The travelers had both sensed what she had seen. The man had the small metal L-shaped device in his hand now and motioned to it, and the woman looked uneasy. Perhaps the metal thing was a weapon of some sort. That thought made Ailissa feel a little better. At least the travelers seemed to be prepared for some kind of battle. The man seemed to be asking her another question. Her mind was whirling slightly too fast to even care to try to figure it out, though.
Now, she had a choice. Would she lead these travelers into the pyramid to investigate the sudden and unexpected appearance of life where no life had existed before or would she guide them around the pyramid and avoid whatever malevolence may exist inside? Of course, the clear answer was to stick to her plan and guide these two to the other metal beasts so they could repair their ship.
But... the curiosity. The wonder at a new life on a planet so barren and empty and void. She had been there for so long and not seen much in the life department. And, what if she was wrong? What if those probing eyes had only freaked her out because she was seeing something that she had never seen before, or that she inherently knew did not belong after spending so much time alone. Furthermore, what if it was another lost soul, just like her? What if they were scared and alone and they just wanted help?
Ailissa's heart fluttered momentarily with compassion and she glanced back at her new companions, deciding. She did not want to chance whatever was in there to be dangerous and end up turning these two against her. She had to get off this planet. The lost soul that could be trapped and hiding in that pyramid would haunt her for as long as she lived, she believed, but she could not turn her back on this opportunity. Plus, maybe she could have one of these two teach her how to travel aboard those beasts and dictate where it went. Maybe she could come back and save anyone who was left.
She turned back and started on a course that would take them to the side opposite of the two entrances to her Ruby Pharaoh, her mind made up. There would be no unwelcome surprises this day if she could help it.
As the Ashen City grew smaller behind them, great white mountain peaks among the surrounding black horizon, the frame of a much smaller structure came into view. Around the corner of the 140 meter high pyramid, lay a much smaller 21 meter high white building. It was rectangular, two rows of four massive windows on either side of a grand entrance as tall as the building itself. Four massive pillars framed the entrance of the majestic building, all angles and filigree and amazingly precise workmanship. Ailissa absolutely hated this building. It seemed so... bland in all its grandiose and resplendence. There were rooms upon rooms upon rooms in this building. Some were for living in, clearly. There were clothes and beds and linens and baths of a quality Ailissa had never experienced before. Not even the royalty she had dreamed of so often wore such well made clothing or slept in such soft and wonderful beds. Most of the rooms above ground were bathed in whites and reds and golds. But other parts of the building was populated by more serious looking areas, all greys and whites. What she thought was the kitchen was covered in silvers and whites. There were rooms filled with black pictures in black frames that had black vines running to small black boxes and the dark grey walls. There were rooms filled with olive green cabinets of metal, all standing side by side. And then there was the big circular office that held two couches and a desk, looking so official and royal, so important and serious too. She wasn't sure why these rooms disturbed her, especially the round room, but they did. It felt like... history. It felt like there was so much that had happened in this one building that it was tainted, darker. She felt hopeless and tiny and powerless whenever she roamed the halls; unimportant.
She shook off the memories of her exploration expeditions into the white building as the three continued to move towards it. Ailissa kept one eye on the Ruby Pharaoh to keep watch for anything that might pursue them, further relieved with every breath that those red eyes didn't show themselves again.
Once they reached the building, Ailissa led them to the grand front entrance, pillars and a chandelier and a large wooden double door. The fastest way to get to the metal beasts was to cut through, so she would just have to deal with her own emotions. Their footsteps echoed through the room once they reached the inside of the grand entrance. There were stair cases to the left and the right, raised ceilings, shining tiled floors. Red carpets stretched in between pillars that formed open corridors to doors standing open, and flags of blue and white and red stood illuminated in a soft, eerie glow.
Ailissa led them across the red carpet, straight back and through the doors ahead, following a stair case up through a set of open double doors and then to a set of closed double doors. She reached for the handle, but stopped before touching it. Something felt wrong. There was something in there. She just knew there was something in there and it wasn't friendly. The eyes in the pyramid could have been explained, but this, not at all. She was flooded with a fight or flight rush of adrenaline as she stared at her hand. In her head, time stopped as she slowly withdrew her hand, backed up to the middle of the grand hallway, and turned one way, then the other. Danger. Have to get out. Something changed. Something is different.
She faced the door again and forced herself to take a deep breath, then turned right and led their small party to the large dining area, taken up mostly by a long solid wood table. She turned right twice more and they found themselves in front of a glass patio door leading to a large half circle balcony, stairs curved with the circle on the left and right of the balcony, leading down to the onyx ground.
There was a dark brown door to their right, and Ailissa paused before opening the patio door, listening for any movement that may have been heard inside the oval room. She heard nothing after a moment, so brought them outside to the patio, heading toward the stairs. Something caught in her eye and she glanced at the windows momentarily. Mistake. She saw it and it saw her. Ailissa's eyes went wide and she instantly knew this creature meant her harm, and it was the same as the one in the pyramid. Eyes that glinted with a flaming red malevolence followed them hungrily. The face looked human, a short black beard and lots of wrinkles. Big ears and a long forehead. It was wearing a black suit with an untidy bow tie, accompanied and complimented by a tall black top hat. But the skin seemed to crawl over whatever bone structure lay beneath, it was constantly moving, almost like a liquid, but chunky and fragmented. The thing, whatever it was, grinned, and in that moment, Ailissa knew death. The mouth split wider than should have been possible, and then continued to open even wider, revealing thousands of tiny, sharp teeth, yellow and decaying.
Ailissa bolted for the stairs, fear threatening to freeze her in place and ensure her demise. She could not let that happen, not when she was so close. She turned her head back to the travelers to make sure they were behind her, and nearly flew down the steps, it seemed. As she cleared the final steps, a terrible cry pierced the air from the balcony above them. It sounded high pitched at the same time as terribly deep. The ground shook and all light seemed to fade away to the point where she almost missed the slight movement to her right, darting from beneath the stair case opposite to the one they were on, straight at her. This one was different from the man in the room. This one looked more like a massive cat, but with too many eyes and a tail made of silver blades. To her left was a wall, behind her were the travelers. She had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and even further, no way to protect herself and the new-comers she may have just led to their deaths. Her body moved to stand a little taller, arms outstretched, at least trying to make sure the only thing this monster grabbed at was her.Run!
Soooo I just logged in from a non-secured server and realized that you have pictures on each post of your characters. I had no idea xD I would post one of mine but 1-I haven't decided yet on a good picture, and 2-the work computer I post from won't allow it. I chose to post only from work so I had something to entertain myself. Almost all websites I've tried to visit are blocked. I can't even get to wikipedia lol. Anyway, that's probably why my posts are so terribly long. I have plenty of down time to type and then edit. I'm glad you enjoy it =^-^=