Somebody can come get me. I don’t want to bother Royal.
Then someone’s on their way, it’ll only be a bit, ‘kay? <3
I miss people.
Oh? … Well, people miss you too. You really think you’re ready? Then do ya want someone to go on and pick you up or do you got an escort over there where you’re stayin’?
I think I’m ready to come home now…
You sure, baby? ‘Cause we totally understand if you wanna stay a little longer..
//V jumps, splashing her half-full bucket of water all over the ground in surprise. It is difficult to see in the smoke but she can make out a small, thin form and, just barely, smell and see blood.//
Oh, goodness, are you okay? Um, here, let’s get you to the parking lot and Miss Lyric, they’re trying to get a head count. What’s your name? Oh, here—
//She hands him a large bandanna, made of fabric that would hopefully filter out at least some of the smoke from the air.// Maybe this will help. I’ve got you, it’s alright.
//Black makes a small noise as she talks, not recognizing her voice for a moment and immediately apprehensive of the idea of another intruder. But soon enough, it dawns to him, and he stops trying to back away, blinking rapidly to try and clear his watering eyes to look at her as he pressed the bandanna to his nose.//
… ‘M Black.
//His voice is thick and choked out and muffled under the cloth and he coughs harshly after forcing the words out, making another miserable moan as he shudders and sniffles again.//
//Black sniffles as he walks aimlessly now. It’s hard enough to breathe, what with the heavy smoke still hanging in the air, but the blood dribbling from his throbbing nose only makes it worse. Not only that, but he still can barely see his surroundings. He doesn’t even realize he isn’t alone until he bumps into someone, jolting in surprise at the sudden collision and immediately retreating back//
Maybe like “yay you were such a big help that the whole fire is out now and to thank you we are going to get sloppily drunk and equally sloppily laid”? I dunno, just a suggestion.
That’s mostly just Virgo and I made her come anyway because she’s also a decent human being. She also probably thinks she can fix you.
Oh, yeah? So you want that to be your reward? …Sure, sweetie. <3 It’d be a nice way to celebrate surviving another fucking mess…
…Virgo? ……fix me? What’s there to be fixed??
Not a big deal. Here, there’s more, I can get it, just…dump it on something, I dunno how to fight fires.
Being a decent human being, mostly?
… You don’t?… Alright. Thanks… seriously, I don’t know what more I can say… thank you.
Okay…? Just saying, I coulda sworn you all hated us…
Um, excuse me, I’d like to help, I have water and stuff….
//starts hoisting barrels out of her trunk and rolling them toward vague shapes of people//
Christ… thank you, this… this means a lot…
The fuck are you doing here though?
No! No I have to help somehow! I’m not a good Kid if I don’t help…
Shhhhh. Red’s orders are to stay safe, okay? You’re just… following orders. Please? Io? C’mon?
//Black stumbles across the Gallows lot, squinting through the smoke and searing burn of firelight. He’d dropped his glasses somewhere and he can’t see where he’s going, head hurting too much to even attempt to comprehend where any of the emergency exits were. He squints, sees blurry flames in the distance and startles, taking off into a run-… only to trip and crash into the asphalt, blood spurting onto the ground around him. He only has time to whimper pathetically, clutching his face, just as a figure in white with gun in hand started to approach…//