Leona walked into the city entrance and spotted a sea of costumes. Doctors, knights wearing actual plate armor, "shipgirls" from some anime series Leona had never seen before, anime characters from other franchises, werewolves that were disturbingly realistic, even a mummy that sort of reminded her of her companion Mortemer except for the key differences of being tall, lanky, and possessing bright yellow eyes that undoubtedly had to be from contacts... Leona saw all of those costumes and she was just at the entrance. There was likely an even wider variety deeper in the city.
Speaking of the entrance, Leona looked to her left at a black sandwich board sign being held by a fake skeleton wearing a black top hat and read the activities that this festival offered. She spotted Coffin Up Candy among them and recalled doing that activity with Masha at last year's Halloween event, but all the rest were new to her. She could choose from a Graveyard Tour, the Roller Coaster of Emotions, a Costume Contest, and more. When she reached the end of the list she spotted Bobbing With Apples and recalled how that activity went the last time she had tried it.
Years ago Leona had been at another festival with Ruvel and Samira when that activity came up. She leaned over a metal trough of water to try and grab an apple with her teeth but accidentally leaned too far in and put her face under the water by falling into it. She had gotten stuck in a position in which she could not lower her arms to push herself out and for several terrifying seconds she struggled to get free... she had come dangerously close to drowning, but she managed to save herself in time to avoid that fate. That incident was almost as humiliating as what Medeia had done to her.
After reading the sign Leona looked to her right and saw more costumed people milling about the city, which was decorated with orange and black banners, fake cobwebs strung between buildings, animatronic black cats sitting on fences and glaring at people with glowing eyes, and more decorations appropriate to the event. While she stood near the entrance she folded her arms over her chest and thought about her longtime friend Samira.
In a rare instance of Leona showing any sort of initiative when it came to social activities she had contacted Samira using her iLac and asked if the latter wanted to attend the All Hallows festival in Rose Garden since there very little chance Leona would voluntarily go to Hargeon Town for awhile, not after what had happened there. Now the blonde was waiting for her friend to show up so that they could participate in the festival. Leona felt the wind pick up and she felt a bit cold as it blew across her bare arms and moved the long braid of the costume wig about.
The Wizard Saint wanted to attend the festival with Samira and not just because they were longtime friends. Leona really needed to talk to the teal-haired mage about what Medeia had done to her and other important things she had not told her friend, but that conversation would not take place here nor would it happen over the iLac. Leona wanted to invite Samira to Lion's Island so that they could discuss everything face-to-face in private.
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