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[US-NY][H] Sega Saturn bundle, PS1/PS4/PS5 games, Genesis games, Resident Evil CE books/maps, Atari 2600 bundle [W] PayPal
2023.06.01 06:23 x6661xforeverx [US-NY][H] Sega Saturn bundle, PS1/PS4/PS5 games, Genesis games, Resident Evil CE books/maps, Atari 2600 bundle [W] PayPal
https://imgur.com/a/Qjw1nV3 Collector’s Edition Stuff - $120 for the lot, shipping included.
Resident Evil 2 - Ben’s File - $60 shipped Resident Evil 2 Map - $20 shipped Resident Evil 4 Artbook - $60 shipped Resident Evil 4 Map - $20 shipped Sega Saturn Console Bundle
Console Memory pack Fightstick controller. Virtual Fighter 2 (disk only) $200 (shipping included) Case only (Free with any purchase, just ask):
The Division 2 (PS4) Resident Evil Village (PS4) Back4Blood (PS5) Resident Evil 4 Xbox One
Hello Neighbor (GameStop sticker on back) - free with any purchase PS1 - $65 for the lot, shipping included.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassin’s $25 Tekken 2 (GH) $15 Monster’s Inc. Scare Team $15 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue $20 PS4 - $45 shipped for lot
Tribes of Midgard: Deluxe Edition $8 The Order 1886 (Sticker on front) $12 Rainbow Six Siege (Sticker on both sides) $5 Doom (2016) $8 Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Deluxe Edition (Removed cellophane, never took anything out of the package) $25 PS5 - $30 shipped for lot
Riders Republic $18 Godfall $10 Far Cry 6 $12 SEGA GENESIS $60 for the lot (shipping included)
James Pond 3 $15 CRUE BALL $18 ROCKET KNIGHT ADVENTURES $30 Ms. PAC-MAN $10 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $10 GAMECUBE - $30 shipped for both, or $15 each plus shipping
Resident Evil 0 Enter the Matrix ATARI 2600 - $100 for everything listed below - SHIPPING INCLUDED!
3x untested consoles (Very dirty, no power cables. One of them doesn't have the video cable connected. Haven't taken them apart or cleaned them, assume they're for parts for now. I’ve got cables on the way so I’ll update after testing) 2x Competition Pro controllers 2x basic joystick controllers (missing black grip around the stick) 1x "paddle" controller Dig Dug Pac-Man XONOX Double-Ender (Spike's Peak, Ghost Manor) Space Attack ATLANTIS Journey Escape Asteroids Spider Fight Warlords Vanguard Street racer Superman Night Driver Breakout Air Sea Battle Space Invaders Dodge 'em Outlaw OINK! Real Sports Football Real Sports Soccer Real Sports Baseball Real Sports Volleyball Combat (x2 copies) missle command MISSLE COMMAND DEFENDER Berzerk Swordquest Fire World Swordquest Earth World Carnival
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2023.06.01 01:15 aaronrkc THAT'S HOT, by HOT EARTH (Earth Girl Tapes; Hattiesburg, MS)
2023.06.01 01:15 aaronrkc THAT'S HOT, by HOT EARTH (Earth Girl Tapes; Hattiesburg, MS)
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2023.06.01 00:27 SystemAdminSales CISSP & MS or Sans Certificate & 4 SANS Certifications
I like to think of myself as "cyber-adjacent", and have been for a couple of years now. I'm officially an IT Manager, but the nature of my company and the scope of my role includes the following aspects of cybersecurity:
Leading security compliance programs (SOC 2), development of security policies and procedures, vendor risk assessments/reviews, IAM, endpoint security (EDR & MDM), security awareness programs, phishing training, and a few others.
I'm not the most technical person, but I'm very good at project management, distilling technical information into easily accessible concepts, working with vendors, and strategizing with senior leadership. Mainly looking to push more into the realm of a GRC focused role (ie. SOC 2, ISO27001, FedRAMP, risk management, etc), with my sights set on some form of GRC leadership role in the future.
I have ISC2 CC and 2 ITIL 4 certs right now. I'm aiming to have CCSK & COBIT Foundations completed in the next 3 months or so as well.
I'm at a bit of a crossroads now. I got into a highly ranked university for a part-time MS, and I've been thinking about completing the CISSP. My concern is that the MS won't really pay off and will be a waste of $20k, and I'm perhaps getting the CISSP too soon. On the other hand, I've considered going the route of the SANS Undergrad Certificate, which gets you GFACT, GSEC, GCIH, and one additional SANS cert. When all is said and done, both routes would cost me about the same amount of money. For what it's worth, I do already have 2 unrelated degrees (BA & MA).
The former option seems like a better fit for GRC and leadership roles, but at the same time, I'm seeing more and more companies asking for a wide-breadth of skills for GRC roles. They want someone who's technical, but also knows how to handle the complexity of compliance and risk management. If you were in my shoes, and wanted to spend some money over the next 2-years to further your career and education, which makes more sense?
I should add that I'm not from the US or former military, so I don't have access to the GI bill. I'd be paying for everything out of pocket.
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2023.05.31 23:17 SouthernStatesSoccer Upcoming Semi-Pro Soccer Games
Just a reminder update for anyone interested their will be 2 semi-pro soccer games this weekend. The Stars 2 play Friday at 7pm and the Stars will play Saturday at 7:30pm. Saturday is also a local business night. If you're interested in participating drop a comment!
We are located at 4957 Old Hwy 11 Hattiesburg Ms 39402
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2023.05.31 21:03 ImperialIIClass Weathervanes listening events at your local record stores - Wednesday, June 7th
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2023.05.31 19:47 StrivingJarl Metallix Uprising - Chapter 2
| || |AO3 Link https://preview.redd.it/shokw80pw83b1.png?width=920&format=png&auto=webp&s=5584d870dada478b68bc16579ce617c6a36ae9a9 Chapter 2: Here At Last… submitted by StrivingJarl to u/StrivingJarl [link] [comments]
\11 AS. Earth. Neverlake.\
On Earth, the beautiful sights of green fields, clear lakes, forests, and tall mountains under a clear, sunny sky are visible. For a moment, it looks like no one is in sight. But then, a blue streak goes by, speeding across the land. It’s a fast blue hedgehog with red sneakers, white gloves, and a smirk on his face. Sonic.
After learning about Little Planet’s return, the blue blur decided to head straight to Neverlake, eager to enjoy it’s mystical sights, and go on another adventure. As he makes his way to his destination, Sonic manages to go across the terrain with very little issue, but occasionally makes a slip-up. Luckily, he recovers quickly whenever it happens.
In only a couple of minutes, Sonic arrives at Neverlake. Though, as he lets out a sneeze, the blue hedgehog sees something he wasn’t expecting to come across. Little Planet covered in a metal shell, chained to a nearby mountain. Immediately, he questions what’s going on here. Sonic:
“What the…? Is THIS supposed to be Little Planet?” Sonic:
“Either the images shown in the news report weren’t accurate, or something bad is going on here.” Sonic:
“And I think it’s probably the latter…”
Looking over at the mountain Little Planet is chained to, Sonic sees the face of his arch-nemesis, Robotnik, carved into it. Sonic:
“Eggman…he just can’t resist ruining something good with his ugly mug.” Sonic:
“But I’ve stopped him before! I can do it again, no problem!”
Now knowing he’s in for another scuffle with Robotnik, Sonic speeds his way up a nearby mountain, and then launches himself into the air in order to reach the giant chain leading to Little Planet. Once on there, the blue blur decides to increase his speed in order to get to the small planetoid faster.
However, when Sonic gets close to the mechanical shell, strange sparkles and a green energy surround him, which causes him to lose focus on running. Sonic:
“Huh…!? What is this!?”
Suddenly, Sonic gets blinded by a flash of light, causing him to shield his eyes and slow down. But after a few seconds, the bright light fades, and the blue blur finds himself in a subtropical region, with sharp mountains, scattered waterfalls, green fields with orange soil, palm trees with pink berries, and a clear sunny sky. Immediately, the hedgehog voices his confusion as he looks around. Sonic:
“O…kay? I guess I’m on the planet now?” Sonic:
“But how did I get past the metal shell? And shouldn’t the sky of this place be covered by it?”
Before Sonic can question what’s going on any further, he takes notice of a couple of Badniks going around the area. This gets the hedgehog to cut it out, and he puts on a smirk. Sonic:
“Right. Not important at the moment. Gotta get back on track!”
Immediately, Sonic speeds up to the Badniks and starts smashing them to pieces without much issue. From their remains, colorful flowers pop out, which the hedgehog takes note of. Sonic:
“Flowers, huh? Guess Egghead decided to change his power source for his machines.” Sonic:
“Though, I’m still not a fan of it.”
After saying that, Sonic continues to make his way across Palmtree Panic, destroying any machines he comes across, and swiftly navigating the terrain. Though, the blue blur wasn’t expecting so many Badniks to be here, considering how not much time has passed since his last encounter with Robotnik, meaning he shouldn’t have enough resources for all of this.
But the hedgehog doesn’t think too much about that thought. Right now, what matters is figuring out how to stop the doctor’s plan, and save Little Planet. So, he looks around for any signs of life. However, aside from a few scared animals, who don’t speak, Sonic hasn’t found many people here.
Eventually, Sonic decides to stop for a moment, and think about what could be going on. Sonic:
“Okay…judging by what those little critters were trying to tell me, Robotnik came by not too long ago and started invading the different regions of this planet.” Sonic:
“But what exactly is he trying to achieve here? So far, this place doesn’t seem too special.” Sonic:
“Maybe it’s some sort of hidden treasure?” ???:
“LEAVE ME ALONE!”
As Sonic ponders on what Robotnik’s plan is, his train of thought is interrupted by what sounds like someone shouting. Curious, the blue blur turns to where he heard the shouting, and sees something interesting. A bunch of Badniks are chasing a pink female hedgehog with spiked bangs, a red ribbon headband, and what looks like some kind of school attire.
She’s scared, but is able to run away from the Badniks at a moderate speed. Though, she’s not fast enough to ditch them, and clearly a little exhausted. Observing the scene, Sonic chooses to go in and save her without a second thought. Once the machines are taken care of, the blue hedgehog looks back at the surprised pink hedgehog, and walks up to her. Sonic:
“Hey. Are you alright?”
For a moment, the pink hedgehog just stares at Sonic, seemingly dumbstruck. This makes the blue blur a little uneasy, as he tries to snap her out of her trance. Sonic:
“Uhh…hello? Anyone in-!?”
Unable to finish his sentence, Sonic gets a big hug from the pink hedgehog, catching him off-guard. As she has her arms around him, the pink hedgehog finally speaks in an excited tone. ???:
“You’re the one! My knight in shining armor!” Sonic:
“Uhh…? Okay? Can you let go please?” ???:
“Oh! Sorry! Thank you for saving me!”
