THE TRANSFORMATION IS COMPLETE
Jadine waited for him to answer in quiet, looking down at her nails as thought. She thought he should remember but honestly she was glad he didn’t. She would rather her dark deeds be kept from her friends and her only have to worry about it. But she was a little glad at the same time that she told someone about what she was feeling.
When Karl put a hand on her shoulder, she turned towards him. She gave a small smile at his words. “I know that I shouldn’t, but I do. I should have been able to beat it sooner but…” Jadine shook her head. “But its over now, and your right I’m not a villan. I don’t want to be mean to my friends even though sometimes I know they deserve it.”
Jadine gave him another smile, trying to show that she was feeling a little better. “I’m sorry I lied to you at first and worried you.”
Karl smiled, getting back to his feet and extending a hand to help Jadine up as well. “It’s okay. Stuff about the game… no one likes to talk about it, you know? I’ve… probably lied to people about it before too, but I try not to, if I can help it.” He sighed, raking a hand through his hair at having to talk about this. “But lying doesn’t help anyone; even if it’s just a matter of feeling bad about feeling guilty, I think it’s better to talk about it. An outside opinion could really help, you know? Sometimes we get so caught up in the bad things we did, we forget why we did that—like because we were being controlled by someone else, right? Not your fault.”
He took a step away from her, but turned and waited for her to follow before he moved any further. “Anyway, let me walk you back to your dorm. Or wherever you were on your way to. I’m not risking you fainting again, fuckass,” he smiled, referencing back to her favorite insult for him back during the game. “Where are we headed?”
a true fact about spiders is they can’t run for extended periods of time because they have asthma. all spiders are nerds. even tarantulas. have you ever seen a spider dating a hot babe? i doubt it. spider flashing his cash in the club? nope. spider pulling up beside you at the lights in a lamborghini? never happened. they’ve got so many eyes because they love reading. nerds. all of them.
if you drink your coffee black then you’re probably into some real fucked up shit
[10:41] — treacherousCarnival [TC] began pestering cynicallyGallionic [CG] at 22:41 —
[10:41] TC: HeY MaN WhAt’S Up?
[10:42] CG: NOTHING REALLY
[10:42] CG: JUST GOT BACK FROM CLASS
[10:42] TC: Oh OkAy
[10:42] TC: Is NoW NoT A GoOd TiMe Or SoMeThInG FoR Ya?
Jadine didn’t like her memories of the Game either. Her face went from guilty to worried and she hugged herself a little at the thought. She blocked the images of Karl’s face filled with fear from her mind, but was a little relieved that he didn’t remember anything about it. She closed her eyes.
"I was mind controlled. I did bad things," she shook her head. "I’m glad you don’t remember. But I was a villan. I hurt people, or let people get hurt. I couldn’t stop myself. I don’t even remember how I beat it."
Jadine made a face and looked up at the sky. “I don’t want to remember.”
His brows knitted together as she summarized her memories, of the bad things that she’d done that he apparently couldn’t remember. Perhaps it had only impacted the other trolls? Maybe that was why he didn’t remember—he doubted whatever she had done had been a huge issue for him, he seemed to remember most of those.
"Jadine," he sighed, placing a comforting hand on her shoulder, "If you were mind controlled then there’s no reason to feel bad about it; you literally had no zero control over your actions. I think all of us know you’d never do something like that of your own accord, I mean… you’re feisty but you’re not…" he shrugged, trailing off. "That doesn’t make you a villain, there was nothing you could do. You shouldn’t feel guilty over things beyond your control."
Teri tipped her head against Karl’s as he sat up, less than happy with having to simply ‘get used to things’ but having to take silent defeat on the matter. She wasn’t a doctor with a cure, or even some kind of alleviation; maybe paracetamol, but that was the extent of it. Having to leave those thoughts aside, she listened carefully as Karl finally stood, only standing too once she knew he was going to stay that way—at least there was relief that he seemed to be better than yesterday.
Her lip curled upwards at his question, letting out a small laugh in spite of the situation. “I guess my place is more appealing, seeing as I doubt Viky will be there. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you don’t know about Eriq,” she grinned, taking a mental note to check out Eriq’s timetable if Karl already hadn’t. He’d probably willingly give it to her if it meant less interactions between them, but the temptation of planning even more fun events with her best friend Eriq was far more tempting. "But my room is further," Teri added, unsure if Karl wanted to—or could—walk that far.
"Far is fine," Karl replied, giving a one-shouldered shrug while he waited for them to start moving, unsure whether he should start leading since Teri didn’t know her way around too well. "As long as she isn’t there," he looked towards her quizzically, wondering how sure she was on doubting Viky was there. But it was more than he had to work off of, and if he had to take a guess, he would assume Eriq was probably there—it was morning, and Eriq slept like Karl did, so it was likely that he was still looming around the dorm, probably either sleeping or exhaustedly watching his stupid pony show.
"C’mon," Karl called to her, starting toward the elevator but moving at a slow enough pace; it wasn’t easy for him to walk fast like this, for one thing, but additionally, he couldn’t lead Teri along by holding her hands or locking arms, as he was preoccupied with getting himself along in one piece, so maybe moving slower would be helpful for her at least.
Meandering through the halls of the dormitory building wasn’t the easiest thing, especially with more students up and about that Karl had to pretend to look fine in front of, but eventually they made it back to Teri’s dorm, and Karl leaned against the doorframe, assuming it would be locked but not wanting to try in case it wasn’t and Viky was there and she yelled at him. “Here we are,” he informed her, unsure if she actually knew they’d made it back. “We survived the journey back, too. Just barely.”