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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Kev on Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:56 pm

    ((It's all good in the neighborhood!))

    Kev listened to Impa's answer attentively. Not too long, then? Made sense, this wasn't an awful lot of cement. "That's good. Though I guess that also means we can't let it sit idle for too long either." Or else they'd have a barrel full of hard cement and not a single thing to do with it. Except maybe be a boat anchor. But who wanted a boat anchor? Kev didn't even have a boat. The cement looked to be mixing well, Kev making sure to stir away any blobs and chunks of dust so that it'd be properly mixed. At his offer to help Zurg, Impa offered to keep watch on the cement and stir it just right. "Its pretty close to being done, right?" He asked, giving the cement a thoughtful look.

    Randall spoke, suggesting that if more people helped to get the cement laid evenly, the quicker they'd be set for it. "Righty-o!" Kev had a feeling the cement might be one of the tasks that took longest, though getting the whole thing set up promised to take a while too. Nothing done right takes five minutes. Randall grabbed up some brooms and set to helping Zurg out, so Kev focused on his stirring. Randall insisted they spread it out and not waste any, Kev nodding to show he understood. All clean now from earlier, Arro came and took a glance at the cement for himself before offering to pour it. Zurg compacted the dirt soundly, the plot now looking flat and clean. When the cement was poured, Kev watched it for a few moments, curious. It came out much like a thick sludge!

    Though soon the alien realized he really ought to do something to help out. But what exactly? They had to make sure the cement was smooth, right? Kev grabbed up a triangular metal object and used it to smooth the slab. "I'm doing the right thing, right?" He asked uncertainly. Zurg was going to get the wood, so making the cement all smooth was correct, right? It wouldn't hurt to make sure.


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Impa on Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:59 am

    Nodding to Kev at his own assessment of the cement, Impa noted, "Right. It won't harden too quickly, but once we move from mixing it to laying it out, we'll have to make sure not to tarry. Considering how smooth it's getting though, we should be just fine." The Sheikah kept a steady grip on the hose as it continued to fill the barrel and mix the cement, and between the active water flow and her friend's use of the mixing stick, it was getting nice and even as the amorphous solid rose ever high. Before too long, the barrel had reached a proper fill point, so Impa removed the hose from its edge, carefully setting it aside on the ground as she stated, "All right, I'll go turn the hose off for now and be back to help you mix."

    A short trip and twist of the faucet later, and Impa was right back by Kev's side, this time with her own mixing stick in hand so that they could finish getting the cement set. At her friend's question, she regarded the barrel before them, soon nodding firmly. "I believe so." At Randall's own note, Impa glanced to the monster and echoed Kev's sentiment. "Of course." Sure enough, after a few moments and some expert dirt pounding from Zurg, the cement mixture was about as smooth as it was going to get. With it free for Arro to take it as per his offer, Impa met the dragon with a "Thank you" as he moved to pick up the barrel. In short order, he was pouring out into the proper place, and they were well on their way with setting up this part of the foundation.

    As Zurg went to get the wooden forms set, Impa picked up another mason's trowel to help even out the cement as it began to fill its space. "Yes Kev, you certainly are. Let's work on getting it nice and smooth here in the middle so that it will be better set once Zurg returns." With even, precise motions, the Sheikah moved to help with this task whilst the cement was still soft. Some of the materials might have been different here in this world, but the tools and basic methods were roughly the same as what she'd been used to -- and really, it was rather appropriate given the structure they were building.
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Randall on Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:59 pm

    It seemed to be going smoothly, and pun not intended.
    There wasn't much to do right now other than literally watch cement dry, but as Zurg suggested, getting the wood to start the frame would be a good idea. It was nicely stacked on the back of the truck and tied, but Randall wasn't sure if it was enough. The barn wasn't going to be that large, now was it? A few animals at most... but hopefully they had enough because boy, he'd look like an ass if he didn't.

