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Portland, Oregon.

There are a great many things to be said about the city of roses, it's fair garden-lined streets in springtime, the many restaurants and theatres, and it's strong grunge scene.

Darryl 'Mother' Roskow is not the HELL interested in any of those things. His entire reason for coming to this rainy state, is located in the lava fields. These are just a bit south of the city, in the state park of Mt. Saint Hilary. And while the park ranger may have given his RV a few odd looks for all the hardware it was hauling on it, he had been allowed to pass into the statepark to view the volcano cauldron. Or as close to the cauldron as was humanly possible, given the roads and the RV's size.

"Thiiiiis may be harder than I thought."

Date: 2008-12-12 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
Laini may not have helped much with the Ranger. (How many people go hiking in black leather with lots of buckles?)

She is also not much help with driving, standing behind Mother's seat and peering over his shoulder at the road ahead.

"You're sure this thing doesn't fly? Or hover, at least?"

Date: 2008-12-12 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"Pretty damn sure," Mother says conversationally over his shoulder. "I modified this entire thing myself after I got it...and there was no signs of anything that'd make it fly."

Nice view of the cauldron though.

Date: 2008-12-12 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"Alas." She sighs, and then nods, craning her neck to look out the window.

"Maybe we'll just have to walk or otherwise rely on our own ways of getting up there- I don't think they expect people to drive vehicles like this on these roads much."

Date: 2008-12-12 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"I think 'much' could be replaced with 'not at all' from the look of things." Mother grumbles a moment peering forward before setting the parking brake and going into his room for his stuff.

"Not that I particularly like hoofing it, but if we haven't got a better option, I'll take it to get a better signal scan of that cauldron."

Date: 2008-12-14 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
Laini snorts with amusement, grabbing her PDA and going through the scanning program to narrow down the frequencies.

"Too bad I didn't think to pack the carry-all. Though we're not going to have to climb up the mountain, are we?"

Date: 2008-12-14 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"No, legal andd ermm...physical limitations. I don't want to get caught just yet." He coughs.

You see this geekflabsack making it up an active volcano to chunk stuff into the cauldron? Ha!

"No I'm hoping to get just close enough to launch a glider probe into there."

Date: 2008-12-23 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
Ooh, glider probe? Something else Laini will have to take a curious, closer look at.

She eyes all the stuff Mother's grabbing, then glances at the few items (asides from her PDA) already clipped to her utility belt.

"... I might be able to help get the glider up close enough, if you need."

Some of that might be due to a bit of guilt, considering she hardly needs to carry anything.

Some of that- well. Shapeshifting is not cheating! It is just making best use of all natural abilities and resources. Carefully.
Edited Date: 2008-12-23 03:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-12-23 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
The gliderprobes look a bit like they were designed in the garage of a rummage sale geek. Most of them have collasible wings with reinforced plastic bag membranes, and are bundled up into little tubes. The main body of each is a clear sodabottle with parts carefully placed inside, near small motors taken out of a few RC cars, meant for expanding the wings in mid-air. The fancy professional ones where WAY out of Mother's pricerange.

"You can?" Cue Mother's blinking in surprise as they trek on up for a while further. "That'd be a big help..."

Well. First thing's first. Find a good high spot to launch from, going with the wind towards the cauldron.

Date: 2008-12-23 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"Well, it'll take a... bit of explaining on my part for you, but should be easy enough as long as I can make sure we're not being witnessed by any other humans or electronic recording devices."

The last would be a bit difficult for any other kitsune to check- but Laini is not a magi-tech for nothing!

Even if she trips over a rock or two on the trail as she has her PDA out doing said electronics scans.

"But really, its safe enough- and considering you're already doing most of the heavy lifting, I figure its only fair enough." Laini glances up from the display screen to give Mother a grin.

"So just how much further can you go?"

Date: 2008-12-23 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
Give him a bit to scout out a location. "Couple of miles more, there's a decent cliff there and there should be a wind blowing in the direction I'd like it to from there."

Date: 2008-12-23 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
It may be a good thing that Laini got back into shape while tromping around Sherwood Forest. A couple of miles is not too bad...

"How come all of these conspiracy-type places aren't ever in the middle of downtown Metropolis, right next to a highway exit and a coffee shop?" She mutters, as they finally reach the cliff top. "Or is it just easier to say there's some random mystery thing out in B.F.E. since No One is going to ever go out that far?"

She sighs and shakes her head, and checks back down to her PDA.

"No one else has got any sorts of recorders other than us- a few visual tricks to take care of the hikers a couple miles thataway-" Laini motions in the vague direction of the bottom of the cliff- "And I should be ok." She glances at Mother.

Date: 2008-12-23 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"Because if something happens in those nice and busy places, people're generally too busy to notice it happening." Mother replies casually, its a good long hike up, and he has been getting into shape at Martin's request. Doesn't mean the flabsack isn't wheezing a bit when they get to that cliff.

Outrunning MiB agents is easy, it's a matter of a very fast sprint! Lugging gear for a couple of miles in a long haul is an entirely different system.

