Okay, we’re returning here!
[11/23/2014 11:48:44 PM] zuarkeror: The location: Maggie’s house. The time: NOW.
[11/23/2014 11:48:51 PM] Maq: Oh god.
[11/23/2014 11:48:55 PM] zuarkeror: Maggie is getting ready to head over to Ethan’s house.
[11/23/2014 11:49:34 PM] zuarkeror: Petra and Epiphany arrive on Epiphany’s bike, and around the same time, Rick and Laverne arrive from a different direction, riding Rick’s and Maggie’s bikes, respectively.
[11/23/2014 11:50:01 PM] zuarkeror: ‘Cause all dem bikes got left at the horror house.
[11/23/2014 11:50:15 PM] Maq: Maggie steps out of her house with a backpack on, wearing plain clothes, and closes the door behind her – she pauses mid step and stares at the four people arriving, blankly.
[11/23/2014 11:50:26 PM] Adam: Rick can’t help himself. He waves to Maggie.
[11/23/2014 11:50:42 PM] Auds: Same as Vee’s rollerblades – which, as she prepares to head out from her own house, she rediscovers. So it’s a long walk to Ethan’s.
[11/23/2014 11:51:04 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne’s totally got Vee’s rollerblades slung over her shoulder or something.
[11/23/2014 11:51:14 PM] zuarkeror: Buuuuut that doesn’t help Vee at the moment.
[11/23/2014 11:52:07 PM] Maq: Maggie doesn’t look the best – she’s got the red-purple eyed look of someone who got no sleep, and an uneasy wary look of someone who probably spent their whole night peeking out her window. If she were an 85 year old woman, she’d have a radio and be constantly calling people on the neighborhood watch to tell them about suspicious shadows.
[11/23/2014 11:53:22 PM] Kii: Epiphany backpedals to a jerky stop, smiling brightly at Maggie. “Hi Maggie! We came as fast as we… Oh, you look… um…” She looks at Rick, who is obviously whole and alive and uneaten. “Rick, how did you do it?”
[11/23/2014 11:53:50 PM] Maq: “…Came as fast as you could? Why?”
[11/23/2014 11:55:02 PM] Kii: “Oh… Petra said she was supposed to get me, and we were all meeting here, so I just thought that you were the one who called everyone here…”
[11/23/2014 11:55:29 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne does that supercool thing where she half-dismounts the bike as it rolls up, standing with both feet on just one of the bike’s pedals as she coasts up to Maggie, redelivering the girl her bike. “Hey, Mags,” she says placidly. “How you doing?”
[11/23/2014 11:55:42 PM] Maq: “No.” She pauses for a moment, and then holds up a hand. “I’m fine. Be right back.” And she moves to disappear inside of her house for a few minutes.
[11/23/2014 11:56:13 PM] zuarkeror: Laverne watches Maggie go back into the house. “I don’t think she’s doing so hot.”
[11/23/2014 11:56:49 PM | Edited 11:57:08 PM] Adam: Rick smiles faintly and rubs a hand against the back of his neck as he comes to a stop, propping the bike up with one foot. “The paint thinner, basically. And then the wounds were gone this morning. Don’t really understand it myself.”
[11/23/2014 11:57:38 PM] Maq: She returns in short order, carrying an open bottle. She walks straight over to Epiphany and – no questions asked – dumps a hunk of it on her hand and stares.
[11/23/2014 11:57:45 PM] Maq: It smells awful.
[11/23/2014 11:58:50 PM] Kii: Epiphany wrinkles her nose, hands grasping at… Whatever the hell Maggie’s just poured out. “Wh-what is this stuff??”
[11/23/2014 11:59:28 PM] Maq: “Nail polish remover.” She freezes for a moment, still as a statue, as she watches Epiphany’s hand. She draws in a breath and nods once when Epiphany is in fact still Epiphany.
[11/24/2014 12:02:13 AM] Kii: Epiphany shakes as much as she can off of her hands, and kneels down to wipe her hands on the grass. “…Uh… Maggie, are you… No, you’re not ok.” She moves to pull Maggie into a comforting hug. “I’m me! Everyone is here, we’re all ok.”
[11/24/2014 12:03:05 AM] Adam: “Except Vee, and Ethan,” Rick says mildly. “You want us to all try that stuff, Mags?”
[11/24/2014 12:03:56 AM] zuarkeror: “People are going to think we’re huffing,” Laverne says casually.
[11/24/2014 12:04:08 AM] Maq: “I’m fine,” she repeats, firmly. She hesitates as Epiphany hugs her, uneasily, and then pats her back. “No, it’s fine. What’s huffing?” She moves over to Rick and promptly dumps more on his hand.
[11/24/2014 12:04:41 AM] Maq: “I gotta go though. Thanks for bringing me my bike.”
[11/24/2014 12:04:46 AM] Adam: Rick sticks his hand out as she gets close. There’s not really condescension in it, either; he might not entirely understand it but this seems practical to him.
[11/24/2014 12:05:07 AM | Edited 12:05:17 AM] Kii: “You gotta go where?” Epiphany asks, rubbing her sticky, acetone-reeking fingers together.
[11/24/2014 12:05:16 AM] zuarkeror: “Yeah,” Laverne says, “where we going?”
[11/24/2014 12:05:49 AM] zuarkeror: Petra watches Maggie quietly, biting her lip.
[11/24/2014 12:07:05 AM] Maq: “
I’m going to Ethan’s,” she says. “But I only got permission for me, and Vee’s already called and is gonna go cause she has turpentine, and so that’s already one more person than is supposed to be.”
[11/24/2014 12:07:40 AM] Adam: “So you’re bringing turpentine,” Rick muses with a small arch of his brows, “but you’re worried about permission.”
[11/24/2014 12:07:50 AM] Kii: “Going to Ethan’s… Why?”
[11/24/2014 12:08:08 AM] Maq: “I told Ethan on the phone last night that I’d show him,” she says, evenly.
[11/24/2014 12:08:13 AM] Maq: “Colby’s a paintmonster.”
[11/24/2014 12:09:06 AM] Kii: Epiphany shifts from foot to foot uneasily, “you think he wouldn’t just ask Xyza to paint him another ‘Colby’?”
[11/24/2014 12:09:43 AM] Maq: “Colby’s a monster,” she says – and moves to Laverne to dump paint on her hand, uneasily looking over her shoulder for a moment. “Do any of you hear that?”
[11/24/2014 12:09:58 AM] Adam: “Yeah, you’ve said it twice now.”
[11/24/2014 12:11:06 AM] Kii: “No… I didn’t hear anything.” She purses her lips, looking conflicted. “I…. I think it might be good if we all came, Maggie. We need to see what exactly happens to um, paintmonsters. It’s important.”
[11/24/2014 12:13:06 AM | Edited 12:13:22 AM] Maq: “Okay,” she says then, nodding. She moves to take her bike, and climbs on to it. “Thank you.” The thanks is toward Laverne, but she offers an uneasy smile toward Petra for whatever reason, and then caps the bottle, tucking it into her backpack. “I told Angelica only me. So if she gets mad, it’s not my fault.”
