Chapter 121 – The truth about kard and Research Team Seven

7 04 2009

(johnny07)

We’re free! Well, kinda. I’m now allowed to blog, and I have a proper bed, and I’m allowed outside, and I’m being allowed proper food rather than plain, slightly dry bread, which is certainly an improvement.

I think it’s only fair that you guys get an explanation of exactly what the heck happened after Megan last blogged.

I guess it all started on that Tuesday when we were arrested. That came out of nowhere. We immediately ran for it. Tom escaped in the confusion; the rest of us weren’t so lucky.

The rest of that week was just… waiting. I think I was asleep when the infamous gas attack took place, because I don’t remember it. All I remember is waking up in different cell to the one I went to sleep in.

I never saw kard. All I heard was this computerised voice telling me that I was in the headquarters of Research Team Seven, and now I was going to suffer for my insolence.

And there I was for the next week. No mattress, very little to eat or drink, bucket in the corner, changed daily. There was a screen on the wall which would come on every morning so that I could read about the adventures of Tom in that dungeon place. Apart from that, no contact with anyone anywhere.

Then, last Sunday morning, I heard all this banging and shouting, and I was terrified. I didn’t have a clue what was going on. Then a bunch of people came in, claiming to be the real Research Team Seven, and told me that there was no time to explain, and I had to come with them. There didn’t seem to be any choice, so I followed them.

We passed a box on a desk that had our stuff on it, and Iaru grabbed it. It’s all there and intact, as far as we can tell, with the exception of the clef, which has gone missing.

We left by helicopter. I’m not sure where we are now. We had to take a pretty roundabout route to avoid being followed.

Anyway, here we are at a facility owned by the real Research Team Seven. And as far as we can tell, they are the real ones. I mean, the woman we met up with who told us about the Network of Allies is here.

I know, we don’t know that we can trust them. The first thing we did when we got here, once we’d all washed and got a change of clothes, and laid down in actual beds and they’d presented us with food, was demand some answers.

The explanation we got was essentially the same one we got last time. The organisation that abducted us, which kard works for, is called the Network of Arms. They’re a militant branch of a larger organisation called the Network of Allies, so called because it consists of a number of smaller organisations working together to form a global organisation. FootGood Shoes, the American shoe company where Bradley’s friend’s dad worked, is a member of the Network. They also have people in governments and police forces worldwide; they’re the ones who framed us. They’re basically trying to get their hands on some old weapons technology that belonged to Research Team Seven, and Research Team Seven are trying to stop them. That’s why the clef is important. It’s a key that will enable them to access this technology. There’s three in total, and all three are necessary.

Currently, the Network has one (the one they stole from us) and RT7 has one (that they stole from FootGood Shoes). The location of the other is unknown, but it’s believed to be somewhere in Europe; it used to belong to a Spanish collector who offered to sell it to Birrow Fletcha, but it has been stolen, possibly by the Network of Allies.

They still haven’t told us everything. There are some points which they deliberately evaded. We’re going to keep trying until we get some straight answers out of them.

There’s some other news which you might find more interesting. Apparently, after Tom was abducted, police wanted to arrest Caitlin and Mark on suspicion of aiding and abetting known criminals. But they weren’t there. In fact, they’ve been here for the past two weeks. It sure was a relief to see some familiar faces. It was obvious that they had been worrying about us a lot.

We’re still not sure what to make of Research Team Seven, but at the moment, I think I know which side I’m inclined to support.





Chapter 118 – the rant

3 04 2009

And… Bradley’s OK!

How closely were you reading that post?

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You know, it’s the Easter holidays, and it’s a sunny day.  I’m feeling pretty good myself!

Current listening: Loituma, “Ievan Polkka”





Swans in the Snow

14 02 2009

Winter Lake

Well, it’s a special day today.  That’s right… half term begins!  Not a moment too soon, either.

That party was OK, but to be honest, it was very disappointing.  I spent most of the time either looking after drunk people, looking for missing people who were off crying, or trying to talk people out of “everything sucks, everyone hates me, my life is meaningless” states.  Also, I’m now losing my voice, and I’ve kind of burnt out as far as doing schoolwork is concerned, so a break is very welcome indeed.

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy this picture I took a week ago.  I thought it was pretty.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody. 🙂

Current listening: Pendulum, “Tarantula (Pendulum vs Fresh feat: $pyda & Tenor Fly)”





Chapter 95 – the rant

3 02 2009

Megan doesn’t like eating cute animals.

Sorry for posting this unrealistically late in the day.  I’ll warn you now, I might need to put this story on hold for a bit.  I’ve got coursework due in tommorow and again Thursday, and school might be cancelled tomorrow, which will put me further behind, and it’s another semi-official Sixth Form party this Thursday evening, for which I still don’t have a costume.

