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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:16 pm


Seventeen watched the other numbers color move and twist around him, hinting at different shades of color before settling and once again remaining abnormally still. That stillness was what drew her attention to him in the first place, and though she didn't understand why, she found herself unwilling to part from him. The way he held her close reassuring her with his actions, whether or not she could see them, and the purring had lulled her into a sense of safety and calm. Just by holding her close he had melted her fears away, making her just a bit more confident in her survival of the outside world.

When he moved to get the food she realized that she was more hungry than she thought, and knew he probably was as well. But what surprised her was that he put her first, a number he didn't know, a weak girl who could only hinder him. She had to admit, as she let him spoon feed her (because she couldn't see and would likely burn herself), that it was quite embarrassing she couldn't take care of herself. Had she grown so used to others talking care of her that she no longer knew how to do anything alone?

One had helped her escape the facility, carried her through the damp grass, covered her with blankets and was now feeding her. Seventeen wanted to be able to help him, too, so she made a little secret to herself that she would try to get stronger so that she didn't hold him back anymore.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:17 pm

Sitting across from the number, One could help shield her from the bit of breeze that rolled whistled between the wooden planks that made up the walls in the old shack. The dilapidated structure bowed and swayed any time the wind really picked up, causing some concern but One did not feel they really had a choice. Anywhere they went meant braving the weather, a trip that he did not think Seventeen would survive, even with all the blankets they had in their supply.

Supplies were another problem. Even if the weather were cooperating, One had no idea where they were in relation to any type of civilization. Wandering around aimlessly could cause them to become lost, a situation that presented a terrible risk to Seventeen's health and safety. No, he had decided to wait out the storm, until they could no longer survive inside the hovel. He would just have to make due with what they had.

One continued to feed the girl until the soup had been consumed entirely. She was quite hungry, which One took as a good sign. An appetite signified a certain degree of health, for her body knew it needed more energy and it happily accepted everything they put in it. One took the bowl and rinsed it out with just a little water then turned it upside-down to dry. True, it was a paper bowl and hardly meant to be reused, but when supplies were scarce, there was absolutely no reason to waste anything. He then set to layering the fabric they had around the bed to insulate it against the narrow breezes that passed through the shack, though there was no way to patch all the gaps.

One then sighed, seeing everything they would need to make a small fire inside the old stove on the far wall, but knew that he couldn't do it. A fire would make smoke, and they were still too close to the Facility to risk sending a smoke signal up. He did the only thing he could think of, which was to lay the girl down and to settle in next to her, hoping his body heat and the blankets combined would be enough to keep her warm.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:17 pm

Ones color moved and shifted through the small space, and Seventeen never took her eyes off of him. Her gift, or curse, was misleading as it allowed those around her to think that she could see, when in reality it was whispy smoke full.of color that she followed. He seemed to be doing something, and when the breeze floating through the small cabin died down she reason he must have been trying to cover the gaps with something. She also noticed something else. One hadn't eaten. He had fed her, but did not eat, and that concerned her.

When they were lying next to each other, Seventeen curled against his warm body, she turned her face up to his, her head cocked sideways. "You eat? Hungry?"

It was true that she wanted him to stay with her, to protect her, but she didn't want him to neglect himself in the process. Not only because if something happened to him she would perish, but because he chose to stay with her. He chose to take care of her, to not abandon her, and she wanted to return the favor. If he was going to make sure she survived, then she would make sure he also remembered to take care of himself.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:18 pm

Seventeen posed a loaded question, though One was certain it was not her intent. It was considered loaded because there was no easy way to answer her, due to his inability to speak to her. The answer was not as simple as yes or no. He was hungry, there was no debating that. But he had eaten the day before, so it would be a few days before he began to suffer any ill effects from food deprivation. Besides, he ate differently than most.

