"Ehh? I would never lie to you, Aphi! It's not lying if I didn't know!" She protested sincerely, pouting as she stroked one of the feline's ears affectionately. "That's not how lies work, stupid," the cat groaned, but she said nothing more and allowed herself to be patted into a more subdued state. As she absentmindedly ran her fingers through Aphelia's coat, Seika closed her eyes and began to think about food. After all, she was getting to be rather hungry, having gone through the teleporter, which consumed energy proportionate to the distance traveled. It also didn't help that she hadn't eaten breakfast on account of being so excited to get to the docks. Now thinking solely of banana milk and miniature fudge striped biscuits, Seika chewed on her lip thoughtfully. There wasn't likely to be any of her favorite snacks at shops near the docks, but it was a good try to just go and see anyway, since-
"Ahhh!" She yelped as a strange voice interrupted her musings suddenly, shocking Seika out of her pensive state. "Y-you scared me! Um.. I look sad? I am sad! Well, not really sad, but kind of, cause... yeah! How did you know?" She peppered words in as he asked her a question, her eyes still closed since she was slightly scared of opening them for some reason. What if there was a killer fire monster that was casually asking her questions when it had just murdered the entire dock full of people? So, for this reason, Seika kept her eyes securely shut as she tapped a finger against her chin. "Ah... you have too many tickets? Wow! That's the opposite of how I am, I don't have any!" She compared their two situations and nodded in understanding when the stranger said that he was just one guy. Well, either it was a young, male killer flame spirit, or she was talking to something more human. But it didn't hurt to keep her mind open; it would be terrible to get burned later.
But oh, she was super curious about what he looked like! Tentatively, Seika cracked open her eyes. When nothing seemed to immediately attack her, she opened the fully and was faced with what looked to be a young man, with dark clothes and rather pale hair. He was smiling in a dangerous looking way, but she didn't feel particularly threatened. "Oh, you look nice!" She blurted out, surprise evident in her voice, if barely. "Ohh, I see what you mean... oh, you have a really nice laugh, Mister!" She chimed in response to his chuckle; he sounded friendly, and... what was he doing? His hand... there was a ticket in his hand! Curiously, she tried to meet his eyes only to realize that they were out of sight. Um... could he see her? She waved slowly in front of her face before blinking in surprise and slowly reaching out to take the ticket from his hand. "Thank you, Mister, that's really very kind of you. It really is my lucky day! You're so nice, honest! I will have a wonderful vacation, for sure, so, you better too, alright?" Seika clapped in excitement before waving the ticket in front of Aphelia. "Aphi, look! We can get on the cruise!" Bored, the feline looked away. "Yeah, I was here when he handed it to you," she deadpanned.
When Seika looked back at the stranger, he had already disappeared. She frowned ever so slightly, a crinkle appearing between her eyebrows, before she shrugged it off and got up with a quick brush off of all of her clothes. Rid of any pesky wood splinters or leaves, the girl made her way farther down the docks, towards the cruise ship itself. "Aphi, we can board now! Isn't it exciting?" She chirped happily, only to be whapped across the face by the cat's tail. "No," the companion grumbled, despite the small smile that was twitching on her muzzle at the idea of getting on a cruise liner and being able to live in luxury for the duration of the trip. "Ehh? But I can see your smile, Aphi! Are you lying to me again?" Seika poked her friend with a petulant finger, and the spirit made a hissing noise of discomfort before leaping away, her tail twisting in agitation. "Take a hint, for God's sake, Seika. We better go board before they leave without us." With that, she sniffed and raised her head high, trotting away towards the boarding area.
"Ehh? They can't do that, can they? And what hint, Aphi? Aphi? Wait, come back here! Don't leave without me! I have the ticket, hey, get back here!" Once she realized she was talking to the empty air, Seika looked around and saw the feline strolling away from her seemingly unbothered. She chased after her quickly but screeched to a halt when Aphelia hopped onto the stairs that went up to the ship. A man had held out an arm in front of her, preventing her from following the cat. How come Aphelia could just walk on, and she couldn't? Huffing in aggravation, Seika held up her ticket to the man; he calmly took it and punched it before handing it back to the girl, who had been impatiently but unconsciously tapping her foot the entire time. Still, despite her anxiousness to follow Aphelia onto the cruise liner, she tossed him a smile and a bright, "Thank you!" before hurrying after the cat.
Meanwhile, Aphelia was doing her best to stay far away from her pesky magic mate. 'I need to find a place to hide,' she thought to herself, her ears down as she focused on sight and searching for a perfect spot. All of a sudden, she perked up as a distinct scent drifted towards her. It was the dapper man from earlier! Surprised to run into him so soon on her journey to escape from Seika, the feline took a closer look at their surroundings. It seemed that she had run into the maze of cabins and rooms; there were a few people milling about, but most seemed to be talking to each other or solely focused on arriving to their destination. Her interest piqued not only by the tail end of his words that she managed to catch but also by the way the man seemed to be standing- his body language showed he was at least slightly peeved- Aphelia trotted up to him.
"Did you say braile? Are you blind, perhaps?" she asked him curiously. "This room is number 162," she added helpfully, in case he indeed could not read it.
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