Man, this is attempt number... five? I lost count.
I had spent most of the day so far exploring the city. I had gotten some weird looks. People here didn't look like me. If they had given me weird looks, I wonder what the non-humans would get...
Ugh... I needed my peerage. Together, we were always able to accomplish so much. I didn't know what to do without them.
"Are you lost?"
I jumped and turned around to face a teenage girl, maybe a little younger than me, with golden brown hair in a braid.
"Actually, I am." I responded. "Do you know where this is?"
"You're by the high school." she responded.
"Oh! Of course! Do you by any chance know where I could find a hotel?"
"I'm pretty sure that there's one near the main square."
"Thank you so much!"
I was pretty sure I had been to the square before, so I quickly walked off in that direction, leaving the girl staring after me.
"This is a bad idea."
"Well, you agreed to it!"
Cecily and I were hiding out under the stairs by the library. No one ever used it because of the ban... but if these strangers she had mentioned were new here, then maybe they didn't know that.
No one had gone along with her plan. Or maybe she had just forgotten to ask anyone. I actually believed the latter was more likely... Cecily was easily distracted because she was so happy.
"What were these strangers like, again?" I asked.
"Oh, there was such a wide variety of them! Some were children, some were adults. But a lot of them looked like they came out of a TV screen, since they literally looked like the perfect humans. I couldn't believe that these people were real, to be honest."
"That's unnatural, but I'm going to believe you."
Suddenly, we heard footsteps, and ducked back under the stairs.
"Huh. A library." I thought aloud. "This could be worth checking out."
I crossed the street and went up the stairs. I could imagine how Midna, still in my shadow, was freaking out about this.
As I finished that thought, I heard her voice.
"QROW! What if there are people inside?!" she snapped.
"Well, if there are people, they can't be worse than the people out here." I muttered. "They've been giving me looks when I pass 'em. Rude."
"Because you don't fit in with them! You need to lose the sword!"
"And why would I do that?"
I tried to pull open the doors to the library, but no avail. I tried a few times, and it didn't work.
"Excuse me, sir, but you're not allowed to go in there."
I turned around to see two kids standing on the stairs behind me, one boy with dark hair and one girl with light hair.
"Oh... didn't know that." I responded. "I'm a... tourist."
"Why would anyone want to come here?" the boy grumbled.
I looked at him expectantly.
"The adults have banned everything creative." the girl told me, maybe sensing what my look meant. "Books, games, TV... We can't do that anymore. My friend here's pretty bitter about it. And we're just confused on why an adult like yourself would be trying to get in here if you knew that."
"Well, like I said, I don't live here." I repeated.
"Consider yourself lucky." the boy sighed.
Both turned around, and walked back down the stairs, then turned down the street.
Midna emerged from my shadow.
"That's weird." she said. "Creativity ban? I wonder if that's what's causing the problem."
"I'd bet on it." I responded.
Ash and I hid back underneath the stairs. We heard that guy talking to someone... a girl. But no one had been with him. And even as he walked down the stairs, he was alone again.
"I knew it - something's going on." I whispered to Ash.
"You were right." he told me. "He looked like he came out of an anime."
"Hey, Ash." a girl's voice said.
We both turned from watching the stranger to see Ash's friend Lia in front of us.
"What is it?" he asked her.
"I need to talk to you." she told him. "I've seen something... suspicious. Very suspicious."
"We have too." I told her. "Let's talk."
Man, I literally have no hope for these to go through and stay up now. :P Guess I'll re-write them tomorrow if this doesn't work.
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