Halforums House 4 - Story/Update thread

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Zappit: “I’ve somehow been transported into a Ben Stiller movie and I MUST PAINT IT!”

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Sparhawk returns from work miserable, exhausted, and fun-deprived. His performance is excellent, but he faces a ridiculous array of requirements to get promoted.
This game is getting to be way too realistic.


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Saturday, 7th of Summer, Year 2 - Household 1


In which nothing particularly monumental happens, for once.

Charon cooks up some stew for breakfast.

Seems like some people would rather have leftovers, though. Even if that means cheese eyeballs and spooky cookies. Well, at least that might be a theme thing for Gryfter.
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Jun's only got to practice a little more to reach skill 8 on violin, and then she can start writing songs.
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Bubble's gotten an early start today on his exercise routines.
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Cheesy is close to getting the logic level he needs to be caught up to Gryfter.
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Gryfter, meanwhile hones his handiness by carving an elephant out of a block of wood.
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Oh. Looks like Gryfter will have further opportunities to raise handiness, thanks to Wasabi.
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A ghost's work is never done.
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Wasabi reaches dance skill 5, the highest it can go. Nobody can bust a move better than Wasabi, now!

Excelsior, Cheesy! Looks like it's time to buy that rocket.
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Celt Z just happens to be walking by. Charon invites her in to hang out.
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No idea what's got Adam so pissed off, though.
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Some assembly required, on that rocket. We weren't using that bonfire, anyway.
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Charon and Celt Z have a rousing foosball match. I think that's the first time I've seen the table actually get used.
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Finally attaining skill 8 at the violin, Jun can now compose her own original songs. She begins work immediately.
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Two heads are better than one. Gryfter and Cheesy set to work building their rocket.
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Hot dogs by the river with some townies seems to have cheered Adam up.
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Celt Z has things she's gotta do (bow wow chicka wow wow), but before she leaves, Charon gives her a key, so she can just come on over whenever she wants, without needing an invitation.
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General Specific tempts fate.
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After 4 hours, Cheesy really needs a trip to the bathroom and Gryfter's completely worn out. Who would have thought space travel would be so much work?!
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Cheesy devastates the bathroom.
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Luca wants to go for a walk, so Terrik hitches him up and off they go.
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They barely get down the street before Luca is all worn out.

They do take care of some business on the way back, though.
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This is the third time Bubble has been out exercising today. Did Household 3 kick him out or something??
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Writing music is a long and slow process, and a solitary one, too. Jun needs to stop down to get some socializing in.
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Thankfully she lives in a house full of gregarious knuckleheads.
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Terrik starts gathering up dishes, then suddenly decides he'd rather do something else.
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Gryfter tries to get a little more work done on the rocket. Hopefully the hammering doesn't keep the neighbors up.
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Jun was enjoying a nice conversation when Charon had to go and possess the furniture. Now she needs a relaxing steam.
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General Specific works his programming skills so that he can write a game or app for his aspiration. He keeps getting distracted, though.
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Cheesy hongry. Rocket can wait.
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Wasabi's noon nap is really paying off. She makes it through the whole night and isn't even tired in the slightest.
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I wasn't kicked out, I just heard there were predatory redheads around, jumping or snogging anyone they met in the streets. Need to get in on that action, so need to be in the streets!


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Sunday, 1st of Fall, Year 3 - Household2


Getting Old Sucks.

HCGLNS starts off the day with a little mixology.

Dirona's lack of gardening skill is holding her back at work, so she works to remedy that.

Squidley makes pancakes, but MikeRC wants one of Dirona's flirty cookies for breakfast.
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Adam knocks out those TPS reports. Don't forget the new cover sheet, Adam.
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The only thing harvestable in the area right now are mushrooms. Fortunately, they count, for Dirona's performance task.
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Looks like HCGLNS has chosen to drink his breakfast again, today.
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A little bit of getting your hands dirty pays off for Dirona.
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Kags is out for her morning Jog.
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Squidley busts the toilet and straight up pretends nothing is wrong.
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Emrys decides it's too early to get up, and immediately has a nap.
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Dirona spent so much time getting ready for work she didn't get a chance to eat breakfast before heading out the door. Hope that doesn't impact her work day too much.
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Squidley's very affectionate. Even with a translucent hubby.
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Welp, she retired to devote more time to her art, so let's get artsy!
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I had directed Patrthom to fix the toilet, but I guess he thought it could wait.
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Adam's gonna need to practice his schmoozing if he wants his next promotion. Fortunately, the bathrooms are awash in mirrors, handy for doing just that.
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Pat finally gets a round tuit.
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It looks like Emrys' ferret is starting to get on in years... it's not spending as much time running around and playing as it used to, but rather sleeping and lying around.
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Kitty hugs.
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MikeRC has decided to eat breakfast in the living room instead of at the table. And not even watching TV or anything.
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Feeling particularly energetic, Emrys challenges the ghostly members of the household to a basketball shootout. They get two entire shots in before somebody loses the ball and they call the whole thing off, worn out anyway.

