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  12/30/2012

I'm c1anddsaddict, and I honestly don't know what I'm thinking by joining this! I lived in the desert most of my life and can't stand the cold. I suppose I had better pack some heating agents. Like that nice sun cozy my hand has. I could rest on that for hours. I'm a very picky eater. I hope I can find some decent food. Who am I kidding? What am I getting myself into?

- Rascii
 
c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/30/2012  1

Well the weather outside is frightful...
And who am I kidding? The weather inside is equally frightful.
Who ever thought sleeping surrounded by snow would actually be warm? Not that I'm under the impression that it'll be decently warm anywhere here.

Why am I here? I mean, it's not like I didn't agree to this. It's there in my bio. The real answer is simple. I was told a great treasure lies at the north pole. A machine that'll make food that exactly suits a norn's taste and nutritional needs. Do you know how useful that'd be?

So long I've sated myself with lack-luster vittles! The hours, looking for food, begging the hand. Sure, the desert had more than enough. But that was NORMAL norn food. I liked absolutely none of it.

Cactus fruit? Are you kidding?

Cheese? There's no way!

Carrots? Yuck!!!

Now you see what brings me here. The chance to eat when I get hungry. The chance to feel the satisfaction my genetics have denied me. The satisfaction my companions show at almost every meal.

Speaking of food, I'm beginning to feel light headed! I'm holding out for some caribou. Fish are yucky. Of course, I'll need to kill and skin a caribou to eat. That'll be fun. As much as I love meat, I don't exactly enjoy killing animals for it.

My hunger can wait. I'm going to continue looking for somewhere I can get some supplies. I need a compass, some rations and blankets. A tent would be nice too. I am dreadfully unprepared.

I hear people who die out here become mummies. I wonder what it'd be like as a museum exhibit. I bet it'd be nice and warm.

I ought not to be so fatalistic. The weather's nice today, all things considered. I kind of wish the sun would come out...

Anyways, no time to tarry. I'm going to see what's on the other side of that snowdrift.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/30/2012  1

Guess what was beyond the snowdrift! I bet you can't! But really, it's obvious. More snow! Just snow. For miles. Well, ok, I can see something on the horizon.

This fruitless search is really starting to worry me. Maybe I shouldn't have abandoned that snow shelter I made earlier. In retrospect, it was much warmer on the inside than it is out here. I wouldn't have made any progress that way, though.

Who knows? Maybe a nice, warm, heated cabin with clean water and plenty of chicken nuggets (not the moldy kind. I may hoard them back home, but I don't fancy getting food poisoning out here) is right beyond the next snowdrift.

Ok, I'm starting to think I might be hallucinating. It looks like there might be a norn over there! Surely I can't be meeting another contestant so early on! I hope they're friendly.

I just saw a shadow move swiftly across the ground. I suspect there's some kind of bird nearby. Not that that would help. I don't exactly have wings to reach it. The "norn" over by the next snowdrift doesn't seem to be reacting. Are they frozen solid?! I'd better go help them!

Well, that was quite a run. And for absolutely nothing. It appears I've been pursuing a snownorn. Now wouldn't that just be my luck. He doesn't have any food, either!


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/30/2012

Hmm. It appears I may have missed something in my last journal. Several things.

There's a silly looking snow shelter. Padded with feathers, now why didn't I think of that? That must be so much more comfortable! This is luxury arctic living, right here! I may just have to move in.

Of course, I'm not sure if the current tenant would like that. Luckily, it appears to be a Treehugger norn, rather than a polar bear...

unless...

NO!

The legends are true! The shapeshifting polar bears that lure you into their dens, disguised as sleeping norns, then EAT YOU WHOLE!

Ah ha ha ha, ms (or is it mrs?) polar bear, you won't have me today! Or any day! I'm too clever for that.

That must be the meaning of those strange markings beside the snowman. They must be directions for a hunt. I bet a polar bear would be delicious. Anyway, though, I should probably meet with the hunters. We'll become friends and I'll help them hunt this beast.

Oh, to think of the meat! It makes my empty stomach quiver with joy. Although, what if the hunters are cannibals? What if they eat me, rather than the polar bear? Hmm. It might be better to hide out and play it safe.

I think I will. I've made a den that shouldn't be visible from the hunting site. If the hunters come, I'll help them. Then, they'll have plenty of food and won't eat me! Plus, they'll be so grateful for the help they'll give me supplies.

Waiting is so BORING...