    Zurg had already began to retrieve some of it and the monster decided to follow suit and grab some himself to bring to the other sides. What did they have to do after this...? Get the frames up obviously, that involved lots of nails and hammering. With any luck, no one will nail their fingers. Putting the wood he gathered down near the other corner, Randall glanced at the cement to see how it was drying. "Once this dries, we can do frame-work... everyone knows how to use a hammer, right?" A small cheeky smile appeared, but at the same time, he sounded slightly serious. Hey, he didn't know if Kev had even seen a hammer before.

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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Arro on Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:59 am

    Cement gurgled and burst like a famished stomach, the longer it sat the quieter it became, munching on air until it's complaints faded. Arro peered into each pit, watching anxiously as the liquid settled into it's signature flat gray state. As mundane of a process as it was it still sent Arro's ears on end and flooded his thoughts with roiling curiosity. Why did it react the way it did? Would it behave differently under different temperatures? And did it solidify top first, or did the depth of the cement play no part? He wasn't about to poke it with a stick and ruin the setting, so he shelved his obsessively compulsive questions and moved onto the next task. He dragged his eyes from the column bases to Zurg, who'd just finished smoothing out the barn floor and had put the finishing touches on setting it's borders.

    Arro stood back and eyed the alignment of the beams, tilted his head and lowered it until the borders were at eye level. Unbeknownst to him actual implements existed for this exact purpose but he'd always been good at judging angles and distances out of simple necessity. It often became mortally important when flying and fighting in tight corners.

    "Looks good, thanks" he said, then reached for the barrel and it's remnants.

    There looked to be just enough left to fill the box, unlike the support pillars which required being submerged to hold up the barns weight, the floor only needed a couple inches of cement. So Arro held the soup out over the earth and coaxed the goo into the open air. Gradually the dirt was replaced by gray as he walked around the wooden boundary, and ended up back where he started, shaking the last globules of cement from the over-sized barrel.

    He set the plastic down in the grass when done and paced around the boundary a second time as it started to settle.

    "This is pretty smooth but it could use a pass with the trowels" he thought aloud, glancing over to Kev and Impa as he spoke.

    After this he guessed they'd be assembling the framework, the skeleton of the structure... As he began imagining what it would look like his strain of thought was immediately hijacked by a bizarre realization. Nothing had gone wrong. They were putting this together with the deftness of -maybe not architects- but people with experience, nothing had broken, and not a single stranger had appeared to destroy their work. Arro's maw tugged back briefly at it's corners.

    Normalcy was a weird feeling.
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Zurg on Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:05 pm

    Kev wrote:"Its pretty close to being done, right?"

    The look Zurg sent in his friend's general direction said it all. Sometimes he just wanted to reach over and throttle that alien... You know, just out of a loving desire to beat some logic into Kev. Instead, he focused his energies on being productive. The monarch hefted a few pieces of heavy wood out from the back of Randall's truck, briefly wondering how the monster acquired his vehicle, and made the trek back to their work site. Rinse and repeat, until there were enough wooden slabs to his liking. Amen for Randall and his many limbs once again. "Oh boy, I just love hammering things into place." Eat your heart out, Gucci. Quick attempt at humour aside, let's get back to work!

    Creating the wooden boundaries wasn't such a hard task; it was more mundane than anything else. For each side Zurg firmly pressed the wood against their fledgling slab and used wooden braces to keep it still. This was repeated three more times, with the alien moving about the area and generally staying out of everyone's way.

    Tap, tap, tap!
    Tap, tap, tap!
    Tap, tap, tap!


    Alright, that's good enough.

    The monarch got up with a wince, knees loudly cracking, and he stepped aside to let others complete their various jobs. Zurg, meanwhile, was going to spend a few moments eyeing the foundation up and down. Well... it wasn't exactly done up to code and it wasn't as advanced, but it ought to still get the job done. After all, they were building a barn. This wasn't something he would have put in a demand for back on Planet Z. Arro got about laying the cement into the allotted space, while Kev and Impa were in prime positions to evenly spread it. Guess that left the monarch to assist Randall with whatever else needed to be done. "Alright, make way," he said, strutting through. Zurg purposefully bumped Kev on the shoulder (gently) and was soon at the monster's side. "We of the more purple variety have to stick together. Whatcha got for me?" he inquired.


