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c1anddsaddict
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  1/15/2013

Ok, so the bear collapsed, mid-step. It's now just a skeleton, laying in proximity to the camp. I'm glad it did, but the creature still sets me on edge. There might be something worse in these caves. After all, bears don't harness themselves, or typically lose all their teeth.

What was that behind me? I'm certain I just heard a voice. There it is again! A pleasant, male one.

"C1anddsaddict, bring me to the animal. I want to examine it."

Where did that come from? Not the grendel, he hasn't learned his first words yet. Kankan?

"Yes, it's me. The crab you call Kankan. But I'm not really a crab"

Kankan continued,

"I am micro-grendel steam-powered vesell 42413. I have a passenger who should prove interesting to you."

Suddenly, Kankan's shell began to open. Out stepped a female micro grendel, who ran to embrace the baby. It was rather sweet.

Then, as she finished hugging the baby, she turned to me.

"Could you pick me up?" she asked, pulling gently at a tuft of fur on my foot. I did as she asked. She opened her mouth to speak again,

"That thing you see before you. That is why I was sent here. Our airships' meters go crazy when they pass over this area. I was sent to investigate why.

I never thought it would be something paranormal. I should be looking out for a more plausible explanation, but I know what I saw, and have recorded it."

Wait a minute! I hope she hasn't been recording EVERYTHING.

Someone's coming

______

Ah! It's Mea. Yikes, she looks the worse for wear. She looks like she was attacked by an entire pack of wolves. I suppose I have a lot of explaining to do. After all, finding out Kankan is a computer, containing a tiny grendel is kind of crazy. Not to mention the bear. I don't know if I should tell her I first saw it walking. She might think I'm crazy.

Still, this grendel claims to have evidence. I'll have to see.


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/16/2013

The baby micro-grendel appears to be the older ones son. That explains the pregnancy scanner going off. I knew I wasn't pregnant! Perhaps those machines weren't so faulty after all. A creature detector my be useful, to help us guard the new camp. A pregnancy detector, not so much.

But I have sad news. I will have to leave Kankan in the cave. Even though he's nothing but a robot, I still feel that I'll miss the poor guy. The grendel too. They want to investigate. I'll feel bad, leaving them alone. But they have technology. They should be fine. And they won't be going alone.

Laura awoke. And she spoke of a dream she had. That there was the ghost of a baby bear, yearning to be re-united with its mother. Treehuggers do seem to have a connection with nature. She says she only has two days (quite ominous, if you think about it). I would typically say that's ridiculous, but she seemed more herself than she had for days. Though they go for different reasons, she will accompany Kankan and his passengers into the caves at first light.

Tonight, though, we'll have a parting feast. Mea and I shall go scavenging and hunting. Who knows? Maybe we'll find some teabags! She would love that.



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  1/18/2013  1

The feast was fun. I found I wouldn't eat much of the food at it, but I enjoyed the general merriment of it all. It seemed so wonderful. The whole gang, seated around the fire, eating plenty of food. Everybody healthy and happy, telling stories and dancing.

As the night draws to a close, I lay in my bedding, cozy and contented. I know Laura and the grendels intend to leave in the morning, and now that the fun is over, I can't help but think how I'm going to miss them.

Mea! She is making such a racket with her teleporters. Who even gets up and does that at who-knows-how-early in the morning?

Ugh. I don't know if I'll be able to get back to sleep now. I'll try, but it likely won't work.

________

Laura! Fly! Where on Earth have they gone?! They were there, sleeping soundly, a second ago, but then they just vanished. Right before my eyes!

Mea has a guilty look on her face. Is this her doing? I demand she tells me the meaning of this!

A teleporter malfunction?! A TELEPORTER MALFUNCTION?! My friends could be anywhere now! Who's to say they didn't get dropped right into the piranha pit? She wakes me up too early and then sends my friends off to their certain doom.

I'm getting out of here. I don't care. I am furious. I won't let her accidentally teleport me anywhere. I'm taking my share of food with me. She should feel lucky I'm not taking every bite!

____

(This page is tear-stained)
I stomped furiously through the snow. I don't know how long I did. I just know that as the sun rose, my anger turned to sorrow. It all sunk in. How I had lost Fly and Laura. How I had abandoned my only other companion.

