Tabula Rasa [Ather City 3] Main Game page 2

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Kyle Yandrian

He walks through the alley with his head down, relying on his blue cap to hide his face from any curious denizen lurking about. He just scored himself a hefty wallet and is thinking of nothing else but getting some much-desired dinner. He turns the corner and looks up at his favorite spot, the Honky Tonk BBQ, his mouth already salivating. Kyle empties the wallet and toss it into a nearby bin and quickly crosses the street, ignoring the honk of an impatient driver, no doubt anxious to get home.

‘Must be nice… having a home,’ he ponders while walking into the restaurant. Inside he can hear the jazz band that always comes around on Sundays busting out an old-school melody that wrestles cheers from the old-timers in the crowd. Three short steps gets him to the food and he quickly orders the full slab of baby-back ribs and a large soda. The cashier, Rita, peers suspiciously at the money.

“Do I want to know how you got a hold of this, Kyle?”

“Don’t start that, Rita. I’m too hungry right now for a lecture,” he says in response, and the woman scoffs before taking the money and closing the register, waving him away with a slight smile on her scowling face. Kyle smiles all the way to the table near the exit.

[I think that’s good enough to start me off.]

 
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Gwyneth

I shake my head slightly. “You’re not a bother at all. I would just like to read a little before the sun goes down. I figure we’ll find your brothers relatively soon, considering that you most likely live somewhere close. Where were you and your brothers last?” I ask. Have to know where she’s been to figure out where she’s going now. I keep my eyes locked on hers, curiosity flickering behind my irises. I don’t take the time to asses the girl any further. I have what I need to know and don’t plan to find out anything else. I patiently await her response.

 
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Evie
I’m a bit freaked out by the intensity of this girl. I don’t work well under pressure. It makes me unable to think straight. I blink a few times, trying to gain a sense of what I’m attempting to talk about, and then I answer. “Erm… At some arcade. They left me there. I don’t know where that is, though.” I start to feel a bit guilty as I realize that this little mission may take longer than she’s intending for it to. “My brothers have been trying to ditch me for a while now. My parents find it hard to keep track sometimes. Y’know… Nine kids, and all. It would be a while before they noticed, and they would probably assume I’m staying at a friend’s. I’m sure I’ll be alright on my own if you’d like to go read your books… I’ll manage.” I begin to walk away, looking around at the large buildings around me. I wonder if I would be able to find my way home from here, somehow.

 
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Gwyneth

I watch the girl ramble on about her unobservant parents and her-holy hell-8 other siblings. It seems I’m finding out more about this girl than I intended to and while I’m not opposed to it, it just seems like useless knowledge to me. When she begins to walk away, I follow a few steps. “To your left!” I call, “To your left about 2 blocks is an Arcade and if you continue left and turn right once you reach 5 blocks, there’s another arcade on the corner.” This seems to grab her attention, if only slightly. “Are you sure you want to go it alone? I’m willing to walk with you there if you want.” I’ve lived here in Chicago for my entire life, traveling these streets and memorizing exactly where I need to go. While I don’t visit the arcade often, and when I say often I mean not at all, but one is on the way to the woods which is where I’m heading anyway. It would be best for me to ensure the girl returns to her brothers safely, that way I’d be heading to my reading spot and my mind would be at ease on her whereabouts. It’s a win win situation.

 
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Richard, some time earlier
I vault over the fence, running towards the empty house. At least, I think it’s empty. I try the back door. Locked. I put my screwdriver in the lock, fumble about a bit, and it opens. Immediately I head up to a bedroom. There I find it. The necklace with a ruby in is just sitting there, waiting to be picked up, on a dressing room table. I knew it. Undercover sting. I put my gloves on and begin searching for something actually valuable. I find a pair of diamond earrings in a drawer, and a gold necklace in another drawer. Better get out before the cops arrive. I run outside, barge through the still open door and vault over the fence. There might have been more in there, but I ain’t going to chance it. Now I got to see a man about a house.


Richard, now
I walk up to the man on a street corner. He opens his mouth to say something, but I immediately punch him. No-one’s around to watch. “You’re a fucking rat.” I put my face right to his, then punch him again. While he’s still reeling, I spot his gun, which I take out of his pocket before he can get to it.
“Now listen, I can explai-” He tries to reason with me, but I’m not in the mood.
“No. You really think I was stupid enough to take a necklace right off the dressing table? Of course it’s being tracked. If you’re not a cop, you’re working for them. What do they know?” I aim the gun at him. He reaches for his, but horror crosses his face as he realises I’ve got it.
“They know your name, but not what you look like. I have no backup, I swear.” He pleads for his life.
“Good.” I look around. No-one’s here. I immediately shoot him in the chest twice, then run, pocketing the gun. Next stop- Larry’s jewellery and antique store. That jewellery should fetch enough to get me a dinner and maybe a hotel for the night.

