An invitation to a party appears on various university billboards inviting people to the Kappa Alpha Frat house located in the mostly finished Castle Commonwealth mall on the edge of town. The notice instructs people to follow the access road at 67 Lost Nation drive and enter through the back door and promises that signs will be posted to guide people to the party itself.
Arla narrows her eyes, but responds in kind.
Zahn accepts the handshake. "We understand a little but we still don't have an answer as to why."
Dan offers his hand as well. "And that 'why' really is the question. There isn't anyone else here that we've seen."
"We did come out here pretty quickly," Arla points out. "It's not a small place. We could've missed someone." (Her and Joss do appear to be having a staring contest of some description.)
"There's another member of our impromptu group that decided not to come exploring but other than that we haven't seen anyone either. We think the different codes sent people different places. We all used the red one."
"Yeah. We did too. ...which is probably obvious."
Miriam giggles. "Yeah. I suppose that makes sense..."
"It seemed likely but we don't really know how big this place is, or how to find the people who used the other colors."
Alice tears her attention away from the staring contest. "I'm Alice by the way, I came here with Zahn and we met Joss and," she pauses for a moment, "Rex."
"We had Tamaris with us as well," Joss adds. "She's not much for outdoorsy stuff unless it involves a sun lounger and a drink."
She pauses. "Anything interesting?"
"There's doors in the wall," Arla says. And does not elucidate.
"Did you try going through?"
"And risk not being able to get back?"
"Arla," Miriam chides. "We spent a fair bit of time walking. Figured explore the grounds before exploring outside of them."
"Sensible," Joss agrees. (Whatever staring match was going on between her and Arla appears to have ended.)
"The doors looked like the sort that might trap you outside?"
"Looked like two sets of glass sliding doors, with about twenty to twenty five feet between them. So yeah, I'd say there was a chance you could get trapped in there."
Alice nods. "Where did you stay the night?"
"One of the houses in the grounds," Dan waves a vague hand. "There's a several on the grounds, in fact seems to be a few clusters of them. There was...a dozen or so? In the cluster we were in."
He glances at Arla who nods.
"Kitchen-diner, living room, laundry, office, several bedrooms, a few bathrooms, I'm kind of assuming all the houses followed the same pattern, but I could be wrong."
"That sounds nice. I wonder why there's space for so many people?"
Arla clicks her tongue. "It reminds me some of those...drawings and stuff. Of habitats on the moon. For the case of us destroying our environment enough that the earth became unliveable."
Rex whines quietly and slinks back to beside Joss.
"It does fit, doesn't it."
"It doesn't seem like there's enough of us here for that. Maybe we're just the first to arrive though."
"I mean, theoretically, this is just one of six compounds?" Joss says, resting her hand on Rex's head, scratching his ears. "Maybe more people went to the others?"