seen as being exotic rather then upper class. And Maxwell just loved taking advantage of the "Handsome Englishman" stereotype that he'd all but mastered over the years.

Of course, whether or not he really was that charming or good with words was up to personal opinion. There had been several girls in the past who found his advances to be more lecherous and misogynistic then they were elegant or captivating. And whilst Maxwell didn't deny for a second that he was something of a misogynist (At least, he didn't privately deny it), he simply brushed off these rejections as being philistines who can't tell true charm when they see it.

Anyway... Seeing as she's not about to try and gun me down any time soon, perhaps I can try to calm the situation down a little. I could do with a civilised conversation that doesn't end with bloodshed for once...

"I... Don't suppose you're up for the idea of a truce, are you? I'd rather we didn't have to continue this conversation whilst aiming firearms at each other..."
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Brian Zhdanovich - Homestead
Ruby Forrester - Shopping Mall
Jenna Rhodes - Hotel

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Maxwell Lombardi - The Suave Bastard {Shot off a cliff} [Kill Count: 12]
Marty J. Lovett - The Paranoid Pessimist {Stabbed in the heart} [Kill Count: 1]
Joshua Krakowski - The Living Anachronism {Shot in the temple}
Vera Osborne - The Pretentious Artist {Shot in the eye}
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November 26th, 2010, 11:47 am #5

Oh how the guy could talk. It wasn't just his voice, or his accent, but it was the way he had with the words that blurted out of his mouth that seemed like it really could belong to a mass murderer on an island full of school children. Of course, she wasn't really paying attention to his sleazy attempt at undermining her ability to make her own decisions, but more of the fact that he seemed to be missing part of his ear.

Making a slightly slant-mouthed expression, like a blonde girl in a perpetually deep thought, she tilted her head slightly and tried to see whether or now it was simply damaged or just blending into the pale wall behind the boy...somehow, despite the fact that the wall behind him was a ghastly shade of khaki brown, thus taking a lot of effort for him to accomplish such a thing. No, his earlobe was indeed gone. She smirked a bit, considering herself lucky that the island had simply rapidly eroded away at her looks, her hair, and her slight amount of make-up rather than her own body.

But of course, there was the ever more pressing matter to attend to at the moment, and the wonderous fact was that the boy wasn't going to kill her. Clio really sympathised with the killer in front of him, really. Being number one at anything, even in such a blood sport that they competed in now, meant that targets never knew more fitting places than on one's back, especially a back so well-fitted as Maxwell freaking Lombardi's.

And it seemed as though his state of mind agreed with her. He proposed a truce. A wave of relief washing Clio down like a gale, she slowly lowered her two weapons in synchronization with the man in front of her.

"You know, as much as I'd like to shoot you right now, I can certainly say that it might do me some good to not be the most wanted female killer on the island to someone I share a room with. So...sure then, Maxwell, a truce it is."

It now came down to the important decision of where the hell she was going to put her gun now. Her sai lay rested in her hand, loose enough to not be a threat but tight enough to not get yanked out unexpectedly, while her gun hung awkwardly at Clio's side.

She would figure it out later. Who cared about that at the moment that she finally earned herself a temporary ally?

"Now, since we both seem to know each other already, even if only briefly, I agree when you say we need some introductions," Clio said with a smug air, trying to almost imitate the man who stood in front of her. Instead of laughing like she wanted to, she kept a little satisfied grin on her face, piled the Sai into her gun hand, and held it out in front of her.

"Clio Gabriella. I suppose I'm the top girl around these parts. Unless that bull dyke's offed someone I don't know about."

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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v5
Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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v6
Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity
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November 27th, 2010, 12:54 pm #6

Maxwell had half-expected Clio to deny his offer at first. After all, in hindsight he realised that flatly asking for a ceasefire was perhaps a bit TOO forward of him... He even went as far as considering a list of arguments in his head for why it wouldn't be a good idea for them to exacerbate things any further.

