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978269 No. 978269 ID: b5fb67

It was a dark and stormy night.

Upon a hill sits a decaying old mansion. The flash of lightning from the rolling storm clouds briefly illuminates the dead trees and peeling paint. The manor sits quiet, content to slowly rot and crumble under the elements, undisturbed...

...until the high-beams from a 1999 Toyota Camry cut through the darkness. The car zig-zags up the hill, tires rolling over the crumbling driveway until it comes to a stop at the front of the mansion. The headlights and brake lights blink off as the engine silences, three girls emerging from the vehicle. The one in plaid and shorts approaches the door in the cool evening, producing a house key from her pocket as she slides it into the lock and opens the large front door. The girls step inside...
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No. 980232 ID: af075b

Look for the vanity key. Check under the rug!
No. 980381 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica flips to the first entry. It's nothing but teenage angst poems.

Carmine: "Hey what's the bookmark holding?"

Jessica flips to the bookmarked page; it's just blank pages towards the back.

Jessica: "Mom is the big lead! We should find her room and check for more clues."

Meanwhile, Melody looks around for the key to the vanity. She checks under the rug, and much to her pleasant surprise she finds a small square key.
No. 980382 ID: dec718

Try the key on the locked drawers!
No. 980383 ID: e51896

Jessica and Carmine: tell Melody she did a great job.

Lets see if that key fits the locks of the vanity
No. 980426 ID: e51896

hmm... I still find it suspicious that it is bookmarked to a blank page...

Wait, Idea: do we have a black light of some sort, something that can detect invisible stains, or in this case, invisible writing? Just because this ghost didn't use a pen doesn't mean they're not using something else to write.
No. 980427 ID: b1b4f3

Don't forget to look under all the furniture.
No. 980547 ID: 5b93d3

The classic 'invisible ink' is lemon juice, revealed by heating the paper.
No. 981073 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica: "Think it could be invisible ink? That lemon juice trick?"

Carmine: "Got a blacklight?"

Jessica: "No..."

Carmine: "Maybe we should check under the rest of the furniture."

Meanwhile, Melody runs up to the vanity with the key. She starts unlocking the locked drawers. The first she unlocks contains nothing.

The second one, nothing.

The third drawer, though, contains a stack of papers.

Melody: "Guys! I unlocked a drawer in the vanity!"

Jessica: "Ooooo! Nice!"

Suddenly, the papers begin to emit an ethereal glow...
No. 981074 ID: b5fb67
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The papers fly into Melody as a glowing spectral mass darts out of the drawer. As it passes by her, the ectoplasmic energy from the spectre destroys a portion of Melody's skirt.

Melody: "GAH!"

???: "Wwwwhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..."
No. 981075 ID: b5fb67
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The entity flies around the room in circles before coming to rest in the middle of the girls, undulating slowly as it hovers inches above the floor.

Melody: "Dang it! I liked this skirt!"

Jessica: "Whoa! This is it, first contact with an apparition!"

Carmine: "Kind of expected it to be more human-shaped."

???: "Wwwwhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy..."

Author's note: I won't be adding clothing damage to the sprites because it would take way too long to edit each and every one.
No. 981076 ID: 052425

Oh no! Jessica, distract the ghost while Melody speed reads the papers. Maybe there's clues!
No. 981096 ID: fefad8

Why who?
No. 981117 ID: 4950ab

Or just grab the paper to read later, probably better that way.
No. 981133 ID: ecb3d0

obtain papers
No. 981168 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica: "Why what? What happened to you?"

???: "Wwwhhhyyyyyyy diiiiiid mooooooommmmmm haaaaaavvvveeee tooooooo ddiiiiiieeeeee..."

The spectre moans mournfully.

Jessica: "Your mom died? You must be one of the Schwartzenberg children! How did your mother die?"

???: "Sshhheeee wooorrreeee daaadddd's iinnnvveeenntttiiiooonnn. Iiiiit eexxppppllooooddddeeedddd... aaannnddd iittt kiiillleeeeddd uuuusssssss..."

Jessica: "A clue! The shapewear the mom was wearing somehow exploded and killed her and the siblings! Or at least one of them!"

