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  1. [01:28:40] <@Raven> The shack is indeed dinky, with cloths thrown about at the moment, she literally ran home, got the bathing suit on, and ran back
  2. [01:29:09] * Barkeep follows Raven, a bit silent during the walk until they get to the shack. He finds somewhere to sit down and sighs, resting his forehead in his palms.
  3. [01:30:45] * @Raven plops beside him on the bed, then, since it's basically that or a crappy wooden chair.
  4. [01:31:58] <Barkeep> "Sorry I made you worry like that..."
  5. [01:33:25] <@Raven> "I sorta freaked out when you fainted. Didn't even know the race was over till the mayor pulled your sister away."
  6. [01:34:08] <Barkeep> "Ugh. God... that was so embarassing."
  7. [01:35:42] <@Raven> "Fainting?  That...could have happened to anyone, you shouldn't feel bad about it."
  8. [01:36:07] <Barkeep> "I don't..."
  9. [01:36:22] <Barkeep> "I don't LIKE having everyone looking at me like that."
  10. [01:38:34] <@Raven> "..." she's visibly not really sure how to reply to that.  "Well, they turned their attention to your sister after it was obvious you were okay, but.."
  11. [01:38:49] <Barkeep> "I just wanted to watch neph win. I didn't want that whole scene to happen..."
  12. [01:41:29] <@Raven> "I'm sorry," she says as she reaches over to grab a coat to wrap herself in.
  13. [01:42:01] * Barkeep waves his hand, "Don't be, it isn't your fault. It's mine."
  14. [01:43:15] <@Raven> "Why are you blaming yourself for it?  You passed out.  You can't really help that.  It's the bleeding I don't get..."
  15. [01:44:15] <Barkeep> "If you promise not to talk about it to anyone, I could explain that a bit more..."
  16. [01:47:30] <@Raven> She turns toward him with a curious but stern expression. "What do you mean, Claud?  There's more to it than..?"
  17. [01:48:25] <Barkeep> "Well... you know how there's like lucky charms, like the ones that henry sells and such?
  18. [01:51:03] <Barkeep> "I sort of have something that's like that..." he says pulling out the coin
  19. [01:51:09] <@Raven> She nods. "If it's something that has you this worried and upset, I swear to stay silent about it."
  20. [01:52:17] <Barkeep> "If I feel some bad luck coming... I can use this coin to try to change it. But if I use it a lot, it starts, well... you saw for yourself I guess."
  21. [01:53:44] <Barkeep> "It sort of drains away at me."
  22. [01:54:04] <@Raven> She's quiet for a bit. "So it's not just a fluke thing, it happens regularly?"
  23. [01:54:22] * Barkeep nods.
  24. [01:54:25] <Barkeep> "Neph knows about it too."
  25. [01:54:31] <Barkeep> "And she probably hates me for today."
  26. [01:56:14] <@Raven> She scoots over a bit toward him. "There's no way she could hate you, ever.  She's your sister.  She might be upset with you, or worried but..."
  27. [01:56:24] <Barkeep> "Half for being reckless like I was, half for using it to give her some help..."
  28. [01:56:39] <Barkeep> "She probably thinks I'm a huge jerk at least."
  29. [01:57:25] <Barkeep> "And... well I guess I kind of am. She's always so insecure, and I want to try to help her, but every time I do, she feels bad because she didn't get to succeed on her own."
  30. [01:59:46] <@Raven> "She'll get over it, even if it does upset her.  To...have a gift like that, and want to use it to help someone you love, even if they don't want you to...she must realize that's not an easy thing to deal with."
  31. [02:01:08] <Barkeep> "... do you think I'm a jerk? For doing things like this..."
  32. [02:03:52] <@Raven> "Why would I think that?" she says with a pitiful frown.
  33. [02:06:06] <@Raven> "I can't think of a single occurance where you've been an asshole in the time I've known you."
  34. [02:06:08] <Barkeep> "I did it to you too... back at the festival. With that lottery wheel thing."
  35. [02:07:24] <@Raven> "Why would that make me angry?"
  36. [02:07:28] <@Raven> She's now just confused.
  37. [02:08:14] <Barkeep> "Huh? 'Cause I... used it to help you win?"
  38. [02:08:25] <@Raven> "Even if you overexert yourself doing...that, you didn't mean any harm to me."
