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NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#51
The best job I could find was substitute teacher, but at least there was an opening right away. Although the interview didn't fill me with confidence - they said something about the regular teacher going on a physician-prescribed mental health break. What sort of class had she been teaching?

At first glance, it seemed like a normal class to me (and I wondered whether the usual teacher was in the wrong profession). Then I saw the ghost... and the other students having a casual conversation with her. I stopped wondering why the usual teacher was off for a few weeks. This sort of pupil needed a teacher with special training - training that she probably didn't have.

I slipped into magesight and looked around, wondering how many other students needed a teacher with special training. I only spotted one - but not everyone had arrived yet.


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Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#52
I've been expecting that one from you for a couple weeks now, Rob. <grin>
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#53
I've been busy. 8)
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Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#54
Kind of surprising, though, that Principal Freeman ... errrr, I mean, Phibes — didn't explain to Doug exactly what he'd be dealing with.  After all, you KNOW Morgan FreePrincipal Phibes! — is aware of Doug's capabilities.  I guess maybe he wanted the Loon to start without preconceptions?

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“We’ve had our differences, but he’s seen the light … and I made sure he moved toward it, instead of coming back.”
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#55
He didn't tell Erma about Sidney, or vice versa, either. Those aren't his secrets to tell.
--
Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#56
I have to admit I was sort of expecting it to be Negima until the very end.
Sucrose Octanitrate.

Proof positive that with sufficient motivation, you can make anything explode.
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#57
My hunch was right - "I'm Alive" was able to cure Kurumi before she succumbed. After checking that Kurumi was all right, Miki walked over to me. "Now what?"

"First, we figure out how to keep all four of you on my bike while I'm driving. Then we get the hell out of here."

"We can't leave school! We haven't graduated!"

Damn. Yuki's delusions were likely to get us all killed.

"Yuki, Sangnoir-sensei came to oversee our graduation ceremony, remember?"

Smart thinking, Kurumi. That should work. But even if it doesn't, we had to leave.



--
Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#58
Yeah, yeah, this one is a bit late, but I was only inspired a couple days ago by a theatrical production I saw.


Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, 
no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for 
the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh 
air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious!

"What's to-day!" cried Scrooge, calling downward to a young man 
in smart clothes who was passing in the street below.  

The young man started, paused in his perambulation, and looked up 
to see Scrooge in his window.  "I'm sorry, sir?" he called back, 
sounding not at all like a Londoner.  Or, for that matter, an 
Englishman at all.

An American! Scrooge thought.  How unexpected!  "What's to-day, 
my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.

"Today?" replied the young man.  He raised an eyebrow and peered 
upward as if to make out Scrooge's features more clearly.  "Why, 
it's Christmas, sir."

"It's Christmas Day!”" said Scrooge to himself. "I haven’t missed 
it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do 
anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. 
Hallo, my fine fellow!"

"Yes, sir?" the young man replied, a broad smile breaking out 
upon his face.  

"What a pleasant fellow," Scrooge marveled to himself.  "Do you 
know the Poulterer's, in the next street but one, at the corner?" 
he inquired.

"Indeed I do, sir!" said the young man with a bit of a laugh in 
his voice.

"Excellent, oh, excellent!" Scrooge cried, almost clapping in his 
delight.  "Do you know whether they've sold the prize Turkey that 
was hanging up there?—Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?"

"Do you mean the one half as big as me?" returned the young man.

"What a delightful fellow!" said Scrooge. "It's a pleasure to 
talk to him. Yes, my good man!"

"It's still hanging there, unsold," replied the man.  His smile, 
if anything, grew even broader.  "You would not be in need of 
someone to make a purchase for you, would you, sir?"

"An intelligent fellow!" said Scrooge. "A remarkable fellow!  Yes, 
please go and buy it, and tell 'em to bring it here, that I may 
give them the direction where to take it. Come back with the man, 
and I shall give you a half-crown for your trouble."

The young man swept off his hat and bowed.  "Oh, no need, sir," 
he said as he straightened.  "I shall gladly fetch him and his 
goose for you, and you may save your half-crown for one in 
greater need than I."

Scrooge's eyes misted slightly.  How had he missed that there 
were such good people around him for so many years?  "Thank you, 
kind sir!  And a merry Christmas to you!"

"A merry Christmas to you, as well, Mr. Scrooge," replied the 
young man.  "And may your instruction from the spirits last night 
bring you joy and happiness for the rest of your days."  He bowed 
again before taking off toward the Poulterer's, leaving an 
astonished Ebeneezer Scrooge watching after him.

-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#59
"Is that the only way we can carry out this operation?"

The tall, leggy and muscular brunette standing on the other side of the plot table from me grimly nodded.  "Sadly so, Teitoku," she affirmed in her normal deep voice.  "If we don't free that convoy route, we won't be able to gain the necessary supplies from Australia to continue securing our own territorial waters and that of our neighbours.  Sadly, our allies down under are stretched thin and have their own supply issues.  If we're to summon more kanmusu..."

Hearing that from the reincarnated flagship of the Imperial Navy's Combined Fleet at the time of Pearl Harbour, I grimly nodded.  "Well, I'm going out with them," I then declared, making Nagato, Mutsu and Ôyodo gape in horror at me.

