-Inside the penthouse suite, two hours later-
It had been slightly over four hours since Diana had arrived at the space station and she had yet to see her hostess. She was now seated on the sofa again and still struggling to resist the temptation to lie down on it despite it being considered rude to do so. The blonde was a patient sort and would wait as long as necessary, but she was not sure if she could stay awake long enough to be sociable. The pleasantly warm room temperature was making her feel comfortable despite being in an unfamiliar place and she was more than a little tired.Maybe she should just lie down for a few minutes...
Diana was just about to act on that when the suite door opened and in waddled a green ball of some sort. It had mechanical arms and legs and stood at a height that would place it just above her ankle if it stood next to her. Diana watched it and questioned if she was seeing things or not. It waddled up to the sofa where she was seated and raised its right arm, then waved it.
" It greeted her in a feminine voice that sounded a lot like Melody Winchester's except that it was an octave higher than the original's. Diana leapt up from the sofa and stared at it with an expression of intense discomfort on her face. It in turn looked at her with tiny unblinking red eyes that conveyed a hint of malicious intent it was waiting for just the right moment to act upon.Was Melody possessing the small robot in order to communicate with Diana?
"Are you OK?
" The female voice she had been hearing asked Diana over the intercom system.
"Y-yes. The voice on the little green ball sounded familiar, that is all.
" Diana replied as calmly as she could considering the unpleasant surprise she had just been on the receiving end of. A giggle came from overhead.
"She's Emerald, a guide robot for guiding visitors around the resort. My personal guide robot's with me right now, so I sent this little one your way. Her voice module needs some work... I can change it later so that the voice sounds more pleasing to you.
" Came the explanation of what the spherical robot did and why its voice sounded the way it did.
"Would you like her to guide you to your personal suite?
" Diana's hostess asked.
" Diana replied. Once the shock of the guide robot's voice wore off she was feeling tired again.
"OK then. Follow Emerald and she'll show you the way!
" Diana was instructed. Emerald pointed her left arm towards the door it had come through.
"This way, please!
" It requested. It retracted its arms and legs into its spherical body and began to float at shoulder level, floating a lot more smoothly than it had walked. Diana wordlessly followed behind Emerald and was guided to the elevator, which she entered. She turned to face the door as it closed.
-Another Penthouse Suite, two minutes later-
After a quick and uneventful ride the elevator door opened and Diana and Emerald stepped into a penthouse suite that was exactly like the one the blonde mage had just left behind. It had the same layout and same furniture as the previous one.
"Here we are!
" Emerald announced, opening the hole where its right arm was and waving the limb to show off the room.
"This is your personal suite, visitor! It hasn't been used for some time and I don't get a lot of visitors, so it's yours now!
" Diana's mystery hostess informed her that the space stretching before the blonde was hers. Diana had not been expecting such generosity and wondered what price she would have to pay for it, but she would cross that bridge when it came. For now she would accept what she had been given.
" Diana extended her gratitude for the unexpected gift. Emerald turned to face her and spoke.
"I'll be going now. Have a nice stay!
" Emerald bade Diana before turning away and floating back into the waiting elevator. Diana watched the doors close and turned to face her new penthouse suite. She walked over to the black sofa and sat down on it, then reclined and rolled onto her side to face the room. She would tour the space and see what it had to offer after she had gotten some sleep.
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