27th Dec 2019, 8:06 PM
Pet the cat

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Pet the cat
"Can I, uh... pet the cat?"

"Oh, yeah! That's Meatloaf." Cici replies. "Just don't feed him."

You lean down, extending your hand. The cat cautiously approaches you, sniffing at your fingers. "Why...? What happens if I feed him?"

"He gets fatter," Cici chuckles. The cat begins to rub up against your hand; you start to gently pet the cat.

Yesss.

Cici continues. "I feed him, and everybody that visits brings him snacks. Meatloaf's gettin' to be a little tubbers!"

He is, in fact, a cat with some heft. Befitting his name, he soon flops over and lets you pet his belly. "So..." You swallow dryly. The mayor. Holy shit. "What's the mayor like?"

"I heard she's kinda weird," Cici says. "I never met her, though."

"...She? Mayor Parsons is a woman?"

"Yup," says Cici with a nod. "I think a lot of people voted for her 'cuz she's different. Not JUST being a woman, but... eccentric. I hear that word a lot. Last mayor we had was an old white guy, and he was mayor forever and everybody was sick of his sh-- his stuff."

You smile a little. "I'm not gonna like... report you for cursing or anything."

"Oh, well--" Cici puts a little more sizzle on it, "Everybody was sick of his SHIT. Ms. Parsons came outta nowhere--like, for real nobody knew who she was--and just dunked on him. I heard it wasn't even close, but--well, you know how it is. I don't really keep up with politics."

"So she was elected... pretty recently...?"

"Oh, yeah," Cici replies, "Parsons became mayor maybe... I dunno, less than a year ago."

Well that's definitely not even more suspicious.

You continue to pet Meatloaf, but he holds no answers.



You finally change the subject. "What else is there to do in this town?"

"You find out, you let me know," Cici says with a grin. "I'm still gettin' used to actually HAVING time off and I have NO idea what I'm doing. All I got is working out too much. There's a gym and a shooting range if you don't mind seeing a bunch of cops."

That explains so much.

"...Have you ever heard of Biggest Shrug? I guess they're a local band...?" You ask while giving what is probably not the biggest shrug. "I saw an ad, and they're doing a concert in somebody's garage tonight."

"Never heard of 'em," Cici says. "I mostly just listen to Vernacular Montage... oh, and $tar. I would totally go to some random concert, though!"

You tell her the address and time of the garage concert.

Cici smiles. "Heck yeah! That's awesome. I gotta check that out." She puts her hands on her hips. She furrows her brow at the floor for a second.



"...I might know another place you'd dig, if you like a little danger."

You stand up straight to face her. Meatloaf makes a disgruntled cat noise at you. "...Oh?"

"The old library," she says. "See, the last mayor didn't take care of SHIT, so the old library fell apart. Well-- I mean--" She sort of vaguely motions to the room around you. "--This one isn't fairin' so hot either, but the last one, hoo boy. Most of the books were so water damaged, or eaten by moths and stuff, that this library's like half the size. Prob'ly smaller, even!"

"...So what's left?," you ask.

"Well," Cici begins, "The STORY goes that the last librarian was into some freaky stuff. I don't know what happened to her, either, I kinda tripped and fell into this gig. ANYWAY, the old library's been abandoned for like five years and now they say it's haunted or aliens visit it or SOMETHING crazy. When I started here I had people warning me to check behind furniture for pentagrams. I had one guy warnin' me about government bugs. No idea if any of it's true, but that place has got a history."

"...Huh. Alright." You give a small nod. "Thanks."

Could be nothing. Could be extremely relevant.

Cici smiles. "Just be sure to bring a weapon or something, 'cuz that's on the north edge of town and there's a bunch of animals out there."

"Oh."

She taps her head--or more specifically, she taps at her eyepatch. "That's how this happened! BIG ass mutant wolves."

"Oh."

"Yup."

Alright. That... changes the priority of that plan a bit, then. You take a breath. "So this library... does it have electronic records? ...And/or games?"

