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Private no one's here to sleep (just to clean)

Discussion in 'Pandopolis' started by Eddie Kaspbrak, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. nov. 12th, year 108
    @Jesus

    It'd taken some convincing for Eddie to agree to a sleepover at Jesus' house. He didn't like the idea of being away from home (even if it hadn't been home that long) and he'd just started feeling a little safer. But...he did miss Jesus. He'd lived with him and Aaron since he'd arrived in Pandora and it felt a little odd not to have him around the house. He liked John, most of the time, but John wasn't Jesus.

    So, he'd packed his bag full of sanitizing wipes, a dust rag, and plenty of band aids just in case. He couldn't be certain Jesus would have any of that and if he was going to spend the entire night there, he had to be prepared. He'd barely had enough room to fit his pajamas and clothes after all that, but honestly cleaning supplies were more important.

    Standing in the living room of Jesus' house, after Aaron had dropped him off and they'd done their small talk or whatever it was adults did, Eddie couldn't help but stare at the wall completely made of glass. He moved, so he could put the couch between himself and it – unable to take his eyes away. What if – what if something just busted right through there? Or something was out there....watching? And how...how did they clean that entire wall?

    The house was actually pretty cool – huge and fancy, but all he could focus on was the wall. ​
     
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  2. Jesus

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    It had been a while since Jesus had seen Eddie. Now they weren’t all living under the same roof or within a quick walking distance down the street these things had to be properly organised and arranged. Finally he’d managed to convince Eddie that the house was nice and safe and it wasn’t gross. In fact it was a lot nicer than the small house they’d all been living in back when Misty Hollow had been a main town before the big change. This one had a lot more high-tech amenities and it was probably cleaner because it wasn’t right next to the woods where Daryl could traipse mud and crap in every day. These days he had to make an effort to traipse mud in.

    They’d arranged for Aaron to drop him off for the night, Daryl was still out at the shelter when he arrived so it would just be himself and Eddie until the evening. Jesus hadn’t realised how much he’d missed having the kid around, he’d gotten so used to him being there back in the old house and then so much had happened since then it was nice to have him around. Even if, when Jesus came through from locking up the front door, he was just standing in the living room staring at the glass window that spanned the entire wall and looked out over the city.

    By the time Jesus arrived Eddie had already moved to put the sofa between himself and the big glass expanse. Jesus came to a stop and folded his arms, looking from Eddie to the window. It sure was a big old window. Eddie looked like he didn’t like it very much so Jesus tried to find something positive to say about it even though he wasn’t the windows biggest fan either.

    ”Good view, huh?” he smiled and then jerked his thumb over his shoulder towards the stairs, trying to lure him away from it before he decided it was panic-worthy, ”Want to see your room while you’re here?”
     
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  3. He kept expecting to jump through the window at any second. It wasn't – it wasn't really that odd a fear, in Pandora, was it? Those kind of things happened all the time.. Like – like that time that someone had broken into one of the houses and Jesus had been stabbed. God, it would be even easier to break into this house.

    Eddie didn't want Jesus to get stabbed again.

    Or to be stabbed himself.

    His gaze jerked back to the window as if he was expecting some other sort of view than the one he'd seen – Eddie had lived in Derry (nearly) his entire life and seeing the whole city out there like that was....yeah it was terrifying. Eddie needed little reason to find anything terrifying, but there was just something about so many people being in one place that just.

    Eugh.

    "Is there another window like that in my room too?" Eddie asks, looking horrified at the possibility. He eyed the stairs like something awful might come down there (like the gross dog Daryl had. Eddie could practically feel all the diseases leaping off it every time he saw it. Plus, he didn't really like dogs. Droolly. Aaron's dog Bandit was alright, although it'd taken Eddie more than a few nights of screaming every time the dog came over to say hello before he settled down).

    He edged away from the couch toward Jesus, casually edging his way behind him so Jesus was between him and both the window and the stairs. ​
     
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    Eddie was one of those kids who seemed to go through life on the borderline of a panic attack at any moment, it made Jesus wonder what his life had been like before he’d come to Pandora, it made him wonder about his guardian, parent, his friends, the world itself. He’d heard about the clown of course but Eddie’s nerves seemed deeper rooted than some strange mythical clown that seemed to haunt Eddie’s dreams. Just as he’d expected the large glass window seemed to be causing Eddie some anxiety because the first thing he asked was if there was a window like that in his room.

    Jesus smiled reassuringly and shook his head, ”Nope, regular four walls and a window on one of them. It’s not a full length window either and there are curtains. It’s a nice room, I promise.” Jesus noted the path Eddie was taking to use him as a kind of ‘new house’ shield and gestured for Eddie to follow him, ”Lets go take a look, you can drop your stuff off up there and then we can get something to eat, maybe watch a movie?”

    Jesus moved towards the stairs and started up them, taking the lead to show that nothing terrible was about to come down the stairs at him and assuming the fear of the window would drive Eddie up after him too. It wasn’t far to the guest room and it was set up in nice calming neutral colours, a big comfy bed in the middle and some plain drawers and a wardrobe to the side with a couple of lamps strewn artfully around the space.

