World War Burst: Part #5

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[19:07:56] * Oxford changes topic to 'Maths Study Group meeting moved: 4:30 pm, in the bomb shelter. See you there!'
[19:13:24] <~Oxford> As class lets out for the day, they meet up on the commons, under the old oak tree.
[19:14:22] * Elsa is wearing her coat, these wings are mightily inconvenient now, moreso during the summer. "Well, I'm glad I won't really burn this tree down by accident anymore."
[19:14:45] * Joslyn sighs as she flops on the ground, a bit overclocked even with magical help.
[19:16:31] <Caitlin> Caitlin's hands hands were loaded with textbooks up until a moment ago, however they've already been placed on the ground in a circle around her. No time to slack, she's feverishly studying already and taking notes.
[19:18:12] * Elsa 's brain is almost burning up from all this information she's been trying to cram into her head. All she really wants to do is to go up and fly but she can't because she can't let the major find out. "Is it always this hard?" She sas puzzling over a math problem.
[19:20:13] <Joslyn> "It's just a little much, having science and math and history…at least Westfield ought to let us pass through history."
[19:21:23] <Caitlin> "Do you need assistance?" Caitlin offers politely, but she doesn't look up from her work unless someone actually does need her help. Her voice is definitely sounding distracted even while she spouts DEEP philosophy, "History is the most important subject, Joslyn, I'd take it even if I didn't have to. You can't forget what's been done by the people before us." Just keep working.
[19:23:22] * Elsa has not much problem in history but math is kinda hard. "You know what would be great? Having a machine that could do math problems for you." She says scribbling what is obviously the wrong answer on her sheet of paper.
[19:23:40] <~Oxford> There is a cool breeze through the yard, but the sky above is a bright, cloudless blue. Small groups of girls are spread about on the grass, studying.
[19:24:02] <Joslyn> "I know, I know…but I need like five hours for math, six for bio, and four for Grammar. That leaves me eight hours to sleep and 20 minutes per meal."
[19:24:34] <Joslyn> "there just isn't enough time in a day - and if there's an attack…"
[19:26:10] <Elsa> "I hope theres one the day of the tests, at least it would give us more time." She says sounding defeated.
[19:26:59] <Caitlin> "If I have to, I'll just sleep a little less. It's hard, but grades are important."
[19:28:00] <Joslyn> "I dunno, and frankly I'd rather them not."
[19:28:30] <~Oxford> The math exam will cover algebra up through quadratics. Science has been focused on basic biology, with an eye towards practical anatomy. Westfield's history course is Albaean History, with an aim towards their relation to current events.
[19:33:40] * Elsa throws a bunch of papers in the air and sits whith her arms and legs crossed, "I give up, I won't learn any of this for tomorrow."
[19:33:41] * Joslyn looks up at the sky, a bit bored. "okay…so x equals negative-b minus the square root of a-squared minus 4-ac…all over two-a?"
[19:36:15] <~Oxford> Caitlin has stumbled across an obscure term in her history text. 'The 1645 Council of Machavia'…hm. The book's glossary proves unhelpful.
[19:37:04] <Joslyn> "Screw it, I'm with you Els. I'll just bullshit my way through again - it worked for the entrance exam, right?"
[19:38:04] <Caitlin> Hmmm. Caitlin reads over it a few times… Can it really not mean much of anything to her? That's unusual and frustrating to Caitlin. "Does this mean anything to either of you? …Council of Machavia? 1645."
[19:38:47] <Elsa> "It worked for me….never heard of it." She lies on her back against the grass and looks up at the sky.
[19:39:27] <Joslyn> "Wasn't that where they decided what books to put in the bible or something?"
[19:40:40] <~Oxford> The history textbook is targetted at the 12-16 demographic, and skims over many important topics. Westfield has complained about its lack of detail before, saying that much better information could be found in the weighty reference tomes in the library.