The pink hedgehog breaks from the hug, having a smile on her blushing face. Sonic meanwhile just looks a little confused, but is happy to see she’s alright. Sonic:
“It’s no problem! Not like I could just let those scrap-piles mess with you!” ???:
“Ehehe! You definitely took care of them quickly! It was amazing!” Sonic:
“Thanks! I’ve dealt with bots like these before, so I’m pretty experienced!” Sonic:
“I’m Sonic. And you are?” ???:
“Amy Rose! It’s so nice to meet you!”
Amy takes hold of Sonic’s hands with a big grin on her face, with the latter letting off a slightly awkward, but well-meaning smile. But after a moment, the blue hedgehog moves his hands away and asks the pink hedgehog about why she’s here. Sonic:
“So, do you live here on Little Planet? I’d like to know what exactly is going on here.” Amy:
“Oh! No, I just arrived here a little while ago!” Sonic:
“I have my ways! I’ll go to any lengths to get what I want!” Sonic:
“Well then…you sure are determined.” Sonic:
“Also, why did you call me your ‘knight in shining armor?’” Amy:
“Well, I decided to read my fortune with tarot cards!”
Reaching behind her, Amy reveals a few tarot cards. Amy:
“It said that I was destined to meet my knight here! And these cards never lie!” Sonic:
“Huh…I didn’t think some fancy paper could tell the future.” Amy:
“Don’t underestimate them! As long as you know how to interpret these cards, you can get yourself some useful insight!” Amy:
“But anyways, since you rescued me, that means you’re the one I was destined to meet!” Sonic:
Sonic is not too amused by this train of logic, especially since he’s not the romantic type. However, Amy once again grabs onto his hands, and goes on. Amy:
“Now that I’ve met you, Sonic, I am NOT letting you out of my sight!” Amy:
“Once we save Little Planet, we can go on our first date!” Sonic:
“Yeaaahhh, I think I’m gonna have to stop you there, Amy.”
Moving his hands away from Amy’s, Sonic continues. Sonic:
“I’m flattered by what you’re saying, and you seem really nice, but I’m not interested in dating.” Sonic:
“Plus, I gotta go stop a mad scientist with a mustache, and you need to head home so that you don’t get hurt. Sorry.”
Hearing Sonic’s words, Amy is both surprised and sad at her “knight’s” denial of her feelings. But just as the blue blur’s about to head off, Ms. Rose runs up and blocks him, determined to convince him to change his mind. Amy:
“Hold on! We just met, and you’re already running off?” Sonic:
“Like I said, I gotta save Little Planet from whatever Robotnik’s planning! And no offense, but I don’t have the time to babysit you!” Amy:
“Hey! I’m not completely useless! I can help out!” Amy:
“Besides, we were destined to meet-” Sonic:
“Yes, and we did! Just head home for now, and we’ll meet up again some other day!” Sonic:
“It’s too dangerous here, and I don’t want you getting hurt!” Amy:
“I’m not afraid! I know as long as you’re around, everything will be okay in the end!” Amy:
“Plus, some back-up would be nice!” Sonic:
“Appreciated, but I’ll be fine! I’ve dealt with Robotnik a few times before!” Amy:
In a flash, Sonic speeds off, with the wind blowing a few strands of grass towards Amy. Watching the blue blur run across the plains, Ms. Rose gets a little aggravated as she pouts. Amy:
“Hmph! I’ll show him I can be helpful!” Amy:
“By the end of this, Sonic will be singing my praises!”
Determined to prove to Sonic that she can be a great help to his mission, Amy runs off, trying to figure out something useful she can do. But little does she or the blue blur know that someone…or rather, something…has been watching them from a distance, hidden in shadow…with only it’s red glowing eyes being visible.
It was Metal Sonic, who was ordered by Robotnik to observe Sonic as he makes his way around Little Planet. Not only to get more data on it’s organic counterpart, but also to listen in on any important information he discusses. Now having gotten a good look at who it was based off of, the robotic hedgehog talks to itself. Metal Sonic:
“So…THIS is my inferior base?” Metal Sonic:
“He does display some skill and power…but he shows concern for those around him…” Metal Sonic:
“Like that pink hedgehog…” Metal Sonic:
While Metal Sonic wants to engage in combat with Sonic right now, he was under strict orders by Robotnik to not do so until he orders otherwise. He wants to wait until the proper time. And while the robotic hedgehog is not a fan of this, it cannot disobey it’s master. So, it decides to head off and deliver the information it gathered to the doctor. —------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \Some time later. Palmtree Panic (Bad Future).\
Sonic continues to make his way through Palmtree Panic. However, this version of the subtropical region is completely mechanized and polluted. From the lakes filled with oil, the factories and machines placed on the eroded mountains, the dead orange grass, the mechanical palm trees, and the pink, clouded sky.
The blue blur managed to travel to this future dystopia by speeding past a Future sign post. Once he arrived in this era, Sonic was revolted by the wretched sight of this land. It gave him more of a drive to take Robotnik down. So that this future wouldn’t come to pass. He wouldn’t let it happen.
After navigating the area, and dealing with many more Badniks and obstacles than before, Sonic eventually decides to stop for a moment in order to think about what to do next. Sonic:
“Jeez…I feel like I’ve been going in circles here!” Sonic:
“I think I’ve been here for at least a full hour, and I’m still not sure what I need to do to fix this place!” Sonic:
“Guess I should start by going back to the present time…” ???:
“Why not stay here, rodent? Don’t you like what I did to the place?”
Hearing that familiar voice, Sonic notices some kind of machine coming down from the sky, which then lands in front of him. It’s Dr. Robotnik in his Egg Mobile, which has two arms with bumpers, and legs with spiked shoes. Immediately, the blue blur makes his thoughts on the scientist’s handiwork known. Sonic:
“Oh, definitely not! You completely ruined it!” Robotnik:
“Tch! Different tastes, I suppose!” Robotnik:
“Also, you’ve arrived a little too late to stop this!” Sonic:
“What do you mean? Little Planet only showed up, like, a day or two ago, and I just got here an hour ago!” Robotnik:
“Wrong, Sonic! Time works much differently here than on Earth!” Robotnik:
“While you may have been here for a short amount of time, I’ve been here for nearly a year!” Robotnik:
“And that’s all thanks to the Time Stones!” Sonic:
“Time Stones? Is that why you’re here?” Robotnik:
“Of course! Why wouldn’t I want to control all of time itself?” Robotnik:
“With just one, I was able to take over this small floating rock, and create all of this!” Robotnik:
“And when I get my hands on all seven, no one will be able to stop me! Not even you!” Sonic:
“Really now? Guess I ought to change that!”
Not wasting anymore time to talk, Sonic revs up into a ball on the ground, before launching towards Robotnik. However, he gets knocked away by the bumper arms, and lands back onto the ground, with the doctor taunting him. Robotnik:
“I’m afraid it’s not gonna be that easy, hedgehog! I’ve prepared for this long in advance!” Sonic:
“Heh! So you made all of this just for me?” Sonic:
“Truly, I’m flattered, Robuttnik! But sadly, I’m not a fan of your style!”
After saying that, Sonic rushes up to Robotnik’s machine, with the latter trying to hit the former with the bumper arms again. However, the blue blur zips away, and manages to knock the left arm off with a spin attack. Then, he does the same with the right arm. And lastly, he spins right into the cockpit, causing the arms to explode, and the Egg Mobile to spiral off in the air.
However, Robotnik manages to get ahold of the controls, and glares at Sonic, who just smirks in response. Sonic:
“You were saying?” Robotnik:
“Tch! This is barely a loss for me! I’ve essentially already won!” Robotnik:
“Plus, I don’t want to rob my greatest creation of it’s victory!” Sonic:
“Greatest creation? What are you talking about?” Robotnik:
“Oh, you’ll see soon enough! And I’m certain you’ll love it!” Robotnik:
“But for now, adieu!”
Using the blue Time Stone in the cockpit, Robotnik travels to another time period in a flash of green sparkly light, leaving Sonic alone with the busted robot parts. So, alone once again, the blue hedgehog tries to figure out what to do next. Sonic:
“Hmm…so the doc wants to grab those Time Stones in order to make this twisted future…” Sonic:
“But I’m gonna grab the remaining ones before he can! And smash whatever remnants of his army in the past!” Sonic:
“So, the first order of business is getting back to the present time!”
Now with a definitive goal in mind, Sonic rushes off to find a Past time post in order to time travel. He knows he can do this. He’s collected all the Chaos Emeralds before, so this will be a piece of cake! —------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \Some time later. Metallic Madness (Present).\
In Metallic Madness, Metal Sonic updates Robotnik on Sonic’s progress in destroying the Robot Generators in the past, and collecting the Time Stones. Metal Sonic:
“Currently, Sonic has destroyed all the Robot Generators in Palmtree Panic, and he’s heading off to Collision Chaos.” Robotnik:
“Does he have any of the Time Stones?” Metal Sonic:
“Just one. But he’s been using it well.” Metal Sonic:
“With it, the hedgehog will be able to quickly undo everything we’ve been working so hard on.” Robotnik:
“Tch! Well, we aren’t letting that happen!” Robotnik:
“I was making such good progress here, and that nasty blue pincushion isn’t gonna ruin it, like all my previous exploits!” Metal Sonic:
“What of the pink hedgehog?” Robotnik:
“What about her? She’s just a minor distraction! One that can be easily taken out!” Metal Sonic:
“Correct. Though, she seems particularly fond of our enemy.” Metal Sonic:
“Perhaps we can use her to our advantage?”
When Metal Sonic suggests this idea, Robotnik’s frown changes to a smile, as he puts his hands together. Robotnik:
“Oh? I like this idea of yours, Metal!” Robotnik:
“By kidnapping the girl, we can lure Sonic right into our clutches, with the rest of the Time Stones!” Robotnik:
“Then, once he’s taken care of, we’ll finally have the power to permanently take over this planet, AND Earth!” Metal Sonic:
“And I will have accomplished what I was made for.” Robotnik:
“Indeed! But we’ll have to prepare a bit before we attain victory!” Robotnik:
“For now, just find the pink hedgehog and bring her to Stardust Speedway!” Robotnik:
“And should you run into your organic counterpart…” Robotnik:
“...Make a GOOD introduction of yourself!” Robotnik:
“Also be sure to punch him in the face for me!” Metal Sonic:
“Yes. I have waited for this moment, and I WILL succeed.”
Eager to finally face the one it was based off of, Metal Sonic dashes off, with Robotnik grinning as he heads off to prepare the trap in Stardust Speedway. —------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \Some time later. Collision Chaos (Present).\
Having finished his work in Palmtree Panic, Sonic has now arrived at a pink mechanized forest filled with white-blue machines, neon signs with strange text, and a pink lake. The sky shows the sun starting to set, alongside some pink clouds. Plus, there’s a few bumpers, springs, and flippers nearby. Looking around the area, Sonic comments on it. Sonic:
“Hmm…strange forest…” Sonic:
“But then again, this entire planet is pretty weird, so I guess it just comes with the territory!” Sonic:
“Either way, it’s gonna be a piece of cake freeing this place with the Time Stone!”
