She plumb fell through the looking glass

And now she can't go back

POSTED: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:00 pm

For Mel and her Roxstar :D Some PP agreed beforehand. I'm assuming she's having drum practice XD

That racket. What was it? The woman instinctively dropped to the ground, assuming a more quadruped gait as she slunk behind a pile of rubble. She paused for a moment while she considered her options. Should she head for the hills? Should she try to help? She grasped at the strap of her satchel and began tugging absently at frayed threads. Inhale; a conscious reminder. At length, her head poked tentatively over the amorphous grey blob that once formed the cinderblock wall of a small shop. She relinquished her grasp on her unfortuante accessory and one ear flicked in earnest. There was something regular about the clamour; it wasn't spastic like distress or struggle. It was just loud.

She waited. It continued. She waited some more, then finally rose to her full height and squinted purposefully at a structure far in the distance. It seemed to be the source of the commotion. She sidestepped around her impromptu barricade and tiptoed closer. Curiosity killed the cat. A voice that was not quite her own reverberated around in her head. Her nose riggled fiercely as a multitude of scents converged and intensified with each meter she gained. It seemed this place was the regular haunt of a good number of canines, but it lacked the typical boundary markings of a pack.

Confronted with yet another variable to assess, she found herself taking careful stock of her surroundings. Her gaze, like her stride, was not frantic, but methodical and deliberate. Clear path here, broken glass there, wind blowing rougly east. Alright. At last she found herself before the building, ears and nose overwhelmed and eyes straining to discern anything in the dimly lit interior. A strange wave of calm washed over her as she neared the threshold. She cleared her throat softly, then called forcefully enough inside (for how else would anyone hear her?): "Erm... hi?" Here's to satisfaction bringing him back.

form: optime | setting: amherst | time: late afternoon
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POSTED: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:36 pm

Though she no longer lived in the Bar's back room, Roxy was in the building regularly. When she wasn't out exploring, or seeing clients, or sleeping, she was here – socializing, taking her turn behind the counter if Biff or Spud needed to step out, and mostly, playing.

Music was a construct like the games she played to keep herself entertained. The rules were made up, the points didn't really matter, but there was a way to do things in spite of this. Order befitted her in some places, but usually, and most often, Roxy just pounded her drums until she felt good and tired. Sometimes the beat was wild, thunderous, without measure.

Today she had warmed up in such a way, chasing out the majority of patrons who were not used to her level of performace, and had in the process knocked over her tallest cymbal. With noisy complaints, grunting and moaning as if the two foot drop from the “stage” was some insurmountable height, Roxy dropped to the floor around the time she heard someone by the door. Tossing her hair back, the dog approached with her ears pricked. A dark wolf, looking confused, awaited her.

Roxy's tail wagged and she woofed a greeting. Yo what's up? There something goin' on, howler?

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POSTED: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:37 pm

Preoccupied as she was, it came as quite a shock when she realized the thunderous sound had been replaced by near perfect silence. Before she could decide if this was merely an unfortunate coincidence or a harbinger of peril, a shadow materialised from the darkness. Without conscious thought, her ears slicked back and her gaze fell to the other woman's feet. The reaction was automatic; whether the other canine's ears were pressed forward simply out of curiosity or with meaningful intent was irrelevant. As the trespasser in this scenario, she wanted to make it abundantly clear she wasn't there to cause issues.

Regardless, she also caught the friendly sweep of the stranger's tail. She remained at ease and her ears tentatively rose to half-mast; at length, she even stole a quick upward glance as the other spoke. Despite Roxy's decidedly not soft-spoken speech, her manner was otherwise casual and relaxed. Ven found herself increasingly puzzled (but far less concerned).

Some things barely registered and she showed no reaction: not to the other's species; not to the constellation of piercings that adorned her head. Her gaze did not linger nor did her eyes bug out in shock or horror. Not even the unplaceable accent was cause for much pause. No, she was more perplexed by the strength of the other's voice and the utter nonreaction to all the preceding chaos that emanated from the building she so nonchalantly dwelled within.

It showed. With a furrowed brow, she found her voice and chose her words carefully. "I wanted to make sure everything was alright," she replied at length. Her tone was even as she continued. "I didn't expect anyone to be around here," she added, then cocked her head quizzically to one side. "If you don't mind my asking, what were you doing in there?" A pause. "And, er, 'howler'?" she wondered, as if the slang only now registered as some potential oddity. Next to everything else, it truly only did just then.

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POSTED: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:22 pm

With a barking, throaty laughter, Roxy brayed and wagged her tail with delight.

Yeah, howler, that's you! You know, awooooooo, her dog's howl was a poor imitation but a lively one, drawing a few glances from inside until they realized she was merely making noise. Being as this was common for Roxy and her kin, no one really minded. Drunks didn't mind much at all, especially when they were getting' good booze. Biff and Spud had made that into an art.

Mostly. Eh, kinda mostly.

You ain't from 'round here, are ya? Well maybe ya are, this is a big place – mountains and woods and shit, Roxy went on, shifting her weight from side to side. Anyways, I like your face, so I'll fill you in. This here, she gestured widely, spreading her fingers. Is my cousin Biff's Bar! It's a real joint, a real solid one, an' we got all sorts of drinks and sometimes food and most importantly, me, Roxy Blackrust. I'm famous, it's not a big deal. What's your name?

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POSTED: Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:58 pm

Sorry about the wait D:

Roxy was certainly exciteable; Ven couldn't decide if it was contagious, perplexing, or maybe perplexing because it was contagious. She let out a laugh that wasn't quite nervous, but wasn't quite fluid, either. Her tail swung with a more natural rhythm -- bizarre as this whole situation was, she couldn't help but get caught up in Roxy's energy and enthusiasm. She peered curiously at the bar's patrons, the old furniture, and sometimes impromptu drinkware. She didn't allow her gaze to linger, though everybody seemed remarkably indifferent to her presence. Some glanced back with passing curiosity, and she dipped her head in acknowledgement before turning her attention back to her rambunctious host.

"I mean I kinda like howler," she quipped with a good-natured chuckle, "but Venice will do. Well met, Roxy," she concluded. The quiet, formal greeting juxtaposed against Roxy's casual exclamations was something. She wasn't really sure what the dog meant by famous, but there was undoubtedly something captivating about her. She drew attention to herself, and where Ven would typically panic, Roxy seemed to flourish in it. The she-wolf tentatively decided she liked this arrangement; with somebody as magnetic as the pierced canine beside her, hardly anybody would give her the time of day.

Finally, she began to truly relax and settle into the idea of staying at this place a spell. Her shoulders dropped and her stance became less rigid. "Huh, never seen anywhere like this." Her tone was one of awe. "So like, a fixed trade post?" Now the gears were turning. She'd never considered such a thing. It was an intriguing idea. "That's really clever," she blinked, turning excitedly to Roxy. Yes; have a roof over your head, somewhere (guarded) to store inventory, and a location where those that were in want would always know where to look. Business was probably far steadier than that of a travelling merchant. "Can we sit awhile?" she wondered, head tipped to one side. "I have some tools I can barter with, if it suits ya?"

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