Dance Magic Dance

7: The Angry Voice

SO, the following morning, the kids come into school and Mrs. Horn is going over more dinosaur stuff. Laverne and Petra are both back in school today, but Ethan is still absent.
[12/7/2014 10:07:33 PM] Maq: Maggie looks a bit better than yesterday, though she’s still got a haunted, paranoid look about her, and she’s hunched over her notebook. She’s got all their notes gathered on their dinosaur, and quietly listens to Mrs. Horn as she talks.
[12/7/2014 10:09:14 PM] Auds: Vee showed up with a little more actual research on dinosaurs, since she did dick-all the day before, but she’s still glum, quiet, sitting in her assigned desk in the window row, mostly looking out at the yard.
[12/7/2014 10:10:15 PM] Kii: Epiphany looks like she didn’t get much sleep, although someone has french braided her hair tight enough to help keep her eyes open. She pauses when she sees Petra and gives her a small hand wave before sitting down at her desk. She seems to have no new notes on dinosaurs of any sort. Instead she slides a thin book into her desk, and pulls out her notebook.
[12/7/2014 10:11:01 PM] Auds: She did seem glad to see Petra and Laverne.
[12/7/2014 10:12:12 PM] zuarkeror: Petra offers quiet, shy waves to those who wave to her; Laverne, less shy, cracks a half-smile, gives a chill upward nod while Mrs. Horn drones on about herbivores and carnivores.
[12/7/2014 10:12:41 PM] zuarkeror: Everyone except Vee, roll Wits+Comp at 1.
[12/7/2014 10:13:01 PM] Maq: 2s!
[12/7/2014 10:13:06 PM] Kii: 2s
[12/7/2014 10:14:03 PM] Adam: 5s
[12/7/2014 10:14:51 PM] Adam: Rick looks pale when he gets there, but – he always does. He’s down to just a black tee and jeans at school today, paying much more attention to whatever he’s sketching in the margins of his notebook than Mrs. Horn.
[12/7/2014 10:16:27 PM] Maq: She glances toward Vee’s desk quietly, and then looks back to Mrs. Horn. Idly she fusses with her note, and then starts slowly scrawling something and then erases it, and then starts doodling a t-rex.
[12/7/2014 10:17:31 PM] Kii: Epiphany also turns her head to get a better look at Vee, but then just rests her cheek in her hand as Mrs. Horne drones on. She looks to be writing notes in her scrawling loopy handwriting.
[12/7/2014 10:22:36 PM] Adam: Rick glances over at Vee for a long moment, at one point, then turns a page and starts some new drawing.
[12/7/2014 10:22:43 PM] zuarkeror: After a while, Mrs. Horn once again breaks up the class into their dinosaur-researching groups. This creates some complications, however, as Petra and Laverne have yet to be assigned.
[12/7/2014 10:23:43 PM] zuarkeror: Also, Bob complains
-loudly—when he discovers that Rick has been assigned to Maggie’s group. “THEY’RE allowed to have four?!” he balks incredulously. Mrs. Horn attempts to patiently explain that Rick was added late yesterday, but Bob is kind of incensed, since he is still stuck with Aaron and Eddie.
[12/7/2014 10:24:33 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn rather heartlessly shuffles Laverne into Bob’s group and Petra into Emily’s. Petra’s eyes alight with fear as she is being forced to comingle with the most popular group.
[12/7/2014 10:24:47 PM] Adam: Rick, as a matter of fact, is with Bob on this one. “Let him join his friends, Mrs. Horn, it’s only fair,” he pipes up.
[12/7/2014 10:24:50 PM] Maq: Maggie draws in a sharp breath and covers her face for a long moment. She’s stiff – and it’s as if she’s pondering going over and smashing Bob in the nose. She DOESN’T, but she is stiff and silent and covering her face as she apparently ponders it. “Mrs. Horn,” she says, “can I switch places with Petra.”
[12/7/2014 10:25:01 PM] Maq: “Or -y eah, let Bob be with Emily and move Petra there with Laverne. Please?”
[12/7/2014 10:25:06 PM] Maq: She removes her hands and nods to Rick.
[12/7/2014 10:25:13 PM] Auds: “They can join our group, Mrs. Horn,” Vee offers. “Then we’d have six, but we could do another dinosaur too, to make it fair.”
[12/7/2014 10:25:32 PM] zuarkeror: “No, Rick,” Mrs. Horn says, “It is too late for that. The groups have already begun their research. I understand you children want to be with your friends, but disrupting the groups now would be wasting time. Now, let’s all try to make new friends, shall we?”
[12/7/2014 10:25:46 PM] zuarkeror: Emily and Melissa are already glaring daggers at Petra.
[12/7/2014 10:26:23 PM] zuarkeror: Emily raises her hand wildly. “Mrs. HORN,” she announces, “Today, MY group would like to make use of the LIBRARY!”
[12/7/2014 10:26:34 PM] Adam: Rick glares his own daggers at Mrs. Horn for a moment – how is it not obvious that elementary school emotions are more important than dinosaur research?? – but then sighs and lets it go.
[12/7/2014 10:27:01 PM | Edited 10:28:20 PM] Kii: Epiphany gives Petra a sympathetic look as she’s sentenced to a group project with the popular kids, and shuffles off to sit with Maggie, Vee, and Rick, stopping at Emily’s announcement. “Yeah! Can we use the Library again, Mrs. Horn?”
[12/7/2014 10:27:56 PM] zuarkeror: “Now, Epiphany, let Emily’s group have a turn, all right? I don’t want too many of you children in the library at once. It will cause a ruckus.” She pushes herself wearily out of her chair. “Come along, Emily’s group—let me escort you to the library.”
[12/7/2014 10:28:11 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn, Emily, Melissa, Bill, and—very reluctantly—Petra, shuffle out of the classroom single file.
[12/7/2014 10:28:22 PM] zuarkeror: Petra leaves with one last forlorn look back at the others.
[12/7/2014 10:28:37 PM] Adam: Rick gives Petra a look normally reserved for doomed gladiators as she leaves.
[12/7/2014 10:28:55 PM] Auds: Vee tries to shoot Petra a reassuring look, slouching back down into her desk.
[12/7/2014 10:29:00 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne makes eye contact with Emily as she’s heading out, and draws her index finger across her own throat in silence.
[12/7/2014 10:29:37 PM] Kii: Epiphany gives Petra a sad shrug and takes her seat, sighing softly.
[12/7/2014 10:29:46 PM] Maq: She looks to Petra as well, and then she pushes to her feet, idly. She puts her notebook down next to Epiphany’s. “Watch this for a bit please?” she says then to Vee and Epiphany.
[12/7/2014 10:30:12 PM] zuarkeror: As soon as Mrs. Horn is out of the room, Bob glowers at the other group of kids. “You losers think you’re so cool,” he says disparagingly.
[12/7/2014 10:30:36 PM] Kii: Epiphany arches an eyebrow up at Maggie. “Um, sure, but… Don’t get into another fight, ok?”
[12/7/2014 10:30:58 PM] Adam: Rick shoots Bob his own glowering, dead-eyed stare, silently willing him to back off.
[12/7/2014 10:31:02 PM] Kii: She doesn’t seem to even acknowledge that Bob’s in the room.
[12/7/2014 10:31:17 PM] Maq: “No, you think you’re cool when you’re the most hated person in school,” she says bluntly to Bob, and then she nods grimly to Epiphany. She moves for the door, peeks out to see if Mrs. HOrn is halfway down – and if she is, walks out into the hall.
[12/7/2014 10:31:29 PM] Auds: “We are,” Vee says, wrinkling her nose at Bob. “Okay,” she whispers at Maggie, “But come back ’cuz I gotta talk to you guys.”
[12/7/2014 10:31:47 PM] Maq: “Okay,” she says with a nod to Vee. “I won’t be too long. Probably.”
[12/7/2014 10:31:57 PM] zuarkeror: “Where are YOU going?” Bob says incredulously to Maggie as she starts out into the hall. He follows her, with a pretty obvious intention to tell.
[12/7/2014 10:32:13 PM] zuarkeror: Aaron and Eddie look at each other and kind of exchange quiet shrugs.
[12/7/2014 10:32:15 PM] Kii: “Oh!” Epiphany whispers, scooching a little closer to Vee. “Who gave you that note, huh?”
[12/7/2014 10:33:01 PM] Adam: “Emily, wasn’t it?” Rick says as he gives up caring about Bob and scoots a bit closer to the group.
[12/7/2014 10:33:04 PM] Maq: Maggie really wishes she knew what Bob feared more than anything else so she could insult him with it, but she doesn’t seem to especially care. She heads into the hall and walks down it, pausing to turn to stare up at Bob. She leans in, and she quietly whispers to him.
[12/7/2014 10:37:39 PM] Auds: “Shh,” she worridly shushes the other two, even though they’re already whispering. “She wants me to ditch you guys at recess and hang out with them. But remember what she called me last week, at the junior high? She doesn’t think I’m cool.” Kind of a bitter worry in her voice; clearly being invited to the popular crowd holds a lot of allure for her, even if she feels guilty about it, or doesn’t trust the motives. “She must want something.”
[12/7/2014 10:38:34 PM] zuarkeror: Everyone except Maggie: Wits+Comp.
[12/7/2014 10:38:45 PM] Adam: 2s
[12/7/2014 10:38:47 PM] Kii: 2s
[12/7/2014 10:39:22 PM] Auds: 1s
[12/7/2014 10:40:08 PM] Auds: “She’s so MEAN lately,” Vee adds, whispering, with a glance at the door.
[12/7/2014 10:40:25 PM] Kii: “Her?” she says, and then stops, tipping her head and then looking back at the door. “Speaking of… Is… Do you hear that?”
[12/7/2014 10:40:33 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne watches the door with slightly raised eyebrows, but says nothing.
[12/7/2014 10:41:27 PM] Adam: “Well…don’t you want to know what Emily wants?” Rick ventures slowly, after nodding to Epiphany’s question. He slips a book from his backpack inside of their dinosaur textbook, propping them together down in his lap.
