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107478 No. 107478
Unoriginal title.
The Return of Halloween Anon.
Christmas.

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Christmas.

The season of wonder and miracles, an astounding oasis of joy is the cruelness of winter, a jovial jubilee of jollification, a magnificent conviviality blissful rapture, the day that brings forth the blazes of primal excitement and innocent exultation deep within the hearts of children!

You close the dictionary and slip off the chair, pressing your nose up against the cold window glass and staring out over the freshly snow-covered village.

The day of presents!

You skip over to the table and review your list. Last night, the Scarlet Devil Mansion held it's yearly pre-Christmas eve party. In... (three to Tuesday, plus one, skip Thursday, hold the two...) Exactly one week, it will be time for their Christmas eve party.

You have just one week to find eight presents, for eight people. You draw the slips out of your pocket and review the names again.

Pick eight (coded):
[ ] Criss-Cross
[ ] Cross Hatch
[ ] Fire Hatch
[ ] Fire Alarm
[ ] False Alarm
[ ] True or False
[ ] True Blue
[ ] Blue Balloon
[ ] Balloon Animal
[ ] Animal Rights
[ ] Right Turn
[ ] U Turn
[ ] No U
[ ] No Fun Anymore
[ ] Fun Times
[ ] Out of time
[ ] Burma-Shave

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Each one of these corresponds to a different character, who you will get (a) gift(s) for. Then, on Christmas eve, you will deliver them, in person and secret (secret person).

>> No. 107484
[X] Criss-Cross
[X] Fire Alarm
[X] No U
[X] Burma-Shave
[X] Blue Balloon
[X] Animal Rights
[X] True or False
[X] Fun Times

I can only imagine who corresponds to what...
>> No. 107485
[x] No Fun Anymore
[x] Fun Times
[x] Out of time
[x] Blue Balloon
[x] False Alarm
[x] True Blue
[x] Balloon Animal
[x] True or False

just the names that jumped out at me.
>> No. 107491
[ø] Criss-Cross
[ ] Cross Hatch
[ ] Fire Hatch
[ ] Fire Alarm
[ø] False Alarm
[ø] True or False Shiki??
[ ] True Blue
[ ] Blue Balloon
[ ] Balloon Animal
[ø] Animal Rights
[ ] Right Turn
[ø] U Turn
[ø] No U a NEET Kaguya?
[ ] No Fun Anymore
[ø] Fun Times
[ø] Out of time
[ ] Burma-Shave
>> No. 107492
Burma shave is Cirno.

Ice.fairy.is.stongest.lasts.longest.BURMA.SHAVE

Is someone's host mask on IRC, so That's why I assume it's Cirno.
>> No. 107501
[x] Cross Hatch
[x] Fire Alarm
[x] False Alarm
[x] True or False
[x] Right Turn
[x] No Fun Anymore
[x] Fun Times
[x] Burma-Shave

Yay, Halloween Anon. Eggnog and candy-canes?
>> No. 107502
Holiday Anon.
>> No. 107503
[X] Criss-Cross Yumemi? Oh god please make it so
[X] Cross Hatch Yuuka? (Her dress pattern)
[ ] Fire Hatch Mokou?
[ ] Fire Alarm Orin?
[X] False Alarm Tewi?
[ ] True or False Keine?
[ ] True Blue Murasa?
[ ] Blue Balloon
[X] Balloon Animal
[ ] Animal Rights Yukari or Aya? (from Yukari's Bohemian Archive article)
[ ] Right Turn
[X] U Turn
[X] No U Kaguya?
[X] No Fun Anymore
[ ] Fun Times
[ ] Out of time Sakuya?
[X] Burma-Shave Cirno?
>> No. 107505
[X] Criss-Cross
[X] Cross Hatch
[X] False Alarm
[X] True or False
[X] Animal Rights
[X] Fun Times
[X] Out of time
[X] Burma-Shave

It's still winter
There's lots of snow
That's why I'm hoping
Letty will Show
Burma-Shave
>> No. 107506
[x] No U
[x] Out of time
[X] Cross Hatch
[x] Animal Rights
[X] False Alarm
[x] Burma-Shave
[x] Fire Alarm
[x] No Fun Anymore
>> No. 107519
[x] Criss-Cross
[x] Fire Hatch
[x] True or False
[x] True Blue
[x] U Turn
[x] No U
[x] Fun Times
[x] Out of time
>> No. 107537
[x] Criss-Cross
[x] False Alarm
[x] True or False
[x] Balloon Animal
[x] True Blue
[X] Fun Times
[x] Out of time
[x] Burma-Shave

Burma Shave at the end. Always.

Plus you can use it as a fake Santa beard in a pinch.
>> No. 107569
Voting closed, tallied, wrangled, and called. The winners are:

[7] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
[7] True or False (Youmu, Yuyuko, Hakuanon)
[7] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Kanako, Suwako)
[6] Criss-Cross (Sakuya & Meiling)
[6] Out of time (Akyuu)
[6] Burma-Shave (Yukari, Ran, Chen, Sousha)
[5] No U (Yuuka & Nemo)
[4] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)

Vote for the one(1) option you would like to shop for first! Thoughts on what to get them welcome.

