Part 1: Kids in America (IC)   Posted by Referee.Group: 0
Tailgate
 player, 33 posts
 Go Ganger
Wed 28 Apr 2021
at 00:28
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate crouched down next to Val after bringing the blankets and pillow, and helping to arrange her comfortably. He then turned his head and coughed in to his shoulder. He cleared his throat once, twice. He then shook his head like to trying to clear it or ward something off.

He spoke quietly but his voice sounded a bit rougher than before. "Ugh. Man. Suddenly I..." He drifted off as the realization set it. "...I don't feel so good either. Damnit."

He sat down on the floor with his back against the couch.
Valeriya
 player, 95 posts
 Glitter Girl
Wed 28 Apr 2021
at 15:24
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Mum was saying something, high up in the sky, but it was difficult to understand her because her face kept contorting in odd shapes, like oil on water.

"Just stop... moving the... in my," Val said, very eloquently.

Mum got angry at that, and her face turned into Vamp's.

"The vo... the vodka," she mumbled, a hand flailing in the air, trying to grab Vamp's. It was hard, because the hand kept unfolding into two, then three, then a blur of flesh-colored lights and little stars.

"Shhhpike. The shpike. Vodka,"
she explained.

Then Tailgate materialized close by, floating on black and pink clouds, very pretty, cute little nuclear mushrooms.

"The fracking zombieguy. Spiked... the vodka," she added, and the effort made her shiver, a bone-deep shake coming from the base of her spine all the way up, as if her nerves wanted to tear themselves clean out of the flesh.
Jai
 player, 32 posts
 Mall Brat
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 12:43
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai was a little dizzy. Before the call, he'd chalked it up to the breakneck pace and general WTF-edness of the whole situation.

"Everyone just stay cool. Symptoms might start to pop up, but stress doesn't do you any favors as far as that sort of thing is concerned. Like the screen said, it's not gonna kill us, and we're safe from the cops."

A rumbling in his stomach had Jai heading over to the kitchenette. He never did get to eat those stolen fries...
Referee
 GM, 87 posts
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 14:39
Re: Kids in America (IC)
A review of the supplies (both Tailgate and Jai looking around) finds the place decently stocked, if nothing fancy.  There is pre-pack food in the cabinets, a water filtration system on the faucet, a microwave oven, eating utensils and cups.  Also washing implements in the kitchen to clean up after yourselves.

The bathroom has basic soap and shampoo and towels stacked neatly on a shelf.  The beds are unmade but each one has a neat stack of folded sheets with a blanket.  There are six bunks, three bunk beds crammed into the bedroom.

The lights are all LED and recessed, and there is glow in the dark tape around key access points, including the door sills.
Jai
 player, 33 posts
 Mall Brat
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 17:43
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai found the dizziness increasing as he rapidly bent down and stood back up to check various compartments. When he found the prepacks, he called back to the rest.

"You guys hungry, or the sick folks need anything? We got flavored noodles, some kind of salad wrap..."
Nikola Net
 player, 38 posts
 Eco Raider
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 20:53
Re: Kids in America (IC)
In reply to Jai (msg # 141):

Jai:
Jai found the dizziness increasing as he rapidly bent down and stood back up to check various compartments. When he found the prepacks, he called back to the rest.

"You guys hungry, or the sick folks need anything? We got flavored noodles, some kind of salad wrap..."


Great idea, whatever this plague might do to us , all doctors agree that being well fed and hidrated helps against whichever sickness affect our bodies” Said Nikola after realizing that minerva was no longer available, she had ended up talking to the air before as her senses were decieving her. Not to mention that she could barely stay on her feet.. “whoa” she continued “i was thinking that a shower would be a good idea for some of us but in my condition i dont want to risk falling and hitting something there, the water could also help Val’s fever but she  better lay in the couch. As you said before lets try relaxing and regain some strenght, specially the ones affected the most by the carbon thing”

This message was last edited by the player at 20:55, Fri 30 Apr 2021.

Vamp
 player, 44 posts
 Goth
Sat 1 May 2021
at 01:20
Re: Kids in America (IC)
'Shhhh...it's not the vodka, Val. You're in the early stages of the carbon plague," she said, wiping the other girl's forehead again.

"Can you bring out some water for Val, Jai? Try and get her to drink it whilst I get the beds made up. I'm not feeling symptomatic yet so I'll try and get everyone as comfortable as I can before I start feeling the effects. If anyone feels like they can then get the beds set up and get water in each room. I'll make the rounds until, or if, I get too sick to do so. Let's move, we don't know how long we have before all of us are deep in the grip of the plague."
Referee
 GM, 88 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 17:30
Re: Kids in America (IC)
We could do that, if desired.

One more post everyone get settled in for the night and I will update the scene.

Thank you
Jai
 player, 34 posts
 Mall Brat
Mon 3 May 2021
at 11:09
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Right. Coming right up."

