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Once Upon a DDO Episode 13

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6/14/2014 3:50:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
The previous episode can be found here: http://www.debate.org...

9 Weeks Earlier

Royal watched the sun begin its climb into the sky. It rose like a first time mountain-climber - slowly and, in her mind, without much grace. Royal leaned her forehead against the glass. It felt cool and nice to the touch. Royal closed her eyes.

She opened them again when the glass no longer felt cool. Then she slowly turned her head. Thett still lay in the bed. Royal contemplated him. He looked so beautiful lying there. She felt an overpowering urge to curl up next to him, to stroke his chest, to kiss him over and over again.

Instead, she walked out of the room, easing the door shut behind her.

Royal descended the stairs and made her way into Thett's cozy kitchen. Thett was one of the richer members of the Kingdom, holding over 5,000 ELOs. His home decor reflected that. Royal tapped her fingers on the countertop. It was quartz, an unusual design choice, but Royal enjoyed how shiny it looked. She opened the cabinet and removed a bottle of champagne. She looked at it longingly. It was early, and she really wasn't supposed to drink.

With a heavy sigh, Royal replaced the bottle and closed the cabinet. She wouldn't do it. Not now. Royal allowed her hands to fall to her sides and blinked until the burning liquid in her eyes vanished entirely.

______________________________________________

Present Day

"I have considered your...proposal," King Larz said, stroking his chin as he studied CP. "But I am afraid I shall need to decline."

CP took a deep breath to prevent himself from turning bright red. When he was certain he could speak levelly, he did so. "With all due respect, your majesty, no is not an acceptable answer."

King Larz raised a pencil-thin eyebrow. "Are you contradicting me?"

"Your majesty, you have no idea of the danger your entire kingdom of Edb8 is in. The Evil Queen's lust for power knows no bounds."

"Airmax?"

"The very same," CP nodded. "Once he cements himself as Emperor of DDO, do you really believe he'll leave Edb8 in peace? He's already begun increasing his tyrannical power."

King Larz threaded his fingers and turned his stoic gaze on CP. "My spies tell me Airmax is simply enforcing the laws of the land."

"Your spies are fools."

"That I very much doubt."

"Then you're a bigger fool."

King Larz's eyes narrowed. He rose from his throne. His tone grew sharp and iron, ringing with the authority provided only by royalty and magic. "My decision is final. In the morning, you will be escorted out of the kingdom. Now leave me!"

CP clenched his jaw and balled his fists, but, as he would be helpless against the King's magic, he had no choice but to retreat from the throne room.

A good soldier knows when to pick his battles.

_________________________________________

It was early morning when kbub finally reached her home. She unlocked her door and slipped inside, easing it shut behind her. She flicked on the lights. Despite her status as lower-middle class, kbub had gone to great lengths to ensure her home connected to the Kingdom's electricity network. Many of her status (and nearly all of those lower) did not share in that luxury.

From a vase on a nearby table, kbub withdrew a small dagger. She was no fool. Jonbonbon had gone to lengths to warn her about YYW. kbub knew she needed to be ready at any moment. YYW was clever.

kbub made it to her living room. The lights had not gone on here - the blasted thing must have malfunctioned again. However, there was a large fireplace built into the wall. And at the moment, lighting it and sinking into her armchair sounded simply divine.

kbub knelt before the fireplace and began nursing a steady flame to life. It was incredible how draining being a revolutionary could be. Every move had to be calculated. One false step would result in imprisonment, banishment, or, worst of all, execution. None of those would be beneficial, either to kbub or to the poor and oppressed people of the Kingdom of DDO.

kbub watched the flame grow stronger. She could feel its heat, both outside and in. As she basked in the glow, her resolve burned stronger than ever. She would provide the embers to power the furnace that would burn Airmax's tyranny to the ground. And from the ashes, a new Kingdom would arise like a phoenix. A Kingdom dedicated to tolerance, justice, and peace.

kbub stood and turned toward her armchair and, for the first time, noticed it was occupied.

"Hello, kbub," YYW grinned. "I've been expecting you."

