ooc: Ok! I am here!
Jim listened to Ralph's account of current events hazily, not taking in a word before 'Where's Anni?'
"Oh Odd, where's she..." The bit of his brain that worked on the translation of sounds into words suddenly caught up with the bit that did the translation of words into meanings.
"Wait, the vykker's dead?! The vykker..." The vykker that was trying to take away Anni, and now he was dead... But surely Anni wouldn't... "We need to find Anni!" He blurted out, struggling to his feet, his muscles groaning in protest. "Are you ok?" He inquired of Ralph.
Krik woke up slowly with a pounding headache and looked up blearily. Damnit, what had happened? He'd been about to give Dionysia what he'd been waiting to give her for Odd knew how many years and then something had... Odd, he couldn't remember a thing. Cursing the feeble workings of his brain, he pushed himself slowly up; his body ached like he'd taken a real beating... At his time of life! What sadistic moron would beat up an elderly vykker?!
One that was about to find itself being slowly fed into a recycler, he decided.
He stood up...
...And spotted the mudokon sitting in the middle of the floor, dressed exceedingly natively, and apparently meditating.
So this was the thing that had attacked him, this savage, this... And Dionysia was supposed to guard against these things, the useless brat! He glanced around the room but couldn't see his snuzi, but his bag was down on the floor by the door, if only he could reach it with...
Ok, the door had apparently been ripped off of it's hinges.
He swallowed hard and started edging around the cluttered walls towards his bag, aiming to keep as silent and as far away from the savage as physically possible.
Anni swallowed and shook her head, staring at the ground. Emlech had come for her and Arnie had handed her right over, and Emlech had said... He's created her... It couldn't be true, could it? If she wasn't real if she was made, surely she'd know? Surely she'd... feel fake?
And Jim... Her last friend in Rupture Farms... She was him lying on the ground, shot...
"She looked up at SU and said, "Arnie handed me over so even if... Even if I don't get in trouble, I'll still be sent back to vykkers. And... everything about this place that made me stay here is gone." Tears were coming to her eyes and she felt so alone; she couldn't even trust SU and she barely trusted Dionysia.
"I'm leaving," Dionysia said simply to the Snoozer. If I stay I'm dead, so if you're going to kill me for trying to escape then you might as well get on with it." She reached into her clothes, grabbed at a hidden pouch sewn inside and forced out a small object inside. "Dbreak..." She looked at the Big Bro who had saved them, and then reached out and pushed a small object into his hand. "Thank you; take this. You were talking about... things
earlier; well this is what was important to me."
The object was a small, silver ring, delicately carved and designed to be threaded over a mudokon's ponytail. "Keep it," She muttered, "And don't you dare forget about this."
If she was going to die, she didn't want to be forgotten.
Anni suddenly spoke up, "SU, is there a paramite around here? One that's been following us, maybe?"
She was thinking of Somi, hoping against hope that the paramite would be nearby, could come with them.
Dionysia looked at her curiously at the request.
Sorry about the delay.
Jimmy, please don't know that Jim is alive, or at least that this is relevant
In other words, don't mention the fact. You can see Somi by heat signature if you think it's likely, though remember she's my character so you can't move her!