"Teitoku!  We can't spare...!" Nagato croaked out.

I winked at her.  "I do have my own abilities, Nagato-san."

The three shipgirls - and wasn't THAT a mind-blowing concept? - blinked before they exchanged wary looks...

Canadian lighthouse to U.S. Warship approaching it:  "This is a lighthouse.  Your call!"
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#60
"I know you want to know a secret about me." There's always *someone* who likes learning other people's dark secrets and using those against them - it's just my bad luck that there's someone like that at work.

Be careful what you wish for, Souma; I'm actually enjoying working here and watching my co-workers' antics. "All right. I'm not in this country legally. And now you have a secret about me - and as soon as you try to use it, I lose my job here and you go back to doing my work."

The look on his face was priceless.

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Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#61
"You... are looking for kidnapper?" asked the Westerner, his Korean
accented and slow.

Bong-soon and Min-hyeok shared a glance.  "Yes," she said.  "He
attacked a friend of mine, but got away before I could catch him."

The Westerner nodded his helmeted head.  "I, also."  

Min-hyeok frowned.  "Why?" he demanded.  "You're a foreigner.  Why
do you care?"

The Westerner looked genuinely puzzled.  "Am I not... guest in your
land?"  He gestured at the unconscious thugs around them.  "I have...
skills police do not.  Should I not use them to help... protect my 
hosts?"  Then, almost as an afterthought, he added in his own 
language, "<Sacred hospitality is important.>"

Bong-soon looked confused; as Min-hyeok well knew, her English was
far from the best.  His English was much better, and he understood
what the man had said -- and what he meant.  It was a rare Westerner
who comprehended the mutual responsibilities of guest and host.  
Min-hyeok nodded thoughtfully, then said, "Very well, you may aid 
us."

"President!" Bong-soon objected.

"Do not ... worry, young lady," the Westerner said with a smile, and
slid a panel open on the side of his helmet, and tapped the keypad
within.  "You may have... more than human strength," he continued,
and they both stared with wide eyes as he lifted up in the air to
hover a meter above the ground.  "But you... are *not* ... only one 
with powers."

-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#62
When the Grinch left the house he saw a creature in grey
Was playing with Max at the front of the sleigh.
It stood when it saw him, and said, "Hello, sir.
You should know that red jackets don't go with green fur."

The Grinch smiled broadly -- a wide, toothy sight --
And said, "Why, I'm Santa, and it's cold out at night.
Red jackets and hats are the things Santa wears
Anything different and I'd be putting on airs."

"If you're Santa, I'm Elvis," the grey creature said,
"And if I thought *that* I'd be wrong in the head.
But I know you're not Santa, I know it quite well.
You're the Grinch, stealing Christmas.
I can tell by the smell."

"Ah, you have me," the Grinch said, preparing for flight
For he could not waste time on his mission tonight.
But he wondered, and puzzled -- just a question or two:
"What are you?" he asked. "You're clearly no Who."

"This is true, I'm no Who. A Who I am not."
And it grinned. "You might say I'm more of a... What.
And sometimes a Where, and often a When.
But the people I'm born of are ofttimes called 'Men'.
The Whos took me in -- they're welcoming folks!
They even will smile at the worst of my jokes.
And though I'm their guest my keep I would earn --
So Town Guard and Sheriff I act as in turn.
And as guard and as sheriff I know who you're not.
Who you are is the Grinch, with a foul grinchly plot."

"So you're hoping to stop me?" the Grinch asked the Man.
"Defeat me and ruin my beautiful plan?"

"Oh, no, not at all," said the Man as he knelt
To once again pet Max's brown furry pelt.
"Now most of the time I would stop such a crook,
But this is one time I know the end of the book.
So take the Whos' Christmas to the top of Mount Crumpet --
I know that you'll bring it back tooting a trumpet,
With you and poor Max here both loving the ride."
And with that the Man stood, smiling, then stepped aside.


-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....

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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#63
Dangerous. Telling him what you know he'll wind up doing — if the story continues as Seuss wrote it despite the presence of a character Seuss didn't write — has the potential to derail him from doing it.

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“We’ve had our differences, but he’s seen the light … and I made sure he moved toward it, instead of coming back.”
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#64
Now come on DHBirr! You must rhyme along!
Your comments should sound like the verse of a song.

Should history change, and Whoville be sacked,
Doug will appear and the Grinch will be smacked.
There will be no tragedies on the Whos' Christmas Day --
Not if Doug Sangnoir's got something to say.
--∇×v⃑
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#65
It's an excellent snippet, and well worth the read,
But when next Christmas comes, with what will you lead?
--
Rob Kelk

"Governments have no right to question the loyalty of those who oppose them. Adversaries remain citizens of the same state, common subjects of the same sovereign, servants of the same law."
- Michael Ignatieff, addressing Stanford University in 2012


"Don't let anyone think for you; most people can barely think for themselves."
-
Rare Earth, ending credits
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RE: NanoSteps Brainstorming 3 - And a Step to the Right
#66
I would posit it does matter the lead, given Bob's skill it will still be worth the read!
Hear that thunder rolling till it seems to rock the sky?
Thats' every ship in Grayson's Navy taking up the cry!
NO QUARTER!

No Quarter by Echo's Children
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