Chapter 4: Abyss.   Posted by BookNook.Group: 0
William Blake
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 05:44
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"A promise you can't keep," he said. "I don't want to make you do that. I just wanted you to stay with me. And I know you will as much as you can, but they... they might take you away. So no, don't promise." His closed eye tightened and he grimaced, breathed in sharply as he dealt with a wave of pain. "Just... just love me. Even if you're apart from me."
Susan Black
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 05:58
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   A warm feeling, like a heavy blanket, wrapped snugly around her insides. She felt more relaxed than she had in hours. She smiled at him and nodded, "Always." her headache was still there, but didn't feel as pronounced as before. She kissed the tips of her fingers and touched them to the clear wall, "You're stronger than I am. I know you're going to be fine, and I will be strong for you." she tilted her head to the side, lowering her voice to say, "Maybe we should try and sleep. It'll get us through some hunger, and help your body heal."
William Blake
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 06:04
Re: Chapter 4: Abyss
William nodded, cracked open his eye to look at her again. "Sleep, yeah. Good idea. And I'm... not strong. I'm just... acclimated. Used to it."
Susan Black
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 06:22
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   Susan shifted to lay down by the wall, her head resting on her crooked elbow, "You are strong." she insisted, already fighting to keep her eyes open, "I've been watching you, so I know you are, no use trying to convince me otherwise." her eyes closed heavily. After talking with him, hearing his voice, seeing him move a little, eased some of the tension knotting her stomach. She was asleep by the end of her next breath, her body sagging against the ground in exhaustion.
William Blake
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 06:34
Re: Chapter 4: Abyss
Knowing she was asleep, William tried to relax. But his body... everything hurt. He wasn't comfortable, and it wasn't possible to get comfortable. His throat was dry and his face felt like it was actively being stung by bees. He tried to shift again, but the bruises everywhere complained at every twitch. The ground felt lumpy, but he knew it was just him.

Eventually his exhaustion overwhelmed his pain, and William fell asleep.
Susan Black
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Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 18:47
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   While they slept, the opaque windows closed with a soft hiss, blocking all sound. The door to Susan's side of the room opened, three orderlies and a nurse came in. The nurse carried a sort of helmet that covered the eyes and ears. Before Susan could wake fully, two orderlies grabbed her and sat her up, the third came around behind her and took a firm hold of her head to keep her still. She started shouting, trying to look and see if Will could hear her.

   Despite her wriggling, the helmet was forced over her head to cover her eyes. It was strapped on under her chin and locked in place. She kicked to no avail, completely blinded and unable to see a thing. The orderlies pushed her down, said something to her, and quickly left the room.

   Sitting up with her knees bent, she tugged and pulled at the helmet. She shouted, stomped her heels, tugged and pulled, but the helmet wouldn't come off. Putting her hands out, she moved in search of the wall. After a minute or so, she believed she found it and called out to William. She had indeed found the clear wall, but could only hope. She knew she could still hear, because she could hear herself shouting.

   She didn't notice the soft click of the microphones as they turned on. The speakers on William's side of the room turned on. He could hear what was happening on her side of the room, but she couldn't hear what was happening on his side.

   "Will? Not again! Please, he won't survive!" She started to sob, the helmet sounded an edited recording of his beating from the day before. To her, it sounded like he was being beaten all over again.
William Blake
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Mon 5 Aug 2019
at 17:16
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At the sound of Susan's voice, William's eyes flew open. Well, one of them did. He saw her standing over him on the other side of the wall, wearing some sort of helmet. He tensed to sit up, but agonizing cramps erupted in every muscle he had just tried to use. He remained where he was, trying to breathe through the pain. "Susan," he tried to shout, his dry throat stealing all his volume. "Susan, what's happening?"
Susan Black
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Tue 6 Aug 2019
at 01:18
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   Pounding a fist against the wall, Susan grunted in frustration through her tears, "You can't do this! Please stop!" She sank to her knees by the wall, putting her hands on the sides of the helmet, to either try and block the sounds or take it off. She couldn't hear William on the other side of the wall. She began to breathe rapidly, "What more can I say? I'll do anything! No!" she cried out and sobbed, curling up on herself and shaking.
William Blake
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Tue 6 Aug 2019
at 16:17
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Still unsure of what was happening, but aware now that Susan couldn't hear him, William raised his hand and pressed it against the clear divide by where Susan knelt. "I'm sorry, I'm here," he murmured. His own pain seemed far away now. The desperation in Susan's voice cut at him like a blade. "I'm right here."
Susan Black
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Tue 6 Aug 2019
at 20:13
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   Two hours or so later, the sounds of fists on flesh, William's groans and gasps finally finished. Susan was laying on her side, arms wrapped around herself. She felt so ill, so exhausted, so dehydrated. Delirious? She shuddered, "Will? Is it over? Please, let it be over." she groaned and tightened her arms around herself, "Why won't they let me see you?" she had asked the question many times before, but had given up on taking the helmet off. How could they beat him again? He was probably dead. She bit her lip, not wanting to believe it. They wouldn't kill him. There was too much suffering they could be put through together.