[12/7/2014 10:42:02 PM] Maq: Maggie darts back into the room looking panicked.
[12/7/2014 10:42:18 PM] Maq: She moves to her desk and then just sits down, yanking her notebook back in front of her.
[12/7/2014 10:42:43 PM] Kii: “…He’s really crying… I wonder if she hit him.” Epiphany waves Maggie back over, staring at everyone awkwardly before she finds her voice again.
[12/7/2014 10:43:51 PM] Kii: “…Are you going to go see what she wants, Vee?” she says after a few moments, opening up her textbook finally.
[12/7/2014 10:44:42 PM] Maq: “What who wants?” She asks as she glances back over to the door and then back toward the others, staring down at her notebook, and then looking toward Vee.
[12/7/2014 10:45:27 PM] zuarkeror: Aaron and Eddie eye Maggie with a bit of healthy respect—and maybe some fear—before quietly getting out their dinosaur books.
[12/7/2014 10:45:35 PM] Auds: “Yeah .. but they’re probably just gonna be JERKS,” she whispers. Then she gives Maggie a wary look. “Did you stab him?”
[12/7/2014 10:45:40 PM] zuarkeror: “Okay, you jokers,” Laverne says to them, “let’s do this right.”
[12/7/2014 10:46:33 PM] Maq: “No!” She says and shakes her head. “I was – trying to convince him to help me in – getting him there with Petra with Laverne, and I said – um, I know all you do is cry like a baby, because he DOES, and he started wailing.”
[12/7/2014 10:46:39 PM] Maq: She whispers this, in a quiet panic.
[12/7/2014 10:47:07 PM] Kii: “…You said THAT and he started crying?” she whispers back in disbelief.
[12/7/2014 10:47:08 PM] Auds: “How was that supposed to convince him?!”
[12/7/2014 10:47:48 PM] zuarkeror: The kids can all hear Mrs. Horn’s voice out in the hall, although it’s indistinct, largely because she shuts the classroom door first.
[12/7/2014 10:48:12 PM] Maq: “Because I was MAD at him!” She says then and then she nods to Epiphany. “And – and then I um, I wasn’t that nice,” she sinks down a little bit. “But I thought he’d be okay with being with his friends.” She darts a look that direction, wide-eyed, and then looks to the others, and then gets up to move by the door and press her ear against it.
[12/7/2014 10:49:41 PM] Maq: Her eyes widen due to whatever she hears, and she straightens up, looking suddenly pale. She stumbles away from the door and then moves to sit back down, wrapping her arms around herself.
[12/7/2014 10:49:59 PM] Kii: “Maggie!” she whispers loudly after the girl, and shake her head. “Well… Tell us what happens, Vee.” Epiphany stares uninterestedly at her open textbook.
[12/7/2014 10:50:53 PM] Auds: She purses her lips to the side, staring confusedly at Maggie for a few seconds,then shrugs and nods and digs her overnight notes out of her backpack. “Okay. Will you guys have my back if it’s just a nasty trap?”
[12/7/2014 10:52:36 PM] Kii: “Of course,” Epiphany says, a small smile on her face. “I mean, I can’t really throw a punch but we wouldn’t send you out to THEM all alone.” Her eyes dart back to Maggie. “What’s going on…?”
[12/7/2014 10:53:15 PM] Maq: “Yeah,” she says. “I’ll have your back. Bet they just want you to hang out with them to show you that they’re cool an’ we’re not.” She pauses and looks to Epiphany. “Mrs. Horn was saying she’d slit my throat.”
[12/7/2014 10:53:39 PM] Auds: “What?” Vee says, too startled to remember to whisper.
[12/7/2014 10:53:57 PM] Kii: “…I don’t… What?!”
[12/7/2014 10:54:05 PM] zuarkeror: The classroom door opens, and Mrs. Horn enters the room looking kind of irritated. “Margaret Stark,” she says sternly. “Step out into the hall.”
[12/7/2014 10:54:54 PM] Maq: “While I’m asleep. I’m not asleep yet,” she says. “I won’t sleep anymore.” Yeah, like the lack of sleep has done her any good. She looks alarmed to Mrs. Horn and gets up. She pats Vee’s arm – it’s a bit hard, but it’s obviously meant to be comforting – and then she slowly walks toward Mrs. Horn and out into the hall.
[12/7/2014 10:55:14 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn steps out after Maggie, shutting the door behind her.
[12/7/2014 10:55:31 PM] Kii: “…I’m getting pretty worried about her,” Epiphany whispers.
[12/7/2014 10:55:34 PM] Auds: Vee springs up this time to listen at the door.
[12/7/2014 11:00:07 PM] Auds: And then slinks back in a similar hurry, evidently content that Maggie’s not going to die.
[12/7/2014 11:00:24 PM] zuarkeror: A fraction of a second after Vee hits her chair, the classroom door opens.
[12/7/2014 11:01:06 PM] Maq: “M-may I go to the bathroom please?” Maggie says – she stumbles back through the door, looking panicked.
[12/7/2014 11:01:24 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn half steps into the room, but then turns around to glower at Maggie. “Margaret,” she says, pointing in Epiphany, Vee, and Rick’s direction, “return to your work.”
[12/7/2014 11:01:48 PM] Maq: She straightens up, stiff as a board – and marches over to her desk to sit down, silent and pale as a ghost.
[12/7/2014 11:02:19 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn sighs, shakes her head, and retakes her seat at the teacher’s desk.
[12/7/2014 11:02:26 PM] Auds: “What’d she say?” she whispers at Maggie, frowning as she opens her notebook.
[12/7/2014 11:03:11 PM] Maq: “She’s getting mad, and I’m on my last warning before she hires someone to kill me and put me at the bottom of the nearest river,” she says, harrowed. “Let’s – let’s do our work.”
[12/7/2014 11:03:38 PM] Kii: Epiphany leans to the side to whisper to Maggie, trying to avoid Mrs. Horn’s eye. “Maggie, did she… Say that, or did um, /he/ say that?” She looks very worried.
[12/7/2014 11:03:48 PM] Auds: “Maggie, that’s – that’s not what she said,” Vee says, looking worried. “I was listening. I think maybe it’s-” but she cuts herself off, nodding at Epiphany.
[12/7/2014 11:04:05 PM] Maq: “Her! It was her voice, it—” She cuts off, not apparently talking about /him./
[12/7/2014 11:05:34 PM] Maq: “What’d she say?” She asks of Vee, peeking at the other girl desperately.
[12/7/2014 11:05:43 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne is keeping an eye on Maggie, quietly, but is mostly doing mundane dinosaur work with Aaron and Eddie.
[12/7/2014 11:06:04 PM] Auds: “That she had half a mind to call your parents and send you home,” she whispers back.
[12/7/2014 11:06:32 PM] Kii: “That sounds more like something she’d say, Maggie.”
[12/7/2014 11:07:35 PM] Maq: She nods her head slowly – and then glances awkwardly toward Mrs. Horn and then back to the others. “Y-yeah, but — I still – I still heard that other stuff and it’s…I don’t want to make her mad,” she says, and starts awkwardly just writing…gibberish.
[12/7/2014 11:09:58 PM] Kii: Epiphany frowns, looking back to the utterly uninteresting book on her desk. “I tried looking up what could be happening to you last night Maggie, but… I didn’t really come up with much. Your aura’s getting all muddied and jumbled up though, you at least need to sleep.”
[12/7/2014 11:10:41 PM] Maq: She shakes her head once. “I can’t. Okay, our – dinosaur has big club tails and…stuff and they hit people with them…”
[12/7/2014 11:12:41 PM] Auds: “Um,” she says worriedly, “I looked up a bunch of stuff about ankylosaurus last night, and we got some stuff yesterday so maybe we can just .. arrange it into a presentation real fast..did she say how long it has to be?”
[12/7/2014 11:13:01 PM] Maq: “I don’t think so,” she says. “So long as we…do it.” She shakes her head a little bit.
[12/7/2014 11:13:16 PM] zuarkeror: A little while later, Mrs. Horn leaves the room once again to collect the library kids.
[12/7/2014 11:13:40 PM] Maq: Maggie, this time, doesn’t move. She just stays quietly in her seat, doodling. “I hope Petra’s okay.”
[12/7/2014 11:15:01 PM] Kii: “Laverne made it pretty clear what woud happen if she wasn’t,” Epiphany says idly, closing her book. She’s written about 3 things on her paper— that seems to be enough for her.
[12/7/2014 11:16:12 PM] Maq: “Yeah,” she says then, dizzily. “And – and if Emily did do something to her, I’ll – I’ll make her life so bad,” she just cuts off at that, and lifts her hands up to either side of her head, and then inhales and exhales again, closing her eyes and sitting back.
[12/7/2014 11:16:17 PM] Auds: “Good.” Vee nods at Epiphany and then gets a little actual work done – maybe more guilty impulse for completely wasting yesterday – but this mostly consists of organizing facts into different categories.
[12/7/2014 11:17:14 PM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn returns with the library kids in tow—Petra walks at an incredibly brisk pace, head down, like she’s just been to a concentration camp. She rushes to her seat and drops into it hurriedly. Emily and Melissa giggle to each other quietly, like they’re sharing some kind of inside joke. They seem to have had a great time. Bill is tagging along like usual.
[12/7/2014 11:17:33 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne is already glaring at the back of Emily’s head with a knot forming in her jaw.
[12/7/2014 11:18:12 PM] Kii: “…We’ll be there if you need us at recess, Vee,” she whispers lowly.
[12/7/2014 11:18:13 PM] Maq: Maggie looks to Petra at that, her eyes narrowing. She turns her attention to Emily and Melissa too, and her eyes narrow further – she breathes in sharp through her nose and lets it out a bit more slow, her shoulders tensing.
[12/7/2014 11:21:37 PM] Auds: She gives Epiphany a nod of thanks, then (other than a quick glance at Petra) looks back down at her work, with a good show of being studious.
[12/7/2014 11:21:58 PM] zuarkeror: And a short while after that, it’s time for recess! YAY!
