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    It was a quiet afternoon at the Bateman residence. Despite it still being autumn, snow began to accumulate in inches outside, the pure white reflecting the grey sky above. Things were kept very lowkey, as fire crackled in the grand fireplace in the living room. Aubrey was at a friend’s house for a sleepover, and was due home later that day. This gave her mother a chance to do her own thing, and indulge in her latest obsession- her instagram.

    Being that the veil over the island was slowly becoming more inclusive of incorporating in the popular culture of the outside world, Loralei began to return to the things she missed being both isolated here and the realm in which she became a genie. So, on lazy days like this, she was usually on her phone, while her husband tended to his studies.

    "Nope, nope, trash, barf." The genie muttered to herself as she lay on the couch, done up in an oversized sweater and leggings and yet still somehow looking put together. Must have been the eyeliner. "Nice." Her evaluation came from the several pictures she took of herself, each with miniscule differences that made the clear distinction from swamp demon to instagram worthy. To her, at least. With a few swipes of her thumb, she uploaded the picture to her page- accompanied with #sweaterweather #snowday #blessed- all trivial tags, but hey, it got her hits.

    When the photo was uploaded, she took the chance to look at her feed- mostly consisting of her face, various magic tricks, food, videos of her daughter, pictures of friends…

    But something was missing. A major part of her life wasn’t being broadcasted to the world.

    That needed to change.

    Loralei floated up from her seat on the couch, tucking her phone in her pocket. She exited the living room, moving down the hallway that seemed to go on forever. At the end was his study. A devilish, cherry-red lipstick smirk crossed her face.

    Without a sound, she floated up behind him, orienting her body so that she was floating upside down. She spoke suddenly.

    "Watcha doin’?"

    Time to teach this 5,000 year old dog some new tricks.

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    The dusty levels towered over the shelves. It was impossible to see over them as books upon books continued rising over the shelves. Tossing books further and further over his shoulder into the pile looking for a specific one. He grumbled and groaned as he continued working. He wanted the right book, not just any..

    Slowly it became apparent as he opened the spine holding it in his hand. He marched back and forth, muttering something in an unknown tongue. Back and forth he paced. Poring over the words he continued working - his mind moving a mile a minute before flinging the book across the room.

    "I've already memorized this!.."

    To which he turned around to the sight of his wife asking him what he was doing. It took him by surprise as he stepped back. He raised his arm in reflex, before turning back to his scowling self, attempting to hide a blush from his face.

    "I.. I'm working!.. Reading, more specifically. Why?"
     
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    It looked like she spooked him. Oops.


    She looked around at the mess that was being made, floating over to plop on the pile of books. She looked down on him, folding her arms over her knees.


    "Hm, looks like some pretty heavy stuff." She picked up one of the books, flipping through it. It was completely incomprehensible, so she left the reading up to him. "I’m surprised you don’t have these things memorized. These books are probably as old as you." She teased, before sliding down the mound to stand next to him.


    "Why don’t you take a break? I mean, unless the world is gonna break in two, I think taking a few wouldn’t hurt." She asked, before grinning slyly, running her hand along along his backside before hopping in front of him. "Come on. Breathing all this dust can’t be good for you."

     
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    "That's the thing!.." He shouted. "I have them all absolutely completely memorized but I'm just.. I'm trying to poke the holes in these pathetic pages. I've written most of them myself!!" As he continued his tantrum he felt a sudden presence behind and in front of him. It was his wife, and she was suggesting that he take a break.

    "A break? Pah."

    He scoffed.

    "Breaks are for foolish quitters who cannot handle the stress of a workload.. Breaks are for the weak who cannot fathom a good study session. Those who cannot train their minds are weak! Breaks are for.."

    He continued on his tirade for a while.. Of course, once he was going it was very rare to stop him. The blah blah blahing continued. The only way to get him out would be by force.
     
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    Loralei listened, resting her hand on her chin and nodding occasionally during his tirade. Well, she mostly listened. She learned throughout her time living with him that when he got worked up he tended to ramble on about one or two words that set him off. Fair, she was the same, so it worked out. But good lord was he strung up. Even if he was immortal, she couldn’t help but to worry about his blood pressure.


    "Yup. Uh huh." She occasionally interjected. She humored him for a few minutes, letting him blow off some steam he obviously had pent up. Once he seemed to get a thesis’ worth of ranting out, Loralei grabbed his shoulder suddenly. "Alright Mister type A, that’s quite enough. You’re coming with me." With that, she squeezed a bit, and the two pooped out of the room in a cloud of silver smoke.


    In just a few moments, the two were in the courtyard in the back of the estate, standing on the cobblestone as snow pattered gently down. Sure, it was kind of chilly, but the lighting was nice with what little sun reflecting on the snow. Perfect.


