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Private The Automatic Revolving Doors of Hell

Discussion in 'Pandopolis' started by Setsuna, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Setsuna

    Setsuna Fire Emblem

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    It had been almost thirty minutes since Setsuna had entered this building. She had walked to the counter but the secretary immediately threw her out because Setsuna had “no rights to enter in such a building with a bow and arrows” and when the blue-haired teenager had insisted that she was just looking to eat, she had been told that the little building she had just entered into called ‘MO Inc.’, that she misread ‘MO Chin.’ had actually nothing to do with mochis.

    Setsuna was asked to leave, and she did, she walked, entered the automatic revolving doors and… she missed the right time to exit the first time… and the second time… and the third time… and the next times…

    Sadly, the employees of this company were on their lunch break and no one outside noticed that she had been going in circle for a few times, now. Everyone was so busy or late in this town that they had no time to pay attention to her.

    So Setsuna kept going, being distracted by something else. Sometimes it was a stranger dressed or looking oddly, other times it was because she was thinking about what she was going to eat, and other times it was something completely unrelated, like why can we find newborn animals in Pandora while people, even semi-animal people can’t have babies in there?

    Needless to say, at some point, the young woman was tired of going in circle in these doors, and decided to wait for the exit to come by itself. She sat there, in the middle of these infernal doors and waited for the exit. When she’d saw it, she’d jump out of the building and she’d finally be free!

    Except that when the automatic doors detected that something was in its way, it stopped moving, but of course Setsuna didn’t notice that. She was again focused on daydreaming about what she was going to eat. So she was sitting there, vaguely looking at the sky through the glass door, and humming a little.

    The archer’s stomach rumbled very noisily.

    I really hope I’ll get out of here soon…



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  2. Alice Liddell

    Alice Liddell Alice in Wonderland
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    Alice had visited Pandopolis before, but she’d decided another trip was in order. It was almost Halloween, a holiday that she’d heard multiple people mention over the past month. She was familiar with the day All Hallows Eve, but not Halloween. She’d realised that it was the same tradition, merely a more modern version, where people dressed up and celebrated. It sounded daunting but also very exciting!

    There were decorations in some of the shops and objects to purchase. Being a child, the girl had no money but enjoyed seeing all the odd and wonderful things. They had nothing like this in Oxford; being from a religious family, Christmas was a tradition, of course, and Easter was a time of rejoicing, but no one ever wore costumes or searched for sweets. Perhaps she could tell her sister about it, if she ever saw her again. Of course, Lorina likely wouldn’t believe her.

    She soon came across a building with one of those complicated looking doors. Alice had never interacted with one, but she’d seen a few of them about. Doors that moved on their own – it was like something out of Wonderland!

    What caught her attention was the young woman staring through the glass, a slightly vacant expression on her face. The doors no longer moved either. Supposed she was trapped?

    Alice stepped forward, waving briefly in an attempt to get the lady’s attention. “Excuse me…are you quite alright?” She asked, hoping she could be heard through the door.
     
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    Something around Setsuna suddenly moved! She quickly realized that it wasn’t the doors, unfortunately, when the girl on the other side of the glass started talking. The blonde was clearly younger than Setsuna, and also clearly not from her country, Hoshido. She didn’t dress in their fashion and neither had the physical traits commons to hoshidans. If anything, she reminded Setsuna of Elise, one of the princesses of the rival kingdom, with her long blond hair, her circle dress and her cute appearance in general.
    Ooooh, helloooo!” she said, waving her arm slowly.

    The archer got up from her sitting position while she started explaining the situation.
    The doors were working just fine but I always got distracted when it was time to leave the building… And suddenly, the doors completely stopped turning for no reason. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to get out now…” Pressing her face and her hands against the glass, Setsuna added. “And it’s a shame because I’m actually getting hungry…

    Raising her head up, still having her chin against the glass, the teenager added:
    But it’s okay! At least from here I can see the sky and some of these big buildings! Do you think we’d have to fly to go up there?” Looking back again at the young girl in front of her, Setsuna added. “Oooh and now that I think about, I even finally have someone to talk to!” she sat down again, close to the glass this time and tapped on the floor next to her to encourage the blonde girl to sit down too! “Everyone in this part of town looks so busy… and it’s weird because they’re rushing but they don’t even look excited to go to where they’re heading…

    Smiling, she added:
    Maybe if they just stopped a second to look at the sky…

     
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    Alice Liddell Alice in Wonderland
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    Fortunately, the young lady realised Alice was directly addressing her and soon stood up, but not before greeting the child with a wave. The blonde gave a relieved smile and waved back, albeit more daintily. She examined the lady as she rose, taking note of the bow she carried, something that reminded Alice of Miss Swan.

