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Cicada Days
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Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:13 am

October 24th, 2016, 12:34 pm #1

Nothing really left in these parts.

Daniel was sitting alone in his room, alone with something like a smoke and the tar burnt in monotone over his windpipe and his wallpaper.

Ma was out, attending some kinda... therapy. However that went. Dad was out, and still hadn't returned as of some twenty odd years. It was Pop’s birthday today, something like that. Ma still announced that on those days repeated each year, even to rich ol' Ben the boyfriend up in his cushy Vegas penthouse. Hey. Happy birthday, dude. Daniel’d light one up for the old man who'd nutted in his mom once. Life was only life when you were around to live it, or maybe that was one of those philosophical sorta deals Daniel usually understood best through curls of vapor.

He had himself bit of a moment on his hands, with his joint all wrapped up in his joints. His lungs quietly burst, and he coughed and exhaled delicious toxin over the nettle skin of his collarbone. He watched the peal of rattling smoke bristles climbing up over themselves, bodily inserting their mass into his eyes. Hurt a bit, but he was somehow used to that. He could blink it away in bite size pieces.

Something loud filled his ears. He’d unplugged some amount of the headphones from his computer, and the speakers looked like they were straining. Ben upstairs wherever he was was probably pissed off since it was loud enough to get into his ears from all the way down here. He called this kinda music like it wasn’t music, and sometimes Daniel wasn’t too sure himself. Sounded like there wasn’t much there when there was no words. Just drums and piano and some instruments or synths or the like that Daniel couldn’t identify. He listened some, watching the fleshy innards of his eyelids for a quick second.

When he opened his eyes he wandered. Dimly lit room, not like he usually turned the lights on anyways. Only the lamps ever stayed on, and he'd let those lamps burn out to the bulb weeks worth of days ago. Daniel knew shit all about the lamps that had been in his room for four some-odd-number years. No price tags, specifications, whatever.

Daniel paused. Only thing that kept going was his computer’s speakers, all that stick thin drums, maybe his lips. Daniel grunted, then stuffed up a little more ash down the pipes.

Ma had gotten him a computer at some point. Auntie Maggie had convinced her to convince Ben to convince him. Something about a word processor for homework and internet for research. Rather, the porn had been a bit slow to load but it'd been worth it. He actually sometimes did a little bit of homework. Had himself a couple of folders worth of that shit he typed up in minutes on midnight coffee, eye crust, nicotine. Also a few more folders. Pictures of old girlfriends mostly. Substituted for porn in a pinch, he guessed.

But there was one girl all conspicuously absent. It was kinda funny. Daniel had dug through everything at some point or another. Overturned all his shit, or at least relocated it from nebulous messy pile to other nebulous messy pile. All the files on the computer, in the room. The manila folders haphazardly stuffed with photos, they’d coyly playing hide and seek under his bed and under tables and all. But not a single picture of her.

Had to pull a little something up instead.

Something kinda like a scene of a fucking nightmare straight out of the depths of his skull. Daniel had drawn these kinda pictures before, at the direction of one of his old professors whose name he’d long forgotten. Anatomy, fluid phys-ed, that kinda fancy sounding shit that amounted to 'draw this like this'. He'd even found those sketches, also buried away.

But this picture wasn't a sketch. Like, Daniel had never used this sort of picture as a reference. It was all stark detail. If he looked close enough, and he kinda did, he could see the individual sinews, tendons. Kinda yellowish and white, at least what he could see in contrast to the sluice of crimson from every pixel. Daniel's eyes scanned carefully, for the hundred-somethingth time. The picture was neatly encapsulated into a mundane box, and flanked by white text on black background. Only one extra bit of color stood out, outside of the centerpiece of the proper photo. Red. Like blood.


G047 : Deceased


Simple but effective. Elegantly stoic. Effortless. Pointed. Brusque. All kinds of words Daniel's teachers would have encouraged him to describe the scene with. Put on the airs of critique.

His eyes carried over the screen without really seeing. He didn't know what words he could use.

His eyes turned, a bit downward away from the riot of grotesque colors on his screen. Just in the periphery now. He'd recovered one thing, somewhere in all the searching. Homely. Innocent. Effervescent, like the essence of a hearth.

