Sunday, July 14, 2013

Colleen

A few days ago, I was asked by a reader to talk about mental health issues on this blog, a topic about which I know nothing about. I was hesitant at first— in fact I still am— because there is nothing worse than being given the wrong advice. And me? I have no advice to give.

But these last few signings have been interesting. I've met quite a few people who have made me stop and think about my role and my responsibilities an an author. This isn't something I wanted. I didn't write these books to be famous or to be listened to— I wrote them to write them. That's it. By my reckoning, I shouldn't have any responsibilities towards any of you. I just write books that you happen to read. Why should I care about you beyond you reading my work and giving me your money?

But of course, I do care. Quite by accident, I assure you. This was not planned. I've met a few of you, I know a few of you, and I've heard from even more of you. I read your comments and your tweets and your letters. Some of you have stories to tell, and I end up listening. 

These past few months, since The Maleficent Seven has been released, I've met a lot of new people.  I met a girl who thanked me for mentioning the fact that Tanith once had a thing with Aurora Jane— and she thanked me again for not making a big deal out of it. I met a girl with selective mutism who, by the end of our encounter, was chatting away and grilling me about plot details. Then I met a girl who thanked me for Clarabelle.

I smiled and told her how much I loved writing that character. The girl nodded, smiled, told me again how much she loved Clarabelle. Then she told me she had mental health issues, and sometimes she found it hard to separate what was real from what wasn't, and she loved Clarabelle because she saw in her a person who was different from others but who was loved, and accepted, and allowed to thrive. 

And I looked at this girl and I didn't know what to say. I came up with Clarabelle because I needed a certain kind of warmth and a certain kind of quirkiness. Never in a million years did I think that someone out there would relate to her. 

These three girls have all sorts of pressures on them that I can't understand, and all three of them have a handle on it. The Clarabelle fan was getting the help and support she needs. The girl who couldn't speak was speaking, and she even fist-bumped me on her way out. And the Tanith fan was as strong and confident as anyone I'd ever seen. And as each one of these girls walked off, I realised that they were my readers. These girls, and boys and girls and men and women like them all around the world, are my readers, and if I can do anything to help them in any way, even if it's just to raise a smile when they're feeling low, then I have managed to do something that I never thought I'd be capable of. I'd be able to help them. 

We all have problems. We all have issues. We all have pressures. If you don't seek the right kind of help, if you don't know where to look or you don't have the friends and family to support you, things can go wrong. But there is help out there. There are people, unlike me, who know what they're talking about. Every country will have its own helplines and websites, sites like SpunOut.ie here in Ireland. Search for them. Find them. And for god's sake use them.

I am now going back to being selfish and egotistical, and absolutely sure that Holly Smale fancies me. 

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*frowns you all are perf

Becky Allaker said...

i'm still really thankful to you for that oh god. it was just the best timing ever on yours and hazel's part because we'd literally been there a minute.

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

you're all beautiful and wonderful people and i have to go for like 10 minutes to go get ice cream but i shall return also i've given up on caps

brb

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Congratulations, Adra!

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Me and Hazel were like "Where the hell are they? Shouldn't they be here by now?" I was thankful to put my books down, oh my God they were heavy!

And my poster. I dropped it seven times waiting for you!

Dear God it was funny! C:

It was just the best day ever, oh my god c:

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...
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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

DAMN RIGHT I GOT FIRST.

Right. I dedicate to you, and to me, and to all of us, and to everyone. You know, you all are perfect. I was talking to Star the other day and I realised that, well, no one is perfect. Because imagine how BORING that would be. I've come to realise that through our faults and our flaws, we are all beautiful people. And flaws isn't even a word. More of... Traits.
And I love you all. For the wonderful times we have had and the ones to come. And we all are going to live in a huge warehouse later on for Bloglandians. All around the world. When we grow up, we all will be, like, form mates or something. And we'll have libraries and nerd offs and whatever but it will be BRILLIANT.

AlsoLucewillpayforitall
*raises glass*

HEAR HEAR.

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

...

I AIN'T PAYING FOR ANYTHING.


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Becky Allaker said...

