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Discussion in 'Haunted Forest' started by Catrina, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. Reyn Esparza

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    Reyn sat there, in a daze, half-listening to the Stalfos' odd rambling about feeling things and wanting people to see through his frightening appearance. He looked at the skeleton as he downed the last of his disgusting remedy. "If you're so dead-set on getting people to like you, why do you live in the Haunted Forest? Seems counter-productive," he asked, his curiosity finally piqued.

    Somewhere, in the middle of a snowfield - when was this drink going to start having an effect? - the witch was making a different kind of concoction for Bryar to potentially regain his memories. She didn't seem like a very nice person, constantly answering Catrina's questions with angry snaps and sass. He supposed it didn't make sense for a witch in the forest to be kind. Out of nowhere, as the Twili was downing his potion, the woman attacked him with a frying pan, sending him sprawling on the floor in front of them. "Was that necessary?!" Reyn asked the witch accusingly, looking down at his friend writhing on the floor.

    Very quickly, through the agony he looked like he was in, Bryar began to voice several jumbled, nonsensical thoughts. Things about pants and people who loved him. Was the magic working? "Do you think he's going to be okay?" he asked Catrina, leaning over to her without taking his eyes off the young man on the floor. What a strange bit of entertainment this was. He wished he had a snack to enjoy it better.
     
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    (was told to go ahead of Catrina)

    Troubled, the Stalfos had its head bowed. Bryar saw it, but couldn't quite recall what happened. he was too absorbed in his own thoughts to bethinking about it, but the creature looked maybe... upset? It was hard to tell when, for starters, it was hooded and shrouded, but it also had no facial expressions with the obvious point that it... really had no face. "If I leave the forest... and people see me... they might get scared and attack me," he answered, "Sure, they say there is a peace between everyone, but barely anyone cares. Most people that see a Stalfos or any other.... being like me... will just straight away assume we're up to no good and want to hurt people. And they scare me.. so I hide here."

    The thief had no idea what he was talking about though. How long had he been gone? Wait. Had he been gone? What exactly had happened? He groaned and rubbed his head curiously., feeling almost the need to apologize. Though, he wasn't the one that beat anyone with a frying pan... "What happened?" he asked once the Stal was finished babbling. "Am I still... alive?" He squinted his eyes first at the witch, then his friends. "I didn't say anything stupid... did I?" Like about pants... The image of that was still in his head and he frowned, trying to shake it out and not be weighed down by silly things.

    "I saw the mountain,"
    he explained, "I was with the woman and we were getting rid of something terrible, burning it in the fire. I think... I think she may be in danger. Others may be in danger. There was this... creature. Maybe that was what attacked me. it must have gotten loose!" He wanted to suggest they go find it and stop it, but that seemed reckless when he didn't even know what it was or how it was dangerous. And he couldn't put his friends in peril like that.
     
  3. Catrina

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    Catrina pursed her lips together tightly in an attempt to keep herself from laughing. Helplessly the corners of her mouth twitched. Bryar was twitching about on the floor worrying about his pants while Reyn was trying to fend off the overly chatty skeleton. She had no objection to the way in which the witch conducted herself. Catrina was a monk, she did not understand obscure medicine and would not pretend to.

    "I think he'll be...fine..." she muttered, still trying not to laugh. "I mean in the grand scheme of things. He's going to have a bump though for sure!"

    The effects of the potion were kicking in and she had never been happier to see things in the color that they had been originally assigned. "Yep, alone and fine. Your pants are fine too." She grabbed Bryar and hoisted him back into a chair feeling a smug sense of achievement that her crazy witch had actually worked.

    "You think this creature wasn't destroyed but out there somewhere? Stealing...pants?" It didn't really seem like an offense that would cause one to lose their memory but perhaps all the ramblings hadn't been connected. "Did you see anything that might tell us where to find it? The only volcano I can think of is Death Mountain..."
     
  4. Reyn Esparza

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    "Sorry to hear that," the escort blankly replied to the skeleton's sad explanation, unsure what else to say. How did you make a Stalfos feel better about the fact that everyone hated him and wanted to do bad things to him? Nothing the human could say would really do the trick. And he didn't want to tire himself trying. Why bother?

