Wendy’s sitting next to you. Her phone begins to ring.She pulls it out and touches it to her ear and cheek.“Bueno.”This must be what Spanish sounds like.She glances at you quickly and returns her gaze back towards the water, “Si. Peudo hablar. Oye, migo, que tal?”“Donde?”“Sta noche?”“Si, voy a preguntar.”She covers the bottom half of her phone with her palm and says without looking at you, “Skyler wants to know if you want to go with the two of us out to the karaoke bar.”She turns her head towards you, impatient.>Yes>Maybe>No>Other
>>32467605Jammin. Since we're on 80s pop rock, my local radio stations play a lot of No Doubt.I like/miss old Gwen.
writing in a few
>>32467526Your eyes go wide in panic but your mouth says yes anyways.Goddamnit, Michelle, what are you doing?Wendy says into her phone, “Ella habla que sí. Bueno. Ciao.”“I didn’t know Skyler spoke Spanish.”“He doesn’t. He just knows some words and phrases. Sudacas get around, everyone knows some.Except for maybe dipshits like you.”She reaches into her blue bag sitting next to her and pulls out a small bumpy, blue case. It has a brass colored clasp on it. She opens it with a click. There’s a neat row of nearly-white sticks.“You smoke?”>Yes>Maybe>No>Other
Oh no! I hope readership picks up a bit. It's kind of lonely just the three of us.writing in a bit.
>>32468491>NoWe might have done a lot of dumb shit but we didn't smoke, couldn't potentially compromise ourselves in a combat situation
>>32468491>durr full attention back to the quest after having to take care of a few things!“No thanks.”“Really?”You shrug limply.“Fucking faggot.”She sticks one of the cigarettes(?) into her mouth and pulls out a cheap, abused looking disposable lighter and lights it.She breathes deep and exhales slowly.Hmm.That doesn’t smell like tobacco.Wendy looks at you sideways, “Got a fucking problem?”>No ma’am>Sure do>Noncommittal spaghetti>Other
>>32470172>Noncommittal spaghettiI don't do much recreation, excuse me for being completely noob at such things!
>>32470172Might as well go with:>Noncommittal spaghetti"No...not really..."
going to go take a shit then I'll start writing.
>>32470491I wish I had a robot whose sole purpose was to keep fresh rolls of toilet paper on the spindle so that way I wouldn't have to shit waddle around my bathroom.>making words now
>>32470172“I don't do much recreation, excuse me for being completely noob at such things!”Wendy looks at you, her upper lip peeling back in disgust as she attempts to process what you’ve said just.It seems as if you’ve broken her.She laughs with that shine in her eyes that serial killers have.She laughs and laughs, and begins coughing hard. She hits her chest with her fist twice and manages to say, “Whatever, man.”Oh good work, Michelle. You handled this one well.>Conversate (About?)>Spaghetti Harder (How so?)>Sit in silence (Any physical tics or twitches?)>Other (Shamefur Dispray?)
>>32471102>Sit in silence (Any physical tics or twitches?)Go back to the old standby. Extend and retract your claws, repeatedly. SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK SNCK SLCK......
>>32471102>Conversate (About?)how long until karaoke?if we've got the time and cash, we might want to go clothes shopping, because I doubt we have very much in the way of clothes other than what we're wearingand if don't have time/money, and are bored, fall back to >>32471170
>>32471237Wendy didn't say. It's still pretty early in the day though. Tonight? Probably not until after sunset, you have the day off tomorrow (albeit Michelle still needs to clock in at 10 for her session with Nakamara).Would you want to take Wendy with you shopping? You're self-mobile now.
>>32471357>Would you want to take Wendy with you shopping? You're self-mobile now.nah, we've got a car, and we just need comfortable utilitarian clothes that fit us, style and fashion comes second, and Wendy would just be a bitch about it, but we do need another change of clothes...
man no wonder I'm getting killed in the ratings, I'm going against Homeless Mutant Quest.Ballsacks.>writing in a bit
>>32471394 here againleaving Wendy along in the house would give her an Karan a good chance to get to know each otheralso, she breaks anything, she buys it
Can someone give me more long term goals for this quest other than earn day's pay and fail at improving social skills?
>>32471712I assume it's roughly:Goal #1 is (maybe?) stay aliveGoal #2 is Don't Get WorseGoal #3 is Get MoneyMaybe I have a lot of Anons who want to turn this into a snuff film starring Michelle.
