The Library: Session #5

Session #5-A
[17:01:37] <~Charm> October 1, 2054 || The Library, Offices Wing || 0003 hours, GMT+1
[17:03:01] <~Charm> Magic has a way of making most strange and draining processes seem very simple and not at all tiring. Pulling all-nighters was sadly not among them.
[17:04:43] <~Charm> It was Lilo's turn to buy coffee, which is why she isn't here. But the three of you are. Only one other person knows why, and she's sleeping soundly three blocks south of here.
[17:06:48] <Laura> Laura rocks her chair back on two legs and stretches, yawning loudly. "Maaan, why do this TPR files have to be done by tomorrow, again?"
[17:09:15] <Noire> "'Cause it's the will of the gods!" Lazily with a (contagious) yawn, Noire raises a hand - probably with a writing utensil in it - as if almost triumphantly. "… Or, that's the way they'd put it a few hundred years ago. Thousand?" With a pause, a pause in which no work is done, her head slowly tilts to the side. "Maybe it was million?" It suffices to say, at least one of them's trying not to focus on the work being done. But that kind of lack of paying attention just leads to nothing getting down at all.
[17:10:16] <Lecia> All nighters are suffering. Lecia isn't used to them, because she used to go to bed normally all the time. Working so hard that she isn't thinking about sleep is the only way she'll be awake, and so, awake Lecia is, working on something. Anything at all. After all, there's totally a reason she's staying up, right?
[17:11:31] <~Charm> Because the gods will it. Or in this case, because a Mage whose power is probably on par with a demigoddess at the very least wills it.
[17:13:34] <Lecia> Thinking without having a say in this would make her fall asleep. And because falling asleep while working is terrible, she can't think about falling asleep. In the end, Lecia is hopeless no matter how it is.
[17:13:59] <Laura> "Ugh…" Laura kicks the chair back onto four legs with a thunk and grabs another paper from the stack to her left. "But seriously, this hardly seems like an efficient use of our abilities. Can't Julie hire interns or something?"
[17:15:41] <~Charm> Vwoop. A holoscreen v-call pops up. Knowing what you do, it's probably Julie checking in on you again.
[17:16:43] <Noire> A pout from Noire, who's been spinning around in her chair this whole time. What's that, you say, it's not a spinning chair? Well, it is now because it's floating on the air and what little weight's applied to it is to a specific corner that gives her enough room to rotate it at will. Or, as a better explanation: it's magic, I ain't gotta explain shit. Still, her eyes are half-closed and she's one of those tired-high people that are either no fun or way too fun to be around. Who knows what it is now? "Heeeeeey, at least we're actually getting paid for it, right? I guess she coulda just thrown us out into the middle of nowhere and said 'you don't exist anymore, good luck.' And she didn't."
[17:17:19] <Noire> The spinning stops. "… Then again, sometimes that doesn't sound SO bad-" And then the screen flickers on. Don't you love how time is so variable?
[17:18:46] <Lilo> Lilo casually returns with… one, two, five coffees. She'd somehow managed quite a few detours on the way there and back, taking her sweet time. "Who ordered the light beer, again?"
[17:19:05] <Lecia> Lecia is completely oblivious. She's working that hard. She won't even demand a raise.
[17:20:28] <~Charm> "Oh, it's about time you picked up, Ive been trying to call for the past te-wait…who are you?" the woman on the screen definitely isn't Julie. This woman has short black hair, slate green eyes and a pissed off expression. Laura can also pick up a new England accent from her.
[17:20:49] <Laura> Laura's hand goes up, and she smiles. "Thanks, Phones. Gotta do something to make this more bearable."
[17:20:51] <Noire> Eyes almost totally clamped shut, Noire leaps from her floating chair - which keeps floating - and lazily flies over, both hands grasping out for delicious coffee. "Gimme gimme giiiiimme." Of course, this is done simultaneously, giving whoever's watching them a really silly scene.
[17:21:47] <Noire> … But that wasn't a question, anyway, Blackie's already grabbed the blackest one there. "Yay~! You're the best~"
[17:23:16] <Lilo> Lilo pauses for a moment, "Hey waita… Okay, yeah, enjoy you guys." Operation give Noire decaf failed.
[17:24:12] <Noire> Hover, hover, hover. With a PLOP Noire's coffee pours through her system. But of course, if that made a PLOP noise that'd just be weird, that part was actually her landing in the floatychair and landing it on the ground. Chug, chug, chug. Then, as her eyes open, a pause is given at the screen. "… You look kinda weird today, boss."
