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898550 No. 898550 ID: 15a025

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No. 902827 ID: 15a025
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902827

Kyle: "Funny, I didn't think the open door to my apartment was the biggest baddest wolf in town. The hell's going on in here?"
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No. 902844 ID: 891b91

"Kyle, we're taking Sharcole to spend the night at the mansion with us. It's just too noisy here and she's not getting good sleep at all lately, and it's beginning to endanger her health; she passed out at work because of it and almost got a concussion. I know you care a lot about her, and we do too, so I'm sure you'll agree with us that, at least for tonight, she needs to be somewhere where she can get plenty of good rest."

Try to get her pills too, if possible, but if it isn't then just get out of there.
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No. 902853 ID: b1b4f3

>>902827
Tell Kyle that you can't fix the noise issues here so you're gonna let Sharcole sleep at your house to catch up on sleep. Can he survive on his own tonight?
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No. 902892 ID: 91ee5f

>>902827
Tell Kyle that you can’t fix the noise problem and even if Sharcole takes her pills, she won’t be able to get any sleep with all of this noise going on. So after we find her pills, we’re going to take them and her with us so that she can get some sleep.

I don’t know how he’ll react to this, so just in case, be ready for him to try and stop you guys from taking Sharcole. He may refuse to hand over her pills or he may try to physically stop you. Just be careful.
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No. 902930 ID: fafba8

>>902892
If he tries to stop you guys, release the hound! (Marsh)
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No. 903008 ID: 15a025
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903008

>Tell Kyle that you can't fix the noise issues here so you're gonna let Sharcole sleep at your house to catch up on sleep. Can he survive on his own tonight?

Candy: "I don't think we're going to be able to fix this noise problem tonight. I get you're her boyfriend and you care about her a lot. So do we, which is why we're taking her home with us so she get some sleep."

Kyle: "Yeah, because a rundown mansion that's probably about to collapse is-"

The band upstairs starts jamming out on their guitar and keyboard, cutting Kyle off.
Kyle: "Fine. One night. Now get out."

>Try to get her pills too, if possible
Candy: "We need her sleeping pills."
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No. 903009 ID: 15a025
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903009

He goes into the bathroom and a few seconds later he tosses us her sleeping pills.

Kyle: "Goodnight!"
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No. 903010 ID: 15a025
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903010

Marsh slams the door on our way out.

Sharcole: "Marsh, don't make this any worse please."

Marsh: "Let's just get out of here. I need a drink."

Sharcole groans a little.

Marsh: "Great, I've been here long enough that I'm starting to sound like him now too."
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No. 903011 ID: 15a025
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903011

Before heading back home, we make a quick stop back at the bar to collect my nightstand. After that, we're off for the home stretch. Now that we're pretty much alone, Sharcole's snoring away in the back. I've got a good chance to talk to Marsh about my enchantments. I'm still not sure how much, if anything, I should tell her though.
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No. 903031 ID: 891b91

>Sharcole's snoring away in the back.
Good, she needs the rest.

>I'm still not sure how much, if anything, I should tell her though.
I think Marsh is really trustworthy, and she deserves some kind of explanation for what is going on. I say tell her everything enchantment-related. You could even let her put us on and we could say hi! Might be best to ask her to keep it between you and her, though, since sadly it seems like your sister's more on the unpredictable side.

As for telling her about the police stuff: I'm less sure about that, since she probably wouldn't like it. If you mention it to her, you'd definitely have to broach the subject carefully.
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No. 903032 ID: 891b91

>>903011
Oh, also, what is that on the side of the road, in front of the tree? Just some trash?
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No. 903041 ID: 91ee5f

>>903011
I think you can tell her about your other enchantments, but don’t tell her about us, unless you think it’s necessary.

You can also explain to Marsh why and how you got an earring to help you see when you’re not blind, even though it’s kind of an embarrassing story.

Just don't tell her anything about helping the police, she might not want to be around you anymore.
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No. 903426 ID: 15a025
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903426

>what is that on the side of the road, in front of the tree? Just some trash?
Looked like trash. Plastic shopping bag and a crushed up soda can. Lazy jerks.

>I think Marsh is really trustworthy, and she deserves some kind of explanation for what is going on. I say tell her everything enchantment-related.
>I think you can tell her about your other enchantments, but don’t tell her about us, unless you think it’s necessary.
Candy: "Alright, now that we're alone I think I can tell you about that 'sheep thing' from earlier."

Marsh: "I was just about to ask. How come Sharcole's eyes weren't bleeding like yours did when the lights came back on earlier?"

Candy: "Mine didn't bleed that time either, at least I don't think they did?"

Marsh: "Anyway, what's up with that? Are your eye's sensitive to light or something?"

