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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 29 is now on AO3: It's a Scandal! It's an Outrage!

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"My daddy's gonna kill all you bastards once he finds out what you done to me!"

That sounded like the kid of a rich brahmin baron. Boone found the switch and flicked on the light. Ted Gunderson lay hogtied on the floor.

At least the kid was still alive. Maybe it was only because they'd had to grab someone right away; or maybe some other reason, but Boone was glad of it. It normally took time to butcher anything human-sized. "Calm down," he said, voicing the drawl, "I've come to get you out of here."

"My Daddy sent you? Goddamnit, I almost died in here! What the hell took you so long? It's just one damn hotel."

"Son, if you don't show some respect, I'll bring everyone down here to see how you got hogtied and railroaded." Boone had had enough of other people's attitudes today.

It seemed to work, a little bit. "Who did this to me, anyway?" Ted Gunderson asked. "They got a sack over my head before I got a look at 'em."

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 28 is now on AO3: Butcher Pete.

(Unfun fact: I have such a negative reaction to the song of the same title that I shut off radios playing it, or get away asap if I can't do that for some reason.)

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Unfortunately I can't post a preview bit that doesn't have language or spoilers in it. Oops. Suffice to say: Boone continues his quest to find and rescue Ted Gunderson from the cannibals.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 27 is now on AO3: "Murder!", He Says!

Craig Boone, P.I. continues to investigate the missing man amongst the cannibals.

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Boone left the assassin on the floor and went to check on Chauncey. He was dead, shot twice through the chest. Even if Boone hadn't taken down the killer, it wasn't likely he would have survived. He still looked surprised, even in death.

Dammit.

That was three bodies already today. If he didn't do something to stop these monsters, all he'd done was fill their larder for them.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 26 is now on AO3: The Girl on the Police Gazette.

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The same woman looked up at Boone. She recognized him. Remember what Gunn said. "Welcome to the Ultra-Luxe," she said. "I do hope it exceeds your every expectation."

"It does," Boone said. "Um… I'm looking for someone who went missing here recently."

"This again?" She pursed her lips. "I thought all this was settled. I answered every one of that investigator's questions to his satisfaction and gave all the help I could."

Boone frowned. "What investigator?"

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 25 is now on AO3: Den of Iniquity.

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"So we can go?"

Gunnar shook his head. "We've got this dinner at seven. All the White Gloves will be there. I hope to talk to them about supporting me in the upcoming war, or at least not actively hindering me. It's my best chance to get them all to listen at the same time."

Sounded distinctly political and not at all fun. "Okay. It seems safe enough in here. After we grab a bite outside, I'm gonna take off for a while."

Gunnar looked hurt.

"Gunn, this isn't my place. You and Arcade… have… a good date, or whatever."

"Craig…"

"Hey, I can go back to the 38," Arcade said. "It's okay."

"No, look… you two like this place, you're getting along with everyone. I think you'll be okay, as long as you don't get cricks in your necks from looking down your nose."

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Stuff

Thank you [personal profile] ringsandcoffee for the postcard! Keep an eye out for a Halloween card in exchange :)

I am mostly posting on Pillowfort these days. I have to admit that while there are still some things that could be improved (ability to write posts in html, etc) it's a lot easier to post there... and a lot more response too.

Temps are finally dropping! It got to only about 79 today, really lovely :D

I've done some patchwork and made/am making a bunch of handmade journals, it's very fun and relaxing if you've got a creative streak like I do :)

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 24 is now on AO3: Tuxedo Junction.

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Gunnar really, really didn't want to kill anyone tonight. Just once, he thought, let this be a decent visit without bloodshed.

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Previous chapter:
"Every time he visits a club, someone dies," Boone said.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 23 is now on AO3: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.

Time for a night on the town! Also the beginning of what I like to call the "Craig Boone, P.I." story arc.

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"For once we don't have any worries. Good." Arcade yawned. "I'll see you two in the morning, then."

"Sure." Boone watched Arcade leave, then went into the master suite himself. Three fancy suits. Arcade was out of his mind if he thought Gunn would shell out for that.

