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2020.10.22 03:31 PunkRockGuy96 Talking Head

(Preface: this is my first attempt at a short horror story, hoping to get some constructive criticism.)
A bright, neon red light shone through my eyelids, disturbing my slumber. I slowly opened my eyes to examine the alarm clock on my nightstand. “ Quarter passed Midnight.” I thought to myself, slowly realizing what the date was. “Of course I would wake up at midnight on Halloween.” I wondered if there would be any good horror movies playing on Television at this hour. I shivered as I felt a cold draft blowing through my window, instantly producing goosebumps all over my body. I never sleep with the window open. Rolling over onto my back from my right side to investigate, I was met with a sight that instantly made my blood run cold and produced a sharp, sinking feeling throughout my body. Sitting atop the storage trunk I kept at the foot of my bed was an inhuman looking severed head. It’s bright yellow eyes with pinpoint dilated pupils seemed to stare directly into my soul. The eyelids and their surrounding, deep wrinkles seemed transfixed and unmoving. At the peak of my visibly paralyezed fright, the fiend’s flat, stoic mouth slowly arched into a smile so wicked in it’s innocent, childlike appearance that every hair on my being instantly stood on end. I again made eye contact with the creature, as it slowly and dramatically blinked his hauntingly bright yellow eyes twice in my direction. The head began to speak, though his voice was low and calm, every pronounced syllable seemed to boom in a way that made my heart pound perpetually stronger, as if it had been yelling at an ear shattering decibel. I felt as though I were going to blackout from fright.
“Hello, child.” Spoke the demon. “I’m sure you’re quite frightened, and even a bit confused about what is happening. That is a normal reaction.” The stillness of the head made me sick to my stomach. The dark gray color of its skin and deep wrinkles contrasted only by the brightness of its almost illuminatingly bright yellow eyes which seemed to be almost force held open by the high and tight ponytail its greasy, wispy, black, dreadlocked hair was pulled into. It seemed to take subtle pleasure in the distress it caused my while it spoke. “I am here to increase a deeper sense of fear and warn you of your impending doom. It prefers you when you’re in your most frightened state.” Curiosity got the better of me and I found the strength and courage to question my tormentor “What prefers me at my most frightened state?” The head seemed to be surprised I was able to speak given my previous state of fear induced paralysis, yet took relish in answering me. “The creature, an ancient and demonic entity who stalks unsuspecting victims and feeds off of their fear before devouring them. The Creature finds deep amusement in toying with its victims. Fear is like an aura, the more fear the victim puts out into the world, the more powerful the creature becomes.”
As the head spoke of the creature, I listened more closely to my surroundings and heard noise rattling through and banging through the house. My heart sank as I realized that what The Head spoke of was true, and that some horrid creature was currently rummaging through my house in search of god knows what. The Head smiled maliciously as its eyes darted to the far right, as if it were tracking The Creature. “Yes, he is out there. He leaves me to instill fear into his prey while he scours the house looking for other victims.” This made my blood run cold. In the state of shock and fear I’d been in, I had completely forgotten about my parents who were upstairs, asleep, unaware and defenseless. I went to cry out a warning to them, but The Head silenced me with a long, slow “shhh” before any sound could make its way out “Any movement or disturbance and The Creature will storm through the house and violently and painfully end your existence. I am not here to save you, only to prolong your suffering.” Fear began to turn to an angry curiosity. “What does the creature want? Why does it do these nightmarish things?” The Head smiled wickedly before recounting on the horrid origins of The Creature. “Listen closely and pay attention, child. For the tale I’m about to tell is important, and will horrify you to your core.”
“Perhaps you are familiar with the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s, or what your school wanted you to know of them. Most depict them as simple mass hysteria or childhood imagination gone awry, but that’s only because they don’t want you to know the reality. There were, in fact, witches and witch hunts taking place in Salem. One day there was a massive witch hunt and an entire coven was massacred by a religious militia. The leader of this militia, Abraham Williams, cornered the coven’s leader, a high priestess in the society of Salem witches, against a tree, where he tied her up. She angrily and sternly told him of the mistake he was making, that her coven was, in fact, a coven of strictly white magic users.
“The witches of this tribe have been protecting Salem from evil for over half a century, you have no reason to perform this mass execution on my coven.” Abraham smiled condescendingly at her statement. “No such thing as a ‘good witch.’” he said before spitting on the ground and tightening the ropes around her wrists, cutting off the circulation from her hands and making her gasp in pain. She retorted “If you go through with this, you’ll regret it for centuries beyond your natural life.” Ignoring her, he doused her long, black, cotton dress in lighter fluid before pouring some onto the end of his unlit torch. The witch bowed her head, closed her eyes, and began quietly chanting. Just as she was finishing the chant, he lit the end of his torch and walked towards her. Abraham touched the flaming torch to the bottom of her dress and watched as she was overtaken by flames. He felt nothing at the sound of her cries and screams in agonizing pain, or the smell of her burning flesh. It was when she stopped screaming and lowered her head slowly to make eye contact with him, bearing the most wicked smile on her weathered face, that he began to feel something: fear.
The witch pulled back hard on her restraints, disintegrating the charred ropes and snapped her fingers. In an instant flames poured off of her and, as if like a snake slithers towards a rabbit, made their way to Abraham’s feet. He was almost instantly engulfed in his own flaming hell. Knowing her fate was sealed, she had placed a curse over the head of Abraham. As the witch finally succumbed to her wounds, Abraham lay on the cold, hard, forest ground in total combustion. His screams alerted his fellow militia members who went running to his aid. The scene they stumbled upon was little more than the charred remains of Abraham and nothing left of the witch. They proceeded to bury Abraham in a shallow grave. When nightfall came and the full moon was at its peak, Abrahams crusty, blackened eyelids slowly opened. His irises and pupils were completely absent, instead leaving milky, off white eyes. His body began to slowly transform. Long, thin, reptilic arms and legs broke free Abrahams charred and cracked flesh. He pulled himself up from his shallow grave in the middle of the forest, revealing his new form. A seven foot creature with disproportionately long arms and legs and sharp, narrow, claw like hands. His feet were like that of a velociraptor, each powerful step he took shook the earth around him. He had been cursed to become what he hated most: a tormentor and slayer of the innocent.”
The Head finished his horrifying tale, leaving me with a deep sense of sickening dread and anxiety. As the head smiled at my disheveled appearance, a sound worse than even the voice of the head manifested throughout the house. The thunderous footsteps of the still unrevealed creature made their way slowly towards my bedroom door. A cold sweat broke across my brow, all of my nerves seemed to be trying to force their way out of my body, and it seemed as though no matter how hard I tried to breath I could not take in enough oxygen for comfort. The thunder ceased mere feet from my room and my bedroom door slowly screeched open into my room. The sound of rapturous stomping was replaced by the sound of something flying through the air and darkness towards me. What appeared before me were the twisted, mangled, and lifeless bodies of my parents being held dangling in the air by strings like some macabre marionettes. The creatures' repulsive, lizard-like claws worked the strings making the lifeless bodies of my parents sway and position themselves in a way that made them appear angry.
“Billy, did you forget to lock the back door again BILLY!? You know how dangerous it is to leave the doors unlocked BILLY!” The monster was using the corpses of my parents to torment me further. “WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID, BILLY!” Tears were streaming down my face and I was choking on the oxygen I was trying to take in. “HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO REMIND YOU TO LOCK THE DOORS AT NIGHT, BILLY!?” The creature made my parent’s bodies thrash about the room in angry, twisted pirouettes screaming “Help us, Billy! Remember to lock the doors next time, Billy!” while the head sat there grinning and laughing in the chaos. The movements stopped and the creature withdrew the bodies of my parents in one swift motion, the momentum slamming the door in its wake.
The anger and hatred towards the head and the monster swelled deep inside me. Why had this creature chosen to torment me of all people? I hadn’t done anything to deserve this, and neither did my parents. I wouldn’t let him take me too, I had to think of a plan to get out of here. I thought to myself that it would be futile, with the head watching over my every move and the creature’s superior strength and speed. I would have to outsmart them. I would have to create a diversion that would give me even just a few precious moments to run to safety, whatever safety from this creature was. I heard the creature drop the bodies of my parents with a loud, audible “thump” that shook the house. My anger and determination to escape, to rob them of the pleasure of terrorizing and eventually killing me as well, only grew with every sound of the creature’s steps and every moment of eye contact with the head that was still relishing in my misery.
“Why do you help this creature in its quest for blood? What do you get out of it?” I asked the head. The head seemed to pause and ponder for a moment. “I get to be eternal.” Stated the head. “I was once a notorious and ruthless serial killer in the Midwest. One of the most elusive stalkers this country has ever known. Until they set up a sting operation and finally captured me attempting to kidnap a local prostitute. They linked all of the other local slayings to me and sentenced me to death. I was one of the very last beheadings to ever take place in the United States. I really loved what I did. The power I held over my victims within my hands, the endorphin rush of how it felt to slowly drain their lives from them. But that was taken from me. The Creature was aware
of who I was in his former life, and upon his transformation he hunted my grave down and reanimated my head to assist him in the torment of his victims. It isn’t the same as when I was able to do it myself, but it satisfies my lust to inflict torment and suffering on others. Human blood keeps me alive forever.”
I was further disgusted by the head’s tale. I wanted to inflict suffering on them as deep as he had to others, to avenge the deaths of my parents. Though I knew there was nothing I could do with the creature lurking around the depths of my house. I had to focus on my escape. I knew it was only a matter of time before the creature stormed into my bedroom and used my own body for its sick, twisted fantasies. I shifted my eyes quickly around the room looking for anything that could be my salvation. The baseball bat in the corner by my door was too far away, anything more than a swift, almost instant movement would surely lead to my demise. I wish I could sneak upstairs to get to my dad’s gun cabinet. I slug from my dad’s .45 would surely do some damage to the head, and at least slow down the creature enough with a few precision shots to the heart to allow me to escape. The head seemed to be growing suspicious of my eye movements, as well as bored of waiting. He let out a screech to alert the creature just as my eyes caught my salvation. The original disturber of my sleep. I would have to make my timing perfect to accomplish what I was thinking, but it may be the only salvation I have.
I heard the creature’s booming footsteps sprinting towards my room as the head laughed. Just as I saw the hideous creature mere steps away from penetrating the doorway, I slammed my arm backwards, grabbing the alarm clock that sat on my nightstand. I pitched it towards the head as hard and precisely as possible given my position. As soon as the alarm clock left my hand I darted out of bed towards the open window and threw myself out of it. I had been in the room just long enough to hear the head scream as it made contact with the creature, stopping it in its tracks in confusion. I quickly scrambled to my bare feet and began running down the street. I thought about running into the darkness, but considered quickly that the creature probably had better night vision than myself. I sprinted down the most well lit street I could spot, which still provided low visibility to me. The only way I really knew I wasn’t going to run into anything was the light from my neighbor’s Halloween decorations. The decorate ghosts and jack-o-lanterns and Frankenstein's cheesy, manufactured grins only tormented me further. I heard and felt the footsteps of the creature, it was hunting me. Its steps didn’t sound close enough to be immediately concerning. I had to think of somewhere to hide.
After slowing my pace to something more manageable, I realized what street I was on. With the sound of the creature’s thundering footsteps becoming more and more distinct, I knew I had to move fast. I took a sharp right turn followed by an almost immediate right. I could see it in the distance. The tall roof of the church my family had attended when I was younger. I knew this could be my only source of salvation, as evil was not supposed to be able to penetrate the threshold of hallowed ground. I picked my pace back up to a dead sprint, being nearly blinded by the sweat protruding from my forehead and my body trembling from being pushed to its absolute limits. As I neared the church, the footsteps behind me got louder and louder. I knew the creature was getting closer and closer. It screeched at me in its nasty, high pitched voice. The velocity of its scream almost knocked me over in my stride. I noticed one of the church's windows was just open enough for me to volt through unharmed. I reached the green grass the church sat upon just as the creature was zeroing in on me. I just managed to hurdle myself through the window and escape its grasp by mere seconds. I instantly turned around and slammed the window behind me.
I collapsed on the floor trying to catch my breath as the creature paced around the church, either trying to decide if I was worth attempting to break through hallowed ground or wait for me to come out. I was exhausted. Exhausted, yet furious. I knew I had to rid the earth of this malevolent creature, to prevent it from doing any more harm against innocent people. I sat and I thought of a course of action. I looked around my surroundings for inspiration. Upon examining a painting of the church itself, and hearing the rain strike the roof of the church, I knew at once what I had to do. I climbed the stairs to the church slowly and quietly as to not give away my position to the enemy. As I made it to the third floor, I opened a window and made my way out onto the roof. The heavy downpour of the rain made it difficult to see more than a few feet in front of me, only remedied by flashes of bright, white lightning. I made my way to the ledge of the roof to look for the creature. He eventually circled his way around the church to where he was directly beneath me. Right where I wanted him to be. I swiftly grabbed the heavy lightning rod and heaved with all my might, tearing it from the shingles of the roof. I waited until the creature stood motionless and dropped the sharp end of the lightning bolt towards the creature. It landed almost directly in the center of the creature's massive head, knocking it down as the creature let out a sharp cry in pain. The lightning rod was driven straight through the creature’s head and into the dirt below, penetrating the hallowed ground. The creature was struck with multiple bolts of lightning, leaving nothing more than a black scorch spot where its body once laid.
Satisfied that the creature was dead, I made my descent back down the church stairs. Taking a final deep breath before exiting the safety of the church, I opened the heavy front door and walked through it. I walked over to the scorch mark to satisfy my curiosity. When I was satiated in my belief that the creature was dead, I turned to return home to finish off the head as well. But as I made my way passed the hallowed ground of the church, the earth vibrated below me and a sharp, reptilian claw broke through the dirt and grass and tightly and painfully latched around my ankle .
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2020.09.12 03:35 firelock_ny Shadow Grey (character)

I've been creating some NPC heroes (that could also be handed out to my players for PC's in one-shots), mainly to get a feel for the system to prep for my campaign start.
Here's Shadow Grey, a member of a supernatural-based hero group called the Salem Seven. She went on a bachelorette party camp out and some kind of mysterious shadow beast attacked their campsite. She fought it off with the unexpected aid of a wolf spirit that she somehow summoned and it merged with her soul - her friends were saved but scared out of their minds, not just by their attacker but by what she became to save them.
Diane Allen is the eldest daughter of a wealthy family in Providence, Rhode Island that traces their wealth back to the American Revolution. Her marriage to the eldest son of a New York financial dynasty was supposed to be a merger of old-money power and "new money" (only dating back to the Gilded Age) energy. Diane's interest in the matter was secondary - she had some affection for her betrothed, but knew that all her life she'd been groomed like a show pony for the upcoming big production.
Now that she's bonded with a wolf spirit - the "Wolf Goddess", as she sometimes calls it - Diane has had a wild ride. Her family and (now-ex) fiancé were exposed to the full power of the wolf spirit and think she's some kind of monster. She's fled from the high-society social whirl that was once her whole life and she's searching for a new purpose.
A band of mystical misfits took her in and encouraged her to use her new powers to protect the world from threats like the shadow beast she faced that night. She feels like the wolf spirit is seeing them as her new pack and carrying her along into bonding with them as family, whether she's willing or not.
Diane Allen appears as a normal young woman with short dark hair and blue eyes that unexpectedly flash to wolf-like gold when she's angry or upset. She has a compelling aura of confidence about her that makes her both intimidating and extremely attractive. When she lashes out at people there's a mystic expression of the wolf spirit that can make people see her as a monstrous beast even afterwards - they'll objectively know that she appears as a young human woman, but they'll still see her as a mythic monstrous wolf.
In combat Diane is a supernaturally fast and strong opponent, striking with bestial savagery and a knack for "pack tactics" teamwork with her allies. She's hard to hit, hard to hurt and always seems to come back for more. Her past as a debutante fades away when danger arises. She sometimes feels like she's in conflict with the savage impulses of the wolf spirit within her.
Shadow Grey (Diane Allen) PL 10, 150 PP
Abilities: Str 4 Sta 4 Agl 2 Dex 2 Fgt 6 Int 0 Awr 3 Pre 5
Skills: Acrobatics 6, Athletics 12, Expertise: High Society 6, Intimidation 20, Perception 10, Stealth 8.
Advantages: All-Out Attack, Animal Empathy, Attractive 2, Close Attack 6, Daze (Intimidation), Defensive Roll 2, Equipment 5, Evasion, Improved Critical (Unarmed) 3, Improved Initiative 2, Improved Trip, Power Attack, Set-Up, Startle, Takedown, Teamwork.
Offense: Unarmed +12, DC 8, Critical 17-20.
Defense: Dodge 10, Parry 12, Toughness 4 (6 w/Defensive Roll), Fortitude 8, Will 9.
Powers: Wolfen Senses: Senses 5 (Low-Light Vision, Scent is Acute, Accurate and Tracking, Ultrasonic Hearing) [5pts]
Trail Runner: Leaping 2 (30 feet), Speed 4 (30mph) [6pts]
Go for the Throat: Strength-Based Damage 4 [4pts]
Vitality: Regeneration 4 [4pts]
Feature 2: Soul of the Hunter: She reveals the mystic Wolf Spirit when she attacks, uses Intimidate or expresses strong emotion. When she achieves a Critical Hit in combat or three or more successes on an Intimidation check her target sees her as a monstrous wolf, and sees her as such afterwards even though they know that she appears as an attractive young woman. This may provide circumstance bonuses but also complications.
25 Equipment Points: contribution to the Salem Seven headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts.
Complications: Enemies: Diana's family wants to capture her and find a way to "save" her. Diane's ex-fiancé sees her as a monster and wants to destroy her. Her family and ex-fiancé aren't super-powered, but they are from powerful wealthy families.
Prejudice: Diane is seen as a werewolf by many people, with the superstitious fears that come with that.
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2020.09.09 02:37 GreyBuildings679 I’ve been hired to find a lost satanical painting. Unexplainable things have started happening since I began my search. Part 2.

part 1
part 3
I meet Chelsea outside Winthrop Assets the next day. Her face sun-kissed, once curly hair has been blown out and pinned back.
“Did you tell Kelly I was looking for Sarah Adams’ paintings?” I ask as we make our way into the lobby, before swiftly going up to the top floor.
“Was it a secret?” Chelsea bites her lip. “Sorry, Kelly asked why we wanted to visit, and I just figured there was no reason not to tell her.”
“Don’t worry about it.” I give Chelsea a smile, which eases the lines indented in between her eyebrows. I wonder if it was Kelly who followed me home last night and is responsible for the apples. In a way, I hope she is, not knowing is far worse.
Kelly meets us outside the elevator in a tailored Dior suit. Her look has matured since we last met with the addition of glasses that sit atop the bridge of her sculpted nose, and subtle gold jewelry that I’m sure is worth the GDP for some countries.
She gives us air kisses, reiterating how pleased she is to see us. A twinkle comes from her left hand, which she waves across her face. Chelsea catches it.
“Oh my god. Did you get engaged? Look at this rock! I’m not one to swear, but holy shit!” Chelsea grabs Kelly’s hand, looking at the massive diamond.
“Soon to be Mrs. Miles Winthrop.” Kelly’s lips curl upwards.
“Well done, you,” Chelsea exclaims, holding her hand like it is some precious artifact.
Leading us down a hallway, Kelly takes us to a door, putting her hand on the center, and lowering her glasses, as a machine scans her iris. A green light appears and the door opens with a poof. We follow behind, walking into a secure room, paintings line the walls.
“I present the Winthrop Collection, the world’s largest acquisition of artwork pertaining to the occult and the devil. A common passion, almost obsession, that me and my fiancé share.” Kelly takes a step back, watching our reactions.
I am admittedly impressed. There are several paintings by Bosch and Blake, as well as a famous engraving by Musi that I have only seen in textbooks. There other things here too, sacred things, masks and rock paintings depicting a large black figure, dating back god knows how far. A worn scroll in Hebrew adorns the wall, with the image of a snake. I could spend an eternity here, but I know what I am looking for and instantly walk over.
Side by side, are the three known paintings by Sarah Adams. The first is of a man in a forest surrounded by animals. The second a small boy, walking along a path, beside him are eggs, with small chicks scurrying about. The last, of a community, a group of people praying under a large cross. My eyes scan them, securing Sarah’s signature in each, the small snake.
“The paintings represent the father, the son, and the holy spirit. At first glance, the work could be seen as a tribute of the artist’s devotion to God and her faith.” Kelly steps next to me. “But upon closer look.”
“A black dog is in every painting.” Chelsea says in a whisper, “The Devil’s familiar.”
“And if you look at the faces of the boy and the father, a blue mark, a witch’s mark. So subtle, you could almost miss it.” Kelly grins. “If you study the people in the third piece, you can see an unholy teat somewhere on their bodies. This woman has one in between her fingers. Witches were thought to have an extra one to suckle spirits.”
“Phenomenal.” Chelsea echo’s what I’m thinking.
“Do you mind if I take pictures?” I turn to Kelly who gives me a small nod.
“Thank you.” I put my phone in my pocket when I’m done. “And thank you for showing us the collection. We should go, I don’t want to take up any more of your time.”
As we are walking out of the room Kelly meets my pace. “I hear that you’re working for Arlene Van Colt trying to find the lost works of Sarah Adams.” She scoffs, “Arlene is a true dilettante, a neophyte in matters of the occult. I swear, some people get an Ouija board and think they're Satanists. Pathetic.”
“Regardless, she’s managed to find one of the paintings already.” I turn, watching with both glee and trepidation, as the expression changes on Kelly’s face. She didn’t know that part.
“How?” Kelly stands upright, glaring. “How did she find it?”
“She had a dealer who apparently dug it up somewhere.” I shrug.
“Whatever she’s offering you we’ll double it.” Kelly grabs me by the shoulders, her apathetic demeanor crumbling. I see a look of desperation on her face.
“You can’t double what has no amount.” I slide away, releasing myself from Kelly’s talons. Truth is I would rather jam an icepick in my eye than work for Kelly or her soon to be decrepit husband.
Taking a step back and regaining her composure, Kelly pulls at her suit. “Thank you for coming, ladies.” She turns before looking over her shoulder. “Be careful Lucy. Happy hunting.”


When I arrive back at my apartment later that day, coming up the stairs I stop in my tracks. In front of my door is a black dog, is it the same one that I saw yesterday by the subway?
I’m holding a sandwich in my hand, and break it in half, throwing it towards the animal who sniffs the food before swallowing it in one bite.
She comes over brushing my leg and nuzzling her snout against me. I notice she has no collar, and against my better judgment, I let her inside. If my landlord Raani finds out, she’ll have my head. The dog jumps right on my bed, going in a circle before finally laying down.
“You better not have fleas.” I fill up a bowl of water, placing it on the ground, just in case she’s thirsty. “What should we call you anyway? Raven? Seems fitting because of your coat.” The dog, looks at me, tilting her head. “Ok. Raven it is.”
I turn on the television, Frasier again, “Go ahead, Raven. I’m listening.” I say Frasier’s catchphrase to my unamused audience.
As it gets dark out, Raven goes to the door, pawing at it. I open it, and she bounds outside disappearing into the night. I’m not sure if I should chase after her, but something tells me not to, she knows the way back.
After a thankless dinner of rice and raita, I go to the couch, propping up my legs, and examining the photocopy of the Sarah Adams painting that Arlene has, or as I have started calling it woman bangs devil.
I notice something interesting along one side of the border, the paint strokes are different, heavier and thicker, as if they were meant to form something else like it’s half-finished. I keep looking till my eyes become heavy, closing.
I can hear the TV, “Hey baby, I hear the blues a-calling tossed salads and scrambled eggs.”