But thankfully, Clio seemed to have the same idea. Perhaps he wasn't the only smart person on the island after all... Although, her brutal honesty did surprise him a little. Not that he could really blame her. Part of him wanted to pull the trigger the second she dropped her guard and get it all over with. One less competition for his ride out of here... And yet, there was something about the girl standing in front of him that made the very idea seem abhorrent at that moment in time. Probably something to do with the fact that she was ironically the first person he'd come across in a while who was neither rude, ignorant or trying to kill him.

They both lowered their weapons in near unison, the young Brit taking the opportunity to adjust his tie as he did so. Now that they had established something of a temporary truce between them, Maxwell couldn't help but take the opportunity to briefly check out the apparent top female killer who stood before him. It was just a brief glance, barely even noticeable, but it was enough for Maxwell to tell that Clio had to be one of the most gorgeous women he had ever come across. Far more beautiful then that comparatively plain Osborne girl... She had a thin, almost ethereal look about her. Not exactly the most impressive bust he'd ever seen, but who was he to complain. But most of all, it was her eyes that drew his attention the most... One hazel, and one green. He'd heard about people with different coloured eyes in the past (Hetrochromia or something like that?) but never had he ever expected to actually bump into somebody with the condition. He suspected that the chances of coming across someone with differentiating eyes on the island had to be quite phenomenal.

"Now, since we both seem to know each other already, even if only briefly, I agree when you say we need some introductions,"

The girl before him smiled, raising her hand and offering to shake Maxwell's. An offer he couldn't help but accept with an equally satisfied grin, placing his gun into his left hand as he extended his right to shake Clio's like a true gentleman.

"Clio Gabriella. I suppose I'm the top girl around these parts. Unless that bull dyke's offed someone I don't know about."

"Maxwell Lombardi, at your service... And I have to say, its been both an honour AND a pleasure to finally meet the top girl herself in the flesh..." he replied, chuckling inwardly to himself when she referred to Reiko as being a bulldyke. There was something comforting in the fact that he wasn't the only person on the island who detested the pint-sized bitch.

"May I?" he then added, gesturing to Clio that he'd like to enter the room. After acknowledging her agreement, the young Brit wasted no time in entering the reasonably sized bedroom. It reminded him a lot of one of the many guest rooms Uncle Henry had in his own mansion that he reserved for visitors such as relatives and close friends. It had all the basic essentials more or less intact: A chest of drawers, a dusty mirror, a broken old clock, a wide cupboard, a private bathroom and of course a comfy double bed to finish it all off.

"Well, I've got to admit, I admire your taste in comfort. A little dust and cobweb or two aside, this room seems fit for a king... Well, okay, maybe not a king per se. But you get the idea..." he said as he circled the room, stopping by the chest of drawers to place his TEC-9 on top of it. All the while, he kept his eyes on Clio. Whilst the two of them had agreed to a truce, the fact remained that they were still in the middle of a game which only allowed for one winner. Sooner or later, they were going to be forced against each other. And as much as Maxwell didn't want to start killing again so soon, he still had to be cautious around this girl. She didn't score four kills by being an innocent airhead after all...

Nevertheless, he did well to mask his caution as he spoke to her. He couldn't let on that he had suspicions about her after all...

"So, i'm curious... At what point did you realise that escape wasn't a viable option?" he asked, genuinely interested as to what led her to start playing. She started long before him, that was obvious. But he was curious as to what excuses other people hide behind because they were too afraid to admit that all they really want is to get off this damn island alive.
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Brian Zhdanovich - Homestead
Ruby Forrester - Shopping Mall
Jenna Rhodes - Hotel

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Maxwell Lombardi - The Suave Bastard {Shot off a cliff} [Kill Count: 12]
Marty J. Lovett - The Paranoid Pessimist {Stabbed in the heart} [Kill Count: 1]
Joshua Krakowski - The Living Anachronism {Shot in the temple}
Vera Osborne - The Pretentious Artist {Shot in the eye}
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November 28th, 2010, 12:12 am #7

Oh, and the guy was apparently very polite as well, what with the most elegant way of introducing yourself formally to someone being thrust upon her. Of course, she had adjusted herself to be used to such overwhelmingly out-of-place demeanour, and as such she didn't do the usual thing she suspect most girls would do upon coming across someone so polite, such as heavy breathing, fanning oneself with the hand, all that formal bullshit that she saw people do in movies after meeting someone so handsome and well-mannered.