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Kev on Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:59 pm

    Aah, so cement still took some time to harden. Kev had been slightly worried that it would harden really fast on them. If the cement from the city was any indication, they'd be pretty screwed if it all hardened before they could spread it out to make the cement floor for the barn. From what Impa was saying however, they didn't have anything to worry about! "Ah, that's good~!" He gave her a nod as she volunteered to turn the hose off, still mixing the cement.

    Kev caught the purple alien's look and blinked in some confusion. The leaner alien had been on the other side of quite a few looks like that in his past. Yep, that was Zurg's patented 'I will throttle you' look. Maybe he thought he was trying to rush him? The alien pointed down at the barrel of cement. "I was talking about whether the cement was ready to be poured or not." The barn wasn't even close to being done, not that he minded. Not as long as his volunteers were fine with it. "I'm not rushing, I promise!" He reassured, looking back to Impa when she deemed the cement ready. Arro observed the general work going on around them as they mixed the cement, though he returned when they were done and grabbed up the barrel. "No problem!" The cement filled the ready patch of earth, and soon Impa and himself were down on the ground, using...what did Arro call it, a trowel? Each of them grabbed one and each smoothed the cement over with it, Kev imagining the cement as being frosting on a cake as he did so. Impa's assurance that he was doing it right made the lean alien beam at her with his eyes. "Thanks! I'm on it, 'boss'." The alien threw in a playful wink before stretching his arms as far as they could go to reach the center of the cement and smooth that out too.

    Soon the square cement looked quite smooth and even to his eyes, the alien pulling back standing back up to look over his work. True to Impa's word, the cement was starting to dry around the edges, but otherwise had not instantly solidified. Zurg made his way over, managing to catch Kev's shoulder and give him a slight bump that jostled the alien a bit, but certainly didn't make him fall or anything. The motion made him blink and look back at the other alien, already making a note to himself to try and bump him back before the day was over. Nothing at all like a duel of the shoulders of course, just some friendly bumping! "Hammers...basically just swing it down to hit a nail and stuff, right?" That was how he'd used one when he and Leslie fixed the cottage up, at least.


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Impa on Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:33 am

    Whilst the task of building the barn had only just begun, the base mixing of the first batch of cement was nearing completion, and it was now set to be poured into place. Before too long, Arro moved to hoist up the barrel, at which point Impa gave him a grateful nod and watched as he evenly distributed the mixture into its proper place. As the dragon continued to pour, the Sheikah saw that they would not need to smooth out too much of the cement, but a pass or two with the tools would certainly add to their craftsmanship here. "That it is; and of course. We're on it."

    With a quick spin of her trowel and a nod to Kev as he picked up his own, Impa moved to start smoothing out the cement. With a soft laugh at her friend's response and playful wink, the Sheikah returned the action and set about smoothing the next section over. The task was simple enough, but they still made sure to work carefully so that everything would be even and dry without issue. It did not take the two long to even out the base of cement, and even as it was just starting to harden, they had got it set into just the right place.

    At Randall's humorous question regarding hammers, Impa simply chuckled, stating, "I do." As far as Kev's response went, she nodded to him and noted, "Basically yes. Get the nail into place, square the hammer up, swing hard down enough to get it started, then tap from there." The framework would not have to wait too much longer for it to be started on, but for now, they just had to make sure they did not start before the cement was ready for them. At least it was well on its way to drying out nice and smooth.
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Randall on Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:09 am

    Let's see... it was so hard to keep track for some reason...
    The cement had been set, the support beams were either being placed or already in place, and they had to do the framework. After the framework... that meant dry-walling? Randall wasn't a carpenter, even if he did now a few things about building simple items or even fixing up busted cars and mechanical stuff, but something on this scale was a lot harder to remember the steps for. He needed to try and go over the plans once again in his head... but it was a little strange having Zurg suddenly hovering next to him, waiting for instructions. "Give me a minute, I'm having brain-lapses here..." he said to the alien, pressing his hand under his chin in thought. "Frame-work, obviously. Once the 'skeleton' of it is laid out and sturdy, we can then put up the walls. That will probably require the power tools..."

