Dec 07, 2021 1:42 AM
esther and ivy meet the Stage
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"I like being invisible but I also like not being disposable. If we're all fuel that implies we're all interchangeable, and I don't like that."

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"Take it up with Him." She seems about to say more when her attention is drawn by a stage door that wasn't there a moment earlier.

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"I guess...," and then he too notices the door.

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There's a strange yet familiar song coming from behind the door.

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"Guess it knows we're talking about him."

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"I suppose so."

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He pushes open the door.

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A flash of light, a swelling of music. The floor drops out from under them both and Zero lands alone in the darkness, yet again.

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"Oh fuck- ouch- S?"

He gropes around blindly and doesn't find her.

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A long neck stretches out towards him, nudging his shoulder.

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"Ahh! Who's there?"

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"We've met before."

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"Oh, it's you."

He turns and then realizes that the gesture is meaningless in the darkness. He also realizes how dark it is, and shrinks in on himself a little.

"Why am I here?"

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His expression is blank, though an ear twitches. "You are needed. The show must go on."

 

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"Which show?"

He gets up as he asks, almost on autopilot. There is a show. He is needed.

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"Starlight. But does it matter?"

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"I like to know what show I'm putting on. What do you need me to do?" 

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"You understand." As he says the words, the script of this act pops into Zero's head, fitting comfortably as if it had always been there.

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That's... something.

"Where's S?"

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There's no change in expression, but his face seems to contain frowns. "You got your instructions. Be off with you."

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... Okay then, he's off.

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Esther lands in a tangled pile of limbs on the ground. There wasn't much in terms of a clear landing site this time. She looks around, and finds herself curled up near the hulking machine that needed coal the first night of rehearsal. She reaches out to touch the dull brushed brass, and then she sees the Giraffe.

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It's looking over her with a note of distaste in its inscrutable, unemotive face.

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"The fuck you want."

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"You already know you cannot have what you want, Lark. Give up. Stop trying."

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