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 426 Matues, Mon, 1st Oct '12 6:24:52 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
[Butterfly Garden]

"Fine. Let's start over then." She settled down on the ground, legs crossed and flicked away her cigarette, aiming for a swarm of butterflies.

"I'm Stella." She flicked a card out of thin air, handing it forward. "Unwilling Fairy Godmother. Hence the having-to-help-troubled-girls-with-problems."

edited 1st Oct '12 6:25:09 PM by Matues

 427 nrjxll, Mon, 1st Oct '12 6:32:57 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[Railing]

"Else... what?" the Ambassador added, turning out to look at the water again. A cross-section of amber light briefly flickered over one of his spectacles, though he didn't comment on it. "I had nothing else to say that I recall."

[Rooms - First Floor]

Kazuko completed the download and closed her scratchpad. She looked at the terminal with a slightly puzzled expression for a moment, then remembered it wasn't computronium and reached for the power switch.

Don't think I'm going so native after all.

She stood up and looked around the room for a moment. She figured she could probably just relax here for a while, but that would be an awful waster - lotech or not, she was on a goddamn multiversal cruise liner. And while she might never get to actually publish, if ever there was a time to do interviews it was now.

She reached over to the camera on her shoulder, tapped it a few times, and walked out of the cabin, going to the first floor.

darthnazgul
[Butterfly Garden]

"Stella, huh?" Jane tried her best to breath in as little as possible, the smoke had begun to drift in her direction before the cigarette was tossed away. "I'm Jane, Jane Tanner."

The 'Fairy Godmother' was a little difficult to believe, even with the other passengers. I'd rather not have my problems become someone else's. . . but I guess I'll nibble a little before I bite.

"There may be a few problems we have, then again there's a whole world out there giving them away like its Christmas. Why us two?" Jane almost gasped at the air as it regained its freshness, although the humidity made itself a little too much at home in her lungs.

edited 1st Oct '12 9:25:51 PM by darthnazgul

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 429 Matues, Tue, 2nd Oct '12 11:28:46 AM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
[Butterfly]

"Usually, I am under a contractual obligation to assist mortals who certain criteria. Namely.. Young, Female, Troubled Backstory. You are those three things. Ergo, I have an impulse to help you out of sheer habit. Otherwise, I'd be enjoying a nice day without having to work or barge in on someone's private conversation!"

Stella glanced nervously at a small songbird that was hopping along the path. Wonderful. Not just butterflies, bird too. She was going to have to scrub bird shit out of her hair again.
 430 Yomegami, Tue, 2nd Oct '12 1:21:24 PM from out of nowhere Relationship Status: In denial
Sanely Insane
Butterfly Garden

Talitha wrinkled her nose as the cigarette smoke drifted her way, somewhat annoyed that Stella thought it fit to leave garbage lying around in this otherwise very beautiful garden. She didn't know quite what to make of this person - on one hand, her unfriendly demeanor was likely due to the fact that she didn't necessarily enjoy being a fairy godmother. On the other hand, depending on how long this person had her job, one would think that she'd be a little friendlier. Nobody liked a jerk, Talitha especially.

She glanced at Jane, then back at Stella. "Well, um...If you're looking for an especially traumatic backstory, then I'm not your type. I've a few problems, but my life up until this point has been nothing but ordinary." She thought for a few moments, then hastily added, "Oh, and I'm Talitha Davis, in the event that you didn't catch that earlier."
This is why I have to be alone. But I don't have to be alone.... If everyone suffers with me...I won't be the only one...!
 431 Night, Tue, 2nd Oct '12 3:41:29 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
[Railing]

"Surely there's more to your faith than that? Tenets, beliefs." Anne said. She shook her head. "Some kind of unifying factors beyond the need."
"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
darthnazgul
[Butterfly Garden]

"I. . ." Jane noticed she still had her arm around Talitha, pulling it back as she mouthed 'sorry'. "I wouldn't really consider myself to have a traumatic past, " Although I doubt I've come across that way today, "Of course, maybe a Fairy Godmother is a better judge of that than I am."

Jane pondered for a moment, Stella didn't seem to be the kind of person that enjoyed her job but it also would probably be healthier to not turn her down. Jane sighed, she was never a fan of being on the receiving end of giving, "Well what kind of. . . favours can you do?"
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 433 nrjxll, Tue, 2nd Oct '12 9:43:28 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[Railing]

"Of course there are, " the Ambassador said, still glancing out at the ocean. That was most unexpected.

"But as I have been saying, the Faith... er, discourages proselytizing. Any action of mine that would seem to contradict this was merely an attempt at provocation. And it is few humans who wish to learn anything of our cultures - or the other way, of course - given the history of conflict between our peoples. I know, you're from a different Earth, but still: do you truly want to know about the Faith? Or shall we find a different topic?"