Candy: "It's not actually a sheep thing. Or at least, it might not be. It's probably something with my earring actually."

Marsh: "Okay, how's an earring going to make your eyes bleed?"

Candy: "You have to keep this a secret alright?"

Marsh: "Alright?"

Candy: "It's enchanted."

Marsh: "With what?"

Candy: "It's got this night vision radar kind of thing for an enchantment. It helped me see in the dark tonight, but I think it hurts my eyes if the lights turn back on while I'm using it."

Marsh: "I think I'd rather walk into something than having my eyes start bleeding."

Candy: "I think it'd depend on what that something is, for me at least."
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No. 903428 ID: 15a025
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903428

When we arrive at the mansion and Marsh announced we're home, Sugar rushes down the stairs, without a beer in hoof for once. She looks like her day has been about as good as ours.

Sugar: "What in the hell happened today?"

Candy: "Can you be a little more specific? A lot happened."

Sugar: "Nobody got their orders and almost everyone called asking what's up with the pink sign? What happened at the store Candy!"

Candy: "Sharcole p-"

Marsh: "Sharcole was having a medical emergency and we needed to get her to emergency room right away."

Sugar: "What?"

Marsh: "We panicked a bit threw the pink closed sign up on our way out."
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No. 903429 ID: 15a025
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903429

She groans a bit and starts heading up the stairs.

Marsh: "Where are you going?"

Sugar: "I got more phone calls to make now. Wait, is Sharcole going to be ok to work tomorrow or is she still-"

Sharcole: "I'm right here?"

Sugar: "Oh good, glad you're alright. Tomorrow's going to- wait. Why is she here?"
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No. 903431 ID: 891b91

I don't see any reason why telling Sugar the truth about Sharcole (or part of it, anyway) would be a problem. Tell her that Sharcole's medical episode was the result of insomnia caused by noisy neighbors, and you all decided it was best to let her crash at the mansion for the night so she can get some proper shuteye.

I don't know how she'd feel about Sharcole staying here indefinitely (maybe ask Marsh about that later?), so I'd omit anything about that possibility.
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No. 903628 ID: 15a025
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903628

>Tell her that Sharcole's medical episode was the result of insomnia caused by noisy neighbors, and you all decided it was best to let her crash at the mansion for the night so she can get some proper shuteye.

Candy: "She's got really bad insomnia and her neighbors back home are keeping her up. She's going to stay here so she can get some shut eye for once."

Sugar: "Guess that explains her sleeping on the job. Yeah alright whatever. I got stuff to take care of before it gets too late. Be ready to go in the morning by six!"


She rushes up the stairs and heads to her office or wherever.
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No. 903630 ID: 15a025
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903630

Marsh: "I can't think of anywhere off the top of my head for you to sleep tonight, so you can just have my bed for now Sharcole."

Sharcole: "Marsh you don't need to do that..."

Marsh: "Nah it's fine. I'll crash on the couch for now."

She takes Sharcole off to her room.
Marsh: "Goodnight Candy!"

Sharcole: "Goodnight."

Candy: "Alright, goodnight!"
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No. 903632 ID: 15a025
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903632

Guess it's just me now. It's been a long day today, and I feel like I might be forgetting something? Is there anything I should do before calling it night?
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No. 903634 ID: 91ee5f

>>903632
Don’t forget to get your nightstand and take it to your room!
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No. 903641 ID: 891b91

Yeah, grab the nightstand and put it in your room. Also, now could be a good time to snoop around for mysteries. (Mansions always have mysteries! It's a law of nature or something.)

Oh, and you could give Officer Nibbles another call, if it isn't too late, to see how that dead body investigation went and whether they were able to set up a stake out at the apartment building.
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No. 904164 ID: fafba8

>>903632
Make a midnight snake, you don't look like you've had dinner. might be best. I just know something minor but bad happens if you go to bad hungry... like a hormone.

Also grab the nightstand... before someone steals it from the car.
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No. 904892 ID: 15a025
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904892

>Don’t forget to get your nightstand and take it to your room!
>Yeah, grab the nightstand and put it in your room.
>grab the nightstand... before someone steals it from the car.
Oh shoot, I think I left it in Marsh's car. Thankfully being miles away from town, I probably don't have to worry about it being stolen.

Candy: "Marsh, I'm going to your car to grab my night stand!"

Marsh: "Just be careful, don't scratch it!"
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No. 904893 ID: 15a025
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904893

One trip out into the cold later...

I feel like getting this thing here in my room was more work than I've done the whole time I've been here. And it was worth every bit. So long, dusty plastic crate thing. Or, maybe not. With how little I've got now, I'm sure I'll come up with some kind of use for it later.
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No. 904894 ID: 15a025
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904894

>you could give Officer Nibbles another call, if it isn't too late, to see how that dead body investigation went and whether they were able to set up a stake out at the apartment building.
I pull out my phone and check the time, for the first time in forever . and it's a little after ten thirty. It's kind of late, but with everything going on I'm sure she's still on the job.

