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Old August 12, 2018, 04:13 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Looks were deceiving, and that was surely what Elizabeth intended. The strike connected, sending Tali to the floor. Her grunt of pain was returned with vicious glee. "Oh yes, run if you like. It makes the hunt so much more satisfying!" Surely it would be better for Tali to run, right?

No, of course not. The elven maiden decided to do the opposite in fact. With a cry she charged at the childlike monster.

Elizabeth seemed taken aback by this, her eyes widened at the maiden's charge, even so far as putting her hands up to block it.

Had she surprised the vampire?

No, of course not. Once Tali got into range the expression of shock faded, replaced by sadistic happiness. As Tali tried to charge her, Elizabeth ducked down into a crouch. A little closer and..
Her legs extended, like an uncoiled spring as she launched herself into Tali's midsection. Hands out, ready to pin the elf maiden down if she connected.
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Sorry to disappoint, you crazy bitch but running isn't an option.

It was good to know that her mind had some shred of confidence, even if it might have been labeled as more stubbornness than anything else. Whatever it was, it acted as the push that kept the elfess sprinting forward with her blade raised. She had to keep Amanda safe, no matter what. The so-called 'doctor' had done quite a bit for Tali thus far and at this point? It was one of the few things keeping her from more suicidal thoughts. Nah, more like martyr thoughts now! Much better, right?

Totally.

Onward! The thief felt an additional rush as surprise flashed across her enemy's features. She had managed to gain the upper hand for the first time in this fight so it was important that she take advantage-

-feth!

Tali wasn't prepared for the complete change in demeanor nor was she at a speed where she could stop herself in time. Within a matter of seconds Tali had met with the ground once more, gasping for air unsuccessfully as the child sat on her abdomen and used her legs to pin her only good arm down. Panic spread across her features, squirming beneath her opponent in a desperate attempt to break free. Unfortunately for the elf, fear was a very persuasive master - to the point where the only thing she could use was her broken arm.

She let out a rasp cry of pain, forcing it from the binds that the hunter had placed around it as she shoved her broken arm directly into Elizabeth's face. If there was any resistance, the elfess would do her best to try and get her good arm free. This felt horridly familiar. The desperation. The adrenaline. Every now and then, her opponent's face would flash to that of her father before returning to normal.

Her hallucinations only made matters worse, corrupting what was once a sound mind and leaving it in a panicked frenzy.
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Tali hit the ground hard. For someone so small Elizabeth certainly made up for it in sheer mass per inch. The vampire savagely pinned her down, tiny legs more like bands of iron against her arms. Elizabeth leered down at the elf, her eyes shining with an inhuman gleam. "When I devour you. I'm going to take my time. You'll be begging me to grant you death, when the end comes." It was said so calmly, as if she was talking with a dear friend.

Oh, Tali shouldn't have done that. Elizabeth only needed one arm to catch Tali's offending one.

There was a moment where Elizabeth met the elf's eyes. A singular horrible realization of what was about to happen. Elizabeth smiled, and then dug her fingers down into Tali's arm. With one hand she held it steady, cruelly sinking her pin like nails into the elf's skin.

Then, her fangs extended.

When it came the bite was agony incarnate. Elizabeth's grip was stronger with her mouth than by her hand. It was like the elf's blood had become molten hot. As if all her bones were breaking at once, and then again. Excrutiating didn't begin to describe it. The only thing that mattered at this point?

All Tali knew, thought, or understood, was pain.

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The vampire's eyes gleamed with a sickening mixture of desire and violence. She drank greedily, and very likely wasn't going to let go. The worst part, is the beast didn't leave Tali's gaze the entire time. She knew how much pain she was causing, drinking it like a fine wine.

Tali's savior came in the blink of an eye. Elizabeth was so consumed that she didn't recognize the human shaped projectile that slammed into her. No matter how powerful the vampire was, in her shock she couldn't react fast enough. The child was thrown off of the elven maid, tackled down by Amanda who had finally returned.

If Tali had the senses to look, she'd find the reason for Amanda's disappearance. Bodies lay in the direction she'd come, many of them headless.