[First Floor]

Kazuko stopped briefly, studying the tide of (mostly)-humanity in motion around the deck. The ship seemed to be crowded - weirdly so for its size. She made a mental note of that, then stopped to think. Bit stupid to be doing my job on vacation. But they say involvement's good for you.

She glanced around again, called up her map briefly, then headed for the arcade. There should be something worth collecting in there.

 434 Night, Wed, 3rd Oct '12 3:10:17 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
[Railing]

Anne looked at him for a long moment, her eyebrows raised slighty. "Yes. But it appears to be an uncomfortable subject, so perhaps not. I've asked enough questions. Your turn to ask some of me."
"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
 435 Matues, Wed, 3rd Oct '12 7:34:23 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
[Butterfly Garden]

"Well..It's hard to say. I can do lots of things, connected only by the strange logic of folklore. Nearly anything that could be the result of something mundane, I can do easily." She pointed towards the card, "Pulling a card out of thin air is easy, because I can justify it to the universe as merely skipping having to take one out of my pocket."

Crossing her arms and looking again with nervousness at butterflies and birds, she continued.

"Just ask. The words I wish works wonders."
darthnazgul
[Butterfly Garden]

The offer was tempting but Jane still had her doubts, such powers would've made some impression on history. Then again, this was a cruise with visitors from many universes, could be as common as breakfast where Stella comes from. I'll just ask if such a thing is possible, best not to demand it.

"Come to think of it, there is something I would want and in many ways need. In fact, odds favour that you'd be helping more than one person that fits the young yet troubled girl archetype. Now I'm not asking you to do it, just wondering if you can and we'll see if I take the offer.

"The universe that I come from has. . . a lot of problems. Many caused by a single thing from so many people. War, prejudice, ignorance and fear all coming back to the same truth. Can you create universal peace so that none of that happens?"

edited 4th Oct '12 8:05:10 PM by darthnazgul

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 437 Yomegami, Thu, 4th Oct '12 9:00:45 PM from out of nowhere Relationship Status: In denial
Sanely Insane
Butterfly Garden

One part of Talitha really, really wanted to take Stella up on her offer. Here was the chance to finally put her worries about her sexuality and everything it could possibly affect to rest. After becoming a bit of a shut-in because of it, it would be awfully nice if she could go back to her friends without worrying whether or not they'd still accept her.

The greater part of her mind, however, was hesitant. Besides a healthy dislike for the personality Stella displayed thus far, Talitha was still a bit skeptical that this person was actually capable of doing the things she said she was capable of doing. Of course, the card trick and all the butterflies (and birds - apparently, that was what the sign outside the garden was referring to when it said "wildlife") offered heavy support, but beyond that the words were just words.

She glanced towards the pond, a thoughtful expression on her face. Should she ask Stella to do something for her? If so, what should that thing be? So many conflicting thoughts floated through her mind, and she wasn't sure which was the correct one to act upon.
This is why I have to be alone. But I don't have to be alone.... If everyone suffers with me...I won't be the only one...!
 438 Tehpillowstar, Fri, 5th Oct '12 8:41:07 AM from the Land of Pillows and Stars Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Soft and fluffy
[Front Deck]

"I think everyone's in the Butterfly Garden, " murmered Haruka, leaning over the edge and watching the sea.

"Everyone?"

"Well, everyone interesting, " Haruka corrected. Nobody said much for a while, simply watching the sea and smelling the breeze, letting it really sink in that they were on vacation.

Gabrielle was the one to break the silence. "So, I'm going to head over to the museum, anyone wanna go with me?"

Haruka shook her head. "You go ahead, I'm going to eat first"

Jonathan expressed his need to fill his stomach, and Andrew just shrugged. Robert told the others that he was going to going to go swimming—while not subtly mentioning at Jonathan's incessant need to keep everyone accounted for.

I got kinda bored at this, trying to get back into the groove.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." -R. W. Raymond
 439 Tehpillowstar, Mon, 8th Oct '12 9:12:14 PM from the Land of Pillows and Stars Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Soft and fluffy
[Front Deck —> Butterfly Garden]

Gabrielle decided that she'd rather be around some folks than alone in some museum. She'd have plenty of time to visit the place. At some point Andrew joined her. Despite Andrew being a very useful member of the fray with his incredible speed in fighting, extensive knowledge in Dark Magic and incredible street smarts, he still gave her the creeps. It was just the Corruption, she told herself. Even though it was long gone, she could still feel it's eerie scars on him. Well, she didn't object to him tagging along, although she was sure that the conversation would turn into 20 Questions about Andrew's condition—to his discomfort. She hoped that they could avoid that, instead talking about something more interesting, like what their homelands were like, or their magic, even.

