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1038066 No. 1038066 ID: 629f2e

A mystery/horror quest about children uncovering the horrifying mysteries surrounding their small town.

THREAD 1: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1010078.html
THREAD 2: https://questden.org/kusaba/questarch/res/1019132.html
THREAD 3A: https://questden.org/kusaba/quest/res/1038059.html
WIKI: https://questden.org/wiki/Perpetuity

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[Monday, Two and a Half Years Ago]
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No. 1040902 ID: 84cd4c

Ah, he left.
...Give him the space, I guess.
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No. 1041427 ID: 629f2e
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1041427

> Where does Roger live? We need to grab some disguise before we pick up lemmy either way.

He’s in the homes close to the school, the townhouses not too far from here.

...Oh but his house is past the morgue. So to get to Lemmy first, we have to go to Roger’s, and then backtrack to my home. Maybe that’s not super convenient after all... If we came from Temmie’s, then we could go straight to Roger’s house and then to the morgue, no backtracking.

> Ah, man, Clive dipped... Or did he? I dunno if it's smart to bring attention to it or not, but if he's still around, then...
> Ah, he left. ...Give him the space, I guess.

Franklin: “...Hey Lillian, when did Clive leave?”
Lillian: “Huh?”

She mimics what you did, looking over to where he once was.

Lillian: “Huh... Don’t know. That kid’s slippery.”
Enid: “It was no more than a minute ago. I watched him get up and go.”
Franklin: “I must have been in my head instead of in my eyes when it happened.”

> Anyways, looks like I'm going against the grain here! I personally think that you should go get Lemmy first, since he's the unknown variable here, whereas Temmie is quite thoroughly established as waiting for you.
> Go to Temmie first. She might be able to give some advice
> Surprise Temmie by showing up earlier than you planned to- which is, you didn't plan to, so by showing up, you show up infinitely earlier.

Franklin: “...I think we should go to Temmie first. She did say after school.”
Franklin: “She can see the future, but she didn’t say ‘after you pick up Lemmy’. So she probably expects us to go straight there.”
Lillian: “...Wow. Just hit me, but Temmie told us Lemmy’d be at the morgue, and he actually was there.”
Lillian: “Does that mean she actually can see the future?”
Albert: “I wouldn’t be too sure about that. According to Clive, Rodney was certain that Temmie has some form of power, but future sight isn’t it.”
Roger: “Really? What else would it be?”
Franklin: “...Well, she can talk to Spirits. Maybe they’re telling her about the future?”

Surprisingly, Albert doesn’t completely disagree, only shrugging in response. Is that the answer? Are you guys telling Temmie what’ll happen?

...Wait, I can hear you too. Can you guys tell me what the future holds?

As I’m pondering that, the bell rings. Our discussion time was up.
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No. 1041428 ID: 629f2e
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1041428

...

Lillian and I say our goodbyes to the others as they’re grouping up by the gates. We start walking through the forest straight towards Temmie’s house on the other side of town.

It’s a little weird that we can’t just walk there with her, since we’re going to the same place. I asked her about it during recess but all she said was:

“I think it would be better for The Alien to enjoy his walk instead of joining me. I never get to, and I wouldn’t want to share that with him.”

I think I know what she was talking about. Some of the younger kids have their parents pick them up, and Temmie is one of them. Sure enough, when class was letting out I saw Temmie leaving with a very dad-looking-dad. We stayed behind to talk to the others and make sure everyone was on the same page.

Lillian: “Any clue why Temmie wanted to hang out? I didn’t think you two were close.”
Franklin: “...I dunno. Future reasons?”
Lillian: “Maybe. But that just sounds like more investigation junk. Was kind of hoping it actually would just be a break, y’know?”
Lillian: “I mean, I definitely want to get Phillip back, as soon as possible. But it’d be nice if it’d just happen without all this Work.
Franklin: “Yeah... But when it’s done, we can take a big break I think.”
Lillian: “Phillip can do my chores for the next week, he’ll owe me one!”
Franklin: “He’ll probably be too busy setting up his next session of that game you guys play that I don’t really get.”
Lillian: “Crud, you’re right. We won’t see him for a whole week while he holes up in his bed writing character sheets for seventy-billion random characters!”
Franklin: “I won’t be free until Jhonen makes up for lost time on all the experiments he wants to run on me.”
Lillian: “I think you’re being pretty optimistic if you think a week will be enough to calm him down.”

The casual conversation was nice. We didn’t get too much of this yesterday, with Lillian being in an awful mood. And then at the sleepover she was kind of tense for a lot of it. It’s good to see her more relaxed after that awful day.

Lillian: “...”

...Aw crud.

Lillian: “Hey, Franklin?”
Franklin: “...Yes?”
Lillian: “I’ve never actually met your mom. Is she crazy, like your dad?”
Franklin: “I’m sure that if she’s crazy, it’s in her own way.”
Lillian: “Oh yeah? What’s that like?”
Franklin: “Um... I dunno. She’s sick, so I don’t get to see her.”
Lillian: “I don’t mean right now. She hasn’t always been sick, right? What was she like before then?”
Franklin: “Hmmm...”

Before mom was sick. That was...

...

Franklin: “...”
Lillian: “Uh, Franklin?”
Franklin: “I dunno... She hasn’t been sick forever I guess, but...”

My head hurts. I’m trying to remember what she was like, but it’s hard. She’s been sick as far as I can remember clearly, but I know that she wasn’t in the fuzzier parts of my memory.

Franklin: “Mom was... nice?”
Lillian: “Are you asking me?”
Franklin: “...No? Maybe?”
Franklin: “I dunno. She’s been sick for so long, all the memories from when she was healthy must have Spilled Out.
Franklin: “I think she was nice though. Maybe... she had some weird interests? And... she used to stay home and watch over me.”
Franklin: “Those were... Happy memories. I’m... actually sure about it.”
Lillian: “I want you to know that I was really trying to shoot you a softball there. Nice and easy question.”
Franklin: “Oh. Thank you for trying?”
Lillian: “...I worry about you.”

She’s probably right to. I’m sort of a mess.
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No. 1041429 ID: 629f2e
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1041429

As we reach the Field, a few kids who had been walking the same path change course to start playing. I see Able plant himself in a sunspot and lie down, as well as the Cortez brothers having a spirited debate about a character from a comic I’ve never read while kicking a ball around.

Lillian is just oozing with temptation to join their game, so I grab her hand to keep her on course. Temmie is waiting for us. There will be time to play games later.

Passing through the park does not help her temptation at all.

Eventually however, we arrive at the houses on the Southern side of town. I’m immediately struck with the realization that I have not been here at all in the past few days. Judging by Lillian’s reaction, she hasn’t either.

Hearing “The Anderson house burnt down” and seeing the wreckage of a destroyed home are completely different experiences. Honestly, it was in better shape than I thought. The house was still standing if nothing else. We could probably go inside still, but I don’t think that’d be a very good idea. It seems like the kind of thing where even trying it will get adults to yell at you for a while.

Lillian: “...Enid has it worse than any of us, doesn’t she?”
Franklin: “What do you mean?”
Lillian: “Well, you lost your friend, and I lost my brother, but they’re both still Alive. They’re just not here.
Lillian: “But Enid’s dad is Dead. No matter how much we investigate, she’s not going to save him. There’s no taking that back.”
Franklin: “...Yeah.”

Living in a morgue, death is something you get acquainted with. People die. It’s part of life, the last part of it. Dad doesn’t think that it’s something awful, just that it’s a thing that happens. Neither good nor evil.

...I think he might be wrong about that part. Death is actually Terrible. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

...
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No. 1041430 ID: 629f2e
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1041430

We both take a moment to reflect before walking away from the house, towards the Butler household.

