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((Anastasia Arcadia continued from Bitter Dream))

"If ever you find yourself beginning to hate the world, just put on a smile and tell yourself that smile is how you are going to feel. Forget your troubles and keep on being happy." Anastasia smiled and took hold of her little sister's hand.

"Easy for you to say. You love everyone and everything equally." Amelia-Marie wrenched her hand away and frowned. "You're too trusting and forgiving. The world at large, the universe doesn't care about us. We're insignificant in the grand scheme of things. So why bother hiding how you really fear. Does the superman do what the regular man wants him to? No. So why should I, being the superman?"

Ana laughed. "Okay Ams, fact check. One: I don't see you being a flying brick. Two: Isn't our own insignificance a great excuse to make as many people happy as we can? And three: I'm not always so happy-go-lucky as I seem. I was a lot like you during middle school too. More so than you'd believe. Trust me, it doesn't do you any good to be so negative. Talking from experience here: Don't worry, be happy. 'Cause every little thing, is gonna be alright."

Her little sister gave her a look that asked how they were even related to each other. "You are so lame. You and Dad. Why do you two keep making stupidly outdated references? No one outside our family gets them. Seriously. I had to spend 20 minutes explaining to Sam what the hell a Charizard was. Why do you even like all that old stuff?"

"Nostalgia? I guess. It's just... me. I like things that most people no longer care for. You'll get that way when you grow up." Anastasia patted her sister on the head.

"I'd rather die in a fire. Look I'm over it already. Friendship crisis averted. I'll talk to Cynthia tomorrow okay?"

"Okay."


"What must they be thinking of me right now? Do I even recognize myself?" Anastasia Arcadia stood at the door to the casino. They had trekked through the night and cold and come here. Honestly she wasn't sure why. She hadn't plan to come here. It was more her feet went where they wanted to. Given some time to calm herself, she was a little better. But not by much.

For one thing, she still had issues with Bellamy. And she sure as hell wasn't going to forgive his attacker, his name a curse. Funny how she could be so mad at Bellamy even after he nearly got killed. Worth a morbid chuckle.

She stepped into the building. Here was as good as any place. The day was better than before, but given the time she knew it wouldn't be long before the announcements came on again. She dreaded hearing that awful news again.

"Okay everyone. Present time from your Empress. Come and get a weapon." She half-smiled. Not exactly how she pictured this all going. She hadn't wanted to do this so early. Not when there were still good people about. But fate conspired against her, pushing her to be just as ruthless as those she now had to fight. When the time came, she'd kill. She was more sure of that than her own name.

At least she still had Shawn. He would always be by her side. They were in love, of course they'd be together. As long as he was there, she knew that no matter what she had to do, no matter how dark she had to be it would all turn out right. They were going to go back home. They were going to survive and get married for real. Have kids and raise them to be better than their parents. Never having to do what mom and dad had to do to make it.

Just what would she name her children anyway? She'd have to consult her husband. Maybe even get started on making the kids.
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"Well darling," she smiled, "for you I picked up a pistol. Trade in that old knife, give it here. There's a spare mag too but it was all I found." She placed the pistol and magazine on one of the card tables.

Just as she was going to decide who got the knife now, the announcements came on. Once more her least favorite part of the show came to ruin her mood. More deaths, many due to that Jewel girl. Anastasia wondered how that bitch would like being on the other side of those results. And once more, Lucia's name came up.

She slammed her hand on the table after hearing that. "Goddammit Lucia! What the fuck do you think you're doing?" She couldn't help the girl like this. If Lucia kept murdering then Ana would have no other option than absolution via execution. And she really didn't think the poor girl deserved that. But then... they'd have to talk first to determine that.

And the hotel was labeled a danger zone. Good. That murderous bastard could rot for another twelve hours before anyone came by. Ana groaned in frustration. "Everybody's going on like animals. How the hell am I supposed to protect or redeem any of them if they keep on building up evil? How is anyone going to support us if the only people we have left to help are murderers?"

She looked at Shawn. "Darling, you have to help me out here. I'm losing my damn mind trying to figure this out and I need help. I'm drowning in my own helplessness here. Is my plan futile? Am I doing this all for nothing?"
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"Thank you, love. But I can't help but feel that peace may not be a viable option much longer. Especially since some people," she glanced over to Sebastien, "really do seem evil. And while Lucia and Gabriel may not be, I doubt Evans isn't. You don't kill so many people accidentally, or in self-defense."

She sighed. "And sometimes other options are not profitable. But that's neither here nor there. We...we're not doing so well are we? I'm not blind, or oblivious to what's going on. We don't trust one another, do we? I mean as a whole, this group. This," she smiled wearily, "kingdom is falling apart."

