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The Heroic League Project: Timeline and Soundtracks


The Heroic League Project is a series of stories that begin in 1970 and run right up until today.  Along with the stories, they have their own soundtrack that equals the year of events.  This is broken down into it’s basic descriptions of each year and the event taking part in that year.  At present, this is just getting thoughts down in a quick format, and eventually these will be expanded to include small descriptions of locations, clothing styles, attitudes, and even political belief.

It’s long, and currently ends in 2004, though there is more to it than that.

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Heroic League Project: Acadia Bio


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Real Name:
Michelle Villeneuve
Born: March 13, 1986, Quebec City, Quebec
Affiliations: Blanc Noir (independent metal band)
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 130 lbs
Powers: extensive martial arts training, gymnastic abilities, and the ability to play the drums with equal measure to Neil Peart from Rush.
Current residence: Montreal, Quebec
History:
Ever since Michelle was a little girl, she was different.  She was very up front about the fact she liked girls, even when she was 8.  She also wrote poetry at an early age.  She was fixated on her look and gravitated heavily toward the goth scene in her early teens.  She was known as “the happy goth” and “the pretty goth”, and still holds to that to this day.
She became extremely happy when she met Dom, because not only did she find a friend, she also found someone she loved very deeply.  So much so, that she joined the band that Dom, Yves, and Jacqueline (two other high school friends) and became their drummer.  She studied intensely and began to imitate other well known drummers (the other three would comment that Michelle is trying to build as comprehensive a drum kit as Niel Peart from Rush).
It also was not a question that when Dom revealed she was Canadienne, that Michelle vowed to help her.  She trained with Dom, kept in touch via phone when Dom was patrolling, and eventually made her own uniform and began hitting the streets with Dom.
While it was met with some controversy with right wing media, Michelle and Dom don’t hide the fact that they are in fact lovers.  This has proven to be very positive for young LGBT Canadians.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Art mirrors life… and predicts it


What’s strange is how very interesting it is how media like this, created by Alan Moore in the mid 1980s, made into a film in the late 90s, basically is predicting what is happening in the world.

There are those who follow the edict of using fear to control the masses. Just look at Fox News. Be afraid of Muslims, or African Americans (with strategic words such as “inner city men” used to foster that fear), or atheists, or lesbians, or homosexuals. It’s control at it’s core. Make those groups the targets and you suddenly control the masses and are able to continue ruling, so to speak.

In reality, it’s the right wing who are afraid. Afraid they’ll lose their control if they don’t have a target. They’ll lose their wealth, their standing and their power.

There’s been other films which showed the future in a relatively dark light; Running Man, The Dark Knight, Total Recall (the original with Schwarzenegger), and even RoboCop. What we laughed at is some of the things that have become real in our future. Just as the politics of corruption has become very real.

Sometimes, the fiction we consume isn’t that far off. And what we call escapism, is very dead on the money in mirroring what happens in the world. The biggest difference is, the public seems very much more aware of it.

EDIT:  Correction, the movie came out in 2006, not the late 90s.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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Something interesting


It’s a shame that people will try to force tradition onto something, when in fact their so called “tradition” is actually a relatively new concept.  This is much like the debate, or “controversy” over marriage equality.

There’s also large swaths of the religious right wing who will try to state that  for centuries people believed the Earth was flat.  This is 100% incorrect.  The Ancient Greeks knew there was a curvature of the Earth, they even had drawings which showed the Earth as round.  The concept of a “flat Earth” is actually a relatively new concept.  It wasn’t really devised until the 18th or 19th centuries.  And it basically came down to a pissing contest between a sect of Protestants and Catholics.  This sect of Protestants basically got mad at the Catholic Church and said “no, Earth is flat, lalalalala, not listening”.

The same is true of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.  If you listen to many in the religious right wing, they’d have you believe that no church on Earth believed Darwin’s theories were valid.  This is also inaccurate.  The Church of England actually thought that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution explained in a very intelligent and scientific manner how God created the Earth and the animals.  Evolution is a fact, it happens.  We see it on a microscopic scale today, because we as a species (just as other animals and plants) must adapt to new surroundings.

What the Church of England (and many other churches at the time) could not wrap their heads around was the concept that nature is inherently cruel.

Need some examples?  I’ve got some examples.