[19:42:05] <Caitlin> Hmm, go straight to Westfield or delve into the depths of the library? Hard choice. Caitlin struggles to get all her studying supplies and books together, "I'm going to go to the library for research."
[19:43:28] <Joslyn> "I suppose I may as well come with - can't really do much worse, right?"
[19:44:54] <Elsa> "I'll see is I can absorb some info while you study, my head hurts enough that I don't even want to face a book for at least a month, ugh"
[19:45:55] <Joslyn> "Try to not burn down the library, okay?"
[19:46:20] <Caitlin> "What's that? Oh, yes, the library is wonderful for studying." No, she's not listening at all. Caitlin's got a mission; just letting this go would slowly kill her inside. With her stuff all crammed together in her arms, she gets moving towards the library.
[19:46:36] <Elsa> "I got it all under control, I aint gonna burn nothing down." She complains
[19:47:23] <~Oxford> It's only a short walk to the library. Beneath the high, vaulted ceiling rest row upon row of shelves, some high enough to need a ladder. The higher-circulation books are in shorter, more accessible rows toward the front.
[19:49:27] * Joslyn heads over to an unoccupied table and breaks out a journal, scribbling some random stuff.
[19:51:22] * Elsa sits down on a chair at the same table and rests her head and stares as Caitling goes get an ever growing stack of books.
[19:52:17] <Caitlin> Caitlin dumps off her stuff at the table, too. Time for some library navigation, looking for one of the bigger books that would likely deal with Machavian history in the scope of several hundred years.
[19:53:24] <Caitlin> Really, one on the 1600s would be perfect, but as long as its time period covers 1645 and might have anything to do with the Council of Machavia, it's getting added.
[19:54:38] <~Oxford> She very quickly acquires enough books to fill a small wheelbarrow. Though fairly obscure, the Council seems to have generated a large volume of scholarly work.
[19:55:49] <Joslyn> "…it's almost like she doesn't realize they're effectively pass/fail finals…" Joslyn mutters to Elsa.
[19:56:39] * Elsa stares, as if the sight of the massive amount of books is making her tired. "I know…Just seeing her makes me lose my will to study, the little that is left."
[19:57:40] <~Oxford> Given that the girls were accepted purely for their 'unique capabilities', the exams may well be pass/pass. But that's beside the point.
[19:58:01] <Caitlin> That's fine. Caitlin might end up checking out just one from the library, but she's going to keep a nice stack of backups to work through at the table from now. Crack them open, find what they have to say about it. This probably will not account for more than a single question on the tests, if that, but having caught her interest, Caitlin's aggressively pursuing the subject.
[19:59:49] <~Oxford> It is, in its own way, a fascinating subject. The Council of Machavia was assembled in 1645 by a group of clergymen representing the district of Munstershire during the period known as the Dunholme Rebellion…
[20:00:49] * Elsa doesn't know they will be pass/pass but frankly she doesn't care at this point.
[20:01:29] <~Oxford> And so on. One reference leads to another, telling the tale of a jumbled decade in Albaea's early history, when the island was still governed by feudal lords and their knights.
[20:01:33] * Elsa grabs a spare piece of paper, a pencil and begins doodling.
[20:03:47] * Joslyn just waits for something to happen - be it mealtime or a call to the office.
[20:03:57] <~Oxford> The Council itself is significant as the earliest formal agreement between the chivalric knights and the Church, independent of and in contradiction to the orders of their masters, the nobility.
[20:05:40] <Caitlin> Fascinating. Caitlin digs deeper into the subject, oblivious to her friends' displeasure. There might be something she can take from this to apply to the present. Failing that, she can at least become a more well-learned author some day. She particularly keeps an eye out for any kind of "sorcery" or "magic," even though it could very well be just legend if it comes up.
[20:06:50] <~Oxford> The particular dynamics of the meeting are of great scholarly interest, but fortunately for anyone who isn't Caitlin, there's also a highly readable fictionalization titled "The Paladins". The dust-jacket touts it as thorougly-research, and a page-turner to boot.