  39. [02:09:07] * Barkeep nods silently
  40. [02:10:32] <@Raven> She shuffles a bit. "I'm not sure how to ask this, but..."
  41. [02:12:14] <@Raven> "Your...skill. gift. ability. power. Let's stick with power.  To control luck a little..."
  42. [02:14:39] <@Raven> She shuffles a bit more. "Look, I told you about my family, right?  I've seen some weird shitthat some of them are capable of, and tales of odder.  I'm not afraid of this sort of thing.  ...Is there more to it than just the coin thing?"
  43. [02:16:33] * Barkeep just takes a deep breath and closes his eyes.
  44. [02:16:52] * Barkeep slowly nods after a few still seconds though.
  45. [02:17:08] <@Raven> "like the time my granpapa somehow used aqua tail...I don't even."
  46. [02:17:23] <Barkeep> "He what?"
  47. [02:17:56] <@Raven> "I don't know he just didhe can 'borrow' powers from Pokemon."
  48. [02:18:35] <@Raven> "B-but that's not the po int here!"
  49. [02:22:07] <Barkeep> "Well... yeah. Yeah there's more."
  50. [02:24:00] * Barkeep admits this hesitantly, squeezing his hat in his hands and avoiding eye contact.
  51. [02:26:26] <@Raven> She just nods and puts an arm around him.  "It's okay.  You can trust me, remember?"
  52. [02:29:32] * Barkeep flinches slightly from her touch, "I-It's not that I don't trust you... but... I don't want you to be unable to trsut me..."
  53. [02:31:54] <@Raven> "...Well, if this is something you've been hiding for...this long, and are trusting me with it...I think that says a lot about your integrity, Claud."
  54. [02:35:09] <Barkeep> "Who could really trust me if they knew everything that I could do?"
  55. [02:39:41] <@Raven> "Well, your sister does, doesn't she?  If...you've told her that much, which I want to believe you have.  And I wouldn't be asking these things if I didn't honestly care and want to help you, Claud."
  56. [02:43:26] <Barkeep> "Do you really mean that, Raven?"
  57. [02:44:57] <@Raven> She gets up, shedding the coat, and stands in front of him. "Alright, fine.  Let's do it this way.  I'll tell youthings I wouldn't trust anyone else knowing about me first!"
  58. [02:46:05] <Barkeep> "Huh? O-Okay..."
  59. [02:46:27] <@Raven> (you asked for it god dommit)
  60. [02:47:27] <@Raven> She marches over to one of the piles of clothing in the room and shuffles through it. "First off, I...uh...wear men's underwear cause I think they're comfier!" She holds up a rather plan, grey pair of boxers.
  61. [02:47:46] <Barkeep> "... really?"
  62. [02:48:05] <Barkeep> "I don't see how they'd be that much comfier..."
  63. [02:48:35] <Barkeep> "Women's underwear look a lot more comfy to me."
  64. [02:48:45] <Barkeep> "... that came out wrong."
  65. [02:50:39] <@Raven> She flings them aside and marches over to a dresser, starting to get really, really red in the face, and shuffles through one of them before turning around with a REALLY REALLY CREEPY VOODOO DOLL in her hand.  "My granpapa gave me this when I was younger.  Sometimes when I'm really mad at someone I think about them and stick needles in it."
  66. [02:51:44] <@Raven> "I don't think it does anything though." :<
  67. [02:51:59] <Barkeep> "Well Ricki's still walking."
  68. [02:54:52] <@Raven> She moves onto a shelf, and moves a bunch of heavy looking books out of the way, and pulls out a plushy Scolipede.  It has a tophat and a monacle as well "I uh...secretly really like stuffed animals."
  69. [02:56:23] <Barkeep> "Nothing wrong with that. My sister loves them after all."
  70. [03:00:31] <@Raven> She then heads to the closet and brings out a...guitar?  She's still got the boxers, the scolipede, and the voodoo doll in her other arm.  "Someone left this on my doorstep about two months ago.  I started having really girly dreams about a secret admiderer leaving it for me, and recently hoped it was you, even though I don't think it was..." :<
  71. [03:01:46] * Barkeep shakes his head, "N-No, it wasn't..."
  72. [03:02:03] <Arawn> Speaking of things arriving on her doorstep.  Knock Knock!