*one option does not mean one person. It means one collection of people, as they are listed in the winners.
>> No. 107571
{X} Burma-Shave (Yukari, Ran, Chen, Sousha)
>> No. 107572
[x] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)

Some of these weren't what we were expecting, and you expected us to vote in a decent fashion.
>> No. 107573
>>107572
Did he, now?
>> No. 107580
[ø] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)

Letty~
>> No. 107581
[X] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Kanako, Suwako)
>> No. 107585
[x] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Kanako, Suwako)

It's a very Moriya Christmas.
>> No. 107586
[x] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Kanako, Suwako)
>> No. 107587
[x] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Kanako, Suwako)
>> No. 107588
[x] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)
>> No. 107597
>>107572

It was to simulate drawing names out of a frikkin' hat. It wasn't supposed to make too much sense.

I'll call the vote and write tomorrow, when I have a higher chance of being coherent.
>> No. 107600
[X] Criss-Cross (Sakuya & Meiling)

> [6] Out of time (Akyuu)

I feel sad now.
>> No. 107601
[X] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
>> No. 107602
>>107600
Her last Christmas.

For now, anyway.
>> No. 107603
>>107597
I liked the way each item half-linked to the next, except Burma-Shave, which is acceptable anyway because they were an awesome company.

What were the other ones on the list supposed to be, or are they being held for a bonus round?
>> No. 107634
[x] Burma-Shave (Yukari, Ran, Chen, Sousha)
>> No. 107641
>>107603
I posted them in IRC a while ago, I might post them here in the thread later. For now:

[X] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Moriya gods)

Wins. Writing now-ish.
>> No. 108515
>>107641
Welp.
>> No. 108540
>>107641
1. It is later, now, and many of us do not visit IRC.

2. UPDATE, GODDAMMIT.
>> No. 108548
>>108540
Updates are coming on December 24th 2010.
>> No. 108549
IRC-goer here.

I think Q died.
>> No. 108590
Terribly, terribly sorry for all this. I got sick, and also had a week-long Christmas coding competition, that, frankly, ranked higher on my list of priorities. It finished yesterday, though, so I'll try to get back in the writing chair.
>> No. 108591
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108591
Still very sorry about how long this took. I'm positive there would have been a better, much less awkward way of setting this up, but I can't (easily) change that now.

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[Q] Fun Times (Sanae, Ku-chan, Moriya gods)

You carefully unfold the paper, and scan the list.

It's those people from the mountain shrine.

Hmmm.

This looks like a job for Kourindou!

Donning your coat lucky red cap (which, due to a rather unfortunate breakdown of communications, is also named "Don"), you leap out into the snow.

Whoosh!

Soon, the shop of your destination lies before you. Within it's warm walls, you shall retrieve the blessed items for the goddesses and their servant.

Now, to get in...

Up-
Over-
and in!

Refolding the coat hanger and discreetly stuffing it back in your jacket, you look around furtively.

In the absence of a chimney, the back window will do.

Keeping low, you browse the shop's lowly wares.

Three miniature robots, two decks of cards, and a lighter.

You spot something else, out of the corner of your eye. Awed, you lift it from the shelf, carefully cradling it's slight, mechanical form.

A 35mm Polaroid Camera. There has never been a faster, less reliable, and more-misused camera held by any but the Tengu themselves.

You let out a low whistle and put it among the other gifts.

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Shopping:
For Sanae:
(1) Miniature Giant Robot (Green), (1) Camera
For Kanako:
(1) New Deck of Cards, (1) Miniature Giant Robot (Blue)
For Suwako:
(1) New Deck of Cards, (1) Miniature Giant Robot (Yellow)
For Ku:
(1) Goddamn Lighter

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Pick another from the winner's list, and let the shopping continue!
>> No. 108592
[x] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)
>> No. 108593
[ø] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
hooray!
>> No. 108594
{X} Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)
>> No. 108596
[ℤℯ] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)

Hooray, you're back!
>> No. 108597
[ø] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
>> No. 108598
[X] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)
>> No. 108614
Someone asked again on IRC, so here they are. The list of unchosen Christmas giftees:

[ ] Cross Hatch (Satori, Koishi & Pets)
[ ] Fire Hatch (Temple of Myouren)
[ ] Fire Alarm (Taizou, Yuugi, Yamame, Kisume)
[ ] True Blue (Reina)
[ ] Blue Balloon (Nitori, Bill, Takiko, daughter)
[ ] Balloon Animal (Reimu, Suika, Mima)
[ ] Right Turn (Mokou)
[ ] U Turn (Aya, Momizi, Adahn, Mikio)
[ ] No Fun Anymore (Marisa, Alice, David, Sigurd)
>> No. 108621
[x] Animal Rights (Reisen, Tewi, KC)
>> No. 108639
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108639
[c] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)

Cannot resist Letty~
>> No. 108680
[X] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
This holds the possiblity to be funny and adorable.
>> No. 108681
[7] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)
>> No. 108697
And, we have a winner!

[Q] False Alarm (Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, Rumia, Letty)

Writing later today, after I finish opening my presents.
>> No. 108703
>>108697
Shouldn't Phobe be among them?
>> No. 108738
>>108703
Hmmm, I hadn't thought of that...
>> No. 111870
So, for those of you who haven't already inferred it, this story is officially dead. Not enough ideas, lack of motivation, and it's already February.

It's sad to see it go, but it's gone.