[Inscription: Bait] Well, what are you staring at? It’s cold out there… What a ridiculous epitaph… Yeah!? Take this! Damn, I’m out! Me too… Unleash the dog! Get it! Hold your fire! Sharik got it! COURIER
First Episode My leg… is not damaged… Are you ok over there? Air leaks. What? You have air leaks on your backpack. It’s a right way to catch a cold. Or a piece of lead. Oh wow… Will it heal? Yep. Good. Hide for now, or you could be seen from a mile away. Done! Well, we need to move before they come up with a way down. As they say: I’m all in favor. Tell another fairy tale. I’m out of my folklore stocks… I can… tell you about myself. About yourself? And why isn’t it a fairy tale? There was a town called “Stuchevi Zastupsi”. But why “was”, perhaps it is. However, I did not go there for a long time – about three weeks… Get to the point, Herodotus. Yeah… That’s where it all started. There I lost my name and appearance. Once I received a letter – an invitation to work. A very lucrative contract, at the end of which I could live on a grand scale until the end of my days. Number of years of service, delaying aging and a mountain of gold. Tempting? Yes. Suspicious? Undoubtedly. But I would’t have believed it, if the letter, as if alive, had’t spoken to me. [Signboard: Tobacco] Hey ya, Peter Yegorich! Why so gloomy? Have a nice one you too. Yea… I had a dream here the other day. Well a dream… So what? Listen. I was dreaming that all people in my factory have disappeared. But I stayed. Well, I go from pillar to post. The contracts are burning, but I can’t do anything by myself. Went out to hire somebody, but there is no one there. Nowhere and nobody. As time goes by and I see myself in the forest. I’m sitting, wrapped with some skins, and finish eating a stale walrus. And the impression, you know, is that the day, in general, was quite successful – remained alive, got food. Thank you, I had breakfast. But why so gloomy? Well, I’m thinking was it a prophetic dream or some nonsense? Of course, nonsense. Where would the walrus come from? You eat badly, you rest badly, that’s why you see things.
[Inscription: Smoky Walrus] You better take a look, Peter Yegorich, what a carpet I bought! [Inscription: Wanted – 50.000] [Signboards: Fishing and Hockey, Grocery Store]
[Street pointer: North 15] [Signboards: Shoe shop, Wine shop] [LOCAL BOSH: Ancient Romans – werewolves traveling in time] [On the third day Nikanor Ivanovich closed his pharmacy shop as usual in the evening and went strictly perpendicular to The Miners ‘ square. The autumn air was full of things. Nobody foreboded disaster.] [He noticed a shadow on the wall. In the same way as in human proportions he could clearly distinguish an elongated muzzle, long clawed paws and a tail.] [Comparing the movements of the jaw, not of his own, but of the shadows, and the sounds emanating from the alley, Nikanor Ivanovich realized that this creature was mumbling something, and in Latin! Exclaiming something enthusiastic, Nikanor Ivanovich went into the unconscious.] [One witness, eight versions.] [Our today’s expert, a hereditary professor of everything, has prepared several versions.] Ygh, yuck, gave me a fright! Get the hell off! Come on. What are you looking at… What do you want? [Signboard: Hunter] [Street pointer: Silent Alley 2]
[Signboard: Plague Shop] [Invintation]
[Town: Stuchevi Zasupzi]
[Silent Alley 2] [Dear N.! We have become aware of your difficult financial situation, as well as the recent loss of your next of kin. According to the personnel department, you are suitable for us, since the work that the company offers you is connected with numerous and long business trips.] [Conditions:
Terms of service is N years
Accomodation and food are provided
Pood of gold for each year of work
Settlement at the end of the contract
Postponemening of aging within the period of service life (this is not a slip of the tongue)] [How to find us:
From the train station, move along Railway Street to the intersection. Further along North Street, walk 8 blocks to Peace alley. Follow it to the intersection with Silent alley, we are located there.] [P.S.Do not tell anyone about the letter, since it is connected with our working policy. And who will believe you, if you think about it.] Good day. Good. I’m about the job. I received a letter and… Did I even get to the right place? Of course. Without an invitation, you simply would not enter. That is, a huge fee, and delaying of aging… It’s serious. I think by the nature of the letter, you could well be convinced of our capabilities. Yes, I could. Well then, where are the rest of the staff contented with fate? At their workplaces. The geography of our activities is much wider than this room. And yet I do not understand who you are? How does this delay work, and why is the payment so generous? As for payment, I can say – competent organization, cost reduction, miscellaneous. I will not answer the other questions, because you are an unknown person, and the company has its own secrets. If in doubt, I can assure you that we are acting strictly within the law. Everything that is specified by the contract will be executed. In any other place you would be told the same things. Check it out. Clever… In general, no worse than others. How long has your firm been around? Not that long. So, what could be told, I did. If you are not satisfied with something, let’s say goodbye. Otherwise – the signature. Did I come here all for nothing… That’s an outrage! Isn’t it written there? [Inscription: No smoking at initiation] Better now. Welcome. What are you? A bear. What am I? What if a fish? You know what? What? How can I wake up!? Let me out! Ah? The window! All right. Let us both calm down and… Well, what is it… A-a-a! Bear! Where!? Ugh, damn it. Wait a minute. The contract has already been signed, stop the panic. What an annoying hallucination. Since I’m a hallucination, then you’ll wake up sooner or later, five minutes won’t matter. And where will you go looking like that? Scare people? To get the