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This is not going anywhere near as smoothly as you wanted it to go.

Hell, it’s not even going anywhere near as smoothly as you expected it to go.

You’re fairly convinced he’ll make it, really, since you did put everything in a nice order initially. At least, you think you did.

Thijs’ sister looked a lot less than pleased when you dropped the Cruxtruder in her room, instead of his, but moving it costs 100 grist and that’s exactly as much as you have and you have no intentions of wasting it yet.

They’ve been fighting over that since then. She even went so far as to take the Pre-Punched Card until Thijs would find a way to get rid of the Cruxtruder. He hasn’t gotten it back yet.

You were considering, for a moment, to pick her up and drop her on the Cruxtruder to open it, but a few things stopped you.

One, she probably wouldn’t be heavy enough to open it.
Two, that would be kind of a bitch move.
Three, you discovered you couldn’t actually pick up players or their guardians.

Instead, you took her closet and dropped that to open the Cruxtruder instead. Predictably, this only served to piss her off more, rather than make her see her struggles were futile.

In all fairness, this is a lot more trouble than you were expecting. You’d have thought Thijs’ entry would’ve been one of the easy ones, considering the fact that you are managing it. Okay, wow, that sounded really arrogant, come to think of it. You were, of course, referring to your future-seeing abilities, which aren’t even true future-seeing abilities, but whatever.

-- drunknIrish [DI] began pestering annoyingDutchie [AD] --

DI: Thijs.
DI: Even if it’s absolutely adorable to watch you run around like this.
DI: I really need you to focus right now.
DI: This is kind of important.

AD: yeah, wow
AD: no shit willow.
AD: i can see now that im being the complete idiot here
AD: you know
AD: instead of my sister.
AD: it’d be nice if you did something about that, by the way.

DI: I can’t.
DI: I can’t even touch her and I don’t want to kill her.

AD: dont you know what i have to do?
AD: isn’t that kind of your thing?
AD: cause that’d be really useful right now.

DI: As I’ve told you before, I don’t know everything.
DI: I’ve only seen a couple of things.
DI: And this isn’t one of them.
DI: I really wish it was different.

AD: you wish it was different?
AD: try me
AD: my sister is going to kill me!
AD: do something!
AD: hfuiaweheuiahf

DI: Like what?
DI: What do you want me to do?
DI: Go ahead and tell me and I’ll get right on it.
DI: Seriously, my finger’s on the trigger here.
DI: I know as much about this as you do!

He isn’t responding to you, but he is typing, you wonder what’s going on? A question you really aren’t used to asking yourself.

-- eccentricStyle [ES] began pestering drunknIrish [DI] --

ES: Willow.
ES: While it’s not that I don’t appreciate what you’re trying to do.
ES: I would appreciate it even more if you stopped doing it.

DI: Do you think you can handle it?
DI: You can’t even see what’s going on.
DI: But sure, if you think you’re better at this than I am, go right ahead.
DI: I’ll gladly hand the controls over to you.
DI: Let me just mail my computer right to you.

ES: I think I can handle it better than you can at the moment.
ES: You’re panicking even more than he is.

DI: I am not panicking.
ES: Who are you trying to kid here?
ES: You are freaking the hell out.
ES: You’re just pretty good at hiding it.

DI: Shut up.
DI: Don’t even pretend you aren’t freaking out either.

ES: See, I can’t deny that.
ES: Because I’m trying to be sane.
ES: But I’m only really pissed off.
ES: Whereas you are both pissed off and panicking.
ES: Which is a lot more dangerous.

DI: You know what?
DI: You can have him.
DI: Have fun with your crazy Dutch clusterfuck.

ES: Okay, I am not trying to get on your nerves.
ES: But you’ve done all you can right now, and dealing with one idiot is enough for anyone.
ES: So please leave Thijs alone so I can try to talk some sense into him.

DI: You’re not helping your case by calling me an idiot, let me tell you.
ES: Read that sentence again.
ES: When you’ve figured out what I meant, you’re back to sane land.
ES: Until then you can keep fuming at me.
ES: Just don’t talk to him, he’s got enough to deal with.
ES: Oh, and keep David out of this too.
ES: Too many cooks do spoil the soup, after all.

-- eccentricStyle [ES] ceased pestering drunknIrish [DI] --

What the hell just happened? Did Peter seriously just tell you off? That’s definitely somewhat unusual.

What the hell did he even mean?

Why the hell don’t you know what’s going on? You’re supposed to know what’s going on!

You were going to play this game and it was going to be fun and really important, but you’ve kind of lost control.

And the game hasn’t even really started yet!

What was that about David again? Oh, right.

-- drunknIrish [DI] began pestering robotVagabond [RV] --

DI: No.
DI: He’ll be alright.

-- drunknIrish [DI] ceased pestering robotVagabond [RV] --

You’re still sure he will be. It’s just that you suddenly have no idea how he’s going to get there.

Yeah, that’s it, isn’t it?