I’m expecting Temmie to be waiting at the door, so that she can open it before I can even knock and say “I’ve been expecting you”. I think I may be spending too much time with show-offs though, because it’s just her dad who answers.

Mr. Butler: “Ah, we’ve been expecting you.”

...Well, I was close.

Mr. Butler: “Oh wait, there are two of you? Temmie only mentioned Franklin coming over.”
Lillian: “Franklin can’t be left alone, so I was walking him over here.”
Mr. Butler: “I see. So will you be staying then?”
Temmie: “She will Not be.”

Mr. Butler steps back to reveal his daughter had appeared behind him.

Lillian: “Huh?”
Temmie: “Apologies, but I wanted to play with Franklin, and my game is only two-players.”
Lillian: “Franklin, didn’t you tell her I was coming over during recess?”

Hmm... I’m pretty sure that I Did tell Temmie. Even if I didn’t you guys would have told her about Lillian, right? So she definitely should have known. So why didn’t she say anything then?

...Uh oh, she’s giving me a look. She wants something from me, but I’m totally confused. What should I say?
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No. 1041432 ID: 7b75ea

Pretty sure Temmie is stating a future, not professing surprise. She may have known Lillian is coming, but also knows that she Won't be staying.

And if it's not that, then Temmie just seems to think it's important that you two meet Alone together. Maybe explain to Lillian that when Temmie states something, it's usually best to just play along, even if you think it's not correct.
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No. 1041434 ID: e51896

>Hmm... I’m pretty sure that I Did tell Temmie. Even if I didn’t you guys would have told her about Lillian, right? So she definitely should have known. So why didn’t she say anything then?

Well, we didn't see you talk to her... but that probably doesn't mean it didn't happen. We must have time skipped... or to make things simpler for you, we must have went dormant and fallen asleep from the time you left the cafeteria to when you went to the school gate after school. Just like how we didn't talk to you from the end of yesterday, to the time you left for school today...

And well... while it is true we talk to Temmie, we only really talk to her like, before her bed time. Otherwise, we're normally sent to stick with one, or this case, two people to help them.

But maybe Temmie has a different kind of spirit she talks to? Who knows...

Well, in that case, Whisper to Lilian, and ask her to go to Roger's place and get a costume for Lemmy. Should save time that way. You'll both meet up at the morgue after you both are finished.

and... I know you guys call each other by nicknames, like you're "the alien", Roger is "the artist" (maybe soon to be known as "the batter")... Ask Temmie if she knows who "The Storyteller" is once you're alone with her. You might not know, but it's a name we spirits are familiar with. Just want to see her reaction out of morbid curiosity.
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No. 1041436 ID: 84cd4c

> Hearing “The Anderson house burnt down” and seeing the wreckage of a destroyed home are completely different experiences.
I'm... incredibly thankful we didn't end up bringing Enid. Her Fear probably would have skyrocketed. Wait, it still might if the group comes by. That's a bit worrying.

> “She will Not be (staying).”
> Why didn’t she say anything then?
Well, if my intuition is right, I think this just means that whatever Temmie has to say, she doesn't want Lillian hearing about it. At the very least, you've arrived safe and sound.

The "Game" being "Two Player" might mean that whatever activity that will be occurring isn't possible for Lillian to participate in, which may or may not have something to do with being able to hear our voices.
(...Wait a minute. I just lost The Game... Please ignore this.)

Take the hint and go with the flow, I guess. You could also say "She isn't staying for long, anyways-" which is a safe middle ground between the point of Lillian coming along and Temmie's declaration.

If Lillian's against leaving early, you can bring up that you aren't alone now, so it should be fine. Plus, there's stuff to take care of, right?
She could also join in on that game we passed by, if she feels like she's missing out on the festivities.
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No. 1041437 ID: e51896

While I still think we should split from Lilian for now... if she REALLY wants to come in, if just for a tiny moment, maybe quietly ask if she has 25 cents to get her fortune read by Temmie. Just a thought, but I think just letting Lilian take care of getting a costume while you finish your playtime with Temmie will be best for now.
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No. 1042091 ID: 629f2e
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1042091

> Well, in that case, Whisper to Lilian, and ask her to go to Roger's place and get a costume for Lemmy. Should save time that way. You'll both meet up at the morgue after you both are finished.

That’s only going to work if you can get Temmie to walk me home. If I have to go alone, then doesn’t that defeat the point of bringing Lillian with me in the first place?

> Take the hint and go with the flow, I guess. You could also say "She isn't staying for long, anyways-" which is a safe middle ground between the point of Lillian coming along and Temmie's declaration.
> Pretty sure Temmie is stating a future, not professing surprise. She may have known Lillian is coming, but also knows that she Won't be staying.

...Isn’t that the same thing? She can’t leave before I do, so she’s going to be here for however long I am.

> And if it's not that, then Temmie just seems to think it's important that you two meet Alone together. Maybe explain to Lillian that when Temmie states something, it's usually best to just play along, even if you think it's not correct.

Wait, so which is it? Do I make Lillian Go, or tell her to Play Along?

Making her leave doesn’t sound right, but... I guess if most of you are saying it, then maybe I’m just... wrong? I have to say something, so...

Franklin: “She-”

I can barely get that one word out before Temmie shoots me a look of frustration. Her face is just screaming “wrong answer” at me, so I stop talking.

Lillian: “...Franklin?”
Franklin: “Huh? ...Oh, I guess... I dunno-”

Temmie silently sighs, before speaking up.

Temmie: “Forgive me, but the error is mine I think. Franklin may have mentioned you, but I was distracted and wasn’t listening closely when he said it.”
Mr. Butler: “Well, maybe you can play a different game then? One that the three of you can enjoy together.”
Temmie: “No. I don’t want to.”
Mr. Butler: “Ah, Tem sweetheart? You can see how Lillian will feel left out if you don’t adjust to fit her in, right? It’s a little bit rude.”
Temmie: “I invited Franklin to play this game. I won’t play anything else.”
Lillian: “Whatever. Could’a said something sooner since you knew I’d be here. See the future my butt...
Lillian: “Guess I’ll just watch you guys play. Real thrilling stuff.”
Temmie: “It’s very unfortunate that this is the case, but it cannot be helped that you are here now.”

Temmie steps out, and shakes Lillian’s hand.

Temmie: “I’m very sorry for not considering your presence. You are free to watch television in the living room while Franklin and I play. I promise not to keep you waiting for too long.”
Temmie: “You don’t mind, do you?”

There’s a moment where Lillian’s annoyed, before something visibly clicks for her all at once. Maybe she can explain whatever it is to me, I’m still confused.

Lillian: “Yeah... That’s fine by me. Just don’t take too long, okay?”
Temmie: “It’s a promise.”
Mr. Butler: “...As long as everybody’s happy.”
Temmie: “Franklin, come with me.”
Franklin: “Oh, okay.”
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No. 1042093 ID: 629f2e
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1042093

She grabs my hand and starts walking me upstairs. I hear Lillian walk inside, and Mr. Butler follows right behind me. As we reach some doors, Temmie gestures for me to step inside one. It looks like a mostly normal bedroom, save a big salt circle on the floor.

When I turn back, Temmie is still outside talking to her father.

Mr. Butler: “You know the rules, right? The door stays open, no whispering, no drawing-”
Temmie: “I know, I know... Can I play with him now?”
Mr. Butler: “Of course sweetie. You have fun!”

Temmie smiles in a way that looks fake, and steps inside. I hear her dad start to move, and then... stop. He didn’t walk anywhere, he just sits down by the open door. In fact, I can still see him, watching me watch him.

Franklin: “...”
Mr. Butler: “...”

I give him a wave. He waves back.

...

...This is really awkward.

