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There Are So Many Offices, but Everybody Seems To Be A Patient. Where Are the Doctors?
Topic Started: Dec 12 2016, 01:20 AM (475 Views)
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[Arthur Bernstein continued from Honeysuckle and Pain.]

Giving Coleen the lead wasn't the best of moves Arthur felt like he could've made. He was the one with the big, pointy spear, a weapon designed to be poked out at things from a safe distance. He couldn't exactly do that when there was someone in front of him that he had no desire to poke. Despite this, it seemed that the hallways had been deserted enough to offer some time for them to reorganize should any enemies show up. That's when Arthur would get to do the poking.

The walk was wordless. There was enough noise coming from other parts of the building, as faint as it was, that the need for discussion took a backseat to the need for stealth. Arthur couldn't tell if the noises were getting closer or further away, as the hallways carried a fairly loud echo throughout their length. Coleen moved to turn the corner through a door, and Arthur tensed up, ready to step in and move to the front if things went south.

Coleen's remark upon looking through the doorway didn't sound too surprised, but it didn't sound the most comfortable, either. She had definitely seen someone, but who? Curious, Arthur walked over to the other side of the door and peered inside.

The girl looked vaguely familiar. Definitely someone that Arthur had seen before, but if she had played any kind of role in Arthur's life, it was as a background character. The kind that says the same canned three lines over and over no matter how many times you push the button to speak to them, in plainer terms.

"You know her, Coleen?" Arthur said, looking down the hallway in both directions. This world didn't stop when you started to talk to someone. He had to keep his awareness up.
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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A few classes together was better than nothing. At the very least, it seemed like Coleen was sure that this girl wouldn't be much of an issue. Besides, what was a game about exploration without weird, wacky characters to find? Well, there were a lot of games without other people in them, like the first Zelda where the only other people were the shopkeeper, the old man, and the old woman, and Zelda herself. The game was plenty interesting, and it probably would still be without those few interactions. Arthur peaked over through the doorway, waving at the girl.

"Hi there," Arthur said somewhat awkwardly, "How are things?"

It wasn't much of a conversation starter, but it was enough to show that he wasn't going to bite her head off or something. At the very least, it'd start their reputation meter at a somewhat neutral level. Game abstractions were really handy for obscuring reality. Being on a gameshow (Arthur figured that it was a fitting enough title) helped it along.

If Arthur was lucid enough to consider just how long the illusion would last, he wouldn't give it any longer than an hour.
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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Everything went smoothly enough. Coleen suggested that the three of them move somewhere else for the night, and Arthur couldn't agree more. There didn't look like there was much of anything in the room to investigate, and if there had been, it was doubtless that Bernadette had taken it. He was anxious to explore more of the old structure while he still had the chance.

"I'm fine with that," Arthur said, letting Bernadette know that she was welcome to come with them. After all, if there was anyone who was going to give the final word on who got to hang around the two of them, it was the guy with the pointy stick. Security needed to be even tighter if they were going to spend the night somewhere else - he'd stay up all night to protect his charges. With the addition of a new party member, Arthur grew more confident in himself, the added responsibility making him feel powerful instead of stressed.

He smiled to himself as he turned away from the door, facing back into the hallway.

There was plenty to be happy about. Who knows what surprises the morning might bring?

[Arthur Bernstein continued in Think About Your Life.]
~~~~~ "We were wrecks before we crashed into each other."

NOW: V7

SOON: V7

DEAD: V6

MAYBE: V?
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