Noran

This competition is starting to concern me. That mark on my arm is still there. I can't help thinking that if I had been eliminated, I would be dead. And if that is the case, would that mean that the others who are eliminated are dead too? No, it can't be. Myorn is strange, but he wouldn't kill us. I don't want to think that I've killed people.

This challenge is going to be, well, challenging. Apparently, we're going to be chained to a random person, and we have to fight other teams. Also, if our partner is defeated, they're replaced by a giant rock. So, essentially, if my partner is uncoordinated, I'm going to suffer for it. Please, oh merciful god, don't let the witch be my partner. I would rather have anyone else.

Apparently, there is some mercy in the world. My partner wasn't the "mauve menace". She did, however, have an entirely pink outfit and long, brown hair. I suggested that we head north, and she decides to ignore me and head south. We immediately tripped, and then I decided it would be easier to go where she wanted to go. We saw a team, and brandished our weapons. She grabbed a fan. Great, we have very different ideas of how to fight. I tried to draw my arrow, but she immediately charged at them, making me lose my arrow. She slashed at them, but they dodged, and pushed us to the ground. We managed to quickly get up, and then she slashed at them again. They dodged again, but I had a chance to shoot at one of them, defeating her. Her partner was stuck in one place, and my partner easily finished him off. We then hid behind a rock to think of a strategy for the rest of the challenge.

"Not bad," I told her.

"You're not too shabby either," she told me.

"We might as well get to know each other. My name is Noran."

"I'm Cecilia, future winner of this tournament," she said confidently.

"We'll see about that," I said with a smile.

Don't get the wrong idea; I am not falling for her. But I do think that she's an ok friend, and that me, her and Lucius could make the final four. Suddenly, I hear footsteps, so me and Cecilia jump out. I noticed that it was that witch, and lucky me, she had her back turned. I trained an arrow at her, but Cecilia suddenly pulled me behind the rock.

"What are you doing?" I asked. "That was the perfect chance to... you're one of her cronies, aren't you?"

"Yeah, I am," she said gloomily.

"I have lost any and all respect for you," I said harshly.

"Believe me, I hate her guts, too," she told me.

"Then why help her?"

"Well..."

"Oh, Cecilia," the witch then said. "So glad to see you with that poor sap. Could you hold him down so I can eliminate him?" she then said in a conniving tone.

"Don't do it," I told her.

"I really am sorry," she said.

She then tackled me to the ground, and held me down. I was having trouble getting up, and then the witch drew her knife. It then kicked in that I might actually die if I let the witch have her way. I then get a sudden surge of adrenaline, head-butt Cecilia, kick the witch away, and manage to get myself and Cecilia a healthy distance away from her. The only reason I stopped was to catch my breath, but I also wanted to talk to Cecilia.

"Why did you do that?" I asked her.

"You don't understand, she knows how to make those who don't do as she says miserable, more so than when I do listen to her," she said.

"Does she have something on you?" I asked.

"Yes, and it's very precious to me. If I don't do as she says, I'll never see it again," she said, and she seemed almost prepared to cry.

"Why don't you go get it?" I asked. "I know that she likes to go out and insult people when the challenges are over."

"But she always has some of her cronies guarding her room."

"Just make up a convincing lie, and then quietly search her room. I'll make certain you don't get caught."

"You'd really help me?" she asked.

"Of course. I can't stand the fact that she forces all of those girls to work for her."

"Actually, some of them are just too stupid to realize she's the biggest jerk in the world."

"That's just sad." I said

Suddenly, we were transported to the meeting room. I immediately rushed Cecilia to the witch's room while I searched for her to distract her. It took me a while, but I managed to find her. She was headed back to her room, and I could tell that Cecilia hadn't left yet. I stepped in front of the witch to buy her some time.

"So, commented on anyone's eye colour, yet?" I asked.

"Oh, it's you. You're lucky that Cecilia was an incompetent moron, otherwise you would've been eliminated with the other losers I already took out," she said.

"Only by playing dirty," I said.

"As long as I win, it doesn't matter. Let's go girls," the witch said.

I noticed that Cecilia had gotten out, so I let evil incarnate leave.

"Did you find it?" I asked.

"No, and I looked everywhere," she said gloomily. "She must have it with her."

"Did you make sure to leave everything the way it was when you entered?"

"Yeah, I did," she said. "Oh, but she still has it."

"Is it a photo?" I asked without thinking.

"Yeah, it is," she said.

"Sorry, I didn't mean to pry," I said.

"It's ok, I don't mind at least telling you that," she said.

"I'll see if I can help you find it tomorrow," I said.

"Thanks, Nolan," she said.

It took everything I had not to call her a bimbo for calling me Nolan when my name is Noran. I just waved her goodbye, and then headed to my room. I then realized that I completely forgot about Lucius all day, but I couldn't find him at all. I just decided to get to sleep.

Miriam

I got up early this morning, and decided to go out to the meeting room early. The only other person out there was a boy with an orange shirt, black jeans and short brown hair. I introduced myself to him, and unlike most people, he didn't shoo me away. He told me his name was Lucius, and that he was glad to meet me. We talked about our lives, though I didn't have much to talk about. After half an hour, the others woke up, so we got ready for the challenge.

Myorn told the 65, 536 of us would each be in pairs that were chained together, and if one person was eliminated, then a giant rock would replace them, hindering their partner. I hope I don't end up bringing my partner down. Of course, I'm more concerned with staying in the game, but still. I wonder if Lucius will end up being my partner.

