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1044452 No. 1044452 ID: ab70bc

Early autumn is pleasant in Cedar Ridge. Summer's hottest days are behind you and the shade of the Douglas fir trees that blanket the town keep the underbrush cool.

North of the lake that divides the town are sets of woods. Interrupted only by mud roads and storm drains that rarely see use outside of the rainy season. This grove is only a mile from the town's one high school. Frequented by teens and alcoholics alike for bonfire parties that leaves the smell of ash in the air. This far east into Oregon the breeze is warm and sluggish, trapped in by mountain ranges.

From where you stand you can hear when the occasional truck passes through Cedar Ridge's main road. Barely. It helps you keep your facing when you're unsure which way is home.

You are in the north in the outskirts of town.
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No. 1044453 ID: ab70bc
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You are RILEY and you have lived here all your life. It's past noon on a Wednesday and you're investigating a mystery.

The old lady who used to run the town's occult shop told you this storm drain is haunted. And since you have literally nothing better to do right now you've decided to check it out.

Your friend Shane broke your skateboard here two years ago, and he got his heart broken here a year later. You consider this to be karma.

You bought with you:
- A notebook and pencil
- A Game Boy Color with only one battery
- A sandwich to offer the hobo ghost
No. 1044455 ID: e5709d

*Initiate retro 1970's proto-dubstep advertisement song*
No. 1044459 ID: 8a5496

Draw the entrance of the storm drain in your notebook. Then take a closer look if there's anything you can see inside or if you hear any noises coming from the hole.
No. 1044461 ID: 9ba7cf

Peek inside. And don't forget to draw a map.
No. 1044468 ID: 30b9f6

Sketching a rough map is a cool idea!

Maybe add a couple 'expedition-style' notes as well so you can laugh about how seriously you took this later. "Ready to plunge the haunted depths of... THE STORM DRAIN. (dun dunn DUN!)"
No. 1044469 ID: d98cb8

How dark is this storm drain? Will you be okay wandering in there without a flashlight?
No. 1044471 ID: 8a5496

Don't need flashlight when we got a Game Boy Color
No. 1044472 ID: d98cb8

Game boy color needs two batteries and she only has one. It's useless for light
No. 1044473 ID: 708905

Yell loudly into the drain to assert dominance
No. 1044474 ID: e51896

Even if we had another battery, Game boy colors dont have a backlight on their screen to use as a light source.
No. 1044476 ID: bbb04b

So, what do you know about this alleged haunting already? What unexplained phenomena is being attributed to this hobo(?) ghost? Or are you just taking the old woman's word that it's "haunted" with no elaboration needed? (Is it a hobo or are you just guessing?) Do you know why the old woman told you in particular, and/or how she knew this? (She can be the subject of a follow-up investigation if this turns out to be legit.)

It'd be good to take down notes of everything you know about the case before you head in.

Also, do you know how to defend yourself, in case you startle and agitate a flash-and-blood hobo or a rabid animal or something?
No. 1044478 ID: ec7b0e

Also, what happened to the old lady who used to run the occult shop ?
No. 1044482 ID: d98cb8

You know I'd actually forgotten that! There's no Gameboy with backlight until the GBA SP!
No. 1044483 ID: d80ebe

Create a code name for your current operation, I suggest Eagle one.
No. 1044501 ID: 894419

You definitely brought that sketchpad to map the storm drains!
No. 1044524 ID: ab70bc
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The storm drain is not important, you didn't come here for the storm drain. This is just the spot where the hobo ghost is said to spook. In fact, you think this storm drain couldn't get any less interesting, you feel like it has absolutely zero bearing over your adventure. But since it's here you might as well check it out.
Water settles at the bottom of the pipe, there's a wall at the end that splits the path in two directions: left and right. As much as you can tell from here neither seem to extend that far. You can make out the entrance clearly in the sunlight but it quickly becomes dark.

Sucking in a lungful of ashy air you scream your little heart out. Which is actually pretty loud. Years and year of screaming at your parents and your friends and just about anything that pushes you the wrong way has made screaming second nature to you. It's only a heartbeat later that the pipe screams back.
With how shallow this pipe is the echo isn't that strong. You easily overpower it. The pipe's will is broken.

+7 EXP

You're not very good at drawing, but you know your town pretty well from memory. You could manage up a decent map if you wanted to once you found a flat surface to draw on. There's one just outside the pipe.
No. 1044525 ID: ab70bc

Nothing **happened** to the old lady. Nothing ever happens in this town. Debra the occult rat is hanging out in the park right now.
In the center of town there's a building that used to be a bank. Lots of buildings used to be a bank. One of them is purple. The old rat who used to live there painted it purple when she opened up Cedar Ridge's first and last occult shop.
It did not do well.
Recently you've been hanging out with her in the park since all of your friends are in school or at work.

This is the third adventure she's sent you on now and you're starting to think she might be making things up. The last two ended up being possums.
No. 1044526 ID: ab70bc
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Your Game Boy Color :tm: Special Edition :tm: Pikachu and Friends :tm: edition is a burned yellow and doesn't quite fit in your pocket comfortably. You bought it second hand at a garage sale, it didn't come with the battery clip so they always fall out while you're playing.
You only have the game it came with: Shrek: Fairy Tale FreakDown

No matter how hard you try, you can't beat the Gingerbread Man.

At home you have a Pokemon game, but even if you were home right now (which you're not) you're missing a battery.
No. 1044530 ID: 4286b4

Well, no hobo ghosts here. Mystery solved!

There doesn't seem to be anything else to do here so I suppose you can go report your findings to Debra.

But first, draw that town map on the flat concrete surface. And make sure to do it while sticking your ass as far in the air as you can, you know, to ward off any hobo ghosts.
No. 1044531 ID: ba37ee

Draw that map then look around, listen for ghostly sounds and ask the ghost to show itself. Tell it you got a sandwich.
No. 1044532 ID: fec07f

How does one go about summoning hobo ghosts? We should check for old hobo signs on the walls
No. 1044540 ID: 41e37d

Intone the most eldritch incantation you can muster.

Also, if all your friends are at school or work - did you graduate, and just don't yet have a job, or maybe you work a night shift, or what?
No. 1044545 ID: 30b9f6

>Draw a map of town
Why not? There's a flat surface right there, after all. And you're clearly bored out of your gourd, so a quick moment to bust out a sketch wouldn't be amiss.

Actually, ooh, yeah check for fresh ghost hobo signs inside the tunnel before it gets too dark. Maybe turning on your Gameboy - with one battery - will catch up stray hobo ghost signals and create a spooky flickering screen effect or... something. Okay that's stupid, but eh, what's the worst that could happen?

