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Respect Tatsuya Suou ( Persona 2 )

This post contains major spoilers for Persona 2 Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.

Tatsuya Suou

"I won't turn my back again.
On the sin I committed nor on myself!"

Profile

Age: 18
Height: 5"11
Weight: 68kg
Occupations: Student at Seven Sisters High School, Part-time mechanic
Likes: Bikes, raw-steak, nori-potato chips, sleep and stargazing
Dislikes: Ika no shiokara, red bean jam, Katsuya's cakes, invertebrates and Lisa chasing him
Primary Arcana: The Sun
Other names: Chinyan, Red Hawk, Ta-chan, Taachi, Tatsu, Lone Shadow, Déjà Vu Boy, Singularity Boy, The Human Paradox
Theme: Hero
INDEX
Localized
Unlocalized
Note: I hold no credit to some of the game footage (sources in comments). Had to rely on translated scripts for the "Additional Scenario" in Eternal Punishment PSP as the game was not localized.
Source: P2X New Scenario Translations Index

Persona

I am thou, thou art I
Personas are a manifestation of the human personality
In Persona 1 and 2 all party-members are Wild Cards as they can switch out and use different Personas.
EXCLUSIVE PERSONAS
Initial
Prime
Ancestor
Ultimate
SIGNATURE SKILLS & FUSION SPELLS

Metaphysical

Bad luck running into me
CONTEXT
In the end of Innocent Sin the main characters reset the universe to create a new reality. During the reset Tatsuya refused to erase his memories. As a result he torn space and time and became a human paradox. Two parallel universes exist in Eternal Punishment. Old world is called "Other Side" the new world is called "This Side", this constitutes Tatsuya being multiversal in nature.
Kotodama is the soul of language. The power of words can alter the environment, mind and spirit. Nyarlathotep cursed Sumaru with this power allowing rumors to turn into reality.
REALITY WARPING
REALITY DESTRUCTION
REALITY CREATION
SYNCHRONIZING

Physical Attributes

Being a man means...
DEXTERITY
Swordsmanship
Gun
STRENGTH
AGILITY AND REFLEXES
Dodging
Reactions
Stamina
DURABILITY
Support
Natural Born Survivor
Universal Survivor
ONE MAN CRUSADER

Gear

...a master of weaponry

Intelligence

"Forewarned is forearmed"
HIGHLY ADEPT TECHNICIAN
Miraculously operate any machinery
TACTICAL ON FIELD

Charisma

Look into my eyes
STREETWISE
TEAMPLAYER AND LEADERSHIP
DEMON NEGOTIATIONS
He and his team can interact with demons and influence them to their advantage.

Anti-Feats

I'm sorry... everyone!

Miscellaneous

to be, to exist
TALENTS/HOBBIES/TRIVIA
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Subreddit Stats: perth top posts from 2018-10-07 to 2019-10-06 03:02 PDT

Period: 363.95 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 51960
Rate (per day) 2.74 139.74
Unique Redditors 632 5502
Combined Score 190068 329341

