Arcadia-HomeI part ways with Rose as we reach the front door. Before heading to her house on the right, she issues a warning. "When Rose comes a knockin', it would be wise to heed the call. Refuse, and the deal is nullified. Either way, I win."
Disappearing into her home I turn my attention back to the front door. "Here goes..."
I give the door a light rap. Ceana opens the door with a smile. "Can I help you miss? Oh my, what happened to your clothing! Are you alright?"
"Yes Ceana, it's me, Donnie. Can I come in?"
I get a wary look, and she relents. "Come in for a moment. Mistress Vermina will verify your claim."
Perfect. I absently scratch my stomach as I walk into the bare house. The only furnishings are beds in each room, and a table in the large dining room. The house is mostly one large room with three smaller rooms which serve as living quarters.
"Wait here please." She heads to one of the rooms (the one on the far left wall.)
Disappearing into the room I slide my sleeve up, displ
Arcadia-DealAlright, There is a feisty siren who was not above eating my arm to my right, and a massive serpent-woman to my left. Cally's dim green eyes lock into Svetlana's icy blue. I try to diffuse the situation, "Ladies, no need to be hasty... Just take a few deep breaths and we can sort this- Damn it." Lana hops onto my shoulders and takes off. Great.
As we ascend I can see Cally slithering swiftly across the cobblestone road, easily keeping pace with Lana. Reaching down my dress I retrieve the wind tonic I was given by that kind witch a short time ago. I'd hoped to save it.
Popping the cork off I down the brew. It tastes a bit like a lime... Oh, it's kicking in. I can feel my heart racing, my body trembles with anticipation. I begin to struggle and take Lana by surprise. She drops me and I take off headlong on the mountain path. I'm going back to whatever that little lake town was called. As I flee I look back to see the both of them intertwined, beating and
Arcadia-MarketWe land at the outskirts of Talon City. Lana produces a pair of earrings. Gold rings worked around a matching pair of blue stones. Upon closer inspection I notice that she is wearing the same.
Shaking my head I firmly state my disapproval. "No. I don't think so. The dress, ok. Sticking by your side? Understandable. But I'm not piercing my ear- Ow! Damn it!"
Deftly working her clawed hands she pierces my earlobes and inserts the needled ends. "All done. Now nobody will question you if you wander off. Think of it as an identifier."
"Ouch. You don't listen very well." I let it slide. No sense in getting pissed off.
"Shall we? I want to hit the market first, I hear that Grenlo recently acquired an El Camino from your world." She seems to quiver in delight. "I love cars, one day I'll get around to buying one."
"Buy? You have a job?"
She looks surprised. "Of course. I'm with the postal division. Some of us rather dislike electronic devices, so our message delivery system is still primarily l
Arcadia-TransformationAs we approach Svetlana's cave, I am unceremoniously dumped to the stony ground. I hop up, preparing to make a witty remark about the action, but I am silenced as her clawed hand whips up and covers my mouth. "Not a word, human. You disappointed me, and I thought we were getting along so well."
Having painfully shifted back mid-flight I calmly push her hand down, "You know you can use my name, right? I've told it to you several times now."
"Don't change the subject. I have been toying around for awhile now, and I fear that I may have to actually act out my threats." As if to get her point across she lightly drags a talon across my exposed chest. She applies enough pressure to make it uncomfortable, stopping just short of breaking the skin.
Once more removing her hand I continue my complaining. "Why am I so interesting, eh? I keep getting death threats from the denizens of this world, only to weasel out of it. Explain that to me."
Her sour expression lightens up a bit. "Your kind are ap
Arcadia-Disproportionate RetributionAs we approach Svetlana's cave, I am unceremoniously dumped to the stony ground. I hop up, preparing to make a witty remark about the action, but I am silenced as she whips her clawed hands through the air, slitting my throat.
I am bleeding out faster than I can think, and Lana just watches with cold unfeeling eyes.
My body numbs...
The world grows dark.....
Arcadia Gaiden-BridgetThe overcast sky paints the alleyway in a near pitch, the weak moonlight filtering softly from above feebly attempting to illuminate the night. A young woman of 18 walks home after her night shift is over at the greasy fast food chain she despises. Still wearing the red and black uniform she tries to get the excess oil off of her hands as she passes the mouth of the darkened walk.
Her attention is diverted by a soft whisper emanating from the archway further down the alley, an arch overgrown with wild rose (a rare sight in this city.) She checks her phone, registering that the clock has just struck twelve when an eerie glow pulses from the woody arch. The roses seem to grow more vibrant as she slips into the brick corridor.
The lambent gateway seems to call out to her... She crosses the threshold of the arch, only to find herself far from home. The industrial haze is absent, and the stars are twinkling in the night sky. Whirling around she realizes that the archway and city are nowhere
Arcadia-EscapeI humored Svetlana and told her everything... until the sigil in my left arm bloomed to life, burning and itching.
She cocks her head to the side, "She really did forge a contract with you... Don't panic, you said it was to force you to accompany her, right?"
I nod slowly, "I don't feel compelled to move or find her..."
"It's because you are in a situation preventing you from obeying. Doesn't mean she'll stop trying to call you though."
The itch fades but the mark remains. "Well, at least I didn't catch on fire or something. I wouldn't really doubt it."
Lana flashes that winning smile. "Wanna fly? I can carry you, or you can follow. Can you become a bird?"
I think about that for a minute. The past few hours have actually been rather pleasant, minus the whole eating my skin and taking me hostage thing. "I could try. But what would you do to halt my escape?"
With an evil grin she says casually, "It's not cannibalism. That's for sure." She walks past me, giving a playful bite on my should
Arcadia-Siren"Show me your true face, mortal..." The soft voice coaxes me out of my stupor.
Shaking my head I loose a deep resonating growl, a guttural, primal sound. It is reduced to a yelp when the taloned hand slices across my muzzle. I back off a little, whimpering.
"Not very bright human. Do as I ask."
After recovering from the the blow, common sense dictates that I should obey. I shift back into my pitiful,naked, human body. I shiver at the temperature. A nice chilled breeze is rolling off of the mountains.
Inspecting my bodily form, the woman steps closer. She stare deeply at a patch of flesh on my left arm, and promptly slashes away a small layer of skin. I scream in pain and surprise, only to be silenced by her other hand. "Shhhh..."
Giving the strip of skin a little sniff, she pops it into her open mouth. I can hear her chewing my flesh as though it were an exceptionally rare dish. A few moments later she gives a hearty swallow with a light look of satisfaction beaming across her f
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