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2010-07-11 21:53:09: The Once-Wiise Ashtu ambles in from Kittania, with an unsettled feeling, as if something just wasn't right. Like. . .like reality was slighty skewed, or something. He sees Major General bonzo waiting quietly.
2010-07-11 21:54:56: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Greetings, General! Here to sign up?"
2010-07-11 22:01:24: Major General bonzo: wakes up with a start
2010-07-11 22:02:02: Major General bonzo: saw your message in the Clan Hall when I was in Pleasantville so I came over straight away
2010-07-11 22:05:37: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Well, we'll just have to wait and see. Something's been bothering me all day, just not sure what. . . . ."
2010-07-11 22:08:20: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "It may be the fact that my evil younger twin sister showed up on the Island today, but I dunno. . . . . there's something else. . . . ."
2010-07-11 22:13:14: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "I understand she's calling herself The Wiicked sAshtu. Argh."
2010-07-11 22:15:33: Major General bonzo: sounds like trouble
2010-07-11 22:19:40: A tallish man in a dark cutaway suit with a white vest walks in the door. He is balancing a covered plate of fine blue and white china on one hand.
2010-07-11 22:20:21: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Yeah, well, she's . . . .difficult. . . . ever since she was born, about ten years after me."
2010-07-11 22:21:22: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Welcome to my shop, good sir! How may I help you?"
2010-07-11 22:21:23: The man says deferentially, "Good evening, good sirs. Do I have the privilege of addressing The Once-Wiise Ashtu?"
2010-07-11 22:23:24: The Once-Wiise Ashtu frowns just a bit and says, "I am he. Do I know you?"
2010-07-11 22:25:39: Major General bonzo: decides to shut up and see what developes.
2010-07-11 22:29:35: The man mentions his name. It might have been Holland, hard to say. He reaches into his breast pocket and pulls out a familiar piece of paper. "Was this from you?"
2010-07-11 22:34:29: The Once-Wiise Ashtu snatches the paper from the man's hand. It reads:
2010-07-11 22:34:42: The Once-Wiise Ashtu ___"HORATIO - I need to speak with you about one of our mutual friends, and one of our mutual enemies. I wish to propose a deal that may interest you.
2010-07-11 22:35:22: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Yes, this is mine. How did you come by it?"
2010-07-11 22:41:38: Butler Extraordinaire Hallam says dryly, "You left it in the Laboratory near AceHigh. That is not an unfrequented place. May I inquire which persons you are referring to here?
2010-07-11 22:46:07: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "And what business is that of yours? I left that note there for a specific . . .person. . . - and his name is NOT Hesiod!"
2010-07-11 22:58:38: The Once-Wiise Ashtu crumples the paper in his fist.
2010-07-11 23:04:42: Butler Extraordinaire Hampton smiles in a superior way. "Indeed. Did you expect a message of Improbably Burny Fire writ in the sky?"
2010-07-11 23:09:01: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Look, Hektor, I don't know you are, or what you're trying to pull, but you might as well just forget about it. That message was for one person, and one only. So get out of my shop!"
2010-07-11 23:14:38: Butler Extraordinaire Holden looks about the 'shop,' taking in the many painted slogans against the Watcher. Perhaps a different approach would be more fruitful. . .
2010-07-11 23:20:13: Fellow Revolutionary Hans hitches up his grubby work pants. "Hey mate. That Watcher is too much, i'nt she? You're set to do something about it. Just want to say, count me in!"
2010-07-11 23:24:52: The Once-Wiise Ashtu grins says, "Yes, indeed! It's high time we knocked her off her perch! Good to meet a person of such a like mind-set, Heracles. Now, how may I help you?"
2010-07-11 23:29:42: Fellow Revolutionary Hank grins back. "More like, how c'n I help you? You've got a plan, I c'n see from that there paper. An' mebbe I got, like, connections, y'know."
2010-07-11 23:38:26: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "You mean - you mean - you're the. . ." Ashtu starts giggling. ". . .the. . ." Ashtu starts outright laughing. ". . .Improba. . . . . ." Ashtu is now laughing so hard he is crying. . . . . .
2010-07-11 23:38:39: The Once-Wiise Ashtu just can't bring himself to say it. He wipes his eyes and says, "Right. Oh, this is just too improbable. Okay, what have you got to offer?"
2010-07-11 23:44:29: Fellow Revolutionary Howie looks cagey. "Didn't say that. But I bin on this Island a real long time. Y'gets t' know stuff. How t'pull strings, make things happen, y'unnerstand."
2010-07-11 23:48:40: Fellow Revolutionary Hughie puts his scratched, dented lunch bucket down on the desk. (What, it was always a lunch bucket. Wasn't it?) "So - 'friends and enemies' - what's the plan?"
2010-07-11 23:57:31: Major General bonzo: sits in the, listening with considerable interest
2010-07-11 23:57:32: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Yeah, yeah, okay." and wipes his eyes. "I've heard a certain . .person. . might appreciate having a thorn removed from his - its - side. Well, obviously, we can't do that directly. . . ."
2010-07-11 23:58:48: Major General bonzo: bit thinks that letting Ashtu handle things is definitely the best plan
2010-07-12 00:00:40: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, ". . .but I think that if we, perhaps, take one of The Watcher's henchman down a peg or two - it might show her we mean business. I'm thinking specifically of that toady,. . . . ."
2010-07-12 00:02:04: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, ". . . .Count Sessine. Know who I'm talking about?"
2010-07-12 00:11:44: Fellow Revolutionary Herman nods. "Hoity-toity bastard, thinks he's too good fer the rest of us. All Joker-y, walkin' on air, him with his DICE badge and fancy mod goggles."