Waking up with a jolt, I blink, the room is completely dark, the TV off. I realize I must have fallen asleep. Sitting up, I see a shift of light in the hallway towards my bedroom. It’s a shadow, a shapeless form, moving and twitching as if it were mechanical. Fear blossoms in my chest, sucking in my breath with a sharp inhale, the outline freezes. Then, whatever it is, seems to vibrate, moving faster and more rapidly, like a spinning tire, before propelling forward and merging with the blackness completely.
Glued to the couch, I can hear something traversing around the room, going at a furious speed. There is a loud bang, which erupts in the recesses in my apartment, and from somewhere an object falls over in the kitchen ricocheting against the tile. There is a burst of laughter, or is it crying, that sounds like it’s coming from underneath me.
From where I am, the rest of my home is obscured, as if a black curtain, has been brought down. I hold my breath, as I see two long black hands appear from that dark space, stretching across the carpet, lengthening as they make their way closer. Mangled claws, hold something, stopping before me, dropping it a few inches from my feet. It’s the print out I was looking at before, written across in red ink, two words, fode abyssi.
The hands present it like a gift, before recoiling.
Stillness fills the space, the darkness abates, and I realize with relief that I am once again alone. Petrified, I get up, I feel like screaming, but my attention is diverted. I hear a sound, but this time coming from outside, voices talking. My door handle shakes violently. Someone is trying to get inside.
With giant strides I move to the kitchen, grabbing a large kitchen knife, and holding it straight ahead. My breath is staggard, as I try to steady myself, preparing for whatever inevitably come through the door.
There is a dog barking, and the shaking and voices cease.
After a few minutes I go to the window, and with relief see nobody is there.
Dropping the knife, it clanks against the flooring. I’ve been holding it so tight the outline of the handle remains indented in the palm of my hand. With a switch, my apartment becomes illuminated, and my heartbeat finally begins to feel like it’s not going to explode out of my chest.
Unable to stand, I collapse onto the floor, picking up the paper that’s been left, “Fode abyssi.”
What the hell did I get myself into?
———————————————————
I’ve been meaning to make a trip to Beadle and Bob, the employer of Jeffery Cameron the man who found Arlene’s painting. Exhausted from last night, I reluctantly make my way uptown towards Harlem, pounding 5-hour energy drinks, a mistake as I’m still tired but now with heart palpitations.
Beadle and Bob, is an ill-fitting shop on a deserted, grimy street, down the corner from a 7-Eleven. It looks terribly out of place, rightfully belonging tucked away in some mysterious corner in Barcelona or Paris. The sign out front is black, with liquid gold writing, sleek and stunning. I enter to find an older woman behind the counter, frumpy with wild white locks that hang down past her waist.
“Hello. I’m here to meet Jeffery Cameron.” I sling my backpack across my shoulder, examining the interior, which is constructed of deep rich mahogany wood.
“Jeffery has been missing for about a week.” The woman smiles a toothless grin, speaking in a distinctively Jamaican accent. “Skipped town, or maybe something worse. He’s the type to up and vanishes though. Never liked da men
“Damn.” I let out a sigh, “Did he mention anything to you about a painting he found? A work by Sarah Adams?”
“It’s funny, you’re the second person to inquire about this painting. A woman came here yesterday wanting to know the same thing.” The older woman seems amused by this. I, on the other hand, am not.
“Black hair, no tits?” I say, knowing already that it’s Kelly Armstrong.
“That sounds about right.” The woman nods, “Jeffery procured a painting for a client recently, all of his notes are on his desk, you’re welcome to look. More than likely going to throw it away, don’t suspect he’ll be coming for them anytime soon.”
She points me in the direction of a desk, littered with papers. I sit down, rummaging through till I find a print out of the three paintings I saw at the Winthrop Collection. Underneath is written:
Father > Mother
Son > Daughter
Holy Spirit > Devil?
Something clicks inside my head, the lost work of Sarah Adams is an inversion of her original three pieces, the paintings I had seen as part of the Winthrop collection.
The painting of the man, representing the father, is the opposite of the one Arlene secured, the mother, the woman. Which means that the other two lost works would be of a similar relation. For the painting of the son, there is a lost painting of the daughter. For the holy spirit, the unholy spirit.
I silently thank Jeffery Cameron, wherever that poor bastard is, and continue looking through the contents of the desk. I find a folded map and unfurl it. I’m not surprised when I read the title Salem, Massachusetts. Of course.
“Did you find what you were looking for?” I hear a voice, and turn to see the woman from out front, leaning up against the doorframe.
“I did. Thanks. Do you mind me asking, did Jeffery talk to you at all about what he was looking for?”
The woman, bobs her sizeable head up and down, “Something like that.”
“Did he ever mention anything strange happening to him? Seeing things that weren’t there, or shouldn’t be?” Those horrible claw-like black hands from last night flash in my mind. Part of me feels I might be losing my grip on reality, the other part of me realizes that maybe there’s something more nefarious at play.
The woman narrows her eyes, “You ever hear the story of Pandora’s box? How that woman just wanted to take a little peek inside, curious and all that, and out comes all this horrible stuff. Sometimes you get more than you bargain for when you start looking for things.”
I take in her words, pausing, “Thank you again.” I get up and go towards the door.
“You just going to keep on looking in that box, aren’t you?” The woman crosses her arms in front of her chest, there’s a laughter to her words.
“I have to.” I smile, “Just like Eve biting the apple. Just like Pandora opening the box. I have to know.” I wave goodbye.
“Bye Lucy.” I hear her say, as I leave.
As I walk away from Beadle and Bob the words I just said settle with me, like tea leaves at the bottom of a mug, compounding my resolution. I am cognizant something unexplainable is happening. I don’t believe in the supernatural, but after last night, how can I deny it?
Regardless, I feel compelled to keep moving forward, to find out what happened to the lost work of Sarah Adams. I don’t think I could turn back at this point even if I wanted.
At that moment my phone rings. It’s Chelsea. “Hey Lucy, how’s the search going?”
“Good.” I take out the map, I lifted from Jeffery’s desk. “I’m going to Salem. Want to come?”
RL
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2020.08.14 23:09 Snoo_44245 A FUN "ROUTINE" DAY IN A MOHAWK (today's the day For flying stories)

Somewhere in Oregon, circa 1977
Many times the pilots schedule a flight just to get their required flight hours and there are times that there are no mission requirements (pictures or imagery of a certain target/facility). This was one of those days.
My pilot is Steve _ (there are two Steve’s so no attribution). We will be flying from Salem to Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, land there and return. Once we are off the ground CPT Steve informs me he has a lunch date in K Falls and so, do I mind waiting with the aircraft. No problems here I just like to fly!
We depart Salem, VFR (Visual Flying Rules, you kind of are looking out for yourself). We head South towards K Falls about 5,000 feet until we get just South of Eugene where the the Willamette valley ends and it becomes more mountainous.
Suddenly we lose altitude rapidly and we are flying down a valley, a narrow one. I realize that CPT Steve is familiar with our route and keep only one hand on my secondary ejection seat handle. We go around a wide corner and looking to my right, I see a Volkswagen camper van and a couple people pointing at me. Another wide swing around the narrow valley and there are power lines crossing the gorge directly in front of us. CPT Steve pulls up and we clear it handily. We then gain altitude and have an uneventful flight to Kingsley Field. We land; he has his date while I screw around on the flight line.
We are flying a B model Mohawk with a big SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Rader) boom mounted below and to the right of me. We leave Kingsley, but don't gain much altitude. There is farmland and a lake North of Kingsley and that’s where we are heading. We are flying over the lake so low, I am thinking if we had two SLAR booms, we could be skiing. As we hit the levy on the North end of the lake we fly right between two tractors. Wow!
We then pop up to a respectable altitude and CPT Steve asks if I have ever been "in" Crater Lake. No. He says there is a notch in the Southwest wall of the crater and that’s where we head. FAA rules say you must remain 1,500 feet above state parks and I think we are going to violate that rule. I am correct, we slide through the notch and down into the crater, flying around the lake below the level of the rim. I take the opportunity to turn on the belly camera and swing it to the 15 degree (below the wing) position. I ask Steve to pop up just a bit and get some great shots of Crater Lake Lodge from the lake side. Those 4.5 inch negatives are in my attic, somewhere.
Starting on the South side of the lake, just off the water, we aim at the North crater wall at 180 knots. The lake is ten miles across so we have plenty of room to pull up and clear the rim. As we get closer and closer to the rapidly approaching wall of rocks, I hear CPT Steve say "I hope we can make it". He is just kidding, but we do trade a lot of airspeed for altitude as we zoom over the crater rim.
Now we head back toward Salem and find that weather has closed in and we can no longer fly VFR. We must now fly IFR (Instrument Flying Rules, you are directed by in this case by Seattle Center) CPT Steve contacts Seattle Center and they assign us to 15,000 feet. As we climb to get over the clouds CPT Steve asks me if I have my oxygen mask (required over 10,000 feet). Nope. "Well, I didn't bring mine either" he responds. So, we clip the oxygen hoses to our harnesses; turn the oxygen to 100% and periodically flip open the protective cap and sip oxygen.
Shortly we are in the Eugene area and CPT Steve spots a hole in the clouds below us and informs Seattle Center that we are resuming VFR flight. We then nose over from 15,000 feet and make a high speed dive through this hole and resume level flight at about 1,500 feet (BTW this is usually a bad move as someone may be coming up through that very same hole). As we fly North, CPT Steve flies about a mile East of I-5. There are many 150-200 foot hillocks scattered along the East of the highway and we are slight further east of them.
CPT Steve suddenly dives down to about 20 ft and from the highway it looks like we have dived down behind a hill and not come up! We do not pull up and we fly nap of the earth for the next 20 miles. I am pointing out power poles and wires as we head north. About 20 miles from Salem we pop up to about 2,000 feet and make a normal approach and landing.
We walk into Flight Ops and someone asks how the flight went. CPT Steve replies "Routine". I stay silent, with a smile on my face.
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2020.06.28 01:07 startaquizbowlteam Quizbowl Competition Names: A Brief Census and Guide

One consistent theme of posts in this subreddit is that there's no consistent name for "quizbowl"-like activities around the country. There are many regional variations on quizbowl and lots of different names given to quizbowl, which often results in some confusion. Thus, here is a brief overview of each of these names (feel free to add your own in the comments!) so that people can better understand where they come from and to what extent they comport with quizbowl more generally.
Note that within all of these different names for quizbowl, the quality of the questions and competitions varies considerably. What matters is less what the competition is called and more what the format and the questions are.
One of the biggest differences is the degree to which questions in different quizbowl competitions are pyramidal--that is, are constructed to avoid misleading players and to fairly distinguish between players with different levels of knowledge. You can read more about the concept of pyramidality here, but do note that some companies and places that claim to be "pyramidal" are not actually pyramidal in terms of how they write their questions.
Everything here is just my opinion, of course.
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Quizbowl or Quiz Bowl: this is the most common name for quizbowl competitions in general. Sometimes you might see "Academic Quiz Bowl" to signify that quizbowl is more academic than just trivia. Regardless, most of the time quiz bowl is some kind of buzzer-based competition in which players use a buzzer to signal when they're ready to answer a question. The extent to which a given quizbowl league or format is pyramidal though varies widely depending on the question writeprovider.
Academic Bowl: This is another variation on the name "quizbowl" that varies a bit by region, but overall doesn't seem to be consistently in one area or another.
Academic Challenge: Common in New Jersey, Ohio, Wyoming, and various smaller areas like Berks County, PA. Rules differ dramatically between local formats, though in general these are often not pyramidal.
Academic Competition: Somewhat unique to Pennsylvania, with local counties sponsoring things like the Chester County Academic Competition.
Academic Decathlon: A separate company that operates a separate competition that consists more of taking tests on specific subjects, though there is a "Super Quiz" portion that is somewhat quizbowl-ish. Pretty much a different thing entirely and not quizbowl.
Academic League: Specific to a few counties like San Diego CA and Salem NJ but occasionally used in other areas. Often not pyramidal, though some specific academic leagues in San Diego have adopted pyramidal questions.
Academic Olympics: Used in Reno, NV and Horry County, SC as well as a few other areas. Often includes a quizbowl-ish portion, but may have other events as well.
Brain Bowl: Sometimes used in Florida, though it can also refer to specific competitions related to the human brain.
Hi-Q: A relatively ancient (dating back to 1948) form of quizbowl that hasn't changed much since. Local to a few areas where a certain paper mill company was based (Green Bay WI, Delaware County PA, Northern Seattle, and Northern Alabama).
It's Academic: A long-running TV quiz show with its own unique format. Used to be in a lot of cities, now limited mostly to the DC area.
Knowledge Bowl: Common in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Washington State, and some other places like the Mid-South. Usually uses questions from Academic Hallmarks, though that may change as the company has changed ownership recently. Often not pyramidal and may have written tests in addition to buzzer-based rounds.
NAQT: NAQT is a specific question-writing company. It is not a specific format or type of question (a common misconception); NAQT questions can be used in a wide variety of formats. NAQT questions are always pyramidal, though they vary in length and difficulty depending on the specific type of set (some NAQT speed round questions can be 1-2 lines, though most used at weekend invitational tournaments are 3-4 lines).
National Academic League: Specific to Utah, Wichita, and some other areas. Has a rather out-of-date website. Is decidedly not pyramidal.
Quick Recall: Almost entirely a Kentucky-based name that comes from the Kentucky Governor's Cup competition. Quick Recall itself is slightly different than quizbowl and usually not as pyramidal, but sometimes this term is used to include any kind of buzzer-based competition in KY.
Scholastic Bowl: Used primarily in Illinois for the state competition and in Virginia for their state competition as well. As of 2020, Illinois and Virginia's state competitions are pyramidal.
Scholars Bowl: Tends to be most common in Kansas, Vermont, and the Deep South, though the formats greatly differ. Kansas Scholars Bowl is somewhat notorious as one of the most highly-regulated types of quizbowl in the country while Vermont and Alabama use NAQT questions with some small variations in format (i.e. like worksheets or different timing rules). [EDIT: as pointed out in the comments, this is also a very common name for quizbowl in Missouri]
Subject-Specific Quizbowl: here you have things like Certamen for Latin, Science Bowl, National Ocean Science Bowl, National History Bee and Bowl, etc. Each of these formats differs in their level of pyramidality as well--NHBB tends to be very pyramidal while Science Bowl continues to have multiple-choice question tossups that are pretty much the opposite of pyramidal.
Varsity Quiz: A long-running Las Vegas TV competition run by the Kiwanis.
Hope this helps clear things up for people; feel free to add more local formats too!
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2020.06.11 20:47 JMHSrowing White Rose Week Day 1: A White Rose Blooms Where Planted

Hello my friends!
As I am sure most of know by now it is White Rose Week! Link to event's Tumblr
(yes Day 1 was actually yesterday)
This is a little 3220 word oneshot I spent far too long working on, so I am sharing it here!
Summary: Ruby brings Weiss on what she thinks is just another little adventure now that they are finally back in Vale. But Ruby has a lot more reason behind this one.
Links to other sites if you prefer: FFN AO3
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“Ruby, could you at least slow down a bit?” Weiss called from her usual position of trudging a few meters behind her partner, the other woman’s speed she learned long ago not only being semblance related. The exact moment for that was probably the first time she saw Ruby eat. “And; where exactly are we going? Or why?” That part of the situation was also normal for the pair. Ruby would ask, plead, sometimes beg for Weiss to accompany her to somewhere and then not give nearly enough detail about the specifics. Weiss for her part had learned that she nearly always, excluding a few instances involving unexpected very large Grimm, had a good time. So she, as always, went along. After Ruby used her magics of persuasion including the aforementioned begging on her at least. “You’ll see!” Ruby turned back and cheerily replied with her trademark, patented, and copyrighted smile, “It's only a little further.” On other occasions, Weiss often pressed the issue; ensuring that before it was upon them Ruby hadn’t concocted a daft situation that would be a pain to get out of. Today, however, was different. They weren’t in a new place, or one even one that had been seldomly visited by at least one of them. Not a place where whatever Ruby saw fit to store in the backpack she’d donned might not be sufficient. No; for they were in the Emerald Forest. The familiar lush green trees for which it was named intermittently blocked the sun on the gorgeous day. Wind flowed through the leafed branches with a pleasant rhythm. And it was neither too hot nor too cold even without the use of aura. Being back in Vale to retrieve the Crown of Choice had allotted the opportunity to be places they knew; a welcome change from the wilds of Vacuo they had just trudged. Considering the Fall Maiden was Cinder, it also meant they had time to wait while Salem’s side made a move; so they could enjoy it at least for now. Ruby slowed her pace a bit, letting Weiss catch up until she was right behind her. The leader was humming happily to herself with eyes nearly fixed ahead. She was a woman on a mission, and one she was happy about; her partner liked it when she got this way, and it had happened far too infrequently as of late with the unpleasant realities of war. For her part, Ruby could see her partner out of the corner of her eye, and it was a lovely sight. While she would have always said so about her, now especially because Weiss was wearing her very best attire. A smile. It was just what Ruby was hoping for; that Weiss would enjoy this little trek and eventually its destination. That smile had gotten too rare; not appropriate in the battle so often fought. But now she was happy for the fun of going off on some lighthearted adventure. Just like they used to. Trees, rocks, and meter after meter of ground were swiftly left in the wake of the two huntresses. It wasn’t hard for them to traverse a place like this, so they could more or less focus on simply enjoying it. Enjoying, even more than the day, each other’s company. There were so many words between them, now left unspoken as they didn’t need to be. They knew and understood each other so well at this point, and quiet with just the two of them was a luxury that had been elusive for some time. Then, Ruby stopped dead in her tracks. She turned her head from side to side for a moment. Her smile only grew larger. “We’re here!” She exclaimed, turning to face Weiss with her arms outstretched and grinning from ear to ear. Weiss had stopped too, now amused by her partner, but looked around herself and was a bit confused, “And, if I may ask, where exactly is ‘here’?” Ruby laughed at her partner a bit, Weiss knowing it was in with her and never at her; “Weiss! You can’t tell me you don’t remember!” Ruby waved at their surroundings, “Come on; use that smart head of yours a bit.” And so Weiss did. For a minute she examined the clearing that they were in. It was overall typical of the forest. Nothing stood out as special or worthy of note. *Why would Ruby want to come to a place like this?* She thought to herself, reasoning, *This is Ruby we’re talking about. . . So it holds a significance, but maybe more sentimental. Like if we had been. . . Here. . . Before* The ex-heiress nearly face palmed. She looked to Ruby who had only gotten more excited, she was almost bouncing, as it became clear Weiss had made the realization, “This. . . This is where we became partners, isn’t it?” Ruby vigorously nodded her head and clapped her hands together; “Yep! It is! Of course the dolt would bring her to a place like this. Weiss took a second to solidify the memory. Oh how things had changed since back when Ruby was merely the lesser of two evils, with the worst being Jaune. Back when she thought Ruby might be a burden on her life in schooling. . . How wrong she turned out to be. “So. . . What made you want to come here?” Weiss asked, making sure not to imply she didn’t like this. Because she did. “You know I like trips down memory lane,” Ruby responded, “And this just seemed perfect. We had the time, we were nearby, the weatherman said it would be a great day and it is!” Ruby punctuated it with a smile, an adorable habit Weiss said so. “Makes sense to me.” Weiss agreed, letting out a sigh of happy contentment, “A lot has changed since we lifers saw each other here.” “It sure has.” Ruby stepped a little closer to Weiss, “We didn’t know or even really like each other. I was a kid who really was overwhelmed by everything that was happening and maybe not completely ready for this. Naive and even more socially awkward.” “And I was a stuck up heiress who was rather unfair to everyone, but you most of all.” Weiss gained a slight blush from her coming words, “I thought you would be an embarrassing pain in my life, just one step up from Vomit Boy.” Ruby giggled, holding up two fingers just ever so barely not touching, “I kinda do hope I’m still just a little teensy bit of a step up from Jaune.” “Quite honestly; I do think I would rate you as at least a couple.” They shared a smile, looking at each-other as deeply as only best friends can. Or at least, that’s what Weiss had thought before not long ago. Recently she began to think that, just maybe, the way looked and Ruby looked at each other, felt about each other, and everything else. . . Was more than what best friends do.
Then Ruby took her hand. An action that had been getting more and more common recently; far from a strange thing for members of the team. But for some reason, it sent a jolt through Weiss every time it was with Ruby now. A jolt was the best way she could describe it at least, but . . . it was far from unpleasant. “You know one that that hasn’t changed though?” She asked, giving the smaller hand in hers a little squeeze, “That I’m so happy to look into your eyes. That’s what got us to be partners, and I was happy then. But now. . . I only like them more!” “I couldn’t agree more.” They each knew the other’s words were as true as their own. Pools of mercury and sapphire stared back as each other, lingering until they both noticed they were staring.
The day that they met, the moment they became partners all in the mess that was the Beacon initiation, was a turning point more than probably any other in their lives. Everything they had gone through since was in part because of it, at least in some way. But especially who they had become. It was slow, over time. But eventually they got to here. Where they were happy despite it all. And they had what had maybe happened the slowest, but made them the happiest. What they had with one another. “A lot really has changed since back then,” Ruby began to reflect, “We’ve changed and grown a lot. Fought so many bad guys and Grimm and traveled to new places so much. Who could have thought we’d be on a journey to save the world? . . . It’s not all been easy, we both know that too well. It’s not the life either of us would have asked for exactly. . . But. . . I’m happy to face any and all of it, as long as I have you with me.” “You know I feel the same way,” Weiss agreed, “Ruby, you make me know it’ll all be okay, and that whatever it is we can win. With you I honestly believe that. . . And I know if I need help, you’ll always be there for me.” “I will, and you’ll be for me,” Ruby laughed to herself a bit, “Just like I tried to. . . Varying. . . Success when we first met.” “We’re not going to make those mistakes again,” Weiss laughed back. Ruby had always really loved her laugh, at least now it wasn’t as rare as it used to be. “Mistakes,” Ruby said before pausing, clearly intentionally dramatically. It was rather endearing. Then whipping something out, “Like not taking a selfie together here!” Weiss looked at the scroll Ruby now held aloft in her hand, “To be fair, we did have much better thing to be doing,” She pointed out, “Like making sure not to die to Grimm.” “Yeah, Yeah, I know.” Ruby acknowledged, “But now? We can wreck anything that comes near us without a sweat! So. . . I was thinking we could take one here, now.” Weiss could figure out Ruby’s thought process rather easily about all of this. They were near the end of their journey, so Ruby bright then back to the beginning. They didn’t know how dark things might get soon, so they went to a happy place of light. And she wanted to save the memory, so that no matter what happened, they would always have it. She loved the way Ruby thought sometimes. “I think I like think that idea.” She said And with that, Ruby handed Weiss the scroll, as they both knew was better at this type of thing. They got closer together, each put an arm around the other. Weiss held her free hand out, and: “Cheese!” They both smiled as the camera flashed. Capturing a memory, that somehow both of them knew, despite in of itself being only a one day trip, would be something they would cherish forever to come. It was a little thing, but a lot of life is about the little things. “It looks great!” Ruby proclaimed with glee, eagerly showing Weiss the picture she could always have seen just about as well as Ruby could have. But of course she had to make sure.
“I think it looks great too.” She agreed, and it really did. It was the two of them happy together so, how could it not? But as nice as it looked, instead of dwelling on it, she looked to what was so much better to her; Ruby in the flesh beside her.
She did what she did so often, and looked for that smile. But as Weiss turned to Ruby, she found something she wouldn’t have suspected, a surprise and an unpleasant one at that. While Ruby was still looking at the picture, there was no smile on her face. In its place was a look of contemplation, and appearing to be not a happy reflection. As if all of the energy from just a moment prior was still there, but had transformed to worry. Accented with a mercifully rare frown.
“Ruby?” Weiss questioned with a mark of confusion, and a little concern. “What’s wrong?”
Unusually, it seemed to take a few seconds for the younger woman to even acknowledge her partner’s words. Curiously, she didn’t look to Weiss, instead sighing with her eyes locked in place. In gradients and variation of the shade through the trees, it was a bit hard to tell, but it looked as though maybe Ruby had begun to blush.
“It’s just. . . . To be honest, the photo wasn’t the only reason I wanted you to come out here with me. There’s more. . . A lot more than that.”
The statement left a question in the air even as the sounds died away, it hung there, undisturbed by the blowing breeze. This time, it was Weiss that took Ruby’s hand. As they touched she felt that feeling again. Whatever this was, it was important. And she wanted to feel, be, closer during this.
“What. . . What is it?” Weiss wished she had something better to say, but if she was honest with herself, she wasn’t the best with situations like this. Ones that clearly meant something.
Ruby took a deep breath, and looked at Weiss once more, squeezing her hand a little. A small, cautious smile now graced her lips. Silver looked deep into blue, and blue back into silver. They had each not put it into words yet, but whenever this happened they could feel the connection they had. Two souls abidingly tied together, from the first time their eyes met. As best friends are.
Right?
“Weiss,” The normal exuberance replaced with purpose, “This place means a lot to me, because to me, it means a lot to us. I talk a lot about friends and being partners with you and all that. . . But I don’t think I ever really say how much you mean to me. Actually, I know I haven’t,”
The white haired woman just stood there, listening intently and gazing into the sparks of life deep in shining grey. All the while, there was a feeling in her chest that she couldn’t quite place. An anticipation for what Ruby was going to say as she felt her cheeks color.
Hope?
“I, uhm, I really like you Weiss. Like. . . More than just my partner, or my best friend. . .” She laughed a little sheepishly, “But I guess that doesn’t really make this different from a lot of other partnerships, huh? Being through so much with someone, after being so lucky to get with someone so great to begin with. I think, hope, you feel the same way about me. . . And. . . All of that started here. . . So it felt right to me that this would be where I would take you on our first date. . .” Eye contact broke as Ruby grew redder, darting to the forest around them “I just couldn't work up the courage to ask you before we got here.”
Then, with a bigger smile now, Ruby turned back to Weiss.
Weiss was stunned. Of all of the things that Ruby could say to her, tell her, she would not have expected this. What seemed to be just another little adventure, was meant to be a date, even if without her knowledge. It was odd, more than a little awkward, and a roundabout way to do something like this but a way that seemed to work for her.
It was so Ruby. Different, in a way Weiss couldn’t help but find it endearing.
That feeling she got whenever she and Ruby touched or looked in each other’s eyes now flared up inside her like a fire. It felt even better now than it ever had before, and from her core it radiated out through herself. What from this Ruby could see, was a wider and wider smile form on her face and a sparkle in her eyes.
“I never thought I’d go on a date to a forest,” She laughed back with joy, squeezing Ruby’s hand tighter, “And that I wouldn’t be asked before I went. . . . Or that it would be my best friend and partner asking me.”
“I hope that none of that is a dealbreaker.” Her normal optimistic cheer once again backed her words, the worries that plagued her put firmly to rest by how she could tell Weiss felt. She would have needed to know Weiss so well to see that, but that only made it so clear. It was going to be like how she had hoped, and recent nights dreamed.
“I think it might be even better this way.” The reply honest, now even more joyful at how they were enjoying all of this.
“So . . . . This can be our first date then?” Came the question for a complete confirmation. Now would be the worst time for a miscommunication, even if Ruby could feel that there wasn’t.
“Yes, I’d love it to be.” Her head nodded to make sure she was understood, “I just hope that you’ve a little more planned than just staying here.”
“Of course I do!” To help make the point, Ruby started walking in a direction, slowly for Weiss’s sake, and still grasping hold on to the place they were and the moment they were sharing, “I thought we could hike up to Cliff Landing Strategy, then watch the sunset there.” She gestured with her free hand to her pack, “And I packed some food for a kinda picnic there! Like when the sunsets!”
“A sunset picnic, in the forest our lives intertwined, as the sunsets. . . . Again, never something I would have thought of. . . . But it does sound nice. And it seems to me that you might be just a little romantic.” Step by step they moved, but their eyes really didn’t leave the other’s, Ruby only turning away for part seconds, a requirement of being in the lead.
“It’s kinda hard not to be around you.” And that just when Weiss thought her pale visage had mostly returned. But she held no real embarrassment from it, and with words like that, and everything she was feeling; Weiss though there was only one thing left to say:
“Ruby. . . I’m so glad we became partners.”
Words from the heart,
“So am I Weiss, and now I’m just as happy we can be even more.”
To another it knew so well,
“Me too.”
And back again to the one it was forever locked.
Together, they took one last look at the clearing before starting their hike. A slow hike, prolonging time with the company each kept. They weren’t far along when the reality of what had occurred caught up with them.
There had been no really big confession. No tears or pleas. No emotional upwelling one way or another. They just. . . Became a couple on a date from best friends on an adventure. As if it was something natural, and an easy thing.
But, that’s because for them it really was natural. Nothing had changed, not in their hearts and souls where it mattered. Only the words they used to tell themselves and others. In some ways, this might not have even been their first date.
But the thing both were certain of, more than anything else in the world, was that it would be far, far, from the last.
And with an afterlife in Remnant. . .
There would never have to be.
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Hope y'all liked it :)

(Also I might not do any other days; this took a much longer time than it had right to)
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2020.06.11 20:44 JMHSrowing Whiterose Week Day 1: A White Rose Blooms Where Planted

