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PostSubject: Lockdown   Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:34 am

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Lincoln only had to take a few steps into the Mansion before he realized he had made a grave error. The aura in this place twisted and turned, only not in the way that made him think of hot, doughy pretzels or twisty candy made with berries. This was the kind of twisty turny that made him think of bones snapping, limbs getting caught under a plow, goo sliding through a trough. It made his spine shiver, and he could almost feel his stomach turning with the aura.

Nope. This was the end. He was sure he had seen enough to ride himself of his fear of the copse. Time to head back to sanity-

Wham.

......The door shut in front of his face as he went to leave. Now Lincoln was all alone. In the dark. His nerves snapped with panic, and he could feel his fur bristling at the root. He ran up to the door and tried to both push and pull the door, but neither worked. Lincoln knew it wasn't going to work. Why would it work? He had a feeling haunted house logic would be screwing him over for the entirety of this adventure. He turned back to the foyer and looked at the grand double staircase. Did he dare proceed....?

Lincoln the Riolu: 22 - 16 = 6 Energy

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:27 am

She had not even gotten up when a certain little brat attached itself to her leg. She was in the midst of trying to register what just happened still, so she did not try to immediately kick him off. She was frozen to the spot with a blank stare as she waited for the moment to end. Lincoln retreated from his unusual grasp and allowed her to sit up on the sofa. Immediately the riolu began to babble on and on, but she hardly understood a word he said. Fortunately, he slowed down and spoke more clearly. An apology was issued for hugging her leg.

"It's uh...it's okay," she spoke, though her voice suggested that she was obviously still shellshocked from the experience she just went through. She noticed that Lincoln didn't seem to be keen on looking at her, but she did not blame him to be quite frank. What he did was pretty...childish. What was she, his mother? How old was Lincoln anyways? A new curiosity burned its way into her mouth, but she stopped herself as she noticed he was about to speak.

She still sat on the couch as he did so...the broken yet comfy couch. To be quite honest she was kind of afraid reality would break before her once again if she were to get up from the one thing that saved her in this mansion. Interest peaked as Lincoln mentioned that he had questions. She gave a nod to him, "Yeah...I think about as good as I'm going to get in a place like this at least."

"What's up?" she asked him, curious about just what he had to ask.

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:15 am

He nodded at her, feeling a bit better just knowing that she was doing better. His first shaky steps back into reality were succeeding much better than he had actually expected them to, making him feel just a little more confident in his sea of insecurity. The problem now was he had to figure out exactly which of the questions for Kira he should be prioritizing - or something like that. It sounded like the smart thing to do, but if he wasted too much time... well, another ghost was bound to pop out of some random cranny and enact more crimes against reason. Or maybe the house would literally grow a mouth and swallow them. The possibilities seemed to be unfortunately endless here.

He decided just to start with the basics, so that he could actually be a functioning team player instead of constantly tripping over his own two paws. "I was wondering... if you knew anything about this place? Like, maybe some lore or something. Maybe why it is the way it is, or how it got so... broken," he started. One one hand it did seem like kind of a silly question, but he figured if he knew a little more about this place maybe he would know how to deal with it a little better and an guild member/ex-guild member seemed like the appropriate person to ask about that kind of stuff. He felt a little self-conscious asking such an obvious question, however... not to mention it was super broad. He tried to narrow it down by continuing on his line of thought. "I mean... clearly there are a lot of ghosts here and that it's haunted for days. So that has something to do with it. ...Was it built on an ancient burial ground or something? Is there a reason all these ghosts are all up in arms over this old house outside of just being sadistic, like some kind of amazing ancient relic?" The little Riolu had no idea how close to the mark he actually was.

Outside the confounding residential pocket dimension, another Drifblim slowly floated around the perimeter of the building; playing a silent sentry to the twisted house. It wasn't really engaging anything itself, just gently floating around and peering into the house from it's high vantage. It knew about the stir that was happening within the building, and it was keeping its eyes out for anything out of the ordinary. It seemed like intruders were cropping up every other week now, more than they ever had before. They had to have watchers like themselves now as a first line of defense against strangers who came in and poked too deep into places they didn't belong.

