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944457 No. 944457 ID: 4075a1

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No. 962884 ID: fb820f

I suppose anything that we learn about him could be useful...

Split up. We go from he top, Mash goes from the bottom and she whistles or coughs loudly if she encounters someone.
No. 962892 ID: 015bf2

Haha, a Finger's Foray? Catchy, but don't let him hear you say that. It'll either offend or give him airs, and you don't know which will be worse!

(You hope the tyke's alright.)

Anyway, you got a clue where the office is? If so, you can try climbing to get sneaky deaky access-like. Maybe send one to climb, the other distracts the fisherguy from seeing 'em?
No. 962934 ID: e7c7d3

There's a ladder practically asking you to sneak in.
No. 963528 ID: 470289
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“Alright, I’ll go up. Keep an eye out for me?” I ask.

“Uuuuuugh. Fine. But next time I get to do the fun stuff. Hey, old guy, we’re just going to bethel all normal like, right? Nothin’ suspicious here.”

“Don’t give a fuck.” He answers.

“Boom. Job done.”
No. 963529 ID: 470289
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I check out a few windows on the third floor I’m sure I can get into. One has a bunch of books and dusty looking pictures and bowls and stuff in it? I’m pretty sure it’s empty, at least. Another has a bed with someone in it, cause I heard some snoring, but I couldn’t make out who it was from where I was looking. And finally there was a room I couldn’t really make anything out in it was so dark. The light from outside just showed a bit of the floor that had some weird drawings on it. I almost wish I had one of Finger’s stolen stones to see inside properly.

This room has the only person I’m sure is awake on this floor, a rough diamond, one of their youngin’s. She’s sat in on some of the bethels recently but never said anything. Don’t even know her name. She really focused on that book, I did a test wave of my hand by the window and she didn’t even notice. I don’t think she’d notice me looking through the other rooms, but I should still keep her in mind.
No. 963533 ID: e7c7d3

Check the room with weird scribbles. There's surely a light source already in there that can be activated
No. 963549 ID: 015bf2

CAREFULLY check on snoring guy. Is it the Diamond you're looking for? In that case the bedroom would be his private-most sanctum and he'd keep anything unusual or private close at hand, like on a desk nearby or under his pillow or somethin'. Check out the room carefully for anything that looks unusual to keep near your bed.
No. 963573 ID: ce39da

If that's where he's sleeping, then that is the most DANGER DANGER 5-Alarm risk we could take here.

I cast my vote for the scribble room.
No. 963743 ID: 15a025

Let's check that scribble room.
No. 963813 ID: 094652

Begin conversation. Caste untouchability is genocide.
No. 964380 ID: 470289
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I move the panels over the window and climb in. It’s dark but the larger opening is helping me make things out.
No. 964381 ID: 470289
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Well, there’s a lot of… they must be Nine Eyes statues, but I’ve never seen any like these before. They look like sticklers and tats and one of them looks kind of like that ambassador guy from yesterday, but smaller. There’s a weird amount of space between them and the wall, which is making the room feel smaller than it is. And the scribbles aren’t just on the floor.
No. 964382 ID: 470289
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I close my eyes to get them adjusted faster and when I open them about a minute later I can see pretty well. I don’t recognize the scribbles at all. They don’t look like writing, I think, but I can’t say I really trust myself to tell the difference between the scribbles they put on signs and the scribbles on these walls.
No. 964384 ID: 470289
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Well, I’m inside and have at least a few minutes. Maybe I should try to… copy the symbols somehow and give them to Silver? I’d be assuming they’re important if I did that. Or I could be a little more hands on and look through the desk, or look through some stuff? Maybe something else?

