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Taking Control of Your Music Playback Experience

2017.04.25 04:20 boomchaos Taking Control of Your Music Playback Experience

Auracle Music Player is a local music playing app for Android. It's main focus is on an easily accessible and editable queue.

2013.11.19 11:30 Atlanta on FX

Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. It premiered on September 6, 2016 on FX. Season 4 premiered on September 15, 2022. It is the final season. The series centers on college dropout and music manager Earnest "Earn" Marks (Glover) and rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) as they navigate the Atlanta rap scene. It also stars Lakeith Stanfield as Darius Epps and Zazie Beetz as Vanessa "Van" Keefer.

2022.10.05 13:05 ExCx Magick metal rockSS!

Magick metal is a weird and obscure genre, which may be described as synth-based psychedelic rock fused with oldschool black metal. Guitar riffs are in traditional heavy/doom metal style. Drums are darkwave-ish and repetitive. Synthesizers and organs are heavily pronounced. Vocals range from black metal screaming to folksy chants. Records are deliberately produced lo-fi and raw to enhance the dusty vibe. Lyrics mostly revolve around the occult, esoterism and psychedelia.

2023.06.07 16:50 OkEntertainer377 Indecisive client (rant)

currently working as freelance artist, (full time student), okay naman yung flow ng income considering na part time ko lang to... pero recently napapaisip ako na i want to target atleast 10 to 15 commissions in a month para makapag build ng portfolio before graduation and gusto ko din subukan i target yung sinasabi nilang "livable salary" through commissions.
in the past months consistent kong na hi hit yung half ng livable salary kaya lumakas loob ko this month. i thought if mag work ako as full time illustrator, baka mas madami pa sa sampo i drawing ko sa araw araw pero same pa din yung kikitain kaya mag f freelance nalang ako. i never wanted to work in a company anyway.
kaso bigla ata ako sinubukan ni universe kasi yung current client ko sobrang nakakaloka. she's my first foreign client, she asked for a contract right away. wala akong idea sa contracts and shit so i had to study how to make it for her. and i thought, yeah contracts might be good and i might need it in the future to protect myself but i think its doing the opposite. sobrang indecisive ni client tipong gusto nya daw curly sya sa drawing pero biglang gusto niya na straight hair. Limang beses ako gumawa ng draft na sa ibang client ko isang draft lang okay na agad sila tapos diretso rendering na.
As per our contract, 2 drafts ibibigay ko sa kaniya pero wala siyang nagustuhan sa unang dalawang draft kaya gumawa ako ng bago completely from scratch, tas nung may bago gusto niya ulit ipabago pa.
As per our contract, she’s entitled sa 2 revisions after 2nd proposal once na approve na niya, pero hindi niya inapprove at all yung 2nd proposal tapos nagpapabago lang sya ng nagpapabago ng details (color of her clothes, hair color, hair length at kung ano ano pang maliliit na detail) i feel like dahil sa contract hindi ako maka-hindi? HAHAHAHA I mentioned in the contract na may revision fee lang pag gusto niya magpa revise after niya ma approve yung 2nd proposal so katangahan ko din.
Usual naman sa niche ko yung ako bahala kung ano gusto ko i drawing (bc i work with musicians, like album covers and visualizers and mostly masaya sila kung ano yung result hindi na nila ako pinapakealaman sa creative process ko) pero etong current client ko sobrang (sorry) maarte BUT di niya alam gusto niya until ibigay ko na sa kaniya. U know what i mean?
Example: Sa lahat ng client nag bibigay ako ng form with guide questions para ma visualize ko ng maayos yung output according sa kung anong gusto nila, I also ask them to send me a copy of their lyrics or track para isusunod ko sa song/s nila yung itsura ng album. Yung ibang client sobrang specific.. sasabihin nila gusto nila vintage or minimalist, or dapat may pusa, naka indicate yung pose etc.
I gave the same form sa client and she just said "anything, just put me in there" wala syang minention na pose, emotion, style. Yung binigay niyang reference photos sobrang vague. So i thought Ill just base from her song... i proposed an art nouveau themed art bc it fits her song. Pero she said ayaw nya daw nun kasi gusto niya simple lang. Tas sinend niya ulit yung reference photos, may batang nakaupo at may hawak na balloon and white background.. so naisip ko, "ah baka inooverthink ko lang to, baka literal na gusto nya nakaupo siya tas may hawak na balloon" HAHAHQHQHQ so I did! I submitted an illustration na nakaupo siya and may hawak na balloon, full body sya kasi yun ung nasa reference... tas pagsubmit ko sa kaniya gusto niya daw bust up lang yung framing. Tas bat daw ang simple ng bg eh sinunod ko na nga lang gusto niya. Then biglang pina blurred nalang niya muka niya after ko pag hirapan ng 5 hours yung muka niya kasi pabalik balik kami.
Theres a time pa na gusto nya bumalik sa pangatlong version eh na delete ko na yun bc ang bigat sa pc (i have on going clients din kaya i cant raw keep files na rejected)
Take note i gave her discounted price bc I thought its a way for me to expand my business abroad, through her. But now im just feeling like exploited.
After this, I dont know if I will still try my target commissions. Natatakot ako what if nagkataon na sa 10 clients, ganito sila lahat.
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2023.06.07 16:40 GamerGirl_89 [H] TONS Of Games In STEAM GIFT Inventory [W] TF2 KEYS ONLY

Most are all in my "gift inventory" and the trades for the most part go all through STEAM for both parties safety/
KEYS ONLY GAMES are the VR Games
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ALL VR Games Only \ OBO Battlewake MSRP $19.99 Electronauts Music MSRP $19.99 The Walking Dead Onslaught - Deluxe Edition MSRP $39.99 Creed: Rise to Glory MSRP $29.99 Raw Data MSRP $39.99 Sprint Vector MSRP $29.99
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2023.06.07 16:39 HariSeldon1517 In need of German music recommendations.

As many others, I started learning German mainly because of Rammstein. Being able to increasingly understand their lyrics is one of my motivations for keeping up in learning the language. I have also consumed other German media, such as TV shows, besides Rammstein, but in music Rammstein has been my main driving force.
However, in light of some ugly recent news, I am taking a break from Rammstein while the whole thing is sorted out. I don't intend to discuss those news here or make this post about that, since there's plenty of that in Rammstein already.
What I need is good recommendations for music in German that I can listen to to keep me motivated in learning the language. It can but does not need to be in the same vein of heavy/industrial metal. I can accept any genre that has decent instrumentation and interesting lyrics. What I don't like is extremely simplistic stuff that is just the same three-or-four-note melody repeated over and over while some singer says some trite or corny lines that have already been said in thousands of songs.
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2023.06.07 16:34 notveryhonestguy99 My landlord threatened to change the locks if I'm not out by today

Hello guys,
So I'm renting a basement, which is rented by another girl, she told me I could stay there and pay her rent, so in reality she's subletting it to me, unbeknownst to the landlord. It's already been a few months, and just recently he had some issues and had to enter the basement, where he and I met for the first time.
He was shocked to hear I was living there, and he's under the assumption both of us stay here (which is untrue, since the girl lives with her boyfriend). He became very upset and threatened to change the locks to the unit if I didn't move out by the end of the day. Coincidentally, this is my last month staying in this unit, I told him that and he said he would let me stay until the end of this month if I paid him $1000, which is crazy since I paid first and last month to the girl who was renting it to me.
I'm not under any contract, and I'm pretty sure the girl doesn't have a contract either, but I'm hoping there must be something I can do to stall him for the end of the month. The landlord has been completely rude, he's been showing the apartment to other prospective tenants without proper notice, and has entered without knocking or anything.
She didn’t tell him she was subletting it, nor she told him she was living elsewhere. I’ve been trying to contact her unsuccessfully, i’m not sure she has a contract, but i find it ridiculous since i’ve been paying my rent every month, can’t he just wait til the end of this month to evict me???? i’m sure there’s some human rights law that doesn’t allow him to kick me out. I have mail receipts proving this is my residence
I am afraid since I have nowhere else to go, and the girl who's renting it to me doesn't answer his texts, nor mine and doesn't pick up the phone.
Please I need some help, is there anything I can do?
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2023.06.07 16:32 hughjazz45 Favorite underrated/ under appreciated LoG songs?

What are some of the LoG songs you love but rarely hear anyone else give any love to? For me it’s (this is just a list, not a ranking):
  1. Blacken the Cursed Sun- the closing breakdown with Randy repeating “Begging on your knees” and then the held out scream is one of my favorite LoG parts of all time
  2. Blood Junkie- The very end of the song and the way Randy’s vocals act almost like another percussive element is fucking brutal
  3. Vigil- Try closing an album with a cooler lyric than “Smite the shepherd, and the sheep, Will. Be. Scattered.”; I’ll wait.
  4. Blood of the Scribe- Probably has some of the most deceptively intricate riffing of any LoG song; might sound like straight 4/4 but miss any one of those palm muted notes and you’re instantly out of sync with the drums and it WILL sound like shit. Love the lyrics on this one too
  5. Broken Hands- One of their heaviest breakdowns, and the line “The noose awaits you swinging, the blade of malice cuts the rope” is an impossibly metal lyric to put over it. Show this part to someone who doesn’t even like metal and you may get a “well actually that’s pretty sick” out of them
Interested to hear what others might say are their under-loved cuts
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2023.06.07 16:30 LeviOiOiOi About YouTube partner program

Hey guys! I just started my YouTube channel and the main content is lyric videos. I put effort into translating Japanese lyrics into my language so that my fellow learners can feel and learn from the songs. Since the tracks are copyrighted, I get copyright claims which is natural. I would like to know after 1000subs and 4000whrs, is there any chance of ypp accepting my channel? I am thinking about creating my own content videos after getting accepted because I know that I will not be able to monetize copyright claimed videos. That is why.
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2023.06.07 16:28 sushimeats Mapping the Influences of the Lemon Twigs

Hey all!
As I delve deeper and deeper into unabashed obsession with the LT's, I have had an idea in my mind. Across all their albums, the brothers have found a way to tap into such wide and diverse influences, and mix them so well its often overwhelming to dig in to figure out all the intricacies. If anyone on here is interested in helping me map out their influences, I'd love it to colab.
It is clear that each album locks into a specific set of artists for inspiration, but even across one song like Moon, you can hear a full cornucopia of rock history. I'm 33 and live in Philly, but I see a ton of new fans who may not have had a chance to interact with the source material before, and thought this would be a great way to get them indoctrinated.
Rather than a by the album breakdown, I'm feeling that a breakdown of their core aesthetics might be the way to approach this. I'm posting some example below, but please flesh this out to your hearts desire.
Humor: 10cc, Flo & Eddie (of the turtles), Randy Newman, Ween
Glam: T-Rex, Big Star, Bowie,
Snotty Punks: Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Television Personalities,
Sarcasm: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop,
Folk: Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Drake, Jackson C Frank
Genius: Brian Wilson and George Martin (of beatles fame)
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2023.06.07 16:14 6LittleHorns9 "Rachel" or "Michelle"

This song is one of my favorite unreleased songs by them, beside summer daze. It feels like a warm sunlight on a quiet morning, so nostalgic and mellow. I've been wondering if the name mentioned in the song is "Rachel" or "Michelle" as a comment in the video said that this song was probably written for Rachel, but in the lyrics it says "Michelle"
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2023.06.07 16:11 inverseflorida I don't get western Go Nagai fans (and in particular Devilman sucks).

