“Shay, come on, keep with us!” Killa told me, and then I dashed back with the others. I was a little dazed by the memories, and most of me actually wanted to hear my parents commanding me. It was a little hard to believe that this place was an actual vacation. It felt like a bad dream, destined by the Dark Fates to get worse. I walked next to Killa and discussed mainly about Hope’s Destiny and Cursed Blood. I finally mentioned to him what some of my favourite shippings are. The centre of the town reminded me of Prospit’s. It was golden-hued, with a fountain in the middle. The blue sky made the place seem like the only reverie in the town. Buildings the size of skyscrapers enclosed the circle, and I widened my eyes with awe. I closed my eyes and then shook my head. The place made my feeling of dread worsen.
I kept oddly close to the others now. The mysterious guy pointed my shades towards me, and I realized how deep green his eyes were. Well, “eyes were” should be singular, as his other side of his face, I realized, had a deep slash where his other eye should be, which made me mentally shiver. I noticed the town hall, which appeared more like the temple from the Ocarina of Time. I swore I was dreaming at one point, until my dazing off made me trip on something. “You okay?” Sierra asked me, and I nodded as I stood up. Cinder asked me, “Hey, does this remind you of anything?” She pointed to a symbol on the fountain.
I inspected it, and then my mind instantly knew what that symbol was. “I swear this is like the Nintendo elf thing all over again.” I muttered. It was none other than the Tigrisa symbol, with what appeared to the Light symbol both left and right of it. It was delicately etched into the grey stone. Well, these people who created the city certainly knew me, like the non-existent Nintendo elf- long story with the elf, by the way. Cinder then looked on the opposite side. “There is Fallow’s symbol as well on this side.” She mentioned.
It all felt wrong. Killa tried to comfort me, but this was not something random and this was no vacation. “Shay, calm...” I heard Sierra tell me. I tried to calm myself, but my personality would not allow that. “Doesn’t it just seem a little strange that almost everything here is like a dream?” I yelled. Killa shook his head, and Cinder walked over to me with the same reply. Sierra laughed a little nervously. The mysterious kid spoke up for the first time, “I agree with her.” I was quite surprised, and quite happy someone understood me.
The tourist guide ran. I felt uneasy about that as well. I then took in a deep breath, and then sighed. I saw a ton of people in the distance coming after us, and then I commanded everyone to come with me. The one who stood up for me seemed like he actually wanted to listen to me. I bolted back to the apartments, and then took in a deep breath once everyone got inside the building. “What was that about?” Killa asked me.
“People were coming after us.” I managed to get out of myself. Cinder looked to Sierra, her eyebrows raised. I wished I could explain to them, but no one but that one kid seemed to believe me. Of course they did not believe me. No one liked to believe me. That was how it has been. Now I was surrounded by my friends that might turn on me. “Hey, it is safe in here, so why don’t we talk about roleplaying?” Killa suggested. At least everyone wanted to have a nice talk. They started to mention things about what they like in role plays, and their favourite parts of them. Killa started to tell the others of Hope’s Destiny, and how my favourite character, Shayune, had frozen time, and it was up to the Guardian of Time to save them. I had taught Killa well. “Well, you all keep talking; I am going to see if there is food.” The mysterious kid said, and then I finally asked, “Seriously, what is your name?”
The kid smiled, and then he said, “My name is August.” He then walked towards the other side of the floor. I shrugged, and then I told the others, “I am going to check out my floors. See you all later.” I walked on a royal, red carpet towards a fancy elevator. I walked into it, and suddenly I heard, “Good evening. Where would you like to go?” I looked at the numbers, and then replied to the automated voice, making sure to pronounce correctly for once, “Floor One Hundred and Fifty-Eight”. It turned on, and then took me upwards.
I then heard, “Would you like to read a magazine?” A little afraid if I said no, I told it yes. Again, it knew it was me, as it dropped a gaming magazine onto my face. Ah, those sweet words pressing on my face, I thought with a tiny smile on my face. I read every page until the elevator slowed down and then the doors opened in front of me. I walked into the room, and instantly found my favourite room.
A red carpet was showing a main walkway towards a glass door. On the left, there was a giant willow tree with a white swing near its trunk. On the right, there were boxes filled with explosions of colourful flowers, ranging from poppies to rosebushes. I wandered into the room more, and then I heard the elevator make a sound behind me.
I saw Killastreet behind me, which made me jump a little. I stammered, “Um, hi!” and then walked over towards the willow tree. He asked me, “So, how high up are we?” I gave a cruel smile, and then dashed towards the glass door. “We are really high up!” I yell across the room, and then walk outside. The clouds were very near my location. Maybe a kilometre or so more, and I would be level with the puffy white things of water. He walked outside to where I was, and then gave a little bit of surprise when he looked down.
It was quite interesting that I was outside, looking down at the city below. Killastreet gave a smile, and then said, “Well, August told me to get you back to the main floor. He made something for everyone, so we better leave before it gets cold.” I was quite ready for dinner, and thus I made my way back to the first floor.
“Hey, howdy Shay.” Cinderfall simply told me when I got back. Sierra was very interested in her Sufferer necklace, and she was saying something. I assumed it had something related to The Sufferer, so I ignored it. August gave a wave towards me, and he said, “Your dinner is on the counter.” I nodded my thanks and grabbed my dinner. It was a simple hot dog, and I was very fine with that, as I did want something not complex for once today.
We all sat at a smooth, wooden table with 5 leather chairs. August sat at one end, and then going clockwise from him sat Killa, me, Sierra, and Cinder. I loved how the dinner went, as there were no arguments. It was unfortunately quick, and time rolled by fast. The sun was starting to dip into the horizon by the time everyone was finished, and then the others decided the remaining floors. No one could claim the first or second floor, as those two were meant to be shared. We checked out the other one hundred and fifty-five floors, and there were obvious changes from each floor, and some seemed to have existed just for one of us. At floor 69, there were many things related to the Cancer symbol. Sierra immediately claimed that floor once she saw glamour pictures of Karkat and the Sufferer. Cinderfall had claimed one floor with some references I could not quite pick out, and from Floor 125 and above were claimed mine, since I loved being close to the sky.
We told the elevator to take us back down to Floor 2, and we went into the bedrooms. Each one of us had our own rooms, which made me slightly thankful. I walked into my room and flopped onto my bed, and then let myself into sleep.