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Stanton
 Posted: Oct 2 2016, 07:31 PM
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There won't be any pain. Only an eternity together. Come back to me.


Where are the shadows?

I know they're awake.

Halloween—a night when he could most enjoy his unique mode of transportation. Well, he said unique, but Stanton wasn't by any stretch of the imagination the only person in the library who could dissolve into the shadows. He wasn't even the only person in his series. This was a mark of a Follower, and he had been one for so many centuries that he no longer remembered what it was like to have to travel by foot or by vehicle—to not, at some point, be able to shadow himself to where he needed to be.

Halloween—a wonderful night to release the darkness bred into him. There was only so much a handful of years could do to instill goodness in him, and only so much of that could hold out after the life he'd been taken into. Stanton wanted to revel in the fear he could elicit, and what better night than Halloween night—Haunted Library night?

Off around the shelves he swooped, diving past Harry Potter's series, swooping around the base of the stacks on over to the other side. Then it was up, up, up to the heights, right to the very tip of the ceiling, swirling through the paper-crafted decorations, teasing the cheesy ghosts tails in his passing.

Round and about and all around he soared and sailed and slinked, then materializing behind a woman. Then a man. Then in front of a cat. Startling all of them. Oh, this was far too fun!

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2016.10.31 | 8:55 PM | Quote: DOM #13, pg. 5

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Lalli Hotakainen
 Posted: Oct 12 2016, 08:50 AM
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Don't mind him. He's never very good company.


October 31, 9:15 PM

Tuuri wanted to experience the night's festivities. Though she had been last year, she wanted to go again and see what she hadn't gotten to see before. Considering the crowds of patrons and the tricky characters all about, she hadn't gotten to see as much as she would have liked. Reynir seemed interested, too, and Sigrun thought it would be a great time to scope out the kinds of characters in the library.

In the end, Mikkel stayed behind with Onni to guard their computer and the other characters who had little way of defending themselves. Lalli knew it pained Onni to watch his sister and cousin go off into likely danger, but it was either send Lalli along or leave Tuuri defenseless, magically-speaking. So Onni taught Lalli another spell, and away they went. Lalli wished he could have traded spots with Onni, but Onni never did care for the unknown.

That was how the rest of the expedition team ended up the lobby. As they had seen last year, this room hosted crafts and candy, and while those interested Lalli's teammates in their own right, they had seen them before. This year, apparently, their goal was the room off to the left of the library, the one Lalli had scouted a few months prior. Kids in costumes walked over to the doors, knocked, said words Lalli didn't understand, and received items. Tuuri wanted to learn more, so there they headed.

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Stanton
 Posted: Oct 13 2016, 02:06 PM
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There won't be any pain. Only an eternity together. Come back to me.


Where are the shadows?

I know they're awake.

Wanting to be where the action was at, Stanton flew off to the lobby. Beneath him, patrons ate candy and cut out paper pumpkins. Kids colored Halloween images while adults talked. And everyone seemed to wear a costume. Music played from somewhere—likely from behind the front desk—though Stanton knew from previous years that once patrons entered the Haunted Library portion of the building, the music ceased and the eerie sounds began.

What chaos could he, a tiny shadow, create for the guests? In all reality, probably very little alone. He had inhuman strength, but he was still only two to three inches tall. If he pushed or lifted anything, it would need to be relatively small, like a piece of candy. Maybe he could spook a few kids by making their mini Snickers bars float.

As he scanned the area for good targets, Stanton took note of all manner of characters in the lobby. Some watched curiously, while others couldn't care less. Those like him, the more evilly-inclined, tried their hands (or lack thereof) at pranking the patrons. Others seemed keen on pranking other characters. Stanton wished Halloween came about more than once a year!

He watched a group dressed in white uniforms make their way towards the trick-or-treat area. That was when an idea hit him. Of course! He could kill two birds with one stone. He would take candy from the bowls the adults carried and make it float in front of the kids and the adults. Why unnerve only children?

for Lalli

2016.10.31 | 9:20 PM | Quote: DOM #13, pg. 5

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Lalli Hotakainen
 Posted: Oct 20 2016, 09:01 AM
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Don't mind him. He's never very good company.


