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It takes a while for Ryuk to go over every room in the Mansion: it's a big place and there are a lot of rooms. That and for chuckles, Ryuk has been toting a small magnifying glass -- don't detectives carry them? -- which naturally does not go through walls with him (thus, he's dropped it more than a few times and lost it on occasion before finally leaving it behind in a random empty room). But it's kept him busy during the dull weeks after the holidays.

It isn't until late in January that he turns up in the bar, floating through the ceiling and lighting on a stool, sitting there in his weird hunched-up way.

"Hey, yah got any apple cider in this joint?" he calls out

Title shamelessly stolen from a Straight No Chaser song...

Date: 2011-01-29 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Johnny doesn't move from where he is or look up from the fridge he's filling up with bottles. "Not on tap, Ryuk," he says. "But you don't mind, right?"

He takes the bottle, opens it, then places it on the bar for his friend.

Date: 2011-01-30 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Heh-heh, I ain't picky about what the cider comes in, as long is tastes good," Ryuk says, opening the bottle and taking a swig from it. "Mmmm! Good shit yah got there."

Date: 2011-01-30 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Glad you like it," Johnny replies without much emotion. He's busy wiping the counter - there's a basket of apples on the corner of it.

"So? What you got for me, Ryuk?"

Date: 2011-01-31 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
Ryuk takes another swig from the bottle. "Ehhh, I got bad news. I don't see her anywhere. I looked everywhere, attic, all the rooms, the basement, even checked the barns. Zip. Nothin'." He's trying to sound apologetic, but it doesn't quite sound right coming from him.

Date: 2011-01-31 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Johnny frowns, reaches for a bottle of his own (beer, though, not cider, and he's having Guinness.)

"Nothing?"

Date: 2011-02-02 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Nothing," he says. "Didn't see her nowhere here,"

Date: 2011-02-02 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
See this beer, Ryuk? Now you see it, now you don't.

Johnny is drinking it straight pipe. You'd swear he has some magic of his own.

No words.

Date: 2011-02-02 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Whoa, shotgunnin' yer drinks?" he asks. "Guess she meant a lot to yah. Yer girlfriend?" He's heard of humans drinking heavily when their loved ones had left them.

Date: 2011-02-02 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"She's no-one," Johnny replies harshly. He sets to mixing something that he probably shouldn't drink.

Date: 2011-02-03 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Ooohhh, yah gettin' snappy. If she really didn't mean nothin', yah wouldn't be so mad," he says, insinuatingly. He's seen a lot of soap operas, and this is the first time he's seen it happen for real.

Date: 2011-02-04 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"I'm not mad," Johnny growls. "I'm annoyed."

Under his breath, barely audibly, "could have left me a note."

Date: 2011-02-05 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Same difference," Ryuk says, taking another swing from the bottle of cider. "Whut about a note?"

He's being a bug, he may not realize if he is or not. It could just be a case of Ryuk being Ryuk.

Date: 2011-02-05 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"I don't know, it's not really polite to leave like that. Fucking disappear, not saying a word." Pause. He glowers at the bar. "And look at all the work I did because of her."

Johnny takes a glass, throws it violently, until it smashes against the wall in so many little shards of glass.

Date: 2011-02-06 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
Ryuk actually jolts a bit, edging onto another stool. "Hey, still a nice spread yah got down here."

Date: 2011-02-07 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"What?" Johnny might not have heard that over the sound of clattering glass.

Date: 2011-02-07 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"I said, yah still got a nice spread down here here," he says. "Good place for folks to meet, good place for interesting things to happen." And he's rather looking forward to seeing what could happen down here.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Eyebrows. "What are you saying, Ryuk?"

Johnny wasn't really thinking of managing this on his own. Well, okay. Maybe a little.

Date: 2011-02-10 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"I'm sayin', why not keep doin' what yah were doin', whether she's here to help you or not?" he says. "Does a tough guy like you really need a gal ta help him?" There's almost a hint of insinuation there.

Date: 2011-02-10 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Don't be a jerkass, Ryuk. Of course not," Johnny groans. "I need a nice gal to ---"

[Insert lewd motion of the hips here.]

This one was, is, and will always be a lecher.

Date: 2011-02-11 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Yeah, well, that's kinda understood," he says, grinning. "I'm talkin' about ...business opportunities."

Date: 2011-02-11 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Eyebrows. "Alright, you got my attention."

He was sheltered - fostered - in a bar for the better part of his teenage years.

Yes, Johnny has a calling.

Date: 2011-02-12 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"If she ain't around to work with yah: there's gotta be someone else who'd be interested in helpin' yah out," he says.

Date: 2011-02-13 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Johnny glances at Ryuk, just once. "I bet there is."

Except for how he doesn't trust that many people. Wouldn't mind the shinigami, though.

