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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #180 on: December 07, 2013, 02:22 »

There's a split second before you're on top of him, which gets stretched out long enough for the rational part of your mind to wonder I shouldn't be able to see the wood's markings through the rat's body and then you land. On nothing. The rat has vanished into thin air, fooling even the predator in you into thinking it was never there in the first place.

And then from outside the room, you hear Mellie's voice saying:
"Josie. Open up now, dear." It sounds fully composed, but you know you're in trouble, especially with nothing to show for your actions.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #181 on: December 08, 2013, 13:29 »

Both of you realize that, although you can't recall what it is you recognize in this man, he is highly out of place here; not just because of the smell, but he looks like someone who stepped in from an age gone by. Had you seen in a knight in full armor walk in, you'd have felt more or less the same.

The assumption about the lack of a bouncer appeared to be wrong: as Malachi approaches the bar, a humongous man steps in through the door on the right side of the bar, who - upon seeing the barkeep conversing with the stranger - approaches the bar as if he's getting ready to take part in the discussion. And he doesn't look like much of a talker.
You hear the barkeep muttering to the stranger:
"Look, I'll have Hugo hear take you outside and point you towards the yard entrance. We'll have a talk where it's nice and quiet." He exchanges a quick word with the muscled man, then says in a tone of voice that's just very slightly too loud to sound entirely natural: "Hugo, please escort this man outside."

Malachi paused.  Basic rule of life, never get in the bouncer's way.  They tend to punch first and ask questions later. 

The bouncer was big enough, a veritable Ox of a man.  There was little doubt that he could handle himself.  Even so, his instincts told him to be standing here so he he'd watched the proceeding.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #182 on: December 10, 2013, 01:32 »

The big guy leads the stranger to and through the door, all in a way that's much too polite to look very real. Few people appear to be noticing this, though. The bouncer proceeds to step outside with the man for a minute, but even with all the large windows it's hard to see what goes on there; the bottom halves are all stained-glass, and the duo are standing just outside the door, which further obscures them from vision.

The bouncer then steps back inside and, seeing he isn't needed at that particular point, takes position on a stool placed in the door's vicinity.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #183 on: December 11, 2013, 12:40 »

Thaddeus after taking a moment to soak in the spectacle is he says, "Well then, that was certainly interesting. That being said however, should we not get something to eat Mr. Day? I do not mean to be a bother but I am rather famished, and this is generally around the time I have my tea." He raises an eyebrow as he often does when posing an inquiry and looks to Mr. Day.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #184 on: December 11, 2013, 22:26 »

Returning to the table Malachi nodded.  "I agree, it's been a long day and fortifying ourselves seems wise."

With that he called the waitress back over and inquired as the available fare. 
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #185 on: December 12, 2013, 14:32 »

Josie jumps to her feet. A quick look around the room tells her it has not been improved by the rat-hunt. Tears of regret and frustration well up in her eyes as they turn back to their normal color. Checking her hands, she stands there for a second, wondering what to do. She has to open that door and  face the fact that she won't be able to explain herself properly. Her normal hands search the pocket of her apron till they close themselves around the key. The first tear hits the floor as she puts the key into the lock and makes it turn. The thought of Mrs. Feather discovering her secret makes her stomach turn, how could she have been so careless just seconds before. Now the rush of the hunt has gone she feels like using her powers here was an insult to the trust Mrs. Feather put in her. Angry at herself she quickly wipes the tears from her face with the apron and opens the door to face her proper punishment.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #186 on: December 14, 2013, 01:39 »

Just outside the room Mellie stands waiting, arms crossed and looking stern. "Is there anything you have to say for yourself?", she asks, and after two or three seconds you see her face trying not to contort itself as she realizes that, no, you are highly unlikely to say anything, especially at this point. She drops her arms with a sigh and says: "Oh, why do I have such a big soft spot for you, lass? Come on, in you go so you can explain to me what's going on." She ushers you through the door, takes a moment to survey the room - which, apart from the broken bedpan doesn't look all that bad - and then looks at you expectantly.

In the common room everything's back to normal. The guests are enjoying their drinks, dinners and conversation, and the waitress shortly returns to the table to inform Malachi and Thaddeus of the rather impressive range of dishes they can choose from, recommending the chef's carrot chowder.
While you are making up your mind, another new guest catches Malachi's eye as he walks past your table and towards the bar. It's Joshua, and although you two have never talked that much, both of you are aware of the other's reputation, and his gives you a respectful nod, only slightly tinged by the dark look he forever seems to wear.
To Thaddeus realizing that his chaperone generally seems to rub shoulders with dangerous looking character with aethertech implants can do no less than spark excitement.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #187 on: December 17, 2013, 23:12 »

Malachi nodded to Joshua and considered, he wasn't a superstitious individual but only a fool would ignore the signs that a storm was approaching.  The bounty hunter was a hard man, not necessarily a bad one but as often as not, people like him were load stone attracting the iron of discord into their orbit.  Add that to the strange man who was here earlier, something was going on and he began to doubt a quiet night was waiting for him.

When the waitress return he ordered the beef with yorkshire pudding and gravey, black bread with butter and vegetables. "Keep an eye on that one." He said to the boy, if we see some excitement here tonight, he'll be in the thick of it."

He waited until the food arrived to get to the meat of their converation. "Now tell me, what i it you're hoping I'll be able to do for you?" He asked.
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