[5/27/2013 12:03:12 AM] Khiro: You ride!  There's a whole lotta nothing the first day, just like last time.

[5/27/2013 12:04:28 AM] Josie: Josie gets her pack together and goes to sleep! With her gun quite near!

[5/27/2013 12:05:54 AM] Khiro: Okay!  Gimme a rollllllllll.

[5/27/2013 12:08:57 AM] Josie: (devil)

[5/27/2013 12:09:11 AM] Josie: (( 6 ))

[5/27/2013 12:10:25 AM] Khiro: You're once again woken up by merry, pleasant piping!

[5/27/2013 12:12:07 AM] Josie: Josie shoots at it, and then charges it!

[5/27/2013 12:14:21 AM] Khiro: You charge it?

[5/27/2013 12:15:12 AM] Josie: Josie runs directly at it!

[5/27/2013 12:15:48 AM] Khiro: Takes you a minute to spot it, but it's standing on a rock, staring at you with those glowing eyes, and playing lively dance music.

[5/27/2013 12:16:18 AM] Josie: Josie runs at it!

[5/27/2013 12:17:06 AM] Khiro: The closer you get, the louder the music gets, like it's trying to burrow into your head.

[5/27/2013 12:17:55 AM] Josie: Josie screams to try to drown it out.

[5/27/2013 12:21:50 AM] Josie: Josie keeps charging! And probably shooting.

[5/27/2013 12:22:00 AM] Khiro: That seems to help!  Making noise of your own.  He's defintely trying to get you to dance, though, the bastard.

[5/27/2013 12:23:06 AM] Josie: Josie doesn't pay attention to it and keeps charging!

[5/27/2013 12:24:06 AM] Khiro: How close do you get!

[5/27/2013 12:24:08 AM] Khiro: ?

[5/27/2013 12:24:32 AM] Josie: Josie wants to shoot him from close!

[5/27/2013 12:24:49 AM] Khiro: How close is close?

[5/27/2013 12:25:03 AM] Josie: ((5 feet.))

[5/27/2013 12:25:49 AM] Khiro: Okay!  The closer you get, the louder the music is, but he doesn't conjure the dragonflies this time.

[5/27/2013 12:26:16 AM] Josie: Josie shoots him in the head!

[5/27/2013 12:28:09 AM] Khiro: Gimme a roll!

[5/27/2013 12:31:14 AM] Josie: (( 7 ))

[5/27/2013 12:35:17 AM] Khiro: You graze his temple!  Hard to get a bead on him since he's swaying back and forth, slowing the tune down to a slower, more languid tune.

[5/27/2013 12:36:49 AM] Josie: Josie shoots again!

[5/27/2013 12:38:40 AM] Khiro: You hit him that time!  His head gets blown off.

[5/27/2013 12:39:06 AM] Josie: Josie checks to see if he's still alive.

[5/27/2013 12:40:42 AM] Khiro: He has no head.

[5/27/2013 12:42:11 AM] Josie: (( it's not human.))

[5/27/2013 12:42:22 AM] Khiro: True!  But he

[5/27/2013 12:42:35 AM] Khiro: He's also not breathing, the corpse isn't moving.

[5/27/2013 12:42:59 AM] Josie: Josie checks the corpse for stuff!

[5/27/2013 12:49:26 AM] Khiro: He has a flute and is disturbingly naked.  He's a satyr, basically!

[5/27/2013 12:50:57 AM] Josie: Josie takes the flute!

[5/27/2013 12:53:04 AM] Khiro: It's a very nice flute, seems to be very well made, meticulously carved from wood with silver trim.

[5/27/2013 12:54:12 AM] Josie: Josie pockets it, and tries to cover up the corpse with some dirt or rocks.

[5/27/2013 12:55:07 AM] Khiro: Easy enough, that's all you can find around here!

[5/27/2013 12:56:35 AM] Josie: Josie then curls up and goes to sleep.

[5/27/2013 12:58:51 AM] Khiro: The rest of your sleep is uninterrupted.  Except for the weird dreams!  You dream that you're in Wilde again, outside the Imperial.  There are screams coming from inside, that go silent.  That same man from the previous dream walks out, impeccably neat and tidy excpet for the blood dripping from his hands.  HE looks at you and smiles a handsome some, and you hear someone behind you again, urging you to kill him!

[5/27/2013 12:59:32 AM] Josie: Josie tries!

[5/27/2013 1:00:32 AM] Khiro: Easy enough!  He dies and falls over, and you're filled with a sense of accomplishment.  This was the Right Thing To Do.

[5/27/2013 1:01:05 AM] Josie: Josie has a niggling doubt, but squashes it.

[5/27/2013 1:02:34 AM] Khiro: The Sheriff and Chalk come along, giving you smiles of approval and praise, and from there, the dream goes back into normal happy dream territory.

[5/27/2013 1:03:12 AM] Josie: Josie wakes up and checks to see if the corpse is still there in the morning.

[5/27/2013 1:10:23 AM] Khiro: It's where you buried it, yeah.

[5/27/2013 1:15:17 AM] Josie: Josie says a prayer, packs up and heads back to town.

[5/28/2013 7:13:35 PM] Khiro: Kate returns to Wilde.

[5/28/2013 7:15:27 PM] Josie: Josie goes to the sheriff's office!

[5/28/2013 7:15:56 PM] Khiro: He's in there, eating some lunch.

[5/28/2013 7:17:14 PM] Josie: Hey.

[5/28/2013 7:17:20 PM] Josie: Got my man; he's dead.

[5/28/2013 7:17:58 PM] Khiro: Statler:  You'll pardon me if I don't shed a tear.

[5/28/2013 7:18:27 PM] Josie: I didn't either.

[5/28/2013 7:18:39 PM] Josie: Also, think I might've solved one of your other problems.

[5/28/2013 7:18:41 PM] Josie: Josie holds up the flute.

[5/28/2013 7:19:39 PM] Khiro: he stares at it.  "What's that?"

[5/28/2013 7:20:36 PM] Josie: Satyr wanderin' around eatin' folks, maybe making them dance?

[5/28/2013 7:21:20 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Haven't heard about that.  But then, not a lot of folks on the trail from here to Dryknife, so.

[5/28/2013 7:24:39 PM] Josie: Hm. Might've been more their problem, yeah.

[5/28/2013 7:25:10 PM] Josie: Horse was real well-behaved. Going to get some sugar for her later.

[5/28/2013 7:25:56 PM] Khiro: Statler:  well, I'm sure she'd appreciate that.  How much longer you gonna be with us, then, marshal?

[5/28/2013 7:28:45 PM] Josie: Not too sure. I have to wire back yet, tell 'em I'm done, then wait for a new assignment.

[5/28/2013 7:28:56 PM] Josie: Probably won't be in your hair too much longer.

