Episode 10: At Night, It Snows

Sound Effect: Knocking.

Capy:

Newt?

Sound Effect: Harder knocking.

Capy:

Newt, come on.

Sound Effect: Harderer knocking.

Capy:

Newt—

Sound Effect: Fist through wood.

Capy:

Uhhh…oops.

Sound Effect: Apartment door opens.

Newt:

Great.  Now there’s a hole in my door.  Guess I’m not getting my deposit back.

Capy:

Look.  I’ll fix that.

Newt:

Yeah.  Right. Why are you here?

Capy:

Dude, you need to come with me right now.  Bee needs us.

Newt:

Oh, not this again.  I thought after tonight, we were officially done with all this.


Capy:

It’s different this time!  She—

Newt:

It’s always different, isn’t it?  When she wanted us to meet the first time?  When she stalked me to my class? When she tricked us into that disastrous meeting with Hawk?  There’s always some new angle about how it’ll work this time and it never will.

Capy:

Look, could you just—

Newt:

No.  You know what?  No. I’m tired of all this.  I didn’t ask for these powers, I never wanted to be part of this club.  I’ve wasted enough time on all this nonsense. So if you’ll excuse me—

Sound Effect: Door begins to close.

Sound Effect: Door is literally ripped off hinges.

Capy:

Dude, would you just shut up and listen to me for like, two seconds?  God, you talk so much and you never goddamn listen!

Newt:

Well…given that you are now holding my entire front door in your hands, I suppose I’m all ears.

Actor Sound: Capy huffs.

Capy:

Okay.  Sorry. I’ll fix this too.  

Sound Effect: Wooden door landing on ground.

Newt:

But right now, we gotta get going.  Bee’s going to fight the wolf thing.

Newt:

…What?

Capy:

Her roommate got a text about it.  Oh, by the way, her roommate knows about all this now.  Uh, by the way, Wolf, if you hear this later, just know that my offer still stands for—

Newt:

Capy, focus!  Why the hell didn’t you just lead with “Bee’s in trouble?”

Capy:

Cause you weren’t listening, dude!

Newt:

Well I’m listening now!  What the hell was she thinking, going to fight that thing?  She can’t—she must know she can’t—

Capy:

That’s what I said!  We’ve gotta go pull her ass outta this fire, dude.  Are you with me?

Newt:

I—no.  No. No, no, no.  I said I’m done with this, so I’m done.

Capy:

But Bee—

Newt:

Made her own bed, okay?  And she can sleep in it. I’m not throwing away my life—my legacy—over someone else’s mistake.

Capy:

God, do you hear how crazy you—how messed up—Urghh, look!  I’m sorry I called you like, emo boy and Gothika and stuff.

Newt:

…Sorry?

Capy:

Yeah, I’m sorry.  I heard your episode.  I heard about your mom.  And I’m sorry. I can’t imagine how much something like that must have actually messed you up.  It’s okay if you wanna be sad and stuff and make art and remember her. But to throw away everything else because of that is ridiculous!

Newt:

Don’t you—

Capy:

Oh, I am going there.  You’re just like me, okay?  You’re so scared of losing anything else you haven’t already lost that you won’t even try.  So you just keep holding what you have while everything else just falls away. You might not be throwing away your life, but you’re sure as hell messing with Bee’s.

Newt:

I—she—

Capy:

I thought you liked her, dude.  You were always a lot nicer to her than you were to me.

Newt:

Well, she…she was nice.  Genuinely nice. Of course I liked her.

Capy:

Yeah, and she liked us.  And now she needs us. And she’s going to fall if we don’t catch her.

Newt:

This...isn’t my fight, you know.  This isn’t my problem.

Capy:

I know.  But it’s still your choice.

Newt:

...Why can’t you do it alone?  You’re the fighter.

Capy:

Just because I’m strong doesn’t mean I know how to fight.  I need your crazy art powers on my side if I’m going to accomplish anything other than getting my fist chomped off.  So what do you say? Are you in?

Newt:

…I…

Music Selection: Intro Tunes.

Bee:

It’s the Beacon.

Setting Change: Forest at night.

Sound Effect: Meaty plop onto leaves.

Bee:

Y’know, it’s weird how much context can change a situation.  This is basically the third time I’ve been here—walking in the forest in the middle of the night, about to be attacked by the luptile.  The first time, I didn’t have a clue about what could happen and I was just more bored than anything. The second time, I knew exactly what I was getting into, or I thought I did, and it had me terrified out of my mind.

