[7/22/2014 12:19:54 AM] Canto: They're generall unwilling to let the Tear sit there.  They're going to send people there, but keep them rotated out incase the Siren Spell starts up again.  They're generally going to be more careful about it.

[7/22/2014 12:23:11 AM] Josie: Josie hopes they find a way to contain it at some point!

[7/22/2014 12:23:30 AM] Josie: Josie tells them that's what they should work on, and then goes back to the hotel to take a nice long bath.

[7/22/2014 12:24:23 AM] Canto: There are no monsters in the tub.

[7/22/2014 12:25:50 AM] Josie: Josie washes up and thinks quite a bit, and when she's done, she puts on a set of very plain work clothes, puts pigtails in and heads for Theo's house again.

[7/22/2014 12:26:29 AM] Canto: He opens the door!  He has a black eye.

[7/22/2014 12:27:33 AM] Josie: Josie even has her glasses on.

[7/22/2014 12:27:37 AM] Josie: ... what happened to your eye?

[7/22/2014 12:32:13 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I got punched.

[7/22/2014 12:32:37 AM] Josie: Are you all right?

[7/22/2014 12:32:42 AM] Josie: You should put some ice on it.

[7/22/2014 12:32:59 AM] Canto: Theo:  That's what Caspar said.  I thought he was making a joke.

[7/22/2014 12:33:06 AM] Canto: He steps aside to let her in.

[7/22/2014 12:33:55 AM] Josie: Of course not, haven't you ever been punched before?

[7/22/2014 12:33:59 AM] Josie: Josie does step in.

[7/22/2014 12:34:22 AM] Canto: Theo:  A few times.

[7/22/2014 12:34:44 AM] Josie: Don't you usually put ice on it?

[7/22/2014 12:36:56 AM] Canto: Theo:  It usually heals quick enough.  You want to come in?  I didn't know you wore glasses.

[7/22/2014 12:39:31 AM] Josie: I usually have contacts in.

[7/22/2014 12:39:40 AM] Josie: I am in, aren't I?

[7/22/2014 12:40:00 AM] Canto: ((Oh, I wasn' reading that as 'does not' for some reason.))

[7/22/2014 12:40:01 AM] Josie: I wanted to apologize for... crying on you and everything else the other night.

[7/22/2014 12:41:07 AM] Canto: Theo blinks.  "Why are you sorry?  It wasn't an imposition."

[7/22/2014 12:44:29 AM] Josie: ... I slept on you, Theo.

[7/22/2014 12:44:34 AM] Josie: I *slept on you.*

[7/22/2014 12:45:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  And I slept under you.  It was comfortable.  Or I wouldn't have slept at all.  You're not exactly covered in spikes.

[7/22/2014 12:47:40 AM] Josie: Josie blushes bright red.

[7/22/2014 12:47:59 AM] Josie: ... not visibly, anyway.

[7/22/2014 12:48:21 AM] Josie: It was definitely an imposition.

[7/22/2014 12:48:40 AM] Canto: Theo:  I think I would know if I was being imposed upon.

[7/22/2014 12:49:50 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... you should know something about me.  I'm not terribly well mannered.  I got punched in the face tonight because I am oftentimes blunt and tactless.  If it was an imposition - I would know.

[7/22/2014 12:51:35 AM] Josie: Would you say anything?

[7/22/2014 12:52:02 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yes.

[7/22/2014 12:52:46 AM] Canto: Theo:  I would have extricated myself and gotten you a blanket and a pillow.

[7/22/2014 12:54:04 AM] Josie: ... well, all right, but...

[7/22/2014 12:54:34 AM] Josie: Josie examines the workbench as a way to avoid looking at him at all.

[7/22/2014 12:55:18 AM] Canto: Theo:  What's wrong?

[7/22/2014 12:56:11 AM] Josie: I want to ask you for another favor.

[7/22/2014 12:57:17 AM] Canto: Theo:  Of course.

[7/22/2014 12:58:03 AM] Josie: ... well, the same one, really. Would it be all right if I stayed over again? Please?

[7/22/2014 12:58:49 AM] Canto: He raises an eyebrow.  "Sure.  But why?"

[7/22/2014 12:59:29 AM] Josie: Well....

[7/22/2014 12:59:39 AM] Josie: Josie still won't look at him, really.

[7/22/2014 1:01:58 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yeah?

[7/22/2014 1:02:07 AM] Josie: ... well, I had my regression.

[7/22/2014 1:02:43 AM] Josie: And I... the person I *was*, she had ... people around her all the time, and pets, and I don't have anyone.

[7/22/2014 1:02:55 AM] Josie: And I relived it all and then I was here.

[7/22/2014 1:04:36 AM] Canto: Theo:  Oh.  I get it, I think.  But... why me?

[7/22/2014 1:05:12 AM] Josie: You're the only friend I have in Boston.

[7/22/2014 1:05:21 AM] Josie: And Howard's... Howard.

[7/22/2014 1:06:03 AM] Canto: Theo:  I thought you and him were...

[7/22/2014 1:06:32 AM] Josie: Seeing each other.

[7/22/2014 1:06:57 AM] Josie: But it's not that serious.

[7/22/2014 1:07:54 AM] Josie: He hasn't even seen me without makeup on. Isn't it awful?

[7/22/2014 1:08:11 AM] Josie: Josie makes a growly-face and says "Rarrh."

[7/22/2014 1:09:10 AM] Canto: Theo looks at you.  "... in what alternate dimension are you not beautiful right now?"

[7/22/2014 1:09:21 AM] Josie: Josie snrks.

[7/22/2014 1:09:46 AM] Josie: Now you sound like Rafe, laying it on so thick it's practically spackle.

[7/22/2014 1:09:58 AM] Josie: Anyway, I trust you.

[7/22/2014 1:10:24 AM] Josie: ... I *do* trust Howard, mind you, but it... wouldn't be very kind of me to stay with Howard right now. It would be like teasing.

[7/22/2014 1:10:31 AM] Canto: Theo:  Laying what on?

[7/22/2014 1:12:26 AM] Josie: Oh, the flirting. It's sweet, though.

[7/22/2014 1:13:34 AM] Canto: Theo:  Flirting?

[7/22/2014 1:14:18 AM] Josie: ... you just commented that I look beautiful wearing work clothes and no makeup. If that doesn't qualify as flirting I'm not sure what *does.*

[7/22/2014 1:15:24 AM] Canto: Theo:  I wasn't being disingenuous.  You look good.  I mean, you always do.  But... you look good like this.

[7/22/2014 1:16:58 AM] Josie: I appreciate the thought, but it's mostly so I don't get grease in my hair, and have achy eyes from focusing on tiny, tiny pieces. I was hoping you could help me make something too tonight. If you want to, of course. .... we could still do that even if you don't want me to stay.

[7/22/2014 1:18:12 AM] Canto: Theo:  Right.  Practical.  I like that.  And sure, we can make something.  Any ideas?

[7/22/2014 1:18:55 AM] Josie: I want a gadget that'll instantaneously knock me out.

[7/22/2014 1:20:45 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... dare I ask why?

[7/22/2014 1:23:02 AM] Josie: Josie tells him about what happened at the church.

[7/22/2014 1:23:23 AM | Edited 1:23:32 AM] Canto: ((What does she tell him?))

[7/22/2014 1:24:09 AM] Josie: Josie tells him she got trapped in a siren spell, that something similar once happened before and that she can usually feel it happening and resist for a few seconds and thus wants something she can use to knock herself out os she doesn't hurt anyone.

[7/22/2014 1:25:31 AM | Edited 1:27:47 AM] Canto: Theo:  I thought you didn't know about any of this magical stuff before the Planet X phenomenon?

[7/22/2014 1:25:56 AM] Josie: I didn't, I don't think it was a spell.

[7/22/2014 1:26:10 AM] Josie: I just got... so involved with somebody else's life I forgot mine.

[7/22/2014 1:28:26 AM] Canto: Theo:  Oh.  Well.  I think we can do something.

[7/22/2014 1:29:19 AM] Josie: ... and I can stay? I brought pajamas this time.

[7/22/2014 1:32:20 AM] Canto: Theo nods.  "Of course."

[7/22/2014 1:33:21 AM] Josie: ... are you sure it's not too much of an imposition?

[7/22/2014 1:33:35 AM] Josie: I really like you and I don't want to be a pest.

[7/22/2014 1:36:03 AM] Canto: Theo:  Of course not.  You're welcome to stay.

[7/22/2014 1:36:24 AM] Josie: ... well, all right, as long as you *promise* to tell me if I get to be irritating.

[7/22/2014 1:40:25 AM] Canto: Theo:  I promise.

[7/22/2014 1:42:29 AM] Josie: Good. Then I promise not to kiss you again.

[7/22/2014 1:43:15 AM] Canto: Theo frowns.  "Right.  Let's get started."

[7/22/2014 1:44:17 AM] Josie: ... something wrong?

[7/22/2014 1:47:34 AM] Canto: Theo:, it's nothing.  I'm thinking a bracelet.

[7/22/2014 1:48:51 AM] Josie: You *do* remember I'm a telepath, right?

[7/22/2014 1:51:17 AM] Canto: Theo:  Really, it's nothing important..  Just being silly.

[7/22/2014 1:53:45 AM] Josie: Oh come on, you can tell me.

[7/22/2014 2:01:22 AM] Canto: Theo:   It's embarassing.  And not relevant at the moment.

[7/22/2014 2:01:48 AM] Josie: Oh, well, in that case. I definitely *don't* want you to feel embarassed.

[7/22/2014 2:02:23 AM] Josie: Do you have any tea, or coffee? I can put some on if you don't. Then we can get started. A bracelet, you think?

[7/22/2014 2:03:32 AM] Canto: THeo:  I always have coffee.  I'll go get us some.

[7/22/2014 2:04:02 AM] Josie: Josie smiles.

[7/22/2014 2:04:05 AM] Josie: Thanks.

[7/22/2014 2:05:10 AM] Canto: He goes into the kitchen.

[7/22/2014 2:06:12 AM] Josie: Josie takes out Archie and cuddles him a bit, turning on the radio.

