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[F6] Enola and Sebastian

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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-23-2019
06:59 AM ET (US)
"Oh... Yes, I suppose nothing is ever as simple as you might want it to be," Seb commented sadly. "I wonder if Brandy has any plans to go on a trip outside of Rattlewater? You could go with her, perhaps, just for a little while. I've seen for myself just how much some simple companionship can make a problem that seemed insurmountable alone feel solvable."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-22-2019
11:15 PM ET (US)
"Yeah..." Enola nodded, "I think you're right..."

"Still...it's not exactly easy. Dr. Scarface always told me that it wasn't...safe...for me to be in unfamiliar locations. So after that I...never really thought about it."

"But I'm not sure how long I can stay in Rattlewater without...going insane."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-18-2019
07:12 AM ET (US)
"Oh, really? I think that might be a good idea, actually," Seb replied earnestly. "I myself have become well aware recently of how all I really know is Rattlewater. I don't know anything much about the outside world, and all my perceptions are shaped by seeing things only from the perspective of someone living in this small backwater town. For you in particular it might be good to see more of the world: you've got the mind of an artist, staying in one place can only lead to stagnation. Or at least that's how it seems to me," he finished awkwardly.
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-17-2019
11:15 PM ET (US)
Enola fell silent for a while, possibly out of surprise.

"Oh...yes, I think I'd appreciate that," she eventually mumbled, "Though in truth...I'm not even sure if I'll stay in Rattlewater. There's such a large world out there I've never laid eyes upon..."

She shrugged. "Perhaps I'm simply getting ahead of myself..."
Edited 09-17-2019 11:19 PM
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-17-2019
06:07 AM ET (US)
"I'm not worried about the future. What comes, comes. I've found the present to be far scarier, as that's the bit you have to actually live through," Seb replied. "But still, thank you for your wishes. I really do hope things go well for you too. Once we're out of here, if you ever want to talk, there's probably ways to set up phone calls in prison. No-one should be alone unless they themselves want it."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-16-2019
11:02 PM ET (US)
"It's refreshing to see someone so confident on their future..." Enola said, "I suppose all I can do is wish you fortune, then. Hopefully you'll find some semblance of...peace."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-11-2019
07:07 PM ET (US)
"Strange way to put it," Seb mused. "'Planning' to go to jail. If there was a reasonable alternative I'd take it. But I suppose there is still some truth in it. In our world you go to prison when you commit crimes, so I 'plan' to abide by that.

"Still, being behind bars while the outside world changes so drastically is even less appealing than having to accept it happening in the first place. Yes there's a part of me that would be happy to run away again, hide in jail while the world moves on in a direction I don't like, but I can't be that person anymore. It's the more difficult path, but I have to take it. I have to face my demons."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-11-2019
05:18 PM ET (US)
"Well...you'd be in jail, I guess," Enola said simply. "So everything going on outside...it'd be something of a mystery."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-10-2019
02:32 PM ET (US)
Seb grew confused. "What do you mean? If 'all goes as planned' I won't bare witness to it?"
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-10-2019
02:03 PM ET (US)
"I wonder..." Enola added, "Perhaps your town may become an epicenter of magnificent cultural chance. Though I suppos, if all goes as planned, you won't bare witness to any of it...At least that way you can leave it all behind."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
07:21 PM ET (US)
"Oh, I agree. It has nothing to do with us being trapped, or Belphegor, or the game," Seb said. "What I mean is that, if I ever do escape, I want to return to the 'real' world, without any of that nonsense. Without magic teleportation circles - because those are a thing down here too - without talking bats, and ideally without towering men who can transform into psychopathic women. But the latter existed even before this game, even if I never saw him shapeshift until after. There is no escape from those concepts if they already exist out there.

"I don't want to be a pioneer for concepts this absurd," he continued sullenly. "Naturally I didn't want to be part of a killing game either, but at least that could be grounded in 'real' ideas, of murder and betrayal. But all this 'magic' just feels... wrong. Yet, it's reality now, and I have to accept it."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
06:58 PM ET (US)
"I think you're worrying about this 'shadow' thing too much," Enola said not-so-subtly. "I doubt it has anything to do with us getting trapped here."

"In that case...I guess you could say we're pioneers. Likely the first to discover the strange things down here. So it won't be easy, but I'm sure you'll figure it out somehow..."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
04:36 PM ET (US)
"As has been becoming increasingly clear to me," Seb answered in some frustration. "I don't like a lot of that stuff, but since the expedition started I've had no choice but to accept it's real. At the very least I had hoped it was confined to these caves somehow, but Nail contradicted that, and now so do you with your 'shadows'. That sort of thing is just annoyingly illogical, though. Makes it difficult to know how to deal with it."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
01:30 PM ET (US)
Enola's head rocked back and forth. "Jekyll and Hyde, huh? But which is which?"

Enola shook her head. "Sounds like some ridiculous bullshit. But sure...I believe you."

"I don't believe in the 'supernatural' though. That's just a fool' she way of classifying what they do not understand. As long as it exists, it's real...isn't it?"
Edited 09-09-2019 01:31 PM
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
12:05 PM ET (US)
"Oh... Right, yes, I see," Seb said, trying and perhaps failing to sound like he thought what Enola was saying was quite normal. "I suppose that might explain some things.