This time…well, I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen this time.  But weirdly enough, I’m just…calm. I mean, I might actually just be so beyond the threshold of terror that there’s nothing left but calm, but, yeah, still just calm.  Whatever happens next, I’m ready for it.

Oh, and I’m recording this on my phone, by the way.  For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to throw my actual recorder at Newt, so I apologize if the sound quality is a little off here.  Although, if it’s any consolation, you might not even hear this recording. I’m not really sure what’ll happen to my phone after this either. I didn’t really tell Wolf there’d be any recordings on here, so if anything happens…

Hmm…

Oh, I’ve got some chicken here too!

Sound Effect: Meaty plop onto leaves.

Bee:

Raw chicken, mmm.  Good smelly monster bait.  I guess I kinda stole it from the caf too.  I wonder what that says about me, that after the—the recorder and the knife and now this chicken, I still don’t feel guilty about taking any of them.  I still kind of have it in my head that I needed all of them, so it’s okay. Is this just what chaotic good feels like? Always being able to justify the means to get that good end?

Silent beat.

Bee:

Is this what Hawk was feeling?

Silent beat.

Bee:

Although, in all fairness, this chicken was basically on its way out to the garbage.  I just needed something meaty and smelly to draw attention. I still don’t really know what gets the luptile’s attention, so I decided to just hedge my bets.  Mmmmaybe all it ever wanted was some stinky chicken.

Sound Effect: Meaty plop onto leaves.

Sound Effect: Bucket rattling.

Bee:

Okay.  That’s probably good enough.  That scent trail should lead back to me eventually.  I guess I’ll just wait here then. For things to happen.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Anything at all.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Come ooooon, universe.

Extended silence.

Sound Effect: Slight wind.

Bee:

Oh.  It’s snowing.  Huh. First snow of the year, I think.  Or maybe it always snows at night, but it’s just gone by the time the sun comes up.

Sure hope it doesn’t cover up the chicken smell.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Brrrr.  Sure makes it chilly out here too.  I really should’ve brought a warmer coat or—

Oh, duh.  I’m an idiot.  I have fire powers.

Sound Effect: Fire fwoosh.

Bee:

Ahhh, that’s nice.

Silent beat.

Bee:

I wonder if I could cook any of this chicken.  I’m just realizing I didn’t have any dinner.

Silent beat.

Bee:

That was a joke, just so you all know.

Silent beat.

Bee:

You know, after all this, I still don’t understand a thing about what these powers are or why I have them or what the luptile is or where any of this came from or if it was all here all along.  I’ve been so focused on just trying to make everything work, I didn’t really take the time to try to figure out any of the why. Maybe that can be the focus of next season.

That’s how it usually works, right?  After the heroes get used to taking on the low-level monsters, they dive deeper into their backstory, and get the luxury of questioning why they’re fighting.  They get introduced to new friends and allies, maybe a whole organization of people like them who can drop some heavy exposition.

Maybe in-between the drama, there can even be some romances.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Maybe a beach episode.

Silent beat.

Bee:

But I’m not sure it’s gonna work like that.

Silent beat.

Bee:

Pfft, oh, just listen to me.  I’ve gotten so used to actually talking to other people, I’m just babbling away to myself now.  Silly Bee…

Actor Sound: Bee sighs.

Bee:

I guess for once, I just wanted to take control.  And maybe leave things better than when I started.  But maybe that’ll be the one good thing that comes out of this night.  I think that one way or another, this night might finally bring everyone together.

Sound Effect: Loud stick snap.

Bee:

Speaking of which…

Actor Sound: The Luptile begins growling.

Bee:

I know you’re there.  You want me to know. You’re an apex predator.  If you wanted to get the jump on me, you could be as quiet as you wanted.  But you don’t. You want me to be scared. Why?

Actor Sound: The Luptile growls and lets out a short bark.

Bee:

I won’t be scared this time.  And I won’t run from you. We’re settling this.  Tonight. I think—no, I know it!

Actor Sound: The Luptile growls louder.

Sound Effect: Knife drawn.

Bee:

Because I have a knife.  And I have my power. I took one of your eyes already.  You think I can’t take the other?