They'd bought it together, in the local Safeway. Maybe two dollars fifty, split between the both of them from the loose change in their pockets. She had wanted to sketch a particularly gnarly, thorny looking cloud strutting itself through an otherwise clear blue summer sky. She'd forgotten her supplies back home. Probably Daniel's fault, he'd been distracting her some by half-juggling some of those marbles in the key bowl her parents left in the foyer. She'd improvised. No pencil, so she'd torn up some grass from the skinny of a sidewalk crack and ground it for what it was worth against the pad.

That particular sketch had blurred away to almost nothing by now. Just a couple of green blots that had once been...

Most of the other pages were in pencil. Schematics. All Tina's, detailing how to move the furniture around, install the lamps. How to watch the plants while they budded. Instructions in shorthand. Crisp. Efficient.

One weird thing was she’d occasionally arbitrarily dot an 'i' with a heart. Not one of those kinda loopy ones, it would be a small and pointy thing like all the other things she drew. It did kinda remind him of an ex. Maybe she'd observed the style those days she'd been looking over Hayley's shoulder, creeping on the both of them while they'd been doing homework. How long ago had that been? Hayley had always been his favorite. First cut and all. He still spoke fond of her to this day.

Daniel picked up the booklet. Flipped through the instructions. Usually, he had followed them adequately. A couple of pages in he found a few lines worth of carefully coded reminders. Looked like these ones, he'd forgotten. Huh… At least the crops had usually turned out alright, besides.

Ben called out from that realm beyond Daniel’s door, though his voice mostly just flatlined against the walls and all. Something about a guest. Probably not coming down here. Daniel could stay in his chair, he did, though he kinda creaked around a bit. The picture of Tina’s corpse was still on screen, he didn’t look too much at it for now.

He put the booklet back down, and it managed to end up on his desk somewhere. He looked around at the shadow draped aging capes of his furniture, drowning in a vague oil slick haze that was kinda close to him and kinda far away by now. Seemed like multiple colors, but he couldn’t eyeball a single tone. A kinda color others would just call ‘dark’, or something.

His fingers creased a bit and the tunes loudly banging away cut off with some kinda baby-like squeal. That sorta blunt butcher’s knife to the meat of the sound when all the volume knobs puttered away into a hangman’s drop.
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"C'mon! It's just a prank, bro."

- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4
Unofficial Theme : 'When it's clear to everybody I'm always the last to know.'
Extra art by Mimi! (1)
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Sprite credit to Yugikun (Beryl Mahelona, Gyu-ri Christensen, and Demetri Fustcher) and Fenris (Charelle Chernyshyova, Ramsey Cortez, and Joanne Coleman).
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Character Relationships (no longer updated)
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B036 - Dead
(Adopted from Yugikun)
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"And you were the one looking to pick a fight. Don't complain when you don't get the one you want."
- Memories - 1 2 3 4 5 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Sadie Hawkins - 1 2
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"Hope that's good enough."
- Arsenal - Bag of dried chipotle chilies (LOST)
- Island - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Meanwhile - 1 2
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G047 - Dead
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"It's Tina."
- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 - Sadie Hawkins -
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"You're nothing."
- Arsenal - The 'Man Catcher' (LOST)
- Island - 1 2
- Meanwhile - 1
- ??? - 1
Sprite credit to Fenris (Ben Fields) and Yugikun (Tina Luz).
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The Burned Handler
Mr. Danya
Joined: September 22nd, 2006, 2:19 am

November 3rd, 2016, 3:27 am #2

The world continued to move without his permission. He'd not left his room in days. He'd not left the Luz estate in weeks. He'd broken one of his few rules and the only outfit he wore around the home stank of weed but he changed into something cleaner for this.

Check on Danny, they said. We haven't seen him in weeks, they said.

Yeah. Okay. He was dust just like all of the kids who'd disappeared anyway, he just happened to still be walking around. He knew the way, went without consciously going, wind slapping at his face and his hair and the summer sun caressing his skin and Kingman fading away into a white blur around him.

The world was nothing. Ben was nothing as they exchanged pleasantries and he said why he was there and went down the stairs to where he knew he'd find Danny.

Knock. Knock.

