Aug 18, 2019 10:59 AM
A Luehmani and a Rianchimaru in Boyfriend Dungeon
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The lunch rush landed on the mall food court, filling it with people, shouts of 'Coffee for Tabitha! Tabitha?' and a severe lack of tables to be properly antisocial on.

Despite Louie best efforts to project an aura of 'go away', two office workers sat down at her table, cheerily chatting over their salads. They're frustratingly immune to glares from people wearing hi-vis over a stab vest. (And okay, they're totally allowed to sit at this table, it's not like she actually owns this table. But still. They didn't even ask.)

She does her best to ignore them. She just got off from A Shift-- the sort that makes you question how the general public has managed to keep themselves alive for so long, question what is up with the state of public education and water supplies that so many idiots are running around, along with the standard questioning your faith in humanity. Not to mention this is the first day of her new schedule, with all the fun sleep cycle fuckery that implies. While it is lunch time for normal, daywalking people, it's dinner for her, and she's been up far too long.

Short of it is: It's been a day where she deserves donuts with dangerous amounts of cinnamon for dinner. For lunch. (For dunch.)

 

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The craggy little passageway opens suddenly, the cave yawning wide, and here's where all the insect-kittens must be - perhaps hundreds or thousands, and many of them bigger - 

Lianne and Marian both prepare to fight.

"This is it, I bet," Lianne says. "Keep your senses alert for anything dramatically out of place."

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i'd like to think giant insects are out of place EVERYWHERE, but noted.

 

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"The portal stones usually don't - fit their surroundings, but it's hard to make any generalizations past that."

They step forwards, and open with a two handed swing through a few larger kitten-insects that'd turned to leap at them.

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The kittens get very electrocuted.

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The fight's hard, but they're good - 

Louie might soon notice something smooth like glass, flecked with little rainbows, and nothing like the horror-movie surroundings.

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She does her best to point at it mentally. that looks like the thing we're looking for.

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"Good catch." They'll blast through a handful of kitten-monsters - though these are getting to be more tiger-insects - until they're close enough to bring Louie down on the stone in an overhead chop.

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She's pretty sure lightning does bad things to portal generators.

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It, in fact, shatters.

The dunj ripples and fades around them, revealing a city park.

"This is where we entered," Lianne sends.

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Louie unswords, tries to not fall on her butt in the process, fails.

"Huh. I kinda expected to end up back where I started--not that this doesn't make more sense, but--" She cuts herself off.

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"Yeah. We'll - want to contact someone, let them know where you are. And double check the dunj didn't just reopen somewhere else."

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"I'd like to think closing it here would close it everywhere, but yeah. And it'd be good to get my bearings, at least." She sounds rattled. A lot has happened-- a lot of things with implications -- and it's showing in her voice more than she'd like.

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"You okay?"

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"I'll be right. It's just--been a day, you know?"

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"Yeah. I think we - I'm - well, whoever, I'm going to be sorting through my... General identity for a while."

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She huffs out a laugh. "You and me both."

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"Want to keep in touch?"

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"Yeah, that's-- that's a good idea." She fumbles her phone out of her pocket, opens it to the contacts page, and hands it over.

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They'll put both their own and Marian's numbers in, clearly labeled who's who.

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"Thanks. Do you want mine?"

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"Yeah, that'd be good, Marian has ours since they weren't the one transforming, so we'd have access to them both - "

The aforementioned Marian opens up both cellphones to the contacts.

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She puts in her number. "Thanks again. I should probably head back, let people know what happened--"

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"Yeah. Signal's pretty good here, if you want to call someone. And we can help with transportation - we have a car, at a minimum."

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"That'd be appreciated. I'll just check where I am compared to where I was--" How far away from the mall is she? 

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Still in the same city - but about on the other side of it. Probably a quarter to a half an hour's drive with normal (meaning, horrid) traffic, or thirty minutes to an hour by public transportation, depending on how many disruptions there are.

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