Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mo loved the wind. There was nothing better to him than a dark summer afternoon with a strong wind howling down a city chasm.

Mo might be a woman, a girl. She had blue hair, but here, in this wet alley under a dark, roiling sky it's lightning blue.

Mo flashed her teeth at the man with the tentacle tattoos down his arms. He was pale, bald, tall. Three blue tentacles writhed around his right arm. Two red tentacles snuggled around his left elbow.

"Please move." Mo said.

The man with the tentacle tattoos shrugged. "Sure." he said, and stepped aside.

Thunder rumbled.

Mo hugged the damp wall, circled past the tall, tentacles, man. She snarled at him, teeth bared.

Impassively, the tentacles man twisted his neck impossibly far. He grinned and Mo turned and ran

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Herman asked, "Are you still  a donut, George?"

George laughed and snuffed out his cigarette. The waitress came and refilled their coffee cups. Outside, the snow continued to fall, soft and orange like the way good medicine tastes when you're four and a half.

"We're closing soon," The waitress said, a few minutes later.

George said, "I don't know. I don't think so. Maybe some of my barbs have sprung."

"That's good to hear, George. I'll see you in a few months and we'll talk about that." And then, just like always, Herman was gone. There was a nauseatingly blurry moment, and then he was gone, like a movie's special effect.

George smiled. His thick boots tracked water prints, heavy heels, across the faded paisley carpet. George lit another cigarette, over tipped, and walked out into the snow. Outside, George's breath billowed, despite that soft, strange winter warmth that comes at the beginning of a really desperate blizzard.

George inhaled, smiled through stab of cold in his nostrils. He pushed smoke languidly out his nose. The smoke oozed like languid tentacles, like a sentient mustache.

The tentacle man appeared.

George sighed. "What can I do for you on this blustery night?" George said.

"Heard you might've sprung, so I came to take a look." The tentacle man said. Then, without so much as a preparatory blur, the tentacle man had his mouth against George's left ear. The tentacle man said, "But it appears. . . not yet. Springs are still winding. Maybe in the spring?"

And then, his head reeling, George was standing alone, sweating in a dark parking lot while snow settled on his hat and coat and

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Trickster Notes v3

Monster Professional Arc and a half (tragedy)
1. Kills a big demon

  • looses killing a small demon, can't pay rent w.out the money from the bounty
    • Gets splashed in the face by demon gunk
    • Sits and sighs, contemplates continuing the chase
    • Continues the chase
    • Chases demon down flight of stairs onto a crowded L train platform
    • Demon turns unexpectedly and jumps on him
    • Twists his ankle as they fall
    • looses the demon
  • homeless; first night sleeping in car, sees huge demon chasing someone
    • gets to his apartment, door is open
    • inside his windows are open
    • his apartment is cold and empty
    • his stuff is on the sidewalk --tossed out the windows
    • runs down, gathers necessities
    • gets in his car
    • parks in a parking lot outside the city
  • chases the demon chasing the someone
    • Demon roars, runs by his car
    • "Bad dream." 
    • Someone screams fire
    • he goes running, hurts his ankle more
    • goes the wrong way, looses them. Gets frustrated
    • starts to go back to his car, runs into them again
    • They stand on either side of the alley, someone in the middle.
  • fights the demon, who tears the someone's arm off
    • Demon tears someone's arm off
    • Throws it at him
    • Kicks someone into him
    • Falls and demon smashes someone's face into his face
    • Someone looks dead
    • Demon laughs and uses dead someone to smack him around
  • INNOCENT BYSTANDER RAGE leads to killing the big demon
    • keeps getting hit with the limp legs of someone, like a gigantic flail
    • manages to snap big demon's knee
    • gets caught under falling demon
    • crushed and suffocating under flabby part of otherwise taut demon
    • bites demon's important artery, gnaws it apart
    • demon screams and tries to run, forgetting about snapped knee
    • he kills the demon
  • looses the bounty taking the someone to the hospital
    • someone groans
    • he calls a clean up crew
    • someone is  bleeding to death
    • clean up crew are busy tonight, won't be there for at least an hour
    • someone whimpers for help
    • stares at the huge demon corpse, debating life and death and money
    • takes someone to the hospital
  • goes back and the demon body is gone. goes back to hospital, patient checked self out.
    • has trouble speaking to nurse, who thinks he needs to stay, too
    • manages to sneak out of the E.R. when an ambulance pulls up
    • limps to car, almost out of gas
    • stops to get gas, 
    • calls clean up crew: haven't gotten there yet
    • demon is gone, not due to clean up crew
    • starts to EMOTE over lost bounty