[5/28/2013 7:29:20 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Hell, it ain't no imposition havin' you here.

[5/28/2013 7:31:54 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Was mostly just askin' since we're havin a town festival in a few nights.

[5/28/2013 7:33:24 PM] Josie: Oh. ... not really the festive type, but if you want a night off yourself...

[5/28/2013 7:33:40 PM] Josie: Be happy to watch things for ya.

[5/28/2013 7:34:01 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Nah, but some of the townies get kinda rowdy.  Another official law-type wouldn't be bad to have around.

[5/28/2013 7:34:34 PM] Josie: Well, I'll ask for a couple days off. Got 'em coming anyway.

[5/28/2013 7:34:41 PM] Josie: Josie smiles, very very slightly.

[5/28/2013 7:38:28 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Much obliged.  I'll get Merrill to comp you a few more nights for the room.

[5/28/2013 7:41:04 PM] Josie: Josie nods.

[5/28/2013 7:41:07 PM] Josie: Any other news?

[5/28/2013 7:43:01 PM] Khiro: Statler:  No, nothing new, really.  Nice and quiet, just the way we like it.

[5/28/2013 7:43:17 PM] Josie: Good.

[5/28/2013 7:43:20 PM] Josie: What do you know about Viskav?

[5/28/2013 7:44:30 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Viskav?  He's dead, far as I know.  Used to pretty much run Wilde.  Had the mayor and the old sheriff in his pocket, and his hooks in every business.

[5/28/2013 7:48:33 PM] Josie: Demon?

[5/28/2013 7:49:00 PM] Khiro: STatler:  Not that I know of. Just a human scumbag.  Maybe a warlock.

[5/28/2013 7:51:33 PM] Josie: Hm. What'd he look like, you know?

[5/28/2013 7:54:03 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Hmm.  Not young, but not old, neither.  One a'them guys that you can't really tell.  Short hair, black.  Keept himself right tidy.

[5/28/2013 7:56:13 PM] Khiro: Statler:  European, from the old country, if the name weren't an indicator.

[5/28/2013 7:56:23 PM] Josie: Accent?

[5/28/2013 7:56:49 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Yes ma'am, but not real thick.

[5/28/2013 8:02:21 PM] Josie: Interesting.

[5/28/2013 8:02:41 PM] Khiro: STatler:  Why the interest?

[5/28/2013 8:03:17 PM] Josie: 'cause I've heard he's coming back.

[5/28/2013 8:03:33 PM] Khiro: Statler:  So he ain' dead?

[5/28/2013 8:06:06 PM] Josie: He might be. That doesn't stop everyone.

[5/28/2013 8:06:32 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Who'd you hear this from?

[5/28/2013 8:07:31 PM] Josie: Not the most reliable source.

[5/28/2013 8:08:46 PM] Josie: Josie shakes her head.

[5/28/2013 8:09:41 PM] Josie: I don't normally truck with supernatural anything, but I wish there was a wizard in town.

[5/28/2013 8:15:15 PM] Khiro: Statler shrugs.  "There's Walter.  No one right knows if he's a wizard, but he might be able to point you in the right direction."

[5/28/2013 8:15:47 PM] Josie: How do I get 'im to talk to me?

[5/28/2013 8:17:48 PM] Khiro: Statler is thoughtful.  "He's into all kinds of... what's the word.  Arcana."

[5/28/2013 8:18:22 PM] Josie: Hm. Might have an idea, then.

[5/28/2013 8:19:11 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Bit of a collector, too.  He might make an appearance at the festival, too.  He's the one that lays out the money for it.

[5/28/2013 8:20:31 PM] Josie: Town benefactor. How'd he get on with Viskav?

[5/28/2013 8:25:14 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Not well.  Walter kept to himself even more back then, though.  It wasn't till Viskav got driven out that Walter stepped in to pick up the slack that the loss of Viskav's money caused.

[5/28/2013 8:29:36 PM] Josie: Hm.

[5/28/2013 8:29:56 PM] Josie: Well. I got an idea on how to talk to him, if it doesn't work I'll try the festival.

[5/28/2013 8:30:07 PM] Josie: Got to wire back first, though. Anything else I should know about either of 'em?

[5/28/2013 8:30:39 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Not that I can think of.  I'll let you know if anything occurs.

[5/28/2013 8:32:22 PM] Josie: Josie nods.

[5/28/2013 8:32:30 PM] Josie: Might need to borrow your horse again, talk to Walter.

[5/28/2013 8:32:50 PM] Khiro: Statler:  Feel free.  She needs the exercise.

[5/28/2013 8:35:30 PM] Josie: Josie nods, and heads to the telegraph office.

[5/28/2013 8:45:55 PM] Khiro: Okay!  You head over.  There's no one behind the counter.

[5/28/2013 8:46:05 PM] Josie: ... hey?

[5/28/2013 8:49:42 PM] Josie: Anybody?

[5/28/2013 8:50:24 PM] Khiro: You hear a female voice from the back.  "Hang on!"

[5/28/2013 8:51:44 PM] Khiro: Voice:  ... I actually mean that literally!  Hang on to something!

[5/28/2013 8:52:42 PM] Josie: What?

[5/28/2013 8:52:46 PM] Josie: Josie grabs a countertop, though.

[5/28/2013 8:53:23 PM] Khiro: And nothing happens.

[5/28/2013 8:55:02 PM] Josie: ... ma'am?

[5/28/2013 8:55:32 PM] Khiro: Voice:  Well, shoot.  Thought that would work.

[5/28/2013 8:56:54 PM] Josie: Josie draws her gun.

[5/28/2013 8:57:03 PM] Josie: Shooting can be arranged. What's going on, ma'am?

[5/28/2013 9:00:08 PM] Khiro: A girl comes out of the back room.  Maybe mid-twenties, dark red hair cut unfashionably short, wearing goggles, face dirty with... somthing.  Maybe soot.  She lifts the goggles, and the cleaner skin around her eyes reveals blue eyes and freckles.

[5/28/2013 9:00:58 PM] Josie: Josie blinks, and puts the gun back.

[5/28/2013 9:02:56 PM] Khiro: Girl:  what can I do for you?

[5/28/2013 9:05:19 PM] Josie: Need to send a telegram east.

[5/28/2013 9:05:41 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Ah!  Great.

[5/28/2013 9:05:53 PM] Khiro: She grabs a book and a pen.  "What's the message?"

[5/28/2013 9:08:14 PM] Josie: ... well, you're gonna have to shorten it up for me, I'm on a budget.

[5/28/2013 9:08:56 PM] Khiro: Girl:  I'm pretty good at that.  Plus I've rigged my setup to use less energy than most telegraphs.  What's the message?