[7/22/2014 2:06:39 AM] Canto: Jazzy standards of the thirties!  Archie ribbits.

[7/22/2014 2:06:49 AM] Josie: Ooh, *now* you sound like a frog.

[7/22/2014 2:06:54 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles him.

[7/22/2014 2:07:13 AM] Josie: Josie hums a little bit, and sways, not *quite* dancing with the froggie.

[7/22/2014 2:08:17 AM] Canto: Archie chirps.

[7/22/2014 2:08:46 AM] Josie: You're better than a prince the way you are.

[7/22/2014 2:15:03 AM] Canto: Theo comes out with two cups of coffee.

[7/22/2014 2:15:37 AM] Josie: ... I think you'd make a better dancer than Archie. Although he can probably jump further.

[7/22/2014 2:16:32 AM] Canto: Theo:   ... probably.  Unless I had time to prepare.

[7/22/2014 2:18:13 AM] Josie: Josie laughs.

[7/22/2014 2:18:34 AM] Josie: Josie grabs his hand, setting Archie down, and dances with Theo.

[7/22/2014 2:19:17 AM] Canto: Theo is, in fact, an excellent dancer.

[7/22/2014 2:19:52 AM] Josie: You're much better at this than me. ... although it's much easier in boots!

[7/22/2014 2:20:22 AM] Canto: Theo:  I had dancing lessons from ages seven through sixteen.

[7/22/2014 2:21:32 AM] Josie: Really? I haven't had any, I envy you.

[7/22/2014 2:23:23 AM] Canto: Theo:  My parents were big on that sort of thing.  Dancing.  Etiquette.  Not all of it stuck, clearly.  I still cannot perceive a practical difference between the million types of spoons and forks.

[7/22/2014 2:24:06 AM] Josie: Oh, generally you just have to watch what the host does and do that.

[7/22/2014 2:25:11 AM] Canto: Theo:  That tends to be what I do.

[7/22/2014 2:26:15 AM] Canto: Theo:  I can also ride.  And care for a horse.  Fencing, too.  I'm pretty good at that.

[7/22/2014 2:27:20 AM] Josie: ... you're kind of amazing, you know that?

[7/22/2014 2:27:44 AM] Canto: Theo shrugs.  "I just got a good education."

[7/22/2014 2:28:32 AM] Josie: Mmm.

[7/22/2014 2:28:45 AM] Josie: Josie lets him go, finally, grabs her coffee and heads to the workbench.

[7/22/2014 2:30:51 AM] Canto: He fixed it the way she likes it, with cream.

[7/22/2014 2:31:25 AM] Canto: Theo:  Right.  A bracelet.  ... wait.

[7/22/2014 2:31:29 AM] Canto: Theo:  I'm an idiot.

[7/22/2014 2:31:56 AM] Josie: I don't think that's actually possible.

[7/22/2014 2:32:04 AM] Josie: Josie sips her coffee contentedly.

[7/22/2014 2:32:30 AM] Canto: Theo:  Archimedes!

[7/22/2014 2:32:42 AM] Canto: Theo:  We can give him an upgrade.

[7/22/2014 2:33:12 AM] Josie: ... it won't hurt him or change his personality, will it?

[7/22/2014 2:33:52 AM] Canto: Theo:  of course not.

[7/22/2014 2:35:21 AM] Josie: Oh, all right. What kind of upgrade?

[7/22/2014 2:36:08 AM] Canto: Theo: Well,  you wanted something that would be able to knock you out if you get compromised.

[7/22/2014 2:36:27 AM] Josie: Right.

[7/22/2014 2:42:17 AM] Canto: Theo:  Well, Archie is already attuned to you, so to speak.

[7/22/2014 2:43:34 AM] Josie: Oh! So ... he'd be able to sense  it himself?

[7/22/2014 2:45:09 AM] Canto: Theo:  It won't be foolproof, but yeah.  He'd be able to sense if something's amiss with your mind and then do it.

[7/22/2014 2:45:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  We'll also give you a failsafe in case tehre's something he doesn't catch.  You'll be able to say a command word and trigger the same effect.

[7/22/2014 2:46:35 AM] Josie: Clever. Let's do it!

[7/22/2014 2:46:49 AM] Josie: ((Not an intentional innuendo.))

[7/22/2014 2:49:39 AM] Canto: Theo smiles and nods.  "Set him down on the table."

[7/22/2014 2:50:41 AM] Josie: Josie does, and pats him gently on the head as she does.

[7/22/2014 2:51:11 AM] Josie: I'm thinking about getting a cat, but I don't want him to be jealous.

[7/22/2014 2:52:12 AM] Canto: Theo:  I don't think he would.

[7/22/2014 2:53:23 AM] Josie: No? The cat *would* be at home all the time, and Archie goes everywhere with me.

[7/22/2014 2:53:48 AM] Canto: Theo:  Exactly.

[7/22/2014 2:56:09 AM] Josie: ... it's not always a logical thing to feel, though.

[7/22/2014 2:56:26 AM] Canto: Theo:  Jealousy?  I guess not.  It's pretty illogical.

[7/22/2014 2:57:02 AM] Josie: People aren't always rational.

[7/22/2014 2:57:09 AM] Josie: Maybe Archie is, though.

[7/22/2014 2:57:31 AM] Josie: ... all right. What's next?

[7/22/2014 3:00:46 AM] Canto: Theo: Now, this spell.  It's going to be something you do to yourself, essentially.  Do you know how to put someone to sleep with your powers?

[7/22/2014 3:01:12 AM] Josie: No.

[7/22/2014 3:02:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  What do you know how to do with them?

[7/22/2014 3:03:29 AM] Josie: Communicate, read minds. ... I've always wanted to try to do more, but people aren't usually comfortable with it.

[7/22/2014 3:05:20 AM] Canto: Theo nods.  "Hmm.  Then maybe I should teach you your first spell."

[7/22/2014 3:06:52 AM] Josie: I'd like that.

[7/22/2014 3:13:04 AM] Canto: Theo smiles.  "It's a simple spell.  Doesn't require much in the way of energy.  And it should be easy for you to learn.  Wait, stay here, I'll be right back."

[7/22/2014 3:14:19 AM] Josie: All right.

[7/22/2014 3:14:25 AM] Josie: Josie sips her coffee and waits.

[7/22/2014 3:15:35 AM] Canto: He comes out with a small box.  "Here.  You'll need a focus to start with."

[7/22/2014 3:15:49 AM] Josie: Josie nods.

[7/22/2014 3:15:51 AM] Josie: Show me.

[7/22/2014 3:17:39 AM] Canto: He opens the box, and there's a small knife in there.  "It's an athame.  An old one.  I never got a lot of use out of it.  And you'll figure out your own focus soon enough.  But an athame is a good place to start, especially for simple spells."

[7/22/2014 3:18:26 AM] Josie: Oh, I like that.

[7/22/2014 3:18:43 AM] Josie: Josie puts her hand out for it.

[7/22/2014 3:19:50 AM] Canto: He sets the small knife into her hand.  "I don't like wands.  Unless you're, I don't know, an orchestral conductor, they're very impractical."

[7/22/2014 3:20:21 AM] Josie: Josie feels the knife, weighing it in her palm.

[7/22/2014 3:20:26 AM] Josie: ... I like that a lot.

[7/22/2014 3:20:56 AM] Josie: My... past life used one.

[7/22/2014 3:21:45 AM] Canto: He nods.  "Well, that should work for basic spells until you find a foci that's more... you."

[7/22/2014 3:22:25 AM] Josie: Josie nods.

[7/22/2014 3:22:28 AM] Josie: Show me what to do.

[7/22/2014 3:33:23 AM] Canto: He does!  He teaches you how to cast a sleep spell.  It's very simple, like he said, especially with your predisposition to mental effects.

[7/22/2014 3:35:13 AM] Josie: Josie tests it on him, if he lets her!

[7/22/2014 3:37:14 AM] Canto: He does!  He has mental training, so it doesn't last long, but he assures you that its effect on someone without training will last longer.

[7/22/2014 3:37:41 AM] Josie: Josie shakes him awake gently anyway.

[7/22/2014 3:38:21 AM] Canto: He yawns.  "I think you've got the hang of it."

[7/22/2014 3:38:32 AM] Josie: Should I try it on myself?

[7/22/2014 3:39:29 AM] Canto: He nods.  "Yeah, good idea.  I'll wake you."

[7/22/2014 3:40:25 AM] Josie: Josie casts it on herself, gesticulating with the dagger and thinking of Nefret.

[7/22/2014 3:41:29 AM] Canto: SLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

[7/22/2014 3:42:01 AM] Josie: Josie falls asleep!

[7/22/2014 3:42:44 AM] Canto: He gently shakes her awake.

[7/22/2014 3:43:22 AM] Josie: Mf.

[7/22/2014 3:43:31 AM] Josie: ... what time is it really?

[7/22/2014 3:45:42 AM] Canto: ((What time did she go over?))

[7/22/2014 3:45:56 AM] Josie: ((Couple of hours after the end of the session.))

[7/22/2014 3:46:33 AM] Canto: Theo:  Almost nine.

[7/22/2014 3:48:15 AM] Josie: Oh. I suppose I'd better stay awake for a while, then. All right, what's next? Do we... train Archie somehow?

[7/22/2014 3:49:44 AM] Canto: Theo:  Next, we need to put the spell on one of his gears.

[7/22/2014 3:50:04 AM] Josie: Which one? It won't hurt him, will it?

[7/22/2014 3:51:09 AM] Canto: Theo:  No.

[7/22/2014 3:51:54 AM] Josie: All right.

[7/22/2014 3:52:15 AM] Josie: Josie strokes Archie and then flips him over to open up his mechanisms.

[7/22/2014 3:53:09 AM] Canto: He chirps!

[7/22/2014 3:54:51 AM] Canto: Theo:  We're casting the spell on the gear, where it will be stored until certain conditions are met.  We're setting two conditions.  Either will set the spell off.  The first is that Archie senses that your mind has come under outside influence.  The second is a command word that you can say to him.

[7/22/2014 3:55:25 AM] Josie: What word?