2. Paid by mail
  • Wakes up, goes to a gym, showers, sees a neutral demon.
    • Car smells  bad, he smells bad
    • Checks the date, checks gym membership app
    • expired yesterday; has to sneak into the gym
    • works out, sees a demon working out
    • they eye each other but the demon leaves
    • no one else seemed to notice
    • is he going crazy?
  • Gets to car, envelope with a key in it.
    • chases demon into parking lot
    • showers, dresses
    • talks to sales rep about other customer
    • other customer is ELITE SPECIAL member
    • gets kicked out due to expired gym membership
    • Someone doing something to his car
    • Finds an envelope with a big, brass key in it under a windshield wiper
  • Texts contacts --not them.
    • phone is out of power
    • doesn't want to waste gas; it starts to rain
    • takes coat, USB cord, walks to library
    • library is closed.
    • lightning strike
    • phone is charged
    • texts demon hunter contacts, but none of them picked up the demon or dropped off the key on his car.
  • Takes the key to post office. 
    • rummages about in his stuff, doesn't find a coat
    • decides to walk in the rain anyway
    • soaked and cold, runs to post office
    • post office has weird hours --is open
    • post office is full of demons, many with bounties on their heads 
    • almost starts a fight, post master points out this is a no violence zone
    • gets in line to find what's in the box
  • Post office doesn't know.
    • line is very long
    • he gets pushed around, jostled, otherwise treated like 3rd rate citizen
    • gets angry, shouts about fight and killing gigantic demon
    • all the demons surge around him
    • post master points out this is a no violence zone
    • many many many threats
    • post master doesn't recognize the key
  • Almost gets run off the road, swerves into a parking lot with a store "going postal."
    • leaves the post office
    • chased through stormy city by gaggle of angry demons
    • takes a turn into a dead end alley
    • turns to face the demons
  • The key fits a mail box, there
    • Demon working the counter ignores him until he yells and flicks blood on the counter
    • Demon refuses to serve him
    • Tricks demon into wits contest and wins "nothing but the truth" from the demon
    • Demon threatens vile and hellish retribution, but shows him to the mail box
    • Gaggle of demons burst into the store
    • Demons are more interested in other demon than him!
    • Rummages, finds the mail belonging to the lock box

3. Gets another job
  • Letter to meet someone at a park at dinner time
  • Skips free lunch with a friend
  • Waits at the park
  • No one shows
  • it gets dark
  • has to hide from curfew cops
  • (same) someone shows up with another envelope and two arms

4. Gets snot kicked out of him, and turned into a monster

  • Hands him the envelope and disappears
  • Two big(ger) demons show up
  • Surprises them and gets the drop on one
  • the injured one grabs his leg, tripping him; keeps kicking injured in the face when
  • other demon starts fisti-smashing him into the ground
  • big demon goes for kill shot punch (or equivalent) and gets cut in half: knees to neck: gone
  • Finishes off injured demon, limps home

5. Gets attacked by family, almost dies fleeing loved ones

  • gets home and leaves the lights off
  • father / relation is in the kitchen, too
  • they talk
  • opens the fridge, the light blinds him
  • relation attacks him, knocking him around the kitchen, into the stove; further exacerbating current injuries
  • starts a house fire to distract sibling / relation
  • escapes, hobbling into the night as his house burns


6. Uses the rage and hurt to destroy the snot-kicker

  • Goes back to the park
  • someone is there, dissecting the demons
  • stands up, offers handshake
  • both shake hands and both use it to throw haymaker attacks at the other --trying for insta-kills
  • the bruising from all the other fights are numb, so the delicate pressure point attack from the someone doesn't work
  • fit of rage: smashes and curb stomps someone well to death

7. Moves to Detroit, only takes easy jobs for a while.

  • rifles through someone's clothes; strips him naked. Finds many moneys and a credit card
  • rifles through the demon's guts, finds [something valuable] in the guts of the first downed demon
  • gets picked up by cops for being out after curfew
  • taken to Detroit police station
  • pays bail
  • hails a cab --driven by a demon
  • next day, finds and pays for three months of utilities and rent with half the acquired money.

Monster Personal Arc (rebirth)
1. Lonely Monster killing monsters
2. Saves Sara from monsters bent on revenge
3. Meets Sara
4. Gets to know Self through getting to know Sara
5. Monster fight, turns Sara into a half monster AND they both get the shit kicked out of them.
6. They use combined monster powers to destroy monsters and etc, which seems to expel all his monstrous attributes
7. Leaves the city

Sara Arc Personal Arc (dream / adventure)
1. Gets saved from monster mugging
2. Meets Monster
3. Fights off monsters / Gets to know Monster
4. Alienates family
5. Attacked and taken elsewhere with monster
6. Breaks out / frees self as Monster arrives
7. Leave the city / call family who are happy she is alive after going missing for a while

Sara Professional Arc (Rags to Riches)
1. Coffee maker who looses her job
2. Odd jobs: waitress at a strip club
3. Almost mugged, but gets a reward from the police for detaining a wanted criminal
4. Starts looking for other monsters
5. Gets the shit kicked out of her by other monsters
6. Finds a den of monsters
7. Turns them all in for many, many reward dollars.