Date: 2011-02-13 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"S'pose I could spook people that overstayed the welcome, though they'd have to see me first," he says. At first he thinks that he'd have to get his Death Note back from Pandora, but then it dawns on him that he doesn't even need the whole book, just a scrap of a page...

Date: 2011-02-13 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Or not," Johnny replies. "Nothing spooking like something pushing you that you can't see. Not to mention hearing things you can't see..."

The notion amuses him, in spite of himself.

Date: 2011-02-13 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Naaah, they can't hear me if they can't see me," he says, a bit disappointed by this fact. "But, they can feel me if I want 'em to." There again, the Mansion's inherent weirdness might decided to play silly buggers with people's ears when it comes to Ryuk...

Date: 2011-02-13 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Sounds complicated," Johnny replies. "Though you know, if it's busy, I might need help at the bar too..."

Date: 2011-02-14 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Naah, might freak people out, if they saw bottles an' glasses floating around," he says. He'd rather watch people than serve them, anyway. "Yah might wanna ask my cousin, the pretty-faced wuss with the purple eyes."

Date: 2011-02-14 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"... you have a cousin?" Just what? That's utterly unexpected, for Johnny.

Date: 2011-02-15 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Weeeelll, sorta. In theory. We don't look nothin' like each other: he's a pretty boy, not like me," he says, with a touch of playful derision toward this other shinigami.

Date: 2011-02-15 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"You realize that's not a good selling point, right? I'd rather keep you, if you don't mind." Johnny winks. "Keep all the pretty girls for me."

Date: 2011-02-16 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Not that kinda pretty boy: he's the kind that other pretty boys like," he says, grinning suggestively. "But I might help out, if y'd rather not have him around."

Date: 2011-02-17 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Johnny smirks. "I don't know the guy. I know you. That pretty much settles it, Ryuk."

Date: 2011-02-17 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"He don't bite, an' I don't think he'd go for yah, since he got someone," he says. "I'd introduce yah, but he don't like me much." He's clearly weighing the offer and stringing Johnny along at the same time.

Date: 2011-02-17 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"I think I'll survive the heartbreak," Johnny replies dryly. "Don't worry, I don' need help running this thing."

Date: 2011-02-17 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Yah just need an extra pair of hands when it gets busy," he says. "I can handle that. Just hope the customers that can see me can handle *me*," he adds, sniggering.

Date: 2011-02-18 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Hey, this place is weird as fuck either way," Johnny replies. "They'll deal. My turf, my rules, right?"

Date: 2011-02-18 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Heh-heh-heh, you got it, Johnny," he says, grinning at this. "Yah got yerself a helper, then."

Date: 2011-02-18 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Awesome - maybe we'll put on a show, actually, one night. Think you could learn to play the battery?"

Johnny looks, well, hopeful.

This is awesomecakes! Should we wrap them up? (And we probably should think of posting something like a mingler to advertise the bar, hm.)

Date: 2011-02-19 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Play the whut?" he asks, but he's intrigued and his curiosity is likely to drive him to apply himself to learning it.

Wrapping them up would be primo. And a mingler for advertising the bar sounds like a lot of fun!

Date: 2011-02-19 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
"Drums," Johnny replies. "I know someone for keyboards. We get you on drums, and my guitar, and maybe if we're lucky some base, and we've got a band."

He's also thinking, it might do Natalie some good to rock out.

He used to listen to her interpretation of Chopin on the boat, but who knows? Maybe she'll be willing to try something new.

Provided he can find a placebo for the keyboard. Heh.

Woot! We'll have it up, then, eventually - when things calm down a bit. <3

Date: 2011-02-19 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Drums? You betcha! I always wanted to pay drums in a metal band," he says, grinning, delighted at the prospects. "What'll yay call this band? The Feersum Reeperz?" Somehow the Extreem Kool Zpeling is apparent in the ways he says this.

Date: 2011-02-19 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
.... "Probably not that," Johnny replies slowly. "Definitely not that. We'll come up with it at practice."

And maybe we should wrap it up? He's already bringing it up to Nat, so 3-way for practice could be set up very fast...

Date: 2011-02-19 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] death-kl0wn.livejournal.com
"Ehh, whatever," he says. "Guess it can keep till then. I'll see yah around, Johnny," he adds and starts to hover up toward the ceiling, intending to phase through it.

Sounds like a plan! I'll punt Ryuk at the three way shortly...

Date: 2011-02-20 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnny-rockfort.livejournal.com
Johnny blinks at Ryuk's means of departure. When he's gone, he shakes himself out of it.

"That'll never not be weird," he groans to himself.

And FTB! Will you need forwarding service?

Wrong account!

Date: 2011-02-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 77th-earl.livejournal.com
Forwarding would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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