[7/22/2014 3:56:03 AM] Canto: Theo:  Your choice.  I suggest something you don't say often, for obvious reasons.

[7/22/2014 3:56:30 AM] Josie: Josie ponders this, and goes with an obscure Sumerian word.

[7/22/2014 3:59:09 AM] Canto: Theo:  Now, for the time being, he'll most likely only be able to do this once a day or so.  you won't have to recast the spell every time, but it will take time for him to build up the energy he needs to trigger it.

[7/22/2014 4:00:09 AM] Josie: Well I'm hoping this doesn't happen once a *day.*

[7/22/2014 4:00:21 AM] Josie: ... I don't think I'd do it anymore if I always had that reaction.

[7/22/2014 4:02:32 AM] Canto: Theo nods.   "Your mental fortitude will grow as you learn how to use your powers more and more, as well.  What we're doing here is... like a self-pushing panic button."

[7/22/2014 4:02:42 AM] Josie: Right.

[7/22/2014 4:02:48 AM] Josie: Which gear are we using?

[7/22/2014 4:03:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  One that is connected to his heart gear.

[7/22/2014 4:04:17 AM] Josie: Josie nods.

[7/22/2014 4:04:25 AM] Josie: Do we have to carve it, or do I use the athame?

[7/22/2014 4:05:12 AM] Canto: Theo:  We'll carve the spell, and then cast it on the runes.

[7/22/2014 4:05:57 AM] Josie: Josie tells him about finding the Ultima Thule invocation.

[7/22/2014 4:06:51 AM] Canto: Theo:  That confirms it, I suppose.

[7/22/2014 4:08:23 AM] Josie: Josie works on the runes, following Theo's instructions.

[7/22/2014 4:09:06 AM] Canto: It's easy enough, the same stripped down, streamlined glyphs you used on the heart gear.

[7/22/2014 4:10:46 AM] Josie: Josie is beginning to get good at rune-carving!

[7/22/2014 4:11:13 AM] Josie: Josie takes her time and focuses on Archie.

[7/22/2014 4:16:06 AM] Canto: Theo guides you through it, but he mostly just supervises, as you grasp everything very quickly.

[7/22/2014 4:16:45 AM] Josie: Josie has an easier time with it all this time!

[7/22/2014 4:17:00 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles her froggie afterward.

[7/22/2014 4:18:13 AM] Canto: After about an hour, you're done!  The spell is etched into him, and froggie becomes a panic button.

[7/22/2014 4:18:52 AM] Josie: Josie cuddles the frog. "It will work, right, Theo?"

[7/22/2014 4:19:51 AM] Canto: He looks at Archie.  "Yep, it should.  You can test it, if you want, but I'm pretty sure it took."

[7/22/2014 4:20:41 AM] Josie: I think I'd rather get ready to go to bed for real.

[7/22/2014 4:21:13 AM] Canto: He nods.

[7/22/2014 4:21:53 AM] Josie: You're sure you don't mind?

[7/22/2014 4:22:22 AM] Canto: He smiles.  "Positive."

[7/22/2014 4:22:50 AM] Josie: ... I'll go get my suitcase.

[7/22/2014 4:23:07 AM] Josie: Josie positively scampers out to the car, retrieves her suitcase and zips back in.

[7/22/2014 4:25:02 AM] Josie: I'll just go and change. You can too, if you want. I mean, unless you sleep in the buff or something. That would be awkward.

[7/22/2014 4:25:35 AM] Canto: He nods, and points out the bathroom for you to change in.

[7/22/2014 4:28:09 AM] Josie: Josie goes in there to change! She comes out wearing nothing but black silk!

[7/22/2014 4:28:36 AM] Josie: Josie is in fact wearing black silk men's pajamas. They cover absolutely everything and look very comfortable, if maybe a little oversized.

[7/22/2014 4:29:15 AM] Canto: Theo is just wearing a t-shirt and pajama bottoms.  "You can have the bed. I'll sleep on the couch."

[7/22/2014 4:30:53 AM] Josie: That's silly, isn't there room for both of us on the bed? I trust you. ... and I don't much care what people think.

[7/22/2014 4:31:40 AM] Canto: Theo:  Oh.  Okay.  C'mon.

[7/22/2014 4:32:11 AM] Josie: Unless *you'd* rather not. But it seems just like one of those silly conventions to me.

[7/22/2014 4:33:49 AM] Canto: Theo:  That's true.  It doesn't bother me.

[7/22/2014 4:34:19 AM] Josie: ... besides, I *did* come here to *not* be alone.

[7/22/2014 4:34:22 AM] Josie: Josie follows him.

[7/22/2014 4:35:28 AM] Canto: The bedroom is fairly unlived in.  He sleeps on the couch or at the workbench most nights.

[7/22/2014 4:35:47 AM] Josie: Goodness, it looks like you don't ever come here.

[7/22/2014 4:36:35 AM] Canto: Theo shrugs.  "I don't sleep in here most of the time."

[7/22/2014 4:40:05 AM] Josie: If you'd rather we could go back to the couch.

[7/22/2014 4:40:32 AM] Canto: Theo:  No, the bed is plenty comfortable.

[7/22/2014 4:41:06 AM] Josie: I might hug you in my sleep.

[7/22/2014 4:41:40 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... that's okay.

[7/22/2014 4:41:56 AM] Josie: Josie climbs into bed.

[7/22/2014 4:42:00 AM] Josie: Or while I'm awake.

[7/22/2014 4:44:23 AM] Canto: He gets in beside you.  "That would be okay, too."

[7/22/2014 4:47:55 AM] Josie: Josie does squirm over and hug him.

[7/22/2014 4:48:00 AM] Josie: You're the most wonderful person.

[7/22/2014 4:50:04 AM] Canto: Theo:  ...thank you.  You're pretty great yourself.

[7/22/2014 4:51:23 AM] Josie: Pshaw.

[7/22/2014 4:52:38 AM] Canto: Theo:  You are.

[7/22/2014 4:53:06 AM] Josie: That's just silly.

[7/22/2014 4:53:51 AM] Josie: Josie squeezes him, though, and mumbles something about Greeks bearing praise, and falls asleep!

Josie sometime in the middle of the night wakes up with a single screeched yelp, followed by a stream of garbled cursing in Egyptian and English.

[7/23/2014 12:09:19 AM] Canto: Theo sits bolt upright!  "What's the matter?"

[7/23/2014 12:10:41 AM] Josie: Josie grabs him by the shoulders, hard. "Where's Alit? What..."

[7/23/2014 12:12:25 AM] Canto: Theo:  Josie!

[7/23/2014 12:14:18 AM] Josie: ... Theo. Theo?

[7/23/2014 12:14:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yeah, it's me.

[7/23/2014 12:15:46 AM] Josie: ... I'm at your house.

[7/23/2014 12:16:15 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yes.

[7/23/2014 12:17:12 AM] Josie: Josie relaxes a little bit.

[7/23/2014 12:18:02 AM] Josie: Josie hugs him in the dark.

[7/23/2014 12:18:28 AM] Canto: Theo:  you okay?

[7/23/2014 12:19:16 AM] Josie: I will be.

[7/23/2014 12:19:22 AM] Josie: I dreamed I died again.

[7/23/2014 12:19:26 AM] Josie: ... do you ever?

[7/23/2014 12:21:08 AM] Canto: Theo:  Back when the regression was still fresh in my mind, sure.

[7/23/2014 12:21:41 AM] Josie: But not anymore?

[7/23/2014 12:21:55 AM] Canto: Theo:  No.

[7/23/2014 12:22:15 AM] Josie: What about the people?

[7/23/2014 12:23:48 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I know it doesn't seem like it right now, but it'll get better.  It's just still raw to you.

[7/23/2014 12:24:32 AM] Josie: The nightmares will. ... I don't think the feelings will.

[7/23/2014 12:25:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  It will.

[7/23/2014 12:26:39 AM] Josie: She had people she loved.

[7/23/2014 12:27:23 AM] Canto: Theo:  But as time goes on, you'll realize that you're not her.  You're you and she's her.

[7/23/2014 12:28:04 AM] Josie: I don't have anyone.

[7/23/2014 12:28:39 AM] Canto: Theo:  what do you mean?

[7/23/2014 12:28:59 AM] Josie: I mean I'm alone. I don't have a lover, an acolyte, pets.

[7/23/2014 12:29:10 AM] Canto: Archie:  Chrip.

[7/23/2014 12:30:18 AM] Josie: ... I didn't say I didn't have *one* pet, Archie.

[7/23/2014 12:31:30 AM] Josie: Just that I didn't have more than one.

[7/23/2014 12:33:11 AM] Canto: Theo:  Do you miss those things because she had them?  Or because you don't?

[7/23/2014 12:33:25 AM] Josie: Both.

[7/23/2014 12:33:35 AM] Josie: You don't miss them if you never had them.

[7/23/2014 12:34:48 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I thought you and Hughes were...

[7/23/2014 12:35:30 AM] Josie: Dating. Yes.

[7/23/2014 12:38:49 AM] Josie: We're not... serious.

[7/23/2014 12:39:10 AM] Canto: Theo:  I see.

[7/23/2014 12:39:19 AM] Josie: And I can't be anyway.

[7/23/2014 12:39:22 AM] Josie: I can't have any of that.

[7/23/2014 12:39:29 AM] Canto: Theo:  What?  Why?

[7/23/2014 12:39:46 AM] Josie: I just can't.

[7/23/2014 12:39:49 AM] Josie: Please don't ask.

[7/23/2014 12:40:01 AM] Josie: Howard's not going to be serious or I couldn't see him either.

[7/23/2014 12:41:00 AM] Canto: Theo frowns.

[7/23/2014 12:41:59 AM] Josie: I'm sure he's seeing a few others at the same time, so it's all right.

[7/23/2014 12:44:45 AM] Canto: Theo:  Are you dying?

[7/23/2014 12:45:40 AM] Josie: What? No! Of course I'm not dying, why would you think that?

[7/23/2014 12:46:05 AM] Canto: Theo shrugs.  "Just trying to figure out what's so awful.  Sorry.  It's in my nature.

[7/23/2014 12:46:59 AM] Josie: I mean... not that I know of.

