atouts: (020; le monde)
john childermass ([personal profile] atouts) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-05-13 08:17 pm

I would have picked a quote about shadows [OPEN]

Who: Childermass & open.
What: Having finally gotten his shadow teleport spell to work, Childermass is trying to iron out just how to control the damn thing...
When: During the Mainframe stop, before Performance week.
Where: Around the carnival.
Warnings: n/a

i. all around the carnival

It's a whole lot of trial and error, it seems, this shadow magic, but at least Childermass doesn't anticipate ending up anywhere deadly as he goes from shadow to shadow, place to place. He's found early and late in the day works best, when the sun is forcing shadows to cast at an angle. Night time only deepens and darkens the entire world, which, in theory, you might expect to make it the easiest time of all, but there is such a thing as too many doors...

So, during these days before the carnival opens, it won't be uncommon to suddenly find a tall, somewhat dour-looking (exciting as messing around with magic like this is, he just isn't the sort to let on to that easily) Englishman abruptly existing where there hadn't been an Englishman — or anyone at all, for that matter — before! Look fast enough and you'll catch him moving like he's just stepped out of somewhere, though there's usually nothing but shadows and whatever is casting them behind him.

This could be inside buildings, the cookhouse, the Big Top, all around the forest—

ii. or in your trailer, any trailer at all

Or accidentally shadow-stepping straight into the closet in your trailer or maybe even the bathroom, if the lights been left off in there by some chance. There'll be a THUMP of Childermass walking directly into something — a broom, the shower curtain, whatever it is — and then a muttered curse of, "Oh, damn it. Not again."

And here he thought he was going to be better about this than Strange was...
kingsroads: (just sort of huffy and taken aback)

thanks ya jerk. :|

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-14 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Strange has commandeered part of the table in his trailer as a desk. Papers are scattered over it and some papers have made their way to the floor. The papers cover a wide range of subjects: Strange writing things down as if a memoir, notes on the carnival's previous locations, information about the different sources of magic people here use, a list of books that he intends to request from the Ringmaster, and so on and so on. The notes Childermass is reading is the start of a Nightrunner report from the Mainframe which really just boils down to 'computers are awful and I hate them.' It's all a bit chaotic, except for one thing: his books, sitting neatly in a wooden crate turned bookshelf. There's a few books from Alola as well as his own book that Lambert had given him. Strange is just sprawled out on the bed. He hasn't even bothered changing into bedclothes and is wearing just a shirt and his trousers.

Unfortunately for Strange, when Childermass arrives, he's right in that awkward period where you're still asleep but just about to wake up. As such, when he hears Childermass's voice, the surprise jolts him up and Strange, without an ounce of dignity at all, tries to lean up to see just who it is, gets tangled up in his own messy bedsheets, and falls out of bed with a thunk. Whoops. At least that jolts him awake enough to realize oh, that's Childermass hating on his candles.

"I like candles," Strange can't help but grumble as he gets to his feet, clothes askew and hair even more all over the place than it normally is. "Besides, I share a trailer. It's only courteous to use candles in the evening if Lars wants to sleep."

The problem with that, of course, is Strange's absent-mindedness meant that he forgot to blow out the candles in the first place and one of them's burnt down to a near stub. Untangling himself from the sheets, Strange starts to walk towards some of the candles to blow them out, rubbing his head as he does so. Falling out of your bed hurts. "You could have at least knocked, you know."
kingsroads: (uh what)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-14 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
As he blows out the candles, Strange turns back around to grump at Childermass some more about that whole randomly appearing in his trailer thing...only to find that he's alone. "Childermass?"

Huh. Childermass was there and now he wasn't. The obvious answer is that Strange must have either hallucinated him due to the madness or, thanks to his still sleepy state, simply mistook something else in the trailer for the other Englishman. Hopefully it's the latter over the former, mostly because Strange doesn't want to think of the possibility that he's suddenly started hallucinating Childermass. God, how horrible would that be, to have the other man looming over his shoulder for the rest of eternity. No, it must have been a dream.

Still, he's mostly awake and it's close to dawn so there's no point going back to sleep. Might as well start the morning routine earlier than usual. With a loud yawn, Strange turns back towards his bed, as he picks the bedsheets up from off the floor and starts to (badly) make his bed, turning his back to most of the trailer as he does so.
kingsroads: (REALLY now....)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-14 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
As soon as he hears Childermass's voice, Strange just spins around, narrowing his eyes as he looks at the other magician. The bed's half made but it is straight up getting abandoned because again, Childermass is there where he wasn't before. He can tell he's waking up so the confusion caused by sleep theory is starting to lose ground. So that leaves...what? The man definitely was there and then wasn't, Strange is 100% sure about that.