Temmie: “Ignore him. His presence is nothing more than a distraction.”
Franklin: “Okay, but is he gonna-”
Temmie: “He will be there the whole time. Get used to it.”
Franklin: “Oh. Why?”
Temmie: “Because his heart just breaks if he’s away from me for any amount of time. He’s so fragile.”
Franklin: “Really? ...How come I’ve never seen him at school then?”
Temmie: “Are you sure you’ve never seen him there?”


I’m almost certain that I haven’t seen him around school, but almost certain means not actually certain, so I guess it’s possible he was there somewhere.

> I know you guys call each other by nicknames, like you're "the alien", Roger is "the artist" (maybe soon to be known as "the batter")... Ask Temmie if she knows who "The Storyteller" is once you're alone with her. You might not know, but it's a name we spirits are familiar with. Just want to see her reaction out of morbid curiosity.

I look back at her dad, still there. We aren’t really alone yet, so I’ll have to wait on that one.
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No. 1042094 ID: 629f2e
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1042094

Temmie: “Don’t worry about him. Let’s begin our game.”
Franklin: “Okay. So what did you want to play?”
Temmie: “Golem.

...I have no idea what that game is, or even what the word means.

Franklin: “...What’s a golem?”
Temmie: “A golem is like a robot, except instead of science they’re powered by arcane forces. I’m a witch, and I want you to be my golem for this game.”
Franklin: “What do golems do?”
Temmie: “Whatever they are told to do.”
Franklin: “...Is this a trick to make me do your chores?”
Temmie: “It is not. May we begin.”
Franklin: “Alright. So what do I do first?”
Temmie: “Why don’t I use my Mystical Powers to control you first. Come up with your own orders, keep them to yourself, and I’ll tell you whether or not to follow them.”
Temmie: “Naturally, I’ll know what they are and choose appropriately.”

She winks at me as she says it. It seems like I’m going to have to get creative for this game.

Let’s see... What could I do first?
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No. 1042097 ID: 8483cf

The orders are "we're gonna play Monopoly now."

Proceed to forget about Golem, which is really just an excuse to play Monopoly
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No. 1042099 ID: e5709d

Let's mess with this control freak.
Load up the following orders into your stack:

Enhance Knockers
Devour Greyzone
Make Dancypants Mad At You
What Does The Fox Say
Meme Nuke

No, I'm not going to tell you what they mean.
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No. 1042103 ID: e51896

Oh wait, I think I get it now!
This is Temmie's sneaky way of giving us advice on what to do without her dad listening in. She'll hear us spirits tell you what to do in your head, and we can follow them based off of what she says to help your cause! But we will also have to give some silly orders too so we're not just sitting there and hearing Temmie say "yes" or "no" all the time to our questions and make her father suspicious, like thinking "should I pet this plush toy" along with thinking of questions like what to do with Lemmy, or what place to hide him or something.

I'll think this over for a bit.
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No. 1042105 ID: 84cd4c

Hmm. I have a feeling that we just had a denseheaded moment caused by overthinking. I still feel like we missed something important.

>What could I do first?
Escape! The salt is a mortal danger for us! ...I kid, it probably isn't. Spirits and slugs aren't the same thing, right?
However, I imagine it's not there entirely just for show, though. To my knowledge, it's often seen as a "Spiritual Warding Barrier" of sorts? Something like that.

Anyways...

>Play Monopoly
And get salt all over the board???

My two suggestions are;
"Can you hear us?" - which is regrettably, not an order-
followed by 'Do something you wouldn't do' -- such as, say, revealing your neck. If Temmie says yes to this and doesn't respect your boundary here, then something's gone terribly wrong. Thankfully, with the pretext of this being a game, and her dad watching, you can just say no and move on.

...That's a lot of words. Sorry.
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No. 1042106 ID: bbb04b

Order: "Hop up and down."
Order: "Punch me."
Order: "Move Lemmy elsewhere today."
Order: "Get a disguise for Lemmy from the store."
Order: "Do a little jig."
Order: "Get a disguise for Lemmy from Roger's house."
Order: "Break into the highschool."
Order: "Break into the recycling center."
Order: "Hug one of my plushies."
Order: "Hug me."
Order(?): "Can ANY of the adults be trusted?"
Order: "Sing a song."
Order: "Look into your father's lab."
Order: "Play patty-cake with me."
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No. 1042140 ID: 2ca3ce

>>1042103
>>1042106

Yeah these two get it, use this opportunity to ask about stuff you wanted to do but maybe were worried about.

so the obveous ones about breaking in are "orders" you should have.

One order you should do is ask her dad if he wants to play too, she'll likely say no, but he's there and it'd be certainly in your wheelhouse to ask him to play even if Temmie's being weird rn.

And I mean I guess this is Temmie's way of like letting us know stuff while you can also hear, so uh Hey Temmie, of our friends, who should we spend more time with?

Order: Spend time with Albert
Order: Spend time with Enid
Order: Spend time with Lillian
Order: Spend time with no one
Order: Spend time with Clive
Order: Spend time with your mom?

I have no idea if this'll work but yknow, spaghetti and the wall and all that
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No. 1042570 ID: e51896

Oh yeah, should probably give you fake commands for the questions we ask Temmie, sooooo

Order: "Move Lemmy elsewhere today." hop on one foot if yes
Order: "Get a disguise for Lemmy from the store." Somersault if yes
Order: "Get a disguise for Lemmy from Roger's house." Try to tuck your head into your turtleneck, like Fred Flinstone sometimes does if yes
Order: "Break into the highschool." Burp if yes
Order: "Break into the recycling center." Give Temmie a high five if yes
Order(?): "Can ANY of the adults be trusted?" Grab Temmie's blanket and cover yourself with it if yes
Order: "Look into your father's lab." turn off the light if yes
Order: Spend time with Albert, stick out your tongue if yes
Order: Spend time with Enid, rest your head on Temmie's pillow if yes
Order: Spend time with Lillian, brush Temmie's hair if yes
Order: Spend time with no one, make a plush toy dance if yes
Order: Spend time with Clive, yell if yes
Order: Spend time with your mom? uhhhh, lets not ask that one, but if you must ask, then shake like your shivering if yes
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No. 1043019 ID: 629f2e
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1043019

> The orders are "we're gonna play Monopoly now." Proceed to forget about Golem, which is really just an excuse to play Monopoly

That seems kind of rude. Temmie was really insistent that we play Golem, so I don’t think she’d want me to change the game like that. At least not on the very first command. Maybe later, when we’re bored of Golem.

Temmie: “Hmmm, I see. Yes, I think that I will reject that order. Think of something better than that next time.”
Franklin: “Huh? Did you really hear that?”
Temmie: “Of course I did! My mystical powers allow me to see into your soul.”
Franklin: “Wow... What’s it look like?”
Temmie: “It’s... indescribable.”

I try to imagine what a soul would look like. Her description sounds right. I guess I kind of knew she had powers already, since you guys told me she could talk to you, so maybe that isn’t very surprising at all.

Wait, do I have powers? I can talk to you, that’s kind of a power, right? Or would being able to talk to me be a power for you guys?

Hmmmmmm...

> One order you should do is ask her dad if he wants to play too, she'll likely say no, but he's there and it'd be certainly in your wheelhouse to ask him to play even if Temmie's being weird rn.

Temmie: “No.

There’s a clear disgust in that “no”. I don’t wanna fight it at all. Sorry Temmie’s dad, but you don’t get to play. Besides, if we could have three players, I would have invited Lillian first.

> Oh wait, I think I get it now! This is Temmie's sneaky way of giving us advice on what to do without her dad listening in. She'll hear us spirits tell you what to do in your head, and we can follow them based off of what she says to help your cause!
> Yeah these two get it, use this opportunity to ask about stuff you wanted to do but maybe were worried about.