[5/28/2013 9:12:56 PM] Josie: Suspect confirmed dead. I may be compromised. Need a few days, investigating another crime. Send any information on a Viskav, operating from this area. Candlemas.

[5/28/2013 9:13:34 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Ooooooh.  Intrigue.  Where is this goin'?

[5/28/2013 9:14:23 PM] Josie: Josie tells her where the office is, and the proper superior to send it to.

[5/28/2013 9:15:27 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Okay.  I'll send it out.

[5/28/2013 9:16:44 PM] Josie: All that's confidential. Right?

[5/28/2013 9:16:55 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Of course.

[5/28/2013 9:18:13 PM] Josie: Good. What're you doin' back there, anyway?

[5/28/2013 9:19:19 PM] Khiro: Girl:  I like tinkering with stuff.  I'm building a magnet.

[5/28/2013 9:21:05 PM] Josie: ... how do you build a magnet?

[5/28/2013 9:24:17 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Well, I'm making a magnet better, I should say.  Running electricty through it.

[5/28/2013 9:27:18 PM] Josie: ... that makes it better?

[5/28/2013 9:27:26 PM] Josie: Josie ... knows absolutely nothing about science.

[5/28/2013 9:29:24 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Makes it more powerful, yeah.

[5/28/2013 9:32:01 PM] Josie: Huh.

[5/28/2013 9:32:10 PM] Josie: What would you do with a powerful magnet?

[5/28/2013 9:32:20 PM] Khiro: Girl:  .. I don't understand the question.

[5/28/2013 9:33:52 PM] Josie: Well, you want to make a powerful magnet. What for?

[5/28/2013 9:34:23 PM] Khiro: Girl:  ... to see if I can?

[5/28/2013 9:36:35 PM] Josie: ... huh. Good a reason's any, I guess.

[5/28/2013 9:37:07 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Truth is, we don't really get a lot of folk using the telegraph, so my days are pretty open.

[5/28/2013 9:38:26 PM] Josie: Nobody here sends word east?

[5/28/2013 9:38:52 PM] Khiro: Girl:  most of the people who live here don't really have anyone back east.

[5/28/2013 9:40:11 PM] Josie: How 'bout you?

[5/28/2013 9:41:32 PM] Khiro: Girl:  I do, sure.

[5/28/2013 9:42:28 PM] Josie: What's your name?

[5/28/2013 9:44:26 PM] Khiro: Girl:  Me?  Phoebe, Phoebe Crafter.

[5/28/2013 9:45:32 PM] Josie: Kate Candlemas, U.S. Marshal. I'm sure I'll be in again.

[5/28/2013 9:46:06 PM] Khiro: Phoebe:  Where are you staying?  I'll send word when I get a reply.

[5/28/2013 9:46:42 PM] Josie: The Imperial. ((I think?))

[5/28/2013 9:47:03 PM] Khiro: ((Yep.))

[5/28/2013 9:48:36 PM] Khiro: Phoebe:  Okay, I'll send word there.

[5/28/2013 9:49:58 PM] Josie: Thanks, Miss Crafter.

[5/28/2013 9:50:17 PM] Josie: Josie tips her hat out to him and heads to Walter's farm on the horse.

[5/28/2013 9:56:56 PM] Khiro: Okay!  the Rivers House is as forboding as the last time you saw it.

[5/28/2013 9:57:49 PM] Josie: Josie knocks.

[5/28/2013 10:01:10 PM] Khiro: You wait a few moments, and the door opens a crack.  "Yes?" Comes an impatient male voice from the darkness.

[5/28/2013 10:03:32 PM] Josie: ((What's his last name again?))

[5/28/2013 10:03:42 PM] Khiro: ((Rivers.))

[5/28/2013 10:03:54 PM] Josie: Need to talk to Mr. Rivers.

[5/28/2013 10:04:15 PM] Khiro: "Do you have an appointment?"

[5/28/2013 10:05:01 PM] Josie: Nope. I can wait if he's busy, but I did bring this.

[5/28/2013 10:05:04 PM] Josie: Josie holds up the flute.

[5/28/2013 10:13:53 PM] Khiro: ((Sorry, bathroom.))  The voice is silent for a long moment.  "Come in."

[5/28/2013 10:13:59 PM] Khiro: The door opens all the way!

[5/28/2013 10:15:22 PM] Josie: Josie steps in.

[5/28/2013 10:15:53 PM] Khiro: The foyer is empty, and dark.

[5/28/2013 10:16:09 PM] Josie: Josie looks around for Rivers.

[5/28/2013 10:17:23 PM] Khiro: There's no one there.  There's three doors off the foyer, and some stairs up.

[5/28/2013 10:17:47 PM] Josie: ... sir?

[5/28/2013 10:21:36 PM] Josie: Sir?

[5/28/2013 10:21:57 PM] Khiro: Your voice echoes in the foyer!

[5/28/2013 10:22:07 PM] Josie: Josie heads up the stairs.

[5/28/2013 10:24:35 PM] Khiro: You get up to the second floor, where there are a couple of doors, and a hallway with double doors at the end of it.

[5/28/2013 10:34:07 PM] Josie: Josie goes in!

[5/28/2013 10:39:19 PM] Khiro: (hold on)

[5/28/2013 11:07:06 PM] Khiro: Okay, back.  Had a minor freakout.

[5/28/2013 11:07:20 PM] Josie: ((What happened?))

[5/28/2013 11:08:32 PM] Khiro: Noticed my front door was open a bit, so I spent the last 20 minutes looking for Wennie.

[5/28/2013 11:08:59 PM] Josie: ((In your bed? I mean, I assume you found her...))

[5/28/2013 11:09:21 PM] Khiro: Yeah, she was hidden under the covers.

[5/28/2013 11:09:52 PM] Josie: ((Fiendish!))

[5/28/2013 11:14:20 PM] Josie: Sir?

[5/28/2013 11:15:56 PM] Khiro: Behind the double doors is a large library, dimly lit!

[5/28/2013 11:16:52 PM] Josie: Josie steps in.

[5/28/2013 11:16:53 PM] Josie: Sir?

[5/28/2013 11:19:20 PM] Josie: If you're in here, sir, I got to warn you, I have a habit of shooting folks who sneak up on me.

[5/28/2013 11:20:35 PM] Khiro: You hear a voice.  "I'm right over here."  The voice comes from behind a low bookshelf.

[5/28/2013 11:20:56 PM] Josie: Josie nods, and goes over there!

[5/28/2013 11:24:39 PM] Khiro: You spot a very small man sitting on the floor and reading a book!

[5/28/2013 11:25:13 PM] Josie: Hey. You Mr. Rivers?

[5/28/2013 11:25:35 PM] Khiro: Man:  that would be me.

[5/28/2013 11:25:45 PM] Josie: ((Describe hiiiim.))