"If it did cast fire, I'd simply conjure up some rain to put it out. I'm not that heavy a sleeper, after all, I'm certain I'd wake up if the trailer was burning." He takes a few steps closer towards Childermass...but as Strange's bare foot steps on a few sheets of paper, he pauses to bend down and pick up some of that mess, averting eye contact, but keeping the conversation going as if this is perfectly normal, ha ha, no problems at all, he certainly isn't hallucinating Childermass not in the slightest. "Besides, it wouldn't surprise me if the Ringmaster's put an enchantment on the trailers to make them fireproof."
kingsroads: (hrrmph)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-14 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Strange is instantly a bit more suspicious about all of this because this is the second time he's turned away and Childermass has vanished from his sight. If the man were to reappear, he knows what he'd do next: just stare at him.

Until then, might as well carry on the conversation. If he truly is hallucinating Childermass, then it wouldn't matter if the other man were actually here or not, would it. Strange is trying to keep his voice light, though there's an obvious hint of irritation at the fact that he can't figure this out at all.

"But back the candles. I found a few in glass jars the last time I borrowed some from storage. I'll use those next time—at least they'd be less likely to catch the trailer on fire." He sets the papers down on the table before looking around the trailer and getting an idea soon after. Walking over to the trailer's front door, Strange tries to open the front door. Hmm. The door's locked. And there's the telltale sound of someone trying to open a door that's locked. That's...good? It certainly means that whatever this is, if it is anything to begin with, it's not actually using the door.
kingsroads: (maybe don't DO that?!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-15 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, Strange is starting to put the pieces together. As Childermass reappears, Strange narrows his eyes. Alright, this has gone straight into aggravating. He starts walking over to the man, watching him all the while.

"Do you plan on driving me even more mad?" Strange can't help but complain, still looking at perhaps-Childermass all the while, not breaking eye contact. He's at least got part of Childermass's nonsense figured out...now time to figure out the rest.

Partly to verify that Childermass is here, partly out of utter spite, Strange reaches over and attempts to pinch the other magician hard on the arm. This isn't him being petty and spiteful at all! This is just Strange trying to verify that Childermass is physically here (after all, you can't touch hallucinations), it's certainly not the result of Strange just getting all the more annoyed at this in and out bullshit.
kingsroads: (just sort of huffy and taken aback)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-15 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
The pieces fit themselves together with Childermass's last words. Teleportation through magical means. So did the other magician learned some of that magic as well! Honestly, Strange is more curious than anything else. What was he traveling between? How did he do it? What sort of spell did he use? That nosiness is coming out in full force.

"My writings would be even better if you showed me how you did it—with me watching this time, of course." He's trying his hardest to sound grumpy and to sound annoyed. After all, Childermass just messed with him for seemingly no reason. Logically, he should still be put out. But a little hint of wonder creeps into Strange's tone. If Childermass has managed to figure out some teleportation magic of his own, then of course Strange wants to see the results for himself.
kingsroads: (i might have goofed that up)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-15 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
When ten seconds pass, Strange is still thinking that Childermass will return any moment. When thirty seconds pass, Strange is starting to worry that he straight up got ditched. After a minute passes, Strange is entirely certain he got ditched. One scrying spell later tells Strange that Childermass is in the Big Top. Of course, the problem here is that Strange still isn't wearing any shoes, thanks to Childermass waking him up. So it's all swears and grumpiness from Strange's end as he puts his shoes on and tosses a vest over the shirt that he slept in.

He still looks unkempt as hell, but at least he's trying to look decent. Thankfully, Childermass has to wait for less than five minutes before Strange appears out of the mirror, complaining mostly for the sake of complaining. "First you wake me up, then you lead me on a chase?"

Still, the magic was impressive. And, now that he's seen the trick, Strange isn't so petty as to not acknowledge when someone's performed impressive magic--almost as impressive as the sort he performs on a regular basis! "I hate to admit it but your shadows are probably more practical than my mirrors. After all, there's always light."
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-16 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Strange nods approvingly, a wide grin spreading on his face as Childermass explains the magic. That irritation is fading as Strange's curiosity and nosiness grows even more. Yes, it does make sense that Childermass would incorporate some of Sans and Joker's magic in his spells as well. After all, that was entirely what Strange himself did with Norrell occasionally: copy the man's work, add his own additions.