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012  1

Day 2

It looks like I won't be waiting for hunters. I dozed off for a while, but when I woke up, the polar bear was right at the den entrance! I ran as fast as I could. That's how able to write this now.

I think I managed to get away. I don't know if it gave chase, so I have to be wary. Anyway, though, I think I know the direction I need to be heading now. Why? I just hit an unfamiliar stretch of shoreline. The machine is supposed to be in the middle of the island.

The snow is beautiful today. Oddly enough, it feels a bit warmer now. It's a welcome relief. I'm still a walking icicle, of course. Why couldn't those hunters have actually arrived on time. They've cost both of us some good food and blankets.

Wait, is that an astro norn over there? I think it might be. Well, maybe he'll help me fight off the polar bear if it comes back. I could use some company, I think.



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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012

Well, there goes another plan. The astro norn headed out into the distance. What am I going to do now?

Hm. Is that a seaweed bank in the water? I like seaweed. Maybe I can fish some out. Some driftwood would probably help.

Go in the water and fish it out by hand? Are you out of your mind? I'd freeze to death in seconds! Plus, no self respecting Siamese norn would ever get her luscious fur wet.

I am very, very hungry here. And tired from staying up almost the entire night.

Aww! As of writing this, I have found a little crab! He must have antifreeze in his blood, to survive out here. I won't eat him, of course. He's my new friend, and I don't eat my friends. Anyway, I don't eat seafood. Except for seaweed. I know, it's weird for a Siamese.

Kankan the crab and I, we have a mutual understanding. I'm going to teach him how to harvest seaweed. And he's going to teach me how to be a better norn.

The one thing I did bring with me was a pair of pots, to boil water to drink. I really only need one. So, I filled the other with sand and shells, and put Kankan in his new home. I'll have to find or fashion a net, to catch some food for him later, but he seems fine right now.

Do you know how hard it is to fashion a crab obstacle course out of shells and twigs? I can barely find enough for even a minimal one. Plus, I have to dig in the snow to collect the sand to stick the shells together. I feel like my fingers are going to fall off!

This is for my dinner tonight. I have to stay focused.



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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012

I've made a silly mistake now.

As I was building the obstacle course, the "polar bear" returned. However, before I could run screaming, it spoke! You see, it seems the polar bear was never in fact a polar bear. She was a norn all along!

I'm glad I don't have a polar bear hot on my tail. In fact, this norn seems quite amiable! She talks about trading food for feathers. Well, as soon as Kankan is able, I'll be able to trade. We'll both have full bellies! And maybe, together, we can find or build a better shelter than a den lined with feathers. I can imagine it now...

Wait a minute! You don't think, by food, she meant...

"Now, just wait one minute here...." I scolded the treehugger,
"You had better realize that you're not eating Kankan. He's going to bring us food."


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012

Ok, yet another false alarm. It's ok. My treehugger friend is vegetarian! Her suggestion of vegetable soup sounds nice, though I don't know how feasible it is. I have yet to see a single green plant, except for seaweed.

Do any edible plants grow in the arctic? I have no clue. A seaweed soup will suffice, if none can be found.

This shore seems a bit more temperate than the other parts of the island. The snow is much thinner, and the microclimate is a bit warmer. I guess we're on the southern shore? Regardless, I think it might be a good place to look for supplies. Maybe there'll be a ship. And when there's a ship, there's supplies. At least some oil or coal. Unless the inhabitants are stranded.

A boat wouldn't be a bad base of operations. Here I am, though, talking about a boat that for all I know, doesn't exist. Once we've got some seaweed in our bellies, I'll see if I can talk my friend into splitting up.

I'll look along the coast for supplies, she can look for vegetables to cook. We'll meet here (I cleverly marked it with a piece of driftwood, stuck into the ground. We'll need to be careful not to get lost out here. That's the last thing we need.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012

I can hardly believe it! Here I was, minding my own business, looking along the shore, when I spy this multi-colored creature in the sky! I've never seen such a thing in my life! I hope, whatever it is, it won't try to eat me. It looks dangerous, and colorful markings are usually signs of a poisonous creature.

Hmm. I wouldn't think one'd see a colorful, poisonous creature in the arctic. Maybe it's a contestant?

Well, whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it eats meat. As it flew over, a dead bird dropped from the sky and landed right in front of me. I'll have to bring it with me. For the sake of my vegetarian friend, I'll make sure to eat it when she's not around. It doesn't do to offend each other out here.

Aw, Kankan agrees! Look at him, waving his comicly oversized claw in the water! He's simply the best crab ever.

