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 Walk in the Park, Raleigh
❂ ALEXEI PENDLETON
 Posted: Jul 11 2018, 03:07 AM
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18 • Human • Knowledge • NYU


Alexei walked back to his spot in Central Park. It was a sunny day and for once it didn’t feel as if the sun had a vendetta against mankind, it was an actual decent day with a slight breeze and few clouds. Most normal people were out and about enjoying this fine weather. He was pretty sure he even saw a few people going full stereotypical and flying kites in the sky. It was a peaceful sight; the weather beat what he would have to deal with in Russian or England. Though his location didn’t matter as much today, because he was going to hit the books yet again. After spending the prior week on a cross continent vacation of shorts, Alexei had to continue his studies. He cracked open his old books and began to read. They obviously weren’t his academic books, those weren’t a bother until August. This was his books on various plants and possible spells for him to research. Old and dusty, but it provided some useful knowledge. While he was on his little vacation he figured getting a souvenir of sorts wouldn’t be too bad and help the greater good…whatever he decided that was today.

He took a spoonful of his Dippin’ Dots, eating the bizarre cold confections as he read more about various magical subjects. His eyes read the text on how to a potion to combat dehydration and one to help with hunger. The book covered many aspects of survival, he wondered if he could win Naked and Afraid if he memorized enough of these recipes.

That thought was lost when he heads the sound of frustration from a nearby kid. Looked like a kid no older than 12, red in the face at their flightless kite. The poor dad was trying to calm her down, but she would stop sniffling. It was heartbreaking. Alexei watched from the corner of his eye, he did want to be a creep. When they gave it another try, some of his telekinesis kicked in to have the kite hover for the poor girl. The dragonfly kite billowed in the wind, the dad looked relieved, the daughter looked happy, and Alexei had warm feeling inside, so it was a win-win. He kept this up for 15 minutes until they decided to pack up.

The Dippin’ Dots were decimated, his good deed was done, and had no good reason to shirk studying. His eyes went back to his book, but the words were hard to focus on and his head was aching. “That’s the price for being nice.” he muttered to himself and he began to dig through his bag. He was sure he packed one somewhere.

@RALEIGH
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♠ RALEIGH
 Posted: Jul 12 2018, 03:06 AM
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25 • Unseelie fae • Change • Ann Arbor, MI


@ALEXEI PENDLETON

There sure were lots of humans wanderin’ about today, huh?

The fae slid his hands into his pockets as he glanced about the bustling park that was filled with all sortsa humans runnin’ around, relaxing on the grass, laughing, and otherwise having a grand ol’ time. Apart from it being really sunny (a con that he was able to negate with his sunglasses), it was a genuinely good day, and the overall mood of the park seemed to reflect that. He sighed after reaching that conclusion, and shook his head. Well, fuck, was it EVER gonna take a lotta effort on his part to undo that mood. But, uh, he imagined that once things started going south, they’d get real bad, real fast. Panicked crowds tended to stampede, yeah? And with how many people there were here…
Heh. He’d just have to be careful so that he didn’t wind up gettin’ some kids trampled in the process. Boss Man probably wouldn’t appreciate that, and let it never be said that he’d do things to upset the guy. Other people, sure, but not the Nightmare King.
For one, he was loads of fun. For another, the fae didn’t think he’d live all that long if he did something to piss the guy off. And that was one threat he was willing to take seriously.

The question just became how he’d go about setting the crowds off into a panic. He could try to find someone with a gun, and use his telekinesis to fire it into a crowd...but that’d be a bit blunt, and unimaginative. Maybe he could get control of a car, and have it speed down civilian paths? Again, a little blunt, but at least then he could have something chasing the humans, which would give ‘em an incentive TO run. Hell, he could get a fleet of cars and corral them into certain pathways, so that they were guaranteed to trample someone.

He continued mulling over these plans for a short while, but soon found himself distracted by a pouting kid and her kite. The fae lifted his eyebrows, and snorted at how upset the little shit was with the kite for not flying. Sheesh, kids could cry over just about anything, couldn’t they? It was a miracle that more parents didn’t snap and strangle the little bastards--huh…

Raleigh stared as the kid finally managed to get the kite up off the ground, but...there was something off about the way it flew. Sure, the fabric rippled in the wind and everything, and it WAS staying airborne, but it almost seemed like there was some invisible dude hovering above it, and holding it up on a string. He scratched at his neck, and settled back into the shade of a tree as he contented himself in watching the kite, though he was careful to make it seem like he wasn’t just staring at the kid and her dad. And the more he watched it, the more he was convinced that there was something else at play here.
Oh sheesh, was there some kinda Guardian around? This seemed like it was right up their alley…

Mmm. If there was a Guardian about, he’d have to be careful. He couldn’t exactly carry on a merry chase with the humans if there was someone waiting in the wings to lecture him.
Thoroughly suspicious now, the fae ignored the departing girl and her dad in favour of giving the immediate area another glance. The person who’d done that for the kid would have to be close by, which considerably narrowed things down. Especially so since most people that had passed through the area had already come and gone.
There’d been only a handful of constants here, and one of ‘em was reading what looked to be a very interesting, and very damning book.
Heh~ Guy wasn’t even making this hard for him. But first! He should figure out just who he was, and go from there.

