(Complete) Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off.   Posted by Aether.Group: 0
Aether
 GM, 37 posts
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Wed 8 Aug 2012
at 01:05
Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off

Click Radio turns on..

"Degrees on Friday, and 24 Degrees on Saturday. In sports, Devan Dubnyk is playing as though he plans to keep his starting spot for a while.

Dubnyk made 31 saves and the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night, giving Edmonton two wins in three straight games with Dubnyk in goal."

"On March 3, 2013, the NDP Party led by Brian Mason won a majority government. Proving that change is not only needed, but coming. Now, the NDP Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay along side United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have officialy petitioned the UN to append the Geneva Convention to make the War on Terror more successful and less costly. The proposed changes are said to promise a 40% decrease in the expected time required to completely remove or otherwise pacify all foreign threats.

In other news, the Obama administration has nearly finished assembling the new WAJA. The planned committee, now 12 months in the making, will be in charge of assessing other countries, cultures and peoples for their 'Ethical and Moral values in regards to all things'. It is hoped that this committee will better identify threats to Americans way of life and increase the standard of living everywhere..."

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 7 posts
Mon 13 Aug 2012
at 16:33
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Seems as if this committee has a lot to do...
Christine stretches herself, still in her bed, then puts away the blanket and stands up. The radio is still on, filling her apartement with music and news. Mostly news, to be precise.
On the way to the bathroom she checks her 'things to do' list for today and turns on the coffee machine.

Enjoying her coffee Christine sits at the small table in her kitchen, a towel around her hair. There's still time before work starts, so she logs in to Chess-Online and checks her game against 'Maverick', an experienced chess-player on that site. It seems as if Maverick has made a new move to corner Christines king and it takes Christine a while to figure out a move to get out of it - for now.


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To Do:
O cherry-cake recipe (Mom)
+ next turn on Chess-Online
O library!
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Christine Buchmann
 player, 8 posts
Tue 28 Aug 2012
at 16:24
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Around midday, during her break, Christine phones her mother and asks for the cherry-cake recipe.
"Christine! How are you? I haven't heard of you for over two weeks!"

"I'm fine, Mom. No need to worry. The last weeks were just very busy, we've got a new project at work and only now enough people to actually start working on it."

"There's always a little time for a call if you really want to." Now her mothers voice sounds reproachful and Christine almost regrets not having called her earlier.

"I'm sorry!" Christine takes a deep breath and then changes the topic. "I wanted to ask you about that cherry-cake recipe. You know, the one Martha likes so much. She's coming here next week and I thought it would be nice to have a cherry-cake here."

The talk carries on for several more minutes with Christine catching up to the family news. Not very exciting, but at least everyone back home seemed to be happy.

Christine puts the small paper with the recipe in the pocket of her jeans and turns back to her work. She has not been lying, there is a lot to do and they still lack two or three scientists for the project.
At least John is there, too. A colleague of Christine, who looks almost like a Cowboy sometimes, though Christine couldn't pinpoint what makes her think of him that way. True, he wears jeans most of the time and sometimes even a plaid shirt - though he sticks with plain shirts most of the time - but other than that...

"Breaks over?" John asks a little surprised and stands up from his chair, his sandwich half-eaten in his hands.
Aether
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Tue 5 Feb 2013
at 05:18
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Christine sits in her chair and tries to get back into work mode.

She looks up at her computer and sees a pink sticky note on the side of the screen.

"and then put it in the freezer."

John calls from the breakroom. "Christine, coffee?"

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 11 posts
Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 07:14
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
With a frown Christine takes the sticky note from the screen and puts it into her pocket, too.
"Coffee sounds great", she calls back at John and turns her attention back to the screen. There was this diagram she wanted to finish today...
Aether
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Sat 9 Feb 2013
at 03:52
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off

Christine navigates the screen with her mouse and clicks her project. Moments after it opens a banana drops from above her onto the desk.

