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Streets XXXIV

Between the countless, jumbled buildings that make up the town are well made cobblestone streets. They twist and wind and turn all over the place, creating tons of alleys and dark places to hide, nooks and crannies and what have you. Thugs, thieves, and unsavory merchants lurk in the darkest of them- not as thick as in the slums, but present.
But shadows are not the only thing to be found in the white cobbled streets. Men, women and children move along the more brightly lit paths, and a few merchants with stalls can be found, hawking their wares.
However, Town is not a mundane place, as its inhabitants know. Some paths shift and change for no apparent reason, being in place one day, and having vanished the next. On the more common roads this is not the case, but sometimes the lesser known ones slip away. What is more, different places in the streets even experience different weather and time on occasion... a testament to the fact that Town is a planar nexus, connecting all realities and times.

Welcome to the streets, traveler. May your feet lead you to the right place.

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Jonah and Jamin linger outside Trog's to wait for Aurora and the deadtimed Quinn.

((Alas, bedtime for me))
Who

Aurora walks out carrying a pitcher of Llamanade.

((g'night! Smile))
The Bushranger

Quinn follows with the plateful of Bamhacon!

"So, which way do we go?"

((sleep well! I hope to be on more/earlier tomorrow.
The problem is getting to sleep before 3am. Razz))
The_Librarian

"Follow me, and keep your eyes peeled for sniper-archers.  They can be a bit of a pest..." Jonah says as she leads them this way.
The Bushranger

Quinn's eyes widen a bit, but she nods, and follows!
Who

Joff and his what's the word, bodyguards? Hirelings? Companions? Should exit the tavern and stop at a manhole cover that he moves off, peering in to the dark.
The Bushranger

Amist stands behind Joff, armed crossed, a 'let's get on with it' expression on her face.

Well, the expression might be 'sewer smell coming up', too.
Who

If she's complaining about the smell now maybe she shouldn't ahve taken the job.

"I'd say ladies first but I don't think it's applicable here."

Joff begins climbing down in to the sewer
The Bushranger

"No, no it isn't."
Amist grins, and goes to climb down after Joff.

...he probably doesn't want to look up. Wink
Metakirb

Lily should appear somewhere along the streets.
Who

Indeed she does and is greeted by a very familiar figure.

"Trouble in Paradise my dear?"

"What are you doing here!?"

"Merely extending an offer. If you're willing to listen."

"Get away from me!"

Lily tries to run only for the Toymaker to be in front of her, sitting in a chair. He gestures to another one.

"At least do me the courtesy of listening, if you do not like it you're free to leave."
Who

"So we have a deal?"

Lily nods and gets up as she's shunted back to the heights.
Obscurejones

Edward and Alex come out of their apartment after an abominable delay.
The Bushranger

Alex still has her arm in his, smiling happily, not seeming to have noticed the time. Razz

"So where are we going, handsome?"
Obscurejones

He thinks for a moment.
Shake shop.  I hunger for tasty foodstuffs.
The Bushranger

"You just want to see if we get kicked out," she teases, as she steers him in that direction!
Obscurejones

Alex, the fellow, walks down the street.
Obscurejones

Edward dashes past Male Alex.
The Bushranger

Alex (female), following Edward at a dead run (or perhaps a very live run Razz), gives Alex (male) a wave as they pass, although her attention seems to be fully focused on Ed's rear, ahead of her.
Obscurejones

Alex (Male) laughs.
The Bushranger

Alex (female) would stop to chat, but has other things on her mind, to the point where she doesn't invite him to join them, either...

And to the apartment, she follows Ed (decidedly male). Wink
Obscurejones

Alex's watch springs open, seemingly of it's own accord.  It starts emitting all manner of racket.  He glances at it, and then, with a panicked look in his eye dashes for Edward and other Alex's apartment.
wxdruid

Alena walks out her front door and out onto the streets.  She turns back to wait for Alex.  In the meantime, she flicks out her wings to catch the breeze.
Hawkeye

Alex comes out of the Eyrie and turns to lock the door to the building.
wxdruid

Alena smiles a little, never hurts to lock up, keeps others out of their home.  She waits for him to finish up and then reaches for one of his hands.
Hawkeye

Alex smiles and instead of taking her hand he offers his arm.
wxdruid

Alena smiles at his gesture and slips her hand into the crook of his elbow.
Hawkeye

Alex continues to smile and leads the way to the tavern. He hums happily as he does so.
wxdruid

Alena walks along next to him, her harp bag in her other hand.
Hawkeye

Eventually they reach the tavern. Alex disengages himself from Alena and opens the door for her.
wxdruid

Alena smiles and folds her wings tightly against her back before walking inside.
Hawkeye

Alex follows her in.
Who

Dei and Steph appear outside a small cafe with outdoor seating. Dei moves a seat for her to sit down.
Metakirb

She sits down, blushing a little with what she's wearing.
Who

Dei sits in a chair opposite her.

