So to start, we were at RTX, but it was at my old elementary school here in Washington. It was more like a family reunion. Staff and PA’s, but there were some non-RT fans there too, I think they were family of people there. People were getting super drunk, and there were games, and slideshows, all kinds of stuff. Michael Jones was SUPER drunk and loud, and it was kinda crazy.
Someone had asked me to go get something at the store that was across the street from the school (there isn’t actually a store there IRL) and it was like a convenience store with tons of booze. I was shopping, and Miles busted in there. Alone.
Me: “Hey Miles, where’s Jordan? Are you good? Need anything?”
Miles: “Jordan’s at a PA meeting. A bunch of PA’s are getting fired.”
Me: “Oh no! What happened? I didn’t hear anything about that meeting.”
Miles: “Really? If anyone should be getting fired, it’s you. Bitch.” *walks out chugging a beer*
At that point I was completely shocked. Like what the actual fuck is happening? What did I do? Then, Gavin busts into the shop.
Gavin: “JOHANNAH!!!” *hugs me*
Me: “Hey Gav, what’s up?”
Gavin: “I can’t find Charles, so we should hang out!”
Me: “Uhhh okay.”
Gavin and I walked back towards the party together and I was still wondering where all the PA’s were and what was going on. But I figured like what the hell, if I’m getting fired and no one has contacted me, I might as well enjoy what time I have left. Gavin was asking me about the location, so I was telling him that it was my primary school. This led to a conversation about the differences between the American and English school systems. Eventually, Gavin had to go to the bathroom. (The bathrooms were also right next to the store apparently.)
Gavin went into the men’s room, and i went into the women’s. Suddenly there was a sound of a huge plane flying over and dropping something. They were dropping huge bags of supplies. I was thinking ‘What? Is this the fucking apocalypse?’ I grabbed a bag (they were like huge rucksacks full of survival supplies) and tried to find Gavin. He was nowhere to be found. The party was definitely over, and instead of my school, it was my county’s fairgrounds where I have shown my horses lots of times. I basically lived there during the fairs every summer when I was in 4-H.
I tried to call Gavin, or anyone, but there was no phone service. I went to the gates of the fairgrounds where I saw a line of people. They were all being locked in these dark cells with their supplies. Apparently a war was going to go down, and we were supposed to be locked up “for our safety”. This is like some Hunger Games Capitol/interment camp bullshit. When they went to lock me in my cell, I pretended to trip and bump into the guard, and stole her extra keys. After we were locked in for a while, I opened my cell, and started creeping around the grounds.
It was super dark, and because I know those fairgrounds like the back of my hand, I knew how to sneak around. I saw the only way to get anywhere was to go into the horse barn. There were tons of guards (think like creeping around in the Metal Gear Immersion). I was doing alright. I made it through the horse barn, and then I saw Gavin and another small group of people hiding behind a concrete wall. Someone in the group made a loud noise, and guards started shooting in their general direction.
I saw someone collapse, and I started running that way. Once I got there, I saw that Gavin had apparently gone into cardiac arrest for no reason. And magically there was a defibrillator there! Everyone else there was losing their shit because they were drunk. They were just random people, not RT staff or PA’s. Then it was like a quest in some game to save Gavin. So I had to do CPR, use the defibrillator, everything. It was close, but he came back.
Gavin: *wakes up* “Thanks boi. I guess your 8th grade health class was worth something.”
Me: “Of course! Are you okay?”
Gavin: “Seriously? That’s your first question? I bloody said 8th grade! Of course I’m fine. I just want it noted that I did listen to your description of the American school system.”
*Meg comes running over, and it’s clear that no one is shooting anymore*
*Gavin and Meg start making out*
Me: “Well guys, glad you’re alright.”
*Gavin and Meg both give me a thumbs up*
The sun was coming up at that point, and I stood up and started walking towards the gates. There weren’t any more guards. But at this point. nothing was shocking me.
Suddenly someone jumped out of nowhere, pointed their rifle at me, and I was ready to fight.
Miles: *takes off helmet & mask* “Hey bitch, we got you good!”
*Several guards come running and group hug me*
The ‘guards’ in this group took off their masks, and it was members of the PA team! Maddy, Raf, Tim, Chris, Jordan, and James.
At that point, it was explained to me that the meeting I missed was the PA team and Miles organizing this ‘Immersion’. Most of the Staff didn’t know about it, and they left me out of it because they thought it would be entertaining to see me deal with it too.
Then we walked out into the sunrise, and I headed for the horse barn. Lo and behold, Charles walked out from behind a row of stalls with a giant boombox on his shoulder.
Me: “You know, Gavin was looking for you.”
Charles: “I know! I wasn’t getting more syrup in my pants.”
*boombox starts blasting Party Rock Anthem*
Everyone came out and started dancing and shuffling to the music. I woke up.
When I went to bed last night, I had turned on an alarm for the time I needed to get up, just a random one. The song? Party Rock Anthem.