Vore High School: 16 - Battleground Part 3
"...Brooke?" Lawrence asked in a daze as he looked up at the person who had just saved him from the Johnsons' vicious attack.
"I can't believe you let them beat you up this easily." The person said, confirming that it was in fact Brooke since they didn't deny it. "Give me a break..." Lawrence muttered as he struggled to get back on his feet. "I got a few good shots in." Meanwhile, Ray Johnson was reeling from the blow to the face while William Johnson was still trying to get the dirt out of his eyes. "You...bitch." Ray angrily growled at Brooke as he flexed his arms in an attempt to show some force. "What's up, loser?" Brooke mockingly responded. "You're gonna pay for that cheap-shot." Ray told her. "You guys attack Lawrence in the middle of the night in the forest and I'm the one throwing cheap-shots?" She retorted. "Hell of a double standard." "Well perhaps you'd like a double ass-kicking?" William Johnson asked as he stood up and went with his brother Ray, having cleared the dirt out of his eyes. "I was just about to ask you the same thing." Brooke smiled. "Lawrence, take the big brother." "Uh...which one is the big brother again?" He asked, having forgotten who was older. "I am." William Johnson told him as he charged towards Lawrence.
All of a sudden, Lawrence found himself in an intense fight against the older Johnson while Brooke had to engage the younger one. Unfortunately for Lawrence, William seemed to be the smarter of the two brothers and easily predicted and blocked all of Lawrence punches. "Not much training, right?" He asked as he elbowed Lawrence in the stomach. "I've trained myself since I was 5." With that, he immediately grabbed Lawrence around the neck and began dragging him through the forest while his younger brother was effortlessly dodging Brooke's punches. Soon, they were back at the field where the fight had taken place yesterday and Lawrence was tossed to the ground by William. "What the hell was that for!?" Lawrence angrily asked. "I know that the girls of ROVE have a drug that makes them stronger than average when they're in the area of ROVE's electricity." William explained, though Lawrence knew he had to be out of his mind. It was true that the girls at ROVE were stronger than the guys on average but Lawrence had been at the school long enough to know that it wasn't caused by a drug or electricity. Even if the girls were stronger than average, they weren't superhumanly strong given that the yeti that they battled in January was capable of hurting them.
With that, Lawrence charged at William again but was grabbed by the collar of his shirt and tossed into a nearby tree. Lawrence quickly stood up again and charged at William, this time narrowly avoiding his arm and delivering a kick to his knee, making the older Johnson stumble. "Not bad." He commented as he ran up to Lawrence despite his injury and tackled him to the ground. As he fell, Lawrence put his foot around William's leg in an attempt to take him down with him but this ultimately proved pointless as William simply lifted his leg and avoided it as Lawrence fell on his back. With that, William got down on Lawrence and proceeded to beat him senseless. Shoulder, thighs, stomach, face...nothing was safe from William's punches which hurt a great deal. "Havin' fun, loser?" William taunted him as he continued to beat him down. "Go die." Lawrence told him as he closed his eyes, preparing for a final punch to knock him out, at best. Just when William was about to deliver the punch, Lawrence heard an impact and opened his eyes to see what it was about.
As he looked over, he saw that William had been knocked to the ground by Kent, Robert and John Pinkerton. "You alright, dude?" Kris asked Lawrence as he extended his hand to him. Lawrence quickly took Kris' hand and got up, dusting himself off and trying to gain an understanding of the situation. "What's going on?" Lawrence asked. "Well, we noticed that you took a while to get back and when we saw Brooke running outside, we though something had come up." Kris explained. "Though how she knew is beyond me." "Maybe she just had a lucky hunch." Lawrence commented as he reeled in pain. "Calm down dude, just take it easy." Kris told him. "Kent and John will take care of Mr. Johnson over there." As Lawrence looked over, he saw Kent, Robert and John teaming up on William and giving him a real fight, a far better one than he was able to put up. "Wait, what happened to Brooke!?" Lawrence asked, remembering how she saved him the first time. "Come on!" Kris told him as he began running through the forest with Lawrence running behind him.
On the other end of the forest, nearer to ROVE's buildings, Kris and Lawrence arrived and saw what was going down with Ray Johnson. Allen, Blair, Elizabeth, Ruby, Emily and Brooke and even Jordan were all laying it down on Ray, barely giving him any time to retaliate. The seven of them were able to effectively keep Ray at bay by simply shuffling themselves around. When one would punch, another would follow up and Ray wouldn't know where to go. Though weren't able to give him as harsh a beating as Gerard gave him, it was likely the second-worst beating Ray ever had in his life. "Why don't they take him closer?" Lawrence asked, knowing that the vicinity wouldn't let the girls use their strength as they do inside the school buildings. "He's aware that girls a stronger inside but he thinks it has something to do with seriods or whatever." Kris explained. "What a moron." Lawrence commented. "You wanna get in there?" Kris asked. "Not this time dude." Lawrence said, clutching his ribcage. "Alright then, next time then." Kris said as heran into the fray and punched Ray in the back of the head. The moment Ray turned around, Ruby punched him in the back of his head, angering him. "You guys are a bunch of dicks!" Ray angrily exclaimed. "You and your brother team up and attack our friend in the middle of the night and you're calling us dicks?" Allen sarcastically asked him.
For a while longer, Ray continued to hold off the assault as best he could. Even though he was a jerk who gave jerks a bad name, Lawrence had to hand it to him, he was a very good fighter. His ability to hold off 8 opponents at once showed his talent, though it didn't seem to do much good against Gerard. Eventually, Ray began to tire after his constant fighting and soon began to dodge attacks rather than hit back. "What's wrong?" Brooke mockingly asked. "Tired?" "Get out of here, Ray." Allen told him. For a while longer, Ray looked at everyone with a serious look of contempt until, ultimately, he grunted and took off into the forest while Robert chucked a rock at him as he did. "Take that!" Robert shouted. The rock went into the forest but it remained unknown as to whether or not it hit Ray. "Nice one." Lawrence laughed, before he bent over in pain. "AAARGH..." "Dude, are you alright?" Jordan asked as he ran up to Lawrence. "Yeah...a...yeah..." Lawrence wheezed. "Dude, did Ray or William hurt you that bad." Kris asked. "Probably." He answered. "Come on." Allen said as he took Lawrence's arm. "We're going to the infirmary."
(The Next Morning)
"You know, Lawrence, I think you're the first student in a long time to be in the infirmary after having a genuine accident." The hot nurse told Lawrence as he lay in bed. "Yeah. I guess most end up here during reformation after being eaten." He commented unemotionally. "Well, rest up, you'll be fine in a few hours." She told him as she left. For a while, Lawrence laid down in his bed and just thought about everything that had happened last night. He thought about how much worse his condition would have been if Brooke had not showed up and the others had not followed her. Even after she was apparently angry with him, she came out to save him. For the first time in a while, he thought his choice to enter ROVE was a good one. "Hey?" A voice called out softly. As Lawrence turned his head, he noticed Brooke coming through the door towards him. "How are you?" She asked. Lawrence noticed that unlike most times, where her voice seemed to be kind of forceful, her voice right now was kind of sweet and relaxing. "I'm alright." Lawrence replied.
"You know, there were a lot of rumours going around about what happened between us." She said. "I guess you heard them?" "Some." Lawrence replied. "Anyways, that's why I didn't want to meet you in front of a crowd, I was afraid you'd call me out on it." She explained. "I wouldn't have done anything of the sort." Lawrence told her. "At least not in front of people." "Yeah. I guess I should've been trying to get to know you rather than trying to eat you." She laughed, making Lawrence laugh along with her. "So are we good?" She asked. "Yeah, we're good." Lawrence replied. "Excellent!" Brooke exclaimed as she pounced on Lawrence in his bed and began what she was good at. Withing a matter of seconds, Brooke had engulfed his entire body and laid down in the bed with Lawrence now inside her. "Well, think about it like this Lawrence, you're still in your bed. Kinda." She giggled as she rubbed her greatly expanded belly. "Don't worry. You'll be safe and we'll both be alright." With that, Brooke covered herself up with the blanket and drifted off to sleep, with Lawrence surprisingly not moving inside her.