She stared straight at Sebastien.

She wished beyond herself that she could find the strength to forgive him his trespasses against her, real or imagined. But the more she looked at him, the more her blood boiled again. When had he become such a spineless wimp? When had he lost that charming allure that drew her to speak with him that day?

When had she realized that he really wasn't anything at all she enjoyed being around? And her feelings at the party, her drunken admission. In Vino Veritas? No. She realized now that she had always kinda hated Seb. Tried too hard to force herself to like him, pushed herself too far into enjoying his presence. The flirting was too forced, too unlike her to be real.

Or was she just rationalizing it now that she was sober and truly with Shawn? Was she just trying to justify her present inclinations toward him? She had to be sure.

"You gonna sit there all day or are you gonna contribute to the conversation at some point?"
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Before she could rightly tell the little whiner to shove it and get over himself, someone new arrived and grabbed Anastasia's attention. She blinked in surprise. For the first time in this game, the newcomer was female. Neat. She was also armed with both a projectile and melee weapon. Not neat. But dressed up. Neater! And had an unmistakable wrongness to that demeanor. Super not neat!

Shawn stepped up and began working his magic with her. As soon as he spoke to her, Ana felt her dislike for this girl shoot through the roof. Jealous much? No, no. This was merely a precaution against a foreign power. Not like she was worried the new girl would steal her boyfriend away. No. What she was worried about was that this new girl would start the violence like that guy had.

She spoke up. "What he said. We're having an important meeting right now, and you're welcome to become a part of that if, and only IF, you prove yourself not to be hostile. Otherwise, we may have some issues to work out." She said that last part with as fake a smile and cheery voice as she could muster.

"Oh where are my manners? Anastasia 'AnArchy' Arcadia, Queen and Empress of Awesometownia, where you find yourself situated. Nice to meet you." She waved and smiled. Fake fakey faker. Maybe this chick would get the hint and see she wasn't wanted.

Nothing to do with jealousy. Of course not. She was just dangerous, that's all.

And hey, if she did make a move on Shawn, she would just have to learn to live with a new facial cavity. Because if she so much as touched him, Anastasia was going to blast her stupid head off.

She grinned at the newcomer.

"Back away from my husband you no good tramp. Too close right now."
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"Jewel, was it? What a lovely name." Ana mused. "Wonder which kind suits you. So someone asked you to kill me." She smiled wide. "Are you gonna? Will you try? Because I sincerely doubt it. I won't be dying today. As Shawn said, it's my decision. And frankly I don't care if you disarm or not at this point. I've decided to accept your help."

Anastasia pointed at the knife on the table before her. "You can help me in one of two ways killer. Option one is you come here, pick up this knife and make an oath in blood to mend your wicked ways. Option two is you turn around and leave this safe haven before I decided to absolve you of your sins the old-fashioned way."

Truth was, there really was only the second option. And unfortunately for the murderer, the moment she turned to leave she would get shot in the back. It was time to prove to everyone how serious she was about her utopia. And evil had no place in it.

And if Jewel fell by her hands, everyone would know the truth. Be a part of utopia, or lie dead in your sins.

She decided not to give her the chance to consider. The decision was already made.

"Time's up killer. You want blood or bitter cold?"

Too had they're the same.
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Jackson had distracted her with quick thinking. Darling took the opportunity and took his shot. And success! Or so she thought for a moment. But Jewel wasn't bleeding, and Ana didn't hear her cry out in pain.

What followed played out in slow motion. Jewel broke out of the shock, the gun went off in her hand. All Anastasia could do was watch the inevitable. Her eyes grew wide in shock and terror. She opened her mouth and screamed.

"NOOOOOOO!"

And just like that, everything changed.
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"SHAWN!!!", she screamed at the top of her lungs. Tears streamed down her face like waterfalls, and her eyes were wide and frenzied. So many emotions were swirling around and impacting her mind with their essence.

But none so forceful and loud as pure unrestrained fury. Rather than articulate her feelings at the moment, AnArchy elected to roar in primal rage. She dropped the pack from her back in an instant. In the next moment she tried swinging the rifle around to the front. A little too quickly, and with too much weight on the trigger. It went off before she swung it to face Jewel.

The force of the shot, coupled by the high angle knocked her off balance. She stumbled trying to regain her footing. AnArchy steadied herself on a table. " King! Bellamy! Do something or you're fucking next!" She growled.

Bitch had to die. She had to. No one. NO ONE HURTS DARLING AND LIVES TO TELL THE TALE.
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Movement, from beneath her. Cowardly idiot was finally going to do something useful after all. But when Sebastien came out from his hiding spot, rather than rush Jewel he was rushing... her!

