Victoria had watched four episodes of Fortunate Meteor and was feeling hungry after the last episode had ended, so she got up when the show went off the air and that mecha show with the whiny hypocritical pilot came on. Victoria did not want to see that whiny guy complaining about how violence solved nothing in one breath while effortlessly tearing through enemy forces in the next breath, so she left the television on and walked towards the kitchen to go get something to eat. While she walked towards the kitchen she thought about Cram School Soda Break and Fortunate Meteor and how much she enjoyed them despite the poor first impression both shows had made on her.
Both of them were good "slice of life" shows that were a bit cutesy but were entertaining once Victoria had looked past the exterior. She liked the mindless entertainment and the lack of danger where no one would get hurt or killed if the main characters did not succeed. There were no demon cults running around and working to revive their infernal patron, no floating demons that looked like the gates of Hell whenever they opened their mouths, and no fights with slavers trying to cart off innocent people into slavery.
Victoria shook off the bad memories that had accumulated over her mage career and walked into the kitchen to grab something to eat.
-Inside the kitchen-
Victoria walked across the kitchen floor and walked over to the refrigerator, then opened it. Inside was the same selection that was available to her earlier, which was canned soda, bottled water, or vodka. The brunette reached for the vodka again and realized what she was doing, so she pulled her hand away from the bottle just before her fingers wrapped around it. She removed her hand and went for a canned soda, specifically a can of Cherry Charge. She grabbed the can and pulled her arm out, then closed the door.
She opened the Strawberry Slam and started to drink it when she saw a few drops fall from her lips and fall to the tile floor. Victoria saw the drops spread and noted how they resembled blood. Victoria walked over to the sink, set down the open can on the kitchen counter, and reached for a roll of paper towels. She tore off a paper towel and walked back over to the spill, cleaned it up, and walked over to the trash can, where she tossed the paper towel into the trash. The brunette then walked back to the sink and grabbed the soda can.
She was about to drink from it when she saw a small amount of cherry soda near the mouth of the can. It resembled blood, so she wordlessly held the can over the sink, turned it upside down, and poured the soda out. It was a shame to waste perfectly good soda like that, but right now the brunette was in no mood to drink it and she had already opened the can. If she put it back in the refrigerator it would go flat within the day, so it was best to just pour it out if she was not going to drink it. For a few moments the soda collected in the sink and made it look like she had poured blood into the sink.
Victoria stared at it until it began to go down the drain. Once it started going down the drain the brunette watched it as it went away. She then turned on the faucet to wash away what little Cherry Charge soda remained in the sink.
"Miss Sheridan, are you OK?" Laura asked Victoria. The silver-haired maid had a penchant for arriving unannounced and startling Victoria, but this time the brunette did not shriek and jump in fright.
"I'm fine, Laura. I just spilled some Cherry Charge on the floor. I cleaned it up, though." Victoria calmly replied to the question without facing Laura.
"I see that, but why are you holding an empty soda can over the sink?" Laura asked Victoria another question.
"The soda reminded me of a bad memory." Victoria admitted without telling the whole truth. Laura remained silent for a few moments like she was not buying the brunette's story, but after a few moments she spoke again.
"Should I stop buying Cherry Charge then?" Laura inquired. Victoria shook her head.
"No, Laura. I'd like you to keep buying Cherry Charge. The spill just happened in a way that reminded me of a bad memory." Victoria replied. The brunette had a lot of bad memories, so Laura would not know which one the former was talking about. That was for the best.
"Are you sure you'll be OK, Miss Sheridan?" Laura asked again.
"I'll be fine, Laura. I'll be fine." Victoria assured the faithful maid.
"Would you like dinner now, Miss Sheridan?" Laura inquired, letting the matter of the soda drop.
"Yes, please." Victoria answered.
"What would you like to eat?" Laura inquired.
"Fettucine alfredo, please." Victoria replied. She rinsed out the soda can, took it over to a recycle bin, and dropped it in. She then walked to the refrigerator, grabbed a bottle of water, and shut the door before walking out of the kitchen to let Laura prepare the meal in peace.
-In the living room, five minutes later-
Victoria left the kitchen and sat on the couch in front of the television. The mecha anime show with the whiny protagonist was still on. The brunette grabbed the remote and tried to find something else to watch, but nothing good was on TV except old Westerns, old war movies, old black-and-white detective movies, formulaic modern crime shows, and other types of that she did not care for. The brunette sighed and set the remote back down. She would stick with the anime channel and hope that a better show came on soon.
-In the dining room, twenty-five minutes later-
Victoria had been called to the dining room by Laura, who had prepared the fettucine alfredo for the brunette. Victoria sat at the table and looked listlessly at the food. Laura was a skilled cook, but right now the fettucine alfredo looked like strips of papier mache slathered in glue. Victoria began to eat it with her fork, but it did not have much taste to it. It was not Laura's fault that the food had no taste.
At the moment Victoria was in a strange place mentally and it would take awhile for her to get out of it. She would eventually get out of that place, but it would take a bit of time for her to do so.
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