I just realized. I have pretty good camouflage out here. I'll have to keep an eye out for whatever dropped this food. I'll proceed more carefully now.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  12/31/2012

I've gone as far as I can, I think, before it gets dark. No sign of anything. I've collected any shells I can find. If I can't have a nice one myself, at least Kankan can have a nice shelter.

Aren't you glad I'm not using cans?

Kankan can can cantaloupes in his can candominium. A tongue twister if ever I heard one.

Time for a nice, long trek along the beach. And by nice, I mean freezing and miserable.

Oh yes, this looks promising! There's smoke rising from where my camp was! Oh, the thought of a warm fire! It'll be far from the comforts of home, but still. Maybe there'll even be a lean-to. I'll feel bad about that, though. Laura brings back fire and shelter. I bring back a few shells.

The sun is setting. Well, there's no shelter here, but a nice, warm fire. Laura tells me of a cave she found. A cave! Hmm. I wonder, then. After we finish our soup, we could investigate it. If it's uninhabited, it'd make a shelter than nothing.

It would be dangerous, though. It might be better to wait until morning.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/1/2013

Day 3

I slept like the dead last night. I desperately needed some sleep. The lack of gnawing hunger surely helped. It all seemed pretty good, for a while.

Then, I woke up to sleet. Ugh. Not pretty like snow, not moderately warming like clear skies. I think Laura's right. It won't be long before a storm is upon us. I don't think we have much of a choice but to investigate that cave now.

__

Wow. Just wow. This cave is absolutely beautiful! Just look at all those crystals! Blues and whites of every shade! It doesn't seem inhabited, but the cave runs deeper than my companion and I are willing to explore in the fading torchlight.

We chose to set up near the entrance. It'll make gathering materials to burn easier. I'm sure the shrubs around here will burn well, but they won't for very long.

Despite the cave's beauty, it really doesn't offer us much more than shelter. Well, ok, I suppose if we got so desperate...

You know what? NO! I am not eating one of those cave bugs I saw earlier. Those things are like the shee had a window on my worst nightmares, gengineered a creature to personify them, and then ramped it up to ten. Those huge, hairy, spindly, jointed legs! How they can't decide whether they want to look like a cricket or a spider...

The sheer size of them: those things just SHOULD NOT BE. I would rather die than put one of those anywhere near my mouth.

I really hope I don't find one crawling on me. Or anything, for that matter. I'd be OK with a cave gecko, those are cuties. But, who knows what terrifying beasts can be found here?

Anyway, Laura and I will be playing rock-paper-scissors to determine who has to collect fire materials.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/1/2013

I lost. I'm usually so good at this game! And don't you go telling me there's no such thing as being good at rock, paper, scissors! There's a trick to it!

Well, I was going to collect some material for a fire, but I'm a bit wary of going outside now. Something big and colorful just tumbled past the entrance of the cave! It looked like that creature from earlier !

I don't know if it's a good idea, going outside with that thing out there. As soon as this torch gets too short to carry safely, Laura and I will be in the dark in here. And the very idea is terrifying. We don't know what else might be in that cave! Bugs and Bears, maybe even Boogie men! The dark isn't go scary, but ghosts are one of my deepest, darkest fears. I mean, what if we've camped out in the Ghost Cave?!

Scary inside; scary outside. Looks like there's nothing else to do but get some firewood. Or firemoss, as the case is more likely to be.

___

At least there are a few things to burn out here


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/1/2013

I was able to find several fallen limbs (And break off a few lower hanging ones). That was very fortunate. The hill into which the cave runs has a sparse sprinkling of evergreens. I don't feel safe up here, though. Not with the lightning. I haven't heard thunder for ten minutes, so I'm hoping maybe the storm is headed away from us. Still, I doubt it's anywhere near finished.

What on Earth was that?!

I think I saw the colorful creature again! It's hard to see through the thick sleet, but as I was on top of the hill, I spotted something colorful rise up into the air, before tumbling into a thicket of bushes! What strange sights can be beheld up here?!

I think it's a good idea to investigate. Whatever that thing is, it's having trouble escaping the bush. Maybe it'll thank me, if it's a contestant. Or, it could be dinner (don't tell Laura! I felt guilty enough about that bird.) Either way, I shouldn't leave it there to injure itself, or starve, or get struck by lightning.

As I walked down to investigate, I spotted a bright light coming from the other side of the hill. No time to investigate that, however. No. And the creature in the bushes, as I get a clearer view, it looks scarier and scarier. Winged; finned; robotic and possibly poisonous. I hope it doesn't shoot me with laser vision.