"Pfft, I wish!," Cici declares. "That computer there? I bought that. Last week. This place is in the stone age! Paperwork's a butt to deal with. I get paid good, though, and I'm not fighting any giant wolves." She gives a small shrug. Meatloaf hops up onto the front desk, and very briefly--but visibly, if only for an instant--struggles to stick the landing. Cici grins, cupping his chubby cheeks in her large hands. "Meatloaf's gettin' there, though--aren't you, ya little chunker? You're a little tubby kitty! Yes! You're a little fatty cat!"

She scoops him up into her massive arms and begins to sing to him about what a round cat he is. He does not seem to care, for she is rubbing his belly. You are in awe of Cici's confidence, but also her muscles.

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27th Dec 2019, 8:23 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
Mmmm... Thinking we put down in the "not quite immediately important" section of the To-do list: Ask Cici for help getting fit... or well, fitter. More for a wiry build than her tank one. Being physically stronger, faster, and more coordinated will only come in handy down the line.

's mostly on the reflexes and stamina to me though.
27th Dec 2019, 8:28 PM
Heroshima
+1, especially if we're eventually going to be avoiding dire wolves in old abandoned libraries.
27th Dec 2019, 8:28 PM
I agree that asking for some help getting fit would be a good idea, especially if it'll help with the dream stuff, but Plaire doesn't really strike me as the type to willingly ask an almost complete stranger for help with it. (then again, that might just be me projecting).
27th Dec 2019, 8:41 PM
Actually, this could help with stress levels too.
27th Dec 2019, 8:47 PM
pkrankow
Just ask, when is she at the gym and is it...um...noob friendly. We may pwn on games but yea. Noobish with workouts.
27th Dec 2019, 9:12 PM
Cheshire777
+1 and also shooting range couldn't hurt, especially if we get a gun. None of the monsters so far seem especially gun-vulnerable exept possibly the worm mace guy but we'll get there.
27th Dec 2019, 9:29 PM
+1 to looking into getting a gun and practicing at the shooting range. If there's giant mutant wolves in this world then who knows when firearms could come become useful? We might even run into some strapped baddies in the dream dungeon.
28th Dec 2019, 10:08 AM
Hari_Seldon
+1 to exercise at home (calisthenics? Cardio and bodyweight exercise?) if the gym is too scary. Cici might know how to exercise at home. +1 on shooting range and gun eventually.
29th Dec 2019, 5:06 PM
lil Joshu
Ask where we can buy the latest Mintendo Fitt series game?
28th Dec 2019, 11:34 AM
29th Dec 2019, 12:36 AM
FourString
+1 on this. Perhaps a workout session will make for a good bonding experience so that we might be able to invite Cici to join us on the inevitable haunted library quest?
27th Dec 2019, 8:23 PM
okay so that's a no on the games, and while we did get a lot of good info I don't think we'll really be getting anything else out of this. we should find a vending machine & get some lunch (because I just remembered that lunch is a thing that exists) or something, then head over to the game shop if we've got time before the concert. If not, just go ahead straight there.
27th Dec 2019, 8:28 PM
Well, we have a new friend to head to the concert with. Certainly beats going alone.
Next thing: if there's a shooting range, and there's the possibility that we may have to fight hostile mutant wildlife to check out that other library... what's the situation on weapon acquisition in this setting? Cost, licensing (for both wielder and weapon), laws surrounding their usage in city limits against mutant animals?
If nothing else, Plaire has a plausible excuse to procure a weapon that she can then bring to the dream dungeon.
27th Dec 2019, 9:30 PM
+1 to finding these things out
27th Dec 2019, 8:29 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
On a separate note, should do a general search on the supernatural once we get home. Might turn up some handy tidbits, might not. 's food for thought either way.

