Playing the weatherman

Who: Owen and Open
When: Early morning, around seven am.
Where: 1 maple street

Owen couldn’t really deny that the scientists were behind this now. Not when he woke up exactly the same way he had before (not in the bathtub and not hoping there would be someone else there) and with Jeremy still missing.

TIME UPDATE

Date: Wednesday, October 8th 2008

Weather: The snowstorm continues and the lying snow is now a good couple of feet deep, but the storm itself died down a little in the early hours of the morning and isn't as bad as it was yesterday. A very determined person could probably leave the house today - they just shouldn't plan on going very far!

Events: What a surprise - it's groundhog day again! Today dawns exactly the same as yesterday, and the day before. Meaning everything that was moved is exactly where it had been the day before. Anyone who hopped households, or rooms is right back where they started. Everything down to the placement of items in the rooms in the houses has been re-set. Food has been re-stocked. The only changes are to people in some households - There are some new additions in the form of Jesse, Leo and Cheyenne.

The households are as follows:
Leah, Trent, Scott, Saj and Will staying at 2 Oakdale Drive

Ben, Adam, Cheyenne and Tobias staying at 10 Park Road

Shane, Jillian, Penny and Jack staying at 2 Short Street

Lina, Dave, Kaori and Svetlana staying at 3 Oakdale Drive

Jason, Emma, Dale, Leo and Esme staying at 2 Maple Street

Chris, Bethany, Jesse, Joy and Owen staying at 1 Maple Street

Brianna, Cam, Janie, Addison and Indira staying at 9 Park Road

Everett, Brett, Hannah, Posy and Eris staying at the Vicarage

Again, no one will have any memory of being moved, they will only recall falling asleep last night wherever they went to lie down.

The rest of the town is still boarded up tight. All other houses are locked up tight, and anyone wanting to get inside may have to resort to use of a chainsaw or two. All public buildings are the same, and the power seems to be out in them as well.

All public buildings are completely emptied. Stores, the rec center, the hospital, the bowling alley, everything, it's all emptied out.

One thing is different though! Each group house has a 'gift' of sorts sitting in the centre of the hall. Each is a large, plain, cardboard box - closed and without any note on it. There is one box per household and each is different. The contents of the boxes are as follows:-

2 Oakdale Drive - A selection of instruments: a couple of recorders; a xylophone; a triangle; a pair of maracas and some sleighbells. There is also a pile of sheet music scored for these instruments.

10 Park Road - A large, ornate puppet theatre with six creepy, hand painted marrionettes. The set up includes several different changes of scenery and a small, hand cranked street organ.

2 Short Street - A pile of school primers from the 1940s, covering basics of alphabet, grammar and mathematics. Also a pile of slates for writing on and a supply of chalk. Furthermore, there are several pots of black ink and six nib-fill fountain pens together with a half dozen hardback journals filled with rich, cream paper.

3 Oakdale Drive - A selection box of old children's toys, including a half dozen china dolls, five Barbies and a Ken doll (with various outfits), a dozen My Little Ponies, three water pistols, a giant box of Lego and a wind up cymbal-chiming monkey.

2 Maple Street - An ark and a large selection of stuffed toy animals. There are, of course, two of each type. All the animals fit inside the ark, but only by dint of much stuffing of them in there! There are no mythical creatures amongst the toys (ie, you're not going to find anything like a unicorn in there).

1 Maple Street - A large piece-assembly 00-guage electric train set, with enough track to run round the whole house if people want to set it up, complete with all necessary signals, bridges etc and with several different complete trains and carriages and little track-side additions, such as train-workers, passengers, animals, trees etc.

9 Park Road - A box of various costumes, all from different eras and in different sizes (though all costumes will fit at least one member of the household). The costumes are all in perfect condition and include shoes, hates and all necessary accessories.

The Vicarage - A dolls house which is a perfect scale model of the vicarage, only in the model, the building isn't falling down and is beautifully decorated in rich tones and hues, thick carpets and velvet curtains. The furniture in each room is also beautifully done and the dolls representing the occupants, though resembling the current occupants, are all dressed in an old fashioned style (a la US civil war era).

If you have any events or anything going on which you think warrants a mention in the time update, please let us know!

creepy

Who: Camber and Janie
When: Late afternoon
Where: ...the same damn house.

