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There probably won't be a Satyr Crack installment today, because I'm playing around with this snake crossover idea instead. Hopefully I'll be in a satyr mood tonight at work, and will get some writing done during my break.

Also, I, uh, got the apartment. I move in on October 1st, when it's been vacated by the current tenants and cleaned. Already signed the lease and put the first $200 of my deposit down as a holding fee.

Again, for more information on what this bit of writing is about, see the journals of [livejournal.com profile] nagasvoice and [livejournal.com profile] greenjudy, and also the things I've tagged with snake crossover.




They can’t carry a tarp-wrapped body through the WUNPO lobby, so they park in the underground garage below headquarters and Jian dials up to Laith. “Bring a gurney,” he tells the doctor. “And sheets.”

Wren sits on the trunk of the car, her shirt pulled up again so she can look at the cut. The swelling is going down, the redness fading. It barely tingles anymore. That worries her. She lets the cloth drop, covering the injury.

Laith shows up pushing the empty gurney and a little out of breath, with Rupali in tow. He seems surprised – and a little put out – to find both of them upright and obviously not about to keel over. When he sees the tarp-covered shape on the cement next to the car, he stops cold, looks from Wren to Jian and back again.

“What in the hells did you do?” Laith’s English always suffers when he’s upset. It’s still better than what half the people out on the street are speaking.

Wren gets down off the trunk, walks over to the body. “Not what you’re thinking, Laith. We brought you a…specimen. Either someone out there is doing some very, very illegal genetic engineering-” she kicks the tarp back, revealing the thing beneath it, mandibles gleaming and still sticky with whatever passed for the bug’s saliva, its clothes ripped where its extra limbs came tearing up out of its abdomen when it tried to slice her in half earlier “-or we’re about to be invaded by aliens.” She pauses. “I’m not sure which would be worse, at this point. Probably aliens.”

Rupali swears, eyes wide. Laith just stares at the thing, seemingly transfixed.

“And Wren’s hurt. It…stung her.” Jian’s arms are crossed. He’s not happy.

Laith shakes his head, turns to Wren and she obligingly lifts the hem of her shirt again. Laith pulls a package of sterile gloves out of his coat pocket, tears it open and pulls them on. He drops the wrapper on the ground, probes the cut gently, feeling along its length. When he takes his fingers away from her side, he’s frowning. “It will need stitches. It was badly swollen, yes? It seemed hot to the touch at first, but is already cooler now.”

“Which means what?” Jian is impatient. He gets testy when he’s worried about her.

Laith spreads his hands. “Until I get Wren and…the body…to the lab, I cannot be sure. But most likely whatever poison was in the cut is not long-lasting, or…” He trails off.

Wren arches an eyebrow. “Or what, Laith?”

“Forgive me, Wren. But you are not usual. Perhaps the poison was not meant to work against someone like you,” the doctor answers with a shrug. “Perhaps your body did…adapt to the intrusion in some way.”

“Peachy,” mutters Rupali. Wren is inclined to agree with her.

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“It was human,” Laith says. “Or rather, it has the potential to have been human. I do not know if it ever actually was. But the DNA is there.” The bug – because that’s what they’ve all taken to calling it – is spread out over an examination table, in parts. Laith has been working on it for nearly a day now. The room smells like rot.

“It’s already decaying?” Wren asks, not that she really needs to.

“Yes! Most fascinating.” Laith rises from his stool, returns to the body and sticks one rubber-protected finger inside the open brain casing. “It is breaking down at an amazing rate. As if this is not the usual environment for it. More hostile, bacterially, than what it is used to.”

Watching him poke at it, Wren feels almost nauseous. Usually this kind of thing doesn’t bother her at all, but she’s been a bit off ever since the she killed the bug. “How nice for us.”

Laith twists to face her, utterly serious now. “You realize you must find out more about this.”

There was never any question. “Of course. We searched its clothing, what was left of it. There was a phone card in its pocket. We ran the number – it placed three calls to a payphone in a little township in the middle of the United States, nothing else. We already have a plane to take us to America in a couple hours.” Jian is getting their go-bags from the locker room, checking them over to make sure they have everything they’ll need.

“Good,” Laith says, turning away again. “If you discover anything, let me know.”

“Rupali will be doing comms for us. She’ll report to you and Tekla, only.”

“The director already knows?” Laith looks up from his microscope.

“Tekla is the one who ordered us to go.”

Hurray!

Date: 2008-08-26 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harmonyhall.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the apartment!

I'm looking forward to Wren and Jian getting caught up in this...

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Date: 2008-08-27 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Thanks! Wren and Jian are good at getting caught up in things. It's one of their main investigatory techniques. XD

Date: 2008-08-27 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] euphorias-child.livejournal.com
Yay for new apartment! ^^ Good for you!

>.> Will read this later when I can actually enjoy it. Am babysitting.

Date: 2008-08-27 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
I know, I'm so excited about the apartment I'm grinning. =D

Date: 2008-08-27 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] euphorias-child.livejournal.com
I would be too. That's a big fat hairy deal, Kiya!