Actor Sound: Luptile growls, louder & closer.

Bee:

I’m ready for you!  Come at me, dog!

Actor Sound: Luptile barks as it leaps.

Sound Effect: Luptile leaps, lands on leaves.

Sound Effect: Bee dodges to the right.

Sound Effect: Luptile leaps again.

Bee:

Hiya!

Sound Effect: Fire slash.

Actor Sound: Luptile yelps in alarm, dodging the flames.

Sound Effect: Landing on leaves messily.

Bee:

Yes!  Take that—

Actor Sound: Luptile barks loudly.

Sound Effect: Charging across leaves.

Bee:

Eep!  Cover, cover—cover!  Oh shit, fire!

Sound Effect: Fireball.

Bee:

Fire!  

Sound Effect: Fireball.

Sound Effect: Continued charging.

Bee:

Oh shit.

Sound Effect: Scrambling backwards, trips, falls on ground.

Bee:

Ooh!

Sound Effect: Luptile leaps.

Actor Sound: Bee shrieks.

Sound Effect: Lands on leaves.

Sound Effect: Knife plunges into shoulder.

Sound Effect: Teeth plunge into shoulder.

Actor Sound: Bee makes pained noises.

Actor Sound: Luptile breathes heavily, overexerted and in pain.

Bee:

Ahahh…aha…your teeth in my shoulder, my knife in yours…I don’t think either of us feel like letting go here.  So. Sorry about this.

Sound Effect: Fire catching, spreading.

Actor Sound: Luptile howls in pain.

Sound Effect: Luptile dancing backwards.

Sound Effect: Stumbling onto feet.

Bee:

Aha…see…I’ve got you on the ropes now.  Just one more hit and you’ll…you…

Sound Effect: Fire fizzles out.

Bee:

Come on, fire.  Light. Light up…

Actor Sound: Labored breathing from the Luptile.

Sound Effect: Falling to knees.

Bee:

Please, no.  Not you too.

Sound Effect: Charging across leaves.

Bee:

Someone…help me.

Sound Effect: Spark of fire.

Sound Effect: Clash of claws against steel.

Silent beat.

Bee:

…C-Capy?

Capy:

Taste my scribble-bat, bitch!

Sound Effect: Shattering smash.

Capy:

You like that?  Well, taste some of this!  Hyah!

Sound Effect: Shield smash.

Capy:

Get the fuck back.  Spear me, bro!

Sound Effect: Scribbling on paper.

Newt:

Just going to assume you mean draw you a spear.

Bee:

Newt?

Sound Effect: Art crinkle tinkles.

Newt:

Just don’t break this one as fast.

Capy:

I won’t so long as it’s not as shitty as the last one!  Hiyah!

Sound Effect: Distant pained shriek.

Bee:

You guys are here!  You—ow!

Newt:

What the hell do you think you’re doing out here?  Were you just trying to get yourself killed?

Bee:

No, I—

Capy:

Spear me, bro.

Newt:

One second.  I need to let Bee know what a tremendous idiot she was running into danger like this.  You were a tremendous idiot, Bee!

Bee:

I-I know, but—

Capy:

Bro, that thing looks like it’s getting a second wind.  I need a—

Newt:

In a second.  Seriously, what did you think was going to happen here?  That you’d kill the monster? That you’d be the big hero and everyone would cheer for you?

Bee:

No, I-I knew that wouldn’t happen.  I just knew you two would come…I knew you would.  You care. You just needed the chance.

Silent beat.

Newt:

You...you’re bleeding, you know.  You idiot.

Actor Sound: Bee snorts.

Bee:

Yeah, I noti—

Capy:

Move!

Sound Effect: Three people shoved to the ground.

Sound Effect: Luptile rushes by.

Actor Sound: Luptile howls in pain as it rushes past.

Capy:

Can I get that spear now?  Please? I do not want to be this particular wolf’s food.

Newt:

Yeah, if you’ll just—nggh—get off my pen.

Sound Effect: Scribbling on paper.

Bee:

My shoulder…

Capy:

Oh shit, Bee’s bleeding!

Newt:

No shit.  Even if that thing’s injured too, I don’t think we can just run away with her.  Bee, one way or another, you were right. We need to put an end to this thing.

Bee:

Eyyy, score one for me.  Ow.

Sound Effect: Art crinkle tinkles.