[20:07:09] <~Oxford> *researched
[20:09:10] <~Oxford> With the immediate question as to the Council's significance resolved, though…was there anything else that needed to be looked up?
[20:09:48] * Elsa is surprisingly good at drawing and after about half an hour of Caitlin nreading she has pretty much drawn Joslyn and Cait in their transformed costumes.
[20:11:53] <Caitlin> Half an hour? Has it really been half an hour already? Caitlin hardly noticed the time passing amidst her flurry of research. Next subject to look into: the history of Albaean-Gaulian relations.
[20:14:22] * Elsa is done drawing and then slams her haid against the desk as Caitlin goes get another series of books. "Hey Jos, lets go do something moe interesting…like dunno, wander around, thats always fun.
[20:16:24] <~Oxford> The short answer to that question is: bad, and always have been. It begins with colonization and the suppression of Albaea's native peoples by Gaulians, nearly a millenium ago, through rebellion, a long series of decade-long invasions and counter-invasions, all the way up to the current state of affairs. With the number of wars the two countries have fought, it is almost easier to name the periods of relative peace.
[20:17:10] <Joslyn> "Okay, sure."
[20:17:52] <~Oxford> Caitlin's comrades are starting to wander off. She'll have to grab a few books quickly or risk being left behind.
[20:19:02] * Elsa stands up and decides to wander around the grounds whether the others follow her, its their decision.
[20:19:30] <Caitlin> Caitlin urgently turns her head from the books to her friends and back to the books a few times. They can't even wait for her to put it all away? Feeling terribly guilty and making a note to come back and return the books to their rightful locations later, she grabs the stuff she had when she entered and hurries off after the others, "Hey! Don't leave without me!"
[20:19:49] <Joslyn> "Then make sure you can catch up!"
[20:21:27] <~Oxford> In her hurry to leave, Elsa runs straight into a small underclassman. The girl looks vaguely familiar. "Waah! Um, sorry…"
[20:21:57] <Caitlin> "You could've at least given me a warning a few minutes in advance so that I'd have time to clean up!"
[20:22:23] * Joslyn puts away her glasses. "Sorry, she just decided to leave…and I didn't want her to be alone so…"
[20:22:30] <Joslyn> "Are you two okay?"
[20:22:32] * Elsa trips up and lands on her butt, "Hey be careful where you're going."
[20:23:28] <Caitlin> Caitlin looks up ahead. Hmm, would that happen to be the young girl from the first night?
[20:24:20] <~Oxford> "Mnh…sorry, ma'am." The skinny little girl stands and looks around, making eye contact with Caitlin. It is indeed the girl from the air raid on the first day of school.
[20:25:30] <~Oxford> "Ah, Ms. O'Connell?" She has a crumpled note clenched in one hand.
[20:26:52] <Caitlin> Well, making her even more uncomfortable would be rude, so Caitlin just smiles at the kid. She hadn't planned to speak to her and possibly embarrass her in front of two more upper classmen, but now not speaking would be rude. Well. Caitlin nods, "Yes, that would be me."
[20:27:58] <~Oxford> "Lt. Westfield told me to give this to you. He said it was urgent."
[20:29:02] <Caitlin> Caitlin holds out her hand to presumably accept the note, "Oh, I see. Thank you."
[20:29:58] <Joslyn> "What's it say Kate?"
[20:30:44] <~Oxford> The wrinkled paper bears two terse lines in Westfield's cramped cursive script: "Urgent briefing, all personnel. My office."
[20:31:39] * Joslyn sees it and instantly dashes off to Major Westfield's office. "Thanks!"
[20:32:11] <Caitlin> "It seems Westfield needs to speak to us. Thank you, miss!" Caitlin hurries off after Joslyn; there might be some kind of attack incoming, so no time to waste.
