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2020-07-06:  "Monday 7/6 what even are  dates" by marithlizard
2020-07-09:  "Thursday 7/8" by marithlizard
2020-05-26:  "recipe" by marithlizard
2020-05-23:  "Re: Jusgame" by Trip
2020-05-24:  "Chinese takeout" by marithlizard

15 July 2020 - Wednesday

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14 July 2020 - Tuesday

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13 July 2020 - Monday

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12 July 2020 - Sunday

Atlantic City Rollers time travel adventure, this time without time travel! Having finally come back with information about where the gannok got the goo, the team tries to figure out what or where the centuries-old (in the future) facility would be in the present day, and it seems oddly familiar. In fact, Feathers is certain it's Maxis's fixer-upper base, where Nuclear Robot George came from. Since the present day is within the error bars for the base's age, the Rollers mention to Maxis that they found some hints that there might be unexploded supertech or other hazards in the base, and they'd like to check it out. Since they have a good working relationship with Maxis, the Rollers and Feathers' pile of equipment are allowed in, and soon find a suspiciously plain closet. Anonymouse activates it, and is immediately swept into a gauntlet of deathtraps prepared by a 1950s mad scientist for his nemesis, the Midnighter, complete with ten-minute self-destruct timer.

Moth finds that the evactuation has already started, so she handles making it run smoothly, while grilling Maxis about his suspicions that there was another base beneath the base. Her help is especially useful when Feathers and the Mechanic hack into the sub-base's archaic systems and discover that the deathtraps are still operational because they're powered by a fusion reactor.

With some advice from Nighthawk watching through the gloating system, Anonymouse makes it through a variety of death traps and winds up in the kitchen, where she is accosted by a cyborg well past its Best By date. By this time, a path has been opened up for reinforcements, and everyone comes down to defeat the cyberzombies and keep the base from blowing up. Victory!

And, when the post-war mad scientist's records are recovered, it turns out that he was trying to steal all superpowers for the Fourth Reich using disgusting goo, which has been percolating in a vat for seventy years. Victory over the future goopocalypse? Looks like one more trip to the future is called for!

Also Dave announced the end of the campaign, after one more episode to wrap up the current collection. Apparently I will be running next, since "...unless anyone else wants to" never goes anywhere. My hope is to get input from Edie and Hazel about what they would like to play, because the rest of us have already played a bunch of every genre. Oh, and we should see if Deirdre wants to game now that we're starting something new and she wouldn't have to drive.


Food, food, what is food?!


Words: Check, although I am falling behind!

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11 July 2020 - Saturday

Apparently what I am running is Zoomwarts. Okay, then!

This session, the first-years tried to explore the mysterious corridor beyond the kitchen of the house-elves but were stopped by a walking statue that wouldn't let them past. They named it Christopher. It really wouldn't let them past, to the point that it broke Bella's leg, but Polkadot Lizard managed to shrink down and crawl under the mysterious door, where she found a giant floating armillary sphere glowing with green mist.

On the way to get Bella's leg repaired, they overheard Snape trying to get Harry expelled, and "his little girlfriend, that Riddle girl", but Rosa managed to keep Bella's rage in check.

Since Buckbeak was due to be executed the next day, Bella figured Harry, Ron, and Hermione would be going out on an ill-fated rescue mission. She was right, and intercepted them at the front door, where she ended up giving them the cloak back because it really is Harry's.

Rosamund was haunted by the ghost that looks like Bella, Bella was tormented by nightmares of jackals eating her Dark Mark, the lizards got a good night's sleep.

In the morning, the school was in an uproar because three students had been captured breaking into the Ministry of Magic and the execution of Buckbeak had been moved to the front courtyard at noon that day to show that there's no disobeying the Ministry. After a lot of panicking, and also insulting Harry (yet getting the cloak back from him?!), someone made a plan and Buckbeak was turned invisible, shrunk down, and lured into the forest by tasty, tasty lizard tail. We ended the session with Buckbeak escaping into the woods, still invisible.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.4-6: Now we've seen Rin, and the highly misinterpretable scene with Shigure, and are embarking on the Beach Vacation of Dooooom.

Read:

  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 2: Huh, I remembered the main plot taking longer to get going! And Tamao's arrival being later too!

Microwave food.


Words: Check, ish.

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10 July 2020 - Friday

It's actually Friday! We have survived week sixteen of shelter in place!