Elizabeth shrieked her fury at being denied her prey, striking the hunter in the stomach before she could recover. Amanda flew backwards with a grunt. The vampire dashed after the prone hunter, murder in her eyes.
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Everything happened so fast. The words that spilled like honey from the vampire's lips didn't have the proper time to process within a mind that was already ravaged with panic. What managed to finally break past, however, was far worse than poor Tali had ever experienced in her life or could even begin to imagine. In truth? Her mouth was cracked open, but not a single sound emerged from it. Copper eyes, wide and frozen were forced to capture the look of pure satisfaction and trails of blood pour from the child's pale features. Despite this, nothing was processing - her mind now drowning in an agony that she couldn't begin to comprehend. Her struggling frame beneath the small opponent turned into subconscious convulses as she basically lost all control.

As Amanda broke the cycle, poor Tali was still unresponsive. It honestly took a solid minute or so before blurry surroundings came into a cognitive recognition. Bodies? They were missing heads. Oh. Did she still have one? Yeah. There was still the agonizing burn throughout her whole entire body so everything was definitely there even if it wasn't able to move.

Hmm? Amanda was fighting the child? She was trying to protect Amanda. Right?

Right...

....

Right?

In a semi-responsive state, she tried to will her scorching frame into moving. At this point, thoughts were scattered and running off of a mixture of pain and adrenaline. At least she wasn't suicidal anymore, right?
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The hunter was thrown off balance, and the vampire responded as if she was an animal. Elizabeth lunged toward Amanda, shrieking. The human forced herself to roll to the side, out of Elizabeth's attack range. The vampire twisted, screaming in rage as she leaped again. Amanda whirled in the air, her foot connecting with Elizabeth's face. Her head snapped back at the impact, but she recovered just as fast.

Tali's eyes watched a brutal dance, but it was eventually clear that Amanda could only hold Elizabeth back. The vampire seemed to reinvigorate with each vicious play. As it went on, the huntress got slower and clumsier. Duck, dodge, attack.

Miss.

Amanda's hand came out to block, but Elizabeth was already there. The vampire dodged in rather than out, and the huntress's eyes widened a moment before the vampire clamped down on her throat, hoisting her aloft with a righteous snarl.

Her legs flailed, hands scrabbling against the iron grip that the vampire had her in. Elizabeth didn't seem to care, continuing to clench down. She jerked her hand, and Amanda stilled.
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The vicious battle that took place before her blurred vision seemed to be enough. Agony was replaced by a familiar, numbing pump of adrenaline as she shakily forced herself up onto her knees. Granted, only one arm worked properly for the other dangled limp, but she did her best with what she had to work with. There was a strength that very few had access to and what made matters worse was that they would have no conscious memory of any of it once all was said and done. As of right now, her mind was blank as was her expression while her body was more reacting than consciously moving.

With dagger clenched in hand and her head bowed, the elfess staggered across the body littered room with the 'target' in sight. Due to Elizabeth being preoccupied with tending to Amanda, Tali made her move.

She closed the distance quickly, attempting to insert the silver blade that she was given straight into the child's backside. If she succeeded was unknown, but didn't seem to matter at this point. A hollow gaze stared at the blonde backside of her opponent, barely able to utter in a tone lacking any sort of emotion. "Keep an eye on your surroundings. Or else the hunter becomes the prey."
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Elizabeth was an animal, and her focus was on Amanda.

So Tali might have succeeded if she hadn't been so injured. The vampire waited until she was right behind her, and then spun. Amanda dropped limp onto the floor, forgotten. "You don't know when to quit do you? That's good, I like spirit. Makes it more interesting to break it." Elizabeth bared her teeth, and charged back at Tali.

Perhaps if she wasn't as injured the elven maid might have succeeded. As it was with her broken arm, ravaged mind, and weary body, there wasn't a chance.

Elizabeth pounced on Tali, but this time her hands found the elven maid's neck. There were no words, just vicious beastial hunger. Bared fangs reached for the flesh beneath her hands, closer, closer...

Tali felt the merest prick on her neck, before it stopped.

Elizabeth had frozen in place. Time seemed to crawl as the roar of the room faded into a dull buzz.

Then there was screaming. Inhuman screaming.

The vampire was spasming on top of the elven woman, and for once she was vulnerable. More screams joined Elizabeth's, and then another noise.