    Oh no, could Kev use power tools? What if he accidentally drilled into his hand or sliced off a finger? A bewildered look fell over the monster's face, but it quickly went back to his more neutral demeanor within a few seconds. Other than putting up the beams and what not, the walls seemed to be next--hence the drywall sheets! HO BOY. Those wouldn't be touched until it was time for walls, though. "Arro and I can probably be get to the higher spots with ease to make sure the ceiling has support." That would be a terrible image if the building collapsed... but luckily, it wouldn't. Why? Because they knew what they were doing--most of them--and if they didn't, well, they had Randall and possibly Zurg to yell at them if they were doing something wrong.

    Which, thankfully, no one was. Much like Arro, Randall was surprised by how... ordinary this was. It was just a simple building task--no gimmicks, no fighting, no deaths, nothing like that. It was... normal. Might as well enjoy this feeling while one can, since normal things never last long here...
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Zurg on Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:23 pm

    You know, things were starting to look pretty good! Between both Kev and Impa smoothing out the cement, Arro having previously poured it and Randall with his many useful limbs, they all ought to build this barn in no time! Well, certainly not within the next hour (as that'd be ridiculously fast), but definitely today or tomorrow. Now, what could the monarch be doing... Zurg reluctantly accepted Kev's explanation before turning back to their monster overlord.

    Brain lapses... It was far too early in the day for those, Gucci!

    "Right, right - framework ought to be next, yes." It's not like Kev's barn was going to be state-of-the-art, complete with all the bells and whistles such as modern plumbing and electricity, so constructing the bare bones for its walls was next on the list. "I've already carried over a few poles to begin with, one for each corner and evenly-spaced sections. The pieces have been cut to the same height prior, I assume?" Didn't hurt to ask. And as for power tools... Randall's thought concerning a scaly alien had been shared. Good galaxy, it was scary to imagine Kev wielding a power drill, let alone anything with sharp, spinning bits! "Erm, best to let me operate the power tools..." Zurg suggested with a shaky laugh. He at least wouldn't be cutting off his fingers or poking anyone's eye out. In regards to overseeing the ceiling's support, that was a good idea: both Arro and Randall had far better mobility than himself. It was the ground life for him! "Alright, I'll stay down here," the monarch agreed with a nod. "Not a very big fan of heights, anyway."

    Now that he had somewhat more direction as to what he ought to be doing, Zurg left the monster's presence for the individual poles he had recently set aside. Seeing as he was only one man, however, the alien would be limited to hefting one pole at a time. Well, best get crackin'!



    ((Should have done this a long time ago. Zurg is moving each pole to rest beside their corresponding pit.))


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Kev on Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:23 pm

    With the cement base smoothed out and ready, Impa and Kev were ready to hear what they ought to do next. Though the alien couldn't help but look at their progress and wonder what it'd look like when it was finished. He could already imagine them standing in there, out of the elements and warm. Surrounded by their hay. The barn was going to be like their little house~! The alien turned back to Impa as she confirmed how to work a hammer. "Alright!" Not too hard to remember. Hammers were pretty simple!

    "Brain-lapses? You okay Randall? Do you need a water break or something?" Kev offered, more than a little worried to hear of any brain-lapses. The monster shook it off soon enough though, suggesting they work on the framework. As soon as all of that was set up, they'd be able to put on the walls! Then, the roof! Perhaps the door then as well? Ah, no need to get ahead of himself. Power tools...hmm, might be reason to be concerned, there. Might start looking like a murder scene or something if Kev got a hold of the power tools. Kev raised a brow at Randall's brief bewildered look, but otherwise did not comment and merely nodded in agreement as Zurg offered to take care of the power tools. "Good idea!" Far be it from him to demand access to crazy, whirring devices of death that he didn't understand.