   At that thought, that their lives would be nothing but pain apart, pain together, pain for each other, she whimpered softly. She felt broken inside, and for the first time she allowed herself to admit that a part of her wanted to die.
William Blake
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Tue 6 Aug 2019
at 21:08
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It hurt to cry, but William couldn't stop. He had slowly and carefully turned himself to lay on his side, facing Susan. They were tricking her somehow, but that didn't mean her suffering wasn't real, wasn't going to scar her somehow. Pain stabbed at him with every gasp as he sobbed, knowing she couldn't see or hear him. Once they were done with her, he hoped they let her speak to him. He wanted to tell her he was fine. No matter what they did, as long as he and she were both here, alive, he was fine.
He didn't care about the pain. Pain was his whole existence. He did care about Susan. She was... everything. He would've been willing to die for her, if that didn't mean leaving her here alone. "I'm here," he whispered again. "Please, Susan. I'm right here."
Susan Black
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Tue 6 Aug 2019
at 22:09
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   The door to Susan's side of the chamber opened, and she didn't seem to notice. Two orderlies and a nurse came in and walked over to her. She started when they grabbed her, but didn't have the strength to fight back as the nurse used a sort of key to unlock the helmet. Her head was held in place anyway as she jerked halfheartedly. The helmet came off and she cried out, closing her eyes against the painful light after being in darkness so long.

   Shoving her to the ground, the orderlies left with the nurse and the door closed behind them. The sound proof panels on the dividing wall opened, allowing William and Susan to hear each other. Hand over her eyes, Susan pushed herself up to lean on her elbow, "Will? Are you there?" she asked fearfully, slowly taking her hand from her eyes and squinting painfully.
William Blake
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 01:28
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William smiled at her, his bruised face still wet with tears and snot. "I'm here. I'm fine. They didn't do anything to me. It was a trick. I'm okay."
Susan Black
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 04:13
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   Susan scooted over to the wall, a disbelieving, angry, and relieved wail tearing from her throat as she lay parallel to him. Her eyes were adjusting as she looked him over, and she started to shake uncontrollably as the realization set in, "A trick..? They didn't beat you again?" she pressed a shaking hand to the divide, tears welling in her eyes, "I heard them beating you."
William Blake
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 18:30
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The crick in William's neck was becoming unbearable; his shoulders were too broad to make laying on his side comfortable without the support of a pillow or something. He slowly began to shift to his back. "They didn't. I'm sorry you had to go through that again... bastards." The last word was spoken with a gasp as his swollen limbs protested the careful movement. He kept his eyes on her, keeping the pain back as much as possible and letting all his love for her shine through.
Susan Black
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 18:55
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   Susan let her hand fall and she shook her head in the slightest, the tears running over when she saw the look of love in his eyes. What could she do? She worried that she was going crazy. After listening, believing, that he was being beaten to death she wanted to die. She felt so guilty. For being so selfish for wanting to die, for feeling sorry for herself when William was so clearly in agony.

   She tangled her trembling hands in her hair, her voice barely above a whisper, "I don't think I can do this, Will."
William Blake
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Thu 8 Aug 2019
at 05:23
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Settled on his back, William twitched one shoulder in a shrug. "They won't give us a choice. And when they do want us to make a choice, it'll be damned if we do, damned if we don't. It always is. They'll wring us and wring us until there's nothing left... but they still won't let us die. But you know what? I don't care." He smiled at the ceiling, a fierce, crazy sort of smile that cracked the cuts in his lips back open. He winced, seemingly unaware that tears had started to fall again. "I don't care anymore. They can do whatever they want. You hear that?! I don't care!" He lifted his head from the floor to shout, but quickly let it fall back again. "They can hurt us all they want. We love each other, there's nothing they can do about that. And that's wonderful."
Susan Black
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Thu 8 Aug 2019
at 16:39
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   Susan watched him, and listened to him. An inexplicable calm settled over her, and she felt the shaking begin to subside. Her lips curled up in a small smile, and the tight knot of dread in her stomach began to uncoil, "We love each other." she echoed, "Nothing can change that. It's wonderful." She closed her eyes and took a deep breath before opening them again. She pressed her body closer to the divide, blinking her eyes against her desire to fall into quiet sleep, "We love each other." she repeated, her eyes staying closed against her will.
William Blake
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Sun 11 Aug 2019
at 16:56
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"Love you," William whispered as he watched her eyes close. He ached to hold her, to just be able to touch her. Hopefully soon. He closed his own eyes and tried to rest, the world spinning gently around him.

***

"Not going exactly to plan, but the bones of it remain relevant."

"How much longer can the boy go without water?"

"Two or three days, based on past experience. Probably less, since his body has experienced trauma."