Crisanto almost made it sound like he cared if the door was answered or not.
MurderWeasel getting impatient wrote:Hiya, jerk! Please don't post until edits have been completed, as doing so causes confusion/messes up the queue.
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork I have faith in you!
18:48 Ruggawork and your ass!
wrote:16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Iktor?
16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Toben.
16:35 Kilmarnock hard to tell until they make out with me.
16:35 *** mib_6brm7d is now known as Irene
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wrote:11:55 Zarina turns out I work best with people when most of the people are dead
wrote:18:30 Slam Well we don't really do showers in the UK
wrote:05:57 *** Christian joined #sotf
05:58 shotgunkid oh crap
wrote:05:54 frogue i can be a time consuming process!
wrote:16:47 Irene "let it sit for half an hour, it's better when it's not so cold" he said.
16:47 Irene well...
16:48 Irene it exploaded.
16:48 Irene all over my hands.
Gianni no wrote:15:54 Aloha Leg cramps happened suddenly and i can't move X_X
15:55 Gianni wb :3
wrote:21:20 *** Persy joined #sotf
21:21 Gianni Hey Persy!
21:21 Namira my mutant alchemist
wrote:21:31 Pancapples [The weather] Was beautiful today.
21:33 Solitair oh no
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork Who doesn't want to rape Bro
wrote:17:30 Ohm Sweet, I'm using then
wrote:14:18 Wes 'm so hungry ;c
14:18 Wes :c8
14:18 Wes...
14:18 Wes fuck it
14:18 mib_7zyd33 That's not what you're supposed to do to food.
14:19 Imehal Nah, that's kinda par for the course around here.
14:19--- Ohm is away (Ew)
wrote:14:50Pancapples I kinda miss the Crusades now.
Bad Ohm! wrote:18:51*** RC quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
18:51 Ohmfg Yay!
Laur doesn't like people being in chat wrote:18:33 Laurels Agh, people are here
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Germany vs. Germany! wrote:18:47 RC I should send my list of ideas to SOTF_Help once I get rid of the dumb ones on the list
18:48 Bikriki so you want to send them an empty list?
wrote:19:40 uyugin taking bets on who will be the big douche in v6
19:40 Kilmarnock Actually I'm going with Laur.
wrote:14:01 Kilmarnock Girl!Slam was cute I guess.
wrote:11:29 Naft Dude uncool
11:29 Naft I was talking about conceptual penises and you made the penises real
wrote:13:59 Solitair I love seeing people get mentally broken
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Cicada Days
Winner
Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:13 am

November 3rd, 2016, 1:33 pm #3

A lazy drawl. A vague whisper. A quiet suggestion. Maybe that's what the knock on the door sounded like.

A gunshot.

Daniel hadn't expected Crisanto. The sweaty forty days and nights in the desert version of him. He looked awful, but Daniel couldn't be the judge of that. At some point he'd decided to forgo the bathroom and start rocking the homeless aesthetic himself. And he smelled very much of acrid plant stuff, same as everything else around him. Same as it always smelled.

"Oh. Hey."

Danny vaguely recalled that the image of Tina was still pulled up on his computer, but he wasn't sure how he felt about that being the case.

"I guess you want some of whatever's left of the supply. Help yourself man." Danny's hand did something. Maybe along the lines of 'come in'. It could have just as easily been 'go away'. Fingers fluttered in the cardinal directions, before hanging limp off a sawdust and bone's worth of wrist. It probably all meant nothing. The way Daniel walked back into the room without anything further to add, opened his bedroom and all his worldly possessions to one of the many cousins apparent that he couldn't quite name off the top of his head. A couch melted in a corner, an open box full of crumpled bills and other assorted greens. Daniel returned to his computer, sagged into the old chair with a groan and a creak.

"It's, uh, been a while. Hasn't it."
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"C'mon! It's just a prank, bro."

- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4
Unofficial Theme : 'When it's clear to everybody I'm always the last to know.'
Extra art by Mimi! (1)
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Sprite credit to Yugikun (Beryl Mahelona, Gyu-ri Christensen, and Demetri Fustcher) and Fenris (Charelle Chernyshyova, Ramsey Cortez, and Joanne Coleman).
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Character Relationships (no longer updated)
Hero | Swap
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B036 - Dead
(Adopted from Yugikun)
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"And you were the one looking to pick a fight. Don't complain when you don't get the one you want."
- Memories - 1 2 3 4 5 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Sadie Hawkins - 1 2
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"Hope that's good enough."
- Arsenal - Bag of dried chipotle chilies (LOST)
- Island - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Meanwhile - 1 2
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G047 - Dead
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"It's Tina."
- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 - Sadie Hawkins -
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"You're nothing."
- Arsenal - The 'Man Catcher' (LOST)
- Island - 1 2
- Meanwhile - 1
- ??? - 1
Sprite credit to Fenris (Ben Fields) and Yugikun (Tina Luz).
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The Burned Handler
Mr. Danya
Joined: September 22nd, 2006, 2:19 am

