Day in Town
"Absolutely not. I have homework to do." Ciyiana responded to her friend Eira's devious grin with a frown. Eira suddenly grabbed Ciyiana's hand, pulling her along as she picked up the pace. "You can always do it later, now come on!" Ciyiana let out an annoyed sigh as the two girls walked along the busy street on a summer afternoon. She knew that even if she tried to argue now, Eira wouldn't listen to her. People went about their business as usual as the two girls crossed a busy street.
The sun shined bright in spite of the partial cover of the clouds, reflecting light off the windows of the surrounding buildings. Ciyiana gazed at the towering skyscrapers around the two before she turned her attention to Eira. "Where are we going, anyway?" Eira pointed her index finger at a shopping center built of bright red bricks standing alone among the dull grey buildings around the two. "There! We can go play in the arcade and then buy some ice cream."
Ciyiana was still being pulled along by Eira, but she broke free of her friend's grip as she made a slight shrugging gesture. "I guess that doesn't sound so bad." The girls walked onward, zigzagging past the crowded parking lot at a steady pace. "I'm going home before 7 in the evening," Ciyiana stated frankly, "and I didn't bring any money with me." Eira gazed in awe at the sheer size of the building as they stepped inside, and then gave her friend a cheerful smile.
"Don't worry, I'll buy one for you too. I've been saving up my money for something like this." Ciyiana thanked Eira for the kind gesture, though her face remained in a stern frown. One store after another lined the street, and people of all ages were walking around the two girls. The crowds were no real obstacle to two girls slightly below the age of 10, however, as they weaved through the people with ease on their way to the arcade.
They had been there a few times before, so they already knew which game they were going to play. The red-and-blue arcade machine had the game's name, "Jaeger x Pandemonium", written in golden letters above the screen. It was unoccupied, and Eira slipped a coin inside it to start up the game."Alright, time to make a new high score!" While Eira selected a scythe wielding character named Elda, Ciyiana's eyes scanned through the list of available characters.
"Which one did I use last time?" She checked the movelists of each character, and selected a bespectacled catgirl named Sophia. The game started up with their characters ready to fight, facing a dozen knights clad in dark metal armor and armed with swords of dark grey steel. Eira began to mash the buttons, causing Elda to swing the scythe around wildly. Ciyiana took a different approach, moving Sophia closer to a foe and then proceeding to suplex it to submission.
An hour passed as the two girls cleared one stage after another, beating their previous high score as a small crowd watched them defeat the final boss of the game, a demon king clad in armor of white and gold. Eira smiled while the credits rolled. "And I only had to put in four coins this time." Ciyiana turned her head towards the crowd, looking on quietly as the kids began to take their leave while muttering quietly amongst each other about something she couldn't quite make out.
Eira suddenly tugged at her hand again. "Come on, let's go get those ice creams!" The mall was as crowded as it had been when they had entered. People weren't lining up at the ice cream stand as much as they usually were, giving the two girls a chance to rush over to the spot before a queue could form in front of them. Soon enough, Eira sat on a bench with a chocolate ice cream on a cone, Ciyiana sitting next to her with a lemon ice cream on her own cone.
A large clock of an antiquated design stood on a wall in front of them. It was 4 PM, a fact that put a smile on Eira's face. "You said you were gonna be home before 7, right?" Ciyiana blinked a few times before she nodded, having already finished her ice cream. "Why? Do you have something in mind?" Eira ate the last of her ice cream, then tossed the empty cone to a nearby trash can. "There's a movie airing in 30 minutes, and I've got enough money for two tickets."
The two quickly got up from the bench and began to make their way towards the theater, a grandiose building lined with a red carpet on the floor and at least a dozen movie advertisements on the walls. Eira approached the box office with the money in hand, giving an innocent smile to the young man behind the counter. "Two tickets to The Leopard King, please." The man handed the tickets to Eira and Ciyiana, looking on with apathy as they rushed off to the main hall of the building.
Ciyiana soon noticed Eira walking past the room where The Leopard King was going to be shown. "Where are you going? The door's over there." Eira quietly walked onward until they reached the other side of the hallway. Her eyes widened in awe as she looked at the poster above the door. "Silence of the Owls, a horror movie from the directors of Nightmare on Film Street." Ciyiana gave the poster a quick look before she turned her attention back to Eira.
"You don't have to tell me. I already know what you have in mind." The two scanned the area around them, making sure that none of the staff at the theater saw them. They then snuck in to the dimly lit room, taking seats in the middle of the central rows. Eira giggled as she noticed kids around their age sitting a few rows ahead of them. "They really aren't even trying to keep an eye on people today." The people whispered among themselves until the advertisements began to play on the screen.
Ciyiana turned to look at Eira, seeing the girl yawning in boredom. "We could have bought some popcorn if you hadn't been in such a rush, you know." Eira was about to give a response to this, but she quieted down as the film started.
The two went home after the movie and didn't sleep too well the following night, even though they knew that there were no owls living near their homes.