[10/26/14, 9:31:28 PM] Daniel Harris: A few moments later, the children are called in from recess, and Mrs. Horn’s class resumes. On today’s agenda? DINOSAURS. You guys are learning all about Ankylosaurus.
[10/26/14, 9:32:37 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick – sitting at the back of the class no doubt – promptly starts speculating about how to use a fighting force of dinosaurs. He starts scribbling out formations and tactics in his notebook.
[10/26/14, 9:33:07 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Ankylosaurus are COOL. Maggie is in to that. She spends the class taking notes, up front, and squinting – and occasionally trying to make a litle thin hole with her eyes so she can maybe see a little better. Also, she delicately pulls out a piece of paper and delicately transcribes her poem on to it to make it look nice.
[10/26/14, 9:33:41 PM] Kii: Epiphany takes her usual seat, but the way she’s leaned heavily on one hand and staring off into the corner of the classroom would make you think that she’s not paying very close attention.
[10/26/14, 9:35:48 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne, who usually cracks wise at some point about how everything Mrs. Horn teaches is stuff she learned like 3 or 4 years ago, is uncharacteristically quiet. She and Petra keep making meaningful eye contact throughout the class, though no apparent words are exchanged. While Mrs. Horn is yammering on, Ethan, the class weasel, reaches over and tugs on Maggie’s sleeve. “HEY,” he whispers loudly, “WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR GLASSES?”
[10/26/14, 9:35:56 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee’s seat is nowhere in particular, somewhere in the middle of the room, not far enough towards the back to draw automatic suspicion, not far enough towards the front to seem bright and eager. Nice and generic. She’s got her science book open to roughly the page they’re supposed to be on, and she glances up frequently, but she’s fiddling with something in her desk.
[10/26/14, 9:38:47 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She squints toward Ethan as he whispers and then whispers – a bit more subtle, at least – back: “Got smashed earlier during PE.” She holds her hand up in that circle to peer at him through the tiny hole – and then decides to take Laverne’s second advice and just poke a hole through some paper and use that instead. “Didn’t you see?”
[10/26/14, 9:39:02 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Still, whispering in the front row, not exactly the most…innocuous way to whisper.
[10/26/14, 9:39:28 PM] Daniel Harris: “I DIDN’T SEE THEM GET SMASHED,” Ethan says—staring raptly at Maggie through his own thick spectacles. “WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?”
[10/26/14, 9:42:02 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: In this moment, Maggie sees two paths before her. One involves just mumbling something about how her mom will totally just buy her a new pair and yell at her. The other involves mentioning magic spells or ghosts or something. She instead goes for option three. “I heard about this thing,” she whispers, “which I’m gonna try,” because obviously that’s what it is. “Buuuut it might not work so my mom will probably just yell a lot at me and buy a new pair so I’ma be blind for a few days probably.”
[10/26/14, 9:42:29 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan nudges his own glasses up further on his nose. “WHAT ARE YOU GONNA TRY?”
[10/26/14, 9:42:53 PM] Daniel Harris: But before Maggie can answer the question, Mrs. Horn clears her throat and glares at Ethan until he snaps back to attention.
[10/26/14, 9:44:43 PM] Daniel Harris: Class resumes, and is largely uneventful—until Mrs. Horn arranges the kids into two lines, one for bus kids and one for walk- and pick-up kids. Lavrne and Petra, who are usually bus kids, switch to the other line, and Mrs. Horn doesn’t seem to notice, or remember, or give a crap which line they’re normally on.
[10/26/14, 9:45:02 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie jolts and looks forward too – and then once Mrs. Horn looks away, she quickly scrawls a note to Ethan, which she wraps into football shape: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GYWUv9ubXx0/UBwKY7hD4tI/AAAAAAAAAM8/MhqBeq3a5Xw/s1600/paper+football.gif (thanks grade school) and passes to him. The note says: “there’s a story about a ghost in jr high who can return what is lost and so i’m gonna try to talk to it!” She waits until the blurry form of Mrs. Horn again turns away to pass it to him. And then when it comes to lines – she quickly moves to walk-and-pick-up.
[10/26/14, 9:45:36 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan stands behind Maggie in line, fidgeting like he’s going to explode or something. CLutching, of course, the niote which was passed.
[10/26/14, 9:46:34 PM] Kii: Epiphany eagerly waits in the walk line, clustered in with the rest of the kids journeying to the Junior High. “We’ve got almost half the class,” she remarks simply.
[10/26/14, 9:47:22 PM] Daniel Harris: Bob remarks loudly, “Don’t you losers take the bus?” But Mrs. Horn tells him to mind his own business.
[10/26/14, 9:47:30 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee’s probably supposed to be in the bus line, but she’s established such a habit of swapping to the walk/pick-up line that it’s really no different when she does it today. She’s got her gameboy back out while she waits.
[10/26/14, 9:48:38 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick is a walk kid, I think. His youthful attempts at stoic brooding cannot conceal a definite enthusiasm for getting out of school.
[10/26/14, 9:48:58 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie beams to Ethan because standing behind her means he’s within her I-can-see-you-clearly range, and then bounces on her toes a little bit, swinging her arms.
[10/26/14, 9:49:39 PM] Daniel Harris: And the kids march out of the school, left to their own devices once they reach the exit to the daylight. It’s a beautiful day outside: sunny, with a brisk breeze. Laverne takes a deep breath as she stands at the curb, angling her head down the street, in the direction of the junior high school—which is about a 20-minute walk from here.
[10/26/14, 9:50:24 PM] Daniel Harris: Petra clings to Laverne like she’s the other girl’s own shadow. Ethan similarly hangs on Maggie. “Hey,” he says to her, “how is a ghost gonna get you your glasses back?”
[10/26/14, 9:51:11 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I dunno,” she says. “But you gotta give it a poem in exchange for them, so I worked on one at recess earlier.” She shifts her bag around in front of her and reaches in. “You know, rituals have power. I’ve read that in a bunch of books! If you do the right things, you can get magic to happen.”
[10/26/14, 9:52:42 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She squints, trying to find Epiphany who is way better at explaining it.
[10/26/14, 9:53:48 PM] Aurya Stark: “You wrote a poem about your glasses?” Vee was a bit ahead of the group, but paused to set her backpack on a fence and put the gameboy away, falling back in alongside them when they catch up.
[10/26/14, 9:53:50 PM] Kii: Epiphany walks at Maggie’s side, hands in her deep pockets as they all march along. “It probably won’t be your glasses /exactly/,” she muses, “but something very close. Something made with the energies that the spirit can control. It’s explained very thoroughly in several of those books I let you borrow…”
[10/26/14, 9:54:28 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick lingers in the back of the group, hands in his jacket pockets.
[10/26/14, 9:54:57 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah, I read them, but you seem to grasp ’em WAY better than me,” she says then to the other girl. “And I did,” to Vee then. “That’s part of the ritual! Got to describe them, rhyme it, and use your name three times.” She beams. “So we need to head to the junior high, right?”
[10/26/14, 9:55:12 PM] Daniel Harris: “That’s weird,” Ethan says. Laverne answers him, without looking at him, “Then don’t come.” Ethan opens his mouth, looks stricken, closes it. “My mom’s here anyway,” he says. A four-door sedan pulls up to the curb, driven by a woman with a brown ponytail.
[10/26/14, 9:55:48 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “You can come if you want,” she says to Ethan then, flashing a smile – always be friendly, Maggie. “Want to see if your Mom says it’s okay?”
[10/26/14, 9:56:31 PM] Daniel Harris: “I—I can?” Ethan lights up at this. “O—okay!” he goes running off to the car, and practically throws his head into the open passenger side window to shout at his mom: “MOM, CAN I HANG OUT WITH MY FRIENDS AFTER SCHOOL TODAY?”
[10/26/14, 9:56:42 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie waves cheerily to Ethan’s mother.
[10/26/14, 9:57:04 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: And then – realizing what HER mom is like, perhaps – she goes to peek in after him. “Hi Ethan’s Mom! I’m Maggie Stark! My mom can drop him off at your house afterward?”
[10/26/14, 9:57:31 PM] Daniel Harris: The pony-tailed woman waves back to Maggie, looking over Ethan’s shoulder. “Sure,” she says easily. “Where you kids going? You need a lift?” She half-addresses this question to Maggie.
[10/26/14, 9:58:37 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “We were going to go to the junior high and then head to my house!” She beams. “Could you give us a lift? There are um,” she looks to Ethan, down at herself – and turns to count Rick, Vee, Epiphany, Laverne, and Petra. “Seven of us? I don’t know if you have room, so we can walk! My mom says that makes me not be HYPER anyway!”
[10/26/14, 9:59:29 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan’s mom laughs. “Seven of you, huh? Well…it’ll be tight, but pack in.” Ethan says, “Yessss,” and climbs into the passenger seat of the car.
[10/26/14, 10:00:01 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie turns and flails her hands toward the others. “Mrs. Russo is giving us a ride!” And then she opens the back and scrambles in to the far side – packing in, as kids can.
[10/26/14, 10:00:11 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick seems a little put out by this, which is probably just the impending confused anxiety of a fifth grade boy about to be packed in among a bunch of girls.
[10/26/14, 10:00:29 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Way to abandon him to the cooties mosh pit, Ethan.
[10/26/14, 10:00:42 PM] Kii: Epiphany looks to the others, and reluctantly gets into the car— probably squeezed into the middle somewhere, knobby knees jutting into the other kids.
[10/26/14, 10:00:49 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee seems quietly but completely surprised by this, though she recovers quickly and gives Ethan’s mom a sweet, beaming smile as she piles into the back. “Thank you, Mrs. Russo.”
[10/26/14, 10:01:06 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Yeah, uh, thanks,” Rick manages quietly as he shuffles on in.
[10/26/14, 10:01:45 PM] Daniel Harris: Petra looks extremely put off by the idea. She gives Laverne a pleading sort of look, which Laverne more or less ignores. Laverne and Petra end up sitting on the floor of the back seat, as the other kids all sprawl over each other in Tetris configuration.
[10/26/14, 10:03:10 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie seems completely a-ok with however packed in she is, her knees bouncing in a way that no doubts jostles whoever is next to her or splayed across her. “My dad has this big van, and it can hold like ten people,” she says conversationally. “And it’s like, a really ugly red, and there’s a FRIDGE in the back. He got it for my older brother to drive, but my brother left it at home when he went to college so now dad drives it because it’s blocking his truck in.” No one cares, Maggie.
[10/26/14, 10:04:32 PM] Kii: In this close proximity it’s becoming pretty apparent that Epiphany smells like a mix between grandma parfume and cigars. It isn’t exactly pleasant.
[10/26/14, 10:05:10 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee grimaces sort of dramatically as she wedges into the middle somewhere, and grins and bears it for a block or two before she squirms and twists around and yanks a small green book out from under her. She flips through it while Maggie rambles.
[10/26/14, 10:05:30 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick is jostled by Maggie, but he’s used to it. And her stories. He gamely ignores her and pages through one of his notebooks with a thoughtful expression.
[10/26/14, 10:05:57 PM] Daniel Harris: The sedan drifts along smoothly as Ethan’s mom heads for the Junior High. Petra more or less buries her face into the back of the passenger seat, barely able to stand being in such close proximity to so many other kids.
[10/26/14, 10:06:51 PM] Daniel Harris: “I’m glad Ethan’s got so many friends,” Ethan’s mom remarks casually after a moment of silence. “Maggie already introduced herself—what are the rest of your names?”
[10/26/14, 10:07:25 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie is, from constantly hanging on to Epiphany, at least used to how she smells. She opens her mouth to introduce everyone, and then probably recalls some adult scolding her at some point – and gamely at least waits.
