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Scapegrace
Intermission: A Life On The Ocean Wave.
Wed Sep 2, 2015 21:37
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It was a fair assessment to say that -- while possessed of good character, an inquiring mind, and a kindly, gentle disposition -- the 7th Earl of Wymbourne was not one of nature's sailors. His father had been a Navy man (that much backstory had been granted him by his unfortunately Suvian wife) but his brother had been the seaman; indeed, Algie had devoted his life and personal fortune to magic largely because, in his own estimation, he became violently seasick on anything wetter than a dewy lawn. However, here he was, afloat with naught but a heavily-armed former XCOM field officer for company, feeling thoroughly sorry for himself as he rued his luncheon, long since disappeared over the side in a technicolour yawn of which Linda Blair would have been proud.

"Ah, cheer up, your Lordship, you'll be fine." Nothing could dampen Field Commander Lola McCandless' enthusiasm, not even the flood. She was one of those people who would trot out the old phrase that the Chinese word for "crisis" was the same as that for opportunity were it not for the fact that she was troubled by the occasional presence of a thought in her head. "At least we were allowed to crack the Arc Throwers out, makes the job ten times easier."

"Commander, you forget your augments. Not all of us are blessed with the ability to turn off our sense of smell, though there are a few tinctures related in Meredyth's Whisperings Of The Great1 that might have worked had not this devilsome flood demolished mine and Agamemnon's laboratory." Algie brushed at his DIA-issue oilskin with his free hand. If he concentrated on practical magic to the exclusion of all else, he could almost but not entirely distance himself from the reek of Arc Thrower-belaboured kraken. The stench was reminiscent of calamari, if the chef's only tools had been a poorly-earthed piece of electrical equipment and prayer.

"Eh, like I said, we're fine. Look at you! Holding up nicely. I bet one day soon you'll be able to go on a real boat!"

Algie, who had been raised properly, gave her the least weak smile he could presently summon up. "Thank you for your confidence in me, Commander. I fear it is misplaced, but your sentiment is much appreciated, depend upon it."

Lola had worked with him for a couple of months now, and knew better than to startle him with a matey clap on the shoulder. Instead, she just smiled and continued to pilot their large tin bathtub, the longer-established DIA mob having previously laid claim to all the dinghies. Quite where Algie'd managed to dredge it up from, she didn't care to ask, possibly because she was scared he'd literally dredged it up from somewhere, but she was as determined as ever to make the best of things.

They continued their merry way down a corridor, Algie leafing through his e-books and muttering to himself in a dead language. Behind them, the floodwater started to flow backwards, gently pushing them along rather than leaving them marooned in a pile of enormous, concussed squids.

As they rounded a corner, Lola stopped moving and crouched down, unlocking the safety catch of her Arc Thrower. "There's something coming up at the T-junction ahead. It's moving fast, and it's moving against the current. Game face on, Algie."

"Just as you say, Commander." Algie concentrated, then leaned over the side and filled up a makeshift scrying bowl with water. It might have been a Generic Mug with an inscription that said To The Worlds Greatest Insert Relative Here, but one made do with what one had to hand. He drew a quick cross-shape in the water and held a hand over it. "I have the beast. It has taken a left at the junction and... means to go right. I must say, this thing seems rather fast on its feet, assuming it even possesses them. Given what you've been catching so far, it may not."

"Great," Lola said as she steered them around the bend. "Fast-moving tentacle things I can't track with the good ol' Mark One Eyeball. At least it can't fly. It, it can't fly, can it? It can't fly."

"I see nothing to indicate it can," Algie replied. Admittedly, he had seen very little full stop, and nothing of their quarry's physical anatomy aside from the odd glimpse of a fin, but Lola's free hand was rubbing at her neck so he decided not to say so. "We will both be right as ninepence, Commander. We are here to look out for each other, are we not?"

"... Yes. Yes, we are." Lola stuffed her hand into the pocket of her own oilskin with rather more force than was necessary. "We are. Ignore me, I'm being stupid."

"You never are," he replied, and reached out his hand to touch her other hand, far away from her neck. He looked back down at the mug and stopped dead, his hand gripping a little too tight.

"What? Algie, what - it's coming back, isn't it?"

"At pace! Brace for imp-"

Algie was cut off by an enormous CLANGGGG of something on bathtub. Said something rocketed out of the water in a dizzying, brightly-coloured spray, and the waves tipped both agents out of the tub and into the drink.

Lola was the first to surface. "What the hell was that? And what's this crap in my hair?"

"Glubble," Algie glubbled eloquently as he began to sink. "Glubble glubrblblblbl."

"Algie!" Lola swam over and hauled him back to the surface, his periwig having floated off somewhere else. "Algie, are you okay?"

"I will be..." he wheezed. "In all likelihood."

