[10/1/2013 9:25:03 PM] Felix: You are waiting with the shirtless German werewolf Frederick!
[10/1/2013 9:29:11 PM] Kate: ((Woot.))
[10/1/2013 9:30:06 PM] Kate: ... got other fish t'fry with you folks too, but, well... got to take care of the most important thing first.
[10/1/2013 9:30:17 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Fish to fry?
[10/1/2013 9:33:18 PM] Kate: Things to get done.
[10/1/2013 9:33:29 PM] Kate: ... don't wanna talk 'bout it 'til Eben's better.
[10/1/2013 9:34:03 PM] Felix: Frederick:  I'm still not good with all your American idioms.
[10/1/2013 9:34:12 PM] Kate: Somebody tried to murder 'im, that makes him a victim of a crime, an' I ain't makin' the crime worse by askin' too much of folks who don't got any kinda reason to help him anyhow.
[10/1/2013 9:34:26 PM] Kate: I can try to talk more proper if you want.
[10/1/2013 9:35:23 PM] Felix: Frederick:  I didn't mean yours.  I meant Americans in general.  And dont' worry about it.
[10/1/2013 9:38:14 PM] Kate: It's common politeness to try to be intelligible.
[10/1/2013 9:38:35 PM] Kate: Kate 's natural accent is actually quite a bit closer to "proper" than how she normally talks.
[10/1/2013 9:39:23 PM] Felix: Frederick:  I've only been in this country for six months or so.  And half of that was spent in the form of a wolf, so.
[10/1/2013 9:39:51 PM] Kate: How do you communicate that way? We've mostly been asking yes-and-no questions.
[10/1/2013 9:43:16 PM] Felix: Frederick:  It is an... instinctual ability.  We just can make ourselves understood to each other.
[10/1/2013 9:44:33 PM] Felix: Frederick:  A bit between pantomime and a true language.
[10/1/2013 9:46:13 PM] Kate: Uhuh.
[10/1/2013 9:46:24 PM] Kate: And how do you make yourself understood to people who *aren't*.
[10/1/2013 9:46:56 PM] Felix: Frederick:  We turn ourselves back into humans, generally.
[10/1/2013 9:48:15 PM] Felix: Frederick:  there are magics that allow communication, of course.
[10/1/2013 9:48:15 PM] Kate: ((Ahh! My cousin's wife gave birth! Now he has a son too!))
[10/1/2013 9:49:02 PM] Kate: Huh. Would anybody here be willing to teach me, do you think?
[10/1/2013 9:50:54 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Quite possibly.  I do not know myself, I am not generally gifted magically.  Some of the other werewolves are quite proficient in their own brand of magics.
[10/1/2013 9:53:07 PM] Felix: Frederick:  And given your status, if you do have the inclination to learn, I'm sure you can be taught.
[10/1/2013 9:53:47 PM] Kate: I don't have a status.
[10/1/2013 9:54:35 PM] Felix: Frederick:  You're engaged to a werewolf.
[10/1/2013 9:55:44 PM] Kate: Well, yes. I thought you meant... nevermind.
[10/1/2013 9:56:13 PM] Felix: He raises an eyebrow!
[10/1/2013 9:57:30 PM] Kate: It's not important.
[10/1/2013 9:57:41 PM] Kate: How did you end up here?
[10/1/2013 9:59:25 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Well.  That's a bit of a long story.  Maybe some other time.
[10/1/2013 10:00:18 PM] Felix: ((Brb.))
[10/1/2013 10:00:48 PM] Kate: You don't trust me. That's fair.
[10/1/2013 10:00:50 PM] Kate: Kate shrugs.
[10/1/2013 10:07:35 PM] Felix: (back!))
[10/1/2013 10:08:07 PM] Felix: Frederick nods.  "That's about it.  My apologies."
[10/1/2013 10:09:18 PM] Felix: Ebenezer emerges from the cave!
[10/1/2013 10:10:44 PM] Kate: Kate smiles at him and heads over to him!
[10/1/2013 10:12:18 PM] Felix: He's scratching his head. "That was... weird."
[10/1/2013 10:12:46 PM] Kate: What happened? What'd he say? What do you have to do?
[10/1/2013 10:12:59 PM] Kate: Kate is still talking like she's from New York! Which... she actually is!
[10/1/2013 10:13:36 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, for one, he never shifted out of his wolf form.  And I understood him perfectly.
[10/1/2013 10:14:17 PM] Kate: Kate nods. "Mr. Frederick said that's the way it works."
[10/1/2013 10:16:51 PM] Felix: Ebenezer glances at the german!  "Well.  I explained my situation.  THat I'm dying of poison.  But before they can help me, they have to recognize me as part of the tribe.  Which involves, apparently, going to a cave about a mile from here and going inside and making it back out."
[10/1/2013 10:18:17 PM] Kate: Please tell me you don't have to go alone.
[10/1/2013 10:23:27 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  No, you can come with me, I asked.  I told him we were engaged.
[10/1/2013 10:23:44 PM] Felix: ((Still using the bathroom a lot, sorry.))
[10/1/2013 10:24:22 PM] Kate: ((it's okay!))
[10/1/2013 10:24:25 PM] Kate: Oh, thank goodness.
[10/1/2013 10:24:30 PM] Kate: Kate hugs him, smiling.
[10/1/2013 10:24:53 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Family is important to these people, so.
[10/1/2013 10:25:23 PM] Felix: EBenezer:  We'll go tomorrow, but until I do this, we're guests of the tribe.  We'll get a tent to sleep in.
[10/1/2013 10:26:40 PM] Kate: Oh, good.
[10/1/2013 10:26:59 PM] Kate: ... just one?
[10/1/2013 10:27:45 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Yeah.  Is that a problem?  I can sleep outside.
[10/1/2013 10:28:28 PM] Kate: No, that's all right.
[10/1/2013 10:33:10 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Good.  IT's this one over here.
[10/1/2013 10:33:19 PM] Felix: He leads you over to a medium-sized tent!
[10/1/2013 10:34:08 PM] Kate: Kate loads the stuff from Delphine into the tent!
[10/1/2013 10:34:32 PM] Kate: I'm really glad I can go with you, Eben.
[10/1/2013 10:35:05 PM] Felix: It's cozy!  The floor has a bunch of animal skins and wool piled up.
[10/1/2013 10:35:26 PM] Felix: ((Clearly made to be comfy no matter what shape an occupant is in.))
[10/1/2013 10:35:58 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Me too.  You're going to be my family.  Apparently 'potential mate' does carry some weight around here.
[10/1/2013 10:36:49 PM] Kate: Kate smiles.
[10/1/2013 10:37:05 PM] Kate: That's a nice thought. It's a shame we didn't bring a preacher, I guess?
[10/1/2013 10:38:50 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  The tent would have been really crowded, then.
[10/1/2013 10:41:02 PM] Kate: Kate grins and hugs him.
[10/1/2013 10:41:24 PM] Kate: Mr. Frederick said he was havin' a hard time understandin' me.
