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2023.06.07 03:45 HauntingJudge6271 This audibly made me laugh with lames acting like he actually uses Teetees 💩
2023.06.07 03:45 KannaKamuiFSN I used it to cast sanguine bond
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2023.06.07 03:43 Grecalda Kangen Water Has Significantly Improved My Symptoms
It’s been a while since I posted here but and I have been having long Covid since November 2021 but long story short, I have significantly improved after drinking kangen water. For those who don’t know kangen water is basically alkaline water that has high concentration of molecular hydrogen which makes it more oxygen rich and antioxidant properties. I mean our body is also composed of 75% water so changing the type of water we intake might be the missing link. But again, I wouldn’t 100% assume, it’s just my theory. The symptoms I have were POTS-like, neuro issues, brain fog, acid reflux and amongst others but after drinking kangen water I have just improved in a few months and i can say I’m around 70-80% better now. Kangen water can be made through an ionizer and I highly recommend the one from Enagic. I do have a link for it too as I distribute the products myself. Just let me know if you have questions.
On the side note please don’t take this as a medical advice since it’s not 100% guaranteed that what works for me might work for you but alkaline water has posed a lot of health benefits In recent studies so it’s still up to you.
I just hope everyone is doing well! We’ll get through this!
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2023.06.07 03:43 HeyBudYouArentFunny Heart palpitations after exercise, is this normal?
18M 5’5 110lb.
After about a year and a half of being completely sedentary, with no exercise at all except occasional walks, ive decided to start being more active by running, playing basketball, and doing workouts. For the first few days I took it slow to be careful not to overexert myself, but its been a couple days now and i take about 30-45 minutes to be active a day.
Ive started to experience palpitations though, and more than usual. As far as I know, theyre pvc’s, but some feel like my heart had a hiccup, others feel like a skipped beat, and some feels like it pounds. They happen when i laugh, take a deep breath, or just randomly. In addition to this, I constantly feel my heart beat throughout my body, especially when i lay down to sleep or when i shower (sometimes i feel like im about to faint when i bend over to scrub my legs and my heart races fast). When I sit next to some clothes on my bed, i can see the clothes shake, so i know it isn’t all in my head. These symptoms have been happening for about 2 years (i’ll expand on this below) but the increase in palpitations happened recently after i started exercising again.
Since May of 2021, i’ve been experiencing heart related symptoms. For about a year prior to the symptoms starting, i was drinking and smoking/vaping basically daily, and even though i exercised basically daily as well i still wasn’t being healthy to myself. Anyway, one day after i drank a lot i woke up feeling dizzy, tachycardia, and faint when standing. In the beginning of july, I got an echocardiogram, a 48 hour holter monitor, and an EKG which showed nothing bad. My cardiologist said it could be orthostatic hypotension, but i left out the fact that it happened after i drank.
In the months during and after this, i suffered from really bad anxiety, and cardiac anxiety, that prevented me from exercising or feeling normal. I wound up at urgent care about once or twice a month and got several EKG’s, none of them showing anything except one that showed pvcs; this was because i worked out a lot for a long time the night before. I didn’t drink or smoke for 7 months, but i still felt tachycardia upon standing, lightheadedness when standing, occasional palpitations, and a really noticeable bounding pulse throughout my body. I began to drink again november of 2021, but very occasionally and took 3-4 month breaks, currently i haven’t drank in 5 months.
2 months ago i returned to the same cardiologist to say that i continued feeling symptoms and to tell him that it happened after i drank, but he still found nothing wrong and said that my symptoms could be because i am skinny, sedentary, and have anxiety; i weighed like 105 pounds at the time, so he said that because i lacked mass my heartbeat would be noticeable because there is no muscle / fat to absorb the pulse.
This helped a lot, and my anxiety has been reduced and better than ever. I finally felt the motivation to workout, but now this is happening.
Are these palpitations normal to be feeling after being sedentary for so long? Should I get checked out again and ask for a stress test or something? What do i do?
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2023.06.07 03:35 Typical-Plant- 28 M4M random kink but where else to try and find someone? Looking for guys who will let me explore my piss kink.
Hey guys, fit guy here 28, shorter guy here. Looking for guys who will let me suck you off and you can piss in my mouth while I suck. It doesn’t need to be messy, I’ll just drink on you while I blow you, and I can swallow your piss and your load. Hmu if you’re into things! Gay straight curious all guys welcome.
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2023.06.07 03:28 Slow-Butterfly2973 My boyfriend told me he has herpes
So I’m f (23) and this guy (31) and I really hit it off on the first, second, third date and we pretty much new off the rip how much we liked each other so we made it official last month. We’ve both been single for about 2 years so we both feel ready to be with someone again.
We’ve been seeing each other for about 2 months.. might sound crazy but it’s one of those “when you know, you know” kinda things.
Anyway, we started having sex pretty early on. I like that he’s older and know what he wants and he’s expressed how he could see a future with me and how all the things he likes about me, how I’m sweet and how i am just who he has been praying for.
The other night we were having a heart-to-heart convo after a long fun ass day of drinking. And we are super comfortable and giggly with each other all the time.
The heart to hear was about life and how he’s ready to be with someone, how he’s not dating me just to date me he’s dating me so that one day I’ll be his wife. IIRC (cause I was a little fucked up) he said something like “would you be with me if I had herpes) and since we’re always so giggly and jokey I kinda thought he was playing and I just brushed it off a bit and said “you don’t have herpes😂” LSS I went through his medicine drawer and saw acyclovir and since I took microbiology I knew it treated herpes so I asked him about it another day and he explained how he’s had it for 10 years and haven’t had an outbreak in about 3 or so years. He was born with HSV-1 and said he doesn’t even know where he got the genital ones from
I would have absolutely never known and I’ve seen every inch of his body.
I am just kinda scared because it’s all fresh right now and I know I like him so much but fuck.. what if shit doesn’t work out , he’s a bit older than me so like.. idfk . What if I never even get it though? What if I’m not sure of him? What if now this is why I’m not sure of him and I’m just projecting? Cause when I fall I fall so fucking hard and it sounds crazy but even 2 months in, If something happened to where we broke up I would be gutted. Im a Pisces and I just have so much love inside of me. He treats me great. Im just feeling so conflicted. Fuck. Help. Anything helps.
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2023.06.07 03:27 itscoral Does anybody know if the Bath & Body Works Sunset Glow perfume lasts any longer than the mist? I really like the mist, but it only lasts like an hour on me. Thanks!
2023.06.07 03:24 Ruring Can someone explain what’s Allahs view of Muslims who do both good & bad deeds, which is the majority of people? Quran mentions good or bad, sinners or tawabeen, but never those in between; so what does that make us in his eyes? If you are a mix of good, bad, continued sins, tawba from other sins?
In the Quran, God speaks about how there’s good people and bad people. That there’s people who do good deeds and people who do bad deeds. He also speaks about people who sin and people who ask for forgiveness. People who disobey and people who follow.
Everything is spoken about in exact opposites. Where does that leave most people? The people who have the good and the bad? The people who remember god in private and fear him in some areas, but somehow this fear doesn’t come down on them in other areas? The people who can cry for years over some sins, but have other sins they don’t even bat an eye on? Or maybe they are aware they are sins, but struggle to let go? The people who do good deeds in life, but also bad deeds. Where does this leave them?
I understand that God says he loves a sinner who repents. But what about a sinner who repents in year 20 from 1 of their sins, then continues other sins, repents in year 27, continues other sins, repents in year 36, etc. the reality is not everything can be let go off over night, some things are harder than others. Some things the guilt comes crashing down instantly, other things, it takes a lifetime to realize you were naive and stupid. How is this seen in Gods eyes? When you learn about a rule but take time to implement it, even if in your heart you want to but you are a weak human in some areas vs others?
The backstory of why I ask, if anyone is interested:
This has become something that’s caused me a lot of anxiety, and I recently realized I developed some extreme level of religious OCD about certain topics. My whole life, I wasn’t close to God. I grew up in a fear driven household and it took a lot of me to try to remind myself that my family =/ religion. Most people around me would just leave Islam all together. I didn’t pray but I did fear god in many things (the jobs I took, the careers I chose, never dating, never drinking, never gossiping, etc.) it was always motivated by the idea that “if I’m struggling with prayer then I should do what’s easy for me and everything else is easy” basically compensating / not trying to let it domino effect.
I always felt like I wasn’t perfect enough for God to come back to him in either making duaa or prayers. I always felt so shameful and guilty because I was imperfect (not praying). So I got stuck in this loop of just, basically, not starting to pray either. And it was crippling. I never asked for a job, for help, for anything, cause I felt shameful and I didn’t have face to ask.