While a Wild Type could eat just like any other person, the nature of their mutation allowed them to simply absorb organic matter by enveloping it in their bodies and slowly breaking it down to its base nutrients. This made them extremely adaptive in situations similar to the the one in which they found themselves in. He could easily explain that to her, if he could form words. Sign language would not help. He could not write it to her. No amounts of grunts or growls or purrs would make the point clear. Even something as simple as shaking his head would have been worthless.

Not knowing what Seventeen could do with physical contact did not help either. If he was not so ignorant in that area, One would simply thrust his hand onto her skin and let her take a look around to communicate. Left with no options, really, One softly purred and pulled her in a little closer, trying to comfort her and abate some of her fear and worry.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:12 pm

When One did not answer her question, Seventeen became somewhat concerned. He was hungry, wasn't he? Frowning, but not saying anything more on the subject, she curled against him, shifting slightly and throwing one of her blankets over him as well. Unable to see if she covered him all the way, she shifted closer to him, and laid her head on his chest. He was warm, and his body heat along with the blankets warmth, had begun to lull her into a sort of daze.

His purr was like a calming lullaby, and Seventeen found it difficult to keep her eyes opened. How could she sleep? They had just escaped torment and pain, barely hours ago, but she couldn't seem to remain fully conscious. "No.. go.." She murmured, her body relaxing against him. Still afraid of being left alone she was worried that he would leave her when she fell asleep, and she would wake to the cold and darkness. "No.. leave me..."

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:38 pm

Once Seventeen settled against his body, One curled around her, not only to share his body heat with her but to help her feel safe. She was still worried that he would leave her behind, though he couldn't really blame her. How many times had she been promised something only to find it false? She'd known nothing but pain and abandonment her whole life. She had no reason to believe anything else would be different.

One continued to purr long after she'd fallen asleep, trying to keep a calming, constant sound to comfort her over the howling of the wind outside that rocked the shack on its foundation. It was picking up quickly as the storm blew in hard, snow and ice crying from the blanket of dark gray overhead. Any time Seventeen moved, either from the noise from the storm or possibly a bad dream, One would squeeze her gently, or change positions to help her find comfort again. He stroked her hair or cooed in her ear just to chase away the demons that lurked within her subconscious.

Many times throughout the night, One wondered if the structure would give way to the forces of nature and buckled under the weight of precipitation. But as the hours passed, the tiny space stayed upright. The storm began to calm, even relenting enough to let a bit of light in through the window just as the sun was starting to crest over the horizon. They had survived the first night, though the temperature dropped significantly, despite his efforts in feeding the fire inside the stove to keep them warm. It would be a cold morning for Seventeen, but at least she survived.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:49 am

It would be a lie to say that Seventeen's sleep was undisturbed and peaceful. Several nightmarish images plagued her, but every time she stirred, nearly waking, the familiar soothing sound of One's purr lulled her back to sleep. Hours after she had fallen asleep, she was able to relax against her protector, a dreamless, black silence allowing her to rest. Morning broke, cold and still after the nights storm, and Seventeen began to wake.

At first, when she opened her eyes, she was greeted with absolute darkness. Normally a comfort, it had turned into a waking nightmare. With a gasp, Seventeen snapped her eyes open wide, her body tensing. It was only after her mind had adjusted to being awake, that she realized One's color was still there. He was still with her. Whimpering softly, she turned against him, her arms coiling around his body to hold onto him tightly. Her heart pounded in her chest as her fear begun to fade away, her chest heaving as she fought back the panic that had tried to overtake her.

A steadying breath was taken, and Seventeen looked up at her companion. She realized then, that she didn't know his number, or who and what he was. If they were going to stick together she would need to know that information, and likewise for him. Slowly she removed one of her gloves, and hesitantly rested her bare hand against his cheek. "I Seventeen.. promise.. won't hurt you." Her voice was soft, and she allowed herself to push into his mind, her thoughts flowing into his mind, showing him what she was capable of, and how they could communicate since it became apparent to her that he did not, or could not, speak. Within that information, she also told him that she was blind, agreeing through contact that she would be his voice, if he would be her sight.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:28 pm

One's eyes widen as he felt the extremely weird sensation of having someone enter his mind, with or without his permission. It was not, in total, a bad experience, but he certainly was not fully prepared for what it would be like, something akin to a person looking through another's internet browsing history. He had nothing to hide, but the sheer fact that she could see his memories unnerved him slightly.

