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Girls' Night

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Eleanor Lamb, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. "Well... sometimes," Heather had to admit, "what happened to him. I just can't help but feel like he could've saved himself when I think about it sometimes. I mean, he did so much, but one monster was enough to kill him?" It didn't occur to her that she might be saying more than she meant to. It was just way too nice to be able to talk about it at all. This was probably why people got therapy, she reflected. Being able to actually talk about issues and get something out of it. Not that she was ready to talk to some random stranger about it.

    ... present company excluded.
     
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    "All it takes is one wrong move and a seemingly invincible person becomes fallible flesh and blood just like everyone else."

    Eleanor knew it well. That's what had happened to her father after all, after surviving so much a simple explosion ending his existence—even as large as it had been—seemed almost comical. And it also seemed that Eleanor's and Cheryl's story were not done developing similarities.

    "I made sure Father couldn't die but Mother still found a way to ruin that."
     
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  3. "Yeah, it was pretty impressive that Dad managed to get through any of what was thrown at him before he died anyway. It wasn't like he had any training or anything. He was just a writer, you know? But he wouldn't let anything stop him." That was something she didn't mind remembering from Alessa, watching her dad fight to protect her.

    Eleanor's next statement was a little painful. She had tried to protect her dad, even if it didn't work, that was more than Heather.

    "I had no idea Dad was even in danger. I thought everything was going after me, I didn't even think I needed to help him. I was just on my own, working on my own problems without even thinking about him."
     
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    "Amazing."

    The resolve of Cheryl's father was admirable. Eleanor's had his superhuman strength and weaponry backing him up—even if that didn't cut it most of the time—so hearing that an apparently baseline human had gone through something similar without such an aid was almost hard to believe.

    However this apparently went unnoticed by Cheryl for a while, since she had her own problems to deal with at the time. Trying to survive naturally gave people tunnel vision and that seemed to be true here as well.

    "I was the same. But I realized Father had been the only person that truly loved me for what I am. Mother had killed him years ago but I managed to get a sample of his DNA and bring him back. Dr. Tenenbaun helped me free his mind of its shackles and once we escaped, I thought..." she stumbled on the words, she had forgotten about her promise and remembering it now wasn't exactly a pleasant feeling. "I thought I could cure him."
     
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  5. "He really was."

    It didn't matter to Heather how his life ended, she never thought her dad was anything less than the strongest man alive. He was an amazing writer, a loving father, a powerhouse when he wanted to be. It was terrible that he had to be lost just because some awful religion ruined so many people across the board.

    Eleanor's story was a bit surprising. Her dad was already dead, but she managed to bring him back. Obviously, she couldn't say that was unbelievable, since her very existence was basically that, but it was still incredible.

    "Oh, wow. That's awful. To have him back and then get him taken away again. I'm sorry you had to go through that." She couldn't imagine how it must have felt to Eleanor. Like the universe was just toying with her like a cat with a string.
     
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    "Thanks." Eleanor managed to murmur. "I think I have managed to put his death past me by now. At least it doesn't hurt as it once did."

    She had advanced a lot since talking to Quiel but that metaphorical pressure in her heart threatened to ruin her day from time to time. It wasn't just that he had died, to be honest.

    "But it's still hard to think that he didn't accept my offer to keep living. Even after I did everything he taught me to survive, he refused to follow me."
     
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  7. Heather wasn't sure if she had managed to get past everything like Eleanor did. Sometimes, it felt like her emotions weren't really her own, so the pain, anger, sadness, rage, all of it felt distant in her mind, like she was looking at her situation through a mirror. Other times, just thinking about her dad was like stabbing herself through the heart.

    There were rare occasions where it was neither. While she couldn't say she found peace or understanding, it didn't hurt as much. She somehow felt like she understood more in this head-space than ever before. It was sadly fleeting, though.

    She managed to shake off her self-reflection and go back to listening to Eleanor, which... wasn't very enlightening. Try as she might, she could tell there were a few gaps in her knowledge of the situation. "I don't... think I know what you're getting at? Like, you could heal him but he didn't want you to?"
     
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    "Oh yes, maybe I should make myself clear."

    Getting used to living with people that didn't see genetic engineering as a normal part of their lives was still something Eleanor struggled with. But then again, escaping from such a place is what she always wanted.

    "
    Like I said, Father was too injured for me to cure him but the nature of plasmids allows broken memories to be stored in other people. Normally they are an annoying side effect of their overuse but my nature makes me immune to such things. Mother had already found a purpose for that, trying to infuse me with all of her followers' drives and desires without me going insane in the process." she sighed and turned her head, trying to forget what had almost happened. "The point is, I proposed preserving Father's consciousness in my brain... but he refused. And I'm not entirely sure why."
     
