Nov 13, 2019 3:06 AM
Miroki finds Milliways and meets Link
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There is a bar.

It's a quiet place, a wide room with seats at the bartop, tables a bit further away and secluded booths aplenty. The decor is understated, dark wood paneling and leather. A few doors lead off to other rooms, and a set of stairs heads up. 

Out one window is a vista of exploding stars. No bartender is in evidence. The door occasionally borrows other doors, as someone new is about to find out.

There are a half-dozen or so people here, none of them particularly visibly remarkable. Well. Except for one. With obvious pointed ears and what can only be described as an adventurer's outfit - hood and cape, leather straps and buckles everywhere - gulping down some beverage from a large mug at the bar. She waves at the newcomer. "Hiya!"

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A super-duper surprised newcomer walks in and lets out an audible gasp. See, Miroki was walking into an old-fashioned supermarket, ready to productively go about her business...only to suddenly find herself in what can only be described as a surreal setting, made all the more surreal by the fact that the supermarket door was see-through and sliding and...oh hell, let's just say it was quite an unexpected turn of events and call it a day.

Hence a girl walks into a bar (though luckily not literally into a Bar), wearing winter attire wholly inappropriate for the setting because it was *cold* outside and she Did Not Want To Be Cold. Miroki stands a few feet inside the doorway, eyes wide, head slowly swiveling around, staring at all the things.

The sight of an...elf? existing and waving at her and greeting her does not greatly improve thing, but does have the effect of causing Miroki to cease looking around and proceed to Stare Blankly at Link.

"...Hi? Who...why...how....what?"

Yep, not sure the entirety of her brain made it through the door yet.

 

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"Welcome to Milliways! Come here, bar explains it better than me."

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"Uhh...okay!" Blank look swiftly transforming into Bright Eyed Cute Social Mode as Miroki walks towards Link.

"Soo...where's Bar? is he your brother or something?"

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"Bar's the bar! She's magic."

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A napkin appears, with neat cursive text on it.

Welcome to Milliways. Can I interest you in something to drink? The first one is free.

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Miroki proceeds to enthusiastically address the napkin!

"Ooh pretty! I wish I could write that nicely. Well...I'll go with whatever you recommend, Mr. Bar~"

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I prefer to be addressed as Ms. Bar, or just Bar, if you please.

A drink appears. It seems to be a rich hot chocolate in a ceramic mug. Two marshmallows bob in it.

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"Anyway, Milliways kind of borrows doors to everywhere else? It'll let you back out again just fine, think of this as a nice break from whatever."

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"Sorry Ms. Bar! I didn't mean to...I'm super sorry! This looks really delish~"

Miroki makes a satisfied noise sipping the probably-hot-chocolate; whatever it is, it tastes wonderful.

"Oh okay! I was...about to get groceries? But anyways that doesn't matter. What's your name? I'm Miroki~"

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"I'm Link! Well, probably. Lost most of my memories, but I'm getting a few back so hopefully it'll be all good in the end."

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"That's horrible! But...I dunno, it kinda feels like things are gonna be alright wherever you go? Sorry, that was a weird thing to say."

Miroki blushes as she takes a larger-than-usual sip of her delightful beverage.

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"Hopefully things will be alright, yeah. I dunno how different your world is from mine. Probably a lot. But basically I have to save the world? I try not to worry about it and just do my best, you know?"

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"But...but...are you like the President of someplace or someone Super Important? Are you tryin' for world peace or something?"

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"Noooo... I'm just the chosen one. Gotta defeat the Dark God Ganon."

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"Huh? Does this guy actually exist? And what if you don't wanna defeat him and like...just wanna chill instead?"

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"Pretty sure Ganon exists. He makes monsters smarter and tougher. He's got this giant black goo dragon thing that is only barely stuck in the old castle. And Goddess Hylia told me so. If I don't want to stop him? Then lots of people are gonna die. So you gotta do what you gotta do."

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"Oh okay...that's horrible. Can't someone like just give him what he wants so he won't fuck everything up? I'm sorry that's not right to say I'm sorry sorry sorry~"

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Sigh. "He wants to destroy the world. So, no."

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"Oh okay I'm sorry..."

A pause, another sip of hot chocolate. This girl thinks she's in a video game don't smirk dont smirk...but maybe this place is just weird?

"Uh I'm sorry I'm new here and I was getting food and suddenly appeared here...what is this place I'm so confused. All this...stuff and your stories and...I'm so confused I'm sorry"

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"Well, it's Milliways. It brings people from all different worlds together apparently. Pretty neat! I welcome the break from looking for shrines! You're probably super weird to me, I dunno, you haven't said much about you. I can show you some magic if it'll help?"

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"Wait...worlds? You mean like different planets or something? I...don't even. Sure, if you wanna show me magic go right ahead I guess?"

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"Watch and be impressed."

She pulls something from her belt - sort of like a large phone or small tablet, but in a more primitive-looking case? Tap, tap. With a flash of blue light a sword appears from thin air. She grabs it. "Inventory. Dead useful. Probably shouldn't show you the explodey runes here. Maybe time stop?"

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"Aaaaaaaah? It....it...it...appeared! But how?"

A moment of silence; you can almost hear the gears grinding in Miroki's head.

"So...are you as lost as I am with this whole 'strangers from different...planets meeting in a bar thing?' If you know something, enlighten me pretty please?"

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"Milliways is as Milliways does. Apparently. It just borrows doors, with no clear reason for it, and people wander in and chat and eat and drink and then out again. I've been here for a few hours and nothing terrible has happened except I met a lot of weird people and most of them were already used to it. Nobody wanted to come help destroy Ganon, which is understandable."

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"Whaaaaat? Does that mean that we could visit each others'...worlds? But could we get, like, trapped there? Like this seems so wonderful but it can become so horrible so easily!"

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