Glass shattered as in unison the windows burst inward. Figures burst through into the room clad in masks and form fitting clothing. They moved in unison through the room, attacking the vampires.

Elizabeth continued to spasm, but the lure of Tali was still too much. Even with her obvious pain the vampire was trying for her, and was so close but..

A sword appeared right between her ribs. Elizabeth looked down as if in shock, and then shuddered as she dropped to reveal Amanda standing behind her. "Come on! We need to go!" She didn't sound too sure of herself, staggering as another vampire tried to blindly attack. Amanda's back was turned, and the attack almost made it before an axe cleaved it's head from the shoulders.
Before Tali's eyes the figure turned and looked at the two women. The orc bartender from downstairs held his hand out for Amanda, and without any ceremony picked Tali up outright.
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As Tali dropped a second time, what adrenaline had kept her moving was knocked out in the impact. Clasped in the iron grip of Elizabeth was a broken elfess whose frame had grown limp yet still hold an ounce of fire within the copper gaze that tried to meet with that of her killer. This was it. She couldn't save Amanda or herself. Was this revenge from beyond the grave? Would her father be there on the other side, prepared to make the afterlife a complete and total hell? The fangs neared closer and closer, her body unable to tense in preparation for the pain that would send her over the edge.

...

Was the lack of oxygen passing through her lungs masking the pain or something?

That was strange. Even that seemed to resolve itself as the vampire's corpse fell beside her. Desperate wheezing forced her aching chest to expand, bringing with it a familiar pain. Thankfully, it wasn't as intense as having lava for blood, but it was enough for she could feel herself fading. Peering through the darkness was...Amanda? ....and the orc...from downstairs....

What the bartender scooped up could be compared to the corpses that littered the room. Limp, lifeless, with the only exception being a faint wheeze that escaped her paling lips.
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Events seemed to blur together as Talindra's battered eyes tried to process what they already were having difficulty believing. Why couldn't anyone give them a break, you know? Of course eyes weren't sentient, so their plea went unaswered. Tali would get the sense of movement as the large orc headed back toward a window.

Amanda looked up at him, then down to the street below. "We lost our chance Rarn, the bastard got away!" She cast a gaze back into the chaos, noting that the man that had made the speech before had quite thoroughly vanished. Chaos reigned among the room, with vampires being attacked and trading blows with hunters. It was also a good thing that there were more hunters than vampires because a bunch of them required more than one to take down. The lesser ones that is, Elizabeth's defeat seemed to be a fluke, because at the top of the stage the other vampires at the table were holding their own easily. Swarms of hunters tried for them, but each was thrown easily away.

Amanda snarled, looking back up at the orc. "We have to retreat. We'll lose too many if we don't." She didn't want to give the order, but losing the majority of their force for the chance of the man's destruction wasn't worth it. Bitterly she pointed to Tali. "Take her to the safehouse!" Before the orc had any other way to comment, Amanda had dived back into the fray. Rather than attempt any particular bout she instead organized a chaotic but successful retreat. The vampires were still struggling against their unseen malady enough to lose track of them.

By some manner of miracle they were able to make it out, jumping out windows and leaping across rooftops. Through tali's blurred vision she caught snatches of conversation, screams of pain, grunts of exertion. It built to a crecendo until she was happily swallowed by blackness.

**

When Tali woke again, it was to a harried looking Amanda. The woman's previous fancy outfit was gone. Replaced instead by incredibly worn but solid looking reliable armor and a very shiny silver sword.

The material beneath her was soft, and quite inviting. Amanda was inspecting Tali's arm when the elf awoke. The huntress's eyes met the elf's and softened quite unlike at the party. "Hey, welcome back. Was worried you wouldn't make it." Her arm extended past Tali's vision and retrieved a cup of water. "Here, drink this before you speak. You've been out for a day or so."
What Tali might find most intriguing was the complete lack of brittle urgency that had smothered the doctor's voice before. To all purposes the huntress hadn't been lying when she said she was a doctor.
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Anything that Tali saw or heard wasn't truly processed. Only pain, muffled screams, and darkness. Sweet, sweet darkness.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

She awoke to a familiar agony, finding solace only in that it seemed to have a grasp on her left arm. That and the familiar sight of Amanda at her side. Why was that a relief? Had something happened? Where was she? Did Amanda appear to be hurt? What of the vampires? So many questions, her mind desperately swinging at shattered memories that held the answer to most. Unlike those of her past, these weren't completely out of reach - no, just enough to where she couldn't snag any. Frustration tried to wiggle itself into the mixture, but that too was denied as she was. There was another option.