>What else
So you hang with Debra because neither of you appear to have much better to do. She sounds like she's gone broke after her occult self-employment venture went bust, but what about you? Why ain't you workin', schoolin' or whatever? How old are you, Riley?
No. 1044554 ID: 84f54c

Gameboy can't turn on with only one battery, not even a flicker. And as many people who tried to use their gameboy in the car can tell you, there's definitely no way the gameboy can light up anything.
No. 1044556 ID: 7711f1

Best to start peddling the sandwich in an effort to lure the ghost out. What kind of sandwich even is it?

Use the gameboy to play an 8-bit OST version of All Star by Smash Mouth to demonstrate that you aren't a threat after that blood-curdling scream.
No. 1044571 ID: e5709d

Moan seductively to lure the ghost out.
No. 1044572 ID: 9a2966

Which means there's definitely ghost activity if it does!
No. 1044990 ID: ab70bc
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You're not done here. If you went back to the cool old witch lady now she'd think you're a nerd who can't handle ghosts. That's lame, you're not a nerd. You can't even beat Pokemon.

This is where the storm drain ends, at least for this part of town. The dirty stream travels past this wall but it's too dark for you to see where it goes. From the sounds of it, down.

There used to be a fancy sign here but a kid stole it. You're pretty sure he still has it in his garden. It probably said something dumb like "This is a storm drain" or "Disco is dead." Nobody cares.

You're not in school because you're a rebel without a cause. And you got expelled last month. It's not really something you want to talk about when there are cool ghost adventures to be on right now.
You probably weren't going to graduate anyway.
No. 1044991 ID: ab70bc
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You're pretty far north of the town right now. Cedar Ridge has a population of 1,069 or something like that. It's mostly old people shuffling their way to the graveyard.
[The cross is your current position]

Everything is centred around the main road which travels through town, truckers need a place to stay this far out and that's how the town makes its money. You're pretty sure there used to be a train line here once but if there is you haven't seen it.
Sometimes at night you think you can hear a train in the trees.

This side of the river there isn't much but forest. If you didn't draw it, assume it's just a forest. There are a fuckload of trees where you live.
Given how it's just across the river from school and far away from the trailer park this is a pretty popular place for teenagers to dick around.

You're bumming at your friend's place right now in a slightly nicer part of town. There are paved roads instead of just dirt. But it's not as nice as the nice part of town. That's on the other side of the park.

You didn't draw the park because your notepad's spine is in the way.
No. 1044992 ID: ab70bc
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You also bought a sandwich with you because apparently food is what makes the ghost show up. You don't need any incantations or voodoo, but if you wanna shout something that's cool. Shout all you want, this is America. You love shouting.

Apparently if you leave food here the ghost will show up. You can either wait for something to happen or find something else to do.

You made the sinner's sandwich because a friend once told you it was really good. It's turkey, strawberry jam and cereal. You tried half of it on the way here to see what it was like.

It's okay. The ghost is a hobo he's not gonna be picky.
No. 1044993 ID: b6986d

If I was a ghost I would pretend to be picky, just to keep folks on their toes.
No. 1044996 ID: 15c72a

Alright, time to get just out of sight and peek at the sandwich.

What were your instructions for the last two "ghosts"?
No. 1044998 ID: e5709d

When you get the chance, spray paint a pair of R's that look like giant D's but with squiggly lines at the bottom to form the rest of the R-character, layered diagonally.
No. 1044999 ID: 30b9f6

Do you even have to get out of sight to start with?

Could just enter the storm drain, wave the sandwich around, see if something hops out. Then drop it and pretend to leave if nothing does, but actually hang around near the exit and peek to see if anyone comes.
No. 1045006 ID: 12b56b

Guess it's time to hurry up and wait. Kick your lecks up and play some of that pokeyman game.
No. 1045007 ID: 4286b4

Find a rock or something and place the sandwich on top of it so that it sticks out.

Then tie a string around the sandwich and hide somewhere. Once the string is pulled, you've caught the ghost!
No. 1045009 ID: bbb04b

How does this lady claim to find these leads for you?

Shame you don't have chalk; you could try drawing a seance circle with a bunch of hobo code symbols in it - look it up, it's like an IRL thief's cant.

I guess just try calling it out. Don't act like you're calling a ghost, though - we don't know how they work; they might not realize they're dead. Did the rat pin a name to this ghost, or are we gonna settle for "I have food, come and get it?"
No. 1045010 ID: 36784c

>apparently food is what makes the ghost show up.
Are you sure it’s a ghost and not a wild animal?
No. 1046100 ID: ab70bc
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Why would it be an animal? The other two ghosts were just shy probably. That's a lame thought.

You don't have any string for a trap, but the magic circle sounds like fun!
Using your finger you draw a crude circle in the layer of grime that's built up on the surface. You think it's concrete? This can't be solid rock.
Either way, you wipe the grime off on your shorts.

It takes a good minute but you draw all the things you think a hobo king would care about: his crown, booze, a trash can, a trash bag, and after you'd run out of trash ideas you just drew a skull.
It looks pretty cool. You're a dope artist.

You weren't failing art class; art class was failing you.
Eat a dick Mr Asston.

+6 EXP for this cool idea
No. 1046101 ID: ab70bc
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Actually you know about hobo runes! You found a few around town, and you're pretty sure there's one on the pipe walls!

Even this early in the afternoon there isn't enough light to see into the storm drain very well. From the entrance you can make out how deep it is and where it splits, but past that it's too dark to see what you're doing or where you're going.

The shallow pipe ends in a fork, left and right.
No. 1046102 ID: ab70bc
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This isn't the first time you've been here so you know what to expect. You can see the heavy steel gate at the end, the tarnished silver reflects just a little more light than its surroundings. This gate has been locked since you were a little kid and you've never seen it opened. No engineers or operators ever visit.

You can also make out the silhouette of a pickle jar and half of your skateboard.

Honestly it's surprising that thing is still here. It's a trooper.

The lighting is too shitty to make out the hobo code, maybe this is something you could check out later.
No. 1046103 ID: ab70bc
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It smells at the end. There is a lot of stagnant water stewing away in this retainer. You know for a fact it goes down pretty deep (and probably ends up somewhere) because you've spent a lot of time throwing rocks in there, but you will literally never, ever, ever


ever, ever ever get in that water outside of a dare.

Somebody left their shopping cart here. Which is impressive given the nearest mall is two towns over.

The sign here was spray painted over at some point, otherwise it looks fairly new.
No. 1046107 ID: d98cb8

How's the gate locked? Have you ever considered using that half of a skateboard to try and smash off the padlock or something? If it's been down there untouched for a long time it might break.
No. 1046114 ID: b6986d

Like a POWERFUL CROW, use a BIG ROCK to break the lock open.
No. 1046121 ID: 30b9f6

Check out that pickle jar - what's it filled with and/or doing here? And what's the story about that skateboard? How'd Shane end up breaking it?