November 3rd, 2016, 11:44 pm #4

wrote:"I guess you want some of whatever's left of the supply. Help yourself man."
"No." It was a few seconds, some of them spent pondering if Danny's assumption counted as rude, before Cris remembered basic manners. "But thank you."
wrote:"It's, uh, been a while. Hasn't it."
"Yes. Maggie asked me to check on-"

The computer screen faced Danny's door and Crisanto was used to not looking directly at it out of respect for privacy but for just a second he got a full view of what was on it and that was enough. His feet launched him backwards as quickly as he'd stepped into the room but at an angle. 170-some pounds slammed into the doorframe with a thud as if Crisanto had swung his bat at it. There would be a slight bruise later.

Tina. Poor Tina, never given enough credit. Reduced to a number and a lump of decaying meat. He wasn't watching but Grandfather was and anything the Luz patriarch witnessed the whole clan soon knew about but Crisanto hadn't wanted to see. Acid kissed the lining of his throat, slowly creeping up the oesophagus like vines along an ancient wall. Even with his eyes shut he saw blood and sinew and the cold numeric designation. As if his cousin were some kind of lab animal.

He had never, ever wanted to see. Not her, not any of them. Some called it cold. He called it the only reaction that wasn't. He stood there breathing shallow breaths for a long moment before he could pretend at composure, squinting his eyes to see Danny without seeing the cousin that no longer existed.

"...Yeah. She wanted somebody to come check on you, so here I am."
MurderWeasel getting impatient wrote:Hiya, jerk! Please don't post until edits have been completed, as doing so causes confusion/messes up the queue.
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork I have faith in you!
18:48 Ruggawork and your ass!
wrote:16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Iktor?
16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Toben.
16:35 Kilmarnock hard to tell until they make out with me.
16:35 *** mib_6brm7d is now known as Irene
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wrote:11:55 Zarina turns out I work best with people when most of the people are dead
wrote:18:30 Slam Well we don't really do showers in the UK
wrote:05:57 *** Christian joined #sotf
05:58 shotgunkid oh crap
wrote:05:54 frogue i can be a time consuming process!
wrote:16:47 Irene "let it sit for half an hour, it's better when it's not so cold" he said.
16:47 Irene well...
16:48 Irene it exploaded.
16:48 Irene all over my hands.
Gianni no wrote:15:54 Aloha Leg cramps happened suddenly and i can't move X_X
15:55 Gianni wb :3
wrote:21:20 *** Persy joined #sotf
21:21 Gianni Hey Persy!
21:21 Namira my mutant alchemist
wrote:21:31 Pancapples [The weather] Was beautiful today.
21:33 Solitair oh no
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork Who doesn't want to rape Bro
wrote:17:30 Ohm Sweet, I'm using then
wrote:14:18 Wes 'm so hungry ;c
14:18 Wes :c8
14:18 Wes...
14:18 Wes fuck it
14:18 mib_7zyd33 That's not what you're supposed to do to food.
14:19 Imehal Nah, that's kinda par for the course around here.
14:19--- Ohm is away (Ew)
wrote:14:50Pancapples I kinda miss the Crusades now.
Bad Ohm! wrote:18:51*** RC quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
18:51 Ohmfg Yay!
Laur doesn't like people being in chat wrote:18:33 Laurels Agh, people are here
18:33*** Laurels quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
Germany vs. Germany! wrote:18:47 RC I should send my list of ideas to SOTF_Help once I get rid of the dumb ones on the list
18:48 Bikriki so you want to send them an empty list?
wrote:19:40 uyugin taking bets on who will be the big douche in v6
19:40 Kilmarnock Actually I'm going with Laur.
wrote:14:01 Kilmarnock Girl!Slam was cute I guess.
wrote:11:29 Naft Dude uncool
11:29 Naft I was talking about conceptual penises and you made the penises real
wrote:13:59 Solitair I love seeing people get mentally broken
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Cicada Days
Winner
Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:13 am

November 5th, 2016, 12:29 am #5

"No."

"Alright."






Well no points for guessing Cris had seen. That lump of brick he called a body would probably have shaken the house to it's foundations if he'd hit any harder. Daniel stared mindlessly at the photo for a second. The coldly printed set of numbers and syllables beside it.

Mechanical. Maybe that was how it was best described.

Daniel closed the tab.

