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    @drowntown @queenie_flower "Aw, fuck, is heroism illegal now? My main dude Spider-Man's gonna get in some deep shit. And apparently you, too? Did you beat up total assholes or something?" He got distracted by bumping back Nick enough to chuck his own bowl in the trash, so the full effect of how baffling Nick's attempt at a comeback was kinda surprised him. Enough that he burst out laughing before he even processed it. "I'm- I'm what? Y'all, listen up, I've gotta get my hair cut into some fuckin' Justin Beiber-y swoop and delete all my music in favor of, like, three MCR songs." He returned back to the counter, grabbing another one of his discarding candy bars and holding it out to June to toast. You know. With candy bars. L'chaim. 'Cause pretty much everyone in the group needed it. "I can add 'totally humble' to that list," he said with a grin.

    @drowntown "It's not, like, super illegal!" Harley did quiet down then, trying to make sure Unit Four wouldn't boot back up and get upset Harley was talking about them behind their back. "I have a case for the ethics side of things, anyway, where just 'cause I promised to sell them a functioning AI doesn't mean I have to sell away a straight up sentient kid. Just trying to raise Four right, dude." That didn't stop his from snorting and stealing half a bite from Nick's bowl. "You do suck at comebacks though, like- Pretty sure that was a compliment, through and through. Take two? Something more like, 'I don't actually think you're a loser, I think you're a-' Insert insult here?"

    @drowntown @Short_comedian @queenie_flower @The Invincible Troodon Harley was too busy dropping the candy bars in favor of shoveling ramen in his mouth like it was the best tasting thing he'd had in his life. It was mediocre, at best. But hey, hunger makes the best sauce and all that jazz. He sure as hell wasn't complaining. What he was worried about, though, was the various arguments going on. So once he'd managed to finish his bowl in record time, took a second so his voice wouldn't be all post-food-wide, he tried to address everything in turn. Bad habit of his, trying to lowkey mediate, highkey just wanting to be heard. "Caenus, dude, what counts as running from the law? 'Cause Four's technically 'stolen property'," cue the air quotes, "but they're, like, from my patent. And I gave the right people a refund and everything. Uh, Agnes, you could probably beat me up, I'm sure you can take care of yourself and everything, it's chill. June, you're a fuckin' blessing. But if we all share tragic backstories or whatever, know that Four's gonna butt in a lot, this is their story as much as mine. And if any of y'all are rude to them, I'll-" He made a vague gesture. "Be really pissed off, I guess? Steal your blanket in the middle of the night or something? Nick. Dude, okay, fuck- Think of it this way. I'm a fuckin' loser, June's a solid jock, Caenus is preppy as hell, and you're an emo. It's just styles 'n stuff. You dress like how bad electric guitar riffs over a front man who actually just whines and screams and calls it singing sounds. That's emo."
  4. bad news: woke up sore as hell, managed to work out for another hour to try and get rid of said soreness, but that just made it Worse so idk how i'm gonna do more physical therapy tonight :/
    good news: accidentally came out to the dude who teaches me weight training and he was chill about it

    1. mousecircus



    2. conradbirdie


      yeah, it was Sweet !!


    @drowntown @Short_comedian @queenie_flower @The Invincible Troodon "Valid questions, y'all. I'm gonna just, like, rummage through your shit? Sorry, Caenus. Gotta find forks." He started peeking in various drawers and cupboards with no visible pattern to it. "My bet's on Caenus just being really chill. I'm pretty sure he was just as cool when I first met him, so, I mean, I'm just going with previous patterns 'n shit. But yeah, I can't get murdered yet, I've got work. Any of y'all can hit me up to murder me in, like, three years or something. Not now."
  6. oh lore?

    Voss made a face, even though they were pretty sure it was barely visible in the candlelight. "Uh- Nik, right? Do you mind just flicking on that light switch right there? Just- A little more light would be much appreciated right now." Voss was uncomfortably aware of how sharp this demon's teeth were. Even though they shouldn't have been surprised, considering this was a genuine demon they were talking about. "Whoa there, buckaroo. I'd highly recommend letting us just shoot you on back to wherever you came from, okay? I won't get in your, uh, personal space bubble of magic tat shouldn't be fucked up. And you'll answer a few questions so we can figure out how to get you back. Deal?" They paused for a moment, before amending their words. "I'm not going to shake. This is a verbal deal." All the better to try and keep their fingers safely unchomped. But then a bell rang out, and even if Voss didn't start swearing again, their eyes showed all that distress anyway. "Okay, so- Demon-dude. Would you like to stay in here, or would you like to come back to my dorm room? Because the school's getting locked up, and if you want to come somewhere that's not going to get below freezing in less than an hour, you're going to need to play nice."