"Then we wait. As close to death as possible. See what she does, outside of this odd pact of theirs. Once he succumbs and we revive him, it'll be S. Black's turn."
Susan Black
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Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 04:16
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   How long had it been? It was difficult to think past the constant, painful ache of hunger in her stomach, and the scratchy thirst in her mouth. It was impossible to tell what time it was in this separated chamber. She rested her forehead against the clear wall and gazed down at William. He did not look good. Bruises had turned green, his lips were dry, many parts of him were still so swollen. She could only guess as to how much pain he was still in.

   "I've been thinking about the moon today." she rasped. She had been talking as much as she could, hoping to distract him from the pain, and keep him awake. She was terrified that if he closed his eyes for too long, his chest would stop moving as he breathed, and he would be gone, "Do you remember how it could form a ring of light when thin clouds moved in front of it? I loved the soft light that came from the moon, and could stare at it all night." she smiled and chuckled gently, "You know, I've never actually been able to see the man in the moon? I just, can't seem to make him out."
William Blake
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Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 17:28
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William blinked slowly at her, his discolored face twitching into a small smile. He liked to listen to her voice, but he didn't want to admit to her that he didn't remember how the moon did that. He barely remembered what it's face looked like. His head felt thick, filled with fluff. His thoughts moved slowly through the fog. After a few moments of silence, he decided to change the subject. "I've been... thinking about... loneliness," he croaked, having to pause for breath every few words. "How... I used to... fight alone. How... it's so... much easier, now... I have you." His smile widened, but his dizziness rose to unbearable levels for a moment and he closed his eyes against it.

He didn't even feel the hunger anymore. The pain had stopped throbbing or coming in waves and now just sat heavily everywhere. Dried blood made his skin itch, but he didn't have the strength to scratch or rub it away. Holding still, the pain was bearable. Moving was agony. So he lay still, moved only his face, tried to focus on Susan. It was getting harder and harder.
Susan Black
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Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 20:15
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   Susan would have cried at the sight, but she had run out of tears a long time ago. Her chin trembled and she shook her head slightly, "You have me at a disadvantage.." she whispered, "I've never lived here without you. So you have to stay alive." she pleaded softly. Leaning up against the glass she tried to swallow past her dry mouth, "I'm afraid I will do something desperate, to keep you alive." she confided, "Something you would hate me for."
William Blake
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Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 00:08
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William shook his head slightly. "Never... hate you. They won't... let me die. They'll... take me to the edge, but... Even if they... tell you I've... died, it's... probably a lie. So... go ahead and... call their bluff." He laughed, the air whistling from his dry throat. "This," he said, gesturing vaguely at himself, "Is probably... just a ploy..." He trailed off, his mouth opening and closing a few times. His eyes closed and he frowned. Tried to swallow. Then fell worryingly still.

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Susan Black
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Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 03:12
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   Susan watched in motionless silence, her eyes wide and her mouth pressed into a worried line. A few seconds went by, "Will?" she whispered. When there was no response from him, she got to her knees by the glass, saying louder, "Will?" She looked down on him with mounting anxiety. Probably a lie..     Probably just a ploy..        Call their bluff..

   Shaking her head Susan slammed a hand against the wall, shouting, "Will!" She began to tremble, her breath came in short, painful gasps. Her hungry, exhausted mind couldn't seem to focus on any one thought at a time. She lurched to her feet, her shaking hands pushing her hair back. He's stopped moving. She tried to grasp the thought that told her that he was right, they wouldn't let him die. He's dead.. Agony slashed through her like a blade and she stumbled, almost falling. She couldn't tear her gaze away from him, even though her vision was unfocused and was tinged with darkness.

   A low groan rumbled in her throat. Was this real? Was she being tricked again? No, they killed him. She clutched her empty, nauseous stomach, feeling lightheaded. They wouldn't, they valued him too much. He was too strong to kill. He's not moving. She placed both hands against the clear wall, leaning into it as she felt her consciousness threaten to slip into blissful darkness.

   "If he is really gone.." she whispered, knowing who she was talking to, "Then I have nothing to lose." she breathed. Desperation. Love. Anger. Hope. Sadness. Insanity.. Closing her eyes, she spoke in a soft, intimate murmur, "William. I'll see you soon. Opening her eyes, she gritted her teeth and shoved her fear deep below for what she was about to do. What she had contemplated doing. She pulled her head back, and slammed it against the wall. Stars shot across her vision as she pulled back to hit her head again, "Save him!" she shouted in a slur, slamming her head again and dropping to her knees, almost unconscious and pulling back for another blow.
William Blake
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Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 05:34
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Her door hissed open and orderlies rushed in to restrain her. None came for William.

Rooms away, two doctors monitored the action. Dr. Horrible bent over the screen that showed William's vitals.

"Is he gone?" his colleague asked.

"No. He's gone into shock. His heart rate is so low I doubt the girl could detect it even if she could touch him. Breathing so shallow it's undetectable. His body is shutting down for it's own protection." He smiled wickedly. "Perfect."