22nd Feb 2021, 8:32 PM

Check in with Ms. Halford

Check in with Ms. Halford
You take a moment to psych yourself up.


You walk up onto the porch.


You take another moment because you burned through all your psyched upness just getting to the door.


You knock.

Don'tbeweirddon'tbeweirdon'tbe--


"Oh, hi Plaire! Kate texted and said you'd be coming. Would you like to come in for a minute? I know the walk here from the bus stop is a pain. I have tea?"

"S-sure. Uhhh... decaf, if you have it."





Kate's mom leads you inside.

The TV is playing a show about whether or not Biblical angels were actually aliens.

"Oh," Ms. Halford adds from her kitchen, "and Kate said to remind you about the laundry room...? I figured you'd know what she meant."

"Oh, yeah," you reply, forcing a smile even though she can't see you. The laundry room. Before you left the house, you, Kate, and Cici decided to have one more look around for it, and

uh





Oh.

God dammit.

Slowly, you take out your notepad.

Please, Memory Holed Past Plaire, please have remembered to actually write something down. I know you're dumb, but please, just this once, do not have fucked this up for us. Sincerely, Current Plaire.


You open the notepad.

Thumb through the pages.

You don't notice anything new or out of place

until you hit the most recent entry.



THE JUJU IS BAD

INFINITE STAIRS?

DARKNESS EATS EVERYTHING

HOUSE LOUD

HOUSE DOES NOT
WANT US UPSTAIRS



. . .

The handwriting is yours.

Sloppy, maybe written in a hurry, but absolutely yours.

Fucking

UPstairs?!

W h a t.

Maybe it's one of those little foldout staircases that pop out of the ceiling.

You're trying to visualize the structure of your house and you might have room for a little attic. It's not that crazy.

In retrospect, you don't remember looking at the ceiling all that hard when you originally searched for secret passages.

It's fine. It's fine, normal even, aside from everything else about it.


Ms. Halford returns, handing you a glass of tea. It is, unlike last time, an iced tea. Heather Halford out here living life on the wild side

"Are you okay?," she asks. "You look like you've seen a ghost."

You barely manage to keep your face from making the face it wants to make.


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22nd Feb 2021, 8:47 PM
Gigafreak
...Well, let's start with mentally thanking Past Plaire for writing so much and in vivid detail even if it now makes very little sense without context.
22nd Feb 2021, 8:49 PM
Golnor
Oh. Well. Fuck you too, house.

Drink the tea, calm down, be polite. Don't hum "Stacy's Mom"
22nd Feb 2021, 10:24 PM
Katie's Mom has got it going on

I'll go sit in the corner now
22nd Feb 2021, 8:49 PM
Keep your face excited! Heather is hot and all that. Try... not to think about the bad juju upstairs, but maybe text Kate about it once you have a chance to do that without being rude. Oh, and enjoy the iced tea.
22nd Feb 2021, 8:50 PM
Compassion
Text Kate to see if she has more details! We know about bad juju now, but anything she can tell us would be good if we can remember it!
22nd Feb 2021, 9:07 PM
Snervalton
+1. Kate seemed to have an easier time remembering the backyard of the spooky house, maybe because it has absorbed some of her blood.
23rd Feb 2021, 6:27 PM
Guest
If we text Kate about this what are the chances of her dangerously investigating it more on her own... -1
22nd Feb 2021, 9:06 PM
That Fucking Guy
Wut. Did I miss some 'Plaire decides to write down things about house in case it eats her memory' strip that 'the laundry room' jogs her memory about?

Confused.
22nd Feb 2021, 9:23 PM
Portal In Time
I think we all missed it, Plaire included. It's good storytelling meant to emphasize that her memory's been lost, if she doesn't remember it why should we?
22nd Feb 2021, 9:29 PM
Morgenstern
it was quick, but 155 was where she found evidence of her first failed attempt to leave herself notes

Y ARD
23rd Feb 2021, 6:29 PM
Guest
Consider that the story follows plairs memory, if she dosnt know something g happened, we don't iether. Its as if the moment in time dosnt exist from our perspective until plain remembers
22nd Feb 2021, 9:09 PM
Snervalton
Plaire should read a bit more of the book on haunted houses before going to sleep. Does it explain what sorts of things might make a haunted house itself the problem?
22nd Feb 2021, 11:57 PM
BJBlack
+1; Reading is good, you need more knowledge.
23rd Feb 2021, 2:21 AM
Snervalton
Self-knowledge is among the most valuable kinds of knowledge.
22nd Feb 2021, 9:12 PM
Snervalton
We should also ask Ms. Halford whether she was in fact visited by Mayor Parsons and if so what were her impressions of that visit.
22nd Feb 2021, 11:59 PM
BJBlack
+1. While Parsons was probably telling the truth, you really do need more information to round out your threat assessment.
22nd Feb 2021, 9:18 PM
Portal In Time
Something tells me those infinite stairs work on Mario 64 rules. Reach Key Item(TM) and the house will let you get to the top of the stairs. Now I'm wondering if the "HOUSE LOUD" means if it was physical sound, or a psychic one.. I guess we could always ask Kate for clarification once we get to the trailer.

