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879792 No. 879792 ID: 15a025

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No. 893557 ID: 91ee5f

>>893554
Tell him what happened.

We found her with a big lump on her head, which was caused by her passing out and hitting her head on the counter. We took her to the hospital and she was diagnosed with insomnia. So we went to the pharmacy and got her some pills that she’s supposed to take 2 of with water before going to bed.

She hasn’t been getting any sleep because something or someone is keeping her up all night and that’s the reason she got hurt. You wouldn’t happen to know what’s keeping her up all night, would you?
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No. 893560 ID: fafba8

>>893559
Lol
Also don't forget to get ready to grab Marsh... I got a feeling shits about to hit the fan.
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No. 893632 ID: 02a0f7

Say that you had to go to the hospital and discovered that Sharcole has severe insomnia. You've been told you need to check out her sleeping arrangements to ensure she can get proper rest at home. It might be a lie, but it'll hopefully get you in to see just how bad this situation is.
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No. 893761 ID: 15a025
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893761

>Tell him she fell asleep on the job, and demand an explanation.
>We found her with a big lump on her head, which was caused by her passing out and hitting her head on the counter. We took her to the hospital and she was diagnosed with insomnia. So we went to the pharmacy and got her some pills that she’s supposed to take 2 of with water before going to bed.

Candy: "I came into work today she was passed out on the floor with a bruise on her head. We rushed her over to the hospital and they diagnosed her with insomnia. After that, we had to go run a grab her prescription."

Kyle: "Fine, here."

He pulls out some money out and hands it to Marsh.
Marsh: "Ah yes. Nothing says thanks for saving my friend and taking care of them like a nice worn down five dollar bill."

Kyle: "Yeah, and I could have just brought Sharcole in and slammed the door on ya too. Keep that in mind."

Marsh: "Whatever. Can we at least use your shower?"

Kyle: "Ya know, I find it hard to believe that one of the biggest dealers in town can't even afford to get working shower in her fancy mansion."

I hear Marsh get ready to fire something back, but he cuts her off.

Kyle: "Whatever, come back later tonight if you wanna use the shower."

Marsh: "Why can't we now?"

Kyle: "All the waters being used up for laundry right now."
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No. 893764 ID: 15a025
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893764

>You've been told you need to check out her sleeping arrangements to ensure she can get proper rest at home.
Candy: "That's alright Marsh. We need to come back here tonight anyway."

Kyle and Marsh: "For what?"

>Sharcole has severe insomnia
Candy: "Sharcole's insomnia is pretty severe. The doctor said we need check her sleeping arrangements and make sure she can get some rest at home."

Kyle doesn't look so happy about that.
Sharcole: "Oh Candy! We could have a sleep over!"

He lets a sigh of annoyance.
Kyle: "No sleepover. They can stat till ten, that's it."
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No. 893783 ID: b1b4f3

How come he gets to call all the shots?
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No. 893784 ID: 91ee5f

>>893764
>Kyle doesn't look so happy about that.
What the matter with him? Is he afraid that we’ll find out that it’s his fault that Sharcole has insomnia? Or is he afraid of what we’ll do to him if he is responsible?

>"No sleepover. They can stat till ten, that's it."
Last time I checked, he’s Sharcole’s roommate, not her father.

>>893783
Yeah, why does he get to call the shots?
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No. 893810 ID: 02a0f7

Does Sharcole have a lease? ...Do EITHER of these guys have leases? If so, they should be having an equal relationship. If not, that's an entirely different problem that's gotta be fixed.
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No. 893849 ID: fafba8

>>893810
What?
>>893764
I starting to get a feeling that we should leave... I mean try not to do anything to get him or Marsh even more angry. I mean unless you want to stop a murder.
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No. 893875 ID: 15a025
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893875

>How come he gets to call all the shots?
>Yeah, why does he get to call the shots? Last time I checked, he’s Sharcole’s roommate, not her father.

Candy: "Your starting to sound more like her father instead of a roommate you know. How come your calling the all shots here?"

>Does Sharcole have a lease? ...Do EITHER of these guys have leases?
Candy: "Who's name's are on the lease anyway?"

Sharcole: "Both us are."

Kyle: "Yet I'm the one who's paying most of the rent and bills."

Sharcole: "Yeah, but who's putting food on the table?"

Kyle: "Not you. I'm the one who pretty much cooks everything too."

Sharcole: "That's not what I meant."

>Is he afraid that we’ll find out that it’s his fault that Sharcole has insomnia? Or is he afraid of what we’ll do to him if he is responsible?

Candy: "I'm getting the feeling you just don't want us around because your why she isn't getting any sleep."

Kyle: "I'm just going to go grab a beer and act like I didn't hear that. Come back around seven for your showers."
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No. 893876 ID: 15a025
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893876

He walks off to go get his beer. Jerk probably drinks some garbage canned brand.

Sharcole: "I guess I'll see you two at seven?"

Marsh: "Much as I hate hanging around him, yeah. We need to hit the showers and make sure you're alright."

Sharcole: "Thanks, see ya then. Oh! Thanks for helping me out too."

Marsh: "It was nothing."
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No. 893877 ID: 15a025
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893877

Sharcole heads inside her apartment.

Marsh: "I'm gonna have to haul drinks home from the bar at this rate, or hope Sugar hasn't guzzled down whatever we got yet."

