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TitleOh yeah, and...
PosterDcaf-06
Posted02.02.04 01:52:23 AM
Did I mention that Jabu told me bringing Yago back didn't affect the plot, but my character becoming leader did? To me, that whole sentence doesn't make sense.

My fault about the unclosed italic tag. Accidents happen.

Anyway, for anyone who's curious out there, here's my deleted work.
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In case you're wondering, yeah I was mad.

I had sent Yago shooting off across the horizon, and in less than 5 hours he somehow showed up again. It made no sense, and yet how I did it made no sense.

The Kidnapper (as I called the box) was destroyed. I didn't know if this was a good thing or not. Could it have helped me get Jessica back? Was it possible to get her back? I didn't know. At this point, there were a lot of things I didn't know.

Here's what I did know: Her disappearance was Yago's fault. It was him and 2Face that had been digging, but he had been the one that touched the Kidnapper. I looked to the sky again. I didn't see anything, and at that moment I lost hope.

I felt like I was moving on autopilot. My mind was swimming with questions, fear, sadness, and regret. I needed something to concentrate on, to keep everything at bay.

I thought about Yago, and a word came to mind: Revenge. I had thought that sending him off on the horizon would satisfy me, but when he mysteriously managed to come back in almost no time at all (how the hell had he managed that?) I realized that I wanted something more. I wanted him to die.

I couldn't do it myself, of course. After all, I had even said that killing is wrong no matter how you look at it. Except, of course, in self-defense. Yago wasn't going to attack me, though. I had wanted him to when I punched him in the stomach. I wanted an excuse.

Manipulating him into attacking me hadn't worked...but maybe I could try manipulating another way. It wasn't something I was proud of, but I had always been good at turning people against each other back on Earth. Especially my parents. When they would start lecturing and giving me bullshit, I would turn them against each other. I know it was a low thing to do, but it saved me. A tear came to my eye, and I quickly wiped it away. I really didn't want to think about anybody else I had lost.

There will be time for grieving later, I told myself. You have a job to do.

I looked around the group, and I saw that my situation was good. Most of the people were looking at Yago like he was scum on the bottom of their shoe, and I got a sick pleasure out of that. The President's bratty son, reduced to a scared piece of shit. He was wondering what we would do to him.

My thoughts turned to Mol. Yago had been so quick to exile him without any proof, and here we had proof. Yago was a sick killer, and I was going to use that to my advantage. How the mighty have fallen, I cracked, almost chuckling at my own wit.

I stepped forward. "Can I say something now?" I asked. Might as well be polite, let them know think you're humble.

"Sure," Natalia said, turning from Yago to me. I silently thanked her.

"Remember Mol? When Yago only suspected he was the killer, he exiled Mol. Alberto and Kubrick went with him. Now God knows where they are, or what trouble they're in, or even if they're still alive. We're the last of humanity, and now we just lost 3 more people. If we keep Yago here, who we now know is a cold-blooded killer, who says that the killing will stop?"

It was a good speech, and it sounded like I prepared it. I could tell that I had made a good impression by the looks on the faces of the Wakers.

"Good point," 2Face said.

I continued on, fortified by the fact that I had gained support. "Well, I say that we do what Yago did to Mol. We send him off on his own, and we let the sick fuck handle himself."

"No!" Yago cried. "I didn't do it!"

"What proof do you have?" I demanded.

"I...I don't have any proof..."

"That's funny, considering you sent Mol away without any proof either."

Somebody from behind me asked, " Can we do this?"

I put a hand on Natalia's shoulder. She gave me a weird look, but I started talking anyway. "First off, does Natalia look like a liar to you? I dunno, she looks honest enough to me." Many nodded and Natalia smiled. I removed my hand and gestured to the remaining Wakers. "Secondly, and I said this before, but we're all that's left. I hate to lose one more person, but I don't think that Yago will be any loss. Not to mention that getting rid of him will stop the killing."

Some murmered their assent. Yago looked like he was going to throw up.

"Should I even mention the fact that this guy's a megalomaniac? And he's gay! If we're going to hopefully repopulate this planet someday, what good will a homo do us?" I continued.

I guess that clinched it. 2Face said to Yago, "You're no use to us. Leave. Now."

Yago looked stricken.

"2Face, no," I said softly. Everybody turned to me confusedly. I did my best to sound humble. "I think we should put it to a vote. That way, no one person is responsible for his death by starvation or hunger or whatever should we choose to exile him." 2Face nodded.

"All for, say aye," I said to everybody. A chorus of "Aye" sounded.

"All opposed?" I asked. You could almost hear the crickets. "Nay," Yago rasped.

Then something weird happened. I felt...pity...for Yago. I tried to remind myself that he was a killer, but at the same time I still didn't feel right. I just had this feeling, but I shook it off. Guilt, I told myself.

I turned to Yago. "The tribe has spoken. Bitch."

He looked pathetic, which heightened my feelings of guilt. He sure didn't look like a killer, but I reminded myself that he was.

I had to give Yago credit for one thing: He knew to leave with dignity. He straightened up, nodded to the group, swallowed, and turned away. He started walking away very slowly.

"Yago..." I said. He turned around, eyes blazing with hate.

I picked up the loaf of bread we had. I don't know why I did it, but I had to. I gave him the loaf of bread, and his expression softened. For about a second. "I didn't do it," he growled.

I leaned in close. "I don't know that," I said in a low voice, "and you have no proof."

I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. I was having my revenge at Yago, and yet at the same time I felt remorse. I guess that makes me human, having a conscience to bug me.

He nodded, eyes still blazing with hate. "I didn't mean to send her away. I'm sorry."

I was surprised by this, and I nodded. "Thanks, but you did kill Rufus."

"No I...never mind." He turned and walked away, carrying the loaf of bread. I knew I had to say something...something to express the guilt that I felt in sending him away. Rufus hadn't been my favorite person, either.

"If you come back, I will kill you personally."

With that, I walked back to the group.

2Face was the first to speak. "So...who's our leader now?" she asked.

It was time for my big play. "Hmm...well, I'd suggest myself, but I'd hate to sound conceited." I shook my head.

"Well, I suggest you," Natalia said with a smile. I reciprocated the smile. "Thanks, but..."

"But what?" 2Face asked.

"Well...maybe we should choose our new leader by a vote."

"Good idea," Natalia said. "Do you think you'd be a good leader?"

"I don't know," I said. "All I can do is my best. I guess that's all I can promise." It was the right thing to say, I could tell, but what's more is that it was the truth.

Natalia seemed satisfied. "Whoever wants DarkTruth as leader raise your hand."

The decision was unanimous.

I smiled modestly. "Thanks guys."

"So what do we do now, oh fearless leader?" Natalia asked. I laughed at that. Then I became serious.

I sighed. "First I think we should finish burying Rufus. He wasn't the greatest Waker, but he was one of us."

The group thought it was a good idea, and everybody helped with the digging. We lowered Rufus into the ground, and I said a few words.

"Okay, now what?" 2Face asked.

I thought for a minute. Making my big play had distracted me from missing Jessica, but now everything was coming back to me. "Well...tell you what, let's just get some sleep. I don't know about any of you, but I'm tired. Really tired. Is that cool with everybody?"

It was. We all went back to our shacks, but Natalia pulled me aside after everyone had gone inside. Her voice came out in a whisper. "I think you should know that Yago didn't kill Rufus. I don't know who did."

I looked her right in the eyes. "Duh."

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