As time went on, he became more comfortable with her ability, seeing that she was not looking for anything in particular, but giving him a way to communicate with her. Seventeen's gift was amazing, far beyond anything he could do. He saw things and heard things as if they were happening in the real world, and no matter how hard he tried, it was insanely difficult to tell the difference between his mind and the world that truly existed.

One had forgotten the sound of his own voice, so hearing it in his mind through their shared connection was almost abrasive in and of itself. He struggled at first, his attempts to speak still incredibly difficult, until another idea came to mind. Rather than try to form long, complex sentences, One showed his companion memories, or imagined scenes that would convey the message he was trying to deliver. He started with their current situation and location, only they were standing in a blank space, her hand on his face while he kept his hands at his sides, trying to show that he was okay with what she was doing.

He then thought of things he'd seen during the night, how the wind howled and how she trembled sometimes, then showed how protectively he held her, how he perked up every time he heard a noise he didn't recognize, all as if to let her know that she would be protected as long as he was around.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:47 pm

Seventeen remained like that, touching his face, for a long while. He hadn't closed his mind off to her, he hadn't tried to, which was good because if he had it would have been painful for the both of them. She watched the images display in his mind, and her gaze softened. One wasn't repulsed by her, and instead of trying to push her out, he was showing her things, trying to communicate in his own way, and she appreciated it.

We stay together forever? She spoke in his mind, her voice much clearer and stronger in an environment she was comfortable with.

Finally withdrawing her hand, the visions faded, and the darkness came back, her only light being One's color as it danced around him. In his memories, she had gotten a general idea of where things were in the cabin, gaining a bit of confidence to be able to move around without hurting herself.

A strong breeze blew through the cracks in the cabin, and her whole body shook, chills running down her spine. Curling the blankets closer to her body, she pressed against him trying to soak in his warmth. They couldn't stay in that cabin much longer. Seventeen would not survive.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:39 pm

To symbolize confirmation to her question, One held out his left hand, palm up. He placed Seventeen's hand on it, the closed his right hand over the top, completing the imagery. He would protect her, stay connected with her, and guide her indefinitely. It was a tender, sweet moment, one that he would not easily forget, but the sudden gust of wind whipped through the shack, pushing past the feeble defenses One had placed to keep the wind out. He hissed and stretched his arm out to tighten the fabric inside the holes, trying to keep out the bitter cold.

Again Seventeen's body temperature dropped, prompting her to pull up the blankets and rest against One even more. In One's mind he was frantically trying to come up with a solid plan. His partner would not be able to travel through the storm, but waiting it out could be just as deadly.

Knowing that he could no longer avoid it, One grabbed some loose fabrics, a bit of oil, and some wood logs and started up a fire. Before long it was roaring and billowing smoke out the chimney. One knew it would be extremely risky, but the girl would certainly freeze to death before the storm let up. It would get toasty inside, but at least they would be warm.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:17 pm

Warmth spread through the cabin quickly once the stove had been lit, and soon after Seventeen stopped shaking. There was a measurable amount of guilt that came with the heat for her; if they were caught because of the smoke, because she was so weak, she would never be able to forgive herself.

Looking toward his color, she frowned and ducked her head, shielding herself with her hair. Murmuring a soft apology, she wrapped herself tighter in her blanket, her eyes downcast. He was sacrificing so much for her, putting himself at risk for staying by her side. But now the connection that they had would tie the two of them together forever. The only way for it to be severed was for one of them to die.

