Final Update-I’m done

I’m done

I can’t believe this. So, you have to be wondering how it all turned out right? Why I hate everything in life? Did you know I can never win? I guess you wanna know what happened. Well, it started with the invitation number three.

Invitation 3

Invitation 2

It looked to be that Jack knew me. At this point, I was still furious at him for stealing my friends’ minds because at this point I still thought he was brainwashing them. He wasn’t, it was much worse. I got the last letter, number two, a couple days later and I was ecstatic. I could find out who Jack was, kill him and save my friends. But, something stuck out to me. This letter seemed to be more cheerful then the last one. It was brightly colored with a happy smiley face instead of a demonic one. I was confused. I decided the best way to find out what everything meant was to go to the house he had instructed me to. But, not without some weaponry. I had to be ready for anything and everything.
On the night of my meeting Jack, I walked up to the house. I was dark and the windows were blacked out. There was no way of seeing inside. The house was huge, almost mansion-like but still too small to be a mansion. The door had a sign that said welcome in big read letters so I let myself in. I walked into a dark hallway. I could here faint music in the background as I drew closer to what I thought was the main event. And then I heard it. Loud music was playing and a sign was right in front of what I know discovered was a ballroom. I recognized the song to be something from the 90s but why would a 90s song be playing in the late 1940s. It didn’t make any sense. People were awkwardly dancing all around and then I saw them. My team.

UNO


First, I saw Amelia and the others soon followed. I ran towards them and started asking questions. “What is this? What’s going on?” Amelia was the first to speak, “Jack’s parties. I’m sorry Lukas, it was all a test to see if you were a good detective and I have to say you failed majorly.” “What?”, I exclaimed angrily. Amelia continued, “Well, Aquia Maxius desired to test your strengths and weaknesses with a mental test. They put you against the rest of the group to find out who Jack was and they obviously found out first.” She signaled to Katherine, Mark, and Daniel that were looking at their feet in shame and George that was staring me straight in the face and laughing. He spoke, “You’re such an idiot, it took you longer than my old dog when he walks across a room.” I was angry and confused but less at Jack and more at everything that was happening and then it hit me. “Wait, then who is Jack?” “Oh, hey Lukas. Long time no see.” I heard a voice behind me and saw the one person I did not want to see today. He was Jack Williams and he was from my time. We were both from the 21st century. I remember his loud bubbly personality. He would never stop talking. While I was stealing and causing all sorts of trouble, he decided he would latch on to me and never let go. I would try to be stealthy and quiet but he would almost always get us both caught. I only ever got away from him when I came to where I am now. But no, they had to bring him here too. I couldn’t win. “Hello Lukas, you look so good. I can’t believe you actually came. You never did like parties. It’s amazing isn’t it? Aquia Maxius specifically choose me to come back in time and throw parties. They said that all these wonderful people would greatly enjoy future music and tonight is 90s night. Isn’t that great? And those letters, they specifically asked me to write them. They wanted me to be a scary as possible. It hurt me to frighten these amazing people but they assured me that if I were to spook them, their adrenaline would spike and they would all be prepared to have the party of a lifetime.” I started to look past him as he spoke. I didn’t want to be here. I failed a stupid ass test run by hell incarnate, my team and the crappiest man I know. I’m done. I went home and am currently locked in my room. I’m giving myself a couple of days and maybe I’ll go back to the office. Maybe.

Kassia’s Note: Right when I watched the video, I thought of Jack being a guy that threw awesome parties and just didn’t invite certain people in ds106. I thought of how Black and El Jota would go and the professors wouldn’t meet Jack so the first thing I thought of was that he was throwing and not inviting people. Basically the story involves Lukas trying to find out who Jack is and going through each and every invitation. He thinks that his friends are in danger when they have been trying to help with his case but they were able to crack it earlier than he was. Amelia later tells them what it was about and they have to not talk to Lukas because it would ruin the test. When I thought of writing for Jack, I thought of the character Chris from Parks and Recreation. He has to one of my favorite characters and I just thought of the scary notes and the party idea and thought that that type of character was perfect for my story. The only problem I had was with the audio. I put it up on soundcloud but it didn’t work so I uploaded it as a media file. It involves Lukas approaching the 90s party and hearing Chumawamba’s tubthumper because that
was the first song I thought of when I came up with the idea. I hope you enjoy the story and the final update.