It's about three o'clock right now, I think?. We should have about four hours to kill before we can come back and at least wash up a bit. Is there anything I should do or take care of in the mean time?
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No. 893881 ID: 91ee5f

>>893877
Let’s just hangout with Marsh and help her do things, so that she doesn’t have to do them by herself. It’s the least we can do, since she’s always helping us and buying things for us and driving us everywhere.

.....jeez, I feel like we’re taking advantage of her hospitality and that makes me feels like an asshole.
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No. 893938 ID: fafba8

>>893877
Okay hang out with Marsh... I mean who else can you call a friend here?
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No. 893954 ID: 02a0f7

Marsh is pretty much the best. Help her out with whatever she needs for a while.
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No. 893962 ID: de6d84

Friend hangout is go
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No. 894097 ID: 15a025
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894097

>Let’s just hangout with Marsh and help her do things, so that she doesn’t have to do them by herself.
>Marsh is pretty much the best. Help her out with whatever she needs for a while.
>Friend hangout is go

Candy: "Well, we got some time to kill. There anything you need to do or need help with?"

Marsh: "Since it's just you and me now, I should probably open up the bar, even if it is just for a little bit."

Candy: "I'm fine with helping out."

Marsh: "Alright! To the bar!"

Marsh grabs my arm and drags me down to the car.
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No. 894099 ID: 15a025
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894099

When we get to the bar, Marsh turns on her open signs while she has me wipe down the bar and move my nightstand to the back.
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No. 894100 ID: 15a025
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894100

A little bit later, someone walks in.

Kola: "Hey you are open today after all!"

Marsh: "Huh? Oh hey Jay. Yeah we're open, but not for too long tonight."

Jay: "How late you open?"

Marsh: "Closing at six-thirty."

Jay: "Oh that's not too bad. Hey, who's you new friend here?"

Marsh: "That's the boss's sister, Candy."

Jay: "Well it's nice to meet you Candy."

Candy: "Nice to meet you too Jay."

He plops down on one of the stools and we shake.

Marsh: "You come in alone or?"

Jay: "Nah, Hammer's coming in after he-"
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No. 894101 ID: 15a025
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894101

A big bull comes stomping up to the bar.
Bull: "Alright what's on the menu tonight and why isn't the radio going?"

Marsh: "We just opened up, Hammer. I'll turn the radio on in a minute. Before I start serving you two, who's the driver?"

Jay: "Did you even have to ask?"

Marsh: "Hey, never know when you might decide to venture out a little for some fun and he chills out for a night."

Hammer: "So if this night getting started or what?"

Jay: "She's not staying open late today."

Hammer: "More reason to hop to it then. Let's go."

He slams some money on the counter.
Marsh: "Can't serve you if you don't tell me you want."

Hammer: "Hit me hard and surprise me."

Marsh: "Alright you heard him Candy. Give him your best shot!"

Candy: "I-what?"

I still don't know how to really any drinks?! Any ideas on what I should I make him?
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No. 894104 ID: fafba8

>>894101
Lets bring back a old request... blowjob or Orgasm?

no I am not the one who requested it in the first act... I found it funny.
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No. 894111 ID: 094652

>>894104
No.

>Hit me hard and surprise me
Spicy habaneros, a dash of chocolate, and a drop of ethanol mixed with two parts rum and one part beer.
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No. 894112 ID: ee2d6e

He looks like a man that would enjoy a Godfather: Take an Old-Fashioned glass (the short, wide one), dump some ice in, pour in equal parts whisky and amaretto and stir. It's hard to fuck up.
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No. 894125 ID: 91ee5f

>>894112
Yeah, do this.

Don’t tell anyone what it’s called unless they ask you first.
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No. 894417 ID: 15a025
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894417

>He looks like a man that would enjoy a Godfather: Take an Old-Fashioned glass (the short, wide one), dump some ice in, pour in equal parts whisky and amaretto and stir. It's hard to fuck up.
>Yeah, do this.
Well, it's easy to make I guess I'll give it a shot.

I grab one those short glasses and fill it with some ice. Then I pull out some of Marsh's whisky and fill it a little.
Candy: "We got any ama-"

Marsh: "Yeah, it's on the bottom right corner of that bottom right-shelf."

Candy: "Thanks."
I grab it and pour it into the rest of the cup and stir.

Candy: "Alright, here you go. Think you can handle it?"

Hammer: "There ain't nothing here I can't handle."

Marsh: "Except the wine glasses."

He takes a swig out of his drink.
Hammer: "Yeah, don't remind me about that night."

Candy: "How's the drink."

Hammer: "About what I expect coming here. A little too sweet me though."
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No. 894418 ID: 15a025
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894418

Jay lets out a little chuckle.
Jay: "So much for 'nothing here I can't handle' "

Hammer: "Did I say I wasn't going to finish it?"

He tries to show off and chug it down but ends up choking a bit.

Marsh: "Alright slow it down. You're going to end up spilling more than just your drink at this rate."
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No. 894419 ID: 15a025
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894419

He sets the drink down on the bar.
Hammer: "Alright, but you going to get that radio going or what?"

Marsh: "No, unless there's some surprise game I haven't heard about?"

Jay: "I think he's wanting to hear the re-caps and highlights."

Hammer: "Highlights? No, I thought there was a game on tonight!"

Jay: "It isn't Friday or Sunday night."

