A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

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A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:19 pm

September 22, 1993:

A man from Missouri stood at a podium, addressing a packed room of congressmen and women. He had come there that night to speak primarily on an issue that had been spearheaded by his wife, Hillary, that issue was healthcare, a stance very near and dear to her. Her husband Bill stood addressing the House of Representatives, who were somewhat apprehensive of the man. He had recently passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and was now seen by many as a champion of the poor man. He would bring that to a head tonight, not simply by his oratory regarding healthcare, but by another plan that had recently undergone a breakthrough in Research and Development.

"And now it is our turn to strike a blow for freedom in this country, the freedom of Americans to live without fear that their own Nation's health care system won't be there for them when they need it. It's hard to believe that there was once a time in this century when that kind of fear gripped old age, when retirement was nearly synonymous with poverty and older Americans died in the street. That's unthinkable today, because over a half a century ago Americans had the courage to change, to create a Social Security System that ensures that no Americans will be forgotten in their later years.

In addition to what I have spoken on Healthcare reform this evening, I wish to bring up one final matter." The man stumbled awkwardly over the somewhat unprepared portion of the speech. "Our intelligence agencies have recently innovated a new technology which will eradicate any future natural threats that will come upon our lands."

It was these words that hearkened in a new era into American History. Soon, the Department of the Interior formed the subcommittee: Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, which set about a groundbreaking project which would change the appearance of the United States for the duration of history, though in no place moreso than in one island, located in the Delaware Bay, between the states of New Jersey and Delaware, the newly-appointed capital city of the nation's first state, the city of Samhain.



-----------April 25th, 2012--------------------------

An audience applauded loudly, waking up the sullen man known to onlookers as a 'creepy hobo', and known by friends as 'Henry Beltane'. Henry looked around, confused regarding his current whereabouts. He was surrounded by other members of his Family in a dark theater, a stage in front of them with several actors upon it taking a bow.

"That's right... That kid Jeremy invited us here... " Remembering his invitation and the pretense of what it meant, Henry took out his program and looked at the list of events; what he read caused him to sigh as he saw that the play penned by their host had not yet come on, and would only do so after a brief intermission. Leaning back briefly in his chair, Henry shook his head to further wake himself up; he rubbed his face to find the stubble had begun to grow into more well-defined hairs, and he thought to himself that he would need to shave soon. His mind couldn't be further away from the events that were taking place in Beira Performance Hall of the Samhain Arts Institute.

Standing up, Henry left into the lobby of the Performance Hall. Though the place was well-decorated and ornate, Henry and the other inhabitants of the building stood in stark contrast in the clothes they wore. They were a motley crew of bohemian apparel, as was the custom for the college, whose grim motto read “Grâce à la souffrance, beauté”, which Henry knew the meaning of, a particularly grim motto for a college, but one that fit the Institute well.

Henry moved over toward the food tables in the lobby, seeing that they had Triscuits, a small pleasure of his which he had not indulged in for some time now. As Henry moved toward the table, he was blocked by a young student, the one who had invited him to this event; a young man named Jeremy Hanover: an aspiring jack-of-all-trades artist that wanted to truly catch the essence of what it meant to “live on the street”. Because of Henry’s connections with the homeless and his own impoverished state of living, he was an easy target for Jeremy to interview, and while Henry was more than happy to talk about how hard his life was (though it wasn’t), he only did so at the promise that he could come to the opening night of the play and eat as much food as he wished, a dream which Jeremy was currently standing in the way of.

“Mr. Beltane, I just wanted to thank you before the play once more, it’s been really great working with you all this-“ Jeremy began

“Yeah, dat’s nice kid” Henry interrupted, trying to muscle his way to the food “It was great, but what can I say? I live for deh sake of deh pou andair plight.” He said the words as carelessly as he could muster, hoping that Jeremy would catch some of the sarcasm and leave him be.