______________________________________

SeventhProfessor and Romanii had not gone home following their visit to the Palace. SeventhProfessor had felt restless, and so the two wandered around the Kingdom. They now stood on the Philosopher's Bridge. It was an intricate structure, linked with a series of deep blue cables (the meaning of which had been fruitlessly debated dozens of times).

SeventhProfessor tossed a rock into the river below. It disappeared beneath the surface with a soft plop.

Romanii laid a hand on her shoulder. "How are you feeling?"

"Like that stone," SeventhProfessor answered. "Lost."

"That's deep," Romanii nodded to himself.

"It's only about thirty feet," SeventhProfessor said. "Not too bad." She looked at Romanii. "Do you think they've already arrested kbub?"

"I don't know," Romanii answered. He found himself staring into SeventhProfessor's eyes. They were a light shade of violet.

Surprisingly, this did not help him think.

"Look, Sev," Romani began, but before he could say another word, a scream rang out through the dawn. SeventhProfessor and Romanii traded glances and, at the same time, ran toward the source of the noise.

It wasn't far. They reached the entrance of a long alleyway. SeventhProfessor threw out her hand to stop Romanii from rushing in.

"Wait," she cautioned.

There were two figures in the alleyway. One was seated against the wall. The other stood over the slumped one.

"No," gasped the sitting one. It was a male voice. "No, I -"

"You failed me," said the standing one. SeventhProfessor and Romanii felt the sudden chill. They shivered, but they knew that voice.

It was Ore_Ele.

"No," repeated the sitting figure. At second glance, he appeared to be cradling his stomach, as though injured. "I got Crypto and Bookworm."

"But not your target," Ore_Ele said coldly.

"He knew," the other protested. "If you give me another chance, I know I can -"

"I am not in the habit of granting second chances," Ore_Ele replied. He raised a gloved hand. "You will not fail me again, Linkish."

"I won't," Linkish promised fervently. Even without seeing Ore_Ele's face, Romanii and SeventhProfessor could imagine the cold smile on it.

"You misunderstand me, Linkish." A black mist flowed from Ore_Ele's hand and began to coil around Linkish. He began struggling, trying to rise, but he only ended up collapsing back against the wall. "You will not fail me again because you will not have a chance to."

The black mist spread over Linkish's body. He opened his mouth to cry out, but the mist formed over his face. Impossibly, the mist darkened for a few seconds. Then it dissipated, taking every trace of Linkish with it.

There was a flash of light, and Ore_Ele disappeared as well. SeventhProfessor and Romanii stood at the entryway, paralyzed. It seemed to be a century before they moved their necks to stare at each other.

"That...that was horrible," Romanii whispered.

SeventhProfessor nodded in agreement. "It seems," she gulped, "that we might have gotten our answer."

"Our answer, Sev?"

"Yes. To whether or not we're supporting the right side."
ESocialBookworm
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6/14/2014 3:59:08 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
First comment. Now read.
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
ESocialBookworm
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6/14/2014 4:04:00 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
IN YOUR FACE BIG BROTHER!!! DIE!!!
RIP Linkish.

--

SEVANII 4EVER!!!
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
ESocialBookworm
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6/14/2014 4:04:54 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Great job as usual Endark. :)
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
ESocialBookworm
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6/14/2014 4:12:52 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/14/2014 4:09:16 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 4:04:54 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
Great job as usual Endark. :)

Thank you, Esocial!

No problem!

DONT LET YYW OR BSH1 DIE. *squints eyes*
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
EndarkenedRationalist
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6/14/2014 9:20:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/14/2014 4:12:52 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 6/14/2014 4:09:16 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 4:04:54 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
Great job as usual Endark. :)

Thank you, Esocial!

No problem!

DONT LET YYW OR BSH1 DIE. *squints eyes*

Mm-hmm.
thett3
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6/14/2014 11:29:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Royal why u leave me? :'(
DDO Vice President

#StandwithBossy

#UnbanTheMadman

#BetOnThett

"Don't quote me, ever." -Max

"My name is max. I'm not a big fan of slacks"- Max rapping

"Walmart should have the opportunity to bribe a politician to it's agenda" -Max

"Thett, you're really good at convincing people you're a decent person"-tulle

"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right
EndarkenedRationalist
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6/15/2014 12:47:04 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/14/2014 4:04:00 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
IN YOUR FACE BIG BROTHER!!! DIE!!!
RIP Linkish.

