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Emily Short

Release 5

Section 6 - Brock's Stateroom

Brock's Stateroom is fore from the Galley. It is nautical . It is indoors. The description is "Bigger than your bunk or Slango's, Brock's space takes the whole width of the yacht here, with windows out both sides, and a double bed.

The shape of hull in this part of the yacht means that the room is much narrower fore than aft, the walls sweeping grandly outward from the head of [Brock's bed]. It looks like the bed of Captain Horndog, Space Woman[ize]r. If you ask me."

Brock's bed is a yacht bed in Brock's Stateroom. It is scenery. The description is "Brock affects a kind of ruffled bachelor style, which means that his bed is made but the blankets suggestively rumpled. It is an open question whether he rumples them himself on purpose."

When play begins:

let N be random sheets which are part of a bed in Brock's Stateroom;

change the description of N to "Egyptian cotton, high thread count, dyed deep black. Whether this is part of the luxury look of the boat or a preference of Brock's is a question you've never felt like asking.";

let N be random pillow which is part of a bed in Brock's Stateroom;

change the description of N to "Cased to match the sheets.";

let N be random blanket which is part of a bed in Brock's Stateroom;

change the description of N to "Just a very light cashmere throw blanket. Takes rumples well.";

let target drawer be a random leftmost drawer which is part of a bed in Brock's Stateroom;

let target drawer be a random rightmost drawer which is part of a bed in Brock's Stateroom;

move the expensive laptop to the target drawer;

move the mess of cabling to the target drawer;

move the DVDs to the target drawer.

Understand "blankets" as a blanket.

The expensive laptop is a laptop. The description is "It's Brock's fav[our]ite object in the whole world: glossy display, unibody aluminum shell, vast hard drive. He uses it to research jobs and set up contacts."

[Instead of doing something other than examining when the expensive laptop is the noun or the expensive laptop is the second noun:

say "Brock would cut our fingers off. But it's password-protected anyway; we wouldn't even be able to play solitaire on it." ]

The expensive laptop is running a password lock program called Brock's security.

The password of Brock's security is "2!ch_nqrx@v".

The expensive laptop is running a multiple-choice program called Brock-OS.

The options table of Brock-OS is the Table of GUI Choices.

Table of GUI Choices

topictitleeffect
"photos/pictures/photographs" or "my" or "my photos""Photos"photo-display rule
"games""Game"game-display rule

This is the game-display rule:

say "Brock's game collection runs most strongly to very detailed simulation and strategy games: Crusader Kings, a couple of flight simulators, Realistic Tractors 2011 Edition."

This is the photo-display rule:

say "Images flash quickly across the screen. They are, to your surprise, not pornographic; to mine, they are not especially suggestive of criminal activity. Just a bunch of snaps of you and Brock and Slango, and occasionally other people, enjoying what appear to be rigorously ordinary holidays in various Mediterranean ports."

The mess of cabling is a thing. The description of the mess of cabling is "Power adaptors for various different plug styles; ethernet, USB, firewire cables ranging from new to nearly obsolete formats; security devices, dongles, things I don't even recogn[ize]." Understand "adaptors" or "power" or "ethernet" or "usb" or "firewire" or "cables" or "devices" or "dongles" as the mess of cabling.

Instead of doing something other than examining when the mess of cabling is the noun or the laptop is the second noun:

say "I know what some of this stuff is for, but none of it would be handy now."

Some DVDs are a thing. The description of the DVDs is "A stack of unlabeled data DVDs in clear plastic cases. They could be anything: backup information on the jobs you've done, his music collection, porn. Knowing Brock, you would guess some of all three."

Instead of doing something other than examining when the DVDs is the noun or the DVDs is the second noun:

say "I know what some of this stuff is for, but none of it would be handy now."

[The portrait is a thing. Understand "big" or "glossy" or "8 x 10" or "annalisa" or "photograph" or "photo" or "of annalisa" as the portrait. The description is "It's a big glossy 8 x 10 photograph of Annalisa: one of those intimate candid shots that says a world about the relationship of the sitter to the man behind the camera.

She's not looking at the lens. Her face is a little averted. Brock has shot her as though she were a rare orchid [--] narrow depth of field, natural light, extreme close-up [--] so that she doesn't seem so much like a person; so that she breaks into components of form and texture. A childlike curve of cheek. Fair, freckled skin. Downswept lashes.

This is the photograph that he has not thrown away. A casual observer might be excused for thinking that she initiated the breakup and Brock was still carrying a torch. But it was just the opposite, of course." ]

Some front portholes are portholes. They are in Brock's Stateroom.