Even in his advancing years, the Ferret is still doing some wacky stuff.

HCGLNS is moved to tears by the zombie flick he is watching.
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Ear-growing Ferrets sure can make a mess.
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Squidley and Adam had a productive morning, so they have an early afternoon nap.
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So does Patrthom, in a slightly less conventional (but not uncommon) location.
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MikeRC is looking to step up his prank game. Fortunately, HCGLNS is a pretty good sport about it.

Emrys actually manages to teach Pudding to NOT scratch the furniture. Will wonders never cease?!
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Ok, Mike, a prank is a prank but THAT's just naaayaaasty.

Dirona's hard work has paid off! She's been promoted! But now she's soooo exhausted...
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...that she doesn't even make it up the stairs.
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Emrys wanted some Tea, but this darn thing isn't working. And she doesn't know why, so stop asking her questions already.
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She will happily assist Patrthom by dancing while he fixes it, though.

Adam partakes of some of HCGLNS's practice drinks while he sells off Squidley's artistic labors to local collectors.
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Wasabi spends all afternoon on the jogging trail networking with townies.
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Nice! Squidley paints her first masterpiece! It sells to a full blown art gallery for more than she made as a detective in a day.
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HCGLNS is grumpy, so he possesses a toilet and breaks it from the inside. Surely there are more productive ways to handle your discomfort, you hobo.
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Dei doesn't look to be much enjoying her evening walk.
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After a hard day's pranking, nothing like sippin' some booze while lounging in the hot tub, right Mike?
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HCGLNS's misbehavior has given Patrthom the opportunity to finally get to handiness level 5.
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Guess it's time to get him his rocket. All the other kids in the neighborhood are getting them, after all. Koi pond, we hardly knew ye.
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Before he even thinks about getting started on that, though, he's gotta fix the jukebox.
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Squidley's had a very artful day, so she turns in.
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Huh. I didn't even notice, but apparently at some point, Vero came over and let herself in, and helped herself to MikeRC's computer.
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Dirona woke up from her post-work nap feeling better, but now she needs some fun... desperately...
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Well, after dinner, she and MikeRC shoo Vero out of their room... and get to making their own fun.

Thing is, when you get to be a certain age... sometimes woohoo does as much harm as it does good.
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Vero finally heads home around midnight.
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Dirona goes to bed after that, and nothing much happens until 3am when Squidley and HCGLNS wake up.
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She cooks up some pancakes, and the day is set to do it all over again.
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That start of the day pic is so damn true. Pudding does nothing but jump around and get in the way until fed.


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Spoiler alert: learning a new job is almost as exhausting as explaining your old job to a new sucker/victim.
Yeah, I don't know if I'll be updating during the week, but I think I can get one or two out this weekend. We'll see how it all shakes out.
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During this lull, I have this. Internet Superstar Kian Fyres took up Mixology as a hobby after retirement. This was the result.
Appletinis. Appletinis everywhere.


