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969963 No. 969963 ID: d63ea8

Previous Thread: >>/quest/960828

My name is Ashley Peterson, and I think I’m lost.
I often go for walks, my job is stressful, and I like the cool feel of the night air.
This night hasn’t been different from any others, slightly cloudy, with a faint wind from the northeast.
Yet the wind has died down, and there isn’t any activity... anywhere I think.
Sure, I see lights in some of the windows, but no people.
No cars.

I always take the same path, turn left on 87th and then right onto Acheson.
It isn’t the most direct route to the park, but I find that tenement districts are a lot quieter than the major roads.
Acheson Road has also become the URC’s newest project, and you never know when you might see something.
There’s a bridge that overlooks one of the park’s rivers, the way that the water quietly snakes between those rolling grassy hills…
Serene.
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No. 978354 ID: d63ea8
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978354

>Again, DON'T RUSH IT - take ES's advice about not injuring yourself seriously.
Making a conscious effort to move at a slightly slower pace, I scan the hallway with my flashlight.
Nothing seems to have changed.

Yet.
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No. 978355 ID: d63ea8
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978355

>Something to secure it with... I don't know what that means. A lock? Don't you usually just tie knots?
I have a gym lock in the bathroom, might want to take it just to be safe.

The mirror seems darker, even with the light shining on it.
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No. 978356 ID: d63ea8
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978356

The lock is here, same place as I always put it.
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No. 978357 ID: d63ea8
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978357

Taking the turn to the entryway, I am greeted with the sickly sweet smell of rotting meat and wood.

If I wasn’t so used to the smell of burnt hair, it might have upset me.

No.

What does catch my eye is the discolouration with the wood of the door.
Like it’s been decaying for nearly a decade.
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No. 978358 ID: d63ea8
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978358

Grabbing my phone I quickly scroll past the wall of morse and start typing.
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No. 978359 ID: d63ea8
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978359

As unspecified as always.
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No. 978360 ID: d63ea8
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978360

>When he says 'secure it with' I believe that means places to anchor the thread/twine to, so something like tape or, probably better, eye hook screws. (though 5 of them would be the wrong number to use).
I have plenty of electrical tape on me.
There are some tumbtacs in the kitchen, but it might be better to avoid those.

At least the lock was a good call.

>Head back to the T.V.
>Ask more questions?
>Look for something else to use?

>Attempt something else entirely?

>Please Continue.
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No. 978362 ID: e51896

thats good, the Phone is charging up pretty fast... unnaturally fast... WAY TOO FAST! quick! remove phone from charger or it might overcharge and catch fire or something!
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No. 978364 ID: 87a01c

>>978360
If you have gloves the tacks should be usable when combined with deliberately selecting one tack at a time. (no blind reaching) Ask Errant Signal if we can start with tape and upgrade to tacks. As that would likely be best.
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No. 978365 ID: 87a01c

>>978362
no no no, signal just charged it, even told us they were done.
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No. 978373 ID: b1b4f3

>>978358
((translation:
THE "ONE ABOVE" WAS HIRED.
THE "DRAWER" IS WITH THE URC.
MY WEAKNESS IS THEIR OPPORTUNITY.
THE POWER IS STOPPING MY DESIRE TO CONSUME THIS MORTAL.
NOTHING MORE.))

>>978360
Power bill? Oh dear. Well, hopefully your living arrangement with ES can help pay for it.
How about you use nails(if you have any), but hold them with pliers while hammering them? No risk of bruise. That or very careful use of thumbtacks.
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No. 978376 ID: 894419

Do you have gloves anywhere? Even wool ones? Put them on, it'll help protect you from unexpected hand injuries.
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No. 978388 ID: ce39da

Just start with tape - no need to risk it until we're clear of the "injury means death" zone. Ask errant if it's safe to move the mirror out of your room first, and if that will make it sufficiently "safe" to use as our sealed room. (Like, is any reflective surface dangerous? It'd suck if we'd have to forgo the tv and phone.) If he gives you the go-ahead, move it into the bathroom and face it towards the vanity mirror - probably won't work, but even confusing our intruder for a moment if and when it comes in could be vital.
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No. 978492 ID: d63ea8
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978492

>Ask Errant if it's safe to move the mirror out of your room first, and if that will make it sufficiently "safe" to use as our sealed room.
I needed to keep that mirror in my periferie when I was in my room, like turning away would’ve made it much worse.

I could probably throw both the bed sheet and fitted sheet on the mirror before moving it.
Or even the extra blankets from the bedroom closet.
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No. 978493 ID: d63ea8
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978493

>(Like, is any reflective surface dangerous? It'd suck if we'd have to forgo the tv and phone.)
I shiver runs down my spine.



