nascensibility: that you only meant well?!???!?! (MMMM WHATCHA SAYYY)
Evelyn O'Connell ([personal profile] nascensibility) wrote in [community profile] entrancelogs2016-01-07 12:07 pm

[OPEN] and you may ask yourself

Who: Evelyn O'Connell & YOU!
Where: The library, halls, kitchen, parlors, outside grounds - any public space.
When: Night/Early morning of January 7
Rating: PG, PG-13 at most
Summary: Evelyn has always had the occasional nightmares, mild hallucinations, and sleepwalking problems ever since she came to the conclusion she was a reincarnated princess, but there's something to be said for locking your door when prone to somnambulism.

The Story:

She never used to dream as much as she does now, vivid and sharp. On more than one occasion before Rick's arrival Evelyn has found herself on her balcony, in the foyer of her rooms, with no memory of how she got there.

Before her death they had been wildly distracting, a reprieve from the night terrors of old but no less concerning: another person in another time, memories seeping into her mind like dark, insidious floodwaters, emotions that did not belong to her. The wrenching pain, happiness, fear of someone else.

They had rationalized it as a past life, as if the explanation itself were a rational one.

With the smoke of torches in her eyes, lotus and honey thick on her tongue, in her hair, she slips from a bed of linen and carved wood - Hathor's image, wide and loving and lush. Lamps burning oil perfumed with blossoms from the Nile's bank, hold steady light in a chamber of swirling heat. In the far distance the sem'ayt play drums and cymbals, ney-pipes accompanying a carnal beat.

Bare feet brushing carpet and chilled wood, dressed in precious little else but a nightgown and absent the source of warmth still under the sheets, Evelyn sways in place for a moment in the bedroom, seeing and not seeing in the wake of so much loss. A new year and new hurt to compartmentalise, to measure, and she feels the pull of the music that isn't there. Her fingertips trail over a sideboard; she leaves the room.

A decoration of scented fat seeps slowly through her wig, melting into the fibers and dripping down her back, following the curve of her spine. She has become less circumspect of late, alone in the wide expanse of halls. A power in her own right as designated by the gods, by Pharaoh-and-Egypt, her father dotes but knows the will of his sloe-eyed daughter, his favored child.

The pipes are louder now, as she moves to the great hall and nods to the attendants to reach for the handles of the entrance, intricate cobras to mimic the form of Wadjet.

With her chin held high, visualising nothing but alabaster and flame, Evelyn turns the knob and pushes the door


[NOTE: Feel free to literally encounter her anywhere she might get to that isn't locked, and this is including outside, although it'll be cold as a witch's tit because it's still January. She can be startled to wakefulness but will also be incredibly confused!

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rosswood: (your editing lacks continuity)

Alex's room because how's that for first impressions

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-07 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Alex doesn't sleep much these days. He never slept well before, mind, because things still nag at him. No matter how he rationalizes, no matter how he spins through every cycle of his past behavior, there's no dismissing the screams in his head as he left each and every one of them to die. He led them into those cracked, fragmenting places and left them. He knew what he was doing. He knew why he had to do it. He had to make sure.

He's not in the mood for waking up in a cold sweat tonight, so he tugs on a thick jacket, retrieves his communication device, and asks the closet for a camera. It gives him an older model, one of the kinds that runs on tapes, but that's fine, he's used to it, and tapes tend to have a finer, more cinematic quality than the newer, sleeker cameras with their higher frame rates and holy god he just really doesn't want to think about how he's going to venture outside and just wander aimlessly like someone with a death wish.

He'd unlocked his door as soon as he mustered the intent to ditch sleep for the night, but he really wasn't expecting anyone to open the fucking door in the five minutes it took for him to get everything together. But open the door does, and inside steps -

"What the - " Alex jumps, nearly slamming into the closet in the process, backpedaling wildly. "What're you - get out!"
rosswood: (what'd you shoot this with a potato)


[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-08 06:35 am (UTC)(link)
That woke her up. That also woke Alex up, because in his haste to get the fuck away he backed right up into the wall and his shoulders are now throbbing painfully from the sudden impact. He flails inelegantly, scrabbling for his phone, his camera, anything that might serve as an improvised weapon, and comes up empty.

"Wh - you're in my room." And now that he has a minute to, talk about the world's least threatening intrusion. Just some lady wandering into his room in the middle of the damn night, you know, totally normal. "Did you, uh - are you, like, in the next room over, or - because I can understand the confusion, all right, it's a big place, lotsa rooms, right?"

He's talking frantically, almost babbling, because she looks kind of scared and he doesn't want to bite her head off but his heart is still doing a hundred miles per hour and his mouth seems to be wanting to keep up.
rosswood: (it's so david lynchian)

i'm sorry to say alex is still a rude lil shit

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-08 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
"You sleepwalk?" He regards her warily, uncertain over that particular emotional response as well as her expression. Fear, alarm, apology - that's all there, and that's exactly what he'd expect. But is that - is that recognition?

Except he's pretty sure he's never seen this chick in his life. He's pretty sure he'd remember, too, unless that's just another one of those things he forgets because she's pretty striking, not to mention, well, this is a hell of a first introduction.

