You are Christopher Phillips, previously just another teenage nerd living in a small English town, and a lot of things have changed in your life since you died.You’ve kept control over a lot of those changes. Some of them have gained you things, more friends and allies and more strength with which to defend them and yourself from the things lurking in the shadows of this quiet little town. Some of them have been challenges to overcome, or opportunities to take advantage of. Many of them have been dangerous. Many have been enjoyable. But you’ve always focused on gaining, and keeping, control.Right now, you are not in control, and it feels distinctly uncomfortable. Ajani and his group of amateur monster-hunters are sitting on one side of their usual table, lined up much more neatly than usual. They’re all staring at you, and the atmosphere is solemn - like a funeral. Or a trial.Ajani has seated himself in the centre, with Gloria at his right hand and James at his left. Esther is sitting on the far side of James, and looks almost bored with the whole show. Louie is at the other end, trying not to look nervous. Ajani, Gloria and James are all trying to keep their faces as stoic as possible, but James still manages to look smug.A single chair has been placed on the other side of the table, opposite Ajani. He gestures brusquely to it, and says "We've been waiting for you, Chris. Take a chair. Let's talk.”You sit slowly - you don’t really have much of a choice in the matter - and wait for him to continue. “I had a little talk with Zack yesterday, and while I’m reassured that he’s not a deliberate murderer, there’s still a long way to go before he’s safe to be around other people. But that’s a matter for later. First, I want to discuss the other interesting things that he mentioned, about you and your friends. Actually...” He pauses for dramatic effect. “Why don’t you just start from the beginning, and tell us everything?”
>>27044260Deny having any idea what he’s talking about. You’re a perfectly ordinary person who wants to help him out, and there’s nothing unusual about any of your friends.Give him as edited a version of the truth as you think you can get away with. Just talk about your meetings with Zack, and maybe Jill’s powers.Start with your death, three and a half weeks ago, and tell him everything.Other ((Specify))((Archives are located at http://archive.foolz.us/tg/search/subject/monsterhearts%20quest/type/op/order/asc/and also athttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Monsterhearts%20Quest ))
>>27044268>Other ((Specify))"Why dont you all start from the begining and tell me all about yourselves? Instead of making unreasonable requests just speak whats on your mind.If Zack told you something that would make you doubt me, ask to me about it and i will answer you.Though Zack shouldn't know anything about me, and adding to that how his attitude changed just the day he was coming to see you, i am starting to believe a certain bitch-queen got to him despite my efforts. But that is beside the point for now, since you obviously want to talk about me."
>>27044268"Well what exactly did he say, I can't exactly explain anything unless you give me a bit more to work with here." Respond to anything personal or to do with the girls with "Well thats actualy none of your bussiness." where appropriate. and dont let him pull any of that "secrets put people in danger" or any trust shit because it realy is none of his bussiness
>>27044268>[x]Other"So, you'll what, kill me if I don't talk? Kill me and my friends because of what you suspect? "Well, when my body turns up or I disappear, I'm sure that you'll have a perfect alibi for the police, won't you?"
those options annoy me to no end. what, are we just suppose to accept this mock trial? definitely no.
>>27044487There's an  OTHER for a reason.If you don't like the choices, come up with something else like the rest of have instead of whining about it.
>>27044487thats what other is for, if the majority voted to flip the table and walk out then thats what would happen
>>27044502i already did come up with something else about it using the other option.that doesnt however change the fact that those options annoy me to no end and i can whine about whatever i please.
After this conversation, I really think we should put together a testimony that Ajani and his friends are out to kill us and our friends, that they've subtly threatened us because we're "different", and have the thing signed and publicly notarized, and ready to go to the police. Or maybe even report them to the police now, so that a file gets started.
>>27044434>>27044470>>27044479((Okay, some great free-text options, guys. Writing now.))
>>27044769Oh, no no no. You are not putting up with this. Ajani's obviously gone to a fair bit of effort to be dramatic and imposing, but you're not interested in playing the part he's written for you in his head."You haven't told me anything about what Zack supposedly said, you know. If you've got questions, why don't you ask them? In fact, why don't all of *you* start from the beginning, and tell me all about yourselves instead?"Ajani visibly falters. "Well, uh... hang on, I asked first."Gloria sighs and nudges Ajani hard in the ribs with her elbow, and he winces."Uh, that is, what I meant to say was that some doubts have been raised about how... loyal to the cause you are. Zack was very complimentary about you, and he's still kind of suspicious.""Hold on a second," you reply, scowling briefly at Gloria. "Raised by who? And what's all this 'loyal to the cause' business? I thought we were a bunch of people who hung out because we all liked to help people, not a revolutionary movement. Zack was nice about me because I'm a nice person, and not someone who treats him as 'suspicious' just because he's got a disease."Gloria splutters, talking over Ajani as he starts to reply. "A nice person? You're not a person at all! You're an abomination against the holy order!"Ajani turns to her, frowning. "Dammit, Gloria, we talked about this- ""Hold on," James cuts in, "shouldn't we be talking about this whole 'cause' thing? I didn't sign up to sacrifice myself for some intangible 'cause'.""Nor I," adds Esther, sliding her chair back from the table a little.Ajani and Gloria start talking over each other in a very agitated fashion, James occasionally butting in to stir things up even more. He's visibly grinning, although Ajani and Gloria are paying too much attention to each other to notice. Esther takes Louie by the arm and pulls him away from the table.Nice work. Time to leaveStay, and try to take control of the argumentGo talk to Esther and Louie
>>27045244>Go talk to Esther and LouieWhats the deal with Gloria?
>>27045244butt in to their conversation."i worked with you because you help people. i will help you and work with you in the future only to help people. if thats not holy enough for you, you are free to refuse and stay out of my way. i dont know and care for any holy order.""ajani, gloria; you can talk about your problems later. i am curious about your talk with zack."