Alright. At least the phone and tv should be good.

>If he gives you the go-ahead, move it into the bathroom and face it towards the vanity mirror - probably won't work, but even confusing our intruder for a moment if and when it comes in could be vital.
Heh. It’s a funny thought, but I think might count as reflections within reflections.

It’s a really good thing I asked.
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No. 978494 ID: d63ea8
File 160264946240.jpg - (251.25KB , 800x1067 , It Cannot be Changed.jpg )
978494

>That's good, the Phone is charging up pretty fast... unnaturally fast... WAY TOO FAST! quick! remove phone from charger or it might overcharge and catch fire or something!
I carefully disconnect the charger, just in case.

>No no no, signal just charged it, even told us they were done.
At least the charge seems to be sitting steady at 96%.
And unlike before, the phone isn’t buzzing or overheating in my hand.

>Ask Errant Signal if we can start with tape and upgrade to tacks. As that would likely be best.
Yeah. Set up everything with the tape first, and then try to use the thumbtacks.

???: “Come now, there’s no need to be difficult.”

The woman’s voice-
I glance over to the door but stay quiet.
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No. 978495 ID: d63ea8
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978495

>Do you have gloves anywhere? Even wool ones? Put them on, it'll help protect you from unexpected hand injuries.
>If you have gloves the tacks should be usable when combined with deliberately selecting one tack at a time. (no blind reaching)
I pull out my work gloves and slip them on like a second skin.

These should help, especially if I’m going to be moving that damn mirror.

>Power bill? Oh dear. Well, hopefully your living arrangement with ES can help pay for it.
I…
Try not to think about that for now.

???: “You shouldn’t be having to do this you know?”

???: “You're just a pawn to him.”

???: “He will sacrifice you if it means that he’ll survive.”
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No. 978496 ID: d63ea8
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978496

>How about you use nails(if you have any), but hold them with pliers while hammering them? No risk of bruises. That or very careful use of thumbtacks.
I don’t think I have nails anywhere, over even a hammer.
It was usually my dad that tinkered with that stuff.

But I do have a couple of plier-

???: “Child…”
“...ild…”


I think I’m starting to hear it from the bathroom…
or bedroom.

???: “You shouldn’t be here, fighting.”
“...ighting...”


???: “This is his battle, not yours.”
“...urs…”

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No. 978497 ID: d63ea8
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978497

>Just start with tape - no need to risk it until we're clear of the "injury means death" zone.
I grab the box from the cupboard, just in case.
But it might be better to not even use them-

???: “Just hand Him over…”
“...Him…”
“...him…”

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No. 978498 ID: d63ea8
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978498

???: “And you will be left alone.”
“...lone…”


???: “Free to live a quiet life.”
“...ife…”






>Search for something else?
>Check your T.V.?
>Check your phone?
>Remove the standing mirror?

>Insult her?
>Hand him over?

>Something else?
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No. 978500 ID: b1b4f3

Move the big mirror into the hall. Face it towards a wall or the floor.
Or... it would be really nice if you could detach the bathroom mirror and put it in your bedroom instead (facing away from the bigger mirror; don't forget to make sure it's not pointing towards it when you're carrying it in too) so you could take the TV out into the hall and thus have access to both bathroom and food supplies. Two sealing designations are probably manageable. Can you remove the bathroom mirror?
There must be some long term solution; the URC could just send human enforcers to your apartment and they'll be much harder to keep out, ironically.
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No. 978536 ID: 87a01c

Why face the wall? Lets have gravity help us. Have it face the floor. Do we have paint? If so, ask Errant about painting the mirror.
Also turn off the bathroom light. Light is what enables reflections, might be giving it power. Also lets drag it by the stand from the bedroom to the bathroom then remove the stand if possible so it can lay flat. ((>>/questdis/133980 for map))
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No. 978556 ID: 094652

>Give me the VIP and I'll send you somewhere that isn't a police state
Don't listen. Even if she wasn't lying out of her ass, notice how she doesn't explain how this will benefit others or how her agenda might align with yours. Once she has him, she might destroy the entire world, or worse, give immortality to whichever dictator is running the show.

Start by taping the edges. Use .25 inches of thickness for each small mirror, and if you have any tape left over, use it on your appliances and base reflectives. If you have any glass containers, twine the cupboards containing them, but come back if you find more tape. Try to craft some tape yourself - do you have anything sticky? Mix it over plastics and papers and stick it on the mirrors directly. That should buy you some favor with any attack dogs on the other sides. Sorry about the spoiled mess but you want to see tomorrow.