[12/7/2014 11:22:02 PM] Maq: Yay. : |
[12/7/2014 11:22:06 PM] zuarkeror: The kids are unleashed out into the playground.
[12/7/2014 11:23:07 PM] Maq: Maggie walks slowly out on to the playground then, hovering near Epiphany and Rick and touching Vee’s arm in a show of companionship. She looks like she wants to charge over and punch Emily – and darts a look toward Emily and Melissa that looks like it means exactly that – but she seems to at least be restrained enough to wait on Vee, and instead goes over to Petra.
[12/7/2014 11:23:50 PM] zuarkeror: Emily, Melissa, Bill, and Bob go off by the jungle gym to talk whatever gossip popular kids gossip about. They completely ignore the others. Laverne is pretty much fuming. Petra walks with her eyes even more downcast than usual.
[12/7/2014 11:24:21 PM] Kii: Epiphany gathers up the thin book from her desk— it seems to be about tarot cards— and hurries along outside, making sure to hover away from Vee to make it look less suspicious… And to make sure Maggie isn’t within sprinting distance of decking Emily in the face. “What do you think this is all about?” she wonders softly.
[12/7/2014 11:24:30 PM] Maq: “What’d they say to you?” She asks of Petra, folding her hands over her stomach.
[12/7/2014 11:24:45 PM] zuarkeror: Petra just shakes her head at Maggie.
[12/7/2014 11:25:21 PM] Maq: She looks to Laverne.
[12/7/2014 11:25:52 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne looks at Maggie. “What,” she says. She’s very obviously angry.
[12/7/2014 11:26:21 PM] Maq: “What did they say to her.”
[12/7/2014 11:26:35 PM] zuarkeror: “How should I know? I wasn’t there.”
[12/7/2014 11:27:20 PM] Maq: She shakes her head a bit and turns to stare over toward where Emily is, starting to fume a little bit too. She looks around and then goes to snatch a four square ball, which she starts bouncing, apparently, by herself to try and get out excess energy.
[12/7/2014 11:27:25 PM] Auds: Vee stays at lunch a little longer than normal, but then when she does emerge, she heads for the jungle gym. “Hey,” she says with a smile, looking at Emily; she’s adopted a friendly, but slightly skeptical air – like she’s not quite sure they’ll impress her enough for her to bother with, the same kind of look they give Aaron, and sometimes Bill.
[12/7/2014 11:28:25 PM] zuarkeror: The girls appear, to those not close enough to actually hear what the popular kids are saying, to welcome Vee with warm smiles and inviting gestures.
[12/7/2014 11:30:29 PM] Kii: Epiphany opens her book, reads a few lines… And then glances up at Vee for a few moments, then back down again, then repeats.
[12/7/2014 11:30:38 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne watches Vee go off to talk to the popular kids with an expression of faint disbelief.
[12/7/2014 11:31:43 PM] Maq: CHERRY BOMB! Maggie throws her ball down as hard as she can so it bounces high up and then comes back down. She snatches it, and then promptly does it again, exhaling through her nose heavily.
[12/7/2014 11:34:05 PM] Kii: Epiphany JUMPS the first time, edging away frrom Maggie and closing her book with a frustrated exhallation. “Maggie, you gotta calm down, if you hit Emily you’re gonna get sent home and grounded, and…” She squints, and stands up on her tiptoes. “There’s a cop car outside the school.”
[12/7/2014 11:35:24 PM] Maq: “I am calm,” she says then, irritated and fidgety. “I’m super calm. I’m so calm I’m not wishing anything bad right now.” She pauses. “Why is there a cop car?”
[12/7/2014 11:35:37 PM] zuarkeror: “A cop car?” Laverne cranes her neck, peering over where Epiphany was looking a moment ago. “Yeah, there is. Huh—wonder why.”
[12/7/2014 11:36:50 PM | Edited 11:37:15 PM] Kii: “I wonder why too.” Epiphany says quickly, tucking her book in her pocket and wandering off in that direction.
[12/7/2014 11:37:24 PM] Maq: Maggie looks to Epiphany – and where the cop car is – and then looks toward where Vee is with Emily.
[12/7/2014 11:37:46 PM] zuarkeror: Epiphany can get a bit better of alook at the cop car from the playground, but to get really close to it she would have to leave the designated playground area, risking getting In Trouble.
[12/7/2014 11:39:26 PM] Kii: Epiphany takes a quick look for playground attendants… And then keeps going if the coast is clear. Maybe she WOULDN’T get In Trouble if she just looks real quick!
[12/7/2014 11:40:40 PM] Adam: Rick seems skeptical of this. He’s sitting on the jungle gym or whatever, reading an uncovered black book.
[12/7/2014 11:43:39 PM] zuarkeror: Epiphany: Dex + Stealth.
[12/7/2014 11:44:04 PM] Kii: holy shit?? 4s???
[12/7/2014 11:44:06 PM] zuarkeror: Rick must not be on the jungle gym, because that is where the Popular Kids are, so he’s on the “or whatever.”
[12/7/2014 11:44:17 PM] zuarkeror: Epiphany makes it all the way up to the cop car without being noticed!
[12/7/2014 11:44:24 PM] Adam: Definitely sitting on the whatever. Call it the blacktop.
[12/7/2014 11:44:54 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne stays near Maggie, watching Epiphany with one eye and Vee with the other.
[12/7/2014 11:46:23 PM] Maq: “I’m going to kill her,” she says then, to Laverne, glaring toward Emily and Melissa – and seeming to refer to one of them. “Hopefully they’re just trying to make Vee go against us or something.” She furiously bounces the ball again, pauses, and then glances toward Laverne. “Sorry. Um. About telling you to shut up.”
[12/7/2014 11:48:42 PM] zuarkeror: “Don’t worry about it,” Laverne says. She doesn’t respond to what Maggie says about ‘killing her,’ but it’s plain enough to see in her eyes that she feels similarly.
[12/7/2014 11:48:58 PM] zuarkeror: Petra quietly sits down next to Rick, saying nothing and staring at the ground.
[12/7/2014 11:52:52 PM] Maq: She nods her head once to Laverne.
[12/7/2014 11:53:07 PM] Adam: Rick gives her a quiet look of solidarity, or something along those lines, then turns a page in his book.
[12/7/2014 11:54:29 PM] zuarkeror: Petra glances over Rick’s shoulder, slightly leaning into him so she can get a quick look at what he’s reading. Then she goes back to staring at the grass.
[12/7/2014 11:59:07 PM] Adam: “Maggie,” Rick says then after a moment, looking up and waiting for her attention.
[12/7/2014 11:59:41 PM] Maq: She glances over toward Rick and the asphalt then. She’s mid-process of holding the ball over head, about to fling it down as hard as she can. “What?”
[12/8/2014 12:04:10 AM] Adam: “You know we’ve got your back, right?” he says mildly.
[12/8/2014 12:05:28 AM] Maq: She stares at Rick for a long moment. She looks sort of taken aback by the question, like she was prepared for all but it, and then: “…Yeah, I know.” She twitches a little bit and looks away to stare at the bouncing ball.
[12/8/2014 12:05:59 AM] Adam: “Good.” He glances towards the popular kids, and the police car, then goes back to reading.
[12/8/2014 12:10:17 AM] Maq: And with that she brings her ball down over head with a loud kaPLOONG! and it goes sailing high into the air again and she raises her hands to catch it. She looks over toward where Epiphany went.
[12/8/2014 12:11:59 AM | Edited 12:12:06 AM] Kii: Epiphany is walking back now, looking a little disappointed. “There were two cops talking to Mrs. Horn,” she calls out as she gets closer, pulling her book back out. “They said the principal was going to make an announcement later this afternoon, didn’t say why though.” She squints off towards the jungle gym. “Vee’s not back yet?”
[12/8/2014 12:12:23 AM] Maq: “No, she’s over there talking to them. I wonder what the announcement is about,” she says, uneasily. “What if it’s about Colby again?”
[12/8/2014 12:12:36 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne glances over in Vee’s direction, but doesn’t say anything.
[12/8/2014 12:13:20 AM] Kii: “The police don’t investigate missing pets— at least I don’t think so. Maybe it’s about Ethan?”
[12/8/2014 12:13:41 AM] Maq: Her eyes widen. “…What if Ethan’s missing? What if – what if she hurt Ethan?” She says suddenly, in a sharp whisper.
[12/8/2014 12:14:44 AM] Kii: Epiphany purses her lips, thinking hard. “No, I think we would have seen that in the reading. But… Maybe he ran away. That’s something he’d do, run away looking for Colby.”
[12/8/2014 12:18:02 AM] Maq: “Maybe,” she says then. “If he did, we have to find him.” She looks a bit panicked, looking around a little – and then looking back toward Vee again.
[12/8/2014 12:21:07 AM] Adam: “I hope he didn’t,” Rick says, closing his book and standing up with a frown.
[12/8/2014 12:21:12 AM] Kii: “Well, we’ll have to wait for the announcement for sure.”
[12/8/2014 12:21:18 AM] Maq: “I hope he didn’t either,” she says, quietly.
[12/8/2014 12:23:11 AM] Kii: Epiphany flips a page in her book, biting her bottom lip. She glances up at Laverne, and then back down to the pages.
[12/8/2014 12:32:22 AM] zuarkeror: Vee can be seen storming away from the jungle gym, and Melissa can be heard sing-songing at her back: “Dweeeeb!”
[12/8/2014 12:33:00 AM] Maq: “Oh, I’m going to murder them,” she says then, sharply, and she throws the ball to the side.
[12/8/2014 12:33:12 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne pushes up to her feet.
[12/8/2014 12:33:16 AM] Adam: “Stay here,” Rick says levelly.
[12/8/2014 12:33:32 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks up, stuffs the book in her pocket and starts quickly walking to go catch up with Vee. “Maggie!! NO MURDERING!” she calls over her shoulder.
[12/8/2014 12:33:36 AM] Maq: “No, that was Petra AND Vee and I was already mad about Petra and now they’re making fun of VEE and I won’t stand for it.” She immediately starts storming that direction.
