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[6/30/2013 8:33:08 PM] Coil: Okey dokey.
[6/30/2013 8:38:11 PM] Coil: I belive that Marta has just convinced Kate to do something.
[6/30/2013 8:38:41 PM] Josie: Josie was stomping back to the dancefloor, grimly determined.
[6/30/2013 8:41:20 PM] Coil: Okay!  Ebenezer is still there, taking a seat near the bandstand and sipping at a drink.  The dancefloor is currently full of happy dancers!  No one gives you a second glance.
[6/30/2013 8:41:44 PM] Josie: Josie goes right up to him, and then realizes she has no idea what to say!
[6/30/2013 8:43:23 PM] Coil: He looks up.  "You all right?  Marta told me to wait here while she checked on you."
[6/30/2013 8:45:37 PM] Josie: ... oh. Yeah, fine, just... didn't feel well all of a sudden. All right now, I guess.
[6/30/2013 8:46:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Oh, good.  I was worried itw as something I said.
[6/30/2013 8:46:44 PM] Josie: Josie reddens a bit.
[6/30/2013 8:46:46 PM] Josie: .. no.
[6/30/2013 8:48:04 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, good.  Want some water?
[6/30/2013 8:48:33 PM] Josie: Sure.
[6/30/2013 8:48:37 PM] Josie: Josie smiles, slightly.
[6/30/2013 8:50:38 PM] Josie: ... sorry. Ain't half-civilized myself.
[6/30/2013 8:51:08 PM] Coil: He stands, and walks over the table, pouring you some water.  "So... that would be a quarter civilized then?"
[6/30/2013 8:51:19 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Neither am I, really, dont' let the accent fool you.
[6/30/2013 8:51:47 PM] Josie: Sounds about right. ... really?
[6/30/2013 8:53:45 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, depends on how you define 'civilization'.
[6/30/2013 8:54:02 PM] Josie: It does?
[6/30/2013 8:55:15 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Sure.  How do you define it?
[6/30/2013 8:57:16 PM] Josie: ... well... drinkin' outta china cups 'stead of tin ones, that kinda thing.
[6/30/2013 8:59:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  See, china cups are horribly overrated.  They break so easily.
[6/30/2013 9:00:02 PM] Josie: Some folks do too.
[6/30/2013 9:01:18 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Indeed.  The tin cups are much more reliable.  And can be used as blugeons in a pinch.
[6/30/2013 9:02:15 PM] Josie: ... sounds about right, too.
[6/30/2013 9:02:30 PM] Josie: World needs both kinds, though.
[6/30/2013 9:02:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Of cups?
[6/30/2013 9:03:09 PM] Josie: Of people.
[6/30/2013 9:03:14 PM] Josie: ... cups too, I guess.
[6/30/2013 9:04:49 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I suppose so.  Well, my point is, that 'civilized' often doesn't mean what we think it means.
[6/30/2013 9:05:37 PM] Josie: You seem pretty gentlemanly t'me.
[6/30/2013 9:06:22 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Manners are easy.  And when you learn them at a young age, pretty second nature.
[6/30/2013 9:07:08 PM | Edited 9:07:15 PM] Josie: Didn't help me much. Ma tried, but...
[6/30/2013 9:07:51 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, they come easier to some than others.
[6/30/2013 9:08:54 PM] Josie: Always been too clumsy an' awkward.
[6/30/2013 9:09:34 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  You don't seem clumsy to me.
[6/30/2013 9:10:09 PM] Josie: Grew out of it some.
[6/30/2013 9:12:18 PM] Josie: By then I was pretty set in my ways, though.
[6/30/2013 9:17:21 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  And what ways are those?
[6/30/2013 9:19:43 PM] Josie: Well... more like a man's'n'a woman's, mostly. It's easier for me lookin' rough and fightin' than wearin' all this gear.
[6/30/2013 9:23:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  So you're saying that getting dressed up in a thousand layers of clothing isn't going to be a habit for you?
[6/30/2013 9:25:00 PM] Josie: ... don't rightly know how to.
[6/30/2013 9:25:02 PM] Josie: Josie colors up a bit.
[6/30/2013 9:25:07 PM] Josie: Marta had to help me sort it all out.
[6/30/2013 9:25:52 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Relax, I was joking.  Can't say I understand why ladies' clothing is so complicated.
[6/30/2013 9:27:06 PM] Josie: Like a jigsaw puzzle! Think it ain't so bad for everyday though.
[6/30/2013 9:30:20 PM] Josie: Just these party dresses.
[6/30/2013 9:30:27 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, that would makes sense.
[6/30/2013 9:31:46 PM] Josie: Don't make much to me. No idea how I'm gonna get it all off neither, there's about ten layers.
[6/30/2013 9:32:09 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Hmm.  Can't help you there, I'm only wearing around four layers.
[6/30/2013 9:32:44 PM] Josie: Usually I only got two. Three if I got a coat on.
[6/30/2013 9:35:37 PM] Coil: Ebeenzer:  Sounds about right.  I usually have to wear an apron at work, so that's three for me, too.  Are you... comfortable?
[6/30/2013 9:36:28 PM] Josie: It ain't as bad as I thought, actually. Kinda tight, and I got to mind things around me more.
[6/30/2013 9:40:03 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  How so?
[6/30/2013 9:40:55 PM] Josie: Well, the skirt's pretty wide, see?
[6/30/2013 9:41:02 PM] Josie: Josie holds it out a bit.
[6/30/2013 9:42:12 PM] Coil: Ebenzer:  Oh, right.  THat would be tough to allow for when you're used to pants.
[6/30/2013 9:43:40 PM] Josie: It'd be easy to knock things over, wouldn't like to be in a shop or nothin' like this.
[6/30/2013 9:45:38 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Can't say I blame you for preferring trousers.
[6/30/2013 9:46:22 PM] Josie: Feels like everybody's starin' at me, too.
[6/30/2013 9:47:53 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, that's just because you're uncomfortable.  I would feel the same way if I had to wear a dress.
[6/30/2013 9:49:37 PM] Josie: Ha. You'd look 'bout as silly in it as I do.
[6/30/2013 9:50:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't think you look silly at all.
[6/30/2013 9:51:29 PM] Josie: Kind o' you to say so.
[6/30/2013 9:53:35 PM] Coil: Ebenezer smiles.  "Well, you look lovely to me.  And I'm not just being kind saying that."
[6/30/2013 9:53:55 PM] Josie: Josie turns bright red and looks at the ground.
[6/30/2013 9:54:05 PM] Josie: .... don't know what to say. ... you sure you don't need glasses?
[6/30/2013 9:55:09 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Positive.
[6/30/2013 9:56:51 PM] Josie: ... what do I say?
[6/30/2013 9:58:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ... well, 'thank you' is customary.  Maybe you could reciprocate by saying something complimentary about me.
[6/30/2013 9:59:25 PM] Josie: Oh. Well, thank you. I like listenin' to you talk?
[6/30/2013 10:01:07 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, thank you.  It's the accent, right?
[6/30/2013 10:01:44 PM] Josie: Nah. That'll make you sound smart, can't make you *actually* smart.
[6/30/2013 10:02:06 PM] Coil: Ebenezer blushes a bit himself.  "Thank you."
[6/30/2013 10:02:46 PM] Josie: Does make you stand out some.
[6/30/2013 10:05:35 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, thank you.  I -- you hear that?
[6/30/2013 10:05:58 PM] Josie: Hear what?
[6/30/2013 10:06:02 PM] Josie: Josie perks up a bit, listening.
[6/30/2013 10:06:26 PM] Coil: Once you listen, you hear a bit of a commotion down the block a bit.
[6/30/2013 10:06:48 PM] Josie: Got to go.
[6/30/2013 10:06:52 PM] Josie: Josie runs in that direction!
[6/30/2013 10:08:11 PM] Coil: Statler is kneeling over a man who's been shot.  You don't recognize the victim.  There's a small crowd around him.
[6/30/2013 10:08:21 PM] Josie: .... what happened?
[6/30/2013 10:08:23 PM] Josie: Josie scans the crowd!
[6/30/2013 10:08:33 PM] Coil: No one really stands out.
[6/30/2013 10:09:35 PM] Josie: Who is it?
[6/30/2013 10:11:38 PM] Coil: Statler:  ... don't know the guy at all.
[6/30/2013 10:11:43 PM] Josie: Don't recognize 'em either.
[6/30/2013 10:12:02 PM] Josie: Josie looks to the crowd to see if any of them are reacting.
[6/30/2013 10:12:03 PM] Coil: The man isn't moving, and there's a lot of blood, but you realize that he got shot in the shoulder.
[6/30/2013 10:12:12 PM] Coil: Just the normal 'oh my god he's been shot' reactions.
[6/30/2013 10:13:34 PM] Josie: Josie checks if he's dead!
[6/30/2013 10:14:35 PM] Coil: Statler:  he's dead, I checked.  But this dont' look like a fatal wound.  It woulda smarted, mind you... but even if the bullet hit an artery, there would be more blood than's here.
[6/30/2013 10:15:08 PM] Josie: .... huh. Yeah, reckon you're right. We should get a doctor, check 'em for heart attack or some such.
[6/30/2013 10:15:13 PM] Josie: It'd be a shock gettin' shot.
[6/30/2013 10:16:06 PM] Coil: Statler hands you a rolled up piece of wrinkled parchment.  He had this clutched in his hand.
[6/30/2013 10:17:38 PM] Josie: Josie inspects it!
[6/30/2013 10:19:53 PM] Coil: It's a map showing the area outside the town, indicating a certain tree stump for some reason.  "Would you mind checkin' that out, marshal?"
[6/30/2013 10:21:12 PM] Josie: Josie nods, and heads in that direction, warily!
[6/30/2013 10:21:31 PM] Coil: Statler:  I gotta attend to this.
[6/30/2013 10:22:20 PM] Coil: Statler:  I'll have one of the deputies go with you, if you want.
[6/30/2013 10:23:37 PM] Josie: Yeah, that'd be good, just in case.
[6/30/2013 10:24:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer comes along.  "What's going on?"
[6/30/2013 10:26:08 PM] Josie: Not too sure, we're goin' to find out.
[6/30/2013 10:26:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer spies the body.  "Who is that?"
[6/30/2013 10:26:59 PM] Josie: Not sure, nobody knows. We're lookin' for a deputy to come with.
[6/30/2013 10:27:27 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I'll go with you.
[6/30/2013 10:27:43 PM] Josie: You sure? Might be dangerous.
[6/30/2013 10:28:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer: That's not a problem for me.
[6/30/2013 10:30:21 PM] Josie: ... well, all right. C'mon.
[6/30/2013 10:30:23 PM] Josie: Josie heads out!
[6/30/2013 10:37:21 PM] Coil: ((Man, my stomach is bugging me.))  It's not far, just on the edge of town.  You find the stump, and a mound of freshly moved dirt.
[6/30/2013 10:37:51 PM] Josie: ((KILL IT WITH FIRE.))
[6/30/2013 10:38:15 PM] Josie: ... hell. Mr. Dingo, you mind diggin' that up? This damn' dress.
[6/30/2013 10:38:32 PM] Josie: It cost $100 and it don't belong to me.
[6/30/2013 10:38:32 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Not at all, marshal.
[6/30/2013 10:41:51 PM] Josie: Josie watches him! And covers him against any baddies.
[6/30/2013 10:44:33 PM] Coil: He crouches down and starts diggin! He doesn't have to dig far, before he finds a locked wooden box, about two feet long, one foot tall, and half a foot deep.  "Looks like someone buried this in a hurry."
[6/30/2013 10:44:51 PM] Josie: ... yeah, it does.
[6/30/2013 10:44:55 PM] Josie: Josie looks for other clues around!
[6/30/2013 10:45:58 PM] Coil: Roll a d10!
[6/30/2013 10:46:57 PM] Josie: ((10!))
[6/30/2013 10:48:05 PM] Coil: Well, she spots the footsteps in the dirt that probably belonged to the dead guy who buried this, they lead into town.  What's more, it's dark, but the moon and stars are bright, and she spots riders out in the distance.
[6/30/2013 10:49:44 PM] Josie: Don't look, but there's folks out there. Can't catch 'em up from here, though, they'd outrun us.
[6/30/2013 10:50:13 PM] Coil: Yeah, they're maybe half a mile out, riding along at a slow pace.  Maybe three of em.
[6/30/2013 10:50:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Think they're looking for this?
[6/30/2013 10:52:36 PM] Josie: ... hm. could well be.
[6/30/2013 10:52:42 PM] Josie: Josie checks to see what direction they're going.
[6/30/2013 10:52:58 PM] Coil: They seem to be skirting the town, headed east.
[6/30/2013 10:54:48 PM] Josie: ... can't catch 'em now, might send out a tracker tomorrow if we can get one. Wonder where that Chalk boy is.
[6/30/2013 10:54:56 PM] Josie: All right, let's get to Statler 'fore we open this box up.
[6/30/2013 10:55:25 PM] Coil: Ebenezer is looking at the box.  "... don't know that it's going to be that easy, marshal."  He points to some faintly glowing runes on the side of the box.
[6/30/2013 10:55:35 PM] Josie: Oh, *hell*.
[6/30/2013 10:55:51 PM] Josie: Well. We'll see what Mr. Rivers thinks, then.
[6/30/2013 10:57:23 PM] Coil: Ebenezer nods.  "Good idea.  Probably shouldn't try to open it.  Might turn us into toads."
[6/30/2013 10:57:38 PM] Josie: Might. Might do worse, too.
[6/30/2013 10:57:59 PM] Josie: Josie straightens up. "Well, we'd better get on back to town."
