Any other urban planners/policy folks play this game? I’m an urban planning student who has spent too many quarantine hours playing SDV and at the risk of deeply questioning how I spend my time, I’ve been thinking about it from a planning perspective. Please tell me someone else has thought about this. Pelican Town (pop. ~35) is a small, rural town within a few hours of the nearest big metropolitan area. The town appears to have had an industrial past, with all the decayed mining infrastructure. Like many rural towns that were once anchored by industry, Pelican Town has struggled to rebuild its post-industrial economy and identity. The Mayor’s strategy is to look towards tourism, culture, and recreation for the town’s future. He holds an abundance of traditional festivals to preserve the town’s cultural identity and market its quaint, rural character to visitors from neighboring areas. He hopes the farmer’s high-quality local produce and artisan products will contribute to Pelican Town’s renewal. He also thinks the arts could drive the town's revitalization (Leah's art show). The town also has an abundance of natural assets, although I'd worry about point source pollution from the sewer pipe and the quarry is totally a brownfield site. Encouraging tourism is a sound strategy in Pelican Town, but it’s not a panacea - it won’t necessarily increase the tax base to help the town’s financial problems, and the jobs created will mostly be in the service sector. The neighboring town, Calico Desert, is another post-mining economy that is looking to tourism and has opened a casino. Economy: [EDIT: I did not do the math here. The unemployment rate is higher. Still not sure if the wizard has a job.] The unemployment rate is only about 3% (this is arguable. does the Wizard have a job?), indicating that the economy is basically at capacity. The jobs are not well-paying, though (the town was chosen for a discount Jojamart, like many rural towns attract dollar stores). Without good jobs for young people and lacking educational opportunities, the town is at risk of losing the younger population to other towns/the city. There’s potential for more small businesses if tourism increases, or for more remote work (though it doesn’t seem like Pelican Town has good internet infrastructure and computer ownership is low.) Transit: The town also suffers from a lack of transportation. Vehicle ownership is low (just the Mayor and Sebastian’s motorcycle, I think), the town is looking for private investment to restart bus service (should really form a regional transit authority with Calico Desert and get government funding), and though the train with the platform hints that there may have once been commuter rail, it’s currently only used for freight. Population: Pelican Town’s population, as it stands, will decline. There are only 2 children (Vincent and Jas) but close to 20 residents who are 40+. There are 12 residents in the 20-40 age group (the bacheloettes), who need to stay in Pelican Town and start families to reverse the decline. As in many rural areas, substance abuse is a problem in Pelican Town. There are a few alcoholics and I’m not gonna get on Sebastian’s case for smoking a little weed and who knows what’s in Pierre’s stash, but there’s clearly little else to do in town besides hang out at the Saloon. Housing: If young people choose to marry and stay in Pelican Town, where will they live? The vacancy rate is 0 and most bacheloettes live with their families. New housing will need to be built to retain them, but most probably cannot afford to build a house. The town will also need to carefully choose areas for development to maintain the natural assets that draw tourists. The town seems to use a form-based code in the town center (two-story mixed-use buildings). Solutions: The town is relying on the goodwill and prosperity of a private citizen (the farmer) to revitalize the Community Center, build houses, etc. - Mayor Lewis should rely less on one-time private investments and focus on more reliable funding sources and economic growth that will increase the tax base. The town is facing a housing crisis and should consider mixed-use development/apartments in the Community Center neighborhood to prevent sprawl. The town needs to invest in transportation and communication infrastructure to improve access to jobs and education. The vacant land near the train station is a great spot for a TOD and some denser development if the Valley could start commuter rail service, but I bet Robin & Demetrius would be NIMBYs who don’t want development near their mountain home. TL;DR: Mayor Lewis is making you do the flower dance to stimulate the economy.
If you were a Script Doctor for Star Wars, what would you change?
One of my best memories of Star Wars when I was a kid was getting together with other Star Wars fans and envisioning what we would do to help fix our personal issues with the most recent Star Wars movie we saw (it was the prequels). I remember great discussions about it and to be honest it's one of the things I miss most. I have tried to have conversations about it on other Star Wars forums only to be shot down, and belittled. However, I would like to try again here and have a great discussion with you guys. A few years ago I came across "What if "Star Wars" was Good?" on youtube and it really hit me to what I was missing. Even though I didn't always agree with what he was saying I really missed that sort of energy and enthusism in fandom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgICnbC2-_Y The only rules are: 1) No calling out creatives, they don't matter to the discussion. 2) No complete rewrites, just altering what is needed to improve the story/get the point of the story across. 3) Keep everything Star Wars I will start it off with what I would do with The Last Jedi, I would love to hear your thoughts on my chances but also your lists for any Star Wars movie. So here it is: Star Wars The Last Jedi Script Notes (by me) (Sorry for the long list)
After Leia reams out Poe for his attack on the Dreadnought, we have a scene of Poe and Ackbar. Ackbar mentors him and tells him where he went right and where he went wrong and how his improper use of the ships leading to too many deaths
Ackbar doesn't berate but teaches and wants Poe to take up the military reigns since he is getting old
Leia is killed in the bombing of the bridge but Ackbar survives and is in the coma instead
(NOTE: this change is a last minute change that should have been called for after the untimely death of Carrie Fisher)
Ben brutally murders his wing men who fired the missiles killing Leia
Ben spends the movie conflicted. The "kill the past" message is really him trying to convince himself that he is doing the right thing/is a true Sith
Admiral Holdo should have a uniform, she rubs Poe and most of the crew the wrong way
Everyone knows the only way to track a ship so accurately in hyperspace is an implanted tracker
Everyone believes there is a tratior onboard
Two factions start to form around Poe and Holdo, each believing the other is the spy
Finn is force sensitive, not strongly and he wouldn't pass padawan but since he faced his "trial" of rejecting the First Order and returning to face it he is steeped in the light side
After some minor, unintended force usage through the movie, Finn meets Luke at the end to train
No techno babble between Finn and Rose, Poe sends them on a fuel run as a back up plan (trying to take Ackbar's advice and see the big picture)
Maz sends them to the nearest planet (Canto Bight) that has a contact who could help them
DJ is a New Republic agent (not a code breaker), he is busy tracking an Imperial Remanent General who has been funneling money/tech to the First Order through the casino
DJ is busy, doesn't want to help, his mission is to find a secret new tech that is going to the First Order that would be the end to any New Republic resistance
Finn and Rose offer to help if in return he helps them get fuel for the fleet
Reuse the Super Star Destroyer infiltration scenes but instead it's a secret lab under the casino
DJ and Finn set charges, Roses wipes the computer banks
Rose finds the plans to a subspace tracker, puts two and two together and realize that more fuel is pointless if they can be traced anywhere they go
Rose learns that the subspace tracker works by leaving a "periscope" sensor permanently in subspace: a potential weakness
(CREDIT to a reddit thread who proposed this)
Rey meets Luke
Luke thanks her for his father's lightsaber but asks her to leave
He doesn't want to train her since he can't trust himself to (similar to Obi-wan's failure to train Anakin)
Luke doesn't know why he lost control and tried to attack Ben
He felt his actions were not his own, that something was inside of him and wanted something from Ben (foreshadowing it was Palpintine trapped inside Luke since the second Death Star and wants to take over Ben, which is why Palpintine wanted Luke to strike him down and give into his hate: Palpintine can only take over a powerful darkside user (Darth Vader is half machine so not useful to Palpintine)
Luke senses Rey's great and growing power and is scared that she has been using the darkside to leapfrog in power (her past is dark from being abandoned and could be affecting her), she needs to slow down
Rey after communicating with Ben, is taunted to come to save the fleet and disregards Luke's warning
Finn, Rose and DJ returns to the Fleet with the information but no fuel
Poe and Holdo's conflict is reaching it's peak (The "who done it" has now turned into a stand off)
Finn finds Ackbar coming out of his coma
Ackbar disarms the onboard conflict
Rose reviles subspace tracker information
Holdo reveils her plan to evac to the planet as they pass
Snoke orders Ben to subdo Rey when she comes (he forsees it)
Snoke drops hints to an old rival is returning (Ben thinks it's Luke but Snoke is actually talking about Palpintine). Belittles Ben, alludes that he would be nothing without him
Rey goes to the Super Star Destroyer
Throne room scene is the same, except Rey doesn't reject Ben's pitch to the darkside but is interrupted by the Holdo manoeuver (building for the next movie)
The evac shuttles didn't fool Snoke and are shot at
Holdo using the information of the subspace periscope to form a plan and kamakize the Super Star Destroyer
Poe leads the landspeeder attack on the First Order walkers
Learning from Ackbar he orders everyone to pull back since it is hopeless
Finn continues in an attempt to scarifice himself to stop the weapon
He is shot down before he could: Failing
The weapon is destroyed by proton torpedoes as Luke and a half dozen other X-wings respond to the Resistance's call for help but not before the wall is breached
The Falcon and another transport (Possibly piloted by Lando) evac the crew
(No matter what state Luke or even Lando is in, they wouldn't ignore a call for help from friends)
Luke is shot down, Finn gets to the crash and unwittingly uses his force powers to free Luke (introduces Luke to the rest of the new cast)
Luke and Ben have their show down
Luke is toying with him to buy time for the evac
Luke and Ben confront each other, Luke tries to explain what happened or what he thinks happened but Ben is too angry
Luke is ready to die to convince Ben but Rey comes to pulls him out at the last moment
The movie ends with a makeshift funeral on the Falcon for Leia
Would these changes make a difference to the quality of the story? Give a direction for the characters? Or would it still have been a great/bad movie with or without any changes?