[10/1/2013 10:41:45 PM] Kate: Now what does bein' part of the tribe mean?
[10/1/2013 10:43:29 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Means that they'll help me with the poison.  They'll be obliged to help me in any way they need, and I'll do the same.
[10/1/2013 10:44:25 PM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/1/2013 10:44:34 PM] Kate: What's the catch?
[10/1/2013 10:46:18 PM] Felix: EBenezer:  Catch?  I don't think there are any union dues.
[10/1/2013 10:47:22 PM] Kate: What if they want you to kill somebody or somethin'?
[10/1/2013 10:53:36 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Then I'll say no.
[10/1/2013 10:54:18 PM] Kate: An' that'll be all right?
[10/1/2013 10:55:38 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I don't think they would ask me.  These people seem pretty hands on.  If they want someone's throat torn out, they'll likely take care of it themselves.
[10/1/2013 10:56:29 PM] Kate: ... ain't too sure that's a good thing, but I didn't make a secret outta bein' a marshal. They *know.*
[10/1/2013 10:57:53 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I also don't think they make a lot of assasinations out here.
[10/1/2013 10:58:50 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  ...what it comes down to is that this is the only way.  Apparently the poison isn't just attacking my body, it's attacking my spirit.  The damage to my body will fix itself once the spiritual damage is dealt with.
[10/1/2013 10:59:11 PM] Kate: Kate blinks.
[10/1/2013 10:59:22 PM] Kate: ... what kinda spiritual damage is it?
[10/1/2013 11:01:03 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I don't know.  It something about where 'the wolf joins with the man'.  Or something like that.
[10/1/2013 11:01:27 PM] Kate: ... you're still yourself, though, right?
[10/1/2013 11:01:46 PM] Kate: I mean, you won't change any, will ya?
[10/1/2013 11:03:01 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I don't think so.  Beyond not dying.  He said that the damage didn't have anything to do with my personality or brain or anything.
[10/1/2013 11:03:41 PM] Kate: Oh, good. Thank goodness.
[10/1/2013 11:05:14 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  And they'll be able to teach me to keep some trousers on when I change.
[10/1/2013 11:07:37 PM] Kate: Kate laughs.
[10/1/2013 11:07:54 PM] Kate: 'bout everybody in town'll be happy for that, I 'magine.
[10/1/2013 11:10:20 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Apparently they have their own kinds of magic that work by drawing on the energy we use to change.
[10/1/2013 11:21:25 PM] Kate: ((Back! Sorry, got distracted putting a load of dishes in.))
[10/1/2013 11:21:30 PM] Felix: ((No worries!))
[10/1/2013 11:21:32 PM] Kate: ... huh.
[10/1/2013 11:21:44 PM] Kate: It ain't too *much* energy, right?
[10/1/2013 11:22:36 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, it won't kill me any more than the magic tricks you've learned.  But I do have to wait until the poison is cured.
[10/1/2013 11:23:32 PM] Kate: Well yeah, otherwise you might *die*.
[10/1/2013 11:23:44 PM] Kate: ... goin' through the cave, what'd they say about that?
[10/1/2013 11:24:10 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  He wouldn't tell me anything.  Just that if I made it out, I could be part of the tribe if I wanted
[10/1/2013 11:25:58 PM] Kate: ... as long's you're allowed guns, an' as long as those guns *work.*
[10/1/2013 11:26:23 PM] Felix: Ebenezer: I can bring whatever I want with me.  I don't know that it's going to be a combat trial or anything.
[10/1/2013 11:28:38 PM] Kate: What kinda trial would it be, then?
[10/1/2013 11:28:53 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I don't know.
[10/1/2013 11:31:07 PM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/1/2013 11:31:23 PM] Kate: Well, nobody's killin' us an' they're gonna help you, so I'm happy.
[10/1/2013 11:31:35 PM] Kate: We'll get through the cave t'morrow an' that'll be that.
[10/1/2013 11:32:07 PM] Felix: Ebenezer nods.  "Right."  He sits down on the furs!  "This is pretty comfy.  Much better than bedrolls on the hard ground.
[10/1/2013 11:32:57 PM] Kate: Kate sits too.
[10/1/2013 11:33:13 PM] Kate: I b'lieve it. What time is it?
[10/1/2013 11:33:50 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Around eight or so?
[10/1/2013 11:38:31 PM] Kate: That's all?
[10/1/2013 11:38:35 PM] Kate: Feels like 'bout midnight.
[10/1/2013 11:38:36 PM] Kate: Kate yawns.
[10/1/2013 11:38:53 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, it's been a long day.
[10/1/2013 11:42:25 PM] Kate: Sure has been. ... hate to ask, but... is there anythin' to eat? Or should we just go on our own supplies s'more?
[10/1/2013 11:43:04 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Hmm.  I'll go ask.
[10/1/2013 11:43:05 PM] Kate: ((Apparently vaccine refusal *does* prompt outbreaks. Who knew! ... oh wait... everyone knew....))
[10/1/2013 11:43:15 PM] Kate: Kate nods, still smiling.
[10/1/2013 11:43:24 PM] Felix: He leaves teh tent!
[10/1/2013 11:45:30 PM] Kate: Kate waits for him, listening from inside the tent!
[10/1/2013 11:48:54 PM] Felix: He goes and chats a bit with Frederick!  You can't make out any words, but he comes back after a few minutes with two plates of food!
[10/1/2013 11:51:18 PM] Kate: Kate beams.
[10/1/2013 11:51:49 PM] Kate: They *are* feedin' us, huh?
[10/1/2013 11:52:23 PM] Felix: It's mostly meat!  Venison.
[10/1/2013 11:52:30 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  So they are.
[10/1/2013 11:55:58 PM] Kate: Good.
[10/1/2013 11:56:08 PM] Kate: Kate takes hers, and starts nibbling it. "How're they sure it ain't another person?"
[10/1/2013 11:56:24 PM] Kate: ((Sorry, I'm still back and forth cleaning. I have an infestation of tiny flies in my kitchen. :( ))
[10/1/2013 11:57:08 PM] Felix: ((eep!  That's okay.  I'm slowing down.  Still need to get my sleep schedule right.))  "What's another person?"
[10/2/2013 12:04:58 AM] Kate: ((I'm trying to clean them to death, but it's not worked so far. Probably because I'm a slob and I haven't managed to clean *enough.* But I've killed and got rid of a lot of them.))
[10/2/2013 12:05:09 AM] Kate: I mean... s'pose there's were-deer?
[10/2/2013 12:05:58 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Hmm.  I don't think there are any herbivorous were-creatures.  Scavengers, but no herbivores.  No prey animals.
[10/2/2013 12:06:28 AM] Kate: Oh. ... well, good.
[10/2/2013 12:07:40 AM] Kate: Kate devours her food.
[10/2/2013 12:07:55 AM] Kate: Hate bein' a guest. I feel like I should be doin' *somethin'.*
[10/2/2013 12:08:04 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, tomorrow.
[10/2/2013 12:09:07 AM] Kate: T'morrow.