Hammer: "Oh, right."

Jay: "So, Marsh, how come you opened so late today?"

Marsh: "We got caught up in some trouble this morning and had some other business to take care of."

Jay: "Everything alright?"

Marsh: "Nothing you two need to worry about."

Jay: "Alright, hint taken. Glad you opened up before we decided to take a chance at that sports bar again."

Marsh: "What do you mean,again?"

Jay: "Sorry! When they're the only place open, there really isn't much other-"

Marsh: "No, I meant like, what happened the first time?"

Jay: "Someone tried to run off with our wallets."

Hammer: "Key word is tried."

Jay: "Yeah, he wasn't very good."

Hammer starts showing off and flexing his arm.
Hammer: "Grease ball musta thought I was too hammered to notice. Don't really remember what I did after I caught him, but I'm sure he felt it in the morning."
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No. 894431 ID: 91ee5f

>>894419
>"Someone tried to run off with our wallets."
>"Key word is tried."
>”Yeah, he wasn't very good."
Huh, I thought the Con Artist Coon was more into conning people than pickpocketing them. Unless it was another one of those assholes in purple robes.

>Don't really remember what I did after I caught him, but I'm sure he felt it in the morning.
Well, since Hammer doesn’t remember what he did, then ask Jay what the guy looked like and what Hammer did to him.

If they ask why you want to know, tell them it’s so you can keep an eye out for that guy in case he shows up here.

Also, ask them how long ago this was. Because depending on how long ago this happened, if Hammer did something noticeable like brake the guy’s arm, we could use that to help us identify him. Unless it was a few weeks ago, then he might’ve had time to heal.

If we’re lucky, then a guy matching these descriptions and who also has matching injuries, could show up here and he could probably the Con Artist Coon guy we’re looking for!

Just don’t tell anyone that you’re looking for him for the cops!
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No. 894449 ID: fafba8

>>894431
Yeah that, but instead if they ask why just say if they are regulars then it better to know... you never been a bartender so you can just say your new to bar tending and are just interested.
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No. 894539 ID: 15a025
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894539

>Well, since Hammer doesn’t remember what he did, then ask Jay what the guy looked like and what Hammer did to him.
Candy: "Jay, you remember anything about him? What'd he look like?"

Jay: "He stood out like a gun in a knife shop. Big ol trench coat on and a goofy hat."

Hammer: "Heh, he was probably too ashamed to show off his loser team's jersey."

Jay: "Yeah, he probably roots for the 'Skates. Anyway, he was shifty red fellow. Not really sure what species he was."

Hammer: "Ha, was that before or after I got done with him?"

Jay: "That was before you smashed his nose in."

Candy: "Ouch!"

Jay: "Oh he said more than just that."

Marsh: "How many teeth got knock out?"

Jay: "None."

Marsh: "Booo..."

Candy: "How long ago was this?"

Jay: "Just the other week actually. Apparently they've got all kinds of problems over at that place. Guess it's expected for any busy place around here now days, still a shame though."
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No. 894540 ID: 15a025
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894540

Marsh: "You want something to drink Jay? You haven't even had your freebie yet?"

Jay: "Got any coconut milk?"

Marsh: "Should'a kept my mouth shut."

Jay: "Just enjoying the benefits of being the responsible one."

Marsh: "Yeah, enjoy it too much and we'll be out of stock for real. Stuff's getting pretty expensive you know."

Jay: "Better stock up on it while you can. Prices are only going to get worse."

Marsh: "Why's that?"

Jay: "Apparently coconuts are the new hot thing with Royalty in Kessaru now. All the leaders over there want them now, so of course they're charging a royalty to import them here too."
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No. 894541 ID: 15a025
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894541

Marsh: "Well, thanks for the tip, but it sounds like more risk than it's worth. Here's your fancy imported drink."

She slides a half full glass of milk to Jay.

Jay: "Half-empty?"

Marsh: "Word is there's a coconut milk shortage over at the Electric Sheep."

Jay and Hammer both start laughing.

Jay: "Guess I should have kept my mouth shut."
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No. 894542 ID: 15a025
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894542

Marsh: "Wish I was joking, but we really are out now."

She goes to pour the carton over the bar counter, but not even a drop comes out.
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No. 894543 ID: 094652

>Coconut Milk is popular now
I'm thinking, how much would a substitute be worth?

Also why is it so popular? New health study? World-Famous chef invented a new coconut recipe? Latest princess declared she likes cocoa?
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No. 894610 ID: fafba8

>>894542
Well wheres the trashcan, tell Marsh you can take it to it *unless it is right next to both of you* Sometimes the smallest gestures can become big...
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No. 894638 ID: 91ee5f

>>894542
>She goes to pour the carton over the bar counter, but not even a drop comes out.
That’s almost as empty as Candy’s barely furnished room!

Well, do we have anything else that Jay could drink?
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No. 895512 ID: 15a025
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895512

>That’s almost as empty as Candy’s barely furnished room!
Eh, as long as I've got a bed I'm alright. Having a proper nightstand with a little drawer to keep you guys in has me pretty set for now.

>Well wheres the trashcan, tell Marsh you can take it to it *unless it is right next to both of you*
Candy: "Where's the trashcan, I can go throw that out for you."

She pulls out a little bin from under the counter.
Marsh: "I got it. Thanks though."