With his target acquired, the fae moved away from the tree, and towards the human and his decimated ice cream. He kept his hands in his pockets, and gaze on the ice cream for the time being, so that he would hopefully avoid alarming the guy too soon into this. Wait...were those fuckin’ Dippin’ Dots? What. Okay, he had multiple things he needed to figure out.
He needed to find out who this guy was, exactly, and he needed to figure out where he’d gotten the Dippin’ Dots. Because fuck, did he ever want some. “Shit, dude, you got Dippin’ Dots?” He posed the incredulous question once he was in a comfortable speaking distance with the other, and lifted a hand up to adjust his sunglasses as he peered down at the sad, melted bowl of ice cream. “...or had, rather. Sorry, too soon?” He grimaced, getting as close to feeling sympathy for the guy as he could, given the circumstances. It sucked when your Dippin’ Dots melted. “Where’d you get them? I didn’t see them when I got into the park.”
...and he just had a brilliant idea as to how he’d keep this guy engaged in a conversation. Oh hell yes, Dippin’ Dots were awesome.
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❂ ALEXEI PENDLETON
 Posted: Jul 17 2018, 08:39 PM
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18 • Human • Knowledge • NYU


Alexei needed to become a well-adjusted organized adult, one day. Not today he was certain he had some brain juice on him. It was one of the various names he came up with for his elixirs. Naming the potions was great for organizing the potions, but honestly he felt a bit embaressed when he had to tell people what he was brewing. Honestly this is what he got for playing JRPG so much as a kid. His Angel Wing potions were just a few words away from infringing on Phoenix Down.

He was about to cut hassle and just summon the vial, doing so would make his headache worse, but he would live.He concentrated on the center of his palm, well he did so trying to look as inconspicuous as possible, which was moderately successful. His mind's eye could almost see the physical potions, but his focus was interrupted by the voice of a person. He looked over to the red haired guy, talking about his Dippin' Dots. Not a bad looking guy…so he would be a bit more inclined to listen. "Hand cramps." He said as he faked stretch his hands. He was a mess. "I saw a vendor down that path." He pointed to the pavement that stretched over to the northeast, there it lead to a few more food vendors, but away from the main part of the park.

"I think I need a refill. I got distracted and let my remained dots melt. A very tragic sight, I would never wish melted Dots on my worst enemy." He said with a smile. His head was aching though, but eating did help with it followed by rest. He could always go for another bowl of Dots, maybe he would go for the cookies n'crème flavor this go around.

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♠ RALEIGH
 Posted: Jul 19 2018, 03:48 AM
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25 • Unseelie fae • Change • Ann Arbor, MI


@ALEXEI PENDLETON

Raleigh glanced to the guy’s hand when he mentioned something about cramps. Uhhuh...was that why he’d been holdin’ it like that? The guy sure sounded a bit distracted, kinda like he was in pain...so maybe that really was it. So long as he hadn’t been trying to do something like summon a beam of pure energy to blast at him, the fae honestly didn’t care too much about being lied to. He was, after all, making progress in figuring out where those Dippin’ Dots had come from, and Guardian or no, he could about kiss the guy for that blessing.
Seriously, he hadn’t even realised he’d been craving Dippin’ Dots before he saw that bowl, so this was like a dream come true.
...but, oh right. Dude was in pain. “Ah, that sucks. Sorry to hear that.” He turned his attention to the direction the guy was pointing in, and lifted his eyebrows as he tried in vain to spy the glimmering beacon of dessert goodness that was the Dippin’ Dots stall in the distance. Was probably quite a walk to it, but whatever, it was totally worth it at this stage.
And as luck would have it, he didn’t even have to come up with some sorta excuse to get the guy to accompany him. Looked like he was going for round two.

He turned a grin back on Alexei, and snickered with a solemn nod at his words. “Oh, for sure. Having your Dippin’ Dots melt on you is an even worse fate to experience than something like steppin’ on a Lego. Revenge is nice and all, but there’s such a thing as going too far.” Not that he really believed that, but eh. He was playing along with the tone that had been set, and would continue to do so until he got his Dippin’ Dots, AND figured out who this guy was.
But he could probably drop the act when they got to the Dippin’ Dots. Cuz that was really the only thing that he really needed the guy’s cooperation on. “But if you wouldn’t mind leading the way to ensure that I’m safely delivered to dessert heaven, I’d be happy to buy your second bowl for ya. One good turn deserves another and all that.”
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❂ ALEXEI PENDLETON
 Posted: Jul 20 2018, 03:40 PM
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18 • Human • Knowledge • NYU


He wondered if a typical New Yorker would be obliged to escort a stranger to the Dippin' Dots station. Honestly, he knew the answer was no. The Americans in New York seemed to have an extra level of skin and another level of caution. Even though as a natural born Londoner he should have the same mentality, he knew what it was like to be in a large city and not know were some simple things where. Half the time he wondered why no one developed a vendor cart tracking app. He will save that million dollar idea for later.

"The Lego company relishes the pain their company inflects on the world. But we can only fix one travesty at a time." He joked back, he was hungry after all. He probably should seek out a balanced diet of something like fruit, vegetables, or lean meat. You know this could be his cheat week, eating well in college was a larger challenge than slaying a dragon.

"You are speaking the language of my people—the broke college kids. Hard to find nice people like you in New York City." He said as he got up and began to lead the way down the path. His mind had got off his pressing headache and turned to his stomach. More Dippin' Dots were good for the soul. "I'm Alexei Pendleton, by the way. So are you a New York native? I'm obviously not, by the weird accent." He asked trying to place where Raleigh was from.

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