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978105 No. 978105 ID: 15a025

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No. 978106 ID: 15a025
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978106

We head upstairs to Sharcole's apartment and Marsh pounds on the door.
Candy: "Quiet! You trying to wake everyone up?"

Marsh: "Who'd be sleeping at- oh right."
She goes to knock again but the door opens before she can.

Kyle: "And you jerks blame me for why she can't sleep. The hell you two wa- eugh! What, you two go dumpster diving or something?!"

Candy: "Not far off the mark I guess. Can I use your shower?"

Kyle: "Yeah, for five bucks. Each."

Candy: "What?"

Kyle: "Call it an annoyance fee for antagonizing me all the time. Plus, there is no way you're washing that smell out in just a few minutes and I got bills to pay. Water ain't cheap."
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No. 978107 ID: b1b4f3

Cut that in half and it's almost sensible.
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No. 978108 ID: e7c7d3

Five bucks each sounds reasonable. Oh, but Candy and Marsh aren't paying. Kyle is. Call it the "not getting hugged by two people who need a shower fee"
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No. 978115 ID: 894419

Oh god this asshole, yeah sure whatever dude. Here's your five bucks now step aside we have things to discuss.
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No. 978258 ID: 15a025
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>Cut that in half and it's almost sensible.
I don't care how much it costs, I hate having to give this jerk cash. If it wasn't so cold out and I had my sweater, I'd just shave off my wool.
>Oh god this asshole, yeah sure whatever dude. Here's your five bucks now step aside we have things to discuss.
Candy: "Guess we don't have a choice here. You're paying too though Kyle-
>Call it the "not getting hugged by two people who need a shower fee"
Candy: "Paying the: 'Not getting hugged by people that need a shower fee'."
Kyle: "I I wanted hugs, I'd just get them from my girlfriend."
Marsh hands the jerk ten bucks and lets me go in first.
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No. 978259 ID: 15a025
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978259

[One shower later...]
Ugh! Yeah, when we get home this wool's getting sheared. It's just too thick to wash all this-

I hear glass break in the other room!
Marsh: "What did you put in my drink!"

Kyle: "I didn't put shit in your drink!"

I- ah...

Candy: "Baah!"

What do I do, what do I!
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No. 978260 ID: b1b4f3

Grab towel, find out what's going on.
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No. 978320 ID: 15a025
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978320

>Grab towel, find out what's going on.
Already got one wrapped around me. Guess it blends in with my wool a bit? I rush out the bathroom to see what's happening. Marsh is practically howling at this point.

Marsh: "You think I'm stupid or something! I've been trained for drug testing and scenting! I know you put something in that!"

Kyle: "Then why'd you drink it!"

Marsh: "Because all I can smell is sewer waste!"

Candy: "Hey slow down here! What's going on?"

Marsh: "He spiked my drink!"

Kyle: "You know, if you're such an expert here, then tell us all what was in it!"

Marsh: "I dunno, some kinda powder?"

I don't think Marsh would be lying about this. Powder in a drink is pretty incriminating, but she had to go and destroy the evidence! I'm not sure if anything could be found in the broken glass and stained floor now. Okay, one thing at a time. I gotta diffuse this before Marsh beats the life out of Kyle and commits assault herself.
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No. 978322 ID: b1b4f3

...you may not be able to tell from the spilled drink, but if you soaked some up with a paper towel and put it in a sealed plastic bag you could bring it somewhere for testing. Or, you could do that now, and then have Marsh go take her shower then come back and sniff it to find out what was in it.

So yeah, soak some up then seal it in a bag and then tell Kyle you're gonna find out what it was one way or another. If he comes clean now it'll turn out better for him.
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No. 978323 ID: d82849

Ask if Marsh saw where he got it from. Get her focused on telling you what she saw instead of beating the crap out of Kyle.
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No. 978328 ID: b1b4f3

...what kind of drink was it? Can't discount the possibility that the powder was part of the drink.