Your phone is a reflective surface, so get some quicksilver and turn your gloves into touchscreen handlers. It will take longer to chat, but if the enemy overloads your comms to explode into an eldritch mess, you'll have armor equipped.
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No. 978620 ID: ce39da

She said, "a quiet life," not a happy one. Even if you'll be left alone after this, your status quo here is hell. Maybe you ARE helping him for your own sake, and you don't mean whatever benefits he could bring when you think that.

Move the mirror; that'll be now or never, I think. Throw sheets onto it first, and throw a long-sleeved layer onto yourself if you don't have them already. Oh, and remove any clocks you might have from this room while you're at it.

After that, get down to business. Tacks are stronger, but we can go faster with tape, and time literally isn't on our side here. Don't forget to ask where the best spot to put the lock is.
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No. 978765 ID: 87a01c

>>978620
I might argue for keeping clocks as a sort of possible anchor.
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No. 978811 ID: d63ea8
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978811

>Don't listen. Even if she wasn't lying out of her ass, notice how she doesn't explain how this will benefit others or how her agenda might align with yours. Once she has him, she might destroy the entire world, or worse, give immortality to whichever dictator is running the show.
Fuck her. I’m not going to give her or the URC an inch.

>Your phone is a reflective surface, so get some quicksilver and turn your gloves into touchscreen handlers. It will take longer to chat, but if the enemy overloads your comms to explode into an eldritch mess, you'll have armor equipped.
I don’t have any mercury.

I’ll have to rely on Errant for a warning.

>Do we have paint? If so, ask Errant about painting the mirror.
I pull out my phone and tug off one of the gloves.

Dad did help me repaint the walls so they weren’t that suffocating blue from the hallway.
I think he took all the paint cans with him, but I’m not sure.

Hopefully Errant can fi-

*Clunk*
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No. 978812 ID: d63ea8
File 160299610134.jpg - (199.62KB , 800x1067 , Possible Coating.jpg )
978812

I look down and see a half-empty paint can.
The lid is missing, but this is definitely a win.

There might be enough inside to cover the standing mirror.
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No. 978813 ID: d63ea8
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978813

>Try to craft some tape yourself - do you have anything sticky? Mix it over plastics and papers and stick it on the mirrors directly.
Ald. I don’t think I really keep much paper at all.
The URC have been pushing a ‘paperless campaign’ in order to ‘save costs and protect the environment.’
But I do still have some high strength glue.
I grab it from the cupboard and put it into my toolbox.

???: “Well?”
“...ell…”


>She said, "a quiet life," not a happy one. Even if you'll be left alone after this, your status quo here is hell. Maybe you ARE helping him for your own sake, and you don't mean whatever benefits he could bring when you think that.
Fuck her.
I’m going to climb out of this pit. Even if it is just to spit in the eye of Maxine, I will make it through this.
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No. 978814 ID: d63ea8
File 160299610945.jpg - (64.64KB , 800x1067 , Ambush Avoided.jpg )
978814

>If you have any glass containers, twine the cupboards containing them, but come back if you find more tape.
Shit.
I should’ve thought of that before.

Quickly rushing Carefully moving around to all of the cupboard doors I tie their handles together.

It isn’t the most secure job, but I still have plenty of twine remaining.
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No. 978815 ID: d63ea8
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978815

Making my way back to the hall, I pick up the paint can and glance back at the door.
I can hear faint but determined scratches from it, and there are already some edges being gouged through.

The septic smell is getting stronger, and the door is becoming…
Wet?
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No. 978816 ID: d63ea8
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978816

>Or... it would be really nice if you could detach the bathroom mirror and put it in your bedroom instead (facing away from the bigger mirror; don't forget to make sure it's not pointing towards it when you're carrying it in too) so you could take the TV out into the hall and thus have access to both bathroom and food supplies. Two sealing designations are probably manageable. Can you remove the bathroom mirror?
The hinges are attached inside the medicine cabinet, and I do have my screwdriver.
Or I could try to tear it down from the wall.

Continuing down the hall, I peer back into the bathroom.
The reflection-
Isn’t.

>Also turn off the bathroom light. Light is what enables reflections, might be giving it power.
Turning off the light sharpens the image.
The re-

The mirror holds the image of a starlit ocean, stormy and rough with waves.

Emitting its own light.
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No. 978817 ID: d63ea8
File 160299612244.jpg - (107.78KB , 800x1067 , Keeping Her at Bay.jpg )
978817

Closing the door to the bathroom I power walk back into my room.
I notice again that the light of the T.V. actively dims as I head in.
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No. 978818 ID: d63ea8
File 160299613794.jpg - (190.85KB , 800x1067 , Nearly Through.jpg )
978818

The smell is even worse here.