She welcomed him into her temporary sanctuary, and now that she got a good look at it, the sunlight from the hall finally creeping inside, she could see that the room wasn't half bad, compared to the rest of the house. The boy put some kind of large machine gun on the chest of drawers besides the bed. Clio smiled briefly, realising that he did have to be fairly loaded if he were to rack up such an impressive kill count. 5 people, wasn't it? Well, he probably had a lot more than she did. Clio started to feel a bit inadequate with just a gun on her. The sai and giant sword stacked behind the door wasn't going to provide much protection in the long run, after all.

"So, i'm curious... At what point did you realise that escape wasn't a viable option?" the boy asked her. Clio had to truly smile this time, and let off a small laugh.

"Escape? I didn't think that was an option. I've been watching this show since I was 15, and in all that time, I've never seen a successful escape attempt. You're not American, right? I dunno if you've seen it before, but no one's ever escaped SOTF without cutting down a massive amount of people in between. Adam Dodd? 12 people. Calvert? 10 people. JR Rizzolo, the kid that we saw on that clip from last seaons? 11 people. Sure, there was that whole escape thing last time, some kids managed to get the collars off, but...come on. That was a year ago. The SOTF system is like a spider web. Whenever a part is weakened, the spider makes sure that when it makes the new web, that the weakened part is stronger and more durable than before."

Clio, after finishing her little impromptu speech, closed the bedrooom door behind her. It was well into the day now, and as such a lot brighter than when she first arrived, allowing the occupants of the room to see the rather large Chinese halberd laid agains the wall.

"To answer your question, escape's never been an option, right from the moment I woke up. I don't know if you can tell, but there's a difference between us and the ordinary people out there, apart from the amount of people we've killed. There's people out there, people who've actually spent their whole life at Bayview, who are trying to play, and they're gonna crash the hardest. They have friends to lose, they have more enemies than friends, more often than not, and at one point, it's gonna bite them. People like us," Clio pointed at her chest with the loosely held Sai, and then at Maxwell, letting the point linger for a few moments "The loners, the people with a lot of demons to hide, the newly arrived at our school with no such friends to think about, we've got the best advantage over them in that we only loose ourselves, and nothing more, to the game. None of that moping about friends bullcrap, no mourning over lost loves, nothing. We apply," Clio held the sai in front of her throat, and moved it through the air in a cutting motion "And we execute."

Clio stood there solemly for about 5 seconds, and then started to giggle.

"How was that? If I get back home, I'm gonna go into acting, it's a lot easier than science studies."

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity
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Joined: February 25th, 2010, 7:15 pm

November 28th, 2010, 12:09 pm #8

Maxwell was beginning to like this girl.

Barely seconds after he'd made his little inquiry, Clio began to go on about how she used to watch SOTF when she was 15. And that every time, the winner had always been someone who cut through the competition like a hot knife through butter. Admittedly, Maxwell didn't know that much about the previous games. He had always half-assumed that it was all staged like in Professional Wrestling and The X Factor... It wasn't until he found himself partaking in one these supposedly fake games that the bitter truth dawned upon him.

As Clio closed the door behind her, the young Brit couldn't help but note the large halberd that lay against the wall. Obviously the spoils from some encounter with one of the more well-armed students... He briefly considered the possibility of stealing it when the time came that they would have to go their separate ways, but shot down the idea when he realised how awkward it would be to carry both a halberd AND a machinegun around the island. Besides, he had more then enough tools to remove the competition anyway...

She then went on about how she had decided to play barely seconds into the game, and that it was people like her and Maxwell who had the advantage because they weren't slowed down by their friends and relatives. That people like them had no one who would act as a moral anchor weighing them down and stopping them from playing the game wholeheartedly without a hint of remorse. Which, in Maxwell's case, was partially true. The idea of being forced to gun down his former colleagues and lovers back home in England was a disheartening prospect for the young Brit... And yet, he was absolutely certain that if push came to shove, he would play on regardless of whatever ties he once had. Because when it really came down to it, only one life mattered to Maxwell... His own. And he would slay his own flesh and blood in an instant if it meant he could get off this damned rock alive and well.