[12/8/2014 12:34:33 AM] Auds: “Maggie, stoppit,” Vee says, when she sees Maggie storming. She looks a little frantic with her back to the other girls but has her jaw set in a stubborn way. “Just don’t. Okay? Let’s go one day without a big fight.”
[12/8/2014 12:34:45 AM] Adam: “Maggie. It’s not worth it. Stop.” Rick chases after her – and tries to grab her before she can get more than halfway.
[12/8/2014 12:36:51 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks flustered— she’d scowl harder if her braid wasn’t pulling on her face so much. “You’ll get grounded or suspended and then how are we supposed to stop Xyza?!”
[12/8/2014 12:42:10 AM] Maq: “Not right now,” she says to Vee and to Rick – and it’s in a weird way that Maggie would normally not speak – but then she gets up to Emily, and she gets right in her face. She doesn’t punch her, she doesn’t shove her. "Emily Burke. You come from a family that doesn’t love for you, and you act out and dress as slutty as you do solely so you can gain attention with the proclivity of your clothes that you know you will never get from your personality. You will grow old and bitter and jaded, and no one will ever truly love you – even Bill’s current crush will turn from you and to others as he finds your worth as something he can just briefly use and toss away like a crumpled chips bag on the side of the road. " She’s still got more to go – but right now she’s straightened up, her eyes focused straight on Emily’s. She’s assertive, standing up straight – not casual and easy going like Maggie even is while paranoid. She’s looking /down/ at Emily, somehow, even though Emily is wearing those heels and should be towering. Her face is rigid – there’s no light, no twitch, nothing – she’s just in Emily’s face, talking to her in a cold, clinical way.
[12/8/2014 12:43:14 AM] Adam: (Hold up. I was going to stop her before she got more than halfway.)
[12/8/2014 12:43:16 AM] zuarkeror: Emily stares at Maggie—first condescending, then perplexed, and then, it seems, rather cowed. She shrinks somewhat from Maggie, as the girl seems almost to grow a larger shadow in front of her, and she goes slightly slackjawed in the face of this verbal assault.
[12/8/2014 12:43:25 AM] Kii: Epiphany stands there with eyes wide and her mouth slightly agape, rooted to the spot.
[12/8/2014 12:43:40 AM] Maq: (LET ME BE RUFUS!)
[12/8/2014 12:43:49 AM] zuarkeror: (Adam, stand by.)
[12/8/2014 12:46:02 AM] Adam: Rick stopped stopping her and then all that happened.
[12/8/2014 12:48:47 AM] Maq: She steps forward as Emily steps back, asserting herself fully into Emily’s personal space. Her eyes are dark – even her curly hair seems to form a dark shadow around her. She seems bigger somehow, seems to somehow grow more menacing. The shadows under her eyes seem to make her more hollow and monster like – and she’s not giving Emily any quarter in this. Her voice is clear and crisp. “And I know now, standing before you, that one day you will end up either in a loveless unhappy marriage, your soul being crushed bit by bit into the endless monotony of it all. Or because you’re a psychopath incapable of love,” Another step forward, so that her face is only inches away from Emily’s face, “you will find that your selfish use of men and other people goes too far, that you will drive a man insane by leading him into your bed and saying you adore him, only to turn him around and drop him for someone more financially capable, and when you do this, this man will decide to dig his knife into your gut and cut it open so your innards spill out on to the ground and as you scream and tear away he’ll bring his knife down again and again along your back until your blood splatters all over his face and hands your screams become glottal moans, and your breath will come out of the flaps of skin that was previously your throat and then you’ll bleed out on the cold ground until your eyes see nothing anymore.”
[12/8/2014 12:50:32 AM] zuarkeror: Emily takes a step back, and then another, seeming to grow shorter, or shrink toward the ground, each time. Her eyes go wide in horror, mouth hanging agape—and as the description of violence becomes increasingly visceral, she begins to scream out, as if in pain, as if this assault were actually happening in real time. Though there is no outward bodily damage, with each description of injury, she clutches that part of her body—first her stomach, and then she rolls on to the ground struggling desperately to cover her back (she gets muddy from rolling around in the dirty grass), and her screams turn blood-curdling briefly, and then become choked moans of agony, as she finally covers her throat and her face, screaming into her hands.
[12/8/2014 12:50:50 AM] zuarkeror: By the time Maggie is done with her, Emily is a convulsing wreck, sobbing hysterically.
[12/8/2014 12:51:57 AM] zuarkeror: Melissa crouches down to shield her friend, and glares at Maggie. “Get the fuck away from us, you psycho bitch!”
[12/8/2014 12:52:07 AM] zuarkeror: “Holy shit,” Laverne says quietly under her breath.
[12/8/2014 12:52:12 AM] Auds: Vee kind of takes a step back, too, looking angry at first, then sort of miserable, then astonished.
[12/8/2014 12:52:15 AM] Kii: Epiphany’s curiosity turns to horror as she watches Maggie twist and loom and as Emily’s shrieks turns to full on screams of terror. She rushes up and grabs Maggie by the arm, a little too firmly, trying to pull her away from the scene as quickly as possible.
[12/8/2014 12:52:38 AM] Adam: “What the fuck?” Rick murmurs, book almost slipping from his hand before he clutches it tightly, almost hugging it against his hip.
[12/8/2014 12:52:40 AM] Maq: “YOU are a TERRIBLE BITCH,” Maggie says, taking another step forward, her face livid as Emily screams, her finger lifting and jabbing at her in the air – never touching her, “And I hope -” – and then her face goes suddenly slack, and she stares down at Emily, her eyes wide. She stares for a moment, and then looks down at herself, and then panicked, she takes a few steps back. She looks wide-eyed to Melissa, and then: “Shut—” she begins to say, half panicked, half angry – and then she lets Epiphany start to pull her away.
[12/8/2014 12:54:53 AM] Kii: Epiphany doesn’t say anything… But her face is pale, her eyes frightened. She takes a deep breath as she leads Maggie to a group of trees or the portables or some secluded place on the playground before she stops. “Maggie… Maggie, what did you /do/?” she whispers.
[12/8/2014 12:56:03 AM] Maq: “I didn’t do anything!” She says to Epiphany. “Why’s everyone freaking out? Why was Emily on the ground, anyway? Is she that scared of me that when I walk over to her she suddenly falls to the ground or something?” She seethes, turning her head toward the jungle gym, then back toward the others. “Stupid Melissa calling me that, she can go shut her stupid mouth.”
[12/8/2014 12:58:32 AM] Auds: “Maggie, you said some really awful things,” Vee whispers, somewhere between angry and panicked herself. “I dunno why you’re hearing things AND saying horrible things, but we’ve got to – it’s probably the puppet master – but how do we stop it?”
[12/8/2014 12:59:23 AM] Kii: “You didn’t just say them,” Epiphany exclaims, “you said how they would hurt her and then she FELT IT, Maggie. She was screaming! And you were all… Tall and shadowy and scary and what happened?!”
[12/8/2014 12:59:48 AM] Adam: “What do you remember?” Rick says, peering at Maggie with a curious (and intense) stare.
[12/8/2014 1:00:22 AM] Maq: “I didn’t even get a chance to say anything,” she says, alarmed, and then she looks between Vee and Epiphany, looking suddenly panicked. She looks toward Epiphany. “What?” She says then. "I – " she looks to Rick. “I was storming over there to give her a piece of my mind, and then she was on the ground and Melissa was telling me to get away from them.”
[12/8/2014 1:01:24 AM] Kii: “Is that what you did to Bob?” Epiphany blurts out.
[12/8/2014 1:01:33 AM] zuarkeror: “She doesn’t remember,” Laverne says, stating the obvious.
[12/8/2014 1:01:42 AM] Maq: “No! I just called him a cry baby and he burst into tears!” She holds up her hands, as if to say I-Didn’t-Do-It-Officer.
[12/8/2014 1:03:21 AM] Kii: Epiphany takes Maggie squarely by the shoulders and looks at her… Intensely, as if she’s trying to look through her, staring grim-faced and offering no explanation.
[12/8/2014 1:03:37 AM] Maq: She stares back at Epiphany, wild-eyed – but she doesn’t move or try to pull away.
[12/8/2014 1:05:01 AM] zuarkeror: Mrs. Horn begins to call the kids inside (although this a sort of slow process which takes a few minutes). The popular kids, for once, are filing in first. Emily looks shaken, much like Petra looked coming out of the library. Perhaps even more strangely, none of them tattle on Maggie for what she did as they shuffle past Mrs. Horn and go inside…
[12/8/2014 1:05:31 AM] Kii: Eventually she blinks, and her shoulders slump, hands dropping to her sides. “…Well… I don’t think you’re possessed… But it’s not good that you can’t remember, Maggie.”
[12/8/2014 1:05:44 AM] Auds: “You ignored us again” she points out unhappily. “When we asked you not to storm over anywhere at all! And now it’s actually hurting people! Maggie, please listen to us. Can you try not to yell at anybody else until we figure this out?”
[12/8/2014 1:06:17 AM] Adam: Rick scratches at the back of his neck uncomfortably. He tries to get next to Laverne on the way back inside.
[12/8/2014 1:06:30 AM] Maq: “Possessed?” She says then, worriedly. And then she looks to Vee. “I – they make me so MAD!” She says then, waving her hands. “I’ll – try,” she says then and nods her head once. “Um – I’ll just pretend to be sick from school and stuff so I won’t be in- a place to get mad.”
[12/8/2014 1:06:42 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne paces back toward the school very slowly, looking pensive.
[12/8/2014 1:06:50 AM] zuarkeror: Petra shuffles after her.
[12/8/2014 1:07:45 AM] Kii: “If you were possessed, I’d see something over your aura… But I didn’t. So it’s not that,” she says, patting Maggie reassuringly(?) on the arm before starting to lead her back to class. “Just… Like Vee said. Listen to us once in a while.”
[12/8/2014 1:09:21 AM] Maq: She nods her head. “Sometimes I just – okay,” she says then quietly, looking mollified. She looks back to the jungle gym – now with less malice, and looking more paranoid and panicked. She curls her arms around herself.