Seventeen shifted her position slightly, leaning against the side of the cabin, her long tangled locks falling down her shoulders. Forever she would like it to be just the two of them, if they could have stayed at that cabin for the rest of eternity she would have been content, but even she knew it wouldn't last. Eventually their supplies would run out, and they would have to leave. But how long would that take?

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:58 pm

The few days that followed the first were tough on both Numbers as they struggled to survive and maintain something resembling sanity, locked in the shack with dwindling supplies and growing needs and concerns. One tried to keep them both distracted by illustrating elaborate shadow-puppet scenes on the walls during the dark hours and by recalling stories he'd been read when he was a child, producing them in the vast reaches of his imagination as a substitute for the actual words.

One ate very little during that time, trying to stretch their food supply for as long as possible, hoping either her health would improve or another solution. Unfortunately, neither had been the case. Seventeen's health was still a major concern to One, which he could not conceal from her, of course, though he never thought about it as a negative. True they could not travel while her health remained so fragile, but never once did One contemplate leaving her behind, or wish that she were stronger so he could get them out.

The thought that crossed his mind more often than not, in fact, was his growing attachment to the fellow Number. He'd never really felt an attraction to anyone before, at least not in that way, which made him both happy and nervous. She could read his thoughts, and he wasn't completely unaware of the things that couples did behind closed doors.

By the time the fourth day hit, the food was gone and there was little wood left to burn. A choice had to be made: brave the storm, go for help, or gather wood and food in the wild and bring it back. The first two options seemed the most likely to fail, leaving One with only one other option.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:30 am

Seventeen was no longer afraid that One would leave her. Being trapped in that small shack they had grown closer, and even though she knew her health was what was dragging them down, she felt confident that he wouldn't just abandon her. Inside his thoughts she would go when she was scared or concerned about it, but every time it was only concern for her and no devious plots to ditch her. And that made her happy. Well, what she thought was happy; never having experienced any real feelings it was foreign to her, she wasn't sure if that's what she was actually feeling.

Nevertheless Seventeen enjoyed spending the time with him, and listening to his stories, so to speak. When the time had come for something to be done about their situation, Seventeen felt an anxious knot form in the pit of her stomach. If he went out there and something happened to him, she would never know. Worry and anxiety held her tightly, her body trembling, knowing she couldn't tell him not to go, for if he did not go they would starve to death, or freeze to death, or both. Neither of which sounded like a good way to go.

'Be careful, and come back to me.' Seventeen whispered in his mind, no longer needing to use her voice out loud to speak to him.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:19 am

Before leaving, One paused, his eyes resting gently on hers. He moved forward, cupped Seventeen's cheek, and placed a kiss softly on her forehead, something his mother would do for him as a child when he got scared. It was designed to reassure someone, to let them know how important they were before leaving so they would know beyond a doubt that they had a reason to come back.

One did not linger, however, for the act of leaving the shack was terrifying to him and he wanted to get it over with as soon as he could. He slid through the door, opening it just enough to get through before closing it again. He'd stoked the fire large enough to keep her warm for a few hours, though he hoped he wouldn't be gone long enough for it to matter.

It wasn't long after he left that another person showed up in the area. The snow was deep but it did not disrupt the newcomer's stride; every flake of snow melted in his presence. He wore wool pea coat, scarf, and long thick pants. A large backpack was slung around his shoulders full of supplies.

Ezra neared the cabin, surveying quickly the landscape, finding One's tracks in the snow and followed them with his eyes until his was confident the number was gone. He then opened the door and stepped inside, his emotions dead and lifeless.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:13 pm

One wasn't gone for very long, only minutes really, when the door to the cabin opened up again, and someone stepped inside. Seventeen, confused as to why her companion would be back so soon, shifted her gaze towards the noise, and frowned. There was nothing there. A heavy feeling of dread suddenly welled up inside her, and the poor girl sat frozen, her eyes wide. She had heard the door open. She heard footsteps on the old wood, creaking ever so slightly. The door was sturdy enough to not swing open, and close fully on its own. Someone, or something, was in the cabin with her. But that wasn't what terrified her. Whatever was in the small shack with her didn't have a color. Seventeen couldn't see who it was. Not only that, but the heat in the room jumped, adding another fear to the already crushing weight. What if the cabin was on fire. She couldn't see fire.

