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  • Sweet Home Alabama

    table(chatlog). (st). ||ST
    Hard work carries its a rhythm like any good song—in this case, the driving beats of hard rock, prior to the end of the world, full of purpose and meaning and direction. Around, the noises of Bakersfield pass over, …

  • Commissioning the Mechanic

    table(chatlog). (bear1). ||Bear
    Another day, another gear finished. Slow and steady. Bear reaches down, wrapping sure fingers around the milk jug he's made into his cup for the last few days, and frowns. Empty again. He gets off his stool, wiping …

  • It's In the Radio Waves, Man!

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    Twilight is coming to an end, night chasing close at its heels. Done with the day's logging - not from exhaustion, but because felling trees is too noisy for night work - Ken sets himself to other errands. As he …

  • Optimism's Price

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    Ken slips up beside Sanura from around the corner. He's much calmer than when they first arrived, although he still stands just a little too far away from everything as if the world were a little too small. Sometime …

  • Casual Conversation

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    *February 23, 2026* Dawn light hasn't yet shifted to the gold of morning. On the roof of Bjorn's workshop, Ken kneels in the dirt. Yes, dirt - the roof now covered in a variety of makeshift planter boxes. He hums …

  • Dearly Departed

    table(chatlog). (bear1). ||Bear
    Bear settles into his crafting mind, dragging a long sip off his plastic gallon jug of tea, a rich dark brown sloshing. He leans over his drawing board, with a list in front of him. He wears his usual blue jeans and …

  • Opening Up

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    Ken slips down from the rooftops and walks up to the big roll-up door of Bear's workshop. He's in exactly the same state as when he rolled off the makeshift operating table earlier that day - bruised, bloodied, …

  • Learning from the Great Scribe

    table(chatlog). (st). ||ST
    The pilot-less barque quietly cuts through the water of Kern River, picking its way down the winding route as if guided by an invisible hand. The sun shines warm upon the light, fine-grained wood that consists its …

  • The Imperial City

    table(chatlog). (bear1). ||Bear
    Bear looks up from his workbench (a steel door bridged over two sawhorses), across the broad bedrock slab, up the sandstone walls at Ken and Sanura, finally come outside the walls for a look at Bear's big megaproject. …

  • Gift-Giving to a God

    table(chatlog). (bear1). ||Bear
    Bear approaches the door of Sanura's shop, rubbing his eye with rough fingers. He yawns a little, and knocks on the door as normally as his strength allows. While he awaits a response, he scratches at his scalp with …

  • Melody Lost

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    Bakersfield: March 31, 2026 Ken makes his way above moonlit streets, a slight stir of leaves the only sign of his passing. As he reaches the old Jiffy-lube with its firelit windows (the brightest thing on these …

  • War... What Is It Good For?

    table(chatlog). (ken1). ||Ken
    May 9th, Bakersfield Ken pauses just outside the old Jiffy Lube while he waits for Sanura to catch up. In the hour since they began their work, pink sky turned black and the town has gone as dormant as it ever is. He …

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