It was like time had stopped completely. For the moment, the only thing Terrie could think about were Serenity's horrible words, her horrible request. At the same time, Terrie almost felt obligated to oblige that request, if only to end her friend's suffering. Thankfully, it wasn't a choice she would be forced to make. Instead, Terrie's line of vision shot toward the door as it quietly opened, revealing Ianto. A relieved sigh escaped her lips at the sight of her friend. Aside from a rather painful looking gash across his forehead, he looked more or less unscathed. In this place, it was the best she might have hoped for.
She could only nod in acknowledgement to Ianto as he entered the room and knelt beside Serenity. Seconds later, the door once again swung open, causing Terrie to do somewhat of a double-take when she immediately realized that it wasn't Brad who had stepped through the doorway, but instead Steve Digaetano. The tears in his eyes were already apparent as he looked upon Serenity's half-lifeless form, and Terrie couldn't help but look away to keep herself from crying as well.
And just as suddenly as that brief flicker of joy and relief had come, it passed.
Serenity began begging for release once again, but this time to Steve. Terrie rose to her feet and backed away from the scene slowly in some vain attempt at giving the two some sort of privacy. The imminence of Serenity's death was beginning to weigh on her shoulders, and despite all her attempts at keeping her emotions in check, Terrie could feel the hot tears beginning to well up in the corner of her eyes for the millionth time. When Steve finally rose from Serenity's side and pointed the rifle at her, Terrie couldn't watch, instead, diverting her eyes to the floor and praying for the moment to be over.
Why? Why are we all fighting... dying... killing? Why does it have to be this way? Nothing... nothing makes sense anymore.
The deafening gunshot caused her to jump involuntarily, and then, it was over. A loud clatter echoed out as Steve's gun fell to his side and the normally intimidating football player fell to his knees in tears. Part of her wanted to comfort him, to offer him some sort of solace from his grief, but she simply couldn't stop crying long enough. Instead, all she could do was run her hand across her face in an attempt to wipe away some of the tears. Serenity, who moments before had been crying, talking, alive... she was now silent, and somehow, Terrie felt some sort of unfillable void welling up in the pit of her stomach.
Serenity Halos, the girl she had travelled with for the past five days -- no, her friend -- Serenity was now dead, and she could never be brought back.
"Steve..." Terrie choked out quietly as the football player rose to his feet and clambered out the door.
The door immediately squealed open once again, revealing a new girl whose name Terrie couldn't quite place. She squeaked out a quiet apology to Terrie and Ianto, but Terrie couldn't find the words to reply, instead finding her gaze tranfixed on Serenity's lifeless body. Immediately behind her came another new boy, who chimed in that Serenity should be buried. While Terrie might have agreed, she couldn't force herself to speak.
Ianto's arm falling over her shoulders and guiding her to the door provided some sort of solace, although it was too little, too late. She didn't say anything as Ianto chastised the two newcomers for coming in to observe Serenity's corpse and demanded they move. Instead, she simply allowed herself to be moved through the kitchen door and out into the mess hall, where it finally registered in her mind that the rain was still pouring down, just as hard as ever. In a way, it was befitting of this day... Serenity's funeral.
The events that had transpired might have felt as though they'd made time stop, but even though Serenity had just died, time kept on rolling, and Terrie was reminded of that fact as the speakers of the island's public access system squawked to life over the rain, bringing an end to the seemingly endless night. Bringing in a new day. She wanted to shudder at the thought of Danya's voice bringing anything good, but the previous day had been so horrible that nothing could've possibly been worse... or so she thought.
He prattled on in his usual manner, and the feelings of nausea started to build in Terrie's stomach as she listened blankly to his announcement. Nineteen had died in the past day. So many bodies. So many friends. She winced visibly as Danya announced Serenity's murder as though it had been nothing. She didn't have time to mourn, though. Immediately after he finished announcing yesterday's deaths, he declared the mess hall a dangerzone, causing Terrie's eyes to widen. Her gaze jolted from Ianto to Brad, and for the first time in what seemed like hours, she managed to squeak out a few quiet words.
It wasn't like Terrie to swear, although the situation certainly merited it. It only took a moment to gather up her belongings and once again, she was off into the pouring rain and away from the dangerzone... away from Serenity... away from everything she'd just witnessed. In a way, it was almost a relief, although she felt a tad anguished at the fact that they weren't able to bury their friend. As she ran from the dangerzone, the pouring rain drowned out the sound of Danya's "revenge" against S.A.D.D. If nothing else, Terrie was glad about that.