The Return Dec 25, 2010 15:23:58 GMT -5
Post by Raine.] on Dec 25, 2010 15:23:58 GMT -5
Mae scurried towards the stairs where Kiira had indicated the day before. Her sneakers weren't as loud as her normal footwear, which was good, but she often ended up stepping on the laces every thirty seconds, which irritated her just as much. Staring at the stairs that lay before her, she felt an uneasiness bubble in her stomach -- the wooden steps seemed fragile and old, and the ground was far below. With a deep breath, she glanced up at the sky. The was still slowly climbing its way over the clouds; Mae had walked through the tunnel the moment the sun could be seen on the horizon. However, she'd truthfully left her house long before then, though, and had been arguing with herself whether it would've be a good idea or not to enter before the sun rose. She'd ended up leaving at first sight of the emerging orb.
Stepping carefully onto the first step, Mae's hands tightened into fists. With nothing to hold on to, losing her balance would leave her in a pretty dire situation. After slowly inching her way down, she at last reached a door. "This must be the boiler room," she murmured, opening it slowly. Walking in, she saw that there were already machines working. Steam hissed at her and she moved onward to find Kamajii. Tiny black puffs seemed to be running everywhere, carrying coal to a furnace. A man with a large mustache and six arms was working and multitasking doggedly. "Excuse me -- are you Kamajii?" Mae called over the loud furnace. He seemed to completely disregard her, and she pursed her lips together in frustration. Making her way to the other side, she questioned him loudly, "Where's Kiira?"
Kamajii turned his head towards her without pausing his work. He stared at her for a while. His arms were extending and moving this way and that, yet his concentration on her didn't seem to falter at all. "Kiira, you say?" The old man nodded his head towards a little sliding door. "Find her yourself. I haven't got the time to keep track of youngsters like her."
After standing for a while, Mae realized that Kamajii wouldn't be giving her any more clues as to where the other girl was. Taking off her shoes and socks, she left the man and his puffs to work. As she walked through the next room, an elevator shaft was waiting not too far from where she stood. She pulled the lever, quite uncertain of how she was going to find Kiira in a place as big as this. When the elevator came to a stop, she stepped off, looking around her. This was apparently the kitchen, judging from all of the food being made. Making her way through, she wondered where the spirit could be. A few times, while she walked through the bathhouse, she noticed people giving her strange looks -- and how strange the people around her looked. These must really be spirits, Mae thought, though she still found it rather hard to believe. Where the hell is she, though? It's awkward with all of these creatures around me. Once or twice, she came across a person who commented bluntly with a bit of a scoff, "You're new, eh?"
With a good bit of walking done, Mae began to pass rooms of bathtubs. Blinking at the sight of so many strange forms, she shook her head. It'd be best to find Kiira quickly. Finally, she spotted a familiar figure in one of the rooms. "Kiira!" She sprinted over to her with relief. "I thought I'd never find you!" She looked at the dirty bathtub Kiira was cleaning. "Are you working alone on this tub?"