>>32471712well we just let Wendy move in on the condition that she go halves with us in the houses mortgage , so hooray we just bought a house and car, those were the two big goals we had initially, now we just need to finish getting our new life setup and start raking in the doshthough most important long term goal would have to be survive the job long enough to retire early and enjoy life
>>32471780>Maybe I have a lot of Anons who want to turn this into a snuff film starring Michelle.yeah no
>>32471825Are you sure?I've been wondering lately what Wendy Quest would be like.It would only pinch a bit, Anon. It's just like a long, long sleep.
>>32471799I am starting to not like Wendy and she definitely starting to not like us. It's time to find a new hobby and social circle.
>>32471860nah, she just needs to get over herself, and we can't exactly find a new 'better' social circle in our job and circumstances...though we don't have a hobby yet, we haven't had the time and cash to get into one>>32471858>Are you sure?yes, I got more than enough of that in Trashcanistan
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>>32472411“Michelle so help me god I will re-amputate that arm and then beat you to death with it.”Snikt.Wendy sticks a hand into her bag and begins fishing around for something.You raise your hands up.Oops. The claws are still out.Snikt.“Last time.”“If I’m going to live here we are going to have to have some rules. By the way I’m going to take a day or two to think on it, because, you know, pretty sure I don’t want to live with you but this house is great.Actually since I’m on that would you want to carve out one of the smaller rooms or turn a part of the garage into a dorm for my domestic? You’d get your bed made daily and whatever if she’s on-site.”>Yes>Maybe>No>Spaghetti Harder>Other
>>32472623>Spaghetti HarderSure but...*Tilt head* what does Domestic mean?
>>32472623"What's a 'domestic'?"
>>32472689she already told us anon, she essentially owns a slave maid>>32472623>Yesshe can use one of the smaller rooms, its not like we're wanting for space
>>32472723His text is his write in for >Spaghetti Harder.
>>32472795Yuppers. I should have put quotes, my bad.
>>32472795but we already asked her and she already told us when Skylar spilled the secret that she's a slaveholder, it does not really make sense when we already know that IC
>>32472857While (I'm pretty sure) you're correct, Michelle is also a brain damaged dum dum, so a certain amount of repetition is to be expected as her short term memory fails her.
>>32472898>her short term memory fails her.that hasn't been a thing before, why does it seem like with each passing thread, we get stupider and more retarded for no reason, and the people around us get bitchier and more cuntish for no reason?
>>32472945The brain damage thing is something I'm learning as I go from talking to vets/reading memoirs/etc.Wendy being a bitch is entirely because Wendy is a bitch. You've only known her for two days and a part of a third.Your sample size is limited.Also, oh fuck me I forgot to post my status report. Balls.
>My bad!You are Michelle St. Claire, and today is your third day on the job.The sand is the color of good heroin.Liquid: 299.33 + first wk paycheck (2289.57)Income: ~2200/wk + bonusesExpenses: 5500/mo leaseCaptive money: 10k security depositTwitter: https://twitter.com/WetworkIdols @WetworkIdolsArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Wetwork%20Idols%20Quest
>>32473011>The brain damage thing is something I'm learning as I go from talking to vets/reading memoirs/etc.I understand that, but it getting progressively worse and stupider as time goes on makes no sense, you define the character like that at the start, not 30 threads in slowly turn her into a slobbering mess.As it stands, Michelle was already well defined at the start, and this just feels weird like she's slowly turning into a completely different character for no reason.
>>32473102Michelle is reflective of the sum of the votes. She is going to be as unstable as the audience. I sometimes missed threads.
>>32473127That's a better answer than I was going to give.>>32473102There will be an equilibrium... that will be reached eventually. I'm just (trying to) slowly move her towards where I think she should be.So...it'll bottom out eventually and then you can start (or not) clawing your way out.
>>32473246But it makes no sense for her to get worse
>>32473288Consider it more like a "Whoops, I should've done this in the first place had I known better so whelp here we go.">writing in a few
>>32472623>sorry went AFK to microwave dinnerYou tilt your head. “What’s a domestic?”“Oh my fucking god you brain dead bitch. I’m pretty fucking sure you weren’t this stupid two days ago. Do you know what the word “consistency,” means?”You rest your head in your palms. “I’m sorry. It comes and goes. It hasn’t been a great week.”You feel some tears.Wendy immediately softens, “Oh, shit, come on Michelle. I...didn’t mean it.”“Shit. I’m sorry, okay?Goddamnit.”Are you okay, Michelle?>Yes>Maybe>No>Other
>>32473750>>MaybeI will try to get my head on straight, going to talk to the psych soon. Maybe there are ways to fix my short-term memory.
>>32473750I call this the "OPFOR runs damage control hard.gif"I want to run a (fairly) transparent quest though, and so Wendy is the mouthpiece for Anon's (and potentially my) frustrations even as they control Michelle and her actions.Except her to be critical of you...and me.I think it's more interesting and honest this way if I can call out (my own) bullshit narratively.
