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Pride
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Pride- Homunculus

He didn't remember this world. Was his life to be carried out between these broken buildings?

He didn't remember himself. Did he come to be out of something much less, or much more?

Blinking, he stood, not bothering to brush the dust from his clothes, and looked out over the vast, still city before him. Red. Everything was tinged a blood-red color, dark burgundy in the shadows.

He started to walk, having no compulsion to stay, yet none to go somewhere; he merely wished to wander.

Bare thoughts tickled at his mind as he meandered, barefoot, through and around cars that he didn't recognize. He remembered his name: Pride. He remembered a deep voice, thrumming it in his ear, and then no more, for the first thing he'd seen had been this desolate road, broken, bruised and crimson.
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Lina was now quite sure this was not Sairrag, nor anywhere else she'd ever seen. The architecture was strange. They didn't recede in diameter as they rose impossibly high, they just continued straight up in a way that didn't look stable at all. She wondered if there was magic at work or perhaps simply some kind of engineering that wasn't obvious from the outside.
This may have all been more interesting if she weren't feeling miserable. Why might she be in a totally unfamiliar place? ... Because she utterly obliviated her world, maybe.
Or maybe this was Hell. Maybe her hand-crafted Hell was for her to spend all eternity in total isolation, never knowing the fate of her friends. Phibrizo really had outdone himself.
Pride stopped, gazing curiously at this new person he'd come across. Another? It seemed that these people liked interesting clothes, but Pride had no desire, now, to touch them, as that had gotten him a strange man who liked hard-to-answer questions before.

Perhaps he should find someone in less garish clothes. Maybe they would be more sensible, and ask easy questions.
If it was Hell, then there wasn't much point in walking, was there? That would be Phibrizo's plan for her. Keep walking and walking and hoping and hoping until you go mad. Yes. If the little bastard knew her at all, that would be the plan.
Her alternative was to give up hope. He would probably like that as well. To break Lina Inverse. She couldn't be broken, that's just what he wanted. She had to fight on, even if there was no hope... Or was that what he wanted...? For her to be her usual stuborn self and fight against him so that he might take more pleasure in breaking him...
Lina stamped her foot and pulled at her hair in frustration. She could only hold the anger for a moment, however, before dispare started to creep into her mind.
She was lost. Physically and figuratively. Her feet hurt from walking, she was hungry and her shoulderguards were getting itchy and awkward. She stamped her foot again, trying to cling to her anger, but a sniffle escaped her.
Once the first had been seaded, she couldn't stop more from growing into full-fledged sobs. She let her knees buckle under her and crouched on the ground, crying.
Pride still stared, unfamiliar with this. Something was happening. That other person hadn't done this; that seemed like a good sign. He crept carefully forward, and instead of touching her clothes, he touched her shoulder guard, pulling slightly at the bulky thing.
Lina started. She quickly bit back the feeling of relief. Of course, she knew who she'd look up to see. And it would hurt a million times worse if she let herself hope.
"... Come to gloat?" she asked quietly. "I'm not giving up, if that's what you're..." she trailed off, staring up at the odd, blond (.... uh.... hm....) boy(?) leaning over her.
"... Who are you?" she squeaked, very quietly.
Pride removed his hand, backing up a step. Good. A question he knew the answer to.

"...Pride."
Lina wiped the back of her gloved hand across her face to smear away some tears and sniffed. Pride. It was quite a melodramatic name, but not one she recognized from any ancient text she'd ever read. He looked human, but that could be a ruse. Phibrizo looked human. Xellos looked human. "... Are you a demon?" she asked tentatively and bit her lip.
A demon. Well... it sounded bad, and Pride didn't think he was bad, really, was he?

"...No," he tried, a bit of a question in the short statement.
Lina looked at him doubtfully. Phibrizo's innocent act had been pretty good...
She pushed herself shakily to her feet and stepped forward, catching Pride's shoulder as she leaned forward and smelled him. One thing she'd noticed about Xellos, he'd never smelled human. Even before she realized what he was, she'd still known there was something very strange about him.
Oil, sweat, musk. The boy smelled right. Human.
Lina found herself shaking hard again and another sob caught in her throat as she abruptly flung her arms around the boy, relieved like she'd never been before.
Pride immediately tensed and did the only thing he could think of.

