St. Mercer Hospital
"... You have powers, don't you?"
Britney asked, just from Charlie's reaction they definitely saw the energy. She knew how her abstraction worked, or how abstractions worked in general, and if Charlie was still Blind, they wouldn't have reacted at all. Charlie probably awakened during the event that got them sent to the hospital, but that's irrelevant. According to Charlie, the town had gone upside down... and that confirmed Britney's suspicions. Which meant that they had no time to play around.
"We'll discuss it later!" Britney said as she dispersed the energy and grabbed onto Charlie's wrist as she began marching down the hall towards the front entrance. She was hoping that the group was the one making the racket, not the Glutton's minions...
St. Mercer Hospital
"Let's get to the lobby, at the very least."
Kimberly responded to Rien, and she shared a similar sentiment in how the coast was waaaay too clear for the hospital being under attack from the Glutton. To Kimberly, it was just the calm before the storm, and the real threat was simply right around the corner. Still, they needed to survive, no matter the cost. "Here, take my hand..." She said as she grabbed onto Rien's hand, a gesture she didn't didn't put too much thought behind, and they proceeded through the halls of the hospital. Eventually they made it to the lobby and Kimberly had to take a second look to figure out what had happened. Two burning bodies, and everyone's at each other's throats. If the situation wasn't so tense, she'd sarcastically ask what she missed.
Still, somebody was on their knees freaking out after they were shot backwards through time? This guy was completely new... she didn't really get to know anyone in their group, but she could tell a newcomer when she could see him. With a silent nod towards Rien she released her friend as she walked over to the person. Billy had a similar idea... but he had the nerve to make stupid jokes. She was wondering how the guy managed to take nothing seriously, even after they lost two different people. She rolled her eyes as she pushed past him and knelt forwards towards the new guy. He was taking his power really hard, and Kimberly wanted to help him.
"I just wish
were going crazy, but it's a lot worse than that," Kimberly started off. "It's all real." She flatly said.
"Where the hell do I start? Well, from what I understand you've 'awakened'? Is that what I heard someone calling it? You have something like this?" Kimberly moved aside her bangs to reveal the camera's eye directly on the center of her forehead. "I... don't even know how to explain any of this to you. You got some kind of magic power, that's all."
St. Mercer Hospital
In time, the rage slowly subsided as Zoey just pressed Penny against the wall. She looked towards the ground as those emotions inside of her got more and more conflicted. It was evident that, despite her grief, what everyone said was getting to her. She ignored the newcomer as she merely took a step away, and the electricity faded as the brand on the back of her hand stopped glowing, seemingly withdrawing in general. She found herself a seat as she firmly placed her hands over her eyes as she slouched down, she was literally fighting tears.
A sigh of relief escaped Justin's lips as he was glad that things went the way they did... he was worried that Zoey would have killed Penny, or vice-versa. Especially when they needed everyone
- he nearly jolted at the newcomer but Tuyen explained it pretty well and he didn't feel necessary. He needed to comfort Zoey above all else as he stepped over to her.
"I... wanted to break the news to you at a better time," Justin said. "I know... I know it sucks, but everything that Penny said was right: Claire died."
"I can't, Justin..." Zoey sobbed, and nearly broke down into uncontrollable sobbing, "She was... she was my best friend!" She loudly said, "How could she just die,
what the fuck killed her...?"
"It's hard to say," Justin started off as he looked at Cyrus... Justin's eyes shot wide open as the guy did some freaky deaky shit and flew backward. Going off the glowing brand on his hand, he was one of them; An Awakened. Which was good because they needed fresh blood to replace what they lost. He ended up turning back towards Zoey as he finished explaining, "I don't fucking know what killed her myself... it's nothing from this world."
Slow footsteps approached, they had a somewhat unnatural pace that would be familiar to anyone who paid enough attention to this particular person. From one hallway, Jordan Nichols walked in, fully clothed in what she was wearing during the night of the incident. Her clothes were dirty and tattered, which Jordan preferred to having her ass hanging out in that damn hospital gown. She looked around and saw two dead bodies, someone freaking out on the ground, and various other craziness. Is it a bad thing that Jordan was already desensitized to the group's insanity?
"Thank God you guys are alive," However, Jordan quickly threw a thumb over her shoulder, "They got all of our stuff in a back room unless ya'll want to go out in the cold with your asses hanging out I'd come along."
Justin knew that Jordan had a valid point there... he was getting tired of looking at ass. He knew everyone else had the same idea so he was the first one to go grab his stuff, and since Zoey wasn't all that inclined to get up, he was also going to get her items.
Eventually, everyone was fully dressed and standing in the lobby-room. After some coaxing Justin convinced Zoey to get dressed and she came out of the supply closet in the dirty clothes that kind of reeked... but the smell was the last thing on her mind right now.
"Okay... what now?" Zoey asked the group and there was a bit of silence before Justin answered.
"Honestly, we need to find Britn..." Justin was confused as Britney came out of hallways at that exact moment. She had a stranger right behind her, but Justin was more focused on Britney. He clenched his fists as she was unsure of how to respond. Should he be angry at her? Or should he try to see from her perspective... either way, he had a lot of mixed feelings for his former friend.
"Well, here I am." Britney nervously said as she walked in the center of the group. There was a deep sense of regret in the girl as she wondered what the hell she should even say right now.
"... That's one question out of the way."
"Alright," Britney said as she nodded her head, "We need to find everyone fast as possible, then we'll get out of here and regroup at-"
"No, fuck that!
" Jordan loudly voiced her concerns as she walked over to Britney. Even though Britney was a lot
bigger than Jordan, she still stared down the girl without a single hint of fear in her voice. "I want some fucking answers, and I am not
going anywhere with you until I get them." She spat out the words to a former friend with the same ferocity she would speak to her worst enemy. Because in Jordan's eyes, Britney was an enemy until she convinced her otherwise.
"Because your fucking games nearly got us killed- it already got some of us put in a box! So tell me what I want to know, then
I'm taking the first trip back to Philly away from all this bullshit." Jordan nearly shouted the words, as she crossed her arms.
Justin spoke his mind on complete instinct, "I'm with her on this, no more bullshit." He wasn't as angry as, say, Jordan was, but he ultimately felt the same way.
A sigh escaped Britney's lips as she merely plopped down on a chair. A wave of regret hit her as she realized that everything that Jordan said was right; everything was on her head. All because she thought that she could play games and look where that got them? She looked around and realized that she was the most hated girl in the world right now, everyone looked at her with faces of disdain.
"Truth is... I honestly didn't think things would turn out this way..." Britney started off, "I thought we could find a way to beat the Glutton and fix all the problems with the town easy peasy... but life's not that simple, is it?"
Britney started off, before she looked off into the snowy streets of Farmer Hill, "I thought you all would just play along long enough for you all to understand what the hell we're dealing with. I thought I was trying to help you all, protect you from the town by giving you the truth in pieces... because in all honesty, I didn't think you all would believe me, nonetheless follow me." She turned her head back towards the group.
"But... with Claire's death, what good are these secrets? All I did was hurt you all... and lose one of my best friends," A tear trickled down from Britney's eye as she continued, "From here on... I will tell you all everything. Heh... there's so much shit I have in my closet I don't even know where to start... what are these burning questions on your minds? I know just about everything that has been going on in this town behind closed doors, so I can probably answer them."