Blood Boy had run off after a hard battle that had left a buzzing in Gabe's head. To be honest, he was so preoccupied with saving his own life that he didn't even notice the announcements going off. His mind was dead focused on anticipating Blood Boy's next move. When he ran off and made his last comment, Gabe was confused. Was there something he hadn't been privy to?
Evan on the other hand had heard full well what had been said by Danya. He didn't even have time to think about it. He just stared at Gabe expecting him to explode. But Gabe didn't. He stood there confused, a small smile showing on his face as he watched Blood Boy turn tail and run. "I guess... we got him, eh buddy?" he said half-heartedly to Evan, spotting that he was showing noticeable concern for Gabe. Viki came and put a hand on his shoulder, a gesture he'd assumed was gratitude for their safety. But as he looked at her, he noticed she too was wearing a mournful expression. "I mean it was a close call there for a bit, but we got em!" Evan was puzzled. Gabe was taking this too well. The drugs made him open his mouth and assess the situation. "Gabe... did you not just hear that?" It was a bit insensitive too be sure, but it was obvious that Gabe's reaction was not the one either Evan or Viki had expected.
"Hear what?" Gabe asked, puzzled slightly. Then it clicked. There was an announcement going on during that fight, and he hadn't heard it. The expressions of concern on both Viki and Evan's faces solidified the idea in his mind. Something awful had just transpired. "Guys... wh-what did..." he swallowed hard, and his body seemed to radiate a heat like one does when they have a fever. "What did- what the announcements say?" He prayed in his mind that it was something small, like their area being announced a dangerzone. But deep down he knew that with his luck it was much much worse. Evan said in a sympathetic tone, clearly looking distraught "Gabe..." he moved closer to his best friend. "Gabe... I can't- I mean I'm sorry but... Kara..." he said, unsure of how to word things, "has died..."
He didn't even need to finish the sentence. When Evan had said her name, Gabe knew exactly what would come next. His body went numb, and his eyes reddened and filled with tears, brimming to escape their ocular prison. "I'm sorry Gabe" Evan said, looking at his feet, unable to hold eye contact. Gabe was still numb. The only thing he could do was fight his hardest to keep the tears from coming out. He knew in the back of his mind that if they started, they'd never stop. He didn't speak; he just stared at the ground. He reached up without looking and took Viki's hand, squeezing it tightly. Fighting the tears became the hardest thing he'd ever done in his entire life. They were struggling to be free, being held in check only by Gabe's pride and desire for self control.
Evan raised his head and looked long and hard at Gabe, anticipating the inevitable breakdown that would follow. But it never came. Gabe was trying too hard to hold it back. He finally opened his mouth. "Who- I mean... how- I...I... but it can't- I mean I'm so-". He wasn't even able to think. Images of Kara flashed through his mind. Images of times they'd shared together. Images of her house and her room, of her smiling, of her frowning and crying and yelling, of her naked body, of her in her prom dress. The times he'd watch her at cheerleading practice, the time they first kissed. The images took over his mind. His mouth opened again, and his throat spasmed a bit for air. He fought so hard, but a few lone tears began to stream down his cheeks and drip off his chin. "How...how- I...why would- I don't..." he stammered, trying his hardest to avoid sobbing and breaking into a nervous wreck. "It's ok buddy" Evan tried to say reassuringly, "I know... I know... it's ok. Let it out. It's just us here".
Gabe fell to his knees and stared at the sky. Tears began to come out ever stronger. Thoughts of "how could anyone let this happen?" and "is any of this even real?" filled his mind. Finally he bent forward, buried his face in his hands, and let it flood out. Evan and Viki watched as Gabe cried. They watched as he sobbed, and moaned, and shouted profanities at the sky. He bent forward even more until he lay on the ground, pounding his fist into the dirt, and curling his legs into a fetal position. All Evan could do was crouch down next to him and pat him on the back to console him as he let it all out.
"Oh God..." Gabe said, almost inhaling the dirt off the ground each time he took in a deep breath. Leaves stuck to his face, and dirt stuck to his lips. But none of that mattered. He'd acheived the numbness that one only achieves the moment the most horrible thing in their life happens to them. "Oh God, why...." he repeated over and over in between gasps for air and moans of pain. "There there buddy. You'll be ok. Let it all out" Evan continued to repeat, while patting Gabe on the back. He gave Viki a look as if to suggest "I don't know what else we can do". A mournful, sorrow-filled look.
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<font color=green>Currently In-Game: Evan Angler, Gabe McCallum
<font color=red>Currently Deceased: Alex Steele, Monique St.Claire
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<font color=red> <I>Oh, so I see the floor is here...</I>