[12/8/2014 1:09:27 AM] zuarkeror: “Yeah,” Laverne says to Rick, as he walks alongside her.
[12/8/2014 1:10:52 AM] Kii: “We’ll figure it out,” Epiphany says gently.
[12/8/2014 1:11:31 AM] Auds: Vee paces back towards the school with growing dread, but falls silent as they file back to class.
[12/8/2014 1:11:47 AM] Adam: Rick murmurs something quietly to Laverne, tapping his book slowly and rhythmically against his leg.
[12/8/2014 1:12:52 AM] Maq: She’s much more quiet on the way in too, looking harrowed – she takes her seat and then leans over her notebook, not even bothering to doodle now.
[12/8/2014 1:13:48 AM] Kii: Epiphany doesn’t say anything more, but once she sits back down she starts furiously scribbling down things in her small notebook, fingers immediately getting splotched with ink.
[12/8/2014 1:18:42 AM] zuarkeror: The rest of the day’s classes go…surprisingly boringly. Largely the students sit in tense silence. Emily, utterly cowed, doesn’t so much as look at Maggie the entire time.
[12/8/2014 1:19:16 AM] Maq: Maggie seems quietly silent too. And then after school, after a few minutes thought, she seems to decide she’s going to walk home. Though – of course – there’s the announcement first.
[12/8/2014 1:19:38 AM] zuarkeror: Yup. Before classes are out, the principal actually comes to visit the kids’ class, personally.
[12/8/2014 1:19:59 AM] Auds: Vee doesn’t look at anybody, really, slouched over her desk, holding the pencil but not doing much writing.
[12/8/2014 1:20:19 AM] Kii: Epiphany puts her journal— which she’s been writing in all day instead of paying attention— down once the principal comes in, looking up silently.
[12/8/2014 1:20:37 AM] zuarkeror: Dr. Kutner is the sort of principal that the kids are only used to seeing when there’s an assembly, or when they’re in trouble—but even then it’s usually a vice principal that handles it, so this visit very much strikes of Important Things happening.
[12/8/2014 1:20:57 AM] zuarkeror: Dr. Kutner adjusts his glasses as he surveys the room of terrified kids.
[12/8/2014 1:21:18 AM] Maq: She stares quietly up at Kutner, her eyes looking dark and hollowed a bit. She hugs her backpack to her chest.
[12/8/2014 1:21:58 AM] Adam: Rick’s quiet and sketching for the afternoon. Once Kutner arrives he sinks back into his seat and crosses his arms, not surly so much as guarding himself.
[12/8/2014 1:22:09 AM] zuarkeror: “Some of you children may have seen police officers in the area this morning and this afternoon,” he says mildly. “And while there is no reason to believe that any of you children are in immediate danger, we did feel like you should be told what is going on. A student from this class, Ethan Russo, has recently gone missing.”
[12/8/2014 1:22:33 AM] Kii: Epiphany slinks down in her seat.
[12/8/2014 1:22:34 AM] Maq: Her eyes go wide, alarmed – apparently all of her fears confirmed. She looks, panicked, back toward Rick, Vee, and Epiphany – and then to Laverne and Petra.
[12/8/2014 1:22:41 AM] Auds: With slightly widened eyes, Vee glances nervously at Ethan’s empty desk, then back at Kutner.
[12/8/2014 1:23:28 AM | Edited 1:23:35 AM] zuarkeror: “Now, Ethan disappeared from his home, not from school, so again—there is no reason to believe that any of you children are in immediate danger. However, please be cautioned: until this is straightened out, you are all strongly advised to obey your parents’ curfews, and to never wander off, especially into strange or unfamiliar places, by yourself.”
[12/8/2014 1:24:14 AM] zuarkeror: “The police are investigating this as best as they can, and it is our sincerest hope that little Ethan will be returned to this class safe and sound. But until then…please, if any of you children know anything that might help us find Ethan, please come forward.”
[12/8/2014 1:24:29 AM] zuarkeror: Dr. Kutner waits for a long silence, apparently waiting to see if any students will indeed come forward.
[12/8/2014 1:24:47 AM] Maq: Maggie stares wide-eyed back up at Dr. Kutner, clutching her bag more tightly.
[12/8/2014 1:25:12 AM] Kii: Epiphany glances at Maggie, Vee, and Rick in case any of them start to raise her hands… And folds her own tightly in her lap.
[12/8/2014 1:25:53 AM] Auds: Vee doesn’t say a word. She can go to the principal’s office later, she figures, after they’ve all talked it over.
[12/8/2014 1:27:25 AM | Edited 1:27:42 AM] zuarkeror: Seeming to decide none of the kids is going to speak up, Dr. Kutner nods. “All of you children stay safe,” he says, and walks briskly out of the room. With that, the kids are released for the day.
[12/8/2014 1:28:42 AM] Maq: She stands up. “We need to go to Ethan’s house,” she says, sharply, to the others.
[12/8/2014 1:29:20 AM] Auds: “No, Maggie, we really don’t,” Vee says firmly. “Not until we’ve talked about it first, for once.”
[12/8/2014 1:29:28 AM] Kii: Epiphany gathers up her things quickly, and looks surprised at Maggie’s command. “You think there’s like… Evidence the police haven’t found?”
[12/8/2014 1:29:46 AM] Adam: “And that’s the one place we know he isn’t,” Rick says as he shrugs on his backpack.
[12/8/2014 1:29:49 AM] Maq: “Not even just to look around,” she says. “No just – imagine Angelica! She needs – someone to comfort her, right? And she doesn’t seem like she has many adult friends anymore. And we know Ethan and her.”
[12/8/2014 1:30:02 AM] Maq: She looks to Vee. “We can talk about it, but someone needs to go hang out with Angelica!”
[12/8/2014 1:30:28 AM] Kii: “Angelica hates us, and she’d be happiest getting Ethan back, Maggie.”
[12/8/2014 1:30:33 AM] Auds: “She’s really mad at us. Seeing us is not going to make her feel better, Maggie,” Vee says quietly.
[12/8/2014 1:31:29 AM] Maq: "I mean, we need to find Ethan too, just – " she shakes her head. “That’s – it won’t make her feel bad. She’d be – I don’t think she’d be really mad after this. Just imagine her being there all by herself! Ethan was all she had! We gotta find him and – we gotta – I just know I wouldn’t like being alone.”
[12/8/2014 1:32:29 AM] Adam: “What we know that the police don’t is where he’d go,” Rick says levelly. “The school. To leave another poem.”
[12/8/2014 1:32:38 AM] zuarkeror: “If Xyza wasn’t behind this,” Laverne says, “I’ll eat my foot.”
[12/8/2014 1:33:02 AM] Auds: “We can’t do both. Finding Ethan’s more important. She’s a grownup, you don’t know that she doesn’t have any grownup friends, and anyway she’s probably talking to the police. She PROBABLY gave the police OUR names,” she whispers this part. “So let’s find Ethan.”
[12/8/2014 1:33:05 AM] Kii: Epiphany shakes her head. “Angelica is an adult, and—” she stops and stares at Rick wide-eyed. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that… You’re probably exactly right!”
[12/8/2014 1:33:40 AM] Maq: She looks toward the front of the class room – and paranoidly toward Mrs. Horn – and then to the others. “So – we go to the art class room then? Should we prepare? How do we prepare?”
[12/8/2014 1:34:50 AM] Kii: “We need a plan first… A good plan,” Epiphany says, looking off out the window. “Maybe we should talk at your place, Maggie? Or at least outside?”
[12/8/2014 1:35:26 AM] Maq: “Let’s – go outside, yeah,” she says, quietly. “Let’s – start walking toward the Junior High. We won’t get a ride this time, so we have time. Even if we don’t go, we can just say we were walking.”
[12/8/2014 1:35:36 AM] Maq: “But if we do decide to go then – we’re already there.”
[12/8/2014 1:36:31 AM] Kii: “There’s no way we’re going to go after Xyza with the stuff we brought to school,” she says pointedly. “We can’t do this today.”
[12/8/2014 1:36:55 AM] Maq: “We can’t just wait around while she’s doing who knows what to Ethan,” she says then, desperately. “We need to plan quickly and do it today.”
[12/8/2014 1:37:07 AM] Adam: “We could investigate at the school,” Rick says mildly. “And then plan.”
[12/8/2014 1:37:32 AM] Maq: “I’m more with Rick. I don’t want to wait around too long in the first place. The LEAST we can do is look into stuff!”
[12/8/2014 1:37:52 AM] Auds: “Remember the cards,” Vee warns quietly. “Let’s see what we can find, and then .. we can ask them again?”
[12/8/2014 1:38:27 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne says, “What cards?”
[12/8/2014 1:38:38 AM] Maq: “Epiphany got some magic tarot cards,” she says to Laverne.
[12/8/2014 1:38:46 AM] Kii: “Asking repeatedly about the same thing is going to get you answers that don’t make sense,” she snaps. “Plus it doesn’t even matter—” she PUNCHES MAGGIE IN THE ARM
[12/8/2014 1:38:55 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne’s eyebrows practically roll off the top of her head. “Magic what now?”
[12/8/2014 1:39:18 AM] Maq: “Owww,” she says, though it’s clear Epiphany’s punch doesn’t actually hurt. She just starts walking for the door, looking anxious.
[12/8/2014 1:39:40 AM] Auds: “About a different thing, I mean,” she says, frowning some when Epiphany snaps.
[12/8/2014 1:40:11 AM] Kii: “It’s… Nothing. Let’s just go, but I’m telling you that we already know what to expect at the school.”
[12/8/2014 1:40:35 AM | Removed 1:41:03 AM] Adam: This message has been removed.
[12/8/2014 1:40:39 AM] zuarkeror: “It’s not nothing,” Laverne says. “Magic cards isn’t nothing. What are you guys talking about?”
[12/8/2014 1:41:02 AM] Maq: “We didn’t see anything at the school on the tarot cards,” she notes. “We saw Ethan looking up at something and wandering off, but that was it – there was nothing about the junior high, but we know it lets out there, the – place you and Vee went.”