...I really don’t like that eye in the corner. It feels like it’s looking at me. Like, more than Nine Eyes' eyes always feels like they’re looking at you.
No. 964386 ID: e7c7d3

Oh, uh, you might not be alone anymore. Maybe back up to the window or the door before whatever that is fully emerges from the ceiling
No. 964392 ID: fd5772

Get the f*** out of there right now Asher, you're gonna die to that thing from the ceiling!
No. 964393 ID: 015bf2

... move through the room to the door and walk through. You were just taking an unconventional path to Bethel on a dare, yep yep.
No. 964398 ID: fa2754

This. Just keep on moving through.
No. 964433 ID: 5877dc

Keep looking at these statues for a bit longer, then turn your head around and accidentally kiss.
No. 964445 ID: b1b4f3

No. 964448 ID: 0fae41

Just reach up and grab those handlebars.
No. 965182 ID: 470289
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>Just keep on moving through.
>...move through the room to the door and walk through.
>Get the f*** out of there right now Asher
I get the hell out of there, eyes glued to the thing.
No. 965183 ID: 470289
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What was that thing? Where did it come from? Did it see me? Is it going to come after me?

Is shit like that what I’m supposed to be looking for?!
No. 965184 ID: 470289
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I can’t go back out through that room. But I’m not sure if I’ve even learned anything yet. Do I try to just get out through the empty library room? Or do I keep looking around, and where if I do? This is the third floor of the building, so I could always try going down instead of checking more rooms up here. I think I know where the stairs are, based on where I’ve seen them on the bottom floor.

I could also risk peeking in at the thing behind me? Assuming it’s not behind the door waiting to attack me or something. I might be wasting time thinking and it’s going to come out of the room any second!

At least I didn’t leave anything that makes it obvious I was in here.
No. 965185 ID: 470289
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No. 965190 ID: e7c7d3

That door handle could from anything! Head towards the stairs? Are they up or down? Probably should try to find what's-his-names's bedroom
No. 965231 ID: 0fae41

Well, hold on to that. It could get you into places.

Go back and watch that thing! It's clearly the most interesting thing happening right now.
No. 965240 ID: 015bf2

>oh no
Err... um. You can huck it through the window if you get back outside? You can try to sneak a peek and deposit it back in at the same time? Just leave it by the door and hope why it ended up on the outside just becomes a mystery?

Man, something actually came out of a stone ceiling! You can’t handle this situation!

But you gotta. That or the mines. Keep exploring, but you should consider an exit strategy and how long you can spend. Going out by way of the library window after exploring a few more things and listening for footsteps and at any door you want to go through is probably wise.

Maybe you can go up a floor to see where that thing came from? Seeing how... unique it is, it’s certainly something to report.
No. 965241 ID: 12b116

Leave the handle next to the door and go to the stairs quick. Go up or down, whichever feels better.
No. 965285 ID: fd5772

hide the handle in your pants
No. 965399 ID: ce39da

Head outside through the library and see what you can see from the window into the squiggle room. If the demon is gone, (underhand!) toss the handle towards the base of the door you left through - truthfully, the clatter of the handle hitting the floor will fit with the assumed story of "the handle just fell off on its own."
No. 965790 ID: 470289
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Peeking is a really big risk, even if part of me wants to. I’ll get rid of the handle later. Maybe I’ll toss it back through the window on my way out, if that thing is gone (and get another peek of it if it isn’t)? They might assume it broke on it’s own if I’m lucky. I head towards where I figure the stairs are and there’s a set going down. I know I saw a fourth floor from the outside, but I guess the entrance is somewhere else. If I want to check out where the thing came from I’ll need to search some more on this floor.

Anyway I know a way to get out through the library, so I can risk a bit more exploration and I have probably a little under an hour before bethel starts and I need to be back outside. Assuming Mash will wait for an hour.

She probably won’t.
No. 965791 ID: 470289
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I go down the stairs slowly and quietly, keeping my ears open for any sounds. I think I hear something below, but it’s really low and light.
No. 965792 ID: 470289
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It’s snoring.
No. 965795 ID: e7c7d3

Time to be sneaky! Those papers are probably important. Anything on them you can recognize? Like a picture or a graph? Any important looking symbols on the nearby books?
No. 965879 ID: ce39da

Approach if you want, but do not continue past; if the way out is blocked after here, and he wakes, or someone else comes to this room, we'll be trapped. Not to mention that, even if it's in an hour, people might start approaching the outside before Bethel.
No. 966007 ID: 015bf2

Have a look around first, but... ponder an idea. A risky, but potentially rewarding idea. You've been struggling on how to come up with approaching the Preceptor.

