• Halloween 2020 IF,  Interactive Fiction

    Halloween I.F – “Final Call” – Day 30

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    Time seems to slow. 

    Lucien feels as if he has a choice here. He could run to Shuni himself, trade the box for the knife, and keep it out of Shuni’s hands—he’s not sure why, but he feels as if it’s dangerous for Shuni to have it right now.

    Or he could divert them, and deal with the known threat: Frederik. Frederik is chasing Shuni with openly murderous intent, and is gaining on him.

  • Halloween 2020 IF,  Interactive Fiction

    Halloween I.F – “Final Call” – Day 29

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    So it’s the finale tonight. So the Lords might be destroyed, so the world might end— 

    So what? The show must go on. Better that he focus on doing what he knows, and doing it well, Lucien decides. If he panics, he’ll endanger the performance itself, and perhaps everything will go wrong. 

    If he performs well, if he has his wits about him, perhaps everything will go right.

  • Halloween 2020 IF,  Interactive Fiction

    Halloween I.F – “Final Call” – Day 28

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    Lucien stares into the pool, trying to see something, anything, even his own reflection, but there’s nothing there, just the blackness of the pool and the lock he sees within it. The surface ripples like water, but he cannot see anything reflected in it. 

    He tries again to access the lock, thrusting his hand in again, this time holding the key—holding on tight, afraid of losing it—but again, it passes through it with no sensation whatsoever, the ripple parting and then forming again, distorted.

    It can never be simple, can it? He frowns down at the pool.

  • Halloween 2020 IF,  Interactive Fiction

    Halloween I.F – “Final Call” – Day 27

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    Lucien has a key, so the logical thing to do is to use it to unlock… something. What was it that the Moonlit Lord had said? That he needed to use it to open his… inner eye? He wishes he could remember the exact words she’d said to him, but he’d been so tired at the time, so foggy.

    He knows it has something to do with altering the dream, though. He takes the key and presses it first to his forehead and then, when that does nothing, to his heart. Again, nothing happens, and he feels a moment of frustration. He can understand why Shuni would rip out his heart; Lucien would do the same, if he could unlock it directly.

  • Halloween 2020 IF,  Interactive Fiction

    Halloween I.F – “Final Call” – Day 26

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    Impossible not to be flustered at so blatant an invitation. It’s impossible not to want him, the Carrion-Eater.  Lucien tries to breathe evenly. “If you have questions, I can try to answer—”

    “I just asked them,” Lord Crow says, with another laugh.

    He goes red. “Oh, I thought—that you meant you had more to ask me other than… that…”

    Lord Crow beckons, fingers hooked like talons. “Come here, at least. You ask me your questions, and then let’s see if you’re willing to answer mine with your body and your desires.”