[12/8/2014 1:41:43 AM] Kii: “Anyone can use them,” Epiphany says, “I just use them really well,” Epiphany says simply. “I’ve had lots of practice. Don’t you know about Tarot?”
[12/8/2014 1:41:52 AM] Kii: (if you would like fast talk rolls, I am prepared to give them)
[12/8/2014 1:42:38 AM] zuarkeror: “Yes,” Laverne says, guardedly, to Epiphany. Petra tugs on her shirt sleeve a few times, and Laverne looks at her. Petra mimes a telephone handset to her ear, and Laverne catches on, as if that was somehow a reminder of something. “Oh, right,” she says. Then she looks at the others. “You all go on ahead—we’ll catch up to you at the school.”
[12/8/2014 1:43:44 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks relieved, giving Petra the slightest of nods. “Okay, we’ll see you both there.”
[12/8/2014 1:47:11 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne nods to Petra. “Come on.” She gives Rick—for some reason—a chummy clap on the shoulder, and then she and Petra walk off.
[12/8/2014 1:48:14 AM] Auds: She gives Laverne and Petra a faint smile. “Okay. See you there.” She’s been packing up her bookbag as they talk, and slides it over her shoulders now to start walking.
[12/8/2014 1:48:37 AM] Kii: She breathes a long sigh, as they walk out of the classroom and then glares hotly at Maggie. “Maggie I know it’s been really… Hard for you today, and you’ve got a lot on your mind but please please PLEASE just listen to me for once?”
[12/8/2014 1:49:22 AM] Maq: “See you later,” she says glumly toward Laverne and Petra and quietly begins walking along, her eyes staring blankly forward. She looks wide-eyed to Epiphany. “I AM listening to all of you! Right now all I want to do is run to Angelica’s and talk to her and go punch Xyza, but I’m here, right now, walking along and being as CALM AS I CAN BE. Stop acting like I’m in the middle of storming off!”
[12/8/2014 1:50:07 AM] Kii: “I’m talking about,” she leans in a little closer so she can whisper loudly, “NOT telling Laverne about the cards or where they came from!”
[12/8/2014 1:50:28 AM] Maq: “Why?! You told her the other day!”
[12/8/2014 1:50:39 AM] Adam: Rick seems puzzled by this rapidly unfolding argument.
[12/8/2014 1:50:52 AM] Maq: “When you were coming to get me before we went to get rid of the paintmonster dog,” she says then. “You pulled them out IN FRONT OF HER and said I GOT MAGIC TAROT CARDS. Who cares if I repeat it AGAIN?”
[12/8/2014 1:51:12 AM] Auds: Vee frowns a little, but since she wasn’t there for the original reveal, just watches.
[12/8/2014 1:51:56 AM] Kii: “That was BEFORE I knew that it was important not to let her know and I told you YESTERDAY not to!”
[12/8/2014 1:52:41 AM] Maq: She flails her hands. "Okay! Fine! At least /I’m/ – " and she shuts her mouth again, clapping one of her hands over her mouth.
[12/8/2014 1:52:56 AM] Auds: “Why?” she asks Epiphany, genuinely puzzled.
[12/8/2014 1:54:09 AM] Kii: “I…” She looks around, making sure Laverne and Petra aren’t within earshot. “Remainder told me, over the phone. She said it was really important not to let her know, alright? I think it might really mess things up even more than they are. So just… Don’t talk about them, ok?”
[12/8/2014 1:55:01 AM] Maq: She just keeps her mouth clamped over her mouth, walking glumly along.
[12/8/2014 1:55:42 AM] Adam: “Did she say why?” Rick says skeptically.
[12/8/2014 1:56:21 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks sidelong at Maggie, “…Um… She just said not to, and it was very important. I think we might still be too early, and… Maggie, what are you doing?”
[12/8/2014 1:58:05 AM] Adam: “About the cards, or about anything?” Rick says with a tilt of his head.
[12/8/2014 1:58:17 AM] Maq: She removes her hand from her mouth. “If I’m about to say something that might get someone killed, I cover my mouth,” she just says simply. Why something she says would kill someone, who knows, but she seems sure of it.
[12/8/2014 1:58:50 AM] Kii: “Who’s killing who? What?”
[12/8/2014 1:59:05 AM] Maq: She shakes her head, clapping her hand over her mouth and then removing it. “Let’s just go and investigate the art room. Please.”
[12/8/2014 1:59:21 AM] Maq: “We don’t – have to go charging, even though I want to, but pleeeeeasse lets at least investigate it.”
[12/8/2014 2:00:28 AM] Adam: “Seriously, I want to understand this thing with Laverne,” Rick says, for some reason blase about Maggie’s fatalism. “What can’t we tell her? About the card readings? About anything? What about Petra?”
[12/8/2014 2:02:06 AM] Kii: “We can’t becaaause it might mess things up! She said she was too early, right? That we needed to wait a few days? Well if we go and tell Laverne now it might… Spiral out of control, into some terrible new fate. The same thing happens if you ask the cards the same questions often.” She says this like it’s the most obvious thing in the world.
[12/8/2014 2:02:21 AM] Kii: “And we’re going to the school now Maggie, we’re doing it, alright?”
[12/8/2014 2:02:44 AM] Maq: “Okay,” she says, and then heads out the door of the elementary to start walking that way. She looks ill again.
[12/8/2014 2:03:08 AM] Adam: “So what can’t we? The card readings or everything?”
[12/8/2014 2:03:57 AM] Kii: “We can’t tell Laverne, and we can’t ask the cards the same questions. It’s like, um… That movie.. Back to the Future! Did you see that one?”
[12/8/2014 2:04:46 AM] Adam: “Let me try this question a third time,” Rick says, growing impatient. “What can we not tell Laverne? Are we not supposed to tell her about only the card readings? Or are we supposed to blow her off?”
[12/8/2014 2:05:32 AM] Maq: “He means, can we not tell her about Ethan and Xyza or anything, or what we’re doing, or can we just not tell her about – your magic tarot cards and stuff?” She asks Epiphany, and she rubs her arms a little bit. " I hope Emily’s okay."
[12/8/2014 2:06:37 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks increasingly annoyed “She obviously knows about Ethan and Xyza. But if she sees me using the cards, or us talking about them, she’s going to ask us WHERE I got them and WHO I got them from. So nothing about the cards, geeze.”
[12/8/2014 2:09:24 AM] Adam: “Thank you,” Rick says tightly. He moves ahead more briskly towards the school.
[12/8/2014 2:09:46 AM] Maq: “Did I hurt her really badly?” She asks the others. “She didn’t even snark or look at me and normally she’s snarking at me all day.”
[12/8/2014 2:10:52 AM] Auds: Vee looks thoughtful at that, glancing at Epiphany, then shrugging glumly at Maggie. “It looked like it hurt.. but there wasn’t any blood. You described how nobody would ever love her and someday her husband would murder her and cut out her intestins and then slit her throat and it looked like her stomach hurt, then her neck.. whatever you were describing..”
[12/8/2014 2:11:24 AM] Adam: “You sounded like an adult.” Beat. “A really dickish rich adult.”
[12/8/2014 2:12:37 AM] Maq: “Oh,” she seems even more glum. “I dunno how. I’m not. And I dunno how to sound like an adult. I try sometimes but it doesn’t work.” Her eyes flicker around a little bit and she looks down at the sidewalk as they walk along. After a beat, she changes the subject awkwardly: “Should we be prepared for when we get into the junior high? Like – we should be prepared to flee if we gotta, like split up. We know two of the exits.”
[12/8/2014 2:13:38 AM] Auds: “I’m gonna go out the window,” Vee says, still somewhat subdued.
[12/8/2014 2:14:44 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks like she’s about to object, and thinks better of it. “Window, doors… There’s a lot of ways out of the school.”
[12/8/2014 2:15:20 AM] zuarkeror: Just a couple more blocks and the group will be at the junior high.
[12/8/2014 2:16:26 AM] Auds: “What if Xyza’s waiting for us there?” Vee says, nervously, all of a sudden like it just occurred to her.
[12/8/2014 2:16:39 AM] Maq: She nods her head then. “Okay, so if something goes bad, if Xyza is there,” she nods to Vee, “everyone just start running because then she can’t get all of us.” She draws in a breath and lets it out. “But otherwise – we go in there, and we try to find evidence of Ethan having gone there with another note to try and get Colby again. And – anything else we can find too. Is that something people can agree on?” She darts a look especially between Epiphany and Vee.
[12/8/2014 2:17:37 AM] Kii: “…I don’t know if she’d really be waiting for us. I mean, if she had wanted to, she could have gotten rid of all of us… That night…” She shakes her head. “Go in, look for signs of Ethan… If things go bad again, run away. I agree.”
[12/8/2014 2:17:52 AM] Auds: Vee nods agreement, too.
[12/8/2014 2:18:32 AM] zuarkeror: The group arrives at the school. Getting inside has become something of a routine, at this point.
[12/8/2014 2:19:45 AM] zuarkeror: The back door by the parking lot. The long, darkish corridor. The art room door.
[12/8/2014 2:19:57 AM] zuarkeror: The dark classroom within…
[12/8/2014 2:20:01 AM] zuarkeror: It’s quiet.
[12/8/2014 2:20:39 AM] Maq: She nods her head then, and then looks quietly toward Rick. She gets to that door, staring at it with weary trepidation. She looks over her shoulder – pauses to look for Petra and Laverne, and then quietly lifts her hand to touch the door. She looks to the others, as if to ask /Ready?/
[12/8/2014 2:20:47 AM] Adam: Rick totally nodded agreement, not having needed to deal with a dog.
[12/8/2014 2:21:17 AM] zuarkeror: Eerily, there is now a painting of a suspiciously Colby-looking dog hanging up outside the classroom.
[12/8/2014 2:21:17 AM] Kii: Epiphany can’t help but look nervous, fidgeting constantly as they enter the building. It’s still been much too soon since she and Vee escaped that night, and the memory is clearly making her jumpy.