  73. [03:02:25] <@Raven> "Come in-" she says loudly without really thinking too much about it.
  74. [03:02:31] <@Raven> (she's still in the swimsuit, by the way.)
  75. [03:02:58] <@Raven> "wait shit-" she says under her breath.
  76. [03:03:16] * Arawn enters.  He's changed out of his swimsuit at some point, but it's really just into pants, and he's carting a bag over his shoulder.  "Hey!  I--" and then he takes a long look around the room.  "...Sorry, am I interrupting something?"
  77. [03:03:27] <@Raven> "..."
  78. [03:04:00] <@Raven> She shoves all those odds and ends into the closet rather unsubtly.  
  79. [03:04:49] <Barkeep> "... Arawn."
  80. [03:05:30] <@Raven> "...and I have a bad habit of doing that," she says before facing Arawn.  "Uh...I don't really know how to explain this, nope."
  81. [03:05:46] <Arawn> "...Right.  I hope you're going to take better care of this than... whatever those were," he shakes his head clear, and nods to Barkeep as he starts fishing in the bag.  What he pulls out this time is a somewhat large case.  "It's done."
  82. [03:06:23] <@Raven> She approaches slowly. "The...oh! The rifle I asked you to work on."
  83. [03:09:39] <Arawn> "Yeah.  Here," he opens it up.  It's unassembled currently, but all the parts are on display.  And they've very clearly been worked with; while most of the mechanisms outside of the barrel are recognisable - if now garnished, cleaned, and engraved carefully - the barrel itself is noticably thicker and seems to be a little... wet?
  84. [03:11:26] <@Raven> The picks up the barrel, noticing it's the most changed part, and looks it over.  "This is...interesting.  What'd you do to it?"
  85. [03:13:03] <Arawn> It's quite cold to the touch.  "It's completely new.  Abomasnow wood on the outside lined with Cryogonal Ice on the inside.  I would advise against sticking your finger in it, and never run water through the barrel or you'll basically render it useless because the inside is really, REALLY cold.
  86. [03:13:28] * Barkeep leans over to look at the gun. Yup. Sure is a gun. With uh... dohickeys and parts.
  87. [03:13:31] <Arawn> As is, it's designed to encase bullets in ice as they pass through it.  So... you don't need special ammunition."
  88. [03:14:45] <@Raven> She nods, and puts it back in place, accepting the case. "Alright, that does sound a lot more practical than ice bullets did.  Thanks a lot, Arawn, I'll be sure to let you know how it works out when I get a chance to test it.  I...really appreciate what you did with the old thing, though."
  89. [03:15:50] <@Raven> She closes up the case for now and places it on the desk gently.
  90. [03:16:02] <Arawn> "Actually, it was no problem.  I haven't had fun working on something like that in a while, so you take good care of it, alright?"
  91. [03:16:33] <@Raven> "Alright, will do.  Sorry you uh...walked in on something odd."
  92. [03:17:08] <Arawn> "...It wouldn't be the first awkward situation to be walked in on today," Arawn chimes, lifting up the now much lighter bag.  "Shall I leave you two to... whatever you were up to?"
  93. [03:18:26] <@Raven> She gives an awkward grin and sorta nods. "Uuuuh, yeah, don't mean to be rude buuut..."
  94. [03:20:20] <Arawn> "No problem.  See you guys later~" Arawn turns around, waves, and makes himself scarce.
  95. [03:21:13] <Barkeep> "So... he really seems to be in a good mood today."
  96. [03:21:22] <@Raven> She doesn't waste much time shutting the door behind her, and locking it, before turning back to Claud.  "Uh...well, that was awkward, hehe...so..."
  97. [03:22:37] <Barkeep> "Was there anything else or... is it my turn?"
  98. [03:25:17] <@Raven> She fidgets. "There's....other things, but it's more of the same, just embarrassing things about myself, not something like I'm asking of you."
  99. [03:25:42] <Barkeep> "Right... but I think I get the picture enough."
  100. [03:26:07] <Barkeep> "It pretty much shows if you're willing to go through all that you really do want to know for a good reason."
  101. [03:28:40] <Barkeep> "My powers..."
  102. [03:29:18] <@Raven> She sits beside him on the bed again, putting an arm around him.
  103. [03:30:50] <Barkeep> "I've had them for a while... around ever since our parents got injured."