[10/2/2013 12:09:36 AM] Kate: Kate finishes eating and then falls asleep right there, having had only two hours of sleep the previous night.
[10/2/2013 12:09:45 AM] Kate: Kate probably snores, too.

Kate probably wakes up eventually, hopefully with either no one, or with Eben.
[10/3/2013 10:15:03 PM] Felix: Eben is still sleeping when you wake up!
[10/3/2013 10:15:18 PM] Kate: Kate therefore cuddles up next to him and doesn't leave the tent!
[10/3/2013 10:21:18 PM] Felix: You hear Frederick through the skin of your tent!  "You awake?  We need to get going."
[10/3/2013 10:21:51 PM] Kate: Kate gently shakes Eben awake.
[10/3/2013 10:23:54 PM] Kate: Eben?
[10/3/2013 10:24:09 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Mmf?
[10/3/2013 10:24:31 PM] Kate: It's time to get up, darlin'.
[10/3/2013 10:24:49 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Right.  Right.
[10/3/2013 10:24:52 PM] Felix: He sits up.
[10/3/2013 10:25:05 PM] Felix: Frederick, through the tent:  We'll be leaving in about ten minutes.
[10/3/2013 10:25:18 PM] Kate: Shoot. All right.
[10/3/2013 10:25:34 PM] Felix: Frederick:  No food, no water.
[10/3/2013 10:25:53 PM] Kate: No bringin' it, you mean?
[10/3/2013 10:26:20 PM] Felix: Frederick:  No eating, no drinking, until you're done with the cave.
[10/3/2013 10:26:33 PM] Kate: Oh. All right.
[10/3/2013 10:26:35 PM] Kate: Kate sighs.
[10/3/2013 10:26:46 PM] Felix: ((NO COFFEE.))
[10/3/2013 10:27:02 PM] Kate: Eben, we gotta get this done so we can get some coffee.
[10/3/2013 10:27:17 PM] Felix: He nods, getting his clothes back in order.
[10/3/2013 10:28:15 PM] Kate: Kate puts her boots on and fixes her hair, grabbing her hat, too.
[10/3/2013 10:32:20 PM] Kate: You all right?
[10/3/2013 10:32:52 PM] Felix: EBenezer:  Yeah, I think so, are you?
[10/3/2013 10:33:47 PM] Kate: In 'bout an hour I'm gonna be cranky 'cause o' no coffee.
[10/3/2013 10:35:47 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, depends on whether or not we're being tormented by dragons.  Or whatever this test involves.
[10/3/2013 10:36:22 PM] Kate: If I'm bein' tormented by dragons I'm *still* gonna be mad without coffee.
[10/3/2013 10:36:28 PM] Kate: Kate kisses him on the cheek and yoinks him outside!
[10/3/2013 10:37:31 PM] Felix: Okay!  You find Frederick waiting for you.  "I'm to take you to the cave.  It's not a long walk from here."
[10/3/2013 10:38:11 PM] Kate: All right. There any other rules?
[10/3/2013 10:39:25 PM] Felix: Frederick:  No.  You goin in the cave.  If you make your way back here, you're part of the tribe.
[10/3/2013 10:40:31 PM] Kate: Eben, can you smell your way back t'here without changin'?
[10/3/2013 10:42:15 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Sure, easily.
[10/3/2013 10:42:24 PM] Felix: Frederick:  You're not going terribly far away, anyway.
[10/3/2013 10:44:13 PM] Kate: All right. Just makin' sure. I ain't... I'm not a tracker.
[10/3/2013 10:45:01 PM] Felix: Ebenezer gets Acadine saddled up!
[10/3/2013 10:46:19 PM] Kate: Kate saddles up Delphine, too.
[10/3/2013 10:47:36 PM] Felix: Frederick shifts into his wolf form and lopes off!
[10/3/2013 10:48:30 PM] Kate: Kate rides after him.
[10/3/2013 10:55:45 PM] Felix: So does Ebenezer!  You ride for about an hour.
[10/3/2013 10:56:07 PM] Felix: You get to the cave!  WHich is little more than a crack in the canyon wall.
[10/3/2013 10:56:14 PM] Felix: Frederick:  In there.
[10/3/2013 10:58:39 PM] Kate: All right. See you later. .... see if you can ... nevermind. C'mon, Eben.
[10/3/2013 11:03:11 PM] Felix: ((phone call, sorry.)) Frederick raises an eyebrow.  "See if I can what?"
[10/3/2013 11:04:02 PM] Kate: I was gonna ask if you'd be kind enough to get some coffee ready. But it'd be cooked over, prob'ly, by the time we get back.
[10/3/2013 11:05:41 PM] Felix: Frederick:  You get back, and there will be plenty of food and drink for you.
[10/3/2013 11:06:04 PM] Kate: Long's some of it is coffee.
[10/3/2013 11:10:59 PM] Kate: ((You is slloooooooow.))
[10/3/2013 11:14:14 PM] Kate: ((Still on the phone?))
[10/3/2013 11:14:56 PM] Felix: ((Yeah. off now, though.))
[10/3/2013 11:15:15 PM] Felix: Frederick:  I'll make sure there's coffee.
[10/3/2013 11:16:23 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Shall I walk your horses back?
[10/3/2013 11:16:37 PM] Felix: ((It is pretty desolate around here.))
[10/3/2013 11:17:17 PM] Kate: ((Woot!))
[10/3/2013 11:17:29 PM] Kate: ... yeah, I guess. Be good to 'em.
[10/3/2013 11:18:32 PM] Kate: Kate takes Eben's hand and steps into the cave!
[10/3/2013 11:19:26 PM] Felix: It's pretty tight.  You can fit through, but it's kind of a squeeze for Ebenezer!
[10/3/2013 11:19:49 PM] Felix: ((... Wennie just knocked over a wire shelf of dvds.))
[10/3/2013 11:19:58 PM] Kate: ((Naughty!))
[10/3/2013 11:20:17 PM] Kate: Kate still goes in! She's crazy like that.
[10/3/2013 11:24:30 PM] Felix: You go in, and after a couple of meters, it opens up.  It's pitch dark, though.  The indirect light from outside doesn't take you very far.
[10/3/2013 11:26:05 PM] Kate: Kate lights a match and looks for a torch or something.
[10/3/2013 11:28:19 PM] Felix: No torches!  Just cave walls, and a passage leading further in.
[10/3/2013 11:28:34 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I was expecting something.... different.
[10/3/2013 11:31:19 PM] Kate: Expectin' we'll see somethin' different further in.
[10/3/2013 11:31:22 PM] Kate: Kate keeps going!

[10/3/2013 11:53:28 PM] Felix: So does Kate keep lighting matches?
[10/3/2013 11:54:28 PM] Kate: Kate doesn't.
[10/3/2013 11:54:41 PM] Kate: Kate just starts inching forward carefully, hands out in front of her.
[10/3/2013 11:55:04 PM] Felix: You find the cave wall!  Ebenezer is right behind you.  "Smells like dead things in here."