The whatever-it-was landed back in the water with a splash and leapt out again, and Algie was only able to shake his vision clear for a moment before his partner reacted, shoving him out of the way as lurid orange goo coated the water where he had previously been.

"Thank you, Commander."

"It's in my hair I was growing it out this thing fries - oh. Damn."

"Language," Algie reflexively chided.

"Yeah, well, not everyone can pronounce an asterisk. Also, we have bigger problems."

"I fail to see what they are. We are floating, yes, but your Arc Thrower is to hand and our assailant has momentarily vanished."

"Algie? It's XCOM tech. This stuff really doesn't like seawater."

"Seawater."

"Yep."

"Seawater."

"I know, right? Something to do with the salts, I think, I wasn't really paying attention at the time. I'd been shot, it tends to dominate your thinking a bit."

"Indeed. That seems..." Algie paused, biting back a tirade. "That seems like a considerable oversight."

The creature had apparently taken the opportunity to circle around and come back at them, and with a cry of challenge it leapt onto the upturned tub, transforming on the way there.

As it clanked down hard, wielding what looked like an elaborate Super Soaker, Lola's eyes went a little bit wide.

"She's an Inkling! Oh my God look at you you're so precious!"

The Inkling gave a little curtsey and shot her in the face with the goop.

"You are rapidly becoming less precious."

"Well, you're the guppy who's not shooting back. Honestly. Don't you know how this game works?"

"... Were you in a match?"

Splat.

"Duh, of course I was in a match! What else would I be doing, guppy? I went squid, dived through a grate, went through the big hole, and out here. Is this a secret area or something?"

"You, er, you could say that, yes." Algie decided to speak up, now that he was treading water and able to at least vaguely breathe. "My name is Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, and I work for an organization called the PPC. Please don't shoot me in the-"

Splat.

"I should perhaps have seen that coming," he continued. "Still, I should probably mention-"

Splatsplatsplatsplatsplat.

"... If I could just get a word in? Please?" Algie threw his head under the water the moment the Inkling's trigger finger moved. Then he came back up. "You didn't fire."

"Duh, 'cause you ducked! God, you guys are so bad at this."

"We're humans. We're not exactly known for feats of aquabatic prowess, especially not by the standards of... your doubtless fine people."

"What's a human?"

"We're like your kid mode," Lola piped up, "only without the turning-into-a-squid bit."

"Ohhhh... have you tried pressing-"

"Yeah, no, that doesn't work on us, cob."

"Huh."

"You got a name, kiddo?"

"xXxFartMeisterxXx. What's yours?"

"... Got any nicknames?"

"Kay."

"Right. Cool. Kay, um, you're more than a bit lost right now. This is, well, it's not Inkopolis. Not even close. You're in the Headquarters of the Protectors of the Plot Continuum, and, um, I think you must have got wrapped up in our little flooding problem."

Kay blinked and staggered back a little, nearly falling out of the bathtub. "You guppies consider this a problem? It's amazing! There's so much cool stuff just floating around, and I'm not even running out of ink! I love it here!"

"Well, if you'd like to stay-"

"Where do I sign!" Kay bounced on her feet, the bathtub making slightly ominous noises.

"Let's figure that out later. Right now? I want to towel off. And shower. And towel off. And shower again."

"What are we going to do about the krakens?" Algie said.

"Let that Guardsman guy you're always banging on about deal with it. We've done enough, you've earned a rest, and Kay needs orientation"

And so, as the three paddled off, life began anew for the little Inkling that could. She grabbed Algie and Lola and pulled them into a tight hug. "You guys and me? We're gonna be best buds. Go team!"

"Glrbl," replied Algie, who was just not suited for a life on the ocean wave.

---

1: This is a real book; indeed, I own it. However, it is not a book of magic, or even about it, but rather a collection of quotations from the great and the good. I felt its title was well-suited for a treatise on Revivalist English Magic, though perhaps (given friend Algie's origins) one of somewhat dubious canonicity.

Algie, Lola, and Kay belong to me. Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell belongs to Susanna Clarke. XCOM: Enemy Unknown belongs to Firaxis and, further up the line, Julian Gollop. Splatoon belongs to Nintendo. I belong to my bed. I am going to go to sleep. I hope this has amused people by the time I wake up.