Is that why we’re playing this? If she wanted to answer questions without her dad hearing though, why wouldn’t she just do it at school? Maybe he really is there and I haven’t been paying enough attention...

Also, doesn’t she usually charge people to ask questions? I have my allowance, but I would have brought a lot more if I knew this is what we were gonna be doing.

>But we will also have to give some silly orders too so we're not just sitting there and hearing Temmie say "yes" or "no" all the time to our questions and make her father suspicious, like thinking "should I pet this plush toy" along with thinking of questions like what to do with Lemmy, or what place to hide him or something.
> Oh yeah, should probably give you fake commands for the questions we ask Temmie

Okay... I think I follow.

So you’re going to say a question and an order, and then Temmie will answer the question, and I do the order if the answer is yes? That doesn’t sound too complicated. It could even be fun!

> “Can you hear us?”
> “Hop up and down.”

Temmie: “I see... Yes. I approve of this one. Please perform your task, golem!”

Not wanting to disappoint, I start bouncing in place. Up and down and up and down... Temmie smiles, so I must have done the right thing.

That confirms it without a doubt: Temmie can definitely hear you.

> "Break into the highschool.”
> "Sing a song."

Temmie: “Hmm. You can’t really do that alone.”

Huh? Of course I can- Oh. The highschool part, not the singing.

Franklin: “I... guess not.”
Temmie: “No, I think you would need at least Five other kids for that.”

That’s her way of saying to bring everyone I think. Guess I won’t be going there with just Lillian and Lemmy today. I wasn’t planning to, but it definitely isn’t happening now.

> “Break into the recycling center.”
> "Hug one of my plushies."

Temmie shrugs.

Temmie: “If you want to, then go ahead.”

Hmm. So it’s yes, but only kind of? I only have to do it if I want to, so that means I don’t Have to? I’m not entirely sure how I feel about visiting the recycling center, but I actually would like to hug one of her toys. She has a lot of good ones, nice and soft, lots of pretty designs.

I pick up a small flower character in glasses and squeeze it tightly. It’s nice...

> “Can ANY of the adults be trusted?”
> "Punch me."

Temmie’s expression seems strongly conflicted on this one.

Temmie: “...I don’t like that order at all.”
Franklin: “So... No?”
Temmie: “...Just think of a different one.”

...I don’t know if the answer was just no because she didn’t want to get punched, or because the answer is really no.
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1043025

> “Look into your father's lab.”
> "Play patty-cake with me."

Wait, neither of those are questions. You gave the lab one first though, so is the question “Should I look in my dad’s lab”? If so, I already know the answer: I Can’t. I’m not allowed to go in there, it’s a Restricted Area at home. Dad would bury me alive, wait for me to untomb myself, and then ground me if I broke that rule.

Temmie: “...When you’re ready.”
Franklin: “Huh?”

What does that mean? When I’m ready... I’m not the issue here, it’s just one of dad’s rules.

Temmie holds up her hands, beckoning me forward. I hesitate, because I can’t agree with her answer. In the end, I approach her anyway. I don’t want to just be standing here and making her dad suspicious. I put my hands up and clap them against Temmie’s as ordered.

Even as we finish, I don’t know what to think about it. So I decide to stop thinking about it and just move on.

> “Get a disguise for Lemmy from Roger's house.”
> “Try to tuck your head into your turtleneck, like Fred Flinstone”

Weren’t we already going to do that?

Temmie just nods, so I pull my turtleneck over my head.

> Hey Temmie, of our friends, who should we spend more time with?
> “Spend time with Albert”
> “Give Temmie a high five if yes”

> “Spend time with Enid”
> “Rest your head on Temmie's pillow if yes”

> “Spend time with Lillian”
> “Brush Temmie's hair if yes”

> “Spend time with Clive”
> “Yell if yes”

Temmie: “You’re thinking about too many at once, aren’t you?”
Franklin: “Ah, sorry. Are any of those good though?”
Temmie: “Well... None of them are bad.
Temmie: “Do whichever one you liked the most. That is my order.”

...Wait, do I do the action that I liked the most, or spend time with whoever I want to then? Hmm... I guess I’m going to be spending time with Lillian, she’s cool. But should I pick somebody else since I already spent yesterday and now today with her? Enid is nice also, I really would like to hang out with her since we haven’t had a chance to yet. I haven’t spent any time with Clive either though, because he’s scary, but also he’s part of our group now so maybe I should? And what about Albert? He was at my sleepover last night, but we really didn’t spend much time alone except when we went to Lillian’s house. But should I prioritize hanging out with Enid, because I’ve known her for the least amount of time?

...I can’t choose. Maybe we should just have another sleepover, with everybody over this time. Would dad let me have two in a row? I’ve never tried to ask for that, so it’s not impossible...

Temmie: “...I don’t remember any of those orders being “do nothing”.”
Franklin: “...Huh? Oh! Right, the game.”
Franklin: “...What order was I doing again?”

> “Spend time with your mom?”
> "Hug me."

No, that would make her get sicker. Definitely not doing that one.

Temmie: “Forget the last bunch. Just do the one you thought of now.”
Franklin: “...Oh. I can’t do that.”
Temmie: “Yes you can. It’s easy.”
Franklin: “I mean... It’s easy to do, but I shouldn’t do it.”
Temmie: “I’m sure that’s not true.”
Franklin: “No, it is. That’s a bad order, and I don’t want to do it.”
Temmie: “...”
Mr. Butler: “Why don’t you move on to a different order now, Tem?”
Temmie: “No. I think that’s enough Golem for now. Let’s play something else.”

She sounds disappointed, but when I meet her gaze it just looks... Sad? Like she feels bad for me. I guess that’s understandable, with mom being sick and all.

Mr. Butler: “Want to grab your other friend for this next game?”
Temmie: “No, I don’t think Lillian would like it. I’ll leave her to whatever she’s watching, and send Franklin back to her when we’re done.”
Mr. Butler: “Well, as long as you’re being considerate-”
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1043026

CRASH!

He’s interrupted mid-sentence as the sound of glass breaking erupts from downstairs.

Mr. Butler: “The hell!? What was that!?”
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1043027

Pretty quickly for a large guy, Mr. Butler gets up and starts to race towards the staircase. I move to follow, but Temmie holds me back.

Temmie: “Shhhhh.
Temmie: “That should buy us a minute. Let’s talk for real now.”
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No. 1043034 ID: 8483cf

Real talk time. What on earth is going on with graduation, and what have other spirits told Temmie? What role does Temmie's dad have in keeping the secret?
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No. 1043035 ID: 84cd4c

As curious as I am to what happened down there, we'll know soon enough.
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No. 1043087 ID: 0838d6

So I know we can't just directly ask Temmie for the answer, otherwise she'd have already told us. So instead, is there something you can do to help us convince Franklin that there are some things he should investigate even if he innately feels uncomfortable about it.

It appears he has some sort of mental block towards... certain topics, blatantly rejecting our advances due to inborn *rules*, when opening a door could reveal a lot to assist us in the overarching mystery and save the most lives.

Also, its heavily implied, at least from how other people talk, that certain events have occured that Franklin doesen't know about or refuses to believe are real, and I don't want to hurt or break franklin, but I do want to help him and also help the other kids.

(and also help Jhonen)
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No. 1043224 ID: 96f15a

Fortune telling time? I dont think Franklin can afford it though.
Franklin's fear skyrocketed last night. Before he considers doing the thing he doesnt want to do from that order, or answer hard questions, what can he do to ease his fears, and ease him in those directions...