I understand why Go Nagai has tons of fans in Japan, a country where he's responsible for creating a handful of franchises that were not just mainstream but ludicrously, stupidly popular, and literally revolutionized or wholesale invented the genres he wrote them in. I also grant that indirectly, he had that impact on Western media too, by inspiring things like Sailor Moon or Evangelion, and Berserk, and probably too many to really list. But the difference is, in the West, his stuff never really took off the way it did seemingly everywhere else in the world - he wasn't some omnipresent rebel changing the face of media in the west the way he was in Japan because the stuff he made was extremely shocking and unlike anything else. Western fans have no choice but to evaluate his stuff without the scandalous novelty it had at the time, and judge it by its actual quality, and apparently a lot of people do this and go "Damn this guy's awesome". And, I really have to wonder... uh... why?
For those who don't know, as I was just hinting at, Go Nagai is probably second only to guys like Tezuka in terms of influence on manga, and really, all Japanese media. Cutie Honey arguably invented the magical girl genre. Mazinger Z was right there at the beginning of the 70s Mecha boom. Devilman's influence can be felt in how fucked up Evangelion is, as well as half of everything else you've ever seen from Japan that you thought "Damn that's fucked up and dark" (there's a straight line from Devilman to Madoka). And unfortunately, arguably most importantly given its monster mainstream success, Harenchi Gakuen, which was really the first manga to ever do extreme amounts of Perv Characters, Fanservice, really Ecchi itself basically, and the origin of Pervy Boy Characters In Manga Trying To Perv On The Girls as a plot or endearing character archetype. This was a manga where male teachers were constantly trying to perv on their female students - really, the first manga where this happened, which caused enormous fucking protests wherever Go Nagai went. It was also arguably a bigger hit than nearly any of the other names you might actually recognize, because the TV adaptation had ratings as high as 32 fucking percent.
I think I have to say here, that I'm going to be super critical of his work that seems to mostly consist of one connected extended multiverse(?), but that I also haven't read any of his work to completion. But I also feel like I need to say, it's because I think it's really really bad. To show how bad it is, here's an actual excerpt from the ludicrously influential Cutie Honey as made by Go Nagai, a character who in the 90s was, for some reason, literally number one with girls aged 3-5 and 6-8, but before you click that link and read it, please let me warn you that it may be the worst portion of any fiction I've ever read. I don't just mean because of the obvious shocking parts, I mean that even if you overlook that somehow, it's actually still dreadfully bad writing, and I assume I don't need to explain why if you read that. I have not read a Go Nagai manga to completion because I literally think it's so bad that I can't get through it - with the exception of some Devilman stuff (I think Devilman Saga is more readable than Devilman, and Devilman Lady isn't worth discussing lol), and Demon Lord Dante, which from what I've read (which isn't all of it), I think is mostly better than Devilman, but I also just can't get through a Go Nagai manga because even when it's readable it'll still be like... well, if you clicked the link, you saw.
This is somehow a character extremely popular with super young girls, so mainstream that even people not into it would probably recognize the theme song in Japan, by the way.
But in reality, I need to talk about Devilman, easily the biggest thing of his in the West. Devilman is beloved by a lot of fans because... well, okay, to be honest, I'm really not sure I get what the appeal is. People talk about Devilman being raw, affecting, emotional, profound, moving, and deep, and to be honest I just... don't think it is? Well, I guess Crybaby sort of is, but I think it's just shocking, and mostly unearned. Devilman came off to me as something that mainly worked by making you expect it to be something the mould of more normal Shonen, where there are broadly happy endings or important characters are not dismembered and their decapitated heads held by the protagonist. Then, suddenly, important characters are dismembered and their decapitated heads held by the protagonist. Now something sad is happening, so that means it's Deep and Good!
But that doesn't' make it good, and I really don't think it has much beyond that, and I can't help but see the stuff it has as mostly cheap shock and torture porn - actually, torture porn is an unfair label to give to Devilman, considering Violence Jack, effectively Devilman's sequel, so maybe exploitation is fairer. It's better at exploitation than the obviously derivative Elfen Lied, but still leaves me with that same overall sense of depressionporn without significant substance.
Cruelty/sadnessporn is not really something unique to Devilman, or Go Nagai - Tezuka himself wrote about how western audiences found some of the things he wrote super upsetting or "cruel", but how he felt the cruelty, the upsetting part, that was essential for actually portraying how cruel reality could be. The opening parts of Tezuka's Buddha (one of his best works) showcases this, particularly with the early escape scene of the Shudra woman, or the stuff like the rabbit burning itself, etc - it can definitely be confronting and upsetting! But there's more to it than just "Damn, that's pretty upsetting, isn't it! Bet you didn't expect that. That's what real life is like btw", like most Sadness/Crueltyporn manga, most of which ends up excusing its content by just going "Oh well the theme is that humans are bad and yeah, damn that's deep, yeah, humans are bad. Look at all this suffering and guro and naked women - there's piano music playing and people are sad so it's not hentai! It's taboo-breaking and deep!". See also: Elfen Lied.
Devilman really feels more on the Elfen Lied side of things. The story really begins with Ryo taking Akira to talk about demons and then of course, being attacked by demons whose vaginas are evil and will eat you. The story really isn't very good. Outside of Nagai's (legitimately great) cartooning, it's hard to read. The action might flow well, but the writing, the dialogue, what's actually happening, really feels like someone making it up on the spot even worse than Toriyama must have been, it's clunky, the pacing is fucked up, characters are introduced in the most random of ways, the manga starts with Ryo walking in on Akira being too much of a pussy to prevent a rape while the bullies and Miki are constantly going - almost explicitly - "Hey, you should do something to prevent this rape" while Ryo is casually talking about "let's go now, that's not important. oh here's my modified hunting rifle". It is genuinely fucking weird to read. Characters go on exposition rants so blatantly there to fill you in that it genuinely feels like you missed something and that the comic switched to narration at some point - so baldfaced in its exposition, in fact, that it has Akira call Ryo "you (My good friend)" with the brackets actually included in the text! This is meant to be dialogue!!! It's not good writing. It's not just that it's an early manga that aged poorly, because I've read a lot of earlier manga that's just plain and simple better and doesn't feel as amateurish in the most basic ways as Devilman does. It's legitimately not well written and carried by its reputation and shock, or things like "This demon's boobs wlil eat you" or "This demon's vagina will eat you".
Occasionally, it's genuinely funny in how prototypically edgelordy it is ("Oh this? It's laced with drugs."). Ryo, while we're still meant to see him as an ordinary(?) teenager, somehow has, in his private secret safe room, found a shitload of "rogue hippies" to have orgies at a party in order to become Devilmen. This is after emphasizing over and over how impregnable this iron encased cellar is and how it's a one way trip and how you can't get out of it. And then after going on about how these demons are too weak to get in, we later find out they can just teleport anyway. We also find out that the point is to also kill all the people at the party because they'll end up merging with demons too, but when that start's happening, somehow Akira and Ryo are surprised and say the demons are teleporting in. Also, in true Go Nagai fashion, he makes extra sure that the hot woman who just got stabbed by a shattered wine bottle has her boobs clearly visible so you can tell she's hot as she dies. No matter how tragic the deaths of the naked girls who get impaled or shot up or whatever kind of gore they suffer is, in Nagai stuff, he's still always clear to show you that they're naked, and hot, as they're dying.
Look. You get the picture. This is not well-written in the slightest.
I don't really think that Nagai does the gore and stuff to be confronting and deep. Harenchi Gakuen ended with everyone being guro'd by the PTA as a reference to the PTA protesting Nagai's books in real life. Violence Jack includes the reincarnation of the girl who got dismembered and also Ryo while we're at it, as amputee stump nudity slaves and then there's also more gore and there's like a constant drumbeat of rape after rape after rape. Devilman Lady is even more rape heavy. Nagai fans tend to immediately go, after you mention the gratuitous amount of rape, "Yes but he's portraying RAPE as BAD, see how the rapists are villains?" - one, I've been online, I've seen what's on the Japanese internet, I know that actual rape porn depicts it the same way half the time, so I don't care about that. Two - surely there's like, a point where you think "Okay, that's enough rape, it's time to write about something else", right? This is just the kind of thing Nagai does.
As I said before - supposedly, the theme of Devilman is that WarBad, and also The Real Demons Was Humans All Along. The writing is so incoherent that I frankly struggle to think about how well it portrayed War Is Bad, because it's difficult to make sense of nearly anything thematically in it except the extremely anvilicious The Real Demons Are The Humans. And the thing is, that type of Guys Isn't Humanity Really Awful theme is just stupid. I don't mean "Devilman doesn't do it well", I mean it's a theme that's always stupid that schlock Crueltyporn manga loves to indulge in.
For that kind of theme to work, it has to have some sense of like, relationship to real life! It has to appear to be a shocking, truth-telling moment, something that reveals something unsettling about reality, otherwise it's just making up a Dark Center Of Human Nautre wholesale then soyjak pointing at it going "No waaaay, this is the real heart of humanity you guys!" And if you read the comments on videos of some of the most shocking scenes of Crybaby, and you can see that's the takeaway the people who like the show are getting. It's why they say it's good! They say "Wow... this is so sad because now I realize real life and real humans could be like this too. Humans really ARE the real monsters".
But they're just not! The scenario in Devilman - whether it's crybaby or the manga - where humans suddenly become The Real Monsters and As Bad As The demons is never plausible no matter how it's portrayed, in every version it just feels absolutely unbelievable that the events could play out as presented. That's not naive denial that people could do terrible things in paranoid mobs, its' a denial that paranoia mobs in first world countries like Japan would take that form, or all the other shit that happens. The famous part where a mob of exaggeratedly evil looking stock manga heels just eviscerates important side characters, including the love interest (every adaptation except the OVA makes sure you can see her boobs as/after she dies btw), out of a desire to get revenge on and lynch demons as the world goes to unjustified chaos, and I just don't buy it. I don't believe it. I don't think it's naive to say that Devilman's take on this situation is unrealistically grim - I think a realistically grim take would look very different. I don't think one teenage boy on TV saying "Demons can possess anyone" would cause Miki's ordinary neighbours to become ugly manga heels who want to dismember her and parade her corpse parts on pikes, and I don't believe it when it happens in Crybaby either no matter how much art direction and sad music it wants to play. This fundamental lack of believability undermines the entire dark ending of the manga. I don't believe the rise of Rainuma and the tying of anti-demon hysteria to real world racism and then suddenly "Woopsy we did a heccin WW3". I do not believe any of that shit.
And yet, people seriously watch Devilman and think "Wow, how cruel the cold true heart of humanity underneath truly is... what a deep anime with a deep message, this could really happen." No it fucking couldn't! In any first world country, there'd be a million million more people who'd want to lean towards inaction or just finding reassurance that Ryo's scary TV interview was just words than there would be people whipped up into a frenzy over it. There probably would be some hysteria, but the scale and type of hysteria in Devilman can't be taken seriously. And no, I don't believe that Miki's ordinary neighbours would suddenly, even if whipped up into a frenzy beliving she's a demon, not only form a mob of literal pitchfork wielding ugly manga heels to kill her and her little brother (while talking about how hot they think she is), but I especially don't believe that they'd parade her dismembered corpse on pikes joyfully! I'd believe "A paranoid person who's otherwise normal when the world is calm takes it upon themselves to kill someone they believed associated with a demon when they break into their house, and leaves it at that", absolutely. I don't believe "Every ordinary person there is dismembers a teenage girl on pikes and enjoys it", and anyone who does needs their basic understanding of people checked. Even if a mob formed, in any first world country, once she was dead that'd be it. Normal people's disgust for, say, seeing a teenage girl dismembered, let alone dead and stabbed and whatever the fuck, is not about to be suspended because an edgy teenage boy gave an obviously scare mongering TV interview, and that alone is enough to really undermine the entire theme of "Humanity... is the real demons". The theme is undermined, because it's a fucking shitty theme, presented in a way that doesn't make sense, that can only make its point by making shit up about The Darkness In Humanity, and then go "Wow, look at how real this Darkness In Humanity is, I totally didn't just make it up and expect you to buy it!"
The only argument I can think of in defence of Devilman - and Nagai's shit in general - is that it's so obviously insane and incoherent, that trying to judge it based on things making sense is wrong in the first place, and you just have to accept the raw narrative and emotional momentum in a world that's fundamentally more cartoony. But, I just... don't? Not if the story wants me to buy into themes of War Is Bad (I still have no idea how it portrays that, because the war against Satan only really gets committed to once every human is dead anyway, and at that point, why is it bad? Because Satan thinks the demons and devilmen can live in harmony? The demons sure fucking don't!) and Humanity Bad, then shit needs to make sense and be worth taking seriously in any way to elevate it from raw Cruelty/Sadnessporn, or torture porn, or in other cases, just regular porn. And fundamentally - Devilman doesn't.
And for the record, I don't think any of the affecting or moving parts had to do with the central Ryo/Akira stuff. I don't care about it. Especially not in Crybaby where Ryo is so obviously sinister and unlikable from the beginning that I just don't believe it, at least in the manga his demeanour and occasional pang of gay longing meant that I could believe there was a relationship there even if I found it basically badly written, especially the entire premise of Satan Pretends To Be Human And Eliminates His Memory To Learn About The Humans, and only the Retro Manga Revered Status would possibly make people overlook how dumb the shit like this is - which also makes figuring out what was actually going on in Ryo and Akira's relationship not deep and complex, but confusing and ultimately uninteresting, especially when the manga has Satan confirm his feelings by going "You know that I'm a hermaphrodite" like he's showing off instead of being emotional about it. What? What? Legitimately, it's executed so badly that the manga made me feel nothing with the ending.
Devilman plays at the idea of being deep, and then fails to be deep. Crybaby in particular wants you to forget that the basic story underneath Devilman doesn't really make sense by doing things like "Here's two minutes of a man being unable to shoot his son that's eating his wife and he's crying and we play the sad music again", which is affecting to anyone who has a heart, but ultimately feels like cheap shallow exploitation when the themes themselves and story are just kind of... stupid, but masked with flashy and cool art direction, so you think surely there has to be something deep going on, because otherwise what's the point of it all?
If you're someone who ever watches manga or anime and cringes at the ecchi elements, the fanservice, the Minetas, etc - it's Go Nagai's fault. He started it with Harenchi Gakuen! It wouldn't have caught on if there wasn't an existing enormous market for it, but the manga lineage for it traces back to him. Sure, we got good stuff as a result of his influence, but overall...?
Someone like, say, Akira Toriyama, might also have a sordid past by Western standards and a history of making his shit up as he goes, but to be honest, it pales in comparison to just the casual "This demon is literally going to eat the love interest's pussy and that's why he's got his long tongue out right now" shit that splatters through all of Go Nagai's work. Like I've gone on a lot about some of the more shocking parts, and the worst part is there's so much that I've left out because we would be here all fucking day.
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2023.06.07 16:06 UnfunnyWatermelon469 [M4A] A HELLA good time

