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[F6] Charlotte and Benjamin

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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
09:29 PM ET (US)
Benjamin stepped out to go to the hideout and came back shortly after. He squirted some glue on the fragmented pile of diamond around him, trying to arrange it into something presentable. It wasn't, and looked more like a conglomerate rock by the end...definitely had some actual rock in it too. He passed it off in Charlie's hands and gave a nervous smile.
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
09:04 PM ET (US)
"Glue... Glue... I have glue in the hideout!" Charlotte deluded herself and started scooping up diamond dust and putting it in her pockets.
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
08:52 PM ET (US)
Benjamin was rather offput by the outburst, not understanding the difference it would make since any mining at all was going to be profit from where she started. "Admittedly this isn't my area of expertise, but did you perhaps consider glue?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
03:24 PM ET (US)
"What does every diamond miner want?! Money! Money money money money!" she snapped. "Sure, it's still valuable, but it could be more valuable! Aaaaah, just thinking about how much a real rough diamond could've gotten me is making me wanna cry!"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
03:16 PM ET (US)
"W-What?" Benjamin picked up some of the tiny shards. "No, this is still valuable! You can sell it and everything. Certainly can't put it on a ring or anything but... I mean, what did you want out of mining this anyway?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
02:58 PM ET (US)
Charlotte watched completely powerless.

She fell to her knees and scooped up some diamond dust.

A breeze blew it away.

"... You killed it. You killed my baby. My beautiful, shiny, expensive baby."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-25-2019
02:55 PM ET (US)
Benjamin studied the wall and diamonds closely looking for a weaker spot. He carefully aimed his pickaxe and gently...

The diamonds in the immediate area shattered like glass, raining on the two of them.
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-24-2019
10:34 PM ET (US)
"I guess so?" she pointed to the diamond on the wall with a broken piece of a pickaxe. "You wanna help me mine?"

By mine, she probably means fruitlessly scrape the wall in the hopes the rock will fall off like it was just glued there.
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-24-2019
10:28 PM ET (US)
“Noted. And... ditto.”

Benjamin frowned, tapping his foot. “I suppose I’ve said all I need to for now.”
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-24-2019
08:11 PM ET (US)
Charlotte kept a wary look trained on him while she digested his rule breaking, but eventually relaxed and put her hands in her pockets. "Alright. I guess we're all on the same side down here. Sorry for doubting you, I guess."

She pointed at him. "But if you kill someone, I'm gonna be pissed."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
09:16 PM ET (US)
“Well, the law.” He tugged at the chain on his ankle as if to make that point. “My main point is that you don’t need to worry about me. I was just trying to solve the trial without any of our lives being lost. I’m dedicated to this mission, and our team.”
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
09:02 PM ET (US)
Charlotte furrowed her brow. "Okay, now I'm more confused than anything. What 'rules' do you 'break'?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
08:57 PM ET (US)
Benjamin rubbed his chin at that word. “Yeah, let’s say that. But really I’m more of a ‘rule-breaker’ than anything.”
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
08:20 PM ET (US)
"This is a lot to take in, y'know... Though I guess I kinda asked." Charlie took a few deep breaths to calm herself down. "Maybe I should've seen this coming, but I was holding out hope you just evaded your taxes for too long or whatever. Are you telling me you're a vigilante?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
08:14 PM ET (US)
"No. All I want to do is find Enola, I promise."

Benjamin doubts that this will be enough for Charlie and sighs heavily, running his hand down his face. "Alright, look. I've killed people before. I wish I could tell you more than that, but I can't. I'm only telling you that because I want you to trust me. I'm something like Batman." He smirks. "Or you."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
06:56 PM ET (US)
Charlie recoiled a few steps. She just seems speechless. She keeps eyeing Ben warily.

"... But you don't want to kill anyone?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
02:40 PM ET (US)
"I don't want to kill anyone." Benjamin snapped at her. It seemed to be genuine anger.