“I’m just so grateful.” Jeremy beamed “These other people don’t know what they’re writing about. A tale about the struggle of colored people in modern America is so… old hat. This’ll blow ‘em out of the water! Don’t you think?”

“Yer a regulah William Shatneh, kid. I tell ya yer gahna go fah.” Henry took Jeremy up on the arm and spun around so that he would be beside the table as he let the young playwright go. Glad to be rid of this student, Henry took a plate and began to pick out foods for himself. He ate slowly, savoring each bite of the delicious crackers and cheeses that were available. Slowly, he looked around the lobby, relaxing once again for his Family members, who had also been invited to the plays this evening and had decided to attend.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:38 pm

The wind howled trough the window as Jess clumsily scrambled to shut the door behind him, the air pressure in the room caused Jess’ dime bag to slip through his open hands and into the bathroom sink. A tiny plume of white powder rose from the counter top as Jess’ hands fumbled to catch the bag before it was lost to him forever, luckily Jess managed to salvage most of it before it could fall into the drain, but before he could relish in his victory a loud thump followed by the inevitable opening of the door, caused him to tighten up momentarily, the door banged against Jess’ shoulder causing the bag to slip from his grasp yet again only this time it fell directly into the drain. Jess dawned a grimace at the sight of his attention insurance being sucked up into the unknown, he quickly turned around in order to chastise the culprit, but to his dismay no one stood before him, as Jess’ head sunk to the ground his eyes focused and his expression shifted from disheartened to disapproving, beneath his feet Seki sat, sniffing the ground for what little remained of Jess’ bag.

“I thought I told you not to come inside you… you… urgh!!!” Jess shouted in annoyance, before lifting Seki up from the ground and into his arms.

Jess quickly exited the bathroom and made a B-line for the exit before anyone could see what was in his arms; Jess shoved the door open and chucked the animal into the street before yelling “now just stay here until I come get you”

Seki rolled on the ground, then rose with his snow covered fur now clumping together, began to shake.

The cold air which followed Jess into the theater hall caused him to shiver. He rubbed his hands together forcefully as he turned his attention to the empty chair where Henry once sat and thought “oh for F*** sakes, where did that old geezer go off to now”
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Mastermind001 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:46 pm

{Harold Millions}

_Theater_


" I hate to disagree, but I would say more Leonard Nimoy, than I would say Shatner." Harold said as he popped up behind the two. Harold wore a three piece dark blue suit with a dark blue fedora to match. His dress shirt was white with grey buttona with a dark blue vest. On his feet were leather shoes with black laces and on his hands were black gloves. " Sorry, overheard your little discussion." He apologized.

" Now sport, since I'm a generous fellow and I found your performance quite ...interesting, I took the liberty of taking some high class photos of it." He mentioned as he took out his state of the art digital camera and then motioned to Jeremy to have a look. On the small screen of the camera, Harold would show Jeremy several pictures depicting different scenes of the play. The pictures had no glare, red eye, or mistakes of any kind, they were vivid, clear, and colorful. They looked like they could step out of the camera at any moment. " Best part, they are free so you're welcome, because I'm awesome and I was impressed." Harold said with a genuine smile.

Harold shortly noticed the food spread and he passed Jeremy to grabbed some snacks, he bumped into Henry. " Oh sorry about that, Mister ." Harold apologized to Henry, who would start to noticed that something small fell into his jacket pocket. "Didn't quite see you there." He added and then picked up a cracker or two with a slice of cheese. Harold acted like he didn't know the man, treating him as if he was a complete stranger
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:19 pm

"You know 'at one't his play, yeah?" Henry spoke with his mouth full, correcting Harold on his mistake in speaking to Jeremy. "His play's comin' next." Henry felt the weight in his pocket and looked at Harold. Truth be told, Henry couldn't stand this 'secret agent' routine that often was put on about the Beltane Family operation. However, he had been the one that initially requested secrecy and he wasn't about to become a hypocrite regarding it.

