Part 1: Kids in America (IC)   Posted by Referee.Group: 0
Referee
 GM, 33 posts
Fri 22 Jan 2021
at 02:26
Kids in America (IC)
9:00 PM, Friday, June 4, 2027 - two weeks before Summer vacation begins.

This Friday evening the Obelisk is crowded.  The virtual decor is one the owners call “Tron” though most kids don’t know why.  There is a lot of neon lighting highlighting everything and a blue-grey tinge to the rest.  A group of goths has taken over the pool table, the dance floor is packed with juvies of all types. Theodor’s Scene is occupying several booths in the restaurant.  The scene tonight includes Theodor himself, Valeriya, Kat Samuels, Dion, Camille, Albert and Stefan.  Other groups of friends are gathered here and there, some near the dance floor, others in the billiards area.

For those not wearing their v-trodes, the decor is strictly Gothic industrial; though the 'Tron' lighting is not visible without the ‘trodes, the club has indirect lighting under the bar top shining down and along the edge of the ceiling, so that you don't bump into people and furniture.



OOC: When you have clearance to proceed post an introduction for your character: description, what they are up to, who they are with.  From the list of NPCs in the People thread, Iva, Melinda and Maria are not present.  Peter and Trevor are in the billiards area with some other boys hanging out.

This message was last updated by the GM at 02:26, Fri 22 Jan 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 19 posts
 Glitter Girl
Fri 22 Jan 2021
at 13:50
Kids in America (IC)
"So Theo, what do you think about this number?"

Valeriya Sedova, better known to the public as valKriya, draped herself over the couch to reach the neighboring booth. She meant her outfit, an Eji of Tokyo bodycon minidress. It was made of tiny hexagonal pieces of chrome, the only actual fabric in it being the elastic silk threads holding them in place. It matched the stratospheric stilettos. Val was slender but not particularly tall, so she didn't need her brand manager to know the heels were a must.

In so doing, she offered an excellent view of her dancer's legs to the Golden Boys sitting in front of her, including the swirling light tattoo coiling three times around her left leg, climbing from ankle to upper thigh. It was a pattern of pulsating red roses entwined with the black NeoRomantic "VK"s that were her professional logo (a necessary compromise; Dad had been against Val getting any tattoo at all, Mum had acquiesced on condition that it was 'adequate branding in line with your current stage persona').

But her attention was focused on the other booth, and on the conversation she had interrupted by physically inserting her head between the other two's. Val rested an elbow on the upper edge of the backrest, and her head on the hand of said arm, and smiled at Theodor, ignoring Camille directly behind her. Those two had been discussing something boring until a second ago; Val was in the house now. Boredom (and Camille getting any attention) was over.

"I don't know, it's kinda retro, but done ironically, you know," she added, playing with a strand of platinum blond hair with two fingers. Her eyes sparkled with reflected light, almost as big as the V-link on her temple, and of the same matte silver hue. They looked directly into the Golden Boy's eyes.
Andy
 player, 6 posts
 Board Punk
Sat 23 Jan 2021
at 04:24
Kids in America (IC)
Outside, the Cyclones had taken control of the street just outside the Obelisk. Though that was no surprise. The boardpunks were frequently outside. Rolling up and down the length of street outside the club practicing basic moves. Kick flips and grinds on the curb, blocking up the cars trying to roll past. Stopping into the alley for illicit behavior.

Andy was with them tonight. Sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, watching B-Man and Tube rolling up and down lazily. Her sweater pulled down over her knees. Hunter seated on the hood of one of the parked cars, holding court with some of the gang. Their boards mostly laying across their shoulders. Andy, though, kept her's under her feet. Rolling back and forth while she watches the guys skate.

"I'm going to get a soda," Andy declared. Her board flipped up with a move of her ankle. Catching it against her shoulder. She turned toward the door of the Obelisk, sliding into line in the front of the crowd of teens.
Tailgate
 player, 7 posts
 Go Ganger
Sat 23 Jan 2021
at 05:54
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate rolled up on his Apache Cyberbike and parked in one of the empty spots. He let thrum for just a moment longer before shutting it off. He stepped off after he set it, helmet still on, riding jacket set on his shoulders. He clothing was casual, as if he didn't care where he was going tonight, just a black t-shirt, jeans and combat boots. The t-shirt had a bike-riding guy in leather and spikes with a flaming skull for a head on it - some long-forgotten band called Ghost Rider that no one remembered hearing of, which sounded kind of bad ass even if he didn't know if their music backed that up.

Only two more weeks.... he thought as he walked inside the club. Then school'll be out an' I can REALLY ride!