Still, he couldn't help but respect this girl's philosophy when it came down to the game. No doubt. No worries. No regrets... It was like a match made in heaven.

After she had finished her monologue, there was a brief pause wherein she let out a giggle which Maxwell couldn't help but find especially cute. A little deranged, maybe, but cute nevertheless.

"How was that? If I get back home, I'm gonna go into acting, it's a lot easier than science studies."

He chuckled inwardly to himself. Yes... IF you get back home indeed......

"I'm sure you'd be an absolute bombshell." he said with a satisfied smile on his face.

"Well, from the sound of things, you certainly didn't faff around as much as I did the second I woke up. It all seems so silly now that I think back on it... I'd actually gotten it into my head that if I was to play along, it would make me a pathetic sheep who only does as he's told. Its a ridiculous philosophy, I know. I mean, what's so sheepish about wanting to stay ALIVE of all things? In all honesty, I highly suspect I was more scared if anything... Not of dying, of course. But of taking away another man's life. That the sheer emotional strain of such an apparently awful act would cause me to break down out of guilt or something pathetic like that..."

He couldn't help but chuckle to himself at the very idea of being so weak minded.

"...Of course, once I was forced to defend myself against some punk who got it into himself to try and mug ME of all people, I quickly figured out that killing people wasn't so hard after all... And to think, I actually assumed that I could try to signal a boat or something stupid like that!"

Naturally, he made sure to not mention the fact that he could have easily spared Augustus back at that beach... Wouldn't want her to get the wrong idea or anything, after all.

"After that, the rest is pretty much history... Apart from bumping into that pint-sized Japanese bitch Reiko now and again, what you've heard on the announcements is pretty much what i've been doing for the past few days... That, and this one ginger bastard who managed to clip my ear, as you've probably noticed..."

He felt the spot where his earlobe once was, the injury still stinging him to no end.

"Still, a small price to pay for survival. No?"
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Brian Zhdanovich - Homestead
Ruby Forrester - Shopping Mall
Jenna Rhodes - Hotel

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Maxwell Lombardi - The Suave Bastard {Shot off a cliff} [Kill Count: 12]
Marty J. Lovett - The Paranoid Pessimist {Stabbed in the heart} [Kill Count: 1]
Joshua Krakowski - The Living Anachronism {Shot in the temple}
Vera Osborne - The Pretentious Artist {Shot in the eye}
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November 29th, 2010, 11:41 am #9

The handsome british guy...no, man...in front of him seemed to know how to really work her, didn't he? Maxwell, just befoe regailing her with his story, actually complimented her on her looks. Clio realised, almost briefly, that this would probably be the last time someone actually did that. She knew she had a real fighting chance to get off this island, but it was nice for someone to actually pay attention to the littlest things, such as her looks.

The story of Maxwell's was also interesting. He'd taken a lot longer to "turn", as the saying would go, and almost got himself killed by it. He did seem like the perfect candidate for such a crime, what with his bow tie; people often assumed that people who could afford such luxuries, even people like that fatass Everett who died on the first day.

So apparently, he'd been on a little rampage of death for the last few days. 5 people to his name, with an ever increasing amount each day, meant that technically she was taking him away from his work. Clio smiled, both at his words and at the thought of such an action they were commiting, and maybe still commiting, being reduced to something so meaningless as a chore.

And it also appeared that Clio had good reason to notice something wrong with his ear, since apparently some ginger kid (hehehe, ginger, she loved that word) tried to off him as well.

A small price to pay for survival?

She couldn't agree more.

Clio had to smile again, and approached the competition in front of her.

"I haven't had the...experience that you've had with battle, or at least not the damage to show, but..." Clio started, before pulling back her lower gum. On the right of her right canine was a gap, where her tooth used to reside a few days ago.

"Ivan Kuznetsov."

She held back her neck, to reveal several red rings, almost radiating. Pointing to each individual one, she accompanied them with a name.

"Teo Weinstock. Garry Villette. I got to toss the last one off a cliff though, that was some consulation."