She didn't even have time to say anything before he started trying to wrestle the gun out of her hands. What kind of moronic idea was this? Treasonous!

"Rgh. What the hell do you think you're doing?" She growled as she tried to wrest control. It didn't seem likely, given the advantage of surprise the boy had nearly taken the rifle from her already despite his injury. Too much time was being wasted.

So she shifted tactics and moved to knock the gun out of both their reaches. Try betraying her without a weapon, see how that works out.

Sebastien gritted his teeth and scrambled to keep a grip on the rifle, but Ana managed to knock it from his grasp and it clattered to the ground. Every second that he was busy struggling with her was another second Jewel had to attack again. He shoved Ana away and turned to dive for the gun.

AnArchy quickly regained her footing and drew her blade. No way was she going to let this backstabbing traitor ruin her chance at revenge. If she had to slice his arm off to do so, so be it. She moved in to take a stab at him. The more blood he lost, the weaker he'd be and, the less he could sabatoge her efforts.

Sebastien had just reached the gun when the point of the sword dug into his arm, drawing a pained yelp from him. He whirled to take a swing at Ana with the butt of the rifle. He'd meant to move out of her reach and handle Jewel, but the pain and adrenaline and the feeling of blood soaking into his clothes yet again chased the plan from his mind. His face twisted at the sight of the sword in Ana's hands and he lunged forward to hit her again.

The first hit caught her by surprise. She took that one full forcd and reeled back. But when confronted with the look on Sebastien's face, all the crazed girl could do was smile. She braced herself for that second swing, took it with her shoulder, then made a quick turn and shallow swing with the sword.

She aimed to make a qucik slice more for the pain rather than for grievous injury. Once he was back on the ground again, she'd take back the gun and try again. And once Jewel was dead then the failed revolutionary Marquess would be executed.

The sword whipped across Sebastien's chest and left a line of fiery pain in its wake, making him gasp. The feeling of blood soaking into his clothes once again was distracting and disturbing, and he couldn't seem to get his thoughts together. He stumbled back from Ana, trying to gather himself again - and leaving his back completely exposed.
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Three shots again, this time from darling's weapon. And once again she wasn't the target. She was facing Jewel, and could see where the weapon was pointed. Sebastien went down easily. But he managed to lock eyes with Anastasia before he died.

The hate in his eyes was so intense. And for a moment her rage gave way to terror. She could feel that hate burn into her soul. It stunned her in a way that she had never felt before.

She was so out of it that it wasn't until the gun went off again that she regained her awareness. She quickly scrambled to pick up the rifle. She cleared and readied it for her next shot. She was aimed at Jewel.

She didn't take it. She couldn't. "Dammit. Dammit!" She shook with rage, with fear, with every fiber of her being screaming at her to take the shot.

But she couldn't. "Jewel. Don't you fucking make a move for that gun. Go. Just leave now, and I won't snuff you outike you deserve." This was her fault.

No, your fault.

That bitch.

Your own mania.

I didn't mean—

Yes. Yes you did.

"Mercy offer isn't forever. Leave now and pray I never see you again." Her head may have been facing Jewel, but her eyes were glazed over in crippling guilt.

Three words described what she was at this point in her life.

Cursed, Hexed, Spellbound
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"Yeah." She slung the rifle around her back without protest. So much was left for her to process. She went over to the knife and picked it up.

"This was his. I'm sorry but I can't give this away now." Anastasia said. The sadness in her voice was readily apparent. The tears were done but no way was she finished with her gloom.

She went and knelt next to Sebastien. She paused there for close to a minute before she spoke. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry Sebastien. I'm not going to pretend we didn't end up hating each other, but I never meant for it to escalate like this. I didn't. I didn't mean for you to die. And it scares me that, during our fight, a part of me did want to see you die. Some part of me wanted to kill you for defying me. For that, I'm sorry. May you rest in peace." She bent over and kissed the dead boy on the cheek.

She directed her attention to Jackson. Still kneeling by Sebastien, she began. "I know what you must think. 'Holy shit. This crazy bitch is gonna get me killed.'" She sighed and stood up. "I am crazy, and I know it. I got my boyfriend killed, I turned a friend into an enemy, and I got him killed too. I did that. Jewel may have pulled the trigger but she never would have gotten the opportunity to do so if I hadn't given it to her. This, all this death, is solely my fault."

She smiled weakly. "But I know right now that if I'm left alone at this point, I'll go beyond this. I'll do things I secretly always knew I was capable of but never wanted to admit to. So please, I implore you not as some self-proclaimed Empress but as a scared and off-balance girl, please don't leave me alone yet."