[10/3/2013 11:58:20 PM] Kate: Ow. ... feels like that's all the further it goes.
[10/3/2013 11:59:12 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Something smells weird.
[10/3/2013 11:59:24 PM] Felix: You put your fingers in something goopy!
[10/3/2013 11:59:42 PM] Kate: ... the hell's that?
[10/3/2013 11:59:49 PM] Felix: ((And this is a bowl of eyeballlllllllls....))
[10/4/2013 12:01:25 AM] Kate: ((Weres and their immature hazing rituals.))
[10/4/2013 12:01:38 AM] Felix: Your fingers start getting all tingly!
[10/4/2013 12:02:22 AM] Kate: ... my hands feel weird, Eben. Eben?
[10/4/2013 12:02:55 AM] Felix: No answer!
[10/4/2013 12:03:39 AM] Kate: Eben!
[10/4/2013 12:03:44 AM] Kate: Kate lights another match!
[10/4/2013 12:05:17 AM] Felix: You hear a voice!  "You sure you wanna do that?  You dont' know what that is all over your hand."
[10/4/2013 12:06:01 AM] Kate: That's what I *wanna* know. Who're you?
[10/4/2013 12:07:35 AM] Felix: "Well, depends on what you expect to see."  The voice doesn't have a source, and you can't quite tell where exactly it's coming from.
[10/4/2013 12:09:02 AM] Kate: So you'll show up as whoever I expect?
[10/4/2013 12:09:44 AM] Felix: Voice:  Not quite.  Well, I will, but it won't be who you expect to expect.
[10/4/2013 12:11:19 AM] Kate: Then you ain't Fennick, an' you ain't Eben, an' you ain't my pa.
[10/4/2013 12:12:39 AM] Felix: Voice:  Maybe.  I'm jst saying that you don't really decide who I am consciously.
[10/4/2013 12:16:39 AM] Kate: Kate lights the match and looks!
[10/4/2013 12:17:54 AM] Felix: You look down and see Ebenezer and yourself unconscious on the floor of the cave!
[10/4/2013 12:18:03 AM] Felix: And there's no one else there.
[10/4/2013 12:18:54 AM] Kate: ... huh.
[10/4/2013 12:19:00 AM] Kate: Guess it's an outta-body kinda thing.
[10/4/2013 12:22:57 AM] Felix: You can see a bit better now!  The cave wall is covered with this green slimy stuff.
[10/4/2013 12:23:27 AM] Kate: Kate touches it.
[10/4/2013 12:23:50 AM] Felix: Your hand goes through the wall!
[10/4/2013 12:25:18 AM] Kate: Kate steps in.
[10/4/2013 12:27:34 AM] Felix: You are super high up in the sky suddenly!  Super high.  Just standin there.
[10/4/2013 12:30:07 AM] Kate: Kate blinks.
[10/4/2013 12:30:17 AM] Kate: Kate checks to see if she has wings or anything.
[10/4/2013 12:31:46 AM] Felix: Nope!  You are just standing in the sky.  You *think* you're standing over NEw York state.
[10/4/2013 12:32:08 AM] Kate: ... looks like home.
[10/4/2013 12:32:44 AM] Felix: Pretty far above home!
[10/4/2013 12:35:03 AM] Kate: Kate tries to work out a way to get down without plummeting.
[10/4/2013 12:35:35 AM] Felix: Once you think about going down, you start descending.  QUickly, but shy of a plummet.
[10/4/2013 12:37:21 AM] Kate: Kate goes to find her house!
[10/4/2013 12:37:50 AM] Felix: Woosh!  You're in front of your house.
[10/4/2013 12:38:47 AM] Kate: Kate knocks.
[10/4/2013 12:44:49 AM] Felix: Your hand goes through the door!
[10/4/2013 12:45:14 AM] Felix: ((Sorry, getting ready for bed so i can lay down with my laptop.))
[10/4/2013 12:47:12 AM] Kate: Kate steps in.
[10/4/2013 12:50:57 AM] Felix: It's just as you remember it!  Down to every detail.  Your mom isn't around, though.
[10/4/2013 12:51:59 AM] Kate: Ma?
[10/4/2013 12:52:07 AM] Kate: Kate doesn't expect to find her, but goes to every room anyway!
[10/4/2013 12:53:01 AM] Felix: It's as you remember it the last time you were here.
[10/4/2013 12:54:57 AM] Kate: ... anybody?
[10/4/2013 12:55:51 AM] Felix: Empty!  Except for a cat that watches you sittin on the kitchen table.
[10/4/2013 12:57:36 AM] Kate: Hey, cat. Don't remember you bein' here before.
[10/4/2013 12:57:54 AM] Kate: ... though I expect ma might like a cat on her lap from time to time.
[10/4/2013 12:57:56 AM] Felix: Cat:  Meow.
[10/4/2013 12:58:59 AM] Kate: Kate offers her hand to the cat to sniff.
[10/4/2013 12:59:59 AM] Felix: The cat, a grey tabby, sniffs at it.  "Mew."
[10/4/2013 1:00:24 AM] Kate: Kate tries to pet the cat, if it seems agreeable.
[10/4/2013 1:02:32 AM] Felix: He does!
[10/4/2013 1:02:40 AM] Felix: He purrs.
[10/4/2013 1:04:41 AM] Kate: Now, what're you doin' here, cat?
[10/4/2013 1:06:04 AM] Kate: You part o' my challenge somehow? or a friend?
[10/4/2013 1:10:01 AM] Felix: Cat:  Mew.
[10/4/2013 1:10:31 AM] Felix: ((Spirit cat is very helpful!))
[10/4/2013 1:11:10 AM] Felix: You hear humming!
[10/4/2013 1:11:32 AM] Kate: Kate looks for the hummer!
[10/4/2013 1:13:04 AM] Felix: It's your mom!
[10/4/2013 1:13:26 AM] Kate: Ma!
[10/4/2013 1:13:36 AM] Kate: Kate brightens and goes to hug her; she might go right through.
[10/4/2013 1:15:01 AM] Felix: Weirdly, you dont'!  You seem to materialize and are able to hug your mother without a problem.  She was holding a basket, but she puts it down!  "Kate!"
[10/4/2013 1:15:32 AM] Kate: Mama! ... don't know if you're real or not, or if this is a dream or what, but I'm real glad to see you anyhow. You been gettin' my letters?
[10/4/2013 1:16:25 AM] Felix: Mom:  Of course.  WHat are you doing here?   What do you mean, 'if this is a dream'?
[10/4/2013 1:16:40 AM] Kate: Well, it's a long story.
[10/4/2013 1:16:53 AM] Kate: Kate tries to talk more properly for her mother, who is a stickler about that.
[10/4/2013 1:17:07 AM] Kate: I got engaged.
[10/4/2013 1:17:48 AM] Felix: Mom:  ...what?  To who?  Is he here?
[10/4/2013 1:20:27 AM] Kate: Um, no, I think he's back in a cave near Wilde. So'm'I, I think.
[10/4/2013 1:22:07 AM] Felix: Mom:  ... what?  Is he a...