Confident in his mission, Sonic runs through Collision Chaos. However, he quickly comes to a stop when he sees a large wall in front of him. In addition, Amy Rose is here too, and she lights up when she sees her hero. Immediately, she comes up to hug him, with the blue hedgehog feeling a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Amy:
“Sonic! I knew I’d find you here eventually!” Sonic:
“Ahh…well, I hope you haven’t been here too long…”
Sonic pushes Amy back a bit as she explains what she’s been up to. Amy:
“No, I just got here a few minutes ago! I was trying to find you!” Amy:
“But I’ve barely gotten any glimpses of you!” Sonic:
“That’s because I’ve been busy with time travel and busting Eggman’s machines!” Amy:
“Time travel? How?” Sonic:
“With those time posts! I can go into the past or future by traveling at top speed!” Sonic:
“Plus, I managed to find this in the Special Zone!”
Sonic pulls out the green Time Stone from behind him, with Amy amazed at the sparkly gemstone. Amy:
“Woah…! It’s so pretty!” Sonic:
“Yeah! And it gives me the ability to travel through time on my own!” Sonic:
“Ever since I got it, things have been going smoothly!” Amy:
“That’s good! I’m certain you’ll save this place in just a few minutes!” Sonic:
“That’s the idea!” Sonic:
“But back to you, I thought I told you to go home and stay safe?” Amy:
“I already told you before, Sonic! Now that we’ve met, I’m gonna follow you to the ends of the earth!” Sonic:
“It’s dangerous here! You don’t know what kind of crazy machines you’ll run into!” Amy:
“I’m not afraid! I can help!” Sonic:
“Weren’t you running away from some Badniks when I first saw you?” Amy:
“I was caught off-guard! I’m more than prepared now!” Sonic:
Sonic isn’t buying it in the slightest, and just walks up to the wall in order to figure out how to get past it, while Amy follows and tries to convince him. Amy:
“Come on! I know I may not be making the best impression here, but I want to help!” Amy:
“Even if you are pretty capable, you can’t just take on Robotnik alone!” Sonic:
“Don’t worry so much! I said before that I’ve fought this guy a couple of times!” Sonic:
“Yeah, he’s definitely dangerous, but the guy tends to make a fool of himself!” Sonic:
“I’m being as careful as I can, and I know just what to do to save this planet!” Sonic:
“But first, I need to get past this wall! Know any ways around it?” Amy:
Taking a look at the wall herself, Amy tries to figure out some method of getting past it, so that she can help Sonic and prove that she’s useful to have around. However, after a couple of minutes of looking around and trying a few things, the pink hedgehog sighs in defeat, with the blue hedgehog coming up next to her. Amy:
“Sigh…I’m sorry, Sonic…” Sonic:
“It’s okay. You did your best, and that’s just fine.” Amy:
“Still though…I completely failed to show you that I’m capable.” Sonic:
“But you still tried. That’s quite admirable.” Sonic:
“Honestly, I’m pretty impressed with how determined you are.”
When Sonic says that, Amy lights up a bit. She looks back at him to confirm for herself if she heard correctly. Amy:
“You…think I’m impressive?” Sonic:
“Yeah! From what I’ve seen, it looks like nothing stops you!” Sonic:
“That’s a great trait to have! And with enough practice, you could put it to good use!” Amy:
“Really!? You mean it!?”
Ecstatic, Amy holds onto Sonic’s hands again, surprising him a bit. But he quickly gains his composure and responds with a smile. Sonic:
“Of course! I think it’s awesome!”
Hearing that compliment, Amy grins even wider than before, as her face turns a bright shade of red, and hearts fly out of her head. She almost seems to be in a love-trance. As for Sonic, he looks a bit uncomfortable with the pink hedgehog’s advances, but he likes that she’s cheering up more.
But suddenly, the two hear the sound of something crashing through the wall, causing them to turn towards the dust cloud that formed from it. Sonic stands in front of Amy, ready to defend her from any threats. The sounds of metallic footsteps are heard, as a figure with glowing red eyes in the dust cloud comes closer.
When Sonic and Amy see the figure, they notice how it bares some resemblance to the former, confusing them. Sonic:
Then, in an instant, the figure rushes out of the dust cloud and attacks Sonic, punching him in the face. This sends the blue hedgehog flying back, and as for Amy, she shouts for him, worried about his safety. Amy:
But before she can go check up on him, Amy notices their assailant, and stares at them with a scared and confused look. It was Metal Sonic, who turns it’s attention onto the defenseless pink hedgehog, and walks towards her. However, she steps back a bit, wondering just what this thing is. Amy:
“What are you…!? What do you want!?” Metal Sonic:
Wordlessly, Metal Sonic just grabs onto Amy’s wrists with one hand, causing her to yelp a bit. Then, she desperately tries to break from the metallic hedgehog’s hold. Amy:
“HEY! LET GO OF ME!”
Now having what it needs, Metal Sonic looks back at Sonic, who’s getting back on his feet, and notices the commotion going on with the machine and Amy. Though the blue blur is confused by the robot’s resemblance to him, he doesn’t pay it much mind, as he needs to save Ms. Rose. So, he rushes right towards the metallic faker.
However, Metal Sonic jumps back, and flies up into the air so that Sonic can’t reach it. So, now with no way to attack the metallic hedgehog, the blue blur glares up at it, while Amy continues to struggle with getting away. Immediately the organic hedgehog shouts at the robotic one. Sonic:
“Let her go, faker! Or I’m gonna get up there and use your head as a basketball!” Metal Sonic:
“And exactly how are you gonna do that?” Sonic:
“Give me enough time, and I’ll show you!” Metal Sonic:
“Come any closer, and I’ll make sure you’ve seen the last of this girl.” Sonic:
Recognizing he can’t make any reckless moves here, Sonic calms down a little, and continues to talk to Metal Sonic. Sonic:
“Who are you?” Metal Sonic:
“I am Metal Sonic. Dr. Robotnik’s greatest creation.” Metal Sonic:
“I was made to surpass and kill you. While also serving my master’s goals.” Sonic:
“Heh. So he decided to copy me?” Metal Sonic:
“Enough!” Metal Sonic:
“If you want to save this girl, then you must make your way to Stardust Speedway.” Metal Sonic:
“There, we will have our duel.” Metal Sonic:
“And then…I will fulfill my purpose.” Sonic:
“Really now? And what makes you think you’ll win against the Fastest Thing Alive?” Metal Sonic:
“Because I was made to be your superior in every way.” Metal Sonic:
“Speed, power, intelligence, and much more.” Sonic:
“Oh please! Nothing beats the original!” Metal Sonic:
“We’ll see about that.”
Metal Sonic brings out the red Time Stone, and prepares to head off. But before this happens, Amy looks back at Sonic, clearly scared. Amy:
“Sonic…I…don’t know if I’ll be okay…!” Sonic:
“You will! Don’t worry! I’ll find you as fast as I can!”
Hearing those reassuring words, Amy smiles a bit, knowing her hero will come rescue her. Then, in a flash, she and Metal Sonic disappear. This leaves Sonic to think about what just happened, and he’s clearly not happy. Sonic:
“Darn…in addition to getting those Time Stones, and stopping Eggman, I now have to rescue Amy from that robot knockoff of me.” Sonic:
“But…Metal Sonic looks pretty tough…” Sonic:
“I mean, he sent me flying with one punch, and he’s pretty fast, too!” Sonic:
“Sure, I like a good challenge, but not when people are put in danger!” Sonic:
For once, Sonic is uncertain of his chances in winning. But he quickly shakes it off. Sonic:
“No! I’m not accepting defeat!” Sonic:
“Whatever Robuttnik and the Metal me have in store, I’ll take care of it, no problem!” Sonic:
“I’ll make sure Amy’s okay, and I’ll free Little Planet!” Sonic:
“So bring it on! I can take anything you throw at me!”
Revving his feet in a figure-8 motion, Sonic speeds past the hole Metal Sonic made in the wall, and speeds across Collision Chaos, more determined than ever to save the day. Not just for the sake of Little Planet…but also for Amy’s sake… TO BE CONTINUED…
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2023.05.31 18:43 NoBuy8212 Is this any good?
Hi folks - can I get some critique on this please?
Does it feel too simplistic, basic. Should I be more dynamic and varied with sentence structure? Does it feel amateurish?
This is like the 2nd chapter of a short story
So Joe Montague settled into his new life. He rose with the dawn sun. Shovel in hand, he worked the backyard, clearing it of the gnarled nettle bushes. He removed the rusted sheets of metal roofing the shed, and hammered in a new set. On Friday, he tripped to the mill seeking employment but was told to return the following month. He ran errands for Ms Darle. But as much as he tried to quieten it, the harp strings of his old life grew louder in Joe's mind. No, this was not a yearning for his wife but his old friends: Dean, Mearl and Arnie. The friends he'd known before leaving for the war. During the nights, Joe stood by the window and peered into the darkness covering the town. His mind reeled back to those nights he'd sit in watch, waiting for men to show their faces, waiting to catch the moon's glint on their pointed pistols. In the second week of his stay, he turned in his bed often, itching to make a visit to the old pack of rats. Then on Sunday morning, as he hefted a bag of flour and a carton of milk back to the house for Ms Darle, Joe decided would go to see his old friends.
Ms Darle was sitting in the kitchen taking a call when Joe set down the grocery. "Now you listen here Morty. I have never once in my life cheated you, even when we were kids. Even when ma and pa and all the others took you for a fool." Ms Darle stood from the chair, pressing a hand at her temple. Joe did not think it proper for him to stay and he walked out into the hall. "Now that house belongs to me too Morty,' he heard the old lady say before he stepped out the front door. It wasn't the first time he'd heard her despair. The calls had grown more frequent in the past week, and not once did the house phone ring.
The morning skies hung clear and blue. The sun beat hot. Joe walked down Mulvane Street on his way to Sal's Bar. Before he was shipped out to fight, Joe would go there with his pack of friends. It was hardly a drinkery. In fact, at any given time the Sal had only a keg of beer. One keg his uncle at the shipyard would have slipped him. The two men would split the profits. The bar was in a small room in an alley behind a row of shops. Inside, Sal would be sitting on a stool against the far wall, the keg set beside his feet. On a small table he had glasses, ready to be dunked following an order. There was no counter. The cash register was Sal's pocket in which he also held a liquor licence. He'd found the old piece of paper on the streets one day, outside a storage unit. He took it home and carefully bleached it before he etched in his name, not pressing too hard with the pen. Before the war, Joe, Dean, Mearl and Arnie could be found there every weekend. Joe turned into Finch Street, a road lined with low rise homes and a small church right in the middle of it. At the end of the road was the alley. Between two tree trunks, his eyes caught Ms Heartmeyer stood outside the church. The last time he'd seen her, she held his hand and told him to be careful. A shyness came over Joe, and he turned his head towards the ground. He did not want to be seen. He did not like the shame which came about him when he spoke to God fearing. He thought the gravel scratched too loud against his shoes. "Joe, is that you?" she asked, stepping along the footpath, her head tilted for a better look.