They reached where the garden was, a beautiful place filled with flowers and softly fluttering butterflies, some tiny and white and others huge with garish colors. A butterfly fluttered and sat on top of some kind of tropical flower. In close examination, Gabrielle could also see the tiny little feathers that lined the insect's wings.

She felt the presences of other people other than her and Andrew. Perhaps they would talk? Maybe they were too engrossed in their conversation that a newcomer would not be thought of well. What was that old saying again? 'A company is two, but a bother is three'? She decided to stay out of the conversation, unless they invited her in. Probably for the best.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." -R. W. Raymond
 440 Matues, Mon, 8th Oct '12 9:25:48 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
[Butterfly Garden]

"Can you tell me how to bring about world peace in your universe?" Said in a tone somewhat softer than before, "The magic of my kind requires an element of.. understanding. You have to ponder what you would do to bring about something, then skip to the end."

Stella disturbs several butterflies as she pulls a cigarette out of thin air, then fishes a cigarette box out of her pocket to put it back in.

She continues in a normal tone of voice, "I can do things that I don't understand.. but those have been handed down to me by my higher-ups. Burned into my mind. I can do them the same way you breathe- without thinking. If I think about it, everything unravels and I get a huge headache. None of those things could possibly help you. They're all from fairy tales and nonsense. Give someone long hair, make someone sleep for a hundred years, make someone beautiful as the day, turn someone into a frog.."

Stella sighs. She never was good at explaining things, and couldn't shake the residual job-induced regret of not being able to fulfill a desire. Damn contractual obligations.

edited 8th Oct '12 9:26:02 PM by Matues

darthnazgul
[Butterfly Garden]

Great, Jane sighed, Now I'm breathing manually again. Might as well explain my reasoning then.

"Explaining to you how peace would come about." Jane nodded to herself for a moment, forming the idea with each rattle of her brain. "First of all, everybody would have to conform to peace, meaning either no free will or those that refuse would be disposed of. All choices would be determined by some peace-loving dictator. Of course, this also explains why I don't want you to grant this wish. I'm not in charge of any life except my own and to force every countless being into a mindset, no matter how good the intentions, is not for me to decide."

Jane put one hand in her pocket and the other at the back of her head, relaxing a little. "That got a little serious, didn't it? Sorry, didn't want to become the center of attention." Should probably do something to carry the conversation away from my problems.

Off to the entrance, she spotted two new people touring the garden. While Jane would've probably drawn the topic to the newcomers, she was preoccupied by her thoughts; Something is really familiar about that guy but I can't put my finger on it. The nose? Something else? This is going to bother me.
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 442 Elfhunter, Tue, 9th Oct '12 12:19:36 PM from India Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
KOTOL, GIFF ME MANA
[Arcade]

"Don'ttouchtheghost, don'ttouchtheghost, don'ttouchtheghost...oh, damn it, " Jacob said, covering his face with his hands, as the "Game Over" message flashed on the screen. He never realized Pac-man was this tough. He was already out of coins, all 30 of them, and it'd only been 10 minutes.

With a sigh, he walked over to the coin counter. Games like these weren't really his thing, but it's not like he had much choice; the place was pretty much deserted anyway.

"30 more, " he said, placing $30 on the counter. It was then that he saw someone enter the arcsde. From her attire, she looked like a businesswoman, but her hair and eyes made her look like some rabid metal fan. The people on this ship were certainly unique.

As she neared the counter, Jacob asked her, "Would you like to play a game of Air Hockey?"

Neko LLX, you can retcon your character to have arrived before Jacob and in another corner of the arcade if you decide to post.

edited 9th Oct '12 12:20:41 PM by Elfhunter

"What are you going to do, stab me?" - said the stab victim.
 443 Neko LLX, Tue, 9th Oct '12 5:04:19 PM from Soviet America
Writer: Tokusatsu 5YrWar
[Arcade]

Sukio leaned back from the fighting game, her character, a bear, had just mopped the floor with the big boss, a bald, hairless man with his body painted in 2 colors, split straight down the middle. She felt, good relaxed, her fears and concerns melting away as she pushed up from her seat and sauntered over to the cashier area leaning against the wall, waving over at Joseph as he came up, "Big spender aren't you." she chuckled.