LOOOL. The train wasn't very early so yeah. At least you left with a snazzy event poster, wonderful memories and a shit tonne of photos amirite c:

Becky Allaker said...

now i sleep, night!! (and thanks to derek again for being amazing)

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

AND A VIDEO

AND A SIGNED ARM c:

And we had matching bracelets oh my god

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General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

GOODNIGHT BECKLLLLLLLLLLES! *hugs*

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Yes you are Luce.

Me and you. Yeah.

Becky Allaker said...

OH YEAH I GOT ASH ONE OF THOSE BRACELETS TOO I HAVE TO SEND IT WITH HER TARDIS AND JUNK.
Night! *huggage*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Night becky!


I ALSO DED TO DEREK

Becky Allaker said...

niiight!! (flower crown photo aw yis ok bye)

Skyril the Vocerferous Chatterer of the First Generation, Following Derek Landy From the Shadows With the Other Old-Timers, Loyal Forever and Always said...

Ok, I'd better log off of here. Talk to you folks another time!
Always be crazy!
Bye!

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Bye sky! *hugs*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Okay, now I'm back. And my comments won't be deleted this time.

[hugs Adra] Nice ded. :-)

[hugs anyone else who's here.]

Hello again. :-)

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*nods* ta, Fabi.
... Now that its kinda cooled down... Feel like an RP? *big smile*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Yeah, it is quieter... It was nice having so many people on, though. :-)

Sure! Though, um, I have no idea what's been going on with the plot.

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

MILKSHAKE ACQUIRED also I'm back

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

I LOVE ZACHARIA SO MUCH HELP

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

... I'm not sure. Trip seemed to know. But he poofed :(

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Hello again, Thalia. :-)

MILKSHAKE.

Hello again Lucy. :-)

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Yeah... Do you want to do something else before we figure out what the big bad evil thing is, then, since he seemed to have an idea already?

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

hi again Fabi!

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like it's better than yours.

Damn right, it's better than yours, I can teach you, but I have to charge.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*shrugs* sure.

Any ideas?

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

MY PARABATAI BRINGS ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD AND THEY'RE LIKE HE'S BETTER THAN YOURS
DAMN RIGHT
HE'S BETTERR THAN YOURS

General Flora Ophelia Dupin; Leader of the New Land of Stickers; Prophet of the New Order said...

Omg, I swear that that is one of the most heartfelt things I have ever read.
Who knew you had that in you, Derek?!
:O

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

*back slowly away, shielding my milkshake from the singing*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Flora]

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September Silver ROLEPL☂YING, UMBRELL☂S IN H☂ND said...

HI GUYS!

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

MILKSHAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!

I KNOW ALL THE WORDS AND SANG IT TO SOMEONE ON SKYPE ONCE! C:



Flora - what chapter are we up to with editing?
I'll go have a look at it myself. c:

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Hey Flora :3

September Silver *T☂lking* said...

This w☂s just wh☂t I needed tod☂y... I've been so ☂ngry the whole d☂y ☂nd I don't know why...

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[Eyes the milkshake]

((What kind is it, by the way?))

EMBER. HELLO. [hugs]

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September Silver *T☂lking* said...

*hugs* H☂ppy to see you, F☂bi :)

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

And Adra, no ideas, sorry... If you can come up with one, though, I'm happy to roleplay. :-)

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September Silver *T☂lking* said...

☂ny rolepl☂y plot developments?

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Uh, Glow dropped an organ on my head for less than a second.

Something big bad and evil wants to kill Adra, I think, but we don't know what it is ((except I think Trip does))

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Hi September! Nice to meet you!

Fabi - cookies n cream!

September Silver *T☂lking* said...

Hey Th☂li☂! H☂ve I met you before?

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*jumps on Fabi's back* there's a building in New York... And... It's on fire. Big building. Skyscraper. It looks like it was done by magic.


*draws a portal*
You good to go?

General Flora Ophelia Dupin; Leader of the New Land of Stickers; Prophet of the New Order said...

Hello everyone that said hello! Sorry I poofed - was reading Luce's 'Imperfect' (AMAZING <3)

@Luce: errrm, I don't know. I'll check for you in the morning and email you :) I'll probs be able to finish editing over the next week

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September Silver *T☂lking* said...

I'm Ember :) I'm ☂ m☂gic☂l doctor, reporter for the BSB, founder of M☂HU, ☂nd gener☂l Mycroft Holmes enthusi☂st. (Which expl☂ins the umbrell☂s in my typing.)