Hello my friends!
As I am sure most of know by now it is White Rose Week! Link to event's Tumblr
(yes Day 1 was actually yesterday)
This is a little 3220 word oneshot I spent far too long working on, so I am sharing it here!
Summary: Ruby brings Weiss on what she thinks is just another little adventure now that they are finally back in Vale. But Ruby has a lot more reason behind this one.
Links to other sites if you prefer: FFN AO3
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“Ruby, could you at least slow down a bit?” Weiss called from her usual position of trudging a few meters behind her partner, the other woman’s speed she learned long ago not only being semblance related. The exact moment for that was probably the first time she saw Ruby eat. “And; where exactly are we going? Or why?” That part of the situation was also normal for the pair. Ruby would ask, plead, sometimes beg for Weiss to accompany her to somewhere and then not give nearly enough detail about the specifics. Weiss for her part had learned that she nearly always, excluding a few instances involving unexpected very large Grimm, had a good time. So she, as always, went along. After Ruby used her magics of persuasion including the aforementioned begging on her at least. “You’ll see!” Ruby turned back and cheerily replied with her trademark, patented, and copyrighted smile, “It's only a little further.” On other occasions, Weiss often pressed the issue; ensuring that before it was upon them Ruby hadn’t concocted a daft situation that would be a pain to get out of. Today, however, was different. They weren’t in a new place, or one even one that had been seldomly visited by at least one of them. Not a place where whatever Ruby saw fit to store in the backpack she’d donned might not be sufficient. No; for they were in the Emerald Forest. The familiar lush green trees for which it was named intermittently blocked the sun on the gorgeous day. Wind flowed through the leafed branches with a pleasant rhythm. And it was neither too hot nor too cold even without the use of aura. Being back in Vale to retrieve the Crown of Choice had allotted the opportunity to be places they knew; a welcome change from the wilds of Vacuo they had just trudged. Considering the Fall Maiden was Cinder, it also meant they had time to wait while Salem’s side made a move; so they could enjoy it at least for now. Ruby slowed her pace a bit, letting Weiss catch up until she was right behind her. The leader was humming happily to herself with eyes nearly fixed ahead. She was a woman on a mission, and one she was happy about; her partner liked it when she got this way, and it had happened far too infrequently as of late with the unpleasant realities of war. For her part, Ruby could see her partner out of the corner of her eye, and it was a lovely sight. While she would have always said so about her, now especially because Weiss was wearing her very best attire. A smile. It was just what Ruby was hoping for; that Weiss would enjoy this little trek and eventually its destination. That smile had gotten too rare; not appropriate in the battle so often fought. But now she was happy for the fun of going off on some lighthearted adventure. Just like they used to. Trees, rocks, and meter after meter of ground were swiftly left in the wake of the two huntresses. It wasn’t hard for them to traverse a place like this, so they could more or less focus on simply enjoying it. Enjoying, even more than the day, each other’s company. There were so many words between them, now left unspoken as they didn’t need to be. They knew and understood each other so well at this point, and quiet with just the two of them was a luxury that had been elusive for some time. Then, Ruby stopped dead in her tracks. She turned her head from side to side for a moment. Her smile only grew larger. “We’re here!” She exclaimed, turning to face Weiss with her arms outstretched and grinning from ear to ear. Weiss had stopped too, now amused by her partner, but looked around herself and was a bit confused, “And, if I may ask, where exactly is ‘here’?” Ruby laughed at her partner a bit, Weiss knowing it was in with her and never at her; “Weiss! You can’t tell me you don’t remember!” Ruby waved at their surroundings, “Come on; use that smart head of yours a bit.” And so Weiss did. For a minute she examined the clearing that they were in. It was overall typical of the forest. Nothing stood out as special or worthy of note. *Why would Ruby want to come to a place like this?* She thought to herself, reasoning, *This is Ruby we’re talking about. . . So it holds a significance, but maybe more sentimental. Like if we had been. . . Here. . . Before* The ex-heiress nearly face palmed. She looked to Ruby who had only gotten more excited, she was almost bouncing, as it became clear Weiss had made the realization, “This. . . This is where we became partners, isn’t it?” Ruby vigorously nodded her head and clapped her hands together; “Yep! It is! Of course the dolt would bring her to a place like this. Weiss took a second to solidify the memory. Oh how things had changed since back when Ruby was merely the lesser of two evils, with the worst being Jaune. Back when she thought Ruby might be a burden on her life in schooling. . . How wrong she turned out to be. “So. . . What made you want to come here?” Weiss asked, making sure not to imply she didn’t like this. Because she did. “You know I like trips down memory lane,” Ruby responded, “And this just seemed perfect. We had the time, we were nearby, the weatherman said it would be a great day and it is!” Ruby punctuated it with a smile, an adorable habit Weiss said so. “Makes sense to me.” Weiss agreed, letting out a sigh of happy contentment, “A lot has changed since we lifers saw each other here.” “It sure has.” Ruby stepped a little closer to Weiss, “We didn’t know or even really like each other. I was a kid who really was overwhelmed by everything that was happening and maybe not completely ready for this. Naive and even more socially awkward.” “And I was a stuck up heiress who was rather unfair to everyone, but you most of all.” Weiss gained a slight blush from her coming words, “I thought you would be an embarrassing pain in my life, just one step up from Vomit Boy.” Ruby giggled, holding up two fingers just ever so barely not touching, “I kinda do hope I’m still just a little teensy bit of a step up from Jaune.” “Quite honestly; I do think I would rate you as at least a couple.” They shared a smile, looking at each-other as deeply as only best friends can. Or at least, that’s what Weiss had thought before not long ago. Recently she began to think that, just maybe, the way looked and Ruby looked at each other, felt about each other, and everything else. . . Was more than what best friends do.
Then Ruby took her hand. An action that had been getting more and more common recently; far from a strange thing for members of the team. But for some reason, it sent a jolt through Weiss every time it was with Ruby now. A jolt was the best way she could describe it at least, but . . . it was far from unpleasant. “You know one that that hasn’t changed though?” She asked, giving the smaller hand in hers a little squeeze, “That I’m so happy to look into your eyes. That’s what got us to be partners, and I was happy then. But now. . . I only like them more!” “I couldn’t agree more.” They each knew the other’s words were as true as their own. Pools of mercury and sapphire stared back as each other, lingering until they both noticed they were staring.
The day that they met, the moment they became partners all in the mess that was the Beacon initiation, was a turning point more than probably any other in their lives. Everything they had gone through since was in part because of it, at least in some way. But especially who they had become. It was slow, over time. But eventually they got to here. Where they were happy despite it all. And they had what had maybe happened the slowest, but made them the happiest. What they had with one another. “A lot really has changed since back then,” Ruby began to reflect, “We’ve changed and grown a lot. Fought so many bad guys and Grimm and traveled to new places so much. Who could have thought we’d be on a journey to save the world? . . . It’s not all been easy, we both know that too well. It’s not the life either of us would have asked for exactly. . . But. . . I’m happy to face any and all of it, as long as I have you with me.” “You know I feel the same way,” Weiss agreed, “Ruby, you make me know it’ll all be okay, and that whatever it is we can win. With you I honestly believe that. . . And I know if I need help, you’ll always be there for me.” “I will, and you’ll be for me,” Ruby laughed to herself a bit, “Just like I tried to. . . Varying. . . Success when we first met.” “We’re not going to make those mistakes again,” Weiss laughed back. Ruby had always really loved her laugh, at least now it wasn’t as rare as it used to be. “Mistakes,” Ruby said before pausing, clearly intentionally dramatically. It was rather endearing. Then whipping something out, “Like not taking a selfie together here!” Weiss looked at the scroll Ruby now held aloft in her hand, “To be fair, we did have much better thing to be doing,” She pointed out, “Like making sure not to die to Grimm.” “Yeah, Yeah, I know.” Ruby acknowledged, “But now? We can wreck anything that comes near us without a sweat! So. . . I was thinking we could take one here, now.” Weiss could figure out Ruby’s thought process rather easily about all of this. They were near the end of their journey, so Ruby bright then back to the beginning. They didn’t know how dark things might get soon, so they went to a happy place of light. And she wanted to save the memory, so that no matter what happened, they would always have it. She loved the way Ruby thought sometimes. “I think I like think that idea.” She said And with that, Ruby handed Weiss the scroll, as they both knew was better at this type of thing. They got closer together, each put an arm around the other. Weiss held her free hand out, and: “Cheese!” They both smiled as the camera flashed. Capturing a memory, that somehow both of them knew, despite in of itself being only a one day trip, would be something they would cherish forever to come. It was a little thing, but a lot of life is about the little things. “It looks great!” Ruby proclaimed with glee, eagerly showing Weiss the picture she could always have seen just about as well as Ruby could have. But of course she had to make sure.
“I think it looks great too.” She agreed, and it really did. It was the two of them happy together so, how could it not? But as nice as it looked, instead of dwelling on it, she looked to what was so much better to her; Ruby in the flesh beside her.
She did what she did so often, and looked for that smile. But as Weiss turned to Ruby, she found something she wouldn’t have suspected, a surprise and an unpleasant one at that. While Ruby was still looking at the picture, there was no smile on her face. In its place was a look of contemplation, and appearing to be not a happy reflection. As if all of the energy from just a moment prior was still there, but had transformed to worry. Accented with a mercifully rare frown.
“Ruby?” Weiss questioned with a mark of confusion, and a little concern. “What’s wrong?”
Unusually, it seemed to take a few seconds for the younger woman to even acknowledge her partner’s words. Curiously, she didn’t look to Weiss, instead sighing with her eyes locked in place. In gradients and variation of the shade through the trees, it was a bit hard to tell, but it looked as though maybe Ruby had begun to blush.
“It’s just. . . . To be honest, the photo wasn’t the only reason I wanted you to come out here with me. There’s more. . . A lot more than that.”
The statement left a question in the air even as the sounds died away, it hung there, undisturbed by the blowing breeze. This time, it was Weiss that took Ruby’s hand. As they touched she felt that feeling again. Whatever this was, it was important. And she wanted to feel, be, closer during this.
“What. . . What is it?” Weiss wished she had something better to say, but if she was honest with herself, she wasn’t the best with situations like this. Ones that clearly meant something.
Ruby took a deep breath, and looked at Weiss once more, squeezing her hand a little. A small, cautious smile now graced her lips. Silver looked deep into blue, and blue back into silver. They had each not put it into words yet, but whenever this happened they could feel the connection they had. Two souls abidingly tied together, from the first time their eyes met. As best friends are.
Right?
“Weiss,” The normal exuberance replaced with purpose, “This place means a lot to me, because to me, it means a lot to us. I talk a lot about friends and being partners with you and all that. . . But I don’t think I ever really say how much you mean to me. Actually, I know I haven’t,”
The white haired woman just stood there, listening intently and gazing into the sparks of life deep in shining grey. All the while, there was a feeling in her chest that she couldn’t quite place. An anticipation for what Ruby was going to say as she felt her cheeks color.
Hope?
“I, uhm, I really like you Weiss. Like. . . More than just my partner, or my best friend. . .” She laughed a little sheepishly, “But I guess that doesn’t really make this different from a lot of other partnerships, huh? Being through so much with someone, after being so lucky to get with someone so great to begin with. I think, hope, you feel the same way about me. . . And. . . All of that started here. . . So it felt right to me that this would be where I would take you on our first date. . .” Eye contact broke as Ruby grew redder, darting to the forest around them “I just couldn't work up the courage to ask you before we got here.”
Then, with a bigger smile now, Ruby turned back to Weiss.
Weiss was stunned. Of all of the things that Ruby could say to her, tell her, she would not have expected this. What seemed to be just another little adventure, was meant to be a date, even if without her knowledge. It was odd, more than a little awkward, and a roundabout way to do something like this but a way that seemed to work for her.
It was so Ruby. Different, in a way Weiss couldn’t help but find it endearing.
That feeling she got whenever she and Ruby touched or looked in each other’s eyes now flared up inside her like a fire. It felt even better now than it ever had before, and from her core it radiated out through herself. What from this Ruby could see, was a wider and wider smile form on her face and a sparkle in her eyes.
“I never thought I’d go on a date to a forest,” She laughed back with joy, squeezing Ruby’s hand tighter, “And that I wouldn’t be asked before I went. . . . Or that it would be my best friend and partner asking me.”
“I hope that none of that is a dealbreaker.” Her normal optimistic cheer once again backed her words, the worries that plagued her put firmly to rest by how she could tell Weiss felt. She would have needed to know Weiss so well to see that, but that only made it so clear. It was going to be like how she had hoped, and recent nights dreamed.
“I think it might be even better this way.” The reply honest, now even more joyful at how they were enjoying all of this.
“So . . . . This can be our first date then?” Came the question for a complete confirmation. Now would be the worst time for a miscommunication, even if Ruby could feel that there wasn’t.
“Yes, I’d love it to be.” Her head nodded to make sure she was understood, “I just hope that you’ve a little more planned than just staying here.”
“Of course I do!” To help make the point, Ruby started walking in a direction, slowly for Weiss’s sake, and still grasping hold on to the place they were and the moment they were sharing, “I thought we could hike up to Cliff Landing Strategy, then watch the sunset there.” She gestured with her free hand to her pack, “And I packed some food for a kinda picnic there! Like when the sunsets!”
“A sunset picnic, in the forest our lives intertwined, as the sunsets. . . . Again, never something I would have thought of. . . . But it does sound nice. And it seems to me that you might be just a little romantic.” Step by step they moved, but their eyes really didn’t leave the other’s, Ruby only turning away for part seconds, a requirement of being in the lead.
“It’s kinda hard not to be around you.” And that just when Weiss thought her pale visage had mostly returned. But she held no real embarrassment from it, and with words like that, and everything she was feeling; Weiss though there was only one thing left to say:
“Ruby. . . I’m so glad we became partners.”
Words from the heart,
“So am I Weiss, and now I’m just as happy we can be even more.”
To another it knew so well,
“Me too.”
And back again to the one it was forever locked.
Together, they took one last look at the clearing before starting their hike. A slow hike, prolonging time with the company each kept. They weren’t far along when the reality of what had occurred caught up with them.
There had been no really big confession. No tears or pleas. No emotional upwelling one way or another. They just. . . Became a couple on a date from best friends on an adventure. As if it was something natural, and an easy thing.
But, that’s because for them it really was natural. Nothing had changed, not in their hearts and souls where it mattered. Only the words they used to tell themselves and others. In some ways, this might not have even been their first date.
But the thing both were certain of, more than anything else in the world, was that it would be far, far, from the last.
And with an afterlife in Remnant. . .
There would never have to be.
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Hope y'all liked it :)

(Also I might not do any other days; this took a much longer time than it had right to)
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2020.06.08 17:13 Madoka_Gurl [PubQ] Query Critique: Ginger and the Mirror Realm, MG or YA, 61k

Thanks in advance! I based this off of tips from Susan Dennard’s “How I Got My Agent” post recommended to me from a query rejection. Part of the tips recommend sharing my qualifications which is why I have the part with reviews.
Dear Agent,
(I’m choosing you because...). I thought you might enjoy my 61,300 word middle-grade / young adult novel Ginger and the Mirror Realm.
After Daphne vanishes into thin air, her best friend Ginger—a mischievous twelve-year-old with a pension for pranks and a habit of speaking with her whole body—must break down the mystery surrounding her own sudden powers and find whoever took her. It’s September 2021, and Ivybridge MA is as quiet and ordinary as ever, though it is only an hour away from Salem MA, home of the notorious witch trials. Ginger should be starting middle school. She should be spending weekends with her friends, studying for classes, and trying to get a date with her crush. But her friend, Daphne, has vanished and now she’s exploding cell phones and destroying smart boards in the classrooms. The cops can’t find any clues as if Daphne has vanished into thin air, and Ginger is sure it has something to do with her powers.
Ginger is determined to save Daphne at all costs, but how can she when magic is involved? She doesn’t know a thing about witches and spells. When an enchantment reveals itself, marking an end date, Ginger will have to do whatever she can to save Daphne, or else she may never see her friend again. Learning what she can about her strange powers seems futile when a well vested witch appears. With more stakes on the line, another one of Ginger’s friends goes missing. If she doesn’t act quick, and learn how to use her ability to fight, more children will vanish, never to be seen again.
This novel is designed to be the first in a long-running series. I believe it will appeal to fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, L. J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series, or Fuyumi Ono’s Ghost Hunt series (manga). This is inspired by a fanfiction I wrote which sits at 158k words and boasts such reviews as:
“There are many things I can say about this story that I have binge-read from beginning to end, but I am uncertain of how to put them into the right words. All I can give you are understatements for how I truly feel about this work. The characterization was spot on and well done, the dialogue engaging, the words flowed like an unobstructed river, the atmosphere was breathtaking and you had the perfect level of detail (not so much it's like you think we're five-year olds, but not so little we readers couldn't understand what was happening). In my opinion, this work is a lot like quicksand - once it grabs a hold of you, it keeps dragging you down into its' depths until you have reached the end. I hope to see more from you soon.”
“Holy shit. What a chapter, im going to need a break from life for a little bit because you have given me such a dramatic experience. In a great way. I thought the pacing was great. I was a little scared of reading cause i saw how long the chapter was, but you fit it all in. it was fast it matched the speed/intensity of the wendigo haunting mai. Also fast pace was welcomed in this chapter because i really wanted to read faster and get to the end.
Im glad that you didnt actually expand too much on the new characters. The idea that you cant have every single detail, so you focus on what is important; you did that well.
The storytelling for the wendigo was scary, you did excellent on that.
I will never get enough scenes of mai and naru interacting. I love reading a conversation, or a good banter or even in situations when the other person is vulnerable or in danger.
The story is getting lengthy and at the moment i think i can see an ending, and though i will be sad for the end of content, all good stories end in a timely manner, and this one definitely is a damn good story.”
I live in South Dakota and, though I have a full time job, I dedicate my free time to my passion of writing like it’s a second job. You can learn more about me on my website at
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2020.05.19 22:07 ILikePizzaAMA [H] Tekken 7, Tales of Berseria, Blasphemous Burnout Paradise, HITMAN 1+2, Hollow Knight, Outlast, Overcooked, SOULCALIBUR VI, Street Fighter V, Undertale, Warhammer Mechanicus + Vermintide 2 CE, X-COM 2 + MORE [W] Astroneer, The Longing, Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight

IGSRep
I'm looking for Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight, The Longing, and multiple copies of Astroneer.
A lot of the below are humble links, but there are some steam keys.
A few Highlights of my trade fodder:
Tekken 7 Tales of Berseria Blasphemous Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (Origin Key) Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Frostpunk + 1 DLC HITMAN Hitman 2 Hollow Knight Hotline Miami Outlast Overcooked Shadow of War SOULCALIBUR VI Street Fighter V SUPERHOT The Witness This War of Mine Undertale Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Collector's Edition Xcom 2 + 2 DLC Yooka-Laylee 
Everything I have to trade in alphabetical order:
140 2064: Read Only Memories 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat A fistful of gun A Story About My Uncle Abyss Odyssey Abzu AER Memories of Old AI War: Fleet Command AI War: Fleet Command Airmech Akane the Kunoichi Alien Zombie Megadeath All Zombies Must Die Analogue a hate story and yet it moves Animal Super Squad Anomaly 2 Anomaly 2 Anomaly Defenders Anomaly Korea Anomaly Warzone Earth Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign Anomaly: Warzone Earth Aquaria arcane worlds arcane worlds ARMA Gold Edition Armello astro tripper audiosurf Auditorium Auto Age: Standoff Avadon: The Black Fortress Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche Avernum The Great Trials Trilogy - 4, 5, 6 Back to the Future Back to the future 1 to 5 Ballpoint universe Bastion Batalj Batman: Arkham City GOTY Batman™: Arkham Asylum GOTY Batman™: Arkham Origins DLC Battlefield 3 (Origin Key) Beholder Blasphemous Bleed Book of Demons Broken Age Broken Age Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (Origin Key) Canabalt Chime Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chroma Squad Clatter ClusterTruck Clustertruck Cogs Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising (Origin Key) Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising Company of Heroes Contagion Contagion Contagion Cortex Command Crawl Crayon Physics Deluxe Cryofall Crysis 2 Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (Origin Key) Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition Darksiders Warmastered Edition Day of the Tentacle Remastered Dead By Daylight DLC Dead Pixels Dead Space (Origin Key) Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Deep Dungeons of Doom Defend Your Life: TD Depths of Peril Devil and the Fairy Dex Dirt 2.0 + DLC Dirt Rally Distrust Downfall Dreaming Sarah Dropsy Duck Game ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ Premium Edition Eterium Ethan: Meteor hunter Eufloria HD Euro Truck Simulator 2 Euro Truck Simulator 2: Australia Paint Pack DLC Evergarden Everything F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin F.E.A.R. 3 Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Fez FLY'N Fract OSC Fractal: Make blooms not war Frog Detective Frostpunk + 1 DLC Full Throttle Remastered Galactic Civilizations III Gish GNOG GoNNER GORN Grav Graveyard Keeper Grim Fandango Remastered Grim Fandango Remastered GRIS gun monkeys gunman clive Guns of Icarus online Guts and Glory Hacknet Hacknet Hacknet Hacknet Labyrinths DLC HackyZack Headlander Headlander Heave Ho Her Story Hero of the kingdom Hidden Folks Hiiro HITMAN Hitman 2 Hiveswap: Act 1 Hollow Knight Hollow Knight Hotline Miami Hotline Miami 2 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Human Resource Machine I am Bread Ibb & Obb ignite Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition Jack Lumber Jackbox Party Pack 2 Jumpjet Rex Jurassic World Evolution - Ankylosaurus skin (Vivid Variant) Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth kentucky route zero Kentucky Route Zero Killing Floor Killing Floor 2 Kingdom New Lands Kingdom New Lands Lakeview Cabin Collection Last Day of June legend of grimrock Life Is Strange Lightfish Lion Quest Lion Quest Little Racers Street Lostwinds LOVE Lucius Demake LUFTRAUSERS Luna's Wandering Stars Machinarium Machinarium Collector's Edition MagiCat Magicka Maize Marvin's Mittens McPixel Medal of Honor Medal of Honor (Origin Key) Men of War: Assault Squad Metro 2033 mini motor racing evo Minit Mirror's Edge (Origin Key) Moon Hunters Motte Island Mount Wingsuit VR Mr. Shifty Mushroom 11 Mushroom 11 Neverout VR Niche - A genetics survival game Nightsky No Time To Explain No time to explain No Time To Explain No Time To Explain Remastered Nuclear Throne offspring fling Oil Rush Oozi: Earth Adventure Orwell Orwell Outlast Outlast:Whistleblower Outpost L5 (vr) Overcooked Overgrowth oVRshot Oxenfree PAC-MAN 256 PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 Panzer Panic VR Paradigm Party Hard Pathfinder Kingmaker Penguins Arena: Sedna's World Pikuniku Pineapple Smash Crew Pinstripe Poker Night at the Inventory Pony Island Pony Island Populous (Origin Key) portal Potatoman Seeks the Troof Primal Carnage: Extinction Psychonauts Psychonauts Psychonauts Punch Club Puzzle Agent Puzzle Agent 2 Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut Qube Race The Sun Rapture Rejects Red Faction Armageddon Path to War DLC Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm Regular Human Basketball Retro City Rampage DX Retro Game Crunch Rime Rise and Shine ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS Rusty Lake Roots Saints Row IV Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse (Season 3, all 5 episodes) Samorost 2 Samorost 3 satazius Satellite Reign Scanner Sombre Scanner Sombre Shad'o Shadow of War Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Shadowrun Returns shank 2 She Remembered Caterpillars Slime-san Sniper Elite 3 snuggle truck SOL: Exodus Solar Flux SOULCALIBUR VI Space Pilgrim Episode 1: Alpha Centauri SpaceChem Speedrunners SpeedRunners Spirits spirits starvoid Stealth Bastard Deluxe Steamworld Heist Stick Fight: The Game Street Fighter V Stunt Kite Masters VR Super Hexagon Super meat boy Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP SUPERHOT Swords and Soldiers HD Tales of Berseria Tekken 7 Tengutana Teslagrad Tetrobot and Co Tetrobot and Co The Adventure Pals The Bridge The Final Station The Final Station The Flame In The Flood The Hex The Inner World The Lord of the Rings Online: Steely Dawn Starter Pack The Sims 3 (Origin Key) The Sims 3 Date Night (Sims 3 community account Key) The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff (Origin Key) The Sims 3 Late Night (Sims 3 community account Key) The Swapper The Tear The Walking Dead: Season 1 The Witness This is the Police This is the Police 2 This War of Mine thoth Throne of Lies Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Toki Tori Tomb Raider Torment: Tides of Numenera Tower of Guns Town of Salem Toy Odyssey Train Valley Tropico 4 Tropico 5 + DLC TUG Tumblestone Two Point Hospital DLC Ultimate Chicken Horse Underrail Undertale Unmechanical Verdun Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage VVVVVV VVVVVV Waking Mars Waking Mars Wanderlust: Rebirth Wanderlust: Rebirth Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Warhammer: End Times Vermintide + DLC Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Collector's Edition Warstone TD Wasted Westerado: Double Barreled Who's your Daddy? Windward Wizard of Legend Wizorb, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Gratuitous Space Battles, and Jamestown Steam Key World of Goo World of Goo Worms Revolution Wuppo Xcom 2 + 2 DLC Yooka-Laylee Zero Gear Zero Reflex: Black Eye Edition 
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2020.05.17 10:18 Stormrider66 Carter Slade: Monster Hunter (Episode 10)