[10/26/14, 10:07:55 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Rick Stark,” he says absently.
[10/26/14, 10:08:18 PM] Kii: “Epiphany,” she replies smoothly, “but I don’t think Ethan and I are friends.”
[10/26/14, 10:10:02 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan looks embarrassed by Epiphany’s candid disclosure, but his mom at least has the social graces to take it in stride. She gives Rick a long look in the rear view mirror, and says, “So you’re Rick. I heard about your dad. I’m sorry.” There’s a kind of firm, earnest quality to her voice, a hardness in the eyes—this is a person who knows what losing people is actually like.
[10/26/14, 10:10:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “He’s my cousin!” Maggie adds.
[10/26/14, 10:11:03 PM] Aurya Stark: “Vee,” she answers politely, “Vee St. Claire. It’s nice to meet you.” She glances at Rick, and by extension Maggie, not seeming to catch on to what Ethan’s mom is talking about.
[10/26/14, 10:12:05 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Her tone catches his attention, and then her eyes when he looks up, surprised, then – grateful. That must be what grateful looks like on Rick’s face. “Thanks,” he mumbles, looking back down.
[10/26/14, 10:12:39 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “And in the back we have Laverne and Petra. Laverne is the redhead, and Petra is the blonde, but Petra doesn’t speak much because she’s shy,” Maggie says, not seeming to realize that that’s just a way to make a shy person feel more awkward. But she tries. She beams to Ethan. “It’s okay, she’s just getting to know you! Epiphany’s my friend, and you’re my friend, so it works out!” One gets the idea that right now, Maggie would happily claim everyone but likely Bob, Bill, Emily, and Melissa as friends.
[10/26/14, 10:14:54 PM] Daniel Harris: “Well, nice to meet all of you,” Ethan’s mom says. “Obviously I’m Ethan’s mom. But I’m not old enough for Mrs. Russo, and I’m not married, either. So just call me Angelica.”
[10/26/14, 10:15:51 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie stares wide-eyed and blind up front toward Ethan’s mom. “I’ve never called an adult by their first name,” she whispers, loudly, toward the others in a way that literally everyone can hear it. And then, carefully, like it’s a foreign language: “Okay, Angelica!”
[10/26/14, 10:16:18 PM] Daniel Harris: Angelica smiles wryly in Maggie’s direction via rear view mirror. “Not too weird, right?”
[10/26/14, 10:16:49 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Oh, Maggie’s real comfortable with ‘weird.’” Rick says with an amused huff out his nose.
[10/26/14, 10:17:50 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Nope. Not TOO weird.” She lightly thwacks Rick. “One time, I think a guy in a jeep tried to chase me because I was picking honey suckles without permission from his yard, but I managed to out run him and escape to the pirate thing my dad built that’s now behind my mom’s house.”
[10/26/14, 10:18:07 PM] Daniel Harris: “Where should I drop you all off?” Laverne, who hasn’t yet said a word through this car ride, suddenly pipes up: “East side entrance,” she says, “by the auditorium.” Angelica nods slightly as she veers the car into the junior high’s parking lot. “You got it.”
[10/26/14, 10:18:18 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Thanks!” Maggie beams.
[10/26/14, 10:19:17 PM] Daniel Harris: The Junior High School is a mysterrrrrrrrrrrious building, which has this forbidden air to it—it’s so much bigger than the elementary school. And it’s full of big, terrifying kids, and strange class-swapping rituals, and lockers in the middle of the hallways with Master combinations locks and shit, and the ceilings are probably astronomically high.
[10/26/14, 10:20:57 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie climbs out of the car then with the others – piles more like it, and waves cheerily to Angelica. “Thank you for the ride!” She says again. And then she folds her arms. “I think at least with all of us together we’ll look like we know what we’re doing, huh!” To Epiphany: “You said you always go past it? Can you lead the way?”
[10/26/14, 10:22:35 PM] Aurya Stark: “Thanks for the ride!” she says, beaming at Angelica as she piles out after the others and swings her backpack back on. “Yeah, you know, as long as you look like you know where you’re going they usually don’t stop you.”
[10/26/14, 10:22:50 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick feels a bit rushed by Maggie, shooting her a look as he carefully folds his notebook closed and puts it into his backpack on the way out of the car.
[10/26/14, 10:22:55 PM] Kii: Epiphany eagerly gets out of the vehicle, attempting to stretch out a leg that was beginning to cramp. She nods enthusiastically at Maggie, “Yeah! I can always tell because they put projects right outside to dry. It’s around this way, I think!” She points off in a vague direction.
[10/26/14, 10:23:13 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne thanks Angelica for the ride and climbs out of the car along with Petra. Angelica says goodbye to Ethan, tells him she’ll see him later, and drives off, leaving the kids in the parking lot of the junior high. Kids on the nearby athletic field are having football practice. Whistles are blown in staccato chirps.
[10/26/14, 10:24:09 PM] Kii: Epiphany starts to walk off in the direction that she remembers the art class being, if no one stops her.
[10/26/14, 10:24:43 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She cheerily moves after Epiphany – she squints toward Rick, barely catching his look, and then flashes him a quick smile. “Everything okay?” She asks – and then she looks to Ethan, making sure to include him as much as possible. “The ghost is supposedly in the art room.”
[10/26/14, 10:25:17 PM] Daniel Harris: “Oh,” Ethan says, pushing his glasses up on his nose—they seem perpetually to be sliding off his face. “Wouldn’t all the kids and teachers know about it then?”
[10/26/14, 10:25:49 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Nah,” she says. Grimly: “Sometimes, people just don’t believe.” She darts a glance toward Epiphany’s blurred form.
[10/26/14, 10:25:56 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “This stuff is always super conditional,” Rick opines sagely, shrugging at Maggie’s concern.
[10/26/14, 10:27:00 PM] Kii: Without turning around, “Some of the students know about it, of course. But teachers don’t believe in anything, so why would they bother to listen? If you don’t think it will work, you don’t have to come, you know.”
[10/26/14, 10:27:34 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan huffs. “I’m coming.”
[10/26/14, 10:28:11 PM] Daniel Harris: “The door’ll probably be locked,” Laverne says as she walks along toward the side entrance. “It’s after hours, and the art club only meets on Tuesdays.”
[10/26/14, 10:29:07 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee tags along with the group, sliding her hands in her pockets, making sure to look super cool and unconcerned. “That’s okay, I’ve been
practicing. I got my dad’s filing cabinet open yestereday.”
[10/26/14, 10:29:51 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “According to my books, it’s important for people to believe if they actually want to try these things,” she says to Ethan. “Because if you really believe, they’ll start working, you know? So it’s why when I want to get a good grade on a test, I make sure to do a mind clarity ritual, which involves candle smoke and some other stuff. And then I get As on my tests!” She beams.
[10/26/14, 10:30:17 PM] Daniel Harris: “Oh,” Ethan says to Maggie.
[10/26/14, 10:30:44 PM] Kii: Epiphany purses her lips thoughtfully, “Even if Vee can’t open it… One of us is probably small enough to get through a window, I think. I don’t know how hard it is to pick locks. Are you really good?” she looks back at Vee curiously.
[10/26/14, 10:31:12 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I trust Vee!” She says then as they get to the doors then. Then she steps to the side to lean on the wall – she digs in her pocket to pull out the paper with the hole in it, squinting around at the others.
[10/26/14, 10:32:53 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne opens the door to the school, revealing its dark and intimidating interior. For many of the kids this is their first time setting foot in such an ‘adult’ place. The halls are quiet, and their footsteps echo loudly off the tile floor. The walls are lined with dark blue metallic lockers, each with air vents that seem to scowl at them like angry eye-slits.
[10/26/14, 10:33:17 PM] Daniel Harris: Something about being in the ‘wrong’ school, and being there when school isn’t even in session, with no adults around, feels pretty unsettling.
[10/26/14, 10:33:54 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick quietly closes his hand around something in his jacket pocket, which seems to soothe him a bit as he sticks to the middle of the group.
[10/26/14, 10:34:25 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie sucks in a breath as they step inside, her eyes wide. She spins her head this way and that, twirling in a circle, squinting at what she can. “I heard that,” she says in a sharp whisper, “you get randomly put next to the eight graders when you’re a sixth grader and that they beat you up for having the locker next to them. That’s what my brother said.”
[10/26/14, 10:34:58 PM] Daniel Harris: “I heard it’s like prison,” Laverne says. “You just have to kick someone’s ass on the first day.”
[10/26/14, 10:35:15 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Does it need to be someone older? Or is another sixth grader okay?”
[10/26/14, 10:35:27 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “They just have to be scared to mess with you.”
[10/26/14, 10:36:14 PM] Daniel Harris: This is pretty obviously the hallway containing all the off-beat classes: Art. Technology. Wood shop.
[10/26/14, 10:36:20 PM] Kii: “I heard there’s lots of fights… One kid got expelled last year.” She doesn’t seem to sound too nervous though, the click of her buckle shoes echoing in the empty hallways. “I doubt I’d win in a fight anyway.”
[10/26/14, 10:36:29 PM] Aurya Stark: “I heard you have different classes on different days and you get detention if you forget where to go,” she says, lowering her voice, though she looks wary at the talk of the fighting.
[10/26/14, 10:37:33 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne: “I heard a kid got stabbed last year just for being Mexican.” At this, Petra gives her a sharp look, and she looks right back at Petra and says, “What?”
[10/26/14, 10:37:47 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I heard that the classes you have are super hard too,” she nods her head and then follows the others along toward Art, hovering by the door a bit. She digs into her backpack and gets out her poem, holding it up to her face to squint and make sure it’s in perfect order. “Really?” She says then to Laverne. “That’s RACIST.”
[10/26/14, 10:38:22 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee slips up to the front of the group, but has the good sense to at least try the door first.
[10/26/14, 10:38:22 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “The stabber was probably selling crack.”
[10/26/14, 10:38:40 PM] Daniel Harris: “Pretty racist, yeah.” She gestures with a nod up ahead. “There’s the art classroom.” This didn’t necessarily need pointing out: as has been suggested, there are several paintings hanging up in the hall near the door. Here are a few:
[10/26/14, 10:38:44 PM] Daniel Harris: https://d22d7v2y1t140g.cloudfront.net/m_6847077_TFsDcPSY09Oe.jpg
[10/26/14, 10:38:47 PM] Daniel Harris: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8436361253_fd8cfeae68.jpg
[10/26/14, 10:38:52 PM] Daniel Harris: http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.9999132.1320/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg
[10/26/14, 10:38:55 PM] Daniel Harris: http://www.brittanypowell.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/9.12.11michaelsomethinglake.jpg
[10/26/14, 10:39:07 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: One of these is not like hte other.
[10/26/14, 10:39:15 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: One of these just does not belong. Maggie stares at the third one, squinting.
[10/26/14, 10:40:09 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan stops and stares at the same one Maggie stares at.
[10/26/14, 10:40:14 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick seems to think it’s cool.
[10/26/14, 10:41:12 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne walks up to the art room door and tries the knob. It’s obviously locked, and the lights inside the room are off as well.
[10/26/14, 10:41:14 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee glances the art with an air of ‘how embarassing’ (like she could do better) and pulls a bobby pin out of her bow/half ponytail configuration.
[10/26/14, 10:41:25 PM] Kii: Epiphany also seems to think these paintings are pretty cool. She waits patiently for Vee to open the door, leaning in close to inspect one.
[10/26/14, 10:41:47 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Do you think it’s maybe a haunted tree?” She whispers to the others – Ethan especially since he’s hovering nearest to her. “It kinda looks like a tree. Or like, one of those haunted rides they have at the fair.” She leans closer to squint.
[10/26/14, 10:42:05 PM] Daniel Harris: “It looks like the Devil,” Ethan says.
