Ninja Burger PBP Episode 16 - 9/12/06
Dice roll summary:
Whutaguy/Skipito (Deliverator): 09 = 11
Arvo/Toru (Driver): 58 = 9
Zipdrive/Kitaro (Chef): 48 = 8
Lorthyne/Bozuko (Spotter): 55 = 10
Wroe/Rin (Navigator): 0
Bozuko spots the squirrel almost before it moves (10 + 2 Spotter = 12) and not only extends the van's periscope for Skipito to grab onto, but manages to give Toru ample notice, aiding him in his desperate maneuver to avoid the rodent.
Thus, when Toru reacts (9 + 2 Stunt Driver + 2 Bozuko's Spotter = 13) he does indeed manage to steer the van directly over the top of the poor innocent little squirrel without squishing it. Unfortunately, everyone reacted so quickly that this involves actually steering the van up onto the sidewalk partway. Passers-by dive for cover, and no one is hurt, except for a fruit cart (there's always a fruit cart around in such situations), which explodes in a shower of Vitamin C, covering the van and the squirrel in a thin coating of pulp. The squirrel is now immune to scurvy for life.
About the same time as this is going on, Skipito is swinging around on top of the van and expecting to have to leap off in front of it. Kitaro manages to inspire Skipito further with his talk of quantum mechanics and potential energy (11 +2 Sportster + 2 Kitaro's Esoteric Knowledge = 15), and although the van does not stop, Skipito's desire to exercise his ninja-ness results in his springing off the radar, grabbing the periscope, and swinging off the van just in the nick of time to avoid a lowhanging awning.
Although his intent was different, we'll say that Bozuko can add his Projectle Guidance of +2 to the effort (rather than merely juggling), swinging the periscope around as Skipito grabs it. Instead of hurtling Skipito into the path of the van, this swings him onto an ambulance which just happens to be speeding by at that exact moment.
The good news is that Skipito's ambulance takes a hard left and heads down Van Ness towards the scene of the accident, taking the deliverator closer to the delivery point without any traffic to obstruct him. The bad news is that the Ninja Burger delivery van misses the turn (Toru's -2 Navigator). Rin, apparently stuned by all the creative driving, starts screaming something about taking the next left, and Toru dutifully complies. However, what Rin actually meant was Gough, which is the next legal left hand turn; Toru instead turns left onto Franklin. Both Gough and Franklin paralell Van Ness, but they are both one-way streets, and only Gough is one-way in the right way.
Thus it is that the entire team is heading at high speed towards the delivery. Skipito on top of an ambulance, sans delivery bag. And the rest of the team, with the food, heading south on a one-way street, the wrong way.
The Dispatcher can only gurgle in shock.