Alice was surprised to see her friend taking her secret quite well, but at the same time, she was relieved. Yet she couldn't help but want to apologize for her earlier actions. "I really wanted to check up on you, I did. But knowing that I was able to get away with being a gun-for-hire cause of people like Max, it just made me so angry, I couldn't help but yell at him..."
She told Ice. "Anyway, if there's anything you want to know about me, don't be afraid to ask, okay?" "I'm not one for prodding, but I gotcha."
They'd been in the same hugging position for a while now and Ice had unconsciously rested his chin atop the recon's head. He wasn't putting any weight on it and it felt nice to have her glossy hair against his neck. He let out at sigh, his hands locking together and squeezing, "What I imagine you went through ain't like the people who make my skin crawl at night. Those are the overlords, the crime bosses, the masterminds. The scum that I let lead me around by the nose weren't a pocket full of posies, they didn't even seem human."
He stayed silent for a few more moments before stiffening slightly, "Well... There is one question I have. What crawled out of hell and dragged you in?" "Long story."
Alice chuckled. "Turns out having a nanny who worked part time as an assassin drags you into all kinds of perilous adventures. Kinda bullshit, I know, but that turned out to be life for me." "They have to make a civil living somehow, I guess..."
The Blood Donor had run out of things to say exactly, so he just kind of stood there. "...Is there anything you want to know about me?" "Not really. Can't think of anything I'm curious about, other than why you care about me."
The recon shrugged, pulling away from the hug a bit. "I mean- I don't mean to be a downer, I'm just wondering, that's all. Haven't really done anything to deserve you, ya know?"
The man frowned, "...I just do. There's a bit of an empathy feeling in there, but I can tell that you aren't just saying caw caw with no backing. It's... I can't imagine surviving this without you by my side-"
His face grew a very bright red and he pushed her face back into his chest so she couldn't see it, "...That's all the mushy stuff you're getting out of me whiz anorak."
The recon giggled at his response. "Hahahah, Dork."
she said, before the monitors came back to life for Killgood to give everyone the motive to participate in the night of carnage. Actually, it was both Monokuma and Willow giving the motive. If they defeated Geina's Carnage Class Chassis, the bear would let a lucky sod or two go free, but if they faced the newest Carnage sister, Kyra, Willow would reward one of them with freedom. Sounded a bit suspicious to Alice.
At the sound of the announcement, Ice stiffened and his face drained of color. Then again, that's how any normal person's body would react to something so traumatic. He gently pushed Alice until he only held her shoulders and turned his head up to the screen. "That kind of baloney is gonna split our little circus up even more."
Memories flashed back of Allie's death and Zach's eye. It took a few moments for the Blood Donor to bring himself back to reality, "...What do you wanna do?" "I-I don't know."
Alice admitted. "How are we supposed to trust either of them will keep to their word? Not to mention facing either Geina's chassis or Kyra is a death-wish nontheless. I just think it's too good to be true!" "Erm, sorry to intrude."
Henry appeared by the fountain, appearing confused. "But if the knockoff Pooh Bear really is gonna let some of us free, maybe we should take the risk? We could be one of the lucky ones chosen, after all."
he asked, walking over to the other two.
Ice glanced over at the pianist, letting his hands drift down to his sides and taking a quick step back, "Whatever we decide on, this would be an opportunity to go after those weapons. While I do want one of us to get out of here, Alice is right. I think we should feign interest and do some damage while they're distracted."
Who knew what Monokuma meant be 'go free'? He could just send their dead body out of Axis Mundi for all they knew.
The recon smiled when Ice agreed with her, but gave Henry a stern look once she turned to face him. "Don't think you'll be sneaking off to help fight who-cares-who. Unless you want to help us out, you'll have to wait out the night in your room."
she told him. "Alright, but how bad are the carnage whatzits anyways?"
Deimo asked. "On a scale of harmless to serial muderer... they're leaning towards remorseless war machine."
Alice explained. "Oh damn... Wouldn't you need help then?"
The recon shook her head in reply. "I'll- no, we'll be fine. I just don't want you or Ice getting hurt. Or worse..."
she appeared scared as she thought to herself. Noticing this, Henry looked over to Ice and asked, "Has Alice been alright?"
A thought slipped passed his mind as he watched the siblings. There was similarity to their relationship and Alice with Mercy, but their roles had been switched. It was nice to see her taking on the parental role for a change, and it was even funnier considering how short the both of them were, with Alice scolding her taller companion. Ice only let the smile graze his face but a moment, but it was there all the same. It may have been a childish thought, but it was probably the happiest thought to come up in a while.
Once they got talking about the more serious topics, his smile looked as though it was only a memory. "I'll-"
His words were cut off by the smaller girl's and thoughts of interrupting her quickly escaped his mind. Ice could only stare at her with a small feeling of happiness, even though he had already heard the same words before. It took him a second to remember Henry's question. "She's been a great asset in this hell hole and has acted as anyone would in this situation. I can see her making it out of this alive, so I'd say that's a win." "That's my sister alright."
Henry chuckled, patting Alice on the back. "Hey, don't worry about keeping an eye on us- or him really, okay? I'm sure you two will get through this carnage night thing. Even if you're just getting weapons or whatnot."
he told the recon. "I just...don't want to be a failure..."
Alice mumbled. "Heyheyhey- don't talk like that! You're just out of your element, that's all!" "My what?" "You're proabably just not used to this, that's all...I dunno, I'm just trying to keep your spirits up here."
Ice crossed his arms and stared her down, "You don't get to be a failure, you here me? Because failing means death, and I'm not letting that happen. Average marks I'll let slide, but you at least need all your limbs." "...Okay, if she losses a limb it better be an arm."
Deimo spoke up, earning a punch to the arm from his sibling. "What? I'm just saying! Bah!..."