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Kismesis: the Snake

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Vorron was in a good mood when he entered his hive. He had chosen the right person to visit first. This was because, now, he did not have to visit anyone else afterwards; Gardea would be telling everyone else right about now and, as she always did, blow the story completely out of proportion. They would do as they were told. For a while, at least. All in all, it had been very efficient. He could even understand why Egnaro enjoyed breaking into hives so much. This did not mean he would be doing it again; he understood the enjoyment, he did not, himself, feel it. Well, perhaps he would do it again, but only if it was absolutely necessary.

His husktop made a sound that indicated a message from a certain individual and that nearly killed Vorron’s good mood.

-- shadowStalker [SS] began trolling conspiracyShift [CS] --

SS: Hey Vorron.
SS: GueSSSS who I juSSt paid a ViSSit?

CS: Robras Dromed.
SS: Very good!
SS: I’m not even going to bother aSSking you how you know that.

CS: It was fairly obvious.
CS: What did y0v0 d0v0 t0v0 him?

SS: We juSSt talked.
SS: Or, well, I juSSt talked.
SS: He may have threatened to kill me oncce or twicce.

CS: He is a g0v0d troll.
SS: Definitely.
CS: What did y0v0 talk about?
SS: Actually,
SS: I think I’ll let him tell you that.

CS: Will he?
SS: Let’SS leave that up to him, SShall we?
SS: I told him I didn’t mind.
SS: If that’SS what you’re aSSking.

CS: Are y0v0 testing his loyalty?
SS: YeSS!
SS: SSharp aSS alwaySS.

CS: An interesting social experiment.
CS: Coming from y0v0.

SS: I’m glad you agree.
SS: Feel like making a prediction?

CS: No.
CS: I d0v0 not predict.
CS: I already know.

SS: That’SS a SShame.
SS: Well, SSend him my regardSS.
SS: He waSS a very gracciouSS hoSSt.

CS: I will let him know.
SS: What have you been doing?
CS: As it happens,
CS: I have also visited someone.

SS: Let me gueSSSS.
SS: Gardea?

CS: Also a correct guess.
CS: I am amazed.

SS: Well, SShe iSS your weakeSSt link.
CS: Indeed.
CS: In any case, they sh0v0ld be more competent next time.

SS: I’m already looking forward to it.
SS: Are you SSure you do not want to join them?
SS: We could meet facce to facce again.
SS: It haSS been SSuch a long time.

CS: An interesting proposition.
CS: I shall consider it.
CS: Assuming, of course, that it is a trap.

SS: Finally, you’re being intereSSting again!
SS: I waSS SStarting to grow bored.

CS: I am glad y0v0 find me a worthy source of amusement.
CS: Y0v0 d0v0 not know how much that means t0v0 me.

SS: Ccertainly.
SS: I hope I can return the favour.

CS: We shall see.
SS: Indeed we SShall.

-- conspiracyShift [CS] ceased trolling shadowStalker [SS] --

Vorron leaned back in his chair, a faint smile still gracing his grey face. His fingertips touched one another, his eyes closed and his head lost in thought. His lusus flew over from his usual resting place to Vorron’s shoulder, as he often did when he was thinking.

Egnaro had one major failing, namely that he talked too much. He loved the sound of his own voice and, Vorron presumed, the colour of his own text and all that meant. It made certain things easier. All Vorron really had to do was nudge his kismesis every once in a while and he would eventually say something he really should not. On the other hand, he was very, persuasive was not exactly the right word. Provocative fit better. It took a lot of self-control not to fall for it.

Fortunately, Vorron had self-control to spare.

The question was, then, had Robras had enough as well?

He was about to find out.

-- carnivoreFrenzy [CF] began trolling conspiracyShift [CS] --

CF: VORROn
CF: EGNARo ZOTLAv JUSt BROKe INTo My HIVe

CS: That was refreshingly direct.
CS: What did he want?

CF: I DONt EVEn FUCKINg KNOw
CF: He JUSt CAMe In HERe ANd STARTEd TALKINg ABOUt LOYALTy ANd SHIt

CS: And y0v0 d0v0 not think that was his actual purpose?
CF: HELl No
CF: WERe TALKINg ABOUt EGNARo HERe

CS: A very g0v0d point.
CS: What did he say specifically?

CF: He SAId He KNEw I ONLy FOLLOw YOu OUt Of FEAr
CS: Did he?
CF: YEAh
CF: THAt WAs PRETTy FUCKINg FUNNy

CS: I take it that he did not notice?
CF: WELl YEAh
CF: He WAs DEAd SEt On HIs OWn CLEVEr IDEa

CS: But he did strike a nerve, correct?
CF: YEAh
CF: HEs INFURIATINg

CS: Insufferable, even?
CS: I believe I know where y0v0 are coming from.

CF: HEs GOt THIs AMAZINg SKILl To Be RIGHt EVEn WHEn HEs WRONg
CF: THAt DOESNt MAKe SENSe
CF: BUt FUCk It

CS: That almost sounds like a black sentiment.
CF: YOURe STARTINg TOo
CF: He ALREADy PLAYFULLy SUGGESTEd I WAs FLUSHEd FOr You

CS: And that struck a never as well, did it?
CF: ANd HEd NEVEr RETURn THe FEELINg
CS: I agree.
CS: T0v0 him this was just an opport0v0nity t0v0 make me doubt y0v0.
CS: An attempt which failed.
CS: Based on his lack of information.

CF: SMUg BASTARd
CS: However he also showed me that he has access t0v0 y0v0.
CS: And he knows how t0v0 anger y0v0.

CF: WELl THATs a FUCKINg ACHIEVEMENt
CS: Tr0v0.
CS: Y0v0 did well in keeping it under control.
CS: I have no doubt that the other n0v0ws will s0v0n reach y0v0 as well.

CF: GREAt
CS: He also told me t0v0 send y0v0 his regards.
CF: WAIt
CF: YOu ALREADy TALKEd To Him

CS: Indeed I did.
CF: FUCk
CF: I CAn EXPLAIn WHy I DIDNt CONTACt YOu QUICKEr

CS: Y0v0 were relieving stress, yes.
CS: There is no cause for alarm.

CF: OKAy
CS: Thank y0v0 for your information, Robras.
CS: I will leave y0v0 be.

CF: YEAh
CF: THANKs

-- conspiracyShift [CS] ceased trolling carnivoreFrenzy [CF] --

The night seemed to be filled with interesting conversations today. Robras was most certainly dependable. Dependable, useful and surprisingly discreet, for someone so constantly in a state of anger. Yes, definitely a good troll. And tied to Vorron by far more than fear.