[10/26/14, 10:42:40 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I wonder why they blotched all over the apple,” she adds as a second comment. Future art critic, here.
[10/26/14, 10:42:42 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Or a bloody zombie.”
[10/26/14, 10:42:46 PM] Aurya Stark: Hiding behind the other kids, she tries to pick the lock! She’s never successfully picked the lock on an actual
door before but this doesn’t diminish her excitement about having an actual reason to try.
[10/26/14, 10:43:21 PM] Daniel Harris: Okay, Vee, Dex+Larceny, extended. One roll at a time please.
[10/26/14, 10:43:56 PM] Aurya Stark: (first roll is a fail XD)
[10/26/14, 10:44:13 PM] Kii: Epiphany has some sense to look back down the hall for any teachers that might be wandering close by.
[10/26/14, 10:44:42 PM] Daniel Harris: From down the hall and around the corner, after Vee’s been fiddling with the lock for a bit, the group can hear some clack-clack-clacking of shoes approaching, and two girls talking. “Ohmygod,” one of them is saying, “and then he reached out and he touched my HAIR.”
[10/26/14, 10:45:36 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie cheerily moves to block Vee from sight from that way. She darts a look to the others and hisses: “Surround Vee like we’re talking!”
[10/26/14, 10:46:29 PM] Kii: Epiphany shoulders her backpack and takes a step to hide Vee as well, trying to stand up straight to appear… Maybe a little taller than a 5th grader.
[10/26/14, 10:46:45 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne leans back on the lockers, twirling her hair in a finger. “And, ahmahgerd, did you see Emily’s HAIRTIES today? They were, like, so totally rad?”
[10/26/14, 10:47:12 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick leans casually against a locker. He totally leans against lockers all the time.
[10/26/14, 10:47:44 PM] Daniel Harris: Anyone taking part in this charade, with words, roll Wits + Subterfuge. Vee, roll Larceny again.
[10/26/14, 10:47:46 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Ew at Emily’s heels though? Like, who would WEAR those.” She folds her arms. “And um – Melissa’s shirt? Like…gross?” She squints a little bit.
[10/26/14, 10:48:12 PM] KhAlf Drogo: 0s, natch
[10/26/14, 10:48:16 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: (2s from Maggie)
[10/26/14, 10:48:18 PM] Daniel Harris: “He TOUCHED your HAIR?” squeals the girl around the corner. “Ohmygod!”
[10/26/14, 10:48:28 PM] Daniel Harris: Rick doesn’t roll anyway, since he didn’t use any words.
[10/26/14, 10:49:04 PM] Kii: Epiphany’s giving some well-timed nods and "oh my gods”. (3s)
[10/26/14, 10:49:20 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne: “I wouldn’t be caught DEAD wearing heels like that in SIXTH GRADE. THose were, like, third grade shoes, at best.”
[10/26/14, 10:49:54 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee nervously glances up, then goes back to her work, wrinkling her nose as she concentrates intensely, tongue poking out between her lips. (4s)
[10/26/14, 10:51:17 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah, I KNOW!” Maggie says to that. “I mean, PLUS she’s like ALL over Bill, she’s going to be um…And he’s going to be super gross and like, he’s always SLOBBERING on her.”
[10/26/14, 10:51:57 PM] Daniel Harris: The two girls round the bend and start to clack-clack their way past the group. “What a PERVERT,” one of them is saying. “GOD.” But the two of them both shut up as they move, in awkward silence, past the gaggle of kids by the art room door. There are glances exchanged, perhaps even suspicious glances, but neither of the two girls stops or interrupts. THey simply walk past.
[10/26/14, 10:52:08 PM] Daniel Harris: Again, Vee.
[10/26/14, 10:52:34 PM] Aurya Stark: (..4s again!)
[10/26/14, 10:52:40 PM] Daniel Harris: The lock clicks open.
[10/26/14, 10:52:44 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She waits a moment until the girls are past, and then awkwardly she whispers: “…Is touching someone’s hair perverted? Why?”
[10/26/14, 10:53:09 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne murmurs back, with an eye on the two girls as they head out of the building: “I have no idea.”
[10/26/14, 10:53:35 PM] Aurya Stark: “IdiditIdidit!” she squeals soflty, thrilled by her success, then pulls the door open to wiggle inside.
[10/26/14, 10:54:01 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She whirls toward Vee then, and then beams bouncing up and down on her toes. “GOOD JOB!” She says in a delighted whisper. “That’s really awesome! I thought that was just a movie thing, it’s so cool you can really do it!”
[10/26/14, 10:54:03 PM] Kii: “Don’t know. I think it feels kinda nice,” she says dreamily, following immediately behind Vee and into the dim classroom.
[10/26/14, 10:54:09 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Everything’s perverted in middle school.” Rick moves over to follow Vee, unusually quick.
[10/26/14, 10:54:38 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah! It feels nice!” She agrees with Epiphany then, bobbling her head a little bit, and then looks to Rick. “Oh.” She looks toward Ethan then, waving a hand at him. “You okay?”
[10/26/14, 10:54:48 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She carefully folds her note into a football shape. She seems to like doing that.
[10/26/14, 10:55:50 PM] Daniel Harris: The art room has some easels and canvases near the front, by the teacher’s desk, and behind that there are cubbies filled with students’ things. On the opposite end of the room there are paints and brushes of all types, mostly worn-out from being treated like shit by 11-13 year olds all year long, as well as some sinks for washing up, and hooks from which numerous smocks are dangling. There is also a sizeable closet in the back left corner. And, of course, rows of students’ desks, significantly bigger than what the kids are used to at their school.
[10/26/14, 10:56:05 PM] Daniel Harris: “Huh?” Ethan says to Maggie. “I’m fine…why?”
[10/26/14, 10:56:59 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “You’re one of the quietest, and while Laverne talks and Petra is normally quiet, you talk a lot sometimes and so my brother says you should ALWAYS make sure everyone’s okay.” She steps inside and looks blankly around, mostly blind and incapable of seeing. “Okay, where do I put it…? And do I do anything else?”
[10/26/14, 10:58:13 PM] Kii: Once inside Epiphany removes her pendant, stepping off to the side and letting it hang down straight from her hand. After a few moments of intense concentration she gently swings it in a circle, stares at it, and then once it starts bobbing one way or another slowly walks in that direction— and halts awkwardly at Maggie’s question.
“Huh? Oh!” She points at the desk in the back, the rightmost one. “UNDER the top left corner of that one back there."
[10/26/14, 10:58:29 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick goes over to peer into the closet, probably for no reason.
[10/26/14, 10:59:34 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She nods her head toward Epiphany then. She holds her note in both hands, and then walks somberly back toward that desk. She looks at it for a moment, and then carefully lifts up the top left corner of the desk as best as she can, and nudges her note into it, poem carefully written within.
[10/26/14, 10:59:44 PM] Aurya Stark: Vee closes the door behind them, shoving the two broken halves of the bobby pin into her pocket, because throwing them away would be leaving behind evidence. Then
- well, she’s less sure about this ghost thing, and goes to sit in the teacher’s chair instead, to watch.-Laverne starts talking to Petra quietly.
[10/26/14, 11:00:26 PM] Daniel Harris: The desks each have their own storage space, each one sort of like an open drawer or cubby facing the student’s chair. These little spaces are mostly empty, though.
[10/26/14, 11:01:22 PM] Daniel Harris: Petra slinks around the perimeter of the room, and Laverne trails after her. The two of them end up going into the corner by the front of the room, over by the student cubbies
[10/26/14, 11:01:42 PM] Kii: Epiphany watches Maggie with those hooded green eyes of hers, pausing momentarily in…. Whatever she’s doing.
[10/26/14, 11:02:16 PM] Daniel Harris: The note goes into the desk. If something magical was supposed to happen, it…well…doesn’t? No big dramatic oogty-boogity anything, anyway. Ethan stands around, looking this way and that, as though waiting for something.
[10/26/14, 11:02:48 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick meanwhile has wandered over to stand next to Vee and whispers something to her.
[10/26/14, 11:02:58 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She closes the desk solemnly, nodding once. “There we go,” she says then, in a whisper. She waits a few moments, and then carefully opens the desk again to peek inside to see if her note has disappeared, or if the glasses are there.
[10/26/14, 11:03:13 PM] Daniel Harris: The note is still there. And no glasses.
[10/26/14, 11:03:38 PM] Kii: Epiphany resumes walking around the room, letting the gentle bobbing of her crystal guide her. “It might happen at a certain time, like midnight, or a certain day…” she remarks thoughtfully.
[10/26/14, 11:03:58 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Right,” she closes the desk again. “Must give it time.” She steps away then, drifting away to squint around a little bit. “Oh – so we should maybe step out of the room or come back at midnight? Or – umm…maybe come back in a bit, or just give it an hour?”
[10/26/14, 11:04:39 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “I don’t think my mom would let me come back here at midnight. It’s—scary enough at 3 in the afternoon…”
[10/26/14, 11:04:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Well, my mom wouldn’t either. We’d have to sneak out.”
[10/26/14, 11:05:04 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne and Petra have their foreheads practically pressed together. Laverne says something very quietly to Petra. Petra shakes her head a little.
[10/26/14, 11:05:04 PM] Kii: “Well,” she bites her lip, “I don’t think you have to come back here. After all, it’s supposed to be returned to you. I think you’ll… Find them, somehow.”
[10/26/14, 11:05:27 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh,” she says then. She rubs her chin. “Cool.”
[10/26/14, 11:05:51 PM] Kii: Epiphany glances over at Laverne and Petra, “…is she scared?” she asks softly.
[10/26/14, 11:06:12 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “…I was looking forward to sneaking out and trying to see a ghost at midnight. But that’s okay, my dad lives near some woods, I’ll just play the MIDNIGHT MAN GAME some time.” She beams, and then looks to Laverne and Petra. “Oh. I don’t know.”
[10/26/14, 11:06:50 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne looks up and over at Maggie. “Huh? Oh—yeah, a bit.” She smiles, and pats Petra on the arm a couple of times. “Any luck?”
[10/26/14, 11:08:07 PM] Kii: “I haven’t sensed any strong reactions,” Epiphany says, sounding a little disappointed. “I think we might just have to wait until Maggie’s glasses are returned.”
[10/26/14, 11:08:20 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “The note is where it’s supposed to be,” she says with another flash of a smile to Laverne. She looks to Petra for a moment, and then back to Epiphany, beaming and nodding her head.
[10/26/14, 11:08:36 PM] Aurya Stark: She whispers back to Rick, then grumpily gets up out of the chair to cross over towards the cubbies, where the other kids seem to be congregating. “Maybe we can just come back tomorrow and see.”
[10/26/14, 11:09:33 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick, feeling super rebellious, slides over an empty stretch of the teacher’s desk before he follows Vee to the others.
[10/26/14, 11:09:51 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Well – we could – go and do something fun? I have a pirate playhouse in my back yard, which we can climb up into the top bit and just sit and talk and play games or something, and see if stuff shows up?” She shifts her backpack around front again, and then zips it closed since she didn’t when she got her note out, and then pulls it back on her shoulder.
[10/26/14, 11:11:14 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan bobbles his head, seeming relieved at the prospect of doing something normal with friends. “That sounds like fun!”
[10/26/14, 11:11:30 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne glances at Petra, and then at Maggie. “We’d love to, but we should probably get going.”
[10/26/14, 11:11:51 PM] Kii: Epiphany perks up, nodding and curls going everywhere. “I can practice my tarot readings with you! Or well, with anyone who wants one I guess.” She looks to Laverne and Petra with a soft “oh”, and waves goodbye.
