26th Dec 2019, 6:57 PM
Visit your local library

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Visit your local library
You give your clothes a quick smell check.

...You think you can squeeze one more day out of these, but after that you're pushing it. You remove the potato from your pants pocket and put it in the box with its brother, as you would look very strange wandering around town with a potato in your pocket.

You get dressed and head to the bus stop. It takes a little while, but the bus eventually shows up.

The bus is ... not empty this time.

"I didn't take you for a morning person," comments the bus.

"I'm not," you mutter softly, not really wanting to draw the attention of strangers. You take your previous seat near the door. As the bus starts up, you practically whisper to one of the screens. "Hey. Does this town have like... a library?"

"Well," begins the bus with a, uh, less personal volume, "MondolBooks offers a wide selectio--"

"You know she don't wanna hear all that," sasses the woman in the set of seats next to you.

"There's also a public library not far from here," the bus instead offers.

"That works," you reply, still half asleep.

"We HAD a few book stores," speaks the woman again. "My next door neighbor and her husband used to run one. Then Mondol moved in."

"Bunch o' assholes," grumbles the big guy at the back of the bus. "They're shuttin' down everybody. My boss's been gettin' letters from 'em, tryin' to threaten us over zoning laws an' shit. If I ever meet that Mondol guy I'm kickin' his ass."

You're... a little surprised. There's been a lot on the news lately about protests and huge companies getting busted down, and Maria--who you met yesterday--was pretty fired up about Mondol. ...But you're pretty well used to the public at large just kind of sucking it up and dealing with it. The power company, your internet provider, AND the local convenience store chain--just off the top of your head--were all ran by callous companies cutting every conceivable corner back in Addersfield. You were told to stop complaining--because what else were you going to do about it? Not have power? No internet? No soda? They'd already killed all their direct competition for miles. Nothing to do but get used to it, that's life.

That's what you were told.

That's how everyone there behaved.

This town seems... less eager to welcome their corporate overlords.

They have not yet acquired a taste for fine boot leather, and it's kind of refreshing. They might not be headed to MondolMall with torches and pitchforks yet, but just the fact that they're not quiet about it--or worse, defending it--reinvigorates you a bit, and makes you feel better about your decision to move here in spite of... well, everything else.

The ride to the library is indeed short. You thank the bus and hurry off, walking into the library to find...



The most built woman you have ever seen with your own eyes. She is jacked. You've seen genetically engineered people before--there were a few working for the oil company back in Addersfield, and one on the police force. You usually hear them referred to as customs, though tough street punks in movies sometimes call them tube cops. That's what they were originally designed for, to be a ready made police force; however, over the years they've started being used as fightball players, bouncers, and... pretty much anything else that needs physical labor, but can't be done by a robot (yet). There was a couple attempts to put them in MMA, too, but it never panned out.

You've just never seen anyone--not even genetically engineered--this totally shredded in person. If she flexed, you're pretty sure her shirt would just fucking explode--and maybe take half the library with it. She's petting a cat when you walk in, but the jingle of the door gives you away. You stop dead in your tracks as she rises and turns to face you.

All you can manage to force out is, "D-did something happen?"

"Oh, no," the woman laughs. You have never, never heard an engineered person laugh, not even on TV. Her clothes are visibly straining to hold her in. "I'm not a cop. I know! It's crazy. I seriously work here. I'm Cici!"

"Plaire," you reply. You're still a little stunned. God damn she's built like a tank but she's so happy and you were not prepared for this

"You new? I've been around a while and I don't think I've seen ya before."

"Oh, yeah, uh--" Focus. Not on the biceps. Not on her eyepatch, either. Deep breath. "--I just moved here. That... uhhh... that's why I'm here, actually. I need to see if the library has records on my house. Like, who used to... own it. And all that."

"Oh, sure!," she replies. She's so chipper. "Yeah, we got that. Where ya live?"

You tell her your address as she starts to circle the counter. She stops, throwing a glance back toward you. "Ohhh. You live in that house."

You reflexively squint. "What's wrong with it?"

"Dunno!," she freely admits. "Nobody stays there long, though. It just keeps gettin' cheaper and cheaper, I thought about buying it myself this last time but--well! You know how it is. One sec."

Cici disappears into a room behind the front desk for a minute or two. You have a stare down with the cat, who flops over just as Cici returns.

"Sooo... the mayor has it."

"...The mayor," you repeat.

"Yup," she confirms. "Mayor Parsons has your house's file checked out."

"...The fucking mayor," you repeat.

"Had it for a while now, it looks like," says Cici. "You could always go ask for it, I guess."

You're not sure what kind of face you're making, but you're definitely making a face.

Cici gives a big shrug, and you see muscles you didn't know existed. "Maybe the mayor wants to know why people keep moving out, too...?"

The mayor.

The mayor of the town.

The mayor of town has the file on your house. Specifically. Your house. The house you live in. The mayor.


"...You alright?," Cici asks.

"YEAH." Whoops. Bit much. "Yes. ...Yup. Yeah buddy."

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26th Dec 2019, 7:20 PM
Hari_Seldon
Does the library have any good books or games to borrow?

How do we clean our clothes? How far away is the Laundromat?