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  9. Heather blinked. Then blinked. Then blinked again. Whatever plasmids were, they sounded like magic. Not only did they give Eleanor basically magic powers, but they also apparently gave her the ability to take other peoples's memories without going through the anguish that Heather did when finding out what Alessa had stuck in her mind.

    Though, maybe if Eleanor was stuck with the mind of someone who had been tortured for seven years by her own mother, she wouldn't do so well either. No real way for her to know.

    Still, that did sound a little hard to explain. "I don't really want to make any guesses since I didn't know him," she hedged, "but, well, someone that caring probably wanted to spare you from something. You know, make sure you aren't stuck with something he found... lacking? I don't know. Maybe he just thought it was his time? Like, all of him?"
     
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    The simplest answer was usually the right one. And in this case Delta simply not wanting his "daughter" to follow in her footsteps or having her life decided by a dying man seemed simple enough. Cheryl made good points but that wasn't enough to satisfy the emotional part of Eleanor's brain.

    "...that's what I like to think." Eleanor said, trying to fight the tears that were clearly forming on her eyes.

    "But I can't help but feel he was disappointed. That he wanted so much more from me and I never even came close to matching his expectations. He was a survivor, it doesn't feel right that he would give up like that."
     
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  11. Those were tears. Heather definitely saw tears welling up in Eleanor's eyes. Of course, Heather pretty distinctly remembered bursting into tears when she saw her dad's dead body, but she pushed past that pretty quickly to get to Claudia. Then she started crying off and on when in a safe place to mourn. It left her always feeling dissatisfied with her own feelings on what happened. Never able to really process it, she was stuck just being angry and sad and nothing else.

    Still, that wasn't helpful in the moment, so she decided to do something that would hopefully be useful. Gently, she inched towards Eleanor until she could place a hand on her shoulder. It wasn't the most affectionate thing she could've done, but she wasn't the most outwardly affectionate person. Not to a virtual stranger, at least.

    "Look, I might not've known him," she started, "but from what you've been telling me, that doesn't sound right at all. Even if he was such a dick he'd decide just to die to screw with you (which I doubt), you survived just like he did, right? Even someone that cruel would have to respect another survivor."
     
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    "...maybe he would." Eleanor admitted, still having a hard time stopping herself from crying. Delta did fight even after repeatedly dying over and over again. It's not like he had any other alternative but his drive made him never slow down. If anything, he indeed would appreciate that particular characteristic in Eleanor. But it was hard not hearing that from the man himself.

    On top of her encouraging words, Cheryl put her hand on Eleanor's shoulder and the girl tilted her head while placing her hand on Cheryl's as a response. Such a small gesture meant a lot to her—she hadn't exactly been physical with most people and still was trying to get used to it. And she couldn't help but cry again. She quickly noticed that and started to wipe away her tears while pulling away from Cheryl. She didn't want to look creepy or weak in front of what was essentially an acquaintance.

    "I'm sorry... we were naming the rabbits, weren't we?"
     
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  13. Of course Heather didn't judge Eleanor at all for crying. She'd done a hell of a lot of crying after she found her dad's body. It was just the nature of things. Still, she understood that some people were just less open about that, so she let Eleanor pull away and looked back at the rabbits, pretending that she didn't even notice the tears still staining her cheeks.

    "Right, which ones haven't we named yet?" she asked, gently petting a few as she thought about more names.
     
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    "Uh..." Eleanor struggled to think, even as Cheryl swiftly adapted to the change in subject. She rubbed her eyes, still dealing with her blurry vision product of the tears. "I think... two girls still need a name."
     
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  15. Heather really hoped that the change of topic would be useful for Eleanor. She wasn't a therapist, so she wasn't sure what exactly she needed. Granted, Heather probably needed a therapist herself anyway.

    "Two girls, huh?" Heather muttered under her breath, mulling it over. She didn't have many girls she felt deserved being remembered like that. A few friends from her normal life before Silent Hill entered the picture, but they weren't close enough that she felt it appropriate to name something after them.

    The women that most sprung to mind from her life were Claudia and Dahlia, and... yeah, no. No amount of good memories in Alessa's head was going to make that happen. It wasn't until she thought about real mothers that she remembered someone she only knew in passing a long time ago. Still, from what she remembered, she deserved it.

    "How about Jodie?"
     
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