In the past 2 years, after the help of a friend, I started with prayers first. And it took every ounce of my body to stick to it because the fear of failure, and failing, on a daily basis, many times failing at all 5 prayers, would just make me want to give up. But somehow I kept pushing through. I am much better in wanting to pray now and rarely miss a prayer. However…
The more I prayed, the more I wanted to learn more about Islam. Clearly I didn’t know much growing up. The more I learnt, the more my anxiety started to peak. Every time I learnt about something and I didn’t do it, I felt like God was unhappy with me. It could be as simple as me learning that during Sjoud, you’re the closed to God, and best time to make duaa. So if on any day I don’t make duaa in one sjoud, I start thinking God probably thinks I’m too arrogant to ask. If the prophet spent all night in one sjoud asking for forgiveness, who am I not to use every opportunity? Or if I do use the opportunity, but only ask for forgiveness 3-4 times, how dare I think that’s enough?
The point of this post isn’t to discuss this religious OCD. This I can and am figuring out. But it’s important to mention to show you how far my brain can get. So when I read the Quran, and I see the opposite types of people discussed, I start wondering, where does this leave me? I have asked for forgiveness in many big things that I’ll ask for forgiveness until I die, but I do struggle with other things that I feel like God won’t accept me until I figure out how to overcome them. So I’m not the good people mentioned in the Quran, does that mean I’m the bad? Does all my other good not count?
I finally got close to religion and Im sad to see how I’m having such a hard time due to overthinking. I don’t want it to push me away but it really feels like I’m losing so much progress and the peaceful shift is flipping upside down.
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2023.06.07 03:23 DoodlingDaughter The men of the Iron Ring (and others on the front) are missing out on a golden opportunity.
I’m about to start ShadowMage, but relistened to The Iron Ring today. It occurred to me that the men fighting in the Penumbra and Umbra are missing out on an opportunity!
Why aren’t any of them using Gurvani bodies to make tools or waxed leather armor?!
Like… if I was in a sparsely populated fort with limited resources, I’d tan the hides of my enemies and make armor, string, rope, etc out of their tendons and bones, rather than just burning the bodies! Hell, I’d fashion Gurvani pelts as rugs and have the High Magi use pocket stones to trade them in the Southeast to help fund the war effort!
I know they smell weird, but all animals smell bad when their hides are being tanned! With the limited resources, I’m surprised this hasn’t occurred to the men closest to the Umbra. Aside from making useful tools, imagine how terrifying/enraging it would be for the goblins to face men armored in the hides of their countrymen!
I’m just surprised it hasn’t come up (yet.)
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2023.06.07 03:23 Vinn_123 Zombie Deck - super budget deck for constant higher rank enrings
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When i started playing there were some decks explained here on Reddit, but sadly these days there are not that many. I know some players left, there were some lame shilling attempts, a lot of pressure on some decks/cards and so on.
So, now that Band of the Wolf is locked and lately there were so many post about how it's hard to play against people in higher ranks and requests for even more "help" for low rank players i decided to share this super cheap deck.This deck is also a tribute to all the players i saw giving advices in the past, real good value.
Ok, this is a Zombie Midrange Death Deck
. Before the changes in deck names it was called Zombie Deck.https://gudecks.com/decks/GU_1_1_KCBKCBKCGKCGKCyKCyCAgCAgCCcCCcCCeCCeCDSCDSHAFHAFIACIACIADIADIAJIAJIAKIAKIBJIBJIBPIBPIBZIBZ?godPowers=100106&archetype=Zombie%20Midrange%20Death
I've been playing this deck for a long time (since Mortal Judgment was released), changing some cards in the process. It has over a 1000 matches in total (combined with previous types and deck name) with win rate around 60%.
It's is important o say that this deck can reach Mythic but it is hard (more on that later).Purpose of this deck is constant higher rank presence for daily earnings. You can easily stay in Solar Gold and go to Diamond. With this deck i earn a 30 GODS a week on average
(sometimes is 28, sometimes is 35, but for an ease of calculation let's keep it at 30).
It has a good win rate against almost every deck out there, with some deck being super annoying and Control Death being the hardest to beat. More importantly it is a great counter to any aggro deck, especially War.
As you can see it is a very cheap, at the moment i was writing this it was 15$. The most expensive cards are Necroscepter
and Netherswarm Lord,
and that's it. God power - always Soul Burn for frenzied effect.
So let's go trough the cards. Gleamweaver
- for Anubians and Mages mostly (Arcane Burst and Pyrrhic Knowledge combos). Sometimes it is good against Light as well. It is a versatile 1 mana card with 2/2 stats. Vanguard Axewoman
- top Welcome pack card. 1 mana 2/2 and it adds clearing options early on (Anubians, aggro decks) Blight Bomb
and Curse of Greed
- amazing low mana spells. If you are going second you always want one of those in your hand. Curse also has an empowered option you can use if needed. Voracious Fiend
- very good card, and a bit underrated. For 2 mana you get 2/2 with afterlife 1/1 Zombie. Sticky creature, those are important for this deck. You can play it on turn 1 and have board control instantly. Wicked Fae
- Jack of many trades. For 2 mana you get 2/2 and 1/1 creatures with clearing option. It adds to tempo, board clearing and board presence. Cursed Hoplite
- I would the the most underrated Death card ever. Hoplite is great, 3 mana adds 3/1 with 1 armor, and afterlife summon 1/2 with 1 armor. It has 3 DMG so it can clear creatures, especially aggro 1/3 creatures. It is also a "trap" card because there are some players who see it and immediately think "this is a bigger threat, i need to remove it ASAP". And it is a sticky creature for sure. Cursed Obelisks
- Those are top Death cards in most of the decks. Obelisks are not that expensive but Necroscepter is the most expensive card on the list. They add board presence and constant healing from zombies.Obelisks will be targeted ASAP (especially by Mages) and your opponent will waste cards on it. But it has backline so mostly spells.Necroscepter is great because if opponent does not have relic removal you will always have at least one creature on board. Be careful around The Sanctum - find Sanctum tutorial and learn how it works.
Those two are not 100% essential but you should have them in a long run for better constant win rates. With Soul Burn you will always create board threat. Decaying Rhino
- 4 mana heavy creature. You can even play it without frenzied effect just so the opponent will trade it's creatures or waste spells. Strong hitter and can easily get opponent in trouble. Netherswarm Lord
- very versatile card. 3/5 with buffs to all Nether creatures and draw card once frenzied. It will always, always be targeted first so you can use it as a bait as well. And always place it right of Obelisks, so Obelisks will proc first, then Lord. Ray of Disintegration
- great 5 mana spell. It doesn't cost much so you can combine it with god power or cards from Sanctum (to remove ward). If combined with god power you do 3 DMG to opponent god as well. I have won so many times because of that. Bifurcating Curse
- this is a key card for clearing boards for you. Especially those annoying even mana aggro cards. Your Zombies are all odd mana value (1), Hoplite is 3 and Skeleton is 1. Voracious Fiend afterlife is also 1, Obelisks 3, so you clear those even value mana creatures and have full board presence or trade your creatures to clear the rest.Also, do not be afraid to sacrifice your creatures, you have many ways to establish board presence as well (Afterlife effects, summons, scepter...) Vampiric Skull
- strong board presence card. It adds 6/6 creature with summoning a creature from void - most cases Obelisks, but sometimes you need to be smart and summon sticky creature or Axewoman for instant clearing or Protection removal.Another reason not to be afraid to sacrifice your creatures. Overseer of Vitality
- another undervalued card because it is 7 mana. Board clearing, buff, tempo, presence 6/6 creature.It is a great combo card sine you will always have some creatures on board (this is why you want sticky creatures). If you have Zombies it is also a great healing option. Everything that is left alive after roar your creatures will kill. But don't hesitate to use it on its own to clear board and taunt opponent to use spells.
- Other cards (you might use or avoid)
If you are staring up new player and do not have some of those cards - use welcome + core set to get to Astral Meteorite/Twilight Shadow. From there get full meteorite deck and start earning daily GODS to buy cards you need.