    Just as promised it featured a very normal window with curtains and in an attempt to make the neutral space slightly more child friendly Jesus had gotten hold of some comics which he’d popped on top of the drawers and there was a Gameboy up there too, he had no idea if a kid from whatever time period Eddie was from would like it but considering the house wasn’t exactly child friendly he’d figured they ought to make some effort.

    ”Here, how’s this?” He asked as he gestured to the room.

     
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  5. Eddie frowned contemplatively. He could deal with four walls and a regular window. With curtains. Maybe he could convince Jesus to get some black out curtains if the view was really bad. He still looked kind of suspicious though, like he expected to get upstairs, walk into the room and find every single wall made of glass. He frowned, but he wasn't about to be left downstairs with the giant glass window, so he followed quickly. "Pandora movies are dumb," Eddie said as he headed up the stairs on Jesus' heels.

    He didn't watch too many of them. It wasn't as much fun watching movies without friends anyway, who was he supposed to turn around and tell jokes to? Or yell at to shut up for talking through the best parts? Jesus was pretty cool, but not that cool.

    He hesitated in the doorway of the bedroom, head peeking around the doorframe. His eyes narrowed, although he didn't immediately start crying or begging Jesus to take him back to Aaron's. There were definitely four walls and the window wasn't too big - although he'd probably end up thinking about how easy it would be to break into the house the entire night.

    "It's..." he said, finally stepping into the room. He set his backpack down and edged toward the dresser. "What's this?" he asked, picking up the gaming console. ​
     
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    Jesus tried hard not to snort out a laugh at the matter of fact way Eddie dismissed the entire of Pandora’s film and television industry with four curt little words. Pandora movies were different alright. ”Yeah they’re not great are they?” Jesus smirked in reply, ”But we might have a few movies from outside Pandora in the film collection if you’d prefer that?” He suggested. They didn’t have many but there was a considerable DVD collection that apparently the previous Daryl and Jesus had collected for however long they’d been in Pandora prior to their current version appearing to replace them. There had to be something a kid like Eddie would enjoy, surely. If not, well they could find something else to do too.

    Once they were upstairs, Jesus waited just inside the doorway as Eddie took his first hesitant peek at the new room he’d be spending the night in. Jesus didn’t think it looked too bad, it was just a plain old guest room with a plain old bed in it, a lamp on the bedside table and really that was it. Nice and simple. Surely to go, Eddie Kaspbrak couldn’t find anything to fault with minimalism? Right? Jesus held his breath and waited to find out. Only Eddie didn’t finish his sentence, instead he went for the Gameboy.

    This was either good news or terrible. Jesus braced himself with a smile and came over to show him how it worked, though honestly it had been a decade or more since Jesus had even touched one of the things.

    ”It’s a Nintendo Gameboy.” He explained, ”They were a big thing in the nineties. Here look, they come with cartridges and you slot them in and there are different games you can play.”
     
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  7. Eddie considered that, a thoughtful look on his face. He did like watching movies, and if they weren't from Pandora they might just be alright. He nodded. "Yeah, okay, but only if they're not from Pandora," he decided.

    He'd always liked going to the arcade, but there weren't really any arcades in Pandora, at least, there hadn't been in Misty Hollow and Eddie hadn't really gotten around to exploring his new neighborhood. Or the city. The idea of exploring either of said places was far too daunting, even with Aaron or Jesus at his side. The point was, there really wasn't anything to do around Pandora except watch shitty Pandora TV and let his neuroses get out of hand.

    Even when he tried to do stuff, it never went well.

    Like when Aaron had taken him trick or treating. He wondered if Aaron had told Jesus about that - he wasn't going to ask though, because he'd prefer to just assume he didn't know and save himself the embarrassment.

    He squinted at it, looking over as Jesus came to show him how to use it. "I think i remember hearing about one. Or like - it was some big thing over in Japan." He poked a button. "So it's like - what, an arcade game in your pocket or something?
     
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    Jesus hadn’t heard of Eddie’s escapades with trick or treating, which as probably for the best because he was concerned about the kids mental well being at the best of time. He didn’t necessarily think Eddie was wrong to be worried about things in Pandora but he seemed to constantly live on the knife edge of terror and that couldn’t be healthy. Then again telling a kid already paranoid about disease and germs that maybe he should talk to a doctor didn’t seem like the best idea either. What were they going to do, give him even more pills? The kid rattled enough as it was already.

    Maybe the Gameboy would help give him something to do though, help distract him one way or another. So he held the Gameboy up and picked a cartridge and popped in the first cartridge in the pile, which turned out to be Super Mario. The cheery little plumber bounced across the screen while annoyingly poor 8-bit style music played.

    ”Pretty much, yeah.” Jesus confirmed with a smile, ”You can play things like Pokemon on here or Mario – like this-” He pointed out the little direction buttons and how to move Mario around on the little screen then held it out to Eddie, ”Why don’t you give it a try? Did you and your friend used to play arcade games back in your world?” Jesus was still trying to figure out when Eddie was from exactly, eighties he suspected so this thing was future tech as opposed to being past tech from Jesus’ perspective. Weird to think that Eddie was a kid when Jesus would have been a kid too.