"Tina's mom, huh?" Maggie had always been looking out for him. Daniel was surprised that was true, even now. He wasn't sure how he was supposed to respond to that. He had never really imagined selflessness was a concept that existed outside of books he had to study for class sometimes. If selflessness was what he could call it.

"How is she?" Daniel wondered if qualifying that with any amount of detail would have made something besides a vague disinterest clear in the tone of his voice. 'Poor Maggie'. 'I can't believe she's still standing'. 'I can't even imagine what she's going through now'.

Daniel stayed silent. For a moment. He felt something noxious sloughing off his tongue. Like a cough, but drier, more peeled directly off the stained alabaster of his bone.

"Heh. You know, Tina always wanted to get a work shown on a news site." She really had. Crazy thing was, Daniel remembered Tina never talked much. She never had to, most of the time. Anything that needed to be said was said in several weights worth of pencil.

"I guess this had to do, eh?" Daniel almost couldn't be heard. He mumbled more to the computer screen than to Cris. Than to himself.
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"C'mon! It's just a prank, bro."

- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4
Unofficial Theme : 'When it's clear to everybody I'm always the last to know.'
Extra art by Mimi! (1)
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Sprite credit to Yugikun (Beryl Mahelona, Gyu-ri Christensen, and Demetri Fustcher) and Fenris (Charelle Chernyshyova, Ramsey Cortez, and Joanne Coleman).
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Character Relationships (no longer updated)
Hero | Swap
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B036 - Dead
(Adopted from Yugikun)
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"And you were the one looking to pick a fight. Don't complain when you don't get the one you want."
- Memories - 1 2 3 4 5 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Sadie Hawkins - 1 2
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"Hope that's good enough."
- Arsenal - Bag of dried chipotle chilies (LOST)
- Island - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Meanwhile - 1 2
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G047 - Dead
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"It's Tina."
- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 - Sadie Hawkins -
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"You're nothing."
- Arsenal - The 'Man Catcher' (LOST)
- Island - 1 2
- Meanwhile - 1
- ??? - 1
Sprite credit to Fenris (Ben Fields) and Yugikun (Tina Luz).
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The Burned Handler
Mr. Danya
Joined: September 22nd, 2006, 2:19 am

November 5th, 2016, 1:45 am #6

"She's holding up as well as you'd think."

Which was to say, not. The image still burnt in his retinas and churned his stomach and Tina was only his cousin, not his daughter. The pain was unimaginable and the sounds of grief carried in the Arizona air and kept him awake at night no matter where on the compound he was. Maggie's horror and anguish beat down on his shoulders like the fist of God and Crisanto could barely even go near her without feeling his soul knocked to the canvas. In the end she'd approached him to go see Danny, not the other way around. Crisanto had just nodded and gone without the ability to even muster a word.

Funny that she could be going through what no parent ever should and still be thinking about Danny's well being. Danny, of all people. The one who was always ragging on Tina when Crisanto was here, the one who seemed to not have a world beyond this basement room and his stash, the irony of that thought not at all lost on Crisanto himself. Would she have been how she was without Danny's influence? Who knew? She wasn't anything now. Maybe without this guy around, she would have gone down a different path and wouldn't have been on that bus. Crazy talk but crazy talk for crazy times.

The disinterest in Danny's voice raised one of Crisanto's eyebrows but he'd ignored it. Then the mumble, the snide little comment rolling off Danny's oil slick of a tongue.

The air in the room instantly changed from "summer in Arizona" to "winter in Alaska". He stared even knowing Danny probably wouldn't look back at him.