Like rancid meat and… puke.
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No. 978819 ID: d63ea8
File 160299614693.jpg - (185.95KB , 800x1067 , Ire.jpg )
978819

>Move the mirror; that'll be now or never, I think. Throw sheets onto it first, and throw a long-sleeved layer onto yourself if you don't have them already.
I throw the fitted sheet overtop, and that helps with the smell quite a bit.
Luckily I’m wearing a long-sleeve shirt.

Ald, it’s starting to leak into the rug.

???: “You are testing my patience.”
“...ast warning…”


It’s not even pretending now.
The voice definitely came from the mirror and the hall.
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No. 978820 ID: d63ea8
File 160299614985.jpg - (185.45KB , 800x1067 , Safety Straps.jpg )
978820

>Start by taping the edges. Use .25 inches of thickness for each small mirror, and if you have any tape left over, use it on your appliances and base reflectives.
I quickly tape up some makeshift handholds on the mirror, I have plenty left.
Already there is an acrid stench.

>That should buy you some favor with any attack dogs on the other sides. Sorry about the spoiled mess but you want to see tomorrow.
Fuck Her.
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No. 978821 ID: d63ea8
File 160299615329.jpg - (144.05KB , 800x1067 , Back of the Room.jpg )
978821

>Oh, and remove any clocks you might have from this room while you're at it.
I look over to my nightstand.

Someone-
Errant looks to have covered it with a spare t-shirt.
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No. 978822 ID: d63ea8
File 160299615778.jpg - (158.00KB , 800x1067 , Time Remains Discarded.jpg )
978822

>I might argue for keeping clocks as a sort of possible anchor.
My hand hesitates as I reach for the power cord.
Maybe it would be better to keep around.
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No. 978823 ID: d63ea8
File 160299616157.jpg - (129.95KB , 800x1067 , Moving the Most Dangerous Door.jpg )
978823

>Also lets drag it by the stand from the bedroom to the bathroom then remove the stand if possible so it can lay flat.
Setting down the paint can and my toolbox, I carefully start pulling the mirror out into the hall.
It’s much heavier than I remember and I can already tell the bedsheet has a lot more ‘give’ than it should.

>Move the big mirror into the hall. Face it towards a wall or the floor.
>Why face the wall? Let’s have gravity help us. Have it face the floor.
The smell is already starting to come back, maybe I should leave in the hall, rather than the bathroom, but then I won’t have access to the kitch-
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No. 978824 ID: d63ea8
File 160299616638.jpg - (133.75KB , 800x1067 , Splintering.jpg )
978824

*SMASH*
That was the front door.

???: “You are OUT of time!”
“...ime…”
“...ime…


>There must be some long term solution; the URC could just send human enforcers to your apartment and they'll be much harder to keep out, ironically.
Maybe they already have.

>After that, get down to business. Tacks are stronger, but we can go faster with tape, and time literally isn't on our side here. Don't forget to ask where the best spot to put the lock is.
I need to act while I still can-

>Move mirror to bathroom?
>Ditch the mirror in the hallway?
>Head back to the T.V. right now?

>Splatter something with paint?
>Insult her?

>Mace the intruder?

>Something else?
>(Time is now limited.)

>Please Continue.
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No. 978826 ID: b1b4f3

>>978824
Well you definitely won't have access to the kitchen now, since the front door is breached and you can no longer ward it. Ditch the mirror in the hall.
Splash paint on the mirror if the... "tinted" speech came from it. If that's the case then the enemy can enter most easily through there, so if the paint ruins the entry point then you're buying more time to ward the door.

Then get into your bedroom and close the bedroom door, begin warding it with Errant's instructions.
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No. 978831 ID: 87a01c

Unfortunately the hall is lost, with the mirror gone from the bedroom and as the closest secure room, it is time to ward the bedroom door from the inside. Add glue to the tape when you apply it. Spill the paint on the mirror before you leave for good measure though.
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No. 978866 ID: ce39da

Ditch the mirror in the hall. You remembered to swipe your charger, correct? Use the bedroom as your space - if food becomes an issue later, I'm sure Errant can figure something out. Just look at the TV for instructions - he knows what resources you've collected at this point (the twine, the tape, the paint, the glue, the cloth from your clothing, the lock), so he should have the best knowledge of how to apply each. Unplug the clock after you're done.
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No. 979115 ID: b1b4f3

>>979108
The TV is in the bedroom.
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No. 979225 ID: d63ea8
File 160333694507.jpg - (155.89KB , 800x1067 , Putting the Door to the Side.jpg )
979225

>Well you definitely won't have access to the kitchen now, since the front door is breached and you can no longer ward it. Ditch the mirror in the hall.
>Ditch the mirror in the hall.
Propping the mirror against the wall, I take several steps away from it.

