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Skya folds her ears back watching Luka depart. "Well, there goes a great example for being in a hurry to leave... Have I been too intense about this?" she wonders aloud to the remaining group, taking another quiet visual survey of the area. "I've been told before I can come across a bit too grim."
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Serence Frostbite wrote:"Maybe yeah, or maybe it's the same person, but doing their best attempt to attract each of us specifically, like a non-digital bot"
"Yeah but why would anyone wanna bring us all together? We don't even know each other, and no one even knows I'm he- well okay I did do that blog post the other day, and..." Kai paused, before resting her chin on the table counter. "...actually nevermind maybe people know I'm here, but still."
Leafolawl wrote:Skya folds her ears back watching Luka depart. "Well, there goes a great example for being in a hurry to leave... Have I been too intense about this?" she wonders aloud to the remaining group, taking another quiet visual survey of the area. "I've been told before I can come across a bit too grim."
"Depends." The canine grinned. "Were you trying to go for noir detective, or hardened veteran who's seen one too many things?" Kai sits back up and begins to pick at her food again.

"Regardless, since someone went through all the effort of putting us together, you figure we might as well have fun yeah?" She scooped a spoonful of rice into her maw, chewing slowly. "Y'know I was talking to a guy over by one of the other tables earlier, said he works at a place called the Puzzle Palace? You guys wanna check that out after we eat? Gives us something to do while we figure things out, and it might be good not to stay in one place too often."
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Roarin wrote: "Yeah but why would anyone wanna bring us all together? We don't even know each other, and no one even knows I'm he- well okay I did do that blog post the other day, and..." Kai paused, before resting her chin on the table counter. "...actually nevermind maybe people know I'm here, but still."
"Nah you're still right, I literally am nobody, and they still invite me anyway soooo
Leafolawl wrote:Skya folds her ears back watching Luka depart. "Well, there goes a great example for being in a hurry to leave... Have I been too intense about this?" she wonders aloud to the remaining group, taking another quiet visual survey of the area. "I've been told before I can come across a bit too grim."
"eeeh I mean it's kinda a minor case of false identity, or whatever it's called, so I think it's reasonable reaction."
Roarin wrote: "Regardless, since someone went through all the effort of putting us together, you figure we might as well have fun yeah?" She scooped a spoonful of rice into her maw, chewing slowly. "Y'know I was talking to a guy over by one of the other tables earlier, said he works at a place called the Puzzle Palace? You guys wanna check that out after we eat? Gives us something to do while we figure things out, and it might be good not to stay in one place too often."
"We're eating already though." Nilo waved his paw dismissively " Was gonna ask if you guys wanna go play some games, but now that I think about it, this buffet is here for a reason right? Why don't we just ask some staff or someone who organized this."
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Leafolawl wrote: Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:04 pm Skya folds her ears back watching Luka depart. "Well, there goes a great example for being in a hurry to leave... Have I been too intense about this?" she wonders aloud to the remaining group, taking another quiet visual survey of the area. "I've been told before I can come across a bit too grim."
"You may be a little intense, but this is a weird situation," Selina said. "They may not feel the same, or they just want to distract themselves." Selina's phone buzzed. "Ah, here we go," she said, handing Skya her phone to show the picture of her letter. it read in somewhat sloppy penmanship
Skya? wrote:Hey, there's a small celebration about the removal of the leash law being held by some big guy at the mall. Free food, and a bit of fun for all. I'd like for you to vouch for me, even found myself a collar to help fit in.

And lucky me the name matches.

Maybe we can meet at the bus stop, but I'm going there, so don't wait up if you don't see me.

One of us will catch up to the other. - Skya

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Skya looks about the table before looking at the offered phone. "Those are both decent ideas... No last name... Hold on." She pulls a little notepad from her collar, followed by a pen. "Inconsistent in method and presentation... I want everyone to think back over today and pick out the first things that should have let you know something was wrong. For me, the first sign was that pets I didn't recognize knew about this 'party', which is far longer than it should have taken," she quietly admonishes herself, writing as she talks.

Her writing is small, uniform print, clearly practiced and using fast, although firm, pen strokes. As result, her lettering is bold, sharp, and admittedly cramped together.
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Leafolawl wrote: Wed May 13, 2020 2:11 am Skya looks about the table before looking at the offered phone. "Those are both decent ideas... No last name... Hold on." She pulls a little notepad from her collar, followed by a pen. "Inconsistent in method and presentation... I want everyone to think back over today and pick out the first things that should have let you know something was wrong. For me, the first sign was that pets I didn't recognize knew about this 'party', which is far longer than it should have taken," she quietly admonishes herself, writing as she talks.