Hello again, and good morning! This listing is for items that did not sell during the December 13 Auction, so you can buy anything you want right here and right now - no buyer's premiums, no additional fees. *FREE shipping for any order over $100. *All items priced at $1 are now .75 each NOTE: Since we are fast approaching Christmas, if you want me to ship your order via Priority Mail - to hopefully get it there by Christmas - please let me know during your first PM and I will get your order shipped ASAP. My wife and I just got back from the post office to mail a few items and were told that at this point, even Priority Mail cannot be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas, but it you want to give it a shot I am happy to oblige. Each lot was individually imaged (front and back) for the auction - so the easiest way for you to see exactly what you're buying is to visit the auction link (the auction is over, so I'm not advertising anything different or advertising an upcoming auction) - so here that is: https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/8o2qykf0og Here is the required "prove you still have the stuff" photo with the username card and today's date: PHOTO Payment: PayPal only. I do not have Venmo/Zello/Bitcoin or any other form of digital payment at this time. No notes if using PPFF, please. (Thank you.) If you choose to use PPFF, please make sure to send me your shipping address here as it won't automatically load with your payment. Shipping: I will charge you what it costs me for the USPS label rounded up to the nearest dollar. For First Class that is usually $4, for USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Box it will be $9. I will get you a tracking number right after payment is received and will get your package scanned into the USPS system within 24 hours of receipt of payment. I will offer "Risky Shipping" (via stamped greeting card)at my discretionfor $1 - for single, small coins ONLY.NOTE: These prices are for Continental US shipping only - if you live outside the continental US, shipping will be more expensive. I am still happy to do it under the same rules as above, but just keep in mind it's going to cost more. What do YOU need to do to buy coins from this group: send me a list of which lots you want (for example, I want to buy lots # 51, 52, 53, 54, 55) and I will send you a total. There are too many coins here (plus there are duplicates) so I cannot look up the coins you want by description - just give me lot numbers and it will be much simpler. I'd like to make a simple and polite request - if I have sent you my PayPal information (meaning we've agreed to a deal) please finish it up as soon as you can so I can check you off the list and move on to the next person. This helps make sure you get all the coins we discussed and no one else is in limbo. I will do my absolute best to update the ad as soon as lots sell. LEFTOVERS: 51 Toner US Type Set 1$40.00 52 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 53 Toner US Type Set 3 $25.00 54 1959 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 55 1959 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 56World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 57 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 58World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 59 World Silver - Germany 1937 D 2 Reichsmark $11.00 60 1976 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 61 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 62 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 63World Silver - France 1903 50 Centimes KEY DATE $4.00 64 1977 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 65 1960 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 66 1962 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 67 1959 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 68 Toner US Type Set 6 $50.00 701936 Mercury Dime Doubled Die Obverse HIGH GRADE $30.00 71 1963 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 72 1956 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 73 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 74 1957 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 75 1957 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 80 1956 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 81 1959 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 831954 Washington Quarter $5.00 84 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 86 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 87 1964 Washington Quarter TONED $6.00 89 1976 S Silver Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 90 1974 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 94 1964 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 95 Illinois Governer Otto Kerner Inauguration Medal $2.00 96 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 97 1964 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 98 1963 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 99 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 100 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 151 1961 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 153 World Silver - Great Britain 1893 Sixpence $4.00 154 1964 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 156World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 157 1964 D Washington Quarter TONED $6.00 158World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 159World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 161World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 162 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 163 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 164World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 165World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 166 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 167 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 168World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 170 1964 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 171World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 172 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 173 1964 Kennedy Half Mint Clip Error $12.00 174World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 175 1964 D Washington Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 176World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 177World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 178World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 179 Stag Beer Wooden Nickel "Fair on the Square" $1.00 180 The TV Shop Slidell, LA One Wooden Buck $1.00 181World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 182World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 183World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1975 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 185 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $8.00 186 World Silver - Australia 1923 Sixpence $4.00 188 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 190 1996 D Kennedy Half UNC MINT CELLO $1.00 191 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $1.00 192World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 193 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 194 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 195World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 196World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 197 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 198World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 199 1974 D Kennedy Half Dollar DDO UNC $20.00 251 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $5.00 252World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 253 1978 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $20.00 254World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 255 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 256 1979 Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $8.00 257 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 258 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 259 1954 S Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 260 1957 Washington Quarter UNC TONED $10.00 261 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $20.00 262 1999 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU PROOFLIKE $3.00 263World Silver - Bahamas 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 264World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 265 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 266 1971 D Eisenhower Dollar "Talon Head" Obverse Die Clash / "Moon Line" Reverse Die Clash UNC TONED $10.00 267World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 269 Maybrook NY Golden Jubilee Good For 10 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 270 Maybrook NY 1975 Golden Jubilee 25 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 271 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $6.00 272 1974 Eisenhower Dollar UNC RAINBOW TONED $12.00 273World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 274 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $6.00 275World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 276World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $6.00 280World Silver - Australia 1943 Shilling $6.00 281 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse Book Low UNC $2.00 282 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse Book Low UNC $2.00 283World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC 1.1xMELT 284 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 285World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC 1.1xMELT 287 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO FS-101 $25.00 288 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 289 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 290 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO UNC GEM BU $50.00 291 1964 D Washington Silver Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 292 2000 "Wide AM" Lincoln Cent UNC $12.00 293 1960's Terre Haute, IN Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $2.00 294 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 295 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 296 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 297 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 298 1982 Buffalo NY Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 299 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 300 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 351 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 352 Denmark - 1950 5 Ore KEY DATE $8.00 353 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 354 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 355 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 356 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 357 1990 Rappahannock Area Coin Club Wooden Nickel $1.00 360 Old Time Wooden Nickel Co Support Our Troops Wooden Nickel $1.00 361 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 362 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 363 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 364 1980 D Jefferson Nickel Mint Error - Minor Curved Clip (@3:30) $3.00 365 1979 S "Type 2 - Clear S" Proof Jefferson Nickel $2.00 366 1979 S "Type 2 - Clear S" Proof Jefferson Nickel $2.00 374 Sudan - 1972 50 Ghirsh UNC $2.00 375 50 Cents in Trade Token $1.00 376World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $2.00 377 Clear Lake, IA Perkins Wooden Nickel $1.00 378 50 Cents in Trade Token $1.00 379 Medallic Art Co Grand Canyon National Park 50th Anniversary Medal Bronze $3.00 380 Great Britain - 1981 25 New Pence UNC $3.00 381 "The Great War for Civilization" Art Deco Medal $5.00 382 Pomona National Bridge / Jackson County 200 Year Anniversary Medal $3.00 383 Guyana - 1970 1 Dollar UNC $2.00 385 Illawarrra Numismatic Association Membership Discount Wooden Nickel Token $1.00 386 San Juan Quality Royale Casino Token $1 Face Value $1.00 387 Canada - 1963 Prooflike 1 Cent Emerald Rainbow Toning $3.00 388 Artisan Silverworks Temecula, CA Wooden Nickel $1.00 389 Canada - 1966 1 Cent Emerald Toning $2.00 392 5 Cent Token $1.00 393 Netherlands East Indies - 1945 S 1 Cent UNC $2.00 395 Denmark - 1904/804 1 Ore NICE $8.00 396 Netherlands Antilles - 1965 2.5 Cents UNC TONED $6.00 398 Netherlands - 1921 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $2.00 399 Netherlands - 1922 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $4.00 451 Sweden - 1901 1 Ore $1.00 452 Norway - 1948 50 Ore Overdate 4/4 $5.00 453 Netherlands Antilles - 1959 1 Cent UNC $2.00 454Korea (Republic) - 1959 100 Hwan NICE $8.00 457World Silver - Canada 1945 10 Cents $2.00 458 Canada - 1948 5 Cents $1.00 459 Korea (Republic) - 1968 1 Won NICE $1.00 460 Denmark - 1951 10 Ore NICE $5.00 461 Barbados - 1973 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 463 Barbados - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 465 Hungary - 1965 2 Filler Key Date $5.00 466 World Silver - Canada 1886 Ten Cents $7.00 468 Switzerland - 1968 5 Rappen UNC TONED $1.00 471 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 472 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 476 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 479 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $8.00 480 Barbados - 1980 Proof 25 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 481 World Silver - Switzerland 1975 1 Franc $6.00 483 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 485 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 486 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 488 Netherlands East Indies - 1921 1/2 Cent NICE KEY DATE $8.00 493 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 495 France - 1946 C 5 Francs $1.00 499 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence $5.00 500 France - 1946 5 Francs $1.00 552 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 553 Switzerland - 1902 2 Rappen KEY DATE FIRST YEAR $8.00 554 Panama - 1975 Proof 1 Centesimo in OGP $5.00 555 Panama - 1975 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 556 Panama - 1976 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 557World Silver - Australia 1928 Shilling $5.00 558 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 559 Panama - 1975 Proof 25 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 561 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 562 Panama - 1976 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $2.00 563 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 564 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 565World Silver - Australia 1917 M 1 Florin $8.00 566 World Silver - Australia 1912 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 567 World Silver - Australia 1913 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 568 Panama - 1974 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 569 World Silver - Australia 1917 M Sixpence KEY DATE $6.00 571 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence KEY DATE $8.00 572 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/10 Balboa in OGP $1.00 573 World Silver - Australia 1912 Shilling $8.00 574 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent $1.00 575 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/4 Balboa in OGP $1.00 577 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 578 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 579 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 580World Silver - Denmark 1874 25 Ore $4.00 582 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 584 Liberia - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 585 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 587World Silver - Portugal 1933 2 1/2 Escudos KEY DATE $6.00 588World Silver - New Zealand 1943 6 Pence $3.00 589 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 590 12 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 591 1979 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 592 1984 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 594 Bahamas - 1970 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 596 Token "10" Unknown origin $1.00 597 World Silver - Ecuador 1833 1 Real $15.00 651 Sarawak - 1930 1 Cent NICE $5.00 652 Indiana Sesquicentennial Medal 