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Isabella Marie Swan ✴ "Stella" ([personal profile] self_composed) wrote2013-03-19 03:47 pm

it's a dead man's party

The guest list winds up being pretty huge.

To start with, there are now eight Bells. Pattern isn't bringing anyone besides herself, and Aegis no one besides herself and her Whistle, but everyone else -

Between Alice, the Joker, the rescued Queenie, Kas, Micaiah, and Sue, plus Ghosty who Amariah picked up on her way home, that's seven Whistles. (Stella thinks ahead: there is a soundproofed orgy chamber away from the main party awning. With a few nodes off of it in case more than one orgy forms; she can think of at least two other likely ones.)

There's an equally absurd number of Sherlocks and Tonies if you count them together. They have Juliet's matched set, Shell Bell's matched set, two other matched sets from Bell-less worlds (one with souled vampire, one both human), a stray Tony, and a stray Sherlock from Downside.

Amariah grabbed a random Libby on top of the random extra Whistle, but at least she's not incorporating anyone from home.

Golden's bringing much of her family and many of her friends - although Edward is staying home, that still leaves Elspeth and Jacob, Alice and Jasper with little Brandon, Rosalie and Emmett and little Henry, Nathan accompanying his mate and their child Kerron, Esme and Carlisle and their Lily, Addy, and Elena who'll get to see her brother. Golden claims that this is a conservative list and she could easily have produced another twenty enthusiastic guests. Stella doesn't doubt it. She puts up a few signs reading Please Conduct Adult Conversation Only Via Brainphone. Little Half-Vampires Have Good Ears And Perfect Memories. As a last-minute surprise, Golden has taken Elspeth's suggestion to bring Edward's deceased mother Elizabeth, too.

Juliet has, on top of her boyfriend and his - progenitor? - her tiny Libby, James, a tagalong thereto called Virginia, and a ghost called Minnie, plus Giles.

Angela's list is more modest: her, her husband, and their friends Alleluia and Caleb.

Shell Bell is responsible for half the Sherlocks-and-Tonies all by herself, a tagalong called Pepper, and also someone called Darcy and also Matilda. (Shell Bell is also the reason Angela is not inviting her brother-in-law.)

Stella herself is responsible for inviting Libby, Orfeo, Chris, Mary, Anna, Sandy, Eights, Chainsaw, Lazarus, Kolya (who is informed that it would be awfully inconvenient for a majority of Bells to all have to coordinate on pretending he doesn't exist when only one of them has even met him to be able to identify him in the first place, so he can simply stay home if he's planning to be hidey), and Bridget.

Stella sets up a name tag system. Everyone will have a tag stuck to them. Solo persons - a minority - will just have their names. People with template names and nicknames will have both stamped on automatically. ("Hi! I'm a Bell, and you can call me Stella!"; "Hi! I'm a Whistle, and you can call me Alice!" "Hi! I'm a Sherlock, and I don't have a distinguishing nickname yet but as soon as I pick one it will appear here!")

She conjures up a nice buffet of food and beverages which will stay its correct temperature until consumed, and assorted synthetics for the vampires (labeled not for human consumption), and dishes and flatware (all glass; even some of the food-eating guests might dissolve anything else) and fusses with the awning opacity until it lets in just the right amount of sun, and, what the hell, she throws in a stage in case Angela wants to sing or she decides to play the flute or someone decides to pentagon some other performative skill to entertain the crowd. She makes sure there are enough bathrooms for all the people who still need bathrooms.

She puts out a few tables here and there with little bowls of squares and triangles - a mix of her glowing red and Alice's shifty black - in them for everyone's convenience. She accumulates coins in those sizes faster than she generally uses them and has a great many, so there are plenty for anyone to dip and wish if something comes up. She double-checks to make sure the Martian ground rules prohibit any misuses available for those size coins.

Jane gets one of those high-tech holographic projectors, on wheels, which she promptly manifests in, drives around the floor, and makes faces through.
manofmyword: Conspiratorial or condescending. (⒁ they'rrre cheap)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
At some point, a long while after he went in, the Joker emerges from the orgy chamber. (He is dressed, so his nametag identifies him.)