[10/4/2013 1:22:10 AM] Kate: You'll like 'im. He's a gentleman.
[10/4/2013 1:22:20 AM] Kate: From England.
[10/4/2013 1:23:10 AM] Felix: Mom:  Is he a... magical type?
[10/4/2013 1:23:39 AM] Kate: Werewolf.
[10/4/2013 1:24:01 AM] Felix: She blinks.  "... I'll make us some tea.  Werewolf, you say?"
[10/4/2013 1:24:40 AM] Kate: Yeah. Born werewolf.
[10/4/2013 1:25:05 AM] Felix: Mom:  As opposed to someone who just got bitten by one?
[10/4/2013 1:25:20 AM] Kate: So he don... doesn't go crazy or try to hurt folks, just turns into a big wolf once a month.
[10/4/2013 1:25:44 AM] Felix: Mom:  Well.  Tell mre more about him?
[10/4/2013 1:26:59 AM] Kate: He's called Ebenezer Dingo. He's a taxidermist.
[10/4/2013 1:27:27 AM] Kate: *Really* well-educated. He speaks a bunch of languages and he loves to read.
[10/4/2013 1:28:18 AM] Felix: Mom:  How did you meet?
[10/4/2013 1:29:48 AM] Kate: ... at a dance.
[10/4/2013 1:30:01 AM] Kate: Well, no. I guess we met the *first* time when he was helping me with a case.
[10/4/2013 1:30:12 AM] Felix: She goes about making some tea!
[10/4/2013 1:30:50 AM] Felix: Mom:  Ohh.  I'm guessing you mean that you didn't really get to know him until the dance you mentioned.
[10/4/2013 1:31:05 AM] Kate: That was when we talked more, yeah.
[10/4/2013 1:31:12 AM] Kate: I mean, yes.
[10/4/2013 1:31:30 AM] Kate: ... he likes being read to when he's wolf-shaped.
[10/4/2013 1:32:26 AM] Felix: Mom:  How long have you known him?
[10/4/2013 1:33:09 AM] Kate: Couple of weeks. I know it's not long.
[10/4/2013 1:33:28 AM] Felix: ((Well, folks had shorter courtships then.))
[10/4/2013 1:34:10 AM] Felix: Mom:  Well, no, but no other young man has ever made much of an impression on you.
[10/4/2013 1:34:29 AM] Kate: ((Some of them.))
[10/4/2013 1:34:47 AM] Kate: No.
[10/4/2013 1:34:55 AM] Kate: ... he doesn't mind what I have to do for work and all.
[10/4/2013 1:35:51 AM] Felix: Mom:  No?  He's a taxidermist?  That's unusual.
[10/4/2013 1:36:28 AM] Kate: Yes. His father's got money, but he doesn't. He *works.*
[10/4/2013 1:39:52 AM] Felix: Mom:   Taxidermist werewolf.  Named Dingo.
[10/4/2013 1:40:31 AM] Kate: Dingo's an assumed name.
[10/4/2013 1:40:49 AM] Kate: ... he doesn't like his father much, doesn't want to be associated with him.
[10/4/2013 1:41:12 AM] Felix: Mom:  Oh!  Well, that explains it.
[10/4/2013 1:43:51 AM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/4/2013 1:43:59 AM] Kate: I can understand *that.*
[10/4/2013 1:48:08 AM] Felix: Mom:  ... mmm.  Have you heard from him?
[10/4/2013 1:50:25 AM] Kate: Kate darkens.
[10/4/2013 1:50:30 AM] Kate: Of course not.
[10/4/2013 1:52:38 AM] Felix: Mom:  ... just wondering.  Here.  Have some tea.  The last letter I got from you talked about your initial impressions of Wilde.  What else has happened since you arrived there?
[10/4/2013 1:54:35 AM] Kate: Kate tells her all about Miss Marta and Miss Kiska, and all the other people in Wilde.

[10/4/2013 7:55:46 PM] Kate: Have you been getting the money I send?
[10/4/2013 7:57:01 PM] Felix: She smiles.  "I have.  I hope you're keeping enough for your needs, though."
[10/4/2013 7:57:41 PM] Kate: Of course.
[10/4/2013 7:57:46 PM] Kate: And I know you mostly don't need it anyway.
[10/4/2013 7:58:20 PM] Kate: But there's always a couple students, right? Who maybe could use a pair of shoes or something.
[10/4/2013 7:59:11 PM] Felix: Mom:  Of course.  And new books to buy... the money is very useful.
[10/4/2013 7:59:48 PM] Kate: Kate smiles.
[10/4/2013 8:00:45 PM] Kate: Exactly.
[10/4/2013 8:02:18 PM] Felix: Mom:  Well... how long are you here for?
[10/4/2013 8:02:56 PM] Kate: I don't know.
[10/4/2013 8:03:01 PM] Kate: And I don't know if I'm really here.
[10/4/2013 8:04:24 PM] Felix: Mom:  .... how do you mean?
[10/4/2013 8:05:00 PM] Kate: Well.
[10/4/2013 8:05:24 PM] Kate: It's a long story, but Eben got poisoned by a werewolf-hunter, and we're trying to get a group of werewolves to help him.
[10/4/2013 8:05:35 PM] Kate: Kate explains about the tribe of weres, and the cave.
[10/4/2013 8:06:09 PM] Felix: Mom:  so... you're not really here?
[10/4/2013 8:06:29 PM] Kate: I don't know. I don't think so.
[10/4/2013 8:07:05 PM] Felix: She pokes you!
[10/4/2013 8:07:13 PM] Kate: ...ow.
[10/4/2013 8:07:24 PM] Kate: But if I *am*, I don't know how I'm going to get back.
[10/4/2013 8:09:19 PM | Edited 8:09:44 PM] Felix: Mom:  Can you just... *will* yourself back?
[10/4/2013 8:09:50 PM] Kate: Maybe.
[10/4/2013 8:10:00 PM] Kate: I'm learning some magic.
[10/4/2013 8:10:30 PM] Felix: Mom:  From who?
[10/4/2013 8:11:33 PM] Kate: A man called Rufus Codex.
[10/4/2013 8:11:47 PM] Felix: Mom:  He's a teacher?
[10/4/2013 8:13:46 PM] Kate: Wizard, he says.
[10/4/2013 8:15:34 PM] Felix: Mom:  Oh.  Do you meet a lot of them out west?
[10/4/2013 8:16:41 PM] Kate: Nope.
[10/4/2013 8:16:52 PM] Kate: I think he's the only one. Some warlocks, but they're not pleasant.
[10/4/2013 8:17:39 PM] Felix: Mom:  It's just so strange.  There's nothing like that there... if it weren't for your father, I wouldn't believe in any of those things.
[10/4/2013 8:19:06 PM] Kate: Kate smiles.
[10/4/2013 8:19:11 PM] Kate: Yes, well. They're real.
[10/4/2013 8:20:57 PM] Felix: Mom:  And I'm going to have a werewolf for a son-in-law.