[20:32:38] * Elsa hurries to the history teacher's office
[20:36:25] <~Oxford> When the girls arrive at the Major's office, it initially appears empty - likely the first time they've seen it that way. Westfield is standing against the wall in the near corner of the room; he closes the door with startling force once they are all inside.
[20:37:02] <Joslyn> "Air raid?"
[20:37:52] * Elsa jomps and fliches, her wings buldge outwards against her coat.
[20:38:02] <~Oxford> The Major's hat is pulled low on his brow. He seems to have been pacing the small room while he waited. "No," he says, shaking his head, "something much more serious."
[20:38:11] <Caitlin> "Ah! Er… What's going on?" Caitlin squeaks a little bit when Westfield slams the door but recovers quickly.
[20:39:05] <Elsa> "Don't scare us like that!" Elsa complains, shifting unconfortably under her coat, trying to get her wings in a more confortable position.
[20:40:37] <Joslyn> "…are we in trouble?"
[20:41:04] <~Oxford> "I've just received a briefing from headquarters. Please, sit down." He walks behind his desk, but remains standing.
[20:41:18] <Caitlin> At the word trouble, Caitlin's mind flashes to the piles of books she left sitting in the library out of their spots. Oh god, karma's going to kill her.
[20:41:51] * Joslyn hesitantly sits, looking for Westfield's briefcase.
[20:42:11] <~Oxford> "At 0800 this morning, Major Rolph Donalds failed to make his morning check-in call to headquarters. You all met Maj. Donalds before last week's mission, if you recall?"
[20:43:03] * Elsa tries to recall, "The one that was with Flauri?"
[20:43:04] <Joslyn> "He's Flauri's CO right?"
[20:43:29] <Caitlin> "I believe so, yes."
[20:43:35] <Joslyn> "He's the last person I'd expect to go UA…or has something worse happened?"
[20:46:03] <~Oxford> Westfield nods. "An internal investigator was dispatched immediately at 1000, after two hours had elapsed. The circumstances of his disappearence are highly suspicious. He was last seen by one of the faculty leaving Bruinham's at approximately 2300 last night in the company of a student there."
[20:46:27] <Caitlin> "…Was it Flaurentine?"
[20:46:57] <~Oxford> "This student has subsequently been identified…" he nods to Caitlin, "as Warrant Officer Flamenca."
[20:48:53] <Joslyn> "…Our orders?"
[20:49:14] <Caitlin> "Do we know their objective or where they went?" Caitlin's visibly worried about Flaurentine's safety. The idea that they might have fled or turned traitor does not even cross her mind.
[20:50:15] <~Oxford> "Needless to say, the investigator was hesitant to question WO Flamenca on his own without a better understanding of the situation. Your orders are to go to Bruinham's School for Talented Youth… and bring Flamenca in for questioning."
[20:50:50] <Caitlin> "I see. Well, we shouldn't need the pendants, then."
[20:53:33] <~Oxford> He gives her a hard look. "Pendants will be mandatory for this mission."
[20:54:21] <Joslyn> "…Just on the off chance she tries to run, or he does something?"
[20:55:39] <~Oxford> "We have no way of gauging Flamenca's present mental state. There's no telling what she'll do."
[20:55:48] <Caitlin> "Joslyn can hold onto mine in the case, then. I'm certain there'll be no need for its use."
[20:56:28] <Joslyn> "I'd rather not take the chance - you don't have to wear it, but at least have it on you okay?"
[20:56:34] * Joslyn frowns a little.
[20:57:31] <Caitlin> "The only danger I'm concerned about is a sudden air strike, and I'm sure that I can trust you to get it to me in such an event, can't I?"
[20:58:19] <Elsa> "I wouldn't worry about Flauri, she's not the kind of person to try and attack us directly, she would be to scared to do it." Elsa say seemingly unaware of the horrors that happened inside he submarine. Not like she hasnt done terrible things either
[20:58:44] <~Oxford> Maj. Westfield raps a knuckle against the heavy wooden desk. "I'll give you a more detailed breifing on the way there. We'll leave in my car in 5 minutes. You're dismissed."