He approached a set of large parlor windows slowly, just barely visible from the inside.

Lincoln the Riolu - 10 Energy

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:15 pm

Lore huh? The lucario focused her attention on recalling anything she heard about this place prior to the dungeon. She folded her arm over one another as her expression looked a bit focused, "Well," she began. "If I recall there was a series of horrid events that happened here. The details on what exactly they were were never clear exactly. Pokemon like to make up stories or stretch the truth, but the consensus on this place is that it's a cursed house."

She recollected herself enough to stand. The furniture creaked as if in a complaint as she stood up, but she paid it no mind. The fighting type brought her paws over herself and dusted what little filth that had collected on her off. She failed to pay attention to her surroundings, her aura senses being put on the back burner in exchange for speaking with Lincoln. She may have evolved, but she was still a far cry from completely mastering the strange technique that was nearly unique to their species. The lucario rose a paw to the back of her head and gave it a scratch before she spoke up once more, "Some say this was the house of a cruel and wealthy persian that perished alone while others say it was cursed by Arceus himself after a temple of his was torn down to build this in its stead. Though the most common rumour is that it was created by a greater power to protect some underground paradise from the outside world."

She gave a hopeless shrug, almost as if apologizing for her lack of certain information, "But that's all we really have in this place, rumours-and pokemon just love gossiping and telling tall tales just to amuse themselves." It was just a part of life, but that did not mean she liked it. The lucario took a brief glance around the room. She failed to notice the ominous figure in the window as her eyes swept over it, not even a double take to make sure the strange shape was not something potentially hostile. The door Lincoln had gone through seemed to have still been there, a surprise to her considering how this place just loved to make doors appear and disappear in the blink of an eye.

Wait...

Her eyes squinted as the sudden realization struck her. There was a complete possibility that they would never be able to leave this place because of this sick sadistic settlement. Did she bring an escape orb? She did not check her bag just yet, completely forgetting if she brought one, but instead of doing so she decided to ask Lincoln, "You don't happen to have an escape orb do you?"

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:44 am

Lincoln could help but feel the slightest bit enthralled by listening to Kira talk, though the content of her stories left him throughly unnerved on a deep emotional level considering they were actually inside the horror terror that she was describing. "A Persian... or Arceus? Wow that's kind of a big disparity. Going into a place that Arceus openly rejected though... that would explain a lot, honestly....." he thought to himself as she went on. With all these intrigue-y rumors that Kira had to share, that moment wasn't far from being a story time of sorts. A grown-up story time, where the stakes resting on the story were the difference between life and death. Lincoln was left grappling with both his burning curiosity and his sense of self-preservation by the time Kira had finished.

"Well, at least its something to consider..." he replied with a nod, trying to at least semi-validate what he kept reminding himself was load of hearsay. He looked around the room with new context, trying to pick out things that maybe looked like an artifact, or just looked out of place. He was finding plenty of the latter, in pretty immediate retrospect. He decided to stop before he devolved into a string of conspiracy theories that was inevitable at this rate; he guessed someone as professional as Kira wouldn't get much use out of that kind of speculation. Well, at any rate, at least that info-sharing session was good for building their morale...

"You don't happen to have an escape orb do you?"

...It had been. It had been good for raising their morale.

"Uhh..." Lincoln breathed after a moment of silence, all the while thinking to himself, "Oh no. Do I...? When was the last time I saw an Escape Orb. Oh no, ohnoohno." The look on his face betrayed the feeling of shock that itself betrayed that he obviously didn't know if he did. He thrust his paws into his bag and started shuffling his items around. He pulled out a few different items as he sorted around; seeds, a weird bell, a weird ribbon... how had those even gotten in there? He didn't recognize them, but he was also too concerned right now to give it a whole lot of thought. Beyond those there were... a surprising amount of orbs in there actually, but he could already tell that they were not what he was looking for. "...I haven't actually found one in a while..." he admitted silently, thinking back to the mountain he had previously been on and how it had been basically devoid of that particular item. He looked up at her, slowly coming to the same realization that she was having.