Officer Nibbles: "You okay Candy?"

Candy: "Yeah, just calling to tell you I'm out of that apartment place and made it home safely. Also, how's your investigation going?"

Officer Nibbles: "Why do I get the feeling that's what you called for? Anyway, this whole thing here is smelling like more trouble than we thought."

Candy: "Why's that?"

Officer Nibbles: "Cause of death was a shot straight through their stomach."

Candy: "Okay? What's odd about that?"

Officer Nibbles: "The entry and exit wounds are way too big to be from a bullet."

Candy: "So, it was from an enchantment?"

Officer Nibbles: "Can't exactly rule that possibility out, but we haven't seen any evidence that'd suggest it was."

Candy: "Any chance they covered it up or tampered with the body?"

Officer Nibbles: "Not that we can tell at least. I'm kind of hoping I can wrap this up for the night soon, it's getting late."

I hear her yawn through the phone.
Candy: "Alright before I let you go, was someone able to setup a stake out over at that apartment complex?"

Officer Nibbles: "Sorry, we're all still-"


Something cuts off Officer Nibbles, and I pick up some commotion in the background.

Officer Nibbles: "Sorry to cut it short, but I gotta go!"

Candy: "Wait, what's going on?!"

She hangs up on me.

I think about calling Officer Freeze and seeing if she can tell what's going on, but I better not bother them right now. I'll have to wait and see if she calls me back, or wait till tomorrow.
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No. 904895 ID: 15a025
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904895

>Make a midnight snake, you don't look like you've had dinner.
My stomach rumbles a bit at the thought. Think the last thing I ate was some snacks at the bar or something? I head off and make some toast. It's about all I can find besides a fridge full of beer.

>now could be a good time to snoop around for mysteries. (Mansions always have mysteries! It's a law of nature or something.)
I'm all for snooping around, but my sister made it sound like this place is locked up pretty tight. I know her room and office are locked unless she's in there.


I take another bite out of my snack, when a thought hits me. I haven't seen what the upstairs looks like yet. Not the upstairs floor with Marsh's office and that, I mean the floor after that.
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No. 904896 ID: 15a025
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904896

I make my climb up higher into the mansion, feeling like Sugar might have told me not to come up here before? Judging from all the holes in the floor, that's probably why. I make sure to watch my step just to be safe. I try to open a few doors, but most of them are locked. I eventually come across this huge door with handles.
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No. 904897 ID: 15a025
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904897

I head inside and the room just reeks of smoke and tobacco.

Looking around, I can see a picture of someone hanging up by the fireplace, some logs on a rack, a book shelf, and next to is...

Pipes and packs of cigarettes that'd last someone weeks.
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No. 904899 ID: 91ee5f

>>904897
>Pipes and packs of cigarettes that'd last someone weeks.
Candy no! You said you quit smoking, don’t start again! Step away from that pile of temptation right now young lady!
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No. 904900 ID: ee2d6e

Candy, don't breathe. Turn around. Walk right out the door, close it, and take a deep breath. You're stronger than this.
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No. 904926 ID: b1b4f3

Exit room immediately. That smell will make your cravings worse.
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No. 905076 ID: 08227f

Who's that guy in the painting? Is he famous, or a relative of yours?
Also check fireplace for anything interesting or secret passages.
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No. 905083 ID: 891b91

Resist the temptation to ransack the tobacco shelf, and instead look through the bookshelf for anything interesting.

Also, seconding everything >>905076 suggested.
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No. 905178 ID: 15a025
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905178

>Candy no! You said you quit smoking, don’t start again!
>Resist the temptation to ransack the tobacco shelf, and instead look through the bookshelf for anything interesting.
It's been weeks since I've last had a smoke. Something in me is telling me one cigarette isn't going to hurt, but I know one leads to another and- ugh!

I pull and stretch my sweater up to cover my nose. It doesn't get rid of the smoky smell in here, but at least it isn't as pungent now. Take that, foul stench!
I take a step over to the book shelf and pull some off the shelf.

I open them up and-
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No. 905179 ID: 15a025
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905179

Candy: "Why am I not surprised?"

they've just been hollowed out and house an empty bottle of beer. Or wait, hang on?
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No. 905180 ID: 15a025
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905180

Looking at the expiration dates, I think these were consumed recently? They don't expire for another three months! Why would Sugar hide beer bottles in these books though, let alone empty ones? Heh, she probably got so wasted she couldn't tell it was empty.