"Have anything you want."
Metakirb

She looks at the menu.
Who

It's all very nice, nothing too fancy though.
Metakirb

She picks something not too expensive.
Who

"Fancy anything to drink?"
Metakirb

She nods slightly.
Who

"Anything particular or do you want me to pick?"
Metakirb

You pick.
Who

A waitress comes over and Dei orders them two fancy sounding alcoholic beverages, can't think of a name off the top of my head.

"And to eat?"
Metakirb

She tells her what she picked.
Who

Dei does the same and off she scuttles.

"Nice place isn't it?"
Metakirb

Can I go and get changed?
Who

"What? Oh right, of course you can."

A portal opens behind her, though Dei is more than a little disappointed. But he figures she's got Jeska's clothes to choose from they're all going to be pretty similar.
Metakirb

She heads through.
Who

When she comes back the food'll be there.
Metakirb

She comes out wearing something that's the best she could find, but not much better.
Who

Dei decides to state the obvious.

"Food's here, it's not bad."
Metakirb

She sits down and starts eating.
Who

And indeed it is not bad.

"Feel better now?"
Metakirb

She nods a little.
Who

"Well I think you look beautiful either way."
Metakirb

She blushes and takes a sip of her drink.
Who

Dei's go back to eating.

"You know if you want some different clothes or something you just have to ask."
Metakirb

She shakes her head.
Who

Dei finishes his meal and waits for Steph.

"Anywhere else you want to go?"
Metakirb

She shakes her head, finishing hers.
Who

A waiter comes to hand over the bill.

"Yeah we won't be paying that. Ready to go?"

Dei jams a gun in the waiter's face.
Metakirb

You're not going to kill him, are you?!
Who

"That depends, you going to make us pay?"

He shakes his head.

"Then he gets to live."

A portal appears behind them.
Metakirb

Steph heads through.
Who

Once she's through Dei shoots him anyway and heads through.
Who

Dawn stumbles out of Trog's and looks about.

"Now who do I hate....?"
Obscurejones

Edward stumbles out and raises his hand.
Who

"Oh yeah! You!"

Dawn frowns.

"But there's not rocks....damn."
Obscurejones

Head for the mountains?  I think there's a quarry out there.
Who

"I see where this is going! You're going to bury me!"
Obscurejones

He shakes his head.
I have no shovel.
Who

"Really? That's okay then."

Off she walks! Swaying slightly from side to side.
Obscurejones

He laughs softly and follows.
Kyrian

The thing you have to understand, is that once you've been gone so long, it's hard to come back. It takes a while for your mind to wrap itself around the idea, form the complete thought.

No, I'm not talking about leaving the forums for so long. I'm talking about my being away from this world. Being lost in the unknown...

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Outside the very outskirts of Town, almost right out of the gates, a squirrel searches the ground for food. Or at least, it did until it began to feel the air around it heating up. A thin bolt of lightning appeared in mid air and struck at the ground, sending the squirrel scampering off to find safety.

The air began to fold around itself before spitting out a man. He hits the ground with a groan, his arms getting lightly scratched as he learns first hand that his vest doesn't protect his arms from ground. The slight scratchings slowly heal as the man begins to stir, pushing himself up and checking himself. Three rings on right hand, check. One on left, check. Tattoo on left shoulder, Ace of Spades with a dragon in the middle, check. After a few more moments, it seems like he's decided that all of him is here. He steps into the Town and looks around, his eyes widening a little at the sights he sees.

"Could it truly be? Am I home again?"

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The writer has returned...
The Bushranger

((Welcome back, Kyrian!
There's...not many of us left. Sad ))

The man might notices two people exiting Trog's.
Check that, three...
A tall brown-haired man, and an almost mousy, brown-haire woman carrying a baby in her arms, all of them all smiles and laughing softly at a private joke.
Kyrian

The man runs a hand through his short, slightly spiked brown hair.