[11/24/2014 12:15:06 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks back at Petra nervously, and then looks back to the group, opening her mouth and closing it. “I… I need to tell you something else. Well, everyone else. There was a lady across the street last night from Xyza’s house— I was talking to her, while you were climbing the tree.” She stuffs her hands into her pockets. “Well, she gave me something.”
[11/24/2014 12:15:36 AM] Maq: She eyes Epiphany as if Epiphany just revealed that she’d murdered babies or kicked puppies or something of equivalent horror. “What was it?”
[11/24/2014 12:17:36 AM] Kii: “…She’s not bad! At least, I don’t think so. I didn’t get to talk to her for very long.” Epiphany pulls out a long, thin card box from her pocket. “Magic tarot cards.”
[11/24/2014 12:17:59 AM] Adam: “Can you guys talk on the way?”
[11/24/2014 12:18:11 AM] Maq: She eyes the box. “Okay,” she says then, uneasily. “We should go get Vee, yeah. And – how are they magic? Are you sure they aren’t painted?”
[11/24/2014 12:20:01 AM] Kii: Epiphany starts to look flustered. “Yes they ARE magic because I used them and pictures appeared and I saw Xyza and the paintmonster and Ethan and Colby!” She starts to climb back on her bike, shaking her head.
[11/24/2014 12:20:37 AM] Maq: “…We need to get to Vee and Ethan,” she says then – and then kicks off on her bike without waiting for any further word, starting to speed hurriedly along.
[11/24/2014 12:21:27 AM] Maq: “YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T TRUST THEM,” she calls over her shoulder as she rides – her voice is rising a bit, she sounds paranoid, panicky. “B-BECAUSE IF THEY DO THAT, THEN THEY MIGHT BE – IF THEY’RE FROM NEAR THERE, YOU SHOULD TEST THEM. BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ETHAN’S OKAY.”
[11/24/2014 12:24:17 AM | Edited 12:24:52 AM] Kii: Epiphany waits for Petra to get seated before she starts pedaling again, looking unprecedentedly glower-y. She doesn’t respond to Maggie.
[11/24/2014 12:24:29 AM | Edited 12:24:38 AM] zuarkeror: The group, while riding bikes, comes upon Vee who is walking in the direction of Ethan’s house. Laverne, mounted on the back of Maggie’s bike, holds the rollerblades out coolly, the laces of the skates tied together, draped on the end of her index finger. “Hey there, Sport!”
[11/24/2014 12:25:57 AM] Auds: “Hey!” she says, looking surprised, then relieved to see Laverne, catching the skates as Laverne coasts by. “Thanks!”
[11/24/2014 12:27:02 AM] Maq: She slows, staring wide-eyed at Vee and then comes to a jerky halt, sticking her feet on to the ground. She curls her arms around her chest and watches the skater girl in silence as she waits – her eyes drift off to the side a bit, studying a tree intently.
[11/24/2014 12:27:15 AM] Adam: Rick skids lightly to a stop while he waits for Vee to put on the skates, glancing down the road behind them, but then mostly studying Maggie.
[11/24/2014 12:27:55 AM] Kii: Epiphany slows as well, her attention drifting to Maggie.
[11/24/2014 12:28:13 AM] Auds: She is surprised to see Maggie with the group – opens her mouth, but then closes it without saying anything, looking a little bit like she’s got her feelings hurt as she sits on the curb to put on her skates.
[11/24/2014 12:28:24 AM] Maq: She looks to Vee. “I didn’t invite them.”
[11/24/2014 12:28:29 AM] Auds: She has one of Xyza’s turpentine jars with her!
[11/24/2014 12:28:56 AM] Maq: “They showed up at my house as I was leaving, and then said they were coming along.” And then she looks to Epiphany and Rick. “Why are you staring at me?”
[11/24/2014 12:29:10 AM] Kii: “Because you’re acting really, really weird.”
[11/24/2014 12:29:28 AM] Adam: Rick just nods.
[11/24/2014 12:29:47 AM] Maq: “I’m not either,” she says, defensively.
[11/24/2014 12:30:43 AM] zuarkeror: “With what happened the other night,” Laverne says, “I’m surprised more of you aren’t acting really weird.”
[11/24/2014 12:30:53 AM] Adam: “So if you’re not a terminator,” Rick says with soft huff of breath out his nose, “maybe calm down on the angry drive and ignoring us.”
[11/24/2014 12:31:21 AM] Maq: “I’m not angry or ignoring you,” she says then. “I’m trying to get to Ethan because he has a PAINTMONSTER for a DOG.”
[11/24/2014 12:31:49 AM] Auds: “Yeah, speaking of,” Vee says, “This is probably way easier on Ethan if we do it before we tell him we’re there.”
[11/24/2014 12:32:23 AM] Adam: When Maggie raises her voice in protest, Rick just rolls his eyes and glances both ways down the street again.
[11/24/2014 12:32:25 AM] Maq: “I told him I was going to show him that Colby was a paintmonster.”
[11/24/2014 12:32:51 AM] Maq: “Well,” she clarifies, “I just said monster.”
[11/24/2014 12:33:17 AM] Adam: Rick rubs a few fingers against his brow. “How did he take that?”
[11/24/2014 12:33:48 AM] Kii: “He’s going to cry.” Epiphany says softly.
[11/24/2014 12:34:07 AM] Maq: “He said I was being weird and that everything was fine,” she says. “But Angelica made Colby stay outside last night, at least.”
[11/24/2014 12:34:16 AM] Auds: “Why’d you tell him that?”
[11/24/2014 12:34:33 AM] Maq: “Because I didn’t want him sleeping wtih Colby!”
[11/24/2014 12:34:48 AM] Auds: “Why’d you tell him you were gonna SHOW him?”
[11/24/2014 12:36:08 AM | Edited 12:37:56 AM] Maq: She draws in a sudden sharp breath, as if there’s ice water running down her spine; her hands curled around her waist dig sharply into her sides. “We need to get there fast in case they didn’t put Colby outside. And because,” she seems frustrated – as if she doesn’t get why others aren’t grasping her logic even though she hasn’t really explained clearly, but eleven years old and frustrated in general doesn’t really equal the most coherent line of thought, “he asked why I wanted him to put Colby outside, and I said it was cause he was a monster, and he said how is he a monster, and I said I’d show him today and I’d make his mom let me come over even though he was a grounded!”
[11/24/2014 12:38:03 AM] Kii: Epiphany shifts uneasily, seeming to be thinking very deeply about something. She chews her bottom lip, and then slowly nods to herself. “Maggie’s right. He would never believe it unless he saw it, right? He would just hate Maggie, and ask for another Colby.”
[11/24/2014 12:39:23 AM] Auds: She just sighs, looking up at Petra, Laverne and Rick. “I’m really glad y’all are okay. I tried to come back but the door didn’t go the same way anymore.” Since she aleady knew the other two were okay, presumeably.