>Use rock on rusty lock
Breaking into a semi-abandoned sewer system? Sounds acceptably risky! Granted, might be more trouble than it's worth.
No. 1046127 ID: fec07f

Place sandvich inside magic circle and call out to the hobo ghost to come and get the food.
No. 1046163 ID: bd97d3

Ok, but would you get in the water if there was a scary hobo ghost standing behind you?
No. 1047138 ID: ab70bc
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There's a scary hobo ghost behind you??

No. There isn't.

Bro. It's not cool to jump scare people like that. Dawg.
No. 1047139 ID: ab70bc

At the cross section there is so little light it's difficult for you to see, despite being able to see pretty well in the dark. Without illumination it's just shapes in shadows.

You can make out the shape of half a skateboard, an old glass jar, and an assortment of rocks and newspapers stuck to the floor. You're pretty sure they're stuck to the floor, there's a lot of gunk around them and everything in here is wet.
There's a much smaller pipe on the back wall somebody smaller than you could wiggle through, though it's very gross. The smell has been enough to deter you and your friends from ever trying to see what's in there, and you really don't care. If you had to guess, it's where the water goes when the room with the shopping cart is full.

The lock is build into the door, if you smashed it with a rock all you'd be doing is making it harder to get a key in if you ever found one.
Which you're down for, if smashing this lock is what you really want to do. Senseless destruction is kind of your M/O.
No. 1047140 ID: ab70bc
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You have absolutely no idea why there's a pickle jar here. Maybe it has something to do with the hobo ghost, maybe you should've bought pickles instead of a sandwich?

Last year you came down here to skate after an especially bad date. Shane broke your skateboard trying to do a kickflip. He ate shit so hard he broke his arm and had to wear a cast, though his pain made breaking your skateboard funny and it helped you forget what you were mad about in the first place.

Shane usually finds some way to cheer you up when things are shitty - usually by hurting himself in some way. He's not exactly graceful. Most people don't get him; your parents hate Shane.
No. 1047142 ID: f7e98e

Anything in the pickle jar?
Any signs of that hobo ghost?
Anything new in the gross pipe?
Anywhere to get a new skateboard?

Bad dates sound particularly awkward, when you probably know everybody in town.
No. 1047145 ID: 15c72a

I think we're done looking at the trash. Why not sit and watch the sandwich somewhere less smelly?
No. 1047153 ID: 9a2966

Maybe it's a pickle djinni hobo ghost, and someone let it out, and that's why it's haunting this place.

What's that next to the pickle jar? The handle of a bag? The lid? Look closer.
No. 1047176 ID: 2e6672

Take the pickle jar and start heading towards where that woman said the ghost was, maybe we can capture the ghost in the pickle jar like a spider.
No. 1047198 ID: f2320a

Would be cool if its like a alien with tentacles disguised as a hobo so it can slink between the bars or is like a cool cryptid?
No. 1047229 ID: e51896

Yeah, do this
No. 1047276 ID: 20df90

You need to summon the ghost through some kind of ritual. That circle you drew and the food offering you brought are a good start, but now you need to actually perform the summoning. Call out to the ghost. With feeling! Maybe chant. Spirits love chanting.
No. 1047282 ID: fec07f

Y'hah, nglui lw'nafh ph'grah'n orr'eagl ilyaa y-sgn'wahl gotha, orr'e y'hah nglui uaaahyar k'yarnak. Navulgtlagln uh'eog shagg lw'nafh syha'h hlirghyar gebyar, h'shogg kn'a nglui nnnllll stell'bsna ngluioth, Cthulhu k'yarnak gotha shogg f'lloig. Kn'a stell'bsna ehyeor ph'Shub-Niggurath nw Dagon ya n'gha, ph'grah'n ah hlirgh gotha 'fhalma Dagon f's'uhn, y-hrii mgnyth n'ghft hrii shugg Tsathoggua. Hasturagl zhroog hai orr'e li'hee gof'nn athg Shub-Niggurath sll'ha shugg, cR'lyeh fm'latgh Tsathogguaagl orr'enyth cmnahn' nglui throd goka nilgh'ri orr'e, gof'nn Dagon y-throd wgah'n Dagon 'ai hupadgh c'ai. Vulgtm hai vulgtlagln ilyaa uh'e wgah'n nglui ch' hupadgh, ebunma shtunggli nggnaiih Azathoth nafln'ghft ftaghu n'ghft syha'h gotha, throd uh'e vulgtlagln 'fhalma ilyaa ooboshu ehye.
No. 1048057 ID: ab70bc
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An alien? That's stupid. You're stupid. What would that even look like?
Like some kind of weird hobo guy and what, he's just made of tentacles?


Maybe you're onto something there. There was this guy you met a couple towns over at a rock show who told you he saw something like that once. It was like, a gross tentacle bird thing? You're sure there are all kinds of weird, crazy things all through the woods.
No. 1048058 ID: ab70bc
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You don't need to get a new skateboard, you got a new one already. It's at home with all the other stuff you moved to your new house. This is the longest lasting board you've had, it's been with you for a solid two months now. Which is a long time when you eat shit as often as you do.

It's not your fault; you've gotta be cursed or something. And all the cool tricks are literally impossible anyway.

To date you have owned seven skateboards. One a year for your birthday and a couple you 'borrowed' from Shane. It's his own fault if he falls for it twice.
To date you have broken eleven. Nobody lets you borrow their skateboards anymore.

When you get home you can find it and practice some sick flips.
No. 1048059 ID: ab70bc
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You don't really want to touch the jar, it's all gross and slimy from rainwater. And you can't see a thing.

Still, maybe there's something inside??



No. 1048060 ID: ab70bc

The jar smashes and covers the floor in even more shit. You're just clumsily flailing about in the dark here. Maybe it's time to check back in with the summoning circle.
No. 1048069 ID: 15c72a

Get outta there before you slip on something.
No. 1048074 ID: f2320a

Wtf is the label in the glass shards?
No. 1048076 ID: 8483cf

Oh great now we have to worry about broken glass. Let's hope we don't eat shit.

Oh! Trash???! Let's investigate the trash, because it has question marks.
No. 1048097 ID: 30b9f6

>eats shit, drops jars
Definitely not just a bit clumsy, then?

A few options: the lid might have a label as well, so you can pick that up and turn it over, bring it closer to the light so you can actually see shit. Or... you can dig around in that fresh glass pile and see what the label hanging on it was (something besides 'pickles', hopefully). Or do both (the completionist in you whispers).

