Setting: Dawn Room and various
Time: Day 003, the wee crack of dawn
Summary: Machi and Jack discover.... each other?
Warnings: Mass confusion!
Waking from a dreamless sleep, Machi opened his eyes and almost immediately become aware of a line. That was the only word for it--a long cord, extending from him to... somewhere, he didn't understand; mysteriously, it went towards a wall. Awareness of the collar was second, rousing him more completely from sleep. His sense of it was belated because of his neckwear, but when he put a hand to where the... line seemed to go he found it pretty quickly. Alarmed, he fumbled along its length for a way to take it off but there was nothing--tearing at it with his fingers was useless and when he tried to cut it off it gave not at all, remaining stubbornly around his neck. It would be fair to say he was upset--logic briefly gave way to fear, and anger. It wouldn't come off. The singer... Anna was still asleep and he almost woke her, his tears of frustration starting to betray him, but in moving he noticed the line moved with him--grew with him, even though he couldn't grab it. It stayed attached to a fixed point on its other end, mockingly refusing to lead anywhere except through the wall. He moved to the left, testing it by walking farther and farther away, forwards and backwards, and found it was almost definitely going somewhere, somewhere he couldn't reach because of the solid objects in his way. If he could go around them... he really didn't want to, he didn't want to have to deal with this nightmare again, but if it wouldn't come off... He glanced at Anna--she was still sleeping, and deeply.
Machi hesitated to leave the singer behind, and part of him told him it was a bad idea to go anywhere at all (even though it was daytime--just barely, perhaps, though he heard no monsters), but he couldn't wake anyone else... and he didn't want to tell her in case she thought he was insane or worse. To be completely honest, he didn't really want to know where the line would take him. If this... this was the punishment he thought it was, the idea of whatever would be on the other end was terrifying--he didn't even have to know what it was to know it would hurt him. But he couldn't just sit here. He didn't want to wait. It would be better if he went on his own, in secrecy--afraid though he was of leaving her behind, it was preferable to explaining or taking her with and he'd almost certainly be able to find her later if he survived. If. If not, then she'd never know what happened, and that would be better ion the long run, he suspected. The piano was on the way to the kitchen, though, and there was no other way to get to the food--Machi felt he could find her eventually if he waited there. Everyone had to eat. Glancing behind him to make sure no one had seen him leave, the pianist left Anna and the others behind, silent and suspicious of what he might find.