The Lurking Fear: Epilogue

Aug 14 22:28:00 <Echo> Scott crawls into the back,
Aug 14 22:28:09 <Echo> "Someone else drive. I'm tired."
Aug 14 22:28:17 <Dexanote> "I've got it."
Aug 14 22:28:22 <Gara> Emma gets in.
Aug 14 22:28:42 <Dexanote> Myr climbs into the driver's seat, cracking her neck.
Aug 14 22:29:44 <Pemander> "Wait, let me."
Aug 14 22:30:42 <Dexanote> "… Sure." she hops over to the passenger seat. "Why?"
Aug 14 22:31:42 <Pemander> Arianna climbs up into the driver's seat and starts the SUV or whatever the fuck they're taking. "Something bad will happen if I don't."
Aug 14 22:32:01 <Pemander> She turns on the headlights, buckles up, and drives off toward Jan's place.
Aug 14 22:32:28 <Maddy> The drive is really ordinarry.
Aug 14 22:33:07 <Maddy> When they get to the cul du sac, ther can see the silouette of Jan in his window as usual, his candle a little dimmer. He should probably get a new one.
Aug 14 22:33:28 <Dexanote> Myr watches out the window. This is going to suck.
Aug 14 22:34:04 <Pemander> Ari turns the engine off and steps out of the car. "So, what're we going to tell him? The truth?"
Aug 14 22:34:50 <Dexanote> "If he looks like he's at death's door, we lie."
Aug 14 22:35:10 <Echo> Scott hops out the rear hatch. "I dunno. Seems like he might deserve the truth. That's what he asked for."
Aug 14 22:35:17 <Gara> "What's up?"
Aug 14 22:35:20 <Pemander> "Truth's overrated."
Aug 14 22:35:21 <Echo> "I mean, he asked us to go there to find out."
Aug 14 22:35:23 <Gara> Emma pops out.
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Aug 14 22:35:33 <Echo> "Shit, did y'all tell her what happened?"
Aug 14 22:35:43 <Pemander> "Not really. Hold up."
Aug 14 22:36:15 <Pemander> Ari looks to Emma. "Story in a nutshell: We find this guy, last left in a big group of people. Some kinda weirdness making them act strange, they all eventually went off to this cabin in the woods."
Aug 14 22:36:26 <Pemander> "Asks us to go find out what happened to them, for closure and whatnot."
Aug 14 22:36:56 <Pemander> "We go there, find the cabin, there's a massive tunnel dug underneath it that goes into an underground lake beneath the bedrock. Filled with all these bone and flesh horrors that have glowing eye things."
Aug 14 22:37:09 <Gara> "… Ah."
Aug 14 22:37:18 <Pemander> "Scott blew them all to pieces and then we got outta there."
Aug 14 22:37:37 <Gara> "Huh. Alright."
Aug 14 22:40:06 <Dexanote> "I don't think we need to tell a dying guy about that."
Aug 14 22:40:23 <Echo> With that, Scott starts for the front door.
Aug 14 22:40:38 <Pemander> Arianna follows him.
Aug 14 22:40:45 <Gara> Emma follows.
Aug 14 22:41:32 <Dexanote> Myr follows as well! Scoot is Mama Duck
Aug 14 22:42:13 <Echo> The cop knocks at the door a few times. "All right, harem, just keep it cool."
Aug 14 22:43:34 <Echo> He opens the door. "Hello?"
Aug 14 22:43:41 <Echo> Creeps inside.
Aug 14 22:43:58 <Maddy> When Scott opens the door he's met, eyes to eyes, with threen glowing green orbs.
Aug 14 22:44:01 <Maddy> Mdef.
Aug 14 22:44:52 <Gara> 4df+2 Well, this wasn't exactly what I saw coming.
Aug 14 22:44:53 <CROM> Gara: Well, this wasn't exactly what I saw coming.: 3 (4df+2=0, -, +, +)
Aug 14 22:44:59 <Maddy> Just Scott
Aug 14 22:45:04 <Gara> Oh, okay.
