adopted and under new management~)
Female Student #4, Lucy Ashmore was only on the trip for one stupid reason. To socialize. She had hoped to meet some new people, but did she? Of course not. To her horror, and her mothers, she ended up in the midst of the Survival of the Fittest game. Socially interacting was now going to be the death of her! Thankfully, she didnt bump in to anybody and that was probably the only reason why she was still alive.
She knew herself, her own capabilities
The self-doubt that she had was there for a reason. She wasnt strong enough to get through this, to survive. It may have been a very pessimistic approach at life, but all she wanted to do was hide. Being shy and introverted, Lucy didnt really get to know anybody. She had wanted to, but she just had no hope.
Everybody mocked her, doubted her. Envied her. She was one of the smartest- always getting top grades. She never asked to be harassed, to be abused, to be bullied. They just did it anyway.
The daily torment she lived through had died down a year or so after she joined Bayview, but the damage was still there. The times she was hurled abuse at quickly managed to cause her to become exceptionally socially awkward. She was shy before, now she was just terrible at interacting.
It was this that made her doubt herself. If she did bump in to anybody, it meant she was going to be killed. She knew the rules of the game, shed even heard about it on the news. Trusting somebody was the worst and last thing to do, and being petite and timid were just more reasons to hide out and try her hardest to not bump in to anybody.
The room she was in wasnt the best for hiding, but she could hide behind the bar, at least partly. There were loads of stuff on the floor and the last thing she wanted to do was make a lot of noise. That was practically suicide in such a bitter situation. She didnt even have a proper thing to arm herself with. Shed seen her weapon on TV before, it was a bear trap.
It had a shutter and a few spikes, but was bloody heavy. She had placed it by the entrance of the door in to the room she was so if any intruders tried to get her, they would be trapped and she could attack them or steal their weapons, or in the worst case scenario, let them bleed to death.
It was kill or be killed, and when you are as introverted and shy as Lucy, with no friends, you had to kill. It was inhumane, the whole thing. She was just a 17 year old, but she didnt want to die. Not yet. She had to take care of things, she still had to become a proper musician, in a big fancy orchestra. Or go to university and study something to do with music or botany
She still had a life ahead of her, and she knew that shed have to try.
She realised her plan from the start. Camp out in the room, let the bear trap do its thing if anybody tried to find her
to attack her
to kill her! Maybe she could do it. As long as the residential area didnt become a danger zone for a while, she could easily stay there for ages- perhaps even the whole game. Anything to stop her from having to go outside, in to the unknown. Wait for numbers to dwindle. She had it all planned.
However, if it did become a danger zone
Well that was a different story. She was weak, she was a nobody. Shed probably get gunned down by the hundreds of senior students in the same situation as her. Except, they werent fully in the same situation. They had friends. They had somebody to find, somebody to protect, somebody to look out for them. She had nobody- no one at all. She felt alone, and the feeling of loneliness was never a nice thing to suffer from. It made her feel inadequate, useless and deserted and she couldnt help but let out a few tears- trying not to sob loudly.
She had spent most of the day crying off and on. Crying here and there, a small rest- mostly accidental. She was exhausted, and sitting in a dark room for hours on end with nothing to do but hide in a comfortable position made it very hard to stay awake. Regardless, she failed in staying awake and drifted off on multiple occasions, for periods stretching between only 10 minutes and up to an hour.
Either way, she was wide awake for the first announcement, something she was definitely not looking forward to. Maybe some of the less intelligent people out of them would assume it was all going to be about unicorns and rainbows and smiles, with no deaths. She however knew differently. The gunshots, the screams- everything totalled up to one thing. Death.
She had been woken up many times over the course of the day to the blood curdling screams that echoed across the island, but it wasnt until one came from nearby that it took over. Lucy staggered across the room to the far corner, hugging her chest with her violently shaking arms. With every second that passed, Lucy let out another gasp. She was having a panic attack.
There was only one chance after the sound that had come from probably only a kilometre or two away, get the hell out of there. She knew she couldnt stay anymore, contrary to her want to stay there all day and night. To seek refuge in a small and dusty shack that nobody would ever want to go to. It was all futile, she knew there was somebody with a gun nearby and she had no other chances but to get away before they marched in to the building and shot her dead.
Gathering her things, Lucy lifted her bag over her back as she swiftly ran out of the building. In no way was she a fast runner, but it was enough to dart quickly from building to building. From shadow to shadow. Out of the area completely, she refused to look back. Just in case her worst nightmares came true and she had been followed.
She didnt want to die
(Lucy Ashmore continued in Darkness Within