Watched:

    Leverage 4.1: Wait, this characterization seems different. Did we miss an OAV or something?

Feta chicken!


Words: Check, although then I realized they were all wrong, or at least don't fit in that spot..

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9 July 2020 - Thursday

Thursday is almost Friday! Except I have to stay at work longer. The customers are still restless.


Read:

  • The Spiritglass Charade (Colleen Gleason): Next book after The Clockward Scarab, spiritualism and vampires and hot guys. Mina and Evaline still don't get along.

IDK, was this the night we had fish? No, that was Monday, this was the night we had panzanella! And Marith tried shrimp with coconut curry sauce, but it did not work for her.


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Thursday 7/8 by marithlizard (Sat Jul 11 22:34:07 2020)

My notes say this was the night of coconut curry shrimp and panzanella!

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8 July 2020 - Wednesday

As predicted, this session of 13th Age Glorantha was a fight against an entirely new set of enemies. These ones just wanted to loot the place we were guarding, with no excuse like retrieving stolen ancestral treasures, so fuck those guys. Things looked a little dicy until Jorandona loaded up with damage bonuses and then critted against the centaur, completely murderizing him with a single arrow. Then they still looked dicy, because dragonnewts are kind of terrifying, and also the baboons had come back, and a mysterious Chaos apparition destroyed Mernyr's connection to the Air rune, depriving her of most of her powers (including her special anti-dragonnewt attack). In the end, the murder duck and at least one baboon got free, carrying some amount of treasure but maybe not the extremely valuable baboon item.

I'm not sure what Mernyr is going to do now, even though I knew this was coming.


Oh, yah, dinner would have been a good idea. Well, maybe tomorrow.


Words: FAIL.

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7 July 2020 - Tuesday

Where are all these customers coming from? Don't they have anything better to do?


Read:

  • The Clockwork Scarab (Colleen Gleason): She's the niece of Sherlock Holmes, she's the sister of Bram Stoker (and a straight-up Buffy-style slayer), together they fight steampunk crime. But that doesn't mean they get along! In an amusing parallel to books about male secret agents, most of the guys they have to interact with are hot, and many are also mysterious. There is obviously an overarching plot, but it's not clear how many books it will take to wrap up.

See, this is what I get for filling this in after the fact. I think it was leftovers because Marith wasn't up to cooking?


Words: Check..

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6 July 2020 - Monday

Boo, Monday. How is getting up okay?


Read:

  • Attachments (Rainbow Rowell): A love story in which the guy who has no particular redeeming qualities except knowing what a computer is during the late 90s gets the beautiful girl. It was okay charming, I guess, although not as good as the author's later YA books, but I found it depressing for obvious reasons.
  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 1: Rereading since the last volume just came out. Yikes, Otaro is more eccentric than I remembered.

Microwave leftovers. Pasta with goat cheese, bacon, and asparagus. Also fish.


Words: Check, although they were sad words.

Monday 7/6 what even are dates by marithlizard (Sat Jul 11 22:37:16 2020)

I think this was the night of the so-so baked cod and the excellent mac-and-cheese with goat cheese and bacon and asparagus.

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5 July 2020 - Sunday

Another super-useless day! Also more about the entire SFF culture is full of horrible people. Really, do we even need humans in the arts? (I was going to say "men", because that's more clear-cut, but then discussion moved to JK Rowling being TERFy all over twitter, so...)


Watched:

    Leverage 3.15-16: Season finale! Two-stage operation against the main villain! A completely shocking development between team members! Marith was annoyed by how much worse the plotting was this time than usual and may not want to watch another season.

Chicken adobo and baby broccoli.


Words: Sure.

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4 July 2020 - Saturday

Instead of pretending I was going to get up at a reasonable time and then setting my alarm for another hour and another and another, I just set my alarm for way too late and slept without getting interrupted, and sure enough by the time the alarm went off, I was ready to get up. Or at least switch to reading manga.


I know it's the national holiday of a country founded on gun crime, but do there have to be quite this many fireworks?


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.1-3: Hurray, it's more Furuba! Although I'm not sure I can count myself as a fan, as I haven't memorized the manga the way Marith and Dave have. (And Ayse, but we are still in the Plague-Ridden Hellscape of 2020 so she can't watch with us.) I think everyone should marry Tohru, though.

Read:

  • Tomo-chan is a Girl (Fumita Yanagida) vol 7: An actual confession! And hey, if Jun doesn't work out, Tomo has apparently quite a few girls she has awakened things in.