    Arro and Randall were to handle the higher parts of the frame-working, made sense. Arro was taller, and Randall could climb up! Zurg preferred staying on the ground and Kev would have to agree. He wasn't exactly good at climbing up and staying in a single spot. Randall could do that but he was kinda like a chameleon that way. Zurg left to start gathering the poles and placing them where they were going to go, the alien following behind to help. "I can help keep pieces together while you guys do the power tool stuff to it!" He offered, grabbing a pole. Though he found himself having a harder time of lugging it over to the groundwork of the barn... "M-mind giving me a hand, Impa?"


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Impa on Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:21 pm

    With a smile to Kev at his positive response regarding hammers, Impa soon glanced to Randall as he noted that he was apparently having a momentary brain lapse. No sooner had Kev offered for him to take a break than did the monster confirm that the framework was in fact the next step. Nodding as Zurg echoed that idea, Impa turned to look over to where the monarch had carried the poles that the barn's equivalent of a skeleton would consist of. Although the pieces did appear to be cut to the same height already, the Sheikah waited for Randall to answer that as he had been the one to bring the materials along in the first place.

    As far as power tools were concerned, whilst Impa had already used a few by now for projects at the inn, she was far more versed with traditional tools and their applications. She was comfortable with them, that much was certain… and she very likely had a better handle on them than their Kryptonistanian friend. Although the Sheikah did not start imagining things to quite the same degree as Randall and Zurg, she did still wind up having a brief flash of concern at the thought of Kev using any of the power tools. Thankfully, the monarch was quick to suggest that he take care of anything involving said power tools, and with a soft chuckle and nod, Impa added, "Indeed. Thank you, Zurg."

    Randall noted that he and Arro could tackle the higher spots for the ceiling of the barn, and although Impa was adept at reaching higher vantage points, she felt that she would be able to help out the most on the ground. If nothing else, she could easily jump to wherever she was needed, but here, she would be able to add her own strength to the tasks at hand. "Very well. I will help take care of things to make sure we've got a good, sturdy base."

    As Zurg moved to tackle the first pole, Impa was set to move one by herself, but before she could select one, it seemed that she was already being called on for assistance. Glancing to Kev with a soft smile of her own, Impa stated,  "I don't mind at all, Kev. Here." At that, the Sheikah leaned over to grab the midpoint of the pole – a task made easier from where her friend had lifted part of it – just before hefting it up over her shoulder. Shifting it forward a bit to distribute its weight between the two of them, she added, "All right, if you can steady it in the front, we can move it over to the next spot there."
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Arro on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:46 pm

    Arro sat propped up on his haunches where his gaze could linger over the field and the groups working on their various tasks. His long hands clasped and unclasped in the open air as he searched for the next thing to address, something that kept him out of the way of the others. They were making good time and most of the preliminary prep was finishing up, as Zurg suggested the framework seemed the next best thing to work on. All four walls could be lain out and fastened together on the ground before being pulled upright and nailed into place.

    The dragon nodded to the assessments of both purple beings, and craned his neck ever so slightly to peer at the plans Randall was reading. His eyes rapidly scanned the markings and measurements with machine-like precision, and in no time at all he had what he needed memorized. He moved to the wood pile and gathered up what he required for the ceiling supports, deciding to work on the frames for that first as Zurg already seemed to be setting up the walls. Most of the wooden planks appeared pre-cut but any that weren't Arro made sure to notch off with a claw mark. He counted up how many planks they had before doing so, ensuring he wasn't taking and cutting something needed for a different section of the building. It would be annoying to have to leave and buy more wood because of such a mistake, considering they were pretty far away from any place likely to sell the stuff.

    He found a clear patch of grass out of everyone's way and started setting down the wood, backing up and looking over his work every other minute or so to ensure everything was correctly placed. It didn't take long for Arro to become absorbed in the precision of his task, he had an eye for detail and the puzzle-like nature of putting everything together felt vaguely therapeutic. Working this way the dragon would have his frames completed in short order.

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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Randall on Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:22 pm

    ((no need to be sorry, you should post when you feel like! it at least reminded me to post here...))

