Kristen's gone. Slendy took her away. Or rather, she went with him. To protect her son. And us. Fuck it, I'd only been out of the Labyrinth for a few hours and I was afraid he'd come back for me.
So Chester and I are playing Go Fish with her and Razor/Adam (he insists on being called his birth name now) when I start feeling nauseous and Kristen sits straight up and stares at the windows and look who's out there with all his tentacles lashing.
Kristen says to him, "You can't have him. Master, we had a bargain, one he was not part of. I become a loyal Revenant and you spare my family. That means Indoctrination."
Slendy quits with the tentacles and tilts his head slowly to one side. She goes and hugs Adam, then Chester and I, then she goes to the window and gives us this sad little smile and says
"If I make it out of this alive, next time we meet, we'll be enemies. Next time, I'll be Two Face."
Then she opens the window, Slendy lashes out, she screams and then she and It are both gone.
Adam has tried to be as helpful as he can, but the fact of the matter is that he's only 17 and he's just lost his Mum all over again, possibly for good. He doesn't know how he put me in the Ruins/Labyrinth (he only remembers parts of his time as Razor), but theorises that Labyrinths are in Slendy's Dark World, somehow.
As to how I got out of the Labyrinth...of all the illusionary corpses, one was alive. Just one.
I couldn't sleep in the bedroom last night, because he was there- the real Chester set up a stretcher in the study, the one room free of corpses. Staring at me blankly, barely seeing me, slumped against the pillows in an uncanny mockery of the way the real Chess comes home from work and flops on the bed for a few minutes, just to relax.
There was blood everywhere. I got one brief look at the state he was in and...it's the sort of thing you should never have to see.
Every time I went anywhere near that room, he would croak "Vivi..."
I only went in that room twice. Once at the start. Once at the end.
The second time, I told him "You're not dead. You're not dying. You're alive. You're actually standing beside me at this very moment. This'll all be over soon."
Then I went outside, got some matches I had found in what remained of the kitchen and watched the Ruins burn. Then I had another episode of convulsions, passed out and wake up in the living room feeling like I haven't slept in a week. Oddly enough, Chester reported getting a headache while the Ruins were burning. Strange. We'll have to ask Adam once he's feeling a little better. We have the day off work tomorrow. We're going to drive over to Takapuna to drop Adam back with his father and sister, and we're going out for lunch.
I'm hoping for an uneventful day tomorrow. So tired...