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The Gardeners ([personal profile] thegardeners) wrote in [community profile] peachgarden2017-04-17 09:13 pm
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TRIAL ROUND MINGLE

[You won’t remember dying. You won’t remember gasping for breath, or hitting the floor, or even the feeling of pain in the first place. But you will remember falling.

Darkness. Then faint muttering, then burning heat, all hitting you at once. Before you can even get used to it, your limitless descent is halted, like a car hitting the wall-- and yes, the sudden stop is just as shocking.

And once again, without explanation, you wake up in a bed, intact and seemingly very much alive. A bad dream, perhaps? No, that was very real.

Congratulations! You’re alive again... or so it seems. When you awake, a letter will be placed on your table with only a single stamp on it. Perhaps you should ask someone here who seems familiar with the place about what it is.

Once you leave your room and descend the stairs to leave the pagoda (and hopefully you’re on a reasonable floor and not... Floor 21... sorry), you’ll find some strange people ushering you to a room in the Courtyard. Strange, as in, they look like they’re trying to seem human and failing. You can resist, but as much as you punch and kick, you’ll end up in a quaint room where Meng Po is seated. There, she’ll brief you all about your new after-life on the island as you all fight for reincarnation. Yes, you are 100% dead, don’t you remember dying? ...You don’t? How about falling through Hell?

Well, anyway, you’re dead. Try not to feel too bad.

If you want to return to life, all you have to do is kill someone else-- yes, you can die again-- and get away with it! Easy peasy.

And if you don’t like that, you can try to forget about your predicament by visiting the many scenic locations you have access too. This isn’t so bad. Would you really mind spending the rest of eternity here? There's delicious food in the cafeteria, if you come at the designated times! And why not stop by the peace garden? Surely, such a beautiful place would never be stained in an act such as murder...

(P.S. If you want to mess with the lake, please put “MODS” in the comment title or drop a mention on Plurk! Head mod is going to take a flight back to Singapore as of this post and will get to everyone ASAP latest tomorrow morning. Sorry for the late post! Thank you for your patience!)]
ladyporthos: (confusion)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-18 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
...there's a hand. [She's...not sure how to feel about that. She'll draw her hand back and see if it follows, or if it just brushed against her.] Why the heck would there be bodies down there? Isn't everyone here dead already?
eyeofcute: (excited)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-18 09:07 am (UTC)(link)
[...

Cagliostro's eyes seem to sparkle with excitement.]


A hand?

[Unfortunately (or... rather, very fortunately), the hand doesn't follow. Huh...]

What kind of hand?

[Anyway-- back to Cagliostro. She seems very happy with this strange development.]
ladyporthos: (confusion)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-18 10:59 am (UTC)(link)
[...why does she sound so excited about it?]

It felt cold, like drowned bodies tend to be, y'know? Although it didn't actually try to grab me or anything, so it's probably not a zombie. [After a pause, she sticks her hand back in an attempt to feel for a bottom to the lake. They're close to shore, there should be a bottom, right?] Haven't found that hairpin yet, though.
eyeofcute: (grin)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-18 11:17 am (UTC)(link)
[Apparently, the bottom isn't so close-- strange. However, if she continues on, she'll find a floor! Success!

...Wait. The floor is moving, as if there's something sifting underneath the sand.

Um.]


Drowned bodies? Sounds scary... but it's okay! We're already dead, so we can look closer. [Translated: You can look closer, Nira, Cagliostro's gonna stay riiiight over here.]
ladyporthos: (doubt)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-18 11:25 am (UTC)(link)
Wait a minute-there's something moving under the lakebed. [She pauses to get a bit more of a feel, just to see what the texture is, before withdrawing her hand a bit.] Maybe they have sea monsters here.

[She doesn't seem eager to actually stick her face in the water yet, so instead she'll see if she can find a hand and drag it onshore. Surely nothing can go wrong then, right?]
eyeofcute: (sparkle innocent)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
[Yes! You can... indeed... grab a hand from under the shore.

It's grey, wrinkled and looks like it belongs to a corpse. It doesn't smell, though, but holy shit that's fucking gross.]


Oh! It's a hand!