[5/28/2013 11:26:20 PM] Khiro: ((Sorry,s till all rattled))

[5/28/2013 11:26:59 PM] Khiro: He's a small man, maybe in his fifities, in a very well made suit that he doesn't seem to take very good care of.  Silver hair, brown eyes, neatly trimmed beard.  Three feet tall.

[5/28/2013 11:27:52 PM] Josie: Hear you know something about magic.

[5/28/2013 11:28:29 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  Something.

[5/28/2013 11:30:06 PM] Josie: Know enough to tell me about a spell that's been done?

[5/28/2013 11:34:32 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  Let's see the flute, first.

[5/28/2013 11:34:53 PM] Josie: Josie hands it to him.

[5/28/2013 11:37:25 PM] Khiro: He takes it, and holds it up, comparing it to a picture in the book he was reading.  "Huh.  Okay, it's real."

[5/28/2013 11:37:36 PM] Khiro: He stands up and walks up to you.  "So what's this about a spell?"

[5/28/2013 11:39:02 PM] Josie: Of course it's real.

[5/28/2013 11:39:14 PM] Josie: I'm Marshal Kate Candlemas.

[5/28/2013 11:39:31 PM] Josie: Just killed a man and he might have put some things in my head before he went.

[5/28/2013 11:42:03 PM] Josie: Can you tell something like that?

[5/28/2013 11:43:46 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  yeah, I got something that could do that.  Follow me, miss.

[5/28/2013 11:44:13 PM | Edited 11:46:03 PM] Josie: Marshal, sir. Or Candlemas if you like.

[5/28/2013 11:45:17 PM] Khiro: He stares at you blankly for a moment, before continuing on to study off the main library room.

[5/28/2013 11:45:57 PM] Josie: Josie follows him.

[5/28/2013 11:47:12 PM] Khiro: He gets behind his desk, and takes out an ornate set of opera glasses, inspecting you through them.

[5/28/2013 11:47:30 PM] Khiro: ((Redoing my Andorian in Star Trek Online.))

[5/28/2013 11:48:57 PM] Josie: ((Still haven't started.))

[5/28/2013 11:49:04 PM] Josie: Josie stands there, waiting.

[5/28/2013 11:50:15 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  Hmmmmm.  Interesting.

[5/28/2013 11:50:27 PM] Josie: Meanin'?

[5/28/2013 11:50:50 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  You've got a geas on you, Miss Marshal Kate Candlemas.

[5/28/2013 11:51:47 PM] Josie: No "miss."

[5/28/2013 11:51:57 PM] Josie: What kind?

[5/28/2013 11:53:10 PM] Josie: Josie is trying to cover up the fact that her stomach just dropped right down into her feet.

[5/28/2013 11:55:16 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  A strong one.  Can't tell beyond that, No Miss Marshal Kate Candlemas.  Depends on what the wording of the geas was.

[5/28/2013 11:56:13 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  I'm thinking it was done by a dying warlock?

[5/28/2013 11:56:21 PM] Josie: Yes.

[5/28/2013 11:57:57 PM] Khiro: Rivers:  Yeah.  It's a lot like a death curse, where a magicker, dying, uses up the rest of their life force to put some extra oomph into a curse out of spite.

[5/28/2013 11:59:45 PM] Josie: No way to tell what it is?

[5/29/2013 12:01:06 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Not really.  I don't actually do magic myself.  I know a lot about it, have a lot of toys, but I don't have that spark.

[5/29/2013 12:02:44 AM] Josie: Hm. Know anyone who does?

[5/29/2013 12:03:20 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Hmm.  Maybe.

[5/29/2013 12:05:19 AM] Josie: Maybe?

[5/29/2013 12:08:16 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Well, wizards are extremely persnickity.

[5/29/2013 12:09:20 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  As you know.

[5/29/2013 12:10:58 AM] Josie: Yeah. Still, if there's one who could help...

[5/29/2013 12:11:13 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I can see if I can arrange a meeting, but I need something from you.

[5/29/2013 12:12:03 AM] Josie: What's that?

[5/29/2013 12:13:04 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  The town festival is in a few nights.

[5/29/2013 12:13:16 AM] Josie: Yes.

[5/29/2013 12:13:57 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I need you to go with me as my date.

[5/29/2013 12:14:18 AM] Josie: Josie blinks.

[5/29/2013 12:14:18 AM] Josie: What?

[5/29/2013 12:15:09 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I need you to go to the festival with me.  I have to make an appearance, and I'd like you to go with me.

[5/29/2013 12:16:29 AM] Josie: ... oh.

[5/29/2013 12:16:46 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I like your nose.

[5/29/2013 12:16:51 AM] Josie: ... what?

[5/29/2013 12:17:01 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I like it.  It's striking.

[5/29/2013 12:17:39 AM] Josie: Josie blinks.

[5/29/2013 12:17:56 AM] Josie: ... you just want me goin' with.

[5/29/2013 12:18:01 AM] Josie: Josie is probably blushing.

[5/29/2013 12:18:36 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  That's all.  Nothing more.

[5/29/2013 12:19:18 AM] Josie: ... not as a date.

[5/29/2013 12:19:54 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Whatever you want to call it.  I would like you to be my escort for the festivities.

[5/29/2013 12:20:19 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Do that, and I will get you a wizard.

[5/29/2013 12:21:44 AM] Josie: All right, but I'm on duty.

[5/29/2013 12:22:42 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Do you have a dress?  Probably not.  I'll send over a dress.

[5/29/2013 12:23:48 AM] Josie: ... I can't be on duty in a dress!

[5/29/2013 12:23:53 AM] Josie: Josie really *is* blushing now.

[5/29/2013 12:24:00 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Why not?

[5/29/2013 12:24:10 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  No one will expect it!

[5/29/2013 12:24:36 AM] Josie: Nobody'd *respect* me.

[5/29/2013 12:25:00 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  They will when you start beating people up in a dress.  Or shooting them.

[5/29/2013 12:26:15 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  However you do it.  i don't wanna tell you how to you do your job.

[5/29/2013 12:26:27 AM] Josie: Can't wear a dress.

[5/29/2013 12:26:33 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I'm just asking you to do it in a dress.

[5/29/2013 12:26:48 AM] Josie: I can't!

[5/29/2013 12:27:16 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Well, those are my terms!

[5/29/2013 12:27:29 AM] Josie: Josie takes a deep breath.

[5/29/2013 12:27:43 AM] Josie: Fine, then. Send it over. Don't know how you're gonna know how to get it to fit.

[5/29/2013 12:28:11 AM] Josie: Josie has a plan! ... she's actually going to get one of the girls from the brothel to help her put it on, because she literally doesn't know how to wear a dress anymore.

[5/29/2013 12:28:47 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Okay, will do.  And I'll get you an audience with a wizard and take care of all the details.