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 5128 points, 14 submissions: Agent641
    1. Who do you call when youre stuck? (2261 points, 346 comments)
    2. Stealing from the pharmacy (sort of a wholesome story in a round-about way) (409 points, 36 comments)
    3. This is William, my supervisor. He makes sure I rake the leaves in perfect concentric circles. Im sure it has nothing to do with all the bugs I'm uncovering (363 points, 40 comments)
    4. You may know about the swan, the duck, the meth pipe, and the soul of the late Robin Williams, but did you know we are all just a ball of yarn for this cat? (320 points, 26 comments)
    5. Way to go, Bunnings Harrisdale, I just wanted to build some cabinets but now I'm inspired to build a viking longship and invade Northumbria (301 points, 49 comments)
    6. After the storms - River mouth breached at Guilderton (261 points, 24 comments)
    7. The colour difference in my front and rear dashcams' anodized aluminium face after 2 years in the WA sun. They started out black. (239 points, 26 comments)
    8. So I finished my new counter top (224 points, 69 comments)
    9. This mild, even a little chilly at night, start to summer is nice, but it has me really suspicious... (198 points, 100 comments)
    10. A fox attacked Squeaky the duck, leaving him on the edge of death and unable to lift his head to even drink. My mum helped him drink and eat for 5 days until he recovered (Video inside) (172 points, 19 comments)
  2. 3404 points, 26 submissions: His_Holiness
    1. Cars could be banned from the heart of Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights under a proposal from the City of Perth (246 points, 79 comments)
    2. The Court responds to calls to make the pub safer for gays by painting another rainbow (242 points, 144 comments)
    3. Euthanasia: McGowan Government to introduce assisted dying bill next year (228 points, 16 comments)
    4. Nightclub Predator Mark McGowan (220 points, 7 comments)
    5. Mark McGowan threatens to go it alone on climate, saying WA could develop its own policy (202 points, 60 comments)
    6. Media Watch: An exodus of journalists from The West Australian amid fears the paper is becoming tabloid and partisan (174 points, 167 comments)
    7. Check out the queue for cheap fuel in Baldivis (170 points, 111 comments)
    8. Is that a gun in Albo's pocket or is he just happy to see Josh Wilson? (164 points, 27 comments)
    9. Standalone LEGO store is coming to Perth (163 points, 58 comments)
    10. Mandatory meth testing on the cards for WA rental homes in Australian first (159 points, 59 comments)
  3. 3086 points, 12 submissions: flippingtimmy
    1. Took me over 20 trips to Dryandra Woodlands, but finally, I have my Numbat. (509 points, 36 comments)
    2. WA Woodlands can look pretty magical at sun up. (459 points, 33 comments)
    3. A young Numbat I met yesterday at Dryandra Woodlands. (425 points, 17 comments)
    4. Finally got around to creating this image of the bush on a foggy morning. (291 points, 16 comments)
    5. 8am Saturday at Dryandra Woodlands (266 points, 20 comments)
    6. Why do the Quokkas get all the press? Tammar Wallabies are pretty cute! (249 points, 21 comments)
    7. Look at where we get to live. Taken near Wandering, WA. (204 points, 18 comments)
    8. Some colour for the Winter days - Taken at Baigup Wetlands in Bayswater (191 points, 14 comments)
    9. Coast Road at Night. (175 points, 25 comments)
    10. How good are the winter sunrises around Narrogin? (168 points, 6 comments)
  4. 2041 points, 13 submissions: Muslim_Wookie
    1. Nice one WAPOL (340 points, 27 comments)
    2. RESET THE COUNTER, THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN HIT AGAIN. I REPEAT, THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN HIT AGAIN (263 points, 111 comments)
    3. Teachers of WA, thank you. (221 points, 68 comments)
    4. Not strictly Perth related, but shout out to our Indian and Pakistani residents, hope things calm down and your families are safe and sound. (201 points, 74 comments)
    5. Bob Hawke has passed away (177 points, 57 comments)
    6. Disgusting advertising in the Sunday Times - worthy of a complaint to Advertising Standards IMO (139 points, 70 comments)
    7. Vegan protest on Murray Street outside Forrest Place (120 points, 151 comments)
    8. Hey I dunno if anyone has noticed but holy shit is today a beautiful day out or what?!! (110 points, 61 comments)
    9. Hollywood star Bill Murray in early morning Rottnest dash to find quokkas (107 points, 26 comments)
    10. RTRFM is better than TripleJ convince me otherwise (107 points, 135 comments)
  5. 1870 points, 9 submissions: Aussierob78
    1. Good morning folks! Whatever you have planned, have a great weekend! (366 points, 25 comments)
    2. Hyde Park is looking amazing, so many autumn colours! (349 points, 23 comments)
    3. Why do two trips when this is more exciting?! Mitchell Freeway Sunday morning (318 points, 71 comments)
    4. Perth - Date Unknown (Pre 1988) from Kings Park (286 points, 27 comments)
    5. Polaroid photo of the suspended lights in Enex 100 (213 points, 2 comments)
    6. Some waste of oxygen vandalised part of the Christmas Light display last night (96 points, 26 comments)
    7. The Pink Lake, Port Gregory (91 points, 12 comments)
    8. Good morning! Looks like awesome weather this weekend. What have you got planned? (88 points, 40 comments)
    9. Historic Perth Post #3 - Possibly St Georges Terrace (63 points, 12 comments)
  6. 1807 points, 7 submissions: warmind14
    1. Bluff Knoll goodness. A nice clear day for it 🤙 (511 points, 24 comments)
    2. Yesterday's eerie fog (340 points, 5 comments)
    3. Good luck getting this to happen in Perth, let alone Australia. (289 points, 65 comments)
    4. Some Swan River goodness this morning. (197 points, 10 comments)
    5. Windan Bridge this morning. Not a breath of wind. (180 points, 8 comments)
    6. Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier USS Constellation CV-64, turning around in the harbour at Fremantle, Australia.[1024 × 809] (162 points, 49 comments)
    7. I'm glad that's over! (128 points, 21 comments)
  7. 1518 points, 1 submission: xSmartalec
    1. Rapture Nightclub denies drink spiking. (not my screenshot) (1518 points, 342 comments)
  8. 1425 points, 5 submissions: Kie723
    1. Perth right now (526 points, 27 comments)
    2. PerthNow, subtle as always (285 points, 24 comments)
    3. What's the forecast tomorrow Ollie? (268 points, 41 comments)
    4. Town of Cottesloe to ban smoking on all its beaches (230 points, 92 comments)
    5. Perth’s dine and dasher Lois Loder behind bars (116 points, 67 comments)
  9. 1412 points, 3 submissions: Kiaora_Aotearoa
    1. Spotted today flying over Perth. (1009 points, 70 comments)
    2. So much better than a half empty ANZ Stadium. (300 points, 24 comments)
    3. The golden view of Perth from John Forrest National Park this afternoon. 8th May 2019 (103 points, 2 comments)
  10. 1362 points, 8 submissions: craigdurkeedurk
    1. Perth city from South Perth. Looking calm. (297 points, 9 comments)
    2. Feels like such a long time since it’s rained in Perth. (286 points, 71 comments)
    3. Heading south at Easter. Good fucking luck. (257 points, 70 comments)
    4. Yalingup. What a place. #downsouth (152 points, 16 comments)
    5. Our stadium 😀 (120 points, 35 comments)
    6. With all the shit weather I thought I'd post the Narrows Bridge as the sun was going down earlier in the week. Perthect 👍 (89 points, 6 comments)
    7. Cat Haven free adoption of adult cats. Help out if you can 👍 (86 points, 38 comments)
    8. Karratha turning it on as the sun sets. (75 points, 1 comment)
  11. 1346 points, 7 submissions: Jonsmith78
    1. Sign outside an IGA. This has to be intentional.. :-) (417 points, 34 comments)
    2. Shot of Perth I took recently while flying out - not bad from a camera phone, thought I'd share (294 points, 30 comments)
    3. Spotted on the Bibbulmun Track not far from Kalamunda (cos we're doing phallic looking things around Perth now... (218 points, 29 comments)
    4. Would be cheaper to burn antique furniture i reckon.. (136 points, 29 comments)
    5. Swan Valley Explorer bus announced - $20 per person (101 points, 27 comments)
    6. $2.99 pints (98 points, 51 comments)
    7. Matsos Mango Beer $6 a pint (82 points, 48 comments)
  12. 1338 points, 4 submissions: oooweeeee
    1. Cape Naturaliste last Monday evening. Spent an hour watching a pod of dolphins trying to tame the huge swell. Managed to catch this fella going for broke! (735 points, 33 comments)
    2. Mid-day yesterday at Meelup Beach, Dunsborough (292 points, 30 comments)
    3. I've been reminiscing on the past today, scrolling through the photo archives. Here is Scarborough Beach 19th May 2012. Pre foreshore development. (162 points, 4 comments)
    4. Let's go back to 2012 again, when I didn't care about the stock market! Scarborough Beach, 23rd May 2012 (149 points, 37 comments)
  13. 1315 points, 8 submissions: sgt_bbq
    1. Unvaccinated children to be banned from WA kindies, childcare centres in disease outbreaks (474 points, 96 comments)
    2. Missing 7yo boy found safe after being taken from Perth school (175 points, 44 comments)
    3. Perth commuters to test-drive new real-time Transperth bus-tracking app (174 points, 41 comments)
    4. Suspended Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to be stripped of $60,900 pay under new laws (154 points, 22 comments)
    5. Mt Lawley 'home invader' dies after being stabbed multiple times inside house (104 points, 161 comments)
    6. National Debt Helpline calls skyrocket in Western Australia amid epidemic of financial stress (93 points, 30 comments)
    7. The First Friday Fuckwits for 2019 (75 points, 199 comments)
    8. Kwinana Freeway crowned one of Australia's worst roads as Perth congestion set to increase (66 points, 131 comments)
  14. 1313 points, 3 submissions: theeocelotbabou
    1. Sunny Sundays in Perth (521 points, 62 comments)
    2. Not one of my best photos, but finally flew my drone at City Beach! (491 points, 43 comments)
    3. Elizabeth Quay Bridge, First Photo I've Taken In Perth At Night! (301 points, 26 comments)
  15. 1238 points, 6 submissions: Buford1991
    1. The radio stations in Perth should play more music in the morning instead of making up games and and stop with the fakes laughter. (484 points, 210 comments)
    2. Well I guess they’re not getting my vote. Any one else think this is a scam to have Australia pay for his problems? (212 points, 68 comments)
    3. Give blood (202 points, 165 comments)
    4. Off the Great Northern Hwy (175 points, 11 comments)
    5. Fun night with the family. Thanks to all who made it a safe and enjoyable night. (101 points, 10 comments)
    6. June 2019 (64 points, 2 comments)
  16. 1228 points, 7 submissions: Groovesaurus
    1. It was about time (424 points, 41 comments)
    2. Quenda at Victoria Gardens (249 points, 27 comments)
    3. What is this and why it lives in the same city where I decided to live? (134 points, 42 comments)
    4. Perth meet-up (120 points, 205 comments)
    5. Friday fuckwit (117 points, 271 comments)
    6. Do you believe in life after work? perth weekday meet-up (110 points, 144 comments)
    7. Friday fuckwits cunts dickeys idiots pigs bastards porcodio (74 points, 259 comments)
  17. 1215 points, 12 submissions: Kangaroobopper
    1. Perth's trial to switch off red turning lights at night abandoned due to spike in crashes (192 points, 154 comments)
    2. Crown casino's links to Asian organised crime exposed (141 points, 48 comments)
    3. Perth Modern School increasingly out of reach for disadvantaged gifted students, experts warn (136 points, 202 comments)
    4. Photographer viciously beaten with baseball bat in random attack at Perth national park (123 points, 47 comments)
    5. Government leans on Supreme Court to stop Nine News Perth story airing (95 points, 95 comments)
    6. Physically aggressive students attacking WA teachers on the rise (90 points, 82 comments)
    7. Trainee pilot makes emergency landing at Jandakot Airport after instructor blacks out (88 points, 34 comments)
    8. Retailers join union in calling for customer abuse of staff to stop (78 points, 42 comments)