With a strangled gasp, the girl moved, pushing her body against the furthest wall, her expression remaining frozen in terror. What sort of thing could be living with absolutely no color. Shaking like she was out in the blizzard, Seventeen felt panic quickly building in her chest, finding it increasingly difficult to breathe as the seconds passed.

'Come back... please... somethings here...' Seventeen prayed that One had not traveled out of her range. Even in her head her voice was small, terrified. 'Help me... I'm scared...

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:47 pm

Pickings were coming up slim as One trudged through the deep snow. His body was shaking a little from the cold, being resistant to the frigid temperature but not immune completely. Still he pressed on, hoping to find something that was doing exactly what he was doing: looking for food. Once he came upon a rather large animal with broad antlers, but he could not recall the name. One had decided that the creature was too big to try to drag back so he kept looking.

Finally he caught sight of something promising. A jackrabbit had just climbed out of his burrow and was surveying the land for its next meal. One wasn't too far away, but he would still need to be fast. He didn't dare move, for fear of startling the animal and losing its much-needed meat. Once he was ready, his arm shot forward, hooking the animal around its neck, snapping it instantly before hauling it in. It was a large rabbit, and would feed them for a couple of days if they rationed properly. The hardest part would just be field dressing the animal, but even that wouldn't be a huge issue.

Just as he turned to head back, he felt the familiar pang in the back of his mind. Seventeen's voice, though it sounded very far away and very weak. He could tell by the way she spoke that something was very wrong, provoking him into bounding back toward the shack. He was a few minutes away, as fast as he could move, but even that was not fast enough for his tastes.

Inside the cabin, Ezra stared back at the girl, knowing that she was blind but watching her carefully. He wore no emotion, but studied her carefully to memorize key details that could have proven useful. He spoke to her as she pressed herself away from him, as if doing so would actually put distance between them. Did she even really know where she was?

"Number Seventeen, I presume. Do you speak?" Ezra waited for an answer, staying perfectly still. "Where is One? His tracks lead away from here. Where did he go? When will he return?" The line of questions, though hasty, were valuable pieces of information that he required in order to do his job efficiently. If he had to go searching for the young man, it would cause delays, and Ezra hated unnecessary delays.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:16 pm

Seventeen stared in horror towards the voice. He knew who she was. How was that possible? The poor girl had never been outside of the Facility, and as far as she knew her existence had been completely erased. Who was this unfeeling person?

"I talk." She spoke slowly, her voice wavering, obvious fear dripping from every syllable. But that was all she said. Without knowing who she was talking to or what he wanted she was not going to give away her companions location. She refused to compromise him. "You from Facility?" It was clear that she couldn't speak in full sentences, but was intelligent enough to know what she wanted to say.

While Seventeen was terrified, she would wager that this man knew what she could do. If he knew her number then he should know her ability which meant he wouldn't come close enough to actually touch her, and she might be safe. At least until One showed up. Then she knew she would be safe.

I can't see him. It's a man, but I can't see him. There is no color. Please hurry..'

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:36 am

Judging by the way she stuttered over her words, piecing sentences together without the proper structure, Ezra could figure that she didn't use her voice very often. His father had told him about her ability, so distance needed to be kept, even if it was the best way to communicate with her.

"Where i'm from isn't important. All y..." Ezra words stopped abruptly when he caught the sound of footsteps in the snow charged toward the shack. The door burst open with a loud thud, revealing a panicked One on the other side, his arm already shaped like a long spike. He would have continued into the room, but as soon as the door opened, he felt as if something were pushing him against the floor, something invisible.