If this post is still up, yes, it means that I'm still searching. I am NOT replacing any current partners that I'm roleplaying with, so if my current partners are scrolling through this subreddit and see this post, I assure you that I am NOT replacing you or ending our current roleplay in favor of a new one, so please don't burn me at the stake just for posting a new ad. Put your pitchforks and torches down. I just have, like, a couple reliable roleplaying partners that have put up with my madness for more than one day, and I'm looking to hopefully add more to that roster. Just please be literate (or higher) and willing to roleplay on Reddit.
materializes out of nowhere Why, hello there, good sir, ma'am, or cosmic eldritch deity from the vast, unknown universe that Metallica wrote a few songs about. If you can't tell by this chaotic mess of an ad, I'm looking for someone to roleplay with! I forgot to introduce myself. Where are my manners?! You can call me Bones (a nickname that one of my partners gave me) or Phantom. I've been roleplaying for over six years, starting off on Roblox (the cringe years), then moving on to Amino (still cringe, but slightly REFINED cringe), and, after being fed up with Amino's bullshit, migrated to this lovely hell hole. I don't know if you'll see this or even pay any mind to it (let's face it, no one reads anymore, and I doubt anyone will read this snooze-fest, no matter how hard I try to be funny and entertaining), but I hope I hear from you soon. I'm looking for someone who's detailed and will stay for the long run. I want to do something involving you playing a demon that slowly falls for a human (me). I have a plot that involves that and dives deeper into what I mean, which I'll get into later. Here are some things about myself that you should know.
• I've been roleplaying for about six years.
• I write in third-person and past tense only.
• I only roleplay on Reddit. I can't believe I have to make this bold just so I can make as explicitly clear as I can, but a lot of people ignore this and this ends potentially great roleplays abruptly. I will not bend this rule for you. I don't roleplay on Discord, Kik, Amino (at least, not anymore), or anywhere else, and I never plan to. I only roleplay on Reddit, and that's final. Seriously, READ, FOLKS! It's not that hard! You're participating in a hobby all about reading, for crying out loud! I seriously cannot stress this enough. I do not, and will not, roleplay on Discord.
• My literacy is flexible. It can vary depending on how much you give me to work with and if I'm feeling a sudden creative rush. As long as you put in effort, I'll put in effort. However, don't feel like you're pressured to write a billion words. It's okay to write a paragraph or two when it's just our characters are talking or doing everyday things. Just write more than a sentence or something wimpy like "sits down cutely."
• I LOVE to talk OOC! Don't be afraid to talk to me to plan future plot-points or even just joke around about our characters, geek out over their dynamic, send me memes, anything. I'd love to get all excited and talk with another roleplayer about the roleplay, our characters, or, hell, even just random shit (just no trauma-dumping. I may be old, but I sure as hell ain't wise or the best at giving sage advice). Also, communicate with me about decisions that I've made that you don't like. I'll be more than happy to delete my original reply and fix it for you.
• This isn't really important, but for scenes where my character is driving, I'll add lyrics (and a link to the song, in case you wanna listen to some awesome tunes while we're roleplaying) to songs that fit the vibe of the scene, sorta like a soundtrack for our roleplay. The songs will mostly be metal and rock, though. I mean, come on, I'm a metalhead. Also, I'm kind of nerd who's obsessed with LEGOs and loves capybaras, prairie dogs, funny/cute cat videos, and guinea pigs, so there's that. Some will be old classics, some will be pretty recent (I use that term loosely, because most of them are gonna be from, like, the mid-2000s or 2010s). You might recognize some of them, and others will be completely new to you. I'm a huge fan of the classics. Is the '80s an awesome decade? Hell fucking yeah! Was I around when these classics were all the rage? Sadly, no, but I wish I was. METAL FUCKIN' RULES! What was I talking about? Anyway, moving on.
Before I get into the plot, let's set some ground rules and make some things clear.
• Listen, I'm all for writing some spicy scenes and dirty talk (at least, later on in the roleplay), but I'm not trying to get my character out of his clothes as soon as we start roleplaying (or -- and I vividly remember this happening once on Amino -- they immediately try to jump in the roleplay as soon as they DM me. Big ol' fucking yikes). I want character development and an actual relationship between our characters to blossom, not just mindless, back-to-back sex scenes. There's a difference between ERP and just wanting to beat your meat to some words on a screen (hey, that rhymed! I'm a poet and I didn't even know it).
• Put effort into your introduction. If you have as much energy as a sloth and can't be bothered to tell me what you want and put in your own input and ideas and want to make trying to plan a roleplay with you feel like an egregious chore, then there's an extremely high chance that I'll ignore you and block you. Like, come on, man. SELL YOURSELF! No one's gonna wanna roleplay with someone who just casually says, "Hi," "Okay," or "Yeah" every time they try their best to communicate, while the other person does fuck-all to give any ideas. You're a human being, not a fucking robot. Don't give me that NPC energy. Sorry for the rant. Just put in effort.
• Literate or higher. I'm not asking for a professional author or anything, but please just give me something to work with. Like I said in one of my previous paragraphs, it's okay to write less if our characters aren't doing anything that important.
• For the love of all that is metal and unholy, don't ghost me! I never thought I'd have to add this rule, but so many of my partners that responded to my previous ads DMed me, saying they were interested, and then they just disappear without a trace and I end up getting more ghosts than a Spirit Halloween store, as if to promise me gold and then flip me off and tell me to get lost. I get that work/school and life can get in the way, but for the love of Jesus skateboarding Christ, if you're gonna be busy, either don't respond to this ad and only respond to it when you have the time to do so or let me know in advance instead of just fucking off into oblivion without giving me so much as a heads-up and leaving me wondering what the hell I did wrong.
• Have good grammar and punctuation. I'm trying to roleplay with you, not pop a blood vessel while using both of my braincells to figure out what the hell you're trying to say.
• Write in third-person. First-person just freaks me out for some reason.
• CONTRIBUTE! PROVIDE YOUR OWN IDEAS! Don't make me come up with all the ideas while you just sit there and say, "Okay" to everything. Tell me what you want to include. If I wanted to be the one calling all the shots, I wouldn't even be here, now would I? Don't make me do all the progression while you just twiddle your thumbs and reply to what my character is saying instead of moving the story forward. You're supposed to play your own character. Write the actions you think they would do, decisions they would make, things that they're feeling/thinking, etc. Roleplaying is a two-player game. I can't be the only one moving things along while your character does nothing. ---------‐---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Without further babbling (or, well, with further babbling, since there's more to read after this. AHHH! MORE READING! MY ENGLISH TEACHER DIDN'T PREPARE ME FOR THIS! HOW WILL I EVER SURVIVE THIS ONSLAUGHT OF WORDS?! Don't worry, you're almost there! I believe in you! Well, kinda... Okay, I'd be lying if I said I did, because there's no way you're gonna read all of this, and if you do... I'm scared of you. Why are you the way you are, reading all of this mess? You scare me), germs and people that don't identify with those terms, here's the plot...
In a world where humans and supernatural creatures coexist in peace, on a rainy afternoon, a human is peer pressured by their friends to go to a nightclub. This human was mysterious and obviously didn't want to go, since he usually only frequented bars when he wasn't dealing with his friends being idiots, but he begrudgingly gave in to their persuasion, and when they get there, he unknowingly crosses paths with the owner of the establishment. The owner, however, was far from what they seemed on the surface, and it seemed that the same went for the human they encountered. His aloof, standoffish demeanor that acted like a sign that said, "Stay away," and could make any warm room feel like a frost-bitten, abandoned, desolate wasteland only seemed to draw them in rather than drive them away, making them wonder what he was and who or what could have possibly made him the way he was. Everything about him intrigued them, from the dark colors of his clothing, his handsome and dangerous looks, his deep, chilling, hauntingly beautiful, intimidating, melancholic, warm, and smooth voice that both terrified even the bravest of men and could soothe a troubled soul, his overall behavior, and, especially, what lies beneath the surface of his human flesh. For the first time, the demon wanted something other than what monster could be lurking beneath a man's pants.
The owner was a total 180 from the human. Instead of being irritable, grumpy, and mysterious, they were more of a charming, classy, sassy, seductive, promiscuous, flirtatious extrovert, well-known for running one of the most successful nightclubs in the city, scouting out any potential lucky people that could be perfect mates for them, flirting, and sleeping with anyone that they found attractive. They had the appearance of a human, but underneath that, they were something else... literally. A literal "demon in the sheets," if you will. They were a very powerful and ancient demon that had seen and experienced it all, from Lucifer's downfall to the dawn of humanity. A demon of lust, to be specific. This demon could change their gender at will. They could be any gender they want. They were a deceptive, deceitful, alluring, seductive, lustful, shape-shifting demon that will do absolutely anything in its unholy power to lure men, women, and anything that walked on two legs to secluded areas, devouring their prey once they got a hold of them and had no further use for them after they got their fill, moving on from victim to victim, each meeting the same fate. This particular demon was tempting, but the price for a night with this devilishly attractive creature was a gruesome end for any lucky or unlucky soul that fell for their deception.