"Wonder if this truly is home. And if she's still here."

He notes the people leaving Trog's, and for a moment, his muscles tense.
Hawkeye

He may also see a man with shortish brown hair and carrying a bow walk down the street and enters Trog's
The Bushranger

The people leaving Trog's (who, referring to the character registry for full descriptions) happen to be Ned and Joy, and their daughter Susan (not referring to the character directory for her...) note the man, and Ned waves with a smile of greeting.
"Good evening."
Kyrian

"Evening. Mind if I ask a dumb question, where are we?"
The Bushranger

"Ah. Well, you're in Town," the man (Ned) says with a smile.
"Welcome to the madhouse," Joy interjects.
"Hush, dear. Don't scare him off yet."
Kyrian

((Sorry Hawk, thought I'd mentioned a reply to your post. >.<))

The man does notice the man with bow heading into Trog's. He still remains tense, knowing that he's seen this place before, yet it wasn't home then. So many ways this had played out where he'd think he'd finally been home.

"Ok, so I think then that I'm in the right place. Do either of you happen to know a lady named Erin?"
The Bushranger

Ned scratches his head, consdering the man's question.
"The name rings a bell..."

"...White-haired young woman who lives in the Silver Tower?" Joy asks.
Then, in answer to her husband's querying look, smirks. "What? You thought I just laid around during those last two months of pregnancy?"
Hawkeye

((No probs Ky

.....

"And before you ask I had nothing to do with what happened to Erin Razz "
))
Kyrian

"Silver Tower? I don't know...we had a shop..."

The man puts his left palm against his head.

"It's been so long."
Hawkeye

((I find that if BR is taking too long a good poking on GitP usually does the trick))
Kyrian

((Yea, sent a poke a few minutes ago ^-^

Would MSN poke too, but MSN isn't being nice to me now Sad  ))
The Bushranger

((Eep, sorry. I really should getack in the habit of posting here regulary...

And are you sure, Mel? :smalltongue:))

"I don't think she had a shop..."
"Oh, dear. Were you, involved?"
"If you were, um, hopefully she didn't think you were gone forever and moved on." Joy sounds sad.
Kyrian

"It's a long story. I have to make sure she's ok."

His muscles are tensed again, not that they ever really relaxed. Things weren't seeming to go so well yet again.
The Bushranger

"Well, is there anything we can do to help?"
"If you're looking for somebody, the people in the tavern might know."
"The Erin who lived here, though, left awhile back, I'm afraid. Of course, if you landed in the wrong dimension..."
"I hate temporal mechanics."
"Says the timeship captain."
'Yes. Well...hey!"
Kyrian

"Of course..."

The man sighs, looking around again.
The Bushranger

Ned, looking distinctly sympathetic, pulls out his wallet, and hands over a handful of coins.
"Hey. You need a drink - have one on me. I know how I'd feel if I got dunked out of time and couldn't find Joy."
Kyrian

The man shakes his head,

"No no, you don't need to offer me any coin. You have a family there sir, something like that is far more important than my troubles."
The Bushranger

"Helping others is important, too."
"...as you wish, though." Ned pockets the change. "I'm Ned, by the way. Ned Kelly. This is my wife Joy, and our daughter, Susan."
Kyrian

"Mike."

Mike holds his hand out in offer to shake hands with Ned.
The Bushranger

And Ned accepts, shaking hands with a firm grip.
"A pleasure to meet you."
"Likewise," the AI-turned-real-girl Joy agrees.
Kyrian

"Both of you as well. And your daughter."

Mike gives a nod.

"Sorry to have kept you for a bit, but I should probably start trying to figure out what's going on."
The Bushranger

Susan gives a tiny wave and giggles!
Joy rocks her, and giggles as well.
Ned smiles. "Not a problem, Mike. Glad to help. And...well, like I said. Good luck."
Kyrian

"Thank you."

Mike gives a smile and nod before making his way down the street.
The Bushranger

Ned, Joy and Susan, meanwhile, head off as well, back home, and into the NPC-hood they share when their player isn't, ah, playing them.
Kyrian

After the family left, Mike appears to have turned around and started talking to thin air. Might be he's losing it.

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