Aug 14 22:45:09 <Maddy> Sorry shoulda specified
Aug 14 22:47:30 <Echo> 4df+3
Aug 14 22:47:30 <CROM> Echo: 1 (4df+3=-, -, -, +)
Aug 14 22:47:38 <Maddy> ohdeer
Aug 14 22:47:49 <Echo> …
Aug 14 22:48:56 <Maddy> The orbs zip straight through your head, like ice cold shards of glass in your brain. Its agony. However, as soon as it's begun, it's over and the orbs are gone. Everyone else sees this happen.
Aug 14 22:49:17 <Gara> "…….."
Aug 14 22:49:20 <Gara> "Okay."
Aug 14 22:49:32 <Gara> "Well. What the fuck."
Aug 14 22:49:34 <Echo> Scott's on his knees a moment later.
Aug 14 22:49:51 <Pemander> "…" Arianna leans down and puts a hand on his shoulder. "You alright?"
Aug 14 22:50:11 <Gara> "Is that a normal thing for this house?"
Aug 14 22:50:22 <Pemander> "No."
Aug 14 22:50:31 <Gara> "Okay."
Aug 14 22:50:39 <Echo> He pushes himself up a few moments later and hauls his rifle off his back. "I'm gonna shit here for a minute. Just… let's make sure one of those fucking things isn't in here."
Aug 14 22:50:43 <Echo> *sit
Aug 14 22:50:45 <Echo> not shit
Aug 14 22:50:49 <Echo> that would be silly
Aug 14 22:50:57 <Gara> "One of those things?"
Aug 14 22:51:00 <Pemander> Ari nods and pushes forward into the house.
Aug 14 22:51:16 <Gara> Emma doesn't like this. She follows Ari.
Aug 14 22:51:19 <Echo> "The skeletons."
Aug 14 22:51:27 <Dexanote> "… Scoot, you alright?" Myr stays with Scott!
Aug 14 22:51:36 <Echo> "Bout human height, spindly, fast as hell. All points and edges."
Aug 14 22:51:53 <Pemander> "Jan?" She calls out. "You in here? You alright?"
Aug 14 22:52:15 <Maddy> Theres no answer.
Aug 14 22:52:34 <Gara> Emma pulls her pistol, and keeps it low.
Aug 14 22:52:36 <Pemander> Ari draws a knife. "You got a gun, Emma, get it ready."
Aug 14 22:52:39 <Pemander> "…nevermind."
Aug 14 22:52:57 <Pemander> She starts up the stairs to the second floor.
Aug 14 22:53:06 <Echo> Scott notices the little five-seven and chuckles quietly.
Aug 14 22:53:09 <Gara> She follows, checking corners and angles as she goes.
Aug 14 22:53:16 <Echo> "You better put that back in your purse."
Aug 14 22:53:31 <Gara> She ignores Scott.
Aug 14 22:54:03 <Dexanote> Myr glances and snickers.
Aug 14 22:56:53 <Echo> "Yo, Jan! You hear us? Hold you fire, we're coming up!"
Aug 14 22:57:02 <Maddy> Still no response from Jan. And he told you he doesn have a gun.
Aug 14 22:57:21 <Dexanote> "So what're the chances he, uh."
Aug 14 22:57:37 <Pemander> Arianna makes it to the top of the stairs and heads down the hallway to the last door on the left. It open?
Aug 14 22:57:40 <Maddy> yep
Aug 14 22:58:00 <Pemander> "Emma, cover me."
Aug 14 22:58:05 <Pemander> She holds a knife at the ready.
Aug 14 22:58:32 <Echo> Scott stays on the stairs as the ladies move up.
Aug 14 22:58:59 <Gara> She covers her. "Gotcha."
Aug 14 22:59:10 <Dexanote> Myr drifts up to the top of the stairs, ready to backup either side.
Aug 14 23:00:13 <Pemander> Ari slooowly pushes the door open…!
Aug 14 23:00:25 <Pemander> Er leans out.
Aug 14 23:00:28 <Pemander> Into the room.
Aug 14 23:01:54 <Maddy> In his chair, is the slumped, lifeless body of Jan Martense. The gaping wound in his chest, and the almost entirely hollow cavity is a clear message as to what ended him. The only question is how long agin was he ended?
Aug 14 23:03:14 <Pemander> "Shit."
Aug 14 23:03:24 <Dexanote> "What's up?" Myr calls.
Aug 14 23:03:26 <Gara> Emma moves up to look. "Well."