"Say, you was sayin' youse a photographer, yeah?" Henry continued to Harold, continuing the stranger act. "Why don't we go outside, you can uh.. help me tohlk about...er... my colors uh somethin'." He struggled for words as he lazily ate his food and began walking outside into the cold Winter air, hoping to get away with Harold and get the artist to explain whatever he had just shoved into Henry's pocket. The night air was silent as snow lightly drifted down, glistening blandly in the pale street-lights which hung overhead.

"You wanna explain this to me?" Henry asked Harold nonchalantly as he pointed to his pocket.

Jeremy wandered around the hall some more, seeing Henry leave, disappointed that the man had been so dismissing of him. He was not of any terrible closeness to Henry Beltane, but did not appreciate being brushed aside so bluntly. However, he took the insult and decided to wander about. There was a bar and he decided to venture forth for a drink. He was underage but knew that the bartender wouldn't care and would present him with alcohol 'on the house' until he turned twenty-one. Chagrined, the man took a seat at the barstool and drank silently from his screwdriver, anxiousness beginning to show itself on his face as he worried about the upcoming performance.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Khanman » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:27 pm

"I liked that last one, about the Civil Rights Movement," Chester mentioned to whoever would listen ((didn't want to rope anyone in that wouldn't necessarily be there, so anyone who wants to respond can)). "I didn't really get the significance of it as a kid, had a lot of other stuff on my plate. And by the time I had started working, the casino had already gotten used to it. 'Judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his wallet.' Heh." The old man gave a twitch of a smile, adjusting his glasses. "But it's still important part of our country's history. It's good to see young people still taking an interest in it."

"But what the hell was that one, uh..." Chester pulled out his program, searching. "Sueño? With the robots? Some kids..." He shook his head before moving toward the food table that Henry had just left.

((Burn tells me that one of the plays, Sueño, was a steampunk version of Life is a Dream.))
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby icbmalaria » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:11 am

Louie rolled his eyes as he listened to Harold more or less brag about his photography skills to Jeremy. He remembered before the performance began a student specifically saying no photography or filming was allowed. Louie wondered what good that did, really. All the countless parents with their "hidden" video cameras or photographers taking a snap shot or two... He watched Henry and Harold step outside but felt no need to follow them.

Chester, who was standing close by started commenting on the plays. Lou silently nodded in agreement as the man shared his thoughts. He took a glance at the program at the mention of Sueño. "Yeah, that one was...surreal." Louie commented neutrally, though his voice and expression hinted at distaste. He looked at the list of upcoming plays. "You Can't Take It With You, it's been awhile since I saw that one. Why couldn't they show it tonight instead of that steampunk garbage."
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Mastermind001 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:05 am

{Harold}

_Outside the Theater_ Freaking Cold_

" Oh It must be terribly dreadful to be color blind. " Harold said all the while holding back a smile and a chuckle. " I shall aid you, sir, but I can't make any promises if you don't understand. " He added as he followed Henry out in the cold. They walked far enough from entrance to somewhere more secluded on the institute grounds, away from peering eyes and listening ears. Harold had his hands in his pockets while he walked and waited for Henry to finally ask his question.

" On the occasion, I look for some work. And when I do, they sometimes ask me to do some either good or very juicy stories. " Harold said, a fact that Henry is already aware, but Harold tells him this to annoy him. " What is in your pocket is a flash drive." He said, answering some of his question. " And what is on it, is some pictures and information on some growing businesses in the Spring district."

