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Explosive Meetings

Who: Ashe Gray, Karou Hougeki
Where: Bamboo Forest of the Lost
What: Ashe Tries to help a person who is lost
Watch For: EXPLOSIONS



Deep within the Bamboo Forest of the Lost fairies wandered. Of one of these wandering fairies were Ashe Gray as she started to float around looking for anything of note as the time she was playing Explorer today and because of the nature of this forest there was always a chance things had changed or paths have become overgrown. The Fairy naturally wandered around, floating off the ground as she lazily wandered around, her eyes scanning around for anything shiny or could catch her eye.

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It depends on the particular observer on whether this is worth of note or not, but a young Youkai (some centuries is still 'young' by youkai standards) happens to just stand there, staring confusedly at a map she's holding in her left hand. Said map has all sorts of scribbles on it, sketched in red crayon. The identity of who made these scribbles is, and will probably remain, a mystery. In her right hand, she holds a red crayon. And on her face, a puzzled expression as she turns the map upside-down, right-side-up, left-side-right, and front-face-back. "AaaAaaAAaaAaAaaa....", she starts lamenting, until she perks up at the notice of the incoming fairy. "Oh. OH. Hi! Hiii?", she waves.

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And naturally this did catch Ashe's attention as someone saying Hi and stuff would be enough to get her attention as she started flutter over towards this new person, "Hi StripeyHair," she said as she fluttered around her a bit. "You like Crayons too?" And then there is Ashe floating over Karou's shoulder looking at the map, "Are you drawing something? I like drawing things, VampireLady's house has lots of crayons to draw with a lot of paper and there you can draw a lot because Bigmaid gives you crayons and paper so you can draw then you can draw with Maidcousins and then it's fun. But why are you drawing here because this isn't a place to draw things it's a place to explore and play tag and hide and seek and holedig?"

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Karou Hougeki bows slightly. "Uhm. Hello... miss... Cinderfairy? Is that right?", she says, tentatively, in a quiet, subdued voice, as if she's afraid to disturb. "I hope you will correct me if I got your name wrong, and allow me the opportunity to do it right?" She looks down at her map and crayon. "My name is Karou Hougeki, by the way. Pleased to make your acquaintance." She bows a little more than earlier, and when she straightens again, she continues, "I was actually trying to find my way out of this bamboo... uhm.. can you still call it a thicket? Even if it is bamboos, and not bushes? Anyway, I was trying to find my way out. By marking things. On a map. But it did not work so well." She shows her map to Ashe. Admittedly, it's all knots and squiggles and failed attempts at marking her position and path. There even is a red X, for some reason, even though it is not exactly clear what it is meant to represent.
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Ashe fluttered in air as some more smoke came off her wings, "I'm Ashe!" she said with a bit of cheer as she landed for once, "Um, I find my way out of Big Stick Place by uuh I usually just go one way a lot and then I get out and then I come back later and just keep going until I find home again and then find a nice flatrock to sleep on." Of course Ashe is looking at the map as she squints and then tilts her head, "Um... You need to make your squiggles better because it's not looking like a picture. It looks like Squiggles and lines and stuff. Maybe you should draw a Flopsie somewhere!" Naturally Ashe isn't the brightest bulb around.

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Karou Hougeki looks with amazement at the smoke leaving Ashe's wings, but she's polite enough not to make a big deal of it. She hesitates a little when the fairy is done with her explanation, then continues, "I'm... not really drawing, more like, trying to... nevermind.", she says, closing her eyes and shaking her head at the end. "But, uhm, yes, I was trying to find my way out of... Big Stick Place. I have already tried going one way a lot, then going the other way...", she points one way, then the other, with slow, circular movements, as she speaks, "...then... uh..." she just stares in the distance, and eventually lets her pointing arms fall. "...Hey, how about we go to this house you told me about, with the other people you mentioned, and the crayons? Maybe they can help me in some way or other."
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A scratch of her face as Ashe pondered things. "Okay stripeyhair, well we have to go..." The smoke fairy spun around for a bit, "That way!" she said sounding utterly confident of the direction she had to go even though it most definitely looked like she picked a direction utterly at random. "We just gotta go far enough and we'll find it. Either that or Flopsie House, which is a house full of Flopsies." Now what was she going on about? "But you want to find all my Maid Cousins and Big Maid so we don't want to go there."

