|Repose Verse (reposeverse) wrote in repose,|
@ 2019-05-24 01:57:00
|Entry tags:||*off the record|
[Off the Record: May-June]
[Spring has sprung, and Repose is no exception. Warmer days mean longer days, and dark doesn't fall until well after 8 p.m. most nights. These longer days mean more town activities, and Town Hall is busy beautifying Repose. Buildings are painted, and landscaping sounds can be heard all over downtown. Unfortunately, all the beautification reveals a time capsule buried behind the general store. After much consideration, Town Hall decides to open said time capsule in the center of Main Street and with much fanfare.
The lock on the old box, which is old and copper, decidedly Art Deco in appearance, gives way rather easily, and the puff of smoke that accompanies the opening is ominously dark, curling itself around spectators and winding its way down alleys and into the fields and orchards. As for the items inside the box, they're placed on display at the rec center, and they're available for handling by residents, but being around them seems to have strange effects on the town residents:
→ The first item in the box is a locket, and the accompanying card says it belonged to a Miss Reich. Miss Reich's family, the display card says, owned the town B&B over a hundred years ago. Sadly, Miss Reich was abandoned at the altar, and she hung herself from the B&B's attic rafters. Handling the locket makes the handler feel intense sensations of emotional love.
→ The second item on display is a compact. Upon opening it, the scent of old roses fills the nostrils, though it is long empty. The card accompanying it explains that it belonged to a Mrs. Hardy. Mrs. Hardy, the card states, had an unremarkable and happy life. She was an insightful woman, or so the card states, and those who have handled the compact will find any mirrors they encounter in days after show them strange and undeniable truths.
→ The third item on display is a lighter. The accompanying card states that it belonged to Mr. Stephens. The card indicates that the rumors around town involved Mr. Stephens having been bitten by a feral animal when he was just 16. He ailed for a month, before dying of infection on the full moon. Handling the lighter, which Mr. Stephens apparently could not handle having in his presence after the attack, makes the handler feel angry and animalistic.
→ The fourth item on display is a pendant, and there is no card accompanying, but it feels sinister to the touch, and it draws people with darkness to it. After interacting with it, these people feel their darkness much more strongly than before.
→ The final item is whimsical. The fairy pendant does not have an accompanying card, but there is an accompanying sketch. It is drawn in faded and smudged charcoal, but it clearly shows the space in front of (what is now) the secondhand book store. It is a sketch of the grass in front of the large widow at the store's entrance, and it shows a very small fairy, wings blurred in movement. Whoever handles the fairy pendant feels lighthearted and bright.
Additionally, the display includes letters from residents at the time the capsule was closed, and the letters include a set of skeleton keys. The keys do not indicate what they open, but the letters all refer to them, and to the fact that they should be reburied if ever found in future.]