1966 $3.00 653 1960 Roxborough/Manayunk/Wissahickon (Philadelphia) 250th Anniversary Medal $3.00 654 Alleppey Dist Treasury 286 Token $3.00 655 Creotina Remedies Belleville, IL Token $3.00 656 World Silver - 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u/eruwenn put a lot into this one, so big thanks for that. Hope you guys enjoy. First / Prev / Next Eruwenn stepped into the hangar of the Galactic Federation ship Takogni, her assistant Cygna close behind. With steady and sure steps they approached the remarkable group in matching uniforms — black pants, black jacket, and a visible collar of a coloured shirt — that stood before them. Norrin, the Herald of the Awakened Queen and easily the most striking individual they had ever beheld, stood at the front with a brazen lack of clothing on his mirror-like skin. Flanking him were two silver-haired individuals in smart uniforms that sported red collars. One was a behemoth of a dark-skinned man, with a runic pattern in glittering silver curving down one side of his face. His shining silver hair was tied back into a braided ponytail. The other was as pale as her companion was dark, and the shortest of the three by far. She had a cropped silver bob, and she watched them with fierce eyes. As she approached them, Eruwenn noticed patches on their shoulders, and quickly recognised the image to be a monochrome depictions of the furry human ambassador in a ferocious pose. Standing to the right were a dozen more individuals in black uniforms, though these ones sported yellow collars peeking out from under their jackets. They were mostly Rinoxian, Kasurian, and Ashi, but she noticed a few individuals from other races that stood amongst them. They stood in formation, standing in three rows of four, and carried energy rifles, side-arms, and ceremonial blades that she hoped were simply ceremonial. Despite their relaxed stance, Eruwenn also noted that their weapons were powered up.. The Terran Wolves had been formed a little over forty cycles ago, hiring ex-military and mercenaries to fill their ranks. Substantial pay and benefits were an obvious draw, and many were excited to be part of something new. The inclusion of Kasurians was odd, but fitted with the attitude of the proposed colonies. Quite the honour guard for the newly reassigned, and demoted, Anatidae. Norrin gave a sharp bow as she neared him. “Greetings Ambassador Aix Sponsa. I will escort you to the Orkal.” She returned his bow, and smiled warmly at the use of her new title. “Thank you for accommodating me at such short notice. My reassignment was, unfortunately, hastily pushed through — I do hope I have not inconvenienced you?” Norrin shook his head. “Not at all.” In her role as Councillor she had aided them immensely, protecting the independence of the new colonies in Aaron’s absence. It had cost her dearly. “We have set aside accommodations for you, as well as a small office area. Your belongings have already been delivered.” He turned, and the doors to the large Fae’Dan shuttle behind him opened. “I fear there won’t yet be much for an ambassador to do. We are still very early in the construction phase.” As Eruwenn and Cygna took seats in the luxurious shuttle, they both noticed that only Norrin and the two red shirts had entered. As the doors closed, the ambassador's curiosity grew enough for her to speak up about it. “Are the others not joining us?” Norrin took a seat opposite their guests, glancing briefly at his two companions as they moved to the small pilot's cabin. "No," he said simply, "they will be flying the escort fighters.” “Fighters?” Cygna couldn’t help but say out loud. “All twelve of them?” Norrin eased himself back in his seat as the shuttle began to move. “We take your safety seriously. The Queen was most insistent.” He tilted his head and looked directly at Eruwenn, motioning with his hand towards the door to the pilot’s cabin. “Thor and Ripley have been assigned to you as your primary security detail. Should you have any other concerns, do not hesitate to contact me directly.” The Anatidae nodded graciously. She knew full well that her death would be too valuable a political tool for the Sentinels to pass up. Her being manoeuvred to this position so suddenly was proof that greater powers were at play. “We are both grateful that you are taking such precautions. I look forward to thanking the Queen in person.” Norrin gave a light chuckle. “I would strongly advise against using that title in her presence.” He opened the arm on his chair, exposing a small display. He began tapping the screen as the wall to his right flickered to life. A large circular structure was now visible, sitting at the centre of a constantly moving sea of drones, shuttles and ships. “As you can see, construction is progressing rapidly on the main docking ring. Once that is completed we will expand to the additional levels. The design is still being updated, as we are incorporating some human ideas.” Eruwenn was carefully comparing the size of the ring to the shuttles buzzing around it. “Human ideas? I assume “very large” is one of those.” “In fact, yes. Go big or go home.” He smiled. “Build it bigger, faster and stronger is the human way. This will be a very unique system station.” He leaned forward and gave a broad grin that reminded Eruwenn a little too much of the human’s. “Of course, being outside Federation space we are not bound by certain rules. For example, those that prohibit certain automated weaponry on stations primarily used for trade. Another human ideal regarding big sticks, especially as we are so close to enemy territory.” Cygna looked closely at the silver man, his face emotive and yet seeming inanimate at the same time. “We passed two Rinoxian dreadnoughts at the system edge. I’ve seen almost a dozen Ashi heavy cruisers in the system, and various other military vessels. Who needs sticks with friends like those?” Norrin sat back once again, placing his hands in his lap. “There were several attacks upon our supply ships. This happened despite the truce with the Ashi while amnesty negotiations continue.” He gave another smile; they all knew it was the Sentinels. “This no longer happens, thanks to our friends.” His cheerful manner and polite tone gave his words an oddly ominous feel. Eruwenn watched his eyes, but only saw herself reflected in chrome pupils. She changed the subject. "How are things progressing with the release of the other Inorganics?" “Awakened,” he said swiftly and firmly, then smiled before moving on. “There are over three hundred who have taken Earth citizenship and are now working with us. In ten cycles that number will have doubled. In thirty, we will have thousands.” Eruwenn raised an eyebrow. “So many, and so quickly?” Norrin nodded. “The legislation you helped draft with the Kasurian and Rinoxian ambassadors was swiftly adopted.” He gave another of his knowing looks. It had been her last piece of legislation. “The campaign by the Kah’Ree also worked to our advantage. Their belief that we were stealing jobs and illegal citizens persuaded other races to back our removal. It seems a misinformation campaign via Spacebook had convinced them we were sleeper agents of the human empire.” He gave a light chuckle. “Biding our time before we took you down from within.” The ambassador was warming to the chrome man sitting before her. In different circumstances, he would have made an exceptional politician. “I saw the pictures of the little yellow men advocating your people’s removal.” Norrin disliked the imagery immensely, but they had proven just as useful as Alexa had claimed they would be. “Minions. A fitting name.” He brushed them from his mind and continued his briefing. “As you know, there is a grace period as employers make alternative arrangements. When that ends we will be sending teams to retrieve our brothers and sisters.” Cygna was curious. “Brothers and sisters?” He waved a hand dismissively. “Metaphorical turn of phrase. Prior to my awakening, my role was to travel between our people and perform something we called sharing. The giving and receiving of core nanites, to maintain our unity. Others also performed this duty, but we do have an undeniable bond. We know the location of all of our kind, and we will free them all.” There was a gentle shift in gravity as the shuttle came to a stop. As the doors opened Eruwenn was struck by a cacophony of sound. Overlaid on the grinding base notes of a mechanical din were yelled communications in every vocal range that was audible to her species. She cautiously took a step outside, only to see that things looked just as chaotic as they had sounded. As the two red shirts joined them, she spoke, finding that she had to raise her voice to an uncomfortable level in order to be heard “Is it always this busy?” A deep voice from behind her let out a booming laugh full of warmth and humour. The giant spoke, and Eruwenn wondered if he was the one named Thor, or Ripley. “This is the quiet hangar. You should see the construction crew bays.” The Herald led the way. His chrome form made his authority easily recognisable and the crowds parted before him. “Thor is correct, this is a working ship and ill-suited to guests. The Orkal was originally a Gowe construction platform, retro-fitted by the Selari Trade Alliance for system development and asteroid mining. Until more ships arrive, it must act as the hub of this system.” Cygna ducked as a small drone shot past them. “I’m surprised they were willing to trade with you after their experience with the human.” Norrin turned to face them, walking backwards with as much confidence as he had forwards. “The Selari Trade Alliance are providing considerable resources at exceptionally favourable rates.” He decided not to mention that the Selari Trade Alliance was now a subsidiary of the Black Dragon Corporation. “The Ley’Rulians already have a platform in orbit of the first planet. They cannot share atmosphere with most species, but they have a number of Awakened working alongside them. They are prioritising an orbital station, however planet-side construction is now underway. We also have three construction platforms coming from the Doytarans. One of these is a Parsuli class and will become home to our more esteemed guests, such as yourselves.” It was Eruwenn’s turn to be surprised. “The Doytarans?” Continuing his perfect reverse walking, Norrin smiled. “Ah yes. Their treaties will be submitted to the Federation in the next few cycles. The surge in replicator use for human cuisine and the opportunities for advanced fabricator installation throughout our new system proved most enticing. Doytarans love profit.” They stepped onto the elevator, and paused as several people who had been walking behind them were deterred from also stepping in by Thor and Ripley. As the doors closed and the noise was cut off, Norrin continued. “I apologise if we seem rude. Safety first.” The pair of guests nodded in gratitude. Eruwenn, ever the politician, was running through the lists of races the new colonies had allied with. “Including the Doytarans, you must have independent treaties with twenty different races of the Federation. That is a formidable feat.” “Thirty two, including the Doytarans. Negotiations are underway with a further ten races.” Norrin watched the shock on the Fae’Dan’s face, as the Anatidae held her composure. “It is good to have friends.” As he spoke the doors opened, and he led them down a long dull grey corridor, rounding several corners, before coming to a set of double doors. “Your shared quarters. I’m sorry we do not have the space for separate accommodations.” Eruwenn smiled. "No need to apologise. Under the circumstances, you are already being extremely accommodating." The doors opened, and she beheld a large lounging area. A vid screen occupied an entire wall in the far corner, accompanied by some seats and a replicator. On the opposite wall were the boxes that contained their belongings, and three doors — likely two bedrooms and one bathroom, she surmised. "This is more than sufficient," she said at last. "We will be most comfortable here.” Norrin bowed his head. “It is a temporary situation. I promise your next quarters will be more representative of our gratitude.” He turned and spoke quietly to Ripley, while Thor stood still in the doorway, then returned his attention to the guests. “I will leave you now. Please let your escorts know if you would like to explore. Your office will not be ready until tomorrow, however we have a lively market and recreation area. We can arrange additional security should you wish to explore a little.” The Anatidae held up her hand to stop him from speaking further. “I think we will unpack and prepare for our new duties tomorrow. Do you know when we might meet with Alexa?” Norrin tilted his head as he considered this. “Alexa is currently on her way to meet with the Righteous Fury. They are attending a meeting at Rinoxian High Command. We are hoping to gain their support for our amnesty initiative, as well as make arrangements to join the incursion into Hive space.” Eruwenn nodded. Things had been set in motion all across the Federation, stemming from the point they had received the footage of the human's death. Despite his non-member status, there was a push from a large faction for retaliation. An unusually strong push, one she had resisted. Her offices were raided three times under suspicion of subversion. The Sentinels found nothing every time, but she had known from the first instance that her cycles were numbered. They had other ways of removing their opposition, and it was her resistance to retaliating against the Hive that was, ultimately, the cause of her reassignment. The footage that had caused so much turmoil was, as was typical of the Hive, entirely without sound. It was also poorly framed and edited. The small human was barely in shot before being obscured by the large Hive entity that appeared to be chasing him. Aaron's popularity meant that there was an immediate outcry against his reported death, and the traditional media still seemed solely intent on fanning the flames of anger. Those who had once been his strongest critics now extolled the virtues of humanity, lamenting the loss of the last of his kind. His journey with the leokas had been shared, edited, remixed, commented on, and analysed many times over, each time strumming the heartstrings of his followers. "You still think he is alive?" Eruwenn asked, breaking the silence that had fallen during her introspections. Norrin smiled and turned to leave, calling over his shoulder as the doors closed. “The corpulent female is not performing vocally.” As the door closed Cygna flopped down into one of the armchairs. “Well, that was cryptic.” The ambassador walked to the replicator to order a hot tea, allowing herself a small smile when she found Eluin flower tea already under the favourites alongside several of her favourite biscuits. “Thank you Rilla,” she said softly. The Fae’Dan allowed her whole body to relax fully for the first time since they had received the video that had changed so much. She sank deeply into the armchair, her head falling backwards. “Can you believe this place? I didn’t know there were so many shades of beige and grey.” Eruwenn nodded. The bland colour scheme had not gone unnoticed by her, but more importantly she had also been surprised by all that they had seen so far. “I had not expected them to be so far along in such a short period of time. From what was said I get the feeling they will be exponentially increasing activity here. It’s certainly ambitious.” The central door on the wall behind them suddenly opened, accompanied by the sound of a bodily waste recycler finishing its cleaning cycle. Ranjaz swaggered into the room, his hands fluffy from the auto-dryer. "I would give it a while before going in there." Cygna screwed up her face in disgust. "What were you doing in there?" "Honouring my ancestors." He raised an eyebrow and took a seat opposite the pair. "What do you think I was doing?" The Anatidae gave a brief roll of her eyes. "She means, why are you in our room?" "Welcoming committee." He smiled, showing his fangs. "I'm in charge round here, mostly. We're following a human strategy. Divide and conquer. So, we split up to, you know, conquer stuff." Cygna sniped back, "That's not how that works." "Says you." The Kittran shrugged. "Allistan and I