Making Progress- Update 2

If I could tell you one thing, it would be that I seem to be a magnet for weird people and weird things. Mutant cats find me and demand to be pet. I get taken away from a perfectly nice life to do a bunch of strange jobs for I group that
talks through notes and hooded sweatshirts. And now I was going to possibly be searching for a man that could lead me to my own death or worse, I could be brainwashed. Well, I guess you want to know what happened, don’t you.

People have been going missing. Some wouldn’t come back at all and others would come back, but when you asked them about what they had done, they tell you they don’t remember anything. They remember being somewhere before they went away and then nothing. Others wouldn’t even answer the question. We would ask if someone what they were doing at a certain time and they would respond by just walking away. Things were getting weird and I had to know what was going on or I was going to go insane. Then they started talking my people.

First, they got to Daniel. He was perfectly fine one day. Well, if you call always looking guilty and never speaking fine but that just seems to be his character. That day, he was being scarily quiet. He usually would smile or make tiny grunting noises when our group would have meetings but that day there were no small smiles or tiny grunts. There was silence. And whenever, we would ask him what was wrong he would walk away. Next, It was Katherine and Mark. They said they needed to do something on Saturday night. We didn’t ask much but the weird thing was that Daniel had asked to come with them. He said he needed a ride. Those had to be the first words he had uttered in almost a month. And the only words he usually says are to Amelia in tiny whispers. I didn’t want to be suspicious of my coworkers but I couldn’t help it. Things were getting weird and I needed to know what was going on.

I decided to search through their desks. I know it’s an invasion of privacy but it’s not like it’s not for something important. If my coworkers were being brainwashed or on their way to being brutally murdered, I needed to find out why. I searched the desks and found something I didn’t expect. Invitations from Jack. These ones confirmed my suspicion that they were in some way counting down. I saw numbers 8 and 7 in Mark’s desk and 9 and 10 in Katherine’s. Daniel’s desk had nothing but a pencil and a tiny box. Nothing too surprising. The notes had the same creepy smiley face and the same signature as the ones I saw in the screaming woman’s bag. This time the notes seemed to warn of telling no one about what was going on. Did that mean my friends were aware of what was going on? Were they being brainwashed? I put the notes back but not after writing down everything that they had said.

Everything went back to normal for a bit. Well, as normal as it could get. My coworkers were still being strangely secretive and whenever I would get to close to their desks, they would become very nervous. I had to find a way to keep track of the notes they were getting. I was positive that it would lead me to Jack. I waited for one of them to get another note. I would check their desk drawers every night when they were away, in hopes of finding something new but there was nothing. Until one day.

Third Clue

Fourth Clue

I was sitting on my desk writing up a couple past cases and Mark walked in holding mail. “Got a package, man”, I said. He replied, “Oh, it’s nothing for me. It seems to be something for you.” He handed me the package. It was a white envelope. By the looks of it, it couldn’t be holding anything more than a small piece of paper. I opened up the envelope and saw the first invitation. Number 10 was in my hands and so was my ticket to finding out who this Jack really was.
I was ready.

Who is this Jack?: Update 1

After much consideration, my group has decided to stop all other projects to find work with ds106 in finding out who is Jack character really is. We have made great progress.

I wasn’t sure how to approach this project at first. Jack seems to be a character that is hard to find so I thought that if we could get anywhere, we couldn’t find him. He would have to find us. This meant that we would be spending a lot of time at the bar. In the streets, talking to people. We would spread out and cover as much ground as we could and then maybe we would learn something. And we did.

I was in the bar one night alone. Sometimes it’s best to be alone. It clears the head. Also, don’t tell Amelia but there’s a table right behind this big plant. No one can see you if you stand there but you have a perfect view of the bands that play each night. I kinda spend a lot of time just watching this one singer. She’s usually there of Fridays and Saturdays and she’s so pretty. Anyways, I was in the bar on like a Saturday maybe. Some day, I was in the bar and the table. It was all normal until I heard to guys talking. They were whispering to each other. I decided to listen in on the conversation. “I heard Jack is here today”, said the first man. “Really?”, I second man seemed nervous. “Let’s get out of here”, the nervous man said, “I don’t like Jack.” The other man replied with, “I want to see him maybe he can get us…..” Just then I heard a loud scream. It seemed to be coming from a private room near the bathrooms. I ran to see where the noise was coming from. When I finally found where the sound might be coming from, I threw the door open and no one was there. All there was, was a large purse filled with notes. As I opened the bag, I saw that they were invitations. The background was almost blood red and one of the creepiest smiley faces I have ever seen was underneath the writing. Each had a different message and a different number in the left hand corner. At the end of each message, there was a signature. It was signed Jack.