Personally I'm betting it was some dumb revenge prank like laxatives.
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No. 978339 ID: 894419

>>978323
This, but if marsh starts swaying, acting odd, or is otherwise immediately negatively effected you got to tag team beat the shit out of Kyle before Marsh is down for the count.
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No. 978573 ID: 15a025
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978573

>...you may not be able to tell from the spilled drink, but if you soaked some up with a paper towel and put it in a sealed plastic bag you could bring it somewhere for testing.

Candy: "Okay first things first. I need a paper towel and plastic bag."

Kyle: "For what"

Candy: "Soaking up some evidence to have tested."

Kyle: "Oh for the love of- I didn't. Drug. Her drink!"

Candy: "Well science will clear your name then if you didn't."

I go grab some paper towel from a cupboard and start soaking up the smashed drink.
>Ask if Marsh saw where he got it from. Get her focused on telling you what she saw instead of beating the crap out of Kyle.
Candy: "Marsh, did you see Kyle get your drink?"

Marsh: "Sort of? I just asked for water and he went over and filled it up. I heard some banging but he had an ice tray with him. I just kinda assumed he was trying to get the ice out."

Kyle: "Because I was!"

>So yeah, soak some up then seal it in a bag and then tell Kyle you're gonna find out what it was one way or another. If he comes clean now it'll turn out better for him.
Candy: "Give me a plastic bag, we're taking this to get analyzed. Unless you want to come clean now-"

Marsh: "And take your beating here instead of in prison!"

Candy: "Marsh you can't beat him up, that's assault!"

Marsh: "And what he did isn't?"

Candy: "Okay, think of it like this Kyle. Come clean and we won't press charges. If you don't and this comes back positive-"
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No. 978574 ID: 15a025
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978574

Marsh runs up and grabs Kyle by the scruff of his wool and starts snarling at him!

Marsh: "You tell me right now what the hell was in that drink, or so help me I will chomp down on your scrawny neck and you can take that secret to the grave."

Kyle: "Alright! Fine! I crushed up some laxatives and mixed them in with your drink. Call it some petty revenge for taking Sharcole away from me!"
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No. 978575 ID: 15a025
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978575

She slams him down into the couch.

Marsh: "You ever mess around with me like that again, and you're dead!"
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No. 978576 ID: e7c7d3

Marsh, go shower before things get uglier
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No. 978577 ID: 894419

The only thing that took Sharcole away from you is you being a pathetic creepy fuck Kyle.

Marsh, I think we've earned a refund on our 10 bucks, how about we grab that, then head back home.
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No. 978578 ID: b1b4f3

>>978575
Yep, called it.
Tell Marsh to calm the fuck down, it wasn't something serious. Death threats are going way too far. She should go shower so you can leave.

Also by my understanding, Kyle hasn't actually done anything creepy? He's just been antagonistic towards you and Marsh, and from his perspective pulling a prank like this isn't too far out of line since you DID separate him from his girlfriend.

Once Marsh is in the shower, maybe you can try asking him, again, if he knows what's keeping Sharcole awake at night. They've both been cagey about it, but you are admittedly being overprotective of Sharcole.
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No. 978596 ID: 15a025
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978596

>Marsh, go shower before things get uglier
Candy: "Marsh, why don't you go take your shower now?"

She still sounds pretty upset as she replies,
Marsh: "Yeah, fine!"

She storms off into the bathroom. I hear Kyle mumble to himself, but I can't understand what he says.
>I think we've earned a refund on our 10 bucks, how about we grab that, then head back home.
Candy: "I think after pulling that stunt we should get our ten bucks back."

Kyle: "Bite me! I'm down a drinking glass now after that. Now it's going to replace it."

Candy: "Well, that's kind of on you, not us. What made you think you could even get away with that?"

Kyle: "Thought I mixed it good enough."

Sharcole comes out of her room and walks over to the couch. She looks like she's half a asleep.

Candy: "Watch out, there's broken glass!"

Sharcole: "Guess that's one sound explain. I heard a lot of yelling out here. Everything okay?"