Well, it obviously can't get out on its own. Sorry for making you wait, Laura. You too, Kankan. But, I can't, in good conscience, leave this thing here. I'm going to try talking to it first.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/1/2013

Well, it, no, he, I think?

Anyway, apparently he can talk. And is absolutely terrified of me. I suppose the famous phrase is true. They're more scared of you than you are of them.

He thanked me and darted behind a shrub. After saying "You're welcome, whatever you are", I pondered what to do. I don't think he'd like the cave. He seems too shy and scared.

He doesn't seem to have any permanent injuries. You know what? I don't have to decide everything. I'll just tell him where the cave is, and that he's welcome to join us. I have no clue what kind of diet he has. If he's completely carnivorous, that could cause trouble. Oh well. If he shows up, I'll just let him know the situation.

I'll have to let Laura know that he might be joining us. I don't want her to have a heart attack. I would, if I saw that thing coming at me from a sleet-storm.

I'll just head back to the cave.

Laura is looking pretty relieved that I arrived. I let her know the situation. We're set for a good night's sleep, now. The fire is burning brightly, we have food in our bellies and shelter. Safe, at least, if nothing from deeper inside the cave decides we're supper.

I don't fancy finding out what the source of that unearthly bright light was.

Somebody will have to go foraging tomorrow. We're out of food. Let's hope the weather improves, or we might be stuck eating cave bugs.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/2/2013

Day 4

It appears the contestant who got tangled in the bushes is back. I figured it wouldn't be long before he showed up. And with food, too! We'll just have to pick out the shrimp.

I had a pretty weird nightmare last night. The glowing light from the other side of the hill made its way into this cave. Inside, I saw the shapes of a million dead creatures! And then, out of the light, came a monstrous cave bug!

I'm lucky I didn't wake up screaming. That would have given poor Laura a fright. She seemed jumpy enough last night.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/2/2013

I suppose it's my turn to guard the camp, while Laura forages. We've agreed that my nightmare is probably just that, but I've started feeling anxious. It's probably stress. I would say being on this island is like a vacation, but I would be lying through my teeth.

I shouldn't be scared. It hardly matters what might come out of the darkness of the cavern's further reaches: Mea here is probably scary-looking enough to frighten anything away. Still, having something to defend the camp with would be good. I think I heard faint howls over Mea's light snoring a minute ago.

I guess I'll just keep my ears and eyes pealed for any sign of danger.
This is a beautiful cave, despite everything.

Kankan, satisfied with his shrimp breakfast, is scuttling around the cave floor. I think it's about time to put him in his little habitat. I don't want to dehydrate him! There you go, little guy! I've placed a large, flat-ish rock on top of his pot, so he might be able to sleep.

Hey, are those howls getting closer?


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/2/2013

Where does that borg norn think he's going, in such a hurry? Here I was, minding my own business, and he just bolts! I had to cuddle Kankan in an attempt to calm the poor guy down!

What exactly did I miss? Faint howling? I mean, even now, it's clearly a decent distance away. Maybe Mea had a nightmare worse than mine. Almost makes me want to track him down and comfort him.

Good luck with that. I can't fly, and I can almost guarantee he'll be up in the sky. I hope he'll be okay out there.

So, I'm alone. Hmm. Maybe I should leave a note, and investigate deeper inside the cave. That might dispel my worries about what lurks inside. Still, I shouldn't leave the camp unguarded. A third person would come in handy right now! If only Mea had stayed.

I guess I don't have any choice but to wait. When Laura gets back and supper is had, I'll head down there. I don't think whether it's day or night really matters in a cave. As long as I get back in time to sleep.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/2/2013

So Mea's back. That's good. He's got something to tell me about, when Laura gets back. Anyway, though, now I can do some exploring. I'm going to go mad, just sitting here.

Mea is fully capable of looking after the camp. I hope. He doesn't seem too keen on being left alone, but I have to ensure this cave is safe!
___

I have my work cut out for me. Not too far from the entrance, the cave splits into several. It's a maze! I've decided to mark my trail with a line of pebbles.

Well, it branches off into two rooms here. One is a long passageway, carved with strange runes. It smells awful, and I may be imagining it, but I thought I saw something move down there! Whatever it was, it made me run into the other room.

In the center is a large, dark stone statue. It's heavily worn and cracked. It looks eerie. Despite its lack of eyes, it seems to be staring at me. I've taken a rubbing of the runes at the base. Perhaps Laura or Mea will be able to read them.



This room has no crystals, unlike the rest. It stretches on beyond where my torch's light reaches from beside the statue. It's clear this is an extensive network indeed. I don't think I'll be able to explore it fully. Some unidentifiable, metallic object hangs from the ceiling.

I suppose I should head back, now. Wait, was somebody just looking at me from behind that statue? I swear I... I'm shaking. There has to be something in here with me!

Thank goodness I've managed to find my way back to camp! There's something wrong about this place. Something very wrong. I don't feel safe in this cave. I suppose I'll stay here tonight. There isn't anything seemingly wrong with the entrance. Still, I'll propose we leave tomorrow.


DS village

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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/3/2013

Day 5

Ok. I barely managed to get any sleep last night, but I'm feeling a bit better. Laura got less than I did! It took her all night and most of this afternoon to get back! It is only late afternoon, isn't it? You'd hardly know, for the clouds.

Laura brought back lots of food! I'll just stick to the weedgrass, I think. It's kind of odd. Laura is supposedly vegetarian, isn't she? I mean, maybe the fish is for Mea and Kankan. Still, something's fishy. Of course, I'm not going to SAY anything about it. Not yet.

_

Surely I was just being paranoid, a few moments ago. I thought I was calmed down, but last night is obviously still bothering me. I know I get irrational when hungry, too. Yeah, I just needed to eat, and maybe have a nap. That nap can wait, though.

Mea is clearly aching to tell her story. I want to hear it. It'll be a good distraction from the horror cave. I like hearing about people's history.

Me, I'm afraid I have a dull one.
My grandparents (all siamese norns) came from muco. They had my parents, who were moved to the desert. Then they had me. That's it.

Not very exciting, is it? I hope this story is more exciting than mine, or I will certainly be asleep by the end of the first paragraph. Not that Laura and I couldn't use some sleep.

Go on, then, Mea! Everybody's here, we have food in our bellies, he have shelter. Tell us a story.


DS village

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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/3/2013

Wow. Now I feel really bad about being intimidated by Mea. That all really sucks. I wasn't going to tell my life story, but I felt I had to lighten the mood.

It appears the hunter has finally shown his face! And he isn't a hunter at all, really. He's an astro norn, who seems every bit as lost here as the rest of us.

There is quite a group of us here, now. It makes the atmosphere warmer, somehow. Despite various traumas, we're all safe, sound and fed. We're all laughing and telling stories by the fire. Even Kankan seems happy! He seems to be dancing around the fire, waving his silly-looking claws around. I might consider joining him, if there was music.

Now that my basic needs are fulfilled, at least for the time being, I need to think about my goal. After all, I didn't come here for the lovely weather. I want the machine that will produce any food the owner desires. After we have better shelter than this cave, which we should search for tomorrow, I should begin planning how I'm going to find it.

As for the shelter, I'm thinking we should all pitch in to build it. One person hunts for firewood. Another for food. One for building materials, and the last guards the camp. A rotation might work for this. I'll discuss how it'll work tomorrow. It's not urgent, and I don't want to ruin tonight's happiness with such practicalities.

I began to sing a song. It's an old desert song, and a humorous one. It's about an ettin who, in the middle of the desert, discovers a magical cactus fruit. It leads him to a bizarre oasis, where he falls in love with a camel herder's daughter. Through their hijinks, they become rich and foil the schemes of a marauding boney grendel.

It's a very over-the-top song, and silly all around. I hope I don't sound like a squawking parrot when I sing. I've been told I have a decent voice, but I don't trust that.

As I finished the final note, I thought I saw a dark silhouette behind Mea. I sat down and stared at it. It didn't go away until Laura asked me what I was staring at. Rationally, I should chock it up to tiredness. That doesn't mean I can convince myself that there's nothing wrong with this cave.


DS village

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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/4/2013

Day 6

No time to waste today. I have to wait until Mea gets back, but it's time to think about today's tasks. Which one do I want to take? I think it's fair for Laura to get a rest. She had a very long day. As for the rest of us, it has yet to be decided.

I don't think I want to get the food. Since Fly is a newcomer (and might make the mistake of only bringing fish), Mea should be the one to get the food. She probably already has some, from her trip. She can rest for a while with Laura, is she so chooses.

That leaves firewood and building materials. Firewood should be easier to find than building materials, so maybe Fly should have that task.

So, I guess when Mea gets back and I have breakfast, I'll look for sturdy building materials. Ice? Nah, I think I would get frostbite, handling that. Wood and thatching could work. That would be the best. Animal skins would be good too, for insulation and comfort. But not before I have a weapon of some kind. I'll be on the lookout for anything that could make a decent weapon.