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"Well, ok, first, has ANYONE heard of this party before these invitation? Something this big should have been talked about the neighborhood days before, but I didn't hear anything about it, no until I got the letter, this morning"
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"Not me!" Kai raised her hand like she was in a grade-school classroom. "I only moved here a day or two ago so I was pret-ty surprised to find something addressed to me so soon Only heard about the party through the mail I got. I was kinda lost when I got to the mall, but I found Delilah and Luca who both pointed me in the right direction."
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Skya's ears fold back, smiling ruefully. "The reason the timing didn't alarm me was that it wouldn't be out of place for my dad to text me about it at the last second. What alarmed me was the fact that pets I didn't know knew about it, and I could have sworn I kept good tabs on the pets of dad's coworkers... but it seems the 'notice' was somehow spoofing the I.D. of my dad's cell. He's already calling the cell company."

"Though, I really must question the wisdom in following an invite to a social gathering from someone you don't know."
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"To be fair" Nilo replied "My letter wrote as if this is like a general invitation to everyone, so I kind of figured it's just that.....which sounds kinda dumb since it addressed me directly, now that I think about it.....huuuuuuuh" the cat mused
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Leafolawl wrote: Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:10 am"Though, I really must question the wisdom in following an invite to a social gathering from someone you don't know."
"Well, the mall is a very public place, I figured i shouldn't be in too much danger," Selina explained. "I'd have definitely thought twice if it was like, out in the woods or something."
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"The not-Skya wanted to hear my proposal for a sorta kinda city project! And if anyone knows me, though I guess not many people do around here... but the point is I don't think I'd ever turn an opportunity like that down, and by the way she was writing I sort of assumed she was some sort of big shot in the city, speaking of which." Kai turned to Skya, the canine's one arm still raised.

"If you're still willing to hear me out real-Skya, I would still be absolutely on board to tell you about some stuff I'm thinking about!"
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The feline in question grimaces. "That's... confusing. Getting mail that quickly and targeted suggests you have a stalker... but why would a stalker take any interest in setting up something like this?” She looks at her notes, tail flitting about with mild agitation. "... This doesn't make any sense..."

The madura sighs heavily after a few seconds. "The police can figure it out, my job is just to keep everyone safe. We can stick around long enough to ask the people running the makeshift catering tables if you like, but I think we might just be better off getting everyone home at this point," she says as she puts her pen down atop the notepad.
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"Well, at least I got some food outta that, but sure. Wanna keep each other's numbers so we can check up on each other regularly?' Nilo suggested, knowing how weird he might sound, but he had his reasons.
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"Phooey, and here I was hoping to get a few more snaps today..." Kai harrumped as she took out her phone, "And yeah! That's a good idea." She rattled off the digits for her phone number and waited to input the ones from the group.
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something was definitely off there, what if there’s some sort of… no, that’s crazy… but why would anybody set us all up to get to that one place, and those guys were kinda nice, I gotta get back there now.
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Skya quickly puts the number in, immediately sending Kai a text that reads, 'I'm up for hearing those ideas you have to help the city. I can always do with some optimism in my day.'

"Let me just see if I can get Luka's number. I think I still have him on an IM..." the madura says, continuing to poke at her phone. "Yep. Hopefully he's not too busy."

Hey Luka. Everyone wants to get phone numbers for later, make sure we're all okay. Get me your number if you're cool with that.
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"well, got it, and here's my number" Nilo said, slowly, as he typed in the phone numbers of his new..........acquaintances
"So what? do we just go our own ways after this or do you guys wanna do something? Since we're already here already"
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'Sweet! Once I get a thorough looksey around town I'll start pitching!', Kai types back, all smiles.

"Well, I'd love to hang out with you guys some more. To be honest I'm kinda new to town, so anywhere we go would be fine with me. I mentioned the Puzzle Palace earlier, but checking out the city also sounds like fun!"
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After a bit of looking around, police showed up to get statements and escort everyone home. Each was instructed to stay home or in high visibility areas with trusted people as they investigate.

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A few days later, Skya sends out a group text.