" Mind you, I already sent in the article, but there are somethings I found, I didn't add to the article." Harold continued to say and then went on to explain just a few more details. " Nothing "questionable" and it might be useful, and if it isn't, well this an act of generosity after all." He mentioned and when he said questionable, he did the finger quotes. " So you can either keep it or toss it, choice is yours, Henry." Harold said.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby ende of the world » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:48 pm

Riem wander around the bar, casually eating the snacks as he went. Jake wasn't present, him having no love for long, and what he considered, often boring performances. Still, Riem felt bad at leaving his brother behind and taking the chance to the free food. Though it wouldn't do well for them both to be seen - it was extremely useful that most people thought of them as one. Chester and Louie were nearby, though Riem had no desire to start a conversation. He regarded the older members with a sort of respect, and thus it created a barrier between them. It seemed it was going to be a boring remainder of the evening, with no-one to talk to.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:26 pm

After a few minutes jess grew impatient and exited the theatre. Seki eagerly ran up to follow the young man as he made his way across the street. Jess’ eyes narrowed as he looked about suspiciously, but he could find no sign of the old men. Jess’ resigned to walk back to the theatre, he paced a bit before deciding to visit the bar inside.

As jess approached he spotted Jeremy sitting at the bar, Jess then proceeded to throw open the doors and swiftly walk in his direction, seki attempted to follow but the glass door merely knocked her back outside.

“OI!!!! Your that kid riiight…” Jess rudely greeted as he took a chair beside Jeremy “Have you seen the old man, I have a few letters for em from the mailman, he dropped em by this morning, but I haven’t spotted Henry all day”
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby ende of the world » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:25 pm

After a moment, Riem heard a loud greeting. If he wasn't quietly listening around him, he may have missed it. Looking up at the bar, Riem recognized the boy from the show, and Jess beside him. If he recalled correctly, that is. Jake had the most interaction with other members, thus making Riem uncomfortable talking to people, in case he was supposed to know them. Still, maybe Jake acted cold to his colleges... fat chance though. Riem considered conversing with the boy. Though Jess' manner put him off, and he couldn't make up a pretense for approaching Jess. He wouldn't want to randomly drag the boy into a conversation. Riem would much rather talk to Henry. The man wasn't loud and not very overbearing either. Well, at least in Riem's opinion. However, it seemed he'd gone off somewhere. Maybe Louie or Chester knew where Henry had slipped off to. Though he could hardly ask them. Instead, Riem decided to go to the bar. Maybe Jess would be nice to talk to.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Khanman » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:13 pm

"Mmh." Chester sounded as though he was agreeing with Louie. He had been temporarily distracted by Jess' entrance, not entirely sure why the young man had showed up. It didn't seem urgent, though, so he turned back to the cluster of older Family members. "Hey, Eddie. I'd be lying if I said your novels weren't... memorable, but I don't think I've ever seen a script of yours. You a playwright, too?" Chester managed to keep a straight face as he spoke ((Successful talent roll, Poker Face)). He didn't want to offend Edmond, but the pleasure he derived from reading the man's stories came primarily from how bad they were, more than the actual message of the writer.

((EDIT: I wanted to clarify Abstraction's first attempt at a talent. Edmond's writing is laughably bad, but Chester didn't want to laugh in the guy's face. I decided that Poker Face, a talent that Chester has a 5 in, could work to avoid the faux pas. I chatted Burn up, and he rolled a die for me. The value rolled was 1, which is less than or equal to 5, and therefore resulted in a successful poker face. Then I factored this success into my post, and then I explained it. Sorry if you already understood that and my explanation was simple and dumb, and you're welcome if you didn't get what was going on.))
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:41 pm

"Duly noted" Henry nodded as he removed the flash-drive from his heavy coat pocket to look at it, "Info is a key compOnent of Family mattuhs. Yuh lernin' Harold. It's good." He pocketed the flash-drive once again and moved back to the Lobby doors, ready to escape the accursed cold and get back to a table full of food.

