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Curiosity and Loneliness

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Kiel, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Kiel

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    November 6th

    Once free of the vines dragging him who knew where, Kiel sat up, breathing heavily. What was that? He didn't remember reading any history of vines attacking people in their home! And what was it even trying to do? He was unharmed and still...

    Where did the beach come from?

    Kiel scrambled to his feet and looked around. His home, it was gone! Or maybe he was gone. Where even was he? Some beach, but where? And where were his friends and family? Were they grabbed too? He couldn't be alone!

    "Forte?!" he called, "Forte are you here?! B-Bado? Vishnal? Doug? Anyone?" He felt tears start to pool at the edges of his eyes. There had to be someone. They... they couldn't just abandon him. It was like all of those times Dad would train Forte, and leave him all alone in the house. At least then it was somewhere familiar. He had no idea what to do, other than sob quietly to himself.
     
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  2. Johnny

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    Even with the change in the weather, he had been heading for his favourite beach by foot. Yet the ocean was proving distracting as he watched the tide move to and fro over his feet and he watched the birds floating out on the open ocean - it was nice to get away from the chaos and noise of the main city.

    Shifting the backpack holding his supplies from one shoulder to the other, he hummed to himself while dumping his bag on the sand before getting out a beach-towel, his picnic lunch and a book. Until he heard someone crying from behind some rocks and he moved to peek over them.

    "Hey kid, what's wrong?"
     
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  3. Kiel

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    Kiel jumped almost a foot in the air when some stranger called out to him. He wasn't alone?! Instantly, he swung around to see the source of the voice and stopped, confused. What he was looking at wasn't... It was odd.

    It was big and hairy. Nothing in his books looked anything like it. He quickly shook his head, clearing it of the confusion. He didn't care who he was talking to, he just needed to not be alone.

    "I-I..." he stuttered, "I was... at home. Ther-there were these vines. They grabbed me, and! I just want my sister! She's... she's my knight! She'll kno-know what to do! I don't want to... be alone." He couldn't fight the tears again, and simply hugged himself as they started to fall.
     
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    His hands held up in front of him to show he wasn't dangerous, the teenager had taken a step or back, it was just a guess but looks like this kid came from one of those worlds without animals capable of walking and talking. Heck, there may not be any animals on his homeworld at all?

    Still that wasn't high priority on his list of things to talk about and he frowned as the other teenager continued. Considering how upset he was, it was best to let him calm down before filling him in.

    "Know the feeling. I miss my dad" Johnny replied and stepped around the rocks, his stuff could wait for a moment or two.
     
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  5. Kiel

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    Well at least... whatever he was talking to wasn't attacking. Kiel wasn't too sure how good he'd be at spellcasting when his emotions were so compromised. That thought only made him feel more guilty, as he could practically hear his father telling him to be strong.

    Dad was right, he had to be strong. The strange person who found him even tried to sympathize, which, given Kiel's relationship to his own father wasn't perfect, but he did appreciate hearing someone who understood.

    Sniffing and rubbing his tears away, Kiel gave a watery, but still genuine smile, which quickly disappeared when he realized something. "Wait, were you... did those vines grab you too?" he asked, concerned, "what were those things?"
     
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    Letting what looked like a human speak, Johnny collected the items he had pulled out of the backpack and stuffed them back inside the bag. His day on the beach may now be on hold but considering he had been new himself, helping a newcomer settle in took a bit more priority.

    "Yeah, but they pulled me here a long time ago. And this place is known as Pandora or that's what the others who live here call it." the teenage gorilla continued. He would break the no escape side of things when the kid was less upset by the situation.
     
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  7. Kiel

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    "Pandora," Kiel repeated, softly. The word meant nothing to him, but at least he had a name to put to the place he found himself in. As he continued to try and push his thoughts around in his head, he hesitantly looked back up.

    "But what were they?" he asked, "I've never read about vines that bring people to a place called Pandora." He turned to look out at the water in consideration. At least as far as he could tell, it wasn't a dangerous place. It looked nice. If his friends were there then he'd be much more interested in learning about his surroundings. As it was, he just needed to figure out the basics before moving on to how to get back.
     
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    He seemed to be getting less upset at getting some information - still Johnny was sticking to the one step at a time thing. Swinging his now-closed bag back onto his back, he moved to lean against a rock and glanced at the human as they looked back up. He wondered if they were hungry and while it was more of a snack for two people, he did have some food.

    "I wish I knew what they were exactly or who controls them. All I do know we're not the only ones they have pulled here or the first" the teenage gorilla replied. His next comment was a question as he couldn't keep calling the boy 'kid' "What's your name anyway, and I'm Johnny"
     
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  9. Kiel

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    Kiel watched as Johnny swung his bag around. On a normal day he'd probably be curious as to what the... creature? Had brought with him and what he was planning to do at the beach. Questions were how he usually made new friends.

    But... making new friends so quickly oddly made him feel like he was giving up on his friends back in Selphia. Though, he didn't want to just not make friends, even if he had his friends and family back in Selphia with him.