Whatever Caevaexerin Brass is doing, after all, it's something that has his immediate superior - to which he is a ward - cautious or curious, meaning that he's kept it hidden from them successfully. He's clearly the studious type, and has not come across as particularly imperious or cruel, seeming to glorify and put actual effort in teaching others (though living a bit in a bubble of his own).

So... while you could just sneak in, poke about, and sneak out hoping you weren't discovered, there's another option to win his trust: waking him and telling the (almost) truth, before throwing yourself at his mercy.

Tell him you were early for Bethel, a friend of yours challenged you to sneak in. You were curious, so you did, but... there's a monster upstairs. You think? Something. It scared the living daylights out of you when you snuck in, cuz' it came... through the roof. Like, the rock. Without breaking it?

Ask whether you did something really bad. Was the monster a defense Diamonds have that you triggered? You're so sorry, but you're worried for your friend - they'll be impatient if you don't come out soon and you're worried they'll run into the thing themselves if they try to follow. (might get you an explanation on the monster while he's too drowsy and befuddled to think up lies, and its presence risking exposure by someone else and informing you that there's someone who could report your sudden disappearance)

Tell him please, you're so sorry and you'll do anything to make up for the intrusion and you won't tell anyone about his guard monster. You were just curious and thought you might see something new and interesting, but it was wrong of you. (offering him perceived leverage over you might make him keep you close + he might feel kinship with someone showing curiosity)

If everything goes well the monster is one of his secrets (you've never heard of the like, so it better be!) and Brass really is amiable enough to not punish you too harshly. He might swear you to secrecy and might want to keep a close eye on you to boot, which means you'd get transferred to HIS work detail or something similar. And once in on one of his secrets he'd have an easier time letting you in on more, at least if you play your cards right.

You can even sell this angle to him if you get discovered sneaking around like a thief - the monster blocked your way out and trapped you in a bad situation - so you were just trying to find a way out. Though waking him, admitting fault and pleading for mercy is the more trust-inspiring move and will be an excuse to ask him directly what that thing was. It could even be an excuse for your interest in him from here on if he just says 'yep, that was just a defensive measure, you silly girl' and lets you go.

All of this assumes he doesn't just charge you with breaking an entering and gets you punished and/or banished from his Bethel sermons, which obviously would be the absolute worst. But the risk of this otherwise mostly harmless Diamond doing that seems low. Ish. Low-ish.
No. 966024 ID: 15a025

It could be risky, but sneak up a little closer and see if there's anything on the desk you recognize?
No. 966233 ID: 5877dc

I don't think befriending Brass has any meaning on its own. Instead, I believe that the true reason for you to be doing this is so that you'd gain access to his chambers or possessions or whatever. And one of those must be what Silver is actually after. In other words, you should scan those papers and any other items that may be nearby for anything noteworthy and remember it.

If there are any blankets around, you should cover him with one. If this wakes him up, good. If it doesn't, then you can later mention that you were the one that covered him.
No. 966662 ID: 470289
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I sneak up to the desk to check it out. It’s mostly just lots of paper and a little drool. There’s more words on them, different shapes from the ones in that room, and little laprines and cubes and stuff on them. I can’t tell if the drawings are related to what’s on the paper or just bored doodles. Some are on the edges of the paper, and some right in the middle where he just wrote around them.

There are stairs to the first floor, which should be empty, I think? But everyone is going to be down there for bethel, so I don’t know if anything important would even be down there to look at. And there’s no blankets or anything down here, just rows and rows of books. I would have to go back up to find one if I wanted to cover him up.
No. 966663 ID: 470289
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...I could just wake him up, right?

I’m not a spy, I have no idea if I can pull this off. I don’t even know what I’m looking for yet. But if I wake Brass up then, well… something would have to happen. Whether I make up a lie or tell him the truth or something in-between I’d either get a lot closer to him real fast, or fail this mission and get punished by tomorrow.

If I had to bet that any diamond would let me get away with sneaking into their home after finding out it’d be Brass. Narko called him a pushover and I had never thought of him in that way before but it makes sense. Maybe he lets people sleep in bethel because waking them up would be harder for him, not because he’s nice. Not making waves is usually the best option, when you can pick it. And letting out that a toiler snuck into your house could be more waves then he wants.

