Mostly, the ghosts just try to freak Maeve out with hallucinations in the corner of her eye and such, as well as nightmares every few days. If they're hostile at all, that is. Some of them are actually quite nice.
This time, however, she's quite possibly managed to attract a particularly strong and malicious one.
Plague Rat in the Playground
Originally Posted by Cera
But... I suppose I have nothing to blow up that wouldn't result in our imminent doom, that would be beneficial.
Originally Posted by Moonwolf
Damn you and your comprehensive understanding of synergistic tactics. :|
Originally Posted by The Shroud, Lover's Bones
Evil is as evil does -
There's a black abyss where heaven was.
Burn in hell for your own desires,
Drain your blood to quench the fires.
"Would it be fair? I would keep you all to myself for another week if it were up to me, but... it's not just me to consider." It's a very delicate balancing act here, between what Riss wants immediately and keeping the peace in the next five minutes. And god help them if Mimi ever finds that vent between the two rooms. Privacy is already at a premium without her getting jealous and frustrated right next to them.
While normally, Riss would be quite agreeable to Misha's suggestion, the intertwining aromas of hesperidia, berry, and pome along with a sizable quantity of feywine all blended together with recent events resulted in a heavily clouded mind. As such, it would be a minute or so of rather intense self debate for her to come to a conclusion. "..I.. I think it wouldn't be fair, no.. But..Could I convince you to.. Wait, no because.. Sorry. Harder to think than usual. I think if I can manage to pull myself away into a cold shower and maybe.. Maybe if you could hold off on that lovely..." Riss trailed off as she inhaled deeply and leaned forward to lightly nibble at Misha's jawline while her fingers began roaming the nereid's curves.
It took a moment of concentration before the muse was able to pull her mind together again and even then it was a rather dubious thing. "Ah.. Sorry. It's just.. I'm thinking I understand how you feel when you're unable to 'cool down.' Right.. Focus here.. It would probably help if I could get this scent out of my nose. And... Well.. Could I, um.. Maybe just stay here for another five minutes? I mean.. Just a bit longer wouldn't hurt, right?" the muse said, her tones clearly indicating her reluctance to go.
Oh right, she was still doing the scent thing. Suddenly, Riss' reluctant reactions made a whole lot more sense as she let her concentration slip, and the scents and flavors stopped being produced.
They would still linger in the air for a few moments, but there was nothing she could do about that, "Of course we can stay here. Five minutes she will probably understand. A whole extra session though... it would be best not to tempt fate, right?" Misha seems apologetic, but she's glad Riss was able to work past her urges, even when tempted so strongly. Had she kept fighting Misha on it, it wouldn't have been long at all before she'd given in.
You already tempt me enough that I don't think fate or whatever has a say in it. "I.. I suppose.." the muse said, already regretting her decision as she cuddled up to Misha. It took more effort than she wanted to give to simply stay still rather than try and coax Misha that another session or so wouldn't be pushing things too much but she had already given her word on the matter and Riss couldn't go around breaking that. Especially not to her.
Still, she might have waited a bit longer than just five minutes but after that, Riss left one last peck on the tip of Misha's nose before reluctantly untangling herself. It took a few moments for her to work out how to uncurl her tail from around the nereid's leg but there were no real delays preventing her from doing what she had said. At least not until she actually stepped into the cascade of cold water which resulted in a small yelp and an immediate shiver. ...Okay, I think I understand why these things are supposed to help now.
Misha bites her lip as she watches Riss shower, clamping down on her urge to get up and help. She's half-aware that Riss isn't rinsing off just to get clean. Or maybe it would be better put as an intent to clean both her thoughts and her skin.
Either way, having Misha standing there wouldn't help either of them get over this moment, as unsure she is about whether or not she wants to move past it.
So instead, she grits her teeth and walks up to the wall separating the two rooms, silently asking Riss to open it with her eyes.
If the muse does so, she'll raise her voice a bit and call out, "Mimi, are you there? Riss is up and showered now." Best to imply that Riss was catching a nap or something herself. The delay would be perfectly reasonable in that case.
Mimi's head pops off the pillow and she looks around groggily. She looks very much like she needed every second of sleep she got, and could use a whole lot more. "Oh!" But that doesn't matter because Riss is here.
The pixie tries to flap her wings for a moment before remembering she has to fix those. Thankfully it's been long enough for her to accomplish that small task. The pixie takes off and makes her way over. "Hey Riss? Feeling any better?" The delay isn't even noted yet, not that she can tell time without looking at the sun anyway.
The muse was drying her hair by this time, having been able to at least push her urges into the background for now. More or less, at least as she stole a quick glance at Misha before she answered. "Um, I am now, yes." she said with a small but warm grin. "I mean, for now at least. Might need more cheering up later but I think I can manage till then." she said, taking the towel off her head and beginning to wring the last of the water that was stuck in her tail. A mild shiver crept up her spine as she did so given how unused to the sensations she was. If she had to make a comparison, it wasn't really anything like what she suspected Mimi's antenna felt like so much as it was just her mind focusing on how new it was. It was more like dragging one's fingernails across the palm of a hand at it's worst while the rest was more like touching something with the back of the hand.
That said, she seemed perfectly fine with Mimi being there even if she lacked anything to cover herself with. The muse was certain that it might not be true for other people but for her, being comfortable enough to touch someone made her feel comfortable around them in general.
"She wanted to let you rest a bit longer, so she laid down a bit and took a shower herself." Perfectly true! Not the whole story, but all of it was true. Misha sits on the edge of the bed while she waits for Riss to finish toweling off. This would be so much easier when they stopped dancing around each other and could just all lay down together.
"So hey, I kind of had another idea while you were away. Now that we're all living together, maybe you could make something for Mimi and me to use those floor, wall, and shower functions that you can use with your augments. Little remote things or something? It'd give us more to do than just lay around and learn things while you're working." And make moving between rooms and activating the shower while tiny a lot easier.
Mimi blinks a couple times. Oh... Riss is naked. She tries not to stare, but can't help but look now and again... and again. "Uh, great! And you can count on us for cheering up later." Mimi nods.
"Ooh, that's a good idea." Mimi agrees with Misha. She's just been bathing in streams when she's went out picking flowers. This would be more convenient for sure. And not needing to bother Archie or Riss for things would be nice too.
"Okay, you don't shop, you don't do manicures, you don't gossip. How do you fill your time?" Tracey asks.
"You mean aside from pondering life, the universe, and everything and finding the ultimate answer to all of the above in the bottom of a bottle of Magweiser?" Eileen raises an eyebrow, then shrugs. "I used to like watching hockey. Lacrosse, too. Sometimes monster truck rallies and wrestling."