Sounds to me like that old library got used for some ritual gone wrong personally.
27th Dec 2019, 8:33 PM
So obviously the most fun and also safest way to visit the old library would be to invite Cici to come *with* us. :3 Dunno if Plaire is up to that just yet, but at some point it’s definitely an option.

For now, we need to come up with excuses to keep coming back to the library so we can get to know Cici and Meatloaf and Cici’s muscles better. Maybe borrow a book? Just a book about anything. But possibly a book about hauntings or the supernatural or something so it can be actually relevant to our life in addition to being an excuse to come back lol
27th Dec 2019, 8:48 PM
pkrankow
Maybe after getting trained up at the aforementioned gym. Sure drop the idea on Cici now. With humor.

Yes find a book. A cookbook for beginners. Good excuse to be almost social on a regular basis.
28th Dec 2019, 12:28 AM
I feel like a possibly-haunted library surrounded by mutant wolves would be *way* less scary for Plaire than a gym would be XD
28th Dec 2019, 10:06 AM
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28th Dec 2019, 3:26 PM
Maybe get a cat book/magazine. It'd be nice to have some reading material if we manage to survive another night of the nightmare dungeon and need to pass the time for our essence to drain away in a safe place.

Oh, and don't forget to get a library card.
27th Dec 2019, 9:59 PM
If Cici is looking for something to do, maybe we can show her some games. It should be easy for us to talk about, especially since we make videos about them. We can probably suggest some fun and cheap or free games that would run on her computer. It would be good for both of us. She can teach us to keep our body in shape, and we can help her take a break.
Also, we should ask her if she has a phone book so we can look up the mayor's first name and phone number.
27th Dec 2019, 10:16 PM
Also gives us more excuses to keep coming back. And +1 to Twyll's comment about getting a book.
27th Dec 2019, 11:11 PM
Obviously, the next step is to bow down and worship our new god
28th Dec 2019, 8:52 AM
+1! This needs more +1's! Simple majority rules in this story!
28th Dec 2019, 11:38 AM
Tep
All hail Meatloaf, the roundest of cats.
28th Dec 2019, 2:06 AM
Ask if Cici is her real name. It sounds more like a nickname.
28th Dec 2019, 2:59 PM
+1

Endear yourself to the musclelord =D
28th Dec 2019, 3:12 AM
YetiOlwen
We need to ask if Cici is dating anyone, and if not would she like to? Or, at least, let her know that we look forward to seeing her at the Biggest Shrug concert.

If we say that we absolutely can not miss it. I refuse to stand up the nice muscle lady.
28th Dec 2019, 10:18 AM
The ripped fitness nut is warning of mutant animals She had a hard time with in an old abandoned library? See about getting grenades or a group first before venturing there. Time to get some dirt on the two mayors before meeting the new (Mondol plant) one. Inquire whether this shooting range also has archery services as a crossbow may be easier to procure (and use) than a gun.
29th Dec 2019, 12:04 AM
Xylas_Incarnum
Uhhh... no. Getting a gun, not a crossbow. Way things are going the monster's that will crop up will be able to catch arrows.

And we'll probably want something automatic rather than one shot. Thinking 9mm to start with. Probably the easiest to pick up and use while still having the power to do damage worth a damn right now... though a PDW SMG like the P90 would be better... actually the P90's probably a really good fit with how compact and beginner friendly it is. Or that's how it seems to me.
28th Dec 2019, 3:24 PM
"You continue to pet Meatloaf, but he holds no answers."
If at first you don't succeed, try try again. :3
28th Dec 2019, 3:54 PM
Hari_Seldon
Chill until the concert (make videos, play games, or just chill?). Next place to visit I vote The Back Room, but not today.
29th Dec 2019, 11:14 AM
Big Mutant Wolves? What does that mean?
And I really like the "dunked on" part.
29th Dec 2019, 3:27 PM
Hari_Seldon
What's that red thing doing on the left? Is that a red book? Is it special because it's not filed away? I mean it could just be Cici's accounting book but it could also be a really cool special book maybe?