Or maybe he’s a kind person. Or he’s mean but pretends to be kind, or he’s lazy, or unobservant, or stupid in some way. Maybe thinking about him in this way is the total wrong way to do it. He could be almost any type of person, I just don’t know.

It would be a gamble. Risky. Not just for me, but for Mash and Junkyard too. Should I take it? Is he harmless?

>Wake him.
>Leave him.
No. 966671 ID: e7c7d3

Wake him. Say you were looking for little tasks to do before bethel and you noticed that he was drooling on his notes.
No. 966673 ID: ce39da

You still need to dispose of that door-handle via the window into the room from which it came. Leave Brass alone and do that first, at the very least.
No. 966718 ID: 5877dc

Do you recall Brass ever being late for a bethel? If so, then this would explain why and then it would be less risky to wake him up, since you'd have an excuse that you wouldn't want him to be late. But if he was never late before, then it means he always wakes up on time, and you wouldn't have a good excuse of waking him up.

All in all, I'm still in favor of just getting some cloth to cover him up, but otherwise against waking him up.
No. 966845 ID: 15a025

Wake him up.
No. 966885 ID: 0fae41

Leave him.
...With a letter from an anonymous admirer. (Or trinket, if you can't write. Just draw a heart.)
No. 967043 ID: 015bf2

>Is he harmless?
Time to find out. Wake him up.
No. 968008 ID: 12b116

You're 100% in a place you aren't supposed to be. Leave him. Waking him up is a bad idea.
No. 968073 ID: b1b4f3

Don't be dumb. Let him sleep.
No. 968137 ID: c2edf6

Aw shucks. Well... tables ain't meant for sleepin' on, so might as well wake him up. We'd basically be savin' 'em from the world of inconvenient back pains.
No. 968402 ID: 470289
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I still need to get rid of this door handle before I wake him up, I can’t just have it hanging out of my pocket. Maybe I should just stash it behind one of those dusty books instead of going all the way back up and maybe running into the monster again?

But after that what will I say when I wake him up? Pretend I’m doing it so he’s not late for bethel would work, but it’s still too early for that excuse. I could act like I’m just really eager to learn about Nine Eyes or wanted some extra early tasks when I noticed him?

Then again even if I’ve never been told I’m not allowed to walk all through bethel without supervision it’s probably because no one is dumb enough to actually do it.

But then again-
No. 968403 ID: 470289
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“You gonna kiss him or sumthin’?”
No. 968404 ID: 470289
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“What’re you doin’ here? You’re supposed to be lookout! And be quiet!” I whisper. The preceptor gives a small snort, but doesn’t move thankfully.

“If Brass didn’t hear you mumblin’ to yourself he ain’t gonna hear me. And I looked out. Tat’s comin’ up with a bag of stuff. Had a key to the door and all. We don’t got a whole lot of time.”
No. 968405 ID: 470289
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“So which shelf you wanna go between?” She asks pointing to all the books and shelves behind us.

“Um, if someones awake and movin' around we should definitely go back up and leave.” I say.

“We’re here to spy, duh. We’re gonna hide and listen in on brassy and the long ear.” She’s grinning again. That’s always a bad sign. And I think I can hear footsteps from the stairs going below.
No. 968407 ID: b1b4f3

No time, hide in bookshelves.
No. 968409 ID: 0fae41

Take a look from the books.
No. 968410 ID: e7c7d3

Perhaps we could eavesdrop at the top of the stairs? Wait no, there's that demon junior brass up there who could walk into us.

Farthest bookcase. Try to keep Mash under control though.
No. 968413 ID: ce39da

"If you want to get yourself punished, so be it; tell me what happened after you get back to me, and don't do anything to reveal yourself until they're gone. I'm going to go make sure this door handle isn't found in the wrong place."
No. 968416 ID: 5877dc

I'll take the Shelf Number Two.
No. 968432 ID: c2edf6

Snag one of Brass' notes while you're at it
No. 968564 ID: 15a025

Time to hide between the shelves and hope no one hears us.
No. 968960 ID: fd5772

I think he's starting to wake up. Hide!
No. 969700 ID: e5e15e
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I grab a piece of paper from the desk before following Mash behind a nearby bookshelf. She’s already moving books out of the way to make a peeking spot and knocking dust into the air around us.