Aug 14 23:03:29 <Pemander> "Keep an eye out, everyone."
Aug 14 23:03:48 <Gara> She puts her pistol away, opting for her rifle.
Aug 14 23:04:20 <Gara> "For what in particular? Skeleton thing, or some other monster?"
Aug 14 23:04:24 <Pemander> "Jan's bucket got kicked and one of those things might still be around."
Aug 14 23:04:38 <Dexanote> "… Of course." Myr shifts, glancing down at Scott. pls 2 not b brained
Aug 14 23:05:23 <Echo> "It's clean in here. That was the one leaving."
Aug 14 23:05:35 <Echo> "That was what was in the forest."
Aug 14 23:05:42 <Echo> "The lights. When we left the first night."
Aug 14 23:09:47 <Dexanote>
Aug 14 23:10:14 <Maddy> The house is quiet and still, an the candle is burning down.
Aug 14 23:10:20 <Gara> "Well."
Aug 14 23:10:22 <Pemander> Arianna sighs and walks over to his body.
Aug 14 23:10:24 <Gara> "What now?"
Aug 14 23:10:27 <Dexanote> "… Right." She nods, stepping into Jan's room. "… You think we should burn the place?"
Aug 14 23:11:57 <Echo> "Yeah."
Aug 14 23:12:19 <Echo> Scott starts piecing some stuff together, and heads out of the house and back towards the Hummer.
Aug 14 23:13:10 <Echo> "We don't need to burn it though… be a waste of a flare at this point."
Aug 14 23:13:11 <Pemander> "This makes it all seem so pointless."
Aug 14 23:14:13 <Dexanote> "The kids are safe." Myr pats Arianna's shoulder.
Aug 14 23:14:21 <Dexanote> Squeezes a bit.
Aug 14 23:15:16 <Echo> "We were replacements." Scott climbs into the truck and fires it up, ready to go.
Aug 14 23:15:17 <Pemander> She nods morosely. "Let's at least give him a separate pyre, yeah?"
Aug 14 23:16:38 <Dexanote> "I'll help you bring him down." She looks to Emma. "Hey Ari did we lend him the pizza box?"
Aug 14 23:17:43 <Gara> She slings her rifle, is gets ready to bring him down.
Aug 14 23:18:05 <Pemander> "Nah, I took it back once he had dinner."
Aug 14 23:18:40 <Dexanote> She nods. "Come on."
Aug 14 23:18:45 <Dexanote> She takes under one arm.
Aug 14 23:18:50 <Gara> She gets the other arm.
Aug 14 23:19:03 <Maddy> He;s very light.
Aug 14 23:22:03 <Dexanote> She helps him down the stairs. "Sorry New Girl. It's never a good way to introduce someone to what we do."
Aug 14 23:22:34 <Gara> "Eh."
Aug 14 23:23:02 <Pemander> Arianna rummages through his belongings, looking for anything of value.
Aug 14 23:23:09 <Pemander> Looters gonna loot.
Aug 14 23:23:26 <Dexanote> horrible crazy insane girl
Aug 14 23:23:32 <Dexanote> <3
Aug 14 23:24:05 <Maddy> There's some asorted jewlery, clothes, and some bedding, and a journal, but not much more.
Aug 14 23:24:31 <Gara> They carry the body!
Aug 14 23:25:16 <Maddy> Good job. You are dubbed Paul Bearers.
Aug 14 23:25:48 <Pemander> She grabs the journal and leafs through it.
Aug 14 23:25:52 <Dexanote> ooooOOOoOOOOOOoooooooooo
Aug 14 23:26:50 <Maddy> It's pretty normal, at least for a journal of a dude at the end of the world. Jan is really obtuse and vague about what cause the people of Livingston to flee, unfortunately.
Aug 14 23:27:11 <Maddy> The last entry seems to be early July.
Aug 14 23:27:50 <Pemander> Ari reads over that one in particular.
Aug 14 23:29:09 <Maddy> It details about how his wife, Wendy, was the last to leave into the woods, and his thoughts of taking his own life, untill he hears Wendy calling him to the front yard.
Aug 14 23:30:56 <Pemander> "Goddamn."
Aug 14 23:31:18 <Pemander> "That whole thing."
