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Last of the Alderbrooks; It ends HERE! Virtua Grand Finale!
Topic Started: Jul 19 2012, 03:17 PM (5,249 Views)
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Alright, who the hell plugged in the Overlord?
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Rebecca did the last thing Katie expected: she apologized. Those two words said it all: she knew what she had done was wrong, knew she had caused so much pain and suffering, knew that none of it was worth anything. She knew.

Unless, that is, she was lying. Maybe it was a trick, designed to ease Katie into some false sense of security, to get her to drop her guard and become one more easy kill, one more stepping stone on the path home. But was Rebecca that cynical and manipulative? It was hard to believe.

Katie let her gun lower to her side, a gesture of peace, but her words were not so forgiving.

"Prove it."
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The gun was lowered. That was good. Rebecca knew she in all likelihood should have been killed. However, it was Katie's words, barely heard and mostly seen by reading lips, that hurt more than any gunshot had yet.

Prove it.

Rebecca couldn't do that. She couldn't throw the bow off the train, or herself. She was sorry, but dying wouldn't make up for her past wrongs. Her friend wanted her to simply lay down her life for some idea of moral superiority. With anger, Rebecca thought that made Katie no better than her. At least she acknowledged that she made people die for her gain.

This was it, her best friend thought she was just doing some great justice by killing her. It was bullshit, but that wasn't important, the really important thing was this: That made Rebecca a whole world less sorry.

Despite the pain in her body and heart she pulled the bow back up, pulling the string back, hoping she wouldn't die then, she fired her last arrow.

Either way, it was the end.
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For a few moments, Katie thought that it would work out. She thought that, even at the end, they might have a chance for some kind of a peaceful resolution. Okay, maybe if the two of them just sat down, they would simply die together. Maybe Leo would panic and shoot them both. But the important thing was, they wouldn't have to kill each other. That was all she could really ask for now. It wasn't a big wish. Just a last little hope, that two friends could find peace.

Rebecca shattered it, of course. It was just like she'd wrecked everything else.

As Katie watched her move, she started some movement of her own. She pulled her gun up, fired one shot, but what was more important was that she moved to the side. For all her unlikely skill with the bow, Rebecca was still firing into the wind on a moving train, and she only had one arrow left. The world seemed to slow as Rebecca released the arrow, as it flew. Katie could see that she had misjudged, had dived into its path, and it traced a line along her left arm, tearing flesh and drawing blood. She opened her mouth, started to scream, but at the same time, she knew the wound would not kill her quickly, would probably not kill her at all. She had won this battle.

Except that she had been paying so much attention to not getting shot that she had, for just a moment, lost track of the fact that they were fighting on a moving train with a rather narrow roof. Katie landed hard, bounced, felt her legs hanging out over nothing. She kept hold of her gun, because without it she stood no chance, but scrabbled for purchase with her other hand. She found none. Still with that strange feeling of slowness, she went over the edge, trying to grab something, anything to abort her descent.

About halfway, she caught hold of a bar. She came jerking to a stop, but with enough force that her shoulder gave a pop. She cried out and involuntarily released her grasp, and was falling once again. She retained just enough presence of mind to kick out, pushing herself away from the train.

It was this that saved her from getting sucked under and crushed beneath the wheels. Instead, Katie hit the ground hard, all the wind going out of her. She rolled a few feet, wheezing, trailing droplets of blood from the wound on her arm. The train thundered past, but it was not of any consequence at the moment. The world seemed far away. Katie just lay there for a few seconds, but then realized that she wasn't done, not anywhere close. Rebecca was still on the train, and so was Leo, and that meant there was still work to do.

She pulled herself to her feet. Her shoulder felt bad, maybe dislocated, but she only needed one hand. She could stow the gun as she pulled herself back onto the train, then retrieve it. It would work. It had to.

Only, Katie saw the caboose whip past her. There was nothing to grab onto.

She gave out a cry of frustration and took off after the train. It was no use, though. Even in perfect health, she wouldn't have had the speed to keep up. Now, she was falling further behind by the moment, and, worse, it was getting harder to breath. The exertion was sucking all the air from her lungs, and a tightness in her throat was making it hard to get back.

Her eyes widened as she realized just what the source of that was. She'd nearly forgotten the collars in the whole mess, but now hers was constricting, clenching the life out of her.

With the last of her energy, Katie pointed her pistol, trying to see through the encroaching spots in her vision, looking for the form of someone standing on the train. She fired again and again, kept pulling the trigger after the pistol clicked empty. Even if she couldn't make it, she'd give Leo the best shot she could.

Then she dropped to her knees in the dirt. The train kept moving, and Katie tried to force herself to stand once more, but the energy was not there. She let out a gurgle, and then the blades burst free and put an end to things.

F04, KATIE TANAKA: GAME OVER
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Rebecca didn't turn to look after Katie fell. She couldn't. She heard pops, but she didn't see Leo so it must have been Katie in a desperate ploy to hit Rebecca again. She didn't. The train hit a bump and Rebecca kept her balance, although the bump made her drop the bow and it fell off the side.

She wouldn't have likely been able to reclaim arrows anyway, so Leo would probably kill her now, unless she could grab the shotgun again before he found her. Her body started to shake involuntarily as she made her way to the end of the car and stepped onto a rung. Her best friend was dead and it was her fault.

Focus.

She made her way down the ladder and back into the train car before a loud, clear voice rang in her ears.

"Howdy, you're the only one left. You'll be grabbed up soon, like a partner that took a little too much at the saloon, don't be causin' no trouble, alright?"

The Sheriff was gone again and Rebecca held tight onto a seat as the train slowed down and gradually pulled to a stop.

She blinked as she saw her wounds bleeding worse again. Hopefully crazed kidnappers offered medical care.

She'd find out.

(Rebecca Clark continued in Virtua-SOTF Epilogue: Loading Sequence)
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