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The walk to Amelie's house was filled with a question hanging upon the air for Anzu. How do you celebrate blowing a 'city' up? Well, the phrase city might be rather strong considering it's merely a vacant lot now, but the question was still worth asking. The wolf, now disguised as a pink-haired and braid-toting lady, had been following Amelie back to her house to celebrate.
Of course, she had the foresight to let Akemi know where they were headed. Via text messages. Yeah, she had been texting her this entire walk back.
"Hey, Amy, how much farther is it until we reach your place? Akemi's asking me about this thing called an address and I dunno how to convey enough that I don't know what that is on these primitive devices."
Maybe that portal hadn't been calibrated all that. The truth was that... Amelie and Sasha had fallen directly into a dark alley, somewhere in Shibuya's downtown. But, overall... that was fine; just a small contingency that could be fixed with some walking.
"Whoops! I guess my aim was a little off; we shouldn't be that far away, anyway!"Of course, many things had happened during the girls' journey. For example? A certain bean reminding them they had a tea party pending.
So, Sasha and Amelie finally encountered Anzu, who was doing Anzu stuff like wandering around the city while bothering Akemi through text messages. Typical of her stead, but at least it seemed that thus far... everyone got along well with each other? It wasn't like the brunette had been that aware of the blonde's interactions with the holosuited digimon, besides the somewhat awkward introduction, but mostly due to the fact that she wanted to get to her apartment as soon as possible.
"We shouldn't be very far! In fact..." At the distance, the building was fairly obvious. With a quick gesture, a finger pointed towards that place, just to snatch the Bean's phone right afterward. "Let me do that for you. You just hit 'send location' like this and... there, now she should be well on her way."
A small adventure indeed, and more than in one aspect, to boot. But at least, that meant that fun would begin soon. Well, as fun as a tea party could be with such a colorful entourage!
“If I didn’t know you better, I’d assume you brought us here on purpose.” Was all the Russian could say back as she found herself in unfamiliar territory once again, this time a dark alleyway not too different from the one where she had first met Amelie less than 24 hours ago.
Well, at the very least she was back on Earth this time (she hoped), so she supposed she wasn’t in a position to complain. She did so anyways in her mind, of course, but other than that didn’t say much else, to busy fighting off the sudden headache she was experiencing. Could it be a side effect from the portal?
It didn’t took them long to meet up with another of Amy’s acquaintances on the way, a pink haired girl that seemed to have one or two issues at making a cell phone work. Admittedly, it was probably her mind being overly paranoid, but besides that there was something that felt a bit off about this Anzu person. Did she also possess the same powers as the French girl? Or was she a completely different thing on her own? She’d find out soon enough, possibly. For now it was better to keep up appearances and just act natural. That was something Sasha was good at anyways.
“Hey, name’s Sasha. Pleased to make your acquaintance. Amelie’s friend I presume?” She greeted Anzu with a small nod and a grin, trying her damnest to act natural despite having just been in a pararell dimension...world...plane or whatever the right definition was.
"Aaaah...Thank you, Amy! Now, I just need to close this off with one last message so I don't look like a chump or anything. Chumps are for the weak." Anzu stated, finally concluding the pestering of her partner with messages (after grabbing her phone back from Amelie, of course,) and focusing her attention on Sasha. "You'd be correct. My name is Anzu. Ah...Nakayama Anzu." She had an entire fake name at the ready, holy shit!
"She's a very good friend of mine. Nice hobbies and she's really kind to my other friend. Which is a big plus in my book." The pink-haired girl continued. She was also trying to ascertain if Sasha was like literally every other person that she and Akemi had met so far in the Digital World, in that they could use ghosts to turn into Digimon...Or if she was in fact actually a Digimon...Or just a regular human. It was a very troublesome process of elimination.
Though, she seemed nice. "...It's very nice to meet you! Sorry I forgot to say that, manners escape me sometimes. I-I'm doing my best, though!"
It was a good thing that everyone was becoming friends really fast! Well, maybe the term friends was a bit of an exaggeration. Reaching her apartment like that wouldn't prove to be a hard task, even though... wasn't Sasha supposed to go to her own place? Then... why was she following her now. Was it genuine curiosity, or something else? In any case...
Society Hill was a nice place to live, just as expected, and one of the taller buildings corresponded to the place she called home. With any luck, they'd find Akemi there? And if they didn't, she could always get in by herself.
In any way, as soon as they had managed to get a ride in one of the elevators and got to the third floor, a couple of steps would lead the group inside the apartment. It wasn't really big or overly decorated; the rather sober pale yellow of the walls resonated softly with the white tiles of the floor, all around giving a rather calm, yet not overly boring appearance. The place was big enough for maybe three or four people to live rather comfortably.
