𝐗: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐱
We all stomped forward in sync, stopping once we hit the third step. A gasp was ripped from my throat when I saw Gi-hun nearly fall of the edge. All the worry however, left my body when I saw the other team tumble over each other, and land on the floor.
"Pull!" Sang-woo screamed at the top of his lungs, and I pulled so hard I felt as if my arms would break off if I pulled for any second longer. Relief swelled my body as Gi-hun made it back up and caught his footing, before helping us pull.
The opposing team were helplessly being dragged across the platform. I almost felt bad, and forced myself to remember that it was either them or us. This was survival of the fittest.
I let out loud groans with every tug, as the opposing team found their footing and regained their rhythm back. If we didn't win now, we wouldn't win at all. They wouldn't fall for the same trick twice.
A few people at the back of their line fell to the floor, which only gave me more of a reason to pull. The closer the leader got the the edge of the platform, the more I felt as though a weight was being lifted off my shoulder. I was mad at myself for being so inconsiderate; for being happy at the thought of them dying.
One by one, they fell off of the edge, loud screams harmonising and mixing with each other.
I thought it was over, and that we had survived, but I started to panic as the rope hadn't been cut yet. We were being dragged down with the losing team, my wrists restricted by the handcuffs.
On the last second, the guillotine dropped and severed the rope. We all fell backwards. 240 fell on my leg, and I fell back on a heavy breathing Sae-byeok.
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We were all walking out of the elevator, tension thick in the air as we passed another group who were about to compete.
Sae-byeok looked completely out of it, with messy hair and a sweaty face. Everyones hands were covered in pretty gross blisters and cuts, and I hissed whenever I'd clench my hand and hurt them.
"What are your names?" I heard 240 ask from behind us. Sae-byeok grabbed my arm and kept on walking. "Why do you want to know?"
I was confused as to why she was never this secretive when I asked for her name. Maybe it was because we both hadn't truly known what we got ourself into.
"To call you by your name, obviously." 240 remarked, but Sae-byeok paid her no mind. "Don't call me then." She said coldly, and the tension surrounding our group only increased.
"You're so secretive." She sighed. If I was being honest, I just wanted to get to the main room asap to quickly eat and sleep. Extra conversation was setting those plans a few extra minutes back.
"Do me a favour," she started, "just leave us alone." And we started to head off to the main room, before I turned around to 420.