|Stray Cat's Strut|
The sun sets upon Twisted and the city prepares to enter its natural state of night instead of that very forcefully instances of fog that its been experiencing as of late.
Naught but a few hours have passed after Muradin, Morgana, Urus, Aria and the TASK enforcers fought off an aggressive push from the Silent Hill monsters. Though it pains the dwarven thane to be away from his siren, especially when she had been injured, Muradin had told Morgana that this gnome is from his world, and thus had vested interests in seeing to her survival. He had left the mermaid to heal and Muradin now walked the empty streets of Twisted with Aria in tow. It was a strange sensation, to walk side to side with a gnome again, even if it were a Death Knight. Where it not for Twisted's strange and bizarre shops, Muradin could almost swear he was treading the long halls of Ironforge once again.
"Over there's the Usual Restaurant, foods pretty good there. They even serve strong dwarven ale if ya can believe it." Muradin says showing Aria the sights. "Then there's the Devil May Cry agency, part of the blokes we were helping out against those beasties back there, but not really. It's complicated, I canna understand it meself. And then there's Integra apartments where anybody can find free housing."
That is a mighty loud holler for such a tiny-sounding voice. It sounds like a kid. It also sounds like it's saying 'eek-toe'. Which is a weird word. "IKUTO WHERE ARE YOU-NYA?!" And THAT is a feline vocal inflection. Quite the combination of traits.
But it all makes sense once one sees exactly what's making all that racket. There's a tiny catboy in a black tanktop with a silver cross on the front and black shorts, with an oversized head, and oversized foot-paws and hand-paws. About the size of a human's hand, he's floating through the air, looking around the street.
Cupping his oversized hand-paws around his mouth, he calls out again, this time sounding as though he's trying not to cry, "IKUTOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Come on, Ikuto, this isn't funny anymore-nya!"
"But there's hardly any shops 'round 'ere outside of what ye might expect to find in a small village. Even though Twisted seems to bring blokes from nearly all dimensions, its a surprisingly mundane place. I suppose there's S-Smart and that magic book shop though."
"If ye ask me, best place where a bloke could find something of interest is either in the Wasteland or diving down to sea. That's uncharted territory s'far as I can tell."
Muradin is suddenly interrupted by a loud piercing cry which indeed sounds like a child. This being Twisted though, Muradin isn't sure what to expect and looks about for anything that might look like the source of the voice. He finds it in the form of a small fairy like boy that floats through the air, wearing what seems like oversized cat ears, tail and paws. Talk about disconcerting.
"Whoa.. figures that the moment I say Twisted is a mundane place we run into a soddin' flying cat boy." Grumbles the dwarf.
He then yells up to said flying cat boy to get his attention. "Oi! Wot's tha' matter with ye, lad!? Wot's with all the racket??"
He trails off there... because suddenly he notices Doommuffin next to Muradin. "AAAAH!" Suddenly the tiny catboy fairy ducks behind Muradin. "DON'T EAT ME! I DON'T TASTE GOOD I PROMISE!"
Muradin then turns to the flying catboy fairy thing and grunts, not exactly sure how to answer Aria about this type of fellow being common. "Honestly? I have no idea. Ye see something new nearly every day 'round here."
Just as the boy is about to speak with the dwarven thane, he freaks out about Aria's Death Knight appearance and proceeds to hide behind the dwarf's helmet, causing a sigh to come from him. Muradin should have expected that, people tend to freak around Death Knights of any race. "Oi! Easy, lad! No one's gonna try and eat ye. This here's me friend."
"And see! She's got a cat too." Muradin points to Aria's pet cat ghost.
The cat, if it's roughly analogous to an earth cat, should be able to understand it as, 'Hi! I'm Yoru! I've lost my human, have you seen him? He looks like me but human!'
And he realizes maybe asking the people would be a good idea too. "OH! That's right-nya!" He looks between Muradin and Aria. "I'm looking for Ikuto, he's my person! He looks like me but he's human. Like about... this tall." He flies up to a height up about 5'11". then he flies back down. "Blue hair, blue eyes, has hands and feet instead of these?" He displays his hand- and foot-paws.
Anywho, about this cat fellow currently hidden behind him. The dwarven warrior first moves aside to get a good view of the flying fairy cat boy. He watches as how Aria eases his worries, and the presence of the ghost cat further helps to calm his nerves.
Naturally, Muradin doesn't understand any of that cat speech going on but he's paying enough attention to look up when the kid describes that he's looking for his 'person' as he calls it. "Yer person? Ye mean like an owner or somethin'?" It this fairy thing someone's pet?
He looks up and down at the description but doesn't seem to recall seeing anybody like that. "Sorry, canna say I have, mate. Have ye tried putting a missing sign over at the police station."
Its also a long shot since Aria just converged, but on the off chance that she might know, Muradin turns to ask the gnome. "How about ye?"
"...Yoru." That is a baritone voice. Said baritone voice belongs to a tall, skinny kid walking out of a store on the street. He matches the description Yoru gave. Plus he has a white violin case over a shoulder.
And sure enough? "IKUTO!" Yoru cries out, and then zooms over to glomp onto the young man's chest. This doesn't work very well, since Yoru's so little. But he clings pretty well. And the taller of the two of them smirks.