First Clue

Second Clue

All I knew was that I would have to get my hands on more of these invitations before something went horribly wrong.

Jones & Callaway

Jones & Callaway

Hello, Lukas here. It’s April 5th, 2015 and I’m here to launch a new company. After everything that happened in the late 40s, I wanted to do something good. I met a guy called Christopher and he seems to know what he is doing. We’re gonna help people. We plan on starting a supernatural protection agency. We are gonna solve crimes and save people instead of doing the other thing. Yeah, it’s gonna be good now. Hopefully.

Kassia Note: Here is the Business Card assignment that is 2 points. I wanted to create a business card that was the opposite to the Aquia Maxius one. This is the group the Lukas and some people he meets create after all the noir events happen in the past.

Cats in Trees

Cats in Trees

You think that when you get a job to save a cat from a tree all you will have to do is get a ladder. It was so much more than that. Probably why they called us and not the fire department. The story goes like this. Amelia came to us for a meeting. Our mission was to save a cat from a tree. The cat was stuck. But, it wasn’t just any cat. The cat was half demon, which meant that he could turn in to a big ugly at any second. There had been rumors around town about weird murders. They bodies looked like they were being clawed to death. So obviously, this was our mission.

It was a Saturday. The ones that came were me, Amelia, George and Daniel. Amelia was certain that Daniel was useful in this and George was the one to make sure we got away safely. We had Mark and Katherine stay back in case things got bad. We approached the park where the cat was. The cat was definitely in a tree. It definitely wasn’t a cat though. It looked like a monster. It had long fangs and it was growling as we cautiously approached it. Daniel looked to be moving his hands in some sort of weird way. Amelia looked nervously at him. George waited in the driver’s side of the car, ready to drive away if we needed it. We had guns and knives at the ready but Daniel seemed to be extending he hands at the creature. Suddenly, the creature charges towards Amelia. Daniel rushed in front of her and extended his hands. What came from his hands shocked me? Fire flew straight from his hands and the creature burned to ashes. Amelia screamed and Daniel fell to the ground. She rushed to Daniel as he lay gasping and muttering,” I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” I guess that answers some questions.

Kassia Note:
Here is the Four Icon Story assignment that is 2 1/2 points.

Post it Notes 2

Post-its

Here is the web assignments called Post it notes that is 2 points. Since I cleared up some things with all the characters in the story, I wanted to expand on it and do another Post it notes post. Here are some of the things the characters our dealing with currently. I used the paint feature on my computer to simulate post it notes and filled in boxes with different colors. I used different fonts for different characters. The fonts our slightly different than they appear in my original post it note post but characters are still the same.

Hidden Story

Here is the web assignment called Hidden Story that is 2 points.

Sometimes I think Danny is angrier than me. He seems to have some hidden turmoils. He never talks about them. I haven’t had time to talk to him just him and me. He always follows Amelia. I think they may have had a thing in the past. I’ll have to ask her. Maybe Mark or Katherine knows something.

I can’t do this anymore. Everything is broken. It’s burning and I can’t breathe. They messed something up. I was perfectly fine and then one day it all ended. I used to have to much control. One trip to the hospital can change everything. They broke something and I don’t think I can fix it. And now they want me to come back. They have a new group. They probably disposed of the other ones already. I know this sounds crazy. Why would I go back? I have a couple of reasons. If I come back, I might be able to reverse something. Maybe I can fix myself. But the main reason is her. I have to make sure she’s safe. I know she can defend herself. Sometimes better than me but you know when you just have that feeling that you have to be near this person. I might not be able to help her to my optimal physical extent but I can be there. I’ll be there. I’ll endure everything. And if I can fix myself that would just be a bonus. Wish me luck and do me a favor. Don’t listen to anything they say. They are lying. They don’t help, they hurt and take so much that there is nothing left. This might be deleted later, but I had to say it. Thanks for listening.

Kassia Note:
The hidden story can be found on my agency website. It is under the tab entitled Mission Statement. I wanted to expand on another character. It was fun to explore someone different. I didn’t know what I would do with Daniel but finding out what I would do with him helped clear some other holes I had in the story.

How it all began

Here is the web assignment called How it all began that is 3 points. I guess your wondering how we all met each other well I’m here to tell you.

You might have heard some things. They might be telling you somethings, but I’m here to tell you that all of them our false. They wanna make everything seems happy and fun. That’s definitely not true. I’m here to clear the air. I’ll start of with how we met.

