Our first session was last night. Initially, I started the group in the park but it fumbled along a little and I figured that the group needed to discuss how to go about their investigation. I asked them where they met as group and they decided on the Waffle House. At the end of the session, everyone felt that it was a good first session. That the story seemed very organic and they all loved adding the Waffle House as a base of operations.
Eleven PM at the Waffle House and [insert cabal name here] are sharing what they know and making plans. After ordering their hashbrowns – All The Way, they know that people are being changed at the park and want to find out who is doing it.
Pooling their resources, this is what they know: Before being fired, Alexander had seen families getting on Pirates of the Caribbean and then the families would be jumbled up. He saw a parents leave with children from other families. Parent swap places between families. Alexander had tried the ride himself and experienced missing time. Da’Mon said that it must be spirits doing this. That even machines have spirits.
Patrick noted that episodes of one parent reporting a missing child while the spouse wouldn’t know what they were talking about. Parents were brought to a care center as a place to wait for their missing child and they always left happy.
Sebastian noted that he had been tasked with installing a piece of equipment on Space Mountain that had nothing to do with the ride. When he had brought it to the attention of his supervisor, he received a visit from Walter Lewis, the asshat that had fired Alexander. Walter told Sebastian, “Just do your job and leave the imagining to everybody else.”
Meanwhile Da’Mon said that creepy-ass Goofy has been watching him. Always watching him.
Recently, Alexander noted that other rides and experiences seem to be affected by whatever is happening. That kids at the Country Bear Jamboree seem to act stiffer after the event. While Sebastian has been pulled from other jobs at the last minute.
One thing Alexander noted about Walter Lewis: he was the type of supervisor who went through the park a lot.
They all realized the need for a game plan and decided that they needed to follow Walter. That he was a part of this in some way. Alexander and Patrick would be do this the next day. Meanwhile, Sebastian would try to look up who order the installation at Space Mountain and Da’Mon would look to see if any families were being affected by any of the rides.
The next day, Da’Mon was heading out into the park as Minnie Mouse when Goofy body checked him on the way in. When Da’Mon called him out in a Minnie voice, he was shocked when Goofy talked back and threatened him. Da’Mon threw a wrench that was lying around the utilidors and missed, then dashed out into the park when Goofy moved toward him. After moving through the park, signing autographs and taking pictures with children, Da’Mon went to watch families get on and off It’s A Small World. After two hours, he saw three families get on the ride and when the got off, one of the children leave with another of the families while another child left with other parents.
Da’Mon approached one of the families and found that they acted as though everything was normal.
Patrick waited in the corridors of the utilidors for Walter to come out of his office. He followed him as he moved through the park while Alexander followed Patrick. As they moved through the Magic Kingdom, Alexander’s friend Cindy called out to him. Distracted by his task, he told her that he would see her later.
As they continued to follow Walter, Sebastian was in one of the many maintenance offices looking up work orders. He saw that there were a number of recent work orders that had been completed by workers that had not worked at the park in quite some time. Sebastian looked up the job at Space Mountain and saw that it had been ordered by Walter. He noted the part number and found that several other jobs that involved that part had been completed. He noted one at the Tomorrowland Speedway and headed there to check it out.
Patrick and Alexander followed Walter to Space Mountain. He went through a maintenance door and Patrick followed. He saw Walter go into an office and a few minutes later came out again and recognized Patrick. Walter confronted him and Patrick tried to play it off and goes into the office that Walter just exited. In the office, he watches Walter on security cameras and observes him go into another maintenance door.
While waiting for Patrick, Alexander watches the Space Mountain as it loads and unloads its passengers. Then he sees it: A single mother and her child get on with a mother and father and their two children. When they exited, the single mother left with the other mother while the father went off with the single mother’s child as though it were the most normal thing in the world. Alexander was excited by this discovery, finally, confirmation of his observation. When Patrick returned, he excitedly told him the news. They couldn’t find the couples again but Patrick said he would check the camera footage for the ride and try to observe the couple.
Sebastian searched the Tomorrowland Speedway and did not find the part so he returned to Space Mountain and examined the part he had originally installed. He found the featureless, black box. He opened it to find a circuit board wired to a picture frame with a picture of a family. He detached the wire and received a shock that singed his fingertips. He was bewildered as the didn’t contain any noticeable power source. Sebastian quickly reassembled the box and put it back in its place, all the while worrying that he would be fired.
The cabal reconvened at the Waffle House and shared their day and prepared to plan their next steps.