I've told everyone my plans. If they disagree, I'm sure something can be worked out.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  1/4/2013

Knots and crosses? Hmm. That doesn't sound like too fun of a game.

Oh! She must mean tic-tac-toe! Well, why not?

I'm halfway decent. I play defensively, rather than offensively. Sometimes that makes me win, sometimes it doesn't. It's still more fun than playing

"Whoever Stares into Space the Longest Wins!"

"Who Will Be Possessed by Nameless Evils Lurking in a Creepy Cave: Albia's most popular guessing game!"

Or, my personal favorite:

"Who Doesn't Want to Get Eaten by a Polar Bear?"

Ah, the joys of arctic wasteland themed games!



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  1/4/2013

A crashed space ship?! Right by the island?! I wouldn't be surprised if there were wrecks of regular ships, but SPACE ships?

Well, as bizarre as that is, perhaps I could...

Not today, but I could ask Mea to look for something for me, if it's at all possible. What if there's a compass on board? I could easily find the North Pole, and see if the machine I'm looking for is there.

What if it isn't, though? I haven't really thought about that. I'd hate to go through all of this, to find out my goal was unattainable in the first place. Maybe I should back down on this one? I don't have to give it up altogether. But those ruins could be dangerous. Radioactive, maybe? I shouldn't make Mea risk her life for something like a compass.


Oh Kankan! Come here, you adorable crab. I need a hug before I head out into the snow! Mama's going to find us building supplies, so we can have a nice, non haunted cave to live in.



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  1/4/2013

Now, where has Fly gone off to? There go my plans for an organized operation. And the sun is almost down! Well, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised. I was never what anyone'd call organized back home. But this probably speaks for my leadership skills.

My terrible leadership skills aside, I don't know what to do now. I have no idea what Fly left to do. Well, I guess there's something I could do. Maybe Laura will join me in exploring the caves. I know it's creepy. It terrifies me. But, I heard an unexplained bang about an hour ago.

I think there's something down there. I'd better find it before it finds us.

Mea is perfectly capable of looking after the camp. She'll probably appreciate some time alone, out of the crowd. I have a feeling she won't want to go into the caves. She's too large, and would find getting around very awkward. Plus, her past experiences have rendered her more jumpy than I am. It's best she stays here.

If Laura won't come, I'll go alone. I really won't like it, but I have to.


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  1/5/2013

Day 7

Exploring the cavern was uneventful. Beyond the room with the statue, there was just more cave. Thankfully, no shadow figures made an appearance. I didn't venture down into the other part. It still smells horrible. I started to get tired, then, and headed back to eat. Then, I retired for the night.

That brings me to this morning. Mea is talking about exploring the ruins. I wouldn't recommend it, but I think she's hell-bent on it, for reasons she isn't revealing. I doubt she would listen if I told her no, anyway. So, I've done something else. She can explore the ship, but has to be on the lookout for building materials as well. Not from the ship. I am still worried about radiation.

We need some more food. And firewood. Fly's departure messed my plans up, and nobody collected either of those things. Breakfast used up all of our food supplies.

And speaking of Fly, he hasn't returned yet. While Laura has been gone overnight recently, I'm still worried. I guess I have to look for him. Or not.

Laura guarded the camp yesterday. She's well rested. She can hunt for food and firewood, as well as search for Fly. I'll guard the camp, since I'm the only one left over.

Ok. Let's get started.





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  1/5/2013

Guess who came back before Laura even had a chance to leave! It's fly. He looks a little worse for wear, though. If he feels up to it, he can guard today. Otherwise, I'll stay and guard, and look after him. He shouldn't be hunting or gathering today, that's for sure.

Poor guy, though. He apparently brushed up against a poisonous plant and passed out. He was lucky to not have been eaten! I could tell him off about leaving without letting anybody know where and what he was doing, but I think he learned his lesson.

He brought back some food. That's good. I'll wait and see what my companions want to do. If Fly is OK with guarding the camp, I could hunt for firewood and sundries with Laura. Otherwise, I'll stay here and Laura can go.

This is all really stressful, honestly. I think I'll play with Kankan while I let them sit and think. I miss the desert. It's too cold. I'm no closer to my goal than before. I don't exactly have stellar leadership skills. At least nobody is dead.

Kankan looks adorable, climbing around on his shell obstacle course. He looks so determined. I guess my friends and I have to be. Yeah, we'll find a way to make it out here. Maybe we'll even reach our respective goals.


