Sand-dancer — 42 of 48

Aaron Reed and Alexei Othenin-Girard

Release 8

Chapter - Rabbit's Offer

Rabbit's Offer is a dramatic scene.

The Rabbit's Offer begins when location is Burrow. Rabbit's Offer ends when location is not Burrow.

When Rabbit's Offer begins: Rabbit's conversation starts in 1 turn from now.

At the time when Rabbit's conversation starts: try quizzing the rabbit about introduction; try listing suggested topics.

Burrow is a room. The description of Burrow is "Roots push through the earthen roof, casting weird shadows in the beam of your flashlight. It's round and small and underground in here and filled with hot sweat and animal stench. But mostly filled with something big and alive." Some roots are scenery in Burrow.

The rabbit is in Burrow. The initial appearance of the rabbit is "[one of]It's huge, covered in sweaty fur stained with mud, and a huge eye stares out you above long black whiskers. You can feel its breath on your face and its heartbeat thudding through the floor and you cringe back in terror against the wall. It's... well.[paragraph break]It's a rabbit.[or]The rabbit stares at you, whispers twitching, and it's freaking you out.[stopping]". The description of the rabbit is "The closer you look the weirder it gets, like it doesn't start or end in any one place or something all new-agey like that."

introduction is a familiar thing. After quizzing the rabbit about introduction: say "The rabbit breathes and stares. You wonder if it's going to start talking like in some crap disney movie and then jesus christ it does...[paragraph break]'So what'd you expect from an animal guardian?' it says, but like not with its lips, somewhere in your head instead. 'Were you thinking big, nasty, sharp, pointy teeth? Waistcoat and pocket watch? Nah. Tricks are for kids. What's up, Knock?' Its whiskers twitch.[add rabbit ask suggestion][add go insane other suggestion]".

go insane is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "just, you know, go insane". Understand "go insane" as a mistake ("I know, right? Looks like it's too late though.") when location is Burrow.

After quizzing the rabbit about the rabbit: say "[remove go insane other suggestion]'Oh come on, pal, you know me,' he says with this kind of stupid cheerful tone, and suddenly he looks more like Buster from Arthur, scrawny and poorly animated. 'I've been keeping an eye on you from the TV all these years. Your grandma asked me to, remember?' He grins, buck teeth protruding.[add grandma ask suggestion][add how he's not real tell suggestion]".

grandma is held by the rabbit. After quizzing the rabbit about grandma: say "'She was wrong about lots of stuff,' Buster says, scratching himself with a hind paw thoughtfully, 'but right about lots too. Oh, lots.'"; try quizzing the rabbit about rabbit's judgment.

how he's not real is held by the rabbit. After informing the rabbit about how he's not real: say "'Oh, don't say that!' the rabbit says, animated eyes going round like saucers. 'Then it'd be just you here all alone, and wouldn't that be boring. It's much more interesting if I'm really around.'"; try quizzing the rabbit about rabbit's judgment.

rabbit's judgment is held by rabbit. After quizzing the rabbit about rabbit's judgment: clear all topics; say "[one of][if count of pack of cigarettes is less than original cigarette count - 1]'Yo, you started smokin['] again?' Buster asks, sniffing disdainfully, except he's not Buster any more, more like Eminem. 'I thought you quit that shit, dawg. It's cool, I won't tell your grandma, but it makes Thumper cry a little, you know what I'm sayin[']?' [otherwise if at least 2 windows are open]'Yo, nice work breakin['] all those windows,' Buster says, except he's not Buster any more, more like Eminem. 'Way to stick it to the man. You hella bad, dawg. Maybe you can tag some shit when you get back to town too.' [otherwise]'Hey yo, you been hella good about keepin['] off those cancer sticks,' Buster says, except he's not Buster any more, more like Eminem. 'Don't think I ain't watchin['] ya.' [end if](Oh hey, Rabbit Smith, you get it.)[or]The rabbit just scratches his ear with a hind paw, smirking.[stopping][add how he knows so much about everything ask suggestion]".

how he knows so much about everything is held by the rabbit. After quizzing the rabbit about how he knows so much about everything: say "'Hey, back off, man,' he says, 'it's my ****in['] job.' And there's actually like a bleep, too, and now that you think of it you only ever saw 8 Mile on TV."; try quizzing rabbit about down to business.

down to business is held by the rabbit. After quizzing the rabbit about down to business: clear all topics; say "'Anyway, look, man, we both know you're in trouble. I just gotta ask you one question.' And he changes again into like a giant silhouette, and it's the Playboy Bunny, ears and bow tie and all. 'Do you love her?'[add yes-no-suggestion other suggestion][add don't know if I love her other suggestion]"; move the bunny's bow tie to location.