I’ve given you enough chances.

This ends now.


The sound is coming from the mirror. It doesn’t sound human.
Even the fitted sheet is starting to stain.
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No. 979226 ID: d63ea8
File 160333695097.jpg - (147.04KB , 800x1067 , It Couldn't Hurt.jpg )
979226

>Splash paint on the mirror if the... "tinted" speech came from it. If that's the case then the enemy can enter most easily through there, so if the paint ruins the entry point then you're buying more time to ward the door.
>Spill the paint on the mirror before you leave for good measure though.
I whirl around and splash the paint all across the mirror.

Really?
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No. 979227 ID: d63ea8
File 160333695482.jpg - (103.53KB , 800x1067 , Momentary Reprieve.jpg )
979227

>Then get into your bedroom and close the bedroom door,
*Slam*

>You remembered to swipe your charger, correct?
No, but I should still have the high-speed charger in my room.
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No. 979228 ID: d63ea8
File 160333700285.jpg - (269.65KB , 800x1067 , The Threads Must be Set.jpg )
979228

>Just look at the TV for instructions - he knows what resources you've collected at this point (the twine, the tape, the paint, the glue, the cloth from your clothing, the lock), so he should have the best knowledge of how to apply each.
Moving over to the T.V. I see the text on screen rewrite itself.

I’ll have to- okay.
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No. 979229 ID: d63ea8
File 160333701435.jpg - (267.33KB , 800x1067 , The Knot Must be Tied.jpg )
979229

The screen blinks and changes again.
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No. 979232 ID: d63ea8
File 160333714788.jpg - (109.77KB , 800x1067 , Time to Act.jpg )
979232

>Unfortunately the hall is lost, with the mirror gone from the bedroom and as the closest secure room, it is time to ward the bedroom door from the inside. Add glue to the tape when you apply it.
The extra adhesion should help, and I won't have to worry about pricking myself.

>Use the bedroom as your space - if food becomes an issue later, I'm sure Errant can figure something out. Unplug the clock after you're done.
>((Action banked.))

>Begin warding it with Errant's instructions.
Right. Just focus on the ward for now.

>Use tacks?
>Use tape with glue?
>Use both?
>Add lock?

>Barricade for good measure?

>Something else?

>Please Continue.
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No. 979233 ID: b1b4f3

>>979232
Follow the directions given precisely. Tape, then tacks, then the lock on 1-2, then fasten the last thread.
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No. 979234 ID: 094652

Errant didn't say anything about making the bends extra pointy, so don't worry about that.
Use tape over the twine, then add tacks to reinforce it.

If you need to count, be sure to start from zero. Keep working on cutting pieces of tape while your eyes are closed.

Once you're done, ask Errant the following:
Is it ready? How long does this buy me?
Should we use the leftover twine to make another one?
What did you mean by lock of twine?
Which threads go over and which go under? [=] for over please.
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No. 979239 ID: 894419

>>979233
I concur.
>>
No. 979256 ID: ce39da

"It's fine if each string goes over - not under - the ones before, right?"

Just use tape and focus on simply getting the design itself exactly right (at least until you get to the lock part); only add tacks if Errant thinks you have time after that.

I doubt glue will be too effective; it takes a bit to set. Maybe smear some over the taped parts (again, assuming you still have time).

Remember to use the lock after you secure Point 4 (but ask him to clarify whether you also thread line 4-5 through it, too). On that note, make sure each line is taut (especially the first line - enough that even the weight of a padlock won't cause it to sag), but be extra careful not to pull hard enough to rip the tape off.
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No. 979427 ID: 87a01c

If and when the blare happens, be sure to count aloud, and just say them as slow as feels natural.
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No. 979590 ID: d63ea8
File 160368375134.jpg - (89.13KB , 800x1067 , Tape & Glue.jpg )
979590

>Follow the directions given precisely. Tape, then tacks, then the lock on 1-2, then fasten the last thread.
>I concur.
Alright.

Just… focus.

I have to remove my gloves to put the glue on the tape, and going two thirds of the way up the door frame I attach the first length of twine.

>On that note, make sure each line is taut (especially the first line - enough that even the weight of a padlock won't cause it to sag), but be extra careful not to pull hard enough to rip the tape off.
Gently pulling the thread, I make sure that the line is straight. I’m not sure if I can get ‘taut,’ but I'll make sure that the lines are as strong as possible.
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No. 979591 ID: d63ea8
File 160368375490.jpg - (101.92KB , 800x1067 , First Line.jpg )
979591

>Errant didn't say anything about making the bends extra pointy, so don't worry about that.
I’ll try to eyeball it as best I can.

The glue is starting to stick to my fingers, but it won’t slow me down.