Aug 14 23:31:35 <Pemander> She tosses the journal on the bed and starts taking all the valuables. "What a fucking waste of time."
Aug 14 23:31:45 <Pemander> "Rip in peace, Jan."
Aug 14 23:33:40 <Pemander> Ari heads out of the house with the others.
Aug 14 23:34:08 <Dexanote> Myr looks back to Arianna. "You alright?"
Aug 14 23:35:19 <Pemander> "Yeah, just a mite pissed."
Aug 14 23:35:41 <Pemander> "Scott had it right. Jan was basically dead all along."
Aug 14 23:35:43 <Dexanote> "Kids are safe. That was the only reason we went back last night."
Aug 14 23:35:56 <Dexanote> "Now the things won't get them in the night."
Aug 14 23:36:26 <Pemander> "We don't know that for sure."
Aug 14 23:36:40 <Pemander> "There's still some left, and they're mad now."
Aug 14 23:37:06 <Gara> Emma barely has any idea what the fuck people are talking about.
Aug 14 23:37:18 <Dexanote> Myr slumps a bit, looking out at the woods.
Aug 14 23:37:24 <Echo> Scott's still watching the Hummer, headlights on and engine running.
Aug 14 23:38:50 <Pemander> Arianna lifts up a gas can. "Found some in the garage. Doused the bottom floor."
Aug 14 23:38:58 <Pemander> "Anyone got a match?"
Aug 14 23:39:13 <Dexanote> "We came out here last week to get supplies, saw Jan-" she gestures to the body "- in the window. Made contact. He told us he was dying and his family walked off into the woods. we went out there and found a couple humans underground under a shack, they attacked us. Killed them in defense, monsters came out of their bodies."
Aug 14 23:39:39 <Dexanote> She looks to Emma. "Promised him we'd come back if we found his family. He was a puppet the whole time."
Aug 14 23:39:49 <Gara> "Goddamn."
Aug 14 23:45:05 <Dexanote> She rummages in her pockets. "… I might have a lighter."
Aug 14 23:45:31 <Dexanote> She pulls out a crappy, scuffed old blue BIC lighter. "Come on."
Aug 14 23:48:37 <Echo> «Gonna do this or not?»
Aug 14 23:50:32 <Pemander> «Give me a second.»
Aug 14 23:50:37 <Pemander> Where'd they put Jan?
Aug 14 23:52:08 <Dexanote> He's laid out a bit off near the woods, in a cleared area in the grass.
Aug 14 23:56:59 <Dexanote> She quietly moves his arms so his hands are folded together. "We going to bury it after?"
Aug 14 23:59:30 <Pemander> Arianna upends the gas can over him and spreads the remaining fuel on his body. "If you want to. I don't really care."
Aug 15 00:01:29 <Dexanote> Myr drops the lighter. "Go gas the house, I'll make a torch."
Aug 15 00:02:25 <Maddy> Drops the lighter on the body? or jsut drops it in general?
Aug 15 00:02:30 <Echo> Scott lights up, still by the truck.
Aug 15 00:02:34 <Dexanote> On the body.
Aug 15 00:02:48 <Maddy> Jan, or what's let of him goes up in a WOOSH.
Aug 15 00:03:39 <Dexanote> Myr goes to the woods and picks out a largeish branch, taking it back to jan and setting it beside him.
Aug 15 00:06:53 <Maddy> The house was aleady thourouly gassed up.
Aug 15 00:09:13 <Dexanote> Soon myr takes the stick, sets the end on fire, and takes it to the house to torch it.
Aug 15 00:09:18 <Dexanote> "Lets get out of here."
Aug 15 00:09:49 <Maddy> The house goes up too, the old dusty, dry home catching easily with the gasoline.
Aug 15 00:10:03 <Echo> Scott climbs into the truck, still smoking, and slams his door shut.
Aug 15 00:13:44 <Dexanote> She drifts back to the SUV and climbs into the driver's seat, leaving the door open.
Aug 15 00:14:07 <Gara> Emma gets into the SUV.
Aug 15 00:16:29 <Dexanote> Once everyone's inside, she drives them back to camp. "We'll talk tomorrow New Girl."
Aug 15 00:16:39 <Gara> "Alright."