I have a feeling meeting the Mayor to get the file on our house is endgame stuff. Edit: We should ask around what the Mayor is like before meeting them, even if we just ask the librarian right now and no one else.
26th Dec 2019, 7:56 PM
While it doesn't have to be done today, it might be worth considering that the mayor is probably busy with all the bureaucracy involved with Mondol assimilating the town.
That is: we may need to make an appointment, rather than just marching into city hall at a random date and expecting him to be available.
It might not be a bad idea to check WHEN the next available appointment slot is, actually... if it turns out to be, like, next week, we may as well book it today-- take the bus to city hall and gather some courage to speak to the secretary.
26th Dec 2019, 9:44 PM
We could even find out a little bit about the mayor online if we wanted to keep our inquiries a secret.
26th Dec 2019, 11:16 PM
+1 to discreet research, and in the event of no significant info being found, a meeting being scheduled
26th Dec 2019, 7:50 PM
If these are our only clothes, it would be a real shame to wash a single set at a laundromat. We can probably get some more milage by just washing them in the kitchen or laundry room sink and letting them dry somewhere. However hopefully we do own more than one set of clothes and we can just solve this by changing like a normal person.
As for the mayor having our house papers, uh, wow. I guess we'll put that on the back burner for a bit while we work up the nerve to ask for it back.
Let's see if the library has any games we can check out, and talk to Cici a little more. It seems like she knows a thing or two about this house, and she could help us get acclimated to this town. We haven't really talked to anyone here, and librarians tend to be a good source of information. We'll probably end up gushing for a while, but I don't think she'll mind, and there doesn't seem to be anyone else around. The library seems like a good place to have our base set up, somewhere we can feel comfortable outside our home.
26th Dec 2019, 8:35 PM
+1 to asking cici about the town, or at least doing a bit of research, as well as trying to remember if we have any other clothes, or at least washing these up when we get back.
26th Dec 2019, 9:02 PM
Portal In Time
+1, and be sure to ask about the band. Let's loiter around the library after a nice talk (Maybe go on the public computers?), I'm sure Cici wouldn't mind.
26th Dec 2019, 9:45 PM
+1 to asking Cici about the band.
27th Dec 2019, 1:40 AM
27th Dec 2019, 2:48 PM
I mean, as long as the laundry isn't done at 2AM it should be fine.
26th Dec 2019, 8:10 PM
How many bedrooms does our house have, by the way? Does it have an upstairs/attic or a basement/cellar?

We should also thank that lady for stepping in for us if we see her again.
26th Dec 2019, 8:14 PM
I suppose we could ask about any electronic records related to the house they might have. Also, games, etc. And we can ask if Cici has any recommendations for stuff to do around town!

But the very first thing is to present ourselves appropriately to the cat. Hold out a hand to sniff, while not making eye contact, and then see if the cat is amenable to scritches. Maybe Cici has treats on hand and we can offer the kitty a treat :3
26th Dec 2019, 9:04 PM
Portal In Time
+1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 we've GOTTA pet the kitty cat
26th Dec 2019, 11:28 PM
Frission
+all the 1's
PETTING THE FUZZ BABY IS MANDATORY
26th Dec 2019, 11:42 PM
27th Dec 2019, 1:41 AM
27th Dec 2019, 11:11 AM
Maybe ask Cici if the cat tolerates strangers first?
27th Dec 2019, 2:42 PM
While I assume it's already implied, I do suggest asking Cici if it's ok to pet the cat.

Once permission has been obtained, and the necessary actions (as suggested by Twyll) are made to approach the cat non-threateningly, then PET CAT WITH GUSTO.
26th Dec 2019, 8:19 PM
Hari_Seldon
"they (the library) may know other things about the town--things that could elude even the bus network." - http://mda.thecomicseries.com/comics/33

So we should ask Cici about points of interest in the town that the bus wouldn't mention.
26th Dec 2019, 9:47 PM
26th Dec 2019, 11:31 PM
pkrankow
Find a local map and copy it. It would be nice to get around without added assistance.... even if in potential only.

Need to know about this "mayor" person too.

See about some yoga videos and setting up an exercise routine.

An introductory cook book.

Ask if Cici is going to see this band.
26th Dec 2019, 11:40 PM
27th Dec 2019, 12:38 AM
27th Dec 2019, 5:45 PM
On the note of yoga videos, perhaps ask Cici what she does to stay in shape. Is there a gym in town, a good place to go jogging, perhaps some genetic modification center that does these sorts of alterations (not a suggestion but good to know about)?
27th Dec 2019, 1:09 AM
The big guy on the bus, we saw him at Maria's.
27th Dec 2019, 1:18 AM
Mayor investigation is now a priority.
27th Dec 2019, 4:43 AM
We're in a library. Scour the place! Cooking for dummies as target #1, history of the town itself as #2 if Cici doesn't know the specifics. Be wary of any Odd looking books though, full evac if whispers in head begin.
27th Dec 2019, 5:52 PM
Lovin' all the descriptions about Cici and how chiseled she is.
We'll have to make a mental note to psych ourself up before seeing her again so we don't just gaze longingly at her muscles next time.