Start From Episode 1
Episode 9
Episode 10
The sky blackened and a pillar of light erupted in the middle of nowhere. A lone fisherman was fishing in his boat when this all happened in a matter of moments. The man almost had a heart attack when the pillar of light appeared in front of him and something crashed from the sky into the water, it was shaped like a human.
He had to get his bearings when everything turned back to normal like nothing happened. The warm sensation of pee started to run down his leg in fear before he realized what he was doing. “Are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me, Cletus?” His southern accent echoed over the lake in shame. “I guess these psychedelics kick in way faster than the kid said they would.” He reached down by his legs and grabbed another beer, staring at the fresh stain on his pants. “Marge is gonna assume I pissed ‘em cause I’m drunk. I said to her I can’t be an alcoholic cause I limit myself to six beers a day nowadays. Get off my back, woman! Who gets drunk from only six beers anyways?”
Cletus stopped talking to himself and looked over where the pillar of light was, it looked like someone floating in the water. “Nope, yur jus’ seein’ things, Cletus.”
Cletus rubbed his eyes and nothing changed. “Shiiiiiit...” he turned his motor on and steered the boat to right beside the body. There was a black woman wearing some sort of Greek toga or something laying in the water. “Miss, yur not dead are ya?”
Noticing her physique, the old pervert decided to try and cop a feel. His hand slowly started moving to her torso when her own hand grabbed him by the wrist. He reeled back in surprise but his arm wouldn’t go with him. Her grip was like being caught in a vice.
“Where am I?”
“The middle of Buttfuck, Nowhere, Miss.”
“Tell me where I really am.” Her grip tightened painfully.
“Ow, ow, ow ok! I get it! We’re about 30 miles east of Enterprise, Alabama!”
“What’s the year of our lord?”
“2010? Christ!”
She released his arm and rose from the water. Two large wings extended and flapped slowly, keeping her above the water. The force of her wings felt like a hurricane and threw Cletus from the boat with force. She flew away into the sky and was gone almost immediately, like a fighter jet.
From the water emerged Cletus’ head, he looked around and there was no sign of her. He did see Bigfoot riding a unicorn on the shore. “Yup, this LSD is some potent shit.”
Elsewhere in Los Angeles: Carter and Rorick Slade were sitting in a conference room with Mike - the man who split from Kenny and Crystal a few years before. Carter had longer hair, no facial hair, wasn’t wearing his now recognizable outfit, and was instead wearing the usual garb of the KSG: black vest with the familiar red dragon on the back. He had a white t-shirt, wristbands, a tied headband, and skate shoes. He was 20 at this time.
The room was full of KSG members and Mike was at the front, a projector was displaying an image of the weather abnormality in the area.
“Thanks for coming everyone, as you can see there was a massive energy spike in Alabama. The Alabama team already went to investigate and the only person they found was a drunk man that was on psychedelics. He made claims of seeing bigfoot, unicorns, fairies and all sorts of shit.”
“Ok, I’ll bite. What’s the correlation? Why bring him up?” Bridget - Mike’s partner - asked.
“I’m glad you asked! Amongst everything he described he gave the most vivid description about a woman with wings that fell from the heavens. That sounds an awful lot like an-“ he paused.
“Angel.” Rorick muttered. He was looking very old and tired at this point in his life.
Another man spoke, “Angel’s haven’t shown their face on earth for almost a thousand years. Why would one show up now?”
Mike continued, “That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Using our limited pool of resources we managed to trace it’s movement. It appears to have settled in Los Angeles here. It was hard to track because it flew so incredibly fast, but I believe we can capture it and figure out what it wants.”
“How?” Another one asked.
“You forget we have the best of the best in the business. Young Carter here has many talents, I’m sure he can get it done easily.”
“Please, everyone hold your applause.” Carter stood up with a smirk. “I’m just one man, but I assure you that I will subdue the creature and extract the information we need from it. It makes sense that it came to the city of Angels after all.”
Rorick glared up at his son with contempt in his eyes.
Carter noticed but ignored him, “Point me where I need to go and I’ll get it done.”
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“Crystal? I know you can hear me.” Slade was standing behind Crystal as she overlooked the beautiful garden cast in the glow of the sunrise.
“I’m sorry, Carter. It’s difficult for me to look at you.”
“Why? Is it something I’ve done?”
“No...”
“Is it something you think I’m going to do?”
She didn’t answer.
He placed his hand on her petite shoulder. She instinctively turned to him. Her eyes glowed their burning purple and her hand reached way up to his face, covered in a flame of the same color. He didn’t even flinch.
“So it’s definitely the second option.”
She realized what she was doing and pulled away - turning back to normal.
“I could always feel something about you that was different. Turns out you have an aptitude for sorcery and the dark arts.”
“I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to!”
“You’re not the first woman that’s wanted to kill me. I have a suspicion you won’t be the last either. Can you at least tell me what’s bothering you? Clearly I’m to blame for some unspeakable tragedy.”
“I’ve been having recurring nightmares and visions of us killing everyone we care about and commanding a horde of monsters to eliminate all life as their new king and queen.”
“Well that’s fucked up. I have no intentions of hurting anybody. I’m sure you remember when I was a kid, I had the biggest crush on you?”
She still couldn’t look him in the eye. “Yes?”
“You never once showed any interest in me. Good on you by the way, you were way too old for me. It would have been weird.”
She almost laughed. He continued, “And from the looks of it, you can’t even look at me and can’t stand my presence. Is that it?”
“Well... that’s not a good way to phrase it...”
“But it’s the right way to phrase it. Look... Once you’re recharged, send us all back to England. You’ll never need to see or hear from me again.”
Crystal looked up finally into his bright green eyes. There was a sincerity and warmth to them that made her question her own feelings and thoughts she had been having.
“Every awful vision I’ve had has come true. It’s for everyone’s protection.”
“Have you ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy?”
“Of course.”
“Maybe in your course to prevent them, you become the very catalyst of these visions.”
She considered this, it made sense. Yet, she shook her head, “I think that fate has a set path for everything to go down.”
“Well for what it’s worth, it was great to see you again...” Slade started to walk away.
Crystal’s mind snapped back to the time he was a young boy and did the same thing when she rejected him. ‘How could this man be the harbinger of doom?’ She thought.
“Carter, wait.” He stopped in his tracks but didn’t turn around. She continued, “I don’t.... want... you to go...”
“Our people have a mission to do. Maybe I’ll catch you on the flip side.”
As Slade took off into the house, Crystal felt her familiar sense of overwhelming loneliness creep back into her subconscious.
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“Mission report, Agent Bautista. If you’ve tried to ghost us, that would be considered unwise.” Agent M radioed to her. She had managed to sneak into the estate of Candidate Candice Jordan. None of the guards had been made aware of her infiltration, but she was suspended between the narrow ceiling above a patrol waking by inside the house. The threats they gave in her ear were more of an annoyance at that point. They all had full helmets and combat gear.
As soon as the patrol had passed she glanced over to her wrist watch she was wearing. It resembled a miniaturized radar, tracking the movements of anyone close to her. She took exceptional care for this mission not to end like her Siberian mission from her teen years, now that she had experience hunting monsters she was prepared to deal with any threat that came her way.
This mission seemed to be going too easily, something didn’t feel right. Julia dropped to the floor with a near inaudible sound and scanned the door to the office to make sure it wasn’t booby-trapped. She put her finger to her ear, “This is Agent Bautista, it’s hard to sneak and infiltrate with you pricks yelling in my ear.”
“I remind you to watch your tone Agent. You still haven’t earned the trust of The Organization back.”
Julia snuck into the office and noticed another woman enter from an opposite door, also crouched and wearing stealth gear. She was a white woman with brown hair that was cut short on one side and shaved down on the other. The two made eye contact and immediately pulled their knives. The pair instinctually closed the doors behind themselves before engaging in the most silent hand to hand combat they could achieve.
Julia tried to stab the other woman, who in turn dodged the stab and got her arm in a hold. The brunette twisted her arm into a lock and prepared to stab her with her knife. Julia forcefully dislocated her own arm to give herself enough flexibility to roll onto the ground and boot her assailant in the face with consecutive kicks. Each kick loosened the brunette’s grip and knocked her backwards.
The two women stood upright, Julia’s right arm was hanging at her side and her shoulder was severely dislocated. The brunette’s nose was bleeding and similarly off course. The women stared each other down. Julia set her right hand on the desk beside her and gripped another part of her arm with her left hand. The brunette used her fingers on either side of her nose. Almost simultaneously they let out soft grunts as they reset their body parts into their original positions.
Almost as quickly as they had themselves reset they each reached for their sidearm and drew their weapons with lightning reflexes, training their guns on each other. The fireplace lifted up beside them, revealing a secret entrance. Standing in the doorway was a tall white man with slicked back blonde hair and a clean-shaven face. He wore one of the most high end suits one could imagine and was clapping at the two. The women looked between each other and him in confusion, not taking their guns off each other. They both recognized the man.
“Bravo, well done!” He spoke with a smug voice, like he was better than everyone else. “It seems you’re evenly matched! As much as I would like to see this fight reach a conclusion, I’m afraid we need you both alive.”
“Magnus Dawnhammer?” Julia asked, confused.
“The very same my dear. Lower your weapons.”
They hesitated, but Agent M’s voice crackled in Julia’s ear, “Listen to the boss, Agent.”
The brunette held a finger up to her ear at the same time, clearly receiving the same instructions. They both complied.
“Good girls.” Magnus went and sat at his desk and a few of the armed guards came into the room. One was carrying a bucket with the fanciest wine bottle either had ever seen before. They poured some of the contents into a wine glass and set it in front of him.
“I don’t understand...” The brunette finally spoke.
Magnus Dawnhammer - as he was known to the public - was the richest man alive. He owned multiple tech companies and pharmaceuticals. He was a well known public figure as a playboy type who inherited everything from his father.
“What’s to understand dear? I’m the Majority Shareholder and Chairman of the Board for The Organization. I own it! As I own both of you!”
“What game is this? Where’s the target?” The brunette asked.
“Ms. Jordan? She’s in another state altogether. We don’t actually want her dead! We just wanted to test if the two of you were as amazing as I’m told.”
“Why would a human be in charge of demons and monsters?” Julia’s grip tightened.
“Because I own them? Uh, hello?” He looked at her like she was stupid and chuckled. “Everything has a price! Everything can be bought! Best of all? They respect my power! I’m more dangerous than any of them!”
They both raised their eyebrows in disbelief.
“Shoot me, Agent Bautista. Right in my eyeball. You can do that, can’t you?”
Without hesitation she obeyed and the bullet flattened before falling to the ground. He was undamaged.
“How’s that possible?”
“I’ve been alive far longer than any other human. I’m enhanced with the most advanced cybernetics and robotics that you’re feeble minds can’t even comprehend! Agent Hudson, let me have it, use the machine gun!”
“Hudson?” Julia whispered to herself, racking her brain for where she knows the name.
Agent Hudson pulled out her gun without hesitation and aimed the automatic fire at Magnus. He vanished into thin air with one blink and suddenly the gun was ripped from her hands. He managed to cross about 15 feet by the time only one bullet left the gun, which he caught in his other hand.
“This is just a taste of what I can do, satisfied?” He smirked and crushed the gun in his hands like it was paper before walking away back to his fireplace entrance. The fireplace closed behind him.
“Head back to the American base you two and await further instructions.” Agent M instructed.
“I apologize for trying to kill you.” Julia held out a hand to Agent Hudson. They were both visibly shaken by how fast and strong Magnus was.
“It’s not the first time someone’s tried to kill me and it won’t be the last...” she accepted her handshake.
“Julia Bautista, wanna grab a bite to eat maybe?”
“Sounds good to me... name’s Jane Hudson.”
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Carter was walking down a seemingly desolate street of the Chesterfield Square part of LA at midnight. He was using his tracking ability to try and locate the Angel, which unfortunately lead him to the worst part of the city. Mike, Bridgette, and a younger Julia and Marcus were accompanying him. Julia was missing her signature ponytail and was instead sporting a shorter, jaw length haircut that was loose. Marcus was similarly missing any of his facial hair and his long dreads were currently cornrows.
“I told you guys, this is a bad part of town.” Marcus looked around nervously.
“Marcus, we hunt monsters man! Why would some street thugs scare you?” Mike laughed.
“This is where grew up man, I was in the shit here before I was rescued from the Lamia.”
“So you’re afraid someone might recognize you?” Julia raised an eyebrow, “Why would you give a shit?”
“Listen lady,” Marcus didn’t know Carter and Julia that well at this point, “You can’t exactly leave the streets once you’re part of them, you get it?”
Bridgette rolled her eyes, “So you did some bad shit, got yourself in trouble! We have the two most lethal people on the planet right now, I’m sure we’ll be ok! Nothing bar’s gonna happen!”
“Well, we’re surrounded.” Carter stopped in his tracks.
Mike looked around and saw nothing, “You couldn’t have warned us sooner?”
“My senses aren’t what they were, MIKE!” He spoke with some bitterness in his voice, “Or did you forget my father made me seal up my... “abilities” a long time ago?”
Mike was the only one with awareness about Carter’s true abilities.
“What the fuck is he talking about, ‘abilities’?” Marcus questioned.
Before he could respond, figures emerged from all around them. Marcus instinctively hung his head down. The figures were all wielding guns, knives, bats and various other weapons. Julia, Bridgette and Mike all shifted nervously and gripped their weapons. Carter grinned and folded his hands behind his head casually.
“This big Muthafucka’s a white boy! Would you look at that?” The gang surrounding them consisted mostly of black men, but there were a few other ethnicities sprinkled throughout. Behind the one talking stood a shorter Latino man and an absolutely humongous black man that dwarfed even Carter, who was full grown at 6’8”. By his count this other man must have been about 7’6” almost a foot taller than Carter himself. The man that spoke appeared to be the leader and was about two inches shorter than Carter, still very tall.
“Still puny.” The mountainous man replied in an unnaturally deep voice.
“Even a school bus is small next to you? Right, Tiny?” Carter replied.
“The fuck-“
The main man held his hand up and ‘Tiny’ fell silent. “Your gonna give us all your shit. Then we kill ya fast.” He noticed Julia and Bridgette. “Maybe we take your bitches too, show them what real men look like down here.” He grabbed at his pants in a suggestive way.
“I don’t know if mines a record holder, but all of the women seem convinced that it could be-“ Carter was mouthing him off before a sucker punch from the gang leader was headed his way. Carter leaned back and unclamped his hands, grabbing the man by the arm and throwing him over his shoulder right onto a car a few feet away, landing right beside Marcus. The motion was so fast that no one really comprehended what had happened.
“Has anyone seen an Angel around here? I swear I parked my Angel somewhere around here, but I don’t remember where!” Carter was still grinning. The other gang members all got ready to kill them when the leader shouted, “Hold the fuck up!”
They stopped as he painfully got off the car, “I haven’t seen this nigga in years, fuckin’ Marquise. You’re with these muthafucka’s?”
“It’s Marcus, Jerome. You always got it wrong...”
“Yo boys, it’s fuckin’ ‘SkidMarc’! Now I’ve seen everythin’! Where’s my fuckin’ money!?”
Marcus felt a lot more confident now, “Up your ass!”
“Kill these muthafucka’s!!!”
Tiny reached in for Carter, but he leapt up into the air and used the Latino man’s face as a platform to kick off of for added height. Up in the air he kicked Tiny in the face and it sent him flying into a group of thugs behind him. Julia shot the guns out of the rest of the thugs hands that tried to shoot them.
Jerome tried to swing a pipe at Marcus’ head and he reflexively deflected it with his katana he was carrying. He followed it up with a leg sweep to knock him to the ground. Just a few years earlier he never would have dreamed that he could fight like he could now. Mike and Bridgette pointed their guns at the gang members to keep them at bay, even though they didn’t have more than a few bullets each.
Tiny got back up and stared down Carter, “Lucky cheap shot. Let’s see you fight like a man.” He charged at him like an out of control freight train.
“You mean like this?” Carter delivered a cross right into his charging face and caved part of his face in at the impact point, making him stop dead in his tracks. Tiny shrieked out in agony collapsed to the ground, holding his shattered cheekbone in his face.
“Maybe I could have went a little lighter... Sorry for your luck guy.” He shrugged. A shadow cast itself over the scene, blocking out lots of the moonlight. The gang members all looked up in fear at the thing hovering there, flapping its wings. Without hesitation, all of them including Tiny got to their feet and ran away. Jerome was the only one left, but everyone’s attention was on the floating figure other than his.
He pulled out his gun and aimed it at Marcus, “I’ll kill you!!!” He screamed. Mike noticed the gun and tackled Marcus out of the way, getting shot in the process. The Angel flew down with intense speed before picking him up by the throat and crushing his wrist holding the gun. Her eyes glowed an intense light and burned Jerome’s eyes from out of their sockets, leaving scorch marks around where they were.
She dropped his corpse on the ground and all attention was on her. Marcus and Bridgette were trying to stop Mike’s bleeding, Julia had a gun trained on the Angel and Carter’s expression was serious. “You’ve proven yourselves worthy of my presence, mortals.”
“Your an angel...” Julia whispered.
“That’s right, and your witch-killing weapons won’t work against an angel of the lord. It’s a sin to even try.”
“You want to talk about sinning? You burned that guys fucking eyes out!”
“Murder is a sin.”
“I’m not dead yet.” Mike coughed out.
Carter would look back on that line later with musings of Monty Python, but at that moment it wasn’t appropriate.
“You’re an Angel, can’t you save him?” Carter questioned.
The Angel turned towards him, realizing his presence for the first time. She felt an immense supernatural power buried way beneath the surface, but it was locked away and mostly inaccessible.
“It’s not within my abilities.” She lied, “Besides, the sisters of fate have decreed this is where his story ends.”
“That’s bullshit!” Bridgette shouted. Mike was bleeding quite profusely.
Carter could vaguely sense the presence of another being. It wasn’t malicious, but waiting patiently for something. His sixth sense was almost locked away completely by the seals on his body. The Angel was staring directly at where he could feel the presence and nodded. The bullet seemed to have severed a major artery.
“Listen....” Mike choked out. “Marcus.... I need you to be in charge of the California division..... You understand me?”
“What? No! What about Bridgette!?”
Bridgette’s tears were streaming down her face. Mike continued, “She refused... It has to be you... I’ve been training you...”
“No way, I’m too young!”
“You’re better than I was..... I believe in you.....” Mike stopped breathing. Bridgette cried out at her loss, Marcus even started to weep. Julia was frowning but didn’t have any sort of emotional connection with them in the time she spent. Even if she knew them better, her ‘conditioning’ from childhood kept her from displaying vulnerability.
The Angel turned back towards Carter, “What’s your name, tall man?”
“Carter.” His eyes narrowed.
“My name is Estiel. May I have a private word with you?”
“I guess that would be alright.” He turned to Julia, “Help them get him home please.”
She nodded, but shot a glare at Estiel. Estiel extended her hand.
“Grab my hand.”
“I’m pretty heavy.”
“I’m very strong.”
He obliged and felt his feet leave the ground in moments. The force she flew away with would’ve likely ripped off the arm of a regular human.
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Crystal was standing in her bedroom. The curtains were drawn and the sun was shining through, it was around noon already. The KSG members were spending their time with the witches watching magic or playing games or just enjoying the sun. They likely hadn’t had a chance to relax like that in a while, so Crystal thought it would be best to simply leave them be. The honest truth was that she could have sent them back home that very morning but she insisted that she needed time to recharge.
Crystal looked at the picture frame on her desk, it was the last time she felt truly happy. It was a Christmas picture with her Mom, Dad and all of her siblings. Also in the picture was her Grandma Christine and Grandpa Jack on one side and her Grandma Samantha, her Grandpa David her aunt Cathy, who was a little older than her mother. Of course her bratty cousin Spencer was in the picture too, but they all looked so happy and content.
Next to the photo was the funeral cards for her Grandparents on her Mother’s side as well as her Dad’s and Brother’s. Ever since her younger siblings have moved out and her mother quit hunting monsters, Gale settled down with a new boyfriend Jeff after so many years being single. Another photo showed a mature Gale and Jeff smiling on jet ski, wearing life jackets. A picture of Grant in a graduation gown was a little further than that, he went on to be a physicist at a university.
The last picture was of a rebellious looking Jane in a photo booth. Jane was flipping the camera the bird while sitting next to some other girls dressed similarly. Her natural blonde hair was dyed black and she was wearing all sorts of emo style clothing and wearing a band shirt that said, ‘A Day To Remember’ on it.
‘I do remember that day.’ Crystal thought, ‘Mom phoned me because she couldn’t handle how wild and out of control Jane was. She was only 16 at the time and I had to remind her she went through a similar phase as a kid.’ Jane became disconnected from the family after graduation and left to travel the world with her friends as far as anyone knew.
A knock came from the open door, Crystal turned to see a smiling Isla leaning against the door. Her melancholic expression turned into a smile as she greeted her, “Isla! How are you adjusting?”
Isla’s soft accent left her lips, “I’m still getting the hang of this thing you call ‘balance’! Otherwise it’s fantastic! There’s so many things I’ve been wanting to try besides just the ocean! But... I need to thank you for saving my life, how did you know to come for us? Or bring me a transforming potion?”
“I had a vision that you all needed my help, that’s all.” She smiled, this wasn’t entirely the truth. Crystal made it a point to meditate and try her hand at premonitions once a week.
Crystal foresaw that if she didn’t save them that they would have died in the raid on the compound, unleashing the beast within Slade that would lead to the end result from her very first vision. The only way she could pull a rescue off of that magnitude would have been to enlist the help off a supremely capable being that didn’t need to rely on powers. Calling Slade was out of the question if she wanted to prevent him from causing the end, she had no idea that Slade was even there until later. The only other choice was the half-demon mercenary Aleister that she hired. In the end, she hoped she made the right choice.
“That’s wonderful! Umm.... Can I ever... Go back?” Isla blushed.
“Of course! Transfiguration by design will only last about a week with the small dose you took. It would need a much larger one to be permanent or you could take another potion right away to go back if you want.”
“No... Thank you... I just wanted to be sure I even could. Thanks so much!” Isla beamed at her and then let go of the door frame, walking a little wobbly but ultimately able to stay upright.
Crystal looked back at her photos and sighed.
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Slade was standing above his father’s grave after his funeral, wearing a black suit. The grave sight was packed with many people that attended the funeral. He was amazed by how many people his father connected with over the years. The only people not present was Gale and her children, but they sent lots of cards and flowers. Estiel was in a black dress and jacket with her wings hidden underneath. Marcus and Julia were also present, their hair a kind of amalgam of the hairstyles from when they met Estiel and what would become their recognizable looks.
He spent the whole day getting condolences from people and was honestly just exhausted for what felt like the first time ever. It was only a few nights ago that Rorick had died, passing on the Slade name to his son - and by extension, leadership of the KSG.
The funeral was held outside of the headquarters of the Los Angeles KSG headquarters. Slade went inside to go to his room he was staying in alone.
“Hey, Julia. I know he’s been putting on a tough exterior.” Marcus put his hand on her shoulder, “Cracking jokes and flashing smiles, but I can tell that he’s hurting inside. I could see it on has face when I helped him rush his father into the infirmary here. Regardless of what he says or does, he probably needs somebody. Just a thought...” He patted her shoulder and walked to mingle with the others in attendance. At this point, Marcus was in charge of the LA division.
‘Should I accompany him? Or maybe I should just leave him alone?’ Julia was fighting with herself in her head, ‘I don’t want to be pushy, but maybe he needs someone...’
Making up her mind, she bravely marched to his room and went to knock on the door, but it was ajar. She heard talking inside. Peeking inside the door she saw Slade sitting on the edge of his bed, hunched with his arms resting on his knees. Estiel was sitting on the bed, comforting him.
“It’s ok, Carter. I’m here for you.” She said and looked up directly at Julia.
Slade’s voice was even and unwavering, but still melancholic, “Thank you Estiel, I guess I just needed someone...”
Her eyes never left Julia as she stood up with a smirk - not one of overall malice, but of victory over Julia. Julia couldn’t believe that Estiel stayed on earth for these last few years, never mind the fact that she had no idea what the Angel was doing here in the first place. All Julia knew is that she couldn’t trust her, her gut feeling wouldn’t allow it. She rationalized it as jealousy.
Estiel turned around and slipped her dress off. From Julia’s point of view she saw that she wasn’t wearing a bra and her wings expanded. One wing wrapped itself around Slade and the other reached back for the door, Estiel turned her head and gave one last narrow-eyes look into Julia’s own before closing the door.
‘I hesitated... I missed my chance to tell him how I really feel...” Even though it might come across as desperate or even jealous, she made a point to be a little more blunt and forceful when it came to her and Slade in the future. Maybe Slade would catch on or maybe she was kidding herself, but there was little she felt she could do to change that.
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Slade was walking through the main hall Ravencroft Manor and stopped to look at some pictures on the wall. The first was a painting of a very old manor, it had a placard that read ‘Ravencroft Manor. Salem, Massachusetts. Circa, 1691.’ The painting depicted a group of women standing in the yard of the manor. A large green, singular pine tree was noticeably painted beside the manor and it stuck out against the red maple trees in the background, which Slade found odd. A prominent woman was in a different uniform than the other women in the painting. The detail of their faces was uncanny for a painting from back then.
The next was a painting of a completely different mansion. It’s placard read, ‘Ravencroft Manor II. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Circa, 1862.’ It was a very detailed painting like the last, but the women were all wearing newer clothing. There was yet again a head witch with a different outfit and she bore a striking resemblance to the one in the previous picture.
The second last was a photograph with the placard reading, ‘Ravencroft Manor III. Indianapolis County, Indiana. Circa, 1943.’ It was a black and white photo. It was the same story as the paintings: It was a new location and there were many women present. The woman from the paintings was also here.
‘Makes sense the bitch can live forever.’ Slade smirked as he thought to himself. ‘What a coincidence that the first one was right before the ‘Witch Trials’ and the second was the ‘Battle of Gettysburg’. Were they victims of circumstance or the cause of their own demise? They’ve had to run multiple times.’
Slade looked back to the third painting. ‘This one didn’t have a corresponding tragedy within a year of the photo as far as I understand. I remember it was still up and functioning when we lived there. Even my father was weary about staying away from that place. Hard to believe that they were that dangerous when they got chased out of their home that many times.... Unless....’
Something clicked in Slade’s mind, ‘The KSG started the witch trials and they used an ‘act of war’ during Gettysburg to cover up the witch hunt.’
“It all makes sense...” he whispered aloud.
The last photo was recent. The placard read, ‘Ravencroft Manor IV. Salem, Massachusetts. Circa, 2015.’ The photo showed many faces that Slade had seen around here as well as others that had likely moved on. There was two key things Slade noticed about the picture: The lone pine tree was framed almost exactly where the first painting had it, and the autumn leaves of the picture gave way to red maples.
‘This place was built on top of the original place.’
The other noticeable thing in the picture was that Crystal had assumed the position of the head Witch, this other Witch was nowhere to be seen. ‘She could have left, but she’s likely dead now.’
Crystal walked up to where he was. She was a little awkward trying to start a conversation given how their previous one ended. “We’ve had a... troubled.... history....”
“You say ‘we’ as if you grew up in this coven. You were one of us.... errrr... ‘them’.” He corrected himself, knowing he wasn’t a KSG member either anymore.
“Well, they became my family... Look at them outside...” she pointed to the two groups getting along and enjoying the weather. “The Guard hunted the original Salem Witches during the trials and drove them into hiding. They then used the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War to hunt down the next manor.”
“How did the Guard destroy the last one?”
“That’s just it. Peace was practically made between both sides. It was The Organization that did it. As you saw, both sides have a common enemy. The Organization is backing Hell in their side of the war, and you know what? It’s working! The Angels just aren’t as capable at being underhanded and backstabbing enough to gather the souls needed.”
“I can tell you from personal experience that’s not true... But I see your point... we’ll all need to work together to put a stop to this bullshit.”
“Exactly.”
“Where’s Marcus?”
“Your friend? Kenny took a group into town and promised the mermaid that he would take her to get one of the ‘finest delicacies’ the land has to offer. He even promised she would get to meet one of ‘her people’, whatever that means.”
Slade pondered what this meant and something clicked, “Oh god damnit! He didn’t mean-“
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“Starbucks? You brought us to Starbucks.” Marcus was bewildered and disappointed. Kenny was leading a group consisting of Marcus, Isla, Pete and two teenage Witches.
“What is this ‘Star. Bucks.’ You speak of?” Isla was curious.
One of the Witches answered, she had dyed hair and looked like a goth. “It’s this coffee place that spells everyone’s names wrong and attracts lots of hipsters.”
“What’s coffee and hipsters? Are they edible?”
“Well yes to the first one.” Marcus piped up.
The other Witch also added, “Yes to both! Depending on how you look at it!” She looked more like a prep girl, but the two seemed to hang around each other. Marcus have her a ‘stink face’ at her statement. As soon as they walked in the place was filled with Goth looking kids.
“Friends of yours?” Isla sincerely asked the Goth Witch.
“Oh great... it’s convention weekend... Look at these posers...”
“I don’t know, Maya. They might be the real deal!” The Prep girl teased.
“Shut it Genevieve! It’s almost time to order!” Kenny hushed the girls. “See Isla? There’s a mermaid, like I promised.”
Kenny pointed at the painted figure of the mermaid on the Starbucks icon, Marcus figured she would have been mad. He was surprised when Isla started laughing instead, almost losing her balance like earlier.
“That’s adorable! You’re a funny man, Kenny!”
Marcus was impressed by the disaster that was averted.
“Now trust me, try the caramel macchiato. You’ll love it!”
Pete shook his head, “These places always get mah name wrong back ‘ome. I imagine that it will be next to impossible to get mah name this time.”
After they placed their orders they moved to a pickup area. A group of teens approached Maya, one of the guys spoke, “Hey babe, so you in town for the witchcraft convention too?”
“Nope. I live here.”
“That’s pretty sweet, we’re all into Wicca and shit too. Get lit before checking out all the torture shit at the museums.”
“I’m not a Wiccan. I practice Witchcraft.”
One of the girls with her took offense to that statement, “Ummm, Witchcraft is an outdated and offensive term used to describe Wicca and it has hurtful connotations for the practice.”
The first guy spoke up again, “What’s your name beautiful? My friends call me ‘Spider’. We’ll be lighting some candles and bongs and listening to some good tunes in the parking lot if you wanna join us. We could use another person for a Wiccan spell we’re trying.”
“Fuck off creep, I do witchcraft. Black Magic? Hail Satan?” She flashed him the devil horns and then her middle finger.
“Fuck you too skank!” He said as he grabbed his coffee cup and left out the doors.
“Damháinus.” She glared at him and waved her hand. “Your names ‘Spider’, huh? Let’s see how you like that!”
Spider went to take a sip of his drink but an actual spider crawled out of the lid onto his face. He dropped his cup and the lid popped open, freeing hundreds of small spiders. He screamed in a high pitched voice and his friends all noticed spiders in their cups too - they dropped them and ran away screaming.
Marcus’ eyebrows were raised in shock, “That was some evil shit!”
“Marco.” The employee called.
Marcus was afraid to grab it.
“Relax slick, yours is fine. I promise.”
He reluctantly took it and walked to a table. One of the patrons was watching a news broadcast on his laptop. His headphones were in so he couldn’t hear what was being said but the headline read, ‘New York woman found mutilated in quiet neighborhood.’ The sketch artist picture reminded Marcus of that Aleister guy from the other night but the eyes were drawn like cat eyes. ‘Weird...’ he thought and shook his head.
“Mia?” The employee called.
“It’s My-ah!” Maya rolled her eyes.
“Jenny?”
“Genevieve...” she shook her head.
“Kory?”
“I swear they do that shit on purpose.” Kenny scoffed.
“Irene?”
Kenny handed it to Isla and they followed Marcus.
Pete was the last one. “Course mine will be all buggered to ‘ell, ain’t it?”
“And finally... Pete?”
“Oh.” Pete raised his eyebrows. “Alright den.”
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“Send in the experiments. We need to see how combat capable they are.” Magnus was sitting in a chair in a very large office. Other council members from The Organization were also present in the room. They consisted of demons, monsters and few humans. There was a large screen that displayed the time and the date was July 4, 2013: the day that Slade split off from the KSG.
One demon was standing at the end of the table opposite Magnus. It looked nervous, “Sir... Their abilities are extraordinary. Why would they need all this combat nonsense when their targets can’t fight back?”
“Because I need to be sure they’re the best.”
“Sir...”
A vampire at the table glared at the demon, he slammed his fist and stood up. “You’re questioning the boss? Maybe we can test it’s combat data on you?”
“Right away!” It gulped in nervousness. “Any particular targets in mind?”
Magnus raised his hand and the vampire sat back down, “I’ve made sure our pet angel has infiltrated the ranks of the pesky King’s Sacred Guard. She will lead them all into our trap with the elusive Carter Slade in tow.” Magnus grinned, “It’s all coming to fruition.”
Episode 11
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2020.05.16 15:32 Gillerpie I just successfully defended my PhD in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, AMA!