His gaze swept around even as he removed his helmet. Full house. Nice. He headed towards the restaurant area, having not eaten yet and he was hungry. There'd be time enough to play later.
Jai
 player, 8 posts
 Mall Brat
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 16:08
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai sat near the pool table, unobtrusively. He didn't really know Peter and Trevor aside from some passing familiarity, but they were apparently content to have him in their orbit, slowly sipping a soft drink.

His dark blue FastMart coveralls were tied at the waist, a somewhat more festive electric blue t-shirt underneath highlighted with a white faux circuitry design. His left hand's fingers rapped a frantic, steady beat against his phone before tossing it over to his other hand. He'd been repeating this for the past few minutes, perfectly willing to let the possibility of "biz" ruin the reality of a night at the club.

Still... one can only pretend to not be preoccupied with the middling game of pool in progress for so long. He waited for a moment for things to lull, when he wouldn't be interrupting a shot.

"Uh, Pete, Trev. Think I'm gonna grab some Cheez Chips or something. You guys need anything while I'm heading over?"

After waiting a beat for any acknowledgement, he stowed his phone in one of the coveralls' voluminous pockets and headed towards the restaurant.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:09, Tue 26 Jan 2021.

Nikola Net
 player, 6 posts
 Eco Raider
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 20:57
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Nikola came walking to the club, she had been in school a little longer than expected, her net connection did not always function properly at home and she wanted to make sure to reach some people through it.  After all, it's more effective to reach people online to talk about the environment, at least to get them interested. Once they are interested she attempts to avoid more serious topics offline, like sabotage and other sorts of activism, at least to avoid detection.

Going to the Obelisk gave her a chance to relax afterwards and to see if drinks could make the message she wanted to spread easier to digest to the ones drinking next to her, those who seemed to get alcohol might be willing to break some other rules too. But she needed also to watch out for those who might get aggressive or too affectionate, she had never had to use her hidden knife to protect her life but it was good to know she could resort to it, just in case.  Things could get extremely dangerous, but for the most part she was not that socially skilled to get the others so interested in what she had to say, her looks were used as a screening method, with some, lets say 'animalistic' tattoos on her face and some other features to show that she was an ecoraider with a slight techie touch, she hoped it would prevent the people totally opposed to her ideology from wasting her time.  Not that people offended by it might feel confronted with her sole presence and may want to start an argument, but not very likely.

She came in and went straight to the bar to order some organic juice. While doing so she gave a look to Valeriya, many knew her from the albums and stuff, but she got to briefly meet her years ago, before she was famous. Their grandfathers shared some story since both had to survive in the same gulag when both Romania and Russia were under Soviet rule. Anyway she doubted that Valeriya would remember or recognize her.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:32, Tue 26 Jan 2021.

Vee
 player, 6 posts
 Tinker Tot
Wed 27 Jan 2021
at 21:09
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Vee entered The Obelisk discreetly, looking from booth to booth and then to the bar, taking note of the patrons today.  The tinkertot had dressed in her finest street clothes, meaning her armored clothes, they weren't exactly stylish but she particularly admired the boots.  Besides, she had very carefully styled the rainbow of her hair, the BodyShope Tech HairTM had really helped her desire to dye her hair differently nearly everyday, it was the best sweet 16 birthday present ever.

Normally wary, the mousey tinker was especially careful in social places that multiple yogangs hung out at.  She knew how to throw a couple punches but generally tried to avoid fights (and thus large gatherings).  Places like the Obelisk were the best places for her to get her hands on interesting tech though, or at least meet people that might have some.  Satisfied that there didn't seem to be imminent violence brewing at the moment she smiled and headed to the bar.  Ordering a milk she wandered over to a table nearest the emergency exit, just in case.

She nods at people as they pass, not really acknowledging them unless they have an interesting piece of tech, and even then she mostly acknowledges the tech.  Upon seeing Vamp she smiles and waves, she had taken a liking to the goth girl upon meeting her at school and Vamp had returned the friendship (at least as far as goths did that kind of thing).  Not really having any particular reason to be at the Obelisk Vee contented herself with watching the act playing on the stage, "Hmm, I guess they're not spares." she says with a giggle as she sips more of her milk.
Andy
 player, 7 posts
 Board Punk
Thu 28 Jan 2021
at 15:15
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Down the stairs, snaking through the crowd, Andy maneuvered her way through the swarm of kids and laser-colored virtual lighting. It was made only slightly more difficult by her board. Held across her shoulders, braced between her head and forearms. Leaving her twisting her torso to avoid slamming it into people as she passed. But she did a fairly good job at not leaving a trail of bodies in her wake.

