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Post by Bluebottle on Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm

DPD special part one Smile

"It certainly is a grey day," Blue said, gingerly stepping around a puddle, careful with his gleaming leather shoes.
"Yes," Eldo considered, "almost like Dark Plant Day all over again."
"Plant?" Blue said, swearing as a frog almost jumped onto his shoe. The half meter vertical jump the lawyer made seemingly  was impressive however.
"Sorry," Eldo said, carefully picking up the frog and releasing it just off the side of the road, wiping his hands on the bathrobe distractedly "That was the way the News of the Pure covered it, and it just got stuck in my head for some reason. Like when I go to restaurants.. I always ask for an egg planet.."
"That's rather suggestive.." Blue started.
"Yeeees, I'll emoji them abt it," Eldo sighed.
"Soooo, dark plant day?" Blue asked "Egg plant?"
"Oh, no dark, yes, plant, no. But that's all ancient history. I quit politics, remember."
"Of course. I wrote the resignation letter." Blue sighed.
"Yeeees, I did say, when you asked me about my pension fund, to give it to the charity of your choosing.."
"Yeeees," Blue responded in a carefully neutral tone.
"... Weeell, I guess I'm not saying legal aid for lawyers was a bad choice.." Eldo sighed.
"Of course not," Blue smiled. "Very important cause that."
"Well, I'm glad you lawyers get your legal bills covered." Eldo coughed.
"Oh, lawyers always get paid," Blue smiled. The smile was even broader now, the eyes hinting at an inner mirth.

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Post by Bluebottle on Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:01 pm

"So, this plant..." Blue continued.
"Oh, it's not that important. The NotP did a big spread on it, you can read all about it there. But, basically. A lot of cloak and dagger stuff, politics, you know, mindless aggressiveness. Like Foucault said.."
"Errrr.. of course..." Blue added. "Pendulums and all?"
"Precisely," Eldo stated "Basically, it was a takeover from up high. You woke up to a different place, different branding. And you know how refugees stoke up nationalist emotions.."
"And now?" Blue asked lokng at the clouds. "It's happening again?"
"Hah," Eldo laughed mirtlessly. "Not saying it is, but the clouds are undeniably grey, no." He laughed, although he didn't really know why, somehow it seemed the right thing to do in the circumstances.
"But.." Blue continued. "Can it really? The Forumshire constitutional system.. the Forumshire courts.."
"Oh, the law," Eldo said deadpan. "You think that's normative. This is all one level up. These people make laws. And when you make laws they somehow come off seeming all the more fluid. If you consider a law.." he started.
"Ok..." Blue said. "I think I can manage that." He seemed to put on his professional face and manner. The eyes became a bit sharper, although they were staring into nothing now. The hands came together and folded in front of him.
"Ok, consider a law, but don't see it as something definitive."
"Ok," Blue said. "A normative set of rules, that set limits for legally acceptable behaviour, but not something definite."
"Ok. Think of behaviour.." Eldo switched tack to tackle this definition head on.
"Ok," Blue said. "Thinking hard, of behaviour, obviously."
"As... a river." Eldo continued, stretching his point into metaphor. "For normal people like you and I laws are like dams, they control the water flows. For these people laws are simply constructs to shape the flow of the river, constructs that change with regard to the needs of the present tense.
"Ok, I think I follow that metaphor. Although, I think it might need some work." Blue laughed.
"Tell me about it," Eldo sighed. "I work with what I'm given. Now, these people. They don't feel constrained by laws they make and change the laws to enact their choices. Laws, in their mind are their opinion of how things should be. And from there there is only a small step, from thinking that laws change with your opinion.."
"Yes," Blue offered.
"To your opinion being law." Eldo finished. "Sorry," he continued, seeming suddenly awake. "Was I lecturing. It's a tendency of mine that hasn't been indulged lately. Been trying to get away from this politics stuff, you know."
"No, it's fine." Blue said, scratching his head. "Certainly very interesting."
And perhaps it was.