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2023.05.31 16:15 igorcarbex16 Bully Soundtrack References & Similarities in Details...
it's me again, The Bully soundtrack composed by the genius Shawn Lee is pretty rad, so as a music enthusiastic, i want to share this post for people really obsessed with the Bully songs like me, tried to include every song in the game like as puzzle pieces getting together with the greatest amount, most accurate and similar as possible in one sitting, with some help around the internet, personal discoveries and songs already mentioned for yourselves so thank you nonetheless, and sorry for the repetition. Unfortunately some will still be missing so "a little help"/hits for these unreferenced sounds are very welcome.
Some songs are pretty obvious but others looks well hidden, but that's the fun of it, not every song is a sample, they just sound alike or has interpolations.
I know it would be boring to reading all of this so also dedicated this YouTube playlist in details for, so that you can check thoroughly for a more accurate comparison: 😎👍 - Have Fun! https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtZ1VivcLOsiTtYHUrK-xw8OHZZAeOzRf ★ Main Storyline
·Welcome to Bullworth (Menu theme): Suspiria Theme - Goblin
·This Is Your School: The Duck - Shawn Lee
·The Setup/Bait/The Gym is Burning: Organ Donor - DJ Shadow
·Slingshot/Revenge on Mr. Burton "Part 3" (Fun): My Sweet Lord - George Harrionson the ex-Beatles & Bill Preston
·Save Algie: Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs
·Defend Bucky/The Eggs/Weed KilleStronghold Assault (Action): Shake, Shake, Shake - KC & The Sunshine Band, A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley, Hocus Pocus - Focus
·That B****/The Diary/Jealous Johnny/Paparazzi: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
·The Candidate/Cook's Date: Oh Yeah - Yello
·Halloween/The Big Prank: The Chase - Shawn Lee, Burning Bridges - The Republic From The Getaway Game - Shawn Lee
·Help Gary: Cannonball - Breeders (it also reminds me the "X-Files Theme - Mark Snow" but this is overthinking)
·Character Sheets: Agent Woodrow - The Woodies
·Hattrick vs. Galloway: Cat Blues - Seatbelts (Drum Patterns)
·Movie Tickets (Sneaking On A Date): All Mine, Glory Box - both by Portished
·Carnival Date (Romance): Kiss The Sky - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra (also features in "Tales from the Bordelands Episode 2")
·Prep Challenge/Boxing Challenge: Drums on Phasing - Joe Ufer (Sample)
·Race the Vale/Lola's Race: Casio VL-1 Tone (Sampler) *a lot of songs use this instrument for samples, for Bully this is predominant in bike races, it also reminds the iconic song "Funkytown - Lipps inc."
·Beach Rumble: Tenebre 12 mix - Claudio Simonetti
·Tad's House: Billie Jean (Bass Only) - Michael Jackson
·Tagging/Making a Mark (Wildstyle): Chic - Good Times
·Wrong Part of Town/Busting In, Part I: Prog Punk, Psyche Drums (*After The Release!) - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
·The Tenements/Norton Boss Fight: Human Fly - Cramps, I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop & the Stooges
·The Rumble/Defender of the Castle (Epic Confrontation): Matador - X Mal Deutschland (as the "wildstyle" music many songs are similar to this, i listed the most accurate or the most fun imo, at least)
·Nerd Challenge/Consumo Arcade (Menu): Sakura, Sakura - Traditional Japanese Folk Song
·Nerd Challenge/Consumo (Main): Four Thousand Years of Chinese History - SNK Sound Team from Fatal Fury: King of Fighters Game
·Glass House/Smash It Up (Destruction/Vandalism): Rapture - Blondie, The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
·Nice Outfit: Odetta - Hit or Miss (Drum Patterns), Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers (Drum Patterns)
·The Big Game (Nerds "Agent")/Revenge on Mr. Burton "Part 2": Big Bad Wolf - Shawn Lee
·Rats in the Library: You Rock My World - Michael Jackson, Spies In The Wires - Cabaret Voltaire
·Preppies Vandalized (Punishment): D12 40 Oz. - Mr. Stan
·Busting In, Part II/Paper Route: Identity - X-Ray Spec, Mongoloid - Devo
·Showdown at the Plant (Overture): "Saracens Theme" - The Warriors Game
·Complete Mayhem (Street Fight): Criminal - Fiona Apple (also resembles "All Caps - Madvillain-Madvillainy or MF Doom" and "Intermezzo 2 - Mr. chop" but this was released in 2009)
·School's Out (End Credits): Walk On The Wild Side (Bass and Rhythm Pattern) - Lou Reed by Velvet Underground \
Christmas is Here, Small Offences, Discreet Deliveries, The Collector, Mailbox Armageddon and Go See The Principal doesn't feature a unique theme or has any song.* ★ Miscellaneous, Ambience & Shop themes
·Chase Prefect and Police: The Shaft intro and end themes - Isaac Hayes, Beat Dis (12 Version) - Bomb The Bass
·Chase Adults/A Little Help: Take California - Propellerheads, Secret Agent - Bjorn Lynne
·Detention/Mowing Laws - Unused track from The Warrior Game (it doesn't have an actual name, sorry)
·Bike Race 1: Casio VL-1 Tone (Sampler)
·Bike Race 2: Sonic CD Game - Wacky Workbench Zone - Bad Future
·Kart Race (Main) or "Lowrider": You Baby - The Turtles
·Kart Race (Beta): Baba Hya - Lafayette Afro Rock Band
·General Store "Yum Yum Market": Cover Girl - Gabriele Ducros
·Hair Saloon (Poor) "The Final Cut": Punky Dragster - Tele Music
·Hair Saloon (Rich) "Old Bullworth Vale": Dance Feeling - Tele Music
·Clothing Store (Poor) "Worn In Used Clothing": Disco Revisited - Tele Music
·Clothing Store (Rich) "Aquaberry Outlet" (*After The Release!): Now That Is Jazz - Charlie's Bistro Ensemble
·Janitor's Room: Lonesome Heart Swing - Dennis Caplinger
·Carnival Ambience "Billy Crane's Traveling Carnival": Golden Brown - Stranglers
·Box Club Ambience "Glass Jaw Boxing Club": Icy Nation - Tele Music
·Preppie's Hideout Beach "Lighthouse" (*After The Release!): With My Maker I Am One - Chill Coffehouse Drip
·Dragon's Wing Comic Store (*After The Release!): Daniel Loves Singing - C. Allocco
·Nerd's Hideout "Dragon's Wing Comic Store" (Under): Soaring Song - Tele Music
·Jock's Hideout "Jock's Clubhouse": Grand Theft Auto (Song) - Craig Conner
·Monkey Fling (Menu): it reresemble Super Mario World Overworld theme
·Future Street Racer (Main): The Doom - Shadow The Hedgehog 2005 Game ★ Xmas Themes Holiday themes features various artists, this list is based on the ones made by Shawn lee itself for his album "A Very Ping Pong Christmas: Funky Treats form Santa's Bag", The original composers is on the song description.
·Balls of Snow: Carol of the Bells - Mykola Leontovych
·Miracle on Bullworth St.: Jingle Bells - James Lord Pierpont
·Rudy the Red Nosed Santa: O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - John Francis Wade & Frederick Oakeley
·Nutcrackin': Deck The Halls - Thomas Oliphant, Little Dummer Boy - Katherine Kennicott Davis, Harry Simeone & Henry Onorati
·Bike Shop (Xmas) "Shiny Bikes": Let it Snow! - Gary Hoey (Dean Martin is the original composer) (Most famous by Frank Sinatra)
·Clothing Store (Poor) (Xmas) "Worn In"/Clothing Store (Rich) (Xmas) "Aquaberry": Jingle Bells (Dan The Automator) - Dean Martin, *the Aquaberry outlet uses a different tone in jazz
·Janitor's Room (Xmas)/Hair Saloon (Poor)(Xmas) "The Final Cut": Up On The House Top (Ho, Ho, Ho) - Gene Autry
·Dragon's Wing Comic Store (Xmas)/Hair Saloon (Rich)(Xmas)"Old Bullworth Vale": We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Traditional English (Britain) Folk Song
·Xmas Tree: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy - Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovski \
The General Store "Yum Yum Market" reuses a song collage of various themes as Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells in that order on looping.* ★ Classes
·Music classes features American Folk and American March Songs since the game takes place in USA
Class 1: Turkey In The Straw
Class 2: Masterpiece Fanfare
Class 3: She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Class 4: Liberty Bell March (also known as "Monty Python Theme")
Class 5: The Washington Post March (also sounds similar to "Willian Tell Act" by Charlie Chaplin)
·English Class: Piéces de Clavecin en concert; La Timide - Jean-Philippe Rameau
·Art Class: Come With the Night (Drum Patterns) - Sugar Stick (also resembles "Test Area - Broadcast" or "Serpent Magique - Tangerine Dream")
·Photography Class/BMX Park (*After The Release!): Automatic - Shawn Lee & AM (for observation, the Bike Park and Photography theme are slightly different, not the same)
·Biology: Dara Factor One - Weather Report Music, Heist in Helsinki (*After The Release!) - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra \
Geography class uses a medley of characteristic instruments and sounds of world nations* ★ Cliques & Boss fights
·Vendetta Non-Clique: Ode To Billie Joe - Lou Donaldson
·Vendetta Bullies: Skin Therapy - Mr. Dibbs, And on the Sixth Day - Pat Williams
·Vendetta Nerds/Stronghold Assault (Nerd Boss Fight): Casio VL-1 Tone (Sampler), Da Da Da - Trio (not only the song but the nerds cliques itself looks heavy inspired by the movie Revenge of the Nerds, some themes would also fit for Nerds in particular "Burning Down The House by Talking Heads")
·Vendetta Preppies: Billie Jean - Michael Jackson, Whip it - Devo
·Vendetta Greasers: Play For Today - The Cure, Private Idaho - B-52's, Disorder - Joy Division
·Vendetta Jocks: Amen, Brother - The Winstons, Drums Away - The Simon Song (Drums Intro), The Assembly Line - Commodores (this one use one of the most famous samples in music the "Amen Break" by Winstons as initially mentioned)
·Vendetta Dropouts/Townie Challenge: Tédio - Biquíni Cavadão, I Love Rock 'N Roll - The Arrows (Original Composers) *the guitar riff and bass pattern is extremely similar to "Pretty Fly by Offspring" but the song "Tédio" is alot older and still more accurate to the townies theme
·Russell in the Hole: Firestarter (Drum Patterns) - Prodigy, Devotion (Voice of Paradise) - Ten City
·Dishonorable Fight: Eye of the Tiger, Burning Heart - both by Survivor
·Fighting Johnny Vincent: Boogie Woodie - The Beach Boys, Caldonia Boogie - Louis Jordan (also covered by James Brown) *this song line is also referred as "The Walking Bass" featured in many Classic Rock songs
·The Big Game (Jock Boss Fight): Just Like Heaven, A Forest - The Cure, Harmonia - Dino
·Showdown at the Plant: Headhunter - Front 242, Are You Red..Y - The Clash
·Final Showdown: Underwater March - Klaus Badelt, 2001 NBA Ultimate Player (Film Score) *God of War (2018) Game also has a similar tone in "Spartan Rage" overture by Bear McCreary ★... Uncertain? ...Suggestions
·Bully Main Theme (Running Theme): Maniac - Michael Sembello, the synthesizer effect looks an interpolation of the xylophone effect used in the game.
