… help … Marcus off…at her and fainted. Trauma-Relief.
Jude takes care of business
In the meantime, Jude was taking care of business. He broke into Josephâ€™s apartment and waited for him with a baseball bat. When Joseph came in, Jude hit him with the bat, giving him a nasty bump on the head. Then Jude took away Josephâ€™s knife and told him to leave him alone. Joseph wasnâ€™t happy, but Gloria intervened, telling Jude to leave. He was polite to her and left without further incident. We called this Intimacy-Building, but Josephâ€™s Trust was broken. Joseph wasnâ€™t harmed. This is in part because the rules donâ€™t allow for it, but also because Jude wasnâ€™t trying to hurt Joseph. He just wanted to make a point.
Because of the Trust-breaking, we got a follow-up action to demonstrate the effect of the breaking. So Crystal said that Jude went into one of the tunnels where no one else goes and cried. No one likes him, and he is so very alone.
Matchmaking in the world of Bliss Stage
Jude ends up at the apartment where Marcus and Beth live. He is sitting in there, talking with Beth, when Jared and Leah haul Marcus in. Jaredâ€™s eyes meet Judeâ€™s across the room, and Jared shakes his head in disgust. The message is clear. â€œIf you had gone, this wouldnâ€™t have happened.â€ The result of this interlude was Stress Relief.
We then had several interludes in short succession. First, we had an absolutely delightful conversation between Jude and Leah. Both of them were very awkward, and so we had one of those fitful â€œstart-and-stopâ€ conversations that happens between two people who really like each other but are too embarrassed to admit it. It was painful and wonderful all that the same time.
In the other room, Beth informed Marcus that she was pregnant. He was very happy to hear this, although Gabrielle reported later that his initial response was actually panic. More on this later.
Then Marcus and Jude had a little chat about women. Marcus is only 17, but, compared to Jude, heâ€™s an older, wiser guy. So Marcus was explaining how to treat Leah, and Jude was hinting around his relationship with Rachel.
Then the alarms went off. Alien attack!
There were …to be far too …happy interludes…..