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An attempt to write something anything in one go and release, iterate and improve later if I take it further.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Day 11 - Mine Craft Mum

Playing catch-up now - bit of a disruptive weekend.  here is a draft of an idea I had a while ago.  Note complete, t'is cool though I might come back to it sometime.

'Mum!' Sarah yelled impatiently sitting on the downstairs chairs, Wii U controller in hand.

'Coming, be patient.' Mum stepped off the bottom step into the downstairs TV room, finally.

'OK so what are we going to do, how do I hold this thing?'

Sarah could never tell if Mum was kidding her, or was she seriously this clumsy with technology. Surely being married to dad must have qualified her to use a Wii U in someway.

'Look Mum, hold it this way. OK, that there under your left thumb, that's how you look around and under the right thumb how you move, I'll explain more as we go.'

'Ok!' Said mum, sticking her tongue out between her pursed lips, in concentration. This was the first time ever Sarah had persuaded her mum to play Minecraft, and she was anxious to make it as great an experience as possible. To do this she had taken her into the castle game. The castle had everything that was good.  

Everything; including monsters. That was the downside of the castle, that you could only play it in survivor mode. The upside though, all of Sarah's best creations where here.'Mum, can you see me, I am jumping up and down in front of you. Turn mum, turn.'

'Oh, ok I see you now'

'Follow me.' Sarah turned her Avatar and ran towards the castle, she wanted to show mum her latest creation, the mirror. None of her friends had ever made one, nor could she find it online anywhere, it was great, it operated like a real mirror.

'Wait, Sarah wait.' boy was mum slow, she seemed to bump into everything, if there was a step she'd get stuck trying to jump up, going through doors seemed to take forever. Sarah not wanting to discourage her mum simply waited and watched, occasionally helping out a little, leaning in and pressing which ever button needed to be pressed.

Finally they were approaching the mirror. 'See Mum, isn't it great! I made this, no one else ever has'

'Crash!' Sarah turned to where her mum was. She was gone, her controller falling to the floor.

Sarah looked everywhere, 'Mum!' Then she saw it, her mum's avatar was running around in circles jumping up and down on the screen. What was happening. Sarah opened the text box and slowly typed, 'Mum, is that you?'

'YES!' Not a yell as such, just the all-CAPS typing of YES! 'GET ME OUT OF HERE!'

Sarah slowly typed 'Calm down mum, let me think!'

'My arms won't bend, my legs don't bend, what do I do? SARAH!'

OK, just how did mum disappear inside the game, this was baffling. 'Mum, what where you doing just before you went in there?'

'I kept bumping into your mirror, then I was here, all stiff armed and legged.'

Sarah had an idea. She ran her avatar against the mirror, nothing happened. Again she ran her avatar against the mirror, nothing. Maybe, just maybe one more time. 'Voosh'.

Everything around her was bright grey; the darkened, cool TV room was gone, replaced by the insides of her castle. Standing in front of her all pixelated was her mum, all box head, dark hair, grey top, brown pants and boots.

'Hello Mum!'

'Sarah, what have you done? Are you in here with me now as well? How are we going to get out of here?'

'It's ok Mum, I've got a plan. Dad will be home soon, he will see what has happened and work out how to get us out of here.'

'Oh you're so smart Sarah' Mum moved towards Sarah to give her a hug and a kiss, or what could pass for a hug and a kiss in minecraft where you can't bend your arms, let alone actually hug each other.
After the awkwardness of the attempted hug had passed, mum asked 'So what do we do now while we wait?'

'Well Mum, that's the tricky part. If I am right and Dad realises what has happened he will log into the game, which means he will appear at his mine.'

'His mine? Where is his mine?'

'Oh not so far, sort of, as long as we can get a horse each, and get to the halfway cabin before it gets dark, then we can sleep, and we should make it to his mine by tomorrow. 

'TOMORROW!' Sarah could hear the shout this time.

'Yes Mum, tomorrow. It's game time though, if we can get to halfway now it will be much quicker, else we will have to sit in a dark hole somewhere'

'Why would we sit in a dark hole?'

'Skeletons, zombies, creepers, slime, Ghast's, all that sort of stuff'

'WHAT! oh no! I am scared.'

'It's ok mum, you're with me, we'll be fine. Come on let's get going'

Sarah led the way, first back out into the grand hall, and down to the storage room, they needed to get some stuff if they where going to make this mad dash to dad's mine. As much as Sarah and her dad loved playing together, he tended to just mine for treasure, occasionally coming out of the mine to cut down trees or get other things that Sarah asked for. 

