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Oct 17 2015, 07:06 AM
All that Leander wants from life—or lives, in his vernacular—is a little R&R. Rest and relaxation. A holiday. Hitting the proverbial snooze button.

That's what he says.

There are those who say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and his pudding has been flung across kitchens in several galaxies. That what it proves is he is a different calibre of person. One whom, when unrelaxed, would rather sharpen his claws on other people's drapes, and collect their trophies to line his throat and shoulders, and, and pulverise planets and stars when things don't go his way, and don't forget lounging, lounging! in dens of iniquity. He has heard his share of talk, good and bad, true and untrue, and it has never particularly bothered him. If they're talking about him, good. The universe is big and vacuous enough that relevance is a good thing.

He isn't lounging long. As 'important' as Leander is, there is usually someone waiting to talk to him. Even eloping to Cimmerae's red moon, where the daylight hours are plentiful and hot and the night is a quick, sighing dream of coolness, he hasn't escaped it. If he turns his head just so, he can see out the window: the baked, shifting sands and the dragon-tail patterns made by the stifling breeze when it moves. The sun is a white ball of spite in the sky. The shadows are long and getting longer.

When he shuts his eyes, he's transported. Away, away from Lanquis, the catnip den. The smoke in his lungs fills him up with a feeling like weightlessness, though his bones feel twice as dense. The chaise longue sinks away, the tasselled cushions and throws become mounds of dirt and hilly grass. He's in a golden field in his mind, and there are swallows and sparrows flitting through his fingers, begging him to catch them and bite into their downy bodies. Dandelions tickle his nose.

He opens his eyes. The field disappears.

Chancellor Ferox is still talking. The haze of catnip smoke shrouding the room hasn't affected him. Where Leander's eyes are clouding over, Ferox sits bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, seeming to vibrate with a scarcely contained energy.

Ferox. Ridiculous name.

His tail sweeps behind him. His eyebrows are two angled points of anger above his eyes. "And that was just last week! Bells and collars. They were jingling them at us in the pavilion, and us smiling and sheathing our claws. You have to admonish them. If they're to learn any sensitivity at all, they have to stop thinking of us as common beasts. We aren't their— pets."

"Admonish, hmm," Leander agrees. He puffs on the end of the rope-pipe in his mouth and exhales a sweet-smelling cloud of smoke. "I'm not sure how much they like that."

"It won't be ill-received from you. You're a prince, of a sort."

"I am. Thank you for noticing," Leander agrees again. "Fascinating story." He says it without fascination. "It is better on Earth than it was a few years ago. Time heals all, Chancellor. I'll consider re-addressing the topic. Now our time is up, regrettably, and I have another audience."

Having forgotten who it is or what the time is on which day, doesn't change the facts.
Oct 6 2015, 07:05 AM
listening

hello, fellow cubicle slaves and office workers who are slowly becoming a part of the wallpaper! do you need something to listen to at work? as a temp, i like to have an earphone buzzing in one ear, while the other ear stays cocked for the reloading-magazine sound of a manager's voice. in this way, i've listened to many audiobooks over the past few weeks and caught up on tonnes of reading.

here are a few sites, filled with classics that are in the public domain:
for fun

what's interesting is just how many audiobooks are recorded by volunteers! so, barbermonger: have you ever recorded yourself reading poetry, a short story, or a novel? would you?
Sep 26 2015, 07:42 PM
quick guide
  • Post a minimum of once daily. If you're talking to someone or investigating something, you can post more! Failing to post will miss your turn for the day.
  • Post order is unnecessary (until combat). Just be considerate!
  • When in doubt if you'll succeed, roll a d20.
  • If you're doing something in secret, PM me.
  • Interact, interact, interact.
  • Rules will be introduced as you need them. Click the little dragon for tips!

PM the DM.
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The story so far.
Sep 23 2015, 06:27 AM
i've always loved horror. from the first time my little hands opened a stephen king book, to the terrifying stuff that passed for '90s children's entertainment, i couldn't get enough!

for me, spooktober starts in late september and lasts all through october. i want to watch a lot of new horror that i haven't seen and catalogue it. i'll try to showcase the best posters, not all of which are official -- i'm a big fan of illustration and pulp.

i'll also be reading horror anthologies!

= recommended.

feel free to chat or scream loudly in this thread. aaaaaaAAaaaAAAAAaa


BOOKS

The Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Colour Out of Space
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • Witches' Hollow
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
Clive Barker's Books of Blood
  • Twilight at the Towers
  • How Spoilers Bleed
  • The Yattering and Jack
  • Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament
  • Pig Blood Blues
  • Hell's Event
  • Scape Goats
  • New Murders In The Rue Morgue
TV
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Death Parade
  • Hemlock Grove
MOVIES
  • Poltergeist
  • Ravenous
  • Unfriended
  • Trick 'r Treat
  • The Conjuring
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • The Pyramid
  • In Their Skin
  • Last Shift
  • Clown
  • The Loved Ones
Sep 20 2015, 09:52 PM
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