I was afraid people had forgotten that there were /3/ people in the arcade!
7 friends, a robot, and a spirit, will find a way to protect us...if it kills them.
 444 nrjxll, Tue, 9th Oct '12 6:19:18 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[Railing]

The Ambassador gripped the railing with a claw and clenched, still unsettled - both from the direction his thoughts had begun to go in and from the odd reading he had briefly detected.

"A question." He exhaled. "Let me ask you this - where it is that you come from, have your humans made contact with any other form of intelligent life besides this enemy you're fighting? Actually, let me ask this as well - what is the year according to your Common Era calendar? I have begun to... wonder something."

[Arcade]

Kazuko looked over at the man in the loud shirt. "Uh, 'air' hockey? Never heard of that one."

She glanced around the arcade, briefly flicking her optical implants' secondary systems on to make sure. But no, it was just as it seemed: a genuine collection of pre-contact arcade games.

"Why not, " she said, shrugging. "But only if you answer me a few questions - before or after, your choice."

 445 Elfhunter, Tue, 9th Oct '12 6:43:43 PM from India Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
KOTOL, GIFF ME MANA
[arcade]

Jacob raised an eyebrow. Either this was someone very sheltered or he'd managed to find another interdimensional passanger. In any case, it'd be good to pump her for information. "Don't worry about it, I'll teach you."

In response to her next comment, Jacob smiled at how direct that was. It looked like she was used to getting straight answers out of people. "How about during?" Jacob asked in an attempt to change that fact.
"What are you going to do, stab me?" - said the stab victim.
 446 Yomegami, Tue, 9th Oct '12 6:51:05 PM from out of nowhere Relationship Status: In denial
Sanely Insane
Butterfly Garden

After much mulling, Talitha decided that there really wasn't anything Stella could do for her. Judging by what she just said, "anything" was actually a little out of reach. There wasn't a whole lot that a typical fairy tale wish could do that Talitha would actually get any use out of. Well, she actually knew a few people that probably deserved to be turned into frogs, but since they weren't here right now that was out of the question.

"In that case, then I think I'm fine, " she said, somewhat apologetically. "Like I said earlier, I do have problems, but they're not the sort a dose of magic will take away."

She did have a few words to say about Jane's desire for world peace. Then again, she couldn't think of a way to phrase her thoughts without coming off as insulting, and insulting someone who had just kindly listened to her worries wasn't one of those things Talitha wanted to do.
This is why I have to be alone. But I don't have to be alone.... If everyone suffers with me...I won't be the only one...!
 447 Night, Tue, 9th Oct '12 7:06:08 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
[Railing]

"Maybe?" Anne shook her head. "We don't know. The things we're fighting and the things that warned us they would be coming, or their artifacts, or whatever it is that's locked in the basement in Germany, could be the same group. They could be a different group. I don't know, I'm not high up enough on the chain of command to be told. It's quite possible nobody knows."

She paused. "The year is...2015."
"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
 448 Tehpillowstar, Tue, 9th Oct '12 8:25:38 PM from the Land of Pillows and Stars Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Soft and fluffy
[Butterfly Garden]

Andrew tugged on the high collar of his shirt. One of the more annoying things about his Corruption was hiding it from other people. All the clothing he wore—the battered mask, the cowl, the bandages over his arms, the long pants and knee-high boots made him look very eccentric. Almost like a cross between a Tusken Raider and some generic, cloaked person.

The other downfall of his choice of clothing was how hot it was. He should of anticipated that it was going to be warm during the Cruise, but the Butterfly Garden was also humid, which made it all the more unbearable. He shouldn't of come with Gabrielle. No, he'll probably have to end up answering two hundred questions of why he's wearing so much clothing and about the Corruption and—ugh.

There was a girl who was looking at Gabrielle and him a bit oddly. He decided to ignore it, all the better.
"Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." -R. W. Raymond
 449 nrjxll, Tue, 9th Oct '12 8:59:48 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[Railing]

The Ambassador exhaled again, and turned to face the ocean.

"This may seem a non sequitur, but have you noticed anything... peculiar about this water?"

[Arcade]

Kazuko shook her head firmly. "Before or after's better, " she said, flicking open her scratchpad. "Less distractions."

She glanced around, looking for some sign of this 'air' hockey. "So, air hockey, huh? I assume that's not short for mid-air hockey. Wouldn't mind it, but it doesn't seem to fit with most of the set-up here. ''Plus, it'd be even more distracting."

 450 Night, Tue, 9th Oct '12 10:43:25 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
[Railing]

"Not really, though something about it puts me off. There are little bits of-" Anne paused and stared at a particular swirl of foam. "I'd almost say they were periscope feather. But that really doesn't make much sense."

She shook her head. "I spent the first ten years of my life near the sea. There's something else off about this, but I can't put my finger on it."
"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise."
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