Diana blinked when Aliarey exclaimed in relief that the former was still normal. The blue-eyed blonde had no idea what Diana's "normal" was. Normal was a subjective term, after all.
Diana looked around her and noticed that the dancing had still not stopped. People all around them were still dancing in time to the music, everyone except herself and Aliarey. Then the huntress looked back at Aliarey, who was obviously as confused as she was about this situation. The blue-eyed blonde mused that they might have somehow managed to end up in the realm of musicals. Aliarey then added that the musical was part of the event... a "weird, unannounced, totally unnecessary part of the parade" as her companion had put it.
Diana was highly doubtful of her companion's claim. There was no way in Earthland that any of this was part of the event. Something about this entire situation was off in a way that was more than a little unsettling. The extreme precision of the dancers all moving in unison and moving perfectly to the music did not help matters. That kind of precision was achievable only by the very best dance troupes... or by advanced androids like Ami.
Aliarey asserted that the pair needed to get out of town in case the dance routine was not part of the Christmas event and everyone was either crazy or "infected by some kind of Christmas dust in the air that makes you spontaneously dance like a weirdo." That description was not the most elegant, but it was certainly accurate.
"I agree. Let us leave this place at once." Diana agreed with her companion. Moments later the dancing and happy music came to an abrupt stop. Even though she did not show it, that unsettled Diana a little. What was worse was the fact that all the dancers had stopped and held the pose they were in the very moment the music stopped. That gave her further cause to believe that there was something off about this situation.
Her belief was only further reinforced when the sky darkened and a white fog began to roll in. Then the parade floats started to move silently and slowly, causing Diana to feel a growing sense of apprehension about what was going on. Then the parade stopped and a new float moved into the center of the procession. The new float was a strange combination of Halloween theme with Christmas lights that looked like they were added by someone who was not quite sure what look they were going for.
Diana's attention was diverted from the odd float to the people around her, who had all been mysteriously replaced by spectral versions of themselves with chains attached to their bodies. They were all wailing as well, lending a certain "lost souls" cacophony to the scene around the two blondes. That was the breaking point for Aliarey, who stated in no uncertain terms that she was not dealing with this today. Diana was right there with her.
"I came here for a normal Christmas celebration, not whatever this is." Diana asserted to her companion. This was NOT what she had come here for. She had come here for a normal holiday party with normal holiday music and normal holiday activities. She had not come here for a holiday musical, a haunted holiday musical, or a musical haunting on a holiday. Diana was not OK with any of this and wanted it to stop now.
To add to the spectacle, the garishly decorated parade float now had a ghostly band "standing" on it and they were playing a song with a distinct electric guitar sound. Two more ghosts appeared in front of the float and began to sing the lyrics to the song. The ghosts around the pair had stopped wailing and were now performing a new dance with uncanny precision. To top it all off, Aliarey asked a question of Diana that made the green-eyed blonde question her companion's judgment.
"Do you think they'll let me play those drums?" Aliarey asked Diana.
Diana frowned deeply. On this occasion she did not bother even trying to hide her displeasure from Aliarey. Things were getting weird beyond description and her biggest concern was whether or not the ghosts would let her play the drums? That bit of absurdity was too much for Diana to bear.
She was so over this nonsense.
"Aliarey, forget the drums! There are other things we need to worry about!" Diana sharply rebuked her companion for having such an odd priority and frowned at her, glaring angrily in the blue-eyed blonde's direction to emphasize the point. The huntress was not liking this situation at all and wanted nothing more but to leave before it somehow got even worse. She was not sure what form "even worse" would take, but something told her that she did not want to be here when it arrived.
"If we are going to leave, I suggest we do so now. If we are going to stay and fight, we need to start preparing!" Diana urged Aliarey to forget about playing the drums and focus on either getting out of here or preparing for a fight. She waited to see how the blue-eyed blonde would react to her words before preparing to either flee or fight. Aliarey had better not take too long to make up her mind.
[Post Word Count: 900]
[Diana's New Word Count: 7,582]