"Hrrnk, well, I mean... it's not impossible that we might find one in here, right?!" he suggested quickly, already trying to come up with an alternative. He scrambled to action, going around the room and checking anything that looked like a good hiding spot for treasure. "Ah-HA!- oh," he cried as he lifted an orb out of the loveseat, only to find it was a different kind of orb. He dug through the drawers in the coffee table and found two more; both not escape orbs. He started to sweat a little bit; this was... a nightmare. He spotted an orb in yonder china cabinet, but when he pulled it out...

"How are there this many orbs that aren't what we need??" he exclaimed, flabbergasted and frustrated. He reached back inside and dug deeper; he was clearly so close... The second his paws touched something spherical, his face lit up triumphantly. "Yes! Here, I bet this is-"

It was an incredibly small Pumpkaboo. He was holding a tiny, pigmy Pumpkaboo. He looked at it before letting out a high-pitched, girly screech and immediately letting go of it. It bounced off the ground with a dull "thud" and began to toddle around the room, seeming pretty unphased by the whole ordeal. She became enamored with the (relatively) big footsteps that Kira had left in the thin veil of dust that coated the ground; first comparing her feet to them, and then starting to walk inside them essentially mimicking Kira's path around the room.

The Drifblim floating by easily caught sight of Kira, and then Lincoln when it focused in more. It was in high alert mode now. It didn't involve itself right away though, instead tagging the room and bringing the alert to more nearby ghost types while it hovered there in order to keep observing.

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Thu May 03, 2018 2:15 am

Her hopes were drained as Lincoln failed to answer with certainty and speed. Her expression fell into a concerned and almost horrified look. She opened her mouth to say something, but nothing came out. In fact, she could not even remember what she was about to say. The riolu dove through his bag of goodies to search for one, but eventually admitted that he had not come across one. A nervous smile cracked in the corner of her lips as she became almost giddy with the realization that they were potentially trapped here.

She was almost certain now that she did not have an escape orb. She could never recall putting one in her bag, ever. Lincoln began to panic as well, she could both see and feel. His aura flickered with uncertainty and quivered as he sprang into action. She was spurred into action alongside him as she too began to search the room in a desperate search for an orb that would guarantee their escape. In this bookshelf? No. Under the loveseat? She dropped to her stomach to check. Nope. In the cushions? Lincoln certainly found something there.

She propped herself back on her knees with her arms clung to the seat's arm. Her attention solely focused on Lincoln as he held the orb in his paws. Nope, that wasn't one either. She did not even need to tell him that it was wrong as he realized it himself. She continued her search as well. She readily flipped the sofa onto its back where she could finally observe the damage she had done in her fall. The destruction was not what she was concerned about, but getting a better look at what was underneath, perhaps even inside the springs of the furniture.

Nothing.

"How are there this many orbs that aren't what we need??" Lincoln exclaimed as Kira moved the bookshelf she looked into earlier.

"I swear this place is messing with us!"
her panic transferred into irritation as she spoke. She snorted in a sharp exhale of breath as her search produced nothing of value. Yet again, Lincoln proclaimed that he found something. She turned to have a look, less confident that he would have what they needed this time around. She proceeded to correct him on it, "That's a-" before she was cut off by the most effeminate scream she could have ever heard. It was honestly an amusing scene, but being there to have her ears assaulted by the screech only served to add to her misery. Her paws flew up to her ears as the pumpkaboo was dropped onto the floor.

"Knock it off!" she growled to Lincoln with venom to her tone that she surprised even herself with. She lifted the paws to press against her face. She took a deep breath in as she forced herself to swallow her frustrations and act like an adult. "No, no. Sorry," she apologized, though her tone failed to convey a sense of sincerity.

"We need to not panic. Panicking is what's gonna get us killed. We'll end up expelling our energy far too quickly and die in here if we flounder around like a bunch of lost toddlers." She spoke in a more calm and controlled voice, but her paws still have yet to leave their spot in holding her face. She pressed the pads against herself before she dragged down slowly in a deep exhale. She lectured him, yet she had done the same thing just moments ago. They both needed to calm down about this. Get their act together and-

What was that aura?