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Post by Bluebottle on Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:44 am

A slow morning Smile

*Neeewasss offffff thaaa puuuuuuuurrrrè*
*Neeewasss offffff thaaa puuuuuuuurrrrè*
Could be heard yelled up the road in a thick Scottish accent.
(Think Sean Connery, then forget all about Sean Connery, and think of the complete opposite, yet still unmistakably Scottish.)
Blue and Eldo came into view of a familiar face sitting in a shabby newspaper stand, a characteristic yellowy cigaret bud in the corner of his mouth.
"Hello Petty," Eldo smiled familiarly. "Office day, I see."
Petty uttered something unintelligible, which had the ring of an obscure profanity of some proportion.
"Cann-ee gett outta iit, ladde." Petty finished more subdued, after a short coughing fit, spitting at the grass verge at the edge of the road. Still, somehow too close to comfort for Blue's leather shoes  who made another rather panicked jump, Blue amiably following suit, yet not managing to avoid it entierly.
"Damn-ee lauwyer quiblll." Petty finished with a short begrudging grin of amusement seeing the shiny leather shoes a little less shiny. "That'll giive them thaat fashinable weell travvelled look." He winked not unfriendily at Blue, who was still staring at his shoes. "Nee iinsultt to present compan-ee, nee." He hasted to add, taking out and lighting another cigaret that had been expertly been placed behind his ear.
"What? Oh.." Blue said. Seemingly not in the loop of the drift of the conversation. "Sure." He said with all the winning legal personality he could muster.
"Shame to hear that." Eldo said dreamily, not seeming to have paid much attention to the passing proceedings, having near automatically slipped back into his old admin persona. "Ever though of letting it all go?" He asked with a smile. "It does so relieve the stress. There's a new hole to let down in Ruschock. I could put in a good word for you."
"Would-ee neever work with thee compan-ee, ladde." Petty said shaking is head. "Yeee could say they gott mee by the weee niiggly bitts.." He finished, spitting again. This time aiming expertly for a passing frog.
"Well, anyway, my door is always open," Eldo said, still in full admin mode.
"And what-ee door woulda that-ee bee?" Petty said, a sharp look of triumph in his eye knowing he had got one over on the young admin.
Eldo, for a second startled, knowing he had been talking of his old office door in the admins tower, quickly slipped into off-work mode.
"Oh, just use the window," he quipped.  
"Of course we don't guarantee your safety in case of accident if you decide, of your own free will, to use the window," Blue added quickly wishing to be helpful. "But my client would like to make it clear that you are always welcome. Whatever the means of your appearance." He smiled. (And somehow convincingly, Eldo thought startled. A real legal talent.)
"Oh... begann to yee.." Petty said grumbling, spitting forcefully. Knowing that once again in their year long game of private one-upmanship the young admin had once again slipped the net. Who would have known he would stoop to surrealism, and the that damn lawyer had hammered the effect home.
"Oh, never mind." Eldo smiled magnanimously. These small games of sophism with Petty had only been a small part of his admin duties, but he found it an enjoyable throwback. He guessed he still got it. IT. Whatever it was..
"Well, I'll have a paper, of course," Eldo said, "but I think we must get on our way. Headin down to the old homestead.." He finished.
"Ah-yee, suure yee want tee do that, ladde?" Petty said, an not un-uncle-ee look of affection in his eyes for the young man. "Ole-ee reeeds are smtiimes best leeft untrodden.."
"No, worries," Eldo smiled. "After all, I got my lawyer," he smiled broadly at Blue.
"Lawyeers," Petty said and spat. "Nee offence.." He said to Blue, almost convincingly.
"Ohhh," Blue said quickly. "Only appropriate levels of offence taken, I assure you."
"Geeeeeeeed," Petty said. For the first time really smiling.
"What's todays news?" Eldo asked as Petty handed him a paper.
"Weeeell, not your holideeeys for unce. Let's saayy nee baad neeews... eh..." Petty winked.
"Of course," Eldo smiled his magnanimous smile and handed Petty a rather large note.
"Wheeeeeet..." Petty said. "I canna change thees," he said shaking his head.
"Oh," Eldo said, seeming surprised. After a moment. "Keep the change."
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Post by azriel on Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:10 pm

Cripes, this has been a while Smile Nice to see it up & running tho Smile

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Post by Eldorion on Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:33 am

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Post by Bluebottle on Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:29 am

More to come, hopefully Smile

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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:46 pm

Special NotP anniversary part:

