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May 11, 2021 9:38 AM
Amentan Silvers and Vivids continued
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Ovali walks around, the doors are the type that have small windows in them, but they are too tall for them to look at. He makes way to the elevator. "Let's go up and look around!"

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He trots down the hallway after Ovali, "Okay!"

Elevator! Mika stands up on his tiptoes and just barely manages to reach the call button. When the elevator doors open, he goes inside and looks up at the wall of buttons. There's a lot of them! One has a phone on it, and two of them have little arrows, and then above them is a bunch of numbered buttons. He pushes one of the arrow buttons and the door closes behind Ovali. 

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Ovali jumps up and down excitedly (the elevator only slightly wobbles, it's a high quality elevator). And he runs out the moment the doors open. "Come on, let's see."

They are in an entrance hall, it's large, but part of it is being renovated with a new floors and wall paneling. So it's cluttered. Ovali explores around.

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"Yeah!" So much stuff! Mika climbs on top of a box and then back down again, circles around a few piles of wood, and pokes through an open box curiously, deeming it uninteresting after a few seconds. There's a doorway at the other end of the hall, and after a bit more exploring Mika wanders towards it, peering inside.

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Climbs inside a few box, but decides that they aren't that good of a pretend fort, then he follows Mika.

The other room has a clutter of relocated furniture from the previous room, one television, and two adults. Mika's mother and one Ovali's half-siblings' mother, Patiri.

There is an emergency broadcast with the footage of firefighters and the yellow-haired announcer reporting. "...downtown and surrounding districts. The property damage caused by reds is unlikely to spread much further, but there is a stipulated likelihood of permanent injury and loss of lives. We will now talk to chief of police-"

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"At least it's not actually near here."

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"Yes," she sighs. "Was this our doing? The broadcaster hasn't said, but the new policy for red multiple pregnancies only came into effect this spring." 

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Patiri frowns. "I don't think so? This year was just seven pregnancies, even less than the expected average. Sounds like an overreaction, but you never know."

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"Who can tell with reds? They'll riot for the smallest reasons, sometimes." She frowns at the screen, now showing a series of shots of the destruction from above.

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Bored by all of this, Mika tugs on Ovali's arm, taking his hand and leading him over behind a bunch of furniture to the other doorway in this room. 

There's another hallway on the other side, with lots more doors, but no elevator this time.

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Ovali picks a door at the end of the hallway, taking a peek inside before walking.

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It looks like someone's office, or maybe a storage room, or a small library, or a workshop. Or all of those things. There's shelves on every wall filled with books, a shelf covered in labeled boxes, a couple tables covered in piles of paper and a few necklaces, one of which has fallen on the floor.

On the other side of the room from the door is a small, round table, the top of it giving off a pale blue light. There's a chair in front of it. 

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Mika slips inside after Ovali, and immediately makes a beeline for the glowy table, climbing up on the chair to peer down at it. On top of it is a slate of stone etched with glowing symbols. There's a crystal ball at the other side of the table, and a pretty pinkish-purple jewel sitting next to it. Mika grabs the jewel and looks around for Ovali to show him. 

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Ovali picks up the floor necklace and looks at. "Pretty." He says of the jewel.

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"Yeah!" He peers at the floor necklace, "So's that! The table's glowey, too, come see!" He shuffles over so Ovali can fit on the chair.

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Ovali climbs the chair and watches in wonder.

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The necklace lands on the table and Mika blinks at it. It looks... weird, now, like there's a bunch of coloured layers on top. He reaches out to poke them, and it feels like his fingers almost catch on something, before passing through them to touch the necklace. 

"Hmmmm." He pulls back and tries again.

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Ovali notices the layers too, but when he tries to poke them his fingers just go through. It's still pretty.

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It is! Mika's fingers go through it again, too, but he is determined (though not Determined, like Seni is). He keeps poking at it, and after a few more times, he manages to catch the coloured light, holding it between two fingers. It feels slippery and smooth, like glass.

...He's not sure what else to do with it except tug on it. 

 

The tug seems to unravel it, sending the light flaring in a flash of brightness. Suddenly, his head hurts a lot!

Mika stumbles back, covering his eyes, and falls off the chair. 

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Ovali shrieks and also falls, though he lands on his knees. "Ouch. Mika!?" He scurries over.

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Mika is on his back, staring wide-eyed at the air, seemingly in shock and not yet crying. When Ovali calls his name he snaps out of it, tears gathering in his eyes as he turns to look at him. 

"Ou-ouch," he agrees, hiccuping, and then starts to cry. His back hurts and his bum hurts and his brain feels stuffed and he doesn't like it. 

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Ovali stares a bit helpless. "Uh, uh. Do you need a band-aid?"

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"Nuh-uh-uh-ooo," he gets out between sobs, "Head huurts!" He curls up on his side with his head between his knees. 

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At the sound of crying, Lia rises from the couch in the reception area and comes running. 

"Mika!" She gasps as she enters her office, going down on her knees in front of him and pulling him up into her arms, "Shhh, oh no, what happened, baby?" 

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