[11/24/2014 12:39:58 AM] zuarkeror: “Doesn’t matter,” Laverne says. “What matters is we’re all safe.”
[11/24/2014 12:41:46 AM] Adam: He smiles faintly at Vee, then looks up at the sky for a moment before musing out loud. “Maybe if we stay on the sidewalk we won’t be coming over. Technically.”
[11/24/2014 12:42:15 AM] Maq: “He likes me most,” she says then after a moment. She stares at a nearby house, as if she thinks a monster is going to charge out of it. “So I should probably do it.”
[11/24/2014 12:45:16 AM] Maq: She kicks up on her bike again and grimly leads the remainder of the way to Ethan’s house – for ease of transportation.
[11/24/2014 12:45:17 AM] Auds: “So? Everybody likes you most.” She loops her shoes around her neck by the laces and pushes on towards Ethan’s.
[11/24/2014 12:45:36 AM] Adam: Rick rubs a finger at the corner of his eye, and he’s very quiet on the journey.
[11/24/2014 12:45:43 AM] Kii: Epiphany, strangely quiet, pedals on after Maggie.
[11/24/2014 12:45:48 AM] Maq: “Not everyone,” she says. “Not most people.”
[11/24/2014 12:46:07 AM] Adam: “I don’t,” Rick volunteers wryly.
[11/24/2014 12:46:24 AM] Adam: “But I’m stuck with her. I don’t know your guys’ excuses.”
[11/24/2014 12:46:36 AM] Maq: “None of you,” she says then, seeming strangely assured by this.
[11/24/2014 12:46:48 AM] zuarkeror: “I like Petra the best,” Laverne volunteers. “Sorry Mags. You’re tied for second.”
[11/24/2014 12:47:51 AM] Kii: Epiphany…. Just keeps pedaling, trying not to look too upset.
[11/24/2014 12:48:48 AM] Maq: She doesn’t seem particularly upset. Or well – not beyond her didn’t-sleep-paranoid-neighborhood-watch-self. She just nods her head and bikes – only coming to a halt when they reach the Russo yard. She stays on her bike, her gaze sweeping the yard, in a quick panicked way.
[11/24/2014 12:50:23 AM] Auds: She sits back down to change into her real shoes, leaves her rollerblades on the curb despite having learned the danger of this the day before, and stands back up, with the turpentine, unscrewing the cap to dab a little of it out on her palm.
[11/24/2014 12:51:06 AM] zuarkeror: The Russo house looks quiet from here. No sign of Ethan or Angelica from outside.
[11/24/2014 12:51:41 AM] Maq: This doesn’t seem to ease Maggie’s worries. She climbs off her bike and lets it drop, hurrying up to the door and knocking.
[11/24/2014 12:52:37 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne follows Maggie. Petra follows Laverne.
[11/24/2014 12:53:04 AM] Kii: Epiphany slows to a stop at the edge of the front yard, letting Petra slide off before leaning her bike on the kickstand. She looks back to Rick, Petra, and Laverne, and then hurries to follow the rest of the girls.
[11/24/2014 12:53:06 AM | Edited 12:53:21 AM] Auds: Vee follows Petra, quietly touching the turpentine-dampened palm to her face before it evaporates.
[11/24/2014 12:54:20 AM | Edited 12:54:23 AM] zuarkeror: Vee’s FACE MELTS OFF!
[11/24/2014 12:54:26 AM] zuarkeror: (no)
[11/24/2014 12:55:04 AM] Maq: Maggie looks uneasily up at the little hole in the door. She tightens her hands into knuckles and presses them into her cheeks, staring.
[11/24/2014 12:55:23 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica comes to the door after a moment. She regards Maggie with a warm look, Laverne with a bit of cool suspicion—and the rest of the kids, neutrally. “Hey,” she says. “Ethan should be back soon—he just took the dog for a walk.”
[11/24/2014 12:55:58 AM] Maq: “Hi, Angelica where’s – oh,” she says. “Where? Which way did he go?”
[11/24/2014 12:56:56 AM] zuarkeror: “I don’t know, around the block?” She shrugs a shoulder. “He didn’t go far, I’m sure.”
[11/24/2014 12:57:08 AM] zuarkeror: “Want to come in and wait?”
[11/24/2014 12:57:31 AM] Maq: She nods her head. “Okay, thank you.” A pause, and then: “I’m sorry everyone else is here and stuff, it was gonna be me and Vee but the others showed up as I was leaving and I didn’t wanna be rude.” She fidgets a little bit, uneasily, and then darts a look toward Vee.
[11/24/2014 12:58:03 AM] Auds: “Hi, Angelica,” she says politely, with a small, uneasy sort of smile.
[11/24/2014 12:58:08 AM] zuarkeror: “it’s all right.” Angelica steps aside to let everyone into the house.
[11/24/2014 12:59:04 AM] Maq: “What if he doesn’t come back?” She asks, as if this is a perfectly sane and rational thing to say. “I should go look for him.”
[11/24/2014 12:59:35 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica knits her eyebrows at Maggie. “He’s just around the block,” she says. “He’ll be fine. He’ll be back in just a few minutes…”
[11/24/2014 1:00:10 AM] Maq: She stares at Angelica for a long moment, and then just bobbles her head a bit and looks to the ground. A second passes, and then: “Okay, that sounds fine. Um, if it’s okay with you.”
[11/24/2014 1:00:27 AM] zuarkeror: “All right. Can I get you kids anything?”
[11/24/2014 1:00:47 AM] Maq: “No thank you,” she says.
[11/24/2014 1:01:32 AM] Maq: She moves to take off her backpack and starts rooting through it.
[11/24/2014 1:01:51 AM] Adam: “No thanks,” Rick echoes.
[11/24/2014 1:01:56 AM] Auds: “No thank you, I’m fine,” Vee says, finding somewhere to sit and wait.
[11/24/2014 1:02:40 AM] Kii: Epiphany shakes her head, moving into the house and sitting down near a coffee or end table, fidgeting with something in her pockets.
[11/24/2014 1:02:54 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica nods—and, without asking Laverne if SHE wants anything—wanders off deeper into the house.
[11/24/2014 1:03:50 AM] Maq: “Okay,” Maggie says as she draws out the nail polish remover. She mimics Vee’s earlier move – opening it, dumping some into her hand. “She might be painted too. I’m going to go check. You guys – wait here? Look for Ethan in case Colby tries to eat him?”
[11/24/2014 1:05:32 AM] Maq: “I don’t know what to do. But we need to make sure they aren’t painted.”
[11/24/2014 1:05:34 AM] Auds: “Why would Xyza make a fake Ethan’s mom?”
[11/24/2014 1:05:46 AM] Maq: “To lure us in so we could die. You said she was crazy.”
[11/24/2014 1:06:00 AM] Kii: “Maggie,” Epiphany says slowly, “…Did you meet a doppleganger?”