Kyle: "Someone got pissed off over a little joke, that's all."

Candy: "I wouldn't call putting laxatives in Marsh's drink a joke."

Sharcole: "Why would you do that her Kyle?"

Kyle: "Because she pissed me off by taking you away the other week."

Sharcole: "So my friends making sure I get sleep and my medicine helps makes you upset?"

Kyle: "You know that's not what I mean!"

Sharcole: "Well, that's how it comes off to me. You never care if I get any sleep or not!"

>try asking him, again, if he knows what's keeping Sharcole awake at night.
Candy: "There's another question I'd like to ask. You two keep dodging it or being vague when I ask. What's keeping Sharcole up all night."

Kyle: "I dunno, I'm gone doing night gigs."

Sharcole: "Oh yes you know! You keep me up all night blasting your music in here when you practice!"

Kyle: "Oh sure, blame me for trying to make sure I can pay the bills! I ain't that loud and I'm usually gone by nine."

Sharcole: "You- ah... never mind. I'm going back to bed. You can sleep on the couch tonight Kyle."

Kyle: "Aw what the hell!"
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No. 978598 ID: b1b4f3

>>978596
Ah, another mystery solved.
Well, somebody's gotta clean up the glass and Kyle doesn't seem to be in a hurry to do it, may as well do it yourself.
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No. 978624 ID: 36784c

>>978596
Might as well clean up the glass. You’ve still got that check that Freeze gave you, right? Gotta make sure you hold onto it so that someone else doesn’t take it and cash it in!

Other than paying back Marsh, what should we spend it on? I’m thinking that we should find out how much it would cost to get some running water back at the mansion. I doubt we’d be able to afford the price, but it would be nice to know what it would cost so that we can save for it. That way we don’t have to keep coming back here and having to deal with Kyle all the time.
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No. 978650 ID: 15a025
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978650

>You’ve still got that check that Freeze gave you, right?
Yup! Safe in my wool. Don't worry, I remembered to take it out before I showered. That would've sucked if I didn't.

>Other than paying back Marsh, what should we spend it on? I’m thinking that we should find out how much it would cost to get some running water back at the mansion.
It's not that there isn't running water, it just the plumbing for the bathroom is an absolute nightmarish state. That and Sugar mentioned the shower itself needed to be torn out and replaced? It might be out of my budget here, but it should be a good 'down payment' on getting something to happen with it.

>Well, somebody's gotta clean up the glass and Kyle doesn't seem to be in a hurry to do it, may as well do it yourself.
>Might as well clean up the glass.
Candy: "Well since you don't seem to care about the broken glass on the floor, gurdd I'll clean up after Marsh then."

Kyle: "Why should I have to clean it up anyway? She broke it."

Ugh. I grab the paper towel up again and start carefully picking up glass with it. Pain in the butt trying to find it all in this shaggy carpet. Sucks you can't vacuum this crud up. Kyle at least got off his lazy rear end and brought the trash can to me.

By the time I'm done cleaning up, Marsh gets out of the shower. And without saying a word she just heads for the door and leaves.
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No. 978653 ID: 15a025
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978653

I follow Marsh out to the car and she speeds off like I used to. As we go she slams her paws on the wheel a few times.

Marsh: "I can't believe that jerk! I should have smacked him in the face for almost putting me through that again!"

Candy: "Again? He's done that to you before?!"

She jumps a little bit,
Marsh: "No, not him. S-someone else."

Candy: "Someone else tried to-"

She slams on the wheel again, this time swerving the car a bit in the process. Her voice is back to a snarl.
Marsh: "I don't want to think about or remember it!"

She takes a few deep breathes before talking again.
Marsh: "Sorry, I just. Something bad happened back when I first moved here. Can we leave it at that?"
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No. 978678 ID: e7c7d3

Sounds like we should leave it at that. What's next on the agenda?
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No. 978684 ID: 15a025
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978684

>Sounds like we should leave it at that. What's next on the agenda?
Candy: "Yeah sure. So, what's next on our agenda?"