[5/29/2013 12:29:25 AM] Khiro: ((I love it when character generators have a 'save' option.))

[5/29/2013 12:30:42 AM] Josie: ((Agreeeeeed.))

[5/29/2013 12:31:11 AM] Josie: ... all right. Just so you know, if you touch me I'll shoot you.

[5/29/2013 12:31:33 AM] Khiro: Rivers wrinkles his nose.  "Why would I do that?"

[5/29/2013 12:32:16 AM] Khiro: ((Stance:  SWAGGER.))

[5/29/2013 12:33:50 AM] Josie: ((There's a SWAGGER stance? Ahahahah!))

[5/29/2013 12:33:56 AM] Josie: Good.

[5/29/2013 12:33:57 AM] Khiro: ((Yep.))

[5/29/2013 12:34:15 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I just don't want the townsfolk to think I'm weird.

[5/29/2013 12:34:59 AM] Josie: .... sir, you live outta town and don't talk to folk. That's why people think you're weird.

[5/29/2013 12:35:22 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Well, whatever the case!  I'll send over a dress.

[5/29/2013 12:36:44 AM] Josie: ... they like you well enough for what it's worth.

[5/29/2013 12:36:52 AM] Josie: You know anything about the Outrider? Or Outriders?

[5/29/2013 12:37:40 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  A little.

[5/29/2013 12:39:00 AM] Josie: What about 'em? They good, bad, or what?

[5/29/2013 12:39:52 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  In regards to what?

[5/29/2013 12:40:25 AM] Josie: The people around here. They helping the town or hurting it? They breaking any laws?

[5/29/2013 12:41:24 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  He keeps the monsters away.  The big ones out in the desert.

[5/29/2013 12:42:49 AM] Josie: There's big monsters out in the desert.

[5/29/2013 12:43:02 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Oh yeah.

[5/29/2013 12:44:09 AM] Josie: Heard you were a lot older than you look.

[5/29/2013 12:44:23 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Who said that?

[5/29/2013 12:46:21 AM] Josie: Can't remember. They said you were a hundred, one of the town's founders.

[5/29/2013 12:46:46 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Oh.  Well that's probably not true.

[5/29/2013 12:48:13 AM] Josie: Probably?

[5/29/2013 12:48:23 AM] Josie: Wouldn't be unlikely if you were fae-blooded.

[5/29/2013 12:48:42 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Well, I'm not.

[5/29/2013 12:50:20 AM] Josie: A hundred, a town founder, or fae-blooded?

[5/29/2013 12:50:52 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  One or both or all of those.

[5/29/2013 12:54:07 AM] Josie: Oh.

[5/29/2013 12:54:10 AM] Josie: Well, all right.

[5/29/2013 12:54:35 AM] Josie: ... stayin' at the Imperial if you got any more information for me, or... when you need to come get me, I guess. What do you know about Viskav?

[5/29/2013 12:55:39 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  Bad.  Bad bad bad.

[5/29/2013 12:56:27 AM] Josie: Warlock? Demon? One of the worse fae?

[5/29/2013 12:57:05 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I was never sure.  He was at least a magicker.

[5/29/2013 12:58:30 AM] Josie: Hm.

[5/29/2013 12:58:34 AM] Josie: All right, well.

[5/29/2013 12:58:46 AM] Josie: Thanks for your help. Keep the flute, just don't... do anything awful with it.

[5/29/2013 12:59:10 AM] Khiro: Rivers:  I don't even know how to play.

[5/29/2013 12:59:17 AM] Josie: Good.

[5/29/2013 12:59:26 AM] Josie: ... see you for the festival, I guess.

[5/29/2013 12:59:32 AM] Josie: Josie tips her hat and heads out.

[5/29/2013 1:00:03 AM] Josie: Josie is busily trying to squash the panicky part of her brain screaming "YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO WEAR A DRESS. YOU HAVE NO MATCHING SHOES. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO YOUR HAIR? YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT."

[5/29/2013 1:02:25 AM] Khiro: He waves dismissively, and seems to expect you to see yourself out!

[5/29/2013 1:02:28 AM] Khiro: And we'll leave it there.

[5/29/2013 1:02:33 AM] Khiro: TWIST.

Josie heads away from the Rivers residence, still flustered!

[5/31/2013 9:22:44 PM] Khiro: INdeed!

[5/31/2013 9:24:32 PM] Josie: Josie heads back to town, and the grocery store.

[5/31/2013 9:24:42 PM] Khiro: What are you looking for?

[5/31/2013 9:25:16 PM] Josie: Josie buys a handful of sugarcubes, and feeds two to the horse.

[5/31/2013 9:25:46 PM] Khiro: The horse eats them happily!

[5/31/2013 9:26:07 PM] Josie: ((Link me to your wiki again!))

[5/31/2013 9:26:49 PM] Khiro:

[5/31/2013 9:28:09 PM] Josie: Josie heads for the Lamplight!

[5/31/2013 9:30:38 PM] Khiro: All righty.  It's getting on the evening at this point, so there are a few more people going in and out of it.

[5/31/2013 9:30:51 PM] Josie: Josie takes a deep breath and heads in there.

[5/31/2013 9:34:09 PM] Khiro: It's very pleasant, as it was before.  Dimly lit, very comfy furniture, the sent of cigar smoke and incense.

[5/31/2013 9:34:23 PM] Josie: Josie looks for Miss Kiska.

[5/31/2013 9:34:50 PM] Khiro: There's a podium with a bell on it.

[5/31/2013 9:35:09 PM] Khiro: There's a couple of gentleman being entertained by girls.

[5/31/2013 9:35:50 PM] Josie: Josie rings the bell, and tries to avoid looking at anyone.

[5/31/2013 9:36:47 PM] Khiro: After a moment, Miss Kiska comes out.  "Oh, hello, Marshall.  Word is that Fennick the snake is dead.

[5/31/2013 9:37:07 PM] Josie: That's right.

[5/31/2013 9:37:45 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Well, good riddance.

[5/31/2013 9:38:35 PM] Josie: Don't disagree. Had a favor to ask, though, if you don't mind talkin' to me alone somewhere?

[5/31/2013 9:38:59 PM] Khiro: She shakes her head.  "Of course not.  This way."

[5/31/2013 9:39:56 PM] Khiro: She steps past a beaded curtain into a small office with a sofa and a small desk.  She takes a seat behind the desk  "Drink?"

[5/31/2013 9:40:14 PM] Josie: ... wouldn't mind one, for once.

[5/31/2013 9:40:21 PM] Josie: Josie is nervous.

[5/31/2013 9:40:57 PM] Khiro: She pours you some vodka, putting the glass in front of you.

[5/31/2013 9:41:35 PM] Josie: Josie drinks it, wincing a bit. "Hard to believe that was a potato once."

