Marie Lambeau (Rex/Finn)
“Rex, Finn, are you two okay to stay up there?” I asked. “I want to go see if anyone can help us. I bet someone like Jenny or Ursula will know what to do. Perhaps Agnes? I don’t know.”
“If it means not turning into a pile of ash, I’ll stay up ‘ere as long as I have to,” Finn said simply. Rex didn’t say anything – just made a bunch of sputtering noises and covered his face with his hands. “I’ll watch out for this one.”
I took a deep breath. “Just don’t… don’t step off!” I bolted down the dark hallway as fast as I could. Finn and Rex were depending on me to find a way to escape the Envy Room safely.
Emerging from the darkened hallway, I made it back to the main hub. It didn’t look like anyone else was here… but… could it be? The hallway to the Gluttony Room and the hallway to the Lust Room were sealed shut with the red glowing door. Those doors corresponded to the pedestals where Finn and Rex were standing – at least in Norman’s theory on how the puzzle in the room worked. That meant that any investigators on the other side of those doors were completely trapped until we found a way to open the doors again, which surely involved getting Finn and Rex down safely somehow.
If anyone died due to being locked away in one of those rooms… I don’t know how I could forgive myself…
A thought crossed my mind, as I wondered which of the remaining open rooms to go into. Why did the Envy Room door never shut? Sure, Norman was no longer applying pressure to that pedestal. However, it had never shut even when he did. There must be something more to this. But there was no way I was going to figure this out alone. I needed to get help.
That’s when I heard voices coming from the hallway of the Sloth Room.
“Marie? Thank God, another person!” Skids exclaimed.
I rushed to meet with them. “I need help! Urgently!”
“You need help?” Silas scoffed. “We need help!” A pause. “There was a pool of water in the Sloth Room… it was enchanted or… I don’t know, but it became cursed. It slowed down your body to a fraction of your actual speed. Mateo and I both fell in, but Akachi and Skids were able to rescue me. Mateo… he drowned, Marie. We lost him.”
I stood in stunned silence listening to this story. I could tell from the solemn faces of the three that this story was completely true.
“Silas found this coin at the bottom of the pool,” Akachi said, showing it to me. “It has some kind of inscription on it. We don’t know what it is. But, it seemed to be tied to the enchantment in the Sloth Room. It’s special in some way. We must find out how. You were with Norman, yes? Perhaps Norman can help.”
“Okay, well,” I said, trying to gather my thoughts, “Norman disintegrated into a pile of ash.”
Now, the other group stood in stunned silence.
“This temple is full of danger,” Akachi said, clutching her staff. “I feared this would be the case.”
“It gets worse,” I said. “Finn and Rex are both in danger of activating the same trap we lost Norman to. Not only that, but I believe the puzzle in the Envy Room locked the doors in the Gluttony Room and the Lust Room. Just look for yourself.” I pointed out the two sealed passageways.
“Damn it!” Skids said. “If our door hadn’t been open, all of us would have died with Mateo! We got to get those passages open NOW, so that everyone can escape.”
“That’s just it! None of us know how the doors work! We need help and we need it fast,” I said.
Akachi once again held up the coin. “This is the only semblance of a clue we have. Jenny is the Greed Room. It is pure conjecture, but this coin might have a connection.”
“Let’s go, then,” Silas said. “Time is of the essence! We have to get those doors down now before we lose more people!”
Ambrose and Arianna (Jim/Joe/Yorick)
We have done it.
We are free of our stone prisons.
Our body is beautiful. Perfection. Yes. Our vessel is stunning.
But still, our newfound loves… they fear us, Ambrose. They fear being trapped in here with me. With you.
They do not understand the closed door for the blessing it is, my dear.
See how they collapse writhing on the ground.
They fear how we levitate above them.
I pity their weak minds. How sad to witness such fragility, Ambrose.
The strongest one among them… see how he scratches at the walls… he longs to be free of us, Arianna.
We can help them all attain beauty.
This one has a coin. Our coin.
He stole it from us.
Why would he do such a thing? Does he not recognize our beauty?
The others call his name. Jim, Jim, Jim. Do you hear it, Ambrose?
His mind is weak. I can strengthen it. I will make him understand what it means to be beautiful. He need never know fear again.
It is settled then, my love.
A vessel for me.
A vessel for you.
June 6th: JIM, possessed by Ambrose in the Lust Room
June 5th: DIANA, possessed in the Lust Room
June 4th: MATEO, drowned in the Sloth Room
June 3rd: DAISY, shot dead by Roland in the Gluttony Room
June 2nd: NORMAN, disintegrated in the Envy Room
June 1st: LOLA, abandoned in the Button Room
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