>>27045244>[x]Go talk to Esther and LouieEsther and Louie are the researchers for this group; while having front-line hitters is important, when fighting magical threats it can be just as important, if not more, to know the strengths and weaknesses of our enemies. Especially weaknesses.
>>27045244>You're an abomination against the holy order!I'd like to say, "And is that a crime in a court of English Law? Because we're not in the Dark Ages anymore where an accusation of being a witch is enough to get a person burned at a stake, or tortured by the Spanish Inquisition."But I don't think that interfering when James is already helping along the deterioration of the relationship between Ajani and Gloria would be too effective.
>>27045452>>27045557((Okay, writing now.))
>>27045635You decide to leave Gloria and Ajani to their little squabble, and walk over to the bookshelves. Esther is skimming book titles, her hand resting on Louie's shoulder. As you walk up behind them you can see that she's actually gripping his shoulder fairly tightly, holding him in place. You clear your throat ostentatiously. Louie nearly jumps out of his skin, but Esther lets go of his shoulder and turns to face you, apparently unruffled."I do hope you're not going to bother us like your friend James tends to," she says. Her face and her tone of voice stay fairly flat, but there's something threatening lurking in her eyes. "He's awfully uncouth, and he only gets away with it because of Ajani's favour. You appear to have no such favour.""I wouldn't dream of bothering you like that. I just wanted to talk. And maybe to ask an impartial party what on earth Gloria's deal is."Esther sniffs, glancing over at Gloria with an annoyed expression. "I suspect 'on earth' is precisely the deal. Gloria refuses to talk about why she is on Earth rather than in Heaven. She occasionally speaks about having a mission or a quest of some sort to fulfil before she is permitted to return, but her claims are unconvincing. Ajani finds her an effective fighter, and I suspect also a pleasurable companion, but her temper and her egoism are ultimately detrimental to the efficiency of our team. If she does not..." Esther pauses, rolling her tongue around in her mouth for a moment. "If she does not 'grow up'," she continues, with a careful pause around the phrase, "then ultimately she will become a liability. We will be forced to cut her loose."Louie nervously moves closer to Esther, his eyes slightly wide. "But, I mean, we can't abandon her, surely? She's our friend. I can't go out there and fight the monsters instead of her. I wouldn't dare..."Esther grins. "Ah, but we have a solution to that now, don't we, Chris? What do you think?"
>>27046022"Perhaps, if our goals and methods align. I'm all for mutual protection, and helping out people when we can. Just so long as we're not rushing headlong into something that could get us hurt or killed without exploring alternatives."So, why did you join the group, Esther, and what do you want from it?"
>>27046022have you brought it up with her that shes such a *cough*CUNT*cough* nuisance to the group and that she could be kicked out if she doesnt grow up or does Ajani think her fighting ability outweighs is
>>27046022"i wouldnt bet on me going out there doing the hunting for you. i am actually the geeky one rather than the fighter" smile "it should be more profitable for you to convince her to 'grow up'."
>>27046104>>27046170>>27046234((Okay, writing now.))
we can cooperate where it is beneficial to us but i dont want us to commit to this hunter group.
>>27046372"So, have you brought it up with Gloria that if she doesn't grow up, she might end up kicked out?"Esther just raises an eyebrow. "You've interacted with Gloria previously, yes? Do you judge her as the sort of person inclined to listen to criticism or alter her actions based on what other people think of her?""Okay, fair point. Still, encouraging her to grow up might be a good idea. I'm not really much of a fighter myself. I'm all for mutual protection and helping people out, but I wouldn't bet on me taking Gloria's place in hunting."Esther grins back at you. "You held your own against a werewolf that was a challenging opponent for Gloria and Ajani together, and even subdued it when they were both injured. Perhaps your fighting abilities are more substantial than you perceive them to be."You shrug. "He was pretty badly hurt already by that time. And besides, I don't want to end up rushing headlong into battle generally. I'd like to find out more about the things around us. And speaking of finding out more, why don't you tell me about yourself? Why did you join this group, and what do you want from it?""I joined for much the same reason the other members did - Ajani suggested it would be a good idea, and we listened. He is the linchpin of our collaborative. Each of our members, apart from you, is someone who knew Ajani before he formed the group, and who he believed would be an asset. We..." She pauses, again seeming like she's picking her words very carefully. "We trust him, all of us. And he trusts us in return. That is valuable, but it also allows situations like those of James or Gloria to grow beyond the point where another leader would have, ah, cut out the problematic elements.""Interesting, but you didn't quite answer my question. You didn't mention what it is that you want from this group."Esther simply grins at you, then nudges Louie forward. "Why don't you tell the nice man about your own history with Ajani, Louie?"((Cont.))
>>27046851Louie looks very nervous, and he stammers out a beginning and abandons it a few times before he finally gathers enough confidence to speak. His voice is quite feminine, and he speaks fairly quietly, so that you have to strain a little to make him out.“W-well, Ajani was always really nice to me in class, he looked out for me when other guys would try and pick on me, and I guess he figured I was really good with books, so when he had this idea a few weeks back about getting everyone together and working to make things better, he said I should join, and then James said I should join too, and I just couldn’t really say no to them both, so, uh, I just sort of joined, and I met Gloria, who was really scary, and Esther, who’s always really nice, even if she does use lots of long words all the time.” Esther sighs, and adds, “Elocution is of paramount importance, Louie. It demonstrates one’s capabilities as a linguist and a conversationalist.” “L-like that, yeah. It’s not like I don’t know what the words mean, but if I try and use lots of them I just end up stuttering more. Anyway, I just kind of let Ajani and Esther look after me, and I know that I’m helping Ajani out and doing useful things for him, and... I guess that’s all I really want out of the group. Uh, was that everything you wanted? I-I’m sorry if I wasn’t helpful enough...” Louie suddenly looks like he’s about to cry.
