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Unread 30th of May, 2007, 00:47
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David nods in assent -

Yeah, I don't either, really. I know that it's sort of like a combination of African religion and Catholicism, kinda. I've also been told that it's not Voodoo, complete with yelling and finger-pointing. Anyways, one thing about Santaria is that there are a number of divinatory rituals associated with it -

He shakes his head.

The, um, practitioners can supposedly tell the future. Brock's seen enough to be convinced, somehow, so he speaks with Mr. Cortez. Mr. Cortez apparently knows a Santera, a priestess, who divines for him. We've been able to get to places where Doe 7 will be. He just has a knack for getting out of tight spots. He doesn't seem to know we're coming, but he can... Well, you saw the video. He can get out of the way just enough...
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Unread 30th of May, 2007, 04:13
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"Sounds kind of wierd. How did you guys find this Cortez?"
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I'm not going with "David seems oblivious." I'm sure we do, too. I want to know if he realizes or not.

Any luck, Ala?
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Unread 31st of May, 2007, 05:56
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David chuckles -

I believe that Brock lost a bet to Mr. Cortez. Knowing Brock it was probably a cockfight or a dogfight or a boxing match - something where folks are betting on blood.

He shakes his head -

Anyways, Brock worked for Cortez in Bolivia for a season, not quite six months, and came back a little... wary. It's why he's so cagey about psi and ghosts and all. He saw some... things down there and I think he'd just as soon not remember, and would rather we not be dealing with... things right now. He's an odd one, Brock.

Ala mentally "shrugs"

Psh, he doesn't know. He's distracted by the Ice Queen right now, wondering why she's flirting with him, because he didn't think she swung that way. He's... not interested either, just confused. Oop - I need to back out, he's finished replying to her - he's got a keen nose for sniffing psi.
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Unread 31st of May, 2007, 06:10
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"Well that explains why he's a little jumpy. What about you? How'd you get all wrapped up in this?"
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He doesn't know, Heather. You want to do the honors, or shall I get to do the freakout? I can't tell yet if they're following us on purpose or not.

I'm STILL watching the truck, so if anything happens let me know. Like how carefully he's watching traffic -- in particular our van. Surely he'd recognize it.
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Unread 31st of May, 2007, 23:36
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You'd think he would.

"I'll let him know. You focus. Then we can shoot rock, paper, siccors to see who gets to jump on the hood of their car."
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Unread 31st of May, 2007, 23:48
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That's the thing. You can't tell whether or not John's actually trailing the van or not. He's a moderately careful driver - paying attention, but not overtly so. David changes a lane to get ready to merge onto the intersate, but John stays put.

Me? Oh, y'know how it is. Joined the army, did my time there, got out after Desert Storm, and... well. They tell you that the skills you learn in the military transfer to the real world, but, well, it's a whole lot easier, for me, to just keep playing war. I dunno. I've been in this business - hunting bounties, mercenary escorting, retrieval, the whole bit - for long enough to have gotten killed or gotten out, but it's exciting work, and it pays well.

He merges over, getting ready to get on the interstate -

Brock and I were stationed in Kuwait City during the second Gulf War - Met up after a firefight along the border. Fast friends, I suppose, though I know he's a bit over the top.
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Hahahaha, I can win that game. Oh, wait, damn. Only person I can't beat at that.

((As an aside, I love that commercial, "Rock beats paper!" Have you seen it? It makes me cry, it's so beautiful.))
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Unread 31st of May, 2007, 23:50
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I know. I threw a rock.
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Unread 1st of June, 2007, 00:41
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"Hey, is Johnny boy merging over to get on the interstate?"

(Yeah, that's a good one.)
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"No. And I can't tell if he has any intention to. So do your thing."

Are they discussing anything, or still on Lollipop?
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Unread 1st of June, 2007, 04:20
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Oh, CCR is playing now, and it's John's turn to groan as Ginger hits the refrain -

Theeeere's the bathroom on the right!


You get a flash of thought, Veronica - a surface thought, from John. It's a scene from Bull Durham where the two main characters get in a conflict over correct lyric usage. It's only a second though, and he then audibly groans. He's tapping the wheel along with the beat.

As the interstate approaches John continues in the right lane, not passing or drifting off, either.

Note - LG asks to convey that Veronica conveys this to Heather.
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Unread 1st of June, 2007, 07:15
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"Hey David, could you merge back into the other lane? Actually, just merge back forget the polite part." I say with a smile.
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 11:02
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((Okay, I posted, like before we even did anything and I don't know what happened to the post, but it's gone and let me just post again ))

David looks to Heather passingly but doesn't comment, as if she's speaking a language he doesn't understand. He blinks and shakes his head and replies -

Wait... what? What are you talking about?