You can check on the circle after you've thoroughly de-mystified the 'mystery of the opened jar'.
No. 1048121 ID: 2e6672

Now that there's glass everywhere... Maybe we should get out of the storm drain. How long have we even been here?
No. 1049273 ID: ab70bc
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You can hear the sound of glass shattering filling the pipe, it echoes out into the woods around you and travels far.

In response, there's a rustling noise outside. The shattering startled something... or some-one.
No. 1049274 ID: ab70bc
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Flailing your hand around in the dark you fuck about and find out with broken glass in an attempt to read the label. This seems like a great idea, you're absolutely invincible-
No. 1049275 ID: ab70bc
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Almost immediately you cut your hand.

It doesn't feel like a bad cut, but it stings. You can feel the blood spilling into your palm.


Fix it. Fix it. Fix it. Fix it.
No. 1049276 ID: 2e6672

Eat the sandwich to restore Health.
No. 1049277 ID: efc971

Take off your shirt and wrap it around your hand.
No. 1049278 ID: 9a2966

Ouch! Time to CUT your losses and go outside to see how bad it is! And maybe get some cloth of something to die across your hand as an impromptu bandage. Or maybe just clench your hand so the cut doesn't bleed so bad.

On the up side you can (accidentally) drip some blood on that magic circle, which will surely do nothing because this is an ordinary place where nothing special happens and you just drew it for a lark.

... granted if anybody's watching, it'll look sus as fuck.
No. 1049279 ID: 795667

Bandage bandage bandage

Gotta stop the bleeding. Apply lots of pressure. Are you up to date on your tetanus shots?
No. 1049285 ID: fb2164

Massacare Shirt, bandage wound (after washing it in non-shitty water), hope you didnt get a zombie virus or something :V
No. 1049288 ID: ab2c7c

Yay sewer infection! Time to get the heck out of here

We definitely don't accidentally drip our fresh blood on the summoning circle as we start to gtfo
No. 1049289 ID: b6986d

Remove shirt, bandage hand. It's fine, not like anyone's going to see you down here anyway.
No. 1049299 ID: 097b96

Get to the drugstore for a bandage. Your woodland excursion hasn't been successful.
No. 1049300 ID: 25edc8

I recommend not applying pressure until you're sure there's not still glass there.

Hold your injured hand above your head. Go outside, swiftly but carefully.
No. 1049330 ID: e5709d

Get vaccinations immediately. And wash with soap!
No. 1051366 ID: ab70bc
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> Go outside and see how bad it is

Looking at it in the light you can't **see** any glass. It's a pretty clean cut and it's not that deep, but it's bleeding a lot.

This isn't the first time you've cut yourself doing something dumb and it won't be the last.
No. 1051367 ID: ab70bc
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> Bandage your hand with your shirt

The shirt stays on.
But you can fuck up your jacket instead. This is an old one anyway.

You tear off the sleeve of your jacket and wrap it about your palm.

You can keep the rest of the torn jacket or add another item to the sewer pipe's horde of trash.
No. 1051368 ID: ab70bc
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There see? Much better. It's like you never spent the afternoon playing with glass in a dirty stormdrain.

In fact. That's a good idea, maybe you should start rubbing your wound all over the dirty circle you made. That'll probably help---
No. 1051369 ID: ab70bc
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No. 1051370 ID: ab70bc
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The possum has taken your sandwich.
No. 1051371 ID: e5709d

Be glad he didn't take your boobs.
Now get to a hospital before the infection takes your hand.
No. 1051372 ID: fb2164

Obtain Possum, feed banana, make fren.
No. 1051373 ID: 8483cf

Feed the possum! It's clearly hungry.
No. 1051375 ID: e7c7d3

Capture them. Lunge and tackle if you have too
No. 1051376 ID: e51896

careful, it might have rabies. just leave it alone with the sandwich...

wait, it's a possum, is it playing dead?
No. 1051385 ID: b6986d

The jacket is already soaking through, you're gonna need to stitch that hand up. Maybe you'll get a gnarly scar.
Possums don't get rabies, dummy.
No. 1051388 ID: 4d59ab

No. 1051390 ID: 00eb4b

Catch possum with your chest
No. 1051393 ID: 30b9f6

Rather than just grab it, you could use your now-already-damaged jacket to bundle 'em up.

Then make a wish in exchange for its release (and the lunch), in the hopes it's like that tale of the wish-granting-fish, only with a possum.

Or, I dunno, bring it to someone who'd want a possum.
No. 1052089 ID: ab70bc
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Aw man.
You were really hoping it'd be a ghost this time.

You need a minute. You've wasted a lot of time on these ghost hunts and still don't have anything to show for it. Which is kind of a cowabummer.

>Feed the possum
You already fed it your sandwich. It's probably eaten more than you have today. As far as you know possums don't eat GameBoys.

>Catch the possum in the torn jacket
Sure, you could give it a try. He's just lying there.
You should probably give him a name at least, since he's eaten at least three of your lunches.

When you're done here you should report back to Debra the occult rat with your findings. She's on the other side of the woods in the town park.
No. 1052091 ID: ab70bc

Today you need to really should:
- Report back to Debra
She gave you this tip about the ghost, and would want to know it's fake.

- Get some food
The only thing you've eaten is half of a Sinner's Sandwich, which you've now shared with a possum. You're like lunch brothers.

- Prepare for band practice
Later tonight you have band practice with your friends, this is something you might want to prepare for.

Additional bonus tasks and achievements will increase score.

Outside of that you can do whatever you want.
You don't own a car and can't leave town. Traveling between locations passes time. Right now it's early afternoon.
No. 1052093 ID: fb2164

Report to Debra, maybe check out the local graveyard along the way to see if there's any CERTIFIED SPOOKS going on at the time?

Name him Lester.
No. 1052097 ID: 6fb32f

Call it bitey.

And yeah, go see Debra. She might have bandages for our hand
No. 1052101 ID: 8483cf

Debra time! Call it bitey. Lower case b.
No. 1052165 ID: f89136

>you've gotta be cursed or something
Cursed with tig ol' bitties and rockin hips. Balancing on a board must be a bitch.

Possums make fine pets but only really if you raise them. They really aren't aggressive at all though so settle with it being a new fren and give it a pet. WITH YOUR UNCUT HAND.
No. 1052294 ID: 9a2966

Will you even be able to practice band with your hurting hand? (Hey, that rhymed!)
No. 1052303 ID: 58a625

Go see Debra and mooch lunch off her, its only fair after she sent you on yet another wild opossum chase.
No. 1052368 ID: 00eb4b

Eat the possum. Then visit Debra.
No. 1052398 ID: ab70bc
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You give bitey a hug.