“We should go further back, what if they hear us moving from here. Or if he just looks over here?” I whisper as I stifle a sneeze.

“Just be real still and keep your head outta view.” She answers.
No. 969701 ID: e5e15e
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“Z, you up yet?” The fancy tat calls out. I recognize him as one of Artisan Zeebs’ tailors, but I don’t remember his name. “I brought you and the girls breakfast.”

Once he sees Brass snoring a smile creeps onto his face.
No. 969702 ID: e5e15e
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He bends down to place the plate on the table and the smell of the wraps he’s carrying wafts over to us. It reminds me that Mash rushed us out so quickly we forgot to grab breakfast. I can’t make out any of the words Fancy whispers into Brass’ ear, but the snores start turning into moans and fidgeting.
No. 969704 ID: e5e15e
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Fancy stops whispering as Brass begins to blindly fumble around for his glasses.

“I’d really prefer if you didn’t do that.” Brass squeaks out once he’s put them back on his face.

“But if I don’t I miss seeing you blush. How’s that fair to me?” He replies.
No. 969706 ID: e5e15e
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“Blugh. How long was I asleep? What time is it?” Brass asks as he starts collecting the papers on the table.

“Early enough Rammubabi still had wraps left for me to snatch.” Fancy answers.

“Way too early, then.” Brass sighs.

“Only for shinies. Hey, I got a glimpse at that foriegn fatass walking with Silver. You talked to him? Is it true he broke a chair just by sitting in it? Never even heard of a monger doing that!”

“Did I...? Sorry, what did you say?” Brass keeps flipping through his papers over and over.

“I asked you for the latest gossip, ya troglodyte. Give me those secret preceptor deets.” Fancy lightly prods.

“Calling me a troglodyte isn’t as endearing or insulting as you might think. Unlike you and your ilk I don’t get involved in politics.” He pauses. “Unless it’s over a hundred years old, I suppose.”

“Don’t give me that.” Fancy’s voice gets a bit more serious. “Silver and Steel let in a laprine that’s not one of us. That’s not just rinky-dink politics. You have to know something.”

“I really think you’re making too big a deal out of this. It’s just some boring trade deal talk, we’ve always done foriegn trade.” Brass says.

“Boring? Foreign trade deals that don’t involve mongers? I haven’t seen any preening around lately. Has that ever happened before, Mr. History?”

“Of course not, Mongers are our link to the outside world, it’s their… oh. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said that.” He scratches his head.

“...Did you grab one a those papers? I thought ya said we ain’t supposed to touch anythin’.” Mash asks.
No. 969708 ID: b1b4f3

May as well read it and see what it says.
No. 969709 ID: 5877dc

Brass is gay~

Yes, why did we grab a paper? Wouldn't Brass very quickly figure out that one's missing? Tell Mash it was just an impulse.

Nothing to do but to keep waiting.

Toilers can't read.
No. 969711 ID: 53560f

Don’t say anything just put a finger to your lips and continue watching.
No. 970009 ID: 8fab7a

Just shake your head slightly at Mash. Hope she gets the hint.

Seems like they're discussing the diplomat you met. Him being around is apparently a Big Deal to some. Not, apparently, to Brass though, even if he can't adequately explain why.

Either he's scatter-brained, smart enough to downplay the significance or there's genuinely nothing that wrong with having the guy here.
No. 970540 ID: e5e15e
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I put my finger to my lips and Mash gives me a look, but she turns back to the peephole.

“Look,” Fancy’s voice loses a bit of it’s lightness. “I know you hate it, but you need to take it seriously. Politics is life and death, you can’t just ignore it your whole life.”

“Watch me. Also, you can consider my lips sealed on any more foreigner talk, even with your offering of wraps. I am loath to contribute anything to that cursed rumor mill that runs through Artisan Zeebs.” Brass answers.

Fancy gives a fake gasp. “Z, do you think I’d tell Zeebs of all laprines anything? My lips aren’t loose, as you well know.”

