Cameos: Ryouko and Kyouko, from Saint Tail.
Handling security at the art room is Will, volunteer at Phoenix ConGames and all-around nice guy.
Enrico (thinking): Maybe I’ll check out the art show.
I’m leaving the food here.
Enrico (thinking): But this bag is coming with me. I paid for it, and it’s mine. I’m not letting it go.
Staffer: Sorry, but to enter the art show you need to leave your bag at the door.
Enrico: Yes, sir. Right away.
Prequel humor. You may remember present-day Enrico speaking Greek and playing the board game about Paul.
Game: A winner is you!
Enrico (thinking): What else is going on?
“Author Discussion: Blessed Hildegard of Bingen.” Bo-ring.
“Learn the Greek Alphabet.” Hah. I speak the language fluently, not that my parents care.
“Trace Paul’s Journeys.” Nah. Not until it gets made into a board game.
Based on an actual game called Zombie Versus Ambulance. As you might guess, it has very sophisticated gameplay.
Heinkel: How did I end up carrying everything?
Enrico: The Pope should be above such things.
Heinkel: …Hold on.
Dude! They have Zombie Vs. Jesus!
Enrico: Say what?
Heinkel: Can’t talk. Busy blowing up zombies.
Gratuitous Marimite reference, which will be plot-important in a couple of years. Enrico’s only telling this part of the story because it makes him look good.
What do you think, Chief? Would Yumiko like this one?
Enrico: Doesn’t she have a rosary? From that high school of hers?
Heinkel: She was only there for a year…
Enrico: Still, it seems like it was important to her.
Heinkel: Since when are YOU the insightful one?
Filler art (here on DA), replacing the “Sorry for the delay – my computer hasn’t been connected to the Wheaton network yet!” message.
Heinkel’s surprised that Enrico knew Yumie’s schedule; s/he had long forgotten it. Enrico is unaware that his ability to keep track of people is anything special, but he’s not about to pass on an opportunity to brag if he gets it.
Genericon volunteer and former CTYer Diana is the third panelist. If you recognize Seira Mimori, you’ll be less surprised later on.
Heinkel: Did we lose Yumie?
Enrico: No; it’s been five minutes. She’s at her panel.
Heinkel: How do you DO that?
Enrico: I’m just that good. (thinking) Do what?
Panelist: Let’s start by going around and introducing ourselves, okay?
My name is Mimori Seira. My dream is to be a nun and spread God’s love.
Yumie: My name is Takagi Yumie. My dream is to kill anyone who won’t accept God’s love.
That’s Dan of BASHCon in the “NPC” shirt. (The front has a d20 with “21” on the side facing forward.)
Narration: But, despite the “Four Creatures” cosplayers, Alex had
Enrico: –gone? You mean he’s not going to be here for the whole day?
Heinkel: Don’t worry; he left us the food.
Enrico: That’s not the point.
The point is that he’s not going to see my triumph in PPR this afternoon.
Heinkel: Well, you’d better fast and pray in preparation for the contest. I’ll just finish the cookies.
Enrico: Ohhh no you don’t.
True story. Happened with my Hellhound plushie at Otakon ’05. (The cosplayers were Tokyo Mew Mew characters, though, not the Four Living Creatures who come out in the Book of Revelations.)
Enrico: Where’s Alex?
Yumie: He went home. He’ll be back in the evening for the masquerade.
Narration: I later learned that Alex had an obstacle in leaving.
Alex (thinking): Where’d I put my keys?
Look at the sweet wolf!
Aren’t you just the cutest little vicious killing machine? Yes, you are!
And I just wanna hug you, and cuddle you, but you’d probably rip me up an’ eat me, but that’s okay because you’re just hungry, right? Aww, how cute you are!
Oh, um, hello.
Alex: Hi. I see you like the plushie.