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  1/5/2013

Mea's being really helpful. And that is seriously a good thing. Because Fly is really sick. He can barely stay conscious.

I hate that there's not much I can do for him. There's making sure he's comfortable, and has food and drink for when he wakes up, but that only goes so far. I hope, whatever this plant is, it isn't deadly. It would be horrible to lose somebody on my watch.

Mea has brought back a lot of supplies. I almost want to tell her to take a break. All that gathering has to be tiring. I don't need somebody else collapsing, especially outside the cave, where she might not be found. I'll permit one more trip, then she has to rest. It's almost dark, anyway.

I think I'll sit here, weaving these cattails together. Like Mea said, it can be used as bedding for now, and insulation for later. It's hard work. I haven't been at it an hour, and my fingers are already aching. I think I'll take a break, as soon as Laura finishes cooking.

We've just sat, talking to each other, for a while. About our plans for survival, our homes, anything. I wish Fly would wake up so he could have supper and join in. I want to get to know him better. Especially if this ailment is fatal.

I shouldn't even be writing that. It seems like very bad luck. I really hope he's better soon.


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  1/6/2013  1

Sitting here, I've started scrawling a map. I've always liked maps. It's too bad I'm such a terrible artist. It probably looks like a bunch of scribbles
(full view here)


I'll add on to it as I learn more landmarks, and get a more accurate idea of what the island is shaped like. This will do, for now. As is, it has Laura's first den site, Fly's first shelter, the beach camp, the cave and hills, the river, the ruins, the ember plants and the sparse forest just north of the river.

Fly has woken up, but seems very weak. I hope Mea is able to find a cure. And quickly. He has a fever, and it's showing no signs of abating.


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  1/7/2013

It appears that Fly, too, has drawn a map. I hope this is a good sign, because there aren't any others. He's as bad as ever. The stress is killing me.

I can barely stand sitting around here anymore. I need to get somewhere. Sitting in here for days is driving me crazy. I need to go on a walk. Bathing always clears my. I'll collect some water, and take a bath in the cave. I just want things to improve!

Fly is sick and I can't do anything about it. Laura has been so distant! She helps look after him, and looks after herself, but it's like she hasn't been doing anything else. Is she? No, she can't be, but that'd explain a lot. This is hurting me, but I've been trying. Is Laura in love with him?

Mea should return soon. I hope she brings a cure! Sitting in this cave, making no progress of any kind, sleeping on the floor, never warm enough! I can't take it! We should be in our new shelter already, not rotting here.

The shadows figures seem to be gathering nearby. I hear their whispers! I don't know if it's the stress or my state of mind. I see movement and figures deeper in the cave. I don't like it one bit. There's something wrong! Dreadfully wrong!

I'm leaving the cave for now. I've told Laura where I'm going, to avoid any panic. I need to clear my head. It's been nothing but a tangled mess of anxiety and impatience all day.


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  1/8/2013

I'm going to go with Mea on this next trip. I know I'll have to be really careful and listen to Mea at all times while we're in the ruins. Just because I know bacteria and radiation are a danger doesn't mean I can see them.

I'll feel a lot better if I do go. I can help find a cure for Fly, or at least keep his fever down until he recuperates. Maybe Mea can't find it without my help, even. I can fit into tighter places than her. Having legs also makes it easier to get around certain areas. Sure, Mea can fly, but I wouldn't think it'd offer good maneuverability in a debris field.

As for the hoverdock, I'm afraid I'll be of no help. My companions and I speak the same language, but our writing system is different. I couldn't read Fly's message in the snow, back when I thought Laura was a polar bear, because of that. The hoverdoc is written in their writing system, not mine. I hope Laura can make heads or tails of it.


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  1/9/2013

I haven't spotted anything so far. I saw a somewhat familiar device that might have been useful, but it was lying in a field of particularly bad radiation. We're incredibly lucky most of it has been localized.

Most of the machines are broken and unusable. I've found a malfunctioning pregnancy scanner. I ought to take offense to that. I am most certainly not pregnant! The nerve of that thing! The creature detector was similarly wrong. Kankan (don't worry. He's on a short leash) set it off. It seems to think he's some kind of grendel.

There was a working anti-bacterial spray gadget. It won't help Fly with his current ailment, but it'll be good to carry, just in case it's needed later. Plus, it's a good idea for Mea and I to cleanse ourselves with it before we leave here.