[7/23/2014 12:49:54 AM] Canto: Theo nods.  "Me neither."

[7/23/2014 12:51:09 AM] Josie: Good.

[7/23/2014 12:52:49 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles into him a little bit.

[7/23/2014 12:58:40 AM] Josie: ... she was so different from me.

[7/23/2014 12:59:19 AM] Canto: Theo:  Was she?

[7/23/2014 1:01:19 AM] Josie: Confident and strong, and feared. And loved.

[7/23/2014 1:01:40 AM] Canto: Theo:  You're confidant. And strong.  Do you want to be feared?

[7/23/2014 1:02:26 AM] Josie: Well... I want people to listen to me.

[7/23/2014 1:02:28 AM] Josie: And they don't.

[7/23/2014 1:02:53 AM] Canto: Theo:  You're not unique in that, you know.

[7/23/2014 1:04:11 AM] Josie: No. I know you've had lots of trouble too.

[7/23/2014 1:04:39 AM] Josie: ... I felt my brain being taken over and I begged them to take me away, to help me, and they didn't.

[7/23/2014 1:04:49 AM] Josie: They didn't even take me seriously enough to do that.

[7/23/2014 1:07:35 AM] Canto: Theo frowns.

[7/23/2014 1:09:07 AM] Josie: Even Anya made a remark.

[7/23/2014 1:10:25 AM] Canto: Theo  What did she say?

[7/23/2014 1:10:38 AM] Josie: Something about getting promoted.

[7/23/2014 1:10:45 AM] Josie: Of course I haven't been.

[7/23/2014 1:11:50 AM] Josie: And I *don't* have any right to boss any of the team around. But I wasn't saying anything *wrong*, and someone should be in charge, shouldn't they? Just while we're in the field?

[7/23/2014 1:13:04 AM] Canto: Theo:  I wouldn't take offense at Anya.  She doesn't really respect anyone if they can't breathe fire.  And you're right, someone should take charge in the field.

[7/23/2014 1:14:03 AM] Josie: I suppose it'll be Rafe now, or you, if you come with us.

[7/23/2014 1:14:20 AM] Canto: Theo:  .. why wouldn't it be you?

[7/23/2014 1:16:28 AM] Josie: Well... you're a lot more experienced.

[7/23/2014 1:17:42 AM] Canto: Theo:  I'm not much of a leader.

[7/23/2014 1:19:11 AM] Josie: I'm not either, apparently.

[7/23/2014 1:21:06 AM] Canto: Theo:  You can learn.  They should listen to you.  You have more of a knowledge base.

[7/23/2014 1:21:51 AM] Josie: Well, they didn't.

[7/23/2014 1:24:20 AM] Canto: Theo:  Maybe they will now.

[7/23/2014 1:25:17 AM] Josie: Maybe.

[7/23/2014 1:25:28 AM] Josie: And at least I have Archie.

[7/23/2014 1:27:20 AM] Canto: Theo nods.

[7/23/2014 1:27:50 AM] Josie: And you.

[7/23/2014 1:28:45 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yes.

[7/23/2014 1:30:29 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him on the cheek.

[7/23/2014 1:31:28 AM] Canto: He smiles.

[7/23/2014 1:32:15 AM] Josie: You...

[7/23/2014 1:33:09 AM] Canto: Theo:  Me...?

[7/23/2014 1:33:41 AM] Josie: You were Darius.

[7/23/2014 1:34:35 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... yes.

[7/23/2014 1:34:51 AM] Canto: Theo:  Wait.  Alit.  That's what you called me.  That sounds familiar.

[7/23/2014 1:35:17 AM] Josie: You had two daughters.

[7/23/2014 1:35:34 AM] Canto: Theo:  ...yeah.

[7/23/2014 1:35:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  He did.

[7/23/2014 1:36:41 AM] Josie: He did.

[7/23/2014 1:36:59 AM] Josie: Do you remember their mother?

[7/23/2014 1:37:42 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yeah, the egyptian priestess.  Nephret.. that was who you were?

[7/23/2014 1:38:08 AM] Josie: Yes.

[7/23/2014 1:38:53 AM] Canto: Theo:  That's... huh.  Small world.

[7/23/2014 1:39:49 AM] Canto: Theo:  Synchronicity is a strange force.

[7/23/2014 1:40:39 AM] Josie: It doesn't ... bother you?

[7/23/2014 1:41:04 AM] Canto: Theo:  Why would it?

[7/23/2014 1:42:16 AM] Josie: I just... wonder, that's all.

[7/23/2014 1:42:36 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I mean... are you here because of me?  Or him?

[7/23/2014 1:43:13 AM] Josie: You, of course! Obviously.

[7/23/2014 1:43:20 AM] Josie: Darius didn't even *have* a workbench.

[7/23/2014 1:43:32 AM] Canto: Theo:  Then it doesn't bother me.

[7/23/2014 1:44:44 AM] Josie: I'm sorry about kissing you. It was like... I had to know if you were Darius.

[7/23/2014 1:45:26 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... it wasn't a bad thing.

[7/23/2014 1:45:46 AM] Josie: That's sweet of you to say.

[7/23/2014 1:46:28 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... it was very nice.  I just wish you weren't in such turmoil.

[7/23/2014 1:47:27 AM] Josie: I'm not, really. Not anymore. I'm all right. I don't feel like Nefret anymore, thankfully.

[7/23/2014 1:47:52 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I meant, when you kissed me.

[7/23/2014 1:49:03 AM] Josie: Oh! ... why? Was it bad?

[7/23/2014 1:49:07 AM] Josie: Am I a bad kisser?

[7/23/2014 1:49:24 AM] Josie: I mean... nobody's ever complained. You'd tell me, wouldn't you?

[7/23/2014 1:49:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  No!  But... it's hard to... enjoy it when the person you're kissing is near tears.

[7/23/2014 1:51:17 AM] Josie: Well, *you're* a good kisser.

[7/23/2014 1:52:15 AM] Canto: Theo:  ....good.

[7/23/2014 1:54:19 AM] Josie: Josie smiles in the dark.

[7/23/2014 1:56:28 AM] Josie: Someone *must* have told you that before.

[7/23/2014 1:56:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  Not really.

[7/23/2014 1:57:24 AM] Josie: Nobody?

[7/23/2014 1:57:35 AM] Josie: ... well, now you know.

[7/23/2014 1:57:58 AM] Josie: It's a good thing Howard isn't the jealous type.

[7/23/2014 2:01:06 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I suppose so.

[7/23/2014 2:02:09 AM] Josie: It's a good thing I'm not either.

[7/23/2014 2:06:15 AM] Josie: Nefret never was.

[7/23/2014 2:08:31 AM] Canto: Theo:  I might be.

[7/23/2014 2:09:32 AM] Josie: Oh, are you? I didn't even ask if you had a girlfriend.

[7/23/2014 2:09:52 AM] Canto: Theo laughs.  "No."

[7/23/2014 2:11:37 AM] Josie: ... or a boyfriend. I don't know.

[7/23/2014 2:12:07 AM] Canto: Theo:  no, I like girls fine.  But there's no one.

[7/23/2014 2:12:47 AM] Josie: Why not?

[7/23/2014 2:13:09 AM] Canto: Theo shrugs.

[7/23/2014 2:13:28 AM] Canto: Theo:  I'd just never met the right person, I guess.

[7/23/2014 2:13:56 AM] Canto: Theo:  and I"m not terribly charming.

[7/23/2014 2:15:17 AM] Josie: I think you're wonderful.

[7/23/2014 2:17:22 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... thank you.

[7/23/2014 2:19:52 AM] Josie: Anya likes you.

[7/23/2014 2:21:28 AM] Canto: Theo:  We're friends.

[7/23/2014 2:21:36 AM] Josie: I like you too.

[7/23/2014 2:21:38 AM] Josie: That's two women.

[7/23/2014 2:23:23 AM] Canto: Theo:  I have plenty of friends.  And I'm glad for them.

[7/23/2014 2:24:06 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles into him a bit.

[7/23/2014 2:25:16 AM] Josie: I'm sure I'm just as glad for you. Probably all your friends are.

[7/23/2014 2:31:44 AM] Josie: I'm so glad I'm here, that you let me be here. And I hope I'm not taking advantage too much.

[7/23/2014 2:34:06 AM] Canto: Theo:  I'm glad you're here, too.

[7/23/2014 2:35:01 AM] Josie: I know you're not Darius, and I know I'm not Nefret, but it feels a little like... like Nefret felt when they were working on things.

[7/23/2014 2:40:21 AM] Josie: Like anything is possible.

[7/23/2014 2:42:31 AM] Canto: Theo:  That's not far off from being true.

[7/23/2014 2:42:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I can build almost anything given enough time and resources.

[7/23/2014 2:43:39 AM] Josie: I know! That's exactly it. ... Though Nefret taught him some things too, and I don't know what I could possibly teach you.

[7/23/2014 2:45:38 AM] Canto: Theo:  You'll teach me plenty.

[7/23/2014 2:45:44 AM] Josie: Like what?

[7/23/2014 2:46:16 AM] Canto: Theo:  It's my ability.

[7/23/2014 2:46:41 AM] Josie: What is?

[7/23/2014 2:54:35 AM] Canto: Theo:  I can see magic.  As... it's hard to describe.  Information.

[7/23/2014 2:55:50 AM] Josie: Now I'm jealous.

[7/23/2014 2:58:13 AM] Canto: Theo:  I can mimic abilities I see using magic.

[7/23/2014 2:58:31 AM | Edited 2:58:39 AM] Josie: ... do you want to try mine?

[7/23/2014 2:59:56 AM] Josie: I've always wondered what it felt like from the other end.

[7/23/2014 3:00:02 AM] Josie: ... Hank acted like I'm a monster.

[7/23/2014 3:00:36 AM] Canto: Theo:  Okay.

[7/23/2014 3:02:41 AM] Josie: Josie says in his head "It's really useful to be able to talk to people in their heads. It's not very long ranged but it's still handy."

[7/23/2014 3:03:31 AM] Canto: Theo nods, and narrows his eyes in concentration.  Then he replies in her head.  "Yeah.  it's like radio."

