365 days ago…
Woman’s voice: “Excuse me sir, the president is on line 1.”
Nolio: “Thank you Monica.”
Monica: “Shall I stay? You seem stressed. I can help with that.”
Nolio: “I don’t know what you mean, but I’ll manage. Thank you Monica. I’ll call you if I need anything.”
Monica leaves and shuts the door. Nolio picks up the phone.
Nolio: “Mr President. To what do I owe the pleasure?”
President Trump: “Hi Nolio.”
Nolio: “Hello Mr. President. What can I do for you today?”
Trump: “Hey we’re going to have to let you go.”
Nolio: “Excuse me?”
Trump: “Yeahhhhh, long story short, there’s an investigation going on and some funds were sent to your office that probably shouldn’t have been sent.”
Nolio: “Sir, I’m afraid I don’t understand.”
Trump: “The thing is…some members of your staff have been paid in fundraiser proceeds that were supposed to be going towards this wall that we were supposed to build and ah, look that’s not important.”
Nolio: “Sir, you’re telling me that a few members of my staff have been paid illegally and you’re firing me. I think that’s pretty important. You do realize that I am the leading researcher for contagious and infectious diseases. If there’s ever a situation that affects public health…I won’t be there to prevent it from becoming a pandemic.”
Trump: “When everything blows over, we’ll bring you back for Tacos and Burgers and Fries and everything else that the championship sports teams get.”
Nolio: “Thank you sir, goodbye.”
Trump: “K bye.”
Nolio worked in his lab analyzing the latest results on a possible cure for the pandemic. 52 tests, 52 failures. Why couldn’t he figure out a way to neutralize the virus?
He paced around the lab, wondering what he was missing. Moments later, Hydro joined him.
Hydro: “Hey superman, you need to eat sometimes you know.”
Nolio: “Ha. If I were superman I would have figured this shit out by now.”
Hydro: “We’ll get there.”
Nolio: “I don’t understand. What angle are we not considering here?”
Hydro: “This is a very aggressive virus. No one understands it. Not fully.”
Hydro: “Yeah well have a beer. Maybe it’ll help you think.”
Hydro handed him a corona. Nolio frowned at it but took it anyway.
Hydro and Nolio clinked bottles and sipped in silence.
Goddess and the United Nations Ambassador sat alone in a dimly lit room. The Ambassador sat across from Goddess who stared back at the camera next to the Ambassador. Attached to Goddess’s hand was a machine that monitored her reactions to the questions. A lie detector test.
Ambassador: “I just want to ask you a couple of questions.”
Goddess: “Ok. Shoot.”
Ambassador: “What is your name?”
The Ambassador looked at the computer display and nodded with satisfaction.
Ambassador: “Where are you right now?”
Goddess: “A government safe house designed to quarantine people from the coronavirus.”
Ambassador: “Have you, to your knowledge, come in contact with anyone showing signs of the virus?”
Ambassador: “Have you yourself shown signs of the virus.”
Ambassador: “How many people have you killed since the pandemic?”
Ambassador: “You have to answer.”
Goddess: “His name is Oldie.”
Ambassador: “When did this happen?”
Goddess: “An hour ago…”
The Ambassador stopped reading the display. Goddess lowered her head in shame. The Ambassador stood up and called in Nolio who arrived in a white lab coat accompanied by Hydro P.
Nolio: “Goddess…you killed someone? Here?”
Goddess: “Yes…I did.”
Goddess took a deep sigh.
An hour ago…
Goddess hadn’t had a chance to relax in what felt like months. She’d been on the run for so long. This mansion, although she didn’t trust it entirely, felt like paradise. In fact, it WAS paradise as far as she was concerned. She walked outside and noticed a hot tub next to the pool. She couldn’t help but get her hopes up. She nervously switched it on.
Goddess: “IT WORKS!”
She was alone, but she didn’t care if she weren’t. She stripped off her clothes all the way to her birthday suit. She untied her hair and tossed the scrunchy aside. She stepped into the hot tub and let out a soft “oooh” of relief. She sat in the water and closed her eyes. 20 minutes later she stepped into the pool and did a few laps.
While she was swimming, she hadn’t noticed Oldie sitting near the edge rubbing one off. She did a final lap and emerged from the opposite end. It was at that point she looked across and saw him. She quickly covered up.
Goddess: “What in the hell do you think you’re doing!?”
Oldie: “Please. I need this.”
Goddess: “You asshole!”
She got up and ran over to him. He tried to run but tripped over his shorts and fell into the pool.
Oldie: “Help, I can’t swim!”
Goddess: “Liar! I’m not touching you you pervert!”
Oldie: “Help, I…”
Before he could speak, he sank. Goddess, still furious, didn’t fully register what was happening. It wasn’t until the air bubbles and the splashing stopped that she realized that Oldie had drowned. She quickly gathered her clothes and left the scene in a panic.
Nolio: “So he drowned?”
Goddess: “Yes. I didn’t know. I didn’t realize. I would have. I would have…”
She looked away.
Nolio, Hydro and the Ambassador all looked at each other. Nolio sighed and place a hand on Goddess’s shoulder.
Nolio: “Who else knows about this?”
Goddess: “I haven’t told anyone else. I didn’t know how.”
Nolio: “It seems to me that it was an accident. I’m not going to make you leave.”
Goddess: “I have to leave. I can’t stay here. Not after what I’ve done.”
Nolio: “You realize what you’re saying?”
Goddess: “I do…”
Nolio: “I won’t stop you then.”
The Ambassador detached the lie detector from Goddess. She nodded and was escorted out of the room and out of the house by Hydro. She didn’t say goodbye to anyone. She almost felt relieved to be away from everyone. She ran away. Away from the mansion. Ran until her feet were on fire. She hot wired a car and drove until she was out of the city limits. She never looked back. Never did anything but face forward. Never noticed the corona zombie lying in the backseat…
It is now NIGHT phase. All players with night abilities message Nolio with your choices