> Who's that guy in the painting? Is he famous, or a relative of yours?
I think it might be an old photo of my grandfather? I'm not sure honestly.
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No. 905182 ID: 15a025
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905182

> check fireplace for anything interesting or secret passages.
I get down on the floor and try to look into the fireplace, but it's too dark to see anything.
I try sticking my head all the way in and get the blind vision going, but nothing shows up. Just the dark.
With sight failing me, I just feeling around the cold ground for anything.

Candy: "What's thi- ow!"
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No. 905183 ID: 15a025
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905183

I poke myself on something sharp, but manage to pull it out safely. It's a...kindling stick? Or whatever you call these things.
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No. 905184 ID: 15a025
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905184

I toss it to the side for now and get back to searching the fireplace.

Feeling around, I notice there's a loose stone in the ground I can wiggle a bit. I just can't get a good enough grip on it to pull it out!
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No. 905195 ID: fafba8

>>905184
Firepoker as a crowbar? Give that a try!
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No. 905199 ID: 5fa661

Is there nothing hidden in the empty bottles, like maybe a note?
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No. 905205 ID: 891b91

Try using the fire poker to pry up the loose stone.
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No. 905222 ID: 91ee5f

>>905184
Try using the fire poker to pull that stone out.
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No. 905544 ID: 15a025
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905544

>Is there nothing hidden in the empty bottles, like maybe a note?
Nope. The bottles were emptied out.

>Firepoker as a crowbar? Give that a try!
>Try using the fire poker to pry up the loose stone.
>fire poker to pull that stone out.

I grab the poker and try to use it like a crowbar. It takes some effort, but I manage to slip the little prongs down there. I pull up and-
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No. 905545 ID: 15a025
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905545

Bend it about ninety degree. I hear something pop and roll around though!
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No. 905546 ID: 15a025
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905546

Going back in and feeling around, I pull out the stone. I shake it a little to try and hear if there's anything in it, but it seems to just be an ordinary rock.
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No. 905547 ID: 15a025
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905547

Feeling around one more time, there's also a small hole where the stone came out from now. I try sticking my hoof down there, but the hole's too small.
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No. 905561 ID: fafba8

>>905547
MAKE THE HOLE BIGGER!
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No. 905592 ID: 891b91

>>905547
MAKE YOUR HOOF SMALLER!
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No. 905593 ID: 891b91

Seriously though, use your cell phone as a flashlight so you can see what's down in the hole. Maybe you can use the fire poker to fish it out of there.
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No. 905764 ID: 15a025
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905764

>use your cell phone as a flashlight so you can see what's down in the hole.
Oh right, I keep forgetting about that. Or all the stuff I'm toting around in my sweater?"
I dig out the phone and shine it in the fire place and peep down the ho-ello!

There's a red enchantment stone hiding in down here! I wonder if this was used for the fireplace at all?
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No. 905765 ID: 15a025
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905765

> Maybe you can use the fire poker to fish it out of there.

I grab the bent up fire poker and try to straighten it out a bit. Only then to realize it's not going to go down the hole this way. I have to re-bend it to fit it down.
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No. 905766 ID: 15a025
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905766

After a couple attempts at rolling it up the hole, I manage to get it out. Now the question is, what am I going to do with it?
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No. 905772 ID: 91ee5f

>>905766
Well, the police are offering monetary rewards for turning in enchantment stones, so maybe we should turn it in and you can finally have some money in your pockets. Or you can have it put into us, so you can have some way to protect yourself, should you need it.

However, even though you’ve got an enchantment license and we have an open slot for another fire enchantment, you’ve gotta get it approved by the police for you to have it put in us. Annnd you’re probably going to need money to do that......shit, maybe you’re just better off turning it in for money?

Just remember what Officer Nibbles said and don’t try to use that stone without that collar you were using during your test! Unless you want to destroy both it and us!
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No. 905775 ID: 891b91

Yeah, turn it in to the police, but don't tell them where you found it. Remember, Sugar brought in a big sack of these things not too long ago. In fact, there's probably a decent chance that she hid it there.
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No. 905778 ID: 91ee5f

>>905772
Also, put that rock back in the hole and put the fire poker back where you found it. Then hide that stone until you can get it to the cops tomorrow.

>>905775
I guess telling them we found it in the snow wouldn’t be too hard to believe.

Just gotta make sure we clean it so that it’s not covered in soot from the fireplace, so that it’ll be a more believable story.
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No. 905785 ID: fafba8

>>905766
I mean is it even enchanted? I mean it looks like it is but you never know. I mean we hide gems all the time. rich bastards
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No. 905819 ID: b1b4f3

>>905766
You have a license, and you have practice using a fire enchantment stone. It's effectively been abandoned by the previous owners of the house so it's legal to take. Keep it!