·Overworld (Walking Theme) - The Phantom of the Opera Motion Picture Overture (this also resambles "echoes" by pink floyd but that peculiar melody is more predominant in this theme), Let's Ge Started (Bass Only) - Black Eyed Peas, it looks heavily inspired by Dario Argento movies (as the overall soundtrack).
·Here's to you Ms. Philips/Last Minute Shopping/Cook's Crush/Discretion Assured/Finding Johnny Vincent/Revenge on Mr. Burton "Part 1" (The Search): Sounds similar to "Tenant - Siouxsie And The Banshees", people often confuse this theme to "Cheating Time" but the track is named "Here's to you Ms. Philips" as does the mission, it also resembles a Giorgio Gaslini piece an italian jazz pianist or the american compositor Henry Mancini the creator of Pink Panther iconic theme.
·Panty Raid/Galloway Away/Cheating Time (Stealth): Love Theme From "The Godfather" or "Speak Softly, Love" or just The Godfather Theme from Nino Rota a renowned italian composer, written by Larry Kusik, also resembles the song "Hey by Pixies".
·Comic Klepto: Where’d You Go - Fort Minor e Jonah Matranga (interpolation), also resembles Gramatik, Transplants, Flobots or X-Ecutiornes style of song.
·Funhouse Fun/ Funhouse (Ambience): Carnival of the Animals; Introduction and Royal March of the Lion ("Marche Royale du Lions") - Camille Saint-Saëns (interpolation)
·Funhouse Graveyard "Carnival Funhouse Graveyard" (Unused/Beta): Lux Aeterna - Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet; Requiem For A Killer Movie Score
·Shop Class "Auto Repair Shop": Sounds similar to Star Guitar - Chemical Brothers, Cities in the Dust - Siouxie And The Banshees
·Math Class (Beta): Sounds similar to Nightmare on Elm Street Theme
·Gym Class/Lockpicking/Jocks Challenge: Sounds similar to "Resucitó" an old catholic song
·Bike Shop "Shiny Bikes": Sounds similar to Billy Club - Junkie XL, Horndog - Overseer
·Greaser's Hideout/Greaser's Challenge "Blue Balls Pool House" "Tattoo Parlor" & "The Happy Mullet": Sounds similar to In-Cut Overdrive - Tomonori Sawada; Sega Rally 2006 Game
·Townies/Dropouts Hideout "Dropout Hangout": Sounds similar to Babel - Covenant ★ Still Missing... Unknown?
·Chemistry Class: although i can't find a matching song it doesn't sound like music per se
·Math Class (Main): definitely a funky/soul tune, unfortunately i couldn't find a corresponding song for it
·Nut Shots: resembles Gradius songs a game by Konami or AiAce Combat a Namco Game I REALLY LOVE BUNNIES, THEY'RE SO NICE!
I Hope you like it 😎👍
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2023.05.31 05:35 Edwardthecrazyman Hiraeth or Where the Children Play: Wizard Tonics and Silly Little Love Songs 
The wagons or tanks rolled through the gate in a caravan that was more akin to a carnival than a group of tradesmen; all the wizards with their pointed hats were shaped magnificently against the browns and grays, some wore white porcelain dramedy masks beneath headwear as dark as pipe resin, men and women and those between—as that was common from where they hailed. Their company was perhaps forty and their mules and mares were thirsty and were led to troughs to idle while the wizards removed goods from their wagons or tanks and although it was not a spectacle for them to arrive within Golgotha’s walls, it was something still and the citizens gathered to greet whatever wizards they might know but mostly perhaps to whisper rumors on them. The wizards seemed a taller folk, but that was because of the hats, and they seemed wider too, but that was for the robes they adorned with costume jewelry, trinkets, or fingernail-sized lanterns which contained magical properties hung off their clothes as ornaments (some metal and other crudely wooden). I never knew a people that could trek the wastes in that time as well as me till I knew them.
Boss Maron was there at the gates with his wall men, hollering—shouting really, “The Whores of Babylon have come again!” And the bells signaled from atop the highest tower over the hall of Bosses and I met the front square with a morning headache and a cigarette. The Boss sheriff was clothed, cowboy hat pulled tightly to his ears, and he waltzed through the square, inspecting the new arrivals with his crotch out in front of him as he moved in a swagger like a cup of shifted water. Morning sunlight crested the wall to reflect on the pistol in his holster as it did on the star pin of his hat.
Among them, there was only one wizard I cared to see. Their name was Suzanne.
The hanged bodies of the men remained on the wall, dead and stiff and shifting to the little wind there was.
The square had filled with carts (some drawn by animals and others pushed on oil), and even if it were not for the bells which signaled their arrival, I’d have surely known their presence for the clatter of their metal engines.
“Well goddamn!” said Maron while examining a wizard, “What’s that you’ve got on your legs?”
The wizard, a young woman in plain pants wore a set of leg braces and whenever she moved, she did so in shifting her hips around. “Braces,” she said.
“What’s it for? Or is it some of your all’s secret whodo?”
“I’ve got bad legs. The braces help.” She said plainly, attempting to angle herself straight like a stick against one of the traveling party’s wagons.
“Bad legs?” Boss Maron’s expression was incredulous. “Who has bad legs? What sort of nonsense is it? If a lady like you’s made it this far in life with bad legs, then someone’s done you a disservice.”
She looked on questioningly while the other wizards continued with their unpacking or their conversating—whether it be amongst themselves or with the freckle-spaced citizens in the square.
“How are you to outrun trouble when you’ve got them?” He nodded at the young woman’s legs.
“I don’t.” Her face was red either because of the sun or because of the scrutiny. “I’m just bow-legged.”
“Damn,” he shook his head, “Well how much you want for one of them?”
“One of my braces?”
“Yeah. All I want’s the one anyway.”
“I need both of them.”
“C’mon. You wouldn’t notice just one missing. I mean, you’ve got a spare right next to it.”
Upon noticing a robed figure I recognized by the animals at the troughs, I moved to them instead and let Maron’s conversation fall to the wayside. The chatter of the crowd was wild and startled words came as a wizard exposed their collection of tonics to passersby.
“Suzanne,” I said.
The figure turned to face me, moving their head to look away from a mare they’d been brushing to expose one of those white porcelain masks.
I knew it and could not contain a smile.
“Harlan?” asked the figure. The mask on its face was split in the middle with hinges on either side and they opened it to show their face; it was Suzanne. They’d grown some hair around their throat and wore lipstick on their lips and dyes on their eyes.
“It’s good to see you.” I pushed myself into a hug with them and I could smell the travel off them but didn’t care.
They shifted timidly before hugging me back and I pretended not to notice. Once we’d separated, I looked on Suzanne’s face again and they were looking on at the hanging men on the wall. “Again?” they asked.
I nodded and shot a look towards the Boss across the way.
“What justice?” they asked no one while shaking their head.
Trying an answer, I said, “Justice is something man made, I think. I’ll leave men to men and the rest to God.”
“God.” Suzanne nodded glumly then shook their head. “Which one?”
I laughed a good laugh that felt real but nervous too then kicked the ground and took the last drag off my cigarette before chucking it to the ground. “What’s brought you here?”
Suzanne answered plainly. “We took a long time east out near Pittsburgh.” Their eyes scanned the buildings further on from the square. “The people there are worse than here, it seems. At least you still have your walls.”
They frowned. “Not completely. They’ve mostly gone underground. A skitterbug infestation caused a plague directly before an attack of proportions I’ve yet seen.” Suzanne’s brow furrowed. “It was awful.” The words hung in the air for a moment. “But we’re here now and thought we’d stop for a rest and some guns and ammo before returning to Babylon. We’ve brought some medicines to trade.”
I learned from my friend that Pittsburgh’s infrastructure and fortifications were decimated in an attack the wizards only caught second-hand and the survivors—holed away in the tunnels beneath Pittsburgh—told of how the demons ran the walls once their reserves were low.
Then the wizards gathered there began unpacking books, some scrolls, and there were medicines too and some of the Bosses other than Maron (he pushed his harassment of the young wizard with leg braces) graced us there with their presence as they came on and began to pick across the goods, haggling prices. Boss Frank was there, and he stood before a wizard by a tank with a wooden table of jars—capped elixirs of varying colors—he grew increasingly frustrated with their selection and took on in his braggadocious way, speaking of numbers. A few of the idle wizards leaned against carts or even took across town and a small group of them had gathered for a quick show near the guard posts, playing instruments (strings over the vocals of “In My Life”) and there in the front of them was a young wizard man that had removed his hat to show how he played with fire flames off his hands—it was a sideshow play—and the citizens wore variations of bemusement or disgust. The children of Golgotha, all dirty faced with sprigs of hair jutting about from their morning’s waking, seemed totally bewildered in the joy of song and clapped their hands or shook their hips all with smiles.
I stuffed my hands in my jacket and prodded Suzanne, “What’s with the plague? I mean, was it contained? None of your lot got sick, did they?”
Suzanne scoffed, perhaps a little pridefully, “No. I wouldn’t worry about that.” They patted a nearby mule then withdrew a brush and moved it across its thin coat before looking over its hooves. “I’ve brought you some books I found out that way though. You still read?”
“Don’t expect any of that fiction. The only ones I’ve found recently are old pamphlets or medical texts.” Suzanne paused and smiled, returning the animal brush to their robes, “You haven’t happened upon anything that might interest me, have you?”
Their shown teeth were infectious. “Mayhap. I’d need you to come back to my place so I could give them to you.” An awkward pause followed and the roar of the still accumulating crowd overtook the space between us before I continued. “Mostly interesting containers and a few flecks of gold I took from some old computers—they’ve been waitin’ on you for weeks now. I got some parchment that might be of use to you too. You can take what you need as always.”
“How about we get some food? I’m famished. Riding through the night takes its toll.”
Me and Suzanne took from the square up a narrow route that led through residences where the lower levels had their curtains drawn and then we took stairs toward balconies and catwalks configured from reinforced metal; we spoke as we went and a few odd glances from passersby met the wizard as we did.
“The tide on the east is rising again,” said Suzanne.
“Worse than before?”
“Worse than before.”
“God, I don’t think I’ve seen the ocean for a decade or more.” I slid my hand along the railing once we came to what was essentially my front porch; it was a perch among the catwalks that cut against the domicile where I shared walls with others on three sides and we stopped there outside my door. “We saw a dragon only a few days ago.”
Suzanne’s interest seemed piqued. “A dragon? And what direction was it traveling?”