Not sure if this will be of any interest to people, but my research has been done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and I've focused on improving the biomaterials we use for bioprinting applications. I'm so glad to finally be finished! I'm happy to talk about anything related (or unrelated) to longevity, but I've also included more details about my specific work below.

Here's a link the the recording (warning: very long, very boring):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPLKjKmLT3c

Title: The Underlying Mechanisms Governing Bioink Printability for Extrusion-based Bioprinting and Application to the Regeneration of Bone and Tooth Tissues
Date: May 11th at 11 AM EST
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Committee:
Sang Jin Lee, PhD (Chair & Advisor)
Graca Almeida-Porada, MD, PhD
Aaron Goldstein, PhD
Aleksander Skardal, PhD
Christopher J. Tuohy, MD

Abstract:
Bioprinting, an advantageous regenerative medicine manufacturing technique, is limited primarily by the dearth bioinks suitable for use. There is a need for bioink development and improvements to the bioink development process. This process is difficult due to the quantity of both bioactivity and printability parameters researchers must consider. Additionally, there is a poor understanding of how these parameters, especially rheology, influence final printing outcomes. The study of these parameters is further limited due to insufficient analysis methods. Throughout this work, several novel printing outcome assessments have been developed, culminating in a comprehensive, bioink-specific artifact. First, the effect of tan(δ) on a gelatin-alginate bioink was established, with higher values leading to higher filament uniformity and lower values leading to higher shape fidelity, but these results showed a lack of applicability to other bioinks. Next, speed ratio was shown to have a dominating effect on printing outcomes relative to feedrate and flowrate using a GelMA-Gellan Gum bioink and cell concentration was shown to have no effect up to 40 x 106 cells/mL. Using a wide range of bioinks and rheological measures, the effect of rheology on printing outcomes was investigated, with G’, tan(δ), yield stress, shear thinning, and recovery behaviors each shown to play a role. Lastly, tissue-specific bioactivity was improved upon by conjugating a synthetic BMP-peptide to a GelMA-based bioink, demonstrating improved DPSC osteogenic differentiation in both growth and osteogenic media. In totality, this work has made significant contributions in bioink development, specifically regarding printability assessment techniques, the underlying mechanisms impacting printability, and the bioactivity of tissue-specific bioinks.
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2020.05.15 19:00 ILikePizzaAMA [H] Burnout Paradise Origin, HITMAN 2, Hollow Knight, SOULCALIBUR VI, SUPERHOT, The Witness, Undertale, Warhammer Mechanicus and Vermintide 2 CE, Frostpunk, Street Fighter V, Xcom 2 + MORE [W] Astroneer, The Longing, Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight

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I'm looking for Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight, The Longing, and multiple copies of Astroneer.
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2020.05.14 16:56 ILikePizzaAMA [H] Burnout Paradise Origin, HITMAN 2, Hollow Knight, SOULCALIBUR VI, SUPERHOT, The Witness, Undertale, Warhammer Mechanicus and Vermintide 2 CE, Frostpunk, Street Fighter V, Xcom 2 + MORE [W] Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight, The Longing, multiple copies of Astroneer

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I'm looking for Disco Elysium, Shovel Knight, The Longing, multiple copies of Astroneer
A lot of the below are humble links, but there are some steam keys.
Highlights:
Blasphemous Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (Origin Key) Chivalry: Medieval Warfare HITMAN Hollow Knight Hotline Miami Outlast Overcooked SOULCALIBUR VI SUPERHOT The Witness This War of Mine Undertale Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Collector's Edition Yooka-Laylee Frostpunk + 1 DLC Hitman 2 Shadow of War Street Fighter V Xcom 2 + 2 DLC 
Everything:
140 2064: Read Only Memories 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat A fistful of gun A Story About My Uncle Abyss Odyssey Abzu AER Memories of Old AI War: Fleet Command AI War: Fleet Command Airmech Akane the Kunoichi Alien Zombie Megadeath All Zombies Must Die Analogue a hate story and yet it moves Animal Super Squad Anomaly 2 Anomaly 2 Anomaly Defenders Anomaly Korea Anomaly Warzone Earth Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign Anomaly: Warzone Earth Aquaria arcane worlds arcane worlds ARMA Gold Edition Armello astro tripper audiosurf Auditorium Auto Age: Standoff Avadon: The Black Fortress Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche Avernum The Great Trials Trilogy - 4, 5, 6 Back to the Future Back to the future 1 to 5 Ballpoint universe Bastion Batalj Batman: Arkham City GOTY Batman™: Arkham Asylum GOTY Batman™: Arkham Origins DLC Battlefield 3 (Origin Key) Beholder Blasphemous Bleed Book of Demons Broken Age Broken Age Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (Origin Key) Canabalt Chime Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Chroma Squad Clatter ClusterTruck Clustertruck Cogs Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising (Origin Key) Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising Company of Heroes Contagion Contagion Contagion Cortex Command Crawl Crayon Physics Deluxe Cryofall Crysis 2 Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (Origin Key) Dangerous High School Girls In Trouble Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition Darksiders Warmastered Edition Day of the Tentacle Remastered Dead By Daylight DLC Dead Pixels Dead Space (Origin Key) Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Deep Dungeons of Doom Defend Your Life: TD Depths of Peril Devil and the Fairy Dex Dirt 2.0 + DLC Dirt Rally Distrust Downfall Dreaming Sarah Dropsy Duck Game Eterium Ethan: Meteor hunter Eufloria HD Euro Truck Simulator 2 Euro Truck Simulator 2: Australia Paint Pack DLC Evergarden Everything F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin F.E.A.R. 3 Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Fez FLY'N Fract OSC Fractal: Make blooms not war Frog Detective Frostpunk + 1 DLC Full Throttle Remastered Galactic Civilizations III Gish GNOG GoNNER GORN Grav Graveyard Keeper Grim Fandango Remastered Grim Fandango Remastered GRIS gun monkeys gunman clive Guns of Icarus online Guts and Glory Hacknet Hacknet Hacknet Hacknet Labyrinths DLC HackyZack Headlander Headlander Heave Ho Her Story Hero of the kingdom Hidden Folks Hiiro HITMAN Hitman 2 Hiveswap: Act 1 Hollow Knight Hollow Knight Hotline Miami Hotline Miami 2 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Human Resource Machine I am Bread Ibb & Obb ignite Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition Jack Lumber Jackbox Party Pack 2 Jumpjet Rex Jurassic World Evolution - Ankylosaurus skin (Vivid Variant) Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth kentucky route zero Kentucky Route Zero Killing Floor Killing Floor 2 Kingdom New Lands Kingdom New Lands Lakeview Cabin Collection Last Day of June legend of grimrock Life Is Strange Lightfish Lion Quest Lion Quest Little Racers Street Lostwinds LOVE Lucius Demake LUFTRAUSERS Luna's Wandering Stars Machinarium Machinarium Collector's Edition MagiCat Magicka Maize Marvin's Mittens McPixel Medal of Honor Medal of Honor (Origin Key) Men of War: Assault Squad Metro 2033 mini motor racing evo Minit Mirror's Edge (Origin Key) Moon Hunters Motte Island Mount Wingsuit VR Mr. Shifty Mushroom 11 Mushroom 11 Neverout VR Niche - A genetics survival game Nightsky No Time To Explain No time to explain No Time To Explain No Time To Explain Remastered Nuclear Throne offspring fling Oil Rush Oozi: Earth Adventure Orwell Orwell Outlast Outlast:Whistleblower Outpost L5 (vr) Overcooked Overgrowth oVRshot Oxenfree PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 Panzer Panic VR Paradigm Party Hard Pathfinder Kingmaker Penguins Arena: Sedna's World Pikuniku Pineapple Smash Crew Pinstripe Poker Night at the Inventory Pony Island Pony Island Populous (Origin Key) portal Potatoman Seeks the Troof Primal Carnage: Extinction Psychonauts Psychonauts Psychonauts Punch Club Puzzle Agent Puzzle Agent 2 Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut Qube Race The Sun Rapture Rejects Red Faction Armageddon Path to War DLC Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm Regular Human Basketball Retro City Rampage DX Retro Game Crunch Rime Rise and Shine ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS Rusty Lake Roots Saints Row IV Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse (Season 3, all 5 episodes) Samorost 2 Samorost 3 satazius Satellite Reign Scanner Sombre Scanner Sombre Shad'o Shadow of War Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Shadowrun Returns shank 2 She Remembered Caterpillars Slime-san Sniper Elite 3 snuggle truck SOL: Exodus Solar Flux SOULCALIBUR VI Space Pilgrim Episode 1: Alpha Centauri SpaceChem Speedrunners SpeedRunners Spirits spirits starvoid Stealth Bastard Deluxe Steamworld Heist Stick Fight: The Game Street Fighter V Stunt Kite Masters VR Super Hexagon Super meat boy Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP SUPERHOT Swords and Soldiers HD Tengutana Teslagrad Tetrobot and Co Tetrobot and Co The Adventure Pals The Bridge The Final Station The Final Station The Flame In The Flood The Hex The Inner World The Lord of the Rings Online: Steely Dawn Starter Pack The Sims 3 (Origin Key) The Sims 3 Date Night (Sims 3 community account Key) The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff (Origin Key) The Sims 3 Late Night (Sims 3 community account Key) The Swapper The Tear The Walking Dead: Season 1 The Witness This is the Police This is the Police 2 This War of Mine thoth Throne of Lies Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Toki Tori Tomb Raider Torment: Tides of Numenera Tower of Guns Town of Salem Toy Odyssey Train Valley Tropico 4 Tropico 5 + DLC TUG Tumblestone Two Point Hospital DLC Ultimate Chicken Horse Underrail Undertale Unmechanical Verdun Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage VVVVVV VVVVVV Waking Mars Waking Mars Wanderlust: Rebirth Wanderlust: Rebirth Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Warhammer: End Times Vermintide + DLC Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Collector's Edition Warstone TD Wasted Westerado: Double Barreled Who's your Daddy? Windward Wizard of Legend Wizorb, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Gratuitous Space Battles, and Jamestown Steam Key World of Goo World of Goo Worms Revolution Wuppo Xcom 2 + 2 DLC Yooka-Laylee Zero Gear Zero Reflex: Black Eye Edition 
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2020.04.20 02:53 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Eighteenth Step (Fourth Quarter)

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
 
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. Now, we got 234 House seats to start with, assuming that we do not pick up any additional House seats in the upcoming special elections or have any more turncoats in disguise that are waiting to switch to the GOP (get fucked Jeff Van Drew). This is currently the same number as the GOP did in the 2014 election cycle, so getting to 245 seats in the next election is absolutely doable for us to achieve, if we're smart about it.
 
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis for the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here.
 
This step will provide an updated comprehensive review for each of the 25 districts that this series will target in the 2020 elections. Several important developments have passed since the last review in February 2020 was conducted. These include the official selection of the Democratic nominees in 5 of the 25 target districts, the establishment of runoff races in 3 other districts, and the withdrawal of several candidates in various districts. For the 5 districts with official Democratic nominees, this review will gauge the progress of their general election campaigns. It will also help identify which candidates can run a competitive campaign in each of the remaining 20 districts, and which candidates lack viability. At this point, every district on this list has at least one candidate who has raised at least $100,000 from the start of his or her run. The candidates in question that have done so have established their personal brands and a stable system of donors and volunteers to build up the needed name recognition and voter outreach to have a satisfactory chance of winning their primaries. The main objective at this point in the election cycle is to consolidate Democratic activism and support to at least one of these viable candidates for each district.
During the months that have transpired from the series’ last comprehensive review, excellent overall progress has been made in the target 25 districts, which currently cover regions located throughout fifteen states. These districts are sorted by state, then ordered by priority, which is roughly based on factors such as whether there is an important up-ballot statewide race (Presidential or Senate) to support, the overall flippability of the districts in question, and how soon within the 2020 cycle Democratic organization began within these relevant areas. Given the overall length of these strategies, this step will be split into four quarters. In the first quarter of this step, game plans were elaborated for districts located in Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The second quarter went over the best approaches for districts situated in Texas, Illinois, and Nebraska. Then, the third quarter of this step described ideal procedures for flipping target districts in New York, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia.
The last quarter of this step will go over the best approaches for districts situated in Indiana, California, Montana, and New Jersey. For each of the districts that do not have a Democratic nominee yet, a list of Democratic candidates who have filed, their campaign websites (if they have one), as well as the amount of money they have raised according to the 2020 Q1 reports (if one is filed), will be provided. All candidates come from the Green Papers website. In each of these districts, I will bold the candidate who I feel is the strongest at this point. Factors such as any elected offices the candidates currently hold, the size of their fundraising, as well as their overall organization that is reflected in their campaign websites, are considered on identifying which candidate is of the best quality in my perspective. Unless the primaries for that district have already occurred, I will not be encouraging users to donate to any particular candidate at this point. For quite a few districts that have yet to choose a Democratic nominee, multiple candidates have demonstrated significant strength when it comes to endorsements and fundraising. I believe that the optimal play right now is to put any donations intended for flipping such a district towards the eventual nominee fund and to let the Democratic voters choose their candidate. For each of these districts, a link to the eventual nominee fund will be provided at the end of the list of candidates.
For the districts who have chosen their Democratic nominee, the nominee’s campaign website, the amount of money they he or she has raised so far according to the 2020 Q1 reports (if one is filed), and their campaign donation page will be listed.
Some candidates are indicated with a minus or a plus, which indicates the overall quality of their campaign websites (if they have one) according to criteria that was listed in the second half of the eleventh step of this series. All districts listed on this post have their PVI and the bluest rating given by the political pundits at the time of this writing.
There will also be a summary section at the end of this post to help out the campaigns where donations could go the farthest. If you have money to spare for increasing our House majority (which you probably do because of the stimulus checks), I highly suggest taking a look at this section to see where your donations can go the farthest.
 
IN-05 (OPEN, R+9, Lean R): Jennifer Christie (-) – $28,721; https://www.jenniferforindiana.com/ Dierdre Thornton – $60,973; http://www.deethorntonforcongress.com/ Christina Hale – $926,835; https://haleforcongress.com/ Andrew James Jacobs Jr. – $12,364; https://www.andyjacobsforcongress.com/ Ralph Spelbring (-) – No report filed yet; No website yet
Democratic Nominee Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/in-05-2020-democratic-nominee-fund-1
Christina Hale is the clear front-runner here, as she has raised a hefty sum in her latest fundraising, and she has legislative experience as a former two-term State Representative. She also improved her website from the last analysis to include a place for volunteers to sign up and has gotten quite a few national endorsements such as Emily’s List and the Latino Victory Fund. Extra efforts should be paid to Blackford, Grant, and Tipton Counties, as the Democratic parties there are underfunded and could use a boost.
CA-22 (Devin Nunes, R+8, Likely R):
Democratic Nominee: Phil Arballo (-) Fundraising Numbers: $1,768,382 Campaign Website: https://www.philarballo.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/arb_monthly_website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Devin Nunes: $11,749,918
Seriously, what the hell else is there to say about Devin Nunes? Devin Nunes’ antics during the impeachment inquiry, his Trump obsession, his lawsuits over the past several years. I have said, at least TEN times to date, that that I am ashamed that this traitor is a Californian. The district might be a dream flip for me, but I personally think that donations to Phil Arballo are still rather useful since it will force Devin Nunes to spend his war chest in his own district and not spread his diseased ideals to other districts like NY-24, where he helped John Katko there host a fundraiser back in late February.
MT-AL (OPEN, R+11, Likely R): Kathleen Williams (+) – $1,632,152; https://kathleenformontana.com/ Thomas Winter – $337,771; https://www.winterformontana.com/
Democratic Nominee Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mt-al-2020-democratic-nominee-fund-1
I still believe Thomas Winter is the better choice for this district, as he is a fresh face who happens to be a sitting State Representative in a red Montana House district. Thomas Winter improved his campaign website by providing a place for volunteers to sign up for his campaign since the last analysis. I still do not think renominating Kathleen Williams is the best idea here, as her hard and heavy support for assault rifle bans caused her to lose a lot of votes in her 2018 run. These votes are the key to getting a Democrat over the finish line, as we saw with victories from Democrats such as Steve Bullock and most recently, Jon Tester. According to several contacts that were following the race, taking this stance as well as being against high capacity magazines, were significant factors on why in the previous incumbent, Greg Gianforte, gained a higher share of the vote than the 2017 special election. This was despite everyone knowing about the body-slamming incident by the time November 2018 rolled around. I just don’t feel that Kathleen Williams will be able to do better in a less favorable environment among Montana’s significant pro-gun electorate. However, I am somewhat warmer to Kathleen Williams this time around, as she has broken the $1 million fundraising mark, with a lot of her funding coming from within the state. The big problem that needs to be addressed is the presence of a LOT of underfunded Democratic county parties in Montana. At least some amount of campaigning should take place these areas to improve our margins there, and the full list can be found in the ninth step’s fourth quarter. A lot of effort also needs to be placed in Lake and Cascade Counties, as these two counties split their tickets and voted for Jon Tester and Greg Gianforte in the House and Senate races in 2018.
NJ-02 (Jeff Van Drew, R+1, Lean R): Brigid Callahan Harrison (+) – $258,345; https://brigidforsouthjersey.com/ Robert Turkavage – No report filed yet; https://www.turkavageforcongress.com/ Amy Kennedy – $807,580; https://amykennedyforcongress.com/ William Cunningham (-) – $79,841; https://willfornewjersey.com/ John Hull Francis III (-) – No report filed yet; https://www.johnfrancisforcongress.com/
Democratic Nominee Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nj-02-2020-democratic-nominee-fund-1
The Democratic field that has lined up to crucify the backstabber is solidifying at a very pleasant way. Right now, the front-runners for the Democratic primary are Brigid Callahan Harrison and Amy Kennedy. Right now, I think Brigid Callahan Harrison has the slight edge in candidate quality for now. For one, she had the bravery for being the first to publicly consider primarying Jeff Van Drew when he voted no on impeachment. For another, she favors marijuana legalization (which the Democratic party embraces), while Amy Kennedy simply favors marijuana decriminalization. Finally, she has been able to reach out to various local Democratic groups and get their support at a very fast pace. Also, Brigid Callahan Harrison’s campaign improved her website to provide an explicit place for volunteers to sign up as well as a space to list specific activities. However, Amy Kennedy’s campaign is also impressive and has gained a substantial amount of endorsements. I suggest you keep an eye on both Brigid Callahan Harrison and Amy Kennedy and their platforms, and make your choice based on your personal preferences. I also recommend putting extra effort on Salem County, as the Democratic party there is underfunded and allowed their website to expire due to lack of funding.
 