Grabbing a cup, Jai exhaled and watched it fill up. As he turned around, he heard the plastic rattle against the floor before he realized he'd dropped it. Too frustrated and dizzy to bend down to pick it up, he grabbed and filled another.

"Not sure how much longer I can be upright. I don't feel any pain. Yet. But it's like my eyes and limbs aren't lined up correctly."


Keeping a careful eye on the cup as though it were about to explode, he set it down gingerly near Valeriya with both hands.

"I'll help you out as long as I can. Anyone else need anything...?"

This message was last edited by the player at 11:10, Mon 03 May 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 96 posts
 Glitter Girl
Mon 3 May 2021
at 12:57
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Val uttered a loosely connected strings of sentences - some to acknowledge that the girl that sometimes looked like Val and sometimes like her mother and some other times like another girl she used to know (in another life?) - and the rest was a rambling mumble about things she couldn't recall even as she said them. She felt herself burn with fever, her skin hot and dry to her own perception, even as she sweated buckets.

At some point there was water, a blessed feeling of precious, silvery water flowing out of nowhere and down her throat, quenching her thirst, and then she went into the darkness with a boundless feeling of gratitude. There were dreams, down there, strange dreams of metal and growth, the chrome hexagons melting and seeping through her skin to coat her inner organs - but somehow she slept through it, fitfully, in and out of conscience all night.
Vamp
 player, 45 posts
 Goth
Wed 5 May 2021
at 00:11
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Go lie down, Jai. Everyone else starting to feel sick grab some water and lie down. I'm not feeling anything yet so I'll stay up and watch over everyone for as long as I can," Vamp told them, displaying a quite unusual amount of concern and empathy (for her) for those exhibiting symptoms.

She sat on the couch next to Val and pulled the blanket over her, keeping the damp cloth over her forehead and giving her water when she thought she was coherent enough to swallow without choking. She wiped back her sweat-soaked hair and looked at her old friend. "You'll be all right. You're going to make it through this. I'll be here with you as long as I can," she whispered.
Referee
 GM, 89 posts
Wed 5 May 2021
at 23:42
Re: Kids in America (IC)
With some effort as she is obviously not well and looking a bit silver in the skin, Kat makes her way to the bedroom and sets up one of the bunk beds.  She then climbs into the lower bunk and leaves the made upper bunk for whomever wants.  "Least I didn't just do mine..." she says lying on the bed, looking exhausted but unable to sleep.

Hunter crouches down close to Vamp, his face showing concern for Valeriya as well.  "You guys didn't seem close..." he says keeping his voice just above a whisper.



This is an RP scene, a chance to write.  Interaction among the cast is key here.  If someone would prefer an NPC (different from Hunter or Kat) to play off, let me know.

Vamp
 player, 46 posts
 Goth
Thu 6 May 2021
at 00:08
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Vamp looked up as Hunter came over and crouched down. She looked back at Val for a moment before speaking. "We were, once. Closest of friends but this was before our lives changed and diverged so dramatically. I lost my parents, my brother, and almost died and her career took off. After I went into the system I was so damn angry that I cut everyone off from my life. I couldn't keep going to the exclusive school we went to since I was a ward of the state and she started home-schooling so she could concentrate on her music."

She dribbled a little more water into Val's mouth. "Being angry and hateful all the time was easy, more so when we ran across each other again after a few years. In some ways I blamed her for not looking for me once she became famous and wealthy but...that wasn't fair to her. But I still made her my target since we were so very different. Seeing her like this-so...vulnerable, makes me regret the bile I've thrown at her all these years. I'm not going to lose her again."

She looked at Hunter and he could see some moisture around the glowing red of her eyes. "You tell her any of this and I'll kill you," she said, giving him a small smile.
Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 1 post
Thu 6 May 2021
at 03:04
Re: Kids in America (IC)
From outside, an injured teen made his way in. He wore a gi from the Razor Walkers, a local Streetfighter dojo. It was torn and bloody in places. He gripped a bloody monokatana in one arm. He did not look good.

He had a look of grim determination on his face, and he scanned the bunks. Once he saw that there was no threat, he looked around. His disciplined composure slowly continued to fade as he stalked the hall and examined the survivors.

By the end, his breathing was ragged, and he was shaking badly, his determination turned to desperation. "Not one of them. Not FUCKING ONE of them made it."

He gripped his head, leaving some fresh blood on it, and stared at his hand for a moment. Then he took in the room. "Sorry..I" The words failed him.
He slumped against the wall, slowly dropped to a sitting position, still gripping the bloody monokatana, trying to get ahold of himself. But the image of a genius bullet ripping through Dimitri-San's was too fresh in his mind, and the scene just kept playing over and over.


OOC: Too much?