[10/26/14, 11:11:56 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Could tell ghost stories!” She adds. “And play Truth or Dare. Oh.” She looks disappointed, glancing to Laverne and Petra. “Okay.” And she flashes a smile. “Well, thank you for coming anyway! Since we have to wait on my glasses.” And then to Epiphany. “Okay!”
[10/26/14, 11:12:08 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Er – since we have to wait on my glasses we can all sneak out together?”
[10/26/14, 11:12:57 PM] Daniel Harris: Laverne nods, and walks smoothly over toward the far side of the room, where there are windows. She begins to prop one open. “Easy enough. Good luck with the glasses thing—and we’ll see you tomorrow?”
[10/26/14, 11:13:02 PM] Daniel Harris: Petra follows quietly after Laverne.
[10/26/14, 11:13:20 PM] Aurya Stark: “Bye, guys,” she says, with a little wave at Petra and Laverne.
[10/26/14, 11:13:59 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh, yes, of course! I am aiming to get the certificate that says I never miss a day of school.” Way to be a nerd, Maggie. “They give you a candy bar when you get that, you know.” Oh, never mind. Plans made more obvious. “And Petra, it was nice to hang out with you!” Because you should always be friendly – a flash of a smile.
[10/26/14, 11:14:45 PM] Daniel Harris: Petra manages a little bit of a smile at Maggie, and sort of half-commits to a wave. This is probably the closest thing to actual social interaction any of the kids have seen her partake in, Laverne excepted.
[10/26/14, 11:14:51 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Bye,” Rick says with a tiny wave of his own.
[10/26/14, 11:15:17 PM] Daniel Harris: The two of them slip out to the school’s exterior and start walking off. “Those two are pretty weird,” Ethan remarks, once they’re gone.
[10/26/14, 11:15:45 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “So’s your face,” Rick says coolly.
[10/26/14, 11:15:46 PM] Aurya Stark: “I like them,” Vee says staunchly, glancing into the desk where Maggie put the note.
[10/26/14, 11:16:28 PM] Daniel Harris: “I didn’t say I didn’t LIKE them,” Ethan says, defensively. “Just that they’re WEIRD.”
[10/26/14, 11:16:33 PM] Kii: “There’s worse things to be,” Epiphany says simply, before moving over to the open window.
[10/26/14, 11:16:53 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah, kinda,” she says then. "I think maybe they’re related or something? I mean, my grandma is a redhead and my aunt is a blonde – " she looks to Rick, “You know Aunt Sue?” and then back to Ethan. “But it’s okay to be weird, I think right. Do you guys wanna play Truth and Dare and tell ghost stories and do tarot cards?” She moves to the open window too, blindly trusting the others to not lead her into doom.
[10/26/14, 11:17:52 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “I heard they’re cousins and orphans and their foster parents are illegal aliens in the mafia and that Petra doesn’t have a tongue.”
[10/26/14, 11:18:27 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Aunt Sue’s crazy,” Rick mutters with a roll of his eyes, then looks to Ethan skeptically. “She talks to Laverne without sign language, Ethan.”
[10/26/14, 11:18:42 PM] Daniel Harris: “I’VE never heard her talk. Have YOU?”
[10/26/14, 11:18:43 PM] Aurya Stark: “Who’d you hear THAT from?” she shoots Ethan a look, though her nose-wrinkle isn’t really derision.
[10/26/14, 11:19:06 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Yeah,” Rick says with a little shrug of one shoulder. (This isn’t true.)
[10/26/14, 11:19:16 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I wish my parents were with the MAFIA,” she says then. “Though I think my dad’s like a spy for the government, so that’s close.” She moves to try and climb out the window.
[10/26/14, 11:19:18 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan eyes Rick skeptically. “What’d she say?”
[10/26/14, 11:19:33 PM] Daniel Harris: “My mom was a sniper in Vietnam,” Ethan announces proudly.
[10/26/14, 11:19:44 PM] Kii: “I’ve seen her eat a popsicle on field day. She definitely has a tongue.” She pushes her backpack out first, and then with a slightly graceless hop Epiphany slides out the window.
[10/26/14, 11:19:45 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “That she hates your jokes.” Rick says, heading for the windows.
[10/26/14, 11:19:52 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Really?!” She says then, in a whisper, looking over her shoulder. “That’s AWESOME.”
[10/26/14, 11:20:11 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Your mom is definitely cool,” Rick adds with a sage air.
[10/26/14, 11:20:22 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan puffs up. “Yeah, she once walked through a whole forest full of NAPALM.”
[10/26/14, 11:20:42 PM] Aurya Stark: “Wow,” Vee says, staring at Ethan for several seconds, genuinely impressed.
[10/26/14, 11:20:54 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Really?” She says again, apparently wide-eyed about this. “My DAD works on submarines, really, but he likes to say he’s a spy. That’s SUPER awesome. Napalms are bombs right?” Maggie knows little about bombs.
[10/26/14, 11:21:19 PM] Daniel Harris: “Napalm is stuff that if you get it on you it sticks to your face until you MELT.”
[10/26/14, 11:21:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Ewwww,” she says then, in only the way that you can when you’re a kid and something gross is actually great. “It’s good your mom didn’t get any of that on her, that would SUCK!”
[10/26/14, 11:22:45 PM] Daniel Harris: “Yeah, my mom wouldn’t ever get killed by any stupid Napalm or Viet Congs.”
[10/26/14, 11:23:13 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “The plural is Viet Cong, or VC,” Rick says with another soft huff out his nose.
[10/26/14, 11:23:15 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “My grandpa calls them Charlies,” she says. “That you had to shoot a lot of Charlies.” Once they’re out, she begins the absent walk toward her mom’s house.
[10/26/14, 11:24:52 PM] Kii: “…My grandpa doesn’t like to talk about the war. Well, the second one. I don’t know if he was in the others. I don’t think there was melting in those.” She resumes her cheerful stride along Maggie’s side, accompanying her back to an afternoon of truth and dare and ghost stories and tarot readings.
[10/26/14, 11:25:25 PM] Aurya Stark: “Why Charlies?” she asks, swinging her backpack back around her shoulders after she hits the ground, jogging to catch up.
[10/26/14, 11:25:43 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I dunno,” she says, squinting to Ethan and Rick for this information.
[10/26/14, 11:26:05 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “My grandpa trained plots in the second war,” she says to Epiphany then.
[10/26/14, 11:26:10 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “It’s the military alphabet,” Rick says enigmatically, like this should explain everything.
[10/26/14, 11:26:38 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan bobbles along with the group. “Because C is for Charlie. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Epsilon Alpha Beta Gamma Omega Charlie David Furlong Mary. I—made some of those up.”
[10/26/14, 11:27:53 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She stares wide-eyed at Rick and then Ethan, and then: “…So it’s like Pig Latin!?” She flails her hands a little bit. “We should MAKE UP A LANGUAGE!” Maggie has big ideas. “Or just speak in pig latin.”
[10/26/14, 11:28:15 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Aye-may ame-nay is-hey Aggie-may.” She beams.
[10/26/14, 11:29:27 PM] Daniel Harris: “There was an explanation of Pig Latin on the back of one of my action figures,” Ethan says.
[10/26/14, 11:29:52 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah?” She says. “What’d it say? What action figure?”
[10/26/14, 11:30:45 PM] Daniel Harris: “Uhm,” Ethan says, “The pig ones? The military commando pigs. I don’t remember what it was called. It’s from when I was a kid.” The walk to Maggie’s mom’s house isn’t terribly far, and the group reaches the house before long. It hasn’t been quite long enough for parents to really be worried, but Maggie’s mom’s house’s door hangs open nevertheless—a quiet sign from Maggie’s mom that, y’know, Maggie should be home by now.
[10/26/14, 11:31:44 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie eyes this for a long moment, awkwardly, and then: “Okay, my … pirate stuff is around back – you guys can climb the ladder or slide and hide there, and I’ll go talk to Mom and be out in a few minutes because she’s probably been called by the principal…”
[10/26/14, 11:32:20 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “I’ll go in with you,” Rick pipes up. “I want to bum a drink anyway.”
[10/26/14, 11:33:00 PM] Aurya Stark: “We could make up a language. My friends and I used to have one,we had this clubhouse in the alley that we made out of boxes and stuff but it got knocked down right after our first official meeting.”
[10/26/14, 11:33:27 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: The play house is similar to this: http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/play-house-swings-slide-22978964.jpg But a lot less awesome. There’s a single swing, there’s no climby-thing, no monkey bars, but there IS a slide, two stories, and the upper part is shaped (vaguely) like a boat and has a steerin wheel that’s useless in it. “We should do it then!” She says then with a nod, and then to Rick. “Yeah, you’d be good since she knows you anyway…”
[10/26/14, 11:34:31 PM] Kii: “Ok!” she replies cheerily, making her way to the backyard— she’s been here quite a few times already. “Maybe you could teach us, Vee. We need something that only we know, as good as Pig Latin is….”
[10/26/14, 11:34:56 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie looks grimly to her cousin, and then – like…well, a soldier going off to war – moves to open the screen door and step inside, holding it for Rick to enter behind her.
[10/26/14, 11:35:45 PM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom is practically on top of her just a few seconds after she’s in the door. Hands on hips. Stern look. “The principal ca—WHERE are your GLASSES, young lady?!” She sighs, pinches the bridge of her nose, and adds wearily afterward, “Hi, Rick.”
[10/26/14, 11:36:23 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan meanwhile goes to the playhouse and starts climbing up the slide—that is, going up the part you’re supposed to slide down. He slips and half-falls, catches himself, wobbles, continues the ascent.
[10/26/14, 11:36:34 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She fidgets a little bit. “Ummm…they’re broken…”
[10/26/14, 11:37:12 PM] Daniel Harris: “Broken, huh. And how exactly did they come to be broken?”
[10/26/14, 11:38:00 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Hi Aunt Tab.” Whatever his intentions of providing some cover for Maggie, he does go to the fridge first. Priorities and all.
[10/26/14, 11:39:02 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Ummmm, Emily was yanking my hair and my glasses fell off and then someone stepped on them, probably Bob, but I dunno I can’t see without my glasses.” She fidgets a little bit. “I’m sorry mom! Bob was really mean! He said that if he wanted to fight a Stark he’d look for us in a CRACK DEN!”
[10/26/14, 11:39:04 PM] Aurya Stark: She follows Ethan and Epiphany back around to the playset, and promptly beelines for the swings. “If I can remember any of it. We had, like, symbols for all the letters. Hey, Ephiphany, you’re really into this magic stuff, huh?”
[10/26/14, 11:39:39 PM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom tchs and rolls her eyes. “I don’t care what he said, Maggie. You’re supposed to be better than that. What did we talk about last time?”
[10/26/14, 11:40:24 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “That I need to ignore what people say…” She scuffs her feet a little bit. “And just not play with people who are jerks…and that I shouldn’t try to punch someone…”
[10/26/14, 11:40:56 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “She couldn’t not play with them,” Rick pipes up helpfully from pouring orange juice. “It was gym class.”
[10/26/14, 11:41:08 PM] Daniel Harris: “That last one is the one I was looking for, young lady. How many times do I have to tell you?”
[10/26/14, 11:41:13 PM] Kii: Epiphany sort of half-sits on the ladder, hooking her arms through the slats so she doesn’t fall. “I am. My grandma says it’s just a phase but I think she just can’t understand because she never developed The Sight. You have to start at a young age if you want to get good at it.” She looks to Vee somewhat hopefully, “I could teach you, if you want.”
[10/26/14, 11:41:31 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “What’s the Sight?”
[10/26/14, 11:42:16 PM] Aurya Stark: “Maybe,” she says, the word a little drawn out as she feels the pressure of being cool warring against temptation. “What do you mean, The Sight?”