Ask Amanda!

The elfess opened her mouth to speak, but not a single sound came out. Her throat felt raw, as if she had been screaming for candlemarks without relief. Oh, that didn't feel good. So long as the Doctor was kind enough to help Tali sit up, she would accept the offer of water before trying again. "A-are you...a-alright?" Still rasp and cracked, but it was better than nothing! And it was actually coherent. Focus on the positives, not the pain that threatened to consume her being once more.

Focus on the positive. Soft sheets. Fluffy pillow. Safe building. Amanda was alive. So was she.

...did that count? Huh. It actually did. Perhaps her suicidal tendencies had been squashed by the near-death experience that she could barely remember. That would be fun to deal with once things cleared up and she could actually concentrate on a single train of thought rather than fighting several different ones as well as the urge to slip back under. The darkness was so sweet. There was no pain. No emotion. Just...peace.

Nope! No, the Vampire hunter needed to answer the question and more that were to follow. Focus.
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With all the care and skill of an actual physician Amanda grasped Tali's hand and helped her sit upright. It accomplished two things, one of them being that she could see the actual rest of the room. What she could make out in the dim lighting was a good many number of beds, and trays next to them. Flickering torches allowed her enough to see that, but nothing else.

The other, more pressing thing for Tali was that the action of rising pissed her body right the hell off. It had suffered so much injustices and pain, why should it listen to her? Muscles groaned with protest, making sure to let her know just how upset about this they were. In the end movement was quite possible, but not comfortable. Particularly her once again bandaged and wrapped arm. It throbbed when she jostled it too much. Still, Tali was alive at the very least. A bit bruised and battered but nothing else, at least that she could readily see.

Amanda let her drink from the cup, and then set it down on a table next to the chair she was sitting in. She picked up the pitcher on the tray and carefully refilled the cup again, before giving it back to Tali. "Drink some more. Just not too fast. You haven't been properly hydrated, only just what I was able to give you." She'd wait until Tali was finished to actually respond. When she did, it wasn't anywhere near the hard, brittle tone of before. "I wouldn't say alright, but I'm alive."

She reached for another item on the tray, handing it back to her. A silver dagger, stained with Elizabeth's crusty black blood sat conspicuously there. Amanda's steady gaze didn't leave Tali's own. "I think the better question, is if you are alright."
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Moving sucked.

...

Bad phrasing.

Tali bit down on her lip - to the point of drawing blood - as she tried to keep quiet about the pain upon being moved. Gods, that didn't feel good at all. That darkness was looking mighty tempting, but she forced herself to remain in the position that she was set into. Any action had a consequence, especially when they're made with an irrational, nay suicidal, mindset.

Her copper gaze glanced down at the glass of water, but simply let it sit in her good hand. With how amazing it felt to have a rush of liquid down her raw throat, she doubted that restraint could be held enough to simply sip at it. Not to mention there was a chance that she might lose it later on for nausea was now tacked on for things fethed up with the elfess.

She was basically a fething wreck, but forcing it all to remain bottled up.

A weak smile appeared across her pale features, allowing the blade to sit between them unnoticed. "S-same as you, I suppose..." Talking suck-erm, didn't feel good. No getting around that, though. "I...I f-fethed up pretty b-bad back there. I k-know it doesn't heal your w-wounds or help, but...I'm s-sorry..."

There was a thought, way in the back of her mind that demanded a voice. Would it be truly appropriate, given the situation? Maybe, if she managed to word it right. "W...w-why did you save me...? I w-was just a pat-" she began, but caught herself for there was no room for self-deprecation right now, "j-just a girl in search of a drink. Why r-risk your life and y-your mission...?"
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If Amanda was at all omniscient, she likely would have agreed with Tali's unfortunate phrasing. As it was the vampire hunter simply stared at her patient, bright green eyes cast in shadows. The flickering torches brought light to them now and then, but that only revealed a glassy, dull, emerald. As if the person Tali initially met had only been an illusion. The bright, bubbly, and clumsy doctor was gone now. Instead Tali was left with this quiet, solemn individual. Worse, hints of the other person still remained but they were only stunted shades compared to the intensity earlier.