Jeremy was rather perturbed by Jess's presence, as it was not a particularly subtle sort of camaraderie that Jess offered. He pretended to ignore the strange man until he saw Henry and Harold re-entering the building through the front door. "There.", he pointed to the door where the conman re-entered. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go get ready." Without another word, Jeremy left his seat and walked into the adjacent hallway which led backstage.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Bolts » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:50 pm

Edmond turned towards Chester, beaming as usual. "Ah, my friend, I am sad to say that I can not be considered among the great playwrights here tonight. My work has yet to be transcribed into the beautiful language that is theater. But fret not, one day soon you will be attending a most wonderous performance based entirely on my most brilliant novel." The aged man spoke with a youthful vigor, his finger pointed high into the air as he did. "I'll need to prepare though. Perhaps I should start by offering some advice to these younger writers-to-be in charge here tonight," Edmond was by this point completely ignoring the fact that the writers he wished to advise were both younger and more successful than he could ever hope to be.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:42 am

Jess followed Jeremy’s finger as it pointed towards Henry. As his attention was drawn away from the boy, he spotted several members of the Beltane’s; Riem in particular was of note as he was gesturing towards Jess. The room seemed smaller now that it was filled with familiar faces. Jess made a motion to Riem with his hand suggesting him to wait a second while he approached Henry.

“Oi!!! Ol’man, I think these belong to you” Jess began as he handed the envelopes to Henry “OI!!! Now that yer ear, I’ve been meaning to ask you. Have you heard anything about Andrea? The local police haven’t issued a statement, but the fire barrel folk have been sayin she was murdered by something inhuman… maybe the bastards up in Summer thought it’d be funny to unleash a polar bear on us”
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby ende of the world » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:56 pm

The performer left, just as Riem had arrived. Not much sooner, so had Jess - after signalling he'd be back. The abruptness confused Riem. Did he smell? Only after noticing Henry did he realise why Jess had gone. It's a wonder that man can stand the outside cold.

After ordering a drink, a gloomy mood started to inhibit Riem's ability to cheer up, and that of trying to have a good time. For a brief moment, he considered calling Jack to replace him. He quickly dismissed it as being too troublesome. Drinking, he sighed, hating his tendency to become a loner more with each passing sip of alcohol. Luckily, he drink wasn't strong.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:07 am

"I ain't hood nuttin about 'uh." Henry muttered as he shuffled briefly through the envelopes before pocketing them. " You seem wucked up Jess, sum'n gettin to ya?" He was somewhat concerned that Jess had screamed those "Oi's" so loudly and began to briefly feel that Jess may have been high. If this were the case, Henry would have to do everything in his power to remove Jess from the premises and keep him under eye. Henry knew that people did stupid things while under the influence, and he didn't want any of those things coming back to hurt the Family.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:40 pm

As a reaction to Henry’s uncharacteristic concern, a crease formed over Jess’ brow. The young man then dawned an unsettling expression as he attempted to formulate an appropriate response to Henry’s question.

“I wouldn’t say that exactly, it’s just. I know were kind of behind on our electric bill” Jess gestured towards the envelope’s to suggest that he had skimmed them “and the reward for information on Andrea is rumored to be more than three digits. If we don’t find work soon, I won’t be able to afford… well you know.” Jess’ left hand then rose to scratch his eyes, which were beginning to express a worry which the young man was not comfortable with.

“I’ma Pocket a few bread roll’s from the buffet and head home, do yah got any busy work you’d like me to take care of in between. I’ll ask Riem tah join me if you’re not comfortable with me doing something on mEe own.”
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:36 pm

"Nah, no wuhk tanight. We'r s'posed ta meet that new guy tomorrah. Justin's his name I think. Jus' stay outta trouble when ya go home." Henry was always careful to inform people to stay out of trouble, more out of concern for the Family than out of concern for them.

As Henry and Jess stood about in the lobby, the lights began to blink, indicating it was time for the audience to return to their seats.