[5/31/2013 9:42:11 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Another?

[5/31/2013 9:43:08 PM] Josie: Better not.

[5/31/2013 9:43:11 PM] Josie: ... I got a problem.

[5/31/2013 9:43:35 PM] Josie: I was hoping you, or maybe one of the girls here, could help me out some.

[5/31/2013 9:43:53 PM] Josie: Josie ... probably does not know that she sounds like a lesbian soliciting a prostitute.

[5/31/2013 9:44:02 PM] Khiro: Kiska raises a perfectly sculpted eyebrow.  (I picture her as looking a bit like Charlize Theron, btw.)

[5/31/2013 9:44:40 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  No need to be shy, marshal.  You need a girl, that's what we do here.

[5/31/2013 9:45:21 PM] Josie: Josie relaxes a little bit.

[5/31/2013 9:45:41 PM] Josie: Yeah, that'd be about it. Somebody discreet, is all. Don't want to be the laughingstock of the whole town.

[5/31/2013 9:46:15 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Takes more than a girl liking girls to be a laughingstock here, in case you hadn't noticed.

[5/31/2013 9:46:59 PM] Josie: ... liking... oh, *hell* no. Not *that*! Not for *that*!

[5/31/2013 9:47:05 PM] Josie: Josie turns bright red again for the second time today.

[5/31/2013 9:47:24 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Oh!  My apologizes.  What do you need a girl for?

[5/31/2013 9:48:40 PM] Josie: Y'all got a town festival coming up in a few days. A man... asked me to go on to it with him and he wants me to wear a dress.

[5/31/2013 9:48:59 PM] Khiro: She looks you up and down.  "Ahhhh.  I see now."

[5/31/2013 9:49:29 PM] Josie: ... hoped it wasn't that obvious.

[5/31/2013 9:51:05 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  You're a marshal, you spend a lot of time on your own, riding and traveling.  Makes sense you don't have a lot of call to put on a dress.  Theyre not very practical out there.

[5/31/2013 9:51:52 PM] Josie: Well it's not likely to be a sensible workin' dress either.

[5/31/2013 9:53:12 PM] Josie: Reckon I could figure that out on my own.

[5/31/2013 9:53:49 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Right.  Well, we could help you out, of course.

[5/31/2013 9:55:42 PM] Josie: I'll pay for it, o' course. There's good money to be made for your folks on a night like that, can't countenance takin' it away.

[5/31/2013 9:57:02 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I'll ask around and have a girl sent to the Imperial on the afternoon of the festival.

[5/31/2013 9:57:44 PM] Josie: Somebody discreet, who won't talk 'bout it. Can't risk being a marshal who can't even *dress* herself.

[5/31/2013 9:58:05 PM] Khiro: She smiles.  "Don't worry, my girls are plenty discreet."

[5/31/2013 10:00:00 PM] Josie: I won't forget the favor, either.

[5/31/2013 10:00:26 PM] Khiro: Kiska: So, who's the lucky man?

[5/31/2013 10:01:11 PM] Josie: ... lucky?

[5/31/2013 10:01:14 PM] Josie: Josie is baffled.

[5/31/2013 10:02:13 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Who's your date?

[5/31/2013 10:02:48 PM] Josie: Ain't a real date, he just means to make fun, is all. Walter Rivers.

[5/31/2013 10:03:18 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Hmm.  Interesting.

[5/31/2013 10:03:28 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Why isn't it a real date?

[5/31/2013 10:03:48 PM] Josie: ... 'cause I'm on it.

[5/31/2013 10:05:04 PM] Josie: Might as well put a dress on a nanny goat.

[5/31/2013 10:10:37 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  ... you really take self-depreciating to a new level.

[5/31/2013 10:11:19 PM] Josie: He just means to take the wind outta my sails, that's all.

[5/31/2013 10:11:46 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I doubt it.  Rivers is an odd duck, but not mean.

[5/31/2013 10:12:28 PM] Josie: Don't think he means it to be *mean*. I can laugh at my own self too. You know him? What's he like?

[5/31/2013 10:14:38 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Like I said, odd.  You get to feeling that he doesn't really understand how to interact with regular folks.

[5/31/2013 10:16:07 PM] Josie: He reliable otherwise? Keep his word when he makes a bargain?

[5/31/2013 10:16:29 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Oh, yeah.

[5/31/2013 10:17:49 PM] Josie: Then it don't matter if the dress is pink and has one o' those silly bustles on it.

[5/31/2013 10:18:51 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  So it's a bargain you made with him that has you going with him?

[5/31/2013 10:19:54 PM] Josie: Yeah. Nothin' bad, though. Just wearin' a dress. I warned him if he touches me, I'll shoot him.

[5/31/2013 10:22:29 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I don't much think Rivers likes girls, so you probably won't have to.

[5/31/2013 10:22:53 PM] Josie: Well, 'less he's respectful about it. Then I'd bring him here and leave 'em.

[5/31/2013 10:23:45 PM] Josie: Didn't seem unkind to me, either, and you folks got to eat too.

[5/31/2013 10:26:04 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  like I said, I'll send a girl over, she'll help you out.

[5/31/2013 10:26:41 PM] Josie: Thanks. ... see if you can find one of 'em was here when Viskav ran the town.

[5/31/2013 10:26:54 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  ...why?

[5/31/2013 10:27:36 PM] Josie: Got some questions on it. You can talk while you're... tuning ruffles or whatever it is, right?

[5/31/2013 10:28:41 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Of course.  Though most of the girls weren't around when he ran things.  the girls around when he was were mostly all strung out.

[5/31/2013 10:29:04 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  They either got clean and got out, or died.

[5/31/2013 10:29:24 PM] Josie: None of 'em left, huh?

[5/31/2013 10:29:50 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Just me.

[5/31/2013 10:30:25 PM] Josie: How come you didn't?

[5/31/2013 10:30:58 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I got clean, took over when we drove him out.

[5/31/2013 10:31:47 PM] Josie: How come?

[5/31/2013 10:32:23 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  How come what?

[5/31/2013 10:33:05 PM] Josie: You took over instead of leaving. I know this business is hard.

[5/31/2013 10:33:57 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  No where else to go.  And someone was gonna take over the Lamplight.  Figured it might as well be me.

[5/31/2013 10:35:01 PM] Josie: Seems like a nice place. ... tell me about Viskav, if you don't mind too much.

[5/31/2013 10:37:10 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  He was scum.  One of those men who's all polite, well-mannered, well-dressed, neat and clean at all times.  But you could tell there was something twisted in him, and not just by the way he ran the town.  He could keep the same pleasant smile on no matter if he was strolling through the town smelling a flower or cutting throats for his sacrifices.

[5/31/2013 10:37:42 PM] Josie: ... sacrifices.

