This track is really haunting and beautiful
(too bad it comes at such a negative point in the game)
I’m so awkward when I was at Gamestop picking up the TWDG GOTY edition the guy was like “Have you played through it before?” and I was like “Yeah, I own it on Vita and Steam. I wanted a physical copy” and he was like “haha understandable” and I was like “Yeah I’m really into this game” and he nodded and said “Have you heard Clementine’s gonna be the playable character in Season 2?” and I said “Yeah, I keep up with news about it”
and it was all well and good but then I had to take it one step too far and after a moment’s silence I was like “I’m dressed as Lilly today” (because I was/am)
and he kind of looked me over and was like “Oh…haha…cool…”
afterwards my brother said to me “He was on board until you told him you were dressed as one of the characters, then he looked at you like you were a weirdo”
but I mean come on, is it not conventional to go purchase games dressed as characters from said games
“All right, last rations today are for Carley.” Lilly opened her fist, revealing a scrap of jerky. It was hardly a meal – more of a withered appetizer.
The unfed survivors grumbled and dispersed. Carley snatched up the jerky, just barely stopping herself from devouring it in front of Lilly. “…Thanks.” The pathetic bit of food disappeared into her coat pocket.
Lilly’s eyes flicked down to her chicken-scratch schedule. Under the present date, her own name was crossed off. In the same meticulous handwriting, Carley’s was squeezed in underneath it.
“Don’t thank me. Today’s your day.”
Carley pushed the jerky around in her pocket. Seeing other people go hungry made eating a lot less appetizing – even to someone as starving as she was. “How long have you gone now?”
Lilly’s gaze lifted from the schedule. The shadows beneath her eyes had grown darker in the past few days. They gave off a sunken sort of look, almost skeletal in appearance.
“I’ll eat soon. Last month I went five days and I was fine. I’ve been scheduling myself around that.”
“Around how long you can possibly go without any sustenance?” Carley frowned. “That’s terrible.”
“Would’ve been worse if we hadn’t started scheduling our meals at all.” She crossed Carley’s name off the list, signifying the end of the day’s food. “We’d have fallen apart a long time ago. Fighting to death over food…” She exhaled, her brows knitted in a futile frustration. “Knowing I’ll eat eventually is better than realizing ‘Whoops, we ate it all two months ago’.”
Still feeling around in her pocket, Carley’s fingers twisted the center of the jerky. It began to tear in half.
“You should go.” Lilly waved her off. “Don’t feel guilty. I’ll eat when it’s my turn.”
Carley produced half of the broken stick of jerky from her pocket. Lilly quickly averted her eyes, focusing on anything else. The broken half was left, waiting, in her palm.
Carley stared at the food for a brief moment. Then she tossed it into her mouth.
Lilly scowled. “Seriously? You had to eat it right here?”
Still chewing, Carley dropped the other half into Lilly’s hand.
Lilly gawked at it. “We can’t divide the rations. That’ll screw up the schedule.”
Carley slid one hand down onto her hip. “Okay, fine.” Swallowing her mouthful, she reached for the stale scrap.
“Whoa, hey.” Lilly pulled back. “You gave this to me. You can’t take it back.”
A tiny smirk warmed Carley’s face. As mature as she tried to act, Lilly could be so childish sometimes. “You can have it, Lilly. I gave it to you.”
Lilly narrowed her eyes, still scowling. “Hrmph.” She casually pocketed the jerky.
Lilly mumbled a thank you.
Satisfied despite the reluctant expression of gratitude, Carley smiled. “Next time you end up with some almonds, though…I really like almonds.”
Lilly produced a gnawed pencil from her pocket and scribbled down a footnote. Carley rose up on her tiptoes to peer down at the clipboard.
Next to her name, the paper now read “request: almonds”.
“Thanks.” In her usual facade of confidence, Carley tossed her hair over one shoulder and strutted off. Lilly watched her go, her scowl softening.
As she walked away, Carley glanced back to find Lilly wolfing down the half-ration, licking her fingers afterward.
Took a break from printing and cutting my leave behinds to work on this a bit. Only lineart so far, I may be able to color and shade it later if school doesn’t get in the way.