[11/24/2014 1:06:16 AM] Kii: “Xyza doesn’t want to kill us.” She says simply.
[11/24/2014 1:06:24 AM] Maq: “No!” She says, then, alarmed. “But you guys came from the house. She could have painted you guys to ride the bikes! If she painted a DOG she could paint a PERSON.”
[11/24/2014 1:06:43 AM] Adam: “That’s his real mom,” Rick says with utter conviction.
[11/24/2014 1:06:52 AM] Auds: “How do you know that?” she asks, glancing at Epiphany. “Didn’t she SAY she didn’t care? That she was a god?”
[11/24/2014 1:06:56 AM] Maq: “I’ll believe that when I’ve put nail polish on her.”
[11/24/2014 1:07:26 AM] Kii: “She had every opportunity to do it and she didn’t. She doesn’t care enough about us to kill us.”
[11/24/2014 1:07:48 AM] Adam: “Maggie. If she was a paint thing she’d have left gray all over the floor by now.”
[11/24/2014 1:08:07 AM] Maq: “Colby didn’t leave colors all over the floor. He left it on our hands,” she points out.
[11/24/2014 1:09:13 AM] Kii: “…I’m also the only one here who actually talked to her, Maggie, so for the time being I think I know her better than you do. You need to… You need to trust us. Even a little.”
[11/24/2014 1:09:22 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne quietly murmurs something to Petra in Russian.
[11/24/2014 1:09:26 AM] Adam: “If you get kicked out before we can deal with Colby, that’s pretty bad, Maggie.”
[11/24/2014 1:09:53 AM] Auds: She scowls slightly at Epiphany’s words, but doesn’t say anything.
[11/24/2014 1:09:57 AM] Maq: “She won’t kick me out if she’s really Angelica,” she says then. “I’m trusting you guys now. You didn’t melt when I put the stuff on you in the first place.”
[11/24/2014 1:10:15 AM] Maq: “And Vee put the stuff on herself. Obviously Vee thinks like me.” She gestures.
[11/24/2014 1:11:03 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica pops back into the room, sniffing at the air a bit. “What’s that smell, by the way? Is that nailpolish remover?”
[11/24/2014 1:11:42 AM] Maq: “Yes,” she says then to Angelica. “Can I put some on your hand please?” She stares wide-eyed at Angelica then – it’s an urgent sort of look, for whatever reason.
[11/24/2014 1:11:56 AM] zuarkeror: “On my…hand?” Angelica gives Maggie a curious look.
[11/24/2014 1:12:26 AM] Maq: She nods her head.
[11/24/2014 1:12:41 AM] zuarkeror: “…May I ask why?”
[11/24/2014 1:12:58 AM] Adam: Rick is busy staring a hole through the floor at this point.
[11/24/2014 1:13:04 AM] Auds: And then thinks better of her silence, for whatever reason. “I was there too,” she reminds Epiphany pointedly, in a whisper.
[11/24/2014 1:13:13 AM] Maq: She stares silently at Angelica for a long moment, and then: “Please. Just – to check something.”
[11/24/2014 1:13:57 AM] zuarkeror: “Whatever game you kids are playing, you shouldn’t play with nail polish remover.” She shakes her head. “The fumes are bad for you, okay?” She walks back out of the room, calling over her shoulder, “Ethan’ll be back soon.”
[11/24/2014 1:14:46 AM] Maq: She stares wide-eyed at Angelica, looking ghastly pale then – as if this has proven everything terrible. She stares down at her hand, and with her other hand, quickly pulls her backpack on.
[11/24/2014 1:15:04 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks up at Vee, curling her fingers into fists. “Did you tell Maggie that you HAD the paintbrush?”
[11/24/2014 1:15:34 AM | Edited 1:15:44 AM] Auds: “And that it wouldn’t break, and that I shoulda tried to paint Xyza into a straightjacket or something instead, yeah.”
[11/24/2014 1:17:24 AM] Maq: “We need to leave,” she says. “And it doesn’t matter. If she is a god then she has the paintbrush and would probably get it back and probably have painted things to get back at us.”
[11/24/2014 1:17:39 AM] Auds: “She isn’t a stupid god, she just has a magic paintbrush,” Vee says, frustrated.
[11/24/2014 1:17:56 AM] Adam: “Why do we need to leave?” Rick says, a bit tightly.
[11/24/2014 1:18:29 AM] Maq: “She doesn’t want the nail polish remover to touch her hand, which makes her one of the – things. She’s lying.” She looks toward Vee, and then nods her head slowly.
[11/24/2014 1:18:57 AM] Adam: “Or she’s a normal fucking person. Christ. Maggie. Just sit down.”
[11/24/2014 1:19:14 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne sighs. “What adult would want to have nailpolish remover on their hand? That stuff smells.”
[11/24/2014 1:19:31 AM] zuarkeror: Petra looks around at everybody nervously, saying nothing.
[11/24/2014 1:20:00 AM] Kii: Epiphany is starting to look incredibly frustrated, and she stands up and walks over to Maggie. “Are we friends, Maggie?”
[11/24/2014 1:20:35 AM] Maq: She looks toward Rick and then to Laverne – and then to Epiphany as she stands up. “Yes!” She says. “And we’re friends with Ethan, and that’s why we’re here.”
[11/24/2014 1:21:36 AM] Kii: “Then why are you acting like we’re all trying to mislead you? You aren’t listening to us at all.”
[11/24/2014 1:22:05 AM] zuarkeror: The front door of the house opens, and Ethan walks in, accompanied by Colby, who is trotting alongside him obediently and without a leash.
[11/24/2014 1:22:36 AM] Maq: "Because you guys – maybe not you, but I know you guys were – " she says then, paranoidly – and pauses to look over to Ethan – and then her eyes lock on Colby.
[11/24/2014 1:23:02 AM] zuarkeror: “Oh,” Ethan says as he sees everyone in his living room. “Hi, guys…”
[11/24/2014 1:24:03 AM] Kii: Epiphany reaches out to put a hand on Maggie’s shoulder. “Hi Ethan.”
[11/24/2014 1:24:23 AM] Adam: “Hey man,” Rick says with an upnod.
[11/24/2014 1:24:32 AM] zuarkeror: Colby sits oin his haunches at Ethan’s side, placidly looking at everyone.
[11/24/2014 1:24:46 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan pets him. “Good boy!”
[11/24/2014 1:25:18 AM] Maq: Maggie doesn’t say hi. She just watches Colby uneasily. She looks to Epiphany, and then turns to start digging into her back pack – and also glances over toward Vee.
[11/24/2014 1:27:27 AM] zuarkeror: “Um,” Ethan says, looking at Maggie. “What’s up…?”
[11/24/2014 1:27:57 AM] Auds: “Hi” she says, with a little smile at Ethan. “Hi Colby.”
[11/24/2014 1:28:32 AM] zuarkeror: Colby wags his tail.