I mean why did you go get training using a stone if you're just going to give it to the police as soon as you get one? That doesn't make any sense.
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No. 905822 ID: 91ee5f

>>905819
Officer Nibbles and Officer Freeze explained it here: >>/questarch/879983 .

The reason she can’t use it is because if she tries, she’ll break us and that stone she found.

Which is why she needed to wear that special collar during her enchantment training.

The alternative is to constantly take us off before using the stone she found, which blinds us from what’s going on around her and if anyone sees her doing that, they’ll know her earring is also an enchantment stone.
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No. 905823 ID: b1b4f3

>>905822
It's still better than giving up the option.
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No. 905875 ID: 91ee5f

>>905823
We don’t have to give it up. Officer Nibbles said that we’ve got some open slots on us for 2 more enchantments.

All we’d have to do is have the cops look at this stone and tell us if Candy’s license allows her to have it. If they say we can have it, then we just transfer that enchantment into us and Candy will have a way to defend herself without needing to carry around another stone. The only problem is knowing how much money that’s going to cost.

.....actually, doesn’t Sugar still owe Candy something for winning that bet on being able to get an enchantment license? I know Sugar said Candy could take a stone from that huge pile Sugar brought home, but maybe we can have her give us some money instead?
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No. 905884 ID: b1b4f3

>>905875
If we have two slots then we should take a Light stone from the pile.
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No. 906202 ID: 91ee5f

>>905884
I thought we were told that it’s bad to put a spell that’s a different element than the element of the stone you want to put it on?

The only exception seems to be if the spell in a neutral element, like us.
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No. 906348 ID: 15a025
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906348

>I mean is it even enchanted?
There's a chance it could be some red stone, or even just an empty enchantment stone. I'd have to get it appraised to know for sure.

>Well, the police are offering monetary rewards for turning in enchantment stones, so maybe we should turn it in and you can finally have some money in your pockets.
I thought they were just giving hot chocolate to anyone turning them in, no questions asked the other week?

>Yeah, turn it in to the police, but don't tell them where you found it. Remember, Sugar brought in a big sack of these things not too long ago. In fact, there's probably a decent chance that she hid it there.
>It's effectively been abandoned by the previous owners of the house so it's legal to take. Keep it!
I'll take it the station with me next time I go, and ask Officer Nibbles to appraise it for me, and then hear what she has to say about fusing it into my earring.

She's definitely going to want to know where it came from though.

>telling them we found it in the snow wouldn’t be too hard to believe.
That might sound like someone lost it in the snow then. She might take it and try to search for the 'owner' then.

I might be better off just saying it was my grandparents, and they left it in the house when they moved out.

>you’re probably going to need money to [fuse enchantment stones]
Money I don't have, dang it. I owe Marsh... shoot I've already forgot how much? I don't think my "paycheck" from my sister is even going to cover that when I get it.

>doesn’t Sugar still owe Candy something for winning that bet on being able to get an enchantment license? I know Sugar said Candy could take a stone from that huge pile Sugar brought home, but maybe we can have her give us some money instead?
It might not be completely out of the question, but I'm not sure she'd give me much.

>If we have two slots then we should take a Light stone from the pile.
>I thought we were told that it’s bad to put a spell that’s a different element than the element of the stone you want to put it on?
>The only exception seems to be if the spell in a neutral element, like us.
It's not bad to put enchantments of different elements on a stone, it's just not possible. With the exception being neutral, non elemental stuff. You guys could go on any stone.
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No. 906349 ID: 15a025
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906349

> put that rock back in the hole and put the fire poker back where you found it. Then hide that stone until you can get it to the cops tomorrow.
I try to un-mangle the fire poker and cover up the hole. There's still bend marks on the poker, but it doesn't look like the fire place has been used in awhile. I'll sneak the enchantment stone down to my room in put it in my briefcase for now.
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No. 906350 ID: 15a025
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906350

Now to take care of something else that's been bugging me all day, this crap in my sweater pocket!

I flick the dead bolt in place on my door and empty out my pocket.
I've got:

Binoculars
Cell Phone
A Letter for my sister
Police Camera with a roll of film
Radio microphone with the light off.

I should probably put some of this stuff in my night stand for-
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No. 906351 ID: 15a025
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906351

Wait, a letter for my sister?
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No. 906413 ID: 91ee5f

>>906351
Oh! I remember who that’s from! It’s from that weirdo you and Marsh met in front of the coffee place!

He wanted you to give that letter to Sugar and you said you’d try to give it to her when she’s sober enough to read it!

Now might be a good time to give it to her before she decides to get drunk again!
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No. 906419 ID: 91ee5f

>>906413
Now I’m remembering more details! It was a Hyena guy that said he was “An acquaintance from the next town over.” and said to make sure Sugar got the letter and she reads it tonight!

