♔ anybirdie there?
The sun was beginning to slowly dip below the city skyline, bathing the streets in shadows as the streetlights began to flicker on one after another. This was all pretty normal in itself… although the young girl tracing her way through the unfamiliar territory couldn’t help but be on edge. Hiyoko Tousaka hadn’t been sure what to make of it, when she’d woken up staring at a crisp white ceiling. The first thing to pass through her bleary mind was wondering how she’d managed to fall asleep in the infirmary, slowly realizing as consciousness returned that; a) she hadn’t visited the infirmary that day and b) her last memories were of falling asleep in her own cozy home. Sitting up quickly, the student had only swung her legs over the side of the table when a screen flickered to life…
Hello! You’re probably wondering what’s going on, so allow me to fill you in!
Pausing under a streetlight, Hiyoko took a moment to pursue her surroundings—this place looked like any other city, but the majority of the things that had been said on that video in the white room had her hunter gatherer instincts on red alert. She couldn’t see anybirdie she knew amidst the slowly thinning crowds… aaah, it was getting late, wasn’t it? People should be returning home around now.
Hands on hips, the girl wondered if it would be possible to find a nice cave in this place. It had taken her so long to make her home sweet home what it was, and even if it wasn’t exactly perfect… it was her home. She sincerely hoped no one would disrupt it while she was gone—as much as she loved her abode, it wasn’t exactly high security. What would she do if she couldn’t find a temporary replacement here, though? And what about the weird letters and numbers she’d been given? Folding her arms, the brunette took a moment to consider her options…
Stuck in a strange place with nobirdie she knew, supposedly now part of some kind of social experiment and with no way to get home. Really, Hiyoko counted herself as a rather adaptable person, but this was a bit out of her depth. Eyes glanced up as the light above her flickered, emitting a low buzz as she began to walk again. A hotel would be an option most people would consider when stranded for the night in a strange city, but all she had was the change and lint lining her uniform pockets. As situations went, it was far from ideal.
Not that her home situation was much better, but when had she ever considered that a problem?
As much as those trusted hunter instincts of hers were telling her to stay on guard… it couldn’t hurt to ask for help, right? They did say you could make friends in the most unlikely of places, and this was about as unlikely as they came! Not to mention that she was all too happy to meet new friends—
Previous stress quickly melting from her youthful face, Hiyoko smiled and tried to catch the attention of a close passerby.
“Excuse me! Could you tell me where the nearest cave is?”
How unlikely it was to see this birdie wandering around outside.
Arms were wrapped around the items — books, to be precise — that he had snatched up at a library he’d found. Unlike his own he had to leave, however, not being able to stay in a corner and remain there. Perhaps it was better to check out several books at once to remain in his new place to hide away for weeks, something that appealed to him in the greatest way.
People here were just going to ignore him anyway. To indulge in the outside life, despite now being able to… wouldn’t that just make it harder on him back at home? Being alone with his books was much better, they didn’t hurt you unless it was something you did to cause that. A paper cut could only do damage if you weren’t paying attention, the same situation with that of other people.
… no, books were entirely different; they didn’t feel, they could only be felt.
Their words held such deep emotion, something he could submerge himself into to quell his solitude in that library. Reading them several times over never took that edge off, each read through helped you understand a new lesson and —
Pages bent as the books went fumbling to the ground, the sound of a voice having caught him off guard as. Instinct told him to just disappear, to hide himself away despite leaving the precious books behind.
Thankfully he didn’t listen to that initial instinct, everybirdie around him disappearing as he turned to stare at the one who startled and made his beating birdie heart soar through the roof. How familiar, seeing that face like it was the first time she had walked into the library.
Not that he paid much attention to her face back then, but the idea was the same.
” … ”
Mouth opened as if wanting to respond, silently staring at the familiar girl that could see him back home.