Meanwhile, Melody scans the documents. They seem to be erotic fan-fiction of 1973's American Graffiti. Many pages are devoted to Ron Howard's character making out with a nubile yet shy and reserved girl in the backseat of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala. Melody deduces that it might be a self-insert as she scoops up the pages to... save for later analysis. Yeah, that's it.
No. 981171 ID: e51896

I suspect sabotage. Ask the ghost if their father had any rivals.
No. 981178 ID: af672f

Okay, let's ask the obvious question... how did Mom's bazookas explode?

Seriously, that's one amazing feat of engineering if there's anything temotely explosive in there.
No. 981278 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica: "Wait, how did your mom's bazookas explode?"

???: "Boooo hoooooooo hoooooooo."

Jessica: "No seriously, how did it happen?"

???: "Boooo hoooooooo hoooooooo."

Carmine: "Doesn't seem to know or want to say."

Melody: "Did your dad have any rivals? Do you suspect sabotage?"

???: "Booooooooo hooooooooooo hooooooooooo."

Jessica: "I don't think we're getting much else out of this ghost."

Melody: "Should we search a different room?"

Carmine: "Do you wanna rifle through more of their stuff?"
No. 981280 ID: 052425

I think the ghost needs a good cheering up. Maybe someone knows some good jokes?
No. 981281 ID: e51896

Let the ghost write in her diary, maybe she can vent her troubles in writing.
No. 981407 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica produces the diary.

Jessica: "Here, maybe writing in this will help? Or you could like... dictate to us and we could write it down in case you can't hold a pen?"

???: "Booooooooo hooooooooooo hooooooooooo."

The specter fades from view, and it's cry echoes into the room before silence takes over once again.

Melody: "I... guess that's it?"

Jessica: "Do you think it's gone?"

Melody: "Hard to say. What do you want to do now?"
No. 981412 ID: 6f7a5a

get angry at each other for not getting that ghost on camera
No. 981413 ID: 4d401c

Squabble over forgetting to nab the ghost on camera
No. 981414 ID: e51896

Keep the diary open to the bookmarked page and place it on the nightstand so that the ghost can write in it later. If you girls can find a pen or pencil nearby, place it next to the diary then just leave to the next room. We can check later to see if the ghost writes in it. Other than that, Nothing more to be done here. Go back into the hall and admire that giant landscape painting.
No. 981506 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica: "Hey! Why didn't you take any pictures, Melody?!"

Melody: "Me?! Don't you have a smartphone with a camera on it?"

Jessica: "The camera broke when I dropped it!"

Melody: "Well I can't be held responsible for your clumsiness!"

Jessica: "Well I can't be held responsible for wearing the panties of a grade-schooler, Miss Strawberry Undies!"

Melody blushes as she covers her damaged skirt with one hand.

Melody: "That's not fair! These were on sale!"

Jessica: "Ugh! Our first shot at paranormal photographic evidence and we have nothing to show for it."

Jessica places the diary on the nightstand, opened to a blank page.

Jessica: "Let's just go look for more clues."
No. 981507 ID: b5fb67
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The trio return to the foyer walkway.

Carmine: "Alright, where do we go now?"

Melody: "We have this other room up here, might be another bedroom."

Jessica: "Also that room on the bottom floor. Not sure where it goes."

The girls think for a moment on what to do next.
No. 981509 ID: e51896

No point in going downstairs just to go upstairs again later. lets go to the next bedroom.

Or jump into the landscape painting like Fabio does in Super Fabio 94
No. 981511 ID: 052425

Bedroom time!
No. 981515 ID: 6f7a5a

go to the other bedroom! don't try on any exploding bras
No. 981527 ID: f2aa25

Become bedroom intruders
No. 981939 ID: b5fb67
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The trio walk across the balcony in the foyer into another large bedroom.

Melody: "This seems like the master bedroom."

Jessica: "Good. Time to look for more clues!"

Carmine: "Keep your phone handy, in case more spook-ums show up."
No. 981941 ID: e51896

Carmine: check inside the grandfather clock and the two nightstands by the bed (Is that a mirror on the right nightstand?)

Jessica: check the dresser on the right.

Melody: check the dresser on the left
No. 981950 ID: ecb3d0

sounds as good as any other initial plan of action.
No. 981965 ID: 2aef11

I too support this plan of action
No. 982146 ID: b5fb67
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Jessica: "Carmine, check the nightstands and the grandfather clock. Melody, check the far dresser. I'll check this dresser here."