There is a wasp that when the female is ready to lay her eggs, will find a cockroach.  The roach is stung in the brain, essentially zombifying it.  The roach is still alive.  The wasp, along with some helpers, will drag the roach to an enclosure, the female will lay her eggs inside the roach, and then once she’s exited the enclosure, the wasps seal it up.  Keep in mind, the roach is still alive.  It has to be alive so that when the eggs hatch, the larva can feed on the roach meat.  If the roach is dead, the meat is no good and the larva cannot feed.

Another example; there is a tree and an ant that have an interesting life cycle.  More so for the tree than the ant.  The ant kind of gets the shaft here.  In this particular part of the world, the ants do not climb the trees, they just remain on the ground level.  The trees, however, will release spores, which float down to the ground.  Here’s where the ant got the short end of the stick.  If a spore lands on an ant, it will burrow into the ant’s brain and essentially rewrite it’s thought patterns.  The ant suddenly has not choice but to climb the tree.  At a certain height, the ant clamps it’s pincers into the tree and stays there, while the spore feeds on the ant and grows.  This becomes another seed pod, which will grow, explode and drop more spores.

These are just in the insect world, there’s other examples, like a wolf pack.  Wolves are pack hunters, and often will drive an animal away from it’s main herd.  If they are successful in doing so, they will nip and bite at the animal, ripping chunks of flesh off of it.  They aren’t just making the animal injured and tired, the wolves are literally eating on the run.  While the animal they are chasing is still alive.

These aren’t examples of nature being kind.  These are examples of what nature is.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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A trip down memory lane


In June of 1998 was the last foray into that magical world of radio broadcasting for me.  My last time on the air was at Power 99 FM in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  It all began 11 years earlier, at CJAR in The Pas, Manitoba.

Throughout the course of that time, I had some major ups and downs.  I got laid a lot, forced to grow up a lot, did some really stupid things.  No wonder the last nine years in Outlook were like a dream vacation.  However, over the course of that time period I did have some good times.

A lot of that can be attributed to the music that surrounded me.  For instance, when I worked in Rosetown, Saskatchewan at CJYM, I listened to a lot of the newer stuff that came out.  Stuff like Hootie and the Blowfish, Matchbox 20, Alanis Morrisette, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Some of those songs may sound a tad dated (they are, really they are), but the also consisted of happy memories that I had from my radio days.  Not everything was rock and roll, mind you (though, I’m not sure if you could say that Hootie and the Blowfish was traditional rock and roll).  There was bouts with country music as well.

CJVR in Melfort, Saskatchewan, CKDM in Dauphin, Manitoba and CJGX in Yorkton, Saskatchewan were all turns at country music stations.  CJVR was the only place where I was a news announcer, not an on air announcer.  Each of those stations played heavy amounts of country music, though in Yorkton they also played some adult contemporary, and they had a rock set in the overnight on CKDM.  Yorkton was also the place where they had the infamous Saturday Night Get Together.  An evening of old time country and good old Ukrainian music.  And me, a Scottish/German prairie boy from the western side of Saskatchewan had no clue what a seven step even was.

I mentioned I got laid a lot, and it’s true.  In about four instances it was at the station while the overnight satellite feed kicked in.  Once while Garth Brooks, Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up was playing.

I learned a lot, grew a lot, had some fun, and met some really great people.  I met Richie Hall from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  I got to interview Roy Romanow when he was still Premier of Saskatchewan.  I met George Fox before he became a well known country singer in Canada.  From politicians to sports figures to musical acts, I did meet a lot of people.

It was sixteen years ago, but it was an enjoyable time for me.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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Character Biographies: Shani Wennemein


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Character biography of Shani Wennemein, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).

Full Name: Shani Wennemein

Nickname: Black Mask (this she doesn’t like as much, because it was forced upon her by those who glorified the nicknames for gunslingers)

  1. Age: 135
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: 628 (Second Age of the Elves), Fifth month of the Moon, Last of the Season of Spring, Fourth day of Juno
  4. Ethnicity: Iroquois/Gaul (First Nation-North American Indian and European French)
  5. Occupation: Protector – one of the elves who keeps the evil creatures at bay, such as the venomous snakes and spiders
  6. Hair colour/style: long and black with two braids that hang from her temples down to her collar bone.
  7. Eye colour: brown
  8. Accent (if any): she has a thick Arkansas accent
  9. Height: 5’6”
  10. Weight: 115 pounds
  11. Tattoos: she wears a modified tattoo of her father’s house (Gaul) and her mother’s house (Iroquois) on her right shoulder.
  12. Piercings: small earring in each ear
  13. Birthmarks: none
  14. Disfigurements: none
  15. Scars: has a scar running from her forehead on the left side streaking down over her nose and ending on her right cheek that she acquired in a fight with a giant spider.

