‘i was at a loss for what to do.’ ‘my friends have gotten into vaping.’ ‘i look like a gay pirate.’ ‘always serious. golden serious. never not serious.’ ‘you know you’re hanging out with a bunch of losers when the dog is the life of the party.’ ‘i’ll fuck you up.’ ‘i actually respect you as a human being.’ ‘don’t make this a bigger deal than this has to be.’ ‘don’t be proud!’ ‘with leg buckling momentum, my legs… buckled.’ ‘i feel like you could learn a lot from this.’ ‘your message made no sense. you said you lived in a small woman’s old plane.’ ‘am i going to get in trouble for being around you?’ ‘sometimes when i’m sad i just hang out in this treehouse and vape.’ ‘first and foremost, don’t fuck with snakes that you don’t know.’ ‘i’m allergic to rocks.’ ‘i’m so tired. please take me home.’ ‘they know how to treat a soft little chicken person like me right.’ ‘wanna cuddle with your bro?’ ‘it’s so hot out and i’m dying.’ ‘i have no idea what you’re talking about.’ ‘that’s the same pair of clothes for three days.’ ‘i straight up don’t know who this is.’ ‘it became less about wine tasting and more about wine chugging.’ ‘why are you being super weird?’ ‘come outside. i’m at your house.’ ‘you’re so fucking stupid.’ ‘i’m drowning this demon!’ ‘i think someone just gave you money to stop.’ ‘i’m just letting you know who’s in charge.’ ‘is this DDR?’ ‘that’s the dumbest thing in the world.’ ‘i have better underwater hearing.’ ‘i am super drunk right now.’ ‘it is important to take time to smell the roses.’ ‘after two hours at urgent care, you were diagnosed with… dizzy. ’ ‘i’m not falling for your goddamn tricks.’ ‘sometimes, it’s just not worth it.’ ‘i can sleep outside and i can just give you my bed.’ ‘part of human nature is emotion.’ ‘for the love of sweet santa josefair.’ ‘it’s so easy to steal a baby from a hospital.’ ‘nice eyes.’ ‘so far we’ve only made two trips and that’s three trips too many.’ ‘this is a shithole.’ ‘to be honest, i’m offended.’ ‘watch your goddamn tone.’ ‘that was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me in my entire life.’
With an answer set Miko opens the stone doors, allowing herself and Alice to enter. “You best be quick, if you take too long dealing with Meiling it won’t spell anything good for me.” The hermit tells Alice, she knows out of the two of them she has the harder of the paths having to remove the marble from the equation without the ease of surprise.
Inside the roots and twisting greenery is replaced by another sight, what feels like stone plated floors and a vibrant blue sky above. Standing in the oddly open space are the two puppets, Meiling and Nobunaga. Behind them what appears to be stone steps can be seen but at this time its unsure if its all an illusion.
With her own blade drawn Miko summoned forth countless swords of light to meet the sudden and initial fire the small warlord would produce, guns and holy swords clashes in the air as Meiling leaped forward.
“Go now! Take her out of here!” Miko shouted, enjoying the ranged exchange between her and Nobunaga as gaps a plenty opened around them for Alice’s use. “Go now and hurry on back!”
Though the gap provided wouldn’t be as good as promised, it would instead take Alice and Meiling to a small clearing in a forest unknown to Alice but well known to Meiling.