RP: The Daily Grind

Sometime after Lilly's spectacularly successful go at Supervillain for a Day...

It had been peaceful. So peaceful. The sort of peace that a bookstore with a cute little cafe was meant to have. 

Then a swamp monster slammed open the door. 

No wait, that was no swamp monster. That was Negaduck. So just a regular monster then. 

A swamp monster would have been an improvement. 

Most of the marshweed trailed off his person as he stepped inside, and much of the muck and grime had dried, but the damage done to his usually pristine costume - and his mood - was obvious. 

The news stations would be abuzz with explanations. An impossible escape from a prison transfer vehicle. A supervillain simply dropping out of custody sometime while crossing one of the westbound bridges. 

All that mattered for Lilly, however, would be the living, breathing reminder taking a seat at one of her little tables that nobody, nowhere, ever, found it easy to be rid of Negaduck. 

    • DarkwingPsycho
      DarkwingPsycho

      Ariana looked abashedly at her friend and squeezed her hands lightly.  "It's a portal...to a parallel universe.  I opened it for Negaduck back when...I thought he was different.  He wanted me to keep it a secret and, well...I'm sorry."

      • Lilly Teal
        Lilly Teal

        You're sorry. Well, that's okay, I'm glad you felt you could come forward and trust me to be understanding and forgiving.

        Lilly nodded. And then exploded.

        "You opened a portal in my house?! Where my kids are?!"

        ARIANA MACAWBER CAN I SAY I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOUR BEHAVIOUR YOUNG LADY GO TO BED WITHOUT SUPPER AND YOU SHALL BE LUCKY IF I ALLOW YOU TO MEET ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.

        "And poor Javert!"

        I'm sorry, who?

        Coming out of his peaceful nap, the vicious looking honey-badger gave a sleepy grumble and came out of the kitchen in response to his name, making an attempt to climb up Lilly's leg without lacerating her.

        "Oh honey." She picked up the murder-beast like he was just a very heavy dog. "Sorry, did I wake you up? Ariana, Javert. Javert, Ariana. Oh God, why am I doing introductions. Ariana, why didn't you tell me this before?"

        • DarkwingPsycho
          DarkwingPsycho

          At Lilly's assertions, she winced and shrank away as if she were being physically pummeled.  She was too guilty to inquire about this "Javert" until Lilly so kindly introduced them.

          She smiled a little at the pet, never seeing anything like him, then looked back at her friend.  "Oh Lilly, I'm sorry...he just...said he would leave my family alone if nothing happened to that portal.  I was...afraid."

          • Lilly Teal
            Lilly Teal

            The pet gave her an incredibly... well there was no better way to put it, an incredibly evil looking grin, mostly teeth and intentions to bite, which turned into a grumpy grumble as Lilly stroked his head worriedly.

            "I understand you were afraid. But you should have told me, Ariana. I could have... I don't know. At least been more careful with my children."

            What if one of them had gone in there? I never would have known what had happened to them.

            "Nothing can come out of it, right?"

            • DarkwingPsycho
              DarkwingPsycho

              At the mention of the children, Ariana felt even more guilty and wanted nothing more than to leave and be done with this confrontation.  She hadn't thought about anyone going in there - it had gone unnoticed thus far after all, and now that Lilly mentioned it - what could come out?

              She winced.  "Well..."

              • Lilly Teal
                Lilly Teal

                Sighing a little, Lilly wanted to take Ariana's hand again, she really did. But the fact that she didn't wasn't just because Javert was in the way.

                As upset as Ariana was, Lilly was very, very annoyed and only barely keeping the understanding expression on her face.

                "I suppose you can't close it and convince him to open one elsewhere?" It didn't sound like he could be reasoned with on this point.

                • DarkwingPsycho
                  DarkwingPsycho

                  Ariana shook her head.  "We made a deal...if I close it now, he could hurt my family...but, maybe I could enchant the closet?  Put some protective runes along the doorway?  That way...if something does come through, it will be trapped in there..."

                  • Lilly Teal
                    Lilly Teal

                    "That would be a huge help, actually," she said, a little groan her voice that showed she wasn't happy with any of this at all."

                    Long pause.

                    "I don't suppose you could trap HIM in there?" she asked hopefully.

                    IT WAS A VALID QUESTION.

                    "I don't want your family to get hurt, naturally... I mean he's left his chainsaw here but he probably has a lot of weaponry and other dastardly stuff."

                    Wait.

                    WAIT.

                    "Ariana. Is there a way you could... facilitate me against Negaduck's future bullying? A spell or a potion of some sort? In a way that wouldn't be traced back to you."

                    • DarkwingPsycho
                      DarkwingPsycho

                      Ariana smirked at Lilly's suggestion to lock Negaduck in the closet.  She entertained the idea for a few moments, until her friend mentioned something about weaponry.

                      "Facilitate?  You mean, like...protect?  In what way?  I can't bar him from entering or anything like that..."

                      • Lilly Teal
                        Lilly Teal

                        "I understand that, of course. But maybe something that could function as a shield? Even if we're not stopping him he doesn't have the most... stable temper and extra protection would be excellent."

                        Pause.

                        "Or something to make me stronger so I can bully HIM if he tries it with ME."

                        Bright, happy grin and tone, that didn't match that sinister sentence at ALL.

                        • DarkwingPsycho
                          DarkwingPsycho

                          Ariana looked dubious, but said, "Well, I don't know of anything off of the top of my head, but...I'll see if either of my family members has a book on such a thing or knows of where I could get a potion for that."

                          • Lilly Teal
                            Lilly Teal

                            "Oh GOOD. Thank you."

                            Risking a glance towards the door of the playroom where the children were no doubt busy, she gave Ariana a slightly crooked smile.

                            "Sorry I blew up at you. I just. You know."

                            All the same, for all Ariana's reassurances, she was second guessing bringing the children to work from now on...

                            • DarkwingPsycho
                              DarkwingPsycho

                              Ariana shook her head.  "No, no!  It was my fault, I...I should have told you.  You're my friend, and I hate keeping secrets...  I'm sorry."

                              • Lilly Teal
                                Lilly Teal

                                "It's... fine." Or will be, anyway. "Listen, why don't you come over to the house tomorrow. We'll have tea or something and just have a nice day away from weird things for once."

                                • DarkwingPsycho
                                  DarkwingPsycho

                                  Ariana brightened.  "Your house?  Okay!  Only...will there be something besides tea?"  She made a face.

                                  • Lilly Teal
                                    Lilly Teal

                                    "Yes yes, I meant tea and in the general meal of the day, not literally tea," she laughed. "I'll make you anything you want. Does five o'clock suit you?"

                                    (And we'll do that either on walls or another blog, as you like.)

                                    • DarkwingPsycho
                                      DarkwingPsycho

                                      Ariana grinned.  "Yes."

                                       

                                      ((OOC: Walls are fine!))