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Dec 07, 2021 6:35 AM
Luar and Nimire beat a murder game
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Naomi looks over at the blonde girl and raises her eyebrows. "You coming or what?"

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She shrugs. She follows Naomi past the pile of backpacks; they each take one.

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The red-haired woman flashes a thumbsup at the pair. 

“Glad you could join us! I’m Adriana, by the way. 16M-RFT29, if you hear me over the loudspeaker - check your bracelets for your own subject IDs.” 

She smiles, and adjusts her bangs so they don’t hang in the way as much. 

“Packs have bread, water, and a map of the island. I’m headed for the Forest ‘cause I know the cabins there have hatchets, and I have a good throwing arm. After that, probably north to the school for a Bunsen burner and some food supplies.”

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The blonde girl fishes out her map, glances at it, and nods.

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“Alright, let’s move.” 

It’s a bit of a hike to the forest from the tunnels under the research centre, down a mountainous trail interrupted every so often by scree. 

After a few miles of this, Adriana holds up a hand for a halt.

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"What's up?"

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She raises a finger to her lips, and points.

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A brown-haired girl is meandering down the trail, nose in a book, trailing a long, stout branch on the dirt behind her. She seems not to have noticed she’s being observed.

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Well that's something.

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“You guys wanna stop to chat, or...? We haven’t got any weapons...”

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"I'm feeling chatty, but you're the expert."

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The blonde girl does not volunteer an opinion. It is probably safe to say she's not feeling chatty.

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“Let’s go around for now. No sense in maybe giving away our location this early.” 

 

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Agreeable shrug.

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Adriana nods, and onwards they go. 

A few minutes later, a fusillade of gunshots rings out from somewhere to the north. 

"... Looks like the round's properly underway, now." 

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"Fun and excitement!" says Naomi.

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The blonde girl lets out a soft huff of laughter.

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Another five minutes’ walk, and they come to the end of the trail: a more densely forested area, with a small cabin. 

Adriana puts a foot on the stump by the woodpile, and pulls out a wicked-looking hatchet. 

“Nice: hatchet from the very first cabin. Have a look inside and see if you can find some food: I’m going to go next door and see if can’t find some spares for you two.” 

She pauses, and looks back and forth between Lauren and Naomi. “Now that I think of it - either of you two have any skill with really any kind of weapon?”

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Headshake.

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"I stabbed somebody with a pen once but I wouldn't call it a skill."

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“Really? Good job, that’s close-up work. I’ll cut you a bamboo spear: same basic principle at least, and every tiny edge helps.” 

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"Sure."

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Adriana nods amiably, and heads off into the forest.

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So: cabin. What's up?

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The cabin is quite small: it has a bamboo bed (no covers, no mattress), a bamboo table, and a few hooks on the walls. 

A spearfishing harpoon is leaning in one corner: a pair of hatchets hang on the wall next to it, partly covered by someone’s hat. A pair of plastic two-litre jugs of water occupy the table, along with a few oddly-shaped roots. Hiding in the other corner, a freshly-tanned hide still stands on its frame.

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