"I'm gonna go sit true dis play. Jeremy's a good kid; stupid, but good. See ya latuh, Jess." With that, Henry took several more snacks from the buffet table and snuck them onto a plate under his coat as he re-entered the theater. In all likelihood, the guards would not have stopped him if he had been open about his contraband, though years of paranoid action and habits of hiding illegal merchandise had driven themselves to the point of second-nature in Henry's mind, and so he acted as if he were smuggling priceless gems as he moved.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Khanman » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:06 pm

Chester nodded to Edmond before glancing around. The number of people reentering the theater had increased. "Looks like you'll have to wait until the end of the show for those lessons. Intermission's almost over." He picked up a final appetizer, gave another nod, and headed back to his seat.

The elderly man leaned back into a chair next to Henry, draping his left leg over his right knee. "So, what'd Jess have for you? Anything interesting?" Chester was nonchalant about the questions. He assumed that if Jess' message had been of grave importance, Henry wouldn't have been around for the second part of the show. And maybe he'd have told the rest of the Family. Maybe.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:12 am

Henry’s departure signaled the beginning of the play, Jess took this moment to quickly maneuver himself close enough to the buffet table, where he would proceed to pocket some of the free food. After Jess was done pilfering the goods, he walked over to Riem.

“OI. I’m heading back, did you need something?”

As Jess’ spoke, a dull silence filled the air. The play had succeeded in captivating the audience, however all of this was lost on Jess, as he was more concerned with leaving.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby ende of the world » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:24 am

Riem looked up from his drink at Jess. The alcohol was getting to him, so this interruption was greatly welcomed. "Not really. I'm heading back now." Lingering around wouldn't do him any good.

Getting up, Riem made him way to the exit. He remembered to grab some snacks for Jake before departing into the cold winter air. The chill settled into him immediately, driving off the drowsiness that warmth and drink had brought to him.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby SuccessorM » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:38 pm

As the intermission was coming to a close, Rodger made his way from outside, needing some air after being cooped up in theater. He stretched slightly, and adjusted his sweater. Not really being interested in the party favors, he decided it was time to head back to his seat. At this time, he noticed Henry rummaging through his coat near the bar. Getting a few snacks for the road, obviously.

Rodger quickly followed after him, and decided to struck up conversation. "Hello, stranger." Rodger called out softly, "Little Jeremey really put his heart into this one. Remember to use kid-gloves for critiques, yes?"
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Abolin » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:25 pm

Although Riem’s response was immediate, it took Jess a while to acclimate to his sense of timing and before he realized it Riem had exited the theatre. Jess gave the play one quick glance before he too decided it was time to go. The young man walked over to the exit and pushed the doors open, on the other side sat seki, looking like a tiny dog shaped icicle. Jess was worried that he had abandoned the pup too long and felt a sudden pinch of remorse, but that quickly dissolved as the mutt began to jump up excitedly at the arrival of its master.

“ARF!” the dog moaned in desperation as it followed the young man across the street.

Jess jogged a bit in order to catch up to riem, who by now was several feet away from the theater. “OI! Wait up, with all the rumors going about, it’d be best to travel in a group” Jess began.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby Burnyourhousedown » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:01 pm

"He gets a B in my book fuh gettin' us in the do' and havin' food ready." Henry grumbled quietly to Rodger as he munched away. Upon recalling Chester's inquiry, the conman took the letters out from his jacket and shuffled through them. "Nothing of note from the looks of it.." He softly sighed as the lights dimmed down and the Emcee approached the microphone.

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back. Our next performance will be a short scene directed by Jeremy Hanover, a junior in the 'Global Perspectives of Art' department. His scene is titled 'Perspectives from the streets.'" The Emcee stepped off of the stage to applause as the curtain raised, revealing a cityscape set. A young black man walked bright-eyed through the streets as the daily hubbub surrounded him on all sides. People pressing on as usual, unaware of this wide-eyed youngster casting his hopeful gaze upon the skyscrapers which surrounded him. A short scene ensued at a diner where the man announced to a fellow patron that he was brand new to the city and was there to seek his fortune.