 
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Jason

Jason would eat breakfast. “mmm toast sausage and eggs…my favorite.” He walks outside and steps along the crowded sidewalk. “is it always this crowded?”

 
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Analisse

“Heading out mother, won’t be back late.”
“Okay dear. Oh, Stanley is driving your sister. Just wait a little while, he’ll be back soon.”
Of course…
“No that’s okay, I’ll just walk.”
“Be careful,” she warned, not even bothering to come out of her bedroom.

It was a cloudy day outside, and more than likely it was going to rain. I looked down and smiled. Of course this white shirt would be almost see-through when soaked wet, a little treat for Chase he’d welcome with open arms.
Before anymore provoking thoughts filled my mind, my cell phone went off, and I immediately fumbled inside my bag to retrieve it.
“Hello?”
“Ana it’s me, we need to talk."
Shit… can’t he be a little more specific?
“Baby, is everything alright?”
_"Yeah, it’s just… well, I want to tell you face to face. Meet me at the park, right across the police station."
The line went dead, giving me no chance to reply. A knot formed at the pit of my stomach. Usually the “We need to talk” comes right before someone dumps you, it’s as simply as that. And meeting in a public park out of all places… did he really want to cause such a commotion?

I waved down a taxi, and got inside as soon as he stopped.
“Going to the park on 59th street.”
He looked back at me through the rearview mirror and smiled. “Okay dear, no problem.”
I leaned my head on the window, looking at the crowd of people walking in either direction. I’d give anything to be anyone else right now.

 
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Jason

He looks out the window and sees a taxi speeding. “bloody bastard.” I run downstairs and flag a taxi. He steps in. “park 59th street. Drive slow i don’t want to be seen.”

 
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Michelle Proctor

We are walking through the woods, it’s raining but the forest cover is heavy enough to cover up the sky like a jungle’s canopy, and the little moisture that does get through simply falls off my coat. It’s quite murky, I have to watch my step in this undergrowth. Suddenly we emerge onto a clearing, with fruit bushes in the middle, freshly growing flowers and fruits addorn the great bushel. There in the middle of the clearing stands two elks. I hold my hand up as my brother Brian comes up behind and point in thier direction.

I stand up and line up my sights with my rifle, tensing my finger onto the trigger, but suddenly the deers start and run off into the bushes. I hit my fist against a tree and go and have a look at what spooked them. There in grass lays a strange rock that appears to be glowing. What even is that? I look around to see if anyone threw this, but there is a deathly silence descending over the grove.

We decide to head back, but I hold onto the rock.

 
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Richard
I head into Larry’s, and put the jewellery on the desk in front of him. He takes a moment to examine them. “Hmm.” He finally says. “Obviously I’m not going to ask where you got these from. However, they’re not too expensive. I’ll give you 700 for both of them.” He looks at me, clearly unimpressed.
“Alright then.” I respond. He immediately takes money from the cashier and counts out 700. “Pleasure doing business with you.” I grin before walking out of the shop. It’s a good day today.

 
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Jason

We reach the park. I get out of the taxi and hide in some bushes. “damn. What’s going on over there?” A bunch of guys in black coats were having a meeting of some sort. “the one in the middle has a gun…not good.”

 
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Evie
“Erm…” My mind is racing. That was wayyy too much information at once for me to process. I’m horrible with directions. Was it right 2 blocks, or left 5 blocks? I take a deep breath and clear all the information from my mind before I flip the hell out from overload. “If you don’t mind…Could you come with me? I’m not sure if we’ll find them…but if it does take too long, you can just leave me at the arcade. I’m sure I’ll be fine.”
At least this way I’ll know where the heck these arcades are. If she leaves, I’m back where I started. No problem.

 
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Jason

Jason crawls out of the bushes and runs past the men in black. He then walks back into the street and walks into a club for a few drinks.

(oh and this is a bump)

 
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Michelle Proctor

“What?!” The men come closer, surrounding me and my brother. Thier cold armoured apparel was chilling to the core.

“Just come with us, you have something that belongs to us.” One man stepped closer again, reaching for my shoulder. I dive backwards and bolt, my brother shouting after me. One of the men yells “After her!”

I sprint out of the building and past the large vehicle, holding the stone close to my chest in cloth. I have no idea why anyone would want this thing but I found it so it’s mine by proxy anyway. Slowly I come to a stop, I can see a flickering light and feel warmth on my back. I turn slowly and see the men leaving the house with Brian. I also see the building is on fire. “Wait!” I almost run back but they would just take me as well. I curse under my breath damn it! and run into the woods. Aren’t my family and John still in the house though? What should I do… But it looked too late. The walls were caving in by now and it was starting to catch onto nearby wood. I quickly duck down as the cold men’s armoured vehicle rolls past.