Answer to Ms. Halford with "May as well have".
24th Feb 2021, 1:53 PM
+1 to getting enough stars to reach the top of the staircase. Or else figuring out how to do a series of backwards running jumps to skip past that altogether.
22nd Feb 2021, 9:24 PM
Lunar Waffles
well, time to calm down, maybe eat, and go to sleep i guess.
22nd Feb 2021, 9:39 PM
undeadDreamer
Thank you past plaire. Hmm. It might be kind of weird but you could ask Kate's hot mom her full name? We may or may not want to tell her about the house because she has a hard time not telling strangers everything but she seems like she's the kind of person who wouldn't question asking for her full name too much.
22nd Feb 2021, 10:20 PM
Portal In Time
At least she's under the belief that cops shouldn't know shit, so there's no need to worry about her telling everyone everyone.
22nd Feb 2021, 11:32 PM
Tell her that "I just got some bad news, that's all." Then sit down for tea and chat about something else for a bit!
22nd Feb 2021, 11:55 PM
BJBlack
I've been torn about advising you to spill everything to everyone who registers more Good than Evil, like even a scintilla north of Neutral, but the thing is, the shit will hit the fan (sooner or later), and you can't protect everyone. You need all the help you can get, but getting innocents wrapped up in your life-or-death trials is a good recipe for dead innocents.

You know this already, certainly. That you haven't dropped the truth on Heather, or the Back Room guys, or even Maria, means you're trying to minimize the collateral damage. Hell, if you'd known how dangerous your life was going to become, you might have kept both Cici and Kate at arm's length, too.

(no matter how much Kate seems to love it)

But, perhaps Heather can help you safely. Try this: Ask for advice, but couch it so it seems innocuous. For instance, ask for advice about the mayor, but say that you and Kate are arguing about what will (or should) happen in the next season of Bunny the Vampire Killer.

Don't overuse this technique, though. She may be naive enough to invite a maybe-vampire into her home, but she might catch on and try to get involved if you solicit her advice too often.
23rd Feb 2021, 2:25 AM
Frission
So this gives me an idea for Future Plaire -- perhaps we could get Temperance to teach Plaire how to take notes in Shorthand? Someone at her level of secretaryness should have mastered that, and it'd be an excuse for us to get back over to the mayor's at some point. Maybe an icebreaker of sorts? It'd be super useful if we need to take notes again while in danger of being memoryholed and/or fear for our lives. xD
24th Feb 2021, 1:54 PM
23rd Feb 2021, 6:17 AM
Orphiex
...you know, this reads more like Plaire was forgetting what she was writing as she was writing it.

Because seriously, this is not normal, message-to-yourself writing. This is creep-you-out writing.

This is either a new level of memory redaction, or a new level of mental self-defense through auto-erasal.
23rd Feb 2021, 6:30 AM
Snervalton
Agreed, past-Plaire could easily have made more detailed and specific notes. There must have been something interfering with her ability to record/communicate.
23rd Feb 2021, 9:35 AM
Lost
Okay. The memory gap seems to start after agreeing to search the house again and ends sometime after getting on the bus (maybe). I would recommend writing the time of the gap in the notebook. Maybe adding a note about having Kate document future house searches. As for the more recent notes, it's possible that the stairs mentioned are in the laundry room or connected to it.

+1 to asking about Mayor.
23rd Feb 2021, 4:38 PM
Until we know more about how to approach the cause of the memory loss (maybe the book would help) I think it might be best to just think about what we can do with the simple fact that we know there's memories missing about specific subjects. At the very least, we can try and ask questions next time we're in the dungeon.
23rd Feb 2021, 5:23 PM
Snervalton
Yes, maybe the dimensions of the dungeon roughly parallel those of the spooky house. Or maybe they only parallel the contours of Plaire's mind? Time will tell, but +1 to consulting the book on haunted houses about their ability to affect memory.
23rd Feb 2021, 6:31 PM
Limrix
We've been hanging out with Kate, what do you expect? How's she been anyway, and what's with the bait shop still being open this late? Do they seriously get customers out here? I don't think there's even a lake for miles.

After dinner, call Kate to get the lowdown on what really happened, and ask to use the computer to contact the TFLs.

If we're going to ask about the mayor, we should do it in a friendly way, asking about the time she came to visit and what she was like.