Wrapped around it is a pink sticky note that says "pick this up, go into the breakroom..."
Christine Buchmann
 player, 14 posts
Sat 9 Feb 2013
at 06:47
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off


Christine couldn't help but take a look up to where the banana has come from. Someone really dislikes me doing my work. First the sticky note with the freezer, now this one... With another annoyed look at the banana - where did it come from, anyway? - Christine picks it up, puts the sticky note in her pocket to the other one and heads over into the breakroom.
"I just forgot something", she murmurs as she enters the room. There's no way explaimimg to John that a banana just fell off the ceiling.
Aether
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Thu 14 Feb 2013
at 02:55
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Christine walks into the break room and sees John standing by a counter posed in an awkward way. He has one hand on a hip and sports a exceptionally camp smile.

"Brought you coffee didn't I have to could have walk over you Christine."

He turns back and continues stirring. "Accounting got it fixed hey, that charge back. I'm glad of it, horrible mess."

Off to Christine's left is the fridge/freezer, a microwave and a water cooler.

Along with several mail-order magnets proclaiming the benefits of cleanliness at work, two dozen magnetized letters and numbers cover the door to the freezer. a cluster of letters in the middle read dOnT DRINK iT.

Christine's cell phone starts vibrating in her pocket.

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 16 posts
Fri 15 Feb 2013
at 20:13
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
"It's alright, I just forgot to check something." Christine smiles at John and turns towards the freezer, only to frown slightly at the message on the door of it. Now, what's that supposed to mean?
As her phone starts ringing Christine pulls it out and glances at the display. She puts the cell phone back into the pocket, pulls open the freezer and takes a look inside, then glances upwards, almost expecting another banana to fall down.
"The coffee machine broke?" she asks, sounding more casual than she actually feels.
Aether
 GM, 80 posts
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Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 16:44
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off


Christine manages to piece together the unusual happenings. She reaffirms to herself that the coffee may not be the best idea. Then in her minds eye the messages become clear.
"I'm sending something for you. It will help. Look up... Pick this up, go into the break room and then put it in the freezer."
Christine Buchmann
 player, 17 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2013
at 17:13
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
With a short look to John Christine puts the banana - and the sticky notes, for good measure - in the freezer, then closes the door of it again.
Stephen
 NPC, 1 post
Thu 28 Feb 2013
at 03:01
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
After a moment or two Christine can hear a light electric crackling sound come from in the freezer. It lasts only a second, and then silence.

The silence is broken by the sound of the coffee maker finishing it's brew. Christine turns to see John holding the carafe full of coffee and a cup. Just as the coffee falls from the carafe it slows to a crawl in mid air and takes it's time entering the cup. Not just the coffee seems to have slowed down, the bubbles in the water cooler take their time raising to the top, and the second hand on the clock moves at a fraction the speed.

Suddenly in the middle of the room a low hum builds and quickly climaxes in a bright flash of light. The flash sends cracks and fractures tearing through the tile on the floor and also results in a man appearing several feet off the floor, upside down, before promptly dropping to the floor. "Wahaahaaaaa...ugh!"

He stands quickly and jumps off the pain. "Wooooooooooooh!! Awesome!" he screems. The man stands about 5'4" with red hair and sports several scars on his face and arms and has an apparently very fresh cut on his cheek and a developing black eye. He points over at the freezer "Thanks, the uh, potassium, it gets cold and uh..."

He quickly looks around and sees John behind him, still several minutes away from filling the cup with coffee. "..Oh ya ok, I see what you mean. Lets do something about that."

The man faces John holding his arms high in the air, snaps his fingers and then strikes a rather camp disco pose. A long enough moment passes that it seems like he had done absolutely nothing, but Johns visage quickly starts to shudder and slowly starts to meld and stretch revealing an entirely different entity.



The red haired man walks slowly around the odd creature, searching in his pocket for something. He pulls out a small device, plays with it for a second, and then points it at the creature and makes a sound with his mouth similar to an classic 1960s laser pistol. The red haired man places the device on the counter, takes the carafe and cup, places them on the counter and walks back to the creature placing a hand on it's shoulder. He winks at Christine and gives her a nod before both him and the creature vanish, sending another wave of fractures through the floor tiles. Bloobloobloop... the bubbles in the water cooler have returned to their usual cheerful selves.

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 18 posts
Thu 28 Feb 2013
at 04:19
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
For a moment Christine just stares at the man who suddenly appeared from... somewhere. "Hi", she finally manages to say, when he suddenly turns John into something else. Or was it something else appearing to be John? Suddenly her knees feel as if they can't support her weight any longer and Christine steps over to the counter and leans against it for several moments.