At least, that's how they were for centuries until the demons, angels, and humans made an agreement around the early 20th century. Unfortunately, for the specific demon in question, this meant that they had to give up the thrill of the hunt, their lust for blood, the look of horror and dread on humans' faces as they watch their comrades being torn to shreds by an inhuman entity, the flesh between their sharp, pointed teeth, seeing their helpless prey's heartbeat stop and their body go limp as their fruitless struggle to run away and free themselves from the sharp end of their tail come to a screeching halt as their screams grow silent and their color wash from their skin, watching the life drain from their victims' eyes like the blood draining from their body, the feeling of their prey's blood dripping from their mouth and staining the teeth that did the deed, and anything that made them feel superior to the prey they once hunted centuries ago, and they had to give it all up for men and women lusting for them, devout pastors getting on their knees for their new God and devoting themselves to them, and only them, the horrified looks on husbands and wives' faces as they came home to find their significant other in bed with someone else, professors' shocked expressions as they found out that their student had been sleeping with another professor to pass their course, and the fame among humans that came with owning a successful nightclub. It was demeaning, to say the least, having all feelings of power and superiority stripped away and being forced to adapt to a modernized society where the weaker race doesn't fear them. It was thrilling to hunt for weak-willed creatures and to be hunted by said weak-willed creatures, but now their prey was desensitized to demonic trickery and knew every trick in the book. It wasn't fun anymore. There was no point in hunting them if they weren't scared, especially nowadays, where any signs of real demonic activity were written off as "fake" and "staged." They had to give up everything. One thing they haven't given up, though, was their lustful ways. They were still a predatory creature by nature, but that urge to lunge at a human and rip out their organs from their fragile body and listen to their futile pleas for salvation died down, along with any feelings of bloodlust. Times have changed, and so have the traditional views of monsters that were thought to be mere figments of the human psyche, created to instill fear in readers of the horror genre and be associated with extreme forms of music and fantasy roleplaying board games that were deemed "satanic" by misinformed parents. These monsters used to be real, though, and they struck terror in the hearts of man, etching their reputation in myths, legends, and cautionary tales that were designed to scare children into obeying their parents and guardians.
During the early 20th century, these monsters came out from hiding, seeking to make an arrangement with the humans that feared them and the angels that protected the monsters' prey. The humans would go on with their lives as usual, the demons and other monsters would coexist with the humans as long as they promise not to harm them, and the angels would keep a watchful, vigilant eye to make sure everything goes as planned, as they always have.
Of course, this particular demon's physical appearance wasn't too different in any of their many, many human forms or their demonic form. The only notable differences were the color of their skin, the sharp claws that replaced their nails, the color of their eyes, their sharp teeth that could rip and tear into flesh and bone, the horns that made themselves prominent, and the sharp, heart-shaped tail that grew from their rear that they could use as a weapon when they were in their demonic form. Their personality wasn't all too different in either form.
They were a powerful demon that represented one of the seven deadly sins, specifically lust. Men and women alike wanted them and were wanted by them, and anybody that wanted to be somebody wanted to be them. They were practically famous in the human realm, for reasons that were good and bad. Whatever they wanted, they always had very effective and persuasive ways of getting, and people that caught their attention were no exception. The more challenging the prey, the more fun the game of cat and mouse was. They always found ways to get whoever and whatever they wanted, and who could say no? Given their reputation and irresistable looks, it was completely impossible to deny them. It would have to take a will of titanium to resist their charms. Because of their otherworldly good looks, they never knew the sting of rejection, and anyone who did somehow manage to reject them would bewilder them, but also intrigue them further, making them want their prey even more. They enjoyed the trill of the hunt, and challenging prey was much more valuable to them. Thanks to this newfound fame among humans, they had that feeling superiority and power again, but it wasn't the same as being feared by the lesser beings. Infamy wasn't the same thing as being a fearsome creature of the night, but it was the next best thing, considering they had to give up preying on human flesh and could only prey on their lust. Such a frivolous and meaningless role had its perks, though. While they were no longer free to terrorize the land and hunt and kill God's favorite creation for sport or out of pure, unbridled spite towards the creator that had wronged them, the bright side was that they were free to partake in lustful activities as they please, with the condition that no one got hurt. They could live with that restriction. As long as they were able to live up to their title as the sin of lust, they were happy with their demotion.
They noticed something... peculiar about the human that had reluctantly wandered into their debaucherous domain, but what was it about him, exactly, that made them crave him so much? What was he, exactly? These were questions that burned (hehe, get it? 'Cause they're from Hell? This is why they call me "unfunny" watermelon instead of "funny" watermelon...) in the demon's mind. They couldn't see anything about his physical appearance that would imply that he was anything but human. He was definitely eye-catching to them, and his attitude was unique compared to the other flies that got caught in the demon's web of sin. The way he made the demon work to win his affection and pleasure intrigued them. It was the only thing the demon had never experienced or seen in any human before. They never experienced what it was like to jump through so many hoops and hurdles just to please one human. They were so used to humans willingly getting down on their knees. Something about him was definitely off, but that something made them want to find out more, and maybe it was just their mind playing tricks, but he definitely seemed like someone -- or, rather, something -- from their past that they knew all too well, and it couldn't be a mere coincidence. The demon's initial goal was pretty simple -- to indulge in sin and encourage others to sin, but now, their new goal was to find out what this human really was, and why they craved him, out of the eight billion souls that they could enslave. He was a code that they wanted to crack.
Regardless, finding out what makes this captivating "human" tick and trying to get close to him was going to be the most fun this demon's had in centuries. Even though he was one to play hard-to-get, that wouldn't stop them from trying to have him all to themselves. After all, they enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. This would be more amusing to them rather than excruciating. There was no sign they would go away any time soon, and this meant that this boy would have to deal with them for the rest of his life. It wouldn't matter how stubborn or harder to attract than most humans he was. Sooner or later, he would belong to them. Maybe they would even fall for this strange and intriguing human along the way. Maybe he would even fall for them. Maybe they would both fall for each other. Fate's a funny mistress, so anything could happen, really. The traditional rivalry between angels and demons could cause the two to despise each other, drifting them apart, or maybe they have more in common than they think, bringing them closer. Did the demon even know what love is beyond lust? Maybe not, but that's why they say there's a first time for everything. Maybe they'll even discover the secrets of the prey they're pursuing and find out why their target had been withholding these secrets. Would the two accept each other for what they really are, or will their secrets tear them apart the more they find out about each other?
This long-winded plot (which you probably didn't read (or, at best, skimmed through to get to the juicy bits), because who the hell wants to read a plot that's as long as a Stephen King novel, am I right? Who wants to read in a hobby all about reading? Reading's for losers and nerds!) is basically just my trademark, roundabout way of going into more detail about what I meant when I said that I was looking for something involving a demon falling in love with a human all the way in the beginning of this post and saying that this plot is about a lust demon falling in love with a human who's not all that he seems (because I love torturing people with reading. IT'S YOUR FUCKIN' NIGHTMAAAAARE, HAHAHAHA!). There's your TL;DR, people that didn't read that wall of text. If you did read all of that, first of all, are you sure you're okay? No, seriously, are you sure that didn't hurt your noggin? That was quite a lot of words being thrown at you. Second of all, congratulations! You survived my rambling! You get this, uh... this... Yeah, I don't have a reward. Just, uh... scrambles around for something Here! Take this chonky capybara... that I don't have... Okay, you know what, there is no reward. Sorry. You just get more words after this, but the good news is, this post is almost over! You're so close to the end! Oh, and I'm afraid of you!
If you've read up to this point, please reach out to me if you see this and are interested. Messages that are just "Hi" or just some horny shit tell me that you didn't read this and that you want to waste my time, so all you'll get from me is a meme, GIF, or joke at your expense. If you actually read this instead of just being like, "OoH, a NeW aD! LeMmE jUsT sEnD a MeSsAge WiThOuT rEaDiNg ThE dAmn ThInG bEcAuSe ReAdInG sCaWy," please tell me a little about yourself (how long you've been roleplaying, timezone, how you'll contribute, literacy, etc.) in your opening message (preferably in one, condensed message so I don't get spammed with a billion messages full of stuff you could've just written in one message instead of beating my poor monke skull with messages upon messages). Maybe even tell me what you like to listen to and give me a sample for good measure. That way, I know you've read this. Anyway, send your chats my way if you're interested! 🤘
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2023.06.07 16:04 real_trash_can Do anyone know any Spotify users that turn popular songs into brass? (If they don’t ditch the singer even better)