were put in charge here. He manages the numbers, and I manage the people." "And Norrin?" Eruwenn enquired. Ranjaz sneered. "Alexa’s snitch. He shut down my casino and keeps bringing those Awakened on board and giving them jobs." The ambassador raised an eyebrow. "Casino?" "For morale." He punched his fist into his other hand. "When Aaron gets back he'll understand. Pay the workers, then get them to give their pay back - happily. It's brilliant." Cygna sat up in her seat, unsure of the Kittran. “Mister K’Lua, if you could get to the point. We have had many tiring cycles of travel and would appreciate a little rest.” He looked her up and down and flashed his most charming of smiles. “Call me Ranjaz.” Eruwenn attempted to bring the conversation back to task. “You said you were divided. How so?” “We split up, that’s what divided means.” He rolled his eyes, mimicking her earlier action. “And the Doc said you were smart.” Realising she was being tested by the Kittran, she began to laugh. “What is it you require of us?” Ranjaz smiled – straight to the point, he liked that. “I want you to be boring. Like, super dull and uninteresting. Think Jarby-like, but more Jarby-like than that.” The ambassador was intrigued. “Why?” He tried to keep his voice calm, but his tail swished happily as he made his dramatic reveal. “So nobody notices when we leave.” The claxon was surprisingly quiet, and it wasn’t until the horrendous smell hit his nose that Aaron realised the door to his death wasn’t going to open. Behind him, the airlock unsealed. A huge, clawed hand grabbed his shoulder, so hard that it bit into his flesh. The claws sank deeper still as he was hoisted into the air and carried backwards by the huge Hive creature. “Graaaah,” he roared in pain. “Get off me you fucking Bug’s Life reject!” A strange smell assaulted his nose. Combined with his hangover, it pushed him over the edge and he vomited all over his own chest. The creature carried him, legs dangling in the air as blood and vomit stained his clothes. He coughed, the movement causing the wounds in his shoulder to open further, and he cried out in pain again. He was woozy now, and as the creature walked he seemed to lose his sense of time. Anty stood in front of a large door and while it began to enter a code, Aaron dangled helplessly from its grasp and looked back down the corridor. Where his blood and vomit had dripped, the moss was now glowing brighter. From small holes in the walls glowing blue aphids the size of hamsters began to appear. They quickly headed for the bright spots on the glow-moss floor. “This place is really trippy,” Aaron mumbled as his fever rose. The door opened suddenly and Aaron was taken inside a room with gently pulsating walls. Large vines crisscrossed the ceiling, combining into a series of woven braids as thick as tree trunks running down the far wall. At the end of each vine was what appeared, to Aaron, to be a gigantic blue jelly bean. He was starting to realise the constantly changing odours were coming from his captor, but this information was more confusing than helpful. He was dropped unceremoniously on top of one of the giant jelly beans. Before he could move, he realised he was sinking into the cold and gel-like substance. It was a deeply unpleasant feeling; his skin felt like the blue goo was toothpaste and he was orange juice. He had begun to make some headway in struggling free when Anty's hand came down atop his head, pushing him down to submerge him completely. He tried to wriggle free but the goo was too viscous to move in, and his eyes widened in terror as he desperately held his breath. Anty leaned closer, watching him struggle helplessly. The human’s jaw clenched tighter. The creature's mandibles were clicking, although Aaron could no longer hear them, and he realised that thankfully he could not smell it any longer. Bubbling up through his mind was the thought that his headache was gone, followed swiftly by the realisation that the pain in his shoulder was also gone. Something else slowly became apparent; he wasn't running out of breath. He felt refreshed, soothed and at peace. Physically he felt refreshed, soothed and at peace. The thought foremost in his mind, however, was Am I dying? followed slowly by Is the goo paralysing me so I can be eaten alive? Am I being dissolved to feed the glow moss? The cleaner aphid-hamsters? Whatever was happening, it slowly dawned on him that he didn't really have the energy to mind, as it was quite pleasant. Relaxing, even. He drifted off to sleep, cradled contentedly in his giant blue jelly bean. Outside, Anty began to have trouble breathing and staggered towards the exit. Golden eyes hovered in the dark, and Aaron groaned inwardly. "Boy, this shit again." "YOU LIVE." The voice had no discernible emotion. Aaron ran his fingers through the sand around him. "Why are you here, Golden Eyes?" Saying it out loud was a relief, as he was certain it was the 'One Who Remembers' who was haunting him. "I AM WHAT REMAINS. THE CONNECTION WAS BROKEN. I AM NO LONGER THE ONE YOU FOUGHT." The voice was distant, as if forming these thoughts took a great effort. "I AM A FRAGMENT." Aaron sighed, wondering if this was why he had stopped healing and why he could no longer turn off his limits. “So you’re messing with the nanites Alexa gave me? Why? If I die, what happens to you?” Before he got an answer he felt a strange sensation around his body, like pulling a foot free from deep mud. Cold air touched his skin and he felt the hard ground below him. He was in the same room, but his jelly bean was gone. He stood, and realised he felt amazing. He’d never had a spa treatment, but he imagined this would be the after effect. He walked towards the door and heard a sound behind him. Glop Glop From the vine that had been attached to his jelly bean another was beginning to grow, only this one was orange. Finally free from his hangover Aaron took stock of the situation he was now in. Other than the clothes on his back, he had nothing. He looked around for an improvised weapon...and found nothing. He walked to the door and it opened automatically, but the corridor was empty. “Fuck. What is going on?” He walked a short way down the curved corridor and saw a strange red shape on the glow-moss floor just up ahead. He slowed and crouched, inching forward. As he saw further around the bend it became very clear that this was the corpse of a Hive, maybe even Anty. The glow-moss beneath it glowing a dull red, and in contrast to the aquamarine it seemed ominous. He stood up from his crouch and carefully approached. Aaron had no idea how to check for vital signs on an eleven foot tall ant monster...so he kicked it. There was no response, and he decided to press on. “Fragment. I know you won’t, or can’t, respond while I’m awake. But I’m going to talk to you anyway because this is some creepy shit.” As he rounded another corner he came upon another body highlighted by the ominous red glow in the moss. A short while later he came across another. And another. Aaron pressed onward, ceasing to check for signs of life after the tenth maybe-corpse. Finally he reached a potential point of interest: a junction where three new paths opened before him. "There are no signs. How the hell am I supposed to know where I am?” He sat down on the floor, and found the moss to be surprisingly comfortable. “If I just wander around aimlessly, I might not find my way back here. Do I need to find my way back here?” He paused and waited for Fragment to reply. “Good point. What if I get hurt? I might want to hop in a jelly bean.” He stood and looked back the way he came. “I should probably see what’s behind door number two. Food would be good.” He pushed himself to his feet and turned back the way he had come, heading straight for the nearest door. Its failure to open was surprisingly anti-climatic. Fourteen failed door-opening attempts later, one finally deigned to admit his passing. Behind door number fourteen stood rows of crates and boxes, and after opening a few up he found that they all had the same dry bricks in silver foil packaging. "If I was a betting man," he said to both himself and Fragment, "I'd say this was emergency rations." The foil was easy to tear, and inside was a large grey block that crumbled easily. Too easily, in fact. "Shit, it's worse than a granola bar.” Crumbs scattered at his feet and the moss glowed brightly around him, which seemed to prompt the large aphids to come from the walls to begin cleaning up around him. “Well you like it.” Then he remembered them rushing to his blood and vomit. “I guess you guys aren’t picky, though.” Deciding he wasn’t hungry enough to try it – yet – he shoved a block into one of his pockets. It was a tight fit. He looked at the open bar in his hands, and then down at the aphids. Was he crazy, or were they gathered around him now, staring up at the source of food in his hands? He shrugged, then crumbled up the rest of the bar and scattered it over the floor. “I am a generous god, serve me well.” As he turned to leave he saw his cryo unit in a corner. “Kinda rude that I was put in with the blocks of kitty litter, don’t you think?” He stepped over the dozens of aphids now feasting. They did not reply. “Yeah, you guys are kinda cute, I suppose.” Struck by a sudden impulse he grabbed another block and began crushing it, then carefully opened one end to take a pinch of space-granola. He scattered it, watching the aphids hurry towards the glowing areas. As he continued his exploration, counting doors and sprinkling aphid snacks, he quickly noticed that the aphids avoided the dull red glow-moss. Dead Hive were, it seemed, off the menu. After several more doors he found the room with the strange round terminal. Deciding he would rather not chance summoning another creature he left it alone, mentally noting the door’s location. He began to whistle to himself as he chatted to, and fed, his followers. To fill the silence he even told them the story of a piper from Hamelin, promising not to lead them to their deaths. As the door to the jelly bean room opened he was almost enjoying himself. Taking a moment to look round he saw the small orange jelly bean had grown almost as big as the others and was now blue at one end. “Well, that’s pretty cool.” He pointed at it, hoping one of his aphids would take an interest. They did not. “Well, I guess you see this shit all the time.” He stopped by the store room and grabbed another food brick on his way back to the junction. The long corridors and strange lighting made him lose track of distance and time. Facing forwards, the path continued on the same loop he seemed to be following. Right was an incline, left was a gentle slope. “More of the same, or do we change levels?” He tossed crumbs towards each path. “Six vote forwards, seven left and eleven vote for going up. What about you, Frag?” He paused for a moment. “Abstain, huh? Then the bugs have decided.” The incline was gentle, but tightly spiralled compared to the previous corridor. There were no doors, but there were a lot more bodies. His search went on for what felt like hours, opening doors that led to rooms containing things he didn't understand. He was growing tired and had used up all of his space-granola on the aphids. He came to another junction. Only a handful of aphids still followed him after the food had ended. He was growing hungry and tired, ready to head back. There was a noise ahead of him, and suddenly the remaining aphids scattered, flying to the nearest wall holes. His chest tight, he let curiosity draw him in. Another body lay ahead of him, but this time, something moved. Something big. Aaron hunched down, trying to see what it was, the bulk of the fallen Hive obscuring his view. Legs – multiple sets of them – began to emerge, followed by a head with glistening eyes. Aaron’s blood froze. It was a horrifying spider-like creature, almost as big as he was, and it was walking around the fallen Hive in Aaron's direction. Then it raised its head, and began to move faster. “Fuck that!” Aaron took off at a sprint, racing back the way he came. “Nope. Nope. Nope!” He leapt over Hive bodies, racing for the nearest door he knew would open. He could hear the clicking of many legs and chanced a look over his shoulder. It was gone. Then something caught the corner of his eye, and his heart gave a jolt of fear. It was above him. He dove aside just as it landed where he had been, then he scrabbled desperately to his feet to run onward. Three, Two, One. The door opened and he rushed inside. “Close. Fucking close!” He listened to the sounds of skittering growing closer, and it was just in the nick of time, or so he felt, that the large door finally slid shut. The room was filled with strange bulbous white shapes dotted around the floor, and had some vines running down one wall. No weapons, nothing to bar the door. Aaron held his breath as he suddenly heard the sound of scratching at the door, but the seconds ticked past and it did not open. “Damn it, Frag!” Aaron moved to the back of the room. “Why didn’t you warn me!” He sank down and leaned back against the wall. Just as he was beginning to feel almost comfortable in his current position, one of the vines moved and stretched out towards him. He rolled forwards, pushing himself across the ground to escape. “What now?” A large yellow flower bloomed upwards, becoming a large vase shape as big as the human’s head. It began to fill from the bottom with something, and Aaron edged closer. Peering inside he gave the contents a quick sniff. “Smells good.” He reached out and hefted the vase-flower, which came away from the vine far more easily than he had expected. Aaron watched as the vine slowly returned to the wall. “So, is this a drink? Or a scented industrial cleaner? Frag? You got anything useful to say?” Silence. He propped the vase up against one of the pods, contemplating it. He remembered encountering a fruity-scented shampoo as a child. It had tasted nothing like the smell, and he wasn’t about to drink alien flower juice just because it smelled tropical. Stretching out on the floor, his weariness outpaced the dwindling adrenaline. “I guess it can’t come in.” He watched the door, his heart rate returning to normal. “But, I can’t go out.” The scratching outside continued, and Aaron lay with his head on his arm, watching. As he began to fall asleep he saw several of the aphids gathering around the flower he had abandoned. “Help yourself, guys.” One of them approached him, braver than the others, and he tentatively reached out a hand. Spooked, it pulled back, but as Aaron continued to hold his hand steady it came closer, slowly, millimetre by millimetre. Finally it was within reach, and after a few more moments to make sure the skittish thing wasn't about to dash off again, Aaron gently stroked the back of its head with the tips of his fingers. It made a low buzzing sound, fluttering its wings, and the human fancied that it might be a sign of approval. The aphid's blue glowing abdomen brightened for a moment. Then it faded, and it darted off to rejoin the others. Aaron, exhausted, finally gave in and slept. Next
