Pieces Falling Off

Discussion in 'The Queen of Cups' started by Zin, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    The face that stares through the doorway is framed by fur, big dark eyes staring out of a flat, wooden face... with... a knot of wood, and...

    Wait.

    Is that....

    A mask?

    White-knuckled hands point a spear at Roe.
     
  2. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    Roe swallows, tasting the remains of the coffee grounds. The person is... rather quite terrifying, really.
    "I- I don't mean anything bad," he says, "I can't do anything, I'm alone. I'm all alone."
    He's all alone.
    He resists the urge to run deeper into the house.
     
  3. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    The mask swivels, taking in the room, the contents.

    There's an echo of Roe's voice, from outside, a low, quiet. "I'm alone."

    The fur-clad humanoid throws themself at the door, shoving it shut.
     
  4. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    "Is that- that thing? The fox thing? Outside?"

    Words are difficult. Roe tries very hard to resist the urge to drop his weapons.
     
  5. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    The person turns, back to the door, and carefully shakes the spear at Roe.
     
  6. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    "Um."

    Roe isn't sure what that means. "Did you do something to it?"
     
  7. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    The mask gives a sharp shake from side to side.
     
  8. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    "Are- are you going to hurt me?"

    It's been five years now, almost exactly.

    That- that nothing really bad has happened yet...

    Roe can feel his breathing speed up. No, no, not now-

    His hands are shaking.

    "I gotta- kitchen. I gotta," he does not want to drop the bat, "do you know what drug withdrawal is?"

    He really doesn't want to cry again.
     
  9. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    They shake their head. Hesitate. Hug their spear and start motioning with long, thin fingers that move quick from shape to shape...
     
  10. peripheral

    peripheral Kinky Digamma

    (Should I roll something here?)
     
  11. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    ( has Roe ever seen ASL in use? )
     
  12. peripheral

    peripheral Kinky Digamma

    (I don't think so but he has four dots in academics so I could justify it under he's read about it. Enough to know what it is but not to 'speak')
     
  13. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    (( then roll wits plus academics, minus 2 for panicked status. ))
     
  14. peripheral

    peripheral Kinky Digamma

  15. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    Roe, you realize they're trying to communicate to you using ASL.
     
  16. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    Roe recognizes the signs, but he's never been able to entirely teach himself.

    "You can hear me right?" he asks. He shouldn't be talking, the voice stealer could still be around, but he's so lonely... "I can't respond in ASL, I'm sorry," he says, "I think- can you write? I have pens, paper, something. Somewhere. There is a lot of stuff... Upstairs, I haven't touched since- stuff."

    He coughs. "Dunno if I could right, though. Gonna need to take a pill for the shakes to stop."
     
  17. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    They nod, once, twice, then points upstairs.
     
  18. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    "Okay."
    He drops the bat but keeps the knife. "I'm going to go to the kitchen and get a pill, first, then go upstairs."

    The relief from swallowing the pill is worrying (washed down with the same probably okay liquid. Its blue. It fizzes. It's fine) but he can't think about that.

    He hurries upstairs, grabs an old pad and two pens and emphatically does not look at the clothing neatly folded on the bed in that room, quietly gathering dust.

    As he walks down the steps he tears the remnants of an old order list off the top of the pad.
     
  19. Zin

    Zin Professional Lurker

    When Roe returns, a chair is shoved under the knob of the front door and the stranger is very much NOT where he left them.
     
  20. Roe Moore

    Roe Moore do not leave me alone

    The thing.
    Fuck.
    Did the fox thing get them?

    "Hello?" he calls out.
    "I have-" he falls silent. No. The thing. It can take his words.
     
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