So now that all 25 target districts have been analyzed, this step will highlight the house races where donations will be the most effective for increasing our chances of victory. The races that I have selected will have a donation link to either the Democratic nominee or the eventual nominee fund in order to maintain neutrality. I would like to note that this list will be more fluid and will be updated in a more regular basis than my complete analyses that I give roughly every three months.
The races to donate to, by order of priority:
CA-25. While this is not part of the 25 districts that is targeted in this series, this is a very big and influential special election that will provide important momentum for increasing our House majority in November. This is because this race is widely viewed as a Tossup, primarily due to the COVID-19 complications and the election will be entirely conducted in a vote-by-mail format. This means that outreach efforts will have less of an effect than usual in the final weeks in the race. Strategies such as ballot harvesting and canvassing will not be available to pursue due to California’s ongoing shelter in place order. The race itself is within the margin of error, which is confirmed by Democrats operating in the area. Finally, there is also the fact that we lost our Democratic candidate’s old State Assembly district (CA AD-38), which covers much of this congressional district, earlier this year due to a lack of proper Democratic organization in that area. Now we have a solid path to victory for this race, as shown by our 9 point win in 2018, so there is ZERO excuse for us to lose this race and mess up our momentum going into November.
Now, our Democratic candidate, Christy Smith, is slightly outraised by the GOP opponent in this race, Mike Garcia, $1,869,416 to $1,873,599. Do not even think about donating to any Democrat operating in the target 25 districts without maximizing your donations to Christy Smith’s campaign. As a matter of fact, Christy Smith's campaign is doing a daily phonebanking event that runs until the day of the election, according to her campaign website, meaning that all of us have to ability to help this campaign out. Take a look, and sign up for a shift if you can. These next few days are perhaps going to be the most critical, as most of the voters have received their ballots, assuming that the post office is still operating at typical speeds.
Christy Smith’s Campaign Website: https://www.christyforcongress.org/ Christy Smith’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/christy-for-congress-1-web
PA-01. Two candidates have dropped out in the past several months, leaving the remaining candidates with a fundraising disadvantage of over $1.6 million compared to the district’s Republican incumbent, Brian Fitzpatrick. Out of the remaining active Democrats running in the district, the front-runner, Christina Finello, has only raised an overall sum of $170,291. So donations there have a huge impact in getting the Democratic campaigns there up to speed, not to mention improving our chances of flipping Pennsylvania back to blue in November.
The Democratic nominee fund for PA-01: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/pa-01-2020-democratic-nominee-fund-1
TX-22. The nominee, Sri Preston Kulkarni, is currently facing two GOP candidates in this open seat race which is rated as a Tossup. According to the Q1 fundraising report, Sri Preston Kulkarni has raised $1,470,890, while GOP runoff candidates Kathaleen Wall and Troy Nehls have raised $4,490,621 million and $378,639 respectively. This is another Tossup race, and a pathway to flipping it does exist if Sri Preston Kulkarni can either match Kathaleen Wall dollar for dollar and take advantage of her inherent flaws that caused her lose the GOP primary in TX-02 last cycle, or outspend Troy Niels 4 to 1. Niels is favored to win the GOP primary this time around, meaning we are more likely than not trying to accomplish the second campaign objective.
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Campaign Website: https://sri2020.com/ Sri Preston Kulkarni’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kulkarniforcongress
CA-22. As I said earlier, this race is perhaps a dream flip and is listed to prevent the incumbent, Devin Nunes, from spreading his sick ideals. The nominee, Phil Arballo, is currently being outraised by a huge amount by incumbent Devin Nunes, with Phil Arballo only raising $1,768,382 to Devin Nunes raising $11,749,918. He can do a LOT of damage to other House races if he is allowed to travel the country with his huge war chest, so I am including this race on the list to allow Phil Arballo to a real race. However, you should only donate to Phil Arballo’s campaign after you have maximized your donations to Christy Smith’s campaign and donated decent amounts to the PA-01 nominee fund and to Sri Preston Kuklarni’s campaign.
Phil Arballo’s Campaign Website: https://www.philarballo.com/ Phil Arballo’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/arb_monthly_website
 
So now we are at the end of this step’s final quarter. The next step will provide a new update on the overall status of the top 5 incumbents to pay attention to, who all have definitely been front and center in the sights of the NRCC. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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Unturned 27,381,399 304930
Left 4 Dead 2 23,143,723 550
PAYDAY 2 18,643,807 218620
Garry's Mod 18,576,379 4000
Warframe 16,332,217 230410
Counter-Strike: Source 15,001,876 240
Paladins 14,371,946 444090
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 13,235,488 72850
Terraria 13,132,545 105600
Portal 2 13,062,700 620
Sid Meier's Civilization V 12,701,498 8930
Grand Theft Auto V 12,604,123 271590
Borderlands 2 11,218,936 49520
Robocraft 10,145,493 301520
Rocket League 10,110,342 252950
Portal 9,971,481 400
War Thunder 9,536,732 236390
Rust 9,147,240 252490
ARK: Survival Evolved 9,103,947 346110
Half-Life 2 8,877,286 220
Brawlhalla 8,646,824 291550
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare 8,260,157 219640
Trove 7,700,319 304050
Path of Exile 7,634,137 238960
Killing Floor 7,395,545 1250
The Binding of Isaac 7,172,818 113200
No More Room in Hell 7,144,320 224260
Alien Swarm 6,667,813 630
Warface 6,656,284 291480
Fallout 4 6,601,188 377160
Arma 3 6,404,450 107410
Cities: Skylines 6,132,366 255710
Insurgency 6,007,744 222880
Euro Truck Simulator 2 5,982,548 227300
APB Reloaded 5,874,946 113400
Age of Empires II HD 5,824,316 221380
Dirty Bomb 5,760,753 333930
Dead by Daylight 5,757,369 381210
SMITE 5,751,466 386360
Castle Crashers 5,555,066 204360
The Forest 5,552,274 242760
Tomb Raider 5,495,033 203160
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5,479,626 292030
Wallpaper Engine 5,279,723 431960
Saints Row IV 5,275,914 206420
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 5,267,226 10180
Spiral Knights 5,226,655 99900
Loadout 5,224,448 208090
Black Squad 5,223,468 550650
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies 5,222,958 273110
Fallout: New Vegas 5,222,533 22380
Saints Row: The Third 5,143,189 55230
Magicka 4,976,290 42910
Torchlight II 4,963,949 200710
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Evolve Stage 2 4,826,928 273350
Company of Heroes 2 4,654,955 231430
Left 4 Dead 4,604,963 500
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition 4,585,616 20920
BioShock Infinite 4,563,627 8870
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead 4,514,397 33930
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 4,468,234 241930
ORION: Prelude 4,419,554 104900
Day of Defeat: Source 4,419,447 300
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Clicker Heroes 4,338,397 363970
Starbound 4,309,358 211820
Blacklight: Retribution 4,268,464 209870
Mount & Blade: Warband 4,219,791 48700
Space Engineers 4,204,751 244850
7 Days to Die 4,184,553 251570
Dead Island 4,182,465 91310
Just Cause 2 4,161,156 8190
Magic Duels 4,109,602 316010
Borderlands 4,079,485 8980
Goat Simulator 4,065,978 265930
Life is Strange - Episode 1 4,017,852 319630
Killing Floor 2 3,980,635 232090
theHunter Classic 3,979,429 253710
Half-Life 2: Episode One 3,917,529 380
Infestation: The New Z 3,888,922 555570
AdVenture Capitalist 3,759,378 346900
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,759,377 42700
Realm of the Mad God 3,757,613 200210
Dishonored 3,700,352 205100
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI 3,680,328 289070
BattleBlock Theater 3,605,148 238460
Undertale 3,581,310 391540
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm 3,501,161 35450
Just Survive 3,491,666 295110
Empire: Total War 3,491,439 10500
Dying Light 3,467,531 239140
Fallout Shelter 3,371,793 588430
Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition 3,350,407 214950
DARK SOULS III 3,294,533 374320
DARK SOULS: Prepare To Die Edition 3,289,250 211420
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 3,281,382 420
LIMBO 3,207,480 48000
DOOM 3,197,626 379720
Crusader Kings II 3,170,312 203770
Human: Fall Flat 3,097,845 477160
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 3,021,623 311210
America's Army 3 3,014,457 13140
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2,998,561 202970
Gotham City Impostors Free to Play 2,982,059 206210
Fistful of Frags 2,973,385 265630
Super Meat Boy 2,970,487 40800
Sniper Elite V2 2,946,959 63380
A.V.A. Alliance of Valiant Arms 2,876,701 102700
Subnautica 2,866,791 264710
DC Universe Online 2,863,993 24200
Prison Architect 2,856,218 233450
The Walking Dead 2,846,244 207610
This War of Mine 2,817,954 282070
Outlast 2,813,619 238320
Hitman: Absolution 2,805,822 203140
Trine 2: Complete Story 2,791,654 35720
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 2,756,509 250900
SpeedRunners 2,753,552 207140
Ace of Spades: Battle Builder 2,699,933 224540
Dungeon Defenders II 2,642,504 236110
Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod 2,625,503 259080
Amnesia: The Dark Descent 2,609,222 57300
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth 2,606,575 65980
Deceit 2,604,178 466240
Sanctum 2 2,602,292 210770
Hotline Miami 2,584,720 219150
Bastion 2,577,876 107100
Zombie Panic! Source 2,573,292 17500
South Park: The Stick of Truth 2,533,584 213670
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II 2,492,053 15620
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2,491,210 391220
Dustforce DX 2,490,746 65300
Dungeon Defenders 2,483,252 65800
Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition 2,467,996 200260
Block N Load 2,434,754 299360
Guns of Icarus Online 2,424,726 209080
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior 2,418,851 255520
Toribash 2,371,160 248570
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly 2,367,076 262410
Dino D-Day 2,364,083 70000
Just Cause 3 2,345,094 225540
Survarium 2,337,644 355840
Mafia II 2,312,872 50130
Papers, Please 2,306,775 239030
Dead Island Riptide 2,299,047 216250
Tabletop Simulator 2,297,649 286160
ARK: Survival Of The Fittest 2,284,297 407530
Golf With Your Friends 2,271,522 431240
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 2,240,464 35140
XCOM 2 2,222,475 268500
Darkest Dungeon 2,214,527 262060
Napoleon: Total War 2,178,916 34030
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 2,176,285 261640
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine 2,153,213 113020
How to Survive 2 2,150,505 360170
Banished 2,147,445 242920
Fallen Earth Free2Play 2,139,999 113420
Sanctum 2,088,528 91600
Total War: WARHAMMER 2,085,605 364360
Transformice 2,070,157 335240
Codename CURE 2,044,268 355180
Serious Sam 3: BFE 2,029,621 41070
Metro 2033 Redux 2,025,648 286690
Stick Fight: The Game 2,007,237 674940
Plague Inc: Evolved 2,002,770 246620
Tropico 4 2,000,449 57690
Natural Selection 2 1,993,899 4920
Europa Universalis IV 1,983,657 236850
Stellaris 1,967,015 281990
Star Conflict 1,960,641 212070
Gear Up 1,922,501 214420
POSTAL 2 1,911,217 223470
GunZ 2: The Second Duel 1,895,812 242720
ArcheBlade 1,886,025 207230
Surgeon Simulator 1,879,150 233720
The Long Dark 1,875,963 305620
Broforce 1,863,667 274190
Depth 1,853,782 274940
Line of Sight 1,853,533 436520
Source Filmmaker 1,852,569 1840
Batman: Arkham Origins 1,851,868 209000
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide 1,843,514 235540
Risk of Rain 1,825,993 248820
AirMech Strike 1,823,483 206500
America's Army: Proving Grounds 1,823,295 203290
Wolfenstein: The New Order 1,819,928 201810
Sniper Elite 3 1,810,081 238090
Alan Wake 1,804,210 108710
Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop 1,788,990 563560
Mad Max 1,775,140 234140
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN 1,750,593 287700
Max Payne 3 1,740,909 204100
Cuphead 1,735,419 268910
Worms Revolution 1,730,275 200170
Crossout 1,727,005 386180
Tropico 5 1,718,552 245620
Factorio 1,706,659 427520
BRINK 1,700,604 22350
Game Dev Tycoon 1,696,896 239820
Champions Online 1,691,316 9880
Gang Beasts 1,689,567 285900
Emily is Away 1,689,541 417860
Divinity: Original Sin 2 1,688,895 435150
Darksiders 1,683,431 50620
Planet Coaster 1,682,734 493340
Shadow Warrior 1,648,323 233130
Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition 1,647,028 3590
Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 1,631,855 320300
Skullgirls 1,621,794 245170
Contagion 1,616,994 238430
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag 1,616,095 242050
Trine Enchanted Edition 1,604,101 35700
Squad 1,602,466 393380
L.A. Noire 1,596,369 110800
AudioSurf 1,561,882 12900
Mark of the Ninja 1,559,947 214560
BioShock 2 1,558,279 8850
Endless Space - Collection 1,549,005 208140
HITMAN 1,534,824 236870
ShellShock Live 1,529,238 326460
STAR WARS Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords 1,529,038 208580
Endless Legend 1,516,227 289130
SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics 1,514,485 34270
How to Survive 1,514,177 250400
Hero Siege 1,502,327 269210
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition 1,501,547 373420
GRID 2 1,498,449 44350
Metro: Last Light Redux 1,492,907 287390
Fractured Space 1,489,602 310380
SNOW 1,487,372 244930
Rogue Legacy 1,479,581 241600
Grim Dawn 1,464,229 219990
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 1,461,356 601510
Business Tour - Online Multiplayer Board Game 1,457,596 397900
Mortal Kombat X 1,455,905 307780
DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin 1,453,157 335300
Quake Live 1,444,119 282440
Sleeping Dogs 1,432,733 202170
Call of Duty: Ghosts 1,424,741 209160
Black Desert Online 1,413,060 582660
Bloons TD Battles 1,410,438 444640
Batman: Arkham Knight 1,396,715 208650
No Man's Sky 1,396,577 275850
SPINTIRES 1,392,564 263280
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 1,369,504 266840
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut 1,358,070 238010
Hearts of Iron IV 1,352,834 394360
Total War: ATTILA 1,331,963 325610
Transistor 1,329,184 237930
Altitude 1,321,782 41300
Geometry Dash 1,317,156 322170
Resident Evil 6 / Biohazard 6 1,317,100 221040
Thief 1,313,521 239160
Ultra Street Fighter IV 1,306,698 45760
Who's Your Daddy 1,305,248 427730
The Escapists 1,296,849 298630
Scribblenauts Unlimited 1,296,525 218680
Double Action: Boogaloo 1,293,392 317360
BioShock Remastered 1,289,273 409710
Worms Reloaded 1,289,109 22600
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising 1,285,276 20570
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition 1,279,176 242700
FEZ 1,276,275 224760
Pillars of Eternity 1,275,530 291650
DARK SOULS II 1,266,678 236430
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 1,252,257 552500
Brutal Legend 1,235,714 225260
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection 1,232,451 212480
Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword 1,231,509 48720
Aliens vs. Predator 1,231,126 10680
Slime Rancher 1,216,760 433340
Yet Another Zombie Defense 1,208,380 270550
Divinity: Original Sin (Classic) 1,208,170 230230
Psychonauts 1,207,186 3830
Layers of Fear 1,203,631 391720
Hand Simulator 1,199,631 657200
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition 1,186,829 237110
Duck Game 1,183,631 312530
Homefront 1,182,312 55100
NieR:Automata 1,175,123 524220
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 1,155,405 337000
Iron Snout 1,154,435 424280
Stranded Deep 1,154,025 313120
Verdun 1,149,077 242860
Quake Champions 1,146,284 611500
The Darkness II 1,145,131 67370
Enter the Gungeon 1,144,928 311690
Conan Exiles 1,140,205 440900
Interstellar Marines 1,140,120 236370
FINAL FANTASY VII 1,136,100 39140
Dishonored 2 1,127,089 403640
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Gold Edition 1,123,642 209650
Miscreated 1,123,426 299740
Crypt of the NecroDancer 1,122,748 247080
Slay the Spire 1,122,489 646570
Kingdom: Classic 1,120,501 368230
Orcs Must Die! Unchained 1,115,355 427270
Planetary Annihilation 1,108,262 233250
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West 1,107,457 42120
Orcs Must Die! 1,105,153 102600
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ 1,102,937 236450
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 1,099,682 55150
Everlasting Summer 1,097,391 331470
F.E.A.R. 3 1,096,875 21100
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion 1,092,043 204880
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 1,089,080 34870
To the Moon 1,086,773 206440
State of Decay 1,083,514 241540
Dungeon of the Endless 1,080,885 249050
Pirates, Vikings, and Knights II 1,077,057 17570
DiRT Rally 1,073,123 310560
Frozen Synapse 1,065,406 98200
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons 1,056,557 225080
The Walking Dead: Season 2 1,054,661 261030
Day of Infamy 1,052,510 447820
Supreme Commander 2 1,048,307 40100
Super Hexagon 1,045,138 221640
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition 1,041,965 475150
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number 1,037,686 274170
WAKFU 1,036,289 215080
Assassin's Creed Origins 1,030,581 582160
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter 1,025,064 41000
F1 2015 1,022,816 286570
Jotun: Valhalla Edition 1,022,556 323580
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 1,019,383 244450
World of Warships 1,015,572 552990
Braid 1,012,406 26800
The Wolf Among Us 1,011,210 250320
Red Faction Guerrilla Steam Edition 1,010,775 20500
Resident Evil 5/ Biohazard 5 1,005,089 21690
Gauntlet Slayer Edition 999,905 258970
Hollow Knight 999,648 367520
Ori and the Blind Forest 997,767 261570
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 991,243 249130
DmC: Devil May Cry 987,543 220440
World of Goo 986,510 22000
Ryse: Son of Rome 984,278 302510
Project CARS 974,136 234630
SCP: Secret Laboratory 973,512 700330
HELLDIVERS 972,013 394510
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen 970,603 367500
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 965,482 349040
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 963,308 102500
Firewatch 959,053 383870
Hammerwatch 957,659 239070
Total War: WARHAMMER II 955,731 594570
Football Manager 2018 955,508 624090
Move or Die 952,680 323850
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam 952,431 418460
Poker Night at the Inventory 952,378 31280
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 952,284 356190
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy 948,332 240720
Magic 2014 â€" Duels of the Planeswalkers 945,492 213850
Dust: An Elysian Tail 943,681 236090
Mount Your Friends 942,809 296470
Zombie Army Trilogy 939,676 301640
8BitMMO 934,749 250420
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 934,745 34830
Zula Europe 931,624 513650
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition 930,591 307690
The Talos Principle 927,932 257510
Farming Simulator 15 916,206 313160
Portal Knights 914,016 374040
Spelunky 906,689 239350
Unreal Tournament 3 Black 902,895 13210
Reus 897,320 222730
Call of Duty: WWII 891,381 476600
METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES 890,926 311340
Duke Nukem Forever 886,514 57900
Strife 884,685 339280
Relic Hunters Zero 884,002 382490
Nation Red 877,968 39800
Hacknet 877,129 365450
Dragons and Titans 870,310 263500
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 869,560 292730
Lost Castle 864,412 434650
BRAIN / OUT 860,262 578310
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition 859,562 287450
Magicka 2 857,543 238370
WildStar 857,109 376570
HuniePop 855,769 339800
Mafia III 855,604 360430
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 849,053 1200
Town of Salem 847,565 334230
The Culling 843,301 437220
SUPERHOT 842,122 322500
Blood and Bacon 842,105 434570
Cortex Command 841,552 209670
Worms Clan Wars 840,770 233840
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes 836,026 341800
Dead Cells 834,231 588650
Stronghold Crusader 2 828,019 232890
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 827,988 379430
Time Clickers 826,505 385770
Assetto Corsa 826,288 244210
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 824,682 323470
theHunter: Call of the Wild 815,169 518790
Raft 810,826 648800
We Were Here 810,432 582500
Poly Bridge 806,360 367450
BeamNG.drive 804,022 284160
Farming Simulator 17 796,543 447020
Deadlight 795,749 211400
Zero Gear 795,021 18820
Nidhogg 787,983 94400
Northgard 787,294 466560
MechWarrior Online Solaris 7 787,170 342200
Red Faction: Armageddon 785,298 55110
School of Dragons 781,378 332070
CS2D 780,433 666220
MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY 777,318 536930
BrainBread 2 774,021 346330
Ultimate Chicken Horse 770,483 386940
E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy 768,052 91700
Valkyria Chronicles 767,675 294860
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition 764,826 387290
Age of Wonders III 764,290 226840
VVVVVV 763,558 70300
Legend of Grimrock 762,137 207170
They Are Billions 755,147 644930
Defy Gravity Extended 754,043 96100
Space Pirates and Zombies 753,148 107200
LEGO Worlds 752,946 332310
Universe Sandbox 752,402 72200
Endless Space 2 750,761 392110
The Banner Saga 747,734 237990
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 745,407 228280
Deponia 743,347 214340
Lords Of The Fallen 742,534 265300
SUNLESS SEA 740,790 304650
The Evil Within 740,543 268050
Primal Carnage 731,052 215470
EVGA Precision XOC 730,012 268850
Homeworld Remastered Collection 728,091 244160
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 726,646 215530
Bendy and the Ink Machine 721,168 622650
Dwarfs - F2P 720,104 213650
Sniper Elite 4 715,583 312660
Youtubers Life 714,623 428690
Lethal League 714,007 261180
Risen 2: Dark Waters 713,807 40390
DEFCON 708,655 1520
Monday Night Combat 708,500 63200
Atlas Reactor 707,718 402570
FINAL FANTASY XIII 707,712 292120
resident evil 4 / biohazard 4 704,953 254700
Prey 704,179 480490
Two Worlds II HD 703,263 7520
Gunpoint 702,654 206190
Viscera Cleanup Detail 701,439 246900
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE 691,324 235460
Fallout: New Vegas 690,496 22490
Democracy 3 688,243 245470
Card Hunter 688,214 293260
SpaceChem 682,706 92800
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 680,572 285190
Frostpunk 679,334 323190
LawBreakers 674,335 350280
One Finger Death Punch 673,342 264200
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst HD 671,888 234670
Poker Night 2 671,540 234710
Boring Man - Online Tactical Stickman Combat 670,347 346120
INSIDE 669,904 304430
The Red Solstice 668,962 265590
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard / BIOHAZARD 7 resident evil 668,829 418370
Steel Ocean 661,286 390670
Stories: The Path of Destinies 660,285 439190
Resident Evil Revelations 2 / Biohazard Revelations 2 658,030 287290
Minion Masters 656,913 489520
METAL SLUG 3 651,482 250180
Sonic Generations Collection 647,871 71340
BIT.TRIP RUNNER 647,721 63710
Outland 646,962 305050
Nuclear Dawn 640,448 17710
Dungeon Siege III 638,566 39160
Rock of Ages 636,120 22230
The Descendant 633,209 351940
Friday the 13th: The Game 629,644 438740
Dead Rising 2 627,795 45740
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut 626,811 240760
Painkiller Hell & Damnation 625,428 214870
Transmissions: Element 120 625,220 365300
Hand of Fate 624,982 266510
Wargame: European Escalation 621,393 58610
Pixel Piracy 618,061 264140
Race The Sun 615,654 253030
Only If 614,140 298260
Blade Symphony 610,347 225600
Machinarium 609,675 40700
Doom 3: BFG Edition 604,250 208200
FORCED: Slightly Better Edition 603,718 249990
Woodle Tree Adventures 603,408 299460
Beat Hazard 601,573 49600
Talisman: Digital Edition 601,352 247000
Homefront: The Revolution 600,976 223100
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood 600,610 350080
Overcooked 600,140 448510
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series 598,965 330840
Lucius 596,725 218640
Darksiders Warmastered Edition 596,551 462780
Black Mesa 595,780 362890
Eador. Masters of the Broken World 595,663 232050
Hyper Light Drifter 595,090 257850
Modern Combat Versus 594,344 723780
Satellite Reign 592,993 268870
Tales from the Borderlands 592,856 330830
Heroes of Might & Magic III - HD Edition 591,573 297000
Farming Simulator 2013 Titanium Edition 590,518 220260
Cave Story+ 590,104 200900
FaceRig 589,693 274920
Viridi 587,504 375950
Remember Me 587,213 228300
Guns and Robots 587,059 293540
Starpoint Gemini 2 586,707 236150
Dungeons 2 584,679 262280
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove 583,872 250760
GRID Autosport 583,602 255220
Fable Anniversary 582,271 288470
LEGO The Lord of the Rings 582,228 214510
Thomas Was Alone 581,719 220780
FINAL FANTASY VIII 581,505 39150
Octodad: Dadliest Catch 581,181 224480
I am Bread 579,156 327890
60 Seconds! 578,493 368360
NEKOPARA Vol. 1 578,066 333600
ABZU 577,340 384190
Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 577,105 227100
TOXIKK 575,390 324810
Planetary Annihilation: TITANS 569,681 386070
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster 568,989 359870
Fortified 568,944 334210
Anomaly: Warzone Earth 567,765 91200
Armello 565,864 290340
NEKOPARA Vol. 0 565,127 385800
Kingdoms and Castles 563,737 569480
Tyranny 562,631 362960
The Flame in the Flood 561,716 318600
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition 560,050 388410
Defense Grid: The Awakening 558,114 18500
Pinball Arcade 555,716 238260
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage 555,426 265210
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs 554,955 239200
Dungeons of Dredmor 554,550 98800
BlackShot: Mercenary Warfare FPS 553,384 433350
Soldier Front 2 552,866 239660
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light 550,882 35130
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 549,457 612880
Door Kickers 549,148 248610
Mini Metro 547,876 287980
Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition 546,981 261110
Blackwake 546,456 420290
TEKKEN 7 541,238 389730
Punch Club 541,121 394310
Duelyst 538,747 291410
Gone Home 538,219 232430
Guacamelee! Gold Edition 538,061 214770
NBA 2K18 537,845 577800
Golf It! 537,751 571740
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 536,513 301910
Crush Crush 535,661 459820
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 535,273 454650
Turbo Pug DX 534,698 513780
Life is Feudal: Your Own 534,443 290080
Jet Set Radio 533,153 205950
Dungeon Fighter Online 531,876 495910
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut 530,607 300550
You Have to Win the Game 530,340 286100
Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition 527,228 228400
Out There Somewhere 521,927 263980
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 521,355 202750
Grim Fandango Remastered 516,584 316790
3DMark 515,275 223850
Murdered: Soul Suspect 514,458 233290
Craft The World 509,631 248390
Kingdom: New Lands 509,466 496300
Bold New World 505,953 581620
Resident Evil Revelations / Biohazard Revelations 503,330 222480
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade 502,562 375230
NBA 2K17 501,303 385760
Offworld Trading Company 499,550 271240
Blockstorm 499,027 263060
100% Orange Juice 498,987 282800
Soda Dungeon 497,334 564710
Learn to Fly 3 496,965 589870
Reigns 496,869 474750
The Witness 494,237 210970
Nuclear Throne 492,848 242680
Battleborn 492,052 394230
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 491,057 645630
SOMA 490,677 282140
TerraTech 489,971 285920
FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION 489,872 637650
The Escapists 2 489,056 641990
Of Guards And Thieves 488,098 302590
Worms Ultimate Mayhem 486,841 70600
Realm Grinder 486,185 610080
Styx: Master of Shadows 485,922 242640
Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 485,909 247910
The Swapper 484,015 231160
Forts 483,174 410900
X3: Terran Conflict 482,728 2820
Jurassic World Evolution 481,240 648350
Governor of Poker 3 479,096 436150
Bad Rats: the Rats' Revenge 476,787 34900
Galactic Civilizations III 476,035 226860
NBA 2K16 469,791 370240
Puzzle Pirates 469,196 99910
RUNNING WITH RIFLES 468,632 270150
Life is Strange: Before the Storm 467,572 554620
Pixel Puzzles Ultimate 461,488 351030
Mirror 456,954 644560
Aliens: Colonial Marines Collection 456,851 49540
THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII STEAM EDITION 456,361 222940
GUNS UP! 455,442 446150
Victor Vran ARPG 453,908 345180
Teleglitch: Die More Edition 453,247 234390
Turmoil 452,658 361280
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 452,484 97330
CastleMiner Z 451,422 253430
Cities in Motion 2 451,407 225420
Prismata 451,302 490220
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 448,371 28000
UnEpic 446,738 233980
ibb & obb 446,523 95400
Batla 445,267 338180
DRAGON BALL FighterZ 444,795 678950
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP 439,828 204060
ICEY 437,615 553640
Call to Arms 436,655 302670
Ball 3D: Soccer Online 434,225 485610
A Story About My Uncle 433,874 278360
Terra Incognita ~ Chapter One: The Descendant 433,639 347560
Written in the Sky 433,025 416130
Evoland 431,669 233470
Piercing Blow 428,413 382850
DLC Quest 425,947 230050
Bayonetta 424,901 460790
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice 422,733 414340
Murder Miners 421,780 274900
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle 420,843 795100
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 420,031 257350
Broken Age 419,666 232790
My Summer Car 416,575 516750
Construction Simulator 2015 416,518 289950
Sonic Adventure 2 416,375 213610
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit 415,904 205230
Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTER 415,885 304240
Heaven Island - VR MMO 413,860 400250
Osmos 413,551 29180
Jamestown 413,206 94200
Loading Screen Simulator 412,731 652980
Freebie 411,391 487220
Dystopia 410,346 17580
Tales of Zestiria 410,109 351970
Men of War: Assault Squad 409,681 64000
Turn Around 407,501 595340
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun 405,980 418240
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2020.04.07 01:52 wabbit_talks Breakup/Moving On - Advice

Hey y'all !