You want Fiend and Hoplite first because they are very cheap, Rhino as well and Obelisks. Then save for Necroscepter and Lord. Onyx Nightblade 2 mana
- you can use this card at low ranks. It will help you a lot against annoying 1 attack cards. Later replace it with second Necroscepter or Obelisks. Fickle Cambion 3 mana
- easy replacement for Rhino or Hoplite. Usually it will be killer fast and you might not even use it but it is a treat for opponent. Works better in aggro decks. Vrock 3 mana
- another good option. 4/2 and draw cards. be careful with card draws you you do not hurt your hand with too many cards. Also you can force you opponent to lose cards if you notice his hand is full. And not to mention opponent will always try to get rid of it because of 4 DMG. Dune Cavalry 3 mana
- very good starting card for 3 mana. Very useful at early ranks, 3/4, it can take a hit and deal damage. Tomb Carver 4 mana
- another great replacement for Rhino. Some Control decks use it at higher ranks as well. For 4 mana you can take a hit, deal good damage and afterlife heals you. Wetlands Ogre 4 mana
- pure brute, if you do not have Tomb Carver yet. Once you get Carver replace it with it. Void Flash 4 mana
- this spell can sometimes save you at lower ranks. You need to trade your creature as well but you can remove crucial threat. At higher ranks it wont work too well in this deck. Ogre Archer 5 mana
- If you are desperate for more board clearing options, but replace it with something better as soon as you get it. For Lord for example. Void Drake 7 mana
- If you do not have Overseer of Vitality this is good replacement. Be careful how you use it because it only destroys everything with 3 HP and less. I used it until i got Overseer Cyclops Defender 7 mana
- If you do not have Void Drake you can add this one, it will help you save your creatures/god and it can deal good damage. End Times 8 mana
- board cleanse card with board dominance. It is 8 mana card so you can only play it later in the game. For this deck Overseer is better option but it can save you sometimes. It's better for control deck instead of Apocalypses Now for example (but nothing can really replace that card) Helian Elite 8 mana
- More buffed Cyclops Defender. This is not control deck so high cost mana cards will be burden later on. For lower ranks go for it but maybe just 1 copy. Skeletal Hopilite
and Undead Roach 1 mana
- i use Axewoman for clearing options as said. If you will go heavy with Nether you can use those, especially if you want to try Chira and Corpse Explosion. Eva, Baroness of the Dead 2 mana
- good option, better in control decks but good vs aggro in general. With Soul Burn power you will have one less option for triggering effect. It is a gamble because sometimes your side of board gets transformed (Obelisks for example). I used it for some time then i replaced it with second Necroscepter. Corpse Explosion 5 mana
- an option you can consider and you will see it in a lot of decks. For me it didn't worked so i never actually used it. But it is an option for sure. Players usually have 1 copy, and i do not like 1 copy cards in deck, hard to draw. Ragnarok 1 mana
- this is great card, really is. It is expensive in comparison to this deck but it it a double edge sword for it as well. You can easily clear aggro cards with it but if you gonna use it it would be best to combine it with Siren of the Grave. Raze Imp 1 mana
- avoid this card. I have seen players using it and it might seem good but i adds random cards to your deck. This deck i well combined and you do not want anything to ruin your chances for pulling what you need. Burrowing Scarab 1 mana
- not for this deck. Great card but better for Anubians, Mill, or even aggro. Dangerous Ritual 2 mana
- might come in handy but you need something to combine it with like Corpse Explosion. Crimson Oni 4 mana
- not good, Rhino is much better, do not get it even if it's cheap. Reap 6 mana
- for control decks, you have Ray of Disintegration and a lot of healing from leach. Neferu, Champion of Death 6 mana
- oh boy, this card is nice. It will cost you a lot if you are F2P but it is a good card. It will for for you as extra board control, something like buffed Overseer. Undead Chimera 4 mana
- great card, aggro uses it a lot, you can use it as well if you trade it with something. Soul Shatter 3 mana
- Curse of Greed is much better. With this one you can destroy your own creatures. Necronomics 1 mana
- awesome card but only if you have Corpse Explosion or something to combine it with. Also expensive compared to this deck. The Rotted One 5 mana
- this on is tricky. I saw it few times and it rarely works (for now, as it is a dragon). Pay attention to this card for the future. Arch of Amenmose 6 mana
- for aggro and Corpse explosion, not for this type of deck. Encumbered Looter 2 mana
- might come in handy but only works early, there are better 2 mana options. This one works better with Anubians. Spawn of Callaryn 4 mana
- i saw it few times, i find Rhino a better 4 mana card for this deck. Over the Line 6 mana
- not for this build, you need stronger creatures, Corpse Explosion is better. Frozen Rest 3 mana
- some players take one copy but it works better in control decks, you do not need it here. Look at the Sanctum for relic removals. Spirit Storm 3 mana
- i saw this few times with same build, skip it. Deck has too few afterlife creatures, but pay attention to this card for the future. Fallen Legion 3 mana
- option to replace Cursed Hoplite but i like Hoplite better - it's more sticky Perseverance 4 mana
- great card but it will not work all the time with this deck. You need constant board domination, or at least you want that. This is great for elimination/healing but it will leave 1/1 creatures which can easily be removed. I said it earlier, sticky creatures are important here. Chira, The Spiritspeaker 3 mana
- great card as well, amazing, but not in this deck. Sure you have Fae here and some other Nether cards but if everything goes to plan they are already used and you established board dominace. 1 mana cards are not Nether so you have problem with activation. Ember Oni 7 mana
- what to say, i dont like this card at all but you can use it. You can swap 1 Overseer of Vitality for 1 Oni, or add 1 Oni for more Control, slower deck
Gameplay and matches
As said this deck is great for Solar Gold/Diamond. You can reach Mythic but you really need to do good and have some luck. Also once you are in Mythic you not stay there forever.
I know there have been a lot of posts saying aggro decks are free ticket to Mythic, especially before with aggro war, but do not believe everything you read. Agrro decks are coin toss, if they do not get what they need in first 2 turns they will probably lose.They are fast deck but coin toss. With enough of matches you can get a good streak to get you you to Mythic, but in general you will say most of aggro players fluctuate a lot. Also aggro is more strategic then you think and only top skilled players will always stay in highest ranks.
This deck is designed to have answers most most of the time no matter what, but it lacks some key elements to be a true Mythic deck.
Your worst opponent is actually mulligan and draws. It is designed as fast Midrange deck, there are also some slower Midrange decks. You have 12 cards that are 4+ mana, and if mulligan is cruel to you, you will lose no matter what.I've had a lot of those matches, going first and i get all 4+ mana cards with bad draws later on.
This is the part where some players say game is rigged. I do not have any evidence to it but it sure is strange to see some odd statically chances happening more then often in a row. Either by bad mulligan, bad draws or prefect counters from opponent.
Speaking of opponents: Magic
Worst match you can get. So annoying especially Control Magic. They are the sole reason along with mulligan and ranking system you will have hard time reaching Mythic or sometimes drop to Auric Gold.Shaped blast, Unbound Flames and Ember Oni give Mages so much option do remove everything you have. Until Ember Oni was released it was kind of OK to play against them, but now, pure annoying pain. And with Oni not touched by "balance team" i'm afraid how Magic will look like in the future because they will for sure get new powerful spells.
Other Magic decks are OK to deal with. Look at their god power and just keep pressure if the select anything then Magebolt.
For mulligan - go with Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter from low mana cards, Rhino is good draw sometimes. You do not need spells early on so don't keep them.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman, Scepter, Obelisks/Hoplite/Rhino.Going second, Fiend, Fae, ScepteObeliks is good.
Second most annoying deck you will face is Amazon deck. So bloody annoying with their Canopy Sniper, Nimble Pixie, Barksworn Protector
and so on. Here your worst enemy is mulligan, because if you do not manage to keep them in order they will ruin all your creatures no matter what.
Other nature decks are easy to deal with. If you see god power Animal Bond it is not Amazon and keep an eye on Dagan -
Cures of Greed will ruin him.
For mulligan - go with Axewoman, Gleamweaver**,** Curse and Blight bomb**,** Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter from low mana cards, Hoplite is good draw sometimes.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman/Gleamweaver, ScepteObelisks (or both), Curse or Blight bomb.Going second, Curse or Blight bomb always if you get it
, Fiend, Fae, ScepteObeliks for example.
My favorite god even though i do not play it :/Control deception is pain it he ass because of big mana control cards. You need to make them trade coastally - meaning smart board presence
. Keep an eye on Toast To Peace -
while playing control/mill deception always put most valuable cards as left as possible. Cutthroat Insight
was never a true issue for this deck because if you set up a good board domination and you can easily do it, by the time they used it you would do some heavy damage to their god. Only if your board control sucked CI would ruin you.
Aggro Decpetion - just start strong with board domination, they will have to trade because of leach. Keep an eye on Sanctum and for Bifurcating Curse
- lure them sometimes. It's not that hard to win against them, they usually need to be very lucky to win easily against you.
For mulligan - go with Axewoman, Gleamweaver**,** Curse and Blight bomb**,** Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman/Gleamweaver, Scepter and Obelisks
, Curse or Blight bomb.Going second, Curse or Blight bomb always if you get it
, Fiend, Fae, ScepteObeliks for example.
Besides heavy control light you can deal with anything. Again, start strong, make them trade. Fiend + Fae will ruin most of early cards for them. Your removal spell will do the rest. From 5+ mana lure them to fill board so you can use Bifurcating Curse
and Overseer. They will also hate your Rhino and Vampiric Skull.
Do no let them dominate you because you will not be able to remove buffed creatures. Trade as well, even if you need to clear your side of board.
For mulligan - go with Axewoman, Gleamweaver**,** Curse and Blight bomb**,** Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman/Gleamweaver, ScepteObelisks (or both), Curse or Blight bomb.Going second, Curse or Blight bomb always, Fiend, Fae, ScepteObeliks
Aggro War is the easiest match along with Aggro/Regen Nature. Once you get out Obelisk and Necroscepter they are in trouble. Axewoman + Fae will clear early threats if you do not get removal spells. Do not let them go unchecked early. After 4+ mana you own them if you keep them in check.
For Control war, heavy dominance , Fiend, Rhino, Cursed Hoplite. Same for Relic or Armor war.
For mulligan - go with Axewoman, Gleamweaver**,** Curse and Blight bomb**,** Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman/Gleamweaver, ScepteObelisks (or both), Curse or Blight bomb.Going second, Curse or Blight bomb is a must
, Fiend, Fae, ScepteObeliks.
