Although she’d been all but willing to be here, she’d been given orders to procure a day off and try to kick back and relax. A subtle hitch in which she’d been sent to Hargeon on a supposed job request, only to be given the true contents upon arrival, complete with the necessary attire being sent in tow. The red-head wasn’t particularly pleased at first, but now she was watching the bustling beach from the broadwalk she had to admit things weren’t exactly so bad after all. Even though her face had been set to passively unamused by default, she marveled at the sensation of warm sand underneath her feet the moment she walked onto the beach, silently enjoying the moment. It had been ages since she’d last felt something as pleasant as this ever since she’d been granted her second leg back; her eye however was still lost to her, for now, at least. Alas, as her gaze wandered across the beach the sight of many a family enjoying some quality time with their loved ones only made her realise what she’d truly lost. The pang in her heart at the sudden emptiness was unforgiving, especially since she knew things would have gone differently had she only acted faster.
And knowing that only stung harder.
She visibly shook her head, in an attempt to stop any tears from welling up, even though she no longer had any tears left to cry. Her focus had to go elsewhere today; she knew what she had to do in order to undo the mistakes and misfortune that had befallen her, so lingering on what had passed would not change anything… even though she knew she would never truly stop thinking about it. Haunting her in the back of her mind, but never controlling her.
A loud voice snapped her out of her thinking, and out of the blue someone started yanking her arm, trying to drag her along. “C’me on, the limbo contest will be starting soon, we’ll be laaaaate! Let’s go let’s go!” The shorter teen looked up excitedly at her, only to realise she was not holding the arm of her parent like she thought she was. An awkward silence fell, the youngster shocked with panic steadily overtaking her expression, while her older sibling had started laughing uncontrollably at the sudden turn of events, finding it seemingly hilarious. Pandora smiled sheepishly, gently patting her hand in the hopes the girl realised she was still holding on-- rather tightly at that. ”It’s alright sweetheart, though I do think this is the moment you’re supposed to let go. Unless you really want me to join that limbo contest?” she said in a kind voice, watching the girl’s eyes shoot from her face to her hands and back up, realising and almost tossing her hand aside when it hit she was still holding on.
“I-I’m so sorry!” The girl exclaimed apologetically, giving her a short bow before skirting off towards her brother, leaving the red-haired Dagger with an amused smile on her face. Kids sure are something… and just maybe today didn’t need to be as sad after all. Her eyes followed the direction in which the two siblings disappeared, noticing a small crowd having gathered a little further off. [/i]”Limbo, eh…? Might as well give it a try and get these legs accustomed to nimble movements again.”[/i] she thought, making her way to the gathering crowds to sign up. It wouldn’t take long until the competition was in full swing, the Dagger smoothly sailing underneath the bar for several rounds, until there were still a thirty-ish amount of contestants remaining. Among them were the girl from earlier and her brother, who only noticed her the moment she elegantly swooped underneath the bar.
As she rose again she gave the girl a wink, a teasing smile lingering on her face as she moved to stand with them for a moment. ”Seeing you asked so nicely, I couldn’t possibly refuse, now could I?” she grinned, hearing her sibling snort somewhere behind her. And that in turn only made her smile even brighter as she turned away to leave the girl with her embarrassment. It was something truly silly, but somehow seeing them mess with one another made her think of her own brothers as well, whose whereabouts were still unknown. She could only wonder as to how they were faring, but she hoped that wherever they were right now, they were doing better than they were here.
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