Instead of saying yes when yes-no-suggestion is familiar and location is The Burrow: say "'Then you should probably get home and tell her,' the bunny says. 'Patch up that truck and fly down that highway before she gets away.' It winks."; introduce rabbit's choices.

Instead of saying no when yes-no-suggestion is familiar and location is The Burrow: say "'Then what are you still doing with her?' the bunny says. 'Get out while the getting's good. You think either of you will be happier if you put that off? There's fish in other oceans kid. You've got your whole life ahead to swim.' It winks."; introduce rabbit's choices.

don't know if I love her is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "tell him that you don't know". Understand "that/you" as don't know if I love her. After informing the rabbit about don't know if I love her: say "'Yeah,' the bunny says, 'well this is the night to figure it out. Whether you decide to go home to her tonight or take care of yourself tonight might have consequences on a night with a storm like the one that's coming. Just sayin['].' It winks."; introduce rabbit's choices.

To introduce rabbit's choices:

clear all topics;

now bow tie is off-stage;

move strength to location;

now strength is familiar;

move courage to location;

now courage is familiar;

move easter basket to location;

say "[line break]'Look,' he says, and now he's big and fluffy and smells like springtime and peeps. 'I can help you make your decisions. I'll trade you for one of these talents.' He holds out an [easter basket filled with plastic green easter grass]; in it are two glowing orbs.[paragraph break]'Strength,' he says, pointing to the first one, 'and courage. Pick whichever one you think will be most useful, but you have to give me something back. Something real, something I can work with.'[add more about trading ask suggestion][add strength ask suggestion][add courage ask suggestion][add trade-for-strength other suggestion][add trade-for-courage other suggestion][add take-inventory other suggestion][add don't want to trade other suggestion]".

There is a thing called an easter basket filled with plastic green easter grass. Instead of doing anything to easter basket: say "You aren't sure you believe in it enough for that.".

After quizzing the rabbit about strength: say "'Might be useful for surviving through the night,' he says, 'if that's what you're planning.'".

After quizzing the rabbit about courage: say "'You're going to need it to get home to Ocean,' he says, 'if that's what you want.'".

more about trading is a familiar thing held by the rabbit. After quizzing the rabbit about more about trading: say "'You won't lose what you trade entirely,' he says, twitching his whiskers, 'but it will change, transverse, be resurrected as something else. Reborn.'".

trade-for-strength is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "trade something for strength". trade-for-courage is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "trade something for courage".

you don't want to trade is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "tell him you don't want to trade". Understand "i" as you don't want to trade. [This is so we can also recognize "i don't want to trade".]

After informing the rabbit about you don't want to trade: say "[remove you don't want to trade other suggestion]'I came all this way to help you,' the rabbit says, 'I'm even missing the big parade,' and it wiggles its tail with a smell of sugar and frosting. 'I think we'd better make a trade.'"

take-inventory is a misc-suggestion. It is held by the rabbit. The printed name is "take inventory of what you've got".

Check trading when the noun is not a memory and the trader is the rabbit: instead say "'No, no, I don't want that,' says the rabbit, twitching its nose indignantly. 'For a talent like this, you ought to put up something real. Something you care about.'[line break]".

Report trading when Rabbit is visible: clear all topics; now more coming is familiar; try quizzing the rabbit about more coming; stop the action.

more coming is a thing. After quizzing the rabbit about more coming: say "'The others are coming,' he says, 'they'll be here soon,' and now he looks like Frank from Donnie Darko and his face is behind that freaky metal mask and his voice is distorted and makes your skin crawl.[paragraph break]'Watch out for them,' he says. 'We all want to help, but... the others are wilier than me. Look up.'[paragraph break]'Look up, Naki,' he says again."; now lookup-suggestion is familiar; reset the interlocutor. lookup-suggestion is an unfamiliar misc-suggestion with printed name "look up".

Instead of trading or quizzing or informing or saying yes or saying no or saying hello to when lookup-suggestion is familiar, say "'Look up, Naki,' he says again." [This fixes a bug that could allow for trading with the rabbit multiple times.]

Instead of examining up when lookup-suggestion is familiar: say "Stupidly, you tilt your head back and stare up at the dirt ceiling, and all you can see is blackness.[paragraph break]No wait... there's patterns, slowly shifting, barely visible in the darkness, and miles away. Like clouds. And then a drop of water falls on your face, and then another, and you realize suddenly you're outside, and it's starting to rain..."; move player to Backtracking; now lookup-suggestion is unfamiliar.