"Actually, to be fair, I said the supernatural occurrences only started once I came down here, which is true enough. But I knew of Nail even before then. Did you know? Nail's a shapeshifter, or something like that. He can transform into a woman named 'Haley'." As he said this he stared at Enola, curious how she'd react.
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
11:10 AM ET (US)
"No..." Enola shook her head. "They've been showing up for years. They just appeared more often once I traveled down here...once I started feeling afraid."
Edited 09-09-2019 11:10 AM
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
09:27 AM ET (US)
"Up on the surface, you mean?" Seb asked in surprise. "I thought these shadows only started appearing when you came down here? Or at least that's what I'd assumed. I didn't encounter any strange, supernatural things until this expedition."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
09:01 AM ET (US)
"No, not really," Enola said morosely. "Dizzy used to let me join his friends when they went off on adventures...but once he was gone, they avoided me."

"Sometimes, more recently..." she added, "I'd be having a nice conversation with someone...and then find out no one else could see them."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
06:44 AM ET (US)
Seb gave a short, soft laugh at that. "Sounds difficult. Did you know people up there outside of your family, then? Your poems mostly talked about family and 'Dr Scarface'."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
08:12 PM ET (US)
Enola fell silent for a while.

"No," she said simply. "The people down here. They're not like you. They're just shadows...I think."

Enola leaned over and placed her hands on the back of her head. "The people on the surface as assholes. I can't live with them...but without them...I'd go insane."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
04:24 PM ET (US)
"So... do you want to stay?" Seb pressed. "Maybe whoever you've been seeing down here is just telling you what you already want to hear?"
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
02:53 PM ET (US)
Enola giggled unnervingly.

"I've always wanted to deal with society...it's a shame they never wanted to deal with me," she replied, "At least the company down here never tries to drive me away. They just want me to...stay."

"Not that I give a fuck about what they think."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
11:51 AM ET (US)
"Hmm... No," Seb concluded with a quick shake of his head. "I had a life up there, people I need to get back to. Running away means I leave all that behind. Besides, it'll be a lot easier to make things right if I'm able to stay in Rattlewater as a legal citizen. It just means doing so will have to wait some years until I've done my time."

He briefly squinted at Enola, still trying to figure her out. "What about you? You can't just stay down here, isolated. At some point you'll have to resurface and deal with 'society', dreary as that might sound."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
10:26 AM ET (US)
"I'm not saying they're gonna ignore you..." Enola mumbled, "But you could just, I don't know...leave. Far as anyone would know, you'd have passed away down here too. And then that way, you could truly make things right...I guess."

She filled with the sleeve of her dress, looking somewhat bored.
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-08-2019
07:55 AM ET (US)
Seb blinked. "I... didn't really think of it that way," he admitted, looking away. "Certainly I won't be achieving much in prison, other than community service which I'm sure they'd be delighted to have me do. But it's not like I can just refuse to be arrested either. The legal system falls apart if its not upheld. If they let me off, what does that mean for everyone else who claims that they'll just be good from then on and don't need to be arrested?"
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
07:29 PM ET (US)
"'Three...'" Enola looked aside contemplatively. "So...four of you are going to be dust. What's the point...of any of this."

Enola stood in silence as Seb explained his part of the murders. Her expression, however, didn't change.

"Entombing yourself like that...do you really think it'll...help anyone?"
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
05:40 PM ET (US)
"Me escaping isn't a given," Seb nodded solemnly. "I'm not sure how much you've heard about the killing game we're trapped in, but, the rules say it only ends when three of us are left. Statistically there's no reason I should live over any of the others. I have, however, been given cause to at least try my best, for those departed.

"If I do escape, then my plan is, simply, prison," he then said bluntly. "Or at least, juvenile detention of some kind. Bennett, the serial killer I mentioned? Somehow or other I foolishly convinced myself to help him, thinking I had no alternative. You saw me cleaning earlier, those same skills came in 'useful' for dealing with the aftermaths of his killings. It's only right I do time for that."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
05:26 PM ET (US)
"That's true, I suppose," Enola said, "What do you plan on doing once you're on the surface again?"

"Assuming you make it out, that is..." Enola added, somewhat ominously.
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
04:22 PM ET (US)
Seb shrugged at that. "Maybe it is. But thinking about things like that is better than being stuck down here. Down here, there's no future at all, not for any of us."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
03:55 PM ET (US)
Enola looked to the side and ran a hand through her hair. She didn't seem to have an answer prepared.

"I guess I...never really thought about it," Enola mumbled, "Perhaps. I doubt my poems would meant shit to the common people...but I like to think there's someone like me out there. And maybe I could...help them."

She held the palm of her hand in front of her face and stared at it. "That's just a flight of fancy though..."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
03:35 PM ET (US)
"Do you actually want your unedited poems published?" Seb asked curiously. "Do you want them read by people out there in the world? I suppose, in a way, you might have your chance now, if you escape with us."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
03:23 PM ET (US)
"Well, I don't see any point of holding back...especially in regard to things I care about," Enola replied, "I guess that's what they took offense too. They claimed it was too shocking for anyone to buy.