My partner was not Lucius, and instead it was a boy who seemed of a Chinese heritage, who seemed to be at seventeen years old. I asked him what his name was, and he simply told me his name is Chen, and walked ahead, almost making me trip. He seems focused on the challenge. We saw another team, and I suggested we get to higher ground and ambush them. He may seem pushy, but he doesn't seem to deny a plan if it's a good one. We got to higher ground, jumped them, but I fell on my face after landing on the ground. However, Chen managed to defeat both of them before I could get up. I was about to tell him how awesome he was, but he then told me I was worse than useless if that was seriously the best I could do. I already wish my partner had been Lucius.

We saw another team, again on lower ground. This time, I threw my halberd at them, but I missed by a healthy distance. Chen drew his nunchucks, made me jump with him, and then easily took out the other team. I grabbed my halberd, and he then told me I was pathetic. Couldn't he at least try to be supportive? I almost wanted to cry. But he didn't care at all. Apparently, all he cares about is winning this challenge. I don't like him. We were about to head out again, but then we were transported back to the meeting room. After Myorn told us that the 32, 768 of us had advanced, Chen just left, and went into his room. Good riddance, quite frankly. I tried to find Lucius, but I had no luck, so I just returned to my room. I really hope that he wasn't eliminated. I finally made a friend; I don't want to lose him so quickly.

Cecilia

Kill me now. Not only am I skating on thin ice with Elice as it is, but now there's a VERY real chance that I'll be chained up to her for a good half hour. Does Myorn hate me or something? I'll find out after I find out if I'm with Elice or not. Please, please, please don't let me have to go through living purgatory (bet you're surprised I used purgatory correctly).

Today must be my lucky day. Instead of being paired up with Elice, I was paired up with this kid who was probably from Africa. We didn't agree on where to go at first, but he then saw things my way. We then ran into another team, and drew our weapons. I saw that he had a bow, which was ridiculous in my opinion, and I thought he had been ready to fire, so I charged ahead. The battle was rough, but we kicked our opponents' butts, and then hid to catch our breath. My partner introduced himself, but I didn't really catch his name. I think he said Nolan (I'm just gonna say my partner until I know his name for sure).

My partner then noticed someone who had their back turned, so we decided to try to jump them. I then notice that one of them is Elice, so I grab my partner, and put us behind the rock. You are not allowed to tell anyone this, but the only reason I put up with Elice is because she has a photo that is very dear to me, and if she gets eliminated, I might never see it again, since that's the only copy. My partner asked why I stopped him, and then figured out that I'm one of the girls who obey Elice. When he did, he told me he had no respect for me. I don't blame him, but I tried to tell him that it wasn't like I was with her by choice. But then Elice showed up, and told me to hold him down. Against my will, I complied, but he hit me in the head (ouch, by the way), kicked Elice, and then pulled me a good distance away.

After we had a chance to catch our breath, I told my partner that Elice has something on me, and it's the only reason I put up with her. He then told me he would distract her while I sneak into her room to find the photo (though he didn't know it was a photo at the time). When we returned to the meeting room, I headed for her room. Two of her cronies were there, but I told them that Elice needed me to get her perfume, and they let me through. Quel suprise, everything was mauve. Then again, who am I to talk, my room is all pink. I searched her entire room, cautious to put everything back exactly where I found it. But I couldn't find my photo. I got out before Elice could see me leave. I told my partner that I didn't find the thing Elice had, and he asked if it was a photo. I didn't want to reveal any more than that, but I didn't think it would hurt to tell him that much, so I did. I then headed to my room. I have to say, that kid is alright. But Elice still has that photo. When I think about it, I want that photo back just a little more than I want to win. But only a little. I am still going to win.

Lucius

I can't help thinking I cheated death yesterday. It felt like I was really freezing to death. I also can't help thinking that those who get eliminated really do die. But considering I had to eliminate some of them, I don't want to think that's true.

I headed out early to get my mind of that subject. After a little while, a girl who seemed to have questionable sense of fashion approached me. I doubted she'd try to mug me or something, so I decided to talk to her. I learned that her parents had her study all day so she could guarantee success in school. Control like that explains the wardrobe, but I feel sorry that this girl doesn't get to have fun like a normal teen.

After a half hour of talking, the others showed up, and Myorn briefed us on the challenge. When I found out that we were to be chained to someone else, I knew I wanted to pair up with Noran, but I gotta say, I wouldn't mind being paired up with Miriam either. But it's not like I have a choice in the matter, so bring it on.

Turns out, I wasn't paired with either of them. I was just paired with this random person, and we took cover to think of what to do next. We decided that we should take a team by surprise. We saw one, and then jumped them. They put up a good fight, but we managed to take them down. Suddenly, we got ambushed by another team. We managed to get out unscathed, but they were pursuing us, so we had to run. One of them threw their weapon, and it got my partner in the heart. As Myorn said, a giant stone took her place, and I was stuck. I was able to hold them at bay for a little while, but they managed to push me to the ground. I closed my eyes, prepared to be eliminated, but then I open them and realize that I must not have used every drop of luck I had yesterday, as I was in the meeting room.

I was so relieved that I was still in. When Myorn had finished his spiel about us making it to the next round, I tried to find Noran and Miriam, but I couldn't find either of them, so I headed back to my room. I couldn't stop thinking about how Miriam hadn't had the chance to have any fun in her life. I can't imagine spending all my time focusing on schoolwork. That's gotta suck.

Elice

The girl walked into her room after the challenge, and while everything seemed in order, she noticed the lingering smell of perfume she didn't use before. She did suspect Cecilia, but then again, it wasn't like she was the only one she had a hold on who didn't like her. But she was smart: she always kept everything she uses to keep the girls in check in various pockets in her clothes to insure there is no way they can get them. She felt that she was so smart and conniving it should be a crime.