Fashion Sense

  1. How do they usually dress? Leather leggings, cotton or leather tunic with ties at the neck, she wears her father’s leather bracers, and has a pair of soft leather boots
  2. What do they wear to sleep? Just a long night shirt when at home, when camping will wear what she wears during the day.
  3. Do they wear jewelry? Her right earring holds a feather, about three inches long and the left earring is a small hoop with beads that hang at the bottom of the hoop, she has a necklace made of coyote claws and beads.
  4. Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? No.
  5. How would they look as the opposite sex? “I like boys fine ‘nough, but I’m better ‘n they are.”
  6. What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Shani bathes, but she doesn’t use any perfume, she has a very rustic, mossy smell about her.
  7. Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? How Shani sees herself and compares it to the world view is completely irrelevant to her. She knows that people find her a bit pushy and loud at times, and they feel she drifts away from the feminine (mostly the Scottish Celtic and Germanic and Prussian elves) but any of that “ain’t nobody’s business”.
  8. What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? Shani plays the banjo, guitar and harmonica. She is an avid reader, though not having her own library, she often travels to her best friend Pania’s house to read from her library.
  9. Favorite color: Orange, because it reminds her of autumn.

 

Favourites

 

  1. What are some of their pet peeves? She does not like those who would disparage her friends. Even if a friend would say something crass about another friend (for instance, she does not appreciate those who would say Pania is confused and will find a good husband some day).
  2. What sort of gifts do they like? Weapons, she likes daggers, short swords, and books.
  3. What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, late evening.
  4. Favorite weather? Season? Spring and autumn, calm, not too hot and not too cold.
  5. Where do they like to spend their time? Shani lives in the forest between Brockton (the northern tip of the southern region of the Place With Many Names) and the Drum (an Iroquois/Cree settlement that stretches from the northern coast line to the southern region of the island nation)
  6. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? She likes anything fried, though she’s not one to complain about any food. She appreciates a good salad with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, she likes pan fried potatoes and pan fried onions. She also drinks whiskey but not in excess.
  7. Favorite animal? Dragon
  8. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? She has a small psuedo-dragon that perches on her shoulder named Scales. Scales isn’t so much a pet as he is a companion. He’s intelligent and will communicate things to Shani by way of head motions, small growling or purring, or rubbing his head against Shani’s cheek.
  9. What relaxes them? A good camp fire, and a good song.
  10. Do they have any bad habits? Whiskey, smokes fine rolled cigarellos.

Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Shani learned most everything from her father and mother, though she did go to a school not far from where they lived near Arcanum Bridge on the north eastern coastline of the island nation.
  2. If they have an income, where does it come from? She sells leathers that she tans when out hunting, and she “liberates” funds from brigands that hide on the Merchant Road and Farmer’s Road between Stone Bridge and Brockton and between Brockton and Overbrooke.
  3. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Shani lives in the forest just north of Brockton. It’s well protected with really just one way to get to her cabin, which was built by Shani and her brother Sywyn. Her cabin is surrounded by trees, with a small break that lets the sun shine through directly onto her cabin at high noon. There’s one trail that leads to the Farmer’s Road, where she has a sign post that tells travellers where she lives (and a place where she can receive mail).  If there are unwanted intruders, she’ll often give them a warning, then usually pepper them with arrows (before going to Earth) or a hail of bullets (after she got her Colt .45s).
  4. Do they speak more than one language? Shani speaks the common elven tongue, French, Mohawk, Cree, Lakota, English and Irish.