     
  9. The little Gameboy seemed pretty cool. Eddie had never been number one on the scoreboard when they'd go to the arcade, but that didn't mean he didn't like playing the games.

    Eddie eyed Jesus with a confused little frown. He'd never heard of Pokémon - he wasn't sure he wanted to, either, they sounded like some sort of monster - and he wasn't sure he'd heard of Mario either, but he watched Jesus move a little character around on the screen. It was like the arcade, but just.... smaller. He could handle that. He took it, staring at it curiously as he attempted to move the little guy around the screen, making him hop onto little pipes. Then he realized Jesus had asked him a question and he frowned, fingers freezing on the buttons. "Yeah." he said, and then frowned. "Or - we used to." His brow furrowed.

    "We'd go in the summer but then - then Bill's brother Georgie went missing. Well. He was - he was killed by the clown, but we thought he was missing at first. Before we knew..." he said, breathing starting to pick up just a little bit with anxiety at the memory. "We didn't - we didn't go to the arcade the last summer I was...home," he said, fingers tightening on the Gameboy reflexively, although he didn't notice the little Mario dying. ​
     
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    The answer took a darker turn than Jesus had expected but it also came with a rare insight into Eddie’s life prior to Pandora. He’d never really asked the kid what had happened too much, he was aware of the clown, that there was some kind of monster thing that looked like a clown and Eddie and his friends had had to get rid of it but it wasn’t often Eddie spoke about his friends or things related to them. He found himself frowning a little sadly for the poor kid.

    ”You must really miss your friends.” Jesus acknowledged, ”I know I miss a lot of mine from home.” he reached out to place a gentle hand onto Eddie’s shoulder and gave him a squeeze of understanding there. ”There’s an arcade in town, maybe I could take you there tomorrow before you head back to Aaron’s? They might have some games you recognise in there.” The Gameboy clutched in Eddie’s hands made a sad little sound and Jesus tried to nudge his attention away from the sad conversation and back to the Gameboy, ”I think the piranha plant got you.” He smiled.
     
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  11. Eddie frowned, swallowing a little against a tightening in his throat. He tried not to think about his friends too often, because it was just too depressing realizing that they weren't here and that they'd probably never be here and he was going to be stuck without them. Things were better, living with Aaron. Aaron was nothing like his mother, but he still missed how he'd felt when he was with them. Like something other than some paranoid, anxiety-riddled kid with asthma and gazebos.

    He attempted a tight smile at Jesus as he put a hand on his shoulder. "Maybe..." Eddie said, and it did sound like a fun idea. He knew he'd spend the whole time thinking about his friends though, and how Richie or Bill would probably be fighting for the high score or something. He jumped, slightly, at the sound, his gaze swinging down wildly like he expected a piranha plant to be attached to his arm - this was Pandora it could happen - before he realized it was just the game.

    "Oh," he said, bringing it back up so he could look at it. He frowned. "Can you - can you do it?" he asked, holding out the Gameboy. "Just so I can see how it's done..."
     
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    From the look on Eddie’s face, the bob of his throat as he swallowed Jesus had hit a tender spot and his heart really went out for the poor kid. It was bad enough being an adult in this world, being torn away from everything you knew but Jesus was lucky, he had Daryl here and he had Aaron still. Eddie was just a teen and he’d been yanked away from everyone in his world, he didn’t even have a single friend he knew here to help ease the strangeness of it. But maybe a trip to the arcade might help him forget all that for an hour or two.

    Jesus smiled at the reluctant maybe, which seemed like a classic nervous Eddie tick of hedging his bets and never seeming overly excited abut anything just in case. When his attention had been drawn back to the game in his hand, which he’d just died in, Jesus nodded and extended his hand to take the Gameboy. He moved over to the bed that would be Eddie’s for the night and sat himself down on it, patting the spot beside himself for Eddie to join him. Then he leaned across to show him how the game worked, how to make little Mario bounce around the screen with the keys.

    ”As you can tell I am absolutely terrible at this game.” He same with a grin, ”And beating my high score on it will probably take you all of five minutes.” He chuckled and after completing the level held it out to Eddie, ”You wanna try this time?”

     
  13. Eddie handed it over, watching curiously as Jesus sat on the bed. After a moment of hesitation, he followed, climbing up onto the spot that Jesus had patted, shuffling up so he could lean against him and stare down at the video game. He watched the little Mario figure jump around the screen, brow furrowed in concentration, as if he just stared hard enough he'd be better at the game already.

    It didn't seem like Jesus was all that good at it either, which made him feel just a little bit better. Still, he made it through the level and Eddie eyed the Gameboy cautiously for a few moments before he nodded, reaching out to take it. "Okay," he said, shuffling down so he could sit in a prime position for concentration (cross-legged) and pressed the button that would allow him to start the game.

    He jabbed at the buttons, watching intently as the character jumped around the screen, over little pipes and bopped little mushrooms. "Take...that....you dumbass....mushrooms..." he muttered as he stomped on a mushroom, and then jumped up to get some coins.