Hey everyone, I'd like to talk. In person if we can, to make sure everyone's alright. There's a coffee and tea shop across from the bus station on third, I'll be there for two hours starting about an hour after noon so everyone has a chance to show up. Send me a text if you can't make it and I'll see if I can find another way to check up with you.
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"Sequence 7..." Nilo muttered in front of a camera. Behind him sat the pictures of the other pets he met a few days ago, arranged in a line below a line of candles"
" 1, Selina..... 2,Kai.......3, Luka....." The cat said slowly, each time lighting a candle and extinguish the previous one. all in front of the camera, until the "ding" of the message notification startled him
Leafolawl wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:50 pm Hey everyone, I'd like to talk. In person if we can, to make sure everyone's alright. There's a coffee and tea shop across from the bus station on third, I'll be there for two hours starting about an hour after noon so everyone has a chance to show up. Send me a text if you can't make it and I'll see if I can find another way to check up with you.

"I can probably make it" he texted back "what's this place's name? And anything you want to talk about specifically?"
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Leafolawl wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:50 pm Hey everyone, I'd like to talk. In person if we can, to make sure everyone's alright. There's a coffee and tea shop across from the bus station on third, I'll be there for two hours starting about an hour after noon so everyone has a chance to show up. Send me a text if you can't make it and I'll see if I can find another way to check up with you.
"Just a little..." Kai mumbled to herself while lying upside-down on a park bench. A few feet ahead of her a pigeon was lazily striding across the sidewalk, head bobbing back and forth.
*SNAP*
Sitting back up, she looked at her camera screen before hearing the *ding* on her phone.

"Sure! Sounds good! I'll see you guys there!"
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Leafolawl wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:50 pm A few days later, Skya sends out a group text.

Hey everyone, I'd like to talk. In person if we can, to make sure everyone's alright. There's a coffee and tea shop across from the bus station on third, I'll be there for two hours starting about an hour after noon so everyone has a chance to show up. Send me a text if you can't make it and I'll see if I can find another way to check up with you.
Luka woke up with a book on his face, probably having tried to read late at night. With a yawn, he grabbed his phone to look at bean memes, and noticed an unread message, he tapped on it, and saw Skya’s message. He grabbed his PSP and a scarf, and headed out the door, sending a reply to Skya’s message on the way.
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Skya steps into the cafe roughly half an hour later than she meant to, wearing a tired scowl as she makes her way to the front counter. "Coriander, extra honey," she orders, sounding rather drained as she pulls out some cash to put on the counter.

"Having a rough day, Skya?" The clerk asks, getting the payment settled and change returned.

"It's really better if you don't ask," she responds, going over to sit down at a table to wait for her drink.
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"Ok so I thiiiiink I'm at the right general area" Nilo texted Skya again after spending what felt like hours walking around trying to find the destination
"But a name would be nice, or maybe an address so I can like trace my way to it? Has anyone else came yet?"
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Leafolawl wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:29 pm Skya steps into the cafe roughly half an hour later than she meant to, wearing a tired scowl as she makes her way to the front counter. "Coriander, extra honey," she orders, sounding rather drained as she pulls out some cash to put on the counter.

"Having a rough day, Skya?" The clerk asks, getting the payment settled and change returned.

"It's really better if you don't ask," she responds, going over to sit down at a table to wait for her drink.
Serence Frostbite wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:36 pm "Ok so I thiiiiink I'm at the right general area" Nilo texted Skya again after spending what felt like hours walking around trying to find the destination
"But a name would be nice, or maybe an address so I can like trace my way to it? Has anyone else came yet?"
Almost there! Kai texted the group as she stepped off the bus. She glanced around to try and find the tea shop and spotted Nilo looking around.

"Hey!" She called out, waving her arm at him. "Did you find Skya yet?"
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Roarin wrote: Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:59 am Almost there! Kai texted the group as she stepped off the bus. She glanced around to try and find the tea shop and spotted Nilo looking around.

"Hey!" She called out, waving her arm at him. "Did you find Skya yet?"
"Heyoooo" Nilo waved "Nah I haven't, should probably be near here though if I'm not the only one who reached here.....This is the area right? Or are we both lost ?"
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Skya pulls her phone out after feeling it vibrate a few times, then looks out the window and sighs. She pushes herself to her feet, going over to the door as she writes in a short text for the group messages she sent earlier. She props the door open, then whistles at Kai and Nilo from the doorway, holding her phone up as she sends the text.