>>27046865"No, no, that's quite alright, Louie. "And...I think I understand, Esther, your reasons for staying with the group. "Though...well, I don't mean to be insulting, but Ajani hasn't really thought this through, has he? I mean, we're in England, and the 21st Century. It's one thing to be taking down undead husks who aren't in the system anymore, but what happens if the police get wind of a fight, or someone takes video from their phone and uploads it to YouTube? Even worse if he hurts or kills someone still on the books as an upstanding citizen, like Zack. Do you guys have any plans for how to not get questioned by police?"I have a question for anyone living in the UK: how's surveillance like? Are there cameras on every corner, like what we see in London? Or is that only the major cities? And what about our town?
>>27046865Guess that idea of getting Masami to ask Louie out for the Dance is a bust; we don't want to get Esther into conflict with Masami.Especially if Esther has powers of her own.
>>27047046((I saw a statistic a while back stating that the UK has the most surveillance cameras per head of population of any country in the world. It's a somewhat misleading figure, though, because big cities like London throw the figures off, as do big banks and so on. Where an American business would hire an armed security firm, a British business plasters every available surface in CCTV, and in Inner London I suspect one could probably walk for miles without ever being out of view of a camera. Outside of those two situations, there's no more CCTV than most other countries, and generally a small, quiet town that doesn't have any significant crime problems will be pretty lacking in CCTV. British police tend to be a lot less militarised than American police, so there's not so much of the 'small-town sheriff' stereotype. Well, not *so* much.))
>>27047046i dont live in england but i know its one of the countries public surveillance is most widely used.for our town in this game, i think there shouldnt be much surveillance. it is a small town, so a few traffic cameras around town center, and regular security cameras for atm's and shops and such.
we are not asked for input?
>>27047301((Uh, yes you are. If I'm planning to continue a post without input, it's marked with 'Cont.' at the bottom.))
>>27047326post ended with a question chris asked to esther. how are we going to input something there?
>>27047046((Okay, no other suggested dialogue, running with this. Starting writing now.))>>27047373((I don't think you're reading the posts right. The 'was that everything you wanted?' line is a question Louie is asking Chris.))
>>27047373By responding to Louie or asking further questions of Esther. Not that hard to do.
>>27047405>((Okay, no other suggested dialogue, running with this. Starting writing now.))>>27047046well, i've been treating that post like yours for the last fifteen minutes.that was actually the reason i was confused about input.
>>27047481((Ah. Well, I'm still just starting to write, so if you put a suggestion in quickly I can probably incorporate it.))
Huh, so god exists? This makes me worry just how easy we'd go down if somebody uses prayers or holy symbols against us. On the other hand, maybe the Almighty doesn't mind us that much.
>>27047557Id say we could walk richt up to the pope while he was saying morning mass while covered in all sorts of relics and symbols in the vatican and slap him silly as crosses dont usualy work on ghouls or zombies, more for deamons and vampires
>>27047626Yea. probably this. In most urban fantasy Zeds and ghouls are kind of excluded from the rules and not particularly susceptible to holy damage.
>>27047626Plus we're a Brit which probably reduces the damage modifier quite a bit when dealing with filthy Papists.
>>27047626Maybe you're right, just paranoid.
>>27047405"No, no, that's all right, Louie. That was fine. You did very well." He smiles at the praise, and seems to calm down a little bit."I think I understand, Esther. I did have one question, though. Has Ajani thought through the issue of stuff like CCTV or camera-phones? It's one thing to take down walking corpses that are already listed as dead, but what if someone calls the police or uploads something to YouTube? What if he hurts someone like Zack, who's just another person - does he have any plans for dealing with the police?"Esther blinks for a moment, then starts talking slightly slower. "Chris, think for a moment. The police do nothing about fraud by bankers, the lies of the rich or famous or connected. The recent arrests of actors? Nothing was done for decades until the papers started publishing, and what paper is going to run a story on vampires and werewolves? You already know one werewolf attack was deemed an animal attack, and you have seen the wounds a werewolf can cause. Do you think they are easily mistaken for wounds caused by wild dogs? And there have been enough walking corpses for the police to have noticed them by now. They do nothing, and they will continue to do nothing. There are too many competing factions at work locally for them to be bribed or pushed into acting in any specific direction, and they will certainly not act out of any particular principle. Besides, what would they report? The walking dead? Vampires and werewolves?""Okay, but what about Zack? If Ajani does end up killing him, won't there be consequences?"Esther frowns. "It will not come to such measures. But if it did... yes, there would be complications. I would doubtless end up being required to pull in favours with some unpleasant people to make the whole business go away. It is one of the reasons I have been attempting to advise Ajani towards caution."((Cont.))
>>27048092“Well, I guess that’s everything I wanted to ask you about right now. Uh, if I have any other questions, is there anywhere I can find you?”Esther rummages through her pockets, eventually handing you something that looks very much like a business card. “My email and mobile, should you need to contact me further. Try not to lose the card. Now, I recommend you leave before Ajani and Gloria begin shouting, at which point those remaining will probably be ejected. Also, it is nearly time for your next lesson.”You check your watch – she’s right, lunch is virtually over already. You hurry over to R.E., which is currently being taught by one of the other History teachers, Mr Roberts, while Mr Miller is still ill. About half the class are there already, with Masami in her now-usual spot and a space open for you… and Isabella sitting on the other side of your usual chair.Find another spot and try and indicate to Masami to move.Sit where you usually do, and try to ignore Isabella completely.Strike up a conversation with Isabella. It’s been a while since you talked to her.Other
>>27048105>Strike up a conversation with Isabella. It’s been a while since you talked to her.i am still waiting for an oppurtunity for a tentacle fetish joke. we actually oughta be doing them to isabella on daily basis.
