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Alfie Solomons ([personal profile] devoutish) wrote in [community profile] snowblindrpg2016-11-17 02:06 pm

[log] the monster bait squad [closed]

Characters: Alfie Solomons, Claire Temple, Emily Kaldwin, Peter, Royce Melborn, Tifa Lockhart
Location building 162
Date: evening of 179 to morning of 181
Warnings: n/a; will edit if anything comes up

A hotel--the Norfinbury Inn. By hotel standards, it's not especially large, but it's the largest building in the downtown area. The lobby is mostly empty and seems a bit old-fashioned in design, with what appear to be wooden floors and fairly plain walls. There are a few cozy areas where people can sit, and a fireplace in the center that, while it has no wood, is in perfect working order. The front desk has nothing of note except for all the keycards to the various rooms of the hotel. It looks like there are a total of twenty rooms. There is no elevator--looks like you'll have to use the stairs the old-fashioned way.

There is a small dining room area, although there are no tables or chairs to be found. The room echoes uncomfortably due to its emptiness. It connects to a small industrial kitchen, although there is no longer any food or appliances to be found. It seems like the ovens and stoves were cut out of their places. The sinks still work, at least. There is also a door that unlocks with a management keycard that can be found in the lobby that leads downstairs.

The basement is very simple. It's colder down here than in the rest of the building, and utilitarian in style. There's a small break room, a laundry room that no longer has any of its machinery but does have large rolling baskets for moving clothes in bulk (that refuse to leave the hotel, unfortunately) and some cleaning carts devoid of cleaning supplies (that are just as stubborn as the clothes baskets). There's a small room with space for what must have once been a furnace--and an actual very old-fashioned incinerator. It's not on, of course, but if a fire were started manually, it would still function. There's nothing inside it.

The first floor of the hotel contains rooms 101 to 110. There are five single rooms and five double rooms. All of the plumbing works, though the water runs cold. The second floor, containing rooms 201 to 210, is identical to the first floor, except for one door that has no key. It's unlocked--going inside reveals an empty room covered in pictures of an eye, drawn in black paint. All of the eyes have been scribbled out with black pen.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
[Emily wakes up in the keyless room covered in crossed out eyes. Fitting. She doesn't feel like she had the day before, and she's not sure if she should find that strange or a relief. A dusting of heavy weight has settled on her shoulders.

Slowly, she picks her way out and around the hotel, feeling numb. She ends up inside the rolling basket in the laundry with her pack between her ankles and the notebook for doodling on her raised knees. The basket is just low enough that the top of her head can be seen over the edge, but the scratching of the pens on the paper echoes more than anything.]
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
[At first, she won't look back at Alfie. When she does, it's slow, and only her dark eyes peer over the edge of the basket at him. Then she looks away again without responding. The pen seems to be idly scribbling rather than drawing.]
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
[When he starts to come over, she flips the page of the notebook and, though she pretends to be drawing, the page is obviously been blank for some time.] I think I'm going to stay here for awhile. [Even when he comes close, she won't look up at him.]
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
[With the pen poised over the notebook without drawing, she seems to be thinking even if she still won't turn and look at Alfie. There's so much that happened, and she doesn't know where exactly to begin.]

You might get hurt again.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
[The pen begins scratching on the paper again after Alfie sits down. Occasionally, she can be heard changing pens, the glittery ones that Tony had given her at the aquarium.] Are you mad?
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
Am I going to be in trouble?
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[She's quiet again for a while, though continues to draw. When she's finished, she eases up over the side of the basket and hands a folded piece of paper down to Alfie. Rather than disappear, she stays perched on the edge with her chin on the backs of her fingers.

There's a doodle of a girl with a bow holding hands with a bearded man with little round glasses. At the top, it says, "I'm sorry."]

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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-11-25 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
[Claire finds Emily late in the afternoon, after having spent some time just watching Alfie sleep, and getting herself back together once Alfie had disappeared, probably to catch up with his companions himself.

She walks into the laundry, making enough noise so as to not startle Emily, and crouches a few feet away from the basket, getting herself to a eye-level position with Emily. She just wants to see if the kid is okay in any way, and help if she can.]