Alex breathes out a slow rush of a sigh, scrubbing a hand over his itching eyes. "Jesus Christ. I mean, I had the door unlocked 'cause I was about to go out, I didn't mean for anyone to - shit. Shit."

She looks upset, so he raises both hands, palms out.

"But, uh, it's no big deal, right? No big. You didn't catch me doing anything scandalous, just bad timing, it's fine, it's all good." Right, yeah. All good here. All good.
rosswood: (there's razors in your apple)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-08 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)

Alex's expression folds into a frown as he scowls at her. Is she judging him. Oh no, hell no, that is not how this works, she does not get to judge him when she is the one who entered his goddamn room at ass o'clock in the morning, thank you very much. He'd been thinking, you know, maybe he should offer her a jacket or something since she seems cold and that would be the polite thing to do, but look at that, that offer just went right out the window with that little comment.

"You're the one who broke in at three in the morning," he snaps. "What I do in my room is my business, all right? You just wandered in."

Great, well now he sounds incredibly shady on top of it. Way to rock a first impression, Kralie, great job. A freaking plus.
rosswood: if you don't have friends (how to make a movie)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-08 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw shit, now he's scared her off. Alex hovers in indecision for a minute when she backs right out of the room, torn between vehement self-justification and unexpected regret. Not everyone can be held accountable for the things they did while asleep, without their conscious consent, and a chill rattles down his spine at the thought. He's watched enough footage of himself wandering out into the open with no memory of the experience -


He's not thinking about that.

But he follows her into the hall (taking care to lock the door behind him, thanks), shoulders sagging.

"Look, I - I didn't mean - " Well, no, he really really did mean that, but she's so obviously scared and apologetic that - goddamn, well now he just feels like an asshole. "I'm sorry. I just - you took me off guard."

Jesus Christ. Why is he the one apologizing to her now?
rosswood: but my lust for blood is (ghosts aren't real)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-08 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"Look, I don't, uh. I don't know if you, uh, if you've got a lotta experience with this sorta thing." Advice? Is that what he's doing now? Now that his heart isn't playing Led Zeppelin's greatest hits in his chest, it's easier to dwell on the fact that it might not've been just the intrusion that alarmed him. Well, not easier. More immediate, maybe, particularly in terms of something that always exists in the abstract.

The sight had touched something horrible and familiar and he doesn't want to think about that (Philip said, he said it wasn't here so it can't be pulling anyone's strings if it's not here because it's not that powerful, it will never be that powerful, it's gone and he checked and he checked and he checked and not every sleepwalker has ties to a thing beyond their conception) but he can't leave something like this to itself.

"I - you didn't mean to, all right, I get it," the words pour out in a frantic spill and his heart thumps painfully in his ribcage, "I get it, more than you might think, okay, but sometimes - sometimes you can, if you film yourself, you can see - where you go. You can keep it from happening. Sometimes."

His mouth is dry.

Why did he say that.
rosswood: if you don't have friends (how to make a movie)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-10 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sometimes. If you know where you're going and why - sometimes you can stop it." He swallows thickly. The sick twisting in his gut could be anything, fear, trepidation, distrust, maybe his body flat-out rebelling against the urge to share that kind of advice. Maybe they've got similar problems. It's just a recommendation, from one insomniac to another. Is that kind of thing subversive these days? Revealing? Dangerous? No. Hell no. Right now he's probably more unnerving to her than she is to him.

Well, that's justified.

"Or resolve it, or - " He swipes a hand over his face, rubbing the heel of his palm against his eyes. "Look. I didn't mean - you didn't have control of that, okay? You just - startled me. I didn't expect to see anyone in the room with me."

Not to mention that the last few times something else ended up in the same room as him, it ended - poorly.
rosswood: (that's not tomato juice)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-17 04:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"Fourth." He recognizes the overwhelming desire to get out of an awkward, unsalvageable situation, and Alex folds to it. He doesn't want to get in her way. He's not really built to deal with shit like this, not in terms of other people, people besides himself.

He shuffles on the spot, hating himself for making the suggestion in the first place, hating himself for the offer he's about to make. "Um, you need me to call someone or something?"

He doesn't do this. In general, Alex Kralie doesn't give a hot shit what anyone else does in their sleep or their spare time. He doesn't get involved, just as a hard-and-fast rule. But this lady - her deal is just a little too awfully familiar for him to ignore it straight-up. The least he can do is ease her out of it.
rosswood: (all they'd find would be teeth)

[personal profile] rosswood 2016-01-22 06:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"Uhh, yeah. Me, um. Me too."

With that, Alex retreats and starts pawing for the doorknob so he can slip quietly back into his room and forget that any of this ever happened.

He pauses at the doorframe. "Uh. Bye."

And shuts the door quickly behind him. The whole thing was getting just a bit too weird, and he can respect that she'd want to escape the situation, because he'd wanted to too. Besides, at least it put a stop to any further night wanderings Alex might've had planned. That was fucked enough for him to decide against going out in search for further weirdness.