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[sticky post][Sticky: Introduction Post: Free-For-All] The Welcoming Party
Best. Simile. Ever.
its_game_time wrote in transgenicprose
So it seems you just arrived in this place.

What place? Well. This place. There's no other place, after all. Except when there is. There's no sign welcoming you, no official-looking authority standing around to ask for directions. You're just here, in this place, and how you arrived is anyone's guess; everyone who's come to stay -- and, oddly enough, hasn't left since -- has a different recollection on how he or she got here. Hazy memories of a train, a cab, instant teleportation, or even simply waking up -- sometimes from death in the last case.

But whatever the reason, however the method, you're here now. transgenicprose. Home of a patchwork population with no official name or leader. It's a pretty basic area, easy to get around -- it has all you'd need to get by and then some. There's no real layout to the grounds, as they seem to shift accordingly and alter with the seasons (and the strange, spontaneous events that occur now and again) with no visible reasoning, but you can usually find whatever you want to find. Except for an exit. Trying to simply walk out of here somehow ends with you ending up right back where you started.

If you walk enough, however, you may find yourself wandering into a new place entirely, and one that may or may not look familiar. Turns out this place decided to address the issue of homesickness by duplicating portions of people's homes and placing them on the edges of the town. Explore, and you may walk into someplace widely recognized: New York City, for example. Walk a little further and you might cross over into the virus-ridden Raccoon City; beyond that, Zaphias, Daath, Iselia, Tokyo, Hueco Mundo, a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, Hell itself, who knows? The people here come from strange worlds, you know.

Each of these places also hosts a number of people who never manage (or care) to cross the dimensional boundaries into the other areas: Meltokio citizens, for example, going about their day-to-day lives, or some of those Raccoon City zombies. Read: we have NPCs. It's just enough to remind you that while it may look, feel, sound, and smell like your home, it technically isn't. But we can only do so much.

And don't worry: in the middle of all these areas, you'll always come right back to the town that you first arrived in.

So congratulations, you're now part of the population. Or will be as soon as you settle in. But before you go getting to know your neighbors, you might first want to dry off.

Oh, right. It should be mentioned: however you arrived, you find yourself dropped rather abruptly in the middle of the lake on the outskirts of this place. A small lake, but a deep lake nonetheless near its center. There's a single dock with a few rowboats tied to it and a rather out-of-place stack of towels on its edge (which may or may not be there from day to day, as they're only present out of the kindness of a few residents' hearts and frequently need replacing), and whether anyone's nearby to help you is a matter of chance -- although there's often someone loitering about.

Shortly after arriving, you'll also be sure to find a complimentary gift: one of those new smartphones, brand new and shiny and in perfect working order. Everyone here has one (whether you want it or not, it has a habit of turning up even when you throw it away), providing a convenient means of communication between the people here. Video, audio, and text can all be used; just be careful, as they tend to have a mind of their own on occasion and may turn on when you least expect (or want) them to. Sadly, you can't call back to your homeworld with them. So sorry.

Oh, and if you're not familiar with technology? Sorry about that, too. No instruction manual. Maybe someone will help you out if you ask nicely.

So once you've overcome your official TP hazing, consider yourself a member of the club. Just play nice (or not), respect your fellow inmates occupants (optional), and stay out of the laboratory unless you have a license (recommended, but those doors are rarely locked, anyway). Pick out a room in the dormitory building, take a look at the shops in the marketplace -- the latter of which, by the way, are run by a peculiar group. It turns out that there is a breed of natives to this universe, a few dozen individuals who have taken it upon themselves to run the stores and some of the other buildings that require maintenance.

How can you tell natives from the arrivals? Simple. The natives are, in a word, robotic: never varying in personality or even really behavior, these men and women seem to have been cast from a mold -- literally. One might notice that on the whole, there are only a handful of different faces among this group: they are, for the most part, a mass of clones. Oddly, they're never seen outside of the marketplace; once night falls, the stores close and the employees are simply gone, and where they go, who knows? Not to the residential area.

But it's nothing you should worry about. For now.

Welcome aboard.

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[It's not at all impossible that Sasuke might've met one of this traveling companions...but they're not the only people who know Fai's name, or might come looking for him. And Fai doesn't know anything at all about Sasuke, really, and not exactly the trusting type, though he hides it well.

...Still, it's probably Syaoran-kun or Sakura-chan, or maybe Mokona. Kurogane would deny all knowledge of him. But regardless of the probablies, it's best to be cautious, if only for the sake of his companions.]

Ohhhh~? And who might that be, I wonder~?


[He holds the look coolly, but still with that vague, lingering irritation.

They're obviously in a similar position, but all the same, he's going to be stubborn about it. If this is who he thinks it is, it wouldn't do right on Sakura's end not to mention her; if he's not, though, it doesn't hurt to be careful. Just in case.

His eyes close dismissively as he turns away.]
This place isn't that big. If you're the same Fai, you'll run into the one I'm talking about sooner or later.

[And now attempting an Exit Walk]

[Moving faster than most would give him credit for, Fai closes the distance between them and snags the back of Sasuke's shirt-collar, pulling him backwards. And while he's built a lot skinnier lankier than Sasuke, he's also got several inches on him. |3]

Going so soon, Sasu-pon? It isn't very polite to leave a newcomer all on his own, now, is it?