And what am I going to do with myself now? No shelter. No fire. Just a bit of food and my personal possessions. I'm STUPID. Just plain STUPID and HORRIBLE and WRONG! I deserve to stay out here and freeze to death. I can't do anything. I can't do anything without freaking out and ruining everything.

I should head back to the cave. I should. But I can't bear the shame of coming back, right after that breakdown. I...

I guess I have time to figure things out. It's only noon. Surely I can manage, right?


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/18/2013  1

I've got to go back. There's nothing else I can do. I should apologize and make up with Mea. She didn't mean to teleport Fly and Laura to some random location.

Every step I take is difficult. I don't know how Mea will react to my return. I hope it's even possible to make up.


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/19/2013

Well, I returned to the cave, but I'm not staying. I had the grendels help me with recording a message for her,

"Mea. I am so sorry I snapped at you. I wish I could make up with you properly, but there's no time. You'd convince me to stay, and that can't happen. Not if I want to realize my dream; what brought me to this island in the first place.

Our presence here is part of a game. I know that. My hand let me know well in advance. Six weeks. That's all I had, from the very beginning, at maximum. And that's if I don't get voted out. The hands and shee who view this game through our journals; they vote for whom they want to leave the island.

There are supposedly two other contestants on the island now. It could be less. This game can be deadly. Still. Two contestants will have to go. And I'm willing to bet one will be me.

I'm boring and ordinary. Just two generations ago, my family was hatched from Muco. I have no tragic past, nothing to set me out against every other norn in the universe. Sure, I'm a picky eater. That's rare, I suppose. But who would pity me, for a stupid thing like that.

Heck, you probably deserve to win this game. I'll just go back home, to a hand who cares about me, and people who, well... I guess they understand me, somewhat. We've never not really gotten along. But I can't just go home without trying.

I don't care about this game anymore. Mea, it was wonderful to meet you and be your friend. I wish we didn't have to part like this, not even in person. But I'm just your useless, awkward sidekick. You don't need me. So I'm going to make something of myself. If nothing else, I can say I tried.

Goodbye, Mea. I hope we can meet again someday."

As hard as it was to come back, it was twice as hard to leave. My legs felt rubbery, and I failed at holding back tears. I knew that I had to leave. It was taking all my strength to.



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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  1/19/2013

I've met a grendel. And not a micro one this time. This is a full-sized one.

I have to admit, I was scared at first. This one, Mahk-Mako, as he calls himself, isn't the slap-happy kind.

He says he's been watching me, and has become concerned. The first part is a bit creepy, but he claims to be a journalist for this game. The second part is a bit creepy.

Wait, a journalist? Perhaps he could tell me about the other two contestants! Maybe I won't be out of the running. This is quite a stroke of luck.

_______

Back to his concern, it's touching, but I know what I'm doing now. I won't despair, at least not yet. I'm going to look for the machine I set out to find. I'm going to come out of Mea's shadow.

I'm uncertain, and still upset over the events of yesterday, but I'll be OK.

I was going to head to the ruins, but I can't sense bacteria or radioactivity. It'd be like taking a walk in a minefield. I don't have a compass, but maybe I don't need one.

If the clouds clear up tonight, I will look at the sky to show me the right direction. Keep an eye out for the North Star. I feel like one of my ark's explorers.

Such brave creatures. I suppose I'm doing the ame thing as them. But I'm not brave. They remind me of home.

I remember where I first heard that, on a certain planet, there was a star that would always lead you north. That there were places with more directions than just up, down, left and right. That some of these places could be accessed through the warp.

I heard it from an old harlequin norn by the name of Moharej. He was a local hero, because he had been an explorer in his youth. His fur was as colorful as the stories he told, and it changed with each life stage.

I wonder how he's doing? What would he think of my adventure in this Arctic wasteland? I guess I won't know until I get back home.

Though I miss it, I'm not willing to go home just yet. I want to find that fabled machine. And Mahk-Mako here can give me an idea of how long I have to find it.


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  1/20/2013

Well. My grendel friend here is tight-lipped about it. I suppose he doesn't want to give me an unfair leg up on my competitors. It's frustrating, but understandable. I won't force him to tell me.