The doctor had been akin to a sparkling ocean, a calming sea breeze wafting out to soothe from the rays of the brilliant sun. This huntress was similar, but instead of the sun brilliantly shining it was scathing, scorching. The water remained visibly inviting but felt more like liquid fire, scalding the skin of whomever touched it. No wind came to reprieve the sensation, suffocating humidity rising up to choke the very life from the lungs.

Different, but familiar.

It was as if someone had shattered a mirror, transforming the whole reflection into jagged shards. With any attempt to pick them up only driving the glass into the skin, progress painful and even if successful, would never be the same. What reflection did she see now? More to the point, did she know she looked like that? Did Amanda recognize the person in the mirror?

The human's steady gaze left Tali a few times, checking on the implements on the table. The movements were route and routine, hands going to different positions with ease and without thought. Amanda didn't seem to notice she was doing it. That begged the question, how many times had she done this that it required only autonomous thought? How many people before Tali had lain here? In the darkness Tali might be able to make out the shape of bodies on a few of the beds, but she couldn't tell if they were alive. The huntress wasn't aware of the query, so it would remain just another question as the elf recovered.

In fact, the only time she got any kind of response from Amanda was when she started talking. Even that it seemed, wasn't positive. Her brows drew downward, but for what reason wasn't clear. Disgust? Concern? The expression straddled the line between both, remaining even as Tali finished speaking. There was a moment of silence while she let Tali speak, and when her voice came the even tone of it was deafening in the silence of the room.

"I'm used to being wounded, it happens in this line of work." She didn't move but the tone of her voice seemed to wave the sentiment away, vocally dismissive. The next statement was just as even, but it was filled with a hint of something that might have been annoyance, and possibly exasperation "Yes, you did. You endangered both yourself and our mission. Expressly against what I ordered you to do. Which you agreed to in the first place." She let the statement stand, almost like a verbal slap in the face. A beat, then another before she appended her statement.

The woman sighed, and Tali could almost see tension leaving her form as she visibly softened. "Stop." Amanda suddenly sounded very tired, and it was probably more arresting and potent than her annoyance from before. "Just stop. Beating yourself over it isn't going to help. I appreciate your apologies, but they mean nothing if you simply do it again." She took the glass from Tali's hand, and refilled it carefully before returning it to the elf. "Do better. You survived, so did I. We both learned something from the experience, so I'd say it wasn't a total loss." Matter of fact, no more anger.

She pointed a finger toward Tali. "I don't know what you've been dealing with, but it seems to be quite traumatic. To go into the kind of dissociative state you exhibited usually means a mental break." She sighed, picking the dagger back up. "It explains why you had an obsessive, manic desire for alcohol." She gazed at the blood on the dagger with disgust, setting it down again on the the tray. "So a civilian, suffering from severe dissociation and mental trauma not only is able to halfway function, but despite orders to the contrary charges into probably certain death, to save someone she only just met." As she went along, her fingers extended, like she was ticking things off on a list. "Perhaps your current mental state is coloring the understanding of just how big that is. So let me spell it out for you."

She leaned slightly forward. "In my experience as a medical professional, dissociation doesn't lead to function. Quite the opposite in fact, it usually means a complete lack of function, to the point of people sometimes just laying there on the floor, basically a sentient rock." She continued on, taking a breath. "If by chance someone is able to still function, they generally see only things that involve themselves. Other people don't register in the worse cases, and the person's own safety may not matter, but to be faced with likely certain death is one thing that tends to penetrate the fog of trauma."

She let the words settle into Talindra while she turned and pulled another bottle from under the tray. A wonderful amber color with sparkling liquid inside it. Another cup, much larger than the previous one she was drinking from. Amanda set it on the tray carefully. "You were willing to throw your life away for someone who was basically a stranger. That means that your core personality and morals were so strong and defined that they broke through your trauma. That doesn't happen often, if at all. Rarely people don't exhibit such adherence to their principles." She pulled the top off the bottle, a loud pop echoing in the room as she poured it into the cup.

