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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   6th August 2018, 10:01 am



She thought of her own mother, probably sitting in the apartment right now. Would she notice that Ami was gone? She hadn't really gotten a chance to say goodbye, although presumably she'd be home in a few days when she failed to continue in this competition. Mama always seemed distracted lately. She came home exhausted, ate something simple—usually picked up from the nearest convenience store, and tuned in to the broadcast. Oftentimes the lights were left off, with only the glow of the screen illuminating the room. Mama often fell asleep on the sofa, the television still glaring and bright in the darkness. It projected images onto the sleeping woman's face, like some kind of strange secondary screen. When forced to walk by to get a drink of water while studying late, Ami tried not to look.

Was it better to have her mother here, after all that had happened? She didn't usually think about it, particularly not in that kind of way. But right now, talking to Makoto, she wondered if that kind of life really counted for much. Her mother did little besides work, watch television, and sleep. It didn't used to be like that, before the war. The war had changed a lot of things, so many that Ami could barely keep track of them.

She offered only a slight sigh in response, her eyes staring up at the stars. It didn't seem quite that cut-and-dried to Ami, but she had lived a different life. Not everything made the same amount of sense for every person. It was certainly getting late, though. They probably ought to get some sleep. She wasn't sure what awaited them tomorrow, but Makoto probably knew. This wasn't a vacation, after all.

"Should we turn in?" she asked.
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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   7th August 2018, 12:33 pm



Makoto cast one final long glance to the stars before giving a long stretch and standing up. "I suppose so," she said, adding some more wood to the fire. "This should give us enough warmth for the night, hopefully. Wake me up if you need anything." In no time at all, Makoto had crawled into their small shelter, laid down, and fallen asleep. 

Sleeping in the wild had come easy to her, after all these years.


The next morning, before the sun had even risen above the trees, Makoto's eyes snapped open and she was out of the shelter in seconds. She had heard voices from outside, but where were they coming from? Looking around, she noticed some large bushes being shuffled around, as if someone was coming through. She stood firmly, arms crossed over her chest, waiting to address who she assumed were other competitors.

Sure enough, two women, one with sandy blonde hair and the other with aqua-colored hair, emerged from the forest. They both stopped when they saw Makoto, no one knowing what to say. Finally, the shorter woman spoke first: "Excuse us, we were just looking for a water source. We don't mean to cause any trouble." 

Makoto's eyes flitted to the pile of supplies and food she had scavenged, then back to the women. She could tell by the way they stood and spoke that they were wealthy back home. But here, wealth wouldn't help them. 

"Get your water and go," Makoto said stoically. "Don't try anything funny." The two women nodded grimly and maneuvered past Makoto and Ami's camp, heading straight for the river. But the one with blonde hair stopped and turned, a cold challenge in her eyes. 

"I certainly hope we're on the same team in tomorrow's challenge," the woman said, her eyes locked onto Makoto's. "Wouldn't want you on my bad side." There was a dripping sense of sarcasm in the woman's voice, as if she knew Makoto were no match for her and just wanted to impress that upon the brunette. Makoto clenched her fists. She wasn't inclined to play nice - not today.

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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   7th August 2018, 12:40 pm



Ami awoke slowly to the sounds of conversation, her dreams a blurry mess. Sleeping outside did not prove as idyllic and calm as literature seemed to suggest. She found the ground strange to sleep on after years of a mattress. Her attempts at a makeshift pillow did little to prevent her from waking with a crick in her neck. She jolted away constantly, unsure of what noise she heard that unnerved her so, and sometimes falling back to sleep seemed to take ages. Thankfully, she didn't feel shockingly sleep-deprived, just less comfortable than she had always known herself to be. It was a strange contrast.

She emerged from the makeshift shelter just in time to see Makoto glaring at a blonde woman whose dark blue eyes did not look friendly. Beside her, a woman with wavy hair knelt near the river, collecting water.

"Good morning," she greeted politely, her words broadcast to the entire group. Ami looked up, concerned at the expression on Makoto's face. "Is something wrong?" she asked more softly, glancing from her current teammate to the pair near the water.

Her ankle felt much better, but she didn't really fancy a fight under any circumstances.
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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   9th August 2018, 10:15 pm



Makoto was surprised to hear Ami's chipper voice beside her, but she didn't take her eyes off of the two women. She took note of their body language, their attitudes towards each other, the experienced way they seemed to do...well...everything. The two had to have known each other before being cast onto the show - but how?