"It's a pity I can't access the Roads while in the Carnival—I'd take you there myself and you can fine-tune the spell that way!" Strange can't help but give Childermass a small 'what can you do about it' sort of shrug. Because really, what could he do about it? Nothing in the slightest. "We'll simply have to visit them after I've sorted everything out back home."

Because obviously he will sort everything out back home, Strange is still blissfully unaware of that whole 'surprise you're stuck in the black tower' nonsense.
kingsroads: (what a creepyass house)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-16 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Whereas Strange interprets the pause as Childermass debating whether he really wants to explore a different and possibly dangerous realm with a madman or not. After all, Arabella thought the Roads were dangerous, Childermass probably thought so as well. Worrywarts, both of them (though the trait is more endearing on one than the other).

"Truth be told, I've only the slightest idea of how I get around now to begin with," said in a very matter of fact tone as if that's not slightly worrying. "By all accounts and purposes, the spell shouldn't have worked here." He cast the spell to enter the Roads through the mirrors, not go from mirror to mirror. Perhaps the Carnival simply cut out the middleman? Magic adapting to work and to fill in the gaps of the spell. They are in a realm full of magic, after all, it only makes sense.

"Of course, I've adjusted the spell since then. There's no use casting a spell with superfluous elements, after all. But most of my adjustments are based on some of the principles of reflection used in scrying magic--which I hardly think will help your shadows." SHRUGS. Sorry Childermass, he's not going to be much help.
kingsroads: (well why don't we do this?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-17 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
He can't help but raise an eyebrow as Childermass uses the shadows to move behind the mirror. Again, it's impressive. To think that Childermass had already mastered such fine control over his magic. And, more importantly, that he mastered such fine control over it without Strange even realizing Childermass had that sort of shadow magic to begin with. All the more reason to not spend any time in the Mainframe.

But unfortunate instances? Now that's worth talking about!

"Go on," Strange remarks, with a wry little smirk. "You can't say something like that and leave it there."

He says, knowing full well that Childermass will probably just leave it there to begin with. After all, why would he willingly describe a goof-up to Strange? Might want to sweeten the pot a little. "I'll tell you an unfortunate instance of mine in return."
kingsroads: (me & my stupid hat)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-18 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
Strange just frowns in confusion. That's exceedingly dumb. One needed to see in the shower. Sure, Lambert probably had some stupid witcher nonsense that let him see in the dark or smell the soap better or something like that, but it's the principle of the thing. You just didn't shower in the dark, that's not how things are done! As such, he can't help but shake his head slightly, still confused by the whole matter.

"That makes no sense! Surely he knows he's liable to trip over something that way!"

Apparently this is the point that confuses the magicians more than anything else: showering in the dark. He can't imagine what sort of chaos emerged once Childermass accidentally walked into Lambert showering but really, if he was showering in the dark, then he deserved whatever nonsense happened afterwards (of course, most people probably don't expect others to wander in their shower to begin with, but details, details).
kingsroads: (i might have goofed that up)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-18 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Strange simply shakes his head at Childermass's explanation. Whether he could see in the dark or not, it still was a little bit ridiculous. Oh, Lambert's probably used to bathing in the dark what with his witcher lifestyle and everything, but that doesn't mean he has to keep going at it! He obviously embraced plumbing (which is downright wonderful in Strange's eyes, he loves sinks), so why not embrace electricity?

Still, it's his turn to describe one of his unfortunate instances, so Strange sits down on a prop box, mulling things over as he does so as he decides what to say...and, most importantly, what could best shock Childermass.

"Back on our world, I put a dead mouse in my mouth to help become mad." It's said as if that's a perfectly normal thing to happen! And it's just said so bluntly and so up-front that Strange knows Childermass might want to at least pry a little bit more about this.
kingsroads: (maybe we can talk about other things?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-05-20 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah he straight up drunk soooooo much weird shit while trying to become mad, no surprise there. But again, Strange is just talking about this as if it's perfectly normal, no biggie, not kind of gross in the slightest.

"The two are related. The poor woman was completely out of her mind. I gave her her heart's desire, being a cat, in exchange for a vessel of her madness, the mouse she was about to eat. I had attempted to consume the..." well he can't say 'mouse corpse', can he "...the, ah, vessel then and there. I put it in my mouth, found it to be far too potent, and then brewed it down to a more manageable tonic."

He gives Childermass a little shrug, before the slight teasing returns. "I'd be happy to repeat the process as a demonstration, if you wish. We simply need to find someone else who's mad." Because it sure as hell won't be Strange casting that sort of spell on himself.

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