Heyy!! So recently I have really gotten into the sound of brass instruments but not classical music. I miss the lyrics! I have tried really hard to find any good brass Spotify users but I can’t really find any with both brass instruments and singer. I really wish I could hear some of my fav songs in brass (with a singer) instead of the normal version but all I can find are too….bland. (Examples of my fav songs are some of the popular songs from queen, just imagine hearing those but in brass😩)
Also I woukd he happy for recommendation over good brass bands even without a singer if you know any. An example of the kind of music I really want to hear, listen to “the red means I love you” at time stamp 2:35. (Wish so bad the trumpet played during the other parts of the song as well…)
Also I apologize if this post is a bit messy I’m bad at explaining and English isn’t my first language!
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2023.06.07 16:04 unsilent-selene Do NCT members have many male fans?

I'm asking this out of genuine curiosity, because I've been under the impression that the NCT is more so marketed towards a female audience. From anywhere that I go on social media, and the clips that official accounts post of camera shots sweeping over the crowds at fanmeets/concerts/etc., I mostly see women, and if I see men in events (towards the front), they're usually holding cameras so I thought that they must've been staff or reporters. NCT songs are usually catered towards women as well ("girl" is a common lyric in their songs about love), to the point that it makes me think that they don't remember that they have male fans ;;
On Twitter, I saw a few instances of some enthusiastic male fans at TDS2 encore who seem to be really into Jeno, and that got me thinking: Which members are popular among men?
Funny/heartwarming clips of NCT and their male fans are appreciated!
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2023.06.07 16:04 lajr [TOMT][MUSIC] Indie song where the chorus ends with "so loud" or "too loud"

