"Do you guys have the problem of blood rushing to your head when you're upside-down? Or... no?" Matt asked.
"Upside down?" Rori asked, frowning. "I'm not sure what you mean..."
"If you were hanging from the ceiling," Matt spoke more slowly. "Would it make you dizzy?"
"I suppose so...." She raised an eyebrow. "Why would I hang from the ceiling?" She edged away now, skimming the bed and coming to the opposite side. She eyed him warily from across the room.
"You're not," Matt replied. "Joel is," he stretched out the words longer than they needed to be. "Just wondering. I kind of left him there."
Rori opened her mouth in a small O. "Whyyyyyy?" She said, horrified. "That's not even a science experiment, that's just cruel!" She knew it wasn't any good to reason with him, but she hated to think Joel was strung up somewhere and hanging. "You go get him down!"
"He's supposed to be trying to escape. But he's an idiot, so I left him there. If he's not out when I get back, I'll let him down," Matt shrugged.
Rori's chest rose and fell in angry huffs. She glared at Matt yet didn't speak, knowing it wouldn't make a difference.
Matt smirked, "Alright, now I'm letting you decide what you do today, if it's within my rules. How would you like to wear yourself down?"
"I'd like to go outside," she said. "Walk around."
"I said within my rules," Matt sighed, closing his eyes for a moment.
"Pleaaaase?" She said. "Just once? I won't run, I promise." She wouldn't abandon Joel like that.
"No," Matt shook his head, his eyes still closed. He tilted his head up towards the ceiling. "No amount of please will change my mind."
"Please? Please? I swear I won't try to run." She came around to his side and stood on her tip toes. "Pleaaaase?"
"That's not what I'm worried about," Matt sighed. "Now, for the last time, no."
"What are you worried about?" Said Rori, annoyed. She frowned. "Please."
"Why on earth would I tell you what I'm worried about?" Matt asked slowly, looking to her.
Rori rolled her eyes. "What do you have to lose?" She countered. "I think you just want to keep me stuck up in this tower until I beg you to get out. Well, I'm begging."
"If I wanted you to beg, then I would make you beg," Matt sighed flatly. "You're not leaving this room."
Rori sighed. "Can't I walk around the tower then?" She went to the barred window and looked out to the courtyard below. She longed to be running freely through the forest, hunting as was her nature, instead of being caged like a bird. She looked over her shoulder to Matt.