*BANG!*The intimidated repairman sighed as the door slammed shut in the irate woman's wake, wincing as the loud bang echoed throughout the hall. "Well, that just happened."Eremes thought he had steeled himself from the worst of the complaints, but in the end, he didn't expect such a vitriolic display of cold rage to wash over him today. Especially since it came from the one person that he actually thought would understand. Bitchy as she may seem a few seconds ago, Athena wasn't one for needless tongue lashings. Unless if it was for her own enjoyment. Not that he could fault her for it. Besides, if it was him that was sleep deprived, he would launch on a tirade of his own."Who was that boss?" One of his men asked as the head approached the work area. "An angry tenant complaining about the noise," Eremes muttered in disdain. These guys really need to control themselves every once in a while. "Everybody listen up!" The head of maintenance called as he gathered up his unruly crew. "
Stepping inside what was now looking like his final resting place, Eremes found himself dangerously close with what seemed to be his meditated murder by the hands of a sleep-deprived tenant. He positioned himself by the farthest corner of the elevator, trying his best to put as much distance between himself and his would-be executioner. ......"Where to Eremes?" The terrified repairman flinched at her sudden query, her sweet tone off-putting compared to the current tension he was feeling. "G-ground floor."Wordlessly, the serene novelist made the input on the elevator panel, closing the elevator doors and sending both of its occupants towards their desired destination, before then settling back to her previous state of staring back at her apparent hostage, an uncanny smile still adorning her face. "Uhhh...."Eremes was at a loss for words, his gaze darting back and forth between the very interesting view of the setting sun from the glass windows, and the looming visage of a woman s
Located just over a kilometer to the east of the hotel, Unity Park was one of the three parks built within the city along with the Riverside Park at its namesake district and the Cadmus Memorial Square situated at the center of the Relocation district. Of the three, Unity Park was the last to be built, only finishing construction in 2009. Built incrementally along the steep inward road and carved deep onto the steep riverbank of the Midas River under its namesake bridge, Unity Park boasted a colorful and vibrant array of flowers scattered growing throughout the sides of the road carved hill and within the walls of the under-bridge enclosure, along with a number of small huts that served as a resting area for the weary. It also sported numerous giant artificial waterfalls along with a sizable dancing fountain situated by the open entrance of the riverbank portion of the park. Eremes sometimes found himself marveling at the sight of what he considered a miraculous feat of engineering by
This was a horrible idea.Once brimming with cocky bravado, Athena instantly regretted ever underestimating the weaponized wings of hell that they called food on her plate. While admittedly quite delicious, each savory bite was like subjecting her mouth to the blazing inferno of Helios himself, assaulting her taste buds with both flavor and pure unadulterated heat. And pain. Copious... Amounts... Of pain."AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!" Her eyes were already hurting before but now she could barely even see through the tears. How can anyone eat something so monumentally hot!? Sure, she can handle a bit more spice compared to the average girl, but this was too much! Told you so~It didn't help that they weren't even allowed so much as a single sip of cold water for the full duration of the challenge. Was it too hard for them to at least throw a bone to their costumers? Not to mention the ten-minute afterburn? Whatever that was...I'm sure that'll be fun~Fun her ass."N-Not so t-tough now,
"I'm first!""I won!"Did they finish at the same time!? No way. She's sure she had it in the bag!"I finished fir-" *Hic* "-first Eremes!" The confident author proclaimed. "I saw you still chewing before-" *Hic* "-you shouted!" *Hic* It was so painful even to speak, her lungs set on fire as the hiccups continued to come in full force."You lie!" *Hic* "You can barely see any-" *Hic* "-thing!" Her opponent retorted. "I refuse to-" *Hic* "-pay for your drinks!" Come now.. Just accept defeat already."Uhmm.. If I may?" The waitress on-demand meekly interjected, catching both competitors' attention. "Judging from both of your performances, you both finished at the same time, in my opinion." Really? "But enough about that! Kudos for beating the first half of the challenge!" Wait...First half!? It's not over?!Here it comes~"It's not-" *Hic* "Over?!" The flabbergasted author can only fan at her mouth as Eremes barked at the waitress in disbelief. "Haven't you-" *Hic* "Tortured us enough?!
That was so awkward! Him and Athena? A couple? Not in a million years!Dragging the stunned author by her feet, Eremes high tailed out of the offending stall, his bundled up t-shirt in tow as he beelined towards an empty bench to sit on. "...uple....h.t...feel.." Behind him, his charge was talking to herself, an indescribable aura emanating off of her as she mindlessly followed along. What was this menacing pressure he was feeling? Sitting her down on a well-lit bench, the repairman sat beside her, not knowing his next move for the unplanned night."Hey." He waved to a muttering Athena, her eyes as open as it would currently get as she mumbled to herself. That's not foreboding at all. "'Thena.""...el...wh....co..." Was she having... "Hey!""Yes?" The lucid author asked, turning to him as if nothing was ever wrong in the first place. "Is there something the matter?"Eremes let out an unconscious sigh as Athena was once more back to the world of the living, looking no worse for wear b
A small glimpse...⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛Deep beneath the ground floor of the Green Star Hotel, a beary, real estate tycoon sat comfortably in his upholstered seat, smoke-filled lungs exhaling with blissful satisfaction as he eyed his latest acquisition. It may have cost him a small fortune, but with the addition of the Macallan 64-Year-Old Scotch, his prized collection rare alcohols grew ever so closer to being complete. "So tantalizingly close..."The businessman will always remember the first-ever taste of alcohol he's ever had in his life. He was but a small child back then, merely at the tender age of ten when he first took a sip from the familiar green-tinged bottle that the young man always saw his father drink from. A curious child, he always wondered what his parents were always drinking whenever they looked sad or had what they called a 'rough day', so much as a sip being denied whenever he asked for a taste."I've come this far..." Tobacco smoke permeated the cool, musty air of the win
"This is the place." In front of the pair, a familiar building stood, its facade now emitting a cool neon glow as it beckoned for potential costumers. "Right on time too.""Here again? Seriously?" Eremes knew that there was a bar in there, but still.. "Aren't the drinks here just as expensive as the food?""Nonsense. It's reasonably priced for the quality." His imminent drinking partner rebuked as she pulled him into the establishment. "And the drinks here are really good."As its name implied, the Sun and Moon also had a bar at the backside of the establishment; a blue nondescript mahogany door being the divider between the warm, rustic cafe at the front, and the cool azure velveted room at the back. The reluctant repairman followed closely as she led him through the majority of the cafe, the front counter extending towards and seemingly past the wall as they approached their destination."May I see some I.D. miss?" Behind the counter, a heavily bearded man who looked to be in his thi