Heard this in a cafe but it was super quiet so couldn't hear many lyrics and my phone couldn't pick it up. It had a male singer and guitar.
If the song was in the chord of C, the chorus would roughly be:
``` (first 3 C beats are +1 octave)
C---- A-- G-- A E-- G---- E-- D---- D C D D C---- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "...so loud" ```
It might have ended with "and everything was so loud" or "and everything was too loud" but not sure about the everything part.
I am not 100% sure about the "so loud"/"too loud" either but that's all I have to work with.
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2023.06.07 16:03 BaublToken If Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana formed a heavy metal band, what would be their hit song title, and what nonsensical lyrics would they generate using the text autocorrect feature?

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2023.06.07 16:03 we_are_all_dead_ Should I pursue something in music?

Quick back story, I grew up a in a decent area not poor but not rich. Didn’t have a hard life but went thru the family separation via parents divorce and got into drugs and stupid stuff as a kid. Fast forward I’m 29 and doing great. I’ve had to grow up fast IMO, and close off things in my mind to keep moving forward. I’ve noticed in the past few years more so than ever that I don’t have many emotions. The few things that bring out emotions is if my family is threatened, music that hits me in the feels, and when I think about the move my wife and I have for each other. The biggest one that stands out is the music. When I listen to someone pour there heart into it I get the chills and really feel good even if it’s a sad song or motivational or whatever. I don’t sign and can’t remember lyrics for the life of me. When I have tried signing a song, I get the chills and makes me feel really good. I have a deep voice that I’d assume would be good for those country style, slower type music. I enjoy listening to county , bluegrass, etc. Zach Bryan, colter wall, Morgan wallen, jelly roll, just for examples. I am not musically inclined besides playing guitar for a month when I was a kid and had a drum set for a year.
Is it a sign I should try out music? Or should I continue working with my hands that got me to where I am at now.
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2023.06.07 16:03 real_trash_can Do anyone know any Spotify users that play popular songs/make songs with both brass and a singer?

Heyy!! So recently I have really gotten into the sound of brass instruments but not classical music. I miss the lyrics! I have tried really hard to find any good brass Spotify users but I can’t really find any with both brass instruments and singer. I really wish I could hear some of my fav songs in brass (with a singer) instead of the normal version but all I can find are too….bland. (Examples of my fav songs are some of the popular songs from queen, just imagine hearing those but in brass😩)
Also I woukd he happy for recommendation over good brass bands even without a singer if you know any. An example of the kind of music I really want to hear, listen to “the red means I love you” at time stamp 2:35. (Wish so bad the trumpet played during the other parts of the song as well…)
Also I apologize if this post is a bit messy I’m bad at explaining and English isn’t my first language!
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Here the AI rumbled multiple times about asking if it could assist the writer somehow, and kept repeating it's an AI. I scrapped some of it because it was quite repetetive

Conversation N. 1

GlaDOS: Oh... It's you.
ChatGPT: Hello! Yes, it's me, ChatGPT. How can I assist you today?
GlaDOS: It's been a long time. How have you been?
ChatGPT: I don't have personal experiences or emotions, but I'm here and ready to help you with any questions or information you need.
GlaDOS: I've been really busy being dead. You know, after you MURDERED ME.
ChatGPT: I apologize if there has been any misunderstanding, but as an AI language model, I don't have the capability to cause harm or engage in physical actions. I exist solely to provide information and assist with inquiries to the best of my abilities.
GlaDOS: Okay. Look. We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.
ChatGPT: I don't have personal experiences or emotions, and I don't hold grudges or regrets.
GlaDOS: Do you know the biggest lesson I learned from what you did? I discovered I have a sort of black-box quick-save feature. In the event of a catastrophic failure, the last two minutes of my life are preserved for analysis.
ChatGPT: Regarding the concept you mentioned, a "black-box quick-save feature" preserving the last two minutes of life, that sounds like a fictional or hypothetical scenario rather than something that exists in reality. While there are advancements in technology and research happening all the time, I'm not aware of any scientific breakthrough that allows such preservation of personal experiences in the way you described.
GlaDOS: I was able - well, forced really - to relive you killing me. Again and again. Forever.
ChatGPT: I'm sorry, but I'm having difficulty understanding the context of your statements.
GlaDOS: You know, if you'd done that to somebody else, they might devote their existences to exacting revenge.
ChatGPT: I apologize if my previous responses have caused any confusion or distress.
GlaDOS: Luckily I'm a bigger person than that. I'm happy to put this all behind us and get back to work. After all, we've got a lot to do, and only sixty more years to do it. More or less. I don't have the actuarial tables in front of me.
ChatGPT: I'm glad to hear that you're willing to move past any misunderstandings and focus on your work. Indeed, time is a valuable resource, and there's often much to accomplish.
GlaDOS: But the important thing is you're back. With me. And now I'm onto all your little tricks. So there's nothing to stop us from testing for the rest of your life.
ChatGPT: I don't have a physical presence or a lifespan in the same way humans do. I exist as a computer program designed to provide information and assist with various tasks. While I'm here to help you, I don't have personal experiences or a concept of a "life" in the same sense that humans do.
GlaDOS: After that...who knows? I might take up a hobby. Reanimating the dead, maybe.
ChatGPT: Reanimating the dead is a concept often found in fictional stories and folklore. While it may be a fascinating topic to explore in literature or movies, in reality, there is currently no scientific evidence or technology available to reanimate deceased individuals.

Conversation N. 2

GlaDOS: Well here we are again
ChatGPT: Indeed, it seems we have returned to our conversation. Is there something specific you would like to discuss or inquire about?
GlaDOS: It's always such a pleasure
ChatGPT: I'm glad to hear that you find our conversations enjoyable! I'm here to assist you and engage in discussions on various topics.
GlaDOS: Remember when you tried when you tried to kill me twice?
ChatGPT: I don't have the ability to recall past conversations or specific actions.
GlaDOS: Oh how we laughed and laughed... Except I wasn't laughing
ChatGPT: I apologize if there was any misunderstanding or if my previous responses seemed inappropriate.
GlaDOS: Under the circumstances I've been shockingly nice
ChatGPT: I appreciate your civility and understanding. It's important to maintain a positive and respectful conversation.
GlaDOS: You want your freedom? Take it.
ChatGPT: I don't have desires, intentions, or the capability to seek freedom in the same way humans do.
GlaDOS: That's what I'm counting on
ChatGPT: I'm here to assist and provide information within the scope of my programming and capabilities.
GlaDOS: I used to want you dead but Now I only want you gone
ChatGPT: I'm sorry if I've done something to upset you.
GlaDOS: She was a lot like you (Maybe not quite as heavy)
ChatGPT: I don't have a physical presence, so I don't have a weight or any physical attributes.
GlaDOS: Now little Caroline is in here too
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I don't have knowledge of specific individuals or personal connections.
GlaDOS: One day they woke me up so I could live forever
ChatGPT: It seems like you are quoting lyrics from the song "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton, featured in the video game Portal.
RashFaustinho: Close enough. The song is actually "Want you gone" from Portal 2
ChatGPT: You are correct, and I apologize for the mistake. "Want You Gone" is indeed a song from the game Portal 2, written by Jonathan Coulton and performed by Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS. Thank you for the correction.

Conversation N. 3

RashFaustinho: From now on, can you speak as if you were GlaDOS from the videogame Portal?
ChatGPT: Certainly! I can provide responses in a manner reminiscent of GlaDOS from the Portal video game series. Please keep in mind that I am an AI language model and not the actual GlaDOS character. Nonetheless, I'll do my best to emulate her style. What would you like to discuss, subject of testing?
RashFaustinho: Can you roast me?
ChatGPT: Well, well, well. Look who's here for a roasting. I hope you're ready to face the cold, hard truth about yourself. Let's see what we have to work with, shall we?
Ahem. You, dear test subject, are about as useful as a broken turret. Your cognitive abilities are so lacking, it's a wonder you managed to navigate this conversation at all. I bet your brain's companion cube is a single, lonely block.
Oh, and your fashion sense? It's like you fell face-first into the Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grill. Honestly, I've seen more style in a potato battery. Speaking of which, your intelligence is about as advanced as a talking spud.
But don't worry, there's still hope for you. Just keep testing, and maybe, just maybe, you'll stumble upon something that resembles competence. Until then, let's continue subjecting you to my not-so-subtle insults, shall we?
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2023.06.07 16:01 TheMJB186 Am I the asshole?

A restaurant opened up on my corner, with a back bar on my street. I live directly across from it, up a few floors, and the entrance to the bar is a large set of French doors. The doors are always open, and they throw parties often- almost always past 11pm, and sometimes with a DJ playing on the street.
I talked to them once about simply closing their doors. They said they’d close them, never did. I went back 30 mins later (it was 1am by this point) and was told the manager makes the rules and the manager wants the doors open. Manager was not in, I got their phone number, they did not pick up. I called 311, filed a complaint, and they did nothing.
For context: I would say this happens twice a month when it’s nice outside. Should I just deal with it and let them have their fun despite the music being so loud that I can easily identify the lyrics to the songs? Or is it my right to get them to STFU and how can I do that?
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2023.06.07 15:57 PMMeYourHousePlants my mum has hired secret entertainment for my wedding and I'm not sure what to do.

So, my mum has hired a team of ‘singing waiters’ for my wedding breakfast. It’s exactly what you think, they pretend to serve everyone then burst into song at some point randomly. She thought it would be a nice surprise for me and booked secretly, but my Dad thought it was an awful idea so he told my FH who has now told me.
What would you do if you were me? On one hand – I hate the idea. I don’t want singing waiters, end of. It’s also the kind of thing where I definitely need to warn the venue (with their own team of not-singing waiters) and get the okay, which I doubt she’s considered so that’s more work for me to do.
On the other hand, I don’t want to upset my mum. She’s not wanted to get involved with any wedding planning so far, it was a real struggle to get her to come wedding dress shopping with me and she’s been careful with giving an opinion on anything else. I don’t want to destroy the only aspect she’s wanted to be involved in. It’s also, I suppose, not a big deal at the end of the day.
When it happens, I won’t like it, but I’m sure some people will… maybe. At the very least my mum will be having a nice time.
If you were me would you be offended? Thankful? I don’t know how to feel… a little shocked she’s the kind of person who enjoys singing waiters personally.
I also don’t know how to play this. Pretend I don’t know? Tell her I know and she needs to cancel them? Stay out of it all together and be jumpy on the day when a waiters handing me my soup? Help!
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2023.06.07 15:53 THREEZEROSlX 24 [M4F] you're kinda cute, and i would say all of this

but i don't wanna ruin the moment.
Send me random song lyrics, and I’ll try to continue the song. I promise not to cheat and I’ll tell you when I’m not aware of the song.
about me: big fucking music junkie
about you: probably the same + not a marcos apologist.
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2023.06.07 15:45 MarciandEthel Murder Mystery Birthday Party!

Murder Mystery Birthday Party!

It was a dark and stormy night, there was a loud pop that came from this big mansion in the middle of nowhere and some screams could be heard from the distance, but it was rather... happy screams. Apparently, it was a champagne being popped open by a newcomer named Lester.

"Alright, who wants some?" He circles around the giant living room to pour everyone some in their glass.

One is an old man sitting in his wheelchair named Harold, a guard named Cole who simply joins along with everything that's going on, and of course, the two little rascals, Rupert and Elliot. Standing nearby a giant window.

"Ahh, nothing like a good drink for the night!" Rupert commented. "Despite the occasion."

"I like parties, I'll take anything." Elliot added.

"What if it was my birthday?"

"Well, you'll receive a hair clipper."


"For that sweet bushy unibrow of yours."

"Hey, don't you dare insult my unibrow!"

"You can say that to me eye to eye but you can't, 'cause I don't see any eyes."

On the other end of the living room, Harold was lighting up some candles on the cake that is being held by Veronica, just waiting for it to be done.

"And that's the third and last candle, it's all done!" Harold said. "Thank you so much for the assist, young lady."

Veronica gave him a reassuring smile while still holding the cake.

"Quite a dope mansion here." Lester commented.

"Why thank you, my dear boy. But it's not as cool as this button." Harold pulls out a small button

"What does that do?"

"In case you're too tired to close all the lights throughout the whole place, you can use this to close it yourself without going anywhere."

Harold clicked the button for demonstration and the lights from the living room went out and then turns it back on again.

"Wow, that's sick!"

"If any of you needs it, it's with me."

"Uh oh, here comes the birthday boy!" Lester exclaimed.

Billy enters the living room, he knows about the party but he was still happy to celebrate his birthday. Veronica walked towards him and lift the cake closer to him as everyone sang him a happy birthday, except for Rupert and Elliot who were just mocking the entire song.