[10/4/2013 8:21:25 PM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/4/2013 8:21:37 PM] Kate: Might come in handy sometime.
[10/4/2013 8:22:09 PM] Felix: Mom:  Can't say I've ever actually needed a wolf.
[10/4/2013 8:23:06 PM] Kate: Well. He has a really good sense of smell, and he can cook.
[10/4/2013 8:26:47 PM] Felix: Mom:  Is that a trait unique to werewolves?  Are they known as exceptional cooks?  I really don't know.
[10/4/2013 8:27:37 PM] Kate: Nope, just Eben.
[10/4/2013 8:30:03 PM] Felix: She smiles!  "So, when am I going to meet him?"
[10/4/2013 8:33:35 PM] Kate: ... I don't know. I guess I could apply for a leave of absence for a couple of weeks, after I'm done with my assignment.
[10/4/2013 8:36:06 PM] Felix: Mom:  I could always meet you partway, too...
[10/4/2013 8:38:16 PM] Kate: I'll write to you about it.
[10/4/2013 8:40:12 PM] Felix: She smiles.  "But... he's poisoned?  Who would do that?"
[10/4/2013 8:40:54 PM] Kate: Some people don't like supernatural people. We'll find a way to cure him, don't worry about that.
[10/4/2013 8:41:01 PM] Kate: I'd better at least try to get back, mama.
[10/4/2013 8:41:12 PM] Kate: ... I love you.
[10/4/2013 8:42:43 PM] Felix: She stands.  "I love you too.  Give my regards to that man of yours.  Tell him I'm looking forward to meeting him."
[10/4/2013 8:44:27 PM] Kate: I will.
[10/4/2013 8:44:40 PM] Kate: Kate gives her a hug, and then concentrates on seeing Eben again, and being whereever he is!
[10/4/2013 8:45:40 PM] Felix: Your house fades out!  You fly back up into the sky, and get pulled back to the cave in Nevada!   Ebenezer is sitting on the cave floor, with your head in his lap.  "Kate!"
[10/4/2013 8:47:12 PM] Kate: Eben?
[10/4/2013 8:47:14 PM] Kate: Kate sits up.
[10/4/2013 8:54:38 PM] Felix: ((Sorry, had to clean up after the cat!))  He nods.  "Yeah.  I saw grandad.
[10/4/2013 8:55:28 PM] Kate: ((Oh gosh, what'd she do now?))
[10/4/2013 8:55:40 PM] Kate: I saw my ma. You think it was real?
[10/4/2013 8:57:29 PM] Felix: ((She just had some poop on her butt.))  "I don't know.  It felt real.  It was real to those people."  He lights a match and points out some corpses in one corner of the cave!
[10/4/2013 8:58:50 PM] Kate: ((Silly kitty!))
[10/4/2013 8:59:01 PM] Kate: ... let's get outta here.
[10/4/2013 8:59:17 PM] Kate: ... Eben? How're we gonna know if we ever really woke up?
[10/4/2013 8:59:44 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Sounds good.  I think I got knocked out by the scent.  I don't know, I feel awake.  Let's head back to the camp.
[10/4/2013 9:00:19 PM] Kate: I felt awake in the dream too.
[10/4/2013 9:00:28 PM] Kate: ((Argh, this is Star Trek: Generations.))
[10/4/2013 9:01:11 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well... what else can we do?
[10/4/2013 9:01:57 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I could pinch you.
[10/4/2013 9:03:23 PM] Kate: Kate concentrates again, and wills herself to wake up in the cave!
[10/4/2013 9:05:47 PM] Felix: Nothing happens!
[10/4/2013 9:06:59 PM] Kate: Well. All right.
[10/4/2013 9:07:13 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  .. you could always try your dowsing thing.
[10/4/2013 9:07:16 PM] Kate: ((If this all turns out to not be real I'm gonna be soooooo annoyed! ... that is if there's no way out of it.))
[10/4/2013 9:07:20 PM] Kate: ... true.
[10/4/2013 9:07:27 PM] Kate: Kate tries to slip into a trance and look around.
[10/4/2013 9:07:43 PM] Felix: You trance yourself!  Feels right.
[10/4/2013 9:08:55 PM] Kate: Kate looks around, willing herself to see any tells!
[10/4/2013 9:11:41 PM] Felix: You don't see anything that screams 'this is fake!'
[10/4/2013 9:12:15 PM] Kate: All right, let's go back.
[10/4/2013 9:12:38 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Think it's real?  You were out for a couple of hours.
[10/4/2013 9:14:07 PM] Kate: I hope so.
[10/4/2013 9:14:21 PM] Kate: Kate heads for the cave mouth in case this is one of those faerie tale things that happen in threes!
[10/4/2013 9:14:28 PM] Kate: Kate yoinks Eben with her, too!
[10/4/2013 9:15:21 PM] Felix: You head out!  It's a few hours later, you can tell by the sun.
[10/4/2013 9:16:00 PM] Kate: Kate checks... does she want coffee?
[10/4/2013 9:16:13 PM] Felix: Yep!  You still haven't had any.
[10/4/2013 9:18:10 PM] Kate: Well, I want coffee, so I reckon this is the real world. An' maybe they can cure you now.
[10/4/2013 9:18:33 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Here's hoping.
[10/4/2013 9:22:24 PM] Kate: Kate starts walking back with Eben.
[10/4/2013 9:22:29 PM] Kate: What'd your grampa say?
[10/4/2013 9:23:06 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I told him I was planning on getting married to an American girl. He approved.
[10/4/2013 9:26:11 PM] Kate: What'd you tell 'im about me?
[10/4/2013 9:27:12 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Pretty much everything except the half-fae stuff.
[10/4/2013 9:28:55 PM] Kate: He don't like fae?
[10/4/2013 9:29:53 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I really don't know.  I figured it wasn't my revelation to tell.
[10/4/2013 9:30:30 PM] Kate: Oh. Well, I told ma you're a werewolf. Seemed all right with the idea.
[10/4/2013 9:31:20 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, that's okay.  I told my grandad I was a werewolf.  I don't think he knew.
[10/4/2013 9:31:28 PM] Kate: Oh. What'd he say?
[10/4/2013 9:33:13 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  It was like a lot of things fell into place for him, I guess.
[10/4/2013 9:33:58 PM] Kate: He know anything about yer ma?
[10/4/2013 9:43:08 PM] Felix: ((Back!  I went to make popcorn.))
[10/4/2013 9:43:21 PM] Felix: ((And ended up washing my dishes.))
[10/4/2013 9:43:30 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  No, he didn't.
[10/4/2013 9:43:31 PM] Kate: ((That's okay, I got coffee and another scone!))
[10/4/2013 9:43:58 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Think it was real?
[10/4/2013 9:44:09 PM] Kate: ... I don't know.
[10/4/2013 9:44:27 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  What did you tell your mother about me?
[10/4/2013 9:46:25 PM] Kate: Just that you were a real educated gentleman from England, an' a taxidermist an' a werewolf, an' that you're a good cook.