Her eyes snapped towards the window. She saw nothing through the glass save for darkness, but she could most certainly feel something over there. Was it hostile? Would it attack? Was it even aware that they were there? If Kira were more proficient in the art of aura, she would have been more aware of the answers to these questions. Unfortunately, she still lacked the proper training that most lucarios had when they evolved. Instead, she was left to guess.

"Lincoln?" She spoke quietly with an intensity that should have been enough to warn the riolu of potential danger, "If I say run...you run...okay?"

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Thu May 03, 2018 8:24 pm

Kira's sudden snap startled Lincoln out of his previously scrambled state of mind. He had been so distracted by all the commotion of his attempt to help Kira find an orb that he hadn't really thought about what he had been sounding like or looking like; he just knew that they needed to find a way out. After the shock had worn off, he realized the outburst hurt him a little bit. He felt like he was right back at square one; he was acting too much without achieving anything - and had that Pumpkaboo been anything other than a Pumpkaboo, he would have been in a lot more trouble and Kira would have been in a position where she had to save him (assuming she wanted to save him). Lincoln started to feel incredibly disappointed with himself. He thought he had turned it around, but really he just gotten on one track again and had stopped considering all the possibilities before acting. Honestly he was being more frustrating than productive; he could even feel the sharp emotion about her (and he wasn't even trying). He was way in over his head and there was nothing he could do about it. He hadn't even brought the one thing that he absolutely should have had with him. Maybe that was to be expected from a kid who had just barely been to two dungeons though.

...Lincoln's disappointment morphed into frustration as he realized he was doing it again. All of the pointless waffling he was doing wasn't getting him anywhere! He had literally just been standing there staring for a solid minute, and for what? It wasn't getting him anywhere, which meant it was getting the both of them about -2 steps closer to the exit of this spook house that apparently wanted them to remain here forever. He shook his head, trying to bite back what was bothering him so that it wouldn't get in his way. He really just wanted to do something useful at this point, or at the very least assist in doing something successful. His self-esteem was kind of relying on it now.

"Okay... Okay you're right," he answered quietly, nodding along with her suggestions. He felt a jump of panic in his heart when she talked about them dying, making the little muscle beat a little faster and harder. He strained to fight against it, telling himself, "No, no... this is exactly what we're trying to not do. It won't happen if you don't do this!!!" ...but wait, wasn't straining himself like this similar to straining himself with panic? So then, this was also expending energy needlessly. He felt disappointed again, but at least now the disappointment was serving to mellow him out a bit. He kind of took comfort in that, actually.

Feeling the potent caution in Kira's tone as she spoke to him again, Lincoln immediately hushed his volume. "What about you?? If I run, who's going to help you?" he whispered back, although there was a tinge of something behind his voice. He knew it wouldn't make a difference whether he was there or not... he wanted to be there, but it might be better if he let her handle the fighting so that she didn't have to hold back and look out for him. As he looked around the room to identify a place to run to, however... he came to the incredibly difficult realization that this was, indeed, a room. A room with four walls, some big windows, and a door that probably led to some demon from the seventh ring of the underworld probably, at this rate. He guessed he could try it, if he had to.

"Wait... if I run somewhere, how will we meet back up?" he added. He guessed if he needed to run, he could do some laps around this room? He could probably shove himself into the chimney of that fireplace over there, assuming that there was nothing in there waiting to bite his head off the second he tried.

The Drifblim made no attempt to engage yet; still just looming and sending the information he was picking up to the others in the area. The Duskull approached the room, but when they poked their heads through the floor behind the two blue dogs and saw Kira they knew they weren't going to get anywhere with a direct confrontation. They looked around the room for something to manipulate instead; anything at all to get the two intruders to move so that they could get a more advantageous setup. One of them identified that they were looking for a specific type of orb; that would work very well for their needs.  He conjured the illusion of the orb, while the other Duskull stayed positioned on the floor.

The Duskull caused its illusory orb to fall off the table with a convincing auditory hallucination of a little "plink" noise to boot, hoping to catch the two's attention.