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"I wasn't lying when I said across the street from the bus stop! Get yourselves to a crosswalk and get over here," she calls out from across the road.
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Luka walks in to the coffee shop, intent on the game he is playing on his PSP, humming along to the soundtrack of the game.
"Sorry I'm late, this game I've been playing... uhh, what was it, carp, I forgot what I was playing... but it's pretty good. what was it... oh! Metal Gear! Yeah, it's pretty good, I was so intent on the game, I didn't pay attention to where I was going."
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Serence Frostbite wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 11:55 pm "Heyoooo" Nilo waved "Nah I haven't, should probably be near here though if I'm not the only one who reached here.....This is the area right? Or are we both lost ?"
"Uhh, your guess is as good as mine! I remember Skya saying something about-"
Leafolawl wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 1:27 am Skya pulls her phone out after feeling it vibrate a few times, then looks out the window and sighs. She pushes herself to her feet, going over to the door as she writes in a short text for the group messages she sent earlier. She props the door open, then whistles at Kai and Nilo from the doorway, holding her phone up as she sends the text.

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"I wasn't lying when I said across the street from the bus stop! Get yourselves to a crosswalk and get over here," she calls out from across the road.
"... yeah! That!" Kai put her phone away before waving to the cat from across the street. She motioned for Nilo to follow her, talking the crosswalk over before stepping inside the cafe.
"Sorry, not the best with directions. Nice to know our fearless leader can direct the troops though!" The canine grinned, slipping past the feline to wave at Luka. The canine then marched over to the counter to place an order. Probably something very sweet and caffeinated.
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Leafolawl wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 1:27 am Skya pulls her phone out after feeling it vibrate a few times, then looks out the window and sighs. She pushes herself to her feet, going over to the door as she writes in a short text for the group messages she sent earlier. She props the door open, then whistles at Kai and Nilo from the doorway, holding her phone up as she sends the text.

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"I wasn't lying when I said across the street from the bus stop! Get yourselves to a crosswalk and get over here," she calls out from across the road.
"heeey sorry about that" Nilo chuckled as he sat down across the table from Skya
furrygamer793 wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 7:02 pm "Sorry I'm late, this game I've been playing... uhh, what was it, carp, I forgot what I was playing... but it's pretty good. what was it... oh! Metal Gear! Yeah, it's pretty good, I was so intent on the game, I didn't pay attention to where I was going."
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Skya grunts as she heads to the table with her drink, picking it up to sip on. "Right, so... I want to address a few things in order, and I'm sorry for not being as... amicable as the other day, but I've been at my own heels trying to keep track of things... First off, what do you three remember about our last meet-up?" she inquires, sitting down and looking between the three with a closely measured gaze. In spite of herself, her tail flicks, showing some irritation with... something.
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"Not....much..." Nilo replied, slightly frowned "We met, discovered that it was a hoax, somehow, the letters were different, we took some pictures, and left. Why? Something happened?
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Kai raised her hand.

"Also! There was that weird noise thing that happened where everything got quiet all around us, and we were the only ones that seemed to notice anything was up."
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Roarin wrote: Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:17 am Kai raised her hand.

"Also! There was that weird noise thing that happened where everything got quiet all around us, and we were the only ones that seemed to notice anything was up."
"Noise?" Nilo asked "Hmmmmm, ok so my bad memory might have gotten worse. What noise what it?
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Skya's green eyes flick between Kai and Nilo a few times, then over to their game-distracted companion, before she lets out a sigh. "I don't know anything about the silence thing you're talking about Kai, but I do remember a few things from the other day, some of which still bother me, but I'll start with the ones I have theories on.

"We discovered it was a 'hoax', but maybe not the same kind of hoax we initially thought? I think someone was trying to push us together, yes, but--and I can't be sure about this--maybe not maliciously. I've been keeping in touch with a friend of mine in the local K9 unit so I know what's going on with the investigation. Whoever set it up is influential enough that the file got changed to something else entirely, and everyone seems to be held on a proverbial tight leash about not even acknowledging that the case even existed. I went over this morning, and the case number leads to an entirely unrelated file." She takes a sip of her tea to wet her throat, then lets out a sigh. "The false pretense unsettles me, but anyone with that kind of influence presumably has a lot of resources, and if they went through the effort of pushing us together once, I can only assume they'll do it again. I just wish I knew what for..." she says, tail flicking about in agitation once more.