*twirls umbrell☂ h☂ppily*
*umbrell☂ turns light blue*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Mmmm...

[Is now craving a cookies n cream milkshake!]

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Agent Thalia Cooper said...

I don't think so! I'm one of the older bloglandians, as we're referred to. I'm not really around a lot but sometimes I like to pop on and meet some new people.

September Silver *T☂lking, but kind☂ w☂nts to RP* said...

I'm not re☂lly th☂t new... I've been on since November... uh... something...I h☂ve the d☂te stored somewhere...

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Hi Flora!

Ember - Mycroft is the best.

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Ember: maybe Mycroft can come along??? Um, because... *grins* Adra doesn't like him.

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

FLORAAAAAAAA! *tacklehugs* I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! <3

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September Silver *T☂lking, but kind☂ w☂nts to RP* said...

Th☂li☂: REEEEE☂☂☂LLLYYY?

*umbrell☂ turns, uh, I dunno, or☂nge*

☂dr☂: Yep, fo SHO XD

General Flora Ophelia Dupin; Leader of the New Land of Stickers; Prophet of the New Order said...

LUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEE *is tacklehugged*

..err, why? :P

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September Silver *T☂lking, but kind☂ w☂nts to RP* said...

LUCY. H☂d ☂ quick look ☂t Imperfect but h☂ven't h☂d time to re☂d it properly yet...


IT LOOKS UMBREPIC.

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

my cat just decided to bolt up, shake herself, and then flop right back down and fall asleep again.

okay cat.

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

I'm pretty new. I go back and forth between calling myself a newbie. Compared to the people who are usually on, I'm not that new, but compared to the older Bloglandians, I'm definitely a newbie!

((Also, Ember stole the umbrella character from me. :-P))

Distant, writing MC! 01224001 is going to die now!

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September Silver *T☂lking, but kind☂ w☂nts to RP* said...

C☂ts.

September Silver *T☂lking, but kind☂ w☂nts to RP* said...

(Ye☂h, I did, c☂use F☂bi is ☂wesome.)

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Because you're you, Flora. That's all you need to know!:3


XCFHDGSJF *huggles everyone*

Msd!

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Cats are just awesome and mysterious that way. :-)

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[hugs Lucy back]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*shrugs and jumps through the portal, appearing before the burning skyscraper*

Holy mother-

*eyes widen as she sees an object fall from the window*
Oh my-

* runs towards the building*

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

you're all awesome okay.

*hugs Luce back*

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

You're awesome too, Thalia. :-)

RP- [Follows Adra through the portal]

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Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

Adra? Do you require any assistance, by any chance?

General Flora Ophelia Dupin; Leader of the New Land of Stickers; Prophet of the New Order said...

Aww, well that's lovely to here <3

Right, I only went on my laptop so I could read Luce's blog and go on twitter (I've turned into a minor junkie with it - it's terrible)

Nighty Night, you wonderful people! *hugs*

*runs away into the night, but trips over a tree root and can't be bothered to get up, so decids that here is a good enough a place as any to catch some Zs*

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Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(I've followed her through the port☂l, obviously. HE h☂s. EmberTC h☂s too. I've just decided to do it like this.)

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Thalia, you're welcome to join the roleplay if you want. :-)

RP- [Runs towards building with no real plan.]

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Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(BYE FLOR☂! YOU BE ☂WESOME!)

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*nods* ...yeah, unfortunately. *ushers people out of the room*

General Flora Ophelia Dupin; Leader of the New Land of Stickers; Prophet of the New Order said...

OMG HEAR****

DEAR LORD, FORGIVE ME. (though I blame the tiredness)

Also, *hugs Luce* You're incredible!

#chasechasechase

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

Night Flora! [hugs]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Night Flora!

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

Goodnight Flora!

And thank you for the invitation, but I'm really out of RP practice. Also I must go now :( Goodnight all! It was lovely you meet everyone *hugs*

Agent Thalia Cooper said...

*to meet everyone

I can't type and with that goodbye

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Night Thal!!!

*clears the room and goes to the next floor*

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(☂w, bye Th☂li☂! It w☂s lovely to meet you!)

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[Decides to see if the water in a nearby fire hydrant wire put out the fire]

[Mentally loosens the five-sided bolts and sends water spraying everywhere]

((Dinner, gtg.))