[10/26/14, 11:42:28 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “…This is only the second time?” She says helpfully. “I’m sorry. I did get an A on my spelling test though, and I – I had a hard time spelling definitely but I got it right? And I don’t normally think about punching people, I was being nice when he was too and then he just said something and I dunno he was just being really mean to people and stuff…” She scuffs her feet. “Umm, is it okay if Rick and I go outside, I’m really sorry…”
[10/26/14, 11:42:32 PM] Kii: “Being able to see energies. Like auras and spiritual residue and stuff like that. Things you can’t see with just your eyes… Well, I guess unless you’re a medium or something.”
[10/26/14, 11:43:19 PM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom sighs. “Let me get your backup pair of glasses. You can’t walk around not being able to see.” She disappears in a huff, leaving Maggie standing there to think hard about what she’s done.
[10/26/14, 11:43:32 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “Are you a medium?”
[10/26/14, 11:43:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie – more rarely in trouble than Rick – looks at her feet and shuffles a little bit.
[10/26/14, 11:44:03 PM] Aurya Stark: “So can you see all that stuff?” she presses, kicking off the dirt to swing, still keeping her eyes on Epiphany.
[10/26/14, 11:44:41 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “It was kind of a bad hit,” Rick confides quietly as he wanders back, drinking over. “If you piss him off back he’ll hit first.”
[10/26/14, 11:45:34 PM] Kii: Epiphany shakes her head, fiddling with her pendant. “I’m not a medium, no… Not naturally, anyway. Mediums can talk to ghosts and spirits really easily. The only thing I can do is read auras. It took me forever to learn that too— almost a year. But I could teach you, if you like.”
[10/26/14, 11:46:22 PM] Daniel Harris: “Oh,” Ethan says, seeming disappointed. “I was hoping you could talk to my dog.”
[10/26/14, 11:46:31 PM] Aurya Stark: “Yeah,” she says. But clearly she has no idea what she’s really agreeing to because she continues with questions. “But what do auras tell you? Can you read mine?”
[10/26/14, 11:46:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “He’s easy to piss off,” she says in a whisper to Rick then and tilts her head back. She darts a look toward where her mom disappeared to. “You just gotta talk about his flute.”
[10/26/14, 11:47:24 PM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom returns a few moments later, with a glasses case, which she opens up. She holds the glasses out to Maggie with a disapproving look—these glasses are an older prescription, and are repaired in one spot with tape, but they’ll do the job for the most part.
[10/26/14, 11:48:14 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: She takes the glasses back and puts them on them – they’re also garish circles, making her look absolutely nerdy. She blinks a few times. “Ummm, thanks Mom. Rick and I are gonna go play outside on the play thing is that okay? And then – can you drive everyone home probably?”
[10/26/14, 11:48:18 PM] Kii: “I’m not sure if dogs would have anything very interesting to say, is the thing.” She brightens up at Vee’s request and hops down, moving to stand beside her. “They can tell you about what someone’s REALLY feeling, if there’s something… au-spicious about to happen, stuff like that. I can look at yours, if that’s what you want.”
[10/26/14, 11:48:53 PM] Daniel Harris: “Okay,” Maggie’s mom says wearily.
[10/26/14, 11:49:12 PM] KhAlf Drogo: “Thanks Aunt Tab,” Rick says, almost brightly.
[10/26/14, 11:49:35 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Thanks, Mom, sorry,” she says and then gives her mom a hug around her waist, and then turns and scurries quickly outside – dramatically running across the porch and out to the play set and climbing up to join the others as if she’s being chased by a monster.
[10/26/14, 11:51:12 PM] Aurya Stark: “Yeah,” she agrees, starting off eager and then slightly wary at Epiphany’s brightness. “Do I need to do anything so you can see? I wanna know if anything’s about to happen.”
[10/26/14, 11:51:27 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick follows Maggie less dramatically.
[10/26/14, 11:54:12 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie climbs up in, stumbling over wheover’s nearest, and then drops into a corner, fussing with her past prescription glasses. “Whew.”
[10/26/14, 11:54:52 PM] Daniel Harris: Ethan sulks quietly upon being told ‘dogs don’t have interesting things to say,’ and instead opts to just litsen quietly to Epiphany’s psychic babble.
[10/26/14, 11:55:25 PM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick claims another corner, setting his backpack down next to him.
[10/26/14, 11:55:53 PM] Kii: “Just sit right where you are,” she says gently, squaring her shoulders with Vee. She stares at the other girl like she’s looking right through her, unblinking, for nearly a minute before she speaks. “Mostly it’s… A bright silver. That’s pretty good, really, it means that your intuition is developing and you could be able to see things in a new way or things you hadn’t noticed before. There’s also peaks of a murky red and grey— you might be wary about something, or be trying to get people to think contrary to your actions.” She nods confidently. “That’s pretty much it, right now. It can change from day to day you know.”
[10/26/14, 11:57:35 PM] Daniel Harris: “Dogs can tell you a lot more than that,” Ethan mutters.
[10/26/14, 11:57:49 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Epiphany’s really good at seeing auras,” Maggie says, bobbling her head up and down. “One time, she noticed I was sad when I was acting like I wasn’t! I’m not too good at it yet. I’m better with ritual stuff though, mostly just small things that clear your mind or help you alter how other people feel, like love spells and stuff. But you shouldn’t do that because the universe will bite you back tri-fold for forcing people to do that stuff.” Maggie has had absolute no luck with her love spells, but that’s obviously because the universe didn’t like who she chose. “Huh?” She looks to Ethan, not knowing the first part of the conversation.
[10/26/14, 11:58:19 PM] Kii: Epiphany glances up at Ethan, frowning slightly. “What do you think your dog could tell you?”
[10/26/14, 11:59:11 PM] Daniel Harris: “Colby could tell me all kinds of stuff about how he was feeling.” Ethan kicks the slide absently—not hard, just bumping his foot up onto the side of it. “I’d know when he was happy or when he was sad or when he was hungry or when he thought there was something bad nearby like when there was a thunderstorm he’d know before anybody else.”
[10/26/14, 11:59:55 PM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I bet a dog could totally tell you where there are suspicious smells,” she says, finally catching on. “Oooh, or what if you were tracking a BAD guy and you gave him the smell and you could more directly say what you wanted! What kinda dog is Colby?” A more important question.
[10/27/14, 12:00:39 AM] Daniel Harris: “Colby was a Border Collie which is the smartest kind of dog.”
[10/27/14, 12:01:04 AM] Aurya Stark: She holds very still while Epiphany stares at her, then frowns at the colors, just looking a little confused, peering down at her hands. “Silver, okay,” she says, but she’s listening now, still absently frowning as she lets the swing slow down.
[10/27/14, 12:01:12 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Was?” She asks.
[10/27/14, 12:01:28 AM] Daniel Harris: “Yeah. He died of belly cancer when I was nine.”
[10/27/14, 12:02:07 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh.” Her face falls. “I’m sorry. I had a cat, Prince after the singer, and I kept him at my grandma’s, and he died of fleas. We put a flea collar on him and everything and yet somehow I guess he got them in the woods and the doctor couldn’t do anything.”
[10/27/14, 12:02:15 AM] Daniel Harris: “I was nine and he was nine because my mom got both of us at the same time and we grew up together from puppies.”
[10/27/14, 12:02:30 AM] Daniel Harris: “I know I’m not a puppy but that’s what my mom always said that we were puppies together.”
[10/27/14, 12:03:04 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “That’s awesome!” She beams. “But – sad still. I’m sorry that Colby died though. I wish I had a good puppy.”
[10/27/14, 12:03:22 AM] Daniel Harris: “Colby was the best puppy. I didn’t even need human friends when I had Colby.”
[10/27/14, 12:04:08 AM] Kii: Epiphany’s frown becomes more gentle, if a little sad. “I’m sorry that he died. I’m not sure if you can talk to the ghosts of animals… Or if they have ghosts at all.”
[10/27/14, 12:04:18 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I like having human friends,” she says. “I’ve always had Rick, and I met Epiphany in second grade and have had her too. It’s nice, because you can talk and hang uot with everyone.” She pauses and squints. “I bet they have ghosts.”
[10/27/14, 12:04:20 AM] Daniel Harris: “OF COURSE THEY HAVE GHOSTS!”
[10/27/14, 12:04:44 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Of course they do! I can see if my new book I got has a way to contact animal ghosts!?”
[10/27/14, 12:04:49 AM] Aurya Stark: “Why wouldn’t they have ghosts?” she asks. “Unless it’s ‘cause they’re always happy. You never hear about happy ghosts.”
[10/27/14, 12:05:11 AM] Daniel Harris: “Colby was always happy. But there are happy ghosts. Sometimes I can still feel Colby near me if I really focus on him.”
[10/27/14, 12:05:15 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I read a book once about a happy ghost who tried to help kids,” she says then to Vee. “And how she always wanted kids so she loved kids showing up and playing with them and stuff and would roll balls and things!”
[10/27/14, 12:05:54 AM] Kii: Epiphany seems much more interested in this conversation now, her eyebrows arching curiously as she drifts towards Ethan. “You can feel him? Like, all the time? Whenever you want?”
[10/27/14, 12:06:09 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Her eyes widen to Ethan too. “You’ve got PSYCHIC POWERS Ethan!”
[10/27/14, 12:06:35 AM] Daniel Harris: “Ummm, no, I’m not psychic. Mom says that if you love someone enough you can feel them no matter what.”
[10/27/14, 12:06:53 AM] Daniel Harris: “And I love Colby more than I ever loved anyone, except Mom. So I can feel him when I want to.”
[10/27/14, 12:07:40 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh,” she says. “I dunno if I love anyone that much.” She frowns. “Maybe my mom and dad?” She leans forward. “But what if Colby really is a ghost and you can just sense him nearby?”
[10/27/14, 12:08:20 AM] Daniel Harris: “Of course he’s a ghost, because he’s in heaven now. You don’t have to be psychic to feel him. You just have to love him like I do.”
[10/27/14, 12:08:45 AM] Kii: “Maybe he isn’t a ghost,” Epiphany says to no one in particular, “Maybe he’s like… A guardian spirit. Or angel. Whichever you prefer.”
[10/27/14, 12:08:53 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh.” She pauses. “I dunno him though. Oooh,” she looks to Epiphany and nods.
[10/27/14, 12:08:57 AM] Aurya Stark: “Yeah but was it like a
kids book?” she asks Maggie skeptically.
[10/27/14, 12:09:56 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “It was a book about mostly scary ghosts,” she says then and shakes her head. “I could totally go get it!”
[10/27/14, 12:10:09 AM] Daniel Harris: “Well, yeah.” Ethan nods. “He looks after me. If Bob ever tried to really hurt me, I know Colby would bark and probably bite him for me, and Bob would get one of those ghost-wounds like in the movies and he’d probably get ghost-rabies and go crazy and bite people and die.”
[10/27/14, 12:10:40 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oooh,” Maggie says then. “…That would be AWESOME. Um, not you getting hurt, I mean. Just – Bob dying of ghost rabies.”
[10/27/14, 12:11:05 AM] Daniel Harris: “Yeah but Colby wouldn’t do that to someone unless they really, REALLY tried to hurt me. Colby was nice to everybody.”
[10/27/14, 12:11:41 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She nods her head a little bit and then darts an awkward look back to Rick for whatever reason, and then she looks to Epiphany. “You wanna do tarot readings, or — NO! RICK!” She says then to her cousin. “TRUTH OR DARE?”
[10/27/14, 12:12:11 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick has been quietly working on his notebook, trying to look disdainful of the conversation but mostly in uncertain waters. “Uh. Truth.”
[10/27/14, 12:12:29 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Who do you have a crush on?” Because what else do you ask at 5th grade.