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Monday, 2nd of Fall, Year 3 - Household 3


That sinking feeling

Well, it looks like in the interim, the reaper finally caught up with MD. No matter how fit you are, he'll catch up eventually. The good news is you don't have to have a body to be a bodybuilder, so he can keep working his fitness regimen beyond the grave. Though, the exercise limitations placed on elders still apply.
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Bubble maxes out his Dancing skill.
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Vero gets in an early morning swim.
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And Kags is just arriving home... maybe from a 5 am jog?
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Gruebeard has comedy pretty well down for the moment, so he practices his violin to help with his job performance.
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A good-morning kiss from Cog before he starts working on his rocket. Hope he brushed his teeth.
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Bubble cooks breakfast, plus a little extra, to maximize his chances at career advancement.
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Kags washes her hands in the kitchen sink and YE GODS WOMAN what have you had your hands in?!
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Grue's violin practice does not enhance breakfast very much.
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Kags attempts to tidy the wreckage of her presence.
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Well THAT didn't go according to plan.
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Cog stops down from working on his rocket to fix the sink. He also upgrades it to be self-cleaning, to help deal with the Kags-filth in the future.
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Bhamv makes a friend... about what do you think they are conversing?
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Drawn Inward manages to find enough elements to send off to the geo council today to satisfy the requirements of his aspiration.
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The frogs, however, are taking their time with breeding. He'll have to wrap that one up next time.
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Having fixed the sink (and the tea machine that was broken while he fixed the sink), Cog opts for a nap.
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Dei and Wasabi, out enjoying the fall air in this, the autumn of their life.
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What... AGAIN?
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Dudebro dance party.
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Vero gets some charisma practice in, managing to make it to level 8 today.
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Cog awakens from his nap and fixes the sink again. Incidentally, he's fixed so many things, he has 45 upgrade parts now.
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He works on his rocket for a while, but a foul mood prompts him to seek coffee.
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Mmm... Coffee fixes everything.
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Kags mistakenly barges in on Grue in the bathroom. The horror!
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Damn, Grue... maybe try a little fiber in your diet?
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Cog's used to the routine by now. MindDetective is worn out from exercising, so he helps with the mess.
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Bubble got promoted! But while the hard word paid off, it has left him very tense. At least that advances his aspiration to the next level.. now he needs level 5 in 5 skills... and to make level 3 in a second career.
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OH COME ON! Nobody was even using it this time!
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Bubble spends much of the evening standing around doing nothing in particular, complaining about how tense he is.
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Finally he decides on a nap.
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For reasons of which I am unclear, Drawn Inward decides to possess the piano.

When Bubble wakes up from his nap, he decides to try for the last little bit of fitness he needs to make level 5. Cog has dinner standing between the dancing girls of Household 3.
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Most everybody else opts to have dinner in front of the TV. Cog shushes people who talk during the show.
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Grue didn't get promoted today, and he's super exhausted, too. That's show biz, I guess.
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Grue didn't make it. He passes out for a little while, and then clambers the rest of the way to bed, at which point everybody is asleep.
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Bubble wakes up around 2 am and finishes up getting that 5th level on fitness.
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He then calls his boss (who I am sure is glad to hear from him at 2 am) and announces his retirement. He'll have to get a different job for his aspiration, but at least he can collect his pension until then.
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He then works on logic until the sun comes up.
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Tuesday, 3rd of Fall, Year 3 - Household 4


Let the bodies hit the floor gingerly find somewhere comfortable to ease themselves to the floor.

Just another average morning at Household 4, nothing ominous going on here! Gas is grilling burgers for breakfast, and everybody else is wasting time, as per usual.
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Daisy is an independent dog, that means Snuffles can just turn her loose to run around the neighborhood at will.
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Tin begins work on an end table, to get that last bit of Handiness he needs.
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DarkAudit's got work in a few hours, so he better get his videogaming in.
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Mmmm.. Burgers for breakfast. Brilliant. Also, Jwhouk's gotta play chess before he goes to work, too.
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What is this "burgers for breakfast" nonsense? Dei knows there is but one chosen, hallowed, perfect breakfast food. And that is, of course, the blessed cheese.
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Somebody Celt Z was friends with has died, apparently (hard to say who, though), and she spends much of the morning crying about it in various locations.
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Tin achieves his handiness prerequisite, so I buy him his rocket kit. The driveway is really the only place with space to put it, and I have to move the basketball goal.
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Tin's gotten pretty long in the tooth (as have we all), so it seems best to use his reward points to turn back the clock, even if it is just to the beginning of the Elder phase.
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Snuffles doesn't work for 3 days, so he can goof off this morning in VR.
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At around 6am, everybody's phones start ringing to let them know that Emrys has passed away. This has a major affect on most of the denizens of household 4, especially Celt Z.
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Well, at least Tin's end table came out well. Some of Jwhouk's rocket junk is placed upon it.
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You guys know we have tables, chairs, a bar... all kinds of places to sit and eat... right? You don't have to stand in the kitchen.
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Kags' jogging has become more of a "power walk."
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Celt Z moves her mourning from the bed to the closet.