  104. [03:31:59] <Barkeep> "Bout four years."
  105. [03:33:13] <Barkeep> "There's lots I can do... I can read thoughts, project them, move things with my mind..."
  106. [03:33:55] <@Raven> "Like an alchemist?"
  107. [03:34:02] <Barkeep> "A what?"
  108. [03:34:36] <@Raven> "An...alchemist."
  109. [03:35:32] <Barkeep> "Can... alchemists do that?"
  110. [03:36:15] <@Raven> She is at a loss as to how to explain this.  "Maybe it's a synonym thing or you guys...haven't really ever seen or heard about one out here."
  111. [03:37:19] <@Raven> "They aren't very common, but most of them can.  I think.  However I think the term you're probably more familiar with is uh..."
  112. [03:37:38] <@Raven> "A witch."
  113. [03:39:00] <Barkeep> "Yeah... I guess that's sort of the term that's more common around here."
  114. [03:40:34] <@Raven> "Look, I meant what I said that day you helped with talking to that bandit wizard guy I got locked up...that doesn't bother me.  I'm not like that.  Something like that wouldn't make me not trust you."
  115. [03:41:08] <Barkeep> "It's... a bit different though. There's more."
  116. [03:41:42] <@Raven> "like fireballs?"
  117. [03:42:39] <Barkeep> "No, it's not like that."
  118. [03:43:01] <Barkeep> "I can... influence people's minds."
  119. [03:43:42] <@Raven> She thinks about this for a few seconds. "Oh....Oh."
  120. [03:45:13] <@Raven> "And...that's what you didn't want to tell me."
  121. [03:45:26] * Barkeep nods.
  122. [03:46:59] <@Raven> She hugs him tight as she can. "Okay, I guess you probably know what I'm gonna ask next...I don't want you to take this the wrong way though, I know this can't be easy for you to...tell me about, period."
  123. [03:49:06] <@Raven> "Have you...ever influenced me, and if you did, what was it?"
  124. [03:53:16] <Barkeep> "Hah..."
  125. [03:53:34] <Barkeep> "If I did... no matter what I told you, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference."
  126. [03:55:02] <@Raven> "I figured as much.  You could tell me any fib you wanted right now and I'd never know.  Because..."
  127. [03:55:43] <Barkeep> "That's why I didn't want to tell you... why I don't want to tell anyone."
  128. [03:56:25] <Barkeep> "How can you really trust someone like that?" he asks, clenching his hand and looking down at his knees.
  129. [03:58:03] <@Raven> She shrugs. "I don't think you'd do that to me, make up a lie, when you've told me this much.  Maybe I'm dumber than I thought, I don't care.  You're not the type of person to put up a facade like this."
  130. [03:58:26] <Barkeep> "... I did, though."
  131. [03:58:28] <Barkeep> "Once."
  132. [03:58:56] <Barkeep> "I tried to convince you to ask Neph for a massage."
  133. [04:00:59] <@Raven> She...can't help but laugh as she hugs him tighter. "Oh come now, and here my big worry was you'd convinced me to go out with you.  That's too straight forward to ever be a lie, you trying to nudge us together.  How could I hate you for something like that?"
  134. [04:01:41] <Barkeep> "But... but I could have done that." :<
  135. [04:02:07] <@Raven> "But you didn't, and I have no reason to ever doubt otherwise."
  136. [04:04:41] <Barkeep> "You really trust me that much?"
  137. [04:06:30] <@Raven> She scratches his head.  "I...guess this makes a lot more sense to me now, you being so shy around people, and not close to many people.  I guess the way I see it...you thought you could trust me to know this, so you chased after me...so...I don't believe you'd lie at this point about it."
  138. [04:08:13] <Barkeep> "That's true... but mostly you're just a really beautiful and amazing girl." he smiles.
  139. [04:09:13] <@Raven> "Also, think of it this way, isn't it a good thing you've told me now, and not me finding out if say...a witch hunter claimed you'd bewitched the town guard to be your lover?  This is...I'd never do anything to harm you, but others might, I'll need to think of what to do if the worst comes to be."
  140. [04:09:41] <@Raven> "Not to say you haven't done that? :3c
  141. [04:10:17] <Barkeep> "I did want to tell you though."
  142. [04:10:25] <Barkeep> "I felt like I could trust you because of... everything."