[17:24:42] <~Charm> "I should say the same? Where the fuck is Rodderick?"
[17:26:09] <Noire> Blink. … Blink, blink. Blinkblinkblink. "Whoa! You're not-" Frantic glances to each side, hair swaying with. "What happened here? Is someone else calling us? Is this like… our boss' boss or something?"
[17:26:40] <Laura> Laura approaches the scene and gives the woman a hard look. "I'm afraid they're unavailable at the moment. If you'd like to leave a message…"
[17:26:49] <Lecia> Lecia is still oblivious. She probably never even grabbed a drink offered to her.
[17:27:09] <~Charm> "…" The woman just sighs. "Look. I'm not sure who you are or how you got there. Just put Jules on the line, okay?"
[17:23:16] <Lilo> Lilo pauses for a moment, "Hey waita… Okay, yeah, enjoy you guys." Operation give Noire decaf failed.
[17:24:12] <Noire> Hover, hover, hover. With a PLOP Noire's coffee pours through her system. But of course, if that made a PLOP noise that'd just be weird, that part was actually her landing in the floatychair and landing it on the ground. Chug, chug, chug. Then, as her eyes open, a pause is given at the screen. "… You look kinda weird today, boss."
[17:24:42] <~Charm> "I should say the same? Where the fuck is Rodderick?"
[17:26:09] <Noire> Blink. … Blink, blink. Blinkblinkblink. "Whoa! You're not-" Frantic glances to each side, hair swaying with. "What happened here? Is someone else calling us? Is this like… our boss' boss or something?"
[17:26:40] <Laura> Laura approaches the scene and gives the woman a hard look. "I'm afraid they're unavailable at the moment. If you'd like to leave a message…"
[17:26:49] <Lecia> Lecia is still oblivious. She probably never even grabbed a drink offered to her.
[17:27:09] <~Charm> "…" The woman just sighs. "Look. I'm not sure who you are or how you got there. Just put Jules on the line, okay?"
[17:27:27] <Lilo> "Hey, move over. Hi, I'm Lieselotte Devereux, and who may I ask are you?" Lilo squeezes into front view. Leader self-elected.
[17:27:43] <Noire> A big smile. "Oh, sure, okay! Let's see, how do you…" … How do you? A question mark appears over her head; unfortunately, it's invisible.
[17:28:32] <Laura> Laura shrugs and pulls her phone. "I'll try her cell, then. Gimme a sec."
[17:29:08] <~Charm> "I'm Rachelle Tanners - I run the Library here. Why isn't Jules with you kids?"
[17:30:32] <Noire> Another head-tilt, while shrugging off the failed attempt to mess with the holoscreen controls. "Er, she just gave us a buncha work to do and ran off. Didn't she say there was… like, a thing?"
[17:30:45] <Lilo> "She's busy elsewhere; we're taking care of things here. Call back later and she'll be around."
[17:30:54] <Noire> "Yeah, that!"
[17:31:17] <~Charm> "For fucks sake, there isn't time to wait around! Call her over or something!"
[17:31:35] <Noire> "'Kaaaaay." A glance over to Laura. Any progress?
[17:31:35] <Laura> Laura's attempting to do just that, but unfortunately the phone just rings and rings.
[17:31:41] <~Charm> Laura gets one ring before it goes to voicemail. At least someone is getting a restful night's sleep.
[17:32:09] <Lilo> "Nine to one odds say we can't get aho-thought so. Typical! What do you need her for?"
[17:32:49] <Laura> "Jules? It's Laura. Something came up; call me back ay-sap." She hangs up and turns to the screen. "I left a message. Is it really that urgent?"
[17:33:53] <Noire> Nod, nod. "Yeah, if it's a thing you need done we can probably do it, right? I mean, we're totally already here and all." Anything to get out of paperwork.
[17:34:27] <~Charm> "She owes me a hell of a favor and I really need to collect. I really can't go that much more in to it with a could of runts who think magic involves pulling rabbits out if hats." The woman stares at you all with evident disdain, although there has to be something more you all can do to help.
[17:35:53] <Noire> A bit of a fierce spark. And the chair starts floating and spinning around like a top again. "Yeah, isn't that why we're here? We know what we're doing— can't be that bad, can it?" Come on, come on, come on, no more paperwork.
[17:36:18] <Lilo> Lilo glares at the rude lady before shrugging, "Well then, guess you wasted your time. Good bye." Offer help? Not if she was gonna be a jerk.