Nikola Net
 player, 40 posts
 Eco Raider
Thu 6 May 2021
at 22:16
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Nikola observed and listened to Vamp as she told her story, after her final "warning" she smiled at her and said "She wont hear it from me tough girl, no seriously, it takes a lot to lower your guard to expose your actual warm inner personality, so the least that we could do is to honor your trust with confidentiality"

Seconds later the karate guy came in all of the sudden, she attempted to stand up to see what happened, when she realized that she could not keep her balance.. so she gave quite a view for all those who could see her ; crawling in all fours while asking to the newcomer, 'hi, sorry to hear that i guess, you dont look like you were in the obelisk. did the cops attack your dojo?"
she realized  that she looked so ridiculous that she went ahead and explained, "i'm sorry im so dizzy i cant walk" then she realized she was waay too vulnerable for someone holding a monokatana

This message was last edited by the player at 22:57, Thu 06 May 2021.

Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 2 posts
Thu 6 May 2021
at 23:13
Re: Kids in America (IC)
A few glances at the bloody katana made him realize he was being extremely threatening, plus he'd dropped his face. He fumbled in his pockets with fading hands till he found a blade cloth. He sat in half lotus, placed the blade on his lap, and began cleaning the weapon.

The return to rote cleaning though was weirdly comforting for him, and hopefully it conveyed the message that he had no desire to use the monokatana. He'd never meant to scare the civilians. He'd NEVER had any desire to use the thing on a living being until today. Hopefully that would make it clear.


"I... understand. I'm not feeling well myself."
Except of course, he was supposed to be better than that. He was supposed to resist the adrenaline and emotions cloud his mind. He'd been training his mind and his body for this for years so that he'd be ready.

But all his training had meant nothing in the face of genius guns, and the pure desperate terror he'd felt as bodies exploded around him had undone any grip of rational thought. His escape from the dojo was a blur. 'You should be handling this better than some random civilian!" he heard in his sensei's voice. Correction, his ex-sensei's voice.

You are correct. But it wasn't just cops. They were using genies. .

He'd heard the stories: he'd been talking to rads and listening in on the grapevine of horror stories about Bureloc, but he'd always chalked the worst of it as propaganda.
Hesitantly, he looked at Nikola directly and observed her appearance. No doubt her escape had been frought with violence and loss, and she lacked the training he had.

 "Deep breaths may help." He tried to follow his own advice as he cleaned his blade, but his mind kept wandering. After a few moments, he abandoned his attempts, and returned to conversation, reluctantly. "I take it that it was bad when they tried to take you all?" He absentmindedly tried cleaning the blade. It was something else to concentrate on.
Vamp
 player, 47 posts
 Goth
Fri 7 May 2021
at 00:55
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"'Warm, inner personality?' Have you met me? " Vamp asked with a smile and was about to say more when the bloodied Kung fu kid came in through their front door. She jumped up and whipped out a butterfly knife with practiced ease and kept it in hand as she kept her distance.

"Yeah, it was bad. I doubt many of my crew are still alive. You said genie guns? Bloody BeReLoc."

She turned back to Nikola. "You, bed, now. You can't stand and I'm not going to have you pass out on the floor. Come on, I'll help you get into one of the beds," she said as she helped Nikola get back to her feet. "I'll take care of Karate Kid here and will keep checking on all of you whilst I can."

"You, she said to the kid with the katana. "Stay there. I'll help you once I get my friend here in bed." Having said that she walked-carried Nikola to one of the beds and helped into it, despite any objections the other girl might have put up.

Once she had her set up with some water next to her she walked out of the hallway to the kid with the sword. "Nice blade. My parents had one that had been in our family for some 900 years but's it long gone."

Interesting since Vamp looked Japanese but spoke in an English RP as crisp and sharp as his sword. "How much of that blood belongs to you?"
Referee
 GM, 90 posts
Fri 7 May 2021
at 01:03
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Hunter smiled at Vamp and was about to say something when SHin-ji came burting into the room.  He stood and took a defensive position but relaxed his posture as the situation became clear that this boy was not attacking but fleeing.  As the others engaged in conversation he went out and closed the outer door then the inner door, making sure the hideout was secure again.

Turning to address Shin-ji he looks at the monokatana with respect.  "You, uh, wanna rinse off and clean up?  There is a fresher over there," he says pointing out the restroom.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:04, Fri 07 May 2021.

Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 3 posts
Fri 7 May 2021
at 01:53
Re: Kids in America (IC)
If you really, really listened hard, you might get the slightest trace of a Korean accent, but it was clear he at spent at least the majority of his life in Night City, even if he had adopted some weirdly stilted speech patterns.

"I won it in a tournament. It was originally purchased from the mall on Flatirons. Not as romantic a heritage, I'm afraid. But I too, come from a line of warriors. "

Vamp's comment on the blood made him think of an often told joke when someone walked in with an injury, and he couldn't help but speak up. "you should see the other guy.". Actually, he couldn't remember any of the armored figured he'd chopped through. His memory was... dim.