[10/4/2013 9:48:44 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Am I?
[10/4/2013 9:48:56 PM] Kate: Well, yeah. Don't you think so?
[10/4/2013 9:49:27 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, I think I get by.
[10/4/2013 9:50:49 PM] Kate: Maybe I can take some cookin' lessons.
[10/4/2013 9:50:53 PM] Kate: Kate smiles.
[10/4/2013 9:51:43 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Why?  You have me to cook for you.
[10/4/2013 9:52:28 PM] Kate: We-ell. It's usually wives that cook an' clean an' do for their husbands.
[10/4/2013 9:52:39 PM] Kate: ... course, usually the wife ain't a marshal.
[10/4/2013 9:53:40 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  And usually the husband isn't a werewolf.  Im thinking that a lot of the normal 'rules' don't have to apply to us.
[10/4/2013 9:54:09 PM] Kate: Well I don't want folks sayin' I ain't takin' care of you right.
[10/4/2013 9:56:39 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I don't think that'll happen.
[10/4/2013 9:57:29 PM] Kate: Well... I don't mind you cookin' some if you want to. But a lesson or two wouldn't hurt me any.
[10/4/2013 9:57:48 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Well, that's true.
[10/4/2013 10:03:44 PM] Kate: Kate smiles.
[10/4/2013 10:03:58 PM] Kate: ((Back. Sorry. Ugh, I'm distracty today. Room escape games. >.<))
[10/4/2013 10:04:30 PM] Felix: ((Sokay!))
[10/4/2013 10:04:57 PM] Felix: You walk for about an hour and find your way back to the village, where they have a feast prepared!
[10/4/2013 10:06:01 PM] Kate: Coffee?
[10/4/2013 10:06:18 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Of course.
[10/4/2013 10:06:53 PM] Felix: He walks up and shakes Ebenezer's hand!  A bunch of other weres come over and welcome him as well.  A couple of the women give him sisterly kisses.
[10/4/2013 10:09:08 PM] Kate: Kate *eyes* them.
[10/4/2013 10:09:45 PM] Felix: Frederick comes over and shakes your hand.  "Good job.  Not everyone manages to come back."
[10/4/2013 10:10:26 PM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/4/2013 10:10:29 PM] Kate: I can see why.
[10/4/2013 10:11:09 PM] Kate: ... where's the coffee?
[10/4/2013 10:11:18 PM] Felix: He leads you over and pours you a cup!
[10/4/2013 10:11:37 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Of course not everyone has your deep abiding love of coffee, apparently.
[10/4/2013 10:16:51 PM] Kate: Thanks.
[10/4/2013 10:16:55 PM] Kate: Kate hands the first cup to Eben.
[10/4/2013 10:17:04 PM] Kate: I get headaches if I don't get some in the mornin', is all.
[10/4/2013 10:17:13 PM] Felix: He smiles.    "Thanks, Kate."
[10/4/2013 10:20:17 PM] Kate: Kate takes the second cup, though.
[10/4/2013 10:20:37 PM] Kate: I don't mean to sound ungrateful, Mr. Frederick, but...
[10/4/2013 10:20:40 PM] Felix: Ebenezer digs into some food, too.
[10/4/2013 10:20:49 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Yes?
[10/4/2013 10:21:19 PM] Kate: ... well, Eben's still livin' on borrowed time.
[10/4/2013 10:21:22 PM] Kate: ... an' I'm starvin'.
[10/4/2013 10:21:25 PM] Kate: Kate gets some foooooood.
[10/4/2013 10:24:53 PM] Felix: Frederick:  Right.  The poison.  That's up to the Old Man, but I'm sure you won't have to wait that long.
[10/4/2013 10:29:03 PM] Kate: Oh, good.
[10/4/2013 10:29:14 PM] Kate: Kate nibbles, looking around and noticing that people still aren't sure what to make of her!
[10/4/2013 10:29:41 PM] Felix: Yep!  But they seem a bit more welcoming now.  More folks come over to you and introduce themselves to you.
[10/4/2013 10:32:12 PM] Kate: Kate eats and chats with everyone, but keeps an eye on Eben and also, keeps an eye out for the Old Man.
[10/4/2013 10:32:29 PM] Felix: He's not ou tthere!  Apparently he sticks to the cave most of the time.
[10/4/2013 10:34:01 PM] Kate: Kate just stays sociable, then.
[10/4/2013 10:34:09 PM] Kate: Kate isn't mentioning the aerie until Eben is all cured.
[10/4/2013 10:35:14 PM] Felix: ((My stomach is bothering me again.  Bother.))
[10/4/2013 10:59:58 PM] Felix: You eat!  It's mostly meat.  ((Back.  Sorry.  -_- ))  Like, no veggies, no starches.  DINING WITH CARNIVORES.
[10/4/2013 11:02:33 PM] Kate: ((Woot. Poor thing.))
[10/4/2013 11:02:42 PM] Kate: Kate doesn't complain, but she longs for a potato.
[10/4/2013 11:13:26 PM] Felix: NO POTATOES.
[10/4/2013 11:13:54 PM] Felix: After awhile, a kid comes along, a little Indian girl.  She comes over to you and Ebenezer.  "He wants to see you.  Both of you."
[10/4/2013 11:16:11 PM] Kate: Oh, hey, that's wonderful.
[10/4/2013 11:16:25 PM] Kate: ... miss, you eat candy all right, or would it give you an ache in the belly?
[10/4/2013 11:16:43 PM] Felix: Girl:  ... you have candy?
[10/4/2013 11:17:25 PM] Kate: Lemon drops.
[10/4/2013 11:17:38 PM] Felix: Girl:  ... can I have one?
[10/4/2013 11:17:38 PM] Kate: Kate fishes them out of her pocket.
[10/4/2013 11:18:03 PM] Kate: Long's it won't make you sick. Eben, would one lemon drop hurt any? I seen you eatin' potatoes from time to time.
[10/4/2013 11:19:04 PM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I never have any problem with candy.
[10/4/2013 11:22:12 PM] Kate: Kate hands her three lemon drops.
[10/4/2013 11:22:27 PM] Felix: She grins!  "Thank you!"
[10/4/2013 11:24:11 PM] Kate: You're welcome.
[10/4/2013 11:24:13 PM] Kate: C'mon, Eben.
[10/4/2013 11:25:31 PM] Kate: Kate heads out to talk to the Old Man!
[10/4/2013 11:25:52 PM] Kate: ((Am I a bad person for wanting to see "Machete Kills"?))
[10/4/2013 11:26:03 PM] Kate: ((Felix needs to meet a chick with a machinegun bra.))
[10/4/2013 11:26:23 PM] Felix: ((Eep!))
[10/4/2013 11:27:10 PM] Felix: Yep, you go into the cave!  You go inside, and find an impossibly old man sitting there in front of a small fire.
[10/4/2013 11:36:37 PM] Kate: Sir.
[10/4/2013 11:38:32 PM] Felix: Old Man:  .... do I smell lemon drops?
[10/4/2013 11:40:38 PM] Kate: Sure, want some?