Relationships and history:

  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Shani`s father was killed during a war to defend the island nation against an invasion of orcs. She was raised by her mother, who is headmistress of the Arcanum Bridge Mage Academy. She has an older brother, Sywyn, who became a knight of the court of Arcanum Bridge, and is the head of the Patrollers (a group of knights who keep the peace in the region surrounding Arcanum Bridge). When Sywyn was younger, he was what Shani describes as being a little shit. However, he has grown to be more noble and thoughtful towards others. Shani has a younger sister named Wren. Wren is a Consoler, a knight who tends to the needs of those who have lost a loved one to death. They each love each other deeply, and would walk to the ends of the earth to help each other out. When Shani’s father was killed, she became closed for a time, but thanks to her mother, Shani opened up and began to realize that not all things will live forever.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favourite toy? Favourite game? Playmates? Shani was very opposite as a child to what she grew up as. She wore beaded dresses, with a red sash and often kept her hair in braids. While she still has her sash, she’s more comfortable in leather leggings. She often played Lacrosse and also darts (tossing a dart through a moving hoop). She didn’t have many toys, but she cherished the books she was given, which many believe gave way to her more adventurous nature. Her best friends are Pania Alow and Villith Argith. Pania is the youngest daughter of the Heralds Alow from Brockton, and Pania and Shani often read books together. Villith is the youngest daughter of the chief of the Cree settlement, and she and Shani would run wild through the forest together. Shani also often played with her sister Wren, her brother Sywyn, and Pania`s older brother Mandrel, and Villith`s older brother Waien.

Sex and Romance:

  1. What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Shani is straight, but a lot of people question that. Shani does not appear as the usual cis aspect of a straight woman. She’s never questioned her sexuality, and she’s never really had sex that often. When she does, it’s always under her terms.
  2. When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  3. What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  4. Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  5. What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  6. Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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Character Biographies: Pania Alow


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Character biography of Pania Alow, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).

Full Name: Pania Alow

Nickname:Pale Rider (she`s not fond of this term, due to the fact it has Biblical connotations. Also, it was picked up by dime store novelists who are all “nothin’ but a bunch o’ emptyheaded plikes who wouldna know a good book from the shite they put ta paper. Nothin’ but a latcheeco would try an’ say they were a writer when they produce such lies buncrana lighthouse.”)

  1. Age: 130
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: 623 (Second Age of the Elves), Tenth month of the Moon, First of the Season of Autumn, Twelveth day of Octor
  4. Ethnicity: Celtic Irish, European
  5. Occupation: Herald, skald, bard, songstress, story teller
  6. Hair color/style: blond, often held in curls, has the left side of her head shaved.
  7. Eye color: Green
  8. Accent (if any): thick Irish accent (there are many who say that it’s so thick, and so full of slang, that they often have to have her repeat what she said, this is not when she tells stories or sings).
  9. Height: 5’4”
  10. Weight: 105 pounds
  11. Tattoos: a very long and intricate tattoo along her right arm that tells the story of the elves retreating from Earth to their own world at the time of the Crusades.
  12. Piercings: left ear has six piercings which are connected with chains and loops, right ear has a modest heart earring stud.
  13. Birthmarks: none
  14. Disfigurements: none
  15. Scars: none, but if she had one, she’d definitely have a story to tell about it.

Fashion Sense

  1. How do they usually dress? Soft cotton or leather leggings, often dyed a dark red, thigh high leather boots with a small heal, dyed black, a white cotton poet’s shirt, auburn corset with ties in the front, a long, auburn cloak that hangs from her shoulders with gold embroidered trim, black leather gauntlets that cover her forearms and have intricate beadwork and embroidering (these were given to Pania when she was born by Uni Wennemein, Shani’s mother), a wide brimmed hat with a white feather.
  2. What do they wear to sleep? At home, or at an inn, she will sleep in a large, soft bed; when travelling, if she has to sleep at a camp site, she has a bed roll she carries with her that is stowed with other sundries on her horse.  Usually, she sleeps naked.
  3. Do they wear jewelry? Along with the piercings, she has a small necklace which has a silver book and a silver musical note, she also has three modest rings that she wears.
  4. Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? “Why when I can just wear somethin’ diff’rent each day?”
  5. How would they look as the opposite sex? “They’re boys, o’ that there is no doubt.”
  6. What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Pania likes mild perfumes, a hint of a fragrance that isn’t overpowering, but something that will draw attention to her. She has a morning ritual of rising early, bathing with lilac scented soap in bath water she sprinkles rose petals in.
  7. Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? It’s quite accurate. Most she her as a showman, wanting attention drawn to her, and that suits her fine as she is a herald and a damn good one at that.
  8. Favourites, habits, likes and dislikes: She enjoys writing, singing, and telling stories. She’s also an accomplished swordsman having trained with a rapier since a very young age. She has no time for those who would heckle and bicker.
  9. What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? When not travelling or adventuring, she often is writing down her thoughts in a leather bound journal.
  10. Favourite colour: “There’s so many, it’s hard ta choose. What say, I like them all.”