Newt:

Here.  Spear.

Capy:

Eyy, thanks bro.  Back! Back! Unless you want some lead poisoning.

Newt:

It’s graphite.  I’m working on more spears already, but I’m guessing we need more than these.  What’s the next step, Bee?

Bee:

Wha-what?

Newt:

Oh quit it with the naïve act already.  You knew it was going to end here, so you must have some kind of plan.

Bee:

Yeah, I kind of figured it would, but…I didn’t know if I would make it here…

Sound Effect: Scribbling pauses.

Capy:

Come on Bee, you’re a smart girl.  And you’ve faced this thing more times than anyone else.  I bet you can figure something out.

Bee:

Well, I…

Actor Sound: Bee gulps.

Bee:

Capy, are you strong enough to pick up that thing and throw it?

Capy:

Uhhh…

Bee:

Or maybe just grab it when it runs at you and—and use its own momentum to send it running in some direction?

Capy:

Oh boy, can I!

Bee:

And Newt, do you—can you draw a bear trap or something that’ll work like a real one?

Newt:

Bee, I’ve drawn a working engine to life.  Well, I did it once. But still, I can manage a collection of simple machines.

Bee:

Great.  We’ll need one of those.  A big one. With nasty teeth.  And I need one of those spears you’re drawing.  No! A knife. No…A sword.

Newt:

I better be getting a good commission for all this.

Bee:

Capy, can you lead that thing off and when I give the signal, send it running straight at Newt.

Capy:

Can do!

Newt:

Wait, what?

Capy:

You’ll be fine.  Bee knows what she’s talking about.

Newt:

Do you?

Bee:

I think so.  Blood loss makes the brain kinda…

Actor Sound: Bee makes uncertain “iunno” noises.

Capy:

C’mere, poochie!  You want a stick? You want a stick, you big, evil monster?

Newt:

Bee, I think I see where you’re going with this, but are you sure you’re going to be able to get the sword into that thing?

Sound Effect: Art crinkle tinkles.

Newt:

These things are kind of fragile, and you don’t have Capy’s strength.

Bee:

Yeah, I just need to check—

Sound Effect: Flame fwoosh.

Bee:

Ope, yep, fire’s back on.  Will you be ready with the bear trap soon?  I don’t want Capy to get hurt distracting it.

Newt:

Well, it’s not like I do either.  So, yes.

Bee:

Good.  So, um…guess I’ll just stick this sword through my belt loop and…concentrate…and…blastoff!

Sound Effect: Fire jets.

Sound Effect: Scrambling up bark.

Bee:

Whoo!  Little dizzy up here.  Not quite sure if that’s the height or the blood loss.  Phew. It’s funny. Up here, even the luptile doesn’t look that big.  Okay, that is Newt giving me the thumbs up. CAPY, NOW!

Remember, Bee, just fire and roll.  Fire and roll. Just like at practice.  There’s just a sword and a monster in the equation this time.

Silent beat.

Bee:

And them.

Distance/Volume: From a ways away.

Actor Sound: Capy makes a loud effort.

Sound Effect: Charging over leaves.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a brief, pained howl.

Sound Effect: Bear trap snap.

Newt:

Bee, now!

Sound Effect: Branch creak.

Sound Effect: Fire blast.

Actor Sound: Bee makes an almighty attack effort.

Sound Effect: Stab into flesh.

Sound Effect: Fire blast.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out an extended howl of pain as it is stabbed.

Sound Effect: Double collapse onto ground.

Newt:

Bee!  

Sound Effect: Rushing over.

Newt:

Bee, are you—

Bee:

Ah!  Shoulder, shoulder, shoulder!

Newt:

Sorry!  Wait, I wasn’t even grabbing the bleeding one.

Bee:

Yeah, well, I think ramming a sword into a monster from a fire propelled fall of 20 feet wasn’t great for the other one.  Ahhh.

Newt:

Are you okay, otherwise?  That was…that was some fall.

Bee:

Um, yeah, I think I’ll be—

Capy:

We did it!  That was amazing, guys!  That was fucking insane! Come on now, group hug, group hug!

Newt:

I think no—waugh!

Bee:

Ahh!

Capy:

Mmm.  You guys are the best.  I never knew I could do that.  I never knew I could be that fearless!  But the moment I saw that thing, I just auto-focused, like, yep, you, you’re going down, buddy!  