>>27048105Talk to our favourite rival.
>>27048105OtherSit next to Masami, say hello to Isabella, but do not talk about any of our plans or friends while there. It's probably too late to change seats if half the class is already here. Also, Esther just said that the police covered up Zack's attack as done by wild dogs. If Ajani was caught on-camera assaulting zombies or vampires, the police would arrest him as 'a teenage hoodlum beating innocent citizens'. It helps the police force's numbers that way. None of the reports would mention vampires, zombies, or werewolves to still end up with Ajani arrested. She even goes on to say that killing someone who is still in the system, a werewolf like Zack, would have consequences. So why wouldn't the same apply to vampires and ghouls who are also still in the system?
>>27048186>>27048354>>27048354((Okay, writing now.))
>>27048555Well, Isabella did move across almost the entire classroom to sit next to you today. You might as well at least talk to her. You sit down in your usual seat, giving Isabella a nod as you do. "Afternoon, Belle. It's been a while since we last had a chat, hasn't it?"On closer inspection, she looks... odd. Not like her normal self. Isabella has always tried to cultivate an airbrushed look, lathering on make-up and chemicals to match the photoshopped girls in the magazines, but now she looks almost like a normal person. She's visibly tired - there are bags under her eyes. And her skin is pale enough that it's slightly palllid.Her personality is apparently just as healthy as ever, though (assuming 'healthy' was ever a word that could be applied to Isabella's personality). She gives you a sickly sweet and obviously artificial smile. Her pale cheeks make it look even more disturbing than usual."Far too long, Christopher dear. And don't call me Belle. I understand you've been having such a busy few weeks. I do hope that won't turn out to have affected our project, yes?""You don't need to worry about that. My grades are depending on that project just as much as yours, and I can't rely on seducing a teacher to bump them up."Isabella's face wrinkles up in digust. "Seduce Mr Coombs? You must be joking. Unlike certain persons I could mention, I have standards."She leans in, grinning. "Besides, a little bird tells me that option isn't as far out of your reach as you claim."You try your best to keep your face flat and impassive, and she scowls. "Yes, yes, be that way. In the end, we're both devoted to joy and pleasure. The difference is that I'm not a hypocrite about it.""And all your followers and hangers-on? Did they choose that pleasure, too? They didn't seem to have much free will.""Every one of them got exactly what they wanted," Isabella snarls. "It's not my problem if they didn't think things through."Anything else you want to say to Isabella?
>>27048915"I pity them for their stupidity."
>>27048915Give her the "It's a pity we can't see eye to eye on this even though we're similar" talk, implore her to study more since we can't pull both of us through if she's lazy and ask if she wanted anything else.
>>27048915"and i hear you are exploring some new fetishes, like tentacles... are you bored of your followers?"
>>27048915"ANyway, what brings you to me now? Surely it can't be just about the project. You also look like shit, Isabella. What's up?"
>>27048915"I have to say that you're not looking too well, Isabella; something wrong? Has the King of colds given you the sniffles?"The Winter King is something of a local hazard; I wonder if we can get a truce while he's raising undead in the area.
>>27049367>The Winter King is something of a local hazard; I wonder if we can get a truce while he's raising undead in the area.Fairy kings are a bit like Anonymous; They don't forgive, they don't forget, but most of all they're obnoxious and misunderstood.
>>27049334"Well, I guess I pity them. And this argument is something of a pity, too - you're right, we do have quite a bit in common. And yet we can't manage to see eye to eye at all."Isabella turns her head carefully, staring straight into your eyes. You blink first - for a moment, you almost thought that... no, that would be ridiculous, even for the weird things you've seen so far. Isabella *must* have eyes. You'd be able to tell if she didn't."We could be perfectly capable of seeing eye to eye," she finally responds. There's almost a note of sadness in her voice. "A little help from me is worth quite a lot to you, and my prices are very much negotiable. We could get along so much better than we do, and yet you insist on these jibes, these self-centred attempts at 'morals'. The gap between us is not of my making."This is very much unlike Isabella. "Are you sure you're feeling all right? You sound odd, and you're not looking too well. Is something wrong?"Quick as a flash, Isabella is back to her old self, giggling and waving her hand in a coy manner. "Oh, Chris, don't be silly. The au natural look is coming back in, and I simply have to be a trendsetter. It's simply a case of the sacrifices one makes for fashion." She giggles again."Trendsetter, huh? I guess you're getting bored of your followers, too. Is that why you're exploring tentacle sex now?"As Isabella's expression suddenly changes drastically, you reflect that you don't think you've ever seen her truly angry before. Annoyed, acting offended, tearing down a victim, sure. But none of them compare to the dark, brutal anger that flashes across her features. Her coy mannerisms are completely gone, and she glares straight at you, her voice flat and hard. "You have no idea what you're talking about. You have no idea what's coming. Wise up fast. You always were an immature idiot, but the time for that is rapidly disappearing."((Cont.))
>>27049783She pointedly turns away from you. Well, that was... odd. And what did she mean, 'you always were'? You were never great friends with Isabella before...Masami is tugging on your sleeve, trying to get your attention."Hey, um, Chris... you remember what you said before about watching cartoons with me?" Masami looks at you nervously, twirling her hair around one finger. "Would you maybe like to come over to my place later tonight and watch some stuff with me?""Sure, that sounds great. What sort of shows were you thinking about?""Sorry, not tonight. Maybe some other time."Ignore Masami, she's just being clingy. Keep trying to talk to IsabellaOther((Also add anything else you want to talk to Masami about.))