    "See? Now isn’t this better? You could use the fresh air." She said, turning to look at him. She snapped her fingers, making a scarf appear on him out of thin air. "Just in case you’re cold." She pulled out her phone from her back pocket, opening up the camera with a swipe of her thumb. "Now, have you been keeping up with the times? Do you know what a selfie is?"

     
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    Carl hated being interrupted more than anything else. Even though he wasn't done talking, he continued up until he felt the chill. Then he stopped. Simmered. And then made his usual grumpy face before slowly grumbling out.

    ".. I hate it when you do that.."

    It was then that she pulled out her cell phone and asked him a ridiculous question. How ridiculous? Well. He was about to let her know how ridiculous.

    "What an absolute ridiculous question. Of course I know what a self fee is! You're talking to the Lord of all knowledge! There is nothing I do not know. I figured you of all people would realize this by now!"

    He crossed his arms and nodded along with himself. Proud of his explanation.

    "A truly taxing performance of body and mind. The finest stretch of training that no money can purchase. And only the strongest of which can handle such choices of the self fee."
     
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    Loralei snickered. He did look a bit grumpy, but it was hard to take his scowl seriously at snowflakes gently landed on him. It was kinda cute, honestly.

    Of course, she should have predicted the type of answer he gave. He usually bluffed when he clearly didn’t know what he was talking about, but didn’t want to swallow his pride and admit that the beacon of enlightenment himself was about as hip as a corporate twitter’s account desperate for millenial attention.
    But that was okay. She expected that he wasn’t completely caught up with the times. And with her presence on social media, combined with their daughter’s recent interest in video games, it was about time that he was brought somewhat up to speed.

    She smirked. "Alright, bet." She said simply. Before she gave him the chance to respond, she swiftly moved to his side, resting her head on his shoulder. She raised the phone in front of them, taking a brief second to kiss his cheek before snapping the picture before he had the time to react.

    She let go of him, and moved to stand in front of him. "Well ain’t that just precious." She chuckled a bit, showing him the picture before getting back to her phone.

    #snowday #blessed #thugwife…

    "So, master of selfies, I gotta say- even when you’re scowling you are pretty photogenic." She noted, still looking at her phone. "My instagram followers are gonna love this. Maybe I should post it to twitter too…. Pretty sure people are convinced I made you up or something."
     
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    "Bet.. Bet what?" Carl quizzed. But it was useless, by that time she'd snaked her arm around him and she raised her phone in front of them. After a quick clicking sound, Carl was surprised. And even more grumpy. And even more confused.

    ...

    What was she talking about?.. Wait.

    Self fee.. Bet..

    It all made sense now.

    ".. What sorcery do you think you're playing with!? Did you just pay the self fee with our faces!? You fool! You do not bargain with our faces!! Who have you sold them to!?"

    He questioned, stamping his feet impatiently.

    "This.. Twitter? Instagram!?"
     
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    Oh my.

    Loralei watched as Carl began to lecture her about what he seemed to think was some sort of evil force that stole personal information and stored it for all of eternity. Well, he wasn’t too far from the truth. But in the grand scheme of things social media was relatively harmless.

    "Carl,relax. Everything’s fine." Of course, she couldn’t help but to smirk a bit. Turns out there were still some things he didn’t know after all these years. Then again, the internet must have been a droplet in the pool of his time. "It’s a website. Like on the internet. For your phone." She held her phone up, pointing to the screen. She may have needed to explain further.

    "Look," She tried to show him her instagram. "This is instagram. You just upload pictures of stuff, like food and selfies. Which is just a picture of yourself. Then other people like it or comment it. I dunno, it’s kinda fun." She explained. "It’s kinda like your books. If you record everything you won’t lose it. Except this is more for small menial shit and not like, earth shattering spells."

     
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    A scowl appeared across Carl's face as she explained the purpose of this 'website' and 'instagram' drivel. He hated it most when he had things explained to him, especially by his wife because she really knew how to push his buttons. So he did the next best thing.

    Lie about knowing about it.

    A wry smile appeared on his face.

    "Ahh.. Right.. Insta-Gram. Yes, of course.. Right.." He mused. "Of course I know about this. What fool wouldn't?! I just found all of this so insignificant enough to not remember or use because it did not serve any purpose with me."

    He raised his hand. "Still, this.. Taking pictures for people to like it? Why would I want someone to like my pictures? I have tens of portraits. They're all wonderful because they're all of me!!" He couldn't resist the sound of tooting his own horn. "Of course the general populace would need something for menial tasks. Their monkey brains couldn't handle their thoughts in the first place!"

    He thought for a moment.

    Still it'd be amusing to see what drivel the masses thought important.

    "That aside, this is for recording things, you say? Do they have libraries?"
     


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