[11/24/2014 1:28:58 AM] Maq: Maggie withdraws the bottle that by now is well associated with nail polish remover. She uncaps it. “I’m going to prove what I said on the phone. Can you make Colby lie down?”
[11/24/2014 1:29:33 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan eyes the nailpolish remover suspiciously, and instinctively steps between Maggie and Colby.
[11/24/2014 1:29:59 AM] zuarkeror: “That stuff’s poison,” he says.
[11/24/2014 1:30:01 AM] Maq: “I’ll do it on his tail first, and then you’ll see,” she says to Ethan, watching him. “But I’m not gonna let him hurt you.”
[11/24/2014 1:30:56 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne mutters, “Here?”
[11/24/2014 1:31:23 AM] Kii: “Yeah Maggie… Maybe we should go outside.”
[11/24/2014 1:31:24 AM] Auds: “Outside, maybe,” Vee suggests.
[11/24/2014 1:32:54 AM] zuarkeror: “I’m not going outside,” Ethan says. “And I’m not letting Maggie pour poison on my dog.”
[11/24/2014 1:33:35 AM] Maq: She stares at Ethan, her eyes red-purple. She draws in a slow breath, lets it out, draws it in, lets it out. “Are you one of them?” She asks then. “Tell me something only Ethan would know.”
[11/24/2014 1:33:49 AM] zuarkeror: “One of WHO, Maggie?!”
[11/24/2014 1:34:19 AM] Maq: “A monster, Ethan,” she says in a hiss. “Let me put it on YOUR hand then first.”
[11/24/2014 1:34:38 AM] zuarkeror: “You’re crazy. I didn’t invite you over so you could talk crazy.”
[11/24/2014 1:34:51 AM] Maq: “I’m not CRAZY!”
[11/24/2014 1:35:15 AM] Kii: “Maggie,” Epiphany says, trying very hard to keep her tone even, “What will change if you do this? Really?”
[11/24/2014 1:35:44 AM] Maq: "I’m not letting a paintmonster stay with him and eat him like it ate – " she shoots a look toward Rick, and then back to Epiphany. “I’m not doing that again. I’m NOT, and I’m not letting any more run around and possibly hurt more people. No.”
[11/24/2014 1:36:09 AM] zuarkeror: Rick, Epiphany: Wits+Comp.
[11/24/2014 1:36:26 AM] Adam: 0s
[11/24/2014 1:36:30 AM] Kii: 4s
[11/24/2014 1:37:58 AM] Kii: “Your glasses didn’t attack you! Ethan is obviously fine. I think if we do something about the source of the problem… You won’t have to worry about finding every single thing that she painted, ok?”
[11/24/2014 1:38:04 AM] Adam: Rick stands up, steps over to Maggie and Ethan, and pulls the bottle sharply out of Maggie’s hand. He pours a bit of it on his hand. “Look,” he says flatly. “No poison. I’m alive.” He splashes Ethan with some. “Look. He’s alive.”
[11/24/2014 1:38:38 AM] Maq: “I MELTED them.” Because Mackenzie forgot to note – Maggie is wearing huge circular blue glasses – not the brown gold ones. These have masking tape around the nose. She snaps her head toward Rick then, and then to Ethan, staring at his hand.
[11/24/2014 1:38:44 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan recoils when Rick splashes him with the nailpolish remover. “What are you DOING?!”
[11/24/2014 1:39:10 AM] zuarkeror: He is not melting, or anything, however.
[11/24/2014 1:39:59 AM] Auds: She holds her clean hand out to Colby, making subtle kissy nosies to catch his attention, offering pets.
[11/24/2014 1:40:07 AM | Edited 1:40:14 AM] Kii: Epiphany glances at Vee, and purses her lips into a disapproving line.
[11/24/2014 1:40:24 AM] zuarkeror: Colby sniffs a few times in Vee’s direction, but remains seated where he is, not seeming interested in her.
[11/24/2014 1:40:54 AM] Adam: “Are you dying of poison?” he asks Ethan with arched brows and an impassive look.
[11/24/2014 1:41:13 AM] Maq: She stares at Ethan’s hand in silence, and then looks to him. “Okay,” she says then – though she’s still tense. “You’re okay.”
[11/24/2014 1:41:15 AM] zuarkeror: “It smells HORRIBLE!”
[11/24/2014 1:41:37 AM] Adam: “And you think this is the real Colby, right?” Rick continues levelly.
[11/24/2014 1:42:05 AM] zuarkeror: “Are you starting that crap again?!”
[11/24/2014 1:42:09 AM] Auds: Vee doesn’t notice, or ignores, Epiphany’s disapproval, though she eventually gives up on the dog, too.
[11/24/2014 1:42:36 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne sighs and pinches the bridge of her nose.
[11/24/2014 1:43:06 AM] Maq: She watches Rick now, silently.
[11/24/2014 1:43:57 AM] Adam: “Alright. Let’s all go outside then. Fresh air. Play catch with the nice dog.” Rick lowers the bottle to his side, hand over the top, and moves over into the room’s doorway.
[11/24/2014 1:44:26 AM] zuarkeror: “I said I’m not going outside,” Ethan says. He folds his arms and regards Rick with undisguised suspicion.
[11/24/2014 1:44:28 AM] Maq: “Give me my bottle,” she protests then as Rick moves for the doorway.
[11/24/2014 1:47:12 AM] Adam: Rick closes his eyes for a moment too long for it to be a blink, taking a level breath in and out through his nose. The kids can practically see him counting in his head.
[11/24/2014 1:48:28 AM | Edited 1:48:40 AM] Auds: “Ethan,” Vee says, wiping her hands, “Last night we went to talk to Xyza, and she attacked us with a monster, and she might have made it the same way she made Colby. It almost killed Rick and Petra, and she didn’t even care. And if she DID make Colby the same way, if she decided to, she could turn him into a monster too. And Maggie doesn’t want you to get hurt so .. she wants to make sure.”
[11/24/2014 1:49:15 AM] zuarkeror: “Monsters aren’t real, and you guys are talking crazy, and even if monsters WERE real, Colby is my DOG, he loves me and he’s not dangerous, stop being WEIRD.”
[11/24/2014 1:50:14 AM] Auds: “So whatever, we prove it, then everybody can stop worrying about it and nobody will bother you about him anymore.”
[11/24/2014 1:50:24 AM | Edited 1:50:34 AM] Maq: Maggie offers Vee something of a smile – likely, if she weren’t running on two hours of sleep and also wasn’t acting twtichy it would be a lot better, but as it is she looks vaguely serial killer kid from Exorcist with it, but it’s obvious it is at least an honest one. She then looks to Rick. “Just – throw it on his butt!” She says then, urgently.
[11/24/2014 1:50:44 AM] zuarkeror: “FOR THE LAST TIME,” Ethan says, screaming it out now, because he’s about had it with this shit, “NO ONE IS PUTTING POISON CRAP ON MY DOG!”
[11/24/2014 1:51:12 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan glares in Rick’s direction and shouts, “DON’T YOU DARE!”