"Make yourselves at home. If Akemi rings the bell, can you open the door and stuff? I'll begin preparing the tea." There were more than enough chairs around the table in the dining slash living room to accommodate for everyone currently present as the brunette made her way towards the kitchen and began to boil some water and prepare the infusers.
The whole deal would be rather short, hopefully. "So, girls. Anything, in particular, you want to talk about? Having tea in silence ain't that fun, after all! But if none of you have any topics to bring out, we can always talk about work, as bothersome as that can be at times. There's a fair bit of work left to be done, Anzu. Even after our last venture underground."
As it turned out, this girl Anzu was just as friendly as Amelie, much to Sasha's relief. She was ever so slightly concerned about being treated as an outsider by the french girl's acquaintances. Not because she cared about their opinions or fitting in, mind you, but after her whole existence as a human had took a rather sudden turn less than one hour ago she could really use some likely minded individuals in a similar situation to her, so they could fill her in on the inner workings of the whole thing, while also serving as a mental crutch of sorts to remind Sasha that no, she hadn't just snapped.
A bit later the three had reached the french brunnette's place. Her appartment was similar, yet very different from Sasha's, being just as neatly kept and well cleaned, but considerably smaller than the russian's own place, nor as garishly over decorated. Not that this was a bad thing, as the small place irradiated a rather welcoming and cozy feeling. She sat down on the chair as instructed, slouching on the table a bit as they waited for the tea and the other guest to arrive.
"I'm guessing by work you mean that whole city businness, right?" She inquired, leaning back on her chair. She was slowly but surely getting over the initial shock of her whole discovery of the Digital World, and it hadn't taken her too long to just...accepting it and moving on. It was surprisingly easy, all things considered, thanks in no small part to Amelie's rather matter of fact way of adressing the whole thing.
Now if only this headache she had been feeling for a while now would go away!
"Ehhh, work is nice and all but it's also kinda boring to talk about that when we're really here to relax. So, since I don't know either of you all that well...How have you been doing?" Anzu asked, immediately going to take a seat at the dining table and leaning back. See, there would be a trifecta of things for her to do here that she hadn't completed yet. One would expect Anzu to kick her feet up on the table, yet she didn't. Maybe the bean knew manners after all. "And how'd you two meet?"
Meanwhile, Akemi was just making her way through the city and towards the address. This was kind of a spur of the moment tea party for her, so it took a bit for her to get ready. She came to an apartment building. Alright. She...then sent a text asking what floor. And what apartment.
Yeah, she wasn't necessarily the best with directions. Anzu made sure to read the message. "...Oh, shoot. Uh, lemme just..." She started to type a response up...
It was an overall pleasant gathering, that was for sure. Even if the apartment had thrice the number of people it usually did, Amelie found herself at ease as the water began to boil inside the teapot.
After Sasha's comment, she decided to smile somewhat wryly at her. "Yup, it implies city-building. Seems like we have a smart one over here!" And, after a small pause, she added. "I guess you can call it my greatest project up to date, so... I kinda tend to nerd out about it a lot."
As self-deprecating as those words sounded, that didn't make them any less true! But, it seemed like Anzu didn't want to do anything with that topic, and that was fair too. Without progress, you could only revisit the same topic so much. "Fair enough."
It was interesting, how Anzu could be pretty insightful at times, at least in regards to when it was an okay time to relax and when to work. Not to say that the question posed by her had been quite interesting! "How we meet, huh? That's an interesting story, even though I can't... quite recall it." The brunette smiled apologetically at the Tsukaimon, then looked at the blonde. "Maybe you'd be able to retell the tale more... accurately? I can take over on the part where I wake up the next day."
Somewhat lazy? Yes. Accurate? Yes, too! The good side was that the water was almost boiling and that the tea would be ready soon.
"Well, building a city, no matter how big it is, could be considered anyone's greatest project. Or their magnum opus." Anzu noted, not taking her eyes off the phone as she penned up another few quick responses. Pfft, Amelie couldn't recall how she met a girl? Anzu wasn't quite sure why but she found that...amusing, to say the least.
Meanwhile, Akemi was getting directions. Directions that were shockingly...accurate? She was more surprised Anzu could send accurate directions including what floor/apartment they were at. It was nuts. She promptly found herself at the door and was about to ring the bell, but she hesitated.
...For a good few seconds. Before she just bit the bullet and clicked the bell. Twice. On accident. That was awkward oh god that was not gonna go over well was it?
Magnum Opus. Amelie liked the ring that word had; it made her feel important. And maybe even a bit needed, even though this endeavor had been conceived by her own hand.