Lincoln heard it and immediately felt unnerved. He looked around them, trying not to panic but still also pretty skeeved out. "Did you hear that? Is that what you were talking about?" He somehow found a tone quieter than a whisper to ask Kira this with.

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Tue May 08, 2018 9:03 am

Guilt found its way into her emotions when she noticed the fall Lincoln's aura seemed to have at her snip. Unfortunately, she felt as if she had not the time to reassure him that her snap was just her nerves getting to her. Then again, she wasn't sure if she should inform the probably-a-child that she was not quite in as much control as she should be. She remained silent and observed their surroundings with caution as the riolu reacted to her words. Who was going to help her? Nobody, that was who. That was alright though, she was used to it.

Then the fighting type brought up a more pressing matter. How would they meet back up? Well, she guessed that they wouldn't. It would likely have given Lincoln a better chance for survival if she were to lose, but if she lived then she was certain that she would be able to find him again...kind of. Okay, not really. It was not a good idea and she was kind of glad Lincoln didn't listen.

The ghost type made no move. She closed her eyes as the dongles on each side of her head began to rise. Aura in the air shifted as she began to read carefully into the environment around them. Lincoln seemed scared. A defensive urge overcame her as her nerves were kicked into a higher gear. A fighting posture was taken up, but again no other movement to engage was made. Now on high alert, she noticed the two apparitions that attempted to approach the room stealthily. She paid close attention to her unique sense and watched as the ghosts did something just behind them.

She kept herself in place as the illusion was cast. Strange, she never knew ghosts could replicate the illusionary strength of a zoroark? The lucario was not able to hear what lincoln said, but she did at the very least respond to the riolu. "Change of plans, stay near me." Her instructions were quiet, but clear. Her tone, however, made it seem more like a demand than a suggestion. She wanted lincoln to do as she said and she wanted it done now.

The pokemon that were in the area were not directly engaging, perhaps they wanted to avoid a confrontation? She paid little attention to what the little boy beside her did or said as she instead spoke out to the potentially hostile strangers, "Hey...you don't want to fight right?" she started off with her assumption, "We don't want to either. We want to leave. Is that alright?" It was true in a way, she was curious about the house, but the implication that they might be stuck here forever made her have second thoughts. She never wanted to enter this house without some form of guaranteed escape again.

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Fri May 11, 2018 4:04 pm

Kira's commanding response left Lincoln no wiggle room to argue, not that he particularly wanted to argue with her suggestion in this circumstance. He had seen how her dongles appeared to activate and how she appeared to be scanning the room, something he could only do in a very vague sense himself. He wondered if he would be able to do the kinds of things she was able to do when he evolved? He had heard about some of the abilities Lucarios had from his relatives, but of course he had never experienced any of them himself. In light of all that he was more than ready to scamper over to her side without question, content in accepting the fact that she was seeing more in this place than he was.

The Duskull was less than pleased at being found out so quickly. Something about that Lucario's weird vibrating head dongles had sold it out, perhaps? He had heard stories about the strange species from other mansion dwellers who had had prior experiences, but they had given him no hints on how their odd powers actually worked. One thing was blatantly clear, though: simple diversion would not work on their kind. He dismissed the powers he had summoned and eyed the Lucario with a defiant look that conveyed only dismissal of her offer. He seemed to reconsider after a moment of staring her down, however. The terse body language he had received her request with melted away, replaced by what was essentially an implied sneer.

"Certainly, it's fine if you don't want to fight. It's also fine if you want to leave," he responded sincerely. "Fighting is a bit of a hassle so we avoid it where we can. It's mostly up to you really. If you say you don't want to fight... then passage should be fairly easy for you." His companion in the floor chose not to engage as he did; rather they darted under the small one's feet towards the fireplace on yonder wall. An odd feeling began to emanate through the room as others became attracted to the area in response to the subtle beckoning of the floor Duskull.

