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The old, warped wood of the small tumble-down shack was covered in wailing faces. Previously blameless knots and striations in the timber had twisted and bent to form a vista of semi-human visages, all howling in other-worldly torment. Euclid Daganfort gritted his teeth and re-adjusted the thick protective earmuffs that sat over his scarred and dented hard hat, the sanity-scouring screams from the shed diminishing to the high-pitched buzzing whine of tinnitus.

The small portable stove at his feet burned white hot, the pot of varnish balanced on top of it topped with a white plume of steam smelling strongly of boiled linseed. The elderly groundskeeper picked up a long-handled paint roller and, with some effort, plunged it beneath the glutinous surface that roiled slowly within the cauldron’s dark interior. He twisted the smooth wooden handle once, twice, three times, before pulling the brush free with a soft grunt of exertion.

Careful to avoid the falling droplets that hissed and sputtered on contact with the wet ground, he rolled the dripping head across the infected timber, painting the screaming faces in a heavy layer of viscous black-brown varnish. Where the brush passed, the faces slowed their tormented writhing, the starting eyes and spasming mouths grinding to a gradual halt as the glossy lacquer fixed them in place. Euclid worked quickly, coating the entire south wall and emptying the heavy black cauldron of inter-dimensional wood sealant.

In the light afternoon breeze, the heavy finish soon cooled, becoming tacky to the touch. Daganfort stepped back, examining his work with a critical third eye. Producing a thin horse-hair paintbrush from one of the many pockets in his faded greatcoat, he painted a quick series of protective wards over the shed wall with the last traces of the wood seal.

“And that,” he said, turning to the nosy middle school student he’d been stuck with as part of Eerie’s summer volunteer programme, “Is how you protect a wooden structure against wind, rain, and the collapsing nature of reality.”

“Wow,” said Marshall Teller, peering into the empty metal pot. “Just by adding a few drops of maple syrup?”

“Dark maple syrup,” Daganfort corrected. “A Grade. And mind it’s the real thing; your usual breakfast table maple-flavoured sugar substitute won’t cut it. That’s how you get Canadian alter-egos popping up all over the darn multiverse.”

Marshall stared.

“That explains so much,” he murmured.

Mister Daganfort did not reply.





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Date: 2017-07-10 07:55 pm (UTC)
deifire: (life on mars (chibimarchy))
From: [personal profile] deifire
I love this!

Will be thinking "That’s how you get Canadian alter-egos popping up all over the darn multiverse" every time I go to watch the Other Canon...

Date: 2017-07-11 02:29 am (UTC)
evilinsanemonkey: Kiriya from Kamen Rider Ex-Aide (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilinsanemonkey
that *does* explain so much!

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