Her bio from the website:
Some of the girls – Ginger in Particular – have tales that defy logical explanation and challenge the player to dig deep for meaning. Others can be explained just fine as literal stories, leaving the player to wonder if they’re supposed to do so. Ruby is the latter kind.
Ruby wanders around the woods making sardonic or nihilistic observations until she comes to the abandoned playground. As she arrives, we see a cutscene of a young guy pulling… something. Something bodybag-esque.
Camera pulls away. Fade to black.
Obviously we can just do this the literal way and assume she wound up getting dragged away in a bodybag of her own. But if we’re looking for meaning then there’s a lot to be said for the little exchange with the cigarette. Ruby doesn’t seem that emotionally needy. Whatever her faults, she doesn’t seem to crave the approval of others. She may even despise it. But here she is, doing something she clearly doesn’t want to do in order to gain the approval of a stranger.
Obviously this is because he’s “a boy”. As her bio suggests, she doesn’t think much of adults and the compromises they live with. Now she’s discovering the world gets really complicated really fast when you find yourself needing other people. This guy is bad news even if the bodybag is symbolic. He’s not good for her.
Well, assuming she’s not dead…
Unlike Carmen, Ruby isn’t attracted to the guy because he’s bad for her. Again, going back to the adult world and its complexities, I think she happens to like this guy but they have an unhealthy relationship. (Carmen is attracted to men who are destructive, Ruby is attracted to a man who happens to be destructive.)
Once again, I want to remind people what I said at the outset. This is what the game said to me. I don’t claim to have any secret knowledge, and I’m just reacting to the game inkblot-style: “What do you think of when you see this?”
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