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In the small city of Atrox there were many buildings of many kinds, some were shopping malls and cafès and some were local shops started up from the ground that were turned into a major cash crop. One particular building was a run down brick built apartment. It had graffiti of the sides of it and the fire escape was rusted and ready to collapse. This is where our heroine live, in a run down shabby apartment with rats and clawed walls as far as the eye could see.
Maybe not call them heroine.. Call them losers.
“I honestly still believe that we should getting more respect from Adiuvo, with the amount of monsters we’ve taken down we should be getting paid more! I feel like we should complain again. But then again..she’s just gonna say that if we want to get paid more then we should get two more members..” a girl with dark brown skin remarked. Her outfit consisted of a dark red blazer with the sleeves ripped off on top of a white button up shirt. Her legs were smooth and luxurious with only shorts made up of rolled up jeans. Finally the cape tied around her neck was a mahogany color and it flowed as she floated around from place to place. You could easily spot her in a crowed.
“I suppose we could..but it would just end up with you getting tongue tied when you approach her. Just like always.” chimed a robotic feminine voice, it was at a low monotone in which you couldn’t detect any emotion. The robot had a brown skin covering as if she were real. Her fashion style looked like a preppy modern yellow pastel closet vomited onto her. She walked over to the couch where her friend was sitting and placed a hand on her shoulder. “But you could still try if you’d like to, Clover.” the robot said in a monotone.
“Thank you Leena. I know that deep down inside you’re smiling at me.” Clover remarked.
Leena’s face did not move one bit, it wasn’t because she didn’t care or had no emotions, it’s just a defect in her system, so she rarely changed expression. Leena could feel emotion to every extent and even shed a pitch black oil tear it’s just her face that doesn’t register the feelings within her.
“C’mon, let’s go to The Platform to see if we can page Adiuvo is available to see anyone today. I don’t think she’s busy today. Are you ready to go or do you need to recharge or anything of that sort?” Clover asked while fishing in her pocket, desperately trying to reel something in.
“No, I’m alright. Once you get the key we’ll head out.” Leena remarked.
After a whole minute of digging around one pocket Clover stuck her hand in her other pocket where she pulled out a key with ease. She flashed a big grin towards Leena, she could feel her cheeks heat up as well as the embarrassment stab through her like a rag doll trying to be sewn back together. Nervous laughter escaped her mouth as she pointed to the hot red key.
This key wasn’t like any other key, it was special. Like, really special. It was a key that fit into any keyhole and if you did use that key on a door it would lead you to The Platform. The Platform had the name of a 2010 all-night partying club where middle aged people have no idea what the hell they’re doing and teens are pumped up on drugs and alcohol. But it was far from a club, The Platform was an area that can be accessed if you work under Adiuvo, the goddess of love and purity. To work under Adiuvo you must be some species of monster or have magical powers. Humans can work under her too as long as they have some sort of magical power and the ability to fight until they can no longer stand.
The door suddenly opened and with that a purple mist leaked through the door and the two girls had made it to The Platform.
Within this part of an alternate dimensional plane there were many monsters of all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and more. There were mythological monsters strung out throughout The Platform, everywhere you look there happened to be a new freak or forgotten fantasy in every corner. From what Clover saw in the left corner of her eye was a young man with blue skin and two extra arms sticking out of his back. Another monstrosity Clover laid her eyes on was what appeared to be a living mass clear goo. Honestly, after you’ve been here for a few years you get used to all the abnormality, Clover learn how to deal with it after she and Leena fought a reverse mermaid. Instead of singing enchanting songs it’s screamed with horror and pain, after that abnormality was the norm.
Clover walked up to the paging desk and rang the bell located conveniently for customers. A few moments later a middle aged man with tattered clothes and gray hair walked up to Clover hoping to give his services.
“Hello, Welcome to The Platform. I’m Bobisdlmj, it stands for ‘Boy, I sure do love my job’.. I’m just kidding, ha ha. My names Noir, how can I help you today miss?” he said unenthusiastically. As far as anyone’s knowledge goes to Noir it’s that nobody knows where he came from, he just showed up one day. He was even this dull on the first day he came here some say. But it’s best not listen to rumors.
“Yes, we’re hoping to see Adiuvo for a moment, I have something to discuss with her.” Clover said in a calm, stern voice. She was never good at talking with people who were older than her, it takes up a lot of courage just to talk to one person.
Noir nodded and picked up a microphone. “Paging Miss. Adiuvo, Paging Miss. Adiuvo. The kid in the homemade red cape is here to see you again.” Noir groaned into the phone. The announcement rang over The Platform leaving her embarrassed while other monsters snickered at her.
“I’ve been here plenty of times Noir, My name is Clover. Clover Magnus. I’ve been here for five years and I was even the top scorer in the-”
“Listen here, kid. I see hundreds of people a day and I’ve been here for a long time, I just don’t care. I’m not going the be able to remember your face, not that I would want to remember a face like yours anyway.” Noir spat out bitterly at the two girls. He had then returned to his paper straightening and gave a stern glare at Clover without even stopping his hands from his organizational job.
“Oh.. I’m so sorry sir, I should have never bothered you.. perhaps I should just-”
“Adiuvo is ready to see you now, please direct yourself to the door right next to the booth. Have a nice day and remember, if you need help the come to me..! Ha. Ha.”
A clicking sound was heard from the door before it slowly creeped open a bit. People tend to forget that this was where Adiuvo was located, she usually just made announcements publicly in the center of The Platform or over the mic. She’s a tricky one.
Clover walked into the room slowly as she was nervous to confront the head boss, as anyone would be.
“If you didn’t work here, I’d kill you.” Leena said flatly. To prove that she was serious she threw herself forward a bit then stopped herself, causing Noir to flinch. After her bit of revenge she followed Clover into Adiuvo’s head room.
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