Carmine: "Check."

Melody: "OK."

The girls head to their respective locations and begin searching. Jessica begins to rifle through the dresser. Many of the drawers are empty, save one that is filled with nothing but blankets, linens, and duvet covers.

Jessica: "I got nothing here."

Melody searches through her assigned dresser drawers. Many of the drawers are empty, save for some dust bunnies. Curiously, there is one drawer that has a lock on it, but seems to be unlocked. It has nothing in it.

Melody: "Same. Nothing to see here."

Carmine examines the nightstands. Aside from an odd lamp, there is nothing. She checks the grandfather clock next. The glass casing holding the pendulum seems to be locked. However, in the dark, Carmine spies a small place with an inscription below the clock:

Oft am I round, though sometimes not.
I can be cloying and cold, yet piquant and hot.
You can put me out for thou to see
But there's only once place I am destined to be.
What am I?

Carmine: "Guys! I have a fuckin' riddle here!"
No. 982147 ID: b1b4f3

Boobs. The answer is boobs.
No. 982148 ID: b1b4f3

Actually it's probably not boobs. It's something that can be cold and hot at the same time, which implies it can be spicy or minty.
Round and spicy? Fruit?
Or a tongue? Hmm, yeah. It's a tongue. Tongues are pretty round, but you can flatten them. The riddle could be talking about the perception of cold and hot, so that works too. You can stick out your tongue but it belongs in your mouth.
No. 982155 ID: abd1d9

Based off of previous experiences where the ghosts had damaged Jessica and Melody's outfit, I wonder if this will be a situation where the more we answer the riddle wrong, the more damaged Carmine's clothing will become somehow.

We can go with tongue
No. 982160 ID: e7c7d3

It's clearly a magic, temperature changing orb that unlocks the door of legend.

No no, it's a magic candle! They're often round, but wax can be made into different shapes. Being magic, they can be both hot or cold, depending on the colour of the flame. Also being magic, they can produce darkness rather than light. Thus, 'putting it out' would allow you to see. As for where they are destined to be? A candle holder, duh.

Or my more serious answer would be a cookie. It's destined to go you your stomach
No. 982215 ID: e51896

A friend of mine said water or maybe cheese
No. 982270 ID: b5fb67
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The girls gather around the grandfather clock. Melody carefully parses the riddle.

Carmine: "I've never been good at riddles. I usually look at the back of the book for the answers."

Jessica: "I'm kind of the same; if I haven't heard of a riddle before, I can't solve it."

Melody turns to face the girls after a minute of reading.

Melody: "Let's see... it says 'I can be cloying and cold, yet piquant and hot.' Cloying is a word that means excessively sweet or extremely sentimental. Piquant means to be interesting and to be of a savory flavor. Since temperature is referenced to both... maybe the answer is a food?"

Carmine: "But what food has to do with an old clock?"
No. 982285 ID: b1b4f3

egg timer???
No. 982293 ID: 8483cf

Yeah that's a pie.
No. 982294 ID: 27f65d

No. 982295 ID: 57abfa

Jessica and carmine, suggest finding a kitchen and bake a pie

Melody, roll your eyes and set the clock to 3:14
No. 982355 ID: e7c7d3

It has to relate to the clock? Then what about breakfast? It can be a nice, rounded meal. Can be either cold or hot. What time would be considered breakfast on the clock then? 8?
No. 982414 ID: 9c48ac

HabaƱero ice cream
No. 982487 ID: b5fb67
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Carmine: "Bread?"

Jessica: "Cheese?"

Carmine: "Habanero ice cream!

Jessica: "Breakfast? It's in the morning..."

Melody sighs and turns the clock to 3:14.

There's a soft 'click' as a hatch on the base of the clock opens up.

Melody: "It was pie! But in this case, 'pi' the irrational number, like 3.14159."

Carmine: "Ugh, math."

Jessica: "Same, I never liked math. But let's check out what we got!"

The girls look into the hatch. Inside is a small key.

Jessica: "Looks like one of those dresser keys."

Melody: "Only one drawer on the dresser I checked had a lock, but it was already unlocked."

Jessica: "Hmm."
No. 982490 ID: 8483cf

Try the glass casing for the grandfather clock, or if there's no key, try locking the "unlocked" drawer!
No. 982496 ID: e51896

Check under the rug
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