[5/31/2013 10:38:17 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Yeah, he was a pretty potent warlock.

[5/31/2013 10:38:55 PM] Josie: Starting to really *dislike* them.

[5/31/2013 10:39:22 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  He taught all his lieutenants some black magic.

[5/31/2013 10:39:37 PM] Josie: Any of them left?

[5/31/2013 10:40:24 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I don't know, beyond Fennick.

[5/31/2013 10:41:13 PM] Josie: Fennick's dead.

[5/31/2013 10:41:44 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Right.  But beyond him, I don't know who else is left.

[5/31/2013 10:43:24 PM] Josie: How'd he die, Viskav?

[5/31/2013 10:44:12 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Word was, his men killed him after they got driven out of Wilde.

[5/31/2013 10:45:47 PM] Josie: Ever see the body?

[5/31/2013 10:46:03 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Me?  Of course not.

[5/31/2013 10:46:29 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  But ten years have gone by, and we haven't seen hide nor hair of him.

[5/31/2013 10:47:04 PM] Josie: Doesn't mean much. There's some places you can go where time doesn't run the same.

[5/31/2013 10:47:42 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I haven't seen him since he got driven out of town ten years ago.

[5/31/2013 10:47:49 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  That's what I know.

[5/31/2013 10:48:25 PM] Josie: Got a bad feeling he's gonna come back.

[5/31/2013 10:49:18 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Something Fennick said?

[5/31/2013 10:49:57 PM] Josie: Yeah. Some other things too.

[5/31/2013 10:50:18 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Well, that's unwelcome news.

[5/31/2013 10:50:55 PM] Josie: Have him declared dead officially.

[5/31/2013 10:51:02 PM] Josie: That way he wouldn't be able to take the place if he *did* come back.

[5/31/2013 10:51:31 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Not a problem, he never officially owned the place anyway.

[5/31/2013 10:52:24 PM] Josie: Figures, he'd like to keep his red right hand in his pocket.

[5/31/2013 10:55:48 PM] Khiro: She nods, pouring herself another glass.

[5/31/2013 10:56:40 PM] Josie: Well. You see anything indicates he might be comin' back you let me know.

[5/31/2013 10:56:43 PM] Josie: Anything I can do for you?

[5/31/2013 10:57:12 PM] Khiro: Kiska shrugs.  "I got everything I need, Marshal."

[5/31/2013 10:57:50 PM] Josie: 'cept a good laugh. Wait'll you see me in a dress.

[5/31/2013 10:58:57 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  I suspect you'll be surprised how well you clean up.

[5/31/2013 10:59:48 PM] Josie: Be surprised if I ever live it down. He even teased me 'bout my nose.

[5/31/2013 11:00:25 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  What did he say about it?

[5/31/2013 11:00:33 PM] Josie: Josie snorts.

[5/31/2013 11:00:36 PM] Josie: Said he *liked* it.

[5/31/2013 11:00:47 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  ...and?

[5/31/2013 11:01:07 PM] Josie: And what, that ain't enough?

[5/31/2013 11:01:22 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Maybe he just liked it?

[5/31/2013 11:02:40 PM] Josie: Ha.

[5/31/2013 11:06:44 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  You never know.

[5/31/2013 11:08:05 PM] Josie: It's my nose.

[5/31/2013 11:08:14 PM] Josie: Where's that taxidermist stay when he ain't at the doctor's?

[5/31/2013 11:09:51 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Ebenezer?  He's got a shop on Western.  He's an odd one, too.

[5/31/2013 11:10:09 PM] Josie: Odd how?

[5/31/2013 11:13:13 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  He's a taxidermist who doesn't hunt, for one.  For two... well, you'll see when you get to his shop.

[5/31/2013 11:13:44 PM] Josie: Doesn't hunt? He come in here often?

[5/31/2013 11:14:27 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Never.

[5/31/2013 11:15:34 PM] Josie: Hm. Must be religious.

[5/31/2013 11:16:12 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Never goes to church, either.

[5/31/2013 11:16:59 PM] Josie: Hmm.

[5/31/2013 11:17:04 PM] Josie: Well. Thanks for your help, ma'am.

[5/31/2013 11:17:25 PM] Khiro: Kiska:  Of course, Marshal.  Hell, you killed Fennick.

[5/31/2013 11:17:34 PM] Khiro: Kiska: I probably owe you.

[5/31/2013 11:18:09 PM] Josie: Josie shakes her head.

[5/31/2013 11:18:23 PM] Josie: Don't you worry about that. It's my job. Besides, didn't kill him near quick enough.

[5/31/2013 11:18:32 PM] Josie: Josie nods her head to her, and heads to the taxidermy shop!

[5/31/2013 11:20:43 PM] Khiro: You find a small storefront next to the blacksmith's stable.  "Ebenezer's Stuffed Animals". Entering, you are greeted by a brown bear, wearing a bowler, a monocle, and smoking a pipe.  Or, with a pipe in his mouth, the smoking is implied.

[5/31/2013 11:21:53 PM] Josie: Josie frowns at it.

[5/31/2013 11:22:30 PM] Khiro: It stares at you, implacably!

[5/31/2013 11:22:55 PM] Khiro: It's not in a terribly ferocious pose, either.

[5/31/2013 11:23:18 PM] Josie: ... Mr. Dingo?

[5/31/2013 11:25:14 PM] Khiro: You hear a voice from the back.  "Yes?"

[5/31/2013 11:25:42 PM] Josie: Had a couple of questions for ya.

[5/31/2013 11:26:27 PM] Khiro: He pops up from behind the counter, wearing a leather apron and heavy gloves, which he starts pulling off.  "Ah, marshal.  What can I do for you?"

[5/31/2013 11:27:06 PM] Josie: Seen anything unusual lately?

[5/31/2013 11:27:39 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  No, not really.

[5/31/2013 11:28:28 PM] Josie: No animals been found where they don't belong, with wounds they shouldn't have, nothin' like that?

[5/31/2013 11:29:44 PM | Edited 11:30:19 PM] Khiro: He shakes his head.  "Not that I'm aware of.  Everything brought in to me just has the normal wounds.  Bullets, pellets, arrows."

[5/31/2013 11:30:33 PM] Josie: People too?

[5/31/2013 11:31:57 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Just the normal wounds.  Cuts and the like.

[5/31/2013 11:32:16 PM] Josie: What kind of cuts?

[5/31/2013 11:33:57 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer shrugs.  "Sloppy knife cuts, the usual type of thing.  The occasional wildcat mauling.  That's all I've seen, anyway."

[5/31/2013 11:35:37 PM | Edited 11:35:41 PM] Josie: Any fatalities?

[5/31/2013 11:36:13 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Around here?  Been awhile.

[5/31/2013 11:36:30 PM] Josie: 'part from the murder, how long?

