An explorer called Tink managed to speak to Phil..I've managed to get what she had to say on the matter and the log of the conversation. It's rather long and rambling just to warn you.
It all started as usual . . .
I went into my Relto . . .
intending to cruise through URU . . .
look for my usual . . .
you know, . . .
places I'd missed before . . .
maybe a new idea to try . . .
the usual Tinkian motion.
My KI suddenly flickered to life . . .
before I had even really reached my books.
I had just checked out my closet . . .
and decided the the lavender shearling and sailors . . .
were STILL my favorites.
But there it was . . .
in the lists . . .
"phend" . . .
Phil Henderson's handle.
Didn't think much of it . . .
even then . . .
Since Douglas Sharper's handle had ridden . . .
Doug Sharper-less . . .
in Aegura for days now.
Thought it was a relic . . .
a ghost in the KI.
Phil had been hijacked . . .
spirited away by force . . .
by members of the DRC . . .
Tink had LOUDLY . . .
very angrily . . .
disapproved the METHOD . . .
even if the intent was honorable.
But then . . .
Dr. Watson's handle popped onto the list . . .
and Michael Engberg . . .
and Dr. Kodama.
The culprits . . .
got nervous . . .
SOMETHING told Tink "Something different here" . . .
caught at Tink's eyes.
KI said he was in a "neighborhood" somewhere . . .
different than "Aegura".
So . . .
took a chance . . .
PM'd "phend" . . . "You OK?"
nothing for a long time . . .
had started jawing a little bit with Preacher46 . . .
by "long distance" . . .
he was in Garrison doing some cruising for a "something" there.
Then it came . . .
Short, very short . . .
then silence again.
I worried a bit . . .
asked: "Is your time your own now?"
hoping that he was out doing the usual Phil-ian motion . . .
flitting from place to place . . .
lighting for a bit . . .
then taking off again . . .
for the next intriguing place to light for a while.
Thought I'd go into the Nexus . . .
see if the neighborhood listed in his PM was a public one . . .
go See with my own eyes that he WAS on his own again.
Started a chatlog . . .
just in case I did come across him.
(12/19 18:56:40) Chat.log started...
It wasn't listed.
Unsettling that was . . .
Then . . .
(the following has been corrected for typos . . .
and I have added what was going through Tink's mind in places, too)
(12/19 19:01:17) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Hello Tink? May I call you
(12/19 19:01:46) To Dr Watson: sure . . .can we talk? *Joan Rivers voice*
(12/19 19:02:11) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Are you available? Actually I
have an odd request.
(12/19 19:02:49) To Dr Watson: sure . . what do you need?
Maybe they will give ole Tink some input on WHY they grabbed Phil like that?
Thought I was spitting in the wind with that thought . . .
but you never know . . .
(12/19 19:03:49) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Well... we've asked Phil
about anyone he might know or trust...
(12/19 19:03:59) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: ...and he mentioned you.
(12/19 19:04:13) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Would you be available to
chat with him briefly?
Ahah! Maybe there WILL be "more" . . .
something to settle my anger a bit?
It would be GOOD to get something from "the other side":
(12/19 19:04:29) To Dr Watson: sure . . .I asked about him a few minutes ago
(12/19 19:04:56) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: It would reassure people
about his wellbeing.
(12/19 19:05:23) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: I'll send you an invitation
to a neighborhood the DRC uses.
(12/19 19:05:59) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Thank you. See you soon.
(12/19 19:06:14) To Dr Watson: OK
Quickly my KI signaled the invitation . . .
and I linked right through . . .
nervous about what might happen to ME . . .
but determined to see about Phil.
As soon as I linked in:
(12/19 19:08:17) Michael Engberg: Tink I am near the private rooms, over by the
I headed for the rooms I remembered from some time back . . .
and Mr Engberg met me on the bridge.
(12/19 19:08:41) Michael Engberg: follow me
I followed him to the private rooms . . .
wondering if I would be locked in the building or something . . .
I HAD been very vocal . . .
very vocal . . .
about the DRC.