Camber had taken some food up to her bedroom to eat and write, and in the process had gotten side tracked looking over her journal entries. She knew by now the scientists were probably reading them, but she still didn't feel comfortable, some how, directly addressing them. They'd never been a direct presence in her life before, and some semblance of privacy, the notes to herself, the little things she squirreled away for her own keeping...

Assessing

Who: Brett and Everett
Where: The vicarage
When: afternoon

Everett knew he should be doing more. He'd been good lately; helpful, reliable, structured. And talking with Posy had helped return a bit of social normality to his head, but it wasn't enough. He'd headed back up to his room afterwards, and had just sat there for a while. He had clothes ready to be changed into, a razor to smooth out his scalp and jaw, thoughts half-formed in his mind about what he could do and who he could go see. None of it seemed worth pursuing, though. Why bother? He'd just end up getting himself in deeper.

But for all his apathy, Ev slowly went through each step of getting ready. He was still pursuing the day and his vague plans for it, just at a pace that felt like moving underwater. He needed a smoke, three drinks, and a week to sleep. But he didn't have any of those things, so Ev just ended up heading downstairs. He didn't make it far from the stairs before he ended up sitting on the bottom few, slowly lacing and tying up his boots, eyes fixed on his hands as they worked each lace together.

permission to take the out

Who: Kaori and Lina
Where: Kaori's house (their house?)
When: Early afternoon

Lina hated being snowed in. Indoor things really weren't holding her attention, and she wasn't in the mood to attempt to fight through the snow and get frostbite, either. She'd taken to reading, and sprawling out on one of the sofas, but she wasn't happy with the situation. Some days she felt like she'd actually been a lot happier living outside.

Kaori entered the living room, or more the raised den. It was an odd layout for a house though she enjoyed that room. It was pleasant. Sitting down on the loveseat opposite of Lina, she smiled politely. "You look stunningly uninspired." she noted good naturedly. "Reading anything good?" she asked.

Lina gave Kaori a small, humorless grin. "Well," she said, turning the book to look at the cover. She'd forgotten what the fuck she was trying to read. "Does that answer your question?" she smirked. It wasn't that it was bad, it just wasn't holding her attention. "How are you doing?"

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Who: Svetlana
When: Very late night/early morning
Where: Kaori's front lawn

something sweet

Who: Emma and open to people in her house!
When: Lunch-timeish
Where: 2 Maple Street

Emma stood by her earlier feelings - as long as the scientists kept giving them food, she was fine with the move. That food part was terribly important. She'd gotten a little spoiled in her princess room, being able to order up whatever crazy pregnancy craving she had at all hours. God, she'd kill for a pizza right now. And pineapple. Pineapple on pizza! Her stomach rumbled and the baby kicked. "I know, I know." she said to herself, pausing long enough to feed Pookie. Then she turned to the fridge. "Alright, baby, what crazy thing are you going to make me eat today, hm?" She grabbed a green apple to munch on while she tried to figure out what she really wanted. This lead to just staring at the open fridge and willing other things to magically appear.

Hey, stranger things had happened. Especially in this place.

Breakfast with Posy

Who: Posy, and open to anyone in her house.
When: Afternoon
Where: House 'o creep.

Ah religion, the cornerstone of any nutritious morning routine

Who: Saj, and open to anyone else in that house.
When: Late morning
Where: 2 Oakdale Drive

a morning in bed

Feeling:
hopeful

Who: Jason and Emma
When: Morning
Where: their happy home

Emma had woken up to found they hadn't been moved again, which she supposed was a good thing. She really wasn't a fan of the musical chairs with houses. She'd liked it better living with Dave and Lina, but Dale and Esme were nice girls, and she got on with both of them. Like clockwork, she got up the same time as yesterday and headed into the bathroom. "You know, I never slept in all that much before you came along, but I wouldn't mind the opportunity once in a while." she mumbled.

She did her bathroom business and headed back out into the bedroom, casting a small smile in Jason's direction. "Morning."

"Morning." he answered. He'd woken up when she'd gotten up, that movement interrupting the light doze he'd been in. He really had to get used to sharing a bed again, that was for damn sure. He knew he would, but yeah. It might take a bit. A heavy pounce on the end of the bed announced War, who walked up the bed to snuggle into his back and start purring. "Morning, War." he mumbled as well, reaching back to scritch her head. "How'd you sleep, baby?" he asked, turning his blues on Emma again. He tugged the covers back to invite her back into bed.