Control Death is just OP right now. Magic is annoying, just that, but Control Death... You will probably lose but it will not be an annoying match. And since Control Death is very expensive not everyone will have it. Unlink Magic + Oni.
Aggro Death - easy, they will need Corpse Explosion against you to win so your main priority is to clear board all the time.
Anubians - similar to Aggro, plus you have Gleamweaver, a game over for them if you ruin their void.
Midrange - you play against yourselfer probably so you should know all the weakness. Do not let them have 2 Lords on board, ever.
For mulligan - Axewoman, Gleamweaver,
Curse and Blight bomb**,** Fiend, Fae, Obelisks, Necroscepter.Going first best mulligan is Axewoman/GleamweaveFiend, ScepteObelisks, Curse or Blight bomb.Going second, Curse or Blight bomb, Fiend/Fae/Axewoman, ScepteObeliks.
That's it. It is a cheap faster deck but, you will have to learn hoe to paly this deck. Do not rush when not needed, learn how to lure your opponent, trade off moves. Once you know your deck things get even easier.
2023.06.07 03:20 Personal_Hippo1277 Clio Token Size As Text Size By Tier Comparison [Mega Text Wall For Enjoyers of Scrolling]
When I was brand new to NovelAi I had no idea how 2048 tokens really looked as text. So for anyone looking at the tiers, trying to decide how many tokens they want for Clio with the new update, I've tokenized Part of The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald (public domain since 2021).
That way new users can more easily visualize what the AI's maximum context is for each tier. According to the UI Clio uses the NerdStash Tokenizer, as different tokenizers will convert text to tokens their own way.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded on the hard rock or the wet marshes, but after a certain point I don’t care what it’s founded on. When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament”—it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No—Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this Middle Western city for three generations. The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we’re descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today.
I never saw this great-uncle, but I’m supposed to look like him—with special reference to the rather hard-boiled painting that hangs in father’s office. I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration known as the Great War. I enjoyed the counter-raid so thoroughly that I came back restless. Instead of being the warm centre of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe—so I decided to go East and learn the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man. All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep school for me, and finally said, “Why—ye-es,” with very grave, hesitant faces. Father agreed to finance me for a year, and after various delays I came East, permanently, I thought, in the spring of twenty-two.
The practical thing was to find rooms in the city, but it was a warm season, and I had just left a country of wide lawns and friendly trees, so when a young man at the office suggested that we take a house together in a commuting town, it sounded like a great idea. He found the house, a weather-beaten cardboard bungalow at eighty a month, but at the last minute the firm ordered him to Washington, and I went out to the country alone. I had a dog—at least I had him for a few days until he ran away—and an old Dodge and a Finnish woman, who made my bed and cooked breakfast and muttered Finnish wisdom to herself over the electric stove.
It was lonely for a day or so until one morning some man, more recently arrived than I, stopped me on the road.
“How do you get to West Egg village?” he asked helplessly.
I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighbourhood.
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
There was so much to read, for one thing, and so much fine health to be pulled down out of the young breath-giving air. I bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities, and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint, promising to unfold the shining secrets that only Midas and Morgan and Maecenas knew. And I had the high intention of reading many other books besides. I was rather literary in college—one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials for the Yale News—and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the “well-rounded man.” This isn’t just an epigram—life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.
It was a matter of chance that I should have rented a house in one of the strangest communities in North America. It was on that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of New York—and where there are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay, jut out into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere, the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound. They are not perfect ovals—like the egg in the Columbus story, they are both crushed flat at the contact end—but their physical resemblance must be a source of perpetual wonder to the gulls that fly overhead. To the wingless a more interesting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size.
I lived at West Egg, the—well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only fifty yards from the Sound, and squeezed between two huge places that rented for twelve or fifteen thousand a season. The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion. Or, rather, as I didn’t know Mr. Gatsby, it was a mansion inhabited by a gentleman of that name. My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbour’s lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month.
Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans. Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I’d known Tom in college. And just after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago.
Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven—a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savours of anticlimax. His family were enormously wealthy—even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach—but now he’d left Chicago and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away: for instance, he’d brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest. It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that.
Why they came East I don’t know. They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. This was a permanent move, said Daisy over the telephone, but I didn’t believe it—I had no sight into Daisy’s heart, but I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game.
And so it happened that on a warm windy evening I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all. Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran towards the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sundials and brick walks and burning gardens—finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run. The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon, and Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch.
He had changed since his New Haven years. Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty, with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body—he seemed to fill those glistening boots until he strained the top lacing, and you could see a great pack of muscle shifting when his shoulder moved under his thin coat. It was a body capable of enormous leverage—a cruel body.
His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked—and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts.
“Now, don’t think my opinion on these matters is final,” he seemed to say, “just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are.” We were in the same senior society, and while we were never intimate I always had the impression that he approved of me and wanted me to like him with some harsh, defiant wistfulness of his own.
We talked for a few minutes on the sunny porch.
“I’ve got a nice place here,” he said, his eyes flashing about restlessly.
Turning me around by one arm, he moved a broad flat hand along the front vista, including in its sweep a sunken Italian garden, a half acre of deep, pungent roses, and a snub-nosed motorboat that bumped the tide offshore.
“It belonged to Demaine, the oil man.” He turned me around again, politely and abruptly. “We’ll go inside.”
We walked through a high hallway into a bright rosy-coloured space, fragilely bound into the house by French windows at either end. The windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seemed to grow a little way into the house. A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-coloured rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.
The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room, and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor.
The younger of the two was a stranger to me. She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless, and with her chin raised a little, as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall. If she saw me out of the corner of her eyes she gave no hint of it—indeed, I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in.
The other girl, Daisy, made an attempt to rise—she leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression—then she laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came forward into the room.
“I’m p-paralysed with happiness.”
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laughed again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had. She hinted in a murmur that the surname of the balancing girl was Baker. (I’ve heard it said that Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming.)
At any rate, Miss Baker’s lips fluttered, she nodded at me almost imperceptibly, and then quickly tipped her head back again—the object she was balancing had obviously tottered a little and given her something of a fright. Again a sort of apology arose to my lips. Almost any exhibition of complete self-sufficiency draws a stunned tribute from me.
I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.
I told her how I had stopped off in Chicago for a day on my way East, and how a dozen people had sent their love through me.
“Do they miss me?” she cried ecstatically.
“The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath, and there’s a persistent wail all night along the north shore.”
“How gorgeous! Let’s go back, Tom. Tomorrow!” Then she added irrelevantly: “You ought to see the baby.”
“I’d like to.”
“She’s asleep. She’s three years old. Haven’t you ever seen her?”
“Well, you ought to see her. She’s—”
Tom Buchanan, who had been hovering restlessly about the room, stopped and rested his hand on my shoulder.
“What you doing, Nick?”
“I’m a bond man.”
I told him.
“Never heard of them,” he remarked decisively.
This annoyed me.
“You will,” I answered shortly. “You will if you stay in the East.”
“Oh, I’ll stay in the East, don’t you worry,” he said, glancing at Daisy and then back at me, as if he were alert for something more. “I’d be a God damned fool to live anywhere else.”
At this point Miss Baker said: “Absolutely!” with such suddenness that I started—it was the first word she had uttered since I came into the room. Evidently it surprised her as much as it did me, for she yawned and with a series of rapid, deft movements stood up into the room.
“I’m stiff,” she complained, “I’ve been lying on that sofa for as long as I can remember.”
“Don’t look at me,” Daisy retorted, “I’ve been trying to get you to New York all afternoon.”
“No, thanks,” said Miss Baker to the four cocktails just in from the pantry. “I’m absolutely in training.”
Her host looked at her incredulously.
“You are!” He took down his drink as if it were a drop in the bottom of a glass. “How you ever get anything done is beyond me.”
I looked at Miss Baker, wondering what it was she “got done.” I enjoyed looking at her. She was a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet. Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, discontented face. It occurred to me now that I had seen her, or a picture of her, somewhere before.
“You live in West Egg,” she remarked contemptuously. “I know somebody there.”
“I don’t know a single—”
“You must know Gatsby.”
“Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?”
Before I could reply that he was my neighbour dinner was announced; wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.
Slenderly, languidly, their hands set lightly on their hips, the two young women preceded us out on to a rosy-coloured porch, open toward the sunset, where four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind.
“Why candles?” objected Daisy, frowning. She snapped them out with her fingers. “In two weeks it’ll be the longest day in the year.” She looked at us all radiantly. “Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.”
“We ought to plan something,” yawned Miss Baker, sitting down at the table as if she were getting into bed.
“All right,” said Daisy. “What’ll we plan?” She turned to me helplessly: “What do people plan?”
Before I could answer her eyes fastened with an awed expression on her little finger.
“Look!” she complained; “I hurt it.”
We all looked—the knuckle was black and blue.
“You did it, Tom,” she said accusingly. “I know you didn’t mean to, but you did do it. That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a—”
“I hate that word ‘hulking,’ ” objected Tom crossly, “even in kidding.”