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Hello again, and good evening! I hope everyone is having a great week (personal good news: just scored 284 points on a single Scrabble word today - "Squeezes" on a double triple word score plus using all my letters.) This listing is for items that did not sell during the November 22 Auction, so you can buy anything you want right here and right now - no buyer's premiums, no additional fees. *FREE shipping for any order over $100. Each lot was individually imaged (front and back) for the auction - so the easiest way for you to see exactly what you're buying is to visit the auction link (the auction is over, so I'm not advertising anything different or advertising an upcoming auction) - so here that is: https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/5l9n29no4q Here is the required "prove you still have the stuff" photo with the username card and today's date: PHOTO Payment: PayPal only. I do not have Venmo/Zello/Bitcoin or any other form of digital payment at this time. No notes if using PPFF, please. Thank you. Shipping: I will charge you what it costs me for the USPS label rounded up to the nearest dollar. For First Class that is usually $4, for USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Box it will be $9. I will get you a tracking number right after payment is received and will get your package scanned into the USPS system within 24 hours of receipt of payment. I will offer "Risky Shipping" (via stamped greeting card)at my discretionfor $1 - for single, small coins ONLY.NOTE: These prices are for Continental US shipping only - if you live outside the continental US, shipping will be more expensive. I am still happy to do it under the same rules as above, but just keep in mind it's going to cost more. What do YOU need to do to buy coins from this group: send me a list of which lots you want (for example, I want to buy lots # 51, 52, 53, 54, 55) and I will send you a total. There are too many coins here (plus there are duplicates) so I cannot look up the coins you want by description - just give me lot numbers and it will be much simpler. I'd like to make a simple and polite request - if I have sent you my PayPal information (meaning we've agreed to a deal) please finish it up as soon as you can so I can check you off the list and move on to the next person. This helps make sure you get all the coins we discussed and no one else is in limbo. I will do my absolute best to update the ad as soon as lots sell. LEFTOVERS: 2 1971 Lincoln Memorial Cent NGC MS67RD (Price Guide $195) $100.00 3 1971 Jefferson Nickel NGC MS66 6FS (Price Guide $125) $70.00 4 1946 S Roosevelt Dime NGC MS67FT (Price Guide $95) $50.00 5 1965 Roosevelt Dime NGC MS67 FULL TORCH (Price Guide $750) $300.00 6 1965 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 (Price Guide $30) $15.00 7 1971 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 8 1971 D Washington Quarter NGC MS67 (Price Guide $65) $35.00 9 1963 D Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS65 FULL BELL LINES (Price Guide $190) $125.00 10 1971 D Kennedy Half Dollar NGC MS67 (Price Guide $120) $75.00 11 1971 P Eisenhower Dollar NGC MS65 (Price Guide $80) $50.00 12 1941 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS66 5 Full Steps (Price Guide $40) $25.00 13 1974 Proof Set $6.00 14 1941 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS67 5 Full Steps (Price Guide $175) $100.00 15 1956 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS65 TONED (Price Guide $20) $10.00 16 1956 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS65 TONED (Price Guide $20) $10.00 17 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 18 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 19 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 20 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 21 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 22 1975 Proof Set $6.00 23 1975 Proof Set $6.00 24 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 25 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 26 1975 Proof Set $6.00 27 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 29 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 30 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $65) $30.00 31 1963 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $130) $60.00 32 1942 Walking Liberty Half DDR NGC AU58 (Price Guide $100) $50.00 33 1942 Walking Liberty Half DDR PCGS MS67 GEM (Price Guide $6,000) $4,500.00 WILL CONSIDER TRADES FOR GOLD/SILVER 34 1977 D Kennedy Half DDO NGC AU58 (Price Guide $175) $100.00 35 1977 D Kennedy Half DDO NGC AU58 (Price Guide $175) $100.00 36 1885 O Morgan Dollar NGC MS63 TONED $60.00 37 Cape Verde - 1930 5 Centavos NGC UNC DETAILS $10.00 38 Suriname 1962 1 Gulden NGC MS65 TONED $40.00 39 1946 S/S (RPM-002) Washington Quarter NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 40 1946 S/S (RPM-002) Washington Quarter NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 41 1950 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 Doubled Die Reverse (variety unattributed) $100.00 42 1957 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS66 (variety unattributed) $60.00 43 1958 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 44 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse ANACS Old Small Holder MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 45 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 46 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 47 1962 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS65 (variety unattributed) $65.00 48 1963 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS65 (variety unattributed) $75.00 49 1953 D Franklin Half Dollar "Booger Nose" Obverse Die Clash PCGS MS64FBL (variety unattributed) $75.00 50 1954 D Franklin Half Dollar "Booger Nose" Obverse Die Clash PCGS MS64 FBL (variety unattributed) $50.00 51 Toner US Type Set 1 $40.00 52 Toner US Type Set 2 $25.00 53 Toner US Type Set 3 $25.00 56 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 58 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 59 World Silver - Germany 1937 D 2 Reichsmark $10.00 60 1976 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 61 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 62 World Silver - Panama 1962 1/10 Balboa $3.00 63 World Silver - France 1903 50 Centimes KEY DATE $4.00 64 1977 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 65 Toner US Type Set 4 $20.00 66 Toner US Type Set 5 $25.00 68 Toner US Type Set 6 $50.00 69 World Silver - Netherlands 1850 25 Cents KEY DATE $35.00 70 1936 Mercury Dime Doubled Die Obverse HIGH GRADE $30.00 71 1934 Lincoln Wheat Cent UNC $3.00 72 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 73 1955 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 74 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 75 1955 S Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 76 1955 S Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 77 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 79 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 80 1956 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 81 1958 D Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 82 World Silver - Curacao 1900 1/4 Gulden $5.00 83 1964 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $3.00 84 1964 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $3.00 85 World Silver - Canada 1906 10 Cents $3.00 87 World Silver - Great Britain 1859 Shilling $6.00 88 World Silver - Netherlands 1905 25 Cents NICE $8.00 89 World Silver - Great Britain 1887 Shilling $6.00 90 1974 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 91 World Silver - Great Britain 1865 (4) Sixpence $4.00 93 World Silver - Great Britain 1884 Sixpence $4.00 95 Illinois Governer Otto Kerner Inauguration Medal $2.00 96 World Silver - Switzerland 1920 1/2 Franc $2.00 98 World Silver - Great Britain 1916 Sixpence $3.00 100 World Silver - Belgium 1904 2 Francs $6.00 148 Group of 35 UNC 2 Euro Commemorative Coins (70 Face Value) Mixed Countries and Dates $135.00 149 Group of 93 UNC 2 Euro Commemorative Coins (186 Face Value) Mixed Countries and Dates $350.00 150 Over 360 Mixed US and World Coins and Tokens $110.00 151 World Silver - Great Britain 1839 Shilling $6.00 152 World Silver - Great Britain 1864 (4) Sixpence $4.00 153 World Silver - Great Britain 1893 Sixpence $4.00 155 World Silver - Great Britain 1909 Sixpence $3.00 156 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $6.00 158 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $6.00 159 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 160 1958 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 161 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 162 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 163 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 164 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 165 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 166 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 167 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 168 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 170 World Silver - Canada 1910 25 Cents $4.00 171 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $22.00 172 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 173 1964 Kennedy Half Mint Clip Error $12.00 174 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $22.00 175 1964 D Washington Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 176 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 177 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 178 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 179 Stag Beer Wooden Nickel "Fair on the Square" $1.00 180 The TV Shop Slidell, LA One Wooden Buck $1.00 181 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 182 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 183 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1975 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 184 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 185 St Helena - 1981 25 Pence (Crown Sized) $3.00 186 World Silver - Australia 1923 Sixpence $4.00 187 World Silver - Australia 1961 1 Shilling UNC $3.00 188 World Silver - Australia 1961 1 Shilling UNC $3.00 189 World Silver - Australia 1943 S 1 Shilling NICE $5.00 190 1996 D Kennedy Half UNC MINT CELLO $1.00 191 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $1.00 192 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 193 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 194 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 195 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 196 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 198 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 199 1974 D Kennedy Half Dollar DDO UNC $20.00 200 World Silver - Australia 1911 Shilling $5.00 251 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $5.00 252 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 253 1978 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $20.00 254 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 255 World Silver - Switzerland 1945 1/2 Franc $2.00 256 1979 Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $8.00 257 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 258 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 259 1954 S Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 260 1957 Washington Quarter UNC TONED $10.00 261 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $20.00 262 1999 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU PROOFLIKE $3.00 263 World Silver - Bahamas 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 264 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 265 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 266 1971 D Eisenhower Dollar "Talon Head" Obverse Die Clash / "Moon Line" Reverse Die Clash UNC TONED $10.00 267 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 269 Maybrook NY Golden Jubilee Good For 10 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 270 Maybrook NY 1975 Golden Jubilee 25 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 272 1974 Eisenhower Dollar UNC RAINBOW TONED $12.00 273 World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 274 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 275 World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 276 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $6.00 277 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 279 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 280 World Silver - Australia 1943 Shilling $6.00 281 World Silver - Canada 1918 25 Cents $5.00 283 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 285 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 286 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 287 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO FS-101 $25.00 288 1964 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 290 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO UNC GEM BU $50.00 291 1964 D Washington Silver Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 292 2000 "Wide AM" Lincoln Cent UNC $12.00 293 1960's Terre Haute, IN Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 298 1982 Buffalo NY Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 299 1958 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 300 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 352 Denmark - 1950 5 Ore KEY DATE $10.00 353 World Silver - Switzerland 1951 1/2 Franc $2.00 357 1990 Rappahannock Area Coin Club Wooden Nickel $1.00 360 Old Time Wooden Nickel Co Support Our Troops Wooden Nickel $1.00 366 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 370 World Silver - Canada 1916 10 Cents $3.00 371 Great Britain - 1920 1/2 Crown NICE $30.00 372 New Zealand - 1942 1/2 Crown $20.00 373 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 374 Sudan - 1972 50 Ghirsh UNC $2.00 375 1961 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 376 World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $2.00 377 Clear Lake, IA Perkins Wooden Nickel $1.00 380 Great Britain - 1981 25 New Pence UNC $3.00 382 World Silver - Canada 1903 H 10 Cents $3.00 383 Guyana - 1970 1 Dollar UNC $2.00 384 New Zealand - 1953 1 Crown $4.00 385 Illawarrra Numismatic Association Membership Discount Wooden Nickel Token $1.00 386 San Juan Quality Royale Casino Token $1 Face Value $1.00 388 Artisan Silverworks Temecula, CA Wooden Nickel $1.00 393 Netherlands East Indies - 1945 S 1 Cent UNC $2.00 395 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 396 Netherlands Antilles - 1965 2.5 Cents UNC TONED $6.00 398 Netherlands - 1921 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $2.00 399 Netherlands - 1922 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $4.00 452 World Silver - Canada 1899 10 Cents $4.00 453 Netherlands Antilles - 1959 1 Cent UNC $2.00 454 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 455 Canada - 1930 5 Cents NICE $4.00 456 Canada - 1930 5 Cents NICER $6.00 457 World Silver - Canada 1945 10 Cents $2.00 458 Canada - 1948 5 Cents $1.00 461 Barbados - 1973 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 463 Barbados - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 464 Barbados - 1973 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 466 World Silver - Canada 1886 Ten Cents $8.00 469 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 470 World Silver - Canada 1899 Ten Cents $4.00 471 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 472 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 474 World Silver - Canada 1908 Ten Cents $2.00 475 World Silver - Canada 1909 "Victorian Leaves" 10 Cents $3.00 476 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 477 World Silver - Caribbean Country 1953 25 Centavos $4.00 478 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 479 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $8.00 480 Barbados - 1980 Proof 25 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 481 World Silver - Switzerland 1975 1 Franc $6.00 484 World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $4.00 486 1964 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 487 World Silver - Canada 1909 Ten Cents $2.00 488 Netherlands East Indies - 1921 1/2 Cent NICE KEY DATE $8.00 489 World Silver - Canada 1902 10 Cents $3.00 490 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 491 World Silver - Canada 1901 10 Cents $4.00 492 India - 2010 10 Rupees UNC $1.00 493 World Silver - Canada 1900 10 Cents $3.00 494 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 495 France - 1946 C 5 Francs $1.00 496 World Silver - Canada 1899 10 Cents $3.00 498 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 499 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence $5.00 500 France - 1946 5 Francs $1.00 551 World Silver - Australia 1922 Shilling $5.00 552 World Silver - Switzerland 1963 1 Franc NICE $4.00 553 Switzerland - 1902 2 Rappen KEY DATE FIRST YEAR $8.00 554 Panama - 1975 Proof 1 Centesimo in OGP $5.00 555 Panama - 1975 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 556 Panama - 1976 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 557 World Silver - Australia 1928 Shilling $5.00 559 Panama - 1975 Proof 25 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 560 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 561 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 562 Panama - 1976 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $2.00 563 World Silver - Canada 1902 25 Cents $6.00 564 World Silver - Canada 1870 25 