She tosses away the now empty carton.

>I'm thinking, how much would a substitute be worth?
I'd think yogurt or just regular milk would be just fine? Those are both a lot cheaper since regular milk doesn't need to be imported.

>Also why is it so popular?
Candy: "So, what's up with coconut milk over in Kessaru? Why's it so popular now?"

Marsh: "Yeah, why coconut milk of all things?"

Jay: "They got the idea that drinking it makes their fur more shiny looking. I hear some of them are even bathing in the stuff"

Marsh: "Well, enjoy in your last thing of coconut milk here. If the prices on that stuff ends up sky rocketing, I doubt Sugar's going to bother getting more in."

>Well, do we have anything else that Jay could drink?
Candy: "Anything else here Jay could drink?"

Marsh: "We've still got, you know, non exotic drinks here. Like juice and soda."

Jay: "Nah the milks fine for now."

Hammer: "Alright, hit me with a tall mug of beer, fluff ball."

Marsh: "Hit me with some cash then."

He slams some cash on the bat table again. Marsh returns the favor by slamming a frothy beer on the counter. He lets out a little laugh.

Hammer: "Ha, Now you're the one spilling."
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No. 895513 ID: 15a025
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895513

The door opens and a scruffy looking dog with some kind of cape comes in.

Dog: "The usual. Bottle a hisky."

He sounds like he's already drunk.
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No. 895514 ID: 15a025
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895514

He walks up over to the bar and Hammer moves out of the way to join Jay.
Marsh: "I thought you were sobering up, Scruf."

Scruf: "Wen I had a job I was."

Marsh: "Again?"

Scruf: "Would I be here if I didn't?"

Hammer: "So what'd you do this time Professor?"

Marsh just about snaps back at him, but she ends up just giving him a stern look before going back to Scruf.
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No. 895515 ID: 15a025
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895515

Marsh: "You got a way back home?"

Scruf: "...Maybe?"

She lets out a sigh.

Marsh: "Let's try this from the start. How'd you get here?"

Scruf: "Drove myself."

Marsh: "You drove here drunk?"

Scruf: "No, I didn't drunk my way here. I just had some in the car before I walked in."

Marsh: "Your breath says more than just some. You smell like a whole thing of rum."

He lets out a weak chuckle.
Scruf: "Nah, just a half a rum. Promise it was after parking. Had a few stops before getting here."

Marsh: "So what's your plan for getting home then? We're closing a little early and I can't really let you stay in the guest room today."

Scruf: "I don't know?"
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No. 895525 ID: 91ee5f

>>895515
Don’t offer for us to drive him home. I think Marsh might not appreciate you offering to give rides to people all the time.

Are there taxis in this town? You could call a taxi and have them drive Scruf home, then in the morning he can come back here to get his car out of the parking lot.

All you’d need to do is get Scruf‘s address before he gets too drunk to answer, then you can tell the taxi driver where to take him.

No, wait, the taxi driver might need someone to ride along to get Scruf into his house. I guess you can ride with Scruf in the taxi and have Marsh follow behind the taxi. Then after you help Scruf into his house, you can hop into Marsh’s car and go home.
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No. 895582 ID: c4bc1f

>>895525
Then you might as well have marsh drive the you guys there. Taxi should be fine unless marsh offers.
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No. 895641 ID: fafba8

>>895515
Back room once more today. Once he is done might see if he is in the land of the living or in the void.
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No. 895984 ID: b151ce

Poor guy. Back room and see if you can get his address for a taxi.
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No. 896074 ID: 15a025
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896074

>Are there taxis in this town? You could call a taxi and have them drive Scruf home
>Taxi should be fine unless marsh offers.
Candy: "Guess we're calling a Taxi then?"

Marsh: "You do have enough cash for a taxi, right?"

Scruf: "Yeah I got some cash for a cab."

Marsh: "Then hand it over!"

Scruf: "You robbin me!"

Marsh: "No, I'm holding onto it so you don't end spending it on booze. Now hand it over."

He digs out some cash and hands it to Marsh.
Marsh: "Need a quarter as well."

Scruf: "For what?"

Marsh: "To use the payphone outside."

Scruf: "Oh. Right."
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No. 896075 ID: 15a025
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896075

Marsh: "No orders till I get back. Candy, keep these three out of trouble till then."

Hammer: "Don't be too long, I'm almost outta beer here."

She rolls her eyes and walks out of the bar.
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No. 896076 ID: 15a025
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896076

Scruf: "So, who's the other missy behind the counter?"

Hammer: "Yeah, how about you introduce yourself already."

Jay: "She did. Maybe if you weren't so slow you would have been here for it."

Candy: "Missy? Anyway, my name's Candy. I'm just Marsh's helper."

Jay: "So what brings the big boss' sister out to help out Marsh tonight?"

Hammer: "Wait, you're her sister? You look nothing like her."

Candy: "Finally, someone who can actually see. I hate it when people say we look alike."

Scruf: "Don't care about the boss, ready know her. Tell us about yourself."

Candy: "I'm not really all that exciting. Just graduated college and now I'm here helping out my sister while I job hunt."

Scruf: "What'd ya graduate wif?"

Candy: "Scored myself a chemistry major."

Hammer: "Ha, yeah. Chemistry. Think that sums up what you're here to help with."

Scruf: "Ah great, another drug addict in the field. Just what we need."