[10/27/14, 12:14:39 AM] Aurya Stark: Vee’s eyes widen as Maggie escalates. She slips off the swing, finally, to climb up into the top level clubhouse with the others.
[10/27/14, 12:15:08 AM] KhAlf Drogo: He glares at her for a moment, then settles down. He scratches at his cheek as he thinks. “Uh. Laverne, I guess,” he says, trying to sound super-casual despite the clearly weighty pause.
[10/27/14, 12:15:52 AM] Daniel Harris: “I thought he was gonna say Petra,” Ethan remarks.
[10/27/14, 12:16:08 AM] Kii: Epiphany makes her way to the others as well, her eyes flitting back to Rick in anticipation. She seems momentarily disappointed with such an anti-climactic answer before she sits down. “Every boy likes Laverne.”
[10/27/14, 12:16:17 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “What, just because I’m not racist against the eastern bloc?”
[10/27/14, 12:16:25 AM] Aurya Stark: “Or Emily,” she agrees with a sigh.
[10/27/14, 12:16:35 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oooo,” she says then. “She is pretty.” And she looks to Ethan. "Yeah, I thought so too, he’s always kinda staring. " And then she nods to Epiphany. “Yeaaah, even if they don’t SAY it. Her or Emily,” and a nod to Vee. And then to Rick. “Okay, ask someone else truth or dare or not me.”
[10/27/14, 12:16:45 AM] Daniel Harris: “No, because you defended her and because you’re always staring at her. But I guess since she’s always standing next to Laverne you could’ve been staring at Laverne.”
[10/27/14, 12:16:49 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Because you have to ask EVERYONE in this place.” She points around the place.
[10/27/14, 12:18:22 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “That’s because I’m a good person, and I’m going to be an investigator,” Rick says to Ethan with a slightly haughty air that seems to come to him naturally.
[10/27/14, 12:18:23 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Uh. Vee. Truth or dare.”
[10/27/14, 12:19:05 AM] Aurya Stark: She bites her lips, eyeing Rick nervously for a second or two – then shrugs. “Truth.”
[10/27/14, 12:21:27 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie looks wide-eyed from Vee back to Rick, apparently waiting for some in depth question here.
[10/27/14, 12:24:10 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “If you could make two people in our grade get together or break up, who would they be? Not including yourself.” Rick thinks this is super in depth.
[10/27/14, 12:24:54 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oooh, that’s a good one,” Maggie says, immediately complimenting the question. She sits back and kicks her feet out – and leans to peek her head out the door to make sure her mom hasn’t somehow creeped up and is listening in, and when she, of course, hasn’t, she looks back to Vee.
[10/27/14, 12:27:24 AM] Aurya Stark: “Emily and Bob should break up,” she says, with a roll of her eyes."
Duh. But it’s gotta be a big, like tv breakup where they scream at each other in the cafeteria, and then nobody wants to go out with either of them afterwards."
[10/27/14, 12:27:42 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oooh, that’s a good answer!” she says, immediately complimenting the answer too. “That was GOOD!”
[10/27/14, 12:27:59 AM] Daniel Harris: “Emily isn’t dating Bob,” Ethan corrects. “Emily is dating Bill.”
[10/27/14, 12:28:29 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Whatever, they’re basically the same except Bob is meaner,” she says waving her hand to Ethan. “I mean, Bill is better at poetry but he’s still a butthead.”
[10/27/14, 12:29:06 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Bill’s worse because you can tell he kinda knows how to be nice, but just puts it away if anyone popular tells him to.”
[10/27/14, 12:29:13 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah,” she nods to Rick.
[10/27/14, 12:29:20 AM] Daniel Harris: “Bill is okay,” Ethan says.
[10/27/14, 12:30:10 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Melissa’s okay if you get her away from Emily but then she always tries to show off which makes her lame too.”
[10/27/14, 12:30:12 AM] Aurya Stark: “Whatever, as long as totally ruins their whole little bully squad,” she humphs. “Epiphany, truth or dare?”
[10/27/14, 12:31:25 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks a little surprised that she’s been chosen, and shifts in place. “Um… I don’t really like dares. Last time Maggie made me walk down the street in my underwear. So, truth.”
[10/27/14, 12:32:03 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Only in front of my house!” She protests and waves her hands a little ibt. “And it was like, nine PM so no one even saw except that guy on a bike and I think he just thought you were wearing a swimsuit.” She pauses. “…But it was pretty funny.”
[10/27/14, 12:32:14 AM] Aurya Stark: “What do you think about all day, when you like, stare off at nothing during class?”
[10/27/14, 12:35:04 AM] Kii: She relaxes a little— it seems like she was expecting something a little more personal. “I think about all kinds of stuff. About leylines and out of body experiences, or sometimes I analyze my dreams, sometimes I read the auras of other people and put it in my chart and well yeah that’s about it really, I mean, stuff like that.” she hurridly ends that line of thought.
[10/27/14, 12:36:17 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She bobbles her head a little bit. “That makes sense! I don’t think the leylines at school are that thick, though, so probably not much to look at right?” She pauses, looking worried that’s wrong. “Now, you gotta ask Ethan because he’s the only one left before me, so then Ethan will have to ask me this time so we can get everyone.”
[10/27/14, 12:36:33 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: A pause. “…The leylines aren’t really like – they don’t run through school much right?”
[10/27/14, 12:37:08 AM] Kii: “Of course they don’t,” she says matter-of-factly. “Ok Ethan, Truth or Dare?”
[10/27/14, 12:37:11 AM] Daniel Harris: “I kinda wanna say dare just because nobody’s said dare yet but I’m a chicken and have nothing to hide so truth.”
[10/27/14, 12:37:49 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “It’s okay,” she says. “I hate answering questions and I hate telling things like my crushes so I go dare,” she pats Ethan’s arm a bit in a comforting sort of way. Maggie? Hate answering questions? She rambles all the time.
[10/27/14, 12:38:49 AM] Kii: Epiphany considers for a moment, and then asks cooly, “what’s the most embaressing thing you’ve ever done?”
[10/27/14, 12:39:18 AM] Daniel Harris: “I peed in a closet.” he looks at Maggie, matter-of-factly. “Truth or dare, Maggie?”
[10/27/14, 12:39:39 AM] Kii: She wrinkles her nose, “…that’s gross, Ethan.”
[10/27/14, 12:39:48 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Why’d you pee in a closet?” She says then, furrowing her brow. And then she puffs her cheeks out, arcs her back as if to proudly lift her chest – as if to show off. “DARE!”
[10/27/14, 12:39:50 AM] Daniel Harris: “If you didn’t wanna know, you shouldn’t have asked.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:00 AM] Daniel Harris: “Because it was DARK and I thought it was the BATHROOM.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:05 AM] Daniel Harris: “POOP ON THE SLIDE.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:23 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oooh,” she says then, nodding. And then she stares at Ethan. “Ewww, no! And I don’t HAVE to POOP.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:33 AM] Daniel Harris: “You can’t REFUSE a DARE.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:34 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Nope,” Rick pipes up. “Veto. Vetoing that right now. Give her a new dare.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:41 AM] Daniel Harris: “THE DARE HAS BEEN SPOKEN!”
[10/27/14, 12:40:51 AM] Kii: “Yeah, one that doesn’t involve going to the bathroom.”
[10/27/14, 12:40:54 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She folds her arms. “If that’s the only one you’re going to come up with, I’ll go TRUTH!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:00 AM] Daniel Harris: “You can’t CHANGE!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:04 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Can too!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:07 AM] Daniel Harris: “Can not!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:08 AM] Aurya Stark: “Gross!” Vee chimes in, making a face at Ethan. “Is that just a thing for you?”
[10/27/14, 12:41:14 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Can too!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:19 AM] Daniel Harris: “No, but it’s the hardest dare I could think of.”
[10/27/14, 12:41:21 AM] Daniel Harris: “Can not!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:30 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Either change the dare or give me a truth, and you can’t make it about POOPING! Make me run up and down the street in my underwear!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:36 AM] Daniel Harris: “Otherwise you could just keep changing to avoid doing or saying anything.”
[10/27/14, 12:41:51 AM] Daniel Harris: “POOP ON THE SLIDE! YOU STARTED THE GAME!”
[10/27/14, 12:41:55 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “If the group vetos it, you have to give a new one, Ethan.”
[10/27/14, 12:42:01 AM] Daniel Harris: “That’s not a rule!”
[10/27/14, 12:42:04 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I’m not pooping!” She points at Rick. “Yeah, EVERYONE’S vetoing it, not just me!”
[10/27/14, 12:42:16 AM] Daniel Harris: “I didn’t veto any of you guys’ stuff.”
[10/27/14, 12:42:18 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “You want me to enforce the rule the hard way or the easy way?” Rick says with a cool arch of his brow.
[10/27/14, 12:42:18 AM] Aurya Stark: “You can’t get her in
trouble, that’s like, bad trouble.”
[10/27/14, 12:42:39 AM] Daniel Harris: “She’s not gonna get in trouble. It’s her own HOUSE.”
[10/27/14, 12:42:57 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Hey, don’t threaten Ethan!” She says immediately with a huff. And then she looks to Ethan. “My mom’d be mad if I pooped on the slide.”
[10/27/14, 12:43:17 AM] Daniel Harris: “It won’t even stay. It’ll just roll down and drop on the ground and then it’ll decay in the ground and be fertilizer.”
[10/27/14, 12:43:25 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “But my mom will see the like…brown streak!”
[10/27/14, 12:43:34 AM] Aurya Stark: “I bet she’d get GROUNDED for that.” Grounding is a big, scary adult threat, when one is eleven.
[10/27/14, 12:43:34 AM] Daniel Harris: “There won’t be a streak unless you have diarrhea.”
[10/27/14, 12:43:37 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “I reserve the right to defend myself against shitty potty humor.”
[10/27/14, 12:44:01 AM] Kii: “She said she doesn’t even have to go, Ethan. Think of something else!”
[10/27/14, 12:44:11 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Um, like, all poop makes brown stuff. And yeah, I don’t have to go.” She folds her arms. “Not doing it. Ask me a truth.”
[10/27/14, 12:44:22 AM] Daniel Harris: “The colon is like thirty feet long, she’s got to have something in there.”
[10/27/14, 12:44:51 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Ethan. Give it up. Not your treehouse and no one agrees with you.”
[10/27/14, 12:45:06 AM] Daniel Harris: “It’s the rules of the game. I told you guys about the closet.”
[10/27/14, 12:45:17 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I’ll answer three truths to not do it.”
[10/27/14, 12:45:36 AM] Daniel Harris: “I could have said, no, I don’t wanna answer that, veto, I swtich to dare, and then when you gave me a dare I could’ve said, no, veto that dare, I switch back to truth, and I could’ve done that all day and all night.”
[10/27/14, 12:45:46 AM] Daniel Harris: “It’s the PRINCIPLE!”
[10/27/14, 12:45:47 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah, but I won’t do that!”
[10/27/14, 12:45:54 AM] Daniel Harris: “It’s the RULE!”
[10/27/14, 12:46:06 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “The veto has to be everyone. You can’t do it frivolously.”
[10/27/14, 12:46:09 AM] Kii: “It’s not how we play.”
[10/27/14, 12:46:11 AM] Aurya Stark: “Ugh,” Vee sighs.
[10/27/14, 12:46:26 AM] Daniel Harris: “What does frivolously mean?”
[10/27/14, 12:46:33 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “For stupid reasons, idiot.”
[10/27/14, 12:46:42 AM] Daniel Harris: “You have a pretty big vocabulary, huh.”
[10/27/14, 12:46:59 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Three truths for not pooping on the slide. Pinky swear. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.” She crosses her hand over her heart.
[10/27/14, 12:47:15 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “No. Don’t do that, Maggie. We don’t negotiate with terrorists.”