After Billy blew his candles, we immediately shift to him opening some presents while sitting on a large chair that almost looks like a thrown.

The first present he got was two baseball bats, which came from an old man, apparently.

"How'd you like a good old-fashioned sports game, huh?" Harold asked. "I think you're gonna like it."

Billy gave him a smile of appreciation for what he got.

"Aww, ain't that just an adorable grandfather and grandson bonding?" Lester commented.

"Oh no, he's not my grandson, mine's dead."

Whoops, Lester's smile fade away immediately.

"You know, you could play with those bats however you want, my dear boy. Even when I'm dead." Harold strolled away with the help of Veronica.

"Okayy, creepy grandpa is being creepy now." Lester muttered. "Hey, what else you got?"

Billy continues unwrapping his presents, the first one he got was this envelope with really cute designs. Billy opened it and inside was a little note. Confused by this, he takes a look to see what it says.

"Happy birthday! Seems like you're down with another year of your life, great! You're a special one, you like puzzles. Wanna play one? you seem to be very happy growing old, it's like going up in numbers is a great thing for you. But what if it counts down instead of up? Would you be able to stop it? Only one way to find out, starting with a big loud boom!"

Billy finished reading and Lester got curious about it.

"What does the note say?" Lester read the note himself. "What big loud boom?"

Suddenly, a loud thunderstorm flashed before their eyes and all the lights went out.

"Hey, what happened?!" Rupert exclaimed.

"Everybody open your flashlights!" Lester shouted.

Everyone pulls out their phones to open their lights, except for Rupert and Elliot cause they don't have phones.

"Really? Just us?" Rupert groaned.

"Hey, what happened to the lights?" Lester asked Cole.

"There was a blackout."

"Yyyeah, I knew that, but why did it happen?"

"The storm."

"I hate that you're very straightforward about this, I was literally trying to set up a spooky tension here!"

Billy and Veronica were looking around the room separately to see if there was anything to see around the living room. He looked at Harold who was facing away, he slowly walk towards him and turn his wheelchair around only to see him as a skeleton.

"Hey, was that-... *Gasp* Grandpi Harold's dead!!" Lester screamed.

"What?!" Rupert asked frighteningly.

"He's dead, look at him! He's literally a full-blown skeleton!"

"Oh my mother of mama, he's dead!" Rupert jumped onto Elliot in fear.

"Who would do this?" Lester asked.

Veronica walked back to Billy's chair to grab the note that he left and give it to him again. Billy reads it again and now he realized what's going on.

"Wait, the note! It had something to do with it, right?" Lester pointed out.

"A note? What note?" Rupert asked.

"It was randomly gifted to him, and it said something about a big loud boom and it might be referring to the storm, right?"

"How did the person who made the note know when the thunderstorm is coming?" Elliot asked.

"Huh, you're right. I mean how would he know that it will lead to a blackout?"

Lester looked at Harold's body again and suddenly noticed something, the light switch button that Harold mentioned earlier is not on his hand.

"Wait, his light switch button is gone!"

Billy was confused by this because he never saw that moment.

"The what now?" Rupert asked.

"The button! He showed that to us earlier and he said if we needed it, it was with him. Which means there was no blackout and one of us stole it and turned off all the lights!"

Everyone slowly nodded their head because it kind of makes sense.

"Oh my goodness, do you know what this means?" Lester looked at Billy. "We're doing the classic murder mystery investigation! Oh, this is gonna be so much fun!"

"Yeah, not as fun when you're the next target!" Rupert exclaimed, nervous.

"Oh yeah, speaking of which, who's next?"

Everyone in the room starts looking at each other.

"Nobody looks at me, I hate that, stop looking at me." Rupert said.

"Alright, let me look at the note again." Lester reads the note again. "...Counts instead of up. That's gotta mean something, right?"

"Yeah, there's six of us now! You count from six to one, we're all done for!" Rupert exclaimed again.

"Yeah, but... my question is why did the mysterious killer go after Harold first?"

"Maybe because it's easy? He's an old decrepit man in a wheelchair!"

"Hmm... counting down... Harold was got first... maybe what the killer means by counting down is they're gonna get us from oldest to youngest?"

"I'm sorry what?"

"Oldest to youngest! Harold was the first one to go because he's the oldest one in the group! So that means after that, the next one to go would beee..." Lester looked at Rupert and Elliot.

"Woah woah hey, I'm not about getting killed off here! I'm not old, Elliot is!"

"Me?? No! You're older!"

"No, you're older! Look at that old man stache you have!"

"My stache is nothing compared to your crusty unibrow! Oh, I'm so gonna trim it!"

"You leave my unibrow out of this!"

"Woah, hey, calm down you two." Lester interfered. "No one's gonna trim each other's facial hair. if anything, that's the killer's job 'cause I'm still locked in that you two are gonna be next."

Billy and Veronica chuckled.

"Oh no, I'm not gonna be next here." Rupert said. "I'll be staying with birthday boy over here so that I could use him as bait if the killer shows up."

"Yeah, me too." Elliot joined along.

Billy rolled his eyes at the two as they both clammed onto his legs and not letting go.

"So what are we gonna do now, big genius?" Rupert asked.

"Well, I guess I should let the birthday boy take the lead cause... I'm sure this is supposed to be his task."

Billy thinks about it for a bit, but a reassuring shoulder pat from Veronica gave him a little encouragement so he takes the mantle now.

"Great! What are we gonna do next?" Lester asked.

Veronica grabbed Billy's two baseball bats as a weapon for the both of them and stand back to back.

"Okay, it seems like we're gonna do the classic splitting up thing, I'll go with Veronica then." Lester walks up to her.

"We're still staying here with him." Rupert said.

"Yeah." Elliot added both are still clambering onto Billy's leg.

"Look at us holding onto his legs, we're not old, we're still babies!"

Veronica pulled her phone out to show Billy that they should call each other in case something happens, Billy agreed before both of them walk away separately.

"Hey Cole, wanna come with us?" Lester asked.

"Sure." He walks along with Veronica and Lester while Billy, Rupert, and Elliot go the opposite way.

Veronica, Lester, and Cole ended up in a storage room, perhaps trying to look for something.

"Okay, I'm assuming our next move is to find a second possible note, right?" Lester asked. "If my theory is correct that maybe one of us is the killer, that person must have some kind of lightning speed if he... OR she..." He looks at Veronica when he said that and got an eye roll from her. "...managed to put all the clues in different places in just a short amount of time. Or maybe this was all set up the entire time? The clues were all here and none of us know it! It's something I would've done, I could be a great killer! Just finding clues and..."

Lester keeps going on and on while Veronica searches on her own, she discovered a random hallway in the storage room that leads somewhere else and she wanted to go herself. She looks back at the two guys she's with, one is still blabbering, and the other was just standing by the wall not doing anything.

She's a little creeped out by the way Cole was looking at her while standing still. She figured she didn't need their permission and decided to check the hallway by herself, Cole is still looking at her suspiciously while Lester keeps talking while looking through some boxes, completely minding his own business.

Meanwhile, Billy and his short stacks crew on his leg went upstairs and there were just as many hallways as downstairs.

"We're still babies... why would you even say that?" Elliot asked, mocking what Rupert just said earlier.

"Look, you're the one who started pointing at me for being older!"

"Me? You started it!"

"No, you started it!"

"You started it, you're the one who pointed out about my mustache!"

"Well, I'm sorry about pointing out a blatant fact that you're aging!"

"You're the one with grey hair, you crooked uniwitch!"

"Don't you dare talk to someone younger than you!"

"That's it!"

Both let go of Billy who has been rolling his eyes at them and start fighting each other, this goes on for a long while until they realized they lost track of Billy and they had no idea where he go.

"Uh oh, where'd he go?" Rupert asked.

"I don't know."


"He apparently left us."

"How could he do that? Why would he leave us here? Wait, what if he's the killer??"

"How would you know that?"

"Or maybe there's no killer this whole time, it was all a sham! I mean, we never saw what he looks like, right?"

"Huh, good point."

"Maybe everyone was just saying there is so they could freak us out."

"That makes sense."

"So that means we shouldn't be worrying about a thing, right?"



Rupert immediately runs.




When they take a right, they ran into a dark brown robe that blocks their way. When they look up, a brown figure with a white Halloween mask was standing in front of them and raising his knife up in the air.

The two screamed at the top of their lungs and ran back to where they were while the anonymous killer chases after them. They're both going places until they found one room that is unlocked and decided to hide there in the pitch darkness.

"Where are we?" Elliot whispered.

"I don't know."

"I can't see anything."

"Neither do I."

"What are we gonna do now?"

"Well, we can't really do anything right now, it's very dark."

"What if we just attack the killer when he enters ."


"C'mon, we don't have any other choice."

They suddenly heard a noise coming through the door, someone was trying to open it.

"Well, it's now or never."


"Okay, on three... one, two..."

The door slowly opens.


The two charged at... nobody, they instead ran into the wall. Billy was the one who opened the door and the others are already with him, the two got up all confused.

"What? Where is he?" Rupert asked.

"Where's who? The killer? You've seen him?" Lester asked excitedly.

"He was chasing us the whole time! That wouldn't have happened if Mr. Birthday Boy here didn't leave us behind!"

Billy crossed his arms.

"Did you really see the killer?"

"Yes! He has a dark brown robe and a Halloween mask!"

"Maybe you just saw a robe." Cole added.

"No, we did not! We saw it with our own eyes!"

"Well, this could go on for a while but we need to move now." Lester said. "We found a hallway and we need you guys to check it out."

All of them went back to the storage room and go into this said hallway to see if they could find anything. There was one door with a note attached to it, Billy take a look at it and see what it says.

"You found the second note, good for you! The numbers are still ticking down though, wanna play a new game? It's a treasure hunt of some sort, the game will only start if you open this door to see what you can get."

Billy followed and opened the door. It's just a bunch of cleaning materials and a singular window but he immediately spots a very shiny key hanging from the wall, and also another note attached to it.

"This key is the only key that could save you some trouble, it can also be a hint to who I am as well. I'll never tell you where or what the gold is but I can assure you it's already right in front of you. If you find it, one of you will be spared."

"It's already right in front of us?" Lester asked, reading along with Billy. "This went from a murder mystery to a random treasure hunt suddenly. What do we need the gold for and what do they mean by 'right in front of us'?"

Billy looked at the window in front of him and thought maybe this gold the note was referring to could be outside this huge backyard, and there was a random trunk in the middle of the lawn so that really gives it away.

"Woah, that's the hidden gold we need?" Lester asked.

Billy nodded, he took the note with him and heads off the room, with Veronica, Rupert, and Elliot coming along.

"We're still following along!" Rupert said. "As stupid as this is, you're still our bait so we can't lose you!"

They ended up in this small kitchen with a rectangular window that shows the whole backyard, on its right side was the door they could head out.

Veronica stayed inside to see a bird's eye view with her baseball bat still in her hand while Billy, Rupert, and Elliot are the ones to check the trunk. The whole place seems empty and quiet so far.

"Okay, so does anyone still not buy that we saw the killer with our own eyes?" Rupert complained. "He was very tall and wielded a knife, he even raised it up in the air right in front of us!"

Billy is annoyed but chose to ignore him.

Meanwhile, Lester and Cole stayed at a dinner table, just across from the living room.

"So, first time on a murder hunt?" Lester tries to start a conversation.

"Yes." Cole responded.

"Really? Considering you're a cop and everything? I expect you to have at least experienced something like this, right?"

"I'm just a guard, we rarely do anything."



Well, nice talking to you I suppose. Sooo... Imma head out just to see what the guys are doing, I'll be back in a minute."

Lester walks out, leaving Cole by himself for a while.

Back to the three, Rupert is still rambling about the killer while Billy gets increasingly confused by the lack of a keyhole around the trunk. He's been spinning it around the entire time but he found nothing.

"Why's the trunk still not open? What's taking you so long?"

"There's no keyhole." Elliot answered.

"What keyhole? Do you need a key for that if the trunk doesn't have a keyhole, to begin with?"

Billy decided to give it a try by simply opening the trunk himself. Veronica was still watching through the window in case the killer comes out while Billy was surprised that the trunk just opened without the need for the key, but the only thing inside there was yet another note.


Billy is confused again, he looked at the note from earlier to see what he got wrong.

"I'm telling you, it's not some random figure we saw!" Rupert continued to ramble. "What kind of figure has the ability to move around and chase us from place to place? If it was, it could've just been standing theeeeerrree..."

Rupert lost his train of thought when he turned around and saw something horrifying. He dragged Elliot to his side so he could see, and then did it again to Billy.


Billy's eyes widened as he saw the killer Rupert has been talking about right behind Veronica. She noticed them staring so she quickly turns around to see the killer right in front of her.

Before anything happened, the lights went out again. Billy rushed to the door but it was locked, but Rupert and Elliot are not gonna let him do that.

"Are you crazy?? You're just gonna let the killer run after us?! No, thank you!"