    9. Automatic suspensions for students instigating or filming school violence (71 points, 41 comments)
    10. Bibra Lake turtles pushed to brink of extinction by hungry foxes and careless drivers (68 points, 19 comments)
  18. 1215 points, 3 submissions: psuedojon
    1. Say what you want about Perth, but after a long day, this is paradise (533 points, 25 comments)
    2. Stay classy Perth (355 points, 16 comments)
    3. Nothing like a morning swim (327 points, 44 comments)
  19. 1195 points, 9 submissions: Captain-Peacock
    1. !!! (255 points, 42 comments)
    2. HITECH WORLD Roe st Northbridge...1990s dystopia in broad daylight. (187 points, 102 comments)
    3. Water bombers filling up at Tom Bateman wetlands for Cannington fire. (185 points, 40 comments)
    4. There's always one rebel! (Neil Hawkins park) (133 points, 11 comments)
    5. Even with an unblemished record of hating on Halloween, i must admit these articulated pet skeletons are freaking cool! (123 points, 80 comments)
    6. Serpent does forward moonwalk, i go home to change jox (Yellagonga regional park, Lake Joondalup) (112 points, 54 comments)
    7. While you wait for the next Perth Now article...Have a South Mole sunset! (79 points, 6 comments)
    8. I see that sunrise/sets are now passe, but my mate asked me to post this shot he took at Joon ECU thismorning. (61 points, 3 comments)
    9. Attention macadamia nut/BDSM fans! Feel free to copy my moderately successful design (No patent pending) (60 points, 43 comments)
  20. 1177 points, 7 submissions: littleblackcat
    1. Amazing vibe at the Wallabies v All Blacks game tonight (277 points, 60 comments)
    2. Happy Father's Day Dads of /perth!! (202 points, 61 comments)
    3. Art Gallery of WA toilets: a review (172 points, 56 comments)
    4. I present you a double whammy of 2016 nostalgic times. (147 points, 74 comments)
    5. PSA, if you shop at Chemist Warehouse, consider alternatives due to ongoing industrial action (138 points, 113 comments)
    6. Police to crackdown on ‘aggressive’ roadside window washers (136 points, 107 comments)
    7. Happy Mother's Day mums of /perth!! (105 points, 19 comments)
  21. 1145 points, 6 submissions: acres_at_ruin
    1. Sick of hearing businesses complaining about closing down. (442 points, 223 comments)
    2. Preparations for the 1st annual giant Christmas shooey have begun. (203 points, 10 comments)
    3. Night Noddle Markets this afternoon (188 points, 27 comments)
    4. 580 Hay Street office whiteboard asking the big questions. (122 points, 25 comments)
    5. Good advice generally really (115 points, 23 comments)
    6. Prince Lane 14/12 (75 points, 11 comments)
  22. 1144 points, 7 submissions: Midan71
    1. We are surely spoilt with our beaches. (302 points, 27 comments)
    2. Perth Today. (281 points, 25 comments)
    3. Look at these guys I saw chillin' on the grass. (166 points, 13 comments)
    4. Is this really necessary? (112 points, 34 comments)
    5. A picture I found in insta by Kaneatie.Photography. 😮 (111 points, 15 comments)
    6. Is it just me or has it been been humid the past few days? (104 points, 55 comments)
    7. What exactly happened on the Joondalup Line this morning? (68 points, 35 comments)
  23. 1091 points, 2 submissions: keepshootingfilm
    1. Found this amusing (709 points, 30 comments)
    2. Transperth ain’t so bad when this is the view (382 points, 59 comments)
  24. 1079 points, 2 submissions: michael14375
    1. Only this sub will know who this man is (931 points, 139 comments)
    2. Rolf Harris’s name got removed from the walk of fame at Hillary’s Boat Harbour. (148 points, 45 comments)
  25. 1072 points, 6 submissions: Chunkeeguy
    1. The eloquence of a retired West Aussie politician (440 points, 95 comments)
    2. Gender to stay on WA birth certificates (248 points, 190 comments)
    3. Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet route confirmed (141 points, 137 comments)
    4. Kings Park rapists Mohamad Al Maialy and Fahed Shgahy jailed for five years (89 points, 67 comments)
    5. Skybridge to link new rail station and Perth Airport (84 points, 29 comments)
    6. Calls for The Court Hotel to remove rainbow signage (70 points, 73 comments)
  26. 1028 points, 1 submission: Dannohuddo
    1. Classic (1028 points, 100 comments)
  27. 1013 points, 4 submissions: ayejay69
    1. Wes’ Straya’ (387 points, 57 comments)
    2. I’ve heard that W.A means wait awhile but this is taking the piss... (290 points, 85 comments)
    3. How can we be in a recession with such entrepreneurial spirit around? (270 points, 11 comments)
    4. A Rottnest island tattoo. Artist link in comments. (66 points, 20 comments)
  28. 971 points, 3 submissions: lawrencebillson
    1. Sunset over Perth, Western Australia (368 points, 20 comments)
    2. Sunset over East Perth, Western Australia (358 points, 9 comments)
    3. Sunset over Mt. Lawley (Perth), Western Australia (245 points, 19 comments)
  29. 970 points, 3 submissions: goat_on_boat
    1. Swan River (505 points, 25 comments)
    2. Autumn in Perth (271 points, 11 comments)
    3. Kings Park - 26th October 2018 (194 points, 7 comments)
  30. 960 points, 8 submissions: Aushiker
    1. WA unions vote to ban gas fracking | The West Australian (195 points, 38 comments)
    2. Perth's first ocean rubbish bin is sucking plenty of plastic out of the sea - ABC News (176 points, 31 comments)
    3. Hutt River micro-nation founder Prince Leonard dead aged 93 | PerthNow (169 points, 51 comments)
    4. Measles alert issued for Perth after man brings back case from Cambodia | Community News Group (111 points, 12 comments)
    5. WA man has his property seized because he refuses to pay $300,000 owing in rates - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (92 points, 75 comments)
    6. Perth still sucks at recycling: Annual report reveals 'long way to go' (86 points, 67 comments)
    7. Mount Lawley’s Stanbridges Hobby Shop to close after 70 years | PerthNow (70 points, 44 comments)
    8. Fly-through provides first look at new WA museum | PerthNow (61 points, 17 comments)
  31. 954 points, 2 submissions: MarsEquinox
    1. Good morning Perth. (514 points, 11 comments)
    2. So it's winter right? (440 points, 46 comments)
  32. 890 points, 2 submissions: BossMann12
    1. Protest moving up St Georges Terrace right now (496 points, 87 comments)
    2. Had to sit across from a Cereal Killer on the way to work this morning (394 points, 59 comments)
  33. 885 points, 4 submissions: toxpoint
    1. Amazing mural at Australia Place (350 points, 68 comments)
    2. The golden view of south Perth this morning. (301 points, 15 comments)
    3. This feels weird to say. But Kwinana is in the top post on the front page. (162 points, 20 comments)
    4. Shout out to Game City Espresso Bar (72 points, 21 comments)
  34. 869 points, 3 submissions: Slaadi
    1. The gang's all here for Australia Day (569 points, 30 comments)
    2. Decent sunset after the random lightning (193 points, 19 comments)
    3. Perth and its various lights (107 points, 6 comments)
  35. 830 points, 5 submissions: WestCoastSide
    1. Took this as I left Perth on my qantas flight this morning...love this City!!! (362 points, 81 comments)
    2. Perth looks good tonight (152 points, 14 comments)
    3. Love Adventure World, and after visiting today and riding all the rides, looked up online reviews - this would be a nightmare for me!!! (137 points, 21 comments)
    4. After a run around the bridges, Love this City ! 30/7/19 (113 points, 3 comments)
    5. My $8.50 pie from Perth Airport, washed it down with a $4.95 500ml Mt Franklin... (66 points, 59 comments)
  36. 818 points, 2 submissions: Sneakiest-turtle-eva
    1. This little guy popped up to say hello whilst fishing in Cockburn Sound (486 points, 31 comments)
    2. Just found this at my train station when I tagged on (332 points, 54 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. Agent641 (5743 points, 381 comments)
  2. CyanideRemark (5533 points, 752 comments)
  3. aussiekinga (4695 points, 416 comments)
  4. Captain-Peacock (4320 points, 557 comments)
  5. Muslim_Wookie (4170 points, 1263 comments)
  6. metao (4120 points, 488 comments)
  7. Grub-37 (4014 points, 503 comments)
  8. hotphil (3423 points, 280 comments)
  9. littleblackcat (3388 points, 740 comments)
  10. Perthguv (3202 points, 571 comments)
  11. Groovesaurus (3136 points, 376 comments)
  12. leemur (3066 points, 264 comments)
  13. PerthCitizen (2900 points, 408 comments)
  14. produrp (2731 points, 275 comments)
  15. postingstuff (2590 points, 374 comments)
  16. Milo_Cough (2289 points, 160 comments)
  17. sun_tzu29 (2127 points, 237 comments)
  18. showmanic (2059 points, 417 comments)
  19. Kie723 (2028 points, 303 comments)
  20. Pants001 (1787 points, 163 comments)
  21. Stuart_Munto (1727 points, 89 comments)
  22. Kangaroobopper (1619 points, 469 comments)
  23. chosenamewhendrunk (1612 points, 315 comments)
  24. henry82 (1579 points, 217 comments)
  25. AlongCameA5P1D3R (1557 points, 262 comments)
  26. squeeowl (1406 points, 137 comments)
  27. The_Valar (1399 points, 176 comments)
  28. LAMSapprovedwheelies (1387 points, 211 comments)
  29. SquiddyFish (1366 points, 91 comments)
  30. crosstherubicon (1341 points, 207 comments)
  31. Chunkeeguy (1315 points, 110 comments)
  32. biskuit83 (1257 points, 111 comments)
  33. SquiffyRae (1226 points, 120 comments)
  34. pounds_not_dollars (1206 points, 130 comments)
  35. Jonsmith78 (1184 points, 230 comments)
  36. chadake (1161 points, 225 comments)
  37. xyrgh (1150 points, 132 comments)
  38. Razzle_Dazzle08 (1120 points, 363 comments)
  39. djskein (1113 points, 141 comments)
  40. RustyNumbat (1106 points, 114 comments)
  41. RedLeader7 (1033 points, 109 comments)
  42. broomelocal (1014 points, 154 comments)
  43. Geminii27 (1000 points, 178 comments)
  44. tommytoan (982 points, 208 comments)
  45. RozzzaLinko (980 points, 161 comments)
  46. sheeplight (933 points, 102 comments)
  47. TazocinTDS (896 points, 91 comments)
  48. Devar0 (896 points, 86 comments)
  49. UnluckyObserver15 (866 points, 59 comments)
  50. JayJonahJaymeson (858 points, 131 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Who do you call when youre stuck? by Agent641 (2261 points, 346 comments)
  2. Rapture Nightclub denies drink spiking. (not my screenshot) by xSmartalec (1518 points, 342 comments)
  3. Classic by Dannohuddo (1028 points, 100 comments)
  4. Spotted today flying over Perth. by Kiaora_Aotearoa (1009 points, 70 comments)
  5. Only this sub will know who this man is by michael14375 (931 points, 139 comments)
  6. Cape Naturaliste last Monday evening. Spent an hour watching a pod of dolphins trying to tame the huge swell. Managed to catch this fella going for broke! by oooweeeee (735 points, 33 comments)
  7. The climate protest be poppin off by Satch- (719 points, 231 comments)
  8. Found this amusing by keepshootingfilm (709 points, 30 comments)
  9. Perth 3 day challenge by palmedace (697 points, 48 comments)
  10. Perth Train Network vs True Geography by megalomega (687 points, 46 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 344 points: Agent641's comment in Born and raised in Perth but never knew that London Court existed
  2. 338 points: jdvhunt's comment in Me and my other half are moving to Perth next week from the UK. What are some do's and donts for new arrivals in Oz, please?
  3. 338 points: mandahm's comment in Rapture Nightclub denies drink spiking. (not my screenshot)
  4. 318 points: Stuart_Munto's comment in Absolute idiocy at Forrest Chase (sorry for poor pic quality)
  5. 308 points: SquiddyFish's comment in Perth transport system is really good
  6. 279 points: Stuart_Munto's comment in Me and my other half are moving to Perth next week from the UK. What are some do's and donts for new arrivals in Oz, please?
  7. 278 points: henry82's comment in Everyone in Perth is so nice and friendly
  8. 273 points: Agent641's comment in Who do you call when youre stuck?
  9. 266 points: Milo_Cough's comment in Transperth Storytime
  10. 258 points: Chunkeeguy's comment in Australia thinks we are the racist capital of Australia.
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[WM] Quest Write-Up: Purgatorio (From the Journal of Jovakri the Wavebreaker)