Turning around, she pulled up the back of her shirt to show the pressure marks, one or two deep cuts accompanying it, from all the way back on the first day.

"Brendan Wallace. I suppose it doesn't quite reach the extent that yours does, but that's how many people are out for my blood now, plus everyone they know as well. I have been very lucky in that I've been able to choose the people who never stood a chance in the first place. Chris, that bible kid. Petrushka, the violinist. Charles, that athiestic denier of everything. Luke, the introverse. I thought I'd actually killed Garry, the hockey player built like a fucking tank, but...somehow, he survived."

...it was a while before she realised that she'd been holding her shirt up to him for the entire while she'd been ranting. Slightly flustered over the fact she was giving him a free show (and it didn't seem like he had any intention of returning the favour, a shame really...), she pulled it back down and sat down on the bed.

"I suppose that one day, we'll be interesting filler for-"

Clio pointed at one of the camera's in the corner of the room with the sai, still handled loosely in her hand as she shoved the recently deposed of gun in the strap of her skirt-

"-some psychology major at Harvard in a few years time. Cause remember, we're basically famous now. You've killed more people than more of the craziest people in SOTF history. Blood Boy, Damien Carter-Madison, Cillian Crowe. You've killed more people than any of those guys, and people who watch this are going to want to know why. And me too, remember? You haven't seen what I've done. Two days ago, I held my gun to my own head. Three days ago I tried to stop. Four days ago I said I was going to play, and one day ago I remembered that."

During this, she'd gotten off the bed again, and started pacing across the room. She hardly even realised that, and promptly stopped and turned away again.

"I don't even know why that came to mind, really. I suppose being stuck in this place without food for a while really makes you think about stuff, right?"

Like the fact that if you were to kill this guy now, you would then be the top killer on this rock, without anyone to stand in your way.

But I'm not, so shut up.

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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v5
Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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v6
Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity
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November 30th, 2010, 8:14 pm #10

((Haruka Watanabe continued from Fountain of Youth))

Haruka Watanabe gently pulled the kitchen door to a close, being extra slow and gentle in an attempt to silence the rusty creaking. For a good thirty seconds she stood there, her teeth digging into her bottom lip as she tried her best to stay silent. She didn’t know if she was alone. She hoped that she was alone. A huge house like this, almost a stately hotel, could surely hide a dozen or so of her classmates. It was one of those buildings that if you were careful, you probably wouldn’t bump into the other occupants for an entire weekend. On the off chance she may still be alone, surrounded only by dust bunnies and spiders, mice scratching at the walls.

She finally pulled the door shut with a small thud, dust was still settling from when she had opened it. The glass pane had a dirty yellow tinge, black build up of condensation around the edges giving off a musty, earthy smell. The kitchen door, painted in peeling blue paint, led out onto a small patio with large, ceramic pots, the plants inside long withered and dead. In this part of the house, in the west wing, rot, moisture and the weather seemed to have claimed ownership. From outside she could see sections of the roof missing, slates had fallen off in places revealing the damp wood beneath. Near the edge of the wreckage jagged beams jutted out like teeth from the mouth of some beast. The attic floor sagging inwards, waiting to collapse.

Perhaps there had been a fire, a clash of lightning or maybe even an explosion of some kind. Either way, the stately home had been opened crudely, like some sort of macabre dollhouse, letting the island seep in. Haruka hugged herself tightly as she stepped forwards into the kitchen, her Mary-Janes falling silently against the grimy checkerboard tiles. The mansion was some haunted house attraction in a funfair, or even a sprawling theme park. It had all the conventions, dead withered plants, cracked window panes, shutters falling from the walls, sagging plaster ceilings, dirty yellow glass, that old, dusty smell, not of historic places but of death and decay. But then again, a mansion was only a mansion, regardless of how it looked. An empty mansion was even better.

Maybe as she explored deeper into the bowels of the house, she’d see the oil based paintings with eyes, following her around the room, or the china doll with a cracked face and a dress with yellow lace, moving in the corner of her vision. All the small things she had been scared of outside, the things she wasn’t even aware that did scare her, until she was isolated. Alone, with the possibility of death clinging to her like a shadow. And yet, the timid girl saw past the damp, peeling wallpaper, faceless, cracked busts and wispy cobwebs in the corners. The mansion seemed safe, at least, if not horrifically eerie and with a sickening smell, in the west wing at least.