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Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

*starts trying to clear rooms too*

EVERYBODY. This is the British government speaking. Get out or we will torture you within an inch of your life.

Ember: MYCROFT. SERIOUSLY. Guys, here, there's ☂n emergency exit.

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(NOOOOOOOOOOO F☂BIIIIIIIIIII)

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*glares* MYCROFT!

*helps a kid through the smoke*

General Luciana Clover Scáth/Livi Delicae; Leader Of the New Land Of Stickers; Prophet Of The New Order (AKA the Insane Queen Of the Rainbow People); Grand Mage of Skuttlebuggia said...

Right, I'm going to bed! I have to go to the doctors later... Ugh ;-;

Night guys! <3


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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Night Luce!

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLUCIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII DON'T GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO)

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

*looks at Adra*

Yes, Lady Adra?

*starts guiding people out of rooms*

Would you mind telling me WHY there's a burning building and what the portal was for?

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*rolls eyes* hell if I know. My guess? Magic. New York has been under siege by a group of rouge Mages lately... I don't know but we need to evac these people

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

Well I'm TRYING, Lady Adra. I really am.

I think they're mostly gone. What now?

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

-_- keep. Evacuating.

*runs up to the next floor, which is now on fire* Hello??? *coughs, walking in, hiding her face* HELLO???

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

There's nobody IN there, Lady Adra. Either that or they're dead.

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

Is the building shaking or is it just me?

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Dead? *hears a cry from the corner* dead my arse.
*goes towards the noise*
Hello? Is anyone there

Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

*grumbles* I could've sworn...

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[Reappears]

2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-4-1-0-1 3-2-0-2-2-0-2-0. I hate fire.

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

[Has bandana over mouth to prevent smoke inhalation]

[Looks like a bandit or something]

[Does not stop to remark on this]

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Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

*nose and mouth

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Mycroft Edwin Holmes said...

(gtg)

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

You're not saying you're responsible, are you?

*goes to the corner, to see a think, charred skeleton. She gasps as it shakily turns its head to her, sinewy ligaments and scraps of skin hanging loosely in its skull and bones. It opens its mouth, to let out a piercing scream.*
*backs up, turning to dash from the room, swatting away the flames and the smoke. She emerges from the room to the hallway, coughing* yeah. They're all dead.

Fabi- Talking (BUT HAPPY TO ROLEPLAY) said...

((Bye Ember))

Oh my gosh, Adra...

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*runs around to front of building* *has several slashes through clothing and some blood smeared on the side of her mouth, breathing heavily* *looks at people, surprised*

How'd you guys- no, nevermind. Is there anybody still alive in there?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(Wait- what?)

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Ari?

I don't know!

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*the floor starts to shake below them*
Fabi, we have to go

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*yells* Adra, Fabi, get out of there! That building's going down!

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Alrighty then.

[Tosses grappling hook with cable out of building and mentally guides it to catch nearby one]

[Jumps out of window and swings]

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Uses magic to stretch cable until I'm swinging a foot above the ground, then lets go]

Okay, do either of you know what happened to that place?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*grabs Fabi's arm* LET'S GO

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(It's Adras friend saying RAAAAAAAAAWRRRR hi mysterious people she is always talking to)

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*continues to breathe heavily* I do. There's a gang- as of yet, unnamed- that's been committing small acts of terrorism for some time now. This is the biggest they've ever gone, though.

Talking: Hi Adra's friend! We're crazy!

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Agreed!

(hi Adra's friend!)

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

I dedicate the page that I was supposed to dedicate ages ago to all the people who feel ignored because of roleplaying. We are trying, I swear, and I'm sorry if the continuous cycle of Blogland ends up driving people out.

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Well, we should probably stop them before it gets any bigger than this, then.

Talk: [hugs Ari] That's a nice ded.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(Yeah... She's mad.)

Wait...

*stumbles down the staircase* run run run run run!

Talk: *raises glass* hear hear!

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*nods* That's what I'm here for. I killed one of them, but... Well, there were another five, and let's say they were very good at running away.

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Um, I already swung out on a cable, so...]

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Gets off and brushes off dirt]

Well, you seem to know more about them than I do. Is their goal just to kill, or do they have more specific motives?

[Looks back toward building] Adra?

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*shrugs* I don't really know that much- they just told me there was a gang, said where they would be, and told me to kill as many as I could. That's what I do. I'm not sure if anyone knows their motives yet.