“Hulking,” insisted Daisy.
Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire. They were here, and they accepted Tom and me, making only a polite pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained. They knew that presently dinner would be over and a little later the evening too would be over and casually put away. It was sharply different from the West, where an evening was hurried from phase to phase towards its close, in a continually disappointed anticipation or else in sheer nervous dread of the moment itself.
“You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy,” I confessed on my second glass of corky but rather impressive claret. “Can’t you talk about crops or something?”
I meant nothing in particular by this remark, but it was taken up in an unexpected way.
“Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read The Rise of the Coloured Empires by this man Goddard?”
“Why, no,” I answered, rather surprised by his tone.
“Well, it’s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be—will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.”
“Tom’s getting very profound,” said Daisy, with an expression of unthoughtful sadness. “He reads deep books with long words in them. What was that word we—”
“Well, these books are all scientific,” insisted Tom, glancing at her impatiently. “This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.”
“We’ve got to beat them down,” whispered Daisy, winking ferociously toward the fervent sun.
“You ought to live in California—” began Miss Baker, but Tom interrupted her by shifting heavily in his chair.
“This idea is that we’re Nordics. I am, and you are, and you are, and—” After an infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy with a slight nod, and she winked at me again. “—And we’ve produced all the things that go to make civilization—oh, science and art, and all that. Do you see?”
There was something pathetic in his concentration, as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned towards me.
“I’ll tell you a family secret,” she whispered enthusiastically. “It’s about the butler’s nose. Do you want to hear about the butler’s nose?”
“That’s why I came over tonight.”
“Well, he wasn’t always a butler; he used to be the silver polisher for some people in New York that had a silver service for two hundred people. He had to polish it from morning till night, until finally it began to affect his nose—”
“Things went from bad to worse,” suggested Miss Baker.
“Yes. Things went from bad to worse, until finally he had to give up his position.”
For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened—then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.
The butler came back and murmured something close to Tom’s ear, whereupon Tom frowned, pushed back his chair, and without a word went inside. As if his absence quickened something within her, Daisy leaned forward again, her voice glowing and singing.
“I love to see you at my table, Nick. You remind me of a—of a rose, an absolute rose. Doesn’t he?” She turned to Miss Baker for confirmation: “An absolute rose?”
This was untrue. I am not even faintly like a rose. She was only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. Then suddenly she threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house.
Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning. I was about to speak when she sat up alertly and said “Sh!” in a warning voice. A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond, and Miss Baker leaned forward unashamed, trying to hear. The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly, and then ceased altogether.
“This Mr. Gatsby you spoke of is my neighbour—” I began.
“Don’t talk. I want to hear what happens.”
“Is something happening?” I inquired innocently.
“You mean to say you don’t know?” said Miss Baker, honestly surprised. “I thought everybody knew.”
“Why—” she said hesitantly. “Tom’s got some woman in New York.”
“Got some woman?” I repeated blankly.
Miss Baker nodded.
“She might have the decency not to telephone him at dinner time. Don’t you think?”
Almost before I had grasped her meaning there was the flutter of a dress and the crunch of leather boots, and Tom and Daisy were back at the table.
“It couldn’t be helped!” cried Daisy with tense gaiety.
She sat down, glanced searchingly at Miss Baker and then at me, and continued: “I looked outdoors for a minute, and it’s very romantic outdoors. There’s a bird on the lawn that I think must be a nightingale come over on the Cunard or White Star Line. He’s singing away—” Her voice sang: “It’s romantic, isn’t it, Tom?”
“Very romantic,” he said, and then miserably to me: “If it’s light enough after dinner, I want to take you down to the stables.”
The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into air. Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again, pointlessly, and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at everyone, and yet to avoid all eyes. I couldn’t guess what Daisy and Tom were thinking, but I doubt if even Miss Baker, who seemed to have mastered a certain hardy scepticism, was able utterly to put this fifth guest’s shrill metallic urgency out of mind. To a certain temperament the situation might have seemed intriguing—my own instinct was to telephone immediately for the police.
The horses, needless to say, were not mentioned again. Tom and Miss Baker, with several feet of twilight between them, strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible body, while, trying to look pleasantly interested and a little deaf, I followed Daisy around a chain of connecting verandas to the porch in front. In its deep gloom we sat down side by side on a wicker settee.
Daisy took her face in her hands as if feeling its lovely shape, and her eyes moved gradually out into the velvet dusk. I saw that turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl.
“We don’t know each other very well, Nick,” she said suddenly. “Even if we are cousins. You didn’t come to my wedding.”
“I wasn’t back from the war.”
“That’s true.” She hesitated. “Well, I’ve had a very bad time, Nick, and I’m pretty cynical about everything.”
Evidently she had reason to be. I waited but she
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didn’t say any more, and after a moment I returned rather feebly to the subject of her daughter.
“I suppose she talks, and—eats, and everything.”
“Oh, yes.” She looked at me absently. “Listen, Nick; let me tell you what I said when she was born. Would you like to hear?”
“It’ll show you how I’ve gotten to feel about—things. Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’
“You see I think everything’s terrible anyhow,” she went on in a convinced way. “Everybody thinks so—the most advanced people. And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” Her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom’s, and she laughed with thrilling scorn. “Sophisticated—God, I’m sophisticated!”
The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me. I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.
Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light. Tom and Miss Baker sat at either end of the long couch and she read aloud to him from the Saturday Evening Post—the words, murmurous and uninflected, running together in a soothing tune. The lamplight, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair, glinted along the paper as she turned a page with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms.
When we came in she held us silent for a moment with a lifted hand.
“To be continued,” she said, tossing the magazine on the table, “in our very next issue.”
Her body asserted itself with a restless movement of her knee, and she stood up.
“Ten o’clock,” she remarked, apparently finding the time on the ceiling. “Time for this good girl to go to bed.”
“Jordan’s going to play in the tournament tomorrow,” explained Daisy, “over at Westchester.”
“Oh—you’re Jordan Baker.”
I knew now why her face was familiar—its pleasing contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at Asheville and Hot Springs and Palm Beach. I had heard some story of her too, a critical, unpleasant story, but what it was I had forgotten long ago.
“Good night,” she said softly. “Wake me at eight, won’t you.”
“If you’ll get up.”
“I will. Good night, Mr. Carraway. See you anon.”
“Of course you will,” confirmed Daisy. “In fact I think I’ll arrange a marriage. Come over often, Nick, and I’ll sort of—oh—fling you together. You know—lock you up accidentally in linen closets and push you out to sea in a boat, and all that sort of thing—”
“Good night,” called Miss Baker from the stairs. “I haven’t heard a word.”
“She’s a nice girl,” said Tom after a moment. “They oughtn’t to let her run around the country this way.”
“Who oughtn’t to?” inquired Daisy coldly.
“Her family is one aunt about a thousand years old. Besides, Nick’s going to look after her, aren’t you, Nick? She’s going to spend lots of weekends out here this summer. I think the home influence will be very good for her.”
Daisy and Tom looked at each other for a moment in silence.
“Is she from New York?” I asked quickly.
“From Louisville. Our white girlhood was passed together there. Our beautiful white—”
“Did you give Nick a little heart to heart talk on the veranda?” demanded Tom suddenly.
“Did I?” She looked at me. “I can’t seem to remember, but I think we talked about the Nordic race. Yes, I’m sure we did. It sort of crept up on us and first thing you know—”
“Don’t believe everything you hear, Nick,” he advised me.
I said lightly that I had heard nothing at all, and a few minutes later I got up to go home. They came to the door with me and stood side by side in a cheerful square of light. As I started my motor Daisy peremptorily called: “Wait!”
“I forgot to ask you something, and it’s important. We heard you were engaged to a girl out West.”
“That’s right,” corroborated Tom kindly. “We heard that you were engaged.”
“It’s a libel. I’m too poor.”
“But we heard it,” insisted Daisy, surprising me by opening up again in a flower-like way. “We heard it from three people, so it must be true.”
Of course I knew what they were referring to, but I wasn’t even vaguely engaged. The fact that gossip had published the banns was one of the reasons I had come East. You can’t stop going with an old friend on account of rumours, and on the other hand I had no intention of being rumoured into marriage.
Their interest rather touched me and made them less remotely rich—nevertheless, I was confused and a little disgusted as I drove away. It seemed to me that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms—but apparently there were no such intentions in her head. As for Tom, the fact that he “had some woman in New York” was really less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.
Already it was deep summer on roadhouse roofs and in front of wayside garages, where new red petrol-pumps sat out in pools of light, and when I reached my estate at West Egg I ran the car under its shed and sat for a while on an abandoned grass roller in the yard. The wind had blown off, leaving a loud, bright night, with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life. The silhouette of a moving cat wavered across the moonlight, and, turning my head to watch it, I saw that I was not alone—fifty feet away a figure had emerged from the shadow of my neighbour’s mansion and was standing with his hands in his pockets regarding the silver pepper of the stars. Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens.
I decided to call to him. Miss Baker had mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction. But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.