    Finally, Bryar came to his senses, mumbling about a woman being in danger and potentially knowing who attacked him. "So... you think that's who attacked you? You still don't know?" Reyn asked, eyebrow quirked. "So much for a cure," he muttered in the witch's direction, disappointment written plainly across his face. Had they seriously just gone through pure, unadulterated hell in this damn forest for a clue as to Bryar's past? He hadn't done all this just for his Twili companion to get an inkling of where to look next. He wanted answers, final ones, so they could all get this stupid adventure over with and go back to their lives. They weren't adventurers. Or at least he wasn't.

    It seemed like Catrina chose the exact moment of Reyn's frustrations reaching their climax to bring up Death Mountain as a potential next destination. "No. I'm sorry, no," the Kasutan blurted out, rising from his chair. Oh, wow. He was feeling so much better. But that wasn't the point right now. "I almost just died in this stupid forest. I'm not going to also follow you into a volcano now because a magic vision told you to go there. That's crazy," he declared angrily at the Gerudo and the Twili.
     
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    "I'm sorry," Bryar said sadly, head bowed, eyes shut. He sighed deeply like this was all his fault. He felt like it was his fault they'd gotten hurt in these woods, like it was his fault they might have died, like it was even his own fault that this 'cure' he'd gotten here barely even worked at all. He only got bits and pieces and no real lead except for this volcano. "I wish I could tell you more. I remember some things, but it's still a bit blurry... and... disconnected." It was there, but he couldn't yet piece it all together. He needed more. He probably needed a rest first to get his head back straight. He was aching, head throbbing. Maybe when the pain subsided, he'd be able to think more clearly.

    Reyn was angry, and probably rightfully so. Bryar couldn't help but feel responsible. He was reckless and selfish and he dragged these two along for the ride without understanding all the risks. He would not raise his head, wouldn't look at the man. He kept his gaze on the floor as he answered with another apology. "I am sorry for what happened. You can call me stupid if you want to." He did not force them to come to these woods and he'd ask no one to continue this journey. If Reyn would not go, he couldn't help but suspect maybe Catrina would also start rethinking this little adventure of theirs.

    "This is very important to me."
    Finally now, he did raise his head, red eyes locked on the human. "If I have lost myself, I have the right to at least find out why, and I will go. I cannot stop until I've figured out this mystery. I will not ask either of you to come with me. I don't know if it's dangerous or not, and I would never put friends at risk of some unknown. Stop now if you want to, I will not be upset."

    The Twili got to his feet slowly, a hand to the back of his head to gently probe and rub where he'd been struck. If there was any lasting wound, he couldn't tell by touch. At the very least, his brains were not leaking out and that was very good news. "I'd feel better having someone with me, but I'll go alone if I must." He extended a hand, "If you two stay behind and I'm on my own, then we can at least part as friends. Can I thank you for the help you've both given me?"
     
  6. Catrina

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    Reyn was not happy. He was traumatized and tired and clearly not in a good mood but Catrina found his reaction harsh anyway. She supposed it made sense, he wasn't a close friend of Bryar and he had no obligation to go on all these wacky adventures. Still, being offered a quest, what kind of person would say no?

    "Don't worry, Bry, I will stick with you." She gave the escort some side-eye and then turned a smile to the sad Twili. He looked so down. Like all his joy had been turned into sadness by the simple reaction of a companion. The poor boy really needed to start loving himself. Still, he seemed determined to get to the end of this journey even if he had to do it alone. Catrina admired that. Maybe he was growing.

    She reached out a hand and gave him a pat on the shoulder. "Reyn may be a coward but one day maybe he will understand." Her words were cruel but her voice was surprisingly chipper. They had learned something and she was pleased, might as well add some guilt to the other man's mind before he went hiding off back to some terrible and boring life where nothing ever happened and no one ever changed. The monk would much rather fight a monster in a volcano.

    Standing, she put her hands on her hips and looked around. "I suppose we should probably go. We've learned what we could and I'm sure this nice lady want's her privacy."
     
  7. Reyn Esparza

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    Reyn wasn’t quite sure what he had expected to ensue from his angry outburst. But Bryar felt terrible, apologizing for dragging them into this without knowing about all the risks. Looking at the Twili before him, the Kasutan felt a small pang of guilt at his reaction. To be fair, the escort should’ve known this trip to the haunted forest to meet a witch wouldn’t be a cakewalk. Why would it be anything other than weird and creepy and dangerous? It was unfair of the human to now take his anger and fear out on his two traveling companions when they had experienced just as much trauma and pain as he had here. Or had they? He still felt like he was the worst off out of the three of them. Maybe he was just being self-involved.