This bit of the log will be confusing, since I have problems with walking and
talking at the same time . . .
and now, in addition . . .
multiple one-on-ones with DRC members.
Engberg opened the doors and indicated:
(12/19 19:09:13) Michael Engberg: go ahead
Inside . . .
at the other end of the entrance hall, was Dr. Kodama:
(12/19 19:09:30) Dr Kodama: Hello. This way.
(12/19 19:09:32) Dr Watson: Yes she is Phil.
(12/19 19:09:49) Dr Kodama: This way.
(12/19 19:09:51) To Michael Engberg: Hello Dr Kodama
Can't walk and talk at the same time . . .
PM was still engaged with Engberg.
And I didn't have time to re-type for public repeat before:
(12/19 19:10:13) Dr Watson: Thank you for coming. This is rather odd.
(12/19 19:10:27) Dr Watson: Phil is inside the chamber.
(12/19 19:10:35) Tink: How is [it] odd?
(12/19 19:10:41) Dr Watson: You can close the door and the conversation is private.
(12/19 19:10:49) Dr Watson: That way there will be no issues.
I looked into the chamber.
There indeed was Phil!
(12/19 19:11:04) phend: hello Tink
I turned and closed the chamber's door . . .
leaving Watson and Kodama outside in the hallway.
And continued with PM mode to Phil:
(12/19 19:11:19) To phend: Hiya phil . . .you OK?
(12/19 19:11:36) To phend: I see your sandals . . .good
(12/19 19:11:38) From phend: i'm fine
(12/19 19:11:48) To phend: Sure?
(12/19 19:11:59) From phend: i have sandals - i told you i would
(12/19 19:12:03) To phend: How can ole Tink give you a hand?
(12/19 19:12:11) To phend: =) sandals
(12/19 19:12:25) From phend: i just want to continue my journey
(12/19 19:12:37) To phend: Not through DRC?
(12/19 19:12:45) From phend: no
(12/19 19:13:03) To phend: They are not helping . . . how?
i fervently hoped his kindred lateral-ness caught that correctly . .
(12/19 19:13:15) From phend: they only want to help
(12/19 19:13:20) From phend: but they don't know enough
(12/19 19:13:29) To phend: define "help"?
(12/19 19:13:42) From phend: they want to make sure i'm okay
(12/19 19:13:45) To phend: Oh . . . and Tink can help?
(12/19 19:13:48) From phend: i told them i was fine
(12/19 19:13:54) To phend: are you?
(12/19 19:13:57) From phend: tell them to let me out
(12/19 19:14:04) From phend: let me go
(12/19 19:14:18) To phend: How long have . . . what was that?
A sudden rumbling noise . . .
I rememberered the doors from the last time I had used one of these rooms . . .
they auto-open after a set period of time . . .
or maybe someone had opened them from the hall?
(12/19 19:14:24) Dr Watson: Is everything okay?
(12/19 19:14:30) To phend: Seems to be
Again. . .
the WRONG name highlighted for PM . . .
what was intended for Watson went to Phil!
(12/19 19:14:36) phend: yes
(12/19 19:14:39) To phend: Are you going to let phil out?
I hadn't caught it yet!
What was meant for Watson wnent to Phil!
(12/19 19:14:50) Dr Watson: One more session. Then we must be moving on.
They WERE listening in?
Now I began to wonder . . .
should I offer Phil my Relto book as passage out?
But he wasn't overtly sending signals that he TRULY wanted out NOW?
See if I can get more info first . . .
An action like THAT needs sureness of purpose with Tink!
And Tink wasn't yet sure of Phil's intent.
Not to mention he HAD to be unsure of MINE now!
So . . . I pointedly took long enough to make sure I was speaking to everyone
outside the chamber now:
(12/19 19:14:59) Tink: Are you guys going to let Phil out?
(12/19 19:15:08) Tink: Straight answer would help, doctor
(12/19 19:15:15) Dr Watson: We're not keeping him.
(12/19 19:15:24) Dr Watson: We just want to make sure he's alright.
That did seem to be coming from Phils' words, I thought.
