Johnny tried not to stare as Dawn scribbled her response. Noah was explaining the situation, and Johnny was listening to him, and it WAS important, but for now, he could only think of what she'd say. She handed the notebook back to him.
It was real.
Ever felt away with me
Just once that all I need
Entwined in finding you one day
Then, she suddenly kissed him.
Would you do it with me
Heal the scars and change the stars
Would you do it for me
Turn loose the heaven within
He hadn't kissed a girl since he was 13, and the warmth flooded through his body like liquid electricity. He kissed her back, likewise uncaring about what Noah might think, or the fact that they'd been alone on an island for a week and weren't in the most beautiful of shape. That didn't matter.
Your beauty cascaded on me
In this white night fantasy
Then Dawn pulled back, and she smiled at him and he knew he was smiling back. They were back in the real world though, and there was still had a situation here, knowing about Lex and all.
Ugh, he'd wished that Noah had just TOLD him about Lex earlier. Then again, Noah had no way of knowing what Johnny's reaction would be, but it was the sort of thing that would've come up SOMETIME.
So what if they did run into Lex? He was the one with the superior weapon? Could he really just blow her away? He remembered the barracks, when he'd faced down the one and only Bobby Jacks with his gun. Then, he thought he'd be able to shoot Bobby if the need had arisen, if it had been the only thing between life and death for him or Mark. He hadn't shot, and three students died there. Granted, that was partly SADD's own fault, but still. He could understand Noah's quest for vengeance, but he still didn't know if he could agree with it. Or could he?
Oh, just get it out already, Johnny. If someone killed her, just what would you do? Would you still refuse to kill?
In any case, it's not like they were any safer from players staying in one place than they were traversing the island. They had no idea where Lex or the other killers were. Those kids could find Johnny, Dawn and Noah just as easily as the other way around.
"Uh, sorry bout that Noah." He indicated Dawn next to him. "Um, yeah it's a bit complicated." He chuckled a bit, hoping that Noah didn't take it the wrong way.
First loves on the island, how romantic. I bet they're writing terrible fanfiction AS WE SPEAK.
"Anyway, I, I understand how you feel, y'know with Vera. If we find Lex, I'll... help you if I need to. I promise you that much." He paused, trying to put his words right. "But um, I'm not gonna just go... kill her in cold blood. There's, there's like a line there that I don't want to cross, it's tough to explain."
As he talked, he also wrote.
Thank you, Dawn. You make me happy too.
It was the announcements. Vera Lang was a friend of Noah's, she was on the list. Lots of people were.
Lex Machina was the one who killed her. So... we're not looking for Lex anymore. I still want to find John and Kyrie, though. So we're going to head out.
He handed the note back to her, shuffling the daypack on shoulder. He was suddenly aware that Dawn would have no idea of which students had died. Or which students were playing. He made a mental note to fill her in with as many names as he could remember as they traveled. It would be a bit of a killjoy, but it was something she deserved to know.
But for now, he was just ready to get out of here.
"Well, lead the way, Noah. You probably got the best idea of where to look for 'em. Or where not to."
He took Dawn by the hand and started out of the jailhouse, realizing for the first time that the sounds of rain had stopped.
"Heh. At least it's not raining anymore."
Ever felt away without me
My love, it lies so deep
Ever dream of me
(Jonathan Lancer continued in A Convoluted Conventicle