"Heh, that so, kid?" The elder man scoffed in jest at the young hopeful. "Where you livin'?"

"Over on Shore Street and 5th." The young man happily announced as he fidgeted with his food, clearly more interested in his conversation than the meal before him.

"Oh, living big, I see." the man was clearly sarcastic. Though the streets were made up and the city wasn't named, it was clear by the man's tone that Shore Street and 5th was in a bad area of town and the boy was in over his head. "Well I'll tell ya what, look for a man there named Jason Barber, he'll help ya out good." With that the older man rose from his stool and patted the protagonist on the back before putting on his coat and leaving the diner set piece.

The young protagonist was left alone to address the audience.

"Now, I may be younger and less experienced as his royal majesty Mr. construction worker," he pointed over his shoulder to the man who had just left. "but I know sarcasm when it's set in front of me. I know the place I'm living in isn't exactly on 'the nicer side' of town, but that shouldn't be a problem. I'm from a place that didn't get the memo that the KKK stopped being popular. Confederate flags flying every which way was how I started my mornings, and now they expect me to believe that a run-down apartment is the worst thing I can expect in this city? If this is the case then I'm the happiest guy in the world." The protagonist sipped from his coffee and stood up, leaving the diner and moving to the next set piece, a run-down building with a sleepy old man outside.

"Here we are, Sunrise Legs Tenement Hall. Hey there," The protagonist addressed the old man, "You familiar with this place?"

"I should think so," The old man began, "I own it in a sense."

"In a sense?"

"I've lived in this city a long time now, and I can safely lay as much claim to these buildings as some of the actual owners." The old man was scruffy and looked impoverished.

"What can you tell me about this city then?"

"This city, I can tell you about this city." The man grinned "Never before has there been such artistic anarchy as that which exists in this city. You may think that places like this run on some hierarchy, rich eat poor, politicians and police suppress the masses. Hell, if that were the case, it'd be easy."

"So it's dog eat dog?" The protagonist asked.

"Dog eat dog? Nah, that implies there's still some logic to it. In this city, anything goes. As long as you're crafty enough, you could start out like me and then wind up CEO of the big banks by the end of the week, and then the next day get hit by a bus crossing the street to a McDonalds. The top, the bottom, it don't mean shit out here. You're just about as well off here as you are in any other place in this city. Here's the trick though, it takes some tenacity and a fuck-ton o' luck to get through this world, and even then the only constant is inconsistency here. I knew a guy once, big hopeful, thought he had it big, and he's got all the power in this city. You know what he does? He sweeps the streets. Now that's some power there: Street sweeping, garbage collectors, plumbers, they keep the shit in this city outta sight, and if you can keep your shit in order, and don't get too strung out or stretched too thin, you'll do well too, kid. Luck, Tenacity, and Coolness. Remember those three and you'll be fine."

The old man beckoned the protagonist inside and as he walked in, the man turned around to address the audience from the doorframe of Sunrise Legs.

"O' course, you may just as well end up in a ditch. But you'll be happy about it."

With that, the man shut the door and the curtain dropped. A fair amount of applause began in the audience as the actors stood in front for their bows. Henry had fallen asleep in his chair at some point while the protagonist was in the Diner and was only woken up by the Emcee returning to introduce the final play of the night. Henry looked annoyed that he had been woken up and ready to leave. "How was it?" He asked those around him.
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Re: A Metal Abstraction: Chapter One - Spring

Postby ende of the world » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:25 pm

After a while in the cold, Riem heard the sound of approaching footsteps. Jess came up from behind him, his face flushed pink from the outside chill. “OI! Wait up, with all the rumors going about, it’d be best to travel in a group.” Riem stopped and waited for Jess to catch up completely before continuing. "You're absolutely right. Would you like me to drop you off?" He put on a smile, to imply there were no underlying tones of sarcasm in his words. Jess shouldn't be alone in the streets, he seemed the kind people would take as for easy prey.
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