Advice from someone going through a breakup right now. I want to share what has helped me through this process, and I hope this helps all of you as well <3

~NECESSITIES~


  1. GO NO CONTACT No matter what anyone tells you, do not believe you can be friends with someone you just broke up with - whether it be feelings of hatred, love(like me), longing, anything at all - it's simply impossible to be friends until you've completely moved on from them. Communicate this to the person if they seem keen on being friends, and I'm sure they will understand. If they don't, then it's all the easier because if this person can't understand your needs then they aren't even worth grieving over. It'll speed up the process regardless.
  2. PUT AWAY any and all gifts and keepsakes you guys have - you might be fighting whether or not to throw it away, but do not do so yet. If you truly do not care then burn it or throw it away. What I did was gather up all our keepsakes, gifts, memoirs, pictures, everything, and shoved it in a box and put it in my garage - out of sight, out of mind. Anything and everything that reminds you of them. You can have a friend take it for you but its corona now so. Alternatively, you can ask your mom or any other family membepeople you live with to put it somewhere you'll never find it - and make sure you tell them to put it somewhere that's not in the house so you're not afraid to go around it. If it is something digital, for example pictures and videos on your phone or files on your PC, move them into an external storage system(a flash drive, an external hard drive, google photos, anywhere) and keep them out of sight.
  3. BLOCK OR REMOVE your ex as a friend everywhere. Mute/unfriend mutuals and their friends and family. Absolutely do not engage in 'checking up' on them - whether it be asking a mutual, checking a mutual's story, or god forbid checking the actual ex's story or posts or anything. If you do not have the heart to do this, especially if both parties want to stay friends after moving on, you can do the same thing I am doing right now - simply shut your phone off and put it somewhere you'll never see(for me, I put it in the box with all the other memoirs and keepsakes and shoved that box in the garage where I never go to)
  4. GRIEVE. For the love of everything, please. It is okay to cry. It is okay to feel pain. It is okay to be upset and be angry and frustrated. If you are a man, if you are a woman, if you're a tomboy, if you're a transgender man or if you're whatever you have chosen to be. IT IS OKAY TO CRY. PLEASE DO. Holding in these emotions will only make moving on harder. Do not express these emotions to your partner. They probably have already heard them. If they haven't, have a final closure talk with them where you can try to fight for love or express your anger. Either way, whether they accept or not, you can grieve. Grieve. Cry. Scream. Go to your mother, like I did. Go to your best friend, like I did. Go to a support group, like I did. However you can, however you are able to, however you are comfortable, cry. Grieve. If it's hard for you to reach out, remember it was the same for me and many others. When I grieved two days after my ex and I broke up, I wasn't planning to. I wanted to, so badly. I wanted to tell my mother and my best friend. But I was afraid of being vulnerable to both. It was uncomfortable for me to ask my mother, because I had never been that close with her, nor had I ever had the heart to talk to her about any of this stuff. Yet I still did it. Find that inner strength. It is when you go against your heart that you are strong. When I fought against my shyness, I called out to my mother, and for the next who knows how many hours, I cried. I grieved. I screamed. When I thought I was done, more memories, more regrets and more guilt popped up. I kept going until all that I said started getting old. I was getting tired of saying the same things, feeling the same things, regretting the same things. I had gotten all my feelings out. I did the same again with my best friend that night. And it made me feel so much lighter. Grieving helps you get that weight off your chest. You start to get tired of that relationship, you start to see the holes, both in the person and your relationship. You get tired of it. It's that first shift in your sight that helps move you towards moving on.
  5. Building off of the above, CONNECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Reach out to people. Whoever you have. I was lucky to have my best friend, a close old friend, and my mother to talk with. They help you feel less alone. If you have a lot of mutual friends in common with your ex, you still have people to fall back on. There's always going to be support groups like this, random strangers online, online friends, old friends, anyone. The more people you connect with, the easier it's going to be. The less lonely you'll feel. The more fun you'll have. And the more you'll realize that you can be happy without your ex.
  6. RECONNECT WITH YOUR OLD HOBBIES, YOURSELF, AND THE THINGS YOU LOVED Games, books, music, sports, movies, tv shows, anime, anything. Reconnect with your career, your projects, anything you used to be(or still are) passionate about. Find new ones - for me, and surely for a lot of you, perhaps cooking or baking might be very tempting. It helps. Do it.

~THINGS THAT WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS~


  1. For those of you who are students like I am, if you cannot survive schoolwork and depend so much on others on work, then I highly suggest you take up some of the infinite time you have right now and devote it into STUDYING. Without boring teachers lecturing you, you might actually have fun and be interested in certain topics(I'm looking at you, fellow high school seniors who're taking physics like me. Modern is fun smh)
  2. SURROUND YOURSELF with nostalgic items or other items you can interact with. For example, if possible, I brought out some old keepsakes like my PSP, my Gameboy, and my DSi. I've also brought up a bunch of old books I used to love and just kept it near me. Even if you don't feel like using any of them, even having them around made me feel like I had something to do and always felt an interest in the things around me, so it definitely helped.
  3. PLAY VIDEO GAMES because they are fun and addicting. You can search up games to play with friends or even alone during quarantine, and I know from personal experience(from just 2 nights ago), that it definitely helps. My best friend and his friend group(unrelated to my ex) invited me to play with them one night, and although I was hesitant and still having trouble not thinking about my ex, I ended up joining. It was the best decision I ever made, second only to my decision to go no contact. We played krunker.io, surviv.io, shellshockers, town of salem, and a multitude of other games. It was the most fun I had had in a while. I laughed, I smiled, I forgot about her for what seemed like an eternity. It was the best time of my life. I highly suggest you all take advantage of this. It will remind you that you can be happy, that you can smile, and that you can depend on others that aren't your ex. You can live perfectly fine without them.
  4. WATCH TV SHOWS/ANIME/MOVIES. This is also very important in my opinion. I found this out only yesterday, but it's extremely important in my opinion and a very strong aide to moving on. I started rewatching an anime I used to watch before - Durarara. It meant a lot to me, and since it was completely unrelated to my ex, it definitely helped me forget. I'm still watching it now. I highly suggest mystery anime, or just well written, very immersive shows in general. Other suggestions(Regular TV and Anime) - Code Geass, Arrested Development, 91 Days, Game of Thrones, Animated Disney/Pixar Movies, Parasite, Koe no Katachi, Game Night, Lord of the Rings, Chappie, District 9, Mr. Robot, Mindhunters, Dexter, etc etc. In general, long-running shows/anime and very well written/mystery shows, movies, and anime are highly recommended as they can make you spend lots of time thinking about them. I've watched all of Durarara before and yet I still find myself thinking a lot about the story whenever I'm not watching it(e.g in the shower, in bed - both ripe spots for overthinking/thinking abt ur ex ykykyk)
  5. READING PHILOSOPHY/MYSTERY BOOKS. As with the above, basically the same concept. Get your brain working, mindfuck yourself, think about whatever you're reading while in the shower or when you're in bed etc. Highly recommend Being and Time by Martin Heidegger, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, No Easy Day by Mark Owen, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Ngl only the first one here is really a philosophy book, but the others are also just simple examples of very immersive, good writing that can really intrigue you. They are all different genres as well to give a bit of example as to the variety you all can have.
  6. LISTEN TO GOOD, UPLIFTING BREAK UP MUSIC Trust me, fake it till you make it if you're reading this and you're still having a hard time. It works. 'Thank U, Next', 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', 'Miss Movin' On', 'Better By Myself', 'Over Getting Over You'. All of these are great, and there are many others. Watch the music video for Thank U, Next. It'll make you feel empowered and help you come to love the new you. The better you, the stronger you. It helps a lot. It might not in the beginning, but it gets better with time. Trust me. It did for me.

~THINGS TO REMEMBER~


  1. YOU ARE HUMAN. HUMANS MAKE MISTAKES. As much as it hurts, as much as you regret it, as much as you think 'If only I hadn't done this or that, if only I hadn't been this or that, if only I'd been more this or that or been less this or that'. As much as you think those thoughts it is useless to do so. What's done is done. What's in the past is in the past. Regardless of if your ex forgives you or not, or accepts you or not, it is imperative that you accept yourself. Forgive yourself. You have made mistakes. You have hurt, and you have been hurt. That's what happened in the past. Yes, it holds a lot of weight. No, that weight should not continue to affect you like this. Forgive yourself, please. It is okay to have done what you have done. It is okay that your ex did what they did. People make mistakes. But those who grow from theirs, and others' pain, become better people. They become stronger. More resilient. Accept your flaws, your mistakes. Accept theirs too. You have both done wrong, and you have both learned from those wrongs. Accept it. Learn from it. Forgive yourself.
  2. YOU ARE YOU. YOU BELONG ONLY TO YOURSELF. I still hurt from my breakup(hell, it was only a week ago and I still love/loved my ex), but I always keep repeating this one quote to myself: 'If someone decided to leave your life, why should you let them continue to affect you?'. Conversely, if you were the one that did the breaking up, or if it was a mutual thing: 'If someone is no longer in your life, why should you let them continue to affect you?'. Do not aim to harbor hatred or ill intent towards your ex. Your goal is to move on, not to be hung up on them or to try to get revenge through any means for the rest of your life. No. Your goal is to stand up for yourself and work on yourself for you and only for you. Nobody else.
  3. DO NOT GIVE IN. This applies to a lot of things. If you've finished grieving and getting it all out, and you're in the process of healing and moving on, do not think about your partner. Whatever it takes. Do not give in. Focus your attention elsewhere. That's what you have all the previous points for. Give yourself love, give yourself things to do and throw yourself into them. One thing that personally helped me was to repeat the quote from the previous point: 'If someone is no longer in your life, why should you let them continue to affect you?'. That helped me gain hold of myself and force myself to focus on something else. Again, having friends to talk to and having something to do really helps with this, as does the quote. Don't give in when you're talking about habits and new things you've gotten into or started doing. When I started dating my ex, I started chewing a certain flavor of gum she liked. I started using certain scents of products that she liked. This, along with many other habits, were ingrained in me after months of being with my ex, and when I first started putting those items(the gum, the scents, etc.) away along with our gifts to each other, my mother saw me, and stopped me. She comforted me and reminded me. 'Why should you stop caring about yourself because it reminds you of them? You've learned and you've grown while you were with them. That's good. That's amazing. You've learned so much. Now, why should you stop that, just because it reminds you of her? You've learned a lot and become a much better person because of it, so do not give in to that. Do not let your ex affect you like that. Do not let the past tie you down like that. Move on with the things you've learned. Because now you are better. Now you are strong.' Another way you can use 'Don't give in' is in regards to texting your ex, or even checking up on them. I'm sure you still have hope. You are human. We all are. But it is false hope. I even asked my ex to text me 'There won't be any romance between us anymore' in order for myself to move on. Yet some part of me still wants to hold on. That's natural. That's okay. But remember that in reality, that is a false hope. A lie. If you give in to that hope, and if you are in the same boat as me with an ex that wants to stay friends, do not confuse 'I'll text them as a friend', with 'I've moved on', because that is not the case. Not yet. Every time you feel the need to read your texts, to text your ex, to check their story, to check their active status, to check their friends' stories and active statuses or text or even think about them and your memories - always put it off. I do it by the week. Say, 'I'll do it next week'. If that's too much for you right now, lower it. Whatever works for you. 'In an hour', 'Tomorrow', 'Tonight', 'At the end of the week', 'Next month', whatever. Just make sure you keep delaying it. Keep 'procrastinating'. The longer you go, the easier it becomes. Because everything gets better with time.
  4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Do not do it for revenge, or for the hope of getting back with them. Do all of this for yourself. Work out, eat well, practice personal hygiene, do your bed, clean your room, whatever you used to do before when you were happy. Do not fall into drinking or smoking or forgetting to take care of yourself or overeating or any of that. Fight your heart. Remember that. Fight. Like I said earlier with the grieving point: when you fight against your heart, you become stronger. Fight. Because you are strong.
  5. YOU ARE BETTER NOW. You have learned, and you have grown. You have endured so much. You are enduring heartbreak and immense pain all during a global pandemic that has shaken people's everyday lives and left their futures completely uncertain. And yet you're still here. What does that mean? It means you're strong. You have survived so much, lived through so much, endured so much. And you have learned so much from your mistakes, both in and out of that relationship. It's over now, but look at what you've found. A better you. A stronger you. You've learned so, so much from your mistakes. You've grown so much. It's time for you to cultivate that strength. Stand tall, and stand proud. You are amazing for having endured so much and come out alive. You are amazing. Each and every single one of us are. No matter the intensity or length of our suffering. Each and every single one of us are strong. So, so strong.

Look at us. We have grown and grown and now we are where we stand.
We are amazing. And we will be okay. <3
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2020.04.01 18:08 hackzubbard 2021 Spring Recruiting Update: Defense

DL - 0
Current DLs: 12 (Ideal is 9+)
Potential Departures: 1-2
2021 Needs: 2-3

Overview: Defensive Line is not a huge need in 2021 but it's a position you always want to add to and there are some pretty good ones with Alabama interest in 2021

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Damon Payne 5* (#27, #3 DT (Alabama, Ohio State, LSU) Kentucky, Michigan Payne is a midwestern defensive lineman with the potential to create havok at the defensive end position. Long, minimal bad weight, good idea of how to use his hands, good pass rush repetoir, really nice potential addition to the D-line room. As a mid-west guy, Ohio State will factore heavy into this recruitment but Alabama holds the perceived lead, with LSU also a factor. Visits will be key here but Alabama has a good hold on this 5* 70% Alabama, 25% LSU, 5% Ohio State
2. Tim Keenan 4* (#243, #18 DT) (Alabama, UGA) Auburn, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina Keenan is an Alabama boy and a true nose guard: short, squat bulldog type, who just keeps moving no matter what. Keenan has interest from multiple SEC schools with Alabama and UGA forming the top 2. Keenan has been to Alabama a ridiculous numbers of times, both as a guest of other recruits and of his own merit, so the familiarity is definitely there if Alabama wants him on their commitment list. 65% Alabama, 30% UGA, 5% Auburn
3. Shambre Jackson 4* (#217, #15 SDE) (Alabama) Oklahoma, USC Another long lean defensive lineman, this Florida player loves the Alabama culture and the development they can offer at the college level. Oklahoma and USC are the other schools involved but Alabama has the buzz here 70% Alabama, 20% Oklahoma, 10% USC
4. Tunmise Adeleye 4* (#43, #3 SDE) (Ohio State, Florida, Alabama) Oklahoma, TAMU Tunmise, originally from Texas and now at IMG in Florida, is daggum baller on the defensive line. Big time speed, aggression, pass rush moves, he's got the whole package. Alabama and Ohio State were co-leaders over the summer but a move to Florida put the Gators over Alabama in the top 2. Ohio State is the likely leader but Alabama is still in the hunt and can regain some momentum once visits resume. 50% Ohio State, 35% Florida, 15% Alabama
5. Maason Smith 5* (#24, #2 DT) (LSU, UGA, Alabama) TAMU, Florida Maason is one of the greatest defensive linemen within the 2021 class, combining speed, power, and quickness all in one package. As a Louisiana native, LSU is the natural leader with UGA and Alabama going back and forth for the runner-up spot. Regardless of their positioning, I think LSU has a strong lead here, as national title team recruing a hometown hero. 70% LSU, 15% Alabama, 15% UGA
6. Monkell Goodwine 4* (#114, #9 SDE) (Alabama, LSU, Maryland) TAMU, Penn State Monkell is another lean, quick-twitch defensive end Alabama would like to add to their D-Line corps. Goodwine's pretty wide open in terms of his interest in schools, with Maryland, Alabama, and LSU occupying the top 3 in any order, depending on the day. 33% Maryland, 33% Alabama, 33% LSU
7. Anquin Barnes 3* (#586, #33 DT) (Auburn, Alabama) UGA, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska A more recent addition to the board, Barnes is another in-state lineman. Barnes uses his size to remove offensive linemen from the play and is effective playing inside or out, albeit within a 4-man front. Barnes favors the in-state schools as his prospective destination, and while Alabama does have legit interest, I'll favor Auburn here just because they've been recruiting him longer. 50% Auburn, 50% Alabama
8. Darryl Peterson 3* (#399, #27 SDE) Wisconsin, Alabama, WVU An underrated linemen out of a smaller Ohio school, Peterson has some of the best speed I've seen on film from a lineman this cycle. Strength and the jump in talent at the college level would be his biggest hurdle but this kid is an animal in pursuit, high praise for a d-lineman. Peterson is already down to a top 3, with Wisconsin in a slight lead, but a recent Michigan offer may cause him to reevaluate. 60% Wisconsin, 40% Michigan
Other Names
1. Auburn Commit Lee Hunter 4* (#41, #6 DT) (Auburn) Tennessee, UGA, Alabama Hunter is another elite in-state lineman who made an early commitment to the cow college. When you turn on his film, you see his best trait is his mean streak: kid likes to hit. Hunter is commited to Auburn and is fairly firm but the SEC's finest, including Alabama, will continue to pursue him. 80% Alabama, 7% Tennessee, 7% UGA, 6% Alabama
2. Sherman Turner 4* (#190, #12 SDE Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, TAMU, Texas Turner is a Texas lineman who flashes athleticism and agility on the defensive line. This recruitment is still in its infancy, with Oklahoma, Alabama, and LSU as the heavy hitters. 33% Oklahoma, 33% Alabama, 33% LSU
3. J.T. Tuimoloau 5* (#2, #1 DT (Ohio State) Washington, Stanford, Alabama, USC, UCLA Tuimoloau (I don't know how to pronounce it, you figure it out) is the top rated defensive lineman in the country, with explosive athleticism and reminds me of the Defensive Linemen that will Not be Named (Antonio Alfano). Ohio State and Washington are the presumed top 2 and Ohio State is in an excellent spot here. 90% Ohio State, 10% Washington

ILB - 1
Current ILBs: 8 (Ideal is 6+)
Potential Departures: 2
2021 Needs: 2-3

Overview: ILB, for the past few years, has been a position Alabama fans have circled in their minds, citing poor talent, poor teaching, insufficient numbers or any combo of the 3. Have no fear, Bama fans, as Alabama already has 1 elite ILB commited and numerous other on the board in 2021.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Deontae Lawson 4* (#153, #9 WDE) (Alabama) Lawson is Alabama's lone commitment and what a doozy of a commitment he is. Lawson is another great ILB out of the Yellowhammer state, reminiscent of Demouy Kennedy of last year, but more compact and physical. Like Demouy, I expect him to be re-rated as an ILB and shoot up the boards. Lawson is locked in with the Tide and is actively recruiting, including Auburn commit Lee Hunter. 100% Alabama
Targets
1. Aaron Willis 4* (#110, #9 OLB) (Alabama, Maryland, LSU) Tennessee, ASU, UGA, Clemson Willis is a linebacked out of St Francis in the DMV, a national program loaded with D1 talent annually. Aaron is a flexible linebacker, with experience playing in coverage and rushing the passer, plays violent and with a good motor and great instincts during the play. Alabama is the presumed leader, due to Alabama's prior success at St. Francis, but hometown Maryland and LSU are also factors here. 50% Alabama, 40% Maryland, 10% LSU
2. Raneiria "Ra Ra" Dillworth 4* (#225, #19 OLB) (Alabama, UNC) UGA Dillworth is one of my favorite prospects in the 2021 class and a damn fine football player from the Tar Heel state. Ra Ra's biggest skill is his flexibilty: he's probably safety size right now but can bulk up to a coverage LB, runs a 4.3, can rush the passer, keep up with a guy in coverage, one of the best kept secrets in the 2021 class and the next Isaiah Simmons, IMO. Dillworth had originally planned to make an April commitment with Alabama and UNC as his final 2, but COVID-19 caused him to push that back and reopen his recruitment. Despite this, I think he'll still choose one of his 2 finalists and I think it'll be sooner than later once travel opens up. 50% UNC, 50% Alabama
3. Kendrick Blackshire 4* (#149, #6 ILB) (LSU, Alabama) Oklahoma Blackshire is a big, beefy traditional ILB from the Longhorn State. He's got college-ready size and strength as a traditional run thumper, though speed is a concern, which is only put further into question by an injury that cost him his junior season, causing some to view him as a potential faller or even one to move to DE. LSU and Alabama were co-leaders last summer, but the injury has caused both to wait and see on his recovery, as well as allowing Oklahoma to establish itself in this recruitment. 40% Oklahoma, 30% LSU, 30% Alabama
4. Barrett Carter 4* (#54, #4 OLB) (UGA) Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Auburn Carter is an elite, elite linebacker from Georgia, with a quick twitch and burst to take down anyone. Numerous schools are in heavy pursuit (Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama) but in-state UGA, who did not sign a 2020 ILB, should be the sizable favorite. 70% UGA, 20% Ohio State, 10% Clemson
5. Ian Jackson 4* (#309, #25 OLB) (Alabama, Auburn) LSU, UGA, TAMU, FSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville Jackson is another Alabama linebacker, who hits hard, is fluid in space and has potential at both LB spots. The in-state schools are the early favorite, but it's hard to gauge their current level of pursuit. LSU could be a dark horse 40% Alabama, 40% Auburm, 20% LSU
Other Names
1. Smael Mondon 5* (#23, #2 OLB) (UGA) Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Tennessee One of the nation's elite ILB prospects reminds me somewhat of Dylan Moses, with his length, speed, and RB experience. As a Georgia native, UGA is the presumed favorite 100% UGA

OLB - 0
Current OLBs: 9 (Ideal is 6+)
Potential Departures: 1-2
2021 Needs: 1-2

Overview: After last year's historic haul, OLB is lower on the list of needs. Despite this, Alabama has a number of high quality targets on their radar for a few spots in 2021.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Xavian Sorey 4* (#61, #5 OLB) (Alabama, UGA) FSU, Florida, Auburn Alabama's top OLB target is a Florida football player with serious athleticism, size and force. Starting as a XL box safety, the projection soon move to ILB/OLB with most teams, with Alabama leaning OLB at this time. Regardless, that positional versitilty shows his high athletic floor and flexablity is an asset in any defense, especially a 3-4. Alabama has been the clear leader for a while but UGA and the Florids schools will keep things interesting. 75% Alabama, 20% UGA, 5% Florida Schools
2. Dylan Brooks 5* (#19, #1 WDE) (Auburn, Alabama) Tennessee, LSU Brooks is an Alabama native and a top tier pass rusher in the 2021 class. Brooks's key attribute is his height and length, which he uses alongside high-level speed to close on the QB in second. Brooks grew up an Auburn fan in Auburn territory, making the Tigers the de-facto leaders, but Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU are all serious contenders for his signature. 40% Auburn, 30% Alabama, 20% LSU, 10% Tennessee
3. Jeremiah Williams 4* (#116, #6 WDE) Alabama, Auburn Williams is an Alabama linebacker who, yet again, has fluidity to play inside or out, showing proficiency not only in rushing the passer but in dropping back in coverage. OLB is the more likely current, as his length and fram give him a higher path to success on the edge. Williams looks likely to stay in-state with Alabama a smidge preferable to Auburn. 60% Alabama, 40% Auburn
4. Keanu Koht 4* (#303, #18 WDE) (UGA, LSU) Florida, Alabama Koht is a Florida OLB Coach Sal loves, and for good reason. Keanu's not the quickest but once he gets a head of steam, he's one of the hardest in the country to stop. Koht's already got a top 4, with UGA and LSU squarely at the top with Florida close behind. It's still wide open but Alabama is behind some teams currently. 35% LSU, 35% UGA, 20% Florida, 10% Alabama
5. Dallas Turner 4* (#165, #14 OLB) (UGA, Alabama) Florida, FSU, Ohio State Turner's a high level linebacker from the sunshine state and one of the few OLBs on our list who plays more as a pure pass rusher. UGA, Alabama, and Florida are the stable top 3, but UGA seems the have the inside track as of today 80% UGA, 10% Alabama, 10% Florida
Other Names
1. Zavier Carter 4* (#167, #15 OLB) (LSU) South Carolina, UNC, Alabama, Tennessee I don't know a ton about Zavier's recruitment and I don't know why; looking over the film, Carter's a classical edge rusher: tallest guy on the field, long, lean, bendy, quick. LSU is the most common name I've heard so I'll put them at the lead. 50% LSU, 50% Everyone Else
2. Zaire Patterson 4* (#331, #19 WDE (South Carolina, UNC) Alabama, Clemson Patterson is a quick-twitch beanpole pass rusher from my native Winston-Salem, NC. There's potential here but Patterson plays poor competition, meaning he doesn't have to compete much. Patterson has named Alabama and Clemson as hie top 2 but I don't think either is looking to take his commitment. 70% UNC, 30% South Carolina
3. Landon Jackson 4* (#109, #4 WDE) (TAMU, Texas, LSU) Alabama Jackson is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the 2021 class. I'm unsure as to how much Alabama is interested, as he seems TAMU bound regardless 100% TAMU

DB -
Current DBs: 14 (Ideal is 7-8 CBs and 6-7 S) - 7 CB/7 S
Potential Departures: 2-4
2021 Needs: 3-4 (2-3 CBs definitely, probably 1-2 S)

Overview: After numerous large DB classes the past few years, this year's DB class may be smaller in numbers but just as important; as the upcoming decisions of Surtain, Jobe, and JUCO transfer Ronald Williams could have a big impact on the CB room.