________

I've found a bottle. It seems to contain some type of potion. I have no idea what. The label is gibberish to me. Maybe Mea can translate.


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  1/10/2013

Sledding is so much fun! Mea and I have returned from the ruins. It looks like the potion I found might help, according to her. I'm feeling a lot better, now. It's time for supper and some well-needed rest. We've been out here all night, after losing track of time. I don't typically do that. Oh well.

Laura is napping when I find her, and Fly seems to be alive. I can't tell whether he's unconscious, or just asleep. I'll hope it's the latter. As soon as Laura wakes up, if she agrees about the potion, we'll see if that'll help him. I hope she'll be in a better mood.


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  1/11/2013

Guys. You won't believe what I ran into this morning! Here I was, rubbing my eyes, when I found a grendel snuggled up next to me! And not just any type of grendel. It's an itty-bitty one! Smaller than a Kankan.

Honestly, where on Earth did he come from? Did I pick up a hitchhiker at the ruins? Does he live in the cave? Wherever he came from, he seems friendly enough. With his size, I doubt he could really hurt me if he wanted to.

I think I'll have Mea scan him for diseases, before I pick him up at all. Don't want to pick up some nasty bug.

_

He's awake now, and exploring around Kankan. Who, as it happens, doesn't seem to mind. He seems to like having a playmate his own size. Wait, let's hope the crab won't eat the grendel! That would be bad. But that doesn't seem to be what's happening. It's too cute. A crab and a tiny grendel, playing together by the fire in a crystalline cave.


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  1/11/2013

If my worries about Fly weren't enough, I'm worried about Mea, now, as well. As I watched the tiny, baby grendel bond with Kankan, I heard her murmuring in her sleep,
"Resistance is Futile"

That can't be good. I can't tell whether she's reliving terrible memories, or showing her borg side. Either way, it's setting me on edge. I should do something.

"Mea!" I shouted, "Wake up! You're just having a nightmare."

I shook her awake, and she drowsily opened her eyes. Laura, who was awake, didn't really react. She never reacts to anything, these days. She's catatonic. I miss the norn I originally thought was a polar bear. I miss her sense of humor and her smile.

I wish everything would start panning out. That poor Fly would wake up, good as new. That Laura would snap out of it, and be herself again. That Mea would stop having these nightmares.

They scare me. Living with a former rogue borg, who could very well bring the rest of the borg down on our heads. Then, I feel guilty worrying about it, because of her past. What misery have I known? Skipping a meal, and being disappointed at most. She's been through too much, too much for a norn to cope with. I can't imagine.

I will be tossing and turning tonight, won't I?


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  1/12/2013

I woke up too early this morning. The sun isn't even up yet. But I can't go back to sleep. I forgot to mention that Mea and I gave Fly the potion last night. He's, sensibly, still asleep, unlike me. I hope the potion will help.

I think I see the first light, peeking out over the tundra, now. Everything seems oddly peaceful. In fact, I think I'll go outside.

I never really got a chance to play in the snow, back home. So it feels cool (no pun intended) to be able to build a snownorn. And he'll be the best snownorn ever, if I have a say in it.

____

This is the worst snownorn I've ever seen! it's lumpy, and only two-tiered, and too small. I don't even have anything to use as eyes, buttons or limbs. I guess I had some unrealistic expectations.


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  1/14/2013

Ugh! What on Earth happened? Fly is gone. I don't know what this means. Best case scenario, he's fine, and out foraging with Mea. Worst, he's dead and buried. That seems more likely, because his things are gone too. How long have I slept for?! I feel terrible now. I need to piece together what happened. I think I'll start from the beginning, with what I remember.

I was sitting, guarding the cave, when I noticed Kankan was steaming! It was very weird. But he didn't appear to be affected at all. It was over as quickly as it had begun.

Later that night, I thought I saw something moving in the darkness. It was creepy, to say the least. I couldn't get to sleep. I just hid my head under the blankets and was too terrified to look. I heard footsteps and voices, coming closer each moment! I remember nothing after that...

___
Laura is out cold. That's really not good.

Wait...

What was that sound?!

There's a deep roaring, coming from deeper in the caverns! It's getting closer and closer. I'm going to see it any minute now. I knew there was something wrong with this place.

____

So this is the beast I hear: a baby polar bear. Not a living one, either. A skeletal one! But it has no teeth. It's dragging a harness along the ground. Its bones look like they've been gnawed on. I almost feel sorry for it.

But I know better. This thing is dead. And when there's a baby bear, the mother is nearby.

I hear more roaring from the depths


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