Marsh already checked it, so it’s safe to give to Sugar. And don’t open it! Respect your sister’s privacy!
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No. 906482 ID: b1b4f3

Yeah get that letter over to her pronto.
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No. 906531 ID: 891b91

I have a bad feeling about that letter, but you might as well give it to Sugar and hope for the best.
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No. 906736 ID: 15a025
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906736

>It was a Hyena guy that said he was “An acquaintance from the next town over.”
>I have a bad feeling about that letter, but you might as well give it to Sugar and hope for the best.
>Now might be a good time to give it to her before she decides to get drunk again!
>Yeah get that letter over to her pronto.
I grab the letter and rush upstairs.
Candy: "Sugar?!"

It's a few moments before she replies.
Sugar: "In my office!"

I walk in and- why are there so many holes in the wall?

Sugar: "That wasn't an invitation to come in! What do you want, I'm on the phone here!"

Candy: "Oh sorry to intrude. Look I forgot to give you your mail earlier so here."

Sugar: "Since when did I give you the key to the- yeah just a second!"
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No. 906738 ID: 15a025
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906738

She sets the phone down on her massive desk.

Sugar: "When did I give you the mailbox key?"

Candy: "You didn't. Some 'acquaintance from the next town over' gave it to me to deliver to you."

Sugar: "How does he-"

Sugar: "I'm going to have to call you back. Yeah? Well tell that one to Slick, because he just dropped me a letter!"

She slams the phone on down to hang up.

Sugar: "How does he know you?"

Candy: "I don't know! This hyena guy came up to me and Marsh at the mall wanting us to deliver this to you!"
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No. 906739 ID: 15a025
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906739

She grabs the letter off her desk and seems to just skim through it.
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No. 906741 ID: 15a025
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906741

Sugar: "For a second there, I thought this was going to be trouble. "

Candy: "Then what is it?"

Sugar: "Just another phone call I'm going to have to make in the morning. Not sure why he didn't just call me in the first place? Anyway in the future, try and stay clear of him."

Candy: "Why, who is he?"

Sugar: "One of my biggest costumers. He runs a mafia or something and sells my goods in another town.

Candy: "A mafia or something?? Wait, you're selling drugs to the mafia to sell in another town!"

Sugar: "You didn't think I could afford this place just running a candy store and a bar did you?"
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No. 906751 ID: b1b4f3

Honestly, yes, because it's a shithole.
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No. 906753 ID: 891b91

>>906741
>"You didn't think I could afford this place just running a candy store and a bar did you?"
The holes in the wall and the lack of any functional plumbing whatsoever suggest otherwise!

>mafia
Honestly, Candy, do you really want to risk getting mixed up in this kind of stuff? I know you used to live a bit... wilder, but it seems like you've been trying to stay on the straight and narrow, for the most part. Not to mention that it's pretty disturbing that mobsters know who you are by sight. Marsh and Sharcole seem like very nice people, and I know Sugar is family, but I'm not sure this is worth the risk.

Then again, the risk is probably there regardless of whether you try to avoid it or not; if Sugar were to (perhaps inadvertently) make enemies with these mafia types, they could still go after you to punish her, no matter how cleanly you live.
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No. 906764 ID: 91ee5f

>>906741
>"You didn't think I could afford this place just running a candy store and a bar did you?"
Considering how much of a miracle it is that a gust of wind hasn’t blown this place down from the terrible condition it’s in, yes! I thought you got this place really cheap and all you needed was a candy store and a bar to afford this place!
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No. 906783 ID: 094652

"Sugar, this place is a dump, and the drugs you keep are low-grade swill. How much are you making from the mafia? Because you're not getting paid enough to live like this just as a front."
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No. 907083 ID: 15a025
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907083

>Honestly, yes, because it's a shithole.
>The holes in the wall and the lack of any functional plumbing whatsoever suggest otherwise!
>Considering how much of a miracle it is that a gust of wind hasn’t blown this place down from the terrible condition it’s in, yes! I thought you got this place really cheap and all you needed was a candy store and a bar to afford this place!
Candy: "There is no way this place cost you that much cash. There's no plumbing-"

Sugar: "We've got running water."

Candy: "Then why don't we have a bathroom!"

Sugar: "It needs to be completely redone. The floors are rotted and moldy in there, the shower is just rust, the toilet is missing-"

Candy: "How does a toilet go- anway, my point still stands. How does a mansion with a rotted out bathroom and holes everywhere cost so much you have to work for the mafia to afford it!"

Sugar: "Buying it was cheap. Keeping this place standing and running isn't. You know how much cash I've spent fixing this place up? You should have seen it when I first moved in here."

