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 FALLING IN REVERSE, #OPEN
Madeline Clark
 Posted: Dec 23 2016, 12:16 AM
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Madeline Clark
Utah 24 Caretaker at Best Friends
Everyone's Ray of Sunshine

PLAYED BY Silvie

BERRIES 40

POSTS 95



Her foot slipped and she started to fall. It was as if everything inside herself simply froze up at the sensation as her shoes slid along the ground, gravity seeking to bring her down. The memories of past trauma resurfaced with a vengeance. She was no longer walking aimlessly through the greenery of the local park, but back in the Las Vegas Convention Center where her life irrevocably changed.

She barely registered her surroundings any more. Didn't feel her head hit the grass, iced over with a thin layer of frost, or her bag fall alongside her as she lay sprawled. She could only stare up at the sky and see it all again. The hazed image of the ground floor of the convention center accompanied by flashing faces of those who were responsible for saving her life. She felt suffocated, like she couldn't catch her breath. It was days like today that she wondered why they didn't leave her to die there. If she hadn't been so foolish, none of them would have been hurt. People like the Arizona gym leader, people like Dezi...

All she could see was the few images she could recall and her mind conjured the rest. The course of that day haunted her more than any ghost every could, rather it was comprised of an army of vengeful wraiths who knew of her guilt. It was what spawned her fake cheer around her friends and drove her depressive spiral that much lower. It was truly a living hell.

Blinking dazedly, she wondered what would happen if they did know. She wouldn't blame them for slipping her some form of nuts and letting her severe allergy do the work for them. The surgical scars along her abdomen pulled as the area tensed up, causing her to slowly come back to the present. Someone was talking to her loudly and she turned to see them move to her side.

Cocking her head, Madeline could only answer with a short, "Huh?"

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Her foot slipped and she started to fall.
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Desmond Vu
 Posted: Jan 16 2017, 08:51 PM
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Desmond Vu
Utah 27 Vet In-Training
Advanced Member

PLAYED BY khy

BERRIES 80

POSTS 50




"I said: stay calm. I know what to do."

He knows that he should know - must know - the answers to this riddle. Words buzz just beneath the surface, a bone-dry flit of wings that remind, constantly, that he knows, he knows. When he reaches to catch them, the fireflies of knowledge dissipate beneath his fingers. He doesn't remember what the proper procedure is to treat someone who has fallen and hit their head. Frustration blooms, an aching flower between his eyes. Dezi instead helps Madeline to sit up. He turns her name over in his head, allowing it to stir warmth that he tries to pool between them, one arm over her shaking shoulders, holding her close.

At least he knows who she is, today. Small miracles.

"Just breathe. It will be okay."

Will it really? He doesn't know where they are. There are trees looming overhead. Ice beneath his jeans, crunching beneath scuffed shoes. A fleeting glance around, one good eye squinting in the glare. The other, glass and unseeing, reflects sharply in the sun. There's a scar that trails from the side of his temple, cutting over the left eye socket. Dezi doesn't like to look about it, or think about it. Too many bad feelings. There are more important things to worry about.

"It's will be okay. Let me know if you feel... uh, strange. You might have a concussion."

'Strange' isn't a proper reference, but it's the best he can manage. Dezi notes the scratches along her arms, frowning. A preliminary scan reveals that her skull isn't bleeding, at least, not that he can see. That's good. Right?

Maddie is still shaking. He scoots closer, shielding her from the snow, rubbing her arm to warm her up. He unzips his jacket, draping it over her shoulders. He looks around, but the park is empty save for a few passersby - too far away to be of help. Every path twists and loops on itself, mocking him. Finally, he settles for staying where they are, talking to her instead. That's what she did, back in the hospital. It had seemed to work.

"Some walk, huh. Maybe we should have joined Corey for lunch instead."



Madeline Clark
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Madeline Clark
 Posted: Jan 31 2017, 08:23 PM
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Madeline Clark
Utah 24 Caretaker at Best Friends
Everyone's Ray of Sunshine

PLAYED BY Silvie

BERRIES 40

POSTS 95



Dezi. The name bounced around her brain for a few seconds as she tried to ground herself. Friend. Love. Never lover. Best Friends. Salt Lake City. Not Las Vegas. Winter. Not Summer. 2017. Not 2016. Sit up. Ignore pain.

"Just breathe. It will be okay." Forcing deep breaths through her lungs, she squinted until her eyes began to focus on the face beside her. She folded her legs up toward her chest to rest her upper body against as she reoriented herself to her surroundings.

Once the tightness in her chest receded and her heart rate began to slow, she managed to find her voice. "I'm o-okay, I think. I can b-breathe again."

It was still slightly labored, but it was no where near what it had been a moment ago. She just had to not let herself fall back into that place. She was no longer in the convention center. She was not dying. She was here and she was fine. She didn't realize she was still shaking.

Watching Dezi's frustrations made her want to extend her hand and smooth away the pinched areas. She would give anything to be able to restore the damage left within in his brain. First from her birthday weekend years ago and last year's LVC. She wondered why trauma inevitably found them in that city.

She holds her breath as he shifted closer and began rubbing her arms. The chill was beginning to set in. Why had she worn short sleeves? She was becoming a masochist. The cuts littering the skin of her arms seemed to echo the sentiment.

Still, it was nice having him worry over her, even though she'd prefer it the other way around. Guilt ate at her as he moved away and began to take off his jacket. "You don't h-have to. Really. I'm f-fine."

The reminder of Corey brought one corner of her mouth up at the edge. The warmth from the jacket was helping slow the shaking of her body. "He warned us, d-didn't he? That we'd regret missing o-out."

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