He does not care, for he has already won.
You can't un-eat the sandwich.
No. 1052399 ID: ab70bc
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As much as the sight of him fills you with RAGE you can't bring yourself to be a jerk to random creatures from town.

He gets to live. Today.

> Head back to Debra

You'll leave him and head back to town for now. Given you've been foiled by bitey three times already, you have no doubt you'll see him again in the future.

Your hand kinda hurts, but you're tough. You can play through it. If anything it'll make you better at playing the drums. All the best drummers are crazy.
No. 1052400 ID: 2e6672

Have you considered picking up bitey, and making a bitey out of him? You could conceivably re-eat your sandwich even if he can't uneat it.
No. 1052401 ID: e51896

>Your hand kinda hurts, but you're tough. You can play through it. If anything it'll make you better at playing the drums. All the best drummers are crazy.

Oh yeah?! Well I don't believe you! Prove it! as you walk back to town, start banging random walls, trees, and other objects like they're drums with your hands in a rhythm.
No. 1052402 ID: 8483cf

How tough are you?
No. 1052410 ID: a2d88b

Oh right, actually disinfect it as soon as you get home.
No. 1052411 ID: d50a7b

What kind of music does your band play anyway? You strike me as a thrashcore kind of person.
No. 1052415 ID: b6986d

You should get stitches when you can. Also rip a strip off your shirt and change the bandage.
No. 1053203 ID: d98cb8

Maybe try and find something else to eat on your way to see Debra? You might make better decisions on a full stomach. Maybe you could even bring something for her too!
No. 1055470 ID: ab70bc
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It's a pleasant walk through the woods. The mild wind cools you from the heat of the afternoon sun. It's taken about an hour to walk back to town, school will probably end soon if it hasn't already.

The walk is uneventful. With only the occasional burned out bonfire or old campsite to give you something to look at. The sounds of birds and animals running through the underbrush fades back to civilization when you approach town. It's not a strain to hear kids shouting somewhere nearby. The park's grass greets you by cleaning your shoes of dirt from the trail.

> Remove your shirt and change your bandage.

You're not taking your shirt off. Besides, your hand feels fine.
The bleeding has stopped by this point, and as long as you don't disturb the wound it seems happy to sleep.
It only stings when you make a fist.
No. 1055471 ID: ab70bc
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Firs grow thick here, the deeper into the woods you get the thicker they become. Kids carve things into them a lot.

The town does some logging, or did some logging? You're not sure. There are a bunch of industrial buildings both in town and the woods you're supposed to stay away from.
No. 1055472 ID: ab70bc
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> Report to Debra

Debra's eating her lunch on the swing. You can usually find her enjoying her time in the park since her shop closed down.

She smiles when she notices you, waiting for you to engage her when you're ready.
No. 1055473 ID: 7b56a0

Push her on the swing! Do it! You know you wanna!
No. 1055476 ID: 8483cf

Push it to the limit!

Then realize you're totally bleeding and it hurts a bit, but that's not important. What's really important is that the sewer urban legend is totally a myth and it's just a possum who's a total jerk.
No. 1055479 ID: e7c7d3

Start off with a hug!
No. 1055480 ID: 15c72a

"I fed your possum again."
No. 1055482 ID: fef0ba

Seconding this. Go high!
No. 1055522 ID: 30b9f6

Nudge her into light motion with your good hand while you speak of your adventure and all its eventful moments. Don't thrust too hard - she's only holding on with one hand, after all.

You can add some slightly more forceful levels of thrust while commenting on feeling a bit like you're chasing ghosts while chasing all these ghosts. Fun and silly times are had, sure, but still - what are the odds you've YET to hit on a genuine phenomenon?

Bemoan dramatically over the fact you're starting to get a little bored with it. The next one - oh, the next one ought be juicy, yes? Juicy-er than fat old bitey stealing your lunch again, at least.

Which, incidentally, if she should happen to have any to spare, you will happily - shamelessly even - accept some in return for services rendered.
No. 1055825 ID: ab70bc
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You > tell her all about your adventure.
"Hey Debra I fed your dumb possum again." You spare no detail. "He STINKS."

"Oh, you found old Bitey huh? Guess he's taken a liking to you." Debra doesn't rise to your aggression and instead rolls up her lunch bag and pushes it to the side. The name 'Bitey' caught on quick. "Don't you worry about him, he's armless! HA!"

Furious at her awful joke you > Push it to the limit, and throw the old, one-armed lady as high as you can. She weighs so little it's like pushing an empty swing and you immediately fall over.

"Ahoo hoo hoo hoo, that was a good push!" Debra enjoys the swing, her bare feet hit the back of your head when she comes back down.

As far as you've known, Debra has always been a little quirky. It's one of the reasons you get along.

"I have a gift for you!" Once the swing comes to a stop she lets go of the chain and holds out her arm. "Pick a hand!"
No. 1055826 ID: 8483cf

Hold out your right hand, then realize you should have probably held out your left in order to not scare Debra.
No. 1055827 ID: e51896

two can play it this game!

Tell her you don't want to pick the hand, you want to pick the gift that is in her hand! You're not falling for her tricks again
No. 1055828 ID: a69ef2

Obviously hold out both of yours so she's got more of them to let you pick from
No. 1055856 ID: 9a2966

Bring out ol' Lefty the Hefty!
No. 1056011 ID: 58dd24

go ahead and pick the hand that exists, sure.
No. 1056437 ID: ab70bc
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You stick out both hands like a dumbass in response to her game, asserting your dominance and flaunting your two functional arms. Clearly your power stance is intimidating because she buckles first.

"Hoo hoo. Looks like you win at arms again. I'll get you next time."

You pick the only hand she has, obviously.
"Gimme the goods sister."
Smiling up at you Debra slips her hand into her headdress and pulls out your gift. A permanent marker!

"I heard you lost all your stuff in the move, keep your head up kiddo. Raise hell for me."
No. 1056438 ID: ab70bc
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Now that you have a permanent marker you can write on anything. Anything that can be written on by a permanent marker, anyway.

This town is boring and sorely lacking in style. You've been empowered to fix that.

"If anyone asks where you got it, it wasn't me, you hear?"
Debra winks at you. It's hard to tell because her eyes never open, but you get the message.
No. 1056439 ID: e51896

If we're going to fix this town's look with our permanent marker, we'll need a disguise

Draw a mustache and beard on your face!
No. 1056440 ID: b57fea

Our power to draw goatees and x out the eyes on newspapers and dollar bills just increased 2fold! Quickly, go to the nearest diner that offers those complementary local news fliers that ever diner has and get to work (and also get some lunch)
No. 1056441 ID: 9a2966

Your toolkit has been upgraded like a video game protagonist's.

No window or poster shall escape your mark. Except the ones beneath video cameras, because you don't want to get arrested. Yet.

