Maybe she shouldn't have been surprised when out of nowhere, another figure appeared out of the darkness in the small and broken down doorway of the lighthouse. Since the rain started the morning prior, it seemed like this place had begun to fill to the brim with more and more people coming, not to play the game, but in search of shelter.
Be that as it may, how long would it be before someone who was coming to play the game showed up to pick off all the people who sought out shelter?
The thought chilled her to the bone, and although Maggie tried to brush it off, it was next to impossible to do. Maybe it was the blatant truth that lay within the statement. Maybe it was the paranoia that was slowly beginning to overtake her mind. Whatever it was, it simply wouldn't allow the thought to go away, and instead, she continued to dwell on it, even as the new girl standing in the doorway offered out the consolation that she wasn't playing either.
Maggie studied the girl momentarily, and a slight sense of familiarity washed over her. In a way, it was comforting. In another, it was absolutely horrifying.
"I know you..." she began quietly, "The Russian exchange girl, right? From Ms. Laney's class. You... um... you had class with my brother, I think."
Does that mean...?
The thought of Shawn being on the island as well only crossed her mind for a fraction of a second before it vanished. There was no way he was here, that was one fact that was unchangeable. Yes, the entirety of Hobbsborough High School, save the Senior class who had been slacking off immensely as a whole, had been invited on the school-wide trip. Fortunately though, Shawn's sports life wouldn't allow him to go on the trip. It had been a disappointment at first, but as more time went on, Maggie found herself glad that this was a trial only she had to endure.
Maybe the last trial I'll ever have to endure...
She barely noticed as "Hal" came to and began to gather up his belongings. It was only as he stated that he was leaving the lighthouse that he caught Maggie's attention. Was he insane? He was leaving to find "friends" in weather like this, during a time like this? Maggie shook her head lightly at the mere thought of it. It just wasn't a good idea. Not a good idea at all.
"But you're hurt," she interjected, getting no response from him as he turned and headed out the door. Barely considering her own actions, she moved past Zilya and followed him to the doorstep. She wasn't normally a persistent person, but this was important. "How do you think you're gonna survive out there alone? You're hurt, you're defenseless... it's crazy. I don't like this situation any more than you do, but with as many of us as there are here, at least we're safe. If you wander out there, all by yourself, there's no telling who or what you'll run into. I don't know you very well, but I don't want to hear Hal Carpenter on the next announcement... and if you leave, I get this feeling that I will."