He looks for Pattern.
bellfounding: (b ~ beam)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Pattern's over here, talking to a stray small half-vampire whose nametag says he is called Henry.
manofmyword: Quasi-innocent? (⑽ i wanna drive)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
The Joker wanders over thataway.

"Hey, you," he says amicably.
bellfounding: (d ~ talkative)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hi. What's up?" Pattern asks.

Henry is bored with small talk. He wants to talk about dinosaurs. He runs off to find someone who will talk to him about dinosaurs.
manofmyword: From the side, serious. (⑿ is it the scars?)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"I wanna know about stars," says the Joker.
bellfounding: (e ~ lipbite)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"Unless you're planning to quit on Golden and move back to Origin, that's not my jurisdiction," Pattern says.
manofmyword: Conspiratorial or condescending. (⒁ they'rrre cheap)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
He sighs and shakes his head.
bellfounding: (i ~ inhale)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why are you asking me?"
manofmyword: From behind, in the suit, holding a knife. (⑻ nothing in his pockets)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"'Cause I'm never gonna be in your jurisdiction."
bellfounding: (l ~ quizzical)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why's that a reason to ask me, though?"
manofmyword: Hands, seen through jail cell bars. (⑼ the store by the dungeon)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"Because then," he explains, "if you say no, it won't be about me being in your jurisdiction."
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[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
"Fair enough, I guess, but I don't want to step on Golden's toes. Metaphorically. I guess she'd barely notice if I literally stepped on her toes."
bellfounding: (f ~ reading)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 10:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"If you think I can make a better case for you to her than you can, I'll give it a shot if you can convince me that she should tell you, though," Pattern offers.
manofmyword: Quasi-innocent? (⑽ i wanna drive)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"I torch now," he says. "If I wanna do anything permanent to myself - like, say, put my scars back on - I have to use an evil. I don't wanna be going to one of you guys for every little thing. Betcha Q's gonna have the same problem, wherever she ends up, if she mints."
bellfounding: (g ~ right)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 11:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"I was thinking of asking her myself, actually," muses Pattern. "Hmm. Have you asked Golden about this before? Or any of the others? Is there some compelling reason for you not to know?"
manofmyword: Smirking. (⑷ coral is far more red)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"...How much do you know about me?"
bellfounding: (k ~ bored)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
"Snippets that came across when were linked up and I was getting the executive summary. You have a colorful history, you got on Stella's nerves and she stuck you on an asteroid, eventually she remanded you to Golden to be Golden's mint and now you're with that Nathan guy, if I understood what Henry was talking about one of his little friends is yours."
manofmyword: Grinning, eyes nearly closed. (⑶ now i see the funny side)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yep! We made a munchkin," he says cheerfully. "Anyway, I guess they're afraid I'll do something they won't like. Not that I blame 'em, but it's kiiiinda silly, 'cause especially these days, if I wanna wish upon a star all I have to do is hop over to, say, Pluto."
bellfounding: (m ~ fretting)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"Maybe they're afraid you'll tell someone who will do something they won't like and can't or doesn't have the impulse control to visit Pluto first," suggests Pattern.
manofmyword: Smirking, pushing hair out of face. (⑸ well hello beautifulll~)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"Am I always gonna have the impulse control to visit Pluto first, is the question."
bellfounding: (n ~ chastened)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, there's that. Are you likely to send Golden's or somebody's sun supernova casually wishing on an evil?"
manofmyword: Smirking. (⑷ coral is far more red)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh, probably not," he says cheerfully. "Unless I forget."
bellfounding: (k ~ bored)

[personal profile] bellfounding 2013-03-25 11:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Pattern blinks.

"They make boosts for that, yanno," she says, like she's advising him of the availability of a plastic consumer good of some kind. "For not forgetting stuff."
manofmyword: Hands, seen through jail cell bars. (⑼ the store by the dungeon)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2013-03-25 11:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mm, but too many of those takes all the fun out of life."

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