“Well,” I craned over the railing, looking down the narrow walkway that separated my building and the one across the way; I couldn’t see the front square from outside my home, but I could still just make out the music echoing from that direction, “Could’ve been north or west. I was preoccupied, but I wouldn’t worry much. The wall men gave it a pretty good thrashing before it took off.”
“So, the ocean? It’s rising, huh?”
They joined me there on railing, supporting themselves against their forearms. “It is. Faster than ever. Some bad magic’s taken the water. I imagine by the end of the year Pittsburgh will be under it. There’s something bad coming. You might call it intuition if you want, but I know it’s coming. Something bad. Revelations bad. There comes a time when even those of us forsaken are brought worse.”
“Bah!” I couldn’t help it, “John thought it was the end times while he wrote the damn thing. And what about all the other books? Hm?”
Suzanne put up their hands. “I didn’t mean it like that at all. You know I’m only the mildest scholar on the topic.”
“Anyway. You’d better not start having visions. Got enough to worry about as is.” I’d not realized my shoulders were tense until their hand touched me, and I flinched.
“You’ve a bruise around your neck. Care to elaborate there?”
I shook my head. “Got into a fight.”
Suzanne laughed, removed their pointed hat and playfully put it on my head. “C’mon. Cook me something. You might not know a thing about spices, but your cooking’s always tasted better.”
We took through my door to my small single room where simple amenities awaited and an ancient, decommissioned pump-shotgun hung on the wall over the bed. “That’s just ‘cause you ain’t the one laboring over it.”
Across a meal of potato cakes and toasted bread, we drank coffee until I broke into the liquor to spice my coffee and alleviate my hangover, and we shared the drink and Suzanne took to wash in the sink while I smoked outside on the overlook. Upon returning to the room, I saw them there with a wet rag stuffed beneath an armpit and they were beautiful caught without robes, frame cast in sunglow through the crack in my doorway. In a moment, our hands glided around one another in a scramble of arms at the middle point between us and we took to bed for a while.
Come midday, we remained there, staring at the ceiling, chests bare, and blanket strewn across our lower halves.
“You’re going gray,” said Suzanne.
“You’re getting old too, ya’know.”
“How long did you say you’ll be staying?” I asked while trying to mask whatever excitement may be present.
“Few days. Once we’ve enough ammunition.” They traced their index finger along my ear lobe.
“Stay.” I offered.
They frowned. “Come.”
“I did already.”
They gave me a light shove and cut their eyes at me. Hazel. How good that color was. “Really. What keeps you here?”
“Things.” I pushed up in the bed to sit, finagling my underwear from the jeans on the floor.
“I wish you would.”
“I’m no wizard.”
“You don’t need to be.”
“Maybe there will come a time when I take you up on that offer. Who knows?” I slid into the drawers.
“Is it Maron?” they asked, “I don’t know your fascination with him. He’s the worst combination cruel and dumb I’ve seen.”
“Like an animal.” I nodded. “Like something real bad’s wrong with him. But no. He’s not my fascination.” Lying was always hard with them. “I worry about this place. I wouldn’t do the things I do if I didn’t. What if I were to leave it and then it turns out like Pittsburgh.”
“Oh, you’re an expert in plagues now?”
“No,” I scoffed, “I guess it’s just a place that weighs on my conscious.” I went to sit on the bed alongside them.
“You hate it here. I can see it more on your face every time we meet.”
“That I do. Call it an investment dilemma. I’ve put time in it, and I want it to be well.”
“That doesn’t sound like you.”
I caught Suzanne’s face there, staring up from the flat pillow, flustered. My reasoning was hard, but I continued, “There is one thing I should undo before I leave here. It’s a long time coming, and I don’t know if I can. But it’s important,” upon seeing their quizzical expression, I added, “And it is secret.”
“I wish you’d come with us. You’d be welcome.”
“I’ll visit Babylon sometime next month. I promise.”
“You shouldn’t call it that. I don’t like it when you call it that.” The wizards never called their home Babylon; that was a name conjured by the many religious fanatics that considered their magic evil (even if they did trade with the ‘heretics’ from time to time). The name they’d given their own city of medicine was Alexandria; it was fitting for I’d seen their expansive libraries and could become lost in them easily.
“Fine. I’ll be there.” I squeezed their hand in mine. “I’ll miss you once you’ve gone.”
“Don’t get sappy,” they said before planting a kiss on my forehead.
The day went and then the next and another and the wizards packed their belongings. No more music for Golgotha, only quiet agony. As Suzanne said, they’d left me a few books and I’d given away my parchment, jars, and gold. While they were in town, I even was able to snag a few more bottles of their famous wizard liquor along with a few vials of medicine—always good to have whenever I set foot beyond the walls or when someone within might need it.
There came a time finally—as every time it does—where I watched the caravan, with gray smoke clouds off the engines, take on north first where there was an opening wide enough in the ruins to accommodate vehicles, then it hooked around a wide bend that took them west then their black shapes against the red morning skyline disappeared like fading ink as their magic cloaked them entirely. I wished them well, but at the moment of dissipation, I felt an urge to leap from the top of the wall, charge across the field, scream that I was coming and scream it loud enough that I’d hurt myself. I think I just loved—though I never said it aloud and neither did they—and love is a bad thing more often than it is good, for the longing it leaves in its absence drives a person mad and I did not want to be mad; the feeling burst from me quietly there on the wall while I was flanked on either side by guards. I was sure all along the way they went that I could just make out Suzanne among them; that was probably a fault in my vision, but I imagined they were casting glances back, hoping to hold me as strongly as I wished to hold them. I went to the streets of Golgotha where the town quieted from the previous days’ engagements with the wizards.
Normal came and settled and then came chanting from Lady as she moved through sullen quiet streets. She was so far off that I was not sure it was her at all and then came the lines as she drew nearer by the hydroponics towers, and she shouted them vigorously and shook her fist above the air and held a staff with a swinging lantern of incense in her opposite hand, partly for ceremony and partly for support. The words came harshly, gravelly:
“They called to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”
“The lamb will be your shepherd. He will guide you. Hallelujah! He will lead you to the springs of living water and wipe away every tear!”
“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand! Do not be tempted by the deviousness of the whorish Babylonians for all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
A person, among the catwalks, shouted down at Lady, “Shut-the-fuck-up!”
I watched her come fully down the avenue as she dodged a thrown egg from somewhere unseen, then dashed away toward an offshoot alley to hide somewhere, incense lantern smoking, clanging against her back while she screeched off more scripture from memory. After she was long gone, I moved to the spot where the egg was, rubbed it into dirt with the sole of my boot and looked up through the spiderweb network of catwalks overhead; there was no one.
Without a thing keeping me, I took off the following day, and upon meeting the gates, Maron was there and I could see he was the proud owner of a used leg brace; he grinned upon seeing me, patting his mustache down with his forefinger and thumb.
“Whatcha’ think?” He motioned to his left leg. “It’s a bit of a conversation starter, ain’t it?”
“Get your boys to open the gate, I’m going out.”
He shook his head. “Won’t find anything out there. It’s all dirt and rubble, you know.”
“Just open it.”
“You know what?” He cut his eyes at me. “There’s gonna’ come a day when you won’t be so able bodied or maybe the Bosses won’t like you coming and going as you please.”
I inhaled heavily then let it go. “Now can’t we skip to the end where you acquiesce to my request?”
“Words words words you’ve got. You’ve got a lot of words. Acquiesce. Psshaw.” Boss Maron waved for the guards to open the gate and they did, and I stepped by him, and he spit somewhere behind me before I heard him hobble around with his single leg brace.
The path was clear and open on all sides and in no time, I’d taken across the field to the east and found myself on the edge of the ruins where things stank, and I was free from no other thought than to live. Creeping hot overcame me and brought my hair to my forehead and I holed off in a shadow to drank from my gourd before continuing. The sun was red in the sky in the places where I could see sky from around the black shadows of towering structures. I ducked beneath an old shop counter when I heard the skittering of fart heads and pulled a sleeve to kill the scent of their chlorine breath.
Once they’d gone, I pulled through the wreckage more and more till I came upon the markings for an old safehouse in the back office of a garage I’d not been to in a while. What were my intentions? Was I going to go all the way to the coast? Throw myself into those bad magic waters? There’s a thing they don’t teach you in religion. They prattle all day to do this or that and they say that Hell awaits sinners or Hades or maybe its in layers or circles or what have you. They’ll tell you about the places and they’ll say that if you take life into your own hands, you end in Hell, but what’s a person to do when those creeping intrusions come along—the ones that call to a person in the darkness, the ones where they tempt you to jump from a high place or there’s always a gun or a poison. Maybe a person could bribe another to do it for them. Where do they end up then? What are you supposed to do to stave off those thoughts? Should a person contend such melancholies with prayer? That did not seem helpful. What is the soulless to do without the promise of those pearly gates anyway?
Anyway, I took on past the safehouse and found a utility hall in the side of a tall industrial building just beyond a partially erect chain link fence. The wall was opened up like a cracked shell from years of standing alone, and after ducking through there, I found some old matches in a drawer, plastic gas cans whose contents had long since congealed within; I kicked them (not that I expected anything more). Moving further down the wide hallway, there were shelves of dusty tools, and I took some hammers and knives (cheapo stuff).
Further still down the hall, there was a staircase, and I took it quietly; the stone stairs made hardly a sound against the bottoms of my boots, and I took the stairs more quickly till I was out of breath and caught myself on a landing where I supped silent air before rushing further up the stairs. An old metallic cabinet or console—I couldn’t make it out—lay strewn across the steps to the second-highest floor and I climbed over it before coming to the building’s roof access. Upon coming to the door with a metal push bar across its middle, I gave it a shove and it did not budge but a minor clink and I took a moment to collect myself before rummaging through my gear.
Slung through a loop on the inside of my pack was a short prybar that was so worn around its tooth it was more rounded than an edge; I shimmied the piece of metal into the spot where the door latched into the way and began crimping the spot apart, trying all the while to maintain a relative quiet in the dead ruins. Once I’d bent away at the door for a few moments, I elevated my body weight at an awkward angle to pop the door free and it did so, half open, with a rusty screech that forced a long pause from me; I stood there by the newly opened doorway for a full minute, holding the prybar, holding my breath. Upon hearing nothing in response to the noise of the door, I slid the tool into my pack and slipped through the threshold.
The flat roof of the industrial building sloped to one corner—where the opening in the wall of the first floor was—and sitting there in the middle of an open platform was an old helicopter, blades half torn away or rusted off and the remaining slanted from the top of the old vehicle, touching the platform it sat upon. The roof access looked like a little square house atop the flat headed structure and around the side of the access, I found an old corpse (entirely bones) wrapped in black plastic-like armor, the white dry fingers laid across its lap, several digits gone and its hollow eye holes staring off into the sky with a permanent smile. I moved to the thing that hadn’t been human in a long time and prodded it; the skeleton slumped to the side and looked on the ground by its shoes. How long had it been staring at the sky and how long had it been waiting for me to come and change its dead visage?