Chicken with bones! Also lemon and thyme and squash boats.


Words: I'll say check.

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3 July 2020 - Friday

Yay, it's a holiday! I celebrated by being completely useless until mid-afternoon, when I finally went shopping. New manga is being produced, but many of the groceries were sold out, so bah.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 4-5: Another hot boy shows up to cause trouble, but despite that, Yurara's identity, varied affections, and spiritual powers are all sorted out by volume 5. Not everything has to run for 400 volumes like Bleach or One Piece!

Microwave food.


Words: Check, I guess.

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2 July 2020 - Thursday

We get tomorrow off, so today is almost Friday, except it has all the Thursday stuff like the Display My Ignorance meeting (not too much ignorance today) and working late.


Watched:

We heard that Amazon Prime was getting rid of Leverage, but it seems to still be here. For now.

  • Leverage 3.13-14: The one where Parker is a pretty good corpse, and the Christmas special. Go Parker!

Read:

  • The Night Land (William Hope Hodgson): Published in 1912, but written in an archaic style that is not one of its strengths. I can see how this would be cool and original back in the early days of SF when the dying Earth subgenre was less explored, and it's still a little creepy and definitely full of unexplained peril, but it's amazingly wordy and the future society seems to run mostly on the inexhaustible stores of patriarchy bequeathed by their ancestors. Apparently John Wright has written fanfic of this, and although I like his SFness, I am afraid to read it because I suspect he was inspired entirely by the patriarchy "romance" of the latter half of the story.

Salmon and dill and zucchini.


Words: A little. Kinda. I guess.

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1 July 2020 - Wednesday

This week in 13th Age Glorantha, Mike turns off all the special effects and the PCs fight some baboons! Half the baboons got in before Mernyr got to the attic, but she kept the other half at bay while the entire rest of the party struggled with the ones who got in. (To be fair, Mernyr had cover and was facing the ones who weren't bold enough to leap right in, while the people inside were facing the leaders.) But then, more trouble arrived and the baboons scarpered, probably without retrieving their stolen magic item, to leave the PCs to face it.

No gaming next week, Mike is travelling and Kelsey is moving.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 3: Another hot guy appears, but he is not making the love triangle any complicated than it already is, which is surprisingly complicated.

Leftovers.


Words: Check. Ish. I guess.

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30 June 2020 - Tuesday

Oh. It's Tuesday.


Watched:

Read:

  • Small Favors (Colleen Coover) vol 2: I think Past Me had feelings, but now I am approximately one thousand years old and have been on antidepressants for the last four hundred of them, so meh.

Pasta with sauce.


Words: I wrote like 450 words, although I don't know that it will go anywhere.

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29 June 2020 - Monday

I was too mean to Marith, who has in fact learned to eat bell peppers.

Also it's Monday of the fifteenth week of quarantine. It seems like it should be either more or less than that, because time has no meaning.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 2: You can't have two hot guys in the same manga without there being a love triangle, can you?

Leftovers, although food was cooked for lunch.


Words: I wrote a little of sequel to the thing I wrote consistently like a decade ago. All my OCs are so old now!

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28 June 2020 - Sunday

As usual, sleeping in seemed better than getting up in a timely fashion, but I made it to Atlantic City Rollers anyway. (Good thing I didn't have to go very far.)

As planned last issue, the Rollers travel in time and space to a point a couple of weeks before the goo sample was sent from the North American base, and near that base in the half-flooded ruins of Detroit. (The Mechanic has strong feelings about Detroit, but not the kind that interfere with the mission.) Unfortunately, they land right on top of some gannok (goo-holding alien) scavengers and there's a huge fight. The Rollers win, of course, but end up with seventeen prisoners and a broken hovercraft. One of the prisoners is willing to believe the goo is more danger than opportunity, at least, and helps Nighthawk and Anonymouse sneak into the base. (Nighthawk is important because she is the only Roller without superpowers, so she won't cause the inert goo to activate. At least, that's Feathers's best hypothesis.)

More bad luck! Just as the goo detector goes off, the gannok base is assaulted by the saurians (the aliens that enslaved the velociraptors)! Anonymouse and Nighthawk have to retrieve the goo shipment from the landing bay, steal vehicles, and escape the base without getting Anonymouse too close to the goo! Fortunately, gannok vehicles are normally started by being hotwired, and everyone in the base is running around like their grease-coated fur is on fire, so this isn't too hard.

