"Summoner," the calm voice of Vishnu could be heard once more. Now that she realized it, the blue-skinned spirit with the most obnoxious personality of fake tranquility had yet to make an actual appearance. His spoken words could be heard just fine, but so could any other spirit contracted with her that remained un-summoned. Normally it was something to be ignored because of that fact. However, his voice was not in her mind at all. There was an obvious difference, at least for one that was so used to having voices in her head. Samira did not stop though. Vishnu went ignored as she continued her way to the ruin's entrance.
He had called out again, but that too had gone ignored. Soon, things had gone quiet. Peculiar. She stopped her steps and dared take a moment to turn her head and look behind her. An Dagda was gone. "Huh." Ignoring him and Vishnu had actually worked.
'Oi! Don't you go thinking you can do that with all of us!' The silence was broken as her normal spirits began to make comments of their own again. 'Come to think of it, why did they leave so suddenly anyway? I figured they’d be more stubborn and annoying.'
'Like you, brother?'
'Hey! I'm not annoying. Samira is the one who's stubborn. Do you even remember half the crap we have had to deal with?'
"Actually I do find it strange you all know nothing. Do none of them communicate with you?"
'Depends,' spoke up Ra, being as vague as ever.
'Going to add anything more to that?' The silence that came from the sun spirit indicated a firm no. 'Figures. Back to secrets.'
"It does not matter. If it were that important they would have remained. No doubt they just insist on torturing and wasting my time much like you all do."
By that point Samira had reached the entrance of the ruins, which strangely had a large set of stone doors that were very intact, although obviously showed their age by the plant life that was growing on them as well as the small cracks along the intricate and fancy decor that had been carved into them. Samira pulled out her iLac, using the small magical tech device to take a few snapshots to be used as reference and research later on. Now came the harder part: opening the doors or finding another way inside. There were no obvious mechanisms that connected to the stone doors that she could see, and leaning forward with her palms pressed against it and pushing with all her strength proved that forcing it open that way was not going to work either. Three options remained. One was obviously using the ability she had just used to pass through An Dagda. That one she threw out completely. The new power was still new to her and the last thing she wanted was to end up stuck in the middle of the stone doors. One other option was to just use the tactic that was often used while in her best friend's company; blast it open with powerful explosives or power.
"Hmm," Samira ran her hand through her hair as she thought about that one. It was often effective in the past. A shame she lacked the explosives and equipment that could accomplish it. A few of her spirits could get the job done, but let's be real. There was a much simpler, quieter, and much safer method. Her lips formed into a sly smirk as the idea came to her. All she really needed to do was use Janus, the avatar of the god of portals. That would get her through those pesky doors! Using him could be categorized as cheating, and once in the past she had used him in order to cheat her way through another set of doors that would normally only open if a set of riddles were answered correctly. Taking that sort of action was a terrible error on her part. An ally with her had gotten injured from the consequences of her cheating, and she had rarely used Janus since. There were no allies around currently though, only herself stood there. Only herself would be harmed and punished if the result was less than pleasant like before. Samira could handle that risk much more easily.
The ancient silver key that belonged to the spirit master of portals was taken from her keyring. ‘Oh, dear, you are going through with this again?’ The kind and old gentlemanly voice of Janus spoke in her mind as she raised his key to call on him. ”This would not be the first time I have used your abilities for this. The last time was an error.” Samira replied casually to further indicate to him that she cared not for the consequences that may arise. ‘And the time before that, my dear?’ She frowned, knowing full well what he meant. The time she had been injured instead of an ally. Back then she had not been alone like she was right then. She bit her lip as she contemplated. Really anything could happen to her while she was in those ruins and no one would know. Samira was alone aside from her spirits, and just then she had begun to feel it and take notice after ignoring it for as long as she had. Those feelings were pushed aside and her eyes hardened with determination. ”Another error,” she said right before slashing the key in the air in front of her to cut and create a rift between her home realm and the celestial one.
“Open, gate of the Avatar, God of Portals! Janus!” With her call to him the spirit portal was created and from it materialized the spirit of portals, clad in silver and gold just as he always was. As a spirit that looked more mechanical than anything else it was a little more than difficult to find different attire after all. His blue glowing eyes looked down at Samira with full concern within them. Hopelessly he could only sigh and shake his head. There was no use arguing. Then a thought hit him, and as a smile formed on his face Samira was already looking at him suspiciously. ”What are you thinking?” She asked, placing a hand on her own hip.
”I had an idea!.”
”Yes! I will take a moment to see what lies beyond that door before making the portal! To ensure your safety, of course.”
”That really is not-” Her sentence could not even be finished before the portal spirit waltzed right up to the stone doors and poked his head through, his body going through the stone as a mini portal was made just big enough for his head to slip through. ”Oh my! This is no good at all!”
The spirit brought his head back from the portal and looked at the summoner with a shake of his head. ”Oh no. I cannot possibly allow you to go in there. Far too dangerous.”
”I will be-” Cut off again as he stuck his head through the portal once more.
”…Janus…” Samira could feel her eyebrows twitching even though she was doing her best to remain calm and collected throughout his tactic of having her change his mind. He ignored her as he went on and on at the things he saw. Some of it so overly exaggerated that it was clear that he had to be making it up. That or the natives of Pandora were very unique and very odd. Probably with a pinch of insane and twisted. Yeah, he was probably making it all up. ”JANUS!”
His rambling came to a halt and he focused once more on the summoner with a rather innocent look upon his face, as if he clearly thought the made up descriptions of the dangers right at the door were one hundred percent believable and he had done no lying whatsoever. ”Hm? Yeeesss?”
"The portal, please." Samira tried to sound as nice and patient as she possibly could while making the request. How nice of her to have even kept her inner thoughts to herself even though she could have scolded him for refusing to do as told. As annoying as it was she knew very well that he was only looking out for her. It was no longer required really, but still appreciated, at least in thought.
Janus frowned even more in disappointment before forcing a sheepish grin. "That didn't work at all, did it?" Samira just shook her head, having no need or desire to do more. Such a question with an obvious answer did not warrant much effort for a full reply. "Oh, very well." He stepped back from the stone doorway and held his hand out in its direction. Pale blue energy began to materialize as he channeled his magic, swirling in a circular pattern and growing. After a few more seconds a full portal exploded into existence in a bright and flashy burst of energy. It was a portal meant to take Samira through the door it was placed on and allow her to reach the other side. Thus far, nothing of consequence happened with the making of the portal. Excellent. All according to plan with absolutely nothing to worry about. "Thank you, Janus," she told him with a small smile before walking up to the newly created portal. She looked back at the spirit saying, "once I am through you may return to your normal obligations," just before stepping halfway into the portal. ”Are you sure you really want to go through there?”
Samira gave a small sigh. One of many that have occurred already at the very start of her day. ”Janus-” She was cut off mid-sentence when he spoke up again. ”I was just checking! Also… you may not want to thank me just yet.” That response was a rather confusing one. His tone had even suggested that there was some reluctance to accept her being grateful for his services. Odd. Normally he disappeared before he could be thanked properly so maybe he just wasn’t used to it. The word usage though… that was concerning. Oh well. He was an oddball as far as she was concerned. Most of her spirits were. Shrugging her shoulders, Samira fully turned to face the portal and step the rest of the way through. Once she had disappeared, the portal became smaller and smaller, shrinking inward towards its center until it was nothing and leaving no evidence that it had existed in the first place. ”She is going to be terribly unhappy when she finds out.”