[6/30/2013 10:58:17 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, yes, but one's mind does drift to transmogrification first.  Yes, lets.
[6/30/2013 10:59:06 PM] Josie: Josie looks up at the stars for a minute. "... real pretty."
[6/30/2013 11:01:31 PM] Coil: Ebenezer looks up.  "That they are.  You can't see anywhere near this many in London, that's for sure."
[6/30/2013 11:02:10 PM] Josie: That where you're from?
[6/30/2013 11:03:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer nods.  "Indeed."
[6/30/2013 11:04:05 PM] Josie: ((How romantic!))
[6/30/2013 11:04:30 PM] Josie: ... so many people all livin' in the same space. Don't know how they manage.
[6/30/2013 11:05:04 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Not terribly well.
[6/30/2013 11:07:37 PM] Josie: Your family did all right.
[6/30/2013 11:08:14 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Standing on the backs of the poor, that's how they did it.
[6/30/2013 11:09:58 PM] Josie: Can't see you doin' that.
[6/30/2013 11:10:03 PM] Josie: ((Okay, I gotta go to bed.))
[6/30/2013 11:10:13 PM] Coil: ((Okay!))
[6/30/2013 11:10:16 PM] Coil: Coil snuggles.
[6/30/2013 11:10:36 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, you'll notice I'm here living on my own money.
[6/30/2013 11:13:06 PM] Josie: Stayin' independent, always a good thing.

[7/1/2013 7:39:34 PM] Coil: Yep!
[7/1/2013 7:39:57 PM] Coil: Ebenezer and Kate had just dug up a mysterious mystery box.
[7/1/2013 7:40:53 PM] Josie: ... we better take it in.
[7/1/2013 7:41:26 PM] Coil: EBenezer nods.  The riders you noticed are gone, too.
[7/1/2013 7:42:06 PM] Josie: Josie starts heading back with Ebenezer!
[7/1/2013 7:44:10 PM] Coil: He carries the box.  Two feet long, one foot tall, half a foot deep.  Very ornate looking, with scrollwork on the brass hinges and lock.
[7/1/2013 7:45:26 PM] Josie: Hm. Too shallow fer a coffin.
[7/1/2013 7:45:51 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Kind of small for that too, don't you think?
[7/1/2013 7:46:25 PM] Josie: Babies ain't too big.
[7/1/2013 7:46:49 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  That's pretty grim.  But it's not thick enough for that.
[7/1/2013 7:47:22 PM] Josie: Hm. Yeah, that's what I meant, too shallow.
[7/1/2013 7:47:52 PM] Coil: Ebenezer shakes it!  "Hmm.  Doesn't rattle around."
[7/1/2013 7:48:31 PM] Josie: Nope.
[7/1/2013 7:48:35 PM] Coil: He inspects it.  "There's no manufacturer's name on it, either."
[7/1/2013 7:49:53 PM] Josie: Prob'ly made individually, like most magic stuff.
[7/1/2013 7:50:27 PM] Coil: He nods.  "But it looks like the runes were carved in after the fact."
[7/1/2013 7:51:07 PM] Josie: Hm. Just be careful with it.
[7/1/2013 7:51:54 PM] Josie: Rivers collects this stuff, he might know it.
[7/1/2013 7:52:37 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Right.  I won't shake it anymore.
[7/1/2013 7:53:08 PM] Josie: Could open up a portal to hell.
[7/1/2013 7:53:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ...definitely won't shake it anymore.
[7/1/2013 7:55:06 PM] Josie: Good.
[7/1/2013 7:57:13 PM] Coil: So, you head back to the town!  The murder has definitely dampened some spirits.
[7/1/2013 7:58:04 PM] Josie: Josie is disappointed!
[7/1/2013 7:58:22 PM] Coil: Statler looks at you.  "Find anything?"
[7/1/2013 7:59:45 PM] Josie: Yep. Big magic box. I was hopin' to have Mr. Rivers look at it, think that's a good idea?
[7/1/2013 8:00:07 PM] Coil: Statler:  He's likely to know more about it then anyone else, go for it.
[7/1/2013 8:00:55 PM] Josie: Know where he is?
[7/1/2013 8:01:21 PM] Coil: STatler:  Thought I saw him over the pies a little bit ago.
[7/1/2013 8:01:37 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/1/2013 8:01:45 PM] Josie: Thanks. ... this is your investigation, y'know.
[7/1/2013 8:02:34 PM] Coil: Statler:  I'll take all the help I can get.
[7/1/2013 8:02:49 PM] Coil: Statler:  I ain't proud when it comes to the law here.
[7/1/2013 8:02:57 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/1/2013 8:02:59 PM] Josie: Just so you know, though.
[7/1/2013 8:03:28 PM] Josie: Josie heads to the pie table to look for Rivers.
[7/1/2013 8:05:27 PM] Coil: Statler:  I'm aware, marshal.
[7/1/2013 8:07:59 PM] Coil: Okay!  He's there, sitting down, eating a pie.  Like, a whole pie, from the tin, with a fork.
[7/1/2013 8:09:20 PM] Josie: Hey.
[7/1/2013 8:09:46 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Marshal!  Enjoying the festival?
[7/1/2013 8:09:58 PM] Josie: Sure. Got a problem though, somebody got shot.
[7/1/2013 8:10:12 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I heard something to that effect.  Did you shoot him?
[7/1/2013 8:10:59 PM] Josie: Nope.
[7/1/2013 8:11:03 PM] Josie: Would you tell us what this box does?
[7/1/2013 8:11:53 PM] Coil: Rivers glances at it.  "Holds things."
[7/1/2013 8:14:08 PM] Josie: What's it holdin', and what's the magic on it do?
[7/1/2013 8:14:40 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I don't know what it's holding.  Why would I?  It's closed.  As for the magic... it's a ward.  It does.... something when it's opened up.
[7/1/2013 8:15:14 PM] Josie: ... what's it do?
[7/1/2013 8:16:29 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Dunno.  Don't have my glasses.  Could zap whoever opens it, could send a message that it's been opened, could keep the box closed without the passphrase... lots of possibilities.
[7/1/2013 8:18:55 PM] Josie: Hmm. Don't suppose we could go get the glasses?
[7/1/2013 8:19:37 PM] Coil: Rivers:  You go get them.  I am eating pie.
[7/1/2013 8:19:55 PM] Coil: He hands you a key.  "They're in my study, on my desk."
[7/1/2013 8:21:06 PM] Josie: ... you sure?
[7/1/2013 8:21:09 PM] Josie: Josie does take it, though.
[7/1/2013 8:21:35 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Sure.  Just don't lose that key.  Keep it on you all the time.
[7/1/2013 8:23:14 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/1/2013 8:23:18 PM] Josie: All right. Thanks.
[7/1/2013 8:23:26 PM] Josie: ... thanks for invitin' me, too.
[7/1/2013 8:23:59 PM] Coil: Rivers:  To what?
[7/1/2013 8:24:48 PM] Josie: To the dance, Mr. Rivers.
[7/1/2013 8:25:09 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Oh, right.  You're welcome.
[7/1/2013 8:26:22 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/1/2013 8:26:23 PM] Josie: ... where's Marta?
[7/1/2013 8:27:01 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Who?
[7/1/2013 8:27:41 PM] Josie: Miss Marta Kiska.
[7/1/2013 8:29:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer taps on your shoulder and points her out across the square.
[7/1/2013 8:29:36 PM] Josie: You comin' with?
[7/1/2013 8:29:59 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Sure.
[7/1/2013 8:30:17 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  If you want, of course.
[7/1/2013 8:31:02 PM] Josie: Yeah, could use some backup.
[7/1/2013 8:31:05 PM] Josie: C'mon.
[7/1/2013 8:31:08 PM] Josie: Josie heads over to Marta.
[7/1/2013 8:37:02 PM] Coil: Okay!  She's just sititng there.  She looks up and smiles.
[7/1/2013 8:37:39 PM] Josie: Hey Miss Marta. ... would you help me outta this thing?
[7/1/2013 8:38:27 PM] Coil: She raises an eyebrow.
[7/1/2013 8:39:44 PM] Josie: Got to go to work an' I don't want to wreck it.
[7/1/2013 8:40:30 PM] Coil: Marta: Well, okay.  Let's get to the hotel and I"ll help you.
[7/1/2013 8:40:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I'll meet you at the hotel in twenty minutes?
[7/1/2013 8:42:51 PM] Josie: Right.
[7/1/2013 8:44:54 PM] Josie: Josie heads over there.
[7/1/2013 8:47:18 PM] Coil: You and Marta go back to the Imperial, where she helps you start taking the stuff off.  Which is easier, but still complicated.  "How did it go?"
[7/1/2013 8:48:06 PM] Josie: How'd what go?
[7/1/2013 8:48:25 PM] Coil: Marta:  You talking with Mr. Dingo.
[7/1/2013 8:48:58 PM] Josie: Oh! ... went all right. How do you tell?
[7/1/2013 8:49:40 PM] Coil: Marta:  ...generally, you ask questions like 'how do you tell if it went well'.
[7/1/2013 8:50:43 PM] Josie: ... oh. ... well, didn't seem to go bad.
[7/1/2013 8:51:18 PM] Coil: MArta:  well, you're still talking, that's a good sign.
[7/1/2013 8:52:49 PM] Josie: Oh, good. ... just don't know how to tell.
[7/1/2013 8:52:56 PM] Josie: ... a boy kissed me once.
[7/1/2013 8:53:16 PM] Coil: Marta:  Only one?
[7/1/2013 8:54:02 PM] Josie: Well, yeah.
[7/1/2013 8:54:13 PM] Josie: ... broke his nose.
[7/1/2013 8:54:28 PM] Coil: Marta:  ...ah.
[7/1/2013 8:55:44 PM] Josie: He had it comin'.
[7/1/2013 8:56:02 PM] Josie: Josie just lets Marta take everything off, and gets dressed again hastily afterward.
[7/1/2013 8:58:31 PM] Coil: Easy enough!
[7/1/2013 8:59:40 PM] Josie: Thanks, Miss  Marta.
[7/1/2013 8:59:44 PM] Josie: Josie touches the dress.
[7/1/2013 8:59:51 PM] Josie: Sure is pretty.
[7/1/2013 9:03:34 PM] Coil: Marta smiles.  "It is"
[7/1/2013 9:05:05 PM] Josie: ... guess I better put it all back in the box... no, I'll have it laundered first.
[7/1/2013 9:05:33 PM] Josie: Josie puts her hat on.
[7/1/2013 9:05:36 PM] Josie: Thanks, Miss Marta.
[7/1/2013 9:06:49 PM] Coil: Marta:  Of course, Marshal!  Where are you going to?
[7/1/2013 9:07:10 PM] Josie: Out to Mr. Rivers' house, we found a clue.
[7/1/2013 9:07:25 PM] Josie: An' he's got somethin' might help us sort out what it means.
[7/1/2013 9:10:06 PM] Coil: Marta:  You and Mr. Dingo?
[7/1/2013 9:11:24 PM] Josie: Nah, Rivers. Mr. Dingo's my backup.
[7/1/2013 9:12:58 PM] Coil: MArta:  I meant, you two are going alone?  That's like a date.
[7/1/2013 9:13:22 PM] Josie: ... it is?
[7/1/2013 9:13:35 PM] Coil: Marta:  Could be.
[7/1/2013 9:14:29 PM] Josie: Josie looks stricken suddenly.
[7/1/2013 9:14:32 PM] Josie: ... what do I do?
[7/1/2013 9:14:46 PM] Coil: Marta:  Or not!  Or not.  Just... be yourself.
[7/1/2013 9:15:33 PM] Josie: Oh. ... oh, all right. ... what if he don't like that?
[7/1/2013 9:16:05 PM] Coil: Marta:  Then, his loss, right?  Chances are he likes it, though.
[7/1/2013 9:18:29 PM] Josie: ... how do you know all this?
[7/1/2013 9:18:58 PM] Coil: Marta:  Well, you talked to him before all this, right?
[7/1/2013 9:19:27 PM] Josie: .... yeah?
[7/1/2013 9:20:02 PM] Coil: Marta:  And before I made you all... self conscious about this stuff, you just acted like yourself.  And he still approached you on the dance floor tonight.
[7/1/2013 9:22:02 PM] Josie: Well sure, 'cause of that dress.
[7/1/2013 9:25:53 PM] Coil: MArta:  Not just because of the dress.  If that's the case, than he isn't worth it.
[7/1/2013 9:27:03 PM] Josie: ... right. You're right.
[7/1/2013 9:28:11 PM] Coil: Marta:  Of course I am.
[7/1/2013 9:32:36 PM] Coil: (brb!)
[7/1/2013 9:34:35 PM] Josie: Josie takes a deep breath, checks herself in the mirror, and heads downstairs!
[7/1/2013 9:41:46 PM] Coil: She still is partially dolled up!  Well, her face is clean and her hair is brushed out.
[7/1/2013 9:42:25 PM] Josie: Josie looks for Eben!
[7/1/2013 9:43:42 PM] Coil: He's waiting!  He's dressed down a bit, too, and even grabbed a gun.
[7/1/2013 9:44:53 PM] Josie: Josie smiles at him. "Good, you're ready. Gonna have to borrow Statler's horse again. You got one?"
[7/1/2013 9:47:45 PM] Coil: He nods.  "That I do.  You been in River's house before?"
[7/1/2013 9:49:06 PM] Josie: Just once, after I killed a satyr. To give 'im the flute.
[7/1/2013 9:49:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Is it as spooky as everyone says?