Candy: "Hey, I've been drug free for about a year now. I've been working on kicking the smokes all together."

Hammer, Jay, and Scruf: "Sure you are."
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No. 896077 ID: 15a025
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896077

They all start laughing.
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No. 896078 ID: b1b4f3

>>896077
Tell them this is like the polar opposite of how Sugar reacted when you told her you wouldn't be getting involved with her business.
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No. 896084 ID: fafba8

>>896077
Keep your cool. Being a bartender means you gotta stay cool.
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No. 896087 ID: 91ee5f

>>896077
I’m not sure if showing them your enchantment license would be considered proof that you’re not helping your sister. But if it is, then you could show it to them and tell them that your sister wouldn’t let you help her because of how often you’ve been visiting the police station to take your test.

In fact, your sister lost a bet with you when she said that you couldn’t get a license. You’re still trying to decide on how she’s going to pay up! .....and you’re trying to catch her at a time when she’s sober enough that she’ll actually remember to pay up.
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No. 896088 ID: 094652

Tell them if they continue being rude, you're going to treat alcohol as a drug and keep them away from it for the rest of the night.
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No. 896328 ID: 15a025
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896328

>Tell them this is like the polar opposite of how Sugar reacted when you told her you wouldn't be getting involved with her business.
Candy: "You know, it's kind of funny how this is the exact opposite of how she reacted when I told her that."

Jay: "Told her what?"

Candy: "That I've quit smoking and doing drugs."
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No. 896329 ID: 15a025
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896329

They all start roaring again.
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No. 896330 ID: 15a025
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896330

>Keep your cool. Being a bartender means you gotta stay cool.
Keeping cool isn't what I'm worried about. Keeping the urge to light up a cigarette away is what's killing me now. Thankfully I can't since my lighter and that is back in my room.
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No. 896331 ID: 15a025
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896331

Jay speaks up and interrupts the other two's laughter.
Jay: "Alright that's enough. I think she might be serious."

Hammer: "Ha, makes you say that?"

Jay: "You hear that noise?"

Hammer: "That rustling? I thought that was just the wind?"

Jay: "No, that's her digging in her pockets."

Candy: "I am not digging in my-"

Why am I'm digging around for lighter that's not even in here!

Hammer: "There's no way that's"

He leans over the counter

Hammer: "How much crap you got in there! It sounds like you're trashing someone's room over there!"
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No. 896332 ID: 15a025
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896332

Marsh: "Alright Scruf, your taxi will be here at- Candy what are you mixing up over there, I said no orders till I got back!"
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No. 896340 ID: 91ee5f

>>896332
Tell her that you’re not mixing up orders! You were just talking to these guys!
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No. 896423 ID: fafba8

Ya Marsh I think Marsh is joking with you. Bar fun and all.
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No. 896437 ID: 15a025
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896437

>I think Marsh is joking with you. Bar fun and all.
>Tell her that you’re not mixing up orders! You were just talking to these guys!
Candy: "I'm not mixing up anything. Just talking with everyone."

Jay: "You know, I think I've still got a lighter in my car Candy. Want me to go grab it?"

Candy: "No, I just said I'm trying to quit!"

Jay: "Whoa, just offering."

Marsh: "No smoking in the bar anyway."

Candy: "Can we change topics? This really isn't helping."

Marsh: "Yeah. Scruf, your taxi's going to be here at six."

Scruf: "What about the whisky I ask fer?"

Marsh: "What the number one rule here at the bar Scruf?"

Scruf: "Don't drunk and drove?"

Marsh: "Okay, yeah. Don't drink and drive. I mean, the other big rule?"

Scruf: "Dunno?"

Marsh: "We only serve those looking to have a good time. I get you had a pretty rough day, but I'm not going to let you sit in here and drown yourself over it in booze."

Hammer: "Yeah, come of professor, if you're going to drive all the way down here at least try and have a good time."
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No. 896438 ID: 15a025
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896438

Scruf: "Bar's are for drinking. There ain't nothing else 'round here to do."

Marsh: "Sure you wanna go there? Because I'm pretty sure the four us can come up with something to prove your little hypothesis there wrong."

Scruf: "Whatever gets me a drink faster I guess."
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No. 896455 ID: fafba8

>>896438
Drinks make people more sad... so yeah I think maybe a game or how about a bar song... I not really sure.
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No. 896502 ID: 87353e

>>896438
>>896455
A game sounds good! Marsh just got a new pack of playing cards. If its ok with her to use them, maybe you could play a few games? You could start out with a few simple and easy party games like Slapjack, War, Old maid or other like games to get started.
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No. 896522 ID: 91ee5f

>>896502
Be careful with the card games. I’m pretty sure once we get to the gambling games like poker, someone is gonna ask for free drinks if they win.
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No. 896689 ID: 15a025
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896689

Hammer: "How about dusting off that pool table and playing some cut-throat? Drinking rules."

Marsh: "Pool table is still getting repaired."

Hammer: "Oh yeah. Can't believe that dude flipped that thing the other week."

Jay: "Someone flipped the pool table?"

Marsh: "Yeah. It's also why we're not doing anymore big pool tournaments either."

Jay: "What was the prize?"

Hammer: "Buy in was five hundred and the prize was two grand."

Jay: "I can't believe I missed it!"

Scruf: "How's about something we can do?"