Any good public bathroom stalls to add funny jokes and 'for a good time call (number of your local nemesis)' messages to?
No. 1056480 ID: fef0ba

Think up a COOL LOGO and tag every window with it. Tell no one it's you, to remain mysterious.
That's a disguise you can't take off.
No. 1056501 ID: 407ea6

Oh nice; sharpies are figuratively worth their weight in gold. Being able to write on (most) anything is handy.
No. 1057662 ID: ab70bc
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Instead of being the dumbass this time you draw a face on the back of your hand and use that as a mustache in lieu of your face. You've already learned that lesson the hard way.

"Hoo hoo. That looks good on you!" Debra approves, and claps her single hand against her lap.

> good locations to tag
The entire town is full of great places. Cedar Ridge is mostly wood, made back in the 40s or something. You didn't pay that much attention in history class. The diner, the bank or the church are three large locations that come to mind.
Anything rougher than wood you're gonna need spray paint and you're not cool enough to get that.
You're a particularly big fan of things that are cool. The more trouble you could get into the better - as long as you don't get caught.

Debra notices your hand but doesn't say anything. Looks like your makeshift bandage fell off at some point in the woods. The cut has stopped bleeding thanks to how much it's dried and your hand feels a little tingly. It doesn't hurt unless you touch it.

You like Debra, Debra is cool. She won't narc on you to anyone.
No. 1057663 ID: ab70bc
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"Cut it on a pickle jar." You show your hand off. "I'm gonna turn into a pickle now."

"Hoo hoo! Pickle Riley. I've never been a pickle before. You'll have to let me know how it is." Her voice is a little strained but excited, she loves a good conversation. "Just make sure to get that cleaned up, we had a terrible problem with a bug going around when you were born."

"I literally cannot get ill. My mitochondria knows kung fu. They'll kick anything that tries to infect me in the butt." You include a long word to make it sound more credible.

"What about last Christmas when you got the flu and needed your father to buy out the entire pharmacy?" Debra cuts you off before you can respond. "What about that fishing trip you got chicken pox and cried for a week straight?"

That shuts you up.

"I heard there's a new girl in town. I think she's supposed to be at the party tomorrow." Debra shuffles her bare feet in the grass and throws you a mercy topic.

"Is she cool?" You ask.

"Oh, don't worry I think you'll like her."

You didn't know there was a party, looks like you weren't invited. [i]This could be something to ask people about.[i]
No. 1057664 ID: ab70bc
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It's the early afternoon. The only commitment you have is band practice. Immediately you write this on your arm to really get the message home. If you forget this your friends will be really annoying about it.

Outside of this you can do what you want. Moving passes time.
You can ask Debra a couple of questions, or pass by the school to town.
No. 1057670 ID: 2f40f7

Go to the diner for fries and a shake. Also see if you can find people who were invited to the party and can get you in, or at least other losers you can commiserate with.
No. 1057671 ID: 2d7938

Did you ever get a new skateboard ever since Shane broke it? If so, go home and get it so you can skate around town, and cause graffiti, Jet Set Radio style (but with a sharpie instead of spraypaint, and a skateboard instead of roller skates)
No. 1057677 ID: 9a2966

Ask Debra about Ze Partay before you go. She must know something, surely?

Then hit up the Diner. Food AND toilet-tagging opportunities! That is, food if you have money.

At the very least you could also use the toilet to clean your wound, maybe bum a bandage off of the proprietor?
No. 1057733 ID: 2081ed

This is an excellent set of ideas.
No. 1057871 ID: 6087c5

Diner sounds like a great idea! Also you're probably hungry since you don't have a sandwich anymore. I assume if the ghost hasn't worked out that was supposed to be lunch.

Anyway that's a pretty boss sharpie and it seems like you'll be able to write on a whole lot of stuff, since it managed to write on fur even!
No. 1058426 ID: 68f7c5

What would an old lady know about parties? It's surprising she even knew there was one. Go find some friends to hang out.
No. 1059163 ID: b8d5aa

How far are you from home? Can you clean up, get your skateboard, and have a snack before band practice?

Maybe even find another battery so you can play your Game Boy until then.
No. 1059318 ID: ab70bc
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"So what do you know about this party?"

Debra ignores you for a few seconds and starts swinging thanks to your encouragement.
"Only what I overheard from the sheriff." She barely misses kicking her lunch with each swing.

The mention of the sheriff brings a scowl to your face. Debra either doesn't notice or doesn't mention it. The two of you have a colorful history.

"It's tomorrow? Like, on a Thursday night? Where is it?" You ask the obvious questions.

The rat stops swinging, reaches into her bag and pulls out a sandwich. It looks soggy. A sudden vinegar smell assaults your nose. Placing it on her lap she peers at you through her old eyes.
"I think he said tomorrow. He was planning a trip west to visit family in Sisters this weekend."

That parses. Sheriff Murphy - or Officer Nugget to some of the younger townsfolk - has one of the biggest houses in town. If there was going to be a party it would make sense to have it there.
It would explain why you weren't invited, too.

"Anyone I know going? Shane? Grant?" Maybe a good connection can get you a way in.

She exaggerates a shrug and starts eating lunch. Debra isn't exactly hip with the kids. This isn't the best avenue for information.
No. 1059319 ID: ab70bc
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Saying goodbye and leaving the woman to her lunch you head back towards town. It's a good hike from the woods to the river, you don't see any of your friends - though that's probably because you avoid the school you eventually find your way back to the town's main road. Basically everything is here.
Traveling along the main road is a lot quicker than hiking the woods, time won't pass as quickly. Moreso once you get back home and pick up your skateboard.

The road is long and straight. Nature threatens to take it back and ferns tickle your legs on the walk. A truck blares its horn at you, you respond with a double bird flip.

This is the furthest east the town goes, the only thing further than here is the trailer park where Shane lives. You're not entirely sure what's outside town this way, it takes you out into the mountains where not many people live. It's probably lumber yards and the people who work at them.

Back the other way is town proper, where most of the residential areas and shops are. It's easier to keep a low profile here.
DICK'S is a very okay diner. You're not sure who Dick is, but this is Dick's diner. It used to have a novelty sign advertising their cream pies until somebody crashed into it. Between a truck and a novelty sign the truck will always win.
There's a squad car outside. You've been in the back of that thing enough times to recognize it as the sheriff's.

As you approach the building you think you can make him out in the window. Any interaction with him is going to be adversarial. Last chance to bail.
No. 1059323 ID: d98cb8

You're already here, you're hungry, and you haven't done anything wrong today. Head in proudly, and be on good behavior. Officer nuggets can suck an egg.