[7/23/2014 3:03:51 AM] Josie: Josie jumps half a foot, and the blanket falls onto the ground.

[7/23/2014 3:03:54 AM] Josie: Oh goodness.

[7/23/2014 3:04:08 AM] Canto: Theo:  Sorry.

[7/23/2014 3:04:29 AM] Josie: I'm the one who should be sorry, I've been doing that to people practically all the time.

[7/23/2014 3:04:38 AM] Josie: It doesn't hurt though. Do it again.

[7/23/2014 3:05:38 AM] Canto: Theo (mentally):  I can see how this would be very convenient.

[7/23/2014 3:06:20 AM] Josie: And now you can do it too.

[7/23/2014 3:06:33 AM] Josie: You can also do a cursory check of the inside of people's heads.

[7/23/2014 3:06:59 AM] Josie: Just the very outskirts is best though--they don't notice and you can usually tell if something is really wrong when you do it.

[7/23/2014 3:07:35 AM] Canto: Theo:  Do you mind if I try?

[7/23/2014 3:08:00 AM] Josie: Oh, I suppose you *have* seen me do it. Go ahead, I don't mind.

[7/23/2014 3:08:23 AM] Canto: Theo:  Well, do it on me first.  I can't mimic stuff indefinitely.

[7/23/2014 3:09:03 AM] Josie: Oh, all right.

[7/23/2014 3:09:11 AM] Josie: Josie does a cursory mindscan.

[7/23/2014 3:14:13 AM] Canto: He lets his guard down so you can sense his surface thoughts.  Right now he's overwhelmingly curious!

[7/23/2014 3:14:59 AM] Josie: Curious, I see! Well let's see if we can sate that curiosity.

[7/23/2014 3:15:01 AM] Josie: Now you try it on me.

[7/23/2014 3:15:41 AM] Canto: You feel him in your head!  He brushes your surface thoughts with his own.

[7/23/2014 3:16:10 AM] Josie: Josie is also quite curious! and a bit affectionate.

[7/23/2014 3:17:44 AM] Canto: She also picks up a bit more from him thanks to a slight feedback loop.  He's pretty attracted to her.

[7/23/2014 3:18:09 AM] Josie: Josie reddens a little bit.

[7/23/2014 3:18:51 AM] Canto: He also blushes.

[7/23/2014 3:19:26 AM] Josie: ... sorry. I didn't mean to... well, you know, that's how it is, that's all.

[7/23/2014 3:19:36 AM] Josie: You find ou a lot of surprising things.

[7/23/2014 3:21:11 AM] Canto: Theo:  Yeah.

[7/23/2014 3:21:40 AM] Josie: ... it's not too much for you, is it? Me being here? I'm not trying to lead you on, I swear.

[7/23/2014 3:22:57 AM] Canto: Theo:  It's okay.  I'm sure of one of many people in the 'attracted to Josie' club.

[7/23/2014 3:23:56 AM] Josie: Yes, but I don't awkwardly sleep next to *all of them.*

[7/23/2014 3:25:59 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... that's true.  It's okay.  I'm happy to be your friend.

[7/23/2014 3:26:17 AM] Josie: ... really? Are you sure?

[7/23/2014 3:26:25 AM] Josie: That's all?

[7/23/2014 3:28:37 AM] Canto: Theo:    Yeah.

[7/23/2014 3:29:03 AM] Josie: Oh. All right.

[7/23/2014 3:29:15 AM] Josie: Josie can't quite help sounding a little bit disappointed.

[7/23/2014 3:34:26 AM] Canto: Theo:  I don't expect anything more.  I'm not charming, or suave.  If all I can be to you is a friend, then that's what I'll be.

[7/23/2014 3:35:15 AM] Josie: And if not?

[7/23/2014 3:38:19 AM] Canto: Theo:  You're brilliant.  You know your way around a workbench.  ... you are so 'my type' it's slightly painful.

[7/23/2014 3:39:27 AM] Josie: I'm not really that good around the workbench. I haven't even seen one for a long time.

[7/23/2014 3:39:38 AM] Canto: Theo:  Could have fooled me.

[7/23/2014 3:41:46 AM] Josie: ... that's sweet of you to say.

[7/23/2014 3:42:20 AM] Canto: Theo:  I never had to explain what anything did.

[7/23/2014 3:43:02 AM] Josie: Nothing there was unusual!

[7/23/2014 3:43:20 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... you should know by now that flattery is not a thing I do.

[7/23/2014 3:44:13 AM] Josie: Were you ever going to say anything? ... do you wish I hadn't seen it?

[7/23/2014 3:45:12 AM] Canto: Theo:  I don't know.  You never seemed interested in anything but friendship.  Which was fine by me.

[7/23/2014 3:49:42 AM] Josie: ... I shouldn't, really, but...

[7/23/2014 3:53:10 AM] Canto: He kisses her.

[7/23/2014 3:55:54 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him back. This time at least she's not thinking of some semi-other guy!

[7/23/2014 3:58:04 AM] Canto: After a moment he looks at her.  "... figured we owed each other the chance to see how it feels when it's just you and me.  Not you and me and her and him."

[7/23/2014 3:59:25 AM] Josie: It feels good. ... and you're not him.

[7/23/2014 3:59:43 AM] Canto: Theo:  You're not her.  We're just us.

[7/23/2014 4:00:56 AM] Josie: Just us.

[7/23/2014 4:01:01 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him again.

[7/23/2014 4:01:06 AM] Canto: he kisses back!

[7/23/2014 4:04:27 AM] Josie: Josie will go on doing that, unless he objects. And probably eventually starts pulling off his pajamas.

[7/23/2014 4:04:56 AM] Canto: He does not object.

[7/23/2014 4:06:31 AM] Josie: Josie ravishes him very, very thoroughly, then.

[7/23/2014 4:10:33 AM] Canto: Yep!

[7/23/2014 4:12:28 AM] Josie: Josie does seem to know what she's doing in that regard! And proves to be even cuddlier afterward.

[7/23/2014 4:13:43 AM] Canto: Theo's not very experienced, but is a very fast study.

[7/23/2014 4:18:21 AM] Josie: That was *so* nice.

[7/23/2014 4:18:52 AM] Canto: Theo:  yeah, definitely.

[7/23/2014 4:20:31 AM] Josie: Do you...

[7/23/2014 4:21:06 AM] Josie: ... I don't want you to think I'm *loose.*

[7/23/2014 4:21:29 AM] Canto: Theo:  It never occured to me.

[7/23/2014 4:22:28 AM] Josie: Really?

[7/23/2014 4:23:05 AM] Canto: Theo:  Really.

[7/23/2014 4:24:02 AM] Canto: Theo:  You're too consciencious for that.

[7/23/2014 4:24:20 AM] Josie: I'm so glad you said that. Really.

[7/23/2014 4:25:25 AM] Josie: I know people probably think I'm dating Howard for his money, or for being famous. But I'm not. I'm not... like that.

[7/23/2014 4:25:41 AM] Josie: And I don't just hop into bed with anyone either.

[7/23/2014 4:28:32 AM] Canto: Theo:  I know.

[7/23/2014 4:29:06 AM] Josie: ... Nefret did, but she was ... different.

[7/23/2014 4:29:47 AM] Canto: Theo:  It was a different time.

[7/23/2014 4:30:04 AM] Josie: She wanted children very much.

[7/23/2014 4:30:53 AM] Canto: Theo nods.  "I remember."

[7/23/2014 4:31:45 AM] Josie: Oh, right. You were there for that... part.

[7/23/2014 4:31:54 AM] Canto: Theo:  Darius was.

[7/23/2014 4:33:19 AM] Josie: Right.

[7/23/2014 4:33:27 AM] Josie: ... I know they're definitely not us.

[7/23/2014 4:35:05 AM] Josie: You're not sorry, are you?

[7/23/2014 4:35:41 AM | Edited 4:36:00 AM] Canto: Theo:  I am the opposite of sorry.

[7/23/2014 4:36:52 AM] Josie: Oh, good.

[7/23/2014 4:36:55 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles up to him.

[7/23/2014 4:37:30 AM] Canto: He pulls her close.

[7/23/2014 4:38:09 AM] Josie: You're not him and I'm not her, and you don't feel like him at all. Not one bit. But you do feel familiar and *so* nice.

[7/23/2014 4:38:41 AM] Canto: Theo:  I can live with that.

[7/23/2014 4:40:25 AM] Josie: Mmm.

[7/23/2014 4:40:33 AM] Josie: Thank you for helping me with my frog.

[7/23/2014 4:40:46 AM] Canto: Theo:  Any time.

[7/23/2014 4:41:07 AM] Josie: Josie chuckles.

[7/23/2014 4:41:16 AM] Josie: You'd better make sure you mean that before you say it.

[7/23/2014 4:42:53 AM] Canto: Theo:  I do.  ... I love creating things.

[7/23/2014 4:43:21 AM] Josie: I do too.

[7/23/2014 4:45:19 AM] Canto: Theo:  What should we build next?  A tophat that shoots fireballs?

[7/23/2014 4:46:20 AM] Josie: Josie laughs.

[7/23/2014 4:46:25 AM] Josie: That doesn't sound practical.

[7/23/2014 4:46:49 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... sometimes I like to just make things.  They needn't be practical.

[7/23/2014 4:47:01 AM] Josie: ... something to prevent me from getting pregnant might be helpful.

[7/23/2014 4:49:58 AM] Josie: I mean, if you want to do this again.

[7/23/2014 4:50:40 AM] Canto: Theo:  .. I have something I can take.

[7/23/2014 4:51:38 AM] Josie: Oh, you *do,* do you?

[7/23/2014 4:51:52 AM] Josie: Maybe I'm not the one who's gotten around, is that it?

[7/23/2014 4:51:56 AM] Josie: Josie sounds amused, though.

[7/23/2014 4:52:36 AM] Canto: Theo:  My father made them.  .... that sounds even worse.

[7/23/2014 4:52:47 AM] Josie: Josie snrrrks.

[7/23/2014 4:53:04 AM] Josie: I take it he doesn't *want* grandchildren?