Coffee Space Arc (Comedy)
1. okay
2. weird customers
3. weirder customers
4. break in
5. break in and assault
6. burns down
7. Two sets of insurance money (equipment and building owner, something) allow for an all new/amazing rebuild

Julia Personal Arc (Awakening)
1. Dislikes monsters
2. Meets Monster
3. Monsters take over her cafe
4. Monster fight messes up her cafe
5. attacks and fights off Monster and monsters
6. monsters burn down her cafe
7. Monster kills arsonist monsters in front of her . . . not all monsters are bad :)


Monday, May 12, 2014

Trickster Notes v2

Monster Professional Arc and a half (tragedy)
1. Kills a big demon

  • looses killing a small demon, can't pay rent w.out the money from the bounty
  • homeless; first night sleeping in car, sees huge demon chasing someone
  • chases the demon chasing the someone
  • fights the demon, who tears the someone's arm off
  • INNOCENT BYSTANDER RAGE leads to killing the big demon
  • looses the bounty taking the someone to the hospital
  • goes back and the demon body is gone. goes back to hospital, patient checked self out.

2. Paid by mail

  • Wakes up, goes to a gym, showers, sees a neutral demon.
  • Gets to car, envelope with a key in it.
  • Texts contacts --not them.
  • Takes the key to post office
  • Post office doesn't know. Demon working at the post office
  • Almost gets run off the road, swerves into a parking lot with a store "going postal."
  • The key fits a mail box, there.

3. Gets another job

  • Letter to meet someone at a park at dinner time
  • Skips free lunch with a friend
  • Waits at the park
  • No one shows
  • it gets dark
  • has to hide from curfew cops
  • (same) someone shows up with another envelope and two arms

4. Gets snot kicked out of him, and turned into a monster

  • Hands him the envelope and disappears
  • Two big(ger) demons show up
  • Surprises them and gets the drop on one
  • the injured one grabs his leg, tripping him; keeps kicking injured in the face when
  • other demon starts fisti-smashing him into the ground
  • big demon goes for kill shot punch (or equivalent) and gets cut in half: knees to neck: gone
  • Finishes off injured demon, limps home

5. Gets attacked by family, almost dies fleeing loved ones

  • gets home and leaves the lights off
  • father / relation is in the kitchen, too
  • they talk
  • opens the fridge, the light blinds him
  • relation attacks him, knocking him around the kitchen, into the stove; further exacerbating current injuries
  • starts a house fire to distract sibling / relation
  • escapes, hobbling into the night as his house burns


6. Uses the rage and hurt to destroy the snot-kicker

  • Goes back to the park
  • someone is there, dissecting the demons
  • stands up, offers handshake
  • both shake hands and both use it to throw haymaker attacks at the other --trying for insta-kills
  • the bruising from all the other fights are numb, so the delicate pressure point attack from the someone doesn't work
  • fit of rage: smashes and curb stomps someone well to death

7. Moves to Detroit, only takes easy jobs for a while.

  • rifles through someone's clothes; strips him naked. Finds many moneys and a credit card
  • rifles through the demon's guts, finds [something valuable] in the guts of the first downed demon
  • gets picked up by cops for being out after curfew
  • taken to Detroit police station
  • pays bail
  • hails a cab --driven by a demon
  • next day, finds and pays for three months of utilities and rent with half the acquired money.

Monster Personal Arc (rebirth)
1. Lonely Monster killing monsters
2. Saves Sara from monsters bent on revenge
3. Meets Sara
4. Gets to know Self through getting to know Sara
5. Monster fight, turns Sara into a half monster AND they both get the shit kicked out of them.
6. They use combined monster powers to destroy monsters and etc, which seems to expel all his monstrous attributes
7. Leaves the city

Sara Arc Personal Arc (dream / adventure)
1. Gets saved from monster mugging
2. Meets Monster
3. Fights off monsters / Gets to know Monster
4. Alienates family
5. Attacked and taken elsewhere with monster
6. Breaks out / frees self as Monster arrives
7. Leave the city / call family who are happy she is alive after going missing for a while

Sara Professional Arc (Rags to Riches)
1. Coffee maker who looses her job
2. Odd jobs: waitress at a strip club
3. Almost mugged, but gets a reward from the police for detaining a wanted criminal
4. Starts looking for other monsters
5. Gets the shit kicked out of her by other monsters
6. Finds a den of monsters
7. Turns them all in for many, many reward dollars.