Candy: "It looks like you just moved in here! What have you even done?"

Sugar: "This office here was just a giant hole in the floor if that gives you an idea."

Candy: "What about the holes in the wall there?"

Sugar: "Those weren't there when I moved in."

Candy: "Then-"

Sugar: "Yeah yeah, bullet holes. You know how many times I've made other people replace that window?"
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No. 907084 ID: 15a025
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907084

> Honestly, Candy, do you really want to risk getting mixed up in this kind of stuff? I know you used to live a bit... wilder, but it seems like you've been trying to stay on the straight and narrow, for the most part.
From the sounds of it, she doesn't really want me getting involved with the mafia either? Or at least the hyena guy. I don't mind helping out with the bar or the candy store, but I'm not sure I want to go back to selling "candy canes" again. I'm kind of surprised peppermints and candy canes in general haven't been banned here yet either. When I was dealing in college, four towns just flat out banned all the stuff used to make them. Didn't stop me from driving further to stock up on stuff though.

>Not to mention that it's pretty disturbing that mobsters know who you are by sight.
Somehow everyone seems to think I look like my sister, even though she has that ugly mop on her head. I could kind of see him thinking I was related to Sugar, but I don't think he'd just hand me a letter like that based on an assumption like that. Knowing her, she's probably got drunk once and told him about me and maybe even Pepper.

>Then again, the risk is probably there regardless of whether you try to avoid it or not; if Sugar were to (perhaps inadvertently) make enemies with these mafia types, they could still go after you to punish her, no matter how cleanly you live.
Yeah then there's that too, as well as the reverse. They could go after me if I turn on her. I'm not sure if their relationship goes that far or not though. Or if she wouldn't come after me herself.
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No. 907085 ID: 15a025
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907085

Sugar snaps me out of my train of thought.
Sugar: "Alright, get to bed Candy. We got a busy day of catching up tomorrow."

Candy: "Catching up on what?"

Sugar: "Orders. It's going to be tricky because I've got people picking up actual candy orders on top of those other 'candy orders' if you catch my drift. With Sharcole being out of it whatever I'm going to really need your help keeping things from going bad. Last thing I need is for her to slip up and give some school teacher a box of spiked candy."
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No. 907090 ID: b1b4f3

>>907085
Tell her you can handle all the normal candy business if she wants.
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No. 907093 ID: 891b91

>>907090
Seconded, don't start dealing for her if you don't want to.
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No. 907167 ID: 91ee5f

>>907083
>bullet holes
Shit! Duck down next to the desk!

I don’t care if nobody’s shooting right now, she just said this room gets shot at a lot, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

>>907090
I agree!

And explain that you don’t know who wants what or what the code names for the special candy are! You’d end up messing something up and giving someone the wrong thing! So she needs to bring in someone else to handle all of the special candy while you handle the regular candy for the normal customers.
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No. 907442 ID: 15a025
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907442

>Duck down next to the desk! I don’t care if nobody’s shooting right now, she just said this room gets shot at a lot, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!
We're the only people and house around for miles. I feel like those bullet holes are probably from angry
"guests" or "friends" she's had over.

>Tell her you can handle all the normal candy business if she wants.
>Seconded, don't start dealing for her if you don't want to.
Candy: "I'll help out at the candy store with the regular orders. I'm not dealing with anything other than just normal candy."

>explain that you don’t know who wants what or what the code names for the special candy are!
Candy: "I don't know who's who or what they want. I don't even know what your names for everything is!"

Sugar: "Pff, that's easy. Sharcole's got a list and knows everyone. I could make you a list of names-"

Candy: "I'm just selling candy tomorrow. That's it. I'm not dealing."

She lets out an over exaggerated groan.
Sugar: "Seriously, who are you and where's my sister?"

She lets out a sigh.
Sugar: "Just try and keep the peace tomorrow then alright? Not saying anyone's going to try pulling anything, but some of them might need a reminder."
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No. 907443 ID: 15a025
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907443

She pulls out a gun and sets it on the desk.

Sugar: "Your pocket knife isn't going to do you much good behind a counter. Even has a hoof lock on the grip so you can hold the stupid thing."

As worried as I am about her just giving me a loaded gun to, she's got a point. I need something more than just a knife to protect myself. Something isn't- wait!
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No. 907445 ID: 15a025
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907445

Candy: "Hold it. Are there customers coming in tomorrow that carry a gun with them?"

Sugar: "You think anyone buying drugs in this town can afford a gun? You don't need to worry about that crap."

Candy: "The bullet holes in your wall say otherwise."

Sugar: "Those came courtesy of my friends outta town. But, that's a story for another night and another reason to stay away from them."

Her phone starts ringing.