Favourites

  1. What are some of their pet peeves? Pania does not like those who would twist history. She often searches out the truth of stories and has been known to argue accurate history for hours on end, often times managing to change the attitude and thoughts of stories that were told.
  2. What sort of gifts do they like? Pania enjoys anything frilly, pretty, and colourful. She treasures jewelry, books, and music sheets.
  3. What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, often she sings when she wakes.
  4. Favorite weather? Season? Summer, with a light breeze just to cool down the air.
  5. Where do they like to spend their time? Pania often will stop at taverns and inns, just to listen to the townsfolk talk about their day, tell stories and jokes, listen to songs, and shares her own if asked to.
  6. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Pania is vegetarian, so she likes light food, juices, or tea. Her favourite drink that she has once a month is a finely aged scotch whiskey.
  7. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? No pets, but she has a familiar. A wood pixie named Verit who accompanies her as she travels and helps her when she writes. Verit sometimes gets in trouble, and Verit is more than willing to help Pania spring a lock or disable a trap if called upon.
  8. What relaxes them? Warm bed, good book, enjoyable music, good sex.
  9. Do they have any bad habits? Pania has been accused of talking too much. She does not see this as a bad habit.

Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Pania is a graduate of the Academy of the Arts and Magic in Brockton. There, she continued to hone her skills as a singer, a story teller and a writer.
  2. If they have an income, where does it come from? Pania is often paid in tribute for her stories and songs, and many invite her to fancy parties to regale the guests in an interesting tale or two.
  3. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Pania lives in a comfortable house with a large library on the main floor, sleeping areas on the second floor, a sitting area in the back yard, and a welcoming front yard that she keeps neat and tidy. She purchased the house from an old skald who was going off to live the remaining years of his life in Turtle Island. All are welcome to her home, as long as they are polite and gracious. If they come with threatening advances, Pania shows first a stern voice and a good warning, and then she displays just how good she is with a rapier.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? Pania is well versed in all the Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Prussian, Norwegian, common elven language, English, and has recently learned Lakota and Iroquois.

Relationships and history:

  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Pania is the middle child of a small family, all heralds and skalds. Her older brother, Mandrel, competes with Pania a lot when it comes to telling stories. At times, the two would have a story telling dual, where one would start the story, the second would continue, and it would go back and forth until the story’s end, each part becoming more dramatic. Pania always wanted to have a fairy tale relationship, because she says she got to see that very type of relationship with her parents. It seemed as they grew older, Karl and Titianna grew more and more in love, and even doted on their children more and more. Pania’s youngest sister is Pylia, who was born mute. This has not stopped Pylia from learning and watching Pania when she plays her musical instruments or writes in her journals. Sometimes, Pania would sit Pylia in her lap and tell her a story as she wrote in down.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Pania was very much a young girl who wanted to be a princess. As she grew, she found it was much more interesting to be the prince who saved the princess. Her favourite toy growing up was a small top that she’d spin and it would play a musical tune. She’d often wind up the top and spin it and dance as the top spun. Her playmates were Shani, Wren, and Villith growing up. Along with Mandrel, Sywyn and Waien, whom she often accused of being “ruffians who drew great pleasure from teasin’ an’ pokin’ fun at their younger sisters”.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Pania always wanted to be a herald. Or a prince. Or an adventurer. It changed from day to day, but remained constant in those three things.

Sex and Romance:

  1. What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Pania is a lesbian. She’s never questioned this. She’s always thought the touch of a woman was always more wonderful to feel.
  2. When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “If it were any o’ yer business, then I’d tell ye. But fer now, sod off.”
  3. What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “It has somethin’ ta do with candle light an’ feathers.”
  4. Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Intense tickling.”
  5. What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “That would be tellin’.”
  6. Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “That would also be tellin’.”
 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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