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"Why not?" Gunn said. "I think it's a great idea."

Boone looked as though he'd just encountered a very disgusting smell. Arcade grinned.

"But we'll see if we can rent something first," Gunnar said. "I don't know how often I'll actually want to go over there."

"Cheer up," Arcade said, slapping Boone on the back. "Maybe they won't have anything that fits you."

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Library book sale



I don't usually browse much here because I'm not looking for anything specific, but I saw these two and picked them up. The 1947 boys' "electronic adventure" series novel is for @Seidoo_ryuu for her journal making, and the 1908 prose version of Shakespeare plays is for me. It's small and easy to hold and pages should be super easy to add to it :D And the cover is already suitably worn and decorated, no need to do anything there either.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Two chapters posted this week, but I've been sick and didn't notify on the earlier one. We're now at Part 4, Chapter 22: Prisoner of Love on AO3.

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"What're you drawing?" Boone asked at last.

"This room. What's outside."

Boone nodded. "Look, you remember Arcade said we should talk."

"Yeah." Here it comes, Gunnar thought. Now he'd have to tell Boone about breaking up with him — though he wasn't sure if he really wanted to any more; but —

"I guess neither of us wants to start," Boone said.

Gunnar made an amused noise. "Yeah. That sounds right." He didn't look up from the diary. He'd be much more nervous if he had nothing to do.

Boone coughed, looked out the window. "You never asked me about Carla," he said at last.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 20 is now on AO3: Five Minutes More.

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Up to the suites and the penthouse. Gunnar wished they had a different painkiller than Medex; even before the war he'd known the stuff was nearly straight morphine. But damn, did his side hurt.

He found Arcade asleep on one of the couches, with a book on his chest. He'd probably stayed up waiting for Gunnar to get home. Gunnar turned off the lights in that room and took a blanket off one of the extra beds. He gently placed it over Arcade, who didn't wake.

Then to the master suite, where he left his suit coat and weapons. The armor might have helped, but he couldn’t just waltz into a casino for a 'friendly chat' in full armor and loaded for bear. He was tired and wanted to get the stink, both literal and metaphorical, of Gomorrah off him before he went to bed.

I miss you. He thought that about several people right now, those he currently lived with and those he half-remembered. He missed them terribly. All he wanted was to live comfortably with them and love and be loved, and not kill anyone any more, and —

He sank onto the bed, head in hands. The Other had had so much trouble too, hadn't he? Gone away and… done things… no specifics, ever, but… when he'd come back he'd always had to readjust to their life. A soldier back from the war, over and over again.

He remembered —

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

From RU-7456683, two nice pieces.


Master list of fabrics is here: https://laridian.dreamwidth.org/2767863.html

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My first ever DW spammer

I got a DM from "devteam" offering me a new "Dreamwidth site bonus" to meet up for sex partners. Screencap is here: (text, no feelthy peektures)
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-Lx8Wh54/0/7e25c68b/X2/i-Lx8Wh54-X2.png

I reported it as soon as I got it to DW's support and within 20 minutes they replied the offender had been "banninated so hard".

I love that DW is so responsive, and also that - let's face it - they have never done ads or "special offers" so you know right away that anything claiming to be from DW is completely fake.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 19 is now on AO3: The Darktown Poker Club.

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Big Sal lived up to his name. Nero looked soft as a brick and about as warm. Both were armed. Gunnar pretended he didn't notice and kept smiling. "Hey, Big Sal, Nero, good to meet you both.”

"Shut up, punk." That was Big Sal. "Take a seat on the couch over there, Nero and me want to have a little talk with you." He gestured with the barrel of his own sawed-off.

"Sure. Aren't you going to offer me a drink?" Gunnar sat, almost spread his arms out, realized that would expose the shotgun and settled into a different posture instead.

"You're a real smartass, aren't you? You're so smart, I assume you know why we called you here?"

"You wanted to find out for yourselves if I'm the guy who killed both Benny and Mr. House?"

That gave them pause, but only for a moment. Gunnar didn't give them time to speak, but continued, "I hear you've lost some guns."

