as we professionals say: this sucks.

who: kaori and open to those in her house!
where: the living room
when: mid morning

Kaori had stopped writing her case notes. She'd locked them back up with the others. Normally, she'd be going over all of them, doing an inventory of the medications she'd been given, organizing. But not this morning. It hadn't taken her long to discover that both Dave and Lina were gone. And, after a pm check, Kales and Emma as well. Four in one shot. For the second time. She could handle a lot, and she would handle this as well, but for the moment? She was curled up on the end of her couch, staring off into space, holding her mug of tea even if she hadn't drank any of it.

This sucked. End of story.

 - .

Confusion. That was a good way to describe it, Salem was certain. She had no clue where she had woken up. Just that all her belongings were neatly put away and she was lying in a bed in a room she'd never been in before. She spent quite a bit of time in there that morning, trying to figure out if she was dreaming or not. With all the craziness that was the experiment, she was freaking out more than a little bit that she'd been subjected to yet another round of insanity.

After a while, she worked up the courage to venture out of the room and further into the house. Her path led her to the couch where Kaori was sitting. She cleared her throat to announce her presence to the woman and bit her lip. "Please tell me you know where the hell we are..."

 - .

Kaori looked up, and kept her eyes on the new girl for a long moment. "We are in the town you were told about by the rescue workers. The experiment has not ended, however, and currently we seem to be wrapped up in a side experiment where people are randomly placed in houses together." she explained. "My name is Kaori. Yours?" she asked. "And would you like tea?"

 - .

Salem listened as the girl spoke. She remembered the town that she'd been told about, but she focused on the fact that the experiments hadn't ended. "They're doing more experiments?" she questioned, eyes going a little wide. She paused a moment and then nodded. "Tea. Yes, tea would be lovely. I'm Salem."

 - .

"Pleased to meet you, Salem." Kaori said, getting up to head towards the kitchen, where she poured the girl some tea. "This was my house until people were dropped into it. We have another room mate, her name is Svetlana, and she likes to keep to herself mostly." As in she liked to try to escape whenever she could, and she was fairly insane. But, who was counting.

 - .

"Nice to meet you too." she said as she followed along after the girl, glancing around and trying to take in her surroundings as she went. "You said there was another experiment?" she questioned softly. "What are they doing to us now?" She wondered if she'd be able to make it through this experiment. Wondered what horrors were awaiting her.

 - .

"There were several." Kaori said. "A-E. Right now...we're here, and we're in this town, and we're still in the middle of things. Just...on a different scale. What happened with you when you were in your experiment?" she asked, getting the tea for the girl and holding it out towards her.

 - .

Salem took the tea from the woman and wasn't sure what to say. More experiments? "E." she said, eyes flickering between the cup and the girl before her. "Which one were you in? And what do you mean on a different scale? What are they doing to us now?"

 - .

Quite frankly, Svetlana was sick of waking up where she hadn't fallen asleep, even if her little blue bedroom was becoming familiar. She had liked Owen's bathroom. She hadn't been all that adverse to Owen, either, despite his twitchy idiocy, because he hadn't been annoying. He'd known when to shut the fuck up and not bother her. Something that Kaori had yet to master. However, Svetlana had also become accustomed to Kaori bringing her food. And this morning, the princess in the tower was mising her room service, so she moved rather reluctantly downstairs where she figured she'd have to get her own fucking orange juice.

She jolted slightly when she saw the girl with pale blonde hair who somehow managed to be even shorter than her. How wonderful, a room full of skinny, midgetty girls. At least that stupid Doctor wasn't around. He was the only person in this house who actually worried her. Even so, she didn't like new faces in her territory, and she still wasn't feeling 100% - her frostbite was still itchy and the odd wave of shivery nausea still struck her at inoppertune moments. She hissed softly and peered at the pair of them round the doorframe, aiming a scowl at Kaori that simply said Where's my breakfast?

 - .