Talking: Thanks. *hugs back*

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

YEAH IM ALMOST THERE
(Yeah I get updated about what's going on in here like every other minute =) )

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Hmm...

What else have they done, then? Is it always fire?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Okay.

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

No, but it seems like all elemental stuff. Drowning, smothering... And now fire.

Talking: What has she told you about us?

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*yells* Adra, can you make it?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Talk:
[sings]
Dreams are always up high
Hanging just from our reach
But that's what keeps us striding on
Through clouds of uncertainty
This road is my story
Why would I give up?
What have I to lose?
Blank pages before me
Are crying out for words

~Hayley Westenra, 'The Future'

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Elemental magic is just manipulating the existing elements, right? That fire...something about it seemed different to me. I'm not sure, maybe I was imagining it.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*picks up a kid and runs through the front door* COMING!

(Oh geez like um the roleplaying stuff and that thing earlier with the author -Adra was like crying btw- and also that its dramatic)

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*shrugs* Could be. Apparently we still don't know much about them. And they certainly have more than just elementals among them. *motions to slashes*

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*watches Adra run through door* Good. *stares blankly at burning building*

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Grimaces at the flames]

Did I mention I hate fire?

Um... Maybe now's not the time.

[Silence]

Glad you made it out, Adra. I'm sorry I didn't wait, I just panicked and didn't want to run all he way back down the stairs.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*nods, and gives the kid to his mother*

What about gangs?

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*speaks in monotone voice* The Sanctuary suspects that a gang started the fire. They're not really positive of anything, though. But the gang we're looking for was definitely here, so that counts for something.

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Are you alright, Ari?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

But yeah, that summarizes it.

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying (I still have to ded from the previous post...) said...

*smiles mirthlessly* Yeah, I'm fine. Sometimes I just really hate my job.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

...Ari? You okay?

Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

*sighs* im scared of Niccolo offcially

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Oh. Yeah. Same here

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Zaf, IM going to hurt you before he does

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying said...

*stares at Zafira* *isn't quite sure what to feel, some mix of anger and shock* You're scared of him? Zafira, he's afraid of you!

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Hey Zaf.

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying said...

I'm tempted to hurt you right now!

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

I'm staying out of this...

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

my fear is him hurting me

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying said...

*sigh* Zaf, have you looked at this from his perspective? Try for me, ok? What do you think he must think of all this?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

ZAF IWILL SLAP THE SHIT OUTTA YOU

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

ZAF IWILL SLAP THE SHIT OUTTA YOU

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Don't worry, Zaf. He's not the same Niccolò he was before Alice. There's more...separation between them. I've seen it first hand.

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

*sits in explosive tree* i..yeah Ari he must be petrified...i would be too...it's freakin Justaria influencing me

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*glares at Zaf*

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Takes deep breath and goes to sit on a random fence]

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

*sighs irritably* whats wrong with me?! i dont know what i feel...I feel somewhat...gravitated towards Niccolo idk why

Aretha Tesla- roleplaying said...

So you're saying Justaria likes him? *exasperated sigh* But, I mean, really- normally, just going up to someone and randomly kissing them is a pretty decent violation of personal space. So for him... I mean, he doesn't even know how to deal with that! He doesn't know whether you'll try doing it again, and he doesn't now how to stop it if you do! That's scary! And the hugs aren't helping, either, Zaf.

*closes eyes and takes deep breath* How is Javier doing? You know, with the poison and all that.

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Aretha Tesla- roleplaying said...

Talking: Fabi, I feel a need to acknowledge your presence so you don't feel ignored or driven away. So.

Roleplay: Nice fence. Do they sell those on MageBay?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*raises eyebrow* well. It's about time someone did something about this

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

he's doing fine *jumps from tree and stares at lake* if i could just apologize i would but he probably doesnt trust me
talk: Ari if Coco hurts Zaf she deserves it

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Zaf, again. /I/ want to slap. You.

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Talk: Thanks [hugs] It's okay, though. I'm writing.

RP: [Shrugs] It's an ordinary fence. They probably have magical fences on MageBay, though.

