For all extents and purposes, the Dangeki Bunko was becoming more a residential motel than a café club. That might have been the point of it all, as the more each traveler explored of the Tower’s Floors, the bigger and more diverse their resting area became. As a result, a good many of the travelers went about their own separate ways, including, by unfortunate circumstance, Annabel. “Hey you can’t just swindle me like that,”
the huntress said knowingly as Kanbaru gave some lame explanation of refusal. “That’s rightfully mine and you know it.”
But Kanbaru already made up her mind, brushing past the huntress in stride. Her last few words did seem to open some
form of negotiation for the future though. “You’re lucky I ain’t got the proper sense to put a bullet in your back,”
Annabel said with casual warning before moving away. She had her own deals to settle with anyway and frankly didn’t have time for Kanbaru. No, instead, she strolled right up to Emilia’s shop in the Dangeki and gave her a toothy grin, one arm resting on her wooden counter as if she owned it entirely. “Honey I'm home~”
Meanwhile, Kanbaru didn’t get far before being approached by Akiko and her manifested power. The JSTR was silent at its host’s annoyance, ignoring her entirely; if it was aware of her frustration, it neither cared nor sought to care for it. Instead, it simply flared once as Castle was summoned, the sudden urge to tear it straight from Akiko’s soul rising in Kanbaru’s own bosom with urgency and bloodlust. The moment passed as quickly as it came and no such action was brought out from Kanbaru’s shadow, let alone call for violence. And so, the two went to their rooms for now.
In other corners of the main space, the young princess finally learned the secrets of Serei cards. Of course, by her luck, she was stuck with someone as rambunctious as Lola. It wasn’t long before the wolf had dragged her so found master to the bar, demanding drinks from a chuckling Cait behind the bar counter. As the two “flirted” and she prepared some drinks for them, her eye caught Clair emerging. She winked at the foxy girl and her daring new looks, only to hesitate mid-motion. It was as if she…didn’t quite remember why she felt excitement about her. A shake of her head brought her focus back to gifting Lola and Riku a pair of frothy cold cups filled with liquid as amber as honey.
Unfortunately, Riku’s target of interest was completely ignoring her. Ami was already turning in for the night, walking in the opposite direction of the princess’ shouts and towards her room. Caprice and Rose followed suit, taking the upper floors for their rooms. It left the bar occupied by Lola, Riku, and the sole boy of the group. Thomas kept to himself, no doubt processing what just happened or considering what drink to order. “Tough day?”
A weight shifted beside the boy as someone took the seat next to him. A quick glance revealed it to be Katie
, the same girl from just before they left for Victoire’s Floor. She had a different attire, as if she’d been on her own adventures in the Tower, and her look wasn’t of surprise as she noted Thomas with a raised eye. “Don’t think too much of it. Weird stuff is the norm for this kind of place,”