Part 1: Inferno Write-Up Here
This thing's long- read on Google Drive here. No offense is intended to any of the players whose characters Jovakri may insult in this. You Know What You Did.

(This report is written in cramped handwriting which packs the page. In the margin of one of the pages there is a detailed pencil sketch of a spear with intricate filigree work up the shaft. There is a messier sketch of Jovakri’s horse Starfall on the back of the first page.)
Party:
Jovakri, Paladin (Self)
Starfall, Celestial Warhorse
Okko, Monk
Vierna, Cleric
Lance, Rogue
Hammer, Paladin
Blingo, Barbarian
We arrived on the island at ten in the morning and climbed until noon to reach Dasmond’s hut. He told us about an invisible wall that stopped him while he was trying to climb the mountain to do his job. The mountain became rockier as we climbed above the treeline. (Most likely 12,000 feet by my estimate of the climate.) We eventually came to the “wall,” a barrier which yielded as we pushed through it and transported us to a massive stone room with eight portals leading out in front of us and one behind. There was a crowded bar in the center of the room, built around a massive stone spire. I sensed that, unlike the undead and whispering ghosts which populated the Inferno, the patrons at this bar were celestial.
Our party spoke to an incredibly useless human man, who refused to answer any of our questions. I then called over one of the bartenders, who was slightly more useful but refused to believe we were mortal and laughed at us when we asked which direction we should go and simply said that we needed to “earn our way out” but that no one had ever done so before. After several minutes of arguing, he phased into the stone spire and disappeared.
Hammer slipped off to speak to a different bartender, and discovered that we were in Purgatorio and that the currency used here was “soul gems,” found within the different levels beyond the portals. When we caught up to Hammer, he relayed this to us, and Okko- the only member of our party who could interpret Celestial runes- discovered that each of the portals was labeled with the name of a sin. The original bartender returned, much more politely this time, and tried to explain that there had been a mix-up before urging us to go try to win our way out through the different levels.
Both of the bartenders we spoke to agreed that the only way out of Purgatorio was to collect the stone with the symbol of each level by defeating the challenge within, and once we had eight stones we could progress to Paradise.
Okko finally managed to convince Hammer away from the bar. I think we could well have gone on without him, but he hadn’t managed to buy a drink yet so he was at least halfway useful.
In the level of Pride, we found a garden full of statues, and a temple. Many of the celestial-ghosts were staring up at statues of them, in great puzzlement. We talked to the first person we saw, a dark-haired human man who told us we had to destroy our statues. Vierna and I went out and found our statues, and I asked Starfall to strike the statue with his hooves. When he did so, rearing and bringing a hoof down onto the arm, I felt a crushing pain in my own arm. I considered simply powering through and continuing to destroy the statue, healing myself as needed, but I saw the rest of the party heading towards the temple and decided instead to rejoin them.
Inside the temple, we met the Sage of Pride, who told us we needed to give up something we were proud of. Starfall and I decided to go through with it first, because if there were negative effects he had withheld from us I would rather they fall upon me so I could warn the rest of the party. I found myself in my memories, watching myself fight the vampire which had been corrupting the population of a wilderness island. Suddenly, I was back in the temple, with the vampire still in front of me. My friends had been silenced, and when I investigated to see whether it was an illusion I sensed that it was celestial in nature. I moved to extinguish Wavebreaker and draw my silver sword instead, but the vampire sprang and I rekindled my sunblade just in time to block its blow. It crumbled into ash, and when I properly awoke I found that nearly half of the notes in my journal had been wiped away. I had to rewrite the description of this quest from scratch.
I told the rest of the party that I was fairly certain the Sage of Pride was showing us illusions, and once I saw the others undergo the test I was sure of it. The only one who concerned me was Vierna, who began to back away from whatever it was that she saw. I am Kalashtar, and whether we like it or not we are subject to influence by the emotions of others, and I could feel the fear of death radiating off of her. She appeared to calm down afterwards, and I did not bring it up.
The Sage gave us water to pour on our statues, which crumbled to reveal soul gems and, in Blingo’s statue, a smooth, palm-sized stone marked with a glowing celestial symbol which Okko translated as “Pride.”
In the level of Greed, the Sage of Greed met us at once and told us that we could trade him 5000 soul gems for the stone. As the rest of the party progressed, he pulled Starfall and myself aside and told us to be careful, for it would be easy to become trapped in this level. I said nothing, but went after my friends and told them through my mindlink to be wary.
We found ourselves in a massive casino packed with people, and there were solid walls of slot machines filling one half of the cavern. I swung onto Starfall’s back to get a better look around, and saw that a crowd was gathered around a shallow pit on the other side of the cavern. Most of our party went in that direction, and found that there were lizard races going on in the pit. I contributed most of my soul gems while the party gambled on the lizards and promptly lost most of our gems. I secured the Pride stone from Blingo to keep him from gambling it away, and put it in one of my interior pockets.
(This passage is accompanied by a detailed pencil illustration of an iguana-like lizard, with notes written in Quori pictograms on the edges of the picture.)
Okko and Lance left to bet on the dice games, where Lance attempted to use a minor illusion to cheat. Unfortunately for him, the host was a celestial and did not even notice that he had tried to cast an illusion on the dice.
Vierna, Starfall and I began to investigate whether we could win some soul gems using Vierna’s Probability Coin. Starfall nosed my shoulder and pointed me towards a door which had opened in the side of the cavern, into which some of the celestials were wheeling carts loaded with soul gems. We went to find Okko and Lance, and then after about ten minutes managed to drag Hammer and Blingo away from the slot machines. It’s a wonder to me how Hammer is as highly ranked in the guild as he is.
Once we explained that we knew where the vault was, we sent in Lance to investigate. I mindlinked him and told him to be careful and not take more than we needed, because it was likely that either he would be trapped or that we would fail the test of Greed.
As I understand it, he did not listen to this warning at all.
After about three minutes, Okko went in to find him. Vierna, Starfall and I waited to see whether there was trouble. As I understand it, they had to kill several mimics in order to access the vault. After several more minutes, they reappeared with two chests full of bags of soul gems.
(This passage is accompanied by a quick sketch in the margin identifiable as Vierna.)
Once the party reconvened, we brought the 5,000 soul gems to the Sage of Greed, who gave us the Greed celestial stone and then cautioned us to leave any other earnings on the level of Greed and not to try to take them past the portal. I saw Lance trying to pull out a chest containing our surplus soul gems, and Okko and I tried to convince him to leave the chest and come through the portal with us. Eventually, I gave up and sent Starfall to block the rogue’s way while I made sure that everyone else was able to make it through the portal. Once I was through, I recalled Starfall.
Okko and Vierna worried that Lance would be trapped inside the level of Greed, and I said that it was his own business whether he tried to pull the chest through or not. Lance suddenly reappeared, and all six of us felt a stabbing pain in our chests as the bags of soul gems melted out of his hands. He asked Vierna for healing, and she refused. Then he said it was “worth it,” seemingly not noticing that his soul gems had evaporated. At this point I punched him.
I will strongly advise Bureaucracy the next chance I get not to send Lance on any more guild quests. He is a danger to anyone else on quests with him and has not seemed interested in actually accomplishing the objective of any quest I have seen him on. Having said that, I am prepared to make reparations to the guild if need be for punching him.
In the Wrath level, we were faced with a wall covered in intricate wrought-iron carvings of agonized faces and pressed-together bodies. They seemed to move as we looked at them, and I was unable to produce an accurate replication of them in my sketches. Unlike the first two levels, there did not seem to be any of the celestial ghosts here- although the wall stretched infinitely far in all directions, so they might have simply walked along the wall out of sight. Okko and Lance began to race up the wall, and were rapidly lost in the mists which ringed the top of the cavern. Blingo struck the wall with his whip, and at once a lash of liquid metal hit back at him and knocked him to the ground.
I pressed my hand against one of the faces on the wall and attempted to heal it, and at once the faces warped into a more relaxed cast. Beside me, Vierna cast a spell onto the wall and the interlocked limbs and faces began to loosen slightly. Blingo poured a health potion onto the wrought metal. Meanwhile, Vierna knelt beside the wall and pressed her palms against it, murmuring to herself in Elvish. Okko and Lance returned, reporting that the wall seemed to rise infinitely high, and as they stepped off of it Vierna finished her prayer and the entire wall opened to reveal the Wrath stone on the other side.
We continued on to the level of Lust, and I could tell that many members of the party were feeling more confident about our ability to secure all eight stones. In Lust, we came through the portal into a plain white room, and the Sage of that level told us that we would have to give up our greatest desires to receive the stone.
At once, the room melted away. I know a little about what some of the other members of my party faced- Lance says he was in a room full of gold, but he ascertained that it was an illusion. Vierna found herself in the town and the great hospital-temple of Bahamut which she had wanted to build since she was young, and when she entered the temple she found herself in the presence of the soul of the dragon god. Blingo only said that he saw his father.
The only thing I can say for sure is what I saw in my vision. I was in a field filled with the corpses of vampires, flaking into ash beneath the rippling light of the Wavebreaker. There was a vampire lord in front of me, smiling a wide gash of a smile from ear to ear, and I saw my family chained behind him. I struck him down, but he turned to mist and fled westward and I did not follow. All my family was unhurt, unbitten, though bruised and blindfolded. I broke apart their chains. My mother seemed confused at what had happened, and a little surprised to see me- but she was there.
I did not ask if they were proud of me, because I was afraid to know what the answer might be.
I will admit it now, that I would have stayed in the dream forever, or until my body gave out. I do not feel it a breaking of my oath- if my family were unharmed, if I still lived in a farming village on the edge of the Empire of the Hawk, if I were- the point is. I would have nothing to swear vengeance upon. The Oath and my family exist in the same space in my heart.
And then my mother melted away, and I found myself again in the white room, on my knees and alone again save for the Oath and the voice of warrior Vakri in my mind. I felt that Vierna was resting her hand on my shoulder, but I did not have the strength to look over at her. There was great turmoil coming off of her as well.
Before vanishing, the Sage told us to “Seek out the Sage of Cosmos.”
When we finally made it out of Lust, we had to take a moment to steady ourselves before pressing onwards. The level of Envy was, again, simple in its layout. There was a floating orb of light on a plinth, and when I passed my hand through it it seemed to solidify into the hilt of a golden sunblade. Hammer at once said it was a hammer, and began to draw nearer to me with a clear look of interest. Vierna said it looked to her like a symbol of Bahamut, so I at once asked each of my companions what they saw. We all saw something different- a sword, a whip, a holy symbol. (Starfall said that, like me, he saw it as a sunblade.) I replaced the sunblade on the plinth, to see whether it would turn into the Envy stone. Someone suggested that perhaps the trial of Envy required us to fight, but I said instead that any kind of competition would work. I carry a dragonchess set in the bottom of my pack, and I did not remember it until just then. In the end, though, we ended up playing rock-paper-scissors for the mysterious item. Hammer won, but when he picked up the item nothing happened.
Finally, Vierna suggested that we all simply walk back out through the portal. As we did so, the Envy stone appeared in the pocket of the robe she wore over her armor.
In Sloth, we were required to solve a puzzle by running across tiles. The Stone of Sloth hung in the air on the far side of the tiles, and every time Okko tried to reach his hand out to take it he reported feeling painful paralysis spreading up his fingers and eventually his arm. After trying several patterns, we discovered that to pass the test we had to light all the tiles as fast as possible by running across them and then seizing the stone.
The final remaining level was Gluttony, which seemed to be a great banquet hall with a long table stacked with food. Like the last several levels, this one appeared to be empty except for our party. There was an inscription in Celestial at the head of the table which Okko translated as “clear the table.” At once, Hammer flipped the table on its side, sending the food crashing to the ground, and we were given the Stone of Gluttony.
Our next step was to secure the eighth stone, and we went back to the central spire to ask where it might be found, since there were no portals left. The bartender took us back behind the bar and told us that we now had enough of the stones to speak with the Sage of Cosmos, and that all we had to do was touch the spire to be transported to him. When we put our hands upon the spire, we found ourselves suddenly in a high-ceilinged room that was not unlike the library on the Argo- there were shelves filled with books, and large chests here and there along the walls. At the far end of the room, a celestial in the shape of a young, red-haired elven man sat at a desk amongst piles of paperwork and filing folders. He was writing busily, and all of us saw golden manacles marked with runes wrapped around his wrists.
The young man introduced himself as the Sage of Cosmos, but nervously told us not to ask too many questions so that we wouldn’t be overheard by a being the Sage only referred to as “Him.” He said that this being had come into Paradise and overturned the hierarchy there, which was resulting in turmoil that spilled out onto the Material Plane in the form of the nightmares of the Inferno and the sudden appearance of a portal into Purgatory.
When we questioned the nervous Sage further, he said that he feared for the souls in Purgatory, and that it had once been easier for souls to pass up into Paradise before “He” took over the system- but as it stood, we were the first to have made it in many years. However, the Sage finally told us that if we defeated him, we would be able to pass into Paradise and try to kill “Him” and set the order of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise back to rights. I was a little suspicious of this, and asked if anyone had been in charge before “He” came in and took over Paradise. The Sage of Cosmos said, with some irritation, “It was me.”
(Note: During this conversation, he also tried several times to convince Lance to open one of the chests. Lance seemed unsettled by this invitation, and refused.)
Reluctantly, we agreed to fight him to win the Stone of Paradise. He drew a spear, and attacked at once with a rain of magical chains from the walls and ceiling. The way he moved- was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was as though the floor itself repelled him, so that he could move and leap effortlessly. When we began to wear him down, he perched on top of one of the bookshelves, and suddenly there was a light like the dawn. I closed my eyes, but I could feel the skin on my cheeks and fingertips burning and starting to blister. When the light faded, I noticed that most of my companions looked staggered, and had the same flashburns across their faces and around their eyes.
Since my radiant attacks did little damage, I took over healing and began supporting Okko and Blingo as they continued to attack the Sage. Lance was struck by the spear and bled out, falling unconscious off the wall that he had clambered up. Vierna revived him, against my advice, but he was immediately caught by the enchanted chains and was unable to break free.
Starfall was caught by the chains once, but was easily able to shake them off. At last, the Sage put down his weapon. I had been worried that we’d wound him severely, but he seemed breathless and slightly bloodied but still in good form. He gave Okko the final Stone, which had the celestial symbol for Paradise inscribed on it, and told us that when we were ready we should gather a group of adventurers to defeat “Him” and fix the anomalies that were leaking into our plane.
This is accompanied by a sketch of an elven man with long, swept-back hair and glasses, as well as a reproduction of some of the binding runes inscribed on the manacles.
TL;DR: Our party journeyed through a series of enchanted caverns to defeat challenges related to the different sins. I’m sorry for any ramblings in the text- seeing my family shook me badly. We spoke to and then dueled the “Sage of Cosmos,” who told us that the odd occurrences in our plane were caused by a coup in Paradise by something called “Him,” who had overthrown the Sage. We now have the eight celestial Stones which we need to bring a party into Paradise, and will do so as soon as all our strength is gathered.

(In the bottom margin is written- Blessed are the children of the sea.)
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Danielle Part 1

Danielle PART 1

The scars on my neck belong to her. Two cigarette burns, perfectly round and white, sit two inches below my ears where Frankenstein’s creature had his bolts. I see them every time I shave, and they remind me of hard days with my girl. Her name was Danielle, but I just called her baby.

In the middle of our arguments we screamed in one another’s faces. Sometimes, I cleared my throat and hawked phlegm into her eyes, and she spat back into mine. We tried to blow each other away with the spray of verbal buckshot until there was nothing left of us. Ten minutes later we made love on the bed or the back seat of the Camry and found something or someone to rob. It was a game we played, and it was killing both of us.