[20:59:33] <Joslyn> "Yes sir." Joslyn nods to pack a few minor things before returning to the car lot.
[21:00:31] * Elsa salutes and and goes to the parking lot
[21:01:31] <~Oxford> - - -
[21:03:42] <~Oxford> Three young women in suddenly out-of-place school uniforms wait outside a door in the Girl's Dormitory of Bruinham's School for Talented Youth, ignoring the odd looks they draw from passing students. The name on the door reads: Flaurentine Flamenca.
[21:04:38] * Joslyn knocks timidly on the door. "Hey Flauri, you in there? It's me, Joslyn!"
[21:04:42] * Elsa knocks on Flauri's door, not too hard nor too soft.
[21:05:05] <Caitlin> Caitlin doesn't touch the door, there are enough people hitting it already. "I'm here, too!"
[21:06:24] <Flaurentine> "Um… I-I'm coming." It's a few seconds of a wait and the response is a little mumbled, but after another somewhat-short pause the knob twists.
[21:07:40] * Flaurentine peeks out, still in uniform; still blushing as well but that may as well be part of her uniform at this point. "Oh, ah… um… I…"
[21:08:09] <Joslyn> "Sorry we had to just pop in like this…can we talk a little?"
[21:08:29] * Elsa nods, "Hey Flauri, noce to see you again."
[21:09:18] <Flaurentine> "Oh… p-please do. I didn't expect to see… everybody… come here like this. B-But I'm pleased to see you all, too!" With a polite gesture the door is completely opened. "I'm… sorry if it's a little messy." An exaggeration of course; her room is totally neat, albeit somewhat bare in terms of possessions.
[21:10:21] * Joslyn thanks Flauri as she comes in. "It's fine. Now…you remember Major Donalds, right?"
[21:10:49] * Elsa keeps quiet, she's not very good with this kind of things.
[21:11:38] <Flaurentine> "Major…?" In a completely innocent fashion, her tiny head cocks to the side while staring back. After moving backward to allow the others in, of course; she leaves the single bed to them though, instead of sitting on it herself or something like that.
[21:12:07] <Joslyn> "He was the man who drove you to Cheswick…when we had to go to the research facility."
[21:12:18] <Caitlin> "Could you tell us about how you spent last night?"
[21:13:09] * Flaurentine just gets more and more flustered at being drilled. "Ah… um… driving… last night? I… t-there isn't something wrong again, is there? If something happened I extend my deepest apologies and, um…"
[21:13:42] <Joslyn> "Well…we aren't sure where he went."
[21:14:16] <Elsa> "People are looking for him, he's lost apparently."
[21:14:54] <Flaurentine> "So a… person's missing?" Tilt, to the other side. "I'm… very sorry, I don't remember meeting anyone last night who went missing if that's what you mean… I don't think…"
[21:15:44] <Flaurentine> "Ah… is… is there anything I could do to help? I'm really sorry I don't know much…" The blush gets stronger the more apologetic she gets.
[21:16:38] <Joslyn> "well…can you explain everything that you did yesterday? Like what we did with Erica on that island."
[21:17:07] <Caitlin> "…See? She doesn't have anything to do with it." Caitlin's voice is a little bit strained. It's pretty clear that she DOES have something to do with it, and not investigating goes against her instincts, but the idea of pushing it makes her feel sick.
[21:18:05] * Joslyn taps her head and subtly points to Flauri.
[21:18:09] <Flaurentine> "O… Oh…." Her face shoots straight down in embarrassment again. "Just like the other day… does… does that mean I did something wrong again? I apologize, I didn't mean…"
[21:18:25] * Elsa doesn't suspect anything, "But…people saw you with him yesterday."
[21:19:24] <Joslyn> "Just do it for me please?" Joslyn does her best to smile.