I moved to the edge of the building, to the corner where the building sloped and looked off the edge to the ground below; all was quiet, and nothing moved save the shadows’ stalwart creep across the ground. Examining from above, I could see the opening I’d climbed through and beneath my shifting feet, I felt the ground give a little; timidly, I angled more forward and for a moment I thought I knew why I’d gone up there in the first place. Suddenly six-stories felt high. The urge to jump came. Perhaps on the way down, I’d have just a blink to convince myself I’d slipped.
“Hey!” A shout from somewhere down below came from the direction I’d come from. I shook my head as it felt as though it was a ghost echo, a noise that wasn’t. Then it came again, “Hey!”
I squinted my eyes and there in the crumbled road below, there was a human I didn’t initially recognize; it was only after the figure tumbled through the remains of the chain link fence that I recognized it as Dave. I blinked.
Out of breath, he angled over to the opening at the base of the structure and called up at me, “Hey! I see you up there!”
Whisper-yelling, I cupped my hands, “Shutup!”
I took back to the stairs, and he hollered after, “Where you going?”
With reckless abandon, I took the stairs many at a time, leapt the cabinet on the stairs, scrambling while also reaching for the prybar I’d put away. I held the cold metal in my hand and charged toward the industrial storage hallway where I could see him silhouetted in the frame of the crumbled opening.
His chest heaved and he wiped at his brow; slung across his shoulder was a small supply bag and worn like a necklace was a pair of binoculars. “God, you move fast. Like a fuckin’ cockroach in light.” His eyes shifted from my face to the prybar in my hand as I approached him.
Standing within the echoey hallway, I lifted the weapon and pointed it at him. “What’d you follow me for?”
“You wouldn’t use that on me.” He took his eyes from the prybar. “I don’t think you would anyway. You might be shady, Harlan, but I don’t take you as a stone-cold murderer.”
“You take me wrong,” I said.
“Maybe.” He seemed to think on it a moment. “You wouldn’t?”
“If you’ve given away my position to those things, I might.”
“Lots of bluster.” Dave offered an incredibly forced smile, and I could see just from the little shine of the sun in the opening that his eye had blacked but remained functional. “I been watching you.”
He nodded. “I snuck out after you.”
“You ought to go back.”
“You ought to just listen. There ain’t a thing back there for me.”
“I don’t care.” The sharpness in my voice felt good. “I don’t need some sorry sack sneaking up on me when I’m mindin’ my own.”
A quiet laugh. “There’s nothing there for me. I been farming all my life and if I die,” he shrugged, “So be it.”
“Idiot. Fuckin’ idiot.”
“You manage out here! Wizards can too!”
“Wizards have magic.”
“You got some of that?”
I lowered the crowbar.
“We’ve got to stop starting our conversations with fights.” He paused and moved into the shadowy hallway of the building before perching in a half-sit half-lean against the wall near me. “I never was violent anyway, so if you want to hit me with that then do it.”
His shirt clung to him, sweat thick and dark on his chest and pits. “Goddamn you move fast.”
“You should wear a jacket or something. Long sleeves keep the sun off and a thicker material gives you a modicum of protection.” I took to squatting too, maintaining ample distance betwixt us. “A hat helps too, but I’m always losing hats.” I chewed on my tongue while mulling over whether I should leave him.
“Are you going to try and slink away while I’m not looking?”
I blinked. “No.”
“Liar.” He took a healthy gulp from his water gourd then wiped his mouth. “East is the ocean?”
“Is it far?”
I nodded. “For you.”
Dave sighed. “Thank you.”
“You ever have any kids?”
I shook my head.
“It’s somethin’. Henry had so much energy—especially when he was little—there was times I didn’t think he’d ever settle down.”
“What are you doing out here?” I asked.
“Helen told me she was the same way when she was his age. She had energy too. I feel so tired.”
“Dave. What the fuck are you doing out here? Why’d you follow me?”
He took one last swallow from his gourd before shoving it into his pack. “I wanted to talk to you about killin’ the Bosses.”
I laughed into my hand. “That’s—that’s a thought.”
“I mean it.” His stare was like pinpricks. Previous
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2023.05.31 00:14 x6661xforeverx [US-NY][H]Resident Evil CE Leftovers (Books/maps), Sega Saturn Console, PS1/PS4/PS5/Genesis/Gamecube Games, Large Atari 2600 lot [W] Switch, PS1 Games (CIB), listed items, OFFERS!!
More pictures available upon request!!! https://imgur.com/a/Qjw1nV3 Collector’s Edition Stuff
Resident Evil 2 - Ben’s File
Resident Evil 2 Map
Resident Evil 4 Artbook
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Console with fightstick controller. No games included. Tested console and partially tested controller. I have a new game on the way to test the controller fully, will update with results. Case only (Free with any purchase, just ask):
The Division 2 (PS4)
Resident Evil Village (PS4)
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Resident Evil 0
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2023.05.30 20:53 LumpyCrumpet687 P&O dress code - "Evening Casual"
I'll be sailing on MS Iona in a few months, and just want to check re. the dress code - last cruise was on MSC who were incredibly casual with dress code
(even more so with onshore customer service but that's another discussion).
I've made my peace with the formal nights (i.e. not doing them and will go to the buffet instead) but want to check that some dark jeans, a T-shirt/polo shirt and some brown leather Skechers trainers (these
to be specific) would be OK and won't get me kicked out of the MDR or whatever?
Their dress code page says that this is prohibited:
novelty clothing and clothing personalised with images or slogans
Does this literally mean e.g. no images/graphics whatsoever? I don't tend to wear stupid slogans on T-shirts but I do tend to wear shirts with pictures or logos on them, is this a major issue?
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2023.05.30 16:45 NickelTheWise WILDLIFE CH. 1-2
WILDLIFE by nickel
Story 1- Stone and Grass
Chapter 2- Behaviors
Emergency rooms were trained to be ready for any arrivals at any time of the day or night, but the strange cases that were arriving had the nurse practitioners baffled. Three had arrived at a little past 2am, and a further single was arriving presently. The ambulance had pulled away seconds after they'd carefully unloaded their unconscious cargo at the emergency entrance and were wheeling them inside, keeping an eye out for any changes. The lead of the two, a fox named Maxwell Forscythe, was handing over the paperwork for the patient and pre-planning the routes for the trauma center room to park them in.
"Student, male, early 20s, comatose, irregularities in BP and bodily temperature, is that all that could be gleaned on the ride over?" asked the nurse on duty. Maxwell's partner nodded. "We checked him as much as we could without disrobing him, not a scratch, just low core temp and a weakened pulse for someone his age, possible arhythmia maybe?" "No way to be sure 'til he's seen by the staff, and have the cardiologist have a look. Wheel him into Obs G202, it should be open." "Should be, Paul?" asked Maxwell. Paul looked up, half-awake. "It's open, okay? This place is going a little bananas after the previous patients, y'know."He grimaced at him and signaled his partner so they could move the gurney. The ward was a bit of distance, but there was no immediate danger as of yet. His partner, a human woman named Grisholm, was peering closely at the inert body. "See anything?" "Look, I'm not saying we need to check the patient's neck again, but this feels--" "Good grief, Griz, we already looked, he hasn't been sucked off by a vampire." Her face went very pink. "That's not what its called, it's 'drained'! and it can be anywhere, sure, but the neck or the leg, I mean... this is exactly how it goes, unless the person is just ripped to pieces." The fox sighed, using his mag-badge to open the double doors ahead. "Well, I'm pretty sure this guy wasn't ripped to pieces, but vampires, Griz? In Canada?" "The world is a mighty strange place sometimes, and small places are just where shit like this tends to go down. I'm just saying we should keep our eyes open today, that's all." "Just in case our friend here rises in the night to suck someone else off, yeah?" he teased, knowing exactly how to needle his friend. Grisholm was at a lack for words, just making half-syllables in protest as they reached the elevator. "I read that book you lent me, y'know, I see why you like this stuff so much." Grisholm looked deflated until she caught Max's eyes, one of which was winked with a grin. "It's alright, Griz... I do it too." Her friend looked a little placated, helping to push the patient into the lift and pressing the next floor button. "Let's just not rule it out yet, okay? Now, come on, game-face time, the day's already started."
Hours later, after an alarm deep in the Deckard Forest Range's only unnatural home had gone off and Kari had finished washing and getting dressed, the message was finally reported over the news, which she was watching on her phone with apt attention, her pupils widened in curiosity while automatically eating her breakfast.
"Hospital authorities are preparing a statement at this time, but have denied these mysterious cases as any sign for panic over unproven conditions, Jeremy?" Jeremy Cole was the on-site reporter, who the feed switched to, the hospital in the background full of activity from police standing watch, to people showing up to mill around as they often do. "That's right, Grace, the only details being released in surety, so far, point to the victims being discovered within our local favorite, Mt. Loyal University. They began arriving as early as 2 this morning, and the scenes have been under careful scrutiny. Whether or not these are scattered cases of extreme fatigue, or the beginnings of another infection sweeping the country is still no one's guess to make. Jeremy Cole, reporting live in Calgary, BCB News." "Thank you, Cole, we intend to keep this story updated as the facts are confirmed. Follow the progress on Flitter at--" Kari backed out of the video feed, thinking on the details that took place in the classroom yesterday, and of her gruff teacher. 'He wouldn't just succumb to weariness just like that, he would've gone to the teacher's lounge and caught a nap like he does,' she thought, getting up to pace a little, 'which means it was a sneak attack, practically untraceable, and enacted on the state of being for-" Her eyes widened again as she came to a stop, putting together some details towards a possible answer. Who was a restless-looking passerby that was headed in the direction of chemicals, many of which can be used to trigger invisible manners of attack? Who was passing the scene of the incident and looking particularly smug about something? Who smelled of sharp ethanol that could've been a fumigation bomb scent? "It was HIM!" she squawked suddenly, looking around as if a timebomb had just begun to countdown, hurrying over to get her shoes and jacket on, along with the standard wallet-phone-keys trifecta being pocketed. If anything, classes would be off or postponed during this weirdness, but she'd call on the drive over just to make sure. 'He's either here to steal some expensive artifacts, or... looking for someone, and either way doesn't look good.' She thought as she got onto the road to town, rolling her window down to catch the fresh, cold air of the morning.
The small lifeform had been moving around through the garden all day before heading towards a number of weird smells nearby. A long soil path led to a burnished wooden door, which the creature easily walked under. Within was a rainbow of enticing scents, and its sensors went wild probing all over the place to find small specks of food to chew up. Gradually, it found its way up to a huge, breathing creature of some kind, heaped in a pile in the corner of the chamber. The climb all over its body was an interesting journey for the intruder, but when it stepped onto an expanse lighter gray, the giant tensed up and awoke, turning its colossal head to slowly open huge eyes like golden boulders. It froze under this monstrous gaze, trying to look uninteresting, but a huge pair of digits picked it up, and its fate was sealed as it waited for the end.