[11/24/2014 1:51:31 AM] Adam: “Sorry,” Rick says more quietly, and tosses a splash of it onto ‘Colby.’
[11/24/2014 1:51:48 AM] zuarkeror: Dex+Athletics, Rick.
[11/24/2014 1:52:14 AM] Adam: 2s
[11/24/2014 1:53:53 AM | Edited 1:54:12 AM] zuarkeror: When the nailpolish remover makes contact with Colby’s rear end, he goes from placid, happy dog to creature in complete and total AGONY in the bliink of an eye. He makes a horrible yelping sound like, well, like a puppy that’s just been shot with a gun, or worse, and starts hobbling around the living room making that horrible yelping sound continuously. Ethan screams, “NO!” and hurls himself at Rick in a fit of rage. Rick, and anybody else getting involved with this, roll for initiative.
[11/24/2014 1:54:23 AM] Adam: 13b7
[11/24/2014 1:54:30 AM] Maq: 9b4
[11/24/2014 1:54:32 AM] Kii: 6
[11/24/2014 1:55:21 AM] zuarkeror: Okay, Rick, you have the initiative. Ethan is attacking you.
[11/24/2014 1:55:38 AM] Auds: (15b5 but not acting yet)
[11/24/2014 1:55:45 AM] zuarkeror: Noted.
[11/24/2014 1:57:27 AM] Adam: Rick looks around with widening eyes and tries to lob the jar over to Laverne as he calls out to her quickly, and then focuses on not getting hit by Ethan.
[11/24/2014 1:57:49 AM] Adam: I’ll use dodge if I can do that + throw but otherwise it’ll just be throwing and scrambling to the side.
[11/24/2014 1:58:01 AM] zuarkeror: You can’t dodge and throw, but you can throw and apply normal Defense.
[11/24/2014 1:58:12 AM] zuarkeror: Dex+Athletics to throw.
[11/24/2014 1:58:29 AM] Adam: lol, 0s, right on time
[11/24/2014 1:58:35 AM] Adam: gg rick
[11/24/2014 1:59:07 AM] zuarkeror: The bottle of nailpolish remover falls down onto the floor by Laverne’s feet and starts glug-glug-glugging its contents on to the carpet.
[11/24/2014 1:59:30 AM] zuarkeror: Vee, still holding?
[11/24/2014 1:59:45 AM] Auds: Vee runs to try to catch Colby!
[11/24/2014 2:00:39 AM] zuarkeror: The dog is reeling and scurrying away from the group of kids, obviously in total agony and unable to defend itself very well. You can catch up to the dog easily—if you’re trying to grapple it, you can roll Str + Brawl
1.- is his hind end melted?
[11/24/2014 2:01:42 AM | Edited 2:01:52 AM] Auds: Vee chases the dog down and tries to grab it, making soothing noises, but – can’t really find a way to get close. (fail/3 on a chance die lol)
[11/24/2014 2:02:05 AM] zuarkeror: Maggie.
[11/24/2014 2:02:08 AM] Maq: “He’s a paintmonster!” Maggie says in a loud, frantic panic. “Vee! The stuff!” She doesn’t have anything to throw, and she seems too terrified to approach for direct contact. She dives hurriedly for the bathroom for whatever reason, scrambling. (will dodge if attacked, but otherwise just scrambling for the bathroom!)
[11/24/2014 2:02:25 AM] zuarkeror: Nobody attacks you, Maggie.
[11/24/2014 2:02:27 AM] zuarkeror: Epiphany.
[11/24/2014 2:03:03 AM] Kii: Epiphany looks as closely as she can at ‘Colby’
[11/24/2014 2:03:37 AM] zuarkeror: Yes—the dog’s rear end is ‘bleeding’ the colors of its fur on to the carpet, and is dissolving in a way that seems to defy all the laws of physics.
[11/24/2014 2:04:06 AM] Kii: Epiphany will move to pick up the bottle of nailpolish remover.
[11/24/2014 2:04:15 AM] zuarkeror: Done.
[11/24/2014 2:04:50 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne hops up and runs to assist Vee—she grabs the animal by the scruff, and clamps its mouth closed with her other hand, muzzling it, and partially muiffling its agonized yelps. She starts dragging it, with Vee, after Maggie, heading for the bathroom down the hall.
[11/24/2014 2:05:11 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan throws himself at Rick with everything he’s got. The punch lands squarely on Rick’s chest, but Rick barely feels anything. It doesn’t hurt. Not even a tiny bit. It’s kind of sad, actually.
[11/24/2014 2:05:36 AM] zuarkeror: From deeper in the house—a few rooms down the opposite end of the hall—everyone can hear Angelica groan, “What the hell is going on in there?”
[11/24/2014 2:05:40 AM | Edited 2:06:41 AM] zuarkeror: Vee, you’re up.
[11/24/2014 2:06:42 AM] zuarkeror: (Sorry)
[11/24/2014 2:07:43 AM] Auds: “Let’s get him in the bathtub,” she urges, helping carry the dog and trying to do that – wide-eyed and slightly horrified even as she prepares to upend her turpentine once that’s done.
[11/24/2014 2:08:36 AM] zuarkeror: The dog is freaked-out, trying to scream, like…well, like an animal that’s being tortured. But it’s too weakened to struggle.
[11/24/2014 2:08:40 AM] zuarkeror: Rick.
[11/24/2014 2:11:07 AM] Adam: Rick has his balance now, and a very uncharitable observer – like, say, Ethan – might even think he’s enjoying himself. He moves after the others without ever turning fully away from Ethan, leading him along. He doesn’t say it out loud, but he’s got one goal; he needs Ethan to see it happen.
[11/24/2014 2:11:37 AM] zuarkeror: Maggie.
[11/24/2014 2:11:44 AM] Adam: Dodge puts him at def 8 with his FS.
[11/24/2014 2:11:49 AM] Maq: Maggie dives into the bathroom in a panic, seeming to think along the same lines of Vee (or perhaps even thinking of a nice safe place to lock the door if things go wrong) and when she gets in, she dives for the bath tub. On it goes. The shower started, shwishing down. “Soap,” can be heard from the bathroom, in a panic. “Soap. Shampoo. Soap. Shampoo. Stopthepaintmonster.” Her hands shake a little bit.
[11/24/2014 2:12:13 AM] zuarkeror: There’s soap and shampoo in the shower, because it’s a shower.
[11/24/2014 2:12:20 AM] zuarkeror: Epiphany.
[11/24/2014 2:13:02 AM] Kii: Epiphany rushes into the bathroom— if the dog is in the tub, she is going to do what needs to be done. She pours what’s left of the nailpolish remover into ’Colby’s’ head to end it’s suffering.
[11/24/2014 2:13:49 AM] zuarkeror: It’s not in the tub yet—it will cross the threshold of the bathroom at the end of this turn. You can take another action if you want, or just start the pouring on the face now.
[11/24/2014 2:15:23 AM] Kii: ….Let’s just get this over and done with. Epiphany starts pouring the stuff on it’s face, expression quite grim.