(12/19 19:15:34) Tink: He thinks so . . . and from the look of it . . . so do I
(12/19 19:15:50) phend: i'm okay
(12/19 19:15:52) Tink: What do you think might be wrong?
More info gathering . . .
but I wanted to reassure Phil . .
incase he might be thinking I was Selling Him Out . . .
I PM'd him:
(12/19 19:16:17) To phend: I'm working out some info if I can . . . haven't
forgotten ya, phil
(12/19 19:16:28) Dr Watson: Phil, you know we're not forcing you here.
(12/19 19:16:39) phend: i suppose
(12/19 19:16:49) phend: but you want me to stay
THAT bothered me . . .
I decided to ask flat out:
(12/19 19:16:53) Tink: Can he leave with me?
(12/19 19:16:57) phend: you don't trust me
Who was that directed at, I wondered.
But Dr Watson quickly answered:
(12/19 19:16:57) Dr Watson: Of course. We do want to help you.
I HAD to ask Phil:
(12/19 19:17:13) To phend: who doesn't trust you, phil?
No immediate reply.
So I repeated:
(12/19 19:17:27) Tink: Can he leave with me?
Instead of an answer to my question:
(12/19 19:17:30) Dr Watson: Phil, just a couple more days and you can do what you
(12/19 19:17:45) From phend: they think i was in areas that were dangerous
That I needed to pursue!
(12/19 19:17:50) To phend: want me to shut the door again?
(12/19 19:18:06) phend: yes
(12/19 19:18:07) To phend: good grief! we ALL go there.
(12/19 19:18:22) phend: i was up higher
(12/19 19:18:40) phend: it was dangerous
(12/19 19:18:44) To phend: higher? above D'ni?
(12/19 19:18:56) phend: by the guild hall
(12/19 19:18:59) To phend: Was it a danger you felt OK with?
(12/19 19:19:11) phend: but when i leave here i will continue my journey
(12/19 19:19:18) To phend: Ah . . .I've often wondered what it's like up there!
(12/19 19:19:35) To phend: as you should, phil
(12/19 19:19:44) phend: i'm fine though
Again that "I'm fine" line . . .
but then he said:
(12/19 19:19:56) phend: i'll leave soon - i want the DRC to trust me
THAt made my decision . . .
I would not offer the use of my Relto page . . .
(12/19 19:20:01) To phend: do you believe them when they say "a few more days?"
(12/19 19:20:12) phend: i try to talk to them more - I believe Dr. Watson
(12/19 19:20:20) phend: he is a friend
(12/19 19:20:23) To phend: do you believe Dr Kodama?
(12/19 19:20:32) phend: he doesn't talk to me much
(12/19 19:20:44) phend: i don't know him
(12/19 19:20:51) To phend: he struck me as one who speaks directly . . . says what
(12/19 19:20:57) phend: yes
(12/19 19:21:15) To phend: well . . . are they feeding you . . . taking care of you
(12/19 19:21:23) To phend: a place to sleep if you need it?
No answer . . .
but he seemed to accept the "few more days" when he did say:
(12/19 19:21:23) phend: when i leave i will find you again - is that alright
(12/19 19:21:40) phend: i think they have been good to me - i'll leave soon
Then the door opened again . . .
and we heard:
(12/19 19:21:42) Dr Kodama: Dr. Watson. That is all we agreed to.
I knew I'd be invited to leave now . .
so I hastily PM'd:
(12/19 19:21:48) To phend: that is fine . . .I'll be there for you . . . a few more
(12/19 19:21:53) Dr Kodama: Tink, time for you to leave.
(12/19 19:21:56) phend: yes
(12/19 19:22:07) To phend: OK I'm coming
Ooops . . .
again I had not changed off the PM!
I had meant to buy a bit of time by telling that to Dr Kodama.
(12/19 19:22:09) phend: thank you for coming tink
(12/19 19:22:13) phend: you are kind
(12/19 19:22:14) Tink: Ok I'm coming
(12/19 19:22:23) To phend: holler if you need anything
(12/19 19:22:29) phend: thank you
(12/19 19:22:29) To phend: OK?