The captives are released and the Rollers hide out until Nighthawk can take the goo back and put it in the containment grid, and then a week later the rest of them go back.

Next: research!


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.12: Hey, it's the season plot! And Sophie's backstory! Or at least one layer of it.

Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 1: Apparently I do sometimes read manga I kept for a decade! This one is a short series about a meek high school girl with ghost-sensing powers, her hot and assertive possessing spirit, and two hot and obnoxious boys.
  • Small Favors (Colleen Coover) vol 1: Another comic pulled off my shelf, this one is pure, unadulterated, lesbian smut.

Fried rice, which apparently is called stirfry in Connecticut.


Words: FAIL.

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27 June 2020 - Saturday

After the cleaners, Marith went back to bed and I went shopping on the bus, which I think was probably fine: there was never more than one person on the bus with me, so social distancing was easy, and not having to coordinate with any other person made it at least 50% less stressful.


I couldn't run for Jus and Marith today, because I was on call for the afternoon shift. As it turned out, no customers caused any problems, but Marith presented Chibi-Hana and Beep-Boop and the lizards with puzzles. Maybe it is something every GM has to learn for every table, but I do not think engagement was high. Puzzles are not usually like real choices. But we did get to the wizard we have been searching for all this time, and he even agreed to pay his library fines and return his overdue books, if only we help him "save the world".


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 86-88: Finally, the school festival and Eri's smile! But then, moving on to Endeavour taking over the number one spot in the official hero rankings, and Hawks (who is totally OP) and the plot for the first part of next season, which isn't out yet!

Now we must decide what else to watch.


Orzo and chicken and sundried tomatoes.


Words: FAIL.

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26 June 2020 - Friday

Today we got to see the presentations from Jus's Shakespeare Camp! The kids could not get together to perform a play, but they did monologues and costume design and set design and moodboards and puppetry and it was very cute.


Oh no, a pocket frond's cat is sick! And they just lost a human from their family too.


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  • The Angel of the Crows (Katherine Addison): It's like Sherlock Holmes, except Watson was wounded by a fallen angel in Afghanistan, Holmes is a literal angel of London, all proper young ladies learn scrying, and there are randomly werewolves and ghosts and stuff all over, because that's just how life is. Remixes some of the original Holmes's cases in this new magical setting, interspersed throughout the longrunning hunt for Jack the Ripper. Despite the gruesome subject matter, it is kind of heartwarming.

Spinch bacon salad, stuffed gnocchis, and tilapia.


Words: FAIL.

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25 June 2020 - Thursday

Late work, no brain.

Stayed up until a million o'clock playing Numberzilla, again. I"m getting better at it, which seems like the most useless possible skill.


Honey mustard garlic salmon!


Words: FAIL.

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24 June 2020 - Wednesday

No gaming, gaming was on Monday. Only dumbness.


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.11: Everyone tries to one-up each other in a flashback sequence to before they teamed up or even knew each other. It may be silly.

Read:

  • Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell): Two teenagers who think they aren't cool fall in love in 1986 in Omaha, despite obstacles both familial and internal. So much feelings! How do feelings even work? I can't write fanfic, but I spent a while thinking about how the protagonists could murder one of the second characters and get away with it, because ew. (Hey, it's not often I root for a het romance!) Side note: if these kids were 16 in 1986, they are exactly the same age as me. More proof that I wasted my teenage years.

Leftovers.


Words: Check, I guess, meh.

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23 June 2020 - Tuesday

Why do I have the grouchy?


Leftovers plus new panzanella.


Words: I guess technically? I opened up Scrivener and committed a few sentences, anyway. This story is supposed to be about a difficult voyage and terrifying invaders, but everything I know to write is about the main character's sex life.

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22 June 2020 - Monday

There was some kind of scheduling thing so we had to move 13th Age Glorantha to Monday, which worked fine once I reminded people enough times. However, although Mike worked very hard on making the battle map in Roll20, with lighting and walls and opacity and everything, it was terrible and I will quit if that's how we have to play going forward.

The map got in the way so much that we barely got through meeting an NPC, getting told, "guard this building, baboons are coming for their hot magic item" and rolling initiative. I feel really bad for not appreciating the work Mike put into it, but no. This is not a functional way to game.


Read:

  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 5: We find out more about the Brimmed Hats and their agenda for Coco, but all the witches stick to their chosen path.

Leftovers.


Words: FAIL.