She nods at Maggie anxiously.
[12/8/2014 2:21:31 AM] zuarkeror: It’s signed in the corner with a black “X.”
[12/8/2014 2:21:42 AM | Edited 2:21:44 AM] zuarkeror: It’s very life-like.
[12/8/2014 2:22:05 AM] Auds: “We could ask for Ethan back,” she whispers nervously, stopping to look at the painting as she moves towards the door. “Like, later, as challenge. She’d know it was us.”
[12/8/2014 2:22:45 AM] Maq: “We could even work the challenge into it,” she says quietly—and then steels herself and pushes the art room open.
[12/8/2014 2:23:22 AM | Edited 2:23:23 AM] Adam: Rick stares at the painting for a long time, even as the others start to go into the room.
[12/8/2014 2:23:26 AM] Kii: “…You really want to goad her into painting Ethan?” she says breathlessly.
[12/8/2014 2:23:51 AM] zuarkeror: As the group gets the door open and makes their way inside, they find that someone is already sitting there—in the dark—waiting for them. There’s a sharp, lithe female figure seated on the teacher’s desk; she’s clearly older, much older than junior high age—maybe even older than high school age. She’s got long, straight hair, and as the group walks into the room there’s the glint of something small and round in her hand, which makes a flicking sound as it comes open and a light snapping sound as it closes up again, vanishing into the dark.
[12/8/2014 2:23:52 AM] Auds: “No,” Vee says. “I think if she took him it’d let her know that we know, and want him back.”
[12/8/2014 2:24:55 AM] Kii: Epiphany stops abruptly, staring wide-eyed ahead and clearly on edge at the stranger in the room.
[12/8/2014 2:25:03 AM] Maq: She comes to a sudden halt, staring at this new female figure. She holds up her hands as if to stop the others. She doesn’t move for a moment, and then reaches up to grasp for the lights, flicking them on – seeming defiant in that moment to…at least see if it’s Xyza.
[12/8/2014 2:25:15 AM] Adam: Rick’s stare ends up on the woman once he follows through the door.
[12/8/2014 2:25:30 AM] Auds: “..Remainder?” Vee asks timidly.
[12/8/2014 2:26:07 AM] zuarkeror: The lights come on, revealing…not Xyza. It’s a woman, perhaps late teens or early twenties, with longish auburn hair. She squints a bit, and lifts a hand to shield her eyes from the fluorescent. “Geez,” she says quietly, “my eyes were used to the dark. I looked all mysterious.”
[12/8/2014 2:26:47 AM] Maq: She seems relieved to not find Xyza then. She steps aside to let Vee and Epiphany lead here – though she drifts over to the back table, opening it to peer inside.
[12/8/2014 2:27:00 AM] Kii: A huge smile spreads across Epiphany’s face, and she visibly relaxes. “It’s you!” she exclaims, edging into the art room all the way. Her relief is palpable.
[12/8/2014 2:27:18 AM] Adam: Rick remains impassive – he shuts the door behind all of them quietly, then slips off his backpack.
[12/8/2014 2:27:29 AM] zuarkeror: “It’s me,” she says, in answer to both Vee and Epiphany. “Now, Laverne and Petra will be here in about six minutes, and you all need to be out of here by then. So let’s make this quick.”
[12/8/2014 2:29:12 AM] Kii: She nods quickly. “We came here looking for Ethan— he’s missing, and we know it has to be Xyza, but we don’t know how or when she took him or where he is now.”
[12/8/2014 2:29:27 AM] zuarkeror: “I know,” Remainder says.
[12/8/2014 2:29:36 AM] Adam: “Why do we need to get out?” Rick says, gamefully managing to suppress most of his suspicion.
[12/8/2014 2:29:53 AM] zuarkeror: “That,” she says to Rick, “would take way longer than six minutes for me to answer.”
[12/8/2014 2:30:11 AM] Maq: Finding nothing in the desk, she looks back to Remainder. “…How do we get rid of Xyza to best get Ethan back?”
[12/8/2014 2:30:22 AM] Adam: “What, no ‘come with me if you want to live?’” he says dryly.
[12/8/2014 2:30:27 AM] zuarkeror: She answers Maggie: “Take the cards to Angelica and do a reading.”
[12/8/2014 2:30:43 AM] Maq: She looks toward Epiphany.
[12/8/2014 2:31:24 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks sidelong at Maggie, and then back up to Remainder. “…They said Xyza or Angelica would die,” she says quietly. “Are they always right?”
[12/8/2014 2:31:29 AM] zuarkeror: She looks at Rick and lowers her voice to Schwarzenegger levels: “GET DAOHN!”
[12/8/2014 2:32:10 AM] Auds: “Do you know where Ethan is?” Vee asks hopefully.
[12/8/2014 2:32:22 AM] zuarkeror: “Yes,” she says to Epiphany. “No. Sometimes. Maybe. Look, the point is, you need to take the cards to Angelica and you need to do a reading in front of her.”
[12/8/2014 2:32:40 AM] Maq: She nods her head once to Remainder. “Then – then obviously that’s what we’ll do if that’s what will get us back Ethan in the safest condition.”
[12/8/2014 2:32:51 AM | Edited 2:33:04 AM] Adam: Rick grins just a little bit, but then takes a slightly deeper breath and crosses his arms as he leans back against the wall next to his backpack. This is what passes for Rick looking uncomfortable.
[12/8/2014 2:33:12 AM] Auds: “Is this our fault?” she asks more softly, “for killing the dog-monster?”
[12/8/2014 2:33:30 AM] zuarkeror: “For what it’s worth, Ginny—that was necessary.”
[12/8/2014 2:33:55 AM] Maq: “Ginny?” She asks quietly, and looks toward Vee – and then pauses, and looks pleased. “Thank goodness. I KNEW it was necessary.”
[12/8/2014 2:34:33 AM] Kii: Epiphany shifts in place, fingers figeting with things in her pockets. “Will you be there to help us, when we face Xyza?”
[12/8/2014 2:35:04 AM] zuarkeror: “Would if I could, sugar-plum,” she says placidly, as she pulls out her pocket-watch, flicks it open, looks at it, closes it up. “Four minutes.”
[12/8/2014 2:35:09 AM] Auds: She nods at Maggie, glancing at Remainder, then at Epiphany, then back.
[12/8/2014 2:35:57 AM] Adam: “What do you want out of all this?” Rick pipes up, still staring at Remainder.
[12/8/2014 2:36:06 AM] Kii: “What’s the Puppetmaster?” Epiphany asks suddenly.
[12/8/2014 2:36:07 AM] zuarkeror: “Want?” The question seems to give Remainder some trouble.
[12/8/2014 2:36:16 AM] Adam: He seems to think that if he looks away from her for wrong she’ll disappear or explode.
[12/8/2014 2:36:29 AM] Adam: “Everybody wants something. It’s why they get involved.”
[12/8/2014 2:36:30 AM] Maq: Maggie’s awkwardly silent for a moment, and then to Remainder: “Is the Puppetmaster the reason why I hurt Emily?”
[12/8/2014 2:37:44 AM] zuarkeror: Remainder snaps her fingers of both hands, snapping them into gun-fingers at Maggie. “You’ll have an answer to that in, like…wait, what day is it?”
[12/8/2014 2:37:58 AM] Maq: “Tuesday,” she says.
[12/8/2014 2:38:22 AM] zuarkeror: “Thursday, maybe. Or Friday, possibly. Saturday at the outside, I guess. I’m hazy on the whole thing. It’s not that important.”
[12/8/2014 2:38:53 AM] Maq: “Oh,” she says. “Okay.” She nods her head once to that, uneasily. “Okay – so we need to go do a tarot reading for Angelica.” She puffs her cheeks out a little bit. “And then we can save Ethan. So we need to go do it.”
[12/8/2014 2:39:02 AM] zuarkeror: “Oh! I was supposed to tell you what I want. My ULTERIOR MOTIVE.”
[12/8/2014 2:39:25 AM] Maq: She nods her head absently.
[12/8/2014 2:39:35 AM] zuarkeror: “I want…you guys…NOT to die.” She grins, and swings her legs a bit off the end of the teacher’s desk.
[12/8/2014 2:39:37 AM] Adam: “My father told me not to just do whatever strange women tell me,” Rick says, though it’s light-hearted. Ish.
[12/8/2014 2:40:05 AM] Kii: “…Will you still talk to us after we deal with Xyza?” Epiphany asks hopefully.
[12/8/2014 2:40:45 AM] zuarkeror: Remainder thinks Epiphany’s question over. “Yeah,” she says, finally.
[12/8/2014 2:40:53 AM] zuarkeror: “Two minutes.”
[12/8/2014 2:41:06 AM] Maq: “That’s all I have,” she says. “We should go to Angelica and do the card reading to save Ethan.”
[12/8/2014 2:41:34 AM] Kii: “Maggie keeps saying and doing stuff she doesn’t remember. Can we help her? What’s happening to her?”
[12/8/2014 2:42:04 AM] zuarkeror: “Laverne and Petra will give her the answer to that. They’re on their way to deliver it now, actually. Too early, though. You guys have to go.”
[12/8/2014 2:42:26 AM] Adam: Rick’s eyes narrow.
[12/8/2014 2:42:43 AM] Maq: “That’s the stuff we’ll find out about on – whenever,” she says then, quietly. " I think. Probably." She pauses and moves for the door. “Okay,” she says then. She opens the door and looks to the others. “Come on.”
[12/8/2014 2:42:54 AM] Kii: “R-right…” She smiles a little, and nods at the woman. “Thank you, Remainder. We’ll make sure things go right.”
[12/8/2014 2:42:55 AM] Auds: “So .. I guess we better go,” she says, reluctantly. “We’ve just gotta keep you from hurting people til then.”
[12/8/2014 2:43:06 AM] zuarkeror: “Always so suspicious, young Padawan,” she says, wiggling her fingers in Rick’s direction. “These are not the droids you’re looking for.”
