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Who: Sara Crewe and Asano Rin
Status: Closed
Style: Third Person, Past Tense
Where: Starting in Himorogi and moving to Natsuno Ryokan
When: evening, Week 11, Day 3
Rating: PG

For once, Sara was not pretending anything at all. She sat quietly in the beautiful, garden-like place and simply took in the sights with a serious, almost enraptured expression. Small wonder, for although several people had warned her that it could be dangerous, she could scarcely help being excited at finding herself in such a wonderful world.

Of course, she would have to find somewhere to work. But she could perhaps start over here. In London, she was simply Sara Crewe, a little drudge who might spend a lifetime working off her father's debt to Miss Minchin. Here, she felt as if she could do anything--anything at all. Even the animals were quite tame--she felt they might even talk. She had come to be good friends with Melchizedek the rat, but it had taken time for him to trust her. But as long as she held still, rabbits and deer passed near enough for her to stroke them softly.

It occurred to Sara, after she spent a few moments watching the animals, that she was dirty and ragged, and not quite in a fit state to be meeting someone new. She could do very little about her dress, but at least she might wash her face. There was a strange, beautiful waterfall pouring down from the branches of a massive tree. She approached it almost reverently.

It seemed to Sara that it was listening as she approached. "I beg your pardon," she said softly, "I don't wish to be rude, but I wonder if I might wash my face here." No one answered, but she felt nothing that seemed to indicate that she couldn't. So, she bent down and washed her face and arms, laughing aloud at how clean and cold the water was. When she was finished, she sat down on a rock nearby to watch the strange, golden fish in the water and to wait for Miss Rin.

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revengeisalie
Sep. 21st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
As soon as she turned off the Hitomi, Rin went on her way. She quickly packed all things necessary for a short trip, put on her sandals, and left the house, yelling an "I'm leaving now!" into the house, but not waiting for Marco to confirm that he had heard her.

Passing the many stores, she briefly considered getting something small for Sara to maybe make her feel a bit more welcome, but decided against it. What was important was going to Himorogi as quickly as possible, and that goal would be hindered if she spent time on choosing something that might be proper for such an occasion. Maybe that said something about what had become of her social capabilities, but she didn't care.

So she walked at a quick pace, knowing, as usual, that her walking speed wouldn't influence the amount of time she'd spend walking toward a place as far away as Himorogi, but doing it anyway because anything else would make her feel like a slacker.

The time seemed near endless, but finally, she reached her destination. Outside Himorogi, she stopped shortly to catch her breath, bending over while supporting herself on her knees.
queenofstories
Sep. 26th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
In the meantime, Sara had begun to make up a story about this world, and how she had come to be in it. "Once upon a time, there were many different gods, and they lived in a beautiful and strange world. Some of the gods said, 'We will go out into different worlds and find people to bring back with us. And so that's what they did. Now one of the gods came to a world that had many dark cities. But instead, she decided to pretend to be a doll, so that she could learn more about the world without anyone knowing it.

In time, she became the doll called Emily, and she saw many strange and wonderful and sad things. But in time, she longed to go home once again. So she returned to her world, taking her 'owner' along with her." As Sara started pretending, her eyes seemed to glow and she grew a bit flushed. She even forgot that for all that she was warm and excited, she hadn't eaten in quite some time--she lost herself in the magic of her story.
revengeisalie
Sep. 26th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
As Sara was dreaming, Rin made her way through the thick underbrush in Himorogi. No footpath went through this landscape, for it went entirely untouched by human hands. Luckily, the shrubbery wasn't equally impenetrable everywhere, and if you knew where to go, you could get through it somewhat comfortably. Rin had found herself here several times, so it didn't take her too long to get to the big willow tree.

Then she saw that Sara wasn't in front of it anymore. For a moment, she felt panic come on, but then she spotted Sara a bit further away. "Hello, Sara?" She called, not too loudly, for fear of scaring the girl.
queenofstories
Sep. 27th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
She turned quickly, a bit startled at the noise. "Hello, Miss Rin." She dropped a curtsy. Up close, one could see that she was wearing a ragged black dress that was several sizes too small for her. Her black hat had once been fine, but the ostrich feathers were ragged and nearly unrecognizable, and her face was dirty. Nonetheless, she had a solemn air that didn't fit her appearance.

"I'm very pleased to meet you."
revengeisalie
Sep. 27th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Now that Sara was facing her, Rin was a little startled at the appearance she made. It was very obvious that all her clothes had seen better days -- far better days. Rin's mind flashed back to the conversation they'd had beforehand. She remembered Sara expressing happiness to be here, rather than whereever she'd been before. And she puzzled about that, too; her speech sounded unfamiliar, but once or twice she thought she'd caught a word she heard from Marco before. Maybe they spoke similar languages.

Hearing Sara's greeting and seeing her curtsy, Rin herself gave a small bow. "It's nice to meet you, too," she said and ventured a smile. She took a few more steps, looking to the ground and carefully placed her straw sandal-clad feet on the tree's mossy roots until she'd made it up to Sara, though keeping a respectful distance. "Have you been well, so far?"
queenofstories
Oct. 3rd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Gah sorry for the late tag!
"Yes, thank you," she said politely. "It's a wonderful place--the animals almost seem as if they could talk." She took stock of Rin curiously, looking her over as if she was taking stock of her: 'Finding people out,' as Sara liked to call it.
revengeisalie
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
"Do they?" She laughed. "Don't think they can - not that I know of. Not the proper animals, anyway." She gave Sara a hooded glance; noticing that she was being sized up. Made her wonder what went through the girl's head. If she'd ever even seen someone who looked like Rin did. Rin herself certainly had not seen anyone like Sara, before coming to Kannagara. Well, there had been Isaku, but he had conformed to the Japanese code of dress, even as he towered over most people, and with his unusual features.
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