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 18 is now on AO3: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette).

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"So there you go. Whadaya think?" Cachino tapped a cigarette on the back of his hand and lit up.

Gunnar stuck his hands in his pants pockets. "Very impressive." He wanted to burn the place to the ground. "I can see why you're proud of it." He had to get away and get clean. "Maybe I'll look around a little."

"Sure, you do that. Here's some chips." Cachino handed him some Gomorrah-branded chips. "Have some fun. Find yourself a girl — " He looked sideways at Gunnar. " — or a guy, knock yourself out." He blew out a stream of smoke.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 17 is now on AO3: Chicago Style.

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Mr. House's ailing health in recent years prompted him to find possible candidates to be his protege, to take over New Vegas and lead it into a new direction. Thus while it's always sad to announce a death, I take this opportunity to announce that Mr. House designated me, Gunnar Volk, his heir.

I have a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago and I'm a student of science with a wide range of knowledge. I'm also quite competent in other areas — just ask the assassin squads who failed to take me down. Actually, you can't ask them, because dead men tell no tales.

I have new ideas for a brighter, better future for New Vegas. I'll be in contact with all the important personages in the city in the next few days. I look forward to building on the foundation of Mr. House and changing history for the people of the Mojave, and I hope you do too.

And a special message for my people to the north: The king under the mountain is awake.


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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

Two new fabrics received!

A white on white handkerchief from DE-8482381:


And a square from HK-655134:



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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 16 is now on AO3: A Hundred Years From Today.

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"When we get back to Vegas," Gunnar began, "I've got to check in at the 38 and make sure things are okay there. I hadn't realized Mr. House communicated often enough with the outside world that people would notice when he stopped."

"And then what?"

"Then maybe I'll make a pronouncement of my own. That I'm taking over. Maybe some other things. We'll see."

"Talk with the Families, maybe, since you're there," Boone said.

"I might. I've been bouncing around like a ping-pong ball in a dryer." The metaphor didn't mean anything to Boone and Arcade. “So I'll buckle down and take care of the Families and anything else in Vegas proper."

Gunnar checked his Pipboy for the time, and noticed the date. "It's almost Christmas," he said in surprise. "Do you still have Christmas?"

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 15 is now on AO3: Have a Little Faith in Me.

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Decanus Silvio blew sharply on his pre-war whistle, one long blast, two short. They broke off the chase and returned to him, kneeling briefly before awaiting new orders.

"Decanus!" his subordinate, Marcus, said. "What is it? We were nearly upon him!"

Silvio knew their eagerness to prove themselves, that they would be the ones to take Gunnar Volk down and bring back his head to Caesar. He wanted that glory, too. Volk had betrayed Caesar and defeated every assassin sent after him. But this…

Silvio brandished the leather message pouch Volk had dropped during the chase. "You see this? Did you see how he tried to retrieve it?"

"I did. It cost him," Marcus said. "And gave us time to catch up with him."

"Why would he try to retrieve just a bag? You saw he tried to drive us off from it."

"I see. You think there's something important in it?"

"I know there is." Silvio pulled a creased paper from the pouch. "His communications to his master, Mr. House."

Marcus frowned. "You read it?"

"I did. It's vital that this information get to Caesar at once. Volk may try to retrieve it, or he may keep running."

"I see. I volunteer to continue the hunt, Decanus."

"Take the two most likely hunters with you. He's alone now but we don't know for how long. I'll take the other with me, in case he doubles back. Vincit qui patitur."

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 14 is now on AO3: It Worries Me.

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"What are you trying to prove?" Arcade hissed. "Is this some sniper thing? Best of the best, made of stone?"

"Shut up," Boone growled.

"No. Is this jealousy? If he succeeds, he'll deal with the Mojave full time. He won't have time to deal with you snarling at everyone who comes near him."

"I said shut up," Boone said.

"Don't talk to him like that."

They both turned to see Gunnar standing a little distance behind them. He looked at them both with a troubled expression. "Craig, you shouldn't be out of bed yet."

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