    Before he could consider his next actions, Johnny introduced himself and asked for Kiel's name. "Oh, right, I'm Kiel," he said, a trace amount of his normal pep leaking back into his voice. His smile was wavering, but he tried his best to keep it.
     
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    He shifted and pushed himself forward, the bag bulging a little. Maybe he should fold the towel better as he had just shoved it in first and put the book and picnic tupperwares on top of it. The fact he was starting to get hungry was also making him debate unpacking the contents again.

    "Pleased to meet you, Kiel" the teenage gorilla nodded. It almost looked like the boy's smile was starting to fade and he wondered if he should get the food out at least. It may cheer Kiel up?
     
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  11. Kiel

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    "Nice to meet you too," Kiel returned. Despite the circumstances, it was genuine. He was never one to turn down a new friend, and Johnny seemed nice enough to be considered one. After all, he needed to have someone. There was no way he'd be able to live in another world without any friends around him. Even if Johnny wasn't human, that didn't matter as much as not being alone.
     
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    "So you hungry?" Johnny continued. Looks like he was breaking the ice and if the singing contest showed him, he could make friends outside his father's gang.

    True, the fact he may have to share would mean the picnic would turn into a snack rather than a full meal as he hadn't expected to run into a new arrival. Especially as all he had was a sausage and onion sandwich, some dill pickle-flavoured potato chips, a bottle of soda and a bag of churros.
     
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    Kiel blinked, surprised by the offer. Slowly, a grateful smile grew across his face. It was a very generous offer, he knew. It wasn't hard to see from his angle that Johnny didn't really have much in terms of food on hand.

    "Well, a little, yeah," he said, underplaying the fact that he had been grabbed just before dinner. He wasn't going to take more than a little snack. Still, just hearing that someone was willing to give him some food just to cheer him up was nice.
     
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    "It isn't going to be much, wasn't expecting to run into a new arrival" the teenage gorilla replied, getting out the food and his beach-towel which could act as a makeshift picnic blanket. This display of kindness was due to sympathy as he had been in the same boat once himself.

    And once they had eaten, maybe he could steer the boy to one of the towns - depending on which one he decided to live in. That could be something they talked about over lunch though.
     
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    "Don't worry," Kiel hurried to reassure, "I'm not that hungry!" It was fortunate that his stomach didn't protest that statement, or he would have been very embarrassed. Instead, he was able to sit down at the blanket and watch Johnny pull out his food.

    He looked at the chips in slight confusion, having never seen food so thin and processed. It didn't stop him from trying one, and smiling when he recognized the flavor. Apparently it was made of pickles, and it tasted pretty good.
     
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    "If you're sure..." the teenage gorilla replied before swinging his attention to digging around inside it, he took out the sandwich and tucked in - enjoying the food and the sound of the ocean.

    Johnny felt oddly at peace despite the time and found himself humming a random pop song to himself, the ocean was proving distracting as he watched the tide move to and fro, and the birds floating out on the open ocean so they were tiny white dots against the water.
     
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    Kiel ate his chips ravenously, enjoying the familiar yet different taste. It helped him keep his mind off of the slowly growing homesickness. Every second he spent in Pandora, he slowly realized that he didn't have those he cared about with him.

    The sudden realization that his new friend was humming something he wasn't familiar with was another useful distraction, even if his mind first flashed back to Margaret back home. She had such an amazing voice.

    Still, he was able to keep the melancholy hidden as he listened to Johnny hum, swaying slightly to the tune. It was nice. Making new friends was always nice. It wasn't like Kiel was trying to replace his old friends or anything. In fact, there was no reason to be so negative, they could have been brought to Pandora at the same time as him.
     
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    Even with his job and college work, life kept him too busy to be homesick even if he was hoping to hear that someone had found a way out of this place one day. And it was on work-nights like this he would grab a quick and easy dinner like a sandwich or take-out.

    Taking a bite of his sandwich once he had finished humming the song, Johnny grabbed a few of the potato chips and glanced at the other teenager - wondering when it would be the right time to ask him what his next move would be.
     
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    Kiel wasn't sure if Johnny was singing just because he liked to, or if he was hoping to cheer Kiel up, but either way, he appreciated it. Music was always welcome in his opinion. Just like Meg's singing, it was just nice to hear. It gave him enough calm to ask questions without becoming overwrought with emotions.

    "So, what's this place like?" he asked, "it can't just be the beach, right?" He smiled softly at his little joke. It was a genuine question, though. From his experience, it could have all been one big beach and he'd have no idea.
     
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    He had been here for months and the more he had learned about the humans, the more he was surprised how much their culture was to his home's. That meant everything from the food to how they entertained themselves to their age-groups and they seemed to have a love of music in common.

    Breaking off as Kiel asked about this place, the teenage gorilla seemed thoughtful then replied quietly
    "Well, outside the chain of islands and the town housed on one, there's four other towns over on the mainland - you thinking of moving into one of them?"
     
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