You sigh, calming down slightly. You’re supposed to be the calm one. Or one of the calm ones, anyway. Or maybe you’re just supposed to be good at working under pressure. Well, that turned out to be one hell of a joke. What is Peter even doing? What did he- oh goddamnit not now.

-- unbelievableGenius [UG] began pestering drunknIrish [DI] --

UG: HEllO WilLOw
DI: This might shock you, but I really don’t have time for you right now.
UG: tHAt iSN’t tRUe
UG: iN FacT, I thINk yOU reALly NEed TO taLK to ME

DI: And why, pray tell, would that be?
DI: What exactly do you have to tell me right now?

UG: yoU’Ve rEAchED a bLInd SPot
UG: A PoiNT in YOur TImeLIne THat NOboDY caN See
UG: INclUDinG You
UG: BEfoRE yoU Ask
UG: I Did NOt dO It
UG: aND i dONt kNOw wHAt dID caUSe iT
UG: Not YEt, aNYwaY

DI: And you’re telling me this, why?
DI: I mean, this seems like the kind of thing you’d be happy to bask in for all eternity while letting us struggle with it.

UG: You MEan LEttINg yOU stRUggLE wiTH it
DI: Did you have a point?
UG: AS i pOIntED ouT
UG: RepEAteDLy i MIghT Add
UG: I Am nOT yoUR enEMy hERe
UG: aND i cAN’t hAVe yOU loSIng IT evERy tIMe oNE of THesE OccURs
UG: sO I deCIdeD To sHAre THis INfoRMatIOn wITh yOU

DI: And you expect me to believe you suddenly turned charitable?
DI: I mean, really?

UG: if YOu iNSisT On bEIng CYniCAl yOU coULd sAY thIS gaME is NO fuN To pLAy wIThoUT a wORthY OppONenT
UG: ThiS Is aBSolUTe bULlsHIt bUT miGHt aLIgn MOre WIth YOur MEntAL imAGe oF Me

DI: A mental image you yourself helped cultivate.
DI: Let’s not pretend I’m not thinking of you exactly what you want me to.

UG: i WIll ADmiT My oRIgiNAl cORreSPonDEncES weRE soMEwhAT miSLeaDIng
DI: That’s all you’re willing to admit, is it?
DI: Somehow I think every word you say is misleading me on purpose.

UG: THerE Is mORe tO It tHAn tHAt
DI: Enlighten me.
UG: wE Are IN a bLInd SPot
DI: Well played.
UG: IT is ONe oF The FEw iNStaNCes NO enTIty CAn hAVe kNOwlEDge OF unTIl iT Has PAssED
UG: anD EveN TheN ThaT KnoWLedGE wiLL onLY be LImiTEd
UG: dO You SEe wHAt i AM trYIng TO teLL yoU HerE?
UG: BecAUse IF noT I maY HavE To fINd sOMeoNE elSE

DI: Someone else for what?
DI: Never mind, that’s asking for too many details on your plans again, isn’t it?
DI: Forget I said anything.

UG: do YOu hAVe aN AnsWEr fOR me?
DI: Blind spots are the only time you can make your move without anyone watching you.
UG: i CAn dO ThiNGs nOW
UG: i cAN chANge THinGS noW

DI: You can’t change the future.
DI: Everything I’ve seen will happen.
DI: You will lose.

UG: You KNow WHat WIll HAppEN
UG: buT Do yOU knOW whY?
UG: EveNTs cAN meAN enTIreLY diFFerENt tHIngS DepENdiNG on ONe’s PErsPEctIVe

DI: Well, I wonder how you’ll manage to spin this particular event to your advantage.
DI: Really, I’ll be looking forward to it.
DI: Since you will be dying and all that.

UG: rIGht
UG: I ThoUGht THat MIghT HavE BeeN WhaT You WEre TAlkINg aBOut
UG: THat’S DisAPpoINtiNG
UG: to THinK I doN’T geT To eNJoy THe sPOilS Of mY HarD WorK
UG: You HAd bETteR AppREciATe iT

DI: You’ll be relieved to hear that you’ve managed to confuse me.
DI: Congratulations.

UG: I woULdn’T WorRY
UG: it WOn’t BE thE LasT TimE
UG: GooDBye WIllOW

-- unbelievableGenius [UG] ceased pestering drunknIrish [DI] --

And you suddenly don’t understand anything anymore. You always figured there would be more going on than you knew about and that there were things you didn’t know about at all, but you didn’t expect to be confronted with it so soon.

These ‘blind spots’ sound rather worrying to you. It’s been forever since the last time you didn’t know what was going on and you’re not looking forward to being kept in the dark on anything.

Although UG was right about one thing, losing it every time you run into one of those things is not going to be of any help to anyone. It would also be pretty pathetic, really. You need to suck it up and get through this.

The future’s still more clear to you than it is to anyone else. That is still an advantage you have and they desperately need.

And maybe it’s possible that you are wrong about some things.

Wouldn’t that be a relief?

Your thoughts are interrupted by a bright flash.