    Either way, the escort opened his mouth to issue an apology and retract his previous statement, when Catrina chimed in, cheering Bryar up and insulting the Kasutan in the process. A coward? Was that really what she thought of him? The man stood there, stunned, as the Gerudo made preparations for Bryar and herself to leave and get started on their journey to the volcano of death. Without him. Something inside him, in that moment, realized he'd have preferred to stay with these people, the first who'd looked at him as something other than trash or a piece of meat in a long time. But with Catrina's true colors revealed to Reyn, that desire was extinguished like a sad little ember in the rain.

    Fine then. They could have it their way.

    "Good luck. Bye," he uttered glumly, striding out of the witch's shack and back into the woods without so much as making eye contact. He was fine by himself. He was better off. He had spent his entire life alone. He was used to it.
     
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    Bryar's heart was just about as alight with happiness as anyone could be. Though Reyn had doubts, Catrina was sticking with him! Though they barely knew one another, she wanted to help him and stay with him. He almost cried, in fact he was. Quickly rubbing at his eyes, he wiped away the start of tears. "Thank you so much," he said, "To not have to go alone is... is so good to hear." Even though he stated he was going to go it alone no matter what, he really honestly didn't want to have to. He would have preferred many friends by his side to keep him safe and happy and to keep him company.

    However, Reyn was still a matter to worry about. He had been called a coward and did not seem to take likely to it. The Stalfos named Hawkeye tried to grab for the Hylian as he left, offering no words and its lack of an actual face made its expression hard to decipher, but Bryar was suspecting it felt bad and wanted to help... yet did not quite no how to help.

    Bryar did. At least he thought he did. There were things he wanted to say and he did not wish for the man to be wandering the forest alone when there might be worse things out there than Stalfos and poisonous mushrooms. "Hey wait!" he called as he dashed out the door.

    "Reyn, please wait!"
    Chasing after his nice and handsome new friend, he practically tackled the man to the ground in an effort to stop him. Keeping balance though, he spoke. Not quite knowing exactly how to start, he just blurted it all out at once. "Please don't go! Not alone. I don't think you're a coward. It's probably me. I know I'm stupid and reckless and you can call me out on being so. I won't ask you to put yourself in danger by coming with, but you might be if you go into the woods alone." There still might be dangers within that they had been lucky not to cross their first pass through. "At least let us accompany you back to town. I'm not leaving here without you and we're not going to let you go in there alone."

    Now, finally, the Stalfos seemed to have something to say and piped up. "Is that what friends do? They keep each other from being dumb and walking into dangerous places alone?"

    Bryar didn't answer. There was no reason to for he had no idea what to say. Though he said it was okay for Reyn to call him out on being dumb, he was pretty sure the Stalfos was doing it now and it didn't feel as 'okay' as he had claimed it would be. He would do everything to keep the man from going into some haunted forest alone, but they all seemed perfectly okay with him going into a volcano.
     
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    He was such a fool. Why had he even gone to a haunted forest when he had absolutely no business here? To accompany an acquaintance? How stupid. He didn't know Bryar, and Bryar didn't know him. And that wasn't even mentioning Catrina, who was essentially a total stranger whom they'd both allowed to take them into these dangerous, terrifying woods. Perhaps Reyn needed to reacquaint himself with his deep-seated trust issues, because they were nowhere to be found today and could have saved him a lot of trouble had they gotten the upper hand in his decision-making process earlier.

    The human had only taken a few steps into the forest when Bryar came barrelling out of the witch's shack, careening into the escort and almost sending them both to the ground. The Kasutan bit his tongue to avoid impulsively cursing at the Twili. Of course, as always, the young man was the picture of kindness, bringing himself down while telling Reyn not to go off alone. He suggested they accompany him back to town to ensure everyone's safety, and while the idea of hanging out with Catrina irked him greatly, the escort had to face the facts - he wasn't even sure which direction to walk in order to get out of here and back to civilization.