Marsh: "Heading home now. I'm sure your sister isn't going to be happy about me being out late. Oh well though. This kept me away from the computer a bit so it's all worth it."

The rest of our ride home is pretty uneventful, other than a little jam session on the radio.
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No. 978685 ID: 15a025
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978685

Once home we head inside to start warming up. Oh that's gonna suck when I shave my wool off.
Marsh: "We're home!"

Sugar: Iz about time!"

Ah great, someone sounds wasted. She clumsly heads down the stairs with a bottle beer in hoof.
Sugar: "The hell you twos been all night? And what's the stench?"

Marsh: "Probably your beer breath. I had to take inventory after some punk thought he could sneak into the bar's cellar. Then after that we went over to Sharcole's for dinner and a shower."

Sugar: "Well, you did a rotten job washing up. Oh by the way, there's a letter for-"

Marsh: "Tell me in the morning, I'm not in the mood for it."

Sugar: "You sure? I'm pretty sure iz that-"

She snarls back at my sister
Marsh: "I said I'm not in the mood for it!"

Sugar: "What crawled up your read end and died? Fine, juz go up and type our bizness crud up then."
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No. 978686 ID: 15a025
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978686

Marsh stomps upstairs and slams the door shut.
Sugar: "What got into her tonight?"

She starts taking big sniffs around me.

Sugar: "Oh! Now why's someone over here smellz like smoke? I thought you were ol goody two shoes here trying to quit!"
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No. 978688 ID: b1b4f3

>>978686
Tell her you literally almost died in a fire. In the sewer. While killing cultists.
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No. 978689 ID: d82849

Tell her it's a cheat day. Really need to unwind a bit.
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No. 978690 ID: a9af05

>>978686
Tell her that you did quit. You smell like smoke because some asshole thought it'd be funny to light your wool on fire.
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No. 978692 ID: 36784c

>>978686
You were kidnapped by some cultists and taken to their hideout in the sewer. They kept insisting you were Sugar and no matter how many times you told them you weren’t her, they didn’t believe you. They kept mentioning that Sugar owed them something.

You only managed to escape because the church and the police raided the sewers and freed you and some other prisoners. You smell like smoke because someone started throwing some magic fireballs around and you had to go through a room that was set on fire.
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No. 978693 ID: b1b4f3

Why are we lying about this, again?
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No. 978699 ID: 15a025
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978699

>Tell her you literally almost died in a fire. In the sewer. While killing cultists.
>Tell her that you did quit. You smell like smoke because some asshole thought it'd be funny to light your wool on fire.
Candy: "I did quit. I smell like smoke because some jerk tried lighting me on fire!"

Sugar: "You don look burned er singed to me."

Candy: "Yeah, because I managed to get out alive! I was in the sewer with Roxie earlier tonight killing cultists. One of them lit the room on fire and we got trapped inside."

Sugar: "Oh for the love of. Don't tell me you suddenly wanna work fer the church too! You know what then, you... you can just leave then!"

Candy: "I'm not leaving, and I'm not 'working' for the church. I was trying to help Roxie!"

>[The Cult] kept insisting you were Sugar and no matter how many times you told them you weren’t her, they didn’t believe you.
Candy: "And you know what, speaking of the cult. That reminds of something else we need to talk about."

Sugar: "And wazz at?"

Candy: "One of them kept insisting that I was you and mentioned something about you stealing from them. Care to explain that at all?"

Sugar: "No cuz I got no idea what you're talking about. I dun.. I dunno any cultists or fugging basement nerds. Or whoever you're talking about."

Candy: "She even mentioned Pepper damn it! Why do they know you two!"

Sugar: "I dunno. I am a pretty big deal around here after all. Mayve someone's trying to impostor me for...sumthing. All I knows you barking up the wrong tree."