“I already told you to stop with that. Why did you even come by, just to feed me and make lewd comments? Wait, of course that’s why you came by.”

“Well actually,” Fancy reaches into a pocket pulling out a glass bottle and placing it on the table. “Oriatill gave me this yesterday. He said you never came to pick them up.” He almost sounds like he’s scolding Brass, but no one would scold a diamond.

“Oh, of course.” Brass answers. “I’ve been so busy it must have slipped my mind. Thank you for picking them up for me.”

“Z…” His tone reminds me of Ma’am’s when she’s disappointed in us.
No. 970541 ID: e5e15e
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Brass grabs the bottle and downs one of the balls.

“Stop looking at me like that Luzi, it’s only been a few days. Now go up and grab the girls before their wraps get cold.”
No. 970542 ID: e5e15e
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“Alright. Remember it’s one each for five people, not five for one short glutton.” Fancy, or Luzi, jokes heading towards the stairs.

“Be quick then, because I make no promises.” Brass fires back muffled.
No. 970543 ID: e5e15e
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No. 970544 ID: e5e15e
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Brass puts the ball back in the bottle before heading over to a nearby shelf and picking out a brown book.
No. 970545 ID: e5e15e
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“There’re more bottles in that thing.” Mash whispers. Her eyes are sharper than mine, I thought the glint was just my imagination.
No. 970546 ID: e5e15e
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He puts the book back after he places the bottle inside and starts to head into more stacks across from us. Mash moves as soon as Brass is out of view. I reflexively grab her shoulders to stop her.

“What are you doing?” I hiss.

“You got somethin’, I want somethin’.” She answers, starting to squirm to get out from under my grip. “Bet my bottles are gonna be way better than your rinky-dinky paper.”

This could be our last chance to get out through the bottom floor before more people come here. If they do, trying to get out through one of the big windows might be our only way out, and I didn’t think to check from outside if those actually could open. It’s either those or hiding here until another opportunity comes.
No. 970548 ID: 0fae41

Remember what book those bottles are in and you can point them out later. For now, go.
No. 970550 ID: b1b4f3

Taking a bottle is too overt. Take a ball out of one of them. That can be missed!
No. 970560 ID: 4286b4

Do we have time to take one of the balls out of a bottle?
There's also a question of what to do with these things. What's the purpose of these balls? We'd have to find out somehow. And the page. Do we know of anyone we could show it to, who'd be able to tell us what's written on it?

For now, take one of the balls and keep the paper page. And exit the place... or stay for the bethel.
No. 970565 ID: ce39da

"This isn't a contest, but if you're adamant about the medicine, take just a ball of it - much less likely to be missed than a whole bottle. Getting out without getting caught will be your own business; I need to go hide this door handle, so we'll meet back up in bethel."

Get out of there and see if there's enough time to go out and throw the door handle up onto the roof you initially infiltrated without any witnesses. If not, hide it somewhere where someone up there could conceivably throw it.
No. 970583 ID: 12b116

Stealing a whole bottle will definitely arouse suspicion, and if now is our only chance to escape we better take it. stealing one of the balls would be the ideal option but we need to make sure we have a clean getaway
No. 970850 ID: 15a025

Risk it and go for the bottles.
No. 971259 ID: 470289
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“This ain’t a contest. If you’re going to grab somethin’ just grab one ball. He won’t notice that.” I let go of Mash and we move across the open space, where Brass could see us. I stuff the paper into the same pocket I have the handle in.

I keep moving over to the stairs and some cover while Mash stops in front of the shelf and slips the book out. I need to keep an eye out to make sure Brass doesn’t turn around while Mash is fiddling with the bottles and Luzi doesn’t come down the stairs and bump right into us. Once Mash has the ball we’ll head out, stash the stuff, and circle back for bethel like normal. After I toss the handle on the roof of course. Then we can relax and figure out what to do with the page and ball. Maybe I can find a slissa to tell us what’s written on the paper, if we think they won’t talk. Or something else, we’ll have time.

I can feel Mash grinning at the back of my head. It’s gonna be a chore to make sure she doesn’t brag about this for the next week, especially since this whole thing was her idea.

>Do we have time to take one of the balls out of a bottle?
We should, as long as Mash is fast. Speaking of…

“Hurry up.” I hiss.

