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I sit down across from Suquamish, smile and pat the breast pocket of my coat. I feign a little nervous anticipation, drawing upon my genuine nervousness about pulling this off.
"How long will I feel the effects? What can I expect?"
I send my mind out to Suquamish's, sifting through her surface thoughts for unspoken reaction to my questions. I want to be able to play the part of someone who has taken Home.
"The first time," Suquamish purrs, her normally cold tone lightening with anticipation as she sees the vial and knows the moment is coming soon. "The first time is deliciously long, Vignette. My first trip Home lasted for a whole day. Floating on bliss and free from cares or woe. All the world slides into place when you're Home, Vignette. The universal puzzle is solved" She sighs after waxing poetic, adding, "You should expect visions, a slightly elevated heart rate, maybe some sexual stimulation... Boeing would jump a split-rail fence when he went Home." She smiles at that, a little joke that sounds like it's been said many times.
I smile as she describes the bliss of Home. "That sounds like just what I need." I put the vial to my lips, hold it just a second to really sell it, really convince her that she saw it before I took it, without lingering so long as to invite close inspection. Then, I down it in one gulp.
"How soon will it hit?" I flutter my eyes a bit, take a deep breath, going for something that could be taken as anticipation or the beginnings of the drug taking hold.
"With your, ah, size," Suquamish says with surprising diplomacy, "It should some on soon. Relax, darling," she says, reaching a hand over the table to touch yours. "I will make sure it's a good trip. I promise it's worth it." She watches you closely, clearly expected something soon.
What do you do?
I try to remember everything I can about the times I have seen Hope or Suquamish on Home. I let out a long breath, flutter my eyelids again as a draw in a deep breath, as if suddenly savoring the air.
"Oh..." I say as I imagine a wave of peace and pleasure washing over me. I...think...soon is now," I say with my best untethered-from-the-world Hope smile. I squirm in my seat a bit, like I am leaning in the caresses of many unseen hands.
Not untethered from Suquamish's mind, though. What is she feeling?
Suquamish is excited to see how this "trip" affects you. She's eager to get this long job over with so she can return to Home herself. And she's a little jealous that you're taking it and she isn't.
Why don't you give me an Act Under Fire to pull off this ruse? I'm giving you a +1 Forward on this roll since you are "reading" Suquamish and have set this up rather well.