[7/1/2013 9:51:04 PM] Josie: Spooky?
[7/1/2013 9:51:08 PM] Josie: Didn't think it was spooky.
[7/1/2013 9:53:27 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I've only ever heard stories.  Like it's super-haunted.
[7/1/2013 9:54:13 PM] Josie: ... didn't see any ghosts're'anything.
[7/1/2013 9:54:34 PM] Josie: Josie warns Statler she's borrowing his horse again, and saddles up to head to Rivers' place!
[7/1/2013 9:55:34 PM] Coil: okay!  you ride out in the dark with Ebenezer.
[7/1/2013 9:58:49 PM] Josie: Josie looks at him every once in a while in the moonlight! Assuming there is a moon.
[7/1/2013 9:59:14 PM] Coil: There is, three quarters.  It's pretty bright.
[7/1/2013 9:59:53 PM] Josie: How come you settled here?
[7/1/2013 10:00:22 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  You mean in Wilde?  Or Western America in general?
[7/1/2013 10:00:30 PM] Josie: .... both, I guess.
[7/1/2013 10:02:13 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Change of scenery for one.  As for Wilde... well, I never really found a place I felt.... comfortable in.  Just kept moving west, until I ended up here.
[7/1/2013 10:04:18 PM] Josie: You part demon or fae, by chance? Lotta folks here are.
[7/1/2013 10:10:56 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Me?  No.
[7/1/2013 10:11:38 PM] Coil: ((Ice creams.))
[7/1/2013 10:13:16 PM] Josie: ((Nom!))
[7/1/2013 10:13:21 PM] Josie: You sure?
[7/1/2013 10:15:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  As far as I know.  Why do you ask?
[7/1/2013 10:15:52 PM] Josie: ... just wonderin'. It ain't always easy to tell.
[7/1/2013 10:16:04 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Would it be a problem if I was?
[7/1/2013 10:16:16 PM] Josie: Nah.
[7/1/2013 10:16:36 PM] Josie: Josie shrugs.
[7/1/2013 10:17:19 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, far as I know, my parents are both human.
[7/1/2013 10:17:59 PM] Josie: Why, you got a problem with it? Some folks do.
[7/1/2013 10:18:57 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I wouldn't be living here if I had a problem with it.
[7/1/2013 10:21:28 PM] Josie: Prob'ly not. Folks do funny things sometimes, though.
[7/1/2013 10:23:13 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  True.  Well, no, I don't have a problem with it.
[7/1/2013 10:24:46 PM] Josie: ((Inappropriate Lark outfit go!))
[7/1/2013 10:25:03 PM] Coil: ((Ohh, pic!))
[7/1/2013 10:26:44 PM] *** Josie sent risa.jpg ***
[7/1/2013 10:27:07 PM] Coil: ((She's cute!))
[7/1/2013 10:28:04 PM] *** Josie sent risaclose.jpg ***
[7/1/2013 10:28:30 PM] Coil: Jolly good!
[7/1/2013 10:28:42 PM] Josie: ((Quite so!))
[7/1/2013 10:29:29 PM] Josie: Good.
[7/1/2013 10:29:50 PM] Josie: ... I can trust you, right?
[7/1/2013 10:31:10 PM] Josie: ((She'll get flowers too, when I get 200 more favors.))
[7/1/2013 10:32:53 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I like to think so.  I'm not a gossip, anyway.
[7/1/2013 10:33:34 PM] Josie: My father's fae. Don't go spreadin' that around.
[7/1/2013 10:34:01 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, wasn't planning on it.
[7/1/2013 10:35:48 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/1/2013 10:35:54 PM] Josie: ... got feathers.
[7/1/2013 10:36:08 PM] Josie: Have to pick 'em out of my hair every day.
[7/1/2013 10:36:22 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Does that hurt?
[7/1/2013 10:36:34 PM] Josie: Like pullin' hair.
[7/1/2013 10:36:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Ow.
[7/1/2013 10:38:40 PM] Josie: Yeah. Doesn't feel good.
[7/1/2013 10:40:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  You dont' really have to do that here, you know.
[7/1/2013 10:40:29 PM] Josie: Don't want folks to know. Word would get out.
[7/1/2013 10:41:47 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Ahh, I see.
[7/1/2013 10:48:01 PM] Josie: ... not overly fond o' my father.
[7/1/2013 10:50:34 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I know how that is.
[7/1/2013 10:52:14 PM] Josie: Mine didn't stick around.
[7/1/2013 10:53:25 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Mine was always off killing animals in foreign countries.
[7/1/2013 10:54:21 PM] Josie: Least they were countries on the same plane.
[7/1/2013 10:56:14 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, suppose that's true.
[7/1/2013 10:56:19 PM] Josie: Mighta sent money back, too.
[7/1/2013 10:57:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  So your father just up and left you?
[7/1/2013 10:58:42 PM] Josie: Oh, he came back every decade or thereabouts.
[7/1/2013 10:59:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  When's the last time you saw him?
[7/1/2013 10:59:14 PM] Josie: When I was 12.
[7/1/2013 10:59:44 PM] Josie: Everything was always worse after 'e left. That's mostly what I remember.
[7/1/2013 11:02:16 PM] Coil: Ebenezer frowns.  "I see."
[7/1/2013 11:02:45 PM] Josie: Darker an' sadder. An' ma took months gettin' over it.
[7/1/2013 11:04:03 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ...so good riddance, then?
[7/1/2013 11:04:37 PM] Josie: Was better when he didn't come at all.
[7/1/2013 11:04:55 PM] Josie: We got along all right.
[7/1/2013 11:06:40 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ... that is different than me and my father, then..
[7/1/2013 11:07:52 PM] Josie: Well I ain't sayin' yours was good neither.
[7/1/2013 11:08:29 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Oh, I know.  I just mean... me and my father never got along.
[7/1/2013 11:10:41 PM] Josie: Shoutin'?
[7/1/2013 11:12:46 PM | Edited 11:22:43 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  The british don't really shout.
[7/1/2013 11:15:33 PM] Josie: ... what do you do?
[7/1/2013 11:20:49 PM] Coil: ((Sorry, Wennie hacked up some food.))
[7/1/2013 11:22:59 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  When we argue, what we lack in volume we tend to make up for in venom.
[7/1/2013 11:23:32 PM] Josie: ((Oh dear, is she okay?))
[7/1/2013 11:23:37 PM] Josie: What kinda things get said?
[7/1/2013 11:23:48 PM] Coil: ((Yeah, she probably ate too fast.))
[7/1/2013 11:25:57 PM | Edited 11:27:01 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Nasty things.  Things that would hurt less were they shouted and screamed rather than said in a level, dispassionate tone.
[7/1/2013 11:28:36 PM] Josie: ((Silly kitty.))
[7/1/2013 11:29:08 PM] Josie: ... m'sorry. I'm sure you'll treat your own better.
[7/1/2013 11:29:37 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I hope so.
[7/1/2013 11:29:42 PM] Coil: He shrugs.
[7/1/2013 11:32:28 PM] Josie: ... you're pretty settled here.
[7/1/2013 11:33:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Wilde's a nice little town.
[7/1/2013 11:34:30 PM] Josie: Seems like it.
[7/1/2013 11:36:04 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  And I have my shop.  I've given the shop a few tries in other towns, but here, I just took over from the old taxidermist when he went back east.
[7/1/2013 11:38:33 PM] Josie: Shop does pretty well?
[7/1/2013 11:40:14 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I do well enough tanning hides.  And there's a trader that comes into town from the east every couple of months who pays me well for some of the smaller stuffed animals.  Sells them as curios in larger cities, I assume.
[7/1/2013 11:43:47 PM] Josie: Prob'ly. You do a real nice job, from what I see.
[7/1/2013 11:45:29 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Thanks.  I studied the arts of taxidermy in the mysterious Orient.
[7/1/2013 11:46:03 PM | Edited 11:46:13 PM] Coil: ((When you can stuff and mount the marmot in my hand, you will be ready to leave here.))
[7/1/2013 11:47:14 PM] Josie: ... really? Done a lot of travellin'?
[7/1/2013 11:48:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, some, though I was kidding about the orient thing.  Never been farther than India.
[7/1/2013 11:51:47 PM] Josie: India, that's where the Hindoos live.
[7/1/2013 11:51:56 PM] Josie: An' the women go 'round half-dressed.
[7/1/2013 11:53:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, it's pretty hot there.
[7/1/2013 11:54:00 PM] Josie: Don't think I'd want to wear less'n'I got on now.
[7/1/2013 11:55:44 PM] Coil: Ebenezer: Well, no worries, I don't think the fashions are going to catch on here.
[7/1/2013 11:59:54 PM] Josie: Ain't in fashion as it is.
[7/2/2013 12:00:19 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  So you have even less to worry about.
[7/2/2013 12:05:11 AM] Josie: Right.
[7/2/2013 12:06:02 AM] Coil: You reach the Rivers estate!
[7/2/2013 12:06:26 AM] Josie: ((Now Lark looks like a space hippie.))
[7/2/2013 12:06:37 AM] Coil: ((Don't say Eden!))
[7/2/2013 12:06:55 AM] Josie: Josie secures her horse and unlocks the door!
[7/2/2013 12:06:55 AM] Coil: ((She'll get shot by a flower that will murder her.))
[7/2/2013 12:07:28 AM] Coil: It's super dark!
[7/2/2013 12:07:48 AM] Josie: ((Nah, she killed her flowers and is wearing their corpses as trophies.))
[7/2/2013 12:09:09 AM] *** Josie sent eden.jpg ***
[7/2/2013 12:09:28 AM] Josie: ... you got a match? Got to be lanterns in here somewhere.
[7/2/2013 12:10:00 AM] Coil: He nods, and lights a match!
[7/2/2013 12:10:15 AM] Coil: ((Spaaaace hippyyyyyy.))
[7/2/2013 12:10:30 AM] Josie: Josie looks for a lamp.
[7/2/2013 12:11:59 AM] Coil: There's one right by the door.
[7/2/2013 12:12:21 AM] Josie: Josie opens it. "Here, light it."
[7/2/2013 12:12:49 AM] Coil: Ebenezer does so, lighting the foyer aroud you.
[7/2/2013 12:13:58 AM] Josie: Josie looks around.
[7/2/2013 12:14:05 AM] Josie: All right.
[7/2/2013 12:14:47 AM] Josie: Now we got to find the study. I was only in the library before. Though maybe that's his study too.
[7/2/2013 12:15:21 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Studies are usually adjacent to libraries.
[7/2/2013 12:15:46 AM] Josie: ... really? Haven't spent a lot of time in a buildin' like this. Once, but that was a murder. Happened in the foyer.
[7/2/2013 12:16:28 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, I've been in more than a few very similar to this.
[7/2/2013 12:18:40 AM] Josie: Take your word for it. They wouldn't let us in any further.
[7/2/2013 12:20:57 AM] Coil: The thing is... you don't remember this foyer from the previous time you were here!
[7/2/2013 12:21:46 AM] Josie: ....... everything looks different in the dark. All right, library should be up this way.
[7/2/2013 12:21:48 AM] Josie: Josie creeps up the steps.
[7/2/2013 12:25:27 AM] Coil: You go upstairs and end up in a creepy gallery, a long room that features weird objects on pedestals.
[7/2/2013 12:26:20 AM] Josie: ... don't remember any of this. Prob'ly best not to touch anythin' though.
[7/2/2013 12:27:37 AM] Coil: The first few (the ones that you can see most easily) are a tall, floor length mirror, a complete skeleton of some human/lupine crossbreed, a disturbing statue that seems to be a feminine figure made out of tentacles carved from marble, and a crystal ball.
[7/2/2013 12:28:11 AM] Josie: Damn creepy things. This ain't the library, where d'you think it might be?
[7/2/2013 12:29:05 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't know.  MAybe through this gallery?
[7/2/2013 12:29:13 AM] Coil: ((Roll a d10.))
[7/2/2013 12:30:30 AM] Josie: ((4!))
[7/2/2013 12:32:00 AM] Coil: You think you see something as you pass the mirror, but when you look, it's gone.
[7/2/2013 12:32:54 AM] Josie: Josie shivers, and keeps going. "All right, through it. But don't look at anything too close, I don't trust it."
[7/2/2013 12:35:34 AM] Coil: Ebenezer is glancing uncomfortably at the skeleton.
[7/2/2013 12:35:49 AM] Josie: ... what's wrong?
[7/2/2013 12:36:09 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  What do you suppose that was?
[7/2/2013 12:36:29 AM] Josie: Why do you wanna know?
[7/2/2013 12:37:05 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  If it was a beast that looked like a man, or a man that looked like a beast?  Wouldn't that matter?
[7/2/2013 12:38:54 AM] Josie: They're about the same.
[7/2/2013 12:39:10 AM] Josie: ... still, I take your meanin'.
[7/2/2013 12:39:32 AM] Josie: Josie pauses for a moment and says the Lord's Prayer over the body.
[7/2/2013 12:40:20 AM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ... this skeleton isn't terribly old, either.
[7/2/2013 12:42:12 AM] Josie: Well, we can ask 'im about it. How old you think it is?
[7/2/2013 12:42:34 AM] Josie: S'pose it ain't a monkey? ... nah, the teeth're different.
[7/2/2013 12:43:46 AM] Coil: It's too big to be a monkey.  "No, that head is like a cross between a human skull and a wolf skull."
[7/2/2013 12:44:59 AM] Josie: ... werewolf, maybe?
[7/2/2013 12:45:12 AM] Josie: We can ask 'bout it when we get back. C'mon.