Eldo and Blue were walking down the road, which stretched towards the Admins' Tower. Blue's work place, and Eldo's old home. Eldo tried not to feel bad about it though, it had been a choice, and not one he regretted. After all, being a normal citizen had a lot less paperwork, and a whole lot more.. cabbages.. yes, that was the word he had been looking for.. he thought.
"That was a rather extrodinary sum to pay for a paper," Blue said, this being money, he was probably a little shocked.
"Oh, it's only a joke we share," Eldo laughed. It was odd really, for an outsider it might perhaps not be so obvious.
"Well, if a laugh for your joke costs that much, I would be bankrupt already," Blue laughed
"Sure?" Eldo asked, intermittent.
"Well, I would like to think so... orrrrrrr.." Blue considered. "Something like that."
"Well, you see," Eldo said. "The truth is... he doesn't really need it." He was trying not to smile, most people didn't know this and he found it funny. He however had had to countersign the Forumshire tax data for years, therefore it was impossible not to know. He and Petty had made a joke of it over the years of course.. or, at least, he had.
"Need it? The guy always ask me for a fiver for some smokes or a drink at Duck and Muck, and to be friendly to the less fortunate, I always help out, you know."
Eldo couldn't help to laugh out loud.
"Sorry," he said at Blue's stunned look. "No offence meant. Your generosity is most likely more than welcome, it is just.. in this case a little.. misplaced."
"Why?" Blue asked.
"Well, for a start," Eldo said, having forgot all about any lingering emotions of heading back to the AT. (He was mentally abreviating at this point.) "Just between you and me... he doesn't..." Eldo was whispering now, "really need  it."
"What," Blue said. "Are you sure?"
"Hey, come now," Eldo said, filling his chest and trying to rise up to his former administrative self. "I told you I saw the tax details now, didn't I?" He felt himself smiling.
"And?" Blue asked.
"Well, betwen you and me.." Eldo started. "Well, you know this supposed Bear Gryllson?"
"The head of the NotP media empire? Sure.." Blue said, glad to be back on safe ground.
"Well.." Eldo said, feeling a bit like a parent telling an errant child Santa Claus did not exist. "He is not strictly... real."
"No?" Blue asked, shocked.
"No," Eldo said. "Purely a tax construct."
"Ahhhhhh.." Blue said, finally, it seemed, feeling back on safe ground. "And the owner of the media empire?" He asked.
"None other than our friend back there," Eldo supplied knowingly.
"Bfffff..." Blue said, there was a moment of silence. "That is sur... prising. " the pause seemed to last eons. "He never lets on, you know, I'll give him that. Delivers the paper, works in the office, helps out, and never let's on.. he actually owns the damn thing?!"
"Well, he's got his own office for whenever he wants to come in and wirte something special, I think, but other than that he likes to keep it quiet," Eldo agreed.
"So, the owner of the NotP empire, Angmanr & Sons, the real Bear Gryllson is actually.. Petty?" Blue said gobsmacked.
"Born and bred," Eldo said. In a nationalistic American twang. He tried not to feel too proud. "Richest man in Forumshire, actually. By quite some distance."
"What? I always thought that was.. Orwell. You know, the richest man in Forumshire," Blue said. "Straddling around town, always a wad of cash in hand, or an extra pony on his carriage, as you say.. whenever I saw him, anyway. A true spend-thrift."
"Oh, well, Orwell," Eldo said, trying not to smile even more. "Petty always thought it was funny to have someone run around town like they owned the place, so.."
"Yes?"
"He put him on a retainer." Eldo couldn't help to chuckle. "A quite substantial retainer, actually. Guess it's his sense of humour."
"Wow," Blue said, shocked. "I never knew. And the barrel?"
"I guess he thinks it's comfortable," Eldo shrugged.
"Sure," Blue said. It was not for him to question the life choices of the richest man in Forumshire, of course. "I never knew.." He left hanging in the air.
"Well, that is what you get for hanging out with the admin;" Eldo said, feeling his old self. "Well, former, of course. Now, let's keep going, eh, or we'll never get there."
"You tell me," Blue said sighing..
"Well, I am actualy," Eldo said cheerfuly.
"Oh, but, of course," Blue laughed back. For such a long walk, at least it seemed a friendly, and informative, one.
(...)
"So, Petty," Blue said.
"Yup," Eldo said.
"The richest man in Forumshire?"
"That's right! Eldo said.
"Stone the crows," Blue said.
"Now, don't tell anyone, the tax files are confidential for the admin, and even if I am not," he sighed a bit invardly "adming anymore, there is still the ethical angle, but you would knwo all about that in you profession."
"The ethical angle," Blue laughed. "Oh.. yes, of course."

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:59 am

I'm so glad to see an update to this story! Very Happy Great stuff, Blue. Nod

"Now, don't tell anyone, the tax files are confidential for the admin, and even if I am not," he sighed a bit invardly "adming anymore, there is still the ethical angle, but you would knwo all about that in you profession."
"The ethical angle," Blue laughed. "Oh.. yes, of course."

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I always knew there was something suspicious about Petty's relationship with the NotP, though. Suspect Almost as eyebrow-raising as Orwell and the Anon Author...
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Post by azriel on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:40 pm

Great stuff Blue Very Happy Thumbs Up

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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:25 am

Eldorion wrote:I always knew there was something suspicious about Petty's relationship with the NotP, though. Suspect Almost as eyebrow-raising as Orwell and the Anon Author...

Well, since you said it, I take your word for it, of course Nod

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