"Show some respect."
MurderWeasel getting impatient wrote:Hiya, jerk! Please don't post until edits have been completed, as doing so causes confusion/messes up the queue.
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork I have faith in you!
18:48 Ruggawork and your ass!
wrote:16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Iktor?
16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Toben.
16:35 Kilmarnock hard to tell until they make out with me.
16:35 *** mib_6brm7d is now known as Irene
[+] spoiler
wrote:11:55 Zarina turns out I work best with people when most of the people are dead
wrote:18:30 Slam Well we don't really do showers in the UK
wrote:05:57 *** Christian joined #sotf
05:58 shotgunkid oh crap
wrote:05:54 frogue i can be a time consuming process!
wrote:16:47 Irene "let it sit for half an hour, it's better when it's not so cold" he said.
16:47 Irene well...
16:48 Irene it exploaded.
16:48 Irene all over my hands.
Gianni no wrote:15:54 Aloha Leg cramps happened suddenly and i can't move X_X
15:55 Gianni wb :3
wrote:21:20 *** Persy joined #sotf
21:21 Gianni Hey Persy!
21:21 Namira my mutant alchemist
wrote:21:31 Pancapples [The weather] Was beautiful today.
21:33 Solitair oh no
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork Who doesn't want to rape Bro
wrote:17:30 Ohm Sweet, I'm using then
wrote:14:18 Wes 'm so hungry ;c
14:18 Wes :c8
14:18 Wes...
14:18 Wes fuck it
14:18 mib_7zyd33 That's not what you're supposed to do to food.
14:19 Imehal Nah, that's kinda par for the course around here.
14:19--- Ohm is away (Ew)
wrote:14:50Pancapples I kinda miss the Crusades now.
Bad Ohm! wrote:18:51*** RC quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
18:51 Ohmfg Yay!
Laur doesn't like people being in chat wrote:18:33 Laurels Agh, people are here
18:33*** Laurels quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
Germany vs. Germany! wrote:18:47 RC I should send my list of ideas to SOTF_Help once I get rid of the dumb ones on the list
18:48 Bikriki so you want to send them an empty list?
wrote:19:40 uyugin taking bets on who will be the big douche in v6
19:40 Kilmarnock Actually I'm going with Laur.
wrote:14:01 Kilmarnock Girl!Slam was cute I guess.
wrote:11:29 Naft Dude uncool
11:29 Naft I was talking about conceptual penises and you made the penises real
wrote:13:59 Solitair I love seeing people get mentally broken
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Cicada Days
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Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:13 am

November 5th, 2016, 2:32 am #7

"She's holding up as well as you'd think."

There wasn't much Daniel could think about it, really. It was one of those things that was hard to capture in prose, to stencil to canvas. Daniel could remember it vaguely, through the choke and haze that had settled into the dusty ridges of his brain. The books full of Tina's work, wherever they were now, that she'd show him. People were uncommon. Their faces effortlessly detailed and shaded, but the degrees of hue she'd pick would always seem... monotone. Daniel remembered she'd had works put up on Cochise's big ass flanks. He'd gone to go see them even though his alma mater was all the way across town. Kingman High, where the sun bleached the concrete tops and the girls white as the perfect teeth from commercials and adverts.

The works Tina had put up had all been landscapes. Bold, beautiful, breathtaking.

Desolate. Lonely.

"Show some respect."





Daniel had a smile to himself, it broke through the dam of his teeth, pooled into the corners of his mouth. It was a truth he knew. That Tina's response to her own death would have been a load of nothing. Maybe pull up a pencil and a blunt, sketch herself the scene. That was the Tina Daniel knew, the one he spoke to all of never but spent all his time with.

"Like Tina herself would be showing any. If she were here."
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"C'mon! It's just a prank, bro."

- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4
Unofficial Theme : 'When it's clear to everybody I'm always the last to know.'
Extra art by Mimi! (1)
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Sprite credit to Yugikun (Beryl Mahelona, Gyu-ri Christensen, and Demetri Fustcher) and Fenris (Charelle Chernyshyova, Ramsey Cortez, and Joanne Coleman).
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Character Relationships (no longer updated)
Hero | Swap
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B036 - Dead
(Adopted from Yugikun)
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"And you were the one looking to pick a fight. Don't complain when you don't get the one you want."
- Memories - 1 2 3 4 5 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Sadie Hawkins - 1 2
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"Hope that's good enough."
- Arsenal - Bag of dried chipotle chilies (LOST)
- Island - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Meanwhile - 1 2
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G047 - Dead
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"It's Tina."
- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 - Sadie Hawkins -
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"You're nothing."
- Arsenal - The 'Man Catcher' (LOST)
- Island - 1 2
- Meanwhile - 1
- ??? - 1
Sprite credit to Fenris (Ben Fields) and Yugikun (Tina Luz).
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The Burned Handler
Mr. Danya
Joined: September 22nd, 2006, 2:19 am

November 10th, 2016, 1:26 am #8

"We both know better than that. Don't talk bullshit."

A little flicker of fire danced across his heart and then faded. Cris became ever so briefly aware of the blood rushing through his veins and how much the thicket of dark stubble along his jaw itched before the numbness set back in. Embers remained, little sparks shooting out from the blackness in the pit of his stomach and along his nerves. He'd heard Tina's words, he'd seen her drawings, the two men in this room were among the only people on Earth she ever really opened up to, and now Danny was joking? Who was he?

