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{004.} forever in search of truth
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alva_keel wrote in paradisa
[Having taken up almost permanent residence in the library, he actually decides to leave in search of tea and maybe a bite to eat. After all, he's been too busy, too curious to realize his stomach was growling and he doesn't have Evey around to prod at him to join her and Paul for lunch anymore or any such nonsense...]

[Pushing aside the wistful little pang that comes with remembering his team, he opens his journal and gets to the task at hand, speaking in a clear, businesslike tone as he wanders through the halls heading for the kitchen.]

In the last four weeks, we've all dealt with an onslaught of strange occurrences both subtle and extreme in nature. I, for one, am quite curious about the nature of these events, and Cair Paradisa herself. Frankly, I can't believe I'm alone in my desire to know more...and I'd like to meet my like-minded brethren.

To that end, any parties that would care to learn, to understand this living puzzle may locate me in the kitchen. My name is Alva Keel...and I look forward to meeting all of you.

{ooc: wiiiide open, Alva's recruting! :P}

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[have a short ace making her way in and looking round, the lack of pantslength beyond her lapels is NOT SUPERNATURAL]

[Have an Alva leaning against the counter with a cup of tea in hand...which he nearly drops at the sight]

[muttered under his breath]
Good Lord...

[walks over] You're Alva Keel?

Er...yes, I am...

[Very evenly, matter of fact] ...where are your trousers?


[raises the hem of her shirt to check] Right here. Shorts, not trousers.

Ah...very good, then. I'm not one to advise on matters of fashion, but you...might want to consider shortening that shirt, hmm?

But I digress...please, have a seat. Tea?

well, it's more like what she calls "pants" are what others think of as underpants

Tea it is.

[sits down]

And while Alva has seen some strange things in his day...that just might be the strangest. :P

Right, then.

[Talks while pouring a cup for his visitor]

Might I ask your name?

the entire premise of SW is strange

Erica Hartmann.

I tried to look into the castle some time back...[directs him here]

[Peers at the journal entry referenced and skims over it curiously.]

Mmmm...that's a rather interesting revelation. I'll have to speak with other residents from my part of the world and general time period, see what I can find. Granted, we might be dealing with some alternative timelines, but then again that's the whole point.

[looks up at her with a flicker of a smile and a nod]

Well done, Miss Hartmann, well done indeed.

That's flattering.

Has there been anything more unusual that stands out for you during your time here?

I've been told by my co-workers that I'm less often flattering and more often simply guilty of speaking the truth as I see it.

Personally? I couldn't quite say, I've only been here about a month. However, based on my study of this journal, I'd say that this past month itself is highly unusual. I can't find much in the way of records pertaining to a larger occurrence of incidental and seemingly pointless unnatural events. Every other incident I've read about has been quite large and overwhelming. This last rash of events was...well, to be blunt, it was very silly.

[a pause. laugh]

Yeah, you could say that. It's as if the castle got bored of maintaining large-scale events and started doing them day-by-day.

Precisely! It brings into question the castle's motivations for behaving as it does. It's quite difficult to say if it's being malicious with these occurrences, or perhaps in some way using these events to...communicate, or educate us in some fashion.

...a lot of people say there's not much that can be explained about that. Trying to find patterns has failed before.

[written over the journal

You're most certainly not alone in your desire. I'd be most happy to contribute what I can, although I would have to work around the schedules of my students.

[spotting the message, he smiles and picks up his pen to jot down a response]

A teacher, wonderful. If you'd care to discuss this subject further, I'm brewing some tea in the kitchen. Care for some?

Of course. I shall be down shortly.

[Not too long after, have a silver-haired woman dressed in orange looking around for the man who's making tea.]

[Where he is, in fact, just pouring two cups when she comes in. Glancing up, he offers her a pleasant smile and gestures to both cups.]

Ah, you must be the individual with the wonderful penmanship...cream or sugar in your tea, Miss?

[Raine laughs pleasantly.] Neither, please. And thank you - I'm Raine Sage.

[She sits down with one cup of tea, warming her hands around the cup.] I've been here some three and a half months now, and I'd be glad to share my experiences and theories with someone of like mind. [A shadow briefly crosses her face.] Though I would appreciate it if you kept my experiences regarding the Dead Space event confidential. That was not exactly a pleasant time for anyone.

[nods slowly, having read through some of the journal entries prior to his arrival]

Yes, of course. I've done some reading...I would like to know more, but only at your leisure. On that subject, my patience is infinite...and suffice to say, I have worlds more to occupy my time in the interim.

[He pauses, looking around with a small, excited smile]

Worlds more, indeed.

[She nods, smiling again.]

Of course. As long as my schedule allows, I would be glad to share my experiences.

It is an exciting concept, is it not?

To be sure...truly, I thought I'd seen my most fascinating case when I bore witness to my first demonic possession, but this? Far surpasses a paltry exorcism.

Demons rarely possess anyone in my world, though in very rare occasions one can be possessed by a type of spirit. And though I've yet to see such an occurrence here, I agree that far more dramatic changes can occur at the drop of a hat.

I have seen both back home, and I have to agree that stranger things still have taken place in this castle. Once I was even forced to evict an...entity from the body of a very ill man in a very grisly fashion.

[Raine nods - that sounds pretty similar to the restoration of an Exbuela like she performed several times.]

While it's unfortunately that such things occur, it is best that there was someone around to deal with the situation. These things can escalate all too rapidly, otherwise.

Agreed...I had to excise the entity by killing its host. Not a moment I relished, I assure you.

I would suggest talking to any of the Doctors. They might enjoy something like that.

Doctors? I'm aware there are a few physicians in this castle, but I'm afraid you'll have to be a bit more specific.

Oh--um. He's just ... the Doctor. That's his name--Doctor. I promise you if you open your journal and say "Hey, Doctor?" you'll get at least three responses. They're all the same guy.

Really now? Fascinating...I may have to try that, especially if they might have an interest in this venture. You've been most helpful, Miss...er...

Oh!--Peri. Peri Brown. Sorry! What's your name?

Alva Keel, it's a pleasure to meet you, Miss Brown. No question, I will definitely follow this lead, and I want to thank you for your generous aid, but I'd also like to inquire as to your interest in this little venture of mine. If nothing else, it might be an interesting way to pass one's days here in Cair Paradisa...when she's not subjecting us to her rather fickle whims, at any rate.

Oh--nice to meet you too, Mr. Keel. [finds his posh way of speaking a little intimidating] Well ... I'm a good friend of the Doctor's, and I know he always loves a mystery. I also know he's probably got cabin fever something terrible here; he hates feeling tied down. And, wherever the Doctor goes, I go.

Do you, now? [almost sounds a little sad] In a way, my dear, you remind me of my comrades back home. Granted, they often were most vehement about telling me where to stuff it when I had an excursion planned, but if ever I had a solid investigation to attend...or even not so solid, they were there.

Perhaps you'd care to join me in the kitchen for some tea, Miss Brown?

You got ideas on how to find out more?

More than a few. I am no stranger to the supernatural, nor am I strange as to the study of it. My organization back home specialized in just this sort of activity.

Sounds pretty impressive. So you don't mind sharing 'em?

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