[21:19:34] * Flaurentine headshakes. "When I got back I… um, went to sleep, and… woke up… went to class…" A long pause before her hand lifts up and points to indicate the room, or maybe herself. "And… then I came back here."
[21:20:12] <Caitlin> Caitlin gives Joslyn her best (read: worst) I have no idea what you could possibly mean face.
[21:20:46] <Joslyn> "Got back from what?"
[21:21:19] <Flaurentine> "And yesterday… ah, I-I mean, got back from disarming the bombs and cleaning up Miss Erica's vegetable garden… I hope she knows I'm very sorry that happened."
[21:22:22] <Joslyn> "So you never met with Major Donald last night?"
[21:23:07] * Flaurentine still gives a slight look of puzzlement, but headshakes again. "Not that I know of, I only remember immediately coming back to bed…. I'm sorry."
[21:24:20] <Joslyn> "…okay…" Joslyn frowns - that's gonna mean they'll need to bring her back for interrogation…dammit.
[21:25:09] <Flaurentine> "I'm sorry I couldn't help more… i-if there's a missing person, should I help you look?" Still as curious and innocent as ever. And getting places is something she knows she's able to do, at least.
[21:25:26] <Joslyn> "Yeah…hey, I have an idea!"
[21:25:37] <Joslyn> "How would you feel about a sleepover?"
[21:25:55] * Elsa sighs, not getting whats going on at all. Or what Joslyn is planning.
[21:26:08] <Caitlin> Swallow. Big, nervous swallow. "Flauri. May I have permission to try to read through your mind to find more information about last night? I think there might be something you're missing."
[21:26:25] * Flaurentine can't resist clapping her hands together in excitement. "R-Really? But… I would want to bother you with something like… like…" Suddenly, it stops.
[21:27:28] <Flaurentine> "Read… my…? O-Oh, you… um…" Shuffle, shuffle. "O-Okay. I'm scared I might've forgot something too… I-I hope you don't see anything embarrassing." Not like she knows HOW to avoid embarrassment.
[21:28:22] <Caitlin> "I wouldn't do it without your permisssion, of course!" Caitlin closes her eyes to prove a point. A point that might be lost on Flauri, if she doesn't know that Caitlin's mindreading requires eye contact. "…Are you sure it's alright?"
[21:29:33] <Flaurentine> She really doesn't, but she's polite enough to not be looking away during a conversation anyway. "Is there… something that would be wrong with it?" She tries to force a mild smile as if to show permission being given, but there's still worry on her face. Lots of it.
[21:31:28] <Joslyn> "We just don't want to invade your privacy if you don't want us to." Joslyn smiles.
[21:32:10] <Flaurentine> Headshake! "N-No! It's okay because you're all my…" Caitlin had better hope she doesn't activate it right at that second because of the f-word that shows up first thing in her eyes.
[21:33:32] <Caitlin> "I wouldn't want to invade your privacy." Deep breath. When Caitlin's eyes open, they're… glowing green. That's new. They're also attempting to look into Flauri's mind, flipping through the pages to last night, if possible.
[21:34:26] <Flaurentine> … After FAMILY it starts scrolling. 'sonervousIhopethere'snothingembarrassingIreallywanttofinishthatstorylunchwasdelicioustodaypeopleshouldn'tgomissing…' Well, that's the first result; as it flips it's more detailing the vegetable garden fiasco and Elsa missing the mission. But most of it's all on finishing that story.
[21:35:16] <Joslyn> "…anything?"
[21:35:17] <Flaurentine> Contrary to popular belief, apparently, the specific section on last night is just 'wenthome' with nothing additional to it.
[21:36:55] <Caitlin> Caitlin lets out a sigh, "I told you that she didn't know anything. She just went home, I don't think she has anything to do with this, or at least if she does, she doesn't remember."
[21:37:30] <Flaurentine> "I… I'm sorry." She looks like she's almost about to cry… well, she always looks like that.