I think I'm vaguely heading north now. The clouds parted this morning, revealing the direction of the sunrise. That will be my guide, for now. Not sure what happens if I find I can't go straight ahead anymore. I really don't want to get lost.

I slept in a snowden last night. Not very warm or comfortable, but it was better than sleeping right on top of the snow.

I've had a good amount of time to reflect, trudging through patches of gently falling snow. I almost hope Mea finds me out here. Maybe we can at least have a proper goodbye. Or, maybe she could come with me.

That would be helpful. So too would be finding a patch of trees. I'm thinking I could use the mat I wove, along with four sticks, to build a leanto. As soon as I have shelter, I'll halt for a while. Give Mea a chance to catch up. But I can't stay forever.


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  1/20/2013

Mea crashed into a snowdrift and tearfully hugged me. That girl recovers from that so quickly! That was very sudden.

Oh, but I can't believe it! We're back together. I can't and won't deny that I wanted her to return. I feel a lot better. The hug lasted for longer than I expected to, and I told her,
"Mea, I'm so sorry for leaving like that. I promise I won't do that again. Not unless whosoever runs this game or the reaper comes for me. And let's avoid that."

I chuckled lightly. Humor helps me, at least, overcome difficult times. I want to talk about what we'll do next, but Mea seems to be quite caught up in the moment. It can wait, I guess, but it is pressing.
_____
I proposed we look for a forest. We'll need a shelter we can take with us, if we are to find the machine. Or, at least, I think it's the machine I'm looking for. Mahk-Mako referred to some sort of warp device. Maybe I'm not looking for a machine, but a metaroom!

I hope the warp device is portable. Once this game is over, I'd like to head home, to my family and hometown. I don't want to stay in that metaroom, away from them, for the rest of my life! No matter how good to food there might be.

Well, speaking of Mahk-Mako, here he comes now. What does this grendel have to say to me now?

_______

Well, he offered a trade of information. I tell him what happened at the cave, he'll tell me about the device. Mea and I painfully recounted the events of that night. It was very difficult. From Mahk-Mako's judgmental expression, I saw he blamed me for the altercation. I hid my head in my arms in shame. I wanted to defend myself, explain how my plans to spread the workload failed entirely, but didn't want to end up upsetting Mea, or arguing. I was so glad when that episode, which felt like it dragged on for hours, was over.

Ok, grendel. I've told you the painful details of why I left the cave. Don't go invade mine and Mea's privacy by publishing our ordeal just yet. You have yet to hold up your end of the bargain.





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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  1/20/2013

Mahk-Mako seems to have a story to tell me. I'll listen. I do like stories. If only there was a fire. Ooh, and some marshmallows. I'm afraid that's highly unlikely, but I've asked Mahk if he could make one.

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c1anddsaddict
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  1/20/2013

What was that?! There was just a really loud rumbling sound, coming from the mountains! It sounded like the volcano going off!

Oh no. In the area where the cave we were most recently staying in, there is just white. Was that an avalanche? No, no, no! I was going to send Mea off to collect our stuff from there. We'll never get to it now!

I apologize to Mahk if I'm not the most attentive to his story now. I can't believe more than half of our supplies are gone, just like that!

Wait! Oh no. Oh no, oh no, oh no! I hope the grendels made it out of there OK. Please tell me they left before the avalanche! If they're trapped, or worse...


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/21/2013

Thank goodness. Mea assures me that the grendels left before the avalanche. Now we're nestled in a small cave in a dramatic sea-cliff. It's gorgeous. ]We get to watch the waves crash against the short beach.

There's something nagging at me about it. No, I'm not convinced it's haunted! Not everything has to be paranormal. But I don't think we should stay long. That shouldn't be a problem, though. This is, after all, a temporary shelter.

Mea caught a few seabirds. But she failed to finish off one of them. It doesn't look to be in the worst shape, but I don't know if it'll be able to survive without proper medical attention. I wouldn't want to keep it alive and in pain for days, just to have it drop dead. Mahk gets a vote on the bird's fate too, since Mea and I can't seem to decide.

I'm getting anxious to hear the start of that story, now.