...>.> You've got your furniture and everything? Or is it furnished?

Date: 2008-08-28 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
I've got most of my furniture. Still a few things to fill in, but that's no problem: Craigslist is my best friend. ^_^

Date: 2008-08-27 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm somewhere past bouncing. I think I am a leetle air molecule in a very small box, zipping around happily, squealing, "poooing!poing!poing!pooooing!!"
This is so cool.
This is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking these guys must be like, only further, and it makes sense.

That's great news on the apartment, too, congratulations!

Date: 2008-08-27 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Whoa, zippy! ^_~ Glad you're liking it. I'm having fun. It's cool to be working with my regular characters, after two+ weeks of intensive NOT the regular characters writing (though of course I'll continue that, too).

Thanks! This apartment thing is good.

Date: 2008-08-27 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
You might find this amusing, too.
I made a comment on one potential future.

http://jimkeller.livejournal.com/223598.html?thread=1003630#t1003630

Date: 2008-08-27 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Oh, Bill Gates, you're not supposed to let on that THOSE plans are in place. XD

Date: 2008-08-27 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Gives a *whole* new meaning to the phrase, "Who's your daddy?"

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yaaargh!

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Date: 2008-08-27 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
The comments are interesting too.

http://jimkeller.livejournal.com/223598.html?thread=1003886#t1003886

It's in the zeitgeist, isn't it?

Date: 2008-08-27 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenjudy.livejournal.com
Fantastic news about APT!!! (CAPSLOCK SMASH!@!) Wren and Jian are coming-yay! We're saved...except for the part with the mayhem, and the time-release poison drift, and the mandibles, and stuff. O_o

This is, yeah, the right mix of sneaky-smart and appalling-stupid and it's worth thinking about what could be motivating this. Why is life worth so little?

To me, of course, this is a logical extension of the corporate person's attitude toward the human person. But there are other possibilities too.

The Jimtown Archives, BTW, refer to the archives of the Jamestown Federal Penitentiary.

Date: 2008-08-27 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
LOL. I think Wren and Jian have no idea what they're getting themselves into - and they know that, but they're going to do it anyway, because it's what they do.

As Lacey has demonstrated, snakes are capable of controlling not only how much venom they're secreting, but also what that venom is and does (Dance rather obviously hasn't got the hang of this yet). I'm thinking Wren might end up needed someone else's help, if this is a two-part concoction.

Apartment = HAPPY.
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Date: 2008-08-27 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, capslock on the HAAAAPY! YAY!

And yeah, Dance is such a baby. But it'd be fun to show him trying to help Wren under trying circs.

Soembody else on my flist mentioned that, in other news of the weird, I understand Tropical Storm Gustav is looking ambitiously at NOLA. I mean, right now.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200807_model.html#a_topad

Five day forecast:
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200807_5day.html#a_topad

gakked from
http://rwday.livejournal.com/138438.html

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Date: 2008-08-27 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
You know, googling that give sme some odd stuff, mostly an article on the inadequacies of staffing at the Supermax in South Dakota.

Date: 2008-08-27 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Speaking of genetic engineering...hippogriff, anyone? I understand the wings are being rebuilt.

http://laeticiav.livejournal.com/16518.html?view=147334#t147334

Date: 2008-08-27 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Niiiice. I love mods like this.

Date: 2008-08-27 04:52 am (UTC)
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And she was wishing her dolls could meet yours/greenjudys/mine.
heheheh.

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Just sayin'...

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Date: 2008-08-28 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laeticiav.livejournal.com
Now with more viable wings (in retrospect embarrassed by dorky old wings): http://laeticiav.livejournal.com/17357.html?#cutid1

Date: 2008-08-27 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
You know, I mentioned somewhere in a comment that I could see Emberley and Dance grokking about music so that it sounds like they're arguing, and they're playing riffs on the piano and quoting people, and they're actually having *suuuuuch* a blast?
I really love playing story pingpong like this.

Date: 2008-08-27 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Hell yes. This rocks.

Date: 2008-08-27 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyakotari.livejournal.com
Brainwave:

The nature of Wren's alterations would suggest that she - or at least, the stuff that was done to her - could very well be the lead-in to War Librarians like Emma. 0_o

Duuuuude. Weirdness.

Date: 2008-08-28 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagasvoice.livejournal.com
Yeah. And I'm not entirely sure what Emma can *really* do.
I think she hasn't had a chance to get her hands on the right keyboards.
*cue the bellows on the really big organ pipes...*

Or possibly that, whatever that is in the viola case for Dance, once he's got it worked out, she can...interface through it or with it in some way.

I think I wrote some off-remark (those are the most dangerous, you know) where Lacey commented that she'd never seen a War Librarian like Emma riding Dance, a Naga (and a Black Ops one at that), it was the damndest thing she'd ever seen.
Now, I'd love to know what she meant by that.
Plan, moi? blink blink?

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