[5/31/2013 11:37:16 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Oh, months.  Last fatality was a stupid hunter who got mauled by Sir Billingsly over there.

[5/31/2013 11:37:30 PM] Khiro: he points at the bear that greeted you upon entry.

[5/31/2013 11:38:00 PM] Josie: ... how come you don't hunt?

[5/31/2013 11:38:34 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Don't like killing animals.

[5/31/2013 11:39:11 PM] Josie: Just rippin' apart once they're dead?

[5/31/2013 11:39:47 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  The hunters do the skinning.  I just take the hides and mount them.

[5/31/2013 11:41:50 PM] Josie: Josie nods.

[5/31/2013 11:41:55 PM] Josie: Not much on hunting myself, either.

[5/31/2013 11:42:06 PM] Josie: ... you find something, anything, with a cut throat, you come to me, all right?

[5/31/2013 11:44:04 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  all right.  Why, you think some critter out there is cutting throats?

[5/31/2013 11:45:23 PM] Josie: ... not in so many words, no.

[5/31/2013 11:47:51 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Well, I'll let you know.

[5/31/2013 11:48:58 PM] Josie: Josie nods, and eyes the bear.

[5/31/2013 11:49:04 PM] Josie: ... reckon he had it coming.

[5/31/2013 11:50:20 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Guy who killed him told me to make him look 'impressive'.

[5/31/2013 11:50:59 PM] Josie: ... don't think that was what he had in mind.

[5/31/2013 11:51:26 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Guess we had different definitions of 'impressive'.

[5/31/2013 11:54:19 PM] Josie: Looks like he could take tea with the queen. Which ain't a small thing, for a bear.

[5/31/2013 11:54:40 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  See, that's what I was going for.

[5/31/2013 11:57:01 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  These hunters come in, wanting me to make these animals look all ferocious and deadly, and thus make themselves look ferocious and deadly, when usually the hunters sneak up on a critter while it's sleeping or eating and shoot it from a hundred feet away.

[5/31/2013 11:58:43 PM] Josie: How do you know?

[5/31/2013 11:59:35 PM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  I come from a long line of hunters.

[6/1/2013 12:02:09 AM] Josie: And you ain't one.

[6/1/2013 12:04:56 AM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Man comes in with the head of a deer he hunted up to feed his family or trade and asks me to mount that deer's head, I'll do it, no problem.  Marks the creature's sacrifice.  Man walks in with a bear he hunted up to make himself feel like a big alpha predator, well, all bets are off.

[6/1/2013 12:05:21 AM] Josie: How do you make any kinda money at all?

[6/1/2013 12:07:12 AM] Khiro: Ebenezer:  Most of the hunters around here are that first sort of hunter.  Plus I make a pretty penny curing hides.

[6/1/2013 12:09:45 AM] Josie: Josie nods.

[6/1/2013 12:09:48 AM] Josie: Well. See you at the festival.

[6/1/2013 12:10:01 AM] Khiro: Ebenezer nods.  "Sticking around that long?"

[6/1/2013 12:11:52 AM] Josie: Got some loose ends to tie up,.

[6/1/2013 12:12:09 AM] Josie: Josie tips her hat at him, and departs, heading to the post office, if it's still daylight!

[6/1/2013 12:12:29 AM] Khiro: It's pretty dark at this point.

[6/1/2013 12:13:14 AM] Josie: Josie realises she has not eaten in a long time, and heads back to the inn!

[6/1/2013 12:14:22 AM] Khiro: Okay!

[6/1/2013 12:14:35 AM] Josie: Josie listens for MUSIC outside.

[6/1/2013 12:24:57 AM] Khiro: There is music playing, and people singing.

[6/1/2013 12:25:21 AM] Josie: Josie glowers, and goes in anyway.

[6/1/2013 12:25:34 AM] Khiro: MERRIMENT!  HORRIBLE MERRIMENT.

[6/1/2013 12:25:48 AM] Josie: Josie hates it! She hates it sooooo.

[6/1/2013 12:29:05 AM] Josie: Josie looks for some food she can bring up to her room to eat.

[6/1/2013 12:29:47 AM] Khiro: You can order some food and bring it up!  No one's making you stay in the dining room.

[6/1/2013 12:30:34 AM] Josie: Josie orders it! And then goes upstairs, asking that they *deliver* it.

[6/1/2013 12:30:42 AM] Josie: Josie thinks: that way I don't have to listen to that racket.

[6/1/2013 12:30:59 AM] Khiro: Well, she can still hear it.

[6/1/2013 12:32:51 AM] Josie: Josie stuffs hankies in her ears!

[6/1/2013 12:35:16 AM] Khiro: That helps, kinda!

[6/1/2013 12:35:43 AM] Khiro: Though that makes it hard to hear when they knock on the door to bring your food.

[6/1/2013 12:36:04 AM] Josie: Josie is probably in her nightdress by now. Which has *no* complex undergarments associated!

[6/1/2013 12:36:38 AM] Khiro: Roll a d10!

[6/1/2013 12:37:35 AM] Josie: ((6!))

[6/1/2013 12:42:12 AM] Khiro: Again, you think you catch someone standing behind you in the mirror, in passing, but again, you're alone, and further study of your reflection reveals nothing.

[6/1/2013 12:45:03 AM] Josie: Josie frowns at it, and takes the kerchiefs out of her ears to listen.

[6/1/2013 12:45:32 AM] Khiro: Nothing!  But someone knocking at the door.

[6/1/2013 12:45:48 AM] Josie: Come in.

[6/1/2013 12:46:07 AM] Josie: Josie for some reason assumes it will not be a man. This is probably unwise.

[6/1/2013 12:47:14 AM] Khiro: It's a girl, with your food.

[6/1/2013 12:48:10 AM] Josie: Oh good. ... say... this place ain't haunted, is it?

[6/1/2013 12:49:19 AM] Khiro: Girl:  Haunted?  No, maam.

[6/1/2013 12:50:13 AM] Josie: You sure?

[6/1/2013 12:50:44 AM] Khiro: Girl:  I've never seen no ghosts here.

[6/1/2013 12:52:01 AM] Josie: All right. Thanks.

[6/1/2013 12:52:37 AM] Josie: Josie gives her a tip.

[6/1/2013 12:56:10 AM] Josie: Josie then, after she leaves, spends a moment staring into the mirror. ... at her nose.

[6/1/2013 1:10:24 AM] Khiro: it's a nose!  You can smell with it.

[6/1/2013 1:10:35 AM] Josie: ... same damn nose I always had.

[6/1/2013 1:10:37 AM] Josie: Josie shakes her head.

[6/1/2013 1:13:37 AM] Josie: Just pokin' fun, pure and simple.

[6/1/2013 1:13:44 AM] Josie: Josie glowers at the mirror. FUN. PAGH.