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Dec 10, 2019 4:45 PM
Potential Tyler in Night Vale
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A new subway entrance has opened in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are no records of a new entrance there being built or approved, or even proposed.

But there it stands, a sign reading "SUBWAY" and a flight of stairs downward.

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People seem quite surprised by this development! Someone contacts the local authorities, or someone who is part of the local authorities notices, or something, and then shortly: someone, wearing an orange t-shirt and jeans, flies up to it quite quickly and surveys it.

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The entrance is clean, with green tiles and a metal bench. The doors to the subway are closed, and no train is visible through the glass.

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The person in the orange t-shirt zooms around a bit, observing it to see if it's doing anything behind the scenes, and then recommends that bystanders get back, just in case.

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And a minute later, an Asian male arrives, also wearing jeans but instead a black t-shirt.

He goes up to the man in orange, talks to him briefly, and then goes to the entrance and checks it out.

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The ground starts to shake slightly. The doors to the subway open, and a swarm of houseflies pours out.

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Well. That was unexpected, but fortunately he has some water on him, so he tries catching some of them in little bubbles of water-made-solid.

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Many flies are trapped. They appear to be normal flies and react with alarm and confusion to the bubbles of water. The untrapped flies fly up toward the fluorescent ceiling lights and out toward the sky.

An empty subway car is visible behind the open doors.

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He will go through the open doors and explore around the subway car, then, after reporting the weird flies.

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Range, the guy in the orange shirt, will continue telling people to leave the area.

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The subway car is small and clean, with an off-white tiled floor and large double-layered windows. There are several bars for holding onto while standing, long benches along the walls, and a few smaller benches perpendicular to the others, on both ends. There is a pamphlet under one of the shorter benches at the far end of the car.

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Tyler goes into it to check nobody's hiding under a seat or something, looks for any signs of people in it – he'll get to the pamphlet later if it's relevant.

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No people in the subway. Aside from the pamphlet and a small piece of a plastic wrapper wedged between an armrest and the wall, no signs of people recently here either.

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Is the pamphlet displaying any pertinent information?

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The front page has a simple drawing of a lot of passengers sitting and standing in the car, smiling and holding hands. Inside is a stylized route map, a list of times and what are probably stations, and a set of characters that the word processor gave up on and rendered as rectangles with numbers.

There is a chime as the doors close, then the car begins to move.

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As the doors shut, he gets up and moves in their direction, quite fast, trying to get out and ultimately failing. He looks out the front of the car, can't see anything of use, and tries opening the doors manually. Some of the water on the other side of the doors, part of the 'bubble' containing the flies, breaks off and moves towards it at high speed, quite solidly – he's aiming to smash the window.

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The doors don't open or break. There is a dull thud as the water hits the glass, but the glass does not break, and there aren't gaps in the glass for it to seep in through.

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He makes the water more solid and reshapes it into a point, then smashes it against the glass, trying to shatter it from a point of impact instead.

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The point definitely hits the window and there's another thud, but not nearly loud enough for that much momentum. The window isn't even scratched.

The car departs the station completely, and all the windows go dark and the water -- is missing? There's nothing there to move anymore.

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That. Is slightly disconcerting.

Any water bottles nearby or will he have to consider other things if this turns into more of an emergency situation?

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There are no water bottles nearby, or other drink containers.

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Well, in that case he will consider what he'd do in the case of needing some sort of weapon and then he will store it away in his mind for if he ever needs it, but as the subway is currently just being offensive by transporting him against his will, he likely doesn't need it.

Unless it's fucked with his powers, too, in which case he will want to screw with it.

Anything interesting around?

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The pamphlet and fragment of wrapper are where he left them.

There's a partially complete book of mazes and a stick of chalk jammed into the back of one of the seats.

An unlit stop button is mounted in one of the poles.

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… If he presses the stop button?

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It makes a clicking noise. It's hard to tell if this has sent any kind of signal.

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Okay, well, he'll go look at the fragment of wrapper and the book of mazes and see if they're mysterious in any way like the weirdly printed pamphlet.

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