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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Mustique Island
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Mustique Company Private Airport


"Hey, Ray?" said Peter, peering out the small plane's window as it rolled towards the end of the runway. "The natives are restless."

"That's not funny, Peter."

"No, seriously, have a look."

Ray squinted out the window himself. A party of about twenty people had gathered near their jetway. Several of them were carrying what looked like protest signs. "That's weird," he commented. "Anti-American protests, you think?"

"Ray, this is one of the most exclusive private resort islands in the hemisphere," Egon commented from his seat. "I doubt those signs read 'Yankee go home'. This is something else."

"What do you-"

"This island and at least six others in the Grenadines, not to mention five others elsewhere in the Caribbean, have all been plagued by massive supernatural activity in the past year, spiking in the last several weeks. The area has no coordinated anti-paranormal response plan of any kind. If anything, they're probably demanding to know why we're only showing up now."

"I don't think it's that simple," muttered Winston. "Check 'em out, guys, they're all old..."

Date: 2008-12-04 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"All old?" inquires Jhalak from its perch on Ray's right knee, raising an arm to peer through the window. "Old, old, old." "What are criteria to determine 'old' in human?"

Date: 2008-12-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Okay." "All right." "Thank you." "What's it mean?"

Date: 2008-12-04 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Yes!" "Okay all right!" "Ready to meet the locals." "Approve."

It squints two-armed at the protest signs as it climbs up to Ray's shoulder, arguing with itself in a low murmur about what letters are visible at this distance.

Date: 2008-12-04 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
For once in its life, Jhalak remains quiet.

Date: 2008-12-04 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Religious?" asks Jhalak. "What's it mean?"

Date: 2008-12-04 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Ivo Shandor," it says, bobbing its central body mass up and down. "Built an apartment building to call Gozer." "That right?"

Date: 2008-12-04 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Followers." "Gozer is Sumerian god." "Religious?" "Old people like Ivo Shandor religious?"

...Its syntax could use some work.

Tact, too.

Date: 2008-12-04 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Kiwifruits!"

Jhalak perks up, wiggling its digits excitedly.

"Can Jhalak have fruit please?"

Date: 2008-12-04 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Thank you!"

It resettles itself and starts to eat, very carefully so as not to get undue amounts of fruit juice on Ray's clothes.

Two arms holding fruit, two holding onto Ray-- that leaves one with which to wave hello.

Date: 2008-12-04 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Just what do we intend to do?" asks Jhalak, between bites of kiwifruit.

Date: 2008-12-04 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak closes its free hand and tucks its arms closer to its body, finishing the last bite of kiwifruit number one and not quite starting on number two yet.

Date: 2008-12-04 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
It starts turning the kiwifruit around and around in its hand.

Reading the body language of a non-human alien with no face and no bilateral symmetry is difficult, but you could probably say Jhalak looks thoughtful.

Date: 2008-12-04 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak raises itself up, leans over, reaches out, and daintily sets the second kiwifruit down on the table it came from.

Date: 2008-12-04 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Big October thing," says Jhalak gloomily.

Date: 2008-12-04 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"What are criteria for determining 'freaky'?" it asks, focusing an eye on Peter.

Date: 2008-12-04 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Phone ringing," Jhalak says helpfully, and adds a softened but generally accurate imitation of the firehouse phone.

Date: 2008-12-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Two eyes focus on the gun, one on the face of the holder, and the fourth arm takes up a general watch around the room while the fifth hangs onto Ray. Jhalak dislikes being caught unawares.

It also dislikes people threatening Ray.

"Grandson's got a pistol," it mutters. "Grandson points gun at Ray." "No pointing gun at Ray." "Conflict." "Conflict, conflict."

Date: 2008-12-04 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Boom," Jhalak interprets, with undue chirpiness.

Date: 2008-12-04 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Big October thing?" asks Jhalak.

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