Josie
[7/3/2013 8:30:23 PM] Coil: I figured!  You and Ebenezer were wandering through Rivers' Night Gallery.
[7/3/2013 8:33:18 PM] Coil: Ebenezer was lingering on the werewolf skeleton.
[7/3/2013 8:33:54 PM] Josie: Josie was less fixated on the wereskeleton than Ebenezer was.
[7/3/2013 8:34:12 PM] Josie: ... somethin' wrong?
[7/3/2013 8:35:52 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  No.  Nothing.  Hey, is that the flute you were talking about?
[7/3/2013 8:36:07 PM] Coil: He points to the next pedestal.  That is indeed the flute you retrieved.
[7/3/2013 8:37:18 PM] Josie: Yeah, sure is.
[7/3/2013 8:37:41 PM] Josie: Came from a satyr who ate folks.
[7/3/2013 8:38:06 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ...lovely.  Weren't they just randy buggers in mythology?
[7/3/2013 8:40:06 PM] Josie: If I remember rightly, yes. Never heard of one of 'em eatin' people.
[7/3/2013 8:41:45 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  You know, I remember one of the hunters talking about a feral unicorn a few months back.
[7/3/2013 8:42:46 PM] Josie: Yeah? Anybody try catchin' it?
[7/3/2013 8:43:47 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  A few people got gored.  They never caught it.  But that's pretty unusual, isn't it?  Unicorns are usually peaceful.  And herbivorous.  Apparently this one ate meat.
[7/3/2013 8:45:24 PM] Josie: Well, depends. They like some folks more'n others. Innocents, mainly.
[7/3/2013 8:45:50 PM] Josie: If them as tryin' to catch it weren't....
[7/3/2013 8:48:59 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Maybe. But I don't know that all of the folks it killed were bad sorts. Just wondering if something is making all these supernatural creatures.... mad, or something.
[7/3/2013 8:51:38 PM] Josie: Didn't say they were good, just... innocent in a physical way if you take my meanin'.
[7/3/2013 8:52:16 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I always figured that for folklore.
[7/3/2013 8:53:38 PM] Josie: Doubt it. They're violent in folklore too.
[7/3/2013 8:54:18 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  But are they carnivorous.
[7/3/2013 8:59:03 PM] Josie: Don't know, stories don't say either way.
[7/3/2013 9:00:36 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well.  Let's see if we can't find this library.  This place gives me the willies.
[7/3/2013 9:01:20 PM] Josie: Right.
[7/3/2013 9:01:32 PM] Josie: Josie looks for a door!
[7/3/2013 9:02:24 PM] Coil: There's a door at the end of the gallery, a set of heavy looking double doors.
[7/3/2013 9:06:07 PM] Josie: Josie grabs a door and opens it.
[7/3/2013 9:07:08 PM] Coil: There's some witchery at work, because looking through the door, it seems it leads back to the start of the gallery.
[7/3/2013 9:08:15 PM] Josie: .... what the hell?
[7/3/2013 9:09:05 PM] Coil: Ebenezer looks.  ".... huh."
[7/3/2013 9:09:30 PM] Coil: If you look back, it's too dark to see the other end of the gallery, so you're not sure if you can see you seeing you.
[7/3/2013 9:12:12 PM] Josie: ... right.
[7/3/2013 9:12:27 PM] Josie: Josie closes it and opens it again.
[7/3/2013 9:13:39 PM] Coil: Same thing!
[7/3/2013 9:17:32 PM] Josie: ... damn.
[7/3/2013 9:17:54 PM] Josie: Josie closes it and heads to the other end of the gallery.
[7/3/2013 9:18:39 PM] Coil: ... it's the same thing!  Endless gallery!  It's like that bit in Legend of Zelda.
[7/3/2013 9:20:52 PM] Josie: ... hm.
[7/3/2013 9:21:00 PM] Josie: Josie frowns.
[7/3/2013 9:22:07 PM] Josie: Josie shuts the door, closes her eyes, savagely *wills* the door to open to the library, opens it and steps through.
[7/3/2013 9:22:36 PM] Coil: Nope!  She's back at the other end of the gallery again.
[7/3/2013 9:22:40 PM] Coil: Ebenezer: Hmm.
[7/3/2013 9:24:49 PM] Josie: ... got any ideas?
[7/3/2013 9:25:05 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  We could open both doors at the same time.
[7/3/2013 9:26:02 PM] Josie: All right. You stay here, I'll get to the other one.
[7/3/2013 9:26:38 PM] Josie: Josie heads down there and waits.
[7/3/2013 9:27:34 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  All right, count down and we'll open them at the same time.
[7/3/2013 9:29:55 PM] Josie: 3...2...1....0.
[7/3/2013 9:30:02 PM] Josie: Josie opens it!
[7/3/2013 9:30:40 PM] Coil: You're face to face with Ebenezer.   He frowns.  "Well... it was worth a shot.  Maybe there's a secret door or something?"
[7/3/2013 9:33:04 PM] Josie: .... if we get stuck in here I'm gonna be real mad.
[7/3/2013 9:33:15 PM] Josie: Let's look.
[7/3/2013 9:33:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  There has to be another way.
[7/3/2013 9:33:31 PM] Coil: He nods!
[7/3/2013 9:34:29 PM] Josie: Josie searches.
[7/3/2013 9:39:45 PM] Coil: You go past that floor length mirror and again catch something odd in the reflection out of the corner of your eye, something that disappears when you look at it directly.
[7/3/2013 9:42:14 PM] Josie: Josie glares at it.
[7/3/2013 9:42:33 PM] Josie: Keep seein' things in mirrors lately.
[7/3/2013 9:43:25 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Like what?
[7/3/2013 9:43:41 PM] Coil: He comes over to look.
[7/3/2013 9:44:11 PM] Josie: Don't know.
[7/3/2013 9:45:34 PM] Coil: He freezes.  "I saw something too, just for a moment."  He turns his head, trying to look out the corner of his eye."
[7/3/2013 9:46:28 PM] Josie: Josie does too.
[7/3/2013 9:46:49 PM] Coil: You see it!  A door on the wall behind you.  Invisible.  Sneaky.
[7/3/2013 9:48:47 PM] Josie: Josie turns to where the door is and tries to open it.
[7/3/2013 9:49:42 PM] Coil: Theres no knob.
[7/3/2013 9:53:57 PM] Josie: ... well how d'you open a door with no knob.
[7/3/2013 9:59:06 PM] Josie: Josie tries pushing at it.
[7/3/2013 10:00:51 PM] Coil: It creaks a little, there's a little give.
[7/3/2013 10:02:27 PM] Josie: Josie pushes harder!
[7/3/2013 10:02:42 PM] Josie: C'mere an' help with this.
[7/3/2013 10:07:37 PM] Josie: ... seems like a door's here.
[7/3/2013 10:08:05 PM] Coil: ((Hold on, problems with my phone.  Gonna try texting you.))
[7/3/2013 10:08:54 PM] Josie: ((Eep.))
[7/3/2013 10:10:02 PM] Coil: ((Can't call out, can't text, but data seems to work.))
[7/3/2013 10:21:28 PM] Coil: ((Wennie does not like the fireworks.))
[7/3/2013 10:22:28 PM] Josie: ((Aww, poor wennie.
[7/3/2013 10:22:46 PM] Josie: ... thunder she likes but not fireworks.))
[7/3/2013 10:23:20 PM] Coil: ((Well, the fireworks are loud and persistant.))
[7/3/2013 10:25:52 PM] Coil: He comes over, and feels the door.  "STrange, I can feel the outline of the door, but can't see it.
[7/3/2013 10:28:25 PM] Josie: Push on it.
[7/3/2013 10:28:42 PM] Coil: He does so.
[7/3/2013 10:30:28 PM] Josie: Josie does too.
[7/3/2013 10:30:59 PM] Coil: You both manage to bully the door open!
[7/3/2013 10:31:08 PM] Coil: You're in the liberry.
[7/3/2013 10:32:00 PM] Josie: ... finally.
[7/3/2013 10:32:12 PM] Josie: Josie looks for a desk!
[7/3/2013 10:40:56 PM] Coil: You look around the creepy darkened library.  You turn a corner and notice a skeleton!
[7/3/2013 10:42:20 PM] Coil: Just kind of dangling there.
[7/3/2013 10:42:58 PM] Coil: It's one of those educational skeletons.
[7/3/2013 10:48:50 PM] Josie: ... hmph.
[7/3/2013 10:49:14 PM] Coil: It's wearing a wizard's hat.
[7/3/2013 10:49:24 PM] Josie: Any interestin' features on this skeleton?
[7/3/2013 10:51:36 PM] Josie: ... 'sides the hat.
[7/3/2013 10:51:43 PM] Coil: Ebenezer gets closer to it, looking it over.  "Well, it's real.   Human."
[7/3/2013 10:54:21 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Probably got it from a medical school.
[7/3/2013 10:56:58 PM] *** Missed call from Josie. ***
[7/3/2013 10:57:10 PM] Josie: ((Sorry.))
[7/3/2013 10:57:22 PM] Josie: Not uncommon.
[7/3/2013 10:57:43 PM] Josie: ... that one don't seem to bother you.
[7/3/2013 10:58:00 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  This was educational.  Not displayed like a trophy.
[7/3/2013 10:58:04 PM] Coil: ((NEVER FORGIVE))
[7/3/2013 10:58:31 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Or a prize.
[7/3/2013 11:01:16 PM] Josie: (( well warwilfs are pack animals. He's just takin' it personally.))
[7/3/2013 11:02:42 PM] Coil: ((And they sleep nose to anus!))
[7/3/2013 11:03:04 PM] Josie: I suppose so. ... not too sure I'd wanna be displayed like that, all bones an' nothin' else. Naked.
[7/3/2013 11:03:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well.... he has a hat.
[7/3/2013 11:03:48 PM] Josie: ((Good luck gwtting her to do that. He hasn't even tried to kiss her yet.))
[7/3/2013 11:03:57 PM] Coil: ((Nope!))
[7/3/2013 11:04:02 PM] Josie: Ain't nearly enough.
[7/3/2013 11:04:19 PM] Josie: Josie keeps looking for a desk.
[7/3/2013 11:08:06 PM] Coil: You get hit in the back of the head with a book!
[7/3/2013 11:10:12 PM] Josie: Ow! What's the idea?
[7/3/2013 11:12:07 PM] Josie: Josie turns around with a fist raised!
[7/3/2013 11:12:20 PM] Coil: Ebenezer is standing there confused!
[7/3/2013 11:12:53 PM] Coil: The book that hit you is on the floor.  It's entitled 'Humor'.
[7/3/2013 11:13:11 PM] Josie: ... did you throw that?
[7/3/2013 11:13:27 PM] Josie: Josie stoops and picks it up.
[7/3/2013 11:13:31 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Why would I do that?
[7/3/2013 11:13:44 PM] Josie: Don't know. Did you?
[7/3/2013 11:13:52 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Of course not.
[7/3/2013 11:15:35 PM] Josie: Oh. ... maybe you were right 'bout the hauntin', then.
[7/3/2013 11:15:59 PM] Coil: You get hit again!
[7/3/2013 11:16:18 PM] Coil: This time it's "Taming of the Shrew".
[7/3/2013 11:19:44 PM] Josie: Ow, goddamn it!
[7/3/2013 11:20:04 PM] Josie: Josie turns again.
[7/3/2013 11:20:19 PM] Josie: Josie rubs the spot it hit her.
[7/3/2013 11:20:57 PM] Josie: I ain't a shrew an' I don't want tamin', Shakespeare or no!
[7/3/2013 11:21:42 PM] Josie: Where are they comin' from, Mr. Dingo? An' do you see any desk?
[7/3/2013 11:22:43 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  From the bookshelves, I would wager.
[7/3/2013 11:24:27 PM] Josie: Lord. My head hurts.
[7/3/2013 11:25:00 PM] Josie: You mind checkin' to see if it's bleedin'?
[7/3/2013 11:25:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Of course not.  Take off your hat.
[7/3/2013 11:26:00 PM] Josie: Josie takes it off carefully. And while he checks she wants to see what color his eyes are.
[7/3/2013 11:26:57 PM] Coil: Blue!
[7/3/2013 11:28:58 PM] Josie: (( Well if he wants to kiss her now's the time!))
[7/3/2013 11:29:09 PM] Josie: Any bleedin'?
[7/3/2013 11:35:15 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Don't think so.  You'll just have a bump.
[7/3/2013 11:36:02 PM] Josie: Oh, good.
[7/3/2013 11:36:16 PM] Josie: Josie smiles a bit tentatively.
[7/3/2013 11:37:00 PM] Coil: He smiles back!
[7/3/2013 11:37:38 PM] Josie: Josie doesn't know to kiss him!
[7/3/2013 11:38:30 PM] Coil: That's okay, he tries it himself!  Just a small one, but on the lips!
[7/3/2013 11:38:43 PM] Josie: Josie just goes back to looking for the desk.
[7/3/2013 11:40:13 PM] Josie: Josie lets him, obviously surprised!
[7/3/2013 11:40:47 PM] Josie: Josie does not break his nose!
[7/3/2013 11:41:50 PM] Coil: He backs off after a moment.
[7/3/2013 11:42:35 PM] Josie: Josie blushes beet red and says nothing! awkward!
[7/3/2013 11:42:44 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ...sorry.
[7/3/2013 11:45:29 PM] Josie: ... why? Did I do it wrong? Tell me how an' I can try again.
[7/3/2013 11:46:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  No!  You didn't do anything wrong.  Just wasn't sure if I did.
[7/3/2013 11:47:59 PM] Josie: Oh! No, don't think so. No?