Did that change anything at all, though? And most importantly…
“I didn't know you knew Latin, Anzu. Where did you learn it?” Of course, her own knowledge of the language was surface-level at best. But she could recognize the language when spoken.
Whether she got an answer or not, two precise rings of the apartment would alert Amy about her newest visit; the only and one Akemi!
As soon as her visage became evident from the door, the teenager smiled. “Hey, Kemi! Come in!”
Expecting full compliance from her friend, the brunette closed the door behind her. “How have you been? You look a bit different.” After making a bit of a pensive pause, she smirked. “You changed your FC did something to your hair, didn't you? Looking to impress a boy? Or a girl, maybe!”
Ultimately, that wasn't very important; a spot at the table was offered to the newcomer, and a cup of tea for her was on its way. “Now that you're all gathered, I guess we can begin talking about what really matters. Thanks to our small adventure with Anzu, we can begin tackling the Dark Area's heavyweights.”
Of course, the brunette wasn't even sure if everyone present was in line with the plan, but that was just what made everything a bit more exciting!
Anzu wanted to know how the two met? A fair question really, though Amelie's reaction made the blonde sigh a bit, then give her a sardonic smirk of her own.
"Hm? You already forgot about it?" She said, mock annoyance in her tone, before turning to the pink haired girl. "I wouldn't call it interesting, it wasn't anything special really, just found your friend here being...let's say "wooed" by the wrong crowd, so I figured I'd lend her a hand. Not that she needed one in the end." She said, giving a knowing smile to the brunette. Even omitting the fact Amelie was rather...inebriated that time, they both knew she still had more than enough tools to deal with the problem on her own.
"I thought Magnum Opus was a fairly common expression." Sasha commented with a shrug, but didn't get to add more to it than that as two rings coming from the door caught everyone's attention. Seemed Akemi had finally arrived.
"Hey there." Sasha waved to the new arrival without getting up from her chair, before taking another slow sip from her own cup, as she paid close attention to whatever Amelie had to say.
"Tackling? Sounds dangerous." Whatever it was that she was planning, knowing it involved building a city she could only guess it was going to be something on a large scale. Possibly something larger than what only three (four if Amelie planned to invite Sasha into this) girls should be able to realistically handle on their own.
Then again, that wouldn't have been the most outlandish thing she had seen that day...
"Ah, the wrong crowd." Anzu took a sip from her tea. "Amy's got better taste than that--so of course she wouldn't need a hand!" The disguised Digimon took a pause at Amy's own question.
"Well, this might come as a surprise, but I'm a little smarter than the impression I might give off, Amy. I know...two...three languages and I can hold a good conversation. As to how I learned it? Uh...I'm afraid this is going to be boring but I learnt it when I became Mephistomon. Back when I was...previously alive, that is."
Akemi gave a smile and a little wave as Amelie welcomed her into the apartment. Oh, gosh, was her change in attire really that noticeable? The haircut she could understand--she had to do away with her twin tails for that. "Ah...I'm...actually not looking to impress anyone. No boy's caught my eye and...Not to say some girls aren't cute, but...Girls can't love girls."
How heretical. "That sounds like bull!" Anzu called out! "Heresy!" Akemi meanwhile took her seat at the table. "Heavyweights, huh? Tackling those can be quite difficult without proper preparation..."
Sasha's explanation —while succinct— had been good enough; that much could be said. Amelie herself just shrugged at the not-quite genuine show of annoyance she was getting, incidentally showing a small smirk of her own.
“Well, you can't really blame me, can you? The circumstances of that night were kinda… blurry, and I guess that for good reason!”
Absinthe was a dangerous substance in the hands of the unprepared or reckless, that was for sure. “I agree on me having better taste than that, though. You know what they say; better to be alone than in bad company.”
Nonetheless, Latin was a fairly interesting topic, at least to Amy. The blonde brought in a fair point as well, even if it was easily answered.
“It kinda is.” She responded, acknowledging Anzu's proficiency and intelligent with a nod at the same time. “If you're a human, that is. Can't quite be sure with digimon; most are still surprised when you tell them that humans don't grow their meat as if they were plants, you know?”
For an idle moment, the brunette had more or less forgotten that Sasha was a newbie on the whole Digital World stuff. Probably a learning experience? But then again… there were other matters at hand.
“I'm sure you'll find out what I'm talking about soon enough! Or, at least, once you get some Digital World experience under your belt. Have you thought about how you want to tackle that issue, by the way?”
Truthfully, she was intrigued about Sasha's thoughts on the matter! Given that Amy hadn't received anything concise thus far, anything regarding the topic would be interesting to hear at the very least.