[Cagliostro is not spooked. In fact, she's very interested. She's coming in to lean closer.

Uh... okay, the hand isn't doing anything back, but it seems to be connected to a body. If you really want to keep pulling...]
ladyporthos: (doubt)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
[Hey look, Nira's been in and out of the hospital most of her life. You see a lot of bodies staying there. Plus there's still a part of her thinking of it as being fake. Still...]

I thought drowned bodies were supposed to get all bloated, not wrinkly. [She glances over at Cagliostro.] I think there's a whole body connected to this too. D'you think dragging the whole thing out's a good idea?
eyeofcute: (cray)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 05:57 am (UTC)(link)
Do it.

[Her voice completely drops the 'little girl' facade and sounds a bit dangerous now.

Do it...?!]
ladyporthos: (grin)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
[Hmm...Nira is a bit uncertain how to take that. On the other hand, she's also pretty curious. So she's going to start pulling...although she's ready to drop it if it moves in any way.]

Alright! Wonder if this was another person or what...
eyeofcute: (sparkle innocent)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
[This fucking thing comes out.]

...

[Well, it doesn't seem responsive, but if Nira shakes it a little, she'll see its mouth opening... um, put it back in?! Jesus Christ, it's a fucking dead body or-- something, what the hell are you doing--]

Ohhhh!

[SPARKLE]
ladyporthos: (doubt)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
You a horror fan or something? [She seems...really confused by the thing. What the hell is it? At least she's not pulling it out any more though.]
eyeofcute: (curious)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
[It doesn't seem to be doing much. That is, until its fingers begin twitching, and it raises its free arm...]

Hm?

[Cagliostro leans in.

It grabs her fucking face.]


--?!
ladyporthos: (growling)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 06:51 am (UTC)(link)
[!!] Watch out! [Nira lunges forward to shove its arm away.] Get off her!
eyeofcute: (MURDER)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 06:59 am (UTC)(link)
[Thankfully, it comes off without much effort. Whatever it was trying to do, it failed-- the corpse-thing gives out some kind of wail before it goes limp again.]

Pffftblah, bleck, ugh! Disgusting! [Cagliostro casually wrenches the thing out of Nira's hands and tosses it far away into the lake.

Was that... a good idea?]


Ahem... ahh, thank you so much! I'm saved.
ladyporthos: (smile)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
[I mean, as long as it doesn't stir up whatever's living under there, they should be fine? Probably?] It's no problem! Although...I'm not sure if I can find your hairpin now. All that movement might have moved it somewhere else...
eyeofcute: (wink)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-20 10:19 am (UTC)(link)
What hairpin?

[Deadpan.

Then...]


Oh! Yeah, that. Heheh, it's no problem!
ladyporthos: (smile)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-20 10:41 am (UTC)(link)
Good! [She smiles.] At least we know what's down there now. Ryota would probably know more about whatever was moving there, though.
eyeofcute: (cute default)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-21 01:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Ryota?

[Cagliostro tilts her head.]

Who is that? A researcher?
ladyporthos: (ryota you're such a dork)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-21 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
He's...my boyfriend. [Is she blushing? She's totally blushing.] He's a fisherman, so he's got a really close bond with the ocean and water in general. And he knows a bunch of stories about water monsters. Since we're in the afterlife...it might be a mythical creature of some sort.
eyeofcute: (cute default)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-21 01:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Boyfriend?

[what is romance, sorry]

Hmm, well, I'd say it's a shame he's not here, but I guess you wouldn't want him here. [Since they're all fucking dead.] Did you hear anything about water monsters? It looks like a kind of ghost!
ladyporthos: (reminiscing)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-21 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
...Yeah, I guess that'd be bad. Well...I was thinking about that thing that was moving around on the bottom of the lake. Although I suppose it could have just been a flounder or some harmless fish like that... [Wouldn't that be embarrassing.]
eyeofcute: (curious)

[personal profile] eyeofcute 2017-04-21 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm...

[Cagliostro's not interesting in swimming anytime soon, that much is true.]

Maybe we can ask Meng Po what it is!
ladyporthos: (confusion)

[personal profile] ladyporthos 2017-04-21 02:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Would she give a specific answer, though?