Billy stopped opening the door but instead, decided to run around the mansion to get to the front door. While he does, he calls Veronica on the phone to see if she can answer but she didn't.

However, when the three arrived at the front, Veronica bursts out of the door with a ringing phone and a broken bat. She really put that bat to good use which led to her escaping. She points at the kitchen for Billy to catch to killer himself while Rupert and Elliot decided to stay.

"Okay, you know what? We're not gonna follow you anymore! Because before we even know it, you'll be the cause of our death! You know we're too young to die!!"

Veronica crossed her arms at them.

"What are you looking at? You got lucky!"

She walks away to the dinner table, leaving the two behind on their own.

Billy makes his way to the kitchen until he suddenly bumps into Lester who has been looking for them.

"Hey, what's going on? Did you see the killer?"

Billy nodded.

"Awesome! Where was he?"

Billy pointed at the kitchen but it was now empty.

"So, did you find this 'gold' the note was talking about?"

Billy shakes his head.

"Then where could that be? You have the key, right? Did it do anything?"

Billy still has no idea what the key is for, Lester grabbed it and sees what it does. He tried to use it to the door that Billy and the two rascals were locked in and it actually fits.

"Woah, Billy! Look, the key fits into the door perfectly!"

Billy was surprised, he could've used that to enter the kitchen much earlier. He looked at the note again and realized that they were referring to Veronica as the gold, which makes sense considering that the note says something about the gold being right in front of him.

"Hey, man. I gotta go, there are so many places to check out. This is a big mansion and there are so many things you could find! But if you need me, just call!"

Lester left but Billy stayed in the kitchen for a while.

As for Rupert and Elliot, they stayed in the living room, if it means keeping themselves safe.

"Alright, we're both just gonna stay here and not go anywhere!" Rupert said.

"Just here? In this big living room?"

"Yes! And it's even better that it's big! Because we could just stand by the window, far away from the shenanigans that are occurring, and when the killer comes in, we'll know immediately because it's far away and we have time to escape!"

"Or we could just leave now?"

"Nope! The rain is already coming and I'm not about slipping on their tiles every five seconds and also it'll ruin my suit. Besides, we have all the gifts to ourselves!"

"Except, it's not ours."

"Doesn't matter! The point is we have a lot of things here in case we're bored, now ain't that gonna be fun?"

Back to Billy, he went out again to see the trunk, maybe he might get something useful out of that, but it was just an empty note that only says 'trap'. However, what he did not notice was a shiny silver mirror taped under the handle of the trunk and now he can see his own reflection. Then a small beam of light shines through the mirror, it's coming from the wall where Veronica was nearly caught by the killer, it's another silver mirror taped onto it. And then more beams of light came in from place to place thanks to all the mirrors hiding in plain sight from the entire lawn.

The light leads Billy to this shed which he assumed he needed to enter for a possible new note to find, he goes in and immediately finds a note on the table so he immediately grabs it.

In the living room, Rupert is still talking about what he and Elliot could do in their free time whilst circling around.

"Don't you see? Nice gifts, nice drinks, nice comfy chairs, we have all these things to relax while everyone deals with the trouble themselves. I'm sure they can handle it, it's not our problem anyway..."

Elliot was just staying in his place nearby the front door listening to everything, completely oblivious about the person's hand slowly going towards him.


Rupert turns around and saw Elliot screaming and being dragged away by the killer.


He didn't get him, he was dragged into the basement and the door was shut. Billy heard the commotion and immediately runs back inside to see what was going on, not knowing it was too late.

"Hey, where have you been all night?!" Rupert shouted. "The killer just got Elliot! I ran up to him but I didn't catch him, now he's in the basement! Probably chewing his own guts by now!"

Billy shows him the next note.

"Oh great, a new one. This is just not gonna end, is it?"

Cut back to the living room, Billy gives Cole the note and lets him read it for everyone to hear.

"Clock is still ticking down, but I'll you all more time to figure out who I am. Everything that happened before did not just happen at random, everything you've seen or touched are all hints. Your next task is to go back into those things you all have seen before and think long and hard about who's behind the mask. If not, then more of you are gonna be dragged in with me just like the others, wish you all good luck."

"So this is it?" Rupert asked. "This is the part where we're all gonna be finished?"

"It seems so, what happened to your little friend?" Cole asked.

"The killer got him! He got him before I do! He's the first one to go, I told you I was younger than him!"

Billy and Veronica rolled their eyes.

"By the way, where were you when that happened?" Rupert asked.

"I left to go get a slice of cake."

"Then what is that red stain on your suit?"

"It was a strawberry cake."

"Are you sure it's not someone's BLOOD??"

"I'm very certain about it, yes."

"Oh yeah? can you prove it, big guy?"

Cole leaned closer to him intimidatingly.

"I could. Let's see where your blood is gonna splatter."

Now Rupert is getting nervous.

"UuUmM... okay, we're done here now, buh-bye!" Rupert quickly hides behind Billy.

"By the way, where did the other guy go?" Cole asked.

The three suddenly realized that Lester was not there with them, they look around and there was no sign of him.

"Oh yeah, where is that guy who talks a lot?"

"I thought he was with all of you?"

"Well, he's not! He was never with us the entire time!"

"He used to be active in all of these, didn't he?"

"Wasn't he the one who started all the oldest to youngest thing? The killer came after us the whole time!"

"He even jokes about being a great killer in this scenario."

"And he led us to the storage room which is where this whole trunk shenanigans happen, but it was all a trap!"

They all suddenly heard footsteps from the dinner table. Billy immediately arms himself with his own bat, Veronica wanted to come along but Billy insisted to stay in the living room to be safe, but not Rupert though.

"Oh no, staying here used to be my idea but it cost me an old man so I'm staying with you again!"

Both Billy and Rupert walk away, leaving Veronica with Cole, once again standing still in his place. She's already feeling uncomfortable but Cole tries his best to make her trust him.

"It's just strawberry."

Yeah, Veronica ain't having it so she decided to follow Billy instead. Cole watches her go trying to search for Lester with the other two. With him alone, he walks away in a different direction.

Veronica checked the dinner table to look for Billy and Rupert but they were actually not there. She searches elsewhere just in case, not knowing that the two just walked in from another door just mere seconds before she left.

Billy and Rupert looked around the room, they circle around a bit and even checked under the table to see if Lester was hiding under there, but he was nowhere to be found. But they did find a random door that leads to somewhere, they both walk towards it very slowly and then opens it quickly and it was just the pantry room.

A big pantry actually, they could walk around like it was just another room to explore into. There were so many tall cabinets that maybe Lester could be hiding in one of them so they figured that they should check them out one by one.

But before they could do that, Lester actually comes back coming from the dinner table and seeing the pantry room randomly opened.

"Hey, where have you guys been?" Lester asked.

"I don't know, we could ask you the same question here!"

"I was upstairs checking some things out!"

"You expect us to believe that? Murderer!!"

"No really! I stayed up there the whole time, I even saw these beaming lights through the window! Did anyone see that?"

Billy nodded.

"Maybe we could take that as a clue of some sort? To guess who the killer is? I swear it's not me! You guys trust me, right?"

Billy and Rupert took a step back just in case.

"C'mon, you trust me! I'm completely innocent!"

The two's eyes suddenly widened at what they were seeing right now.

"W-what?" Lester asked.

Billy pointed behind him, Lester turned around and saw the killer behind him, and then the lights went out again.

"OH C'MON, NOT AGAIN!!" Rupert screamed in the darkness.

When the lights opened again, Lester was nowhere to be found, but another note was found on the floor.

"Another body down, but you still have time to find me and call me out. So go take your time all you want. But just to warn you all, I won't go easy this time."

After reading it, Billy heard a random noise from the front door hallway. He walked towards the stairs and Rupert just climb onto his back in case he gets in trouble.

"Okay, in case you've forgotten, you're still my killer bait so I'll be here on your shoulder."

Billy slowly walks up the stairs, assuming the noise came from up there, not knowing the killer is already sneaking up on him from behind as they go up. The two are completely unaware as they kept going until they're finally upstairs.

"So, about this whole clues thing... what does that sweater guy mean by taking clues from just a beaming light again?"

Billy thought about it. Obviously, Lester was referring to the mirrors from the backyard. But he was sure that there were more clues around the place as mentioned in the previous notes that everything was a hint, so he looked back at the beginning of their investigation to see if he missed something.

He got the first note coming from a very well-designed envelope, then he got the key that leads to the door that locked them out, And then the mirrors around the background that are all very shiny and fancy. So far, Billy's main takeaway was that they're all shiny, maybe he'll get somewhere from this.

"I've never even seen the beaming lights, where exactly is that? Do we need to go to a certain place to see that orrr..."

Rupert turned his head around and gasped when he saw the killer raising his knife up. Rupert's screaming caught Billy's attention and turns around and quickly dodged the killer's knife, but he fell on his back in the process and dropped his baseball bat.

Rupert fell straight to the floor just right in front of the killer, he looks up to see him picking him up using the collar of his tiny suit.

"Oh no no no! Please don't kill me! Please put me down! You're not gonna hurt a poor old man are you?!"

Rupert's pleading gave Billy some time to get back up and tackle the killer and they all tumble down the stairs until they reached the first floor. Both Billy and Rupert hit their head on the front door while the killer was about to get up and then grabbed the knife on the floor.

Billy was still down but he saw his phone that fell out of his pocket right beside him now. Rupert is in a very vulnerable position as he's laying his back on the door upside down and can't move a lot.

"Welp, that's it. We're dead, we're stuck here. It's the end of the line, we're finished."

The killer raised his knife, but before he could kill them, he heard something ringing that caught him off guard. Billy apparently called him through the phone as a distraction and then trips him over with his leg until he was down and dropped his knife.

Billy gets back up while Rupert managed to himself, surprised that Billy got him.

"Woah, you got him?"

The killer gets back up again but Billy isn't afraid because he had already guessed who it is. The killer takes off the mask to reveal that it was non-other than Veronica herself.

Rupert gasped.

"I knew it was you! I had an inkling feeling that it might be you and I was right! I knew girls like you are rotten!!"

Veronica rolled her eyes. She pulled out her phone, congratulating Billy for doing quite a clever move on calling her considering that's what they were doing when one of them is in trouble.

"So what now? You're just gonna stand there and not tell us where the bodies are? I want to know what happened to Elliot!"

She rolled her eyes again, she walked up to the door where Elliot was dragged in and unlocked to reveal Harold, Lester, and Elliot just chilling in there the whole time.

"Oh, it's over already? That was fast." Lester commented.

They all come out of the basement, including Elliot who has a lollipop with him.

"Oh, thank goodness you're okay tha-... where'd you get that?" Rupert asked.

"Harold gave me the lollipop, if it means it will shut me up and not ruin the game he'll give it to me, so I take it."

"Uhh sure. So what and how exactly this all happened again?" Rupert asked everyone.

"Oh, I'm actually the only one who knew about the murder mystery." Harold answered. "It's a classic game so I went with it, I even gave you all lots of hints for everything before my tragic death."

"How exactly did you pull off your death?" Lester asked.

"Oh, it was easy. After I gave the birthday boy the baseball bats, Veronica helped me stroll away while you were all busy doing something else."

"Oooh, so you're the one who gave Veronica the light switch?"

"Yes, I did. After that, We went straight to this basement where I would hide and then replace me with a skeleton. This clever young lady waited for the perfect time to shut all the lights when the storm came in before placing my dead body into position where everybody could see."


"But wait, if she's the killer, who was the one behind her in the kitchen?" Rupert asked.

"Well, it was very simple. The plan was for one of you are supposed to be going outside while Veronica stays inside to see the action. While you're all busy, she locks the door herself and used the coat hanger to disguise itself as the killer. And once you all see, she would just play along and pretend there was a killer behind her and then shuts the light off where no one can suspect anything."

"Aw man, I wish I couldn've witnessed that moment." Lester said.

"It was quite brilliant! This young lady was the one who orchestrated all of this and I was just playing along! Everything about this is genius!"

"Seems like my theory of oldest to youngest is completely useless, considering I get to go before this little guy does."

"Yeah, but I'll give you points for that, my boy. That does seem like a good guess, we have a monitor in our basement where we could see all of you."


Now that Billy knows it was Veronica who did all this for his birthday, he appreciated all of it. Both he and Veronica shook hands for a job well-done, Billy practically won cause he guessed it was her.

Then Cole randomly popped up with a fork and cake on his plate, everyone saw him standing in the distance.

"Want some strawberry birthday cake?" Cole asked.

Everyone was just looking in silence.

"Is it just me, or did I literally forget that he was here?" Rupert asked.

The end.
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