(12/19 19:22:34) phend: ok
(12/19 19:22:41) phend: bye
(12/19 19:22:43) Dr Watson: it's ok Ikuro they're leaving
There were others here in the neighborhood?
(12/19 19:22:47) Dr Kodama points
(12/19 19:22:56) To Dr Kodama: It is nice meeting you guys . . . I hope I haven't
seemed rude . . .
Oh dear . . .
I didn't see which direction Dr. Kodama pointed.
(12/19 19:23:07) Tink: point again?
(12/19 19:23:13) Dr Kodama points
(12/19 19:23:19) Tink: Ok thanks
(12/19 19:23:26) Dr Watson: thank you Tink
I was now moving away from the chamber . . .
and I knew they could easily seal Phil off again . .
so I hurriedly went back to PM:
(12/19 19:23:35) To phend: remember phil . . . holler
And back to out loud:
(12/19 19:24:11) Dr Watson: I trust Phil was helpful?
I decided to "do a DRC" . . .
and did not answer.
Right away, anyway.
(12/19 19:24:20) Tink: Dr Watson . . . can I ask YOU a question, too?
(12/19 19:24:27) Dr Watson: of course
But I don't do that well . . .
so I answered Dr Watson's question now . . .
(12/19 19:24:43) Tink: Not truly sure . . . hope so . . .
And then went to my question for Dr Watson:
(12/19 19:24:54) Tink: What has been worrying you about phil?
(12/19 19:25:17) Tink: He seems as loopy as ole Tink . . . not particularly goofy
(12/19 19:25:40) Dr Watson: He's a friend who's been gone for a year - and he's
returned...not quite himself
(12/19 19:25:51) Tink: How is he different?
(12/19 19:26:30) Dr Watson: he always had a special concern for...the D'ni - but not
as you see him now
(12/19 19:26:43) Dr Watson: and like you said - there's something just not quite
I NEVER said "there's something just not quite right" . . .
about Phil anyway.
Was this what Dr Watson was saying?
(12/19 19:26:57) Tink: The D'ni . . . I have VERY mixed feelings about them . . .
(12/19 19:27:03) Tink: how did he feel about them?
(12/19 19:27:08) Dr Watson: I'm concerned at two levels - personally...for my friend
(12/19 19:27:21) Dr Watson: and professionally for the sake of the restoration
Before the words Dr Watson just spoke sank in Tink's mouth went off:
(12/19 19:27:31) Tink: I didn't say there was something different . . you did, sir
NOW the words sank in . . .
and I wondered if I had irritated the man enough to stop talking.
(12/19 19:27:33) Dr Watson: I'd love to discuss this more but we do really need to
(12/19 19:27:45) Tink: Can we talk again sometime?
(12/19 19:27:54) Dr Watson: Thank you for your time Tink and understanding
(12/19 19:28:15) Tink: Talk again to me sometime . . .
We were at the private rooms entrance by now . . .
and Mr Engberg was waiting there.
(To make sure I actually left . .
and didn't start playing with the conepeople?)
He walked me toward the linking room . . .
where Dr Watson had already gone.
(12/19 19:28:26) Tink: later mr engberg?
(12/19 19:28:39) Michael Engberg: yes
(12/19 19:28:43) Michael Engberg: Thanks tink
I was determined to ask one more little thing before I laid my hand on the open
(12/19 19:28:48) Tink: Oh! Is this to be kept with Tink . . . or passed on?
(12/19 19:28:50) Dr Watson: Michael be sure to convey my congratulations to Victor
on the clock by the way.
(12/19 19:28:51) Michael Engberg: thanks
(12/19 19:29:14) Dr Watson: Tink please pass on the truth to those who are worried
(12/19 19:29:17) Tink: Dr Watson . . . can I pass this on to others?
(12/19 19:29:31) Tink: OK . . . thought I needed to ask
(12/19 19:29:32) Michael Engberg: Tink, this has helped more then you know.
(12/19 19:29:36) Dr Watson: we want people to know Phil is OK
My hand still hovered over the glowing panel:
(12/19 19:29:49) Tink: PLEASE? keep me posted?
