30th Dec 2019, 9:39 PM
Go look at books

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Go look at books
While Cici continues to serenade the cat, you wander deeper into the library. You have... a lot to think about.

A gym could be good. Getting in better shape should, probably, help you in the dream world. ...Maybe? It would at least help keep you healthy while you otherwise just play video games and sleep, and it's social interaction--

...but it's social interaction.

And not just walking outside on your own terms to talk to people, but exposing yourself--making yourself vulnerable and putting yourself in a place to be judged by complete strangers in an environment you can't even pretend to belong in.

Frankly, the idea of walking into a gym scares you more than the dungeon does.

You'd have to think about it more, but you're honestly less worried about the giant mutated wolves.

You could always just work out at home.

You could ask Cici to help you work out at home.



You take a deep breath. Maybe think about something else.



You could get a gun?

Gun laws are pretty lax but guns are kind of expensive. You'd have to save up, but--hey, any bullets you use in the dream should regenerate the next night, right? And it would make you feel safer against any wild animals if you have to venture north.

...Though, Cici was probably armed. Right? And she still lost an eye trying to fight one of those animals. You're not sure how big of a gun you could handle, but it's probably not enough to take something like that head on. You'd need to train and practice, too, as you've never used a gun before--and you're... hesitant to find out what kind of people hang around a shooting range.



Hmm.



You start to see what Cici meant about this library not being in much better condition. There's stains on the floor from leaks in the ceiling. All of the books are extremely old, many weathered and damaged, and the selection's not great in general. You do manage to find a cook book, but it's like... housewife fondue recipes from the 60s.

You're not even sure what a fondue is.

You do need to check out something as a thinly disguised excuse to come back, though. If you end up checking out the old library, you'll probably want someone to come with you, and that someone is probably Cici. Also because Meatloaf is here.

You manage to find a huge stack of old magazines; you randomly grab a magazine about cats.

You also find a book about haunted houses.

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30th Dec 2019, 9:48 PM
Well, might as well grab both, and head home after saying goodbye to Cici and Meatloaf.
31st Dec 2019, 12:19 PM
Tep
+1
maybe we could do a test, see if other things besides games affect the dream dungeon.
(like the books)
30th Dec 2019, 9:57 PM
You always search the library for hidden doors, and also take the cooking book and cat mag.
30th Dec 2019, 10:13 PM
Well, we can now have literature we can read on the bus as we travel back and forth between places. Reading things on buses is a time-honored "don't talk to me" sign for commuters! Perfect for someone who dislikes social contact.
30th Dec 2019, 10:16 PM
Frission
*Sings* "Cat, cat, kittykittycat, kittykitty catcat meow meow meow~!"
Oh, um... that's all I had. Move along. :3
30th Dec 2019, 10:34 PM
Maybe check if there are other books about the occult, like the Weird Pseudo U.S. book series?

Also see if Cici wants to go with you to the concert later.
30th Dec 2019, 10:37 PM
Limrix
If Cici is looking for something to do, maybe we can show her some games. It should be easy for us to talk about, especially since we make videos about them. We can probably suggest some fun and cheap or free games that would run on her computer. It would be good for both of us. She can teach us to keep our body in shape, and we can help her take a break.

Also, we should ask her if she has a phone book so we can look up the mayor's first name and phone number, as well as see if there are any old newspapers or microfilm here. Actually, we should ask her for help finding anything that we're interested in, since she of anyone would know the place.

After that, we should probably head home to rest and prepare for the concert. Maybe change our clothes too.

Guns are probably too expensive for a while, but once we get some we can train in our dreams as long as the game we play doesn't give us magic gun skills. Also no ammo usage until we fire anything irl.
31st Dec 2019, 12:40 AM
30th Dec 2019, 10:41 PM
pkrankow
Still need a map.

Cookbook... well those old things have awesome desserts since sugar, fat, and carbs were still healthy. However basic cooking is still the same and it probably has sections written like a high school Home EC primer. Preparing protiens, fruits and veggies hasn't changed much. (I kinda hear Cici saying this)

Good magazine selection. Cats. Dogs would be good too.

Might want to glance through something like Guns n Ammo if even a little serious about a handgun.

(Edit) Need more on the mayor. Someone else mentioned so +1
30th Dec 2019, 10:57 PM
Limrix
If we don't find a map here, we can always google it when we get home. Same for cookbooks, probably.
31st Dec 2019, 2:17 PM
+1 to finding out more about the mayor. Maybe doing some research online about her electoral platform/what her politics are?
30th Dec 2019, 11:23 PM
See if any of the books are named the same as the coded ones in our first dream? Maybe Not read the haunted houses ones till the next morning. Onward!
I see you there inconspicuous Angled green book.
31st Dec 2019, 1:38 AM
Score! Cat mag!
Don't forget to get a library card on the way out.

Consider shifting your view of social interactions as being like a dating sim. Like if you can earn some "points" with Cici, maybe going to the gym with her at a later date wouldn't be as bad as just entering the building awkwardly and alone.
Not something to try right this instant but something to consider as an on-going self-improvement exercise.
31st Dec 2019, 2:04 AM
+1, especially on the social interaction idea
31st Dec 2019, 2:29 AM
Read the book on Haunted Houses, with looks at the cat magazine for courage. Many looks.
31st Dec 2019, 2:40 AM
Limrix
Golly, I sure hope there are some fluffy kitties in that magazine.
31st Dec 2019, 7:12 AM
YetiOlwen
"You could ask Cici to help you work out at home"
And
"You do need to check out something as a thinly disguised excuse to come back"

It's painfully clear that Plaire has interest in Cici. Can we please set a date for the concert or at least get her number (then ourselves a phone to be able to call said number)
31st Dec 2019, 10:35 AM
pkrankow
Some type of commitment, time and meeting point at least, yes.
We do need a new communication device (phone) and should get something. Cash flow might be an issue. I don't see our video paying for a few days at least.

(Hmm...I wonder if calling someone from our dream brings backup. )
31st Dec 2019, 2:29 PM
If we have time before the concert, maybe we could make another video? Need to start saving up if we're going to get a gun, gym membership or whatever else we might decide is useful...
1st Jan 2020, 1:14 AM
yesssss return of the cat magazine