Setting: 1st Floor West Hallway
Time: After the Lanternkeeper is dragged off
Summary: Mio meets Rena in the hallway! o/;
Warnings: FailOP? idk.
Zetsu was...gone, really, truly gone.
That fact hung heavily in her mind, repeating itself over and over even as she told herself that she had no time to dwell on it. She knew didn't have time to think about whether or not it was possible, about whether or not she was alone again, because that woman--the Lanternkeeper--had been taken by the phantasms, and yet...he'd done so much for her, to think that he was gone now...
No, no, no. She had to focus on what had happened. They'd taken her, they'd dragged her down into the floor, leading Mio to wonder what they would do to her now. After all, they couldn't kill her, but...they could punish her, couldn't they? They'd already sewn her mouth shut for helping them (or so she assumed), now that they'd caught her answering the questions of the house's residents...they would probably do worse things to her for that. She'd put herself in danger by coming to speak to them...and she'd mentioned something about envelopes, too. Five different envelopes, all of different colors, presumably somewhere in the house.
Mio couldn't even begin to fathom where they were or what they might do, but if it was the Lanternkeeper requesting that they collected them...then she had to try. Even if it was dangerous, she had to search for them, even if it was dangerous. If she did that...then maybe she could help that woman. And then...if she could do that, then maybe, just maybe she could help Zetsu too.
And so she'd begun searching the house, starting in the downstairs west hallway, staying as close to the center of the hallway as possible. The worms that covered the walls seemed harmless, as did the sinking floors of the grand room (so long as one didn't stay in one place for too long), but they were unsettling. Something about the way they moved in out of the walls, leaving ripples but never holes, was unsettling. Either way, even if they seemed relatively harmless for the moment, Mio didn't want to get too close.