[Originally posted by Ruggahissy]
She wasn't expecting that kind of backup from Gwen and Virgil and frankly, it touched her. However, the other two weren't really crazy about the idea. She couldn't really understand. It was short sighted of them, especially Garrett, from the way he explained himself.
She looked at them incredulously, then remembered to close her mouth and did so. Also he said he knew some facts about her. "Facts," like she had a wikipedia page or something.
She looked left, looked right, then pointed at herself. "Me?" Michelle had no idea which facts Garrett knew. "I have a lot of pets. My brother worked at a pet store. I have like....nine."
She shook her head, sending her curls whipping around. Michelle's home life wasn't important right now.
"You're ignoring the truth because you don't want to think about it. I can't blame you. It's so much easier to think 'Well, I won't hurt anyone and then we'll see what happens.' But what does happen? If you don't want to take the risk of trying to disarm someone and just promise not to kill and encourage others the same, that's enough. But you have to accept that you are....um.....not gonna be around a lot longer. If you manage to make it to the end hiding and laying low, then what?"
She didn't say the last part. Would they shoot each other if it came down to it?
"No one is coming, if that's what you're holding out for," she whispered, voice cracking. "They'll probably wait until we're all dead to start showing footage so people don't come looking like last time."
It pained her to say it. The statement felt heavy. She swallowed and moved her hair behind her ear.
"You don't have to stay. Just....don't hurt anyone."
She leaned over and gave Jessica a kiss on the cheek and mussed her hair, anticipating the "good bye."
((Michelle Weschler continued in All Our Yesterdays