Sugar: "Alright it's getting late and I've got phone calls to make."

Candy: "Yeah, whatever. Goodnight."
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No. 907446 ID: 15a025
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907446

I leave Sugar's office and head back down stairs.

Is there anything else I should do before crawling into bed for the night?
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No. 907457 ID: ee2d6e

Check and familiarize yourself with the gun if you intend to use it. Start by removing the magazine and clearing the chamber so you don't have any negligent discharges. Either there's a button on the side or a lever on the bottom to drop the magazine, and then you just pull the slide all the way back a couple times while looking into the ejection port and making sure the chamber's empty. Then you can start practising slowly pulling the trigger while maintaining a sight picture with the empty gun until you're confident you can do it without jerking the gun to the side.
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No. 907466 ID: 094652

Practice reloading the gun, and keep the chamber empty when you go to bed. I don't trust the safety switch of a mafia custom, and you do not want this thing going off in your pocket.
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No. 907467 ID: 91ee5f

>>907446
You do not have room to carry that in your pockets with how many things you’re already carrying!

And you know how good Officer Nibbles’ sense of smell is! If she decides to come get some candy again, she’s going to smell the gunpowder from the gun and know you have it! That’ll be harder to explain away compared to last time with the mashed cigarette on the counter and some candies with tiny amounts of alcohol in them!
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No. 907589 ID: 891b91

>>907467
That's a very good point. I think the best way to handle this possibility is to keep the gun stowed under the counter at the candy shop and treat it as store property. It doesn't guarantee that there won't be trouble, but you should be able to pass it off as a defensive measure (which it already is) in case someone tries to rob the shop. It seems like the area's having some pretty significant crime problems as it is, so it'd probably be pretty believable.

Alternatively, you could ask the police whether you could get a police-issued firearm from them, for the sake of self-defense while you carry out your duties as an undercover officer.

Anyway, as for what to do for the evening, it's probably time to get some shuteye.
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No. 907656 ID: 15a025
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907656

>You do not have room to carry that in your pockets with how many things you’re already carrying!
If I leave the binoculars here I've got enough room.
Oh shoot! I forgot to put all that stuff away. I better go hide that stuff before Marsh or someone decides to come into my room for something.
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No. 907657 ID: 15a025
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907657

I head over to my room and pack all my stuff into my new nightstand.

>you know how good Officer Nibbles’ sense of smell is! If she decides to come get some candy again, she’s going to smell the gunpowder from the gun and know you have it!
Considering what's going on at the store tomorrow, I might have bigger things to worry about if she decides to show up.

>I think the best way to handle this possibility is to keep the gun stowed under the counter at the candy shop and treat it as store property. It doesn't guarantee that there won't be trouble, but you should be able to pass it off as a defensive measure (which it already is) in case someone tries to rob the shop. It seems like the area's having some pretty significant crime problems as it is, so it'd probably be pretty believable.
That works too. I'll have to make sure I don't really leave the counter though, or stuff it back in my pocket when I do.
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No. 907658 ID: 15a025
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907658

>Check and familiarize yourself with the gun if you intend to use it. Start by removing the magazine and clearing the chamber so you don't have any negligent discharges.
Guess it's a good thing I'm a walking cotton swab. She didn't give anything to clean it with.

Before I mess around with this thing at all, I double check safety's on and take out the magazine. With that out, I take off my sweater and use my pocket knife to cut off a little bit of wool.
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No. 907659 ID: 15a025
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907659

After double checking the chambers empty and getting my make shift "cotton swab" I start cleaning the chamber out. My once creamy colored swab of wool comes out looking like a lump coal. Guess I'm going to be chopping off some more wool.
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No. 907661 ID: 15a025
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907661

After a few swabs I get it cleaned out.

>start practising slowly pulling the trigger while maintaining a sight picture with the empty gun until you're confident you can do it without jerking the gun to the side.

Getting used to holding this is going to take some time. I better start now when there isn't any pressure. I press my hoof into the little grip on the side and twist it into place. It's awkward, but at least I can hold it. I don't have much around in here to use a sight picture, so I just improvise for now and use the base of my lamp shade.
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No. 907662 ID: 15a025
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907662

>Practice reloading the gun

Afterwards, I start trying to reload it a couple of times when something hits me. She didn't give any extra ammo to reload this with. Hopefully I'm not going to need more than what she gave me.
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No. 907663 ID: 15a025
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907663

>it's probably time to get some shuteye.
>keep the chamber empty when you go to bed. I don't trust the safety switch of a mafia custom, and you do not want this thing going off in your pocket.
I'll just keep the gun in my nightstand with everything else. Before going to bed, I practice getting my hoof in and out of the grip a few more times.

Goodnight earring ghosts!
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