Actor Sound: Bee and Newt gasp in relief, able to breathe again.

Capy:

And how’s it feel now, buddy?  How’s it—oh, shit, that thing is still breathing.

Bee:

What?  No, it can’t be!

Capy:

Eeeeeyup.  Still breathing.  Or trying to.

Newt:

That’s got to be some feat of accuracy, Bee.  Stabbed a sword right through its chest and missed every vital organ.

Capy:

Dude, it’s still staring at us.

Newt:

I thought you said you were fearless.  It has multiple stab wounds, burns, and a paw in a bear trap.  What’s it going to do to us?

Capy:

I don’t know!  But what are we going to do with it at this point?  Do we just—just—

Newt:

Put it out of our misery?  That’s what we came here to do, isn’t it?

Capy:

I mean, yeah, but—

Newt:

Oh, what?  Now that it’s lying down, you don’t want to punch its brains out?

Capy:

I’ve never killed anything before!  Least…not on purpose…

Actor Sound: Newt sighs in frustration.

Newt:

This is ridiculous.  Here, I’ll draw an axe or something and we can—

Bee:

Wait.  My knife is still in its shoulder.  I can get it out and…finish it.

Newt:

Bee, are you sure?

Bee:

It won’t hurt me.

Newt:

That’s not what I was asking about.

Bee:

...I’m sure.

Capy:

Well, okay, but I’ll be ready to pummel it if it even makes a move.

Sound Effect: Slow, deliberate steps.

Sound Effect: Kneeling on the ground

Actor Sound: Luptile growls softly, but without much vigor.

Distance/Volume: Bee speaks quietly.

Bee:

It’s okay there, it’s okay.  I’m just…very slowly going to reach here and…pull—

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a loud, sharp yelp.

Capy:

Bee!

Bee:

Hold on!  Wait! It’s okay girl, it’s okay.

Sound Effect: Stroking fur.

Bee:

This must be really stuck in there, huh?  It must really hurt. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.  I didn’t want to hurt you. I just…needed you to stop.

Actor Sound: Luptile whines, resignedly.

Extended silence.

Bee:

…This is wrong.

Capy:

Huh?  What was that?

Bee:

This is wrong.  We can’t do this.

Newt:

Oh, are you fucking—

Capy:

If you’re too squeamish, you can just let Newt draw the axe for me.  I’m sure I can figure out “chop, chop, behead.”

Bee:

It’s not that.  None of what we did here—none of how I’ve approached this has been right.  The luptile, I think it’s smart. I think it knew what it was doing, and I don’t think it ever meant to kill any of us.

Newt:

Literally, what are you talking about?  How many people has that thing maimed now?

Bee:

Well?  How many?

Newt:

That bio student, all those people in the car crash—

Bee:

It never touched anyone in the car crash.  It just ran into the road and caused the crash, and that was after Hawk made it run away in a panic.

Newt:

What about you then?  And the fact that it’s attacked you three times now?

Bee:

Newt, it never laid a paw on me until tonight.  It always made it clear it was coming for me, giving me time to get out, and even tonight, I was technically the one coming after it.

Newt:

Then that bio student—

Bee:

Wasn’t found until morning.  He was injured, but he was laying there for hours.  The luptile could have killed him so easily.

Capy:

But you think it…chose not to?  Why? Why would it choose to do any of this?

Bee:

Why did you break Hawk’s leg?  Why did Newt spend so long ignoring his power?  Why did I spend so much time clinging to people who probably didn’t want anything to do with me?  It’s because we were scared. The luptile was scared. And just like us, it probably thought it was alone here.  But unlike us, it didn’t have a voice to try to find anyone else, so it did the next best thing. It tried to make everything else more scared of it than it was of them.

Newt:

…That…may or may not be so, but what do you want us to do?  Just let it limp off and continue not killing but still maiming people?

Bee:

It won’t do that.  It’ll stop the attacks.

Newt:

You don’t know that.

Bee:

Yes I do!  Because I can feel it!  I don’t know if this is some magic thing, but I can feel it now, that it knows we’re stronger than it.  It knows what we can do to it if it goes out of its way to hurt people again.

Newt:

You said it was doing this to protect itself.  What if it needs to protect itself again? What do we do then?

