She listened to him and nodded slightly. "I'll try...."
Erik gave her a sullen smile. [i "You can't erase the past, Ari. You are guaranteed nothing but pain if you hold onto it so tightly. Use it to become a stronger person, but don't let it be your source of strength."]
"I try to... But as you can see, sometimes I need help." She said quietly and sighed looking up at him.
He nodded sadly, understanding her pain. [i "The images will live in your dreams, no matter how many years pass. You can only work to get stronger because of them. Ensure that it doesn't happen again."]
Alex sat quietly and listened to the two. He had no experience with mass traumas like they had. He wasn't about to act as though he knew their suffering.
She nodded understanding and said. "I've seen many deaths here... But for me, the worst was my family's deaths.... Every time I try to sleep or close my eyes, I can see it happening, smell the gunpowder and smoke... Hear my family screaming...."
The older male sat with his back against the wall, features haunted by his thoughts. [i "I've not slept through the night in many years,"] he answered quietly. [i "I see lifeless faces in worn stripes, every time I close my eyes."]
Ari was a light sleeper in closed quarters and woke up at almost every sound. She sighed and watched Erik. "Can't sleep either?"
A handful of them decided to take a first watch, ensuring that nothing changed while the others caught up on rest. Michael forced Alex to sleep, hoping that his parents would sleep long enough to recharge their systems from the exhaustion that had been plaguing them.
"Try to sleep." she said and closed her eyes tiredly.
[b "Can't argue with that,"] he sighed. [b "They haven't shown us mercy. Make sure they don't get any either."]
"Alex, I can take care of it myself, it'd be the only chance I would have to kill them...." She said frustrated.
[b "I'll kill them myself, if they try to take you,"] Alex was trying to stay calm but his sense of rationality was out the window with Ari under threat.
"no, I know them. They will try..." She said and sighed.
[b "They're not going to lay a goddamn hand on you,"] Alex snapped.
[i "Jasper is going to work as fast as he can. It may not have to go that far,"] Michael tried to be reassuring.
Ari gave him an apologetic look and said. "They'll probably try to break my will before trying to experiment on me... Or they might vivisect me..."
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