[7/3/2013 11:48:13 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Oh!  Good.

Josie was bright red in the face and a little breathless after having been kissed!
[7/4/2013 9:08:50 PM] Coil: Right!  After getting hit in the head with a couple of books off the library shelves.
[7/4/2013 9:10:43 PM] Josie: Josie has a bruise!
[7/4/2013 9:12:58 PM] Coil: Yep!  And got kissed and she probably forgot about the bruise.
[7/4/2013 9:15:10 PM] Josie: Josie did entirely.
[7/4/2013 9:15:42 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Was that okay?  You didn't punch me, so.
[7/4/2013 9:16:52 PM] Josie: ...yeah, it was okay. You can try it again though. If you want.
[7/4/2013 9:18:17 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Oh.  Well, all right.
[7/4/2013 9:18:18 PM] Coil: He does!
[7/4/2013 9:19:18 PM] Josie: Josie tries kissing back! She's clumsy.
[7/4/2013 9:19:56 PM] Coil: EBenezer:  Was that a bit better?
[7/4/2013 9:21:33 PM] Josie: ... yeah, I think so. How d'you know how?
[7/4/2013 9:22:33 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I've done it once or twice before.
[7/4/2013 9:23:46 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Maybe three.
[7/4/2013 9:26:17 PM] Josie: Well, good thing somebody has. Say, you ain't married or nothin', right?
[7/4/2013 9:27:31 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  No, never.
[7/4/2013 9:31:37 PM] Josie: Oh, good.
[7/4/2013 9:31:44 PM] Josie: Josie smiles.
[7/4/2013 9:32:27 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  So... the desk.
[7/4/2013 9:35:28 PM] Josie: Oh, right.
[7/4/2013 9:35:35 PM] Josie: Josie looks around.
[7/4/2013 9:39:27 PM] Josie: ... plumb forgot.
[7/4/2013 9:48:21 PM] Coil: He smiles.  "Well... time for more kissing later."
[7/4/2013 9:49:18 PM] Josie: ... right. Got a job t'do.
[7/4/2013 9:49:49 PM] Josie: Josie takes a deep breath and tries to stop thinking romantical thoughts!
[7/4/2013 9:53:18 PM] Coil: He nods, taking a deep breath himself.  "Right."
[7/4/2013 9:53:56 PM] Josie: Josie looks for the desk.
[7/4/2013 9:54:32 PM] Coil: You don't find a desk!  You find a door.
[7/4/2013 9:56:53 PM] Josie: ... don't trust the doors here.
[7/4/2013 9:57:14 PM] Josie: Josie opens it anyway!
[7/4/2013 9:58:11 PM] Coil: This one opens right up!
[7/4/2013 10:02:43 PM] Josie: Josie looks in.
[7/4/2013 10:04:29 PM] Coil: It's the study!
[7/4/2013 10:10:05 PM] Josie: Thank goodness.
[7/4/2013 10:10:48 PM] Josie: Josie heads for the desk and checks for glasses!
[7/4/2013 10:14:29 PM] Coil: There's all kinds of doodads and bingbops in the desk drawers.  And no glasses to be seen!
[7/4/2013 10:23:03 PM] Josie: ... can't find it, give me a hand searchin'.
[7/4/2013 10:25:39 PM] Coil: He nods, and comes over to help.  "So... a pair of glasses you say?"
[7/4/2013 10:27:26 PM] Josie: Yeah.
[7/4/2013 10:29:14 PM] Josie: Pretty sure they just looked like readin' glasses.
[7/4/2013 10:30:01 PM] Coil: Ebenezer: None of these objects are going to zap us or anything, right?
[7/4/2013 10:30:17 PM] Josie: Josie starts doing a full search of the surface, moving things if necessary.
[7/4/2013 10:30:23 PM] Josie: Hope not.
[7/4/2013 10:30:46 PM] Coil: She has to move a pen and a stack of important looking documents!
[7/4/2013 10:33:25 PM] Josie: Josie does! And shamelessly scans them to see what they are.
[7/4/2013 10:38:56 PM] Coil: Correspondence, mostly!
[7/4/2013 10:39:27 PM] Josie: Josie continues looking, if they're not interesting.
[7/4/2013 10:41:33 PM] Josie: Josie is a snoop but only in the name of the Law.
[7/4/2013 10:48:30 PM] Coil: ((Back.))  It's pretty boring, like most correspondance.
[7/4/2013 10:49:25 PM] Coil: No notes detailing his plans to overthrow the government or anything.
[7/4/2013 10:56:36 PM] Josie: Josie goes back to looking for the glasses.
[7/4/2013 10:57:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer is going through the desk drawers.  You find a small box big enough for eyeglasses.
[7/4/2013 11:04:11 PM] Josie: Josie opens it!
[7/4/2013 11:13:40 PM] Coil: IT's a pair of glasses, indeed.
[7/4/2013 11:14:14 PM] Josie: Josie puts them on and looks around!
[7/4/2013 11:23:14 PM] Coil: Your vision gets all blurry, because you're not near-sighted!
[7/4/2013 11:24:14 PM] Josie: Josie sighs.
[7/4/2013 11:24:29 PM] Josie: Can't see a thing. Keep lookin'.
[7/4/2013 11:25:35 PM] Josie: Must have two pairs.
[7/4/2013 11:27:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, maybe they don't just work for anyone?
[7/4/2013 11:27:22 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Or you need to say a magic word.
[7/4/2013 11:27:39 PM] Coil: ((Or you have to be near-sighted!))
[7/4/2013 11:30:13 PM] Josie: ... could be. Here.
[7/4/2013 11:30:19 PM] Josie: Josie hands them to him.
[7/4/2013 11:33:10 PM] Josie: You try.
[7/4/2013 11:33:51 PM] Josie: An' let's make sure there ain't a second pair.
[7/4/2013 11:34:19 PM] Coil: He tries them on!  "Everything's all blurry, but I doubt that's doing what they're supposed to be."
[7/4/2013 11:35:11 PM] Josie: So they ain't the right pair.
[7/4/2013 11:35:22 PM] Josie: Josie sighs and keeps looking!
[7/4/2013 11:36:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't see any other pairs of glasses.
[7/4/2013 11:36:12 PM] Josie: Me either.
[7/4/2013 11:37:01 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  This must be them, then.

[7/7/2013 7:00:10 PM] Coil: So!  Ebenezer and Kate had just found a pair of glasses that seemed unmagical.
[7/7/2013 7:00:33 PM] Josie: ... got to be somethin' else in here. A lorgnette, opera glasses, somethin'.
[7/7/2013 7:02:50 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't see anything else like that, though.
[7/7/2013 7:02:58 PM] Coil: He's going through the drawers of the desk.
[7/7/2013 7:03:04 PM] Josie: ... went to the opera once when I was little.
[7/7/2013 7:04:17 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Which opera did you see?
[7/7/2013 7:05:01 PM] Josie: Don't remember. Just remember how much it cost... and the colors, lights, people dancing. The music.
[7/7/2013 7:05:25 PM] Josie: Josie hums a couple of bars.
[7/7/2013 7:08:17 PM] Josie: Josie has pretty good pitch.
[7/7/2013 7:09:34 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Carmen?
[7/7/2013 7:09:55 PM] Josie: There was bullfightin' in it.
[7/7/2013 7:10:37 PM] Josie: That the one?
[7/7/2013 7:10:47 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Yes, I think so.
[7/7/2013 7:11:36 PM] Josie: Woulda taken two months of money to afford it.
[7/7/2013 7:12:40 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Back east?
[7/7/2013 7:14:04 PM] Josie: If father hadn't. Yeah.
[7/7/2013 7:15:48 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  My father dragged me to a few when I was little.  I found them very boring.  Could never figure out why these people were taking so long to sing something that could be said with a couple of words.
[7/7/2013 7:16:40 PM] Josie: I loved it. All the dancing...
[7/7/2013 7:20:50 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ... I was in a hurry to get back home.  There were still areas of the estate I hadn't tramped all over looking for monsters back then.
[7/7/2013 7:21:20 PM] Josie: Ever find any?
[7/7/2013 7:23:33 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  No.  Id idn't find out until years later that the estate was pretty well warded.
[7/7/2013 7:24:00 PM] Josie: ... shame.
[7/7/2013 7:24:48 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Back in Britian, you hear all kinds of stories about the Fae Folk, but no one has really seen anything like that there for decades.
[7/7/2013 7:24:55 PM] Josie: Reckon you'd've been a good pet owner.
[7/7/2013 7:25:08 PM] Josie: ... not meetin' them's a good thing.
[7/7/2013 7:26:28 PM] Josie: Josie starts checking for secret drawers.
[7/7/2013 7:26:49 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I never wanted to meet the people from that world.  I wanted to meet the animals.  The perytons, the unicorns, the hippogryphs.
[7/7/2013 7:26:56 PM] Coil: You find one!
[7/7/2013 7:27:25 PM] Josie: Not too sure you'd survive a unicorn. Most folks wouldn't.
[7/7/2013 7:28:30 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I was a kid.
[7/7/2013 7:29:06 PM] Josie: ... father said they were dangerous.
[7/7/2013 7:30:39 PM] Josie: Didn't give me a whole *lot* of useful advice. And ain't overly fond, but the man didn't lie.
[7/7/2013 7:30:49 PM] Josie: Josie opens the secret door.
[7/7/2013 7:35:07 PM] Coil: There's a weapon in the hidden drawer.  Looks like an old flintlock pistol.  Worn and rusty.
[7/7/2013 7:36:02 PM] Josie: Still ain't glasses.
[7/7/2013 7:36:06 PM] Josie: Josie peers at it.
[7/7/2013 7:36:53 PM] Coil: It sits there!
[7/7/2013 7:37:53 PM] Josie: This make you think of anything?
[7/7/2013 7:43:49 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Old bugger.  Maritime model.  Took a lot of seawater.
[7/7/2013 7:44:27 PM] Josie: Hm.
[7/7/2013 7:44:40 PM] Josie: Josie puts it back, and looks for *another* secret drawer!
[7/7/2013 7:45:09 PM] Coil: ((Did she touch the gun, or just open the drawer?))
[7/7/2013 7:45:33 PM] Josie: Josie touched it, probably.
[7/7/2013 7:45:51 PM] Josie: Josie should not have, but she's a leetle overconfident that way.
[7/7/2013 7:47:05 PM] Coil: Okay!  You close the drawer.  There are no other secret drawers that you can find.
[7/7/2013 7:51:36 PM] Josie: Josie sighs. "Can't find another one, those're the only glasses in there."
[7/7/2013 7:51:53 PM] Josie: ((He just provoked his boss's boss into trying to punch him. Alas, he didn't actually get to.))
[7/7/2013 7:53:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Why don't you think those are the right ones?
[7/7/2013 7:54:20 PM] Josie: 'cause they don't let you see magic.
[7/7/2013 7:54:36 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  There could be some trick to them.
[7/7/2013 7:56:46 PM] Josie: Could be, maybe. Well. I guess we'd better get goin'.
[7/7/2013 7:59:30 PM] Josie: ((Well, bright side: He got tazed!))
[7/7/2013 7:59:46 PM] Josie: Josie stands up and puts the desk back together again, neatly.
[7/7/2013 8:00:11 PM] Coil: Ebenezer nods.   "This house gives me the willies."
[7/7/2013 8:00:29 PM] Josie: Didn't last time I was here, but this time... well, don't know what all is here.
[7/7/2013 8:01:30 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, tehre's obviously some kind of magic on it that keeps people confused and off balance in here.
[7/7/2013 8:02:13 PM] Josie: ... that why you kissed me?
[7/7/2013 8:03:23 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  What?  No.  That was a calculated risk.
[7/7/2013 8:04:47 PM] Josie: Oh, good.
[7/7/2013 8:04:51 PM] Josie: Josie looks relieved.
[7/7/2013 8:09:28 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Walter Rivers isn't much of a business man, as far as I know, but his father was.  You have this house designed to shake people up sot hat when you finally get to your meeting, you're already out of sorts.
[7/7/2013 8:11:52 PM] Josie: ... clever. Wonder if Walter knows.
[7/7/2013 8:12:48 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't doubt it.
[7/7/2013 8:13:11 PM] Josie: Ain't too sociable.
[7/7/2013 8:13:15 PM] Josie: ... let's go.
[7/7/2013 8:17:40 PM] Coil: Okay!  You wind your way back out through the library!
[7/7/2013 8:18:52 PM] Josie: ... this door better work.
[7/7/2013 8:18:54 PM] Josie: Josie opens it.
[7/7/2013 8:19:16 PM] Coil: It does!
[7/7/2013 8:19:25 PM] Coil: You're back at the gallery.
[7/7/2013 8:22:07 PM] Josie: Josie looks for the not-a-werewolf skel.
[7/7/2013 8:22:55 PM] Coil: Well, the skeleton with the wizard hat was in the library.  But you do spot the werewolf skeleton.
[7/7/2013 8:23:24 PM] Josie: Josie looks at it.
[7/7/2013 8:24:04 PM] Coil: WARWILF.
[7/7/2013 8:24:51 PM] Josie: .... sorry.
[7/7/2013 8:25:09 PM] Josie: Josie heads out of the library with Ebenezer!
[7/7/2013 8:28:46 PM] Coil: You find your way back to the foyer, and back outside!
[7/7/2013 8:30:05 PM] Josie: Josie gets on Statler's horse and heads out with Ebenezer!
[7/7/2013 8:30:34 PM] Coil: You ride back to town, then.