Veronica -

They are still cutting up and carrying on normal conversation, then, when David makes his curious response to Heather Ginger looks wide-eyed and puts a hand on John's shoulder -

Uh, John, do you see who's in front of us?

What are you talking about - it's the interstate. I'm not getting on, y'know...

No, not the road. Look at the van.

What van, you mean that... van... right... in front of us? Uh... oh, you don't think they see us do you?

Hell if I know... just, um, drive nonchalantly... You know, just drive casual!

Drive what? I don't even know wha -

You know - drive like they don't see you!

What?

You know, just drive like there's no problem. Don't act like there's no problem, but like there's no no problem.

Oh, holy crap, this is just really bad timing. We've got to go. This is bad, bad, bad.

Well, don't freak out about it!

Um, okay!?


And he starts to drift off despite Ginger's warnings -

Keep in mind that during this whole exchange (perhaps 15 seconds) there's plenty of time to do whatever simultaneously - your actions aren't excluded here. It won't change the dialog and will probably solidify the dialog. By any means - actions, intent?
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OH my gosh I've got it, David SWERVE Hard RIGHT AND THEN BRAKE NOW!!!!

(8)

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I begin to repeat myself, but ........
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 12:04
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Heather, you see David's eye's roll back into the back of his head and he groans, but his body responds immediately to Veronica's command. He executes a quick right and stops hard, to the point of stopping the van.

John doesn't stand a chance to avoid it. He makes a good effort to swerve right, but collides hard - he was still going at a pretty good clip, even though he has starting drifting slower. The truck hits the van and, surprisingly, the van handles what is a pretty direct read end collision very well. The van spins out, and it feels like the van nearly flips, but David holds it together. The red truck, too, looks in danger of going out of control, but John holds it together. The impact and the hard swerve on the truck's part causes the front wheels to buckle, and the truck noseplants, also spinning a bit - the van makes a full rotation onto the shoulder and into the grass. Both vehicles stop about 5 yards away from each other.

I'll need health checks from the both of you, if you please.
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 12:17
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((OOC: Regarding our conversation on RS -- LB, I came in from work all cylinders firing [arguably maybe a little crazy and off kilter] and wasn't trying to rile you up. I was trying to simplify things and let Heather know what was up without posting it all to the GM. I know I was trying to say everything in my head at once, and I didn't mean to get all caught up on the past/present/future nonsense. It wasn't my intent at all.

As far as the whole conversation on RuneScape anyway, if it was inappropriate, I apologize. I know I could have said "hey" first, at the very least. I thought we were doing stuff we didn't want Chris to read in PM or on RuneScape, that's all.))

Health check 7

I gotta get HER first.

Mental blow, Ginger, 7

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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 12:26
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Health check 8. also odds are Heather did not have a seat belt on, now that I think about it.

gotta run be abck soon hopefully
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 12:56
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Okay I'm back. Just a little security work at Theresa's moms.
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 13:00
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Okay, let's see - Heath checks mean that a) Folks were properly braced, so that there aren't any extra injuries incurred.



Now then - safety concerns do abound though - this is a cargo van - no restraints at all in the back, which means that Veronica, Veruca (and Ala as well) get tossed about. Heather smashes into David (who is the only one who is buckled). David and Heather crack heads (ow! 10-2 [DR] 8 damage to the head - both remain awake). Ala handles it pretty well - she's half a cat about things and Veruca smooshes against the cargo door, hitting hard. Veronica does similarly, like a ping-pong ball (for 5 damage - on the back - oof!) and must make a concentration check to maintain visual contact with Ginger (she makes it dead on).

Veronica - you don't know if it was the collision or your psi, but Ginger is a limp rag in the passenger seat. John looks okay - he's holding the left side of his head but is looking at Ginger in near-panic with worry. He's simultaneously unbuckling himself and Ginger, right now.

Oh, hon, please be okay - c'mon, don't be dead!
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 13:02
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Um - okay, that's a decidedly alarming "just a little bit", there, LB
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 13:08
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Yeah, sounds like everything's okay though?

Mental blow on Doe 7 too. (8)
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Unread 2nd of June, 2007, 13:12
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(Hey I left out the part about the guns.)

In amazement that I'm is still conscious, I try to get out the door, and get a bead on the Mr. and Mrs. Doe.
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