Bookends The old bookstore was hidden in a corner on a street with cool, damp cobblestonesthat clip-clopped beneath my feet as though they remembered the horses that used to rundown them. It was a chance find, a chance encounter. The door had a bell that tinkledas I opened it, and as it shut with a whispering sigh I knew it would be long and longbefore I walked out again. The books there were not only on the shelves, but everywhere around them, stackedhigh to the ceiling, sideways. Heaven help you if the book that caught your eye was nearthe floor. The owner hid behind the books that were stacked on the counter. The onlyway to buy a book was to hand it through a lone, narrow vale between the high,surrounding mountains to him. He had a kind smile, though. It was as though, throughthose bookends, he could tell that you, like him, were a lover of books. Who else wouldcome by and sit for hours in this bookstore like you had just come home again from a l
OCT R1: Kat vs Lilac - See you on the other sideIt's so... cold. Why is it so cold?Katana opened her eyes, blinking in the blinding whiteness. Did I die? She wondered, briefly, before shaking her head. No... that voice earlier told me that I had been selected for a tournament of some kind, right?She sat up and started looking around for her friends before realizing she was all alone. That's right. Only I was selected... Wonder how those idiots are faring without me?Katana chuckled to herself as she stood up and brushed the snow off of her clothes before another sudden gust of wind blew into her. She shivered violently in the cold. Man, winters back home were never this fierce...“Hey, voice!” Katana yelled at the top of her lungs, holding her arms against her body for warmth. “Where'd you disappear to? Aren't you gonna tell me what the hell I'm supposed to do here?”//Find the exit portal, but be on the look out for your opponent, Lilac. That is all.//“Okay.