About halfway between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of grey cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-grey men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
But above the grey land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their retinas are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to
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2023.06.07 03:19 Xhenix Apprehensive to start sertraline 25/50mg for alcohol withdrawal. Advice?
I have a new job and I start on the 10th of July. I was prescribed 28 50mg tablets of sertraline about 3 weeks ago for the anxiety/depression that came with my post acute withdrawal syndrome after I stopped drinking.
I initially didn't bother using them since I had a holiday on the horizon. I didn't want any potential side effects to mess the holiday up. Now I know my start date for my job is just over a month away, I thought I might try them.
The thing is, I'm not sure if my anxiety/depression is bad enough to take it as I've noticed slight improvements over the last month. It's enough to make me not feel myself but not uncontrollable. Not only that, but I've never taken any pills like this before and the potential side effects scare me a lot. And of course, I don't want it potentially interfering with my new job next month.
Any advice? :(
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2023.06.07 03:16 Manny631 CFS + Anxiety. What to do?
My doctor said I probably have CFS given my symptoms. I also am being treated for low T, low iodine, low B12, sleep apnea, anxiety and depression.
My issue is that daily I have (and it's been years, but I think post covid it is more consistent) brain fog, fatigue, lethargy, disassociation, anhedonia, etc. To help most of these I'd need energy supplements or coffee. But I also have anxiety, so anything that increases energy thus far, from green tea to coffee to energy drinks and more, increases anxiety. It is to the point it's both physical and psychological, but mainly physical. My body feels so tense, I feel faint, I can barely think, my mind ruminate on stupid things, etc. But if I take anything for anxiety it can exacerbate fatigue and those symptoms. I take Zoloft, Wellbutrin, and Klonopin (small dose). I really try NOT to take the klonopin but I get to points where I just cannot handle it and need to take some.
So I feel stuck. I've asked elsewhere and no one really has answers. Every day, for the majority of the day, it's literally Hell in my own body and mind. I at times feel like I can barely think like I'm going crazy. And I've tried two dozen+ mental health meds over the years. They help a bit, but not enough (aside from klonopin).
As for lifestyle, I do exercise 4x/week doing strength training, I walk the dog and do yard work to get extra movement in, I eat decently well (gluten free, no lactose, no eggs, higher protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains [without gluten], etc), I take daily supplements (multivitamin, CoQ10, Kelp)...
I also recently started taking D-Ribose. Like 2 days ago. I'm only 60 pages into From Fatigued to Fantastic and he heavily advises using it. I definitely feel more energy using it, but my anxiety is quite high still.
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2023.06.07 03:15 TheDoomedHeretic 25[F4R] Wisconsin/Exclusively Online Disco Elysium enthusiast searching for RP partner, mostly for Star Wars, Dragon Age, Warhammer, and a few other fandoms.
As the title mentions I'm an advanced-novella RPer looking for GMs or offering myself as a GM for various text-based RPs. I've provided a sample down below and will ask the same of anybody that reaches out. Outside of writing I tend to spend most of my time on games like Knights of the Old Republic 2, New Vegas, and, indeed, the Hobocop Game. I'm an Associate at Amazon with an otherwise unimpressive social life, occasionally leaving the house to play WH40K Tabletop.
Discord is more-or-less required for me to be interested; sample incoming.
The boar is not dead, though to all the other hunters’ senses it is. It lays motionless on its side within the sled, tied down by rope with two arrows sticking discordantly out of its hide like seams of broken bone. Frozen blood pools in the cracked stomach of the sled, collecting rather than leaking now that red ice has sealed the wood. Poison leaching out of the arrowheads keeps the boar docile, and its breathing so light that only Trapper can see. An ovate in too-thin robes shivers as she ties a garland of rosemary around the beast’s neck, murmuring prayers to the ancestors that they might find the kill worthy.
Winter has seized the land in its vise, its unending waves of cold and snow having transformed the Barony of Marlas into a crueler scape, one Trapper doesn’t quite recognize. Tranquility abounds along the driven snow, all through the clearing, hiding the buried world and the woes of man but unable to snuff them out. Trapper knows well what a mirage it is, the oppressive winters of his homeland no less savage than the bloodletting summers. The numbing cold does not soothe his aches, for he knows they’ll be worse come morning, come the thaw. Too soon this clearing will melt, its river gone from white to red, the whole Septima Line thrust back to war.
Baron Orys refuses to yield to midnight season, to accept its peace, and so from his great warhorse’s saddle he brazenly belts out a mixture of drunken lyrics and commands, determined to master this hunt even if he does not partake. An entourage on horseback spreads out in his orbit, ranging from eager young footmen to grizzled junkers, all in varying states of inebriation at his command. Their braying is nearly louder than the hounds’, who hungrily stalk between the sled and the hole they pulled the boar out from. Teased by the hunt but yet unrewarded, they’re too unruly to be kept in check by the kennel master.
On foot slog the unfortunates who actually have to take part in the hunt, Trapper among them. They huddle into their hemp canvas cloaks, glancing up at the moody afternoon sky threatening to crack open with another snowstorm. Dark clouds sweep in low from the south like a riptide, a single vast current swept in from the mountains already menacing the Oldwoods. Its furthest gales reach them as tongues of vengeful cold, flecks of whipped-up snow biting into Trapper’s exposed skin.
By the boar’s nest leans a typical Mallean, one of Trapper’s two erstwhile comrades. Sigorn is tall, pale, broad, with the close-set, wide-boned features of a commoner, and a shock of red hair grown out to protect against the elements. Beneath his cloak he proudly bears his blood-flecked armor, each dent a Darkman put into it a point of dear pride. He’s not the only one, either, the clearing filled with dozens of youths whose first blooding ended in victory amid a blizzard. Baron Orys, deep into his cups after six days of nonstop celebration, saw a break in the storms and gladly called a hunt. When informed he could not go on account of his shattered knee - he simply grinned, and ordered himself tied to his saddle.
Trapper remembers the moment his lord fell from the saddle, burned into his nerves. The screaming of horses, skidding hooves catching on the frozen ground. On the edges of his vision a rider smashes into a branch in the din, others don’t move at all for fear of the blizzard. His spurs dig, his borrowed steed whines, and he races for his lord - only for another to reach him first.
“What a woman.” Sigorn sighs beside Trapper, craning his neck to look at one of their lord’s companions of honor. Susannah Oye, junker unlike the others, a pretty, willowy noblewoman well into motherhood, with the lean, ruthless look of a ranger. Her two poisoned arrows are what struck the boar down, and her pride curls off her body like steam. Sigorn’s face cracks into exaggerated appreciation, and then he turns to their lord’s other honored companion. Another woman, this one as young as they are, haughtily-built and leering with none of Susannah’s refinement. Many of those looks are reserved for Trapper, forced to slog on foot as just another hunter. “Anya too. I think she fancies you, eh?”
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2023.06.07 03:14 ChaosMieter Bruh?
2023.06.07 03:12 hereiamxD1 The Pioneer (21)
[Captain Nathaniel Brand]
The tests all came back positive and the sentient was, according to the Meldren researchers, extremely capable when it came to fighting other sentients. For now I could place less worry on the apparent sentient infestation back at home and focus on the next thing in my massive list of shit to deal with. Worrying about the results of the situation back there was not my current job, at least now I have a plan for protecting the people here if the home team didn’t come out on top.
The next most pressing matter was what my Pioneer managed to do in the short time he was here. In the first 24 hours that kid managed to strike up friendly relations with high-tech aliens, somehow wrest us control of the whole system barring their home planet, piss off an entire race of war-hungry goat people and in the same stride become a hero for a bunch of other alien races. He was supposed to be holed up in a galactic prison right now, but Governor Sind let me know that he had probably already given them the slip and was heading here right now.
It was a mess, but it was one that I could work with. I’d have to make Dominique our poster boy for public relations whether he liked it or not since he already managed to score positive attention from numerous governments. If we could solidify those admirers of his as allies and start making a network of united powers, we could create a safety net to rely on in the event that help is needed back at home. The biggest problem with this plan was that those races may not be too eager to team up with us just yet considering we are at the brink of a war with the people they all historically lost to. They probably weren’t looking for a round 2 and getting them to move might be a slog depending on how stingy the Grahtonians wanted to be.
My ship is currently in low orbit and mostly non-operational since all non-essential functions were shut down while the sentient was being evaluated. Thanks to the circumstances that affected the Pioneer and our inconceivably early arrival to the destination, none of the colonies have been prepared outside of one city. The hundreds of thousands of people in cryosleep on the ship are liabilities until they can be transferred to finished habitations with online defense systems. The city that was already built could technically fit everyone on the ship, but I wasn’t keen on putting all of my eggs in one basket when we could go under fire at any moment.