>>27049853arent we going out with Avril and Jill on a totaly not date tonight? if im remembering it wrong say we can do it but if not weel see about making plans for tomorow for sure
>>27049853>Other"That sounds great, but I already made plans for tonight. What about tomorrow night? And what kind of shows were you thinking about?"
>>27049945>arent we going out with Avril and Jill on a totaly not date tonight?Yes, we are.
>>27049947If it isn't actually a date, though, why not all hang out with Masami? She and Avril seem to be getting along, even, at least in public, and it would reinforce for Masami the idea that she has multiple friends, not just us.
>>27050037That's... actually a really good idea. We reinforce the 'not a date' part, get Avril and Masami to hang out more, and we still get to watch anime.
>>27050037Her and Anjani seem to get along pretty well too, luckily. Which is honestly kind of reassuring.>>27049947>And what kind of shows were you thinking about?"She's gonna make us marathon all shows CLAMP was involved in. Calling it.But yea, ask her what she has in mind, then tell her we might want to bring others along.
>>27049947>>27050144>>27050175> recluse> odd behavior> close to no friendsM/a/sami will just call our tastes A SHIT and mock us for being a filthy casual, won't she? Wouldn't be surprised if she's not only a Deep One but alsoa trap.
>>27049783>You always were an immature idiotGuys, is it just me or is this implying that she had like a crush, or something [like her considering us her friend], on us and was waiting for us to grow up/approach her?Certainly otherwise I think she may be subtly trying to tell us to stop whatever is coming.
>>27050287"Well, I did sort of plan to hang out with a few friends of mine, but-"Masami's face instantly falls. "W-well, that's fine, you don't have to-""No, wait, let me finish. I'd love to come and watch some shows with you, but would it be okay if a few other friends came along as well?"Masami blushes. "I-it wasn't meant to be a date or anything. Just as long as you're coming around to see me, and not just so you have somewhere to hang out with your friends...""No, I mean it, I'd love to watch some cartoons with you. What sort of shows were you thinking of?"Masami looks off into the distance, checking things off on her fingers. "Well, you don't have time to marathon one of my longer shows, and that one and that one aren't really good introductions... there's... oh, wait." She blushes suddenly, turning to you. "I might have to check which of my shows I actually have an English version of. But there's a few manga I've been reading that have nice adaptations, there's classics like Baccano!, if you like big action sequences and mecha I've got Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Big O and FMP, there's always Evangelion if you don't mind the blood... it depends what you want to watch, really. I don't mind watching boys' shows if I'm watching them with friends."You smile, gently touching Masami's hands. "It sounds like you've got quite a lot of shows. Is it all action stuff, then?""Oh, no, but, well, I figured you wouldn't be interested in my silly romance stuff...""I'm probably going to be bringing Jill and Avril along tonight, okay? We'll all have a look together and see what we can find. Although for now, we should probably focus on the lesson."Once the lesson's done, you pack up quickly, telling Masami that you'll need to go find Jill and Avril and talk to them before you can come see her. Isabella's waiting by the door as you file out. She waves briefly to you and says "So long, Chris", then turns and leaves.((Cont.))
>>27050872Well, that wasn’t ominous at all. You’re starting to doubt Avril’s prediction. Still, you find the two of them easily enough.“So, uh, Masami has a massive collection of anime and she’d like us to come round and watch some shows with her. Does that sound like a nice way to spend an evening?”Avril looks curiously at you. “I know you wanted me to get on better with Masami, but... what’s ‘anime’?”You and Jill both goggle at her, then each take one arm and lift her to her feet. “Right,” says Jill, “you’re definitely coming with us. What sort of shows does she have, Chris?”“Uh, she mostly mentioned mecha stuff to me, but she reckoned her romantic stuff wouldn’t be interesting to me. And it’ll probably all be in Japanese with subtitles.”Avril blinks. “Japanese with... are these those Japanese cartoon things with the robots and the weird hair colours?”Jill lifts one finger to prod Avril’s bright green hair, and keeps dragging her along. Masami is waiting by one of the school gates, and gives the three of you an enthusiastic hug as soon as you reach her. Her place turns out to be a small flat about ten minutes’ walk from the school - it’s quite spartan inside, except for the computer, the television and DVD player, and the several shelves of DVDs next to them. Jill and Masami start looking through them. “No, maybe, yes, I don’t even know this one, no, yes...” Jill methodically scans through the titles, picking out anything of interest, while Masami carefully selects a small stack. Avril glances over the shelves, goes straight for the ones at the very top, and Masami suddenly goes pale.“Uh, no, you don’t want any of those. Very boring, all in Japanese, nothing interesting there. Really, uh, just... leave those. Please?”Avril sighs. “Fine, no porn. Spoilsport. Chris, you’re probably going to end up as the tiebreaker, so what sort of thing do you want to watch?”((Cont))
>>27050959Action. Explosions, fighting, robots, the works.Something romantic. Young love, school drama – a bit close to home, but relatable.Plot over genre. Pick something classic with a story, something to persuade Avril that these aren’t just cartoons.Embarrass Masami and grab something from the top shelfOther ((suggest a specific show if you like, I can always look it up if I don’t know it))
>>27050971>OtherRevolutionary Girl Utena. Not porny enough to embarrass Jill or Masami, porny enough to interest Avril, reasonably good plot, symbolism out the wazoo, and lesbians too.
>>27050872> TTGL> classic> not Getter RoboMy Little Shoggoth Can't Be This Casual
>>27051179(( Fuck, I knew I'd forgotten something important somewhere. Uh... Masami just doesn't have a subbed version of that one. Original Japanese only.))
>>27050971[x] Witch Hunter Robin
>>27051167Aye. Let it be so.inb4 somebody doesn't like ZETTAI UNMEI MOSHIRAKU.