I will say, respect for Lilian for tackling this issue carefully and patiently.
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No. 1043225 ID: 96f15a

Also, is there anything you want to say about Clive, Temmie?
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No. 1043389 ID: 629f2e
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1043389

> Real talk time.
> As curious as I am to what happened down there, we'll know soon enough.
> Fortune telling time? I don’t think Franklin can afford it though.

Temmie: “Don’t worry. I won’t ask for quarters this time.”
Franklin: “Really? Why not?”
Temmie: “Sorry, but we don’t have time. He’ll realize he left us alone soon, so we have to do this quickly.”

There’s something different about the way she’s talking now. It’s more... Honest? Before, she was kind of talking in a way she normally doesn’t. It really emphasizes how much it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off the atmosphere with her dad leaving.

She thinks this is urgent though, so I’ll try not to slow things down. I nod in agreement, and she continues.

Temmie: “I’m going to offer you a Deal.
Franklin: “...Like, a discount?”
Temmie: “No. It’s more along the lines of a Promise.
Temmie: “I need a favor from you, something that I am incapable of doing by myself. I’m fine for now, but I’ll need this from you in a few days.”
Temmie: “If you promise to keep up your end when it matters, then I will let you ask me Two Questions right here and now.”
Franklin: “Two... Um, what do you need?”

Temmie tilts her head down, smiling sadly to herself.

Temmie: “In the final act of your story, I will have already spent what little usefulness I could offer to you and your friends. At that time, I will have Nothing left to give.”
Temmie: “I’d like you to promise that no matter how little help I can be, or how much time it will cost you at a Critical Juncture, you will still come back for me at the end.”

At the end? The end of what?

Franklin: “I... don’t really understand.”
Temmie: “You will when it matters. So, will you agree to my terms?”

She extends her hand out to me. I’m glad that she thinks I’ll get it eventually, because I really don’t right now.

It’s definitely something important, and I can tell that this was hard for her to ask from how she’s acting. Maybe she’s like Albert, and isn’t good at asking for help? I never have that problem, probably because I need help all the time! Even if I don’t know what it’s for, I have a good feeling that this is the right answer. I shake her hand.

Franklin: “Okay. I don’t mind helping you.”
Temmie: “...Thank you.”

She finally looks back up, wearing a happier smile than a moment ago.

Temmie: “Now then, what will you ask of me?”
Franklin: “Oh... I didn’t think of anything.”
Temmie: “You don’t need to put too much thought into it. I’m sure that you’ve carried a few questions in your mind for some time now. Simply ask, and I will guide you towards the answers.”

Something that I’ve been wondering for a long time? Hmm...

Franklin: “Hmm...”
Franklin: “...Mmmnnnnn”
Temmie: “...I don’t mean to rush you, but time is of the essence here-”
Franklin: “Oh! I’ve got one!”
Franklin: “Can you tell me about Judy? How come nobody else remembers her? I’m sure she was around before?”

Her grin widens, and she begins chuckling lightly.

Temmie: “I had a feeling that was what you were going to ask.”
Franklin: “Don’t you mean a premonition?”
Temmie: “Not really. Just a strong hunch.”
Temmie: “I know all about the person you speak of, and I know the answer to your question.”
Franklin: “You do? Wow! So then-”
Temmie: “Sorry, but I won’t say.”
Franklin: “Oh...”

That is... very disappointing.

Franklin: “Wait, then why did you tell me to ask questions if you weren’t going to answer them?”
Temmie: “There’s a reason. I can’t tell you outright, and you would never accept the truth even if I did. I can, however, give you the tools to learn for yourself.”
Franklin: “Oh. Ohhh, are you going to give a cryptic Fortune?
Temmie: “See? You learn quickly, so this will be more than enough for you.”
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1043391

She takes a deep breath, and suddenly I’m giving her my full attention. Not that I was ignoring her before, but the tone in her voice just demands that I listen really close.

“I request your full attention. Should the Alien from another world wish to find what he’s lost, he will have to remember these words well.”

“In the opening act, only two had read the script. In act two, the plot was deduced, and the number who knew became three. Now in the third act, the number has dropped to two once more. It is up to you to raise this number any higher.”

“Your Faith has many times been misplaced, and yet I will ask you to carry it once more. All roads will lead you back to me, yet the journey will change in many ways.”

“Three guides stand at the start of each road, each showing their worst faces as you examine them. Shall you follow the Self-Centered, the Unreliable, or the Blind?

“One stares so deeply inward that they stray from the path laid out for you. Perhaps you are more the guide than the follower to them.”

“Another has never been one you could trust, always seeming to lead you astray. You will question who they truly are, and eventually come to know throughout your quest.”

“The last sees no path at all, but intuits the way forward based on assumptions and insights. To you, this option seems new, but in truth you have unknowingly trusted their guidance before.”

“Eventually, the show will end, the curtains will fall, and the actors will drop the charade. Strive not to get lost in the performance, lest you find yourself unable to face reality when the story concludes.

“This is the Past, the Present, and the Future as I have seen it.”

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No. 1043392 ID: 629f2e
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1043392

...

I don’t get any of it yet, and I don’t think I’m supposed to, but that all sounded really cool! I have shivers. That was a really good one.

Franklin has lost 3 Fear. He feels oddly relaxed from the spooky fortune.

Party Fear Levels:
[Franklin: 46/100]


Franklin: “So, when I understand what that means, it’ll help me figure out what is going on with Judy?”
Temmie: “At the end of your journey, most of your questions should be answered.”
Franklin: “Most?
Temmie: “The world is full of mysteries. Not all of them wish to be solved.”

Temmie: “Our time is running out. What is your second question?”
Franklin: “Huh? Oh, right. Hmm..-”
Temmie: “We really don’t have that much time. May I make a suggestion?”
Temmie: “Consult with the spirits of Cattenom, and ask their opinions. Then go with whatever sounds best to you.”
Franklin: “That could work. They have a lot of interesting things to say.”

> What on earth is going on with graduation, and what have other spirits told Temmie? What role does Temmie's dad have in keeping the secret?

Temmie: “To the spirits, please keep in mind: I cannot give you direct answers. The larger the question you ask, the less clear the path to uncovering the truth will be.”

> So I know we can't just directly ask Temmie for the answer, otherwise she'd have already told us. So instead, is there something you can do to help us convince Franklin that there are some things he should investigate even if he innately feels uncomfortable about it.
> Franklin's fear skyrocketed last night. Before he considers doing the thing he doesn't want to do from that order, or answer hard questions, what can he do to ease his fears, and ease him in those directions...

Temmie: “You get one question. Will you use it to learn how best to guide Franklin?”

Well, you heard her. Think of something we should ask that isn’t too big, but would probably still be good to know.
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No. 1043395 ID: 5499f4

Sure, I'll double down, either how to guide franklin, or how to help improve his focus. Though if someone else has a good idea I'll hop onto that train.

I feel like our major goals with each kid has been to help them *START* to grow past their major insecurities or the things holding them back.

Dunno if we did a good job with Roger, but I think we did okay with Albert.
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No. 1043399 ID: 816d0b

I don't have a question to suggest; but when it comes to guides, I recommend the self-centered.
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No. 1043605 ID: 84cd4c

I'm very thankful for how time works here. I was sure to be very thorough.
I have a couple suggestions. Given the grab bag of a selection, fellow spirits- I think you should comment on them. "For" or "Against" is faster, but some of these may require actual discussion.

Narrow it down for Franklin, since they're short on time, unlike us.
I've sorted it from top to bottom based on how important I think they might be.

Important
-What is the connection between the Anderson Incident and the Nicolas Incident? (I have a hunch, but... Who knows. Also probably doesn't answer the 'Who'.)

-How can we guide Clive better? (I'm genuinely worried that we're not doing enough for him, so this is... valid. I think we're doing good with Franklin.)