Name Rank Top Schools (List within the List) Recruiting Buzz Projections
1. Ga'Quincy "Koolaid" McKinstry - EE 5* (#18, #2 CB) Alabama, Clemson, Auburn Koolaid is one of the nation's top corners and the top in-state prospect in 2021. He's good a lean, rangey frame and he thrives off speed and athleticism you can't teach. As a Pinson Valley kid, Auburn had the inside track early; then Clemson got some buzz after getting him on campus. Currently, Alabama has the lead, after hopping in the race for another key in Koolaid's recruitment: the opportunity to play basketball in college. After a slow start, I think the McKinstrys are warming up to the Tide and I think they'll be hard to beat in the end. 45% Alabama, 35% Clemson, 20% Auburn
2. Terrion Arnold 4* (#326, #16 S) (Alabama, FSU) Ohio State, Florida Arnold is an enforcer on the back end and Nick Saban's top DB (Koolaid is higher on this board based on positional need). Arnold has the full package at safety: speed to cover, athleticism to make plays on the ball, and deadly pursuit to shut down ballcarriers. Alabama has not been shy in their pursuit of Arnold but he is allowing other schools, primarily FSU, to recruit him. Despite this, once Nick Saban locks onto a kid like this, it's hard to say no. 90% Alabama, 10% FSU
3. Latrell McCutchin 4* (#98, #10 CB) (Oklahoma) Alabama McCuthin is actually a former Bama commit and still has a fair amount of interest in the Tide. Prior film shows Latrell as a tall and physical corner, cut from the Nick Saban cloth, until an ACL injury caused him to miss his junior season. As many early commits do, McCutchin decided he wants to experience the full experience of being recruited and backed off his commitment. As this decision was made while visiting Oklahoma with some teammates, I'd say they have the lead 70% Oklahoma, 30% Alabama
4. Kamari Lassiter 3* (#347, #25 CB) Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida You don't get more Alabama than a kid from Tuscaloosa, right? Lassiter is not your average corner, as the best adjectives to describe him would be "physical" and "outstanding motor." Despite beign described like a front 7 player, Lassiter is a fun, energetic DB who's not afraid to take chances and make a play on the ball. The Tuscaloosa connection has to give Alabama the inside track if they want him but Tennessee could be a contender. 80% Alabama, 20% Tennessee
5. Kamar Wilcoxson 4* (#263, #16 ATH/CB) (Ohio State) Alabama Wilcoxson is a Florida DB with serious speed and athleticism, which gives him a variety of options at the college level. After commiting and de-commiting from Florida twice, Kamar looks to leave the state, with Ohio State and Alabama as his top 2. Ohio State is the leader and has a sizable need and seems more willing than Alabama to take Kamar at this juncture. 80% Ohio State, 20% Alabama
6. Kaine Williams 4* (#100, #4 S (LSU, Alabama) TAMU Kaine is a big-bodied safety from Louisiana, who functions better as a tackler than in coverage. Kaine set a final 3 of LSU, Alabama, and TAMU and set a commitment date for 3/23. LSU and Alabama both wanted him to camp to verify his coverage abilities before accepting his commitment while TAMU was pushing him to jump aboard. In the end, Kaine delayed his commitment, displaying not only his 2 actual favorites, but that Alabama isn't looking to take a kid just to take him. LSU and Alabama are the obvious two, and I'll give the Tigers the edge due to hometown connections. 55% LSU, 45% Alabama
7. Jaylin Davies 4* (#111, #11 CB) (UCLA, ASU, Ohio State, USC, Washington) Alabama, Texas Davies is a Cali CB from Mater Dei, the same high school as Bryce Young. Davies looks like an Alabama corner, using length and leverage to make plays on the ball in coverage. Alabama had the inide track last fall after a visit but it seems that Alabama has cooled on Davies as a potential addition to the class. UCLA is now the de-facto favorite, if there is one. 30% UCLA, 30% ASU, 30% Someone Else, 10% Alabama
8. James Williams 5* (#6, #1 S) (UGA) Clemson, Alabama James is the top DB in the nation, plays at borderline safety size but with DB sensabilities. Williams is down to a top 3 but I'd be surprised to see him end up anywhere that's not UGA. 100% UGA
Other Names
1. Ishmael Ibraheem 4* (#124, #12 CB Texas, LSU, Alabama, UGA, Michigan Ishmael is a prototypical Saban corner from Texas. Texas and LSU have the early buzz but Alabama is gaining steam here. 50% Texas, 30% LSU, 20% Alabama
2. Markevious Brown 4* (#283, #22 CB (Florida) Miami, Alabama, Miss State, UGA, Tennessee, Penn State Brown is a DB out of IMG Academy with serious length and lateral quickness. Florida is a sizable favorite here. 100% Florida
3. Jardin Gilbert 3* (#579, #39 S) Alabama, LSU Jardin is a Baton Rouge Safety with advanced coverage skills and long arms. LSU hasn't offered here but would be the leader if they do. 40% Alabama, 30% Someone Else, 30% LSU
4. Andre Mukuba 3* (#362, #19 S) (Oklahoma) Alabama, TCU, Arkansas Mukuba is a safety that plays with WR sensabilities: with great burst and route knowledge to shut down anything over the top. Mukuba was on the trip with McCutchin and also has Oklahoma in the lead 100% Oklahoma.
5. De'Jahn Warren 3* (#2, #1 JUCO CB (Penn State) Warren's your standard JUCO corner: not 5* necessarily but dependable and knowledgable. This kid loves Penn State.

Bonus R-E-L-A-X Section:
Guys Alabama has a clear lead for:
- 4* WR Brian Thomas Jr
- 5* OT Tommy Brockermeyer
- 4* OG Noah Josey
- 4* OC James Brockermeyer
- 5* DT Damon Payne
- 4* SDE Shambre Jackson
- 4* DT Tim Keenan
- 4* OLB Xavian Sorey
- 4* OLB Jeremiah Williams
- 5* CB Koolaid McKinstry
- 3* CB Kamari Lassiter

Guys Alabama might have a lead for but def top 2:
- 4* QB Texas Commit Jalen Milroe
- 5* WR Jacorey Brooks
- 4* WRB Sage Ryan
- 4* WR Mario Williams
- 4* WR Agiye Hall
- 4* WR Chris Hilton
- 4* WR Malcolm Johnson Jr.
- 4* TE Hudson Wolfe
- 5* OT Amarius Mims
- 4* OG Jaeden Roberts
- 4* OG Terrance Ferguson
- 3* OT Maximus Gibbs
- 4* SDE Monkell Goodwine
- 3* DT Anquin Barnes
- 4* ILB Aaron Willis
- 4* ILB Ra Ra Dillworth
- 4* ILB Kendrick Blackshire
- 4* ILB Ian Jackson
- 5* OLB Dylan Brooks
- 4* OLB Zaire Patterson
- 4* CB Latrell McCutchin
- 4* CB Kamar Wilcoxson
- 4* S Terrion Arnold
- 4* S Kaine Williams
- 3* S Jardin Gilbert
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2020.03.26 05:49 tarawinstead How I Became Involved With the Loggers Creek Murders and "Shadow Girl"

I want to preface the entries you are about to read with an apology: Despite being an English literature major, I’ve never been much of a storyteller. Alas, I’ve never had a reason to be, so please pardon any ramblings or misguided notions that you may come across; my thoughts have always been rather jumbled and disorganized regarding the events of my childhood and teenage years. When you pair that with my forgetful tendencies, it’s easy to see how even the most traumatic memories could have become seemingly lost on me as I grew older. This doesn’t mean that they have been entirely wiped from my mind, however, as somehow a very prominent demon from my past has brought everything flooding back.
In short, I moved to a small town when I was a teenager. This small town was plagued with dark secrets, corruption, and horrible intentions. I got involved with the wrong people, and I then witnessed the town’s evil begin to unfold. I was only there for a short while, but I spent years and years thereafter trying to recover and forget. Unfortunately, that has not worked out so well for me, and even though I have moved across the country and started a family of my own, I am still haunted day after day by the past.
I have lurked in the shadows of Reddit for almost two years now, hoping to find a story like mine. I was adamant about not sharing my experiences, however, as I had no intention of revisiting the emotions I had worked so hard to bury. Something caused me to change my mind though: Last week, someone from my old town left a letter on my doorstep. I realized that now more than ever I need this platform to share my experiences and hopefully make sense of them. God knows my husband wouldn’t understand, so this is the best chance I have at finding clarity. I plan to start from the beginning and then lead up to the contents of the letter later on. Going forward, all names have been changed for the privacy of my family and those involved.
This whole mess started when my father abruptly decided to move my family across the country from our home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a small town in Oregon that I will call Loggers Creek. Now, this was over 20 years ago, back in the spring of 1996 when I was 15 years old and due to turn 16 in a couple of weeks. The cause of this sudden move was my grandmother. Grandma Marie, a proud owner of a small lakefront property in Salem, Oregon, had recently fallen ill, and my father felt inclined to live nearer to her in case of any future medical complications. Why he chose to move us to Loggers Creek instead of Salem, however, I’ll never truly know. Loggers Creek was a good hour’s drive from Salem, and although my parents claimed it had a sort of “rustic, small community charm,” I couldn’t help but think of it as a crummy, backwater town where time stood still.
I remember my older brother Logan and I being absolutely miserable when we first arrived, mostly because there was nothing to do. Even though school was still technically in session (I was a sophomore and Logan was a junior that year), my parents were too busy unloading the U-Haul truck to take us down to the community center for enrollment. It was like this for almost two weeks until Logan and I literally lost our minds, and we begged our parents to pull themselves away from unpacking. May 6th, 1996, was my first day at the local high school, a school that has since been replaced both institutionally and structurally due to corruption within the school board and an alarming amount of asbestos found in the walls of the original building. This fact is relatively irrelevant to anything I experienced during my time in Loggers Creek, but it goes to illustrate that the folks in that town just didn’t care about a lot of things.
I remember being incredibly nervous on that first day of school, mainly because I had never been the best at making friends. Even if I were socially gifted, I was certain that everyone in that school of 58 students had established their cliques long ago. Luckily for me, however, I made a friend almost immediately after I stepped into the school’s office. Her name was Grace Davis, and I don’t know how to describe her in any other way besides a blonde wallflower. While I awkwardly spoke with my counselor to retrieve my schedule, I remember seeing Grace lingering at the front desk and exchanging pleasantries with the office attendant. We then bumped into each other as we were leaving the office, and I was quick to introduce myself. Despite her meekness, Grace was kind and welcoming to me, and I clung to her immediately.
When our lunch period came around that day, Grace then introduced me to her two best friends: Antessa and Perry. Both of them were stunning, and I remember wondering why they were stuck in this town, rather, why they weren’t out in Hollywood posing for paparazzi and dating teen heartthrobs. After that initial introduction, I was able to find my place within that friend group. I felt safe with them, but it was with these three girls that I became aware of the horrible secrets that Loggers Creek held.
It had been about three weeks into my time at the high school when I first experienced anything of an uneasy nature. School was almost out for the summer, and those mid-June days made for an immense amount of stiflingly hot and humid weather. This, paired with the lack of air conditioning in the building, resulted in an uncomfortably tense atmosphere and handfuls of sweaty, short-tempered teenagers. On one of these unbearably hot days, I was sitting in the cafeteria with Perry and a few other girls while waiting for Grace and Antessa to meet us for lunch. I didn’t know the other girls very well, so I mostly just sat and listened while Perry engaged with them. They seemed to be having a relatively normal conversation, talking about their upcoming summer plans and whatnot, but the mood almost immediately shifted when one of the girls reached into her backpack and pulled out a crumpled sheet of pink construction paper.
I couldn’t see exactly what was on it, but with the way Perry reacted, I knew it must have been something of significance. I don’t remember exactly what Perry said, but she began scolding the girl for bringing the paper to school. It caught me off-guard, to be honest, as the mood of the table had shifted so rapidly. The paper didn’t remain in my sights for long, however, as Perry was quick to snatch it from the girl’s hands and shove it into her own backpack. If I wasn’t as shy as I had been, I probably would have questioned it right then and there, but I remember feeling too anxious to speak up around these girls that I barely knew. When they ended up leaving, however, I did take a moment to inquire about that crumpled sheet of pink construction paper that now rested at the bottom of Perry’s backpack.
Perry was originally very hesitant to tell me, and she shut me down almost immediately by stating that it was just a childish game. I was surprisingly persistent, however, and it didn’t take long for Perry to remove the paper from her backpack and flatten it out on the table. It was a list of sorts, written in a variety of clumsy prints. The top of the list read: “School Girl Crushes,” and it was written in big, blocky letters. As I scanned the list, I noticed that it was filled with the names of many boys, some of which I knew and some of which I didn’t. Next to each boy’s name was a timeline date (e.g. June 1994 - August 1994), a girl’s name, and then the occasional, sloppily drawn heart. After I had completely read through the list, I was confused as to why Perry and the other girl had made such a big deal about it. After all, it just seemed like a harmless list.
Perry began telling me that it was a list used by all the high school girls in the town to identify who had a crush on who, therefore identifying which high school boys were technically “off-limits.” The dates represented the time at which the crush had developed, and when a girl felt that she had gotten over a certain boy, she would add an end date. When not in use, the list was hidden between two specific books at the old town library. This didn’t seem terribly odd to me, given that this was an incredibly small town and barely anyone had a cell phone to keep track of these sorts of things, but Perry assured me that it had gotten out of hand. The keeping of the list had been going alright, and girls were respecting the written rules for the most part, but in the year previous, the list seemingly began to influence a series of tragic events.
Since the list’s creation, it had been stolen from the old town library on three separate occasions. Each time the list was stolen, it would be returned to its place within a week or so, but a boy’s name would be newly etched out or scribbled over. This alteration would be to a different boy’s name on each occasion, and Perry demonstrated this by gesturing to three spots on the list that had clearly been modified by patches and bleeds of black ink. As she pointed to each spot she would say a name, presumably that of the boy who had been “scribbled over.” At this point, I was beginning to get creeped out, but I still couldn’t find anything within her story that warranted her previous reaction. It seemed like everything she was telling me could just be a simple prank, or at the most, a game of harmless, high school jealousy. I told Perry this flat-out, and she got very angry with me. She told me that if I wasn’t going to take this seriously, I should just drop the whole thing. Looking back, I should have just dropped it, but I was too curious of a kid to pass up anything more she would have to say. After assuring her that I would take things seriously, Perry continued.
Perry told me that a few days after the list was stolen and returned for the first time, the boy whose name had been scribbled over was discovered dead in his bedroom. Injection marks were found lining his neck and arms, leading the police operation to immediately rule his death as an accidental drug overdose, despite not conducting any medical tests. This was just another example of the people in Loggers Creek not caring. The mentality within the federal department was basically: Why investigate any further when an easy solution was dropped into our laps? The boy was never given an autopsy, and the family willingly accepted their son’s “secret drug addiction” as his apparent demise. Four months later, the list was stolen and returned again, this time with a different boy’s name scribbled out. A week and a half later, he was discovered dead in his bedroom, just as the first boy had. Again, the police operation ruled his death as an accidental drug overdose without conducting any medical tests, identifying similar injection marks scattered across his upper body. Instead of possibly digging deeper into the two mysterious deaths that occurred within months of each other, the federal department opted to invest in a few more anti-drug posters for the town’s convenience store and lunch diner.
“They are still investigating the third one,” Perry said, pointing at the last scribbled out name on the list. “It is not like they are going to do anything about it, though.”
Perry then finished her story with a slight sigh, slowly bringing the list to her chest.
“We’ve been keeping it at each other’s houses now,” she whispered. “That way, we know it won’t get into the wrong hands.”
I was shocked. In those few moments that it took for those stories to sink in, I could feel my stomach knotting, and I almost immediately felt unsettled. Sure, this town had always creeped me out with it’s hinterland-esk, remote feel, but this added a whole new level of eeriness to Loggers Creek. Perry could obviously sense my unease, so she quickly crumpled the list into her hands. She told me that there wasn’t much more that she wanted to say about this whole situation, and maybe it was just some sick coincidence. I remember nodding my head, but still not saying anything. We sat in silence for a few minutes, occasionally glancing up at each other and then at the crumpled list that still remained in Perry’s hands. This cycle was broken, however, when Antessa and Grace joined us at the table.
Perry’s head immediately snapped up in response to their arrival, and I watched as her eyes widened. Perry then hastily crumpled the list up into an even smaller ball and shoved it into the depths of her backpack. The speed at which she did this was alarming, and Antessa and Grace seemed to notice. I don’t remember exactly what was said next, but Antessa was relentless in finding out what Perry was hiding. The confrontation ended with Antessa forcefully grabbing Perry’s backpack from her arms and rummaging around until she found what she was looking for. When that crumpled sheet of pink construction paper finally emerged from Perry’s backpack, both Antessa and Grace turned dangerously pale.
Antessa’s breath hitched, and she looked up at Perry in disbelief. She then let out a string of curses before slamming the backpack and the list down on the table and storming off. A few of the students in the cafeteria had noticed the commotion at this point, and they were shooting confused looks to their friends. I was definitely embarrassed to be at the center of this situation, but that feeling was quickly overridden by the concern I felt for Antessa. I even considered going after her, but with the way that my friends were reacting, I decided against it.
Grace was standing motionless at my side, gripping her lunch tray to the point of her knuckles turning white. Perry was motionless too, solemnly staring in the direction in which Antessa took off. When Grace finally glanced down towards me, her eyes were glassy and apologetic. She offered me a forced smile as she set her tray down, slowly lowering herself onto the seat next to me. Perry wouldn’t even look at her; her eyes were still trained on the cafeteria’s doorway. The remaining 20 minutes of our lunch period dragged on, filled with absent-minded small talk between Grace and I and total silence from Perry. And when the bell rang, Perry didn’t even acknowledge us; she just stood up, tray in hand, and stormed away.
I think the situation was made worse by the fact that I didn’t understand anything. I had no idea what was going on and not even the slightest hint as to why this tension was building among my friends. Because of this, I couldn’t do anything to help. For the rest of the day, I just sat in my classrooms, aimlessly staring out the windows and praying to God that I would still have a group of friends by the next day. This fear of being abandoned by my only friends in that town was terrifying, but there was nothing I could do except wait and hope that everything would cool down.
The next morning, I came to school just as anxious as I had been the day before. Thankfully, Grace was in her usual spot, quietly sitting beside my locker as she waited for me to arrive. I remember nudging her with my foot and watching as her eyes snapped up to mine, almost as if I had scared her half to death. She quickly picked herself up off the floor and tugged at my arm, pulling me out of the hallway traffic.
“I’m sorry about what happened yesterday,” she said. “I know you must be confused, and I am sorry that I didn’t say anything about it.”
I nodded my head but still held my breath, as I was only slightly less uncomfortable than I was the day before.
“Do you want to have a sleepover tonight?” Grace asked gingerly.
I stared at her for a moment, not knowing what to say. Of course, I wanted to go over to Grace’s house, but I couldn’t help but think that she was only inviting me over out of pity, or maybe the other girls would be over too, and Grace just wanted me to be a mediator between them. Before I could say anything, Grace sighed heavily and dropped her sight line to the floor.
“You don’t have to worry, it will be just you and me. And I just feel really bad about yesterday, so if you want to talk stuff over and…”
She trailed off and glanced back towards me, a pained expression on her face. I quickly nodded my head, trying to push my discomfort away.
“That would be great.”
I don’t remember exactly what Grace said next, but she seemed relieved that I had agreed to come over. Despite the situation, I was relieved too. Grace was becoming my best friend, and I couldn’t help but be excited to spend an evening with her. After ringing my mom on Grace’s Motorola StarTAC and confirming that I could stay the night, Grace and I went off to our first class.
The rest of the day went by slowly, just as the day before had. Our lunch period was more tense than usual, but Antessa had shown up and didn’t seem to be too distressed. Perry was almost her usual self too, occasionally cracking jokes and spitting out sarcastic comments. I did catch her glancing at Antessa every so often, however, and I couldn’t help but notice the apologetic look embedded within her eyes. Still, nothing was mentioned of the day before, and everything was strangely normal. Grace shot me a few apprehensive looks every now and then, but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I brushed it off as a relatively resolved conflict, but deep down, I knew that wasn’t true.
After we finished our classes for the day, Grace and I met in front of my locker. I piled a few more books into my backpack, and then we began the 10-minute journey along Main Street to get to Grace’s house. Grace lived in one of the nicer houses in Loggers Creek: one of those large creek-front properties with a wrap-around veranda and a crisp paint job. It wasn’t fancy by any means (nothing in Loggers Creek was), but her family was relatively wealthy, and a house on the creek was the best you could get. I remember walking into Grace’s house and immediately being greeted by her mother. Mrs. Davis pulled me into a hug and asked if I was staying for dinner, in which Grace informed her that I would be staying the night as well. Although she initially scolded Grace for asking a friend to stay over on a school night, Mrs. Davis told me she was happy to have me, and that dinner would be ready in half an hour. I thanked her, and Grace dragged me up the staircase to her bedroom.
Once we got upstairs, I sat cross-legged on Grace’s bed and watched as she began to wipe her makeup off with a damp washcloth. Grace sat down next to me as she did so, shuddering slightly as she scrubbed roughly at her cheeks. After a few moments, she sighed, tossing the washcloth onto her bedside table.
“So,” she said, “where do you want to start?”
I shrugged my shoulders, not having the slightest idea of where to begin. And maybe it was just the nerves I was experiencing at that moment or the horrible anticipation of what Grace wanted to tell me, but I couldn’t stop myself from blurting:
“Look, I already know about the dead guys, if that is what you invited me over to talk about…”
Grace was silent, seemingly shocked by my crude comment. For a moment, I thought that she might not even know about what Perry had told me, but when Grace cleared her throat, I knew I was wrong.
“How much do you know?”
I stuttered slightly, clutching my hands together and trying to recall the conversation I had with Perry the day before.
“Well, Perry talked to me about it at lunch yesterday… Uh, because one of the girls had the ‘School Girl Crushes’ list-”
“What girl?” Grace interjected, leaning towards me with an urgency that I had never seen before from her.
“Uh, I don’t know,” I stammered uncomfortably. “Just one of the brunettes that plays volleyball. I don’t know her name.”
Grace let out a heavy breath, seemingly relieved at my description. She then leaned back on her headboard and crossed her legs just like mine. “Alright, continue.”
“Uh, Perry had that list, and she told me about how it had been stolen and that those three boys died-”
“It was two,” Grace said, pursing her lips. “Only two died.”
I stared at her for a moment. “I thought it was three who-”
“There have been three victims so far. Only two died.”
I nodded my head slowly, unsure if I should continue due to the rate at which Grace had been interrupting me.
“That’s all I’ve been told,” I finally mustered.
Grace huffed and blinked her eyes away from me, almost as if my lack of knowledge on the subject was her biggest burden. This was the first time that I had seen her wallflower persona begin to melt away, which scared me to no end. I remember thinking about how serious this situation must be if Grace was taking her soft-spoken mannerisms, the attributes that I considered to be the biggest parts of her identity, and casting them aside.
“That third boy…” Grace mumbled, fidgeting with her duvet spread. “His name is Dylan, and he’s been in a coma for a few months. Drug-related apparently, but I can’t believe that anyone is dumb enough to not piece it together with the other deaths.”
She continued to mess with her duvet spread, picking at the loose threads that lined its seam.
“He lives next door. And Antessa had this huge crush on him before he… you know. That’s the main reason why she reacted the way she did when she saw the list. She also had relationships with the other two before they passed, so now she feels like a danger to the world and that if she loves someone, they will just get hurt… ”
Grace’s bottom lip began to quiver, and I saw her bite the inside of her cheek in attempts to stay calm. This lasted for a few moments until she brought her misty eyes up to meet mine.
“Oh God, please don’t tell her I said that,” She sniffled, wiping her nose on her sleeve.
“I won’t,” I whispered, trying to cope with the horrified feeling that was now settling over me.
Grace was obviously embarrassed that she had let herself become so vulnerable in front of me, so she quickly reached for the tissue box on her bedside table to dry her eyes. After a few seconds of composing herself, Grace balled the tissues into her hands and continued.
“Um, but the worst part is, we have no idea who is doing this. And maybe we are just crazy to think that someone is sneaking around town and hurting people, but when two boys who have never done drugs die of overdoses… I don’t know, I just… That doesn’t sit right with me.”
She was seemingly working herself up again, and I watched as Grace squeezed her hands around her tissues to the point of her knuckles turning white, just as they had the day before when she was gripping her lunch tray.
“Yeah, I get it. That doesn’t make sense.”
“I just think it has to be some sicko, you know? And with the list disappearing and being returned like that… God, it must be one of the girls that I know! One of the girls that knows about the list, I guess. It just seems like too much of a coincidence that the list was stolen, vandalized, and returned at the same time as the deaths,” Grace scoffed bitterly, tossing the crumpled tissues onto her bedside table. “Perry and I have started calling the killer ‘Shadow Girl.’ We figured it has to be one of those freakish girls who deals drugs in the shadows of the courtyard, so it seemed fitting enough.”
Before Grace could say anything more, Mrs. Davis called to us that dinner was ready. I remember being seated between Grace and Melissa, Grace’s older sister. She looked almost exactly like Grace, except slightly more put together. This was my first time actually meeting her, as Melissa was already in college and living her “big city” dreams by the time I had moved to Loggers Creek. In fact, the whole conversation at dinner was regarding Melissa’s accomplishments and her fancy scholarship to an elite fashion institute in New York City. It was quite off-putting actually, as I had just spent the previous half-hour discussing murders within the town, and now everything was immediately all sugar and sweet tea.
Mr. Davis, who had just arrived home from his shift as a Loggers Creek police officer, was thrilled to discuss Melissa’s success with his wife, daughters, and the new girl in town, but Grace didn’t seem too impressed. I caught her rolling her eyes on multiple occasions, obviously feeling overshadowed and inferior in comparison to her sister. I offered her weak smiles every now and again, but Grace still seemed unsettled. As soon as our plates were cleared, Grace dragged me back upstairs at record speed.
Once we got back to her room, Grace muttered about how she couldn’t stand Melissa and about the many instances in which her mother had favored her sister. I was happy to listen, as I also felt overshadowed by my brother at times. It was odd though, as for the rest of the evening, Grace didn’t mention anything about the list, or “Shadow Girl,” or the boys. I mean, I wasn’t going to bring it up because I certainly didn’t want to have any more nightmares than I was already destined to have, but I guess I just expected the discussion to continue once we were alone again. But it didn’t, and the rest of the sleepover was relatively unmemorable; I assume we watched a few movies, ate snacks, and then went to bed at a decent hour. It was almost as if our previous conversation had never happened, the only indication of its existence being the crumpled tissues that Grace had yet to sweep from her bedside table into the bin. Regardless, I was satisfied. I thought that I now knew everything that there was to know on the topic. Of course, I was wrong, but I didn’t know that yet.
To be honest, nothing pertaining to the list, or “Shadow Girl,” or the boys really happened in the few weeks that followed our sleepover. There was the occasional comment from Grace every now and then, but it seemed as if the dust had settled, and everything was going back to the way it had been before. I hadn’t even seen the list since Perry showed it to me, so I just assumed that it too was tucked away, never to reemerge. Honestly, I almost forgot about it, as I had other “important” things to be caught up in, such as my essays and final exams.
Then school ended, and I went back to being bored out of my mind most days. I did, however, see the girls every once in a while, mainly when we would meet for a game of volleyball at the local courts or take Perry’s car out to a neighboring town with a drive-in theater. It wasn’t until mid-July, however, when the whole mess would be brought up again, and I would become dangerously involved.
As the reader, you must be incredibly skeptical and confused as to why I decided to make a post about this. I can just imagine that you’re thinking: So what? Two boys died in a small town before you lived there. You didn’t even know them! How could it have affected you that much? I wish I could say that you were right, and that I am just being dramatic and making something out of nothing. I promise you, though, that is not the case.
I realize that this post has gotten a little lengthy, and I apologize for that, but every time I finish typing a paragraph, a new memory surfaces in my mind. I also realize that this post is turning into a poorly organized memoir about my high school years, but I just can’t bring myself to edit anything out. It’s like when you are writing a passage in your diary. Even though you might be writing about a horrible, traumatic event, you can’t bear the idea of not getting every last detail of the story out onto paper. You need to get it out of your system, and you need to have it staring you straight in the face in order to truly analyze the subject matter. It might be hard to relive it, but you are just itching to tell someone, even if that someone is the flimsy journal that you have kept on your bedside table since grade school.
This seems like a good place to end this post, but I assure you, I’m not finished. I don’t know when I will post next, but hopefully, it will be soon. I just need to take some more time to translate my thoughts into words. Thank you.
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