(12/19 19:29:51) Michael Engberg waves
No further replies . . .
I linked out.
But I was NOT done yet:
(12/19 19:32:13) To Michael Engberg: Thanks for letting me talk to phil
(12/19 19:32:25) To Dr Watson: Thanks for letting me talk to phil
(12/19 19:32:36) To Dr Kodama: thanks for letting me talk to phil
Nothing immediately returned, so I angain checked back with Preachr46:
(12/19 19:33:24) To Preachr46: Preacher?
He, too, must be busy at something now.
No immediate answer.
(12/19 19:33:34) From Michael Engberg in Kirel Neighborhood: no no thank you..
(12/19 19:34:09) To Michael Engberg: Sometime . . . would you guys tell me the why's
of the methods used on the bridge?
Nothing in return . . .
I hoped . . .
really hoped . .
at least the seed had been planted . . .
that they would go ahead and let us in on their why's . . .
Maybe do a chatlog of the "incident" . . .
annotated with their thoughts . . .
like I'm doing this one.
Two Buddies were online right now . . .
may as well begin passing on Tink's episode in this thing:
(12/19 19:35:19) To Preachr46: Where be you?
(12/19 19:35:35) To Strife: Strife? Where be you?
(12/19 19:35:37) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: I'm in Gahreesen now
(12/19 19:35:46) To Preachr46: Got a minute?
The a sudden reply from Dr Watson:
(12/19 19:35:56) From Dr Watson in Kirel Neighborhood: Tink I am glad you were able
(12/19 19:35:58) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: What's up?
(12/19 19:36:10) To Preachr46: hang on a sec . . it's a doozy.
Well, I knew Dr Watson had received my thank you . .
why not ask him the question, too:
(12/19 19:36:31) To Dr Watson: I asked My Engberg about the bridge . . . can I ask
(12/19 19:36:54) To Preachr46: I just talked to phil AND some of the the DRC
(12/19 19:37:04) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: And?
(12/19 19:37:45) To Preachr46: I'm not sure yet . . . still need "pieces" . . . but
Phil says he is OK . . . DRC says they'll let him go a few days from now . . .
(12/19 19:37:51) To Preachr46: what does that sound like to you?
(12/19 19:38:20) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Thats' good news, I saw he
(12/19 19:38:48) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Something is going to
break loose maybe
(12/19 19:38:50) To Preachr46: I saw a bunch of them online . . . but something told
me to ask phil if he was OK
(12/19 19:38:56) To Preachr46: and he answered!
(12/19 19:39:12) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Good deal!
(12/19 19:39:23) To Preachr46: Here's where it goes different than the usual "i
talked to . . ." thing
(12/19 19:39:48) To Preachr46: They . . . Dr watson, Mr Engberg and Dr Kodama
invited me to a DRC private hood
(12/19 19:40:03) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Really?
(12/19 19:40:03) To Preachr46: Led me to the egg room . . .
(12/19 19:40:11) To Preachr46: where they had phil
(12/19 19:40:27) To Preachr46: They told me that it was so we could talk privately .
(12/19 19:40:34) To Preachr46: that it would be good for Phil
(12/19 19:41:03) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: You have all the luck!!
(12/19 19:41:08) To Preachr46: Phil SEEMED OK . . . said he was fine . . . but did
want to get out . . .
(12/19 19:41:15) To Preachr46: and continue his journey . . .
(12/19 19:41:38) To Preachr46: DRC said they would let him go after "one more
(12/19 19:41:45) To Preachr46: I think it was Dr Watson that said that
(12/19 19:42:10) To Preachr46: They gave me permission to pass it on to people who
wanted to know "the truth"
(12/19 19:42:32) To Preachr46: phil wants to continue . . .
(12/19 19:42:34) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: But is it the truth?
(12/19 19:42:43) To Preachr46: go up higher he said . . .
(12/19 19:42:57) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Higher?
(12/19 19:42:59) To Preachr46: even actually said the Guild hall . .
(12/19 19:43:05) To Preachr46: or above even that?