Hi, Emily. We've been traveling together for a few days now, but I still haven't had a chance to introduce myself. I'm Claire. How are you doing?

[Her voice is gentle, and there's a soft smile on her face.]
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[At first, Emily doesn't acknowledge Claire's presence, though not because Claire is new, or she's being purposefully mean. It takes some time, and then she peeps over the edge of the basket at Claire after the pen has stopped scribbling.

It's the lady that Alfie talks to a lot.]

I don't feel so good on the inside.
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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-11-25 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
No? You want to tell me more about it?

[Claire shifts, just enough to sit down on the floor instead of just crouching. Dust kicks up into the air between them.]

I don't know if you know, but I'm a nurse. In my world, it means I assist doctors in helping and curing people, so maybe I can help you.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-25 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[She's quiet while taking this information in and processing it. There aren't really nurses in her world, only doctors. Even nurses are technically doctors unless they are more scientists like Sokolov, and he had been Royal Physician.] I don't hurt anymore. I can draw without my hand hurting.

But I feel funny on the inside, like in my head. I feel sad because of what happened to Mister Alfie and Royce.
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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-11-25 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I thought it might be why. Have you talked to either of them? I'm sure they know that it wasn't you - not really.

[It wasn't any of them. It was crazy.]

Is there anything you think you want them to say, or do, to make you feel better? Or anything you want to say or do, yourself?

[Communication is key, in times like these.]

You might not want to, and that's absolutely fine, but just so you know, I am a very good hugger. Just if you feel like one, sometime.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-26 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
No... not yet. I don't know if they would want to talk to me. I think they might be mad. [She watches Claire over the edge of the basket carefully.] Do you like to draw?
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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-11-26 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I think they would like to talk to you. Alfie, at least, I don't really know Royce.

[Claire smiles, trying her best not to leans too close and reach out to see if Emily is banged up, or if it is some kind of shadow.]

Of course! I'm not very good at it, mind you. Do you draw a lot?
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-11-29 03:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I might wait... [To see if they may try to talk to her first. She would talk to Mister Alfie, but... she kind of murdered him herself, so... awkward.]

I like to draw, yes. [Which means A LOT!] Mister Alfie gave me a notebook of paper and Mister Stark gave me some pens.

Do you wanna draw?
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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-11-29 04:10 pm (UTC)(link)
What are you working on, yourself?

[Claire smiles, shifting a little closer.]

Sure, I'll draw with you.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-12-03 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay. [She's back down in the basket rummaging around somewhat.] I draw anything. I couldn't draw before because something happened, and I didn't feel well. I ached all over, and when I would try to draw, my arm would hurt a lot.

But now I don't feel that way, so I've been drawing. [When she comes to the edge of the basket again, she has some paper and some pens and markers that she extends out to Claire.] What's it like being a "nurse"?
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[personal profile] nursetemple 2016-12-03 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. [Claire nods at Emily, taking the paper and pens. She takes out one of her books, balancing it on her knee to be able to draw.]

The aches just went away like that? One day to the other, gone? [She flicks her fingers. That's surprising.]

Being a nurse, back home, it's...well. It's a lot of work, but it's very rewarding. I work in the emergency department, so I look after people coming in needing urgent care. The difference between a nurse and a doctor, back home, is that the doctors come in and diagnose people, and nurses carry out the treatment.
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[personal profile] empireofrats 2016-12-05 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. Kind of. [For a moment, Emily is content to lean on the edge of the basket and watch what Claire may be drawing.] I got better and better, and now I feel okay. [Except for mentally--somewhat. She's traded one extreme for another.

What happened with Alfie and Royce is creeping into the back of her mind, eating her away.]
There's some doctors here. They give people medicines. Doctor Wilson is nice. But Doctor House is mean. I drew him a picture, but he ripped it up.

[A pause as she watches and thinks.] I think the doctors might can help us not be sick. Mister Sokolov at home was working on an elixir for the rat plague, and he finally made it with the help of Mister Piero.

I was going to ask the doctors to make something that would help us not get sick. If they work together. But I don't know if Doctor House would do it.

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