Sarah and her dad would sit next to each other chatting about all sorts of things even though their two avatars could be days away from each other in the game, as they were now.
Arriving at the chests in the storage room, Sarah opened her chest and took out an apple, a saddle, an axe, her armour and a sword. She also grabbed some cooked pork and two cooked fish. 'Right mum, I need you to open that chest and get, the same stuff I just got'
Sarah watched as her mum thumped the chest, and thumped it and thumped it. 'Mum, use your left hand, you're right hand is for hitting stuff'
'Oh!' Reaching with her left hand the chest infront of Sarah's mum opened. Sarah waited patiently, calling out some simple instructions to her mum about how to move things from the chest into her back pack.
After a few minutes of this, as well as a brief moment helping mum put on her armor and a sword in her hand they were ready to go.
Sarah led the way out of her castle, and out onto the green forested fields. 'Wow Sarah, this is really pretty.'
'Yep it is. Come this way mum we have to catch a couple of horses. We have to hurry. It's a long ride, and we can't get caught out in the dark'
'Monsters!' Replied Sarah, as calmly as possible, as if this was something normal and nothing for her mum to worry about.
'Oh just zombies, and skeletons things like that. Nothing we can't handle.' Quietly Sarah worried, she did not know what it meant if they died in the game and there was no one on the controller to hit the respawn button.
'C'mon mum, lets get going there is a Horse over there' Sarah ran towards the big chestnut horse, only quickly glancing to see if mum was following. She knew it would be better to keep mum busy, giving her less time to worry about Monsters.
'Just do what I do mum, we need horses, it means we can get to dads mine a bit faster' Sarah watched her mum for a moment, it stood still, simply looking, then bolted of towards a big bay mare.
Sarah quickly mounted the Chestnut, it bucked her off.  That was normal. Getting on a second time she did not get bucked off. Sarah put the saddle on the horse and fed it an apple, all done. Now where was her mum.
Looking around Sarah saw her mother riding a sheep. She rode towards her mum, calling 'Mum! You can't ride that. No one rides sheep. I didn't even know the game let you do that'.
'Obviously it does, because I am riding one. Only problem is it will not go where I want it to go'
'Ok mum, lets see if you can ride double with me' Sarah waited as her mum got on to the horse behind her. This was cool there seemed to be things they could do in the game that they could not do playing the game with the controllers.
Sarah turned the horse north and started off towards the horizon, towards dad's mine. 'How do you know where to go Sarah?'
'Oh, I've been there a heap of times. Dad is not real adventurous, he tends to stay in the mine all the time cause he gets lost whenever he comes out. So I have to go to him all the time'
the two of them rode on for a long while, across green fields, through Oak forests, traversing a sandy dessert, slowly making there way over some mountains, through a long straight tunnel. 'I made this tunnel mum because it was easier than climbing over this mountain we are passing under.'
When they came out the other side the sun was starting to set. 'OK mum we are going to have to stop for the night.'
'Monsters, mum, monsters. They come out at night'
'Oh, ok, what do we do?'
Sarah jumped off the horse, and started hacking at a nearby tree with her sword. Mum figured she'd do the same. As each piece of the tree was hacked away Sarah grabbed the floating block and built a very basic building, three bricks wide, three deep and three high, leaving a door at one end.
'OK mum in you go' Once her mother was inside Sarah followed, half blocking the door.
'So what do we do now?' Mum asked looking over Sarah's shoulder at the slowly darkening day she could see through the small opening Sarah had left open.
'We wait! We will know when it is day time by watching through here, also we can maybe, just maybe see any monsters, so you can see what they look like.'
'I don't want to see any monsters.'
'What's that!' Exclaimed mum, again trying to clutch at Sarah but in truth simply giving her a stiff armed whack.
'A Zombie!' Sarah quickly put the last piece of wood across the opening, her and her mother were plunged into darkness.
'I can still hear it Sarah, I'm scared.'
'It's ok mum, he won't be able to get us in here'
The two of them stood in silence for what seemed an eternity, the zombie's groans fading into the distance, after a long while Sarah removed one of the blocks. The Sun was rising the light slowly crawling across the landscape.
'Eeeeeurrr!' the zombie wasn't gone, it appeared in front of the opening, arms outstretched reaching, grasping for Sarah. 'Eeeeurrr!'
Sarah responded in a flash, drawing her sword and hacking at the zombie 'Thwack', the zombie reeled away from the hit 'EEEEURRR!' Angrier it returned to the opening.
'THWACK!' The zombie fell back again, stumbling and falling to the ground dead.
'OK Mum, lets get going, we've got to get to dads'
'Sarah! You're so brave, why weren't you scared?'

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