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                                                • In other news, look what I found! IT HAS FINALLY HAPPENED, PEOPLE!
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                                    • ((Nesh! Nesh!))Huinesoron, Sat Aug 29 12:19
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                                      • Weeerll...Neshomeh, Sat Aug 29 13:36
                                        (( Let's hope it won't come to that. ^_^; But, if it does, we will be good RPers and let the character's owner decide whether to accept injury or try to evade it. I think we can trust Scape to play... more
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                                          • (( Er. ))Neshomeh, Sun Aug 30 02:21
                                            I was thinking less "shove down into," more "make plain for viewing, possibly with urgently flashing neon letters," but if it's gonna be an explosive issue I'd just as soon retcon the whole thing.... more
                                            • ((Oh yeah, it's explosive alright.))Scapegrace, Sun Aug 30 06:17
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                                              • (( Okay then. ))Neshomeh, Sun Aug 30 10:54
                                                Retcon coming up when I am a little more awake, and I'll make sure to move things along for everybody else, too. I did not mean to take up a day being sorta kinda self-indulgent with my character, so ... more
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      • (( Hold on, let me yell at 'em first. {= | ))Neshomeh, Wed Aug 26 12:13
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        • ((Sorry. :( )) (nm)Huinesoron, Wed Aug 26 15:25
          • ((I apologise.))Desdendelle, Wed Aug 26 15:54
            ((I was carried away. A bit too excited, I think.))
            • ((Same here.))Iximaz, Wed Aug 26 15:59
              Won't happen again. :(
              • (( Apologies accepted. ))Neshomeh, Wed Aug 26 16:38
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      • The Notary was a total contrast.Scapegrace, Mon Aug 24 17:58
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        • Everyone in the office looked up...Neshomeh, Mon Aug 24 18:11
          when the door flew open to admit Alex. "Nope, you're not too late!" Jenni said with a grin. "In fact, you're the first to arrive. Grab a bowl and an egg, and pull up a patch of sand." She waved him... more
          • At that moment, Shui-Hua arrived...Edhelistar, Mon Aug 24 19:03
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            • He headed over to the eggs and picked one at random, cradling it carefully. "Hey, little guy," he whispered. "I don't know you yet, but I hope we get along." At Wobbles' yell, his shoulders... more
              • Another figure stepped into the office.PoorCynic, Mon Aug 24 22:37
                Teyala Solnerii found herself nodding at the elaborate setup despite the brief worry that crossed her mind. She wouldn't have to cover her response center with sand, would she? What she knew about... more
                • And another!Desdendelle, Tue Aug 25 00:51
                  Agent Desdendelle, DF, arrived at Voltarmi's office holding Avatar Aang's uncanon lightsaber like it was an especially disgusting dead rat. He looked at the gathered group, shrugged, and positioned... more
                  • Agent Bosh'Guk of the Department of Mary Sues stopped short of the small group of agents beginning to form. He set down a large sack and crossed his arms. "Ugh, I told you we were going to be... more
                    • The Illians pay a visit.Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 05:34
                      A portal opened in the corner of the room, and... nothing came out for a moment. Then a small arm appeared, and disappeared again. And then a black-haired woman stepped through, holding a small,... more
                      • Wobbles immediately noticed Tanfin's distress.Scapegrace, Tue Aug 25 06:14
                        Or, more accurately, she noticed his father's exasperation and the child at which it was directed. Thus, she swept into action. It was going to be tricky, but it could be done. And after a few... more
                        • Tanfin's jaw dropped.Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 06:22
                          He stared wide-eyed at the balloon fire lizard. And then... then his brow furrowed, his eyes narrowed, and his tongue stuck out a little between his lips. "Why's it red?" he demanded. "Fire lizards... more
                          • ((OOC: For purposes of clarification:))Scapegrace, Tue Aug 25 09:04
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                            • Tanfin looked supremely skeptical.Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 09:43
                              "I think only queens and bronzes can make real -" he began. Just then, Jasmine wandered up. "You're a Time Grump?" she said in a loud voice, tipping her head back to look up at the Notary. "Is that... more
                              • "... Yes. Clearly."Scapegrace, Tue Aug 25 10:57
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                                • Almost timePhobos, Tue Aug 25 11:14
                                  Eamon Brightbeard had received his message from Voltarmi while in the middle of smithing an battle axe. It wasn't the sort of thing that one could simply set aside. So, Brightbeard finished what he... more
                                  • Daphne stopped dead in front of the dwarf.Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 11:39
                                    She looked him up and down thoughtfully, clutching her inflatable fire lizard tightly. Then, beaming, she said, "But! You have hair ." "Most people do, Daphne," Dafydd said as he scrambled after... more
                                    • On the one hand, it was her job as a Nursery worker to help any parents in the PPC. This newly arrived family certainly seemed to qualify as needing some help — or, at the very least, another set of... more
                                      • Dawn McKenna ran in through the door, and...DawnFire, Tue Aug 25 13:32
                                        ...stumble-skidded to a halt on the sand. One end of long blue and green scarf trailed from her shoulder; the rest of it had been wrapped loosely around her neck and once around her waist. A small... more