That little fleck of apathy and possibly contempt sailed through the air and into Crisanto's ear and one instant Cris was leaning against the wall the next he'd crossed the room and before he was consciously aware of it he dropped down onto the closest seat to Danny. It shifted a little under his weight and he stared right at his distant cousin the whole time. He could hear his own heartbeat, distantly.

"You're talking about our own family. How about you try to remember that?"
MurderWeasel getting impatient wrote:Hiya, jerk! Please don't post until edits have been completed, as doing so causes confusion/messes up the queue.
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork I have faith in you!
18:48 Ruggawork and your ass!
wrote:16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Iktor?
16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Toben.
16:35 Kilmarnock hard to tell until they make out with me.
16:35 *** mib_6brm7d is now known as Irene
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wrote:18:30 Slam Well we don't really do showers in the UK
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05:58 shotgunkid oh crap
wrote:05:54 frogue i can be a time consuming process!
wrote:16:47 Irene "let it sit for half an hour, it's better when it's not so cold" he said.
16:47 Irene well...
16:48 Irene it exploaded.
16:48 Irene all over my hands.
Gianni no wrote:15:54 Aloha Leg cramps happened suddenly and i can't move X_X
15:55 Gianni wb :3
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21:21 Gianni Hey Persy!
21:21 Namira my mutant alchemist
wrote:21:31 Pancapples [The weather] Was beautiful today.
21:33 Solitair oh no
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork Who doesn't want to rape Bro
wrote:17:30 Ohm Sweet, I'm using then
wrote:14:18 Wes 'm so hungry ;c
14:18 Wes :c8
14:18 Wes...
14:18 Wes fuck it
14:18 mib_7zyd33 That's not what you're supposed to do to food.
14:19 Imehal Nah, that's kinda par for the course around here.
14:19--- Ohm is away (Ew)
wrote:14:50Pancapples I kinda miss the Crusades now.
Bad Ohm! wrote:18:51*** RC quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
18:51 Ohmfg Yay!
Laur doesn't like people being in chat wrote:18:33 Laurels Agh, people are here
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Germany vs. Germany! wrote:18:47 RC I should send my list of ideas to SOTF_Help once I get rid of the dumb ones on the list
18:48 Bikriki so you want to send them an empty list?
wrote:19:40 uyugin taking bets on who will be the big douche in v6
19:40 Kilmarnock Actually I'm going with Laur.
wrote:14:01 Kilmarnock Girl!Slam was cute I guess.
wrote:11:29 Naft Dude uncool
11:29 Naft I was talking about conceptual penises and you made the penises real
wrote:13:59 Solitair I love seeing people get mentally broken
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Cicada Days
Winner
Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:13 am

November 10th, 2016, 1:53 am #9

Daniel didn't quite know how to describe, to himself, what Cris was saying. Dour. Fatalistic. He thought a corpse was just a goodbye and feed for the worms. Earth, clay and mud which would eventually bear witness to the prancing feet of the young. Shit. Daniel supposed he liked an image that was detailed like that. Daniel supposed he wanted to refute the idea that he had to feel anything more than the seconds that relentlessly passed him by. Tina Luz was in the past. Daniel had made his peace with that. He wasn't about to deny himself the thin, wispy, effervescent dreams and musings of his, on the continuance of his life. Hedonistic pleasures, love and drugs and sex. A death changed none of those things.

... That had been Tina's chair. The one Cris had just sat himself in. It was her chair because the leather crumpled like a knuckle closed over a blade, bony ridges exposed when Tina would take to the armrest to silently work beside him. Her chair. One of the sole furnishings in the room that wasn't bargain bin. At least, she'd made it seem that way. It had been a loyal chair for years now.

At some point recently he'd considered giving it away.

"Dude." Daniel's voice dripped away, like a dribble of smoke. "It's my family. I know Tina as well as you do and all. We're not doing her any favors by treating her death like it was the end of the world." He wasn't looking at Cris. Maybe he needed to look at Cris, maybe that was polite. But he wasn't looking. "Let her rest and all, you know? Shit, she and I were just, you know. Chilling out. Death is just a natural endpoint, for a life well spent."
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"C'mon! It's just a prank, bro."

- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4
Unofficial Theme : 'When it's clear to everybody I'm always the last to know.'
Extra art by Mimi! (1)
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Sprite credit to Yugikun (Beryl Mahelona, Gyu-ri Christensen, and Demetri Fustcher) and Fenris (Charelle Chernyshyova, Ramsey Cortez, and Joanne Coleman).
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B036 - Dead
(Adopted from Yugikun)
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"And you were the one looking to pick a fight. Don't complain when you don't get the one you want."
- Memories - 1 2 3 4 5 - Pregame - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Sadie Hawkins - 1 2
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"Hope that's good enough."
- Arsenal - Bag of dried chipotle chilies (LOST)
- Island - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Meanwhile - 1 2
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G047 - Dead
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"It's Tina."
- Memories - 1 - Pregame - 1 - Sadie Hawkins -
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"You're nothing."
- Arsenal - The 'Man Catcher' (LOST)
- Island - 1 2
- Meanwhile - 1
- ??? - 1
Sprite credit to Fenris (Ben Fields) and Yugikun (Tina Luz).
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The Burned Handler
Mr. Danya
Joined: September 22nd, 2006, 2:19 am

November 10th, 2016, 2:37 am #10

"Maybe."

He continued to stare, idly wishing his gaze could burn right through Danny. But that wasn't right. On principle he wasn't saying anything Crisanto necessarily disagreed with. What was Tina now? Worm food. An idea, at best. Drawings never to be completed, barren deserts on the walls of Cochise. A memory carried on the wind and in all the spaces she wasn't. Hadn't he and Danny smoked and talked about death in general in those exact terms? Bonded in the past about worthless it all was and thus they had no reason not to just enjoy whatever pleasures - drugs, sex, the rush of endorphins from exercise on Crisanto's part - they could get?

It was so much harder to say that when death was looking you right in the face with its hollow eyes, standing in the space somebody you knew was supposed to be. Half the people Crisanto actually gave a shit about in this city were on that bus. His hands kept opening and closing.

This was Tina's chair, but she probably would've been okay with him sitting in it. She just wasn't here to ask. Never would be.

"I get where you're coming from, but don't talk about her like it doesn't matter."
MurderWeasel getting impatient wrote:Hiya, jerk! Please don't post until edits have been completed, as doing so causes confusion/messes up the queue.
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork I have faith in you!
18:48 Ruggawork and your ass!
wrote:16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Iktor?
16:35 Kilmarnock Maybe Toben.
16:35 Kilmarnock hard to tell until they make out with me.
16:35 *** mib_6brm7d is now known as Irene
[+] spoiler
wrote:11:55 Zarina turns out I work best with people when most of the people are dead
wrote:18:30 Slam Well we don't really do showers in the UK
wrote:05:57 *** Christian joined #sotf
05:58 shotgunkid oh crap
wrote:05:54 frogue i can be a time consuming process!
wrote:16:47 Irene "let it sit for half an hour, it's better when it's not so cold" he said.
16:47 Irene well...
16:48 Irene it exploaded.
16:48 Irene all over my hands.
Gianni no wrote:15:54 Aloha Leg cramps happened suddenly and i can't move X_X
15:55 Gianni wb :3
wrote:21:20 *** Persy joined #sotf
21:21 Gianni Hey Persy!
21:21 Namira my mutant alchemist
wrote:21:31 Pancapples [The weather] Was beautiful today.
21:33 Solitair oh no
wrote:18:48 Ruggawork Who doesn't want to rape Bro
wrote:17:30 Ohm Sweet, I'm using then
wrote:14:18 Wes 'm so hungry ;c
14:18 Wes :c8
14:18 Wes...
14:18 Wes fuck it
14:18 mib_7zyd33 That's not what you're supposed to do to food.
14:19 Imehal Nah, that's kinda par for the course around here.
14:19--- Ohm is away (Ew)
wrote:14:50Pancapples I kinda miss the Crusades now.
Bad Ohm! wrote:18:51*** RC quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
18:51 Ohmfg Yay!
Laur doesn't like people being in chat wrote:18:33 Laurels Agh, people are here
18:33*** Laurels quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client)
Germany vs. Germany! wrote:18:47 RC I should send my list of ideas to SOTF_Help once I get rid of the dumb ones on the list
18:48 Bikriki so you want to send them an empty list?
wrote:19:40 uyugin taking bets on who will be the big douche in v6
19:40 Kilmarnock Actually I'm going with Laur.
wrote:14:01 Kilmarnock Girl!Slam was cute I guess.
wrote:11:29 Naft Dude uncool
11:29 Naft I was talking about conceptual penises and you made the penises real
wrote:13:59 Solitair I love seeing people get mentally broken
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