>>27051167>>27051311>>27051347((Cool, writing. This quest is full of bizarre coincidences. That's one of the earliest animes I ever watched. Although unlike Chris, I was shown the film first. The person showing me it knew I wouldn't be able to rest until I'd watched the whole series just to figure out what the hell that was about. ))
>>27051494Avril's right - Jill and Masami quickly begin bickering over the respective merits of various series. You scan your eyes over the shelves, then reach past them both and pluck a small box set of white DVD cases with multicoloured titles off the nearest shelf. "How about this one? Romance, action, drama, plot. It ought to cover all the bases, right?" Jill takes the box from you, glancing curiously over the description. "Huh. I don't know why I haven't heard of this before. Masami, what do you think of it?""Uh..." Masami blushes. "I really like the romance parts, and the sword fights are really dramatic and well-drawn. It kind of, um..." She glances at Jill and Avril, thinks for a moment, and shakes her head. "Never mind. It'll be fine."You all settle down, Avril somehow managing to manuveur things so that you and Jill are on either side of her, with Masami on your other side.Avril watches the first couple of episodes with growing interest, while Jill happily snuggles down against her. She does eventually raise one complaint, though."Shouldn't there be a few more teachers at this school? I mean, the lessons may be boring compared to the duels, but it still seems odd.""No, no," Masami sighs. "It's not like real life. You only have room to describe the people who're important. There are other teachers, but you can't see them.""Oh, okay," Avril shrugs, pulling Jill in a little closer. "I wonder if any of the invisible teachers are hot.""Oh, um, that reminds me - Chris, what did Isabella mean?"You try not to freeze. "Uh - what? I mean -""About sleeping with teachers. She said something about you sleeping with teachers, but I didn't understand what she meant."The temperature in the room metaphorically drops several degrees, and on the other side of Avril you can hear Jill get to her feet."Chris", she asks in a dangerous tone. "Why don't you tell me some more about what you and Avril have been doing with my aunt in those private lessons?"
>>27052007>>27052007Christ, we walked into that one. I picture you cackling quietly to yourself, MH, and I know in my gut that we deserved it.We can't flat out deny it, Avril will have to tell the truth. I doubt we can spin it, and frankly we are kind of in the wrong. Our best argument, I feel, is that while Miranda is fun, Jill is our romantic interest: we aren't asking Miranda to the dance, after all. Also, there's the fact that Jill got involved with Avril and us knowing that we were fine with seeing other people. Not that I expect any of that to help right now- this is an emotional thing, and I doubt even convincing arguments will have much sway. I only hope we don't get Carrie'd to death before Jill calms down- if she ever calms dow
>>27052172>I picture you cackling quietly to yourself, MHI don't think there's ever a session where I haven't had the same impression.
>>27052007"W-wht do you mean Jill w-we just talk about s-stuff, yeah stuff and t-things (Avril help me out here)"or"Ok Jill we've been fucking youre aunt and she was a good ol' ride sory for not askin if you wanted in on the action"not great options
>>27052172>Jill is our romantic interest:Is she? She's a very good friend who is dating our lover, but is she really a love interest?
>>27052346yes, she is, because we are in a 3 way open relationship with her and Avril... Bakaaa~
>>27052370>Bakaaa~Masami pls. Stop getting in on the meta game.
>>27052172Could always take the coward's way and let Avril explain.
>>27052415we were planning on telling her with Avril anyway, why not man up and do it, hell, we probably should have told her earlier and MH just forced our hand
Oh Damn we should have picked BaccanoThe similarities to Chris life are ripe!
>>27052415I don't imagine that would be better. Though she should certainly help us articulate the situation. At least she's in as much trouble as we are.
>>27052007((Looks like you guys need a little more time to actually work out what the hell you're going to say, yes? This is a pretty important point, so I can give you a little bit of extra time. Just try not to go nuts, I do still need to sleep at some point.))
I missed the whole thread! Gah!My thoughts...>call her Izzy from now on.>you just had to mention tentacles didn't you? Classy>Izzy confirmed for in over her head. Damsel in need of rescue >I think we should go on patrol with Gloria alone, and explain how we mean well>Lets find Ajani next lunch and talk to him for Hunter >Masami is adorable
>>27052007"Okay, I'll tell you everything. Uh...do you want this private between the three of us, or should Masami stay? I mean, I'm getting a handle on Fae views on romance versus pleasure, but I could be reading things wrong here."Try to deflect things a little, before we explain."Jill, I'm not going to make excuses. You know that Avril and you and I, we're in an open relationship, a romantic one, I'm hoping. And we make a distinction between romance, and pleasure. "Yes, I had sex with your aunt, as two consenting people with unaffected faculties. But I don't consider her a romantic partner, not like you or Avril. I like your aunt's company, and I think she's an enjoyable person, but I love you and Avril."How's that?
>>27052194>I don't think there's ever a session where I haven't had the same impression.Yea, there are people who didn't?>>27052172>I only hope we don't get Carrie'd to death before Jill calms down- if she ever calms downI'm more worried she might not be able or even willing to finish the job and just, you know, do all the fun things reserved for the few chosen who can withstand losing a few limbs without medical attention.>>27052463>we probably should have told her earlierWhy din't we?>>27052654>as two consenting people with unaffected faculties.That... sounds a bit condescending towards Jill's own reasoning faculties.
>>27052007Ok...."Well to be honest... I hooked up with Mr. Coombs. I think I might be confused"
>>27052591Gloria is an angel and a religious zealot.That's like being a Jewish banker telling an Al-Queda suicide bomber "Hey, I mean well, let's be friends!".
>>27052692>Why din't we?uhh, we actually were going to right about now, its just that masami wanted us to watch anime so they though it smart to bring everyone along when we already planned to go somewhere with just chris, avril and jill and talk about it.this situation is essentially MH calling anon retarded for agreeing to watch cartoons with masami when we already had other plans
>>27052700>That's like being a Jewish banker telling an Al-Queda suicide bomber "Hey, I mean well, let's be friends!".They could be if the latter finances his bombs with the help of the former.
