**Moving Day, by helado de brownie**
You awake, though the familiar chime has yet to sound. The day has arrived.
You roll out of bed and cross the room to turn off the (if: $alarm)[chiming](else:)[unsounded] alarm. You are drawn toward the bedroom door.
What's so attractive about this bed? You don't understand, but you stay anyway, just for a moment.
(set: $alarm to true)The familiar chime sounds from across the room. It disturbs your peace and beckons you to stop it.
T is already in the common area when you get there. She looks over at you.
(if: $dressed and not $alarm)[“You look ready for anything,” she says.](else-if: not $dressed)[“You look ready for bed, not for moving,” she says. Oops. You still have on your jammies. You quickly go to change into day clothes and then return.](else:)[“Ready to begin?” she asks.]
[[Let's leave all this behind]]
Of course. You're still in your jammies.
(set: $dressed to true)There. *Now* you're ready to face the new day.
She looks thoughtful for a moment. “You're right. We already have all we need.”
(set: $packed to true)The process is short, because your belongings are few. Soon you both have everything you collectively own in two bags.
The two of you pedal side by side along the woodland trail.(if: not $alarm and $dressed and $packed)[
A blue butterfly catches your eye. Its wings catch the strands of sunlight poking through the canopy.]
It isn't long before you're in the right stretch of woods.
Here it is. The house of your dreams.
(if: $packed)[A houseboat floating on a reservoir.]
(else:)[A portal to a timeless pocket dimension.]]
(if: $packed)[A small glass-domed observatory.]
(else:)[A small cave inhabited by a family of bears.]]]
(if: $packed)[A tiny wooden cabin, outwardly unremarkable.]
(else:)[A treehouse high up in the branches.]]
(if: $packed)[An unhewn stone cottage.]
(else:)[A witch's hut set in shadow.]]]}
You and T step inside$packed[ with your belongings] to begin your new life.
(set: $alarm to false)(set: $dressed to false)(set: $packed to false)(set: $homes to (datamap: