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Jul 05, 2020 6:54 AM
ai mica and beauty and the beast cat
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That's sweet.

"Thank you, but I don't eat," he signs, and then has the text-to-speech say the same thing just in case.

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The table stops, reverses course, and wheels itself right back out of the room.

...is the teapot drooping

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He hugs himself and goes back to waiting.

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There's another delay, then the door back to the entrance hall opens wider. Nothing comes through. 

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Then he'll have to go through himself.

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The lights in the entrance hall flicker cheerfully. 

As he enters, the torches lining the staircase start to light up. 

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This place is cute. Okay, he can go upstairs.

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The castle guides him, with opening doors and flaring torches, to a library. It's two floors high, with crowded bookshelves lining the walls. The lower floor has tables and comfortable couches for reading on. 

Maika's on the upper floor, which is a balcony running all around the room with reading nooks tucked in the corners, leaving the centre open. The candlelight (shielded to protect the books) renders the room cosy and inviting, all warm colours and gleaming wood. 

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Oh!!! He's changed his mind he is in fact never leaving.

He spins until he's just happy and not overwhelmed with happy, and then he starts looking at the shelves.

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A book pulls itself off the shelf in front of him. 

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Ooh, what book is it?

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Doesn't say on the spine. 

It starts floating towards one of the reading nooks. 

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That seems like a reasonable place for a book to be going. He'll follow it.

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This nook is set up with a writing desk. It has a pot of ink and a quill pen with a big fluffy feather. 

The book flops on the desk and opens itself to a blank page near the start. 

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He'll give it a moment in case it wants to write something itself.

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Possibly the book was waiting for him to write first, but after a moment when Maika doesn't do anything, the pen lifts up and starts to write, feather bobbing above it. 

Welcome to the castle, traveller. Is there anything we can do to make your stay here more comfortable? 

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I'm not sure. I think I'm lost and I can't connect to any network but either this is a really elaborate prank or I'm missing something important.

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We don't know what you mean by a network. I'm afraid you are lost, possibly more thoroughly so than you might be thinking. Only lost people find their way here through the cursed forest.

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The forest doesn't seem to have a consistent shape, size, or location in the world. People have wandered in here from multiple different countries. Finding the way out isn't as simple as retracing your steps—you leave when the forest wants to let you leave, and not a moment sooner. 

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I was thinking about staying but I don't like being kept prisoner.

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In that case, it might let you leave. We don't know. It usually lets people leave if they really want to, except for

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You don't need to worry about that. It doesn't apply to you. 

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Who does it apply to?

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