                                        • Clarifications and catch-up.Neshomeh, Tue Aug 25 13:45
                                          (( First, a couple clarifications: 1. Nume already left with an egg and bowl of wherry-meat for the Lichen. I did not make this at all clear; I was in a hurry. I apologize for the confusion. 2. So... more
                                          • ((Clarification clarification:))Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 15:16
                                            ((So is the Lichen staying out of the RP entirely? I'm fine either way, I've got the Illians to keep track of.)) ((Also, can you remember what fire lizard parents do when watching their children... more
                                            • (( IIRC... ))Neshomeh, Tue Aug 25 16:31
                                              It probably depends on the fire-lizard. The queen of the clutch Menolly Impressed from didn't seem to mind, but she and Menolly were already sort of friends. Wild fairs will probably either try to... more
                                              • ((Let's keep it out, then.))Huinesoron, Tue Aug 25 16:53
                                                I'm happy to just let the Lichen's Impession go off-screen. I'll bring in the f'lizards when I post again, then. Though... heh, Hera? Reassured? She doesn't have that name by chance, you know... hS
                                              • ((Wuhoh.))JulyFlame, Tue Aug 25 16:37
                                                ((Did I misread at some point trying to figure out who was in the room already? I may well have done.))
                                          • Down to businessPhobos, Tue Aug 25 14:30
                                            Brightbeard didn't so much walk into the room as stroll into it. He was enjoying the heat and the dry, dusty air. It reminded him of his own home on Azeroth; the mountain stronghold of Ironforge,... more
                                            • Fluff incomingDesdendelle, Tue Aug 25 15:38
                                              When he spotted Dawn in the crowd, Des almost squeed. A smile spread on his face; he rubbed his hands together and shoved the lightsaber into a pocket of his coat. Capitalising on the fact that she... more
                                              • ((Whoops! First casualty.))DawnFire, Tue Aug 25 15:47
                                                ((That is, I managed to forget to double-check that no one had posted since I started writing. Replies should continue from July's post, not mine, since she got there first. ~DF))
                                              • Turning, she hugged him back. "Des! When did you get here? Why are you here? Did you also come for the hatching? I didn't know you'd traded for one too, when did this happen?" She was grinning madly... more
                                              • Aaand here's BM!JulyFlame, Tue Aug 25 15:44
                                                [OOC: I'm taking and running with the flooding problem hS came up with in his short on the main board and expanding upon it a bit, but you're of course more than welcome to have that not be a problem ... more
                                                • There is more to be had!Desdendelle, Tue Aug 25 16:23
                                                  “A few moments ago; for the hatching, of course; yes; and,” Des took a breath, “remember the time I asked you out? I got Avatar Aang's uncanon lightsaber from the mission immediately before it;... more
                                                  • "Oh, I see, I see."DawnFire, Tue Aug 25 17:08
                                                    "And yeah, I guess you do. Pity I can't move in there--uh, I mean--right, hold on, I think she wants our attention, doesn't she?" Dawn, her face now going red, turned to look at Jenni. She kept her... more
                                                    • Illian catchup.Huinesoron, Wed Aug 26 04:18
                                                      With the children settled (which took longer than it might have - Oleander woke up from his nap, and Dafydd spent some time persuading him that no, he couldn't have Daphne's balloon - or Tanfin's hat ... more
                                                      • Wobbles heard him talking.Scapegrace, Wed Aug 26 05:31
                                                        And she smiled much wider as she wandered around the room, looking for a buffet table to pillage in the name of Cap'n Wobb, The Pirate Clown - wow, she really had to bring that girl back, it had been ... more
                                                        • Alex looked up when Constance appeared...Iximaz, Wed Aug 26 07:41
                                                          ...queen and bronze on her shoulders. He watched Hera fly over to the eggs that had not yet been claimed, then hesitantly followed Dafydd. "H-hi," he stuttered. It wasn't immediately clear who he was ... more
                                                          • Hera raised her head...Huinesoron, Wed Aug 26 08:08
                                                            ... and deigned to look at Alex. Her eyes whirled briefly, yellow specks creeping into them, and her wings rose as if preparing for flight. Ilwion nuzzled his mate's neck, spreading his nearside wing ... more
                                                            • Alex grinned.Iximaz, Wed Aug 26 08:15
                                                              "Thank you, sir," he said, ducking his head shyly. "Are both of them yours, then? They're really nice."
                                                              • Dafydd reached down and touched Ilwion's head.Huinesoron, Wed Aug 26 08:21
                                                                "He's mine," he said. "Hera is bonded to my wife." He glanced over at where Constance was trying to put a stop to Daphne and Oleander's 'let's run in circles around Mummy' game. "Which is not where... more
                                                                • Alex's eyes widened.Iximaz, Wed Aug 26 08:28
                                                                  "W-wait a minute," he stammered, "Connie? Are you... a-are you Dafydd Illian? Um. " His eyes were now about the size of saucers. "Sorry, I, um, I just, um, wow." He took a deep breath and scratched... more
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