Jana's words about how intelligent her brother was were almost reassuring. Almost. Still, how many other "smart" kids had participated in this game and lost? She'd seen it several times during the first round. Some of them almost succeeded... some Scottish boy and a hacker kid almost crashed Danya's computer systems during the last round. Then again, maybe Danya just added that in for dramatic effect, and he was in control all along. It wouldn't surprise her much.
She didn't have too much time to think about it. As the first few rays of light attempted to shine through the darkness outside, the public access speakers blared to life around the island once again. This had almost become a routine thing since she woke up on the island. She listened intently as Danya read off the names of the dead, a slight frown crossing over her features as he announced her as being a killer. Thankfully, he didn't go into details about what had happened, otherwise her cover for murdering Brandon might've been blown. Her ears perked up at the sound of another name being read off as well.
"Alice is dead," she stated flatly.
Maybe she was supposed to sound disappointed, but she didn't. Maybe she should be sad, but she wasn't. Alice had been a member of the Sisterhood, but not by Sera's choice. She never had liked her, just like she had never liked Venus Gwendolyn. That was Ali's doing... or something to that effect. It was common knowledge that out of all the Sisterhood girls, Sera and Ali were best friends. Period. Nobody else in that group held a candle to Sera and Ali's friendship. Still, Ali was the one who had drug people like Alice and Venus into the group. People who didn't belong there...
"I guess that's one less that we have to look for."
It sounded cruel. It was cruel. Still, Sera just didn't care. Alice had only brought their group down anyway. Venus might've been dumb as a stump in her own personal opinion, but at least she had her looks. Alice didn't have anything. The girl was hideous to look at and a nuisance to be around. She was only good at lying, deceiving, and spreading rumors... and she obviously wasn't too good at it, because she'd met her maker at the hands of somebody on the island. She would've only gotten in the way.
"Sorry, I guess that sounds bad. Alice and I didn't really get along. We didn't see eye-to-eye on a lot of stuff. You know those girls that you only keep around because your friends like them? Yeah, that was her."
Why was she explaining herself anyway? It was none of Jana's business. Danya finished out his list of the dead and headed on to the dangerzones, which were far more interesting to Sera. Especially when he called out that the mountain ranch she and Jana were currently occupying would be a dangerzone shortly. A disappointed sigh escaped her lips as she snatched up the bag containing Brandon's shotgun from the ground.
"I think that's our cue to get outta here," she motioned before standing up off the haybale.
Heading toward the exit to the barn, she could barely see her hand in front of her face through the dense fog. At least it wasn't raining. Now she supposed that one way or another she and Jana were going to be searching for someone or something. Jana might've been searching for her brother, and Sera might've ultimately been searching for the members of the Sisterhood, but at the moment, Sera was more concerned about finding something else. Jana would suffice for now, but she needed to come up with another "meat shield", and soon. Good looks and a naive freshman could only get you so far in a place like this, after all.
((Continued in "To Awake and Avenge the Dead