Tin gets to work on assembling his rocket.
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Is there really no other trash can in the house? Dei has to walk all the way to the curb to scrape plates.
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Emerging from the closet, Celt Z feels the burden of life is too heavy to continue carrying it.

The reaper is completely unmoved by Gas's pleas for clemency.

Celt Z's mortal coil is shuffled off.

"Well this is a fine how do you do." I am tired of messing with urns and whatnot, so I just debugtool Celt Z's ghost back into the household.
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Guh, who the heck befouled the bathroom sink so thoroughly?!
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True to form, Celt Z has returned from the beyond.... to CLEAN.
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Jwhouk has himself a fancy-ass breakfast.
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Snuffles grabs the popular nap spot. DA and Gas head off to work. This promises to be a lousy day for both.
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Wasabi's too mopey to jog properly.
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Meanwhile, the Reaper just hangs around for a while watching TV.
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Celt Z goes online to chat. "Hey everybody, the rumors of my demise have been... well, accurate... but I'm still here!"
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Then the sisters get in a little vidya.
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Somebody broke the dishwasher. Dei mops up the puddle. She doesn't LIKE it. But she does it.
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Daisy takes a nap in the middle of the street. I guess you can't run over a ghost dog?
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Tin takes a break from working on his rocket to fix the dishwasher.
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A nap and a bit of booze will do wonders for your morale, right Snuff?
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Some ease their pain through camaraderie...

... some go with what they know...
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... and some pester their siblings by eating beans and franks next to them until the flatulence drives them away.
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DarkAudit gets home from work... and immediately drops dead.

Dei's appeal to the Grim Reaper is unsuccessful, and he, too, becomes ethereal.
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Sara's too bummed to barbecue today.
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Ironically, Emrys texts Gas from beyond the grave to console him on Celt Z's passing. I don't know how this works, given that I haven't had a chance to "ghostify" her yet.
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Bubble's just not into jogging today, after what he's seen.
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Coffee and Home Repair.
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Gas spent all day at work moping around and getting nothing done. And now he's exhausted.
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This seems way more poignant than it needs to be.
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Snuffles seems to have decided in favor of caffeine over actual sleep.
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Jwhouk didn't have a good day at work, either, unsurprisingly. Straight to bed with him.
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DarkAudit gets a little drink in him and decides to try to pull some ghostly pranks on Bubble and Bhamv... but they disperse instantly when he arrives.

In a fit of ghostly pique, Celt Z possesses one of the upstairs showers, breaking it.
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Jwhouk's time has apparently also come, tonight... and he barely goes horizontal before Snuffles does the same!

Tinwhistler's pleas to the Grim Reaper on Snuffles' behalf succeed!... but while he's doing that, Dei expires.

Celt Z makes the case for sparing Dei to the reaper, and also succeeds.
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And since he's on a roll, Tin also successfully intervenes with death on Jwhouk's behalf.
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Gas and Jwhouk have seen so much death in one day, they're both inspired to retire immediately. No sense slaving for the man for what little time they have left, and both have made their aspirational achievement anyway, so they don't need the jobs anymore, anyway. Snuffles keeps his.
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Well, all in all, I guess today could have gone a lot worse than it did.
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Gas and Jwhouk have an early morning breakfast and debate who is best Captain.
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Bubble continues to roam the neighborhood with a haunted expression. I think he's afraid of what he might find waiting for him if he goes home...
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You didn't get my aspiration high enough to discuss the god food with the Reaper yet, how depressing.
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Hey, there's an update! We live!
*reads post*
...well, crap.

Geez, Gas, you couldn't sweet talk the Grim Reaper any better? I got Dei a reprieve! Next time I'm haunting the hot tub!
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I just wonder how much more successful Gas’ pleas would have been without GYRATING NAKED SNUFFLES right there beside him.



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Hey, there's an update! We live!
*reads post*
...well, crap.

Geez, Gas, you couldn't sweet talk the Grim Reaper any better? I got Dei a reprieve! Next time I'm haunting the hot tub!
The Reaper knew you'd been runnin' round on me!