[21:38:00] <Joslyn> "It's not your fault." Joslyn pats Flauri on the back. "How does that sleepover sound?"
[21:39:01] * Flaurentine instantly jerks away before giving a gesture of apology once she lands on her own bed and sits on it… very timidly. "Ah… I… sorry… I-I'd really like to do it!"
[21:39:47] <Caitlin> "No, Flauri, that's exactly what I was hoping I'd see. Thank you, I feel a lot better. Doesn't a sleepover sound fun? We can even finish our story, if you like."
[21:40:18] * Elsa looks at Cait, "Well, that solves the mystery." The circus girl says with no worries at all ignoring the fact that there is a person missing, "At least the sleepover should be better than studying for exams."
[21:40:19] <Flaurentine> And then a huge smile. "Yes, please! If… if you all don't mind, that is…"
[21:40:30] * Joslyn heads over to Maj. Westfield, wherever he is. "I'll be right back!"
[21:41:46] <~Oxford> He's waiting in the parking lot in his black sedan, engine still running. His sidearm rests on his lap.
[21:42:26] <Caitlin> What have you done? Caitlin's face turns to panic, "Exams! I've spent all this time not studying… How am I going to make this up!?"
[21:43:20] * Joslyn knocks on the window and waves. "We did a cursory questioning…she doesn't know anything. Not even Kate's mind reading - she wasn't with Donalds last night - at least not consciously."
[21:43:28] * Elsa stares at Caitlin run off, "She never relaxes about these things doesn't she?"
[21:44:54] <Joslyn> "…We're still gonna have to bring her in, aren't we…"
[21:44:55] * Flaurentine shakes with only a whisper. "… Sorry."
[21:45:21] <~Oxford> The Major nods. "Did she have a pendant on her?"
[21:46:26] <Caitlin> "…That's alright, Flauri. Do you have your exams coming up, too?"
[21:46:48] <Joslyn> "I…don't think so?"
[21:47:20] <Flaurentine> A timid nod. "I've had to study a lot since I… since I forgot it all…"
[21:47:40] <~Oxford> "Hmm…" Westfield strokes his chin once, then nods again. "Right. Make up an excuse and pat her down, then. We have to be sure."
[21:48:37] <Joslyn> "We got her to agree to return to Cheswick, as long as she can take the fourth bed in our dorm - we kinda promised a sleepover. But I'll try."
[21:48:52] <Caitlin> "You can study with me as best we can."
[21:49:24] <Flaurentine> "Okay! I… I'd like to read all sorts of other books together, too… if… if there's time."
[21:49:40] * Joslyn heads back to the dorm room. "Okay, I think we're about ready to go!"
[21:50:04] <Joslyn> "Do you want us to help you pack or anything?"
[21:51:08] <Flaurentine> Headshake headshake. "No… I have everything. A-Are you really sure it's okay?" As peppy as she is, the 'everything' is actually nothing but that tiny flipbook of hers. And a pen of course.
[21:51:41] <Joslyn> "Yeah, it's not a problem. but…do you have your focus pendant with you? Like, just in case?"
[21:52:02] <Flaurentine> "No… should I… try to find it?"
[21:52:07] <Elsa> "Are you sure thats all? No extra clothes?" She sounds worried, everyone should have at least 3 sets of clothes because its a pain to was things too often.
[21:52:18] <Joslyn> "Oh, don't worry then, I'm sure Major Westfield will have a spare if we need it."
[21:53:09] <Joslyn> She knows that with elsa not needing one, there would effectively be a spare, but best not to point that out.
[21:53:11] <Flaurentine> "I really… hope something dangerous like that doesn't happen. And… I'll be fine!" She knows she can use her powers for silly touhou bullshit to scramble her own clothing around or such nonsense.
[21:53:31] <Joslyn> "I do too. Now let's go!"