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We’ve had snow in real life here.  School closed early today (which is now yesterday – blimey, is that the time?), half way through the day.  Unfortunately, our school, demonstrating their usual organisational skills, neglected to inform us that they were closing.  Which meant that some people got left behind by the buses, and one of my friends couldn’t get home.

We all stuck around, and decided to have a massive snowball fight on the girls’ school field.  That was great fun.  We all got very damp, and I didn’t have gloves, so my hands were very cold by the end of it, but we were all enjoying ourselves too much to care about that.

Once we were tired out and shivering all over, my friend who was stranded attempted to ring her dad, without success.  We decided to head into town.  Snow was still falling all this time, which was so cool.  Snow never stays falling for a long period of time around here.  We made for a café.  It took us a while to think of a café in town that none of us was banned from, but eventually we found a nice café where we ate slices of cake – chocolate, butterscotch and coffee, shared between us – and waited while my stranded friend tried repeatedly to phone various family members.  It was after the end of school by the time she finally got through to anyone, whereupon we parted company (my house being in a different direction from the others’ houses).

On the way back, I couldn’t help but admire the way everything looked in the snow.  Trees, in particular, looked beautiful.  I adore snow.  It’s so much fun.





An Award and Some Festive Cheer

17 12 2008

Hello, ladies and gentlefellows, and welcome to the first non-story-related post in a while!

First up today, sulz has awarded me this trophy:

Trophy

Yay!!  Thank you very much, sulz!

The cup rewards volume.  In turn, I award it to Gentledove in recognition of the sheer quantity of thoughtful, witty and beautiful poetry to be found on her blogs, http://gentledove.wordpress.com/ and http://gentledove2.wordpress.com/.

I said previously that I’d been a bit of a jerk lately – not that anybody seems to have noticed – so on Tuesday, I was determined to be nice to everyone, and not be mad at anyone.  Everybody immediately noticed that I was happier than I have been lately, although they thought I’d been terrified, not grumpy!  I think I only have five facial expressions: happy, sad, confused, scared and occasionally disgusted (generally speaking, confused is my default expression).

My resolution to not be angry with anyone was tested somewhat by an acquaintance of mine who was being – as usual – exceedingly annoying, and surpassed himself on Tuesday by jumping on my back without warning, falling off, knocking into two of my friends in the process, and then – ignoring my friends’ complaints and distressed noises – proceeding to rant at me for being lousy at giving piggybacks.  In fairness, though, he has been made aware that his behaviour irritates people, and is making an effort to be less annoying, bless him.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling a lot happier these past couple of days.  I gave everyone cards, and we’ve been eating chocolate and generally feeling more festive than usual.  We’re going for a meal on Monday, which should be cool, although it will also be expensive.

Tomorrow after school I will be attending the Sixth Form “Snow Ball” (ho ho, how very droll), a semi-formal excuse for alcohol for which all guests are required to wear suits.  I haven’t got a suit, but never mind, I’ll improvise something.  Probably something resembling my walrus costume.  Probably without drinking straws, although I suppose they could come in handy.

So, this seems like an appropriate time to wish you a very happy festive season, whether or not you celebrate Christmas.  Have fun!

Current listening: We Are Scientists, “This Scene Is Dead”.





Chapter 41 – Aeroplane

26 10 2008

(bizzariarox)

hello from eiriendor!

i got to the airport at 6 in the morning. alarm went off at 5. i’m feeling knackered. i have been flying for 11 hours with no stops. i was asleep most of the way. i’ve never flown on my own before.

it was round about noon when i got there, which was kinda disorientating. sakura and her mum were waiting at the terminal to greet me. it was great to see them again.

we drove out to the suburbs, where sakura’s house is. it’s quite large and it’s a really nice place. sakura’s family have all been really welcoming. i can’t believe how lucky i am to have friends like this!

i was so hungry when we got to the house, so i was glad that we had a big lunch. i’m afraid i was a bit impatient!

this has been the longest day ever. i’m a bit tired again already!





Chapter 14 – Summer Break Ends

29 08 2008

(johnny07)

It’s been fun, but we’re nearing the end of the summer holidays. Fun fact – “holiday” is a contraction of the phrase “holy day”, so it actually means a religious festival. So this should actually be called “summer break”. But I digress.

On Monday, it will be back to school for another year of unpaid labour. Joy of joys. As you can probably guess, I’m none too happy about the prospect. Where do the holidays go? That was never a full break!

There’s a well known saying: “time flies when you’re having fun”. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. It sounds silly, but it’s so true.

There are three days of freedom left to go. I might as well make the best of them. Me and my friends are going to the bowling alley tomorrow. Should be fun. Everyone’s back now, so hopefully they’ll all be able to make it.

The weirdest thing about this break has been the lack of schoolwork. It really has been total freedom. It’s a strange feeling. Sometimes I haven’t known what to do with myself. But I’m sad that it’s ending.