Ugh! I'm getting nowhere on this. I wish they would have said what she stole so I could nail it on her. What could she have even stole that'd get her on their hit list or whatever?
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No. 978701 ID: b1b4f3

>>978699
Hmm? I thought you knew already? She stole the essence stones that the dead snow leopard was collecting, didn't she?
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No. 978702 ID: 894419

Besides, even if I was working for the church what would it matter to you? The cult clearly hates you and the church pays (it does pay right?) surely there is no wrong way to earn a dollar in your book.
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No. 978770 ID: 15a025
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978770

>Hmm? I thought you knew already? She stole the essence stones that the dead snow leopard was collecting, didn't she?

No, I thought she was selling them to that leopard guy? Roxie was delivering a stone to him or something wasn't she? But then that doesn't answer where she got them if that's the case. Maybe I can ask her though.

Candy: "Okay, you know that big bag of enchantment stones you got?"

Sugar: "Yeah, whatta bout dem? You wanna pick yours out yet?"

Oh right, she also owe me one still too!
Candy: "Where exactly did you get those?"

Sugar: "Hell if I'm telling! Finding someone smuggling them in through the docks was hell enough!"
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No. 978771 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, then, I guess... that was the only ship smuggling them in, and she got to the stones before the cult could? So they consider it a theft even if she paid for it.
Did she pay for it though
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No. 978784 ID: cef86d

Well get your stone now anyway. But tell her if you're going to be in danger because of something they're mixing up the two of you about, she'd better say what it is.
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No. 978995 ID: 15a025
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978995

>I guess... that was the only ship smuggling them in, and she got to the stones before the cult could? So they consider it a theft even if she paid for it. Did she pay for it though.

Candy: "Did you pay for them though?"

Sugar: "Uh, yeah? I paid them with drugs."

>Well get your stone now anyway. But tell her if you're going to be in danger because of something they're mixing up the two of you about, she'd better say what it is.
Candy: "Alright, let me set things straight here then. If there's something I have to worry about because I'm getting mixed up as you. I want to know now"

Sugar: "Uh, everything then. You realize there's like, quite a few people that wouldn't mind if I died right? Then there's also the police to worry about too."

Candy: "I'm talking specifically about the cult, but thanks for the warning on that too I guess."

Sugar: "I said I barely know anything about them nerds. Go bug Roxie about those idiots, that's her department now from the sounds of it.. Now you want your stone or what?"

Candy: "Yeah, you get them appraised?"

Sugar: "Yeah. Lot easier to sell them now too."
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No. 978996 ID: 15a025
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978996

Sugar brings me up to her office and takes out some papers.
Sugar: "So what kinda flavor you want?"

Candy: "Fire."

Sugar: "Alright, here's what I got for the hot stuff!"

She hands me a small list.
Sugar: "I've only got the heavy firepower boxed up, but there's some smaller legal stuff in there too."

Enchantment Appraisal Report: Fire. Land Mine: x3 [Illegal!] Flamethrower: x1 [Illegal!] Fire Shield: x2 [Requires Permit] Flame Whip x1 [Illegal!] Self Body Temperature Regulation x12 [Legal] Fireball x5 [Illegal!] Mini Flame, aka a magic lighter x20 [Legal] Grenade x1 [Illegal!] End of Appraisal Report.
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No. 979003 ID: 15a025

*For clarification, the number amounts are how many of an enchantment Sugar has.
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No. 979020 ID: 894419

Oooh landmine sounds useful, but it also seems like the kind of thing we'd throw down behind us while fleeing only for it to kill a sewer infrastructure technician 10 years later. Fire shield sounds useful, and the police are issuing us a permit soon, right? Likes go with Fire-shield.
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No. 979022 ID: 36784c

>>978996
Get the Fire Shield.

>>979020
We actually already have a permit.
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No. 979026 ID: b1b4f3

>>978996
Well you have a permit so get Fire Shield. From what we know about stones you can probably use it offensively if you get creative.
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No. 979158 ID: 15a025
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979158

>Likes go with Fire-shield.
>Get the Fire Shield.
>Well you have a permit so get Fire Shield. From what we know about stones you can probably use it offensively if you get creative.
Candy: "I'll take the fire shield. I've got a permit, and something for a little self-defense around here would be nice."

