DAMNED || LANDEL'S INSTITUTE

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Night 55: M41-M50 Hallway
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.....Ow. Okay, uh. Was all that static really necessary? If that guy was hoping to give everyone a migraine, he was certainly on the right track. He excelled at being annoying as much as he did delivering creepy, cryptic messages. Alright. Good for you, whoever you were.

But no matter. The strange speech over the intercom was the least of the prosecutor's concerns. He hastily finished  writing and then slid the journal inside his desk, leaving his empty dinner tray right where it was. Yeah, somehow he'd managed to eat all of the pink sludge. He should get an award for that. No, actually, he'd deserve an award if he was still alive when morning came. Hopefully Badd had come to his senses by now and wasn't still assuming Byrne was a spy or something. Hopefully.

Oh yeah! Flashlight, yeah, that'd be really helpful! Byrne opened the desk drawer again to peek inside, but then frowned when he couldn't find the elusive flashlight in there. Aww, man. For a moment he'd hoped that these soldiers would have been merciful enough to leave him one. It wasn't really fair that everyone else seemed to have one except for him. They just had to torment him, didn't they? Sigh.

Well, if he had to go without one, he had to go without one. No use whining about it. He'd survived the previous night without it and he'd gone on several heists without needing one, either. Tonight would be no different. Byrne reassured himself with these thoughts, then, with a quick "see ya" and an added "be careful" to his roommate, he headed out the door and into the dark hallway.

Right. Time to go pay Badd a little visit.

[M41; to here]

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Depth Charge had his flashlight on hand to switch on when the lights went out, so getting his things together properly from the scatter on the floor where he'd abandoned them to check up on his roommate was easy enough. The shears were probably going to be the most useful tonight- the scalpels were only really good for combat close enough to lose an eye in, and after last night he didn't plan on letting anything get near enough his face for that. Not that they'd be particularly dangerous either, but anything was preferable to going unarmed for the journey. He was just hoping that they'd be stopping off in the weapons room like they had with Hime- and that his tail-harpoon was still hanging around in there somewhere...

As he tucked the shears into the waistband of his pants, he found himself stopping and frowning, fingers still brushing the metal where it pressed, cold, into his shirt and the skin beneath it. Hime never got her chainsaw, did she? It was too bad they'd never had the chance to see what was past that room that Landel had felt they needed hardcore weapons to defend themselves from- though if it was truly that dangerous, maybe it was almost a good thing she'd vanished.

Hah. She'd have slaughtered him for thinking that. It wasn't that he doubted her abilities, he'd seen her tear zombies to shreds, but... Primus, why was he getting sentimental? That was days ago now. And he had work to do.

Maybe it was the fact that Hime was still preying on his mind that stopped him, though. As much as he wanted to keep this to straight business, he could still see the Scarecrow out of the corner of his eye and that was enough to remind him that the guy'd had his own little personal crisis already tonight, no monsters or mind tricks needed. It felt wrong to leave him- not just strange, downright wrong. But then, he didn't have much of a choice. The basement was his best shot right about now. This was for the both of them.

"Take care of yourself, Scarecrow," he said quietly, and then he turned to the door and walked out before he could change his mind.

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Unable to find words at that moment, the Scarecrow simply nodded as Depth Charge headed out the door. As always, he'd say he was going to try his best at taking care of himself; however, the moment he was alone, he'd head blindly into the night again, knowing the hallways were patrolled by witches, somethings and other beings capable of ruining a human body. Seeing his original form in pieces on the floor was even more of a reminder of how frail flesh-and-blood men really were.

The more the former strawman looked at the ensemble, the more uncomfortable he felt; however, he couldn't determine any reason for it. He'd been unstuffed before, taken apart and strewn here and there by the Wicked Witch of the West's flying monkeys. Why was it that he felt so distant from himself now? It had to be the time he'd spent at Landel's, he reasoned. Perhaps being human and having a human brain was what was doing it. Or had he been human all along?

No, he wasn't going to go thinking that again. The Institute- whether led by Wizard Landel or General Aguilar- was not to be trusted, especially when his friends were disappearing. Despite not being a professional, he was still around- his determination to not give up had to count for something, even without his proper brains.

The Scarecrow gathered up his various parts, tucking them carefully into the box, as though they were made of glass. Last went the gloves- he kept one in his hand, comparing the new to the old. Well, he had his body now. All that searching, only for it to be handed to him for reasons unknown. And what could he do with it? He slowly pulled the glove onto his hand- the texture inside was scratchy, some straw bits of straw poking him from the ends of the fingers. He had to admit that it fit him neither figuratively nor literally.

He pulled the glove off quickly, as though keeping it on would somehow ruin his human frame. Why did it feel so different? He hadn't been able to feel anything before, so how could he know something was wrong about the situation at all? It didn't settle well, and he had no idea why.

The Scarecrow chose his items for the night: flashlight, two-way radio, and watch. There was a pause of consideration before he added the folding knife to his collection, setting it into the bottom of his pocket. He pulled the coat from the closet, as well. Since he had his body, he decided he'd spend the night outside, rather than searching the upstairs hallways for a way to the third floor. The snow would surely help him think, and it was a joy to experience as a human.

As he headed out the door, another thought crossed him: the longer he was Hunk Howard, the harder it seemed to imagine going back to being the Scarecrow.

[To here.]

Edited at 2011-04-05 04:36 am (UTC)

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