>>27052654I guess that's pretty good. I feel we should also mention that we had Avril's tacit approval, but that we should have sought Jill's as well, and for that and for not telling her sooner we apologise.We admit to being in the wrong, but imply that the sex was not the wrong part.
>>27052700C'mon /tg/Love can bloom.>>27052654I vote this
>>27052692>That... sounds a bit condescending towards Jill's own reasoning faculties.I know, but in a world where we've confirmed that there are ways to get consent via mind-control (either through silver tongue persuasion magic or more overt means) I think the distinction needs to be made.
>>27052757A fair point. Perhaps just more tactfully made, then.
>>27052785Just flat-out say "and not mind-controlled"?Subtle mind-control through persuasion IS our own power, and we know that Isabella uses something similar.
>>27052654I vote thisI hope we get a roll for success lol
>>27052900>>27052785>>27052745>>27052740>>27052654((Okay, that's been more than long enough and we have some consensus on lines. Writing.))
>>27052007Well you see, Jill...Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, But a year to make love she wanted you to wait Let me tell ya a story of my situation I was talkin' to this girl from the U.S. nation The way that I met her was on tour at a concert She had long hair and a short miniskirt I just got onstage drippin', pourin' with sweat I was walkin' through the crowd and gues who I met I whispered in her ear, "Come to the picture booth So I can ask you some questions to see if you are a hundred proof" I asked her her name, she said blah-blah-blah She had 9/10 pants and a very big bra I took a couple of flicks and she was enthused I said, "How do you like the show?" She said, "I was very amused" I started throwin' bass, she started throwin' back mid-range But when I sprung the question, she acted kind of strange Then when I asked, "Do ya have a man," she tried to pretend She said, "No I don't, I only have a friend" Come on, I'm not even goin' for it This is what I'm goin' sing
Whoa was Isabella into us before all this? Are we some sort of Peter Parker?>bitches love deadguy-man
>>27053283I'm just happy we don't have to play with PPQ rules.
>>27052990"Okay, I'll tell you everything." You glance over at Masami. "Should Masami stay, or do you want this private between the three of us?"Jill growls. "Well, apparently she already knows more than I do. So make with the telling already. Avril, what's been going on?"Avril glances between you and Jill, clearly terrified. "Well, um... you see, the thing is..." She stammers for a little, and you step forward."Jill, I'm not going to try and make excuses. You know that Avril and you and I are in an open relationship, and that's a romantic relationship. But, well, the Fae make a distinction between romance and pleasure.""So..." You take a deep breath. "Yes, we had sex with your aunt. No magic or mind control involved, just two consenting adults sharing some pleasure. But I don't consider her a romantic partner, not like you or Avril. I like your aunt, but I love you and Avril."Jill blinks at you both, static crackling in the air, and then breaks down in tears.((Okay, give me a 2d6 roll, and you'd better make it good...))
>>27053294Oh is it going poorly?
Rolled 6, 6 = 12>>27053306
>>27053306>>27053331I may have saved the day, you are all welcome.
Rolled 3, 4 = 7>>27053306HIT THE DECK
Rolled 5, 1 = 6>>27053331Hell yeah!
>>27053331...welp.>>27047557He/she/it is smiling on Chris.
>>27053331(( ....... Well. Uh. Okay then.Please hold.))
>>27053381now we get to cacklemuahahaha
>>27053381Haha this post still makes me scared for some reason...
>>27053331You Have Control!>>27052731Ah yes... focus. Something we certainly lack.
>>27053381You slowly take a step forward, and wrap your arms around Jill. Avril follows suit, and Jill begins to sob slowly into your arms, clutching the two of you tightly.Jill stays like that, hugging you both and crying, for quite a while. You and Avril hold her quietly, stroking her hair and trying to reassure her. After about half an hour she finally stops clinging to you, and takes a step back. Her eyes are still damp, but the tears have stopped flowing, and she manages to croak out words."You... you really love me?""Of course," you reply, opening your arms and offering her another hug. Jill practically throws herself into your arms, hugging you tight again, and Avril comes round to hug her from behind, kissing her hair and whispering that she loves Jill too."I - I - Okay. I still don't like it, but... this is just how Fae are, isn't it? It's always going to be like this." She sobs a little more. "I don't like it, but I suppose I have to accept it."Avril keeps stroking Jill's hair. "Sweetie, don't worry. We love you. We would never leave you. It was just some sex, that's all. It didn't mean anything."Jill stiffens a little. "And what about me? Does sex with me not mean anything either?""Of course it means something, sweetie, but it means something *because* we love you."Jill sighs, nuzzling your chest. "But I... I just..."She sighs, clutching you against her again. "Okay. Prove it. Right now. All of us, together."Masami shrinks into a corner of the room and tries to stay very quiet as Jill starts to undo her blouse. "Come on. Don't I mean more to you than she does? Don't you want me?" She grabs you by the hair and kisses you forcefully, but when she breaks away, she doesn't meet your eyes. "F.... fuck me, damn it."Avril is already starting to undress, but stops when she notices the conflicted expression on your face. "Uh, Chris? Is something wrong? What do you think?"
>>27053809>Masami shrinks into a corner of the room and tries to stay very quietFuggen Japs be all perverted and shit, yo.
>>27053809"Uh, it's just... I was waiting to.the night of the big dance! That way we can do it right."
>>27053809"No. because I love you, because sex with you means something, I'm not going to do it on a spur of the moment while you're feeling vulnerable, especially not our first time together, there will be dinner, and dancing, and I will treat you like the princess you are."
>>27053873All power the the Whiteknight engines?
