Maze Progression: First Corridor (???)
BGM: Ominous / Creep 【不気味】
Grasping onto the torch out of nervous tension, the fellow mage couldn't help but agree to every single word Nao was uttering. It was nothing but the truth that she was nervous about entering the maze, for the contents were unknown. Whatever creepy creatures and spooky monsters were possibly lurking within was not setting off a comfortable air. An even horrible stench permeated the woman's noise, causing her free hand to loosely cover her nose with the scarf of her Yukata; her eyes began to tear up from the combined emotions of the tension between the guildless mage and herself, the horrible stench, and the intimidating markings to be found along the walls.
Nao's voice was soft and calm for the time being, his words relating to that of his magic as they began to progress through one of possible many corridors. From what Shu could gather, it may have been an attempt to calm them both (or just himself). In the current moment, she couldn't necessarily create a hypothesis or even provide answer. The uneasiness completely coating her own body was nearly overpowering, and upon observing the walls along with moving the torch to help improve her visibility, the waitress was not appreciating what she was taking in as she kept following Nao. "B-Blood. . .", she muttered out in discomfort moreso to herself than any other presence. Wherever the two of them were heading, it screamed danger just from the sight of the scratch marks and stained blood alone on the wall.
Although, the young woman decided to break herself away from her mortified state of staring at the stone walls around them; instead she focused on the mage before her with dubious interest in hopes that just hearing his voice would be able to put her at ease. His words earlier on did manage to do so without too much effort or even realization, and she decided to even keep to the method of steady breathing he taught her earlier. Maybe it would help with easing her nerves, tense muscles, mind, emotion, fast pacing of her heart. . . However, with a slight jolt upon Nao's sudden suggestion, the young woman even made a soft sound in indication of her surprise before stuttering and fumbling over her own words.
They were turning left it seemed.
Upon his movements the woman only inched closer one step at a time, as if scared she might startle him or step on a trap while he observed the way they desired to go. Anything could happen in an enclosed space such as this, and traps were something that just crossed Shu's mind. The maiden's voice was that of a hushed whisper as she spoke, as if afraid to alert anything nearby - or anyone. "R-Right, okay. L-Left it is then. . . ! We'll j-just stick with your plan, ehe!", she spoke with a shiver cascading along her body, a chill rising up along the depths of her spine with goosebumps appearing in waves.
She was spooked.
Momentarily speeding up her pace, she began to walk right by Nao's side with a lump sliding down her pale throat. She hoped Nao didn't hear her gulp or practically feel the waves of discomfort and tension emanating off of her being. She did catch Nao stuttering earlier and felt it was best for not only him to be at his side, but her as well. It may have proved to provide a sense of ease that way for both sides, but if it would actually prove to work. . . She didn't know. Maybe the young woman just found it easier to be right at his side in this manner instead of behind him, torch in hand. As the man spoke up again, she knew she made a good call by moving closer to him.
He admitted he couldn't see very well.
With a crease of her brows, Shu decided to speak up softly as a hand lightly and carefully rest on his shoulder. Something must have been affecting his eye magic in the maze, for this was the first time he spoke up about his magic acting up. Even with the admirable excuse of there being dust in his eyes, the young woman could only smile softly as she spoke. "H-Hey, it's okay. W-We'll be fine. Even if you can't see much of anything, y-you're at least not alone. We're here together and j-just doing our best to travel through. Although, j-just to be safe. . . Here.", she softly spoke up and moved so she was completely facing Nao, her eyes squinting as she examined his own pair.
"Hmmm. . . I-I don't see any dust but it's pretty dark in here. Even this torch doesn't r-really help for lighting. . . Oh dear."
Maze Progression: ???
It was suddenly that a flash of red swished by out of the corner of her eye. With a startled gasp she turned around completely to only observe the most strangest of sights. Spherical flames with glowing, red eyes were completely encircling the two mages in a rather intimidating pace. Such peculiar beings were close to them both and the young woman would unconsciously take a step back, unsure if she was too close to Nao or not. "U-Uhm. . . !", she breathed out before the spirits disappeared into piles of ash around their feet, the hall soon beginning to shake and tremble. Cackling and growls echoed throughout the stone walls before gusts of wind began to surge forth from before them.
With widened violet orbs and a quivering composure, Shu felt her eyes lock with the red pair slowly inching its way down the hall. The ground seemed to tremble with each step the mysterious creature took, its appearance only becoming all the more clear as the seconds horrendously crept on. This entire situation screamed one word and one word only to the maiden as the creature began to growl dangerously at them both, brows furrowing as its body began to tilt forward. Little had the waitress known of the torch slowly flickering out, and with a quivering voice she spoke out with a crack to her voice.
"M-My apologies for what I'm about to do. . . !"
She abruptly grabbed Nao's hand as the creature bellowed out a roar, squeaking out as she threw the torch at the creature's face with as much force she could muster - hearing a whimper as she began to dash off down the hallway with Nao in tow. Her hand would slide against the wall to help guide her way through, the moment she reached a corner indicating a turn. She would slow down for Nao's sake regarding said turn before continuing on, still feeling the floor tremble beneath them. It was a strong indication the creature was following them, leaving Shu to be the guide in a place like this.
She needed to be creative. She needed to think. She needed. . . !
That's it. . . !
As she kept jogging, she turned to look back at Nao, purposefully pulling him into her before wrapping her arms around him to keep him secure. "M-My apologies for this action, too!", she whispered before adjusting the gravity on both their beings, letting the two float higher and higher until they reached the ceiling. The young woman held onto Nao without so much as a blush or mishap; her only focus was keeping him safe and sound. If the beast found them, she knew she could just grab onto his hand again and run along the walls of the entire maze if she so wished.
But for now, they just had to wait. . .