“Well, we still need somewhere to stay.” You mused as you stopped to allowed Migata to overtake you and walk the last of the way to the door.
“Knock knock!” Migata called loudly as he approached the wooden front door.
Silence was the only reply.
“Coming in!” Migata called again as he pushed the front door open.
All was still and quiet inside the quaint little cottage. A beautifully muted sandalwood smell immediately relaxing you the minute you stepped into the house.
“The detail in this game is amazing.” You thought as you took another deep breath in.
“Take a seat if you like, U/N.” Migata offered, gesturing to the open lounge to your left as he walked into the kitchen.
“Thanks.” You said softly as you walked over to the fawn coloured three seater lounge and sat down.
“Want a drink?” He asked as he opened the fridge and started raiding it.
“Are you allowed to be just… making yourself at home?” You asked him as you stood up and started walking over to where he was hunched over.
“Wait!” He whispered harshly as he stood up and whipped his head towards the door.
“What is it?!” You whispered in a panic, “Tezamøng?!”
“They’re coming.” He hissed with excitement, “let’s scare them.” He added with a bright grin as he quickly closed the fridge and grabbed your hand then raced back to the lounge, ducking down behind it.
You crouched beside him and watched as he did 2 hand seals, one to make you both invisible and one to block your aura signal so that O/N and Butterfli3 couldn’t detect your presence.
With baited breath you waited, ears straining in the silence.
It wasn’t long before you heard the muffled noises of two people talking and your heart started to beat a little faster as you stayed still beside Migata.
The front door opened and their conversation became a little bit clearer… but not very clear, because it was heavily interrupted with the sound of kissing.
Your face flushed with embarrassment when you realized they had entered their house kissing fervently and probably had other matters on their mind.
“Just you wait till I get your clothes off.” The female of the pair uttered seductively between heavy kissing.
“Mmmm, I’ve been waiting for this all day.” The male of the pair replied.
“Oh no! This is bad! This is VERY VERY bad!” You panicked, intending to reach out and grab Migata so he didn’t pop up and scare them but it was too late.
“RAAAAAAWWRRRR!!!” Migata cried loudly as he jumped up from behind the lounge, still invisible at this point.
“What the fuck?!” The female screamed, screaming louder as Migata revealed himself.
But suddenly there was an even higher pitched scream and you pulled a face and tilted your head curiously.
“Wait? Who screamed higher? Was that…”
You stood up to see who it was. The scream was definitely coming from the male of the pair, who looked like he was about to shit himself and at the same time allow his soul to leave his body… permanently.
“I’m so sorry!” You blurted out from beside Migata, setting off another round of screaming as your voice had seemingly come from nowhere.
“Shit, I’m still invisible.” You thought as you looked down at yourself then across to Migata who was standing there as proud as punch with a giant grin on his face.
“Migata, can you make me visible again please?” You asked with embarrassment.
“Oh! Sorry U/N.” He said as he quickly revealed your form.
“Who the fuck are you?!” The female hollered with confusion.
“Migata, why?!” The male cried.
You looked up above their heads for their names and gasped.
“O/N and Butterfli3!” You said excitedly, “it’s a pleasure to meet you!”
You quickly walked out from behind the lounge and went over to shake their hands, somewhat ignoring the bewildered look on their faces.
“Migata, WHAT is going on, PLEASE?!” O/N said in an exasperated voice, “what are you doing here? Hiding in our house… with… her?”
“Tezamøng destroyed my house.” Migata said, almost proudly.
“I’m sorry, a what now?” O/N deadpanned.
“Tezamøng.” You said.
“How do you even spell that?” O/N asked.
“With an O with a line through it, it’s pronounced like the I in sir, it’s of Norwegian decent.” You said with a smile.
“Yooooo, you’re smart, what the fuck?” O/N said with a laugh. “How did you end up in a game like this?”
“Long story.” You said sheepishly.
“Her AI has gone rogue and we need to get them back, they are in this game somewhere.” Migata said from where he was still standing behind the lounge, looking very out of place.
“You made an AI?!” O/N asked incredulously, “ok yeah, certified smart.”
“Speaking of going rogue.” Butterfli3 cut in, “Migata, Pants has been acting more strange than usual.”
“Really?” Migata asked, finally leaving the safe spot behind the lounge.
“Pants?” You asked, confused.
“The pterodactyl.” O/N said quickly, “short for ‘cranky pants’ and also when you see this thing you’ll wanna ‘crap your pants’ too.”
“Is it that scary?” You asked innocently.
“Butterfli3 nearly wet himself.” O/N said seriously.
“N-No I…I did.” He whispered to her.
“Oh?! You actually did? My bad, baby, sorry I thought you were joking?”
“No… no joke…” He whispered back, the two of them engaging in a quiet conversation as you looked at Migata with confusion.
“Sorry to pee on your parade.” Migata said with a lively laugh, “but can you please explain what Pants has been doing?”
“Migata that’s the wrong expression.” O/N deadpanned.
“Pants has been leaving the level… we think? And we’re not 100% sure but she’s bringing back people.” Butterfli3 said with a horror stricken voice.
“Riding her?” Migata quizzed.
“No… in her talons.” Butterfli3 said, clearly disturbed by this.
“What?!” You asked with surprise. “Is that even possible? I thought once you died in game you went back to the first level?”
“So did we! I’m pretty sure these people are dead but they’re not evaporating and it’s not making any sense?” Butterfli3 said softly, still unsettled by this information. “We haven’t been game enough to go and check it out in case we get caught.”
“But… aren’t you the number one player?” You asked with surprise. “You should be able to take it on, no?”
“Not if there’s a glitch or something.” O/N said, “we’ve dealt with glitching things before and they’re hard to navigate. And Pants is fucking… 200 meters tall.”
“An exaggeration.” Migata added quickly.
“Not by much!” O/N said authoritatively.
“She is a big birdy, isn’t she.” Migata mused.
“I love how he’s casually calling this supposed monster, a bird. And it’s name is Pants. Who even are these people?!” You thought as you looked at everyone around you.