Maybe somewhere, in the sprawling mansion, she could find a little room with a view. A room with its own bathroom, even if the plumbing was out, and maybe a walk-in-closet. A closet, that’s what she needed, a narrow space to crawl in and make a nest, like a hamster. So what if it smelled of mothballs and was dusty? On the bed she was exposed, she could take the sheets, at least. It would be like hide-or-go-seek, the perfecting place for the likes of Haruka to curl up and hide. She was sick and tired of trying to be different, trying to be brave. It hadn’t gotten her far. All the people she had seen either looked as if they had waltzed right off the battlefield or got attacked sooner or later. It wasn’t safe for her out there. It wasn’t safe for anyone.

So let the others fool themselves with ideas of vocations and missions, trying to get back at Danya or trying to get home. So what? Haruka Watanabe wasn’t going to kill anyone, she had no means anyway, and she certainly wasn’t going to get killed. She’d be invisible, unreachable, sneaking out when it was safe and taking what she needed. The rodent approach to things wasn’t so bad, and she was amazed that she had chastised herself for behaving that way earlier. The mines, the woods, the fountain…She had tried to be brave, really she had but then something always pushed her over the edge. A scary girl with blood on her face. The fleeting paranoia and confusion. The new arrival of two violent characters. Craig…Craig O’Hoyle, dead and gone. And for what? Nothing.

His last words…Trent…She had meant to follow him and others, really she did, she tried to catch up with them for a while, but what was to say they wouldn’t run into hostiles again? Trent was unconscious, she was unarmed and the other two…They wouldn’t have stood a chance, they were probably better without her anyway. She simply stopped running and watched them disappear off into the distance, probably thinking she was still close behind. She went down past the fountain again, catching sight of another corpse next to Craig’s, she didn’t need to investigate. She was glad that she had tagged along with the boys, if not for just under five minutes.

Eventually, as she was staggering over grassy slopes, watching her feet with tired eyes to make sure she didn’t trip over, she found herself staggering onto gravel. She lifted her head and squinted at the bulking silhouette of the mansion, stood against the early evening sky. Bells rang inside her, warning her of possible danger, but there were also many positives. Maybe such a huge place hadn’t been cleaned out, maybe there was food or even water. She’d squandered her last bottle, and any urine she had passed since that had been a dark brown. There was that tickle in the back of her throat she couldn’t seem to get rid of, and she knew she was succumbing to dehydration.

Standing in the centre of the dusty kitchen, Haruka knew that she had to check out her surroundings before she began rummaging around for refreshments. Making sure her footfalls remained as quiet as possible, Haruka headed over towards the large wooden table in the centre of the kitchen and shrugged off her survival pack, before nudging it underneath, out of view. There was nothing lying around that she could utilise as a weapon, not that she’d use it, she knew she couldn’t, but she’d just feel safer with something in her hand. Something she could swing around blindly if someone else happened to be lurking nearby. Her eyes went to the large wooden dresser, displayed on which were china plates, saucers and teacups. Most of which were cracked, some broken.

One shelf displayed a row of china plates, white with cobalt blue detailing. There were willow trees and a large stately home on each plate, two birds flying together at the top representing the two lovers who had died. Her mother had plates like these at home, but she had gotten them off of the internet. She would have loved these. One of the plates was shattered into tiny shards, the second was broken into several large jagged parts. Haruka took a dusty serviette and wrapped it around the square edge of one particularly long and sharp shard, and wielded it almost as if it were a dagger, or at least how Mrs. Peacock held it on the cover of the Clue board game.

Haruka was probably alone, but she had to be sure, and like that, she ventured further into the mansion.
COOK 'N' KILL
........RECIPES........
x 1 oz. Rat PoiSon
x 1/2 oz. Meta-cyanide
x 1/2 oz. Fex-M3
x 1 cup Tiberium

Shake and Stir
GOOD LUCK!


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