    The girl nodded sympathetically, having been right in her assumptions that the stranger was trapped. It was understandable; Alice wasn’t sure if she would know how to walk through those sorts of doors either. But she didn’t want to leave the lady alone, especially when they mentioned they were hungry. It could be hours before anyone else came to her aid!

    She had to admire the stranger’s optimistic attitude and follow their gaze to the sky. “I suppose so!” Alice said, “Did you know there are actual machines that can fly? I should rather like to fly up there myself though.”

    She smiled and followed the lady’s lead, sitting down across from her. The least she could do was keep her company, who knew how long she had been stuck in there! It reminded of Alice the time she shrank and ended up stuck in a bottle. It had taken some strength to climb out of that!

    “You’re right, not everyone wants to stop even for a second,”
    she nodded, already enjoying this conversation. It was nice to meet someone else a curious as her about the world around them!

    “What is your name? I’m Alice.”
     
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    As they were both looking at the sky, Setsuna listened to Alice and her question about flying machines.
    Oh you know, in my world, we can fly on the backs of a pegasus or on a kinshi!” she said, thinking about the common winged-horse from her country and the big birds similar to white peacocks, which she had been taught to mount recently. “If we find a kinshi here, I could take you on top of these big buildings!

    Setsuna nodded too when the girl confirmed what she said. But suddenly, a slight frown of worry appeared on her face.
    Oooh, do you think it’s how we’re supposed to act to appear mature in this world? Should we act busy? I come from a noble family and am a princess’s retainer, after all, and I’m sure my parents wouldn’t want me to seem childish in front of people from other worlds!” Putting a finger on her chin, she added. “I’m pretty sure they told me something about world-travelling protocol…”, but then again, the archer might have imagined it. Anyway, she couldn't remember it even if she tried.

    Hearing the stranger’s name, she smiled again.

    That’s a really pretty name! My name is Setsuna! It’s a pleasure to meet you, Lady Alice.” Said Setsuna, with a slight bow, persuaded by the young girl’s appearance and proper manners that she had to be from a higher family in society than hers, if not plainly related to the Nohrian royal family!

     
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    Alice Liddell Alice in Wonderland
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    “Oh, I wish you could!” Alice grinned, clasping her hands together, intrigued by the lady’s world. “Are those names you mentioned both some sort of animal?” It didn’t sound like any of the vehicles overheard people mention in Pandora, such as aeroplanes or automobiles.

    The lady’s life seemed a world a way from Alice’s own – she knew princess and was of nobility! The girl wondered for a second if the stranger hadn’t just come straight out of one of the fictional books she so enjoyed reading with Miss Swan. But that was a silly thought!

    “I suppose; my elder sister always said I daydreamed far too much and should spend my time bettering myself.” That usually meant doing homework or other grown-up things that sounded incredibly dull; why, she was only twelve! “Your life before Pandora sounds very interesting, Miss.” Alice smiled, “I myself came from Oxford, in England.” She wasn’t what she’d call her family - perhaps middle-class? Certainly, nowhere near nobility!

    The lady introduced herself as Setsuna; a rather unusual but lovely sounding name. She smiled at Setsuna’s compliment and bow, and briefly clutched her own skirts in a sitting curtsy. “What world are you from?”
     
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    Setsuna smiled at the excitement of the girl, while wondering why she never felt that excited about anything herself. The only times she really felt something was when falling into traps, it could get really scary, and in a sense… quite exciting!
    Oooh you don’t have Pegasus or kinshis in your world?” scratching the back of her neck, Setsuna started thinking about how to describe them. “Well, uuh… Pegasus are like… white horses with really big wings, and you ride them just like horses… but they can fly! And Kinshis are like big white birds with long tails, and you can ride on their backs too! They’re both really, really pretty…” said the archer, rather enthusiastically.

    Really? I’m bettering myself at cooking at the moment, do you think your sister would be proud of me?” asked Setsuna, not realizing that this question might sound slightly weird.

    When Alice mentioned that Setsuna’s life sounded interesting, the teenager pouted a little bit. She never thought of her life as interesting at all, and it was not really fun either, at the very least right at the moment when she left her world.

    Well, you know, it’s a normal world. To be honest, I felt rather bored there, before becoming a Lady Hinoka’s retainer because everyone would do everything for me and I ended up with nothing left to do…” she sighed. “And now it’s war, and I don’t really want my friends to die so…

    Setsuna had never heard such weird names as ‘Oxford’ or ‘England’, and the castle of the neighbouring kingdom in her world was called “Krakenburg”, so it was saying something!
    Say, by ‘I came from Oxford, in England’, do you mean that you came here from Oxford in England or in England?” Setsuna didn’t quite get if the England was a vehicle or a place, right now, and guessed her question was clear enough. She was now wondering if England could be used to go back to her own world, just as Alice might have used it to come in Pandora. The sniper would really like to help her friends in the current war!