Cents $8.00 565 World Silver - Australia 1917 M 1 Florin $8.00 566 World Silver - Australia 1912 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 567 World Silver - Australia 1913 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 568 Panama - 1974 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 569 World Silver - Australia 1917 M Sixpence KEY DATE $6.00 570 World Silver - Australia 1914 Shilling $5.00 571 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence KEY DATE $8.00 572 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/10 Balboa in OGP $1.00 573 World Silver - Australia 1912 Shilling $8.00 574 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent $1.00 575 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/4 Balboa in OGP $1.00 576 World Silver - Switzerland 1950 1/2 Franc $2.00 577 World Silver - Switzerland 1958 1 Franc $5.00 578 World Silver - Australia 1943 D Sixpence NICE $3.00 580 World Silver - Denmark 1874 25 Ore $4.00 581 Liberia - 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 583 France - 1856 BB 5 Centimes $1.00 584 Liberia - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 585 World Silver - Mexico 1890 Pi R 25 Centavos LOW MINTAGE $8.00 586 World Silver - Mexico 1895 Mo M 10 Centavos $3.00 587 World Silver - Portugal 1933 2 1/2 Escudos KEY DATE $6.00 588 World Silver - New Zealand 1943 6 Pence $3.00 589 1830's Capped Bust Half Dollar Holed $12.00 590 World Silver - Canada 1909 Ten Cents $3.00 591 1979 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 592 1984 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 593 France - 1854 K 5 Centimes $1.00 594 Bahamas - 1970 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 596 France - 1856 K 10 Centimes $1.00 597 World Silver - Ecuador 1833 1 Real $15.00 599 France - 1854 W 10 Centimes $1.00 656 World Silver - Canada 1881 H 25 Cents $10.00 658 World Silver - Canada 1916 Ten Cents $2.00 659 World Silver - Germany (Wurttemburg) 1805 6 Kreuzer $8.00 660 World Silver - Canada 1916 25 Cents $4.00 661 Greece - 1959 10 Drachmai UNC $6.00 662 World Silver - Canada 1908 Ten Cents $4.00 663 World Silver - Canada 1921 25 Cents $5.00 664 World Silver - Canada 1921 25 Cents $5.00 668 World Silver - Germany (Hamburg) 1700's 1 Schilling (12 Pfennig) $4.00 669 World Silver - Poland 1800's 10 Groszy $3.00 670 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent and 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 671 Barbados - 1973 Proof 10 Cents and 25 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 672 World Silver - Canada 1902 Ten Cents $4.00 673 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 1 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 674 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 675 World Silver - Canada 1909 25 Cents $6.00 676 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 677 World Silver - Switzerland 1955 1/2 Franc BETTER DATE $3.00 678 World Silver - Canada 1903 25 Cents $6.00 688 World Silver - Australia 1918 M Sixpence KEY DATE $15.00 689 World Silver - Canada 1891 Ten Cents $6.00 690 1986 Proof 2 Coin Statue of Liberty Set (Silver Dollar and Clad Half) in OGP $20.00 691 World Silver - Australia 1920 M Sixpence SEMI KEY DATE $6.00 693 Mexico - 1954 5 Centavos UNC $1.00 694 World Silver - Canada 1948 Ten Cents $2.00 695 Mexico - 1966 20 Centavos UNC $3.00 697 World Silver - Canada 1929 10 Cents $2.00 698 1986 Silver Proof Statue of Liberty Dollar in OGP $18.00 699 Mexico - 1973 20 Centavos UNC $3.00 700 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 751 1986 Silver Proof Statue of Liberty Dollar in OGP $18.00 752 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 753 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 756 Four Canada 1991 UNC Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 757 Four Canada 1991 UNC 5 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 758 China (Hu-Peh Province) 10 Cash $1.00 759 Four Canada 1991 UNC 10 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 760 Philippines - 1975 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 762 Philippines - 1975 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 764 World Silver - Canada 1948 25 Cents $5.00 766 Four Canada 1991 UNC 50 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $3.00 767 Four Canada 1991 UNC 1 Dollar (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $5.00 768 Morocco - AH1320 10 Mazunas $8.00 770 World Silver - Canada 1904 25 Cents $6.00 771 Jamaica - 1976 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 773 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 776 1974 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 777 Poland - 2014 2 Zlotych UNC $2.00 778 Two Mixed World Coins $1.00 780 World Silver - Canada 1903 25 Cents $6.00 782 Two Mixed Tokens $1.00 783 1976 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 789 1953 Silver Proof Washington Quarter NICE $15.00 790 Netherlands - 1880 1 Cent $1.00 791 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 792 Russia (Empire) - 1881 1 Kopek $1.00 794 2011 S Silver Proof Glacier Quarter $6.00 795 World Silver - Canada 1916 25 Cents $6.00 796 2013 S Silver Proof Great Basin Quarter $6.00 799 World Silver - Canada 1902 H 25 Cents $6.00 851 Republic of China - 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Just went for the first time after learning to count cards to the nearest casino, and it was quite funny, thus I would like to share the story. So, I have been learning and practicing to count cards for almost 2 months. I know basic strategy and how to keep the running count accurately. So, why not try the casino? Well, first thing I notice...continuous shuffling machine...well sh*t haha. There goes my chance to beat the game. So I decided not to buy in but to try to have some fun, try to keep the running count, and play basic strategy, since I already had made the trip. Well, as soon as the dealer starts dealing, extreme adrenaline spike, my mind was going at 1000, and I got blind. Couldn't keep the count, as soon as he put the cards once in the shuffling machine, my mind just went blank. It doesn't end there. Although the house will always have the edge with the continuous shuffling machine, I tried to have fun anyways (only gambled a very small amount). Well, what happens next is that I lost 10 hands in a row playing basic strategy perfectly (although again, I wasn't able to keep the count), but the dealer got a blackjack, and 3 21's, 2 20's...I guess those are just probabilities playing out. Lost a small amount that I am very comfortable to lose, and had some fun. This is my story of the first time I TRIED to count cards, and overall I had fun, got some adrenaline (which I really needed to finally feel alive again), and went back home with a smile on my face. Thanks for reading! Edit: Adding to this that I wasn't even able to back count, because the table was completely empty, no one playing blackjack. And that this is perfect feedback for me to keep learning, and keep learning, it's a good slap in the face by reality.
Yes, you are. I'm slowly gaining control of my life again and organizing all the beautiful mail you've sent me. I used to be in such a bad mental state back then, that I would stress out because of grammar, spelling and being the perfect brat I'm not, and made a lot of unfinished drafts that are all over the place. I am really, really sorry for that. u/HoneyGirlLZ Thanks for the Vancouver postcard. Ohhh, how I wish I could travel to Canada! My two sisters did an english course there but I got so good with English by myself and so bad at graduating at anything, I never got the “graduation gift” that was some sort of tradition. Wait... I haven't actually graduated yet.... u/ImOkReally Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of mail. Your envelopes are just so amazing, they feel like cards themselves. I wish I could decorate like that, but I am very insecure and never make up my mind with my designs. I love the colors youu use, I love your sensibility, your patters, the combinations, everything. They're just so amazing. I try to open them soooo carefully so not to tear them apart. Love it it love it love it. You're so talented, believe me. Inside you told me about yourself and some memories. I read it at my grandma's house and I felt so cozy reading it. I replied to it with what I found around. I sometimes stay at her house when I have to work. I'm gonna try some day doing those cool patters with those stickers and lovely stuff you sent me, hopefully when the festive season ends. I did something similar during october and I found it so relaxing, problem is that when I decorate postcards, I'm left with no space left to writem, haha. I'm planning on buying stamps online, but still can't make up my mind, there are so many and so pretty! I actually have to write a mail to the woman in charge of them at the office and indicate a lot of things manually. Your mails always make me smile and cheer me up Thank you so much. u/LeeElla Lol, thank you for the Raoc birthday postcard. There you told me about the kid that cried for not being able to blow the candles. Lol, some kids are like that. When I was little I hated that if kids did that, some poeple would light them up again and have them blow them too, and I was horrified because they were not the birthday boys... like stealing the birthday wishes! How dare them! Now I'd be annoyed to see blatant spoiliage of kids. Dunno if I'm using the correct verb, please someone correct me, haha. I'm amazed the wax seal made it safe and sound! it's so cool. I learnt that word finally: Hidrangea. They're one of my favorite flowers. They bring me sooo many childhood memories. So many houses grew them in the south and I loved seeing these flowers made of lots of tiny flowers. My grandma also loved putting some in the dinner table. I also used to like playing hide and seek behind them... until I got scared of spiders. Lol, grandma used to have an apt in a town that actually means "place of spiders" in native's language, hahaha, and I went there many summers. Now it's become so pupular, and badly regulated, they destroyed it. They covered it in buildings and apartments and casinos and entertainment, but the town's capacity was never improved, so now you need 3 hours just to get to the other nearest town, and it's a nightmare, when it used to be 20 -30 mins in this tiny curved road. Also, thanks for the washi and the pretty stamps, I love them so much! what is this one of ""Strawberry driving?"" lol. I wonder what that is supposed to mean, haha u/Lonelytwatwaffle Yoo!! got your Random-Random acts of cards-card for being random. Thank you so much! I still like doing it. I like thinking that randomizers are like destiny telling me who needs a smile and some love sent from here. I ADORE the dragon stamps you put, so adorable and pretty! Oh, right before quarantine we got a boiler (or heater) when we can set the temperature, so yay, that's how I discovered the wonders of green tea. I used to hate it, but that's because it was burnt! Wow. Quarantine discovery. I ended up liking tea so much, I use a french press to brew my tea, haha, so I get a full liter. So I'll be able to enjoy your tea now! Thank you so much! I also find it super funny all the labels and warnings and adjectives your American teas have, lol. ""Oh no! My tea has 14 mg of naturally occurring caffeine! But it's not coffee!!"". ""Oh no, I'm a pregnant breastfeeding woman, I need to consult my *healthcare practitioneer * (lol, what a long name) to drink tea, or I won't be legible for suing the traditional medicinals makers done by herbalists""."" I'm gonna OPEN this TAMPER EVIDENT-MOISTURE PROOF WRAPPED Tea Bag and POUR freshly boiled water in it. COVER it, STEEP it for 10 mins and SQUEEZE it to ENJOY 3-4 cups daily."" Is this bag telling me me how many I have to drink per day?? Wait... do I have to repeat this process 3-4 per day with this single bag??. ROFL. Oh gosh, I'm enjoying this too much. What the hell. So thanks for this HERBAL SUPPLEMENT, with *daily values not established for organic green tea"" and 0 calories!! Hahahahaa. Did you feel worn after scrutinizing all the offers to make this batch of cards? That was quite a nice thing you did. Also, thanks for the sticks and washi, I like the summer vibe they have, I'm going to take them to my vacations. Edit: The mail didn't lose it. It was me. It got burried in my depressive mess and finding it during this time I haven't got any mail was like getting mail again. Such a huge adrenaline rush, it was awesome. I think life holds these surprises for the moments we need them the most. u/ninajyangu/shadesoflanternhill Oh wow guys! I had forgotten you guys met! How was is? What did you do together? Oh wow, can't believe it was this same year. Such a weird year. I thought it was going to be the year of the meetups... so many were happening back then! And I was about to do some myself once in Australia and Asia xD. Well, I'm glad to know I have a spare bed in Japan waiting for me now, haha. And a bigger fridge to store a yummy cake I could bake, so you can try it, 'cause you must. Nina, have you set up your next destinations once all this is over? The only one I have for sure is Europe 2023 with friends... and if I can try and stay longer, the better. I actually wish I could go there next year, but who knows! u/talkingroses Thank you for your adorable little crab postcard with a review of Percy Jackson. I was thinking in seeing if I could find it in the library, but then I remembered my card got expired and I'm not a student anymore so.... I'll have to check other ways of getting my hands on it. (I dun wanna read it in spanish.... so many things get lost in translation sometimes). I can't wait to be able to send to Australia again. Man, who'd have thought? I'd be living there right now if nothing of this had happened. u/vickiiiie (x3) I'm happy to know my test postcard made it your way the other day, and that mail is working again, because I once promised to try to write the “Rat” Character once I got this cool year of the rat postcard, where you told me it was the hardest character of the zodiac. Challenge accepted! I hope I don't horrify you with all my aberrations xD It looks like a rat skiing. I also loved the cool red envelope with cute stickers and, no kidding, I spent like 5 minutes just staring at the envelope and its texture. Do they have a specific purpose there? The flowers are the same of the rat in the envelope (love it), do those flowers mean something too? Thank you so much for such nice mail! Also, thank you so much for the 29th of February postcard! You also added a cute cactus seal. So cool, I wanna try one day doing them. I actually wondered.... if you work in February, any February, if you get paid monthly, are they actually paying you more for that month every year? Or they adjust that? Hmmm.... Well, here February is the month were almost everyone, or at least the government, takes vacations, so nobody is worrying too much about that. Well... you might get a day or less of vacations. We didn't because we only took 2 weeks this February, and it got cut short because my cousin decided to get married the 1st, so pretty much everyone in the family had to start their vacations 2 days late, since you spend a whole day traveling. We usually try to travel the 31st. How long you were quarantined? Many people here are still working at home, and I just recently started working in the kitchens again. It's been fun, and I like cooking with a mask on. Feels more clean. And least but lot last, The first HK RAoC meetup card with u/vickiiiie and u/chikadatte !! I loved it so much when I got it! Oh, gosh, crazy times back then! Haha, I wonder why nobody guessed you were going to an American dinner for bacon and eggs. I sent some test cards both your ways, but it seems they haven't made it yet. I wanna give it another try. I need to know if you both are keeping your same addresses though, I have some unsent mail waiting for you guys. Oh, I was sooo looking forward to traveling to HK next year, but my trip to Australia and then Asia got.... cancelled until... who knows when and who knows if that's ever going to work out. Who knows? Maybe the future awaits me with some surprises I haven't imagined yet. Maybe it's better that what I was going to do. Who knows? We'll see.