[10/4/2013 11:40:40 PM] Kate: Kate offers him a few.
[10/4/2013 11:41:20 PM] Felix: He smiles.  "Don't mind if I do.  He takes them, pops one in his mouth.   "We don't get a lot of candy out here, as you can imagine."
[10/4/2013 11:42:48 PM] Kate: Think I'd miss potatoes.
[10/4/2013 11:43:05 PM] Felix: Old Man:  Sit, sit, both of you.  Welcome.
[10/4/2013 11:43:10 PM] Felix: Ebenezer sits down.
[10/4/2013 11:43:18 PM] Kate: Kate sits too.
[10/4/2013 11:52:00 PM] Felix: Old Man:  I understand that congratulations are in order.
[10/4/2013 11:54:10 PM] Kate: Uh, I think Eben's part of the group  now, yeah.
[10/4/2013 11:54:40 PM] Felix: Old Man:  Well, you are too. Family is important to us, and you will be part of that family.  And we haven't met yet.
[10/4/2013 11:56:06 PM] Kate: Kate Candlemas.
[10/5/2013 12:11:26 AM] Felix: ((My internet went out!  Sorry.  :(  ))
[10/5/2013 12:11:36 AM] Felix: ((I cycled the modem.))
[10/5/2013 12:11:48 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Good to meet you.
[10/5/2013 12:15:04 AM] Kate: ((meep.))
[10/5/2013 12:15:10 AM] Kate: Nice to meet you too, sir.
[10/5/2013 12:15:14 AM] Kate: ... can you help 'im?
[10/5/2013 12:18:32 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Yes, I believe we can.  The poison he has.... normally our kind heal very well.  Poison has very little effect on us.  Unless it is extraordinarly deadly and fast acting, the worst that will happen is that we will become very sick for a short time as our system deals with it.
[10/5/2013 12:21:44 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Ebenezer's magical poison, though, has wounded a part of his spirit.  The part of his spirit that tells his physical body what it should be.  The spirit is wounded, the damage to the body never heals as it should.
[10/5/2013 12:22:39 AM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/5/2013 12:22:51 AM] Kate: I can see where that'd be the case. ... but how do we fix it?
[10/5/2013 12:24:19 AM] Felix: Old Man:  A quest.  You'll have to travel into Ebenezer's spirit to combat the poison where it's still active.
[10/5/2013 12:24:28 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  ... into my spirit?
[10/5/2013 12:24:33 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Yes.
[10/5/2013 12:24:48 AM] Kate: Together, right?
[10/5/2013 12:25:56 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Yes.... and no.  It's not something he could do alone.
[10/5/2013 12:26:08 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  ... it's not?
[10/5/2013 12:27:21 AM] Felix: Old Man:  No.  Normally another member of the tribe would go in.  But the strength of your connection to each other is quite a boon.  Wolves are not solitary creatures.
[10/5/2013 12:27:53 AM] Kate: Kate pokes Eben. "Toldja it wasn't good for ya to sit all alone three nights every month."
[10/5/2013 12:28:19 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  So... she goes into my spirit...
[10/5/2013 12:28:44 AM] Felix: Old Man:  And she tracks down and combats the poison.
[10/5/2013 12:30:27 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  What do I do in all of this:
[10/5/2013 12:31:18 AM | Edited 12:31:25 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Mostly you lie around.  You'll be able to guide her through your inner landscape, and lend her your strength when you need to.  But the actions will have to be hers.
[10/5/2013 12:36:21 AM] Kate: Well, when can we do it?
[10/5/2013 12:36:37 AM] Felix: Old Man:  The moon's not quite right yet.  Three days.
[10/5/2013 12:36:59 AM] Felix: Old Man:  It will take some time to prepare for the ritual anyway.
[10/5/2013 12:40:04 AM] Kate: ... what kinda preparin'?
[10/5/2013 12:41:15 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Gathering up the herbs, for one.
[10/5/2013 12:42:10 AM] Kate: Shoot, what're we gonna do for three days?
[10/5/2013 12:45:58 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Explore the canyon.  There's good hunting, and some hot springs if you're inclined.
[10/5/2013 12:49:14 AM] Kate: ... don't have a bathing costume.
[10/5/2013 12:49:16 AM] Kate: Kate turns red.
[10/5/2013 12:50:23 AM] Felix: ((Hooooot choooocolate.))
[10/5/2013 12:51:20 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Oh.  Hmm.  I see how that could be an issue.  You two aren't married.... and I'm guessing that's an issue where you come from?
[10/5/2013 12:54:10 AM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/5/2013 12:56:50 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Well, still.  You could bathe seperately if you wanted.
[10/5/2013 12:58:16 AM] Kate: ... don't suppose there *is* a priest handy.
[10/5/2013 12:59:09 AM] Felix: Old Man:  A christian priest?  No.  I could marry you, if you want.
[10/5/2013 1:00:35 AM] Kate: Kate surreptitiously eyes Eben to see what he thinks.
[10/5/2013 1:01:16 AM] Felix: He's eyeing you in the same way!
[10/5/2013 1:01:48 AM] Kate: Kate gives up being surreptitious.
[10/5/2013 1:01:58 AM] Kate: Shoot, I don't know, what d'you think, Eben?
[10/5/2013 1:04:43 AM] Felix: He's thoughtful.  "I... rather like the idea.  But I know you want to get married in a church."
[10/5/2013 1:08:35 AM] Kate: Well, way I reckon it we got to get married at *least* twice anyhow.
[10/5/2013 1:08:53 AM] Kate: 'cause Miss Marta'll murder me in my bed if she ain't there for it.
[10/5/2013 1:09:14 AM] Kate: An' my ma, she'll jus' be all *reproachful* in every. single. letter.
[10/5/2013 1:09:59 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  So... we can make it three times?
[10/5/2013 1:12:28 AM] Felix: Old Man:  ... to be honest, this would be the only marriage we recognize.  And Kate would be a full member of the tribe.
[10/5/2013 1:14:23 AM] Kate: ... you sure you want me any, Eben? Even though I'm not ... well, don't think I'm what most men think on when they think 'wife.'
[10/5/2013 1:20:23 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  I'm positive.  And who cares what most men think.
[10/5/2013 1:21:22 AM] Kate: ... three times it is, then, I guess.
[10/5/2013 1:22:26 AM] Felix: Old Man:  I'll perform the ceremony tonight, then.
[10/5/2013 1:23:10 AM] Kate: Kate nods.
[10/5/2013 1:23:17 AM] Kate: Long's he don't change his mind.
[10/5/2013 1:23:35 AM] Kate: ... lookin' forward to gettin' the wolf back, too.
[10/5/2013 1:23:42 AM] Kate: Kate hugs her wolf.
[10/5/2013 1:23:48 AM] Felix: Ebenezer:  Wasn't planning on it.
[10/5/2013 1:24:02 AM] Felix: Old Man:  Well.  All right.  I'll let the others know.
[10/5/2013 1:24:37 AM] Kate: Kate nods.