So, I am originally from the 21st century. I was living a perfectly fine life and then I was suddenly moved from 2015 to 1947. Do you know who did it? This stupid group. They wanted to make me a detective. For some reason, I was the only option. I met George Smith first. I didn’t know it at first but he was the taxi driver that almost run me over. It happened when Aquia Maxius sent me back in time.

I guess they didn’t think about the location of my landing. Or maybe they did. Anyways, I asked him about it and he said I was his first supernatural experience. He would see many more after me. The second person I met was Amelia Williams. After I was almost run over by George (nothing personal dude), I ended up at a bar on the other side of town. Amelia was sitting at a table a couple feet away from me. They first words she ever said to me were, “I’m glad to finally meet you, Lukas.” I was confused. She explained everything. They wanted us here to fulfill some sort of link of fated events. They would do anything to have the right things happen. Amelia had been roped into it because of personal reasons. She wouldn’t tell me anything more.

We went to the what she called the “main office”. I don’t think they have any
other offices. Two people were waiting for us. They were whispering with fast words of nervousness. Amelia introduced them as Mark and Katherine Jones. They seemed so smart. I felt better with them around. I officially met George when he appeared with the taxi. Amelia had called a taxi because we were going to meet another of the members. And of course, George was the taxi driver. Amelia smiled when she saw that George was our driver and handed him a business card. I decided not to ask any questions.

Finally we met Daniel Rivera. Daniel seemed angry, like he new what was going on. What stood out to me was the fact that his hands were wrapped in bandaids. He was holding them like he was trying to hide something. He looked up at Amelia and immediately stood and ran. We ran after him and then the yelling started. “I can’t do this again,” he said. “You can’t make me.” Amelia screamed back, “You have to, we have to. Please do it for me.” She looked at him with pleading eyes. He continued to hold his arms tightly to his body. He looked like a big guy but he seemed to be scrunching his body to appear smaller than he was. The two moved behind a tree and exchanged angerly whispered for a while. Eventually, Daniel and Amelia came back to the taxi and we went to the office. I still don’t understand what is going on. I work hard to do what I can. I want to go back home. No one seems to like it here. They either came because they were coerced or forced. We aren’t happy to do this. We have to. Something is going to happen. We aren’t sure what it is. I’m writing this post as a warning. Don’t believe everything these people say. If you are supernatural, please run. I think they are out to kill. And you know what’s worse, they don’t even have cookies.

Original Post can be found here.

In the Dark- Video Show

My group decided to do the video show for our project for the past two weeks. The first week I did a trailer and we created the script. This week was the filming of the show. The show was really fun to do with some of my radio show group. We started out with a few different concepts but ultimately decided on a concept opposite to the Charlie’s Angels. We called it the Dexter’s Devils. We have three girls and one guys in the groups so we thought it would be cool to have a detective try to get three girls that were committing crimes in his town. The show was a lot of fun and I got to explore my character as a girl and a person that committed a lot of crimes.
We had a couple problems with filming. We did most of it on Friday and Saturday. We film in different places around downtown Fredericksburg for multiple scenes including my death scene. We also filmed around the school. We wore all black and made the video black and white for noir themes. My character was Lukas Jones but for the show we changed it to Lucy Jones. We had some issues getting the video up on Sunday night because of uploading lengths but we were eventually able to get the video up. I was an actor and I did some voice overs for the show. Patrick did a lot of editing for the show and I edited for the jewelry store scene.

Overall, the project got hard at times because of the problems we had with meeting with each other. However, it was
exciting to try acting. I haven’t acted a lot before. If I do, it is usually in audio posts. It as fun working with the group for the last time and I hope they do awesome on a final project if they choose to work together again.

Lukas Jones Interview

I’m glad I could get this out. I’m sorry about the space. I did what I could with the stuff I had. Aquia Maxius sort of killed the mood. I’m sorry I was so angry. It’s just they have been ruining everything. Overall, I give your interview a 10 out of 10. I enjoyed your questions and would do this again.

Kassia Note:
I liked creating this. I had a few problems in that my character is a guy and I’m a girl. I thought it would be interesting if I turned off all the lights in my bathroom and used my red gummy bear lamp as lighting. I covered most of my face with my hoody and turned the camera on. I got the camera from the ITCC. It was really easy to record with it. I had written down all the questions and wanted to present it in a way my character would do it. Because of this, I thought it would be interesting if he had seen the questions and didn’t have time to respond. So, he wrote them down and responded later. I mixed the interview questions with my character reading the questions he had chosen. I edited everything together using Windows Live Movie Maker. I hope you enjoy