tomoyo_chan (10:35:28 PM): In the hallway, Rachel is rifling through her locker. The
interior is a mess, housing everything from arcane symbols to oddly shaped keys to boxes
of salt and broken pieces of chalk and all sorts of other odds and ends. And, of course, a
picture of herself and Michelle.
"But you'd have fun! Really, Rachel, you keep yourself too shut in. Maybe you'll even meet
someone. You need to live your life. It's what the Goddess would want," the girl from the
church says, standing next to the taller girl.
Rachel brushes back her purple streaked hair away from her glasses. "I'm fine, Katie. I
don't feel like going to the Church social."
Jack (10:40:28 PM): Amy glances to the pair as she walks past, "Hey Katie, Rachel."
she smiles soflty as she stops, tilting her head, seeing the picture of Michelle and Rachel,
kept her smile, dispite how bad she felt for Rachel in regards to her ex.
tomoyo_chan (10:44:47 PM): "Hey,
examining the different objects. She takes one key and not another, grabbing something
that looks like a nut cracker, a fresh piece of chalk, and a door handle.
Katie smiles pleasantly. "Hello, ma'am. I was just inviting Rachel to the social we're
having at the Church. You're welcome to come, too. I know you've been there recently with
Jack (11:10:04 PM): Amy smiles lightly to Rachel and nods to Katie, "Ahh, yes, we'd
been by there recently, um, when is this social?" she asks, tilting her head curiously,
looking over to Rachel watching her take the items she was, idly wondering just what she
was getting ready for.
tomoyo_chan (11:16:46 PM): Katie smiles brightly. "It's just an event to try to bring
everyone closer together. The White Claudia's in bloom and it's a time to celebrate. I
think you'd enjoy it. And try to get Rachel to come, okay? She's been so moody and
depressed for the longest time. I think she really needs to try to enjoy herself again."
She steps away, waving. "I hope you'll both come!" She hurries off out of sight.
Jack (11:27:41 PM): Amy blinks, watching the girl run off... "She's, an intresting
one, isn't she Rachel?" she asks, glancing to the one that had saved her soo many times
once more... she was tired, tired of this bullshitting a good mood, but in a way, she knew
it kept her grounded.
tomoyo_chan (11:33:38 PM): Rachel looks over, pulling up her backpack. "Katie? Yeah, she's
okay. She's sweet and bubbly. And she's one of the few people at the school who doesn't
think I'm a witch or a murderer. Or she doesn't care." She shrugs as she walks. "She's a
good kid. She's been trying to help me for a while. She thinks I'm still beating myself up
Jack (11:40:51 PM): Amy walked with her for the moment, "On some level, you might
be." she says softly, "Of course, I could be totally over analizing."
tomoyo_chan (11:47:18 PM): Rachel smiles faintly. "Oh, I can see where she's coming from.
That I'm still torturing myself over whatever happened. That I'm not letting go. That I
need to just accept what happened and move forward. Learn my lesson and move on. Her
Church has tons of lessons about that." She shrugs. "Who knows. Maybe she's right. But
it's a lot easier said than done. I don't think I can. Not now, anyway."
Jack (11:58:05 PM): Amy smiles soflty, "Maybe she's right... yeah." she sighs, "Who
knows, you never know untill you try right, but I won't press the matter, we've both been
though quite a bit here, you more than me because you've been here longer, but we've still
experienced this hell together, so let's just forget this little bit of conversation hmm."
she rest's a hand on Rachel's shoulder.
tomoyo_chan (12:04:19 AM): Rachel nods. "Yeah, might as well." She pauses for a moment,
listening. Down the hall, it sounds like little scampering feet with the occasional bit of
rusty metal scraping across other rusty metal. She turns and starts heading back the
direction they came. She sighs. "Great. Now I'm going to be late for work, too. It's
almost like the town's punishing me for not going to the stupid Church social and making
out with the first girl I see."
Jack (12:10:01 AM): Amy sweatdrops but follows along, "And just what would happen
if I showed up and I was the first girl you saw?" she asks, smirking, "Anyway maybe you
should go... if only to distract yourself a bit."
tomoyo_chan (12:18:20 AM): Rachel raises an eyebrow and laughs, looking back. "Yeah, that
wouldn't totally traumatize Katie. Her teacher and her friend making out. We should invite
Janice over, too, just to make sure we've got all our bases covered. Though Jan still
thinks I'm obsessed with her." She opens a doorway to one of the club rooms. Inside,
people are painting in reds and crimsons that might be blood, macabre pictures. 'Students'
turn to look at the door at the same time, all grotesque, silhouetted figures, faceless
mockeries of students wearing tattered and dirty uniforms. Rachel closes the door and
Jack (12:22:36 AM): Amy blinks, having glanced in, and simply waves... rubbing her
neck after, "Well, a little trama never hurt anyone." she says simi-scarcasticly,
"Anyway." she slipped a hand into her purse, opening the little hidden pocket and pulling
out her small pistol, a simple 9 mm. "The town sure does seem to love us, this weekend,
I'm going to preform an experiment." she glances over to Rachel, "I'm going to attempt to
leave, Janice wants to take me out for the weekend, and I accepted... figure I'll see what
works and what doesn't... if it works, I'm getting you out of here."
tomoyo_chan (12:28:49 AM): "Oh, to Ashfield?" Rachel walks away from the sound of the
figures coming towards them from down the hall, more 'students', wraiths whispering to
each other as they walk, shaking towards the two, moving like crude dolls. "Jan loves
Ashfield. She'll probably take you to the
her glasses, trailing her fingers over the wall as she walks. She steps inside to the room
where the swim team meets. "You taking her car or the bus?"
Jack (12:31:14 AM): She follows, "Mm, yeah Ashfield, and I'm pretty sure we're
taking her car." she says, ignoring the things behind them, doing as Rachel does, she
trusted the girl, because she was still alive, atlesat, so far as she knew she was, maybe
she wasn't, maybe this was all some weird dream... who knew, she really didn't care
anymore anyway... she was just doing her best for now, though, she did wonder if she could
figure out her own problem here at the very least.
tomoyo_chan (12:36:03 AM): As the creatures get closer, Rachel shoves the door closed,
etching out the Seal of Metatron slowly on the door. But before she finishes, they reach
the door, starting to slam it open, hands reaching. "Umm... Little help here..." She
grunts, trying to shove the door back closed as the students try to enter, fingers that
look like rust red metal where hands should be, clawing, faceless students in torn skirts
and sweaters whispering to themselves about killing the witch and eating her heart. One of
them grabs Amy's wrist, cold blades against her skin, looking up at her. "Help me..." the
creature begs. "Gotta get this door closed," Rachel says nervously.
Jack (12:39:34 AM): Amy raises the gun and fires into the face of the creature that
had grabbed her as she turns and slams her body hard agenst the door, working to get it
tomoyo_chan (12:47:22 AM): "...help... me..." the faceless creature gurgles from the hole
in its face, slumping to the floor as the door is closed shut. Metal claws rake against
the door, bodies trying to force it open. Blades begin to claw through the door as Rachel
scrawls the last of the Seal. And all is silent. Rachel wipes her brow. "Thanks."
Jack (12:49:13 AM): Amy nods softly, "No problem." she sighs, and looks down,
"They're wanting 'the witch' and I have a feeling, they're talking about you..." she
shakes her head, "I really hate when things get like this."
tomoyo_chan (12:58:21 AM): Rachel steps away from the door, walking over to the empty
pool. There's a door set into the floor of it. The whole room looks like it's been
deserted. She climbs down the ladder, walking over to the door set face down into the
floor. "You heard that, too? Weird. What did you see them as? Nice one in the face, too.
When she started begging for help, I thought you might listen." She digs in her backpack,
pulling out the door handle. "Hah! I knew this went somewhere." She sticks it into the
door, opening it up into a hole in the ground.
Jack (1:01:33 AM): Amy looked down, "I'd... thought of helping it, but second
thought it, it would probably want me to hand you over... and I couldn't do that, even if,
you are the reason for all of this, and I'm not saying you are but it is a possibility,
still, I couldn't do that... even if it would fix everything."
Jack (1:02:30 AM): She followed Rachel, down into 'hell' atleast that's kinda how
it felt really. "You know, yeah it was a fairly good shot, but I didn't want to take it,
yet I felt I needed to, as for what I see... students, with red... rusty claws...
tomoyo_chan (1:10:06 AM): "Huh... Weird," Rachel walks down the old, anciet steps, walking
through darkness, pulling out a flashlight to light the way. The walls give way on both
sides, the spiralling staircase seeming to be suspended over an endless void. Off in the
distance runs catwalks made of rusted metal and barbed wire. Figures walk across them,
some of them moving levers and valves. "So you see them as distant figures, demonic
versions of themselves. An abstract.” She pauses. “I see them as normal students."
Jack (1:12:15 AM): Amy's eyes went wide at that... and she bit her lip, saying
nothing... inside she wanted to throw up at that... oh god, had she really, no she saw the
claws... she felt the cold metal on her arm... no way that was a human..."I..interesting."