*crink*

*crink*


*CRASH*


That sounded like the mirror-
Ah. There you are-

The smell of boiled and rotting meat fills the air.
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No. 979592 ID: d63ea8
File 160368375747.jpg - (89.03KB , 800x1067 , Second Line.jpg )
979592

>...
"It's fine if each string goes over - not under - the ones before, right?"

My bag russells.

*ffhh*

*ieeenn*


At least that’s-

What are you-

The Dark, are we really doing this again?


*SLAM*

The door audibly groans and buckles.

Always hiding behind Your patsies. Promised this one that “It’d be alright?”
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No. 979593 ID: d63ea8
File 160368377771.jpg - (48.82KB , 800x1067 , Blaring.jpg )
979593

*BZZART*

I close my eyes instinctively as something with the texture, but not the sound of wind rushes past me-

*krikzZztkshhh
zhAikcrahaKcvh*


The sound is almost deafening- why can’t anyone else-

>If you need to count, be sure to start from zero. Keep working on cutting pieces of tape while your eyes are closed.
“zero.”
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No. 979594 ID: d63ea8
File 160368378019.jpg - (33.98KB , 800x1067 , Solidifying Time.jpg )
979594

>If and when the blare happens, be sure to count aloud, and just say them as slow as feels natural.
“One.”



“Two.”

It’s like I’m trying to push the sound back, and I think it’s working.

“THREE.”

It’s harder to work with my eyes closed, but I have the tape-

“FOUR!”

I’m shouting now, there isn’t any noise now.
All I can hear the sound of blood pumping in my ears.
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No. 979595 ID: d63ea8
File 160368378307.jpg - (134.17KB , 800x1067 , Battle Behind It.jpg )
979595

“Five.”

The tape and twine is secure above the door.
But as soon as I stop counting the sounds return-

*kZzAhKKiRrCiikHVzR
rIiiPzhhaKRiSHHvh*


I-
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No. 979597 ID: d63ea8
File 160368380348.jpg - (208.95KB , 800x1067 , Lacking Information.jpg )
979597

>Once you're done, ask Errant the following:
>Is it ready? How long does this buy me?
>Should we use the leftover twine to make another one?
>What did you mean by lock of twine?
>Only add tacks if Errant thinks you have time after that.
>Remember to use the lock after you secure Point 4 (but ask him to clarify whether you also thread line 4-5 through it, too).
Well that’s not really helpful!

>Just use tape and focus on simply getting the design itself exactly right (at least until you get to the lock part)
Yeah.
Just Focus.

Focus on getting this done.
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No. 979598 ID: d63ea8
File 160368380675.jpg - (131.09KB , 800x1067 , Tacks Added.jpg )
979598

>Use tape over the twine, then add tacks to reinforce it.
Gloves back on.
Added the tacks.
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No. 979599 ID: d63ea8
File 160368380997.jpg - (131.89KB , 800x1067 , Lock Added.jpg )
979599

Added the lock.

It hangs there not even causing a dip in the twine.

There's-

It feels like something is holding its breath.

I sigh quietly. Maybe it was me.

*CRasHHHvtSHIkcK
zhzcrUNCHh..*


>I doubt glue will be too effective; it takes a bit to set. Maybe smear some over the taped parts (again, assuming you still have time).
Glue is added liberally.

Okay now just-

*BZzack*

Wait-

>Attach last line?
>Close Eyes?
>Count?
>Check T.V.?

>Something else?

>Please Continue.
>>
No. 979603 ID: 5cb1b2

Attach last line, close eyes, and count.
>>
No. 979604 ID: 094652

>Attach last line?
Lock is in place, so YES.
>Close eyes and count?
Quietly this time, but you may as well.
>Check TV
And your phone, and your body, and your room, and any sharp corners that you can use your tape scraps on, and...
>What else?
Start moving furniture. Re-arrange the room to fit your tactical needs.
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No. 979608 ID: b1b4f3

>>979599
Wait, Errant is still out there. Tell him to get inside, the ward is almost done! Look at the TV to get a response.
>>
No. 979609 ID: b1b4f3

Put your backpack at the seam under the door to let him get back in without you having to close your eyes.
>>
No. 979625 ID: 894419

Yup, attach that last line.
>>
No. 979648 ID: 5cb1b2

>>979609
Not sure trying to do that is the best plan. I think we want consistency right now.
>>
No. 979652 ID: 894419

>>979608
shit wait you're probably right now that I've slept on it, I change my vote to yours.
>>
No. 979714 ID: 5cb1b2

((>>979652
We already told him directly >>/questdis/134196))
>>
No. 979718 ID: 894419

>>979714
well dang then, I double change my vote back to what it was originally.
>>
No. 979760 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, so just sending a morse message is enough, we shouldn't wait for him to get on this side of the door?
What kind of logic is that?
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No. 979797 ID: d63ea8
File 160385919037.jpg - (139.12KB , 800x1067 , Final Warning.jpg )
979797

>Attach last line, close eyes, and count.
>Lock is in place, so YES.
I re-
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No. 979798 ID: d63ea8
Audio Another_Blare.mp3 - (158.41KB , Another Blare.mp3 )
979798

The sudden sound from the T.V. almost has me jump out of my skin.