I didn’t have the leeway to go out there and provide aid for my Pioneer. I wasn’t too worried for him, that man had a mostly good head on his shoulders when it came to staying out of sight and evading the consequences of his actions. I needed to worry about myself in case some less-than-agreeable company decided to show up. As long as I can get the weapons systems up and running-
“Captain, a warp signature has been detected”
[Pioneer Dominique Reynolds]
The space station we decided to refuel at was a bit on the smaller side and had its age shown on display. The ship we left on didn’t have enough charge for a full trip to the Meldren system, nor did it have much of anything else. While I could technically make it there conventionally without having to eat, not only would it take too long but I also definitely wouldn’t be happy about it. Plus, there was also Dokchara to worry about.
Even if I wasn’t the only human in this entire sector of the galaxy, my face was recently plastered on every network and media platform. Fortunately, the emergency evacuation suits worked by covering the user and forming up based on their body shape. The head parts for these suits were domes of completely tinted glass to accommodate a multitude of races, but it also worked nicely as a way to hide my identity. I could pass off as some tall bipedal race without much suspicion.
“This might be a long shot, but refueling isn’t free and I’m not jumping at the opportunity to gouge out my savings…”
“I have a currency card that the Meldren Governor gave me, but I’m a bit worried about spending Meldren money out here, might put a target on our back.”
“That’s fine, I can wire the money from that card to mine and nobody would suspect anything, at least for a while.”
After Dokchara finished talking with the station crew about refueling and supplies, we left the docking bay to look for somewhere to eat. The bay exit led straight to the station’s commercial district and it wasn’t too long before we found a place with not many people so we could avoid attention, the “Stray Lounge.”
Considering the name of the establishment, I walked in expecting to find something like those old Bars on earth, and while there was indeed a bar and bartender, there was also a waiter, so this place could pass off as a restaurant. We sat down and had menus handed to us along with some water. I was thankful that they hadn’t gone with digital menus since it’d be a hassle to navigate to it with my head computer on top of attracting weird looks.
Seeing them offer pure ethanol as an option would have caused me to choke on my water if I didn’t have a synthetic throat. I get that biologies are varied beyond extremes and that to some people, that may as well just be water but how could something like that even taste good? It wasn’t even flavored.
I decided to get a drink from the inoffensive list since I’d rather not stumble across the one drink that was capable of melting metal or anything. I let Dok order the food since he was the hungry one here and he knew better about what this stuff meant than me. It seemed like a slow day for the place, as there were only a couple people at the bar and a group of three at one of the other tables, so the food and drinks were prepared almost immediately.
“...Is it weird if I prefer the food back at the prison?”
“I’m with you on that one. After all, that prison was meant for high-society criminals, so the food was pretty good all things considered. Comparing that to this veggie mash is a bit of an unfair fight.”
“It’s so strange to me how prisoners were treated in there, why are those criminals given extra benefits just for being politicians and executives at one point?”
“It’s not talked about much, but I’m guessing it's not a coincidence that extra funding goes into that place for a reason, ya know? ‘A buddy in crime got caught, guess I’ll throw them a bone’ or something like that.”
“...Yeah that mess is way above my pay grade. At least the drinks here are nice, no alcohol in prison even for the guards is such a drag, ya know?”
“Can you even get drunk? Actually, can you even properly taste anything if all your sensors are implants now? How do you even know you're tasting it right?”
“Same goes for you pal. Tell me, what’s the actual difference between a natural bodily function and a man-made one meant to mimic the same outputs?”
“I mean, our “natural” parts are the result of evolution sticking with whatever worked the first time and running with it, regardless of the actual efficiency when compared with every possibility. Replacing something like that with a synthetic piece that was formed by the intelligent mind instead of nature’s course, is there a technical downside? Do you really believe that the natural, organic wiring that circulates your blood is as efficient as can be?”
“Dom, what the fuck are you talking about?!”
“...Hey look, I know those guys!”
I decided to put my attempt at inducing a mid-life crisis down for later when I saw a breaking news appear on the screen that was playing an infinite ad roll. The topic happened to be none other than the disappearance of a new race’s ambassador as well as a Moqango guard followed by a statement from the Grahtonian Government claiming to take the investigation into their own hands.
Think I'm gonna start aiming to release chapters every 2 days instead of daily. I need to pace myself better and this way I can work on the quality of the chapter a bit more before posting. Hope I don't fall off because of this...
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2023.06.07 03:11 lets-split-up I went on a cruise, and found the source of the rotting smell…
Imagine walking into a burning building, and everyone laughs and tells you the fire’s all in your head. When no one believes you, are you going to stay to burn up with them? Every
passenger in that crowd waiting to embark on the luxury cruise was already dead—they just didn’t know it yet!
I stared through the windows of the terminal at the magnificent Seastar, at the broken glass and spatters of blood that only I could see… and then I fled.
Without warning a single soul.
What would have been the point? My name is Cassandra—I see
death six days before it happens, and can feel it if I shake a cold hand—but no matter what I do, I can never, ever
My flight took me as far as the escalators before a flash of purple brought me screeching to a halt. Lily Tsuki? No—it wasn’t the purple-haired musician who’d given me with cruise gift card. But suddenly I remembered how I’d been looking forward to hearing her performance aboard this very vessel…
It was one thing to turn my back on doomed strangers. Terrible as it sounds, it’s a bit like reading about a catastrophe in the news. Quite another thing to abandon somebody I knew!
Could I really leave her to become one of the bodies putrefying in the belly of the Seastar? Every time I ordered a drink at my favorite bar, I’d remember I hadn’t even tried to save her!
“Fuck!” I cried, fumbling for my phone. “Oh, fuck me sideways… how much time…?”
Ninety minutes to get on board, find the musician, and… what? Convince her to disembark? How?
And yet my feet were already turning toward the gangplank—because as it turns out, I would rather plunge headlong into a ship full of the rotting dead than face an empty piano bench and the guilt that no amount of alcohol would ever drown. But to have any chance at persuading Lily, I’d need to know how
the passengers died. This meant that in addition to finding a purple-haired needle in a Titanic-sized haystack, a horrifying task loomed ahead of me. I was going to have to do something I had not done in a very
long time—plunge directly into my vision. Walk into its very maw and face whatever gruesome horrors lurked at the source of that nauseating odor.
I was going to have to find the bodies…
… and whatever killed them. Boarding
The stench was so overpowering after crossing the gangplank that I dropped to my knees and dry heaved. The flow of passengers moved around me past the concierge desk. I must have looked exceptionally sick, because a pretty girl in a suit skirt approached, asking if I needed assistance. She reached out a hand to help me up—cold!
I staggered away from her and inside. Then—because I felt I might throw up—quickly found my way out to the promenade deck and the blessed breeze.
Lifeboats hung overhead. Beyond the rail, the sea sparkled in the afternoon sun. Cushioned loungers lined the deck. None were in use, presumably because the pool, patio, spa, and other amenities on the upper decks had much more attractive areas for lounging. I leaned against the rail and gulped the air, listening to the waves splash against the side of the boat, noting blood spatters further down—but nothing signifying the cause
of the blood. Just vague signs of violence.
After circling the entire promenade deck and spotting only the occasional bloody spatters, I gritted my teeth, pulled my shirt collar up over my nose, and plunged into the nearest door.
The Seastar’s interior had the atmosphere of a luxury hotel. People milled about the restaurant and shopping area, buzzing with excitement, talking about cabaret shows and fine dining, while perky crew members answered questions, all perfectly oblivious to the putrid sweet rotting stench. I’d most likely find Lily Tsuki at the piano lounge, but since I didn’t yet have any plausible explanation for what had happened to the passengers, I continued wandering, entering a bustling café overlooking the ship’s grand staircase. Stepping over an enormous blood stain on the carpet, I passed the counter, nauseated by the fancy pastries behind their glass cases, peering among the tables and chairs. Paused when I spotted an eyeball in a teacup. No trace of how it got there. No body with an empty socket. Just the eyeball, swirling in a congealed bloody jelly at the bottom of the cup…
I scurried away, snatching a cloth napkin to cover my nose.
The interior darkened as I ascended the central staircase. No electricity,
I noted as I clutched the railing. Why would the power be cut? A storm?
But storms don’t scoop out eyeballs with a dessert spoon….
Coming onto deck 6, I peered down a long, dim corridor lined with passenger cabins. To passengers coming and going, the hall was illuminated by electric lighting—but since I was seeing the ship six days in the future, the narrow hallway vanished into blackness. With no way to enter the cabins, and nothing much to see here or in the other dimmed halls of the passenger decks, I ascended until I reached the pool. Pool Deck
Deck 9 opened to wide panoramic windows, dining, a spa, and of course the pool. I emerged outdoors with relief, removing the napkin from my nose as the sea breeze gave some respite from the odor.
Around me, people partied in bikinis and beachwear and suits, sipping all manner of drinks around the sky-blue swimming pool. A young woman stretched on a blood-spattered lounger, oblivious to the gore beneath her tanned figure. A few bodies floated among the swimmers, bloated and discolored. My vision shimmered briefly as a teen boy swam right through one of the bodies, splashing as if it were not there. My heart lurched when I realized that it was his own,
albeit dressed in different clothes—
!” I grunted as a small figure bashed into me, her arm grazing mine.
“Sorry!” cried a little girl in a pink swimsuit, bolting by as her mother yelled at her to watch out for people.