[10/27/14, 12:47:35 AM] Daniel Harris: “I don’t want your three truths. Obviously you guys don’t treat me like an equal because nobody vetoed your stuff but I get vetoed, so I don’t wanna play anymore anyway.”
[10/27/14, 12:47:55 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick sighs.
[10/27/14, 12:48:02 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Fine,” she says then with a huff. “And that’s because nobody elses stuff was POOPING! But that’s fine. We can go to GHOST STORIES instead.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:20 AM] Daniel Harris: “Pooping is a natural human process.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:25 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “But it’s gross.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:29 AM] Daniel Harris: “Everybody poops.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:31 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “So’s beating people up. Just leave it.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:44 AM] Daniel Harris: “If you beat me up I’ll have my mom shoot you in the head.”
[10/27/14, 12:48:52 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “STOP IT!” She says.
[10/27/14, 12:49:31 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Great plan,” Rick says with a roll of his eyes, then leans back at looks at Maggie with a ’i’m stopping now’ look.
[10/27/14, 12:49:47 AM] Daniel Harris: “It’s not my fault you guys are uncomfortable with your own bodies.”
[10/27/14, 12:49:55 AM] Kii: Epiphany leans out and looks at the sky, frowning to herself. “I think I gotta go home now Maggie, it takes me a little bit to walk and Grandpa said if I came home after sunset again he’d ground me.” She frowns at Ethan, “your mom would go to jail.” She turns back to the other kids, “See you guys later!”
[10/27/14, 12:50:26 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She darts a glare at Rick and then waves her hands. She looks to Epiphany then. “Oh – okay. Want my mom to drive you home?” And then she waves her hands a little bit. “Have you guys heard about the GHOST that lives in that old ladies house by the water tower?”
[10/27/14, 12:52:52 AM] Kii: “Nah, I like walking.” She smiles at them all, and then quickly disappears from view as she scrambles down the ladder.
[10/27/14, 12:53:00 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Bye, Epiphany,” she says. “See you tomorrow!”
[10/27/14, 12:53:10 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Later.”
[10/27/14, 12:53:30 AM] Aurya Stark: “Bye,” she answers, and then once Epiphany is down the ladder she has a sudden second thought and leans out one of the windows, “Hey, show me later how to do that thing?”
[10/27/14, 12:54:07 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “You can borrow one of my books. I’d let you borrow one of Epiphany’s but they’re not mine to let people borrow and I’m borrowing them from her right now and trying to memorize ’em and write the important bits in my journal.”
[10/27/14, 12:54:38 AM] Kii: Epiphany pauses and smiles up at Vee. “Sure! Find me at recess!”
[10/27/14, 12:55:22 AM] Daniel Harris: As the day wears on into evening, one by one the kids have to head home.
[10/27/14, 12:55:37 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie goes to get her mom to drive everyone home – and then goes to her own house (a bit easier as it’s right there).
[10/27/14, 12:56:21 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick is the last to get out, muttering about how Ethan is dumb. He spends most of the time between dinner and bed reading.
[10/27/14, 12:57:26 AM] Aurya Stark: Vee very nicely thanks Maggie’s mom for the ride, though prior to and after that interaction she’s somewhat sullen about the prospect of returning home.
[10/27/14, 12:57:46 AM] Daniel Harris: The night goes by peacefully and sleepily for all the kids. Come morning, Maggie glances out her window—after putting on her substitute glasses—to find a pair of glasses very strongly resembling the ones that broke sitting on the outside of her windowsill. And as she pries the window open to retrieve them, she finds them lying folded neatly atop a handwritten note:
[10/27/14, 12:58:02 AM] Daniel Harris: Glasses, to restore your sight.
I hope I got the lenses right.
[10/27/14, 12:58:18 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie seems to quickly forget the Truth/Dare thing and just babbles about stories. She pries the windows open and blinking at them giddily. She stares at this and gasps – and promptly lets out an excited squeal that very much likely annoys her mom.
[10/27/14, 12:58:24 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She puts these glasses on. She goes to school hugging the note.
[10/27/14, 1:01:33 AM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mother is predictably astonished that Maggie suddenly has her glasses back, but ultimately seems to chalk it up to kids exaggerating shit and telling lies to cover their asses or whatever.
[10/27/14, 1:02:20 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Whatever the case, when she gets to school, like a torpedo, she’s searching for Epiphany, Ethan, Laverne, Petra, Rick, Vee, flailing the handwritten note excitedly. “GUYS. GUYS. GUYS. GUYS!”
[10/27/14, 1:03:46 AM] Kii: Epiphany is just arriving and looks a bit sleepy despite Maggie’s sharp cries. “Huh? What is it? What’s that?” She stops, and a HUGE smile crosses her face. “YOUR GLASSES!!”
[10/27/14, 1:04:00 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “YES! AND I GOT A NOTE!” She says. “IT WAS OUTSIDE MY WINDOW AND I SLEEP ON THE SECOND FLOOR!”
[10/27/14, 1:04:02 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Huh,” is Rick’s response, though he looks kind of impressed.
[10/27/14, 1:04:25 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She spreads the notepaper in front of her. “Glasses to restore your sight, I hope I got the lenses right, SIGNED X!”
[10/27/14, 1:04:44 AM] Aurya Stark: Vee’s in a better mood, a day removed from the kickball game. She’s unloading her backpack for the day. “What?” Then she realizes it’s for real, and stares. “Oh my gosh. For real?” She leaps up to look at the note.
[10/27/14, 1:05:02 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne’s response echoes Rick’s: “Huh.” She seems more surprised than impressed. She glances at Petra, who shakes her head once for some reason.
[10/27/14, 1:05:24 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She hands the note off, flailing her hands giddily.
[10/27/14, 1:05:41 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick leans in next to Vee to read the note.
[10/27/14, 1:05:50 AM] Kii: Epiphany hops from foot to foot in excitement, peering over the other girl’s shoulder at the note. “See? I told you it would work! From X, huh…?”
[10/27/14, 1:06:12 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “The ghosts name must be X. X is a weird letter to start a name. Xander? Xenophilius? Zero, but with an X?”
[10/27/14, 1:07:06 AM] Aurya Stark: “Or maybe that’s what you sign stuff when you don’t want to give your real name. Or can’t read.” She looks at the back of the note, and then, impressed but mystified, offers it to Rick. “Wow, they showed up at your
[10/27/14, 1:07:42 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh, that’s true. Sign an X on the line.” Her eyes widen a little bit. “That’s SO COOL! I GOT VISITED BY A GHOST! EEEE!” She flails her hands and dances around a little bit.
[10/27/14, 1:08:02 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick stares it with the air of someone who is vaguely aware of the idea of handwriting analysis but has no idea how to actually do it.
[10/27/14, 1:08:35 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh my gosh, I wonder if we can TALK to the ghost and not ask for things from him? And he’s worried about getting my lenses right, how NICE is that!?”
[10/27/14, 1:08:50 AM] Daniel Harris: Awkwardness of the day before forgotten, Ethan scurries over to the group. “It worked? It worked?”
[10/27/14, 1:09:05 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “IT WORKED!” She says to Ethan, and then turns to get in his face and points at her glasses. “LOOK!”
[10/27/14, 1:09:05 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “Maybe he just needed something to rhyme,” Rick says a bit wryly, passing the note to Epiphany.
[10/27/14, 1:09:06 AM] Aurya Stark: “We’ve totally got to go leave it another NOTE,” she says, eyes widening, giving Ethan an eager nod and scooting over to pull him into the circle.
[10/27/14, 1:09:26 AM] Daniel Harris: “Yeah!” Ethan says. “Let’s try it with something else!”
[10/27/14, 1:09:27 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Eeeee! WE DO! But I’ve not lost anything else! Have any of you lost anything?!”
[10/27/14, 1:09:34 AM] Daniel Harris: “MY DOG! COLBY!”
[10/27/14, 1:09:39 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Maybe we can just leave him notes too? Maybe just friendly ni—OH THAT’S A GOOD IDEA!”
[10/27/14, 1:09:58 AM] Kii: Epiphany shifts uncomfortably, “…That would be black magic. Necromancy. That’s never a good idea.”
[10/27/14, 1:10:02 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne frowns slightly at that. “I don’t know if that’s such a hot idea.”
[10/27/14, 1:10:11 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan shakes his head. “It’s like a SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!”
[10/27/14, 1:10:32 AM] KhAlf Drogo: With the air of being slightly confused to be agreeing with Epiphany – “Necromancy, yeah…not good.”
[10/27/14, 1:10:41 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “But he really wants his dog back, right, and plus – well it might only be things, so we can at least see if he can bring back living things, right? Maybe he can, we should at least test.” Maggie is totally ready to go Pet Semetary.
[10/27/14, 1:10:53 AM] Kii: “No, they never come back like you remember. They come back dark and changed. Pick something that didn’t used to be alive.” She crosses her arms with a small ‘hmmph’.
[10/27/14, 1:10:59 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Colby,” she says then. “…Moby?”
[10/27/14, 1:11:04 AM] Daniel Harris: “I mean, imagine what this thing might be able to do? If it can do glasses, or car keys, and maybe if it can do stuff that’s alive—you could even maybe bring back PEOPLE you’ve lost!”
[10/27/14, 1:11:30 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne folds her arms, mirroring Epiphany.
[10/27/14, 1:11:36 AM] Kii: “Absolutely not,” she says firmly.
[10/27/14, 1:11:53 AM] Aurya Stark: “Have you done it?” she breathes at Epiphany, assuming, based on her wide eyes, that she speaks from experience.
[10/27/14, 1:12:37 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “None of the rest of us are missing anything, and Ethan is missing something and so we get to do what he lost and that’s Colby,” she says then. “What if he comes back perfectly a-okay though?”
[10/27/14, 1:12:56 AM] Daniel Harris: “Yeah,” Ethan says, “he’ll come back and he’ll be a-okay.”
[10/27/14, 1:13:02 AM] Kii: “No, but… I’ve read about it. Voodoo and stuff. It’s things you don’t want to bring into the world, it all ends awfully. Things that die need to stay that way. It’s just… It won’t work, ok?!” She seems uncharacteristically unnerved right now.
[10/27/14, 1:13:21 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan looks to Maggie hopefully. “Will you help me with the rhymes?!”
[10/27/14, 1:13:40 AM] Kii: “You’re going to suffer a CURSE if you do this, Maggie.”
[10/27/14, 1:13:50 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “But GHOSTS are a thing,” she says then. “And maybe Colby WILL be a ghost.” She nods firmly to Ethan. “Of course. And it’s not BAD magic if you aren’t HURTING anyone.”
[10/27/14, 1:13:58 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “She didn’t get cursed for the GLASSES!”
[10/27/14, 1:14:52 AM] Kii: “Glasses aren’t dark and unnatural!” She sighs, exasperated. “Maggie… if you trust me, you won’t do this, ok? Because I’m not going to bail you out if you get cursed!”
[10/27/14, 1:15:24 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “You can do your stupid thing, sure, but I’m not helping with this,” Rick says, crossing his arms. “Sometimes…little things should just stay little.”
[10/27/14, 1:15:33 AM] KhAlf Drogo: He’s also glaring at Maggie.
[10/27/14, 1:15:47 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan looks at Rick. “What about your dad, huh? Didn’t you lose your dad?”
[10/27/14, 1:16:07 AM] KhAlf Drogo: “You’re fucking right I did, and some art project isn’t bringing him back,” Rick says tightly.
[10/27/14, 1:16:22 AM] Daniel Harris: “It brought Maggie’s glasses back. Who says it can’t?”
[10/27/14, 1:16:34 AM] Aurya Stark: “Maybe we can just ask it?”