medicine for hallucinations… stick a mustard plaster or something… The first hunter will catch you and hand you over, as a whole body or in parts. So calm down and listen to me. [Inscription: Lair] Well, have you calmed down? No. Oh well. Why did you even come to this job? After all, it is immediately clear that something is strange. And you… have you looked in the mirror lately? Well… fair. But anyway? I have nowhere to go. The inheritance is lost, and here I will work off, I will buy a factory and… Look, I need to talk to the chief. Not now. Erz is in town, and the town is over there. I don’t know when he’ll be back. Take my advice: go to your room, have a good rest, come round. Closer to night time we’ll finish, let’s get together in the living room, drink some tea. You ask around, we’ll tell you what we know. And in the morning you start the work. Holy moly… I want to wake up. It’s ok, you’ll talk differently soon. Okay, have a rest. And I have to be on duty… Five minutes… and the alarm clock… Hey, what’s with you? Do I have to get up so early? Discipline. Backpack is heavy, I wasn’t hired as a camel-drawn. Stop grumbling. Why didn’t you come out yesterday? We would’ve discussed everything. Didn’t feel like it. Get down to business, you seem to be saying that you are late. Package is in a backpack. Move it. Perfect. What about the address? Client’s name? Follow the stars. What? Turn around your head. Not like a goose. Do it slowly. Wow! Does this thing react to buried chests of gold? Try at your leisure. Listen, if you’re being tailed, run into the Dark Grove. It exists only for employees, and for everyone else that bowlder stands next to that stone. I see, what else do I need to know? Don’t talk to strangers, don’t jump in front of a train. In short, if you have any brains you’re welcome to use it. Stop actilng like a little one. Didn’t you read the contract? I stayed up all night. I was turned into a devil’s nightmare. And now I’m talking to a bear. And it answers me because it talks! It’s really hard for me to concentrate. I won’t tell you in details, because we have almost no contact with the outside world. The main thing – be extremely careful. I’ve never seen anything like it in my former life. I have to go. Good luck. I took a wrong turn somewhere… Wow. Just a few berries and I’m quite full. So, I was walking that way, they appeared. Then, to disappear, I need to go backwards. Freeze! Flash to your left! Ah, damn you… My father liked to read about the North, where everyone always survided saving a half of the boot for a week. And I didn’t give a damn about it then. How ironic. Supplies, perhaps, will be enough for a week or two. Probably I should convince them of the benefits of cannibalism. It’d be nice… of them. So, arguments: strengthens teeth, improves the amount of fur… What are you looking at? Let’s make a deal? I give you all the berries, you put a tick next to “the Hunt was successful”, and everyone goes home. Deal? [Inscription: Bay leaf] Apperantely no. What about you? Do you want a cranberry too? Do you understand human language, you ugly animal? Looks like I have to prepare lectures on cannibalism in wolf language… I hate animals. They sniff, they chew… me! You are late. Circumstances… Got in the way. You got a present from my brother. If you are brothers, then where are these planes… black? I am sick. See. I’m afraid to sneeze. Give me the package, I’m tired. So these attentive animals belong to you? Aha. Bravo, encore. Could you please keep your pets busy? They’re already busy. With you. But I… work for your brother. You’re not the only one. But they’ll eat me, I’ll die… They need to eat. A strong argument must be written down. By the way, do you have a wolf dictionary with you? Since I have appointed a course of lectures… Get your lap dogs out of here! Or I’ll commit something terrible! We managed to find out. A projector was brought to the museum the other day. I want to teach the cat. Can you get it? Of course! But if only for a while, otherwse there will be a lot of noise! The only projector in town. You’ll get your quota. Take care of it. Courier. Exactly. What’ve you got? What the hell are you doing here!? I’d like to know! Ah, my courier. Turned me into some kind of beast! And your own brother… What the? Hey… Hey!.. Huh?.. As if… invisible hand… I have… an inversion of sound perception, you know – the louder you speak the worse I hear. So what were you saying? Oh, it doesn’t matter. But I wonder. I’ve already forgotten. Let me remind you. Nevermind. Speak! I’m wondering why your brother treated me like this. He let his wolves devour me. And what, devoured? As you can see. I see they chewed a bit. Bellum’s harsh. He makes me uncomfortable too. Think of it as an introductory task. Our clients are very different. And you will deliver not only packages, but also, for example, tax bills for high spirits. For some reason this is annoying to someone. Besides, as you’ve noticed, the recipient could be simply hungry. Therefore, change old habits, you will work with other mentality. But I could die. Well, in your world without risk, you won’t make so much money either. But surely you could do something? This is a free market, it will put everything in its place. In general, thank you for contacting us. Our opinion is very important to you. Are you still here? No. How did it go? Everything’s fine, the new guy. Fine? I’ve almost kicked the bucket… Do we have valerian left? Nah, the cat sneaked it again… Like a rat of some sort, but not a cat. What kind of person is this new guy? Well… So so. Are you aware that in hell, tax are reported every day? I told you this! Well, why are you picking on me? A good joke. Butterfly: Yeah, situation… Fish: Yeah. But if the shape of a glass is taken as the standard of the norm, then everything has somehow “glassed down”. (in Russian common parlance: everything glassed down – everything has become to normal or everything has settled down). To be continued… Many thanks for supporting the project!