[17:36:38] <Lecia> Lecia would take offense, but it seems she hasn't even glanced up. Just look at her do paperwork. Undoubtably, her pile is the biggest one there.
[17:36:46] <Laura> Laura bites back an angry retort and glances to the others. "Julie's place is only a couple blocks from here, right? I can run and get her, but you're gonna have to explain a little better than that."
[17:37:42] <Lilo> "No, it isn't far. Lecia and I visited her neighbor, so we could give you directions, if you really want to go running for this lady."
[17:38:18] <~Charm> "Fine. A dimensional tesseract got damaged by who-knows-what, and there's a chance that all of Jersey will be crushed by an alien LZ. that clear enough for you?"
[17:39:00] <~Charm> "She's the one with the thingys and shit to measure crap like this. So I ask again: where in the nine hells is she?"
[17:39:49] <Lecia> …no, it seems not even her name is getting her attention. How can you even have that kind of willpower?
[17:40:03] <Laura> Laura nods slowly, but maintains eye contact. "Why didn't you say so? I'll just be a moment, so stay on the line." Then she turns to leave, waving for Lilo to follow.
[17:40:21] <Noire> Dimensional tesseract? Hey, this is someone who attended a prestigious academy that's being talked to. "A whaaaat? Isn't a tesseract a-" A pause. Magic DOES tend to defy logic a lot, after all. "… Huh. Well, we could always go blow up whatever's going down, right?"
[17:40:21] <~Charm> "Yeah whatever."
[17:41:37] <Lilo> Lilo pauses for a moment, it seemed serious enough to justify helping the jerk. "Okay, follow me." Lilo hustles off towards Julie's street—even if she hadn't been inside her house, she'd been right by it.
[17:41:39] <~Charm> "Sure, let's blow up the advance fleet of an alien civilization and give them cause to rip the damn thing open and colonize us! that's fucking BRILLIANT!" Ms. Tanners does not seem amused in the slightest by this.
[17:42:32] <Noire> "Ahahaha!" But Noire's incredibly amused. Silly Noire. "But that's only if they're stronger than all of us!"
[17:43:08] <~Charm> "Do you think this is a fucking game?"
[17:43:35] <Lecia> It's either that or give them powerful weapons and stuff via negotiations and get blown up by them anyway, without fighting. [SRW OG] Is what Lecia would be thinking if she wasn't GLUED to this paperwork.
[17:44:22] <~Charm> Lilo and Laura are able to make it to Julie's apartment after about 10 minutes or so…although it's really hard to see with so few streetlights, the giant tree is hard to forget.
[17:45:12] <Lilo> "Okay, I don't know exactly which is hers."
[17:45:21] <Noire> Right, this is a boss, gotta calm down a bit. The spinning stops, but dizzy Noire doesn't stop floating. "Ohhh, it's all fine, we'll see if we can find her and-" A glance to the side, realizing they're all gone. "Woop! C'mon, Lessy, let's do this later." Lecia's wrist is grabbed. Splitscening? Ha. No. Tanners gets a wave to. "Good luck!"
[17:47:20] <Laura> Laura looks up and down the street. "Too many possibilities to just knock on doors." And then, focusing her mind, she asks: <Julie! Can you hear me?>
[17:49:12] <Lecia> Lecia's head nearly hits the desk the moment her wrist is touched, but it picks up soon after. "Huh? Wha? We're done?"
[17:49:43] <Noire> "You bet! We got new work to do!" Big, goofy grin. And then the ground beneath them was no more.
[17:50:43] <Lecia> "More work? …OK~" Working. Hard. Granted, it looks like Lecia is about to pass out, but for now, she's totally awake.
[17:51:02] <Lilo> "Then what do we do, Pillow?"
[17:51:21] <Noire> An empty coffee cup lie next to Noire's section of the paperwork. She looks like she can go strong for a few more days.
[17:52:58] <Laura> "Er, sorry. Try reaching out with your mind. Y'know, telepathy-style. Though… it might not work if she's asleep…"
[18:02:36] <Lilo> Lilo looks at Laura strangely, "I don't think I have telepathy. Can you feel her presence or something?"
[18:04:05] <Laura> "Well… now that you mention it…" <Julie? Juuuuuulie?> "Yeah, I got nothing. Guess she can't read our minds if she's passed out in bed. We're gonna need to try something else."
[18:04:27] <Lilo> "Search with magic?"
[18:05:58] <Laura> "Or just run inside and pull the fire alarm, was my plan." Laura shrugs. "Give it a shot first, though."