He spat at the ground. "There's a lot you can't understand about this world, Charlie. Not if you're trapped in that town all your life. If I could've killed him and it would've gotten Lavender to confess, then yes I would've done it."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
01:39 PM ET (US)
"I don't want a half truth!" Charlie yelled. "If you wanted to and could kill him, would you? Yes or no!"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
01:10 PM ET (US)
“......”

It seemed like Benjamin was taking time with his answer.

“If you want the half-truth, then it was an empty threat. There would be no point in killing the Doctor after she had escaped. Furthermore I am trapped here like all of you, and would not be able to kill him if I wanted to. I used the fact that she didn’t know my talent as leverage in that regard.”
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
12:54 PM ET (US)
"Uh huh." Charlie nodded warily. "When you say 'anything', do you mean you'd actually kill someone, or was that whole thing just an empty threat? To make her confess?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
12:46 PM ET (US)
He rubbed the back of his head awkwardly. "Well nobody said anything at the time or since then so I kind of assumed everybody was maybe ok with it?"

 He looked down slightly, avoiding eye contact. "I was perfectly fine with letting Lavender escape with her life, but everybody else voted otherwise. At that point, I promised I would do whatever I could to find the killer. And that's all I did."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
12:16 PM ET (US)
"Of course I have something in mind! You threatened Lavender's dad or doctor or something! And I'm pretty sure you were going to do the same to Kliff!" she narrowed her gaze right back at Ben. "You think everyone just forgot you said you'd kill someone?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
11:59 AM ET (US)
Benjamin narrowed his gaze. "It seems like you have something in mind... or am I misreading that?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
11:45 AM ET (US)
"Oh... Yeah, okay, you were right about that." she recomposed herself. "But actually, now that we're talking about dead people and all, don't you think there's something else we need to talk about?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
11:41 AM ET (US)
“What you were asking me a few days ago about the expedition being hard! I guess I kind of just got silent there and walked away. But yeah, I had a feeling.... and now two people are dead.”
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
11:18 AM ET (US)
Charlotte was very focused trying to scrape a diamond off the cave's wall, and so jumped almost two feet away from Benjamin when he spoke up.

"Oh my god, don't scare me like that! And, what feeling?" she asked, dramatically clutching her chest.
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
10:25 AM ET (US)
Somewhere in the middle of the diamond mines, Benjamin approaches Charlie.

“I guess I just have a feeling.” He says.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-20-2019
08:57 PM ET (US)
(This EFL is now permanent. Nice!)
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-18-2019
11:34 AM ET (US)
"Heh, if you'll trust me, I'll trust you." Charlie said, offering her hand for a handshake. "I gotta say Ben, you're a great guy. Whoever put that chain on your ankle just can't see that."

"But still, trying times? You really think this expedition is gonna be that hard? I mean, Enola can't be too far in, we should find her soon..."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-17-2019
04:54 PM ET (US)
"I want you to do what's good and virtuous. I want you to sacrifice without thanks, and the only reward is to know that you are doing the right thing." It didn't seem like Benjamin was speaking to Charlie, but quoting someone.

"Not for nothing, Charlie... but I feel I can trust you. And if you feel you can trust me too, then I will need you on my side in the days to come. I fear we are going to encounter some... trying times."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2019
10:09 PM ET (US)
"Well, I still live here. If I help the city I'm still helping myself, in a way."

She looked away. "Though, I guess I also kinda like being a hero. When me and my mom were struggling to get by, no one ever helped us. It's nice to be the type of person I wish someone had been back then, y'know? Even if I don't really like the place..."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2019
09:56 PM ET (US)
"I know the feeling. I was not exactly born in... ideal circumstances. And I imagine being born in a small town like this limits your mobility through life."