"The stuff in the books..." Enola sighed, "Simply lacks any real substance."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
01:25 PM ET (US)
Keen to turn the topic away from ghosts, Seb said, "The 'sanitised' versions, right? To be honest, I find it difficult to understand poems, but even I can tell how it might feel to have your work altered like that. You've already heard how we found the poems you'd written throughout the caves, those felt... different somehow. I'm not a poet, I wouldn't know how to put it in words, but, they felt pretty... direct? I suppose?"
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
12:52 PM ET (US)
Enola nodded slightly. "For the most part. They mostly belong to my family...my mother in particular studied that sort of thing. I've scoured their contents numerous times though, when I don't have anything else to do..."

She looked to the side. "Some of them are the books my father made with my poems. I prefer to...avoid those."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-07-2019
08:20 AM ET (US)
"I suppose those books in the library are yours, then?" Seb asked. "The books on the afterlife and such? You seem a great believer in all that."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
08:41 PM ET (US)
"You...can't see them?" Enola looked concerned, "They've been hovering through the house ever since you got here. I really can't make out anything about them though. They're just wispy clouds of smoke...I swear I've...never met your friends."

She stopped and swatted at the air irritably, as if trying to drive something off. There was nothing there.
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
05:48 PM ET (US)
Seb narrowed his eyes in puzzlement. "There's that again. 'Ghost'. You can see ghosts? But there's no such thing. Why do you keep talking about them like that? You seem to somehow know enough about the 9 who died to describe their 'ghosts'..." He trailed off, staring at Enola suspiciously.
Edited 09-08-2019 11:52 AM
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
05:35 PM ET (US)
"My father..." Enola said, ignoring Seb's question. "He cared a lot about cleanliness...especially when it meant scrubbing my poems off the wall. That's all it is..."

"This house...there's a lot missing. Like it's been completely wiped down already. It doesn't feel right..." She shook her head. "I don't know."

Enola looked toward the roof. She tilted her head to the side slightly. "That's good to hear, I think. He must be on your mind a lot. There's a ghost that hasn't stopped following you this whole time...Maybe that's him."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
04:58 PM ET (US)
"Oh, sorry. No, I can stop," Seb quickly answered, putting away the tools. "But, er, is this really your house? Outside there's an entire section of Rattlewater, but it's fake.

"I... think I see what you mean about Bennett. It's not easy for me to accept it, but, maybe after some time has passed I can reconsider what you've said. I'm still trying to figure out for myself what my own views should be, honestly, so hearing things like that from other people is very helpful."
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
04:46 PM ET (US)
"He only had the potential to be good...as all people do," Enola replied, "But he misused his potential. He had the ability to recognize problems and wanted to alleviate the world of them...make it a better place. But his solution was to remove the problem, rather than to fix it..."

"What we call evil...is often just the good intentions of foolish people," Enola calmly added. "Even now I can't say I hate him...He's little more than a rat. Not worth my attention."

Enola only seemed to grow more agitated upon viewing the cleaning supplies. Her voice grew a little strained. "I'm sorry. Do you...have to do that? This is my house...I'm just worried you'll wipe away something...important."
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
04:20 PM ET (US)
"You... really think so? To be honest I struggle to find any redeeming qualities in him," Seb replied tensely. "I... bore witness to his crimes firsthand, there was an incredible sense of evil to everything he did. Do you really believe there was more to him than that?"

Noting Enola's interest in his mop and other tools, Seb felt a bizarre urge to hide them behind his back for a moment, before he resisted and held them up instead. "I'm good at cleaning. It's my, um, talent I suppose you could call it," he explained, perhaps pointlessly.
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
03:25 PM ET (US)
Enola seemed uncomfortable. Perhaps it was because of the subject matter of Seb's speech.

"Well, I can't exactly say he's wrong..." Enola said, "I can't name a single redeeming quality my father had. I know my mother always hated him. But still...it feels completely pointless."

"It's a shame that killer's gone though. I think I would have liked to talk to him...Perhaps he could have been a good person were his methods not so...unproductive."

At around this point, Seb noticed that Enola was staring intently at his cleaning implements.
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KamiPandaPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
02:50 PM ET (US)
Apparently he does, and he seemed to be rather... enjoying it? It had probably been a while since he'd cleaned up an ordinary house rather than anything strange like they usually dealt with down here.

He didn't seem surprised by Enola's question, and answered readily. "Bennett Rodarte. He was a bounty hunter, and... well, I suppose you'd call him a serial killer. He killed anyone who didn't fit with his vision for an ideal world. But, as was apparent, he was delusional. The people he killed, there was good in them that he failed to see." After that he paused, still not really sure how to deal with Enola. He couldn't tell how she might react to anything he chose to reveal.
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PlanetboxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
02:38 PM ET (US)
Enola confronted Sebastian in the living room, cleaning or something. Does he even still do that??

"Who was he? The...murderer," she asked, as if the question was as normal as verifying the time of day.

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