Nov 28, 2020 5:56 AM
slayer karen lands on the avatarverse and runs into zuko!serg
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It occurs to Karen, very belatedly, as she's being swallowed up by a horrifying dark portal, that she should maybe have been more cautious when dealing with the kids who were trying to summon a demon out behind the school. In fairness, the last teenage demon-summoners weren't a super big deal. She's still kicking herself pretty hard about this.

She falls through the portal and hits the ground below. Hard. It's cool how she's way more durable than a normal person, or she might have a broken spine or something. Wishbone gets coughed up beside her a second later, whining as he hits the ground, and she doesn't know whether to be relieved about this or not.

She sits up and looks around to see whether there are any obvious clues about where she is now.

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She appears to have landed on the floor of a clearing in a sparse deciduous forest. A blue jay flies overhead. The sun filters through the trees at a low angle from over thataway, so it's either early morning or late afternoon.

As she's looking around, a creature emerges from a clump of trees, twenty or thirty feet away. It has a body like a deer's, but a head like a cat's, with luxurious ear tufts similar to a lynx. It looks at her and meows.

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Well.

She pages Alex, without much hope. She pages Michael, with exponentially less hope. She pets her dog.

"Hey, weird... cat-deer-thing. I guessing you don't speak English?"

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It meows again, flicks its little deer tail nervously, and bounds off. So that's probably a no.

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Well. That's great.

She - probably shouldn't immediately leave this area, if Alex might be able to get her back from here and only here, so she'll just.... try climbing a tree. See if she can see what else is around here.

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Mostly looks to be more trees. They get denser toward the sun, sparser away from it.

 

A little whirling breeze spins up in front of her, rustling the leaves and whipping the thinner branches from side to side. There's a glimmer of light sparkling inside it, dancing in circles so fast it almost looks like a jittering loop.

"What's English?" it asks in a high piping voice.

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She startles a little. Only a little.

"It's the language I'm speaking. Comes from a place called England."

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The jittering light bounces from side to side, stirring the air with its passage. "Where's that?"

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"Other side of the world from where I come from. Might be even further from here, I'm not very sure where we are."

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"I know what all the sides of the world look like!" says the breeze. "I've been all over it! And I've never ever ever ever ever heard English before!" It twirls in tight loops for a moment before returning to its usual erratic bouncing course. "You're new!!"

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"I guess I am."

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"That's so exciting!!" It loops again. "What's your name? You have a name, right? Humans do that."

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"Sure. I'm Karen. D'you have a name?"

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"Nope!" Bouncebouncebounce. "Or if I did I've forgotten it. I'm not very important and people mostly don't talk to me. Or even know I'm there." Its cheerful chatter slows down a little as it progresses through this recitation, and its light grows dimmer; but then it brightens again, and bounces a few more times. "But now I've met you! Hi!"

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"Hi. Um - do you have any idea where we are?"

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"We're in the Earth Kingdom!"

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"OK. Great." That's - ok, some kind of portal to another dimension, solid, that happens sometimes. She sighs. She considers mentioning that she's kind of hesitant to leave this spot, on the grounds that Alex might have a harder time finding her if she does, but given how excited the - glimmer? - is, she feels like she should maybe keep this concern closer to her chest than that.

"I guess I'm gonna need food at some point. If I'm stuck here. Does whatever you are eat food?"

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"Nope!" it says, brightly. "I'm a spirit. Spirits don't need food like humans and other living creatures do. What do humans eat? Oh! I remember you don't eat grass!! Is that right?"

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"That is correct, I do not eat grass. I'm more of a, like, fruit and nuts and cooked meat sort of person."

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"Well, there's fruits and nuts in this forest. I think. There's fruits and nuts in forests sometimes. It might be the wrong season? I don't remember what season it is. And there probably isn't any cooked meat here. That only shows up in villages and camps usually."

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"A village would be good. Not that I have any valid money to buy stuff, and they probably don't speak English, but - maybe we can work something out." 

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"I'm very sure they don't speak English!" it confirms. "Is that a problem, though? Why?"

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"Well - normally, if you run into someone who doesn't speak any of the same languages that you do, it means you can't understand each other. So it might be hard to say anything to them."

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"Oh!"

It spins slower for a few seconds, thinking.

Then it says, "I can help!!"

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"Really? How?"

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"Well, I can understand you and talk to you even though I've never heard your language before and don't really even understand what a language is. But you can't do that and you don't think humans usually can. So it must be a special power I have as a spirit. So I can share it with you and then you'll have it and you can talk to people and ask them to give you cooked meat!" It bounces up and down rapidly, jittering a little from side to side along the way. "I know how to share powers! I did it once!"

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