[7/7/2013 8:33:27 PM] Coil: At this point, the festival has definitely wound down, with most folks having wandered off to a bar or the lamplight or their homes for smaller parties.
[7/7/2013 8:36:48 PM] Josie: ... it's over.
[7/7/2013 8:36:55 PM] Josie: Josie is, irrationally, disappointed!
[7/7/2013 8:37:13 PM] Coil: ((Well, keep in mind it's getting on to two in the morning at this point!))
[7/7/2013 8:37:57 PM] Josie: Josie looks for Rivers by the pie!
[7/7/2013 8:38:18 PM] Coil: He is still there, weirdly.
[7/7/2013 8:39:31 PM] Josie: ... you really do like pie.
[7/7/2013 8:39:35 PM] Josie: Josie hands him the glasses.
[7/7/2013 8:39:53 PM] Coil: Rivers:  This is excellent pie.
[7/7/2013 8:40:13 PM] Coil: He takes them.  "Ahhh, good.  You should go retrieve the box, the sheriff took it back to his office."
[7/7/2013 8:41:36 PM] Josie: Oh, sure. Careful you don't get a stomach ache.
[7/7/2013 8:41:54 PM] Josie: Josie heads back to the sheriff's office! She checks to see if Dingo's coming too!
[7/7/2013 8:41:56 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I have a stomach like a goat.
[7/7/2013 8:42:03 PM] Coil: Ebenezer is!
[7/7/2013 8:42:27 PM] Josie: Must be handy. We'll be back.
[7/7/2013 8:42:34 PM] Josie: Josie heads for the sheriff's office!
[7/7/2013 8:42:49 PM] Coil: You head back!
[7/7/2013 8:43:40 PM] Josie: Josie checks to see if Statler is in there.
[7/7/2013 8:45:59 PM] Coil: He is, chatting with someone in one of the cells.
[7/7/2013 8:46:41 PM] Josie: Hey, you still got that box?
[7/7/2013 8:46:48 PM] Josie: Josie nods seriously to the person in the cell.
[7/7/2013 8:47:20 PM] Coil: He nods.  "Sure do, marshal."  In the cell is an older fellow laying down, clearly a man who's just had too much to drink.
[7/7/2013 8:47:33 PM] Coil: Statler nods at Ebenezer.
[7/7/2013 8:48:35 PM] Josie: Got the glasses for Rivers to look at it.
[7/7/2013 8:49:13 PM] Coil: Statler goes over to a safe and opens it up, handing you the box.
[7/7/2013 8:49:51 PM] Josie: Be back with it when he's done, 'less you want to be there for it?
[7/7/2013 8:53:09 PM] Coil: Statler:  You can take care of this, just keep me in the loop, Marshal.
[7/7/2013 8:53:49 PM] Josie: Will do, Sheriff.
[7/7/2013 8:53:55 PM] Josie: Josie tips her hat and heads back to Rivers.
[7/7/2013 8:57:01 PM] Coil: Okay!  He's still there.
[7/7/2013 8:58:25 PM] Josie: Josie hands him the box!
[7/7/2013 8:58:41 PM] Coil: Rivers:  All right, then, let's see what we can see.
[7/7/2013 9:00:29 PM] Coil: He puts the glasses on and inspects the glyphs.  "Ah, yes, very bad."
[7/7/2013 9:00:36 PM] Josie: ... what's it do?
[7/7/2013 9:02:08 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, if you unlock the box wihtout disabling the wards, it teleports you away.  Leaving the box behind.
[7/7/2013 9:03:01 PM] Josie: ... to where?
[7/7/2013 9:03:11 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Can't tell.  Nowhere good.
[7/7/2013 9:04:48 PM] Josie: Hmph. How do we disable the wards?
[7/7/2013 9:08:56 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, are you a wizard?
[7/7/2013 9:09:27 PM] Josie: No.
[7/7/2013 9:09:52 PM] Josie: ... but you're bringin' me one. You promised.
[7/7/2013 9:10:45 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I did.  We can have him look at this, I suppose.  Or....
[7/7/2013 9:11:26 PM] Josie: Or?
[7/7/2013 9:15:28 PM] Coil: Rivers takes one of the empty pie tins, then pulls a knife out from his pocket and puts it through the bottom of the pie plate.
[7/7/2013 9:16:29 PM] Josie: Josie blinks, watching.
[7/7/2013 9:18:07 PM] Coil: He then takes the knife/pie tin contraption and pokes at the glyph with the tip of the knife.  There's a bright flash of light that is mostly 'caught' by the pie tin.  "There.  That worked.  Neat."
[7/7/2013 9:18:55 PM] Josie: Josie jumps a bit with the light.
[7/7/2013 9:19:02 PM] Josie: ... that was a real good idea. Is it safe t'open now?
[7/7/2013 9:19:16 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Should be.  WHoever scratched those on there was in a hurry.
[7/7/2013 9:21:46 PM] Josie: Josie opens it, quite gently. Just in case.
[7/7/2013 9:23:25 PM] Coil: It's still locked!
[7/7/2013 9:23:58 PM] Josie: Locked. Who picks locks in this town?
[7/7/2013 9:24:13 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I could manage that.
[7/7/2013 9:25:21 PM] Josie: Josie hands him the box.
[7/7/2013 9:25:34 PM] Josie: ... just be careful, don't know what's in there. ... still hopin' for not a portal to hell.
[7/7/2013 9:26:06 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Think we might be able to hear more screams.
[7/7/2013 9:27:03 PM] Josie: .... I'd hope so.
[7/7/2013 9:31:07 PM] Coil: He picks the simple lock easily.  "Should I open it?"
[7/7/2013 9:31:28 PM] Josie: Yeah.
[7/7/2013 9:32:32 PM] Josie: Josie has her hand on her gun!
[7/7/2013 9:35:43 PM] Coil: He opens it!  It's a gun.   A very nice revolver, made of some weird blue metal, pearl handled.
[7/7/2013 9:36:38 PM] Josie: ... it's a gun.
[7/7/2013 9:36:47 PM] Josie: Josie lets her own be.
[7/7/2013 9:37:02 PM] Josie: ... heard a funny story 'bout a gun once.
[7/7/2013 9:37:17 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  What's that?
[7/7/2013 9:38:11 PM] Josie: ... well. Wasn't the gun so much's the bullets.
[7/7/2013 9:39:36 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Yeah?
[7/7/2013 9:39:40 PM] Josie: There any in there?
[7/7/2013 9:39:55 PM] Josie: ... how many?
[7/7/2013 9:40:19 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  None.   Doesn't look like there are any chambered, either.
[7/7/2013 9:40:32 PM] Josie: Oh, good.
[7/7/2013 9:40:52 PM] Josie: Well, it's a real old story, more've a folktale than anything.
[7/7/2013 9:41:04 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Tell me.
[7/7/2013 9:41:40 PM] Josie: Man falls in love with a girl, thinks to himself he'll impress 'er by showin' her what a great shot he is. Trouble is, he ain't a great shot. He's terrible, an' no amount of practicin' will help.
[7/7/2013 9:42:13 PM] Josie: So on his way home from town one night, he meets a carnival at the crossroads, fulla strange folk an' people who don't... quite look like people when you look 'em right in the face.
[7/7/2013 9:42:39 PM] Josie: The head man's there, an' in a moment of desperation he tells the fella his story, 'bout the girl an' everything.
[7/7/2013 9:43:41 PM] Josie: The carnival man laughs, an' says he's got just the thing, but it'll cost the boy. See, the carnival man ain't a man at all, he's the Devil himself, an' he makes a bargain with the boy that if he gives him his soul, he'll give 'em 12 magic bullets that'll hit anything the boy wants, no matter how impossible the shot.
[7/7/2013 9:44:18 PM] Josie: What's the catch, the boy says. Well, it's the 12th bullet. That one'll go right to its target, just like a dowsin' rod'll find water in a water-witch's hands.
[7/7/2013 9:44:34 PM] Josie: But the boy only gets to choose the target on the first 11.
[7/7/2013 9:44:49 PM] Josie: That last one, the Devil chooses.
[7/7/2013 9:45:08 PM] Josie: Well, the boy figures this for a real easy deal, 'cause all he has to do is never shoot that last bullet.
[7/7/2013 9:45:57 PM] Josie: So he takes it, an' brings the bullets home. Well, it all works out pretty well t'plan. He impresses the girl, usin' the bullets, an' gets a name for himself in the country, too. He asks her to marry him, finally, an' she says yes.
[7/7/2013 9:46:39 PM] Josie: Meantime, he uses up all the 11 bullets, leavin' just the one behind.
[7/7/2013 9:47:34 PM] Josie: ... m'sure you can guess what happened next.
[7/7/2013 9:48:35 PM] Josie: On their weddin' day, they're attacked by bandits. Thinkin' to defend himself, the boy grabs the nearest gun.
[7/7/2013 9:49:15 PM] Josie: ... bullet travels in a full circle just to shoot his sweetheart dead, the bandits beat him, leave him for dead, an' he ends up goin' back to the circus as a slave to the devil.
[7/7/2013 9:49:29 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  .... the devil is a right jackass.
[7/7/2013 9:49:46 PM] Josie: Always wins, too.
[7/7/2013 9:50:06 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't think that's true.
[7/7/2013 9:50:36 PM] Josie: (( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JBgqJcr-eg ))
[7/7/2013 9:50:40 PM] Josie: Well, you can win by not playin'.
[7/7/2013 9:52:30 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, that's true.
[7/7/2013 9:52:39 PM] Josie: But that's about it.
[7/7/2013 9:52:46 PM] Josie: Josie picks up the gun and inspects it.
[7/7/2013 9:53:38 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't recognize the make.  Very well made, though.  No makers mark either.
[7/7/2013 9:54:11 PM] Josie: Never heard of the devil havin' a gun, though.
[7/7/2013 9:56:24 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, I don't think it's his.
[7/7/2013 9:57:55 PM] Josie: Hope not.
[7/7/2013 10:00:07 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  It would probably look more... spikey.  Possibly on fire.
[7/7/2013 10:00:50 PM] Josie: Probably look pretty nice, really.
[7/7/2013 10:03:21 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Hey, Mr. Rivers, what do you see when you look at this with those glasses?
[7/7/2013 10:05:24 PM] Josie: Good question.
[7/7/2013 10:07:52 PM] Coil: He looks at the gun!
[7/7/2013 10:07:56 PM] Coil: He drops his pie.
[7/7/2013 10:08:53 PM] Josie: ... just tell me I'm not gonna turn into a toad for touchin' it.
[7/7/2013 10:09:59 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Um... no.  Probably not.
[7/7/2013 10:10:45 PM] Josie: ... probably?
[7/7/2013 10:12:18 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, you're not a toad?  If it was gonna do that, it would have already.
[7/7/2013 10:12:27 PM] Josie: What d'you see?
[7/7/2013 10:12:59 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Its.... um.  The most magical gun in the world.
[7/7/2013 10:13:56 PM] Josie: ... what's that mean it does?
[7/7/2013 10:17:15 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I don't know specifically.  But you know Excalibur?
[7/7/2013 10:17:34 PM] Josie: Yeah?
[7/7/2013 10:18:36 PM] Coil: Rivers:  This is it.
[7/7/2013 10:19:27 PM] Josie: ... that was a sword.
[7/7/2013 10:19:58 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Not so much, it was more like a chunk of magic shaped into a sword.
[7/7/2013 10:20:10 PM] Coil: Rivers:  And now it's a gun.
[7/7/2013 10:20:31 PM] Josie: ... hell.
[7/7/2013 10:21:21 PM] Josie: ... this is way too valuable to even put in a safe. ... what properties does it have?
[7/7/2013 10:22:30 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I really don't know.  It depends on the wielder.
[7/7/2013 10:27:48 PM] Josie: ... lord. Whoever has that thing's gonna be a target. Neither of you say a *word* about it.
[7/7/2013 10:28:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Of course not.
[7/7/2013 10:28:20 PM] Coil: Rivers:  You could keep it at my house.
[7/7/2013 10:32:21 PM] Josie: Wouldn't be safe enough.
[7/7/2013 10:32:33 PM] Josie: Seriously, if you talk, somebody'll get killed.
[7/7/2013 10:32:53 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I barely talk to anyone.
[7/7/2013 10:33:50 PM] Josie: ... good.
[7/7/2013 10:33:57 PM] Josie: Josie stares at Ebenezer appealingly. "Promise?"
[7/7/2013 10:34:08 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I promise.
[7/7/2013 10:34:42 PM] Josie: Good.
[7/7/2013 10:39:08 PM] Josie: I'm keepin' it for now. Just for now.
[7/7/2013 10:40:20 PM] Coil: Ebenezer nods.  Rivers looks dubious.  "All right, Marshal.
[7/7/2013 10:40:56 PM] Josie: ... it's too dangerous for a civilian.
[7/7/2013 10:41:05 PM] Josie: ... shoot, I wish I had an *army*, but then it wouldn't be secret.
[7/7/2013 10:42:38 PM] Coil: Rivers:  You might want to keep it in the box, though.  It seems to shield it.
[7/7/2013 10:43:12 PM] Josie: Josie puts it back into the box, hastily.
[7/7/2013 10:43:27 PM] Josie: ... now I won't get transported if'n I open it again, will I?
[7/7/2013 10:43:41 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I scratched the glyph off, you should be fine.
[7/7/2013 10:44:35 PM] Josie: Good.
[7/7/2013 10:44:39 PM] Josie: ... now where's that wizard.
[7/7/2013 10:44:52 PM] Coil: Rivers:  He'll be here in a couple of days.
[7/7/2013 10:47:17 PM] Josie: All right.
