Candice didn't know if Mia was able to genuinely keep herself in high spirits, or if she was just faking it. Who knows, maybe she was just putting on an act because she thought Candice was on the verge of falling apart. Something like Candice's ridiculously pathetic fake smile, but more convincing.
more convincing. It didn't seem like a superficial, fake smile such as Candice's. It was as though Mia thought that there was actually something to be optimistic about... some kind of silver lining that Candice just couldn't find, even though she knew that they couldn't let themselves be frozen with despair.
Something to look forward to aside from a 1% survival rate, weighted in favor of the cruel and the ruthless.
Something to trust in on this island where yesterday's classmate was tomorrow's enemy.
Far from going "pretty well" so far, hadn't they been on a string of near-death experiences from the time they woke up this morning? They'd been on the verge of killing each other before they'd had a chance to say hello. They'd failed to notice somebody sneaking up on them, and only luck meant that it wasn't somebody hostile. They'd made a poor impression on that same person, ruining any chance of convincing them to work together.
All right? Just where were you looking to see something like that?
Well, Mia was armed, at least. It might have nearly gotten Candice killed earlier, but they weren't in danger of being bumped off by the first nutjob with a pockeknife that they were to run into. That was a plus, of sorts.
A group of only two people was small, but it was still safer than being alone. There was the emotional component, too... regardless of whether Mia's attitude was fake or genuine, it was comforting nonetheless.
Hell, if you set aside Mia's earlier outbursts, she seemed much more stable now. Maybe a change of scenery and a chance to talk things out was really all that they needed.
Desperately clinging to those few positive facts, Candice followed Mia down the hall.
At the very least, I guess this could be a lot worse.
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