"Hey, no visitors at this hour." said Tom, licking the small beetle off his finger to munch it up and lay back down, trying to let the blessed sleep come back, but he'd looked at his phone and seen the time, too late now. With a long exhale, he got up and began looking for a clean shirt, coming up empty except for the shirt he had on, so the day's errand was clear. "Well, thank god the plants don't have any clothes to take care of, I gotta feed them and see to their good health already." he said brightly, secretly picturing what the main garden would look like with the garden-life all sporting tiny sweaters and hats with a grin. A large knapsack was full of his clothes, the shirt and Jacket from yesterday were on, his shoes were worn, and he was carefully out back into the world, locking the Door behind him with the finesse of a safecracker. He put on some earbuds and began walking towards the main street, knowing he'd seen a laundromat there the day before. It felt like a good day to get something done; the weather was the pleasant side of chilly on the cloudless day, and folks seemed to be out walking the main street. Tom was in a rather good mood, also knowing of the beers in the knapsack to help the early afternoon chore along. And so, there he was 20 minutes later at 24 Laveuse, beginning the large load of laundry and setting back on the plastic seats, moving his tail so he didn't squash it. The place was a little empty and the small fenced area on one side of the parking lot made for good hiding, so he stepped outside to carefully get down to libations to pass the time. Traffic came and went like it usually did, one car taking the nearby right turn kind of harshly but otherwise nothing else of notice. There was a wandering guy with the air of a bum about him, sort of haunting the crossroads, and Tom privately hoped he would carry on before attracting police. Strangely enough, another short parade of cars was going thru the town, looking like a gangsta's funeral procession. Tom stared vacantly until they were gone, and he was starting to wonder just what this town's deal was. It was at this moment that the hands emerged silently from behind and seized his arms tightly, hauling him back with sudden urgency before he could panic properly. "What the fuck?! You wanna... god, wha-?" he barked, only to be hauled back harder into the side alley by the building, and out of sight. "Careful, dammit, there's a beverage here-" The tall can was smacked out of his hand. "Hey! what's your damage, guy?" Tom demanded as he was turned around roughly, only to meet those same blue eyes and red hair from yesterday. "Oh, wait, it's you fro--" Kari got her best threat display face on and poked a claw to the underside of his chin, which managed to inescapably encourage his silence."Now, answers, spill 'em, what were you really up to yesterday?" she now demanded. "I don't know what you're talking about, I was just looking for my friend to return a phone charger." "You didn't say that." "You didn't ask." he replied mildly, averting his gaze in a condescending manner. Kari growled in her throat and tightened her grip on his shoulders. "Watch it, wise-ass. Did you see or hear anything before the disturbance yesterday?" "What disturbance, I was already on my way when people found him." Her face went almost sideways in an accusative scowl. "Don't play dumb, I saw your ass drifting thru that crowd, and you saw me looking at you, captain salute." Tom's face contorted in regret. "You saw that, huh." "Yeah, I did." she grunted before slamming him roughly to the wall and releasing him. Tom looked as angry as he could without looking confrontational; something about her strength and methods did not point to a fight with any outcome but a grievous loss on his side. "Alright," he said, stepping back one step to opt for a cigarette from his fresh pack and turning from her to light it, "So I was near the scene, what else have you got?" Her angered look softened a micrometer and she took a few steps, mostly to get away from the rich smoke. "The guy from yesterday, the unconscious one? He was a good man, good teacher, and now his life might be in danger. You were at least in the hallway over there, did you see or hear anything that'd help out with finding the culprit?" "Help out?" he said, plucking the cig from his lips, "Look, Ms. Conrad, I-" "Conniff." "Whatever! I was just passing thru and it just felt like you got stuck having to deal with the cops, alright? It was rude to snark you, I apologize, I thought you were just in trouble or something. Apart from my friend, there wasn't really anybody on that side of the building that wasn't behind doors." Kari looked him over, trying to get a read on his intentions, and he seemed to notice this with disdain. "What's your deal anyways, apple-polisher, you some sort of local hero or something?" Tom continued, dragging on the smoke while shooting her a look. She frowned this time, an expression without anger that was a different face entirely. "He's a friend of mine, one of the few I have. You would do the same if it was someone you cared about, wouldn't you?" Tom almost answered honestly, but he was too mad to focus on polite truths. "No, I wouldn't, and I don't think you would either." he snapped, "I'm a pragmatist, number one's the only thing I came into this world worried with, and it's the only number I'll need." "Wow, okay, I thought you were just a sneaky guy before, but now I can see you're just an asshole." "And so are you, Ms. Confit, and I can't stand people that pretend to care." "Who's pretending? Frankly, *I* can't stand little shits like you who think their lousy life is free license to take everybody down with them." Tom was really mad now, and was almost considering lighting the fire in this fulminating argument, but he just sneered and flicked his cigarette ahead, stepping bitterly on it as he left. "You don't have anything I need, nor do I have anything you need, we're even. Now leave me alone, will you?" Kari wanted to kick his ass so badly in that fury-soaked moment. "I don't think anyone needs anything you've got, Mr. Blackberry, least of all YOU.. and it's CONNIFF, you son of a bitch!" she snarled at the retreating raccoon. "Actually, I can think of something I need from someone." he said, turning suddenly. "Yeah, and what's that, a chemical shower?" "No, you owe me a beer, kitty cat!" They were easily half a foot from each other now, staring daggers into daggers. The snow leopard spat harshly on the ground and left in a weaponized huff, tail twitching madly behind her. Tom felt the heat in his ears still peaking. "I better not see you again, or it'll be too soon!" he called after her, "And I smell bad because of my dirty laundry I carried, not because- well, I meant to put this shirt in with.. ohhhh, god DAMMIT!" and he kicked at the wall of the building before stomping back to check his clothes. "Bitch..." he muttered, trying to leave the incident behind.
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2023.05.30 11:23 HantaParvo Judge Wanda Heard is an Important Eyewitness
One thing that doesn't get enough attention, in my view, is what Judge Wanda Heard has said about Adnan's trial. She retired in 2019. In response to the vacatur of Adnan's conviction, Heard swore out an affidavit
which includes the following:
- As the trial judge in this matter, I would direct the Court to the transcript of the trial as I recall no evidence or testimony that Mr. Syed handled the shoes of Hae Min Lee. The absence of touch DNA on her shoes would seem to be an unusual basis to eliminate Mr. Syed as Ms. Lee’s killer in the face of other overwhelming and riveting testimony of the eyewitness of Jay Wilds, who testified that he assisted Mr. Syed in the burial of her body.
- A reading of the trial transcript will show that the jury verdict was supported by substantial direct and circumstantial evidence. However, transcripts do not always reflect the tone, manner and delivery of witness testimony. I heard the evidence and all testimony. The verdict and the swift manner of the verdict being reached made it clear to the court that the jury weighed the .credibility of the witnesses who testified and were subject to vigorous cross examination. The jury appeared to have considered all of the evidence, the witnesses testimony, followed the law in instructions given by the Court, applied the law to the facts and reached their verdict.
- Among the most powerful evidence presented at the trial, was the testimony of Jay Wilds concerning the burial of Ms. Lee’s body after the murder. Further, he testified regarding the staged alibi orchestrated by Mr. Syed which became moot once Mr. Wilds became the State’s star witness and his testimony was corroborated by other witnesses, physical and documentary evidence.
- Additional evidence received by the jury included testimonial and documentary evidence demonstrating Mr. Syed’s motive for killing Ms. Lee.
- Mr. Syed’s trial attorney, Christina Gutierrez is now deceased and cannot speak for herself. However, it should be stated that during the trial I observed her to be a strong and effective advocate.
- During the trial, Ms. Gutierrez was particularly effective during the lengthy cross-examination of Mr. Wilds which was consistent with what I knew to be her forte. Ten years prior to my ascending to the bench and while I was a prosecutor, Ms. Gutierrez was known to me as an aggressive litigator. At that time and during the trial, her legal talent and skill was outstanding. In fact, I found her performance to be at its best and consistent with other trials. She was at the top of her game during her defense of Mr. Syed.
- Ms. Gutierrez had an aggressive strategy, which she executed in a highly effective manner. In particular, she took full advantage of the fact that she knew what the State’s witnesses were going to say because she had a trial transcript of each of the State’s witnesses from the first trial. (The first trial before Judge Quarles resulted in a mistrial following the State’s case.)
Heard's judgments aren't evidence in the strict sense, because they weren't submitted in response to a specific IAC claim. Trial judges can, in extremely rare cases, be called to testify as witnesses concerning what happened in their courtroom, but that's unusual. Nevertheless, her views are entitled to respect for a number of reasons:
- Unlike any of us, Heard saw every single minute of this trial live and in real-time, and obviously still has very clear memories of it.
- She has had an incredibly illustrious career, including stints both as a defense lawyer and (more frequently) prosecutor, and has been awarded dozens of honors and prestigious appointments. She is also a Black woman appointed as a judge by a Democratic governor (Paris Glendening). Maryland doesn't have judicial elections, instead using (in my view) the far, far superior procedure of allowing a commission to make nominations. Of course the ethnicity and political affiliations of a judge shouldn't be an issue and didn't play a role here, but you don't have to look hard to find defense lawyers and activists pointing out that Prisoner X was convicted by a "white male Republican judge" and/or an "all-white jury". If that had been true in Adnan's case, it would surely be mentioned by Adnan's supporters constantly.
- Her reputation isn't on the line. Aside from routine disputes about evidentiary rulings, nobody has challenged Heard's conduct of the trial. If she's been accused of bias or corruption or incompetence in the way she handled the case, people would be justifiably wary that she was trying to deflect criticisms. But no such allegations have ever been raised.
- She did a fine job at trial. The trial raised a number of tricky legal issues, including the scope of Sharon Watts' testimony, complex hearsay issues, and Waranowitz' expertise, among many others. Heard's questioning and analysis show she was sharp, up on the law, curious, and interested in exploring the issues fairly and giving both sides a fair chance to make their point.
- When it comes to Gutierrez' effectiveness and illness, Heard had an important role to play. If she had discerned any evidence that Gutierrez was impaired by physical or mental illness, it was Judge Heard's vital responsibility to halt the trial and explore the matter. Rule 18-102.14 of the Maryland Rules of Judicial Conduct (which tracks the American Bar Association rule) require a judge who has a "reasonable belief" that a lawyers "physical condition" has impaired their performance to take appropriate steps, including preserving the rights of the lawyer's client. Heard was aware of Gutierrez' general reputation and standard of performance. There is no reason to doubt Heard would have done so had she become convinced Gutierrez could not handle the trial.
Heard's views aren't the be-all and end-all, but they are entitled to plenty of weight.
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2023.05.30 01:09 Haymac99 First one in almost two years, done by Craig Smith guesting at Hattiesburg Tattoo in MS
2023.05.29 18:24 whp1617 Looking for shoe recommendations
My mother has MS. Recently, she has started falling more often. I know some of it just is a side effect of her MS. But are there any tennis shoes/shoes that I can get her that will help keep her balance better and not fall as often? I just want to help her however I can. ❤️
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