He phased out, and let her pass right through him, stepping behind her quickly, eyes wide out of reflex and ready to run.
*WUMP!*
"Ow." Lina pushed herself up to her knees, rubbing her nose. "Oh crap... I'm hallucinating, aren't I..." She looked reproachfully over her shoulder at Pride. "Are you a hallucination brought on by hunger and-or loneliness?"
Still tense, he watched her speculatively, not quite sure what she meant.

"Hallucination...?"
Lina sighed. Was it better to talk to a halucination or wallow in self-pitty? It wouldn't really be the first time she'd had an imaginary friend.
"Never mind," she shook her head, standing up and streatching. "I'm Lina Inverse. It's nice to meet you." She silently added "imaginary friend," to the end of the statement.
Ever in the same habit, he watched her, a slight tilt to his head. That time hadn't been a question.

"Lina," he said, playing with the name. Hm. He liked that 'N' sound. "Nnnnnna...?"
"That's right," Lina said, smiling and feeling much better. Imaginary friends really were usually quite helpful. The fact that her new imaginary friend was blond and seemed a bit slow may have been interesting, but she shied away from it. Besides, he was really way to bright to remind her of Gourry.
Ooh. He liked the sound of that 'R,' too.

"Rrr. Rrrrrrr..." He tilted his head. It felt funny on his tongue.
He was playing with constanents. That was interesting. He looked too old for that sort of thing, but then, he seemed pretty lost. Of course, mayber her imagination was trying to dumb him down a bit...
"Hey," Lina said, putting on a winning smile. "I'm hungry. Do you know any place to get something to eat around here, Pride?"
Pride's 'rrrr-ing' faded, and he looked at her. She was Hungry now? But he thought she was Lina.

... Something to eat. Oh, he knew what that was.

"...No."
"Mmm, then we'd better find something," Lina said, putting her hands on her hips. "I haven't seen anything alive out here, but I haven't tried going into the buildings yet, have you? They look pretty empty too, but maybe we can find something edible inside..." She nodded towards the nearest building that sported a glass double-door. "Shall we?"
Since she wasn't leaving him like the other had, he looked at the door and decided that he should help, so went to them.

He placed his fingertips on the glass, and suddenly, his hand went through, then the rest of him in one motion.

He looked over his shoulder, then turned completely around to watch while he waited.
Lina blinked.
She blinked again.
Well, that was a new one. But if he was imaginary then far be it for her to make the rules.
She tried the door handle and it wouldn't move. It didn't hit a stop as though it were locked, it just wouldn't move at all, as though it had rusted over. She sniffed and took a step back.
"Freeze bullet," she summoned and the door froze over, glistening with ice crystals.
She hoped that Pride was standing away from it as she gave the glass a small kick.
He was far away enough that it didn't hit him, but there wasn't much further to go in this room without breaking down at least another door.

Pride considered a moment, then looked back at Lina.

Which door?
More glass doors. They did seem pretty fashionable, but rather impractical. Really, any old common thug could break these down. Of course, Lina was no common thug and she could break down any door, so it made little difference now.
"Dast chip!" she shouted, blasting the inner doors out of the way.
"Hmm, what do you think this place is?" Lina asked as she stepped into the dark room. "Lightning!" A ball of light appeared in her hand and she preceded to answer her own question. "... Looks like a lobby or something."
Pride, now learned in the ways of Lina Spellcasting, stayed marginally far away from her and looked around.

He made his way forward, poking about in the debris and finding another door, which he phased through.

Not too long after, he phased back through.

"Lina."
"What's up?" she asked, curiously watching the way he slipped through the door. She'd watched Xellos appear and dissapear at random, but she wasn't familiar with this walking through walls thing. It did seem to have a lot of potential though.

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