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  1/21/2013  1

Mahk's story was interesting. Escaping from his hand. Not something I've ever been inclined to do. But not all hands are alike, I guess. Mea's sounds wonderful. According to Mahk-Mako another contestant had a cruel one. Mine is somewhere in between. She looks after us, and is generally nice. But she would leave occasionally. I learned something from this story

There is a warp portal on the island! In the direction of what I figured was north. This is promising. Though, the portal did take Mahk-Mako here from a ship. Maybe it's calibrated to bring outgoing creatures to the fabled metaroom. If I ever find it, I'll have Mea check it for me first.

I would hate to push the portal and end up in some random ship, with an unfamiliar hand. Who's to say they won't torture me and throw me in the piranha pit? At least here, there's the promise of returning to my family and hand, win or loose. Unless I die,anyway. The portal might make me unable to return. And that is a scary thought.

What if the fabled metaroom has a hand? I haven't thought about that before. Surely, with such a lovely ship, they wouldn't be a malevolent one. At least, if the rumors are true. What if they tried to keep me there?

Well, I suppose these are worries for another time. Right now, I just need some sleep. I'm fed, watered and as warm as I could be out here. But I am truly tired. Good night, Mahk-Mako. Goodnight, Mea.



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  1/22/2013

I woke up this morning to a large spray of water at my back. Brrr! I look up to see a restless ocean, lit bright orange by the sunrise. It'd be a sight I'd gush about, if it weren't so worrying. The water wasn't this close to the cave yesterday...

How could I forget about something so simple? There I was, talking about the supernatural when I was overlooking something completely natural. This must have been what my subconscious was uneasy about! How did all of us forget about the tide?

Mea is awake. I should probably warn her.

"Um, Mea, I know you're up and rearing to go get supplies, but we have a problem. The tide is coming in!"

We need to get our supplies out of here. Don't want them getting ruined. Mea and I need to get out too. While I can swim, I don't like the idea of swimming in the rough, brackish waters around here. Especially if it starts reaching up the cliff. Nothing more fun than being dashed against a cliff in freezing, cold water.

I'm guessing there's a storm brewing offshore. Even from here, I can tell the wind is fierce. Not the best "escape from the flooding cave" weather.

While Mea and I definitely need to get out of here, I'm not sure about Mahk-Mako. He probably needs to be woken up too. Sure, he's aquatic, but I don't think this surf is safe, even for him.

"Mahk," I say, gently shaking him awake, "the tide is getting dangerously high, and the surf looks very choppy. Mea and I are evacuating. You might want to join us."



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  1/23/2013

Well, today has been pretty uneventful. Fruitlessly searching for the warp device. Casually chatting with Mahk-Mako. I don't think he likes me much. He seems like the unfriendly type in general, but I think he especially dislikes me. Oh well.

Mea has returned. And she made supper, too. Apparently she found a magma norn in the snow. Mea was too shy to interact with her, but rescued her and gave her food. I'm willing to bet it was one of the other contestants. I didn't think they might have been caught in the avalanche.

There would be two others, now. I hope the other wasn't hurt.


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  1/25/2013

Well, Mahk and I checked out what I assume to be the northern beach. Finding a way down wasn't easy. Where the first beaches I saw gently sloped into the sea, the northern and eastern(if my reckoning is correct) shores have high, dramatic cliffs.

Anyway, I think I found what I'm looking for. On the beach, slightly worn from where the waves gently lapped at it, was a warp device! After all this time, I've found it. My victory isn't complete, though. I need to get it back to camp, if it's even possible. And then Mea needs to investigate it.

It's too heavy to lift on my own. I've asked Mahk-Mako if he'll help. Grendels are physically stronger than most norns, so it'll be helpful. I doubt anything but the strongest grendel could carry an object so cumbersome on his or her own. He said he would.

Well, it was awkward to carry, and took a while, but the warp is back in the camp. When Mea gets back, I hope to be able to investigate what wonders it might hold, if the legends are true.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  1/26/2013

According to Mea, the warp will send me to one specific place, if I use it. That's exciting. I know it won't send me to some random place. Still, Mea can check this side all she wants. Getting back might still be an issue. I have no way of knowing what the options for the warp device this is connected to are.

After all, that is how Mahk-Mako became stranded, not that he minded. He couldn't return through the portal he came from.