I start making my way to the nearby village. I am going to find those people and kill them one day, but for now I have to escape.

 
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Analisse

“Thank you”.
The driver took off after I gave him some money, and my attention turned to the people in the park. Not one of them was Chase, the disappointment that was growing in me slowly turning to anger.
If he stood me up for no reason…
“Ana!”
I struggled to spot him out of the crowd, and then felt the familiar arms wrap around me. We embraced momentarily before my curiosity got the best of me.
“Hey. So what’s so urgent that you had to drag me all the way out here?”
He turned to face me, and his face grew serious.
“Listen, I’m certain I’m being followed. Someone has been on my tail for like a week now, but it seems every time I try to catch the creep, he disappears on me. I don’t know what I’ve done, and none of my family or friends have been hurt, so I’m not—”
As I processed what he’d just said, I pulled him in for a hug, interrupting him mid-sentence. I knew I wasn’t the paranoid type, and nonetheless I couldn’t help but look around for anyone acting suspicious.
It was then that I heard a gunshot, and felt Chase go limp in my arms.

 
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Jason

Hears a gunshot. “what the hell?!” Runs outside. The man in black had fired his gun. “that bastard’s gonna pay.” He would sneak around taking his swiss army knife out of his pocket. “time to die…” Jason sneaks around behind him stands up and taps on his shoulder. When he turns around I stab him in the eye. He fires another shot into the air. “dammit.” Jason runs for it climbing on one of the buildings staying out of sight.

 
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Gwyneth

I watch the girl’s features flick from confused, to frustrated, to defeated. Her answer doesn’t surprise me and, of course, I agree to help her. I was the one who suggested it anyway. I cradle my precious book in my arms and catch up to where she’s standing. “Let’s be off then!” I say and start forward. The arcade isn’t that far and I can see the large, blue, attention getting sign from here. “We’ll start at Gaming Town, search the place and if they’re not there, I’ll take you to Crazer Gamer and if they’re not there, why, it seems I’ll have to escort you home.” I shoot a her a look over my shoulder, “Sound good?”

 
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Evie
“Home?” I ask, a bit confused. “To be honest, I’m not certain where that is. I’m not from here, you see.” I glance up at the tall buildings again. “Today’s actually the first time I’ve been here. Sure is big.” I continue following this girl, expecting that eventually, I’ll get some type of ‘where-are-you-from?’ response. The beautiful reality is that I have no idea where I’m from, really. I wouldn’t be able to tell this girl which way I lived if she asked. It isn’t as though I pay much attention to things, even the somewhat important things – such as where my house is. I’m far too occupied with my head being in the clouds. Honestly, though…it’s much more fun that way.

 
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Richard
I head on over to a little burger place, just on the outskirts of town. After ordering a burger, I sit down and watch the TV in the corner of the bar. News, but more importantly, the news I just made.
“Reports state that the man was killed on an undercover sting for the thief, Richard Darkoz. His death was not without loss, however, as pictures were taken from a camera hidde inside a fake ruby he was asked to steal.” The report goes on, but I don’t listen. I pay for my food and leave before my picture comes on. I put my hood up, put my hands in my pocket, slouch and look down as I head down the road. That way, no-one can see me. Alright, I’ll need to talk to Eddie.

 
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Analisse

Another shot went off, and the people around me were still screaming and running off like chickens with their heads cut off. Chase was heavy, and when he hit the ground I immediately fell to my knees, unaware of the fact that I hadn’t been hit. Checking for any sign of life was useless; he was dead and I knew it, but going through the motions helped me to better accept his fate.
As the crowd dispersed, I looked up and noticed the cops rapidly heading in our direction. For whatever reason, I got up and ran. Not sure why I left my boyfriend behind, given the fact that I was innocent, but it seemed like the right thing to do then.
“Hey, stop!” I heard one officer yell, and even though he wasn’t near me, I picked up the pace, heading into the forest and leaving everything else behind. I didn’t want to deal with that mess, not right now.

 
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Jason

Jason leaps from a rooftop straight into the forest landing in front of a woman. “um….hello.” He said awkwardly.

 
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Analisse

Once I was sure the cop had lost me, I stopped to catch my breath, only to be met by a man who’d apparently come out of nowhere.
“What… Who the hell are you?” My voice came out higher than I thought, but given the fact that I’d been scared out of mind, I let it go.

 
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Jason

He stares at her blankly then replies “My name’s Jason. I’m a parkour runner and a delivery man. I heard a gunshot and snuck around behind the guy that fired and killed him with a knife.” Finishes his sentence when he hears another gunshot. “what in the hell?”

 
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Vinyl
After Jacob and I rest a little we start walking to the nearest town.