[12/8/2014 2:44:38 AM] zuarkeror: She checks the pocketwatch again. “Less than a minute. Really, you all need to go.”
[12/8/2014 2:44:55 AM] Adam: “If you’re -” He waves his fingers around like the world’s most somber jazz hands. “You know why. But I’ll trust. Does the door work, or do we need the window?”
[12/8/2014 2:44:57 AM] Maq: “Come on!” She says, and hurries out into the hall.
[12/8/2014 2:45:29 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks wildly between Rick, the window, and Remainder, before waving and then rushing after Maggie.
[12/8/2014 2:45:37 AM] Auds: Vee gives Remainder a pensive, worried sort of glance, then waves goodbye and heads out with the others.
[12/8/2014 2:45:50 AM] zuarkeror: “If you take the door, Epiphany bangs her elbow on a locker. If you take the window, Vee scratches her arm on a bush. Pick your poison.”
[12/8/2014 2:46:10 AM] Maq: “Sorry Fee!” She calls over her shoulder as she gets into the hallway and looks around and starts heading for the exit.
[12/8/2014 2:47:06 AM] Adam: Rick follows them out the door, grabbing his backpack on the way. “Sorry,” he says with a faint grin.
[12/8/2014 2:47:49 AM] Kii: ""it’s alright!" she says, still with a small, bright smile on her face as she half runs through the halls.
[12/8/2014 2:48:27 AM] zuarkeror: As the kids run in a group, Epiphany accidentally gets jostled—she half-steps on the back of Rick’s foot, stumbles lightly, and indeed bangs her elbow on a locker which was partially open. Ouch!
[12/8/2014 2:49:08 AM] zuarkeror: But the kids make it out of the school without any problems. They do see a car pulling up into the lot—the same car that Petra’s mom drove Maggie home in, the night of the monster.
[12/8/2014 2:49:35 AM] Adam: Rick suddenly seems particularly determined to get out of sight.
[12/8/2014 2:49:56 AM] Maq: “Petra’s mom is so scary,” she says quietly under her breath, looking pained – though she heads for that car.
[12/8/2014 2:50:11 AM] Auds: “Scary how?” She grabs Maggie’s arm to hold her back.
[12/8/2014 2:50:34 AM] Kii: Epiphany, rubbing her bruised elbow, is keen to follow suit, but she backpedals when she sees Maggie start to head off.
[12/8/2014 2:50:46 AM] Maq: “She’s just – you know those super serious parents who are all work all the time and always seem like they wanna squish you and just say stuff they need to say?”
[12/8/2014 2:52:02 AM] zuarkeror: The car parks, the lights turn off, and three people get out of the car: one adult, two kids. Petra’s skinny outline is easy to make out as she steps through the light of a street lamp, twisting her head this way and that as she follows the other two toward the school.
[12/8/2014 2:52:14 AM] Auds: “Remainder said we had to be gone before they got here, right?” she said urgently.
[12/8/2014 2:52:29 AM] Maq: “No, that we needed to be out of that room before they got here,” she says, shaking her head. “I thought? They couldn’t see her.”
[12/8/2014 2:54:05 AM] Kii: “Right, she said we needed to be out of the room.” Epiphany says quickly, “but that means they can’t come to Ethan’s when I do a reading. Just remember that.”
[12/8/2014 2:54:23 AM] Adam: “And they had news you’re not supposed to hear yet.”
[12/8/2014 2:54:44 AM] Maq: “No, I know.” She shakes her head. “I’ll – not mention that. And they have news that they’re coming to tell me now but I’ll find out more on Thursday or – gosh this IS confusing,” she stomps her foot a bit.
[12/8/2014 2:57:31 AM] Kii: “I think… I think you should talk to them. They’d be even more suspicious if we just left. She said they had something to tell you, and that… Um… Something else happens Thursday.” She gives Maggie an encouraging nod.
[12/8/2014 2:58:15 AM] Maq: She nods once to Pip and then looks to Vee and Rick – and then moves quietly to go lightly jog toward Laverne and Petra and ProbablyMom
[12/8/2014 2:59:13 AM] Auds: Vee looks like she’s pretty sure this is Against The Rules – “Just don’t let them tell you anything about the voices you’re hearing, I guess,” she says, as Maggie jogs off.
[12/8/2014 3:00:06 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks back at Vee and Rick. “…We should probably make sure she doesn’t say anything like that, actually.” She starts to wander off after Maggie.
[12/8/2014 3:00:21 AM] Adam: Rick follows along with a small sigh.
[12/8/2014 3:03:53 AM] Maq: “I think what she was saying,” she says, “was that they were on their way too early, not that they were TELLING me too early.” She shakes her head a little bit.
[12/8/2014 3:04:05 AM] zuarkeror: The group catches up to Laverne, Petra, and Petra’s mom just as the latter is opening the door to the school. They all turn around, seeming surprised to see them coming up from behind—instead of being already inside.
[12/8/2014 3:04:22 AM] Maq: “Hi,” she says then, awkwardly.
[12/8/2014 3:04:24 AM] zuarkeror: “There you are,” Laverne says.
[12/8/2014 3:04:44 AM] zuarkeror: “This one?” Petra’s mom walks right up to Maggie, looking her over.
[12/8/2014 3:04:53 AM] zuarkeror: “Yeah,” Laverne says.
[12/8/2014 3:05:23 AM | Edited 3:05:32 AM] Kii: Epiphany glances from Petra to her mother as she gets closer, looking… A little apprehensive.
[12/8/2014 3:05:47 AM] Maq: She stares up at Petra’s mom then, looking glum and worried – having endured a long awkward, silent car ride with her before, she doesn’t look pleased to be looked over. “…Hello Mrs. Mendeleeva,” she says then, carefully.
[12/8/2014 3:06:04 AM] zuarkeror: She gives a sharp glance to Epiphany, and then to Vee—she pretty much ignores Rick. “And these others?” she says, over her shoulder to Laverne.
[12/8/2014 3:06:06 AM] zuarkeror: “Uh,” Laverne says.
[12/8/2014 3:06:07 AM] Adam: Rick nods to the assembly of russian speakers, bringing up the back of the group.
[12/8/2014 3:06:55 AM] zuarkeror: “Vee, Epiphany, we’ve—got to investigate inside, right? Let’s go look while Petra’s mom talks to Maggie.”
[12/8/2014 3:07:45 AM] Auds: Vee gives Laverne a worried look, glancing at Maggie, then shaking her head. “We checked. There wasn’t anything.”
[12/8/2014 3:08:12 AM] zuarkeror: “Child,” Petra’s mom says to Vee, without looking at her, “That was Laverne’s very polite way of telling you that you are not welcome here right now.”
[12/8/2014 3:08:38 AM] Kii: “Um…” She looks at Vee, then to Maggie in a ‘are you going to be ok’ sort of way.
[12/8/2014 3:08:40 AM] Maq: Maggie looks toward Vee as if to say /see, I told you she was scary./
[12/8/2014 3:08:45 AM] Maq: She nods to Epiphany then, grimly.
[12/8/2014 3:09:15 AM] zuarkeror: Petra stands there looking awkwardly embarrassed for, and terrified of, her own mother.
[12/8/2014 3:09:45 AM] Kii: “…We might have missed something.” Epiphany says after an awkward moment, turning back towards the school.
[12/8/2014 3:10:28 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne nods and follows Epiphany.
[12/8/2014 3:10:38 AM] Auds: “Is Maggie going to be okay?” she asks Petra’s mom, nervously, starting to shuffle after Epiphany.
[12/8/2014 3:10:49 AM] zuarkeror: Petra’s mom ignores that question.
[12/8/2014 3:11:12 AM] Adam: Rick lingers for a moment, unclear of which way he’s expected to go but certain someone scary will make it clear.
[12/8/2014 3:11:15 AM] Maq: “I’ll be okay,” she says then, firmly.
[12/8/2014 3:11:34 AM] zuarkeror: She doesn’t even acknowledge Rick’s presence one way or the other—not telling him to stay, but not telling him to go, either.
[12/8/2014 3:11:40 AM] Auds: Equal parts dejected and worried, she slinks of towards the junior high.
[12/8/2014 3:12:07 AM] Adam: Without a cue, Rick stays.
[12/8/2014 3:12:09 AM] Kii: “Why does Rick get to stay?” Epiphany asks Laverne in a hushed whisper, walking back into the halls and careful to keep her elbows close.
[12/8/2014 3:12:48 AM] zuarkeror: “Just…don’t question Petra’s mom,” Laverne says, shaking her head, as she heads into the school with Vee and Epiphany. “So what did you guys find? Or…not find, I guess.”
[12/8/2014 3:13:17 AM] Auds: “She hung her painting of COlby up out in the hall.”
[12/8/2014 3:13:31 AM] Kii: “Signed it too, like she knew we’d come back looking.”
[12/8/2014 3:13:33 AM] zuarkeror: “Creepy,” Laverne says.
[12/8/2014 3:14:52 AM] Kii: “Everything Xyza does is creepy,” she says simply, rounding the corner and heading for the art room door.
[12/8/2014 3:15:23 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne walks up to the art room door and stops to look at the painting a bit. “Is this the one that was in her bedroom…?”
[12/8/2014 3:16:03 AM] Kii: Epiphany pauses, looking a little more carefully at the painting this time. “…It could be, the other one was unfinished, right?”
[12/8/2014 3:16:31 AM] zuarkeror: “It was.” Laverne nods. “She must have finished it. I wonder why.”
[12/8/2014 3:18:15 AM] Kii: “Hmm…” Epiphany considers, opening the door to the art room and stepping inside. “Maybe she doesn’t like to leave her work unfinished?”
[12/8/2014 3:19:05 AM] zuarkeror: “Maybe,” Laverne says, nodding. “Or maybe it’s some kind of signature. Or a trophy. Or maybe she actually needs to do a normal painting of the things she….paints.”
[12/8/2014 3:20:08 AM] Kii: “…We did see that… What was it? That brownish demon looking thing, the first day we came here.”
She starts looking around Xyza’s desk, skirting around the closet if she gets too near.

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