Walden's Fate

[20:38:09] <TeslaTornado> Kevin lights a fire in Commons, carrying his copy of Walden. Smoke is curled up on the bricks in front of the fire, dozing.
[20:38:40] <ProcyonLotor> He coughs. He forgot to open the flue.
[20:38:47] <ZombieRaptor> Kendall is scribbling on papers in the commons.
[20:38:51] <atomicAvenger> She tenses up at the brief smell of smoke, and edges to closer to the door. "…e-excuse me?"
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[20:40:28] <TeslaTornado> Kevin quickly opens the flue and damps the fire slightly. "Sorry, ma'am."
[20:42:33] <atomicAvenger> She's still uncomfortable with the fire in the room, but at least it wasn't as large as before. "…th-thanks."
[20:42:53] <TeslaTornado> Kevin lowers himself onto Hill's couch and starts reading.
[20:43:07] <Riemann> Oh no that fucker didn't
[20:43:17] <Riemann> With a clear note and everything
[20:43:30] <TeslaTornado> Kevin doesn't see a note.
[20:43:45] <Riemann> Roll perception or something. It is there
[20:44:03] <ProcyonLotor> Mdef Kevin.
[20:44:35] <TeslaTornado> 4df+7 (MDef+Iceman)
[20:44:36] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (MDef+Iceman): 6 (4df+7=0, 0, 0, 4-)
[20:44:58] <ProcyonLotor> 4df+9 Thoreau's incompetence as a philosopher, author, and human being.
[20:44:58] <Glacon> ProcyonLotor: Thoreau's incompetence as a philosopher, author, and human being.: 12 (4df+9=3+, 3+, 3+, 0)
[20:45:04] <ProcyonLotor> Kevin yawns.
[20:45:24] <Riemann> This book isn't too terribly interestin
[20:45:40] <Riemann> And Thoreau keeps talking about not paying taxes
[20:46:17] <ProcyonLotor> Paying taxes is important.
[20:47:16] <atomicAvenger> Harley is beasting :D
[20:47:16] <TeslaTornado> Kevin is a foreign national. He doesn't do this whole "tax" thing.
[20:47:33] <atomicAvenger> Oh no…EYE BEES D:
[20:47:56] <Riemann> And why is he now contradicting himself. First he talks about solitude and how great it is, then he rambles on about the wonders of visitors
[20:49:10] <TeslaTornado> Kevin notes the hypocrisy.
[20:50:47] <Riemann> Kevin continues to read in peace, no longer harassed by weird facets of the universe
[20:51:33] <TeslaTornado> Kevin is too cool for the universe. If he weren't in the Foundation he would probably just sublimate into a cloud of self-absorption and cool sunglasses.
[20:52:12] <atomicAvenger> Fran eyes the fire nervously, as if waiting for it to flick upwards and consume some wayward scrap of paper or errant tassel.
[20:52:16] <Riemann> Somewhere, Fate and Luck look down upon Kevin, the pawn in their universal game.
[20:52:57] <TeslaTornado> They're looking down at him and seeing a guy who couldn't give less of a fuck about them.
[20:53:01] <ProcyonLotor> Fate turns to luck.
[20:53:08] <ProcyonLotor> "Is he really reading Walden?"
[20:53:29] <Riemann> "Hey, I didn't do that. No one likes Walden."
[20:53:51] <ProcyonLotor> "Wasn't me either. I'm not a monster."
[20:54:09] <Riemann> "That's not even a side effect of these guys." Luck motions towards a mandelbrot quantum butterfly
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[20:55:18] <ProcyonLotor> "Hmmm. Dark tidings indeed, would you not say?"
[20:56:47] <TeslaTornado> Kevin idly flips a page, jotting down a few notes in the margins.
[20:56:53] <Riemann> "Indeed." Luck turns to Blind Io, who is shaking his head. This was not His doing either
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[20:58:02] <Riemann> Fate and Luck look down on Kevin, their game momentarily forgotten, as they wonder about the inscrutability of human masochism
[20:58:31] <ProcyonLotor> "They are truly disgusting worms, are they not?"
[20:59:41] <Riemann> "Even worms are more noble, in truth."
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[21:00:15] <ProcyonLotor> "A fair statement, Luck."
[21:00:42] <TeslaTornado> Kevin is still reading, asserting his independence and free will by reading Thoreau's opus
[21:00:48] <ZombieRaptor> Kendall doesn't notice anything in the commons, continuing working on the forms.
[21:00:52] <TeslaTornado> And mildly /enjoying/ it
[21:01:29] <atomicAvenger> Fran is mildly aware that the book Kevin's reading is an acquired taste, but doesn't inquire on it. She preferred books of high fantasy anyway, and just plain fantasy in general.