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Karou Hougeki just looks, her hands held into one another in front of her. "Okay.", she says, still in a low voice, and starts following, in case Ashe starts moving first, otherwise, she'll just start walking in the pointed-at direction herself. "...any direction is as good as any other to me, so..." She thinks for a moment, then adds, "What is a Flopsie, by the way?", and, after a few steps, "...and what about the Maid Cousins and the Big Maid? Why do we have to find them first?" For the first time, she furrows her brow a little. She's apparently starting to be confused.

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"Big Maid and Maid Cousins live in the place you want me to go to so if we find them then we found where we want to go. If we find Flopsies it means we went the wrong way. And Flopsies are well they're Flopsie and they go like this," Ashe said before she started to hop forwards going 'usa usa usa' "

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"Big Maid and Maid Cousins live in the place you want me to go to so if we find them then we found where we want to go. If we find Flopsies it means we went the wrong way. And Flopsies are well they're Flopsie and they go like this," Ashe said before she started to hop forwards going 'usa usa usa' "But they're not Bunnies which are small and go hop hop hop like this too but they're not Flopsies because Flopsies are like a person but Flopsie." she shook her head, "But there is a BIG Flopsie too and she's like Big Maid but she's only for the Flopsies." Still she's hopping around occasionally some soot coming off her hair or a burnt out ember.

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Karou Hougeki relaxes a bit. "Aaaaah. Hm. Well, I guess... any creature who knows the place in detail will do.", she adds, quietly, with a more relaxed smile. "These Flopsies sound fun, actually. Maybe we could chat with them if we meet them.", she says, keeping her pace, hair bobbing slightly as she walks. "For now I would be happy enough to get out of Big Stick Place. We'll just meet whoever we happen to meet, and hope they will be nice to us." She asks, "You did meet them before, right? They're nice?" She looks up for a moment and holds her index finger to the side of her mouth, in thought. "And if they're not, I guess we can probably talk them into being so?"

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"It's hard to find Flopsies as they tend to run fast even when hopping and then there might be holes and you just are walking then you're in a hole looking up again and then having to fly out of it. I don't know where the holes are or why they're there though because every time I saw a Sister fall in one they just flew out of it. Why would you make a hole where you can just fly out it? And I think Big Maid will like you if you're not making things messy. She'll give you a bath if you do that. And Fairy Cousins are fun and have fun outfits and get to go all dusty dust on things and then flutter around doing other stuff. They even got buckets!" Said Ashe as she started to walk backwards

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Karou Hougeki frowns again. "Buckets of ashes? Which to be shed around cleanliness-freak maids? Isn't that a recipe for disaster?", she asks, "I mean, don't they reak out when you spread... dust and smoke on things?" She looks up and thinks. "Unless it's ham. Smoked ham is OK, I guess." And then she continues. "Just... how big is this Big Maid? Like me?", she says, keeping a hand at about her height. "Bigger?" She raises her hand by about one head. She keeps walking forwards, looking at Ashe. After keeping silent for a moment or two, she says, "...you have a point. I should draw something.", and, whipping out the map again, starts sketching something on the back. "Yes, like you, I like crayons."

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Ashe looked at Karou and then up again, "Maybe like biggerish," she said as she fluttered around, "Well If I'm making stuff like that then it's probably Fairy Time and when it's fairy time you don't do things like that and you just can do dusty dusting later and stuff and what's a ham? And the best thing about buckets is that you can wear them on your head!" she started to flutter ahead for a moment before she suddenly with a big flip of smoke and a shout found herself launched upwards and then seeing the world upside down as she slowly swung from a rope side to side.