He frowned slightly. "But I am curious... you must see something good about this place, right? Why would you help the people here otherwise?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2019
09:42 PM ET (US)
"Run away... Man, I've thought about that, a lot. Maybe not for the same reason you're stating though." Charlie said, crossing her arms.
"... Actually, can I let you in on a little secret? You seem like the type that can keep one." she looked around for a moment before speaking. "I don't just dislike it, I fucking hate this town. It's a dump. Sometimes I wish I was born anywhere else..."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2019
08:44 PM ET (US)
"Our lives are dictated by hypocrites. Those same people you feed will one day be in uniforms, or wearing fancy suits in courtrooms while deciding your sentence." Benjamin looked grim as he said all this, fist clenching slightly. "If you want my advice, you'll run away while you can. One day you will know the feeling of being betrayed, and your work will be for naught. But there's still time for you to write a new story."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-16-2019
10:43 AM ET (US)
Her eyes practically lit up hearing Ben speak. "Yes! Exactly, you get it! That's just the society we live in, isn't it?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
09:02 PM ET (US)
Benjamin took his foot off the stool and crouched down, making eye contact with Charlie. It seemed like he was studying her for a moment. "I understand exactly what you mean. You're a criminal, and you could go to jail for what you do because the law doesn't recognize humanity or good intentions. And yet it would be ridiculous to claim you're a bad person. Therein lies the fundamental problem of our society."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
08:56 PM ET (US)
"Ha, trust me, that part nobody's got a problem with." she scoffed. "I guess since you're not from around here you wouldn't know, but the stuff I donate isn't technically mine. I'm a thief! Y'know, like Robin Hood."

She seemed satisfied enough with that vague explanation, so she just kept going. "But yeah, even though I'm probably THE noblest person around here, no contest, some people just can't get over themselves! Like, I could steal water to save a burning person, and they would still say I'm in the wrong."
Somehow, she turned this conversation into an opportunity to whine about everyone who doesn't like her.
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
08:35 PM ET (US)
"People treat you like garbage for being a benefactor? In a town as small as this?" Benjamin shook his head. "I'm sorry, but I don't understand."
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
06:23 PM ET (US)
"That's... Ah, jeez, sorry I brought that up. It's gotta be horrible." she stopped messing with his chain. "I mean, I've got a few people who treat me like garbage for my work. But I guess it wouldn't be the same, huh..."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
06:08 PM ET (US)
"Prisoners are treated like crap. The floor of this cave is softer than the cot I was sleeping on. And don't get me started on the food. I could've done nothing and they'd still slap this chain on me, just to make me miserable." Benjamin scoffed, unknowingly implying that the chain was on him for a reason.
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
05:59 PM ET (US)
"Of course I can pick a normal lock!" she snapped. Metaphorically. The chain didn't snap. "I just can't pick this thing! God, what did you do to warrant this?"
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
05:45 PM ET (US)
"Not to sound dubious, but do you even know how to pick a normal lock?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
05:18 PM ET (US)
She ignored the lack of enthusiasm in his eyes, and instead crouched down next to his foot to get right to work.
What followed were twenty excruciatingly long minutes where Charlotte looked over the ankle brace and the chain from every angle she could while failing to find a lock to pick. Occasionally she'd produce a lockpick from some random pocket and poke the chain, maybe in the vain hope the lock would materialize there from sheer force of frustration. She was unsuccessful.
"... Where is the fucking lock?!" she screamed like a child and started shaking Benjamin's ankle.
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
04:54 PM ET (US)
His eyes beamed when she mentioned that, but then dimmed as it was clear he had doubts about her ability. "Go ahead", he offered while putting his foot up on a small stack of... rocks, I guess.
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
04:30 PM ET (US)
"I need another look at your chain!" she pointed down at it. "I couldn't get it off the first time, but if I keep at it, I'm sure there's gotta be some way to open that."
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JesusMonroePerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
04:19 PM ET (US)
Benjamin seemed nonplussed by her sudden approach. "Sure, Charlie. What do you need?"
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DootDootPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
03:55 PM ET (US)
"Hey! Ben! We gotta talk!" Charlotte approached Benjamin in... A cave tunnel, I guess.