    @drowntown @Short_comedian @queenie_flower @The Invincible Troodon "Nick. Sweet hair, dude. I'm just gonna-" He scooted back around to try and poke though the groceries, before settling on just grabbing a candy bar or two. Not the most nutritious meal, but it had been a while since Unit Four had been around this many people besides back in the police station way back when, so he wanted to be able to dash over the second they powered back on again. He still couldn't tell if it was sheer pattern recognizing that freaked Four out or if it was straight up flashbacks, but hey, distress was distress. Come to think of it, everyone in this room seemed at various levels of distress. "So. Should we sort out who's gonna sleep where? Should we have a feelings sesh'? 'Cause I'm cool talking about 'yeah, I'm on the road to try and get my kid ultra-therapy' but not much beside that."
  8. intro things :D

    little known fact that i just made up: the proper singular of beeves is boof

    @drowntown @Short_comedian @queenie_flower @The Invincible Troodon "June. Got it. Month-name. And Agnes. Haggis, but, like, not." Harley's face lit up the second June asked a question, and just like that, he forgot about the food he'd been trying to sneak away in favor of leaning onto the counter to get a little closer to her. "They're called Unit Four. I keep asking if they, like, want a more human-namey-name but they said it 'just proves that they're better than at least 3 other AIs'. And they, like- Learn off of what folks say around them and sometimes the internet 'n shit? So trust me, they swear like a truck driver when they want to. You're not gonna harm anything. God, I'm so glad you asked that." Still, he pointed back at Agnes, eyebrows raised. "Good fuckin' question. Caenus, dude, are you just- That nice? What're the chances of us all being here at the same time, anyway?"
  10. my new physical therapist is the most dudebro guy i've ever met?? hes sweet but bless his h e a r t

    1. conradbirdie


      him: HEY ! YOU TIRED YET ???
      me: yeah
      him: :O ?????

    2. mousecircus

    @drowntown @Short_comedian Harley managed to both get Unit Four completely set up so they could power themselves back on whenever they pleased, and was suddenly struck with the realization that he was really fuckin' hungry. But when he wandered into the kitchen, he was met with an air of- Awkwardness? Considering this whole situation was weird as hell, it didn't deter him from scooching past the emo looking dude to look through the groceries brought along. "Hey, y'all. Don't mind me, just-" He turned to look at the apparent host and snorted. "Oh my fuckin' god, you seriously do look like art student Poseidon. I'm Harley. Don't touch my kid. They're the one in all the wires 'n shit. So you're Caenus, and I probably don't know you," he said, pointing to each respective person.
  12. and what if they were angels?

    hell yeah dude!! and no need to stress about what the Rules Of Cicada are, i still dont know what im doing and it seems to be going ok dkfjvnkdjnfv
  13. intro things :D

    agreed, and the plural of house is hice and thats just how life works, ya know?
  14. oh lore?

    Oh, fabulous, the demon had plunged the entire closet into darkness. Sure, Voss got why the little dude was so pissed off, but this felt more like dealing with a fussy toddler than an armed and dangerous creature that melted out of the floor. Voss was desperately hoping to keep it that way. So he tutted disapprovingly as he grabbed one of the candles up again and lit it with his fingers. "Sorry for, uh, slurping you? How about we- Fuck." He tried to kick the demon's feet away from the marks as best he could. "How about you stay there, okay, bud? We'll get you un-slurped. Somehow. But getting the school faculty on your ass 'cause you're running wild might not be the best solution here."
  15. Pro Tip Of The ADHD Day: the find tool? is so good? the only reason ive been able to actually puzzle out what some of these academic texts im trying to study say is bc i picked whatever keyword i needed to know about and used it as an anchor, i Highly recommend it

    1. mousecircus


      mood but i’m autistic!! although adhd & autism do have a Lot of overlap so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

    2. conradbirdie


      yo thats so true!! autism + adhd are like. Siblings Of Each Other tbh

  16. and what if they were angels?

    dude this is sweet in the 'you got me to cry in a happy way, congrats, i love this' way and sweet as in the 'holy FUCK. thats some RAD DESCRIPTION, RAD FLOW BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS, RAD ORGANIZATION' way. i'm having trouble w/ the like button again but this was Too Good to not show appreciation of
  17. the human state, 5 am

    idk why but i Really Love These Lines, dude! sweet imagery all the way through the entire poem, too!
  18. the real question is "how obviously gay and in want of a shorter haircut do i have to be before whoever's cutting my hair stops asking if i'm sure a million times and then tells me i cant just shower and comb it and call it a day"

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    2. flamecoloredglowstick


      me, looking at haircuts w/ my mom: see something kind of like that

      my mom: but that's just, like, a boy cut

      me: .... that's the point 

    3. conradbirdie


      d u d e ive had that e x a c t conversation w/ my mom? going like. 'ohhh i could put cute barrettes in it! its a Cute, Spunky, Fresh, Feminine Look!!' really helped tbh but idk what ur mom's like, of course!

    4. flamecoloredglowstick



      my mom tries to be understanding, but, like, sometimes fails 

      once i had a hair stylist tell me she could give me a 'victoria's secret look'

  19. im going to sleep but before that i'd just like to say: luigi

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    2. conradbirdie


      cicada's STILL not letting me like stuff but Major Like! @Autumn, do you mind helping out here a little with Liking Stuff Problems? you're a blessing!

    3. Autumn


      BLARGH, is it still not letting you like things? I'll send the digital folks in to whack things with wrenches until it starts working.