Part of being a star meant being able to shift the gravity immediately around him, giving Ezra a distinct advantage in close quarters combat.

"Oh good. The whole family is here." The heat in the room remained elevated and constant, even with the door wide open. "You cannot stay here, unless your plan is to get killed. You'll both be coming with me now."

Ezra's command, his accent mingling smoothly with his conversation. The response he received from One was a fierce clicking noise, similar to that of a rattlesnake. The radiation-wielding Meta, however, was not intimidated in the slightest. "Experiment One, if you want to survive this encounter, you'll come down and do what I say."

The gravity in the room slowly began to normalize, until there was nothing more than heat radiating from the young man. He turned back to Seventeen, his color still completely blank. "No, I am not from the Facility. Now collect yourselves and get ready to move out."

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:04 pm

Being unable to see where this man stood, Seventeen didn't feel comfortable trying to get to One, who was on his other side. With her fear still crippling her, the frail Number utilized a technique she had perfected in the Facility. All of her emotion melted away, and she stood up allowing the blankets to fall into the floor, revealing just how small she was. With an expression and demeanor mirroring the man before her, she approached him, and held out her  hand, palm up.

"You no harm? Prove." It was evident that she was still scared, but she was not going to go anywhere with him if she did not trust him. He could have lied and ended up dragging them back to the facility, and she wasn't going to allow that to happen. The only other way for him to get her to go anywhere with him was to overpower her, and while that was within the realm of possibility, she knew that One wouldn't allow that to happen.

"You prove, we go."

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:05 pm

One slowly rose to his feet, scowling at Ezra as he did so. The immense power that had been displayed worried him greatly, but it told him a great deal. One of two things was playing out in front of them. Either Ezra was telling the truth and he really was there to help them, or he was lying and had been ordered to bring them back to the Facility alive.

But looking at their options, they weren't really in a position to deny him. It was clear to One that this man, whomever he was, was more powerful than he could anticipate. If he wanted them dead, they'd die. If he wanted them captured, they'd be cuffed and caged. Yet there he was, standing between two powerful experiments, either uncaring or unafraid of the fact that he was effectively surrounded.

'We can't stay... not enough supplies. I will come to you...'

One slowly slid past Ezra to where Seventeen was standing, taking her hand in his gently. He wanted their connection to be as strong as possible, no matter what happened next.

"Stay close and you will be safe. Once we reach the river, a boat will take you south to the Black Sea and out of Ukraine. It's a long walk from here... bring the rabbit."

As Ezra shifted toward the door, the warmth started leaving the room, prompting One to grab up the blankets and throw them over Seventeen before the wind could chill her bones again. He looked upon Seventeen softly, asking in his mind if she was willing to follow him if they stayed together.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:08 pm

Grasping One's hand tightly, Seventeen nodded to his silent question, pulling the blankets around her body closely. She knew before she had spoken that they didn't have a choice, and while she was unhappy about the way they were treated by this man she couldn't see, she couldn't refuse. One was right. They didn't have enough supplies to stay there and if she refused to go they would not survive. Seventeen may have been willing to risk her own life and freedom, but not his.

'What's a boat?' She inquired softly, truly confused about what it was. She had no idea what Ukraine was, or a boat, or a river. Seventeen had not been taught anything about the world and even the most common of things was foreign to her. Having been locked in the Facility for her whole life she'd never been taught about anything. The scientists never expected she would leave and neither did she. Why would she need knowledge of an outside world she'd never see?

Ever nervous about going into the outside, Seventeen clung to One tightly, her body trembling. Not because she was cold, but because she was scared. She didn't like it. Not at all.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:52 pm

Trying his best to picture what she asked about, he imagined a long, winding river, wide and clear, with a bit of white water near the shorelines. He imagined fish swimming beneath the surface, then placed a boat tethered to a dock. His imagination soared, placing them on the ship and only them, alone on a small pontoon boat, making sure to name everything as they appeared. It made him happy to think about being on the water, but as the boat rocked gently underneath them, he pictured the two of them together, laying on their sides, facing each other with their arms around them. That brought a larger sense of happiness than before.