[7/23/2014 4:54:23 AM] Canto: Theo:  not before I'm ready for them.

[7/23/2014 4:55:17 AM] Josie: Well, I don't. If it gets too serious we'll have to stop.

[7/23/2014 4:57:18 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... define too serious.

[7/23/2014 4:57:53 AM] Josie: You know. *Serious.*

[7/23/2014 4:58:38 AM] Canto: theo:  I don't know.

[7/23/2014 4:58:53 AM] Canto: Theo:  ... I'm not terribly experienced in this arena.

[7/23/2014 4:59:55 AM] Josie: We'll figure it out as we go.

[7/23/2014 5:01:15 AM] Canto: Theo:  All right.

[7/23/2014 5:03:18 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him on the cheek.

Josie probably curled up around Theo at some point and went to sleep.

[7/27/2014 12:03:44 AM] Rycroft: She wakes up the next morning a bit achey and uncomfortable, as she's hunched at the workbench, head on her folded arms and still naked.  She has a bit of grease on her fingers and a half built... thing in front of her.

[7/27/2014 12:04:32 AM] Josie: Josie squeaks, and looks for a blanket or something to cover up with.

[7/27/2014 12:06:07 AM] Rycroft: there's one on the couch!

[7/27/2014 12:06:30 AM] Josie: Josie grabs it up and wraps it around herself and then looks at the thing on the bench.

[7/27/2014 12:10:28 AM] Rycroft: It seems familiar!  Though you're not sure how.  It's small, maybe the size of a pack of cigarattes, a circuitboard with some loose wires sticking out of it.

[7/27/2014 12:12:22 AM] Josie: Josie is a little alarmed, and goes to find Theo.

[7/27/2014 12:13:47 AM] Rycroft: He's snoring in the bed!

[7/27/2014 12:14:37 AM] Josie: Josie hesitates, but then drops the blanket and climbs back into bed.

[7/27/2014 12:16:56 AM] Rycroft: he stirs a bit.  It's around six in the morning, so it's still not light out.  "....morning."

[7/27/2014 12:17:20 AM] Josie: It's still early.

[7/27/2014 12:17:25 AM] Josie: Josie snuggles up to him a bit.

[7/27/2014 12:18:01 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Mmhmm.

[7/27/2014 12:18:35 AM] Josie: I... I used  your workbench in my sleep.

[7/27/2014 12:21:55 AM] Rycroft: Theo:   Did you build something?

[7/27/2014 12:22:39 AM] Josie: I'm not sure. I'm a little worried something is still in my head from before.

[7/27/2014 12:24:31 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Want me to look at it?

[7/27/2014 12:26:20 AM] Josie: Yes. ... but not yet.

[7/27/2014 12:27:33 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I mean, what you built.  Not your head.

[7/27/2014 12:28:44 AM] Josie: I know.

[7/27/2014 12:32:53 AM] Rycroft: Theo puts his arms around her.

[7/27/2014 12:33:24 AM] Josie: Mmm. I like it here.

[7/27/2014 12:35:04 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Good.

[7/27/2014 12:38:51 AM] Josie: Mm.

[7/27/2014 12:43:45 AM] Josie: I always feel safe with you.

[7/27/2014 12:44:52 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Good.  That's good, right?  I do know how to ride a motorcycle if that helps.

[7/27/2014 12:46:12 AM] Josie: Why would that help?

[7/27/2014 12:47:01 AM] Josie: I mean, so do I.

[7/27/2014 12:48:43 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Oh, you know, that I can be rebellious and dangerous.

[7/27/2014 12:49:18 AM] Josie: ... why would you want to be rebellious and dangerous?

[7/27/2014 12:53:32 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Just in case that made me more appealing.  Caspar said that guys who ride motorcycles are a bit more attractive because of the potential danger.

[7/27/2014 12:54:58 AM] Josie: ... why would that make you *more* attractive.

[7/27/2014 12:55:13 AM] Josie: What about women? Does that make me more attractive? Most men don't like it. And they hate it when I drive.

[7/27/2014 12:57:30 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I find the fact that you're such a good driver incredibly attractive.

[7/27/2014 12:57:56 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... I find competance and excellence *very* desirable.

[7/27/2014 12:58:56 AM] Josie: Well, so do I.

[7/27/2014 12:59:13 AM] Josie: Besides, motorcycles aren't more dangerous than cars if you know how to use them properly.

[7/27/2014 1:00:22 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I once designed one that would go up walls.

[7/27/2014 1:01:44 AM] Josie: *That* might be more dangerous than a car.

[7/27/2014 1:01:57 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Possibly.

[7/27/2014 1:03:24 AM] Josie: Probably!

[7/27/2014 1:04:34 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Well, I never built it.  Got distracted with a design for a giant mechanical spider.

[7/27/2014 1:05:00 AM] Josie: Ugh. I hope you didn't build that either.

[7/27/2014 1:06:57 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It wasn't really a spider.  It was a vehicle designed to climb any type of terrain.

[7/27/2014 1:07:46 AM] Josie: Oh. Did it work?

[7/27/2014 1:09:38 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... not so much.

[7/27/2014 1:10:09 AM] Josie: Well, not every idea is golden.

[7/27/2014 1:10:52 AM] Josie: ... Caspar's probably right about *most* women, but I'm not like that.

[7/27/2014 1:13:19 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Well, he was only speaking about himself personally.  I don't think he'd try to generalize your entire gender.

[7/27/2014 1:14:03 AM] Josie: He finds women more attractive when they ride motorcycles?

[7/27/2014 1:16:58 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Who doesn't?  Well, not Caspar.  Caspar's not attracted to women.

[7/27/2014 1:17:35 AM] Josie: He's not... *oh.*

[7/27/2014 1:17:46 AM] Josie: Josie goes quiet.

[7/27/2014 1:17:59 AM] Josie: ((I just can't make her a homophobe. I know it's period-appropriate, but goddamn, there are limits, you know?))

[7/27/2014 1:21:06 AM] Rycroft: ((Yep, I getcha.  You'd never make a player character an outright racist, either, it's the same sort of thing.  too unpleasant to get into that headspace.))

[7/27/2014 1:21:13 AM] Josie: ... I kissed girls.

[7/27/2014 1:23:46 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Me too!

[7/27/2014 1:24:54 AM] Josie: Josie snrks.

[7/27/2014 1:24:58 AM] Josie: Well I like Mr. Quentin.

[7/27/2014 1:27:23 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  He saved my life.

[7/27/2014 1:28:32 AM] Josie: Now I like him better.

[7/27/2014 1:30:36 AM] Rycroft: Theo points to a scar on his chest very close to his heart.  "I got shot here.  Caspar took out the attacker and kept me from bleeding out."

[7/27/2014 1:30:58 AM] Josie: Josie kisses the scar.

[7/27/2014 1:31:08 AM] Josie: I knew there was a reason I liked him.

[7/27/2014 1:37:58 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft chuckles.

[7/27/2014 1:41:33 AM] Josie: So *he* likes boys with motorcycles. ... I like boys who let me *drive* motorcycles.

[7/27/2014 1:42:50 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's pretty fun.

[7/27/2014 1:43:09 AM] Josie: Maybe we could race some time. If you don't mind being beaten by a girl.

[7/27/2014 1:46:01 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I have no problem being beaten by a better driver.

[7/27/2014 1:50:43 AM] Josie: Well, maybe I'm not, too. I'm sure I'm rusty.

[7/27/2014 1:53:30 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  We'll have to make sure you get some practice before the race then.

[7/27/2014 1:55:24 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him on the cheek.

[7/27/2014 1:55:26 AM] Josie: You're sweet.

[7/27/2014 1:56:48 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Oh, maybe, but we're doing this.  No backing out if it.

[7/27/2014 1:58:06 AM] Josie: I'm not backing out.  And no cheating by using rocketfuel, either.

[7/27/2014 1:58:11 AM] Josie: ... unless we both get rocketfuel.

[7/27/2014 2:04:10 AM] Josie: Josie nibbles his lower lip.

[7/27/2014 2:05:04 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I wouldn't cheat with you.

[7/27/2014 2:05:54 AM] Josie: Josie pauses.

[7/27/2014 2:06:15 AM] Josie: Josie decides to take that entirely at face value.

[7/27/2014 2:06:38 AM] Josie: I think that's sweeter than just knowing how to properly operate a motorcycle.

[7/27/2014 2:13:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  What's the fun in racing if there's not a possibility you can lose?

[7/27/2014 2:13:41 AM] Rycroft: ((Sorry, bathroom.))

[7/27/2014 2:14:41 AM] Josie: A lot of men would object to losing to a woman.

[7/27/2014 2:15:33 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  A lot of men aren't geniuses who know better.

[7/27/2014 2:15:52 AM] Josie: I *do* like smart men.

[7/27/2014 2:15:56 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him.

[7/27/2014 2:17:35 AM] Rycroft: He kisses her back.

[7/27/2014 2:18:52 AM] Josie: Smart *and* sweet *and* handsome *and* you always smell *so* nice.

[7/27/2014 2:22:33 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Do I?  Smell good, I mean.

[7/27/2014 2:23:28 AM] Josie: Motor oil and grease and ozone.

[7/27/2014 2:23:55 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  And you like that stuff?

[7/27/2014 2:24:39 AM] Josie: ... yes, obviously. Don't you?

[7/27/2014 2:26:00 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Of course.  But women usually don't.

[7/27/2014 2:27:02 AM] Josie: Or they don't *tell* you they do.

[7/27/2014 2:28:42 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... I suppose that's true.

[7/27/2014 2:30:24 AM] Josie: Anyway, *I* like it.

[7/27/2014 2:30:49 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  And that's all that matters to me right now.

[7/27/2014 2:32:35 AM] Josie: It can't matter that much, can it?

[7/27/2014 2:33:23 AM] Josie: Even without that, you'd still be all over muscles, and then there's the charmingly-disorderly hair and the barely-there shirt you wear around the house and your beautiful eyes.

[7/27/2014 2:34:05 AM] Josie: I'm surprised I didn't have to fight a line of women out your front door to the next block.

[7/27/2014 2:34:08 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... long sleeves get caught in stuff.