Anyway it would be a good idea to wash your bite clean, since being a pickle means no more skateboarding. If someone happens to sharpie on the bathroom wall nobody can prove it was you either.
No. 1059324 ID: fb2164

>It used to have a novelty sign advertising their cream pies until somebody crashed into it.
Alas, what a fate...

Definitely do get Creampie'd though, devour it.
...and scope out what CRIMES you can commit while you're there too.
No. 1059327 ID: e51896

>You've been in the back of that thing enough times to recognize it as the sheriff's.

okay, now I gotta know what kinds of fun crimes you got into that got you arrested in the past multiple times
No. 1059347 ID: fef0ba

You should get a cream pie from Dick's, hurr hurr. Also fuck what Officer Friendly thinks, this is America, you can go in a diner if you wanna.
No. 1059548 ID: b8d5aa

Do you have any money for a slice of cream pie at the diner? Or are you only going in there to tag it?
No. 1059597 ID: ab70bc
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You say hi to the officer.

Suck an egg, this is America biiiitch.

Officer Fuckface is annoyed, but doesn't seem ready to get up from his food.

Washing your hand sounds like a good idea, it's starting to feel a bit itchy. You're resisting the urge to scratch.

You have about $8 in various change. You could probably get one thing from the menu and have change to throw at the back of Sheriff Murphy's head.
No. 1059598 ID: b57fea

You're thinking too short term! Buy an egg sunnyside up (or just an egg if you can convince them to sell you one from the kitchen) and go egg his front door! Also yeah use the bathroom and clean out your cool ADVENTURING SCAR .
No. 1059599 ID: e51896

go wash your hands before the wound gets infected, and steal a roll of toilet paper for later mischief if you can hide it on your person if you can.

what to order, just fries and a small drink if you can afford it. Ask for ketchup packets to save for later.
No. 1059600 ID: 273c18

Apply proper first aid to your wound. Wash it out! Disinfectant is a bit late but can't hurt, put a clean bandage on too.
No. 1059602 ID: fb2164

Clean Wound (This is gonna suck), buy whatever looks best

...and if you dont already have it, try to get ahold of the Sheriff's phone number (then sign him up for a gay dating app with his phone number, he'll keep getting offers via calls til he changes it :V)
No. 1059638 ID: e5709d

...Do you want to get gangbanged?!

Wash your hands, use extra soap, then ask if you can get a shot for rabies.
No. 1059652 ID: b8d5aa

Clean wound, tag bathroom, acquire cream pie.
No. 1059816 ID: 9a2966

Head toilet-wards, wash, disinfect, bum a bandage off of the proprietor if you can and get today's special, whatever it is. Gonna need you some energy if you'll be running from da(d) law.

Make sure to eat up before you bounce any change off of Murphy, in case he decides to take real offense. Can't crash a party at his house if you're in his lock-up!

Also, instead of getting direct on his nerve you could instead just use the awesome power of PEN to grafitti the toilet with a few anti-copaganda messages while you're in there. Just doing your civic duty, really.

'for a very not hot time, call 911'
'teenz rule, cops drool'
'skate for justice, cuz' justice can't skate for shit'

Such and like.
No. 1060572 ID: ab70bc
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>Graffiti the toilet
The bathroom is as good as ruined. You've got a pen and a motive and a desire to cause destruction. The guy who works here is so sleepy he won't even notice you anyway.
>Clean Wound
You can give it a good wash, sure, but you're going to need to find something to cover it up. A band-aid would be best, but anything that isn't a makeshift rag is nice.

Peeling the surprisingly sticky front door open you grab yourself a menu from the box. You know what they sell here, but sometimes it changes.
No. 1060573 ID: ab70bc
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>Order Fries and a Drink
Dick's sells a lot of nonsense. There aren't even fries on the menu. You don't even think 'Spotted Dick' is real, somebody included it twice and has sloppily crossed it out with a marker. A shaky hand has written "PANCAKES" in giant letters. There's no price listed for pancakes.

With the amount of money you have right now you could get any one thing on the menu, or something cheap with a coffee.
Ugh. You hate coffee.
No. 1060574 ID: fb2164

One (1) Creampie + Weiners.

And (1) One Spotted Dick, just to enable CHAOS.

>There aren't even fries on the menu.
No. 1060575 ID: a7a180

Menage a trois, por favor!
No. 1060580 ID: ab70bc
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Before you can finish your selection of Creampies and 'Weiners' you're interrupted.
No. 1060581 ID: ab70bc
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"Did you lose your jacket?" The sheriff gestures in your general direction from the table. "You look like you're out kissin boys for a living now."

"Yes. Literally all of the boys are under my spell. I'm going to use them to take over this town in a giant boy mob." You aggressively roll your eyes at him. The passive aggression is palpable.

The sheriff gives you a long look as he measures whether taking you in for your stupidity is worth the paperwork. It's a good five seconds, you're on the edge here. You've been arrested before and taking things too far will get you a night in a cell. That means you miss band practice.

He taps the table with a claw to get your attention. He still has half a sugar donut left, based on how much sugar is in the plate it likely wasn't his first.
"Mr and Mrs R. asked me to make sure you weren't sleeping on the streets. You're not camping rough are you?" He speaks slower than he needs to, his frequent pauses dare you to interrupt him. It's a power play.

"No way, I have my own place. I pay rent and everything." You gave Grant $12.50, your Super Nintendo, and a bunch of arcade coupons you got from the Chuck-e-Cheese one town over to sleep in his garage. And you showed your tits to a guy you met at a rock show for a mattress.

"Really? Because I met Denise on the way here and she says you haven't showed up to work for a week." He leans over the table and a bit of donut powder falls from his shirt. "I don't care if you wanna live in a tent in the woods Riley, but don't make the rest of the town worry about you while you do it."

"UuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuUGHHH." You politely voice your disapproval for this line of conversation.

Officer Nuggets cuts your warcry off short with a loud whistle that shocks the old man half asleep at the counter. "Just be careful kid, got a lot of drifters hanging around, I don't want you getting into something."
No. 1060585 ID: b8d5aa

Have you met any of these drifters, or at least seen them? What do you know about them? Ask Officer Nuggets what kind of trouble they've been causing lately.
No. 1060587 ID: 5231fe

Kinda weird he's concerned about us instead of being all like "I got my eye on you, grrrrrr!"

Whateves, Just say "okay dad" and get back to your order...

or wait! We can probably ask him about the party since he doesnt seem too irritated

Afterwards, ask the cashier if they have a bandaid they can give you before you order/eat/leave while showing your awesome wound to them. Im sure they'll give you one from their first aid kit. Would be bad if we cant practice band due to our injury
No. 1060588 ID: 738747

"Officer, I got the whole rest of my youth and these giant funbags to set me up for life. I'll be fine."