The first time I met her, her boyfriend lay on the floor of my apartment trembling and bleeding through his pants. My drug dealers pulled him out of her Camry on the south side of town and stabbed him in the knee for trying to go around me and deal with them directly. It didn’t work out for him, thus the crying and bleeding on my floor.
“Hi.”
“Hi.”
“Are you Riley?”
“Yes. You must be Danielle.”
“Sure am.” She dropped his head to put her hand out.
“Good to finally meet you.” I smiled and pinched her fingers.
I was seeing a different girl at the time, a 19-year-old red head who liked to smoke her dope and tell me she was on her way over hours before she left her house, but that morning in my apartment, the look in Danielle’s eye told me it was only a matter of time before we got together. Never mind Mike and the red head.
Danielle and Mike used to come over every day before three to laugh at me for nodding out and looking like Teen Wolf. She always tried to get alone with me, but we didn’t hook up until after Mike started beating her again and I spent two weeks locked up, promising myself and everyone else that I would never do heroin again.
Mike took the battery out of her car and held her against her will in a trailer on the Mesa while I sat in jail. Then he passed out one afternoon after he put the battery back in, and she made her escape. Half an hour later, I called her from the payphone outside of the jail, and our reign of terror began.
I should tell you that this is the part of the story where you might want to stop reading. On the next page or so, I’m going to sell a guy a bag of dirt for 40 dollars and turn his face into hamburger meat before I hold him hostage in his bedroom for the night. My girlfriend will beg me to infect her with the Hepatitis C virus, and I will try. A few pages after that, I will rob a dead man, so if you’re not with all that or don’t understand that we were in a bad way, this is a good time to stop reading.
One of the only three heroin dealers in town fronted us packages of dope, and we came back with the money every night. He fronted us more, and we returned with more cash. Then he gave us a half-ounce, but we never came back. He offered anyone in town a 50-dollar bag for our whereabouts and left promises to murder me on her voicemail. We ripped off other junkies. They hated us. We stole merchandise and food from businesses. The owners and employees hated us. Several cops in town knew that I was driving the Camry and that I had a girlfriend. They hated us too, but we hated each other most of all.
Danielle had a monthly prescription for 90 Colonopin and a SSI check. Both were available on the first of the month, and we shot so much dope and took so many pills the first week of the month that our only friend quit hanging out with us. When her orange pill bottle quit rattling and the check was spent, anxiety wrought havoc. More than once she left me at the gas station and freezing at three in the morning while I was buying cigarettes and drove by a few times, screaming and giving me the finger for no reason. Later in the night we would go to the ER looking for meds.
Her Camry became our home. We cleaned out the ashtray at the casino several times a day and listened to Depeche Mode and Seminole Wind by John Anderson. Our diet consisted entirely of Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets and Baja Blast. She made me give her a shot of dope visibly mixed with my own blood to intentionally contract Hepatitis C. That way I could no longer use contamination as an excuse for why I wouldn’t share a hit or a rinse with her. One afternoon I pulled over on the side of the highway and proposed to her with her own wooden ring. She said yes and we made out like two outlaws in love.
A lot of guys liked her. One of them lived in a nice apartment his parents paid for. His name was Justin. Now I forget what he said, but it made me mad. Then he gave us 40 bucks to go score, so she and I split it between us and put dirt in his bag. He called to complain, but we quit answering the phone. Later that night, I decided we should sleep at his place, so I parked in his parking lot and told her,
“Get all of our blankets and meet me at the front door, baby.”
As I walked through the cobblestone courtyard of the adobe apartment complex, I wondered how mad he was and thought of what I was about to do. I fingered the baggie in my pocket. At his front door breath billowed out of my mouth, and the raps of my knuckles on his door bit cold into my bones. I put my hand back into my pocket and waited. The television played on the other side of the door. He opened it, but the chain only allowed a few inches.
“Who is that? Riley? What do you want? I ought to mess you up for selling me dirt! Get out of here!” The interior light of his apartment poured out yellow through the crack in the door. It looked warm and comfortable.
“I know. I know. Listen. I got something here, to make up for it.” I moved my arm and hand in my pocket, to indicate it was in my pocket. “Open up, so I can show you.”
“Ok.” The door closed momentarily while the chain latch came off. The knob turned. I grabbed it and lodged myself in the doorframe so he couldn’t close it. “What are you doing? You can’t stay here! Why does she have blankets? Dude, what the f***? Seriously?” A pile of blankets with Danielle’s legs bounced through the courtyard towards us. I made sure she got in before I let him shut the door.
She threw the blankets on the shag rug in front of his TV. He whined in the kitchen and flapped his arms, but we disregarded him until we had settled in and felt ready to address him. His accusations were mostly accurate, except when he said we didn’t have any heroin. We did, but not for him.
After she and I situated things, I showed him the 20-dollar bag we had. It was enough to shut him up, because we promised to share. We told him we would split it three ways, but in the bathroom, she and I split it down the middle. Afterwards, we rinsed the spoon and cotton filter a few more times, until all that was left was dirt and ash in the spoon. Then we sucked it up and came out of the bathroom to give it to him. He happily took the syringe full of dirty water and never accused us of anything until we hid ourselves in the bathroom again.
Danielle had her pants down, and I sat on the toilet applying cortisone cream to a patch of eczema on her rear end and thigh. She leaned over the sink. The door was locked while I took care of my baby.
“Open up. I know you’re in there doing more! Open up! You pieces of s!” The door shook as he pounded. “Open up! Open the fing door!” The door hit her in the head when he kicked it in.
My hands ripped the cedar towel rack out of the wall, before I could think. I beat him back out of the bathroom and side-to-side, across the living room with the wooden rod. A symphony of rage blared out of me and into my opponent. High notes of great satisfaction created melodies of glee as I continued to dominate. I was the impassioned composer of a brutal work, wildly conducting an orchestra of fingers, fists and arms. He tripped and fell backwards over his coffee table and couch.
My shirt was off and sweat was dripping when I threw the rod at his face. He could have it, because I owned him now. I leapt onto his chest for the crescendo of my opus and went to work. I pinned his arms under my legs. Bare knuckles bloodied themselves on his cheeks, and his face turned side to side with each punch. Snot and blood leaked from his mouth and nose, and he squealed as I stopped to catch my breath.
“Please, stop! Please! Please!” My teeth bit into my bottom lip. I looked at him for a second with my fist cocked back, before I tried to drive it through the back of his skull. His face was swollen and discolored and bloody.
“That’s what you get for messing with my girl.” I thought and jumped up to grab the biggest butcher knife in the kitchen. About 10 inches of blade shined in the living room light.
“I will fing kill you! You piece of s! I will fing gut you! You fing hear me?” The F word constituted about one of every ten of my words back then! “Get in your room and give me your cell phone! You can come out in the morning, when she and I are done. You hear me, you fing piece of s? Come out of the room, and I will stick this fing knife in your throat! Your guts will be all over this fing floor! You f***ing hear me?”
He didn’t say anything. He gave me his phone and held his face as he walked into his room. People around town always told me that he was a fighter. Supposedly he stood up to Diablo once and even “gave him a run for his money.” Everyone always said he was tough, but not that night.
Danielle and I made a bed on the floor out of our blankets. She pulled up some pornography on his phone. Whatever meth we did the day before was too strong and the heroin was too weak to get us to sleep, so we had sex on and off throughout the night. Sometimes, I smoked cigarettes and tried to write poetry on pieces of cardboard box. She played dress up with some clothes that she had brought in. Later in the night she said something that hurt my feelings, so I used the scissors in my hand to stab myself in the leg a few times, but as daylight broke there was forgiveness and more sex. We defiled his toothbrush before we left, but I can’t remember why.
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Danielle Part 1..... from back when I was a bad guy.

Danielle PART 1

The scars on my neck belong to her. Two cigarette burns, perfectly round and white, sit two inches below my ears where Frankenstein’s creature had his bolts. I see them every time I shave, and they remind me of hard days in Denver. Her name was Danielle, but I just called her baby.

In the middle of our arguments we screamed in one another’s faces. Sometimes, I cleared my throat and hawked phlegm into her eyes, and she spat back into mine. We tried to blow each other away with the spray of verbal buckshot until there was nothing left of us. Ten minutes later we made love on the bed or the back seat of the Camry and found something or someone to rob. It was a game we played, and it was killing both of us.

