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X-23 ([personal profile] cutting_edgex23) wrote2015-05-25 09:43 pm

Ain't no party like a Labyrinth party 'cause a Labyrinth party don't stop

Some days a woman just gets bored with the same old, same old.

Some days this happens in the middle of sparring with Thor.

Some days, like this day, it results in two people who should probably know better but don't care heading off into the Labyrinth.

A change is as good as a rest, right?

And new things are fun.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor in armor looking shiny with a dramatic sky behind him (Default)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
Pffft, should probably know better. What's the fun in that? It's not as if self-preservation is really a relevant question here.

(One hopes.)

Anyway he hasn't actually been into the Labyrinth before. Clearly he's overdue. And X is excellent company for adventuring!

So. Into the Labyrinth, with its triangle-mark on the gate and its aura of power hanging around the doorway like a murky haze, invisible but brushing up against other senses. Into the Labyrinth, and into...

...a forest made of crystal?

Crystal, or glass, or something similar. Everything is glittering and transparent, and the leaves chime softly when the wind brushes them.

SURE WHY NOT.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor looking either completely baffled or extremely dubious (what was that again?)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
Thor blinks at her.

"Is clockwork a difficulty?"

The deer doesn't look particularly ominous.

Aside from being, you know. Red hot metal. Minor details.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor grinning cheerfully (cheerful floppy puppy)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
Ohhhh.

"We will be on our guard," Thor promises, cheerfully.

They were going to be anyway, after all.

In the meantime, since neither dancers nor clockwork animals nor anything else leaps out at them, Thor sets out down the path.

His footsteps chime melodically.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor looking serious, again. (sober prince and diplomat)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
The squirrel's ringing scamper echoes among the trees, thrown back in tinkling reduplication by hundreds of glass leaves.

Our little group has always been

Or maybe that's not only echoes, after all. Maybe it's a LOT of squirrels.

And always will until the end--

Thor cuts a glance at X.

There's steam coiling through the air, fogging the glass trees. The air is thick and swampy now.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor in armor mid-motion, whirling to run or swing his hammer (chaaaaarge!)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
Now THIS is the kind of thing you come to a Labyrinth to find!

Thor is grinning bright and fierce, as he twirls Mjölnir low and fast and launches himself into the air and straight for a toothy clockwork maw.




Turns out giant clockwork T-Rexes go down hard! With a shriek of metal and a giant crash and a hissing explosion of steam and then a gentle, tinkling rain of shards of shattered crystal trees.

(Thor thoughtfully aims for all this to happen well away from X. While he knows she'd heal, it's a jerk move to hit your friends with shrapnel or giant monsters if you can avoid it.)
mjolnir_retriever: Thor, in armor, cracking a surprised laugh (ha!)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
For a short and busy while, this corner of the forest is dominated by extremely loud noises and lots of property damage.

One hopes crystal trees regrow fast.




Eventually, looking satisfied, Thor lands in a rush of crimson fabric in one of the very few clear spaces.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor, arms crossed, pondering serious matters. (thoughtful and bicep-y)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
Huh. Good question!

"I haven't seen any creatures other than these constructs."

So... who knows!

"I would guess they grow, if I had to choose a guess."
mjolnir_retriever: Thor in human clothes, looking faintly amused and/or satisfied (sidelong tiny smile or smirk)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 03:42 am (UTC)(link)
That was just a fun warm-up of a battle!

"I suppose," Thor agrees, "if we wish to explore further territory."

They don't have a mission with a clear objective, and he's not a man built by personality or culture for retreat from a fight. But they are here to explore, so he'll go along with X's suggestion for now.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor in sunlight, looking amiably neutral. (sunlit listening)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
Thor studies her for a moment.

But this is X, and she's straightforward and genuine and full of valor; it's part of why they're friends.

And she speaks with the kind of wisdom his father and mother have struggled to teach him, often enough. That's another part of why they're friends.

So he smiles, faintly, and reaches to clasp her shoulder briefly. "You are wise, Lady X. Come, then. Let us see what other battles await further into this Labyrinth."
mjolnir_retriever: Thor, arms crossed, pondering serious matters. (thoughtful and bicep-y)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-26 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
The sky is very pale, and very bright, and entirely cloudless.

Oh wait.

The sky is a roof made of salt, instead. Ornate pillars support it; the floor is vast and smooth and hard. As far as the horizon, the only thing visible is more of this endless, sterile hall.

Thor pauses, after a while, to study a column. There are complex, twining designs around the base, in high relief.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor, arms crossed, pondering serious matters. (thoughtful and bicep-y)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-27 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
Thor glances at her at the snikt. What's up? Anything he should know about?

"This is a text," he contributes.

Kiiiiind of a weird one.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor, arms crossed, pondering serious matters. (thoughtful and bicep-y)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-27 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
Well, that was an ambiguous answer, but he's pretty sure he's parsed the general sentiment correctly as 'I don't see anything immediately to worry about, but I want to make sure that's correct.'

"I've never seen this script. But it's a crude description. It speaks of how tall and strong these pillars are, and how vast this hall. Very clumsily."

He's not reading it aloud, because even Thor knows when something has a strong chance of being a mysterious spell, and he's not bored enough (post-tyrannosaurs) to go ahead and risk it to liven things up.

But what it says, painstakingly carved in an ancient lost script, is variations upon MUCH TALL, SO PILLAR, VERY SALT. WOW.
mjolnir_retriever: Thor grinning cheerfully (cheerful floppy puppy)

[personal profile] mjolnir_retriever 2015-05-27 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
...Uh.

Well, okay! It looks pretty friendly!

Thor will totally scratch its ears, if it's amenable. If it's not, that's fair enough. (If it's not and it tries to eat him, that's what the hammer in his other hand is for.)

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