Sugar: "Kay. I got them all boxed up in gramp's smoking room. They're all labeled and I trust you aren't dumb enough to pilfer some more either."

Candy: "You mean that family room?"

Sugar: "You know what I mean. Not like it wasn't a smoking room for the old fart."

Candy: "Anyway, yeah. I won't take any more than just the one."

With that, it seems like it's back to drinking with her.
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No. 979212 ID: 15a025
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979212

I leave her "office" and head upstairs and enter the familly r-
Candy: "Pepper?"

Pepper: "Heheh, sup big sis?"

Candy: "What are you doing up here? Hang on, is that-?"

Pepper: "Sugar Cane's special homebrew. Come up here to share some smokes with me?"

I have to do a double take because I can't believe it.
Candy: "You put that out right now! You're too young to be getting caught up in this crap!"

Pepper: "You can't make me. I'm old enough to do w'ever I want buzz kill. Since when do you care anyway, you and Sugar always get high and do crazy stuff."
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No. 979220 ID: 894419

Pepper, do you actually want to end up like Sugar, living in a wreck of a house full of holes and surrounded by enemies you've made? Someday soon you could have an opportunity to get out of this shitty town! Don't throw it away!
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No. 979222 ID: 36784c

>>979212
Tell her that you haven’t gotten high for years now because you’ve quit!
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No. 979224 ID: b1b4f3

I'm getting tired of you having to repeatedly tell your friends and family you're not doing drugs anymore.
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No. 979235 ID: 15a025
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979235

>I'm getting tired of you having to repeatedly tell your friends and family you're not doing drugs anymore.
>tell her that you haven’t gotten high for years now because you’ve quit!
Candy: "Okay we're setting this record straight for the last time here, because this is getting old now. I've quit doing drugs for awhile now, and I'm trying to quit smoking altogether now!"

Pepper: "Doesn't change you used to, or that you and Sugar went and did all kinds of crazy stuff and partied all the time."

Candy: "Yeah, sure we had fun and got partied all night doing drugs. I'm not going to lie there. But the higher we got, the steeper the fall we had after words. Mom and Dad never talk about the couple of times I was in jail for partying too hard? How I was on the most wanted list for a bit my second year of college? How I burnt my dorm room down?"

>Pepper, do you actually want to end up like Sugar, living in a wreck of a house full of holes and surrounded by enemies you've made? Someday soon you could have an opportunity to get out of this shitty town! Don't throw it away!
Candy: "Let's not forget where Sugar is right now either. You wanna be like her? Living in this dump of a mansion, full of holes and fearing over enemies you made? Running from the cops, and working with people that'll dump you in the lake with cement shoes the second you fuck up or screw them?"

Pepper: "Hmpf! The mansions only messy because it's really spensive to get things-"
Candy: "You really think tight wad can't afford to fix this place? You realize how much money she probably makes selling drugs, on top of the bar and candy store? Thousands probably. Money's only an issue for her because fixing this place up would cut into her funds to get high and drunk herself!"

Pepper: "That's fine if we get to still have a good time-"

Candy: "Oh okay you know what, you wanna know what crazy stuff I've been doing here then Pepper? I helped a high skunk that got stabbed in a drug deal with Roxie get to a hospital. I watched two people at the candy almost get into a knife fight over a box of drugs! I ended up helping Roxie kill a bunch of cultists in the Sewer tonight and almost died in a fire! What's Sugar been doing these last few weeks? Getting passed out drunk, being a lazy asshole, and throwing me and Marsh around to clean up after her messes without any thanks! I haven't got paid a cent for helping out around here! Is that who you want to be? The lazy dependent jerk everyone hates!"

Ah great, I might have laid on a little too hard on her here. Here comes the water works.
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No. 979236 ID: b1b4f3

>>979235
Well, you can apologize for yelling. Hug it out. Tell her she can have *some* fun, just be careful, stick to the soft stuff.
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No. 979238 ID: 894419

>>979235
Aww... give her a hug, let her get it out.