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

....Ari? Did something happen to your account?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

*Talk

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

(I feel like she's preparing a speech)

Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

Adra...slap me fine idc i deserve it i deserve a lot of things *sits in treehouse knees drawn to chest*

Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

*clears throat* Aretha has just lost access to her google account and will be unable to restore it until tomorrow morning, so I'll have to speak on her behalf when necessary. This is what she wrote before she lost access:

"*nods* Yeah, he doesn't trust you. I wouldn't trust you either if I was him. But you should say something, because he doesn't know what to think right now. Confusion feeds fear.

Talking: He wouldn't, but I'll make note of that. Actually, I'm more likely to than he is at this point... I mean, I actually love you a lot and you're awesome, but in the roleplay.

#ChaseForBook9"

And from now on I shall continue to speak as myself, and if Aretha feels the need to share something she will do so from this account as well.

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

It would be very much like her, however, to be preparing a speech.

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

(If you click on her profile, it's unavailable. All her blogs have poofed and on the Mevolent Collab, where it once said her name, it says Unknown.)

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Yeah...

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

*jumps down to Coco* Niccolo can i talk to you? *looks a bit uneasy*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*hits her head against a fence* oh god. *looks to Fabi* wanna catch a gang of elementals?

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Hello Croatoan. [Nods]

Sounds good, Adra.

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

*unconsciously takes step backwards* Yes, you may.

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

Aretha: If you're going to catch them, keep in mind that one of them is inhumanly fast and likes to pull the others along behind her! They're pretty good at running away!

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*grabs her hand* let's go, before we die.

*grabs her '68 Ford Challenger as the firemen put out the fire*

Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

look Niccolo i'm sorry for what happened the past few days i really am if i could make it up to you i would

Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

The past few days? Is something wrong?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Follows Adra]

Okay, Ari. I'll keep that in mind. Possibly a lasso? [Considers]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*shrugs* Magebay...

*pulls out a device* it tracks heat signatures of magic people nearby... It can tell when a burst of energy suddenly flares up

Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

what i did...making you feel uncomfortable...You canmt hide it Coco i can tell you're uncomfortable...im surprised you havent hurt me yet as i deserve it

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Ooh, sounds useful.

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

I haven't tried to hide it. In fact, I've been attempting to explain it to you. And I've been attempting to ask you why. I never had any intention of harming you, though.

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*turns off her earpiece* okay, enough of that.

*shouts through the window, tossing a tracker at Nic* IF YOU NEED US, FOLLOW THAT!

*pulls away, giving the tracker to Fabi* take a look at that and tell me if you see anything

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Okay... [Examines tracker]

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

...I suggest turning it on first.

Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

the truth? im gravitated towards you as we both have one thing in common: not entirely liked by most mages and you're slgihtly insane as am i

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Grimaces] Yeah, that'd help, wouldn't it?

[Presses the on button]

((Uh, what am I looking for, exactly?))

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

Zafira, there are countless people in the world with those particular traits. Although, speaking for myself, I would go much farther than 'not liked' and 'slightly insane. However, in any case, you say you feel 'gravitated towards me'- what exactly does that mean?

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The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Like... Heat signatures.,. Like a thermal imaging camera

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

[Finally figures out how tracker works]

[Facepalm]

Something with lots of energy...that way, and not far. [Points to the right]

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

i really dont know Coco...i guess for lack of a better word...attracted *is extremely pale from fear*

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

*pulls to the right* right. Tell me where to go. LEAD ME

Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Turn...there. [Points to a driveway]

Unless I'm mistaken, the energy is coming from somewhere on that property.

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Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

I had safely assumed that much already, though I fail to understand it in any way, shape, or form. *sighs* If that is, in fact, the case, which it seems to be... What am I expected to do? Societally, and by you?

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Elder Zafira Kerias (Roleplaying) said...

I don't know Niccolo...maybe you just need to do what you want...I dunno what to do! I like you yes and i know you don't like me back like i like you so..

The Empress Elder Lady Adra "the Ducktor" Dark -RP said...

Okay. *pulls into the driveway* *eyes widen* that's a large... Mansion.

*stops the car*
Okay. Well... We go up to their door then

Niccolò Croatoan- roleplaying said...

Perhaps I ought to use a more commonly utilized expression- what do you want from me?

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Fabi- Roleplaying (BUT HAPPY TO TALK) said...

Okay then. [Gets out of car]

It's...big. I wonder who lives here...

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Sapphire Iota (Saph) #ChaseForBook9 said...

Hi

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