Of course, Akemi's appearance would change the landscape of the conversation by quite a bit. Just through an expression that seemed straight out of an anime about magical girls, no less! Amelie would try to cool down the situation a bit by raising both her hands in a calming gesture.
“While… girls can do so, not ascribing to such thoughts isn't an offense to any religion, so ‘heresy’ is a bit undue, don't you think? Everyone can like whoever they want to like.”
Exposing her own tastes on the matter wasn't necessary. Whether digimon and partner got in an agreement regarding their thoughts or not, that'd be up to them. Right now, she had her hands full regarding… explaining what were her plans for the future, more or less.
Once she took a seat and a small sip out of her tea, a more serious expression took over her face. “Well. It isn't quite preparation; rather… it's the fact that we don't have any other choice. The other settlements in the Dark Area are becoming more and more aware of our nascent city's existence. And, even if they're not quite as hostile as the place we blew up…”
The brunette made a small pause, looking directly at Anzu for a second. “They're reticent. And that means they'll make their move unless we make ours first. Least to say, where not in the position to sleep over this.”
Another sip was taken; the whole issue or its details didn't end up right there, but some input on it before continuing would be nice.
To say that Sasha was surprised by the revelation that Anzu was in fact, more than met the eye would be an understatement, judging by how wide her eyes went for a moment.
"Wow, you don't mean..." She looked back at Anzu, incredulous for a moment, before chuckling in bemusement a bit. After the things she had seen earlier, this was surprisingly easy to accept for her. "So how are you doing that exactly? Holograms? Shapeshifting? Mind manipulation?" She asked with almost childlike wonderment and curiosity, eyeing the pink haired girl, looking her from head to toe as if trying to find anything wrong with her disguise, something that would make it obvious she wasn't really human, but she couldn't find anything of the sort. Hell, had she not seen the things she saw, she would have assumed Amelie was just making a joke at her expense.
Her surprise didn't last much longer, as she was distracted by a rather personal question from the french girl. What was she going to do? That was a good question alright!
"Hmm, well..." The petite blonde took a long drink from her cup, clearly pondering on her answer for a moment, before looking back at Amelie. "I'd love to say I'll just figure it out myself but let's be frank: I'm way out of my element here, so I guess I could like, stick around with you all while I learn the ropes and figure what to do." She said with a nod, not so much asking for opinion but simply affirming her decision. She had just made up her mind, and if Amelie wanted to stop her well...Sasha just hoped it wouldn't come to that.
Besides that? She'd be happy to move on to another subject entirely...even if said subject involved who were girls allowed to love or not. She found herself agreeing with Anzu, of course. though she didn't go as far as to call it a heresy.
"Listen to your friends, there's no need to get so prudish there, Akemi. You know how that oldass song goes: some girls just wanna have fun." She said with a playful wink. Was it a bit unortodox for her to talk so nonchalantly and openly about such things to someone she had just met? Most likely but...for some reason she felt rather at ease around both Amelie and her friends, and not just because they were all that close just for that one escapade last night. There was something inviting about them, and for once Sasha didn't feel the need to hide behind her usual mask of high brow, well educated and polite rich girl she so frequently used to get what she wanted, but for once she could finally loosen up (without there being any booze to help with that.)
After that though, she'd settle for sitting quietly and letting Amelie explain their situation. She understood the basic gist of it, but most of the details escaped her. Settlements of digimon or humans? Was them being aware of their city a bad thing? And more importantly...had the trio of girls bombed a settlement?!
Too many questions, but she figured it was better to let her finish her explanation before asking anything important. Although... "So watcha planning? Blowing up more stuff?" She wondered, half sarcastically, half with a serious expression in her face.
"I'm actually a baphomet that'll chomp you in half masquerading as a cute girl with pink hair using a holographic suit. Pretty cool, right?" Anzu gave a rather cocky smirk! "In truth, I don't quite know how the technology works. Much like a two-faced, crimson man, it simply does.
"I'd say figure it out at your own pace. And don't die in the process. That's generally how most of you humans get around our world." Now, it was time to focus on Akemi's hilarious blunder. The girl had a hand on her hat (probably for reassurance) and looked down at the ground.
Was this how it felt to be kind of outnumbered? Probably. "P-Prudish?" Really? "I-I'm not a prude...." The girl mumbled, while Anzu just threw her hands up. "Then let people love who they love, dingus!" The bean-in-disguise barked. Of course, the girl headed over to pour herself some tea and took a sip.
"I don't think blowing anything else up is in the plans unless it comes to that. Of course, the people we blew up...kind of had it coming. Plus, there was a BlackGatomon there. I -hate- those." Anzu snorted. Akemi, meanwhile, set her cup down. "Essentially, we need to establish ourselves as people not to be messed with. Via violence or not."