Day 1 October 4th, Sunday Morning - 10 AM Parade Preparations Today, Capax was stirring from it's slumber to gather in the streets--at a crazy early hour for most on a sleepy Sunday, mind you--for one of the strangest events to occur in the town in the past five years. Tradition was key in this little town, and apart from a few highly celebrated holidays and festivals, nothing else was largely noteworthy, especially not so publicly. But, in an effort made by several outspoken community members, including several Capax Public High School teachers and the Board of Public Health and Environmental Care (unfortunately, they never found a better name), quite the spectacle was prepared and on it's way to interrupt the daily lives of the citizens of Capax. It was parade, intended to raise awareness for Global Warming and the destruction of the local wildlife. In addition to the fun floats and performances, they would be giving out free things--all natural food, coupons to whole food markets, and even T-Shirts made of vaguely named recycled goods--and running donation booths. It would be a day long event, and would run through almost every major street in town. Though the floats hadn't begun their way onto the road, they'd been set up, ordered neatly according to the list in Chloe Kademan's hand. She was just a student at Capax High, but was also the notable president of the Environmental Club--and a control freak. She had been up since the crack of dawn, overlooking the preparations for the parade. She'd double checked each float, glue bottle in hand, checking for tears and breaks that needed fixing. The performers had been spoken to, the musicians had been called an hour earlier than they'd needed to, and the booths were wiped down not once, but twice, before even arriving at their carefully marked spots on Chloe's map. It was fortunate for her that Mrs. Kademan was at the head of the BPHEC. Unfortunately, even with Chloe's obsessive double-and-triple checking, the preparations were still in complete chaos. The Fourth of July parade was the same every year--nothing to worry about there. But this parade was the first of it's kind. The town was worried, and you could feel it in the air. Not to mention, when Chloe Kademan arrived back at the large warehouse where the floats were being kept, wondering where attraction number #17 had disappeared to, she found not the beautifully decorated wildlife float they had built two weeks before, but a Chinese New Year Dragon, complete with a troop of Chinese men to parade it around, instead. The perfectly composed Chloe collapsed into a fit. Nobody here spoke Chinese, and the men, though confused out of their minds, were determined to join the parade, no matter what Chloe tried to tell them. But nothing could be done, the parade began at 10 o'clock, sharp. The parade wasn't going to be any fun for Amber. She had planned on going with a couple of friends, but instead she arrived at school only long enough to make a hundred copies of her paper before ditching for the day. With a staple gun and duct tape on the dash of her car, and the papers filed into boxes in the back, she was quickly on her way. It wasn't long though, until she started meeting the road blocks. Sorry, you can't go this way, miss. Road is blocked for the parade activities until 11 PM. She was quickly regretting not bringing anybody with her. She piled the duct tape and stapler into the box, and began to lug it down the streets despite its sizable weight. She set it down every ten feet, pulling out a paper and stapling it onto wooden posts, taping it over rails, and even on shop windows. Almost every available surface was soon covered on the main roads, almost every store window showing off the picture of her precious, and missing, eleven year old sibling. In the picture, she was smiling, with a missing front tooth and her softball cap on. There was grass in her hair and smudged on her skin, darker than Amber's but familiar and still family. Her parent's hadn't called the police yet. In fact, they didn't even know. They'd gone off, both of them, on business trips the day before, probably hoping to avoid the parade as well as each other. She had made the effort to call herself, but the cops just told her, as they do, "She's probably run off with a school teacher on a community service project. Call us back tonight if she's not home. You'll find her." But Isabel would never do that. She was probably one of the most obedient people in the household. She never signed for her parents on permission slips, never left the house at night, and never, ever, ran off without telling her big sister first. So something was wrong, something horribly wrong. And Amber wouldn't stop until she found her. The parade is starting, and the crowds are already gathered to witness what might be one of Capax's best, or worst, attempts at change in a long time. Most students from the high school and middle school are either participating themselves in the parade, or are doing community service with their teachers--collecting donations, doing park clean ups, and more. Others are simply volunteering of their own mind, or some are loitering about for the free food and merchandise. Some are just trying to get to their work, or to the grocery store; unfortunately for you, most roads are blocked, and will be all day. Best you find another way to it. Feel free to make an intro post for your character. While it's not 100% necessary to meet up with another character immediately, it will help expedite the beginning of the story. After introductory posts have been made, GM events will begin.