>I think maybe a game or how about a bar song
>A game sounds good! Marsh just got a new pack of playing cards. If it's ok with her to use them, maybe you could play a few games? You could start out with a few simple and easy party games like Slapjack, War, Old maid or other like games to get started.
Candy: "Hey Marsh, we could break out those playing cards you got."

Marsh: "I don't mind playing poker for fun, but I'm pretty sure Jay and Hammer are going to want to play that for cash."

Hammer: "If I'm playing, I'm playing to get more drinks. So let's make it a drinking game."

Scruf: "Now you'rr talking!"

Candy: "We could play old maid?"

Hammer starts laughing. "I'd love to see how you'd make that into a drinking game!"

Candy: "Easy. Whoever gets stuck with the old maid at the end takes a shot."

Jay: "Dang, she just showed you."

Hammer: "Alright, I'm game. But can we call it something else?"
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No. 896690 ID: 15a025
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896690

Marsh: "We'll just call it black cat."

Jay: "Why black cat?"

Marsh: "Because I'm sticking the joker in as the old maid, and the joker on here is a black cat."

She sets the card down on the counter for everyone to see.

Hammer: "Way to play off an old superstition."
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No. 896691 ID: 15a025
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896691

She takes us all over to card table to the side.

Marsh: "Alright, I'm setting the full ground rules here. Just because we're playing a drinking game here doesn't mean the drinks are going to be free. They're going on your tabs and I'm expecting you'll be able to pay them off tonight. Jay, since you're driving tonight you don't get anything for losing. No drinks for you either Candy. Can't have my assistant getting wasted on the job."

Hammer: "What, nothing happens if they lose?"

Scruf: "Fine wif me! More hisky for us then."

Marsh: "Yeah, like you need any more drinks tonight Scruf. Alright, if they lose, they have to drink whatever nasty crap I dig out of the fridge from a shot glass."

Jay: "Thanks Hammer."

Candy: "Oh boy. Mystery drinks."

Marsh: "I'll be tonight's dealer. We've got four players, so each person's getting a hand of thirteen cards with one unlucky person getting hit with a fourteen card hand. After drinking three shots, you're out of the game. We all set?"

Candy, Hammer, Jay, and Scruf: "Yup!"
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No. 896693 ID: 094652

Some of the cards are too far away for us to see, what other cards do you have?
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No. 896696 ID: 15a025

>>896693
Whops, forgot to post those. I'll repost that last panel with Candy saying her full hand.
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No. 896698 ID: 15a025
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896698

Marsh deals out the cards, and I'm already off to a great start. It seems a black cat decided to cross my paths.

Here's my full hand for you spooky ghosts.
King of Diamonds
Queen of Spades
Ace of Diamonds
Six of Spades
Nine of Hearts
Eight of Diamonds
Two of Diamonds
Four of Clubs
Four of Hearts
Seven of Clubs
Two of Spades
Three of Diamonds
Joker.
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No. 896705 ID: 91ee5f

>>896698
Alright, if I remember the rules correctly, your supposed to make pairs of cards and place them down in the middle of the table, the opponent to your left is supposed to pick one of the cards in your hand, you’re supposed to pick a card from the hand of the opponent to your right, and you’re trying to not get stuck with the Black Cat.

The only piece of advice I can give you is this: To increase your odds of getting rid of the Black Cat, shuffle the cards you’ve got right now and put the Black Cat in the middle of your hand, since people are more likely to pick a card from the middle instead of the edges.
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No. 896724 ID: b1b4f3

Hmm, there isn't much to this game until your hand gets smaller, is there?

Anyway you've got a pair of fours and a pair of twos.
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No. 896751 ID: 91ee5f

>>896705
Oh, and obviously you should wait for your turn to come around before you start putting pairs down on the table.
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No. 896899 ID: fafba8

https://erik.cup.al/rules Not sure if the rules if wrong just link me
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No. 896918 ID: 87353e

I believe you're allowed to discard any pairs in your starting hand before the dealer starts the game by offering up their cards to the person on their left to choose from.
Discard your pair of 2's and 4's and then shuffle your hand like in >>896705
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No. 896946 ID: 15a025

>>896899
Had no idea there was a card game called black cat until now ;p;
For clarification, the game they're playing is still Old Maid, the group is the just calling the old maid card, The Black Cat.
Here's a link to the rules https://historicalgames.neocities.org/Victorian/oldmaid.html in case you haven't played it before:
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No. 897100 ID: 15a025
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897100

>The only piece of advice I can give you is this: To increase your odds of getting rid of the Black Cat, shuffle the cards you’ve got right now and put the Black Cat in the middle of your hand, since people are more likely to pick a card from the middle instead of the edges.
> you've got a pair of fours and a pair of twos.
Candy: "Alright so do we all start throwing down our pairs?"

Marsh: "Yup, starting with Jay, and ending with Hammer."

Jay: "All of them?"

Marsh: "Yes, all of them."

Hammer: "All of them? What kind of bluff you trying pull."

Jay: "This kind."

He throws down six pairs onto the table.
The Two of Clubs and Hearts
The Five of Hearts and Diamonds
The Six of Clubs and Diamonds
The Seven of Spades and Diamonds
The Ten of Clubs and Spades
The Jack of Hearts and Diamonds

Hammer: "Did you even shuffle the deck Marsh! What are the odds of him even getting six pairs right off the bat like that!"