  143. [04:11:12] <Barkeep> "I just wasn't sure if I could because well... everything about you is almost too good to be true. I didn't want to risk losing any of that."
  144. [04:12:50] <@Raven> "Well you should consider what would befall you if you scorned a woman from a family of witch doctors," she nods to the voodoo doll with a teasing grin.
  145. [04:13:21] <Barkeep> "Exactly. Hence my hesitance." he grins back.
  146. [04:15:56] <@Raven> "This...is a lot to think about at once though.  And makes a whole bunch of things that happened before now...a lot more clear."
  147. [04:18:30] <@Raven> "Hopefully this doesn't make things too different between us...I do got a really silly request, though."
  148. [04:20:51] <Barkeep> "What's that?"
  149. [04:20:53] <@Raven> "Can you...say something in my head?  I've always wondered what that'd be like" :3c
  150. [04:21:06] <Barkeep> "Haha, Neph can do that too, you know."
  151. [04:21:47] <Barkeep> <But it's a little something like this.>
  152. [04:22:31] <@Raven> "Well that's news to me - woah."
  153. [04:22:52] <@Raven> She blinks a bit.  "Okay that might take a little getting used to but..."
  154. [04:26:57] <@Raven> She thinks a bit, then blushes.  "Okay, next request, let's test this theory if I can tell you're messing with me or not.  Make me...do something you'd really want me to do right now."
  155. [04:27:43] <Barkeep> "All right."
  156. [04:27:50] <Barkeep> "I want you to do... anything you want to."
  157. [04:28:48] <@Raven> "..."
  158. [04:28:51] <@Raven> "I-"
  159. [04:29:35] * Barkeep puts his arm around her and smiles, "So what do you wanna do?"
  160. [04:29:53] <@Raven> "That's cheating" ;_;
  161. [04:30:37] <Barkeep> "All right all right."
  162. [04:30:45] <Barkeep> "So you want me to make you do something right?"
  163. [04:31:25] <@Raven> "Right. Go ahead, surprise me."
  164. [04:31:45] * Barkeep thinks, then waves his hand and says grinning, "Be incredibly sexy~"
  165. [04:31:52] <Barkeep> "Look, it's working!"
  166. [04:34:30] <@Raven> She gets all flustered. "All right, Claud, you win this time.  I'm going to get you back for teasing me, though!"
  167. [04:35:19] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 mental suggestion anyway :3
  168. [04:35:20] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, mental suggestion anyway :3: 23 [1d20=15]
  169. [04:35:28] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 now to act :D
  170. [04:35:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, now to act :D: 12 [1d20=4]
  171. [04:35:36] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 try 2
  172. [04:35:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, try 2: 13 [1d20=5]
  173. [04:35:39] <Barkeep> fff
  174. [04:35:46] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 try 3?
  175. [04:35:47] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, try 3?: 28 [1d20=20]
  176. [04:36:14] <@Raven> "Cause eventually one of us is going to have to tell Nephene that I know now, and about me wanting to move in.  And she probably will be pissed about one or the other, or both."
  177. [04:37:20] <@Raven> and...then somehow next thing she knows she's cuddling her scolipede plushy making it walk around the bed.
  178. [04:38:04] <@Raven> "holy shit you wern't kidding."
  179. [04:40:27] <@Raven> She somehow seems extremely reluctant to stop cuddling the scolipede.  "Okay...I...see okay I'm sorry this wasn't as funny as I thought it'd be."
  180. [04:42:19] <@Raven> "I just wanted to snuggle and stuff." :<
  181. [04:42:20] * Barkeep shrugs, "I think it's still kind of funny."
  182. [04:49:26] <@Raven> She eventually just lays down on her bed. "I'm really glad you were honest with me about this.  I am gonna need a little time to think about what to do next though."
  183. [04:49:27] <Barkeep> "Although..."
  184. [04:49:58] <Barkeep> "I only suggested that you play with it. The snuggling you came up with on your own."
  185. [04:50:13] <Barkeep> "So maybe you wanted to do that on a subconcious level..."
  186. [04:50:58] <Barkeep> "In which case I think I can provide a suitable alternative to the doll."
  187. [04:52:41] <@Raven> "Stop being silly and come over here then!"
  188. [04:53:18] <Barkeep> "As you command..."
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