[STILL hanging onto that collar, lol. And Fai's not worried about his own well-being all that much, so even if there's danger in asking...well, he doesn't really care.]

I bet it was either a boy with brown hair and eyes and a determined look on his face, or a cute girl with chestnut hair and green eyes! Which one was it? [Doesn't let go of Sasuke's shirt, but rubs his chin with his other hand.] Sakura-chan would probably be more likely to ask around about us, so I would guess it's her!

Here's hoping LJ stays up long enough for me to get some replies in...

[His head turns quickly -- nearly snaps in Fai's direction, rather -- but he doesn't react other than stopping, or even visibly tense. That glowering evolves into a full-fledged glare, though.

He doesn't budge at Sakura's description. Then, finally and flatly,]
...So you do know Sakura.

[After a moment, he makes a clear effort to abruptly tug himself out of Fai's grip, sending an elbow behind him to knock that arm away if need be.]


[Fai just keeps with the ~smile~smiling~ and maintains his grip on Sasuke's collar, both holding on and avoiding that elbow with an extremely annoying sort of ease.]

Yup, that's right, Sasu-ryuu! We're traveling together! Or rather, we were before we got separated. That's been happening a lot recently.

[He tugs at the collar a little, mostly just to be annoying and tease the younger man, but...also sort of like a horseback-rider shaking the reins to urge a reluctant mount forward. |D]

Anyway! You must know where Sakura-chan is! And I'm sure you'd just love to show me the way, wouldn't you, Sasu-chin~? ♥


[Okay. Done being subtle.

Not that the looks were all that 'subtle' to begin with...]

No. Let go.


Now, why would I want to do that? If I let go, there's nothing to keep you from running off on me. And I'd really rather find Sakura-chan sooner rather than later. She's very strong, but she's not really much of a fighter, you know...and as kind as she is, it wouldn't be hard at all for someone to take advantage of her.

[Fai's tone is still fairly light, but it's far more knowing and businesslike than it was moments ago. And he is being subtle, watching Sasuke's face closely through deceptively half-lidded eyes as he says all that, looking for any sort of tells.]


[Stiffly] I know what she's capable of. And I know that she's fine. [It's said with the same lingering irritation (at Fai), the same blankness, but there's no denying that there's less... tension, maybe, in these words.] She's safe, and she's here. She's not hard to find.

[And then WHUP, that wall's back up 210%.] I don't know where she is right this second. And I'm not about to lead you around looking for her either way.


[The wizard pauses, tilting his head thoughtfully, and his eyes go a little wide with something that's not-quite surprise. After all, Sakura-chan does have that sort of effect on people, getting inside their walls, slipping through iron bars, melting icy barriers...he knows that much firsthand. ("You really are a good kid, Sakura-chan. You make even a guy like me, with no room to worry about others...hope that you'll be happy in the end.") Still, in his mind, Sasuke = Kurogane in sooooo many hilarious and entertaining! ways, and it took the Princess a little while to get through to Big Puppy, so...exactly how long has she been stuck here with this guy? 8|a

A second later, though, Fai's smile is back, though there's a hint of softness that wasn't there before, as well as a knowing sparkle in his eyes.]

...You know, Sasu-bun, for a second there, you really sounded like you cared if Sakura-chan was all right.

[HOW MANY FSCKING-- That just receives another flat, flat, pseudo-unaffected, and very flat look. With the voice to match.] I'm telling you what I know. [The and only that is implied.

And attempt #2 at pulling away. >|]

[As many as are necessary, of course, Sasu-maru! ♥ Fai hangs on until Sasuke puts some srs effort into pulling away, then lets go when he deems the kid is most off-balance. Sasuke's a fighter, so the wizard doesn't expect him to fall on his face or anything like that, but even a little stumble and a quick extra step would be amusing from someone so SRS BIZNIZ.]

Right! And I'm just telling you what I know, too--and what I know is~ that even Big Puppies who like to growl and show their teeth whenever they get the chance still have their soft spots.

[...that was SO not a slight misstep there. >8| Really.



You imagined it.


... [That utterly flat look just stays. Perfectly motionless.

And then Sasuke turns to gtfo. B|]

[Ah~ no no, it can't just have been his imagination! Because if Fai was going to imagine it, then Sasuke would've lost his balance entirely, faceplanted, and ultimately ended up in the lake somehow! Because if you're going to imagine something, it should be something really fun, right~? ;3

Aaaaaaand Fai will be Right There at his elbow the instant he finishes turning around, smiling cheerfully as if that stony expression is the most open and inviting thing he's ever seen. ...And well, after traveling with Kurogane for this long... |3]

All right then! Where are we going, Sasu-puu?

hahaaaa that is such a trolling icon XD


NO, this is not okay.

Far from it.]

I said I don't know where she is. Look for her yourself.

[And WALKING. He is walking.]

But it's a lot easier to find someone if more than one person is looking! And even if you don't know where she is right now, you do know this place better than I do.

[He can walk as fast as he likes, Fai will keep pace with him. ^-^]

So don't mind me, I'll just tag along for a little while! ♥

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