The first time I met her, her boyfriend lay on the floor of my apartment trembling and bleeding through his pants. My drug dealers pulled him out of her Camry on the south side of town and stabbed him in the knee for trying to go around me and deal with them directly. It didn’t work out for him, thus the crying and bleeding on my floor.
“Hi.”
“Hi.”
“Are you Riley?”
“Yes. You must be Danielle.”
“Sure am.” She dropped his head to put her hand out.
“Good to finally meet you.” I smiled and pinched her fingers.
I was seeing a different girl at the time, a 19-year-old red head who liked to smoke her dope and tell me she was on her way over hours before she left her house, but that morning in my apartment, the look in Danielle’s eye told me it was only a matter of time before we got together. Never mind Mike and the red head.
Danielle and Mike used to come over every day before three to laugh at me for nodding out and looking like Teen Wolf. She always tried to get alone with me, but we didn’t hook up until after Mike started beating her again and I spent two weeks locked up, promising myself and everyone else that I would never do heroine again.
Mike took the battery out of her car and held her against her will in a trailer on the Mesa while I sat in jail. Then he passed out one afternoon after he put the battery back in, and she made her escape. Half an hour later, I called her from the payphone outside of the jail, and, our reign of terror in Taos began.
We moved around town and ripped off everyone. One of the only three heroine dealers in town fronted us packages of dope, and we came back with the money every night. He fronted us more, and we returned with more cash. Then he gave us a half-ounce, but we never came back. He offered anyone in town a 50-dollar bag for our whereabouts and left promises to murder me on her voicemail. We ripped off other junkies. They hated us. We stole merchandise and food from businesses. Business owners and employees hated us. Several cops in town knew our car well and me by name. They hated us too, but we hated each other most of all.
Danielle had a monthly prescription for 90 Colonopin and a SSI check. Both were available on the first of the month, and we shot so much dope and took so many pills the first week of the month that our only friend quit hanging out with us. When her orange pill bottle quit rattling and the check was spent, her anxiety started. Once she left me at the gas station and freezing at three in the morning while I was buying some cigarettes. Then she drove by a few times, screaming and giving me the finger, until she picked me up and went to the ER.
Her Camry became our home. We cleaned out the ashtray at the casino several times a day and listened to Depeche Mode and Seminole Wind by John Anderson. She made me give her a shot of dope visibly mixed with my own blood to intentionally contract Hepatitis C. That way I could no longer use contamination as an excuse for why I wouldn’t share a hit or a rinse with her. One afternoon I pulled over on the side of the highway and proposed to her with her own wooden ring. She said yes and we made out like two outlaws in love and the sunset.
A lot of guys liked her, and one of them lived in a nice apartment his parents paid for. His name was Justin. Now I forget what he said, but it made me mad. Then he gave us 40 bucks to go score, so she and I just split it between us and put dirt in his bag. He called to complain, but we quit answering the phone. Sleeping in the car was getting old though, so I drove to his house later that night and told her,
“Get all of our blankets and meet me at the front door, baby.”
As I walked through the cobblestone courtyard of the adobe apartment complex, I wondered how mad he was and thought of what I was about to do. I fingered the baggie in my pocket. At his front door breath billowed out of my mouth, and the raps of my knuckles on his door bit cold into my bones. I put my hand back into my pocket and waited. The television played on the other side of the door. He opened it, but the chain only allowed a few inches before it stopped.
“Who is that? Riley? What do you want? I ought to mess you up for selling me dirt! Now get out of here!” The interior light of his apartment poured out yellow through the crack in the door. It looked warm and comfortable.
“I know. I know. Listen. I got something here, to make up for it.” I moved my arm and hand in my pocket, to indicate it was in my pocket. “Open up, so I can show you.”
“Ok.” The door closed momentarily while the chain latch came off. The knob turned. I grabbed it and lodged myself in the doorframe so he couldn’t close it. “What are you doing? You can’t stay here! Why does she have blankets? Dude, what the f***? Seriously?” A pile of blankets with Danielle’s legs bounced through the courtyard towards us. I made sure she got in before I let him shut the door.
She threw the blankets on the shag rug in front of his coffee table by the TV. He whined in the kitchen and flapped his arms, but we disregarded him until we had settled in and felt ready to address him. His accusations were mostly accurate, except when he said we didn’t have any heroin. We did, just not for him.
After she and I situated things, I showed him the 20-dollar bag we had. It was enough to shut him up, because we promised to share. We told him we would split it three ways, but in the bathroom, she and I split it down the middle. Afterwards, we rinsed the spoon and cotton filter a few more times, until all that was left was dirt and ash in the spoon. Then we sucked it up and came out of the bathroom to give it to him. He happily took the syringe full of dirty water and never accused us of anything until we hid ourselves in the bathroom again.
Danielle had her pants down, and I sat on the toilet applying cortisone cream to a patch of eczema on her rear end and thigh. She leaned over the sink. The door was locked while I took care of my baby.
“Open up. I know you’re in there doing more! Open up! You pieces of s!” The door shook as he pounded. “Open up! Open the fing door!” The door hit her in the head when he kicked it in.
My hands ripped the cedar towel rack out of the wall, before I could think. I beat him back out of the bathroom and side-to-side, across the living room with the wooden rod. A symphony of rage blared out of me and into my opponent. High notes of great satisfaction created melodies of glee as I continued to dominate. I was the impassioned composer of a brutal work, wildly conducting an orchestra of fingers, fists and arms. He tripped and fell backwards over his coffee table and couch.
My shirt was off and sweat was dripping when I threw the rod at his face. He could have it, because I owned him now. I leapt onto his chest for the crescendo of my opus and went to work. I pinned his arms under my legs. Bare knuckles bloodied themselves on his cheeks, and his face turned side to side with each punch. Snot and blood leaked from his mouth and nose, and he squealed as I stopped to catch my breath.
“Please, stop! Please! Please!” My teeth bit into my bottom lip. I looked at him for a second with my fist cocked back, before I tried to drive it through the back of his skull. His face was swollen and discolored and bloody.
“That’s what you get for messing with my girl.” I thought and jumped up to grab the biggest butcher knife in the kitchen. About 10 inches of blade shined in the living room light.
“I will fing kill you! You piece of s! I will fing gut you! You fing hear me?” The F word constituted about one of every ten of my words back then! “Get in your room and give me your cell phone! You can come out in the morning, when she and I are done. You hear me, you fing piece of s? Come out of the room, and I will stick this fing knife in your throat! Your guts will be all over this fing floor! You f***ing hear me?”
He didn’t say anything. He just gave me his phone and held his face as he walked into his room. People around town always told me that he was a fighter. Supposedly he stood up to Diablo once and even “gave him a run for his money.” Everyone always said he was tough, but not that night.
Danielle and I made a bed on the floor out of our blankets. She pulled up some pornography on his phone. Whatever meth we did the day before was too strong and the heroin was too weak to get us to sleep, so we had sex on and off throughout the night. Sometimes, I smoked cigarettes and tried to write poetry on pieces of cardboard box. She played dress up with some clothes that she had brought in. Later in the night she said something that hurt my feelings, so I used the scissors in my hand to stab myself in the leg a few times, but as daylight broke there was forgiveness and more sex. We defiled his toothbrush before we left, but I can’t remember why.
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The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (9/11/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
· 1. Two marine unit deputies injured on Petite Lake when their boat was struck by another driven by a Lindenhurst woman near Fox Lake (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
NORTHWEST:
· 2. Two Buffalo Grove teens born in Israel return to serve in Israeli armed forces (Daily Herald)
· 3. Spring Grove couple killed in car crash on South Solon Road near Spring Grove (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 4. Highland officials await dollar figure on renovation of 70-year-old Town Theatre (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 5. Hebron couple now fighting town over expanded pond; official who gave them permission has been fired (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 6. Walgreens partners with First Ladies Health Initiative to offer health screenings across Chicago area on Sunday, Sept. 11, including 10 churches in the suburbs (ABC 7)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 7. Round Lake woman arrested for attempting to rob Grayslake credit union (Daily Herald)
· 8. Service dog from Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago is finalist in American Hero Dog competition (ABC 7)
· 9. Illinois General Assembly trying to pass bill to deny pension to survivors of anyone convicted of felony related to public service, prompted by Joe Gliniewicz case (Northwest Herald)
WEST:
· 10. Chicago Police: Lombard woman who died after being pulled out of Chicago River committed suicide (CBS 2)
· 11. Cab driver arrested for DUI caught urinating on his own taxi in Cicero (FOX 32)
· 12. Man shot to death, two others injured in Aurora after leaving a child's birthday party (NBC 5)
SOUTHWEST:
· 13. Texas man killed, driver critically injured in single-car crash on I-294 near Hickory Hills (Chicago Tribune)
· 14. Women's soccer star kneels during National Anthem before Chicago Red Stars game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview (WGN TV)
SOUTH:
· 15. Bicyclists shot multiple times in Harvey (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 16. Farmers see threat of damage to harvests because of heavy August rains (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 17. Girl dies as result of fire in Lake Station (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 18. Lake County Sheriff's Office's saturation patrols, checkpoint during August net 6 DUIs, 38 drug/warrant arrests, one habitual-traffic violator arrest (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 19. Valparaiso sex offender facing new charge after luring boy to his home, giving the child drugs and alcohol and performing a sex act on him while dressed as a woman (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 20. Proposed Luke Family of Brands headquarters removed from consideration in Hobart; city manager says it's because of a lack of communication (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 21. St. John to apply for matching funds to repave streets; Town Council also agrees to work with Lake County on repaving Calumet Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 22. Grayslake puts together $350,000 tax incentive to lure Goose Island pub to its downtown (Daily Herald)
· 23. Granddaughter of Long Grove businesswoman opens branch of her own business across the street from grandmother's former shop (Daily Herald)
· 24. Two Waukegan cell-phone stores robbed over Labor Day weekend, like by same man (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 25. U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Illinois), Democrat Brad Schneider to debate at eight candidate forums across 10th Congressional District (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 26. Elgin store robbed at gunpoint (CBS 2)
· 27. Elgin Area Unit School District U-46 puts transgender policy into place, allowing middle-schooler access to locker room of student's identifying gender (Daily Herald)
· 28. Man fleeing from multi-vehicle accident struck and killed on Lake Street in Bartlett (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)
· 29. Gunfire reported outside restaurant on Mannheim Road in Des Plaines (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 30. Elk Grove Village police officer resigns, faced disciplinary action for writing 13 warning tickets between January and April 2016 for stops that never occurred (Daily Herald)
· 31. St. Charles' Arcada Theatre celebrates 90th anniversary (Daily Herald)
· 32. Oak Brook to hire consultant that worked on 2007 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan to help redevelop McDonald's Corp. headquarters property (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
· 33. Oak Park middle-school teacher a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year (Chicago Tribune/Oak Leaves)
· 34. Kane County coroner, DuKane A.B.A.T.E. team up to figure out why there have been so many motorcycle-related deaths in 2016, come up with preventive measure (Chicago Tribune)
· 35. Bensenville motorcyclist killed in Chicago crash (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 36. Volkswagen subsidiary buys $256 million stake in Lisle-based Navistar (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 37. Fitch Ratings downgrades DuPage County's debt to AA+, citing 'limited revenue flexibility and slow revenue growth prospects' (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 38. Pitbulls euthanized following two separate attacks in Riverside (WBBM AM 780)
SOUTHWEST:
· 39. Millbrook man charged with failure to register his address as a sex offender (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 40. Dallas-based Hillwood real-estate development company starts construction of warehouse in Joliet, even though there no leases have been signed (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTH:
· 41. Metra Electric and South Shore Line trains delayed after power problems (ABC 7)
· 42. Indiana-based Franciscan Alliance to remove saints from their names; Chicago Heights facility to be named Franciscan Health Chicago Heights (Chicago Tribune)