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21 June 2020 - Sunday

I did not do anything today except read webcomics and die in a pit.


Read:

  • Daughter of the Lilies (Meg Syv, Yoko Weaver, Rosey Mae Sommer) book 1: It's very D&Dish, but the demons are creepy, the adventuring seems well-regulated and for the good of society, and the main character is a cinnamon roll.

Watched:

  • The Untamed/Chen qing ling 3: Still in the flashback. We've just been introduced to the principles of Cloud Recesses, and how many of them the main character has broken in like five minutes..

Marith cooked food, but it was too spicy for her so she had to eat ice cream instead.


Words: FAIL. I complained on the Slack a lot, but that's not the same.

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20 June 2020 - Saturday

This time in Hogwarts, Bella and Rosamund and the lizards decline to eat sushi that might be made of house elves, investigate the mystery until they get told to stay out, and deliver the Glass to Partha, who summons something that looks a lot like both the ghost that haunted Baby Lizard and Bella. Also, Bella's dark mark is acting up and she revealed her identity to the rest of the party, who are definitely not now extremely worried.

Jus got to be extremely dramatic, which apparently is what she wants from a game.


Watched:

  • My Hero Academia 83-85: Deku vs Gentle Criminal, with the school festival and a mustache at stake!

I forgot to eat dinner again.


Words: FAIL.

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19 June 2020 - Friday

It's Juneteenth, which seems relevant to the current situation.

It's also the end of the fourteenth week of sheltering in place.


This time I played during the day, which was probably not great, but it's not like I didn't do a work.


Watched:

  • Knives Out: It was not amazing, but it was a perfectly good mystery movie, and the people who got shafted mostly deserved it. Also, Chris Evans being sketchy in a sweater.

Marith made pasta carbonara, out of real carbon.


Words: FAIL.

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18 June 2020 - Thursday

I had to actually log in to work promptly on time instead of being a useless morning zombie. Bah.


Played too much Numberzilla again, because I am Dumb.


I forgot to eat microwave food.


Words: FAIL. I mean, I thought about writing, but was forced to admit that I still don't know what I should be writing.

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17 June 2020 - Wednesday

Ken has returned, so we are back to the away team in 13th Age Glorantha and the interrogation by the Lunar who has vast magical power but still rolled very badly. (I'm glad Mike is making NPCs get hosed by the dice, not just us.) Anyway, we somehow got out of it unvaporized and with some extra money if we ever get to a place where we can buy equipment. Also we got lost avoiding even more Lunar soldiers, tried to take shelter in a cave marked by exciting rainbow pillars, and got chased out by hideous armadillo monsters that swarmed Mernyr. Hmph.

Then I stayed up playing Numberzilla forever until I died.


Salmon with tastiness.


Words: FAIL.

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16 June 2020 - Tuesday

Meh, work. I was wrong about a thing, so now probably everyone thinks I'm an idiot, especially the customers.


Read:

  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 4: Another test! A master witch who should not only be barred from ever being a teacher, but should probably not be allowed to talk to people at all! Ancient hazards! Adorable penguigriffons! But the Brimmed Hats are back!
  • "Swingers" (Robert Reed): I think I missed how the twist in this story went, but I wasn't intrigued enough to reread.
  • "Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy" (JY Yang): Not Tensorate, more like soggy Shadowrun where suddenly there was magic and everything was a mess and you need witches. Also, a good definition of person vs monster.
  • "Extracurricular Activities" (Yoon Ha Lee): Reread because I didn't remember it from the title, but I regret nothing.

Leftovers, I think?


Words: Check! I'm not sure that having written down what came next helped, since it seemed to take forever to get to what I had listed as the next step! Maybe I need to use even more detail?

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15 June 2020 - Monday

Whee, it's week fourteen of shelter-in-place.


Watched:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.8-9: Still early episodic stuff, the characters aren't interacting very naturally yet, Iroh is comic relief. Poor Katara, though. Feeling competetive with the Avatar is never going to go well.

Read:

  • The Fire Keeper (JC Cervantes): I didn't like this one quite as much as the first and I'm not sure why. It had villainous plans, heroic plans, new villains, heel-face turns, and powerups, but I guess it didn't have as much novelty? I think probably the target audience would be fine with it.

Words: I dunno, kinda? I didn't write any actual words, but I did write down what goes in the next chunk of scene, so perhaps that will help? Although I only got to the point where something needs to happen, so I still have to figure out what.

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