    "No, no, I just mean I'm having trouble remembering things for some reason." Didn't he just read about this stuff like, for the past three days? If not longer? Jeez... he just kept spacing out! He kept having to shake his head and figure out what they were doing to play catch-up, and eventually, he figured it out. Right! Framework! It was going smoothly thanks to everyone just working together in general, and that was good. Maybe Randall just needed some coffee... after this, he'd definitely be making a large pot of it back at the inn and either way for sleep to come or stare at the ceiling for hours.

    He can think about that later, though, as he had to attach a utility belt to himself and climb up the beams, attaching them together with other beams. Arro made it look easy, but even with a drill, Randall had to be precise, because otherwise... augh, no, don't think about it. Just need to make sure everything went in well, and when he was done with one, he went to another. It wouldn't take far too long for an actual building frame to go up, and then after, walls. That meant half-way done, if he recalled. Other than insulation and what not... if he was remembering the order of things correctly. Randall paused the drill to think on this deeply before starting it up again and making sure the beams could actually support his weight--and luckily, they did (he wasn't exactly light).

    Nothing like the sound of drilling to bring out that headache, huh?
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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Zurg on Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:12 am

    Whiiiiiir...!

    Mmmmmm, yes. The wonderful, anxiety-inducing sound of a drill. Zurg's toes curled in his boots. "..." Eh? What was he supposed to be... Oh right, right! He shakily chuckled to himself and realized what a big ninny he was being. It was only Randall holding a power drill. Perfectly harmless, right? ...Right?

    Whereas it would have taken the monarch well over twenty minutes to walk between their project area and lumber site, carrying one hefty wooden pole to its destination and back, things were happily sped up with the help of friends. Grateful for any assistance received, Zurg stepped aside whenever necessary and allowed everyone else to work in harmony. Now, then! It would appear that he had some drilling and hammering of his own to fulfill, didn't he? Hardhat, check. Protective glasses, check. Padded gloves, check and check. Alright, good to go! The first wooden pole was twisted into position, inspected for good measure, before there was the telltale sound of - whiiiiiir...! - ah, industry... It felt great to be working again, to constantly be on the move from one task to the next. What is it that Earthen said about idle hands being the Devil's playthings?

    Sawdust and fine traces of dust proliferated the air, but Zurg was far too engrossed in his task to hesitate. With a power drill firmly grasped in both hands and his eyes trained, there was little around that would break his concentration. Well... except if Kev somehow managed to nail his thumb to a post or bash it with a hammer. That would be rather hard to tune out...

    Telepathy, you know? Should have packed a roll of tinfoil.


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    Re: Raise This Barn!

    Post by Kev on Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:17 am

    "Oh...right!" What helped one's memory? A lot of thinking or something? "I'm sure it'll come back to you, Randall." Randall was a smart cookie after all. Sure enough, he managed to jog his memory and remember that it was the framework. They managed to divide up their duties, with Arro and Randall using their height/wall climbing to work on the ceiling and Zurg helping Randall with the power tools. Impa elected to help with the creation of the base, which meant she'd be on the ground with Kev and Zurg. Arro was already at work, grabbing pieces of lumber and taking it to the proper area, where he seemed pretty absorbed getting everything organized. Like he was putting a puzzle together. Zurg also grabbed pieces of lumber and carried it to the proper area, Randall already getting to work using his drill. Just hearing the thing made Kev very happy that he didn't have to use them...he couldn't imagine having to hold one of those things and have that noise buzz in his head.

    That left Kev and Impa, and thankfully, Impa was happy to help the alien out. She smiled and the alien gave her a happy look in return. "Thanks." Impa grabbed the pole around the middle, then hefted it up to balance it on her shoulder. The alien nodded and moved closer to the front, lifting the pole up onto his shoulder like she had. "Like this?" Definitely felt a lot steadier then it had been before! The two of them worked in tandem, balancing the pole and carrying it to the proper area. The two of them continued until they had a good amount of lumber moved, the alien rubbing his arms and swinging them around as he overlooked the area. Zurg had joined Randall in doing some drilling, and the two of them looked like they had a good handle on things. What to do, what to do...Kev turned to Impa. "I guess we do some hammering now, right?" He waited for an affirmative from Impa before he collected the necessary tools.


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