Wait- that’s morse code!
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No. 979799 ID: d63ea8
File 160385920230.jpg - (366.06KB , 800x1067 , Urgency.jpg )
979799

>Wait, Errant is still out there. Tell him to get inside, the ward is almost done! Look at the TV to get a response.
Shit.

“Get back inside!”

I glance over to the T.V.

*SLAM*

*KRISHIKn*

>Put your backpack at the seam under the door to let him get back in without you having to close your eyes.
>Not sure trying to do that is the best plan. I think we want consistency right now.
That thing’s trying to get in-
I need to-
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No. 979800 ID: d63ea8
File 160385920553.jpg - (30.00KB , 800x1067 , Counting Once More.jpg )
979800

>Close eyes and count.
>Quietly this time, but you may as well.
Focus.

...

“zero.”



“one.”



“two.”


Running away already?

“three.”

I feel… something run over me.

“four.”

It’s soundless, but heavy…
and wet.
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No. 979801 ID: d63ea8
File 160385921117.jpg - (152.70KB , 800x1067 , Finished the Ward.jpg )
979801

>Yup, attach the last line.
“Five.”

I grab the last string, pull it tight and-

Now fo-
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No. 979802 ID: d63ea8
File 160385927635.jpg - (192.38KB , 800x1067 , 'It' Will Seal the Door.jpg )
979802

There is a thunderclap.

Light traces along the string and the door blinks at me.

ACKNOWLEDGED.
>>
No. 979803 ID: d63ea8
File 160385928101.jpg - (142.95KB , 800x1067 , Silence.jpg )
979803

Then it’s quiet.



And then I Remember.
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No. 979804 ID: d63ea8
File 160385929109.jpg - (137.04KB , 800x1067 , Lined in Blood.jpg )
979804

>Check TV
>And your phone, and your body, and your room, and any sharp corners that you can use your tape scraps on, and…
OH ALD OH ALD OH ALD!

Blood runs all along my arms, my legs -I think I might have some in my hair- maybe my face!

It’s warm and gritty-

Like sawdust-

And the smell-
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No. 979805 ID: d63ea8
File 160385929939.jpg - (131.20KB , 800x1067 , Time is Suspended.jpg )
979805

>((Banked action.))
>Unplug the clock after you're done.
I slowly make my way over to the alarm cloak and unplug it…

I’m not scared…
I’m not angry…
I’m not… tired.

I just…



I just...
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No. 979806 ID: d63ea8
File 160385931107.jpg - (247.35KB , 800x1067 , Safe at Last.jpg )
979806

I check the T.V.



And I breathe

...

At least it’s-
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No. 979807 ID: d63ea8
File 160385931576.jpg - (219.19KB , 800x1067 , But Life Ebbs Low.jpg )
979807

over…

-!

I can feel that same dread coming back.
That suffocating pressure-

>Wait! I need to-
>Ask something.
>Call Natasha.
>Call my parents.
>Change into something cleaner.
>Tape up any sharp edges.
>Do SOMETHING.

>What happens next?
>((Move towards a conclusion.))

>Please Continue.
>>
No. 979811 ID: b1b4f3

>>979807
Ask Errant where he's going to stay, where can he recover best? How can you help him? He almost died fighting that spook.
...what are you going to do next? How long does the ward last? Won't the URC just send some people to cut through your wall or something?

Also yeah get some cleaner clothes, and send Natascha a text telling her you're safe.
>>
No. 979818 ID: 894419

>>979807
Change your clothes, don't make any phone calls right now.

Remember, its okay to cry.
>>
No. 979863 ID: 5cb1b2

Before you change your clothes, don't forget to sweat and then let Errant out.
Before you collapse be sure clarify with Errant if you can sleep first before we need to figure all that out.
>>
No. 979872 ID: 094652

Twine up your phone, then ask Errant to look for any remaining reflective surfaces other than the television. Tie that up as well when you're ready.

Sleep, relieve tension, do something to calm down.
>>
No. 980077 ID: d63ea8
File 160411480143.jpg - (92.87KB , 800x1067 , Other Fabrics.jpg )
980077

>Yeah get some cleaner clothes
>Change your clothes.
“I need to change into something clean.”