He ripped the sleeve of his gi. As he did so, some of the cyrillic (Russian) characters became more visible on it as he turned his arm to the light.  There were a lot of abrasions and scratches, but none of them had too much blood. I think I'll be fine."

Then he noticed the silver traces visible running along where the wounds as the light ran over them. They'd already formed a crude scab. "Oh. He sighed, and suddenly realized why he still felt so incredibly tired.
Jai
 player, 35 posts
 Mall Brat
Fri 7 May 2021
at 13:24
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Taking Vamp's advice, Jai headed towards the beds with a slow, meandering pace. He looked up at the bed Kat had made, but he could barely walk. Climbing seemed like madness.

"I'd grab it, but making the trip up... eh, give myself maybe fifty-fifty."

Moving towards one of the other beds, Jai grabbed the sheets and roughly laid them out, doing the bare minimum simply to avoid the plastic mattress covering. Rather than setting the pillow at one of the ends, he pushed it against the middle of the wall and sat down against it.

"Juve out there just came in with a bloody monokatana talking about genius guns. Crazy."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:25, Fri 07 May 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 98 posts
 Glitter Girl
Fri 7 May 2021
at 14:15
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Wa
   aah     eer,"
sing-songed Val, one foot on consciousness and the other out of it.
       taa-

She opened her eyes, big and grey and unfocused, and they wandered about the room, vaguely registering an intermittent cascade of water coming into her mouth and out of nowhere; the Vamp Mountain beyond and above it, towering over her; indistinct voices around, footsteps; a samurai cleaning his sword.

"Washing katana
               with my
           pantiiies,
                          tee heee,"
she giggled, absolutely sure she had said something profound, like a haiku or something, she had to remember that for a song, she had to remember the other girl she used to know, she was hiding under a raven, where was she again?

She fell asleep again, dreamt of Stefan being shot.
Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 6 posts
Fri 7 May 2021
at 16:22
Re: Kids in America (IC)
He could wash later. What was likely to happen next might not kill him, if the snippets of stories he'd heard from the rads about the plague were as true as what they'd said about Bureloc.

No time for thinking though, he had to very quickly arrange for the next challenge, a supremely difficult one: trying to make it to an unoccupied bunk on his own power given how hard he was finding it to move. The injuries he'd gotten were already healed, but his arms and legs felt incredibly heavy, like he'd overworked himself with every limb.

He did not wait for help, of course.

The first step was putting his katana away. Not so much about theft: no one here looked like they were capable of stealing anything. And honestly, if one really wanted to take it and was healthy, he probably couldn't stop them. He stuffed everything in his bag as quickly as he could.

He gave up on walking very quickly. His balance was already insanely off. But he could manage a steady crawl. Getting into the low bunk was difficult, but he managed. It took him about 15 minutes though. "How mortifying," he thought, "to die here now, among... these people. How utterly pointless his escape had been. It would have been far more fitting to at least go out with the rest of his dojo, like a warrior of old, not dying in bed with a bunch of feverish juve civilians."

He wondered what his mother was doing right now. How pathetic.

It took agonizing minutes to swing himself up to the lower bunk and put his clattering gear at the bottom of the bunk. Once he was in his bed he turned to the wall. Best they do not see his weakness, and he knew the sight of what would happen would not sit well with him, nor would the sight of what was going to happen to HIM sit well with others.
Vamp
 player, 50 posts
 Goth
Fri 7 May 2021
at 23:27
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Shin heard the sound of someone walking as he started to crawl towards one of the rooms. Standing over him was the Japanese girl with the brisk English accent, red-glowing eyes and very sharp nails which he could see since she currently held a hand out to him but wasn't moving to touch him.

"There is no shame in accepting help when it is offered and no dignity in crawling," she said softly, showing fangs when she talked.
Tailgate
 player, 35 posts
 Go Ganger
Sat 8 May 2021
at 04:08
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate had trouble with focusing. He had sat down near Val but was getting sleepy. He looked blearily at Nikola and Vamp as they talked to...someone. But he was having trouble following the conversation.

After a moment he muttered to himself quietly, "ugh. this sucks worse'n hangnail." pause. "wait. no. hangover."

And then his chin drooped down on to his chest and he slumped over.
Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 7 posts
Sat 8 May 2021
at 04:17
Re: Kids in America (IC)
He had this weird image of death making the same offer to him, given the fangs on the goth. Thankfully, he was not feverish enough to assume she was death, but the moment of hesitation made him re-consider.

He was quite possibly dying of the carbon plague. Best get to doing it with a minimal of fuss so as not to disturb the others. "Thank you." He accepted her help, then faced the wall.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:04, Thu 17 Feb 2022.