"It isn't safe around me, I know. And I won't blame you when, not if, it becomes too dangerous for you to stay. But please, so I can stay slightly sane a little longer, don't go just yet." She bowed solemnly.

You're still going to snap. You can only delay that happening.

I won't just give in. I'll fight to be good and sane as long as I can.

We're rooting for you, all of us.

You have imaginary personalities in your head talking to you and you claim to be clinging to sanity?

Yeah.

Okay.

Thought so.

"Please. Just stay with me a little longer. I don't want to fade away."
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Ana sniffed and wiped away part of the teary slightly bloody mess off her face. "Sounds good. And Jackson, when I tell you to run away, please don't hesitate. I'll know how much farther I can go on."

She smiled.

"Now, I need to say goodbye to Shawn. Some things should stay just between husband and wife so if you can step outside for a second. I'll be right out to follow in a minute okay?" Ana said sweetly.

Just one last moment with darling.

One more.

One.

...

One.
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She went over to Shawn. Putting the rifle down, she lay down next to his body. "Hey you. Look at what happened to us. Look at what I caused. We promised to be together forever, and I made you break that promise. I said I needed your help but I didn't let you help me. And now you're gone." She pressed her head to his.

He can't hear you.

Shut up.

"I love you. I love you more than anyone and anything else in this world. More than myself. More than the world. More than my philosophy. You are the only thing I love. And that is the only true thing I've said in my entire time here." She touched her hand to his face.

"I lied to you. I've been lying since the beginning. And I don't want to keep lying. I hate the world. I hate humanity. I hate everything and everyone I've ever met. And I hate myself too. Misanthropic nihilism with a dash of self-loathing, I guess would be the label. And I lie to everyone I meet saying that my hate isn't the case. That I actually care about anyone's happiness. That I want to see people happy."

She wept bitterly. "But that isn't true and I never told you that. I lied. I LIED TO YOU! AND I HATE MYSELF FOR DOING THAT! AND I HATE MYSELF MORE BECAUSE I PROMISED NOT TO BE CONSUMED BY DESPAIR AND I AM AND I CAN'T ALLOW THAT SO I NEED TO BE STOIC AND EMOTIONLESS BUT I'M NOT FUCKING REI AYANAMI I'M AN ACTUAL HUMAN BEING AND I CAN'T DO THIS!"

Anastasia kissed Shawn on the lips. She touched his neck and took some of his blood. She stopped kissing him, placed her fingers in her mouth and cleaned his blood off them with her tounge.

You're losing it.

SHUT UP.

"So I need to be something less than human. I need to be a character. An exaggerated mess of a woman. The queen. The empress. The goddess. I'll become that and do terrible and wondrous things. No one will ever forget her. I may fade away. My star may burn out. But that crazy bitch won't disappear." She started laughing.

Anastasia closed her eyes. AnArchy opened them.

"I'm gonna do something incredible darling. And everyone will love me for it. Igne Natura Renovatur Integra. I'll become a god! And I'll kill everyone that stands in my way. I'll burn the whole goddamn world down to the ground. And when I'm done, when I'm the only one left, I'm gonna make a new world. A better one. A real utopia. And it'll just be for you and me. Just you and me. You. Me. Us."

You won't regret this. I can do what you won't.

I'll die. You're gonna get me killed.

Do you want this to be your legacy? Or do you want to have your story immortalized?

I don't know.

"So long darling. I'll see you soon enough. Your blood tasted great by the way." She got up, retrieved the rifle and her pack. She took back the sword she had dropped. She stepped toward the door.

The headset.

Jewel wanted to speak with her. Yes. They did need to talk. They had a lot to discuss. She had a lot of grievances to air. And Jewel needed to spill her guts.

She picked it up.

She put it on.

She spun around to face a camera. The look on her face made it clear she was completely insane. "Death. It follows me everywhere doesn't it? Well I'm gonna channel it to my use. Oh, and I know I promised Jackson I would stay sane and stable and shit. But I decided, 'eh, fuck it' and so I'm totes mcscrotes crazy. But shhh. Don't tell him and ruin the surprise okay? I want him to find out in due time."

She changed her expression to a more normal one. "I can fake being nice. After all, I've been faking all my life right?" She smiled. "One last thing. A question for all my fans back home."

She stared directly at it. She was staring right into everyone's eyes.

"Am I cool yet?"

She slowly stepped out, walking backwards. Once she was out the door, she turned around and followed her last friend. He didn't know it. But if he stayed with her, he was gonna see some serious shit.

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