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Karou Hougeki looks up from her crayon. She stops and frowns at Ashe, progressively crouching, squatting, and eventually sitting down as the fairy proceeds with her talk. Karou tries, she really, really, really tries to understand. Honest. But she can't. "....ooow.", she says, pinching the side of her forehead. "M...my head!", she exclaims. "I'm not sure I've understood a single thing of what you have s-" And that's when the being shot and swinging happens. Karou springs to stand, and darts to get as close as possible to Ashe. "What has just happened? Do you need help?" she asks, running, concerned, for the first time abandoning her quiet speech for a louder one, with a clear sense of urgency added in.

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The Smoke Fairy continued to swing in the trap as she just hung there, "I stepped on something then swing and zooom and I'm upside down!" As Ashe slowly swung a bit of soot and ashes fell out of her messy hair as she slowly shifted around. She seems remarkably not panicked about swinging on a trap like this. "I think I'm stuck." she said as with a bit of squirming Ashe only acted to start herself swinging and spinning more. "Yep I'm stuck. Could you help me a bit as I can't see what I'm stuck on."

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Karou Hougeki looks around in panic at first, dropping everything she's holding to the ground, and then she starts circling the trap, frantically. "Oh my oh my oh my! Quick, quick, I need something to cut the rope with... something... uhm..." she looks down at the fairy. "...I guess fire would work, but it's certainly too hot to handle. Ah. Ah. AH!", she looks left, and right, and runs one way then turns, runs the other way, turns back, "Ah! Ah! Ah!", she panics and almost hyperventilates. "A knife! A knife! I need a knife! Or scissors! Something sharp!" Because running around aimlessly holding any of those implements is certainly a good idea. "What to do, what to do!", she says, starting to panic, and running around Ashe in circles. Occasionally looking at the fairy asking for what could be done. Well, there goes her previous self-collected demeanour, giving way to almost complete utter panic.

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With Ashe continued to roll side to side on the branch as she tried to figure out how to get down, "Maybe Pretty Lights could help!" she shouted as she started to roll in air a bit more, "Maybe break the branch?" She spun a bit more, "This is fun!" Another swing as she now seemed less concerned with getting free as much as it was about trying to get the world to spin new ways. Of course with her being a fairy this amount of fun could last hours or it could last minutes and she couldn't even tell when the fun would happen as it looked like Stripyhair was getting really panicked right now.

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As far as StripeyHair was concerned, she had tried climbing the branch, leaping on it (no breaky), climbing down the rope, trying to bite it (which is a rather inefficient way of doing it -- she could just have stood on the floor and gnawed on it?) Even more desperate attempts involved trying to cut it with the crayon. Needless to say, none of these attempts gave any useful result (unless, that is, you count having red marks and sap stains on the rope as 'useful'). Eventually, in desperation, she starts rocking to and fro on the rope, swinging on it as Ashe used to do, "AaaaaAAaaaaAAAAaaAAAHAHHHH!" and, eventually, she places her hands on either side of her head "WHAT AM I GOING TO DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-"

* * * KABOOOOOOOOOM!!! * * *

Well, it had to happen, eventually. StripeyHair blew up, eventually Metaphorically and literally.

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As all these things were going on Ashe was being shifted around a bit more as she rolled and flipped, "Uh?! What's happening?" Ashe said as she suddenly felt that she was hearing something burning and cracking and then there was a brilliant Flash and a lot of noise as Ashe found herself finally freed. And flying at an extreme speed as she suddenly flying free of the trap... and climbing much higher as she could finally point out the direction to the Scarlet Devil Mansion while being too far away for Karou to see her, turns out that Ashe was taking them in the completely wrong direction again. At least if Karou kept going she'd find her way out of the Bamboo Forest soon.

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