Jack (1:18:20 AM): She considers a moment, "And what do you see around us right
now?" she asks, curious.
tomoyo_chan (1:21:32 AM): "It's raining. But it's always raining when I'm in the
Otherworld. Because it was raining the night Michelle..." She shakes her head. "I see her
here, too. Or at least the creatures that look like her. The ones that beg and plead and
tease. Oh, there's her room." She points at a spot of metal grating floating in the air
far off to their right. Amy can see a mutilated figure in rags tied with barbed wire to a
stone table, two figures tightening and tightening the wire, blood dripping through the
grating and dripping into the void below. "I can see her bed from here. And she's talking
on the phone, looks like."
Jack (1:23:53 AM): She nods, "Be... glad you're seeing that and not what I'm
seeing." she says, staying close, "So... any idea where this heads?" she asks, glancing
around once more, always sure to keep close to Rachel.... her hand tightening on the
pistol in her grasp, as she used her other hand to rub at her eyes, trying to forget the
sight of that hole being blown in the monsters head as she'd pulled the trigger.
tomoyo_chan (1:31:36 AM): Rachel gives a wry smile. "That depends entirely on your
definition of hell, doesn't it? You see things that cut deep into you. I see things that
cut deep into me. Honestly, I'd rather see anything but Michelle's room." She sighs, adjusting
her glasses. "And Jan's probably sure I'll freak out and try to kill her next. Probably
why she makes sure I don't know anything about her dating life." She shakes her head.
"Nope. But I know it's gotta go somewhere. Better than staying there and waiting to get my
heart ripped out by those things." From further off, what looks like a giant eye seems to
be watching them intently.
tomoyo_chan (5:10:55 PM): The long, winding descent through hell finally reaches it's end
in a teenage girl's room. A red haired girl sits on a plush bed filled with
stuffed animals, wearing black and pink lacy lingerie. "Hi, Rachel," Michelle purrs.
"Fuck off, Michelle. I'm not in the mood," Rachel replies, trying to ignore the girl as she
searches the room for the way out.
Jack (5:17:32 PM): Amy blinked, as they came to the room, looking around, her eyes
falling on the 'girl' she glanced to Rachel, then back to 'Michelle' not really sure what to
tomoyo_chan (5:22:44 PM): "C'mon, Rachel, don't you want to play? I missed you so much,"
Michelle slides out of bed, wrapping her arms around Rachel's waist from behind, nuzzling her
Rachel visibly tenses, heart pounding. "Get off, Michelle," she says, her voice shaky, digging
through the closet.
"C'mon, Rach... Please? Just for a bit? I won't tell anyone. Just like when we were kids.
Just for a little bit..." She kisses the back of Rachel's neck.
Rachel's hands squeeze into the clothes she's digging through, trying to think.
Jack (5:26:42 PM): Amy looked to Rachel and Michelle, reaching out slightly, resting a
hand on Michelle's shoulder, "Michelle... she doesn't deserve this." she says softly, "Let her be,
if only this once." she says her voice is gentle, "The more you do this, the worse she
ends up pushing you away, it's time to move on."
tomoyo_chan (5:29:59 PM): "But Rachel's the one who won't let go." Michelle sighs, sauntering
back over to the bed, flopping onto it. "I guess if you really don't want to, Rachel...
it’s okay. Kyle will be happy to."
Rachel's back to all this, she shudders, digging through the closet.
"Oh, Kyle, you're so cute," Michelle coos, the boy climbing onto the bed with the wavy redheaded
Jack (5:33:50 PM): Amy moves foward, not sure what else to do, she slips her arms
around Rachel, "Let it go, don't let this get to you, you know it's what it wants, so
ignore it... I don't know what I can do to help other than to try to help you ignore... so
I'm here Rachel, and I'll help you however I can."
tomoyo_chan (5:37:06 PM): Rachel shakes in Amy's arms, making choked sob noises.
"I never loved you, Rachel. You were just my friend and I didn't know what to say. I
wanted to make you happy. But I'm just not that kind of girl. I want a cute boyfriend,"
Michelle explains sadly. "But... Oh! Kyle, you're so big," she squeaks.
Rachel pulls away from Amy, yanking the pistol out of her teacher's hand. Standing near
the bed, she screams, firing round after round into the two until the clip is empty. Her
finger keeps pulling at the trigger long after it's empty, breathing raggedly.