[7/7/2013 10:47:23 PM] Josie: ... party's about over, huh?
[7/7/2013 10:49:40 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Looks like.
[7/7/2013 10:51:18 PM] Josie: Josie tries not to look disappointed, and fails.
[7/7/2013 10:51:46 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Something wrong?
[7/7/2013 10:52:22 PM] Josie: ... don't get to do things like that much. Is all.
[7/7/2013 10:55:14 PM] Josie: Thank you so much, Mr. Rivers. I... I had a real good time.
[7/7/2013 10:55:50 PM | Edited 10:55:57 PM] Josie: ((You can buy rocketeerlike rocket packs on Risa, by the way. They only work there. But they're kinda fun.))
[7/7/2013 10:56:18 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Keep the dress.
[7/7/2013 10:56:31 PM] Josie: ... but it was a hundred dollars.
[7/7/2013 10:56:54 PM] Coil: Rivers:  It was a dress perfectly tailored to fit you.  No one else would get any use out of it.
[7/7/2013 10:57:21 PM] Josie: ... I'll just have to owe you, then.
[7/7/2013 10:58:00 PM] Coil: Rivers:  WHy?
[7/7/2013 10:58:15 PM] Josie: Can't be owin' people, folks'll think it's a bribe.
[7/7/2013 10:58:31 PM] Josie: ((Or that she's his mistress, actually. I... doubt that would actually occur to her, though.))
[7/7/2013 10:58:45 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Oh.  Well, we'll work something out.
[7/7/2013 10:59:17 PM] Josie: ((Might occur to one of them, though.))
[7/7/2013 10:59:18 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/7/2013 10:59:22 PM] Josie: Right. ... thanks.
[7/7/2013 10:59:33 PM] Josie: ... guess I better head to bed.
[7/7/2013 10:59:56 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I'll walk you back, if that's okay, Marshal.
[7/7/2013 11:02:47 PM] Josie: Sure.
[7/7/2013 11:05:15 PM] Coil: He walks you back!  And the Imperial is still hoppin, looks like a lot of the party moved tehre.
[7/7/2013 11:06:10 PM] Josie: ... folks'll talk if they see us together.
[7/7/2013 11:06:28 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  So?
[7/7/2013 11:06:48 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  People already talk.
[7/7/2013 11:07:20 PM] Josie: They *do*?
[7/7/2013 11:07:23 PM] Josie: Josie turns bright red.
[7/7/2013 11:09:38 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Well, not specifically about us, but they talk no matter what you do.  Would you like to keep.... this a secret for now?
[7/7/2013 11:10:04 PM] Josie: Oh! Oh, I see.
[7/7/2013 11:10:18 PM] Josie: ... well, I don't know. Long's folks don't get the *wrong* idea.
[7/7/2013 11:14:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ...what would the wrong idea be?
[7/7/2013 11:14:50 PM] Josie: Well... I'm a respectable woman, is all.
[7/7/2013 11:18:20 PM] Josie: We ain't doin' nothin' improper.
[7/7/2013 11:18:34 PM] Coil: Ebenezer: Exactly.
[7/7/2013 11:18:58 PM] Josie: ... oh good, you understand.
[7/7/2013 11:24:12 PM] Coil: EBenezer:  Of course, Marshal.
[7/7/2013 11:24:29 PM] Josie: ... you can call me Kate.
[7/7/2013 11:25:14 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Kate.  You can call me Eb.  I know Ebenezer is a bit unwieldy.
[7/7/2013 11:27:00 PM] Josie: Sounds elegant, though.
[7/7/2013 11:28:11 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Does it?  I thought it made me sound Old Testamenty.
[7/7/2013 11:28:25 PM] Coil: You get close to the hotel, where there's still a bit of music and carrying on inside!
[7/7/2013 11:29:16 PM] Josie: ... still music goin' on, if you want to...
[7/7/2013 11:32:19 PM] Josie: Don't have to, though, if you don't?
[7/7/2013 11:41:44 PM] Coil: ((Sorry!  Had to clean up a mess.))
[7/7/2013 11:42:07 PM] Coil: Ebenezer smiles.  "Sure."
[7/7/2013 11:42:32 PM] Josie: ((I suspect Wennie!))
[7/7/2013 11:43:21 PM] Coil: ((You would be right!))
[7/7/2013 11:45:16 PM] Josie: ((What'd she dooooo?))
[7/7/2013 11:45:20 PM] Josie: Josie smiles too.
[7/7/2013 11:45:23 PM] Josie: ... all right.
[7/7/2013 11:45:29 PM] Josie: Josie yoinks him inside for more dancing!

[7/8/2013 6:55:16 PM] Coil: So, Kate had invited Ebenezer in for more dancing and jocularity.
[7/8/2013 6:55:54 PM] Josie: Josie had! And presumably, danced the night away with him, and went to bed in a happy haze.
[7/8/2013 6:56:26 PM] Coil: Yep, pretty much!
[7/8/2013 6:57:42 PM] Josie: ((Alone, of course. RESPECTABLE.))
[7/8/2013 6:58:03 PM] Coil: He wouldn't have pushed it!  Maybe he would have angled for a respectful chaste kiss, but that's it.
[7/8/2013 6:58:40 PM] Josie: Josie would totally go along with that!
[7/8/2013 6:59:41 PM] Coil: But that's it!  He wouldn't have pushed for more.
[7/8/2013 7:00:04 PM] Josie: Josie is rather smitten in her way.
[7/8/2013 7:00:27 PM] Coil: Then he would leave her to go to ped in the wee hours of the morning, most likely.
[7/8/2013 7:01:23 PM] Josie: Josie does eventually have to sleep too!
[7/8/2013 7:04:37 PM] Coil: With a super magical gun under her pillow.
[7/8/2013 7:06:05 PM] Josie: Josie does, actually!
[7/8/2013 7:12:18 PM] Josie: Josie goes to bed, gets up at 11 a.m. or so, probably.
[7/8/2013 7:12:28 PM] Coil: She has another nightmare!  In this one she kinda watches over the shoulder as the well dressed man from her other horrible dreams walks casually into the Imperial.  The dining room is filled with people she's grown fond of since she's been here:  Ebenezer, Statler, Marta, maybe even Rivers.
[7/8/2013 7:14:05 PM] Josie: Josie tries to stop him!
[7/8/2013 7:16:51 PM] Coil: Again, there's that voice from just behind you, urging you to kill him!  The man walks into the middle of the dining room.
[7/8/2013 7:17:10 PM] Josie: Josie ... doesn't, this time.
[7/8/2013 7:18:52 PM] Coil: The man makes a gesture and everyone in the dining room is torn apart by demons!
[7/8/2013 7:19:09 PM] Josie: Who are you? What're you doin' here?
[7/8/2013 7:22:15 PM] Coil: He turns, straightening his tie.  "I'm Damien Viskav.  I'm going to kill everyone in this town."
[7/8/2013 7:22:40 PM] Coil: he nods at the splattered remains on the walls.  "A good start, don't you think?"
[7/8/2013 7:22:57 PM] Josie: Doesn't seem to benefit you much.
[7/8/2013 7:23:38 PM] Coil: He shakes his heead.  "There's no benefit here.  Just revenge."
[7/8/2013 7:23:45 PM] Josie: Revenge for what?
[7/8/2013 7:23:53 PM] Coil: You wake up!
[7/8/2013 7:26:30 PM] Josie: Josie sits up.
[7/8/2013 7:26:40 PM] Josie: ... startin' to think somethin' ain't right 'bout those dreams.
[7/8/2013 7:28:21 PM] Josie: Josie checks for her new gun.
[7/8/2013 7:28:48 PM] Coil: It's where ever she left it!
[7/8/2013 7:31:34 PM] Josie: Josie washes up, gets dressed and loads the gun.
[7/8/2013 7:35:15 PM] Coil: The magic gun?
[7/8/2013 7:35:52 PM] Josie: Josie does, yep!
[7/8/2013 7:36:19 PM] Coil: Okay, you load it up pretty easily.
[7/8/2013 7:39:42 PM] Josie: Josie then puts it back into its box!
[7/8/2013 7:40:48 PM] Coil: What do you do with the box?
[7/8/2013 7:42:46 PM] Josie: Josie is going to bring it with her!
[7/8/2013 7:43:35 PM] Coil: Okay!  To where?
[7/8/2013 7:44:18 PM] Josie: Josie heads over to... hmm. To Ebenezer's shop, actually.
[7/8/2013 7:47:25 PM] Coil: You run into him just as he's opening up, actually!
[7/8/2013 7:50:20 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Marshal!  I mean, Kate.  Good morning.
[7/8/2013 7:51:41 PM] Josie: Hey. Got a question for you, but we should talk inside.
[7/8/2013 7:52:16 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Sure, come on in.
[7/8/2013 7:52:45 PM] Coil: He ushers you inside!
[7/8/2013 7:53:14 PM] Josie: You think you can line a gun holster with this?
[7/8/2013 7:53:17 PM] Josie: Josie holds up the box.
[7/8/2013 7:54:28 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I suppose you're hoping you can keep it shielded?
[7/8/2013 7:54:59 PM] Josie: Yeah, exactly.
[7/8/2013 7:56:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  I don't know.  I guess it depends on what's doing the shielding.
[7/8/2013 7:57:09 PM] Josie: Not really a way to know that without askin' Rivers, and he don't come to town.
[7/8/2013 7:58:59 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  If it's the wood... I don't think I can.  If it's the lining, maybe.   I really just don't know.
[7/8/2013 8:00:02 PM] Josie: ... damn. I don't know, maybe I *better* go visit 'im again.
[7/8/2013 8:01:51 PM | Edited 8:02:33 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  He'd know more about it than I would.
[7/8/2013 8:03:00 PM] Josie: Might be, but I don't know anybody else who makes things. ... maybe that Miss Crafter, but she'd ask how come.
[7/8/2013 8:05:02 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  True.  Rivers might be your best bet.
[7/8/2013 8:06:44 PM] Josie: Ridin' all the way out there an' back's gonna be tiresome.
[7/8/2013 8:07:49 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Why not just leave it in the box?
[7/8/2013 8:08:20 PM] Josie: Can't carry a box around all day.
[7/8/2013 8:09:16 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  There has to be somewhere you can put it.
[7/8/2013 8:12:53 PM] Josie: Don't like the idea of leavin' it somewhere. That's how it got found, remember?
[7/8/2013 8:13:22 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  It got found because we had a map.
[7/8/2013 8:14:21 PM] Coil: Ebenenzer:  Magic or not, you wear that thing around your hip, it's going to attract attention.
[7/8/2013 8:14:46 PM] Josie: Magic things got a way of bein' found.
[7/8/2013 8:18:12 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Maybe stow it somewhere only you know about, somewhere you can check easily.
[7/8/2013 8:18:41 PM] Josie: ... all right.
[7/8/2013 8:19:10 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/8/2013 8:19:14 PM] Josie: ... thanks for last night.
[7/8/2013 8:19:28 PM] Coil: He smiles.  "It was fun, Kate."
[7/8/2013 8:24:43 PM] Josie: Thought so too. ... well, I better get rid o' this damn thing.
[7/8/2013 8:25:59 PM] Josie: See you around?
[7/8/2013 8:28:51 PM] Coil: He smiles a little broader.  "Of course!"
[7/8/2013 8:29:15 PM] Josie: Josie does too.
[7/8/2013 8:31:06 PM] Josie: Josie tips her hat to him and heads out! ... to the Rivers place, after securing a horse again.
[7/8/2013 8:31:44 PM] Coil: Easy enough!
[7/8/2013 8:32:49 PM] Josie: Josie heads out!
[7/8/2013 8:38:29 PM] Coil: Okay!  You ride out to the Rivers house.  It's a hot one today.
[7/8/2013 8:38:48 PM] Josie: Josie knocks, sweaty and uncomfortable.
[7/8/2013 8:42:01 PM] Coil: AFter a few moments, the door swings open on its own!
[7/8/2013 8:42:28 PM] Josie: ... Mr. Rivers?
[7/8/2013 8:43:19 PM] Josie: Josie steps in.
[7/8/2013 8:43:22 PM] Josie: Mr. Rivers?
[7/8/2013 8:43:40 PM] Coil: You hear his voice.  "Yes!  Come in, come in, I'm in my study."
[7/8/2013 8:44:41 PM] Josie: Josie mutters, "Hope I can find it this time."
[7/8/2013 8:45:17 PM] Coil: For whatever reason, you find it pretty easily, and don't even go through that gallery this time.
[7/8/2013 8:48:52 PM] Josie: Hmph.
[7/8/2013 8:48:59 PM] Josie: All right, I need to make a holster that'll quiet this gun down.
[7/8/2013 8:51:08 PM] Coil: He's sitting at his desk, looking at the secret drawer.
[7/8/2013 8:52:42 PM] Josie: Hey. ... sorry, we were lookin' for the glasses.
[7/8/2013 8:53:16 PM] Coil: Rivers:  They were in the top drawer!
[7/8/2013 8:54:33 PM] Josie: Didn't think they were the right ones. What's wrong, anyhow, it's just a gun.
[7/8/2013 8:54:50 PM] Coil: Rivers:  A *cursed* gun.
[7/8/2013 8:55:04 PM] Coil: Rivers:  You didn't touch it, did you?
[7/8/2013 8:58:09 PM] Josie: ... yeah, I did.
[7/8/2013 8:58:12 PM] Josie: Josie sighs.
[7/8/2013 8:58:14 PM] Josie: What's it do?
[7/8/2013 8:58:22 PM] Coil: Rivers:  ... well, good thing we're not a seaport.
