4th Mar 2020, 9:46 PM
Invite Cici in

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Invite Cici in
"Thank you."

You step aside so Cici can come in.

"Sorry, I don't... uh... really have any furniture yet. Wait--"

Ah-HA

you go to the kitchen and retrieve the empty box.

You take it back to the living room, and place it open-side down.



You have made it into an impromptu table.

Once mere decoration, the box has at last found purpose. You're saddened by the change, but proud of all the progress the box made in just four short days.

"So this is the spooky house, huh?," Cici asks as she looks around. "I kinda thought it'd be... spookier."

You have to chuckle a little. "Yeah, I don't have like... blood coming out of the walls or anything. Not yet, it's probably saving that until I have a nice couch to ruin. Nothing especially mystifying happens while I'm awake... unless you count the washer and dryer that was mentioned on the website magically disappearing when I showed up in person."

Cici hmms. "What if your washer and dryer are hidden away in like, a secret room?"

You nod. "Yeah. Where the bodies are stashed."

"Nooo," says Cici, before adding "well maybe. Did you ever get a hold of Kate?"

You shrug. "I got a hold of Kate's mom. I don't know if Kate's going to show up or not."

"Oof." Cici finally opens the top pizza box and procures a slice.

You follow suit. "We can still see if the dream has multiplayer, we just won't be able to test if the limit is 2 or 2+. I learned more about the house today, but..." You shake your head. "I still have no idea what's really going on. With the house, or the mayor, or... this town. There's a lot of weirdness and I can't tell how much of it's connected, or how."

"You gotta get one of those cork boards," Cici suggests. "With all the pins and colored strings."

You shake your head more firmly. "I'd like to maybe not turn into one of those wild eyed conspiracy theorists drinking their own piss and yelling about lizard people on TV."

Cici grins. "You had that sentence ready."

"I have legit, definite supernatural shit happening in this house," you state. "Getting swept up in bigger, crazier goose chases or, or red herrings... it's going to be an easy trap to fall into and I need to be very conscious of it." You pause, briefly... before adding, "I also don't want to lose my fucking mind."

"That's all the more reason to keep it organized!," Cici remarks.

"I've kind of started a journal?," you reply, "Though now I'm wondering if I should be keeping any of that on my computer. There's... weird shit happening on the internet, too, apparently."

"Paranoia's another trap you gotta avoid," she points out.

And she's right.

You should definitely not get hung up on whether sleeping in the house is going to somehow 'activate' Cici, or if there was anything nefarious in the tea Kate's mom gave you.

Or why Afu has so many phones.

Or how much pull Mondol really has over Chariot MT.


As you both stand there and eat pizza, you realize you have no idea what to... do.


You don't even have playing cards this time.

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4th Mar 2020, 10:01 PM
Anything vaguely multiplayer on your computer?
Might not be comfortable, but could probobly find something online that can be played with a single keyboard and mouse.
4th Mar 2020, 10:04 PM
Anotherdamntimeclone
Yeah, could definitely use the internet to entertain our guest while we wait to see if the other one is going to show up.
4th Mar 2020, 10:28 PM
Snervalton
Does the volleyball game have multiplayer? Playing a few rounds with Cici could have some experimental value: if she has a separate spooky house dream from Plaire's then we can see if something volley-ball related pops up in it. Since Cici isn't a gamer like Plaire is, playing video games might not have any effect on her dreams. Also, we can find out precisely what powers the volleyball game gives Plaire in her own dream.
5th Mar 2020, 8:41 AM
Actually, what 'counts' as a game? We may not have physical cards, but what would a digital version of Solitaire do? Are browser games an option?

On the other hand, while we can test if the dream has 'multiplayer', I feel we should also be testing if the 'ability transfer' mechanic is universal for everyone. I recommend playing a game with Cici, and I agree that the volleyball game would be an informative experience, assuming that it has a two-player mode. We'll see what kind of powers are granted, and if this works for Cici as well.

If none of our games have a two-player mode, then hopefully a quick online search should present more suitable options.
4th Mar 2020, 10:01 PM
Limrix
Afu probably has tons of phones because phones are awesome and people just _throw them away_ when they get new ones.
4th Mar 2020, 10:03 PM
Vidya games! *Something* in our game inventory has gotta have couch co-op or a hot-seat mode. We may be lacking for furniture, but sitting on the bed works.

We can also chat about all the crazy stuff we've learned. And also how we met Kate's mom.

Edit: Also, there WAS something nefarious in the tea that Kate's mom gave us... There was caffeine :P It's an addictive substance, yo.
4th Mar 2020, 10:17 PM
This, yes, video games are the answer. Allow Cici to peruse our library.
4th Mar 2020, 10:35 PM
4th Mar 2020, 10:35 PM
+1 and caffeine is the weakest of all addictives
4th Mar 2020, 10:05 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
could always see if there's any games in Plaire's game library with local co-op.... might even have a usb plugin controller in with her gaming stuff..... well, could always just watch internet vids if nothing else.
4th Mar 2020, 10:07 PM
Give cici a house tour!
5th Mar 2020, 1:39 PM
4th Mar 2020, 10:34 PM
Snervalton
Plaire could also ask Cici for some fitness tips, I believe that that was suggested in earlier updates.
(edited for grammar)
5th Mar 2020, 6:22 AM
Hari_Seldon
+1 ask Cici how to do calisthenics
4th Mar 2020, 11:06 PM
I mean, I think wondering how much pull Mondol has over Chariot MT *IS* justified though.
Can't ever be trustin those dang corporations. Still though, probably not something to obsess over in our minds, but it also wouldn't hurt to look into it either.
4th Mar 2020, 11:50 PM
undeadDreamer
Let's do some searching for secret rooms. Should be easy enough provided Plaire has decent spacial reasoning skills. Just look for a place where there's no room but there's a gap between rooms.
5th Mar 2020, 7:54 AM
5th Mar 2020, 12:31 AM
+1 to secret room hunting, especially since we have someone who knows what to look for in terms of hidden wall/floor stuff.
5th Mar 2020, 12:46 AM
undeadDreamer
Attempt to do a flirt with Cici
5th Mar 2020, 8:15 AM
pkrankow
So many options...
Video games, multiplayer
Calisthenics and exercise ideas
Careful on the flirting as a crazy triangle will not help our anxiety.

Side note: what equips does Cici have.
5th Mar 2020, 1:40 PM
Frission
Just THESE GUNS! *Cici Flex*
5th Mar 2020, 8:33 PM
pkrankow
I bet she is packing more than thews.

From her previous occupation I expect two or more things that go bang with extra bangs. There might be a large sharp and pointy too. If she is somwhow a concealed weapons artist there might be two or three tables full
5th Mar 2020, 12:23 PM
How about watching Infohazard together?
5th Mar 2020, 2:32 PM
Hari_Seldon
+1 and ask Cici to pick her favorite video game to play too, before bed, so Cici hopefully gets powers.
5th Mar 2020, 4:24 PM
Leafia_Barrett
+1 to both of these things.