(12/19 19:43:08) To Preachr46: not sure yet
(12/19 19:43:28) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: The Great Zero Maybe?
(12/19 19:43:44) To Preachr46: DRC guys started to hustle me out about then . . .
(12/19 19:43:53) To Preachr46: before I could get phil to say more . . .
(12/19 19:43:57) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Figures
(12/19 19:44:06) To Preachr46: offered to help him get out . . . even asked DRC . .
(12/19 19:44:28) To Preachr46: if they would let him come with me . . .
(12/19 19:44:32) To Preachr46: no answer . . .
(12/19 19:44:43) To Preachr46: I'm not at all sure about what's the motive
(12/19 19:45:11) To Preachr46: I WANT to believe them . . . the DRC . . .
(12/19 19:45:17) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: You've been known to give
the DRC a hard time lol
(12/19 19:45:37) To Preachr46: that they aren't doing anything against phil's wants
. . .
(12/19 19:45:47) To Preachr46: he seemed to accept "a few more days"
(12/19 19:45:57) To Preachr46: Oh yeah . . .
(12/19 19:45:58) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: We may never know for sure
Suddenly a short reply . . .
in the middle of this spilling to Preachr46:
(12/19 19:46:05) From Dr Kodama in Kirel Neighborhood: of course
He was acknowledging my "thank you" . . .
in typical Kodama fashion.
(12/19 19:46:06) To Preachr46: I kept trying to ask them stuff . . .
(12/19 19:46:23) To Preachr46: but it was really hard to keep BOTH conversations
going at the same time
(12/19 19:46:48) To Preachr46: one private and public with phil, and one public with
Watson, Engberg and Kodama
(12/19 19:47:04) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Confusing at best
(12/19 19:47:04) To Preachr46: I'll have to review my chatlog
(12/19 19:47:20) To Preachr46: I really don't know if it's confusing . . .
(12/19 19:47:26) To Preachr46: or I am confusing it
(12/19 19:47:38) To Preachr46: I don't think I am . . .
(12/19 19:47:54) To Preachr46: I want to think there is good medical care for phil
if he needs it
(12/19 19:48:00) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Well, nothing new in the
Garrison age so far
(12/19 19:48:12) To Preachr46: I want to think they WILL let phil continue his
journey . . .
(12/19 19:48:20) To Preachr46: even if they consider it dangerous
(12/19 19:48:23) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: I think they will
(12/19 19:48:43) To Preachr46: Yeah I'm gonna pass the word . . . bend ears like
yours . . .
(12/19 19:48:48) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: They can't afford not to
let him continue
(12/19 19:48:49) To Preachr46: give them the couple of days.
(12/19 19:49:12) To Preachr46: i don't know . . . all they have to do is a medical .
(12/19 19:49:18) To Preachr46: a "section eight" so to speak
I deleted some "about something else" stuff in this part of my saga.
(12/19 19:49:42) To Preachr46: But I think I believe Kodama's straightforwardness
(12/19 19:50:11) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: He's the most level headed
of the bunch I think
(12/19 19:50:51) To Preachr46: I actually like engberg, too, now
(12/19 19:51:05) To Preachr46: and I've ALWAYS liked Watson
(12/19 19:51:21) To Preachr46: but mob action . . . err, mindset . . .
(12/19 19:51:26) To Preachr46: team playing as DRC . . .
(12/19 19:51:28) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Watson's OK
(12/19 19:51:29) To Preachr46: I dunno
(12/19 19:52:52) From Preachr46 in Preachr46's Gahreesen: Hang on a sec
Preacher was "into" something in Garrison . . .
so I left a little "sign-off for when he turned his attention back again:
(12/19 19:56:07) To Preachr46: I'll see you later . . . gonna go work up log . .
So there it is . . .
What went down . . .
and what Tink thinks.
Explorer Speaks to Phil
The Third Path Discussions [Archived]
1 post • Page 1 of 1
- Site Admin
- Posts: 50
- Joined: Thu Oct 02, 2003 10:15 am
1 post • Page 1 of 1