    The blue-haired girl started answering Alice question, saying that she came from a country named Hoshido, but was quickly interrupted by the noisy sound of her stomach rumbling.

    Uh-oh.
     
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    Alice Liddell Alice in Wonderland
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    “I’ve seen pencils with wings once, although I don’t suppose you could fly them,” mused Alice. “Oh but those sound wonderful!” Much more interesting than the horse and carriage at home. The girl didn’t mind horses, but if they had wings journeys would be so much more interesting!

    “I think she would, yes; she always likes to see people learning,”
    the girl smiled. She did love Lorina, truly, but it was hard to understand her sometimes. She seemed a world away from the young and impressionable Alice.

    Setsuna appeared to disagree about how exciting her life was, and Alice frowned; she hadn’t imagined how hard it must be, and having nothing left to do because everyone else did everything did sound boring. What was worse though was the mention of a war. The girl gasped, but was quick to say, “I’m sure they’ll be alright! I hope you get to see your friends again some day.” She knew nothing about war, but she realised how awful it could be from learning about history.

    “Oh, I arrived in Pandora from Oxford. Oxford is where I live, and England is the country it is in.”
    It felt strange explaining this to someone, as she’d never really given it much thought. When one said they were from a place, the other usually understood what you meant. Then again, the residents in Wonderland like to give all sorts of confusing answers, exasperating her so!

    She didn’t miss Setsuna’s stomach rumbling, although it was faint from the other side of the glass. “Oh dear, perhaps we’d better try and get you out of there,” Alice suggested, standing up and peering at the doors. Perhaps she could use one of her hair pins attached to her headband and prise the door open?

    “Can you see any gaps in the doors on your side?”
     
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    Pencils with wings? Whoa! That sounded wonderful! England seemed better than what Alice was trying to make it seem like! But it’s true that the Pegasus and kinshis were really beautiful too, and even Setsuna who grew up in a world where they existed couldn’t deny it.

    The archer smiled when Alice said her sister would be proud! That was a good thing to know! Setsuna was always glad when people were proud of her, she was often trying her best in everything she did to make people happy…

    The girl seemed shocked when Setsuna talked about war, and immediately tried to reassure the teenager to which she answered:
    Oh no, I don’t worry that much about it. They’re strong. They’ll be fine, I suppose! I just wish I was there with them, sometimes, to make sure that they will be…

    Setsuna let out a long “ooooh” when she explained everything about England and Oxford. All these different worlds and different countries that Setsuna could hear about thanks to Pandora! That was really funny to think about! Maybe there was a country, a continent or even a world named “Setsuna”! That made her smile to think about it…

    The hunter stood up and started following Alice’s advice. She was looking towards the exit to see if there was anything there. Unfortunately, she didn’t see any gaps anywhere in that side of the door. She turned her back to Alice and started looking on the other side…

    Still nothing.

    She approached the girl and shook her head before going back exploring the doors to her left. She immediately found a very, tiny gap between the two glasses, the one from the door and the one from the window. Unfortunately, it was clear that neither of them could go through that thin space…

    Suddenly, Setsuna’s eyes lit up, wide open. The doors were moving again! She dashed towards Alice to tell her, but unluckily, as she did, the doors stopped again. The situation was even worse than before, though, because now the archer had only a little space left to face her new friend. The blue-haired girl was clearly worried...
     
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    Alice Liddell Alice in Wonderland
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    Alice was already impressed by Setsuna; for someone who had come from a war-torn world, she was incredibly optimistic and cheerful. The girl couldn’t say she would have been the same; why, she’d probably fret ever so! She nodded sympathetically, knowing how it was to be away from people and unable to interact with them.

    She was glad Setsuna appeared interested in her own world. Quite a few people had similar reactions, though perhaps not as animated. Alice had always taken her home for granted, but now she realised how lucky she had been compared to others. Some never wanted to go home again, happy to be in Pandora as it was a better option. She ought to be more grateful and aware if she ever got the chance to see Oxford and her family again!

    Alice frowned as neither of them were able to find a gap. But suddenly, the doors began to move and she mirrored Setsuna’s expression. As soon as they’d moved, however, they stopped again, only this time the other girl was in a worse predicament. “Oh dear! Are you alright?” Alice called, wondering what they could do to get it to move again.

    “Can you move again at all? Perhaps that was what made it work! Or push on the doors?”
     
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