It seemed Kira really had seen something Lincoln could not, because the seemingly-an-orb she had been talking to suddenly became a Duskull right out of nowhere. The ghost type certainly didn't seem too pleased with being found out, either; even Lincoln had a sense of that. The Riolu got a similar sense that they weren't going to like the reason why he suddenly relaxed and got all cackle-y. He looked up at Kira, but there wasn't exactly a good way for the two of them to communicate with a stranger right in front of them. An outwardly... "friendly" stranger perhaps, but not in a way that seemed especially caring or concerned. Lincoln got a fairly bad feeling from that stranger overall, and now that he was thinking of it he was getting bad feelings from all over this room. Was that... was the floor making him uncomfortable?? He frowned; certainly Kira wasn't going to trust this guy.

"Passage to where? To the exit?" Lincoln chimed in from beside Kira's leg. He felt like it was a harmless enough question to ask; Kira probably would have done the same if he hadn't beat her to it. This guy was being unnervingly ambiguous, and his answers were generally unhelpful.

The Duskull chuckled. "Into the mansion, of course. Where you go from there is up to you. You could come even come back here if you like it so much." He floated towards the blank wall where there had previously been a door. "Once you figure out how to get back here, that is."

Lincoln stared blankly at Kira, hoping she had some kind of explanation for this. He couldn't completely wrap his mind around anything the other pokemon was saying. "Wait, so... are we not in the mansion? How did we get out??" He questioned blankly, much to the Duskull's amuzement. "Where are we if we're not in the mansion? This seems pretty definitively mansion-y to me..." Lincolned remarked further as he made it past his initial reactions to the Duskull's words and the wheels in his head began to turn...

Seeing the many forms converging about the area where the two intruders were, the Drifblim felt content enough with the situation that he was comfortable in straying from the position, heading off to investigate other disturbances in the house's odd atmosphere. With that much backup, they couldn't imagine there would be that much need of their presence. And if the worst were to happen and the others were to need assistance, it wouldn't be that hard for the drifting ghost pokemon to make another lap around and get in a position to engage from. Feeling assured in this though, they went about their sentry route with no further hangups.

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PostSubject: Re: Lockdown   Sat May 26, 2018 1:32 pm

A sense of caution and dread overcame her at once. The lucario listened to the words the duskull spoke, though the laughter and overly friendly tone certainly raised red flags to her. Strangers that acted so friendly in such a hostile environment was sketchy enough on their own to her, but the actions and previous attempt for some sort of distraction only made her stamp a great big seal of 'nope' on the idea of trust. Her eyes remained closed as she focused her 'sight' on aura rather than what she could perceive with her eyes.

Lincoln spoke up, she wished he didn't at all but at the very least he was reasonable with what he asked. It was a question she herself had after all. He was a child, she assumed, it would be for the best for him to remain silent and attract as little attention as possible so that he could make an escape if things were to go wrong.

Presences, many of them. The forms of the creatures were clear as day, two of which she recognized to be litwick. The form of the drifblim appeared to drift away, but she did not have either the range nor the idea to see where it would drift off to. It simply became a presence of irrelevance. Instead, she focused on what was around them, searching for any sign of a potentially hostile movement as she gave Lincoln a quiet hush followed by a paw placed on top of his head if he allowed for it. Hopefully, that would be enough to let him know that it was time for Adult Swim.

"You mean deeper into the mansion," she spoke with certainty rather than a request for clarification. She was quite certain that they were still in the chateau. She had no evidence to support this thought other than the fact that they never noticeably left, but she was willing to use that to hold up her argument should it be questioned. "We don't want to go deeper right now," she responded, "We want out to where we belong." It was honestly a shame to her that she could not return to that special forest that was hidden deep within the depths of this strange contraption, but with the addition of Lincoln and the lack of an Escape Orb, she did not feel as confident as she once was in this endeavour.

It was at this point that the litwicks that she noticed earlier decided to chime in, their voices echoed from the walls in an eerie unison with perfectly matched tone and pace, "To get out, you must go in. Deeper and deeper through the maze, until you reach your end~!" The duo's sing-song tone broke into a melodious giggle as if they thought the travellers before them silly for thinking otherwise.

"..." Kira decided not to respond to the fire types, not even to claim that their words made no sense. For she could recall that the strange force within the forest blasted her previous expedition out of the house altogether. Was...was that really the only way out? No-it couldn't be...right?

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