At the sound of the now familiar hiss, Kaori glanced over towards the door and Svetlana. "Svetlana, this is Salem." she introduced, as if she wasn't behaving strangely. "Salem, this is Svetlana." Refrain from sudden movements. she thought to herself. Lord, was she not in a frame of mind to be dealing with this this morning. But, she didn't get a choice in the matter. So, Kaori was going to attempt to be useful. "Svetlana, Salem, if you would like something to eat, there's bagels. If you would like to cook, feel free. Svetlana, Salem is our new room mate. Lina and Dave have been removed." There. Everyone was up to date now. And she could continue her conversation with Salem soon, though she wanted to montior the situation with Svetlana first, just to be sure the girl didn't try to do anything harmful to Salem. One never quite knew. Though, Kaori knew she at the very least had more tools she could use now. Like sedatives.

 - .

Salem heard the hiss and it startled her, enough to make her eyes go a little wide. She slowly turned her head in the direction of said hiss when Kaori introduced someone else. She gave a weak little smile to the woman and murmured a small 'hello' and then turned back to Kaori. She wondered if the other girl could talk or if she only hissed, but she didn't ask that, figuring it to be rude. "Thank you." she said with a slight little nod. "Dave and Lina?" she questioned. "So more people were here and now they're not?" That was frightening. How long would she be here before she got removed?

 - .

Dave was gone? Svetlana didn't know if that was a good or a bad thing. She hated knowing he was around, prowling, but what was the old saying? Friends close, enemies closer? Yeah, and it wasn't like she had any friends she had to worry about. Whatever. She shook the uncertainty off. Tossing her head Svet fixed the new girl in a don't-fuck-with-me death glare as she flounced into the kitchen, leaving her two 'roomies' to their pointless conversation. Shoulders back, head high, claiming territory.

She reached the kitchen and began rifling through the cupboards for food. She was going to try hoarding again - she could sleep with a pillowcase full of food hugged tight in her arms like she had done in the isolation room. Woe betide anyone who bothered her now, as she hunted for sugar and fruit.

 - .

"There were more people here, and now they've been removed." Kaori confirmed. "It happened quite often in my own experiment, but I am under the impression that it did not in others." As for her reaction to Svetlana's behavior, she ignored the girl. She didn't give her extra attention for her attitude. She also effected a sort of continued calm for Salem, because she was sure she was nervous. All the little body language clues were present.

 - .

She definitely was nervous, to say the least. The other woman was a little frightening, she didn't speak, she just hissed. Salem wondered if that was perhaps because she'd had a hard time in her experiment, but she wasn't about to ask. Maybe because it wasn't her business, or maybe because she just didn't want to know. It was safer not knowing. "They just take people out and put new ones in?" she questioned, blinking a couple of times. "Did they do anything to get taken?"

 - .

Svetlana cocked her head with curiosity, straining to hear the women's soft voices over the plasticy rustle as she stuffed a bag of pretzels down her shirt. SHe wanted to know more about the vanishings - what if the scientists vanished her? Back into your Room, with the electroshock therapy bed and the never ending noise and the flashing lights...and your dead baby screaming at you through the walls. She shuddered, caught up in her own thoughts, staring at scabbed hands pressed hard against the kitchen counter.

No, not now. She could curl up into a non-blinking state of stillness after she had listened to what stupid know-it-all Kaori and the new bag of bones had to say. They probably didn't know anything, but just in case they did, information was never a bad thing.

 - .

"They often did with my own experiment, and it seems they're following the trend here." Kaori answered Salem. "Up until last night, two friends of mine were staying here as well. And two others in town disappeared. I don't mean to alarm you, but it may be something you want to keep in mind, just so you know it's a possibility." she said as neutrally as possible. The loss of friends was having a detrimental impact on the woman, and she needed to keep that to herself.

 - .

Salem tried her best not to look too alarmed at that, but there was the very real possibility that she might not even wake up again in the same place tomorrow. She simply nodded to the girl, silently agreeing that she'd keep that in mind. "What'd they do to you in your experiment?" she questioned.