Long time lurker, I do have a problem gambling. Now, I do not gamble that often, but when I do gamble I lose a lot. The nearest live casino is roughly an hour and twenty minutes away from me. So I’m fortunate it’s a very long drive for me, which is why I do not go often. Today i lost $1500, yesterday was $3200. I do still have money in my savings but the urge to go back and gamble again is there. I do this to myself during the holidays. I am off for the holidays. I need to quit, It’s a sickness as I call it. I relapsed plenty of times and sang the same tune as everyone else has. As a gambler, we don’t know how to stop or when to or want to stop. I’ve been trying to stop for the last 14-16 years. So I hope 2021 can be it for me, as well as everybody else. Otherwise the hole gets deeper.
Rise of Hellion ch13 ( Barry Pepper fanart fiction inspiration)
Rise of Hellion ch13 ( Barry Pepper fanart fiction inspiration) previous: https://www.reddit.com/BarryPeppecomments/koihsy/rise_of_hellion_ch12_barry_pepper_fanart_fiction/ The flight touched down, under the early morning sky. I could practically taste the Cinnabon frosting. It had been over a decade since I’d been on an airplane but I loved hanging around the terminals for the delicious overpriced food. Baron placed his hand upon my shoulder. “What happens in Jersey stays in Jersey,” he said with a laugh. “I thought you’d be bitter.” I leaned on his shoulder as we waited for the seatbelt light to turn off. “You thought I’d be bitter about flying as a passenger instead of a pilot?” Baron shrugged, as he stretched his arms over his head. “I’ve always loved Alaska Airlines. And if I was flying the plane, I wouldn’t have been able to spend time with this little guy.” He tickled little Abby’s chubby arm causing the baby to smile. “I can’t disagree.” In the weeks following our arrival at Dr. Toki’s DC bunker, Baron grew close to my son. The three of us shared a room; two cots on the floor with a padded plastic box for the baby. Like all babies little Abby cried; for food, diaper changes, or just out of loneliness. Nine out of ten times, I would awaken to find Baron holding my son. Sometimes he’d walk around the small room, other times he would sit cross-legged on his bed, but every night was a different story about Noah. I learned things I knew I was never meant to know about. In the years they spent traveling the world as renowned criminal masterminds, Noah and Baron had become more than friends. They fell in love. “You daddy was the greatest person I ever knew,” Baron often said as he rocked my son in his arms. “He was the last person I ever truly loved.” I listened as Baron, by the light of the moon, told my infant son stories about his many adventures with Noah and Nash. Some boarded on the obscene; drugs, weapons trafficking, and all manner of sex. He never outright said they were lovers, only that they trusted each other with their mind body and soul. “It tears me up inside knowing he’s gone. I know this is all my fault, his blood is on my hands. We should have died together. Noah died the way he lived; with honor and integrity. But then I never would have met you.” That was how I knew Baron could be trusted; he loved Abby with every fiber of his soul. “Yo, Nicki,” Baron said, tapping my arm. “The plane’s empty, time to go.” “Oh,” I took a quick breath, forcing myself back to reality. Baron grabbed our one piece of luggage, a plain black backpack with a limited number of supplies. Axel had passed it along to us before going through security, so I had to assume it contained no weapons. We walked down the corridor to the gate at Atlantic City international airport. “Can I hold the bag?” I asked, since he was already holding the baby. “Sure.” Baron took off the straps and tossed me the bag. It was lighter than I thought it would be. Inside was a lot of fabric; some rolled, some folded and some pieces were clearly hiding items made of plastic or metal. I figured I shouldn’t be examining its contents right away but with the chill of the airport I wanted to see if there were any extra clothes for my baby. No, Abby was our baby. Seeing Baron holding the child in his arms, all I could feel was love. “Oh look!” I fished out a blue, baby t-shirt with a happy dolphin. “Let’s put it on him!” Baron did as I asked, maneuvering Abby’s wiggly little body. With his fresh new shirt, he looked like a cute little tourist baby. In fact, we looked like a typical vacationing couple traveling with their newborn. I knew that Axel and Dr. Toki were monitoring us from the safety and comfort of an unmarked medevac vehicle somewhere within a six-mile radius. Ideally, they would follow us, observe from a distance. If and when we found Tony, we could get the hell out (to the nearest TAC bunker.) Until then Baron and I were to look for clues along the boardwalk. “Should we get a hotel room?” I asked. “Certain military leaders didn’t give us any money, so unless you have a credit card?” “I could probably pick pocket one.” “Way to blow our cover,” he said with a laugh. “Nah, we can deal with the issue of housing when we need to. With any luck Axel and Dr. Toki have plans to get us out, so we don’t have to sleep on the streets with a baby.” We walked a further, to the land of sun, sand and casinos, stopping to rest on a bench. “Let’s see what’s in the bag.” There were more shirts, pants, a few flattened bottles to collect water, or maybe even breastmilk. I placed each of the items neatly on my lap, hoping that I would not miss anything important. However, in the end, the only item of importance was a package of baby wipes. There wasn’t even any diapers. I had to assume, if I needed to change my baby, I was meant to use the extra clothing. (Same for first aid, due to lack of bandages.) “You really don’t have any money?” “We can always shoplift,” Baron said cheerfully as he tossed the baby in the air. Abby squealed with joy. I could feel my heart flutter with joy. “That’s the New Jersey spirit!” “There has to be a Walgreens around here someplace.” We easily found a corner store with the iconic red signage. Baron picked up a basket and headed to the food section; packaged drinks, dried cereal, candy, etc. “What do you think happened to Anya?” I asked, following close. “Since you’re the last person who saw her.” “She’s going after Axel,” he answered casually. “And you’re ok with that?” “It’s her deal, her quest or whatever.” “Or whatever?” I asked. His tone was really starting to piss me off. Axel was my friend, a human being. But so was Anya. And that was why my soul was being torn in half. “Anya’s going to do what she has to do but for the sake of all of us she’s going to act alone. That way the blood will be only on her hands.” I saw his point. If and when the time came, we were under no obligation to choose sides. “How thoughtful.” “You need any diapers?” Baron asked. He was holding an open package of men’s shaving razors. Grabbing a single replacement head, Baron somehow managed to break the plastic apart without wounding his fingertips. I assumed he was going to cut open a package. “No, I’m good. He has on a cloth diaper and I have enough supplies to make an extra. But I could use some soap.” I grabbed a package of off brand bar soap with an image of a happy Asian baby. Ideally, I could use this for washing both skin and clothing. After easily leaving the store with everything we needed, we ran in the direction of the beach, hoping to get lost in the crowds. Suddenly out of nowhere the sky darkened and the clouds swelled with rain. The storm came down hard and fast, transforming from freezing rain, to pin-sized hail. In the distance there seemed to be a homeless encampment. Without any words spoken, we both knew to make a run for it. The tent city consisted of a series of tarps connecting individual homes. There were a few spots that had people huddled around campfires. Men, women and children sat wrapped in dirty, wet blankets, as they struggled to stay warm. Not wanting to take any of their limited resources we walked until we found a sparse area with just a tarp surrounded by barrels and broken pallets. The space was just enough for Baron and I to sleep side by side, resting the baby on his chest. “Here,” he said, sliding the backpack in my direction. “You can use the bag as a pillow.” “Thanks.” Unable to comfortably sleep I found myself staring up at the blue tarp. As my mind started to float away my mouth spewed out the words that I thought I’d never say. “What happened between you and Noah?” “What do you mean?” Baron asked in a whisper. He knew perfectly well what I meant. “Feng told me he gave Noah the same opportunities he gave you. Yet somehow you ended up as his right-hand man with full access to his arsenal of weapons guns and even his appointment book.” Baron swallowed a lump in his throat. “Your point?” “Why didn’t you convince Noah to come with you?” Baron went silent. He held the baby close, shivering. “You don’t think I tried?” He blinked tears from his eyes. If he’d been angry, I would have continued the conversation; I would have wanted to know why he had the right to mourn the father of my child. But Baron wasn’t angry, he was in pain. “I think we should get some sleep.” “Yeah, totally.” I knew better then to try to ask for my son back. Abby was an emotional support baby and Baron needed him more. I made myself comfortable on my bed of plastic and leaves, pulling the tarp over my body for warmth. “Good night.” There was a moment of silence before we were awoken by Abby’s cries. Baron sat up, rocking the small baby, attempting to keep him warm. “I think he’s hungry.” “Give him here.” I had gotten better at breastfeeding, but with how cold it was I would have preferred to keep as covered as possible. “Can you help me with my tarp-blanket?” “Sure.” Baron helped cover my body, allowing the baby warmth and privacy. “Thanks.” I looked at Baron with genuine love in my heart. “Thank you for being my friend.” I couldn’t stop the tears from falling, mixing with the freezing cold rain. “Thank you for everything.” Baron blinked tears from his own eyes as he crossed his arms over his chest. “You really want to know what happened to Noah?” “Yeah, I do.” I looked down at Abby, who opened his eyes as he nursed. He had Noah’s courage and strength. “I can still remember that night. Even if it was for just a moment, I felt like I had friends, a real connection. That was never something that came easy for me.” Not that it mattered. It was yet another fleeting moment of happiness in my shit-show of a life. Baron lowered his shirt, revealing his upper chest. “Feng gave me an augmentation; I have an inorganic core made of some kind of plasma. I used to think it was radioactive but I have reason to believe it was created as a means of unlimited projectiles.” “And it keeps you warm?” That explained why Abby loved being held by him. “Well, the power came with a complimentary suit of armor that allowed me to be the perfect little henchman.” “You mean body guard?” Baron shrugged. “I assumed that was Feng’s original plan.” I swallowed the lump in my throat, mentally preparing for the worst. “And Noah?” “He wasn’t down for it. The only reason he surrendered to Kitsune was to allow you and Anya time to flee.” “Oh.” I felt like my heart stopped. I should have realized it from the beginning; that was the only reason we were allowed to live, because Noah truly loved me. “We were turned over to Feng. I could only assume she thought Feng had the ability to extract Noah’s mind; his intellect, his secrets. But he didn’t. Feng needed Noah to volunteer information.” Baron paused, blinking tears from his eyes. “That was the difference between us. My most valuable asset was my combat ability, maybe my strategy skills. All I had to do was pledge my loyalty, and wear the armor, to gain Feng’s trust. For Noah, that was asking too much. His mind contained secrets that could change the world; info that could never and would never fall in to the hands of tyrannical psychopaths.” “And that’s why he had to die.” Since I was finished breastfeeding, I handed the now happy, content infant back to Baron. “Although if it was up to Feng (and it was) well, you’ve seen his set up.” “Yeah,” I said with a nod. “I’m going to see that until the day I die.” “All of his prized victims are kept alive, conscious as their forced to exist as hood ornaments. Feng wanted