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Glen ([personal profile] intricate_engineer) wrote2015-06-11 10:42 pm

Another, darker world

Glen fumbles for her key. After several tries for it turns in her dorm room's old lock.

The door opens, not to the familiar blandness of her room, but to a bar.

Glen slowly sticks her hand through the frame. When nothing happens, she kneels down to rap on the wooden floorboards. They're solid, and definitely wood, not a projection over the ceramic tiles she's used to.

She steps inside.
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
A girl who looks sixteen or seventeen steps into view, carrying a mop and a bucket. She smiles politely at Glen, and gets to mopping.
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, you're new! Welcome to Milliways. It's an interdimensional bar."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
"It isn't. The door is using your bedroom door for just now, but if you go out, close the door, and open it again, it'll be your bedroom just like normal. But you can't get Milliways back after that on purpose, unless you're one of the people the door really likes."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:16 am (UTC)(link)
"Hundreds of millions! What's yours like?"
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
"Earths are pretty usual but 3032 is later than most people I've met and your population is bigger too."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
"It's not very nice. And we don't use the usual Earth year numbering system but I think it's something like the mid-twenty-third century."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
"I get to come here pretty often, though. Sometimes people buy me meals from Bar. Bar's nice, she'll give you your first drink free."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
"I'd be leaving my parents behind, and passing up any chance to make things better. I'd do it if I was really in trouble, or had a really good place to go where I wouldn't be worrying about how to fit in and feed myself and learn the language - oh, Milliways automatically translates everything for patrons - but mostly I'm hoping to find something here that I can take home and use."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
"That would be really nice of you."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
Just tell me what you'd like, says a spontaneously-appearing napkin. Your first drink is free.

"Tell Bar," confirms Shell Bell. "Or let her pick, she's good at that, I almost always do."
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
This is how I communicate, Bar napkins. The food is reasonable currency-dependent prices. I can stay within whatever budget you care to name.
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[personal profile] she_sells_seashells 2015-06-12 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
Shell Bell puts her mop and bucket back into the closet where she got them and goes to sit at the bar next to Glen.

And food appears! Each gets a turkey breast heavy with rosemary, and yellow squash in a sizzling yogurt sauce, and a cup of tortellini artichoke soup, and a baked potato (accompanied by little dishes of fixings). And bowls of thick yellow custard sprinkled with cookie crumbs.

"Mmm," sighs Shell Bell happily, and she starts in like she hasn't had anything to eat in a week.

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