"I don't have any solid idea as to why they couldn't get who we are straight, nor why any of us were picked out in specific, but that's a problem we can presumably tackle later with more information. I also have issues with what happened to the hamburger stand? And that the food outlets in the mall recognized our group as one to set up a bunch of food for? I know I didn't grab a plate of shrimp and rice, but that's what I had, right?" she asks, looking around with an oddly desperate look in her eye.
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Re: HPU: Edge City

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Leafolawl wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:54 pm
"I don't have any solid idea as to why they couldn't get who we are straight, nor why any of us were picked out in specific, but that's a problem we can presumably tackle later with more information. I also have issues with what happened to the hamburger stand? And that the food outlets in the mall recognized our group as one to set up a bunch of food for? I know I didn't grab a plate of shrimp and rice, but that's what I had, right?" she asks, looking around with an oddly desperate look in her eye.
".......yeah?...." Nilo replied hesitantly "you had shrimp, I think. What do you mean "you didn't grab it" ?"
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Serence Frostbite wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 8:26 am
Leafolawl wrote: Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:54 pm
"I don't have any solid idea as to why they couldn't get who we are straight, nor why any of us were picked out in specific, but that's a problem we can presumably tackle later with more information. I also have issues with what happened to the hamburger stand? And that the food outlets in the mall recognized our group as one to set up a bunch of food for? I know I didn't grab a plate of shrimp and rice, but that's what I had, right?" she asks, looking around with an oddly desperate look in her eye.
".......yeah?...." Nilo replied hesitantly "you had shrimp, I think. What do you mean "you didn't grab it" ?"

"Huh... now that I think of it. I don't think I remember any of the restaurants serving a shrimp dish."
Kai closed her eyes tightly for a few seconds, before reach for her camera to toggle through her past photos. "Bleeeh, I didn't take too many photos that day. They had everything set up for us! Like all the food and stuff!" She nodded to Skya.

"I just thought you planned all this so I didn't give it a second thought, but then you said you didn't. Ooh, what if we went back and talked to those food court places, asked them who told them to set up food in the first place! Could be a lead!" The canine smiled, taking a sip from her sugary coffee.
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Skya's ears fold back immediately at Nilo's answer, clearly unhappy with what she heard. "I remember a hamburger setup, and there was a stand with rice but... they definitely didn't have shrimp, yeah." She takes a deep breath, rubbing just beneath an ear as she lifts her cup up again. "It might be worth going back? There were supposed to be some free games at the bowling alley there as well, so we can definitely check in with them, too; make sure it was all set up by the same individual or company." She takes a sip, then sets her cup down.

"Granted, if we're going to take on this as amateur detective work, I'd like if we can get a picture of everyone we talk to. Just in case." A pause. "Wait, Kai, you said you had talked to someone who worked at... Puzzle Playground, was it? You made it sound like they might know something."
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Leafolawl wrote: Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:43 pm Skya's ears fold back immediately at Nilo's answer, clearly unhappy with what she heard. "I remember a hamburger setup, and there was a stand with rice but... they definitely didn't have shrimp, yeah." She takes a deep breath, rubbing just beneath an ear as she lifts her cup up again. "It might be worth going back? There were supposed to be some free games at the bowling alley there as well, so we can definitely check in with them, too; make sure it was all set up by the same individual or company." She takes a sip, then sets her cup down.

"Granted, if we're going to take on this as amateur detective work, I'd like if we can get a picture of everyone we talk to. Just in case." A pause. "Wait, Kai, you said you had talked to someone who worked at... Puzzle Playground, was it? You made it sound like they might know something."
"I could probably take pictures or record the conversations" Nilo said after a short moment of thinking "But what makes you think they'll tell you anything, if they're in on it?"
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Leafolawl wrote: Sat Oct 30, 2021 2:43 pm "Granted, if we're going to take on this as amateur detective work, I'd like if we can get a picture of everyone we talk to. Just in case." A pause. "Wait, Kai, you said you had talked to someone who worked at... Puzzle Playground, was it? You made it sound like they might know something."
"Oh right! That guy. I asked him if he knew what was going on and he said he didn't know anything about going deaf. But he also said we could go to the Puzzle Palace if we wanted to ask him anymore questions. Could be worth looking into since we don't really have any other leads. Also he seemed nice!"
Serence Frostbite wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:28 am "I could probably take pictures or record the conversations" Nilo said after a short moment of thinking "But what makes you think they'll tell you anything, if they're in on it?"
"Maybe we could bribe one of them! Get an inside man! Or convince them that we're in on it too!"
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