"Pepper, I'm sorry I didn't mean to be so harsh, but this stuff really isn't to be trifled with, I worry about you. If you're up to it, why not tag along with me tomorrow? Its been forever since me and you just... hung out and talked sister to sister. I miss it."
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No. 979250 ID: 094652

Wait it out; those may be crocodile tears. She needs to think about what she's done, then you react with a hug.
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No. 979487 ID: 15a025
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979487

>Well, you can apologize for yelling. Hug it out. Tell her she can have *some* fun, just be careful, stick to the soft stuff.
>Aww... give her a hug, let her get it out. "Pepper, I'm sorry I didn't mean to be so harsh, but this stuff really isn't to be trifled with, I worry about you. If you're up to it, why not tag along with me tomorrow? It's been forever since me and you just... hung out and talked sister to sister. I miss it."

Candy: "Ah, look. I'm sorry I yelled at you like that, but there's a reason I quit doing this stuff. I just don't want you to go through what I did. Not to mention the bitch withdraws were.

She doesn't say anything and just stands there sniffling. I decide it's time to go in for the hug and a few pats on the back.

Candy: "How about we try and hang out tomorrow? It's been too long since we've had a chance to do anything together?"

Pepper: "Wh..what do you wanna do?"
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No. 979500 ID: 894419

>>979487
Well, I did just get paid, shopping is an option! If you're not up for that maybe we could catch a movie or get a drink somewhere quiet, on me of course.
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No. 979576 ID: 15a025
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979576

>Well, I did just get paid, shopping is an option! If you're not up for that maybe we could catch a movie or get a drink somewhere quiet, on me of course.
Candy: "Well, I did just get paid so there's always shopping?"

Pepper: "Not around here. All the stores in town are pretty boring."

Candy: "Really? Nothing at the mall?"

Pepper: "Well, I guess there's the video store, but I think Marsh said they're closed from some robbery or something."

Candy: Oh yeah... Okay then, is there a movie theater in town or somewhere we could chill out and have drinks?"

Pepper: "Oh yeah! There's that coffee place or whatever Marsh always talks about. I don't think I ever got to check that out."

Candy: "Sure, we can do that. I'll see if Marsh will take us. With that settled now,"
I take the candy cane blunt away from Pepper now and put it out.
Candy: "No more smoking this crap, got it?"
She groans.
Candy: "I said, got it?"

Pepper: "Yes..."

Candy: "Good. We're going to have a good time tomorrow. Now to take care of what I came up here for."

I dig around over by the shelf and find some boxes of enchantment stones and take mine. I'll have to find someone to add it to my earring later though. Now, should I start getting ready for bed, or should I go back to my sister's office and yell at her for trying to get our little sister into drugs?
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No. 979578 ID: b1b4f3

You've had enough yelling I think.
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No. 979580 ID: 894419

>>979578
Agreed, no need to exacerbate this problem, we have our stone, now we should head to bed
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No. 979923 ID: 15a025
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979923

>You've had enough yelling I think.
>Agreed, no need to exacerbate this problem, we have our stone, now we should head to bed.
Yeah, I think I've had a long enough night here.

Candy: "Alright, goodnight then Pepper. I'm going to bed. You probably should too."

Pepper "Yeah, goodnight."
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No. 979924 ID: 15a025
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979924

I start walking back to my room and here a loud noise come from Marsh's...office? I guess it's her office if she does computer work in there.

Marsh: "PIECE. OF. CRAP! WORK! WORK!"

I hear more banging, sounds like the poor keyboard and decide I should check in on her.
Candy: "You okay in here Marsh?"

Marsh: "No! This stupid thing crashed and now I can't even log into the computer! Ugh! Keeps telling me I got the wrong password but I know it's the right password!"

Huh, didn't we get into her computer before without the password? Shoot, how did we do that?
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No. 979931 ID: 36784c

>>979924
>Huh, didn't we get into her computer before without the password? Shoot, how did we do that?
Oh, I remember that! What we did was just hit cancel or the escape key on the login prompt. That’s how you, Roxie, and Pepper got on the computer last time.