I tried not to think of how cold
the little girl’s arm felt. Counted the bodies: eight in the pool. One by the towel bin, head caved in. I made a circuit of the pool, occasionally brushing against people—cold, cold, cold.
No survivors, it seemed.
That was when I spotted a shirtless old man sitting at a table under an umbrella. I froze, goosebumps prickling along my skin. Unlike the floaters, there was no obvious reason for his death. His back was to me, the bare skin of his shoulders gray and blotchy. In his hand he held a broken drinking glass. He was positioned in repose… so what killed him?
My heart quickened as I moved round to the front of him.
His mouth hung open, shards of glass and a mangled tongue lolling out, crimson trailing down his shirt front. The source of the chewed glass was obvious—the cup in his hand was broken, its jagged edges bloody.
He’d died choking on the glass.
“What the fuck is happening here?” I whispered. Forward Stairwell
The jogging track and the sundeck—decks 10 and 11—offered a stunning bird’s eye of the pool and ocean, but I did not stop to take this in as I circled to the bow, opting to take the forward stairs down, rather than central.
The stench hit me like a cloud.
I had to stop as I descended into the dim stairwell, clinging to the railing, doubled over, gagging. It was so so
bad. My eyes watered. My stomach bucked. And it was dark.
Thank God for my phone’s flashlight. I fumbled it on and, napkin firmly over my nose, plunged down into the depths… The phone’s thin illumination flashed along the carpeted stairwell and the hall of the first of the passenger decks. I kept descending. Paused at an unidentifiable slick red mound. I was examining it under my light when a crewmember jogged up to me and asked, “Lose something, miss?” “Just my marbles,” I muttered, shooing the crew member away and inadvertently brushing his hand. Cold.
I turned my attention back to the mound.
A slimy pile of intestines on the stairwell… trailing down to a disemboweled body. Intestines… eyeballs… eating broken glass… nothing about this makes sense!
I swiveled the beam to check further downward.
That was when I found the source of the odor.
My path down was obstructed by a mass of bodies. The ones underneath seemed to have been trampled, but the ones on top… I squeezed my watering eyes and retched against the wall. Some of the bodies bore horrible mutilations—fingers bent and twisted, joints out of alignment, faces smashed in and jaws torn open. Many more appeared to have been crushed in the press of bodies. Best guess, there was a wave of panicked people rushing upstairs from below, colliding with a wave of others fleeing down from above.
Why this staircase? What was near this part of the ship? The cabaret lounge
, I realized. No electricity. No elevators. This was the nearest stairwell to the auditorium.
Closer. I was inching closer to uncovering the fates of the passengers. And yet, I still had no idea what
the passengers were fleeing from. Who were the attackers? Or… I thought of the eyeball. The glass chewed and swallowed.
An icy pinprick at the base of my skull whispered the question I didn’t want to ask… Why? Why did some of the passengers go mad, and do it to themselves? Piano Bar
I took the long way round to the cabaret theatre, going all the way back up the stairs and coming down on the central staircase, only to detour on hearing the notes of a piano. I found myself in a cozy lounge and spotted a purple-haired figure at the keys. And just in time—the ship was due to depart in less than half an hour!
“Lily!” I rushed over.
The musician’s face lit. “Oh it’s you, friend! You made it!”
“You’ve got to get off the ship!”
“I know it seems crazy but you’ve got
to! Everyone on board is going to die—I’ve seen it because I’m psycho
!” I heard it a second later and smacked my forehead. “I mean—psychic!
PSYCHIC!! I can see the future.” At her scrunched eyebrows, I burst, “Look I know how I sound, but I’ve been able to see things since I was a little girl, and I am telling you that this ship is going to go dark!
The engines will cut out!
People are going to flee and trample each other on that forward staircase…” Launching into a rapid-fire recounting, I was just getting to the eyeball in the teacup when she interrupted:
“You’re afraid of some sort of terrorist attack?”
“No, no! No! It’s almost like… a kind of madness, a contagion
, that spreads through the ship—”
“A zombie apocalypse?”
“Poltergeists? Possession?” She played a riff from a horror movie. “Should we call an exorcist?”
“We should leave
!” I checked my phone. “Quickly!—"
“What an odd duck you are! I can’t imagine any sort of catastrophe as big as you’re saying. You know this ship has tons
of safety protocols. And even if I did believe some disaster were drawing near—do you really think I could abandon crowds and crew?” She looked at me over her glasses, shimmering purple lips curving in a smile. “Listen friend, if this were the Titanic and I was the only one who could see the iceberg, I’d stay
to steer us right, not run off leaving everyone to die!”
Icy fingers raked along my spine. Even if she wasn’t taking me seriously, she was right—I did
have a moral obligation to save people. An obligation I’d been trying to fulfill ever since I was a little girl, until the attempt killed my brother, and even after, I kept trying for years and years…. until at last I realized that there is no way
to change anything. That is why I call myself Cassandra. For the Greek prophet doomed to predict the future but never be believed. Try and prevent what I’ve foreseen? You might as well try and pluck the stars from the sky!
Every hand I’d touched was cold
. Everyone on board would die
My fists balled, fingernails digging so hard into my palms they bled. “You really have no idea what you’re asking of me…”
“Oh, I’m not telling you
to stay. I’m just explaining why I
have to. Besides, I’m under contract.” She winked and focused on her playing as guests entered and sat at nearby tables.
She had no idea! None whatsoever! If I thought there was even a sliver
of a hope, I wouldn’t abandon people! Oh, if this happy-go-lucky musician understood the futility!! But she will
, came another, darker thought. She
will know the full depth of the horror coming…
“No,” I whispered.
“Huh?” She shouted, “Wait—friend, where are you going?”
But I was not listening. The cabaret theatre—was the answer there? The reason for the crush of bodies in the forward stairwell? I rushed past the cafe with the eyeball in the teacup, through the grand doors into the cabaret hall—
—but the cabaret hall was surprisingly quiet, save for a light touch of classical music. A few passengers mingled here or there, unnoticing of the cadavers draped on chairs and tables. The stage itself was pristine, the wood smooth and polished in the fading orange light through the windows. Apparently, the origin of the panicked flight up the forward stairwell was not
this grand entertainment venue—nothing here supported that theory.
Nonetheless, I gave the place a thorough search until my phone’s battery ran low, and then I returned to the grand staircase.
In one direction lay passenger cabins. In the other, the gangplank back to the port terminal and safety.
“It’s not too late to be a coward, Cass,” I said. “Run from the ship, run from the empty piano bench at the bar, find a different, cheaper hole in the wall to crawl into like—like the cockroach you are…”
Always the survivor, eh…?
Or… or, I could try just one more time. “‘Hope,’”
my brother always said, “is the thing with feathers.” And look what happened to him!
flashed through my mind. My heart slammed against my ribcage. I’d just die too, unless I left in the next—how many minutes? I checked my phone, but it was dead. Like I would be if I stayed.
A horn sounded the Seastar’s departure. A distant cheer rose up from the upper decks and balconies. I felt a brief panicky impulse to run back out on deck and throw myself off the ship… but in truth, my fate had already been decided before
the ship’s horn blew. I hadn’t been paying attention earlier, but I’d been rubbing and rubbing my hands, and finally realized they were cold.
Probably had been since I’d boarded. I shuffled leaden feet toward the passenger cabins, guided by my phone’s light to the brass number plate for 4044—my
cabin. Reached for the knob and stopped.
That smell—dread squeezed my intestines like a wet rag.
Smoke. Burnt meat.
I wrinkled my nose and opened the door.
Orange rays shone through the window, the sunset so vivid it almost gave the illusion that the room was on fire. The walls and ceiling were charred. The edges of the mattress and sheets a smoldered ruin. But the worst damage was the small sofa by the coffee table. Broken bottles scattered round. And there on the sofa—
My fingers went limp on the door handle as I stared into melted sockets of a body charred beyond recognition. A dark line encircled its wrist. The blackened remnants of a charm bracelet. My
While the man on the pool deck swallowed glass, I would succumb to the insanity here, dousing myself in alcohol and flame—
—immolating myself. [Part 1]
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2023.06.07 03:09 ProudNativeTexan Shrinkflation on the Aldi Steak Fries?
I am noticing the bags are a little different, thinner and flimsier and weigh 28 oz. Cooking a bag now doesn't seem as many fries as before.
I could have sworn they use to be 32 oz. Tried Googling for older packages and even tried the Wayback Machine. Couldn't find any older packages.
Am I imagining this or does someone have an old picture showing the bags were 32 oz.?
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2023.06.07 03:07 GasOutrageoussd ua pov The "Ukrainian BTR-4 friendly-fire" video has reportedly been geolocated to inside Russian held territory of Luhansk. This source implies that they were Russian soldiers being attacked, not UA soldiers in retreat from their positions. Coordinates, related post and source link below - Twitter
2023.06.07 03:00 Price-x-Field Finally got huel!!!
2023.06.07 02:58 Hallow33nQu33n17 Are these super old? I don’t remember this packaging at all, but I store I went to had like 15 of them so I grabbed a few at 3 for $7.