>>32473899>I think it's more interesting and honest this way if I can call out (my own) bullshit narratively.sounds good to me, adds some interesting accountability to anon and yourself
>>32473919It's weird but I find it satisfying. Hopefully you find it satisfying as well.I came up with the idea as I was watching my bowl of leftover rice and barbecue pork microwave.
>>32473977Should've mentioned I've been writing stuff
>>32473977Would you provide some details in your writing to indicate if and when Wendy just gives up on Michelle if Michelle just falls to pieces mentally?
>>32474495I will work on including Wendy's (visible) mood and facial features more.Still dialing everything in and shit.
>>32473750“Yes. No.Maybe?”You massage your temples as you say, “I don’t know.”Your head hurts.“I’m going to go shopping. I need some clothes for tonight.”Wendy says, “Do you even have any mo-”“I’ll fucking manage, Wendy.”That was...unusual. Michelle doesn’t snap.Wendy looks hurt. Defeated. She raises her hands and says, “Kitty cat got claws.Whatever, man. Can I smoke inside?”“I don’t give a shit, Wendy.”“Hey, fuck you Michelle. I’m just trying to help.”END SESSIONIt's a bit of a shorty (I think? Actual-post count might be higher than some other threads idk) 'cuz my time is limited thanks to this fucking insane 5 week language course I'm taking. Fucking insane the amount of effort I need to put in just to stay afloat.Anyways, questions/comments/concerns/etc can go here. I'll be around for at least another hour or two to answer anything or otherwise just shoot the shit while I hammer out homework.
>>32474628Don't know why we snapped at her, votes seemed to imply we'd be more passive-polite than a bitch.Thanks for the thread, any idea when next will be?
>>32474628thread has been archived.
>>32474686It felt appropriate. There was a lot of frustration and hostility towards Wendy tonight and it felt natural to let it happen/for Michelle to snap.After all, dis bitch survived two years inna'sandbox. She might be broken, but she's not declawed.Nawmean?
>>32474628This quest fills a small niche, i guess take whoever you can get as an audience. Too bad we are all anons and come and go like the wind. Good luck, have fun with your studies. Also, next time, can you provide a brief summary about Michelle and what she was doing at the start for newcomers? Also more on her internal thinking if that helps since we put words in her mouth most of the time. Where did this snapping comes from? If you are going to POV switch between Wendy and Michelle, make it clear please.
>>32474708>After all, dis bitch survived two years inna'sandbox. She might be broken, but she's not declawed.>>Nawmean?sure, but it felt like a weird twist, the atmosphere and tone completely changed weirdly with it
>>32474708I think there should be a line between Michelle and the audience. Cause really, Michelle is just going to get more unstable if this keeps up. For this type of writing, you'll need to move it to a forum for more accountability. This can only go downhill for Michelle.
>>32474686I forgot to answer your actual question. Next thread will probably be next Friday. I doubt my course load will lighten up, but I guess there's a possibility.I'll give as advance of a notice I can, as usual, with regard to my scheduling.>>32474709Feels kind of like you're quitting on me, Anon.No POV switch unless there's, like, a tangible and material demand for it or if Michelle ends up dead.If Michelle dies we might jump bodies to Wendy or Skyler. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.I forgot to post my usual "You are Michelle... blah blah blah" post today. Muh b. Or was that not what you meant, specifically?Taken into consideration re: Michelle's internal monologues.I feel...comfortable? Content? with using only physical displays for Michelle but... Can you elaborate on your needs/desires?The better I understand what you want the better I can figure out how to compromise/give it to you.
>>32474816>Next thread will probably be next Friday.bugger, I'm away from a pc all of next week
>>32474816>Or was that not what you meant, specifically?I think he mean how tense and perspective changed around in that last update, especially with>That was...unusual. Michelle doesn’t snap.that combined with the weird tone change out of nowhere made it... odd and a little confusing, like there was no internal consistency in the characters or the writing in that conversation
>>32474794>This can only go downhill for Michelle.I know, it's great. Unless...you think this story has a happy ending?Now I'm just being sort of a prick, but if I can be honest/level with you: I don't really "plan," out any of the "plot." Michelle, along with Wendy and Skyler and every other character, named or not, can be killed. Michelle isn't "safe," just because the voices talk to her in her head.I don't want to just outright say "Oh, you think this story will end well! Ha ha!" but at the same time I find it pretty hard to be convincing saying "I'm sure everything will end up just fine!"You know? Maybe you honestly don't - it's not like I know where this buy is going.
>>32474916>Unless...you think this story has a happy ending?Thats what I'm playing for, going down the rabbit hole is not fun at all for me, I've lost good friends to that.