Scruf: "I'd do the math but it ain't worth the effort."

Marsh: "You really going to complain when that puts you closer to a getting a drink?"

Hammer: "Guess not, even though I'm still paying for it."
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No. 897102 ID: 15a025
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897102

Marsh: "Alright Scruf, throw your pairs down.
Scruf: "Well, it's not the worse of starts."

He plays two pairs:
The Ten of Hearts and Diamonds
The King of Clubs and Diamonds.
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No. 897103 ID: 15a025
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897103

Candy: "Guess it's my go now?"

I put down my pair of two's and fours.
Scruf: "At least we're on even grounds."
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No. 897104 ID: 15a025
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897104

Hammer: "And here I thought I had I good hand till Jay had to still my thunder."
Hammer tosses four pairs onto the table.
The Eight of Hearts and Clubs
The Three of Hearts and Spades
The Nine of Clubs and Spades.

Scruf starts mocking Hammer.
Scruf: " Did you even shuffle the deck! What are the odds of him even getting four pairs right off the bat like that! I oughtta deck ya."

Jay: "You're just mad I shocked everyone with the better opening hand."

Hammer: "I'll make you drink those words when I win this round."

Jay: "Yeah, drinking the drink you didn't get to order."

Marsh just groans.
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No. 897105 ID: 15a025
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897105

Marsh: "Alright, stick out your hand Hammer, Jay's taking one of your cards now."

Since Marsh is sitting in between Jay and Hammer, he just points to a card in Hammer's hand.
Jay: "I'll take that one."

Hammer: "This one? You suuure?"

Jay: "You know what, never mind. I I'll take that one over there instead."

He pulls out of his hand and slides it over to Jay.
After that it's Hammer's turn to take a card from my hand. He ends up taking my King of Diamonds.
Hammer: "Darn, nothing."

Then I take a card from Scruf, getting the King of Spades. How great.

After that Scruf takes a card from Jay.

Jay: "Hang on, I think we're getting turns mixed up here?"

Marsh: "Huh?"

Jay: "When I started, shouldn't I have taken a card from Scruffy instead of Hammer?"
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No. 897108 ID: 91ee5f

>>897105
>"When I started, shouldn't I have taken a card from Scruffy instead of Hammer?"
Nope.

The opponent to your left, which is Scruffy, is supposed to take a card from you and you’re supposed to take a card from the opponent to your right, which is Hammer.
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No. 897155 ID: 15a025
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897155

>Nope.
>The opponent to your left, which is Scruffy, is supposed to take a card from you and you’re supposed to take a card from the opponent to your right, which is Hammer.
Candy: "Nope. The person sitting to your left takes a card from you. Since Scruffy is sitting to your left, he'll be taking your cards this round."

Marsh: "Which means you always take a card from the person sitting to your right."

Jay: "Thanks, I was getting a little mixed up."

With the turn order clarified, we go through a couple more turns before it finally happens. Scruf grabs the black cat out of my hand.

He doesn't say anything. Instead he just let's his expression do all the talking.
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No. 897156 ID: 15a025
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897156

Then after that, either Jay's trying to bluff us or he pulled the joker out of Scruf's hand.

Jay: "Well, at least I only got a hand of three cards."

Hammer looks a little cautious as he picks his next card from Jay.

Hammer: "Ha, pair of nines! Thanks."
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No. 897157 ID: 15a025
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897157

Both Hammer and Jay are down to just two cards now. I'm sitting in dead last here with six cards, and Scruf's got five. I'd ask how can turn things around, but I don't think there's much I can do other than just hope for good luck. Since Hammer grabbed a matching pair from Jay, I think it's safe to say he isn't holding the joker now. I grab my card from Hammer and get a pair myself!

Candy: "Woo Pair of threes!"
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No. 897158 ID: 15a025
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897158

Scruf's turn comes around next and he makes a pair of aces from his grab. Then Jay's turn comes around and makes a pair of sixes from Hammer's... last card.

Hammer: "Ha! Look who got the last laugh this round after all, Jay. Since he took my last card, does that mean I'm out from this round now?"
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No. 897163 ID: 91ee5f

>>897158
Yeah, he gets to sit out for the rest of this round.
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No. 897185 ID: 094652

Did you remember to keep an extra pair to spice things up a notch? Me neither, keep playing and play with yourself to distract the others.
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No. 897384 ID: 15a025
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897384

>Did you remember to keep an extra pair to spice things up a notch?
I feel like that'd be too easy to call out right now. That might be something funny to pull later on after everyone's had a few a drinks though.

>Yeah, he gets to sit out for the rest of this round.
Candy and Marsh: "Yup."

Marsh: "Jinx, you owe me a beer later."

Candy: "What, rea-ow!"

I feel something sting me a little.

Marsh: "You okay?"

Candy: "Yeah, just felt something sting me a little."

Marsh: "Anyway, nah. I'm just messing with ya. Like you could afford to buy me a drink anyway."

Hammer: "Like anyone here could afford your taste in drinks anyway."

Jay: "Seriously, how and why do you drop like fifty dollars on a thing of... whatever weird drink of the month it is with you."

Marsh: "Drink of the month? Come on, I can't believe neither you know what my favorite drink is."
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No. 897385 ID: 15a025
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897385

While they're going on about drinks, I take my card from Scruffy and make a pair of queens.
Hammer: "You're always talking about some weird brand no-one here's heard of that you drank when you got home. Plus, we've never really had drinks with you."