“Gimme a sec, gotta get the bottle open and not spill nuthin’. I only got two hands.” I turn back watching the staircase and listening for any warning sounds.
No. 971260 ID: 470289
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I hear glass break behind me.
No. 971261 ID: 470289
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What the fuck is she doing?

Every other bottle is in pieces except the one in her hand and there’s no way Brass didn’t hear her slamming the book down. He has to have seen her now. But her eyes are wild and focused on me, not looking back towards him. She… wants me to get ready?
No. 971262 ID: 470289
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I bring my hand up to catch the bottle before she throws it in the middle of her spin into a run. I don’t know if the catch is luck or me reading her right.

She’s running away from the stairs, our way out, and the only thing I can think is she’s trying to get caught while I escape.

She wants me to leave her.

That fucking idiot! Does she think I can do that?
No. 971263 ID: b1b4f3

What choice do you fucking have? Get out of there.
No. 971264 ID: e7c7d3

Head down the stairs. Find a place that you can safely stash the goods and then help Mash. Going to take some quick talking though
No. 971269 ID: 0fae41

She's giving you no choice, so give her no choice. Chase her. Tackle her. And drag her to hiding.
No. 971287 ID: 4286b4

Either she gets caught, or you both get caught. I think you know what the better choice is. Leave without her.
No. 971289 ID: ce39da

You can. Keep in mind that this has just turned into a massive shit-show for Brass, too, as it's incredibly likely that the guy he's hiding this from isn't far behind. Therefore, while she's in deep shit, it might not be as deep as we fear, seeing as the Diamond still has to do Bethel, and may or may not be in trouble, himself.
No. 971299 ID: fa2754

I think she saw something you didn't. Take her lead and run.
No. 971300 ID: 8fab7a

Oh. Oooh. She's been spotted. By that thing from earlier. Uh. Check to see if it's still there? Or maybe not. Maybe run. Or... agh!

This is the worst. You were here to befriend Brass, earn his trust (somehow), not cause a huge ruckus that's gonna leave him in a hell of a mood! Pray Mash is too smart to lay hand on Brass in her attempt to escape as obviously as possible.

You need to get out of here yourself. Or at least secure your 'gains' before you do anything.

Finding somewhere close to stash the handle, the paper and the medicine seems about the best you can do (maybe even here in the library?). And then... pretend you arrived on the scene after hearing the ruckus, having waited in the wings?

Though, if you clean up the majority of the mess NOW and prevent Luzi (Mr. Fancy) from seeing the intact bottle and realizing what -actually- happened, Brass might realize you did damage control for him (deliberately or accidentally) and in his rush to cover up the truth might grant favor or clemency.

As for Mash... Mash can't talk her way out of a wet paper bag, right? She's gonna need help if she gets stopped or caught, right? Even if she got away you can talk and beg clemency, say she/you was just curious about the library, offer to do anything to make up for it, dispose of the (bundled-up in your shirt) mess, etc.

Brass may not be in any deep shit. That we know about, at least. Yet. He's likely annoyed someone spied on and then accidentally exposed a secret of his whose value we have no idea about up to and including how far he'd go to hide it.
No. 971305 ID: 7d9195

Why does it feel like Mash did this intentionally? Why would she wish to sabotage your mission? Does it have something to do with her dream earlier? Or was she somehow talked into this by someone else?
No. 971307 ID: 70a051

Mash's expressions suggest dropping the first bottle was an actual accident, but after that she decided to smash the rest so Brass wouldn't notice the absence of the one she gave us.
No. 971308 ID: 7d9195

The way she's looking away makes it seem precisely like she did it on purpose.
You look away, you drop the item, and then you say "Oops!". The cliché!
No. 971449 ID: 8fab7a

Someone pointed out that she looks up and her expression might be one of surprise, not eye-rolling. We've already seen something/someone that can poke through walls.

Shock at seeing that thing/person has already lead to one mishap (the door handle), so it's not unthinkable that Mash jerked in surprise and dropped the glass, then just reacted quickly from there.
No. 971977 ID: 15a025

No time to think about it now. Hop to it and run before you both get caught!
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