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The room around him continued to sway ever so slightly, as Rowan began to take notice of the others at his table again. Klein pushed a glass of water toward him, saying something along the lines of taking it slower, to which Rowan rolled his eyes but took a sip of the water. This water wasn't nearly as interesting as the other stuff, so he hoped the waiter returned with his second glass soon. With a slight fog taking hold in his head, Rowan heard a buzz come from the cellular device now in Klein's hand, which intrigued Rowan. Even moreso as he heard first Tera trail off, then Klein grow concerned, before the cellular telephone was turned for Rowan to read. He stared at it confused for a good 15 seconds, before looking up at Klein, then back down at Tera. "Err... There is certainly much to take in here, but is it possible that whatever placed you in here, and looking like this, is now in control of your... actual body, in those ruins?" Rowan asked Tera, brow furrowing and ears drooping as his brain worked overtime. Gabe stopped by the table, dropping off Rowan's second round, which he began sipping the mint pitcher as he continued puzzling through what this message meant, and just how much danger Tera's sister might be in.
Rowan had sort of zoned out of the conversation. As Klein and Tera discussed the latter's current situation, Rowan eyed the cups that had been placed before him. He'd ordered a water glass, and a mint pitcher. He picked the smaller of the two, figuring the pitcher would be larger to match its name. Rowan had grown particularly thirsty over the course of the last hour, and in his attempts to remedy the thirst, he downed the contents of the small cup. The water had a very strong minty bite, leaving his mouth burning for a bit. The last effects of the drink's aftertaste hit Rowan just as Gabe looked around, asking, "Anyone else need a refill?" Rowan's brain processed the situation for about two seconds before settling on a course of action. He looked at Gabe and said, "This drink, I like it!" Gabe smiled, glad to hear his recommendation was well-received, until he saw there was no more liquid in the glass. Gabe's brow furrowed ever so slightly, as Rowan continued. "Another!" Rowan yelled, as he slammed the glass down on the table. He then appeared slightly taken aback at his apparent aggression, and rephrased, "I would like another glass of your mint, sir." This was like no other water Rowan had ever tried before. No ordinary water Rowan knew of could make a tavern appear to sway ever so slightly. He simply had to have a second round of this incredible drink! Gabe raised his eyebrow slightly, but thought it seemed Rowan had taken it well, and must have a significantly higher tolerance than he'd expected.
Rowan smiled as Klein slid into the booth across from him, watching him lost in thought, and then in people-watching. He tended not to have idle hands for long, often finding something with which to distract his fingers. The bartender walked up to the table to take their order. Having been similarly mesmerized by the vast array of unfamiliar drinks, Rowan was snapped out of his stupor when Gabe asked what he would like. He stared at the guy for a moment too long, before stuttering, “I-I’ll have what he’s having,” indicating Klein. He hadn’t really heard what Klein had ordered, but he didn’t want to make himself look like a complete fool, so he’d just allow himself to be surprised, he figured. Gabe gave him another look over, wondering who exactly these strangers were, and why Rowan in particular seemed to be behaving oddly, but then shrugged it off and headed back to the bar to prepare their drinks, passing Shin as he approached the booth and took a seat. Rowan then heard Tera’s voice coming from the cellular phone in front of him, wanting to start the sharing of knowledge between the four of them. “Well… I don’t have too much of a clue of what exactly led me here. I was merely taking a few days to myself at our… er, my ranch.” Rowan coughed, trying to hide the tear that threatened to leave his eye. He cleared his throat. “And then, one morning, I was knocked down by one of my dogs greeting me, and on the way down, I noticed an odd special distortion that showed me the magic school on my world, which was nowhere near that home. And before I hit the ground, I passed through some type of portal I guess? And ended up here… On top of Klein…….. Sorry about that again,” he said, giving Klein an apologetic glance. “But… that’s really all I’ve got. It was all pretty sudden, without any real warning. I can’t really explain why me, let alone why Klein, or you guys.” Rowan let out an exasperated sigh, and leaned back, unable to come up with any explanation for any of this mess.
Rowan shouldn’t have been too surprised by Shin recognizing the device in his hand as a cellular phone, but somehow the fact that only he and Klein were in the dark to this technology somewhat rattled him. If we’re indeed all from different worlds, why was it that cellular phones were a constant in all worlds but Animæ? What could it mean? He was drawn out of his thought spiral by Klein once again, urging the four of them to move on, indicating the shop ahead of them. Rowan nodded at this, and led the way to the building, figuring they definitely needed to take the chance to regroup, and perhaps get a local to give them the lay of the land. The sign on the building swung lazily, having been set into motion by the passing of one of the many airships in the sky that day. Rowan ducked under the doorway, his eartips just grazing the top of the doorframe as he entered the dimly-lit interior, relative to the daylight. Rowan made a beeline for one of the booth-table combos along the perimeter, being used to being served at a moment’s notice given his societal position. He immediately took a seat, and waited patiently for the barkeep to notice. It didn’t occur to Rowan that this was not Animæ, and the barkeep wasn’t likely to jump up to serve at a moment’s notice without prompting, but Rowan was too distracted to become aware of his surroundings.
Just finished filling out all my kitchens with equipment and recipes!
- Cook everything in every kitchen
- Tailor all non-premium clothing
- Raise a Castwick in every colour
- Collect all the books to create a complete literary gallery
Cute pixel art of Kei and me by Voldimortimer
Adorable Palentine's Day art of Kei and me by Ruevian
A cute avatar art by Jinxitor
Mira murdered me by commissioning ship art of my fusion OC (Rowan) and Mira's fusion OC (Klein) by Ruevian
Mira murdered me again with another Rowan (plus familiar, Foxtrot) commission by Parda
Hey, I'm Andy! I use he/him or they/them. I'm finishing up my Electrical Engineering degree and prepping to move for my job post-graduation, so there's a lot on the horizon. Feel free to message me for chats! These days I'm constantly lurking around the shops trying to make any amount of progress with my Wardrobe, but I hope to have more of a forum presence once I finish up all my school stuff.