[11/24/2014 2:16:00 AM] zuarkeror: The yelping turns to a horrible gurgling sound, and the dog’s face starts to dissolve and melt before Epiphany’s eyes, in total-nightmare fashion. Much of the liquifying paint gets on Laverne’s hands.
[11/24/2014 2:16:18 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan throws another screaming punch at Rick, but whiffs completely.
[11/24/2014 2:16:26 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica’s footsteps can be heard approaching the living room.
[11/24/2014 2:16:41 AM] zuarkeror: Vee and Laverne manage to get the dog into the bathtub.
[11/24/2014 2:16:47 AM] zuarkeror: Rick, your turn.
[11/24/2014 2:16:55 AM] Maq: (Vee is first!)
[11/24/2014 2:17:03 AM | Edited 2:17:08 AM] zuarkeror: Yes, but I assume Vee is continuing to drag the dog?
[11/24/2014 2:17:18 AM] Auds: Sure, if that’s my turn
[11/24/2014 2:17:25 AM] zuarkeror: It is.
[11/24/2014 2:17:28 AM] Adam: How close are Rick and Ethan to the bathtub/bathroom?
[11/24/2014 2:17:39 AM] zuarkeror: Couple yards away from the door.
[11/24/2014 2:18:35 AM] Adam: What I’m thinking is like – taking the turn’s move, waiting for him to catch up, then trying to grapple before he can interrupt the others.
[11/24/2014 2:18:51 AM] Adam: valid or overthinking?
[11/24/2014 2:18:52 AM] zuarkeror: Valid.
[11/24/2014 2:19:22 AM] zuarkeror: I’m assuming everyone else is either getting the dog into the tub or pouring paint-thinner and/or nailpolish remover on to the dog?
[11/24/2014 2:19:30 AM] Maq: Maggie, as soon as the screaming dog is in the bath tub, shower already going, she grabs the shampoo and dumps it on it with one hand, and starts massaging it frantically into the dog’s fur with the other hand. “Wash it down. Wash it down,” she says, urgently – she’s obviously in a sort of …manic panic right now. Her arms are shaking as she does this. Her hair and glasses get soaked. And yup!
[11/24/2014 2:19:32 AM] Adam: Rick hustles up and then squares himself up by the door, watching Ethan closely.
[11/24/2014 2:19:55 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan charges at Rick and/or the bathroom door.
[11/24/2014 2:19:58 AM] Kii: Yes, and once that bottle is empty Epiphany is going to fling it away from herself.
[11/24/2014 2:20:09 AM] zuarkeror: Go ahead and roll the grapple attempt, Rick. Ethan’s Defense is 1.
[11/24/2014 2:20:35 AM] Adam: 1s, spent wp
[11/24/2014 2:21:46 AM] zuarkeror: Okay, everyone else is dog-murdering. Rick, roll Str + Brawl
1, as the contested grapple action.-to animation—until the turpentine finally dissolves it and it washes down the drain.
[11/24/2014 2:22:10 AM] Adam: 2s
[11/24/2014 2:22:24 AM] zuarkeror: All right, your choice of overpower maneuver.
[11/24/2014 2:23:25 AM] Adam: Holding him still.
[11/24/2014 2:23:31 AM] zuarkeror: Okay.
[11/24/2014 2:23:58 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica arrives on the scene, marching into the living room, eyes bright with attention. This turns to a cold fury when she spies Rick grappling hold of her son.
[11/24/2014 2:24:10 AM] zuarkeror: Anyone else taking any non-dog-murdering action?
[11/24/2014 2:24:31 AM] zuarkeror: The dog is about half-dissolved, now, but is still wriggling and writhing in the bathtub, surviving with much less…dog…than a real dog would.
[11/24/2014 2:24:46 AM] Auds: Turpentinig! Just pouring it on.
[11/24/2014 2:25:08 AM] Kii: Crying in the bathroom corner?
[11/24/2014 2:25:10 AM] Maq: Once Vee turpentines – Maggie pulls her hands back, and just collapses on to her butt and bawls, half out of relief, half out of sheer panic.
[11/24/2014 2:25:29 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne slams the bathroom door closed, blocking Rick and Ethan off from the dog-murder.
[11/24/2014 2:26:39 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica is on top of Rick and Ethan before Rick can do anything. She has Rick’s arm in an iron grip, and in about a half a second, Rick finds himself on the bad end of a very painful joint lock. Angelica’s other hand grasps a fistful of Rick’s hair and she starts marching him toward the front door of the house. “Think you’re such a little tough guy, huh?”
[11/24/2014 2:27:48 AM] Adam: “He’s not hurt,” Rick says tightly. “He would’ve been if I let him keep charging around.”
[11/24/2014 2:29:41 AM] zuarkeror: “So you’re man-handling my son in his own house for his own good, huh? That’s rich.” She hauls Rick effortlessly to the front door, releases her grip on his hair long enough to yank it open. “My son may be a moron, but at least he’s not a bully like you.” She shoves Rick out the door. “Get lost.”
[11/24/2014 2:30:48 AM] zuarkeror: Meanwhile, Petra is sitting on the couch, staring at all of this in wide-eyed terror. She hasn’t moved, this whole time.
[11/24/2014 2:30:53 AM] Adam: Rick narrowly stays on his feet, glaring at her wordlessly and stalking off to the street.
[11/24/2014 2:31:14 AM] zuarkeror: Once Rick is out the door, Angelica marches to the bathroom. Along the way, she barks at Ethan, without looking at him. “Go to your room.”
[11/24/2014 2:31:15 AM] zuarkeror: Ethan goes.
[11/24/2014 2:31:46 AM] Auds: Vee, by then, has neatly thrown away the empty bottle of turpentine and is sitting silently on the closed toilet, miserable and probably covered in grey an white paint.
[11/24/2014 2:32:19 AM] Maq: Maggie digs her hands into her hair and sobs wildly. “Paintmonster,” she says then. “It was a paintmonster, I SAID it was a paintmonster.” Her hands are, one imagines, covered in paint, and since they’re digging into her hair, her hair probably is too. Her glasses are wet, and steamy.
[11/24/2014 2:32:33 AM] Auds: Oh – actually.
[11/24/2014 2:32:45 AM] Kii: Epiphany has pressed herself against the wall, only splattered a bit with paint and wiping at her teary eyes.
[11/24/2014 2:32:53 AM] Auds: Given the chance, Vee would’ve pulled off Maggie’s glasses and given them the same treatment. Fair’s fair.
[11/24/2014 2:32:57 AM] zuarkeror: There is almost nothing left of the dog: a tiny nub of flesh and fur, wriggling and writhing, desperately clinging to life
[11/24/2014 2:33:02 AM] Maq: Oh, no. These are Maggie’s other glasses.
[11/24/2014 2:33:05 AM] Maq: Not the paint-glasses!
[11/24/2014 2:33:08 AM] Auds: Oh okay, then nevermind!