--

SEVANII 4EVER!!!

I've been meaning to ask - what does the In Your Face Big Brother have to do with this?
ESocialBookworm
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6/15/2014 12:49:18 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 12:47:04 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 4:04:00 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
IN YOUR FACE BIG BROTHER!!! DIE!!!
RIP Linkish.

--

SEVANII 4EVER!!!

I've been meaning to ask - what does the In Your Face Big Brother have to do with this?
Haha... Funny story...
Linkish is now my older brother... N I am his more awesome younger brother...
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
Linkish1O2
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6/15/2014 11:30:10 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/14/2014 4:04:00 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
IN YOUR FACE BIG BROTHER!!! DIE!!!
RIP Linkish.

--

SEVANII 4EVER!!!

Muahahahha little do you know Linkish has a few tricks up his sleeve.....ok maybe not T.T
"I am a mystery and to unlock the mystery at my core, one must simply embrace slendermans hug with no fear."- me

"I hearby declare myself a phantom in the darkness."-me
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6/15/2014 1:19:33 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 11:30:10 AM, Linkish1O2 wrote:
At 6/14/2014 4:04:00 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
IN YOUR FACE BIG BROTHER!!! DIE!!!
RIP Linkish.

--

SEVANII 4EVER!!!

Muahahahha little do you know Linkish has a few tricks up his sleeve.....ok maybe not T.T

You don't have any sleeves any more brother. Check your closet. Mwahahahaha
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
thett3
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6/15/2014 1:50:16 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 1:01:46 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 11:29:26 PM, thett3 wrote:
Royal why u leave me? :'(

But you have YYW now.

His heart belongs to another
DDO Vice President

#StandwithBossy

#UnbanTheMadman

#BetOnThett

"Don't quote me, ever." -Max

"My name is max. I'm not a big fan of slacks"- Max rapping

"Walmart should have the opportunity to bribe a politician to it's agenda" -Max

"Thett, you're really good at convincing people you're a decent person"-tulle

"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right
ESocialBookworm
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6/15/2014 1:57:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 1:50:16 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:01:46 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 11:29:26 PM, thett3 wrote:
Royal why u leave me? :'(

But you have YYW now.

His heart belongs to another

Not necessarily... You could rip it out of his chest...
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
thett3
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6/15/2014 2:06:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 1:57:01 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:50:16 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:01:46 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 11:29:26 PM, thett3 wrote:
Royal why u leave me? :'(

But you have YYW now.

His heart belongs to another

Not necessarily... You could rip it out of his chest...

Ahh if only the way to a persons heart were that simple young esocial
DDO Vice President

#StandwithBossy

#UnbanTheMadman

#BetOnThett

"Don't quote me, ever." -Max

"My name is max. I'm not a big fan of slacks"- Max rapping

"Walmart should have the opportunity to bribe a politician to it's agenda" -Max

"Thett, you're really good at convincing people you're a decent person"-tulle

"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right
ESocialBookworm
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6/15/2014 3:40:05 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 2:06:17 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:57:01 PM, ESocialBookworm wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:50:16 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 6/15/2014 1:01:46 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
At 6/14/2014 11:29:26 PM, thett3 wrote:
Royal why u leave me? :'(

But you have YYW now.

His heart belongs to another

Not necessarily... You could rip it out of his chest...

Ahh if only the way to a persons heart were that simple young esocial

It actually is, deluded TT.
I have no clue what is being said in the video btw:
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
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6/15/2014 6:23:30 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Gaaaah! What's happening to me?
Live Long and Prosper

I'm a Bish.


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6/15/2014 6:40:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/15/2014 6:23:30 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Gaaaah! What's happening to me?

*cough* Umm... *cough*

Please ignore above posts...
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.