October 31, 9:25 PM

Some characters who could fly, but who seemed otherwise harmless, tried spooking their crew. Coming from a post-apocalyptic world of monsters and ghosts, however, Lalli’s group had encountered far scarier creatures than spirits who rattled the chains around their wrists. As far as Lalli could tell, the majority of characters who could do them actual harm aimed for loftier heights. They could get at their fellow characters any day, but creeping out patrons on Halloween? That came only once a year.

They finally reached the doors to the room Lalli had scouted in earlier months. Tuuri watched in fascination as kids dressed as all manner of characters and creatures knocked at the doors. When the adults, similarly dressed up, answered their knocks, the kids, almost in unison, piped up with a cheery phrase Lalli didn’t understand. A bit of small talk passed between the adult and the kids, and the kids received treats. Candy, apparently, according to Tuuri.

“Sigrun wants us to explore inside,” Tuuri translated for Lalli. He appreciated it. Even after all their time spent together, both on missions and between them, Lalli couldn’t completely understand Sigrun or any other of their companions. They communicated on the few words they learned from one another and on gestures. Lalli knew from watching Sigrun that she wanted at least him to go inside, but he hadn’t expected her to lead the entire group on the escapade. He had scouted it out already, sure, but what it the layout had changed? What if characters laid in waiting for a group just like them?

He communicated this to Tuuri, who then relayed his concerns to Sigrun. With a grin and a wave of her hand, she said something in Norwegian and indicated the gun at her side. Then she said something else, and Lalli only picked up on “You” and “Go”. She motioned for him to step inside, and Lalli looked to Tuuri for clarification.

“She says to lead the way. She’ll follow, then Reynir and I, and Emil will bring up the tail end of the line.”

Though it didn’t completely please Lalli, he nodded and went ahead of them. While the door was open and kids received more candy, Lalli entered the room and kept close to the wall. The lights were dim and decorations had been placed here and there, but the room wasn’t as made up as the rest of the library was. Patrons weren’t allowed inside the staff room, as Tuuri and the rest had decided the room’s purpose was for, so there was no need to decorate beyond what the patrons could see, except for the amusement of the adults who waited for visitors.

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Stanton
 Posted: Oct 20 2016, 09:03 AM
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There won't be any pain. Only an eternity together. Come back to me.


Where are the shadows?

I know they're awake.

The group of characters Stanton had seen before arrived at the trick-or-treating area at last, but he paid them little mind otherwise. He had bigger fish to fry. As they stood around talking about what they would do next, Stanton focused on the kids who were picking out candy.

Stanton flew into the candy bowl and materialized on the most stable, out-of-reach pieces of candy as he could. With eager children in the mix, he knew he had only seconds before the grabby hands mixed, turned, and pulled the candy around, causing him to fall.

He chose a small piece of candy—a Tootsie Roll, it seemed—and picked it up. It was just about his size, and with his supernatural strength, he succeeded in lifting it lengthwise. No one seemed to notice, but with the chaos of children eager for the best pieces of candy, he doubted anyone would see the Tootsie Roll standing on end.

Wrapping his arms around the candy in a bear hug, Stanton turned to shadow, and the candy turned with him. Patrons couldn’t see Stanton in any form, but, from his experience, they could see the shadow that used to be the candy. Or, at the very least, they could see that candy had disappeared. He hoped one of the patrons would tell the others what they witnessed. It was rare that he heard from them comments about turning items into shadow, and he didn’t trust what other characters who watched him told him about it. Could they see the candy shadow because they were characters like him? Or did patrons see a shadow in place of the candy, too? He knew they could all see it if the characters pushed a pencil off a desk, but what about turning objects to shadow? Did they simply become invisible then?

Stanton flew himself and the candy up to the height of the adult’s forehead. Then, with a smirk and a small shot of adrenaline, he materialized and dropped the candy. He fell alongside it, but they couldn’t see him. Stanton allowed himself a few seconds to enjoy the fall so he didn’t transform too suddenly, but he did turn back to shadow before he hit the candy bowl or any someone’s hands. Now he could see all of their expressions at once.

for Lalli

2016.10.31 | 9:25 PM | Quote: DOM #13, pg. 5

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