[7/8/2013 8:58:52 PM] Josie: What's it *do*?
[7/8/2013 9:00:15 PM] Coil: Rivers:  It was a gun used by a pirate to kill one thousand sailors.  I'm not sure what it does, which is why I had it hidden in a secret drawer.
[7/8/2013 9:01:06 PM] Josie: Josie sighs.
[7/8/2013 9:01:19 PM] Josie: Great. Well, there ain't many sailors here, so I reckon they're safe, anyhow.
[7/8/2013 9:02:57 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Just stay away from large bodies of water.  You might turn into a mermaid or something.
[7/8/2013 9:03:29 PM] Josie: Ain't any 'round here, right?
[7/8/2013 9:03:39 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Not so much.
[7/8/2013 9:05:20 PM] Josie: Good. 'nother thing to talk to your wizard on.
[7/8/2013 9:06:21 PM] Josie: Now, why you got a wolfman skeleton in the other room?
[7/8/2013 9:06:38 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Werewolf remains!
[7/8/2013 9:07:37 PM] Josie: That was a person an' you're keepin' him on display?
[7/8/2013 9:07:57 PM] Coil: Rivers:  It's interesting.  And it was a her.  I have a human skeleton, too.
[7/8/2013 9:08:25 PM] Josie: Well she deserves a proper Christian burial.
[7/8/2013 9:08:42 PM] Josie: ... but it's your property, anyhow.
[7/8/2013 9:09:11 PM] Coil: Rivers:  We don't even know if she was Christian.
[7/8/2013 9:10:00 PM] Josie: ... well, all right, I guess. Don't seem decent, havin' a person all up there without clothes.
[7/8/2013 9:10:24 PM] Coil: Rivers:  But she's also without skin and muscles and organs.
[7/8/2013 9:11:31 PM] Josie: Makes 'er *more* naked, not less.
[7/8/2013 9:15:24 PM] Josie: There a lot of werewolves 'round here?
[7/8/2013 9:16:31 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Not a lot, no.  There are some further north, though.  They tend to keep to themselves, mostly.
[7/8/2013 9:17:12 PM] Josie: All right folks, mostly?
[7/8/2013 9:18:32 PM] Josie: ... came to ask if you know whether I could make a holster of the linin' of that box to shield the gun.
[7/8/2013 9:19:12 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Generally, yes, they're okay people.  Like I said, they keep to themselves.
[7/8/2013 9:19:23 PM] Coil: Rivers:  ...why?
[7/8/2013 9:19:36 PM] Coil: Rivers: You don't plan on using it, do you?
[7/8/2013 9:20:48 PM] Josie: Could. Plan on carryin' it like a regular gun to keep it quiet.
[7/8/2013 9:21:47 PM] Josie: Things get found when they're left places. 'specially magic things.
[7/8/2013 9:22:47 PM] Coil: Rivers:  ... Let me see the box.
[7/8/2013 9:23:33 PM] Josie: Josie hands it to him.
[7/8/2013 9:25:36 PM] Coil: He looks it over, not opening it.  "Thing is.... objects like this start to have a mind of their own."
[7/8/2013 9:26:28 PM] Josie: ... yeah? Think I'll start wantin' to be queen of America?
[7/8/2013 9:27:55 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I don't know.  I've never really dealt with something this powerful.  I'm just saying... you're already under a geas of some kind.  YOu might not want to compound issues.
[7/8/2013 9:28:19 PM] Josie: Geas *and* a curse.
[7/8/2013 9:28:32 PM] Josie: Look, this thing ain't safe to just leave around.
[7/8/2013 9:28:45 PM] Josie: You got any idea how to destroy it?
[7/8/2013 9:29:04 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Destroy it?
[7/8/2013 9:29:14 PM] Josie: Yeah.
[7/8/2013 9:29:26 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Why would you do that?
[7/8/2013 9:30:06 PM] Josie: ... 'cause it's dangerous.
[7/8/2013 9:30:46 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Lots of things are dangerous.
[7/8/2013 9:31:04 PM] Josie: Yeah, well, this is one of 'em.
[7/8/2013 9:32:45 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Luckily, I don't thinkt here's a way you can destroy it.
[7/8/2013 9:33:16 PM] Josie: Then I'm keepin' it on me.
[7/8/2013 9:34:36 PM] Josie: Now, how can I cover it up? Hide its magic?
[7/8/2013 9:35:14 PM] Coil: Rivers:  It's the lining that is doing the shielding.  The cloth used in the lining is blessed and enchanted.  It also keeps the magic of the item contained.
[7/8/2013 9:35:49 PM] Josie: Got to make a holster of that, then.
[7/8/2013 9:38:47 PM] Coil: Rivers:  If its not totally covered by the cloth, it'll .... leak.
[7/8/2013 9:40:55 PM] Josie: Underarm, then, wrapped. Folks'll think it's my backup.
[7/8/2013 9:41:21 PM] Coil: Rivers:  That might work.  But don't be surprised when it starts talking to you.
[7/8/2013 9:41:39 PM] Josie: ... talkin'?
[7/8/2013 9:41:55 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Sure.
[7/8/2013 9:43:09 PM] Josie: It talks? Stories don't say nothin' about it talkin'.
[7/8/2013 9:43:34 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, generally, those stories are written by folks who didn't actually handle the sword.
[7/8/2013 9:47:11 PM] Josie: Josie sighs.
[7/8/2013 9:47:12 PM] Josie: Great.
[7/8/2013 9:47:25 PM] Josie: Well I never said I wanted to be Queen Arthur anyhow. Oh well, nothin' I can do.
[7/8/2013 9:49:29 PM] Josie: Anythin' else I should know?
[7/8/2013 9:53:12 PM] Coil: ((Bathrooooooom.))
[7/8/2013 9:53:32 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, not much.  Just try not to actually use it.
[7/8/2013 9:55:06 PM] Josie: How come?
[7/8/2013 9:56:00 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Well, whatever it does, actively using it will probably contribute.
[7/8/2013 9:56:45 PM] Josie: Think I *might* suddenly wanna start a round table?
[7/8/2013 9:57:57 PM] Coil: Rivers:  If it's any consolation, I think it's largely a benevolent force.  It won't take you over or anything.  Maybe if you were a bandit or a criminal, but you're not, you're pretty commited to justice and allt hat good stuff.
[7/8/2013 9:59:19 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Arthur didn't pick up the sword and suddenly want to be king, it just helped him in the quest he already had.
[7/8/2013 10:00:28 PM] Josie: Well... I guess that's so.
[7/8/2013 10:03:58 PM] Josie: Thanks, anyhow. There anythin' else I should know?
[7/8/2013 10:05:58 PM] Coil: Rivers:  I can't think of anything else.
[7/8/2013 10:06:07 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Oh!  I had something I wanted to ask you.
[7/8/2013 10:06:19 PM] Josie: Josie nods.
[7/8/2013 10:06:21 PM] Josie: Go on.
[7/8/2013 10:06:40 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Can you fit your elbow in your mouth?
[7/8/2013 10:07:59 PM] Josie: ... don't think I could reach to try it.
[7/8/2013 10:08:21 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Just curious.
[7/8/2013 10:08:53 PM] Josie: Why, can you?
[7/8/2013 10:09:26 PM] Coil: Rivers:  No!
[7/8/2013 10:10:58 PM] Josie: Reckon most folks can't.
[7/8/2013 10:13:21 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Some day I will meet someone that can.
[7/8/2013 10:13:54 PM] Coil: Rivers:  And that person will kill me.
[7/8/2013 10:14:10 PM] Josie: ... how d'you know they'll kill ya?
[7/8/2013 10:14:24 PM] Coil: Rivers:  A prophecy.
[7/8/2013 10:14:34 PM] Josie: Regardin' who can put their *elbows* in their mouths?
[7/8/2013 10:14:54 PM] Coil: Rivers:  The prophecy said that that is how I would know my killer.
[7/8/2013 10:16:32 PM] Josie: ... not too helpful, is it? Mighta been better off gettin' height an' weight an' hair color.
[7/8/2013 10:17:07 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Very few prophecies that are true are helpful.
[7/8/2013 10:18:52 PM] Josie: Glad I don't got any, then.
[7/8/2013 10:20:22 PM] Josie: Well, thanks for all your help, anyhow. You let me know if there's anythin' I can do for ya.
[7/8/2013 10:20:36 PM] Coil: Rivers:  Have no fear, I shall!
[7/8/2013 10:21:19 PM] Josie: Josie heads back!
[7/8/2013 10:21:39 PM] Josie: Josie goes straight for Eben's again, listening first to see if he has a customer.
[7/8/2013 10:23:37 PM] Josie: ((Oh hey, George Takei is in this ep of Mission: Impossible. OH MY.))
[7/8/2013 10:27:17 PM] Coil: ((Oh my!))
[7/8/2013 10:27:22 PM] Coil: He's in there alone!
[7/8/2013 10:29:43 PM] Josie: Hey, Eb. ... sounds odd all on its own, what about Eben?
[7/8/2013 10:33:10 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  My middle name is Frederick, if that makes things easier.
[7/8/2013 10:33:35 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Eben is fine, too, though.
[7/8/2013 10:33:49 PM] Josie: Eben just sounds more... like you.
[7/8/2013 10:34:37 PM] Josie: The linin' is what hides the magic. I need an underarm holster made of it, with a cover so it's all inside.
[7/8/2013 10:37:31 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  ... I think I can manage that.  I'll just build it off another holster and replace the lining.  Shouldn't take more than an hour.
[7/8/2013 10:39:03 PM] Josie: All right. How much do I owe ya?
[7/8/2013 10:40:26 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Don't worry about it right now, we'll figure it out.  You can buy me dinner.
[7/8/2013 10:40:46 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Oh, hey, the mail goes out today.  You mentioned you liked writing to your mother...
[7/8/2013 10:41:24 PM] Josie: Josie smiles. "Sure, all right. Dinner's fine. An' I do got a letter I need to send. Thanks."
[7/8/2013 10:43:48 PM] Josie: Josie checks to see if anyone's looking, and kisses him!
[7/8/2013 10:44:02 PM] Coil: Just the taxidermy!  He kisses back.
[7/8/2013 10:46:05 PM] Josie: Josie is pretty enthusiastic! If totally ignorant.
[7/8/2013 10:48:55 PM] Josie: Josie will probably die of embarassment if she gets caught, though.
[7/8/2013 10:49:04 PM] Coil: Hee.  Well, no one walks in.
[7/8/2013 10:50:18 PM] Josie: Josie lets him go after a while. "... right. Got to get to the post office. ... thanks, Eben."
[7/8/2013 10:51:04 PM] Coil: EBenezer:  I'll work as quick as possible.
[7/8/2013 10:51:35 PM] Josie: See you for dinner?
[7/8/2013 10:52:28 PM] Coil: Ebenezer:  Sounds good.
[7/8/2013 10:53:17 PM] Josie: Josie heads for the post office. She already has the letter on her.
[7/8/2013 10:53:46 PM] Coil: Okay!  You get it sent out in the post without incident.
[7/8/2013 10:54:45 PM] Josie: Josie checks to see if she has gotten any telegrams. ... with the Mad Telegrapher.
[7/8/2013 11:00:49 PM] Coil: She's sitting there, reading!  She looks bored.
[7/8/2013 11:00:59 PM] Josie: Hey, Miss Crafter. You look bored.
[7/8/2013 11:01:15 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  Extremely.
[7/8/2013 11:01:24 PM] Josie: Were you at the dance last night?
[7/8/2013 11:03:00 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  Sure was.
[7/8/2013 11:05:12 PM] Josie: Have a nice time?
[7/8/2013 11:12:42 PM] Coil: Phoebe smiles.  "Sure did.  Good food, good music.  I worked on the fireworks."
[7/8/2013 11:16:39 PM] Josie: They were beautiful. Amazin' really.
[7/8/2013 11:20:39 PM] Coil: ((Wennie needed feeeed.))   Phoebe:  Thanks!
[7/8/2013 11:22:03 PM] Josie: ((Sillykitty.))
[7/8/2013 11:22:20 PM] Josie: Maybe you just need a new project. I s'pose I haven't had any messages?
[7/8/2013 11:23:23 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  No, ma'am.
[7/8/2013 11:25:45 PM] Josie: Figured you'd say somethin' if I had. Well. Still say you need a new project anyhow.
[7/8/2013 11:26:43 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  I really do.
[7/8/2013 11:27:35 PM] Josie: Mechanical horse?
[7/8/2013 11:28:27 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  Don't think I haven't tried.
[7/8/2013 11:31:03 PM] Josie: ... maybe it'd work better on wheels?
[7/8/2013 11:31:17 PM] Josie: ((Six days later, Kate's sitting on the World's First Motorcycle, thinking: Me and my big mouth.))
[7/8/2013 11:31:33 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  Hmmmm.
[7/8/2013 11:33:43 PM] Josie: Like one o' them bicycles ladies ride.
[7/8/2013 11:37:52 PM] Coil: Phoebe:  Maybe if I could find parts....
[7/8/2013 11:39:57 PM] Josie: Reckon you might order a couple o' them bicycles.
[7/8/2013 11:40:46 PM] Coil: Phoebe takes out a journal and starts scribbling things down furiously!  "Thanks for the idea, marshal!  I'll let you know when it's ready."
[7/8/2013 11:41:12 PM] Josie: ... don't forget brakes.
[7/8/2013 11:41:26 PM] Josie: ... good luck, Miss Crafter.
[7/8/2013 11:41:30 PM] Josie: Josie tips her hat and skedaddles!

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