Marsh: "Hey, when you're the bar that stocks just about everything you can, it's hard not to try something new when you can. Plus, I like to go big or don't go at all. No point in wasting money on the cheap crap."

Scruf takes his card from Jay, and Jay takes my five of clubs. No new pairs, yet. It's getting down to the wire here now.

Scruf: "Not too picky with my drinks. Cheap whisky or some scotch, that'll do."

Before they go on about drinks more I take my card from Scruf.

Candy: "Thanks for the pair of eights, Scruf."

Jay: "Ah shoot."
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No. 897386 ID: 15a025
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897386

Hammer: "Ah shoot? Oh, haha. Nice come back cotton swab. Anyway, price doesn't make no difference to me. Think it's all in your heads. I'd be willing to bet sometime you couldn't tell the difference between some gas station crap or some expensive fine wine."

Marsh: "If I didn't have anything going on today I'd take you on that bet so fast."

Scruf: "Good life lesson. Don't mess with her drinks. She's got one hell offa sniffer."

Hammer: "What! You went out drinking with him!"

Marsh: "Kind of, not at a bar though. We met at that coffee and tea place in the mall once."

Hammer: "What happened?"

Marsh: "Some moron put black tea in my hot chocolate by mistake a few months ago."

Jay: "Eh, black tea is just boring hot chocolate. Was it any good?"

Scruf: "She sat and chewed him out in front of the manger for ten minutes! Made him make her another and give her a coupon for a free visit."

Jay: "Little over kill don't you think?"

Marsh: "The hot chocolate was twelve dollars, plus the five I had to pay to get in there. You bet I'm-"
Hammer: "Who in the right mind, pays twelve dollars for a hot chocolate!"

Marsh: "It was huge mug with marshmallows in it and everything!"

Scruf: "Alright I'm pulling my card now!"

Jay: "Yeah, let's get this round over with. Give me your card Candy."

He takes my last card.

Marsh: "Congrats Candy, you've been spared from having to drink one of my mystery drinks."

Scruf and Jay's showdown interrupts the talk about drinks as they snatch cards from each other until...
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No. 897387 ID: 15a025
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897387

Scruf: "Ah screw you, pair of jacks I won."

Hammer: "So much for your fancy six pairs right off the bat, Jay."

Jay: "Guess that mean's I get the stuck with the mystery drink. Yippee."

Marsh: "Nah, I'm not going to make you some 'mystery drink' Jay."

Hammer: "Ah what! Buzz kill!"

Marsh: "Candy's going to make you something to drink."

Jay: "Why do I get the feeling that's going to be even worse?"

Marsh: "Go mix him up something non-alcoholic!"

Alright, how nice do I feel like being to Jay here?
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No. 897394 ID: 91ee5f

>>897384
>I feel something sting me a little.
Where did you get stung?

Check the area to see how bad the sting was. But if the sting was in an area that would look weird if you looked at it in public, wait until you get behind the bar to mix Jay’s mystery drink, so that the counter will block everyone’s view.

>>897387
>Alright, how nice do I feel like being to Jay here?
Somewhere in the middle between “being the nicest person on the planet” and “being a complete asshole”.
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No. 897395 ID: 91ee5f

>>897394
Although, to be honest, it all depends on what nonalcoholic stuff you’ve got to work with behind the bar.
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No. 897476 ID: b1b4f3

>>897387
Mix something sour.
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No. 897504 ID: 094652

Mix gummy worms, ice cream, and a can of tomato juice!

Just kidding mix gummies with melted ice cream.
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No. 897574 ID: 15a025
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897574

>Where did you get stung?
Felt like my stomach.

>Somewhere in the middle between “being the nicest person on the planet” and “being a complete asshole”.
>Mix something sour.
>mix gummies with melted ice cream.

Sour gummy worms in melted ice cream it is. If Marsh has any gummy worms or ice cream here?
I head over to the bar find she has some snack stuff stocked under the bar. Mostly salty stuff like peanuts and sunflower seeds. She's got a few bags of gummy worm... or gummy snakes? I grab a bag of the sour ones and head to the little fridge next. She's got ice cream in here, but it's just little cups of it. That might actually work out with a little drinking glass! I dump out some strawberry ice cream into a glass and stir up with the little spoon a little to speed up the melting a bit. After that, I break up the gummy snakes and add them to the drink.
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No. 897575 ID: 15a025
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897575

Candy: "Here you go, one mystery drink."

Jay: "Are those chunks of gummy worms floating in here?"

Candy: "Drink it and find out."

Jay: "Welp, here goes nothing."
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No. 897576 ID: 15a025
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897576

He chugs it down in one gulp.
Marsh: "Careful you don't choke on those things!"

Jay: "Strawberry milk and fruity gummies? You really do live up to your name."

Marsh: "Wait, I don't have strawberry milk here?"

Candy: "It was melted strawberry ice cream."

Jay: "Close enough."
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No. 897577 ID: 15a025
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897577

We startup some more rounds of "black cat" and end up spending the whole time playing it, talking about drinks. Hammer ends up getting hammered, Scruffy somehow manages to never lose a round, and Jay ends up ordering some more strawberry gummy snake drinks. It's a great time and we all have a blast!
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