2010-07-12 00:13:20: Fellow Revolutionary Harris says, "But how could we take him down a peg? You got an idea, right?"
2010-07-12 00:21:08: The Once-Wiise Ashtu nods at Hussein. "That's where I think that a certain . .person. . . . .with a good grip on - shall we say, complete control over, Improbable Happenings - may be able to help us out, hmmm?"
2010-07-12 00:24:42: An Acephalous Alik: hears the talk from outside as he passes by and watches in through one of the windows from outside, patiently.
2010-07-12 00:29:05: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Everybody knows Sessine has been a Joker at least forever, right? Suppose - just suppose - that this . . .person. . . accidently, of course. . . changed Sessine into. . . oh, say,. . ."
2010-07-12 00:30:43: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, ". . .a Robot?" Ashtu grins evilly.
2010-07-12 00:33:11: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "And I just to happen to have here. . . . ." Ashtu spins the dial on the filing cabinet and opens the bottom drawer. ". . .five pounds of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Beans. . ."
2010-07-12 00:33:54: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, ". . . .and I've heard that a certain . .person. . has a weakness for fine beverages, hmmmmmmm?"
2010-07-12 00:36:57: The Once-Wiise Ashtu eyes Hotaka, waiting for an answer.
2010-07-12 00:39:09: Fellow Revolutionary Hartwell screws up his mouth comically. "Welll. Wouldn't call it a weakness, exactly. A field of experiment, might be a better way of sayin' it."
2010-07-12 00:43:58: Fellow Revolutionary Heyward says, "Probably we should sample it first, make sure it's a good batch. As fer the other thing, mebbe it could be arranged. . . "
2010-07-12 00:47:39: The Once-Wiise Ashtu pulls the bag of beans from the drawer, and casually flips it to Hikaru. "Take your time. Medium roast, by the way. I do detest bitter coffee."
2010-07-12 00:47:59: Fellow Revolutionary Henning thinks about it. "See, the problem is, Sessine has been through that meeting so many times, if it's the usual, he gets to choose. We'd. . ."
2010-07-12 01:03:38: Fellow Revolutionary Havelock says, "We'd need to catch him away from the usual place. In an outpost, say. Y'know, I may have just the thing right here!" He pats the lunchbox.
2010-07-12 01:09:03: Fellow Revolutionary Howell hefts the coffee. "But first, let's, er, check out the quality. . . You have a coffee-maker here. Brew us up a batch."
2010-07-12 01:18:43: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Righto!" He pulls a small grinder and jug of spring water out of the drawer and busies himself at the coffee maker. Grind it fine, add dash of salt. . . HOTHOT water. . . .drip drip drip. . .
2010-07-12 01:23:53: The Once-Wiise Ashtu pulls an assortment of coffee mugs out of the drawer, along with honey, cane sugar, sweet cream and soy milk. He arranges them all carefully, steps back and gestures grandly. "Enjoy, all!"
2010-07-12 01:27:34: Major General bonzo: pours himself a mug and adds a sprinkle of sugar
2010-07-12 01:28:22: Major General bonzo: takes a sip and sighs appreciatively
2010-07-12 01:28:34: Major General bonzo: That's some good coffee
2010-07-12 01:32:53: Fellow Revolutionary Hanson plucks Ashtu's tail-mug, pours coffee, hands it back to him. "Allow me. Get Sessine to sink his teeth into what's in there. Then stand back."
2010-07-12 01:35:54: The taste of the coffee from the mug is. . . dizzying. By the time Ashtu's eyes focus again, the visitor is gone. So are the Jamaica Blue Mountain beans.
2010-07-12 01:37:36: The lunchbox, however, remains. And Ashtu vaguely recalls that the visitor's last gesture was in that direction.
2010-07-12 01:41:21: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Um, look, Hehewuti. . . . . . ." and eyes the scratched, dented lunch bucket dubiously.
2010-07-12 01:42:27: The Once-Wiise Ashtu looks up. "Hlengiwe? where'd you go?"
2010-07-12 01:46:21: The Once-Wiise Ashtu scratches his head. He picks up one of the regular mugs, fills it with coffee. Yup, tastes like really good coffee.
2010-07-12 01:49:20: The Once-Wiise Ashtu picks up his personal mug again, that he had watched the . . .person. . . - what was his name?- fill from the same pot.
2010-07-12 01:49:35: Major General bonzo: that was interesting
2010-07-12 01:49:59: The Once-Wiise Ashtu sniffs the brew. It - smells - different. Impossible, of course, he made it just the same as he always does. He takes a sip. . . . . "WHOA!! That - that actually tastes as good as it smells!!"
2010-07-12 01:52:05: Major General bonzo: finishes his coffee, more than a little glad he'd poured it himself
2010-07-12 01:52:39: Major General bonzo: I'm looking forward to finding out what's going to happen next
2010-07-12 01:54:10: The Once-Wiise Ashtu says, "Well. Hm. Um. Yes, well. I guess. . . . . I guess we wait for a chance to offer Count Sessine some coffee, eh?" He closes his eyes and just sniffs.
2010-07-12 01:57:56: Major General bonzo: I guess so
2010-07-12 01:58:22: Major General bonzo: well, if you don't mind, I'm going to find a quiet corner and catch up on some sleep
2010-07-12 01:58:38: Major General bonzo: looks like things might be getting abit busy
2010-07-12 02:01:18: Major General bonzo: props homself up in the corner and is immediately fast asleep
2010-07-12 02:02:25: The Once-Wiise Ashtu waits a few moments, then picks up the lunch bucket. He looks Major General bonzo and then An Acephalous Alik directly in the eyes. "I think - I'll put this somewhere. .safe."
2010-07-12 02:03:28: The Once-Wiise Ashtu walks out of the shop.
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