-Who is in the most Danger? (This is like, immediately useful- as in Clive POV useful. However, it doesn't elucidate any mysteries.)
(I'd actually like to see how much Danger each person is individually, but... that feels like, overpowered? Hard to convey.)

-Temmie... what was the cost for gifting Franklin Hearing? (. . .)
(I hope you can feel the weight behind this stare you can't see.)

-How's Jolene? (If nothing sounds appealing, this is a throwaway question- the reasoning being we've only heard that she's sick and nothing else recently. Speaking extra frankly, we've invested a fair bit into her wellbeing, so it'd be nice to see her get her opportunity to shine where no one else can.)

-What Clive said to Rodney that night. (I'm against this, since it would distract Franklin, but... Genuinely useful.)

-Which Adults secretly oppose the High School? (Actually worded as a question- unhelpful if answer is 'none of them'.)

-About Jhonen (This is a sad question that only brings regret. I know I've laid the option out, but... Don't do it.)

Less Important(?)
-About Daniel Chamberlane, The Musician (??????)

-Mittens (...We can talk about this later, right?)

-About The Seer of Eyes (This might be something only Franklin can learn and understand, but is unlikely to be helpful.)
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No. 1043633 ID: 8483cf

>>1043605
I can make an educated guess that either Albert or Clive are in the most danger, with Albert being slightly higher. Mainly because Albert straight-up asked his dad about graduation, and who knows what he remembers, even when drugged up? Second, because he's been dodging his mom and eating "her" food. Clive is just acting suspicious, but Albert is actively acting against his parents, so we don't need to ask this question to know the answer.

I say that "what is the connection between the Anderson Incident and the Nicolas Incident?" is the best choice. Asking about connections allows Temmie to use allegories and similies that are more on-point than a normal fortune. Who knows, maybe she'll tell us a fable with characters oddly familiar but totally not people we know.
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No. 1044312 ID: 629f2e
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1044312

> I don't have a question to suggest; but when it comes to guides, I recommend the self-centered.

Wait, was I supposed to read that fortune as it was said? Aren’t there some kind of hidden layers or something to it, the stuff she said meaning something else?

I don’t know who the “Self-Centered” one is. Even if you want me to, I can't really go along with it unless you figure it out.

> Sure, I'll double down, either how to guide Franklin, or how to help improve his focus. Though if someone else has a good idea I'll hop onto that train.

Ooh, improving my focus would be pretty nice. I bet my friends would appreciate-

Temmie: “I can’t help you with your focus. That’s sort of a mental issue, and I’m not any kind of brain doctor. Sorry, I dunno how you’d make that better.”
Franklin: “Oh.”

Darn, that would have been nice.

> How can we guide Clive better?
> Temmie... what was the cost for gifting Franklin Hearing?
> Who is in the most Danger?
> I can make an educated guess that either Albert or Clive are in the most danger, with Albert being slightly higher. Mainly because Albert straight-up asked his dad about graduation, and who knows what he remembers, even when drugged up?

Okay, we really need to decide. Can any of you agree on a question?

> What is the connection between the Anderson Incident and the Nicolas Incident?
> I say that "what is the connection between the Anderson Incident and the Nicolas Incident?" is the best choice. Asking about connections allows Temmie to use allegories and similes that are more on-point than a normal fortune. Who knows, maybe she'll tell us a fable with characters oddly familiar but totally not people we know.

Franklin: “Um... okay. I want to ask that one.”
Temmie: “Enid and Albert’s fathers? Interesting...”
Franklin: “Is that good? Can you tell me something about them?”
Temmie: “I may have something you’ll find interesting. Listen closely.”

“Regarding the black sheep and the philanthropist, you would be hard pressed finding two individuals in circumstances more Different. One reviled and at the lowest point of his existence, another loved by all and secretly blessed with the greatest joy life has to offer. And yet in the end, both meet with the same fate.”

“You ask the relation, and so that is what I tell. On the same day, two men had attempts made on their lives, by ones seeking Revenge. One, punished for sins they unknowingly supported, and the other for a betrayal that they willfully chose to enact.”

“The Genius shall come face to face with the truth of his father’s deeds on his own, your assistance does not factor. Regarding The Miracle’s father, those responsible intend to see his secrets buried. If you wish to know more, then few are better suited than you to investigate.”

“This is the Past, the Present, and the Future as I have seen it.”


It was shorter than the last, and equally tough to understand. Unfortunately, I don’t get any opportunity to ask questions, as the silence which had followed her fortune was broken all too quickly. Footsteps were rapidly coming up the stairs, far too loud to be Lillian’s.

Temmie: “Take this.”

She shoves a plush toy into my hands. I think it’s a Raggedy Andy, as it looks like one I’ve seen commercials for. The toy she’s holding is some sort of action figure in a trenchcoat, but its head was missing. As the steps stop ascending, she whispers one more command.
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1044313

Temmie: “Play along.
Temmie: “Bleh! My head! My blood! The blood pours everywhere! All the people get covered in it!”
Franklin: “...Oh no! The blood is supposed to be on the inside, not the out. Very bad!”

Temmie’s dad bursts into the doorway, panting for breath. You both pause, turning towards him.

Temmie: “Oh, I was wondering when you’d come back.”
Mr. Butler: “Why weren’t you following me!?”
Temmie: “Didn’t wanna.”
Mr. Butler: “You- We’ve- You can’t just- I-”
Temmie: “You didn’t say I had to follow you, and I didn’t want to go with you, so I just stayed here and played with Franklin.”
Franklin: “...I am Franklin.”
Mr. Butler: “...Sweetie, we’ve been over this. You Know you’re not supposed to be alone with anyone.”
Temmie: “Why not? It’s just Franklin.”
Franklin: “...I am just Franklin.”

If I just keep agreeing with whatever she says, I can’t mess up my part this time. Right?

Mr. Butler: “You know why! I know that you know better than this. You can’t-”
Temmie: “What was the noise by the way?”
Mr. Butler: “Huh?”
Franklin: “I also want to know what the noise was.”
Temmie: “It could have been somebody breaking in to hurt you, and me, and maybe Franklin too. It could happen. A lot of awful things have, Recently.
Temmie: “If it was something safe, you could have called me down. You didn’t though, so I wasn’t sure.”
Mr. Butler: “...It was nothing, just a broken window. Some kid must have picked a bad spot to play catch.”
Temmie: “That’s good. I’m really happy that it wasn’t some bad people that were coming in to hurt us.”
Mr. Butler: “Yeah, same...”

He seems a little calmer, but things are still tense. He- oh, yep, he’s definitely looking at me. I stare back at him.

Mr. Butler: “...What were you playing while I was gone?”
Franklin: “This game.”
Mr. Butler: “What’s it called?”

Oh no! Improvisation! I messed this up last time, what should I say?

Franklin: “...Andy.”
Mr. Butler: “What?’
Temmie: “What?
Franklin: “...We didn’t come up with a name for the game at the start, so I just named it. Andy.”
Franklin: “...Oh, because that’s the name of this character, I think.”
Temmie: “His name is whatever you want it to be.”
Franklin: “I like Andy.”
Temmie: “Then it’s Andy.”
Mr. Butler: “...”

Mr. Butler takes a deep breath, before exhaling. There’s a feeling of relief, as the tension seems to die down. Mostly.
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1044314

Mr. Butler: “Alright, well I’m gonna need to get that window fixed, so I’m sorry to say that this visit will have to end early.”
Temmie: “Okay. Thank you for coming over, Franklin.”
Franklin: “Thanks for inviting me.”

Unexpectedly, she wraps her arms around me in a tight Hug. I hadn’t really taken her to be so affectionate, but it feels pretty natural. It’s not forced, like how she talks to her dad.