    4. conradbirdie


      it's occasionally working, but not on the regular, unfortunately! thank you so much!!


    @Short_comedian @drowntown @queenie_flower @The Invincible Troodon Harley leaned back in his seat, eyebrows raised. That was one hell of a hurried yes, but it was a yes all the same. And he wasn't about the question good fortune. He turned back onto the road again, chucking his phone onto the passenger's seat. Unit Four groaned from their spot securely strapped into the back bench seat. "The phone doesn't have sentience. Why not give the spot up for something actually capable of emotions? 'I call shotgun'." Harley snorted. "The front seat's reserved for folks who wont get their circuits smashed up in a crash. Nice try, though. That's some sweet use of phrases, kiddo. Wait, fuck, I need-" He leaned over to grab his phone again, swerving dangerously close to the edge of the road, but managing to steady everything enough to pull up a map to Caenus' house and stick the phone on the dashboard without crashing. He was kinda glad Unit Four didn't have much sensing gear other than half a dozen microphones Harley worked on for ages, otherwise they'd probably be insulting Harley's skills at every swerve. 'Cause Harley had raised Four right. "Where are we going?" "Caenus' place. House. Apartment. I dunno. Did I talk to you about him, like- You wanna dig up some dirt for me?" "You met Caenus at a support group around this area and said, and I quote, 'dude looks like Poseidon but as a kinda twink-ish art student'. And I said, and I quote, 'Harley, I'm pretty sure we're going to be driving through this area again, and if I have to rehash your comments about him, I'm going to power myself off.' So with that-" Unit Four's voice switched to a clearly pre-programmed phrase. "Goodnight, see you in the morning!" Then back again, just for a moment. "Please uninstall that, it's driving me crazy." And then there was the hum of Four powering down. Harley snorted again. Luckily, he was close enough to Caenus' that he didn't get too tired finishing up the drive, hauling Four up the stairs, and managing to let himself in and situate Four's various speakers and microphones. He'd brought along the generator, though. He was a kind enough guest to not completely fuck up his host's power bill.
  21. yall i fucking love caenus

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    2. conradbirdie


      literally everyone else was like "a sleepover with strangers? WELL BOY HOWDY! COUNT ME IN!" gfjbnjfk - at least agnes will be there to infuse some sense into the situation

    3. queenie_flower


      She’s that dude from enchanted

    4. The Invincible Troodon

      The Invincible Troodon

      @queenie_flower @conradbirdie Or she'll disappoint you all. She still is stupid enough to run away for no good reason and sleep over at a stranger's house without even asking before she was invited

  22. oh lore?

    "Dude, take a breather, chillax, do some meditation, just-" Voss leaned over enough to shoot a pointed look at Nik. Admittedly, they barely knew the guy, but they weren't just going to stand around and let someone get dangerously close to making a deal with a demon. "Hey. How about we stop for a moment before we knock down any candles and assess this situation." He started to lean down a little to speak to the demon more face to face, but considering the threat of fingers being bitten off, straightened up again to get his nose out of biting range. "What's your name? And- Actually, yeah, I second what Nikolai said. What do you mean, 'wishes'?"
  23. oh lore?

    this sounds amazing?? im in ofc Name: Voss Schulz.Age: In this timeline? Probably 19 or 20. Because this sounds like something he'd have to be young + dumb enough to do.Gender/Pronouns: Demiboy, they/them or he/him. Pick either one to stick with or just mix it up, he doesn't care all that much.Species: Human. A magic user from a family who uses magic in a pretty chill way.Height: 6'0''.Appearance: (They're a D&D character of mine, so congrats, y'all get the 3D model: https://www.heroforge.com/load_config%3D1133247/) He'd be wearing a tank top and board shorts in this story, though. The druid-y get up is for Certified Adventures. He has a good number of scars on his hands, though. Applicable Quirks (accent, biases, languages spoken, phobias, etc): He's a major fan of the ocean, so the whole 'salt water mixed with ocean breeze is pretty much a disaster for magic' thing really gets him down sometimes. His solution? Just kinda go anyway, but leave all his stuff behind somewhere safe. He's a pretty chill dude, but he's serious when it comes to anyone getting hurt.Quick Backstory: Here studying magic because he wants to do something more with it than what he's already been taught. And apparently summoning an otherworldly creature counts. Even though the main thing he wants is to figure out if he can get inert folks to see auras, since his sister's inert and they feel that she should get to feel more included.Weapons Abilities: He has a ton of simple rings with various gems and sigils on them. He usually keeps them on a small staff with holders at both ends to keep the rings on, but sometimes he just wears the rings around because carrying around a jingly staff is 'not really my style'. Thus, the scars from magical discharges?Powers: Already mentioned above. In the D&D campaign I have him in, he uses mental focus and precision rather than any sort of kinetic energy set, but I can say with full certainty that he would do the cotton eyed joe if he had to. "Why are you yelling about getting hurt, I just got a demon claw to the face," he protested, already trying to push whatever Avatar-like creature the group summoned away. Evan though that would probably knock them right into the person standing across from Voss. Fuck. He tried to just steady the demon instead.