DON’T look.”

I feel the pressure around me immediately abate as I make my way over to the dresser.

>Don't make any phone calls right now.
I feel on the verge of breaking down, I’m not scared, but I’m exhausted…

Too exhausted to even try and talk...
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No. 980078 ID: d63ea8
File 160411480833.jpg - (104.79KB , 800x1067 , A Change of Covering.jpg )
980078

>Don't forget to sweat.
Peeling of my bloodsoaked shirt and pants, I use a spare t-shirt to towel off the blood, grime, and sweat that still sticks to me.

My arms are shaking and my head is cloudy, but I breathe through it.

I toss the t-shirt somewhere, I lose sight of it as soon as it enters the crushing gloom.

This situation is so fucked.

I grab another t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants before kicking off my work boots.
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No. 980079 ID: d63ea8
File 160411481508.jpg - (245.75KB , 800x1067 , I'm Okay.jpg )
980079

>And send Natasha a text telling her you're safe.
I let her know…

Standing there...
One second.
Ten seconds.
Fifty seconds.

...nothing.

It…
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No. 980080 ID: d63ea8
File 160411482134.jpg - (248.70KB , 800x1067 , I'm okay now.jpg )
980080

It…
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No. 980081 ID: d63ea8
File 160411482594.jpg - (196.22KB , 800x1067 , He is Genuine.jpg )
980081

>Remember, it's okay to cry.
It’s all too much.

I-
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No. 980082 ID: d63ea8
File 160411483516.jpg - (48.05KB , 800x1067 , It's Okay to Cry.jpg )
980082

I just want to curl up and hide, I want to be safe-
I don’t want to hunted by Ald-knows-what in my house helping some sort of sad shadow demon, all the while having to worry about the FUCKING URC and PSS and all those FUCKING three letter police-state FUCKS who came into our city- our country and started killing and blackbagging everyone who didn’t fall in line!

I’M SICK AND FUCKING TIRED OF BEING SO ALD-DAMNED POWERLESS ALL OF THE FUCKING TIME!

I just… want…
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No. 980083 ID: d63ea8
File 160411483890.jpg - (161.87KB , 800x1067 , Stress Relief.jpg )
980083

...to live.

>Relieve tension, do something to calm down.
*WHAM*
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No. 980084 ID: d63ea8
File 160411484303.jpg - (157.18KB , 800x1067 , He is Patient.jpg )
980084

*Tunk*

That…

That helped.
Shit I hope I didn’t break my alarm clock.

Okay, deep breaths.

*Inhale*



*Exhale*

Okay.

...

I think I’m ready for more crazy.
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No. 980087 ID: d63ea8
File 160411491655.jpg - (339.39KB , 800x1067 , Being Comforting.jpg )
980087

>Then let Errant out.
I put my bag down when I was changing clothes. I think they’re already out.

>How long does the ward last? Won't the URC just send some people to cut through your wall or something?
“How long is the twine good for? And can’t they just saw or shoot through the walls?”


My phone and T.V. blink in unison, but show different messages.

...

I guess that’s one less thing I need to worry about.
>>
No. 980089 ID: d63ea8
File 160411495261.jpg - (290.41KB , 800x1067 , But He is Also Direct.jpg )
980089

>Ask Errant where he's going to stay, where can he recover best? How can you help him? He almost died fighting that spook.
>...what are you going to do next?
Ald. I guess I have a one-room roommate now.
“So where are you going to be staying? Do I need to pile up some clothes..?”

Even now it still feels bizarre.

>Twine up your phone, then ask Errant to look for any remaining reflective surfaces other than the television. Tie that up as well when you're ready.
“And should I twine up my phone and T.V., just in case?”

>Before you collapse be sure to clarify with Errant if you can sleep first before we need to figure all that out.
>Sleep.
“Also, can I please have a nap first?”



Less lucky with that I guess…

>Wait, I need to...
>Ask something.
>Call Natasha.
>Call my parents.
>Change into something cleaner.
>Tape up any sharp edges.
>Do SOMETHING.

>...what happens next?
>((Move towards a conclusion.))

>Please Continue.
>>
No. 980091 ID: ecb3d0

What part am I to play here, and can my phone still do phone things? The top bar is gone.
Are bruises still lethal? (If so lets get taping)
She could still be OK, URC could have just taken her phone away for some fucking reason.
>>
No. 980093 ID: b1b4f3

You could try asking him if it's still dangerous to know things, or if you're well past that point by now.
You could ask what the fuck that thing was out there. Is it even possible to make phone calls and texts now; will those go through the ward?
You can ask if it's possible to fight back against the URC.
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