Mr. Butler: “Hey hey hey, is something happening here? Do I need to start coming down hard as a father on this?”
Temmie: “Maybe you do. Maybe I’ve fallen head over heels in Love. What are you gonna do about it.”
Mr. Butler: “Well, it’s a good thing his father’s a mortician if that’s the case...”

Not liking the direction this conversation is going, I break away and quickly say my goodbyes to Temmie, before quickly getting out of there. Lillian is waiting downstairs by the door.

Lillian: “You done?”
Franklin: “Finished playing, and finished being threatened. We can leave.”
Lillian: “Wait, what?”

Lillian finds my near-death experience funny as I explain it to her on our way out. It made for some nice light conversation while we’re still in range of Mr. Butler. The conversation is more open once we get outside, walking away from the house towards Roger’s. Didn’t want to say anything while he was listening, since Temmie only started really talking once he was gone.

Franklin: “...So, what did you do while you were waiting?”
Lillian: “Smashed a window.”
Franklin: “Ohhhhhhhhh...”
Franklin: “...”
Franklin: “...”
Franklin: “Wait, what?”
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No. 1044333 ID: eb15a3

Check your pockets, franklin. I think Temmie put something in your pocket in the middle of that hug.
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No. 1044345 ID: 8483cf

Did the window deserve it?
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No. 1044350 ID: 22eda9

Checking your pockets wouldn't hurt.

I'm assuming that smashing the window was part of Temmie's plan, otherwise she wouldn't have had time for real talk™. I'm not sure if that means Lillian was in on it all along, or only when you got there... well, who knows.

Personally, I wouldn't dwell on it further than that, because that sorta thing would just feed into my trust issues. Don't grow up like me, Franklin.

I kind of want to take a crack at the fortunes, but I think it'd be better to hear your uninfluenced opinion on what they might mean.
...It's fine to include Lillian in on the theorizing, since she's done it before (without really knowing it was a fortune, I guess-) but maybe save that for like, either during the walk or sometime after where you two can't be heard, since it might raise people's suspicion.
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No. 1044415 ID: 398700

>>1044333
Wait on this until you're a bit further from the house, I don't trust Temmie's dad not to spy on us as we leave.
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No. 1044432 ID: 22eda9

>>1044415
Ditto. If he's got eyes in the back of his head, he probably has binoculars for them too.
>“Really? ...How come I’ve never seen him at school then?”
>“Are you sure you’ve never seen him there?”
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1044859

> Did the window deserve it?
> I'm assuming that smashing the window was part of Temmie's plan, otherwise she wouldn't have had time for real talk™. I'm not sure if that means Lillian was in on it all along, or only when you got there... well, who knows.

Oh, I guess that would make the most sense. But if Lillian knew she was supposed to do it, then why didn’t she tell me? I would have had more time to think about my questions if she did.

> Personally, I wouldn't dwell on it further than that, because that sorta thing would just feed into my trust issues.

I feel like I should at least ask. She just told me that she did it, so she must be okay with talking about it.

Franklin: “Why did you do that?”
Lillian: “Temmie asked me to.”
Franklin: “I thought you were gonna say that... So then, why didn’t you tell me about it before?”
Lillian: “I never had the chance. You were up in her room already.”
Franklin: “...Huh?”
Lillian: “Look, just check out this note she gave me.”

She holds a small piece of paper out to you. It has five simple sentences written in colored pencil really badly. Either Temmie’s handwriting is awful, or she couldn’t just write this in a normal way.

Wait 5 minutes
Go to backyard
Smash kitchen window
Run inside
Play innocent


Lillian: “She palmed it to me when we shook hands. Guess she really Did know I was coming, despite all that junk she said.”
Lillian: “I figured that there was some half-decent reason to the whole act, so I just went along and did what the note wanted.”
Franklin: “...Ohhh. That explains a lot, I think.”
Franklin: “If I have it right, Temmie wanted a distraction so that her dad would leave us alone, so we could talk without him hearing.”
Lillian: “I knew it! He was freaked out about the window, but the second he realized you guys weren’t there he forgot all about it and sprinted back upstairs!”

He definitely seemed upset that we were alone. Well, not like Angry, that doesn’t sound right. It was more like... Worried? He was shouting, but not really at Temmie or me for the most part. It was like, he wasn’t mad that Temmie did something she shouldn’t, but was just scared that it happened?

I kind of get it, and I kind of don’t. On the one hand, Temmie helped with our investigation. He’s an adult, so he probably wouldn’t like that. Is that why he watches her so much?

On the other hand though, she answered in a Temmie way, where she put the answers into riddles. The same thing she does at school, which she does openly.

...Then again, she probably isn’t getting many super serious questions from most kids, so maybe her parents don’t mind that? It’s just a lot to think about.
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> Checking your pockets wouldn't hurt.
> Check your pockets, franklin. I think Temmie put something in your pocket in the middle of that hug.

She did?

> Wait on this until you're a bit further from the house, I don't trust Temmie's dad not to spy on us as we leave.
> Ditto. If he's got eyes in the back of his head, he probably has binoculars for them too.

Ohhh, good point. Let’s get completely out of sight first.

Lillian: “So we’re heading to Roger’s to pick up that disguise for Lemmy, right? Wanna cut through the forest again?”
Franklin: “Hmm... Actually, can we go around? I like the beach road more.”
Lillian: “Fiiiine. Probably for the best. I don’t think I have the strength to not jump in if I see Martino and Floyd kicking that ball around. I’m not made of stone Franklin!”
Franklin: “We’ll be able to play normally e. Sooner or later, I think.”
Lillian: “I know. I’d just prefer sooner...”

I wait until the house is completely out of sight to put my hands in my pockets. My fingers brush against something! It’s... It’s...

...It’s just pants. There’s Nothing in them. Did I lose it, or was it really just a hug?
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Lillian: “So, what’d Temmie want to talk about anyways?”
Franklin: “Well... She let me ask for fortunes, and instead of paying with quarters she wanted me to promise something.”
Lillian: “What did she want?”
Franklin: “To not be Abandoned during the final act of my story.”
Lillian: “...The what?”
Franklin: “I dunno. Maybe the end of our investigation? Or right before I die? My story could be my whole life, like a biography.”
Lillian: “Let’s say investigation. I don’t wanna think about dying soon enough for that to come up.”
Franklin: “...Also, she mentioned that helping her might waste time at a critical juncture.
Lillian: “I’ve got another “what” coming your way. What’s a juncture?”

I shrug, having never heard the word before in my entire life, I think. That’s an Albert question, somebody remind me to ask him later. Or tell me what the word means if you’ve heard it.

Lillian: “Temmie’s pretty freaky, but in a cool way. And her fortunes did help us out yesterday. It wouldn’t be right to abandon her, promise or not.”
Franklin: “I agree.”
Lillian: “So what about those fortunes then? What’d you ask?”

It’s hard to remember exactly what Temmie said for them, but I repeat the fortunes as best as I can. Accidentally changing a word might change the meaning if I’m not careful!

Lillian: “You asked about Judy? Didn’t we already explain that she doesn’t exist?”
Franklin: “...I know it doesn’t make sense, but Temmie said she knew about her.”
Lillian: “That... That still doesn’t make sense. And nothing in that fortune made it clear.”
Franklin: “I don’t really understand it either. But... I want to understand, so that’s why I asked.”
Lillian: “...Y’know, I actually think I get the first bit at least.”

“...only two had read the script... the number who knew became three... the number has dropped to two once more.”

Lillian: “If it’s talking about Judy, then maybe it’s about how you and Temmie are the only two who know about her.”
Lillian: “Then, let’s say Jhonen found something out too, and he was the third. Since he graduated, it becomes just you two again.”

The numbers do add up if you think of it that way. But something seems off about that explanation.