I should find out this place's warp co-ordinates, and write them down. That's how you return to where you came from. In an unrestricted warp device, anyway. This one allows creatures in regardless of where they came from. It's also how some intrepid explorers are able to revisit the places they've discovered.

Well, I suppose it comes down to this. Do I follow my dreams, take a chance, and enter this portal? Or, do I stay here and, well, I'm not exactly sure. The game is almost over. After this week, Mea and I will return home. I'm going to offer to let her come with me, if she likes. I guess it'd just be survival.

So it comes down to this. Tales of this portal brought me here. I have to explore it. Mea, well, even Mahk-Mako can join me if they please. But I have to go.


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/27/2013

Now that I know Mahk-Mako won't be accompanying me, I've asked Mea. She brought home an animal for lunch. She seems to come and go so quickly all the time. I suppose it's the borg in her.

Well, I suppose I should have a bite to eat while I wait for a reply. Yuck! This thing tastes awful. Good thing we have seaweed left, or I'd have to go hunting for something else to eat.


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  1/28/2013  1

Mea has gone fishing. But I have a problem. A big one.

I was minding my own business, messing around with some sticks and the cover I wove earlier out of cattails. I was hoping to build a better, portable shelter. Well, I don't know if I'll be needing that, now.

I enjoyed it, for a while. Being able to bask in the relative warmth, quite unlike the earlier days here. Perhaps Spring has come early. But it was nice.

Anyway, I suddenly heard a loud crack! The noise hurt my eardrums, and I lost balance as a chunk of ice, the one I would be sitting on, broke clean away. I slipped, and almost tumbled straight into the icy water! I managed to pull myself up, thankfully, but now I have a problem.

I'm stuck. I could probably hop the ice chunks to get back to the mainland. That's not the problem. The warp device is. The jarring movement when the ice almost capsized must have activated it, because I see a glowing, bright blue portal. There is no way I could carry that thing on my own, much less over gaps between icebergs.

So, I'm stuck. If Mea can't find me, I might have to go without her. I won't abandon the warp device. Because with it, I would be leaving my dream. I don't know if I'll be able to get back here if I go through. I don't know the co-ordinates for this place. I can wait some time here, but not forever.

I'm beginning to have second thoughts about all this. Mea and I have become good friends after our ordeal here. Apparently she has very few. I don't want to abandon her. But what am I to do? Wait. Just wait, and hope for the best. That's really all I CAN do.


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c1anddsaddict
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  1/29/2013

Thank goodness Mea arrived before I had to do anything drastic. But I'm not out of the water (no pun intended) just yet. She was unable to land, so she asked me about our next plan of action while she circled me.

Let's see. I don't think having her push this thing closer to shore is a good idea. It's heavy, it has to be, to carry this warp portal and myself. And I don't know how well she'd be able to move it. No. If she flew in and rescued me, the portal would be left behind. I'm not desperate enough that that is an option.

No, but the cables plan sounds good. If she finds something to use to tow the iceberg, both I and the warp portal will be safe. I'll just have to wait, but I have an emergency escape plan.

She had better hurry. I'm really not liking the size of these waves. They're not huge, but I don't think it'd take much to capsize this iceberg.


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  1/31/2013

Mea, I think you already know my answer. I'm going.

So this should be the last day of the game. It's funny, looking back on it. All that time of spent here. Meeting Laura, Fly, the Grendels, Mahk-Mako. I felt more like a family with them than I did with anyone back home.

Thing is, I won't be seeing them again. They've all gone back to their homes, surely. Or at least somewhere Mea deems safe. I won't be seeing that crystal cave, or any of it. I never expected I'd... have such a sense of melancholy about leaving. When I got here, I couldn't return soon enough. Now, though, I don't know...

Off into the unknown, I guess. Do my dreams lay just beyond this portal? I suppose I'll find out soon enough. And I'll have somebody with me. I never really had a best friend before.

Well, I suppose this will be my last journal entry. I'll just leave this here. After all, whoever is in charge will likely want to recover. They would have a hard time if I left with it. I wonder how many people will read this, if any?

It doesn't matter. All that matters now is the swirling, blue light and the promise it holds. And the fact that I have a true friend to accompany me through it. Well, this is C1anddsaddict, signing out.


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