After a while she takes a closer look at the device the red haired man put there, but she avoids to tocuh the coffee carafe and the cup.
Jacob
 NPC, 6 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2013
at 03:01
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
The device sits in Christine's hand, dormant. A long and thin silver object, it had a small symbol on one end.

The second Christine looks up she sees an orangutan standing between her and the room where her desk was. He stands up tall, dignified.

Around the orangutan's neck is a collar with a brass tag showing his name. Jacob

Jacob is wearing a chocolate coloured bow tie.

Jacob stands facing Christine, and begins waving his arms up and down very quickly; apparently indicating the curves of an invisible women. Christine hears the primate start to gobble like a turkey, starting somewhat quietly, then building into a highly audible chant.

At first the act is merely an odd display, but Christine quickly becomes very aware of that familiar feeling of warm peanut butter running down the back of your neck. Or that feeling you get when you don't think about what you may not have forgotten to remember. Either way Christine's perception was now completely the same as the opposite of what it was before watching a gobbling orangutan.

The room has changed somehow, or maybe not the room. Christine has changed. She feels different. Sort of, at an angle. No, straight. Christine feels balanced and straight up and down, but can't believe she had never before realized how lopsided she had always felt.

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 19 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2013
at 06:26
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Christine tried to gulp down the surprise of seeing the second unexpected visitor in not even five minutes. Then she shook her head to get rid of the strange feeling. "Uhm, hello. Jacob?" She wondered if the orangutan was able to speak while at the same moment guessing that it might just be the case. "I suppose you're not here for my work, are you?" Resisting the urge to offer him a frozen banana Christine leans back against the counter, trying to at least seem relaxed at visitors popping into the office every few moments.
Jacob
 NPC, 8 posts
Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 01:56
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
"Miss Buchmann, it is truly an honor."

"If you would like to know what - that, was - you will need to come with me. I will explain everything to you. Including why you are in danger, and who the man was."


Jacob almost forgets something and adds as an afterthought "...and why you are able to hear me."

He extends an elbow for Christine to take.
Christine Buchmann
 player, 20 posts
Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 05:34
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
"For all I know you could be dangerous, too", Christine said with a wry smile. "Could you also explain to me if John was, well, John or if he always was this... thing?" Carefully she made a step towards Jacob, then took the offered elbow. Who would go through all this length of appearing and disappearing if they just wanted to see her dead?
Jacob
 NPC, 9 posts
Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 17:02
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Jacob, leading Christine by the arm, takes her over to a supply room and leaving her in front of the door way reaches in and pulls the door shut. He then presses his hands together for a moment, then opens them to reveal a key in one hand. He locks the door, then unlocks it and opens the door. Through the door way Christine can see something entirely different from before. Instead of a supply room the doorway opens up into a long hallway. The unusual circumstances don't seem to faze her as they normally would. She finds herself easily able to accept her office now has a doorway into a completely different locale.

"Shall we?" he holds his arm out again for Christine to take.

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Christine Buchmann
 player, 21 posts
Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 04:45
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Christine cautiously accepts the arm and holds it lightly, wondering whether she would get the answers she'd asked for.

The application of correspondence to meld these two locales filtered through her mind just as easily as climbing a flight of stairs, or entering through an exit window.

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Jacob
 NPC, 10 posts
Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 04:57
Re: Prelude: Christine - The Alarm Goes Off
Jacob lead her through the doorway and closed the door behind them.

"You are very correct Ms. Buchmann. I could be dangerous; but I can only hope the last thirty six years are about to prove my loyalty to you and your family."

The odd path his words took fell into place for Christine, as she connected the beginning of one event with the end of the next.

"You're co-worker is safe to be sure. He were able to time him just under eleven years under this one. Efforts to rehabilitate have already begun." he turns and gives Christine a reassuring smile.
"Still, gray face should not have been able to elude our fingers like that.

That, thing from before, if you see one again do not fear it, it is no longer capable of harming you."


The journey down the corridor comes to an end as they reach door number twenty three.

Jacob knocks and then waits. "I'm glad you're on channel number five now, this next bit could otherwise make you a bit crazy."

CONTINUED IN Prelude: Herbert - The Alarm Goes Off

This message was last edited by the player at 05:00, Tue 12 Mar 2013.