Franklin: “...How would Jhonen find out about Judy though?”
Lillian: “Well... you know her, so maybe he found something while trying to look into you?”
Franklin: “Also, what’s that last point about “the end of the show” and “not getting lost” if it’s just about Judy?”
Lillian: “...I dunno! These fortunes are really dumb.”
Lillian: “I feel like I’m on the right track. Maybe I’ve just got the Topic wrong or something?”
Lillian: “I like my reasoning with Jhonen though, it’s gotta be something like that. What else could it mean?”
Franklin: “...Something else?”
Lillian: “I mean, yeah, maybe. I’m just gonna keep thinking it’s my thing though.”

I don’t think we’re going to get anything out of that one right now. Lillian agrees, and the conversation moves on to the other fortune.

Lillian: “That’s... pretty random. Why were you asking about Anderson and Albert’s dad?”
Franklin: “A voice in my head told me to.”
Lillian: “You mean your brain?”
Franklin: “No.”
Lillian: “...Anyways. What do you think that one means?”
Franklin: “Hmm... She said that I was better suited to investigate Enid’s dad, and that his secrets were gonna be buried...”
Franklin: “So maybe... I should look around back home at the Morgue?
Lillian: “Yeah... Yeah I think that makes sense! Alright, we got something out of that one. Nice!”
Lillian: “...How many of these are just gonna be “go look around Franklin’s house”?”
Franklin: “...Rule of three?”

We reach Roger’s house, and as expected there’s a bag containing articles of clothing by the door. I walk up and take it, before coming back to Lillian.

Franklin: “So, what do you want to do after we get this to Lemmy?”
Lillian: “...Not sure anything I Want to do is actually a good answer.”
Franklin: “Hmm... What should we do then?”
Lillian: “Investigate probably. The others went to the plant, so maybe we should... Check out the high school?”
Franklin: “...Temmie told me not to do that without everyone.
Lillian: “Of course she did... Fine, do you have any ideas then?”

That’s a good question. Cattenom isn’t a big town, but there are still plenty of places we could go. I guess it depends on what we want to figure out. We should still talk it over, and with Lemmy too since he’ll be with us, but we need ideas first.

Hmm... What do we want to find out, and what are some places we could go...?
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No. 1044863 ID: 8483cf

Check out the graveyard and see how many tombstones there are for people who died IMMEDIATELY after graduating high school.
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No. 1044869 ID: 22eda9

For the sake of convenience and a refresher, I will now recount the fortune in full. After all, you were concerned about misremembering something.

>'Should the Alien from another world wish to find what he’s lost, he will have to remember these words well.'
The 'another world part' aside, I believe this to mean that you are missing memories, but it's still possible to reclaim them.

>'In the opening act, only two had read the script. In act two, the plot was deduced, and the number who knew became three. Now in the third act, the number has dropped to two once more. It is up to you to raise this number any higher.'
I think Lillian's right about the topic being wrong- if it were simply remembering Judy, the starting number would probably be more than two. I also think she's right about Jhonen being a part of the count- and we can take this a step further by adding that it probably has to do with what he found out and confronted you about on Sunday.

To refresh your memory, an excerpt as retold by Bec;
>"I know the Truth! You need to see what I uncovered, it finally all makes sense! All the pieces fit!"
>An adult listened in, and this is speculated to be the reason for his graduation.
>"he claimed to know Franklin’s True Nature, and demanded his Immediate Arrest.

In other words... your existence, things you don't want to talk about, the... scar, Judy, and your mom, and more that are hard to get into right now, are all probably relevant- and worse, Jhonen considered some part of it to be on the level of a Crime. However, that's merely Jhonen's perspective.

My guess is that the people who read the script refers to your Dad and Temmie, with Jhonen being the third. I'm not sure on the topic, but it might be more like "The Disappearance of Judy." or "Franklin's True Nature." Assuming that Jhonen is one of the three, then at least one of the many things Jhonen said the last time you saw him is directly related to the Topic.
I feel like that's half right, anyways.

Also...
I still respect your boundaries regarding your privacy, but I think it's important to note that
-A: We're on a couple different time limits (Albert's Fortune, Temmie's Request, and also...)
-B: Eventually, we'll be gone from your head, and likely in someone else's. Likely, they won't be able to hear us, so we can't really tell anyone anything you don't want told. If they unexpectedly can, I think that me and the other spirits can agree to keep a secret until you're ready.
-C: If it's important, we could be missing something vital when thinking things through.

...That said, don't feel pressured to tell us everything right now. Work your way up to it.

Now, the rest of the fortunes.
>'Your Faith has many times been misplaced, and yet I will ask you to carry it once more. All roads will lead you back to me, yet the journey will change in many ways.'
This seems to imply that right now, there are three Main Choices to go about further investigation which is directly important to solving this mystery, all of which are presented by the guides.

>Hmm... What do we want to find out, and what are some places we could go...?
(Dad's Laboratory)
(Recycling Center?)
(????? North of Highschool?) By the way, do you know what's up there? We don't.
(The Anderson House?) Potentially Risky

>'Three guides stand at the start of each road, each showing their worst faces as you examine them. Shall you follow the Self-Centered, the Unreliable, or the Blind?'
>'One stares so deeply inward that they stray from the path laid out for you. Perhaps you are more the guide than the follower to them.'
>'Another has never been one you could trust, always seeming to lead you astray. You will question who they truly are, and eventually come to know throughout your quest.'
>'The last sees no path at all, but intuits the way forward based on assumptions and insights. To you, this option seems new, but in truth you have unknowingly trusted their guidance before.'
I think at least one of these guides is Lemmy... maybe...

>'Eventually, the show will end, the curtains will fall, and the actors will drop the charade. Strive not to get lost in the performance, lest you find yourself unable to face reality when the story concludes.'
This is the Past, the Present, and the Future as Temmie has seen it.

My interpretation is... there's a heavy emphasis on an "Act" being played here, and that it applies to the whole fortune- to the point that perhaps even the Guides are Actors, for the sake of leading you to the conclusion. The Act is done not out of ill will, but instead because they have forseen a hard to accept truth that you will have to face eventually. I think Lillian ...might(?) understand if you mention this.
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No. 1044897 ID: 0838d6

>>1044869
I like most of what is said here and think that if you talk about it with Lillian and then get her updated opinion on which of these three locations to go to, that that would be a good place to start for your investigation today.

Personally I lean towards Dad's laboratory because
A. Its your dad
B. We are here *with you* *right now*

And I think having us to help with hard truths specifically related to you, while we are here is kind of what we're meant to do. Since we've slowly helped the others take steps to improve themselves, why not take the same approach here?

Though my conjecture is that you're literally from another world, not as a literal alien, but as in you lived a whole other life and you're so forgetful, mixing things up because there was a whole other you that experienced events, maybe not with the same characters, but certainly still in cattenom. And now you're this Franklin, with a bunch of strange memories and thoughts, fogetful because too much is crammed in there or you're suffering from ptsd, though that's just a theory.

Also does a cat and a very tall tree ring any bells?
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No. 1044920 ID: 22eda9

I forgot something...
>“I’ve got another “what” coming your way. What’s a juncture?”
A Juncture is typically, an important point that connects two different events in time, or places- for example, a bridge is a juncture, which can also be used as a metaphor.

The Critical Juncture, or Bridge in this case, will coincide with just before the end of our time with you during an important situation, likely brought about by either your investigation, or the other group's investigation of the Nuclear Power Plant.

It's possible that it won't be possible to handle the situation as best as possible while also keeping your promise, but this kind of has "Bad things will happen to Temmie" vibe if you leave her behind.
That said, it might not hurt to let other people know before you come across the bridge at the end of your journey.

...Not a literal bridge, though. I think.
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