We also needed to make sure there was a disk inserted in the computer, so check and see if Marsh remembered to do that.
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No. 980000 ID: 1dc4ef

>>979931
Once we do this, we gotta go make sure marsh goes to bed. Its been a long night and now is not the time to be up all night fighting the good fight against computers.
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No. 980001 ID: b1b4f3

Any chance Pepper is the one that stole stuff from the cult, and they mistook her for Sugar? Alternatively, it could have been someone wearing a disguise to pin the crime on Sugar. Like that kid again.
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No. 980013 ID: 15a025
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980013

>Any chance Pepper is the one that stole stuff from the cult, and they mistook her for Sugar?
Not a chance. I don't think she even has her driver's license. Then again, I thought the same about her ever doing drugs.

>What we did was just hit cancel or the escape key on the login prompt.
Oh yeah, that's right.
Candy: "Just hit the escape key at the login screen."

Marsh: "I doubt it's that ea- hey it's working! How did you know that?"

Candy: "I uh... took some computer classes in college."

Marsh: "You went to college? Lucky. I barely made it out of high school."

Candy: "Wouldn't call it lucky till I land a nice job. Went through a lot to get that stupid paper."

>Once we do this, we gotta go make sure marsh goes to bed. It's been a long night and now is not the time to be up all night fighting the good fight against computers.
Candy: "But hey, it's getting late. We should be going to bed, not staying up playing on the computer Marsh."

Marsh: "I'm not playing solitaire or minesweeper here, it's stupid number work I gotta get done, and before this thing decides to crash on me, again."

Candy: "Well, getting upset and smashing and yelling isn't going to get anything done."

Marsh: "Maybe if we could chill and talk while I work on it then? If something breaks or crashes, you could help talk me through my anger issues?"
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No. 980015 ID: e7c7d3

Luv ya Marsh, but before bed is not the best time for talking down anger. Especially after the day we've had. Is it possible to work on it tomorrow with a fresher head?
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No. 980016 ID: b1b4f3

>>980013
...yeah. She's your friend, help her out.
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No. 980018 ID: 894419

Sure thing Marsh, I'll pull up a chair.
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No. 980022 ID: 36784c

>>980013
Help her out.
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No. 980064 ID: a9af05

>>980013
Marsh needs help, so let's give her some help.
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No. 980090 ID: 15a025
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980090

>Luv ya Marsh, but before bed is not the best time for talking down anger. Especially after the day we've had. Is it possible to work on it tomorrow with a fresher head?
Candy: "Not something you can put off till the morning? It's been a pretty long day for me."

Marsh: "Nope, gotta update our inventory and crunch out sales numbers. Sugar's gotta put in orders for new stock in the morning."

>She's your friend, help her out.
>Sure thing Marsh, I'll pull up a chair.
>Help her out.
>Marsh needs help, so let's give her some help.
Candy: "Alright, I'll stay up a bit then. Got another chair in here for me?"

Marsh: "Uh... I can make you a pile of books to sit on?"

Candy: "Works for me."

She pulls some hardcover books off the shelf for me and I stick down on the stack of them.
Marsh: "Okay, booze list. Let's see... we got five cases of the, ...cases of..., there's...

Candy: "So what do you want to talk about?"

Marsh: "Hmm... I dunno? I guess I don't really know much about you even though we live here together."

Candy: "Same I guess. I just know you like drinking and movies, and hate this computer with all your heart."

Marsh: "I'd say cheers to that, but I can't be drinking on the job. Eugh, probably would smash this thing to bits if I did."

Hmm... like I said, other than movies and drinks I don't know much about Marsh here I guess. What's something I could about her? Anything you spirits would like to know?
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No. 980094 ID: b1b4f3

>>980090
Wanna ask about her wool?
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No. 980114 ID: 36784c

>>980090
Ask if she’s got any hobbies.


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