[11/24/2014 2:33:38 AM] Adam: yeah she mentioned in front of all of us she melted her own
[11/24/2014 2:33:56 AM] Adam: Rick slinks out to the appropriate place on the street where he can be just out of Angelica’s sight while waiting for the others – slumped down against a thick fence, or squatting behind a bush, or what have you.
[11/24/2014 2:34:02 AM] zuarkeror: The kids in the bathroom have a couple of seconds to digest what’s happened before Angelica yanks the door open. “I don’t care what the hell you’re all doing, or what kind of stupid game you’re playing,” she says, her voice booming with authority over all, “but it is now officially out of control. Get OUT of my HOUSE.”
[11/24/2014 2:34:57 AM] Auds: “Sorry, Angelica,” Vee says quietly, but goes, immediately, pausing to whisper “Sorry,” to Petra too as she hurries for the door.
[11/24/2014 2:35:28 AM | Edited 2:35:29 AM] Kii: Like a cat being released, Epiphany bolts out the door, past Angela, and out to the sidewalk, where she stops, sniffles, and hugs herself before hurrying to her bike.
[11/24/2014 2:35:55 AM] zuarkeror: Angelica glowers at the kids as they file out. Laverne marches out solemnly, eyes downcast.
[11/24/2014 2:36:04 AM] Maq: Maggie’s on the floor, bawling her eyes out. She’s breathing heavily for a few moments, just taking her time to do that – but she scrabbles to her feet, her arms quaking. Before she darts out the door, she at least tries to wash her hands off, in a frantic, obsessive sort of way.
[11/24/2014 2:36:22 AM] zuarkeror: At the slightest of delays, Angelica barks: “MOVE.”
[11/24/2014 2:36:49 AM] Maq: Maggie dives out then, past her, running and half tirpping over herself.
[11/24/2014 2:37:32 AM] zuarkeror: Petra, who still hasn’t moved from the couch, stares wide-eyed at everyone going past. She seems frozen, until Angelica looks at her, sighs in that you-didn’t-do-anything-but-too-bad sort of way, and points at the door, at which time she hops up and dashes out the door.
[11/24/2014 2:37:48 AM] zuarkeror: Once everyone is out, the door of the house slams closed, and the deadbolt loudly flicks into place behind them.
[11/24/2014 2:37:59 AM] zuarkeror: “Well,” Laverne says, “that could’ve gone a lot more smoothly.”
[11/24/2014 2:38:26 AM] Adam: This prompts Rick to straighten up by the street, pulling up his bike. “We all need to talk,” he says as he pushes over towards them.
[11/24/2014 2:40:18 AM] Auds: “We shoulda just done it without telling him,” Vee says, shaken, still covered with paint as she plops down to put her rollerblades on.
[11/24/2014 2:40:18 AM] Maq: “I need to go home and shower. I need to get the paint off of me,” she says then, shaking her hands out – and leaning to wipe them on the grass.
[11/24/2014 2:41:11 AM] Kii: “We didn’t NEED to do anything in the first place,” Epiphany says hoarsely.
[11/24/2014 2:41:30 AM] Adam: “It’s almost like talking over a plan would have worked better in general,” Rick says with a hint of acid.
[11/24/2014 2:41:51 AM] Maq: “I WASN’T. GOING. TO. LET. HIM. HAVE. A. PAINTMONSTER. IN. HIS. HOUSE.” She says then – loudly. “We got rid of the paintmonster. We succeeded. We saved him, even if he’s mad and Angelica’s mad, we SAVED them.”
[11/24/2014 2:42:08 AM] Auds: “It’s not like Maggie was gonna listen anyway,” she scowls.
[11/24/2014 2:42:12 AM] Kii: “We’re NO closer to stopping Xyza and NO closer to any answers and instead you MADE US DO A HORRIBLE THING MAGGIE.”
[11/24/2014 2:42:45 AM] Maq: “A HORRIBLE THING!?” She whirls on Epiphany. “Oh yes, I stopped a paint monster that she could probably control and change at ANY MOMENT from DOING JUST THAT and KILLING MY FRIEND. But apparently you thought it was fine and dandy to let that HAPPEN. YOU’RE horrible!”
[11/24/2014 2:43:07 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne groans.
[11/24/2014 2:43:18 AM | Edited 2:43:30 AM] Adam: “SHUT UP,” Rick barks, louder than any of them have heard him. Well, other than his death screams.
[11/24/2014 2:43:29 AM] Maq: “SHUT UP!” She snaps to Laverne then ,apparently at the same time as Rick – and then moves to grab her bike. And she glares at Rick then.
[11/24/2014 2:44:05 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne eyes Maggie steadily. The ‘shut up’ has gotten her attention. She doesn’t say anything, but there’s a bit of an I’ll-remember-that look in her eyes.
[11/24/2014 2:45:18 AM] Adam: “We all need to go home,” Rick says tightly, “and calm the fuck down, and then tomorrow, when we’ve slept and had some food and breathed and shit, we are going to talk.”
[11/24/2014 2:45:26 AM] Maq: Maggie climbs on her bike, kicking the…stand thingy. Kickstand? up.
[11/24/2014 2:45:41 AM] Kii: “Whatever,” Epiphany hisses, hopping onto her bike. “Stay with your best friend Ethan.”
[11/24/2014 2:46:06 AM] Maq: “Stay with your probably cursed paint cards,” she snaps toward Epiphany.
[11/24/2014 2:46:07 AM] zuarkeror: Laverne says something to Petra in Russian.
[11/24/2014 2:46:09 AM] Auds: Vee’s just lacing up her rollerblades with jerky motions, clearly upset, and doubly so as everybody screams – also there are
so many stupid laces to do, which is clearly very incovnenient.
[11/24/2014 2:47:31 AM] Kii: “They didn’t drag us over here,” she snaps back, and starts to pedal off down the road.
[11/24/2014 2:48:11 AM] Maq: “I DIDN’T EITHER!” She says then, voice raising. “YOU DEMANDED YOU COME, SO SHUT UP!” and with that, angrily, she kicks off and pedals as fast as she can down the road.
[11/24/2014 2:48:48 AM] zuarkeror: “No, don’t worry, it’s cool,” Laverne says quietly to herself as Maggie and Epiphany pedal away. “We’ll just walk home.”
[11/24/2014 2:49:28 AM] Auds: “I’ll walk with you, if you want,” Vee offers, subdued. “Or skate slow.”
[11/24/2014 2:49:50 AM] zuarkeror: She half-smiles at Vee, and, less sarcastically: “No, it’s cool.”
[11/24/2014 2:49:54 AM] Adam: “I can get at least one of you on here,” Rick says, looking over his bike a bit skeptically.
[11/24/2014 2:50:10 AM] Adam: “…no, probably not.”
[11/24/2014 2:51:07 AM] zuarkeror: She taps Petra on the arm. “Go ahead and get on Rick’s pegs. I’ll meet you at the bus stop later.”
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