Coffee Space Arc (Comedy)
1. okay
2. weird customers
3. weirder customers
4. break in
5. break in and assault
6. burns down
7. Two sets of insurance money (equipment and building owner, something) allow for an all new/amazing rebuild

Julia Personal Arc (Awakening)
1. Dislikes monsters
2. Meets Monster
3. Monsters take over her cafe
4. Monster fight messes up her cafe
5. attacks and fights off Monster and monsters
6. monsters burn down her cafe
7. Monster kills arsonist monsters in front of her . . . not all monsters are bad :)



The envelope opened easily against the wooden letter opener. The letter was from

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Trickster Notes v1

Monster Professional Arc and a half (tragedy)
1. Kills a big demon
2. Paid by mail
3. Gets another job
4. Gets snot kicked out of him, and turned into a monster
5. Gets attacked by family, almost dies fleeing loved ones
6. Uses the rage and hurt to destroy the snot-kicker
7. Moves to Detroit, only takes easy jobs for a while.

Monster Personal Arc (rebirth)
1. Lonely Monster killing monsters
2. Saves Sara from monsters bent on revenge
3. Meets Sara
4. Gets to know Self through getting to know Sara
5. Monster fight, turns Sara into a half monster AND they both get the shit kicked out of them.
6. They use combined monster powers to destroy monsters and etc, which seems to expel all his monstrous attributes
7. Leaves the city

Sara Arc Personal Arc (dream / adventure)
1. Gets saved from monster mugging
2. Meets Monster
3. Fights off monsters / Gets to know Monster
4. Alienates family
5. Attacked and taken elsewhere with monster
6. Breaks out / frees self as Monster arrives
7. Leave the city / call family who are happy she is alive after going missing for a while

Sara Professional Arc (Rags to Riches)
1. Coffee maker who looses her job
2. Odd jobs: waitress at a strip club
3. Almost mugged, but gets a reward from the police for detaining a wanted criminal
4. Starts looking for other monsters
5. Gets the shit kicked out of her by other monsters
6. Finds a den of monsters
7. Turns them all in for many, many reward dollars.


Coffee Space Arc (Comedy)
1. okay
2. weird customers
3. weirder customers
4. break in
5. break in and assault
6. burns down
7. Two sets of insurance money (equipment and building owner, something) allow for an all new/amazing rebuild

Julia Personal Arc (Awakening)
1. Dislikes monsters
2. Meets Monster
3. Monsters take over her cafe
4. Monster fight messes up her cafe
5. attacks and fights off Monster and monsters
6. monsters burn down her cafe
7. Monster kills arsonist monsters in front of her . . . not all monsters are bad :)




Teeth like a stomped match stick box

Julia stared at the man across the counter --a customer asking after one of her employees. She narrowed her eyes and said, "She's not here."

"Are you sure?" The man asked. He wore a light grey suit, with a white shirt, black dress shoes. He also wore a huge, black scarf.

It was June in Detroit. Everyone was sweating, except this man, who stood, legs spread, grinning politely at Julia the barista, owner of The Coffee Space, just off the Cass street corridor.

Julia smiled politely, her eyes still narrow. "She doesn't work today." She growled.

"I understand your concern for your friend? Your colleague. But I want you to know I will take good care of her." The man paused, furrowed his brows and nodded, as if asking: Understand?

Accidentally, Julia nodded.

"At least," The man with the gigantic black scarf and light grey business suit continued, "I will make sure not to turn her into a monster like myself. I recognize that I am a monster, and so, I think, do you. My past stains me." He smiled. The man's teeth were thin and crooked and often overlapping, like a trampled match stick box. "You do not think that I fit, and I know I do not fit, within your conception of normal, or nice, or safe. For myself, you are right. But: I will take care of Sara, and I will take care to keep Sara from becoming." The last word hung in the air, and the man in the grey business suit cocked his head and smiled. "At least these days, recently, you see, I am a conscientious monster." He grinned again, without revealing his teeth, this time.

Julia shuddered, goose flesh ran up her arms, which she rubbed, hugging herself.

"May I leave something for Sara?" The man asked.

"Sure." Julia whispered.

The man pulled a wide envelope from inside his thin suit jacket. The envelope was yellow --a standard inter office business envelope, yellow, with a series of names crossed off, leading to the bottom of the page and the name Sara Miller. The man adjusted his scarf and said, "Please take care that Sara gets this. Thank-you. Sorry to bother." He held the envelope out and Julia took it.

"Will do. Bye." She said.

The man smiled, tipped an imaginary hat off his bald head. He pretended the hat fell down, he picked it up, dusted it, blew specs of imaginary dust from his non-existent hat, set it back on his head and turned, and left.

Julia, paler than normal, thin lipped, leaned against the counter top. Next to her, the large yellow envelope glowed softly.