Eventually, though, he had to return to reality, though he kept a hold of her hand. One clicked sharply as he nodded to Ezra signaling that they were ready to depart. The door was opened and, for a moment, a cold wind beat the trio briskly. But only a moment later, the wind seemed to shift, no longer whipping their clothing and blankets as it moved between them. In fact, the air had become perfectly still around them, and the warmth Ezra produced embraced them all like a hug from a space heater.

One felt a sense of awe and wonder, watching at the breeze made bushes and branches sway violently, but did not touch them at all. Even the snow beneath them was melting and sliding away, as if the gang themselves were a wedge slicing through the powder.

'Look through my eyes... you must see...'


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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:42 pm

Granted permission to share his sight with him, Seventeen pulled from him and the milky hue of her eyes vanished. They brightened and cleared up allowing her to see what was in front of her. She did not steal his sight, so he could still see, and the first thing she did was look at him, a soft smile on her lips. Then she looked at the man leading them away from the shack and to more unknown. She took in his appearance if only to match it to his voice. It was likely she would never see him again anyway.

Finally she looked around them. She could see the grass under her feet, and the white snow on all sides. Seventeen inhaled sharply, her eyes wide with wonder. This was what the world looked like? It was so much bigger than she had imagined, and she was only seeing a small portion of it. Excitedly she tugged on One's arm and pointed at the ground under her bare feet. "What? That, what?" She questioned aloud, breathlessly. The Number wanted to know so much more than she did; her curiosity was increasing exponentially.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Machine Man on Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:11 pm

One smiled, watching his companion's excitement as she experienced so many things for the first time. As she pointed, he patiently explained each and every thing, happy to do so. Eventually, though, he could feel her starting to fall behind. Their constant contact not only allowed her to see through his eyes, but he could feel her footsteps slowing down.

Slowly his own pace a bit, One gave a few sharp clicks to get Ezra's attention, then looked down at the girls feet just as her toes were starting to drag along the ground.

"We can't stop yet," Ezra replied impassively. "We have to keep moving. Shelter isn't too far from here, and if we stop, you will die." One wondered what had happened to the young man, who appeared to be his same age, that would cause him to be so hardhearted. It wasn't like he was asking for special treatment or anything, but if she couldn't keep up then what could was the rescue in the first place.

One's scowl did not go unnoticed. "You must not have gotten far in their reeducation programs. You're being hunted, and not just by your former masters." Ezra's eyes darted to the trees for a moment, then back to the pair. "If you stop, you will die. I will only protect you as long as you are trying.

His callous speech gave One a reason to distrust him, but again he felt like they had no alternative. Without hesitating any longer, he moved in front of Seventeen, temporarily breaking their contact but making sure she was stopped before he did anything to keep her from falling over him. He clasped her hands around his neck, hooked her knees in his arms, and stood up.

Wherever they needed to go, Seventeen would always have someone to carry her when she needed.

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Re: The Facility

Post by Danry on Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:02 pm

It was embarrassing. Needing to be carried just while walking. Seventeen hid her face against One, ashamed at how weak she was. There was no arguing that fact; she had slowed them down. If they got caught or killed it would be entirely her fault, and it weighed on her. Again, and again she apologized softly to her companion. She had been hoping that she would have had the strength enough to at least walk a fair distance before she needed to stop, but her body did not allow such a thing. Her legs ached, and it had strained her just to keep moving. Ever grateful for One she tried to express that to him, even through her apologies.

Still, she was glad that she had been able to see the world around her, experience it all. It brought new feelings she'd never had before, and she wanted more. Seventeen knew that in order to do that, she would need to get stronger. 

'I want to be strong, like you. I don't know how.'

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