"Our purpose is to protect as many people that we can from the monsters that live among them, so they don't suffer as we have. Everyone of us is here for a reason, but the one thing that links us all is a hatred of vampires and an understanding that people matter. A vampire simply sees food, so I ask you what that would basically make me if I disregarded you because you happened to be in the way? If I start seeing people as obstacles to be ignored or dismissed that makes me no better than the creatures I fight." She sloshed the liquid around in the glass, a circular motion that was oddly mesmerizing. It caught the vampire hunter's gaze for a moment or two until she lifted it to meet Tali's.

" You didn't know me, and rather than take the easy way out you risked your life so you could save mine. " Amanda's voice had lightened, and there was a quiet appreciation in the huntress's tone that shone through her calm temperament. "So you saved my life. Something which I haven't thanked you for." She reached for the glass, and offered the cup with the liquid to Tali. "Thank you for saving my life. You'll want to drink that slowly." Amanda leaned back in the chair and waited for the elf to finish her sip. "So, now you have the alcohol you so desperately wanted, and the least I can do is offer a sympathetic ear to why exactly you were in such a state." The huntress looked away from Tali then, at something that was happening in the other room, but returned her attention back to the injured elf afterward. "It'll help you feel better, and answer a question I have of my own."

After that Amanda only leaned back in her chair, fingers interlocked in the middle of her lap and waiting for the elf to speak.
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It felt as if she was looking in a mirror.

A reflection of how she must have looked while trudging through the town. Glazed. Expressionless. Any hint of emotion practically drained (not good at phrasing today!) from her body, leaving her a hollow shell capable of the basic movements to pass as normal. The idea that she thought and felt all of this upon meeting her companion's gaze added an additional pang of guilt to the growing list of issues wracking her brain at present. Had she done this to the woman? Did her actions truly transform such a bright individual? Or was it all a perfect mask?

Either thought was terrifying and painful yet not given a voice. Instead, the elfess simply sat there and took the grueling punishment of being told what she had done wrong. It felt as if she were a child, being scolded by her father...

You fething whore! You were supposed to come back!

Her already paling skin dropped another shade. If provoked any further, the poor thing would lunge over the side and loose what little was in her system. The water glass shook in her tightened grasp, forcing out quiet exhales while keeping her attention on the punishment-wait. Had something changed in the time that she slipped into past memories? Amanda's tone had grown almost...tired, yet somehow also kind, and was in the process of responding to her previous question.

Was that truly how the hunter saw things? If Tali fought past the initial self-doubts, she found little error in Amanda's logic. Tendrils of relief tickled at her frame, offering what her body seemed to reject. Despite this, she managed a small smile while her gaze dropped to the one thing she had been craving for so long.

Alcohol.

As a shaking hand extended toward the glass, she came to an abrupt halt inches away from it. The elfess retracted her arm, bringing it up to clump auburn strands into a white-knuckled grip. "I..." she began, but the words trailed off. After all of that praise, could she truly admit to being a murderer?

Nope. Off she went.

The elfess crumpled over onto her side, losing what little was in her system. Once it was all out and turned into pathetic dry-heaves, she collapsed against the bed and simply laid there - glass miraculously still in hand and intact. Her breathing turned into weak wheezes while her gaze drooped into a semi-conscious state. "I...killed my parents..." she spoke, but barely above a whisper and without meeting Amanda's gaze. "Someone is hunting me...wants me dead....and now I understand why..."
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Hm.

Granted, it wasn't completely unexpected.

The elf had just woken from what had been an incredibly grueling few days. Fighting alone was an immense stress, particularly if you were new to it. Add dissociation and recovery on top of it, and honestly she was surprised Tali had woken at all. The doctor turned to the tray again, setting the cup back down, and refilling the water glass from before. Once Tali was through she offered it wordlessly to her again.

Was Tali looking for any reaction? Well, she'd find none. Amanda was a doctor, and had been for a good while. You don't stay in that profession without hearing some things. The huntress already knew Tali was willing to kill monsters, but apparently that didn't exclude people, as well. Judgement was cast aside, only the quiet calm of the doctor's voice.

"Justification is what separates monster from man. Do you mind if I ask the reason why you did such?" Her eyes did narrow just a fraction at the last part, but she said nothing else.
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