    Deciding to ignore the annoying, clueless Stalfos, who was following them around for some reason, Reyn attempted to put on a brave face and be a little kinder to Bryar, who was just so infuriatingly nice. "Thank you," he uttered, a very small, very forced smile creeping its way onto his weary face. "I suppose it wouldn't be the worst thing to have some bodyguards on my way out of here," he added with a wink. How sad the flirtatious, coy act must look on him now, with his gaunt, exhausted face. He needed a vacation. A real one.

    "Lead the way," he concluded, waving an arm out at the trees around them to show he clearly had no idea which way to go.
     
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    Catrina rolled her eyes at Reyn as he huffed out and again when Bryar went running after him. If she stayed with these two much longer her eyes would be in danger of rolling right out of her head! "Men, amirite?"

    With the witch's work done, Catrina produced a box wrapped in a pink bow and handed it over as payment, also emptying a healthy amount of her gourd into a bottle for the old biddy. After a few more pleasantries, she sauntered out the door.

    She was half surprised to see the human still there after his indignant exit. "Are you kids ready to get the hell out of this place?" Now that she wasn't seeing double or smelling colors, the Gerudo was in quite a good mood. Bryar had learned something, okay not a lot but something, and no one had died. She considered it a success. "You coming with us, Boney?" she asked the skeleton who seemed to be quite taken with Bryar, at least enough to still be following him around.

    Without waiting for a reply she began to lead the way out into the trees again, this time bothering to look out for trip wires...
     
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    The Stalfos happily clapped his bone hands together think leather gloves making a muffle 'whuppf' sound as they hit. "If it is not too much of a bother, I would actually like to come along and follow you guys and lady for a bit longer, thank you for asking. You three are very fun and I am very bored. I like you very much so far as I find you quite exciting. It could be a nice and wonderful adventure, the four of us, or three of us I guess." That blank skeletal face drifted to Reyn, the most likely to leave as soon as possible. He wanted to be escorted back to town and while Hawkeye would not dare step foot in a crowded town, he was glad to wait by the gates until their business was concluded.

    When the Stal had finished gabbering, a feat Bryar was amazed at since it had no lungs nor windpipe to make vocal sounds with, he also smiled and nodded. He didn't so much mind the creature tagging along. The more the merrier. He simply enjoyed the company of others and had no desire to take on this journey alone. "It's alright with me," he agreed, "I guess I'm not the best host or leader here and I am very sad to say I didn't learn as much as I wanted here, but I am so grateful for the company you give me. I haven't had a lot of.. friends before. We're friends, right?" He had so few, that he had to actually confirm on the correct use of the word. They hadn't been together long and hardly knew a thing about one another, but that didn't have to matter, right?

    He hurried after Catrina through the trees as quickly and carefully as possible, "So I guess our next destination is Kasuto first, right?" He glanced at Reyn curiously, "It's dangerous to go the roads alone after all, so I'll follow all the way back to town. There's bandits and thieves all over. Like uhm... the bad kind of thieves that would slit your throat first in the night before taking your treasures.. and not uh... well I'm not really sure if there's a good kind of thief." He liked to consider himself good, but he was also a thief and if he imagined no thief as able to be good then... did that make him a bad guy?
     
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    Soon, Catrina emerged from the witch’s shack, ready to leave as well. No getting around it - the Kasutan would have to spend some more time with her if he wanted to get back home safely. Oh well. Might as well grin and bear it. It appeared they also had a new member in their little adventuring group - the weird lonely Stalfos. Lovely. “Welcome to the group, replacement of mine,” the escort quipped with a slight smirk. Were bones fireproof? Probably not. But neither was flesh, so that was neither here nor there.

    Bryar went on another heartfelt tangent about how happy he was to have companions - friends - to be with here and on his journey. Friends. Were they friends? Barely. After all, Catrina had just insulted him, so, probably not. Was Bryar a friend? Reyn wasn’t sure. He wasn’t quite familiar with the idea of companionship for the sake of companionship, unaccompanied by any form of payment or exchange of services. Maybe this was what it was like to have a friend. Someone you were willing to do unpleasant things with for their sake. He wondered why people bothered.

    “Kasuto would be lovely,” the human responded cheerfully, making an effort to properly put his face back on now. “You’re sort of a good thief, aren’t you?” he responded to Bryar’s last comment, smiling down at him. “Or are you also capable of being a bad boy?” he added with a tantalizing wink.
     
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