[21:54:15] <Flaurentine> "O-Okay." Standing straight up, the timid girl keeps her best smile on while walking behind the group. She… actually does bring pajamas, on second thought.
[21:54:51] <Joslyn> When they get to the car, Joslyn quietly tells Westfield that she doesn't have her pendant before taking a seat.
[21:56:54] * Joslyn nods.
[21:57:10] * Elsa its on the back but decides to take a nap. Too bad portable music players havent been invented yet.
[21:57:13] <Joslyn> And gulps too, but mostly nod.
[21:57:30] <Flaurentine> "I… I hope I'm not too much of a bother for coming back with you all o-or anything." She flips her flipbook out first thing and starts scribbling along. It's studytime.
[21:57:59] <Flaurentine> 2d6+3 Hey, am I a bad enough loli to cheat the car along the road?
[21:58:00] <+DiceMaid-9001> Flaurentine, Hey, am I a bad enough loli to cheat the car along the road?: 11 [2d6=4,4]
[21:58:10] <Joslyn> <If she does have it, she isn't aware that she has it.> is the note on Joslyn's paper.
[21:59:08] <~Oxford> The ride back to St. Cheswhick's takes about two hours. It is well past 8 o'clock when they reach the school, just as vespers begins.
[22:00:21] * Joslyn hands over hers and Caitlin's pendants once they arrive back on the grounds. "…will she at least get tonight with us?"
[22:01:38] * Elsa hands over her own pendant of course, not like Westfield would let her keep it, not like it really matters.
[22:02:05] <Caitlin> Objective: have nothing to do with pendant while picking Flauri up. Status: completed.
[22:02:48] <~Oxford> The Major frowns, whispering his reply. "The ID was practically certain. If she has gaps in her memory, they may be a side-effect of her powers. We'll have to get her to recover those memories if we want to find out where Rolp- where Maj. Donalds is."
[22:04:40] <Joslyn> "She didn't seem to have any Noticable gaps…but we'd need someone who could dig a bit deeper than Kate could. And I swear on my life, she doesn't have a pendant that she knows about."
[22:13:06] <~Oxford> "I don't really have any advice for that," Westfield replies, "but people say if you bring her to somewhere emotionally significant, there's a chance her memories will unlock. Do your best, Parnocus."
[22:14:01] <Joslyn> "…yes sir."
[22:16:28] <Joslyn> "By the way, Sir…Merovin Welks…does that name mean anything to you?"
[22:18:02] <~Oxford> "Merovin… it's Sachsen, I believe. Fairly common name. There was a famous one, Otto. He led the revolution there a couple years ago."
[22:18:55] <~Oxford> The academy is quiet as the girls head for their dorm. Most of their classmates are either at vespers or studying quietly in their rooms.
[22:19:27] <Joslyn> "Well, that's the name of the experimental aircraft pilot that we ran into - seems to have a good deal of knowledge about the program."
[22:19:39] <Joslyn> "you don't…think there's a leak, do you?"
[22:21:14] <~Oxford> "A leak?" He frowns. "That's intelligence's job, but I appreciate you keeping an ear to the ground. It's natural that the enemy would gain some information just by observation, though."
[22:23:07] <Joslyn> "Perhaps…and in a roundabout sort of way, he did give me a present." Noticing the Major's inevitable look of confusion, she explains.
[22:24:11] <Joslyn> "He was at the Keller's Isle bombing. He tried to shoot me, but my metallic power took the lead and decided to turn it into a sword. And it stuck around even after I took off the pendant."
[22:25:36] <~Oxford> "Hm. Handy. He'd be worth looking into, though I'm more interested in that fighter of his." The Major gestures for her to follow the other girls to the dorm. "You might try researching the name yourself. The library has some excellent volumes…"
[22:26:33] <Joslyn> "Yeah. I think I might stay away from there for the next week or so - don't wanna get stampeded."
[22:27:46] <Joslyn> "Well then, good night, Sir."
[22:35:33] <~Oxford> /session