Bee:

We make it so it doesn’t have to!  We protect the luptile! We’ll figure something out!  So please, can’t we just let it go? I’m just…so tired of us hurting each other.  It needs to stop.

Sound Effect: Wind and snow.

Sound Effect: Finger snap.

Sound Effect: Crinkles crumbling.

Newt:

That’s the bear trap and the sword gone.  Not sure how much that’ll actually help it.

Capy:

Here, I can help it up.

Bee:

Gentle, gentle now.

Capy:

Yeah, yeah, gentle with the giant monster.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a low, threatening growl.

Capy:

Hey, don’t you get sassy with me now.  I’m trying to help your shaggy dog ass.

Bee:

There you go girl, there you go….

Sound Effect: Knife yanked from flesh.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a short howl of pain.

Bee:

Sorry, sorry, just ripping off the bandaid!  Didn’t want you walk around with this knife in you forever.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a heavy breath, like a huff.

Capy:

Alright, well, get along there, lil wolfy.

Bee:

Um, take care?  And I’m sorry about tonight!  I’ll try to bring you some hamburger tomorrow to make up for it.  Doesn’t that sound good? Nice tasty burger?

Newt:

I cannot believe…that after weeks of pleading to get us out here, that all this ends with us promising to bring that thing scraps.  This is the stupidest thing ever.

Capy:

Oh, lighten up, dude.  

Bee:

Besides, I think we should help it out, at least for a while.  After all, it’s a weirdo who doesn’t belong, just like us. I just want to make sure that even the luptile knows it isn’t alo—

Sound Effect: Giant energy slash.

Actor Sound: Luptile lets out a pained bark, that ends abruptly.

Newt:

What the fuck was that?

Bee:

That was—that was like my energy slash.  From the night I got my powers. Only—only so much bigger.

Capy:

Everyone okay?  Bee, you—

Bee:

Yeah, I’m…I’m…Oh no.  The luptile.

Capy:

Oh…oh, Bee, I’m so sorry.

Newt:

Yes, very sad, but, slightly bigger issue.  Who is that?

Capy:

What—what is he wearing?  And is that a swo—oh shit.

Sound Effect: Sword sheathing.

Capy:

Yo, I’d back right up there, if I were you.

Thalassal:

Rest easy, stranger.  I have done you a service today, just as you have done one for me.  For many months, I have hunted that beast. It will no longer be a burden on your lands.

Bee:

Our la—you killed it!  You just murdered that poor thing!  You bastard! You—

Sound Effect: Fire fwoosh.

Newt:

Bee, stop it!  Look, I—I apologize for her.  As you might be able to tell, she’s a little stressed out right now.

Thalassal:

You need not apologize for your lady’s behavior.  I’ve seen the hunt for such greater chimeras drive many to greater anger and frustration.

Capy:

Uh…chimera?  What?

Newt:

Lady?  Your—her?  Lady?  As in, you think she’s nobility?

Thalassal:

I do not claim to be familiar with the customs here, but I assume that regardless of where I have emerged, only nobles would presume to take such an arrogant tone when conversing with a prince.

Silent beat.

Capy:

Sorry, who are you?

Thalassal:

I must have found my way even further from home than I had imagined, if you cannot even recognize the insignia on my uniform.  I am Thalassal, crown prince of the Onoles.

Newt:

Mm-hm.  Okay. Sure.  What where is that—kingdom, I presume, you mentioned?  The...Onoles?

Thalassal:

We are a proud kingdom that lies in the mountainous heart of Eastern Usearn and a sworn enemy of the tyrannous Rhaephaetia.

Capy:

Yeah, but like, where is…that?

Thalassal:

Where is Eastern Usearn?  Are you a fool?

Newt:

Remains to be determined, but for all our sakes, could you kindly answer the question, my...lord?

Thalassal:

Eastern Usearn is…east of Western Usearn, of course.  North of Amilange, far west of L’ksaiyo, and, of course, located on the planet Telos.

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Thalassal:

Surely I haven’t traveled as far as L’ksaiyo, have I?

Silent beat.

Thalassal:

Not Tehrana, surely?

Bee:

Uhhhhhhhhhh…

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Bee:

Uh, hi there.  Bee from just a little in the future here.  Just leaving this here to say that it might take us…a little bit of time to figure this out.  But we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. And until then, this has been The Beacon and…well, now I guess we know we really aren’t alone.  G’night, everyone.

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