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"I'm Mae Lily Foresee but you can call me Mae." I said glancing around at the other competitors. Some seemed confident, too confident. Others, well, some others looked somewhat lost, or perhaps confused or just to weak to even stand a chance. Lynn Raines however small she was, was clearly not as weak as some of the malnurished creatures surrounding us.
(On my phone. Please forgive possible autocorrect, typos, and my inability to bold or italicize.)
Still scanning the crowd, I nod silently. There was another woodland creature that piqued my interest, a ware wolf. If I can't recruit him before the games start, I'll have to track him down later...
"Well, I'd love to sit here and get to know you, but We don't have time to be anything but blunt," I tuck a loose piece of hair behind my ear, "care to ally up with me?"
"I was sort of hoping you would ask. It's hard to survive alone out there." I replied nodding. "We should try to build our team." I watched an angel particularily. I was unware until now that I had been feverishly braiding my hair, to caught up in the fastly approaching eliminating games.
"I agree, but we must be cautious," I nearly shutter thinking of my last alliance, nearly 6 years ago. "Many create weak, temporary alliances, they call them off suddenly and end up murdering you in your sleep."
I notice her excessive braiding. "How Many years have you been in these games? It's my seventh."
"It is my sixth, I'm surprised I haven't seen you before." I said dropping my half braided hair to scrutinize her but to no avail. I didn't recognize her at all. A few of the other humans or creatures, I did recognize however from past games. There was the cyborg man whom I thought won the games last year and a human girl who had massive muscles but hadn't won as far as I was aware.
"Sixth, huh? Congratulations on that." Good, she’s not a rookie. She studies me carefully, but her face shows no recognition. After it’s apparent she’s given up I say, “I…try my best to keep a low profile. It’s all I can do to stay alive.” Thinking I may need a better excuse, I add, “We were probably in different regions, as well. I rotate consistently year to year.”
Werewolf, elf, something human-ish... No angels besides me this year. That could work for or against me...
I frown, pulling my hair over my shoulder and hoping there wouldn't be any with control over water. I'd made the mistake once of allying with a water elemental and that had nearly killed me. The last six games I had stayed in the same region, a dry, almost desert-like area with plenty of openness to it, but I'd quickly decided to shift to a different region after last's year's close call.
I'll need at least one ally in a new place, I think, finally deciding to approach the werewolf and folding my wings close against my back.
Rafe didn't like this one bit. He would rather take another silver bullet then be trapped like an animal waiting for slaughter. This was his first game, he guessed he was one of the lucky ones, but he had no clue how these things worked so he was at a disadvantage. With his back to the perimeter, he could see most of the other creatures. An angel approached him, or at least what he thought was an angel. She could easily be some sort of fae. Rafe's eyes glowed gold and he growled softly under his breath.
While talking with Mae, I keep a keen eye on the angel. As far as I know, after the war ended, most just flew away to wherever they came from. There aren’t that many in this country, so I’ve learned to watch out for them. After all, it was an angel that almost got me last year. Granted, I came close to killing her as well, but I’d rather avoid confrontation than have a bloody stalemate.
She approaches the warewolf I had noticed earlier. Darn, I guess that’s probably out now. Wouldn’t want to risk her being the same angel from before…
The angel whom I asked did not answer me. Perhaps she did not see me. I do not care though, I alone am enough to do what I plan.
A dark looking man in a ragged cloak comes to my attention. Odd that I didn’t notice him before, he seems to be the most dangerous out of everyone I’ve seen. I wonder if it would be best to approach him while the killing ban is still in effect…or keep a distance in fear that he wouldn’t keep an alliance. I crinkle my brow in concentration…. You shouldn’t judge someone by their looks, but in this instance it’s all I have to go on.
Taking a chance, I nudge Mae and tell her we should split up and recruit some allies. Then I calmly advance towards the guy.
I notice a girl head towards me. She doesn't appear to be hostile. So I let her come to me while I pretend that I don't notice. I don't have any plans to kill anyone.
The closer I get, the more he seems not to notice. Of course, he could be faking it. Or not. Whatever, I have nothing to lose until the alarm sounds. “Hey. Looking forward to the 11th annual elimination games? Can’t say I am.” I keep a nonchalant tone.
I hear the girl speak to me so turn to her. After a moment listening I reply, "no... Actually it's my first elimination games. I've been able to avoid it until this one..." After saying that I ask, "do you want to ally up with me?"
I must admit, I’m surprised to hear this is his first time. “It’s amazing you were able to avoid it so long. Even I started when I was twelve,” I nod, “Yeah, sounds good. The more we have with us is less against us.”
I listen to her, "yes, I agree strenght in numbers." She appears to be strong and I know I will need her. Part of me wonders if I should tell her about the big plan I have but I don't trust her yet.
I nod back at Lynn and move away scanning the crowds for possible allies. I wasn't sure that I wanted anyone particularily strong or fierce because if they deceived us and tried to kill us they may easily succeed.
“Well, I wouldn’t say we’re numerous. Including you, our group consists of three.” I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not as notorious in the region—no one seems to recognize me. I might be pretty lucky this year. “After the alarm sounds and we head for the hills, we’ll have to have a show and tell with our powers.”
I suddenly realize something, “I’m so caught up in the whole life and death thing I haven’t gotten your name. Mine’s Lynn.”
"My name is Rai," I say, "where's the other one in our group?" I wonder.
I scan the area until I see my other ally, then point to her. “Over there, her name is Mae.” I try to get her attention and wave her over.