Andy ended up at the restaurant. In line toward the counter. She slides into place next to Jai without saying anything at first. Eyes turning through the virtual menu that simply entering the space prompted. But eventually she did manage a half mumbled, "Hey."
Jai
 player, 9 posts
 Mall Brat
Thu 28 Jan 2021
at 22:32
Re: Kids in America (IC)
His sense of hearing dulled by the ambient music, Jai looked over to see the source of the greeting.

"Oh, hey. Saw you and your goboys chilled outside on the way in. Just grabbing a tight bite, or you sticking around?"

For his part, he took a while looking at the virtual menu, distracted from the choice he thought he'd already made on the way over, before haphazardly selecting a criminally small nachos prepack.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Thu 28 Jan 2021.

Referee
 GM, 40 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2021
at 01:10
Re: Kids in America (IC)
It is an intriguing selection, perfect for the occasion, and just the right counter-point,” Theo says languidly, as though nothing could elicit a strong emotion.  He was sporting his rectangular glasses, an affectation as his eyesight was perfect, and indicated his own muted charcoal turtleneck and matching slacks.  Albert takes the opportunity to hop over and slide in next to Camille, who alternately snuggles up to him and pushes him away.  Stefan simply ogles Val, perhaps assuming she wasn’t paying him any mind and wouldn’t notice.

In the bar Peter and Trevor nod in acknowledgement when Jai gets up.  “Nah, thanks man,” Peter will reply to his offer, he and Trevor engrossed in their phones.  Similarly, the Cyclones don’t seem to notice Andy enter the Obelisk.  The act on stage, a local garage band with more spirit than talent, finishes their set with a few “thank yous” and a little feedback.

In the restaurant Kat excuses herself from the table and leaves dining room, moving through the bar heading for the dance floor and the stage beyond.  She greets juvies she knows as she walks through the club, then mounts the stage to some applause and shouted encouragement.  Her outfit consists of black tights, a flared mini skirt in dark red, and casual layers on top: sleeveless blouse in white, with a dark red cardigan.  As she mounts the stage, the music changes from the baseline techno-industrial to a neo-jazz pop fusion.  Taking the microphone, she starts a jazzy crooning, and the crowd gives another welcoming applause.  The dancing shifts to slow-dancing couples.



Val, Andy, Tailgate and Jai are in the dining room/restaurant; Nikola is in the bar, and so is Vamp with the goths at the billiards table; Vee is on the other side of the bar on the edge of the dance area with an unobstructed view of the stage.

Please roll Get a Clue for me.  Vamp can roll and post her intro as well.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:45, Fri 29 Jan 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 31 posts
 Glitter Girl
Fri 29 Jan 2021
at 11:23
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Val received the non-compliment with pursed lips. It was so Theo to consider others' outfits as 'counterpoints' to his own. Why was she even bothering with him, when she could feel Stefan's gaze like a tracking laser, finding the spaces between the hexagons of her dress? Because Theo was major prey, she reminded herself. And sometimes you need more elaborate bait to attract the best beasts, the ones that make for best trophies.

She mmm-hmmm'ed at Theo and adjusted his glasses slightly up his nose with a finger; then with a cheeky smile she let herself slid back into her own couch to face Stefan.

"Hey, Stef" she addressed the other Golden Boy, making a show of getting up very slowly, then minutely pulling down the fragmented hem of the dress, "this jazz is so dead. Let's get some real choo before I pass out from boredom."

She gave him a come-with-me gesture with the same index that had pushed up Theo's glasses and strutted on her heels, heading towards the bar. Then Kat started blaring through the sound system, making her rolls her eyes. Frack, the Obelisk was really lowering standards.

On the way to the bar, she spotted her sometime supplier Jai, chatting to a skater girl she vaguely remembered from school, what was her name again? Should she stop to say hi to them? They were in conversation, and she was leading Stef to the bar anyway, so she decided against it and...

She was still thinking about this when she reached the door out of the restaurant area, almost bumping into the guy coming in from the bar. Go-Ganger gear, a bit taller than her in her heels, and then she reached the face.

"Can you get out of- wait, Tailgate?"

Val took a subrepticious look back, to see if Stefan was following - and in any case, it didn't hurt to bait Stefan with Tailgate, just as she was baiting Theo with Stefan.

"Hey, goboy. We were heading to the bar to have a real drink..." she didn't quite invite him, but the hint was there.


(Valeriya rolled 14 using 1d10+10, rerolling max with rolls of 4.  INT + Get a Clue.)

This message was last edited by the player at 14:30, Fri 29 Jan 2021.