[7/27/2014 2:34:37 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... and most women aren't actually interested in *me*.   You know?

[7/27/2014 2:35:15 AM] Josie: ... no, I don't.

[7/27/2014 2:38:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Their eyes glaze over when I start talking about cars, or electronics, or science.

[7/27/2014 2:38:52 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I mean... most women who are interested in me.

[7/27/2014 2:39:06 AM] Josie: You never talk about cars. When do you talk about cars?

[7/27/2014 2:43:00 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  When I have someone to talk about cars with.

[7/27/2014 2:44:22 AM] Josie: I'm probably too rusty on that, too, but you can *try* anyway.

[7/27/2014 2:45:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo smiles.

[7/27/2014 2:47:13 AM] Josie: ... you just haven't found the right girl, that's all.

[7/27/2014 2:48:23 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  No?

[7/27/2014 2:49:07 AM] Josie: One who likes all those things, obviously.

[7/27/2014 2:51:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Mmm.

[7/27/2014 2:51:39 AM] Rycroft: He kisses her!

[7/27/2014 2:52:31 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him back, several times.

[7/27/2014 2:57:09 AM] Josie: ... I can tell it's going to be difficult leaving the bed.

[7/27/2014 2:57:29 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Like there's a gravitational force.

[7/27/2014 2:58:22 AM] Josie: Ooh, talk science to me.

[7/27/2014 3:02:00 AM] Rycroft: Theo grins.  "We might well be stuck orbiting each other for some time."

[7/27/2014 3:03:05 AM] Josie: Oh darn.

[7/27/2014 3:03:26 AM] Josie: Josie kisses him. And gets very very handsy. Looks like there's some Nefret left in there somewhere!

[7/27/2014 3:05:00 AM] Rycroft: He gets pretty handsy himself, then!

[7/27/2014 3:05:15 AM] Josie: ((Definitely a curtain there.))

[7/27/2014 3:07:52 AM] Rycroft: ((Yep!))

[7/27/2014 3:08:23 AM] Josie: Josie is extremely cuddly afterward.

[7/27/2014 3:08:57 AM] Josie: You're awfully good at that. You must have a new girl every week.

[7/27/2014 3:10:30 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  No.  I haven't had a girlfriend since college.

[7/27/2014 3:11:46 AM] Josie: Me either. ... I can't believe I just said that, I don't even normally talk about *that.*

[7/27/2014 3:13:22 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  No?

[7/27/2014 3:14:27 AM] Josie: No. Nice girls don't do that kind of thing.

[7/27/2014 3:14:41 AM] Josie: Nice girls don't sleep with anybody before they get nicely married.

[7/27/2014 3:16:36 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Who decides what defines a 'nice girl'?

[7/27/2014 3:17:13 AM] Josie: I don't know, but I don't think I'm one anymore. If I ever was anyway.

[7/27/2014 3:17:36 AM] Josie: I don't want to care right now, I like being here too much.

[7/27/2014 3:20:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I think you're a nice girl.  More importantly, you're a good woman.

[7/27/2014 3:22:02 AM] Josie: Josie turns away from him, resting her head on his chest.

[7/27/2014 3:22:06 AM] Josie: I wish I were.

[7/27/2014 3:25:00 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  You are.

[7/27/2014 3:25:55 AM] Josie: ... this was probably a mistake.

[7/27/2014 3:26:11 AM] Josie: Josie traces a circle around his bellybutton, idly.

[7/27/2014 3:27:50 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Didn't feel like one.  Still doesn't.

[7/27/2014 3:29:35 AM] Josie: It was nice.

[7/27/2014 3:36:58 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  You are a mistress of understatement.

[7/27/2014 3:38:29 AM] Josie: It was *very* nice. And I am apparently a mistress of you.

[7/27/2014 3:41:29 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Don't I have to have a wife to have a mistress?

[7/27/2014 3:42:21 AM] Josie: No, just a woman you sleep with on a regular basis.

[7/27/2014 3:42:35 AM] Josie: I suppose I *was* assuming you'd want me back again.

[7/27/2014 3:44:34 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I do.  And even if I didn't, gravity would just draw us back together again.

[7/27/2014 3:45:50 AM] Josie: Mm. Good, because I'd like to be here again.

[7/27/2014 3:49:43 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I definitely want you here again.

[7/27/2014 3:52:35 AM] Josie: Josie turns around to face him, and rests her head back down on his chest.

[7/27/2014 3:52:47 AM] Josie: Your wish is my command, in that case.

[7/27/2014 3:55:09 AM] Rycroft: Theo grins.  "Good."

[7/27/2014 3:55:22 AM] Josie: Is there anything else you wish, O my master?

[7/27/2014 4:01:17 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I want to lay here in bed with you for the foreseeable future.

[7/27/2014 4:02:17 AM] Josie: That might be possible. But what are we going to build in bed?

[7/27/2014 4:11:12 AM] Rycroft: Theo: ... a blanket and pillow fort.

[7/27/2014 4:14:27 AM] Josie: Josie giggles and sits up.

[7/27/2014 4:16:16 AM] Josie: All right. We'd best get started.

[7/27/2014 4:18:18 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  We will make a fort that will stand for eons.

[7/27/2014 4:18:45 AM] Josie: Or until we deconstruct it to have a pillowfight.

[7/27/2014 4:20:04 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  .. until then, yes.

[7/27/2014 4:21:29 AM] Josie: Josie runs her fingers over his lips again.

[7/27/2014 4:21:47 AM] Josie: I love your mouth. ... but you can't distract me, we have a fort to build.

[7/27/2014 4:21:54 AM] Josie: Josie starts making a fort!

[7/27/2014 11:50:13 PM] Rycroft: After you guys get out of bed, finally, Theo looks over the thingamabober.

[7/27/2014 11:52:25 PM] Josie: Any idea what it is?

[7/27/2014 11:53:16 PM] Rycroft: He looks at it.  "It's... an amplifier of some kind.  I think."

[7/27/2014 11:54:38 PM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's very impressive work.

[7/27/2014 11:54:39 PM] Josie: ... oh god, they're still in my head, aren't they?

[7/27/2014 11:58:14 PM] Rycroft: Theo:  I don't think so.

[7/27/2014 11:58:38 PM | Edited 11:58:46 PM] Rycroft: Theo turns the thing over and inspects it.

[7/27/2014 11:58:42 PM] Josie: If it's not them, what *is* it?

[7/27/2014 11:59:40 PM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's one of my designs.  I made it awhile ago.  You can hook it up to a radio to get a clearer signal.

[7/28/2014 12:00:13 AM] Josie: How did *your* design get in *my* head?

[7/28/2014 12:01:05 AM] Rycroft: THeo:  Well, we did exchange brain-rays.

[7/28/2014 12:02:34 AM] Josie: ... oh.

[7/28/2014 12:02:36 AM] Josie: Josie blushes.

[7/28/2014 12:03:08 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's very good work!  You actually managed to refine the design a bit.

[7/28/2014 12:03:32 AM] Josie: I doubt it was me, Theo.

[7/28/2014 12:05:05 AM] Rycroft: Theo: It's an older design of mine that I never really went back to.  You made a bit more compact and energy efficient.

[7/28/2014 12:05:29 AM] Josie: *You* must have.

[7/28/2014 12:05:44 AM] Josie: I don't have an adequate grasp on magic yet to make any modifications to anything.

[7/28/2014 12:06:27 AM] Rycroft: Theo shrugs.  "Not a conscious grasp.  Maybe a subconscious one, though.  I've never actually known a telepath, but I have heard interesting stuff about them."

[7/28/2014 12:06:36 AM] Josie: ... like what?

[7/28/2014 12:08:20 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Just stuff the stuff they can do.  I read about a telepath with no medical knowledge who was able to perform an emergency appendectomy on his son by drawing on the knowledge of a surgeon two blocks away.

[7/28/2014 12:09:12 AM] Josie: Josie boggles.

[7/28/2014 12:09:16 AM] Josie: That's out of my range.

[7/28/2014 12:09:34 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  But within your potential.

[7/28/2014 12:11:22 AM] Josie: That's very optimistic.

[7/28/2014 12:11:42 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Not at all.

[7/28/2014 12:12:07 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's kind of like my ability, except with practical knowledge instead of magical abilities.

[7/28/2014 12:13:56 AM] Josie: But I'd be leeching out of other people's heads.

[7/28/2014 12:14:33 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It's not like you're stealing the knowledge.  Just copying it.

[7/28/2014 12:16:16 AM] Josie: But other people *earned* it.

[7/28/2014 12:17:27 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  You're borrowing it.  Not keeping.  The man I read about didn't retain how to do appendectomies.

[7/28/2014 12:18:14 AM] Josie: But I'd still be going into someone else's head without permission.

[7/28/2014 12:21:27 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I'm not saying you do it willy-nilly.  But hey, if you want to draw on some of my knowledge and help me around the workbench, I'm all for that.

[7/28/2014 12:23:47 AM] Josie: ... you don't mind?

[7/28/2014 12:23:50 AM] Josie: Don't you have any secrets?

[7/28/2014 12:25:28 AM] Rycroft: Theo thinks.  "Not really.  I might be frightfully boring."

[7/28/2014 12:26:16 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Besides, I can offer up the specific knowledge, I think.

[7/28/2014 12:28:08 AM] Josie: You're not boring.

[7/28/2014 12:28:13 AM] Josie: And maybe.

[7/28/2014 12:28:20 AM] Josie: ... I get flashes sometimes, with physical contact.

[7/28/2014 12:30:41 AM | Edited 12:30:47 AM] Josie: Usually just stray images, nothing detailed or complex.

[7/28/2014 12:32:12 AM] Rycroft: Theo nods, and touches her face.  "That do anything?"

[7/28/2014 12:32:40 AM] Josie: No, but it feels nice.

[7/28/2014 12:32:48 AM] Josie: Josie tilts her face toward his hand a little bit.

[7/28/2014 12:37:52 AM] Rycroft: He kisses her!

[7/28/2014 12:37:58 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  How bout now?

[7/28/2014 12:39:41 AM] Josie: Why Prometheus Crafter, I think I'm on to your little scheme.