· 43. Motorcyclist killed after being struck by pickup truck in Harvey (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 44. Valparaiso police investigate armed bank robbery (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 45. Valparaiso-based Bulk Mail Services profiled in book The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 46. Uncertainty surrounds future of Aéropostale store at Hobart's Southlake Mall (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 47. Munster High graduate Joe Mansueto to step down as CEO of Morningstar investment firm in January (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 48. LaPorte man charged with strangling, beating teen who allegedly provided illegal drugs to his daughter (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 49. Fire at Gary apartment building forces evacuation of 24 units (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 50. Lowell man charged with attempted armed robbery after trying to mug acquaintance (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 51. Lowell woman accused of attempted murder for shooting her husband during domestic spat (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 52. State law bans future county board members statewide from getting public pensions; stemmed from controversy in McHenry County (Chicago Tribune)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 53. PBS's smash hit 'Nature Cat' the creation of Highland Park brothers (Chicago Tribune)
· 54. Driver critically injured after his SUV crosses center line, crashes into oncoming tow truck on Fairfield Road near Wauconda (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 55. Philly G's restaurant in Vernon Hills closes (Daily Herald)
· 56. Gurnee gas station robbed at gunpoint (CBS 2)
· 57. Live-in caregivers accused of defrauding elderly Highland Park man of more than $184,000 (Chicago Tribune/Highland Park News)
· 58. Bittersweet Golf Course employee hospitalized after high winds cause controlled burn to flare up (Daily Herald)
· 59. Island Lake raises fine on boats without village stickers to $50 (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 60. Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run in Lake in the Hills (Daily Herald)
· 61. Progress on Arlington Downs mixed-use development coming slower than Arlington Heights officials expected (Daily Herald)
· 62. O'Hare workers file 80 complaints alleging wage theft against city of Chicago, state of Illinois, various contractors as unionizing push moves ahead (Chicago Tribune)
· 63. Wheeling teen facing multiple charges after breaking into ex-girlfriend's home in Mount Prospect, choking her, threatening another man with a knife (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 64. South Elgin resident plans to fight $50 ticket for flying drone over public park; village intends to report him to the FAA (Daily Herald)
· 65. Portage resident raises concerns about city's lack of dog-impound facilities (Northwest Indiana Times)
WEST:
· 66. Villa Park police investigate reported home invasion (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 67. St. Charles City Council agrees to pay $526,500 to the Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau to help attract visitors, money (Daily Herald)
· 68. Naperville recognizes gold-medal Olympic swimmer Kevin Cordes (Daily Herald)
· 69. Aurora man sentenced to 28 years in prison for attempted murder of suspected gang member (CBS 2)
· 70. Countryside-based Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant to open near downtown Oak Park (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 71. Joliet man sentenced to 60 years in prison for shooting a man to death at a Joliet diner (CBS 2)
· 72. Man charged with stabbing another man during domestic dispute in Plainfield (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 73. White Dyer man charged with hate crime for allegedly using racial slurs, firing his gun in incident with intoxicated black man in Flossmoor (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 74. Ex-Harvey comptroller found dead in southern Indiana as his connection to shady development deal persists (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 75. Woman dead, child injured as result of Gary house fire (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 76. Man handcuffed, shot in the leg during home invasion disrupted by the return of his girlfriend, four children near Kouts (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 77. Crown Lake Board of Public Works and Safety approves contracts, agreements for work on 109th Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 78. East Chicago man charged with burglarizing neighboring ice-cream shop (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 79. Lake County Board rolls back requests for pay, other raises for elected officials, voting instead to increase salaries for E-911 dispatchers, county police and jail officers (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 80. Man, woman arrested after using counterfeit $100 bills in separate incidents in Chesterton, Portage (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 81. Whiting police seek armed men who robbed bar on Aug. 31 (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 82. Elgin, Old Mill Creek, Wauconda residents selected as judges for this year's Westminster Kennel Club show (Daily Herald)
· 83. Law clerk fired for posing as judge at Markham courthouse now has challenger in race to get elected judge (FOX 32)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 84. Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance may have to give up more than 500 stores in order to acquire Rite Aid in order to avoid antitrust issues (FOX 32)
· 85. Thunderstorms leave path of destruction, power outages in Fox Lake (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 86. Truck carrying scrap steel beams tips over, rattling people and businesses near Waukegan (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 87. Palatine man arrested for running meth lab at Grayslake hotel pleads guilty to lesser charge (Daily Herald)
· 88. Pedestrian struck and killed by Metra train in Northbrook (Chicago Tribune/Northbrook Star)
· 89. Beach Park man with outstanding warrant, Kenosha woman with drugs arrested after crashing car into a Waukegan house (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 90. Man shot in Evanston following report of burglary; victim not cooperating with police (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 91. Lake Zurich trustee alleges change to village's development-review process reduces transparency (Daily Herald)
· 92. Real-estate firm places Glencoe as third-most expensive suburb of America's biggest cities (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST:
· 93. Firefighter injured while battling fire in abandoned Elgin warehouse (ABC 7)
· 94. One of the men convicted in Brown's Chicken massacre in Palatine trying to get new trial, claiming one witness implicated him for reward money (WGN TV)
· 95. Dooley's Irish Ale House in West Dundee closes (Daily Herald)
· 96. U.S. Bank forecloses on AT&T's former headquarters campus in Hoffman Estates (Daily Herald)
· 97. Des Plaines has plan to renovate, reopen shuttered Des Plaines Theatre with help from Rivers Casino and concert promoter Ron Onesti (Daily Herald)
· 98. Palatine man acquitted of shooting 15-year-old former friend, ex-friend's father in 2014 (Chicago Tribune)
· 99. Computer-store employee shot, killed would-be robber in Carpentersville (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)
· 100. Palatine women who portrayed Wrigley Doublemint Twins in 1980s/1990s commercials to appear on Oprah's 'Where Are They Now?' show (Chicago Tribune)
· 101. Rolling Meadows second-grader left at gas station after she boarded the wrong bus (WGN TV)
WEST:
· 102. Parents angry that Indian Prairie Unit School District 204 in Naperville doesn't have air-conditioning in most of its elementary schools (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 103. Aurora renews liquor license for Latin American Club, where a man was shot to death on Aug. 1 (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 104. Sponsor withdraws proposal for Elk Grove Township library district (Daily Herald)
· 105. Fast-casual chicken restaurant PDQ to open first Midwest location in former Wheaton IHOP (Daily Herald)
· 106. Chicago coffee roaster Sparrow Coffee to open café in Naperville (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 107. Chicago man charged with sexually assaulting teenage boy at Cermak Woods pool in Lyons (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 108. Joliet-based tax preparer sentenced to 42 months in prison for defrauding state of Illinois of more than $400,000 (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 109. Teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island disciplined for trying to force student to stand for Pledge of Allegiance (WBBM AM 780)
· 110. Armed gunman robs Frankfort gas station (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 111. Valparaiso High School to use Breathalyzer test on students attending football games to make sure they haven't been drinking (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 112. St. John native appears on Logo TV's 'Finding Prince Charming' (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 113. St. John VFW Post 717 to host Sept. 16 fundraiser to help police department raise money for dashboard cameras (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 114. Suspect in Hammond bank robbery at large, listed as armed and dangerous (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 115. Third suspect in kidnapping of University of Rochester students from Aurora and Northbrook pleads guilty for her part in the plot (Chicago Tribune)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 116. Glenview man charged in Aug. 26 hit-and-run crash in Morton Grove that killed Chicago woman after police were accused of lying about his arrest and he was cleared of marijuana charge (Chicago Tribune)
· 117. Waukegan Park District to acquire Phil's Beach, which appeared in 'The Blue Brothers' and reopen it to the public (Daily Herald)
· 118. 22-year-old Waukegan man jailed after police catch him having sex with 15-year-old girlfriend in back seat of a car (Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)
· 119. Ingleside man sentenced to 22 years in prison for 2014 vehicular rampage across central Lake County (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 120. Skokie police investigate attack on owner, secretary of business by armed intruders; owner's house keys were stolen and home ransacked (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 121. Vacant gas station property turned into newest park in Grayslake after private foundation provides funding (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 122. State of Illinois reaches agreement to house state's most-mentally-ill inmates at Elgin Mental Health Center (Chicago Sun-Times)
WEST:
· 123. Water-main break uproots tree, causing it to fall onto westbound lanes of Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village (Daily Herald)
· 124. Work set to begin on bike trail between Winfield Mounds and West DuPage Woods forest preserves (Daily Herald)
· 125. Mondelez International moving Enjoy Life Foods from Schiller Park to southern Indiana (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 126. Oak Lawn veteran using American rose to honor families of fallen soldiers (CBS 2)
· 127. Donors to Markham mayor's campaign give more than $1 million; city has rewarded those donors with city contracts worth $72 million (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
SOUTH:
· 128. Mokena man charged in two hit-and-run accidents, one involving a pedestrian on 193rd Street in Mokena and one with another vehicle on I-80 near Joliet (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 129. Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group destroys 812 cannabis plants found in wooded area near Beecher (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 130. Veterans share stories of frustration, heartbreak and financial ruin with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at Portage forum (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 131. Expansion of Neighbors' Educational Opportunities (NEO) will mean more room for adult education (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 132. Hobart gets behind study of 73rd Avenue exit off I-65 in Merrillville (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 133. LaPorte County woman killed after pickup she was driving got stuck on tracks and was struck by a freight train in LaPorte (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 134. Michigan City establishes $150 fee for public to obtain copies of police videos (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 135. Democratic nominee for Cook County State's Attorney takes on consulting job with law firm that has sued Cook County and contributed $18,500 to her campaign (Chicago Tribune)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 136. Highland Park High graduates' anti-Trump book gets them fired from Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, fires up their Kickstarter (Chicago Tribune/Highland Park News)
· 137. Lake County reports first case of West Nile virus in humans in 2016 (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 138. Evanston alderman raises concerns about how police enforce bicycle-light requirement (WBBM AM 780)
· 139. Police Taser, arrest Vernon Hills man armed with a knife at Stevenson High School football stadium during game (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST:
· 140. Airplane-noise complaints at O'Hare International Airport rise 80 percent during first month of new nighttime flight plan (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 141. Elgin Community College, City of Elgin start off Hispanic Heritage Month with breakfast (Daily Herald)
· 142. Village of Bartlett celebrates 125th anniversary of founding (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 143. Parents reaction mixed on St. Charles schools' bathroom 'passport' that limits visits to the washroom to three times per quarter (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 144. Suspect in Hillside carjacking dead after jumping from Harlem Avenue overpass onto Eisenhower Expressway (Chicago Tribune)
· 145. Naperville OKs sale of alcohol at two hair salons, but they must meet a list of requirements set out by the city (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 146. Four Detroit men arrested after foiled smash-and-grab robbery at Orland Park jewelry store (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 147. Police search for suspect in Palos Hills sexual assault (CBS 2)
· 148. Channahon woman critically injured after being struck by a vehicle after getting off a party bus stopped in heavy traffic in Matteson (CBS 2)
· 149. Three people injured in head-on crash on 159th Street in Orland Park (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 150. OPINION: Voters will have chance to change things at Lincoln-Way High School District 210 in April election (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 151. Indiana man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of woman who advertised sex for sale on website; incident occurred in Calumet City (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 152. Lake County Fairgrounds to play host to 12th annual Hospice Hustle charity cycling event on Sunday, Sept. 18 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 153. Crash on I-94 near Lake Station's Ripley Street exit ties up traffic (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 154. Hobart landmark restaurant Bright Spot closes (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 155. Painful memories awakened now that man convicted of 1990 abduction/rape/murder is set to be released (Northwest Indiana Times)
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[PI] Desperate Times - July Contest

