Friday, June 27, 2014
Chapter 16: Projects
It's the eve of Spooky Day, and that means dressing up and begging neighbors for candy.
Ray paints his face like a bunny's because he likes bunnies, while little sister Gysael chooses a gnome costume for some reason.
Awwww, family oriented hugs. "Good luck!"
The first house they beg for candy at is that place Petra is staying.
Petra is happy to give her little siblings some candy.
Unfortunately, every other house is a bust. Either the residents are just leaving, are caught in routing failure, or, in this particularly harrowing case, in the middle of giving birth.
Terrified, Ray decides he will never have children.
Goopy GilsCarbo hosts a costume party. Scarlett strikes up an immediate friendship with Goopy's son, while Goopy is laughing about how one of his guests had the audacity to wear the same costume as him.
Scarlett's isn't the only costume blunder. Bandmate Paloma Giordano, now an elder, shows up in the same outfit as Goopy's sister Rhonda.
The presence of Paloma turns the party into a jam session.
More holiday fun.
While Reggie works hard trying to theorize a way to help Rohane, Rohane goes back to pretending there are no problems. The crack in his shell repaired itself quickly.
It's very easy for Reggie to become lost in projects. Here he is in the rain, still at that scrap bench....
"I think the gnome is threatening me."
Vox and Reggie become adults on the same day Ray becomes a teenager.
Vox is... fluffier.
Not much has changed with Reggie.
And Ray looks a lot like a not-blue Reggie.
Reggie graduates. He is voted Most Likely to Take Over the World.
"That has to be a joke," Rohane sighs.
"I thought Petra would show up," Greta frets.
Petra is busy these days, busking hard for the simoleons she needs to get her own place with Chad. The two were recently engaged.
"You know that book is for toddlers, right?"
"Do you want me to stop reading?"
"N-no! Please continue!"
Little did Vox know, sitting on Ray would ignite the biggest tickle war of all time.
"JOIN ME! WE WILL END EDUCATION!"
Rohane watches the floating duck machine appear in front of him. "Nope... no go."
Reggie, back turned, as it always has to be, throws up his hands in frustration. His brother's little magic trick doesn't care about any protection wards, any misdirection hexes, any energy draining artifacts he's created... it's as if the phenomena lies outside of space and time.
Rohane's eyebrows knit closer together in a frown. "On the bright side... your testing has forced me to improve my skills." He can activate the power at will now, not just as an uncontrollable accident (though that also still happens; that's the problem). And he can summon specific objects - like the duck - if he tries hard enough.
Etc.: So, Reggie technically took over as heir this chapter.
I'm trying to decide on a more grown-up style for him, but it's really a pain, nothing looks quite right.