As the sun set, several hands pushed Lavender Hope toward the gallows. By the end, she walked willingly. Resistance was futile. They all believed she was guilty.
One hand held her back.
"Wait." Silente's voice, quiet though it was, broke through the commotion. "I can't do this without you, Lav. We're in this together."
Lav shook her head. "Sil, I've been deceiving you this whole time. I'm one of the--"
Silente squeezed Lav's wrist even tighter. "Don't try to lie and protect me. It won't work. They knew I was the other mafioso before even before I blatantly admitted it. I'm going to die soon, and I'd rather it wasn't alone."
Lav nodded and gave Silente a hug. "Okay. Together it is."
No one felt like saying no to a request like that.
Lavender and Silente walked up to the gallows side by side.
"Do not go gentle into that good night," Silente said, looking meaningfully at Lav. "Just because we haven't won doesn't mean we didn't fight. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Lav nodded. "I will go down with this ship. I won't put my hands up and surrender."
"It's been a pleasure working with you, Lav."
"Same to you, Sil."
As soon as their moment of song and emotion was over, Lavender, Mafioso and Silente, Mafioso hung side by side.
The town and survivor have effectively won.
As you may have noticed, this round has ended a bit earlier than it needed to. This is because a few people contacted me and said they were experiencing negative emotions as a result of the game. I've decided to cut it short rather than risk anyone getting hurt further. I apologize for my shortcomings as a host.
I know this game was fun for a lot of people, so I'll consider bringing it back in June, but right now I need a break, and I know others do as well. If I bring the game back, I will take steps to make sure the game is more fair and enjoyable for everyone.
Thank you all for playing.