>>32474916>Michelle, along with Wendy and Skyler and every other character, named or not, can be killed. Michelle isn't "safe," just because the voices talk to her in her head.So what, a single dice roll can kill the quest? What the fuck is the point of that?
>>32475001 here againlet me somewhat elaborate my thoughts, I don't understand the need for QM's to make quests hyper lethal for no reason, or for drama or because "LOL its lethal and edgy guise" (more and more are popping up like that). it makes no sense to let something so small and arbitrary kill a good story and the players entertainment and sticking to principles like that just negatively impacts the quest, its quality and the enjoyment derived from it.I'm here for the fun of a good story, interesting characters and their interactions and actions, so what the fuck is the point of it all if they just randomly drop dead for no good narrative reason?
>>32474816Maybe a big disclaimer on top to remind the readers about this second person? type of writing. I am probably "spoiled" by other writers but I am just not picking up the hints on what is going on with Michelle and just write somewhat troll write-ins. Cmon, *tilt-head*? on a wolverine expy?>>32474916Well, the quest is pretty boring to the reader then. It's more of a raising simulation in dialogue form. We can just end Michelle's part by programming her with , win combat/do job, buy more stuff, and go to therapy/respond to social interactions with stupid questions.
>>32474958Godspeed and good luck in that fight. I'll be here writing out each and every consequence of your choices.I'm sorry if I feel a little standoffish, but I think the nature of the story is fundamentally a survival one.Although I want to make it clear I'm not, like, playing against you or anything. I'm here to have fun too, after all.>>32475001No, I don't think that would be any fun - but there's that word again. Losing can be fun. I think as long as everyone is both committing to the story, and enjoying the ride, nothing is specifically off the table - but that's a pretty big if. I think what I want to say is "No, it will never feel (be?) that arbitrary. Michelle's death will be a consequence of her (your) (in)action(s) - not just me rolling a lot of dice and going "oh, you've been turned into salsa.". Michelle's death will be the sum total of a large number of successive, cumulative failures.>>32475087It's not perfect. I'm still figuring out how to get people invested into the story/characters. Hopefully my response above fills in some gaps?
>>32475147I guess I should pre-emptively clarify: When I say "I'm here to have fun too, after all," I mean that I'm here to play with you guys, collaboratively, rather than some sort of weird AD&D-era antagonistic GM-player relationship.I don't want the story to end prematurely or in some sort of way that was beyond your control. You know, just some sort of real total bullshit. That doesn't satisfy anyone.
>>32475147>how to get people invested into the story/characters.Honestly, I lost a lot of "emotional" investment into Michelle when she started killing idols for the first time. Now I just pity her and just move her around to earn money (watching numbers grow) and for humorous and sad interactions.>>32475340We just need a clear and definitive goal. Maybe introduce somehow the career path? How to become top dog? Or other paths, like become the first "combat" idol?Cause it feels like its on autopilot. Survival => win combat, don't make choices that make employer mad, become a shopoholic and interact with coworkers to maintain sanity, avoid drugs and alcohol (or not, since they are so different from present day), stay fit and play with useless claws.
>>32475473I feel you. We (you? I don't know if I get credit for that) accomplished a lot of the immediate, short-term goals/desires. House, car, general facade/illusion of stability.I think you're right about there needing to be a higher, more driving purpose than just "live." Sort of a "Live, to do what?" you know?I hope I don't feel trite or dismissive when I say this, but I enjoy our post-session talks. I don't (can't, really) discuss the quest with anyone else so a lot of the time it feels like I'm alone in a fishbowl. Receiving second opinions is nice.Deep shit on Friday night.
>>32475560I am not a very good critic but I try the best I can to give my audience perspective. Hope you have a good night! See ya next time. Hopefully.
>>32475740This is super uncomfortably vague. Are...are you not going to survive until the next thread?As for being a critic, anyone who thinks there's a "good," or a "bad," critic if full of shit. As long as you're giving honest criticism anyone who shrieks about quality can go fuck themselves.See..you later? I hope
>>32475790No...I just miss like once every third threads, heh, sorry.
>>32475834Okay. Your phrasing seemed to imply that you'd make the thread unless you had other plans, like getting dead.We're back on the rails. Good talk! Catch you next time (maybe).
I'll catch everybody later.Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @WetworkIdolsPeace.
>>32476352Since I was sleeping through the whole thing, I guess I'll chime in with my view. I didn't mind Wendy or Michelle's actions in isolation, I kinda like them being abrasive, as long as it's just shooting shit. However, the mood seemed to change entirely with each update which was really weird.Hope you get some more free time to run!