[21:02:24] <ProcyonLotor> "Look at that. Sickening."
[21:02:30] <Riemann> Fran doesn't realise that Kevin /is/ reading books of high fantasy
[21:03:14] <Riemann> Luck waves a hand at her butterfly. "Very. Let us try and right that horrendous wrong."
[21:03:36] <ProcyonLotor> "That is your sphere, Luck. By all means, do."
[21:03:43] <Riemann> Through the open window, a butterfly laconically flaps into the commons of Site 19
[21:04:10] <TeslaTornado> (does this count as magic or)
[21:04:12] <Riemann> It lands on Kevins book
[21:04:28] <Riemann> (It counts as Procy/Rie fiat)
[21:04:51] <TeslaTornado> Kevin looks at this symbol of happiness, joy and everything he is not.
[21:05:16] <Riemann> Does Kevin examine it thoroughly
[21:05:19] <Riemann> ?
[21:06:05] <TeslaTornado> 4df+3 (Perc) Kevin stares at it disdainfully, looking it over.
[21:06:05] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Perc) Kevin stares at it disdainfully, looking it over.: 1 (4df+3=0, 4-, 0, 4-)
[21:06:34] <Riemann> Kevin doesn't really notice anything unusual about it. The wings are pretty neat, I guess
[21:06:53] <Riemann> It flaps lazily a couple times, but has no intentions of moving
[21:07:17] <TeslaTornado> Kevin is at an impasse with the butterfly at the moment.
[21:08:05] <Riemann> Fate and Luck watch the standoff, waiting for Kevin to inevitably shoo the butterfly
[21:08:34] <ProcyonLotor> "Hoho, I have always appreciated your direct subtlety, friend Luck."
[21:08:41] <TeslaTornado> 4df+9 (Ranged + Ungentlemanly Warfare) Kevin draws one of his Hi-Powers and shoots the butterfly.
[21:08:42] <Glacon> TeslaTornado: (Ranged + Ungentlemanly Warfare) Kevin draws one of his Hi-Powers and shoots the butterfly.: 12 (4df+9=0, 3+, 3+, 3+)
[21:09:13] <ProcyonLotor> The butterfly is shocked by the motion, and flutters off.
[21:09:28] <Riemann> Kevin does end up shooting his book though
[21:09:28] <ProcyonLotor> The recoil from the gun causes Walden to fall into the fire. It goes up like a wick.
[21:09:37] <ProcyonLotor> It smells of sulfur and horrid lies.
[21:09:41] <TeslaTornado> Kevin looks at the book and sighs.
[21:09:47] <TeslaTornado> "I'll have to get another copy, it would seem."
[21:09:59] <Riemann> The butterfly, startled by the gunshot, flaps away
[21:10:02] <atomicAvenger> Fran lets out a scream as she makes for the door, stopping only when he doesn't shoot again.
[21:10:32] <Riemann> A small cloud forms above Kevin's head, snowing lightly on him
[21:10:58] <Riemann> Luck smiles; everything has worked out well
[21:11:05] <TeslaTornado> Kevin re-holsters his Hi-Power and watches the fire.
[21:11:13] <TeslaTornado> Good thing he has a spare copy of Walden laying around his room somewhere.
[21:11:39] <ProcyonLotor> A cloud of smoke drifts off from the fire, and coalesces in a residential room.
[21:11:50] <Riemann> A small lightning bolt strikes his head. It stings a bit. The tiny cloud is not happy with him
[21:11:59] <ProcyonLotor> The sprinklers go off, and damage all books in said room.
[21:12:04] <TeslaTornado> Kevin ignores the little cloud stinging.
[21:12:09] <ProcyonLotor> A certain copy of Walden is soaked beyond repair.
[21:12:10] <TeslaTornado> He does not ignore the sprinklers.
[21:12:23] <TeslaTornado> There are precious novels in that room. Hundreds of them, perhaps more.
[21:12:29] <ProcyonLotor> All of them are fine.
[21:12:33] <ProcyonLotor> Except for Walden.
[21:12:39] <ProcyonLotor> Perhaps, you could say
[21:12:43] <ProcyonLotor> That was Walden's fate.
[21:13:06] <TeslaTornado> Kevin suddenly has a bad taste in his mouth. That bad taste that one gets when someone says a particularly bad pun.
[21:13:26] <Riemann> Their work done, Luck and Fate return to their game
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[21:13:46] <TeslaTornado> Kevin goes back to his room to take inventory of his damaged books. He looks balefully at his ruined copy of Walden.
[21:13:49] <ProcyonLotor> And the wheels grind ever-onward.

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