Looking to Muradin and Aria, the taller boy nods. "Sorry to have bothered you."
However, his main concern continues to be this sad looking Yoru and his missing Ikuto. He's about to suggest going over to DMC or the TASK building when the mystery resolves itself and this mysterious Ikuto appears on the scene, much to relief of Yoru.
"Huh, looks like we can consider that mystery solved." Says the dwarven warrior scratching at his beard. He shrugs when Ikuto apologizes on Yoru's behalf though. "Eh, donna worry about it, lad. Though ye should be more careful of leaving yer familiar unattended." Is it correct to call Yoru a familiar? Its what he's using anyway! "Looks like he was worried sick for ye."
He looks between Muradin and Aria as if... he's never seen their kind before. But that's also very possible. Humans that have never heard of dwarves or gnomes, though? He does have the courtesy not to ask 'what are you', so there's that.
But about then, Yoru releases Ikuto's shirt and floats up to just above the young man's shoulder. "It was really violent-nya!" He starts to flail in the air. "We were fighting an X-Chara and when Ikuto killed it-nya! Then everything went all swimmy and like 'woooOOOOooo woooOOOOooo' and then we fell and I could find Ikuto anywhere-nya!"
Ikuto nods, offering an affirmative grunt. "Where is this?" he inquires. He is as calm and cool as Yoru is excitable, it seems.
Muradin also refrains from agreeing or disagreeing with Aria's proposal of going to celebrate to the Usual Restaurant with a drink. Any time is a good time for a drink as far as the dwarf is concerned, but he'd prefer to wait until Aria realizes her own confusion before heading elsewhere. When she finally does, Muradin just shakes his head as if saying 'gnomes..'
Looks like celebrations will have to wait though, since both Yoru and Ikuto make mention of arriving here really violently. "Wot mate?" The dwarven warrior wonders out loud and then gives a long sigh when Ikuto asks them where they are. "Sod me, another one already! These bloody gates are opening all over the bloody place! Won't be long before Twisted just goes and eats all the dimensions up." There really have been a lot of people converging into Twisted lately.
A shake of his head later, he turns to Aria. "Alright, lass! Trial by fire. Explain to this bloke where he is now." Lets see if Aria was really paying attention.
Yoru pipes up, "Oh, I thought it was something the X-Chara did! But I've never heard of an X-Chara that could banish people, so I guess not."
Both Ikuto and Yoru listen to Aria's explanation of the who, what, when, and where. The mention of grotesque creatures gets a startled 'Nya!' from Yoru and the catboy fairy hides behind Ikuto's shoulder, peeking over it much like someone from earth would attribute to 'Kilroy'.
Ikuto nods. Pause. "No way back? None at all?"
Quietly, Yoru asks, "Pssst! Ikuto... think that means no Easter-nya?"
"Shh," Ikuto hisses back, frowning.
Then he shakes his head and snaps out of it. "Bloody hell! I know yer a Death Knight and all, lass. But yet gotta remember to breathe and take pauses!" But anyway, it looks like both Ikuto and Yoru got the gist of their situation and Muradin nods grimly. "Aye, I'm afraid she's right. No one here knows how to get back to their home plane of existence. Blokes that are far more powerful than any of us are stuck here too."
"Ye might as well settle in, lad. Yer in for the long haul.. assuming ye manage to survive that is." It's not a threat though, it sounds more like Muradin is giving him a heads up.
He does manage to listen to that hopeful bit they discuss amongst themselves, that their enemies won't be here by virtue of being another world, and Muradin just shakes his head again. "I wouldn't get too comfy if I were ye. Sure, there's no way of getting back, but there's no stopping more folks from yer world from coming 'ere. And once ye converge, the possibilities of people from yer world following becomes more plausible." He motions to his gnome companion. "Aria here is from me world and she showed up shortly after I stumbled in 'ere. I wouldn't say it's entirely a coincidence."
"Yoru!" Ikuto says firmly. The catboy fairy pauses... and then suddenly covers his mouth with a 'oop!' Apparently he said something he shouldn't have. With DM and Muradin also talking about their own situation now, Ikuto figures he doesn't need anymore information about them. Easter might use it if they come here.
"Thank you," he offers. With the mention of there possibly being evil beasts afoot, there's a quick 'pop' of sparkle and cat ears and a tail appear. Once they appear he leaps up, onto a nearby roof, and starts away.
Yoru waves to Muradin and DM, and says, "Byebye-nya!" Then he follows behind Ikuto, flying off.
The dwarf glances at Yoru as he raves on about these Easter guys that are supposedly bad news, but just as he is about to ask Ikuto to elaborate -since Muradin is always eager for a good fight- the tall human kid grows.. cat ears and a tail. "Hmm??" Then, as mysteriously as he appeared, he is jumping up to a building and leaping out of distance followed by a giggling Yoru. Thus leaving Muradin a very perplexed dorf.
"So yeah." He finally turns to DM after a moment or two of confused silence. "That's par for the course 'round here. Consider yerself officially welcomed to Twisted, where cat fairy people abound."