With Ami next to her, Makoto started to worry. If they saw Ami and had the same first impression Makoto had, they would see her as a weakness - a liability. They would spread the word and have Ami voted off the next night. What could she do?

An idea struck her. Without warning, Makoto slung a protective arm around Ami's waist, pulling her closer to that their bodies were touching. Still, Makoto didn't take her eyes off of the other pair. The wavy-haired one saw them first, and she nudged the blonde one to get her attention. And then they were all in a staring match, each couple waiting for the other to say something first.

"We'll see you at the challenge tomorrow," Makoto said, her voice now the one posing a challenge. The blonde one smirked and nodded grabbing what she could of their water collection and making her way back towards the trees.

"We do look forward to it," the shorter woman said. Her cold voice seemed to bounce off of the calm water even after they had disappeared amongst the forest. Finally, Makoto allowed her shoulders to drop, and she exhaled a breath that she hadn't realized she was holding.

"What a nice way to start the day, am I right?" she joked, looking down at Ami. She didn't notice that her arm was still placed firmly around Ami's waist - or maybe she did notice, but she didn't really care.

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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   10th August 2018, 6:38 am



Her only response to the inquiry was a stifled, high-pitched stammer, the brilliant scarlet flush overtaking her entire face as she looked up into the mischievous green eyes of the young woman holding her so closely. The arm around her waist, hand splayed to hold her, almost felt like an electric shock.

Ami simply couldn't remember the last time she was subject to physical contact this close! She had managed to keep people at a distance without particularly trying to keep people at a distance. She had vague memories of her father and mother hugging her as a child, but that had happened before the war, when she was still very small. It had been a long time since her mother had really looked at her, let alone opened arms for a hug or other show of physical affection. Her memories of the times this had happened recalled a passing embrace, over almost as soon as it had begun. Makoto—who she had met for the very first time just the other day—currently stood so close Ami could feel the heat from her body. This had to qualify as sensory overload. She had done her best to hold it together when the other women were nearby, understanding that this was some kind of strategy, but now she felt like she was going to faint.

And yet... she didn't pull away.

It felt comforting, so much so that she hadn't even realized she was lacking that feeling. Ami certainly wouldn't have described herself as someone craving human contact—she always thought she was doing just fine. She thought she enjoyed being alone. That's what she always told herself, that she didn't need other people and their interactions. In this moment, she would have had a hard time repeating that mantra. The thought of moving away, of separating herself from the arm draped so casually around her... she didn't want to do it. Of course, admitting such a thing sounded even more mortifying.

"S-should we... find breakfast?" she stammered, her heart beating wildly in her chest.
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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   10th August 2018, 2:15 pm



Makoto nodded, removing her arm from around Ami's waist and stretching both arms above her head. with the threat gone, she actually began to appreciate the beauty in the forest morning. A light fog hung over the ground, billowing around their ankles and gives the air a cool, crisp feeling. The skies were clear and blue, not a cloud in sight, the sun peeking just over the top of the trees. If it hadn't been for the two women from earlier, she probably would have forgotten that she was even in a government-sponsored survival competition. 

"Well, it's probably not the best of breakfast foods, but I can try to get us some fish?" she offered. The show sponsors had given them fishing line, but without any sort of hook to catch fish with, she would have to do this the old-fashioned way.

"I could even teach you how," she said with a wink. The thought of small, delicate Ami standing in a river trying to snatch fish straight out of the water made her chuckle.

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PostSubject: Re: [Advanced] Sole Survivor   Yesterday at 7:36 am



Hopefully on this island they'd have little chance of catching yellowtail, but they were near the ocean, after all. Well, she'd eat it if she had to. This was what survival was all about, wasn't it? Ami sighed; she'd just have to cross her fingers and hope for the best. She certainly couldn't imagine whining about having to eat something she disliked, especially not to someone who seemed far too practical for that kind of thing.

She tried to regain her composure, hoping she wasn't blushing as deeply as the flush on her cheeks felt. Makoto hadn't said anything. Perhaps that was a good sign? Ami felt a twinge of something she didn't even recognize as disappointment, to be turned aside so casually and comfortably after that moment of closeness.

"Okay," she replied, not sure if the wink was a challenge or not. "I'm willing to learn."

Fishing couldn't be that hard... right?
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