[7/28/2014 12:39:53 AM] Josie: Josie smiles.

[7/28/2014 12:40:35 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Curses!  Foiled again!

[7/28/2014 12:44:47 AM] Josie: But I didn't say you should stop, either.

[7/28/2014 12:52:18 AM] Rycroft: Theo chuckles and kisses her again!

[7/28/2014 12:56:14 AM] Josie: We're going to end up stuck in bed again if you're not careful.

[7/28/2014 12:56:31 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I can think of worse fates.

[7/28/2014 1:00:46 AM] Josie: Reeeeeally.

[7/28/2014 1:02:42 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Sure.  I can imagine a world where that *didn't* happen.  It's a nightmarish hellscape.

[7/28/2014 1:03:09 AM] Josie: Josie snrks.

[7/28/2014 1:06:55 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  We really shouldn't let that happen in the world.

[7/28/2014 1:07:53 AM] Josie: You have a ridiculous amount of stamina. I like it.

[7/28/2014 1:09:10 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ridiculous?

[7/28/2014 1:12:06 AM] Rycroft: Theo grins.  "We can just use the couch."

[7/28/2014 1:12:27 AM] Josie: Shame the workbench is full.

[7/28/2014 1:13:55 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Indeed.  Though it's pretty high off the ground.  Might make it a bit precarious.

[7/28/2014 1:16:38 AM] Josie: I'm sure we could manage. But I *suppose* we could use the couch instead.

[7/28/2014 1:20:08 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  The couch is pretty comfy.

[7/28/2014 1:21:12 AM] Rycroft: And it is!

[7/28/2014 1:21:45 AM] Josie: Josie does unspeakable things with him on the couch.

[7/28/2014 1:23:27 AM] Rycroft: Afterwards, he gets some coffee!

[7/28/2014 1:23:58 AM] Josie: Josie sips it, grabbing one of the other blankets and snuggling up a bit.

[7/28/2014 1:25:24 AM] Rycroft: And some oatmeal raisin cookies.

[7/28/2014 1:26:13 AM] Josie: Mm. Do you preserve them with magic somehow? They still taste fresh.

[7/28/2014 1:26:40 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  My mother uses some special spices.

[7/28/2014 1:27:03 AM | Removed 1:27:41 AM] Josie: This message has been removed.

[7/28/2014 1:27:14 AM] Josie: ((I've forgotten what he's told her!))

[7/28/2014 1:27:24 AM] Rycroft: ((He told her all about his robomom.))

[7/28/2014 1:27:37 AM] Josie: Magic ones?

[7/28/2014 1:27:52 AM] Rycroft: Theo nods.  "Yeah.  Enchanted spices."

[7/28/2014 1:28:59 AM] Josie: Mmm.

[7/28/2014 1:29:09 AM] Josie: No wonder she bakes so much at a time.

[7/28/2014 1:30:13 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  She's been trying to mass produce the spices for over a decade.

[7/28/2014 1:30:49 AM] Josie: Hm. It might really help third-world countries.

[7/28/2014 1:32:54 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  That's the idea.  Unlike what your Mr. Stevenson thought.... we *do* try to make the world better.

[7/28/2014 1:33:37 AM] Josie: He thought I was practically a rapist.

[7/28/2014 1:35:43 AM] Rycroft: THeo:  YSome people aren't... well suited to this world.

[7/28/2014 1:37:43 AM] Josie: I don't want people to think that I go fishing into everybody's heads all the time. I don't.

[7/28/2014 1:39:30 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I know you don't.

[7/28/2014 1:40:44 AM] Josie: Good!

[7/28/2014 1:48:43 AM] Rycroft: Theo laughs.  "And Miss Burke doesn'ts eem to be worried about you.  Nor the new guy."

[7/28/2014 1:49:38 AM] Josie: I like the new guy.

[7/28/2014 1:52:05 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Good.

[7/28/2014 1:52:13 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Hughes offered me a job.

[7/28/2014 1:52:41 AM] Josie: You should ask for a bigger workbench. One with adjustable height.

[7/28/2014 1:53:12 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Why Dr. Black.  How scandalous.

[7/28/2014 1:54:17 AM] Josie: Dr. Crafter, I would advise that anyway. Yours is *full.*

[7/28/2014 1:54:20 AM] Josie: And more shelving might be nice.

[7/28/2014 1:59:54 AM] Rycroft: Theo nods.  "Yeah, that's true.  He told me I'd get a whole hangar to myself."

[7/28/2014 2:02:04 AM] Josie: A whole *hangar*?

[7/28/2014 2:05:37 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  That's what he said.  I mean, I don't expect a big one, but still!  Plenty of room.

[7/28/2014 2:06:40 AM] Josie: ... please don't take over the world.

[7/28/2014 2:07:38 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  That seems like such a hassle.

[7/28/2014 2:07:48 AM] Josie: I'm positive it would be.

[7/28/2014 2:08:25 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  For what dividends?

[7/28/2014 2:08:40 AM] Josie: Well, I'm sure you'd have eighty concubines and you'd forget all about me.

[7/28/2014 2:09:28 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Eighty does seem a bit excessive.  And I"m sure you'd make a great head concubine.

[7/28/2014 2:11:12 AM] Josie: Would you let me whip them into shape?

[7/28/2014 2:11:46 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  That's the head concubine's job, isn't it?

[7/28/2014 2:11:51 AM] Josie: Josie snrks.

[7/28/2014 2:13:31 AM] Rycroft: THeo:  But all the same, I think I'll stick to not world-ruling.

[7/28/2014 2:16:05 AM] Josie: You're sweeter this way. I'd hate to see you corrupted.

[7/28/2014 2:16:34 AM] Rycroft: Theo smiles.  "Same to you."

[7/28/2014 2:20:20 AM] Josie: ... a little late for me, I'm afraid.

[7/28/2014 2:21:51 AM] Rycroft: Theo frowns.  "You're not corrupted."

[7/28/2014 2:22:12 AM] Josie: I just seduced you into having sex on your couch!

[7/28/2014 2:22:54 AM] Josie: I'm not even sorry!

[7/28/2014 2:23:37 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Why would you be sorry?  Besides, I starting kissing you, I think *I* seduced you that time.

[7/28/2014 2:24:00 AM] Josie: But even if that's true I *let* you.

[7/28/2014 2:26:13 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I'm not sorry.

[7/28/2014 2:26:48 AM | Edited 2:26:58 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  And if you seduced me, I let you, as well.  No one is at fault here, or both of us are, so effectively, neither of us are.

[7/28/2014 2:28:35 AM] Josie: ... I hope *I'm* not corrupting you.

[7/28/2014 2:30:32 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I'm not exactly a saint, Josie.  I'm a person, just like you.  We've all done good things and bad things.

[7/28/2014 2:33:22 AM] Josie: Mmm.

[7/28/2014 2:37:32 AM] Rycroft: Theo:   I figure are long as we keep trying to make sure the good things outnumber the bad things, we're good.

[7/28/2014 2:44:56 AM] Josie: I've done a lot of bad things, Theo.

[7/28/2014 2:46:28 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I've killed people.

[7/28/2014 2:48:05 AM] Josie: You've killed people who needed to be killed.

[7/28/2014 2:49:01 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  How do you know?

[7/28/2014 2:50:54 AM] Josie: Am I wrong?

[7/28/2014 2:52:19 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Self defense.  And defense of others.   Didn't mean that the people I killed didn't have lives, families, hopes...

[7/28/2014 2:52:46 AM] Josie: Well then. As I said.

[7/28/2014 2:57:00 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  You're not a bad person.

[7/28/2014 2:57:08 AM] Josie: How do you know?

[7/28/2014 2:58:27 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I might not be a telepath, but I'm not a bad judge of character.

[7/28/2014 2:58:56 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  A bad person doesn't spend so much time worrying if she's a bad person.  Or warning others that she's a bad person.

[7/28/2014 2:59:19 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... trust me on this.  I know from evil, corrupt, and bad people.

[7/28/2014 3:01:21 AM] Josie: But you don't know me.

[7/28/2014 3:01:38 AM] Josie: Josie hugs him again, face away from his.

[7/28/2014 3:03:19 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... I'm not a naive person, Josie.  I know what I'm talking bout here.

[7/28/2014 3:08:49 AM] Josie: Mm. I told you this was a mistake. I'm still not sorry, though.

[7/28/2014 3:09:14 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  It wasn't a mistake.

[7/28/2014 3:10:44 AM] Josie: Josie doesn't really answer.

[7/28/2014 3:12:27 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Not for me, anyway.  I am exceedingly pleased this happened.

[7/28/2014 3:14:38 AM] Josie: I am too.

[7/28/2014 3:17:31 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... just don't keep pushing me away emotionally until I withdraw, dejected and heartbroken, thus proving your assertion that this was a mistake accurate.  Okay?

[7/28/2014 3:19:18 AM] Josie: .... I'll try not to push you away that hard.

[7/28/2014 3:22:24 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I don't like that trope in movies and books.  And self-fulfilling prophecies are the *worst*.

[7/28/2014 3:23:14 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  ... this comes from a guy who has been both the 'Chosen One' and the 'Son of the Sun' in the past.  It's obnoxious.

[7/28/2014 3:24:07 AM] Josie: ... you wouldn't *really* break your heart. We haven't even known each other for a week. That's just silly.

[7/28/2014 3:25:05 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  True.  But you take my meaning.

[7/28/2014 3:25:49 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Besides, who even knows what will make me spiral into a new career in villainy and insane science.

[7/28/2014 3:26:52 AM] Josie: Mad science.

[7/28/2014 3:27:25 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I already kind of brush against that genre of science.

[7/28/2014 3:29:45 AM] Josie: Because you use magic.

[7/28/2014 3:30:02 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  Yeah.

[7/28/2014 3:30:12 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  And I worked out a way to explode sunlight.

[7/28/2014 3:32:37 AM] Josie: Don't do that.

[7/28/2014 3:34:22 AM] Rycroft: Theo:  I wouldn't.  But it's not what you'd call 'rational science'.

[7/28/2014 3:36:56 AM] Josie: I like that.

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