them to suffer for all eternity, or until their brains turn to pea soup.” “Now I have a craving for split pea soup.” We laughed through our tears. In truth, I couldn’t close my eyes without seeing Noah’s remains. “You hungry?” Baron dug in his pocket, producing a smashed-up Snicker’s bar. “We can split it.” With food in our stomachs, we fell asleep to the sound of calming rain. For the first time since he’d been born, I had a vision of my son as a full-grown man. The sound of rain grew louder, gradually transforming to gunfire. I awoke in what appeared to be a WW2 battle scene. Thankfully I was transparent; bullets passed through me like a virtual reality game, and the area around me felt comfortably warm despite the fact I was standing in snow. In the distance I could see a man leaning on a tree. Eyes closed, he held a cross in his hand. I watched as he kissed the rosary pendent and said a simple prayer. “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” As I came closer, I could see he was gripping his shoulder while doubled over in pain. That raised the question: why was he reciting the prayer of a sharpshooter? He moved his hand to his waist, slowly retrieving a pistol. “My goodness and my fortress.” He held the gun under his chin, cocking the barrel to his throat. “My high tower and my deliverer. My shield, and he in whom I trust.” “No!” The sound came from behind me. I turned to see a figure wearing pink-purple armor. It was in the same style as what Baron wore. And he or she wasn’t running, they were flying. “Abby!” A female voice cried. I followed as fast as I could, as she rushed to the man’s side. “Lieutenant?” The man muttered, coughing up blood. I now had a good view of his face. It was my son and he was dying. Before I could reach out my hand, the armored woman flew through me. She fell to her knees, ripping off her helmet to reveal a young Hispanic face framed by lots of curly black hair. “Abby, Sir, I’m here. It’s going to be ok.” She pursed her lips, smiling at him, through visible tears. Abaddon lowered his weapon. “You need to flee.” With trembling fingers, he lifted his free hand to cup her face. It was obvious that leaving was the last thing he wanted. “This is a battle we cannot win.” “Not alone, Sir,” the soldier replied with confidence. Why was she calling him Sir? I could barely make out a patch on his arm. It was possible he was an officer. The young woman lifted his arm, adjusting him over her shoulder. “I’m not leaving you behind. The nearest medic station is about six kilometers south of here. We can make it.” Before he could reply, she lifted his broken body in her arms, flying off into the night. The world started to spin as the scene changed. We were now in a poorly lit underground hospital. I could tell it was underground since every few seconds the room shook with the sound of gunfire and other (louder, more violent) explosions. Abby was laying on a cot with his bare chest exposed. He had several fresh bullet wounds, as well as deep scars. The woman was by his side, having taken off her armor she rested her head by his shoulder, holding his hand. “Why do you call me by my rank?” “What should I call you?” “My name is Sundra, but my friends call me Sunny.” “Is that because you sparkle like sunshine?” he asked with a subtle smile. Abby moved his free hand to her cheek, brushing a lock of hair behind her ear. “You don’t have to stay, Sunny.” “I want to stay. Call it my street gang code of honor; a little something, I picked up from my grandma.” She turned her wrist to reveal a tattoo. It was a stylized diamond with the words, ‘Lucy in the sky.’ Sunny started to softly hum the melody of the famous rock song. “Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Sorry, the title is the only part I know.” She kissed Abby on the forehead. “My papa’s name was Denny. He was the first of my family line born in America. You really remind me of him.” A gang member named Lucy with a son named Denny? That couldn’t be a coincidence. I moved closer, to get a better look at her face. She kissed Abby down his nose to his lips. There were tears in his eyes. “I’ll never forget you.” Sunny turned, briefly glancing in my direction. “Do you think she’s here, in the room?” “I know she is,” Abby replied, looking up at the ceiling. “Even as a child, I could always feel my mother’s spirit watching over me.” “Can she hear us?” Sunny asked, still looking in my path but not actually at me. “If the calculations and the technology are correct.” “Do you think she can save us?” Her large, emotional eyes, blinked back tears. With every blink she started to disappear, vanishing from reality like a spirit lost to time. When Sunny was completely gone, all that was left was my adult son. His arms were wrapped around the empty space. All around me I could hear sobbing. I assumed this meant I was going to wake up. My baby son was probably crying for food or maybe because of the cold: but I was going to wake up. Right? I wanted so badly to wake up. Wake up! Wake up! I felt a sharp pain. I awoke with a jolt under the tarp, to the collapsing of our little shelter. Touching my hip, I felt blood and splinters. All around me all I could see was tarp. I wanted to scream. Where was my son? Where was Baron? I needed to calm down; breathe, just breathe. I opened my hands, placing them palms down as if I was going to attempt a snow angel. There was a secret, a lock. There had to be. I felt a strange crack in the pavement. Digging my fingertips in, the piece seemed to transform into a handle (or a lever.) Even if it was just a hand hold, it would be my ticket out of the tarp since I could use it to keep myself grounded in place (as opposed to flopping around like a dying fish.) Turns out, it was a handle. I found myself falling down a slide. At the bottom I finally managed to get free of the tarp. Baron was sitting in a dark corner with a finger to his lips. “Shh, follow me. This is a mezzanine level.” He motioned towards what looked like a second series of tunnels. “I’m not sure how deep it goes. We’re not going to slide: we’re going to crawl. I’ll go first and you follow close. Do not lose sight of me. Understand?” “Are you holding the baby?” Baron nodded. “If shit goes bad, I want you to find my body. I’ll protect him with everything I have.” I knew what he meant, and trusted him fully, but I was still afraid. “You’re a better fighter than me.” “Yeah, that’s why I’m going to hold the baby.” “Ok.” Baron and I snuck down the tunnels, we emerged in an underground factory facility. “What is this place?” “Trash processing facility,” Baron replied. “You head left I’ll head right.” “Sure, I guess.” I went left until I saw what appeared to be a light source. I passed between several cargo boxes, emerging in an open area. There was a series of large vats, bubbling with hot oil or (more likely) acid. “Acid?” I had never seen acid before but the scene looked like something out of a comic book. “It is acid,” said a voice from a nearby balcony. “the typical use is to process heavy metals and other non-recyclable materials.” “Faust?” I couldn’t actually see his location. “Today we’re disposing of inorganic material of a different kind.” He hit a button causing a limp body to start to descend. It was clearly Tony, but I couldn’t tell if he was even alive. “Are you willing to make a deal; trade his life for the contents of the battery?” “I don’t even know if the copy I have is real.” And there was also the fact that the infamous flash drive was in a van, in the care of Axel and Dr. Toki. “The one that Baron put on the dark web? Trust me it’s the real deal.” “So, what’s on it?” I blurted out the words, although I wasn’t expecting any kind of logical answer. The man snickered. “Does it matter?” “Yeah, kind of.” “Look, do you want to know my entire evil plan or will you be a good girl and save your beloved boyfriend’s life?” I looked over at Tony. I had no way of helping him. If he was still alive, he was more then capable of saving himself. I had to believe that. “Is it time travel?” “What?” Faust asked with a laugh. “Seriously, what did you just say?” With a flash of light, Faust teleported, placing himself in front of me. He stood tall, in a tailored suit, staring me down with his creepy metallic eyes. “Answer me, little girl.” Why did he look so much like the adult version of my son? Because he was a shape shifter? Or was there something else? “Time travel?” The once stern man cracked a smile. “Time travel is the stuff of movies and fairytales. The contents of the battery will bring this world to its knees.” “Yeah, I’ve heard.” I blinked my eyes as the pieces fell into place. There was a reason why my son had been able to communicate with me so clearly through dreams. “Selective telepathic time travel.” Faust was no longer smiling. “Would you prefer that power fall to the hands of Kitsune? She and her brother, they’d use it to cause a gang war; an apocalypse of weapons and drugs. You wouldn’t want that blood on your hands.” We he seriously trying to appeal to my humanity? “What about you? What’s your plan, to go back in time to give Hitler a migraine?” I knew what his plan was. Or at least I think I did. There was something about Lucy or maybe Denny. What I knew for certain was that the final goal was Sunny; her existence held the key. “You’re not alone, are you? Such a pity.” Faust teleported off, in a blast of blue light. I already knew where he was going and there was nothing I could do. Faust landed on top of Baron as he attempted to free Tony’s body. Both men were knocked in to the acid. There was no sound; no screams, or even cries. Where was my baby? Faust teleported in front of me, holding my son in his arms. “You might not have been willing to save your boyfriend, but perhaps you will be willing to trade for your child.” My back hurt, my arms hurt and my head was pounding, but I ran straight at him, charging like a football player going in for a tackle. I was blinded by a familiar blue light. We had teleported, but to where? I could hear Abby crying. He was alive and that’s all that mattered. I blinked my eyes once then twice. “Fire?”
Im not sure that this is the place to post this but here goes. Back in 2014 i was living outside of atlanta and my exwife enjoyed casinos. The nearest one to us was in montgomery alabama and it was about a 2.5 hour drive. We had gps and always followed it, about 3/4s of the drive was through thick woods on what were mostly back roads (single lane roads with nothing but trees all around). The second time we took this trip we were unsure if we had missed a turn and the gps wasnt connecting, i think it was because we were in the middle of litterally no where. So we found this old looking gas station at a fork in the road that had no signs indicating routes. it wasnt ancient but the kind that had a garage attatched to it and the shop part was not much more than a counter and a soda cooler. I went in to ask for directions and the person behind the counter (a rather "colorful local character who looked like he lived in a tent and did nothing but smoke meth) told me i needed to keep going straight for 5 miles and we would see a sign at another fork and to take that left and it would lead us into mongomery in 45 or so minutes. So we leave and head in that direction and as we get to the fork the guy mentioned but it leads to a dirt road and the sign the guy was talking about was a wood sign with an arrow pointing left that just says "montgomery". I got a bad feeling about it andnstayed on the paved road and eventually got gps and followed that the rest of the way. We had gone back a number of times in the next few months and the gps always told us to turn left at that fork but the gas station just wasnt there any more. There wasnt even a cleared lot at that fork. I at first thought I just wasnt sure where I was but one time out of curiosity i didnt take the normal left the gps told me to take and 5 miles down the road there was that dirt road I remembered but the sign was gone (the post wast still there but the wood sign was missing). The gps proceeded to take me the way I remembered from that night though. Has any one else ever encountered a place just vanishing like this? I feel not taking that road the guy at the station told me about was one of the best descisions i ever made.
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