"Katherine? Are you awake? Oh, please tell me I don't have to find someone else this early..."
Linaria's voice was recognisable, yet strangely muffled. Kat could barely understand what she was saying; it was as if she had just woken up from a year-long sleep or something. How bizarre. Still, that didn't stop the sword from talking. Of course it wouldn't. That thing could talk for days on end- it was one of her most defining features. She talked a lot about violence as well, which made her a pain to listen to for someone like Kat who was still afraid of accidentally pushing someone in a crowd.
Well, until that fear faded.
"Oh, so you are awake. That's good."
Linaria's voice slowly came into clarity
"Look, I understand how hard it is for you to stay calm in a crisis, but I want you to listen to me now. DO NOT PANIC. Okay?"
oh shit boy
Kat mumbled, still trying to get her bearings "Linaria, why would I be panicking now? It's just a-"
Her voice caught in her throat. There was something around her hand. Something cold. Something... metal
. Kat found she was unable to move her hands at all; trying to pull them out from behind her back only caused the metal to dig painfully into her wrists, and there didn't seem to be any way for her to untangle them. Was she handcuffed to something? Had she been arrested? This was about that mall thing, wasn't it- it had
to be. Kat was walking around with a sword in a public space, protecting a known criminal from a group of murderkids, of course she was going to face repercussions. It was just a little strange that her arrest had led her to... well, the set of a low-budget horror movie, by the looks of things.
"Don't try to escape from those, by the way."
Linaria sighed, walking towards Katherine in her all-too-familiar human form
"They had me trapped as well, the bastards. Thankfully, I could get myself out of the little anvil they threw me in with only minor damage. You, on the other hand? You will have to wait."
kat's bad day
"They... arrested you too?"
Kat said, trying desperately to keep her voice level "Why would the police want to arrest a sword... this doesn't make sense... Linaria, do you know what's going on?"
"Well my educated guess is that you've been kidnapped, Katherine."
"If they come in at any point, I'll kill them for you. You don't need to panic. I suppose we should wait until-"
The screen flickered to life.
Each word the woman said felt like a knife cutting into her back. Hostages? Time limits? Murder
? This was far beyond her capacity- far beyond anything
she could cope with. She didn't see this as a kidnapping anymore. She didn't see this as a game. No, Kat saw this as something far simpler, far more frightening to a child like her. She saw this as an execution. Her
execution. Deadly and inescapable.
She was released once the broadcast ended, but she almost wished she wasn't. Starving to death in a creepy old room was a better fate than this, even if it was equally as deadly. Kat didn't want to kill anyone, and she certainly didn't want any super strong metahumans trying to kill her either. She lay down on the floor next to the metal pipe she was once tied to, staring blankly at the empty anvil in the centre of the room. She was going to die here. She was going to die now. She didn't want to.
"Linaria, we have to go."
She whispered "Those hostages are dead anyway. We're dead anyway. I'd rather spend my last moments at home than in this shithole of a-"
"We're not leaving, Katherine."
Linaria shook her head
"We're not giving up this soon into the game. This is an opportunity for you! This is a chance to show the world what you're really-"
"WILL YOU SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THAT?"
Kat snapped at her, standing up sharply "Don't you take anything seriously? We have been fucking KIDNAPPED and you want to take this opportunity to talk about proving myself? God, I have had enough of your shit, Linaria!"
She found herself moving towards the anvil in the centre of the room- almost involuntarily. Linaria followed her and the two began the slow, painful process of pushing it against the door to keep it shut. Of course, it was more than likely that some of these other metahumans would be able to get in with relative ease, but it should at least buy Kat some time whilst she gathered her thoughts together. She was no strategist, and Linaria wasn't much of one either, but she wasn't going to play this game if she had anything to say about it. Threats were a poor motivator.
Kat didn't care much for innocent lives.