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[Action; Locked to 502 Ricardo]

[Well. Someone's pissy and annoyed after last night's dream. And because of that? Pokey is loud as hell as he gets up and storms off to the kitchen, somehow making a mess as he prepares a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Just fuming.]


Oh wow you morons put two and two together. Guess what? The town is probably brainwashing you idiots into thinking people aren't here. Whatever we were promised, we didn't get zip. I can't speak for anyone else but, uh, I'm legit. So stop running around like morons acting like anyone here is a clone or something.

[Action, Around Town]

[Pokey is busing running around like a moron, trying to search out the people he knows and see who was or wasn't replaced. So far? He isn't happy about the results, and he's busy hustling through the streets pushing over anyone in his way to see who's still here.

Picky? Slugger? Yeah, he'll also be heading for both your houses soon.]

[OOC: Pokey's been erased, so he'll seem like one of those doppelgangers yep.]


Date: 2011-12-17 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
[Lucas is meandering around on his table when he spots Pokey approaching. ...There is an instinctive urge to turn around and go the opposite direction.]


Date: 2011-12-17 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
[Funny story. Instead of the usual guilt Pokey felt when he saw Lucas? This time?

He was angry. Goddammit. Goddammit, was he wrong and they actually were replacing people? And, of course, it had to be one of the decent people to get taken for real instead of him. What a stupid friggin' mess.]

Oh boy, look at you. No surprise you were dumb enough to do what the dream said, huh?

Date: 2011-12-17 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
[Lucas forces himself to stare at the boy in front of him for a few moments. Karkat had told him what was going on, so... Still, there is a gnawing feeling in his gut. And it isn't just because he has good reason to despise Pokey. Lucas responds quietly.]

So were you. ...Yours was the first name.

Date: 2011-12-17 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
...Tch. Whatever.

[He just stuffs his hands in his pockets, looking away.]

I don't have to defend myself on it. Doesn't matter anyway, since it wasn't real.

[Clone. He just wants to shout it at you. That he doesn't have to defend himself because you aren't even real.]

Date: 2011-12-17 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
[The true extent to which Pokey has changed has reached him, for the first time. There comes a sense, perhaps, that Lucas has done his job too well. In place of a megalomaniacal tyrant, what he had now was... a boy who, in self-loathing, would give up his own existence.

He would have to think about that. ...As soon as he could stop thinking about how repulsive he was.]

Maybe it was. Just... in a different way than what we're thinking.

Date: 2011-12-17 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
....Could be.

[You're not looking any better yourself to him, Lucas. For the first time, he doesn't see another Ness, but a stupid, pathetic copy of it. And it's disturbing, to think it was this thing that had an impact on him, on changing him.]

...Guess it could be a slow fade. Wonder what'll happen.

Date: 2011-12-17 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
That's not what I mean.

[Talking ameliorated the effect somewhat. Lucas glances up at the sky.]

If no one believes we're real... then we don't exist, do we? To everyone else, we have stopped existing. If something is black, but everyone in the world believes it's white... does it still matter that's it black?

Date: 2011-12-17 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
[Pokey thinks on it a moment, his shoe tapping the snow-covered ground, leaving an imprint as he thinks.]

...That's possible, but it has no practical application.

...What if what they've been doing us hasn't been torturing us just to torture us. What if the praise they wanted wasn't just pride. What if it actually had a purpose?

Date: 2011-12-18 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
Do you really believe in the soul vat? I know the Mayor was talking about power, but that meant the simulation, right? If they needed to save power, we really would be gone...

Date: 2011-12-18 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
...I dunno. I didn't see it first hand. But it's not like it's out of the question.

...We don't know that for sure. Who knows what they're actually doing. ...It could be a con, and they're waiting to pull some crap to make people happy. Maybe they're going to have us "reappear" sometime later in the week, try to make everyone happy and thankful to them.

Because maybe giving praise does give them power.

Date: 2011-12-18 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
...I know I shouldn't be talking, but I don't think machines can run on emotions. If they wanted praise... they wouldn't be doing this kind of thing to us all the time, right?

Date: 2011-12-18 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
....You'd be surprised. There are machines that can do a lot with emotions.

...It's a bullies mindset. If you pick on someone enough, but then give them a scrape back? They think you'll eventually be grateful to them.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
...I still think it would be easier to rain ice cream from the sky.

[Somehow, this conversation was much easier with the feeling that this was someone other than Pokey. Perhaps something good came out of this after all.]

Date: 2011-12-18 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
Yeah, cause you're a decent person, I guess.

That's not what desperate people think of, most times.

...I think I understand them, sometimes.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
...Maybe you're overthinking it. Trying to understand them might not be very useful when we've never met the real bad guy behind it.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
I don't mean it that way.

[He doesn't understand them in trying to figure out what they're doing. He's thinks he understands them in the why, at least on a personal level in some ways. After all, even Grady was a traitor who betrayed everyone he cared about in order to go with what he thought was the better choice or sure thing in succeeding and staying alive.

Pokey can get that.]

I don't know what's going to happen with this. [In regards to himself, he doesn't care.] I can't even make a guess. I just wish someone had some idea as to where to go next.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com

Maybe we really will disappear. ...Or maybe everyone really will forget us soon. Whatever happens... at least no one's going to go through it alone.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
Yeah. It's great. Whole bunch of people disappearing. Great there's a bunch of us and not just one. It'll be like a party.

[He can't take this any more. He's going to begin to try and walk off now.]
Edited Date: 2011-12-18 05:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-20 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
...If it makes you feel any better, you're the one person in town I could never forget.

Date: 2011-12-20 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
....No. It doesn't help.

[He stops. And turns around, furious.]

I wish no one remembered me, or had reason to. Especially you. That would make me feel better.

Date: 2011-12-20 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
[That was sort of the reaction he was going for. Lucas feels a bit ashamed about being manipulative, but he nods slowly.]

Is that why you agreed?

Date: 2011-12-20 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
[If he realizes he's being manipulated, Pokey doesn't show it. Or it simply doesn't matter by this point, when so much has already been said.]

To make me feel better? No.

....Not entirely. I just-I wanted to do the right thing and-

[Make people happy. But he stops, and just shakes his head, sneering.]

...I don't want to talk about this.

Date: 2011-12-21 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com

We should. Maybe not now, but. ...What you're thinking isn't the right way, either.

Redemption doesn't mean you have to lose yourself.

Date: 2011-12-21 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godisachild.livejournal.com
This doesn't have to do with redemption this has to do with something else and it's none of your business.

Date: 2011-12-21 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-gentle-boy.livejournal.com
...Maybe you're right.

But if it's my fault you started thinking about friendship and things... it's my fault if you might want to die because of it, too.

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