So by the time they get there, Mother's just gonna plunk his fat ass DOWN on the first decently clean rock he sees and hope that it isn't an alien in disguise.

Date: 2008-12-23 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"Mmph." Laini makes a face, and flops down on a rock next to Mother. "Remind me to start some internet rumors about odd things right in the middle of a few cities, ok?"

She taps her fingers on a leg, antsy. Milliways is one thing, but long ago all beings from Underhill learned the fine art of discretion and hiding when dealing with Earthside. And even if this is not Laini's Earthside, it is still close enough for her to not be exactly comfortable with trying to explain this to Mother right here.

... Too bad she did not pull the teapot trick on him back in the bar. Ah well.

"So- you've at least figured out the Earth I'm used to isn't 'zactly your own here, right?"

Date: 2008-12-23 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"If people have their creature comforts, they're not too likely inclined to look into rumors much." Mother replies, with the sound of experience in this matter, despite the obvious wheezing in his voice. "Besides that, cities are hives for aliens and alien-tracking agencies."


It is probably so much better then, that he is tired out from the climb, because he's giving Laini a calculating look as if debating some great ordeal in his head.

Date: 2009-01-03 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"... I'll take that as a yes." Laini eyes Mother back. "Though, conspiracies asides, you've been to Milliways, at least." She waves a hand in the air, and takes a deep breath.

"Z'okay. Can I go with 'not human' and pair that with 'also not alien', and figure that makes at least a little bit of sense to you with the promise of a much better explaination as soon as I know you're not going to start freaking out on me?"

Date: 2009-01-03 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"Laini, you made googly heart eyes at me the first time we met. I knew you weren't human then." Pause. "The 'not alien' thing however, yeh, s'cuse me if I don't trust that line."

"I'm not going to freak out on you, because as an alien, you seem the least likely to be inclined to impregnate me annally."

Date: 2009-01-03 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
...

Cue much staring. And gaping.

Congradulations, Mother- you have rendered Laini speechless-

At least for several moment, (and that is still rather an impressive feat).



"... I guess now would not be the time to go over tentacle porn collections." Still wide-eyed, Laini shakes her head slowly. "And really, not an alien- but given the no running and screaming, I can explain that part, really."

Date: 2009-01-03 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"It wasn't tentacles, but we are not the hell near enough beer for the moment for me to go into detail about that..." Mother replies. "Go on and explain."

Date: 2009-01-03 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"Ok." Laini nods, crosses her legs, and at least starts out with her hands folded and resting on her knees- though she does not switch to one of her usual 'professor lecturer' outfits, for once.

"You've heard about other dimensions and whatnot, yes? Other worlds but without the whole 'leaving the Earth's atmosphere' bit?"

Date: 2009-01-03 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
"I walk into a Bar at the end of the universe through the supply closet door in the office." Mother replies. "I'm game to other dimensions."

Date: 2009-01-04 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
"Well, that puts you one up on believing me." Laini snickers quietly.

"Ok- Earth- or at least, my Earth, has a neighbor dimension, or sister dimension, what have you, either which way." She brings up her hands, and folds the together like a book. "You have Earth, and then you have a realm of chaotic, potential engery. And given life happens where-ever it can, the creatures who evolved in this realm ended up with the ability to manipulate the energy around them, to some extent or another. With me so far?"

Date: 2009-01-04 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
Laini beams, and then opens her hands up as if opening a book.

"Now, being sister realms or what-have-you, Earthside and my realm touch in some places, and can be connected briefly. Ages and ages ago, there were places where the borders between them were so thin, just about anyone could transverse them, and a lot of that potential energy seeped through- so much, in fact, that even some humans developed the ability to manipulate it."

She shrugs and gives Mother a wink. "And of course, a good many of the different races from Underhill had fun traveling around on Earthside, and found themselves in the middle of wars, disputes, romances, and any sort of situations that you could think of. But, after a while- well, entropy happened."

A wry smile, and Laini drops her hands. "Among other things. Earthside and Underhill are a bit further apart now, less energy leaks through, and its much harder to cross between, so most creatures from Underhill are back in Underhill, leaving only rumor and hersy behind in your history."

Date: 2009-01-04 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yucca-isnt-porn.livejournal.com
...For a moment Mother just gives her a long dry look.

"So Atlantis, Fair Folk abductions, Stonehenge, Easter Island, Loch Ness and a whole bunch of oogidy boggidies that've been around for several thousand years, all from your home dimension, used to be more ways to get over, shit happened, not so many ways over and a few scattered humans altered by this energy are able to use it. I think I'm game so far."

Date: 2009-01-04 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxy-l33t.livejournal.com
Laini starts ticking them off on her fingers. "Sorta, yes, yes, no idea so no, depends on how you ask, and I'd have to look at the rest and even then I'm no historian, but prolly from Underhill totally did come over and interacted just not as much recently and they've gotten better at hiding and last I heard, yes." She nods, and beams at him.

"You're dealing with this better than most, I think. Then again, I haven't had to try to explain it to someone outside of Milliways for a while."

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