[10/27/14, 1:16:57 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She huffs and then looks to Ethan and then looks to Vee. “That’s a good idea. Maybe leave it a note in rhyme and mention we want – the answer? And – he can tell us.”
[10/27/14, 1:17:14 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick glares at Ethan, not deigning to respond to that with words.
[10/27/14, 1:17:23 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan: “But that’s not what the RITUAL was. The RITUAL was for stuff that you LOST.”
[10/27/14, 1:17:49 AM] Daniel Harris: “You guys even said, rituals are important.”
[10/27/14, 1:18:28 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yeah, but I was hoping to try and talk to him because I figure ghosts can get bored, and I wanna talk to him.” She nods her head once. “That’s true.” She chews her lip a little bit, looking back to Epiphany and then Rick. “I mean.” And then to Epiphany. “The legend said THINGS right, I dunno if dogs count as things, so just trying it won’t hurt probably RIGHT?”
[10/27/14, 1:18:30 AM] Kii: “Not raising the dead is also important.” Epiphany says cooly.
[10/27/14, 1:19:32 AM] Kii: “Anything alive can’t be a thing,” she says, shaking her head. “I’ve already told you: don’t do it. I won’t help you.”
[10/27/14, 1:20:17 AM] Daniel Harris: “Well—we don’t need your help! Me and Maggie’ll do it. Right Maggie?”
[10/27/14, 1:20:25 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne sighs. “This is such a bad idea.”
[10/27/14, 1:21:06 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She looks to Ethan – draws in a breath, and then: “I’ll – think about it, okay? We can talk about it in notes during class.”
[10/27/14, 1:21:10 AM] Kii: Epiphany just shrugs her shoulders. “If you two are so set on doing this… Maybe it’ll teach you a lesson.”
[10/27/14, 1:22:04 AM] Daniel Harris: Bob, Bill, and Emily pass by the group, and Bob snorts out a laugh. “What are you dweebs so worked-up over?”
[10/27/14, 1:22:23 AM] Aurya Stark: “Okay but .. can we try the dog first? And not Rick’s dad?” She gives Rick a look that’s kind of apologetic but not sure it ought to be.
[10/27/14, 1:23:13 AM] Kii: “Necromancy,” Epiphany answers casually before going to take her seat.
[10/27/14, 1:23:25 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Yes,” she says then nodding her head. “I’ll do Colby first.” And she looks at Bob. “Uh, nothing.” And she moves to take her seat up front right by Ethan.
[10/27/14, 1:23:42 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick doesn’t bother to respond. He stalks back to his seat, double brooding today.
[10/27/14, 1:24:05 AM] Daniel Harris: “Neko-what? Are you guys into some Dungeons and Dragons shit too? I always knew you were a bunch of devil-worshippers.”
[10/27/14, 1:24:31 AM] Daniel Harris: Bill starts, “Actually, D&D isn’t—” but Bob cuts him off: “You dweebs better not get caught worshipping Satan or you’ll be in some deep trouble.”
[10/27/14, 1:24:41 AM] Aurya Stark: “Hey Ethan,” she says, motioning him over to the cubbies.
[10/27/14, 1:25:19 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Uh, my cousin used to do Dungeons and Dragons and it’s just a GAME, dumbface,” she says to Bob. “And also, like, no way am I worshiping Satan. YOU probably worship him to try and get good at anything. Like Flute.” Oh, fighting words, Maggie.
[10/27/14, 1:25:38 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan, emboldened, blurts out to Bob and company: “THE MAGIC WORKED IT BROUGHT MAGGIE’S GLASSES BACK AND NOW IT’S GONNA BRING BACK MY DOG AND HE’S GONNA EAT YOU IF YOU DON’T BE CAREFUL, BOB!”
[10/27/14, 1:25:52 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “YEAH! What Ethan said.”
[10/27/14, 1:25:52 AM] Daniel Harris: There’s an awkward silence, followed by uproarious laughter from the popular kids.
[10/27/14, 1:26:40 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick is working hard at staring a burnt hole through the ceiling.
[10/27/14, 1:26:44 AM] Daniel Harris: Bob gets in Maggie’s face, pointing a finger at her nose. “I’ll break every pair of glasses you’ve got,” he says quietly, “if you don’t shut up about that.”
[10/27/14, 1:27:11 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She lifts her chin a little bit. “Shut up about what, Bob?”
[10/27/14, 1:27:34 AM] Kii: Epiphany shifts in her chair and begins to write furiously in her journal again, eyes moving from the page to Bob and Maggie, then back again.
[10/27/14, 1:27:36 AM] Daniel Harris: “You knoiw damn well, you little…” he pauses, a slight hesitation before he commits to the word: “cunt.”
[10/27/14, 1:28:45 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Oh no, Bob, I’m SORRY I’m just a DWEEB, I don’t know what you’re TALKING ABOUT. What did I say? Can you SPELL IT OUT for me?” She reaches a finger up to nudge her shiny glasses up her face. “And oooooo, MISSUS HOOOORN BOB SAID THE C WORD!”
[10/27/14, 1:29:26 AM] Daniel Harris: “Children,” Mrs. Horn says tiredly, “Take your seats now.”
[10/27/14, 1:29:36 AM] Aurya Stark: Vee sucks in a scandalized breath, forgetting about getting Ethan’s attention and staring at Bob with wide eyes.
[10/27/14, 1:30:11 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan, rapt from all these exchanges, and emboldened from all his blurting out, goes one step further: “HE SAID CUNT, MRS. HORN!”
[10/27/14, 1:30:23 AM] Daniel Harris: “ETHAN!” Mrs. Horn bellows. “PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE. NOW.”
[10/27/14, 1:30:34 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “IT WASN’T ETHAN, MRS. HORN!” She says then. “BOB SAID IT!”
[10/27/14, 1:30:54 AM] Daniel Harris: Mrs. Horn snaps back, “You want to join him, Miss Stark?!”
[10/27/14, 1:31:14 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Fine!” She says then, stepping up to her feet again, grabbing her notebook, and stomping to the door. “Come on, Ethan.”
[10/27/14, 1:31:38 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan huffs and drags his feet. “No, Maggie, you got in trouble yesterday…”
[10/27/14, 1:32:09 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Nope. Nope nope nope. This is UNFAIR! Because Bob said it and she ignores it when HE says it but when you say it SUDDENLY it’s a problem and that’s not COOL!”
[10/27/14, 1:32:10 AM] Daniel Harris: Mrs. Horn: “Every child who is not seated by the time I count to three is getting a mark on their permanent record for disorderly conduct.”
[10/27/14, 1:32:52 AM] KhAlf Drogo: Rick is still seated and trying to act oblivious, but he crosses his arms and his jaw sets.
[10/27/14, 1:33:14 AM] Kii: Epiphany is still seated and STILL writing in her journal.
[10/27/14, 1:33:19 AM] Daniel Harris: Petra bolts to her seat. Laverne remains standing. “Who cares?” she says. “There’s no such thing as a’permanent record’ anyway.”
[10/27/14, 1:34:06 AM] Aurya Stark: “Miss Horn, how come some people never get in trouble for all the lousy things they do?” she asks as she slides into her seat.
[10/27/14, 1:34:23 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: She remains standing firmly by the door. “Yeah, how come SOME people never get in trouble but the others ALWAYS do?”
[10/27/14, 1:34:31 AM] Daniel Harris: Mrs. Horn sighs belaboredly. “Mr. Russo, Miss Stark, Miss Ward—and now Miss Saint Clare—I am calling all of your parents.”
[10/27/14, 1:34:48 AM] Daniel Harris: “My parents are dead,” Laverne says cavalierly. “If you find the number for Heaven, let me know?”
[10/27/14, 1:35:03 AM] Aurya Stark: “They’re not gonna care anyway,” she says, but this is at a mutter as she slouches in her desk.
[10/27/14, 1:35:04 AM] KhAlf Drogo: This gets Rick to blink.
[10/27/14, 1:35:22 AM] Daniel Harris: Mrs. Horn points at the door. “Miss Ward. Out. Now.”
[10/27/14, 1:35:32 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: This seems to make Maggie waver a little bit, because her mother is going to be mad – though fortunately tonight is dad night, and dad is more oblivious. “So what?” She says then, emboldened by Laverne.
[10/27/14, 1:35:35 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne shrugs, and walks out the door into the hall.
[10/27/14, 1:35:47 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie turns to trot out with Laverne.
[10/27/14, 1:35:52 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks up at Laverne, who is doing surprisingly well at resisting authority, then up at Maggie.
[10/27/14, 1:35:55 AM] Daniel Harris: As Maggie walks by Bob’s desk, he mutters, “Cunt.”
[10/27/14, 1:36:05 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie quietly kicks Bob in the leg.
[10/27/14, 1:36:19 AM] Daniel Harris: “OWW!” Bob says, bending over. “Mrs. Horn! She kicked me in the LEG!”
[10/27/14, 1:36:24 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “I did NOT!” she says.
[10/27/14, 1:37:03 AM] Daniel Harris: Mrs. Horn is about to blow a gasket. “I am calling Principal Seward in here this instant.” She walks over to the corded phone.
[10/27/14, 1:37:34 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “Whatever, I’m going to his OFFICE so he can just FIND me!” She throws her hands up and then storms out into the hallway.
[10/27/14, 1:39:15 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan, Maggie, Laverne, and Vee are all—utlimately, after their little mutiny—shipped off to the principal’s office, where all of their parents and/or guardians get to receive phone calls about their behaviors.
[10/27/14, 1:39:59 AM] Daniel Harris: Laverne is sent home without much fanfare—some aunt or other is apparentlly coming to pick her up, with assurances that she will be disciplined. She seems not to be worried about this.
[10/27/14, 1:41:30 AM] Daniel Harris: Vee’s parents, upon learning that she’s been INSUBORDINATE at school, are so annoyed (moreso at the convenience of being called and having to come pick her up than anything else, of course) that they take away her Gameboy and revoke her computer privileges for two weeks.
[10/27/14, 1:41:37 AM] Aurya Stark: “All I did was ask a question,” she protests, “Bob called someone the c-word and he didn’t even get called out in class!”
[10/27/14, 1:42:29 AM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom is “severely disappointed” to have to pick her daughter up from school—Maggie is grounded for a week and is no longer allowed to spend time around apparently-bad influences like Laverne.
[10/27/14, 1:43:30 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “IT WASN’T LAVERNE!” She protests loudly. “BOB CALLED ME THE C-WORD MOM! HE SAID CUNT! He was making fun of us, and so I told him that I wasn’t a satanist and he called me a CUNT!”
[10/27/14, 1:43:52 AM] Daniel Harris: Maggie’s mom just shakes her head a bunch and tells Maggie to stop making a scene.
[10/27/14, 1:44:16 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “HOW COME BOB ISN’T GETTING PUNISHED!?”
[10/27/14, 1:44:45 AM] Daniel Harris: Ethan’s mom is shocked to have to come pick her son up, but she responds to the call with crisp professionalism. Ethan is taken away from the school by his mom in quiet tears.
[10/27/14, 1:44:57 AM] Daniel Harris: Nobody answers anyone’s objections about Bob not being punished.
[10/27/14, 1:46:18 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “THIS IS UNFAIR!” Maggie may in fact grow up to be a hippie who holds signs about how the establishment should be torn down. “JUST BECAUSE HE’S STUPID AND GOOD AT SPORTS HE SHOULD GET PUNISHED FOR SAYING THE WORD FIRST!”
[10/27/14, 1:46:27 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: Maggie may also be a drama queen. One of the two.
[10/27/14, 1:46:42 AM] Daniel Harris: Maggie is hauled out of the school by her mother, pulling her old-school by her earlobe.
[10/27/14, 1:46:53 AM] Maq R. R. Martin: “OW!” She says, flailing her hands.