>>27053908It's not white knight if you are trying to avoid a catastrophic failure lol Also, We need to say something to Masami
>>27053908Yes.For the sake of our continued existence.>>27053940>Also, We need to say something to MasamiDo we really?
>>27053873Pretty much this.>>27053940Apologise to Masami for bringing our personal problems into her home and ask if we're still welcome to stay for cartoons, then ask Jill if she'd like to stay for cartoons or go somewhere else.Also, we should probably keep an eye on her so she doesn't do something regrettable to her aunt.
>>27053966Yes we really do lol Something like "I'm incredibly sorry about this..." or "Feel free to join in">bitches love deadguy-man
>>27054000> sorry> join inShe's a voyeur.
>>27054047she'd probably be okay with us having an orgy right here right now
>>27053809"I was really hoping to save that for sometime special, like after the Dance, or at least after I've taken you both to dinner and done things right. "Jill? I love you, and if you really think you're ready and want this I'll do it, but I don't want you to feel like you have to do it to prove anything."Want to wait a week and a half? We can still enjoy ourselves, we just don't have go that far."
>>27054064I'd go as far as saying she's expecting it.
>>27054089with that crit, i can't see there being any downside right now, but thats getting a bit too meta
>>27053873you know what, I'm going to say no to this, lets take control of this situation, she clearly wants it, and masami is not complaining
Guys, as much as it feels right to refuse right now, we do have to consider that Jill wants us to prove what we just said about her meaning more to us and Avril than Miranda. We have to take into consideration that a refusal could be just as bad as going through with it right now.
Off topic question about British thingsIs there a Prom King/Queen vote for this dance thing?Are we going to be the coolest kid in school for having two dates?Is the event student run but parent chaperoned? For instance, Is Belles crew running the show?
>>27054145fucking this, with her emotions right now, putting it off will hurt her
>>27054115The issue is her changing her mind afterwards the way humans tend to.
>>27054145>>27054161i'm going to have to second these guys, this got handed to us on a platter, and we don't want her to start thinking that Miranda or anyone/thing means more than her, and right now that means we need to take her, right here, right now
>>27053809((Dammit... I'm sorry to have to break without some advance warning, guys, but it's 5:30am, I can't keep my eyes open, and I need to be up and going to work in two and a half hours. I'm going to have to call the thread for the night. Again, I'm sorry to everyone to have to break things at such an important decision point, and I will take note of everyone's votes and arguments for the start of next thread
>>27054254((Okay, apparently I'm too tired to even close my brackets properly, so, yeah. Next thread will be next Tuesday, as usual. Thread archived in just a moment.))
>>27054254>>27054269all good, gives us more time to discusswe should totally fuck her right now
>>27054071Clarifying this vote: I'm with >>27054145>>27054115>>27054161>>27054203I'm for accepting Jill's offer now, but giving her a chance to put it off until the Dance, with the reasoning that the first time should be done right since it can only be done once.
>>27054203I still think just going for it is a bad idea, but if we do it, we do it slow, we do it gentle, and we do it somewhere else. The trip to elsewhere gives her some time to cool off and change her mind if she's going to.>>27054254Goodnight, boss. You're a saint for sticking with us this long.
>>27054000>"Feel free to join in"Whatever else you people do, let's *not* go there just yet. She might be chill but my shadowruns are too high for me to consider this an option.>>27054269>>27054254Thanks for running, MH. T'was fun.
>>27054302>I still think just going for it is a bad idea, but if we do it, we do it slow, we do it gentle, and we do it somewhere else. The trip to elsewhere gives her some time to cool off and change her mind if she's going to.I totally agree, but we make it her choice, its her emotions on the line right now
>>27054319if that somehow gets enough votes, I'm just imagining mid orgy for tentacles to appear
>>27054297See, I can understand the White Knighting reasoning, and it makes sense. Jill IS emotionally vulnerable right now, it's not fitting with most Human standards of morality (Fae morality that Avril operates under say she gave verbal consent and that's all that's needed).However, I also understand the other side. Jill is emotionally vulnerable, and she wants reassurance that we will put our money where our mouth is by having sex with her just like we did with Miranda. We JUST said that sex with Miranda is because it's fun while sex with Jill is because we love her, and she wants us to prove it. Not doing it means that we're full of shit.It's a very difficult decision because it really could go either way.
>>27054406>because it really could go either way.just like JillHO-okay that was bad, but yea, I can see both arguments, but right now? Jill needs us to take her and be gentle about it, maybe even let her take lead a bit until she is completely comfortable with it, also, we should probably get Avril to go slow and gentle as well, she aint used to these kind of emotions
>>27054406you know what? we could have sex with her, let her lead, and then when we finish and are all cuddling, with Masami still in the corner, explain these points, and how we care about her and don't want to hurt her
>>27054500>with Masami still in the corner,Certainly!
>>27054539Im so confused by Masami right now. Is she into it? Is she insulted? Is she too embarrassed to say? Is she tearing off her clothes? And why is she so damn....asian??
>>27054751Well because she's Asian anon, that's why shes Asian
like, Oh my god anon! you can't just ask someone why they're asian....
we should remind her where we are, that we were waiting for a long time for her to feel ready but it cant be right here and now. i think we should take her out to get some fresh air and take her to avril's bed.
>>27058082Yui mean out in the woods?
>>27058082too far and quite likely out of her comfort zone
>>27058238>quite likely out of her comfort zoneYeah, seeing as she was, you know, had her life threatened by Avril's dad.
Oh FUCK everything, this is what I must come back to?
>>27058082I went back over Masami's other stuff, particularly the truth-or-dare bits, and she's totally a voyeur. MH even basically says she's masturbating in the cinema bit. We don't need to go anywhere.
>>27062388>We don't need to go anywhere.Pretty much the only reason we would would be Jill, the others would probably dig it.