Did you forget you have a job? Or is Denise asking for a week-long unpaid 'favor'?
No. 1060591 ID: fb2164

>I don't want you getting into something.
"Are they gonna invite me to their Dark and Broody Satanic Rituals? I hear the punch is to die for..." :V

And dont forget the mandatory "Okay *MOM*"
No. 1060658 ID: 16b7a6

Tell him that if he's worried about you, then he can buy you something to eat, and in return you'll sit in his lap and call him daddy.
No. 1060783 ID: f61d2a

You’ll be fine. You just need some You Time spending your precious youth recklessly and foolhardy.

You know to poke out the eyes of anybody who tries anything. Really, shouldn’t he be more concerned for the drifters? Pity the fools who messes with Riley. And pity the copper picking up her messes.

But just so you know who to ‘avoid’, who these drifting sorts?
No. 1063913 ID: ab70bc
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You get your wires crossed and burst out 'Okay Mad' instead of either 'mom' or 'dad.' It has a lot of passive aggression behind it so he gets the idea you were going for. The wolf looks at you with pity.

"See it's this kind of attitude problem I'm talking about." He pushes his last donut away, wipes the sugar on his shirt and stamps his finger against the table emphatically. "Even Denise has her limit Rodriguez. You keep slacking off like this and no-one in town will hire you."

"I have a satanic ritual to be in can I go now?" Is the best you can come up with as an excuse to leave. He doesn't let you off the hook that easy.

"If you'd put more effort into school maybe you could've gone to college, Donna got in the town over. That could be you right now."

Holy shit he's not stopping. Distraction isn't working, maybe a normal, responsible person question.
"What kinda drifters? Are they cool? Do they have beards?"

Cutting him off mid-sentence the officer pauses to think before answering the question.
"Just some weirdos, they don't look like truckers or anyone nearby I know." Now missing the donut he kneads the desk with his fist just to have something to do. Must be a slow day on the force.
The lull in conversation promps him to continue. "Had a few reports they were hassling the locals. Just don't get involved, kid. I don't trust you not to hurt yourself." Too late for that, your hand itches on your hip. You'll wash it in the bathroom.

It sounds like unfortunately no beards. That rules out lumberjacks, hobos and pirates. Strangers around here are a totally mixed bag. You've met some cool people and some real creeps. If you plan to meet them you should be cautious.

Optional quests:
- Get into the party
- Graffiti the town
- Meet the strangers

Less optional quest:
- Go to band practice
No. 1063925 ID: e51896

you already cleaned your hand tho? But we can clean it in the bathroom again if you want. Go see if the cashier has a bandage for you in the back before you do anything. Remind them you're a paying customer if they refuse and show them your awesome wound to get your point across

Afterwards, get your Creampie'd Weiners, and lets blow...
...that didn't sound right
No. 1063956 ID: 16b7a6

Oooooh, strangers! Go meet them right away.
No. 1064188 ID: a4d41c

Any responsible food service joint has a wound kit for bandages. Seriously, mediocre chefs cut themselves so often they HAVE to have band-aids.

Let's get some food then go meet strangers, maybe they have money.
No. 1064204 ID: f8083d

How much time left before band practice?
No. 1064449 ID: 22dc53

So who IS Denise, anyway? By all accounts, you could do with a bit more cash. Could be used for better shit for your garage pad, a replacement battery clip or battery, a bandage, something to bribe your way into that party... Generally currency is handy.
No. 1064479 ID: f2320a

first fix up your hand then you can meet weird male truckers in discrete locations
No. 1064597 ID: ab70bc
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Creampied Weiners sound pretty good. Probably?

You have about four hours before band practice, it takes around three hours to get from one end of town to the other. But you're not far so you have a couple hours to fuck around.

Your hand hasn't really been cleaned so much as had hoodie and pocket lint rubbed into the wound. Officer Chucklenuts hasn't noticed and you want to avoid the conversation so you're keeping it hidden. You'll clean it as soon as you can dodge this lame ass conversation.

"..you should take your dad's offer to work at the mill, it's not girl's work but I'm sure they can find you a secretary job or something. I'm just saying if you don't start doing something soon you're gonna end up like Debra."

You cut him off there. "What the hell man, Debra's cool; we hang out all the time."

"And what does that say, neither of you are working. Where do you think she is right now? Hanging out in the park, probably."

He's so lame. You used to scream at him but that made things worse, now you just ignore him until he tires himself out.
No. 1064598 ID: ab70bc
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Before he can continue Cedar Ridge's finest is cut off by a squawk on his radio. There's a list of numbers so garbled in static you can't make them out.

Now seems like a good opportunity to bail on this lame conversation and wash your hand.
No. 1064599 ID: ab70bc
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Before you can reach the bathroom he pushes past you to the door and jogs out to his squad car. Whatever the call was must have been serious.
No. 1064600 ID: ab70bc
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"This isn't over Rodriguez. We're finishing this conversation."

Leaving his donut on the table Officer Murphy bangs through the door and jogs out to his squad car.

You still have time to taunt him before he drives off. Any suggestions?
No. 1064601 ID: d3bf48

“That cat stuck in a tree isn’t gonna save itself!”
No. 1064602 ID: fb2164

(Flash Him, oops, wrong Taunt...)

Finger and your thumb in the shape of an "L", he lookin' kinda Dumb.

Then go Crash a Party...
No. 1064603 ID: f84b6b

"You have no appreciation for nonconformity in the face of time's grindstone, let me enjoy my life before I am forgotten by time rather than make me change to assuage your anti-community view of the world!"

or, in angsty teen:

"Don't waste your energy, conformist!"
No. 1064605 ID: b8d5aa

Thumb your nose at him. While eating his donut.
No. 1064606 ID: 9a2966

Say the only thing of his you'd see to a finish is his DOUGHY NUTS.

Speaking of, score! Snag his leftover donut, wave it at him, snack it down and then go clean your dang wound (and sticky fingers) before you buy something more wholesome to devour. Maybe first see if you can bum a bandage off of the person behind the counter. Surely they got a first aid kit or something.

Then ponder maybe chatting with them for a bit to see if they've heard anything on the local grapevine about these bums or whatnot. Not like there's a lot of other customers at the moment.
No. 1064607 ID: 146707

Take is donut, and eat it right in front of him. Say "thanks for the snack"
No. 1064609 ID: a7a180

"Well I'm finishing this donut!"
No. 1064611 ID: 273c18

No. 1064688 ID: e51896

after you eat his doughnut, go ask the staff to get you a bandage.
No. 1064694 ID: 8f9bc4

"Why do you care?!"
No. 1064741 ID: f2320a

you got work and i get to eat up your dognut

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