Jalen Strix (jalenstrix) wrote,
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Road Trip, Day 1

...or The Fantastical Continental Adventures of jalenstrix and thewronghands, Part the First.

So, the quest began with jalenstrix summoning the great combined power of nameless_abyss and her valiant knight Shreyas to use Magic Powers of Tetris Foo to compact copious quantities of items into the limited space of her chariot. That feat accomplished, jalenstrix sallied forth to find thewronghands, who was mired in the foul clutches of Work. Then, escape and the flight of Owl and Raven together, across the kingdom!

Through the dark of night they went, stopping to make sure the chariot was properly fueled and to acquire vital quest components such as Cinnamon Gummy Bears. The heads of said Bears were assiduously bitten off, thus releasing their potent force of Road Trip Protection From Sketchiness, which our fair protagonists did indeed encounter in the great stretches of Ohio at Dark O'Clock in the morning. (Bathrooms closed between 10pm and 6am for safety reasons...flee! flee with your energy drinks!)

Then, through the mists, lighting the way with songs of pirates and alligators and demons and selkies and fox-girls and fawns (courtesy of the great and awesome S.J. Tucker). When the sun rose, ah, then came the soporific pull of the road - and lo, did jalenstrix have to combat it with the mighty espresso, despite the potion's vile taste! And then, at last, at last to the promised haven of Chicago. Through the labyrinthine twists of Construction and Detours, guided by the oracle of the GPS System Known As Avery.

And lo, through those twists and turns and hidden paths did jalenstrix and thewronghands find their way to the abode of the King and Queen of the Reptiles. But alas - the foul djinn of Work sucked at thewronghands's vital essence, even from within the sanctuary of the Reptile Folk! But thewronghands's will was mightier by far, and she did escape.

And now, for the sleepings. And tonight for the feasting and quests for the Best Tea Shop in Evanston!
Tags: adventures, cross country road trip, fantastical, lo and behold, story, that kind of story
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