Jack (5:40:23 PM): Amy's eyes go wide, "RACHEL!" she turns watching as the girl
fires off the entire clip, 7 rounds, more than enough, she moved foward, her fingers
moving over Rachel's, "Put it down Rachel, it's over, let the gun go, let it all go." she
says softly, still behind her, her voice shaken, but she was trying to be the voice of
reason, damn it she should have kept a better hold on that pistol... she sighed, and
leaned agenst Rachel gently, "That's... what you've always been afraid to hear from her,
wasn't it?" she asks softly, "The words that hurt the most."
tomoyo_chan (5:42:22 PM): Rachel shudders, her cheeks wet. She pushes her glasses back up
with a shaking finger. "Let's..." she tries to say, her voice broken. She swallows, trying
to get a hold of herself. "Let's just get out of here. It's... It's not important."
Jack (5:45:51 PM): Amy nods gently, "We can't keep dodging this Rachel, and you
know that... we'll move foward... we'll get out of here, but, it IS important, and I can't
let you keep ducking the subject anymore, not after this." she gently takes the spent
weapon from her hands, and expells the clip into her purse, clearing the action and
slipping it back into the hidden pocket. "Let's go."
tomoyo_chan (5:49:40 PM): Rachel takes a deep breath, steadying herself. "Can't keep
ducking what subject? You already know about as much as I do about the situation." She
heads back to the closer, yanking the clothes out, revealing a door in the back. She digs
through her backpack, pulling out a key and slipping it into the lock. "Perfect."
Jack (5:54:02 PM): Amy's eyes narrowed, "Oh don't give me that Rachel, you just
blew away your ex and her 'boyfriend' and I use that lightly, then you said none of it was
important, bullshit it's not important, and you're keeping information back, you've been
playing this by your rules for how long, sure you're still alive, but you haven't come to
terms with any of it... ever think that maybe, just maybe, that's why you're stuck here?!"
she asks, her voice had risen, and she hadn't ment for it too, but she felt like Rachel
didn't understand why she was pressing for information, "God I know you don't want to deal
with it, hell I wouldn't want to either, but you NEED to, or else this shit's going to
keep happening, and happening, untill finally, one day, you will be dead... and I don't
want to see that happen.
Jack (5:54:19 PM): " she looks down, "You're too good of a person to see that
happen to, no matter what you tell yourself."
tomoyo_chan (5:59:06 PM): Rachel doesn't look back, turning the doorknob. "Maybe I deserve
to be here. Maybe the way out is coming to terms with it. But I can't. Ever wonder why I
don't try too hard to escape the town? You don't know why you're here. I do. And I can't
just let go of that. Either I killed her or she's living in Brahms and I almost killed
her. In either case, it's not really something I want to accept. Hell, look what happened
when I tried to find someone else. Jan won't even talk to me anymore." She slumps
against the door for a long moment. "I don't have a reason to leave." She opens the door.
Jack (6:02:14 PM): Amy blinks, "You have, absolutely no reason to leave, ok so you
hurt her, either way, you know that much, and yeah, it was a bad thing, it was something
that you shouldn't have done, but we all do things we're not proud of and shouldn't do,
regardless of that, we need to beable to come to terms with those things, atleast in some
way, you know why you're here, and you don't see me faulting you for what happened, sure
it was a bad thing that happened, but if she is alive, she's alive, great, maybe, just
maybe, one day, you two can reconsile, untill then you have to be alive, and you have to
get out of here." she says, "Rachel, please, just listen to me on this one, I don't want
to see you get hurt by this place."
tomoyo_chan (6:06:28 PM): Rachel closes her eyes. "And yeah, maybe that is the way out of
here. Whether the town is haunted or if I am still in Brookhaven Mental Institute,
accepting what happened and moving on would be the best way to deal with it. And maybe
this is just another talk I'm having with one of the doctors. But I can't. I tried, with
Jan, and that just fell apart, too. I can't..." She swallows, shaking her head. "It's what
Katie keeps pushing for, too." She sighs,s tepping through the door into Amy's house.
"We'll see. Maybe I'll start trying. But for now, I'm late for work."
Jack (6:15:30 PM): Amy just nods, and sighs. "Maybe, just... promise me, before you
head to work, promise me that you'll give this a try, and so things fell apart with Jan,
you can't just force something like that, and yeah, Katie does seem to want the best for
you, I think... there are a few of us that do... just... come by after work alright." she
sighs lightly, looking around her house, supprised she ended up here."
tomoyo_chan (6:20:59 PM): Rachel sighs, running a hand through her hair. "I'll see if the
town lets me. Good luck with everything." Obviously still troubled about the meeting with
Michelle, she slips out of the house. The house itself is quiet, homey. It looks just as it
did when she left it. A little house near the lake.