"Mr. Donovan." The bank man shook my hand and gave me a swift smile, the kind of smile people use when there's nothing to smile about.
"I appreciate you coming here, Mr. Donovan. You've been dodging our messages for quite some time, I can only assume you know you owe a great deal of money." The man places paper after paper on the table between us.
"As you can see, this is what your mortgage. This number is what you owe on that." I followed his finger with my gaze as it moved rapidly across the papers. "I see here you still owe a bit of money on your student loans and it looks like you made a considerable withdrawal a few weeks ago. Can you explain to me what exactly you were thinking, Mr. Donovan?"
"My eight-year-old daughter has cancer. It was for medical bills."
"My condolences." The man did not so much as flinch before pressing on. "With that in mind you really should have informed the bank earlier. If you had come to us when we first call you we might have been able to restructure your finances to buy you some time, but with the way you've been handling it you have not been making things easy for yourself."
"I'm sorry I haven't been able to meet with you earlier, but my daughter has been going through operations and chemotherapy almost daily. She's eight and she doesn't have anyone else, I can't just leave her alone at the hospital. Isn't there anything you can do for me now?" It takes all my self restraint not to punch him in the face when he looks at me with his bland expression, as if I just told him about the weather, but I remind myself he's the only one who can help me right now, so I force myself to remain calm.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Donovan, there simply isn't anything more I can do for you at such a late stage. So as you can see, this, this and this is what you owe in total. That's about..." He trails off while counting in his head, silently mouthing the numbers.
"Eight thousand dollars." I answer quietly.
"Yes, that's about right. If you've read the warnings we've sent you, you should know you have until tomorrow night to pay the full amount or you're looking at losing your house."
"I've been sleeping at the hospital for the last couple of weeks so I have not received any messages. Please, isn't there anything you can do, anything at all? How am I supposed to come up with eight thousand dollars in 24 hours?"
"I'm afraid not. You put yourself in this position, Mr. Donovan, you are the one who has to find a way out. As for how to make that kind of money in a day, if I knew that I would not be working here." He smiled at his own joke, extending his hand, only to retract it when he realized I had stalked off without shaking it.
~
Annabel broke into a smile when she saw me coming down the corridor. She was the only nurse that Emma, my daughter, would let near her. Emma said the other nurses treated her like a product, she came in sick, she gets her treatment and then they ship her back home, no need to talk to or make a product laugh, but Annabel wasn't like that. I would often find the two of them sitting on the bed, laughing and playing cards. Annabel was always there after every procedure, as if they were sisters, never mind that Annabel was thirty years older and Hispanic. She seemed to be the only one who could put a smile on Emma's face. Even I couldn't do that anymore.
"How did it go?" Her smile drops slightly, but she quickly picks it up again.
"You first." She asked teasingly, but I couldn't help feeling like she was trying to hide something. It annoyed me what she knew I had been at the bank and that money was tight, but I had to tell her something when I asked her to watch Emma, and I didn't want to lie to her after all she has done for us.
"Not so good." I try to soften the word with a smile, but it comes out crooked. "Money is in short supply right now, that's all, but don't worry about us, we'll be fine." This time Annabel's smile fell right off. She bit her lip before she answered.
"I'm afraid I have some bad news too." She failed at masking her disappointment with a smile just a miserably as I had.
"What?! Why didn't you tell me right away? Did something happen to her?" Annabel hurried after me as I ran into room 402.
"No, it's nothing like that, Emma is fine, she's just tired." Despite her words my heart was thumping in my chest until I tore back the drapes around Emma's bed and saw the frail, hairless girl stirring and grunting softly, the way she always did when she woke up.
"What's wrong, dad?" She rubbed a tired eye while looking at me suspiciously.
"Nothing, I was just... just checking on you, that's all." I kissed her on her head and held her in my arms for a moment.
"I'm not dead yet, you know." She rubbed the spot on her bald head where I had kissed her as if to remove any germs she may have caught. "You know I don't like it when you kiss me there."
"I know, I just had to make sure you still didn't lose your memory with your hair." I teased and she stuck out her tongue at me. It struck me how red it was against her pale skin. "In fact, I'm still not sure, I should probably make sure." I held her down and tickled her, planting kisses on her scalp while she screeched with laughter.
"Stop! Help! I'm going to die!" Emma wheezed, but when I let go off her she did not stop laughing.
"You're not going to die." I told her solemnly. "I won't let you."
"I don't think the cancer cares what you think, dad."
"He better, I don't think he would like me when I'm angry." I winked at her and she gave me one of her rare smiles. "I'll leave you alone for a minute, okay? Annabel had something she wanted to talk to me about." When I turned around I saw she had been silently watching us with a warm smile on her face. Once we had stepped outside, Annabel was the first to speak.
"I don't know if I ever told you this, but you're a good father." Annabel smiled.
"I don't know about that. What kind of father can't even pay his mortgage." I felt my cheeks turn bright red, I had not meant to tell her that.
"The kind that knows she needs you by her side more than she needs your money." That's what I've been telling myself, but hearing it from someone else sends a wave of relief over me.
"Thank you. Really, I don't know what we would do without you." She humbly inclined her head.
"What I wanted to talk to you about is the results from the scan she took yesterday. It appears she's been having trouble with her liver." Annabel pointed out a few numbers on a chart that meant nothing to me.
"So what does this mean, exactly?"
"She's not in any immediate danger, but she needs another operation to avoid further complications. The procedure is not difficult, but it will cost you about two thousand dollars." I felt a cold lump in my chest that grew like a weed, covering me from the inside.
"Two thousand dollars..." I sank down to the floor in the empty hospital corridor with my back against the wall. "I can't do it." Saying the words was like opening a flood gate, along with the first drop, everything else spilled out. "I owe the bank eight thousand by tomorrow or I'm out of the house and now you're telling me my daughter might die if I can't pay the hospital another two thousand." I laughed a bitter laughter. "It's all falling apart. I just can't keep the pieces together anymore, they're all coming down on top of me and that wouldn't even be so bad, but Emma will get crushed with me and I can't let that happen. She deserves so much better. She deserves..." I don't even know what I was going to say, so instead I simply sat there with tears rolling down my cheeks.
"She deserves a full and happy life." Annabel placed a hand on my shoulder and crouched down next to me.
"She will have it. I know things aren't looking good right now, but we'll figure something out together. We will think of something."
"How can you say that? There's nothing to think off, the only way I could possibly make ten thousand in a day is..." I felt like an idiot even for thinking it, but there was no other way. I wiped my tears on my sleeve and stood up abruptly.
"Is what?"
"I've got to go."
~
After three hours of driving through the darkness, the blinking neon lights and the bright posters of Las Vegas hurt my eyes. When I entered one of the casinos I was surprised to see it looked just like the movies. I had never been inside a real casino before, I was never one to gamble, yet here I was with nothing but a thin wad of cash in my pocket and barely enough gas to get back home. I passed the one-armed bandits in the hall and approached the woman behind the desk.
"I would like all of this in chips, please." I dumped the wad of crumbled bills on the counter and she looked at me for a moment. I thought I saw pity in her eyes, that she was going to tell me she could see what I was doing and that it was futile. The house always wins. But the moment passed and she said nothing, instead she took the money, counted it and handed me a small stack of chips.
"Here you go, sir. 293 dollars." I took the chips and headed out into the main hall. It was almost midnight by now, but the place was bustling with life. Fat men in suits smoking cigars, young men with a dangerous flash of intelligence in their eyes at the poker tables, beautiful women in long dresses playing Blackjack while scanning the room. I had never felt so out of place in my life, but I could not go back now, this was the only way. For a moment I entertained the idea of sitting down at a poker table, I had seen how much money you could make at poker if you played it right. I had played in home games since I was a teenager, but even in those games I was never among the best, no, poker wasn't my game. Instead I turned to scan the room for something else.
I wandered around for a while, watching the games, but even more so watching the people. Some of them jumped in joy as they won, some smirked while others cursed their luck as they saw their hopes and dreams get pulled away by the rake. I sat down at a Roulette table and watched as the board and the ball spun in opposite directions. It hit the edge and started bouncing around, until it finally slowed down and came to rest in a black slot.
"22 Black!" A man in the same vest the woman at the front desk had been wearing called out.
"What is the payout for betting on a single number?" I asked the man.
"35:1. Would you like to place a bet, sir? The next round is about to start."
"Uhm... no thanks, maybe next round." I couldn't do the calculation in my head, but I saw a man with a notepad and pen in hand, so I asked him if I could please borrow it. After some persuasion he agreed. I almost laughed when I saw the final number, I had to double check to make sure it was right.
"293 times 35..." I muttered while I counted it again.
"10255." Just enough to pay the bank, the hospital and maybe put food on the table for a few days. This could not be chance, it must be that whatever cruel gods there may be have finally decided to save me in my time of need. This was everything I could have asked for, everything I could have hoped for. I gave the pen and paper back and sat down at the Roulette table again.
"Betting this time, sir?" He asked in a friendly manner.
"Yes, everything on twelve." It had always been Emma's favorite number, it just could not fail me now when I needed it the most. The man spun the wheel and dropped the little white ball into the pit, making it spin and bounce while I watched it like a hawk.
"Come on..." Someone next to me muttered, but I only stared. It started to slow down enough that I could see the numbers and everything the ball passed number twelve my heart sank in my chest, only to be jolted back to life an instant later when the ball came around again. In excruciating slow-motion, it slowed down and stopped, resting in the black slot labelled eleven.
"Better luck next time, sir." The man said and swept every last dollar I had off the table.
~
The drive back home was the longest three hours of my life. I pulled over at a bar to get something to numb the pain, but then I remembered I didn't own a single dollar. It's just as well, I brought this on my self, everything is my fault, just like the man at that bank said. If I was a better person, a better father, none of this would have happened. I deserve every stab of pain and guilt I feel and even thinking about having a drink when my daughter had been missing me for hours without knowing where I was or when I'd be back made my guilt double. The nurse at the front desk gave me a strange glance when I barged in without a word, but did nothing to stop me.
I looked at my clock before entering room 402. 3:30 AM. Emma lay in her bed, curled up like a ball with blankets wrapped around her, only her head sticking out from her warm cocoon. Next to her in a chair was Annabel, she had a newspaper in a slack hand, but her head was tilted back and she was snoring softly. I took the chair next to hers and placed it next to Emma's bed. I clutched her hand in mine and buried my face in her blankets.
"I'm sorry." I sobbed into her lap, I couldn't help myself. "I'm sorry I wasn't a better father to you. I'm sorry your mother was never there for you. I'm sorry you had to wear patched clothes to school and that I had to cut your hair even though I didn't know how. I'm sorry I can't pay for this operation. I hope one day you can forgive me, even though I won't deserve it." I felt a hand on my shoulder, but the touch made me flinch as if it was painful.
"Come, let's not wake her." Annabel lead me outside into the corridor and we both sat down. She offered me a cigarette in silence.
"We're not allowed to smoke in here, are we?"
"No." She said and lit the cigarette. I took it and inhaled deeply, making me cough violently, made even worse by my attempts to keep it quiet so as not to wake Emma, but at least my trembling hands steadied a little.
"So where were you?" Annabel asked and took a drag from the cigarette.
"Drove to Vegas. I put everything on one spin of the roulette." Annabel smiled sadly.
"I thought you might do something like that."
"Aren't you going to ask how it went?" She shook her head.
"You're not very good at hiding your emotions." I chuckled through my tears.
"No, I suppose you're right. I guess this is it. Everything is done now. I'll have to sleep on the streets and go panhandling during the days. I think 'My daughter has cancer, spare a dime' has a nice ring to it, maybe it'll be all right." It was meant to be a joke, but no one laughed.
"You don't have to do that." Annabel said and took another drag from the cigarette.
"I don't see what else I can do. I'm out of options. I don't have so much as a dollar and the bank is about to take everything I own. I doubt they'll even leave me the clothes on my body." Annabel offered me the cigarette, but I declined, it did not feel like the right time to increase my chances of getting cancer.
"They won't take anything from you." Annabel reached into her front pocket and pulled out a slim piece of paper and gave it to me. It was a check signed by herself.
"Eleven thousand dollars...?" I looked at the check and then at Annabel in disbelief. "I can't take this money, it's not right, you barely know me." She took my hand in hers and forcefully closed it around the check.
"Take it. You need it more than I do." I shook my head.
"Why? You have hundreds of patients and we're surely not the first that can't pay. You can't go paying everyone's medical bills, let alone my mortgage and my loans." Annabel took one final drag from the cigarette before putting it out and throwing it in a bin. She turned to me with a serious face.
"I'm going to tell you a story that I've never told anyone before. When I first started here as a nurse, almost twenty years ago, I did not know any of the other nurses. I was shy and did not make friends easily, but I soon connected to one of the patients. He was an old man by the name of Aaron and he had leukemia. He never had any visitors so one day I asked him about it and so he told me his wife had already died and there was no one else. I stayed with him to keep him company that night.
After that he, like Emma, he refused to see any other nurses. I got to know him well over the next few weeks and he told me about his life, everything he had done or wanted to do and all the things he had seen, but for every passing day he grew weaker. One day looked even weaker and paler than usual when he called me into his room, but he assured me he was fine. He told me a story of how when he was a young man he had found an older man in an alley, beat and bloody, half the bones in his body broken and left to die. Aaron took the old man in, helped him to the hospital and helped nurture him back to health, never asking for anything in return.
When the old man had recovered, he said that in return for saving his life, he would give my friend his life savings, asking only that he passed it on to 'you are good, you need it more than I'. After he finished the story he passed the money to me and told me 'you are good, you need it more than I'." Annabel looked at me in silence for a while, then she leaned in, squeezed my hand with the check in her own hands and whispered to me.
"You are good, you need it more than I."
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